Food and Friends

Today is June 18th

What I have learned from my friend, Ann

Ann: “If you are going to be naughty, you must exercise!”

Lesson: If you are going to eat excess calories, you must be more active.

Ann, oh Ann. We’ve had a myriad of philosophical discussions, but oh what a FUN friend. Ann has taught me that you can have fun, but still run a tight ship. Her outbursts of singing, wit, humor and thoughtfulness has made a difference in my life. She has also taught me to be discrete in giving as well as a cheerful giver. I barely knew Ann when one day I found her cross necklace that I admired the previous day, adorned on my office door clip. Ann is a special person and many people may not know what I know, because I saw with my own eyes … her selflessness.

Tip or quote of the day:

“Just whistle while you work (whistle)

Put on that grin and start right in

to whistle loud and long

Just hum a merry tune (hum)

Just do your best and take a rest

and sing yourself a song”

                                   -Frank Churchill

Take Action Today:

  • Think of happy tunes at work or home today.
  • Move more if you eat more than usual today.
  • Be a cheerful giver

It’s gotta be fun!

 Today is Wednesday, May 21st

The topic or question of the day:


     This past week I ran into a friend of mine I don’t get to see very much anymore.  She amazes me every time I run into her because she went from not exercising, to walking a 5 K and next thing I knew, it was a 10 K, then coaching others, and now plans on the Tulsa Run this year.  She is smiling from ear to ear and her face is glowing, not to mention her calves are on many people’s “wanted” list!  She absolutely loves it!  That is what makes exercise fun.  After seeing her, it encouraged me to drag out what I find gives me a great work out and makes me smile.  My balance beam.  I put on my favorite CD and practiced all the old mounts, leaps and turns while building core strength.  I even worked up a sweat and of course fell a “ca-zillion” times.  When physically active, and blood is pumping, there is a genuine feeling of strength.  For many people dancing is fun and if that is your fun, I  encourage you to put on some music and dance the night away.  


     One of my main problems is that once I worked hard, I do get hungry and have to be careful not to over-rationalize and say…”I exercised, therefore….I can have”.   Most people do this to some degree.  The trick is to eat those 3 bites of something to take the edge off and stop.  Intelligent eating!

Quote or tip of the day:  

It is much more fun to exercise with other people.

Take Action Today:  

1. Ask someone to go on a walk with you instead of going to lunch or the coffeeshop. 

2. Look into some different types of exercise and remember, mowing the lawn and weeding gardens is also movement therapy.


Food Riddles

Round and round and round we go

Seeing all the things that grow

Some on top and some below

Which is which?  Do you know?


Growing deep beneath the soil

To eat me requires toil

Brown and round, not like a tree

I have eyes but cannot see.

What am I?


I grow on a vine with very large leaves

I’m always used on All Hallows Eve.

Thanksgiving Day does not go by

Without me inside a pie

What am I?


Try to tell me who I am

You can’t find me in a can,

Sometime white and sometimes brown

Grown in a cane and finely ground

What am I?


Round and yellow growing deep

When I’m used, I make you weep

But flavoring’s what I do best

So hurry put me to the test!

What am I?


Think of elephants, big and gray

Think of the circus where clowns play

Think of shells not from the sea

Think of butter, you’ll find me!

What am I?


Springtime finds me in a tree

Then the weather sets me free

Put in a vat and boiled down

Then on a pancake flat and brown

What am I?


Most people think I’m a vegetable

But I am really not

I’m red and firm and edible

And sometimes I am hot.

What am I?


I eat iron from the ground

I grow long but never round

My vitamins will give you spark

So you can see things in the dark

What am I?


Red things growing, planted deep

Weeks and weeks I stay asleep

My tops are good, but if you wait

When you cook me, I’ll taste great!

What am I?


How did you like our rhyming game?

How many foods did you name?

Some were easy, some were tough

All were fun and that’s enough!


Suzanne Forsberg

Joanne D’Apolito



Answers: Potato, pumpkin, sugar, onion, peanut butter, maple syrup, tomato, carrots, beets.