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Monday, July 21, 2014

FAMILY BONDING

"We are Family"


A family that can bond together will be a family that is united forever





     Saturday July 19, 2014 was a Family Affair to many people.  A reunion of bonding over generations of family members in remembering ancestry lines of how individuals are connected to one another.  

     The importance of family and bonding is crucial to one's mental and physical development.  Family bonding is an EXCELLENT HEALTH BENEFIT.

     If you can or have not done so yet, take the time out and enjoy your family.  Make it a reunion of celebrating life, remembering you are loved, and not forgotten.  Family bonding with mulit-generations is a memorable lifelong gift that will indefinitely enrich every family member.

Thank you FOSTERS-SINCKLER-LOWE-BENNETT-KANE-SEALE for making it a well appreciated FAMILY AFFAIR REUNION and a bonding well overdue.

Much love for Darrel, Lisa, Dawn, Ramona, Darlene, Derrick, and Renee for realizing our family needed a time out to bond.  A wonderful REUNION OF LOVE.




                                                                                              Namaste 



Friday, July 18, 2014

FOODS THAT WILL SPEED UP AND SLOW YOUR METABOLISM


"Controlling Metabolism"
 
 
 
 
     Metabolism is chemical reactions that takes place in the body's cells.  Metabolism converts the fuel in the food we eat into energy.
 
 
Here are the top seven foods that will INCREASE metabolism:
  1. Green tea
  2. Cinnamon
  3. Almonds
  4. Berries
  5. Turkey and lean protein
  6. Whey protein
  7. Jalapeno or Cayenne peppers
Here are the worse seven foods that will DECREASE metabolism: (slows down)
  1. Potato Chips
  2. Donuts
  3. Corn Chips
  4. Ice Cream
  5. Sugar
  6. Fried Foods
  7. Cereal

Foods are not the only key in controlling a good metabolism incorporating exercise, going to bed earlier, and checking your medication (studies show medication can slow down your metabolism).


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

COCONUT WATERMELON

 
"It's Juicing Tuesday"
 
 
Coconut Watermelon Water

 
 
It's Juicing/Blending Tuesday!  What are you juicing?
 
This week's creation is...
 
Coconut Watermelon Water is a refreshing beverage that quenches your thirst and hydrates your body naturally.  It has no artificial colorings, no added sugars, no preservatives, and no citric acid.  It's 100% pure fruit and the water from the coconut.  Only two ingredients:  Coconut Water and Watermelon.
 
Simple to make in less time.  Slice up some fresh watermelon (remove the seeds) - optional in removing the rinds (I had discarded the green rinds) and 1 container of 11 oz. of pure coconut water or if you are lucky to have access to young coconuts you can take the liquid water from it.
 
Watermelon
Water Rich food
"92% water"
  
Benefits of watermelon
 
  • Helps decrease risk of obesity
  • Vitamin C
  • Maintains blood pressure
  • Asthma prevention
  • High lycopene
  • Cancer prevention
  • Regulates digestion
  • Electrolytes - prevents dehydration
  • Fights inflammation
  • Reduces muscle soreness
  • Vitamin A
  • Helps skin complexion
  • Low calories
  •  
Watermelon (yin) generates energy of cold.  An excellent food source for people who has high blood pressure. 
 
 *See previous postings on the benefits of Coconut Water. 
 
Coconut Water is "heart friendly."
 
 
Coconut Water
"Know as the Fluid of Life"
 
 Add both ingredients in a high speed blender.
 
Bottle up & Drink!
 

 
Coconut water and watermelon are excellent nutritional sources to feed the body.  Do not stop in just making a drink - turn it into ice pops or ice cubes for added fun.  Be creative!
 
 
 
                                                                                                      Enjoy!

Monday, July 14, 2014

THE SEASON OF SUMMER DEALS! REMINDER

 
"Something To Keep In Mind"
 
 
 
 
Summer season will bring out the best of deals!  Produce that are in season will generate mega deals in stores.  Do not pass a store without taking a peek because you will never know what "hidden" deals are going on.  For example, I stepped in a Whole Foods Market to just browse and I have noticed these "hidden" deals:
 
 

A steal of a deal!

 
Plus, the store gave a nice demonstration on how to prepare the avocados and samples!
 
Do not be afraid in asking for a sample.
 

