A Quick, Super-Energy Breakfast or Lunch

My husband plays golf on Mondays and in our oppressive heat, he often looses steam on the back nine.  We’ve found that if he does a high-fiber, high protein breakfast before he leaves, he is able to maintain his energy the entire 18 holes.  This of course, would be helpful for anyone who wants to keep moving and stay focused all day.

This particular concoction is my own updated, healthy version of something my Mom used to make us for lunch – a peanut butter and banana sandwich.  Of course, since we’re gluten free, it’s ix-nay on the ead-bray.   So instead, we use a millet and flax lavash and roll it up.

As a fan of fiber and protein, it’s not surprising this is packed with both.  The fiber count is 14 grams (or maybe 23 grams) – about 3 grams in the banana, 2 grams in the peanut butter and a whopping 9 grams of fiber in the lavash.   (I suspect, however, that the labeling is wrong on that particular product. They’ve changed their numbers several times over the years.  It says that 1/2 of a lavash is 9 grams of fiber so the ‘or maybe’ above is if that is in fact true. ) Quick Easy breakfast energy

The protein count is 11.5 grams with the Peanut butter contributing 8 grams of protein, the lavash has 2 grams of protein, and banana is about 1.5 grams of protein.   Now if this doesn’t pack a punch to get one from 7 AM to 2 PM, nothing will!

It’s doggone simple to make and barely needs a recipe.  I soften the refrigerated lavash with a spritz of water and bring it to room temp or give it 20 seconds in the microwave.  Then I spread on 2 TBS of organic, crunchy peanut butter.  Then, peal the banana and slice, arranging slices over the lavash.  Then, simply roll it up and eat it!  How easy is that?

The bananas are of course, organic as is the peanut butter.   The lavash?  It’s not labeled as such.  It’s almost impossible to find gluten free AND organic in any sort of similar product to this.

What’s great about this is that it doesn’t really require a special shopping trip.  I like my bananas on the green side so I buy them green-ish (See the pic).  Then when they ripen, my husband likes them ripe to mushy.  So they don’t go to waste.  The lavash can be in the freezer or the fridge, and the peanut butter stays fresh until it’s gone.

If you have problems with peanuts, you could substitute almond butter.

 

 

Puffy eyes in the morning? Quick fix!

Some days, I wake up with puffy eyes.  There are a number of causes – water retention, sinus conditions are a few.  Some mornings, there is no way to tell what caused it but there they are!  Fat bags under my eyes!

I’ve learned to get rid of these rather quickly through lymph drainage.  I sleep on my right side much of the time, so my right side is where I feel clogged lymph glands just in front of and slightly below my ear.  When you wake up with puffy eyes, eye bagif you put your index finger in front of your ear, and your middle finger behind and pull down slightly, you may feel tenderness.  This means that your lymph glands haven’t drained through the night.  Unlike your circulatory system which has your heart pumping to move fluids, the lymph system does not have a pump.  It’s pretty much gravity-driven, thus the accumulation if you’ve been sleeping in a certain position.

The pictures were taken this morning just after I woke up, so please, don’t be alarmed! At least you can’t say I only show the ‘pretty’ side of life!   It’s frightening, I know.   Above is an example of the bags I had today.  Some days I have none and some days they’re worse than this.

There are very complicated routines to drain your lymph system and I do recommend that but if you’re looking for a quick fix, try this method.   Find where the tenderness is. Ear Lymph In my case, it was in front of and every-so-slightly below my right ear, since I slept on my right side a great deal of the night.  The way I do this is to put my fingers in front of and slightly behind my ear, and gently pull down a few times.  Then,  with my other hand, I locate the hollow at the top of my sternum (breast bone) and in the center at the base of my neck.

I then begin to massage and pull down on that area.  I don’t use a lot of pressure.  That creates a suction in the lymphatic system and helps to release the pressure from the area around the ears.

I continue this for a minute or two.  If it is really bad, I will repeat the procedure a few times.   However, in just a matter of minutes, the puffiness and the bags are gone.

