Addicted to jogging!

I must be truly addicted to jogging! I know for sure because I actually got up at 5 am so I could go jogging before I got on a plane!

In the ‘old days’ I would have set the alarm but not gotten up! Today I got up and went for it!!

Got my endorphins. Got beagles exhausted. Ready for whatever’s next on this beautiful day!!

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I’m adding a Whole New Web Site to my Blog — be patient, please

I will be posting all weekend, as we transition from just another blog to a full web site at http://www.carolinehealthier.com.

This way you’ll be able to download recipes, grocery lists, exercises to do in cold water, and lots more.  Mostly, it gives me the ability to add photos to the blogs and have plenty of space!

 

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I dreamed I discussed personal accountability in healthcare with Joe Biden!

My dream last night featured Vice President Joe Biden.  In the dream, I met him in
an office setting, and we had an extended discussion about how to inject some accountability into individual health care.

Healthcare isn’t really about insurance companies, it’s not about prescription drugs, those are just financing options and bottles of little pills.  Healthcare is such a touchstone issue because it’s personal.  Healthcare is about your own body.

The lively discussion revolved about how to switch the current healthcare model into
a system when individuals get REWARDED for improvements to their individual health.  There are currently a lot of DiS-incentives available, for example, having to take an insulin injection if you have diabetes; or having a heart attack and wasting a week in the hospital.

But for the total healthcare situation in the United States to improve, we need to provide not only the stick (the punishment for bad health), but also the carrot (the reward for improving your health).

In my dream, Joe Biden agreed with me and one of the ideas we came up with was that a reverse sliding scale for health insurance, where your premium goes down with each healthcare milestore you reach.

For example, lose 25 pounds and your premium is reduced by $50 per month.  Get off high blood pressure meds and your premium is reduced by $100 per month.  Reverse your diabetes, whether you do it with diet, or exercise, or a lap band, and your premium drops by $400.00 per year.

Many people don’t take responsibility for their own health, because they honestly think that good health is a matter of luck, and that no matter how they live and what they eat, and whether they exercise, if they get sick, they’ll go to the hospital, get some pills and then they will be all right again.

They basically abdicate their personal health to someone they may only see once a year. This may be because they think they do not know enough to make decisions for themselves, or because they do not believe there are healthy alternatives.

But I’m just glad Joe Biden and I had the chance to have the discussion!

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Use Your Beagles as Part of your Webinars?

I work in the security business, and because I am often doing webinars and meetings online from my home office, I only had one problem — barking beagles in the background.  Not howling, not make the tracking noise, just noisy barking as only a beagle can do.

At first, I made a sign for the front door that said, “Conference in session, DO NOT KNOCK OR RING DOOR BELL!

And that almost worked, except that sometimes a door slammed in the wind, or a book fell off the table, and the beagles are off and barking again.

Finally, I thought, how to turn this into an advantage?  And I came up with the beagles announcing the start of each session with “security” barking.   All I have to do to trigger the barks is to knock on a table, or door, and I get a rousing security bark. And I remind the participants that dogs make great watch dogs.  We all get a good laugh.

I find that it relaxes people and makes them laugh, so the meetings are better and less stressful for everyone.   I also get emails from the dog lovers on the call later, saying how much they enjoyed hearing the dogs.  No acccounting for taste, I guess!

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My $3.26 Dollar Zucchini!

I decided to grow my own zucchini.  It’s been about 5 weeks now, and I have tiny zucchini coming and lots of big yellow squash blossoms.

It is really fun to plant them and shop for them, and water them every day, but I just had the most depressing thought — these zucchini, even assuming I get 25 or 30 this summer, are going to end up costing me over THREE DOLLARS EACH!

This occured to me while I was out buying mulch and organic fertilizer.  Check my math:

4 zucchini plants — $6.00
4 Big Containers  –   35.00
2 bags Potting Soil-  14.00
2 bags mulch –              8.00
organic fertilizer –     15.00
Water estimate          20.00

Total:      $98.00

Divided by the thirty actual zucchini I will get, and it is organic zucchini,  that means
each zucchini will cost $3.26!

And I’m not counting my time, and the gas to get to the Home Depot, etc.

On the bright side, I will probably have 60-100, instead of 30, and they will taste incredible, and have no pesticides and be wonderfully fresh!

I am diligently researching zucchini recipes so I will be ready in 4 weeks when they are ready to pick.   Send on any great zucchini recipes and I will try them, and photograph them and post the results!

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What I Love About Sweet Potatoes (almost everything)

I had sweet potatoes and roasted asparagus for dinner last night.

One fitness trainer recommended eating two sweet potatoes a day, which is no problem for me.   Sweet potatoes are full to antioxidants, which you can see from their bright orange interiors.

My mother used to make baked sweet potatoes all the time when I was little.  And now I love them, and even the beagles love eating roasted sweet potatoes.

Did you know you can put them on the grill?  Just wash your whole sweet potato (or yam) and then slice it into big circles and put them right on the grill and brush with olive oil.  They are so sweet and delicious cooked like that.

Of course, I also like them both steamed and mashed, mashed with fresh ginger, and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice!  And made into soup, or PIE!

I had them in Japan, as tempura, and although I’m off the fried stuff now, the sweet potato slices in the tempura batter are amazing.  Their sweet taste comes out and really lights up the meal.

PLUS – sweet potatoes are incredibly cheap — and it’s easy to find organic sweet potatoes at whole foods stores across the country.  AND THEY HAVE NO FAT!

I also roast a few extra sweet potatoes so I can dice them and eat them cold in a salad, or just drizzled with a nice vinegarette!!   Try one, or two… or three….

