The Power of Antioxidants for Staying Young

May 23, 2016 by

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Everyone wants to grow old gracefully. Some go under the knife to get that youthful look while others opt for a more natural way to maintain that healthful glow. The way to make peace with age can be found in the types of foods that we eat and the miracle ingredient they contain.

This hidden “miracle” is called antioxidants. They have graced the pages of magazines, medical journals and every product from hand cream to supplement pills. But what are antioxidants and what can they do to keep you looking your best?

Antioxidants are substances that fight the aging process that goes on in your body. They are not produced by the body so to get the benefit of these power-packed substances you must ingest them. A variety of foods contain antioxidants.

Let’s go back to the beginning. The body continually replenishes its cells. Through a process called cellular metabolism, the body produces energy, more cells and repairs any damage. One by-product of cellular metabolism is unstable molecules called free radicals.

Free radicals are molecules that damage your body. They are unstable because they are missing an electron. To get another one and become stable, free radicals will steal electrons from cells. That theft damages the cells in a variety of ways.

The results are visible and invisible changes to our bodies. The development of diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis and neurological deficiencies may begin to affect you as you age. Also, thinner skin wrinkles and brittle bones are a problem. Free radicals enter our body from outside sources as well: cigarette smoke, radiation and the sun’s UV rays. The more free radicals we encounter, the greater the damage that can be done.

Antioxidants have been shown to be of great help in the free radical problem. Antioxidant substances combine with free radicals and neutralize them. Once they are neutralized, they can no longer do any damage. Scientists don’t have any idea of a recommended daily dose of antioxidants to correct free radical damage and the diseases that come with age, but they do know that eating foods rich in antioxidants makes a huge difference in how we live.

Where do you find antioxidants? They are all around us. Look no further than your local farmer’s market or produce aisle in the grocery store. Fruits and vegetables contain the principle sources of antioxidants.

Examples of antioxidants include:
* Vitamin C
* Vitamin A
* Vitamin E
* Lutein
* Lycopene
* Beta-carotene

Certain minerals like zinc and selenium also function in the body. They are not antioxidants but they boost the immune system to fight against free radical damage.

Antioxidants are also found in nuts, legumes, cold water fish, seafood and red meat. So, eating a varied diet of fruits, vegetables and the foods just named will increase the amount of antioxidants in your system and help reduce the incidence of disease. Eating fruits and vegetables in their natural form instead of juices brings the benefit of other nutrients found in the foods. Juices also contain a lot of sugar that is not needed by your body.

Food does more than stave off hunger. Natural substances found there can cause us to live longer and stay free of disease as we age.

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May 19, 2016 by

This week I am featuring some very pretty! ~Enjoy!

DIY Paper Napkin Flowers

Paper Napkin Flowers

Paper & Rope Covered Candle for a Nautical Look
White House Crafts

nautical look candle

Small Cabinet With Hidden Surprise
A Vintage Green

vintage spice cabinet

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How to Polish Silver Naturally

May 16, 2016 by

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Silver is a traditional gift given when a couple marries. Taking care of it, however, isn’t always easy. Here is how you can polish silver naturally and more easily.

1 – Determine how much silver you have to clean to decide whether to use your sink or a large bowl. Small quantities can usually be cleaned in a bowl; larger quantities may take your sink.

2 – Tear aluminum foil off the roll and cover the entire bottom of a bowl or in your sink. Place it shiny side up or the process won’t work as well.

3 – Fill the container half-way or with enough lukewarm water so the silver will be totally submerged.

4 – Add two tablespoons of salt per each cup of water. Be sure the salt all remains on the aluminum foil if didn’t cover the entire bottom.

5 – Place the silver pieces into the water, ensuring each piece touches the aluminum, and allow the items to soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

6 – The tarnish will transfer from the silver to the aluminum foil due to ionization. It may take longer to soak to remove heavily tarnishing. If this is the case, you’ll want to change the water, salt, and aluminum between cleanings.

7 – Remove each piece from the water and dry it with a soft cloth.

Another method to polish silver naturally is to grind banana peels in a food processor. Use the paste to clean and shine your silver. You can also use plain toothpaste on a soft cloth followed by rinsing and drying it.

