April 4, 2016

by Anne Fellowes

Green-Leafy-VegetablesFruit For The Soul - How Plants Benefit Your Mental Health

There aren't many bad things that you can say about fruit plants. They feed us, they give us oxygen, they make our homes and gardens beautiful. But did you know that plants - particularly fruit-bearing plants - can be good for your mental health too? And you don't even have to eat the fruit to get the benefits! It seems incredible, we know, but plants really can have a major impact upon your mental health simply by existing in your vicinity! Here's how:

The 'Nature Cure'

People have sought and found solace within nature for centuries, but it's only recently that doctors and scientists have begun to take 'nature cures' seriously. The world is experiencing a sharp rise in mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety disorders. This has driven the intellectual elite to ponder the problem and formulate theories, while the medical establishments of the world work hard at stemming the tide of sad, suffering people coming through their doors. Some thinkers - notably Richard Louv - have pioneered the idea that modern problems such as depression and ADHD can in some way be attributed to a lack of interaction with nature. And the theory is gaining a lot of traction - so much so that certain doctors are even beginning to prescribe courses of 'Naturopathy' for their depressed patients. It works, too. Studies have consistently found that patients exposed to the natural world experience significant improvements in their mental health.

Tangible Benefits

Nobody is quite sure whether it's being outside, breathing fresh air, getting exercise and so on which improves one's mental health, or whether it has something to do with the landscape and its vegetation. In all probability, it's a combination of all of these factors. However, if you can't or don't have the time to spend a lot of time romping in the wilderness, bringing nature to you in the form of domestic plants can do your mental state a lot of good. Hospitals have established that placing flowering plants within the rooms of patients can seriously lift their mood and improve their state of mind - which in itself promotes healing. And rehab centers for those people who are suffering from addictions are increasingly encouraging their patients to care for houseplants. In the latter case, caring for the plants not only brings the aforementioned lifts in mood and improvement of mental health, but helps to bestow a sense of purpose, responsibility, and self-worth.

Flower Power

One of the notable aspects of many fruit-bearing plants is that, in order to produce the wonderful, nutrition-packed delicacies they so kindly bestow upon us, they need to undergo a lot of pollinating. In order for this to go according to evolution's plan, they often put out a lot of beautiful, scented flowers. It seems that these flowers have a far deeper effect upon us than we may at first realise. Plenty of us appreciate the beauty of abundant cherry blossoms, and delight in the scent of a flowering orange tree - but our delight in these things may well stem from a lot more than simple aesthetic appreciation. Science has found that floral scents really do make us happy, and psychologists have established that the presence of flowers in a room enhances the productivity, mood, and creativity of those within. A charming study into the emotional impact of gift-giving discovered that the most 'true' smiles were exhibited by those participants which received gifts of flowers. Notably, the gift recipients also described the flower-givers in far more positive terms than they did those who gave other (sometimes more ostensibly valuable) gifts. So, if you want to make someone happy and be liked by them into the bargain, buy them flowers!

The Perfect Gift

If, therefore, you have a suffering friend whom you want to help (and want to be thought well of by them as you do so), one of the best things that you can do is to send them a fruit plant. Not only will it feed their bodies, it will also nourish their minds. While we're not claiming that plants are a miracle cure, science has proven that they really can make an awful lot of difference to somebody's state of mind.

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April 4, 2016

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Plant O Gram is the only plant and tree company in the U.S. that keeps on giving. They offer a wide variety of Fruit Trees, Dwarf Trees, as well as Cold Hardy Fruit Trees for the special people in your life with not so green thumbs. This holiday season give a gift of a tropical and exotic nature, which is indeed from nature.

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From Secret Santa gifts, client gifts and personal gifts, Plant O Gram has a tree or plant that fits your gift giving needs this Christmas. Need a gift for dad? The Dragon Fruit Plant and Mango Tree are at the top of the list, along with Pomegranate and Passion Fruit Trees. And the always the favorite and popular, Avocado Plant is perfect for husbands and even grandpa as well. For mom, wife and grandma, Plant O Gram offers Flower Plants that re-bloom every year. Such as the Michelia Alba, the Tea Plant and the Ylang Ylang Tree. Plant O Gram also offers Cinnamon Trees, which suites well as a Christmas gift. There’s nothing better than fresh cinnamon for those family Christmas recipes. Cinnamon is a great warm and giving gift for this holiday season. You can also personalize your gifts and Plant O Gram ships anywhere in the U.S. and worldwide. So you don’t need to worry if you can’t make it home for Christmas. Plant O Gram has you covered.

