Shopping for Hemp Seed Oil

Shopping for Hemp Seed Oil

Healthy grocery shopping

There’s a new “sheriff” of healthiness in your town and you probably don’t even know it. It’s a Farmer’s Market style grocery store called Fresh Thyme and, in my humble opinion, offers more true vegan options than Whole Foods. It’s less expensive to boot. I say “true vegan options” because if you look closely, not everything in Whole Foods is healthy. You may think it is simply by its name but read those labels and you’ll discover otherwise. Speaking of labels…you should ABC (ALWAYS BE CHECKING) those labels in any store where you’re purchasing items to put inside your precious body–your temple.

“The mission of Fresh Thyme is healthy food at healthy values,” said Corky Anderson, regional director of operations for the Downers Grove, Illinois-based company. “We allow more people to have access to change their lifestyle (by eating healthy) by making it affordable.”

I found Fresh Thyme in my home city of Columbus, Ohio. My sister told me about it on one of my visits there and I’m so glad I went. Wonderful selections to help keep you on a fast track to healthy eating. The grocer stocks more than 400 bulk food items like coffees, grains, nuts, snack mixes, oils and vinegars.  They produce their own bakery products and other healthy foods such as bottled fresh juices and fruit-infused waters. You’ll also find things like a salad bar and olive and antipasti bar, as well as a large selection of gluten-free foods throughout the store. Its meat department focuses on natural, hormone-free products. You’ll even find some guilty pleasures like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream but you won’t find Captain Crunch (to which your organs would say, “Thank goodness!”).

A new Fresh Thyme is scheduled to open here in Nevada soon but still about an hour or so away from Las Vegas where I reside. So, no hope for me shopping there in person on a regular basis but, fortunately,  if you live within the vicinity of one of their Midwest markets you can shop with them online and have your items delivered to your home: FreshThyme.com.  There, in addition to the right foods and products to bless your soul, you’ll enjoy weekly ads, digital coupons and tasty recipes.

Here’s one product in particular I was grateful to have purchased from Fresh Thyme: Hemp Oil made from hemp seeds.

 

Why hemp seed?

Hemp seeds are derived from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. This is the same species as cannabis (marijuana) but a different variety. Scientific studies have shown your immune system depends heavily on the balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp seeds are a good source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids. Below are just six of the many ways the seeds (and oil) of this plant can greatly benefit you.

6 Benefits of Hemp Seeds

  • Nutritious

Hemp seeds contain over 30% fat–good fats. Two of these essential fatty acids are linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). A third one is gamma-linolenic acid, which studies have linked to several health benefits. Hemp seeds are a great protein source as well, with more than 25% of their total calories from high-quality protein.

  • Reduces risk of heart disease

Hemp seeds contain high amounts of arginine, an amino acid that produces nitric oxide in your body . Nitric oxide is a gas molecule that makes your blood vessels dilate and relax, leading to lowered blood pressure, hence a reduced risk of heart disease and a quicker recovery after a heart attack. Hemp seeds reduce inflammation, which decreases heart disease risk as well.

  • May benefit skin disorders

If suffering from eczema, the essential fatty acids of hemp seeds improve blood levels which then relieves your dry skin. It’s also been known to improve itchiness, thereby, eliminating the need for skin medication.

  • Great source of plant-based protein

By weight, hemp seeds provide the same amounts of protein as beef and lamb. So, 30 grams of hemp seeds, or 2–3 tablespoons, provide about 11 grams of protein. As a complete protein source, they provide all the essential amino acids your body needs and cannot be produced from your diet. Hemp seeds contain significant amounts of the amino acids methionine and cysteine, as well as very high levels of arginine and glutamic acid. Its protein’s digestibility is better than protein from many grains, nuts and legumes.

  • Reduces symptoms of PMS and menopause

Studies have shown premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause symptoms to be caused by sensitivity to the hormone prolactin. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), found in hemp seeds, produces prostaglandin E1, which reduces the effects of prolactin. It decreases breast pain and tenderness, depression, irritability and fluid retention associated with PMS.

  • Aids in digestion

Whole hemp seeds are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, containing 20% and 80%, respectively. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance in your gut making it a valuable source of nutrients for beneficial digestive bacteria. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stool to help food and waste pass through your gut. However, beware that de-hulled or shelled hemp seeds — also known as hemp hearts — contain very little fiber because the fiber-rich shell has been removed. Hemp seeds helping in the digestion process reduces spikes in blood sugar, reduces the risk of diabetes and regulates cholesterol levels.

 

And speaking of cholesterol…

A quick note on cholesterol

Here’s a new study regarding cholesterol that Chef Keidi Awadu brought to his social media’s attention a couple days ago:

Forget Cholesterol: This Looks Like the Blood Test that Really Predicts How Long You’ll Live

For instance, research at the University of Copenhagen shows that having a very high HDL level – the “good” cholesterol that is supposed to protect against heart and artery problems and improve your health – actually can increase your risk of dying from heart disease and other causes.

During this six-year Danish study of 116,000 people, men with the highest HDLs had a 106 percent increased risk of dying compared to men with a lower HDL measurement. Women with the highest amounts of HDL experienced a 68 percent increased chance of dying.1

“These results radically change the way we understand ‘good’ cholesterol,” says researcher Børge Nordestgaard. “Doctors like myself have been used to congratulating patients who had a very high level of HDL in their blood. But we should no longer do so, as this study shows a dramatically higher mortality rate.”

https://agingdefeated.com/forget-cholesterol-this-looks…/

 

In conclusion…

Take a tablespoon of hemp seed oil daily (by mouth or in your smoothies or food); take charge of your health!

 

RAWspectfully yours,

Terri, aka t-RAW

 

Ps. Fresh Thyme at a glance

Founded: The privately owned Fresh Thyme Farmers Market was founded in late 2012 by CEO Chris Sherrell and his team, who wanted to bring the Farmers Market concept to the Midwest.

Headquarters: Downers Grove, Illinois

Stores: 59 stores in 10 Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio.

Workforce: 5,000 employees.

Expansion: In 2016, Fresh Thyme opened 20 stores and added 2,000 new hires. By the end of 2017, it will open another 20 stores for 70 stores in all.

 

 

Sources:

Quad City Times. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Opens offering ‘Healthy options at Healthy Values.’ Apr 25, 2017. Jennifer DeWitt. jdewitt@qctimes.com

6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-health-benefits-of-hemp-seeds

Guess What Happens When You Hum?

Guess What Happens When You Hum?

Who knew humming had such therapeutic attributes?

Before I show you how, consider this:
All the activities of the brain and the nervous system depend on the full functionality of the lungs. Wow. Have you ever given that much thought to the lungs? I hadn’t until I was forced to when 19 years ago I was diagnosed with a serious autoimmune disorder that affected my lungs. Prior to that, I think–like most people–I took my lungs, and breathing, for granted.

It is for this reason, we should make breathing more of a conscious effort and in the process take back control of our health. Our Creator gave us dominion over all “things” in the Earth; our health being one of those things –a MAJOR THING at that.

So humming, scientists have found, is an effective tool for managing the breath; hence, our overall health. For instance, to keep the sinuses healthy and free from infection, there must be smooth air flow between the sinus and nasal cavity.  Studies have shown that while humming, nitric oxides, a gas produced in the sinuses, rose 15-fold. At proper levels, nitric oxide helps boost the flow of oxygenated blood to the muscle and reduces the amount of lactic acid in the body.

 

Me, humming

Here’s a short video I made a couple years ago after learning about humming for health. Pretty funny how I wasn’t able to do the simpliest of tasks.

