Have you Quit? 5 steps to starting up again

Have you Quit? 5 steps to starting up again

Have you quit? Have you decided you’re getting old and there’s nothing you can do about your health? That disease is inevitable? That gaining weight is just a side effect of aging? Well, stop that! Aging doesn’t mean any of those things. Yes, there are some inevitable changes, but there is so much you can do for yourself to stay healthy and avoid disease and weight gain. Here’s 5 steps to getting your engines revving again: 1. Start incorporating flexibility exercises into your daily routine by taking up yoga. Yoga will keep you flexible, and part of the beauty of yoga is that you can do it anywhere. I’ve been known to whip out a few poses while waiting at airplane gates for boarding, or in the cross through area of the plane on overseas flights. Yoga keeps you stretched and flexible. 2. Drink lots of water and I mean lots. We each should drink in ounces half our weight, so if you weigh 150 pounds, that means drink 75 ounces of water a day. Why drink water? It helps keep your kidneys flushed of toxins, your bowels moving, and keeps you from overeating, by helping you feel full. Water also helps you avoid bladder infections which incidence can increase after menopause, and water keeps your skin hydrated. Hello, smooth skin. 3. Eat clean, whole foods. What does this mean? If something you’re buying has a long list of ingredients and any of them are words you don’t know, DO NOT PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH. Eat lots and lots of vegetables straight from the farm when possible. Organic...
Savor these savory oat cakes!

Savor these savory oat cakes!

I’ve been working on this recipe for savory oat cakes, inspired by Sara in the Kitchen’s recipe, but I’ve been trying to health it up a bit. I think this final version turned out pretty good, and my visitors, Aimee DuFresne and her husband Farouk Chaabi who are passing through on their Joy Ride, concurred. They are delish! These are great right out of the oven with butter or could be served with some soft cheese. If you are vegan, no fear, these are easily converted to meet your dietary needs! 1 cup old fashioned oats 1/4 c. warm water 1/4 c. olive oil (or use 2 Tbs. oil and 2 Tbs. high quality butter) 2 eggs (or 2 flax ‘eggs’; I always use flax eggs with this recipe, see recipe below) 1 c whole wheat pastry flour; or 3/4 c. ww pastry flour and 1/4 c of buckwheat, as seen in picture 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp baking soda 2 Tbs chopped rosemary 2 Tbs chopped scallions, green only 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 c. parmesan cheese or vegan ‘parmesan’ cheese, recipe below Preheat oven to 350 degrees Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper Make flax ‘eggs’ if using (2 Tbs. ground flax and 6 Tbs. hot water, mix together and allow to sit until thick, about 5 mins.) Mix oats with 1/4 c. water. Add olive oil and eggs of choice; stir. Mix together flour, salt, baking soda, rosemary, scallions, pepper and cheese. Add to oat mixture. Stir until combined. Use a 2 Tbs measure and scoop out balls. Flatten to 1/4 in. Place 1 inch apart...
Vegetables, more than you think!

Vegetables, more than you think!

Day 7 of the Your Turn Challenge and I’m talking vegetables. This has been a great challenge. I’ve enjoyed reading a lot of the other bloggers participating and knowing we are all out there giving it a go has made this a special week! As a Certified Integrative Health Coach, I spend a lot of time thinking, researching and talking about health issues and the effects of vegetables and other fresh natural foods on our health. One of my concerns for all of us is that Big Pharma “owns” way too much of our congress and way too many doctors. To become a healthy nation, we as individuals, are going to have to take matters into our own hands. Whenever I happen to see or read one of their big drug ads, I always wonder why anyone would subject themselves to such horrendous side effects. As a woman who is at the age of hot flashes, I would prefer to keep a fan in my purse than to take a drug whose side effects include thoughts of suicide and heart problems. My drug of choice has become a healthy diet, i.e. vegetables, and lots of exercise. Amazing what eating well can do for you. So I made this little drug commercial with the help of my son Paul and as my last entry of the challenge, I would like to share it with you. Click here. We can age healthy with the right information and the willingness to put forth the effort! Keep RAging! [Disclaimer: This is not meant as medical advice. See your doctor and talk to her...
Wear your genes well

Wear your genes well

Are you aiming for 100? 90? 80? Of course none of us knows how long we will live, but we can take control of how we live as we age and instead of blaming our “genes” for every physical problem, we can choose to help them express themselves in a positive manner. To teach your genes some manners, and not let them break your heart or sugar you up, offer them lots of healthy food, the kind without manufactured, processed gunk, included on the label. Then physically wear those little genes out by exercising them so much they are too exhausted to become devious little bastards, wrecking havoc on all your systems. Genes can be tamed into mild mannered house guests who help everything move along in a smooth manner. 100% guarantee? Nope, but your chances are far better than relying on anything else. As a Certified Integrative Health Coach, I know the challenge of changing your lifestyle, but if you want to live, and I mean LIVE, until you die, eating healthy and staying active are the two activities, that if done consistently and with dedication, will make the difference in the long run. Simplistic? Why yes? But pharmaceutical drugs and doctors are not going to help you to live healthy until you die. Prolong misery? yes, but live? not so much! It’s up to you to wear your genes well!!  Keep RAging! If you like this post, please share the love and push a few of those...
Smile on

Smile on

Your Turn Challenge, Day 4. I have been writing early in the morning this week, but today I was thrown off by a dental appointment. No one likes going to the dentist, but you want to keep that big beautiful smile going, right? My visit changed the course of my thoughts, however, and I thought I would just say, taking care of your teeth as you age becomes even more important than when you were young. A generation ago, people assumed that you would lose teeth as you aged and eventually end up with dentures. However, health professionals now know, that if you take care of your teeth and mouth and have no genetic disease, most people can keep the majority of their teeth until they die. But you must be proactive. That means brush after every meal or at least morning and night. Floss before you brush and if possible, use a water pik several times a week. As we age, we create less saliva which means food sticks to, and between, our teeth far more than it did when we were young, so flossing and brushing regular is essential. Also, if you are into juicing, or drink sweet beverages during the day, pay close attention to brushing, as juices are hard on enamel if it sits there for any length of time. Taking care of your teeth can keep you healthy in more ways than just dental health. Gum disease has been closely related to heart disease, so if you have bleeding and tender gums, see a hygienist and be checked for periodontal disease, but more importantly,...
Why a Juice Cleanse?

Why a Juice Cleanse?

Have you tried a juice cleanse?* I have had my doubts. I mean fiber is your number one cleaner (if you know what I mean) and there isn’t a lot of fiber floating around in a juice, but when Verde Juice Company opened here in Santa Fe, I mentioned it to my husband as something I might like to try, (which happened to be the day after Thanksgiving, go figure) and wonderful man that he is, he remembered and put a gift certificate in my stocking for a 3 day cleanse. BTW, he also put 5 Swiss dark chocolate bars he picked up in Switzerland in there as well, but I’ve squirreled them away for a later day. Ok, well I ate one. And it had filling. And it was rich and creamy, but I digress. So back to cleansing, there are pros and cons, but I think if you have access to organic, high quality juices, juiced on a masticating juicer, (it doesn’t heat up the juice in the process and destroy the good things in there) you might want to give it a go. I’m on my third day today, and I feel great. I was afraid I would be really hungry, but with 16 ounces every two hours, and hot herbal tea in between, I have not been at all. Each juice is different, meeting a variety of mineral, enzyme and micronutrient requirements. They all taste great, though I wasn’t sure I would stomach the one with beets, but the cucumber taste is stronger and so it’s not too bad. My favorite is the afternoon juice,...