Multi-Talented Teen Asha Berry

Multi-talented phenomenal teen, Asha Berry holds a 4.4 G.P. A and is # 8 out of 315 in her graduating class. How she finds the time to be on the varsity cheerleading squad, member of the Thespians Society, Cappies ( theater critique group), National Honors Society, student council, college ambassador, advanced orchestra and theater,concert choir and Caruthers Creative Center Dance Studio Sr. Dance Troupe Member I will never figure out! She recently was a member of her high school swim and dive team.  She has already earned two years of college credit classes, dreams of majoring in theater at NYU or the University of Chicago next year and has been dancing since the age of two.  She is lettered in choir, theater, and orchestra, and has played roles in the play Oklahoma. Other high-lights to her already impressive list include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Stage Door Dance Competition, and the musical, Hairspray.  Asha has superior ratings at district choir contests, does all of this while working part-time at HyVee for over a year, and helps take over receptionist and teaching responsibilities at Caruthers Dance Studio.

Asha was also given the Nirm Brooks award for being the girl with a perfect GPA of a 4.0 for every grading period all 3 years of middle school. She is also a former Girl Scout, and also received an award in her school district for being a distinguished scholar, as well as an invitation to Girl’s State.

Please give this talented teen a pat on the back for being a go getter and shattering the stereotypes of African American youth. Oh, she is also my beautiful niece so I guess I’m guilty of being a proud Aunt.

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See her in action below performing her character dance, “The Adams Family”.

Prepare Now for Cold and Flu Season

 

As we try to brace ourselves to fight off colds and other viruses in the coming season, I have found one thing that seems to boost the immunity and help the body recover from these viruses.  For a long time, we have used ginger and lemon as a tea, but I had always been thinking how I could make it even more potent.

It suddenly occurred to me that so many recipes that I have used in the past that call for lemons as the ingredient specifically require the use of the lemon rind.  Just in the small amount of the rind, we know that we get a powerful amount of flavor.  Well it’s not just the benefit of the added flavor from this small amount of the rind ingredient, we also gain:

  • 5-10 times more vitamins and minerals in the rind than in the juice of the lemon
  • Cancer fighting protection from a phytonutrient called salvestrol Q40 as well as limonene.
  • Flavenoids also found in the rind help to slow down the division of cancer cells
  • Due to the amount of calcium and vitamin C, lemon rinds are excellent for promoting bone health and all sorts of joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory polyarthritis.  It even helps with osteoporosis
  • Decrease in cholesterol (LDL in particular).  This is the cholesterol that is not healthy for us.  This in turn will lead to better circulation and heart health.

So, I thought to myself, why not use the entire lemon in a tea with my usual ginger, but instead of using in the form of chunks, blend it  ALL up.  Here is what you will need:

  • About enough ginger root to fit into the palm of your hand or about the size of a medium sized lemon. Peel the ginger root and rinse it with water.
  • About 1/4 cup of brown sugar (and 1/2 cup of white sugar , or use all brown sugar if you please)
  • 4 tea bags of whatever type of tea you would like (optional)
  • About a tablespoon of honey
  • 1&1/2 liters of boiled water (filtered or good quality bottled water, not tap)
  • A medium or large lemon, washed with soap and water. DO NOT PEEL. Use the rind and the entire lemon so as not to lose the vitamin C in the rind.
  1. Once you gathered your ingredients, chop the washed lemon and the peeled ginger root into chunks as seen above.
  2. Place the chunks of ginger, chunks of lemon, honey, sugars and about 1/3 of the boiled water into your blender.  Blend the ingredients for about a minute.
  3. Meanwhile, put the tea bags (optional) and the rest of your boiled water into a medium sized pot and pour the blended contents into this pot and stir a few times (above uppermost right picture).
  4. Let the ingredients steep by covering the pot with a top for about 5-10 minutes.
  5. After steeping, strain all at one time or one serving at a time as seen above.
  6. Save the strained ingredients in a tupperware and use it once more if you desire but within 1-2 days.  Store in the fridge.
  7. Enjoy your Immune System Boost and hopefully prevent catching so many colds and the flu this Winter, and if you do I hope this will aid in a quicker recovery!images

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Who Are We

We are those which are undeniable

Try as you may to sum us up, your formulas become unreliable

Exponential spiritual growth, magnified and powered by His Word.

Stereotypes smashed, obliterated, set free from those  bywords

Make a stand for truth, time quickly winding down

Exhibit faith although enemies will no doubt surround

Bnei Yisrael, your walk and talk mark you

We don’t fear being different, for we know who and what we pursue

Who Are We?

