Health Benefits of Pineapple

PBC Blog General 2 (15)Pineapples are on sale!  This sweet refreshing fruit is probably on sale at your local grocery store and if not it will probably be on sale soon.  So it is a great time to learn about the health benefits of this festive fruit, but there are some things you want to be aware of.

Benefits

Pineapples are a low-calorie fruit but they pack a hard punch with Vitamin C.  In fact, pineapple has about 79 mg of vitamin C per cup – which is more than orange.  Vitamin C is well known for being a safe and super helpful nutrient.  It will not cure your cold but it can protect you against other things.  According to WebMD , their team of doctor and researchers, benefits include:

Protection against immune system deficiencies cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

Buyer Beware

There are some risks to consuming too much pineapple.  Yes, there can be too much of a good thing – like… nausea, heartburn, diarrhea… you know the tune.  And this can have you reaching for that pink bottle.  Live Science does a great job of sharing risks, and even more health information on pineapple.

Picking a Pineapple

So what is the best way to pick a pineapple?  I feel like pineapples, cantaloupes, watermelons, honeydew, and other similar fruits with thick skins/rinds are difficult to select.  However, Organic Facts has taken some of the guesswork out.

The ripeness and freshness of a pineapple can be determined by the smell if its base (no matter how green the crown is). Pick a pineapple, the base of which smells sweet, just like pineapple juice. A fragrance-free pineapple is either harvested too early or is not sweet as it should be.

Recipes

For a fresh take on pineapple check out these unique plant-based pineapple recipes.

Also, Mr. Macka B wrote a song, or rather rap, about it. Want to hear it?

 

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A Poem: So Sick & Tired!

For those who have or had toxic family, friends or people in their lives…


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by Cortney of Peaces by Cortney

 

My mother always said, “no one has to tell you what to do when you are sick and tired.”

She is right and I got sick and tired.

Sick of them acting one way here and another there.

Then have another change of heart as if they colored their hair,

Who are you now? Your heart has been dyed black.

No, we can’t go back to the way things were.

Your toxic fumes and furry have overtaken my system.

No longer can I inhale your exhaust of lies, drama, and deceit.

It makes me sick and I am tired.

Today is the day and I am the one.

No longer, no more, for I am done.


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This is Me: My Bedtime Routine

My Bedtiem RoutineYou may have stumbled upon this post thinking about a bedtime routine for a child.  But this is a bedtime routine that I actually follow as an adult.  As many of my followers know, last year was a real challenge for me in so many ways.  All of which led to my  This Is Me: 2018 Resolution Theme .

Nonetheless, with it being a few months into the year I have been able to establish a regular bedtime routine for myself and has been successful in my ability to get a better nights rest.

Sleeping Deeper & Feeling Refreshed

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On most days, before I can even get out of my car as I get home from work I am greeted in the garage by my two kids.  Collecting my things from the car I ender the kitchen, greet the rest of my family and begin to cook dinner.  Afterward, I leave the kitchen with dirty plates, pots, and pans and head upstairs to begin my bedtime routine.  washes.

Shout out to all the men who wash dishes! Especially my husband!

In 2018, I decided to be more intentional about taking care of myself.  I have found the routine below to work well for me.  However, please read my  Full Disclaimer because this post is not meant to cure or treat any conditions.  And as always, my posts do not contain any affiliate links.


My Bedtime Routine

  1. Shower – Find a good body wash or soap that you really like. I have always been a fan of Philosophy Pure Grace.  I find that taking a shower in the evening helps me to process the day.  I almost feel like I am washing away any troubles and sending them right the drain.
  2. Stop Eating – Our family eats dinner around 6:00 pm and I make an effort not to eat anything afterward.  Now I must admit I may have a treat or dessert after dinner every now and then but certainly not every day.
  3. Essential Oils – My diffuser has served me so well in my bedtime routine!  I usually put a few drops of lavender and orange to help me ease into the evening.  The scent helps me to further unwind and relax.  I have a few favorites and if you are looking for a good one to get started check this out my VAVA Desktop Diffuser Product Review.
  4. Get Headspace – This step can also be called mindfulness meditation.  Sitting down for about 10 minutes I meditate with the help of Headspace.  In addition, if I find I am having trouble settling my mind I will also use their Goodnight and Sleep Sounds meditation singles. I am a full subscriber of Headspace and with all of what the app offers; for me, it has more than paid for itself.  Also, if you are looking for another blog to follow the Headspace Blog may be right up your alley.

In the midst of all of these steps, children are going back and forth.  I am often being bombarded with questions from them or helping my mother.  But the good thing about this is I am progressively finding mindful moments that are just for me.


