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Posts Tagged ‘American Cancer Society’

Party With No Guests

Posted by terrepruitt on April 16, 2011

All week long I have been thinking about the Nia Class I am having to Benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.  I have been thinking and planning, but I waited until the last minute to DO.  It is late the night before and I am printing, practicing, creating, thinking, writing, but at least I am not worrying.  All week long I felt like the person who plans a party and then worries that no one will show up.  Have you ever had that worry?  I was worried but then I talked to a few people who said they are going to come.  I would like a full house, but I am just glad that I won’t be by myself.

As I was thinking about having a party and having no one show up I remembered something about a party when I was young.  I remembered being invited to a party.  It was a birthday party.  I don’t think I knew the girl well, she was one of those quiet children that hadn’t been around for long.  Sadly I don’t remember her name, nor do I remember when she left.  But I do remember her party.  Well, that isn’t even true.  I remember at one point I didn’t want to go.  I remember hemming and hawing and talking to my mom about not going.  But then I decided to go.

My mom drove me to the place where the party was.  I remember it was a trailer park.  I think it was not far from my house.  I remember the birthday girl in a dress.  I remember us waiting together for more people to show up.  No one else came.  I remember feeling so bad for my friend.  I remembering feeling bad that I almost didn’t even show up myself.  This all came to me in a rush this past week as I was thinking, “What if no one shows up?”  I remember how hurt my friend was.  It made me sad remembering.

As I mentioned, I can’t remember much more of the party.  I don’t remember a lot of the details obviously, but I do remember I was the only one that went.  I don’t think I have ever been to another party where that had happened.  I don’t think I have ever had that happen.  I usually pester a couple of friends into telling me whether they are coming or not because I DON’T want to have a party and have no one show up.  Hosting a party and hosting a class are two different things.  I don’t feel it is as bad pestering people about whether they are attending your party, but I don’t feel right doing that when it comes to having a class.  I am just happy that a few people are coming and so I won’t be dancing by myself and I will at least have a few donations to add to the relay.

It is odd the things you remember.  While I was remembering about my friend from grade school I sent out a little positive thought.  I hope that she is doing well.  Maybe you can send out a positive thought for me too . . . help the benefit for cancer Nia class be a success.  Thanks!

http://bit.ly/terreacsrelay

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Move and eat for Health

Posted by terrepruitt on February 22, 2011

I believe that movement, like Nia, can help keep our bodies mobile and balanced.  I also believe foods can give us nutrients to help our bodies function better. I believe there are natural ways to help stave off disease. But I do also believe that at anytime our cells can malfunction and cancer can occur. I don’t try to eat healthy with the idea that if I do I won’t get cancer because so many things can contribute to cancer. So many people have it.  I was just remembering the days when I didn’t know anyone that had cancer.  Now I know too many.  There are so many different types. There is no guarantee one will not get cancer. On a commercial recently for a show I saw a doctor asked who gets lung cancer, her response was, “Anyone with lungs can get lung cancer.” That is the truth. Anyone can get it. Unfortunately.

What I DO really believe is that a healthy body can fight it better. A lot of the treatments for cancer kill off good stuff in our bodies as well as the cancer. So if we have a strong healthy body it can combat the offending cells and treatment. Healthy people get sick, but they can often recover faster because they have a base of good health. A body can only handle so much. It is not able to fight off everything thrown at it. There is too much now-a-days. So the healthier the start, the better.

I know a lot of foods claim to decrease the risk of cancer but that is usually not what I am thinking about when I eat it.  I am thinking about how the food is thought to assist in the function of the body.  I am thinking about how I believe that the ingredients on my avoid list* interfere with the body’s healthy functions, which could very well result in a decrease risk of cancer, but will definitely result in your body FEELING better.  Plus I believe that when your body feels better you will actually FEEL better emotionally.

None of us want to get cancer so foods thought to decrease the risk are worth consuming, but I think it is unwise to think that we will not get cancer because we are eating foods “proven to fight”/”shown to decrease the risk”.  We should concentrate on eating well to feel well and stay healthy.

*Ingredients I avoid:  High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Partially hydrogenated Oils, Canola Oil

On somewhat of a side note:  I have joined a Team for the American Cancer’s Society Relay for Life.  The walk is May 14, 2011.  If you would like to contribute, please do.  I am walking in memory of a friend who succumb to cancer and family and friends that are survivors or are in current battles.  Also on April 30, 2011, I’m walking in the San Jose MS Walk:    http://bit.ly/terremswalk

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