Be loyal and you can ask for loyalty. Be generous and you will feel entitled to ask from your friends when you too need help. Be patient, because. . . .you want your friends to be patient with you!
The scientific evidence of the health benefits linked to fruits and vegetables consumption is growing, and food supplements may represent an effective method to provide additional bioactive F&V compounds to consumers. Among these bioactives, polyphenols have been widely studied and it looks like they might be responsible for a great share of the preventative effects of plant food based diets. The aim of this work was to characterize the polyphenolic composition of three plant-based food supplements designed to integrate and increase the daily intake of dietary phenolic compounds. The supplements are blends of berries, fruits, or vegetables made from a total of 36 different edible food plants. Using cut-edge analytical instruments, we have identified 119 (poly)phenolic compounds in the supplements, showing a richness and a variety that had never been reported before for this type of products. The contribution of these food supplements to the daily intake of (poly)phenolic compounds and, in turn, the potential contribution of such intake to health are discussed.
Anything you think it is:
“Dr David Eagleman takes viewers on an extraordinary journey that explores how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world, conjures up the rich and beautiful world we all take for granted.
This episode begins with the astonishing fact that this technicolour multi-sensory experience we are having is a convincing illusion conjured up for us by our brains.
In the outside world there is no colour, no sound, no smell. These are all constructions of the brain. Instead, there is electromagnetic radiation, air compression waves and aromatic molecules, all of which are interpreted by the brain as colour, sound and smell.
We meet a man who is blind despite the fact that he has eyes that can see. His story reveals that it’s the brain that sees, not the eyes. A woman with schizophrenia, whose psychotic episodes were her reality, emphasises the fact that whatever our brains tell us is out there, we believe it.
Visual illusions are reminders that what’s important to the brain is not being faithful to ‘reality’, but enabling us to perceive just enough so that we can navigate successfully through it. The brain leaves a lot out of its beautiful rendition of the physical world, a fact that Dr Eagleman reveals using experiments and street demonstrations.
Each one of our brains is different, and so is the reality it produces. What is reality? It’s whatever your brain tells you it is.”
We are constantly reminded that we need to drink more water – and it should ideally be ‘neat’ so it can be easily absorbed and not have to pass through the digestive process. Just drinking more water however, may not be all you need as your organs and joints need a mechanism to retain the water. Hyaluronic acid helps provide that solution and fulfills a number of vital functions.
There is a very informative blog here which provides detailed analysis and sources of hyaluronic acid together with possible pitfalls http://szulczyk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about.html
I know that I eat a healthy diet and that the fresh vegetables, especially leafy greens and sweet potatoes provide most of the nutrients mentioned; Juice Plus+ supplements take care of any shortfall.
What I haven’t yet done is to start making bone broth. It seems to have become very popular recently and this blog provides a convincing argument to start simmering.
1 bunch spring onions (scallions)
chillies to taste
2 cloves garlic crushed
half bell pepper
bunch fresh coriander (cilantro)
splash of oil
Making Salsa can be totally absorbing, as can any task that is repetitive and needs focus. I chop and scrape, and finely chop some more – very therapeutic.
Today a bonus ingredient is a malfunctioning speaker that encourages me to connect my headphones and cocoon myself away from the outside world. I am transported back to my salsa teacher; the lovely Isabel Mournian who was my adopted grandmother although living thousands of miles away in San Diego. We didn’t meet many times over the 20 years or so that I knew her, and that was ok. “Do you like coriander?” she asked. “Yes” I said though had only tasted it once and thought it disgusting. This time I loved it and have been addicted ever since.
Through the headphones comes the beautiful strains of Harvest Moon sung by Cassandra; a wonderful interpretation. The serendipity of tuning into Spotify’s Discover Weekly – especially for me! https://open.spotify.com/track/21HsI1RpRHEjbUjmzHtIyj
I like to add salt and the lime juice before adding the coriander, vinegar and oil – it makes a better texture and I like the way it draws out the juices. I taste and feel the kick of the chillies, adjust the seasoning a little and stir in the aromatic coriander. I’ve thrown the halved limes into a glass of water and enjoy the refreshing taste which also accidentally incorporates some of the other ingredients. Waste not want not. You could call it mindfulness I suppose; I think it’s just cooking and life, especially life.
Defensiveness can explode in rage as we endeavour to protect fragile self-esteem. Learning that other people’s opinions of anything but especially of you, do not matter, can be a hard lesson to take on board. As Princess Diana was apparently told: “Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business”.
Michael Douglas in Falling Down
The pain of having our unprotected inner-self criticised can be excrutiating.
This article in today’s Guardian is a good introduction: why-being-wrong-really-hurts and to the book which it is obviously plugging.
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apologies for the blurry image; but then, life’s like that.
A lot of my work is with people struggling to cope with ambivalent feelings.
“I hate you – I love you ” Together we pull apart the difficult emotions and allow them both if necessary.
Perhaps; ” I love you and I hate it when you do . . .”
How can you give love if your own heart needs attention?