Something's Fishy Around Here

Hello! Hope everyone had a good weekend! As promised, here's some info I found on fish. I'm certainly no expert - I'm just on a quest to learn more about food and want to share what I find. 

I'm betting that most of us need to eat more fish. I know I do! But do we know why? Really the only thing I knew was that fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids. But why do I need that? And what else is in there? Here are some of the benefits:
  • Omega-3 fatty acids help to: decrease heart disease, reduce blood pressure, prevent arthritis, promote healthy brain function
  • low in fat and high in protein 
  • fatty fish helps with short-term memory
  • good option for diabetics (protein aids in the regulation of blood sugar)
  • great source of vitamins and minerals, such as riboflavin, Vitamin D, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, potassium, iodine, and magnesium
  • (source: WA Dept. of Health website click here)
The above link also has basic cooking instructions and some recipes. 

So what are the dangers of eating fish? The biggest thing is Mercury. Mercury occurs naturally in the environment but the biggest sources are chlorine chemical plants and coal-fired power plants. Emissions are discharged into the air and wind up in our rivers and lakes. The bad news is that it can cause serious health problems by interfering with the brain and nervous system. The good news is that we can control our exposure by eating fish with low mercury levels and also by paying attention to the frequency of our intake. With this in mind, the benefits far outweigh the risk. 

I found two guides, one from the WA Dept of Health and one from the National Resources Defense Council. They're pretty much the same, but I always like to have options! Most of the information I found, including other websites, suggests eating fish (with low Mercury levels) on average about two times a week. Pregnant women and children are at higher risk so special attention should be paid in these cases.

If you are fortunate enough to catch your own fish or get it from friends or family who do, you can check Mercury levels for specific bodies of water on the EPA website:

I think that covers most of it...??

OK, Ciao for now ;-)

Pesticides in Fruits and Vegetables

The Full List | Environmental Working Group

While surfing the internet, I came across this website. (Link above.) It ranks fruits and vegetables according to the level of pesticide content (contamination!), with low scores being good and higher scores being bad. The ones with higher scores are the ones that you should buy organic (if you're concerned about pesticides). It's expensive to buy everything organic, and this way you can pick and choose. Check out the other useful info on the site too while you're there.

I've been trying to get us (me & the hubby) closer to a whole-foods diet. That means eating foods close to the source, that are not processed, altered, or manipulated. It's tough to do! I love my Oreo cookies and my Rice Crispy Treats!! (And my cookie dough ice cream, and my ice cream sandwiches, and... oops! getting sidetracked here.) We're not even close to being there yet, but as long as we're making progress I'm okay with that. We are definitely eating healthier foods! I've developed a love for - of all things - oranges!! If you've known me for any length of time, I know how ridiculous it must seem for me to be eating FRUIT. I'd much rather have cookies or crackers. But I love cold oranges. (I keep 'em in the fridge.) Eating one is like taking a big drink of cool, clear water when you're parched.

We're also learning to pay attention to portion sizes. We've both been informed by our doctors that we have high cholesterol and triglycerides. And we both need to lose weight. So we're figuring out how much we need to eat versus how much we want to eat. There's a huge difference - especially when the food is really tasty!! It's surprising how little our bodies need in order to refuel, when we eat the right foods.

OK - I'll come out and say it.... I've lost about 20 pounds! I'm not exactly sure where I started, but that's based on my best estimate. My goal is to lose another 35. That seems like a lot, but I'm taking it in 10 pound increments. My mister has lost weight too, but I'm not sure if he wants me to share any specifics. I'll leave that one alone for right now!

I think for my next post, I'll track down information on fish - which ones are safer to eat, etc. Sound good?? Let me know if there's something else you want me to look into!

Ciao for now ;-)

A Little Introduction

First, let me tell you a little bit about me. I was in the mortgage business for what seemed like a lifetime, until the entire industry turned in on itself and finally collapsed. At last, I was free of the monstrous clutches of the mortgage biz! Don't get me wrong, it was really good to me and I learned a TON - about life, myself, and oh yeah, business. But somewhere along the way I'd become a "lifer."

After the dust settled, I found myself with the opportunity to become a full-time student. I had been going to school part-time in the evenings, but now I had the chance to speed up the process and -the best part- go to classes whatever time and day it suited ME. I have to give my husband an extra special thank you for supporting me, both financially and emotionally. Lord knows, he deserves to be rewarded for the torture I put him through! (Love you honey!)

I now find myself freshly "gradumatated" with a bachelor's degree in business and trying to figure out what's next. I am quite fearful of the sea of cubicles that's threatening to take over the rest of my life. I don't want to be a rat!! I can't - I won't! Talk about torturing my husband... I don't think either one of us would make it out alive!

Now is the "fun" part of figuring out what will make me happy and fulfilled while still paying the bills. I feel some kind of creativity welling up in me, but I'm not sure how it's going to manifest itself. I always wanted to be artistic, but I thought that since I couldn't draw, that was the end of it. Nope, not creative. But really, it's much more than that. Sooo much more.

So keep your fingers crossed for me that I will find my passion in life and live up to it.

Ciao for now. ;-)


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