I am running for my life..

Not literally but after attending the Mini-Med series lecture titled “Run for your life” put on by the University of British Columbia- Okanagan, I will continue to “run”. Ladies, we must move. The statistics, whether you like it or not, are there. The studies continue to show that our bodies were made to move. What’s the minimum you ask? 150 minutes per week. I can hear some of you groaning already. Dread overwhelming you. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be all at once. Even 10 minutes 3 times a day. But the message was clear. It does not matter what you do, brisk walking, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or downhill, tennis or swimming.

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This is one time when more just might be better. You cannot exercise too much. It is all about preventing disease. Heart Disease, Diabetes, Obesity, some cancers, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

Menopausal symptoms can be reduced and possibly eliminated. Menopause is not a disease. It is a phase of life.

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Exercise is better than medicine.

Do something that is fun. Do it with your husband, your kids, your friends.

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“Run for your life”!

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Keep it simple…

It has been a while since my last post.  While thinking about what to write about next I realized that  we eat quite simply. I have shared many of our favorite recipes and for the most part I stick to doing pretty much the same thing. I have been close to ending my blog but then I bump into someone who encourages me to keep at it, that they check in regularly and love it. So…..I will endeavor to keep it going, with one simple thought each time and  a recipe we love.

FISH……….

We  still eat fish, though only about twice per month. I still am not sure where I stand on this issue, it’s one of those, should we or shouldn’t we? Is it healthy or is it not healthy?  When we do eat fish I make sure that I spend the money and buy fish that is oceanwise approved. See the link if you are not sure what that means.

http://www.oceanwise.ca/about

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/omega-3/HB00087

 

Our serving size is limited to about 4 oz or the size of a deck of cards.

Broiled Salmon or Artic Char with Herb Mustard Glaze

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

3/4 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

3/4 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 tbsp dry white wine

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp honey

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp whole-grain mustard

pinch salt

fresh ground black pepper

In a mini food processor combine the garlic, herbs, wine, oil, honey,  Dijon and 1 tbsp of grainy mustard. Grind until the sauce is combined. Transfer to small bowl and stir in the remaining tbsp of grainy mustard.

Preheat the broiler. Line the bottom of a heavy baking sheet with foil. Brush with a little olive oil. Place the fish on the baking sheet, skin side down, and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and the fresh ground pepper. Broil for about 2-3 minutes. Spoon over some of the mustard suace and continue broiling for another 5 minutes. Add more sauce and broil until the fish is just cooked through.  This can vary depending on the type of fish and how thick the fillets are. I have found it can take anywhere from another 2-3 minutes to 10 minutes. Keep a close eye on the fish as it cooks. The sauce may start to burn.

Serve with fresh lemon wedges on the side, with a large salad and dinner is served.

 

 

 

“The Heart Truth”…

I know….I have said it and have heard it time and time again, “I don’t have time” to fit in exercise. The Heart Truth is a national public health education campaign to raise awareness that heart disease and stroke is the #1 killer of women in Canada.

I had so much fun at the 1st Annual Red Dress Event” held in Kelowna on Saturday. The message: It’s time to re-set our priorities so that we can continue to enjoy the loved ones we spend so much time pouring ourselves out for. I don’t think this message is saying “it’s all about me” in a “me”  focused kind of way, but rather encouraging women to step back and do a survey of their lives. Prevention is what it is all about. Check out this link.

http://thehearttruth.ca/the-campaign/the-truth-is/

I love lists. I’ve taught my girls to make lists. It has served us well. Whenever I feel overwhelmed the first thing I do is sit down and make a “to do list”. I then review it , prioritize, scrutinize  and re-prioritize. I have learned that I need to schedule things in like exercise as if it was my job and I have to meal plan. These two things alone have made even the busiest times in my life more manageable. 

What do you do when you are overwhelmed with the busyness of life? Have you any tips to pass on to others about how to carve out time for exercise, to eat healthier, to get the rest you need, to take care of yourself?