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 How To Use Flower And Nature For Your Own Stress Reliever And Peace of Mind?

 

 

You can relieve stress and bring happiness into your life with the power of two words. What are these two words? They are no other than flower and nature.

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Cosmos Flower: The Perfect Flower for the Brown Thumb

What can flower and nature do for you from a total take away stress and bring smiles/peace of mind aspect? The answer is a very easy one to give and will be given here. You need to get in touch with nature and the natural part of yourself that can relate to nature.  Flowers are a big part of nature and nature a part of very pretty flowers that are in the garden at home or elsewhere. Each of us do have our own defining flower personality too. So, with this said, let your flower personality find you and define your life for more contentment, down time, and awesome health presence. 
When you bring yourself to a much calmer environment, actually it will not only make you calmer, but it will free your mind, body, and spirit of all the ills and worries that may be plaguing it overall. Getting the power of the flower and nature is easily within your grasp. First of all, the flower is an awesome way to feel love, and this love is a love that involves everyone. It is love of self, of others, of wonderful flowers that give us so much, and love of nature and environment as a whole. If you can open your heart to the world of flowers without any questions asked. You have already come half of the distance on your own. What can flowers give you? They can give you an endless source of beauty to look at, to interact with, and also to make a forever part of your own special environment to promote anti-stress and lots of happiness.

 

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The Echinacea: A Gorgeous, Functional and Versatile Addition to Your Garden

The flower is something that does constantly amaze man. This is because not only are they God’s creation, they are part of imagination, and they offer a limitless array of beautiful colors that are all their own. They also have a very natural allure when it comes to an irresistible fragrance that is distinctly theirs. Another big asset of theirs is their ability to promote smiles, brighten mood, and heal the body.
It is also no big secret that flowers can boost morale and make for better mood. A collection of sunny-faced blooms is the very thing to brighten up a room or anywhere you do put them. They have a captivating fragrance that know how to catch us with a drift of their one of a kind scent. Flowers, plants, and other natural outdoor life are botanicals. They have special phytochemicals that can also produce awesome pharmacological effects on the human body. Therefore, when you do plant your own garden, you can plant a garden with flowers that do possess the ability to heal you. Some great plant choices in this area do include lavender, st. john’s wort, chamomile, hawthorn, calendula, and echinacea.

 
When you plant your own garden or decide to create your own natural place to commute with nature. You are actually doing yourself a big favor by getting away from anything stressful or that is negative in nature. The power of the flower and nature can take you to your inner space and away from anything that is not positive. Strength, energy, and vitality can be yours by locating your inner self and going on the journey of you. You have the power to overcome anything with the help of the flower and nature. Give yourself over to them willingly. Find peace and start living the life that you deserve to live. Please go to the link of http://www.superbflower.com/relieving-stress-with-natural-experiences-2/ to get the power of the superbflower and natural experiences.

They are there to help and guide you to personal solace and happiness too.

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Your body is where you live . I don’t know enough about “before” or “after” life in the sense , that some other people do. 

I want to serve you by  helping you to take care  of your body now, today and feel amazing being alive and full of energy. 

So in my opinion your health, your mood, your state and your performance depends 70-80% on what you eat. I think that from personal experience and also by researching and reading about the subject.Food is a very powerful expression of life.

Everything starts with food.In the first hours of your life you are looking to suck some lively golden drink from your mummy and as the time goes on you grow in a matter of days. Then you have your first meal at your granny’s house , you celebrate every birthday or any other happy or sad occasion with food.Someone is born there is a party, someone is getting married-there is a party , someone has died -there is food being served .

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Mother nature Loves You with food

Food is essential, but also can be healing and energizing and truly make you feel better and amazing.

Your food is with you no matter what happens-it is the most intimate and life lasting relationship that you will have till your last breath.(It is a sad reality, that even people who are sentenced to death in some prisons are allowed to choose a meal.)

 

Food is your fuel-you give your body what is meant to eat and you feel different.Your body is amazing-if you had to “think” for every process, that is happening in your body right now you might not even have a chance to read or to do anything creative.

Your body is a miracle.All you have to do is take care of it in the easiest way -feed it well and you will feel well. 