We are Children of Light, who walk by faith, execute what’s right

Strive to arrive at a new height, who fight to make the flesh an oversight,

So we can ultimately UNITE to heal the world from this diabolical plight……

AND TRULY EXIST AGAIN IN HIS IMAGE

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Give Yourself a Tumeric Tune-up

Can you use a boost or want to cleanse out toxins but want a natural source?  Want to jump start your metabolism?  Suffer from Acne?  How about Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases?  Take a few minutes to read.  You may add on to your life or someone you care for by using the following info about a super food that we all should keep in our kitchen.

Tumeric is a plant that is the main spice in curry.  Most people know it for its bitter taste and its bright orange color.  It has a sharp taste and smells like pepper.  In addition to its use to flavor and color curry, its root is also used in the making of medications. 

In addition to its antiinfective properties (antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal) tumeric is also loaded with protein and dietary fiber.  It is packed with a host of vitamins and nutrients such as niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.  If that’s not enough, check out these additional uses.

Top 10 Claims to Fame 

Prevents cancer

Helps to relieve inflammation such as in arthritis and has anti-oxidant properties to destroy free radicals.

Prevents liver disease

Controls diabetes

Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

Reduces cholesterol level

My favorite- boosts the immune system!

Can improve digestion

Heals wounds

Can help to maintain ideal body weight

Bonus:  I have found it helpful with lemon juice for controlling acne!

How does it work

Some components in tumeric may help to decrease swelling (inflammation).  Tumeric also has anti-oxidant properties which decrease free radicals that can damage the cells in our body.

Sources such as Web MD report that for most problems, tumeric has been used in doses of 500 mg twice a day and up to 500 mg four times a day.  As with everything, it is not without side effects, however, I would rather use something natural that has been around for ages instead of popping a pill.  Feel free to comment on your experience with this natural root.

References and further reading:

Top 10 Health Benefits of Tumeric

Web MD Review of Tumeric

I have found truth to the claims that it is an immune system booster, great for alleviating pain, good for healthier looking skin, great for joint flexibility and so much more.  It has been used for thousands of years and has been used in Ayurvedic medical practice in India.  A few other things I did not know about it is that it supports healthy eyesight and that it supports healthy respiratory function.

How much tumeric should you take?

As always, you should ask your doctor, however, many doctors are not into non-pharmaceutical healing.  I can only report to you what has been done by various individuals and ask that you be responsible and talk it through with your healthcare provider before trying anything.  There are so many drug-drug and drug-herb interactions that it may also be helpful to download an app to your phone.  Its great for preliminary information on interactions and is called “Natural Medicines Database”.

I have found various sources that say that to gain benefit from tumeric, you should use about 1 teaspoon a day of the ground dried root powder.  20160122_115521 (2)

I buy tumeric from the grocery store in the spice section.  Make sure to read the label so that you are getting 100% (or as close as possible).  I suspect that a small amount is curcumin, about 2%, but just remember that all brands are not created equal.  My label looks like this:

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If you do your own research, you will find dosages vary a lot, mainly because some studies have used them for prevention of unwanted symptoms or disease and some studies used it in curative doses.

So how do I use it?

I like to take the juice of half of a lemon and a teaspoon of tumeric powder and put it in about 1/2 cup of room temperature water.  Take it to the head then rinse it down with a half cup more of room temperature water.  I use a good brand of bottled water with a pH a bit above 8.  I do this about every other day.  The lemon is good for liver detox and is high in vitamin C and other minerals.  Both components are good for clearer skin.  You will get the benefits of both.  I do this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and boy does it wake me up!  You will find that others use ginger root with these two which you are welcome to do.   I like to be able to keep it easy without having to chop or juice.  I find that the easier it is, the more successful I am with sticking to it.

Another recipe:  http://www.thesweeterthejuice.com/make-ginger-lemon-turmeric-wellness-shot/

Disclaimer:  As always, please remember to consult your doctor before using any medication, herbal or natural product/supplements.  If you are pregnant or nursing, please especially be cautious of using any medication, herbal or natural product/supplements without consulting your doctor.  This information is only to be used as a supplement to instructions given by your medical professional and you should always inform them of the usage of other medications, herbs or natural products/supplements.

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BEYOND YOUR LIMITS 

Reblog of a fellow blogger’s poem that inspired me. Hope it helps to push you to your next level. So brighten someone’s day and share it as well!😄

INSPIRATIONAL POEMS

With every moment you breathe,
With every second you survive,
You compete with yourself,
For supreme best, you strive!

Don’t stop till you reach a point,
Where you’re fit to be called a great man,
Don’t be satisfied with what you have,
Push your limits, harder than you can!

Keep battling, keep proceeding,
Till flags of glory are unfurled,
Remember, your battle is with yourself,
Your battle is not with the world!

Don’t make the world your opponent,
You yourself be the one,
Get better with every mistake,
You make during this long run.

Battle till your last breathe,
Author the most glorious life story,
Remember the journey is tough,
Beyond your limits, lies your glory!

