Spice it up a Little…

    

Spice wheelEven if you do not believe that ginseng speeds metabolism or cayenne pepper shrinks fat tissue or cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels or mustard burns calories or ginger creates a thermogenic effect etc., experimenting with spices can add a whole range of new taste to your cooking. Spices can replace the use of excess salt and sugar. Less salt can eliminate retention of excess water and relieve unnecessary swelling. Eliminating sugar will deter a host of other future problems.

Yellow Peas…

             Yellow PeasPeas are one of the earliest crops known to man. They can be traced as far back as 9000 B.C. in Southeast Asia. Peas belong to the same family as lentils which means they are also rich in iron. They are fiber rich slowing digestion which can keep the feeling of fullness longer. This can be a great aid for those wishing to lose excess weight. Pea protein powder is a great source of protein for vegans and also for vegetarians who may not be able to consume whey protein because of lactose intolerance. Pea protein does absorb quickly in the body but thereYellow pea pods is mixed opinion as to whether or not peas contain all the essential amino acids for rebuilding muscle and tissue. To be sure you are getting a full supply of amino acids it is wise to combine them with seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, hemp etc.) to fill in the gaps of any amino acids that may be missing.

 

It’s all about Hue…

 Colors roomColor is a form of non-verbal communication. We are influenced greatly by color. At times, even on an unconscious level. Every company selling product uses color to entice us into buying their brand. Without even a written word on a package, a particular color can stir an emotional response. Whenever we express emotion we use color to emphasize the feeling. “Seeing red” is used to express anger. Green with envy, feeling blue when melancholy, yellow to describe cowardice, seeing something clearly is seeing it in “black and white”, unclearly as having a grey area. However, depending on the area of the world you inhabit, your religion, or your Colors busculture the use of a certain color can signify a totally different meaning. Red is often a warning sign of danger. It is not beneficial to be “in the red” when you are in business. Women in China and India are married in red while mourning a loved one in South Africa is done while wearing red. Yellow reminds us of the sun, warmth and luminosity. We paint our school buses and crosswalks yellow, which in turn symbolizes a level of safety. Aztec cultures used it as the symbol of food while the Chinese dressed their royalty in it. Yet, skin and eyes turning yellow is associated with a serious illness. Blue is often used to denote tranquility, such as, large blue skies Color purpleand wide calming waters. As a favorite color it is the most universally chosen. Going green is the mantra of the day. Green is a symbol of renewal, growth, and denotes ecological awareness. In Iran, green is a sacred holyday color, while in Greece it is used for exorcism. In the western world we celebrate birth and marriage while wearing white. However, in many far eastern cultures it signifies death. Because white reflects all colors of the spectrum it evokes a feeling of completeness, that is, in marriage with another or completing life by death. Black can signify power, mystery, death, or profit (in the black in business). Purple evokes the height of spirituality and psychic awareness, while brown symbolizes being grounded (one with the earth). Thinking about what color to paint a room, take into consideration what the room will be used for and what atmosphere you wish to convey. Visiting another country, check out what is the appropriate color of attire so you can be part of the celebration.

Exercise Balls…

Exercise ball planksExercise balls are a great alternative for those who spend long hours sitting at a desk. They can force one to sit strait encouraging you to become more mindful of posture. Exercise balls and the different exercises that can be performed on them can strengthen all stabilizer muscles. Developing these muscles can make you less prone to injury and more likely to recover faster if injury occurs. Working your oblique and lower back muscles is important for maintaining balance in general. However, whether you work at home or in an office and you decide to replace your seat with an exercise ball, make sure to get up and move around every 40 minutes.

Spinal Technology…

 
Spinal stenosis is a condition where the bones and ligaments of the spinal canal begin to thicken spinal facet jointand narrow clamping down on the spinal cord causing excruciating pain and numbness. There is an experimental procedure, 5 years away from being approved by the food and drug administration, which is showing promising results. It is a new type of joint replacement. This new method would implant facet joints that actually move as opposed to traditional spinal fusion which provides limited mobility. Research lags because scientists have found replacements of spinal bones a lot more difficult then hip and knee replacements. Factors like the length of time the joint will last and the effect on surrounding tissue have to be worked out. This could be life changing for the 500,000 thousand people affected by Spinal stenosis.

