The Best Anti Aging Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin

best anti aging moisturizer for sensitive skin

It’s one thing to want a skin moisturizer, another thing to want an anti aging moisturizer.  When you need to find the best anti aging moisturizer for sensitive skin, your job just got a whole lot bigger.  I’ve got sensitive skin, and I understand how fragile and vulnerable sensitive skin can be!   I also understand that sensitive skin can sometimes create an entire series of other problems if you use harsh products or chemicals on it.

It is a true balancing act to find the right anti aging skin treatment when you have sensitive skin.  

The first step towards caring for sensitive skin is to use products that are free of dyes and fragrances.  These ingredients, so popular in today’s society, irritate already-sensitive skin cells.  A good anti aging moisturizer for sensitive skin will most likely be free of such chemicals.  

Fortunately there are some products which those with this issue can use.  Our list here includes some of the best skin sensitive anti aging moisturizers you can find.

All Natural Anti Aging Skin Care for Sensitive Skin

When you treat aging skin naturally, you automatically bypass the harmful chemicals and ingrediens some commerically prepared skin products include in their formulas.  Natural treatment for aging skin could include bathing with extra virgin olive oil, using a sufficient amount of healthy fats and oils like coconut oil, olive oil, using real grass fed butter in your cooking, and eating food high in antioxidants.  Any of these steps can help moisturize skin, and all are some of the natural ways people with sensitive skin use to provide relief and add a natural softness and elasticity to their skin’s DNA.  

Including high quality anti aging skin supplements that moisturize skin naturally are also great for people who deal with any kind of skin sensitivity or dry skin.   Squalene by Wellness Resources is a good anti aging supplement for aging skin.  Not only does it include antioxidants and contains a natural oil that nourishes and moisturizes the skin, it supports a healthy liver function and transportation of all nutrients both from diet and supplements.  

Buy Squalene from Wellness Resources as your anti aging skin supplement
here.  

best anti aging moisturizer for sensitive skin

You can include extra virgin olive oil as a part of your sensitive aging skin care? You bet your boots you can!

Organic Moisturizing Creams for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Organic skin cream should be high on the list of priorities if you use any skin cream at all.  Aging skin cells do not always function as well as younger cells do.  The lesser work your skin cells need to do to clear themselves of overloading toxins, the better they can function in maintaining their natural glow and elasticity.  

Red Rock Organics makes a wonderful organic moisturizing skin cream that has natural ingredients as well as being dye and frangrance free, all good criteria for people with dry sensitive skin.   In my beliefs, this is the best overall anti aging moisturizer for people with dry and sensitive skin.
  

Sensitive Skin Cream with Co Q 10, Collagen, or Retinol

If you can use commercially-prepared, non-organic skin care products, you can find some skin creams for sensitive skin which can provide moisturizing relief and even other ong term benefits if they also include Co Q 10, Collagen, and/or Retinol.  Co Q 10 helps in the rejuvination proces of cells – repairing, healing, and providing a natural resilience which transforms into a softer skin with more elasticity.  Collagen increases your skin’s moisture levels and suppleness.  Retinol boosts the body’s natural producton of collagen, again increasing moisture levels, suppleness, and elasticity.  

When using any over the counter skin creams, make sure your chosen product does not have any ingredient that will aggitate your sensitive skin.

The best over the counter moisturizing skin cream for sensitive skin I have found  is Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme.  Click this link to check out this sensitive skin cream by Eucerin, and see if it is right for you.  

If you need an anti aging moisturizing cream for sensitive skin, there are good products on the market which cater to your particular needs.  Just make sure you keep chemicals and irritants to a minimum and seek moisturizers that rejuvinate older skin cells while naturally rebuilding and proecteing new ones.  If you keep focused on those initial qualifications, the best anti aging cream from that initial list will end up being simply a matter of personal preference.  

And personal preference is always a nice extra when it comes to shopping for skin care, anti aging or not.  

