Writing the Healthy Way

Let’s face it. Sometimes, it takes a wake-up call to help us see what’s right in front of our faces. And for “why” people (waving hand), it takes understanding why something is necessary.


My wake-up call came in 2010 when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, Sicca, also known as Sjogren syndrome, arthritis, and bi-lateral frozen shoulders. For one who didn’t like taking breaks, drinking water, or eating balanced meals, my life was about to change.

Although the diagnoses explained all my symptoms, it didn’t give me the answers on how to change my lifestyle. The whys came by years of research. Hello, Google.


Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease that messes with your cognitive abilities, among other things. If I get overly tired, I struggle to make decisions and suffer memory lapses. On those occasions, I take time away from everything, returning when I’ve rested.

Unfortunately, I can’t always control my schedule. Life has a way of interrupting our normal. What I can control is my nutritional intake. I do this by feeding my brain the necessary nutrients.


The way we eat affects our brains and our moods. Too much sugar weakens brain function and may worsen mood. Foods to avoid are refined carbohydrates, food high in trans-fat, highly processed foods, Aspartame, alcohol, and high mercury fish.

You may be asking, well, Gail, what do you eat?!

The omega 3 in fish is great for the noggin! Dark green vegetables improve memory too, along with berries and walnuts. By eating more vegetables and fruits, I have energy without the pain, and I think clearer.



A good word for Sjogren is dry. You can’t swallow food or breathe when your nasal passages and throat feel like a desert, so I’ve learned to drink the required amount of water each day (that reminds me, I’ll be right back).

Hydration has become a way of life. A water bottle is always with me. Coffee is limited to one cup. Sweet tea with lemon and Dr. Pepper are treats for rare occasion. Hey, I get tired of water, but it’s a necessary element for good health. 😊

Want to think clearer? Drink water. Your brain is made up of 73% water. How about breathing better? Your lungs are 83% water. Want supple skin. Your skin is 64% water. Lastly, your bones are 31% water. (I’ll wait while you get that water bottle.)


As writers, it’s necessary to sit and type for hours. But this disease has made it necessary for me to move. Experts advise moving every hour to counteract the dangers of sitting. Some suggest every thirty minutes.

I often do household chores or fold clothes while writing, carrying paper and pen with me. I exercise by walking outside, on a treadmill, or riding a stationary bike. The idea is to get my heart rate up and keep it up for 30 minutes to build stamina, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and lubricate joints. My favorite thing is cleaning yards, especially raking and hauling leaves to the burn pile. Pulling a tarp or pushing a wheelbarrow always does the trick. 😉

Do I ever fall off the wagon? Honey, I’ve jumped and rolled down the incline. However, I’m learning everything that tastes good, is not good for me. If I want a body that will take care of me, then I must feed it the right nutrients, get the needed rest, drink plenty of water, keep moving, and write the healthy way!


Learn More:
The 7 Worst Foods for Your Brain
How Many Hours of Sleep Do You Really Need?
4 Types of Food to Help Boost Your Memory
Your Brain On Food
2 Minute Walk Every Hour May Help Offset Effects of Sitting

Click to Tweet: “Do I ever fall off the wagon? Honey, I’ve jumped and rolled down the incline. However, I’m learning everything that tastes good, is not good for you.” ~ @GailJohnson87 via  @Inspired Prompt  #writing #health

Writing Prompt

Jane’s hands paused over the keyboard. She couldn’t stop, now! She glared at the kitchen timer.
To lower your blood pressure and reduce stress, you must start moving, Miss Reynolds.
In the scene, tell if Jane obeys or ignores her doctor’s instructions, giving reasons for her decision.

Inspired Prompt: Abundance in 2020

By Jennifer Hallmark

You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.” Psalm 65: 11-13 ESV

Hello, friends of Inspired Prompt! It’s hard to believe that 2019 has almost come to an end. And we’re going to begin a new decade…2020.

It’ll be a year of an abundance of great articles, guest posts, and interviews to help you along your writing journey with Betty, Gail, Shirley, Tammy, Fay, Harriet, Carlton, Bonita, Karen, Cammi, Kristy, and myself. We want to help YOU be all you can be when it comes to putting words on paper.

2020 is going to be our best year yet. We will explore such topics as:

  1. Staying fit for the long run.
  2. Classic love stories.
  3. Writing nonfiction.
  4. Short interviews with people in the industry.
  5. Historical fiction.
  6. Marketing

And so much more! Join us for our Monday and Friday posts on the topic of the month and our fun Wednesday interviews.

Maybe you’d like to be interviewed or be a guest blogger. If so, go to our guest guidelines page to learn more.  We’d love to showcase your book, blog, or yourself. 🙂

We’ll see you soon!

Happy New Year from Betty, Jennifer, and the entire Inspired Prompt Crew!