Getting to the Root of it…

Kohirabi

Kohirabi

yucca

Yucca

White, Red and Sweet potatoes are a standard part of our American diet. There are other root vegetables, popular with other cultures, that can add a variety of taste to our menu. Here are three that should be considered as alternatives. All of the following can be either baked, fried, steamed, grated, sauteed and used as you would use a potato. 1.Kohlrabi popular in Swiss and German cuisine. It has a mild, sweet taste. Member of the same family as Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. Rich in phytochemicals which may prevent prostate cancer. 2.Yucca its origin is in Brazil and Paraguay. It is a staple for about a ¼ of the world’s population. It is grown in two ways bitter and sweet. The brown skin has to be removed before being used. Much higher in potassium then the average white potato. 3.Breadfruit is part of the Mulberry tree family. It originated in the south pacific. Breadfruit has been attributed with reducing cholesterol, blood pressure and warding off colon cancer because of its high fiber content.

 

Petting is Healthy…

Pet catPets are a commitment and a responsibility but health wise they can be extremely beneficial. Something as simple as the act of watching a fish can lower the stress hormone cortisol. Tests have shown that pet owners have lower resting heart rates in general. Lower cholesterol rates are recorded in pet owners possibly attributed to the fact that pet owners are forced to get more exercise. Benefits extend also to recovery after a serious illness. Rates of recovery are much quicker and long lasting. Therapists prescribe pets for those suffering with depression. Fewer strokes have been recorded with cat Pets girlowners especially due to their calming effect on circulation. Introverted people will find themselves mingling more. Dogs are conversation starters. Babies born to households with pets have stronger immune systems and suffer from fewer allergies. Dogs are now trained to detect significant drops in blood glucose in people with diabetes. They can also detect the warning signs of an oncoming epileptic seizure. Because pets have a calmer energy field, they will sometimes leave an area where arguments are occurring or become alarmed reminding us of an unpleasant atmosphere we may be creating. Children with ADHD can gain better focus having the responsibility Pet wheelchairof caring for a dog. Young people disconnected by autism have had their senses stimulated by the feel, sound and smell of both dogs and horses. Pets can also provide heat if a person is suffering from painful joints or fibromyalgia. Those confined to wheelchairs can gain more independence from dogs that are trained to aid in household chores. Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts when they have a pet present. We may sometimes take for granted that these little friends are in tune with us. If you find that owning a pet can cause too much of a change in your lifestyle, spend a little time at a shelter or walk a neighbor’s dog. Plan to go on safari, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding or visit a farm. As little as 20 minutes can have a positive effect on your well being.

Green Olive Pesto…

 Ingredients: olive pesto                                               -1/2 cup unsalted pistachios                              - 1/4 cup pitted green olives                              - 1 cup cherry tomatoes                                     - 2 garlic cloves                                                  - 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar                          - 1 cup fresh, flat parsley leaves                         - 1/4 cup olive oil                                               - Pinch of red pepper

Directions:                                                  -Put all ingredients into a food processor until uniformly minced                                                                                                                             (Recipe taken form Nutrition Action Newsletter by Kate Sherwood)

 

Concussion Detection…

    
   New advances in technology can possibly help us protect our athletes from serious head trauma.Checklight beanie The first is called the “Checklight Beanie” which is designed by Reebok. Its purpose is to detect concussions. This washable beanie notes blows, twisting or forward motion of the head. It can be worn under a helmet or on its own. Upon impact an LED message is sent on the outside of the cap. Red (severe), yellow (moderate) alerting coaches immediately so a decision can be made whether or not to continue playing. The second is called the “X-Patch” created by Biosystems. It is worn X-patchbehind the ear and is another way of possibly notifying coaches from the sideline wirelessly of a possible concussion. Neither one of these has been widely tested nor are they readily available yet. Although it is a bit premature, the possibility of such devices preventing severe concussions would be a great asset.