The Health Journal Idea

About a month ago, I received a gift from a friend.  It was a lovely rectangular notebook with a beautiful painting of flowers on the bottom half of the front cover.    As you can see from the featured picture, the upper half carried the letter “J”.   “J” means a lot to me and to my family.  My first and last name begins with “J”, my daughters’ name begins with “J” and my son’s name begins with “J”.

Some people call me “Jay” others “JJ”; some prefer to call me by my official first name “Janel”.

The point is, this note-book is special to me because, I count the giver a genuine friend and as stated before, because of the cover.   I wanted to use it for something really meaningful to me and while I received it about a month ago, more like two months ago, only one week ago, I finally knew how I wanted to put it to use.

My pretty, most valued notebook is now my health journal.  I have fought to start a healthier lifestyle, internally motivating myself to take small steps towards this goal, but it has not been easy.    I do not intend to give up however.

Two days ago, I started my health journal as a  further push to myself to go big.  I must say that it has helped me thus far.  As I embark on this journey, I am seeking to apply things that work for me and not others.   I cannot achieve the success I want by wishing I can do what others are doing.   I must find ways to meet “me” where I am at, understanding that I can only be “me”.

For me lifestyle changes has and would continue to include, better planning of my meals, healthier choices, healthier methods of preparation.

Progress thus far (note that my journey started a while back but I have just been struggling with consistency:

Nutrition:

  • I limit “milk” in my diet – not good for my sinuses and allergies –  I do have milk now and then, maybe once every three weeks.
  • The sugar content in my juices and teas are limited and sometimes none.
  • I enjoy (not often enough) blended smoothies, one of my favourites is beet root with bananas and spices with Almond milk;  I add anything I wish to add to that, eg: carrots.
  • I seek to have a portion of vegetables everyday.
  • I use whole grain rice and not white rice.
  • I try to limit the use of other oils, sticking to “Olive Oil”

This is progress and listing them makes me feel really good.

I am currently doing a water therapy, meaning I am rehydrating myself with lots of water, more than usual, and I already feel the effects of its cool refreshing properties.

For me, constantly telling myself to keep pressing and imagining a body that is more awake and alert is my motivation.  Now that I have started the journal, I have taken it a step further.

I would share more next time.

Let this little experience inspire you to keep working towards “the start” or the “re-start”.

Remember, to live out God’s purpose, we need to feel well!

 

Special Promotion!! Ongoing until offers are claimed! NO LONGER AVAILABLE!

Today, marks the start of a special promotion, geared toward encouraging more persons to subscribe to my blog; inspireothersonline.com.

The first two persons to subscribe and to get three (3) other people to subscribe will receive one of the lovely necklaces in the featured picture above.   This first offer is extended to readers in my home country, Grenada! Don’t worry, there will be other offers for other destinations.

Before I tell you how you can get this special offer, let me tell you more about the items being offered:

The pendants of the featured necklaces were hand-made by Roland Benjamin, a contemporary visual Artist, who is from Grenada.  He creates art using valuable resources that we find in our environment.  Roland believes in the power of creative ingenuity and design, and has a passion for working with wood, leather and other fine precious metal.

The Pendant on the left is made of White Cedar, decorated with Wilks’ (Sea Snails) Shells, with a strip of leather at the top.  The pieces are tied together using copper wire. The Pendant on the right is made of Campeche Wood, with a Ring of Coral and again Wilks’ Shells.  The pieces are tied together using stainless steel.

When I saw these pendants, I thought they were beautiful and I decided, while I would love to keep them, I would rather enjoy the thrill of giving them away.  So, with the help of “This and That” Craft Shop in Grenada, I added silk twine to the one on the left and a suede chord to the one on the right, with rings and clasps, making them into exquisite necklaces.  I really love them, and I hope whoever is blessed to get them would love them and take  very good care of them.   The pieces of wood (white Cedar & Campeche) can be maintained by applying a little mineral oil every now and them.

