Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer Bounty

The day before yesterday, I had a life changing experience. No, really. I ate one of the most delicious things I have ever put in my mouth. Had it been slaved over for hours and hours by some obscure elderly lady who had spent years honing her craft? No. Had it been masterfully and meticulously created by a highly trained chef who had studied for years at the CIA? (Culinary Institute of America, not Central Intelligence Agency). No. It was a simple, beautiful, mostly round, slightly fuzzy--peach.

Taylor's grandparents, C.B. and Evelyn, had specially ordered some from some obviously heavenly place in Alabama and had shared them with Taylor's parents. Lisa offered one to me when I was at their house on Monday, and seriously--it was the sweetest, juciest, most delicious thing I have ever put in my mouth.

So--I say this to encourage everyone to enjoy the Lord's plenteous and creative providence, especially now as summer comes to a close. (Ok, so it won't come to a close in Mississippi 'til Halloween or so, but for most of the country..). Blueberries are also a summer favorite of mine. They are SO good, on pretty much everything or just all by their lonesome--and SO good for you! Enjoy!

Blueberries and Aging – “In a USDA Human Nutrition Research Center laboratory, neuroscientists discovered that feeding blueberries to laboratory rats slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity, a finding that has important implications for humans. In one study, Jim Joseph, director of the neuroscience laboratory in the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRC), fed blueberry extractions-the equivalent of a human eating one cup of blueberries a day-to mice and then ran them through a series of motor skills tests. He found that the blueberry-fed mice performed better than their control group counterparts in motor behavioral learning and memory, and he noticed an increase in exploratory behavior. When he examined their brains, he found a marked decrease in oxidative stress in two regions of the brain and better retention of signal-transmitting neurons compared with the control mice.“

Who doesn't need better stress management and better memory skills? Eat up!

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