Patience Is A Virtue

There’s a saying that goes, “Patience is a virtue,” but I’m curious of how many people know what it means. If I look up the word “virtue” in two different dictionaries, of course I’m going to get two different definitions. One definition of the word “virtue” says, “the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.” The other definition is, “Behavior showing high moral standards.” If I put that together with the old saying, patience is a virtue is to wait and behave without getting upset.

We can’t deny that we have lost the meaning to this saying and become more impatient as a society. Today, everything is done fast. We had to wait for the mail when I was growing up whereas today it’s mostly instant E-mail and text messages.  My mother and grandmother would prepare dinner for me as a child and it would take time. I remember waiting 30 minutes just to be able to eat and if you wait that long at a restaurant, people begin to get angry and will either leave or not tip. Today, preparing food is what we do on big holidays for the entire family and we live out of the freezer by eating frozen dinners that are already prepared for us.

The microwave saves us so much time having to wait for a stove or an oven to cook it, however even microwaves seem to be taking too long for us. On my lunch break at work, I recall seeing a co-worker standing by the microwave, staring into it and saying, “Come on….Come on, come on, come on…” to it. Fast-food restaurants  have ruined us with their offer of hot meals made ready to be eaten while on the go. If you eat out often, you’ve already been teaching yourself some terribly bad habits of what to expect from life. We have been training ourselves in the ways of instant gratification and that shows the lack of discipline we have acquired.

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Berries Are A Great Source Of Antioxidants

The road to good health is closer than you may think no matter where you may be in your health right now. Your health can be influenced and changed at anytime and it’s just easy as putting the right foods in your body. One of the most overlooked little qualities that make a big difference in our journey to healthier living and feeling better are antioxidants. First, let’s get all the technical stuff out of the way.

What are antioxidants and how do they benefit me?

Antioxidants are natural to your body. They are a microscopic matter that prevents oxidation in the body which means antioxidants can prevent the effects of aging and keep you healthy.

Oxidation?

Oxidation is to combine or become combined chemically with oxygen. Antioxidants stop this from happening, which is good! Oxidation in our body happens also naturally due to our modern way of life. Poor eating habits, drinking, smoking, pollution; these are big in the causes for oxidation. When oxidation happens to the molecules, the molecules split and become free radicals.

Those are bad, right?

They sure are! Not all things free are necessarily good! Free radicals are nothing more than molecules that are missing an electron due to being oxidized. These guys go in search of other molecules and break them down. Think of it as a molecule killing another molecule because it wants what the other has. Almost as if it is jealous. When this happens, you have less healthy molecules in your body and that will lead to faster aging.

And antioxidants stop this?

Indeed! Antioxidants work by pairing themselves with free radical molecules. This prevents them from damaging more of the molecules you need. Think of it as free radicals are mad and after other molecules, but antioxidants step in and give these radicals a hug. Now everything is K.

Ok, let’s move on…

Any parent wants their family safe and healthy, that’s just common sense. The good news is that there are a few recipes you can make easily at home for your loved ones that will have them feeling better, healthier and get you a few compliments can be well within your family’s budget.

A family favorite treat is a berry tart. This can be likened to a pie and treated as a dessert after meal time, but it’s so healthy that it can be eaten anytime.

Berries, specifically blueberries, are one of the most richest foods in antioxidants and as we learned, antioxidants are closely linked to good health. Blueberries are exploding with vitamin K which aids the body in blood clotting and preventing excessive bleeding.

A great way to stay healthy and be sure your family is too is to look at a few recipes using berries. You can even get into different drink recipes. When it comes keeping your family’s health, the best nutrition you can give your children as a mother comes from Mother Nature.

Healthy Eating For Your Brain

This topic is on brain health and what you can do to keep your brain healthy and sharp. As you may have guessed, taking care of your mind can be as easy as eating the right things and normally the right foods can be the best medicine. Recently, I had posted the quality of food consumed affects your quality of living, even your brain health. There are a few foods that can greatly benefit you long term and we’ll get into those. What most people don’t know is that eating healthy can greatly lower your risk of diabetes and hypertension. It will also lower your risk of taking on heart disease and newer research is beginning to show that Alzheimer’s disease as well as dementia can be prolonged and possibly prevented!

First, let us start with the obvious: Fish. For an animal that spends so much time in the water and still smells so bad, it still packs a healthy punch of essential nutrients that are vital to brain and heart health. As far as medicine goes, they aren’t always as great as the real thing and great examples of Omega-3’s rest in highly nutritious fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna, which you can pick up at any nearby grocer. These few fish are highly rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are crucial for heart health, not to mention docosahexaenoic acid.

 

There’s good news for all you herbivores out there. Your lush, dark leafy greens are absolutely exploding with brain power goodness like vitamin E to keep you and your brain feeling young for many years to come. Vitamin E is used to help treat or prolong brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s as well as a failing nervous system. Other benefits of vitamin E help aid Parkinson’s disease, those annoying night cramps, as well as restless leg syndrome.

Our favorite thing to eat as children has some pretty impressive benefits as well. Peanut butter is a source of healthy fats and vitamin E. It’s no surprise that nuts are good for the body anyway with walnuts ranking so high in nutrition, they are now considered a drug and almonds following up close. When it comes to walnuts, the omega-3 fatty acids that walnuts contain has been researched and studied to show they help aid in lowering cholesterol levels as well as prevention against strokes and heart disease. These miracle nuts can soothe arthritis and fight off mental illnesses and other inflammatory diseases.

A well known health guru once said, “Eat berries every day,” and to this day those words prove to be word of wisdom. Berries, such as blueberries, are loaded with incredible vitamins that your body needs daily. The first true fact about berries is the quality of antioxidants they provide. Antioxidants delay some types of cell damage mostly found in man-made processed foods from ingredients we can’t pronounce or prevent cell damage altogether. The Antioxidants found in fruit, vegetables and even stronger in berries free your body of harmful free radicals which can negatively impact your body and your health in several ways, such as aging faster and losing memory. In terms of antioxidants, don’t overdo it. Too many antioxidants can turn on you, causing you to having a stroke.

Health In Eating Habits

Every person from all walks of life have to eat for  more reasons than just growth. Food is needed for life and maintaining our health, or at least trying to. People vary greatly from person to person and this has a lot to do with our age, stage of life (such as a child, adult or elderly) and our genetics. Young children may seem to eat a lot, but this is because they small meals about four times a day as they slowly mature. Sooner or later, children grow and develop eating on a schedule such as eating three times a day. When becoming teenagers, that pattern is increased to 4 or more times a day again due to young adults snacking between meals.

Have you noticed Americans are bloated and Europeans aren’t? A lot of it has to do with the way we eat. In America, we grab a meal bar or a poptart and run out the door in a rush for work. That’s our breakfast. We then eat a decent sized lunch and upon settling down for the night, we eat a large dinner fit for a king and go to bed. In Poland, for example, things are done backwards from our lifestyle. They eat a large breakfast that empowers through through the day. That large breakfast is usually enough that they don’t care for lunch and proceed to eating a small dinner before relaxing and retiring to bed. It’s highly important we stop eating such large meals before going to bed in order to effectively lower weight gain due to gastroesophageal reflux.