Good morning and happy Monday. Thanks to Rita for the tip about using Epsom salt as a fertilizer. Sure enough, as you said, there were the instructions right on the back of the back. While our garden is quite weak this year, I did fertilize my two tomato plants and the “recycled” garden on the side of the house, where I plant the bottoms of the scallions and leeks. I also through some cucumber seeds in that my student Iris brought me, and they are starting to sprout. Some herbs like oregano and rosemary thrive in there, too. We’ll see how the salt works and I’ll let you know. I love that your neighbor said “it’s the salt of the earth.” As a bonus, anyone that works out a lot should have Epsom salts in their medicine cabinet. Our muscles love to relax in a hot bath in which they have been generously sprinkled.
I am back to my normal work schedule this week..all classes and clients as usual. Tonight, Biggest Loser finale. While this was one of my least favorite seasons, I am still counting the hours till the finale. It’s so great to see all the eliminated contestants back as they usually do pretty well at home. I will definitely be disappointed if Jackson wasn’t voted into the final 3. Danni really deserves to win, so let’s see how that pans out at 8pm eastern time on NBC. Part of me feels that this might be the last season we ever see this show, but I hope I am wrong!
I am currently gathering data to do an article about gluten in our diets. If you have found that you have lost weight (or you haven’t at all) as a result of eliminating gluten from YOUR diet, please share some info with me either in comment or in an email. Thanks. When I am done with the article, I will of course share the info with you.
Get out there and enjoy the long days of sunshine. There is now plenty of after work time for most of us to get started on our spring/summer fitness routines. Pump up those bicycle tires or tie up your laces and get moving. Spring is calling. Finally, think meatless Monday. A recent study done on women showed they increased their chances of having a stroke by almost 50% by eating as little as 3.6 ounces of red meat daily. That’s less than a small burger. The research on processed meats is even worse. Only 1.5 ounces boosts the risk by 24%, due to artery clogging saturated fats and way too much sodium. While I personally choose to get my proteins from foods like nuts, beans and tofu, trading your red meat for fish or even white meat chicken or turkey would be a great move for a meatless Monday—and better health!