Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wishing You Spring Joy!

I'm Wishing You a Happy Holiday and Joyful Spring!

Do Your Part to Assure, Maintain, and Improve Air Quality, Water Purity, and Unpolluted Lands and Keep Our Planet and People Healthy. See Tips to Help You Convert to a Greener Lifestyle.


Before you go, please take a moment to comment below. How well are you nurturing yourself this spring? Ask yourself, "What do I enjoy doing for fun?" Then, just do it! 

I love flowers and my experience has been that every time I take in (really see) the beautiful colors of spring, my spirit lifts and I feel great. What about you? 

I also want to let you know that the link that follows offers additional tips that increase joy and improve well-being. Self-Care-Activities-to-Encourage-Optimal-Health.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Select a Car Color That Pleases You

The color car you drive affects your thinking, feelings, and even behavior. It also conveys a sensory message to others about your personality and preferences. Much like the color clothes you like to wear or the color of the furnishings in your home, your vehicle’s hue says a lot about you.

Thinking about purchasing a new car? Do you want or need to keep costs down, and are in the market for a pre-owned model? Maybe you’re in a third category. Nearly 70% of the US population keeps repairing their cars and trucks, until they totally give out and need to be replaced.

According to a report from IHS Automotive, cars are getting more reliable, and Americans are holding onto their vehicles for longer than ever before. The average ownership time for cars and light trucks is approximately 11.5 years. That’s an important reason to devote time to finding a car color that agrees with you. After all, you may be riding around in it for a very long time. If your car’s exterior has gotten rusty or the color has faded, maybe it's time to consider painting it to freshen it up.

Colors transmit energy and influence your car riding experience. If you car’s color resonates with you, seeing it and being enveloped in it can help calm and relax you. Other colors can inspire or invigorate you. That’s why you need to think twice, before selecting a car color. You don't want to jangle your nerves with a color that's too stimulating or easily tire of one that's just ho-hum.

Determine whether replacing your car makes good economic sense and will improve your lifestyle in the long run. Only then, think about whether a different vehicle will mean you’re riding around in a car whose color makes you smile or is way off base.

Simply check out the details below, before you head to the auto showroom or used car lot. If your current auto is a keeper, the list below is a good source of ideas. When your car needs repainting or you're in the market for wheels, use it. Why not pin it for future reference?

Car Color Meanings

Black- a power color, classic, sophisticated, and empowering

Navy or Royal Blue- exudes confidence, credibility, and reassurance

Light Blue-calm, serene, quiet

Gray or Silver- practical, elegant, and futuristic

White- fresh, pure, direct

Red- sensual, excitement, speedy

Yellow-sunny, lively, and young at heart

Tan, Taupe, Brown-timeless, natural, down to earth

Orange-fun-loving, talkative, friendly

Light green/light teal-expansiveness, safety, soothing

I urge you to do your part to conserve precious natural resources, as well as save bucks in fuel costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the environment by aiming to purchase a hybrid or plug-in model. At the very least, buy one that gets good gas mileage.

Reflect about the car color that attracts you. Does it help you satisfy a need for something you’re trying to expand on? Keep in mind that the color car you drive is a sensory way for you to express your physical, mental, and emotional state. Colors can accentuate your personality. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Think about whether you like to blend in or want to be noticed. Each color has a vibrational frequency all its own. Colors give your body sensory messages that can perk you up or soothe you. Think carefully about what works best for you, and pick a vehicle car color you enjoy.

If I were considering purchasing a car, I'd envision a color that makes me feel happy. At other times, I think I need one that helps me relax or stay attentive. On another day, I imagine a color car that helps me feel grounded. What about you?

Please let me know what car colors appeal to you. What new things did you learn about yourself from my blog post? Please share comments in the space provided below. Whatever color vehicle you drive, remember to follow traffic laws and drive safely. I care about you.


See More from the Kelly Blue Book. Best Car Color to Buy.  

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

4 Day Color-packed Vegan Menu Reveal

Most people I know have heard it’s healthy to eat the rainbow by munching on at least 5-7 servings of color-rich fruits and veggies per day. Want to learn how simple it is to do that, and eat delicious produce-packed fresh food combinations like I do?

This photo essay shows you how easy it is to include more of this good stuff into breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. I cook with my eyes as well as my other senses to bring you brightly colored veggies and fruits that are healthy, tasty, and easy to prepare. 

