How conscious are you about what goes into your mouth? Is your quality of life suffering? Have you started to see the makings of the dreaded midriff bulge? If you answered yes to either question, perhaps, mindful eating in contrast to mindless eating is your challenge.
I know at times I’m guilty of not being proactive with my food choices especially during times of stress, like when my end of the month (quarter, too!) when sales reports are due. I talked last week about upping my daily water intake which helps limit in-between-meals and snacks.
I’m just going to admit it here and now. I’m a water snob. I ask the question, is boxed water better? And to that, I say yes. But before I go on reveal why and how, let’s look at the importance of water consumption as a needed nutrient for our bodies.
According to Christian Dior’s 1954 book, The Little Dictionary of Fashion, the color green is supposed to be an unlucky color. I’d say things have changed regarding the color. In fact, for me, this natural color is making a strong difference every morning as I go to the green zone for breakfast.
Being in the green zone is my way to kick start my metabolism with 7 – 9 servings of fruits and veggies in one fell swoop with one drink.
Do you love cherries and are smitten with Cherries Jubilee? Did you know that it was a special dessert prepared for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebration in 1897?
Since then the dish, made with fresh cherries, liqueur and flambéed, then served over vanilla ice cream, has grown into one of America’s favorite desserts.
Since it is summertime, I picked a great time to talk about watermelons. Why! Because August 3 is National Watermelon Day. Before there were Farmer’s Markets or street vendors selling fresh produce, there was the watermelon man.
In the inner city neighborhoods of Philadelphia, I can recall during the hot summer months especially on a Friday. This man, perhaps a farmer driving his loaded-down truck through our Germantown community singing his song about watermelons, fresh fish and eggs. I can still hear in my mind his mantra, “wardeemelon, fresh fish and brown eggs.” Maybe this was the peddler’s way of stirring up business to get rid of his perishables.
Since this month is all about nutrition. One way I keep fit and eat healthy is by my food choices. I must share my fondness for an un-beet-able vegetable, beets. Beets are one of those polarizing foods that you either love or hate. I relish this brightly colored veggie.
Can I tell you something personal? Would that be okay? As I am going through menopause, declining estrogen levels have contributed greatly to a stunt in my metabolism. Along with the slow go with the metabolism, it takes a greater effort for me to lose weight quickly.
Right now, I am up about 8-pounds! Nevertheless, I have learned how to drop 5—-drop 5 pounds quickly. Today, I would like to share with you how I am able to clean out impurities in my system as well as lose a few pounds with a great feeling of well being.
Usually by mid-August, many speak of the dog days of summer, however, it looks and feels like a taste of fall. I welcome the early seasonal change, it feels like September in August. Being a September baby, fall is my favorite time of the year. The summer of 2014 will go down in the weather annals as one of the mildest and coolest summers in the last ten years in some geographic areas of the United States.
It’s still a few weeks for the official fall season. Nevertheless, sure signs of the fall season are all around us, the crisp morning and night air, the dig your own mum signs along the roads, very tall corn stalks ready for harvest as feed for farm animals, and back to school supply sales. As a child I have sweet memories walking just to enjoy crunching fallen leaves and acorns on the ground.
The local grocery store reminds me of the time of the year as well. A stroll down the produce aisle, the ruby red healthy pomegranates, the caramel colored apple cider, caramel apples, and candy corn, these are my favorite taste of fall. As you can see I have a sweet tooth that I must keep under wraps.
Wearing Talbot’s lace dress from last summer, J. Crew vintage denim jacket, Stella and Dot gold tone lariat necklace, Kate Spade Licorice camel suede pumps, David Yurman bangle, Tiffany bead bracelet with my collection of Tiffany charms, Fit Bit bracelet with Rouge Louboutin nail color.
Wearing: Macy’s Impulse Shop Faux Leather Moto Black Jacket, Stella and Dot Dot Bloom Necklace, Banana Republic Fit and Flare Dress, Nine West Junia Taupe Bootie, and Forever 21 Mint Nail Polish.
Does anyone play cards anymore? Do you remember from childhood, the card game, Go Fish?
Getting the right nutrients for our body to me is like the card game Go Fish. As I recall the strategy of the card game was to collect a set of four cards of the same kind, with the game continuing until the first person got rid of the rest of their cards. I liken aging to the game, one has to hope he or she can match the right foods, lifestyle and exercise to age gracefully while maintaining a certain quality of health. If we miss the mark along the way, we can supplement, right?
Do you know what the biggest selling dietary supplement these days and why? It is not the multi-vitamin anymore but omega 3. In the early 80’s a study was published which paved the way for understanding the importance of omega – 3 fatty acids. The study followed the fishermen in Greenland, a population whose main dietary source is from the sea and is very rich in fatty acids. During the test period it was found less chronic diseases in the population being tested, compared to the Western population. It was found that the fishing population was healthier, although they consumed fatty acids. Since these days these fatty acids are now called called omega 3.
Although much attention has been focused on the need to reduce dietary fat, the body does need fat. Omega – 3 fatty acids are essential to the body, but our body is not able to produce them.
Just another reminder that heart disease is the number one cause of death for women especially African-American women of all ages in the United States, but there is an easy way to reduce your risk. Eating just two servings of a fatty fish a week can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by 36 percent.
Wearing Talbot’s Lace Sheath, Stella & Dot Necklace, J.Crew Everly T-Strap and Kate Spade Straw Hat
Has the system failed us? Do we need to make an appeal? About sugar, that is! The sugar verdict is frustrating and predictable if one doesn’t make their health and wellness matter. Last week’s blog post on sugar leads us to a further discussion about sugar or glucose in the body.
Do you know your blood sugar value? Have you had an A1C blood test to determine your blood sugar level? Fasting blood sugar levels should be measured six to eight hours after eating. The measurement is milligrams of glucose per one-tenth liter (mg/dL) of blood:
- Less than 109 mg/dL: Normal
- 110-125 md/dL: Fasting blood glucose/borderline, pre-diabetes
- 126 mg/dL and over: Diabetes Type 2