Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Since some of you asked . . . . . Kombucha is a raw, fermented, probiotic, and naturally carbonated tea.
About a year ago, I was looking for a replacement for soda pop and came across kombucha and dozen other interesting drinks. I tried making some of the beverages, including ginger ale/beer, kefir. Nothing rang my bell.
One day I bought a bottle of kombucha at my local health food store. It was really tasty. Sparkly. Interesting. It sounded like a 'good for me' healthy alternative. And that rang my bell.
However, $3.89 for a 16 ounce bottle does not fit my budget. I began researching and found it was easy enough to make, so I started brewing at home.
I've experimented with different teas, and adding fruit, juices, etc. For the holidays, I've been adding cranberries or cranberry juice.
It's fun, easy enough to make and it's yummy. A great alternative to soda.
Like everything else out there, there's a lot of mixed reports about kombucha. Some people claim it can cure cancer and grow hair on your chest (I exaggerate to make a point) while others (like Mayo Clinic) say there is no evidence that it does anything at all.
So, to each their own.
If you're interested and want to check it out, I urge you to do so. I've been brewing for about a year and a half and have done a lot of research and experimenting. If you want to give it a try, I'll be happy to pass along some helpful hints that worked for me.
Meanwhile, I'd like to make a toast - To your health!
Monday, December 09, 2013
I have a hard time just getting on the elliptical. I always having something else to do and I feel like I'm 'wasting time' . (Yeah, I know I'm actually 'investing' in my health.)
One of the ways to 'trick' myself into getting on it is when the phone rings, I grab the phone and head towards the elliptical . . . that way I feel like I'm not wasting time. (Though sometimes I wonder if I should explain to them why I'm panting....)
I've often bemoaned that I cannot read while I'm on it. The way the elliptical is structured, to hold a book where I can read it totally covers up the display.
So, DH to the rescue!!!! In about 20 minutes, he built a rack that fits and works perfectly!!!
And he thought I married him because he's such a great cook.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
I came across this lofty aspiration in my Facebook subscriptions and found it to be very inspiring. Thought you might enjoy it as well.
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you."
~ Christian D. Larson (Your Forces and How to Use Them)
Sunday, December 08, 2013
We didn't get much snow at all, only about an inch. We're only an hour (as the crow flies) from the coast so we didn't get nearly as much snow ( 3 to 6 inches) as they did farther inland. But temps went up and rained on the snow and now the temps are dropping so we have a lot of crunchy snow. Temps are supposed to be dropping into the single digits over the next days and that is rare for us.
It's late and I'm tired . . . . I'll leave ya with a little holiday cheer
Friday, December 06, 2013
Finally the weather forecast got it right. Snow is falling . . . . well more like ice pellets -- but it is accumulating. They're calling for up to 10 inches in the mountains around us from this storm over the next 24 hours. Then the temps are expected to plummet towards single digits. Brrrrr
That's all fine and good, except that DH has a one hour commute through those hills to get to work. He loaded up the chains and whatever he might need to get home tonight. That's when it could get dicey.
DH hit a deer on the way home from work last night - within a few miles of our house, so it's probably one of the local herd that grazes through our property. Thankfully it glanced off the front corner of the Highlander and didn't do any damage (didn't even take any dirt with it!). It went scurrying off into the woods so apparently it wasn't hurt, much, if any. We're hoping not . . . would hate to think it was suffering in the cold.
Thoughts from my head. Okay, back to my quest of re-examining my goals. From past experience, I know that goals (short term and long range) can be changed at any time. But I want to really settle into a healthy routine. I want my goals to come from my heart and not from someone elses' success story or program.
Motivation and inspiration is great. They are very important, actually vital. But if I have to constantly reach outside myself in order to get myself moving and to stay with my program, I'm thinking there could be a problem somewhere.
Why am I not more motivated towards my goals?
Are my goals set towards going where I really want to end up?
Again, these are just the thoughts going through my head at the moment.
When good stuff - 'keepers' - come to mind, I'm writing them down.
This is so exciting. I feel like I'm actually making good progress towards breaking down the barriers of so many years of bad programming and wrong thinking/choices about health and fitness.
Time for yoga. Woohoo!
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