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The Agony Of A Yard Sale

Last week I found myself in the throes of a silly yard sale.  I can’t explain why, but I found the entire experience exhausting.  I vowed that I would never do it again.  Never say never, I thought to myself as I tucked the signs deep in the back of the garage.  My father laughed when I said, “It’s like childbirth Dad.  Eventually we forget how painful it was and wind up doing it again!” 

The only positive that I can muster up, is the fact that I was able to get rid of some items that have been sitting around here; unnoticed for quite some time.  If it was quietly tucked away in a box for the last five years, my strong guess is that I didn’t really need it!

On top of the agony of the yard sale itself, I was very much aware of the fact that I had little or no energy to prepare anything even remotely healthy for us to eat.  We reverted to the old standbys…pizza, doughnuts, drive through dining and snacks of unknown origin...ugh.

My body was quick to announce its disapproval.  I developed a headache that would not go away.  My hot flashes returned in all their glory.  I was sluggish and whiney. 

My energy level was on an all-time low.  My nights were sleepless.  I flipped and flopped as I watched the hours on the clock beside my bed silently tick away in the dark.  Holy cow.  I was a freaking mess!

If we are mindful of what we put into our bodies, we will be richly rewarded.  I know some will roll their eyes, but it is true.  Give it a try.  Pledge to eat unprocessed foods for one week and see if you note a difference.  I have a strong hunch that you will feel better…more energized, better sleep and as a result; a much better you! 

My Zachary was patient and awaited my return to the kitchen.  He too has become keen to the positive benefits of my time spent in the kitchen.  After the exhausting yard sale event was over and most things back in their place, I prepared for us a meal of oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes and baked tomatoes with herbs (all organic, of course…another eye rolling opportunity). 

Much to my pleasure, sleep returned for me that night and the headaches quickly disappeared.  The next morning found me refreshed and ready to tackle the day! 

I heard this the other day…”Knowledge is knowing that tomatoes are a fruit; wisdom is knowing that you don’t put them in a fruit salad.”  We know what we should do when it comes to eating healthy; the wisdom is in making it happen!

Baked Tomatoes with Herbs 
4 sliced tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup Romano Cheese
2 sprigs of fresh chopped parsley
1 teaspoon of fresh oregano
1 clove of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil 

Mix together the cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Arrange the tomato slices on a baking sheet, sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture and drizzle olive oil over all.  Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.  Yum.



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