Thinking Out Loud ~ The Heart Sees What the Eyes Cannot See

Saint-Exupéry writes how the Little Prince and he travel through the desert looking for water. After a long and exhausting search, they find a well.

“Listen,” said the little Prince, “we awake this well and it sings. . . .”

I lifted the bucket to his lips. He drank, with eyes closed. It was sweet like a party. This water was something more than food. It was borne of the walk under the stars, the song of the pulley, the effort of my arms. It was good for the heart, as a gift. . . .

“Men in your planet,” said the little Prince, “cultivate 5000 roses in the same garden and they do not find what they are looking for . . . But the eyes are blind. They must look for it with the heart.”

Note: How much we take for granted as if we are entitled to it. Take, for example, the gift of the night sky. How often do we look up to the night sky and gaze at the stars with a sense of wonder and a grateful heart? How often do we contemplate the person we are in love with and are filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for this person who unconditionally loves us? When we discard our sense of entitlement and begin to look at everything as a gift we are filled with awe and our heart overflows with gratitude.

Healthy Lifestyle Tip ~ Walnuts are a Heart Helper

I googled, “What happens if I eat a handful of raw walnuts every day?” Here’s what I found:

Try Eating a Handful of Raw Walnuts Everyday and Reap the Benefits

Walnuts are incredibly nutritious, as they are packed with minerals, vitamins, and fiber. They’re also a good source of protein and healthy fats, which are linked to keeping you full longer and helping you control your cholesterol levels.
Walnuts have the highest level of antioxidants among all types of nuts. It’s attributed to the melatonin, plant compounds, and vitamin E that are present in the nut and its papery skin. Eating a handful of walnuts every day can lower your bad cholesterol level, known as LDL or low-density lipoprotein. In addition to providing your body with the nutritional benefits it needs, walnuts are linked to a reduction in inflammation. They contain polyphenols, which are micronutrients that have several health benefits. The polyphenols in walnuts can be converted to compounds called urolithins within the gut. These compounds have been found to help reduce inflammation in the body. Since walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, more so than any other nut, eating them regularly can also help you maintain your heart health and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. The omega-3 fat that comes from plants is known as Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), and it’s essential to a healthy heart.


Good Health Tip of the Day

Are You Eating Fast Food Burgers Regularly?

I asked the AI Bard program if eating fast food burgers was healthy. Here’s the answer:

Fast food hamburgers can be bad for your health if you eat them on a regular basis. They are often high in calories, fat, sodium, and sugar, and low in nutrients. This can lead to weight gain, obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems Here are some of the specific health risks associated with fast food hamburgers:

  • Weight gain and obesity: Fast food hamburgers are high in calories and fat, which can contribute to weight gain and obesity. Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
  • Heart disease: Fast food hamburgers are high in saturated fat, which can raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels. This can increase your risk of heart disease.
  • Type 2 diabetes: Fast food hamburgers are high in sugar, which can contribute to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body turns food into energy.
  • Cancer: Some studies have linked processed meats, such as fast food hamburgers, to an increased risk of cancer. However, more research is needed to confirm this link.

If you do eat fast food hamburgers, it is important to make healthy choices. Choose a hamburger that is lean, grilled, and without cheese. Limit the amount of toppings you add, and choose a healthy side dish, such as a salad or fruit. Here are some tips for making healthier fast food choices:

  • Choose a lean burger: Look for a burger that is made with 90% lean ground beef or turkey.
  • Get it grilled: Grilling is a healthier cooking method than frying.
  • Hold the cheese: Cheese is high in saturated fat, so it is best to skip it.
  • Choose your toppings wisely: Limit the amount of high-fat toppings, such as cheese, bacon, and mayonnaise.
  • Order a side salad: A side salad is a healthier option than fries or onion rings.

If you are trying to eat a healthy diet, it is best to limit your intake of fast food hamburgers. However, if you do eat them, make healthy choices and enjoy them in moderation.

Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Blackberries: A Fruit Loaded with Nutritional Benefits

Blackberries are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. “These nutrients are essential for good health,” says Zumpano. “And research studies show that antioxidants may reduce inflammation and prevent many diseases, including cancer.” Blackberries are also low in calories and carbs. One cup has 62 calories and 13.8 grams of carbohydrates. This gives you the green light to fully enjoy them. Here are some of the major benefits blackberries provide.

  1. Blackberries boost your body’s functions.
  2. Blackberries reduce inflammation.
  3. Blackberries prevent cardiovascular disease .
  4. Blackberries protect and improve brain function.
  5. Blackberries prevent cancer,


Health Tip for Today ~ Onions Pack a Nutritional Punch

Add Onions to Your Daily Diet

Onions are part of the Allium family, a group of spicy, sharp root vegetables that includes garlic, leeks and chives. They’re especially high in organosulfur compounds. These chemicals give onions their strong odor and taste (and make you cry). They also have many health benefits. “People have used onions for medicinal purposes for centuries,” says registered dietitian Gillian Culbertson, RD, LD.

Here’s How Onions Help

    1. Onions lower cancer risk.
    2. Onions fend off chronic conditions
    3. Onions protect against heart disease.
    4. Onions strengthen bones
    5. Onions fight bacteria
    6. Onions aid digestion


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