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, 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, October 14, 2020

My day of simple vegan meals…

Breakfast was simply grits and greens, in this case, spinach, flavored with a little salsa. Quite good!

Dinner is my Mediterranean salad. Lettuce, farro, chickpeas, olives, red onions, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and banana peppers. I don’t think I forgot to list anything! I have a fat free Italian dressing on it. Delicious! One of my favorites!

What are you eating today?

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Wellness Wednesday, August 12, 2020

I was going to post a picture of the gorgeous veggie sandwich I ate as we were out today. I had a physical therapy appointment and later, a doctor appointment. But for some unknown reason, it didn’t come out. But it was full of spinach, romaime, tomatoes, red onions, pepperoncini and black olives. I would have had radishes, but they weren’t offered. It was on a whole wheat bun and was extremely delicious and filling.

I’m not getting as many steps as I was, but I’m still walking everyday. Some weeks I’m just not as motivated. I do, however, get quite a workout in physical therapy. I’m even working up a sweat, and I don’t usually sweat.

Sometimes you just have to take it slow but still keep putting one foot in front of the other. Summer days are hot and lazy.

Anyone have any good ideas for vegan meals?

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Wellness Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Started the day walking and then had my typical breakfast, potatoes with baby bok choy and a vegan cheese sauce…no added oil.

Dinner is a Subway veggie sandwich on a wheat roll. I always get lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, red onions, black olives, and pepperoncini on mine. No dressing. We put avocado on it at home.

For a snack it was cashew butter on Dave’s Killer Bread with sesame seeds on top. I ate half before I remembered to take a picture.

And I have a goal to move every hour. Nailed it!

My fitbit doesn’t track more than 9 hours on the hourly mode. I still have about 900 more steps to make my daily goal. I think I’ll make it.

How are you spending your wellness Wednesday?

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Wellness Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Flowers make me happy. And weeding gives me strength. Nothing like fresh air and flowers to lift my mind, body, and spirit. So, of course, I have to bring some inside.

I love my succulents. And I always buy flowers from the store. But my orchids are my favorite. They fill the room with such a beautiful perfume. From appearances, I might be getting at least three more sets of blooms. Exciting!

Perhaps flowers could be prescribed as an antidepressant, particularly cultivating them.

How are you cultivating your spirit this wellness Wednesday?

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Wellness Wednesday, November 6, 2019

I have been asked how, after the deaths of my boys, I am able to cope. One of the ways I manage is to journal. I make notes of my thoughts and struggles, my hopes and dreams.

I also keep a gratitude journal. I make a list of five things each day for which I am grateful. It can be as simple as the smell of the breakfast my husband is cooking for me to the profound recognition of my Heavenly Father’s care and protection from harm when my husband walked away from a head-on collision.

Writing and gratitude go a long way for this person’s mental wellness.

I’m grateful to you, my readers, my audience, for taking this wellness journey along side me.

What are you doing to promote your mental health this Wellness Wednesday?

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Wellness Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A simple Colcannon for dinner. We added onions and cooked it in a chicken-flavored vegan broth. I seasoned mine with a little Frank’s RedHot and some Everything but the Bagel seasoning. Delish!

As a sidenote, the vertebroplasty has finally been scheduled for Friday at 11 AM. Looking forward to being out of pain! I’ll be going to physical therapy as soon as that can be arranged.

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

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