My Cajun Roots run Deep

My Cajun background

I travel quite a bit and it’s inevitable that someone will ask me where I am from. When I say “Louisiana”, it never fails, people always say “but you don’t have an accent”. While it is true that certain areas of Louisiana come with a heavy Cajun accent, the last 2 generations of my immediate family have lived in the Metro New Orleans area, which softened the accent.

However, our family Cajun Roots run deep. My great grandparents (and yes, I do remember them) did not speak English. My Grandparents learned English, but continued speaking the Cajun language with their parents and their children (my generation’s parents). My dad spoke both Cajun and English, but the buck stopped there. After my Grandparents passed on, the language died off in our family. We do have family that still live in the Bayou areas. Cajun is still their primary language but, we, the city family rarely see them. Over the years the language died off and the accent softened up a lot.

Growing up Cajun

I like to think I had the best of both worlds; country girl and city girl. My grandparents had a farm when I was a child, which resulted in spending many weekends and summers on the farm. My father loved the water and always owned a boat. We spent a great deal of time in the water as well:

  • trawling for shrimp
  • fishing for salt water fish (our favorites were Red fish and Trout)

Trawling Trips

Trawling was hard work but I enjoyed everything about it. The first drag was the boring part. Trawling in a small vessel goes at a slow pace and not much to do but anticipate what we were going to yield from the 1st drag; it always set the pace for the rest of the day. If our 1st drag came up with a full net, the excitement would build as we jumped into action. After we pulled the net up we emptied it into the pick box, prepped the net and drag boards and dropped it back into the water. After the 1st catch came in, it created timely work picking the shrimp out, tossing them into the ice chests. Sometimes we would get lucky and catch some soft shelled crabs in the net, which always contributed to the celebration. That meant we would have fried, soft shelled crabs as a result.

When we pulled the boat out of the water, we were calling home from a payphone at the dock, so my mom would know what to expect. If we were coming home with ice chests full of shrimp, she would make some phone calls to everyone on standby to come help us pop heads and package the shrimp for the freezer. It became a big party. There would be music playing, and an outdoor burner and pot to boil some of the catch from the day. We would sit there for hours popping heads, eating and talking about our tales from our day on the water. Time well spent as a family.

Fishing Trips

My favorite activity on the water was the fishing trips. There is something so exciting about seeing that cork go under the water line, pulling that pole up and setting the hook. When you set that hook on a good catch you can feel it. The Adrenalin starts pumping and the fight to real it in ensues. I can recall the excitement and the team work that would happen. My dad was a great coach.

Get the net! Oh, it’s a big one! Coming along the side to keep from losing him. He is running!

Me

Let some drag out so he doesn’t pop the line. Don’t let him get around the back of the boat and wrap the line around the motor. You will lose him. Keep the line tight. Get him closer so I can get the net under him.

My Dad

Growing up Cajun was fun, energetic and a great deal of hard work. Not to mention the sunburns we would suffer with after being on a boat all day. Back in those days you needed a prescription to purchase sunscreen. Things have changed a great deal since I was a child. Some for the good.

There are many charter boat fishing captains in our area if you ever want to experience the excitement of catching a big Red fish or Trout. I have included a personal friend’s link, Fry’n Pan Fishing, for your convenience but you can also search google in the specific areas you want to try.

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Places to Visit in New Orleans/Metro New Orleans Area

Outside of Bourbon St., What else is there to do in New Orleans?

New Orleans is well known for it’s party scene on Bourbon St. and it’s unique culinary, but there are many other areas of sight seeing in the Crescent City that are worth checking out. There are too many to list but this is a start:

Museums

Ranked by TripAdvisor as the #1 Attraction in New Orleans, named by USA Today as the #1 Best Place to Learn U.S. Military History, and designated by Congress as America’s official museum about World War II, The National WWII Museum features a rich collection of artifacts that bring history to life.