Asking for a sample before purchasing an item will save you money- Just ask.
 
 
Another steal of a deal!

 
What a deal on these coconut waters, right?  Some stores are selling products by cases.  If so, check to see if the store has a rule, such as, if you buy a product by bulk do they give out discounts.  For example, Whole Foods Market gives a 10% discount off on buying items in bulk cases.
 
If you don't ask, you will never know. 
 
If you don't stop by a store, you will never know.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BLOOD JUICE

 
"It's Juicing Tuesday"
 
 
"Move over blender, Hello Juicer"
 
 
It has been a long time I have pulled out my juice machine and my body is noticing that.  I feel my hormones are imbalance so I decided to make fresh juice to help get my "body" back on its course.
 
What's the juice creation?
 

Blood Juice


Blood Juice is made out of beets - it helps opens the blood vessels and allows more oxygen to flow throughout the body as well as lowers blood pressure.  Beets (and its greens) are powerful blood builders and purifies the blood.  Betacyanin is the phytochemical that gives beets its rich deep amethyst color.  Beets are powerful for the body and you cannot just drink beets by itself.  Therefore, you will need a carrier to help so it won't shock the body system.
 
What are my carriers?
 
organic celery, organic apple, organic lemon and peels, and organic ginger 
 
Foods have different energies and the different energies the foods gives will act upon the human body in different ways and affect your state of health.  For example, fresh ginger (yang) generates warm energy, dried ginger (yang) generates hot energy, banana (yin) generates cold energy, lemon and beet (balanced yin and yang) generates neutral energy.
 
Here is a more in depth chart in knowing the energies of foods 
 
 
Wash and prep your produce

 
Add the foods to your juicer chute
 
Extract the juice from the foods

 
Drink up!


Optional but a good money saver
 
 
Save the pulp
(pick through it to see what pieces (all) you can use)
 
Be creative with the pulp


 
Velvet muffins!
No Artificial crap!

Alternative healthy snack
 

Even though juicing is more time consuming but you are reaping the benefits the fresh juice will provide for the body. 
 


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BROTHERLY SUPPORT


"Let's Give Ethan A Standing Ovation"


Big brother Bryson supporting Ethan
for a good cause
Dancing For Down Syndrome
at GiGi's Playhouse

     Follower Lori, has just reminded me that this past Saturday was the dance-a-thon for her son EthanEthan's message to all,

"I have down syndrome but down syndrome does not have me." 
 
Ethan participated in a dance charity event to help support families who rely on GiGi's Playhouse for therapeutic and educational programs.
 
Boosting activities for kids with down syndrome is imperative.  The learning and exercising activities helps the child with cognitive and educational development as he/she grows.
 
Here are 12 Booster Activities for Kids With Down Syndrome by Viki Vala http://www.parents.com/health/down-syndrome/booster-activities-for-kids-with-down-syndrome/
 
                                                                        
 
                                                                                                   Way to go ETHAN!
 


Monday, June 16, 2014

IS FISHING SEASON IN FULL SWING?

 
"I Guess It Is"
 
 
Viewer Gregory with a 7lbs Catfish
at MacArthur Park Lake, California

 
 
     Well, well, well.  Our viewer, Gregory, is back in full swing this season!  Once again he is doing something he loves.  Check out that huge CATFISH!  He spent Father's Day fishing at his favorite spot, MacArthur Park Lake in California.

     Gregory fished until it was night fall...

The Night Catch
 
 
     Gregory's message:  "Do the things you love to do.  Take time out to enjoy life."
 
  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

BEING FRUGAL - Growing Turmeric

 
"Frugal Living Means Smarter Money Management"
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frugal is economical and not wasteful.  If you are a frugal person, then you are wise in spending.  An example, I went to a health food store and saw what they were charging for fresh organic turmeric root- $16.99 a pound! WHAT THE HELL!?!?
 
Fresh organic turmeric root $16.99 lb
"Today's food prices are outrageous"


What do you do when prices are sky high?

A frugal person is a creative person. You will have to stretch the money you have as far as it will go. 

So, turmeric root is a good health investment.  I found two small good looking pieces of roots - cost $2.34.


Turmeric Root
Look for healthy pieces of roots


I have planted the roots in some good potting soil.  Place the root just beneath of the soil enough to leave the nodules at the side of root facing up so it can sprout.  Some people leave the root on the windowsill and wait for it to sprout.


