Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Morning Thoughts

 

 

 

Some weekends are busy weekends, filled with lots of activity and visits with friends and family. But sometimes, a weekend can be quiet and a time to recharge and reflect. There is a lot happening in the next few weeks; visits and cooking for my parents, some renovation to our master bath and other various odds and ends on my downsizing to do list.

It's the time of year where summer seemed endless just yesterday, but this morning seems to be approaching its end at a too rapid pace. There are still many things to look forward too, but oh my goodness, can August really be approaching within days?

I'm still walking as much as I can, but mainly sticking to the shaded paths whenever possible, since we are in the midst of a heat wave, like so many of you. I'm also still cutting flowers from my perennials; moving from one to the next as they bloom and fade. It truly is a joy of summer for me and what I will miss when we move to Florida. I will have to find a new type of plant that will thrive in the heat; a new type of gardening for me.

My coffee tastes good this morning as I wander through my yard deadheading flowers and picking up sticks and leaves from a day of summer storms. My coffee is now decaf; a decision I made last week and so far I have been feeling a lot better without caffeine. It's a new week and Monday morning is the perfect time for making lists and reflection on the days ahead.

Have a happy Monday!

 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Churro Waffles (Sugar Free)

 

 

 

This recipe is simplicity at its finest. Especially when you cheat a little bit like I did and use a waffle mix. This is not your basic waffle with butter and syrup, but a sweet treat that is reminisant of another breakfast staple at our house - toast with cinnamon and sugar. Since I'm a diabetic, my cinnamon and sugar is always made with Truvia and I used it here too. Indulgent, yet sugar free.

To make this breakfast treat, simply prepare your favorite waffle mix according to package instructions. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to your mixture. Cook waffle until crispy in a waffle iron, drizzle with melted butter and dip both sides in a cinnamon and sugar (Truvia) mixture spread on a plate. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Healthy Decision

 

 

 

There is something that I have been pondering for a while. But in the Starbucks era, where coffee becomes a social activity rather than just something to drink, giving up caffeine is hard to contemplate. But, I have been noticing some unpleasant side effects from caffeine that are pushing me towards a decision. I don't drink a lot of caffeine; usually one or two cups in the morning and maybe a Diet Coke during the day. But, I have noticed that even a small amount of caffeine lately is causing some slight dizziness, as well as being a prime trigger for occasional migraines.

I think that these symptoms are telling me that it is time to finally give up on caffeine. There are plenty of alternatives from decaf coffee ( no - I'm not giving up coffee) to herbal tea to a wide variety of soft drinks without caffeine. I will keep a water bottle with me at all times and it will be beneficial to drink more water in the long run. I can also make flavored water with my infuser that is both healthy and delicious.

I may slip now and then, but it's really something I want to try, not just for a while, but for the long term. It's all part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a low carb diet, exercise and better sleep patterns. It really is the next piece of the puzzle for me.

Happy Wednesday!

 

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