Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wellness Wednesday / "Delia's Dose"

This week, as I blow my nose in between each sentence I type,  I am inspired by 2 things:

FIRST-The New Year and making changes to better myself, my family, and the environment.

I recently read that it takes 17 trees and 20,000 gallons of water to make 1 ton of paper towels. Here in the United States, we produce a little over 3, 000 tons of paper towel waste per day!! A TON is 2,000 pounds…think about that!
By using paper towels we are destroying trees, using energy, polluting water(they have to use chemicals to make those pretty white paper towels), then packaging and shipping…all of that for a single use product that we really don’t NEED.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency 34% of the trash we Americans generate is paper!  

In my home, we have totally gotten rid of paper towels, I used the last roll over Christmas(and you know I saved the cardboard roll for a craft project!). We only use REAL napkins now, which the kids say, “it’s  like we are eating at a fancy restaurant!” Yup, it’s called Delia’s Diner! Ha! You can buy many different colored real cloth napkins anywhere…but I like to collect them at garage sales and thrift stores…the worn ones are softer anyway!  For around the house clean ups, cut up that old sheet that you have in your linen closet from college…or a towel that you’ve had since 1973(MOM!) and make your own replacements for paper towels!

SECOND-It’s COLD outside!! And it has been for a while now…so I thought to myself, “what foods can we eat to keep us warm and help our circulation?”

*The obvious choice is warm liquids. Hot tea, coffee, hot cocoa, add instant internal warmth!

*Cinnamon actually boosts your metabolism which in turn activates body heat. The hotter spices, like chili powder or cayenne pepper, make you sweat and that releases heat from your body, so don’t use those when it’s 7 degrees outside!

*Coconut Oil(my favorite!) is good for you on the inside and out.
It’s a healthy fat and as those break down in your body they keep you warm. It is also good for dry skin, which if your skin is healthy and strong it will be better at keeping the heat in. I love using plain coconut oil as a moisturizer on my legs and hands.

*Whole grains, eaten warm gives you that instant internal warmth plus gives you some healthy carbs to give your body the fuel it needs to keep you warm. So instead of plain old oatmeal, try brown rice, quinoa, or buckwheat warmed up. I like to make a big batch of quinoa and then warm it in the mornings with a little milk, honey, and chopped walnuts. Mmmmm

Have a Healthy Week!
DISCLAIMER: Delia is not a Doctor, Nutritionist, or Registered Dietitian. She is simply a person dedicated to eating healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle. She loves to help and inspire others to do the same!

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