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Lose Centimeters off Your Stomach

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Fruit nutrition facts

Why fruits?

Fruits are nature’s wonderful medicines packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and many phyto-nutrients (Plant derived micronutrients). They are absolute feast to our sight, not just because of their color and flavor but help body keep fit and healthy!

Fruits are low in calories and fat and are a source of simple sugars, fiber, and vitamins, which are essential for optimizing our health.

Fruits provide plenty of soluble dietary fiber, which helps to ward of cholesterol and fats from the body and to get relief from constipation as well.

Fruits contain many anti-oxidants like poly-phenolic flavonoids, vitamin-C, anthocyanins. These compounds, firstly, help body protect from oxidant stress, diseases, and cancers, and secondly, help body develop capacity to fight against these ailments by boosting our immunity level. Many fruits, when compared to vegetables and cereals, have very high anti-oxidant values which is something measured by their “Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity” or ORAC.
Anthocyanins are flavonoid category of poly-phenolic compounds found in some “blue fruits” like blue-black grapes, mulberries, acai berry, chokeberries, blueberries, blackberries, and in many vegetables featuring blue or deep purple color. Eating fruits rich in blue pigments offers many health benefits. These compounds have potent anti-oxidant properties, remove free radicals from the body, and thus offer protection against cancers, aging, infections etc. These pigments tend to concentrate just underneath the skin.

Fruit’s health benefiting properties are because of their richness in vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, anti-oxidants which helps body prevent or at least prolong the natural changes of aging by protecting and rejuvenating cells, tissues and organs in the human body. The overall benefits are manifold! Fruit nutrition benefits are infinite!
You are protecting yourself from minor problems like wrinkling of skin, hair fall, memory loss to major ailments like age related macular degeneration of retina in the eyes, Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancers, weak bones (osteoporosis)… and the list of fruit nutrition benefits never ends!Antioxidant rich jambul fruit

Here is an impressive list of fruits with complete illustrations of their
health benefits and nutrition facts:

Lose Centimeters off your Stomach
How much fruit nutrition should be included in our daily diet?

Research studies suggest that one may eat any servings of fruits daily. It is recommended to eat at least 2-3 servings of fresh fruits every day.

The term one fruit serving is about 250 g of cleaned, edible-portion of the fruit, excluding discards like peel, seeds etc.

Include seasonal fruits in the daily diet. Variety of fruit’s type, color, and flavor should be encouraged to get maximum health benefits. Yellow and orange color fruits are rich sources of α and β carotenes, zea-xanthins and crypto-xanthins, while blue, black colored like black or blueberries are good source of poly-phenolic anthocyanin anti-oxidants.

Selection of fruits

To avail maximum fruit nutrition benefits eat organic produce. Many “wild” varieties of berries and “tropical tree” fruits have still not treated with any kind of fertilizers or chemicals and can be readily purchased from local farm owners. Organic fruits tend to be smaller, however, they feature special flavor and richness in vitamins, minerals and stuffed with numerous anti-oxidants.

In the store, however, choose fruits that feature freshness, bright in color and flavor and feel heavy in your hands. Look carefully for blemishes, spots, molds, and signs of insecticide spray. Buy whole fruits instead of section of them (for example, buy a small size watermelon instead of a section of big size melon).

Dry fruits

This image shows various dry fruits.

This image shows various dry fruits. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Summer berries.

If you need to store them, place them in plastic wrappings or in zip pouches to keep them fresh for short periods until you use them. Eat fruits as a whole without any additions to get their original flavor, taste, and to get maximum fruit nutrition benefits.

Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/fruit-nutrition.html

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Raise your Straws | Motivational Speaker Janine Shepherd

If you have never heard of Motivational Speaker Janine Shepherd and her inspirational story, it’s high time you did.

Raise your Straws | Janine Shepherd at TEDxKC

Janine Lee Shepherd, AM was a champion Australian cross-country skier until she suffered major injuries when hit by a truck during training. Near death, Janine overcame many adversities  as you will hear in her recent Ted talk.

Laugh, cry and be truly inspired by Janine’s courageous and inspiring story, “You Are Not Your Body”.

Click on the Image Below to watch Janine at TEDxTalks

Raise your Straws | You are not your body | Janine Shepherd at TED

Please leave your comments and let me know how Janine’s story inspired you.

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Global Illumination 2012 | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Michael Fowler Centre global Illumination for Breast Cancer Awareness

This year in April, I became a survivor of this dreaded disease that effects 1 in 9 women every year, stealing lives well before their time. Breast cancer also effects 1 in 100 men and earlier detection is saving lives.

