Monday, May 16, 2011

Healthy Reali-TEA

{Step right in.
The kettle is on.
Grab a seat at
the counter so
I can pour out
my heart to you
while the water

So it happens to
everyone, eventually,

You are running
along, juggling many
balls in the air....

Those balls might

children's activities
the house
the groceries
the yard
volunteer work
the overdue oil change
the dentist appointment
the never-ending to-do list
your blog : )
big decisions
small decisions


And you get on the
scale one day
and there you
have it.  You've
let one of those balls
slip and it's hit the
ground with a big
old thud.

Your health.

You took your eye
off the ball and
now that insidious number 
on the scale has crept up 
a bit.   And the old energy
isn't what it used to be, either.

Well, that's where I am.

Luckily for me, I've cultivated
some pretty healthy habits
along the way, so I am
hoping to throw that ball
labeled feeling-my-best
back into the air, quickly.

Today I'm on Day Two of a
raw diet detox.  You can
read more about that, here.
I'll share how it goes later,
once I've finished the whole
experience.  I'm hoping that
it will re-ignite an old
passion for cooking and eating
great, healthy food.

In the meantime, may I
pour you a cup of 
herbal tea?

Yep, that's my only beverage
from Monday through Wednesday
 besides the smoothies that are 
part of the detox menu.  
Herbal tea and good old H2O.

Orange and Spice?
Vanilla Roobios?

Since we are on the topic
of health, I thought I'd
share some of the healthy
things that I love and see
if you love them, too.

First, my Polar FT-4 watch.
It monitors my heart rate
when I am exercising so
that I know if I'm in the
right zone for my age and
fitness level.  Big bonus
is that it also measures how
many calories that I've burned
in an exercise session, based
on my age, weight and heart
rate during the workout.

Out of curiosity, I wore my
Polar to bed the other night
to see what seven hours of
sleep would earn me.

401 calories.
{Gotta love
that extra one
calorie, though!}

Researchers say that people
often tend to underestimate
their calorie intake and over-
estimate their calorie expenditures,
aka exercise, so the Polar is good 
for an accurate reading of the latter.

May I cover your bottom?
{I'm talking tea cup, here!}
Hot water, coming up.

Okay, now that we've discussed
exercise, let's get down to a
more appealing conversation.


Let me pull out a few things
that have been tops
in my book, lately.....

First up is non-fat plain Greek 
yogurt, which we buy in the jumbo
containers at Costco.  130 cals
for one cup and it contains 23 grams
 of protein.  I just read a great
article in Nutrition Action recently
about how important eating protein
is as we age; the older you are,
the more you need in order to 
continue producing new muscle
cells for good mobility and balance.

I'll drink to that.
Let's clink tea cups with
our orange and spice.

Okay, back to the love list.

Next, I'm loving Trader Joe's Organic 
Reduced Sugar Raspberry Preserves.  
A little of this stirred into the Greek yogurt 
amps the whole thing up....way, way
up!  And the reduced sugar comes
from the ingredient Stevia in the
jam, which is a natural sweetener
that comes from the leaf of the
Stevia plant.

Here's something else that's
really good:  Almond milk.  It
is lower in calories than skim
milk, has no saturated fat, 
cholesterol or sodium and is 
really tasty on cereal and in 

Two more food shout-outs
and then I'll stop, as I'm making
myself hungry.

{Cue angel harps, here.}

The Whirly Pop.
Be still, my heart.

Got it when our electric popcorn
popper was wearing out.  It was
$20 and makes great popcorn
super-fast on the stove....and you
can use as little as one teaspoon of
oil per batch!

Last but so not least ~
sprouted grain bread.
I like the Ezekial 4:9 brand.
Because the grains that go
into the bread are already
partially sprouted, you 
don't get the same sugar spike 
in the body that more refined
carbohydrates can produce.
Which means you stay fuller,
longer....and full is good.

And, it makes the best toast.
Sometimes my daughter has
it after school with that heavenly
jam that I showed you, earlier.

As I refill our cups
we move to the
front steps and sit
in the sunshine.

The birdsong that
fills the air and the
soft primavera {in
Italian this means
first green} of the
grass and trees is
intoxicating.  We
breathe deeply,
our souls, if not
our stomachs!

