July is…full of good stuff

July is packed full of reasons to celebrate, commemorate and congregate…and they are all good for you!

Compliment Your Mirror Day! (no kidding, google it)

Stand in front of your mirror with your eyes closed. Put a big smile on your face…a big smile. Now, open your eyes. Isn’t the picture of the person standing in your mirror the best looking person you’ve ever seen? As long as you complement your mirror and keep it happy, it will always show you the best person in the world.  So, complement your mirror for showing you such a beautiful person!

Blueberry History in the United States
 by the United States Department of Agriculture on May 8th, 1999. Blueberries are grown in 35 states in the US, and the United States produces over 90% of all of the blueberries in the world. They have been used in soups, stews and more, for centuries. According to Ark-LA-Tex, the Native Americans taught the pilgrims to use blueberries in many ways. Blueberries were dried in the sun and ground into a powder. The powder was used to make a pudding called Sautauthig, and it was used to season meat as a “spice rub.”

Blueberries And Your Health
The Native Americans also believed that these little blue berries were good for your health. Blueberry tea is supposed to help relax women during childbirth, leaves from the blueberry bush were used to make a blood purifier that was good for the kidneys, and blueberry juice was supposed to be good for coughs. Modern medicine also identifies the health benefits of blueberries. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the Rutgers Blueberry Cranberry Research Center in Chatsworth, N.J. found that blueberries help prevent infections in the urinary tract in much the same way that cranberries do. They may also help to prevent macular degeneration according to Ronald L. Prior, Ph.D., director of the USDA.

Did you know that eating blueberries could also be one of the keys to living to a ripe old age? Well, if you take a look at the research, foods that are rich in antioxidants are supposed to help reduce your chance of getting cancer and heart disease, and blueberries are loaded with them. Out of 40 different fruits, juices and vegetables, the blueberry comes in with the highest antioxidant level, according to the North american Blueberry Council. Just three and a half ounces of blueberries are equivalent to over 1700 International Units of vitamin E.

One cup of fresh blueberries has only 83 calories plus 3.5 mg fiber (12% daily value), 112 mg potassium and 14 mg vitamin C (25% dv). So don’t hold back your blueberry love—just pop ’em in your mouth, berry by berry, or try EatingWell’s favorite blueberry recipes.



(this next one is not EXACTLY ‘good for you’ but it’s fun and fun is good-for-you)

 National Hot Dog Month, and according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will be consuming the infamous little red tubes of “meat” in record numbers this summer.

The Council estimates that over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During the July 4th weekend alone (the biggest hot-dog holiday of the year), 155 million will be downed.

So take a look in the mirror, munch on your berries and sing along My Bogna has a first name… for a good chuckle and enjoy your life!

-keep movin’