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness month I want to share Global Illumination with you , which is taking place worldwide. Help celebrate by making a donation where ever you are in the world and help save more lives and support the many different services to help breast cancer patients.

Global Illumination

Estée Lauder Companies has arranged to have more than a dozen world-famous landmarks illuminated in pink light to draw attention to the importance of mammography screening for early diagnosis of breast cancer as well as the research for finding ways to cure and prevent breast cancer. Some of these landmarks are:

The Harbour Bridge Sydney Australia
The Hangzhou Department Store Hangzhou China
Niagara Falls Ontario Canada
The Eden Project Cornwall England
The Majestic Hotel Cannes France
The French Affiliate Building Paris France
The Angel of Peace Munich Germany
City Hall Reykjavik Iceland
Azrieli Towers Tel Aviv Israel
Constantine’s Arch Rome Italy
The Arena Verona Italy
Tokyo Tower Tokyo Japan
Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College Miami, FL USA
W Atlanta – Buckhead Hotel Atlanta, GA USA
W Atlanta – Midtown Hotel Atlanta, GA USA
W Atlanta – Downtown Hotel Atlanta, GA USA
W Atlanta – Perimeter Hotel Atlanta, GA USA
City Hall Square Seoul Korea
The Dam Square Amsterdam The Netherlands
The Skytower Auckland New Zealand
The Empire State Building New York, NY USA

Global Illumination over the past years…….

Global Illumination | Breast Cancer Awareness

Botanico_Curitiba_Outubro_Rosa Global Illumination

old parliment house global illumination

Tokyo tower pink Global Illumination

Global Illumination Sydney Opera House

Niagara falls Global Illumination | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink White House October 2008 Global Illumination

My personal charity is the McGrath Foundation who provide the wonderful and caring breast care nurses, who make the life changing difference to breast cancer patients on a daily basis. They made my journey a little easier.

English: Photograph of the Rhode Island State ...

English: Photograph of the Rhode Island State House which is lit with pink lights throughout the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was illuminated ...

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was illuminated in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the Arch Lighting for Breast Cancer Awareness Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006. Mrs. Laura Bush delivered remarks and met with the audience members during the event. White House photo by Shealah Craighead (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The Chain Bridge across the Danube Ri...

English: The Chain Bridge across the Danube River, Budapest Hungary. Lit in pink light by GE for breast cancer awareness. Castle Hill in background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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don’t worry….. smile and be happy

Smile icon

Smile icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Smile More to Be Happier

Week One of the How To Be Happy Program

This is Week One of the How To Be Happy program. Give the skill outlined below a try for one week. Consider it a one-week experiment. Commit to follow these simple steps every day of the week.

Introduction

What You’ll Do: For the entire week, you’ll focus on smiling more. You’ll develop a way to remind yourself to smile throughout your day and even force a smile onto your face periodically. Why? Research shows that if you smile, your mood actually improves.

How It Works: Researchers think that by forcing a smile, you activate a specific set of muscles in the face. That set of muscles is closely connected to the emotions of happiness and joy. By smiling, you are signalling the emotional centres of your brain to tell them that everything is good.

Get Motivated: Smiling more is a simple way to greatly improve the quality of your life. All you have to do is smile, and life will be better. Really. It’s that simple.

Smile! Welcome Back =]

Smile! Welcome Back =] (Photo credit: blentley)

The Steps

  1. Practice Smiling: Smile. Do it right now as you read this. Put a big, warm smile on your face. Not a fake, strange smile, but a real smile, like you are seeing an old friend after several years. Now, think of something unhappy but keep smiling. It is difficult to hold an unhappy or negative thought in your mind while keeping a smile on your face. Smiling can help increase happiness and decrease negativity.
  2. Give Yourself a Smile Cue: Now that you have practiced smiling and understand a little bit about how smiling can improve your mood, the trick is remembering to smile as you go through your day. You will probably need a reminder to smile often. Choose something that you hear, see or do often during the day to be your “smile cue.” You might choose a sound as your reminder, like a phone ringing or an email notification beep. You might choose an action, such as getting in or out of your car, to remind you to smile. You might choose a visual reminder, like seeing someone drinking coffee or seeing someone laughing. Challenge yourself to smile every time you encounter your cues for this entire week.
  3. Stay Motivated: People who smile while talking make a much better impression – they seem more confident and friendly. You can even “hear” a smile over the phone. If you smile while taking a call, the tone of your voice will lighten and you’ll be able to make a better connection through the phone.

Commitment: This week I will smile every time I am reminded by my “smile cue.”