Sprouting Turmeric
several weeks for sprouting to appear
(still thriving since last year Summer 2013)
 
Then I had placed the potted turmeric root in a nice sunny area and fed it eggshells, brewed dried coffee grinds, molasses and seaweed water.


Turmeric
Sprouting at 14.5 inches high

Turmeric leaves are edible.  Asian cultures uses the roots and leaves in their cooking - preferably wrapping fish with the leaves. The leaves are wonderful substitutes than using bread. 

The turmeric leaves opened up this morning
June 4, 2014

Turmeric is an alternative health investment that keeps on giving.  Turmeric takes 8-10 months to mature.  It does not propagate seeds.  Keep the soil moist and mist the leaves at times.  Turmeric thrives in hot climates and goes in dormant during winter.  Fresh turmeric is hard to find in stores. You would have to look for turmeric root either in Asian or Indian ethnic stores.  Turmeric's popularity is now becoming available in most heath foods stores.  Harvest turmeric 8-10 months after planting.
 
 
                                               
 
 
 
 
 



Monday, June 2, 2014

OUTDOOR ALTERNATIVES FOR PEACE OF MIND

 
Are You Ready To Go To Battle?
 
 
     Lately, the weather has been warm and sometimes rainy.  It's what we can expect during this time of year.  It's spring and summer is right behind.  But are you ready for it?  As the weather heats up we find just about everyone are outdoors enjoying themselves...
  
Rooftop Gathering
 

 or gardening...
 
Reaping the benefits!
"Knowing where your food comes from"

or fishing...


Viewer Gregory
"Caught a trout at Mc Arthur Park Lake California"

Even though it's great to be outdoors with the wonderful benefits that spring and summer provides us...

Flowers from the backyard
"Free instead of buying"

But there is a battle that lurks and causes us misery...

ALLERGIES
   

Battles those allergies blues
"Drug Free"

Besides that we have to deal with ...

MOSQUITOES

Citronella Plants
"DEET FREE bug repellent"

     Therefore, we have officially conquered the battle.  Our peace of mind is still in check.



                                                                                                 Namaste 

Monday, May 19, 2014

FIGHTING PAIN, FREE RADICALS, AND INFLAMMATION

 
"Let Food Be Thy Medicine And Medicine Be Thy Food"

                                                                                                                       Hippocrates
 
 
We are living in a time where most doctors and people think pharmaceutical drugs are the only option in which people feel they need to turn for pain and not many suggestions are being given to people on what other avenues (alternatives) they can have for that Ultimate Healing.
 
Years ago there were no drugs to seek but food and land for answers on healing.  An example, the Native Indians.  Foods can heal the body.  Some pharmaceutical drugs have saved people lives but side effects linkers as well. 
 
People need to know what is out there besides medical drugs that can help the body and possible correct the damage happened to the body.  Foods can get to the root of the problem even though it can take a while to try in reverse what was done than drugs just putting a band aid over the the issue, not correcting it, and leaving a drastic side effect.  The side effect which is now another healing issue you've never had, therefore, you now have another problem to resolve.
 
Doctors and patients need to sit and talk.  Have an open mind and give some alternatives for patients.  If you have a patient that has been on a drug for extended amount of time and the patient is in and out of your office constantly - Why not say to the patient, "Stop.  Lets' re-evaluate and look at your diet lifestyle and see by increasing certain kinds of foods in diet that can be able to help contribute to getting off the medication."

Doctors need to do their jobs more differently and patients need to go beyond their steps in seeking a cure for their condition, such as, researching health issues and foods that can help their situation and bring it to the forefront of their health care. 
 
Right now information is practically available and actual research testing has been done on some of the health problems the majority of people are experiencing.  Today (some countries) information are at one's fingertips from internet, newspapers, research journals, magazines, word mouth, and alternative holistic centers.  Some stores gives out free health magazines.  I highly suggest if you see one pick it up and read.  Reading is the best thing for yourself.  Knowledge is power and how you perceive it is even better.

I know it all comes down to "money $" but there has to be some kind of compassion for the human body.  That is why I'm going to give you all some excellent alternatives to help heal the body for that Ultimate Healing:
 
 Cayenne Pepper
A hot powerful pepper!  Cayenne has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-allergen, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, anti-cold, and anti-irritant properties.  A good source of vitamin A, C, B- complex, potassium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, selenium, iron, and flavonoids.  Cayenne has shown significant wide range of health properties in fighting and preventing:
  • Migraine headache
  • Stimulates the digestive tract - increases enzyme production and gastric juices
  • Breaks down mucus in the body
  • Reduces blood clots
  • Joint-Pain reliever - arthritis and muscle pain
  • Circulatory stimulant
  • A greater supporter for weight loss
  • Helps to normalize blood pressure
  • Tooth and gum diseases
  • Helps lung cancer
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Psoriasis
  • Reduces cholesterol

One of the family members of the
Pepper Family
(The KING OF SPICE)
 
Cayenne Pepper
Capsaicin - Alkaloid compound that gives a strong spicy pungent characteristic
*Cayenne pepper nutritional value one tablespoon (5 grams).
 
 
Wild Salmon Fish Oil
 
Brain food.  An excellent omega 3 fatty acid.  The fish suppresses inflammation in the body.
Wild salmon fish oil has health benefits in fighting and preventing:
  • Heart disease - strokes and heart attacks
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight loss
  • Breast pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney damage
  • Psoriasis
  • Depression
  • Reduces joint pain
  • Inflammation pain
  • Lowers cholesterol

Wild Salmon Oil

*Wild salmon oil 1000mg - 3000mg a day.


Bromelain

A proteolytic enzyme found in the stems and juice of a pineapple.  It is in the actual core (middle) of a pineapple - the hard part.  Bromelain is believed to help with the digestion of protein. But, studies has shown it is highly effective as an anti-inflammatory agent.  Bromelain has health benefits to fight and prevent the following:
  • Digestion - bloating, gas, and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sinusitis - reduce congestion
  • Suppress coughing
  • Surgery and injuries - swelling, bruising, inflammation and pain after surgery
  • Cancer
  • Osteoarthritis
Pineapple
Bromelain - found in the center of the pineapple

 *Bromelain recommend 200-400mg three times a day on an empty stomach at least 90 minutes before or 3 hours of after eating. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/REM00025/Bromelain-Dr-Weil-Herbal-Remedies.html


Turmeric

A powerful spice.  One of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories.  Turmeric is utilized in the alternative ayurvedic and Chinese medicine world to clear infections and inflammations on the inside and outside of the body.  Turmeric has health benefits to fight and prevent:
  • Cancer
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • Colic
  • Arthritis reliever
  • Diabetes
  • Wounds
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Improves Digestion
  • Liver detoxifier
  • Maintain body weight
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Boost immune system
  • Anti-viral, anti-fungus, and anti-bacterial
  • Inflammation
  • Regulate the nervous system

Turmeric
Curcumin - powerful antioxidant
 
  *Turmeric standardized 95% curcuminoids 400-600mg three times a day.  Make sure black pepper is in the extract capsules.  Black pepper helps the turmeric absorbs better in the body.


Chinese herbs and Acupuncture

There are various exotic herbs and barks in which the alternative Chinese medicine world uses to help heal numerous health issues.  When seeking an alternative doctor make sure he/she is licensed in his/her field.  Most of the times some alternative doctors will suggest acupuncture to help with pain.  There are two types of acupuncture styles - Chinese and Japanese.  The difference between the two - Japanese is fine gentle needles (size of needles) as to Chinese.  Mainly the difference is the needling technique and the depth of the insertion.


Chinese herbal tea
 
*Alternative doctor will tell you the amount of scoops to make the tea and how many times to drink it.  Normally, it would be two or three cups a day.


Pycnogenol

An extract from the French maritime pine tree.  An excellent source of antioxidants. Pycnogenol is typically used to help treat the following conditions:

  • Inflammation
  • High blood pressure
  • Menstrual pain
  • Asthma
  • Chronic venous insufficinecy
  • Diabetes
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Erectile dysfunciton
  • Arthritis
  • Improve memory


Pycnogenol
*Pycnogenol 60mg-200mg twice daily.


In conclusion, we cannot always rely on medicine drugs in helping solve health problems.  We need to look more closely at foods and the nature of the land to find alternative ways to help balance a proper safer healing medicine preferably a pure natural one.  It is up to yourself in doing research to find an appropriate health care of healing and try not to rely as much on doctors.



                                                                                                   Namaste