Jumping On The Pumpkin Bandwagon…

Well, since Starbucks and everyone else has brought up the topic of pumpkin, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and talk a little about pumpkin too.

Do you ever eat the real thing? It’s super full of super good nutrition. If you haven’t tried it yet, Japanese pumpkin is particularly delicious.

Here’s what 1 cup or approximately 245 grams of boiled without salt pumpkin delivers:

0 saturated fat
0 cholesterol

A good source of-
vitamin E
thiamin
niacin
B6
folate
magnesium
phosphorus
riboflavin
potassium
copper
manganese

It gives you:
3 grams of fiber
8% of the DV of iron
4% of the DV of calcium
19% of the DV of vitamin C
245% of the DV of vitamin A

Pumpkin is mildly anti-inflammatory. On a scale of 0-250, pumpkin has an estimated glycemic load of 3 (very, very low). It has a 5/5 rate for weight loss, a 5/5 rate for optimum health and only a 1.5/5 rate for weight gain. Lastly, it provides good amounts of 6 out of the 9 essential amino acids.

An excellent food? Most definitely yes! And it’s now starring at your local farmer’s market and supermarket.

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Meditation 101

Meditation by r_gnuce
Meditation, a photo by r_gnuce on Flickr.

More is not necessarily better…
Bigger is not necessarily better…
Louder, faster, brighter, busier is not necessarily better.

Try exploring the opposite of these ideas by simply (it’s not as easy as you think) closing your eyes, sitting comfortably and focusing on your breathing. Breathe slowly in for a count of 4 and breathe out slowly for a count of 5. Maybe you can do it for 5 minutes, maybe less. If thoughts are crowding your mind, say hello to them and then let them pass on like clouds in the sky. Clouds move along without you helping, your thoughts can too. If your mind drifts, just refocus on your breath.

And that’s it- Meditation 101

Salmon…Is There Something Fishy About It?

Salmon migration by elaiphoto
Salmon migration, a photo by elaiphoto on Flickr.

Not at all! but here’s a nifty link to the Monterey Bay aquarium’s Seafood Watch guide to help you choose the right fish for you.

Check it out here