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Radical Aging

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Posted on October 11, 2014 by

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I saw Advanced Style tonight at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. What an inspirational documentary! Talk about radical aging! Ladies in their 60’s and beyond still styling it up and living their lives the way they see fit. A great message to us all that you don’t have to dress a certain way just because you are over 50.

I have been working on a new blog, Radical Aging, that I hope to have up and ready by my birthday next month. I will be hitting the double nickel this year, but I don’t plan to slow down, change my lifestyle or start dressing all drab or something. I just know that life is so short, damn it, and going so darn fast that I decided I wanted to encourage all of us to live our lives fully, all the way to the end.

There is so much out there on the drugs and diseases of aging, but how about something on getting well, on being active, on being the hero in your own life. It’s never to late to live your dreams. I’ll be letting you all know when that blog goes live. I’m very excited about it. And for you youngsters under 50, if you want to live healthy to the end, start NOW! We can make the difference in our own lives.

I’ll be looking for ideas and inspirational stories. Let me know if you have something or someone you want me to write about!

Peace and Joy!

jane

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Join me for OCTOBER UNPROCESSED

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Posted on October 2, 2014 by

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Have you heard about October Unprocessed? I signed up because I thought it would be a great way to clean up my act after a summer of whatever! I know it’s late in the game to be sending out this message, but I just started thinking some of you might like to join in the FUN! Hop on over to the link and sign up then follow me here for food ideas and thoughts on taking care of yourself! I’m looking at October as a kickstart to being as healthy as possible before winter hits and we’re all inside breathing each others germs. Hello Chlorella! I pop this green pill (15 to be exact; half in the a.m. and half in the p.m.) every day to keep my immune system in top form. No colds for me.

I started today with Blue Corn Pinon Pancakes. They are delicious and of course totally unprocessed. You can find out what Andrew means by “unprocessed” when you check out the site. It’s pretty simple, but might be difficult if you rely on prepared foods a lot. However, totally worth giving it a try.

Blue Corn Piñon Pancakes

3/4 c blue cornmeal

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsps raw sugar

1 cup boiling water

1 Tbs ground flax

3 Tbs hot water

1/2 c almond milk

2 Tbs melted butter or coconut butter

3/4 c whole wheat pastry flour

2 tsps baking powder

1/2 c piñons

maple syrup

Mix ground flax seed and 3 Tbs hot water together; set aside
Mix together blue cornmeal, salt and sugar
Add boiling water and set aside
Mix together pastry flour and baking powder
Add the flax seed mixture to blue cornmeal mixture
Stir in butter and milk
Stir in flour mixture just until all ingredients are moistened.
Cook on heated pan
Serve with warm pure maple syrup

 

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Don’t be stopped in your tracks!

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Posted on September 8, 2014 by

 

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What if your tail came off when someone was inconsiderate enough to pick you up that way? If you’re this gal, that’s what happens, but it doesn’t stop her; she takes off running and escapes the enemy. Next time your “enemy” or negative Nelly tries to stop you in your tracks because she doesn’t like your idea, or wants to denigrate, embarrass or intimidate , take a lesson from the NM Whiptail and keep on running! You don’t have to be stopped in your tracks!

Look for changes to my website coming soon. But please forgive that this is taking awhile, I am also working on two books I hope to have out soon!

Peace and JOY!

 

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The Earring Project

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Posted on June 12, 2014 by

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My Granny loved costume jewelry. When she passed in 2003, all the granddaughters got to comb through the two suitcases full of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and pins. She also had this beautiful jewelry box that set on her dresser for as long as I can remember. I used to run my hand across the gold stars and peek wistfully inside, as I inherited her love of costume jewelry, but mine runs mostly along the line of earrings. I LOVE earrings.

I was fortunate to be the receiver of Granny’s star studded jewelry box and as I was looking through it the other day seeking a specific pair of earrings, I started thinking about how many pairs I actually own, and how many of them are rarely worn. So I came up with the idea to wear a new pair each day and then I thought, why not post a picture a day of each pair, telling a little history of what I remember about them.

It’s not like I have anything serious to work on, like rewriting and re-releasing Choosing Happiness After Divorceso why not start something frivolous and fun? Right? Besides, it’s a good way to see what’s in the box these days ( and the drawers, and the jewelry hanging thing in the closet, and in baskets, and little plates and on the shelf in my bathroom) because seriously, I have a lot of earrings. Here goes then, the first pair in The Earring Project.

