January 14, 2015

This is a question we get a lot of " When am I suppose to prune my fruit trees?"

 Pruning initially is like giving your fruit tree a healthy hair cut! By cutting or trimming away excessive over growth of branches you are enabling the production and quality of the fruit. The tree is also a lot healthier making it easier to resist the damage caused by drought, weather, insects and disease. It also also enables the structure of the tree to set fruit and be able to bear the weight of a heavy crop.

The best time to prune is pretty much any time. But for fruit trees it's best to prune them when they are dormant. For some of the cold hardy trees you might want to wait when the coldest weather has passed as newly cut ends can be damaged by a sudden cold snap.

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January 14, 2015

VALENTINES DAY is around the corner and you cant think of something unique to give that special someone? Fruit baskets are a one time thing but a fruit TREE is forever! What says i love you more than a beautiful apple tree? http://ow.ly/HdmsI http://ow.ly/Hdote

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January 14, 2015

As seen on @Thelistshowtv overnight oats is a great on the go breakfast http://ow.ly/Hdnxp. Fruit trees provide endless amount of ingredients for these delicious and healthy meals. Cant run to the store to grab an apple, mango, or lemon? Run to your backyard and pick some off your new tree! http://ow.ly/HdnSB http://ow.ly/HdowJ

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January 14, 2015

Mangoes are known as the best tasting fruit out there. If you have the opportunity to try mango do not pass it up. This creamy yet sweet smelling fruit that will leave your mouth watering does a lot for our bodies and we don't even know that!

What if I told you that you could loose weight by eating this fruit or even fight cancer would you eat it any cost? Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also a blogger and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health. author of health impacts talks about eating mangoes for our health it can aid in fighting cancer, alkalize the body, weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack.

Here are 17 Reason's to eat Mangoes!

1. Fights cancer
Antioxidants like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat present in mango protect the body against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.

2. Keeps cholesterol in check
Mango has high level of vitamin C, pectin and fibres that help to lower serum cholesterol levels. Fresh mango is a rich source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.

3. Skin cleanser
Mangoes help you unclog your pores and add freshness to the face. Mangoes are applicable to any skin type. They help clear clogged pores that cause acne. Just slice a mango into thin pieces and keep them on your face for 10 to 15 minutes and then take bath or wash your face and see the results.

4. Alkalizes the body
According to natural health school.com, mango is rich in tartaric acid, malic acid and traces of citric acid that primarily help in maintaining the alkali reserve of the body.

5. Weight loss
Mango has a lot of vitamins and nutrients that help the body feel fuller. Also, the fibrous fruit boosts the digestive function of the body by burning additional calories, helping in weight loss.

6. Regulates diabetes
Not only the fruit but the leaves of mangoes are healthy too. For people suffering from diabetes, just boil 5-6 mango leaves in a vessel, soak it through night and drink the filtered decoction in the morning. This is helps in regulating your insulin levels.

Mango has a low glycemic index (41-60) so going a little overboard will not increase your sugar levels.

7. Aphrodisiac
Mango has aphrodisiac qualities and is also called the ‘love fruit’. Mangoes increase the virility in men. Vitamin E, which is abundantly present in mangoes, helps to regulate sex hormones and boosts sex drive.

8. Eye care
Did you know that mango is rich in vitamin A. One cup of sliced mangoes equals 25% intake of your daily need of vitamin A. Mangoes help in promoting good eye sight, fights dry eyes and also prevent night blindness.

9. Helps in digestion
Mango contains enzymes that help in breaking down protein. The fibrous nature of mango helps in digestion and elimination. It is is rich in pre-biotic dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.

10. Heat stroke
When the sun is bogging you down this summer, just chop of a mango in a juicer; add a little water and a tbsp of sugar free or honey. This juice will instantly cool you down and prevent heat stroke.

11. Strengthens your immune
The deadly combination of vitamin C, vitamin A and 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy.

12. Body scrub
Make a paste of mashed mango, honey and milk and use as a body scrub, you will feel that your skin is tender and smooth.

13. Aids concentration and memory
Studying for exams? This fruit is rich in glutamine acid– an important protein for concentration and memory. Feed mangoes to children who find it difficult to concentrate on studies.

14. High iron for women
Mango is rich in iron, hence it is a great natural solution for people suffering from anemia. Menopausal and pregnant women can indulge in mangoes as this will increase their iron levels and calcium at the same time.

15. Reduces Kidney Stones 
In Chinese medicine, mangoes are considered sweet and sour with a cooling energy also capable of reducing the risk of kidney stone formation.

16. Perfect Snack
Instead of snacking on unhealthy chips and cookies, why not feast on slices of mangoes instead. They are perhaps one of the tastiest dehydrated fruits of all.

17. Stomach Tonic 
Before going to bed put some 10 or 15 mango leaves in warm water and close it with lid. The next day morning filter the water and drink it in empty stomach. Do this regularly.

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January 14, 2015

Turmeric is related to the ginger family it is a bright orange color and is used a lot in Indian cuisine and is now recognized as a Super Food.

