Saturday, August 21, 2010

Weekly Snippets


  • Dietary fiber is important to your daily nutrition, it contains few calories and helps to make you feel fuller faster which can reduce overall calorie consumption.  It helps to slow digestion which allows vital nutrients to absorb into the blood stream and helps control insulin spikes.  Fiber also helps to move foods through the intestine, keeps the colon clean and improves regularity.  Most american diets don't have enough fiber as processed foods removes it to make food more palatable and for ease of processing.  For a nice article on Fiber written by Kelly Gonzalez please read "Fill up on Fiber."
  • Dairy products are an excellent source of protein, calcium, glutamine and casein.  Adding organic milk to your daily nutrition can not only help your health but a recent study by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that milk helped weight trainers to maintain more muscle mass than a with soy protein drinks or carbohydrate drink.  To read more about the benefits of milk go to this article from "The Muscle Builders Report" 
  • How many calories should you consume in a day, this is a very interesting question that gets asked a lot but how do you determine the answer.  What if, for example, you want to lose weight or perhaps gain muscle and are unsure how to calculate the calorie number that is appropriate for you.   For answers to these questions and others go to:  How Many Calories Should You Eat In A Day

  • Is your garden overflowing right now, do you have more herbs than you can conceivably use in a day or week.  If you are like me and don't like to see your garden herbs go to waste then you need to find a way to preserve them for those lean winter months when the garden is sleeping.  The Massachusetts Audobon Society has a nice article detailing the "Top 5 ways to preserve garden herbs."
  • Squash bugs are a unwelcomed visitor to many gardens and arrive just as things are just starting to bloom and go into production.  These bugs suck the beneficial juices out of the leaves and causes the leaf to wilt and die.  Here is a quick slide show detailing the best approach to remove squash bugs from Organic Gardening. 
  • Are you noticing a whitish grey coating on your vine plants starting in the later part of summer?   Powdery Mildew is the culprit and arrives with warm days and cool nights, it doesn't kill plants but reduces yield, is unsightly and impacts flavor.  To read more on this plant disease read: Powdery Mildew by Organic Gardening. 

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