Today's Daily Challenge Sunday Mar. 09, 2014
Healthy Behaviors is about lifestyle habits, namely healthy eating and physical activity, which have proven connections to lifelong health and disease prevention.
Eat a food high in lycopene, such as tomato, red pepper, watermelon, grapefruit, or asparagus.
How to do it
Eat a food rich in lycopene, such as tomatoes (including tomato sauce or paste!), red peppers, watermelon, guavas, grapefruit, asparagus, red cabbage, or dried basil or oregano. All are great choices, although tomatoes are the lycopene leaders, with up to 100 times the amount of lycopene of other sources. The lycopene in tomato sauce or paste may be even more readily absorbed by the body than raw tomatoes.
Why it matters
Lycopene is an antioxidant, so it has a protective effect on our body's cells. Studies suggest that it is effective in warding off heart disease and fortifying bone health. Lycopene also shows promise as a way to prevent prostate cancer.
North Americans thought that tomatoes were poisonous until 1820, when Col. Robert Gibbon Johnson bravely ate one on the courthouse steps in Salem, NJ.
- Susan K.BlossomingLevel 147
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”
― Ansel Adams
With the warmer weather, I find myself craving watermelon. It is my favorite bedtime snack after a long hot day. I may even walk to my nearby Fresh & Easy this evening to purchase some. Around sunset would be nice. Nice view of the Pacific Ocean during my journey.
Is anyone exploring their creative side this weekend? I went to Ikea yesterday to scope out a new table for my writing and drawing space. I got a bit overwhelmed with so much sensory input. This morning I measured everything out and now I am making my selections on line. Looking forward to having a dedicated space away from the dining room table.
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
― Mary Oliver
Eve B. Day 3 of our Pact. Today I will focus on finishing one quilt top that just needs a border.
- Kathy J.GrowingLevel 210
I love watermelon but unfortunately, this is not summertime and I'm sure the watermelons aren't very good right now :(. I had lunch with some friends after worship this morning and I had a tomato on my chicken sandwich.
I'm happy to say that I got moved into my apartment last Saturday and the move went smoothly. I didn't have an internet connection until yesterday, though. That's why I haven't been on here lately.
- Peg C.GrowingLevel 159
Well, I vote thumbs down for watermelon and grapefruit; red pepper and tomato are possibilities, but I don't have any now and am not crazy about getting back into the car and driving back to town to get some; asparagus I love, but whenever I buy it this time of the year, it is woody and I end up tossing most of it. So, I will do this sometime this week; probably tomatoes in a gossed salad.