Sixty 60-Second Tips to a Healthier You

Sixty 60-Second Tips to a Healthier You

http://www.livebetteramerica.com/Home/healthy-living/health/well-being/articles/sixty-60-second-tips-to-a-healthier-you

Sixty 60-Second Tips to a Healthier You

A minute goes by like that (finger snap), but it’s more than enough time to do something that will help you feel good.
On any given day, we might not have an hour to go to the gym, 30 minutes to prepare a home-cooked meal, or 15 minutes to read. But who can’t find a minute here or there?

There are many things we can do that are good for us that take 60 seconds or less. Don’t believe it? Take a minute to read our list of 60, all practically guaranteed to make you feel good almost instantly. Ready. Set. GO!

  1. Drink a glass of water.
  2. Take 10 deep breaths.
  3. Think of something you’re grateful for.
  4. Scratch your dog’s belly.
  5. Pet your cat.
  6. Eat an apple.
  7. Swivel your hips.
  8. Shimmy your shoulders.
  9. Write a thank-you note.
  10. Call your parents.
  11. Do a yoga pose and hold it.
  12. Sprinkle a spoonful of flaxseed in something you’re about to eat.
  13. Hug someone you love.
  14. Hug someone you kinda, sorta like.
  15. Hug someone you don’t care for one bit.
  16. Sign up for an art class.
  17. Balance on one foot for 60 seconds.
  18. Balance on the other foot for 60 seconds.
  19. Floss your teeth.
  20. Schedule a complete physical.
  21. Eat a handful of almonds.
  22. Tell a joke.
  23. Do 60 jumping jacks.
  24. Close your eyes and think of nothing.
  25. Listen to one good song.
  26. Sing along to one good song.
  27. Dance to one good song.
  28. Eat a tomato like it’s an apple.
  29. Give someone a minute’s worth of your undivided attention.
  30. Make a cup of tea.
  31. Pay someone a compliment.
  32. Pay yourself a compliment.
  33. Jump rope.
  34. Do 10 push-ups, on your knees if you have to.
  35. Do 10 sit-ups, crunches if you have to.
  36. Make a list of your five favorite songs.
  37. Meditate.
  38. Try a vegetable you think you don’t like.
  39. Stretch and yawn, even if you’re not sleepy.
  40. Read a poem.
  41. Lie on the floor with your legs up a wall.
  42. Call your congressman about an issue that’s important to you.
  43. Spin a hula hoop around your waist, neck, or each arm.
  44. Read the first page of a new book.
  45. Make a list of your five favorite movies.
  46. Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know.
  47. Make a paper plane and launch it.
  48. Take a multi-vitamin.
  49. Do 10 squats.
  50. Give yourself a temple massage.
  51. Bend forward at the waist and hang.
  52. Yodel.
  53. Gargle.
  54. Try to balance standing on your tippy toes.
  55. Eat a handful of berries.
  56. Open a window and take a breath of fresh air. Even if it’s January.
  57. Take off your shoes and walk barefoot. Even if it’s January.
  58. Look up into the branches of a tree.
  59. Send a check to a good cause.
  60. Wash your hands.

Hawaii (Waikiki)Traveler Vegan Food Finds from Ruffage Natural Foods and Alaska Airlines

We flew to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines and we noted last time that they offer a Vegan/Vegetarian Pack which is pretty good and includes these yummy olives, hummus pack, corn chips, dark chocolate piece in a 100% recycled cardboard box pack. For a short flight this works well and costs $6 paid by CC (no cash). NOTE: Alaska Airlines does separate waste in flight for recycling and I found out they gathered enough last year for 3 more jets or plenty of upgrades which they appear to be always doing – so that’s kinda cool and a two thumbs up for their initiatives in this area.

Ruffage Natural Foods in Waikiki area offers good options for Vegans/Vegetarians – here is the Acai Banana Bowl we had for breakfast with Acai, Blueberries, Banana and Granola – we took out the honey but that is usually on this item.  Cost $6.99 for small (picture shows the small) and $8.99 for large and could share.

