Feed Your Soul

Happy Walking the Dog Day

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, February 22, 2016


Happy Walking the Dog Day, a day to celebrate getting off the couch and walking with man’s best friend. Aside from the health benefits of walking for you and your dog (maintaining a healthy weight, heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes management and prevention, strengthening bones, lifting mood, improving balance and coordination), there’s also a social benefit as you’ll meet other dogs and their owners. So put on your tennis shoes, grab your cell phone, a bottle of water, plastic bags for picking up, well you know, and celebrate Walking the Dog Day.

Singles Awareness Day

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, February 15, 2016


Believed to have been founded by Mississippi State University student, Dustin Barnes, Singles Awareness Day is a day for those who are unattached to speak up and say that it is okay to be single.

Celebrate by being good to yourself, getting together with other single friends for various kinds of celebrations. Being single isn’t a bad thing. Moments alone can be full of wonderment. Here are some tips for living more happily, finding love within or with others and learning to enjoy life’s journey.

·         Fight your fears by facing them. Finding out what frightens you the most, and then conquering it on your own is simply a delicious feeling.

·         Behold the power of one. One home cooked meal can nurture your soul. One long bike ride can improve your mood. One new friend can change your life.

·         It’s important to remember that status is a symbol, happiness a state of being, especially when there are plenty of miserable married people.

·         Love doesn’t knock, you have to go out and find it. Stay tucked away indoors on your couch and new opportunities and people won’t be able to find you.

·         Healthy relationships don’t deplete you, they complete you. If it’s too tough, chances are the relationship isn’t healthy.

Your Health and The Numbers Game

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, February 08, 2016


Numbers are important when it comes to our health. Here are the most important numbers to remember:

·         Start powering down your electronics 20 minutes before bed

·         To control your blood sugar throughout the day, 8 grams of fiber should be eaten at breakfast

·         2 cups of coffee a day may help you live longer

·         Aim for a minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night

·         To keep hydrated drink 91 ounces of water a day

·         2 dental checkups a year

·         Decrease your risk of cancer with one dose of aspirin per day

·         You should wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth after a meal

·         Drink 1 glass of wine each day to reduce your risk of heart disease, lower depression and improve your memory

·         The FDA recommends women consume 2,000 calories per day

·        Each week you should work out for 150 minutes

·         The ideal number for HDL (healthy cholesterol) is 50

·         LDL (unhealthy cholesterol) should be under 100

5 Ways to Reach 10,000 Steps a Day

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, February 01, 2016

 


With busy work and social schedules, reaching 10,000 steps a day often seems like the impossible. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are 5 ways to reach 10,000 steps a day.

1.       Break 10,000 steps into three parts. Take a morning walk, a midday walk and an evening walk. Whenever you have the most time during the day, make one of these a 3-mile power walk workout, then take 20-minute walks for the other two.

2.       You could also break your walks into even smaller parts. Consider walking every hour on the hour for 5 minutes. Use your phone to keep track of your time. Taking walking breaks throughout the day will keep you more active and help you achieve 10,000 steps.

3.       Another way is to take two 2.5 mile walks, one in the morning and one in the evening. If you have a dog, take your dog with you for a walk. Furry friends make great fitness partners. They’ll keep you moving.

4.       Opt to park a further distance away from your work building to allow yourself the opportunity to walk more steps. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If possible, walk when you eat lunch out. All are ways to increase your number of steps. Wearing an activity tracker every day is one of the best ways to help you keep track of your steps. You might find that you walk more steps than you think.

5.       Multitask. Need to pick up an item at the grocery store or mall? Take an extra-long stroll around the store’s perimeter. You’ll increase your number of steps and get your shopping done at the same time.

  

 

 

A Room of One's Own Day - You Deserve It!

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, January 25, 2016


Focused on the subject of women’s access to education, Virginia Woolf’s 1928 essay, “A Room of One’s Own” was most certainly the inspiration behind A Room of One’s Own Day. With better access to education and information in our Information Age, we can relax the rules a bit and make it a day purely for ourselves.

We’re better spouses, parents and friends when we take the time and space we need for ourselves. Celebrate A Room of One’s Own Day by celebrating yourself, in a room of your own with music, books, a glass of wine, a spot of tea or a whole lot of chocolate. Your body will thank you, your spirits will lift and your family and friends will love the rejuvenated you.

Thesaurus Day

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, January 18, 2016


     Do you find yourself using the same words over and over again? Thank goodness for a Thesaurus to help us find exciting alternatives for boring vocabulary. Celebrate Thesaurus Day by opening yours and showing your kids. It’s a great way to add new words to their vocabulary and yours, and help them learn how to use this great reference. Broadening your vocabulary broadens your mind and keeps you mentally sharp. Happy Thesaurus Day!

Why Milk Does the Body Good

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, January 11, 2016


     Happy Milk Day! A day dedicated to celebrating all aspects of milk. Milk Day is thought to have been created to celebrate the first time milk was delivered in glass bottles. Before that, milk delivery was a lot less safe and not as sanitary.

