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Tuesday, January 9, 2018


"Eye Health"

It may seem there is heavy concentration awareness on the heart, digestive tract, and brain health but do we take our eyes seriously?  When was the last time you had an eye exam?  Do you wait until your eyes gives you issues?  

Eyes are small organs that gives us vision.  Some may say, "The eyes are the windows to the soul."  An important organ that gives us a view of the world around us.  Almost everyone relies heavily on the eyes to guide him or her while others use their other senses to guide them.  A reason why we should never underestimate the importance of our eyes.

As we age our eyesight tends to decline naturally.  There are times when our eyesight fails us before we reach our aged process due to chronic illness, genetics, or force by nature, such as, accidents.  So, what do we know about "your eyes."

A baby eye is about 16 millimeters
  • The eyeballs get bigger as you grow up (born 16 millimeters wide and by adult about 24 millimeters wide).   
  • The eyes can have different colors because of the cells, melanocytes.  These are the same cells that are responsible of the color of our skin.
  • The eyes have an inner layer, a middle layer, and outer layer.
  • The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye.  It is responsible for focusing the light that comes into our eyes.
  • The black circle in the center of the eye is known as the pupil. Its primary function is to monitor the amount of light that comes into the eye.
  • The colored part of the eye is the iris.  Its function is to adjust the size of the pupil.  It has muscles to contract or expand depending on the amount of light the pupil needs to process a image.
  • The white part of the eye is called sclera.  It provides strength, structure, and protection for the eye.  Sclera contains fibrils of collagen and limited blood supply. *This is the area where doctors can tell the state of your eye health.
  • The retina is the inner layer of the eye made of nervous tissue located in the back of the eye that receives visual message from the front of the eye and transmits visual messages to the brain using electrical signals.
  • The vitreous humour is a clear, jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. It is composed of approximately 98-99% water with trace amounts of hyaluronic acid, glucose, collagen, ions, cations, and anions.  *This is the area in the eye where floaters develop as pieces of the vitreous humour clump up together and cast shadows onto the retina.
Like other parts of your body, your eyes thrives on nutritious foods.  Research suggests eating a "healthy diet" can help prevent several severe eye problems.  Here are six foods that are excellent nutrients for the eyes:
  1. Carrots.  The orange color in carrots have high beta-carotene.  *Sweet potatoes and winter squash are other examples of beta-carotene nutrients.
  2. Kale.  It is loaded with two antioxidants:  zeaxanthin and luetin.  It is linked to lowering the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration which destroys central vision.  *Spinach, mustard greens, and swiss chard are other examples of these nutrients.
  3. Fish.  Salmon and sardines are rich in omega 3 fatty acids.  *Walnuts and chia seeds are other examples of this nutrients.
  4. Citrus fruits.  The vitamin C in the fruits, such as, oranges and grapefruit, can help protect against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.  *Cantaloupe, apricots, bell peppers, and strawberries are other examples of this nutrients.
  5. Green teas.  It contains catechins that are the plant compounds that can help lower the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
  6. Legumes.  Peas, beans, and other legumes contain the mineral zinc.  It can help protect the eyes from the damaging effects of light.  *Peanuts are another example of this nutrients.
As we come to realize, the eye is the utmost importance to the human body.  The eye works together with the brain and nervous system.  Feeding your eyes with the proper foods will continue to give you optimal health.  Every year mark your calendars to have an eye exam.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


"Good Morning"

New York Sunrise
November 1, 2017

    A beautiful morning scenery.  I just had to grab a shot of this morning sky in New York while waiting for the bus.  What better way to bring in the first day of November 2017?  The Sun slowly rising and beaming its appearance in the distance.  "A moment in time to capture the sunrise beauty."

                                                  Live, be, and enjoy life's moment. 


