2015 Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for visiting.I started off my New Year by re designing my Family Room!
Can’t wait to show you the finished product. Stayed tuned. ______________________________________________________________________________________________
Since February represents Heart Health Month, I wanted to share a personal story. When I was 38 yrs old, I had a heart attack. It was a wake up call for me to be mindful of my body and how I feel each day. My heart attack was caused from a blood clot. When I got to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. , the doctors ask me what my symptoms were.( Symptoms for women are different). My symptoms were: No energy for a few days before; taking the steps was almost impossible; feeling of having something stuck in my throat; pale, no color, even grayish; the feeling of a hot burning (like a poker) in my back; and lastly, the numbing feeling running down my left arm! That is when I really knew that I was having a heart attack. All I could think of was ” what if I died?” My children were young ages 18, 17, 13, and 11. Scary!
It takes a lifetime to mess it up, but we can always improve our health. Through knowledge, and determination, It can be done!!
The best Diet for your heart is the Mediterranean Diet.
It really does not matter how old or young you are, you can make an impact on your muscles, fat, mind, spirit, and nutrition. BE MINDFUL. Every day….
Did you know that one of the best ways to stay healthy during the winter months is to bundle up and take a walk. Just 20 minutes will do your mind and body good.
FOR YOUR SKIN, releases TOXINS and soothes your skin.
Lavender infused olive oil scrub: Mix sea salt-1cup, with olive oil and lemon juice. Mix to make a consistency that you can rub on your skin to remove dead cells. Rinse and towel dry. Feels great!
I must say that my favorite Christmas gift was from my children, there were many, but my new Dutch Oven is great!
FOR YOUR BODY– Good Nutrition
My Quick Kale Soup: 1 container of beef stock
2 lbs. curly kale (removed from the spine) washed and dried
1 large yellow onion chopped medium
5 garlic cloves diced
2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 fresh lemon, squeeze right over the pot
1 can of black beans (drained)
Make lots, and eat lots, so good. Takes about 20 minutes to make.
Throw it all into the pot! Bring to a boil, then simmer, then, READY TO EAT! (Optional, protein, diced chicken)
Food of the month Fresh Pineapple
Fresh Pineapple is sweet and delicious. It has many health benefits. Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Manganese, and contains a special group of enzymes called Bromelain, which functions both as a digestive aid and anti-inflammatory compound. Bromelain is a unique group of enzymes found in fresh Pineapples that helps break down protein and aids in digestion it can also be purchased in powder form. Canned or cooked Pineapples contain no Bromelain because the Pineapples are heated to the boiling point which deactivates the enzyme. Pineapples should not be combined with yogurt or cottage cheese until immediately before serving as the Bromelain will break down the proteins in these foods, altering their flavor and texture.
On the other hand, adding Pineapple to a marinade for meat or poultry will not only add extra flavor to these foods, but will also help tenderize them. To take full advantage of Bromelains’s enzyme activity, eat one to two hours before or after eating so it is not sitting in our stomach or small intestine right next to the proteins in or food. This would be the best way to make use of its anti-inflammatory benefits. I eat if for sinus infections.
Bromelainis a useful adjunctive therapy for bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, and inflammation of RA.
Recipes: Pineapple Chicken Salad; Pineapple Shish-Ka-Bobs; Pineapple Salsa; Pineapple Smoothie
1 cup of pineapple contains only 76 calories! Fresh pineapple can last for up to 5 days and best served at room temperature.
“Make a memory every day and don’t apologize for who you are”…Rebecca
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