“The Best Time to Plant was 10 Years Ago, the Second Best Time is Today!”

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April 4, 2016

The event is over and PlantOGram made it's huge debut at the Russell Simmons ART FOR LIFE gala. Now, what was inside of those bags along with the PlantOGram gift-cards? That evening PlantOGram was surrounded by many high end and popular friends in those amazing bags. Let's introduce you to the new friends our gift cards rubbed elbows with!
IMG_66581Right smack in the center is a very familiar and popular designer, Kenneth Cole.  Kenneth Cole Products, Inc. is an American fashion house founded in 1982 by Kenneth Cole. In 1994, Kenneth Cole went public, and has been included on Forbes annual list of 200 Best Small Companies four times.

Kenneth+ColeKenneth Cole Productions sells clothing and accessories under the following lines: Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, and Unlisted. The company now operates over 90 retail and outlet stores worldwide, and sells in catalogs and websites.

A copy of Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey book is one of the reading materials offered in the gift bag. This richly illustrated full-color catalog accompanies the first major solo museum exhibition and most comprehensive survey of the artist Wangechi Mutu's work, on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from March 21, 2013, through July 21, 2013, before traveling to the Brooklyn Museum. wmbookIt comes as no surprise that guests were given a peek inside of Mutu's life and art, given that she was the gala's featured artist. There is also a copy of Hampton magazine, coverage of parties, restaurants, bars, fashion, and things to do in Hamptons. HT_COVER-Kevin-Hart-336x401And a Spring 2015 issue of Haute Time magazine featuring a cover story of famous comedian Kevin Hart and his collection of fine watches. Haute is a magazine all about the coverage of the latest and hottest luxury watches.

GLAMSQUAD is an on-demand, app-based beauty provider delivering professional and affordable hair, makeup and nails (currently available in NYC only) services to your home, office, hotel, or wherever you may be. the_dreamer_grayOperating in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, the company plans to debut in other cities soon. They gave the gala make up bags full of samples to give the guests. "When it comes to getting GLAM – one size fits all. From a busy professional booking a 7AM blowout to a new mom looking for some ‘mid-day me time’ to the young and social going from daytime to dancing, we are there to make you look and feel your best. GLAMSQUAD is perfect for a bachelorette, baby shower, sweet sixteen, or a typical girls’ night out.", as posted on their website.

For the men, samples from The Grooming Lounge are in the gift bags. The Grooming Lounge is the country's premiere solutions source for men's grooming. The Grooming Lounge was founded in 1999 by men with a lifetime of experience in the men's grooming and fashion industry. glpageimage_1

Now led by Founder Michael Gilman and the company's team of Grooming Experts, the Grooming Lounge is committed to setting new industry standards using the best customer and technical services.

There is also a great line of a new beauty product included in the gift bag. J21 Skin Care was established in 2007 and is distinguished by it's unique harmony of innovative, cutting edge scientific ingredients along with potent organic and natural actives. j21

PlantOGram was surrounded by many high end and popular friends in those amazing bags. From hot reading material, to skin care products for men and women, it is safe to say PlantOGram was in good company that evening and now many top celebs and well known socialites will be enjoying their goodies.

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April 4, 2016

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Ghost, ghouls and apples! The apple is the national fruit of October! As leaves change and the weather gets cooler, treat yourself (or someone else) to a Granny Smith apple tree from Plant O Gram.

Benefits of Granny Smith Apples:

  • Provides Energy (a great on the go snack and breakfast treat to boost your immune system for the day ahead)
  • Granny Smith apples are great for promoting weight loss
  • Vitamin C
  • Granny Smith Apples can help stabilize blood sugar levels
  • A great substitute if you can't reach for you toothbrush. The rough skin helps polish teeth.
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April 4, 2016

The Importance Of Fruit In The Diet - And Why Growing Your Own Is Best

By: Anne Fellowes

Perhaps due to the media exposure of the effects of junk food and an unhealthy diet, we're becoming more and more nutritionally aware. Everybody now knows that a healthy diet needs plenty of fruit and veg, and that we shouldn't stop off for takeaway too often! However, people might not be fully aware of just how great for you fruit can be. It's also worth noting that there are plentiful advantages to be gained from growing your own fruit, which you wouldn't get from store-bought stuff. Read on to find out more.

