The Importance of FRUIT

Eat a variety of fruit everyday. 2 – 4 cups a day would be perfect.

   I am getting close to the editing portion of releasing my book – – THE HAPPINESS EFFECT – – A self help book explaining why our current synthetic and processed food and medicine is killing us, how fruit, vegetables, and herbs work with our body naturally creating zero unwanted, unnatural side effects, and positive momentum. You can eat the healthiest food everyday and you can still be unhappy and unhealthy, why? Because if you are not being grateful, and living with positive intention, you will never be balanced. The way I approach life is that you must:

  • Get your body right, 
  • To get your mind right, 
  • To keep your life right.

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Here is an unedited excerpt from chapter 13, enjoy and let’s hear what you think about it! 

Every time you eat or drink, 

you are either feeding disease 

or fighting it.” 

Heather Morgan, MS, NLC

13

FRUIT

     Fruit is probably my favorite, go to food for snacks, and for their health benefits. I love my veggies and herbs because they are very balancing and touch all three Life Centers. However fruit generally contains more protein than herbs, is high in fiber, and natural sugar. Fruit also has some heavy antioxidants, and high vitamin and mineral content per serving, and they are obviously sweeter than herbs, or vegetables. Fruit is my sugar snack substitute. You will notice however, that just like vegetables and herbs, fruit will also improve all three Life Centers.    

     The purple colored fruit are overflowing with antioxidant properties making them a source for anti-cancer benefits. Science is proving that purple fruit and vegetables are amazing at controlling free radicals (Zombie cells) giving your body a complete package for cancer prevention. You should eat some purple fruit or vegetables every day. 

     What is an Antioxidant, you ask? Great question. The simple answer is:  “Antioxidants are molecules that attack free radicals.” A free radical (Zombie cell) is a molecule that is unstable, or deformed (think cancer). This deformed molecule can then attack other good cells. These deformed molecules not only attack cells, but they can transform good cells into free radicals causing a chain reaction that leads to cancer and eventually death. 

     When you think of free radicals, visualize a zombie. A zombie can attack and kill you, and they can attack and transform you into another zombie. Free radicals do the same thing. Attack and kill, or attack and conquer. Either way you and your cells lose. 

     So if you don’t want to become a zombie and die of cancer, you might want to start eating some fruit. Especially the purple and red varieties. As I mentioned earlier, you should eat a purple fruit every day. Purple and red fruit also contain phytonutrients called Anthocyanins. These little fellows really attack the free radicals and are found in large quantities in red and purple foods. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: “Eat a purple fruit everyday and this will keep your cancer away”. Maybe it was a saying about apples? I think you get the idea. You need fruit in your diet every day. 

     Let us begin with one of my favorite fruits that some people say is a vegetable, and it is actually both a fruit and a vegetable. Do you know what it is? Yep, a tomato. The confusion comes from the description of fruit. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica; “Tomatoes are fruits that are considered vegetables by nutritionists. Botanically, a fruit is a ripened flower ovary and contains seeds. Tomatoes, plums, zucchinis, and melons are all edible fruits.”

I am listing tomatoes in my fruit section. I mix tomatoes into my fruit smoothie. So to me, they are a fruit. You may call them whatever you like, just include them in your diet. Amazing health benefits!

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  1. Tomatoes: (Solanum lycopersicum) 

      Lycopene is the standout nutrient in tomatoes. Lycopene is a strong antioxidant and tomatoes have a lot of it. It is said that eating tomatoes will prevent cancer. I’ve also heard a celebrity chef state that a combination of tomatoes and olive oil eaten weekly could prevent many forms of cancer.     

     There is also a good amount of vitamin A, B6, C, K, and beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium. Tomatoes only contain 10mg of sodium and 2.7mg of sugar per four ounce serving. I eat at least five cherry tomatoes most days. They are one of my favorite plants to grow. There is nothing better than going outside to your own garden and grabbing some fresh ripened tomatoes that you grew. Let’s see how they help our three life centers:

      HEAD:  

  • Reduces cognitive impairments
  • Increases memory
  • Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia
  • Improves eyesight

       CHEST:   

  • Aids respiratory system
  • Increases blood circulation 
  • Regulates blood sugar (anti diabetes)
  • Strengthens your heart muscles

       GUT:     

  • Improves digestion
  • Tomatoes have probiotic properties to help regulate bacteria in your stomach
  • Improves liver and kidney functions 

     Tomatoes have been around for thousands of years. It seems that the Aztec nation was the first to cultivate them around 500 AD. From Central America they traveled to Spain and Italy and eventually became a staple food for many cultures. 

