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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Blood Moon, Kids' Health, Relaxation and Rest

Today my blog is a potpourri of topics. Here what I'm thinking of right now.

Number 1. 

I care about the children and people in our nation and am saddened that by 2050, studies project that 1 in every 3 Americas will have diabetes.

Watch this video and tell me whether you are concerned about this important health and wellness issue too. What do you think we can do about it? I welcome your ideas.

Epidemic in America

Number 2.

I'm glad a lunar eclipse is in the offing for Monday, April 14th. Mars will be big and bright, and this first total lunar eclipse in more than 2 years will be visible from all parts of the U.S. To learn why it's been called a blood moon eclipse by some, click on the link below.

Will you stay up to watch it, and do you know there will be three more lunar eclipses this year? That fascinates me.

Blood Moon Eclipse

Number 3.

I have to admit to you, dear readers, and myself. I need to re-lax. I have been going full steam ahead all week and my fingers are sore from working their magic at my computer. That's why this blog is shorter than usual.

Before I sign off, one last thing. Here's the quotation for today. It's from Sydney J. Harris. It's one I'm taking to heart.

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.

Friday, March 14, 2014

6 Secrets of Happiness, Small Treats, Joy, Yippee!

   “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats."
                                           - Iris Murdoch

Envision World Happiness

One secret I want to share with you today is that I'm reflecting on the

quotation above the heart picture. It was written by Iris Murdoch (author 

and philosopher). I discovered the quotation in Gretchen  

Rubin's The Happiness Project Moment of Happiness Newsletter.

Thanks Gretchen. Your newsletter supplies me with continuous small 

treats that brighten moments of my day. If you want to know more, 

check out Gretchen Rubin's Website.

The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin's first book on happiness 

continues to suggest that one key to happiness is to be good to oneself 

and pursue those things that create well-being (fun, friendship, love, 

understanding) and cut back on those things that pull you down (worry, 

negativity, blame, and rehashing the past).  I intend to read Gretchen's 

Rubin's new book, Happier at HomeHow about you?

Warning!  Don't go.

I saved the best for last. Please read on to see my 6 top secrets for 


Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Your Heart, Valentine's Day, #heart tips

Happy Valentine's Day and National Heart Health Month Everyone. I've been reflecting on Valentine's Day and Heart Health and realize it would be fun to list an assortment of plant-based foods and lifestyle choices that are good for heart health.

  1. Remember to eat plenty of non-gmo organic fruits and vegetables in a wide range of colors-greens, red, orange, yellow, and purple in their natural state. Purchase produce from a farmer's market, grow it in your own home garden, or shop at a market that supports Free Trade Products. Serve veggies raw or steamed. Flavor with herbs and spices instead of sauces and gravies.
  2. Use legumes like organic lentils, beans, and whole unprocessed grains including barley, quinoa, spelt, oats, flax, millet, corn, brown rice, and organic whole grain wheat in stews, soups, roasts, and sautes.
  3. Serve unprocessed protein sources like organic tempeh, organic tofu, leafy green vegetables, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, peanut butter, broccoli, collard greens, kale, as well as other nuts and seeds.
  4. Add little or no sugar. It is likely to be genetically modified and turns to fat, which is a no-no for heart health.
  5. Cook without salt, especially if you have high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to hypertension, a leading cause of heart attacks.
  6. Serve fresh salads at least once or twice a day. Use a light dressing like lemon juice and a tablespoon of organic olive oil herbal blend instead of high caloric bottled dressings. Another option is to puree olives, an avocado, or raw cashews to top salads.

A healthy lifestyle includes exercise and sports, relaxation techniques and stress management, maintaining a network of love and support, and a plan to take special care of yourself.  

The choices you make (like to stop smoking), the food you eat, and love in your life enhances heart health. Love yourself and your heart. Eat well, be well, love well.

Here is a link to important information from WebMDHeart Attack Symptoms

The quotation for today is: "Love Makes the World Go Round."
Listen to the Theme from Carnival sung by Johnny MathisLove Makes the World Go Round

Mary’s Kitchen   Join in with the bloggers at Real Food Fridays and learn new ideas, discover recipes, and meet new friends who value real food.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

I Love Tea. What's Your Favorite Tea?

Early this morning, I began to imagine drinking a cup of tea, and chatting with with my sister-in-law Naomi. We are long distance communicators, because

Naomi lives on one side of the country and I live on the other. I'm grateful whenever we two are speaking on the phone and drinking a cup of tea together, it feels like we are sitting across from each other at the kitchen table.

My particular favorite teas are Yogi Green Tea Pure Green Decaf, homemade ginger tea (peel a piece of organic ginger, drop it into a cup of boiling water, and let seep for 10-15 minutes), Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat, and Yogi Berry DeTox. And here's a link to a blog I posted about green tea.

What flavor of tea do you enjoy? Please let me know at the email address

The quotation for today is: Make tea, not war. ~Monty Python

Have a delicious cup of tea and think of me.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Real Food Fridays

Here's a fun way to discover new recipes, find new blogs, and add a link to your blog too. Check out Real Food Fridays. As you might notice if you click on the link, this is the first week I did it. I tried to link up, and instead of a picture of food, I put in a picture of myself. Uh-oh. Now I need to figure out how to change it.
Can anyone from Real Food Fridays help me?
Here's a link to explore it further:

The quotation for today:“Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.” 

― Michael Pollan

Thanks for Visiting

Hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog and will return again. Wishing you a day that's brimming with good health and peace. Warm regards, Nan