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Visit a website: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/med... to read about common symptoms of a cataract.
OK. I went. I read. ♥ ;-D ♥
Happy Hump Day to all. ♥ ;-D ♥
Avoid snacking while preparing 1 meal: drink water, chew gum, or crunch on plain veggies instead.
I assume this is basically aimed at unhealthy snacking which is a non-issue for me. I only eat healthy snacks. I don't really snack while preparing a meal. I will be eating shortly anyway. I do sometimes take a taste along the way to see how it is coming along.
As for chewing gum or eating sugarless hard candy, NO WAY. I don't consider those healthy. I question their ingredients. Especially if they contain artificial sweeteners.
About chewing gum:
6 Gross Side Effects of Chewing Gum:
Chewing gum may help you to eat less, but the food you do eat may be less nutritious.
People who chewed gum were less likely to eat fruit and instead were more motivated to eat junk food like potato chips and candy.
Chewing gum causes you to swallow excess air, which can contribute to abdominal pain and bloating, along with other gastrointestinal issues.
Chewing gum (including sugar-free gum) may cause tooth decay and erosion.
Chewing gum may cause mercury to be released from your mercury fillings.
Most chewing gum contains artificial sweeteners that may damage your health, even if it’s sugar-free.
More here: 6 Gross Side Effects of Chewing Gum: http://articles.mercola.com...
Also: Why Chewing Gum is Bad for Your Health:
Food Babe Vani Hari & "Why Chewing Gum Destroys Your Health"
A closer look at the ingredients.
I will stick to water or a few tastes of the healthy meal I am preparing.
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Stretch your heel and calf by flexing your foot against a wall. Hold for 15 seconds on each side.
Challenge completed. Held for 25 seconds on each side.
Happy Meatless Monday everyone!!!
What a day this has been, I usually try to post Meatless Monday recipes earlier in the day & in time for dinner. Sorry folks. That didn't work out for me today.
People are drawn to vegetarianism & veganism by all sorts of motives. Some of us want to live longer, healthier lives or do our part to reduce pollution. Others have made the switch because we want to preserve Earth�’s natural resources or because we�’ve always loved animals and are ethically opposed to eating them.
Thanks to an abundance of scientific research that demonstrates the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet, even the federal government recommends that we consume most of our calories from grain products, vegetables and fruits. And no wonder: An estimated 70 percent of all diseases, including one-third of all cancers, are related to diet. A vegetarian & vegan diets reduce the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer.
Why go veg? Chew on these reasons:
Have you been thinking about going vegan? Here are some great tips from Laura Theodore – who has a great new book out. There are recipes & other info here too:
Here are her Top Five Tips for starting on the path to Vegan-Ease Cuisine: Easy vegan meals, without sacrificing great taste or giving up the textures and flavors we all love!
1. If you are new to vegan eating, start by serving one non-meat, plant-based meal each week for dinner. Try preparing hearty and satisfying favorites like Chili, Lasagna, Soup, Pasta, Easy Casseroles or Meatless Burgers.
2. Use mashed bananas, ground flaxseeds mixed with water or whipped organic tofu to replace eggs in many baked goods recipes. This works especially well when making muffins, brownies and many cakes. (If a baked goods recipe calls for just one egg, in most cases you can just leave the egg out and your recipe will still be perfect!)
3. Now widely available in most supermarkets, purchase rice, soy, almond, cashew, coconut or oat nondairy milk for topping cereal or as a substitute for dairy milk in almost any recipe.
4. Got a sweet tooth? Organic, dairy-free, fair trade dark chocolate is available in most supermarkets and health food stores.
5. When food shopping, take a moment to explore the rainbow of colors and tastes that fresh produce has to offer. Try adding one new vegetable or fruit to your cart every time you shop. This will make your journey toward a vegan diet more flavorful and fun.
From hearty main dishes, to decadent desserts, the vegan diet offers a wide range of options. And best of all, you’ll be making the world a better place, one tasty recipe at a time.
WHY VEGETARIANS SHOULD CONSIDER GOING VEGAN:
Going vegetarian is a great way to stand up against the cruel factory farming industry. In fact, vegetarians spare the lives of dozens of animals each year.
However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that animals suffer immensely in the dairy and egg industries too.
Veganism in a Nutshell - Resources
3 Insanely Delicious Recipes That You'd Never Guess Were Vegan:
Hearty Cocoa Black Bean Burgers
Better-Than-Restaurant Vegan Nachos
Deep Dish Pizza with Tofu Ricotta
The above recipes are here:
ZUCCHINI NOODLES WITH VEGAN WHITE BEAN MEATBALLS
10 Delicious Egg Recipes WITHOUT The Eggs
RUNNING ON REAL FOOD RECIPE PAGE
Have a great evening (what;s left of it) & a Terrific Tuesday tomorrow.