Green Tea: Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea

Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea

I purchased some Rooibos Tea from the UNT coffee shop this morning, and I think my life will never be the same.  

Ahhhhh….. what a cup of tea!   So smooth.  So mild.  So sweet (with no sweetener).  It was perfect.

I had the green tea, but it was really an herbal tea… a kind of herbal tea but really not from an herb plant like you would think and really not green tea, not even “tea” per say. It was just that it was an Green Rooibos Tea vs. Red Rooibos Tea. 

Both are from South Africa and even from the same plant.  Just… well, I’ll tell you later in the article. 

Anyway, I indulged.  It was great.  I started reading about it, especially since I had no idea what I was buying at the time and figured maybe I should find out.  Well… who knows?  It might make me feel great. It might make me heal better.  It might make me age a lot less.  It might save the world!  Really, at this point, just who knows?   I needed to know!  I had better figure out what this African Rooibos Tea was all about, or who knows WHAT might happen!  (…or what I might miss out on if I didn’t know) 

So I sat at my “desk” in the UNT Library, and I did just that.  I read about Rooibos and the health benefits of Rooibos, and where to buy Rooibos.  Well of course, I now want more than the one tea bag at a time that I can purchase at the UNT coffee shop inside the UNT Library where my UNT “desk” was this morning.  

The health benefits of Green Rooibos Tea are far reaching and wide!  

I really DO want more.

The leaves which you steep to make Rooibos Tea are actually the leaves from a legume type plant that grows in South Africa.  Yes, legumes are beans, so while some might call this an herbal tea, remember this drink comes from legume plant leaves.  This tea comes from a bean plant.  South African Rooibos Tea is just a healthy drink made from leaves of a bean plant.

We are not talking about coffee beans though.  We are not talking about the beans at all. We are talking about leaves here, and these leaves have absolutely no caffeine in them.  

This mild tasting hot drink is totally caffeine free.  This makes Rooibos a good addition to make healthy iced tea for the entire family or hot calming tea for stress or sleep.  It is a good hot or cold tea while pregnant or breastfeeding.   It is a nice hot drink to enjoy while cutting down on caffeine or to keep caffeine intake at an acceptable level.  There just isn’t any caffeine.  

In addition to being caffeine free, Rooibos Tea has a naturally-occurring calming effect on the nervous system making it a good choice for dealing with headaches, nervous tension, irritability, sleep problems or disturbances, or even mild depression.   Sounds like a nice cup in the evening would be a rather nice ending to the day!  

It has a good dose of both calcium and manganese which aids in the formation of cartilage and bones and magnesium which helps help boost the immune system. 

It’s inflammatory effects have been noted in numerous studies, making this a good addition to someone wanting natural remedies for arthritis and natural healing for heart health and overall wellness.

It also packs a punch with its healthy dose of antioxidants which help maintain the healthy functioning of all body cells and the absorption and processing of nutrients and hormones going throughout the body at all stages of life.  It also increases enzymes that bully any abnormal cells that are developing, helping the body to naturally fight off cancer cell formation and growth.  Not all bullies are bad, I guess!  

Lesser processed leaves, those that are steamed slightly and dried quickly, make a greener tea (South African Green Rooibos Tea) which have more of the antioxidants and which better preserve the natural enzymes that come with the leaves of this plant. More detailed processing and fermenting result in Red Rooibos Tea, orange-red in color and even slightly sweeter than the already sweet green tea but with much less number and quality of antioxidants and enzymes.  While the health benefits of fermented tea is becoming more widely well-known, in this instance, the benefits of the unprocessed green tea leaves seem to win out.

See… Green Rooibos Tea vs Red… I told you I would go into that, didn’t I!  

 Rooibos health benefits don’t end there either.  

This may be one of the best anti-aging foods available for our use.  Since the leaves naturally contain anti-aging alpha hydroxy acid which promotes the natural formation of collagen and overall healthy skin, you can find or keep soft, wrinkle-free skin as you age! 

