She Has Outlived Three Vegans!

G’Mom Dynamite is 83!!   In the morning, she enjoys her duo of a cup of freshly ground Joe with her smokes. Like, a hot apple a la mode served with creamy vanilla bean ice-cream, the two pair nicely. When she gets up in the morning, I encourage her to pick something healthy to eat.  I make sure I keep her favorite fruits on hand.  But, at her age, who am I to tell her what to eat, how often, and how much to eat?

Regardless of her 60+ year relationship with non-filtered cigarettes and Gin (the 70’s), old Grand Dad (the 80’s-90’s),  or Hennessy (late 90’s to present), she is still alive and kicking.  I may live a healthy lifestyle but there is still no guarantee that I will live age 83.

Medication for high blood pressure doesn’t stir her to read labels or to give up her prepackaged high sodium favorites like this Spicy Miso Ramen Noodle Soop! 920 grams of sodium per serving! Holy cow!  Yuck!!  But I see her point that she’s lived through eight decades.

My mom has outlived three vegetarians in our family, who never drank, smoked, or ate any form of meat or seafood.

Lol! It’s funny but not really. I miss my cousins and aunts.  But I see her point.  Take my beautiful cousin Marlene for example. RIP cuz.   She lived a clean life but died in her early 40’s while battling breast cancer. I respect my mother’s point-of-view but continue to encourage her to make healthy food

LOOK AT THE SODIUM!!!! 

choices.  When she talks about dying, which is often and I say, “While you are living, let’s focus on quality of life.”  She responds,  “Tanya, you can’t live forever!!  She looks at me and cracks up laughing!   I join in with her laughter and know that, for the most part, I am wasting my time.

Seriously I contribute mom’s longevity to her upbringing.  Mom and her siblings were poor. They ate fresh everything!  My grandmother managed the family’s health with natural herbs like goldenseal, poke root, catnip, dandelion, fennel, nettle, and more.  I’m not talking about the stuff in a bottle. I’m speaking of the plants, roots, and grounded powder versions. The grandkids in my generation helped momma make capsules for the family.  They never ate out in restaurants, drank soda, cool aid, or any of that. Their eggs came from farm raised, grass fed chickens. The well water they drank was fresh and wasn’t contaminated by the chemicals that taint our current water supplies. Life and the food supply was simpler.

As I was about to leave for work the other day, I noticed her morning snack before breakfast: grapes and apples! I didn’t say a word but could not help smiling and chuckling. When she turned her back, I snapped a quick picture!!  Lol!! Hmm… maybe she is listening.

Her snack made my day! 🙂

Take care of yourself in 2017!

 

 

A First Of The Season

We eat leftovers in my home.  From September to December, leftovers are a necessity.   A stark contrast to my childhood dinners.

Though daddy worked at Wheaton Plastics, a thriving, noisy, dusty, and hot factory that kept the residents of the little town of Mays Landing bustling, his pay wasn’t much.  Some years mom worked, but I still qualified for Head Start, a federal program for low-income families that prepares children for school.

Regardless, both of my parents were not fond of left overs. Hence, fresh meals everyday. LOL! Imagine that. Baked potatoes, fresh veggies, pasta, steak, but rarely seafood.  The notions may sound nice, but it is unrealistic for my family…  At least until I can afford a private chef.   LOL!

Fatigue set in after grocery shopping for the upcoming week, so I needed something simple, at least for the next two days.  Since the temps are hitting the 60’s and 70’s, it’s starting to feel like fall has arrived, so I’m cooking my first pot of chili of the season.  No beef! Turkey.

I was also tired because I walked the lovely Ocean City bridge again today.  Yesterday I ran the bridge.  Today my bestie from high school conquered her fear.  Just like me, she was terrified.  I reassured her that  would walk it and she did.  Occasionally I would stop her and turn her around.  I pointed out to her the height and distance we walked. She was amazed.

DB, I am so PROUD of you; you are walking all over your fears!!

Once again, ideal temps this morning made for any perfect outdoor activity. I am sad to see the summer go, but I am also enjoying the fall temperatures– they are refreshing.  Almost like a cool shower after a long distance run on a hot summer day.

I must go now and finish preparing for my work week.

TTY

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Turkey chili

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Me and hubby enjoy fresh pineapples in our smoothies. Mother also likes pineapples. I need to buy at least two per week.

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I filled the fruit basket with Gala apples, bananas, and avocados.

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These dark grapes from Sam’s Club are very sweet. Yes, they contain sugar, but at least it’s natural sugar. Tailor enjoys the grapes as snacks for lunch and I love them sliced in yogurt.

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Tailor and I eat these plain by the handful. They’re great in salads and even better in egg omelets.

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Add this freshly made salsa to any salad and it is guaranteed to spice things up!

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Yes, I eat lots of fresh fruit! To squeeze more nutrients into your diet, add strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries to a smoothie, yogurt, frozen yogurt, or ice-cream. Yummy!

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I go through 2-3 of these a week. For added protein, I add yogurt to my breakfast smoothies, or I’ll make up a yogurt parfait of my own for a healthy morning or afternoon snack.

 

This Is Why I Love Road Side Markets

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What we put into our bodies is equally as important as our fitness routine. What I love most about Jersey is fresh produce. The summer is the perfect time of year to load up on fresh home grown South Jersey produce.

Yesterday I picked up these beauties at a road size market.

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Dark delicious plums!!!

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Zucchini… again! LOL! I think I’m going to make zucchini cakes with a few of these.

The Gift of Positive Energy.

Not one day passes in my life that I do not feel blessed. So why should today be any different?  No life is perfect and mine is no different, but I focus on the positives in my life because I know that my life could have more struggles.

Before CrossFit this morning, I stopped by Produce Junction, a local produce market. I parked next to an old worn down red pick up truck packed with fresh produce. Getting out the car my eyes zoned in on the zucchini. Mmmm…. Yummy!  My favorite summer vegetable.

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My visit to the market was quick. broccolini was the only item on my list. In and out I went.  As I walked to my car, I spotted the owner of the pick up truck. Tall long-bearded older gentleman.

“Hi, Do you own a farm in the area?”

He owned a farm, but not in this area.  I explained that I would have gladly patronized his farm because his veggies looked great.

Here, I will give you some!”

“Oh no, I’ll buy it from you!”

“Absolutely Not!”  He replied and started handing me this beautiful zucchini.

 

I graciously thanked him for his generosity and will do so when I’m enjoying them over dinner.

I’m telling you, positive energy attracts even more positive energy from the universe. Other than this morning’s CrossFit class, what a fabulous way to start the week.

Later, I will post today’s WOD, but for now, I’ve gotta prime Tailor’s bedroom walls so that I can get to painting.

I hope you have a fabulous day!

XOXO!