These were made by my sister, Glenda. The glass globes she purchased in Venice and the green beads come from a necklace our father brought each of us from Swaziland, Africa. I love these gorgeous globes of fun!

This is the Earring Project in honor of the Granny, queen of costume jewelry! Follow my campaign on Instagram: janeannpics or twitter @janeannthompson

Let me know which ones you like! Here’s to a fun summer of earring love!

Peace and Joy!

Jane

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Eat at Home!

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Posted on June 4, 2014 by

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wrap filled with hummus, quinoa, shredded carrots and shredded apples, quick sautéd kale and dash of balsamic

In our fast paced, hurry up, glued to our devices world, eating at home may seem like too much of a hassle. There is no food in the fridge, the cupboard is bare, so eating out seems like the best thing to do or maybe you just don’t want to eat at home. But eating out brings a lot of extra calories to most people’s plates, through extra large portions and saturated fat. Now don’t get me wrong, we all need some fat, but most of us are eating way, way, WAY too much and when it comes to restaurant food, the giant portions stack nicely against your middle and thighs.

Time seems of the essence always, however, when taken into consideration the time taken to buckle everyone in the car, drive to a restaurant, reverse the process, go in, be seated, order and eat, then load up and unload again, a meal could more than easily have been prepared at home in half the time and for a fraction of the cost and let’s face it, for a lot less hassle.

HOW?? you ask?

Just a little preparation one day a week can make eating at home the easiest and least costly means of filling the bellies of a hungry family. If junk food has been on the menu for many years, changing old habits is not going to happen overnight, but with a little planning and preparation, dinner can be on the table any night of the week in thirty minutes or less.

Here are some tips to make Eat at Home happen:

1. Plan ahead. Sit down one day a week and do some internet research for recipes that fall into the thirty minute category OR buy a cookbook of thirty minute recipes OR google certain ingredients until a recipe that sounds appealing pops up. Make a menu for the week. 

2. Look at the menus and list all ingredients needed. Don’t forget breakfast, the most important meal of the day, and items to pack a lunch. Once all ingredients are listed, make a shopping list and go forth and shop. 

3. Spend an hour or so cutting veggies, making salad dressing or sauces if so inclined, and organizing for easy access. 

4. Each evening, go over the next day’s menu and be sure everything is ready to go.

5. Involve the family by having those old enough make their own breakfast, prepare their lunch box, and in the evening, everyone gather in the kitchen to pull a meal together. Kids can set the table and clear it afterwards. When adults both work outside the home, both should be involved with dinner, by either preparing or clean up, but none of this should fall to one person. 

People who avoid processed foods, eat at home, and focus on healthy choices like lots of vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds, will lose weight and be healthier than those who eat in restaurants or rely heavily on fast foods, whether they be boxed items used at home, or eating out fast food. And don’t be fooled into believing eating out is cheaper. Yes, there are times one meal at a fast food restaurant might really be cheaper, but in the long run, to eat at home will be much more cost effective, not only to your wallet, but to your health as well.

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What’s up with Kale and Juicing?

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Posted on June 2, 2014 by

Good morning from Lubbock, Texas! I thought I arrived in Hell yesterday, it was so hot. A whopping 100! On June 1st, no less! Keep in mind this comes from someone who lives at 7000 feet where mornings are so cool I have to wear my leggings and a blanket to have my tea outside. Going to be a hot summer here in West Texas!

So a friend sent me this opinion piece from the New York Times the other day: Kale? Juicing? Trouble Ahead. Yikes! Kale is the super star of the veggie lover’s world! What’s up with this? As a Certified Health Coach, I know a lot about Kale and other cruciferous vegetables and their potent health benefits; however, I recently began reading about hypothyroidism and these very vegetables. Seems that there can be some side effects to anything that we over indulge in and Kale is no exception.

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So here’s the thing: we are not meant to juice on a regular basis. OMG, did I just say that? I will be crucified by the juicing world, but I believe this to be the truth. When veggies and fruit are turned into juice, depending on the juicer, the results are no fiber or very little remaining in that juice you gulp down. This can leave you hungry in a short time and deprives your body of the work it should be doing to retain the miracle of the vegetables and their wonderful fiber, minerals and vitamins. Also, eating a wide variety of vegetables is always in your best interest because we obtain different vitamins and minerals from each.