On the other hand, Rooibos has healing properties for skin irritations of all sorts and at all age levels and can be applied directly to the skin up to two times a day.  This gem can be a home remedy for severe diaper rash, food allergy or other rashes, teenage or adult acne, eczema, and even psoriasis!  Natural skin care in a wet tea bag!  

What other skin product is good for babies all the way through the teen years and then all the way up through the anti-aging years!  

Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea

Here’s a picture of my “desk” at the UNT Library this morning. I was drinking Green Rooibos Tea for the first time in my life, and I loved it! You will too once you know more about it! Amazing… just like my “desk”.

When my husband came to meet me at my “desk” at the UNT Library, I gave him clear instructions NOT to throw my tea cup away.  Instead, we took it to the car at which time I immediately whipped my tea bag out and rubbed it all over my feet.  Weird… maybe, but ahhhhh…. so nice.  

Do you remember when I made basil tea from fresh basil leaves for the first time a couple years ago?  If you didn’t see that, read here:  “How to Make Basil Tea from Fresh Basil“.  I was impressed by the health benefits of basil leaves.  This time, after learning about the health benefits of African Rooibos Tea, I’m beginning to become a true supporter of the healing effects of herbal teas and leaves.  There just seems to be so much nutritional healing and support that come from these little plant leaves!  

Have you ever thought about all the wonderful things God has placed on this earth for our joy, for our pleasure, for our HEALTH?   I know I am learning to praise Him more and more each day! 

If you are in the UNT Library to get a “desk” of your own there sometime, stop by their coffee shop to get some of their healing teas on your way. What?  Not going to UNT in the near future?  Don’t worry.  There are many places to buy Rooibos Tea online and maybe in your own neighborhood grocery store.

No matter where you get it, the point it, Rooibos Tea is definitely worth getting!   

 

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth  –Psalm 104: 14 (KJV)


Healthy Eating: Healthy Candies and Where to Get Them

eating healthy candies
eating healthy candies

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I just saw a wonderful recipe for healthy candy.  Can you tell I’m still slobbering all over myself? 

Healthy candies?  Really?  You mean I can slobber, I mean really slobber, like slobber in real life, and still eat healthy… still lose weight? 

You bet.

The recipe I saw was for a no bake coconut candy, and I saw the recipe at the website Whole New Mom.    Wow, it was great!

Check Whole New Mom for the recipe for this great, no bake coconut candy. 

It is sugar free, dairy free, egg free, and grain free.

Of course it has some chocolate.  (Yea, I heard you ask.)  What is coconut without some chocolate with it! 

I was thinking I would use some dark cacao chips drizzled on top, but there is a whole world of real foods out there.  The carob chips could work really well too.  Your choice.

The important thing is that you are aware that you can eat healthy candy as you eat healthy foods. 

Also, as some of us need to do, (don’t worry; I’m talking about me), you can even eat candy and lose weight if you find the best healthy candy for you… and plan it into your diet in a healthy way.

You don’t have to make your own candy either.   That’s a good thing, but you don’t always need to.   You can find healthy choices, real food, clean eating, and special products for special diet needs all over the place if you just look!

You can order sugar free candy online from many online candy retailers like Russell Stover Candies, http://www.russellstover.com/, and at SugarLess Shop at http://www.sugarlessshop.com/.  There are also tons of  really nice sugar free chocolate gift baskets from places like Figis.com and low carb and sugar free chocolates from The Candy Shop at TheCandyShop.com.

Y C Chocolate at http://ycchocolate.com/ has candy products and candy gift boxes that are low carb, gluten free, sugar free, and all natural.  Their dark chocolate bars  made with Stevia look quite nice too.

Julian Bakery at www.julianbakery.com/, yes the company that bakes and sells the famous zero carb bread, has Paleo Candy Bars that are 82% dark chocolate which are low carb, sugar free, gluten free, and soy free. 

