Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I got several strange looks as I boarded the plane, sipping on my pink stainless steel water bottle.
I guess it has not occurred to many people other than me that there is no ban on taking an empty reusable water bottle through security and refilling it at the water fountains scattered throughout the airport. (Security does appreciate if you leave the cap off in your bag so they do not have to pull it out to verify that it is empty.)
Given that I make a point when flying to drink a full 16 oz bottle before boarding (each segment) and refilling it just prior boarding for in flight drinking, I figured out that I saved at least $32 in bottled water (at the $4/bottle airport price) during my recent round trip!
Since I already had my water, when the beverage service came by, I enjoyed a 70 calorie complimentary bottle of V8 with my pretzles.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Lately, I've been thinking about the relationship women have with food. We have this love/hate relationship with food and so often, it is misguided and dysfunctional. Our relationships with food tend to be extreme we fret over it, think about it constantly, avoid it or abuse it. Sometimes our relationship with food is like having an affair we do it in secret, carefully covering our tracks and making flimsy excuses for the reason the kids' snacks are missing or that the ice cream is gone. Or we treat ourselves like the garbage disposal and eat the leftovers off of everyone's plate and don't even realize we're doing it!
Why do we do this to ourselves? I think there are several things going on. First, we aren't aware. Our minds are going in a thousand different directions and we're not cognizant of what's going into our mouths. Secondly, we're in a hurry. We can't eat right because we "don't have time". Everyone else comes first we're the last ones on the food chain. Third, we rationalize. We say, "it's just this once" when in reality, it was "just this once" last week and the week before, too. Fourth, we procrastinate and put off eating right. "Next week, I'll " or "starting Monday, I'm going to" And lastly, (you're not going to like this) we lie to ourselves. We say things that suggest we are eating healthy and not very much, but our actions (our true eating) and our body clutter tell a different story.
I want to see women EMPOWERED by food, not ENSLAVED by it! If food is truly the fuel for our lives and we want them to be QUALITY-FILLED lives, then our food MUST be fuel! That means we NEED nutrients, not negative nutrition! Our food must be more than mere mouth entertainment it must DO something for our bodies, not take something (like our health!) away from them!
How do we get to this place of actually wanting all of this for our lives? I don't know of one living soul who DOESN'T want a healthy life! We all do, but to do this we need to create it. And to create it, we need to define it.
I was watching Suze Orman one morning a while ago. She was giving a talk on the eight qualities of wealthy women. She was powerful and she was spot on. I thought about this in regard to food and a light bulb went off: there are certain qualities of healthy women, too!
Here then, are my Five Qualities of Healthy Women:
1)A healthy woman is AWARE. Her mouth is a treasure, not a trash can. When it is time to fuel up, she chooses food that will nourish her body so she can nourish herself first, THEN the people in her life. Her nutritional needs are NOT on the bottom of the list!
2)A healthy woman TAKES THE TIME. Contrary to what we think (that we don't have time), we all have the same 24 hours in the day. Taking 5 minutes to make a nutrient packed salad or waiting 5 minutes in the drive thru amounts to the same amount of time one of those choices has huge dividends, the other one just offers a huge backend!
3)A healthy woman is CONSISTENT. It's not about being on a diet to lose weight to get into your smallest pair of jeans. Consistently eating well means you are consistently doing something proactive to affect the quality of your health. Nutrients feed your body's cells, giving them life and giving you vitality and energy!
4)A healthy woman is APPRECIATIVE. Good, healthy food eaten with a happy, grateful heart makes all the difference! When you eat poorly, you feel guilty. We all do! We vow to better next time, but next time doesn't come. Appreciating what YOU DO FOR YOURSELF (via healthy eating) will change EVERYTHING! Your energy levels, the sparkle in your eyes, the constant smile on your faceâ¦people will wonder what you're up to!
