Comfort Food

“Food is a lot of people’s therapy
– when we say comfort food,
we really mean that. It’s releasing
dopamine and serotonin in your brain
that makes you feel good.”
Brett Hoebel

Comfort Food

The past few days my husband was in the hospital with an infection. He must have dropped ten pounds in those few days. He just couldn’t eat the food they presented to him at the hospital. Why is hospital food so awful?

When I picked him up at the hospital, the first thing he told me is that he hadn’t eaten a good meal in days. He also told me he missed me and would I please cook his favorite Italian dinner.

It just so happened that I had all the ingredients to cook up an Italian gravy made with fresh Italian sausage, onions, tomatoes, Anaheim and Jalapeño peppers simmered slowly. The house smelled like one of our favorite Italian bistros.

Nothing warms one’s heart and makes you feel better than good old-fashioned comfort food.

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Jog Your Memory

Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.”
Oscar Wilde

Jog Your Memory

Anyone who has gone without exercising for a while knows how it can fog up your brain. You may not even realize that your memory loss is due to lack of exercise. Most people chalk it up to senility.

A memory is made up of millions of neurons which your brain builds to make a connection so that you can have memories. As you age, your brain continues to develop neurons and build new connections. Research has proven that any type of cardiovascular activity when done for 20 minutes or more, three times per week will improve your memory.

You may ask yourself, how is this possible? Well, when you are exercising you are obviously raising your heart rate. The raised heart rate gets blood flowing to your brain. This blood flow enlarges the part of the brain which is responsible for brain memory. It also increases the secretion of a brain protein necessary for your long-term memory.

The brain may be an organ, but it works like a muscle and it’s one of the most important organs in your body. You can let it atrophy by sitting around all day. Or you can choose to get up and jog your memory.

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Slumberland

“Laugh and the world laughs with you,
snore and you sleep alone.”
Anthony Burgess

Slumberland

Recently I’ve been going to bed earlier and earlier. I’m working on not staying up so late, so that I can get an early start on my day. I had been sleeping maybe three to four hours in the night and it was taking a toll on my mind and body.

The benefits of sleep make a big difference in every area of your life. People don’t realize how much sleep they need and why it is so important. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research shows that people who get less sleep—six or fewer hours a night—have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.

Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine has done a great deal of research to find out how your body manages sleep. According to their findings, your body manages and requires sleep in much the same way that it regulates the need for eating, drinking, and breathing. Throughout the years, extensive research has been done on the effects of sleep. These studies show that sleep plays a vital role in promoting physical health, longevity, and emotional well-being.

That explains why after a good night’s sleep, I feel better, my thoughts are clearer, and my emotions are less fragile. Without adequate sleep, judgment, mood, and ability to learn and retain information are weakened.

I sympathize with young mothers who have great difficulty obtaining enough sleep. But, maybe somethings will just have to wait while you get some rest. Maybe even taking a catnap with the kiddies will make a big difference in your entire day.

So, make a commitment to yourself to get at least seven to eight hours sleep each night. You will feel and see a big difference in all aspects of your life when you get that much-needed slumberland.

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Bright-Eyed & Bushy-Tailed

“The time will come when men such
as I will look upon the murder
of animals as they now look
on the murder of men.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Bright Eyed

When you’re feeling good, your body and mind have more energy. You want to get out and explore and be more active.

As I mentioned in some previous posts, I enjoy  juicing. I notice a big difference in how I feel when I eliminate meat from my diet. Juicing helps me to eliminate meat products from my diet and still provide me with plenty of daily nutrients.

Every once in while I do eat meat, but for the most part juicing and eating fruits and vegetables give me energy and all the nutrients I need to stay bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

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Mean Green Juicing Machine

“Our task must be to free ourselves…
by widening our circle of compassion to
embrace all living creatures and the
whole of nature and its beauty.”
Albert Einstein

Mean Green

I’ve been juicing the last few days. I love how great I feel when I juice my fruits and vegetable. You get mega doses of vitamins when you juice, so that’s why I have more energy.

Here’s my daily morning juice drink I make to kick-start my day:

My Mean Green Juicing Machine

Ingredients
1 Cucumber
2 Green Apples
2 Cups Chopped Kale
1 Stalk Celery
1 Lemon

Directions
Wash all produce well
Juice and pour over ice

You can add fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, lemon pepper seasoning to taste, and a sprig of fennel greens. But I prefer to juice just the ingredients listed for my mean green juicing machine.

Bon Appetit

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