Wellness Weekly’s 5 Wonderous Facts You Don’t Know About Watermelon

Happy long weekend readers!

 As Mark Twain once said,

“When one has tasted [watermelon], he knows what the angels eat,”

and I could not agree more. With extreme heat this week, we can be extremely thankful for fresh, hydrating fruits that satisfy both our hunger and thirst in one juicy bite.

This summer I’ve eaten my weight in melons but the past month I attribute full responsibility to my family gatherings and yoga classes for indulging my addiction. Sweet, refreshing and so juicy that our counter top looks as though I’ve murdered a rain cloud, the watermelon is a seasonal family favourite.

 

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A quick Holistic Life Hack for these hot summer days;

  • Refrain from concentrated starches and an excess of heavy animal proteins. Why? Both of these lack natural water content and therefore, use more water to metabolize than is being replenished leaving you feeling thirsty after your meal. This is troublesome considering our goal to refrain from drinking until 40-60 minutes after eating for optimal digestion.
  • The perfect fix: Stick predominantly to fruits and veggies naturally high in water to hydrate you while you eat! This being yet another bonus of a plant-based diet!

 

Of course we know that watermelon is 92% water after this blog; https://lifeofeden.com/2014/08/27/holistic-life-hack-7-in-season-foods-to-eat-yourself-hydrated/ , and we all know it’s an “eat alone or leave alone” after this one; https://lifeofeden.com/2013/10/06/when-fruit-becomes-toxic-the-one-time-to-never-eat-fruit/ , but to have a little fun this morning, these are five wonderous facts you DIDN’T know about this seasonal summer melon.

1) It’s not a fruit! 

  • Not 100% anyway. In fact, watermelons are both fruit and vegetable; a natural, non-GMO hybrid of sorts. It’s related to cucumber, pumpkin and squash of the Cucurbitaceae family which all grow in much the same way. You can observe this in my grandparent’s garden as their fall pumpkin patch makes way for small but flavourful melons come summer.

2) You can skip the composter

  • Both black watermelon seeds and rind are edible! Everyone laughs at the way I strategically eat melon. Much like you do your dinner plate, always saving the best for last, the middle of the melon is by far the most flavourful and so I craftily work my way backwards: from white rind up! Not only are you saving yourself the trip to your composter, you’re also reaping all the nutritional benefits possible!
melon slice

3) Beyond a post yoga bribe

  • After a hot and sweaty class, with sore thighs from warrior two and a steady yoga flow in the backyard, watermelon has played a vital role in refreshing my students after class in a bribe to keep them coming back 😉 But the benefits extend beyond the bribe!
  • Watermelon is a natural cleanser and diuretic to keep excess bloating and summer swelling at bay when the heat causes us to retain water. The fibre will also help bind to toxins to excrete it from the body along with the water that flushes toxins from our system. The ultimate yogic detoxifier!

4) Has more lycopene than raw tomatoes!

  • While most associated with vibrant, red tomatoes, watermelon is a more concentrated source of this antioxidant. It is known for its ability to protect you against free radicals, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and DNA damage. It is also lycopene we have to thank for the bright pink and red colourings of many of our fruits and vegetables.

5) Reduced muscle pains

  • L-citrulline, an amino acid present in watermelon, has been shown to protect against muscle pain. The effects have been studied by juicing the melon, but I do not generally recommend this as stripping the fibre will rapidly spike your blood sugar from the high fructose content. Instead? Enjoy these benefits from consuming watermelon in its whole, natural state as nature intended.
This Wellness Weekly, take a cue from the return of our summer heat and make watermelon your ultimate companion this long weekend. Indulging in this quick, refreshing and extremely hydrating summer melon is all the Monday motivation we need to run off to our local patch and grab a juicy one!
Taking a refreshing slice of our long weekend,
Suzanne Eden

4 Gluten Free Treats & Exotic Fruit Trees From A Week In Review

Aaaaand were off!

It’s the last family gathering of the summer, but first, we’re playing a little catchup from open houses to family parties to filming, as last week was stuffed with tasty treats and inspiration.

 

filming

This post serves up 3 simple purposes:

  1. To introduce you to a “sweet” cookbook that you can check out at home or your local library with healthier entertaining recipes for oatmeal cookies, marshmallow squares and chocolate cupcakes.
  2. To  plant the idea of ordering exotic trees that can survive in most Canadian climates such as gogi berry trees, asian pears and chums (a cross between an apple and a plum!).
  3. To fill you up on loads of tempting food pictures along the way (But of course!).