See this fun 4-day vegan meal plan reveal. Please use my ideas to amp up your own meal planning.

Note: any vegetable, fruit, legume, bean, nut, seed, or whole grain mentioned in this post is organic. I buy, grow, and eat organic fruits and vegetables. This designation assures the produce hasn’t been genetically modified (NO GMO’S), is not grown in soil, fertilized, or sprayed with toxic chemicals or pesticides, and the integrity of the plant is maintained and its innate nourishing, healing qualities are left intact.  

Green Lentils, Carrots, Red Cabbage, Celery, Minced Garlic and Indian Spices and Herbs

Lentil Stew with Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) and Brown Rice

The pictures above are just a sample of what follows.

Plan vegan meals with care, and you'll reap BIG rewards. There are so many vegetables and fruits in the world to choose from, you'll never get tired of eating them. Make sure your meals contain an assortment of produce, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and beans to get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy, happy, and improve the quality of your life.

Plant-based recipes can have added flavor and increased health benefits, when you use lively herbs and spices for seasoning. Vegan dishes are cost effective and eating this way gives you pep and energy to spare.

Please let me know which dishes and serving ideas you like most or are curious about. I'll do my best, in forthcoming blog posts, to supply food facts and the recipes for them.

First, I'll Share Important Reasons Why I Eat Whole Food Plant-based Foods

To Live Longer

To Live Happier

To Live Stronger

To Maintain Healthy Weight Without Dieting

To Be Kind to Animals and the Planet

To Prevent Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke

To Eat Delicious, Nutritious Food

To Keep Life Simple

Day 1

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries

Tri-color Quinoa, Red Pepper, Carrots, Asparagus, Romaine, and Red Cabbage Salad

 Pinto Beans and Chard Dish, Fresh Tomato Sauce and Italian Seasonings

Day 2

Pearled Barley, Sliced Banana, and Ceylon Cinnamon

Lentil Stew with Organic Brown Rice and Indian Spices

Romaine Salad with Sprouted Mung Beans, Red Beans, Squash, Beets

Day 3

Red Grapefruit Salad with Organic Raisins and Mint

Buckwheat Pancakes

Massaged Kale Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Beets, Red Pepper, Onion

Tofu Scramble with Red Potatoes, Zucchini, on a bed of Tossed Greens

Day 4

Sweet Potato, Avocado, Black Bean Enchilada with Mole Sauce, Corn Chips and Salad

Napa Cabbage Stir-fry, Carrots, Mushrooms, Onions with Miso/Ginger Flavored Sauce

Open Tempeh Salad Wrap with chopped Broccoli, Carrots, Onion and Tomatoes on a Collard Leaf

*Key Information: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) official position on a vegan eating plan advises that an appropriately planned vegan diet is best for reducing the risk and treating illness such as heart disease, hypertension, some forms of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Their research shows that vegan diets were found effective at promoting a lower body mass index (BMI), are more environmentally friendly than other diets, and safe for people in all stages of life-including athletes, pregnant women, children, and older athletes. 

For More About Adopting a Vegan Lifestyle and to Gain Powerful Motivation Please See:

Please share your ideas, comment on mine, or ask questions about meal planning and/or ways to add more veggies and fruits to your meals. I'd love to hear from you and appreciate your support.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ways Colorful Flowers Boost Our Happiness

When we receive a gift of fresh flowers or present them to ourselves, this caring act draws positive energy into our lives. Each flower family and its hue has an energy of its own. Read on to discover ways colorful flowers with distinctive color frequencies can increase joy and a sense of well-being in you. 

Flowers please our senses. Noticing a flower’s subtle or bright color, touching the petals, leaves, and stalks as we arrange them in a vase, and inhaling the fragrant aroma delights us. Our contact with this form of nature transmits the plants’ earthy, vibrant energy to us. 

Some, like me, feel an interdependent relationship with plants deep in my being. My food plan is a plant-based whole food one, and I know and appreciate that I can't exist on earth without flora in my life.

Now science backs up what vegans have been observing, studying, and sensing over the years.  Results from Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-based Diets affirms the major benefits for patients who decide to start a plant-based diet. It can help them reduce the number of medications they take to treat a variety of chronic conditions, lower body weight, decrease the risk of cancer, and reduce their risk of death from ischemic heart disease.