We stand and stretch
and hug good-bye.

Make it a good day.
Make it a good week.

Thanks for sharing
a cuppa and letting
me bend your ear
about my resolve for
a healthier reality. 

I'd love to know
what healthy things
that you are loving 



Al said...

Great post. Hang in there, and in the meantime, I'll have the Orange & Spice tea please. Love your dainty cups and saucers by the way :)

A Vintage Green said...

Thank you. Thank you. You reminded me.
- Joy

Happy Homemaker UK said...

If Minnesota kicks you out, you'd fit right in, in Colorado. Your health style is so common there, you'd love it. But no Trader Joes, for some crazy reason. And three cheers for Greek yogurt :)

Rozmeen said...

Hi Suzanne,

How are you my sweet friend?
Lovely post! Makes you think aboout how you live your life... well I am eating ananas a lot at the moment..

Have a great day!

Marie said...

Once again a great post Suzanne! I love total Yogurt. It's the only one we eat here in our house. You have some really good advice there. I will be interested in how you feel about the detox when you are done. xxoo

Susan T said...

I am at that age where my health ball has bounced away a bit too. I am now more careful about what I eat and drink. Plenty of fresh water, very energising - eat raw more often.

Comfort food has been revised. Steamed and mashed root vegetables are much tastier than you would ever imagine. No salt - no butter, but you would never guess - carrots and parsnips a favourite (combined)

Must try that almond milk.

Fish oil supplements a must.

Hope that you are feeling on top form very soon.


Sue xx

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

It's so easy to take our health for granted, isn't it? It's only when it's slipping that it suddenly becomes so visible.

Good for you for taking control. Here's to your detox. *cha-chink*


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning gorgeous! I totally agree with this lifestyle; I have been eating this way for years and it makes a difference. However in my case what suffers is the AMOUNT OF REST I LACK! But coupled with a raw diet and enough protein will help our maturing bodies maintain their health and ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULLEST! YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!! Anita

traci said...

thanks for some great tips my dear. i am going to get some of the preserves. i really am not a plain greek yogurt fan, so maybe those will help me. have a great day.

alison said...

i've heard of that detox, but never tried it..i do love that little calorie counter can be hard to gage those calories throughout the day and keep them in's to a happier, healthier summer!

A Vintage Chic said...

Wonderful post, Suzanne...I've been interested to hear about your de-tox diet since you first talked about it! A bit spartan, isn't it?! I'm sure you'll feel fabulous when you're through!

I've been eating so much healthier the last couple of years--and besides being 60 pounds lighter (no Weight Watchers, either!), I just feel so much better than I ever have in my adult life!

I slip now and then (we all do, don't we?!), but have been able to get back up & keep going...and I'm always looking for new ways to get smarter, feel better--naturally...

I love what you shared today. I think I'll find that monitor--sounds wonderful! I've been using Very Vanilla Soymilk for the last two years on everything--even just to drink--and for a girl who doesn't like milk, that's a fabulous thing! I think that really helped in my weight loss.

I've just been discovering the benefits of that wonderful Greek plain yogurt--used it instead of sour cream in a few favorite recipes lately, and it was perfect!

Thanks for all you share, dear friend--I pretty much just wrote a post here--sorry!

Wishing you a lovely day...


A Rosy Note said...

It's easy to let things slip. I've let my weight get a little out of control too. I think it was our long winter. It's like we were hibernating. No tea for me, I think I'll have a smoothie this morning :) I hope your detox plan goes well and gets you back on track!


Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Taking care of our health--it's like taking care of the car--something we gotta do, but would rather not! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the detox when you're all done. The gal who cuts my hair was just starting a week last time I saw her. She told me she does it every spring.

Lili said...

The detox diet intrigues me. I've just given up coffee and am drinking herbal green tea and I've recently found my body rejecting milk products. Starting to buy organic more often than not and all my garden seeds I'm starting are organic! I adore your pretty tea cups, I must might have to pull out some pretties to sip my tea out of! Now imagine the calories one would burn catching 10hours of sleep, that sounds so much better than dieting. HA! xo ~Lili

Beach House Living said...

Hmmmm. Last years summer clothes aren't fitting as they should. I'm looking forward to hearing how this detox goes. That bread sounds interesting I've never heard of it before.