Garden Hack:

     If you grow your own tomatoes you can taste the amazing flavor of fresh picked tomatoes. Pick your fruit in the morning. There is a noticeable difference in the flavor of a morning harvested fruit, versus afternoon or evening harvested fruit. The morning harvested tomatoes will have a sweeter flavor, I guarantee it. Try it and see for yourself…… more to come…

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GRATITUDE CREATES HAPPINESS

Without Gratitude There is no Happiness 

     Last week I wrote about your pendulum of life, and how our lives are always changing and will always move through good and challenging times. Our  job is to pull ourselves up over the negative swing, knowing that something better will come along soon. The good we desire must come back to us because change is always happening, and everything has an opposite; good – bad, happy – sad etc.  This is a universal law, the law of duality. If you experience challenges in your life, be confident that it won’t last forever, life has to give you the opposite as well.    

     You can create a positive outcome faster by always seeing the positive side of all experiences. The more positive vibes you can create, the longer the pendulum of life will stay on the good swing. Yes, it can be hard to accomplish total control of our negative emotions. But it can be done, and it gets easier the longer you practice. 

     There is one simple trick that you can use to help bring your pendulum of life back from the negative side of the swing. You can speed up the downswing so that the good begins happening faster. How can I do that you ask? By being grateful, and showing gratitude to others. You can not be negative, and grateful at the same time, it simply cannot be done. Part of being happy and successful in this life is being thankful. Being grateful for everything you have, and everything you want to have, with NO strings attached. 

     A great way to wake up and start your day with gratitude is to; tell your body and mind “THANK YOU.” While you slept last night, your mind kept you breathing. Your mind kept your heart beating and blood flowing. Your liver transferred out toxins that you picked up during the day. Your kidneys processed waste. Your stomach turned food into energy, your mind was allowed to wander and be free. Your body made sure you would wake up healthier than when you went to sleep. You are a NEW YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY. No matter what happened in your life yesterday, while you were sleeping, your mind subconsciously created a new you. You need to stop for a second and do a happy dance!! That is some awesome news, and something to be grateful for every day! 

     I am not a doctor, I don’t know everything the body does in a scientific way. I just know some basic common sense stuff. I know that all of those amazing things and many more took place while you slept. While you were asleep, your subconscious mind was still working for you. Your mind and body made you a better person overnight. You did absolutely nothing but fall asleep. If for no other reason, you have to be thankful for that amazing blessing from the universe. You get a better life, a better body and all that is asked in return from you, is that you are grateful, and of course, sleep once a day. That is really cool. 

     That is a great reason to be happy! You are in total control. When you are thankful and grateful for what you have, the universe responds with more of what you’re thankful for. It’s so simple. 

     For instance, if you are grateful for being able to pay your bills, you will be able to pay your bills. Not just pay them, but you will have a little money left over. When you begin to be thankful for the money left over after paying the bills, even if it is only fifty cents, your prosperity will also increase. You need to be truly emotionally grateful then watch what happens.That simple shift from being grateful for having enough, to being grateful for having MORE than enough, will begin to change your life to a life of abundance and of dreams coming true. 

     All you have to do is become emotionally grateful for the abundance you already have. You will begin to see the abundance of food in your refrigerator you didn’t see before. You will see the abundance of clothing you already have, and you will see that you always have money left over. All you have to do is be grateful for the abundance you already have. 

     You can either become a glass half full person (Happy) or a glass half empty person (negative). The choice is all yours. You can choose to see that left over fifty cents as an abundant windfall, because you have money left over after all of your bills are paid. You can choose to gratefully celebrate your good fortune! Or, you can be ungrateful and disappointed that you only have fifty cents. It is your choice how you want to live. You have the ability to change how you see your life. 

     You need to decide if you want to be happy and grateful, or sad and disappointed. The key really is so simple. 

Show gratitude for everything you have today, and for everything you want to receive tomorrow. 

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How to Master Change

You are in Charge of Change. 

     Why is it that sometimes in life when everything is going perfect, you come to a screeching halt, and suddenly your life spirals out of control? Life has a way of throwing curveballs at you when you are swinging away. I do not know of a single person, successful or not, that hasn’t had misfortune in their lives. The most successful people accept the setback and then plan a comeback. While everyone else sits on the sidelines complaining and wishing. Complaints and wishes will not make you happy. There is really no benefit to being in a negative frame of mind. 

     Life will always have its ups and downs, and that’s what this post is about. Your life is like the ocean’s tide. Always changing, always coming in and then going out. Or like the moon, one day its full and bright a few days later its pitch black. You have no control over change and you cannot hide from it either. Change will find you wherever you go. It is inevitable and the only solution is to face it head on. 

     Knowing that you can’t hide from change, the only solution left for us is to embrace it. Face it head on with fearless determination. Accepting that you will never simply remain the same you can learn to make change work for you. 

     You might be saying that you can’t always control changes that are forced on you. You are absolutely right. However, you can control everything you feel, and how you react to the change. In the next paragraphs I hope to explain how you can rise above negative changes in your life. Giving you the opportunity to create happiness with every shift the universe gives you. 