In another study, Researchers Jeannette Haviland-Jones, professor of psychology, and husband Terry McGuire, professor of genetics and evolutionary biologist from Rutgers University in New Jersey, explored the the link between flowers and life satisfaction.

This 10-month study traced and tabulated participants' behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers and followed-up to note long-term effects.

Ta-da. The results show that flowers are a natural, healthful moderator of moods (stabilizes them) and has potent power to elevate moods.

*Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed "true" or "excited" smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.

*Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious, and agitated after receiving flowers.

*Flowers help us feel a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.

*Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

*Flowers have a strong positive effect on our emotional well-being. They bypass reason and interact with us at a basic, sensory level.

Our reaction to colors and flowers is extremely personal, so remember to check in with yourself often. 

If you want guidance in selecting an appropriate flower, see:

Flower Power Ideas

Yellow flowers are cheery, a symbol of friendship, respect, rebirth, and faithfulness. The birthday flower for the month of March is a yellow flower called a Daffodil (from the Narcissus family). Choosing a bouquet of daffodils is a fine way to celebrate the idea that spring is right around the corner. Yellow flowers convey lighthearted, whimsical, energetic vibrations. For an easy, economical way to harness this power for your good, use your imagination to visualize a bunch of your favorite yellow flowers. If you prefer, visit a local farmer’s market, your neighborhood green grocer, or pick a few from your garden. Set the intention to use yellow to your advantage. Invite this happy color into your home, office, and heart. 

Red Roses smell heavenly. Red and rose colored ones traditionally signify love, passion, romance. Spotting them in a garden or looking at your beloved may lead to poetic inspiration. Read this from Robert Burns: A Red, Red Rose. The red rose is a subject pictured in Greek and Roman art, where it was tied to Aphrodite, or Venus, the goddess of love.

Lilac is the color of the flowers below. It is a light purple shade. In florist speak, lilac flowers symbolize first love. Lilacs bloom in springtime, and for this reason represent fresh starts and renewal. Lilacs also denote confidence, which makes them a good gift for Mother's Day and grads. 

The shade that is most popular for lilacs is captured in the picture above. Other shades of lilac flowers can be dark mauve, lavender, or white. If the bush is a "lilac" lilac, it can range from pale lilac, to rich lilac, to deep lilac. 

Lilacs can be a spiritual helper, because violet is a spirit centered ray. Envision this color to help you clear a space or situation (physical, mental, or emotional) you feel you're stuck in. Lilacs are often preferred by feminine personalities, and those who are delicate and sensitive. Once lilacs are cut from a lilac bush, the flowers don't last for more than a day or two. Enjoy lilacs' heavenly scent and know you are worth this special short-lived treat.

To keep the ball rolling, get color tips and ideas by visiting my Website. Take a peek at Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss. It's an interactive self-care journal program that features colorful activities, affirmations, journal writing, and space for reflections. The exercises, color visualizations, and journal writing prompts in Colors of Joy help you note and appreciate the goodness in each day and you. Buy Colors of Joy on Amazon or from these places.

Don't forget to comment and give my readers and me feedback. What's your favorite flower and why do you love it? Are there any flowers you don't like and why? Would you like to learn more fun things to do with colors? 

Then pick up your copy of Colors of Joy now!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Why Beets are Tops

The deep red-purple color of a beet root and neon green and vivid red combo on the leaves is sure to delight your senses. Do you realize bold colors are nature’s way of broadcasting beets’ earthy, sweet flavor and nutritional punch? 

I sense your body will be truly grateful whenever you munch on this veggie, because it’s flavorful, simple to prepare, and packed with health promoting benefits.

Read on to learn top reasons why this veggie is so good for you, and tasty ways to serve them to your family and friends. If you already eat beets, perhaps when you read how easy it is to use them, you'll eat them more often.

Beet greens are in the same botanical family as spinach and chard. Key nutrients in beet greens include fat-soluble vitamins A and K, as well as water-soluble vitamin C and vitamin B2. 

Beets are an excellent source of Copper, Fiber, and Folate. Minerals in beet greens include Iron (32% of the RDA), Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, and Phosphorous. 

