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I just returned from the funeral of a relative in Florida and while I sat there during the funeral service, reality set in.  You might ask how come it's just now setting in so let me correct myself by saying...reality set further in.

As we continue to age, we middle-agers are now experiencing the reality of our parents and other older relatives becoming sick or disabled and the entire process that comes along with that, until the day they pass.  Then there's the preparation for the viewing, the funeral and the repast.

When I was a young girl, a funeral was an entirely sad occasion.  Today it's more of a celebration of the life of the deceased.  People are now beginning to say that their loved one would have wanted a celebration...not an entire two days of constant mourning and sadness.

Families go all out at these celebrations these days.  Good food, music,a  meet-and-greet for those who haven't seen each other for ages (yes--sometimes several years!) unplanned family reunion for sure.

That is what this one I attended turned out to be and it was great!  We ended up spending the entire day together for a funeral that started at 10:00am.  E-mail addresses and phone numbers were exchanged.  iPhones and iPads were pulled out to show pictures to bring each other up to date.  Singing, dancing, picture-taking, reminiscing on the life of the deceased...just a wonderful celebration overall.

I much rather the occasion being called a "celebration" and certainly not a "funeral" because after all, everyone was gathered to celebrate the life of the deceased...not the passing.



Well, my 38-day Reclaim-Rebel Wellness Journey has come to an end with great results. As a reminder, this journey was broken down as follows:

--7 days of transitioning into the journey

--1 day of water fasting

--20 days fruitarianism

--5 days vegan

--5 days vegetarian

When I started the journey, I weighed 166.2 lbs and now at the end of the journey, I'm weighing 158.1 lbs. An 8 pound weight loss is good enough for me! I wasn't trying to lose much more than that...10 pounds was my maximum.

My biggest gain from this journey is that my eating habits have changed drastically and will now be a permanent one.

The 1-day water fast gave me my biggest jumpa loss of 3 lbs in one single day!!

I was at my happiest with the 20 days of raw food eating. For the first time in my life I had one fruit as a meal (called a mono-meal). 4 lbs of watermelon, or 4 huge mangoes, or half of a large papaya, or half of a pineapple. Refreshing and uber delicious. In this phase I also became a salad expert and was anxiously looking forward to making my next salad each time. My salads were filling and colorful as I mixed various raw vegetables with fruits to make them. You should see my rainbow plates. Then for dressings, they were usually a blend of a fruit and a vegetable...tomato and peach, tomato and mango, watermelon and green bell pepper, apple and celery...I could go on and on.

It was time for the 5-day vegan phase and I was quite reluctant to get out of the fruitarian phase. Enjoyed it so much!! I went in on the 3 day of this phase but still kept eating my raw vegetables and of course, fruits. I longed for a hard-boiled egg but stuck it out.

The last phase – the 5-day vegetarian, was welcomed as I could now eat everything except meat and dairy. That was fine with me.

This journey woke me up to the goodness of a plant-based diet. I never thought was this doable. Contrary popular belief, there is whole lot to eat on this diet.

I certainly don't miss eating beef (not to mention oxtails...I'm Jamaican). Going forward, I will be eating according to this journey and will probably have wild-caught fish and/or hormone-free chicken on certain occasions, but as a rule, my diet will be based on this 38-day journey.

I wish to thank Akilah Richards of for introducing me to this awesome way of eating. It has truly changed my way of eating and life.



Folks, day 7 was WATER-FASTING DAY!  Something I have never, ever done.  The entire day was spent consuming nothing but plain and/or coconut water.

Started out pretty well until I got to around noon time.  The growling in my stomach began.  To rectify that, I simply drank more water until I was full.

A wonderful flush for the kidneys for sure.  Many, many, many visits to the bathroom.

I stayed away from pictures or discussions of food because I knew that being as hungry as I was, it would have been easy to grab something...anything in sight.

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Carried on until around 6:00pm then I started getting a slight headache along with a lethargic feeling.  I simply told myself that the best thing to do at this point was to go to bed early.

I did exactly that, so by 7:00pm I was out like a light!!

I woke up the next morning feeling so proud of myself for sticking the process out and for rewarding my body (particularly as a woman over 50) with this wonderful flush and for allowing my stomach muscles to relax for a day.

The next go-round is the fruitarian segment, where I eat only raw foods--nothing with any form of heat applied to it--which would mostly be fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

ReclaimRebelBannerI have decided to join four fellow rebel-reclaimers (Akilah Richards of,  Trelani Hall Duncan of,  Katrina Harrell @NovemberSage and Monique Halley of ) in reclaiming my temple and rebelling against the trend of the unwell.  I had only recently (over the last year or so)  made a decision to eat less gluten, more fruits and vegetable, and to cut down significantly on sugar, but I nevertheless enthusiastically welcome this Reclaim Rebellion journey.  This will certainly serve to bolster my decision and will be right in line with my aging-well lifestyle that I've embraced.

