Stop and Smell the Roses

The last time you saw a beautiful flower did you lean in? Did you admire its beauty? Or can you not even remember the last time you appreciated something so simple, everyday, and natural?

The rose has been revered since ancient times for its healing properties. They say its scent invokes positive thoughts, spiritualism and feelings of joy, happiness and hope.

Don’t just take the common statement as a metaphor. The next time you pass by a rose, stop and inhale some happiness.

You’ll be back in your office, multitasking behind your desk soon enough.

Be Healthy at 92

My Grandmother is 92.  She will proudly tell you that she still has all her own teeth!  She lives in her own in a beautiful white house in Sarasota, Florida. She can still walk, eat on her own, make her own choices and tell you a really good joke. Although, she may tell you the joke more than once.

She has never passed a physical due to a heart murmur she has had since she was a child. Everyone thought she would die young. Instead, she has out-lived two husbands.

Her secret? She takes responsibility for her own health. She doesn’t always take the prescribed pills or undergo the recommended surgery. Twenty years ago doctors wanted to cut her open  because they suspected breast cancer, she refused, and she is still here. It turns out she never had breast cancer. She understands that prescriptions are just protocols and if something that is prescribed makes you feel awful or doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t your best option.

She is optimistic, positive, confident, and well-informed. When her first husband died unexpectedly at an early age, she was shocked, he was her 100% (Everything she could have ever wanted).  However, she picked up the pieces and refused to live a life of mourning and grief. She took cooking classes, went on a cruise, and took flying lessons. She has been a painter and dancer. She has designed houses, dabbled in real estate,  and worked as a nurse, teacher, and anesthesiologist. She raised a family. She lived through the Great Depression without noticing. She still follows the stock market, politics, and Dancing with the Stars. She knows who she is and lives her life as she wants. Her laughter, which  sounds similar to the sound of an owl, is contagious and heard often.

The last time we visited she said, “Andrea, I planned to have a lot of money to leave you, but gosh, don’t you know it, I just keep on living.” We both chuckled, money will never be as important as the people in our lives.

So how do you live to be 92? According to my grandmother, live the life you want and always find the humor in a situation.

Start your own long, high quality life today!

Considering Coffee

I love the smell of coffee in the morning. It reminds me of home, my grandparents, and cozy things. The aroma is rich, warm, and luxurious. Coffee, like many other culinary treats,  has become an art.  Something only a connoisseur could fully understand. Each cup having its own notes, qualities, and undertones. We have our choice of brands, regions, and flavors. Iced, hot, or frozen, it is available.

I see coffee consumers everyday, everywhere. America is the number one consumer of the product in the world. As a nation, we consume around 400 million cups a day. It can help you focus, get you through your 3pm slump, and may improve concentration, performance, and mood.

BUT

…there are some things that you might want to consider before you sip your next cup.

Caffeine is a drug, not a nutrient. It borrows from our adrenals and can begin to deplete them. It raises blood pressure which could lead to cardiovascular problems, it can cause blood sugar swings, digestive issues, emotional disturbances, male and female health problems, nutritional deficiencies and may speed the aging process because it plays with hormones. Coffee is big business so this isn’t the sort of thing you are going to find in your latest beauty magazine. Research exists for the pros and the cons.

I love coffee, but I can’t drink it because it turns me into an anxious mess. However, sometimes there is nothing better than a decaf cappuccino with dessert. Its a once in a while indulgence. Coffee, like everything, effects everyone differently. Research is showing that espresso may be a better option because it is released more slowly into our systems. If you need your cup everyday try to drink it after a meal and not first thing in the morning to be gentler to your system. We have so many choices when it comes to nutrition. The best we can do is be aware of the information that is out there and do our best.
If coffee gives you insane amounts of pleasure, give up something else. However, if it is purely a habit, maybe find yourself a new vice.

Believe in a balanced life. Start with balanced choices.