Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reconnect with your LIFE! Think about you for awhile!

If you can start exploring possibilities, you will start surpassing all known boundaries. - Amitt Parikh

Reconnecting with ME, that seems so simply, but yet it is not!! 
This ME thing is so new, I have had a really good lst week at doing things for me, having lunches with my sister, and a long lost friend!!  Getting out and doing christmas shopping, doing this blog, taking time to do things just for me!


Power Food :  Green Tea
This antioxidant brew is for more than sipping!

Think of green teas as the unplugged variety: though it's derived from the same plant as black and oolaong, green tea undergoes no fermentation, so it's closets to straight from the tree state.  Less processing results in a fresh, grassy-flavored drink that relatively low in caffeine- it has about 50 mg per cup compared to 175mg per a cup of coffee--loaded with cancer fighting antioxidants.  It may also help your heart by reducing levels of LDL "BAD" cholesterold and relaxing  the arteries to improve blood flow.  It also helps on cutting down on visits to the dentists, green tea might help to stave off gum disease and tooth decay, and help with bad breath.  Some studies have shown that Green tea boosts the metabolism.

It is best to buy the loose leaf teas with whole or large pieces of leaves, rather than tea bags, which tends to contains dust, left over from higher grade teas.  Tea Bags often have a harsher flavor also.  Look for handpicked label, as these teas most likely contain the prime pluck of the plant.  Store in a dark airtight container.  When brewing green tea, use near boiling water; boiling water may take away the healthy compounds.  Seperate the steeped leaves from the tea as soon as it's brewed to your taste typically 3 to 5 minutes.  A longer steep releases more, resulting a bitter flavor. 

Green Tea Apple Spice Drink
4 Cups Water
 2 Tbsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Granny Smith Apple Seeded, coarsely chopped, plus slices for serving
4 stripes orange zest, from 1/2 orange
1/3 cup loose green tea

Combine water, honey nutmeny, cinnamon, apple, and orange zest in a medium pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes.  Cover remove from heat, and let steep 15 minutes, strain thru a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth pressing all the juice thru the apples, let steep one minute.  Strain out the tea, reheat if necessary, and serve.  Garnish with apple slices.  Serves 4 to 6

I want to start my yoga/ mediation about for ME!! It does my body so good!

I found this and thought I would share it with you
Mediation for Beginners
1.  sit in a chair and allow your body to settle.
2.  Slowly scan your body from head to toe, noticing where you feeling tight.
3. Bring your attention to your breathing, inhaling and exhaling through your nose but never forcing your breath.  Keep your mouth softly closed, your jaw relaxed.
4. Become more and more sensititive to your breath, in tune with where your body moves * and doesn't move* on the inhale and exhale*.
5.  Allow your awareness of your breath to bring ease to your entire body.  Imagine your body moving toward the earth, fully supported.
6.  Continue, observing your breath moving in and out of your body.
7.  At the end of of 15 minutes, breath deeply three times, allowing the inhale to move down to your toes and the exhale to move up and out of the topes of your shoulders.  Pause and then open your eyes.

The more times you do this, you will be able to do it with out looking and reading it and will be so relaxing to your mind, body and soul!  Do it for you for awhile and just see~~

Bible Verse for Today
Job 7:7

Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;
my eyes will never see happiness again.

I hope you all have a happy and blessed day for you!! Share you comments with me I love to hear from you!  Lisa

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