Be Still

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Hello and welcome back! Glory to God for this new day and opportunity to be better than we were yesterday. May this Tuesday morning find you in good health, peace of mind, body and spirit knowing that you are cared for, loved and special to the Almighty God.

Like any good father or parent, He wants only what is best for us. He wants us to not only experience life but to enjoy it. He wants us to live stress free without worry and concern for all the everyday challenges that come our way.

However, we can only truly enjoy life the way He wants us to by putting our trust and faith solely in Him. Not our jobs, our spouses, our pastors, circumstances or ourselves. The way we trusted our parents to provide all that we needed growing up. The way we trust that the medicine the doctor gave us is going to make us feel better.

The way we visit restaurants trusting that what they have prepared for us is clean and safe to eat. Unlike these previous examples, where we blindly trust these institutions and individuals to do what is best for us. I have learnt that with God as my provider, protector and comforter there are NO limitations as to what He can do for and in me.

So, dear friends as we go about our daily routines let us never forget to trust Him and trust in Him to do ALL that He has promised to do in our lives once we are obedient to His word.

Let us NOT allow the worry of yesterday or the concerns of tomorrow to cause us to miss the blessings that God has already provided for us today.

God knows all of our fears and concerns. He does not need us to be walking around with them in the forefront of our minds all the time. When we do this, we’re too distracted to get the blessings and the messages He is trying to leave us. His word helps us be successful in life.

So, today practice the following:

  • Be still.
  • Trust Him.
  • Trust in Him.
  • Seek Him daily.
  • Let go of all the worry and fear.

The fear and the constant worrying is only going to keep us from focusing on His word. Let us devote time to Him daily so that He can equip us with ALL that we need to know to overcome the obstacles in our lives.

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As always, thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life. 🙂

Today, is going to be as great as you want it to be!

Health and Wellness Fridays – Salmon

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Welcome back dear friends to Health and Wellness Fridays! Your support for this segment is acknowledged and appreciated. Today we’re having fish, fresh wild-caught salmon to be exact. 🙂

Salmon is a delicious and truly a versatile fish. It can stand up to various cooking methods such as baking, steaming, poaching, smoking even grilling just to name a few.  It can also be served raw in dishes like sushi and  sashimi .

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Nutritional Profile

Salmon has an abundant source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that add great value and benefit to the overall body.   It is rich in vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium. It is a good source of  omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, protein, vitamin B6 and phosphorus. It is also a good source of biotin , pantothenic acid, choline and potassium.

Types of Salmon

Salmon are native to either  Atlantic (Salmo genus) salmon or Pacific (Oncorhynchus genus).   They are typically anadromous: they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce. The Atlantic salmon is native to the north Atlantic all the others species listed here are found in the north Pacific.

Atlantic salmon

Chinook  salmon

 Sockeye salmon

Coho salmon

  Masu salmon

Pink salmon

  Chum salmon.

Let’s take a look at some of the various findings some studies have highlighted as some of the potential benefits to be gained from consuming wild-caught salmon.

Some of the benefits of consuming this amazing food include:

  1. Reduce inflammation
  2. Antioxidant
  3. Lower blood pressure
  4. Protect bone health
  5. Prevent muscle loss
  6. Support and protect the heart
  7. Support and protect the brain
  8. Reduce cancer risk
  9. Support nervous system
  10. Support weight loss
  11. Prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s symptoms
  12. ADHD Prevention in children
  13. Improve vision
  14. Promote healthy skin
  15. Joint protection

Some possible concerns include:

  1. Unhealthy levels of contamination such as mercury, dioxins and more especially in farmed raised salmon as opposed to wild-caught salmon. Where the fish comes from plays a big role in the quality of the fish.  Dr. Axe went so far to say, “Farmed salmon is on my list of fish you should never eat.”
  2. The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of genetically engineered salmon  which does not require any labeling, leaving consumers in the dark. Really? Persons wishing to avoid genetically engineered (GE) salmon intake will need to avoid any farmed salmon products not providing a GE-free label.

Did you know that roughly 80% of all salmon consumed worldwide is farmed. How messed up is that?

What can we do?

Some suggest that we stop eating it.  Personally, I think that is a bit drastic.  I love having an occasional fish lunch or dinner from time to time.  However, with the concerns of contamination we need to make wise decisions. I totally agree with purchasing wild-caught salmon when possible.

However, with farmed salmon being the most readily available source in most countries Pritikin.com suggests removing the skin and the layer of fat just beneath the skin before or after cooking because these are the two places where the chemicals tend to concentrate. That sounds doable! 🙂

Even with some of the eyebrow raising information I learned today, salmon is still one of my favourite fish. Information is power people this type of knowledge just means we need to be more vigilant.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.  See you guys next.

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Note: Salmon species pictures above are credited to Wikipedia.org