Thursday, December 17, 2015
2 Tiny Tips - Cabbage and Flexibility...
You know how it is... you buy a cabbage, take it home and keep it in your refrigerator. Then, you cut off a piece to use in soup or stir-fry. That's fine, but if you don't get back to use more pretty soon, the cut surface starts to oxidize and look icky. So, then you slice off a little slice and put it in the compost - an utter waste, really. Here is what I do: I take leaves off the outside of the head of cabbage and cut those up for whatever I am cooking, then put the cabbage head back in the refrigerator. This is much nicer.
Now, about the flexibility... Since we've moved into our trailer, and it is considerably smaller than our old house, I've noticed I have to be more pro-active about getting physical activity. I do walk in the woods, most days, and in the gardening season I work quite hard. I hang up laundry when it's warm enough outside, and I clean house, knead bread, etc... but recently I've started doing something else. For years, when I need to get into a bottom cupboard or shelf, I squat all the way down, and that has made my knees very happy. I started doing that 16 years ago when my knees started acting up. Now, when I need to lean over, or reach out or anything (hard to describe) I lean as far as possible and stretch my muscles. If you think about it as you go about your daily activities, you can work in quite a bit of stretching and your flexibility will improve. All those little things add up. I am happy with the results. Now it's easier for me to do things, and also easier to get up from the floor. Think about the things you do throughout the day. Make them just a little bit more difficult. You'll be amazed, after a while.