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It’s a no-brainer – Here are 30 ways to Eat your Way to Creativity!

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From ‘bored’ to ‘awesome’!!!

“I’m #bored” seems to be one of the most criminal ways to spend a precious, fleeting moment.  Don’t you agree?! While gathering the #energy to clean up the house, finally take painting lessons or write that novel might be too ambitious a task for a short weekend, that doesn’t mean our creative urges have to go unexplored. In fact, you can actually infuse some originality into mundane tasks, by getting in—and staying in—the #creative mood. Whether that’s singing and dancing while we clean the house if you think healthy, you can be truly #awesome!!!

You are what you #eat!!!

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Yes, it’s true!!! What we eat can affect our creative energies. Processed foods are called #junk foods for a reason. They need to be ‘junked’! This is because they are high in #transfats, sodium and sugar, plus artificial ingredients. They eat away our creativity. Those foods can leave us feeling uninspired, dazed and really bored, not to mention lethargic, sick and disease-prone.

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These #healthy creativity-boosting foods are sure to inspire you to make every moment a living art project infused with brilliance, clarity and innovation. And go #organic!

Complex carbohydrates
They provide the brain a steady stream of glucose throughout the day. Complex carbs take longer to break down and can be better regulated by the body and the brain. Try the following foods:

 Essential fatty acids

They help our brains process and understand information, necessary for creative thinking and problem solving. Your diet shoul be rich in all of the omegas, as in these foods:

Antioxidants
Keep your cells healthy by protecting them from free radical damage. Antioxidants also boost our immunity, which can keep us from getting sick. These foods are known to be rich in many amazing antioxidants including vitamin C, E and beta carotene:

  • Berries
  • Citrus fruits
  • Dark leafy green vegetables
  •  Broccoli
  •  Beets
  • Yams
  • Squash
  • Chocolate
  • Wheatgrass
  • Spirulina
  • Maca
  • Ginseng
  • Bee pollen
  • Green tea
  • Tulsi Tea
  • And the 30th way is most important, and it’s not about eating…just Go away! Do you remember the last time you were actually “alone with your thoughts”? Just take time out for yourself…to digest all this food and you will find that you are a #powerhouse of creativity in everything that you do in life.
    Happiness!!!

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Join the Rainbow Brigade – Eat a Rainbow! (Oprah Winfrey does too!)

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Better nutrition means cutting out the bad, most certainly! But adding in the good is the good part! But what is healthy food? You can’t go wrong with anything that has bright, vibrant colors—think fruits and vegetables, in Rainbow Colors!!! Oprah has endorsed this often.

Red
Red or rosy-hued fruits and vegetables offer an important antioxidant called lycopene, with health benefits like protecting the skin from sun damage, decreasing the risk of heart disease and certain forms of cancer.
Cooked tomatoes have more lycopene, so ketchup, sauce & salsa are not only fun but are good too! Red Bell Pepper pack twice the vitamin C and 9times as much vitamin A as green ones, fighting everything from asthma to cancer to cataracts.

Orange
The vitamin C in orange fruits & vegetables has phytonutrients known to lower blood pressure and contain strong anti-inflammatory properties. Juice is good, but the real fruit is even better, and the peel is bestest!!!.
Also recommended are Sweet Potato, with beta-carotene & fiber, Carrot, with the richest carotene content ever and Cantaloupe!

Yellow
Close relatives to orange foods, they are also rich in carotenoids. They are shown to decrease the likelihood for such diseases as lung cancer and arthritis, decrease inflammation in the joints, improve the functioning of the respiratory system.
Yellow Bell Pepper provide two and a half times the amount of vitamin C you’d get from an orange.
Pineapple, Corn, loaded with thiamin, which plays a central role in energy production and cognitive function, Banana, loaded with potassium, which strengthens bones, Yellow Squash with its dollops of fiber, manganese, magnesium and folate are great health troves.

