Summer Fun: Summer Fruits and Veggies

Don’t you just love this time of year?  All the summer fruits and veggies are here in North America.  All the sweet berries, melons and stone fruits are ripe and ready to eat.  Now is the time to eat them but also the time to think ahead and store some of these jewels for winter.  If you don’t know how to can fruits and veggies don’t feel bad.  In this fast food era, it’s almost a dying art.  But we do have some other options for storing our summer harvests like freezing and freeze drying.  These will at least allow you to enjoy your summer harvest late into the winter months.

One of the fruits I love most is watermelon.  If you’re craving it right now, there could be a lot of reasons for that.  Watermelon is one of the most nutritious foods we have available and not just the flesh but also the seeds.  One small slice can give you 3 mg of iron. Helpful if you have a tendency toward anemia.  

Watermelon seeds include fatty acids, essential proteins and a lot of minerals. These types of seeds are full of vitamin B just like thiamine, niacin, foliate and minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus and copper.  Watermelon seeds contain dietary fiber essential for the normal operation of the digestive tract, that help in case of intestinal parasites, as well as in the treatment of inflammation in the body.  Watermelon seeds contain citrulline a substance which acts as a bio marker of intestinal function.  Citrulline is key in the urinary tract to help your body process ammonia into urea.  Because of this, watermelon seeds have been useful in treating diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract.  It’s also been reported to help people suffering with hepatitis, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, angina and erectile dysfunction.

We’re talking about the big black seeds you used to be able to find in the fruit.  Unfortunately, there has been so much tampering with watermelon to produce seedless varieties, it’s not easy to find a regular watermelon.  Please let me know if you find one with black seeds.  It’s a gem and you should save those seeds and plant them.  I’m not sure if you can get all the benefits from using the albino seeds we see in the seedless varieties.  I will let you know.

What do you do if you have the real deal, a regular watermelon?  Take 20-30 seeds, grind them down and boil them for 15 minutes in a half gallon of water.   It is suggested that you drink this amount over the course of two days and stop.  You would skip the third day.   On the fourth day repeat the process being sure to skip the third day.  You can repeat this for several weeks to see a decrease or cessation of your symptoms.

Much of the Standard American Diet (SAD) is depleted in vitamins and minerals so it makes sense that using concentrated mixtures of seeds would dramatically boost your bodies levels of these vitamins and minerals.  And because they come directly from the plant, they are more easily integrated into your system and in my opinion more effective than synthetic vitamins made in a lab.

So, the next time you’re at a backyard barbeque bring watermelon to share and tell people to save the seeds.  So off I go on my quest for a regular watermelon.  It won’t be so hard to find peaches, plums and nectarines.  Hmmmm.  My mouth just waters thinking about summer fruit.  Hope you’re having a great summer or winter wherever you are and remember to watch the fat and eat four cups of fruits and veggies every day.

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Eat To Live

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY – a day that strikes fear in the hearts of every dieter.  Eating to live is not what most people think about on the day of the BIG game.

How do you enjoy the Super Bowl or any national ritual without gaining 10 pounds? Don’t even try to talk people out of their chicken wings and beer.  Take a fresh approach.  Make your own wings with antibiotic free, non-GMO chicken and a variety of healthy, delicious dips like these:

  • green chili salsa
  • sweet&sour sauce made with maple syrup and organic red wine vinegar & spices
  • nonfat yogurt mixed with a special tasty spice blend of cumin, smokey paprika, sea salt, cracked black pepper and just a hint of nutmeg

Try baking the wings or slipping them under the broiler instead of deep frying.  These wings won’t kill you and I doubt you will get any complaints.  Just keep the beer cold and coming.

Ah… Now should I go to that pre-game Chili Cookoff Contest?  Hmmm… They usually have some good veggie chili entries.  Better bring a fruit platter to freshen up the place.  Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

Have you considered cleaning up your diet?

Well, well, well.  It’s that time of year when we think about cleaning up our act when it comes to diet and exercise.  This an area calling for mindfulness and awareness.  There is so much information out here on the web and hearsay from friends of friends.  Sometimes it can be very confusing when you’re trying to figure out what to eat to stay healthy or to regain your health and strength.

I have always been a proponent of following your own intuition and listening to your body.  Notice how you feel after eating certain foods.  This is the simple way to determine what’s right for you and your metabolism.  And your metabolism can change over time.  So don’t be surprised if you can eat a lot of wheat products now but weeks from now you find that a gluten free diet works better for you.

I also like to incorporate more raw foods in the diet.  Here’s a great video talking about how you might do this.  Enjoy!


Stay Alert – Protect Your Health

<a href="http://“>Coca-Cola Stopped Sponsoring the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Stay Alert – Protect Your Health – don’t just mindlessly accept what you’re being told by “health care professionals”. Are they really promoting good health or just serving as a mouthpiece for big pharma and corporate interests?

Follow the link to see what Dr. Michael Greger has to say about the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Conflicts of Interest. It always pays to see who is sponsoring research, comments and recommendations from any group. If you are relying on what you believe to be credible sources of information because of their titles, think again. Not every association is what it seems. Many times research results are skewed or not even reported based on what benefits the funders.




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How I’m letting go and celebrating the release …

Look around and you will likely discover that you have some true treasures in your life. Sometimes we are very present and expressing appreciation and love for these gifts. At other times, we take them for granted only to discover their true value when they leave us.

Sometimes these treasures are the people in our lives. They bring joy and love, a sense of security and friendship. Then one day they announce that it’s time to move on and you don’t get a vote in that decision. It can really hurt and be tremendously sad. You think about all the time you’ve had together but mostly the time you will miss together. Yet a part of you has to celebrate the change when it’s truly a calling to move on in life toward more growth. When you truly love someone, you want to see them grow. It doesn’t seem fair when it means you have to separate. One of love’s lessons is the letting go part.

I’m seeing a new friend move on and it’s sad but at the same time I will celebrate with him for the joy of the unknown and his own growth. I’ve learned that fighting the change just makes it more painful. And thank God for cell phones and facebook. It doesn’t have to be years before we see each other and speak again.

Light and Love.