Archive for October, 2012

Sweet Dreams of Halloween

October 30th, 2012 No Comments Tags: , , ,

Everywhere I turn there are signs of Halloween. My walking route is lined with goblins and ghosts. There are surely goblins in the grocery store for those of you stock-piling the treats of the season. Yes I see you, lots of gobbling going on…..

For me chocolate is my treat of choice. My life doesn’t need any more tricks, thank you very much. The super dark stuff has some flavinoids that have inherent health benefits. It’s not the dark stuff I’ll be shelling out though so it’s important to have your reality check in place and be honest with yourself about those treats you’ll be enjoying.

Like I always say, all foods fit. Choose your goodies and enjoy them, then be done with it. Storing up those 100 treat boxes or more are going to disappear and it won’t be company eating them. Keep that in mind if you’re trying to justify a few boxes too many. I’m just saying…..

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Going Squirrelly Over Nuts

October 28th, 2012 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Is it just me, but the squirrels seem to be going nutty these days? Busy, busy, busy, running, searching, digging, burying, there’s o so much to do this season. While enjoying breakfast this morning a squirrel was burrowing in my window box, ahhh!

I’ve been going a little squirrelly too lately. For me it’s been to fill a hankering for pistachios. I get the unsalted variety. Sometimes when I want a snack with more staying power the protein in the nuts help tide me over to my meal. Mmmm the crunch, the taste, the enjoyment and the satisfaction. That’s what I look for in a perfect snack.

Truth be told I change my protein filled snacks up though, sometimes I enjoy a glass of chocolate milk, other times a yummy Greek yoghurt, then other times some chick pea salad. When you’re looking for a snack with staying power, these are great options.

What are you going squirrelly over lately? I’d like to know :-)

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The Babbling Blogger – 600 Posts Strong

October 26th, 2012 No Comments Tags: ,

A true sign of old age is reaching a milestone, feeling like you blinked then you reach another one. What gives? Today marks T & T’s 600th blog post. It’s been quite a journey. Truth be told, blogging is like my writing callisthenics, my warm up for when I write “real” material.

It’s been a rewarding hobby of mine that I procrastinated over a year prior to beginning by over thinking and worrying that I would run out of material to write about…. as if….

My commitment to writing keeps me mindful of trends, happenings and what’s on people’s minds around food, nutrition and life. Sometimes the words and topics flow like a river and sometimes my brain could use an Imodium to get the lead out. I try to stay in the moment and not get too hung up over it, then something in my world will inspire me, then off I’ll go again….

What started in March 2010 has blossomed from all of the soul searching. Blogging is a form of journalling, really which has flourished into article ideas and my e-book that’s taking shape that I’m even more committed to launching. It’s been my therapy too.

It’s enriching to find something in life to keep you busy with the boob tube off. Finding something constructive to do is my personal get away from reality, my own little world that keeps my mind focused on my interests with my heart open. Mark my words, my e-book will be launched before my 700 post goes live. Stay tuned for that!!

I check out the blog metrics from time to time. I have followers from the beginning of T & T time and many newby’s. Whether you’re new or whether you know a bit too much about me by now, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time.

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Shift Your Serving Style

October 23rd, 2012 No Comments

I just read an encouraging statistic about how you serve yourself a meal could result in eating less. Plating food at the counter or stove then sitting down to eat could result in eating 14% less. That’s no small potatoes.

Having serving dishes in front of you at the dinner table right under your nose could create temptation and the habit of having seconds just because it’s sitting there. When it’s out of sight it can be out of mind.

Talk about making a paradigm shift of your serving style that helps with gusto! Consider making this significant change. Just think about it, not only will you get in the habit of serving yourself less, you’ll have leftovers to take for lunch the next day.

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Take a Stand on Sit-itis

October 21st, 2012 No Comments Tags: , ,

Sit-itis is all the rage these days, sadly. It’s a new risk factor raising it’s ugly head like the Sphinx in today’s world – prolonged sitting. Yet another new study compiling data involving almost 800,000 is telling us more grave news on the subject that plagues us. Here’s what they found. For those studied who sit all day, they had a:

  • 147% increased risk of heart attack or stroke
  • 112% increase in the risk of developing diabetes
  • 90% greater risk of dying from a cardiac event
  • 49% greater risk of premature mortality

Ok folks, now stand up and shake it out. I feel like I’ve just been given yet another 1-2 punch on the subject. These statistics are staggering. As an active person has me rethinking about all the sitting in my life. I am bound to my chair because of my desk jobs – I sit on transit to and from work, I sit at work, sit at meetings, sit for dinner, lounge after dinner, sitting is my activity every day and I’ll bet it is yours too.

Since first reading about “the dangers of sitting” I took note. The experts suggested ways of just moving more. Here’s what I try to do to avoid sit-itis. My aging bladder gets me up regularly to move, if you catch my drift. When I work from home I work in 2 walks a day to get the lead out. I’ve bumped up my matt routine with a few more calisthenic moves to help me tone. When I take transit I try to stand for a time just to get off my duff, if my blood pressure isn’t too low, and more.

Our bodies were built to move and this helps our mind, bodies, function optimally. Let the alarm bells ring for you if you are in the majority like me. Together we can do the hokey pokey so this cloud can lift above our heads.

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Make a List, Check it Twice & Stick to it!

October 18th, 2012 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

I found myself grocery shopping near the dinner hour the other day, breaking the number 1 grocery shopping rule – don’t go to the store hungry. Truth be told I didn’t start out hungry but as I too’d and fro’d mulling about, my tumbly started to get rumbly. That’s when visions of sugar plums started dancing in my head, then into my cart – nay nay I say!