Smile

Smile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tips

  • Don’t look strange. Make your smiles natural, warm and sincere. You are trying to maintain an elevated mood, not look crazy. Even just a small, almost unnoticeable smile can alter your mood.
  • Smile every time you think of it, not only when you encounter your smile cue.
  • Think of something you really like when you smile – it will help make your smile sincere. Think of your favorite vacation spot, driving a brand new car or a good friend.
  • Take a deep breath while you smile. This will help lessen any stress you have and give you a moment to enjoy your smile. A deep breath or two increases the relaxation and mood enhancing power of smiling.
  • Place notes and reminders of this skill throughout your world to remind you to smile more. Put a note on the phone, send yourself an email message, or make a note in your calendar. Make sure that you have plenty of reminders to smile more often.
Smile ~

Smile ~ Photo credit: Sanctuary photography

More

Taking smiling to the next level involves laughing. Figure out a way that you can laugh more this week. You don’t simply want to be amused – you want to be laughing out loud. Laughing out loud, much like smiling creates an emotional state that relieves stress and lifts your mood. Search out things to laugh about every day this week. Read jokes, watch movies and talk to funny people. Think of the funniest stories you know and tell one each day this week.

Here is the whole program. Give each one a solid one-week try, and then come back and do the next one. If you want a reminder, sign up for the How To Be Happy E-Course. It is free, and you’ll get short e-mail reminders each day to help keep you on track.

source: http://longevity.about.com/od/mentalfitness/a/happy_smile.htm

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will it blend?

Will it Blend on Random Thoughts

Will It Blend? is a viral marketing campaign consisting of a series of infomercials demonstrating the Blendtec line of blenders, especially the Total Blender.

I decided to share it with you,   as the Face of Blendtec Tom Dickson appeared on Australian TV this morning and attempted to blend a rake with not a lot of joy. The station lost power and all blending came to an abrupt end.

So, I popped on over to the Blendtec sight to take a look at this awesome machine that can blend anything you can possibly think of….. iPhones, glow sticks, golf clubs and even golf balls.  This is one amazing blender ……. I want one!! After a quick visit to the site I soon realised they are not available for sale in Australia. 😦

I can’t purchase a blender however I did find this low carb green drink to start your day…….  Enjoy!!

The Garden Green Giant Juice

You can find the recipe over at the Blendtec website!

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keeping it natural

homemade peanut butter

In March this year I had my left breast removed including all the lymph nodes removed under my left arm.  I’m totally clear of all tumors now, however since having such a life threatening scare it tends to make you more conscious of what you are putting into your mouth on a daily basis.

So, these days I’d like to keep it as natural as possible. I’ve always been quite healthy and conscious of what I each and lately I’m attempting to keep it as natural as possible. Fresh is best as they say and my mum recently reminded me of the homemade peanut butter she made when I was a young girl.

I have to be honest I can’t remember it so I’ve found a recipe to test out on my boys. We all love peanut butter to the extent that sometimes we even just have a spoonful.

spoonful of peanut butter

It’s easy to make your own homemade peanut butter if you have a food processor or heavy-duty blender. The flavor of the peanuts really shines through when you make it yourself.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup roasted, unsalted, shelled peanuts
  • 1-1/2 to 3 tablespoons peanut or safflower oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Sugar to taste, optional

Preparation:

Blend in food processor or blender adding just enough oil to make it smooth. You can use salted peanuts and omit the salt, or omit the salt entirely with unsalted peanuts. Add sugar to taste, if desired.

If you want chunky peanut butter, add chopped peanuts after you have made the smooth version.

Store peanut butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use within two weeks.

Yield: about 1-1/2 cups

Source: http://homecooking.about.com/od/nutrecipes/r/blsnack19.htm

Peanut butter isn’t that great for the waistline, but as I’m keeping it natural these days…..  and of course, everything in moderation.

Crunchy would have to be my favourite…… how about you…….. crunchy or smooth?

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Dancing and Music …….  IT’S UNIVERSAL!!

clayzmama says......

What do all these people have in common?  Dancing!! 

We all experience periods of happiness at some time or another and one method of displaying happiness is dancing.  Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society.  Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, and filmed the result. His video is the latest in a series  of similar videos, is perhaps a dramatic example that people from all over our great planet  feel a common bond as neighbors.

Why can’t we all just get along DANCE???

Happiness is frequently contagious — few people are able to watch Matt’s video without smiling.  Enjoy!

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skinny overnight oats in a jar

You’ll be pleased to know you can’t see black banana you just enjoy the banana flavour.

A hearty healthy breakfast packed with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients… in a jar (no cooking required)!

Now that the weather is warm, almost every weekday morning after the gym I have either a green smoothie or a bowl of berries, topped with some crunchy granola, nuts and chia seeds with a little almond milk. It’s my favorite quick breakfast and fills me up.