Fruit Enhances Athletic Performance

When we think of athletes, our minds tend to leap to muscle and energy. Muscle requires protein, and energy requires carbohydrates, so we might be forgiven for assuming that an athlete's diet needs to contain plenty of meat. As it happens, however, a lot of athletes eschew meat altogether and live a completely vegan lifestyle. Nor does it appear to hamper their performance - indeed, several prominent Olympic gold medalists are vegan or vegetarian. How do they manage this? By eating plenty of fruit. Fruit is rich in the kinds of vitamins which the body needs to run at its peak. While protein may build muscle, you really don't need much of it. It's far more important to ensure that all your other bodily systems (particularly the immune and digestive systems) are in top condition, and the best way to do this is to eat plenty of fruit. Athletes who consume a good mix of fruit are generally healthier, have stronger hearts, catch fewer infections, and experience enhanced performance in comparison with those who eat less fruit. What is more, the sugars in fruits like bananas provide a slow release of energy which will fuel any athlete for far longer than snacks containing refined sugars. If you want to be at the top of your game, athletically speaking, then swap the chips for a fruit salad.

Fruit Is What We're Designed To Eat

Human evolution is a complicated affair dating back many millenia. However, we can tell a lot about the diets which we evolved on through the way our bodies react to certain foodstuffs. Our teeth certainly indicate that we took to utilising the nutritional qualities of meat at some point during our evolutionary journey, but it seems that meat has never been eaten in the quantities in which we consume it today. Instead, our earliest ancestors filled most of their dietary needs with nuts, fruits, and vegetables - with meat as a supplementary treat. An interesting genetic mutation proves this rather neatly. Humans cannot produce their own Vitamin C. Almost every other mammal can - even other primates. Vitamin C is utterly essential to life. As sailors found out in the age of exploration, not consuming enough Vitamin C leads to the breakdown of cells and bodily functions in what is known as 'Scurvy'. Given that this Vitamin is so important, how on earth did this mutation manage to become so successful that it ultimately became the human norm? Well, it's thought that our ancestors simply did not notice that they had an inbuilt problem with Vitamin C, as they were eating so much Vitamin C-rich fruit that it was never an issue for them - until urbanisation and exploration forced people into fruit-deficient situations, by which time it was too late. Given the large part that fruit clearly played in our evolutionary history, it's perhaps unsurprising that our bodies respond so resoundingly well to it!

Growing Your Own Fruit Is Good For Body And Soul

Growing your own fruit is one of the best ways in which to get your nutritional fix. Not only are you feeding your body plenty of health-giving vitamins, you're also boosting your soul into the bargain. There are many, many health benefits to growing your own food - not least of which is the improvement it brings to your mental health. Gardening, or even just having fruit-bearing trees around and plucking fruit from them every now and again, has been proven to be an effective protection against depression, to lower stress levels, and to generally induce a more positive outlook on life. And if you do decide to really go for the gardening thing, all that digging and pruning is a fantastic workout! All in all, growing your own fruit provides all round goodness at every point in the process!

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April 4, 2016

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The avocado is a popular vegetable on Plant O Gram and it is also a popular vegetable in the month of November along with squash and potatoes. Eating vegetables in a balanced diet can reduce the risks of heart disease and even stroke. Being so rich and full of vitamins and minerals, vegetables can also help your body fight against common illnesses such as the common cold. Vegetables packed with vitamin D and B also have properties that can help increase "happiness", which is very nice now that the days are shorter during the Fall/Winter. These vitamins make up for the lack of vitamins your body usually get from sunlight.

So this month, get you veggie on!

