It’s January and time for those New Year Resolutions once more. We all want to improve something about ourselves and that’s great. Self evaluation is often part of the process. Ask yourself this, is your evaluation balanced?
- Take out a piece of paper, yes I said paper, and fold it in half. On the right side of the paper write your list of things you’d like to improve about yourself. We all know and have them. This is the easy part.
- On the left side list your strengths; all the qualities you like about yourself and all the things you do to to take care of yourself and others. These are the things you don’t need to change.
- Review what’s on the left side of the list and draw a line to those attributes that can help you accomplish what’s on the right side of the list.
- Lastly, ask yourself this: What are some of the things that you do for others, that you can do to help yourself?
In the process of looking at who we want to become, it’s important to give ourselves credit for what’s good and been achieved thus far.
Mother nature knows what she’s doing when it comes to keeping us healthy. Citrus fruits arrive just in time for the cold and flu season rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids. All citrus fruits are cooling in nature making them the perfect choice for warm weather but you will find that each have unique healing properties.
Need help with a fever? Squeeze the juice out of a grapefruit and combine it with a tea made from the pulp. Simmer the pulp for 10 minutes in 6 ounces of water, then sip tea/juice combination and abstain from solid foods.
In the orient citrus peel is used to treat lung congestion associated with a cold. To extract the properties of the peel, make a tea by smmering the frsh or dried peel for about 20 minutes.
Oranges have proven valuable for inflammatory, highly acidic diseases such as arthritis; they also help lower high fever and benefits those with weak gums and teeth.
Lemons (and limes) have a very sour, astringent flavor and has antiseptic qualiities. Its antiseptic, anti-microbial, and muscus-resolving action make it useful during colds, flus, hacking coughs and parasite infestation. Benefits the liver, encouraging the formation of bile; improves absorption of minerals; promotes weight loss, cleanses the blood; treats high blood pressure, thick, poorly circulating blood, and weak blood vessels. Can also help alleviate flatulence and indigestion in general.
Yield: 4 servings
Cooking time: 20 minutes
4 4-oz salmon fillets
teaspoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper (optional)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Rub 4-oz salmon fillets with olive oil. Coat a baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray; cook salmon skin side down for 20 minutes; let cool.
- While the salmon is in the oven, peel and dice oranges and avocado.
- Combine orange, avocado, mint, garlic, lime juice and jalapeno pepper in a bowl.
- Serve salmon with salsa over a bed of lettuce or with a side of toasted whole-grain bread.