It’s a YES for “The Spy Who Dumped Me”!

Good day, Dear Reader:

Let me say that I went with some trepidation to see The Spy Who Dumped Me, just out at theaters everywhere. With that title I expected fall flat jokes, lots of pratfalls and a pointless story line. Then why did I go in the first place? Jamie! Well, really Sam Heughan who is Jamie in the STARZ Outlander series. Honestly, I would have gone to see him read the yellow pages. And the movie did not disappoint.

Think of it as Saturday Night Live (at its best) meets James Bond. I am a huge Kate McKinnon fan after her stint as Hillary Clinton on SNL. Well, she steals this one, Mila Kunis, Justin Theroux and a cast of baddies hold their own. Yes, the body count is probably in the dozens, and someone does get impaled, but she was really bad! And if you have traveled to Europe, there are some fabulous scenes taken in Vienna, Budapest, Prague and more!

And of course, there is Jamie, um Sam, who looks as good out of his kilt as he does in it! And if you haven’t seen Outlander and don’t have STARZ, check out the DVD’s at your local library and if you don’t drool, you’re not half the woman I think you are. And if you enjoy that, read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, a great adventure in nine volumes (so far!).

Is it really safe to eat fish?

We all know that a good diet is key to good health, but there is so much confusion around the safety of food choices. Fish is the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsatured fats that are critical to heart and brain health.

The American Heart Association notes that people who consumed seafood four or more times per week had a 22% lower risk of coronary heart disease than those who ate seafood less than once a month. But because of pollution of our oceans, fish may contain unhealthly levels of mercury which poses neurological risks for children and adults. What to do?

Scientists recommend choosing fish that have been shown to have the lowest levels of mercury such as:  Atlantic mackerel, salmon (fresh and canned), trout, catfish, flounder, tilapia, and sole. As for canned tuna, choose the light chunk which has one-third the mercury of albacore and one-fifth the mercury in sushi tuna. Pregnant women are advised not to eat canned tuna.

This is disturbing information as canned or packaged tuna has been my go-to lunch for years, which of course could account for some of my mental deficienties. Moderation, dear, moderation.

Help lower your cholesterol without drugs

When my last bloodwork showed elevated cholesterol, my doctor suggested that I add to my diet a glass of Metamucil every day. She said it is very helpful in bringing down those bad cholesterol numbers. And we know we all need more fiber…besides it is sugar free, doesn’t taste bad in really cold water and you can buy the generic, Equate brand and save a bundle!

Have a wonderful day!



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