My Farmer’s Market event on Sunday was such a success. I met some great people and we talked all about the carotenoid rich foods at the market this season and their role and importance in the fall/winter months especially. Carotenoids are richly colored molecules and are the source of the yellow, orange, and red colors of many plants while fruit and vegetables provide most of the carotenoids in the human diet. Carotenoids are broken up in two classes: carotenes (α-carotene, β-carotene, and lycopene), which convert to vitamin A and known as provitamin A and xanthophylls (β-cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin) which do not convert to vitamin A.
Vitamin A is essential for normal growth and development, immune system function, and vision. It is also a very powerful antioxidant that protects against free-radical damage caused by UV rays, so clearly these powerful foods showing up after long days in the summer sun where our eyes are stressed and our skin too, are quite timely. Lung cancer, prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration are all diseases that may be prevented when eating a diet rich in these colorful foods, as well as some greens too that are rich in carotenoids. It is also important to note the effectiveness of the effectiveness of carotenoids in foods vs. supplements and when eating these foods, carotenoid absorption requires the presence of fat in a meal. As little as 3-5 g is sufficient. So, get cooking with your organic fats like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and/or butter. Please no canola, soy or vegetable oil. These trans-fats are heavily processed and wreak havoc on your immune system. Continue Reading »
I just called the Mayor of Albuquerque to thank him for his compassion and innovation for how to best handle a terrible problem that exists in every crevice of every community in this country; Homelessness! See, I bookmark websites that have good news to share because I know it is more important to dwell in beauty than darkness and though my prayers are always with those that suffer, especially in our times with wars than span Europe, the Middle East and even the ones that span our streets in America (because there are terrible economic and race wars going on in the streets here), I always make sure to move right back over to Divine light and seek out the people that are doing great things for their communities because that is where I see a real chance for humanity and for the young ones who will inherit this earth. These beautiful vignettes that are happening all over the globe give me such hope and makes my heart warm and mushy! It’s a wonderful feeling.
So, yeah I think it is important to thank those that do great work because it validates their efforts and encourages them to keep on keeping on and we want that! We want as many people as possible to be motivated and excited about the positive mark they are making in their communities so they move forward in their efforts. Everyone has a need to be validated and though this is not what drives someone to do great work, it always feels wonderful when someone acknowledges it. I hope you feel inspired to get out of your comfort zone and pick up the phone and call Mayor Richard Berry so you can really participate in this beautiful experience he has created for the homeless in his community.
When we escape distratction like the Trump’s and Kardashian’s of the world and look at how real people are creating beautiful and dignified experiences for those that are suffering, our life improves in such a tangible way. We are immediately uplifted and feel taken care of and loved too because even if you may not be homeless, I am sure you are aware of how frail these times are and I’m sure your neighborhood is littered with the homeless and families with not enough food to eat. Unlike those that live in an exclusive bubble, like Tom Brady who claimed he does “not know the issues” facing this country (can you believe that – how can you not know?) we are living in the real world and see every single day terrible things and know too that those things could happen to anyone of us at any given time whether because of economics, a health crisis or natural disaster, so to witness someone in government that can make a difference and really DOES DO IT makes the world look less bleak and a safer haven for us all. XO
Source: The mayor of Albuquerque saw a homeless man with a ‘Will work’ sign. It gave him a great idea.