Monthly Archives: February 2011

Do you have any tasty and healthy kale recipes?

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My quest to stay healthy and keep my blood sugars under control has included lots of education about the healthiest foods for anyone, not just people with diabetes.
Kale comes up on everyone’s list of healthy greens, at least in my research.
I got this butt load of kale delivered by Safeway today, and it’s on my menu for dinner tonight.
I’ve found two really tasty-sounding recipes (steaming and sauteed).
I’m considering the sauteed recipe because this one includes garlic and red wine vinegar (two of my favorites).
Anyone have any tasty, healthy, and easy (because I’m a slug today) kale recipes?

Paul Haggis Vs. the Church of Scientology : The New Yorker

Paul Haggis Vs. the Church of Scientology : The New Yorker

Excellent article about Scientology.
I’m not going to diss Scientology.
Not really.
I just have one question: Isn’t John Travolta’s starring role in Battlefield Earth proof that Scientology is a cult?

Why else would Travolta agree to star in this movie?
I was just wondering, because I watched about 4 minutes of this movie stinker on cable television last night.

Winter Storm Warnings issued as snow heads for region | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News | Local & Regional

Winter Storm Warnings issued as snow heads for region | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News | Local & Regional

Hoo boy.
Here we go again!

We don’t get much snow in these here parts, so the commute to and from work will be really interesting for the next few days.

Stay tuned for my weather updates; I’ll try not to whine too much.

And here’s a GranPhoto from Seattle’s last snow day:

the mop and me

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I walked over to Target today to buy a new mop.

My old squeezer bit the dust a few months ago, and I’ve been mopping my bathroom and kitchen areas (not that large) on my hands and knees.

As I looked at mops (have you SEEN the prices of mops?), I got to thinking that when I moved into this apartment (about eighteen months ago), my knees and back were in bad shape and mopping on my hands and knees was NOT an option.

So I just said ‘no’ to a new mop.

And I came home and scrubbed my bathroom floor, on my hands and knees!

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I’ve been thinking all day about the extra work of being healthy now that I’m older.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not feeling sorry for myself.

We’re all going to get older; it’s just my time to be older, that’s all.

But now, when I blow off exercise, or eat too much, my body starts to protest.

I get moody and tired, and my joints get really stiff.

So, at least for now, no mop for me.

Mopping on my hands and knees is part of my exercise routine.


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Have a great week!

‘Inception’ Trailer 2 HD

Don’t hate me, folks, I just couldn’t get into this movie.
Kept saying “Huh” a lot.
Maybe I should have watched this on the big screen instead of via Netflix.

J.K. Rowling Is ‘Writing Hard’ And Has Several Projects In The Works: We Guess What They Are

J.K. Rowling Is ‘Writing Hard’ And Has Several Projects In The Works: We Guess What They Are

oh. yeah.

Best news I’ve heard all week!

Comfort Spiral: Then It’s OK

Comfort Spiral: Then It’s OK

Hop on over to Comfort Spiral and read a post from one of my favorite bloggers, the oh so talented Cloudia.

pic cred.

Another good word

buss  BUS  , noun, verb;

A kiss; a playful kiss; a smack.

transitive verb:

To kiss; especially to kiss with a smack. 

changing focus

My original title was “breaking bad habits,” but I wanted to give myself a more hopeful title for this post.

I’ve written before about the challenge of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

In the past eighteen months, I’ve worked hard to change my eating habits, exercise more, and generally take better care of myself.

But sometimes I have periods of time when I want bowls of potato chips, white bread, thick slices of cake liberally slapped with white icing…

You get the idea.

Sometimes I can enjoy one or two cookies, a thin slice of cake, a small bowl of Lay’s.

And sometimes I just can’t stop.

Inevitably, a big slip up is followed by feelings of shame, disgust, and just plain old anger at myself.

My quest to be healthy includes reading all that I can about getting and staying healthy.

One of my new study aides is a subscription to Yoga Journal.

YJ has helped me a lot in this journey of self-discovery, self-love, self-forgiveness.

The February issue of YJ has a wonderful article by Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist at Stanford University.

In “Nurture the New You,” page 82, Dr. McGonigal tackles the  issue of setbacks when trying to make positive changes in your life.

Whoa, this article has my name all over it! It’s also proof, yet again, that what I need will show up when I need it and am receptive to it. More about that, maybe another time.

I tried to find an online link to this article, with no success.

I hope you will go and and find a copy of the February Yoga Journal, but if you can’t here are some points I want to pass on from Dr. McGonigal’s article:

  • Don’t mistake the behavior you want to change for who you are. I ate the 4th and 5th cookies, so I’m a terrible person. 
  • Instead, view the behavior as what is is–a pattern/habit/behavior that’s not serving you.
  • View yourself as fundamentally perfect, and don’t focus on your flaws. Focus on your negative behaviors without judging yourself (whoa, I know that one is a biggie, but bear with me for ‘alf a mo).
Kelly McGonigal suggests cultivating self-love, and offers the following from the Yoga Sutra 1.33:
  • Love–you deserve to be healthy and happy; remind yourself how these changes will help you!
  • Without judgement, consider how this habit is making you suffer (including being so hard on yourself), and how you want to be free of this suffering.
  • Give yourself kudo’s for any positive changes you have made so far. And while you are at it, send some gratitude to friends and family who are supporting you.
  • If you are down and feeling blue about a recent setback, remind yourself that you are human, don’t beat yourself up, and focus on the larger goal of being free.

Dr. McGonigal cautions:

  • Don’t try to motivate yourself using anger and rejection towards your wonderful self.
  • It’s not about feeling sorry for yourself.
Her article also mentions tips from Maggie Juliano, founder of Sprout Yoga:
  • Reframe the behavior you want to change–it’s not a bad part of you, it’s a symptom of your suffering.
  • Accept you went looking for happiness in the wrong place (no, Beth, gobs of thick white icing are not the cure for everything).
  • Be present with your feelings and don’t push them away, and give yourself some kind and loving thoughts.
  • “Remember that you are a person who deserves unconditional love and deserves not to suffer.”
  • You deserve to be happy!
So, when my alarm clock starts interrupting my sleep at 5:30 a.m., telling me it’s time to go to the gym, I am [trying] to view this as a positive way to take care of me, and not a way to punish myself.
And all through Dr. McGonigal’s article is the point that changing behaviors, changing focus, isn’t an all or nothing affair that happens like magic. 
It’s one step at a time.
And self-compassion is the key. 
For my own journey, I’m going to jot down key points on 4×6 index cards (I love school supplies, especially ruled index cards), and carry them with me. A stressful day at work increases my longing for potato chips and iced cookies!
But, as my friend J.D. used to say,  That doesn’t make me a bad person.

I won something?

From my blogging buddy I Am The Muse, and it came this week!

Thanks, Muse!

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