     There are seven laws that dictate how our universe works. These laws govern everything in the universe. The first three of the laws are immutable, meaning they can not be changed or adjusted in any way. The other four laws are mutable, meaning that they can be adjusted, or transcended to improve your life. You can make these four laws work for you, not against you. We will cover two of the seven laws in this article, the fourth and fifth. The fifth law is:

     The Law of Rhythm (Mutable): 

The fifth of the seven Universal Laws tells us that “Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.” (mindyourreality.com) 

     It is the second of the mutable, or transcendable universal laws, and means that your life pendulum swings in everything. This principle can be seen in operation in the waves of the ocean, in the rise and fall of the greatest empires, in business cycles, in the swaying of your thoughts from being positive to negative and in your personal successes and failures. When your pendulum reaches the far end point, then the backward swing begins almost unnoticeably, until such time that any forward movement has been totally reversed, then the forward movement begins again and the process is repeated. 

     Being a “mutable law” means that you can control aspects of the rule. You can make it work for you, not against you. You can rise above the swing, while waiting for the forward motion to return. 

The Law of Polarity (Mutable ) 

    The fourth law states that everything has an opposite. Happy – sad, good – bad, hot – cold, etc. The Law of Rhythm states that everything has its tides. Everything is constantly flowing in and out of change. You have probably heard the saying “What comes around goes around.” Well it does, it has to, it is a law of the universe. 

     Imagine a pendulum swinging back and forth. This is your life swinging from one event to the next. To illustrate how this works I want you to imagine a pendulum swinging. On one side of the pendulum arc label good, and on the other side label bad. Now your life pendulum is swinging from good to bad, and then back to good again. This is how your life has been designed by the Creator, the Source, the Universe, God, or whatever you want to call our maker. Change is programmed into the universe. It is a law of nature and it never stops.

     Once again on the one end of the swinging motion is what we’ll call good. For instance walking on the beach is good. On the other end of the arc is bad, let’s say that kicking a rock, “ouch” is bad. Now draw a straight line under the route that the pendulum is swinging over. Label one side good, the other side bad (remember everything has an opposite. It’s a law of the universe.) On the line you just drew, draw an intersecting line at the point where good turns to bad. 

     Now I want you to think of the one thing that is at the intersecting line that makes it change from good to bad. For example: You are walking on the beach (good) suddenly you kick a rock (bad), OUCH! (this is where the good changes to bad) the pendulum continues to swing to the bad side, where you fall down and get sand in your eyes. You are now at the farthest bad side of the line, or opposite side of the pendulum swinging motion.    

     Suddenly and without warning, the pendulum begins to slowly swing back to the good side (it’s a law, life must swing back). As the pendulum of your life begins to swing back to good, a breeze blows and the sand is blown out of your eyes. Now because you can see again, and because you fell down after kicking the rock and having excruciating pain, you just happened to find an old Spanish gold coin worth a thousand dollars. Your pendulum just swung from good to great. 

     We are constantly going from what we perceive as good, to what we perceive as bad, and then from bad to good. Your pendulum of life is always swinging back and forth, it never stops moving, change is always present.   

     The simple key for your consistent happiness is to keep your pendulum swinging from good to better, and better to best. You must find the good in every situation!

     You must see change as a good thing. No matter what, find the good in everything that happens to you. You will begin to see your life change for the better. You will notice that the changes are for the best. The universe wants you to succeed, and when you have shifted your thoughts to finding the good in a situation, you will be able to maintain positive momentum during the challenging times. 

     Your life is a pendulum, always swinging from one event to another. How you perceive those events is up to you. You are what you think you are! If you can shift your thoughts to only see good in a situation, your life pendulum will swing from good to better. When you learn to only see the good in every situation, your pendulum will not swing to what is perceived as bad because you have conditioned your mind to find good or learn from your experiences. 

Eventually, your life will swing from better to best. The perceived “bad” will now be seen as an opportunity for good. 

     When you begin to control your pendulum of life. You will be able to wait for your pendulum to swing back to something better because you know that the universal law of rhythm says it will. Everything always works out. You can not lose. You can only win because you are in charge of your thoughts You control how you think and feel. 

     You must have some patience. Remember, you are part of nature, and nature takes its time. Nature learns and grows as it lives. We need to do the same thing. Every experience should be looked at as either a positive experience, or a learning experience. If you are going through a tough time today, you must be positively waiting and looking for the perceived bad to turn around and become good again. You must learn from whatever is setting you back. You must look for the good always. The better you can do this, the better your life will be. 

     You don’t need a million dollars to be happy. You only need positive, grateful thoughts and the rest will happen magically. Your life will always improve after a perceived negative event. You have the power to control your thoughts (to be only positive and grateful). You are the only person in this world who can control your emotions. 