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Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America. The tall tropical Palo Santo tree is related to both Frankincense and Myrrh and Copal. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of Pine, Mint and Lemon. It is widely distributed throughout much of Central and South America, as well as the Galapagos Islands. In Spanish, Palo Santo, means “wood of the saints.” Appropriately named, the aroma of Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) is heavenly.
Palo Santo is enjoyed by many for its energetic cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage and Cedar. It is a strong medicine that has been popularized for its heavenly presence in keeping energies grounded and clear. It creates a pleasant, fresh smoke that works well in keeping away mosquitoes and other flying insects which is one of the prime uses for the people who live in Ecuador and Peru. It provides an uplifting scent that raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to the Source of all creation. It is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its magic.
Palo Santo is traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more. This Essential Oil is great for Aromatherapy and can also be used during massage work to assist in healing.
It is wonderful for calming the immune and nervous systems for faster recovery of illness. In essential oil form, it works well for physical pain and inflammation and is also added to topical liniments and balms to relieve joint pain. It contains high levels of D-Limonene and Monotropenes that are useful for cancer symptoms.
Use of Palo Santo reportedly dates back to the time of the Inca Empire. The heartwood of the tree is used, and you can find bundles of Palo Santo for sale in markets throughout South America. Burning the wood is done to clean bad energy from a place and to promote good fortune. It is typical and common for Palo Santo to be burned in a ceremonial setting such as a shamanic ceremony, and often people who attend ceremonies will smoke themselves and each other with this wood. Being smoked with Palo Santo feels fresh and invigorating.
Palo Santo has been used for thousands of years in Peru and Ecuador by shamans and healers. Travel today through the Andes Mountains and you still find shamans, curanderos, and healers using Palo Santo. It is part of their ceremonies and healing rituals and evidence that its use is more alive than ever in their culture. Increasingly the healing properties of Palo Santo are finding their way into the rest of the world as one of the truly great resins of Mother Earth. It has capacities in both physical and metaphysical realms.
The essential oil of Palo Santo is responsible for the unique fragrance of this wood, and contains resins that are rich in the sesquiterpene class of compounds, most notably limonene. It also contains the fragrant compounds non-amine and germacrene and monterpene. In one published Cuban medical study, components in the essential oil inhibited the growth of a specific type of breast cancer, MCF-7. Palo Santo essential oil is significantly anti-bacterial, which probably explains its traditional use as an incense wood for dispelling bad energy.
Like cedar, which is burned in the ceremonies of the Native American Church, Palo Santo may be chipped into fine pieces and set alight to generate fragrant smoke. Alternately, a small piece of the wood will be lit and allowed to burn – and then blown out and waved around to smoke a place. Some people perform steam distillation on the wood to yield an essential oil, which has an especially captivating aroma. Burning a little bit of Palo Santo regularly at home will leave a room smelling clean and free of any musty odors. Once you have smelled Palo Santo, you will likely find it a welcome addition to the atmosphere of any space.
I find it to be a healthy & refreshing alternative to the artificial fragrances of the mainstream commercial products containing toxic chemicals.
Name 1 "gift of time" you can give to a person in your life this week.
For today's challenge:
I gave the gift of my time to everyone here on DC today by lighting a stick of Palo Santo & allowing the smoke to bless & benefit us all.
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Strengthen your core with a side plank: Lie on your side with knees bent and lift your hips.
OK. I did this challenge as gently as possible for a count of 5 on each side. I recently injured myself & I'm not yet back up to par. I think I may have pinched my sciatic nerve in my lower lumbar region. My right hip is especially sore & sensitive. I'm taking things easy for now.
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Is anyone doing any Saturday gardening? I recently came upon this interesting way to deal with snails & slugs in a compassionate way & to avoid the use of poisons in your garden.
This from Trinity of "Trinity's Conscious Kitchen:
She also has tips for conscious eating. Click the 'FREE Recipes' tab along the top. ♥ ;-D ♥
Have a Super Saturday. ♥ ;-D ♥
Eat 1 stress-busting food with omega-3 fatty acids, like tuna, salmon, walnuts, or spinach.
This challenge is no challenge. I eat vegan sources of Omega 3s almost everyday & often more than once a day.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An Essential Contribution:
The human body can make most of the types of fats it needs from other fats or raw materials. That isn’t the case for omega-3 fatty acids (also called omega-3 fats and n-3 fats). These are essential fats—the body can’t make them from scratch but must get them from food. Foods high in Omega-3 include fish, vegetable oils, nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds, flaxseed oil, and leafy vegetables.
