Archive for the 'eating healthy' Category



Don’t blink!

I blinked, and somehow April became July. I feel like I’ve experienced a “time slip,” except I know I was here these last three months. I trained dogs, I wrote, I travelled.  I took a great trip to Shawnee National Forest with my horse and my friends Shirlee and Shi. I’ve continued freelance writing and picked up a new gig, freelance manscript critiquing and copyediting. But somehow I sorely neglected this blog.

So today I offer a token of apology: an awesome, simple recipe to beat the heat.

If you’re living anywhere near me this summer, you’re seeing signs like this pop up:

So here’s a way to beat the heat without blowing the diet or the healthy-eating resolution: Pineapple Sorbet.

Pineapple Sorbet

 1) Buy one 20-oz (or so) can of pineapple chunks in 100% juice (no sugar added). Pour it all into a freezer safe, preferably glass, storage container. Leave until frozen solid.

2) Take dish out of freezer and break apart with a strong table knife. Put chunks into a feed processor and blend well, stopping frequently to push the chunks which rise to the top down under the blades. The friction from the blades will heat the pineapple a little and make it a smooth consistency. Serve–and cool off!

If you like it sweeter, add a little sugar. If you like it creamier, add a little milk or coconut milk.

You can also throw in other fruits or some shredded coconut.

Ta-dah! A cool, healthy summer treat for the whole family.

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Taking care of yourself — mind, body and spirit

In my last post, I expained my theory on the positivity quotient and the connection between mind, body and spirit. What we think about (mind), affects our overall outlook on life (spirit). An unhealthy outlook on life can have devastating physical consequences (body).

But this is not just a one-way process. The flow also happens in reverse for some people. Obesity, disease and illness (body) can affect our outlook on life (spirit). It’s hard to be happy when you’re hurting, or you body tells you that you just can’t do the things you used to do. An unhealthy outlook on life makes it hard to think positively (mind) –lowering the positivity quotient.

In fact that backwards and forwards flow can become a self-sustaining cycle of despair that seems impossible to break. Your negative thinking impacts your health; your bad health makes you think even more negatively. That increased negativity makes your health worse, which makes you think even more negatively, and so on and so on, ad nauseum.

Maybe you loyal blog readers (all two of you, and Dad, you don’t count) are starting to see that Vickie Taylor’s 100-day challenge of 2011 is about more than just writing. It’s about having the life you want, the life you deserve, and living it to the fullest. That means you have to take care of your mind, your body and your spirit.

We’ve talked about taking care of the mind some–more to come in the weeks ahead. Today we start on taking care of the body, specifically, what you eat. I  know I’m not going to convince most of you to go vegetarian or vegan. I do hope that at least a few of you will take the initiative to educate yourselves about what you’re putting in your bodies. 

Much ado is made about the health care crisis in America. Is it any wonder we’re a fat, sickly lot when McDonald’s has become a staple on the family dinner table (if families even still have dinner tables)? When our school lunches count the ketchup that kids drown their French fries in as a vegetable? And that doesn’t even touch on the issues of genetically modified crops, pesticides in produce, artificial sweeteners, factory farming practices, etc.

I’ll leave you with a couple of resources I found enlightening and which started me on my journey to eating healthier (and yes, I still experience potato chip and diet coke cravings–and still give into them on occasion):

  • Food, Inc. — DVD — where our food really comes from
  • Skinny Bitch — book — no, it’s not a diet book, though it sounds like one. Just good information on why we shouldn’t be eating a lot of what we’re eating

Until next time — keep writing!


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