No matter where you are at the moment with your eating habits there are 5 things, that you can do , that almost instantly will help you feel better. mother nature loves you

1.Strat your day with a glass of water -before you have had any food take 3 minutes of your morning to gently start your organs and enjoy your glass of water. 

2.Eat raw green vegetables-regardless of what kind of vegetables it is. Green leafy vegetables are full with minerals and vitamins and they are pure energy,They will also fight any kind of information and build your cells and strengthen your immune system .

3.Reduce and eliminate dairy milk-in my opinion this is one of the most toxic “foods”, not just because most milk comes from cows, that have been vaccinated, medicated and loaded with antibiotics and hormones, but also because your body will struggle to digest the cow’s milk and you will put your digestive system under pressure and create inflammation. You can read about alternatives to dairy here.

4.Eat together -eating with your family or friends creates a loving nurturing environment and it’s twice as enjoyable and brings you all closer together. 

5.Eat  when you are really hungry and if you are not sure drink a glass of water or take a piece of fruit. Hunger comes in waves and when you listen to your body you will become aware , that if you eat a big meal on the first wave of hunger you will not enjoy it as much.Also letting yourself to feel what kind of hunger it is will help you eat the right things as well.If it’s an emotional hunger you will be frantic to eat something specific , but if yu are really hungry you are very likely to enjoy almost anything. 

Mother Nature Loves you with food. 

Embrace that love and feel amazing, 

Lots of love

Ivelina 

 

Hello my friends, 

I have been on a long holiday from blogging. Having a child with a broken leg, as everything in life has its benefits. More than anything the whole experience has taught me to  make the effort to appreciate every day as it is. 

Looking after my son, nurturing him, making sure he is comfortable and content has made me realize over and over again how good it feels to give care and love. I feel, that motherhood truly unleashed my strengths and grace few years ago. The energy , that comes from nurturing and loving is like no other. 

Today I decided to share a poem, that I have loved for a long time. I read the poem for the first time a few years ago on Facebook and today I want to share it with you . 

Phenomenal Woman is every woman. To be a woman to me means to nurture, love, care, receive and embrace change, to walk with grace. To embody the mystical life force , that fuels all life with her body and with strength, gratitude and love be here for all life. 

This is my energy on a canvas , channeled by Lisa -Born to be an artist

This is my energy on a canvas , channeled by Lisa -Born to be an artist

 

 

 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. 
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size 
But when I start to tell them, 
They think I’m telling lies. 
I say, 
It’s in the reach of my arms 
The span of my hips, 
The stride of my step, 
The curl of my lips. 
I’m a woman 
Phenomenally. 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me. 

I walk into a room 
Just as cool as you please, 
And to a man, 
The fellows stand or 
Fall down on their knees. 
Then they swarm around me, 
A hive of honey bees. 
I say, 
It’s the fire in my eyes, 
And the flash of my teeth, 
The swing in my waist, 
And the joy in my feet. 
I’m a woman 
Phenomenally. 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me. 

Men themselves have wondered 
What they see in me. 
They try so much 
But they can’t touch 
My inner mystery. 
When I try to show them 
They say they still can’t see. 
I say, 
It’s in the arch of my back, 
The sun of my smile, 
The ride of my breasts, 
The grace of my style. 
I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me. 

Now you understand 
Just why my head’s not bowed. 
I don’t shout or jump about 
Or have to talk real loud. 
When you see me passing 
It ought to make you proud. 
I say, 
It’s in the click of my heels, 
The bend of my hair, 
the palm of my hand, 
The need of my care, 
‘Cause I’m a woman 
Phenomenally. 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me.

And You! 

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Today I decided to review and repost this blog entry, that I wrote last year. It’s a good reminder , that prevention is always better than the cure , even if the cure it has its place. I have also added some more information and I hope you find it useful.

 

Your immune system is your bodyguard, that will always love you. On the whole your immune system does a remarkable job.Because is a system and not a single thing is requires balance and harmony in many levels.Mother Nature has a comforting solution for everything .

