I’ve Got The Joy…

When I was a little girl, I remember singing that song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.”  It was such a cheerful tune and lighted up my soul as I sang along with all my friends and we clapped our hands in the happiness of the moment.  Can you recall a time like that in your life, when your face hurt because you were smiling  so hard, but you just couldn’t stop?  Or has time erased some of what was once so easy to bring to mind?  It isn’t hard these days to lose sight of our inner child, the one who craves the simple sound of a song.  So here, I hope you’ll find a pocket full of joy to fill your day with just enough of that tune to see you through whatever is your need.  Stop for a moment.  Breathe deeply.  And soon, you may be singing of joy as well.

Wellness Wednesday, September 22, 2021

I almost forgot! I’ve been busy and also sick…not covid. I actually had an allergic reaction to a protein shake that I thought was vegan but wasn’t. It’s like I have actually been poisoned when this happens. It takes about 3 to 4 days for my system to clear out. So it happens, folks. The allergy is real.

But I wanted to post my meals…or at least 2 of them.

My lunch was a classic go-to. A veggie sub from Subway. Simple, and I didn’t have to cook.

Dinner was a burrito bowl. I almost forgot to take picture! This is my last couple of bites. It consisted of shredded cabbage, Cuban style black beans, rice, and corn with a touch of Frank’s Red Hot on it. It looked prettier before I mixed it all up. It sure was good. And I really needed some healthy food after all my body has been through this week.

How are you keeping healthy these days?

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Wellness Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Just because a person is suffering with a migraine doesn’t mean that person has to go off plan.

Hubby bought me this delicious dinner from Whole Foods. Marinated zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers and yellow squash, ginger beets, and basmati rice with vegan chana masala. Yum!

On a totally unrelated subject, yet very fitting to wellness, I have a friend whose granddaughter was diagnosed with stage 4 hodgkins lymphoma about 9 months ago, and given little hope. As of today she is in total remission! That 10 year old girl is one strong cookie! Needless to say, we are celebrating her ringing that bell! Go Reagan!

What do you have to celebrate today?

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Wellness Wednesday, September 1, 2021

It’s time to get back to my roots. I started this blog to try to bring a little sunshine into the lives of my readers, to give back a little of what has given me hope over the past 30 plus years since the death of my younger son.

My mental health has suffered a lot, especially since the death of my older son 4 years later compounding my depression and feelings of hopelessness.

Wellness Wednesday began as a means to show that eating plants can really improve one’s health, both physically and mentally. That was a great start.

I am going to try to post more often, about my faith, my food, and fun things I do to help me keep my balance, and perhaps continue to offer a pocketful of joy. I haven’t figured out a schedule yet, but stay tuned. More to come!

How do you keep a balance for a healthy life?

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Wellness Wednesday, August 11, 2021

I’m back! After breaking down in Loxley, Alabama, we made it to our destination a couple of weeks ago. We then sold our vehicle as is and bought a new one. We’re still settling in, but I’m hoping I can share more meals and tips with you on a more regular schedule once again.

Tonight’s dinner doesn’t look like much, but it sure was good! And I love being able to eat healthy meals once again after almost 2 weeks on the road.

This is just cabbage and lettuce with rice, black beans mixed with pico, guacamole and a bit of Caesar dressing. It looks like more than I actually used. Cameras can be deceiving.

As usual, I couldn’t eat it all. I always make too much. But it will be a great snack later.

What are you doing to maintain your health this Wellness Wednesday?

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Wellness Wednesday, July 14, 2021

No photos today, but big news! First, can you believe it’s already the middle of July? Five more days marks my 8th veganniversary!

Now for the news. We sold our home and are moving back to Florida. This time on the central gulf coast. It’s a family matter. I’m just grateful we’re in a position to help. I will miss Colorado and the mountains and the winter and the grandkids, but there’s one in Florida we haven’t met yet and we’ll get to enjoy.

As a result, I probably won’t be posting again before August, perhaps for another month. But I will be back. Thanks for your support and understanding.

Wellness Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Where has time gone? Tomorrow is July! Grateful June is over. It’s been a really hard month for me. I almost didn’t post, but I already took the pictures! Lol!

It’s hard to believe I started this blog 7 years ago! It’s been sporadic at times, but I’m glad I have this to look back on. There will be more news coming up in the next month. Some necessary life changes. But something I’m looking forward to.

Today’s dinner was a simple salad.

It doesn’t look like much but it sure was good! It has lettuce, potatoes, mushrooms, and avocado. I have been rather sick and it’s soothing to the tummy as well as something I didn’t have to cook. Potatoes just took 8 minutes in the microwave. Everything else was just assembled. Great dinner for a hot summer day.

What comfort foods do you crave in the summer?

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Wellness Wednesday, June 16, 2021

June is a really hard month for me, so I apologize that I haven’t been very consistent this month. I have health issues and grief issues. And I know they are intertwined. But I keep pushing forward because what else is there to do? I wake up every morning despite my emotional or physical state. My mind doesn’t stop even when my body does. I learned many years ago that sometimes, even having enough energy to dust the window sill is a victory.

This past week, we had no power except to our refrigerator and microwave. I’m grateful we have a gas stove and water heater. Nonetheless, it was hot and I didn’t feel like cooking. One of the things I did was buy precooked pasta, and made this delicious salad.

It has carrots, mushrooms, black olives and celery, dressed with a fat free Italian dressing. We’ve been eating a lot of salads lately. Our power was off for almost a week, and has been back on since Saturday, but we’re having record highs. Loving the simplicity of just grabbing a handful of greens and tossing them together with a few fresh veggies.

What are you eating on these hot summer days?

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Wellness Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Today is a bit different. I’ll start with a simple meal and then explain why.

I made a simple salad with lettuce, cabbage, mushrooms and steamed potatoes, with a plant based ranch dressing.

I wanted to keep things easy, as today is a mental/emotional health day for me. It is the 30th anniversary of my younger son’s death. This mama is still destroyed over it.

So I’m taking it easy. Simple food, a lot of reading and self reflection. Sometimes you just have to take a day off.

Thank you for understanding.