Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Kids sit back in silence and watch everything we do. They watch to see how we handle stress. They watch to see how we interact and respect our friends. They listen in on our business and personal phone chats. They will even eat what we eat. So if you sit back and eat chocolate bars while watching movies, they will do the same. They are extremely observant and soak it all in like sponges.
There are time when I am out and about and my little Captain will repeat something to me that I may have shared during a phone conversation with a friend. It totally throws me off guard because I usually have my chats away from the kids. I don't spend much time at all on the phone outside of business, however it's those couple times he over hears me.
What led me to write this post today?
A couple of days ago, Captain and I went grocery shopping at The Superstore and I noticed he had a candy in his mouth and I asked, "Captain where did you get that candy from?" He replied, "the bin over there" confident that it was perfectly fine to take the candy from the bin. I stood there speechless because I am at fault for doing the same. So I said to him, "Captain you can't do that sweetie we have to pay for them first" Well well well his smart and accurate reply was, "but mom you do it too." OMGoodness. The rest was history.
It doesn't take rocket science to know this is truth. How many times have you seen your daughters or little girls (period) putting on their mother's high heal shoes and if given the freedom to do so, they even put lipstick on their lips and nail polish on their nails. You will also see boys imitating their father's habits by hammering things all over the house with their tool box. They will even pretend to shave to be just like their daddies. If you sit back and observe you will see many pieces of YOU in your children. Just hope they are the good pieces and not the bad.
Children know when we're doing something wrong. Even if they sit there in silence, they know it's wrong.
So again, BE THE PERSON YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO BE!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Grapefruit trees were planted in Florida in the early 19th century, although they did not become a viable commercial crop until later that century. Florida is still a major producer of grapefruits, as is California, Arizona and Texas. Other countries that produce grapefruits commercially include Israel, South Africa and Brazil.
I must admit that yes, it took me quite some time to get use to this fruit. Once-upon-a-time I sprinkled brown sugar on grapefruit in order to bare the bitterness. However, when I realized I was defeating it's purpose, I quickly stopped.
Grapefruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C. Which is a vitamin that helps to support the immune system.
The rich pink and red colors of grapefruit are due to lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient. (PLEASE NOTE: Lycopene is only found in pink and red grapefruit. White grapefruit does not provide this carotenoid.) Lycopene appears to have anti-tumor activity. Among the common dietary carotenoids, lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells.
Choosing to regularly eat lycopene-rich foods, such as pink grapefruit, and drink green tea may greatly reduce a man's risk of developing prostate cancer, suggests research published the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Jian L, Lee AH, et al.)
1. Loosing weight
2. Helps in cancer prevention:
Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that is responsible for the red color of grapefruit. It is a powerful agent against tumors and cancers as it acts as a scavenger of cancer-causing free radicals. Lycopene works best with vitamins A and C, which are also found in grapefruit.
An antioxidant compound, called naringenin, is also found in grapefruit. Naringenin helps repair damaged DNA in prostate cancer cells. DNA repair contributes to cancer prevention as it impedes the reproduction of cancer cells.
3. Overall well being:
But this isn't it; can get many other benefits from grapefruit because it also contains essential elements such as iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folic acid and B vitamins.
Yes, it's bitter. But you will get use to it. It doesn't bother me one bit....anymore. My boys can't stand it. Even if I put a half of a grapefruit in my juicing jug, they can smell it from a mile away and dare NOT to drink it (lol).
Just think of all the health benefits and start including this power-house fruit in your diet!
Eat with a PURPOSE!