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, October 13, 2021

Sometimes ya just gotta…

Chipotle’s was on the menu tonight. Brown rice, black beans, sautéed veggies, pico and corn, topped with lettuce and their famous guacamole.

Once in awhile, we deserve a night without cooking. And this is delicious!

How do you do your sometimes?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Wellness Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Can you believe there are only three months left in the year? Time is really going by fast!

Today is a health update. You see, a person can do everything right and still have problems. I had a small stroke sometime within the past week. I woke up with these issues, but thought it was related to the food allergy I had previously.

I am okay now, but I am still left with the damage that was done. Now I have to wait for my brain to rewire. Most of the problem I have now is balance. And my vision has been affected. They both seem to play off one another. Once again, it seems to have affected my right side. And my language has also been affected. I find myself saying things that I don’t say. For instance, I told my doctor I was gooder. I NEVER talk that way! But it came out anyway.

A funny sidenote was, when I went to my doctor, I had my shirt on backwards and didn’t even notice! And nobody told me! They didn’t notice either until I pointed it out. Guess that goes to show how observant people really are. Lol!

My point in all this is to say that sometimes things happen regardless of how many steps I take or how clean my diet is. This is number 5 for me and there is no reason for it. My blood sugar has been well under control despite the diabetes, and I have never had high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In fact, it has been so low at times it can barely be heard. I had one nurse tell me I was dead! Lol!

I guess I am an anomaly. But really, aren’t we all? At least I know what it is and what to expect. And I know that the best way to handle it is keep doing what I have been. Had I not chosen this way of life, this could have been far worse.

How is your health holding up?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

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?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

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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?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

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?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

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?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

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.