Wednesday, October 24, 2012

15 Natural Remedies from around the World.



  1. In Sri Lanka: coconuts battle the bulge
  2. In Austria: yoga erases insomnia
  3. In Indonesia: ginger tames triglycerides
  4. In India: turmeric steadies blood sugar
  5. In Japan: mushrooms control cholesterol
  6. In England: mustard baths quell muscle pain
  7. In Germany: chamomile tea beats bloating
  8. In Russia: Garlic Fights Viral Invasions
  9. In China: Acupressure Prevents Headaches
  10. In Finland: Coffee Beats Depression
  11. In Egypt: Coriander Fights Food Poisoning
  12. In New Zealand: Honey Prevents Sinus and Throat Infections
  13. In Mexico: Aloe Vera Smooths Rashy Skin
  14. In Russia: Kefir (a yogurt like drink) Soothes Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  15. In Greece: Arnica ( a flower) Prevents Unsightly Bruises

Read further on each remedy at IVillage.com







Monday, October 15, 2012

Thoughts are powerful...


Your Thoughts and Emotions Create Your Vibration and Circumstances In Your Life, Including Illness.
Everything in this world that you see manifested as form and phenomena, including things like electricity, sound waves coming to your ears as music and speech, everything is vibrations. This includes your health or illness.
We often hear it said, “I get good vibes from so and so person”, or perhaps, “I get bad vibes from such and such place”. What is really being said is that different types of vibrations are being picked up by the individuals.
Every type of energy has a different vibrational frequency. For example, water has one, and when it turns to ice, it has a different vibration. When it turns to vapor, the vibration changes again. Electricity as we know it on earth is the grossest form of energy. Sound waves have their own frequency of vibration. Of all these, thought vibration is the strongest. Most of our thoughts we turn into words — spoken words — and these words we put into action. Action when repeated again and again, form our habits, is it not? And our very nature, our character, is determined by our habits. Every tomorrow that we wake up is then determined by our nature and character.
If you can recall that old poem “For the sake of a nail a kingdom was lost…” you will understand the important of what might ordinarily be called a simple, small thought.
Because we are not taught the importance and power of thought, we have never consciously been in control of them, with the result that when unpleasant things enter our life, we do not realize the connection between the thought-vibration and the effect it has on us. Uplifting thoughts allow us to elevate our consciousness and awareness; non-inspiring thoughts tend to drag us down.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that every part of our physical body vibrates at a precise frequency. Thoughts that are not in harmony or in “sync” with our body cause impedance to our health. All organs, all tissues, membranes, glands, cells, vibrate in precise frequencies in a healthy body. All positive, inspiring, loving and kind thoughts are in harmony with those physical vibrations and help to continue to keep the body in perfect health, with the circulation of the blood going to all the necessary parts of the body, with the digestion working perfectly and the body able to correctly and easily eliminate toxins and waste matter, also allowing proper refreshing sleep to the body.
This is one of the reasons for the power of prayer. Because the thought vibrations would be in harmony with the spoken word, thereby adding tremendous force to the prayer, making the energy of the prayer even more powerful.
In a very real sense, good thoughts, good words and good deeds are the foundation of Practical Spirituality.


By Dr Kaity Cama, Prevent Disease

Friday, October 12, 2012

Vitamin F ...


This was sent to me by an old school friend via email and it is just too good to not share with everyone. Please take some time to read it. I too, thank those of you who have been my Vitamins.



Vitamin F......

I love this and want to share it with you...

Why do I have a variety of friends who are all so different in character? How can I get along with them all? I think that each one helps to bring out a "different" part of me.

With one of them I am polite. With another, I joke. I sit down and talk about serious matters with one. With another I laugh a lot. I listen to one friend's problems.Then I listen to another one's advice for me.

My friends are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When completed, they form a treasure box. A treasure of friends! They are my friends who understand me better than I understand myself.

They're friends who support me through good days and bad. We all pray together and for each other.

Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health. Dr. Oz calls them Vitamin F (for Friends) and counts the benefits of friends as essential to our well being. Research shows that people in strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes.

If you enjoy Vitamin F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your most intense moments, it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50%.

I'm so happy that I have a stock of Vitamin F!

In summary, we should value our friends and keep in touch with them. We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together and pray for each other in the tough moments


Thank you for being one of my Vitamins!




Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pink Ribbon Awareness - AntiCancer Food -

Prevention is the best Protection.
Source from the Official Pink Ribbon Website. 


As our section on an "Anticancer environment" concludes, certain foods in the western world are carcinogenic. As a result, it is suggested that an "anticancer diet" should be followed. As Dr. Servan-Schreiber indicates in his book (Anticancer,  a new way of life), the anticancer diet is principally composed of vegetables (and legumes) accompanied by olive (or canola, or flaxseed) oil, or organic butter, garlic, herbs and spices. Meat or eggs are also optional. We have inserted the following image which depicts the "anticancer plate", which can be found in the "everything you need to know pocket guide".