Now, this is how you can get one of these beautiful necklaces:

  1. Access my blog through https://inspireothersonline.com
  2. Scroll down until you see the “subscribe” box on your right and follow the instructions to subscribe, which would also include going to your e-mail inbox to complete the process.
  3. Read a few of the articles and think of friends or family members who can be inspired by these articles, or who you would love to encourage to read more.
  4. Contact them and encourage them to subscribe also.
  5. You need to get at least three (3) persons to subscribe. Once that is accomplished, send me an e-mail with the names and e-mail addresses of the three persons who have subscribed, so I can confirm it on my end. E-mail me at fleurjerry4@gmail.com.   Remember, you need to subscribe first and be able to share with others on articles that have inspired you.

Anticipating your e-mails!! 😊

If you wish to find out more about the unique items produced by Mr. Roland Benjamin, you can contact him on telephone no. 1-473-457-8499

Carrots and Cantaloupe are good for us

Last Tuesday I blended carrots and cantaloupe together and enjoyed a refreshing drink; no sugar added.

Why, carrots and cantaloupe?  Well, for one, they were the only available fruits in my kitchen, at the moment, and as far as I knew they were good for me.  Every now and then however, we need to refresh our knowledge of what these fruits provide, so that we can maximise on their use.  So here are a few reminders or, for some of us, this could be news.

Let’s first look at carrots.  How can they be eaten and what benefits do they have for our bodies?

  • Carrots can be eaten raw as a snack (carrot sticks), or in a vegetable salad. They can also be blended with other vegetables to make a nutritious drink (like I did).    They can be steamed with other vegetables and boiled in soups of all kinds.  I have also seen carrots used in cakes and buns.  I love grating the raw carrot and mixing it into the rice immediately after the rice has been cooked.  I am sure there are many other ways to use the carrot, maybe you would love to share.
  • Carrots are great source of fiber. They also provide vitamin A (beta-carotene), one of the B Vitamins, Biotin, Vitamin K1, Vitamin B6 and Potassium. By now you should know that fiber is very important to having a healthy bowel movement.  It also helps us to feel fuller longer and can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  Vitamin A, helps us to maintain healthy vision and is important for growth and development as well as healthy immune function.  What about Biotin?  It is one of the B-vitamins and plays an important role in the metabolism of fats and proteins. The other vitamins K1 and B6 are responsible, respectively, for bone health and for converting food into energy.  As we say, last but not least, carrots also provide Potassium, an essential mineral, useful for keeping the blood pressure under control.

Let’s look at the second fruit, the Cantaloupe.   I must say, around my family, friends and associates, this fruit is not popular at all.   It is not my favorite either; I enjoy it best when it is mixed with other fruits, as in a fruit salad or blended.

The cantaloupe however, has nutrients for us as well;

  • They provide a range of antioxidants, phytonutrients and electrolytes. The word “phytonutrients” was new to me, so I had to do some further research.  phytonutrients are nutrients found in plants, in fact “Phyto” is the Greek word for “plant”.  These nutrients are really chemicals which help to protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs and other threats.  Sounds like a good pest controller to me and maybe it is the secret to the healthy skin cantaloupes enjoy.
  • Looking closer to the nutrients provided to the body, in addition to the three benefits mentioned (antioxidants, phytonutrients and electrolytes), the Cantaloupe offers much more;

It provides Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, B vitamins such as thiamine, niacin, as well as folate.  It also provides magnesium and fiber.  I believe by now you agree that we need to eat more cantaloupe.  There is even a bonus for you; the seeds are edible, they provide omega-3, fatty acids.

I encourage you to do much more research on your own, but I do hope that this little peek into the benefits of consuming carrots and cantaloupes would inspire you to make healthier food choices.

Sources;

https://draxe.com/cantaloupe-nutrition/

https://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/phytonutrients-faq#1

https://linwoodshealthfoods.com/ie/2013/11/20/why-dietary-fibre-is-so-important-for-your-diet/

 

Regular exercise in “2018”

Regular exercise for “2018” !    This statement is not a promise, or a resolution, it is simply a necessity, now, more than ever.   If I ought to continue to fulfill God’s purpose for my life, I must listen to his voice, to get up and get active.  He wants me to be healthy.

