Archive | December 2014

A New Year ~ Starting fresh towards a Healthier Me!

Christmas has come and gone.  What a wonderful time of celebration it was with family and friends.  The food was wonderful and the turkey is a gift that keeps on giving.  Turkey sandwiches, turkey casserole, turkey stew, have all been a part of our eating plan over the last few days in our house.

Homemade cookies, desserts and chocolates have also been part of the celebrations.  I, confess that I did indulge in some of the goodies offered, but did well, considering, the array of sugared treats I had to choose from.

As the year comes to a close, I have time to examine my eating habits over the course of the year and assess how I did, and where I can improve next year.  I am looking forward to a clean slate and as always will make the New Year’s resolution to be a “healthier” me and to “exercise” more.  The key is to keep on track, and stay motivated to attain my goals. I can’t allow the stresses in life, to derail me, which they have at times this year.

2015 brings a fresh start, new hope, and a promise for a healthier me.   I will be keeping myself accountable through this blog and will keep encouraging all those who strive to be healthy on the inside and outside as well.

I know I shared a parody before Christmas, but here is another one for your enjoyment.  I know it’s not a month after Christmas…but it’s never too late to start focusing on making those tight clothes loose again.  Enjoy!

Twas the month after Christmas,

and all through the house,

Nothing would fit me,

not even a blouse.

The cookies I’d nibbled,

the eggnog I’d taste,

At the holiday parties,

had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales,

there arose such a number!

When I walked to the store,

(less a walk than a lumber).

I’d remember the marvelous,

meals I’d prepared;

The gravies and sauces,

and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls,

the bread and the cheese,

And the way I’d never said,

“No, thank you, please.”

As I dressed myself,

in my husband’s old shirt,

And prepared once again,

to do battle with dirt,

I said to myself,

as I only can

“You can spend a winter

disguised as a man!”

So-away with the last,

of the sour cream dip,

Get rid of the fruit cake,

every cracker and chip.

Every last bit of food,

that I like must be banished

Till all the additional,

ounces have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie,

not even a lick.

I’ll want only to chew,

on a long celery stick.

I won’t have hot biscuits,,

or corn bread, or pie,

I’ll munch on a carrot,

and quietly cry.

I’m hungry, I’m lonesome,

and life is a bore-

But isn’t that what,

January is for?

Unable to giggle,

no longer a riot.

Happy New Year to all,

and to all a good diet! (Anonymous)

Twas the Night before Christmas ~ Dieter Version

I found this parody on the famous “Twas the Night Before Christmas” story and thought it would be fun for the Christmas holidays.

Wishing you all a very blessed and happy Christmas day.

*A Dieter’s Style

Twas the night before Christmas and all round my hips

were Fannie May candies that sneaked past my lips

Fudge brownies were stored in the freezer with care

in hopes that my thighs would forget they were there

While Mama in her  girdle and I in chin straps

had just settled down to sugar-borne naps

When out in the pantry there arose such a clatter

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter

Away to the kitchen I flew like a flash

tore open the icebox then threw up the sash

The marshmallow look of the new-fallen snow

sent thoughts of a binge to my body below

When what to my wandering eyes should appear:

A marzipan Santa with eight chocolate reindeer!

That huge chunk of candy so luscious and slick

I knew in a second that I’d wind up sick

The sweet-coated Santa, those sugared reindeer

I closed my eyes tightly but still I could hear

On Pritikin, on Stillman, on weak one, on TOPS

a Weight Watcher dropout from sugar detox

From the top of the scales to the top of the hall

now dash away pounds now dash away all

Dressed up in Lane Bryant from my head to nightdress

my clothes were all bulging from too much excess

My droll little mouth and my round little belly

they shook when I laughed like a bowl full of jelly

I spoke not a word but went straight to my work

ate all of the candy then turned with a jerk

And laying a finger beside my heartburn

I gave a quick nod toward the bedroom I turned

I eased into bed, to the heavens I cry

if temptation’s removed I’ll get thin by and by

And I mumbled again as I turned for the night

in the morning I’ll starve… ’til I take that first bite!

*Found on humormatters.com

A warm bowl of Porridge

She climbed up onto the large kitchen chair; in front of her sat a huge bowl of hot porridge.  The steam was rising from it, and it looked delicious!  Being as hungry as she was she took her spoon and dipped it into the warm mush.  As she brought it to her lips she realized it was way too hot, and sadly placed the spoon back onto the table.

Across the table was another bowl that looked like it might be a bit more suitable.  So she climbed down from her chair and readjusted herself onto a smaller more fitting chair.  Looking down at this bowl it looked like it might be the most perfect bowl of porridge she could find.  Reaching for the spoon she dipped it quickly into the bowl but when she placed it into her mouth it was just far too cold, and quite to her disliking.