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Apples, ginger , carrots , celery and beet-root-all full with goodness

In the last few days the weather has changed towards colder and wetter conditions  and a few of my friends already got a cold. Speaking for myself I am starting to sleep a bit extra and wrap up warm. A few years ago , before I decided to go vegan, I was the one who would get a cold annually in September and March.To be honest I can’t remember the last time I had a cold or a flu.Staying away from dairy and meat has worked for me and I am convinced , that what you eat has an enormous effect on your immune system. Well as well as stress , of course.

You could have the healthiest fresh diet, but if you are stressed you are “burning the candle from both ends” as they say.Talking about stress is a subject for another post. Let’s see what is in the Mother Nature kitchen , that will give your immune system a boost.

 

immune system boosters-garlic Garlic. This flavorful member of the onion family is a powerful immune booster .It stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white cells, boosts natural killer cell activity, and increases the efficiency of antibody production. The immune-boosting properties of garlic seem to be due to its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin and sulfides. Garlic can also act as an antioxidant that reduces the build-up of free radicals in the bloodstream.  It is also a heart-friendly food since it keeps platelets from sticking together and clogging tiny blood vessels.

 

 

 

 

immune system boosters-sweet potatoSweet potato

You may not think of skin as part of your immune system. But this crucial organ, covering an impressive 16 square feet, serves as a first-line fortress against bacteria, viruses, and other undesirables. To stay strong and healthy, your skin needs vitamin A. “Vitamin A plays a major role in the production of connective tissue, a key component of skin,” explains Prevention advisor David Katz, MD, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, CT. One of the best ways to get vitamin A into your diet is from foods containing beta-carotene (like sweet potatoes), which your body turns into vitamin A.

 

immune system boosters-citrus fruitsCitrus Fruits:
Citrus fruits contain hefty doses of powerhouse vitamin C. Studies have found that this antioxidant can reduce cold symptoms by 23 per cent, and all that’s needed is just one to eight grams (1,000 to 8,000 milligrams) to do the trick. Besides citrus fruits, other foods that have high amounts of vitamin C include papaya, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, tomatoes, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and red bell peppers.

 

 

 

immune system boosters-gingerGinger:

Ginger is one of the most popular and powerful immune system boosters.  Besides soothing a scratchy throat, it has chemicals called sesquiterpenes that target rhinoviruses — which are the most common family of cold viruses — as well as substances that help suppress coughing. Ginger is also a natural pain and fever reducer and a mild sedative so you will  feel more comfortable and be able to rest easier. Add a couple of tablespoons of shredded ginger root to your tea, or make ginger tea (it comes in tea bags, but you can also simmer fresh sliced ginger to make a potent brew).

 

 

immune system boosters-turmericTurmeric

 

This rich, flavorful spice has been used for centuries as part of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines, in addition to being used for cooking. Turmeric is found in every yellow curry, and its golden color is the result of curcumin, a polyphenol with strong cold and flu-fighting properties.A study published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications found that curcumin prevents some immune cells from responding to stimulants and so has modulating and anti-inflammatory effects.

Turmeric is found naturally as the rhizome part of the turmeric plant and it looks very similar to ginger. The powdered spice is made by boiling, drying and grinding the root. The powder has antiseptic qualities when applied topically and often is used on cuts, burns and bruises.

 

immune system boosters-oreganoOregano

Oregano is an herb whose name is derived from the ancient Greek word meaning “joy of the mountains.” And it is joyful indeed to think that your spaghetti sauce or pizza, flavored with this bold, peppery herb, can help keep you free from infections.

 

“In terms of herbs, [oregano] is the highest in antioxidant compounds.“The antioxidant activity in oregano is due to its high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids, color compounds that are also anti-inflammatory. When eaten, oregano can protect against the common cold, influenza, fevers and indigestion.

But oregano is rarely eaten alone, and the combination of the herb and other foods may contribute to its disease-fighting abilities.Oregano is often eaten with immune-boosting garlic and tomatoes, which contain vitamin C, beta carotene and leutine, all of which benefit the body.

