Long time, no post. I’ve been at home with a sick parent. All is well now but a week in ICU can really make you think about life, nutrition, and health.
It is really hard to stay healthy when a loved one is hospitalized and needs you. Alas, this is the most important time TO stay healthy.
With great healthcare, strong family bonds, and fabulous friends, we have made it through a rough few weeks and are back in action.
The first thing I am doing is rehydrating. This whole weekend, I’ve been drinking water and getting rehydrated to the max. I was drinking the prescribed 8 by 8 each day (eight glasses of eight ounces each). I admit to falling a bit off this wagon for the past week but I’ve dedicated this weekend to rehydrating and am proud to let you know that I’m back at my 8 glasses per day.
One of the best things I’ve done on this journey is purchasing a Camelbak Eddy water bottle. It’s great because it travels really well, keeps water cool with a few ice cubes, and helps me measure my water content. I just fill it four times a day and I’m on track to be properly hydrated for the day. Sometimes, I toss in a few drops of natural lemon juice for flavor.
A few of you have asked about sharing my blog with your friends and family. I’m totally comfortable with that! Having a bigger community to share with is great! Let’s spread the word about healthy eating.
Taken today at my favorite Italian food shop in Revere, Massachusetts. This was taken today at New Deal Fruit which is a neighborhood produce shop. It’s been in business for well over 40 years.
New Twist on a New Favorite!
We know about the great heart health benefits of garlic AND the benefits of the spice turmeric SO… I combined them. Low heat, organic garlic cloves, extra virgin olive oil, turmeric -sautéed in a cast iron pan. Great snack and appetite suppressor! Stinky breath is still better than an Egg McMuffin for breakfast!
My favorite part of coming home from Kripalu was re-reading my handwritten notes. We all remember the black cardboard with the white pen attached. I have a few pages of white unlined paper from each session. Granted, my notes are useless to anyone except for me – it’s been that way since Elementary School. But, re-reading them really brings me back to the Orchard Room. Placing our shoes outside of the room, finding either a chair in the outer circle or a black pillow seat-back to sit on the floor. Thankfully, the room was cool. We really lucked out with the air conditioning!
Here are just a few excerpts from my notes. These will mean the most to those of you who were at Kripalu with me.
“Don’t eat oxidized Cholesterol.”
“Take 3 deep breaths.”
“Bread – doorstop”
“Michael Pollen – Food Rules”
“Full Fat in small portions always better than Low Fat”
“No more than 5 ingredients on an ingredient list.”
“GRAS – Generally Regarded as Safe”
I’d love for you to share your tidbits of wisdom from your Kripalu notes below. Each one is so important and is a great reminder of all of the information that we learned!
10. <1500 mg of sodium per day
9. one hour (or 3000 IU) of sunlight
8. 1 cup of beans/legumes per day
7. 4 oz. of oily fish/day (or fish oil at 2000 mg – Nordic Naturals)
6. 7 cups of fruits and veggies/day – easy to do when planned into all meals
5. minimize sugar & flour
4. 1 cup of dark greens (bare minimum) per day
I sneaked out of Kripalu and into downtown Lenox to have a cup of coffee. I’ve been without since Sunday and I wanted to be sure my taste buds still recognized the taste. We were taught that dark roast could be damaging so I opted for the lightest roast possible. Small, hot coffee.
I added a bit of whole milk (please be from a Jersey Cow) but did not add sugar or (gasp) Splenda.
Result? Good. My taste buds still work and I am not dependent on the sugary taste of Splenda to make life good.
Yes – one step closer to health!