Aside from the "anticancer plate" there is also a list of recommended foods that can help prevent and fight cancer:

Green Tea - Reduces the growth of the new vessels needed for tumor growth and metastases. Japanese green tea (Sencha, Gyokuro, Matcha, etc.) is more effective than Chinese green tea.

Tumeric and Curry - the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory identified today. It also helps stimulate apoptosis in cancer cells and inhibits angiogenesis. In laboratory, it enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy and reduces tumor growth. note: to be assimilated by the body, tumeric must be mixed with black powder (not simply with peppers). Ideally it must also be dissolved in oil (olive, canola or linseed oil).

Ginger - acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It also helps reduce the creation of new blood vessels. A ginger infusion also helps alleviate nausea from chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Cruciform Vegetables - Cabbages (Brussels sprouts, bok choi, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) contain anticancer molecules which are capable of detoxifying certain carcinogenic substances. They prevent pre-cancerous cells from developing into malignant tumors. They also promote the suicide of cancer cells and block angiogenesis.

Garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, chives - The sulfur compounds of this family reduce the carcinogenic effects of nitrosamines and n-nitroso compounds, which are created in over-grilled meat and ring tobacco combustion. They promote cell death in colon, breast, lung, and prostate cancer, as well as in leukemia.

Vegetables and Fruits Rich in Carotenoids - Carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, certain varieties of potimarron squash (also known as Hokkaido squash), tomatoes, persimmons, apricots, beetroot and all the bright-colored fruits and vegetables (orange, red, yellow, green) contain vitamin A and lycopene, which have the proven capacity to inhibit the growth of cells of several cancer lines, some of which are particularly aggressive (such as brain gliomas).

Tomatoes - It has been proven that lycopene in tomatoes leas to longer survival from prostate cancer in men who consumed tomato sauce in at least two meals a week. note: tomatoes must be cooked in order to release their lycopene. Moreover, olive oil improves its assimilation.

Soy - Soy isoflavones (including genistein, daidzein and glycitein) block the simulation of cancer cells by sex hormones (such as oestrogens and testosterone). They also intervene by blocking angiogenesis. note: Isoflavone supplements (in pill form) have been associated with an aggravation of certain breast cancers, but not soy taken in as food. Furthermore, in many areas of the world today, soy is grown from genetically modified  organisms (GMOs). The impact of these genetically-modified plants on cancer growth is unknown.

Mushrooms - Shiitake, maitake, enoki, crimini, portabello, oyster mushroom and thistle oyster mushrooms, and trametes (coriolus) all contain polysaccharides and lentinian, which stimulate the reproduction and the activity of immune cells. These mushrooms are often used in Japan as a complement to chemotherapy to support the immune system.

Herbs and Spices - Herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil and mint promote apoptosis in cancer cells and reduce their speed by blocking the enzymes they need to invade neighboring tissues. Carnosol in rosemary is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Its capacity to enhance the effectiveness of certain chemotherapies has been demonstrated. Parsley and celery contain apigenin, an anti-inflammatory that promotes apoptosis and blocks angiogenesis using a mechanism similar to Gleevec's.

Seaweed - Several varieties of seaweed commonly eaten in Asia contain molecules that slow cancer growth, especially breast, prostate, skin and colon cancer.

Omega-3s - Long-chain omega-3s found in fatty fish reduce inflammation. In cell cultures, they reduce cancer cell growth in a large number of tumors (lung, breast, colon, prostate, kidney, etc.). They also act to reduce the spread of tumors in the form of metastases.

Foods rich in Selenium - Selenium is an oligoelement found in the soil. Vegetables and cereals grown organically  also contain large quantities of selenium. Selenium stimulates immune cells and particularly NK cells.

Vitamin D - It has recently been shown that a significant supply of vitamin D reduces considerably the risk of several different cancers. Skin cells produce vitamin D when exposed directly to the sun, but can also be obtained through vitamin pills.

Berries - Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries contain ellagic acid and a large number of polyphenols. They stimulate the mechanisms of elimination of carcinogenic substances and inhibit angiogenesis. Anthocyanidines and proanthocyanidines also promote apoptosis in cancer cells.

Citrus Fruit - Oranges, tangerines, lemons, and grapefruit contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids. They also stimulate the detoxification of carcinogens by the liver. It has even been shown that flavonoids in the skin of tangerines - tangeritin and nobiletin - penetrate brain cancer cells for invading neighbouring tissues.

Dark chocolate - Dark chocolate (more than 70% cocoa) contains a number of antioxidants, proanthocyanidines and many polyphenols. These molecules slow the growth of cancer cells and limit angiogenesis. note: mixing dairy products with chocolate cancels the beneficial effects of the molecules of cocoa. Avoid milk chocolate.

