Outside of Bourbon St., What else is there to do in New Orleans?
New Orleans is well known for it’s party scene on Bourbon St. and it’s unique culinary, but there are many other areas of sight seeing in the Crescent City that are worth checking out. There are too many to list but this is a start:
Ranked by TripAdvisor as the #1 Attraction in New Orleans, named by USA Today as the #1 Best Place to Learn U.S. Military History, and designated by Congress as America’s official museum about World War II, The National WWII Museum features a rich collection of artifacts that bring history to life.
Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide contains 164 colorful pages of facts, photos, features, and fun, including more than 50 individual parade profiles and maps. The award-winning magazine includes a history of the event; answers to the 25 most frequently asked questions; an illustrated glossary of Mardi Gras terms; and articles on New Orleans personalities, traditions and happenings. For more than three decades, the city’s top writers and photographers have worked together to create a publication that has achieved genuine collectible status. With more than three million copies sold, Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide is recognized as the program to the event. Mardi Gras 2019 is March 5, 2019!
As you can see, we have a diverse city with many sites to see, resulting in unexpected experiences when you travel to the city of New Orleans and the Metro New Orleans area. I am not a travel guide; more of a local resident who feels that so much of our Culture is overlooked, because so many people consider our area a party destination only. Don’t miss out! Do some research.
After last week’s devastating loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Drew Brees wrote this letter to Saints fans.
Drew Brees is Truly an inspiration!
I’ve spent this last week navigating the heartache and disappointment from the game. Some things within our control and some outside our control that caused us to fall short. So much of our motivation is to represent the Who Dat Nation with determination and resiliency. We want to play for you, fight for you, and win for you. You deserve that. The longer I play I realize that we truly are one heartbeat with our fans. Our success is your success. Our disappointment is your disappointment. We are inspired by one another to accomplish things far greater than what we could ever do on our own. Everything that has ever happened to this community, we have bonded together, galvanized and leaped forward every time. The frustration we feel now can be channeled in the same way. Pour that passion and emotion into your families and communities. Inspire others with your focus & determination and positive outlook. This will make us stronger, this will bond us tighter, this will be a source for our success in the future. There is no place like New Orleans. There is no community like ours. No fans like the Who Dat Nation. I refuse to let this hold us down. I refuse to let this create any negativity or resentment. I embrace the challenge. So keep your chin up, hold your head high, puff your chest out because WE are the Who Dat Nation and WE will always persevere.
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Drinking water helps decrease the desire for other sugary, high calorie drinks.
What type of Water is Best?
Water that does not contain sugar or artificial sweeteners is best. Excessive consumption of artificial sweeteners can stimulate hunger. When that happens, it can derail your health goals and eating plans as a result.
How Much Water is Enough?
Making changes gradually can help reduce the daunting affects and help contribute to permanent success. Start making small increases. See what works for you. A doctor or registered dietitian can help you determine the amount of water that is right for you. I have included a quote from the Mayo Clinic’s website below as a reference.
How much water do you need?
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:
About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women These recommendations cover fluids from water, other beverages and food. About 20 percent of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks. What about the advice to drink 8 glasses a day?
You’ve probably heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s easy to remember, and it’s a reasonable goal. Most healthy people can stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than eight glasses a day might be enough. But other people might need more.
Factors that influence water needs
You might need to modify your total fluid intake based on several factors: Exercise. If you do any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to cover the fluid loss. It’s important to drink water before, during and after a workout. If exercise is intense and lasts more than an hour, a sports drink can replace minerals in your blood (electrolytes) lost through sweat. Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional fluid intake. Dehydration also can occur at high altitudes. Overall health. Your body loses fluids when you have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea. Drink more water or follow a doctor’s recommendation to drink oral rehydration solutions. Other conditions that might require increased fluid intake include bladder infections and urinary tract stones. Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. The Office on Women’s Health recommends that pregnant women drink about 10 cups (2.4 liters) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume about 13 cups (3.1 liters) of fluids a day.
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Do you believe you are getting enough vitamin D in your daily nutrition? Did you know if your diet lacks magnesium, you won’t get the full benefit of vitamin D?
Before you start buying supplements, see a physician and ask for a vitamin panel, blood work report. I have had many fitness clients over the years that suffered unusual symptoms during regular exercise. Most symptoms were directly contributed to the lack of certain vitamins and minerals. Always get the facts before self medicating to avoid toxic overloads which can result in other health concerns.
According to Webmd.com
If you shun the sun, suffer from milk allergies, or adhere to a strict vegan diet, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by the body in response to skin being exposed to sunlight. It also occurs naturally in a few foods–including some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks–and in fortified dairy and grain products
Study Published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
The study found that vitamin D is not properly metabolized when magnesium levels are low.
Nutrients usually act in a coordinated manner in the body. Intestinal absorption and subsequent metabolism of a particular nutrient, to a certain extent, is dependent on the availability of other nutrients. Magnesium and vitamin D are 2 essential nutrients that are necessary for the physiologic functions of various organs. Magnesium assists in the activation of vitamin D, which helps regulate calcium and phosphate homeostasis to influence the growth and maintenance of bones. All of the enzymes that metabolize vitamin D seem to require magnesium, which acts as a cofactor in the enzymatic reactions in the liver and kidneys. Deficiency in either of these nutrients is reported to be associated with various disorders, such as skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic syndrome. …
Perfect example on how to overthink and miss the obvious.
One of my dear clients shared this story with me that proved to be a great example of overthinking, which, in turn, causes missing the obvious at hand. Thank you Ken!
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.” Watson replied, “I see millions of stars.” “What does that tell you?” Watson pondered for a minute. “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.” “Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo.” “Horologic-ally, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three.” “Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant.” “Meteorologic-ally, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.” “What does it tell you, Holmes?” Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke: “Watson, you idiot. Someone has stolen our tent!”
