A lot of us have begun this new year with great plans for getting into shape, going on diets, and trying to get back into good health. Unfortunately, by the end of January, most of these plans have gone by the wayside.
Sometimes the ideas we try actually work, and other times, they don’t. What works for one, may or may not work for another. Many years ago my mother (my cooking inspiration) realized that she definitely needed to lose weight when she went dress shopping for an event. I was pretty young at the time and don’t even remember what the event was. What I do remember was my mom’s sadness at having to buy a size 22 dress. She was appalled at the weight she had slowly gained over the years. Mom made a decision to lose weight so that she would never have to buy that size again….and she did!
Mom not only cut back on calories, but she decided to drink one cup of hot liquid about an hour before each meal. She would drink hot tea or hot broth before eating. The idea here is to let the body know that food really is coming! Mom discovered that she wasn’t as hungry when she ate her meals, and therefore, she ate less. It really worked for her. I remember her excitement when she was wearing a size 14!
So, whether you count calories or carbs or just cut back on your portions, the important thing is to find what works for you and stick with it. Getting exercise is also a must!
I am approaching my mid-50s and have been blessed (so far) to have fairly good health. Other than typical aches and pains, I am rarely if ever sick. However, last summer I began to notice slight headaches more frequently than I usually had and just a general feeling of sluggishness. I wondered if my blood pressure was contributing to the headaches, so I began taking my blood pressure once a day and writing it down to keep track of it. Sure enough, I noticed that it was higher than it used to be.
Anyone having very high blood pressure needs to be under a care of a physician, but mine wasn’t terribly high…just a little higher than it had been in the last few years. So I decided to do a little research on ways to treat high blood pressure naturally. Taking a garlic capsule and drinking this amazing tonic each morning have done wonders!!
I found quite a few articles on line about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, and decided to give it a try. I knew it wouldn’t hurt, and it is is much less expensive and better for the body than prescription meds. After several experiments, I came up with this recipe. I drink 1/4 cup of this every morning and have found that my blood pressure is back in the normal range, I have more energy, and when eating better (cutting out the deliciously-bad-for-you carbs) I have actually lost weight.
This makes 1 pint. Drinking 1/4 cup each morning will make it last 4 days.
4 tbsp. apple cider vinegar with the mother
4 tbsp. honey
3/4 c. hot water
1 c. orange juice ( I also use this.)
Mix the cider vinegar, honey, and hot water. Stir until honey is melted. Add juice to make one pint. Cover and keep in fridge. Stir before pouring your 1/4 c. serving.
I drink it first thing in the morning before my hot tea and breakfast!