stress much?

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Yeah….me too.

When most women talk about stress they are usually referring to an emotional stress or tension.  And what constitutes as tormenting stress to one may be a cake walk for someone else!   (who are those women?)  Either way, any ‘stressor’ can trigger the body’s automatic stress-response system.  Now you’re going to welcome in illness, such as a common cold, a heart attack or even cancer.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

TIPS FOR EATING DURING STRESS

  • Don’t forget breakfast!! If you are running on empty, stress will be much harder to manage
  • Slow down!  Eating quickly can cause digestive problems, which will only make things more stressful
  • Don’t diet!  (It’s about time someone said that!) Changing your eating habits can be stressful even during the good days!
  • Pass on the cocktail and caffeine!  They will affect your mood and sleep patterns.
  • Listen to your body!  Avoid foods that cause discomfort and get plenty of sleep at night.

Good nutrition is extremely important during those bouts of stress.  Your food will provide energy, vitamins and minerals for dealing with stress and help to attack any negative nellies that are zeroing in on your immune system.

Take a hike!  No seriously….get outside.  Go for a walk and take some deep breaths.  Look up at the clouds and remind yourself of the important things in life….and count your blessings!  Be grateful for waking up!  Can’t park up close to the store?  Thank God you have two good legs and can probably use the extra steps to burn some calories.

When you see what you DO have, you’ll have a stronger sense of peace and that stress will begin to disappear….

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what the heck is moringa?

Glad you asked…..or maybe you didn’t’….. but humor me while I tell you what I dug up…

According to the book Lost Crops of Africa, volume II” by the National Research Council, moringa leaves contain seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots, two times the protein in milk, three times the potassium in bananas and twice the amount of iron in spinach. Optima of Africa, Ltd., a group working with the tree in Tanzania, also points out that 25 g — or close to an ounce — of moringa leaf powder per day provides a child with 42 percent of his daily protein requirement, 125 percent of calcium, 61 percent of magnesium, 41 percent of potassium, 71 percent of iron, 272 percent of vitamin A and 22 percent of vitamin C. Various parts of the tree also contain the minerals zinc, manganese, phosphorus and copper. (via)
Now there’s a nutritional powerhouse!!
Turns out this little miracle tree can not only provide for you medicinally, but it can even purify your water! Virtually every part of the tree can be used!
Craaazy! 
Natural News says, “The immature pods are the most valued and widely used of all  the tree parts. The pods are extremely nutritious, containing all the essential  amino acids along with many vitamins and other nutrients. The immature pod can  be eaten raw or prepared like green peas or green beans, while the mature pods  are usually fried and possess a peanut-like flavor The thickened root is used as a substitute for horseradish  although this is now discouraged as it contains alkaloids, especially  moriginine, and a bacteriocide, spirochin, both of which can prove fatal  following ingestion. The leaves are eaten as greens, in salads,  in vegetable curries, as pickles and for seasoning. They can be pounded up and  used for scrubbing utensils and for cleaning walls. Leaves and young branches  are relished by livestock. The Bark can be used for tanning and  also yields a coarse fiber. The flowers, which must be cooked,  are eaten either mixed with other foods or fried in batter and have been shown  to be rich in potassium and calcium.”
So where the heck have I been?  Even Dr. Oz has been talking about it!!!  It’s practically a money tree….of nutrition!
Moringa Leaves are full of essential disease-preventing nutrients:
  • Vitamin A, which acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other diseases.
  • Vitamin C, fighting a host of illnesses including colds and flu.
  • Calcium, which builds strong bones and teeth, and helps prevent osteoporosis.
  • Potassium, essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves.
  • Proteins, the basic building blocks of all our body cells.

And here’s something cool…..Trees for Life is helping to spread awareness of Moringa’s benefits, and helping people grow their own Moringa trees.   That is waaay cool!  Helping people help themselves!!

They are also encouraging scientific research on Moringa and its potential uses.  Your gift of Moringa trees can help hungry people lead healtier, happier lives.

Wanna try some Moringa in capsule form?  I just purchased some HERE.  You can choose from a tea, leaf powder or the capsule form.  Since I am a bit silly when it comes to something new, I decided on the capsule form.  I will keep you posted on my new super-powers to come!