Suzanne C.'s Profile
OK. I will do this. But it will have to be something comfortable. It really helps me to be comfortable in order to feel confident.
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone tomorrow. Here are some vegan valentine recipes for the love of animals.
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10 Recipes for a Vegan Valentine’s Day:
1 Cheesecake, 3 Ways: Raw Vegan Cheesecake Recipe for Valentines Day:
Vegan Cheesecake and Brownie Heart Tree:
Eat a food high in lycopene.
I made a pot of soup the other day & have been eating it for several days now. It has carrots & parsley (high in lycopene) along with other things. I also have some little tomatoes I will be eating over the next few days as well. I bought a head of red cabbage the other day & will be eating that too. I may shred some & add it into my soup when I reheat it tonight. I now find myself wanting some watermelon. I will add that to my shopping list.
I happen to really like rose hips tea & also get a little lycopne when I drink that too.
Rose hips have a relatively small amount of lycopene, but they have many other benefits. They are one of the richest sources of vitamin C and contain vitamins A and B, as well as essential fatty acids. They may also be effective in treating arthritis. Rose hips can be made into a jelly, or brewed as tea.
Lycopene is a naturally occurring chemical that gives fruits and vegetables a red color. It is one of a number of pigments called carotenoids. Lycopene is found in watermelons, pink grapefruits, apricots, and pink guavas. It is found in particularly high amounts in tomatoes and tomato products. In North America, 85% of dietary lycopene comes from tomato products such as tomato juice or paste. One cup (240 mL) of tomato juice provides about 23 mg of lycopene. Processing raw tomatoes using heat (in the making of tomato juice, tomato paste or ketchup, for example) actually changes the lycopene in the raw product into a form that is easier for the body to use.
Lycopene's Role in Photosynthesis:
Lycopene is a key intermediate in the biosynthesis of many carotenoids.
Carotenoids like lycopene are important pigments found in photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes in plants, photosynthetic bacteria, fungi, and algae. They are responsible for the bright colors of fruits and vegetables, perform various functions in photosynthesis, and protect photosynthetic organisms from excessive light damage. Lycopene is a key intermediate in the biosynthesis of many important carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, and xanthophylls.
Lycopene's Role in Metabolism:
After ingestion, lycopene is incorporated into lipid micelles in the small intestine. These micelles are formed from dietary fats and bile acids, and help to solubilize the hydrophobic lycopene and allow it to permeate the intestinal mucosal cells by a passive transport mechanism. Little is known about the liver metabolism of lycopene, but like other carotenoids, lycopene is incorporated into chylomicrons and released into the lymphatic system. In blood plasma, lycopene is eventually distributed into the very low and low density lipoprotein fractions. Lycopene is mainly distributed to fatty tissues and organs such as the adrenal glands, liver, prostate and testes.
More Information About Lycopene:
Lycopene, what is it, benefits, how to increase lycopene in your diet:
The Benefits of Lycopene:
What Is Lycopene and Why Do I Need It?:
Top 10 Foods Highest in Lycopene:
6 Foods That Have Lycopene:
So eat a food high in lycopene. ♥ ;-D ♥
OK. I'm not really a fan of the World Health Organization, but I did complete the challenge & read all the information. WOW!!! The one thing that GLARINGLY stood out most to me was complete omission of mentioning the reduction and/or omission of eating animal products. In my opinion, that is a BIG omission. The consumption of animal products is a LARGE factor in the contribution to heart disease. I guess that just verifies my lack of esteem for WHO.
I prefer the forks over knives approach. I will combat heart disease by using my fork to eat right in the first place & avoid the need for a surgeon's knife to try to correct the damage of poor eating habits.
