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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Recipe: Baked Salmon with Basil Pesto and Tomatoes

Herbs are easy to grow and they can add wonderfulflavours to all of your home cooked foods. They are also a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Herbs are natural flavour enhancers that can quickly change a dish from being bland to delicious.


Baked Salmon with Basil Pesto and Tomatoes
(Makes 2 servings)


INGREDIENTS

2 salmon fillets, about 150g each
2 tsp olive oil
4 tsp pesto (see recipe for pesto below)
4-5 medium tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 450F.

2. Cut two pieces of parchment paper or foil large enough to wrap each piece of salmon.

3. Pour half of the olive oil in the centre of each piece of foil or paper and place the salmon on top. Spread half of the pesto over each piece of salmon. Arrange sliced tomatoes over pesto so they cover the top of the salmon.

4. Wrap salmon packet on baking sheet and cook about 15 minutes.

5. Remove from oven and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Open the packets carefully and serve while salmon and tomatoes are hot.


BASIL PESTO SAUCE RECIPE

There are lots of was to use flavourful pesto: sauce for meats, spread for sandwiches or wraps, on pizza, or on pasta. It also makes great flavouring for soups and strews.You can make pesto cubes by freezing the pesto in ice cube trays and keeping for later use.

INGREDIENTS

1 handful sunflower seeds
3 handfuls fresh basil, washed and finely chopped
1 handful parmesan chees, grated (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 clove garlic, finely chopped
pepper & salt to taste
dash of lemon juice

PREPARATION

1. In a pan over medium heat, toast the sunflower seeds. Remove from heat and chop to desired texture.

2. In a bowl, combine the seeds, basil, garlic, and parmesan. Pour olive oil over the mixture until you have a saucy consistency. Taste and adjust.

3. If you want a smoother consistency, place pesto ingredients in a blender or food processor and gently pulse.

4. Optional: add a squeeze of lemon juice.


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Photos of the Day: Calm Spaces

Lac Beauvert, Jasper National Park





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Monday, July 17, 2017

New Fun Games: Spy Code Break Free & Spy Code Safe Breaker from YULU Toys



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Saturday, July 1, 2017

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

How Stress Can Affect Your Health and How to Manage It

You’re trying to get the kids off to school, you can’t find your cell phone, and you’re sitting in traffic. Your hypothalamus, a tiny control tower in your brain, decides to send out the order: Send in the stress hormones! These stress hormones are the same ones that trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response. Your heart races, your breath quickens, and your muscles ready for action. This response was designed to protect your body in an emergency by preparing you to react quickly. But when the stress response keeps firing, day after day, it could put your health at serious risk. Dr. Sanam Hafeez is a New York City Neuropsychologist who breaks down what stress can do the body.

How Stress Can Affect Your Health and How to Manage It


Respiratory System

Stress can make you breathe harder. That's not a problem for most people, but for those with asthma or a lung disease such as emphysema, getting the oxygen you need to breathe easier can be difficult. And some studies show that an acute stress, such as the death of a loved one — can actually trigger asthma attacks, in which the airway between the nose and the lungs constricts. In addition, stress can cause the rapid breathing or hyperventilation that can bring on a panic attack in someone prone to panic attacks. Working with a psychologist to develop relaxation and breathing strategies can help.


Gastrointestinal

Esophagus
When you're stressed, you may eat much more or much less than you usually do. If you eat more or different foods, or increase your use of alcohol or tobacco, you can experience heartburn or acid reflux. Stress or exhaustion can also increase the severity of heartburn pain.

Stomach
When you're stressed, your brain becomes more alert to sensations in your stomach. Your stomach can react with "butterflies" or even nausea or pain. You may vomit if the stress is severe enough. And, if the stress becomes chronic, you may develop ulcers or severe stomach pain even without ulcers.

Bowel
Stress can affect digestion, and what nutrients your intestines absorb. It can also affect how fast food moves through your body. You may find that you have either diarrhea or constipation.


Female Reproductive System

Menstruation
Stress may affect menstruation among adolescent girls and women in several ways. For example, high levels of stress may be associated with absent or irregular menstrual cycles, more painful periods and changes in the length of cycles.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Stress may make premenstrual symptoms worse or more difficult to cope with and pre-menses symptoms may be stressful for many women. These symptoms include cramping, fluid retention and bloating, negative mood (feeling irritable and "blue") and mood swings.

Menopause
As menopause approaches, hormone levels fluctuate rapidly. These changes are associated with anxiety, mood swings and feelings of distress. Thus menopause can be a stressor in and of itself. Some of the physical changes associated with menopause, especially hot flashes, can be difficult to cope with. Furthermore, emotional distress may cause the physical symptoms to be worse. For example, women who are more anxious may experience an increased number of hot flashes and/or more severe or intense hot flashes.

Sexual Desire
Women juggle personal, family, professional, financial and a broad range of other demands across their life span. Stress, distraction, fatigue, etc., may reduce sexual desire — especially when women are simultaneously caring for young children or other ill family members, coping with chronic medical problems, feeling depressed, experiencing relationship difficulties or abuse, dealing with work problems, etc.

Fat storage

You can clearly correlate stress to weight gain. Part of that link is due to poor eating during stress, but the stress hormone cortisol may also increase the amount of fat tissue your body hangs onto and enlarge the size of fat cells. Higher levels of cortisol have been linked to more deep-abdominal fat—yes, belly fat. Luckily, exercise can help control stress and help keep belly fat under control.


Insomnia

Stress can cause hyperarousal, a biological state in which people just don't feel sleepy.

While major stressful events can cause insomnia that passes once the stress is over, long-term exposure to chronic stress can also disrupt sleep and contribute to sleep disorders.

What to do? Focus on sleep hygiene (making your surroundings conducive to a good night's rest) and try yoga or another stress-busting activity during the day.


Headaches

"Fight or flight" chemicals like adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol can cause vascular changes that leave you with a tension headache or migraine, either during the stress or in the "let-down" period afterwards. Stress also makes your muscles tense, which can make the pain of a migraine worse. Beyond treating the headache itself, focus on headache-proofing your home, diet, and lifestyle in general.

Memory

Too much of the stress hormone cortisol can interfere with the brain's ability to form new memories. During acute stress, the hormone also interferes with neurotransmitters, the chemicals that brain cells use to communicate with each other. That can make it hard to think straight or retrieve memories. While it's tough to limit stress in our hectic lives, some experts recommend trying meditation, among other solutions.


Blood sugar

Stress is known to raise blood sugar, and if you already have type 2 diabetes you may find that your blood sugar is higher when you are under stress. Changing what you eat, exercising more, or adjusting medication can help to keep it under control. One study of obese black women without diabetes found that those who produced more stress-related epinephrine when asked to recall stressful life events had higher fasting glucose and bigger blood sugar spikes than those with lower epinephrine, suggesting it might raise your risk for getting diabetes too.



About the Doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical neuropsychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens.

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Litom LED Outdoor Motion Sensor Solar Light + $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Photo of the Day: Flying High

Flying High



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