Archive | June 2014

Missing Mayo

Tuna Salad with Olive Oil

Serves 3-4

1 12 oz. can  albacore tuna, drained & flaked

1/4 c. red onion, chopped

1 rib celery, chopped

1/4 c. kalamata olives, sliced

1 T. capers

juice of 1/2 lemon

2 T. olive oil

2 T. fresh basil, chopped

Sea salt & pepper

After flaking tuna, add remaining ingredients & toss.  Chill.

Pursuing Fitness


Walked this morning.  That’s good.  Forgot my sunglasses AGAIN.  That’s not so good.  Some of these habits are hard to form!

I’m thinking of checking on a yoga class at the Y or the rec center.  The three of us tried Bikram yoga  a few years ago (90 minutes at 105 degrees), but the drive to the class is pretty far, it’s very HOT and the carpet odor is not inviting.    It’s also terribly time consuming because there’s nowhere you can go but home to the shower after the class; however,  Bikram yoga is a great work out.  Another option is water aerobics at the community pool.  Refreshing but not very demanding. Hmmmm.

Also bought a big bottle of teeth whitening rinse.  I have used it in the past (different brand), but it’s been a while.  It seems like it made my teeth sensitive after a few weeks.  Maybe the tooth paste company has overcome that side effect by now.  We’ll see.

second daughter of Texas

Carmel, CA 2012


The sisters and I have been going on trips together for a rather lengthy time.  Our mother used to go with us and the trips were often very local and short but we did travel to New Mexico with her several times.  After her death in 2011, we pledged to each other that we would see each other every month and take an annual trip.  Because two of us live across the golf course from each other, they see each other almost daily.  I am in Austin so seem to get left out of that but I would never miss our trips.  And we always seem to discuss the “changes” in our health, appearance, etc. which we are experiencing.  This last trip, which was to Brenham, TX, was even richer in that respect because we were in a beautiful setting and found ourselves without a lot of activities.  Consequently, we spent much of our time visiting on a wonderful back porch overlooking a field of wildflowers, mostly horsemint and black-eyed Susans.  We even thought we spotted an ermine, which turned out to be a white, plastic bag.  Anyway, we do think we have some insights to share but also think that others might have wisdom to provide that everyone of us could benefit from.  I am hoping that my 29 year old daughter will listen to the advice about the sunscreen and sunglasses and exercise and all of it.  Certainly the benefits will be greater the younger you begin.

Tea or coffee


Eliminating Inflammatory foods and incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into my diet has been fairly easy.  No big changes other than drinking green tea every morning rather than coffee.

To reinforce that decision I re-read portions of Dr. Perricone’s book, The Perricone Prescription, in which he discourages coffee consumption because it’s a source of cortisol which is a hormone that increases as we age.  According to him, excess cortisol leads to all sorts of calamities:  adverse effects on the immune system, brain cells, sugar metabolism and weight gain, particularly in the mid-section which is just where I’d like to lose it since the protrusion of my belly will soon surpass that of my boobs!—Not a desirable silhouette.

This information poses a dilemma because coffee has been linked to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.  (Please pour me a cup!)  Maybe Dr Perricone has revised his stance since his book was published in 2002.  The choice between looking good with dementia or looking not so good with your mind in tact would be an easy one for me!

The other discipline that I’m trying to adopt is the faithful use of sun screen.  I’ve used sun screen but not consistently.  I’ve heard that if you repeat a behavior for three weeks, it becomes a habit.  I’m testing that adage.

Think I’ll go for a walk—in my sun glasses.


Cuban Black Bean Salad from The Perricone Prescription

Serves 4

15 oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed

½ c. yellow bell pepper, chopped

½ c. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. chopped celery

2 T. red onion, chopped

1 T. chopped parsley

2 T. fresh lemon juice

1 clove garlic, crushed

¼ t. ground cumin

2 T. olive oil

Combine all ingredients & toss lightly.

Kale: it’s the rage!

Kale Salad

Serves 6

About 5 cups kale (I buy chopped kale; you must remove center rib.)

3 T. fresh lemon juice

¼ c. olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

½ t. salt

¼ c unsalted, slivered almonds

¼ c pecorino cheese

Place chopped kale in medium sized bowl; add lemon juice, garlic, olive oil & salt.  With you hands, massage the seasonings into the kale.  Allow greens to sit and marinate for at least 20 minutes.  Toss in almonds & cheese & serve.

Living Well

We are three sisters who have lived in Texas all of our lives. We now find that we’re rapidly approaching the age of 70. Yikes! We were never very careful (actually quite casual) about sun exposure, but we all eat fairly healthy diets and are in good health. While spending three days together at a bed & breakfast in Brenham, we decided to set some rules to follow for the rest of our lives:

  1. Exercise faithfully.
  2. Get a good hair cut.
  3. Be as healthily thin as possible.
  4. Maintain good posture.
  5. Keep teeth white & healthy.
  6. Buy fewer clothes but better clothes.
  7. Wear only becoming colors.
  8. Keep feet looking good.
  9. Use sun screen!
  10. Wear sunglasses.
  11. Wear lipstick.
  12. Get adequate sleep.
  13. Avoid inflammatory foods.

Sarah (age 69)

Our mother lived to the age of 100 and our dad to the age of 85. It’s not that I want to live a really long time, but I’d like to be able to participate in life as long as I live—and to look reasonably good while doing it.

When I returned from Brenham, I drank green tea rather than coffee the following morning.   I soon developed a dull head ache. But good news! It was quickly relieved by a couple of cups of coffee. (Martha suggested coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.) Since I’d been out of town, I needed to make a trip to the grocery store where I shopped for anti-inflammatory foods like sweet potatoes, blueberries, garlic and broccoli. I also bought a new lipstick called Volcanic!

We are also walkers and gardeners. Not much gardening today.—Too rainy. But I managed to get my 30-minute walk done this morning. We are hoping to hike the Cotswolds next May with a cousin and a couple of husbands.

The three of us plan to stick to these rules as closely as possible for about six months. Will we look and feel better at the end of that time? We thought you might enjoy following our progress. Maybe we’ll include a few recipes that feature anti-inflammatory ingredients.