 

The Proper Way To Hum To Reap The Benefits

Audrey Hunt, professional singer and voice coach, says there is a correct way to hum to reap its benefits. Put your lips together gently and hum a sound. Now, check for the following:

  • Make sure the lips are barely touching to help you to feel light vibrations.
  • The teeth should be apart.
  • The tongue must lay flat in the bed of the mouth and relaxed.
  • The vibrations will be felt mostly in the upper lip. You may also experience a buzzing feeling in areas around the mouth. (Teeth, hard palate, forehead or top of the head.) This is what you want.
  • If the vibrations extend throughout the nasal area and even in the cheeks give yourself a pat-on-the-back.
    You are humming correctly. Continue humming and notice how the busy self-talk stops.
    If you fail to feel any buzzing or vibrations, you are holding too much tension in your lips. Relax the neck head and shoulder areas.

Feels good, right? Now, try it again.

 

As I mentioned before, God gave us control over our health. We tend to make managing it such a difficult task when it doesn’t have to be. Just start one breath at a time.

RAWspectfully yours,

Terri, The Friendly Ghostwriter, aka t-RAW

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Mama’s Morning, Mama’s Watermelon

Mama’s Morning, Mama’s Watermelon

I typically go to bed super early, sometimes as early as 7:30pm. So, I have no idea what goes on in the household during the evening hours. Nothing incenses me more than to go to bed with something in the fridge that I put there expecting to eat or drink it in the morning and when morning comes…

Well, this morning, I woke up mouth all watering for MY watermelon, the watermelon I enjoy as MY super-early morning routine. So, I skipped to the fridge all happy and $h!t and then…

Noooooooooooooooooo!

Now, my creative brain is all messed up and interrupted and I start eating some peanuts instead because they’re nearby and I have this book deadline but I can’t think straight and now my bowels are probably not going to cooperate (do you guys know how great of a natural laxative watermelon is?) and I’m scheduled to be on a health forum panel later this morning and I’m not feeling healthy right now. Ugh!

There’s a grapefruit. I don’t want a grapefruit. There’s a persimmon. I don’t want a persimmon. There’s a very dried up pomegranate that’s been in the fruit bowl for months. I don’t feel like dealing with all those little seeds, which is why the thing is all dried up–I don’t ever feel like dealing with those seeds. I just need my watermelon, but someone decided they needed it more than me.

Now, I know how my dad felt back in the day when he’d come home from work at the end of the night (11pm), all ready to unwind with Johnny Carson, his pretzels and a tall glass of Pepsi, and there was not a drop of Pepsi left in the house. He would pitch a fit and one of us kids would be heading out to the convenient store (even if it was midnight) to buy him some Pepsi. I feel ya. Dad.

There’s no one to send to the store but me since everyone else is sleep. I’ve been known to wake a person. But it’s 3am and no stores are open. Sigh.

I remember a time when my children were in high school and wanted to go out Fri night. I was heading to bed early and told them to finish the laundry before they go. I woke up to damp towels not finished drying. It was 4am on a Sat and I woke their butts up to re-do the entire laundry process on those towels. Who cares they probably just got to sleep two hrs earlier. smh

Don’t mess with Mama’s mornings.

Love & RAWspect,

Terri, aka t-RAW

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When a vegan is invited to a tailgating party

When a vegan is invited to a tailgating party

It’s almost football season! Yay!  Came across this blog and thought I’d repurpose it. I wrote it earlier this year leading up to the Super Bowl, but the recipes shared in this blog are great for any food gathering. Now that tailgating season is fast approaching, why not make the recipes here? Add a little healthiness, but tastiness,  to the party!

Although SuperBowl Sunday is not technically a holiday — and I cannot understand why it’s not — it is one of America’s most popular crowd-gathering days of the year. If you’ve been to any of these shindigs, you’d have to agree that more often than not, people host and attend Super Bowl parties as much for the camaraderie as for the game.

And what’s the most popular thing people do when they get together? You guessed it. Eat, eat and eat some more! Therefore, if you’re hosting a party on this big game day, your food must live up to the hype of Lady GaGa’s halftime performance!

So, go for the gusto and tackle a healthier spread of snacks without sacrificing the taste. Push the beef and chicken out of bounds, which contain toxins, parasites and cholesterol, and instead, sneak in some great vegan options and watch your guests rush to the table.

Make fans of your food from the first bite to the very last morsel. And when regulation time runs out, and overtime ensues, don’t break a sweat! There are enough vegan recipes across the internet to have you preparing meals for a lifetime.

Just like no one enjoys watching a boring, lopsided Super Bowl game, no one wants to relish the thought of ingesting boring, bland foods. In fact, bland vegan food is a major foul that could get you thrown out of the league of healthy eaters.

These recipes are sure to put you in the right field position for scoring extra points among your friends and family. Not only are they vegan, but they contain superfoods as well. Superfoods, a couple of notches above vegan on the hierarchy of eating styles, are nutrient-rich foods, primarily plant-based, that are considered to be especially beneficial for one’s overall health and well-being.

Without further delay, here are a few recipes to get you started and the traditional dishes they replace. So come on, man. It’s crunch time. Let’s get these dishes going and prepare for an all-out blitz!

BUFFALO ROASTED CHICKPEAS

Traditional Dish: Buffalo Wings

Nothing says football party like the taste, smell and slight burn on the tongue of buffalo sauce. Here’s how you can bench the unhealthy wings, and allow your guests to still get a kick out of this snack.

Here’s what you need:

  • 15-ounce can garbanzo beans
    • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
    • ¼ cup hot sauce (Cholula, Frank’s RedHot, Sriracha, Tabasco, and Tapatío are all vegan brands!)

Here’s what you do:

  • Preheat oven to 450F.
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (optional).
    • Drain and rinse garbanzo beans. Pat dry with a towel.
    • Spread garbanzo beans onto a baking sheet.
    • In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat melt the vegan butter.
    • Add hot sauce and stir until combined.
    • Pour the hot sauce mixture over the beans.
    • Toss to coat evenly.
    • Bake for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, until browned.

Garbanzo beans are rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants and are classified as a super food. Buffalo roasted chickpeas make a great addition to salads or eaten as a snack all on their own.

SPICY CASHEW CHEEZY SAUCE

Traditional Dish: Nacho Cheese Sauce

Watch the forward motion toward this delicious addition to every party, not just when watching sporting events.

Here’s what you need:

• 1 cup soaked cashews, drained
• 1 large red pepper
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
• 1/4 cup lemon juice
• 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
• 1 tablespoon crushed Thai chili pepper
• 4 cloves of fresh garlic
• 1 tablespoon onion powder
• 1 teaspoon sea salt

Here’s what you do:

• Set aside a few slivers of red bell pepper for garnish
• Add all ingredients to a Vita mix or high-speed blender 
• Mix until perfectly smooth.
• Garnish with the bell pepper slivers.

Drizzle over organic blue corn chips or a salad. Use as a dip for veggies.

JACKFRUIT TACOS

Traditional Dish: Ground Beef Tacos

Serving great tasting tacos is an easy way to defend your title of Most Valuable Party Planner. Now you can make the healthy way and watch the crowd cheer in your favor.

 Here’s what you need:

• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 white onion
• 2 cloves garlic
• 2 cans of jackfruit
• 1 tablespoon ground cumin
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 1/2 tablespoon paprika
• 1/8 teaspoon red pepper
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
• 8 small corn tortillas

Here’s what you do:

• Sauté onions and garlic using the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until they start to brown on the edges.
• While the onions cook, rinse and drain the jackfruit. Cut the core off the chunks. Shred it with a fork, removing the seedpods.
• Add the shredded jackfruit and all the spices to the pan with the vegetable broth or water. You want enough liquid so the spices evenly distribute throughout the jackfruit.
• Simmer (without burning) for about 10-15 minutes. Not so much that it turns into soup
• Heat the corn tortillas briefly in the oven. Tortillas can also be doubled up to help prevent them from breaking.

