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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Summer Where Have You Gone??!

A Northeaster bearing down on Maryland! So much for Global Warming. Seems appropriate to post this poem that I wrote some years ago.


Summer where have you gone?
I yearn for you all winter long.
Your sunny face
And warm embrace,

Summer where have you gone?
I remember lying on your lawn.
Your pretty green dress and
Flowers in your hair, a mess.

Summer where have you gone?
You broke my heart when you said so long.
What did I do to make you go?
Please come back, I hate this snow!

Summer where have you gone?
I am so woebegone.
They say you went South to Florida Land
Please, Please come back to Maryland!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Power of Ginger!

Is ginger a wonder drug? If so how do you unleash the power of ginger? How much should I take and is the natural form better than a capsule?

Ginger has been used since the dawn of time for many ailments as well as a spice. As a folk medicine, it has few equals. However, now modern medicine is also touting the power of ginger. The secret ingredient in ginger is gingerol, which is a bioactive ingredient giving ginger it's strong smell and taste and is responsible for some amazing medical benefits. Here are seven major reasons for making ginger part of your diet.

1. Upset stomach, nausea, morning sickness? Taking ginger can be as effective as a prescription drug.
2. Prevent vomiting and relieve the side effects of chemo.
3. Help relieve the pain of Osteoarthritis.
4. Lower blood sugars and prevent heart attacks.
5. May help prevent cancer.
6. May protect against Alzheimer's.
7. Ginger fights oral infection.

So it's good for you and more research needs to be done and is being done to further prove ginger's effectiveness over a wide range of diseases. Obviously, you must talk to your doctor before taking ginger for more serious diseases Ginge is not a substitute for modern medicine.

I prefer to take ginger in a supplement form because I can control the dosage. How I use raw ginger or powder as a spice as often as possible. If buying as a supplement make sure it's from a reliable
USA supplier and is organic. I found ginger supplement from Pure Mountain Organics to be one of the best.

In turns of dosage start with a low dose until your body gets used to it. Some people may experience
some stomach problems if you start with a high dose. I haven't had any problems or side effects. I take two capsules in the morning with my breakfast and two at supper time. Each capsule contains 500 mg of ginger.

Taking ginger as a supplement can be beneficial for many people, again consult a physician before trying ginger or any other natural/alternative medicine.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Does Brady's Diet Work?

By now everyone has probably heard of Tom Brady's diet. The Patriot's star quarterback's diet & lifestyle is credited with giving him, at an age when most pro football players would retire, the stamina and strength to play at the highest levels.

Now most of us can't afford a personal chef, and the country's top fitness coaches and doctors to craft an individual health/diet plan, we can follow a similar food plan.

Specifically, Brady avoid's certain foods.

1. Ice Cream
2. White sugar
3. White flour
4. Nightshade veggies: Eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers

Basically, Tom & his wife Gisele eat a plant-based, organic diet with occasional meats like duck, fish, chicken & beef. No MSG or other additives.

The diet is healthy, Nightshade plants are inflammatory and avoided additives like MSG are a wise move. We all know the dangers of consuming sugar and white flour and how the spike our blood sugar.

Most of the Bradys meals are simple combinations of carbs like brown rice with steamed veggies and protein. So the diet is something anyone can try. Make a weekly meal plan along with a shopping list, remove temptation like cookies, ice cream from your house. Experiment with spices and different recipes to add variety. One in a while treat yourself, but only once you reach a goal. Most importantly enjoy the journey.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Best Exercises If You Want To Live To A Hundred?

I think we would all like to live to a hundred if we could be alert mentally and physically. So assuming this is your goal. Then how do we improve our chances of living to a hundred or at least living an active, vibrant life as long as possible?

In my last post, I wrote about the people of Sardinia and in particular the Mendes family which hold the Guinness record of the longest-lived family on earth. They eat mainly a plant-based diet and drink wine. Not a bad prescription to follow for long life. But want about exercise? Well, you might be interested to know that not one of them belong to a gym. Neither do they run 3 miles a day or work out on their StairMaster. No, like most of the long-lived peoples of the world they stay physically active through their daily lives.