Book Release and YOU

By Jennifer Hallmark

Have you enjoyed our month of discussing all things book release? Here’s a quick overview in case you missed any of our posts:

To me, what’s most important about a book release is that you enjoy yourself. Yes, be serious and do the work but don’t get so busy and stressed, that you miss the fun. For it is filled with fun.  And kind words. And sales. And meeting and talking to people.

So enjoy yourself. And make sure to stop by in December as we share cool memes and writing quotes. No articles?

Not in December. But those informative posts on writing will be back in January. Until then, have a blessed holiday season…

Writing Insights with Rosey Lee

Thank you for having me! I’m Rosey Lee. My stories are usually about relationships between family members and friends–the ups, the down, and everything in between. Most of us are dealing with heavy things in real life, so I try to make my stories hopeful but real. My author’s tagline is “Uplifting stories with a little bit of hope, faith, and love.”

What do you love most about the writing process? I love that writing often helps me process things that I see happening in the world every day. I kind of think about life as a story. Maybe that came from reading parables when I was growing up. I frequently think about what my story would be if someone told it. It seems a narrative perspective is always with me, so I try to put it front and center when I write.

If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be? I would say to listen the inner voice that said, “Hey, you’re pretty good at this writing thing.” I always knew that I wanted to write books, but there was a part of me that wondered if I was good enough to do it. So I wasn’t proactive about writing. If I’d believed that I was good enough at some pivotal moments, I’d have sought opportunities to develop myself as a writer when my schedule was more flexible.

What are common traps for aspiring writers? I think it’s easy to get stuck ruminating on the obstacles we’ve faced and what we haven’t done. We should give ourselves more grace. So often, aspiring writers are too hard on themselves for not taking their writing seriously in the past, and they get stuck there. They don’t write because they’re disappointed in themselves for not writing when they were younger, when they had more time, when they didn’t have such a demanding job, when they didn’t have kids, when they didn’t have so many responsibilities, or whatever. That type of thinking becomes a barrier and can prevent us from getting started or prevent our work from being more impactful.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? I’ve taken some amazing writing classes. My first online writing class taught me about flash fiction, which eventually led to my new flash fiction collection – Beautiful, Complicated Family. I’ve since participated in an online writing boot camp and several online writing workshops that helped me to learn about flash fiction and provided a supportive environment and feedback on the stories I created during the sessions.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones? Yes, I do. Of course, it’s important not to fixate on positive or negative reviews. But so far, I’ve found book reviews to be helpful overall. As a new writer, its motivating to see which themes resonated with readers and that I’m hitting my target of providing uplifting content. I want readers to enjoy my stories, but I also hope the stories impact them on a deeper level. If those things aren’t happening consistently, I need to make some tweaks. Of course, you can’t make everyone happy, and I also like to understand why someone doesn’t like something about my stories. But I always remind myself not to take it personally. As they say, “everything ain’t for everybody.”

What is your current WIP? I’m working on a novel about a family that’s forgotten what family is about. I suppose it’s still in keeping with the overarching theme of my flash fiction collection, because the family in my WIP is beautiful yet complicated. Then again, aren’t most families?

Click to tweet: I’m Rosey Lee. My stories are usually about relationships between family members and friends–the ups, the down, and everything in between. Most of us are dealing with heavy things in real life, so I try to make my stories hopeful but real. My author’s tagline is “Uplifting stories with a little bit of hope, faith, and love.”

About the Author:

Rosey Lee writes uplifting fiction stories about family and friendship. A native of the Westbank of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rosey is a fan of good food and a good time. As a child, she dreamed of a career in writing, fashion design, and acting. She uses the pen name Rosey Lee as she pursues her passion for writing. Her alter ego is a physician who has dedicated her career to individual and community-based approaches to health equity. She enjoys cooking, flower arranging, listening to live music, and occasional bursts of fanatical bargain shopping.

Rosey’s flash fiction has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Bending Genres, Barren Magazine, Turnpike Magazine, The Wellington Street Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also been nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net anthology. Connect with her at roseyleebooks.com and @roseyleebooks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Book Blurb:
Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 and Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 2 explore the connections that can hold people together or tear them apart. The stories in this collection capture struggles that are common in today’s families—secrets, mother-daughter conflicts, coping with aging family members, and a more subtle question of what makes a family. The issues will seem familiar to you, but there are unexpected twists when you least expect them. The relatable characters and endings may pull at your heartstrings, so don’t be surprised if you laugh or cry along the way. Like most families, the relationships in this uplifting collection consist of intricate elements. Sometimes things get messy, but it’s always beautiful. Each volume contains five flash fiction stories (very short stories of 1000 words or less each). Read each story in about 5 minutes and get Volume 2 of the collection for free using a link within Volume 1.

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