Pictured above is the Super Antioxidant Smoothy which was Banana, Papaya, Acai, Goji, Pomegranate, Noni and Mangosteen. It’s pretty good. We also had the Organic Peanut Butter with Banana Smoothy which is excellent for a good protein starter of the day.  Cost $5.99 and could share.

Tofu Scrambler with Toast from Ruffage which had Earth Balance Butter. Note the toast is nothing special no grains just a plain brown bread but it did the trick and we don’t eat much bread so that was different and wished they offered better bread but hey travel as Vegan is often an interesting challenge. Cost $8.99 and could share.

Ruffage sells the Kombucha Drinks with a good selection – I tried this one for the first time the Grape and Chia Kombucha – its AWESOME!

Ruffage Natural Foods offers what the Vegan / Vegetarian traveler wants. You can expect the food to be pretty good for the most part however the customer service experience is lacking from the owner and her staff. Don’t expect a big smile and warm welcome with conversation.  To be honest we have been there enough to know that we only only certain items and have low expectations from a customer service experience. They offer a health food store style with vitamins and bags of nuts, chips, assortment of drinks, chocolates, etc.  This not exclusive Vegan so know that animal products are on the menu which could pose a challenge to some.

I recommend the Smoothies, The Tofu Scramble, The Veggie Burrito and that’s about it.

All in all Hawaii can be difficult if you want more than fruit and basic salads for Vegan travelers so you do have to make some efforts to look around and ask questions (the shops offering smoothies or acai bowls are made with yogurts so DO ASK QUESTIONS) or go to the supermarket which we do and get some items that suit you. Restaurants are big on seafood and meats. Perhaps changes are slowly coming so look for it, ask for it and give feedback for it.

We didn’t starve nor did we spend alot of cash on food. We were wanting to eat well on a budget and we did with some effort and work it was all good and of course mainly we were there for beach sun fun and the food was secondary but still important.

Always have fun and make the experience a good one.

All photos by Suzanne expect for the image below which is a postcard I found.

Pedal perfect: Bikers shed spandex to inspire new riders

People gather in downtown Decatur before setting off to ride, including Jae Schmidt, pictured with hat, the owner of Houndstooth Road bicycle boutique, who helped organize the event.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/13/living/bicycle-fashion-tweed-ride/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

I saw this article and want to share. This type of event breaks down barriers brings people together and reminds one that cycling and wellness can be for anyone – it’s never to late to start. It’s always good to have options. Imagine if you can get fit at the same time as having fun. Perhaps your entire direction will change completely. Personally I have always loved a good cycle however since changing my lifestyle to the whole food plant based one and losing all the weight I have my cycling time and adventures has increased dramatically. The fitter I become the further I can go the more weather I can take (rain, wind, winter) and it just keeps on getting better. Definitely many more people should be opening up to cycling – its a natural progression in my opinion to have as your only set of wheels (do Zip Car for example if you need one) or to have on. The rewards are as easy as getting on your bike and heading out there …

Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing

Dancing is excellent exercise lots of fun great way to connect with others. I am reminded by this song that we need lots dancing in our lives. Perhaps will help with previous post about brain shrinkage cause you the heck wants that! So I suggest to get you boogie body your family partner parents friends ready then turn this up loud and get dancing today. If you come to my place we dance all the time.

Kids take up fight for ‘real food’ – Generation Peewee is increasingly savvy about food.

Generation Peewee is increasingly savvy about food.

Generation Peewee is increasingly savvy about food.
There is, however, an emerging wave of unlikely activists on the front lines of the food revolution, whose voices and opinions you are not likely to hear over traditional or social media for some time to come:

Children.

What I knew about food when I was growing up could be counted on one hand — and the first two were: “I like it” and “I don’t like it.”

“I assumed if it was sitting on a supermarket shelf, it was safe.”

Interesting article by By Amanda Enayati, CNN contributor

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/02/health/children-awareness-food-enayati/index.html?hpt=hp_bn12