Coco Tortoise's Health Corner

Seek Positive Light.

Hello everyone,

Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner is sharing a simple poem called, “Seek Positive Light” written by  Coco. It reads like this: 

“We all live in this world together.

And challenges do get in the way

What should you do?

Keep focused and you’ll find a colorful ray.

Stand and accept where you are.

Then, Seek Positive Light which is truth.


‘Cause it’s there to be had.

If the trees know it,

Why don’t you?

Keep moving and growing tall by being persistent

And determined to achieve your goals.

It’s the best way to gain success.

Reach out always and Seek Positive Light.

Only then will your dreams come true.”  – Coco Tortoise

What Are You Dreaming For?

This poem came from my heart because after receiving news from my ophthalmologist I needed an outlet. Maybe it could help someone  who is feeling a bit under the weather or is having a health problem as I do and you just don’t know where to turn.

Here are some questions to consider:

1/  Could it be that the task of managing a health issue is getting worse?

2/  Could it be that you want to give up because of frustration and disappointment?

3/  Could it be that you are overwhelmed and feel a sense of helplessness?

4/  Could it be that what you are dreaming for seems impossible?

If any of your answers are yes, then I am here to tell you how to turn things around by having FAITH.

FAITH is what you are hoping or dreaming for. But it hasn’t happened yet.


Maybe one day with strategy is what you need to get over a hump.

F  –  follow and pray to God daily.

A  –  act with love and kindness.

I   –  inspire others to walk with God.

T  –  trust in God totally. 

H  –  have a spiritual journey with God.

I have no idea what your faith life looks like and that’s not important right now.  What’s important is you taking action and following my simple advice. Before trying anything, PRAY TO YOUR SUPER POWER/SOURCE ABOUT THE MATTER. 


Let me share a little story about what happened to my friend Tonia.

How Tonia Got Help.

Tonia was stranded far away from home with no job and no family. Life was very hard for her. But, She did the best with her scanty resoutces. She wanted to return home desperately. Four months away from her family, friends and home were so unbearable.

Tonia decided to visit the nearby cathedral for comfort daily around the same time. A beautiful lady visited then also and made friends with her. Their friendship blossomed like rays from the sunshine. 

“This is the light at the end of a dark tunnel. Something  good comes after months of misery.”

Hold on. There is more to the story.

Apparently, the lady’s  brother was suffering with an ailment for a long time.

Tonia offered  her herbal secrets that helped her brother’s ailment.

Now  can you guess how Tonia got help to go home?

Melon , the beautiful lady helped Tonia. That’s how having faith works.

This is one of many positive stories in the world. Many good things happen through people.

Concluding Thoughts

Today I shared Coco’s poem which is a message of faith very simple to understand. 

We also discussed  there’s always a way to make life better especially when you seek positive light. In most cases de-stressing helps to improve your health

Do you agree?

If you enjoyed reading with me, please leave a comment below. Your  feedback is much appreciated. 

Together we can make a difference.



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How To Focus On Goals.

I have made some New Year 2019 health goals and I am sure you probably made some too! Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner is presenting its 1st article of the year, “How to focus on goals.”

What do I mean?

Simply, everything this year should center on the goals you wish to accomplish to stay healthy and safe. You should channel energies to do this to live a life without stress by focusing on certain areas. I will be talking about health goals, adopting a prevention mindset and maintaining a never giving up  posture.

Hopefully, by the end of this walk through, you will see the light about how to focus on your goals.




Do you want to be healthy? This is an important question to really think about. Your answer to this question should be yes. Most of us want to be healthy because it is natural to want to live longer by taking care of ourselves. So, you’re not alone with this desire. As long as you make achievable health goals, you should focus on them without swerving  away from the path.

For example,  when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, severe irreversible glaucoma and high blood pressure,  my health goals in 2016 were to maintain my conditions and seek daily improvement as my regime permitted. Those were my goals then and they still are in 2019. The only change is that I am dealing with arthritis since 2018. Each year I recommit myself to my health goals. I have to focus on several things for survival like:

1/   medications and natural remedies( to control diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure and arthritis )

2/   annual check ups ( to make sure my remaining eye and body are in stable condition)

3/   healing foods (to provide excellent nutrition for my body, daily greens are a must)

4/   exercise ( to maintain optimal body weight by swimming and brisk walking)

5/   spirituality (to maintain connection with God for guidance and strength)

6/   hobbies ( to relax and maintain a stress free attitude by gardening, writing and reading)

7/   social interaction ( to maintain a positive attitude by connecting with positive intelligent people)

8/   secure environment ( to maintain safety network to live a stress free life)

My health is important to me and all of these things must be  done to insure a smooth continuity of my lifestyle. If you haven’t written down any health goals, now is a good time to write down a few to help you get started on disease prevention or maintenance. Remember Coco is here to help you plan your way through health challenges. Writing your health goals down helps you to channel your energy towards accomplishing them.



Ok, You need a map to follow to strengthen your thinking. The way how you think has a lot to do with how you behave.