They tend their sheep and do farm chores, walking 5-6 miles a day. What can we learn from these people? Well, it's pretty obvious. We need to move! So here are the best (In my opinion) exercises for longevity.

1. Walk: Walk fast at least an hour a day or about three miles. I don't mean on a treadmill in a gym. But outside! In the sunshine and fresh air.
2. Do weight-bearing exercises at least 3 times a week.

That's it! Eat veggies drink wine, walk, and lift. If you follow this prescription for longevity, there's no guaranty that you will live to a hundred. But no matter how long you will live, I'm willing to bet you will be more alive than if you didn't follow these keys to longevity.

Monday, January 15, 2018

New Years Resolution You Won't Break!

Eat, Drink and be Merry! So lately I have been fascinated by the idea of living to one hundred. Maybe it's because I am approaching 72 and realize I have more years behind me than in front of me. But if I do live to be one hundred, I want to live a vibrant life, not tucked away in some nursing home with tubes sticking out of me.

Now I am no scientist or genius, but it seems to me that if I want to live to a ripe old age I should study people who are doing it. Fortunately, that's already being done. Dan Buettner author of the "Blue Zones" traveled and studied the areas of the world where people live the longest. He identified several areas, but the one with the longest concentration of centenarians was Sardinia.

So what is so special about these people and can we adopt some of their lifestyle habits of longevity. Well, the answer is yes. Three habits that the Sardinians enjoy every day is:

Eat: They eat a plant-based diet with a little hard goat cheese, a slice of sourdough bread and beans.
Drink: They drink one to three glasses of a special red wine called Cannonau.
Merry: They seem happy, family and social connections are important and as one woman over 100 said "And make love every Sunday!

So living to one hundred may not be as hard as it seems. Now I have to run to the liquor store and by some wine!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes

The great thing about oatmeal is not only how good it is for you, but how many different ways there are to enjoy this Superfood. Here's one recipe for anyone needing a quick go to breakfast.
Oatmeal, Banana Smoothie:

1/2 cup of skim milk or almond milk
1 banana fresh or frozen (frozen is better)
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup peanut butter ( more if you really like peanut butter)
1/4 cup Oatmeal (More for a thicker shake)
1 tsp cinnamon

Blend & enjoy!

You can also add frozen blueberries or a tablespoon of instant coffee, chocolate, etc. Just keep it healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes w/o added sugar.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Celebrate National Oatmeal Week With a Bowl of Oatmeal a Day!

So January is National Oatmeal Week. My goal is to celebrate this by having a bowl of oatmeal a day thru the month of January. Now before you say yuck I'm not eating oatmeal, hear me out. I grew up eating oatmeal nearly everyday. Mom cooked it on a big pot on the stove. This was before instant oatmeal and microwaves. She usually added raisins and cinnamon and my two brothers, my sister and I would count who had the most raisins. Whatever was left off was mixed with dry dog food and feed to my Dad's hunting dog, who gobbled it down in one gulp.

We all grew up big, strong and healthy, including the dog and now sixty years later I still eat my oatmeal. So what are the benefits of eating oatmeal everyday for thirty days? Well here's a few.

1. Eating oatmeal lowers cholesterol.
2. Regulates Blood Sugar.
3. Improves digestion.
4. Great source of 8 essential amino acids.
5. Fights cancer especially breast & colon cancer.
6. Helps you lose weight.
7. It's a great source of energy.

The great thing about oatmeal is that it's quick to fix. I prefer the old fashion variety, but even that only takes a few minutes in the micro wave. The are an endless variety of things you can add to a bowl of hot oatmeal, fruits, nuts, spices, etc. Just be sure to limit the sugar.

I like to add of course raisins and cinnamon, but I also like a 1/2 cup of frozen fruit like blueberries. Add to the hot oatmeal and watch them melt into the cereal. A squirt of real Maple Syrup and a shake of cinnamon & I'm ready to face the world.

I'll add some more recipes soon, but for now enjoy a hot bowl of oatmeal!