5)A healthy woman MOVES her body! We need this--it is nature's best anti-depressant! Endorphins ladies, endorphins! You feel GREAT after an invigorating walk! You can give yourself hearty congratulations and high five yourself yes you can! Doing something and moving is like the frosting on the healthy woman's cake. Yes, you can do this. Yes, you DO have time!
Being a healthy woman starts with your attitude, regardless of where you are health-wise. It's possible to have a bright and shining attitude and have a lot of health issues. I've been with women with chronic health conditions that I never knew existed because their bright and cheerful attitudes outshone their health issues. Likewise, I've also been with women whose health problems were the focal points of their lives and conversation. Guess who I'd rather spend my time with?
I believe with my whole heart that our attitudes can affect our health and either make things better or worse. Our attitudes are like the emotional compasses for our bodies they determine our direction.
I want you ALL to be healthy women! Being a healthy woman starts with the food you eat. Look at those five qualities again and choose to be an empowered and healthy woman!
Your Dinner Diva at www.savingdinner.com
Friday, October 02, 2009
I never understood why there are certain holidays in the Jewish faith that are not practiced in the Christian faith since they occur in the Old Testament of my Bible too... Like the Day of Atonement. Couldn't we all use a day to let the water pass under the bridge and begin again?
I know in Christ we are forgiven for all our sins, but that's not exactly the same as forgiveness of and from our fellow humans, who can be oh so guilty of just being human!
Today, in that spirit, I sent a card to someone I care about that shut me out several years ago because she did not agree with some life choices I made for the benefit of my family.
I opened a door.
Not sure if she'll walk through but I took the chance.
Although it is not part of my weight loss program, I can tell you I sure feel 10 pounds lighter.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The Serenity Prayer
by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Although known most widely in its abbreviated form above,
the entire prayer reads as follows:
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Eight years ago today we were all glued to the news, still shaking our heads, wondering what would happen next, praying, hanging our flags and making a point to speak to neighbors we never spoke to before.
We could not stop what happened, and as much as each person in some way wanted to do something in revenge, we didn’t know what to do, to whom or how we even could. So instead we felt sympathy for Middle-Eastern-Americans who were being harassed in grocery stores and extended them our friendship. We gave money to our fire departments to show appreciation for their bravery and sacrifice. We bought flag decals for our cars to benefit the widows and parentless children that 9/11 left behind.
What we did was make a small difference where we could.
Each of us our blessed with what’s called a “circle of influence” – an area where our contributions matter- at the core of that circle is ourselves. Our ability to control our behaviors, our actions and reactions, and to change ourselves is infinite.
We can fight disease and make ourselves stronger by being aware of our health risks, eating right, exercising routinely. Science has even proven we can fight dementia by continuing to educate ourselves daily.
We can expand our circle by using our new found strength and knowledge to help others:
by running in a Susan G. Komen Race and getting sponsors to help fund research for a breast cancer cure.
We can help a friend suffering from depression by talking about health research we have read and talking about our faith, or sometimes just be that shoulder to cry on.
We can teach our children, so they will teach their children, and we know they will teach and influence their friends along the way too.
We can realize in those times we are struggling financially that it’s not so hard to make do with less. And then when we ‘find money’ again it’s just that much easier to make more donations to the fire departments, the schools and the many non-profits that rely on the goodness of others to complete their worthy missions.
In the past few months I’ve met many people who have turned their unemployed time into volunteer time. And others using that new found time on their hands at the gym, working out their frustrations and realizing that the best health insurance, especially when you have no health insurance, is to work to be the healthiest you can be!
A lot has happened to each of us in the last eight years, the fear settled some, but unfortunately our patriotism settled too, and we all had job changes, moves, health scares, babies born, loved ones die, financial ups, and financial downs, moments our faith was weak, and moments we just trusted the Lord.
Two days ago I asked you where were you when the world stopped turning. But it didn’t stop did it? You are here and life has gone on.
Where are you now? What part of your life are you taking control of today to make your life better and what small differences are you still making within ‘your circle’ of the world a better place?
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