Serve tacos with stewed black beans, cashew queso and cilantro. Optional toppings include: cashew, nacho cheese, guacamole, black beans or vegetarian chili and pico de gallo

RAW CARAMEL SLICE

Traditional Dish: Candy Bars

A guest’s sweet tooth not conquered could easily sideline your ability to make a big hit with your party. Here’s how you can provide a delicious, healthy treat.

Here’s what you need: 

Base

• 1/2 cup Medjool dates
• 1 ½ cups almonds
• 1 tsp vanilla essence

Caramel

• 1/2 cup tahini
• 1/2 cup maple syrup
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
• Large pinch Himalayan salt

Chocolate topping

• 3-4 tablespoons raw cacao
• 1 teaspoon carob powder
• 3-4 tablespoons coconut sugar or agave syrup
• 1/2 cup coconut oil

Here’s what you do:

• Grind dates and almonds in a blender. 
• Add vanilla until sticky and then press into a rectangular dish greased with coconut oil. 
• Blend caramel ingredients together and pour over biscuit base.
• Set in the freezer for 20 minutes. 
• While slice is setting, melt coconut oil for chocolate crunch topping.
• Add all other ingredients and stir well. 
• Let cool for 5 minutes and then pour topping over slice.
• Place back in freezer to set again.

Cut into small squares to serve. Makes 15.

VEGAN CONDIMENTS

You certainly don’t want to create all these wonderful snacks then intercept their benefit by smothering them with unhealthy condiments. Here is a list of common toppings that contain no animal ingredients. Of course, specific ingredients vary depending on the brand, but these brands are usually safe for a plant-based diet.

A.1. Original Sauce
Barbecue sauce
Curry
Hoisin sauce
Hot sauce (Cholula, Frank’s RedHot, Sriracha, Tabasco, and Tapatío)
Hummus
Ketchup
Maple syrup
Mustard
Peanut butter
Relish
Salsa
Soy sauce
Wasabi

Now you see how easy it is for anyone to be an eligible receiver of tasty, healthy party dishes. At the end of the evening, as your peeps are heading home, they’ll high-five you as you delight in your great use of home field advantage. Your post-game activity? Tackling a mile high stack of empty dirty dishes.

By the way, can you pick out all the football terms and references that I used?

Enjoy!

Love & RAWspect,

Terri, aka t-RAW

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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

Me at age 21

Me at age 56

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can your health really affect your eye color? Most health experts you ask may say no. I’m living proof that my eye color has changed pretty significantly since becoming a rawtarian. So much so, that about 90% of the people I meet for the first time, or encounter for even just a few seconds, say, “Wow! Your eyes are beautiful!”

No matter how many times I hear those comments, they still catch me off guard. I’m always flattered, sometimes embarrassed. My eye color is called hazel, a reflective pigmentation which changes according to the lighting I’m in or the colors I’m wearing. While they’ve been shifting colors my whole life, I don’t recall them being quite this light–especially to the point where so many people make mention of them.

The iris is the colored component of the eye. It is determined by the pigment called melanin. As we grow, the iris is subject to change because the melanin concentration in it keeps changing. The iris also controls the pupil size according to the light intensity in a given environment. When the pupil changes; the pigments of the iris are forced to readjust to the new space, slightly changing the color of the eye.

Some health experts, though, do believe if you want to change your eye color exceptionally and in a small amount of time, all you need to do is introduce a few changes to your diet. Here are few of the foods they suggest–ones that have many other attributes as well. I’ve been including in my raw lifestyle on a regular basis over the past five years…

  • Ginger

Ginger is a rhizome, a modified subterranean stem of a plant usually found underground. It is responsible for curing and preventing a whole host of conditions like inflammation and diseases like colon cancer.

  • Nuts

Nuts are high in protein. As an agent for heart healthiness, they contain omega 3 fatty acids and L-arginine.

  • Spinach

Spinach has a high content of iron. Like other dark leafy greens, it’s also rich in protein, vitamins and minerals all important for healthy skin, hair and bones.

  • Organic honey

Organic honey is a rich source (about 69%) of glucose and fructose, allowing it to be a healthy sweetener substitute for normal white sugar. Its attributes include calming acid reflux and digesting the fat stored in your body, among many other attributes.

  • Olive oil

Olive oil contains linolenic acid that renders a soft hue to the color of the iris. It helps prevent strokes and diabetes, could improve the arterial function and fights osteoporosis, to name just a few benefits.

  • Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea lowers a number of stress hormones in the bloodstream. A long list of its other benefits include: Fighting anxiety and depression, natural allergy fighter, anti-inflammatory, muscle spasms treatment, PMS natural remedy and other menstrual disorders, as well as a cure for insomnia, skin disorders and ulcers.

  • Onions

Onions main constituent is folic acid which promotes cell and tissue growth. They are also rich in sulfur and chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar. For centuries, onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.

 

So, if you want overall good health, and pretty eyes to boot, pay attention to what you digest!

Love & RAWspect,

Terri, aka t-RAW

 

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27 Benefits of watermelon seeds & juice for your hair, skin & overall health

27 Benefits of watermelon seeds & juice for your hair, skin & overall health

Where I live on the West Coast, I can enjoy watermelon pretty much year round. However, to enjoy the best, and most sweet tasting watermelons, I must patiently wait until summertime rolls around. Boy, is it a long wait for a watermelon lover such as myself.

As much as I love this wonderfully humongous fruit now, I loved it ten times more when I was younger. When pregnant with both my children (now in their mid twenties), I craved watermelon. I mean, I could and most times did, eat a whole one per day. Thank goodness there are only  0.36g of fats,  0.038g of saturated fats,  0.088g of monounsaturated fats, and  0.119g  of polyunsaturated fats in each cup of watermelon, because I couldn’t stop eating it. It certainly provided me a lot of electrolytes, which my body truly needed. I stayed very ill with both pregnancies, experiencing that “morning sickness” syndrome throughout the entire nine months. With all the vomiting I did (I just had to go there, right?), my body highly welcomed watermelon’s fiber, sodium and potassium–not to mention just the overall hydration–to restore my body to an alkalined state.

Going back even further in my childhood, I cherish great memories as a small child watching my maternal grandfather, the master of watermelon eating, strategically chew the juicy meat of the fruit on one side of his mouth, while spitting the seeds out on the other.  Naturally, us kids worked hard at imitating him.

Unfortunately, my grandfather, and millions of other people throughout the generations, had it all wrong about those seeds! For decades, people–me included– have been spitting out the most nutritious part of the watermelon! Gasp! Extracting the seeds became so common that soon fruit growers were genetically modifying watermelons, and a host of other fruits,  like grapes for instance. That’s why it’s so easy to purchase seedless watermelons, while you’re hard pressed to find any with seeds.

We’ve been duped! We pay big money to purchase this GMO fruit WITHOUT the seeds when in essence, doing so is giving us less for our money (not to mention all the other dangers we read about GMO processing). Have no fear! The information is widely available to us nowadays so we can enjoy the whole fruit and do so to our wildest contentment!

