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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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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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you have one new message

You have one new message | a message from God

Looking down from heaven, I wipe away a few wayward stars to get the perfect view of your little corner of the world. From where I am I see the blues, greens and whites of a palette of painted perfection – I see the majesty of the thing I created oh, so long ago.

And yet, within this beauty and wonder I also see great sadness, those who’ve lost their way, those who live within locked doors with pulled curtains.

Brother against brother. Mother against child.

This world you are living in is far from what I hoped it’d be. The swirls upon swirls of beauty, wonder and colors so clear and vivid . . . I wish it were as beautiful there as it is from here.

But I know it isn’t.

I see the pile of newspapers on your doorstep. It hurts too much to read them. The evening news is something you only watch if you must. It’s hard to see the faces on TV and not instantly connect with them, feeling their pain, weeping for the stranger and knotting your stomach with fear and regret.

It breaks My heart that you have to worry about the stranger who smiles at you. No one should have to wonder the reason behind an unfamiliar smile. I weep to think that your children can’t go for a Sunday stroll on the sidewalk on an adventure to anywhere they please. I hope you find comfort in the fact that in safety and danger – I am always there . . . good times and bad. I’ll never leave you or forsake you.

This world is a darkened place . . . and it’s been that way for a long time.

It’s certainly not what I had in mind. The darkness that has enveloped the world is the reason I had to send the Light. It’s the reason I had to send My child and the reason I had to turn away the day He hung on a hill. It’s never easy to give up that which we love.

The sunshine was no longer enough.

The world required a beacon. The world needed a Savior. No one else would do . . . and I loved you that much. That I’d give up My only Son to die that you might live.

That Light now lives with Me in heaven but He’s left His light within you too. Promise Me that when the world is dark, when times are uncertain and the news is about the scariest thing you can imagine, that you won’t spend your life looking for the wolf outside your window. Instead spend your life looking within. Find your light, be the light and don’t ever let it go out.

I’m counting on you to let your light shine. Big or small. . . through the blues, greens and swirls of white . . . I can pinpoint you from way up here with just one little flicker and you’ll never know what just ONE little flicker can do when it burns bright with faith and the realization that behind every little light . . . there is hope.

-GOD

 

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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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