So I have made a list of to-do’s that would allow me to have a simple, do-able start, and I believe that there are others like me,  who need to become more disciplined at practicing regular exercise.  Like me, you are accustomed to exercising, but you have not been doing it for a while and you need to get back on track.  Even though, it is totally new to you, you can embrace it as a new lifestyle change.

So let’s go!  Remember we are doing it because it is a necessity.   Anything that is a necessity MUST be done, Right?

  1. Get a scale that is easy to read and is durable.  – If I have a scale, I can be aware of my weight movements.   If, I am to be responsible for my body, I should at least know what is going on with my weight.  I would love to loose a few pounds, it would certainly help me to get fit and be able to enjoy some of my favourite out-fits.
  2. Get a few outfits that would be comfortable for exercising; clothes can motivate you, choose wisely.
  3. Get me a skipping rope.    I choose a skipping rope, because I have great memories skipping as a child and I enjoy it still.  Also, if the weather does not permit me to be out-doors, I can easily pull my skipping rope and skip-idi-skip on my porch or anywhere in my house where there is sufficient space.
  4. Begin my exercise of choice and do it two times a week; my exercise of choice at this point is simple.  I will be walking home from work, twice a week to start with.   The intention is that once I start, it will be consistently two times each week.  Once I have gotten into the habit of doing it twice weekly, I can consider increasing the frequency.  The goal is to start simple and with a plan that is manageable.
  5. Resume worship dancing with my daughter, at least every other Saturday.  I love worshiping God in dance and have decided to allow my daughter to explore this side of her, she loves dance as well and needs to appreciate how her dancing can be used to share the gospel.
  6. Visit the Beach at least once a month and be sure to be involved in some form of physical activity when doing so.

That’s it for me, my plan for regular exercise in “2018” is not a “pie in the sky” , it is not fancy or expensive, neither is it done for popularity purposes.

It is about inspiring you to find a way to make exercising a part of your lifestyle.  Remember it is a necessity.  Try creating a plan that represents you and allows you to be active doing things you enjoy.

Let’s not forget our eating, we need to always strive to eat healthy.

I hope to share with you a bit of my experiences as I seek to fulfill God’s purpose in every area of my life.

Here are some simple ideas to help you create a simple plan:

  • Visit the beach more often and take a brief jog;
  • Go on family walks;
  • Work-out to suitable work-out music on you-tube right in your living room;
  • Walk home instead of driving or taking the bus;
  • Dance to your favourite songs;
  • Play outdoors with your children on week-ends;
  • Find an exercising partner at work and do some exercising before leaving the office.  In this case you would need a suitable space for this purpose and make sure your boss is fine with it;
  • If there is a pasture or playing field in your community, go jogging with your children or on your own or with a friend, at a time convenient to you;
  • And of course, if you think you are ready to commit to a gym membership, go for it.

Feel free to share with us on this blog  through the reply comment form or via my e-mail; fleurjerry4@gmail.com.

Hope to hear about your simple exercising plans.

My energy booster

My favourite energy drink needs to have beet in it.  Beet works magic in my life, seriously.   I become alive when there is beet, my brain functions well and I feel a lovely sense of well-being.

Today I blended another one of my beet drinks, making sure to note the ingredients used, so I can assess the finished product and try to improve.

My ingredients were:

  • 2 small to medium-sized beets
  • 2 small to medium-sized carrots
  • 1 small banana
  • 2/1/2 Cups Almond Milk
  • ½ t-spoon Almond essence
  • A pinch of grounded ginger
  • A pinch of grounded bay-leaf
  • Two t-spoons sugar (brown) or honey (my preference is usually honey)

Method:

Carrots and beets were washed, peeled and grated, the banana was sliced. They were all placed in the blender with all other ingredients, and blended; ice added.

