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About Vitamins!❀️

Obtaining nutrients is a big reason why we eat. Food is fuel for our bodies. The quality of that food fuel is what has the power to make us feel good versus feeling sluggish and crappy.

Vitamins and minerals are so essential.

Vitamins can be categorized by several properties but here at Easy Light Sources, we can just keep it simple – some Vitamins are oil-soluble and some are water soluble.

Here’s a quick rundown of most of all Vitamins:

  • Vitamin A – contributes to healthy body tissues, pretty hair & skin, and it also protects the cells.
  • Vitamin BMakes it possible for the nervous system to communicate with itself and with the body. Without B-vitamins, your body will not behave like you want it to.
  • Vitamin C – This one shows love to the human body by protecting cells, organs, and tissues from outside germs. Not only does it prevent infections, Vitamin C also provides healing benefits to a weakened immune system. Vitamin C also works really well with the mineral Iron.
  • Vitamin D – Essential for mineral absorption in the body. It comes from the sun! Remember: the sun is the ultimate light source!
  • Vitamin E – Having quality hair and skin is a benefit of consuming this antioxidant vitamin! It protects the cells from damage and free radicals.
  • Vitamin F – The body needs fatty acids for several reasons which include the processing and transportation of vitamins and minerals.
  • Vitamin G – Nourishes the nervous system!
  • Vitamin K – Nourishes the blood and liver. It also helps the nervous system. This one is well known for promoting healthy clotting abilities in the blood. Hospitals like to give this to brand new babies, minutes after they are born. It’s important to note, Vitamin K can be made by the human body. It is a by-product of the bacteria made in the gut (intestines).
  • Vitamin L – Further research is needed here, stay tuned!
  • Vitamin P – Promotes stomach health.

… That about covers the most common vitamins that start with the name Vitamin. Of course, there will be updates as more information is uncovered.

As always, thank you for reading.

For additional reading, check out this article on if plants can be used as drugs

Here are the books that were used for this article:

African Holistic Health by Dr. Laila Afrika.

Every Woman’s Book by Dr. Paavo Airola.

Microbiology in Action by J. Heritage, E.G.V Evans, and R.A Killington.

Kiwi Fruit

Now, here is a good source of vitamin C in a neat little package!

Green kiwis are most popular as they are sold year-round in grocery stores. Usually, the cost is very low as well. If they’re hard, don’t worry. They will soften on the countertop in a few days. But don’t wait too long or they will turn a little boozy. But if they’re not soft enough, it’ll be tart.

They’re ready to eat when you squeeze them and they give just a little.

Golden kiwi’s are more rare. They’re not available year round like the green ones.

The flavor of golden kiwi’s are sweet and the texture is smooth. The seeds are also smaller than the green ones.

Golden kiwi’s are also smaller in size and the outside is less fuzzy.

Perhaps every kiwi I’ve encountered is from New Zealand. That’s a long travel and it’s okay with me. My only hope is that no natural habitats are destroyed for their production.

Top 10 ways to Mindful Eating!

Conscious eating is the key to getting the most benefit from your meals! Here are 10 tips to help:

  1. Look at your food. Take a moment to appreciate the colors of your plate.
  2. Be aware of your eating style. If you typically rush through your meals then maybe some changes to that are in the near future.
  3. Avoid mindless eating triggers like eating while playing games, watching TV, or driving.
  4. Find a peaceful environment to eat in. Stressed eating is a bad idea.
  5. Eat a wide range of colorful foods! Eating a range of foods will also ensure that you’re getting the most nutrients possible.
  6. Be aware of how you’re feeling and emotions.
  7. Accept your meal and don’t judge yourself too harshly for unhealthy foods. However, if you are saying “I shouldn’t be eating this” then listen to yourself and stop eating it πŸ™‚
  8. Consume positive energy as you eat, such as a positive television show or uplifting book or music.
  9. Prepare foods with love and care.
  10. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid over eating.

Thanks for reading!

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Brand New Italian Inspired Foodstuffs

Some interesting food items can be found on the sale rack! It’s not always for discontinued items, but sometimes for new/introductory foods as well. Case in point:

The FiorFiore brand is new to Food Lion and so they had super low prices to encourage people to try it. Worked for me!

