How Long Has It Been Since You Visited Your Local Farmers’ Market?

Hopefully, these very not-professional pictures will still inspire you to get to your farmers’ market while the getting is still good!

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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.

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

Chinese Medicine for a Sailboat?

Here’s someone else blogging about Chinese medicine. Check it out!

Sundown Sailing Adventures

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That’s right! After experimenting with a 3M product meant to chemically remove paint from the bottom of Sundown, we decided that the results weren’t satisfactory and we’d spend a lot of money only to have to go back over her bottom side with scraping tools. So we sharpened the chisels, sucked it up and went to work. We spent about 10 hours total scraping off all the old bottom paint. (Check out our Photo Galley for several photos of the job.)

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Walk walk

Walk walk by simonGman
Walk walk, a photo by simonGman on Flickr.

Riddle:

What can make you lose around 4lbs of weight a month, without changing your eating habits, if you do it about an hour a day?

Answer:

Walking!

Walking uses up about 100 calories for every mile you walk (not saunter!). Walking benefits your heart, builds bone density and lowers the possibility of diabetes. Because it’s low-impact, it’s an activity most people can do for their lifetime and as a BIG bonus it will add about 5 years to your lifespan!

5 YEARS?!?!? Who could say no to that?

Cultivate Contentment

Tissues - 012/365 by Jason Webber
Tissues – 012/365, a photo by Jason Webber on Flickr.

A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ. ~John Steinbeck

Discovering The Impact Of Acupuncture…Health Is Wealth

Health by Tax Credits
Health, a photo by Tax Credits on Flickr.

Last week I had an excellent meeting with my CPA Suzanne W. Conrad. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that, as an acupuncturist, my first calling is not finances but traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). But in order to do the medicine part of TCM well I have to do the business part well too. To that end and because of wanting much-needed business improvement, Suzanne has me putting on my thinking cap. One of the questions I had to think about in concrete terms to answer was: What are the results of acupuncture and how do the results affect other areas of patients’ lives?

One of the easiest results to list would be the improvement of a patient’s chief concern(s). With this comes: increased wellness, increased quality of life,  increased range of motion, staying pain-free and having more energy. Acupuncture alleviates anxiety and it slows the aging process to name just a few wonderful results.

But the results of having acupuncture, or other TCM interventions, can be much broader. I’ve seen patients finish their course of acupuncture feeling more empowered because what looked like a health problem with no solution was in fact, a fairly simple solution when TCM was applied. Also, at times, it is a big leap for some people to come in for acupuncture. Maybe they have a strong fear of needles or maybe TCM is too strange for them but because they want to change they are willing to try something new. More often than not, patients walk away learning that there is more than just one philosophy of medicine and therefore have other treatment options available to them.

What have been your concrete results getting acupuncture? Let us know in the comments section!

Also, for anyone, but especially anyone more oriented towards the arts, not numbers, I highly recommend Suzanne for both coaching and finances.