Here’s the skinny, , taken from the Oregon State University Micronutrient Information Site, on why the kale and cousins have contributed to the hypothyroidism mentioned in the NYT article:

Very high intakes of cruciferous vegetables…have been found to cause hypothyroidism (insufficient thyroid hormone) in animals (68). There has been one case report of an 88-year-old woman developing severe hypothyroidism and coma following consumption of an estimated 1.0 to 1.5 kg/day of raw bok choy for several months. Two mechanisms have been identified to explain this effect. The hydrolysis of some glucosinolates found in cruciferous vegetables (e.g., progoitrin) may yield a compound known as goitrin, which has been found to interfere with thyroid hormone synthesis. The hydrolysis of another class of glucosinolates, known as indole glucosinolates, results in the release of thiocyanate ions, which can compete with iodine for uptake by the thyroid gland. Increased exposure to thiocyanate ions from cruciferous vegetable consumption or, more commonly, from cigarette smoking, does not appear to increase the risk of hypothyroidism unless accompanied by iodine deficiency. One study in humans found that the consumption of 150 g/day (5 oz/day) of cooked Brussels sprouts for four weeks had no adverse effects on thyroid function.

In other words, the amount you eat has more to do with the results you obtain than the veggies themselves. Don’t make a poison out of your medicine. Here’s what to do:

1: Cook cruciferous veggies. Cooking reduces the goitrogenic compounds found in kale and the other cruciferous vegetables, i.e. broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kohlrabi, mustard, rutabaga, turnips, bok choy and Chinese cabbage.

2: Eat a variety of veggies and don’t juice on a daily basis. Super juicing should be reserved for cases of cancer or other disease where high doses are needed to boost your immune system or for an occasional detox.

3. Be sure and get a daily dose of iodine. Iodized salt was introduced to our diets many years ago to help us avoid hypothyroidism. With the demonization of iodized salt, it’s possible you might be lacking if you eat a vegan diet. Add to your daily diet seaweed and/or iodized salt. 1/4 tsp of iodized salt will provide plenty. Check out this source for more on iodine and veganism.

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Kale and it’s cruciferous cousins really are super foods and as long as hypothyroidism is not an issue, it can be eaten on a regular basis. The key, as with all good things, is to not overdo it.

•Kale, with it’s high calcium content, supports strong bones.

•Kale boosts the immune system because it is rich in vitamin C.

•Kale helps protect us against cancer because of it’s antioxidant richness.

•Kale is high in iron for blood and energy levels support.

•Kale is packed with fiber and thus is good for digestion.

WOOHOO! Kale can stay!

Kale on my friends!

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Peace and Joy!

Jane's 'Pea' licious Salad

‘Pea’licious Salad

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Posted on May 28, 2014 by

Happy spring! I am sitting on my front porch, newly swept and ready for summer, enjoying a beautiful sunny Santa Fe morning. While I was away for three months in England, I found it difficult at times to eat healthy. Actually, almost all the time. I also became addicted to sugar again. Yes, addicted! (Do you know that the part of our brain that lights up with cocaine use is the very same part that lights up when you eat sugar? Yeah, that’s right, sugar is addictive and destructive.) I also packed on the pounds, felt lousy and even depressed. Then the health coach started putting two and two together and realized that my diet was doing me in and I better listen to what I tell people every day, “what you eat makes a difference in how you feel!” So I quit sugar, cold turkey and within three days, the brain fog lifted, the bad thoughts left and I started feeling like my old self. I also tried to find the healthiest item on the menu when eating out and to be mindful when cooking in our flat. When I returned home a few weeks later, I went back to a total nutritarian lifestyle and I’ve lost 11 pounds in two and a half weeks, and I feel great. I’m convicted now. I could not have seen more clearly the night and day difference between how I feel when on a nutritarian diet vs. a sugar laden, nutrient poor diet. (And BTW, my lady friends of a certain age, I suffered terrible hot flashes during my detour of bad eating, but when I stopped the sugar, the hot flashes went to almost nothing, and since I returned to total nutritarian, I’ve not suffered a single one. Yes, what you eat is that powerful!) Now, on to the fun!