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April 4, 2016

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Shirley Bovshow is a garden television host, garden designer, and garden makeover expert. As a break-out talent from the garden world, Shirley brings equal parts expertise and entertainment to everything she does and is known for her visionary style and push-the-envelope thinking. She covers all things gardening, including outdoor living, growing edibles with style, indoor plant design, "Petscaping," original garden art, and small space gardening. But her specialty is teaching while entertaining and making friends with an audience.
shirley 1Currently Shirley serves as the garden design expert on Hallmark’s Emmy nominated Home & Family show. She was the designer and Co-Host of Discovery Home Channel’s “Garden Police,” and has appeared regularly on national networks including HGTV, NBC, Style, USA and major print publications. Shirley's garden design business, EdenMakers opened it's doors in 2001 and she quickly became and in-demand landscape designer in Los Angeles booking a year in advance by referrals only.

Shirley is an "expert + personality" equally at home in front of big and small audiences, live television, and behind the camera. She works in numerous media types, including hosting, speaking, voiceovers, video production, and writing for the web and print through her company, Garden World Media. Her client's include SC Johnson, NBC/Universal, Meredith Studios and Disney.

Shirley has earned the designation “Best of Houzz Designer" in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and is a Sulia.com Expert Contributor. “Eden Maker” and “Foodie Gardener” are her two top-ranked blogs, and she was named "Top 5 in Gardening" on Twitter by Cision, a platform that ranks influencers in different categories in March 2014.

Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare welcome Actress, Julie Benz as she talks about the second season of her hit show, Defiance. Author, Karen Rizzo discusses the dangers of sharing too much of your child’s life on the internet. Kym Douglas shares her favorite tips and tricks to prevent sweat from showing up. The winner of Master Chef Junior, 13-year-old Chef Alexander Weiss joins us in the kitchen. Dr. David Amron shows us the latest developments in the world of Lipedema. Cristina makes delicious Grilled Shrimp and Plums with Julie Benz. Shirley Bovshow shows you how to grow your own Bananas! Founder of Bar Method, Burr Leonard has an innovative way to help you stay fit; before, during, and after your pregnancy. Plus, we put our family members to the test on their favorite songs as they play Lip-Synch or Swim.

As a first generation Honduran/American, Shirley speaks spanish fluently and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Larry, four children and two dogs.

When not on television, look for Shirley in the garden, hanging out with friends!

Check out Shirley Bovshow’s Garden Designing Expertise at EdenMakers.com, and follow her on Twitter @EdenMaker.

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April 4, 2016

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Happy New Year !

We are super excited for the start of 2016 and all it has to offer! This year we will be introducing new fruit trees to the store so stay tuned to check out the new items that will be added!

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April 4, 2016

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Eating right should take center stage when you’re pregnant. That means the foods you eat must provide as many nutritional benefits as possible. Enter functional foods, which supply all of the nutrients crucial to your well-being and your baby’s growth. Following are the most important foods to eat during pregnancy.

AVOCADOS Loaded with fol-ate, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6 (which helps baby's tissue and brain growth as well as eases morning sickness), avocados are a delicious way to get your vitamins. Spread some ripe avocado on your whole grain roll as a healthy substitute for mayo. Tip: Keep in mind that avocados are high in fat (though the very good kind) and calories, which makes them filling — but be careful not to overdo it unless you're having trouble gaining weight.

NUTS are chock-full of important minerals (copper, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, and even calcium) and vitamin E, plus they’re easily portable, making them a filling on-the-go snack. Even though they're high in fat, it's mainly the good-for-you kind. So in a nutshell, go nuts with nuts (a little if you're gaining quickly, liberally if you're gaining slowly). Tip: Nuts are a versatile super-food — toss them into just about any dish: salads, pasta, meat dishes, baked goods and more.

MANGOS Good news if your stomach does flips at just the thought of veggies: mangos contain more vitamins A and C bite for delicious bite than a salad. It’s a perfect complement to both sweet and savory dishes. Blend it into smoothies or soups, chop it up in salsas or relishes, simply scoop and enjoy. Tip: Like bananas, this tropical favorite is also packed with magnesium, which may help relieve a common pregnancy symptom: leg cramps.

Guava the good old guava is a tropical fruit that you will mostly love biting into while you are pregnant. Most women also report having guava cravings. Guava is mostly a mommy’s food, helping to regulate your immune system and blood pressure during pregnancy. Guava comes rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Iso-flavonoids, Carotenoids and Polyphenols. The fruit helps in easy digestion while providing strength to your growing baby’s central nervous system.