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the products in this line!

The Breadsticks

Crunchy and bread flavored.

The Crispbread

Good. Crunchy. Filling. No olive flavor.

The Croutons

Bigger than expected. The olive oil used in these gives some great flavor. Great with the pepper spread.

Pepper Spread

Tasty af! Tomatoes is the number one ingredient and it shows.

Spray Balsamic Vinegar

What a great idea. Perfect flavor; sweet and tangy.

Shortbread Cookies

Good shortbread based cookie. Generously coated with chocolate.

Almond Cookies

Eating these moist cookies is an experience. They’re really almondy… not just in flavor but in texture too. They’re also individually wrapped, which is a huge bonus.

Out of all of these things, I’m most likely to re-purchase the Spray-on Balsamic Vinegar.

Here’s a video review I made after trying all of these things!

https://youtu.be/8ml0vMGvKEM

Update: The prices did indeed increase! Check it out:

Dried Fruit Candy from 7-Eleven

One day I’m going to do an entire 7-Eleven appreciation post. I love that damn store. But I’m a realist and I don’t love everything they do.

Like this sweetened, dried fruit medley:

Let’s get this part out of the way right now: Yes, it is tasty!

But there are also 17 grams of sugar. Sugar is not good for us. But it’s addicting, and tasty, and stimulates that part in the brain that says “ahhh yess. Just one more.”

Sugar is in most of the foods available in the store. When I’m seen in the store, the number one thing I check the nutrition label for is … the sugar content.

Most of the time, after checking it, the product is back on the shelf before I think to check if there is milk or gelatin in it. That’s because the astronomical amount of sugar added literally stops me in my tracks.

One more thing about sugar grams, (& I’ll get back on topic track ASAP) but notice on the nutrition labels they don’t tell us how much of the daily value we’re consuming. That’s because we’d all be dismayed to discover we ate 2 fancy donuts and it put us over the daily limit.

The Nutrition Label.

So there are a couple things we need to discuss.

We can look and say “17 grams, that’s not bad.” But before it’s officially “not bad,” take a look at the top where the serving size is indicated.

There are 4.5 servings in one bag.

If someone were to enjoy one serving a day, this should last the entire work week.

But, sadly, and yes it is sad, this decent sized bag probably wouldn’t last more than 3 days.

The honest truth is that consuming an entire bag of these would supply your body with over 70 grams of sugar.

That’s just crazy. Especially because this is a snack food and you are pretty much guaranteed to be eating more food with added sugar later on.

Many people may be fooled into thinking these are healthy when it’s just as bad as a Snickers bar.

Now, what about the sugar that occurs naturally in fruit? How much of the 17 sugar grams comes from fruit? I would really like to know.

However, as the amazing resource that 7-Eleven is, they do have much healthier dried fruit options that do not have added sugar πŸ’› I’ve seen mango and pineapple so far! However, before we switch food products, I have one more bone to pick with these:

Look at that green fruit in the package preview window. Now, scroll back up and look at the ingredients. If that’s too much, I’ll jump right to the point:

There are no green fruits in the ingredients:

Pineapple & star fruit are yellow 🍍

Papaya & mango are orange (and sooooo deliciousπŸ˜‹)

Cantaloupe is also orange, but there’s a loophole here as there is a green variety of cantaloupe. But it’s usually called by its name, Honeydew melon. And also, it’s fruity parts are light green.

The added yellow #5 and blue #1 make the color green. Oh no, artificial ingredients.

Look, enjoy this as a snack if you must. Consider it real fruit candy But keep in mind a real serving is like 5/6 pieces.

The 100% natural, no sugar added dried fruit is different.

We can tell that this one doesn’t have much added to it. On the package they say the whole pineapple was dried, then they sliced and packaged it.

It tastes good but it’s not pretty. That is, if you want a vibrant yellow pineapple ring, it does not look like that.

Of course, it is still beautiful in its own way.

The sugar content of these claims to be 14g per package. At least we know with this, the sugar comes from the fruit.

Give it a try and let me know what you think πŸ™‚