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Celebrate Mother Earth with “Green” Solutions-SE Guilford
Free Event for Families to Increase “Living with Awareness”
Hosted by Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal, BNI “Diamonds” Chapter and Divine Weddings and Beyond
Saturday April 16th-3pm 2011 at Wildflower Walk in Liberty, NC
2652 NC Highway 62 East

Teaching our children at a young age may have a positive impact on future generations. Please come and enjoy an afternoon with nature and leave with a new appreciation for the treasures of the Earth and insights on local companies sharing the same passion

Activities will include-

  • $2 golf cart rides through the forest and hayrides
  • Visiting friendly goats, horses, miniature horse, rabbit, and donkey
  • Rescues will have dogs on site for adoption
  • Workshop for newly engaged couples, event planners, wedding venues, desiring “Green” centerpieces to be given away as gifts or reused within landscapes
  • Plant Swap. Some plants to be exchanged include, verbena, black mondo grass, mazus, yarrow, columbine, st johns wort, crape myrtle tree, golden raintree, helleborus, rose of sharon, daylily, monkey grass, roses, raydon’s favorite aster’s, siberian iris, plumbago, german iris, sweet pea vine, and so much more
  • Meditative walk with Holistic Healer, Janet Nestor through the woods and farm, also providing on site energy work
  • Local authors signing published books
  • Mowable cemetery groundcovers to personalize  monuments of loved ones.
  • Bring $$$ to take treasures home
  • Come and meet our Julian Fire Department too

 

Local vendors will provide information on healthy eating, eco-tourism, eco-friendly products, and more. Children who bring recycled bottles will receive a free gift

Registration is required ensuring safety

Registration- name,  telephone number, email, number of people attending, by emailing Christiana at cdyson83@yahoo.com

Interested vendors, please contact Diana(@) justacloudaway.com for more information and your logos will be posted

Event Sponsors and Vendors

       

  

 

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A new resource for women suffering from medical conditions such as, chemotherapy treatments, alopecia, lupus, thyroid problems, breast cancer, stress had their grand opening to the public January 14, 2011. Undetectable wigs are even suitable for hair loss from genetics and certain medications such as Wellbutrin, with the complete list from WebMD found here. Gastric bypass surgery can also be a factor in the loss of hair, but with a healthy diet, can be minimized. Health coaches are also very beneficial to keep you on track.

The opening was sponsored by Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™Journal and many other resources were present offering their support, products and services.

Much of the conversation took place in the Serenity Garden designed by DianaDigsDirt.

Residential Serenity Gardens are also designed to engage the senses

Melody Anderson of Chadwick Insurance Group-offers the health insurance to meet  your needs and your budget.

Create a Cake Catering dropped off some yummy cookies and in March, will be hosting

 The Location is Emerald Event Center, click here for info

Pamela Thomas of NY Life- investing in life insurance is well spent dollars,  five investment options to avoid recommends Dave Ramsey.

XoCai Chocolate was another treat

Christiana Dyson of Mary Kay Cosmetics (host a party and %10 is dedicated to Breast Cancer Research). Chanel Lace Hair Gallery will provide space at shop if needed.

Angela Howard, Health Coach of Take Shape for Life offers guidance for women regarding a healthy diet and increased quality of living.

Local author, Janet Nestor signed books during the opening.

Katie, owner of The Clean G, offering cleaning products, air deodorizers and room spritzers, non-toxic, safe and organic.

B-Skinney Coffee gave out samples of a low-glycemic delicious cup of joe.

Janet Nestor treated us to complementary energy work sessions and they were greatly appreciated.

Janet has a gift of connecting with deceased family members through her energy work, more info here.

Thank all of you for your time and especially Sharon Ellis-Wiley of Chanel Lace Hair Gallery. Stop in to say hello.

Sharon has set up a small fund women who cannot afford a wig. Make a donation by purchasing a ribbon and write a brief note or your name on a Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon and hang on tree in the Serenity Garden

 

Gorgeous flowers donated by Harris Teeter

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 Alzheimer’s Disease is on the rise with someone being diagnosed every 70 seconds. Families are choosing to keep loved ones at home, hiring in home care agencies to help or

choosing a reputable facility specializing in Alzheimer Care.