Monday, August 21, 2017


"A Once Lifetime Moment"

2:46pm EASTERN
New York City
Midtown 52nd Street & 6 Avenue
Monday August 21, 2017
Solar Eclipse
Photo taken from Galaxy Samsung SJ7 cell phone

     Monday,  August 21, 2017, will be marked down in science history the day millions of people experienced a once or twice life's moment, The Solar Eclipse.  Today was a chance to experience or "be in that moment of time" when the Moon passed the Sun.  If you have missed that opportunity moment, then you would now have to wait until April 8, 2024 in the United States.  The last time the Moon passed between the Sun and Earth from coast to coast in the United States was the year of 1918.  

What does this mean? 
Many people had officially seen the "totality" of the Eclipse, the part where the Moon completely covers the Sun.  The Moon blocks the light of the Sun and the Moon's shadow is cast on the Earth's surface.  Exciting, huh?  It sure was.  I could not wait until I got home to write about it and share with you all what it felt like to be in that moment on the East Coast New York area during that time event.

Total eclipses happens a couple of years or so, but this particular one is different.  The past eclipses only covered a limited area in the United States in which fewer people were able to see.  Today covered a broader and longer path starting from Oregon to South Carolina known as the "passive totality" where you'll get total darkness while other areas, such as, New York, got partial 70% of the eclipse.

I was so fortunate enough to go outside twice this afternoon.

What happened during the total eclipse?
The sky gets dark making it seem like it's night but technically is still daybreak. There is a little light still coming from the Sun, the outer layer called corona.

I made my way to a spot I felt I would be able to see something.  As you can see, it was still bright.  Keep in mind this brightness is not what it actually looks like when you view the sky scene with the glasses or binoculars.

Me at Rockefeller Plaza
Just the beginning

At 123pm EASTERN the moment started to begin.  I walked to Rockefeller Plaza to find a spot.  I knew that area was an open space in the sky where your view wasn't fully block my tall buildings.  Two kind hearted strangers, a man in a business suit, was peeking through his binoculars he had just bought from B&H camera store for $50.  He had offered me to take a look at the sky with his binoculars to see what was beginning to happen.  Unfortunately, I had a hard time seeing through it.  Then, I saw a lady and her friend wearing their special solar eclipse glasses standing a few inches from where we were standing looking up at the sky.  She, too, offered her glasses to me.  And just then at that very moment I saw it!  I saw like a bright orange circle (Sun) and a little of the Moon beginning to move to cover the Sun.  Wow!!!

My second trip outside 230pm EASTERN.

2:31pm Eastern
The Crowd across the street
NYC midtown 53rd & 6ave.
August 21, 2017

My eye visibility from New York City...

2:38pm Eastern
The sky
Clouds covering the Sun and Moon blocking visibility
Photo from Galaxy Samsung SJ7 cell phone
NYC midtown 52nd Street & 6 Avenue
Minutes before Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017

    When that moment happened it felt like it was going to be a rainstorm.  You know when the clouds begins to close in and it's getting dark.  Now, this scene is from the view of the eyes without special glasses.  If you had the special solar eclipse glasses or binoculars the view scene is totally different.  The solar eclipse glasses are very important to have because the powerful rays from the Sun would damage your coronas (eyes).  I had experienced both views from the kindness of strangers I've met on the streets of Manhattan in midtown.  These strangers were workers probably on their lunch break or 15 minute break standing looking up with their protective eye gear in one spot for a few minutes or seconds.  The atmosphere in the air and around you was excitement and anticipation.  Everyone was in a good mood.  A wonderful feeling to have when you are around total strangers.  

The NYC Midtown Crowd
corner of 52nd Street & 6 Avenue
2:43pm Eastern
A minute before NYC will experience our 70% visibility of the Solar Eclipse

The clouds are still blocking visibility...

The clouds still blocking visibility
2:43pm Eastern
NYC Midtown corner
52nd Street & 6 Avenue
Photo taken on Galaxy Samsung SJ7 cell phone
August 21, 2017

Finally at 2:46pm Eastern I caught the shot of the Solar Eclipse in progress (photo at top of the page).