NeckLymphFor morning and evening cleansing, I use a facial chamois to remove the cleanser that I use to wash my face every morning.  This also can create a nice, gentle ‘pull’ in the area in front of the ear and facilitate the drainage.

This is a video Daily Lymphatic Drainage Massage that demonstrates a version of this technique by Melinda Lee / Sexy over 50 YouTube channel.  This version is far more comprehensive than what I have detailed.

If you have a cold or sinus issue, you will find that this will relieve pressure in your face and in your neck and throat.

 

 

 

 

 

Free e-Book Today Only

Here it is!  Reminder #2!   🙂

I’m running a free promotion for my book today (Saturday), October 2.  This allows you to download and own the e-Book for free. Of course, the printed copy is available for purchase on Amazon as well, and you can find it in three different local outlets – Book proof front

Date & Thyme

1130 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone:(305) 587-7475

Key West Island Bookstore

Address: 513 Fleming St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone:(305) 294-2904
917 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone:(305) 292-0043

I’d really appreciate reviews!

It’s not a long difficult slog.  It’s about a two hour read.  You can download here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012E7M2VG  .  I hope you pick up a few tips that will help you with your wellness, weight loss and life goals.

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, here in the comment sections below my posts, and of course, I invite you to share your experiences, recipes and ideas as well.

And In Other News: Free e-book today and tomorrow

This is reminder #1.  And yes, you’ll see reminder #2 tomorrow.  🙂

I’m running a free promotion for my book today and tomorrow (Saturday), October 2 and 3.  This allows you to download and own the e-Book for free. Of course, the printed copy is available for purchase on Amazon as well, and you can find it in three different local outlets – Book proof front

Date & Thyme

1130 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone:(305) 587-7475

Key West Island Bookstore

Address: 513 Fleming St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone:(305) 294-2904
917 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone:(305) 292-0043

I’d really appreciate reviews!

It’s not a long difficult slog.  It’s about a two hour read.  You can download here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012E7M2VG  .  I hope you pick up a few tips that will help you with your wellness, weight loss and life goals.

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, here in the comment sections below my posts, and of course, I invite you to share your experiences, recipes and ideas as well.

The past can be healing

I make every effort to live in the now.  It is generally not helpful to dwell in the past or to live for the future.  However, there are times that for me, visiting the past is very healing and revealing.

My mother and father passed away in 2012 and 2013.  While I loved them dearly, there are family friends who I have always felt incredibly close to, who I have always considered my ‘second parents’.  They have lived on the beach in Southwest Florida since 1959.  My Mom and Dad Bayfront 47Sepiaabsolute best memories of my Dad are there on that beach.  Perhaps it’s because this was before he became so judgmental.  Or perhaps it’s because I was so young that I never saw that side of him at that time.  However, in thinking back, that is when he seemed the most light-hearted and carefree.  My Mom was always perfect in my eyes so I can’t think of her in any situation where she wasn’t wonderful.

My Mom, Dad and my sisters and myself would journey to the home of my parents then-best friends a few times a year.  I find that at age 60, I am attached to that place, and to those memories more than anything else in my childhood.  Perhaps it’s because my parents are gone.  And perhaps it’s because half of my ‘second parents’ has recently died. I’m feeling more and more that it is the place that I’m now tied to.  As a child, I could never hold back the tears when it was time to leave, and as my husband has seen, I’ve not changed even now.  Our friend often comments on how every single time as a very small child, I was in the back seat, with tears in my eyes as we drove away.

I was born in Miami and then spent some years growing up in Alabama but I have never felt an attachment to any place I lived in Alabama.  I couldn’t wait to leave Alabama and did so Mom and Dad 7 Mile Bridge 47the moment I was able to. I find it interesting that I feel no ties to the home where I grew up yet feel tied to this one spot on our planet.  It’s where I feel the most grounded.  Am I the only one who feels this type of connection?

