Archives for the month of: May, 2013

Nine Months Down, Three to Go!

I had two goals for May.

The first goal was to walk 10, 000 (or more) steps a day, with my Fitbit monitoring my progress and success.  I made some progress, I had some success, but sadly I didn’t make my daily goal.  I started off strongly, then petered out, then walked with a vengeance, then petered out, finally walking as many steps as I could manage each day.  It actually takes some effort to walk 10, 000 steps a day.  Imagine that.  By the end of most work days, I reached about 4000 steps  but it wasn’t always possible to squeeze in exercise after work.  On weekends, when I had no errands, I didn’t get much more than 1000 steps.  To reiterate, it actually takes some effort to walk 10, 000 steps a day.

The second goal was to tighten the reins on my eating.  Throw some confetti and sound that trumpet.  I managed to do this very well, at least starting May 20, when I resumed the Eat to Live plan.  For eleven days now, I’ve eaten masses of vegetables and fruits, plus smaller quantities of beans and nuts and seeds.  I never ended up hiring my sister to cook for me.  Apparently I’m energized enough to get back in the kitchen and tonight, a Friday of all things, I made a batch of Golden Austrian Cauliflower Cream Soup.   Tomorrow’s dinner awaits and three other servings will go in the freezer.  I’m going to try a new dessert recipe tomorrow since my sweet tooth is calling out.

I also look back at May’s calendar and see that I booked a lot of physical and energetic modalities, with three massages, a facial, a chiropractic visit, an acupuncture session, and a Raindrop Technique, which was a lovely first time session.

I’d say May was a good month, all in all.



599801_542632702426394_1681013873_nWhen people discover that I’m experimenting with veganism, they ask me two questions.  One question is how I get my protein.  The other question is why.  I always respond in the same way.  I merely want to try something new, a way of eating that focuses on nutrients and good health.  I seem to have found that with Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live program.  I’ve already completed one 42-day aggressive plan with success, not to mention the desire to continue, with the addition of a few more low-nutrient foods into my daily intake.  This addition gradually turned into a full-out, stuff my face, eat whatever junk food I craved.  Now I’m on Day 11 of another 42-day cycle and I anticipate few problems with surviving until the end of the school year, even including last night’s cake indulgence and whatever other indulgences may pop up.  After all, I’m not on a diet; I’m just eating healthily.

IMG_2818I have a fondness for cake.  I might even admit to having a weakness for cake and all things chocolatey and sweet.  Today I enjoyed a small piece (followed by a slightly bigger one it was so good) of my niece’s 16th birthday cake, the first time in ten days that I’ve eaten animal products.  I savoured each mouthful of this red velvet delight, all the while ignoring that it contained red food colouring.  For the first time in a long time, I maintained balance today, consuming only high-nutrient food before allowing myself this indulgence.


“If we had a rampant epidemic of self-love then our health care costs would go down dramatically.”
~Dr. Christiane Northrup

According to Dr. Christiane Northrup, we can enhance our health through self-care.  Hopefully that means I’ll be in amazingly good health at the end of this year-long blog.

Seven Steps to Enhance Health through Self-Care
1.  Tap into the stream of healing energy regularly.
2.  Know that you are your own best mother.
3.  Do something pleasurable each and every day.
4.  Breathe deeply and fully on a regular basis.
5.  Get support for self-care.
6.  Use the incredible power of no.
7.  Don’t wait for permission to start taking care care of yourself.

For a detailed write-up on each step, visit

44459_10151356715131570_381951228_nIndeed.  I had an amazing day ingredient (and therefore nutrient) wise.  I started with a Blueberry Orange Smoothie, followed by a lunch of Bean Enchilada, raw pepper and cucumber, an apple, and a Yummy Banana-Oat Bar.  For dinner, I enjoyed Apple Bok Choy Salad and Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie, then fresh organic strawberries for dessert.  Coincidentally, all the recipes are courtesy of Dr. Fuhrman.  I’ll rejoice in today’s stellar food choices because, although I plan on being just as stellar tomorrow, I can’t make any guarantees.


Stress happens.  For me, stress manifests physically and emotionally, with either muscle tension or a grumpy and impatient attitude.  If I’m really stressed, I have the muscle tension plus the pissy attitude.

Here are 6 ways that might be effective in turning your stress around.  I love the simplicity of these steps and I’m glad for the reminder to avoid making life more complicated than it needs to be.

1.  Move
2.  Breathe deep, slow, full breaths.
3.  Bathe
4.  Sleep
5.  Think differently (break the cycle of “stinkin’ thinkin”)
6.  Meditate

For the complete article, visit

10197_10151331237611570_649826811_nIt’s sad that we look to pharmaceutical solutions to our problems when food choices can go a long way to avoiding pharmaceuticals in the first place.

day-offI always look forward to Friday but I’ve been looking forward to this particular one all week.  It’s my first of two lieu days so I didn’t have to teach my French 8, 10, and 11 classes.  It’s kind of lame that getting up at 8:20 is sleeping in, but it is two hours later than I normally get out of bed.  I ventured as far as the kitchen, where I experimented with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie.  It’s a winner, with its pleasing taste and occasional subtle burst of peanut butter.  Then I plonked on the couch for an episode of “Bones.”  A burst of energy followed with a one-hour walk.  Naturally, I enjoyed the rest of the day, by watching more “Bones”, reading an older Nora Roberts novel, and preparing some healthy foods, like Triple Treat Cabbage Salad, Easy Vegetable Pizza, and Yummy Banana-Oat Bars.  Lieu days rock and one more awaits.

100_sculptureGiddyup!  Only 100 days left of my blog.  I had a crazy busy day at work today but anticipating my massage made it easier to bear.  My anticipation was not unwarranted.  Allison Madder, RMT extraordinaire, worked wonders on my muscle tension.  I continued with the self-care by eating high-nutrient foods all day and ensuring that my fitbit reached 10, 000 steps.

Cherries-love-31501477-1024-768I tried a new smoothie recipe for breakfast with great results.  Dr. Fuhrman’s Chocolate Cherry Smoothie is sweet and tasty and filling.

While cherries are never my first choice when snacking on fruit, I can appreciate their tremendous health benefits.

  1. packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which help to reduce heart disease and cancer
  2. can reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis, thanks to those anthocyanins
  3. contain melatonin which helps regulate heart rhythms and sleep cycles
  4. contain beta carotene (19 times more than strawberries and blueberries)
  5. rich in vitamins C and E, as well as potassium, magnesium, iron, and folate
  6. good source of fiber which is important for digestive health
  7. great snack which is helpful in weight maintenance
  8. can reduce the risk of diabetes
  9. called a “brain food” because they help prevent memory loss

Considering these health benefits, I can try to eat cherries more often in my morning smoothies.  I can even add them to the Avocado Chocolate Pudding I mentioned in yesterday’s post.