Nov 20, 2011

Pecans Getting some Attention This Month

Thanksgiving and Christmas are times of the year when nuts are enjoyed more than usual, and Pecans are among my favorite.  They have a smooth shell, and care should be taken when you remove the outer shell to remove every bit of the part of the nut that divides the edible parts. It is very bitter.

Pecans are quite delicious and do have several health benefits that you might enjoy reading about at our companion sight, "Pecans and Health", which is also the source for the image to the left. 

Updated 3/30/16 ~ Image Credit - Pixabay

Somewhere I read that November is National Georgia Pecan Month...wherever your pecans come from, I do hope you enjoy them!

Nov 12, 2011

Thanksgiving Memory and Recipe Collection

I can't believe that Happy Nutritionist's Nuggets is going to be 6 years old in 2 months. So much has happened in those years. It brings back memories to search for a topic like Thanksgiving on the blog and read what has happened in the past years.

Thanksgiving will very unique this year. I have one brother who lives in a group home, and another brother who thought it might be nice if we hosted Thanksgiving Dinner for the residents at the group home, a wonderful idea. If all goes as planned, that is what we'll be doing this year. I am cooking the Turkey and making a vegetable dish, and other members of the family will do their part to add to the meal. We are praying for good weather, health, and a good time of sharing. 

[3/2016 Update - My dear brother passed away last summer from a brain tumor...last Thanksgiving 2015 and Christmas were our first without him, very hard, he loved the holidays, especially Christmas.]

Here is a collection from here and there of things I've written related to Thanksgiving that you might enjoy.

1. It is a tradition to watch the Thanksgiving Parade in New York City each year on Television, but if you like venturing into the city to watch, you might enjoy the helpful information at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City

2. I may have shared this link with you before, but it's timely, so here it is again with a recipe for healthy home-made cranberry sauce...Healthy Natural Honey Cranberry Sauce.

3. What do you do with your Thanksgiving Leftovers?

4. Or how about a little Pumpkin Spiced Tea?

Updated 3/30/16 ~ Image Credit: Pixabay

Nov 6, 2011

Does Staring at a Computer Affect Vision?

Do you ever wonder whether staring at a computer screen, or television, or the now-smaller screens of a tablet, kindle or phone affect your eyesight? I have been concerned about this lately because the amount of writing I'm doing online is increasing a lot.

When it comes to staring at a computer screen for hours, here are some suggestions for you:

1) Look up regularly and look off to the distance to rest your eyes, and so that they have to refocus. There are doctors who say to look away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes...the 20-20 rule. I work in front of a window, so look outside and enjoy nature regularly.

2) Have  the computer screen 18 or more inches from your eyes.

3) Don't sit in the dark staring at a bright screen for extended periods, the lighting that surrounds you should be similar to what you are looking at on the screen. When reading, I change the setting in my Kindle or Overdrive app to dark with white lettering. I often do this when I read before sleeping, and it makes me tired enough to doze of within about 15 minutes.

It's not a bad idea to get up from your computer every hour anyway, for health reasons...your circulation in particular. Too many of us are sitting far to long at our computers, with no movement of the body at all except our fingers...this is bad for us in so many ways. Set an alarm to go off every hour and get up and do a short task, stretch, or take a short walk.

Updated 3/30/16 ~ Image Credit - Pixabay

Getting away from the computer at regular intervals will benefit both your eyes and your body.