Above all listen to your body. You know very well if you have too much going on and you have to this , finish that and organize the other. November is a month of darker evenings and shorter daylight , which is an invitation for you to rest more, sleep more and overall take care of yourself. If you do that no matter how many things you have going on you will be able to complete and do.

One more thing , which has proven to be a wonderful way to keep your immune system in optimal condition is the importance of healthy regular digestion. Its your own cleaning system , keep it flowing. Feeling good and clean on the inside is vital to your health.

So there you have some of the immune system boosters from Mother Nature.

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Sending you lots of love,

Ivelina

 

listen to your body Listen to your body.Its an amazing machine , that works all your life . Today’s video is about why you should listen to your body . Please press play to watch it.

“Your heart knows not how to lie. It is great that it lies deep in your chest and not in your mouth.” ~ Kak Sri

“Our inner guidance comes to us through our feelings and body wisdom first — not through intellectual understanding.” ~ Christiane Northruplisten to your body

“Our own physical body possesses a wisdom, which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders, which make no sense. “~ Henry Miller

Listening to your body is one of my favorite subjects and I have written an article called “If you don’t take care of your body, where are you gonna live.” You can read it here .

As always I want to Thank you for all your love and support during this amazing video blogging challenge.
I love you all very much and I appreciate you with all my heart.
Ivelina

Today is another special day for this Blog as I am adding another category here. The section is called “Friends of Mother Nature “ .This is where I will be inviting you on a virtual cup of tea  to have a conversation about Mother Nature , Natural treatments and all things Natural ! 

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You are invited to have a virtual cup of tea.Plase contact me if you are interested

 

 

The inspiration behind the  “Fiends of Mother Nature “ are those few lines written by David Orr, which I totaly believe and share

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”

We are all friends of Mother Nature -some more than others, but I believe everybody is doing their best. The main thing to remember is that we are only passing by here. We are here to give. If you don’t give you are not alive. Find what is that thing in  you , that makes you feel inspired and come alive and go with it. Live it, be it and give it. And that ,my friends, is success-to be who you are and give what you’ve got.You are not alone and we are in this together. This amazing journey called LIFE.

friends of mother natureMy first guest to “Friends of Mother Nature ” is Dómhnaill Ó’Rioghbhardáin, who lives in Limerick Ireland with his wife.He is a part of a team which  effort is to   restore the entire Sahara Desert to a thriving, fertile place where people can live in abundance once again.  The project was introduced to the 2011 All-Ireland Permaculture Gathering in Wicklow by Sarah Franklyn in August.

Domhaill is working with Andy who has started a project in a remote valley in North-Central Morocco to build a school for local children with a permaculture center as part of the PRI’s ‘Permaculture Centers Worldwide’ vision.  Initially the plan is to  drill a borehole to avoid using the local scarce water, and to save local people having to walk up to 10 km (each way) to get clean water.

In the longer term, the project aims to restore the valley using gabions, swales and jusdicious planting. This will hold in water and stop the drought and soil erosion. It will then serve as an example for the next phase of the project. There are two National Parks close by, and the plans are to expand the project into them, as there will be  a green corridor between them. After that, working with others doing permaculture in North Africa, we’ll move on into the desert itself.

As the desert retreats it will be replaced by thriving communities living in abundance, while maintaining their traditional ways of living.friends of mother nature

 Here is the interview with Dómhnaill.
1.What is Natural Healing? Dómhnaill :”My understanding of ‘Natural Healing’ is healing by working with Nature and ones own body to heal itself rather then using synthetic drugs.
2.What can we learn from Mother Nature?Dómhnaill  We can learn a lot from Mother Nature. We must believe in abundance. If you plant one shallot and mind it, it will produce 12 bulbs at the end of the year. If you plant those 12 you will get 144 after two years, if you plant the 144 after 3 years you will have 1728 bulbs, in 4 years 20736, in 5 248832, after 6 2985984, after 7 35831808, after 8 429981696, after 9 5159780352 after 10 years 61917364224 bulbs that makes about 9 shallots for every person on the planet.
Now an Ash tree produces about 10,000 seeds on a single year. Think of the multiplier there ? the planet could be recovered in trees easily, just plant them.”
3.Is Peace on Earth Possible? Dómhnaill :”Yes of course, if everyone plants enough trees we will have peace.”
4.In your opinion what are the most effective natural treatments to some of the catastrophic diseases like cancer, diabetes , multiple sclerosis and so on? Dómhnaill:”The most effective treatment to the modern diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease is prevention. Get exercise, drink clean poison free spring water (not out of plastic), eat food which promotes healing and avoid toxic foods, and avoid radiation and air pollution. (live in the woods)”
5.What is your favourate short story or a quote? Dómhnaill “If you cheat the Earth the Earth will cheat you”. See the man who planted trees video.
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Calcium sources for vegans