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National Day of Unplugging

I just took the pledge to “unplug” for National Day of Unplugging.   So I won’t be on social media from March 9 at sundown to March 10 at sundown and my Etsy shop, Peaces by Cortney will be closed.  To learn more or join in this pledge please visit the National Day of Unplugging website.

Won’t you unplug with me! Use #NationalDayOfUnPlugging .

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Slow Cooker Overnight Steel Cut Oats

My current addiction includes eating steel cut oats with berries and walnuts for breakfast. The quick cooking steel cut oats are ok but expensive.  The regular steel cut oats taste better and are way cheaper.  You can buy them from the bulk bin at your local health foods store or co-op.  But let’s be real, being a full-time mom, employee, caregiver, and wife.  I honestly don’t have time every morning to make steel cut oats on the stove.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!!

And my pocketbook can’t afford me to stop by Whole Food every morning for a cup of steel cut oats from the hot bar.

So I began the search for a recipe but I had a hard time finding one that was made completely with water.  So after much trial an error I have discovered one that works.  If you try it let me know in the comments below.

 

Slow Cooker Overnight Steel Cut Oats

  • Servings: 4
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 pinches of salt
  • 4 pint size jars

Directions

  1. Place 1/4 cup of the steel cut oats into each mason jar.
  2. Then pour 1 1/2 cups of water and one pinch of salt into each.
  3. Place the jars into the slow cooker/crockpot and add water to the crockpot until the outside of the jars are covered about 3/4 from the top.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  5. Turn down slow cooker/crockpot to warm and allow oats to remain in the pot overnight.
  6. In the morning, give each jar a stir. If you would like to store them to eat later in the week, allow then the cool completely. Then cover each jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Oats then can be reheated in the microwave and desired toppings added.  Also, these oats won’t go all weird on you once cooled.  Unlike rolled oats, steel cut oats will become a bit creamer each day.

Uncertainty is Like a Pimple

Last night I was thinking about someone in particular who is dealing with uncertainty.  Having to deal with anxiety myself I understand its close cousin “uncertainty”.  Nonetheless, I realize uncertainty is almost just like a pimple.

Sometimes you feel it coming on and then other times it just shows pops up out of nowhere.

Yup, that is my simile.  The day can be going great and you walk by a mirror and with a quick glance, you take a double take.  With a step closer to the mirror you have a pimple.  Also, there are times when you can feel one growing right under your skin and you know that in a few days you will have a pimple.  I believe the same to be true about uncertainty.

Even if you used all of the planning and prevention in the world things can still go wrong which can lead to uncertainty.  And uncertainty can show up anytime without your permission just like a pesky pimple.  You may want to pop the pimple of uncertainty with a quick fix to help things look more normal and get things to be smoother.

What are you saying?

Uncertainty is a sure thing that everyone will encounter.  It is a tough thing to deal with.  Not knowing where the money is going to come from.  Not knowing how you are going to make it through the day.  Or not knowing how long you have with a loved one.   There are tons of other forms of uncertainty and I am sure you have some of your own.  However, I want you to keep going in the midst of your uncertainty.  You may have several pimples of uncertainty that you wear every day.  I want you to wash your face and do the best you can each day!  Because just like pimples uncertainty about a situation won’t last always.  Love yourself and own who you are with kindness and empathy.

Disclaimer: As the author of this blog, I have based my writings on my own experiences and beliefs regarding the topics covered in my blog. However, I am not a medical doctor, nurse or professional nutritionist or otherwise formally qualified in this subject matter. The information contained in this blog is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical advice. Quotes are based on the opinions of this author and others who contributed to this blog. All diet and health decisions should be made with the approval of your healthcare provider. This blog is intended to motivate and encourage readers to make healthy decisions after consulting with a qualified healthcare professional. Therefore, please read my blog and use the information that you derive from it appropriately and at your own risk.

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This Is Me: Why I Became Vegan

2017 was a year that changed me in ways to this day I still don’t even know. One change was my path from Paleo, to vegetarian and finally to plant-based vegan. So what pushed me to make this change? The answer is my husband and mom.

PBC ERIn early 2017, my mother had a major stroke that impacted her cognition and caused her to lose sight on the right half of both of her eyes.  And within the same month, she was diagnosed with a highly aggressive cancer.  Today she is a cancer survivor and is doing well given all of what 2017 threw her way.  Nonetheless, the first six months of 2017 shook me to my core and led me to a lifestyle change.

Moreover, during the summer, my husband experienced a cardiac event that led to the ambulance rushing him away from home to the hospital in the dark and early hours of the morning.  Long story short there he is ok but he had to make changes to his diet as well – doctors orders.  I was surprised that I didn’t have a heart attack myself considering all of what I had encountered – but my husband was the last stray.  I had to make a change that would increase my chances of living a longer and healthier life.