“If I put a rope around your neck and pull, your neck hurts, but your neck isn’t the problem, I am, because I am pulling the rope.”-Mike Boyle
When it comes to managing your team members, do we focus on the symptoms or do we coach people on resolving the true problems? It is easy to get caught up in the symptoms of problems; it’s more difficult to recognize the problem and move towards the solutions. The best approach to problem solving is asking great, probing, open ended questions. Questions that require more than a yes or a no answer. Think: Why is there a problem? How did we get here? What could we have done differently to have achieved a better outcome?
With Christmas and New Years upon us, I wanted to give you some ideas to outsmart overeating and over drinking. Let’s face it, we snack, we eat dinners, we drink cocktails, and before you know it, you are suffering with a stuffed belly and a headache from too much alcohol. There is always an assortment of food and desserts that we have to try. Don’t get caught up in the moments and suffer for it later.
Things you can do to outsmart overeating:
Never show up to a party hungry. Do not “skip” a meal to “leave room”. This is self sabotage! Always eat a hearty, healthy meal before attending any get together. Chances are you won’t be eating very healthy the rest of the day, so start off strong.
Don’t use large plates or bowls. Make mindful decisions to serve small portions of everything you want to try. We usually eat many different dishes, so smaller, bite sized portions are the best way to go. You can always go back for more later.
Slow Down!!!!! When you eat fast, your “fullness” doesn’t show up until after you have eaten too much. Eat slower, hold discussions while eating, and be mindful about it. Put your fork down between bites. Check out this previous blog on snacking tricks.
Eat soup and/or salad before eating main meal.
Be polite to “food pushers”. Tell them you will have more later when your fullness declines. Don’t fall for peer pressure when it comes to food. Recognize it for what it is, and find a way out of the situation.
Stay hydrated. I like to drink a glass of water with every beer I drink. If I am drinking heavier alcohol, I like to drink 2 glasses of water for every drink.
When drinking wine, Sip slowly, enjoy the taste, let it linger on the tongue and put the glass down between sips. If we hold our drink, we tend to sip more and finish the drink faster.
Activities to keep from overeating and over drinking:
Move away from the food area
Get out in the yard with the kids; toss a football around
Take a group walk after eating
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
*I am not a nutritionist. You should consult physicians when feeling ill after a day of too much indulging. These are tips that I like to incorporate in my holiday gatherings but may not be a good fit for everyone. The water to alcohol ratio works for me with light drinking. Don’t overdo it.
I have a good understanding of what triggers my night time eating but, I still fight it when I do not go to bed by 9:00 pm.
Findings from the International Journal of Obesity
The International Journal of Obesity conducted a study to better understand why evening hours pose a high risk for overeating and unhealthy snacking.
Blood tests were used to measure stress and hunger hormones, but participants also related their subjective levels of fullness.
Researchers discovered that the time of day significantly influenced hunger levels, with stronger perceived appetite in the evening than in the morning. Eating the test meal later in the day also reduced blood levels of peptide YY, a hormone linked to smaller appetite. Additionally the findings suggested that stress may increase hunger hormones more in the evening than earlier in the day and that hormonal influence on appetite appears to be greater for people prone to binge eating.
July-August 2018 ACE Fitness Journal
One of the suggestions that the article made for people who are vulnerable to late night eating, should be counseled on strategies to overcome the sensations.
What else can we do?
Perform light, evening, cardio exercises to reduce stress: walking, bike ride, etc.
Consume more calories during the day
Eat high-protein, fiber-rich foods at dinner to suppress hunger
Avoid late night screen time: television (lots of late night fast food commercials can increase cravings), phone time, computer time
Shut down all electronics 30 minutes before bed
Block all light coming into your sleeping area
Remember: I am not a licensed Nutritionist or Life Coach. Any information I share are from 3rd parties. You must do your research and seek direction from your doctors/nutritionists before you make drastic changes in your exercise routines, eating habits, vitamin and mineral intake.
This month, Frank & I will be celebrating 33 years of marriage. There have been many ups and many downs but, our love has proven the test of time. People always ask me; “How do you do it? or, What is your secret?” There are no secrets, only actions and love. I am an emotional, reactive person by nature. So, over time I have learned to stop, and think about things before I let my emotions drive my decisions, and believe me, my emotions drove a lot of bad decisions over the years. My only regret is not figuring that out in my younger years. I cannot control the past so, I move forward to the future with a better understanding of myself and our partnership, which makes it work. In honor of our 33 years together, I have put together 33 reasons why I love and cherish my husband.
All the reasons why:
All the “I Love You’s”
Good Morning Kisses
All the “I’m Sorry’s”
All the “I miss you’s”
All the “Will you Marry Me’s” (I took him up on that twice-original and renewing our vows in the Church)
Weekly, dinner date nights
Trips to support my hobbies (there have been many hobbies :>) )
Encouragement to do what makes me happy
Sticking with me during tough times
Working his butt off to support our family
Serving our Nation
Millions of hugs
Nursing me back to health
Sleeping on the sofa for 3 weeks when I couldn’t lay down in the bed due to 6 broken bones
Giving up his recliner for 4 months while I recovered from those broken bones (I knew it was true love at this point!!)
Taking care of our children nightly when I worked the late shift
Being there for my family and friends
Introducing me to Country Music
Always open for an adventure
Letting me cry
Attending every Baseball game and track meet for our children
Taking care of my cars (and all of the “traditional, husband chores”)
All the “Hey Beautiful’s”
All the Family Vacations
What are your reasons why?
How long have you been married and what reasons do you stay in love? Leave a comment, share your stories so I can share in your success.