This is a 38-day journey broken down as follows:

-- 7 days of transitioning into the journey

-- 1 day of water fasting

-- 20 days fruitarianism

-- 5 days vegan

-- 5 days vegetarian

Days 1 through 6 were quite easy and helped me get a better grasp on my wellness journey, particularly as a 50-plus woman.

I started eating even more fruits and vegetables by replacing at least one daily meal with a fruit or with a vegetable salad.  Having a fruit-only meal is really is! Watermelon for lunch is filling, refreshing, nourishing, satisfying...ok -- let me stop!  Another example is eating an entire pineapple for breakfast, then drinking lots of water afterwards.  Super delicious!  Other times I had a green vegetable salad (lettuce or kale with cucumbers) for dinner, and used a blend of mango and tomato as my salad dressing.  Extremely delicious.  These choices are in direct lining with my impending 20 days of fruitarianism.ReclaimRebel1

I'm ready-- both physically and psychologically.

Ready for how great I will feel.  Ready for the weight I will lose.  Ready for the feeling of satisfaction I will get from sticking steadfastly to a journey that's rewarding to my health and well-being in more ways than one.

Join me as I chronicle this life-changing journey.  You may be tempted to try it.  In fact, I'm hoping you will.

So I had my annual physical done today and am happy to have that over and done with for another year. Preventive care, once you hit the 40s, is extremely important. I'm sure you already know this.

What you're actually doing by exercising preventive care, is preparing for a healthier tomorrow. We all would love to have a healthier tomorrow, don't we? The we must keep abreast and in tuned with what's going on with our own bodies.

You might be surprised as to what can happen in a year – the date you had your last physical to the date your next one comes around. Remember that many diseases are age-related hence the reason for staying on top of things. Things like diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, stroke, cancer, high cholesterol, vision impairment, hearing impairment, heart conditions – just to name a few. When you stay abreast and manage your own health, you're prolonging your own life. If, for example, the doctor warns you about your numbers regarding becoming pre-diabetic getting a bit close, you have a strong chance of not getting the disease at all if you properly manage your health. This scenario actually happened to a friend of mine. She was determined that she was NOT going to have it and she got to work, managing her health to keep that number down!

If you follow some of the general rules of staying healthy, i.e., eating healthfully, staying active, not smoking, drink plenty of water, reduce stress and anxiety levels, maintain a healthy weight, etc., you are bound to stay ahead of the health game.

Despite probably being genetically predisposed to any of the various diseases, I believe that if we make the decision to properly manage our own health, we're doing our own selves a huge medical favor.

I'm a firm believer in preventive care and try to live accordingly. My parents always had a saying which I have held steadfast to over the years: “An ounce of prevention is BETTER than a pound of care.” Powerful statement, isn't it?


Yes, friends. Going green is easier than you think. We must be environmentally conscious these days in pursuing a green lifestyle. Taking some very small steps could turn you into the go-to person for ideas on going green before you know it. Besides, there's a plethora of information out there today on the internet, in books and in magazines to assist you if you have no idea where to begin.

One example is simply changing the lightbulbs in your home to LED and CFL bulbs. Massive yearly savings can be derived from doing this.

I pursue recycling relentlessly in my own home. (It's a joke in the family.) I have three containers in my kitchen - one each for glass, plastic and paper. You would be surprised how quickly these containers get filled up from items you use constantly. On a Wednesday when the recycling truck rolls around, my containers are already at the curbside for pickup.

Become health-conscious and choose organic alternatives for your foods, particularly if you're 40-plus and older. Your health as an older person depends on this.  This might not always be possible but even supporting local growers by buying from local farmers markets or even growing your own herbs and vegetables! Incidentally, growing your own is a ton of fun. You should really try it!

When shopping at the market or supermarket, bring your own reusable tote-bags. This is so much easier and you save yourself from accumulating a ton of those annoying little plastic bags that end up in a pile in your kitchen or in your car!

Take public transportation, ride or walk if you can to your destination. I loved taking the train to work back in my 9-5 days! I got a chance to sight-see, read or do a crossword puzzle while someone else did the driving! Walking to the nearest park was great for my workout routine in the Spring and Summer seasons as well and I saved, saved, saved on gas!

There are a ton of other ways to go green which I will save for another post, but friends, really look into becoming environmentally conscious and choose to use some of the many ways there are out there to go green. Our world depends on this.