Thursday, March 11, 2010
This is a picture taken with my ancient cell phone. It shows the trail between my son's house and my own here on the farm. I walked up there with the dogs today. My friend Lori posts so many lovely pictures of her walking trail..and Carol posts pictures of clouds and flowers and mountains. Thought I would share a piece of my world.
Our weather is warming up some..first daffodils bloomed today. Grass is beginning to show green. We aren't done with winter yet, but the deep freezes appear to be over in our area, for which I am very grateful.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I spent 50 minutes bending, stretching and walking today...picking up the trash left behind by neighbors and others as they pass our roadfront. The area I cleaned up is not that long...maybe the length of an average house lot on a corner. I didn't count the bottles but I got 44 beer cans! There was plastic, paper, aluminum, glass...broken (hazardous to our animals and children!) and whole bottles, styrofoam, barbed wire, reg. wire, cups, plates, plastic bags, one halloween goody bag and two golf balls (!?!)
I just DON'T understand why anyone feels free to toss so much stuff out their car windows...ANYWHERE!
I can certainly think of more pleasant exercise.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
As I am working at getting my tongue to be happy with less sweet taste in things I eat or drink, I am also trying to retrain my thinking about when I eat, what I eat and how I exercise.
With the deep cold we are having right now...and the difficulty in warming our old old house, it is hard to get out to walk. My poor dog spent too long outside last evening and came in shivering!!! BUT..when you are doing something..like hauling firewood, for example...you are exercising...just not in the timed, workout (as in a gym or class) manner. So..am trying to concentrate on that kind of exercise.
It is also good to remember that moving generates heat..so when you are cold sitting there on the couch...if you MOVE, you will warm up.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Not too long ago, Dr. Oz made a comment to someone on his show about eating so much fat and sugar...he said if you don't stop consuming so much of those things, your taste buds can never mature (my paraphrase). Hmmm. Never thought of that. Mature tastes?
Then today, I received the Hauser Diet (Bear) newsletter which opened, in part, with:
"Retrain your brain away from sugar needs and Hypereating
Recent studies have shown that a diet high in processed sugar and fat can stimulate the brain's dopamine pathway – the pleasure-sensing area of the brain and that over time, the brain will want more of this stimuli to light up this pathway. Therefore, overeating occurs as a result of the learned behavior of consuming high sugar and fat items that are so common in the American diet. This behavior is now being coined as “hypereating”. "
Both of these items seem to me to inter-relate. I DO need to retrain my brain AND taste buds. I like all the stuff I should be eating, but always lean towards stuff I should NOT eat. My head knows all the reasons for better choices..so what part of me is leading me astray? My brain? My tongue? Seems like both working together. Worse yet, I can eat small amts of the good stuff..and usually be satisfied, but never seem to get enough of the NOT good-for-me stuff.
Retraining the brain pathways and my wayward taste buds sounds like a GOOD challenge for me to tackle. I wish DOing it was as easy as KNOWing it.
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