Assessment of finished product:

First noticeable taste was the banana, carrots and milk; the beet was the after taste.  The essence was noticeable in a mild complementing way.  There was a slight taste of sugar (just right for me).  I was not satisfied however with the effect of the ginger and the bay-leaf”.   Next time, I would use nutmeg instead of bay leaf and I would increase the quantity.  Overall, the result was tasty and refreshing.

If you love your drinks loaded with sugar, then this drink is not for you.  I am usually always thinking “limited sugar”.

I have mixed beet with cucumbers and celery as well (no milk added), enjoyed that too.

Have you ever tried blending vegetables and observed how it made you feel?

For me, I am a strong believer in blended drinks that has beet; it works for me.

I urge you to drink healthier, for a healthier, more energetic you.

 

 

 

 

Guard your heart – Part 1

The heart that pumps

Science tells us that the human heart is a muscular organ about the size of a closed fist.  The heart keeps us alive by functioning like a circulatory pump, taking deoxygenated blood through our veins to our lungs, where it is filled with oxygen and pumped into our arteries.  Our arteries are then charged with the very important task of bringing the oxygenated blood to our tissues daily.

Once our heart is functioning as it is designed to function, we would enjoy good health that can be characterized (but not limited to) as follows:

  • Normal blood pressure 120/80
  • An energetic feeling
  • Healthy heart rate (70 to 80 beats per minute)
  • Even breathing, you should be breathing comfortably even if you were to start jogging.
  • The ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • The ability to perform physical activities
  • A steady heart beat with no murmurs.

I think it is amazing what happens in the heart daily, to ensure we stay alive.  We move about every day, running about, here, there, and everywhere and many times we do not stop to think about the condition of our hearts and keeping it healthy.

The physical heart vs. the spiritual heart (our spiritual condition determines our behavior).

Let’s get deeper, let us talk about the unseen heart that is manifested through our behaviour and attitudes; the seat of our will, motives and moral persuasions. I was motivated to get deeper after listening to a message one Sunday morning entitled “Hearts and Minds”.   I wanted to better understand the status of “the inner me”, my spiritual condition.   I felt the need to have my heart examined because I desire to have a healthy heart.

Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?”  Do you think this is going too far, I mean, aren’t we better than that?  Well, these are words of the Almighty God so “it is what it is”, we are who we are.   I am sure, if you stop and think for a while, you would ask yourself, why is man so bent on doing what is wrong?  Why do we pursue the very same thing that can destroy us? Why do we steal from hard working men and women? Why do we frame others when we know they are innocent; why do we pretend so we could look good in the eyes of others?  I think we have enough evidence that the word of God is true.

It is important for us to admit to the true condition of our hearts, if we must grow and experience change.  I love this verse; Proverbs 4:23 – It says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” KJV or “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” NIV.  I love this, it says so much.

Guard your heart? Should I walk around with a mini-sword hiding under my clothes to protect my heart? The word of God is speaking of taking intentional steps to keep, protect and preserve our hearts, the seat of our will, from which the issues of life emanate.  It is necessary to point out however, that we are not meant to guard our hearts on our own, we are enabled by God himself; he makes it possible.

To be continued……

Moringa – A Healthy Choice!

Have you ever heard about the Moringa Tree?  “Trees for Life International” has shared an enormous amount of information, it will amaze you.  Seriously!!!  http://www.treesforlife.org/our-work/our-initiatives/moringa.

Moringa Diagram: Tiny leaves. Enourmous benefits.

In Grenada, where I live we also have the Moringa Tree and many have tried to be industrious with the various parts of the tree.

I am in love with the work of Eleanor Swan (featured picture) a Small Business Entrepreneur who manufactures soaps from the moringa plant.  She also produces T-Bags from the leaves of the tree.   The name of Eleanor’s business is “Spice up your life creations”.   Love the name!

I am sharing this because it is a clear example of someone who is seeking to live their life to the fullest.    One of my admirations for this business is that there are bible verses printed on the packages; awesome!

Eleanor also does beautiful  hand-made cards; I must say making hand-made cards is fun and inspiring.

Let me know if you wish to contact Eleanor through my contact form.

