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TEN TIPS For 2017- Vitality #109


by Eunis WildFire! Christensen. Graphics from variety of sources.

Happy New Year, Everyone. While planning this week’s Vitality Tip, the thought came that after two years, now was a natural time to suspend our weekly True To My Body Vitality Tip blog posts. (You’ll hear back from me if I ever write the fitness book swirling around in my head.)

The Ten Tips for a Happy, Healthy Life were created by me for a wellness workshop several years ago. Please accept them as my final correspondence and New Year’s best wishes for you. Going forward in joy. WF! 

MAKE UP OUR MIND – Vitality #108

Along with New Year’s Eve, this coming Saturday, December 31, 2016, is known as Make Up Your Mind Day. Encouragement in reaching a decision could be worthwhile for the mental procrastinators among us.


Make Up Your Mind Day

On the other hand…Victor Hugo said “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” If a big new decision faces us, let’s allow this idea to percolate into 2017. Who knows how many lives we might bless with it?
May you have a wonderful end to 2016 and a Happy, Healthy New Year. WF!

NIPPY CHRISTMAS – Vitality #107

With Southern California’s weather turning nippy this past weekend our thoughts go to the snowy Christmas that friends and family in other parts of the country will celebrate next Sunday.

We wish them well. Meanwhile, here is Dean Martin singing a favorite Christmas song to you. You can skip kid’s commercial after four seconds. You are all special to me. Have a wonderful HolidayWF!


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WEAR ITALIAN – Vitality #106

A few years ago I read, in one of my nutrition and diet books, the line “Better to Wear Italian than to Eat Italian.”  That advice has stood me in good stead when choosing many a restaurant.

Exceptions exist, though. On Sunday I looked in my refrigerator and found a few mushrooms and broccoli. “Beginnings of Minestrone soup for one?” I thought.


Elizabeth Rider Minestrone recipe

Taste buds led me on to the computer for a Minestrone recipe and then off to the store for every combination of fresh vegetables and stewed tomatoes (reading every can for sodium content) that imagination could justify. Several hours later I sat down to a big bowl of my home-cooked in cast-iron pot, recipe-enhanced kale-quinoa plus extra vegetables Minestrone. Amazing how the mind can take us from one little thought to creating enough food for eight people. WF!


The 1940’s – Vitality #105

History altering days from the 1940’s will be remembered this week. On Tuesday, December 7, we will reflect on the horrors of war which inflicted Pearl Harbor in 1941. 


Eleanor Roosevelt

However, this blog is dedicated to life and health. Let’s also uphold December 10, 1948, when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. A key proponent and contributing author to the Declaration was Eleanor Roosevelt.

Here are Eleanor Roosevelt’s words describing her understanding of human rights. They are timeless nourishment for the soul: “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” WF!


STRANGE WEEK – Vitality #103

Today, November 14, 2016, is recognized as World Diabetes Day and Wednesday, November 16, has been declared National Fast Food Day. 

Research indicates that whenever fast food is introduced into a population, risk of developing Type II Diabetes skyrockets. Yet the convenience and lower cost of fast food beckons to all of us once in a while.

If we should find ourselves in a fast food restaurant this week, let’s enter diabetes prevention mode by selecting healthiest items on the menu: Nothing fried. No gargantuan sugary sodas. No extra salt. Look for something with abundant lettuce and tomato in it. Throw away half the bun. Order a salad without the crouton pack. We’ll be giving a nod to personal diabetes prevention and supporting the culinary industry for which America is famous. WF!  


Picture from Buzzfeed website

TO THE WIRE – Vitality #102

Down to the wire. We are one day from the United States of America 2016 Presidential Election. Many of us already voted by mail. Others will go to the polls on Tuesday.

The Good News is that voting is good for our health. Here are Five Health Benefits which result when we carry out the privilege and precious civic duty of voting. Let freedom ring. WF!benefits-voting-jpeg


WORTH IT – Vitality #101

If we find ourselves questioning whether we should exercise on a given day, or should choose lemon-dressed greens rather than fried potatoes…remember that health habits are the I’m worth it, kindest Trick or Treat we can give ourselves. Happy Halloween. WF!


From I Know My Worth website

UPROOTED – Vitality #100


Babushka Ladies from documentary

Recently my favorite PBS radio station featured an interview with film documentarian Holly Morris about the Babushka Ladies of Chernobyl. Apparently a sense of home – of refusing to be uprooted from their villages after the Soviet nuclear disaster decimated their land – has led to these grandmothers being able to counteract radiation sickness. 

We Southern California women demonstrate a different resilience. Our home is independence, derived from ongoing uprootedness, of living varied lives in many locations over many years.

However, wherever and in what culture home manifests – apparently uprootedness plays some part in human health. Next time it shows up, let’s say “Thank you and here we go.” WF!