Overnight Oats in a Jar is very popular on Pinterest these days. Have you tried them? Some add Greek yogurt to their oats for more protein, but personally I’m not a fan of the tangy taste of yogurt in my oatmeal. Since granola is basically toasted oats, I decided to take my favorite morning combination using oats instead of granola and place them in a jar overnight to see how they taste the next day!

Verdict: after removing the jar from my refrigerator this morning, I let is sit on the counter while I went to the gym to get the chill out of it. Oatmeal was on my mind all morning as I ran on the treadmill and when I got back I was excited to have breakfast right there on my counter waiting for me and I enjoyed every last spoonful! Yum!

True story: My younger brother had very high cholesterol (he’s thin) in his 30’s and was able to lower it by over 100 points without the help of any medication, just buy eating raw oats every morning for about 6 months and getting regular exercise. He also increased some healthy oils, but he swears by the oatmeal. The doctor was amazed because they wanted to put him on Lipitor, but my brother insisted on trying to lower it with diet first to see if he could. Oatmeal has since been a part of his daily breakfast routine.

p.s.- I was never a fan of the taste of Stevia until I tried the liquid drops from NuNaturals. Stevia lovers always told me good things about NuNaturals so when I finally got to try it, I see why. You don’t get that bitter aftertaste you get with other brands on the market. You can find it at Whole Foods or online, but if stevia isn’t for you, use whatever you prefer in your home, a little brown sugar or maple would also work, or you can leave the sweetener out completely. Enjoy!!

Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 1 • Serving Size: 1 jar • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 244.9 • Fat: 10.8 g • Carbs: 35.4 g • Fiber: 8.5 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 12 g
Sodium: 94.7 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or skim, soy)
  • 1/4 medium banana, sliced (freeze the rest for smoothies!)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 4-5 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
  • pinch cinnamon

optional toppings:

  • 1 tbsp chopped pecans (or any nut)

Directions:

Place all the ingredient in a jar, shake, cover and refrigerate overnight. Add your favorite crunchy toppings such as nuts, granola, etc and enjoy the next day!

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3 great tastes for any day

Red Velvet Pancakes (Healthy, Alchy or Fats)

To spice it up a bit, we realize some of you health freaks (or anyone, really) may be looking for the best sites to go to for a little bit of health in the kitchen.  Below, I’ll list my Top 3.  One is for original taste, the other for original drinks, and the last for health.  It’s a great idea to have a mixture of them all, but to at least try to keep it healthy most of the time.  We don’t want to be the Paula Deen to your addictions!

For The Taste Buds

Carnal Dish is one of my favorite sites to check into when I’m only worried about eating something mouth-wateringly good.  And it’s a guaranteed bet you will!  Cooked, written, and shot (photos) by one of Twitter’s most vibrant personalities, @KanyeBreast, you can’t help but want more after seeing her enticing tweets before the final product.  Below are three of my personal favorite dishes.  Click the pic for the recipe and scroll through her site for more finger-licking good dishes.

Red Velvet Pancakes With Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

The Big K.R.I.T. “King” Burger

Grown-Up Bacon Mac-N-Cheese

For The Acquired Thirst

Joy The Baker is the second on my list for splendiferous reasons!  Her home-made recipes are far and wide as well, but her unique specialty is in drinks.  One day, I was sitting around my mother’s house, and almost suffered a panic attack because there were no water bottles, no juice, and no soda! (First world problems, I know.  But that’s besides the point!)  I found this wonderful site, with great recipes for original drinks, which I’m positive taste 10x better than bought in any store around America!  So here’s my top 3.  Click on the pic for the full pictured recipe and check out the site for more!

Home-Made Ginger Ale

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktails

Homemade Almond Milk

For The Health Freaks

Fat Free Vegan sounds like a place for lames (I mean, fat free AND vegan… c’mon!) but in reality, it’s one of the best around for all people.  The worst thing you can do is to skip over such a great site like this because you’re not vegan.  Eating meat, poultry and dairy are options.  Not having these options available makes for a super healthy meal, and what do ya know! it can be delicious too.  I actually have a bit of the most unpredictable food allergies in my family, so I feel like one day I may become vegetarian/vegan… but… today is not that day!  In digression, I scout this site for some interesting alternatives from time-to-time and here are my top 3 choices.  Click the pics for the full recipe and scope the site for more!

Javanese-Inspired “Chicken” Soup

Vegan Sausage and Mushroom Etoufee

Baked Falafel Pita Sandwich

What would life be like without us! Ahhhh…..

Source:  http://livingcivil.com/3-great-tastes-for-any-day-healthy-alchy-or-fats/

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