The National World War II Museum Website

Audubon Institute Featuring

Mardi Gras

Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide contains 164 colorful pages of facts, photos, features, and fun, including more than 50 individual parade profiles and maps. The award-winning magazine includes a history of the event; answers to the 25 most frequently asked questions; an illustrated glossary of Mardi Gras terms; and articles on New Orleans personalities, traditions and happenings. For more than three decades, the city’s top writers and photographers have worked together to create a publication that has achieved genuine collectible status. With more than three million copies sold, Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide is recognized as the program to the event.
Mardi Gras 2019 is March 5, 2019!

Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Website

Cemetery Tours: No, this is not a typo!

Catholic Heritage

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

THE WORLD’S LONGEST BRIDGE OVER A BODY OF WATER

www.TheCauseway.us

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, sometimes only the Causeway,[2] is a fixed link composed of two parallel bridges ssing Lake Pontchartrain in southern LouisianaUnited States. The longer of the two bridges is 23.83 miles (38.35 km) long. The southern terminus of the Causeway is in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. The northern terminus is at Mandeville, Louisiana.
Since 1969, it was listed by Guinness World Records as the longest bridge over water in the world; in 2011, in response to the opening of the allegedly longer Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in China, Guinness World Records created two categories for bridges over water: continuous and aggregate lengths over water. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway then became the longest bridge over water (continuous)[3] while Jiaozhou Bay Bridge the longest bridge over water (aggregate).[4

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Swamp Tours

As you can see, we have a diverse city with many sites to see, resulting in unexpected experiences when you travel to the city of New Orleans and the Metro New Orleans area. I am not a travel guide; more of a local resident who feels that so much of our Culture is overlooked, because so many people consider our area a party destination only. Don’t miss out! Do some research.

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Why Drinking Water is Important

5 Major Functions that Water Aids in

  • In the blood, water transports oxygen, glucose, and fats to working muscles and carries away metabolic by-products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
  • Water helps urine eliminate metabolic waste products.
  • Water aids saliva and gastric secretions, which helps digest food.
  • It lubricates joints and cushions organs throughout the body.
  • In sweat, it dissipates heat through the skin.

Did you know that your body will retain less water if intake is sufficient?

How can water help weight loss?

  • When water takes place of sugary beverages or juice, it results in a reduction of total calorie intake.
  • Drinking a glass of water before meals and snacks can help an individual feel full and consume fewer calories.
  • Maintaining sufficient amounts of water can help the body to function more efficiently, especially in the areas of maintaining ideal body temperature during exercise and increasing fat utilization.
  • Its common to mistake thirst for hunger. Click here for my recent post: are you hungry or thirsty
  • Drinking water helps decrease the desire for other sugary, high calorie drinks.

What type of Water is Best?

Water that does not contain sugar or artificial sweeteners is best. Excessive consumption of artificial sweeteners can stimulate hunger. When that happens, it can derail your health goals and eating plans as a result.

How Much Water is Enough?

Making changes gradually can help reduce the daunting affects and help contribute to permanent success. Start making small increases. See what works for you. A doctor or registered dietitian can help you determine the amount of water that is right for you. I have included a quote from the Mayo Clinic’s website below as a reference.

How much water do you need?

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.
So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:

About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men
About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
These recommendations cover fluids from water, other beverages and food. About 20 percent of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks.
What about the advice to drink 8 glasses a day?

You’ve probably heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s easy to remember, and it’s a reasonable goal.
Most healthy people can stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than eight glasses a day might be enough. But other people might need more.

Factors that influence water needs

You might need to modify your total fluid intake based on several factors:
Exercise. If you do any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to cover the fluid loss. It’s important to drink water before, during and after a workout. If exercise is intense and lasts more than an hour, a sports drink can replace minerals in your blood (electrolytes) lost through sweat.
Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional fluid intake. Dehydration also can occur at high altitudes.
Overall health. Your body loses fluids when you have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea. Drink more water or follow a doctor’s recommendation to drink oral rehydration solutions. Other conditions that might require increased fluid intake include bladder infections and urinary tract stones.
Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. The Office on Women’s Health recommends that pregnant women drink about 10 cups (2.4 liters) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume about 13 cups (3.1 liters) of fluids a day.

www.Mayoclinic.org

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Did you Know: #Magnesium & #VitaminD

Magnesium Boosts Vitamin D

Do you believe you are getting enough vitamin D in your daily nutrition? Did you know if your diet lacks magnesium, you won’t get the full benefit of vitamin D?

