It’s Been A Berry, Berry Good Summer!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s September already. Where did the summer go?

What a difference a year makes.  Last year this time we were placing our Arizona home on the market and praying for a quick sale during a time of year hardly anyone searches for a home in the Arizona desert! And yet when God calls, He places all things in motion and says, “I’ve got your back.  No worries.”

Northeast Ohio has a fabulous summer fruit/vegetable season. Produce stands abound. Even I grew radishes, cucumbers and tomatoes this summer. Me!!! The one who killed cactus in Arizona. Yes, God is good.

Over the summer I hope you’ve enjoyed many diverse berries. They’re so therapeutic, try to freeze them while you can. They’ll retain their nutritional value during the long winter ahead.

As you know I stress the mantra, “Eat for nutrients!” When we only eat for a caloric formula or a specific combination of the three basic food groups (fats, proteins and carbs) we run the risk of imbalance. Eating for nutrients restores balance and is much easier to follow. Rely on your brain’s hypothalamus to advise you what to consume for health and vibrancy.

thN4255YOJThe Incredible Value of Berries:

All berries are rich in antioxidants which protect us against aging. This is incentive enough to consume as many as possible, right? But it is the concealed physiological abilities God infused them with which is truly astounding.

“It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.” (Proverbs 25:2)

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries assist with cognitive function. Berries were used in a study of Alzheimer’s patients. These berries reduced inflammation in the brain and thus increased blood flow. The synaptic neurons in the brain were activated and thereby could pass through the blood brain barrier. Berries restored some memory deficiencies.

If berries reduce inflammation, then it stands to reason that it will improve arthritic conditions as well. Of course chronic inflammation is also the culprit in other types of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and cancers.

These small wonder foods balance the alkaline pH scale. When one has a more alkaline than acidic pH, it highly reduces the possibility of cancers.

All berries are high in fiber. Blackberries contain 7.6 and raspberries 8 grams per cup. Fiber removes toxins from the body which strengthens our resistance to colon and other cancers. Blackberries are also recommended to correct bowel problems such as diarrhea.

Are you diabetic but crave something sweet? Studies on blackberries, raspberries and blueberries have  discovered a noticeable decrease in blood sugar. One reason is because the abundant fiber and specific nutrients they contain slows the release of insulin.

Blueberries are especially amazing! Blueberries contain a chemical called myrtillin which regulates blood sugar. Their deep blue color is derived from a  compound called anthocyanin. God has infused them with this chemical to protect it from environmental factors such as heat, cold, wind, drought and the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Protect yourself from the harmful sun’s rays by consuming a bowel of blueberries.

Berries lower blood pressure and reduce stroke risk.

And of course weight control! Since berries are only around 80 calories per cup, it’s a guilt-free food . . . albeit slathered in decadent dark chocolate is tempting, (fine in moderation) try to control yourself. Don’t make any food an idol before God.

And what’s the best fruit? The fruit of your spirit of course!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” (Galatians 5:22)

 

 

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17 thoughts on “It’s Been A Berry, Berry Good Summer!

  1. I bought the “Mediterranean Diet for Beginners” and love what I see. I can plan ahead for meals and take some stress out of my busy schedule. They really encourage you to shop at local farmer’s markets and we have some great ones here. But I have always thought that to be so expensive. Is that true?

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    • Hi Wendy. You can’t go wrong with the Mediterranean diet. It’s sensible and nutritionally packed which will meet your needs and reduce cravings. If it’s not a trigger food, add a little dark chocolate (1 ounce) to the mix over fresh fruit.

      As for farmer’s markets, I love them! If you’re on a strict budget, shop at groceries that purchase from locally owned farms (such as Bueller’s does here in NE Ohio) Supermarkets usually advertise if they do. Of course you can always weigh the cons of illness against the pros of vitality and good health to justify the added expense. Otherwise select frozen which are flash frozen when first picked to ensure freshness.

      Continue to strive for excellence! I’m very proud of you. Blessings

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    • Ha! Funny . . . ya got a million of ’em! As for Ohio, the people have more than made up for the cold, dreary winter and rainy spring. The summer has been fabulous and I don’t miss Arizona’s monsoon season. Not sure where you live but perhaps our paths will cross someday and we can share jokes together, 🙂 Luv ya friend, blessings back.

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      • I drive through on our way to Jersey to see our dad. Maybe we can privately message each other and meet. We stop for the night at New Castle PA just east of the Ohio state line, but could stop sooner. 😀

        You’ll be interested to know that after a three mile walk, I’m having my half cup low fat vanilla yogurt with a cup of blueberries and couple tablespoons of walnuts. Num.

        Hugs, my friend.

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  2. Sad face 😦 Our berry season is over and berries are back to high prices. I love berries. I love them enough that I buy them frozen so I can put them in my healthy smoothies or mix them into yogurt all year. My favourite are black berries, followed by raspberries.

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    • Hey JM, thanks for the comment. I noticed the berry season lasts a lot longer here in NE Ohio than Arizona. But sadly you’re right, it’s now slowing to a stop so freeze those berries and they’ll retain their nutrients as you well know. Blackberries and strawberries are my personal favorites, yum! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Berries are so good for us. This summer they were a lot more expensive here. Groceries are going up here at an alarming rate. Even berries in peak season seemed expensive. I resorted to frozen ones several times. I can’t wait to spend this coming winter in Arizona Ellie! Do you miss it? 🙂

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    • AAAAAAH, just rub it in friend!!! After the first pretty snowfall, I will definitely miss the Arizona winters. I’ll be thinking of you and wishing I lived there again but primarily so we could meet. It’s amazing how friendships develop through blogging.

      So right about the cost of berries. Don’t you hate the fact that all berries (except strawberries here) seem to be so expensive this year?! But I find most grocery items more expensive in Ohio but the freshness is so much better with all the farms around here. Frozen is a wonderful alternative. Thanks for your comment, I enjoy your Facebook quips by the way, Blessings,

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