For more anti cancer food....continue reading from the Official Pink Ribbon Site here : 

http://www.pinkribbon.org/Anticancer/AnticancerFoodsContinued/tabid/478/Default.aspx



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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What makes us happy?



"We act as though comfort and luxury are the chief requirements of life. All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. -- Albert Einstein. "

Quite true, but the comforts of life, varying in degrees with each individual, is one of the most basic criteria for being content, which is in itself...a cause for happiness. I feel that being content is being happy to an extent. Apart from Love and Family .....security, the comforts of a beautiful home and some travel are inspirations for a happy life.....but then again...is that not the basic of what everyone seeks?

Sometimes though....a person can have everything that money can buy and yet feel so empty and bored, feel unhappy....simply because the heart has no freedom.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Linguini with Pesto Sauce and Shrimp.



I was so inspired with Food Network Asia yesterday on channel 727 (Astro), that I just had to cook up what I watched but of course with improvisions to suit my taste.....and it was SO Easy and yummmilicious!. Tested it out on my girls and it was a hit ...a total clean out. This was my first attemp on making home made pesto sauce.....but something different from the conventional pesto recipe...it had a nur's touch to it :D

Pesto Sauce

First...I roasted 15 garlic pods and same number of cherry tomatoes drowned in olive oil. (Place the garlic pods and cherry tomatoes in an oven proof bowl and cover it with olive oil). Oven temp. set at 375C for 25 minutes. The garlic and tomato infused olive oil had a really good flavour and aroma. 

In a blender, add :
1. the roasted tomatoes and garlic with enough of the olive oil. (save some for the salad dressing)
2. a small packet parmeson cheese
3. half a can of cream of mushroom 
4. 3 table spoons of Tomato paste.
5. Some Fresh parsley and Bay leaves 
5. salt and pepper

Footnote : If you are the type that prefers your sauce a little watery, then you may add just a little water in the blender.

Blend all ingredients and set aside. 

Boil the linguini till al dente (add some salt and olive oil in the pot of water before boiling).
While it boils ....just saute some large shrimp/prawns in butter and set aside. Do not over cook so it remains nice and succulent. 

Heat the sauce over the stove for aprox. 3 minutes and turn the heat off.

You have a choice of adding the buttered shrimp in the sauce before topping the Linguini OR add it separately on top of the linguini topped with the sauce. 

Salad.


Shitake or Champignon mushrooms - remove stems and slice thick
Baby asparagus - cut into 2" lengths
Baby carrots - cut into halves
snow peas (the bulby crunchy type, not the flat ones)
Yellow Bell pepper - slice
green pea sprouts
some almond flakes
some bits of dried fruit (raisins, cranberries etc)

  1. Saute the mushrooms in butter till a little brown - set aside in a salad bowl.
  2. Saute asparagus and bell pepper in butter for only 2 minutes - place in same bowl.
  3. Boil baby carrots just a few minutes to maintain it's crunchiness and Blanch the snow peas for about a minute till it's green color comes out fully. Add both the above vegetables to an ice bath (cold water and ice in a bowl) to stop the cooking and to maintain it's fresh color and crunchiness. Toss and add to the Salad bowl.
  4. Add all other ingredients

Tangy Salad Dressing
  1. In a bowl place the balance of the garlic infused olive oil. 
  2. Add some promeganate/date/balsamic vinegar
  3. Add 1 tabsp sugar
  4. Add salt and pepper
  5. Mix the mixture with a hand whisk and pour it over the Salad.




Enjoy!


xoxoxoxo

Nur








You get what you give....so Give Good



It's about Love, it's about Compassion, It's about Kindness and Faith. It has nothing to do with Luck...You Get what you Give...So give Good. 


Real Friends

So true....love this.



Real friends walk in when the rest of the world walks out....they are the ones who are going to be by your side in bad and painful times even when you tell them to leave. They are the only ones who never get tired of listening to your pointless dramas over and over again. 

True friendship is not about whom you have known the longest, it's about who came and never left your side. True friends are the ones who have nice things to say about you behind your back. The Older you get, the more you realise it is less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones. 





Friends ask why you're crying.....Best Friends already have the shovel ready to bury the loser that made you cry.








Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ruffled Tower Cake -



A Pretty Pastel Delectable Share....so simple and great for ANY event. 

Directions:
Trim bottom layers; stack on cake round, with 3/4 cup buttercream spread over top of each. Add top layer; spread 1 cup buttercream over entire cake. Refrigerate 40 minutes until firm. Tint half remaining buttercream pink.

Place cake on rotating stand. Lay flat a 12-inch pastry bag with #103 tip. Fill half of bag from tip to top with pink buttercream, other half with white. Hold bag vertically, slot of tip perpendicular to cake; use swift back-and-forth motion 1 inch wide to make ruffle, pulling tip up side.


Turn cake stand slowly, piping circular ruffle over top.




Ruffled Tower Cake inspired from Martha Stewart. Make your favourite Cake and Frosting Recipes or  get the recipes from here.


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