Farmgirl Paints said...

okay we need to talk about this Thursday. cause i'm in need of an intervention. four vacations in two months and a birthday do not make one look fit and spry. add stress to the mix and it's amazing my buttons are not popping off and flying across the room;)

Anonymous said...

It is inspiring to read what you are finding helpful, Suzanne. I'm still walking - only I bumped it up to 6 days a week instead of 3. And I've given up a lot of favorite foods and am keeping my eyes peeled for healthier choices. I'll visit the Dr. again in a couple of weeks - and I'm hoping the blood tests come back with better numbers! :)

Wishing you a happy, healthy day!
~ Zuzu

Little Leslie said...

Wow, Suzanne, thanks for taking the time to remind us that our health is the most important aspect of our lives. Have a tasty and healthy day!

pollydove said...

Oh how I wish I could join you in your cup of herbal tea and eating more healthy conversation ... sadly, I am SO not there. I wonder (each week, actually) when my resolve to be more healthy will stick! Good for you Suzanne - your body is singing you praises I am sure! :)

Deborah said...

Good afternoon Suzanne..
I was just sipping on a cuppa pumpkin tea when I came across your lovely, inspiring post :)
Seems to be that I'm not the only one feeling this way.
I was planning to do a post as well on how things can sort of ..umm..get out of control in these areas :s
I've heard about the almond milk
through weight watchers but haven't tried it yet...but will now.
It sounds great for smoothies which I love!
I've been increasing the fruits
and veggies and am really falling in love with them again.
I have a sweet tooth and I'm trying to calm it down with some changes and substitutions that are healthier. And I have to say...Im lovin' it!!
I love visiting with you
and enjoyed our tea-time together.
I always leave with a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart xo

Deborah xoxoxoxoxo

Ironstone and Pine said...

Hi Suzanne! Just reading this has inspired me! Ive definitely been slipping, got to admit i have a bit of a discipline problem when it comes to eating healthy! Will go for the flavored greek instead of the i must find out where to get that jam and try it out. Also, need to give the almond milk a try, i've been a skim milk person for a long time but willing to see how i like that......thanks for bringing these things to our attention, it's a great way to get people to rethink what we put in our bodies!! Chow~devon

Tiffini said...

you and I have much in common in the health dept anyway:) I just finished some black breakfast tea with agave and I love vanilla roobioos. I have been eating Fage with 2 TB. of flax oil cold pressed..I store it in the refrigerator. I also eat sprouted bread but am researching taking gluten out of my diet to see if it helps my Crohn's. Which is leading me to try to make my own d bread..we'll see:) I have the exact heart rate watch:) and I am interested to see how your detox goes. I do love green smoothies:) praying the birdsong is singing sweetly over your day...enjoy xo

Lisa said...

Suzanne, I was hoping when you mentioned this detox last week that you would write about it! I've heard that such programs leaving you feeling better than ever and ready to reclaim better eating habits and a healthy day every day. I will have to look into that bread that you mentioned.....I've been looking for a new healthier alternative for my house. Hope you make it through your three-day regimen and feel great after - kudos to you girl!

Linda said...

Suzanne, you are such an inspiration...I am struggling with my health right now and am definitely trying to treat myself right and get the rest I need! Thank you for sharing...hope this regimen helps you to feel strong! XO

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I'm right there with you Suzanne. I started back exercising three weeks ago and I gave up sugar and anything with wheat, so I'm loading up on protein. I'm feeling pretty good and I'm more determined than I've been in years to get healthy. It's always great to hear other people's progress and ideas on getting fit. Thanks for sharing!


I love your intentionality, Suzanne.


Low Tide High Style said...

Suzanne, yet another wonderful post! I need to try the Greek yogurt, my daughter is a huge fan. I was diagnosed with adrenal and thyroid issues a few years ago and although I don't look like it, I eat really healthily. These lips haven't knowingly eaten a transfat in 3 years, I only buy organic fruits and veggies, and we eat grass fed only beef and pasture raised meats. It's hard finding healthy alternatives that don't include soy...which I also can't have! Thanks for adding to my current list of yummy eats. My new love is Udi bread, a gluten free bread which I really like. I'll be on the lookout for the brand you suggested too!

