My health continuum

I haven’t written very much about my health lately. A good deal of that reason is because I’ve got the diet down to a science.

I’m okay with not eating wheat, or barley, or any other grain. I have added a little bit of corn and most of it is either fresh corn on the cob or when I eat Mexican food, or at its worst – when I’m out at a restaurant and the daily vegetable is succotash consisting of corn and a few anemic lima beans.

I got a little bit too crazy on chocolate for a while and I realized it really was the sugar and not the chocolate. I confirmed that last night when I allowed myself a little bit of chocolate and frankly, felt like shit afterward.

After going to a seminar last weekend, I decided that I needed to watch my sodium intake a little bit more and have adopted the DASH diet as my template. I eat fairly healthy as you know, but I personally think I use my salt shaker a little too much. Yet I must not use much because when I go out to eat I find restaurant food way too salty 9 out of every 10 times.

So I’m making a point of tasting my food before I shake additional salt on to anything I’m eating. I’ve always read labels regarding sodium and lately even my favorite bacon is too salty. I see this is a good thing.

My biggest obstacle has been movement. I have been working so many hours that I have been lax in my Evo and my yoga. Honestly I haven’t much wanted to go workout at 7 o’clock at night, then go home and eat dinner, and get to bed at 11 o’clock p.m. I noticed that when I am away and in a hotel I’m sound asleep by 10 o’clock. Then I’m wide awake and ready to go not later than 6 a.m. It’s hard to go work out and get home at 8:30, then eat, and be in bed by 10.

So I am working on actually going to the gym two mornings a week. That means going to bed early and getting up early. I don’t know how this is going to work but I’m willing to give it a try.

I’m also buying a standing desk. My athletic trainer has suggested that if I sit 40 hours a week at the office and change that to standing just 10 hours of those 40 hours my hips and back will improve immensely.

Sometimes I admit that I wonder what the point of all of this health is. My dad has lived a very healthy life the last 40 plus years and still got cancer. So I vacillate between wanting to be healthy and not giving a shit.

I suppose overall it is best to be healthy. I know that when I see the elderly around me who have lived what I consider hard lives. I call them elderly however many of them aren’t a heck of a lot older than I am. They can’t breathe, they can barely walk, they have diabetes and high blood pressure and take period pills. They see six different doctors for each element and I doubt that the doctors confer with each other regarding the best course of action for their patient.

I know that being healthy is the way to go and I keep moving in that direction but I really don’t want to be obsessive and I see so many people on a daily basis that are obsessed about their diets and/or workouts. I can’t be bothered that much so that the diet and exercise take over my life.

To tell the truth I would just like a good night’s sleep.

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My health continuum

I haven’t written very much about my health lately. A good deal of that reason is because I’ve got the diet down to a science.

I’m okay with not eating wheat, or barley, or any other grain. I have added a little bit of corn and most of it is either fresh corn on the cob or when I eat Mexican food, or at its worse – when I’m out at a restaurant and the daily vegetable is succotash consisting of corn and a few anemic lima beans.

I got a little bit too crazy on chocolate for a while and I realized it really was the sugar and not the chocolate. I confirmed that last night when I allowed myself a little bit of chocolate and frankly, felt like shit afterward.

After going to a seminar last weekend, I decided that I needed to watch my sodium intake a little bit more and have adopted the DASH diet as my template. I eat fairly healthy as you know, but I personally think I use my salt shaker a little too much. Yet I must not use much because when I go out to eat I find restaurant food way too salty 9 out of every 10 times.

So I’m making a point of tasting my food before I shake additional salt on to anything I’m eating. I’ve always read labels regarding sodium and lately even my favorite bacon is too salty. I see this is a good thing.