Green
Green foods deliver vitamins capable of strengthening bones, muscles and brains. And they an amazing source of antioxidants that, among other benefits, promotes healthy vision.
Avocado, bursting with monounsaturated fats are great for your heart.
Zucchini, a diverse source of nutrients, has omega-3, copper and more, while Brussels Sprouts is one of the strongest natural cancer-fighters. Asparagus, can promote the growth of healthy bacteria in our large intestines, while Romaine Lettuce offers a bouquet of benefits – everything from bone-strengthening vitamin K to folic acid, essential to cardiovascular health. Broccoli have two days’ worth of vitamins C and K in each serving, Kale is a low-calorie source of calcium, and Spinach is one of your best sources of folate, which keeps the body in good supply of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Green Peas abound in vitamins and minerals, plus more fiber than most whole-wheat breads.

Blue, indigo and purple
These foods get their colors from the presence of a unique set of antioxidants called flavonoids, known to improve cardiovascular health and prevent short-term memory loss. They promote new cell growth, fight disease, have Vitamin C & folates.
Blueberries, Eggplant, Blackberries are heroes! Beets derive their color from a cancer-fighting pigment called betacyanin and is rich with fiber, potassium and manganese; while Plums have also been shown to help the body absorb iron better.

True, a lot of these good components are available through organic health supplements, but it is good to have a basic diet that is naturally healthy too, especially for children!

Ready to go grocery shopping? Now you know you need to look for the rainbow to eat!

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Source of information: Men’s Health Magazine

 


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Pesticides in your baby’s food and how you can protect your baby from them.

A natural concern about what you are feeding your baby worries all parents. Should you be concerned about pesticides in the food your baby eats? Yes.

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Pesticide residues are often found on produce – fruits and vegetables – that are an important part of your child’s diet from the time he starts eating solids. Pesticides help make groceries more affordable by saving crops from damage. But research shows that pesticides contribute to a wide range of health problems, including cancer, lung disease, reproductive problems, and possibly disorders of the endocrine and immune systems. Animal testing also indicates that pesticides can cause permanent changes in brain chemistry that may lead to behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, and even long-term damage of the brain and nervous system. Pesticide exposure can affect your baby today as well as in the future. In fact, some of the effects may not become apparent until later in life.

Children more vulnerable to the dangers of pesticides than adults are for several reasons: Children tend to eat a limited number of foods, which can increase their exposure to specific pesticides. They also eat more food relative to their body weight than adults do. Children may also absorb pesticides more easily. And because of their still-developing gastrointestinal tract, their bodies may be less capable of breaking them down. Also, pesticides can block the absorption of nutrients that are vital to healthy growth and development.

Food isn’t the only way your baby can come into contact with pesticides. Pesticides also make their way into drinking water. And if you use pesticides in your home or yard, your baby will also be exposed. For example, your baby could even ingest pesticides after they’re brought into your home on the soles of shoes if he puts something he’s picked up off the floor into his mouth.

Pesticides can cross the placenta, which means that pregnant women need to take care to avoid contact.

There are regulations that protect your child from pesticides in foods. In the United States, there are regulations that intend to do that. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on the amount of pesticide that may be used on crops. The limit is based on how toxic the particular pesticide is, how much pesticide residue will remain on the crop, and how much of the crop a consumer is likely to eat. Some consumer advocacy groups believe that limits on pesticides should be stricter to protect children. The USDA’s Pesticide Data Program tests foods for pesticide residues. According to the program’s annual report, 78 percent of the fresh fruits and vegetables tested — and 38 percent of the processed fruits and vegetables — showed detectable pesticide residues. Low levels were found in some dairy products.

Fresh fruits and vegetables have higher residue levels than canned varieties. Foods grown for processing don’t need to be cosmetically appealing, so they normally aren’t sprayed as much just before harvest. Also, when foods are processed, they’re often peeled, washed, or heated, which removes many pesticide residues.

Don’t limit the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables that you feed your baby. Don’t avoid fresh produce out of fear of pesticides. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) points out that the negative impact of not including fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet is far greater than any potential risk from pesticides at the levels found in produce. And there are things you can do to reduce the amount of pesticides your baby consumes without restricting produce in his diet.

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HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR BABY FROM PESTICIDES IN FOOD:

1. Peel fruits and vegetables, and remove the outer leaves of vegetables like lettuce and cabbage.

2. Scrub all fruits and vegetables that you choose not to peel, under running water. A produce wash product may also help. For foods that are more difficult to wash — like strawberries, grapes, broccoli, lettuce, and spinach — soak them briefly, then rinse them.

