Here’s a de-lite-ful meal I put together when I had some Cool Whip left over from a potluck. I never buy Cool Whip, but since I had it I figured I’d use it! No waste.
- Trail mix
- Cool Whip
- Ground Flaxseed
- Half banana
I cut the banana and strawberries into nice little bite size pieces and put them into the bowl with the blueberries. That completes the fruity first layer.
Then I added the trail mix which contains almonds, peanuts, seeds, dried cranberries, and other goodies I can’t recall.
Then the final touch. A nice layer of Cool Whip with some ground flaxseed sprinkled over it. Voila! A healthy*, fruity, nutty, creamy, yummy meal.
*Yogurt would be an ideal substitute for the Cool Whip. Try it and ENJOY a super healthy meal!
A sequence 0f 26 hatha yoga postures in 105 degrees Farenheit and 45% humidity.
This is a basic introduction of the 26 posture series as presented by Bikram Choudhury at bikramyoga.com.
1. Standing Deep Breathing - Pranayama
- SDB helps prevent respiratory problems such as bronchitis, emphysema and shortness of breath.
2. Half Moon Pose - Ardha-Chandrasana
- Half Moon Pose strengthens every muscle in the body’s core, especially in the abdomen, and flexes and strengthens the latissimus dorsi, oblique, deltoid and trapezious muscles.
- It increases the flexibility of the spine comprehensively, from coccyx to neck; promotes proper kidney function; and helps to cure enlargement of the liver and spleen.
- Half Moon also firms and trims the waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.
3. Hands to Feet - Pada-Hasthasana
- Hands to Feet Pose stretches the spine and increases flexibility, as does Half Moon.
- Both poses firm and trim the lower body, where many problem areas, especially for women, reside.
- Hands to Feet Pose works the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the legs and improves circulation there as well.
4. Awkward Pose – Utkatasana
- Awkward Pose will tone and shape your legs.
- It heals chronically cold feet.
- It also helps relieve rheumatism and arthritis in the legs, and helps to cure slipped discs and other problems in the lower spine.
5. Eagle Pose - Garurasana
- Eagle is the only posture that opens up the 14 largest joints in the skeletal system.
- Beyond improving flexibilities in the hips, knees, ankles and the rest, Eagle Pose also supplies fresh blood to the reproductive system and sex organs, plus the kidneys, which increases sexual vitality and helps clear up reproductive problems.
6. Standing Head to Knee - Dandayamana-Janushirasana
- This posture improves the flexibility of the sciatic nerves and strengthens the hamstrings and leg muscles.
- It also works the muscles of the back, the biceps and the triceps.
- It helps to squeeze and flush out the internal abdominal organs, such as the gall bladder, pancreas and spleen, as well as the uterus and overies.
7. Standing Bow Pose - Dandayamana-Dhanurasana
- Standing Bow moves all the blood from one side of the body to the other, then back again.
- It develops balance, increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage, firms the abdominal wall and upper thighs.
- It improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine.
- Standing Bow builds patience, determination and concentration.
8. Balancing Stick - Tuladandasana
- The forward tilt of your torso sends high-speed blood pouring into the heart, especially the neglected region, cleaning out the veins and all the arteries, strengthening the heart muscle.
- The same rejuvenating flood rushes into the brain as well.
- It strengthens your powers of concentration.
9. Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose
- This posture is like kryptonite for sciatica! That’s because it stretches and strengthens those poor crushed and shriveled sciatic nerves, as well as all the tendons in the legs.
- It also messages the internal abdominal organs and the small and large intestines, and gives you added flexibility in the pelvis, ankles, hip joints and especially in the last five vertebrae of the spine.
10. Triangle Pose - Trikanasana
- It improves every single bone, muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ, and it revitalizes nerves, veins and tissues.
- Flexing and strengthening the last five vertebrae in this posture can alleviate crooked spines, as well as rheumatism and lower back pain.
- Triangle Pose also benefits the heart and lungs, forcing them to work together.
11. Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose - Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana
- Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose trims the abdomen, waistline, hips, buttocks and thighs.
- It messages and compresses the thyroid gland, which helps to regulate the metabolism and the immune system.
12. Tree Pose – Tadasana
- The Tree Pose improves posture and balance and increses the flexibility of the ankles and knees as well as the hip joints.
- By strethening the internal oblique muscles, it prevents hernia.
