Commuter Challenge

Commuter Challenge

And God created the Earth.

The vast heavens, the bountiful  oceans, the abundant life on the planet.  And He also created us, the human.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFq42IibUeY earth song meditation

It’s environment week and there are many ways to enjoy this national celebration of preservation and environmental protection.  We all need clean air, clean water, sunshine and healthy living.  We all need to stretch our legs and join the crusade to walk, run, hike, bicycle and to be the champion.  The more often we leave our vehicles at home and use other methods of transportation to reach our goals, for example, public transportation, car pools, bicycling or walking, the fewer emisions we put into the atmosphere.  With less emmisions the air is cleaner and clean air is better for us and better for the planet.

http://www.environment.gov.ab.ca/edu/eweek/

Yes, the trees and plants are capable of cleaning the air, but they can’t do it all.  Pollution is a cause of decreasing life expectancy and disease.

To take to the trails or the streets for running, walking and cycling is a pursuit of the joy of living.  The increased fitness level powers you on and the earth sighs with gratitude.  Only footsteps, only the power of the muscles.  Each step increases lung capacity and cardiovascular strength.  Each step promotes healthy living and promotes the health of the planet.

Each breath that you take, fills your lungs with oxygen for the health of your blood and your cells.  The increased oxygen feeds your cells and helps them to fight off disease.

Feel the cool of the forest as you pass under the canopy of the trees.  There is life in the foliage and oxygen productivity in the leaves.  The cool shade is a welcome retreat from the scorching sun.  The busy birds and insects hurry onward with their own day.  The plantings save the water shed and the rushing sound of water fills our ears.  Clean water!  Water for our bodies, we can’t live without it.  Clean water with no pollution,  no water born disease.

The busy sidewalks turn into a carpet of grass.  Soft, green, fresh grass.  The life under your feet saves the soil, with all of it’s life supporting nutrients.  Under your feet is the domain of the soil and all of the tiny micro organisms and earth life.  The soil, the building block of plant growth.

Feel the earth under your feet.  The life producing quality of the soil.  Rich in nutrients for our harvest, the soil is key to our survival.  Healthy soil, healthy food.  No pollution or contaminants of the earth

As we prepare ourselves for another day of healthy living, for us, for the environment, for the earth, remember to give thanks for life itself, all life.

The commuter challenge promotes healthy bodies, healthy lives, healthy living.  Brilliant mankind, the choice has always been yours, choose health.

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

June 6, 2013

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The Brave

The Brave

To be brilliant, we need a forum for our aptitude.  An arena to vocalize in some manner.  We need a contingency of experts to hear us, to applaud, to praise and to acknowledge.  We need our voices to be heard.

Through the thousands of years of human history, our voices have been acknowledged by our fellow man.  Hear us, we call to each other, our splendid negotiations keep  peace amongst us and our lives never fail.

SSSh!  There’s a secret.  Our technologies are superior.  The vast oceans have been transversed and a new land is discovered.  Our superior technologies and our superior negotiations surpass all.  We are the bold adventurers who discovered a new continent.  It’s not an island, it’s a land mass.  The oceans surrounding it’s shores are filled with sealife.  So much food, we’ll never starve.  Our nets are cast and they never come up empty.  They overflow!  Food.  Food for everyone and perhaps, a colony?

http://www.history-timelines.org.uk/places-timelines/09-canadian-history-timeline.htm

The first adventurer to discover this land, the bold, the daring, the brave.  So much courage to set sail for sights unknown, to travel the great distance with such obvious perils, yet to persevere.  On and on to travel (with lost confusion?) possibly.  Hopeless, forlorn?  To battle the waves, the wind, the current, the time, the hunger, the fear.  Yet to travel on.  Somewhere, there will be shelter.

The new land was a relief and by the skills of their intelligence, they could find it again.  Technological experts of their time, they were equipped for sea travel.  The ocean was also a home, of sorts, so familiar, so abundant.  It kept the sailors perpetually occupied.  So much to see, so much to know.  Exceptional navigators, they always had their berings right.  The life of the sailor was the life of a daring, unsurpassed adventurer.  So much to know, so much to experience.  The navigator, the sailor, the specialist at wind and current, the immense expanse of universe in the stars, the far off places, the challenge of unknown people, places, language, culture. The superior call to a daring, brilliant mankind, who dared it all.

Yes! The call to the wild.  Yes! the call to a challenge beyond the ability of the average man.  Yes!  The call to the dauntless, bold adventurer whose bravery was unparalleled.  Yes!  To find new continents.  Yes!  To find new treasurers.  Yes!  To the wealth of knowledge, wealth and treasures of the world.

No to anarchy.  No to slavery. No, to life that is complacent, quiet.  No to the homebody.  Yes, only to the adventure and whatever life its brings!