With today’s consumer much more health conscious than before, there are a lot of different plant-based milks on the market such as soy and almond milk. But real dairy milk is healthier than you might think. An 8-ounce glass has 8 grams of high-quality protein. That’s 8 times more protein than some other plant-based beverages, like almond milk which has only one gram of protein per serving. Milk protein is a complete protein, while most plant protein sources are missing some of the amino acids your body needs. Whether you choose to buy whole, low fat or skim milk, the sugar you find is from naturally occurring lactose. No sugar has been added to real dairy milk like it is with almond milk and other plant-based milks. And when it comes to the ingredients in milk, the only items you’ll find are vitamins D and A. Plant-based milks often have more than 10 ingredients, including stabilizers and emulsifiers like locust bean gum, sunflower lecithin and gellan gum. 

Celebrate Milk Day with a tall glass of milk and a trip to a local dairy to learn new facts about milk and the various ways milk can be used to create different foods like cheese.

Why Houseplants Help the Elderly

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, January 10, 2016


It’s Houseplant Appreciation Day. A day that encourages everyone to look after houseplants, grow and maintain a variety of colorful indoor flowers and appreciate houseplants.

One very good reason for appreciating houseplants is the fact that they improve your quality of life and indoor air quality by clearing airborne toxins in your home. Champion air-scrubbers like Boston fern, Sweet Chico and dwarf date palm make great housewarming presents and are ideal for elderly residents in assisted living facilities.

Healthy Spaghetti for Spaghetti Day

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, January 04, 2016


Simple and delicious, spaghetti is more than deserving of its own little holiday. The first historical reference to boiled noodles suggests that the Arabs invented the dish thousands of years ago, long before it became an Italian cuisine staple. Spaghetti appeared in Sicily around the 12th century and with the steady flow of Italian immigrants to the United States, Italian dishes and spaghetti were offered in restaurants as early as the 19th century.

The best way to celebrate Spaghetti Day is to eat spaghetti of course, but if you’re trying to watch carbs and stay true to your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier in 2016, opt for whole-wheat spaghetti (1 cup) with 4 meatballs (3 ounces), sauce (1/2 cup) and Parmesan cheese (1 tablespoon), crusty bread, ½ cup steamed broccoli, and a salad of mixed greens with vinaigrette dressing. Two tablespoons of vinaigrette dressing provides plenty of flavor without drowning the salad. Homemade salad dressings have much less sodium and often more flavor than commercial versions.

For great flavor and a fraction of the fat, sodium and calories of the original, broil a slice of crusty whole-wheat bread with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese.

Three Mind-Sharpening Games for Card Playing Day

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, December 28, 2015


Happy Card Playing Day! To help you celebrate, here are three card games that help to keep your mind sharp.

Memory:

1.    Mix up a deck of cards.

2.    Lay the cards in rows, face down.

3.    Each player takes a turn, turning over any two cards.

4.    If the two cards match, the player can keep them.

5.    If they don't match, the player must turn them back over.

6.    Remember what was on each card and where it was.

7.    Watch and remember during the other player's turn.

8.    The game is over when all the cards have been matched.

9.    The player with the most matches wins.

Crazy Eights (Like Uno but with a regular deck of cards):

1.    Deal five cards to each player (seven each if there are only two players). Place the rest of the deck face down on the table, and the top card of the deck face up beside the stock to start the discard pile.

2.    Play clockwise, staring with the player to the dealer’s left.

3.    If the top card of the discard pile is not an eight, you may play any card which matches the rank or suit of the previous card (for example if the top card was the king of hearts you could play any king or any heart).

4.    An eight is considered wild and may be played on any card, and the player of the eight must nominate a suit.

5.    If an eight is on top of the pile, you must play either another eight or any card of the suit nominated by the person who played the eight.

6.    The first player to get rid of all their cards wins, and the other players score penalty points according to the cards they have left in their hands - 50 for an eight, 10 for a picture, and spot cards at face value (one point for an ace, two for a two and so on).

7.    If the stock pile is exhausted, the played cards, except for the last card, are shuffled and stacked face down to make a new stock.

Spoons

·         Requires a standard deck of cards (no Jokers)

·         Spoons, one fewer than there are players

·         3 to 13 players

Deal four cards to each player and arrange spoons in a small circle in the center of the table. Each player tries to make four of a kind. The dealer takes a card off the top of the deck, giving him five cards in his hand, removes one and passes it facedown to the left. Play continues in this fashion with each player discarding to the person on his or her left and the last player placing his onto the discard pile.

Cards are picked up and passed quickly around the table until someone gets four of a kind and takes a spoon from the center. Once the player with four of a kind takes a spoon, anyone can take a spoon. The player left without a spoon gets a letter. If the stack of draw cards runs out, stop to reshuffle and continue play.

The object of the game is to be the last player remaining who hasn’t lost enough rounds to spell out S-P-O-O-N. Spell out “SPOON,” and you’re out.

Players who have reached four of a kind can be subtle and sneak a spoon under the noses of other players paying too close of attention to their cards or a blatant grab that results in the others scrambling for the remaining spoons on the table. Either way, it’s a hilarious game that keeps your mind and body moving.


 

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