Friday, September 30, 2016



The ULTIMATE diet tips from famous folks - past and present - for staying fit and fabulous!

1. "Just as you balance your spending and savings, you must balance your food choices. Don't eat too much of any one thing. Balance starches with proteins, vegetables and fruits with sweets, and always balance a splurge with a save." Bethany Frankel, The Skinnygirl

2. "Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored ... If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you're not hungry." Michael Pollan, Food Rules

3. "There'll always be some weird thing about eating four grapes before you go to bed, or drinking a special tea, or buying this little bean from El Salvador. If you watch your portions and have a good attitude and you work out every day, you'll live longer, feel better and look terrific." Richard Simmons

4. "The truth has dawned that fresh vegetables are not only good for you, they are wonderfully good to eat - when lovingly prepared." Julia Child

5. "Food is not your remedy for problems. Food is not going to change your life ... If you're going to lose weight, you have to do it by changing your way of thinking about food." Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers

6. "Tap into how food makes you feel. If skipping a slice of cake is going to leave you bummed, enjoy a small serving and savor it. But if that cake makes you feel "bleh", skip it. You know yourself better than anyone, so take the time to tune in to what works for you." Joy Bauer, RDN, nutrition expert for NBC's Today show, author From Junk Food to Joy Food

7. "Don't go treat-free. This is a bad way to live. If you go to one extreme, the pendulum is just going to swing all the way back. to the other ... I like to say the 80-20 rule. Eighty percent of the time, eat the cleaner, healthier foods; 20 percent of the time, have the burger, fries, the glass of wine." Jillian Michaels

8. "The shorter the ingredient list, the better." David Katz, MD, director of Yale University Prevention Research Center

9. "Don't diet. When you diet, you are basically setting yourself up for failure.I mean, the word die is in there! You're not allowing yurself to enjoy the food you love and it will only make you want it that much more. Make smart lifestyle changes, one baby step at a time." Khloe Kardashian

10. "The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor." Chinese proverb

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016



How much stuff do you need? How much stuff actually makes you happier? We know stuff adversely affects our environment BUT, collectively, small lifestyle changes can make a HUGE impact on the environment – and your life. Are you looking for happiness and health? It turns out, what’s good for the environment is also good for you.

I began questioning a materialistic lifestyle when I read “No Impact Man, The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet. “In 2009, New York City resident, Colin Beavan, documented his attempt to live without making any net impact on the environment- not only in this book but also a sensational documentary film. He did his best to create NO trash (which meant, NO take-out food), to cause NO carbon dioxide emissions (NO driving or flying), to pour NO toxins in the water system (NO laundry detergent), buy NO produce from distant lands (NO kiwis from New Zealand). There would be NO elevators, NO subway, NO products in packaging, NO plastics, NO air conditioning, NO TV, NO buying anything new in this lifestyle experiment. Sound extreme? It was meant to be.

 Of course, I’m not suggesting you need to go to Mr. Beavan’s extremes; HOWEVER, there are four simple things you can do to make less impact on the environment.

First and foremost, BUY LESS – instead of instantly going to buy something, make it a habit to sit with the idea for a day or two to see if you can live without it. Less Stuff = More Time. The biggest eater of time is simply “stuff”. The more stuff you own – and the fancier the stuff – the more time is spent to get it, maintain it and dispose of it properly. Voluntary Simplicity is where it is at — IF you want more time to enjoy life! 

 (Hatters love to collect stuff but it’s also fun to up-cycle your extras.  Learn “How to Host a Shop ‘N Swap” in the latest Red Hatter Matters online magazine, a Member benefit.  Use this link to view:

 Second, compost your food ‘trash’.  Ben and I have a compost tumbler on our patio. Once a year, I buy a small container of red wigglers to help with the break down. We love our worms! We thank them every day for giving us beautiful nutrient dense top-soil for our garden.

 Third, Say No To Plastic Bags! If you buy something that might leak and you absolutely must use one, get only ONE!

And finally, get a Pedometer! You’ll walk more. There’s nothing magical about this. When you track your steps, you will walk more and use your vehicle less. The bottom line is: you’ll be healthier, and the air will be just a little less emission-filled.

In 2014, I took on a personal challenge to wear one little purple dress for 30-days. Yes, I had a twin-little purple dress … one to wear, one to wash. I reinvented MLPD with accessories I had in my closet. If I bought anything, it was from a thrift shop. Check out my YouTube video: MLPD-my little purple dress.  It was such a fun project that I went 150-days in my little purple dress.

Saving our planet’s precious resources is up to each and every one of us.  Live a lifestyle that supports environmental sustainability. You don’t have to be an environmental geek. You don’t even have to be a long-haired hippie or a tree-hugger. Just, start small, be consistent, conscientious and compassionate. Change yourself, and you can change the world.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016



Everything ever written about relationships stresses the primary importance of good communication. When trying to build a close connection with another person, you must find a way to effectively communicate your feelings, thoughts and ideas to her. Open exchanges of thoughts, accompanied by sincere efforts to understand each other result in excellent communication. If this kind of exchange doesn’t take place there will be a lot of space for misunderstandings to occur. Often you won’t even know if you got your point across at all, and this can be extremely frustrating. When an understanding gulf becomes obvious it becomes necessary to search for other words or illustrations in order to try again. You just won’t feel as connected as you were hoping you would.

Over the years, I have come to believe that the premier method of ensuring good communication is through using word pictures or short illustrations, employing common life experiences as examples. You can really drive home a point when you’re able to give a good illustration or example - and you are often able to do it very succinctly. When you can tell that the other person “gets it” that shared understanding is the beginning of communication. I came across the following “Six Tiny Stories” on the internet; they explain some deep concepts very well – and in very few words:

Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s FAITH.

When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs, because she knows you will catch her. That’s TRUST.

Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarm to wake up. That’s HOPE.

We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That’s CONFIDENCE.

We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That’s LOVE.

On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence, “I am not 90 years old...I am sweet 16 with 74 years’ experience. That’s ATTITUDE.

The anonymous person who wrote these little stories has managed to communicate succinctly and clearly, their definition of faith, trust, hope, confidence, love and attitude. I think anyone who reads them will “get it!”

In friendship,
Sue Ellen, Exalted Queen Mother

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