 

 

This tropical plant is not only used for cooking. It is used for ceremonies and dyes all over the world. Did you know that the curry powder blend gets its color from turmeric? Yup it does....

Heather Suhr author of The Raw Food World talks about treating Rheumatoid Arthritis with the Natural Healing of Turmeric!

As Heather has said that a report in the Phytotheraphy Research revealed that curcumin in high bioavailable form have been shown to be more effective than any rheumatoid drug which also included reducing the tenderness and swelling of the joints, plus patients reported a higher rate of improvement altogether.

Curcumin is known to treat everything from skin and stomach problems to infection and inflammations. Research has also shown to help reduce Alzheimer's

No wonder it's considered the SUPER FOOD all over the world!

 

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January 2, 2015

Spice up your breakfast with some pumpkin muffins this fall!

Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients

3/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for pan

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour, spooned and leveled

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups pumpkin puree

1 cup plain low-fat yogurt

3 large eggs

1 cup turbinado sugar, plus 2 tablespoons more for sprinkling

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush 12 jumbo muffin tins (each with a 1-cup capacity) with oil; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk oil, pumpkin puree, yogurt, eggs, and 1 cup sugar to combine; add 1 cup walnuts and reserved dry ingredients. Mix just until moistened (do not overmix).

Divide evenly and spoon batter into muffin tins; sprinkle tops with remaining walnuts and sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in pan.

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Yields 12 muffins

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Recipe from: Martha Stewart

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January 2, 2015

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January 2, 2015

Practice the Power of Neutral Tool in Communications

Communication problems can deplete resilience fast. You may feel you’re not being heard, that you’re being misunderstood, wrongly blamed, unfairly treated, or pressured into decisions you don’t agree with. As soon as you experience any of these feelings, tell yourself, “I’m going to practice the Power of Neutral.”  Have a genuine “I mean business” attitude to really move those emotions into a more neutral state and shift your physiology. It could take a few minutes, but it’s worth the genuine practice.  Using the Power of Neutral this way in communications can fill your gas tank of resilience fast.

Here are the simple steps of the tool:

Step 1: Take a time-out, breathing slowly and deeply. Imagine the air entering and leaving through the heart area or the center of your chest.
Step 2: Focus on your heart and breathing instead of your stressful thoughts and worried feelings.
Step 3: Continue until you have neutralized the emotional charge and you feel calmness throughout.
Step 4: Now from a calmer place, try to release assumptions and see more possibilities as you listen from the heart. If the impulse to interrupt arises, gently let it go and refocus on your heart and breathing through your heart area. Then when it’s your turn to speak, you will be able to speak more authentically from a calmer, more centered place.

Women with Heartbeat graphManaging and overcoming challenges, like communication problems and other stressors, comes a little easier for people who have increased their resilience capacity. This is because practicing emotional energy regulation builds emotional vitality and accumulates resilience, which helps prevent energy loss and enables you to recover more quickly from energy drains during life’s challenges.

“Increasing resilience can help prevent as well as smooth out many emotional gridlocks,” says Dr. Rollin McCraty, Institute of HeartMath Director of Research.  “Yet, with resilience, like any desired state such as happiness, good health and creativity, we must take action to learn to create it. Increasing resilience requires intention and practice, but is very doable.”

Resilience Tip #4

Reset – Increase Emotional Vitality Fast

Institute of HeartMath research has shown that it is possible to shift into a positive emotional state, release stress-producing attitudes and reset your system after a stressful experience. Using the Reset tool, you can increase your emotional vitality and reset your response to stress, which can also help your hormonal balance.

Resilience Graph

DHEA is often called the “vitality hormone.” Increasing your DHEA level can be a big factor in having more resilience capacity. Positive emotions increase DHEA and research shows that increasing your positive feelings of appreciation and gratitude can increase DHEA levels fast. Intentionally practicing and feeling gratitude and appreciation helps you maintain positive attitudes and find the initiative to move forward and achieve your goals despite obstacles.

When you’re experiencing positive emotions, like appreciation, more possibilities come into your view. Positive psychology researcher Barbara Fredrickson found that: “Through experiences of positive emotions people transform themselves, becoming more creative, knowledgeable, resilient, socially integrated and healthy individuals.”

Reset Tool:

Step 1: Simply focus your attention in the area of your heart and recall a memory of a person, place, pet or fun experience that you sincerely appreciate.

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Step 2: Now breathe the feeling (not just the thought) of appreciation or gratitude for that through your heart area for 15 to 30 seconds.
Step 3: Doing steps 1 and 2 can reset your heart rhythm pattern and your autonomic nervous system which regulates 90% of your body’s involuntary functions, including the hormonal and immune system and the production of DHEA.
Step 4: Note any different perceptions you may have after you do this. You may want to write them down to remember them.

More Must-Do Tips to Increase Your Resilience

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January 2, 2015

You eat healthy all day but then, midway through a new episode of The Blacklist, you're suddenly elbow-deep in a bag of Doritos. Ugh. Fortunately, new research has uncovered compounds capable of making us feel fuller longer, say "no" to cravings, and even reach our weight-loss goals.

