Happy World Heart Day

It’s heart health day! I am taking heart health seriously as it has struck close to home a couple times, including this week! And cardio disease is in my family. So I’m making a pledge to exercise, include the good stuff in my diet, and exclude the bad stuff.

I’m taking a look at how to include 30 grams of fiber per day because that’s what the doc recommends for me. Handfuls of beans added to salads, lentil salad, a cup of raspberries, walnuts and almonds; I can do this and so can you. It’s worth it.

I hope you will make a pledge to be heart healthy too.

Here’s a great link for International Heart Day.

World Heart Day

And my poster…


You can make a poster too: https://www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/create-a-poster/

Here are the results of some research I did yesterday, net means you subtract the fiber from the carbs for the net carbs. I don’t do low carb, but I do reduced carbs because too many carbs and white carbs also are bad for your ❤️ and other things like blood sugar. My doc said that too. This is a bit haphazard, I didn’t nail down every nutrient on each one, but this is my starting list. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

.5 cup oats: 4, carbs 29, net 25, calories 160
.5 cup Lentils: 8, carbs 20, net 12
1 oz Walnuts: 2
1 oz pecans: 2
1cup kale: 2
1 artichoke: 10
1 cup raspberries: 8, 15 carbs, net 7, cals 64
.5 avocado: 7
1 pear: 6
1.5 oz. Keto granola*: 3, carbs 5, net 2, calories 200
1 cup Blueberries: 3.6
.5 cup Pinto beans: 8, carbs 20, net 12

Look at avocado and artichokes, wow!

For exercise, my doc said to do 30 minutes a day of cardio, defined as working up a sweat. I do more at a low intensity. I’m not sure that’s as good but I’ve read elsewhere it is good, and the thing for me and my husband, if we love doing something, we do it every day. If not, we fizzle and stop. We love long walks on the beach and kayaking and have rearranged our lives so we can do those things every day, easily. I believe that will also be good, and actually, my doctor was very happy when she heard about our new lifestyle.

There are about fifty tasty looking lentil salad recipes in the New York Times Cooking archive, and cookbooks usually have one in them as well.

Good luck and be heart smart.

* From the Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners by Amy Ramos, a serving is 3 ounces, I do a half serving. I use grass-fed butter instead of coconut oil as I avoid coconut fat. This is all nuts and seeds. Oh, another modification, I use two tablespoons of agave which I mix with the melted butter and spices, and I double the spices, which are cinnamon and nutmeg. The recipe calls for stevia, but we don’t like it, and the amount of agave per serving is very small.

Happy National Play-Doh Day

Fun Fact: Play Doh was originally invented as a wallpaper cleaner by Joe McVicker but a second use was discovered for it – play!

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Photo by thelesleyshow

I love it. It’s so fun to play with children and Play-Doh. It’s inexpensive, easy to use, and best of all, easy to clean up! One of my grandchildren and I made a humming bird together that I thought turned out pretty well. The twins made a chocolate chip cookie, green for the cookie, brown, super smushed chips, LOL! The main thing is all the focus they put into the activity and the delight when they complete something. The other thing that was nice to see with the cookie was how well they have learned to share and play together. Bravo parents!

When’s the last time you played with Play-Doh and what did you make?

Happy International Day of Charity #CharityDay

Such an awesome day! And I have to share about a friend of a friend who saw a kitten on the side of the road just a couple nights ago. She sped by but then slowed, then she turned around and went back. She picked up the little creature and took her to the vet. The kitten had a broken leg and the vet said if they didn’t fix it now, she wouldn’t learn to walk and would always drag that leg. So this woman said, “Do the surgery.”


It was more than four-thousand dollars, but word went out, friends adopted the cat, my friend kicked off a fund-raiser with her own contribution, and when she told me the story we chipped in too, because the story brought a tear to my eye.

Was this is a random act of kindness? It was an act of courage to opt for that surgery, for sure, and a chance for kind-hearted folks, of whom there are so many, to chip in. Last I checked they had almost the whole bill covered.

Here is Midnight, saved by a kind human and her network of caring people.


Wishing you a day of inspiration,

Nicci Carrera


Happy #NationalWildlifeDay

September 4 is National Wildlife Day, and I’m celebrating by sharing photos.

The first mosaic is photos offered free through WordPress, and with credit to the photographers, although I don’t know if the credits are showing. The photographers, from the top left clockwise are Felix Mittermeier, Pixabay, Pixabay, Pixabay, Frans Van Heerden, and Richard Segal, all on Pexels.com. The second mosaic has photos you might recognize from shots I’ve taken.

I hope you get to enjoy our wonderful world and any of the precious members of the wildlife world today (and every day), and if you don’t see any, I hope you enjoy these photos. Also, of course, it’s a great time to join the World Wildlife Fund, WWF. A final note, this day was created in memory of Steve Irwin, of The Crocodile Hunter.

Nicci Carrera