One of the top Alzheimer Care facilities in the Buffalo, NY area is Harris Hill Nursing Facility, not because of one of my family members resides here, but the various activities, parties and projects offered.

For Alzheimer patients who are aware of their surroundings and have the desire to feel needed, activities are crucial on a daily basis.

Activities range from tactile (papercrafting, repetitive projects), audio (singing, listening to story-telling or music), physical (gardening or house keeping). Depending on the patients level of function, there is an activity for them, even if for only a few minutes per day.

 

When I visit Harris Hill, one particular woman with Alzheimer’s Disease is always carrying her baby doll in her arms being so attentive with such love in her eyes.

 

The parties and events are long processes with staff moving very slow. It is not the destination it is the journey. High strung people like myself have to slow down and enjoy the talk, dance and smiles of the residents who think they have known you all of their lives.

 

Find out what kind of activities are offered when you are selecting your loved ones new home. The disease may bring out new personality traits and hidden talents, which are just a moment away of being revealed to you.

Alzheimer’s Disease facilities in the Piedmont Triad Area can schedule gardening activities with Diana Digs Dirt

of papercrafting projects with Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™Journal

We are looking for a monthly papercrafting location in the Greensboro, NC for a workshop to meet on the 3rd Friday of the month from 5-11PM. This would be added exposure for your facility where workshops will be photographed and posted on Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal’s Blog. The workshops will reach out to community members wanting to learn how to compose keepsakes of loved ones, pets or baby’s gone too soon in the form of journal books, scrapbooks, collages, cards and more.

Email- Diana (@) justacloudaway.com to schedule activities

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Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of demetia in people 65 years and older and every 70 seconds, someone is diagnosed with the disease. 5.3 million American’s and their families are touched by Alzheimer’s Disease.

1. Dark Chocolate

  • Brain Food Facts:Studies carried out by Norwegian researchers found that the flavonoids in cocoa increase blood flow to the brain and may help to protect against conditions with reduced cerebral blood flow like dementia and stroke. To get the most benefits, buy chocolates with low sugar but high cocoa content (70% or more is the best like these 80% organic extra dark chocolates from Vital Choice).However, while cocoa is rich in beneficial compounds, it’s also high in saturated fats. Many times, it’s also paired with high-fat ingredients like full cream in desserts. So it’s best to keep dark chocolate to a small once-a-week treat.Alternative Foods for the Brain:Flavonoids can be found in practically all fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. A good rule of thumb is that the more colorful a fruit or vegetable is, the higher the levels of flavonoids. Some flavonoid-rich foods that have been studied intensively include red wine, green tea and cherries which will be discussed in detail below.

2. Red Wine

  • Brain Food Facts:The same Norwegian study on dark chocolate also credited modest wine drinking for conferring protective effect on cognitive function and decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This is due to the high levels of flavonoids and possibly other polyphenolics such as resveratrol that are presence in red wine.However, alcohol is a double-edged sword that should be used with caution. Because, ironically, many studies have also found that excessive alcohol intake can lead to dementia as well as a host of other serious health conditions such as cancer by triggering chronic inflammation. So if you do drink, limit yourself to no more than one glass a day.It’s also important to note that in the first few hours after drinking wine, alcohol may actually slow thinking and interfere with the memory temporarily. If you’re preparing for an important test or going to sit for an examination, drinking wine is probably not the way to boost your performance.Alternative Foods for the Brain:

    Green tea is rich in a type of flavonoid known as catechins which can reach as high as 1 gram in a single cup. Numerous studies have attest to the health beneficial properties of green tea including its ability to cut the risk of cancer as well as neurodegenerative diseases. Its ability to keep weight in check also makes green tea a popular choice in many health promoting diets.