This is a recipe I adapted from the seasonal A’peas’ment salad at Viniagrette: A Salad Bistro, here in Santa Fe. Nutrient dense and delicious!

Jane's 'Pea' licious Salad

munchy, crunchy, taste explosion

‘Pea’licious Salad

'Pea' licious Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
This nutrient dense salad will fill you up and delight your tastebuds
Ingredients
  • One head Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • ½ package chopped sugar snap peas
  • ½ cup julienned radishes
  • ½ cup julienned jicama
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped mint leaves
  • black sesame seeds
  • dressing:
  • ½ cup raw pistachio nuts
  • ½ cup chopped mint leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • ¼ - ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbs. lemongrass mint white balsamic OR 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs. champagne vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. nutritional yeast
  • black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop all salad ingredients and toss in large salad bowl
  2. Place all dressing ingredients in blender or food processor starting with ¼ c. almond milk
  3. Add more milk to desired consistency
  4. Sprinkle salad with black sesame seeds
  5. Serves 2 for a full meal or 4-6 as side salad

 

Give this salad a try! Interested in the Nutritarian lifestyle? Read The End of Dieting: How to live for life, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and if you need a coach to help you through the transition, check out my health coaching packages. 

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An Eye on London

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Posted on April 4, 2014 by

Visiting London in England is the equivalent, in many ways, of visiting New York City in the USA. Both are exciting cities, fast paced, full of must see iconic sights and lots and lots to do, maybe not that representative of the rest of the country, but you just have to go. I had not been to London in many years, though to England  fairly frequently, it was time for a revisit and the perfect time was at the co-mingling of my sister’s visit coming to an end and my step-daughter’s arrival!

Steve and Austin

 

And I can’t forget about flat Audrey, who arrived with Austin!

Flat Audrey on the Big Bus

So here’s a whirlwind tour of just a few things we saw.

Tower Bridge

This is the Tower Bridge. People often confuse it with the London Bridge, however, London Bridge fell down and was picked up and moved to Lake Havasu, AZ many years ago.

Tower of London

This is the Tower of London.  A bloody history lies within these walls where Anne Bolyn was beheaded and the two young princes murdered. The crown jewels reside here and apparently quite a few people.

a residence in the Tower of London

Bet you didn’t know this about the Tower of London, kings and queens kept many different wild animals within the walls including a lion that tore off a young woman’s arm back in the 1600’s. Can you imagine? She was just petting his paw and whack, arm gone. This is why you don’t play with wild animals people. The animals stayed around though until a monkey attacked someone in the 1800’s and the animals were sent to live at the zoo by 1835.

In memory of the live animals who lived within the walls of the Tower of London

There is Piccadily Circus, which is not a “circus” as we Americans think of circus, but hearkens back to the latin word meaning circle, a large open space that is now quite occupied with people, cars and busses, as well as being known for the first electronic signs.

Piccadily Circus from the Big Red Bus

Trafalgar Square is home to the four lions.

Trafalgar Square

You can see their enormity by looking at the visitor having his pic made with the lion.

And if the lion’s aren’t your cup of tea, then how about this:

Blue Rooster

This is a rotating sculpture display and the people get to vote on what they want to see there. Obviously, the Brit’s have a great sense of humor! I loved the stark blueness against the mizzle color of the square. Imagine on a rainy day how it must be a welcome splash of color!

Want to see the city from a whole new angle?

The London Eye

This huge “ferris wheel,” constructed in 2000 with the intent of it being on display only for a year, is still going strong and giving tourists like me a total new outlook on London.

Thames River from the London Eye

Big Ben and Parliament from London Eye

Well worth the wait in line for this thirty minute bird’s eye view of London and what luck having such great skies!

Monument to the Women of WWII

This stark sculpture was on a quite high pedestal in the middle of a street, viewed perfectly from the upper deck on the bus. I would bet a lot of people have never even seen this.

Westminster Abbey

An evening view of the Westminster Abbey. We were sort of lost, stumbling around looking for a pub when we came around a corner to this!

Big Ben tower

Big Ben is the bell and this is just the tower that houses it. An iconic symbol of London.