A hit or miss attitude doesn’t help you move forward on your health journey. If you practice this way of living, the outcome at times would be one step forward,  then 2 steps  backwards.

There is no gain here. For example, one day you eat foods that heal your body, then 3 days in a row you eat junk foods that harm your body. Now, you have your body chemistry swinging like a pendulum.  This is not good at all.

Remember why you started eating foods that heal the body in the first place which is to prevent illness and disease.

So, adopting  and maintaining a prevention mindset is more beneficial for you in the long run.. Keeping a hold on the why helps you  to keep things in line upstairs. Yes, upstairs!

Taking the analogy further, only move furniture around upstairs to keep balance in your  body and subsequently reduce chances of illnesses and diseases.



Moving along, I would like to share a life changing story with you to help you focus on Never Giving Up..

After my diagnosis with health problems and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria,  my elderly care business took a downward spiral.

I needed to supplement my income almost immediately. As you know, things of value do not happen overnight especially when money is involved.

At any rate, I started this online health website with zero experience from the ground up. I didn’t do it all alone.

I received really dynamic affiliate training from one of the best platforms in the world which is Wealthy Affiliate University.

I have been with them for 5 months so far and I love each message I share with my readers. When I started I had 0 readers. Now,I have about 50 readers daily which is a step in the right direction.   

This is an upward spiral and I am happy to bring content that can actually help people in their daily lives.  People  helping themselves is referred to as SELF HELP which in most cases promote a positive attitude.

This positive attitude serves as a foundation for healthier living. What I am trying to tell you is that the investment in myself through Wealthy Affiliate  has changed my life for the better.

I am living a stress free life  with a solid opportunity of achieving my goals as long as I do not give up

Hanging out with a positive Wealthy Affiliate community who  cares  and shares expertise through trainings, tips, advice, webinars and success stories helped me to learn a valuable lesson as I move forward. 

That lesson  is basic and achievable.  It is to FOCUS ON NEVER GIVING UP.  It’s really easy to accomplish as long as you stay the course.

Remember  these are your goals, your dreams.  Therefore you are the only one who can make them happen. No one is going to do them for you. So, chin up, focus on Never Giving Up and accomplish your goals whatever they are.

Concluding Thoughts

A young man was standing in a dark room and he cried out, ” I can’t see. It’s dark in here!”

The neighbor heard his cry and shouted out, “Turn on the light!” That was simple enough, right?

So it is with goals just turn them on and stick to them.

Let’s recap.

Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner  with,”How to focus on oals.”, is always here to give you gentle reminders  to keep you on track.

We talked about focus on health goals, focus on prevention mindset and focus on never giving up.

All of this should be done to improve or maintain your health for daily living.

What should always be a top priority in your life are ways to reduce illnesses and diseases.

It is better to prevent something than to  cure it.You have to safeguard yourself because some diseases do  not even have a cure.

Now, it is your turn to keep your focus on and   achieve your goals. Stay in the light and move forward to success in your health life.

I am Coco Tortoise  from Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner. Remember  I am here for you!

If you have any questions or concerns,  please leave them below in the comment area and they will be answered..

Until next time,  have a great day/night.


Maxine/Coco Tortoise

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Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner – 3 blatant excuses

Today, Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner is presenting the three blatant excuses that people use for letting their health go down the drain. They are very intentional and could be prevented if more care or concern is given to taking responsibility for their health.

There are many other reasons I am sure but only three will be discussed so that you will have an idea where I am coming from. I will show you how to help yourself by using specific examples. If you want to enjoy a longer and healthier lifestyle, it wouldn’t hurt reading this article in its entirety. Sometimes it is beneficial to adhere to well intended advice.

People live their lives making the most ridiculous excuses without a care for how family and friends could be affected. Forget about other people, it would be in your best interest to follow a path that would give you a better chance for happier and healthier living.

All it takes is an awareness of what is really going on in your environment and taking care of your health journey. Together , let’s take a look at where many of us go wrong. Then, we will also take a look at possible solutions.

What is the first excuse?

The first excuse is, “I am not an expert.”

What do you mean by that ?

You don”t have to be an expert to eat good food. You just have to pay attention to what goes into your body.What’s wrong with eating lot’s of fruits and vegetables? There is nothing like a fresh salad rammed with natural fruits and/or vegetables.

One of my personal favorite fruit salad is made with papaya and kiwi because they are great for high blood pressure. I use this salad at least once a week. I am sharing the recipe below.


One cup of ripe chunked papaya

One cup of ripe chunked kiwi

One cup of cut up lettuce

One half cup of baby spinach

Salad dressing of your choice(optional)

Toss all ingredients together. Place on a plate or in a bowl. Drizzle with homemade salad dressingmade with olive oil. white vinegar and cayenne pepper. Then, enjoy this delicious salad.

Those who want to have fish, poultry, tofu or other meats could indulge paying attention to portions.  Limit your starches and carbohydrates to control diabetes.

What is the second excuse?

