Wednesday, July 30, 2014


"Shiitake Mushrooms Are Better To Eat"



There are various species of mushrooms in the world and the ones that we should be concentrating in  adding to our healthy diet are not as popular as the cultivated white or "button" mushrooms, portobello, and criminin mushrooms known to be found on supermarket shelves throughout the United States.  According to Dr. Andrew Weil white mushrooms, portobello, and criminin has natural carcinogens that are toxic.  Mushrooms should not be eaten raw.  Mushrooms should be cooked - heat helps break down many of the toxic constituents.
What are the other mushrooms that we should be eating instead?
Shiitake Mushrooms an edible fungus native to Asia that has health promoting medical properties.  Shiitake has 10x the flavor than the white button mushrooms and a meaty texture.  These mushrooms are known for their immune system support.  The compound, lentinan, in shiitake helps makes the immune system strong, fights off disease, infections, and free radicals.  According to the American Cancer Society, lentinan is believed to stop or slow down the tumor growths.  Another compound, D-Eritadenine (DEA), found in shiitake helps lower cholesterol levels and supports cardiovascular health.  More research is coming out that shiitake can help fight cavities and tooth decay.
Excellent sources of the following:
  • Iron
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin Bs
  • Zinc
  • Fiber
  • Selenium
  • Copper

**An added bonus...

By exposing mushrooms in the sun for at least 60 minutes (1 hour), it will provide as much Vitamin D as a supplement.  Cooking does not reduce the Vitamin D consumption. How about that!

Remove the mushrooms from its package.
Shiitake Mushrooms

Place mushrooms outdoors directly in sun.
1 hour (60 minutes) in full sunlight during the
hours of 10am-4pm sun's highest sun rays.

Sun Exposed Mushrooms
Vitamin D!
Ready to be cook and eat

Maitake, Reishi, Lion's Mane, Enoki, and Cordyceps are some of the exotic mushroom varieties that are now becoming available in the United States.  Maitake, Shiitake, and Reishi are known as the "medical mushrooms" due to their long history in alternative Chinese medicine world.

In conclusion it is worth investing in buying and eating the exotic mushrooms, like shiitake or the maitake, to get the health benefit and to avoid the other mushrooms that have the carcinogens toxic.  Keep in mind all mushrooms must be cooked to kill off the toxins.

Monday, July 21, 2014


"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.


Friday, July 18, 2014


"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


"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.
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!

Monday, July 14, 2014


"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


"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


"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
                                                                                                   Way to go ETHAN!

Monday, June 16, 2014


"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.

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


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...


Battles those allergies blues
"Drug Free"

Besides that we have to deal with ...


Citronella Plants
"DEET FREE bug repellent"

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