Review Wednesday: The Boy Who Didn’t Like Bananas

My dad and brother collaborated and self-published a children’s book, The Boy Who Didn’t Like Bananas.

Michael, my dad, wrote and John, brother, illustrated.

Bananas are nutritionally good for your body.

And reading is nutritionally good for your brain.

Bananas “are delicious. Not to mention that they’re very nutritious.”

medium-sized banana has about 100 calories, 3 grams of fiber and not even 1 gram of protein.

According to the Chiquita Banana website under health and nutrition some nutrition facts provided are:

  • Safe and pure enough for baby’s first solid food, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Bananas are a terrific, heart-healthy food when included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Naturally fat-, cholesterol- and sodium-free.
  • A good source of potassium, dietary fiber, manganese and vitamins B6 & C.

There is also a yoga pose called Banana (Bananasana), which according to the Yin Yoga website is a delicious way to stretch the whole side of the body and stretches the oblique stomach muscles and the side intercostal muscles between the ribs, among some other benefits.

The book has a nice message. I feel that bullying is addressed in a light way. We are reminded that we all … Continue reading

Taking care of No. 1

As a woman I have to remind myself that I need to take care of me, too.

I have a long commute to work and a long day during the week as I get up between 5:15 and 5:30 most mornings. At times my job can be demanding and stressful.

Even though I am not a mother I am usually worrying about someone else or thinking about someone else or making sure things get done for someone else.

In order to take care of others we have to take care of No. 1 first. Otherwise we really can’t take care of others as well as we think we should.

Lately I have been getting a massage once a month. For years I have gotten massages regularly. And when money is OK I make sure to do it more often.

Today I got a massage from my awesome massage therapist Thanh at Bellissima Day Spa in Berkeley, where I have been going for more than seven years. Thanh is amazing with her hands. She is also a good, kind and hard working person. She cares about me and the feeling is mutual.

Today as she was working me I realized … Continue reading