My verse for today:
"The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;" Psalm 24:1 NIV
Like many of you, I’ve been in partial self-quarantine for a few days now, but today begins the official lock down day for Indiana. So, since it’s just me and Lizzy-my Russell/Yorky mix—at my house for the next two weeks, I feel a real need to communicate with people. So I hope you will say ‘hello’ here or on Facebook.
How are you coping?
It's important that we take care of ourselves. I’m determined to eat healthy in an effort to boost my immune system—something we all need right now. I’m also hoping not to gain twenty pounds of quarantine weight from boredom eating.
Day one quarantine breakfast. - Oatmeal with blueberries and walnuts.
Oatmeal contains fiber – everybody says we need that.
Since I have no time restraints, I use Old Fashioned Oatmeal. I have plenty of time to cook it.
The internet tells me oatmeal is nutrient-dense, containing iron, zinc, selenium and magnesium.
They tell me it also boosts immune protection, lowers inflammation, revs up metabolism, lowers cholesterol and gives a feeling of fullness. (I’ll need that if I’m to be satisfied until lunch.)
A scoop of walnuts
I’m told (by the Internet again) walnuts are rich in antioxidants.
They are said to be a super source of omega-3 which may reduce heart risk.
They are said to reduce inflammation, which is at the root of many diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
My study told me that walnuts also help produce beneficial bacteria that live in your gut. This promotes the health of your gut and may help reduce disease risk.
What’s more, eating walnuts may even help control your appetite. (refer to the twenty pounds quarantine weight)
I top it off with a heaping handful of blueberries.
My study told me blueberries are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables
Supposedly, they have been shown to directly increase antioxidant levels in your body. They help to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and maintain brain function. They may also have anti-diabetes effects.
As I’ve aged, I’ve discovered my body doesn’t tolerate a lot of dairy, so I use almond milk on my oatmeal. Almond milk is not as nutritious as cow’s milk, but is rich in several vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin E.
I'm not suggesting almond milk over anything else, just listing what I use.
When I want sweetener, I’m using Stevia. There are lots of pros and cons to this natural sweetener,
The mundane becomes inspiration.