Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables

Monday, July 28th, 2014

There’s not much to say here…  the video covers it marvelously!  I love this solution to a really sad reality, the fact that it saves a significant amount of money for folks, and that it has been wildly successful.  Kudos to the French Market Chain, Intermarche. One has to wonder why we can’t do this in this country?  Anybody have a contact in a food market chain?

You’ve gotta see this video.  …it’s short.

What do you think about it?

What’s a Pulse? …good to know, and good for you!

Monday, July 28th, 2014

In Dr. Andrew Weil’s recent post, he talks about “pulses” and foods based on them, their considerable health advantages — all for only a 3/4 cup serving a day.  Hummus, split pea soup, and black beans (instead of the fatter refried variety) are all favorites of mine and perhaps yours as well.  Many of us are already eating pulses, but it’s good to know what a daily goal can mean in supporting our health.  What are the favorite pulses you already know and enjoy?  Check it out!  …it’s a quick read.

A New Season Ahead

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Here in the Southern Arizona high desert, our mid-summer hot temperatures and monsoon humidity make thoughts of the Fall weather-to-come hard to resist.  But it isn’t just the weather.  The whole tempo of activity changes with kids going back to school, summer vacationers and seasonal residents returning, and the start-up of the Fall/Winter activities.  It’s about now that we start looking ahead on the calendar to rough-in dates for Fall events we know we want to be a part of.  …we start to feel, think about and anticipate the coming season.

It’s also one of those times that I tend to think about how I’m doing with what I hoped to accomplish this year.  And it can be complicated with the inevitable changes that have happened since plans were made.  …the plans need adjusting and it’s hard to know where to start with all the details of where time is spent each day.  …and in the rush, it’s easy to put off the thoughts about whether or not I’m spending my time on what is really important.

Have you ever had a life altering experience, that sort of halted you in your tracks, and when you started to really think through what’s important, you wondered what took you so long to really think about it?

I experienced two of those life altering events over this past year, and decided that, even as a Health Coach, I needed to make more time for my own health and wellness.  I reminded myself, once again, that my health is not an expendable asset.

So, don’t wait.  When you’re making plans for the season ahead, give taking care of your health a priority position!

 

Unique Gardening Solution for Colder Weather Extremes

Friday, July 25th, 2014

[…this one is for my family and friends in Colorado, and other non-desert climes!]

I’m always intrigued by the clever gardening solutions I run across on the internet and social networking sites.  This one is not for the patio gardener, but sounds like a cold weather solution for the person with a little land space.  And like so many food-growing solutions, it’s not a brand new idea.  An Aymara Indian word for an underground or pit greenhouse, this “Walipini” has proven itself in the cold, mountain regions of South America for about 20 years — designed to be less costly than the standard greenhouse.

Now, I’m wondering if the earth’s insulation factor — used here for handling colder weather — could be adapted for our toasty, desert temperatures!  🙂

Click  here for more on Walipini greenhouse information.

Good information on Organics at Cornucopia.org

Friday, July 25th, 2014

When we understand the importance of eating organic foods as much as possible, and that we can avoid a preponderance of toxins in our blood stream, just by buying organic versions of the foods on EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list, we’ve made an excellent start in protecting our health.

Cornucopia Institute is another good resource for staying informed.  The Institute “engages in education and research supporting the ecological principals and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture.”  It’s an independent, non-profit organization that helps educate the public with current reports, handy shopping guides and easy-to-understand charts and graphics on important events and the status quo.

Cornucopia’s website features several current reports (follow the home page links for the reports) and “scorecard” lists that are informative shopping guides: (1) The Organic Egg Scorecard, and (2) The Organic Cereal Scorecard.   Food label readers will also appreciate their Report on Carrageenan (it’s a thickener in a lot of dairy, soy and other foods) and the related Shoppers Guide.  Check them out.  …it’s always nice to have good information to make better selections!

Cornucopia’s site also has several informative and interesting videos in their Media Gallery.  [I respect the efforts of the ladies in Mexico that are protecting their bees!]  Check out the right column on the home page for that and other interesting charts and diagrams.  Cornucopia can also be found on Facebook — check out their page and give them a “Like”.

Structuring Exercise for your Level and Age

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Here’s a short video from Dr. Andrew Weil on structuring exercise to work the best for your age and level of fitness.  He reviews his own routines over the years, and talks about the changes he has made and why.  Click here to see the video.