If you have not yet seen the documentary "Forks Over Knives" I highly recommend it. I have seen it in the theater, on Netflix & on YouTube. It comes around periodically. Here is the trailer:
Here are lots of success stories regarding a plant-based diet:
Here are some articles on the connection between eating meat & disease:
The Meat-Disease Connection:
ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND HUMAN HEALTH:
Eating red meat raises 'substantially' risk of cancer or heart disease death:
Meat Consumption and Cancer Risk:
Studies Show Eating Factory Farmed Animal Products Leads to Heart Disease and Cancer:
For those of you really interested, here is "The China Study": the Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted (PDF):
Removing meat from your diet will greatly improve your health & lessen your chances of disease & poor health. Even just the reduction of animal products in your diet will improve your chances of better health.
I raise my fork to better eating. ♥ ;-D ♥
I didn't get out & about today. But when I do, I spread smiles. I will be sure to do this when I do get out for errands this week, or if I see any neighbors when I go outside to get the mail.
Thank you for the 'E', Theresa. It is appreciated.
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How did you do it?
I went outside the back door, held onto the support post for the porch roof, & lowered my heels off the step as shown in the video. I am glad we have videos for these physical challenges. It is now so much easier to understand them than to try reading a written description.
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Here's to a terrific Tuesday. ♥ ;-D ♥
First i want to thank Mary Anne. for her encouragement. It got me moving on this one so that I could share a person that greatly inspires me.
OK. How did I do it? I did a search on Mahatma Gandhi & read up on his traits. I greatly admire him as a leader. Revered the world over for his nonviolent philosophy of passive resistance, Gandhi grew up worshiping the Hindu god Vishnu and following Jainism, a morally rigorous ancient Indian religion that espoused non-violence, fasting, meditation and vegetarianism. Born October 2, 1869, and raised in a Hindu merchant caste family in coastal Gujarat, western India, and trained in law at the Inner Temple, London, Gandhi first employed nonviolent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was known to his many followers as Mahatma, or “the great-souled one.” He began his activism as an Indian immigrant in South Africa in the early 1900s, and in the years following World War I became the leading figure in India’s struggle to gain independence from Great Britain. Known for his ascetic lifestyle and devout Hindu faith, Gandhi was imprisoned several times during his pursuit of non-cooperation, and undertook a number of hunger strikes to protest the oppression of India’s poorest classes, among other injustices. After Partition in 1947, he continued to work toward peace between Hindus and Muslims. Even after his death, Gandhi’s commitment to non-violence and his belief in simple living—making his own clothes, eating a vegetarian diet and using fasts for self-purification as well as a means of protest—have been a beacon of hope for oppressed and marginalized people throughout the world. Satyagraha remains one of the most potent philosophies in freedom struggles throughout the world today, and Gandhi’s actions inspired future human rights movements around the globe, including those of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States and Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Mahatma Gandhi Biography
Anti-War Activist (1869–1948)
I like many of his quotes. here are some of them.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
My shopping list usually always has lots of colorful fruits & vegetables. That's practically the only thing I eat in any quantity. I ran down to the Sunday farmer's market today, just as they were packing & putting things away to close up their booths. I only managed 2 colors. A head of red cabbage & some dandelion greens, parsley & celery. But here at home, in the fridge, I already have a bag of carrots that contains 5 colors of carrots. Orange, brick red, pale yellow, bright yellow & purple. I also have lemons & apples in there too. Hanging in mesh bags on hooks over the kitchen door, I have yellow onions, white onions, red onions, gold potatoes, orange sweet potatoes & purple sweet potatoes. I also have 3 varieties of oranges hanging there too. I think I have this challenge well covered.
25 Vegan Recipes For Super Bowl Sunday:
I saw that one of the other challenges today was:
Think about what you wear to bed and consider if you should wear something more cool and comfy.
I found this, so throwing it out there:
7 Scientific Reasons Why Sleeping Naked Is Really Good For You:
Have a Super Sunday everyone. ♥ ;-D ♥
OK. Done 5 times. Intended to do this earlier but this is about the first time today I have managed to have all the animals off the bed.
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Hoping everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
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