Squeeze This…Shake That

Lemons (Photo credit: Dodo-Bird)

Good morning.  In my humble opinion, there is no point in depriving oneself of holiday time, sharing food and drink with loved ones, etc.  There is a simple drink I make and drink in the morning to help detox (some people drink it several times a day).  I squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon into a pitcher and add some grated ginger (I keep my ginger in the freezer) and then I add a few shakes of cayenne pepper and fill the pitcher with water.  Go easy on the pepper as what goes in, must come out…It is rumored that Beyoncé and other celebs drink this up to 4 times a day.  There are a bazillion health reasons to add lemon, ginger and pepper to our daily diets.  In this drink, they serve as liver cleansers, digestive aids and metabolism boosters.  Try it for a week or so and let me know what you think.

Of course, another way to balance all this indulging, is with some exercise.  I will be teaching SilverSneakers at TFC at 10 and 11:30 this morning.  While there are NO classes tomorrow morning, the gym is open and you can get in a different kind of workout on those cardio and weight machines.  After the 1st we will be back in full force with a whole new year of fitness and fitness goals ahead of us.  Until then, find some balance and enjoy!!!

I cannot begin to thank all my students for all their generosity.  The gifts, the sentiments, the cards, the hugs, the gratitude….Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Much love….

A Little Slice of Heaven

Cake Day 2012
Cake Day 2012 (Photo credit: tongueandcheek)

It is said that Joseph Pilates called child’s pose, a little slice of heaven, for in the midst of a workout, it is just that.  In the midst of a hot summer day, I am thinking a slice of watermelon is also a slice of heaven.  Consisting of 92% water, it is one of the most refreshing ways to hydrate on a hot, summer day.  Not only is it refreshing and sweet but it has beta-carotene and flavonoids that reduce sunburn and skin damage caused by UV-B rays.  It also has lycopene, a powerful antioxidant known for fighting inflammation and promoting cardiovascular health.  Packed with vitamins A and C, you can also cut some up and mash it in a shaker with the back of a spoon and add then fill the shaker with water, shake and pour over a glass of ice.  You can add some fresh lime slices and mint leaves to make it into a the perfect summer drink for the whole family.  Or add some vodka for the grown ups!  However you enjoy it, it will be a little slice of heaven, so make sure to include watermelon to your weekly summer grocery shopping list.