Julian Bakery also has a Righteously Raw Candy Bar that has organic dark chocolate and acai berries for good measure.  The Bars are made with the low glycemic natural sweetener agave nectar.  Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? 

Then there is The Natural Candy Store.  The Natural Candy Store has all sorts of fun things that run the path of natural and organic sweets for all occasions.  

Oh, this place has everything natural it seems, so long as it is sweet and… sweet. 

You can get packages for parties and buy gifts to mail to someone special, (gift certificates for chocolate gift giving).  You can buy organic candy for Halloween, buy in bulk for holidays, or buy candy for weddings, knowing you are purchasing candy that is non-GMO, organic, and all natural.   The Natural Candy Store also has some candy tailored to special diet needs as well including allergy sensitives, gluten free diets, dairy free needs, vegan and vegetarian diets, Kosher, and well, just name about whatever you want (or what you do NOT want in your candy order. 

I’ve been wondering if there is a candy made with pure natural maple syrup.  I found some Maple Cotton Candy at The Natural Candy Store! 

I’m sure they may have some more candy made with pure maple syrup, but at this point (looking at all the candy I’ve been looking at today), I’m afraid to look.  I might just buy some right now!  I mean RIGHT NOW!

I also love their logo which says The Natural Candy Store –  “All the Fun Stuff Without the Funny Stuff”. 

Organic grocery stores like Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s do not usually focus on sugar free candy, but they usually do carry good quality dark chocolate, and some will carry candy for diabetics and healthy candy snacks that are low on the glycemic index which do not raise your blood sugar levels. 

Did you know Whole Foods Market has beautiful chocolate gift baskets full of natural and organic products?

Maybe there are some healthy food stores near you that might carry healthy candy for yourself, for your upcoming holidays and parties, or for gift giving! 

Candy Warehouse at http://www.candywarehouse.com/ has sugar free hard candy bulk purchases as well as sugar free suckers, sugar free jelly beans, sugar free peppermints for Christmas, and sugar free gummy bears, just to name a few. 

By the way, Candy Warehouse has bulk candy with free shipping. 

Yummy Earth at yummyearth.com/, a speciality shop that sells organic candy products, also has free shipping on bulk candy orders.  Hotels, businesses, vendors, and distributors will certainly enjoy the free shipping in bulk.  However, even smaller customers who don’t need to want to buy in bulk can enjoy ordering their candy with free shipping when the purchase is $35.00 of products (at the time of this writing) or more.  If you order less even,  it is only $2.99 with orders of $25.00 or more. 

If you are like me… to stay healthy…  I NEED to order a little less to have around the house!  Now THAT’S what I’m talking about now… portion control, baby!  🙂 

Even traditional gift basket businesses like you see at Gourmet Gift Baskets, see them at www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com/, are jumping into the health food industry offering organic gift baskets and gluten free gift baskets that include organic candy drops. 

Order Chocolate Gift Baskets Online

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Did I mention  the upscale and ever lovable Harry and David?  Harry and David offers some mouth watering boxes of sugar free chocolate candy and many gorgeous sugar free gourmet gift baskets and towers?  Oh, I didn’t mention it yet?  Maybe I wanted to keep all that sugar free candy to myself!  (Now that’s probably not a good idea though, if you know what I mean.)

Well OK… Harry and David… http://www.harryanddavid.com/

Whether you want some homemade candy or want to purchase candy from an online candy store or a store near your home for your family, yourself, a business acquaintance, pastor, teacher, friend, wedding, newborn baby, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day,Halloween, a wedding shower, or whatever the case may be at the time, you should be able to find candy that is either just right for your or someone’s specific dietary needs or full of God’s bountiful blessings. 

As much as I love the healthy candy I saw at Whole New Mom, I believe there is always time in life for a little more healthy candy and someone to share it with.

Just don’t slobber over the one you love. 


