When I was going through some issues, I didn’t feel well a lot of the time. My doctor advised regular exercise and good nutrition. They work better than any medication, he said. When you go off drugs, there are rebound effects. I decided to heed his words. Now that I am better, I am gaining a little weight. This happens when you are happier with your life. Depression is great for staying thin, but what a price you pay! Now I am back to the doctor’s advice and you will often find me on the treadmill at the gym. The endorphins a workout releases work wonders to keep that happy mood intact. If you are down, they will get you back up fast.

Nutrition wasn’t to be ignored of course. I ran out to buy all kinds of fruit and vegetables. They make great snacks, so you will avoid chips and dip. I don’t want to eat healthy short term, but always. Vegetables will be on my plate at dinner next to a piece of chicken or fish. I will give myself two weeks to lose four pounds after which I will continue this practice. I just will be able to sneak a cookie now and then. Sugar is also great for mood enhancement. Many people who are depressed or anxious load up on sugar, fat or carbs. They are all devastating as the effect doesn’t last long. What does is the excess poundage. Now I am into better food choices and here to remind you to do the same. At least, you won’t feel depressed about being overweight. And you will look good in your gym clothes.

It was fun standing by the kitchen sink rinsing everything under the steady stream of water provided by my reliable Delta from Kitchen Faucet Depot after seeing it on their Facebook page. With one pull of the lever to the right, I get instant cold water. The produce is rinsed and dried and goes into the fridge in plastic bags. It is easier for me to do everything at once, so I have only one mess to clean up. There are carrot peelings and orange rinds everywhere. I place them in a sack and toss them in a plastic lined trash can. The whole task is simple as pie. I love handling the vegetables and looking at their graceful shapes and vibrant colors. A red pepper taking a cold shower under the Delta is a gorgeous site.

Apples and pears are so pretty that they go into a painted ceramic bowl on the countertop. During certain times of the year I replace them with lemons, lines and oranges. Tomatoes also look nice taking a nap on your butcher block and they like to stay at room temperature. Everything else will soon become a healthy salad with a low-cal dressing. I turn off the Delta faucet, hang the damp kitchen towel and turn off the light. My work is done, and I am very content. Who said cooking is therapeutic is right.