3. Choose produce that’s free of mold, bruising, and decay. These are likely to harbor more pesticides.

4. Cut the animal fat. Some pesticides (and other environmental chemicals) are concentrated in the fat and skin of poultry, meat, and fish. Trim the fat off meat and take the skin off poultry.

5. Buy organic foods, especially when buying higher-risk items like fruits and vegetables and foods that your baby eats a lot of.

6. Source and look for locally grown produce. Fruits and vegetables that are grown far away require after-harvest pesticides and waxes to help them survive the long trip. And produce that has to travel is often picked before ripening, which reduces flavor as well as nutrients.

7. Purchase seasonal produce. While it seems like a treat to buy juicy red strawberries or tomatoes in the dead of winter, food grown out of season usually comes from another hemisphere. Again, this produce will be picked earlier and will probably contain more pesticides.

8. Serve your baby a wide variety of foods, especially produce. A varied diet will limit repeated consumption of the same pesticide.

So, it is you who can make informed choices for the well-being of your baby. Try and limit your baby’s intake of harmful pesticides and read the labels carefully of the produce you purchase at grocery stores. Switching to Organic Baby Food is a great option. If you can, try to grow a small vegetable patch in your home, just for your baby. If you can’t, there’s always Organic Baby Food you can buy that is being sold in stores globally.


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The Unpalatable Truth – Pesticides in your food!

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This presents a pretty picture, fruit and vegetables bursting with color and health, ripe and ready for the dining table.

But are you ready for what this apparently healthy platter holds in store for you and your body?

This question is very relevant in today’s marketing-oriented world of mass food production where speed and looks far outweigh natural goodness in the harvest of fruit and vegetables and indeed all food crops.

Look before you EAT!

Most foods that are grown with chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides are bound to have prodigious amounts of residue that invariably find their way into our systems.

In fact, a number of natural foods that we eat have an alarmingly high potential to absorb and retain pesticides, which by default reach your plate at the dining table straightaway.

They include cherry tomatoes, apples, celery, cucumber, grapes, chillies, potatoes, sweet bell peppers, spinach, strawberries, peaches, lettuce, blueberries, milk, fatty meats, coffee, wine and chocolate, believe it or not!

Logically, it’s only fruits and vegetables with thick skins that are removed before eating (melons, avocado, corn, etc.) that tend to have the lowest amounts of pesticide residue.

Here’s a very tragic case of pesticide poisoning that has recently shaken up the general public, not just health-conscious people.

For 26 long years, the government-owned Plantation Corporation of Kerala aerially sprayed Endosulfan over 4,700 acres in Kasaragod. Endosulfan is banned in many parts of the world, as a highly hazardous pesticide. But in Kerala it was sprayed for years in government-owned plantations.

As the plantations are in a mountainous area, the pesticide residues settled on the soil and got washed away when it rained, into drinking water streams below.

Today, villagers who lived close to the plantation are paying the price – battling physical deformities, cancers and disorders of the central nervous system. Many of them got paralyzed or are seriously ill. Many areas in this district of Kerala have become living examples of how the poison in pesticides could be lethal to our health when used excessively and carelessly

The tragedy got media exposure and has raised awareness. But all this, a bit too late for the unfortunate victims. The Kerala government, unable to face up to the media war against endosulfan poisoning in Kasaragod, banned its use for an indefinite period. The effects of that are already showing. The birds are back, there are butterflies flitting around, micro organisms are alive in the eco-system and nature is seemingly bouncing back.

However, Endosulfan is still being used in various parts of India in Punjab, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Assam, in cotton and tea production. But communities are not clear about the danger ahead. A lot of work needs to be done before the danger of not just Endosulfan, but of all pesticide poisoning can be stemmed.

The benefits of eating organic food go straight to the farm, where no pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used to grow the organic produce shipped to grocers. That means workers and farm neighbors aren’t exposed to potentially harmful chemicals, it means less fossil fuel converted into fertilizers and it means healthier soil that should sustain crops for generations to come.

For individuals, organic food has many benefits. Eating organic means avoiding the pesticide residue left on foods, and it may even mean more nutrition.

But organic food can cost more, meaning many families are unwilling to pay more for organic produce. If you want to balance budgets, while investing in only some organic produce, you can also buy fresh produce typically low in pesticide residue, like Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Avocado, Asparagus, Frozen Sweet peas, Mango and Papayas.

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