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May 12, 2016 by

Cauliflower and Fennel Baked in a Parmesan Cream Sauce
Doesn’t this look wonderful! Olives & Okra


Copycat Bubba Gump Popcorn Shrimp
This is a perfect appetizer! All She Cooks


Mango Cream Smoothie
This looks great too! courtney’s cookbook


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How to Make Veggie Popsicles

May 9, 2016 by

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Popsicles are an all-time favorite summer treat for kids of all ages. For health-conscious moms they’re also a great way to get kids to eat (or slurp!) their five a day. And although popsicles usually tend to be fruit flavored you can actually make some fantastic tasting veggie varieties.

Here’s how:

Carrot, sweet potato and apple popsicles

1 – Place the sweet potato (with skin on) in a pot of boiling water and boil for 15 to 20 minutes (or until tender).

2 – Remove sweet potato from water and run under cold water to cool. Remove the skin and place sweet potato in bowl. Set aside.

3 – Peel the carrot and apple and chop into little pieces. Boil for about 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and add carrot and apple pieces to sweet potato. Reserve the liquid from carrot and apple boil.

4 – Place all the ingredients plus half a cup of reserved liquid into food processor and whiz until smooth. If the mixture is not sweet enough then add a tablespoon of honey to sweeten to taste.

5 – Pour the liquid veggie and fruit into popsicle moulds and freeze. Enjoy!

Other great veggie popsicle combinations:

Carrot, squash and coconut

Carrot, sweet potato and orange

Carrot, zucchini and coconut

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May 5, 2016 by

Cherry Vanilla Granola
Here is a yummy granola recipe for breakfast! courtney’s cookbook


Chocolate Covered Homemade Granola
And even more yummy granola! Watch What You Eat


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Every Little Bit of Savings Adds Up

May 3, 2016 by

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Living on a budget is the key to financial freedom, but getting started can be frustrating. When we look at our expenses and see all of those bills we’re paying every month, it’s easy to throw our hands up in disgust. But what about all those little expenses we incur? You might be surprised to find out just how much they amount to.

It’s easy to dismiss cutting back on little things. A few dollars a month won’t make a significant difference in the big picture. But a few dollars here and a few dollars there adds up to a few more dollars. When you cut back in a lot of small ways, you could end up with a lot more money at the end of the month.

Waste Not, Want Not

One thing we can do that is good for the budget is stop wasting so much. This can apply to many areas in our lives. From eating to home heating, waste equals money going down the drain unnecessarily.

Cooking for the family instead of eating takeout or dining out is a great way to save money. But if you’re throwing food out, the benefit is reduced. So if you have leftovers, don’t let them end up in the trash. Some dishes freeze well, and this makes for easy dinners when you don’t have time to cook. You could also eat dinner leftovers for lunch the following day.

If your home is not well insulated, you’re probably wasting lots of money on home heating and cooling. Insulating will cost some money up front, but it will pay for itself quickly. If you have drafts around windows and doors, weatherstripping can help maintain the temperature of your home.

Most households waste an unbelievable amount of electricity. This can be prevented in part by using energy efficient appliances and light bulbs. Turn lights, televisions, computers and other devices off when you’re not using them, and open blinds to take advantage of the sun’s light during the day.

Do Yourself a Favor: Do It Yourself

Any time you pay someone else to do something that you could do yourself, you’re spending money unnecessarily. This applies to little things like buying coffee instead of making your own, as well as to larger expenses such as home repairs.

Many of us buy coffee or a soft drink from a convenience store or coffee shop on the way to work in the morning. This can really add up over time. Instead, make your own coffee, or buy soda in 2-liter bottles and pour some into a smaller bottle or cup to take with you. The same applies to lunches. Instead of springing for fast food, take a sandwich or something microwavable to work.

While we’re not all good at all types of repairs and maintenance, most of us can do some things for ourselves. Maybe you could change your own oil instead of paying someone else to do it. If the walls need painting, consider getting friends and family to help you do it instead of hiring a painter. Things like these can save us a noticeable amount of money right away.

When you add up the savings, little things can make a big difference to the budget. So take a close look at your budget and see what small expenses are lurking there. If you can eliminate or reduce them, it could positively impact your bottom line.

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