Ivelina  —  November 6, 2012

Today I was talking to a friend and we were talking about Christmas food(dare say that word in the beginning of November). But anyway, this is not a post about Christmas,   I told her, that I am gonna have my first vegan Christmas, anyway and she looked at me and said.”wow, I wouldn’t go that far”. I can so relate to her.Its amazing how something, that at some stage of our lives looked bizarre and impossible and after some time it makes perfect sense.Becoming vegan is a journey. After that we started to talk about calcium for vegans, so I felt inspired to share some of the best sources of calcium for vegans.calcium sources for vegans

Calcium is a very important mineral for humans. Our bones contain large amounts of calcium, which helps to make them firm and rigid. Calcium is also needed for many other tasks including nerve and muscle function and blood clotting. These other tasks are so important for survival, that, when dietary calcium is too low, calcium will be lost from bone and used for other critical functions.

Unlike dairy, plant-based calcium sources contain Vitamins C and K and the minerals potassium and magnesium   which are all important for bone health.Next time someone asks you where you get your calcium, you can tell them it comes from some of the calcium sources for vegans listed below.

calcium sources for vegans kale 1.Kale  – A 1-cup serving of raw kale contains 90 mg, while raw collard greens have only 52 mg. The difference may lie in the quantity. Cooking will wilt the greens, allowing for more vegetables in a 1-cup serving. Kale may retain its shape better with cooking.Eat more kale !

 

 

 

calcium sources for vegans blackstrap molasses 2. Blackstrap Molasses-Blackstrap molasses is just one type of molasses, the dark liquid byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar. It is made from the third boiling of the sugar syrup and is therefore the concentrated byproduct left over after the sugar’s sucrose has been crystallized. Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of calcium.2 table spoons of it contain 400 mg of calcium. You can make a hot drink by adding hot water to it or add it as a syrup to some of the dishes , that you cook or bake.

calcium sources for vegans broccoli 3.Broccoli- .Broccoli is nutritional wonder and as well as everything else it contains 178 mg of calcium per cup.Calcium does more than build strong bones. Research shows that this mineral may play a role in the control of high blood pressure and it may work to prevent colon cancer.You can add raw broccoli to your salad or steam it and gently seasoned. It is also very tasty added just before serving curies, as it gives a nice cool crunch with every spoonful of curry.

 

calcium sources for vegans figs 4.10 medium dried figs Figs contain more calcium than most other fruits, according to the California Fig Advisory Board, with 121 mg in a 1/2-cup serving. Adequate calcium intake supports bone health and growth, and reduces your risk of developing osteoporosis. Adults need 1,000 to 1,200 mg of calcium a day. One serving of dried figs meets 12 percent of your daily value for calcium . Including  dried figs is a tasty sweet treat and a snack to look forward to.

calcium content for vegans Sweet Potatoes5.1 cup cooked sweet potato  A baked potato, with skin, provides approximately 70 mg of calcium. Removing the skin lowers the calcium content to only 8 mg. Of all the varieties of potatoes, baked sweet potatoes provide the highest amount of calcium  .Alternative cooking methods can greatly affect the calcium content of potatoes.I personally do not use a microwave oven at all in my kitchen, as it eliminates any goodness , that goes inside it. I have been having baked sweet potato for breakfast ,always cold . Its really tasty and keeps me full for a good few hours with its slow sugar stream into my blood.

calcium sources for vegans celery 6.1 cup of celery – contain 54 mg of calcium-Celery is another miracle vegetable when taken raw. It is also incredibly alkaline when made into a juice. Its an instant boost.You can also add your celery to a salad. It will give it that salty taste and it is safe to eat even for people, who are on a low salt diet . Celery sticks make a perfect snack , dipped into hummus or some other dip.