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Life Lessons from a Tomato plant.

Scraggly, yet so alive

     How do you face your day? Do you shrink in fear every morning when the alarm clock goes off. “Oh my god, another day, it’s going to suck, oh just ten more minutes of sleep, I can’t face life yet.” Or do you hop out of bed using no alarm clock because you are so pumped that every day is Christmas morning and you can’t wait to face the day? Or maybe you’re in between those two extremes. We all have our own way of facing life. There is no one size fits all in the game of life. There are really no rules at all. Life can be whatever you want to make it. 

     Sounds far out crazy, right? Only those goofy happy thought people and crazy religious folks believe that nonsense. Like most of you I am somewhere in between extremes. I am not a crazy happy person, but I am happy. I am not crazy religious but I am spiritual. I also believe that nature has an answer for all of our problems. You have to be willing to slow down and observe. When you start observing your natural surroundings you will begin to see life in a slower, more flowing way. 

     If you are one of my religious friends whether you are Christian, Hebrew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, or anything in between, your religious doctrines bottom line says that you need to face adversity head on, fearless, with total faith in a positive outcome. If the first outcome is less than you expected, you are to know with absolute confidence that you will eventually succeed in your desires. Your beliefs dictate how you must face the day. Your choice is to face the day in anticipation of what god throws your way, knowing that everything is a learning experience, and everything will work out in the end. . 

     To my non-religious friends, you wake up everyday and face whatever the world brings your way. Whether you believe it or not, you are facing your fears. You have no choice. Life still comes at you no matter what. You cannot hide from it. The choice you have to make is how you face the day. It is your job to know with absolute confidence, that whatever comes your way will be a learning experience, and you must learn the lesson, or repeat it until you do. 

     I want to share a story with you about my Miracle Tomatoes. Florida is a challenging environment for tomato plants. Especially on my little patio. In the winter, the best climate for tomatoes, I only receive 2-4 hours of sunlight a day. Tomatoes need at least 6 – 8 hours for optimal growth. The summer, when I receive the required 6 – 8 hours of sunlight, Florida’s heat and humidity soars (not ideal tomato weather). The aphids, spider mites appear in droves looking for plants to devour. It rains, sometimes torrential downpours every day. This is not making the tomatoes happy. 

     With all of these challenges facing me, I wake up one day in the fall, and another day in the spring, yes twice a year, and I go and plant my tomatoes. Every year my tomatoes provide a bounty of fruit. Yes I fertilize and diligently care for them. But I also acknowledge the greater power, how amazing the plants are. I say, or sometimes just think, “wow, thank you for some amazing plants. Thanks for my Miracle Tomatoes.” I am grateful for the plants and the fruits they will provide. 

     Seriously, look at the pictures this poor plant has had, mites, blight, aphids, white fly, worms, too much water, and now heat and humidity. Look how little it is hanging on to life with. Yet, look at all the tomatoes it is still providing. This is my 4th harvest from this plant. It just keeps facing adversity and succeeding. It can’t get up and move like you. Nope, the miracle plant just adapts and pushes on regardless of what life throws at it. I will tell you a fact. This is how all my tomatoes grow. Scraggly and yet full of life. 

     My life has never been perfect. You might even call it scraggly and without purpose. Today I am still scraggly, but everyday I wake up knowing that my health is great, I will learn something new during the day. I will be grateful for many things throughout the day. I will try to do something to make a dream (or goal) of mine come closer to fruition. I know that I might get punched in the face and fall down. But I am certain that when I get back up, and I will get back up, that I will be stronger for learning what not to do. 

     If your life is feeling kind of scraggly, and you’re not seeing a straight path ahead of you. I suggest you take some quiet time in nature and just allow answers to come to you. When you allow the universe, or god to just flow through nature and through you, the answers will just show up . Don’t fight it. You should just simply let the answers flow to you. 

     Just like the miracle tomatoes, who do nothing but push forward in an extremely negative environment, and yet are succeeding beyond my expectations. You too can push through your environment and succeed beyond your current beliefs. You simply need to relax and let life show you the way. You obviously need to steer the ship, as it were. You need to be vocal about your desires, dreams, and wishes (goals). Let the world know what you really want. Then let it happen. Sounds really easy, and it is fairly simple in theory. So don’t get discouraged if you don’t feel immediate success with allowing the flow to guide you. Keep “not” trying, and the answers will come. 

     Life will never be perfect. If you take the cue from nature, from my pear tomatoes, nothing in nature, including us is perfect. The trick is for you to realize that what life is giving you is the opportunity to find more perfection. Realizing that in reality, everything that happens to you is an opportunity for growth. Face life’s adversity head on, fearless and confident in your ability to not just survive, but to thrive. 

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