Is Your Healthy Lifestyle As Good For You As You Think?

Over the years there have been many theories on what the best things are to consume for our general health and well-being. In this article are going to be some things that you probably didn’t realize you should, or shouldn’t be putting into your body.

We should all know by now that eating healthily, drinking plenty of water and exercise is the best way of keeping ourselves fit and healthy. However, with so many fad diets on the market these days, it’s easy to become confused about whether your body is getting what it needs to be at it’s best.

One of the latest trends in health and fitness includes taking vitamins and other supplements to promote weight loss, healthy skin and nails, and promotes the rate in which your hair grows. Did you know that you can get all of these promised results just by putting the right food into your body?

Many people argue the fact that they don’t have enough time each day to eat the recommended portions of each food type. This might be true, but taking a vitamin tablet each day isn’t going to fill you up either.

It may give you a portion of the vitamins you need, but then you will be more likely to binge out on other food later because you’re hungry. That’s not to say that vitamins don’t work, as some people are required to take them for their health, but whenever possible, you should be trying to get the nutrients you need through food, not a supplement.

Try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day to ensure that your body is getting the correct nutrients.

It’s true that drinking water is the best source of hydration, but how clean is your water? Many water sources are contaminated with chemicals to make the water seem cleaner.

Water filtration systems are becoming increasingly popular these days because people are realising that their tap water alone, isn’t doing them much good.

Consider investing in a water treatment system. You can read more about it here at Here you will discover that not only can water be harmful to drink when it’s not treated, but it can be harmful on your skin when you’re bathing in it too.

If you suffer from skin conditions, the symptoms are often alleviated when the water is treated because the chemicals are no longer harming your skin.

Even though exercise is a must for keeping our bodies fit and limber, there is such thing as too much exercise. Too much physical activity can cause injuries like muscle strains, and joint pains.

Some may argue that exercise over time will alleviate these problems, but remember that everything should be done in moderation. Try changing it up so that you’re doing a more gentle exercise a few times a week like yoga.

Remember, only doing one of these things isn’t enough to keep you healthy. Try changing your lifestyle today to begin seeing some great results!

This post has been contributed by Ryan Gatt, it may contain affiliate links.

Here’s what to do with the salt you’re not eating

Cutting salt from your diet is a major part of what this blog is all about. Since trimming my salt intake after a 2012 angioplasty I’ve lost weight and gotten my blood pressure down.

Here are some salt uses that won;t hurt you -- they all involve cleaning.
Here are some salt uses that won’t hurt you — they all involve cleaning.

But we still have salt in the house, for when guests ask for it. It seems to get little use otherwise, just taking up space in my pantry. So I enjoyed this video a friend sent me called 7 Salt Life Hacks You Should Know. Continue reading “Here’s what to do with the salt you’re not eating”

Greener food, local and natural all pop up in Euromonitor’s food trends

The year is still young enough to look at food trend predictions for 2016. Euromonitor, an international research firm, came out with its top trends for this year and included a food section. It’s expecting to see what it terms “Greener Food,” by which it means,

“More of us will be eating greener. More people will care about cutting down on food waste in and beyond the home, try harder to avoid unhealthy food and overeating and be keener on more natural, local and seasonal food. More of us will consider cheaper food past its best before date and shop in retail chains selling it. And even fast food is getting greener,” writes Euromonitor analyst Daphne Kasriel-Alexander.

MY cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet, ready for roasting
How perfect does produce need to look before you’ll buy it?

People will accept uglier food than in the past, in other words blemished fruits and vegetables that Americans seem loathe to pick up in a supermarket, in order to cut food waste, she reasons. Continue reading “Greener food, local and natural all pop up in Euromonitor’s food trends”

2015 in review

Thank you everyone for an amazing year!


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 57,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

A salmon dish for garlic lovers

Salmon is a fish I love and garlic is another favorite, a is lemon. So I was excited to try a recipe I saw in People magazine for salmon with lemon, garlic and leeks. Oddly enough, I can;t find the recipe online, it may be behind a People pay wall of some kind. So I’ll just detail it for you here.

My lemon salmon. I used leek instead of scallions and it came great. I loved the garlic flavor.
My lemon salmon. I used leek instead of scallions and it came great. I loved the garlic flavor.