 

 

calcium sources for vegans tahini7.Tahini-  this amazing  a paste made from ground sesame seeds contains 53 mg of calcium in each table spoon .Your body contains more calcium than any other mineral. You need calcium for strong bones and teeth, normal blood clotting time, and for muscle and nervous system function. Tahini is used to make hummus. You can also add it to your salad dressing with some olive oil , lemon juice and sweet basil and some other chutney for balance.

 

 

Hope that list will help you to enjoy the variety of calcium sources for vegans. Please feel free to share it with your friends, you might be doing them a big favour!

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Why I love aubergines so much?

Ivelina  —  November 5, 2012

From as long as I can remember aubergines , especially fried, have been one of my most favourite vegetable. I love them with tomato sauce or  garlic and dill dressing. Its a real treat with bread, or rice or even some potatoes.Today

love aubergines I want to share with you one of my most favourite dishes in the world-aubergines stuffed with red wine mushroom sauce. This amazing vegetable also has some incredible health benefits .

Aubergines appear to play a special role in the treatment and prevention of a very serious condition which is skin cancer. In the December 2005 issue of Nutrition & Healing , Dr. Bill Cham’s publishes his 25-year journey of discovery and development of a cure for the two most common skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma .

According to Dr.Bill Cham it  cures them without harming normal skin in any way! You can read the detailed article here. Dr. Cham claims a high, safe cure rate with non-melanoma skin cancers from his own clinical testing.health benefits of aubergines

There are also other benefits of eating aubergines also popular as eggplants.

Aubergines contains good amounts of many essential B-complex groups of vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3). These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish and required for fat, protein and carbohydrates metabolism.
Aubergines are also a good source of minerals like manganese, copper, iron and potassium. Manganese is used as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme . Potassium is an important intracellular electrolyte helps counter the hypertension effects of sodium.

health benefits of aubergine The National Diabetes Education Program, Mayo Clinic and American Diabetes Association recommends to add aubergines in your diet  diet as a choice for management of type 2 diabetes. The rationale for this suggestion is the high fiber and low soluble carbohydrate content of the aubergine.

Study results indicate that phenolic-enriched extracts of eggplant inhibit enzymes that provide a strong biochemical basis for management of type 2 diabetes by controlling glucose absorption and reducing associated high blood pressure (hypertension).

Over all eating cooked aubergines is not just beneficial for your health, but also very tasty. I am in love with the aubergines, made with some red wine and mushroom sauce.  When you fry aubergines they become a sponge for oil , so if you are watching your fat consumption is always better to grill when possible, but for a real treat frying it tastes better.

 

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hurricane Sandy hits east coast of USAAs the world is watching hurricane Sandy bashing the East Coast Of USA I can not help myself but feel the enormous energy being released with that storm.Just thinking about it gives me cold shivers. I am praying for all , that are  in the hands of the big storm now.Let it pass. This type is not of the ones, that you can dance in the rain.

Things like that in Nature always come in their time. Mother Nature exists in balance and when energy has to be released , we as humans have to obey and watch and pray that we will be here after the storm.

I believe, that most human emotions can be compared to the weather. Sometimes I feel stormy.If my day has been to much occupied with routine work, school runs, cooking and house work I would have hardly had a time to think.Some days when I haven’t been loving to my body and did not sleep enough, or didn’t relax or didn’t read . Those are times when clouds gather in me.  I have been gathering a lot of clouds in my head and then out of a sudden the clouds meet a low pressure and boom -its time to release the rain.Its a wonderful relief to let the storm pass and release all that energy.  Balance is kept by letting the flow of whatever is do it’s work. But remember , any storm no matter how big will pass. Just hang on there and be strong.It will get better, may be not tomorrow , but it will eventually.hurricane Sandy hits east coast of USA

Storms change us. I remember every major storm I have witnessed in my life -in Bulgaria, in the Swiss Alps ,in Athina, even the two times there were thunder storms in Bangor I remember vividly. May be it’s just me over “feeling ” the weather. Like for example now I feel like I moved into my winter body.