My biggest obstacle has been movement. I have been working so many hours that I have been lax in my Evo and my yoga. Honestly I haven’t much wanted to go workout at 7 o’clock at night, then go home and eat dinner, and get to bed at 11 o’clock p.m. I noticed that when I am away and in a hotel I’m sound asleep by 10 o’clock. Then I’m wide awake and ready to go not later than 6 a.m. It’s hard to go work out and get home at 8:30, then eat, and be in bed by 10.

So I am working on actually going to the gym two mornings a week. That means going to bed early and getting up early. I don’t know how this is going to work but I’m willing to give it a try.

I’m also buying a standing desk. My athletic trainer has suggested that if I sit 40 hours a week at the office and change that to standing just 10 hours of those 40 hours my hips and back will improve immensely.

Sometimes I admit that I wonder what the point of all of this health is. My dad has lived a very healthy life the last 40 plus years and still got cancer. So I vacillate between wanting to be healthy and not giving a shit.

I suppose overall it is best to be healthy. I know that when I see the elderly around me who have lived what I consider hard lives. I called them elderly however many of them aren’t a heck of a lot older than I am. They can’t breathe, they can barely walk, they have diabetes and high blood pressure and take period pills. They see six different doctors for each element and I doubt that the doctors confer with each other regarding the best course of action for their patient.

I know that being healthy is the way to go and I keep moving in that direction but I really don’t want to be obsessive and I see so many people on a daily basis that are obsessed about their diets and/or workouts. I can’t be bothered that much so that the diet and exercise take over my life.

To tell the truth I would just like a good night’s sleep.

That Pesky War on Christmas and Christians

I posted this on Facebook this morning:

What? No blue,silver, and white cups at Starbucks? There’s a war against Judaism! Folks it’s not even Thanksgiving. Can we please eat the bird before you start this “discrimination “against Christians and Christmas stuff yet?

To me, the non-Christian, red cups in November and December definitely signify Christmas. Lest we forget that Starbucks is a corporation. It sells things. Malls sell things. Is that what Christmas is to you? Red cups?

We are starting this crap earlier and earlier. I started seeing the DISCRIMINATION!! posts before Halloween. Christmas is in full bloom at stores everywhere including my grocery store. I don’t care about that much, although since Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, I’d like the pleasure of enjoying it without Christmas barging in.

I know there are some that would say I feel this way because I’m a Jew and not a Christian and to that I’d say “Damn skippy!”. (Although Thanksgiving is definitely one of my very favorite holidays so I really, really would like the opportunity to enjoy it unmolested by Christmas.)

I celebrate Christmas like most “non-religious” Jews. I enjoy the carols and the light displays and being invited to friends’ homes for dinners. My paternal grandmother wasn’t Jewish and we celebrated Christmas with her and as a child I loved the gifts and what I now call the “Thanksgiving II” mountain of food. But make no mistake about it. It’s not my holiday. When Christmas was celebrated from the day after Thanksgiving until December 25th (or by some friends until early January), it was okay.

But now, let’s be honest, Christmas is starting earlier and earlier. This has NOTHING to do with Christmas. It has EVERYTHING to do with retailers getting $$$$$. The problem is that Christians are confusing the two.

I don’t want to preach to Christians about how to be Christians but from my vantage point, it seems that the message has been lost. When Christians start complaining that Starbucks is against Christians and Jesus because their “holiday” cups are plain red cups this year instead of with snowflakes and whatever else they’d had on them in the past, I think they are totally missing the point of the holiday. Same for the brouhaha that was unfolding in certain Simon malls this weekend. The malls were installing a glacier theme and someone took that to mean they were foregoing a Christmas tree. This person went online and started a campaign to boycott Simon malls because they were discriminating against Christians.

Seriously? It’s a SHOPPING MALL!! All that mall wants is for you to do is come in and spend $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Lots and lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

I know that the cat is out of the bag and the chance of having Christmas celebrated as it was when I was younger — after Thanksgiving — is not going to happen, but let’s be calm and clear about this. If you’re equating Christmas with a red cup, you have totally missed the point.