Thursday, January 5, 2012

Why Scratching

I ran into this quote from Alice Roosevelt Longworth many years ago and thought it fit life right now.

I had an itch last summer on how to layout an herb garden.

I still want to know how to pick a paint color (gotta satisfy this soon.)

I did fix the itch to make a paper wreath from a salvaged book.  I made one this past holiday season and am so proud of myself!

And what are the benefits of green tea? (That was today's itch!) 

I have scratchy companions: husband John and various family and close friends.
 And scratchy pets (oh oh!)  7 cats and 3 dogs.

And I have a major itch to scratch:  how can I arrange my life to be SIMPLER and BETTER? 

Hope you can help me with comments along the way.



Sue Carroll said...

Green tea (found on WebMD):
Green tea has important antioxidants and compounds that help in maintaining good health.

Green tea's antioxidants, called catechins, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Grapes and berries, red wine, and dark chocolate also have potent antioxidants.

Because of green tea's minimal processing -- its leaves are withered and steamed, not fermented like black and oolong teas -- green tea's unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are more concentrated.

Is Green Tea Good for Your Heart?

Green tea's antioxidants are dilators, she says, because they improve the flexibility of blood vessels and make them less vulnerable to clogging -- and antioxidant-rich blueberries and pomegranates do the same.

Weight loss:

But the best way to get the most out of green tea -- even if your main goal is losing weight -- is to drink it.

"Taken altogether, the evidence certainly suggests that incorporating at least a few cups of green tea every day will positively affect your health," says Diane McKay, PhD, a Tufts University scientist who studies antioxidants. "It's not going to cure anything and it shouldn't be consumed as a drug, but it can complement the rest of the diet."

McCullough bears the same reminder: eat your fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, and nuts -- and go ahead, drink as much green tea as you want.

"I don't think it can hurt to drink it. I'd focus on dietary sources rather than supplements because there are several compounds in green tea that might need to be consumed together. We just don't know yet," she says.

Scratch, scratch.

Sarah Stroud said...

Love the photo of you and the dog!

Karen said...

Hi, Debbie,
Thanks for visiting me at my Carolina Backyard Farm blog! Abe is wonderful for connecting people.
The paper wreath you made is beautiful! Are you a vendor or just a shopper at Sleepy Poet? Either way, you should check out our booth there (vendor code ABE) - we sell furniture (some of it made by Abe), crafts (made by me!) and other treasures.