– Nikesh Lilani

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Partners in Crime? HBP and SD!

A reposting if you missed the article by yours truly before. A reminder that over time something as little as not getting your sleep can be extremely detrimental. Share this with someone you love.

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Is High Blood Pressure linked to Sleep Deprivation (SD)?

I thought about this as I awoke this morning, not feeling very rested and knowing I should have went to bed earlier.  Also, I thought of my family members in the US that I felt compelled to text after a troubling 4:00 a.m. nightmare.  They often are still up as I rise at 6 or 7 a.m., which tells me…… they are most likely not getting enough sleep either!

Could we be destroying our health from just lack of this one simple thing…..sleep?  Studies have shown that less than 6 hours per night of sleep could possibly have a correlation to increase blood pressure.  Sleep helps our blood to regulate our stress hormones and helps our nervous systems to stay healthy.

Over a period of time, not getting the proper amount of sleep could decrease our body’s ability to regulate stress…

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JazzitUp Mother Daughter Workout

This video post is a super fun workout that anyone can do! It is meant to inspire all, especially mothers and daughters to spend time with one another. Our children are only with us for a little while, and before you know it, all grown up😉! So, find ways to share, laugh, love and learn. Hope you enjoy the vid and the bloopers at the end😂!

Remember to share and comment on how you bond with your children. It may just help someone else.

Five Ways to Fight Breast Cancer

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So, you just received some of the worst news of your life.  Everything stands still for what it seems like an eternity as the doctor breaks the news to you, “You have breast cancer.”  Millions of thoughts race through your mind.  If you are not Superwoman and just an ordinary woman like the rest of us, millions of thoughts run through your mind and your life may even flash before your eyes.  The end that you see is so dark and feels so lonely. (Men, let us not forget that 1 out of 1,000 men also receive this diagnosis).

Well we all know that this vessel that our souls are housed in is breaking down by the minute and there is more to healing than just the physical.  It takes a holistic approach to treat and ultimately cure any disease.  An approach to treatment that considers mind, body and spirit!

Before you finish writing the story of your life, why not add some chapters and take it one day at a time, of course, leaning on the Creator of All, our Heavenly Father first and foremost to help you fight this battle?  He has put everything we need here to prevent and even heal Dis-Eases.

Where does cancer come from?

Most researchers would agree that there is some type of gene mutation that occurs.  A small percentage of cancers occur as a result of an inherited gene mutation from our parents that we are born with.  Most gene mutations occur after birth and aren’t inherited.   They may be caused by outside forces, such as smoking, radiation, viruses, cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens), obesity, hormones, chronic inflammation and a lack of exercise.  During cell growth, these gene mutations occur frequently.   The majority of the time, our cells contain a maintenance plan to repair a cell that is performing incorrectly, however, when the mistake is missed, the cell can become cancerous.

What natural things can I do to help my body heal?

Keep in mind that all of the things below are meant to serve as supplemental care to cancer treatment.  Some choose to treat only naturally and others may decide to use a combination of holistic plus a more westernized approach.

  • ALKALIZE YOUR BODY:  Cancer cells thrive off of an acidic environment and just love to break down sugar.  After getting in your 5 servings per day of veggies and fruits that you need to eat to maintain a healthy diet, juicing veggies with a small amount of fruit is extremely powerful!  Green vegetables like kale and spinach help to alkalize the body fluids the best.  Blending instead of juicing and making smoothies is another healthy way to alkalize.  Keep the fruits to a minimum and add natural anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory foods such as fresh ginger and spices such as tumeric.  Make sure you get organic foods and pass on the pesticides. This is an excellent reference for juicing and great ideas:  Juicing and Cancer

 

  • WATER IS SO IMPORTANT:  What is your water source?  While researchers are still trying to decide if the pH of our water has any influence on stopping or slowing cancer growth, ask them if they would rather drink from the tap or drink water that has been properly filtered and chemical/toxin free.  Water makes up a major part of our body weight so we should know that what we replenish with is very important!  At a lower pH, cancer cells thrive.  Can you drink water with a pH that is too high?  Sure.  There is a balance to everything.  Ideally we would all drink spring water but not many of us have continuous access to a spring.  Ionized water is also held in high regard when it comes to aiding in cancer treatment.  It’s a great antioxidant and therefore neutralizes free radicals in the body that are known to aid in cancer development.  (see article for full explanation Ionized Water Treatment).  If you must drink bottled water and do not have a good filtration or purification system in your home, FUJI bottled water is great and is more alkaline.  FUJI also has a reverse osmosis purification system that can be installed into your home which is also more ideal.  ( FUJI Water System )

 

  • Lack of Sleep and CancerThere was a 2003 study done that showed how well we sleep may determine how well our body will be able to fight cancer.  Not too long ago, I also wrote a post about the link between high cortisol levels (the “stress hormone” triggered during times of anxiety) and lack of sleep as well as how lack of sleep can lead to us being more susceptible to other diseases and disorders.  Relationship Between Cortisol and StressSome even believe that our mental well being may also be a big part of the recovery process or can contribute to the worsening of cancer.  In previous studies, physicians found that problems with sleeping change the balance of 2 or more hormones that influence cancer cells, one of them being cortisol.  Cortisol is a big player in regulation of our immune systems and the release of cells called “natural killers” that help our bodies to fight cancer.  We have a natural rise in cortisol and it reaches it’s peak at dawn after we have slept and it lowers during the day.  Sleep disturbances can disrupt this rhythm, leading to a lower ability of the body to fight breast cancer.