How to Get a Good Lunch Happy Face

My good lunch happy face

My easy healthy lunch gleaned from some health food stores a couple weeks back was a little interesting to say the least.  See earlier post for that story.  Hey, I didn’t know what I was doing.  🙂  This time, I nailed it.  I got a really good lunch for my husband and myself the other day at one of my favorite organic grocery stores.  

I nailed it, I’m telling ya!  Put on my happy face!  

My good lunch happy face

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Yes, indeed.  This time I found an easy healthy lunch from a health food store, and it was a perfect success!  

See, I found this organic foods store in Denton, TX close to where my husband teaches.  It’s called Cupboard Natural Foods, and I love it.  

It’s not as large as Whole Foods.  It doesn’t have quite as many veggies as Sprouts Farmer’s Market.  It may not be all over the place like Wal-Mart.  It’s a really nice store though, and I’m sure you just might have a nice organic foods store like this one around you if you look.  

I knew what I was going to get this time.  No surprises like the Kombucha I got the other day!  I went there on a mission this time, and I was successful!  Happy face again!  

Here’s what I got:

Two 1/2 pound containers of chicken salad from their deli made with lots of roasted green red peppers, onions, tarragon, and fresh parsley  and just a tad bit of mayo and rice wine vinegar

A Rawker Veggie Mix raw foods cracker (big enough to break in half and share with my husband

A gorgeous, organic Red d’Anjou Pear

And a a six pack of Blue Sky Zero Calorie Cherry Vanilla Creme Soda, made with Stevia, an herb that is a natural sweetener  (We only used two of those for our lunch.)

When done, I picked up two plastic forks from the salad bar by the deli so we could eat our chicken salad right from the plastic deli container. – THAT was easy!  The deli guy gave me permission.  Don’t worry!  

I was all set to go.

The only thing above that I wasn’t so sure about from the above list was the Rawker Veggie Mix raw food bar, but it was great!  It was a little different, but it was really tasty, and it took care of that wonderful crunchy desire I seem to have at lunchtime.  It was full of wonderful, healthy ingredients too like spinach, beets, cabbage, pumpkin seeds, and flaxseed sprouts – just to name a few. 

 

Here’s the cracker my husband and I broke in half and shared.

Raw Foods Cracker for a good healthy lunch

 

See the assembly of great ingredients!  

 

 

Rawker Veggie Mix Raw Foods Cracker Ingredients

I would consider this pretty low carb too.  The label showed each serving as 15 carbohydrates and 6 grams of fiber, so each serving was only 9 net grams of carbs (carbohydrates minus grams of fiber equals net carbs).   Consider also that there were 9 grams of protein per serving, and each serving had only 200 calories.  

Please do note that the entire bar is considered 1 and 1/2 servings, and since we split it equally in half, our protein count would have been slightly less but our carb count and calories would have been less as well.

Pretty healthy for a crunchy treat at lunchtime!  

Plus sharing this kind of health food bar (which was pretty big anyway) made the higher price more reasonable on a limited budget. Wow… I guess lack of money can sometimes help one find discipline!   What a blessing!  

So what was the difference between my first easy healthy lunch I got a couple of weeks ago and this good healthy lunch I got more recently?

I believe there were several differences this time that made my shopping experience a better one, and if you don’t mind, I would like to share those with you now so that you can hopefully find better lunches when you’re on the go but looking for a healthy lunch on the run.   

Healthy Chicken Salad Made for a Good Lunch

Lots of protein, veggies, and fresh herbs in this healthy chicken salad, and it was only part of a good healthy lunch!

 

Here’s what I learned about getting a good healthy lunch in a store that worked this time around: 

Keep a balanced approach to your lunch planning whether that planning is done at home, on the run, or even in the store.  

I knew what I had covered for breakfast, and I knew another meal was coming.

I wanted lunch to fit in-between those two meals, and I wanted something healthy for that one meal.  I didn’t need that one meal to provide everything I ever needed! 

Balance over the day is more important than including everything at once.   

