It is pretty common knowledge that having someone with which to share life experiences is good not only for your well being, but also for your health. In fact, some say that health and well being are close to the same thing. In the case of having a friend, loved one, special other and on and on, I agree. Being lonely is no fun. Don’t ask me how I know this! I am not there any more, but I have been. Have you?
OK, so the spelling of apparently was not correct, but when something is apparent, it is eye catching, right? So I have used the pears as an example. I have recently been discussing and sharing recipes from the Mediterranean Diet and I wanted to pass on what is probably the biggest “To Do” of the whole food prep and consumption parts of the plan. Eat 5 Servings of Fruits and or Vegetables Every Day.
When I first read this it seemed like a whole lot, but it isn’t really. A serving is 1/2 cup and if you eat a big salad with lettuce, tomato, and a bit of celery or a bit of green onion that is about 3 servings. I make a salad with butter lettuce, ice berg lettuce, bagged chopped cabbage, cold green beans or corn and any other leftover veg I have in the fridge.
If you are not in to so much green salad, try a fruit salad. You will be surprised how quickly you can get to three or four servings. Chop an apple, slice a banana, add a few grapes, and put in a small can of pineapple chunks and there you are. Add lean meat, chicken or tofu or my favorite which is salmon or tuna and life if good. The Mediterranean Diet is not nearly so challenging as I thought it would be. It is also very easy to modify. I am a pescaterian and I have no problem at all. MMMM, fish and shellfish!
Yes, Mr. Banana even has his own song-remember it? The lowly banana is, in reality, a big star. Not only are bananas delicious, everyone knows also that one banana is a whole days worth of potassium. At only 100 calories, that is quite a deal
This is really only the beginning of the banana story though. For example, I NEVER make a smoothie without a soft banana or two. Does anyone-I think not. It goes best, in my opinion, with a cup of unflavored Greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, some blueberries and strawberries, some ice cubes and my secret ingredient-a cup of 5 calorie cranberry juice.
Also, you can make that non dairy ice cream that is so very good. Freeze some banana chunks, add your favorite flavors like a bit of vanilla or some chocolate syrup, use any non-dairy milk, I prefer oat milk, and blend. Add or use less liquid to determine your texture. Freeze and enjoy.
Some people use a mashed banana as a moisturizer too, but to be honest, I have not tried that. I have used avocado though and it works! Try the banana facial and let me know!
PS if you have extra bananas that are going black, freeze them right away for future use in a bunch of different things.
When you think about the new trend of using different and, dare I say fancier, vocabulary words to describe the same exact thing, it often seems a bit phony. I would generally agree with that with few exceptions. One of those exceptions is the use of the words “healthy eating plan” instead of diet. A diet has a beginning and an end and any food restrictive program that has a start and a finish is doomed.
A plan for aiding you to a healthier life style is one with food modifications and long term goals and not based on such immediate results as things like weighing every morning and whether or not you have to lie on the bed on your back to zip up your jeans. Diets like Keto, Atkins, South Beach and so on are what I call restrictive. Certain foods are promoted and certain foods are banned.
A genuine healthy eating plan is the Mediterranean model that advocates real lifestyle changes and offers a huge variety of healthy foods. I will discuss this more in future posts. I have started about 3 weeks ago to modify my eating habits and so far I love the changes I see in my fitness level. Stay Tuned and get ready to commit and quit horsing around!!
I am putting this article in both the “I’m Just Saying” section and in the WELLNESS category because the whole concept really struck me as meaningful. Let me know what you think.
My husband is a big time sailor and he is currently reading a book called “SEA POWER” written by a retired Admiral. (Admiral James Stavridis) We know that with the world’s oceans and all of the fresh water, that water covers nearly 75% of the surface of the earth. So, I am thinking that here all of us are standing on 25% of the world with billions of other people and it made my problems seem pretty small for about 10 seconds. (Ok, so I do get that our own problems do seem to creep into higher thoughts.)
Admiral Stavridis quotes Shakespeare from his storm at sea drama “The Tempest” and he says. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on,” before he meditates on his literally 11 years at sea out of sight of land. He was 40 years in the Navy, and he figured of that time for 11 years he was literally on the ocean out of sight of land. He had a lot of time to dream-many hours to think about things.
Perhaps the thing about many of his thoughts that struck me with the most power out of all of this was his statements about the fact that all of the oceans have a connection. That is to say, is it all one big ocean? He says that perhaps the reason the British Navy ruled the waves for so many centuries was that they actually “got” this concept. Interconnection-who knew?
Anyway. I am putting that out there today. Instead of thinking about how different we are, why not try to think about what we may each have in common with each other. Are we all meant to be one big interconnected ocean? What do you think?
I posted a while back about a month of healthy dinners and I have had a great response Stay tuned for ideas for healthy breakfasts. I am starting with the incredible, edible egg and moving on from there. Watch for it!!
Ha, Ha, old joke alert, but not so much, really. Part of any good wellness program should include some support. Perhaps you have a good friend, a supportive husband, a personal trainer, or maybe what you have is just YOU and your will power. What ever it is, value it!
As I constantly skate uphill fighting the healthy life style battle, I am very lucky to have that rare husband who is completely honest. That age old question, “Honey, does this make me look fat,” always gets the truth, painful or not. That is a gift.
I also belong to a gym that is part of a hospital re-hab unit, and I have recently hired a personal trainer for a 3 month contract there. That is going better than I ever thought possible. I have learned many new exercises and also tons of new ways to keep fit. For the first time in my life I am also lifting weights. Don’t be afraid to try something different.
My final tool is curiosity. I really want to know what the best practices are and how they apply to me. I take four different magazines and I read them all. I also read on line and in books. As you may know, I write for PINK magazine and this is part of my research to bring readers up to date in their efforts.
A healthy life style is a combination of your total surroundings and nutritional patterns. Stay tuned for tips and information that will honestly be useful. After all, “We All Need Help!” and I ain’t “lion!”
PS-Just a note-Since we are discussing total surroundings, have you changed your heater filters? Just asking.
Did you know that water is NOT the best liquid for hydration? Actually the very best thing to drink to stay hydrated is milk. Many juices also hydrate better than water. Actually even beer and soda can hydrate rather well too.
Another hydration tip: Do NOT wait until you are thirsty to drink. Thirst can cause nausea, dizziness, and even decreased mental functioning.
Produce can be a better hydrator that water too. Watery fruits and veg. can really do the trick. Oranges, cucumbers, lettuce and so on, are terrific.
Finally, how can you tell if you are drinking enough water? Well, whoda thunk it, check your urine. If your urine is dark and a bit smelly, dring more liquid. If your urine is fairly clear, you are good to go-no pun intended.
(Source for parts of this article: Real Simple Magazine)