 

apple a day

Sunday’s Apple A Day

  • Business cards tied to 60 apples, 80 recipe cards designed and printed, 80 Raw Chocolate Cranberry Macaroons later and we were packed and ready for the road trip to Cambridge. My aunt, a naturopathic doctor whom I collaborate with, was transferring her Kitchener office to her home in Cambridge, commencing with an open house. It was a chance to meet and greet with many of my clients one on one for the first time and to share refreshing watermelon popsicles, unsweetened iced brewed tea and lots of tasty treats!

open house

Our inevitable first stop upon our arrival? The kitchen! Armed with the excuse to help prepare the food I nibbled on the outer edges of the freshly baked banana loaf. As Anna Olsen always said: “the outer edges are zero calories”, but you didn’t hear that from me 😉
  • Through all of the sweetness, these apples were a light and juicy treat. Naturally sweet and loaded with pectin and antioxidants, apples are a superfood and the perfect pairing for a refreshing snack in the mid afternoon’s heat.

 The Tempting Treats

 

Raw Cranberry Chocolate Macaroons

  • No books needed, you can find my recipe for these right here:

https://lifeofeden.com/2014/07/11/raw-cranberry-chocolate-macaroons/

raw macaroons

 

The rest of these recipes were baked by my aunt from the cookbook series: Nourishing Meals and The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook . I have both of these books and love them. Filled with desserts to main courses and helpful nutritional guides, some recipes I rework for proper food combing etc. but I have found them to be wonderfully handy books to have in the kitchen. Here’s what was made from them:

oatmeal cookies

Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies

  • The shape says it all. We loved them!  And so did the other guests. Golden, crunchy and tasted just like an oatmeal cookie should. They were the favourite of the three cookies shared.
 rice squares
Marshmallow Squares
  • These were my personal treat of choice. What’s used instead of marshmallows? Nutbutter! The crisp comes from an all natural puffed brown rice.

chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • One cousin’s favourite and the other cousin’s least favourite. My personal opinion; the frosting was delicious but the cupcakes were on the drier side. For me the frosting was a keeper.
  • Tip: Making them bite sized in miniature pans to create a good proportion of cupcake to frosting which will help to moisten it up.

 

rice bars

Birthdays & Exotic Fruit Trees

 

Every week I teach yoga classes in my backyard and every week gives way to talk of the vegetation that surrounds our mats. It’s a small property but plentiful with apple and cherry trees, vegetable gardens overrun with ripe tomatoes, Echinacea flowers and grape vines that scale the neighbouring fence. With our family birthday party celebrations came talk of my uncle’s Asian pear tree ripe with fruit and the flavour of pear and the crisp, juicy texture of an apple (one of my favourites come Christmas time).

asian pears

We are ordering in these exotic trees NOW to come in for the spring and I highly suggest you do as well. This means that you are on the distributor’s radar come spring so you are more likely to get first pickings and avoid the trees selling out.

 

Here’s where to look: http://www.greenbarnnursery.ca/

baking

Behind The Lens

 

Last week concluded behind the lens with a project that will be released in the next couple of weeks! Can you guess? We filmed one of my favourite go-to recipes in there too and hint? It may or may not be featured above) . . .

 

Until then, give these cookbooks a try and consider planting an exotic fruit tree, sure to attract the attention of your friends and family.  Just be prepared to share 🙂

Off to savour more holistic family gatherings,

Suzanne Eden

 

 

 

 

10 Life Inspiring Quotes In Tribute Of Wayne Dyer

“Upon awakening, let the words Thank You flow from your lips, for this will remind you to begin your day with gratitude and compassion.”– Wayne Dyer

Thank you Wayne!

Saturday night the full moon rose with another star amongst it as Dr. Wayne Dyer left peacefully in his sleep.

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This was the Facebook post:

Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night. He always said he couldn’t wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying. Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side.

We Love You Forever Dad/Wayne

The Dyer Family

In Honor of one of my favourite spiritual teachers and personal motivators, we’re dosing out 10 Prescriptions For Wellness with  quotes and life lessons from the Doctor himself:

 

  1. Eat For Health As An Act Of Self Love
  • “When you’re at peace with yourself and love your self, it is virtually impossible to do things to yourself that are destructive.”

2. Chase Your Dreams

  • “You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”
  • “Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.”
3. Always Seek The Positives
  • “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
4. Practise Positive Affirmations
  • “Here is an affirmation for today: I feel passionately about my life, and this passion fills me with excitement and energy!”
5. BE The Person You Want To  Surround Yourself With
  • “Practice being the kind of person you wish to attract.”
6. Drop The Desire To Be Right
  • “When the choice is to be right or to be kind, always make the choice that brings peace.”
7. Trust Your Vision
  • “If you believe it will work out , you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.”
8. Choose Compassion Over Ego
  • “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”

 

  • “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
9. Say Yes
  • “You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it.”
10. Understanding That No-body Is Their Body
  • “Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.”

 

 Whatever you do this week, next week and every week on, take the Wellness Weekly Intention from Wayne and; “Don’t die with music still inside you.”

Suzanne Eden