Such an attitude gives you the freedom to concentrate on simple, healthy lunch choices while you are out of the home.

Have a simple but basic concept of what you would like to purchase when you go to the store to grab a quick lunch.   

Notice I said “would like to purchase” instead of “plan to purchase”.   That leaves you some wiggle room to still be happy if the store doesn’t have exactly what you want, or you find a great deal on a similar food item that meets your most basic plan.

When I walked into the store this time, I had already decided I was going to focus on a prepared protein that could be served without bread, a veggie side (I had meant to bring some carrots from home but had forgotten), and some kind of sweet fresh fruit for dessert.  

Just a simple shopping list like that gave me plenty to look at and consider while keeping me focused both health-wise and money-wise.

 Think about healthy lunch ideas as you are walking inside the grocery store.

If your mind is on some  healthy food choices as you walk in the door, you have set a vision (and  consequently your own expectations) for a good healthy lunch experience.  With that vision set in your mind, you should be more likely to stick to your mission at hand.

Your mission is getting healthy foods for you and whoever else you are buying lunch for in your family.  Set the goal, and you’ll go for it!

Look at life with a sense of wonder and excitement, and that means even when you are shopping for healthy food to eat.  

Try some new things.  Laugh when you eat something awful, and pat yourself on your back when you just purchased something you would never want to purchase again.   You were bold and courageous at least!

Life is an adventure, even in natural food stores.

Be bold… Live life…  And love all the things, times, and experiences you are blessed with throughout your days here on this earth.

All in all… Smile!  You have been blessed with a great big world of interesting things and another breath left to see what you can do with those fascinating things!  

As the 19th Century German poet and philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche once said:  That which doesn’t kill us will make us stronger. 

Dear Lord, 

I have messed up so many things in my life, and taking care of my family’s health and especially my own is one of those things I have messed up on.  I’m trying now though, Lord, and I ask you now to help me make my body better and beautiful – like you made me to be.  

Help me through this.  Give me wisdom and insight.  Give me a sense of humor and a joyful outlook. Lift me when I falter or when I’m discouraged… or down. Keep reminding me I am important to you. 

Work in my life to help me to find the money, the energy, and the time to do healthy things and eat more healthy foods.  If I can save money on groceries, show me how to do that.  

I really need to lose weight and get my body working better here, Lord, but I want more to focus on living the life you want me to live, and I want even more to enjoy this life You have given to me. 

Keep me focused.  Keep me learning.  Keep me going.

Dear Father, thank you for goat cheese and honey, Kombucha and raw food, hamburgers and french fries… and chocolate.

You have provided all for us.  Now help me learn how to use everything you have provided the way YOU want it to be used.  If I can do that, I know I’ll be OK.  

In Christ’s name I pray,

Amen

My Easy Healthy Lunch Finds From the Health Food Stores

Kombucha

OK folk.  Here’s my story about Kombucha.

Well, my story didn’t start out about that drink.  It didn’t really end there either.  It was a part of the story of my day where I went on a mission to find an easy healthy lunch while I was out with my husband one day.

Well… OK… that healthy lunch was not my primary mission that day either.  It was a part of the story of my day. 

Oh, all right then.  I hear ‘ya.  Let’s just get started on my story, shall we? 

If you think back a few days, I posted a really neat low carb bread recipe here a few days ago.  I wanted to follow that story up with where to find low carb bread in the stores.  Of course, I could probably have figured that out with just my own memory and a few strokes of my genius keyboard research skills. 

I wanted the excitement of going to a bunch of health food stores though.  You know the kind of places I’m referring to! 

I went to Sprouts Farmer’s Market.  I went to Whole Foods Market.  I went to a new organic grocery store I had never seen before and stumbled upon, a place called Market Street.  I went to our local, upscale health food store near me, Central Market.  I went to the Sunflower Shoppe.  I went to Wal-Mart.

Oh, hold on there.  I never went to Wal-Mart that day! 

