November 2015 — PlantOGram

November 10, 2015

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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.
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Currently 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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November 3, 2015

Homemade Yogi Tea

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1 inch piece ginger, sliced thinly
1 Tablespoon fennel seeds
4-6 whole cardamom pods, cracked
4-6 whole black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
3-4 whole cloves (do not overdo it with the cloves or it will taste like mouthwash)
Water
Black or green tea (optional)
Honey
Coconut or other non-dairy milk

  1. Add ginger, fennel, cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon and cloves to a saucepan. Cover with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and simmer for one hour.
  2. Remove lid, add a pinch of tea if using, and let stand five minutes. Yogi tea can be enjoyed immediately, but can also be steeped overnight or all day.
  3. Before serving, stir in a few drops of honey and coconut milk. That's it!
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November 3, 2015

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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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November 3, 2015

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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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November 3, 2015

Keeping your diabetes at bay isn't as much of a challenge as it once was. Nowadays, with all the sugar-free desserts, low-carb diets, and specialized exercise regimes, it's an easily manageable condition. However, sometimes it does suck having to always depend on artificial and synthetic products. We want to provide you with some natural, and fun ways help keep your blood sugar levels regulated with our 2nd edition of FruitNYoga for Diabetes!

The Fruit

There are actually a few fruit here that are awesome choices for diabetics and here is why:

Berries

berries-for-heart-400x400 You're in luck if you're a berry lover! According to the ADA, berries are a diabetes superfood because they're packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and are low-carb. Three quarters of a cup of fresh blueberries have 62 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates. We've got plenty of berry bushes at our store too! Check out our blackberry bush.

Peaches

peach-image-free-1 Who doesn't love peaches? Whether you're eating it in a dessert, dipped in cream, or even cooked, it's delicious. And apparently, a good choice for diabetics too! Fragrant, juicy peaches are a warm-weather treat and can be included in your low-carb diabetic diet. Peaches contain vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. You can also get a peach tree of your own right here.

Pears

download Pears are a low-carb fruit and a wise addition to your diabetes meal plan. They are a good source of potassium and fiber. Unlike most fruit, they actually improve in texture and flavor after they're picked. These juicy, versatile fruit can be paired off with anything, whether it's gorgonzola cheese on a pizza, fig, or even prosciutto! Pick out a pear tree of your choice here.

The Yoga Poses

We've got 4 awesome yoga poses here for you which are proven to help diabetics keep their insulin and blood sugar levels regulated.

Vrikshasana

VRIKSHASANA This yoga pose is renown for helping to stimulate the hormonal secretion of the pancreas.

Bow Pose

Bow-pose-Dhanurasana1 The bow pose is known to help stimulate the functioning of pancreas and intestines, and therefore, helps control blood sugar levels. Organs like the liver, pancreas, and other enzyme producing organs will function actively by practicing this pose.

Plough Pose

halasana The plough pose stimulates the pancreas, spleen and activates the immune system by massaging all the internal organs including the pancreas. It improves kidney and liver functioning and strengthens the abdominal muscles. It also rejuvenates the mind.

Half Twist Pose

7830-171 The half twist pose is known for massaging the kidneys, pancreas, small intestines, gall bladder and liver, helping to stimulate digestion and squeezing out toxins. It's a great pose for diabetics, as it concentrates on the pancreas.

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November 3, 2015

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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