Before you start buying supplements, see a physician and ask for a vitamin panel, blood work report. I have had many fitness clients over the years that suffered unusual symptoms during regular exercise. Most symptoms were directly contributed to the lack of certain vitamins and minerals. Always get the facts before self medicating to avoid toxic overloads which can result in other health concerns.

According to Webmd.com

If you shun the sun, suffer from milk allergies, or adhere to a strict vegan diet, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by the body in response to skin being exposed to sunlight. It also occurs naturally in a few foods–including some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks–and in fortified dairy and grain products

Webmd
for full article click here.

Study Published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

The study found that vitamin D is not properly metabolized when magnesium levels are low.

Abstract

Nutrients usually act in a coordinated manner in the body. Intestinal absorption and subsequent metabolism of a particular nutrient, to a certain extent, is dependent on the availability of other nutrients. Magnesium and vitamin D are 2 essential nutrients that are necessary for the physiologic functions of various organs. Magnesium assists in the activation of vitamin D, which helps regulate calcium and phosphate homeostasis to influence the growth and maintenance of bones. All of the enzymes that metabolize vitamin D seem to require magnesium, which acts as a cofactor in the enzymatic reactions in the liver and kidneys. Deficiency in either of these nutrients is reported to be associated with various disorders, such as skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic syndrome. …

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
for full study and report, click here.

Again, please have proper blood work performed and evaluated before starting any supplement program. If you have high potassium concerns, taking magnesium can result in elevated potassium levels.

Foods high in magnesium

  • legumes
  • whole grains
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • leafy greens
  • dark chocolate

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Do you #overthink situations and perhaps miss the #obvious?

Perfect example on how to overthink and miss the obvious.

One of my dear clients shared this story with me that proved to be a great example of overthinking, which, in turn, causes missing the obvious at hand. Thank you Ken!


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and go to sleep.
Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.
“Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”
Watson replied, “I see millions of stars.”
“What does that tell you?”
Watson pondered for a minute.
“Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.”
“Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo.”
“Horologic-ally, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three.”
“Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant.”
“Meteorologic-ally, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.”
“What does it tell you, Holmes?”
Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke: “Watson, you idiot. Someone has stolen our tent!”

Author unknown

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Quote of the Week: Problem Solving

“If I put a rope around your neck and pull, your neck hurts, but your neck isn’t the problem, I am, because I am pulling the rope.”-Mike Boyle

When it comes to managing your team members, do we focus on the symptoms or do we coach people on resolving the true problems?  It is easy to get caught up in the symptoms of problems; it’s more difficult to recognize the problem and move towards the solutions.  The best approach to problem solving is asking great, probing, open ended questions.  Questions that require more than a yes or a no answer.  Think:  Why is there a problem? How did we get here?  What could we have done differently to have achieved a better outcome?

Check out this short blog about focusing on the solution.

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Ways to Avoid Overeating and Drinking during the Christmas and New Year Seasons

With Christmas and New Years upon us, I wanted to give you some ideas to outsmart overeating and over drinking.  Let’s face it, we snack, we eat dinners, we drink cocktails, and before you know it, you are suffering with a stuffed belly and a headache from too much alcohol.  There is always an assortment of food and desserts that we have to try.  Don’t get caught up in the moments and suffer for it later.  