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Give Your Beagle (or Any Dog) a Great Workout with Hot-Dog Catch

People with labs and retrievers have it made in the dog exercise department.

There dogs automatically jump in the pool or lake, run back and forth in the yard, or the park, retrieving a tennis ball, a dog toy, a stuffed animal, or anything squeaky.

But beagles and lots of other hounds and working dogs don’t play catch for fun.  According to beagles I interviewed for this blog, “if it’s not related to either eating food, or looking for food to eat — I’m not doing it!”

I have found a way to combine FOOD with CATCH to create a game that all beagles, bagels, and basset hounds like to play, and not just hounds, any dog loves this game.  In fact, toddlers and small children might play if the treats were wrapped…….. (or that just too insensitive? LOL).

What you need:   A big space to run in,  and small treats that smell good.

I started with chicken hot dogs, cut into little pieces about 1/2 inch long.  Then I switched
to the all-natural chicken sausage, because it smells so strong, you can use smaller pieces.  But in a pinch,   I have used Italian meatballs cut into quarters, and chicken , or salmon jerky cut into small pieces, or cheese cut into cubes.

To make it smell even stronger, I may heat the pieces up in the microwave for 30 seconds because then I don’t need to call the beagles — the microwave does the calling for me.

Then I take the treats outside in a small plastic bowls, and start throwing.  I call the dogs name and throw it as far as I can.  And Voila — Catch.  They run out, find the treat, gobble up the treat and run back to me as fast as they can to get more.   I have played this game with up to four dogs at a time.

New dogs catch on in just a few minutes and they all seem happy to take their turns running for the treats.   So on a day when I know it’s going to rain in 30 minutes, and want to squeeze in a extra bit of doggy exercise, this is a real help, it gets the dogs up and moving and it will guarantee a long afternoon nap for your dog — and maybe you, too!

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Great Easy New Breakfast Oatmeal Pudding You can Make in Advance!

I found a wonderful recipe on the web this week, at http://www.pepperlynn.com for “Overnight Oatmeal”.   It is an oatmeal recipe that you can make in advance, I just made some last night, and now I have it in the frig, and I can eat it every morning this week.

The basic recipe is really easy, just plain old-fashioned oats, with milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and fruit.   The original recipe used mason jars, but I used plastic containers, and
I forget the chia seeds, but it turned out great anyway.

I also used Almond Milk instead of cow’s milk!

(The best recipes can survive a missing ingredient!   I tried this recipe yesterday with mangos and coconut adding the flavoring for 2 servings, and then strawberries and coconut adding the flavor for 2 more servings.  AND YES, I DO ADD COCONUT TO ALMOST EVERYTHING!)

Here’s the basic recipe for you to enjoy with me:

OVERNIGHT OATMEAL  

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup diced mango (approx. half of a small mango)

Directions

In a half pint jar or container, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, almond extract and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Add mangoes and stir with fork until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 4 days. Eat chilled.

There are endless variations, and you can substitute almost any fruit and any flavors.

Use Google to search on “Overnight Oatmeal”, and you’ll find a whole bunch of variations!

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Can you Use a Beagle as a Fitness Device?

I decided to use my two beagles, Roxy and Kerry as my fitness devices.  Here’s why they work so well in this capacity:

1.  They are very demanding and have a great sense of time.   This means that if I want to sleep in on Saturday instead of going for a walk – I can’t.  They jump up on the bed at 7:00 am and remind me, TIME TO WAKE UP and go for a walk.

2.  They can run for miles.   A vet friend once told me, you can’t wear out a beagle. The vet was right.  Kerry, especially, can walk and jog for 6 miles and then look at me like, “Why are you stopping?  I could keep this up for another 10 miles”.

3.  They keep you on a regular bedtime.  Think of the morning routine in reverse.
Now I’m sitting in the family room working away on my laptop and it’s 11:30pm. Roxy knows it’s past her bedtime, so can starts walking back and forth from where I’m sitting toward the bedroom.  She can do this 10 times, OR MORE, until I get the hint, turn off the laptop and head to bed.

4.  They appreciate yoga.   My beagles get so excited when they see the yoga mats come out. They know it’s going to generate some negative ions, or maybe they just like the scented candles, so they lay down on the bed to enjoy watching me twisting and sweating, while they drop into a deep REM sleep, often with snoring.

I highly recommend beagles as fitness props, fitness devices, best friends and bed warmers.   If you’d like to add a beagle to your fitness routine, you can start at
http://www.brewbeagles.org.

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Tasting the Salt — Arggggggggggg

I really try to use as little salt as possible, most of the time that is none at all.

Being extra careful in Chinese and Thai restaurants is second nature to me now.  In fact,
I had too much soy sauce in sushi at Christmas and I almost passed out……. but now that I think back, maybe it was that hot chili sauce I put on my rice.

It was so bad I had to go outside, and it was only 35 degrees, and lay my cheek down
on the cold sidewalk so I wouldn’t faint.

This is just coming up again because I sort of overdid it on the fresh artichokes, and, of course, I didn’t want to eat mayonnaise or butter, so I just dusted them with salt and pepper and fresh lemon juice, and they were delicious….. but now I can taste the salt!

I can almost feel my cells contracting and shrinking away from the salt.  I won’t make that mistake again.  I’m going out tomorrow to buy some SPIKE!

Salt is really terrible for you.  It thickens your blood and increases your blood pressure, too.  It makes you retain water.  And you only need 500 mg per day instead of the 3000 to 5000 mg most people get.

So check how much salt you’re getting.  It’s probably a little too much.

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