Now, excuse me while I go get a bowl of this wonderful melon for breakfast, as you read below about its many benefits to our hair, skin and overall health…

Here are 17 benefits that blogger stylecraze gives for watermelon seeds:

1. Your body requires amino acids but there are some essential amino acids such as arginine and lysine which the body cannot produce on its own and these have to be provided from food sources. Watermelon seeds contain some of these essential amino acids such as tryptophan and glutamic acids. Lysine helps in calcium absorption to facilitate formation of collagen and connective tissues in the body whereas arginine improves the body’s metabolism, cardiovascular system and sexual health.

2. Watermelon seeds are good sources of magnesium with 100 grams of seeds providing 139 percent of the recommended daily requirement. Magnesium is vital for normal heart functioning, maintenance of normal blood pressure, supporting metabolic process and protein synthesis. It is also beneficial in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension besides controlling blood pressure and diabetes.

3. Watermelon seeds contain lycopene which is good for your face and also helps in improving male fertility.

4. These seeds are excellent sources of multivitamin B and can replace some of the supplements. Vitamin B present in watermelon seeds comprises of niacin, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid. B vitamins are vital for maintaining healthy blood, nervous system and effective immune response.

5. These seeds can be used for treating diabetes. Boil a handful of watermelon seeds in 1 liter water for 45 minutes, keeping the pot covered. This concoction should be taken every day like tea.

6. Watermelon seeds are effective in recovering health after illness and sharpening your memory.

7. Almost half of the watermelon seed contains oil which comprises of 20 percent saturated fat and the rest monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat including omega-6 fatty acids. One cup of dried watermelon seeds contains around 50 grams of fat which constitutes about 80 percent of the daily recommended value. Thus, watermelon seeds are an important source of calories and energy.

8. Protein deficiency is quite common, leading to diseases like marasmus and kwashiorkor in poorer countries of the world. Being high in protein, watermelon seeds can be extremely beneficial in combating protein deficiencies. One cup of dried seeds provides about 30 grams of protein. Protein and its amino acids are vital for growth and repair of muscles, skin and connective tissues as well as for making enzymes. Protein is also required for the maintenance of long and strong nails.

Skin Benefits of Watermelon Seeds:

In addition to their health benefits, watermelon seeds are good for your skin as well.  Being rich in nourishing nutrients such as unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and linoleum acids, watermelon seeds keep your skin healthy and glowing from inside. Some of their benefits for skin are as follows.

9. The unsaturated fatty acids in watermelon seeds keep the skin moisturized, soft, firm, well-toned and prevent acne and other skin disorders.

10. Watermelon seeds prevent signs of ageing because they contain antioxidants and oils which make your skin look younger, healthier and more vibrant. These benefits can be observed by consuming a handful or two of watermelon seeds a week.

11. Water melon seed oil, also known as Ootanga oil or Kalahari oil is extremely beneficial for your skin. Being light in texture, it does not clog skin pores, thus allowing your skin to function naturally and is a great moisturizer. Due to its excellent moisturizing properties, watermelon seed oil is used as an essential ingredient in baby oils.

12. Watermelon seed oil also removes sebum, dirt and grease that build up in your skin pores and are responsible for causing acne and giving a dull appearance to your skin. This oil is suitable for all skin types including dry, oily, acne prone and maturing skin.

13. Watermelon seed extract locks moisture, thus combating the ageing degradation. It also rejuvenates the elasticity of your skin.

14. The wide array of nutrients contained in watermelon seeds protects your skin from certain types of skin cancers and infections as well.

Hair Benefits of Watermelon Seeds:

As stated earlier, watermelon seeds have a high content of protein in them which can keep your hair healthy and shiny. This protein contains certain essential amino acids such as lysine, arginine, tryptophan and glutamic acid which are needed by your body to keep your hair healthy and strong.

15. Roasted watermelon seeds contain copper which is involved in the production of melanin. As you know, melanin is a pigment that provides color to your hair and skin.

16. In addition to its skin benefits, watermelon seed oil can also be used for your tresses. As pointed out earlier, this oil is light in texture that gets absorbed easily without clogging the pores of your scalp. It provides moisturizing benefits and improves hair growth by maintaining hair and scalp health.

17. Watermelon seed oil provides the hair with essential fatty acids which are needed by your hair to prevent breakage and keep it moisturized.

Here are 10 benefits blogger stylecraze gives for watermelon juice:

1. Keeps the heart healthy:

Watermelon is very rich source of Lycopene which is an antioxidant that helps to defuse ‘free radicals’ that could potentially damage tissues and organs of the body (1).

2. Ideal diet for weight loss:

As it mainly comprises of water and minerals and negligible amount of fats it is best suited for weight loss diet. Being rich in electrolytes and Vitamins it proves to be a complete power packed fruit (2).

3. Stress Buster fruit:

Watermelon is high in vitamin B6 (3) which is used by the body which relieves from fatigue, stress, anxiety etc.

4. Anti-aging agent:

The presence of Lycopene in it is also beneficial for the skin as the antioxidants tend to decrease free radicals from the body and retards the process of aging quite effectively (4).

5. Instant source of energy:

It is an excellent source of instant energy as it contains electrolytes (sodium & potassium), minerals and carbohydrates in it which keeps the body hydrated and energetic (5).

6. Fibre rich fruit:

Being a fibre rich fruit (6) it adds bulk to the food and is very helpful in digestion and the water content is responsible for flushing out the toxins from the body.

7. Perfect fruit for skin problems:

It is very good for the skin and removes excess oil from the skin which cures many skin problems like acne and pimples (7).

8. Natural moisturizer:

It proves to be a natural moisturizer and toner for the face and keeps the skin glowing and well hydrated (8).

[ Read: Best Food For Clear Skin ]

9. Remedies to disease:

It is believed that a glass of watermelon juice everyday will keep diseases like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and colon cancer at a good distance.

10. Maintains Blood Pressure:

As it has good proportion of electrolytes, it keeps the blood pressure on a check and normalizes it efficiently (9).

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Bottom line,  watermelon is a terrific fruit to consume as one of your top choices towards a healthier you. With 0mg of cholesterol, and a makeup of 89% carbohydrates, 7% protein, and 4% fats, it would behoove you to bring it to your and your family’s meals as much as possible.

Love & RAWspect,
Terri 

My first attempt at fruit art. No doubt, it had to be a watermelon. This summer, perhaps I’ll try my hand at it some more and become a more skilled fruit scuplturer.

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Need to lose weight? Apple cider vinegar can help!

Need to lose weight? Apple cider vinegar can help!

Need to lose weight? Take organic apple cider vinegar to assist.

This is a continuation from Day 27’s tip. This is such an important point to make about ACV that I wanted to draw it out from the list of its other many benefits. So here goes:

While straight shots are a popular way to drink ACV — don’t. Because it’s highly acidic, over time ACV has the potential to do real damage to both the esophagus and tooth enamel. Instead, dilute ACV iwith water. In general, one to two tablespoons mixed with eight ounces of water is the sweet spot (like you’ll find in this delicious ACV honey drink).

Now that you have the formula down, you need to know exactly when to drink it if you’re looking to reap any weight-loss benefits. Carol S. Johnston, PhD, directs Arizona State University’s nutrition program and has been studying ACV for more than 10 years. Johnston recommends drinking an ACV drink once or twice a day and always right before you eat; you want the ACV to be in your stomach before any food makes it way there.

Johnston told the Washington Post that ACV helps to block some starch digestion whenever you eat. Since less starch (and less calories, essentially) are being digested by the body, the spike in blood sugar is lessened. Adding to this benefit is that the good-for-you bacteria in your gut happily feeds on this undigested starch, which can lead to less bloating and a healthier digestive system. If you drink ACV without food, there won’t be anything for it to work off of, which probably defeats the whole purpose of drinking vinegar in the first place.

