Disclaimer:  Please remember that I am not a nutritionist and by no means an expert. I just want to share with you what has worked for me throughout my years. I am hoping that what I post on this site will offer you some tips on different food choices, recipes, and workouts that I have inculcated in my everyday life. I encourage you to do what you find works best for you.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions. I’m all about working together for the health of us all so we can do our best to extend our shelf life.

We Are What We Eat…And Drink

“Long live good food!”

WHY ORGANIC?

Most people that know me well know that I eat as much organic as possible.  My wife refers to me as Mr. Organic.  I am a firm believer that the foods we eat have a major impact on our overall health – physical, emotional and mental.   Because organic foods, especially produce, contain fewer pesticides and chemicals, which are widely used in conventionally-grown foods, they have more beneficial nutrients without the added toxins.  Many people with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives often find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods.  Also, organic food is fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. For me and my family eating organic is not a trend, it’s returning to tradition!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Eat fresh foods. Concentrate on eating “real” food—whole, fresh foods that people have been enjoying for millenniums—rather than modern processed foods. I eat as much organic as possible.  Who needs the extra toxins?!

CREATIVE CONCOCTIONS

Smoothies, teas, juices and more!!

COMING SOON

FEATURED RECIPE OF MY FAVORITES

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Recipe by: Laurie Bennett

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 2/3 cup water

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Let’s Workout…Get to Steppin’

“If exercise were a pill, it would be the most widely prescribed medication in the world.”

Resistance Band Training

Resistance band workouts are great for any strength training routine or rehabilitation program.  The bands are made in a variety of strengths and sizes and are easy to take with you anywhere.  In fact, I use them daily and they go with me wherever I travel.  I get my quick full body workouts in the mornings, even when I am at a hotel.

As opposed to free weights, especially as we get older, there is also a mechanical advantage in resistance bands.  What is that? Resistance is maintained through every part of the motion. Many of the same movements using free weights only work the muscle during the part of the lift when movement isn’t against gravity.

With resistance band training, every part of both the concentric and eccentric part of the exercise has resistance, resulting in better range of motion strength and more complete stimulation. Resistance bands are also great for stretching.  I like to use mine while sitting in my sauna.  I get a great upper body workout while my muscles are warmed up!

Exercise is for everyone!

Leading a physically active life can help us feel happier, think more clearly, have more energy, be more productive and, along with proper diet, control our weight. Exercise need not be painful or extreme to be effective. Regular periods of moderate exercise several times a week can be very beneficial.

Jogging, brisk walking, biking, and taking part in active sports—enough both to get your heart beating faster and to cause you to break a sweat—can improve your endurance and help to prevent heart attack and stroke. Combining such aerobic exercise with moderate weight training and calisthenics helps to strengthen your bones, internal muscles, and limbs. These activities also contribute to maintaining a higher metabolism, which automatically helps to control your weight.

For Your Mind…Keep Your Sanity

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not fighting the old but building on the new.”

-Socrates

Dear Stress…No Worries!

Stress activates an amazing system in your body—your emergency response system. Hormones are released to increase your breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. In addition, reserves of blood cells and glucose flood into your bloodstream. This cascade of reactions prepares you to deal with the stressor, the stimulus causing the stress. After the stressor has passed, your body may return to normal. But when a stressor remains, it can leave you chronically anxious or tense, like a motor that stays revved up. So learning how to deal with stress is important to both your physical and your mental well-being.

Keep Your Thoughts Positive

Which of the following do you think has the biggest effect on your happiness? Your circumstances? Your genes? Your attitude? Some would choose “circumstances,” perhaps saying, “I would be happy . ..”if only I had more money”, “if only I had a great marriage”, or “if only I had better health”.

In reality, though, attitude often trumps circumstances and genes when it comes to happiness. And that is good news. Why? Because unlike your circumstances or your genes—over which you have little or no control—you can control your attitude.

Mindful Quotes

“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person. ” — R. Buckminster Fuller

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