Cutting Edge

We Pescatarians are growing in number. It is a true cutting edge healthy eating breakthrough. To eschew red meat and the flesh of other mammals is a good thing and at some level we all know this. Sustainable fish and shell fish and vegetables and fruits are so good for our bodies.

Fad diets and off the wall eating plans will never survive and we all know it. How many times have you tried it yourself or seen someone else fail or the whole silly idea go away-Spinach and grapefruit, raw vegan, Keto, liquid only, etc. all may last a while, but good health and sustainability are the only true lasting tests of good nutrition.

Do it for yourself, the planet, and the assurance of a longer more physically fit life.

Do Your Best!

We all try to do our best every day, I think. Some days are better than others, obviously, but that is never an excuse to give up or be discouraged. Okay, I grant you that it may seem like it often, but don’t do it. One of my favorite quotes keeps me optimistic:

“Everything will be all right in the end, and if it is not all right, perhaps it is not the end yet!”

Slow Down-Spend time like you spend your money, Carefully!

In a hurry? Not good! I’m just saying, and yes, I know it is easy to say, that sometimes just a little pre-planning time spent can make a world of difference in your day.

I try to spend by habit, 10 minutes in the morning exercising and 10 minutes doing a plan for the day. It was easier, believe it or not, on days when I had tons of things to do. On a day that you are free or there is little that must be done, it is very simple to let time slip away and let tasks slip and be left undone. This brings huge pressure later.

So free advice-Try to space it out. Try to gain some balance between rush/sleep/dead tired and just taking it a day at a time and trying to meet goals and deadlines as you can. A healthy, realistic way to regulate yourself it to take a long term look and then a short term look. Also, take a good close look at what other people add or detract from your goals. You might be surprised when you, in a totally neutral way, evaluate your co-workers, friends, family and party group. Toxic people are just exactly that! You don’t need it.

All of this takes just what you are trying to save-TIME! It is well worth it though. Again, think long term and you will see that a little elf-evaluation is truly “Time Well Spent.”

Your Thoughts

Can your thoughts and meditations and simple ruminations actually effect your overall health? Yes, and in pretty dramatic ways. “Prevention Magazine” one of my favorite sources for health news and recent updates on clinical studies reveals how seriously bad thoughts, bad Karma, and negative words can draw down your supply of good feelings.

Upbeat people live longer, are healthier, have better blood pressure readings, fewer chronic ailments and on and on. I found this to be highly revealing and took it to heart simply from people I know and how they live their lives. The articles are in this month’s issue of “PREVENTION MAGAZINE.” I highly recommend you give it a read!

Coffee, Anyone?

Coffee is so confusing these days one does not know what to order. Even more important, it is often debatable what coffee is value for money, overpriced, over processed, non-sustainable, and on and on. Here is a simple guide to what you are getting for your $$$ and options for you to make your own informed selection.

 

  1. Drip: Used in most coffee machines. Use about 2 tablespoons for 10 ounces of water. Many different brands to select from and personal preference is the guideline.
  2. Cold brew: This is new and a matter of personal taste. You soak ground coffee for up to 24 hours in cold water. Use about 10-12 ounces of beans to 6 cups of water. This is very mild and I think it tastes watery!
  3. Single Origin:Many people swear by this as it is traceable sometimes even to a single farm but mostly to a country so one can balance the “fair trade”option
  4. Instant:This speaks for itself and has had a bad reputation, but there are brands of instant coffee that I think are very good and there has been huge improvement in instants. I like the dark black Folger’s.
  5. French Press: In a cylinder, pour water over coffee (your grind preference) and let it set again to your strength preference. Pour out gradually after you depress the handle.

there are other exotic ways to buy/make/enjoy coffee, but if you notice, I have used the word preference many times in this article. Coffee is purely a matter of personal taste. ENJOY!

Movie Review

We saw “Ford versus Ferrari” last night and it was really excellent. Matt Damon absolutely nailed Carrol Shelby. He had the accent, the swagger, AND the just right cowboy hat.

The race scenes were amazing if just a bit long. Ken Miles was depicted as exactly the super hero knowledgeable guy that he honestly was. Very humble but also the acknowledged expert. I also found it fascinating to see Henry Ford II depicted as being surrounded by “suits” who were nothing more than yes men.

Go see this movie even if you are not a car buff. Highly recommended.

Winter Recipes

Tune in over the next couple of weeks for some fabulous vegetarian and pescaterian recipes. It is cold here and we need to “gather” and eat some warm, yummy, healthy things. Also get the inside info on canned winter warmers. Soups, chili, and all sorts of canned/heat it up items are not so bad for you as you might think.

I have a lot to share and I hope YOU do to. Go to the comment section to add thoughts, recipes, etc!!

Cold and getting colder

It is cold here and predicted to get much colder very soon.

Get a flu shot

Keep your ears and the back of your neck warm

Keep lotion on your skin-especially face and feet

Drive more carefully

Sleep cool-warm jammies but not heavy covers

Many more tips to follow!  Happy Winter-Yes, I am told that many people actually enjoy winter and thrive on cold weather. Who knew???

A Total Day

Make your day a totality today. Take a big shower, wear something you really like, eat a healthy breakfast, and look out the window. Then:

  1. Say a little prayer
  2. Stretch and jog in place
  3. Get into it-house, kids, work etc.
  4. Try to smile as many times a you can
  5. Sing to yourself
  6. Eat a good lunch and treat yourself to a cookie or 1/2 a donut
  7. Take an afternoon rest
  8. Buy yourself some flowers at the grocery store (Grocery store flowers are not bad!)
  9. Have a busy but settled evening
  10. Watch a little TV and clean up the kitchen just before you go to bed
  11. Stretch in your jammies and do a little yoga
  12. Listen to a meditation on your phone
  13. Go to sleep-You have earned it!

Insights

All of our lifetime is actually spent doing over. Hopefully, I do not mean repeating trying to be better, I mean trying things in a new and different way. Often we are forced to do this by a move, job change, death, uncontrolled circumstance and so on. Our self-measure is not so much what we do, but how we do it.

How do we respond? Well, we can only respond the way our life experiences have told us that we can-or is that really true? Explore some other ways to think about something and give a new approach a shot. Ask someone, read something about it, go on line and check it out. Make a conscious choice to NOT repeat a failed method and see what happens.