Kiwi's are ripe and tasty. They come with important nutrients like Vitamin C, E, A, Potassium, Phosporus, Magnesium, Folic Acid and dietary fiber. Kiwis are known to have healing effects on human respiratory system. You are less likely to be affected by cough, cold and wheezing if you eat kiwis every day. The fruit helps in lesser blood clotting because of its richness in phosphorus content. Kiwi also felicitates easy absorption of iron.

Apple having apple helps in many ways. It enhances the immunity and strength of your baby. There is reduced risk of wheezing, asthma and eczema in your child in his later stages of life if you take apple during your pregnancy. Apples are rich in Vitamins A, E, D and Zinc.

Pear there is a lot of confusion about whether pears are good to be consumed during pregnancy or not, so we suggest you definitely check with your doctor before having. Pears contain high amounts of folate or folic acid, ideal for would be moms. Folic acid is vital to prevent neural tube defects in growing babies during the pre-natal stage.

Chikoo (sapodilla) is very good during pregnancy. Chikoo is full of electrolytes, Vitamin A, carbohydrates and energy, perfect for lactating mothers as well. Chikoo has multiple health benefits for expectant moms. Apart from helping you cope with dizziness and nausea, chikoo also prevents conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. The fruit also helps improve the production of collagen, while fighting stomach related disorders like diarrhea and dysentery.

Custard Apple perhaps this is one of the best fruit during pregnancy that can be consumed, custard apple comes seasonally. So if you are pregnant right in time when the fruit arrives, feel free to indulge. Custard apple comes loaded with Vitamin A and C, which are absolutely good for the eyes, skin, hair, and body tissues of your growing baby. The tasty seasonal fruit is also said to enhance cognitive functioning of your baby in the pre natal period of development. For expectant mommies, high fiber in custard apple helps prevent constipation and also eases the pain while in labor. The rich antioxidants present in this delightful fruit help you keep active and detoxified while preparing for childbirth.

Pomegranates the red pearly pomegranates are nature’s gift to a pregnant woman. Pomegranates contain good amounts of energy, calcium, folate, iron, protein and Vitamin C. Thus it is absolutely beneficial to consume pomegranates during the pregnancy period, be it as a whole fruit or as juice.

These are some of the fruits that should be a part of your diet while you are pregnant. Remember, a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables along with other supplements is a must. Talk to your health care practitioner to know more about your daily fruit intake. Enjoy this wonderful period and pamper yourself with some super healthy fruits. What is your favourite fruit during pregnancy? We would love to know that: Happy Pregnancy!

 

 

 

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April 4, 2016

 

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Eating more fruits is good for your health. Overall, tropical fruits have been known to reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease. On top of these benefits, a diet rich in tropical fruits ensures that you will have improved digestion and GI function. Best of all, these fruits can neutralize free radicals, protecting you from asthma, joint pain, and the above-mentioned heart and cancer risks.

You are what you eat. If you want to be smart, eat smart, and reach for these tropical fruits the next time you are craving a snack.

Coconut water has a ton of health benefits. It’s a sterile source of clean water, useful for survival hydration. On top of this, coconut water has the same level of electrolytic balance human blood. In the Pacific Theatre during World War II, coconut water was frequently used in the field as an emergency plasma transfusion for wounded combatants.

Mangosteen The mangosteen is a small fruit with white flesh, popular throughout Asia. One group of scientists has proposed that alpha-mangostin, an antioxidant found only in mangosteen, can cause cell death in leukemia cells, effectively treating the disease. While more research needs to be done, mangosteen is also said to have powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties.

Avocado's are rich in folic acid, which can prevent some kinds of common birth defects. Even more interesting is that avocados are the ultimate life hack fruit: when you eat an avocado with other vegetables, you absorb more nutrients from the meal than you would have from eating the vegetables alone. Top your salad with a few slices of avocado, and you’ll be increasing your intake of vitamins and minerals from the meal.

Mango contains half of your recommended daily allowance of both Vitamin A and Vitamin C, as well as some B-Vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, polyphenols, beta-carotene.

Longan's have relaxing properties, making them the perfect snack to enjoy to lower your stress levels. It is also said to have anti-cancer, antioxidant, and liver-protective properties. The longan contains high levels of iron, potassium, and large amounts of vitamins A and C.

 

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