Holiday on a weekday blues

English: Downtown Miami on July 4, 2007

English: Downtown Miami on July 4, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, July 4th falls on a Thursday this year. Most everyone has to work Friday, so it can’t be a late night.

We’re just going to hand around and swim. Eat something on the grill, and maybe a great salad from the salad recipes. And watermelon of course.

Then we head to a local fireworks display. We usually get ice cream and walk around town if its nice out.

I’m betting we’ll end up doing something like shish-kabobs. I’ve been looking for a vegetable basket for the grill ever since my daughter’s boyfriend told me that his mom just throws all the stuff into the basket instead of putting it all on skewers. Isn’t that a great idea? Except everyone is sold out of vegetable baskets. Never saw that one coming!

You know what else I’ve noticed? You don’t see as many ‘big’ people. I don’t know if its just my area, but it seems like people really are getting thinner! Have you noticed a change by you?

Be sure to check out the Grill Recipes for some great easy ideas, and of course, the salad recipes 😉

For a great red, white, and blue dessert – just put a mix of strawberries and blueberries on vanilla ice cream.

Ice cream you say? Of course! Its National Ice Cream Month 🙂

You know, eating healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up special foods. Its all about learning to eat in moderation. Eat healthy 90% of the time. Have one scoop of ice cream, maybe 2, but not half the carton. Eat responsibly!

We eat mostly fruits, vegetables, and protein. I guess that is considered Paleo. But we don’t do a strict formal diet. We do eat some bread, and yogurt and cheese. You don’t have to be so strict that you don’t enjoy eating. That’s no fun! We love good, fresh food. Its one of life’s great pleasures. And apparently, more people are catching on!

Have you tried any of the recipes inside the Free Members Area? Unlike most of the healthy fare you see around, these recipes are actually good. What’s your favorite so far?

Anyway, Keep it simple, be safe, and enjoy your day!

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2 thoughts on “Holiday on a weekday blues

  1. Deb K

    I’d like to add here that a tremendous number of people seem overweight even when they follow a healthy diet due to the fact that they actually suffer from undiagnosed hereditary high blood pressure.

    They don’t know that their own high BP contributes to considerable fluid retention in the process. Given the right meds, a lot of that weight very quickly disappears.

    In my case, once diagnosed with hereditary high blood pressure, I went from wearing size XL to a Medium in about a month’s time. (A very slight amount of exercise helped, too.)

    I still eat and drink pretty much what I did before, only now allowing myself to indulge in excessive salty carbs (my sinful pleasure) on Sundays. Haven’t gained a pound back since.

    Please urge people to go in and get their BP checked and monitored as necessary. Those that need meds, for heaven’s sake, take them! The achy and swollen legs and feet disappear, the distended tummy goes *poof!* plus the headaches and feeling so lethargic goes bye bye, too.

    It’s called the ‘silent killer’ for a reason. Why? Because we don’t know that we have dangerously high blood pressure!

    Healthy eating is wonderful but heredity high blood pressure requires continued treatment from a doctor. Why wait until a stroke, heart disease or kidney failure happens as a result of undiagnosed high BP?

    Please write a future post about getting blood pressure checked, Carole. Your followers will heed your cautionary words, I’m sure!

  2. Carole Post author

    Hi Deb,

    Thanks for sharing your story. These days it is easy to check your blood pressure. There are some articles in the members area regarding diet and blood pressure. If you can’t seem to get it under control, like Deb says – go to the doctor. My neighbor had stress high blood pressure and had kidney failure as a result. He was perfectly healthy, ate healthy, and got plenty of exercise.

    Check your blood pressure regularly. Even if its at the pharmacy. If its high – get to the doctor.

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