3. Clam

  • Brain Food Facts:Researchers in the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Aging (OPTIMA) found that elderly adults with low vitamin B12 levels had more than four times the usual risk of Alzheimer’s. It’s thought that when vitamin B12 levels are low, blood levels of homocysteine will raise, significantly increasing the risk for dementia, heart attack ad other ailments. To get a healthy dose of vitamin B12, look no further than clams. This shellfish packs a whopping 98.9mcg of vitamin B12 in just 100g serving, or 1648% of the RDA.Alternative Foods for the Brain:Rich sources of vitamin B12 are found in seafood and animal sources including oysters, mussels, fish, shrimps, scallops, liver of most animals and beef. Lower levels of vitamin B12 can also be found in seaweeds, yeasts and fermented foods like miso and tempeh.

4. Asparagus

  • Brain Food Facts:A Korean study published in 2008 found that individuals who were folate deficient were 3.5 times more likely to develop dementia. What’s more surprising is that those who were not folate deficient but had low folate measures were also at significantly increased dementia risk. To make sure you get sufficient folate, make asparagus a frequent addition to your meals since one cup of these green spears will fulfill nearly 66% of your daily folate needs.Alternative Foods for the Brain:Other great sources of folate include citrus fruits, beans (be sure to sprout them to maximize their nutrients and enhance absorption by the body), broccoli, cauliflower, beets, lentils and leafy green vegetables such as spinach and turnip greens.

5. Wild Salmon

  • Brain Food Facts:According to a study conducted by Tufts University in Boston, subjects who consumed an average of three servings of oily fish a week had almost 50 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. These individuals had significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid in the blood than those who took less fish in their diets. And salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids as well as other important nutrients such as vitamin D and B12 that can help to prevent neurodegenerative disorders.But, as wild caught salmons, frozen or canned, generally contain more omega-3, less omega-6 and fewer toxins, you’re better off buying the wild version whenever possible. Aim to eat at least two to three servings of oily fish each week to supply your body with inflammation-fighting compounds. If you’re concerned about environmental toxins such as PCB in seafood, you can also consider taking whole fish oil supplement derived from wild salmon.Alternative Foods for the Brain:Anchovies and sardines are also very good sources of omega-3 fats. For people who don’t eat fish, walnuts, flaxseeds and dark green leafy vegetables are rich in plant-based omega-3 precursor, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). But they lack eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the two primary omega-3’s. Although technically ALA is converted by the body to EPA and DHA, in reality, the conversion rate is very low (only about one to two percent) and is further reduced if your omega-6 intake is high. So relying solely on walnuts, flaxseeds and dark green leafy vegetables may not provide your body with adequate omega-3 fats. In this case, you can boost your omega-3 intake either by selecting more EPA and DHA-fortified foods, take vegan omega-3 supplements, or both.

6. Walnut

  • Brain Food Facts:Research by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging suggested that a moderate, but not high, diet of walnuts helped improve motor and cognitive skills in older rodents. The experts believed that a combination of polyphenols, omega-3 fats and other bioactive substances in walnut is responsible for this beneficial effect.But more is not necessarily good. The study discovered that mice fed on a walnut diet equivalent to a human eating more than 1 ounce of walnuts, or about seven to nine walnuts, a day actually displayed lower long-term memory skills.This may be due to the high omega-6 content of walnut. Although this brain-like nut is high in alpha-linolenic acid, it’s even richer in linoleic acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid. Linoleic acid could lead to more inflammatory compounds being created and less anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats in the body when the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is out of balanced.Alternative Foods for the Brain:

    Though the exact mechanism of how walnut improves cognitive function is unclear, most doctors and nutritionists recommend eating a wide range of food, including nuts. So don’t stop at walnuts. Each day, grab and enjoy a handful of mixed nuts, dried fruits and seeds — like hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, raisins, dried cranberries and blueberries — to get a spectrum of health-boosting nutrients each day.