I’ve lived many places since then, and the last 20+ years have been here in South Florida.  I feel South Florida is where I am meant to be and have no plans to leave.

After I grew up and was on my own, I continued to spend a great deal of time on that beach with those wonderful people.  My husband knows and loves them as I do. We continue to go there at least once a month now, because we’ve seen that those we love who are of that age group are starting to leave us and we don’t want to miss a moment with them if we can help it.

I looked through some old pictures, hoping to find some pics of my dad surf fishing there, or relaxing or doing little projects with our friends.  But all I found were some from a trip he and my Mom made from Miami to Key West in 1947 right before they were married, which are embedded here.  One is at Bayfront Park in Key West and the other is on one of the many bridges between Miami and Key West.

Yes, this is an incredibly sentimental post today, but somehow, it just seems to feel right to share this.  My husband has always said since we were first together, that I’m his ‘Real Emotional Girl’ (a Randy Newman song).  I do indeed live from the heart and when one does that, it can leave one open to a lot of pain.  It’s just important to learn from it all. It seems today is one of those days that I wear the ‘Real Emotional Girl’ description proudly.

 

Free E-Book Friday and Saturday!

I’m running a free promotion for my book Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3.  This allows you to download and own the e-Book for free. Of course, the printed copy is available for purchase on Amazon as well, and you can find it in three different local outlets – Book proof front

Date & Thyme

1130 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone:(305) 587-7475

Key West Island Bookstore

Address: 513 Fleming St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone:(305) 294-2904
917 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone:(305) 292-0043

I’d really appreciate reviews!

It’s not a long difficult slog.  It’s about a two hour read.  You can download here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012E7M2VG  .  I hope you pick up a few tips that will help you with your wellness, weight loss and life goals.

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, here in the comment sections below my posts, and of course, I invite you to share your experiences, recipes and ideas as well.

Recipe: Quick and Easy Crab Stuffed Avocado

My quick and easy crab stuffed avocado will fool family and friends into thinking you’ve worked long and hard over lunch.  Crab Avocado SaladFlorida avocados are plentiful now, and they are delicious, healthy, high-fiber and will give you a really good dose of ‘good fats’.

QUICK AND EASY CRAB-STUFFED AVOCADO

  • 1 medium to large Florida Avocado (You can use Haas if you can’t get the Florida version)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro (scant)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery leaves/hearts
  • scant 1 TBS freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Soy-free Veganaise (adjust to taste)
  • 2 TBS prepared Dijon mustard (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup wild-caught lump crab meat, picked and cleaned

Mix onion, cilantro, lemon juice, mustard and Veganaise.  Add crab meat and mix well.

Cut avocado into quarters if it’s really large, peal and arrange on plate. If it’s a medium size avocado, half an avocado will serve one person. (Image above shows avocado half not pealed).  Fill with Crab Salad and garnish.

 

CrabAvocadoSaladIngredientsI buy the crab from Publix and find it to be rather good quality.  You can also buy Snow Crab Legs and remove from the shell.  This is a filling lunch or light dinner.

I made this last week with a larger avocado than shown and it made a very healthy, filling six (6) servings.

**WARNING**  Do not make this or any dish from the ‘crab stick’ or other fake lobster or seafood products.  What is it?  It’s the sweepings from the floor at a fish processing facility!  NASTY!!!!

The pitfalls of NOT being mindful

While on vacation, the Mercury In Retrograde theme continued. I noticed our friend’s car had a flat on the front right, and we phoned the auto club to have a spare put on so we could drive the car to have it replaced.  They were to arrive in 45 minutes.  They arrived 2 hours and 45 minutes later.  Then the guy wanted the car to be driven to the road so he didn’t have to back in.  I was agitated!  To drive a car with an obviously flat tire would ruin any chances that the tire could be repaired.  So I insisted that he do his job.

