Heart Healthy 

I enjoyed cooking class again today with Fernando and Marlene Divina at OHSU. The aromas wafted caused my mouth to water as they prepared Fall Vegetables and Tofu, Farro and Barley with Cardamom, Tomato and Onion Cachumber, and Carrot Koshumbir.

  
 OHSU has put together a wonderful Heart Healthy Plate diagram 

  
 And the results?  
 YUMMO!

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Am I the only one feeling bombarded by the health movement?

How do I determine what is healthy for me? There seems to be so many avenues to take!

I am all about keep it simple. When trying to figure out what I want, I am pretty clear what I don’t want. Super! That is the best clue to turn that thought into what I want to create. Then the creative process can kick in and viola’!

Well, maybe not quite that simple. For example, I don’t want to be dragging through the day. What I do want is to be my energetic vibrant self. Sleeping better is a must! As I am getting a handle on this whole personal climate (menopause) time of my life, sleep has been trying to elude me. What I am doing about it is 1) Keeping a wind down bedtime schedule as much as possible. 2) Great nutrition of balanced proteins and carbs. 3)Hydrating with at least 100 oz of water if not more and at least the majority drank before 4 pm if possible. 4) Meditate daily to stay centered and minimize stress. 5) Exercise. I enjoy fun activities like riding my motorcycle and gardening. 6) Surround myself with positive people who inspire and encourage me. 7) Schedule relax time.

And the interesting thing is, I am more rested, more productive, and probably more fun to be around too!

My remedy is to keep it basic and it seems to be working!