Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tomato Love

I *just* picked these two beauties from the raised bed garden, which are the first from that location! For the past week we've been eating tomatoes from our container garden on the deck.

I absolutely love having these beautiful vines and tomatoes to gaze at and eat. I never knew that watching a vegetable garden grow could be so relaxing, enjoyable and exciting!

Wayne has done all of the work! He has lovingly tended to our first little garden with daily watering which is key since we're experiencing a drought this summer.

To me the tomatoes are like beautiful works of edible art, even and especially the imperfect ones. So far I've made a sliced tomato omelette in my 1940s iron skillet, added tomatoes to last night's pot roast over mashed potatoes, been eating sliced, juicy vine fresh Cherokee Purple tomatoes, and made a fantastic tomato onion focaccia

Timmy loves having super fresh and juicy tomatoes!

This can't ever get old!! But I know it will soon end. I plan to savor what's left of the Maine summer.

And here we have a peek at what goes on behind the scenes! Gardening isn't always a glam affair.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Happy 100 Years to my Nana!

100 years old and she still is fabulous! My Nana is an inspiration to me on many levels.

Me and Nana in the late 1980s.

This is also sometime in the 1980s. My Nana never let herself go, inside our out, and has a will and spirit fiercer than anyone I know! When I recently asked her to share her beauty secrets, she replied: "Secrets? There are no secrets. I was born this way!"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What?! Now even in a doctor's office they won't mention weight and calorie reduction?!


In my book I wrote about how the medical industry has changed over the years when it comes to average vs healthy weight recommendations. BMI replaced more specific height and weight charts. 

I've been to various doctors belonging to the same practice over the years. I'd often see a large BMI chart on the walls.

No more. 

I recently had my annual physical. Pictured above is a chart placed right in front of the scale, and it doesn't address weight.

Think About It. Move More. Eat Real Foods. Drink Water. 

Um, OK? I can do all of those things and still gain weight, or if I was at an unhealthy weight, not loose an ounce. Has "Health at Every Size" infiltrated the medical industry? Isn't the scale in a doctor's office THE place to initiate a gentle but factual discussion about the correlation between overweight or obesity and health? I was expecting to see: "Eat Less if Overweight." Are people supposed to take a hint since it's right in front of the scale? Is dropping hints via posters the new bedside manner?!

Looking glam in a gown.

Wait. There's more: A chart with questions about how much fruit do I eat, do I exercise, etc on the flip side, but there still is no mention of weight or eating less. Sure it's generally good advice for anyone, except for the dumb "My Plate" inspired recommendation to fill half your plate with fruit and vegetables. You can totally get your daily fruit and veggies without cramming it all together on one plate in one sitting, or is that type of suggestion too complex now??

Is it like this at your MD's office?