Ok, so I lost my peaceful ‘mode’ for a few minutes.  I went upstairs to grab my shoes and started down the stairs.  I was briefly distracted by a phone call from the auto club, and when I looked at the screen to turn it off, I stepped off the third step from the bottom, thinking I was already at the bottom.  Oh, goodness, that was an ugly fall!

I ended up with two badly sprained ankles, bruises up my shin and a badly torqued right knee.  It took a while to get up the stairs.

Immediately after fall

Immediately after fall

I slathered on Vitamin K cream, which I had on hand and elevated all with ice packs for several hours.  It took three days to walk without that ominous horror-movie ‘thump, drag, thump, drag’. Of course, I was on vacation so it wasn’t too inconvenient.  I began just sitting in the sea twice a day.  The salt water helped, as did the energy of the earth.

I didn’t beat up on myself too badly.  I feel it is simply an important message from my guides that mindfulness shouldn’t be left behind while on holiday.  It’s vital that we all stay in the moment. Distractions can be dangerous, even deadly.

I do feel the Vitamin K cream helped with the bruising, believe it or not.  I can’t imagine how nasty it would look if I’d not immediately slathered it on and immediately gone to the ice packs.  Now home, I am treating with my own essential oil blend that I concocted a few years ago for swelling and sprains.  I’ve also upped my liposomal Vitamin C, liposomal glutathione and turmeric in an attempt to speed healing. Should anyone like to know how to make the oil blend for swelling, please just comment below or email me. Can someone tell me why my ankle is swelling in places where it’s not even black and blue?

As for now, my massive, swollen ankles and knees are a black and blue reminder of the importance of mindfulness. At least I can say this: the change of colors gives me something new to see daily!

Right Foot next day

Right foot the next day with swelling and new colors.

 

 

Mother Nature at her best

I feel so blessed to have spent a week by the sea.  It was perfect to wake every morning to dolphins in front of the beach front house, to turtles lazing in the early afternoon on the surface of the water briefly before diving again, to manatees drifting along at their own pace, to the first of the pelicans from up north, feasting on the small bait fish close to shore, to the ospreys showing off their freshly caught fish, and to the heartbeat of the sea in the form of steady, gentle surf action.Simple Peace

Left is a still and here is a small video sample (hopefully the link will work): 30 Seconds of Peace   No, there is nothing ‘about to happen’.  It is just this and nothing else.

This is renewal for me.  It brings me closer to nature and reminds me that we all need this planet, and the planet needs help.

This week has emphasized the importance of spending more time connected to nature. My priorities become clearer.  My meditations become far more meaningful and far more emotional.  I feel re-dedicated to my personal goals, which involve helping this planet and those who need the most help – the animals.

I feel very humble and amazingly blessed.

 

 

 

 

Connecting to the planet and to ‘your place’ on it

I have spent a few days really connecting to the earth, simply by being outdoors and feeling the earth beneath my feet.  It’s amazing how good I feel!

I honestly believe it is the grounding properties that one takes advantage of when connecting with the earth.  This article is really quite interesting:  David Wolfe article re: grounding.

Per David Wolfe, some of the benefits of being barefoot every day are:

  • Increased energy level
  • Better fasting glucose levels
  • Helpful with stress
  • Helpful for hypertension
  • Improves sleep
  • Levels heart rate variations
  • Improvements for asthma sufferers
  • Improvements to respiratory system
  • Improve immune system
  • Help with arthritis

In my case, I’d recently been visiting a place that is near and dear to my heart from childhood up through now.  Not only do I feel grounded and connected to this place, and I’ve been walking (barefoot, of course) in the ocean, I do indeed sleep well, feel relaxed and have great energy.

BeachSceneI even tried something new yesterday.  I did a bit of a walking meditation at low-tide on a smooth, sandy ocean bottom.  It was an amazing feeling and really filled my soul.

I strongly recommend trying to reconnect with the earth daily, and if not daily, as much as you can.  We all get so involved in life and in our heads that we fail to remember the importance of the earth that is our home and nurtures us.

 

 

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