They will travel the seven seas.  They will forge new relationships.  They  will conquer new lands.  They will swim in unchartered waters.  All perils will be overcome!  Yes!  They will achieve,  Yes!  They will.  Nothing will stop the relentless adventurer!  Nothing will quench that spirit!

They paddled their ships to the new world.  They paddled for discovery.  Later they sailed.

http://archaeology.about.com/od/vikings/qt/vikings.htm

http://archaeology.about.com/od/vikings/qt/vikings.htm

Hail mankind.  The brilliant fortitude that gives  you the strength to travel onward, gives you the courage to persevere.

Praises mankind, for all you’re worth.

written by Dr Louise Hayes

May 26, 2013

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Health Benefits of Quinoa:

    • Increased Immune Function
    • Protection Against Heart Disease
    • Slowing Aging
    • DNA Repair and Protection
    • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
    • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
    • Promoted Eye Health
    • Alzheimer’s Protection
    • Osteoporosis Protection
    • Stroke Prevention
    • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
    • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
    • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
    • Antioxidant Protection
    • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
    • Alleviation of the Common Cold
    • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients  highly  concentrated in Quinoa, and may not necessarily be related to  Quinoa.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Quinoa: Protein | Vitamin  B1 (Thiamin) | Vitamin  B2 (Riboflavin) | Vitamin  B6 | Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Dietary  Fiber | Magnesium | Phosphorus | Manganese | Selenium | Iron | Potassium | Copper | Zinc |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/quinoa.php#yx8cXgebb6RrwwMT.99

Health Benefits of Flax Seeds:

    • Increased Immune Function
    • Reduced Cancer Risk
    • Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
    • Protection Against Heart Disease
    • Regulation of Blood Sugar and Insulin Dependence
    • Slowing the progression of AIDS
    • Slowing Aging
    • DNA Repair and Protection
    • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
    • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
    • Promoted Eye Health
    • Alzheimer’s Protection
    • Osteoporosis Protection
    • Stroke Prevention
    • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
    • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
    • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
    • Antioxidant Protection
    • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
    • Alleviation of the Common Cold
    • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)
    • Flax seeds are a high  fiber food, containing lignans which may help to lower  cholesterol levels. The fiber in flax seeds also helps alleviate  constipation.
    • Flax seeds are high in Omega 3 fatty acids which are thought to help  alleviate inflammation and reduce heart disease risk.

*Some  of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Flax  Seeds, and may not necessarily be related to Flax  Seeds.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Flax Seeds: Carbohydrates | Protein | Saturated  Fat | Vitamin  B1 (Thiamin) | Vitamin  B3 (Niacin) | Vitamin  B5 (Pantothenic Acid) | Vitamin  B6 | Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Calcium | Dietary  Fiber | Magnesium | Phosphorus | Manganese | Selenium | Iron | Potassium | Copper | Zinc |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/flax-seeds.php#UOFP0EjYvxm4X13B.99

Health Benefits of Buckwheat:

    • Increased Immune Function
    • Reduced Cancer Risk
    • Protection Against Heart Disease
    • Regulation of Blood Sugar and Insulin Dependence
    • Slowing the progression of AIDS
    • Slowing Aging
    • DNA Repair and Protection
    • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
    • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
    • Promoted Eye Health
    • Alzheimer’s Protection
    • Osteoporosis Protection
    • Stroke Prevention
    • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
    • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
    • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
    • Antioxidant Protection
    • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
    • Alleviation of the Common Cold
    • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)
    • Due to the glucoside, rutin, found in buckwheat it helps to strengthen  capillary walls, reduce damage to blood vessels from high blood pressure, and to  increase micro-circulation for people with chronic venous insufficiency.
    • Possible Regulation of Type II Diabetes
    • Reduction of Serum (Blood) Cholesterol

*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients  highly  concentrated in Buckwheat, and may not necessarily be related to  Buckwheat.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Buckwheat: Carbohydrates | Protein | Vitamin  B1 (Thiamin) | Vitamin  B2 (Riboflavin) | Vitamin  B3 (Niacin) | Vitamin  B5 (Pantothenic Acid) | Vitamin  B6 | Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Magnesium | Phosphorus | Manganese | Selenium | Iron | Potassium | Copper | Zinc |

Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other  foods. Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/buckwheat.php#L1jLKx3jC1bjTJ6P.99

The Garden – A room with a view

Sweetness!

thank you to gator woman at walkingwithaligators for nominating my blog  for the Super Sweet Blogging Award