I did go to the other healthy grocery stores though, checking out all the different kinds of low carb breads they may or may not have had. 

I might have felt I was (ever so indirectly) right on track with my blog research when I looked across the store and eyed the display of sweet, seedless watermelon at Sprouts on sale for just $1.99 each. 

See… here is what caught my eye. 

Watermelon on sale at Sprouts

I called my daughter Amy and said “I’ve got our dessert for tonight!”

And one of those little guys went right into my shopping cart. 

Even with that good buy for our family dinner, I didn’t forget to look at all the healthy breads that I could find at Sprouts.   Indeed, I took tons of pictures there.  I even purchased some of the breads there:  some sprouted whole wheat bread, some low carb tortillas, and some jalapeno bread. 

So what if the Sprouts Jalapeno Cheddar Bread was not specifically labeled a low carb item.  I inspected the label.  Its carb count was fairly low, actually much lower than many regular loaves of sandwich bread.  It had no preservatives or artificial flavors.  Hey, it had real jalapeno peppers actually in it too.   It seemed like a pretty healthy bread to me! 

So…  I didn’t feel too badly throwing that Sprouts Jalapeno Cheddar Bread in my cart. 

Here’s a picture of my personal indulgence:

Jalapeno Bread from Sprouts Farmer's Market

I wonder if the store clerks could see I was drooling when I was taking photos of this bread?

 

Hey, it might not have been the perfect purchase by everyone’s standards, but at least I checked the label before I purchased it to make sure I could live with it! 

Sprouts Jalapeno Bread Label

12 carbs per slice. OK, I’ll just practice my “discipline skills” with this, I told myself.

 

Plus that bread had to be spicy.  What more could a person in Texas want? 

OK now… Let’s finish off the Sprouts part of my story with a great buy on some organic black raspberries, shall we?  That would be a good, healthy food choice.  Besides, they looked so, so good!

I was then off to Whole Foods where I found myself taking selfies in front of the cute scarecrow they had positioned by the front door.  I got sooooo soooo caught up in that.  In fact, a store worker came by and asked if I would like him to take a picture of me.  I pointed to the little billboard which Whole Foods had put up that said “Take a selfie with the scarecrow.” 

“Oh no thank you,” I said pointing to the little billboard sign.  “The sign says take a selfie, and that’s what I’m doing.”

But hey, thank you anyway, sweet Whole Foods worker. 

I didn’t seem to have as much luck with healthy bread finds in that Whole Foods Store as I did in Sprouts, but I did randomly find some really cool low glycemic snacks called Beanitos.  (Side note:  Oh, I have discovered I LIKE those things!) 

I also noticed some Oolong tea bags.  I’ve been reading about those.  Got some of those too to try out. 

Now done with Whole Foods, I was on my way back to that Market Street store I saw along the way to Whole Foods. 

As far as low carb breads, I saw even fewer at Market Street than at Whole Foods.  However,  I did find the deli there quite appealing.  Boar’s Head Roast Beef.  OK, no fillers.  Not real high in fat, and not high in sodium. 

“Could you please SHAVE some of that for me please?” I asked (even though it is not really shaving that I like, but I don’t know how else to explain exactly how the Giant Supermarket on the east coast used to cut my deli meats.  The stores here in Texas just don’t understand it when I say “You know, really, really thin like I used to get”.   I am so thinking of you right now, Giant Food! 

With Boar’s Head deli meat in hand, I’m thinking about how to create a great sandwich with it.  Then it struck me.  Boar’s Roast Beef and Sprouts Jalapeno Cheese Bread. 

Yep.

Barbecue sauce?  Why indeed yes!

I knew just where to go.

When I got to the aisle, Market Street had been kind enough to put some Walden Farms BBQ sauce right there.  Zero calories.  Zero carbs.  Now THAT would make up a little for the couple extra carbs that jalapeno cheese bread had.  See, I was already practicing my discipline skills!  At least I was thinking things over!

