I have a real potpourri of bits and bobs from around the internet today. Think there is something for everyone!
- It's going to be another hot weekend and there is nothing that says ‘summer' like great ice cream on a hot day. Did your favorite hometown ice cream parlor make Zagat's list of the 11 Hottest Ice Cream Shops in the U.S.?
- If you have a high school student, this is a great YouTube video by a friend of ours. Sarah is a very accomplished blogger/YouTuber and in this video she sheds insight on misleading aura of social media and opens her heart about the social challenges of high school.
- Nick at Macheesmo has a delicious looking recipe for Sweet Potato Quinoa Veggie Burgers. I've pinned it to make on our return from our vacation. I've accepted the fact that I will be eating way too many strudels and pastries in Vienna and will need to eat clean when we get back home.
- Looking for free art? Setting For Four is offering a pretty floral watercolor download for you to use to spruce up an area of your home that may need a little love.
- I know that the scientists and researchers at the NIH and other facilities around the world are making remarkable discoveries on a regular basis, but one recently caught my attention. In several magazine articles, here, and on a recent discussion on The Diane Rehm show, several researchers explained another reason why fruits and vegetables are so good for you. This is my layman's, very simple and abbreviated version of this fascinating topic. Plants produce toxins to help defend themselves against attack by insects. These toxins, in the very small doses we ingest, cause mild stresses to our body, much like exercise. Our bodies response to these toxins,to release certain other beneficial compounds (antioxidants), is very therapeutic. This theory is called hormesis – a process whereby organisms exposed to low levels of stress or toxins become more resistant to tougher challenges. The antioxidants produced by are bodies are significantly more effective than those consumed as a capsule. Fruits and vegetables grown conventionally don't get the opportunity to develop these toxins because they are treated with pesticides on a regular basis (like when antibiotics are overused our bodies don't develop their natural resistance to disease). My takeaway…Wow, what an interesting world we live in and all the more reason to eat organically!
I hope your summer is going swimmingly. We will back in the states in another week and will be diving right back in to our gardening, cooking and creating…as well as getting right to see my first fledgling leave the nest for college.
Thanks again for stopping by. Until next time,
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