So it seems that I've had a chance this week to think about everything that's good for our health and those things, habits n' such, that are not so good for us. In fact, while I write this, I am listening to Aubrey de Grey, leading researcher on ending aging, speak at Google. You can listen to his discourse here, if you like: Aubrey de Grey, "Ending Aging" | Talks at Google.
Not that I'd want to live forever. For me, it's more important to live the lives we have more healthfully, and mindfully, than it is to live forever. My mind has a hard time thinking that far ahead, and I don't feel it is how nature works. Nature regenerates. Energy however, and I think Einstein would agree, remains a constant.
Maybe because I have the sense of impermanence of my life, I've decided this year, to focus on my health. I might not live forever, but I want to live well. I understand that when I take time for me, to walk, to read, to sleep, to do yoga, etc. then it's better for those I love. As a teacher and a mom of three teens, it would be easy to lose myself in work and in all the things I have committed to. My first priority therefore, in order to live a rich and fulfilling life, is to learn to take better care of myself.
So, I began this Fall, by wandering through hills and vistas on my bike. It felt good to explore new places, even if they were country roads I'd not seen before. Then, in the Winter, I tried snowboarding. Oof. Many bruises. Next year, I'll take lessons. Also, my daughter Victoria and I have begun karate! How cool is that! As well, for the past year or so, I have been doing yoga. Not the Ommmmm kind of yoga, but, because my body was tensing up from the length of time I spend at my computer, sitting and holding a camera, it was time I did some core strength exercises.
Yoga suits me perfectly. It quiets my mind, helps me to focus, improves my posture, and best of all, I am not sore anymore. I feel stronger, more focused and calmer. All good stuff for this busy mom. So! In the name of trying new things, I have added another element to my routine of yoga, and once-a-week karate! Cardio! My girlfriend Karine (one of the healthiest people I know) sent me an App to learn how to run. I always thought it would be neat to be able to run say 5 kilometres in one stretch, but could never seem to make it there. Now, with this App, it shows you how, over the period of 8 weeks, to build your cardiovascular endurance in increments. You can download the App from iTunes onto your phone, and then bring it along with you. A nice fella's voice talks to you, tells you when to run and when to walk. The program builds up, day by day, and after trying it for the first time, I must say, I'm excited! The App is called 5K Runner by Zen Labs for those of you who are interested.
How to thrive in an increasingly fast-paced world? I intend on reading Arianna Huffington's new novel "Thrive" in which she discusses just that. How to not only live, but to LIVE. Check out her interesting talk here, also to a Google audience: Arianna Huffington, "Thrive" | Talks at Google.
I've also spent the week experimenting with objects and with food. I've had the opportunity to submit images for consideration to several magazines, and, because I love a challenge, and the chance to hone my skills, I set off to purchase more peppers, and melons than one could eat in a single sitting. It's also gotten me creative in the kitchen, thinking up ways to prepare them!
As for the melons! Well, they are skittery devils and it took me a while to slice them, seed them, and photograph them. My parents are coming for dinner tonight, so I will likely feed them that for dessert! Who needs a reason? The rest will go for quick lunches this week.
And peppers too! How healthy are they? Well, take a look at this article Bell Peppers and judge for yourself! There are many recipes on this site too, which I intend on exploring. I love them because they taste good. Still, they are powerhouses when it comes to your health.
My simple fabulous recipe for Pepper and Avocado Salad:
Leeça's Pepper and Avocado Salad:
Chop a variety of peppers. Add sliced tomatoes, red onions, and crumbled feta cheese. Top with chopped basil, and sliced avocado. Drizzle with a dressing made of olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, a bit of sugar or maple syrup, grainy dijon mustard, and a bit of garlic, and the juice of half a lemon. Sprinkle the salad with freshly ground black pepper and sea salt. Amazing!
With the remaining peppers, I will likely roast them with red onions and add them as a side to a seared steak.
Of course, I do have some vices, mainly cheese, and a weakness for wine and good food. If I eat too many carbs, I tend to put on weight, ergo, the exercise. It's all about balance I suppose, and achieving that is anyone's lifetime goal. I suppose if the Dalai Lama still works at it, then I may be excused. Chuckle!
So that's it for this week. I intend on writing an article for my blog every Sunday. Feel free to subscribe to my website to read all about it! Next week, I'll tell you how my running is going, and share with you my latest projects, endeavours and mishaps!
Have a great week!