OK, I had some healthy bread.  I had some roast beef with no additives or preservatives.  I had a zero calorie / zero carb BBQ sauce.  Those things all together would make for a pretty good sandwich. 

Speaking of which, I suddenly realized then, my time was running out.  I needed to get this part of my shopping… ah….  I mean this part of my “research”, completed and go pick my husband up from his classes so he could get to his teaching job.

I was late!  It was also well into the afternoon, long past lunch time for most people! 

Panic set in.

I needed to get something for my husband and I to eat on our way from my picking him up from his school classes to his driving to where he teaches private music lessons.

Well, it was in the blink of an eye that I realized the Lord had placed just about everything I needed into my hands anyway. 

I already had the items necessary to make some healthy sandwiches.

I had organic black raspberries.  Healthy.  Really healthy.

I had Beanitos chips.  At least the label said they were healthy, and boy were they good. 

And I had…  NO!  I did NOT have a drink. 

By this time, I was really starting to run short of time and really starting to panic. 

“Oh well,”, I thought.  Maybe I’ll go through the McDonalds drive through close to my husband’s school and get us each a dollar diet soda. 

Oh gosh.  Did I just admit that to you all?  I did just admit that.  

So I’m not perfect, especially when time is tight. 

THEN…

On my way to the check out, I saw a bunch of pretty little glass bottles that said “Kombucha” on them. 

Those bottles just seemed to jump out at me saying, “Look here!  We are healthy, healthy, healthy drinks!”

Kombucha

Looks kind of cute, doesn’t it?

 

Well, their labels said “raw”, and raw foods have always intrigued me; and they said they were probiotics.  Hey, you gotta admit,  Jamie Lee Curtis looked pretty good in her Activia commercials a while back. 

So I grabbed a couple. 

I was set for a good healthy lunch from the healthy food stores I had visited that day. 

Everything was going well until my husband took a drink of his Kombucha.  He almost spit it out! 

“Is this…  beer?”  he asked. 

I started to laugh, thinking he was just joking.  However, when I didn’t see him laughing, I took a drink of my Kombucha drink. 

My response was to quickly get on my cell phone and look up “what is kombucha”! 

Sure enough, I discovered Kombucha is a beverage made by fermenting tea with yeast and bacteria.

“Well, it SAYS it is good for you, so I think it is OK to drink!” 

“I don’t THINK it is alcoholic”, I added. 

“At least I don’t THINK so”.  (I had to add that second disclaimer, just because.)

“Still not sure about this”, I remember my husband saying, but he drank it anyway and then told his first music student not to come very close to him because he wasn’t sure if he had just drunk something that was good for him or something he should not have drunk! 

I took the rest of my… what was that?… oh yea, “fermented tea”  home and gave it to my son-in-law.  For a gift, you know. 

He knew all about fermented tea!  He has a friend who makes it himself.  In fact, he told me he had several friends that made it at home. 

“You don’t have to BUY it,” my daughter added.   

“What is this new big deal in life?” I wondered. 

Apparently this Kombucha thing is really big these days. 

Is it healthy?  Yes, apparently.

Is it good?  Depends.  🙂 

That Kombucha Tea made that lunch something special though; I can tell you that! 

Overall, while my day of research at the organic food stores ended up being a story about the time I put some extra things into my cart; had a quick and easy healthy lunch and created some sweet and funny memories with my husband while doing so; and discovered these new, fermented foods for the very first time,  I felt I had a good day that day. 

I did get the information I set out to get.

I also learned some lessons about eating healthy.  Maybe I’ll share those lessons with you sometime, if you would like. 

All in all though, we got through the day; we had a good lunch while traveling in the car, and I learned what fermented Kombucha tea is. 

I also discovered I really don’t take very good selfies in front of scarecrows.   I need to lose some more weight before I try that one again.

Hey, I’m learning. 

And though thy beginning was small, Yet thy latter end would greatly increase.  Job 8: 7 (ASV)

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