The World Trade Center Memorial

Posted by Lenny Variano on December 11, 2011

My wife and I took a trip down to the Site where the World trade center stood. The two fountains that were placed where the footprints of the towers were are simply overwhelming. The space and the design are a tribute to all who died on 9/11. So many of us have lost someone that terrible day it is wonderful to finally have someplace to go and sit and honor these people. For all of you who haven’t gone although it can bring up very sad memories, it is also a truly beautiful and comforting park and memorial.

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1. Chewing: Our digestion begins in our mouths, chewing food until it is totally soft will eventually lead to feeling full sooner.  

2. Mindful Eating: Being totally in the moment while we are eating and not  preoccupied with T.V., the computer or multitasking.           

3. Portion control: Keeping in mind that our stomach is the size of our fist should be a guide to portion size.

4. Food combining: Make sure that all of your meals and snacks have a healthy combination of carbohydrates, protein and fats, this will sustain you longer and ward off hunger.

5.  Contentment: Always strive to walk away when you are feeling 80% full. That is, strive to feel satisfied not bloated.

6. Time frame: Refrain from eating at least 3 hours before bedtime. This will allow your body to concentrate on sleep rather then digestion.                                                    

7. Sleep: Insufficient rest will produce stress hormones which in turn will cause weight retention.

8. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. This will help the body rid itself of unnecessary salt, sugar and chemicals.

9. Snacks: Making sensible choices between meals will keep our sugar and metabolism at a steady rate. 

10. Exercise: Incorporate some form of activity into your daily routine. Exercise can eliminate unhealthy cravings.

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Sharing a great weekend-Friday

Posted by Lenny Variano on November 22, 2011

My wife and I were invited to do volunteer apple and pear bagging. It was a duel effort put together by City Harvest and Ameriprise. It’s purpose was to rescue over production of farmer’s crops and distribute it to needy families for the holidays. The day was beautiful, we worked outside and it was a wonderful feeling of giving back. My wife and I (center above) and myself bagging at far right. Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving to all.

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Some form of movement should be part of our daily routine to keep our state of mind, as well as our focus and outlook on life moving in a positive direction. Movement can come from any source that truly makes us feel alive.

This does not necessarily mean spending hours at the gym if that is not an enjoyable experience. Dancing, swimming, fast walking with a friend or pet, gardening- these are all activities that lift our spirits.

The feeling of being totally absorbed by something so totally physical can bring great peace of mind. Combining this with foods that energize the body as opposed to depleting it is essential. When we do any form of activity we call on all the nutrients in our body to help us perform to the utmost capacity.

Being hydrated allows the body to breathe properly. Good quality sleep enables the body to build muscle and regenerate.

Whether we call it activity, movement, or exercise, we all need to find what motivates us. Alone or with a companion, whatever works! This along with nourishing the body with good carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats will help us reach true well being.




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