The Garden – A Room With A View

When you look into your own stunning garden, what do you see? Is it the oasis of peace and tranquility for you? Is it that place where you find that quiet stillness? Does it nurture you, entice you, welcome you? Does it say to you, come here, come here, come into the garden!
Your garden is your own room with a view. When you look into that space, it’s your own stunning landscape that you’ve created yourself, that you see.
The fabulous colour, the blooms, the decor, the garden design and the fabulous foliage. This you create yourself. The never ending room with a view.
Your neighbour has a house there, but cleverly, you conceal that. What is that back garden gate for? Does it take you into the forest? Perhaps the orchard.
Logistically, your house and front yard take up about half of your property if your property size is 50’x100′. This gives you room for your backyard living space. To create the ongoing garden and to give the appearance of more and more space, you can put your forest or orchard outside of the back fence.
Why did out ancestors put in the garden gate? They didn’t necessarily own the land beyond the fence. The land implied, by the gate.
There’s an assumption implied by putting in a gate. The gate surely accesses something. Surely, when you open the gate, it accesses something that you can enter. It’s clever and it’s a trick you can use yourself. You can build your fence and put in a gate. The gate itself, implies that you have access to the land beyond.
You, also, can access the land beyond.
Build your fence several feet from your property line. It doesn’t have to be a high fence, but it can be. Chose whatever building materials you prefer, but be careful of light and shade. If it’s too dark, you’re plants won’t grow. Put in your gate.
Behind the fence plant your trees and shrubs, for your own forest. You can build a pathway through this garden and put in a bench. You should fence the back behind this garden as well so that you have properly claimed your own property. By doing this, you’ve given yourself the view you enjoy and your lucky neighbour has a beautiful view as well.
Some of us were raised that the garden is a yard. An expanse of grass. The expanse of grass has visual appeal, but offers no privacy. You can still have this expanse of grass, or/and a garden, the fence, the garden gate and the forest all on your property.
If the fenceline is too harsh for your taste, you can do a graduating garden, with shrubs closer in the yard, gradually incorporating trees as you move further back to your lot line. You can still put in a gate, by putting a break in the shrubbery and making a path to the gate.
Now follow the path into the forest.
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written by: l
Louise Hayes
April 14, 2013

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Health Benefits of Fennel:

      • Increased Immune Function
      • Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Slowing Aging
      • DNA Repair and Protection
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Alzheimer’s Protection
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Fennel is thought to reduce  flatulence, colic, urinary disorders, and constipation. The Anethole compound  which gives it most of its flavor is thought to alleviate inflammation and help  prevent cancer.

*Some of these health benefits are  due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Fennel, and may not necessarily be  related to Fennel.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Fennel: Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin  C | Calcium | Dietary  Fiber | Manganese | Iron | Potassium |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/fennel.php#oMIAqddtXSCZBAzB.99

 
Health Benefits of Ginger:

      • Increased Immune Function
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
      • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
      • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Ginger is known to help resolve  an array of digestive ailments, chiefly, gas and nausea. Ginger also has strong  anti-inflammatory properties that may cause it to help osteoarthritis. It is  also thought to help reduce and fight cancer, and is often used to alleviate  symptoms of the common cold and flu.

*Some of these  health benefits are due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Ginger, and may  not necessarily be related to Ginger.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Ginger: Carbohydrates | Vitamin  B6 | Vitamin  C | Dietary  Fiber | Magnesium | Manganese | Potassium | Copper |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/ginger.php#tFe58dLJY4Rz5e6h.99

Health Benefits of Daikon:

    • Increased Immune Function
    • Protection Against Heart Disease
    • Slowing Aging
    • DNA Repair and Protection
    • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
    • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
    • Alzheimer’s Protection
    • Osteoporosis Protection
    • Stroke Prevention

*Some of these health  benefits are due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Daikon, and may not  necessarily be related to Daikon.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Daikon: Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin  C | Dietary  Fiber | Potassium | Copper |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/daikon.php#WGccJOEBBGfK6dlY.99

Health Benefits of Garlic:

      • Increased Immune Function
      • Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Promoted Eye Health
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
      • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
      • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Alleviation of the Common Cold
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Crushed raw garlic contains an  antibiotic called allicin, thus, it is good to eat garlic when you have a cold  or flu. As a blood thinner, garlic is thought to promote cardiovascular health  and reduce the chance of heart attack. Garlic is also a

cholesterol lowering food

*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients  highly  concentrated in Garlic, and may not necessarily be related to  Garlic.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Garlic: Carbohydrates | Vitamin  B1 (Thiamin) | Vitamin  B2 (Riboflavin) | Vitamin  B5 (Pantothenic Acid) | Vitamin  B6 | Vitamin  C | Calcium | Dietary  Fiber | Magnesium | Phosphorus | Manganese | Selenium | Iron | Potassium | Copper | Zinc |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/garlic.php#VR1jqbF3w5voPBcG.99

Health Benefits of Eggplants:

      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Eggplants are high in  antioxidants and are thought to contain chemicals which can help reduce  cholesterol.

