€˜Kay, so how many of you have made New Year€™s resolutions? Di€™ja keep any? If you did and you didn€™t, you have a second chance. Chinese New Year was last week. But, back in €™77 I made a resolution that I actually kept. €˜No Potato Chips.€™ I luvz me some potato chips ser€™usly, but fortunately, am disciplined enough not to bring two pound bags into the house. So that€™s probably why I was able to keep the resolution. From The Truth In Reporting Department€”nary a party platter of Doritos was safe that year, and I don€™t even LIKE Doritos!
So, what resolution/s did you make? Exercise more, lose weight, yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah. Whatever. I have resolved to eat an apple every day. €˜Revolutionary!€™ as John Vasconcellos would say. But, I€™m tellin€™ ya, I don€™t believe in setting myself up for failure, it’s (so far) an easy one to keep, and if you find you some really good€™ns, you€™ll be able to make the right choice even when your husband is waving chocolate. So, anyway, I was always a Red Delicious person. It€™s just what an apple is supposed to look like. Shiny. Red. Then my darling introduced me to Fuji apples. Tres bien! And when I found the little organic Fujis at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op–oh, well, at first I felt sorry for them. They were SO much smaller and not nearly as pretty as their polished supermarket sisters. But, I needed apples and I was there, so I bought a few. Oh, oh, oh my gosh! These were the best apples I had ever eaten in my life! So, yeah, my daily organic Fuji is a real treat and as of Week Six of my resolution–I so rock.
The apple-a-day thang has nothing to do with the fact that it€™s the fruit that keeps the gods immortal and that the apple tree itself represents youth, beauty, and love. We have PLENTY, thank you very much. (oh, hush) And I€™ve heard apples are commonly used to cast spells regarding love and healing. (The Dove Lady would never eat anything that is used to actually harm someone–except garlic/vampires.) No, the €˜apple-a-day€™ actually came about when I started giving the birds organic apple cider vinegar. It was one of the things the racers used to help keep their birds in form. And the recurring notion that I take MUCH better care of my birds than I do myself, again became apparent. That€™s how I started eating brewer€™s yeast by the spoonful, Scott€™s Emulsion straight from the bottle, and other secret potions/tonics on a regular basis. So, I read all about organic apple cider vinegar and that€™s what inspired the apple-a-day. It was so simple.
So, yeah, we€™re all getting flax seed now, too. I grind mine in a dedicated coffee grinder, because, alas, I am missing a gizzard. But, flax is so easy to work into your diet. Sprinkle it on everything, or shake it up with juice in the morning if you€™re in a hurry (I use Tupperware tumblers with seals€”milk, juice, iced mochas, Instant Breakfast€¦to go!). Read all about flax here: www.flaxfood.com. And be mindful of the fact those flax oil pills are pretty much a waste of $$$ (Note To Big Pharmaceutical Company Lawyers: personal opinion only–luv ya! Mean it!) The oil doesn€™t include the outside parts of the flaxseed which provides fiber and lignans (antioxidants!) that do really, really good stuff. You can buy flax seed, dark and light (same-o, same-o), at the supermarket OR you can buy it in bulk at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op for half price. And remember, grind it just before you use it. If you grind a week€™s worth, it will lose its super powers. And if you don€™t grind it at all, well, let€™s just say it€™ll look interesting in your food. Twice. (blush)
Fiber–I could dedicate a whole “Notes€¦” entry about that, but I€™ll just say this: you know how they recently increased your official recommended daily consumption of fruits and vegetables to like 10 or more? I used to think it was about the vitamins/minerals, but hey! I think it€™s mostly about the fiber! If yer colon ain€™t happy, ain€™t you or nobody around you gonna be happy (The Dove Lady is abundantly aware that was a double negative.) I think they increased it for people like me. If they tell me 10 servings and I only eat five, I€™m still doing pretty darn well (aim for 10, anyway€”you may lose your desire for ice cream).
Think about your lifestyle, how you eat, manage stress, etcetera. Whatever the revelation, there€™s always one little thing you can do. Just for fun, take a lookie at Oprah€™s Boot Camp: I just signed The Oprah€™s Boot Camp Contract. Oh, yeah. It€™s serious now! I€™ll let you know how it€™s going on The First Day of Spring! See you at the gym!
- The Dove Lady will never give up M&Ms (except for the next 12 weeks€”her Oprah€™s Boot Camp promise) and thinks Classic Lays rule, even though they don€™t sell them at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, of which she is NOT a member, and no, they don€™t pay her for all the plugs. Gung Hay Belated Fat Choy, y€™all!