Now, if they would just put a Whole Foods in down my way, I'd be a happy camper!

Here's to healthy eating and living!!

Kat :)

Jill said...

Hi friend,

Well all this transitioning has been bad for my health. However, I have made the small step back to my "normal" this week - cooking good old steel cut oats, takes about 20 minutes on the stove top - topped with a little brown sugar, dried cranberries {or blueberries, depending on my mood} and walnuts [or almonds, depending on my mood}. This healthy start to my day keeps me fuller longer and sort of keeps me on track the remainder of the day!

Style Attic said...

Dear Suzanne,

I just did my first detox a month ago. Hold on to your hat, day 3/4 was the hardest. I really enjoyed the attention I gave my insides and at the end it reflected on my outside :) Almond milk is wonderful, love the stuff! Good for you XO, Kelly

lisaroyhandbags said...

ok, so eating chips as I read your post is bad, right? ; )

ya, ya, I know - exercise, eat better! I was expecting our temporary place here to have a gym in the building which would have been really handy when it's over 100F since doing anything outside is pretty much a right-off right now. no luck. But a gym is on the top of our list at our more permanent place!

I did have a lovely smoothie today of strawberries, banana, low fat milk, frozen yogurt and protein powder so I'm not that bad! (and chips....)

Melissa said...

hi sweetie-
you are doing great on this old detox caper!

i'll have a herbal with you in the sunshine...

i think you are right - some people do just eat a healthier diet all year round than others...

but at times- even those people need a little personal re-jig after winter....

we live on that exact yoghurt- how good is that with almond milk , a banana and a small spoonful of honey in the blender!!

keep it up - i am desperate to do a detox and i can trust you to be honest with your assessment of it, i know!

gotta fly- school pickup time already!

melissa xx

Delishhh said...

WOW impressive - Really looking forward to reading on what happens after 30 days of a raw diet here. I would love to do it but i love meat and fish too much (does the raw dies include raw fish)? Or is it pure vegetarian? Great post. Also very interesting about the 401 calories while you sleep.

Joanna said...

Good luck, you need some resolve in this detox lark.

Lots of great ideas for a healthier life here, thank you.


designchic said...

I'll join you for tea right now...can't wait to see how you feel afterwards!!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Got the Fage covered no problem and I drink soy milk and eat my veggies...but the exercise thing...I suck! Leisurely dog walks is about it. But when we sit for tea, we'll just avoid that subject! :)

Penguin said...

Hi Suzanne, I can't get the Trader Joe's jam near me and they don't sell it online, can you recommend a 2nd favorite?

Joanna Jenkins said...

Wow, that post was loaded with really good info. Thank you! The green shake might take a little getting used to for me but I'm a huge fan of the Greek yogurt. TI's fantastic.

Thanks for the inspiration and all the beautiful photos.

Cheers, jj

Privet and Holly said...

Thanks for all
of the healthy
suggestions! I
love all of the
support : ) And
Penguin, you are
a no-reply blogger
so I couldn't send
you a reply. In
case you read this,
my next favorite
would be Smucker's
Raspberry Simply
xx Suzanne

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I can't wait to hear how your detox goes. Wonderful inspiring post. I've been eating more veggies and fruit and of course lots of water. However, I sure wish I could get more sleep! Thank you for the lovely cup of tea and I look forward to hearing about your detox.

Karena said...

Suzanne you have inspired me because the same thing has happened to me!! I love almond or soy milk and must pick up the Greek Yogurt!

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Amy Arnaz said...

I love drinking Organic Aloe Vera juice last thing before bed. I had an Aruyvedic (sp?) doctor for 2 years that I loved, until she moved, and she believed in the healing & cooling powers of Aloe Vera juice. So that is one thing I do faithfully. It balances out the coffee I drink every morning! Another wonderful post. xoxo Amy

Little Leslie said...

Thanks for coming on over to my blog and for the nice comments. Take care, Suzanne!

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Jeanie said...

Keep hanging in there! You'll be back to good in no time! I've seen the Fage -- glad to hear from someone who has tried it. Those preserves are the best! As always, lovely photos to show us your journey!

Teresa said...

Very inspiring, Suzanne! I've really let things go lately and need to get back on the wagon pronto!