7. Cherry

  • Brain Food Facts:Scientists found that the antioxidant compounds, anthocyanins, which give cherries their bright red color possess anti-inflammatory properties that could work like pain medications such as Vioxx and Celebrex, but without the nasty side effects. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs can cause adverse effects, some of which are severe like stomach bleeding and heart attack, especially among the elderly. But cherries do not irritate the stomach the way manufactured drugs do and they also contain compounds that keep platelets in the blood from clumping together.Alternative Foods for the Brain:Berries like blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are jam-packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that help to reduce brain inflammation and brain oxidative stress, both of which have been associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

8. Turmeric

  • Brain Food Facts:Plaques in the brain are thought to contribute to the degradation of brain cells and lead to Alzheimer’s disease. A study found that curcumin in turmeric is an effective substance that removes plagues from the brain. Turmeric, a top anti-inflammatory food used since ancient times, is commonly used as a spice in curry dishes. Countries with populations that eat curry regularly, such as India, have been observed to report lower rates of dementia. Add this inexpensive, versatile spice into your meals at least once a week to cool inflammation and ward off dementia.Alternative Foods for the Brain:Ginger is a close cousin of turmeric with similar anti-inflammatory properties. Though study on its effect on the brain is limited, ginger’s ability to reduce inflammation may also confer some inhibitory effect on dementia indirectly.

9. Apple

  • Brain Food Facts:There are now even more reasons to take an apple a day. Quercetin, found in abundance in the skins of apples, has been found to protect the brain from damages associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders in studies conducted by Cornell University. Other studies have also suggested that eating apples may also help reduce the risk of cancer.Alternative Foods for the Brain:Capers, a common ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine, lovage and red onion are also excellent sources of quercetin. Berries like cherries, raspberries and cranberries also contain some but lower amounts of this flavonoid. Article by The Conscious Life

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We had an informational workshop at Terragen Nurseries one Saturday morning. Stephie brought some of her birds. They were on special harnesses  allowing for outdoor walks.

Melanie of Chadwick Insurance Group explained information regarding lower insurance premiums.

Janet Nestor took us on a meditative walk around the water gardens and greenhouse. She also gave away a copy of her new book “Pathways to Wholeness”. How is your emotional health?

A quick breathing technique was also shared.

I talked about the importance of plants in the healing realm. This is truly a learning experience for me as well.  Even weeds in our own gardens can be dried and consumed as tea to prevent such conditions as:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety
  • Alzheimer’s

We hope to have more of these workshops in the future.

Please contact me at Diana (@) justacloudaway.com for workshop alerts.

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I never knew all of the benefits of bananas; facials, soothe wounds and mosquito bites, and many health benefits.

  • Guatemalan ladies often used mashed bananas to help relieve dry skin. If you can talk yourself into a nice leisurely rest for 20 minutes or so, slice a banana and then simply lay the slices on your face to allow the oils and vitamins to permeate the layers.
  • For damaged hair, combine a ripe banana with a few drops of almond oil. Massage into your hair and then allow to work it’s wonders for about 15 minutes. Rinse with soda water and then shampoo and condition as usual.
  • If you are looking for an exfoliating mask, blend a mashed banana with white cosmetic clay and apply. This mask is both moisturizing and nourishing.
  • Your hands can benefit from bananas as well. Mash a banana with a little butter and then rub the mixture into your hands. That is all there is to it.
  • To treat burns, prepare by beating a ripe banana into a fine paste. It can be spread over wounds and supported by a cloth bandage. It gives immediate relief. The young tender leaves of banana tree form a cool dressing for inflammations and blisters.
  • Bananas are also convenient because you can carry them with you whenever you are in a hurry. Knowing the banana health benefits and the other positive things that bananas can be used for will likely give you a new appreciation for this popular fruit.
  • Instead of eating an apple each day for optimum health, the adage should state that a banana each day keeps the doctor away. The banana health benefits far outweigh those of the apple because it has many more vitamins and nutrients than their round counterparts.
  • Bananas have two times as many carbohydrates as an apple, five times as much Vitamin A and iron and three times as much phosphorus. In addition, bananas are also rich in potassium and natural sugars. All of these factors combined make the banana a “super food” that is an integral part of a healthy daily regimen.
  • Because of the abundance of vitamins and minerals, bananas are a great source of natural energy. Eating only two bananas will give you enough energy to exercise or workout for an hour and a half. Bananas are also ideal for eating during that midday lull when you feel tired and sluggish.Instead of drinking caffeine or having a sugary snack, bananas provide a level of energy that lasts longer without the dramatic crash caused by caffeine.
  •  Bananas help the body’s circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain. This also helps maintain a regular heartbeat and a proper balance of water in the body. Potassium is also helpful for reducing strokes and regulating blood pressure because of the way it promotes circulatory health.
  • Similarly, bananas can help people who are trying to quit smoking. The B vitamins and other minerals that they contain reduce the physical and psychological effects of nicotine withdrawal.
  • Bananas are extremely high in potassium (about 4673mg), yet very low in sodium (1mg), thus having a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
  • Bananas are high in potassium, which helps normalize the heartbeat and regulate the body’s water balance. During periods of high stress, our body’s potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted: eating bananas is a healthy way to rebalance them without using drugs

