Apple – The Wonder Food

Everyone knows about apples.  But the positive effect on women’s health is not always known.  Here are some quick facts on this healthy food that you might not know:

No matter your diet you can include apples.  If you’re vegan, vegetarian, raw, or love meats, apples can fit into the meal.

The skin of apples is rich in nutrients.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says the skin of apples is loaded with the antioxidant quercetin, a phytochemical with ani-inflammatory and heart protecting qualities. 

The phytochemicals in apples may reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells. 

Apples are 84% water which helps to keep you hydrated.  Getting dehydrated is a problem for many people. That means apples can help with daily water intake.

These super fruits are only 80 calories each, are fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free and full of fiber, so they can help fill you up without plumping you up!

One apple is equivalent to about 1 cup of fruit.  The minimum amount of fruit you should have a day is two cups.  So each two apples and you’re on the way. 

To pick the freshest apples and keep them longer, buy apples with the stems intact.   Be able to smell their freshness and keep them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator away from strong odors.  They should keep for about 3 weeks this way. 


Collect Family Stories

The holiday season is here. Can you believe it? This year, make it extra special. Collect family stories.

Holiday times create a combination of good times, good food, and good stories. How many times have you heard a relative tell the same story? You know exactly how the punch line goes and you’re sure you’ll never forget it. Well, wait a few years. When that storyteller is no longer around and the story starts to fade you will be surprised how quickly the familiar story is forgotten.

How many wonderful family stories have gone undocumented over the years? Do you take your family history for granted not realizing that the “things” of your family can be wiped out very quickly? When Hurricane Katrina wiped out most of New Orleans, many of my family members fell victim to that hard truth. Family artifacts were wiped out in a 24 hour period. Several family members are still displaced and material things that were expected to pass from generation to generation are long gone.

But, we still have stories. Now the stories include tragedy and triumph over a natural disaster. The family history has changed. But the ability to engage in the sharing of legacy can’t be erased as long as the stories are shared and recorded.

Have you started writing your family memoirs? Do you record those stories that you think will be with you forever? What is that one story that you hear every holiday gathering? Write it out. Then be sure to have it with you during the holidays to see if you got all of the details correct.

Writing in Unexpected Spaces

It’s one of those mornings when I got up early expecting to have two important meetings, but neither of them happened due to scheduling errors.  As one dear friend wrote, – That’s Life, Things Happen.  I appreciated those words as they are certainly true and we need to be reminded of them when the unexpected happen.  I thought about lying down for a short nap but decided to use the energy I feel in the mornings to write instead.  I’ve come to know my productivity rhythm over the years.  It’s first thing in the mornings and early evening until late at night.  The afternoons are when I need to take a break; that’s when the web surfing starts along with other distractions.

Since I’m working on another book that I want to get posted to Kindle next week it gave me unexpected space to write in the space where there would have been two hours of meetings.  This book will make three on Kindle so far which is getting me closer to my goal of posting at least 6 Kindle books before the end of the year.  I love to write so this is the perfect challenge for me.  I got distracted from writing for several months this year and ended up with a lot of unfinished drafts.  The books I’m completing are coming from those drafts although I might develop a few from scratch.  I’ll also be creating a few audio products.  This morning I worked on a chapter in my book on Creativity and Creative Thinking in the Workplace that deals with stress.  I’m just finishing up a little over 2500 words on that chapter so taking a short break to write this post and then stretch (always remembering my own saying that we have to remember to move and eat to stay healthy).

These type of mornings used to get my schedule all off track.  I had to learn to take responsibility for unexpected empty spaces that occur when schedules change.  Instead of wasting that time it can be used to get another project completed.  I will admit that I did get a bit off track though .  I just looked up and it’s 1:00 PST and I’m having my first meal.  Fortunately, I have a wholesome vegetable salad waiting in the fridge to grab.  I love eating salads, could do that all day.  This one is made with loads of vegetables out of the Talley Farm fresh product basket we got last week and this week, lettuce, broccoli, fresh corn from the cob, tomatoes.  I added olives zucchini and a big splash of hemp seeds and raw walnut for more protein.  A bit of Balsamic vinegar was all it needed. This is a version of my Big Humungous Veggie Salad that I keep prepared consistently.

I guess the point of the post is to encourage you to find time from the unexpected cancellations to do something to show the love to your business.  Spend time developing a new product or service offering.  Write something like a new SEO blog post, record an audio, read a book to encourage your writing. This is a way to market your business while strengthening our writing skills.  Then take a break to eat a wholesome meal too.  Make the most of your highly productive time when it comes to you as an unexpected gift.

By the way, if you need help with your Kindle book project I have space for a few writing projects of coaching clients.    Drop me a line at