What makes omega-3 fats special? They are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions.
Omega-3 fats are a key family of polyunsaturated fats. There are three main omega-3s:
* Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) come mainly from fish, so they are sometimes called marine omega-3s.
* Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the most common omega-3 fatty acid in most Western diets, is found in vegetable oils and nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds and flaxseed oil, leafy vegetables, and some animal fat, especially in grass-fed animals. The human body generally uses ALA for energy, and conversion into EPA and DHA is very limited.
The strongest evidence for a beneficial effect of omega-3 fats has to do with heart disease. These fats appear to help the heart beat at a steady clip and not veer into a dangerous or potentially fatal erratic rhythm. (1) Such arrhythmias cause most of the 500,000-plus cardiac deaths that occur each year in the United States. Omega-3 fats also lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve blood vessel function, and, at higher doses, lower triglycerides and may ease inflammation, which plays a role in the development of atherosclerosis.
Heart attack survivors who took a 1-gram capsule of omega-3 fats every day for three years were less likely to have a repeat heart attack, stroke, or die of sudden death than those who took a placebo. (2) Notably, the risk of sudden cardiac death was reduced by about 50 percent. In the more recent Japan EPA Lipid Intervention Study (JELIS), participants who took EPA plus a cholesterol-lowering statin were less likely to have a major coronary event (sudden cardiac death, fatal or nonfatal heart attack, unstable angina, or a procedure to open or bypass a narrowed or blocked coronary artery) than those who took a statin alone.
Most Americans take in far more of another essential fat—omega-6 fats—than they do omega-3 fats. Some experts have raised the hypothesis that this higher intake of omega-6 fats could pose problems, cardiovascular and otherwise, but this has not been supported by evidence in humans. In the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, for example, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats wasn’t linked with risk of heart disease because both of these were beneficial. Many other studies and trials in humans also support cardiovascular benefits of omega-6 fats. Although there is no question that many Americans could benefit from increasing their intake of omega-3 fats, there is evidence that omega-6 fats also positively influence cardiovascular risk factors and reduce heart disease.
Flax Seed Oil Versus Fish Oil: The Best Omega-3 Source:
Flax seed oil or fish oil. Which is better? Why would you choose one over the other? What is the best way to get your omega-3's?
Health Effects of Flax Seed Omega-3s versus Fish Oil Omega-3s
There is an argument going on in the omega-3 supplement circles as to the question of flax seed oil vs fish oil: which is better?
To combat omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies many health professionals are turning to the use of fish oils since these oils are high in the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. When we consume flax seed oil which is very high in the basic essential fatty acid alpha-linolenc (LNA) acid the body must convert the LNA into EPA and DHA. When you consume fish, and fish oil, you side step this process.
However fish oils are much more expensive, per dose, than even the highest quality flax seed oil. Fish oils are also much higher in lipid peroxides which are counter productive to the benefits of essential fatty acids. Fish oils also carry the risk of bringing along food-chain-contaminants such as mercury, which may be present in the fish from which the oil is extracted.
Flax Seed Oil Vs Fish Oil: How Easy is a Dose to Take?
Besides the relative health benefits of flax seed oil versus fish oil, flax seed oil, properly preserved (in your freezer), is much easier to take than fish oil is. You can simply add flax seed oil to your food. It tastes delicious if it is still fresh (if your flax seed oil does not taste good it has become rancid and it should be thrown out right away or used as a substrate from which to produce a very nice natural paint medium).
Instead of oil, you can use ground flax seeds (around about a quarter of a cup of seeds ground up in a coffee grinder would provide a daily dose). You can sprinkle ground flax on a salad, or add it to a sauce (after cooking the sauce). Ground flax seed needs to be eaten right away to prevent rancidity.
One more point in favor of flax seeds as your essential fatty acid source is in the fact that, not everyone wants to down a couple handfuls of pills every day for the rest of their lives.
- Source: http://www.healthguideinfo....
Why flax seeds may be the best source of omega-3
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/...
ADDITIONAL LINKS FOR MORE INFO ON OMEGA 3s:
Essential Fatty Acid Basics From the PMRC:
(Physician's Comittee for Responsible Medicine)
An overview on flaxseed oil from University of Maryland Medical Center:
BEST PLANT-BASED SOURCES FOR OMEGA 3s:
14 Best Vegan Sources of Omega 3
Plant-Based Foods With the Highest Omega-3 Fatty Acids
8 Fish-Free Vegan Omega Fatty Acid Rich Foods
A healthy, happy & Fabulous Friday to all.
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