Start with 4 pieces of salmon, about 6-7 ounces each. Cut up two scallions and mince two gloves of garlic.

Whisk together a quarter cup of olive oil, the scallions, a tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of honey and the garlic. The recipe also calls for tamari, a soy product. I’ve never used that and don’t have it in my house, so I just left it out. The dish tasted great without it.

Put the liquid mixture into a large zip-top bag and add the salmon to marinate it. The recipe calls for marinating 15 to 30 minutes at room temperature. I went with 15 minutes because we were hungry and it worked fine.

Continue reading “A salmon dish for garlic lovers”

Eastside Cafe, a little Austin gem deep in the heart of Texas

Austin, Texas gets a lot of publicity as a great place to live but I had never had the opportunity to check it out until just recently. My first tip to Austin brought me to several food places where I was able to find some relatively low-salt, low-fat treats..and one place where I walked away from my diet for a night to enjoy a classic Texas barbecue. More on that in another post.

My Eastside Cafe tuna
My Eastside Cafe tuna

In this post, I’ll be talking about Eastside Cafe, a little unassuming place recommended to us by a staffer at the LBJ Library on the University of Texas campus.

After driving by it a few times, we found the place and were glad we did. I ordered a tuna steak sandwich for lunch, asking the mayo be served on the side and opting for whole wheat bread instead of white, although I only had a small taste of the bread. Continue reading “Eastside Cafe, a little Austin gem deep in the heart of Texas”

Milwaukee Brewers’ chicken choices strike out

Chicken breast sandwiches have become my ballpark food these days. Even they come on salt-filled buns and likely have a lot of salt on them, but they’re at least lower fat than hot dogs or those delicious brats.

Seattle’s ballpark does offer a salmon salad, but it stands alone with that dish, as far as I know.

The Brewers’ chicken breast offering was a bit like the team, it had seen better days. The breast was small and overcooked, not at all filling or satisfying.

I was so hungry after the game, we went to an old Milwaukee favorite, Major Goolsby’s downtown, where I ordered its chicken breast sandwich, which was light years better than the one at the ballpark.

Goolsby’s is a rocking place when there are sporting events at the nearby Bradley Center where my alma mater Marquette plays basketball. But it was empty the night we went, I’d never seen it like that before.

Despite the lack of crowd, I enjoyed my meal there, try it should your travels bring you to Milwaukee.

Ten Best Foods for a long life

A fun list, I’m eating all of these except seeds, nuts and pomegranates which give me the creeps. I’m hoping the seed craze passes soon from our nutrition scene, I’m not reverting to a bird diet anytime soon

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Eat more leaves and berries Eat more leaves and berries… and onions. And tomatoes!

Eating for a long life

Put these 10 foods on your grocery list every week and you’ll up your chances of living a longer, healthier, happier life! So says Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

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Summer salads and edamame pasta — a light, fun meal

Cooking seems all the harder in the summer when the world heats up around you (if you live in a northern climate as I do. If you live in the South, it’s always hot, so this post is for you year-round). So rather than do a lot of summer cooking, how about a night or two of cold salads, with some edamame pasta thrown in as the cooked center of your plate?

Some fun, and easy-to-make summer salads. And some edamame pasta.
Some fun, and easy-to-make summer salads. And some edamame pasta.

I recently put this assortment together. These actually were all left-over from a gathering we had at our house to start work on our new play, Boys in the Basement, which you can read about on my theater site. Please do, and please contribute to make the play possible and then come to see us perform in November. Continue reading “Summer salads and edamame pasta — a light, fun meal”

Watermelon salsa? I’m going to give it a try

Salsa, at least most store-bought salsa, is loaded with salt. I have found several low-salt varieties I’be blogged about here. But I find most turn up the heat, pepper-wise, to compensate for less salt and I’m not a big hot pepper fan.

Watermelon salsa, check the Food Network link in my post for the recipe.
Watermelon salsa, check the Food Network link in my post for the recipe.

So I was intrigued when I saw this Food Network recipe for watermelon salsa. I love watermelon and eat it often in the summer, and the winter when I can find good ones. So I’m planning to try this recipe, substituting real garlic for the garlic salt to cut the salt content. Continue reading “Watermelon salsa? I’m going to give it a try”

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