September 11, 2012
Hara hachi bu is a Japanese phrase which translates to “eating until you are eighty percent full”.
I think I discovered something that may help you learn how to do this.
“Kaye’s Lunch” is what we call the type of lunch where we clear out the fridge, finish the left-overs and small nibbles of this and that. Since the flavours and textures do not always mix well, I wanted plates with divided sections. I lucked out and found some at a yard sale. Interestingly enough, these were made in Japan.
While enjoying our lunch, I noticed that for whatever reason, it seemed to slow down the speed of eating. (It takes about twenty minutes for receptors in your brain to receive satiety signals. These signals, if you stop to listen to them, inform you that you are full—maybe even eighty percent full!)
So, if you’re trying to slow down and consume less, try the divided plate trick. While you’re at it, you may also wish to use some chopsticks.
Will you please let me know how this works for you?
September 3, 2012
Spend some time alone in nature, without the distractions of your cell phone, PDA, iPod or iPad. When you go outside, you get outside of yourself. Consider it a welcomed break from those looping thoughts—you know the ones—the shoulda’, coulda’, maybe, perhaps, what if, what then . . . .
If you’re not close to the beach or the forest, find a park bench in a sunny square, or step into your yard. Use the time to connect, not only with nature, but with yourself.
Start with a few minutes and notice how you are feeling. Are you recycling the same old negative thoughts and feelings? Put the brakes on and choose to revel in the beauty of nature and all that is on offer – the sights, sounds and smells. How do you feel?
Take some time to appreciate your body for all it does for you, and it does a lot, even when you live with a chronic illness. Feel the beating power of your heart. Enjoy the gentle rhythm of your diaphragm as it transports oxygen to your cells.
Use the time to unhook, not only from your technology, but also from those thoughts that tend to lead you down the path to more of those thoughts.
Let nature nurture you.
August 26, 2012
On Hawaii 5 Ohhh! – Part 2, I listed five reasons why a change of scene is good for me. I neglected to mention that a chance encounter can breathe new life into an exercise routine.
We were swimming at Ahalanui Park, when I noticed an elderly woman doing arm resistance exercises with a unique piece of equipment.
Being curious (curiosity is a wonderful stress undresser!), I asked her where she got them. Not only did she explain how she had made them out of marine foam, but she also allowed me to take them for a test swooosh. I’m sorry that I didn’t get her name. I’ll just have to go back and find her!
They’re a great design for anyone who wishes to use water resistance to improve or maintain their strength. What is so brilliant about them is that unlike traditional foam barbells, these do not require you to hold/squeeze them as you exercise – you can keep your hands open and relaxed. If you have arthritic hands, you’ll know that holding or squeezing can cause further damage/pain to those tender joints.
Here is how I made my own:
August 16, 2012
Image courtesy of Jos van Galen.
It first belonged to Oma. Then my mom had it. Now it’s mine.
I’ve used it a few times while recuperating from one surgery or another.
Surgery takes a lot out of you. Initially I would be quite weak and would quickly get winded. I set small and frequent walking goals for myself, using the walker for stability and a much-needed rest, especially in the first few weeks.
Probably my most difficult surgery was when I had neck fused. I remember being so thrilled when I finally made it to Tim Horton’s, which is about a two blocks away.(Gee, maybe they should have put me in a commercial!) Starbuck’s was just too far of a walk in those early weeks.
It’s important to set small, achievable goals, post-surgery. Silence the ISBC (a euphemistic term for “inner critic”), and celebrate when you reach those goals.
Note: The one I have is exactly like this, but in blue. The reason you’re not getting an original picture is because it’s stashed away. I’m happy to say that I don’t need it.