13. Toe Stand - Padangustasana
- Toe Stand strengthens the knees and is therapeutic for rheumatism of the knees, ankles, and feet.
- It also opens up the knee and hip joints, and helps cure hemorrhoid problems.
- It also develops mental strength.
14. Dead Body Pose - Savasana
- Dead Body Pose facilitates powerful blood flow, then lets circulation return to normal, creating internal cleansing and greatly magnifying the benefits of the postures that precede it.
- We begin to learn relaxation.
15. Wind-Removing Pose – Pavanamuktasana
- Wind-Removing Pose compresses and messages the ascending colon and descending colon.
- It also messages the transverse colon and compresses the entire digestive system.
- It strengthens the arms, prevents flatulence, improves hip flexibility, and firms the abdomen and thighs.
16. Cobra Pose – Bhujangasana
- Cobra Pose strengthens the lumber spine, relieving pain and combating slipped or herniated discs, scoliosis and arthritis in that region.
- Other important benefits include improved digestion, relief from menstrual disorders, improved appetite, and raising low blood pressure.
- Cobra Pose also improves the functioning of the liver and spleen.
17. Locust Pose - Salabhasana
- Locust Pose has many of the same benefits as Cobra, but it is even better for slipped discs and sciatica.
- It strengthens the upper spine, and the uncomfortable stretching of the arms can actually relieve tennis elbow.
- Locust can also help with varicose veins in the legs.
18. Full Locust Pose - Poorna-Salabhasana
- Full Locust increases strength in the middle spine; it is good for scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylosis and slipped discs.
- It opens up the rib cage and increases elasticity there.
- It also firms the abdominal muscles, upper arms, hips and thighs.
19. Bow Pose - Dhanurasana
- Bow Pose opens up the rib cage, which allows the lungs to expand more fully.
- This 360-degree flexion of the spine revitalizes all the spinal nerves by increasing circulation, and strengthens the spine along its entire length.
- Besides helping with all manner of back problems, Bow Pose aids digestion, fights constipation, and combats bronchitis and diabetes while improving the functioning of the large and small intestines, the liver, kidneys and spleen.
20. Fixed Firm Pose - Supta-Vajrasana
- Fixed Firm Pose strengthens and improves the flexibility of the lower spine, hips, knees and ankle joints.
- It increases circulation to the lower limbs, and is therapeutic for lower back pain, sciatica, rheumatism and varicose veins.
- It helps prevent hernias.
21. Half Tortoise Pose – Ardha-Kurmasana
- Half Tortoise Pose can actually help us to live longer.
- Tortoise is great for tense necks and shoulders.
- It also increases blood flow to the brain, which enhances memory and mental clarity.
- This posture also stretches the lower part of the lungs, which is therapeutic for asthma, and counter indigestion, flatulence, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
22. Camel Pose - Ustrasana
- Camel Pose creates maximum compression of the spine, which stimulates the nervous system.
- It also improves flexibility of the neck and spine, relieves backache, and helps degenerative spinal problems such as kyphoscoliotic deformities and cervical spondylosis.
- By stretching the abdominal organs, Camel helps constipation, and it also stretches the throat and thyroid and parathyroid glands.
23. Rabbit Pose - Sasangasana
- Maximum extension of the spine increases its mobility and elasticity, and does the same for the back muscles.
- Spines stretching also expedites the feeding of the nervous system with fresh blood and oxygen.
- Rabbit Pose relieves tension in the neck, shoulders and back.
- It helps alleviate colds, sinus problems, and chronic tonsillitis and, through compression of thyroid and parathyroid, rejuvenates those glands as well.
- Rabbit Pose can also be therapeutic for insomnia, diabetes and depression.
24. Head to Knee Pose and Stretching Pose - Janushirasana and Paschimotthanasana
- It is excellent for the immune and lymphatic systems, increases circulation to the liver, pancreas, thyroid, thymus and intestines.
- It improves digestion and is good for allergies and arthritis.
- It also relieves chronic diarrhea by improving the circulation in the bowels.
25. Spine-Twisting Pose - Ardha-Matsyendrasana
- This is the only posture that twists the spine from top to bottom, which increases circulation to all the spinal nerves, veins, and tissues, and improves the elasticity of the spine.
- Spine Twisting relieves lower back pain and helps prevent slipped discs, rheumatism of the spine, kyphosis, scoliosis, cervical spondylosis and arthritis.
- It also calms the nervous system.
