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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Nursing Homes in 2069

PBC Blog General 2 (14)Recently, I took my mother to visit the skilled nursing and long-term care facility that she went into when she had her stroke.  She was thrilled to see the friends she made, both staff and patients when she visited.  Then while standing listening to golden oldies over the speaker in the dining hall as she talked to her favorite kitchen worker, and my mind began to wonder…

What will nursing homes be like for my generation?

Video or APP games will be our BINGO –  I don’t think we will find full satisfaction BINGO.  But leaderboards within the nursing home charting patient progress in Words with Friends, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, Zelda, or Super Mario.

Plant-based, Paleo, Keto, Pescatarian, Vegan, and Vegetarian Diets – Many are adopting new lifestyles and choices of living.  I just hope Ensure is working on some new dairy-free recipes.

Wireless Everything – Sure there may still be the need to buttons or remotes.  However, most electronic may be voice activated or be controlled by another smart device.

Different Dining Music – In the dining area instead of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Green Day, or N’SYNC will probably be streaming over the speakers.

Virtual Pets – Being that many nursing homes don’t allow pets to be long term guests; I suspect many will have virtual pets that patients take of on their watch, tablet, phone or other device.

Beauty Salon Extravaganzas –  Also, I think the salons inside of facilities would need a wide variety of color options for dying hair.  In addition, they should be prepared for men and women getting manicures and pedicures.

Alternative Medicine Practitioners on Staff –  Due to the increasing demand for natural remedies I think these practitioners may find a home in these facilities.

Just random thought, but I would like to know your thoughts on this.

I am sure I missed something…what do you think nursing homes will be like?  Leave your reply below!

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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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This Is Me: Help, I am an indoor plant killer!

This is me and I am an indoor plant killer.  Sad and oh so true.   No matter how hard I have tried I can’t get a plant to live in my home.    I really want to bring plants inside but have continued to struggle for years.  I have tried aloe plants, cacti, succulents,  orchids, bromeliad, lily plants, waffle plants, bamboo, philodendron, and golden pothos.  No luck at all keeping any of them alive at all.

I love plants and when it comes to gardening outdoors I’ve got a green thumb.  There are benefits to having plants indoors and I want them…

I want them bad!  

  • Air Purifying
  • Added Air Moisture
  • Added Oxygen
  • Decreased Stress
  • Increased Creativity
  • Better Mental Health

I want to be the woman in the picture below.  My hands in the dirt with the ability to look at an indoor plant and give it exactly what it needs.  Sure, I would love to have several like her but I will settle for one.  Just one, please!!! I would really love to overcome this challenge and could use your help.

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If you can recommend books, have ideas, thoughts, or simply encouragement please comment below. 

I will do almost anything to keep one alive in my home.  Nonetheless, I am going to buy another plant this weekend in hopes that I can keep it alive.  It is also important to know that plants have been known to die within 48 hours under my care.  So please share your advice ASAP!!!!