açaí Bowl

One of my favorites to have for lunch (or breakfast, or even a snack) is an açaí bowl. Açaí is a Portuguese word and is pronounced “ah-sigh-EE” in English.  In Portuguese it is pronounced  “ah-sa-EE” 

 

An  açaí is  a small, dark purple, berrylike fruit with a juicy pulp. It is rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, protein and healthy fat.  The açaí is produced by a tall, slender palm tree native to tropical rain forests of Central and South America

 

 

Dangers of Too Much Caffeine

As I sit here drinking my coffee, I’m watching the news about an otherwise healthy 16 year old buy who died from an overdose of caffeine.   Two hours before he died, he drank a large diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte and an energy drink.  He died of arrhythmia – an irregular heartbeat.  Caffeine prompts the release of natural compounds called catecholamines, including norepinephrine, a stress hormone that can speed the heart rate.

In reasonable doses, caffeine is not dangerous.  The FDA says that adults can consume 400mg of caffeine daily.  An 8 oz cup of coffee has approximately 163 mg of caffeine (of course when was the last time you had only an 8 oz cup of coffee?).

Here is a link courtesy of Dunkin Donuts, which gives a comprehensive link of the caffeine content in many popular drinks

https://www.caffeineinformer.com/the-caffeine-database

Easter Fruit!

I just saw this and thought it was terrific!  I realize that it is almost sacrilegious to forego candy on Easter, but why is that?  Why did Easter turn into an all you can eat chocolate-jelly bean-marshmallow “peep” fest?  Why not some fresh fruit?

Oh I can hear the howls of dismay now…

A Favorite Autumn Recipe

Fall is in the air, and nothing says fall quite like roasted root vegetables!  As you know I like to cook things that are nutritious and EASY.  Except for a little peeling and a lot of cutting, this is a snap!

roasted root veggies

I cut up 1/2 an onion, 1 stalk of celery, 2 carrots, 1 big blue potato, 2 beets, 1 unpeeled delicata squash (the skin is edible), and a small kohlrabi, drizzled a little coconut oil on the pan, and baked it in the oven at 375 for 35 minutes  — doesn’t it look beautiful?

 

Wellness Is For All

The other day I read a great inspirational quote that really made me think:

The only person who should ever have to live by your standards, is you.  Let everyone else off the hook.

 Ouch, that hit home.

I want to reiterate for you (and for me) that the purpose of this blog is to share my experiences with exercise and wellness, educate, and hopefully entertain you, my readers.  I try not to be preachy, but rather to inform.

I tend to set high standards for myself, but I should not expect others to follow them.

Although I have a lot to say on the subject of healthy eating and exercise, I do not judge people for eating meat, dairy, high sugar snacks, diet soda, or being couch potatoes!  We are all different and have all come to this place with different life experiences and goals for the future.

All I ask of you are two things:

1) Educate yourself about nutrition (not diet!) and its direct affect on our health.  There are tons of books written on the subject, but a few that I have found to be very interesting and easy to read are:

2) Move every day.  You don’t have to run miles, join an exercise class or a gym.  Even a 10 minute walk, two or three times a day can make a big difference in your health!

  • Here is a short video from ABC News on some of the risks of inactivity.
  • NASA scientist Joan Vernikos, PhD studied the effects of inactivity and poor health and aging.  She has many short videos on the subject that are worth your time (maybe you could stand while you watch them!)  As well as a book, Sitting Kills, Movement Heals

I’d love to hear your opinion on any of these books or videos, or even any others you have found that motivated you.