Big Ben and Parliament skyline

I think my favorite shot of London.

So there’s a snapshot tour of London in jolly old England. This barely even scratches the surface of all there is to see and do. We had little time in the city so I didn’t even make it to my favorite place, the Tate Gallery, to have a look at the Lady of Shalott, one of my favorite paintings. Maybe next time.

Cheers!

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Walking to everywhere

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Posted on March 28, 2014 by

Walking. Nothing much to it. You need two feet, some sort of covering to protect your tootsies and appropriate clothing. 30 minutes of your time, and according to some doctors, health experts, opinion makers, you have completed your workout for the day. Enough said. Take off those tennies and relax.

But WAIT! What if you made walking a regular part of your life? What if walking became your mode of transportation for most of your day? What if walking were the key to living your healthiest life and walking just five miles a day was all it took?

People who live to be 100 seem to have several things in common, but the most often shared trait is walking at least 5 miles a day. Not as a means of exercise, “oh I have to work out,” but just as means of living, of getting around. (Check out the Blue Zones for more info and read the book!) Even if you have never considered living to be 100, wouldn’t it be nice if you lived healthy until you died? Walking could be just the key to doing exactly that!

Consider taking a walk to work or parking some distance and walking the rest of the way. Walking clears your head. Allows you to think and just makes the day better. I’ve been doing it for some time, but being here in England, I am walking everywhere. I’ll share more about my walking soon, but for now, here’s some lovely shots from the day I walked from Truro, Cornwall, to Threemilestone, Cornwall.

Sounds like a nice walk

Look down, Beauty in unexpected places

Great name for a part of the path

A side lane

It’s not easy being green, but it sure is beautiful!

A peek into the grass

over flowing stream made crossing this part of the road tricky

How green was your valley?

I’m walking, yes indeed I’m walking

Though walking is a treat in a beautiful setting, it can be just as much fun on the streets. Walk on my friends, walk on!!

Hey, and one more thing…

Never take for granted what you have right this moment!

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Breakfast in Britain

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Posted on March 19, 2014 by

Breakfast in Britain is a bit of a brain twist for Americans. They serve beans (pretty much like the pork n’ beans in a can we know from home) and mushrooms, cooked tomatoes, along with bacon, ham or sausage, or sometimes all three if you get the big breakfast, eggs of your choice and toast, brown or white.

Poached eggs on toast with a mushroom

Granted, eggs and meat are quite familiar in the USA, it’s the beans, mushrooms and tomatoes that throw us. There is also tea or coffee, of course.

Tea cup made in Worcester with Wittard’s English Rose Tea

And sometimes, even a great view!

View from County Arms, Truro, Cornwall

Since I have grown used to my green super smoothies at home, I have readjusted my breakfast thinking when I am traveling. Mushrooms are a super food, so I love that I can have them for breakfast and I quite like eggs, so I have them either poached or boiled, but occasionally fried. I was really impressed one evening at Three Tuns pub, Hay-on-Wye, Wales, when I also had a mushroom risotto with a breaded poached egg on top. Now that was delicious.

Three Tuns Pub Mixed Olive & Fennel Risotto, Creme Fraiche, Deep Fried Poached Egg, Pecorino Crackling

I have had more toast here than a year of breakfasts at home, but the jams are so delicious, it’s hard to pass up, even when making breakfast in my flat. I passed an honor jar jam sale on the street one day and paid 2 pounds, a steal compared to other jams I’ve seen, (or bought) for Ed’s Forest Fruits, which my friend Rachel tells me would be blackberries and currants.

Ed’s Forest Fruits bought at an honor jar table on street

Scrumptious Strawberry and Rose Jam from the Old Stables Tea House, Hay on Wye, Wales

Whatever it is, the fruit is big and chunky and super delicious and so I’ve had toast on more than several occasions. However, for breakfast, most days in my flat, even though there is a blender and I could make a smoothie, I have taken to having salad,

Salad for breakfast? Yes!

sweet potato and fruit.

Delicious for breakfast with a small pat of organic butter

Now that is a breakfast to write home about! Fills me up and tastes great. I am definitely adding mushrooms to the mix when I get home and I may never go back to the smoothie. What?? That’s right, as great as they are, why not have all that yumminess in it’s natural state? We will see, but for now…please pass the jam!

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