I must say I tried to keep my head about me and reminded myself to stick to my grocery list to bring home healthy eating possibilities for the week. As my hunger grew I hurried up before I found myself sampling at some of the food stations strategically placed in the aisles. Here are some of the combinations of food choices to consider when shopping for din din possibilities:

  • roast chicken, potatoes & sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, salad
  • spaghetti with asparagus, garlic, pea meal and cheese
  • bbq’d pork tenderloin, corn on the cob, salad
  • chili con carne
  • home made mac & cheese, salad

The possibilities are endless to bring home combinations of food that tantalize your tastebuds, warm the cockles of your heart, fill up the family all made in a flash.

Keep your head about you, bring a list, check it twice and stick to it!! Most of all, don’t go hungry :-)

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Fat Talk in a Skinny World

October 16th, 2012 1 Comment Tags: , , , , , ,

It seems wherever you look on the tube or in magazines are images of slim people. We’re surrounded! We can end up internalizing those abnormal images into what normal really is in our mind. Oh if Marsians came down to earth after tapping into our TV they’d think they stopped on the wrong planet because most people don’t really look like that.

Some people end up trash talking themselves with “fat talk”. In time this could boil over to feelings of depression and the negativity can snowball from there. Stop the madness!

Ok folks I’m not suggesting you give up on your goal-making to a better you, but I am suggesting you tune your attitude in, stat. Start with the exercise of “thought stopping”. Take a week out of your life to focus on those voices in your head. You know what I’m talking about – your inner babble. Well if you the Babbleonion find yourself trash talking yourself with fat talk take heed.

Turn the beat around my soul sister and replace that fat talk with self lovin’ speak. For example, say you catch your back side in the reflection of your office building’s glass doors and hear your inner gasp about that sight. Stop those thoughts cold-handed and replace them with something realistic and positive such as “…well well well, look at how nice you look today, you put a lot of effort in your outfit and you look divine, daaaarling…” In time you will motivate yourself to feel more positive about yourself and it can snowball from there.

If you do want to do better visit your doctor and discuss a realistic goal and approach. Remind yourself that many of the models you see in the media are an unhealthy weight and are not ideal. They’re down right skinny. So give your head a shake and live in the real world while staying positive. Be your own best friend in word and in deed and put an end to this trash talk for good.

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A Little Taste of Heaven

October 14th, 2012 No Comments Tags: , ,

I just took a quiet moment to enjoy a snack. I turned away from the computer and any distractions. I put 2 ripe plums in season on a plate. Then I sat and savoured every bite. Oh the joy of tasting your food! This is one of life’s simplest pleasures that we’ve lost of late.

I love focusing in to the sensations of eating – feeling a bit hungry, thinking about what my body’s asking for, preparing it, then sitting down to enjoy it – the crunch, the sweet nectar, the sour skin enjoying the taste to the max, followed by feeling satisfied. A symbol of fall cherished, knowing we won’t be seeing these again, in season, until next year. A fond farewell savoured.

You know the winemakers have this “taste sensation” thing down to a fine art. Wine flavours are often described in food terms – “hint of cherries and plums”, “peppery” or “chocolatey”, “citrus’y with lemons and limes” or a “buttery finish”. When we eat too fast we don’t even get a “hint of plums” when we’re gobbling them down! What gives?

You deserve a taste of Heaven every day when you eat. Slow down, prepare and present your food, chew your food and enjoy it without distractions. It truly doesn’t get any better than this! An opportunity missed if you rush and gobble.

I’d like to challenge you to put your current favourite foods to this test. You know what I mean, that junky stuff, fast food, highly processed with empty calories. I’ll bet you when you truly take the time to experience your food fully you will make an eventual shift to healthier food. Give it a try and take the challenge. I dare you!

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Tea Tootling – I’ll Drink to That!

October 11th, 2012 No Comments Tags: , ,

Gotta love the song “…tea for two and two for tea…” da da de, de de, du du – and you’ve gotta love the benefits that come with tea. Tea has been gaining in popularity over the years, yet has been around for centuries. Not only is it an enjoyable soothing beverage, but there are health benefits galore.

Various varieties of teas have various beneficial compounds. Take black tea, for instance, there are a variety of antioxidants that protect the brain. Oolong tea is rich in different antioxidant that helps your blood pressure. These are super star qualities for such a simple, soothing drink.

Enjoyed hot or cold, tea can pack a punch of benefits, that’s for sure. Consider replacing a cup of coffee each day with tea. You may also brew a large pot of tea, cool it down in the refrigerator, add sprigs of mint and slices of lemon. Enjoy it in place of that soda pop habit you’re trying to kick.

Including more tea into your repertoire is certainly a no brainer AND can provide benefits to help your brain and more. I’ll drink to that!

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Down With Negativity

October 9th, 2012 No Comments Tags:

Ok so call me Polly Anna already, but I really hate negativity. I recently read about a study done looking at consumer attitudes on negative anti-obesity campaigns. You know what I’m talking about – an ad with a picture of a visibly obese tween girl that reads “Warning, Fat Kids Become Fat Adults”.

What the researchers found was what I hoped – people pine for positivity. Campaigns focused on encouraging positive behavior change were raved about the most, especially those that had no mention of weight or obesity at all – move more, eat your fruits & veggies.

So out out with the negative Nellie advertising and keep a positive approach for consumers to sweeten up the message.

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