October 13, 2015

Pumpkin On A Fence

It's that time of year.  The weather is way too warm still, but the pumpkins don't seem to mind.  I saw this one hanging from a fence on a recent walk.  I can't believe those vines didn't break!

October 12, 2015

Getting Healthy!!

Where have I been, you ask?

It's been 11 weeks since my heart problem was fixed and my, oh my, how things have changed!  As my new life unfolds, my more sedentary activities are dropping by the wayside. And those things I haven't been able to do are suddenly consuming big chunks of my time. Besides the roller skating adventure,  I've been walking, swimming, canoeing, skipping, skipping and laughing and chasing kids all at the same time, dancing, running, hauling and stacking wood, and playing tennis. (Important to note I've actually hit the ball a few times - no small miracle.) More often than not, I look like an old mother out there, but I don't care.  I'm up and feeling great, so let 'em laugh.  Ha! ;)

After living on two cardiac floors for a week, I decided that as much as it is within my power, I will never, ever be a cardiac patient ever again.  So I'm exercising 6 days a week and eating like a champion. The scale is dropping but that's not as important as the way I feel - terrific.

People have asked what "diet" I'm on.  My new lifestyle is a whole grain Mediterranean one, which research shows to be related to significantly lower total mortality rates, as well as lower rates of heart disease, peripheral artery disease, strokes, insulin resistance, cancer, depression, infections, obesity, memory loss, dementia, Parkinson's, type 2 diabetes...the list keeps going.

Holy. Cow.

If you're looking for a good resource, the best nutritional cookbook I've found professionally or personally is Good Food Great Medicine.  One of the best - and hardest - quotes:  "Cookie jars don't belong in the homes of responsible adults.  However, if you do make cookies now and then, don't lose sight of their mission, which is to brighten the eyes and delight the soul."

In:  Plentry of fish, whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, olive oil, and raw nuts; cultured dairy such as yogurt, kefir, and cheese; moderate amounts of meat, poultry, and eggs.

Out:  Refined grains, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors, additives, commercially fried foods, and sugar (ouch).  Even those whole grain, organic breakfast cereals, crackers, soft breads, and chips are out - too much processing creates problems.

Here are some typical lunches.  (There's salmon buried in those salads.)  If nothing else, they are certainly colorful!