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Choose Wellness -- May 2011
May 07, 2011
|Greetings, best wishes
... and welcome everyone to this latest Choose Wellness Newsletter.
To all you Mothers out there - have a Happy Day. In fact, may all your days be happy.
Orchids are so beautiful - this Cooktown Orchid came from my own garden.
Are You a REAL Mother?The following arrived in my inbox as an email this week - rather amusing I thought, and since it is Mother's Day....
Real Mothers don't eat quiche; They don't have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.
Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of carpets.
Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up...
Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' And get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best.'
Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or years or grade...it is marked by the progression of Mummy to Mum to Mother.....
At 4 years of age - My Mummy can do anything!
At age 8 - My Mum knows a lot! A whole lot!
At 12 - My Mother doesnt know everything!
At 14 - My Mother? She wouldnt have a clue.
At 16 - Mum? She's so five minutes ago.
At 18 - That old woman? She's way out of date!
At 25 years of age - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
At 35 years of age - Before we decide, let's get Mum's opinion.
At 45 - Wonder what Mum would have thought about it?
At 65 and older - Wish I could talk it over with Mum.
"Health is number one because when you feel good, it affects your decisions, your relationships, everything. It all spins out from happy."
Some Dietary GuidelinesDietary Guidelines published recently by the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Human Services suggest that ...
"Poor diet and physical inactivity are the most important factors contributing to an epidemic of overweight and obesity affecting men, women, and children in all segments of our society. Even in the absence of overweight, poor diet and physical inactivity are associated with major causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States."
With this in mind, the Dietary Guidelines include these recommendations for foods that you should cut back on and foods that you should increase:
Foods to cut back on:
Nutrients to increase:
"Working with plants, can be a great way to relax and unwind. Have fun gardening, caring for house plants or growing your own herb garden"
How Far Back Can You Remember?The question came up the other day 'What was your favourite 'fast food' when you were growing up?'
Well, of course, we didn't have fast food when I was growing up and we didn't eat out. Mum would cook a hearty meal and when Dad got home from work, we all sat down together at the dinner table, and if we didn't like what she put on our plate, we had to sit there anyway until everyone was finished.
Very occasionally we would be treated to some takeaway Chinese. Dad would take containers to the local Chinese cafe and it would be duly filled with some Chop Suey or Chicken Chow Mein and Fried Rice.
Here are a few other facts about how things were when we were growing up.... some of you will relate to them.
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore jeans, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card.
My parents never drove me to school. I rode my bicycle (or walked). We didn't have television so we would listen in to the radio serials or quiz shows before dinner at night.
No mobile phones or ipods - we did, however, have a telephone on the wall which was answered by a 'switch girl' who would then 'plug us' in to the number we required. Sometimes people shared a 'party line' so you could never be sure of a private conversation.
Pizzas were never heard of and therefore not delivered to our home ... but milk was delivered straight from the dairy and poured into our waiting milk jug. The grocery man also called, took our order and then delivered it the next day.
Before there were electric fridges we had an ice chest and a big block of ice was delivered once a week. Some people had a kerosene operated fridge.
There were no Computers, calculators or fax machines. People sent telegrams or wrote letters to each other. Most businesses used typewriters and a manually operated money till.
There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without swearing or violence (except for the goodies and baddy films or cowboy and Indian films when the baddies and the Indians got shot!)
........ Now, here's a little memory quiz for you:
How many of the following do you remember?
Hope these rekindle a few happy memories for you....If you, like me, can remember most of these things you're showing your age too!!
Until then keep well and remember
'healthy cells = healthy bodies'
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