*Some of these health benefits are due  to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Eggplants, and may not necessarily be  related to Eggplants.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Eggplants: Vitamin  B1 (Thiamin) | Dietary  Fiber | Manganese |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/eggplant.php#CqCWbTCK0rvtgTPV.99

Food Part 3

Food Part 3

Food, Part 3

Her neighbour has the same amount of land. On this plot he houses seven pigs, one boar and six sows for regular pig production. Usually there are 16 maturing pigs, 16 young pigs and 16 piglets at a time. In the first year, they produce 48 piglets which he will raise large enough to provide meat for himself and some to sell. He has a smoke house for making ham and bacon, so his product is highly valued and he easily sustains himself.
The hides are tanned for leather. He also has a garden and an orchard. His trees are four crabapple, a mountain ash and a chokecherry. He puts in a hedge of raspberry and plants rhubarb, potato, corn for flour and pig food and other root vegetables. He will easily survive. There is enough fruit for pies, jam and pemican ( if needed) He will also trade with his neighbours some spun wool for smoked meat. All of this on a small plot of land 100’x100′.
The next property is a gardener. He puts in his crops of potato and other vegetables. He turns most of his property into a vegetable garden. He has to have his sheep, goat and chickens to survive, but they are kept in a small pen behind his house. He starts vegetables indoors and plants in containers, as well to add to his yield. There are zuccini, pumpkin and squash. He also plants lavendar and roses and starts a soap production. He purchases a still to make purfumes.
The next property is a goatherd. He has six goats on his land. His primary purpose is dairy. The goats provide milk for cheese, cottage cheese, yogourt, butter, milk and ice cream. He plants currants, raspberry, blueberry, saskatoon and oregano, savory, dill, mint ,thyme, sage and chives. He needs the berries to flavour his yogourt and ice cream and spice to flavour his cheese. He has plenty for trade and sale.
All of this without a tractor or a rotatiller.
These people all needed to gather seeds to plant their gardens.
Fortunatley, there are many seed companies to access online instead. visit:http://www.StokesSeeds.com or http://www.mckenzieseeds.com for information and to purchase seeds for your gardens.
There is now a growing trend to plant gardens in small garden plots, provided by the community. More and more people are becoming aware of the need for fresh, organic produce to help them survive. Planting and growing gardens has intrinsic rewards, as well as the obvious reward of the food production. The city of Hamilton, Ontario has set aside garden plots for decades, for those garden enthusiasts who don’t have land of their own. To see it for yourself, visit, http://www.growinggreenhamilton.com.
If you’re interested in garden plots in your own community, contact your local municipal government for information. Usually, if there are garden plots already available, this information is online if you google, community garden plots, food societies or garden plots, in your area.
For those of you with larger properties who are looking for trees and plants, there are some northern nurseries that have zone friendly plants.
Please visit: www.cheyennetree.ca and also, www.kiwinurseries.com. The Kiwi Nursery is the only one that I’ve seen who has black walnut, if it interests you.
written by: Louise Hayes
April 9, 2013

Health Benefits of Grapes: •Increased Immune Function •Protection Against Heart Disease •Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease •Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) •Alzheimer’s Protection •Osteoporosis Protection •Stroke Prevention Grapes are known for their flavonoids which can help reduce blood clots and artery damage. One flavonoid in particular, resveratrol, is thought to help slow the aging process in humans. *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Grapes, and may not necessarily be related to Grapes. Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in Grapes: Carbohydrates | Vitamin C | Vitamin K | Potassium | Copper |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/fruits/grapes.php#q4Qc0bJOMYzEM0yj.99

Health Benefits of Peaches: •Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections •Increased Immune Function •Reduced Cancer Risk •Protection Against Heart Disease

*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Peaches, and may not necessarily be related to Peaches. Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in Peaches: Carbohydrates | Vitamin A | Vitamin C | Dietary Fiber |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/fruits/peach.php#7x4PhZojusVeaglY.99 Health Benefits of Pears: •Increased Immune Function •Protection Against Heart Disease

*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Pears, and may not necessarily be related to Pears. Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in Pears: Vitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Copper |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/fruits/pear.php#vLcMEd7XfsOJtIhl.99

Foods Fruits Vegetables Recipes Blog FAQ

Plums (prunus domestica) are round or oval shaped fruits with a thin outer skin, mushy inner flesh, and single inner pip found in the center. Depending on type plums can range from yellow to dark red to purple.

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Health Benefits of Plums: •Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections •Increased Immune Function •Reduced Cancer Risk •Protection Against Heart Disease •Alzheimer’s Protection •Osteoporosis Protection •Constipation Relief

*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Plums, and may not necessarily be related to Plums. Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in Plums: Vitamin A | Vitamin C | Vitamin K |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/fruits