She was hungry and she really wanted the very best.  There was one more bowl to try.  She headed quickly to it.  When she arrived at the chair, she didn’t have to climb up onto it.  It was the perfect sized chair for her.  When she saw the bowl of porridge she hoped that it would be the right one.  Reaching for the spoon she dipped it gently into the porridge, gave it a stir and then placed a small amount into her mouth.  She let out a little groan of delight.  She had finally found the best for her. She gobbled the rest of it down, enjoying every mouthful.  After she finished the bowl she licked it clean and was completely satisfied.  Her belly was full and she was feeling a little sleepy.  She leaned back in her chair for a big stretch, but lost her balance and toppled to the floor, leaving one of the chair legs broken.  She picked herself up and went exploring for a comfy bed…..

I loved the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears when I was a child.  Each time I sat in front of a bowl of porridge, when I was younger, I immediately thought of that story.   Mum made porridge for our family in the cold winter months.  She always threw a handful for raisins into the pot while making it, and a little bit of milk and brown sugar sprinkled on top.   We felt very full and satisfied heading out the door to school, or to play in the snow.

A bowl of porridge to start your day is a great idea.  Since it is high in fiber, both soluble and insoluble, it has some staying power, leaving you feeling full and satisfied.  The fiber content allows the food to be digested slowly, keeping sugar levels from absorbing quickly, so it may help in reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes. It is also loaded with essential nutrients and therefore has some immune building properties.

I guess, Momma does know best after all!  Grab a bowl, give it a try!

Some cool toppings for your porridge are: bran buds, some dried granola, dried apricot slices, a handful of raisins, apple sauce with a pinch of cinnamon, sliced bananas with a drizzle of maple syrup, blueberries, strawberries, and even some craisins.

Snowball fight anyone?

Snow is falling outside my window this evening.  It looks like we are in for quite a storm.  I’m not a big fan of venturing out in the snow, and would prefer to huddle inside around the fireplace.

Unfortunately, that is not always possible.  We lead busy lives, so the driveway has to get shoveled and the sidewalk needs cleared off so pedestrians won’t fall or have to trudge through ice and snow.

Snow brings back such fond childhood memories too.  When I was younger I would play for hours rolling in the snow, making snow angels, building igloos, and snowmen.  Tobogganing was always a favorite as well.

Being outdoors in the fresh air does wonders for your health.  It lifts your spirits, gets the body’s lymphatic system pumping, increases endorphins and are absorbing Vitamin D from the sun .  My mum’s doctor told her to get outdoors, at least once a day, to walk around the block.  That was great advice, and one that I have proven to be very effective.

Winter activities include:

-Ice skating, tobogganing, snow shoeing, sking (cross country & downhill), walking, playing in the snow, ice fishing, snow mobiling,

Make sure to wrap up warmly and apply sunblock SPF 15 on face before heading outdoors.

Most of all have fun!

Food fit for a Queen ~ Royal Jelly

I have heard that there are many benefits to Royal Jelly, so I decided to do some research on it.  Royal Jelly is a “superfood” that is produced by the glands of worker bees and is reserved for the Queen Bee and newly hatched larvae.  It nourishes the larvae so that they can grow rapidly and stimulates the queen bee to lay thousands of eggs daily.

Health benefits:

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Anti-aging – it stimulates collagen production
  • Antibiotic & Anti-inflammatory. It works topically on inflamed area when rubbed in and also works when taken internally.
  • Helps to relieve PMS symptoms
  • Relieves Insomnia

I bought 30 vials of Royal Jelly yesterday, and had my first dose.  I’m not sure if it was a coincidence but I slept so well last night.   Keeping up a youthful appearance and sleeping well seems like a good enough reason for me to add this to my list of “superfoods” that encourage a healthier glow……

Here’s a link to more information on Royal Jelly http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/royal-jelly.html

Unique Gift ideas for those who are into Health & Fitness:  

When I select gifts for family and friends I love to get ones that are unique and different.

After doing some research I came across a few items that peeked my interest.  I thought that they would be worth sharing.  Websites are listed below for furhter information.

These might help you as you head out this Christmas season to find that one special gift.  Enjoy!

Digital Yogurt Maker by Aroma  

“Makes over 5 cups of yogurt.  You can make smooth, creamy yogurt at home using only the freshest ingredients with the help of this electric yogurt maker–no artificial additives or preservatives required. The appliance features a user-friendly control panel with an easy-to-read digital display, along with a programmable timer that allows for customizing the yogurt’s tartness and texture and that automatically shuts off at the end of the cycle.”