In years past, I had sprints of pescatarianism and lacto-ovo-vegetarianism.  In 2016, I completed a Whole 30  which led to a paleo diet that I followed until my mother had a stroke in January 2017.  Over the next few months, traveling between home, work, kid’s school, radiation treatments, doctor offices and hospitals my eating habits when into the “trash”.  I ate whatever was easy and convenient.  Lot’s of pizza, fast-foods, ice cream, burgers and chicken nuggets.  To be honest I was in survival mode and food was comforting me instead of nourishing my body.

So on July 12, 2017, I became a vegetarian…”cold turkey”.  Then 90 days later, I completely transitioned to a plant-based vegan diet.  My skin has never looked clearer, my “numbers” are what they were 10 years ago and the boost of energy is REAL!  However, the energy element didn’t really kick in until about 6-8 weeks into me being vegan.

Now as a wife, mother, daughter, caregiver, full-time employee, blogger, and a crafter who is also vegan I still get tired – but who wouldn’t.  But I feel better about my food choices and in greater control of my health.  Overall, I became vegan because I wanted to increase my chances of living a longer and healthier life for not only myself but my family.  Though I must say I am beginning to develop personal feelings and convictions towards the treatment of animals in our food industry…but that is a blog post for another day!

This Is Me: 2018 Resolution Theme

Welcome to 2018, time for resolutions, no resolutions or un-resolution.  This year I have opted to have not have a resolution but rather a theme.  The theme for this year is:

“Owning me with kindness and empathy.”

The thought behind the theme is owning who I was, who I am and who I will be in the future with the understanding that I am not perfect and still pretty cool anyways.  2017 was a real challenge but it allowed me to see my weaknesses and discover new strength that I had no idea I could muster up.  In the past, I often showed outer strength but struggled with internal stability, depression, and anxiety (Yes, I said it!).  Often times, I was harder and more critical of myself than anyone else could ever be; while wondering and caring a bit too much about what people thought.  But I have to take care of me and you have to take care of you.  So this year, resolution or un-resolution is to take me for who I am inside and out.

My hope for all of my followers is to see themselves for who they are and embrace themselves with kindness, understanding, and love that you so well deserve.

FYI – Not sure if I spelled un-resolution right or not. And that is OK.

5 Favorite Avocado Recipes

Over this year I have made a lot of changes to my diet.  However, one item that certainly has been a consistent member of my menu is AVOCADOS!  Yes, the fruit that is a berry a.k.a the “alligator pear”.   I have had it on toast, grits, salads,  and smoothies just to name a few.  Today I want to share my love for avocados with you too.  So here are five of my favorite avocado recipes from Pinterest.  All have been tried and truly are delicious.  If you try any of them let me know below!

Help! How to take up yoga?

For a while now I have been wanting to take up yoga but have no clue how.  I searched the internet for answers but didn’t really find what I was looking for. I would go to a class but I am worried about embarrassing myself -not knowing all the poses or at worse passing gas in front of everyone. So I am asking your feedback and help!

  1. What poses should you really know before you go to a class?
  2. What do I need to have? yoga mat vs yoga towel, blocks, etc.
  3. What are the unspoken rules of a yoga class?
  4. What should you wear?
  5. Do you go barefoot or wear yoga socks?
  6. What should you do if you pass gas in class?
  7. How do you progressively incorporate yoga into your lifestyle?

Please feel free to share any other tips and advice.  I really want to start off right.

How to Prepare for Whole 30

Peaces by Cortney The Blog Images (2)Deciding I needed a lifestyle change is what was going through my head when I went online and discovered Whole 30 in mid-2016.  When I tried it the first time, during the month of October 2016 it was a challenge – but I was prepared.  I did lose weight but the greatest benefit was I learned how not to eat processed foods.  I did complete a full 30 days and here is how I prepared prior to starting:

  1. Read The Whole 30 Book – Check it out from your local library or buy it.  Either way, reading the book will help you further understand the program and let you know what to expect.
  2. Tell Your Friends and Family – They don’t have to join you but tell them your goals and share your plan with them.  Tell them how you would like for them to support you on this journey.
  3. Change Your Social Media Feed – This is a must!!!! Prior to starting you will want to change your social media feed so that you limit those videos and pictures of recipes that are not in alignment with the plan.
  4. Practice Shaking the Haters Off – You will have people who will be critical of your current food choices.  Develop a plan of how to reply, if you feel the need to, so you can quickly shake it off.

I truly believe that these steps were essential towards me successfully completing the Whole 30.  I will be doing another Whole 30 in the future and will post so others can join me!