You may want to ask yourself “What am I drinking?” is Moringa Tea a better choice?

Let’s take advantage of the healthy opportunities around us and in turn support small businesses driven by God-given purpose.

Have a healthy & creative day!!

Make it happen! Drink more water!

I am positive that I am not the only person who struggles with my daily intake of water.  We all know that water is essential to our health and yet many of us do not work hard enough to get it right. If our bodies could only speak we may need to hide our faces.

Well, what about a simple strategy to help us drink enough water daily.

Get a post-it note and make  the following list;

1st glass

2nd glass

3rd glass

4th glass

5th glass

6th glass

7th glass

8th glass

Place the post-it sticker in a place where it can be easily seen.  For example if you are going to be home for the entire day, place it on your refrigerator or on your center table.   If you at work, place it on your desk calendar or next to your laptop.

Whatever you do, wherever you go, the sticker needs to be placed in a place where it can be easily seen, several times during the day.  You would need to think about it, in other words be strategic about the location you choose because this time it has to work for you.

Start off with at least one glass of water when you wake up, then begin striking off your list  every time you have a glass of water.  Your goal is to strike out the entire list by 6:00 pm.  Some persons made need to go later.

Try it for a week in the first instance and  let’s see how different your body would feel.  (Note that for some people eight glasses of water may be too much for you daily).

If you already have a strategy that is working for you, then hats off to you!

Let’s do this!

The Sugar Apple…Yum Yum

I am from the beautiful island of Grenada where Sugar Apple (as we call it) grows.   Just yesterday, I enjoyed the goodness of one of our Sugar Apples.  Some of my friends say, it is too sweet.   Well, It is sugar apple and it is filled with sugar goodness.

I got curious though and went digging and found out some really cool facts about the Sugar Apple.  I discovered that it is the most widely grown species of Annona Squamosa.

I found out much more after bouncing up on this book, or ratherImage result extracts of it on the internet, I may just purchase the book if I can.
It is the work of Julia F. Morton an economic botanist.  It is described as an “important resource for every agricultural, research and science library.”
OK, let’s get to it.   Here are the cool facts I found out from Julia.
1.  The origin of the sugar apple appears to be unknown.  Tropical South America, Southern Mexico, the West Indies, Bahamas and Bermuda, are some of the places they are frequently cultivated. 2.  The suitable climate for these trees to grow is the tropical to near tropical climate.  It strives best in areas that are dry and has high tolerance for drought conditions.  3. The seeds can live up to 3-4 years and they germinate better 1 week after they are removed from the fruit; very interesting don’t you think? 4. Germination may take 30 days or more, it can be quicker if the seeds are soaked for three days.  This other fact caught me by surprise, something I just never knew.  5.  The seeds are actually acrid and poisonous. Wow!  You may be wondering what the word “acrid” means, it means “having an irritatingly strong and unpleasant taste or smell.” I must’ve swallowed a few seeds in my childhood, oops!
I love eating sugar apples, the fruit is nearly round about 6-10 cm long, with outer knobby segments; pale-green in colour.   It is creamy white inside, sweet and juicy to the taste.
Now, I am sure you are wondering about its medicinal uses; no. 6.  Crushed leaves can be sniffed to overcome hysteria and fainting spells;  they can also be applied to ulcers and wounds and a leaf decoction is taken in cases of dysentery (infection of the intestines/diarrhea) .  It is said that in the tropical parts of America a decoction of the leaves either alone or with other plants, is absorbed or drank as an emmenagogue (a substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow).  It is also said to be used as a tonic and a cold remedy.  There is more; the leaf decoction is also applied in baths to relieve affected persons from rheumatic pain; a decoction of the bark can also be used as a tonic and to stop diarrhea.
There is so much information on the sugar apple in this book but I must wrap up sharing the exert that had the greatest impression on my mind.  I learnt that the poisonous seeds can be grounded to a powder and made into a paste and applied to the scalp to get rid of lice. Wow!!
I do hope you will get the opportunity to taste it, if you never did.  It is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and also a very good source of Vitamin B6.