Eat More Things That Come From Plants, Not Made in Plants (Factories)

A wonderful friend of mine from Mississippi sent me an email the other day entitled  2012 Handbook.  An excerpt  from the email is as follow:

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2011
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

It was #3 that grabbed my attention since my health and diet have been on my mind so much this year.   I thought , I should write that out and tape it to our refrigerator!!   We are eating a lot more fruits and raw veggies than we were previously.  And I like it!  I really do!   Fresh berries are so much more yummy and good for my body than Oreos! lol.

But I began to reflect on the  some of other ones on that list as well that pertain to diet and exercise.:

1. Drink plenty of water…    there is lots of evidence, both scientific and anicdotal, that drinking more water is good for us.   Being properly hydrated helps our mood, helps our cognition, aids digestion, helps our muscles be more efficient and aids in the elimination of waste from our body.

2 .  Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.  …  Breakfast is called just that because we are breaking the fast that we have been undergoing overnight while we sleep.   It’s the meal where we give our body the fuel, yep the FUEL , that we need to do all of our daily activities.  You don’t set out on a long day of errands with a  gas tank on empty now do you?   So don’t do that to your body either!  Filler up with a full tank so your body can function at peak performance!    Lunch should be a recharge… only fill up as much as you need to sustain you for the rest of your day’s activities.  And the evening meal should be your wind down.  Don’t load your intestines up with heavy foods before bed.   Do you fill up your gas tank with high octane fuel before bed and leave it idling in the garage all night?  What a waste that would be.   Don’t do it to your body either!!

10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile. …   Move that body!! Stretch those muscles get that heart rate up!  Even if for just a few minutes at a time.  I work from home and my, um , expansive, hind quarters are parked in a comfy leather computer chair with arm rests most of the day.  But I make it a point to check myself.   I get up and walk around at least once an hour….  I walk to the front of the house to see what the neighbors are up to, I move laundry from the washer to the dryer, I spend a few minutes with the dogs or go get another glass of water.   Anything at all to get up and move!!  Push a broom,  pace the house, go check the mail.  Whatever, just get moving!  If you don’t burn that fuel you are giving yourself  daily, it ‘s gonna get stored… Just like mine did…  You’re gonna end up with too much “junk in your trunk”!! lol.    and for goodness sake,…. smile, laugh, giggle, guffaw!  Laughter is good, so good for the soul!! 🙂

Ok that’s it for now.   But let me leave you with two things this evening.

1.  A web site …    PaleoHacks


2.  A video   Paleo In a Nutshell


Let the Winnowing Begin…

So it appears, at least for the time being that MFP has become my new FB.  I can’t stay outta there, lol.   I keep trolling the boards and reading  – reading – reading.  For someone starved for information on what’s out there, what’s been tried, what works, what doesn’t work etc  – it’s like a free for all feast!!  And I am gorging myself!!

Yesterday I asked about coconut oil.  I have been reading that it is much better for you than vegetable oil and canola oil.   Someone directed me to Tropical Traditions and said I can also get it in my local health food store.   Temple isn’t big enough to have one of those.  We just got our second (and only major) grocery store about 2 years ago.   So I’ll have to go to a neighboring town or order online.  For cooking I need the expeller pressed type since it has a neutral flavor.  Folks use it also on toast and in their coffee as well.  So I’m excited to give it a go.  Just need a good paycheck because it’s pricey.  But everyone says it lasts a long time.

Today was a day of more new discoveries.  Two major ones to be exact.  Since I have still be mulling over the East Clean diet I mentioned in an earlier post, when someone mentioned The Gracious Pantry as being a good starting place for someone new to clean eating, I looked it up.   I poked around a bit but I’m not heading there I don’t believe.  I believe my path lies in a different direction. But I thought I’d post it here for anyone who might feel that is their path.

Which leads me to my second big discovery of the day, and the one I’m pretty darned excited about!!  *drum roll please*  Some one posted a link to Mark’s Daily Apple.    and not just a link to the site, a link to a specific article he wrote…    here!!!   It was my “Ah ha!” moment.   That pivotal point where my path toward health takes a definitive step… a purposeful step forward.  I feel invigorated, excited, motivated.   I think this is my direction, my path; and so my mind fast forwards – envisioning myself healthy again, more mobile again, less fearful of what tomorrow holds.  I see such possibilities and I’m pretty darn giddy right now.   Of course I still have a long way to go on this.   And I may delve into this and at some point decide that this is not my path.   But so far I don’t think so.   Along that same path you can also check this out for more info on a Primal/Paleo Diet

So follow me on my path if ya like 🙂  I’d love some company.  I’m going to keep posting on other information I find, even if it’s not part of my ‘path’ because I love finding out new things and it will also give me my own personal references to other info if my path leads to a dead end.

Here’s to Health and happiness~