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It is Farmers Market Season…garden time.. April 1, 2019

In Charlottesville Virginia we have a great and fun resource that has been around for 30+ years and it returns this week.

The Charlottesville City market (Farmers Market PLUS) starts this Saturday, April 6,2019.

https://www.facebook.com/CharlottesvilleCityMarket/

The Facebook page keeps us updated with the schedule as well as fun activities during the season.

Market onions

There is nothing like an onion fresh from the ground the day or so before.  The early offering include bets and greens and cabbages, along with young turnips and asparagus.

The season proceeds and summer crops arrive with tomatoes,peppers , cucumbers and fruits.

An intermediate fruit offering will be the strawberries. the season is vigorous if short lived.

The City Market also features prepared foods and beautiful crafts in a wide variety of media.

Market Strawberries

Asparagus and strawberries from last year.

Now that the season is approaching….what will be the first purchase this year?

 

@martyroddy

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GINGER- a Must Have for Healthy Kitchen and Life March 4, 2019

Filed under: Health — bigfootmarty @ 6:11 pm

I have been using and eating ginger regularly for several year BUT have only recently added it to my daily regimen of health promoting foods( vitamins, mineral, superfoods and drinks).

Adding to juicer and smoothies have been great, now finding ways to add to daily drinks.

I am also experimenting with other Superfoods in daily consumption, Turmeric in ginger tea or as the central ingredient in golden milk/ tea. Garlic is another SUPER I have focused on but it doesn’t p,ay well wi5h others as a drink but I eat cloves, sometimes fermented and wash down with ginger or turmeric or even basic green tea.

And 5en there is APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, a super duper food if we pay attention to the articles. Let’s see what happens.

https://www.forksoverknives.com/how-to-choose-store-prep-fresh-ginger-root/?utm_source=AC&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Ginger&utm_campaign=GC+2%2F20+Ginger+Root#gs.HgBAqpDX

An easy and healthy Ginger recipe

https://pin.it/j6cnayk62plw2v

@martyroddy

 

Staying Fit ( or just Healthy) During Cold and Flu Season…with AFib (atrial fibrillation) February 19, 2019

I have spent the last few months on the edge of a full blown winter cold. A small sniffle here and a teasing cough there. The whole time i have been in some level of fear since 2 years ago- I entered winter with a pretty bad cold(bronchitis later) and emerged in spring in HEART FAILURE- AFIB (atrial fibrillation) and been dealing with it since then.

I survived the winter of 2017-18 without any illness but just before the Christmas holiday I started feeling the twinge in my chest and throat.

Now the fear crept in and I started with tea and juice. I am concerned with the empty calories in juice BUT also concerned with getting a chest cold so I water down OJ, Grapefruit and grape juice with seltzer. It gives me plenty of fluids and the vitamins- Speaking of vitamins I add more supplements to my intake as the lungs feel “funny”.

I fought the cold ll season BUT still ended with a full blown cough- that occasionally kept me awake. This year the cough never progressed beyond the pain in the butt stage But it was still there and it added congestion to my chest that was already compromised in breathing due to the Afib. The pumping of blood through the upper chambers of my heart is out of whack and I often have mild difficulty catching my breath. This winter has been a minor breathing challenge.

I have also noticed an increase in weight, most likely due to water retention. Since I have had trouble have not been to the gym nor done much other exercise. That usually helps when I detect bloating. A good sweat helps.

 

I found this article on PINTEREST…similar to other info I have read.

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/heart-disease-colds

 

@martyroddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart Failure, A Fib and Weight Loss November 19, 2018

I have been living with AND AWARE of my Atrial Fibrillation ( AFib ) induced heart failure for about 18 months and I have seen benefits of a proper diet and exercise as well as the results when I slip.

I had a small health setback and put on a bunch of the weight I had lost and am feeling the effects of the AFib more and more. Focusing on diet ,low salt and low fat hav helped , but combining with exercise and weight loss will return me to the path of health.

The following video talks about the benefit of even a 10% reduction in weight. Since my BMI is up there and my weight is too, my ultimate loss could be as high as 35%.

https://youtu.be/RqRy1n-3SVc

I am enjoying the current trip to health but want to create a lifestyle that will keep me in a comfortable zone.

Dr. Gupta discusses the benefit of diet, good sleep, stress reduction and exercise for both the weight loss and AFib reduction. I see the above package as a team or total prescription. ..exercise helps sleep and stress, less stress helps sleep and diet, good diet gives energy and well being….

It all builds on the other and I look forward to,the journey.

A quick video on exercise… https://youtu.be/aHqfgs5lEGk.

@martyroddy

 

Lectures for Health- Food and Eating and What is Best. October 31, 2018

 

Eat More, Weigh Less, Live Longer ( key unrefined foods)

 

Starch Solution – working pretty well for me.

Dr.Neal Barnard- lots of good info,  only watched one or twice but loaded with information.

 

@martyroddy

 

Eat You Heart Out/ Up : Heart healthy Food and Recipes October 30, 2018

As the season is changing, the farmers market options are changing and thinning out but SOUP and STEW season is here.  Get a few great fresh goodies, some canned goodies and get cooking without salt and oil and feel great and eat happy.

I have always focused on the good foods BUT not very much on the oil and salt now with the heart issue i am dealing with I have gotten rid of oil and salt and other goodies/baddies.  Feeling better and losing weight.

Time to see how it all goes. 

The Forks over Knives folks have a bunch of great and healthy recipes. Sharing a few current faves.

Soup season is upon us:

The rest of FOK family have great recipes and videos.

I love all kinds of HUMMUS.

Yummy, satisfying burgers,  add raw onions and pickles….maybe hot sauce

I am also a fan of John McDougall and the associated recipes. Lots of starches- satisfying and filling.

I love beans and this is a great base food or foundation for other combos.

 

 

@martyroddy

 

Salt a necessary Evil ? Can you balance Sodium needs and salt content with Taste ? October 17, 2018

I have difficulty when I eat too much salt/sodium. Years ago I had some difficulty with stiff joints and fluid retention in areas injured years before, when I ate too many salty foods.

This is still a challenge BUT my current diagnosis of heart failure and Atrial fibrillation ( A Fib)  brings the intake of salt back to the forefront with much more that a little joint discomfort. When i have too much sodium I notice it in my breathing and sleep and spend the next day eating fresh veggies and fruit and trying to sweat( or get to the gym) .

So what is the expert view? Or at least another view or 2

Found a few videos with info.

Quick video on some problems with salt intake and sodium in the body.

This video mentions 2300 mgs. as the target but some think that is too little. Look into personal needs and discuss with doctor and nutritionist/ dietitian. Get professional help- with expert that is familiar with your diagnosis and activity levels. I exercise and sweat a lot But still have to be careful.

Personally I avoid processed / boxed foods and limit salty snacks like ,movie popcorn, to a monthly splurge.

This video lets us know what we need, according to the makers.

 

Now I am a big fan of the movies and a bowl of popcorn….I only get it if i can go to the gym or for a hike/walk and sweat it out right after. Luckily my gym is in the same center as my favorite theater.

But I continually study ways to improve / maximize my health so i will add more on salt or maybe focus on the good minerals like potassium and magnesium.

@martyroddy