Thursday, April 2, 2015

Food for thought: Dial back on Easter treats

 Just when you thought the holidays were behind you and you were getting into the groove of healthy eating for the year, along comes Easter.

In addition to the tempting candy displays that fill the store aisles, most of us are planning a special meal or traveling to see family over the next few days. Here are a few tips to help you have a healthy Easter holiday:

1 .  Take a peek into the basket. Look for ways to include small treats for kids that are not food or candy. Fill baskets with sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, crayons and other items that spark the imagination. The same goes for eggs. Skip the candy and add coins or small age-appropriate toys.

2 .  Revise your menu. The holidays are for sharing with family and friends, not about food. Try a new food or make a healthier version of a family favorite.

3 .  Shift your focus away from the main meal, if you can’t make any changes to what will be served. Make sure that you get a good breakfast earlier that day. Drink plenty of water. Pay extra attention to the serving sizes on your plate.

4 .  Go for quality. If you must indulge in sweets, especially chocolates, go for the good stuff. A small amount of quality chocolates that are enjoyed slowly, especially as part of dessert, will be more satisfying than a whole of lot of the lower quality ones.

Words of Wisdom :

Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.

The kind of man who always thinks that he is right, that his opinions, his pronouncements, are the final word, when once exposed shows nothing there. But a wise man has much to learn without a loss of dignity.

Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.

In youth men are apt to write more wisely than they really know or feel; and the remainder of life may be not idly spent in realizing and convincing themselves of the wisdom which they uttered long ago.

You may not have very much sense. But if you have enough to keep your mouth shut and look wise, it will not be long before you acquire a wide reputation as a fountain of Wisdom.

The sun of the mind, and the life of the heart is Wisdom.She is pure and full of light, crowning grey hairs with lustre,And kindling the eye of youth with a fire not its own.

A proud grand-poppa                    G.

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