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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Happy National Watermelon Day



National Water Melon Month


Beat the scorching summer heat with a cup of wonderfully delicious, juicy watermelon chunks – a great source of much-needed water to quench thirst while re-boosting your body with anti-oxidant lycopene and vitamin-A. Watermelons are very low in calories (just 30 calories per 100 g) and fats yet very good source of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus offering protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases (Rudrappa, 2014).
Watermelon research is expanding due to health scientist’s interest in the citrulline content of watermelon. “Citrulline is an amino acid that is commonly converted by our kidneys and other organ systems into arginine (another amino acid). The flesh of a watermelon contains about 250 millligrams of citrulline per cup. When our body absorbs this citrulline, one of the steps it can take is conversion of citrulline into arginine. Higher levels of arginine can help improve blood flow and other aspects of our cardiovascular health” (The George Mateljan Foundation, 2014).

Botanically, the fruit is related to the cantaloupe, squash and pumpkin. These family members grow as vines on the ground surface. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more interesting watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.



Smoothies are a great way to pack in vitamins, minerals and energy on the go!

Watermelon Smoothie
2 cups watermelon
1 cup cracked ice
½ cup plain yogurt
2 – 4 dates (pitted)
½ teaspoon ground ginger,
handful of almonds (or 1/8 teaspoon almond extract)
Combine all ingredients in blender container. Blend until smooth.

Peach Green Dream Smoothie
2 Handfuls of red leaf lettuce
4 dates (pitted)
2 cups watermelon chunks
2 tablespoon ground flax seed
4 small peaches (peeled, cut into chunks)


References:
Rudrappa, U. (2014). Watermelon nutrition facts. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/watermelon.html

The George Mateljan Foundation. (2014). What's New and Beneficial About Watermelon. Retrieved from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31

Yours in health!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Sizzles - Fruit, Fun and Farmers Market



This is the time of year where "eating like a rainbow” is a no brainer.


You have heard it before, fruits and vegetables are not only good for you, they are your ticket to a lifetime of disease free health. They are not just for preventing disease, they provide essential nutrients and minerals that research has shown will ease chronic health conditions. In addition to research showing that a diet that is rich in fruit, veggies & fish keeps the doctor away, experts believe that pigments in fruits and leafy vegetables provide high levels of antioxidants. 


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You won’t need a doctor to fill your farmers’ market prescription for health.  Top 5 buys you don’t want to leave the market without:
1.       Spinach is loaded with iron, beta carotene, vitamin C and folate which supports healthy hair follicles and scalp oil circulation.
2.       Kale contains more antioxidant than any other leafy green vegetable; which help ward off cardiovascular disease.
3.       Blueberries are known to  help lower blood pressure with their high levels of antioxidants
4.       Beets, packed with fiber magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and folate are known for their cancer preventing properties. Beet also have anti-inflammatory properties.
5.       Tomatoes provides our body with lycopene; which help protect your skin from sun damage.


Summer Sizzles with farmer friendly fresh food and fun. 


Registration is now open. For more info call 313-757-2635 or email keepgrowingdetroit@gmail.com 

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda 
1-877-888-3546


Twitte: #drvelonda 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Women's Expo in Detroit


Dr. Velonda Thompson
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Velonda invites you to join her on Saturday, July 12 at her Radio One Women’s Empowerment Expo booth to get information to bring out your beautiful mind, body and spirit.
 
Go to www.wchbnewsdetroit.newsone.com for more information about the expo and how to purchase tickets.
 
Dr. Velonda will share information about her Summer Sizzle Nutrition Coaching in order to easily slim down naturally, she will provide ways to get healthy inside & out, and provide delicious recipes for plant-based eating made easy from her cookbooks “Beyond Candied Yams and Sweet Potato Pie” and “Pass the Sweet Potatoes, Please,” which she will autograph upon purchase.
  
To reach Dr. Velonda go to her website at www.drvelonda.net, or send a message to drvelonda@gmail.com, or call (877) 888-3546.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebrating 57 (1957 was a good year)

1957 was a good year

 

Cost of Living 1957 (SOURCE: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1957.html)

How Much things cost in 1957
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 3.34% Yearly Inflation Rate UK 3.3% Average Cost of new house $12,220.00 Average Monthly Rent $90.00 Average Yearly Wages $4.550.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 24 cents Bacon per pound 60 cents Eggs per dozen28 cents HI FI Portable Record Player $79.95 Children's Shoes $5.95
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 2,330 Average Wages 600

1957 saw the continued growth of bigger taller tail fins on new cars and more lights, bigger with more powerful engines and an average car sold for $2,749. The Soviet Union launched the first space satellite Sputnik 1. Movies included "Twelve Angry Men" and "The Bridge Over the River Kwai", and TV showed "Perry Mason" and "Maverick" for the first time. The music continued to be Rock and Roll with artists like "Little Richard". The popular toys were Slinkys and Hula Hoops. The continued growth of the use of credit was shown by the fact that 2/3 of all new cars were bought on credit. Some of the areas that would cause problems later were starting to show South Vietnam is attacked by Viet Cong Guerrillas and Troops are sent to Arkansas to enforce anti segregation laws  
 Read more at  http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1957.html 


 Life is too short to be anything but happy! Come dance with me celebrating 57 years of life Sunday, April 20th (Yes, it's Easter Sunday). Firewater Bar & Grill - 6521 John R Street (at Milwaukee) 7pm - 11pm Champagne & Dessert 313-872-0812

Yours in health & wealth!
Dr. Velonda 

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 19

Day 19
Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstinence or reduction from certain or all food, drink or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day (24 hours), or several days. Other fasts may be only partially restrictive, limiting particular foods or substances. In spite of the busy lives that we live, I think we can all benefit from a weekend fast at least once a month. Always remember to consult your physician when considering extended fasting.






My refrigerator always has an assortment of greens (Kale, Spinach and Swiss Chard). Almost always my freezer is stocked with bananas and and assortment of berries (Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries).
Armed with my Magic bullet, today's smoothie is a combination of Kale-Banana-Pineapple-Strawberries

 Bananas are a caloric dense fruit, translating into lots of energy without weight gain worries. Bananas are a good source of potassium and magnesium which aid in maintaining normal blood pressure and are heart protective.     Read more: Health Benefits of Bananas / Nutritional Facts of Banana | Medindia http://www.medindia.net/patients/lifestyleandwellness/health-benefits-of-bananas.htm#ixzz2z8puNTtN


Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda