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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.  



Friday, July 8, 2016


"A Better Heart"

     Lately, more younger people are developing high blood pressure.  High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke - which are the leading causes of death in the United States.  About 70 million American adults have high blood pressure - that's 1 of every 3 adults.  Are you in that category?  If so, what are you doing about it?

  1. High cholesterol levels.  High levels of the bad LDL cholesterol contribute to the buildup of arterial plaque.  
  2. High blood pressure.  The higher your blood pressure, the more your arteries swell and stretch. Keep in mind blood pressure is considered high if it's consistently at or above 140/90 mmHg.
  3. Coronary artery calcium score.  This a direct measurement of the amount of plaque in your arteries.  The higher the score, the more plaque you have and more preventive measures you and your doctor need to consider.  For example, drug medications.
  4. Diabetes.  High blood sugar drives inflammation that can damage the endothelium.  Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can narrow the arteries.

The next future posts I will reveal to you foods that can help you with healthy circulation to the heart.

Let's start with...
Focusing on Fruits

  • Watermelon
  • Avocado
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi 
  • Oranges

Eat at least two cups each day.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016



Listeria is one of the top foodborne bacterias you do not want in your food or kitchen.  Lately, there has been several recalls from well known big stores and food companies recalling products, such as, frozen vegetables and chicken salads.  Listeria can make people sick, shut down organs, and even death.

So, what actually is listeria?

Listeria causes an infection called listeriosis.  Contaminated food is almost always what spreads it.  Listeriosis is a foodborne illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes - bacteria found in soil and water.  It can be found in a variety of raw foods as well as in processed foods and foods made from unpasteurized milk.  Listeria is not like many other bacterias because it can grow even in the cold temperature of the refrigerator.

Animals can carry the bacteria and pass it to foods.

Is listeria highly dangerous?

Yes, for some.  Anyone can get the illness.  This foodborne bacteria isn't serious for most health adults and children.  But, it can be deadly for certain at risk groups, such as:
  • Newborns
  • Pregnant women and their babies
  • Older adults 
  • People with weakened immune systems, such as, HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease
What are the symptoms?

Listeriosis symptoms can take a few days, or even weeks, to appear.  Symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach 
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle aches
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • Mild flu-like symptoms

 What can we do to reduce the risk?

Food safety experts recommend these strategies for reducing your risk of listeriosis:
  1. Skip it.  Avoid raw milk and raw milk products.
  2. Chill it.  Listeria can grow in cool temperatures - but it grows slower in the cold.  Keep your refrigerator setting at 40 degree F  (4 degree C) or lower- and your freezer at 0 degree F (minus 18 degree C) or lower.
  3. Separate it.  Put raw meats in sealed containers so drippings can't get on other foods.
  4. Wash it.  Always wash fresh fruits and vegetables.  Before eating, rinse fresh produce under running water, even if it will be peeled.  Scrub firm items, such as melons, with a clean produce brush.  (I particularly soak my fresh fruits and vegetables in equal parts of vinegar and water for a few minutes then wash it off.  Vinegar kills off germs and bacteria) 
  5. Heat it.  You can help kill listeria by heating food well.  Heat ready to eat foods and leftover until they are steaming hot.  Bring sauces, soups, and gravies to a boil when reheating.
  6. Toss it.  Don't keep leftovers for more than three days.  Use ready to eat, refrigerated items, such as, deli meats, as soon as possible.
  7. Scrub it.  Wipe up spills right away.  And regularly wash the inside of your fridge with hot water and a mild dish detergent.  After rinsing dry surfaces with paper towels.
What is the treatment for listeriosis?

Antibiotics can treat listeriosis.  If you're in one of the high risk groups above and suspect an infection, see your doctor or medical assistance right away.

Quick additional tips?

Here are additional tips for getting rid of germs from your kitchen:
  1. After each use, wash wooden cutting boards in warm, soapy water.
  2. Clean nonporous cutting boards in the dishwasher.
  3. Frequently wash laundry cloth grocery bags and dish towels in the hot cycle.
  4. Wash hands after handling hot dogs, deli meats, and raw meats.
As always I highly suggest you take probiotics supplements daily.

                                                                               Be safe and remember these tips!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


"Juicing/Blending Tuesday"

Almond Berries Smoothie

Our Tuesdays of juicing or blending are back!  Once again trying back at it to designate the day of juicing/blending.  It's summer, the weather is nice, and we all want to get our bodies back in shape.  Juicing and blending is an excellent way to get the nutrients we need for our bodies and a better way to help absorb those nutrients.  It gives the digestive system a rest. 

What are we juicing/blending today?
Almond Berries Smoothie

Main ingredients
  • 1 cup of almond milk 
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut water probiotic
  • 1 cup of mix organic fresh berries - raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries (triple threat - Berries are powerful natural antioxidants)

Dairy Free
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, Coconut Water Probiotic, Raspberries, Blueberries, & Strawberries

Other added ingredients

  • 1/2 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea  (gives you a boost of energy and antioxidants)
Tool Appliance:  Blender

Blend away!

Tummy Get Ready for a good dose of super powerful  antioxidants that fight free radicals 
  Live well.  Drink well.  Be well.


Monday, June 6, 2016


"A Jennie-O Opportunity"

     What a weekend!  This past Saturday June 4, 2016 while walking to a NYC Games and Digital Media career networking event at the Microsoft technology building I was stopped in my tracks by the Jennie-O team to do a billboard promo test taste of their product Turkey.  At first I had hesitated in doing the billboard promo video because I preferred to work behind the camera.  My passion is working in the production area but to have your name and face splashed smacked in the middle of busy Times Square a 2nd time (yes, I was asked by Google in October 2015, will post soon) is an opportunity some will not want to miss out on.  What are the chances in life to have a billboard of yourself hanging up high in Times Square - the most busiest area in New York.  Luckily the product was turkey meatballs.  I only eat fish, chicken and turkey- absolutely no red meats!  Lately, I've been decreasing my meat intakes to strongly concentrating more on eating vegetables and finding other sources of protein to fuel my energy. 

NYC Games & Digital Media Career Fair
An alternative to beef is turkey.  

Can meatballs taste just as great made with turkey?
Jennie-O asked NYC by standers walking on Times Square 

I've always made the switch to eat turkey instead of red meats
"No Beef"

I'm tasting the turkey meatballs

That's right I tried the alternative 

     Are you ready to make that switch? Looking for another alternative then eating red meats? Start taking one step at a time - believe me you won't miss it.  Eventually, you will probably leave all meat products alone.

So we told Time Square
     According to Jennie-O "91% Love Turkey, 7.3% Pleasantly Surprised, and 1.7% Meh."

                           I hope you enjoyed watching my billboard video- had fun making it!  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


"Winter Blooms"

The biggest winter of New York
January, 23, 2016

     New York had one of the biggest snowstorms this past January.  While the snow was falling and melting away, there were other things happening indoors that did not stop the natural process of occurring as plant life continues to survive.  The blooming of flowers had begun early than we expect during the months of December 2015 and January 2016.  That's right it may have been cold and snowy but that did not stop these plants from blooming in the windowsill.

Vicks plant
Blooming in Winter Indoors
December 15, 2015

Meyer Lemon
Blooming & Producing Fruits in late fall  and lasting in winter indoors
December 15, 2016

My niece had her eye on this one lemon.  She couldn't wait to pick it off!

A big juicy organic Meyer Lemon
December 15, 2105

Some of the flower petals were dropping on the floor.  It was a sign that the tree plant was eliminating the weak flowers that would not produce any fruits.  Unfortunately none of the flowers survived.  But, if you look closely there is one more lemon way behind in the back.

Last fall 2015 I bought a dwarf pomegranate plant on sale at the farmers' market for $18.

Pomegranate Flower
Blooming in Winter Indoors
January 27, 2016

Last Meyer Lemon of the season
February 11, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


"Happy Birthday To You..."

Celebrating the "Heart"
2016 another year

     It's CELEBRATION TIME!  Once again we must celebrate and honor the main organ that gives us 100,000 times of heartbeats a day.  Everyday is a miracle blessing.  Are you continuing in taking loving care of that precious heart of yours?  I hope so because without that care our bodies cannot be at its best to function and may not make it to that next birthday.

     Learn and understand the risks factors of cardiovascular disease, such as, obesity, inactivity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.  By maintaining a healthy diet, getting exercise (being active), and not smoking you can control the risk factors to help protect that heart of yours.

                                                                                                  and Many Returns!

Friday, February 19, 2016


"Healthy Habits and Healthy Diet Tips"

Action Plan to be MY BEST

     We are fully moving ahead into 2016 as you can see February days are just flying.  Some of you have already started an action plan for 2016 on creating healthy habits and learning healthy diet tips to get yourself and family members at his or her best.  No action plan?  It's okay.  I have one for you in which you can use as a guide.

So, what are the healthy habits in which you can gradually get accustom to?

Stretch every day to increase your flexibility.  
Learning to do yoga is an excellent way to stretch those muscles and circulate the blood.  Yoga has healing powers that benefits the body, mind, and spirit.  Practicing the technique of yoga will help build strength in the muscles, perfects your posture, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, protects the spine, improves bone health, lowers stress levels, increases blood flow, helps the lymphatic system fight infection boosting immunity, helps the heart rate, regulates adrenal glands, boost mood, encourages a healthy lifestyle, lowers blood sugar, boost HDL good cholesterol, helps you focus, calms the body, maintains the nervous system, helps breathing, and helps the digestive system.

Get a good night sleep.  
A restful night's sleep is very important for the body.  Drink a cup of lavender, chamomile, or lemon balm tea at night can help your body relax and prepare for sleep.  What's even better is taking a dose of magnesium before bed.  Magnesium reduces symptoms of chronic pain, fatigue, and insomnia.  It provides protection of numerous chronic diseases especially those associated with stress and aging.

  1. bone health
  2. plays a role in activating vitamin D in the kidneys
  3. helps diabetes
  4. heart friendly
  5. premenstrual syndrome
  6. cramps
  7. asthma
  8. relaxes the nervous system
  9. bigger and stronger muscles
  10. better flexibility
  11. remineralizes teeth
  12. alkalizes the body's pH balance
  13. hydrates the body (electrolyte)
  14. relieves constipation
  15. enzyme function capability 

 According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) for infants up to 3 years of age 40-80 mg; adults males is 270-400 mg; for adult females is 280-300 mg, for pregnant females 320 mg daily; and for breastfeeding females 340-355 mg, for children between 4 and 6 years old 120 mg; children between 7 and 10 years old 170 mg; adolescent males 270-400 mg; and adolescent females 280-300 mg daily.  
Take a brisk 30 minute walk.  
Get up from your office desk or from the sofa to take a brisk walk.

Maximize your multivitamin with one that contains nutrients made from "real foods" not synthetic ingredients.  Read labels on the bottle to make sure you have the necessary Bs, amino acids, digestive enzymes, greens, and minerals.  No soy, no preservatives, no corn oil, no yeast, and no artificial colorings.

Restore, improve, and protect the digestive tract flora with probiotics.  Probiotics is key to having optimum good health.  The body needs the good bacteria flora to fend off the bad bacteria we have in our system on a daily basis.  As a reminder the digestive tract is 70% of our immune system.  Researchers have now come to realize probiotics (good bacteria) is a link to having good body functions with the heart, brain, immune system, and especially the gastrointestinal tract. 
Recommend probiotics that have multi-strains of good bacteria and delivers billions CFU.  Read labels to make sure it's dairy free, soy free, yeast free, no preservatives, no artificial coloring, and no corn.

Protect your skin from the inside out.
Vitamin C (plays an important role in the formation of collagen), biotin, flax seed oil, black currant oil, evening primrose oil, wild salmon oils (omega 3 fatty acids) helps with your skin, hair, and nails.  Omega 3 fatty acids fights inflammation and pain.  Recommend 500mg - 1000mg for adults.  As for kids look for kid friendly brands.  Read labels to make sure it's dairy free, soy free, yeast free, no preservatives, no artificial coloring, no high fructose corn syrup, and no corn. 

Tame inflammation.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is known as the most versatile healing spice in the world.  The chemical compound, curcumin, found in the turmeric root gives its richly golden hue and the powerful healing we receive from it.  Turmeric has anti-inflammatory action found to help prevent or alleviate some of the following diseases we are now facing in many people all over the world: 
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer

How can you get more turmeric in your health diet?

There are three ways to incorporate the healing spice:
  1. Turmeric tea (boiling/steeping ground turmeric in purified water).  Drink at least 3 cups a day.
  2. Turmeric extract supplement capsules dosages of 400-600 mg and make sure black pepper is listed as one of the ingredients.  Black pepper helps the turmeric (curcumin) absorb in the body.  You can take three times daily but read the directions on the bottleRead labels to make sure it's dairy free, soy free, yeast free, no preservatives, no artificial coloring, and no corn. 
  3. Cook with the spice.  You can make curry dishes, sprinkle on your meats, extract the liquid from the root with a juicer or blend the root in your blender for smoothies, cook in rice, pasta, and quinoa.  Be creative when making your meals.
Protect your heart.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is beneficial for heart health.  It assists in maintaining the normal oxidative state of LDL cholesterol, helps assure circulatory health, supports optimal functioning of the heart muscle, and vessel walls.  Coenzyme is made naturally in the body but as we get older or plague with diseases it decreases.  The standard dose is 90 mg and a high dose is 200 mg.  Read labels to make sure it's dairy free, soy free, yeast free, no preservatives, no artificial coloring, and no corn.    

 Healthy diet tips
  • Drink a lot of water throughout the day.  Stay hydrated, avoid sugary drinks, and artificial sweeteners.
  • Eat a variety of wholesome fresh fruits and vegetables.  "Rainbow colors of vegetables."  Get in the habit of cooking.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight and feel good.
  • Eat moderate portions.  Do not over eat.  Do not full up your plate.  "Portion control."
  • Snack smartly. "Protein snacks."  Opt for nutrient dense fruits and nuts or veggies and hummus instead of cookies or chips.  
  • At least 50% of your foods should be organic.
  • Eat a well balanced breakfast - protein, nutritious carbs, vegetable, and fruit.  Do not skip breakfast!
  • Eat at a slow pace and be mindful.
  • Eat smaller meals throughout the day.
  • Reduce your sugar intake.  Substitute sugar with stevia, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, raw honey, or coconut nectar.  What's even better pureeing sweet fruits, such as, bananas, mangoes, and apples can help sweeten things. 
  • Eat foods high in fiber (beans, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens).
  • Eat 100% whole grains.  Avoid refined foods, such as, breads, pastas, and cereals that are not whole grain.
  • Avoid processed foods. "Pre-made meals."  Ready to eat foods, deli meats, frozen pizza, microwavable foods, foods with added ingredients for flavor and texture are heavily processed foods.
  • Include extra serving of vegetables at each meal.  For example, add some spinach or mushrooms into your eggs, opt for a salad filled with different dark leafy greens at lunch or dinner, and serve two different vegetables for dinner.
  • Add 3 to 4 ounces of high quality protein to each meal.  Opt for wild caught salmon, eggs, poultry, or grass fed meats (organic).
     There you have it - a complete guideline to help you create healthy habits for days, weeks, months, and years to come.