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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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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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

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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.

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!!!!

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!

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!