Love & RAWspect,
Terri

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4 Simple Steps to Prevent or Lower High Cholesterol

4 Simple Steps to Prevent or Lower High Cholesterol

Preventing and treating high cholesterol can be done simply and effectively with four easy steps. And yes, one step includes yummy oatmeal.

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What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a substance that is much like wax in appearance and texture and it is located in all the cells of the human body.
Good cholesterol is needed for the body to function properly and the body makes all the required cholesterol that it needs. It is used for making hormones, substances that help you digest food properly and for Vitamin D.
Cholesterol can also be found in many fatty foods and therefore some people suffer from a high risk condition known as high cholesterol.Anatomy Of Cholesterol

  • LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein and is the “bad” type that causes heart disease.
  • HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein and is the “good” type.

Too much LDL cholesterol in the blood can be quite serious and can lead to cardiovascular disease. One of the problems is that high blood cholesterol does not cause any symptoms by itself, which is why a lot of people are unaware of their condition. In order to detect high cholesterol a blood test is required that can be ordered by your doctor or nurse practitioner.

High Cholesterol Facts
According to the Centers For Disease Control:

  • Those who have high cholesterol are 2 times more at risk for heart disease, which, is the leading cause of death in the United States.
  • 71 million American adults, which, equates to 33.5% of the population have a high LDL count.
  • Only 1 out of every 3 adults with high cholesterol manage to get it under control.
  • Less than 50% of those with high LDL counts seek treatment or incorporate the necessary lifestyle changes required to lower their levels.

4 steps you can take today to prevent or lower high cholesterol
There are a lot of things that each person can do to lower and prevent high cholesterol. This article will review some of these methods, and what diet and lifestyle changes are necessary to prevent high cholesterol to begin with.

  1. Lose weight. I know, that’s the obvious, but it still must be said. If you are an obese or overweight person, losing excess weight is a great way to prevent and lower high blood cholesterol. Losing anywhere from 5-7% of your bodyweight is enough to see a significant change for the better. The best way to lose weight is to focus on foods that are low in calories, such as, fruits and vegetables and those high in fiber. Start eating oatmeal for breakfast. According to the Mayo Clinic, the high amount of soluble fiber in oatmeal reduces the amount of cholesterol the body is able to absorb. It is recommended that you consume 25-35 grams of soluble fiber daily to have a positive effect.
  2. Eliminate saturated fats. If your goal is to prevent or stop high blood cholesterol (LDL) then saturated fat is not your friend, and so its consumption must be kept to a minimum. Many animal products, such as red meat, cheese and whole milk are the main sources of saturated fats. It is recommended that saturated fats account for only 7% of your daily calorie intake. So, if you eat red meat regularly then you need to replace it with soy protein products, lean proteins, like salmon, cod or perch. If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol then seek the advice of your physician as to your consumption of saturated fat products.
  3. Drink green tea. Men who regularly drink green tea have a lower level of blood cholesterol than men who do not, according to the University Of Maryland Medical Center. It has been found that polyphenols in green tea might have the ability to block cholesterol from forming. It is best to enjoy green tea in pure form, without added sugar or artificial flavoring. Brew it at home and enjoy with mint leaves, lemon and lime juice.
  4. Stay active. Regular exercise is another great way to prevent this high-risk condition. Aerobics, jogging and walking are all effective workouts to increase the levels of good cholesterol and therefore reduce the bad. 30 minutes a day is enough to have a positive effect. If you are out of shape then you can begin with three 10 minute sessions daily and work your way up to a full 30 minutes.

Conclusion
The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends adults get a blood test for cholesterol through their doctor each and every five years. This is the only way to know whether you are affected or not and in this case knowledge is half the battle.

If you are diagnosed, then it is really important that you follow your doctor’s orders and the methods provided above to get it under control. Lowering your cholesterol can reduce your risk of having a heart attack that can lead to premature death and the need for bypass surgery or angioplasty.

The above are some of the best ways to avoid a completely preventable condition and to ensure a healthy and long future. Also, the good news is that it is never too late to make a change and there are many ways to lower cholesterol levels. Certain lifestyle changes are all that is needed to see a positive change and often very quickly.

Love & RAWspect,
Terri, aka T-raw

In need of some delicious recipes to help lower your cholesterol? Click below for the perfect solution. 

Where will you get your proteins from if you don’t eat meat?

Where will you get your proteins from if you don’t eat meat?

So, you’ve decided to eat healthier. Whoohoo! Perhaps you’re starting with cutting out meats for at least two or three times a week. Great job! Now, suddenly people bombard you with questions as though you’ve created the cardinal sin of all sins. After all, you have! You are depriving your body of proteins! Ugh!!

Heaven forbid, child, where will you get your proteins from if you don’t eat meat? Oh my! You horribly ignorant thing, you. You’re not getting any proteins! Hurry, eat this triple-decker beef and bacon samich!

If people could only take 2 mins and read this post (okay, maybe 5 mins), they will realize that question about proteins should never ever again enter their brain and part from their lips. That question indicates the person asking knows nothing about the metabolic processes of the body in getting and staying healthy.

First, to back up and answer that protein question, I’ve learned through my training under Keidi Awadu and all his research and books, to ask the person THIS question: “Where does the gorilla get HIS protein from? Where does the elephant get HIS protein? Rhinos, hippos, cows, etc? They all are big strong animals who do NOT eat meat. So I’m getting my protein from the same place they get theirs: plants! I’m just cutting out the middleman, that happens to be very disruptive to the digestive system anyway.”

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Our digestive tract and intestines were not created to process meat. Over time, man forced that adaptation, which is why we’re seeing the disastrous health situations today. But, that’s a whole ‘nother topic for a whole ‘nother day.

If people had proper knowledge of proteins–besides what the meat industry must be telling them thru advertisements–they would know that proteins are everywhere! Even in the air we breathe. Yes, you need proteins, but you’re still getting them with a whole, plant-based diet.

But, here’s what people really should be focusing on: enzymes. So, my question to you today is, where are you getting your live enzymes from? Enzymes are the power of life itself. Enzymes are living proteins that, thru biochemical and metabolic processes, can repair our DNA, transform and store our energy, balance and enhance our immune system, and so much more!!

People are destroying enzymes in their food by cooking the life out of it! Then, they’re just wasting their time and MONEY eating lifeless, disease-ridden, chemical-induced substances, full of empty calories with no enzymes. BUT, that substance DOES taste good and satisfies our emotions! This practice over time almost always leads to chronic, inflammatory and degenerative outcomes–it’s just a matter of how soon.

If you are cooking your food, you should be taking enzyme supplements! Period. Or, better yet, save your money from buying all those supplements and just eat foods with the highest amount of live enzyme content: raw foods, super foods, fermented foods, sprouted foods.

Now you’re going to complain that those foods are expensive. Once again, the focus is on the wrong thing. You are literally wasting tons more money eating food that has no nutritional value; having to pay for supplements to give you what your body really needs, and then paying thousands of dollars into the medical and pharmaceutical industry to repair the damage that the “cheaper” food caused. smh. Let that sink in for a moment.

Even pets are now getting chronic diseases at an alarming rate! I grew up with dogs in our household almost my entire childhood. I then had dogs almost my children’s entire childhood. Never did we need pet insurance nor have any pet hospital bills. Only one time in my life did I take any dog of mine to the vet (besides getting shots) and that was when one was stung by a bee on his nose and his poor little face swelled up terribly.

People, we have got to get this disease and obesity problem under control in this country! WE have the power to do it. The knowledge is here as well. Are we ready to combine both that power and knowledge with a paradigm shift (change of mindset) to see immediate positive results?

