Many of you have left me questions such as, “What are you and Mr. Mickey doing during quarantine?” “What are you eating?” “What is your exercise routine?” Today, I’m sharing the answers.
My daily looks have been very similar to the one above for a while now. I wear clothes I don’t mind getting dirty and the mask to avoid breathing dust into my lungs. Mr. Mickey and I have worked hard in his warehouse for the past couple of weeks.
Since 1976, he has owned RMJ Distributing, an industrial packing, shipping, and janitorial supply company on Industrial Drive, in Johnson City. Recently, he sold the building and the business. Thousands of items remain that were not for the current customer base. All office equipment, racks, machinery, and product must be sorted, stacked, labeled, and priced. He will offer all those items below wholesale prices to the public. (That is when it is safe for the public to shop again.)
You can imagine that working long hours in a warehouse, climbing ladders, unstacking, labeling, and restacking boxes gives one a hearty appetite.
Recently I’ve been inspired by some of the recipes in Claudia Curici’s new cookbook. She’s the blogger who publishes “Creative in My Kitchen.” Her book “The Living Well Without Lectins Cookbook” is available on Amazon here.
At about this time last year, I experienced painful digestive issues, including diverticulitis, which is common for folks over forty. I pay much closer attention to what and how much I eat now.
My weekend breakfast might include some steamed fresh vegetables, Eden Organic Beans (Adzuki beans are pictured), and a two-egg omelet with a little sharp cheddar cheese from grass feed cows. (Old Crock Australian cheese is my favorite.) A few slices of avocado with good olive oil are always welcome on my plate.
My breakfast often includes slices of warm baked sweet potato with pecans, walnuts, sliced dates, and warmed frozen fruit such as blueberries. If fresh fruits are in season, I will have those instead of frozen ones.
Late-in-the-day meals may be very light, including only charred brussels sprouts with shavings of that wonderful cheese and aged balsamic vinegar. If I have a small breakfast, I will have more food for my afternoon meal. Baked sweet potatoes are a favorite at any time of the day. I always use spices, herbs, good olive oil, and aged balsamic vinegar.
When I trim vegetables, or some of them start to go soft, I simmer them with filtered water to create a delicious herbed vegetable broth. Strain it through a sieve and keep it in the refrigerator for a few days. You can use the aromatic broth to steam or saute vegetables.
My grocery basket usually includes only fresh fruit and vegetables. I drink a glass of filtered water with fresh lemon every morning.
Some pilates, yoga, hiking, swimming, biking, or long brisk walks have always been part of my day. When I work too many hours and don’t allow myself the time to exercise and eat well, I always pay the price with declining health, poor sleep, and weight gain.
My skincare routine is a twice-a-day ritual that I enjoy very much. The step-by-step routine is here. I’ve been using Beautycounter for more than two years, and I’m delighted with my results. I signed up as a consultant a few years ago, so I will get a small commission if you purchase it from my website here.
On Monday, I’ll give away two of my favorite products, the Poppy lipstick here and the Body Lotion here.
Please leave a comment below to enter your name in the giveaway.
I am sending you love and light. Stay well, my friends.