Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Put Wellness at the Top of your List NOW!

Well I got up at 4:45 this morning and went and ate breakfast with Stephen, at a work breakfast, normally something I wouldn't do, but I enjoyed it, yummy food!! My positive thing for me today~!
Put Wellness at the top of your LIST now. Don't wait until something goes wrong!

SO true again here I am at 45 and thinking I want GOOD Health and energy.
That is my goal for the upcoming year!!

What is some habits that you want to change or break all together to have a better wellness in life.
*Well I am starting to lessen my SALT intake, WOW that is a biggie for me! When I young, I would pour a small heaping into my hand and eat it! Lick the stuff, from everything, especially home grown tomatoes and LEMONS! I believe this is a very inherited trait for me. LOL

*Lessen my sugar intake, I don't really eat alot of sugars anyway, but I need to quit my cokes again :( The most difficult thing for me!

*Add more Water back to my daily input!

Well I had Asparagus as my power food yesterday, Check out the recipe, I made it and it was really good!! Glad I tried it and now I will more often!

Power Food for today is
Power Foods: Grapefruit

The health rewards of this winter citrus will leave you feeling in the pink
The largest common citrus, grapefruits are said to get their name from the way they grow in grape-like clusters. Refreshingly juicy at a time of year when most fruit is scarce, they offer plenty of health-boosting benefits. Just half a grapefruit helps defend against everything from cold-season sniffles to heart disease and cancer.
Health Benefits: As you might have guessed, grapefruits are full of vitamin C, a major antioxidant that helps fight infection, may shorten the duration of colds, and protects against free radicals. Left unchecked, free radicals damage cells -- this damage can contribute to the development of Alzheimer's, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.Red and pink grapefruits like Ruby Reds (a relatively new variety developed in the past century) offer additional antioxidant benefits in the form of the phytonutrient lycopene. Found in red-tinted foods like tomatoes and watermelon, lycopene is associated with a reduced risk of some cancers and heart disease, and it may increase the skin's resistance to sun damage.
Pink and red grapefruit also offer about 35 times more of the antioxidant vitamin A than their paler counterparts. That means potentially more protection from many cancers and heart disease, and increased support for the immune system and vision.
There's more to this fruit than antioxidants, though. Grapefruits also offer potassium and folate. The potassium lowers blood pressure and is associated with a reduced risk of stroke, while folate, an important nutrient during pregnancy, has been shown to boost energy levels and help ward off depression and memory loss.
Next time you eat one of these citrus marvels, leave the grapefruit spoon in the drawer. Instead, eat grapefruit segments whole, as you would an orange, and you'll get 50 percent more fiber. (By leaving the membrane behind you lower the fiber count to just under 2 grams per half fruit.) About half that fiber is insoluble, meaning it doesn't dissolve in water, contributing to healthy digestion and supporting weight loss by making you feel full. Grapefruits also rank among the richest sources of pectin, a soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels.
How to Buy: Choose firm and unblemished fruits that feel heavy for their size. They'll keep in the refrigerator for up to several weeks.
Cooking Tips: Since vitamin C helps the body absorb iron from plants, scatter grapefruit segments over spinach salad to get the most out of your greens. Add some nuts or cheese, too; the lycopene in Ruby Reds is best absorbed when combined with some fat. Below you'll find an easy Grapefruit tea to make in 10 minutes.
Nutrition Breakdown: Per 1 large grapefruit, approximately 332 gramsCalories: 106 kcal

**Yummy Warm Spiced Grapefruit Tea**
Ingredients:2 cups fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons honey (or as needed depending on sweetness of grapefruit juice)
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice berries or just the spice
1/2 cup water

In a medium pot, combine juice, honey, cinnamon, allspice, and water. Bring to a boil over high heat; strain and discard solids. Serve with a grapefruit segment or strip of zest. Per serving: 113 calories; 1 g protein; 0 g fat; 29 g carb; 0 g fiber.
This recipe from CDKitchen for Warm Grapefruit Tea serves/makes 4

So I want to change my way of thinking!! Don't we all sometimes. We need some outside support to help change our mood! Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques are based on the principle that how we think affects how we feel. We need to learn how to interupt negative thought patterns and replace with them with constructive thoughts instead. Lean towards the postive and stay away from the negative!!!

Bible Verse-Matthew 6:30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?


Anonymous said...

This is my number one goal for this year. I'm going to be a nana again. I'm really tired of being tired. ;)

readingsully2 said...

I just lost 18 pounds and intent on losing more. I am taking yoga and Tai Chi. The key is to change your life-style and it's not easy. Good luck to you in the coming year. :)

lisa's blog said...

Super girls, we can do this together!! I love your comments, you inspire me too! I am really tired of being tired~!~!~!~!~!

DEB said...

Can't do grapefruit if you are on statin drugs for cholesterol though...Okay, that was negative, but necessary commentary. Thinking positive is a really good thing!

Aloquin said...

Thinking positive is vital. Also is speaking God's word... aloud! :) I'm a follower now, Lisa, thanks for the invite!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you know The Secret for sure. :D

lisa's blog said...

Thanks for your wonderful comments, many blessings to you all, keep them coming for sure!