Brussel sprouts, breathing and beaches

“What an odd title?” you might be asking. “Outside of the alliteration, what does it mean?” These three terms represent a list of things I learned more about as I got older.

Brussel sprouts were nowhere close to being something I would eat when I was young. Okra, orange marmalade, spinach, etc. would also be in that category. Now, to my wife’s surprise, I will even eat brussel sprouts, preferably broiled or sautéed in a pan with bacon bits and olive oil. The brussel sprouts are a good metaphor for many things I now enjoy.

The breathing is an odd one. As a high school athlete, I was taught to breathe through my mouth as I worked out. Inhale when lessening the exertion and exhale when exerting. With yoga, more measured breathing is suggested, breathing in and out through the nose, exhaling through your mouth as you need it.

The yoga advice is sound. But, I read recently that breathing normally is better for your lung and heart health, as the sense of smell is activated and it better maintains the  breathing organs. The other observation is I find out I snore less at night by breathing in this manner when I exercise.

Now, what about beaches? I was thinking of the “Sunscreen” song where an older person shares a few pieces of wisdom including wearing sunscreen. I grew up twelve miles from the ocean. So, we hit the beaches often. Sunscreen was sparingly used especially with high schoolers. Yet, as more information emerged at the same time my scalp did so through my thinning hair, caps and sunscreen became paramount. And, don’t forget to re-apply the sunscreen after being out on the beach more than an hour. The sea breeze masks the burning.

So, breathe more naturally, protect your skin, and eat your veggies, including brussel sprouts. And, try other things you passed on. Our great-niece used to say to her mother when asked to try something, “I don’t think I could like that.” That feeling will change.

11 thoughts on “Brussel sprouts, breathing and beaches

  1. Note to Readers: The first sign of sunburn trouble for a man is when he is building sandcastles with his toddlers and discovers he needs a cap when he feels a sunburnef scalp that night.

    As for Yoga, a go-to stretch is the warrior pose. You see it often on TV commercials. One foot in front with toes pointing the direction, with the back foot stretched back perpendicular to the other. You bend at the front knee and extend the same side arm in front with the palm and arm parallel to the ground with other doing the same behind. Start with a few and over time build up twelve relaxing inhale and exhale breaths. Switch sides and do the same. This is Warrior I pose.

  2. Fun post, Keith! I’ll take your advice on the sunscreen if I ever see the sun again, and as for breathing, being severely asthmatic as well as a heavy smoker, I take what I can get. But now the Brussel sprouts … 🤢. My daughter likes them, but Miss Goose and I cannot even stand the smell of them cooking! I have progressed, though … I will now eat broccoli, which it took me some 40 years to acquire a taste for.

    • Thanks Jill. Brussel sprouts are definitely an acquired taste. The strong smell can be offputting. I am also a fan of broccoli and asparagus. I guess we need to eat more green and less white food. Keith

  3. Breathing, veggies, and protection…and keeping all options open. Great advice. I still have trouble with okra, but I’ll try it. Maybe one of these days I’ll enjoy it.

      • I have had gumbo and I didn’t pick out the okra. 😉 I was thankful to be able to stab an okra along with a piece of sausage to disguise the slime. 😮

      • Linda, I learned from the cooking shows okra adds a thickness to stews, but when you broil or fry okra it becomes crisp. We like it lightly battered and fried with a remoulade dipping sauce. But, Iove me some gumbo. Keith

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