When I was at a conference recently, I spoke with some ladies who gave me great input regarding health, fitness, and lifestyle. They came from a totally different direction than what I hear from some of you. Most of you don't give input, so I assume the content I put out there is meeting most readers' interests. These women spurred some thoughts for some upcoming blog posts.As a result, I will be offering some posts for specific populations mingled with the general fare I offer up. Always remember you can bring specific issues to me you would like to read, provided they meet the mission, vision, and readership. I will do my best to bring that content to you.
Also, if you noticed on the home page, bottom and Writer/Speaker page, I added an updated photo. It looks like I aged 10 years instead of 3! UGH! But I haven't. It's only been 3 years. The difference is the hair color and style. My hair has been very gray since I was 30. Just last year, I had an allergic reaction to a PPD derivative, so I had to stop coloring it. Gray hair tends to make every wrinkle really stand out! Our perception of age is not very forgiving, when you think about it. I've noticed a difference in people's attitudes toward me since the gray really shows. But by the same token, people's attitudes toward me changed when I began coloring my hair 10 years ago. Why do you think people's attitudes change toward those who appear older? Share on Facebook or mail me at email@example.com. I would love to share those thoughts in an upcoming blog. You may remain anonymous. Photo on right by Wendy Swenson Photography.
Sorry to those of you on Social Media for not being more social the past couple of weeks. Between helping Mom while she's been sick and getting the electric line in the ground, I've been pretty exhausted. Good thing I can work from home in my jammies! Also, there are some quirks about Twitter and Facebook making posts difficult. I am working with the techies on their end to fix the problems.
In case you missed them:
Last year's Halloween devotion:Creepy! This will help you understand my "Scrooge" comment in Bone Yard.
Food of the Week: Star Fruit
Star fruit, a Cambodian native is also known as the "tree cucumber". Some people mistake it for a citrus fruit because of it's flavor, but it's really from the sorrel family. This delicious fruit is only 31 calories per 100 grams! Star fruit is a real gem with 57% of daily recommended vitamin C intake! It contains polyphenic flavinoids quercetin, epicatechin, and gallic acid, great cancer fighting stars in the ring of health, keeping free-radicals at bay.Other great attributes of this tiny powerhouse are folates, riboflavin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), potassium, phosphorus, and zinc and iron.Add it to salad, use in poultry or seafood dishes, or juice it.Enjoy! A word of caution: this fruit is high in oxalic acid. This acid can cause problems for people prone to kidney stones, interfere with some mineral absorption, and acts much like grapefruit for people on some medications. Check with your healthcare provider before consuming this fruit.
Photo from http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/star-fruit.html
Exercise of the Week: Jars of Clay
Jars of Clay is a PraiseMoves posture working the abdominals, total core, and balance. To do this posture, begin by sitting tall on mat with legs straight out in front of you.Pull the abdomen up and in while breathing fully, keeping spine in correct alignment. Hold onto leg under knee, then the other. Balancing on base of pelvis, form a V with your body. Continue breathing. Then let go of legs, stretching them out, holding hands out palm up, chin still retracted. Hold this position while saying the Bible passage is 2 Corinthians 4:7 "But we have this treasure in earthenvessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us."NKJV. Hold posture for 3-5 full breaths. Postures are not yoga poses. Hindu symbolism has been removed to make room for God-honoring positions instead.They are intended to focus on the Lord, turning our exercise into worship. Interested in learning PraiseMoves? Personal lessons are available. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many blessings to you!