Contact me if you’d like more info. Make it a great day!

Love & RAWspect,

Terri, aka, t-RAW

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Where will you get your proteins from if you don't eat meat?

Where will you get your proteins from if you don't eat meat?

​So, you’ve decided to eat healthier. Whoohoo! Perhaps you’re starting with cutting out meats for at least two or three times a week. Great job! Now, suddenly people bombard you with questions as though you’ve created the cardinal sin of all sins. After all, you have! You are depriving your body of proteins! Ugh!!

Heaven forbid, child, where will you get your proteins from if you don’t eat meat? Oh my! You horribly ignorant thing, you. You’re not getting any proteins! Hurry, eat this triple-decker beef and bacon samich!

If people could only take two mins and read this post (okay, maybe five mins), they will realize that question about proteins should never ever again enter their brain and part from their lips. That question indicates the person asking knows nothing about the metabolic processes of the body in getting and staying healthy.

First, to back up and answer that protein question, I’ve learned through my training under Keidi Awadu and all his research and books, to ask the person THIS question: “Where does the gorilla get HIS protein from? Where does the elephant get HIS protein? Rhinos, hippos, cows, etc? They all are big strong animals who do NOT eat meat. So I’m getting my protein from the same place they get theirs: plants! I’m just cutting out the middleman, that happens to be very disruptive to the digestive system anyway.”

Our digestive tract and intestines were not created to process meat. Over time, man forced that adaptation, which is why we’re seeing the disastrous health situations today. But, that’s a whole nother topic for a whole nother day.
If people had proper knowledge of proteins–besides what the meat industry must be telling them thru advertisements–they would know that proteins are everywhere! Even in the air we breathe. Yes, you need proteins, but you’re still getting them with a whole, plant-based diet.

But, here’s what people really should be focusing on: enzymes. So, my question to you today is, where are you getting your live enzymes from? Enzymes are the power of life itself. Enzymes are living proteins that, thru biochemical and metabolic processes, can repair our DNA, transform and store our energy, balance and enhance our immune system, and so much more!!

People are destroying enzymes in their food by cooking the life out of it! Then, they’re just wasting their time and MONEY eating lifeless, disease-ridden, chemical-induced substances, full of empty calories with no enzymes. BUT, that substance DOES taste good and satisfies our emotions! This practice over time almost always leads to chronic, inflammatory and degenerative outcomes–it’s just a matter of how soon.

If you are cooking your food, you should be taking enzyme supplements! Period. Or, better yet, save your money from buying all those supplements and just eat foods with the highest amount of live enzyme content: raw foods, super foods, fermented foods, sprouted foods.

Now you’re going to complain that those foods are expensive. Once again, the focus is on the wrong thing. You are literally wasting tons more money eating food that has no nutritional value; having to pay for supplements to give you what your body really needs; and then paying thousands of dollars into the medical and pharmaceutical industry to repair the damage that the “cheaper” food caused. smh. Let that sink in for a moment.

Even pets are now getting chronic diseases at an alarming rate! I grew up with dogs in our household almost my entire childhood. I then had dogs almost my children’s entire childhood. Never did we need pet insurance nor have any pet hospital bills. Only one time in my life did I take any dog of mine to the vet (besides getting shots) and that was when one was stung by a bee on his nose and his poor little face swelled up terribly.

People, we have got to get this disease and obesity problem under control in this country! WE have the power to do it. The knowledge is here as well. Are we ready to combine both that power and knowledge with a paradigm shift (change of mindset) to see immediate positive results?

Contact me if you’d like more info. Make it a great day!

Love & RAWspect,
Terri, aka, t-RAW
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How to Kick One of Life’s Biggest Fears to the Curb

How to Kick One of Life’s Biggest Fears to the Curb

Statistics indicate most people share two major fears in life: the fear of dying and the fear of public speaking.

Some people even go as far as saying they’d rather die than have to speak in front of a large crowd. While chances are a person is certainly exaggerating any time they use the phrase, “I’d rather die than…” we must, nonetheless, believe their fear IS real!

What could be the source of this profound and widely shared fear of public speaking? In my unscientific estimation, it can be summed up in one word: validation. Or, rather lack thereof.

Somewhere along our life’s journey, we’ve adopted the notion of waiting for validation from others. You know, that constructive criticism from some self-appointed judge that urges us to either continue on our path or to sit on down. So before even getting started, we stifle our gifts, our goals and our voice out of dread for the negative things “they” may say or think.

If we do find the courage to step on out, we became conditioned (perhaps by one or many who have no vision) to believe our vision shouldn’t be too big or too far out there. After all, what if it never comes to fruition? Then you’ve just gone and embarrassed yourself, right? Don’t you dare share publicly your goals, visions or your gifts. Remember, everyone’s watching YOU. Because we don’t have enough to do in our own daily lives, we’ll follow your life every step of the way, watching and waiting to tell you when you’ve messed up.

Never mind the fact that by sharing, you just may find like-minded people who could help you fulfill your goals. Never mind the fact that by sharing, you may encourage someone else to accept a bigger vision to one day accomplish great things. That you just may set someone free of internal, as well as external, inhibitions with your encouragement, insight, gifts, skills and talent.

Enter the art of journaling onto the scene!

Journaling is a great antidote to fear. Something magical happens during this transfer of feelings from heart to paper, without your subconscious doubts interrupting the process. Journaling allows your inner voice to be heard in an uninhibited fashion. It needs no validation or constructive criticism.

Years ago, when I began hosting journaling workshops, I sought the opinion of several successful people to get their take on this form of expressive writing. I wanted to help novice journal enthusiasts and non-journalers alike understand it’s not hokey-pokey stuff but rather a very beneficial process.

I asked Sandra Yancy, an award-winning international entrepreneur, author, movie producer, speaker, as well as founder and CEO of a five-plus million membership networking organization called eWomenNetwork Inc. Here’s what she had to say about journaling:

Terri, I have been journaling for many years. It has served as a valuable vehicle to share gratitude, express disappointment, capture dreams, and ‘own’ who I am at any other particular moment in my life. By doing so, I can look back through my pages and see how I’ve overcome obstacles and recorded important learnings. Journaling has served as an internal pathway that has led to many improvements and successes. When I reflect on the gifts I have bestowed on my children, the gift of journaling is certainly one of my best! I applaud you for hosting a workshop of this kind so that others, too, can reap the rewards that such a practice provides.

I reached out to world-renowned motivational speaker and author, Les Brown, as well. He’s the recipient of the National Speakers Association’s highest honor: The Council of Peers Award of Excellence, and one of “America’s Top Five Speakers” voted by Toastmasters International. Here are his comments:

I commend you, Terri, for conducting this workshop to help individuals step into their greatness! Too often people find their lives stuck in neutral, going nowhere fast. It’s like the mechanism is there to drive their dreams forward; they just need instruction on how to use it. Self-reflection, through writing, is one such mechanism that can empower you with courage and resiliency to make it against all odds.

While I did not have the great fortune to speak directly to movie producer, director, actor and playwright, Tyler Perry, I read a magazine article about his practice of journaling. This is what he shared with the interviewer about why he journals:

Psalm 119:105 ‘The word is a lamp unto my feet and a light into my pathway.’… I have always walked by faith. Sometimes there was only a little light, a little hope that kept me moving. There were so many times that I didn’t know how I was going to make it. So many times I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from, if my hope would be realized or if my dreams would come true. But no matter how dark it got, I kept moving. That is one of the keys to making your dreams come true. JUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD! … At the top of every year, I stop and go away to reflect. I will usually take out my journal and read over some of the past years and look at all the things God brought me through, no matter how dark the times. What rereading my journal taught me is that there was always a lamp at my feet. I think if you look at your life, you’ll see a lamp too.