    A second major player is the hormone melatonin which is also affected by sleep. It’s produced by the brain during sleep and may have antioxidant properties that help prevent damage to cells that can lead to cancer.  Melatonin also lowers estrogen production from the ovaries so if you suffer from lack of sleep, this leads to a deficiency in melatonin.  Levels of estrogen most likely will result, thus increasing the risk of breast cancer.   Bottom line….we all need to sleep minimum 7 hours per night and sleeping during the night is more in tune with our bodies and our circadian rhythms.  See below reference for more reading.

    How Sleep Affects Cancer

  • What things should I stop doing?

There are so many things that we eat that can allow cancer to thrive but more importantly there are things that we use such as personal hygiene items and cosmetics that can literally be killing us.  Please refer to my recent post.  It is best to go natural when at all possible and eliminate these items, especially in the battle against cancer.  The less exposure to toxins and the more awareness to prevent further exposure, the more your body can begin to repair itself. Pretty Kills (known toxins you may be using)

  • What role do Mind and Spirit play?

Now that we have spoken so much about the body and how to not only heal, but prevent further damage in various ways, I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t speak about the role of our mental health and spiritual beliefs.  Why is it that more and more hospitals are finding that patients that spend time in the hospital garden have less anxiety and a better state of mind?  Studies found that gardening not only provides exercise, takes our minds off of our worries, but may also influence how we eat  as well.  Many researchers also agree that physical activity holds a major role in healing from cancer.  Gardening is seen as a hobby versus exercise, so people generally enjoy it more than running on a treadmill or aerobics.  If you have ever tried gardening, you also look forward to the daily surprises in the growth that takes place.  These things are definite positive influences on stress hormone levels, blood pressure, and our immune systems.

Let us also remember that we can control some things, but ultimately if we are walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh, we believe in something that is much bigger than all of us.  I believe in prayer and that whatever we ask, be it our Heavenly Father’s will, it shall be done.  So many things in life can come and shake the foundation of our faith, however, we must continue to believe and show our belief through our works.  Spiritual well-being is at the core of all and this I believe is a great starting point for many ailments if you are seeking full recovery.

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So Berry Nice!

Hey all!  Just a great update on some sweet success for one of my talented nieces, Kya Berry!  She is taking the modeling world by storm!   She has been modeling with Hoffman International for the last few years and now has earned a spot with Payless Shoes in a recent commercial.  Kya recently danced with Kaufman Center as well.  She has been featured on the blog as a guest artist and is still working hard to make her dreams happen.  By the way Kya, you do “Own Your Style” and you wear it Berry well!  Please check out her recent dance video as well at national competition in which she received First Place Photogenic Double Platinum and Competitive 1st Place Award and placed 19th out of 80 dancers!  All the best Sweetie and so proud of you!

Click here to see Own Your Style Video with Kya Berry

 

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She has a very polished channel about Fashion, Make Up, Video Tips, Product Reviews and More!

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Methi Dal

Another healthy and unique recipe from a fellow wordpress blogger!🍴

Smart Veg Recipes

Lentil and vegetable based healthy delicious Spinach Dal is jewel of every North Indian meal.Spinach Dal is perfect combination of spinach ,lentil,garlic and spices.

Ingredients(2 serving)


  • Tuar dal – 1/2 cup
  • Onion – 1/2 cup finely chopped
  •  Fresh fenugreek leaves- 1 cup chopped
  • Garlic-3-4 cloves
  • Tomato – 1 cup finely chopped
  • Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Green chili-1 slit length wise
  • Salt – 1/2, tsp to taste
  • Whole red chili – 2
  • Bay leaf-1-2
  • Mustard seed-1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seed – 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking oil/clarified butter-2 tbsp

Method


Step 1 – Wash dal and pressure cook with 4 whistles then for 2-3 minutes on low flame. Keep it aside.

Step2 – Heat oil in nonstick pan and add mustard seed. When seed crackle add cumin seed,  whole red chili, bay leaf,garlic ,add chopped onions and cook it2-3 minutes till golden brown,add chopped fenugreek leaves cook 3-4 minutes till leaves completely…

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