|kiddos checking out the new landscape|
That's my adorable hubby, Dr. King (insert cowboy hat, horse & tractor)
LJ meeting a few neighborhood horses
Hello TET fans! Sorry for my inconsistent postings lately and for the upcoming month. I have good reason though...My party of 5 is packing up and moving to a little farm-like area just outside of Vancouver, Canada. We have been packing like busy bees. I know, it's a major transition but we are really excited! I'm eager to share our new "farmed" life with possible adopted farm pets. So be patient, and I'll pick up my weekly posting once we are settled. If you have any experience with livestock, please feel free to share your advice.
Now back to this week's posting. Moving the whole family to another country is not easy. What to pack immediately (1 truck leaves first) vs. what to pack for last minute departure. I realized the last minute packing items mostly come from the kitchen. Here is a short list of what is really important for my family on a daily basis (not including our daily multiple vitamins):
| Chocolate |
Not only do we eat it daily but the good news is dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content can have significant beauty benefits. Several studies suggest that it may also be a feel-good treat that increases production of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters. Stress. Cocoa helps reduce stress , which means less collagen breakdown in the , and fewer . Flavonols (the type of flavonoid found in chocolate) are antioxidants that help your skin protect itself from UV damage (hello, fewer wrinkles) fight free radicals (so long, sun spots) and increase blood flow (i.e. dewy glow!). Flavonols in dark chocolate even improved skin hydration and thickness—both mega important for young-looking skin. 2-3 ounces of 70-plus percent dark chocolate a week is all you need to reap the health benefits.
| Lemon |
Digestion. When mixed with warm water, it can give relief from heartburn, nausea, bloating, belching and . Regular intake of lemon juice can take care of constipation problem, by clearing the accumulated bowels. Lemon is also helpful for the liver as it helps the liver in producing more bile, which can in turn speed up the process of digestion. Lemon is perhaps one of the best helps in increasing the immunity power of the body.
| Salmon (wild, not farmed) |
I love to BBQ Atlantic salmon fillets on a cedar plank with some salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon! Here's the deal: Salmon's reputation as a healthy food is largely based on its unusual omega-3 fatty acid content. However, salmon is also rich in other properties, such as vitamin D and selenium, each of which have their own powerful health benefits. Intriguing research into the protein and amino acid content of this fish has found that salmon also contains small bioactive protein molecules (called bioactive peptides) that may provide protection for joint cartilage, support with insulin effectiveness, and control of inflammation in the digestive tract. One thing to bear in mind, though, is that all of these benefits are derived from the consumption of wild salmon, and the farmed kind is an entirely different kettle of fish.
| Blueberries |
Highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit: Blue Berries, being very rich in anti-oxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex,vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial), selenium, zinc, iron(promotes immunity by raising hemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood) etc. boost up your immune system and prevent infections. Once your immunity is strong, you won’t catch colds, fever, pox and all such nasty viral and bacterial communicable diseases.
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Much love, Holly