A few minutes later my cell phone started buzzing off from family members and friends.  These are photos from them on what they caught in their area.  Amazing how at the same time we are watching the sky, others has various views (angles) on what he or she captured.

I called these photos - "Moments of Time"

My friend, Debbie,  from Brooklyn, NY captured this shot...  2:56pm

Her text message:  "Booyah I got it"

Peeking through the wire lines the Solar Eclipse emerges
Photo taken by Debbie from Brooklyn, NY
August 21, 2017

My husband, Robert, photo captured on his coworker cell phone through the Solar Eclipse glasses in New Jersey... 2:57pm

Photo Captured in New Jersey from Coworker
taken from a cell phone through the Solar Eclipse glasses
August 21, 2017
Sent by Robert
My cousin, Tamika, from Virginia captured this photo 3:02pm...

Her text message: "This what I could see with the glasses over my phone... it didn't pick up how the sun really looked though.  It looked like a crescent moon."

Photo Captured by Tamika on her cell phone through the Solar Eclipse glasses
August 21, 2017

Another photo Robert sent 3:06pm...

Photo Captured in New Jersey from Coworker
Taken with a cell phone through the Solar Eclipse glasses
August 21, 2017
Sent by Robert

*More additions...

My Aunt, Colleen, sent me a late night text with these awesome pictures from Retired Police Officer Gary Altamn who captured the last destination pass through of the solar eclipse in Columbia, South Carolina.  South Carolina scheduled time was at 2:41pm Eastern.  The solar eclipse ended about 3pm in South Carolina.  A partial solar eclipse was visible until after 4pm in the Southeast.

Photo Captured by Retired Police Officer Gary Altamn in Columbia, SC
Taken with a special lens on his camera
Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017 (about 3pm)

Photo Captured by Retired Police Officer Gary Altamn in Columbia, SC
Taken with a special lens on his camera
Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017

Photo Captured by Retired Police Officer Gary Altamn in Columbia, SC
Taken with a special lens on his camera
Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017

Amazing event and a wonderful moment of time.  99 years later we all got to see these beautiful photos.

Missed the 2017 lifetime moment?  Well, you have another chance in April 2024.  These are the cities that will be directly in the path of totality:
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Little Rock, Arkansas
Indianapolis, Indiana
Toledo, Cleveland
Akron, Ohio
Buffalo, New York
Rochester, New York
Montpelier, Vermont
Montreal, Quebec

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


"Getting Your Probiotics By Any Means Necessary"
The Good Bacteria

Different kinds of probiotics to add in your daily health diet

     Can you think of the last time you had fermented foods, organic yogurts, probiotic supplements, or probiotic beverages?  If you have to take a while to answer, then you are not getting what your body so righteously deserve.  Probiotic is known to be the "good bacteria" that consists of live active bacteria to help the gut (intestinal) flora.

     A healthy intestinal flora is vital for forming stools and maintaining your immune system.  The digestive tract is 70% of your immune system.  The importance in keeping a high level of live good bacteria is extremely crucial since the digestive tract is a big part of our immune system.  If the immune system is weaken, then your body will be under attack by certain diseases, such as, cancer, respiratory, autoimmune disorders, constant diarrhea, yeast infections, constipation, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diabetes, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), risk in developing ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, and mouth yeast infections.

 Can gut bacteria cure or prevent certain diseases and moods?

     The role of probiotics plays in the functioning of the body has become more evident to the medical world.  Scientists has come to realize the link between the heart, brain, gastrointestinal tract, and mental (mood) state with gut bacteria.  The body needs a strong functioning intestinal tract so it can digest and absorb nutrients we consume on a daily basis.  The nutrients we receive from foods help feeds the whole body system, such as, nervous system, heart, and brain.  Scientists says the human body has a second brain known as "enteric nervous system (ENS)".  It is considered a different type of brain.  Therefore, meaning it consists of two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining the gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to the rectum.  ENS main role is controlling digestion, breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and expelling of waste.  It does not help with the thought processes, conscious thoughts, and decision making like our other brain that is protected by the skull.

