Friday, June 29, 2012

How to Lose Weight and Stay Healthy at 60+

Anyone out there who is over sixty (or maybe just over 50) knows how hard it is to take off weight and keep it off .  Weight loss is harder for older people than you might think... or that is, healthy weight loss.   So I was absolutely thrilled to read about how Low Fat Vegan Frederic Patenaude's mother, who is in the 55+  age group, lost 55 pounds in just 8 months (she still has another 15 to go to reach her ideal).    I'm excited because Frederic talks about what his mom now eats and what she avoids eating, and it really isn't too different from moi!  It actually fits in very closely with what most of us saw in the film "Forks Over Knives" and in Dr. John A. McDougall's new book  The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!   

So, do you wonder why it is so hard to lose weight when you are over 55? Speaking from experience, I think it is a combination of really jumbled up eating "habits" (yo-yo dieting, eating the wrong things, over-eating even the right things, rewarding habits (hmm... I've had such a crappy week I deserve XXX or I've done so well this week I deserve XXX and other 'habits' more closely affiliated with your life.) It gets harder (or for me) to make permanent changes the older I get. The traffic on those neuron highways in my brain that I use all the time is solid gridlock.

So, what wonderful news about Frederic's mom, for her, Frederic, and all of us who are battling the bulge into our twilight years... click to read the blog post where Frederic talks about the foods his mom eats, the ones she avoids, and what sort of exercise she gets. (Also see the beautiful Before and After pics of his mom!)
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Moroccan Roasted Vegs for the Neighborhood Potluck


I think we live in the best neighborhood in Canada... we know our neighbors by name, they know us.  When someone moves, as is the case with Jean and Jerry, we get together in someone's home for a Going Away supper.  I made a recipe from the Moosewood Restaurant's New Classics Cookbook called Moroccan Roasted Vegetables.  I love love love Middle-Eastern cuisine.  Well, I left out the garbanzo beans and added in sliced vegetarian Spicy Italian sausage instead.  It tasted fantastic.  Here is the adapted recipe (I doubled it and roasted the vegs in 2 9"X13" pans and then combined them back into one before adding in the sausage and topping with Feta crumbs and golden raisins) :

INGREDIENTS:

    1 medium Onion
    1 medium Zucchini
    1 long Japanese Eggplant ( I used only 1 when I doubled the recipe)
    1 large Sweet Potato
    1 large red Bell Pepper
    2 medium ripe Tomatoes
    3 Garlic cloves
    2 Tbsp.Olive oil
    1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
    1 Tbsp. Cumin
    1.5 tsp Turmeric
    1.5 tsp Cinnamon
    1.5 tsp Paprika
    0.25 tsp (pinch) Cayenne
    2 tsp coarse Sea Salt
    1 handful Golden Raisins (may be soaked ahead of time- I did not double amount)

    1 package of Yves Spicy Italian Sausages, sliced (I did not double amount)
    1 Cup Feta Cheese crumbs (I did not double amount)
 

DIRECTIONS: Preheat Oven to 425F/
  1. Slice or chop vegetables (cut Pepper into rings, and other ingredients into rounds)
  2. Measure and stir Spices together and set aside.
  3. Combine all vegetable ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour Lemon Juice, Olive Oil and the Spices into bowl, and mix well.
  4. Put ingredients of bowl into 17x13" dry pan and roast (no lid) for 20 minutes
  5.  After 20 minutes, stir vegetables.  Mix in Raisins and Sausage pieces.  Top with Feta.  Bake for another 20 minutes.
  6. Serve over Brown Rice or Couscous or Quinoa
  7. Makes 4-6 generous servings.  For Potluck if you double the ingredients it will allow for about 20+ servings (people eat a little less of each item at a potluck)

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Clothesline Deck Umbrella

I really love Pinterest.  I thought that it was just about smacking up commercial images and had no idea that it was all about sharing wonderful ideas with like-minded community.  Here is our little contribution to the idea world.  I was whining for a long time about wanting a clothesline in the back yard.  Nothing materialized so I bought a handy-dandy rotating clothesline.  I waited for our son to visit so that he could help me cement the pole into the ground, or whatever had to happen for me to use such a thing.  He looks at the world from Pinterest eyes (he is "of that generation") and came up with what is a great energy-saving (in many ways) idea.  What do you think?


And the Breaky on the Deck?  Green Smoothie with Big Handful  of Kale, 1 T. powdered raw Carob,
 1 T. Honey, 3 C.Almond Milk, 2 frozen Bananas

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Organic Gardening in my Yard and Garden- Early June 2012


The following pictures are of aspects of our front, side and backyard that I have been working in/on.  Today was a splendid point-and-shoot picture-taking day.
Ancient Apple Tree with Comfrey and Digitalis at its base attempting to nurse it back to wellness.
This almost looks like it could be some cutesy flower box on Pinterest, doesn't it? It's really our deck step with weeds poking through-- shame, shame!
Lupins in the sideyard where no one gets to see them-- therefore, do they exist? (next 2 pics also)




Our expanded "Kidney garden" in the front... the multi-colored orange bark mulch was recentlly laid down
and will, I hope, have more interesting features as time goes on.  Daylilies, catnip, irises, fragrant Asian lilies, lavender, and other stuff grows here.  In the mulched area is a fig  tree (bearing this year we hope) and an infant Azalea I bought last year at Canadian Tire.  It had a nice show of magenta blossoms in the earlier Spring.
The Fig Tree with our late-blooming Rhodo in the background (left).

Thornless Blackberry-- a gift from our dear deceased Pastor, Gordon Smedley.  It bears prolifically.
These multi-hued Coat of Many Colours Roses bloom in our front yard from early Spring until late Autumn.  It is said that they came from a slip from the Rose Garden at the Empress Hotel in Victoria and many of our neighbours have the same roses, thanks to the green thumb brilliance of the original owner of our home back in the 80s.

These delicious lemondrop-scented heritage Irises came from a jaunt 
to Seedy Sunday  in Nanaimo in March. 

A Hens-and-Chicks succulent that our son retrieved from a florist dump
A little club-nosed strawberry in the front flowerbed, very close to where people walk.  
I'll go bring it in for supper.


Thanks for looking!  Sorry that there wasn't anything in the way of organic veggies in this self-indulgent foray!