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"Let's Be Fruitful!" Feature: The Red Grapefruit

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Hello!  I really wasn’t planning on this post, until I saw such fresh-looking beauties today at the local market.  So I thought I would share with you a short post of mine [that I did earlier this fall for another site] to simply review some of this fruit's wonderful attributes...  Attributes known (per available research) to help protect cells from ongoing assault & damage that could otherwise foster disease & illness, including: cancer, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, & infection!

Value of the Red Ruby -- Red Grapefruit!
The Red Grapefruit is admired for its:
Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Pectin/Soluble Fiber;Low-Glycemic Index Rating;Lycopene (a carotenoid) + other powerful Phytochemicals;Reported supply of little to no traces of pesticides, per the EWG.--Peak grapefruit season relates to where it’s grown, but generally from late fall through spring in the USA [Texas/Florida, then Arizona/California]; available at peak from outside of US during other months.…

Tis a New Season (Part II Diet Tips): Are You Prepared?

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Sorry to keep you waiting on pins & pine-needles for more Holiday-Time Tips!  After all, it won’t be too long before we find ourselves entering our Super Bowl season here instead...
But, thankfully, it’s still only the first week of Advent: our Season of Hope & Preparation. How Wonderful!
Yet it can also be a season of many challenges—to body, mind, & spirit... A time of year that's well known for setting us back (if not completely derailing us) on the way of wellness & weight management.
So is it hopeless, then, to believe our year should be ending [and our liturgical year beginning] in a better, more healthful way??  Of course, it’s not hopeless!! ...And hope (& triumph) can certainly be found through the very thing that the Season itself proclaims to us with joy Be Prepared! :)  It is in being prepared that we will best meet the extra challenges of this extra busy time of year!

And in recalling the initial “Tis a New Season” post upon Thanksgiving, we had…

Tis a New Season

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Tis the Season to Eat, Drink, and…
a.) be unhealthy—and stressed? b.) be bloated—and fatigued? c.) be joyful—AND nourished! Hmmm.
Yes, it’s that time of year again… “the most wonderful time of the year”, of course!
But as we begin to unpack our Christmas decorations, do you feel as though it's time once again to leave all your wellness goals, and good intentions for health, back upon the shelf?   Have you been lead to believe that being joyful and well nourished, at the very same time, just isn’t an option during the holidays??  But it is!  It is!  It’s a very real option… a pro-active choice that we have---that can actually make us feel better when we awake on January 1st – in body, mind, & spirit.  Oh, what a great new start that could be!

But it’s really less about our actual Thanksgiving and Christmas-day meals; and rather more about our approach to the whole 35-day season [last year it was 41 days] that will really matter in our choice of the above options.  So the go…

A Fruitful New Way Begins

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Today is our very first “Let’s Be Fruitful” feature!   How fitting, then, to begin with…… The North American Cranberry – just in time for Thanksgiving, of course – But it’s really a fruit to be grateful for all year long!  Check out these 5 fruitful reasons why.

THE CRANBERRY IS:
1.)  Nutritious:  Vitamin C, Potassium, Manganese, Fiber, and more; Rich in Phytochemicals, particularly from the Flavanol family [such as Quercetin, Proanthocyanidins (PACs) & other Polyphenols].
2.)  Unique:  The Cranberry’s proanthocyanidins (PACs) are “A-type” [rather than B-type present in most other fruits], which are credited for giving the cranberry its special anti-adhesion properties, known to be of benefit to the Urinary Tract system (anti-infection).
3.)  Multi-Talented:  These unique PAC compounds are now believed to benefit other areas throughout the body, including the:
● Cardiovascular system (due to anti-atherosclerosis properties),
● Gastrointestinal system (potentially anti-ulcer / ant…

Let's Be Fruitful!

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New page created today on The Way to Nourish for Life [called "Let's Be Fruitful"]  to focus on the riches of a fruit-filled diet,  as well as a Spirit-filled life!   So how fitting, therefore, to begin with the words of Mother Teresa... http://thewaytonourishforlife.wordpress.com/

Health and Wellness, Catholic Style for 2012!

The path to Hell is paved with good intentions.

I don’t get that.

It seems to me that good intentions ought to be worth more than a ticket to Hell.

Having said that, I definitely get that the good intentions I have for any number of things can always be a hellish path.

Exercise comes immediately to mind. As does dieting and just keeping fit and well at 53 years old. I am filled with good intentions, but turning those passive good intentions into successful achievements is another story.

I suppose this also falls under the Scriptural category of the-spirit-is-willing-but-the-flesh-is-weak.

So maybe the whole path-to-Hell-is-paved-with-good-intentions does make more sense than I am willing to admit.

Either way, I have come to realize that while the initial good intention is a necessary first step to health and wellness, a viable course of action must accompany it—preferably something not too painful, boring, or time-consuming.

My goal this year has been to find the right-for-me, reali…