Beet greens are an excellent source of calcium and provide 25% of the recommended daily amount (98 milligrams per serving) of magnesium. Beet greens have a higher nutritional score than mustard greens and turnip greens, in that beet greens contain both calcium and magnesium and the other two don’t contain magnesium.

The root part of the beets, whether it's red-violet or orange-yellow contains powerful nutrient compounds or Betalains. These substances function both as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, ones that help prevent heart disease and stroke. 

Beets also work to support liver health, detoxification, immune function, bone health, and blood sugar balance. Read this information if you are diabetic. Then check with your health care provider and review whether Beets are a Good Food Choice for You.

Beets help protect against heart disease, birth defects, inflammation, and oxidative damage. Read this from Dr. Andrew Weil at Stumped by Oxidative Stress?

Beet root is an outstanding source of a key carotenoid, Lutein. Lutein plays an especially important role in eye health, including the health of the retina.

For those who are concerned with high blood pressure, a report of a meta-analysis of 16 trials published in The Journal of Nutrition in 2013 shows that drinking one glass of raw beet root juice a day is enough to significantly reduce blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure, even when drugs had little effect. Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally and  YouTube Video, "Benefits of Beet Root Juice" by Norman Walker provide information for you. 

If you don't know how to juice veggies, see this YouTube Video, "How to Lower Blood Pressure by Juicing Apple, Beets, and Carrot." Fresh beet juice is prepared and sold in some specialty markets and displayed in the refrigerated case of others. Juice bars are springing up all over, because of the increased awareness and demand for fresh squeezed veggie and fruit juices.

Beets are at the forefront of research for cancer prevention and cure. See this article from the National Institute of Health (NIH): Potential Benefits of Red Beetroot Supplementation in Health and Disease. NIH.

How to Prepare Beet Root, Stalk, and Beet Greens

Beets are incredibly versatile, and easy to prepare. Slip on rubber gloves and an apron before you begin to avoid staining your hands or clothing. Use a vegetable scrub brush to scrub the peel well. No need to remove the peel. It's the most nutrient dense area. Use a paring knife to separate the greens from the stalk and root, but do not discard. Any beet juice that remains on your cutting board can be easily removed by running utensils under cold water and washing. If you prefer, apply lemon juice before washing. Do the same with your hands.

Picture Shows Beets from Bottom to Top
beet root, beet stalk (stem) and beet leaves

The greens and stalk can be sautéed as you would spinach, chard, or kale. Add a drop of olive oil to your fry pan. Chop up small chunks of stem (stalk) and cook for 2 minutes until they soften. If oil has been absorbed add a few drops of water or liquid amino's (or low sodium soy sauce) to pan. Then continue cooking fresh beet greens in a matter or 2 or 3 minutes more. 

Eating beets is economical and environmentally savvy. Using the whole beet plant in various ways limits the amount of food you waste and reduces garbage dumped in the landfill. Any scraps that remain can be put into your compost pile.

Note: I always eat organic beet roots and beet greens, because organic means that food isn’t genetically modified or sprayed with toxic chemicals. It also isn’t grown in soil that contains chemical fertilizers.

Chop, dice, shred, or grate raw beets and add them to your favorite salad mix. Some mixed greens already contain baby beet greens, so you're way ahead of the game. Beets taste especially good when you sprinkle on fresh herbs like dill. Bring out beets' natural goodness by sprinkling on lemon or orange juice as well.

Ingredients are All Organic: Romaine, Beets, Red Pepper, Snap Peas, Carrots
with Creamy Bean Herb Dressing

I'm delighted Angela Thompson at gave me the go-ahead to share a link to her recipe for Vegan Borscht (beet root soup). The Photo is from her too.

Vegan Borscht (Beetroot Soup) - Vegan and Gluten-Free
Serve this Soup Hot or Cold. It's So Good!

Beet roots can also be roasted, pickled, boiled, or steamed. No matter how you cook them, keep cooking time to 15 minutes or less to retain as many nutrients as possible.

My best tip is to eat beets and beet greens often. BEETS ARE TOPS!

Please comment below and if you'd like to, answer one of my questions:

Are you a beet expert or novice? Explain.

What amazing health benefit that comes from eating beet root and beet greens pleases you the most? Did you learn anything that was new?

Don't know about you, but I'm so excited to know that a veggie I LOVE is so healthy for me!

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