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16896713062

Aqua Zinger water infuser

“The Aqua Zinger water bottle works by subtly infusing water with flavors.  From cucumber to lemon and lime, to blackberries, kiwi, strawberry, raspberry, peach, ginger, or even mint and basil – your Aqua Zinger can infuse them all. Mix and match and get creative; the flavors and ingredients are only limited by your imagination.”

http://www.amazon.ca/Zing-Anything-ZINGAQB-ZingAnything-Zinger/dp/B008F4NBB8/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1417928567&sr=1-1&keywords=aqua+zinger

Five Fingers Running Shoe

“No footwear comes closer to recreating this natural sensation than Vibram FiveFingers®. It allows you to land on your forefoot, directly below your center of gravity, resulting in optimum balance, increased stability, less impact and greater propulsion. Running in Vibram FiveFingers® delivers sensory feedback that improves agility and equilibrium and allows immediate form correction. In addition it stimulates and strengthens muscles in the feet and lower legs.

In Vibram FiveFingers®, you get all the health benefits of barefoot running combined with our patented  Vibram® sole that protects you from elements and obstacles in your path.”

http://www.vibramfivefingers.it/barefoot_running.aspx

Acupressure mat

“Regular use of an acupressure mat has been shown to help people who wish to:

Relieve Back & Neck Pain

Relieve Stress

Relieve Migraines & Headaches

Relieve Muscle Tension & Spasms

Relieve Insomnia

Reduce Inflammation

Improve Blood Circulation

Lose Weight

Promote Relaxation & Well-being”

http://acupressuremat.ca/index.htm#sthash.E6b0w21X.dpuf

Banglz everday wrist weight bands ~ Cute bracelets that spice up a nice outfit and bring on the burn,

“BURN MORE CALORIES, TONE, STRENGTHEN & FIRM WITH EVERY WORKOUT OR ACTIVITY

Burn up to 20% more calories at YOGA, ZUMBA, BARRE or WALKING, ETC!

Finally, you can get exercise into Every Day!

Add to Yoga, Barre, Kick Box, Zumba, Walking or your daily activities

Small changes = BIG results in Banglz!”

www.banglz.com

Stainless steel fruit pineapple corer slicer peeler

Peels, cores, and slices an entire pineapple in seconds

Made from durable 18/8 Stainless steel with a medium-sized blade

Create one slice at a time or cut up the whole fruit at once

Makes perfectly-shaped rings; preserves shell intact to use as a bowl

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 3-Pod Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit,

“Revolutionary indoor garden lets you grow your own food indoors all year round right in your own home! http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Gro-AeroGarden-Indoor-Garden-Gourmet/dp/B0015MG9P2/ref=sr_1_3?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1417931019&sr=1-3&keywords=miracle+gro+aerogarden

NASA-tested, soil-free growing technology scientifically proven to grow plants 5 times faster than plants grown in soil

Grows herbs, flowers, lettuce, peppers, veggies and more!

Energy efficient Grow Light included, grow indoors anywhere, any time of year and makes a great gift too!”

http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Gro-AeroGarden-Indoor-Garden-Gourmet/dp/B0015MG9P2/ref=sr_1_3?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1417931019&sr=1-3&keywords=miracle+gro+aerogarden

VivoFit Fitness band by Garmin

“Vívofit learns your current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily goal. As you meet your milestones, vívofit adjusts your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a more active lifestyle.”

http://sites.garmin.com/en-US/vivo/

Happy Shopping!

Keeping skin healthy!

Winter is here and that means the nice moist air we were enjoying over the Summer months is gone.  Our skin begins to get dry and flaky. This makes the skin irritated and itchy.

There are a few things that you can do to keep your skin moist.  The most obvious one is to continually lather cream on your body whenever you can.  I tend to keep hand lotion bottles beside the kitchen and bathroom sinks for easy access when I’m done washing my hands.   I up my water intake as well, and eat more foods with high water content like, fruits and vegetables.

I have decided to incorporate into my routine this year dry skin brushing.   I have heard there are many benefits from doing this.  Some noted ones are:

  • Helps improve digestion by unclogging, clogged pores,  This allows the skin to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins better.
  • Helps the nervous system function better by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
  • Removes dead skin cells and tightens and tones the skin.
  • Improves circulation of the blood and lymph fluid.

The best time to do this would be just before heading into the shower.  A long handled, soft natural bristle brush is ideal.  You don’t want bristles to be too hard as it could damage your skin.   Start at the feet and work your way up to your head.  Brush vigorously, in a circular motion, and up towards the heart.  Don’t forget to do the back and shoulders.  After brushing you can hop into the shower and rinse off.

It doesn’t sound too difficult and I look forward to trying it.

If you’ve had any experience with dry skin brushing or have any other tips for keeping your skin moist please feel free to share them.