26. Blowing in Firm Pose - Kapalbhati in Vajrasana
- It improves digestion and circulation, and increases the elasticity of the lungs with every forceful exhale.
- You generate prana, and push out every ounce of carbon dioxide, replacing it with life-giving oxygen.
- It also strengthens the abdominal organs and increases circulation to them.
- Blowing in Firm stimulates the digestive system as well.
Did you know tomatoes are a fruit? It’s true, even though the U.S. Supreme Court declared the tomato a vegetable in 1893, and this red fruit also provides plenty of health benefits.
- Anti-oxidant: Tomatoes contain a lot of vitamins A and C, mostly because of beta-carotene, and these vitamins act as an anti-oxidant, working to neutralize dangerous free radicals in the blood stream. These dangerous free radicals can cause cell damage. And keep in mind, the more red the tomato, the more beta-carotene it contains. Also, remember that cooking destroys much of vitamin C, so stick with raw tomatoes for these benefits.
- Diabetes: Tomatoes also have plenty of the mineral chromium, which helps diabetics to keep their blood sugar level under control.
- Smoking: No, tomatoes can’t help you stop smoking, but what they can do is to help reduce the damage smoking does to your body. Tomatoes contain chlorogenic acid and coumaric acid, which help to fight against some of the carcinogens brought about by cigarette smoke.
- Vision: Because of all that vitamin A, tomatoes are also an excellent food to help improve your vision. This also means tomatoes can help your eyes be better about night blindness.
- Heart troubles: Due to potassium and vitamin B, tomatoes help to lower blood pressure and to lower high cholesterol levels. This, in turn, could help prevent strokes, heart attack and other potentially life-threatening heart problems.
- Skin care: Because of high amounts of lycopene, a substance found in many of the more expensive over-the-counter facial cleansers, tomatoes are great for skin care. The best way to use tomatoes for skin care is to peel a bunch of them, eight to twelve, then lay back and place the tomato skins on your face (or other skin areas). Make sure the inside of the tomato skins are against your skin, and let this sit for at least 10 minutes. Then wash off. You’re face will be cleaner and more shiny, though it also might be a little red from the tomatoes. Don’t worry, that red on your face will wear away.
- Hair: Remember all that vitamin A in tomatoes? Well, it’s good for keeping your hair strong and shiny, and its also good for your eyes, teeth, skin and bones.
- Cancer: Various studies have shown that because of all that lycopene in tomatoes, the red fruit helps to lessen the chances of prostate cancer in men, and also reduces the chance of stomach cancer and colorectal cancer. Lycopene is considered somewhat of a natural miracle anti-oxidant that may help to stop the growth of cancer cells. And, interestingly enough, cooked tomatoes produce more lycopene than do raw tomatoes, so enjoy that tomato soup!
- Bones: Tomatoes have a fair amount of vitamin K and calcium, both of which help to strengthen and possibly repair in minor ways bones and bone tissue.
- Kidney stones and gallstones: Eating tomatoes without the seeds has been shown in some studies to lessen the risk of gallstones and kidney stones.
This Texas size jalapeno made a spicy juice!!
Today I decided to throw a tomato in the juicer. I do not drink plain tomato juice because I don’t care for how it tastes solo, but I do like to combine it with my favorite flavors.
Did you know tomatoes are a fruit? It’s true, even though the U.S. Supreme Court declared the tomato a vegetable in 1893. And this red fruit also provides plenty of health benefits. Read top 10 health benefits of eating tomatoes!
Today’s juice included:
- 3 carrots
- 3 stalks of celery
- 2 pineapple slices
- 1 tomato
- 1 orange
- 1 jalapeno
I finally have my very own Omega Masticating Juicer, one of the most necessary tools for a healthy diet. This juicer makes it possible to do more than I know, but I will use it primarily for fruit and vegetable juices. The Omega juicer doesn’t come cheap ($300+), but it’s worth the cost if you commit to juicing often. I am very fortunate to have received mine as a gift (it was on my Xmas list!).
Consuming your daily fruits and vegetables in liquid form is highly recommended. . . by me . It is definitely easier for the body and more convenient for you. Watch a video of me juicing!
“. . . the body can quickly absorb larger amounts of nutrients from juices than from solid foods because the process of digestion is bypassed.” bestofjuicing
Don’t forget the countless unique health benefits tied into each and every fruit and vegetable out there!
Here are some general benefits of daily juicing.
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