Here is a video on "Gut bacteria and health" by Dr. Juliet Ansell...

     According to reports in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute colon cancer rates are on the rise among Generation X and Millennial.  They are facing four times the risk of colon and rectal cancer as to the baby boomers.

What are the signs my body has too much bad gut bacteria or gut flora imbalance?
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Excess intestinal gas
  • Constipation
  • No intestinal gas
  • Prostate issues
  • Breast enlargement in men
  • Candida infection
  • Chronic anemia
  • Chronic respiratory problems
  • Dairy intolerance
  • Vitamin B deficiencies
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Chronic vaginal infections
  • Chronic bladder infections
  • PH balance of your stools
  • Depression
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn/Acid reflux
  • Constant colds
  • Behavior issues
How can I restore and improve my gut flora?

Fermented foods provide excellent benefits.  Fermented foods are packed with probiotics or good bacteria. It is not a new type of food.  Fermented foods have been practiced for years in different cultures around the world.  For example, the Bulgarians are known for their high consumption of kefir, fermented milk, and yogurt.  Bulgaria is one of the countries with people who are 100 years and older.  The Asians are known to eat pickled fermentation of cabbage (kimchi), turnips, cucumbers, garlic, eggplants, and carrots. The Germans are known to eat sauerkraut.  Studies have shown eating fermented foods (probiotic rich foods) has a positive affect on overall health.

Refrigerated shelves of fermented foods in supermarkets

There are recipes and cooking classes that are available in learning how to make one of the popular forms of fermented foods, kimchi.

Traditional kimchi...

Vegans can enjoy this recipe demo...

No time in making homemade kimchi? OK, no problem.  Kimchi can be found at supermarkets and farmer's markets.  I suggest when buying store bought kimchi you read the labels!  Look at those ingredients on the label closely to make sure there are no chemical preservatives, artificial coloring or flavors, and most important how much sodium is in it.  If you are battling high blood pressure, then eat it in moderation.

Ingredients on a bottle of store bought kimchi

If you do not like kimchi, then try sauerkraut.

Store bought sauerkraut
*read the ingredient labels

If you just cannot hack the taste or smell of fermented foods, then reach for organic yogurts. There are many versions of yogurts sold at supermarkets that are dairy, soy, dairy free, and soy free. Companies are watching and listening to consumers buying habits and lifestyles.  Nowadays, everyone are trying to eat healthy.

dairy free yogurts

Yogurts are consumed with several strains of good bacteria.  Yogurts that have more than one strain of bacteria will give the body a better boost.

Ingredients on organic Greek yogurt
*you want to see live active multi cultures strains 

Plain yogurts are best.  Why?  You are in control of what you put in the yogurt.  The majority of the store bought yogurts have either high fructose corn syrup, high sugar grams, and artificial ingredients. The plain versions you can add your own fresh fruit, honey, maple syrup, nut butters, or whatever toppings you like.  The bonus to this method is your whole body system would get a healthy dose of fiber and natural ingredients you've added on your own.

Probiotic supplements are another way in getting the good bacteria in your system.  Vitamin, supermarkets, and pharmacy stores all have probiotic supplements on their shelves or located in the refrigerator area.  When purchasing the supplements make sure there are multi strains of bacteria, no artificial ingredients (colors), no preservatives, no corn, or no soy.  If you are lactose intolerant or vegan, then make sure the bottle states dairy free.  Always keep your probiotics in a cool place.

Eating prebiotic foods helps the gut bacteria to produce nutrients for your gastrointestinal system as well...

Organic dark leafy kale and swiss chard greens
The best prebiotic foods to eat:

  • Dandelion Greens
  • Leafy Greens (kale, swiss chard etc.)
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Barley
  • Apples
  • Oats
  • Konjac Root
  • Cocoa (not processed)
  • Burdock Root
  • Flax seeds
  • Yacon Root
  • Jicama Root
  • Seaweed
In conclusion, it is clearly shown how probiotics and a balance of prebiotics helps the whole body connect with one another to sustain a healthy system to thrive.  The body will clearly let out a symptom on letting you know something is not right.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


"October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month"

Pink Ribbons
"Breast Cancer Awareness"
Knowledge Is Power

     Lets' all not forget the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  We dedicate this month in giving awareness of this disease.  Spread the word, tell friends, coworkers, and family members.  

