Monday, April 13, 2009
Celery is one of three vegetables that make up the 'holy trinity' of Cajun cuisine. Together with celery in this category are bell peppers and onions.
%Celery is a common vegetable that is added to soups and salads and has also been used by dieters for its low caloric value. In some countries, celery is also grown for its seeds, which produce an oil that is commonly used in the production of perfume and other pharmaceuticals.
%The celery plant may be eaten raw, while its seeds can be used as a spice in many foods. Celery salt is extracted from the roots of the plant and may also be eaten. When consumed, the roots are also considered to be an excellent diuretic.
%When liquefied the whole celery plant can help to be effective in assisting with urinary tract inflammations as well as joint inflammations. Celery is also used to enhance the flavor of beverages, specifically cocktails such as a Bloody Mary.
%Many dieters are fond believers in celery, not only because it is so versatile and offers fiber, but according to Snopes.com, the urban legends reference pages, celery has negative calories. This means that the human body uses up more energy to digest a stick of celery than the amount of energy contained within the celery itself.
%One hundred grams of raw celery contains only 16 calories, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 80 milligrams of sodium. Celery also contains zero fat and zero cholesterol and contains vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
%A bit of interesting trivia suggests that celery contains a hormone known as andorsterone. This hormone, which releases via the sweat glands, is said to attract women.
Low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol
High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium, Manganese, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus (good). Also high in salt (not so good).
The nutritional value and health benefits of celery means that it's good for:
Maintaining good general health
Don't eat too much celery if you're interested in:
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Our body is like a chemistry set. What you eat will thus affect its chemistry balance. Sugary foods will make you feel sluggish while an orange can wake you up. Your day's mood will be afftected by what you eat.
Food for Good Mood
- Egg whites
- Non-fat diary products
- Whole grains
Food to Avoid
- Caffeine foods
- Refined sugar
- White flour
Exercising not only makes you look better, feel better and also keeps you sane. Exercising makes you happy. Reason being, your body release endomorphin that reduces tension and stress; leaving behind a more relaxed and hapier, mentally healthier you.
Psychological Benefit of Exercising
- Reduce daily and chronic stress
- Alleviae Depression
- Enhance Moood
- Enhance Self Confidence
- Enhance Mental Alertness
- Increase your sense of mental well-being
Working on both your BODY and MIND promotes mental wellness.
* Eat well - Go for fresh and natural food.
* Be active - Take part in any form of activities that you enjoy either indoor or outdoor, solo or
group, sweat or no sweat.
* Sufficient sleep - Known as the foundation of total wellness. It helps to re-energize every cell in
* Appreciate yourself. Accept your strength and weakness.
- Individual genetic makeup
- Misuse of substance
- Long period of poor nutrition
- Aftermath of illness
Social & Environmental Causes
- Absence of support network (friends/family)
- Unsuited living environment
- Work stress
- Traumatic/abusive past or current experience
- Unresolved personal issues
Mental wellness is viewed as a positive attribute and emotional well-being that an individual can cope and live life positively. This is increasingly important in view of the fast-paced environment we live in.
The following are common types of mental disorders which are signs that mental well-being is at risk:
Anxiety Disorder -
Respond to specific objects or situations with feelings of fear or increased heart rate or perspirations.
Mood Disorders -
Persistent feelings of extreme happiness or sadness that fluctuates uncontrollably.
Psycholic Disorde -
Distorted awareness, thinking or hearing "voices"
Eating Disorder -
Involves extreme attitudes or habits involving food and extreme weight loss over a short period of time.
Addiction Disorder -
Inability to resist urges to certain activities, for example, gamblings, starting fires, stealing or cutting oneself
Personality Disorder -
Having extreme inconsistently personality traits that stresses the person or people around
Tic Disorder -
Repeatedly create sounds, display of some movement quickly, suddendly or uncontrollably.