Healthy Habits to have for a long healthy life, Ketogenic diet, low carb high fat diet, Photography by Cathy

Another facet of who I am. It’s not just about eating fat.

I know this post looks like it has nothing to do with a Ketogenic diet at a quick glance but in the end when you are healthy with all kinds of extra energy you can pretty much do what ever you want.  You can do those things you are passionate about.  I know that when I’m feeing good virtually nothing stops me and I do those things I love to do that make me happy.   My photography not only makes me happy but I know I make others smile.   So many people aren’t able to get out like me and so they have a way to see the world through my eyes.                                                              Generally I don’t know where I’m going to end up or what I’m going to be doing unless I’m forced to make a plan.  My friends will tell you I don’t like to plan if I don’t have to.  Today, especially after I broke my favorite lens last week, I definitely didn’t think I’d be out taking pictures.    With that said, today was a prime example of being able to find that positive point that comes out of a bad thing.  Since I don’t like to leave home without my camera I pulled out a lens  I don’t normally use to put on my camera just to have it with me.   Now I know I should be using this lens more often.  It’s just a small 50 mm 1.4 lens but truly it is an awesome lens.  As you continue on reading you’ll be able to see my photos from today.                                                              The photos were taken at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Winfield Illinois.  This is where the Batavia Orchid Society had their annual event.  I had learned about it while I was at my Garden Club meeting earlier in the month.  After tossing the idea back and forth a bit I made the decision to go and  I’m glad I went.  I had no idea what to expect.  I not only had an opportunity to take pictures but I did learn a lot.  The one big point that sticks out in my head and I will share it with you is that you are not supposed to turn Orchid plants as you might do to your other house plants.  Rotating them totally messes up the natural process that is so important to keep in order to keep the plants flowering over and over again.  After you’ve had a plant flower for the second time it’s easy to get hooked and you’ll even think about hinting to someone who gives you flowers occasionally to give you an orchid instead of a bouquet of flowers that die.  Orchids could actually flower for months at a time.  They are absolutely beautiful.      ENJOY!   I like comments!!!

 

I hope you enjoyed the Orchids.

Healthy Habits to have for a long healthy life

Drinking water, an important factor in the equation = a Long Healthy Life!

DSC_1898.JPGTo Hydrate or not to Hydrate. That is the question.  And all of you should be asking yourselves,  Am I hydrating enough?

Did you know that your body is made up of 60/65 percent water?  The key to water intake is to drink enough of it.  Everyone is obviously different but for the most part,  most people don’t drink enough.  It kills me when I see people taking little sips of water here and there and they think they are getting enough.  Then if you are drinking diuretics, such as coffee, you need to drink even more.  Quick and easy signs of not enough water are dry skin, being tired, bad breath, head aches, and that’s not even mentioning the long-term effects of being dehydrated which is where the biggies come into play. Achy joints which start feeling arthritic, gout, asthma, and the list goes on and on.  So basically, if you aren’t keeping your cells hydrated and you are letting them dry up, think of a raisin.  Those poor cells, screaming for water!  Those cells are not going to function at full capacity.  Water removes toxins from your body via the kidneys.  If you don’t hydrate, your kidneys will also suffer.  Let’s not forget about constipation!  So many of these complaints end up in the doctor’s office.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  Water is natural.  It’s even free.  It doesn’t take long to get dehydrated, but it takes a long time to completely hydrate your body again but I promise you will feel a difference.  Make it a goal to start drinking water.  You will see and feel the difference.   I want to hear from you.  Please write in your success story.  Others will want to hear from you.