Tameka Forman...

is helping to spread the message by creating this lovely pink ribbon and passing it out to her coworkers.  Awareness is very important.  Learning about this disease and knowing what to do can help save a life.  What you know someone else may not know.  So lets' keep spreading the message...

Please click the link...

                                                                                         Thank you!

Friday, August 5, 2016


"Better Blood Flow"

Eat those veggies

Here we go!  I'm revealing once again foods to give your body a better blood flow to the heart.  We all know the heart is the most vital organ of the human body without it our bodies cannot function at a normal rate.  We must take care of the heart as best as we can.  

Organic Beets
(leafy greens are edible)

The vegetable beets improves blood circulation, aid in skin care, prevent cataracts, treatment of anemia, fight cancer cells, and helps respiratory problems.

The fruit grapes gives a better blood flow within three hours after eating one and a quarter cups of it.  At 60 calories a cup, is a sweet deal than eating a slice of cake.

Dark chocolate improves circulation because of the flavonoids (antioxidants) it provides.  By pass the snickers, twix, M&Ms, and grab in favor one ounce of pure dark chocolate that contains at least 60 percent cacao. (no imitation)

Whole grains has fiber and vital nutrients.  The better grains:

  • Oatmeal
  • Brown rice (organic is best)
  • Quinoa
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Whole wheat breads and pastas
  • Bulgur
  • Popcorn (organic is best) 
Spice roots, ginger, and turmeric are both anti-inflammatory herbs that gives a boost in circulation, lowering blood pressure, keeping the blood thin, anti-viral, lower cholesterol, and prevents internal blood clots.

Health Tip:  When shopping for leafy greens, always pick deep green.  Remember the darker the green, the more antioxidants and nitric oxide.  Organic is best.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


"It's Juicing/Blending Tuesday"

Chili Watermelon Cooler

It's juicing or blending Tuesday!  I hope you are keeping up with a dedication day of juicing.

What are we juicing or blending?

We are making Chili Watermelon Cooler.

Summer is still here and many fruits are in season.  Seasonal fruits are on sale at your local supermarkets, farmer's markets, community or urban gardens, and your backyard gardens.

Watermelon Sprout
(Planted some seeds Summer 2016)

A coworker gave me half of her watermelon she grew last season 2015 and I kept the seeds.  I planted about three seeds on April 16, 2016.  The seeds sprouted up May 16, 2016.

Three watermelon sprouts
May 28, 2016

*Update:  Gave away two sprouts to friends and last week my sprout that I transferred into my garden raised bed has died.  Some sprouts will live and some won't.  Do not be discouraged.

Watermelon is one of the summer fruits that you will find available at this time.  Watermelon is an excellent fruit that can keep your body hydrated.  The fruit holds 92% water  and has 46 calories per cup.

"Hello I'm Available...NOW"

Health benefits that we cannot ignore:

  1. Fiber
  2. Vitamin C
  3. Vitamin A
  4. Potassium
  5. More lycopene than raw tomatoes (1.5 times than a large tomato)
  6. Fights heart disease
  7. Fights cancers
  8. Maintains blood pressure
  9. Antioxidant
  10. Stops free radicals from damaging DNA cells
  11. Relieves muscles soreness
  12. 92% water
  13. Speeds up your metabolism 
Its refreshing sweetness, and burst of color can add a brightness to your plate or cup!

Organic Chili Pepper & Watermelon Chunks


  • 8 ounces of filtered or purified water
  • 2 cups of watermelon  
  • 1 chili pepper
Why the chili pepper?

The chili pepper I grew was ready to be harvest from my fruits and vegetables garden.  

