5 Reasons Why Asparagus is Great For You!

Apr 19, 2018

Spring marks the tantalisingly brief 8 week season of British asparagus from the end of April to the end of June. It’s time to eat English asparagus now!

As a person not native to England, I very quickly fell in love with this local, seasonal offering that seems to taste better here in season, than anywhere else at any time of year.

Asparagus deteriorates relatively quickly after picking, so it’s best to eat it as soon as possible. Luckily for me, my mother-in-law grows it in her garden:

A Brief History

Earliest records of asparagus cultivation trace it back to Greece some 2,500 years ago. The Greeks believed that asparagus possessed medicinal properties and recommended it as a cure for toothaches. It was highly prized by the Romans who grew it in high-walled courtyards. Asparagus has been grown in England since the sixteenth century (it is not widely cultivated anywhere else in the UK) and during the nineteenth century it caught on in North America and China.

Not only...

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Glorious Summer Tomatoes!

Apr 19, 2018
We are now well into summer, which for me always means that it’s tomato time! One of my biggest summer highlights is eating tomatoes that are now at their sweetest – in fact, I’ve been known to eat them like an apple.
 
How Good Are They?
 
In addition to being delicious, tomatoes are absurdly good for you with benefits including improved eye sight, good stomach health, reduced blood pressure, relief from diabetes, skin problems and urinary tract infections. They can also increase digestion, stimulate blood circulation, reduce cholesterol levels, improve fluid balance, protect the kidneys, detoxify the body, prevent premature aging, and reduce inflammation and related conditions.
 
One serving of red, ripe, raw tomatoes (one cup or 150 grams) is a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Tomatoes also provide thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6,...
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Why Forgiveness Helps You Heal

Apr 19, 2018
Have you ever downed an entire package of chips, crackers, or cookies? Ate pizza or cake until you felt sick? Drank more coffee or wine than your body wanted?

Do you remember how you were feeling at the time?

I ask because sometimes we overeat to help distract ourselves from emotional pain. Think about it—have you noticed that sometimes when you overeat you’re not hungry at all?

What you are is lonely. Or angry. Or sad. Or resentful. Or frustrated. Or something else.

So what hurt are YOU holding on to?

Tap Into the Power of Forgiveness

Wouldn’t it be more effective to address your uncomfortable feelings? The best, most thorough, most divinely perfect way to do that is through forgiveness. If you’ve been allowing your present health to be controlled by past hurts, I urge you to commit to forgiving.

Forgiving is not easy, even for the most enlightened among us. At this time of year it is particularly relevant because it is a time of new beginnings as the...
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