Archive | May 2015

Pineapple – its amazing benefit

Did you know…..

That the common name for ‘Ananas Comosus’ is Pineapple, a short stout fruit bearing plant of the Bromeliaceae family, native to the tropical forests of South America and some Southeast Asian countries.  As an edible fruit, the pineapple is a good source of vitamin A and B for healthy eyes and skin, Vitamin C  for healthy tissue; and minerals, especially manganese important to building and maintaining our bones.  The enzyme Bromelain found in it, breaks down proteins in food and aids in digestion; helps relieve arthritic pain, and may also prevent blood clots and heart related chest pain.

Eating fresh pineapple has been recommended to relieve pain and swelling of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  My favorite way of dealing with aches and pain…. naturally.  Keep in mind the key word here is FRESH.  The pineapple aside from being eaten fresh, from the can, dried or squeezed and turned into juice has many other uses.  Its syrup can be used in processed foods and its skin into cattle feeds.  The leaves contain fibers that can be made into rope, fabric, sacks, mats, bags and netting.  It can also be used as a vegetable dye and produces the colour green.  The variegated leaves are also use as ornaments.  The leaf fibers have also been experimentally used to produce paper.

Like a lot of fruit commercially traded today, the pineapple is grown on special plantations.  Approximate annual world product exceeds three and a half million tons today.


Healthy Eating…

Eating well and staying healthy takes a bit of planning and discipline; creating and organizing simple systems to follow is key to achieving this lifestyle.  Here are some of my own ….

Healthy Breakfast…

A quick and simple recipe for a healthy start to the day; the recipe below is good for one serving.

Boil some water in a small pot and add the following:

3 tablespoon of oats
1 tablespoon each of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax, cranberries, and raw hemp seeds.
2 pcs. of dried prunes (optional)

Do not worry if you don’t have all the ingredients, just use what you have.  The amount of water and thickness is up to each individual preference.  Add water if your prefer a lesser consistency to your oatmeal.

Tip:  For easy access and use, store the seeds in individual recycled small glass jars.  Recycle and reuse some of the glass bottles from store bought products.  I find the jelly, jam, honey and tomato sauce jars are the perfect size for storing seeds and nuts.

Healthy Snacking….

Instead of chips, place a few glass bottles of seeds and nuts on the coffee table for a healthier snack.  Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and walnuts are a few of our favourites.  Use a serving tray to anchor these bottles, the coasters and other items you have on the table.

Healthy Eyesight….

A juice blend of celery, peppermint and cilantro made fresh daily is said to be beneficial to your eyes.  Needless to say, I’ve tried this and have come to conclude that some people might not be partial to the taste.  Here’s what I did to get the most of the 3 ingredients.  Drink peppermint tea (good for digestion as well), use celery in my soup and veggie dishes, carrots as well, and garnish my soup or meat dishes with cilantro…. lots of them…. I figure I’ve got all of them covered.

Till my next blog…. have a Happy Victoria Day Weekend everyone!

Your Answers – How Did You Do?

Here are the answers to last week’s blog questions:

1.)  True

2.)  True

3.)  Compass

4.)  False

5.)  False

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Test Your Feng Shui Knowledge

As more westerners become familiar and interested in the Chinese arts and sciences, and as our marketplace changes, it is clear that feng shui is a practice that is now valued outside the Chinese community.

Authentic feng shui, also refer to as “traditional” or “classical” feng shui offers us a set of pragmatics that help us in selecting our homes, in the planning of neighbourhoods, development of land, and even in the locating of our business.

Let’s test your feng shui knowledge by answering the following:

  1. You can activate the energy of a room by opening up a window to let fresh air in.
    a)   True
    b)   False
  1. Feng shui is only one of the three factors in the concept of the cosmic trinity or benevolent luck.
    a)   True
    b)   False
  1. Which of this instrument or tool is use by feng shui practitioners?
    a)  Crystal
    b)  Compass
    c)  Bagua Map
  1. Classical Feng Shui divides a home into ‘eight life stations’ of career, knowledge, family, wealth, fame, marriage, children and helpful people; and uses the five phases of fire, earth, metal, water and wood to activate its designated sector.
    a)  True
    b)  False
  1. Feng shui focuses on client’s intention and ‘cures and remedies’ chosen are base on client’s own taste and decorating style.
    a)  True
    b)  False

Answers to the above in next week’s blog post. Stay tune!