Chili pepper has beneficial health properties to help the body fight pain, inflammation, and promote weight loss.  The chili pepper's heat comes from capsaicin - a compound produced to protect the pepper from fungal attacks. 

Tool Appliance:  Blender


Ready to blend!

  1. Wash thoroughly watermelon before cutting.
  2. Cut the watermelon lengthwise in half.
  3. Discard seeds and rinds.
  4. Cut up half the watermelon in chunks. 
  5. Wash thoroughly the chili pepper.
  6. Remove the stem of the pepper.
  7. Split open the pepper.  *optional if you do not want your beverage to be too spicy then remove some of the seeds from the pepper.
  8. Place all ingredients in your blender.
Refreshing Sweetness
"Tummy watch it comes"

Blend away!

Spin & Blast away!

Ready for that refreshing beverage quencher that has excellent health benefits.  Homemade is better than any store bought beverage.


Bottle up your Chili Watermelon Cooler!

Chili Watermelon Cooler
Juice beverage to quench your thirst with a spice kick

Can be served chilled.

Health Tip:  According to researchers, athletes who consumed a little more than 16 ounces an hour before exercise had less muscle soreness and a lower heart rate within a day.


Friday, July 22, 2016


(Red Bush)

Organic Rooibos Tea
"Youth Preserving"

It's been so long we had one of these post segments.  I've realized I still have not finished revealing the six healthy skin, hair, and nails tips.  We are up to Reveal #3.

Rooibos has many health benefits for the skin and powerful medical properties. It has aspalathin and anti-inflammatory antioxidants that calms redness and roughness. 

Plus, it helps protects aging associated from sun exposure. 

Rooibos is a favorite among South Africans and grows only in the mountainous region.

Researchers suggest drinking a cup a day of the red or green brew can repair and beautify your complexion as effectively as many pricey skin creams.

Bonus Tips:  Rooibos can help prevent Alzheimer's disease by staving off age-related damage to brain cells, helps fight allergies, improves circulation, prevents some cancers, settles stomach, calm and relaxes, defends cells and DNA from scavengers free radicals.

                                                        Enjoy a nice cup today!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


"The Gifted Talented"

Karlene Lopez
"It's All About The Brains - the amazing 200th post"

We all know how precious the brain organ is to the human body.  Right?  If you didn't know, then please feel free to read the post on how the brain works, why we should care for the brain, and an added bonus of the gifted talented participants whom were spotlighted on

Recently, Lopez has notified me that she is still drawing, painting, and now designing fashion T-shirts and gloves.

Here is the latest drawing Karlene Lopez has created that will put you all in awe or admiration of her latest masterpiece.  As we recall, Lopez had no training in drawing but practiced on her own.

I would like to present to you Karlene Lopez's new original art creation...

An original art piece on 9 x 12 canvas panel
by Karlene Lopez
July 2016

Karlene Lopez has stated...
     "If anyone is interested in purchasing any or the original latest creation please let me know.  I'm going to do some more art pieces.  It's an original drawing of my own design not a print."

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


"It's Juicing/Blending Tuesday"

Dairy Free Mango Lassi

Today is the day!  What are we juicing/blending?


It wakes up our taste buds, digestive system, and the tummy will enjoy.

Cardamon is traditionally used to improve one's taste sensation. 

I have altered the usual mango lassi recipe by eliminating the yogurt and sugar. 

Naturally Sweet
Dairy Free Mango Lassi
Ripe Mango, Coconut Milk, and Ground Green Cardamon

  • 1 cup of chopped mango (about 2 riped mangoes)
  • 1 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp (teaspoon) of ground cardamon
Tool Appliance:  Blender

  1. Thoroughly wash the mango.  
  2. Remove the skin. 
  3. Slice up the mango. 
  4. Discard seed.
  5. Place all ingredients in the blender:  mango, coconut milk, and cardamon.
  6. Blend away.
Tip:  You can use frozen mango or add ice if you prefer it to be cold.