As children, most of us were physically fit. Just think about the amount of time that we spent running around…be it via play, sports, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, etc., we were an active bunch!
As adults, many of us become more sedentary. Finding the time to exercise can be a real pain in the neck. As children, we did not schedule in time for working out…we just had a lot of energy to burn and therefore we were always on the move. If exercising feels like a drag, channel your inner-child! Do things that are fun and active. Here are some ideas (many of which are free or can be partaken in for a nominal fee via your local Parks and Recreation offerings):
There is NOTHING better than vegetables and herbs straight from your own garden (trust me…nothing from the local farmer’s market or Whole Foods can compare to the taste of just-picked vegetables and herbs). Today I enjoyed the bounty of my own garden for lunch. Pictured above, you will see my own tomatoes and basil paired with freshly made mozzarella. The entire caprese salad is simply topped with a high quality olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some freshly ground black pepper. Yum!
*My favorite source for Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar is O & Co.
As I have been writing articles for this blog, a funny thing has happened. I have noticed that far more of my posts than I had originally intended to be are, in fact, written about food. This has gotten me to thinking about the fact that beauty and nutrition really are inextricably linked. For that matter, leading a fabulous life is also largely tied in to nutrition. You literally are what you eat. Therefore, if you want to look good, age well and feel great (thus allowing you to lead a more fabulous life) then eating well is a must!
Okay, so it is time for a confession. I got a little lax with my diet this summer. By lax I mean to say that I took off the entire month of July…ooops. I knew that I had put on some weight, but I was shocked to find that I had actually gained 4 pounds…in a month. Apparently eating whatever I feel like for an extended period of time isn’t working for me anymore. The upshot is that it is now a new month and I am going to stop my slide into unhealthy eating habits while I am only 4 or 5 pounds off of the mark.
Looking for something fun and new to try? I would recommend trying out a cooking class at Sur La Table! I did it for the first time this past weekend and it was both fun and informative. With more than 50 locations in 22 states, Sur La Table is more than just an inspirational store for cooks…it is also a place to learn new recipes and skills through the wide array of cooking classes offered (they even offer summer camps)! Current class offerings are as varied as: Mediterranean Dinner Party, Summer Macarons, Delicious Thai Cooking and Date Night: Summer in Provence; there really is an offering for everyone! The classes, which are led by a professional chef, typically last for approximately 2 hours and cost less than $100 per person.