During and just before the storms I remember the feeling of being so humbled and scared. It makes all other worries look so small and insignificant. The water has the magical effect to cleanse and revitalize . After the storm it’s a fresh start, until the next one.hurricane Sandy hits east coast of USA

This is life, storms, bright days and clods . Some storms are unpredictable, but its all part of being alive.

 

Sending Blessings and Love ♥

 

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Why organic vegetables?

Ivelina  —  October 25, 2012

Becoming a vegan has open my eyes and mind to the endless choices and combinations when it comes to vegetables and fruits. My main source of energy has been the pure plant power and I am in love with this lifestyle. In the last few  weeks I have been getting some locally grown organic vegetables from Root and Branch Organic  and I have to say they taste amazing and much better.And there is something else . Even the word “organic” sounds healthier and closer to nature. And I believe, that the closer to nature we get the healthier we are , the better we heal and the better we feel. 

What do vegans eat? Its simple , tasty and abundant . Vegans eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and legumes . When you have a choice your better option is always to choose organic, and I would like to share with you a few reasons why.

To be fare and realistic as much as I love them vegetables and fruits , I am not sure, that I am up to growing my own. I certainly do not mind growing some herbs and a few salads, but that’s it for now .In the mean time getting them delivered every week is just as good .

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I had the chance to visit the organic farm . Its a piece of art and beauty.Growing up in Bulgaria had it’s priceless benefits when it comes to fresh produce. Everything was local, in season and organic. There as no question about conventional or organic what so ever .

I also know that if you do not have access to a organic local farm produce  you can buy organic vegetables from nearly every supermarket. Say you are in the fruit and vegetable isle and you see this area with tomatoes and beside the conveniently grown tomatoes you see the stand with organic tomatoes. And there are many other vegetables like that, carrots, celery cucumbers, spinach, the list goes on. You do have the choice . The price of the organic is by rule always hire , no matter what.

The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains,   Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. Farmers who grow organic produce   don’t use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds . For example, rather than using chemical weedkillers, organic farmers may conduct more sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay.

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The main question is is it worth paying extra for organic vegetables and fruits.

1. The biggest reason why  organic is because there are no pesticides on it.  Studies have shown that the use of pesticides can also alter the levels of certain vitamins including B vitamins, vitamin C, and beta-carotene in fruits and vegetables.

2.John Reganold, professor of soil science at Washington State University Regents and author of the new study, and his colleagues conducted the most comprehensive analysis of its kind on commercial produce soil and the strawberries that grow in it. (Conventional strawberries, as many now know, are one of the most pesticide-laden fruits available for sale.)
Organic strawberries contain far more antioxidants, vitamin C and beneficial polyphenolic compounds than conventional strawberries, and they have a longer shelf life. Organic strawberries also contain more dry matter per volume–meaning more actual strawberry–than conventional ones do.

3.In soil tests, organic soils tested extremely rich in key nutrients, enzymes and biological and chemical elements, that are otherwise lacking in conventional fields. Such soil nutrients are vital for producing nutritionally-rich fruit, as well as for maintaining healthy soil conditions that preserve and promote environmental integrity.

4.A study published in the Journal of Applied Nutrition lists many nutrients that appear to be altered based on how they are farmed. The study looked at organic apples, pear, potatoes, wheat, and sweet corn and compared the levels of certain nutrients in relation to the commercially available counterparts produced via modern farming practices. The study lists the macro nutrient chromium as being found at levels 78% higher in organic foods. The study also showed that Calcium is found at a level 63% higher in organic foods and Magnesium is found at a level 138% higher in organic foods. Other studies have shown that the use of pesticides can also alter the levels of certain vitamins including B vitamins, vitamin C, and beta-carotene in fruits and vegetables.

Overall it’s any fresh produce has its benefits for you. If the produce is not organic you can always  peel the skin of the fruits and the vegetables or what them in some apple cider vinegar. Listen to your body and be well.

Sending Blessings and Love ♥