We can choose in every moment to be mindful of who we are and our amazing gift of life. Are you grateful for this awesome gift of life? Do you see how precious life is? If we are taking responsibility for our lives, then we must take responsibility for our personal nutrition. We can Eat To Live. We can be grateful for our bodies and move them daily. We can nurture our spirit by being conscious of our connection to Source.
How can we do this in a world of fast paced demands on our time? I love the song, Breathe. Breathe, just breathe. When we stop and give ourselves the blessing of 5 minutes to meditate, we just breathe. We open our hearts and brains and expand the energy field around our bodies. We nurture our spirits.
We’re rushing to get to that next appointment or that job. We can release that stress by moving our bodies. If you can, walk there. It will get you out in nature. If you’re driving there, use the time to work your upper body. One of the things I never see on the freeway is someone doing bicep curls or neck stretches or core twists. This is so much better than TEXTING. And you’ll live longer.
In all the rushing we forgot to eat. Yes, the thing we think about almost more than sex, we forgot to do. Be grateful for this amazing body you possess. Feed it whole foods. These are even easier to eat on the run. Fruits and veggies are very portable.
For optimum health, eat a pound of veggies every day. Eat a pound of fruit every day according to your metabolism. What! Now I’ve got your attention. Yes, eat a pound of fruits and a pound of veggies every day from all the colors of the rainbow. That seems like a lot so let’s break that down. A pound in the English system is 16 ounces. Okay, that’s not so bad, but look a little closer. Eight ounces is equal to a cup. So what we’re really saying is eat 2 cups of fruits and 2 cups of veggies every day. Now that’s doable. It’s so easy to grab an apple, pear, peach, orange, nectarine, some dates as you head out the door. They’re easy to eat while you’re doing your bicep curls in the car.
Personal nutrition responsibility sounds like a mouthful and it is, a mouthful of fruits and veggies.
Hears to your Lifetime Health!
We say we love our family and friends but then in the same breath ask if they want some candy or cake or soda. Oh yes. It’s that time of year again. You walk into the supermarket and the first thing you see is huge displays of Halloween candy. Being a sugar addict, I suffered for years with Halloween candy. I would buy tons of it and no kids would show up. Guess who ate it then. So the next year I would decide not to buy it and every child within 30 miles rang my door bell. It was maddening.
Now years later, I could still be considered a sugar addict but I’m a lot smarter. I’ve known for years that I should avoid processed sugar products but like most Americans I would succumb during the holidays. Whenever we tell ourselves that we can’t have something, that’s all we want. Sugar is lurking around every corner. You don’t even have to go buy it. People just bring it to you. A better way to keep your sanity and your health, is to make a decision that you can eat whatever you want. Then learn to want healthy foods. Did you know that you can make candy out of healthy ingredients? YES! You don’t have to give up candy.
Now I know most people will say “I don’t have time to make healthy candy.” (You know you just said that.) So here’s a great idea. Find a health food store in your area and buy your candy from them. WARNING: you might want to exercise some portion control even when you’re eating that healthy candy. Spiking your blood sugar by overdosing on candy is not a pretty picture.
For those of you brave souls who really want to make your own healthy candy for Halloween and any other time. Here’s a recipe for Almond Chocolate Freezer Fudge from the Food Babe. Buon Appetito!
• 1 cup almond butter
• 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
• 1 and ½ tablespoons of maple syrup
• 4 ounces quality dark chocolate
• ½ tsp sea salt
1. Cream almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt together in a bowl
2. Pour mixture into a parchment paper lined small baking dish (8×6)
3. Top with chopped chocolate and freeze for at least 2 hours
4. Remove from freezer, carefully remove fudge by lifting ends of parchment paper
5. Cut into 1 inch squares and store in freezer separated by parchment paper
~ 138 calories each so don’t get crazy and eat 10 at one time! ***Please buy all organic ingredients if possible***
Here’s to your Lifetime Health!
Let’s take a leap and make the connection between portion control and graceful aging. At first glance they may not seem to be connected. Since I’m starting from the premise of we live in a connected Universe, for me everything is connected. We only have to be open to seeing that.
Every week I talk with my clients about portion control. My favorite statement is “Remember…Portion control is your friend.” People tell me that they hear my voice in their heads when they are about to go off track. Portion control leads to self discipline which leads to feeling better about your health journey which leads to fewer calories consumed which leads to better weight management which leads to a healthier body which leads to more energy which leads to less stress which leads to longevity which leads to more chances to experience life which leads to wisdom which leads to internal peace which leads to graceful aging. WHEW!!!
That’s what I call a Unified Field. Everything in the Universe is connected. That means you are connected. If you don’t like what you’re experiencing with your health right now, change it. Adopt portion control and go for graceful aging.
Hears to your Lifetime Health!