With journaling, you’re writing to yourself about yourself, setting yourself free in the process. Journaling works well that way. The great news is that you don’t have to wait to do it. Start right now! As you allow journaling to become a habit, you’ll begin validating yourself. One day, that validation becomes all you need to publicly share your writings and your story without fear.

There you have it: The joy of journaling! It will make public speaking less of a fear for you. Kick your fears to the curb, get unstuck, reap rewards and keep that lamp burning bright for all to see!

Love & RAWspect,

Terri

Terri Liggins is a Writer/Editor/Blogger, seasoned Ghostwriter, Entrepreneur and Book Publisher.Over the past 18 years, she has ghostwritten for numerous authors and public figures, including a world-renown motivational speaker and a U.S. Senator.

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Are you meeting the waistline requirement?

Are you meeting the waistline requirement?

African Amer obesity
Health experts say it’s not about you living longer; it’s about you living younger at your current age, which leads to feeling more vibrant and energized. They’ve identified a list of the healthiest behaviors that will bring about youthfulness. One of them is maintaining a waistline that is less than half your body height.
If you’re 5’3″, your waistline should be less than 32 inches.
If you’re 5’7″, your waistline should be less than 34 inches.
If you’re 6′, your waistline should be less than 36 inches
Those of us past age 50, and some of you in your 40’s, are all too familiar with the common struggle of visceral fat. You know, that weight around the mid-section that I like to blame on “baby weight” even though my “baby” is now 23 years old.
Ugh! Yes, the struggle is real but we have to fight it! It’s not just about looking good in our bathing suit; it’s about fighting disease.
Belly fat puts you at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Camp on that for a moment. So, isn’t being here for your loved ones worth several minutes per day of sit-ups, push-ups or planks?
During my recent participation in the Summer Buns & Guns Weight Loss & Muscle Gain challenge at Zappos, I brought my visceral level down from an unhealthy level of 11 to a healthier level of 9 (the dividing point is 10) but it’s still not where I want it to be.
You can’t imagine how very transparent I’m being here in talking about this most dreaded part of my body. I’m still learning to shut out the waistline ribbing, shaming and supposedly constructive comments made by my loved ones and myself in order to simply LOVE my body. You see, I’ve heard for many years that you can’t fix your body until you first love it. I’ve heard it over and over, but could never embrace that rule for myself.
Enough already. I’m drawing a line in the sand. I got it. I cannot change my midsection until I first stop shaming it. I cannot stop shaming my midsection until I first love it. But how do I love? By stop shaming it. Ugh!
So here I am. I’m exposed. I’m not even baring skin in my before-after photos, yet it’s still uncomfortable exposure to me.
These are my 12-week long results while participating in Buns & Guns. In all honesty, I didn’t give it 100% during this whole time like I know I could have, but here are my results:
Total pounds lost: 7.1
of that, 1.1 lbs (2.4%) was muscle, and 5.1 lbs (10.3%) was fat.
BMI (Body Mass Index) also went down by 1.3 lbs, and visceral fat by 2 lbs.
waistline down 2 inches
2016 12-week before & after
Now, I’m on a belly-flattening journey over the next 90 days. I’m going to get really serious about this. Track what I’m doing. Measure the waistline before and after. Engage in lots of cardio and core exercises. Whatever it takes.
Wanna come along? Comment below on what belly-fat goal you want to achieve.  If I get enough participants, I’ll create a facebook page for us and we can encourage each other along the way with motivational posts and photos and such. Let’s do this together!
Here’s a great way to start: http://12daydetox.followterri.com
At the end of my 90-day transformation, I’ll even bare my belly in my after photo. Ha.
aReally
Love & RAWspect,
Terri, aka t-RAW
Obamacare is not the problem. Food is!

Obamacare is not the problem. Food is!

75% of our nation’s healthcare spending is used to treat diseases that are treatable by nutrition.

So, chances are, if you’re having unpleasant experiences dealing with your health insurance costs, services and choices, then Obamacare is not the one to blame, YOU and what you’re eating are to blame. That’s right, food! Why? 

Well, first of all, you are to blame if you’re relying on a broken system to give you what you need in terms of reliable AND affordable care. Did you not know that it’s broken? Well, now you do, so what are you going to do about it? On the other hand, you knew it wasn’t a good functioning concept based on various reasons, yet you engage in it anyway and then just complain about it. Didn’t anyone ever teach you that complaining does nothing to fix a problem; whereas, voicing your concern AND coming to the table with a viable solution WILL go a long way to fix many problems?

Secondly, we all are to blame if we haven’t yet taken the time to learn about, test for ourselves, and hence believe the nutrition experts, who for years have been saying most diseases and illness are treatable via proper nutrition. So, if we’re not part of the solution by getting and keeping our bodies healthy and off pharmaceutical drugs, then we are part of the problem.
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Okay, I’m finishing ranting and will now hop off my soapbox. 

For your viewing enjoyment–and maybe a little encouragement–check out below how Oprah and her staff fair adopting a vegan regimen for a week. 

Love & RAWspect,
Terri, aka, t-RAW

27 Benefits of watermelon seeds & juice for your hair, skin & overall health

27 Benefits of watermelon seeds & juice for your hair, skin & overall health

​Where I live on the West Coast, I can enjoy watermelon pretty much year round. However, to enjoy the best, and most sweet tasting watermelons, I must patiently wait until summertime rolls around. Boy, is it a long wait for a watermelon lover such as myself.

As much as I love this wonderfully humongous fruit now, I loved it ten times more when I was younger. When pregnant with both my children (now in their mid twenties), I craved watermelon. I mean, I could and most times did, eat a whole one per day. Thank goodness there are only  0.36g of fats,  0.038g of saturated fats,  0.088g of monounsaturated fats, and  0.119g  of polyunsaturated fats in each cup of watermelon, because I couldn’t stop eating it. It certainly provided me a lot of electrolytes, which my body truly needed. I stayed very ill with both pregnancies, experiencing that “morning sickness” syndrome throughout the entire nine months. With all the vomiting I did (I just had to go there, right?), my body highly welcomed watermelon’s fiber, sodium and potassium–not to mention just the overall hydration–to restore my body to an alkalined state.    

Going back even further in my childhood, I cherish great memories as a small child watching my maternal grandfather, the master of watermelon eating, strategically chew the juicy meat of the fruit on one side of his mouth, while spitting the seeds out on the other.  Naturally, us kids worked hard at imitating him. 

Unfortunately, my grandfather, and millions of other people throughout the generations, had it all wrong about those seeds! For decades, people–me included– have been spitting out the most nutritious part of the watermelon! Gasp! Extracting the seeds became so common that soon fruit growers were genetically modifying watermelons, and a host of other fruits,  like grapes for instance. That’s why it’s so easy to purchase seedless watermelons, while you’re hard pressed to find any with seeds. 

We’ve been duped! We pay big money to purchase this GMO fruit WITHOUT the seeds when in essence, doing so is giving us less for our money (not to mention all the other dangers we read about GMO processing). Have no fear! The information is widely available to us nowadays so we can enjoy the whole fruit and do so to our wildest contentment!

Now, excuse me while I go get a bowl of this wonderful melon for breakfast, as you read below about its many benefits to our hair, skin and overall health… 

Here are 17 benefits that blogger stylecraze gives for watermelon seeds:

1. Your body requires amino acids but there are some essential amino acids such as arginine and lysine which the body cannot produce on its own and these have to be provided from food sources. Watermelon seeds contain some of these essential amino acids such as tryptophan and glutamic acids. Lysine helps in calcium absorption to facilitate formation of collagen and connective tissues in the body whereas arginine improves the body’s metabolism, cardiovascular system and sexual health.

