Thought For Today --March Archives

Monday March 31st

Stress bumps up levels of the hormone cortisol, which in turn hikes up blood pressure and suppresses your immune system. A quick antidote: deep breathing; it takes mere minutes and will have an instant calming effect on your body and mind.


Friday March 28th

If you run out of eye makeup remover, you can use a dab of olive oil and a wet washcloth as an alternative.


Thursday March 27th

Keep salad makings and cut up fruit at eye level in your refrigerator. "Hide" the high calorie foods/snacks in the bins and out of sight.


Wednesday March 26th

Herbs are a flavorful source of antioxidants. Add some to your sandwich or salad to perk up the taste and nutrition.


Tuesday March 25th

Keep an ongoing list of things that make you smile. Look at the list when you’re having a rough day.


Monday March 24th

Keep a container in your refrigerator with baby carrots, snap peas, and red pepper slices. Next time you want to nibble on something...dig in!


Sunday March 23rd

Happy Easter!


Saturday March 22nd

Coloring Easter Eggs today? If you want your eggs to be in fashion, better stock up on the Teal Blue Dye! According to Paas, Teal blue is the new "it" color, shoving aside so-last-season purple.


Friday March 21st

Meditation induces physical relaxation and mental awareness. Sit still for a minute, close your eyes, and focus on your breath.


Thursday March 20th

Wild salmon and sardines are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which help ward off depression and Alzheimer's disease. Sprinkle onion powder, crushed red pepper, and a little salt/pepper on some salmon fillets, and marinade the fillets overnight. Grill or broil the next day for a delicious and healthy meal!

Marinade:

* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
* 2 tablespoons white sugar
* 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
* 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro



Wednesday March 19th

Try eating nine servings of fresh fruit and veggies everyday for a week and see how you feel at the end of the week. Be sure to et a "rainbow" of fruits and veggies as well, not just the same ones each day.


Tuesday March 18th

Give someone the benefit of the doubt today. It will make you feel good!


Monday March 17th

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't forget to wear your green!


Sunday March 16th

Coconut is full of good cholesterol-lowering fats and nutrients. Try using coconut milk when cooking up jasmine rice; serve with grilled shrimp for a taste of the Caribbean. Or mix into smoothies.


Saturday March 15th

Drink a glass of antioxidant-packed cranberry or pomegranate juice mixed with club soda. It's refreshing and healthy.


Friday March 14th

Forget regret. Our mistakes are what shape us and help us to grow, especially if we learn from them.


Thursday March 13th

Brighten colors in the wash naturally (and cheaply) by dissolving one cup of table salt in the water before adding your laundry.


Wednesday March 12th

Practice visualization when you're feeling tense: Picture a serene, beautiful scene and repeat an affirmative mantra, like "I feel calm."


Tuesday March 11th

Learn a new word daily; It's a fun challenge, and you'll love showing off your expanding vocabulary! Get your word at m-w.com/netdict.htm


Monday March 10th

Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and may help prevent several types of cancer. Delicious and nutritious!


Sunday March 9th

Write down five things you’re thankful for in your life.


Saturday March 8th


Try keeping a list of things you can do instead of eating posted on your refrigerator door, i.e. walking, knitting, crossword puzzle, sit-ups, etc.


Friday March 7th

Eating oranges and olive oil may prevent wrinkles and dryness, and keep you looking more youthful as you age, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Thursday March 6th

Take a moment each day for stillness. Your body and spirit need time to recharge. Try meditation or visualization techniques.


Wednesday March 5th

Keep an ongoing list of things that make you smile. Look at the list when you’re having a rough day.


Tuesday March 4th

Begin your day with a nice, big, full-body stretch. It’ll invigorate you and loosen up tight muscles.

Monday March 3rd

Warm up with a cup of hot apple cider instead of hot chocolate—you'll save more than 3 grams of fat.

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