Cream of Avocado Soup (without the cream)…

Avocado soup






– Small ripe avocado
– 1 can lentils (I prefer Brads’ Organic)
– 1 steamed sweet potato (small)
– 1 cup frozen spinach
– 3 sprigs of parsley
– 2 scallions
– 2 cups vegetable broth
– 1 teaspoon turmeric
– 1/2 teaspoon Red pepper

* Place all food items in your large Nutri-bullet, takes about 15 seconds
* Top with 1/2 inch squares of hard left-over whole grain bread
* If the soup is too thick, Just add more broth
* Can also be served cold after being refrigerated.

Take A Walk On The Wild Side…

nature_waterfallWhether we agree or not about global warming or threats to the environment, all of us need to step out and take a walk in nature. Getting away from it all and taking time to smell the trees (or roses whatever turns you on) can do so much for us both physically and psychologically. As far back as 2,500 years ago, it is recorded that Cyrus the Great built relaxation gardens in the busy capital of Persia. Being able to focus and avoid distractions is critical both to creativity and for solving problems. Modern life stresses make this process more and more difficult. Taking a break, and taking in the surroundings can restore our mental performance. Nature can improve creativity by as much as 50%. The stimuli of natural environments, trees, water, mountains etc. does notnature_walking on grass take any effort. The process disengages the brain and in turn restores its capacity to direct attention to a particular task. Forest walks can reduce stress hormones by as much as 16%. Caring for a simple, small garden can become a source of mindfulness meditation. Even just walking barefoot on grass can reconnect you with the world around us that we sometimes take for granted. Scientific studies have discovered that people living near a green space have reported less mental distress. This is across the board regardless of income, education and employment. In fact nature_windoweven just having a view of greenery from a person’s window, seems to encourage faster recovery from illness, better performance in school and less exhibition of violent behavior. Our connection to nature runs so deep that the idea that we are so co-dependent may be overlooked. We cannot exist without vegetation which provides us with glucose for energy and oxygen so we may breathe. On the other hand vegetation cannot exist without us. We provide carbon dioxide and at times water for them to thrive. It has not been determined if living near a green space is a stimulus because of the pleasing visual aspect or whether it just encourages people to get out and exercise more. There is an old South Korean proverb “Shin to buy ee” which means “ the Body and Soil are one”. Just get out there, shut down the electronics, take a 40 minute walk in nature and feel it for yourself.

Get Up…

An article in The American Journal of Epidemiology reported that sitting and too sittinglittle exercise can speed aging by as much as eight years. A group of 1,481 women, average age 79, wore motion sensors for one week, after which a white blood cell count was taken. Those that were more sedentary with little exercise proved to have shorter telomeres. Telemeres are caps at the end of our DNA strands. The shorter and more frayed they are the more susceptible a person may be to to heart disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and shorter life expectancy.

The Autistic Mind and Pets…

Autism _petsDogs can play an important part in social interactions when it comes to children with autism. Children with autism who have a pet in the home have stronger social skills. This according to a study done at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction. The presence of an animal in the home made children more comfortable about introducing themselves and responding when something was asked about their pet. This form of assertiveness is extremely difficult for children with autism. The smaller the animal is the stronger the connection seems to be whether it is a small dog, cat, rabbit even a reptile. Since every child with autism is such a special situation, certain animals may elicit a better response then others.

Three Tips on Healthy Weight Loss…

1) Try to Stick to Regular Meal and Snack Times-Your body will condition itself to expect food at a certain time. Grazing all day only encourages the need for a continuous supply of Spices_manyfood.
2) Increase Fiber Intake-recommended daily fiber intake is between 20 and 28 grams a day. By increasing your intake of fiber by just 8 grams will have a tremendous impact on feeling full and satisfied.
3) Use Stronger Spices-It is easier to get your fill of a food that has a strong spice. There is a limit to how much enjoyment you can receive as opposed to a food that is milder or even on the bland side.

Beetroot Juice…

Beetroot JuiceMore then fifty studies have been done on the beneficial effects of beetroot juice. It has been shown to enhance blood vessel health, improve neuro-muscular efficiency and endurance, boost oxygen delivery and help control blood pressure. A new study conducted at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom has concluded that it can reduce recovery time following intense exercise. Results were published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. After Intense exercise of 100 drop jumps, 30 active males were given beetroot juice or a placebo. The group given the Beetroot juice proved to have less soreness and a faster recovery time.

Dragon’s Blood and Fighting Disease…

Scientists from George Mason University have isolated a substance in a Kimodo DragonKimodo Drogon that may have powerful germ killing abilities. Results were published in the ”Journal of Biofilms and Microbiomes”. Tests were done on mice that had wounds infected with two different strains of bacteria. DRGN-4 as the substance has been named, punched holes in the outer membrane of the bacteria while dissolving the biofilm that glues bacteria together. The Kimodo Dragon was selected because of its strong immune system. They can survive severe wounds, even lost limbs and live in filthy environments without getting infected. The dragons are revered and endangered in their native Indonesia. Researchers had to locate a Kimodo Dragon in a zoo to obtain a blood sample to work with. They can weigh as much as 100 pounds and are extremely dangerous with sharp serrated teeth. No anesthesia was admitted and four tablespoons of blood were finally secured. The sample proved to be a rich source of 40 substances including one with strong antibiotic qualities.

Mashed Sweet Potato, Carrot and Butternut Squash…

-1 large onion
-1 large red pepper
-1 large sweet potato
-1 large carrot
-1 package frozen butternut squash
-1 &1/2 tablespoons avocado oil
-1 &1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 &1/2 teaspoons of turmeric

-Saute’ chopped onion and chopped red pepper in avocado and coconut oil until light brown
-Steam sweet potato and carrot until able to pierce with knife, add the frozen butternut squash until soft, mash and add turmeric-mix adding the sauted onion and red pepper

Dogs go to College…

Dogs in collegeAccording to a study by The American College Counseling Association conducted in 2013, one in three college students is extremely stressed out and has sought counseling services. College campuses across the United States and around the world are reporting an increase in cases of depression, anxiety and ills brought on by stress. In an attempt to lend a helping paw, officials are arranging “pet therapy” events to help spread some cheer especially during exam times. Most of the dogs that make visits to the college campuses are all volunteers. Research has shown how contact with these furry friends can decrease blood pressure and stress hormones while increasing the hormones that encourage happiness.

A City that is Buzzing…

There is a movement in Los Angeles to encourage beekeeping in small backyard Bee Hivegardens. The city council has passed an amendment to allow residents to pursue keeping their own hives in an attempt to counteract the dramatic die-off of the honeybee populations. A quarter of the bee population has been lost in the past year by U.S. beekeepers. City bees do better in backyard gardens due to the lack of pesticides and a great variety of plant species. Great news is that this movement is starting to spread nationwide.