2. Watermelon seeds are good sources of magnesium with 100 grams of seeds providing 139 percent of the recommended daily requirement. Magnesium is vital for normal heart functioning, maintenance of normal blood pressure, supporting metabolic process and protein synthesis. It is also beneficial in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension besides controlling blood pressure and diabetes.

3. Watermelon seeds contain lycopene which is good for your face and also helps in improving male fertility.

4. These seeds are excellent sources of multivitamin B and can replace some of the supplements. Vitamin B present in watermelon seeds comprises of niacin, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid. B vitamins are vital for maintaining healthy blood, nervous system and effective immune response.

5. These seeds can be used for treating diabetes. Boil a handful of watermelon seeds in 1 liter water for 45 minutes, keeping the pot covered. This concoction should be taken every day like tea.

6. Watermelon seeds are effective in recovering health after illness and sharpening your memory.

7. Almost half of the watermelon seed contains oil which comprises of 20 percent saturated fat and the rest monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat including omega-6 fatty acids. One cup of dried watermelon seeds contains around 50 grams of fat which constitutes about 80 percent of the daily recommended value. Thus, watermelon seeds are an important source of calories and energy.

8. Protein deficiency is quite common, leading to diseases like marasmus and kwashiorkor in poorer countries of the world. Being high in protein, watermelon seeds can be extremely beneficial in combating protein deficiencies. One cup of dried seeds provides about 30 grams of protein. Protein and its amino acids are vital for growth and repair of muscles, skin and connective tissues as well as for making enzymes. Protein is also required for the maintenance of long and strong nails.

Skin Benefits of Watermelon Seeds:

In addition to their health benefits, watermelon seeds are good for your skin as well.  Being rich in nourishing nutrients such as unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and linoleum acids, watermelon seeds keep your skin healthy and glowing from inside. Some of their benefits for skin are as follows.

9. The unsaturated fatty acids in watermelon seeds keep the skin moisturized, soft, firm, well-toned and prevent acne and other skin disorders.

10. Watermelon seeds prevent signs of ageing because they contain antioxidants and oils which make your skin look younger, healthier and more vibrant. These benefits can be observed by consuming a handful or two of watermelon seeds a week.

11. Water melon seed oil, also known as Ootanga oil or Kalahari oil is extremely beneficial for your skin. Being light in texture, it does not clog skin pores, thus allowing your skin to function naturally and is a great moisturizer. Due to its excellent moisturizing properties, watermelon seed oil is used as an essential ingredient in baby oils.

12. Watermelon seed oil also removes sebum, dirt and grease that build up in your skin pores and are responsible for causing acne and giving a dull appearance to your skin. This oil is suitable for all skin types including dry, oily, acne prone and maturing skin.

13. Watermelon seed extract locks moisture, thus combating the ageing degradation. It also rejuvenates the elasticity of your skin.

14. The wide array of nutrients contained in watermelon seeds protects your skin from certain types of skin cancers and infections as well.

Hair Benefits of Watermelon Seeds:

As stated earlier, watermelon seeds have a high content of protein in them which can keep your hair healthy and shiny. This protein contains certain essential amino acids such as lysine, arginine, tryptophan and glutamic acid which are needed by your body to keep your hair healthy and strong.

15. Roasted watermelon seeds contain copper which is involved in the production of melanin. As you know, melanin is a pigment that provides color to your hair and skin.

16. In addition to its skin benefits, watermelon seed oil can also be used for your tresses. As pointed out earlier, this oil is light in texture that gets absorbed easily without clogging the pores of your scalp. It provides moisturizing benefits and improves hair growth by maintaining hair and scalp health.

17. Watermelon seed oil provides the hair with
essential fatty acids which are needed by your hair to prevent breakage and keep it moisturized.

Here are 10 benefits blogger stylecraze gives for watermelon juice:

1. Keeps the heart healthy:

Watermelon is very rich source of Lycopene which is an antioxidant that helps to defuse ‘free radicals’ that could potentially damage tissues and organs of the body (1).

2. Ideal diet for weight loss:

As it mainly comprises of water and minerals and negligible amount of fats it is best suited for weight loss diet. Being rich in electrolytes and Vitamins it proves to be a complete power packed fruit (2).

3. Stress Buster fruit:

Watermelon is high in vitamin B6 (3) which is used by the body which relieves from fatigue, stress, anxiety etc.

4. Anti-aging agent:

The presence of Lycopene in it is also beneficial for the skin as the antioxidants tend to decrease free radicals from the body and retards the process of aging quite effectively (4).

5. Instant source of energy:

It is an excellent source of instant energy as it contains electrolytes (sodium & potassium), minerals and carbohydrates in it which keeps the body hydrated and energetic (5).

6. Fibre rich fruit:

Being a fibre rich fruit (6) it adds bulk to the food and is very helpful in digestion and the water content is responsible for flushing out the toxins from the body.

7. Perfect fruit for skin problems:

It is very good for the skin and removes excess oil from the skin which cures many skin problems like acne and pimples (7).

8. Natural moisturizer:

It proves to be a natural moisturizer and toner for the face and keeps the skin glowing and well hydrated (8).

[ Read: Best Food For Clear Skin ]

9. Remedies to disease:

It is believed that a glass of watermelon juice everyday will keep diseases like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and colon cancer at a good distance.

10. Maintains Blood Pressure:

As it has good proportion of electrolytes, it keeps the blood pressure on a check and normalizes it efficiently (9).

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Bottom line,  watermelon is a terrific fruit to consume as one of your top choices towards a healthier you. With 0mg of cholesterol, and a makeup of 89% carbohydrates, 7% protein, and 4% fats, it would behoove you to bring it to your and your family’s meals as much as possible. 

Love & RAWspect,
Terri 

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​Remember last fall when I showed you my first attempt at fruit art? No doubt, it had to be a watermelon. This summer, perhaps I’ll try my hand at it some more and become a more skilled fruit scuplturer. 

Need to lose weight? Apple cider vinegar can help!

Need to lose weight? Apple cider vinegar can help!

Day 28 Nutritional Tip: Need to lose weight? Take organic apple cider vinegar to assist.

​This is a continutation from Day 27’s tip. This is such an important point to make about ACV that I wanted to draw it out from the list of its other many benefits. So here goes:

While straight shots are a popular way to drink ACV — don’t. Because its highly acidic, over time ACV has the potential to do real damage to both the esophagus and tooth enamel. Instead, dilute ACV into water. In general, one to two tablespoons mixed into eight ounces of water is the sweet spot (like you’ll find in this delicious ACV honey drink).

Now that you have the formula down, you need to know exactly when to drink it if you’re looking to reap any weight-loss benefits. Carol S. Johnston, PhD, directs Arizona State University’s nutrition program and has been studying ACV for more than 10 years. Johnston recommends drinking an ACV drink once or twice a day and always right before you eat; you want the ACV to be in your stomach before any food makes it way there.

Johnston told the Washington Post that ACV helps to block some starch digestion whenever you eat. Since less starch (and less calories, essentially) are being digested by the body, the spike in blood sugar is lessened. Adding to this benefit is that the good-for-you bacteria in your gut happily feeds on this undigested starch, which can lead to less bloating and a healthier digestive system. If you drink ACV without food, there won’t be anything for it to work off of, which probably defeats the whole purpose of drinking vinegar in the first place.

Love & RAWspect,
Terri

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