These compounds are called "thylakoids," and they're found in the chloroplasts of green plants. In a small study conducted at Sweden’s Lund University, overweight women who drank 5 grams of spinach extract each morning for 12 weeks lost an average of 11 pounds (compared to 7.7 pounds for those swigging a placebo). But here's the most interesting thing: The extract group reported a 95% reduction in cravings for sweet and fatty foods and found it easier to stick to three daily meals. And these effects were immediate, kicking in after just one day.

According to study author and professor Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson, the processed food in most of our diets is broken down too quickly in our stomachs. This messes up the intestinal hormones that tell our brains we're full. By slowing the digestive process, thylakoids help these hormones get back to doing their job, she says.

Want to give it a try? You have two options: Simply add more of the following 6 thylakoids-rich foods to your diet, or throw a handful of your favorite one into a breakfast smoothie (these 11 smoothie recipes are a perfect place to start). Here's the lowdown on each, complete with recipes.

1.  KALE. It’s high in vitamins and low in calories, says Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD. If you find kale too bitter, she recommends shopping smarter. "Look for smaller, more tender leaves, and choose fresh kale--don't buy it and let it sit around." For a taste of fall, throw some into this butternut squash stew.

2. SPINACH. It's high in folic acid, protein, and potassium. (In fact, a cup of cooked spinach actually has more potassium than a banana.) And there are so many ways to enjoy it: raw or cooked; in salads or soups; and, of course, in a delicious green smoothie. (Note: there aren't any spinach extracts currently available in the US just yet; Gerbstadt says getting the compounds the natural way--in food form--offers similar benefits.)
3. BROCCOLI. It's loaded with vitamin C and actually has more fiber than spinach and kale. Whether you steam it or add it to a casserole like this one, it's one of the most versatile veggies.

4. DANDELION GREENS. Easy to prepare, these are especially high in calcium and vitamin K. Gerbstadt recommends mixing in uncured meat, chili peppers, or vinegar for flavor. Not sure where to find these greens? Check a health food store or Asian market. And if they're a little too bitter for your taste, add them to this pasta dish.

5. MUSTARD GREENS. Yes, these do indeed come from the same plant as the condiment you spread on a hot dog. They're full of antioxidants, especially vitamin A, and Gerbstadt suggests adding fresh lemon juice or light balsamic vinegar. Or for an Asian-inspired recipe, try this healthy side dish.

6. SEAWEED. You probably eat this all the time without knowing it--it's wrapped around sushi rolls. And with high levels of iodine, seaweed is most definitely a superfood. (We need iodine to maintain our thyroids, though it's not so common in other healthy foods.) Making your own sushi may sound like a daunting task, but this recipe shows that it's surprisingly doable.

By Victoria Walk

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January 2, 2015

Amazing Benefits of Vitamin C Rich Foods for Relieving Stress and Weight LossMost everyone knows that Vitamin C is great for the immune system but new, exciting research shows it’s also helpful for relieving stress and even helping reducing weight as a direct result (1). Vitamin C works against C-Reactive Proteins that cause inflammation in the body, which can create tension and even cause weight gain. C- Reactive Proteins have been linked to heart disease due to the way they put chronic stress on the body and Vitamin C helps directly counteract the effects these proteins have (2).

Vitamin C works against C-Reactive Proteins That Lead to Stress and Weight Gain

But first, where does CRP come from and how does one prevent them from occurring? CRP’s occur in the body anytime the body senses it’s under stress, injury, inflammation, or infection. The immune system throws out defenses that are meant to protect the body but end up causing pain and inflammation as a result. C-Reactive Proteins are both a cause and marker of inflammation and often occur as a result from health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and chronic stress or fatigue (2).

Anytime you’re constantly exposed to chronic stress, the adrenal glands that are housed near your kidneys become fatigued, which lead to adrenal burnout. Adrenal fatigue has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, chronic yeast overgrowth, and a weakened immune system (3, 5). Many people with adrenal fatigue crave sugar, fat, and caffeine because the body is crying out for a quick source of energy (5). Since Vitamin C lowers stress in the body, along with insulin sensitivity, it also lowers the stress hormone linked to weight gain, known as cortisol, as direct effect. Over time, a diet rich in Vitamin C can directly help you keep weight off or lose weight when eaten in conjunction with a healthy diet (3).

What’s are the best sources of Vitamin C?

Vitamin C-rich foods such as: kiwis, oranges, berries, apples, leafy greens such as spinach and kale, romaine lettuce, lemons, limes, and superfood berries such as goji, camu-camu-, mulberries, and goldenberries, are all some of the best sources of Vitamin C you can eat to protect your body against C-Reactive Proteins since they’re richer in Vitamin C than other food sources (4). Fermented sauerkraut and kimchi are also great sources (5).

The highest source of Vitamin C in the world is camu-camu berries and these tart, tangy berries are commonly used in the form of a superfood powder in smoothies or other raw dishes (6).

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