When attempting to start individual initiatives, gargantuan goals, or professional projects, I have found that the old saying “keep it simple” can be quite effective.

Therefore, for my first post on The Wellness Bee, I am republishing a piece that originally appeared on one of my other (now archived) blogs in September 2009. It is titled: “Sometimes the Best Solutions Come in Boring Packages.”

This post (below) was published during a turning point in my life…where decades of searches for cures for various ongoing health issues were finally behind me…and where the path toward wellness and a better quality of life opened up in front of me.

Although I’d subconsciously (instinctively?) taken baby steps toward this new path in the years before, this time it was a proactive, deliberate decision. I was ready to get off the “healthcare” merry-go-round where the ride toward a “cure” for me never ended…especially when I had top-notch health insurance.

My natural curiosity finally led me on a search for natural cures. Once I took responsibility for my own health and well being, my journey toward wellness began.

I’d like to share what I’ve learned over the years. And encourage you to explore. And hear your experiences. I’d also like to share my new discoveries. The thing is: I am still learning and will always be learning…and hopefully evolving (see my new edits in blue to the 2009 blog post below). A journey such as this can only begin. It’s not supposed to end. Because it only gets better, my friends. It gets better!

And that’s just for starters…

The Wellness Bee will be buzzing about a variety of topics (including and excluding healthcare subjects) that affect many areas of our lives. Regardless of where you are on your wellness journey…whether you’re just beginning (hi NewBEES!)…yet to begin (hi Cure-ious BEES!)…or a veteran wellness warrior (hi Queen BEES!), I hope you’ll join me in exploring, sharing, and discussing these topics to help protect and advance our own well bee-ing and that of all life on this planet. Yes, including BEES!

May you always Bee Curious. Bee Natural. Bee Well.


Sometimes the Best Solutions Come in Boring Packages (originally published September 6, 2009)

When I woke up this morning, things were lookin’ bad
Seem like total silence was the only friend I had
Bowl of oatmeal tried to stare me down… and won
And it was twelve o’clock before I realized
That I was havin’ … no fun.     John Prine, Illegal Smile

oatmeal recipe
Oatmeal: The Original “Breakfast of Champions”

During the last few months I had the unfortunate opportunity to become intimately acquainted with our health care system (a topic that deserves its own blog post or two in the future).

But, for now, I wanted to share a simple recipe for improving and / or maintaining good health – a different kind of “public option.”

Solutions don’t have to be flashy, costly or complex. Sometimes the best solutions are simple, boring, and proven.


  • Organic rolled oats in a bowl – Serving size at your discretion
    Note: If you have extra time to prepare breakfast, consider steel-cut oats.
  • Soak for 10-15 minutes in Soy, Rice or Almond Milk or other non-dairy option Flax milk is now my fave!
  • Warm in microwave (optional) I don’t microwave food anymore.
  • Add a few drops of NuNaturals Pure Liquid Stevia with Singing Dog Vanilla Extract to taste (optional) Of course local honey is the best sweetener!
  • Add 3 tbsp. of raw, organic black walnuts – chopped or whole
  • Add fresh organic or locally grown fruit of your choice (In winter, try organic dried fruit like cherries.) 
  • Sprinkle cinnamon
  • Top with a generous dollup of Trader Joe’s French Village Vanilla nonfat yogurt Now I prefer Nancy’s Organic Yogurt.

Do you have a simple solution (or recipe) you’d like to share?