Things you can do to outsmart overeating:

  • Never show up to a party hungry.  Do not “skip” a meal to “leave room”.  This is self sabotage! Always eat a hearty, healthy meal before attending any get together.  Chances are you won’t be eating very healthy the rest of the day, so start off strong. 
  • Don’t use large plates or bowls.   Make mindful decisions to serve small portions of everything you want to try.  We usually eat many different dishes, so smaller, bite sized portions are the best way to go.  You can always go back for more later.
  • Slow Down!!!!!  When you eat fast, your “fullness” doesn’t show up until after you have eaten too much.  Eat slower, hold discussions while eating, and be mindful about it.  Put your fork down between bites.  Check out this previous blog on snacking tricks.
  • Eat soup and/or salad before eating main meal.
  • Be polite to “food pushers”.   Tell them you will have more later when your fullness declines.  Don’t fall for peer pressure when it comes to food.  Recognize it for what it is, and find a way out of the situation.
  • Stay hydrated; It helps the “full” feeling kick in. Check out this previous blog on how being thirsty causes us to overeat. 

Things you can do to outsmart over drinking:

  • Stay hydrated.  I like to drink a glass of water with every beer I drink.  If I am drinking heavier alcohol, I like to drink 2 glasses of water for every drink.
  • When drinking wine, Sip slowly, enjoy the taste, let it linger on the tongue and put the glass down between sips.  If we hold our drink, we tend to sip more and finish the drink faster. 

Activities to keep from overeating and over drinking:

  • Move away from the food area
  • Get out in the yard with the kids; toss a football around
  • Take a group walk after eating
  • Dance
  • Have fun!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Catherine Bares

*I am not a nutritionist. You should consult physicians when feeling ill after a day of too much indulging.  These are tips that I like to incorporate in my holiday gatherings but may not be a good fit for everyone.  The water to alcohol ratio works for me with light drinking.  Don’t overdo it.   


 

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Why Do We Eat Too Much At Night?

I don’t know about you, but I am an emotional, night time eater.  I find if I follow the Circadian Rhythm, and hit the sack earlier in the night, I do much better and experience less urges. (Click here to read my blog on  the Circadian Rhythm)

I have a good understanding of what triggers my night time eating but, I  still fight it when I do not go to bed by 9:00 pm.

Findings from the International Journal of Obesity

The International Journal of Obesity conducted a study to better understand why evening hours pose a high risk for overeating and unhealthy snacking.

Blood tests were used to measure stress and hunger  hormones, but participants also related their subjective levels of fullness. 

Researchers discovered that the time of day significantly influenced hunger levels, with stronger perceived appetite in the evening than in the morning.  Eating the test meal later in the day also reduced blood levels of peptide YY, a hormone linked to smaller appetite. Additionally the findings suggested that stress may increase hunger hormones more in the evening than earlier in the day and that hormonal influence on  appetite appears to be greater for people prone to binge eating.

July-August 2018 ACE Fitness Journal

One of the suggestions that the article made for people who are vulnerable to late night eating, should be counseled on strategies to overcome the sensations.

What  else can we do?

  1. Perform light, evening, cardio exercises to reduce stress: walking, bike ride, etc.
  2. Consume more calories during the day 
  3. Eat high-protein, fiber-rich foods at dinner to suppress hunger 
  4. Avoid late night screen time: television (lots of late night fast food commercials can increase cravings), phone time, computer time
  5. Shut down all electronics 30 minutes before bed
  6. Block all light coming into your sleeping area

Remember: I am not a licensed Nutritionist or Life Coach.  Any information I share are from 3rd parties.  You must do your research and seek direction from your doctors/nutritionists before you make drastic changes in your exercise routines, eating habits, vitamin and mineral intake.  

Catherine Bares


 

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Married 33 Years – 33 Reasons Why

Always up for a Party
Weekly Date Night
British Columbia Trip

Married for 33 years:

This month, Frank & I will be celebrating 33 years of marriage.  There have been many ups and many downs but, our love has proven the test of time.  People always ask me; “How do you do it? or, What is your secret?”  There are no secrets, only actions and love.  I am an emotional, reactive person by nature.  So, over time I have learned to stop, and think about things before I let my emotions drive my decisions, and believe me, my emotions drove a lot of bad decisions over the years.  My only regret is not figuring that out in my younger years.  I cannot control the past so, I move forward to the future with a better understanding of myself and our partnership, which makes it work.  In honor of our 33 years together, I have put together 33 reasons why I love and cherish my husband.   

