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Truths about Food

Monday, May 17, 2010

You can eat healthy by eating frozen food.
Just read this in an article.
I already knew this before I read it in a Spark article.
I hear people commenting on visiting the farmer's markets already.
Any farmer's markets in our area are food that has been shipped over 600 miles.
I will stick with the frozen for now.
My DD told me she has been enjoying putting a bag of frozen veggies drizzled in oil on the grill. She is getting her little one to eat her veggies better that way.
I just might try the same.

The 18th is my Dad's birthday. I am thinking of grilling one of his favorite meals. And remembering what a great Dad he was. He always tried to build me up, and never tore me down. I know that not everybody had that kind of dad.
I may be using some frozen veggies. I hope Dad doesn't mind.

“If you know the art of breathing you have the strength, wisdom, and courage of ten tigers.”

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Found this quote on the spark motivation page:
“If you know the art of breathing you have the strength, wisdom, and courage of ten tigers.”
It is a Chinese proverb or "adage".
The spark translation points out that the brain and the physical body need clean air to provide enough oxygen for the best performance.

Makes me think that all the pollen might be taking up some of the space that should be occupied by oxygen.

I had pneumonia a year and a half ago. The doctor advised me to do deep breathing exercises regularly to prevent this from recurring. So this quote was a good reminder.
Slowly breathe in through your nose as you feel each of the lobes in your lungs filling. You will feel in in your upper chest, and as you breathe deeper in your lower chest.
Then, slowly blow it out through pursed lips. You don't want to do this rapidly or repeatedly in order to prevent hyperventilation.

I sometimes will do this with a prayer to clear my mind of trivia so that can meditate with the Lord.

Generations of Mothers

Saturday, May 08, 2010

After a long talk with one of our daughters, my head is full of thoughts about mothers.
We have four generations of living mothers in our family.

One was a stay at home mom through out her career as a mother. She also had a career as a bookkeeper. At one point she was the primary caregiver for her mother. A couple of years ago, she and I talked about being a mother as a career, whether you are a stay-at-home mom or not.

I was able to stay home with my children for about 2 years. But, I worked full time the rest of my children's growing up years.

We have one daughter who is a stay-at-home mom, but not by choice. The others are working mothers. That doesn't make any of us less a mother or take away from being a "career" mother - as my own mother had talked about. We just have dual careers.

I wish a Happy Mother's Day to each of the mother's in my family.
And I remember the mothers and grandmothers who are no longer with us.
I honor the mother's to be as well.

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Potassium and leg cramps

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I have had increasing episodes of foot and leg cramps over the past few weeks. The last 3 days, it has been daily plus occasionally waking me at night. I had to stop to stretch during my water aerobics class about 5 times today. I tried swimming laps afterward [my usual practice] and got a bad leg cramp in deep water. I was close to the side of the pool, so I was able to resolve it without much difficulty.

The last time I had this problem this bad, my serum K was only 0.2 above the low line. So my doctor doubled my potassium pills to see if that would help. It did remarkably. I occasionally had moderate problems during water aerobics, but as I got in better condition, that subsided. I called the doctor's nurse and asked if I could get my blood levels checked again, as this is really interfering with my sleep and exercise. she will call me tomorrow.

I have been trying to eat to raise my potassium as well. Here is what I learned from spark.
Some foods that I know have potassium are listed at 0. The following do have the content:
emoticonFresh banana:
Serving Size: 1 cup, mashed = Calories 206.9 / Potassium 891.1 mg
Serving Size: 1 medium (7" to 7-7/8" long) = Calories 108.5 / Potassium 467.3 mg

emoticon Potato
Mashed Potatoes Serving Size: 1 cup = Calories 161.7 / Potassium 627.9 mg
Baked Potato, with skin / Serving Size: 1 large (3" to 4-1/4" dia. / Calories 278.0 / Potassium 1,599.1 mg

Blackberries, frozen (unsweetened) Serving Size: 1 cup, unthawed = Calories 96.6 / Potassium 211.4 mg

I have already eaten two bananas today plus other fruit. I think I will eat a potato.

Tulips, Daffodils, & Vitamin D

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tulips & Daffodils are finally blooming. We went shopping for garden plants yesterday and have them keeping warm on our sun porch. Gardening may will be an addition to my cardio if my back stays in as good of shape as it is this past week. At least I am getting more natural Vitamin D. I still require high dose supplements, but am no longer on the RX Vitamin D. Hopefully, I won't need that until Autumn. It does make a difference in my energy level. I seem to only lose weight when I am on the prescription dose. I am not sure if that is all in my head or if there is science to agree with that.
I did find a swimsuit to wear to water aerobics. It is not my ideal suit. But it serves the purpose and I have worn it to water aerobics 3 times last week. Last weeks meals: I planned for any foods that are not truly on my meal agenda. So, calorie wise - I did fine.
I am not following South Beach very strictly, but was on target with Phase 1 yesterday.

Today is the beginning of a new week. My calendar is fairly busy. Monday and Tuesday are full days. I should be able to attend water aerobics on Monday. But, I am not so sure about Tuesday and Wednesday. Both days, I have to be out of town by 11 a.m. I could attend about 40 minutes of water aerobics on those days and just leave early. DH goes with me, and I hate to cancel a day, as he usually doesn't attend without me. I guess he is my accountability partner - and I am really his.

Need to change clothes now, and head for the YMCA. I am finding that I am losing upper body strength since I have been counting on water aerobics for my exercise. We do a lot of exercise that should benefit the arms, but it doesn't seem to be enough.


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