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Remember this Thanksgiving

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You are what you eat enjoy but don’t over do it, you’ll be working off the calories later:)

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Food for the soul

Lately I’ve been going all organic and as a college student it can be hard because going organic sometimes is expensive but I’m a bargain shopper so I’ll be posting about how to eat healthy on a budge. Each week I’ll post new healthy foods to try and recipes to use them in. One thing I’ve found lately that is a fruit full on nutrients and anti oxidants is Pomegranates! They are great and I’ve found many uses for them. I’ll post the best way to open up and get the seeds out of the Pomegranate.

Health Benefits of Pomagranate:

-The fruit is moderate in calories; 100 g provides 83 calories, slightly more than that in the apples. It contains no cholesterol or saturated fats.

-Regular consumption of fruits in the diets boosts immunity, improves circulation, and offers protection from cancers.

-Pomegranates contains approximately 50% of your daily recommended vitamin C.

The best way to get the seeds out without making a mess is to:

1. Cut the pomegranate in half then those halves break them apart so you have four pieces.
2. Get a bowl and fill it up halfway with water, holding the fruit under water break sections apart with your fingers separating the seeds from membrane the seeds will sink to be bottom.
3. Discard the skin and membranes, drain the seeds and dry on paper towel then you can place your yummy seeds in a container and save for later use or eat them now!

Remember your bodies are not your own, so honor them by feeding your souls with good nutrients!

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Nicole’s Winter Must-Haves!

Printed tights are all the rage right now. They are comfy and cozy and come in fun prints my favorite are the reindeer patter I’ve seen they like old Christmas sweaters, they have a vintage feel to them. I got mine at a boutique in Tyler, TX where I live called Gaudy Me, check them out at Gaudyme.com

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Tips on Grocery Shopping

Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping:

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  1. Stick to the outside isle of the store because that where all the natural and freshest foods are.  Fill most of your cart with  fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and dairy items then venture down the center aisles to stock up on staple goods like whole grains, beans, vegetable, soups, canned tuna ect.
  2. Read the ingredient list. If you are not sure how to pronounce it then its probably not good for you, those ingredients help the foods shelf life, now the additives aren’t harmful to you but digesting those additives isn’t the best for a healthy organic lifestyle. When shopping check the list of ingredients every time. Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University, says that almost always, the shorter the better.
  3. Be sure to check the “serving size” and “servings per container” lines. The yummy cereal you may eat for breakfast may say it contains two servings and you’ve been eating that in one sitting, thinking it was only one serving always always ready labels closely.
  4. Don’t be deceived by labels that say “wheat bread”, make sure you once again check the ingredients for “whole wheat, or “whole grain”.
  5. If you see any of these words in the labels of your foods, put them down and try and find a replacement with more “natural” products: 
  • Hydrogenated
  • High-fructose
  • Enriched
  • Sugar Alcohols
  • Any words that sound like chemicals than food
    1. One of the best keys is to “NEVER GO SHOPPING HUNGRY” Yes its a key factor that can help you stick to your list and to stop yourself from grabbing everything you see. Have a little snack before or go after you ate dinner so you know you stomach hunger won’t distract you.
    2. Don’t go for “Fat Free” that just means it will be loaded with artificial sugars, additives to replace the fat and it is harder for your body to process “fake sugar” than it is real raw sugars.
    3. Skip the processed meats and packaged meats such as they are full of preservatives, go straight to the meat counter and get natural grass fed meat and free range chicken. If you can’t buy those, buy meat with very little fat, because the toxins are stored in the fat.
    4. Stay away from fruit juices, its just one huge sugar rush, but a great alternative I love is coconut water, or natural teas such as green tea or black tea you can buy it in family bags and brew it yourself, add fresh fruit to help sweeten the flavors.
    5. If your wanting something sweet switch to dark chocolate, I buy dark chocolate kisses and grab one when I need my sweet tooth fix it is so delicious and a healthy source of anti-oxidants too. Mix that up with a piece of fruit and it taste even better, my favorite are sliced strawberries and a piece of dark chocolate can you say heaven. 
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Lessons in Feminism, From my Father.

Always wonderful

path: ethic.

I remember one time, my parents and I were travelling in the car on the way home from somewhere. I remember travelling in the car with them a lot, when I was young. We lived on a farm, so even going to the local town meant a good 45 minutes in the car. So obviously, to pass the time, we often talked together. One of the interesting things about my memories of these conversations is how many of them were about ideas. We didn’t really talk about what was happening on the farm or at school. We talked about more abstract concepts.

On this particular occasion, Dad was talking about church, and mentioned something he’d said in a sermon. ‘Could I give sermons when I grow up?’ I asked him. ‘Could I be a priest?’

It was the mid-80s. We were Anglican Church-goers, and the idea of women in the…

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