All the reasons why:

  1. Love
  2. Passion
  3. All the “I Love You’s”
  4. Good Morning Kisses
  5. All the “I’m Sorry’s”
  6. All the “I miss you’s”
  7. All the “Will you Marry Me’s” (I took him up on that twice-original and renewing our vows in the Church)
  8. Weekly, dinner date nights
  9. Trips to support my hobbies (there have been many hobbies :>) )
  10. Encouragement to do what makes me happy
  11. Sticking with me during tough times
  12. Working his butt off to support our family
  13. Serving our Nation
  14. Forgiveness
  15. Millions of hugs
  16. Nursing me back to health 
  17. Sleeping on the sofa for 3 weeks when I couldn’t lay down in the bed due to 6 broken bones
  18. Giving up his recliner for 4 months while I recovered from those broken bones (I knew it was true love at this point!!)
  19. Taking care of our children nightly when I worked the late shift
  20. Being there for my family and friends
  21. Protecting me
  22. Introducing me to Country Music
  23. Always open for an adventure
  24. Kindness 
  25. Understanding
  26. Giving Nature
  27. Laughter 
  28. Holding me
  29. Letting me cry
  30. Attending every Baseball game and track meet for our children
  31. Taking care of my cars (and all of the “traditional, husband chores”)
  32. All the “Hey Beautiful’s”
  33. All the Family Vacations

What are your reasons why?

How long have you been married and what reasons do you stay in love?  Leave a comment, share your stories so I can share in your success.

Catherine Bares


 

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Seattle/Emerald City Charm

On the Road

I’ve been on the road for the past couple of weeks and have been quiet on the blog side; my apologies.  Although I am still out of town, my last trip to Seattle has inspired me to write this blog.  I am finally ready to publish it and send it out.  Please leave a comment about your favorite spots in Seattle. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Seattle charm yet, what would you do if you were to end up in the Emerald City?  Any bucket list wishes?

Pikes Place Market

There are many things to do and see in Seattle.  One of my favorite things to do, when I make it downtown, is to venture into Pikes Place Market, a public market that opened in 1907, overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront. (one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers market in the United States) If you make it into the market, be sure to check out Pike Place Fish Market, where flinging fish from the display cases to the scales for cutting and packaging has become one of Seattle’s most well-known landmarks.  It is quite entertaining to watch the flying fish and the delighted patron’s reactions, especially those seeing it for the 1st time.

Along with flying fish, the market showcases many businesses; seafood, fresh produce, fresh flowers, crafts of all kinds, art, specialty foods, and an abundance of bakeries, cafes, diners, restaurants and sweet shops.  There are 3 floors of unique shops, specializing in collectibles, comics, jewelry, books, art and more.

Street performers have long entertained shoppers which adds to the Market’s ambiance.  You will be surprised by some of the talents that linger in and sets up to perform.

Other attractions that I felt were well worth the time and investments

  • Seattle’s underground tour (learn about the Emerald City’s strange and quirky history)
  • Museum of History and Industry (one rainy day we ventured into this museum and was engrossed in Northwest history, innovation growth and much more)
  • Mt. Ranier (Wilderness hiking, camping, and climbing)
  • Space Needle (Amazing views of the water, city, and mountains.  Newly added, floor to forever glass floors that are calling me back to check out. Maybe on my next trip)

Restaurants

There are many restaurants in the downtown area that provide a unique dining experience.  Some come with amazing views of waterfronts, marinas, or the city. For the wine lovers,  you may want to check out the Purple Cafe that features a unique, circular, staircase wine rack system.

What are your favorite adventures in Seattle?  Where would you go if you went to Seattle?  Leave a comment, I would love to hear about it.

Catherine Bares


 

I’ve been there and done that many times.

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