The second excuse is, “I don’t have enough money to go to the doctor.

With all the free clinics at your disposal, you are telling me there is not one that you could choose from to find out about your blood, urine and stool levels, whether you have high blood pressure, diabetes, chlolesterol, heart or thyroid issues?

NEWS OF THE DAY! High blood pressure is known as the silent killer.

Don’t you want to know why your eyes are fuzzy or why you just ran into the mailbox? You should get your eyes checked out yearly. I did after 5 years and found out that I have full blown irreversible glaucoma. Take my advice!

Also. you keep asking everyone to repeat what they just said. You might as well get your ears checked out too! Help is available. Read a little further.

Universal health care is a health care system that provides health care and financial protection to all citizens of a particular country. It is not only available to citizens who are ill but also to those who are well and need to be checked out. The idea is to have services for citizens without causing a financial burden. For more information, as an example, please take a look at wikepedia. Check out what is available in your country and take advantage of this opportunity.

What is the third excuse?

The third excuse is, “I am planning a big event that requires all of my time right now. I just can’t schedule an appointment with Dr. XYZ.”

NEWS OF THE DAY! My black dress is always prepared to attend memorial services.

I hope you know that I am just making light humor to jolt you into the mindset of taking care of you. No one is going to do it for you. This is a something you have to do for yourself.

The black dress joke is reality. It glaringly shows that people will show up to mourn you, after you are gone! It is your job to let that dress stay hanging wherever it was hanging. They could wear it. But, let it not be for you!

I am speaking straight up, plain as daylight.

According to author Georges, “You are a treasure that needs to be checked out and given you need to shine with all of your glory.

These 3 blatant excuses do not sit well with me and I will not entertain them. Not being an expert, not having any money and not enough time should not prevent you from making sure your health status is verified.

Concluding Thoughts

We discussed 3 blatant excuses that people use to postpone healthcare and solutions were offered to promote healthcare. It is easier to take care of your health now rather than wait for health issues to pop up due to procrastination. Honestly,  I don’t know about you, but it seems easier.

For your health, you should make an effort to eat properly, find decent healthcare and make time to verify health status now before it is too late. Your good health is the foundation towards happy and healthy living.

Excuses will not bring beneficial results. Positive action on your part will do so. Using excuses are like travelling a well trodded road to nowhere.

When preparing material for CocoTortoise’s Health Corner,  I always have you in mind. Recently, there is new information on how to heal leaky gut naturally by avoiding certain foods. This will be discussed in an upcoming article. Look out for this one!

If you you have any question or need to make a suggestion, please leave it below in the comment area. I value you comment.

Remember this is Coco Tortoise, your friend.

Until next time, do have a great week.


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Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner

Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner is up and running again. Today, I will share 3 poems that helped me to release stress from my inner self. While working on them, they relaxed me and blocked my path to anxiety and debilitating depression. I share and start to feel much better. My poems are called “Round and Round”, “Defiled” and “It’s Over – Death”.

It takes one sure step at a time to find strength to continue. I used writing these poems as a medicine for the heart. I see life through one, unique eye. Some days, I laugh, shout and cry. Other days, I am quiet and go into myself like a probe. Still, I am happy.


Wrapped round and round
On a bed of thorns.
There my life goes up in flames
Changed in a moment
By instrument of deceit.
Glancing for their own fame
Sparing not the innocent.


On an open podium
Nothing much to say
Exposed, defiled, just mishandled clay.
The shape of sadness is truly deep.
Moving clumsily not wanting to peep
Patching the sides of doom
Wake up, I say from the gloom
Ne’er to see the right?
Only upright you can fight!


I have sung my death song
Once believing that love was true
Never knowing that it could hurt
Like vengeance twirled on a thong
Even referring to all that’s sort
Could never fix what’s already blue
Like claws around my throat for sure
I whimpered gently for no more
Though anguish rises up within
Still, I find a bell to chime.

What a glorious journey it was to be able to write what I was feeling at the time. In 2016, I lost my beloved companion. Also, I was diagnosed with severe glaucoma that required treatments, diabetes and high blood pressure. Then was an awful time for me.

Putting my confusing thoughts on paper guided me to the light which led to better thoughts and helped to reduce pressure that was bottled up inside.

Do you have any bottled up thoughts that you would like to share?

I am here as your sounding board. In other word, I am here to listen and offer advice, if necessary.

Everyone needs someone to talk to about health issues especially if there is a need to release bottled up emotions. This ability to let go is very important for numerous health reasons.

Two years later, I am much better because I accepted my condition, managed it, shared it and won. This is done step by step with a purpose and plan in mind. Purpose is what I would like to do and plan is how I am going to do it. My connection with you is open because helping people to help themselves is my mission.

Believe me, I am here for you.

Do you have something to say about what was shared earlier? Or, maybe you have something to say about yourself? Whatever the case, feel free to leave a comment in the box below.

This is Coco Tortoise’s Health Corner and I am Coco tortoise, your friend.

Have a beautiful day/night.

Coco Tortoise