Category Archives: Health

Day 126 – Grilled Vegetables

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I am grateful for Grilled Vegetables.  They are a joy to watch and an absolute delight to devour.  It’s so easy to prepare, that I feel I could have them everyday.  I came home on Sunday and our entire house smelled like “Yummy!”.  My mom had the biggest smile on her face when she stepped out of the way so I could take a look at the oven.  The picture shows what I got to see:  Red bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant, carrots, broccoli and fennel sprinkled with olive oil, sea salt and black pepper.  That simple, that luscious, that brilliant.  Once she got the dish out of the oven and onto the table, we all jumped on it and feasted.  What a joy to have a plate filled with Grilled Vegetables.  And it’s obviously right-in-your-face-(or-should-I-say-mouth)-healthy!  It’s as if vitamins were literally throwing a party right in front of my eyes!  It made my heart and stomach smile.  And what better way than to share it with the people you love.  It’s definitely the only way to make Grilled Vegetables taste even better.  Thank you, mom.

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Day 112 – Papaya

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I am grateful for Papaya.  It’s such a great, delicious and beautiful piece of fruit!  It’s also so culturally connected.  In Belgium it is hard to get fresh Papaya and it’s usually very expensive.  Here in Mexico I eat Papaya almost on a daily basis.  It’s so great to start your day with a plate of fresh watermelon, pineapple, melon or Papaya.  It makes me feel great and healthy.  But besides all of that, as I said, I just think it is such a beautiful piece of fruit.  It’s nature’s work of art.

Day 89 – My Teeth

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I am grateful for My Teeth.  And I feel like putting a smiley face here, but I promised myself that I wouldn’t use emoticons on my blog, so I won’t.  Anyway, I love to smile and laugh and I just happen to do those things a lot.  So I am very happy and lucky to have such great teeth.  I know I am very grateful for them and I take good care of them, so I can keep on smiling, laughing and encourage other people to do the same!

Day 82 – Clinique M Lotion

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I am grateful for Clinique M Lotion.  It’s a great lotion to hydrate my skin.  There’s not too much to say about it, but it’s again another random thing I would take for granted.  I honestly feel better when applying it and I do feel the difference on a day when I didn’t.  What’s great about Clinique’s products in general is that it is completely allergy prone.  They are known to allergy test every product 12 times on 600 people.  If even one of those 7200 applications incites an allergic reaction, they will reformulate.  At least, that’s what they state on their website and all their other informational and promotional materials.  Furthermore, I also like how their products are 100 percent fragrance free.  Too many cosmetic products smell funny.  Or they irritate my skin.  But no, not Clinique.  For me, it’s definitely the way to go.  Thank you, Clinique.

Day 66 – Sight

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I am so grateful for my Sight.  I realize how much I take this for granted.  I love sitting and watching art, nature, people, shows, movies,… reading books, leafing through news papers on a lazy day off, or observing the body language of the person I am talking to…  There’s so much to watch, see, observe, perceive or randomly note.  I am grateful for this ability.  It’s impossible to just close my eyes and pretend I was never able to see.  Because I have already seen it all.  I have a notion of what the world looks like.  I cannot imagine never knowing what it actually looks like.  However,  I wonder what I would’ve have made up or seen just by the creation of my own mind.

Day 64 – Eucerin

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I am grateful for Eucerin.  It saves my skin from drying out and crumbling into little pieces.  With all the traveling, I end up in so many different places and with that different climates.  My skin seems to be one of the most vulnerable parts of my body and as I appreciate skin so much, I just think it is imperative to take care of it well.  So after every shower I take, I love using some Eucerin to get my skin back to normal.  I think it’s quite ironic how water dries to out one’s skin.  Anyway, I wouldn’t feel as beautiful and comfortable as I do now, thanks to the existence of Eucerin.

Day 61 – Running

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I am so grateful for Running.  It’s an amazing feeling and I wish I would make more time for it.  The last weeks I’ve been trying to get up early every morning to go run.  Some weeks I went seven times, every morning in a row.  Other weeks I barely made it once.  But it’s so valuable to me.  I know what it does to my body, my soul, my mood.  Like tonight, I got home from work, it was 7:00 pm and I was so tired.  So I decided to go for a run.  Not crawl into bed and feel bad, but fight it.  Let my heart pump the blood through my veins and feel alive.  I felt great.  All the stress was gone, all the happiness was there.  I’m so grateful for simple moments like that and tonight was absolutely beautiful.  I wish I could’ve taken a picture of it myself, but it’s kinda hard to take a picture of oneself running.  So I took this picture randomly from the internet, but I feel like it portrays how I felt.  I also ran by the water, not a see or an ocean as in the picture, but the majestic river La Meuse.  It was a sacred moment and I am so grateful to have my life filled with moments like that.