Eat Your Bananas

Diana

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Earth Harmony: Healing Foods for All written by Terry Rader as published in AWB Winter 2006

Terry Rader enjoys connecting people to nature helping them find their personal creativity and vision. She has been an avid lover of  plants and trees since childhood and is a self-practicing wellness herbalist. Terry makes custom herbal tea blends, tinctures, custom flower essence blends and other home remedies used in treating herself and her family (pets included) since 1994 and has continued to expand this work into the community since 2003. Please visit her site www.doedreamers.com for additional information.

As we drove away from the city, I settled into a calmer state of mind. I looked forward to getting outside and spending some time in the country. I welcomed that warm, comfortable feeling that penetrates my soul each time I get away and allow my spirit to expand. We drove past the pastures and lakes and woods – oh for the love of the trees! Rounding one last curve, we pulled into the driveway of our friend’s farm. The dogs came running, free and full of life, to greet us. The farmhouse stood strong against the big blue sky as it’s doors opened and our friends emerged to join us. We took off across the land, past the fruit trees and barns, to the gardens. Walking down the path, my eyes soaked up the light, dancing on the sweet majestic corn tassels swaying in the country breeze. With each step, I felt more grounded with the Earth. We picked some plump red tomatoes, crispy green peppers, golden sunny squash and purple earthy eggplant. I found myself wishing for a garden to tend, feeling such admiration for these stewards of the land.

As my heart exhaled a great sigh of expansion, I felt my blood connect to the dirt of the fields and remembered what one of my shaman teachers had said to me: “The land is crying out and sometimes the land chooses people to tell the story of its pain. You are one of those people, so keep telling the story.” I stood there holding the brightly colored summer harvest in my heart, tears glistening on my cheeks in the warm sunshine. I wondered how I could share this feeling of living in harmony with the Earth? I’m not a farmer. How could I help others understand the value of the land? Today, I am still receiving answers as I continue to ask the questions. Earth Harmony is just one answer. If it ignites your inner desire to want to make changes for the sustainability of Earth and mankind, it is a garden worth tending. We are all a part of this beautiful bounty and I am honored to help it grow with these simple seeds I sow.

One thing we all have in common is WE HAVE TO EAT. The food we eat is the foundation for all natural medicine. If you are feeling out of balance, perhaps the first thing to consider is your food. If you are not eating pesticide-free or organically grown food, you may be loading your liver, kidneys, heart and lungs with more chemicals than they can process. If you are not shopping from local sources for your food, meat, bread, cheese, milk, honey, etc., then you are supporting the loss of our Earth’s precious fuels to truck your dinner in.

By supporting your local farmers, you build community – you contribute to the healing of the Earth, which in turn continues to feed you with healing foods. Some people believe that organic foods cost too much. When you add up the nutritional value, it far outweighs the cost. You’d have to eat extra large portions of processed food to get the equivalent nourishment. And that’s exactly what Americans are doing, eating more than they should, seeking satisfaction from food that is simply not healthy. Pat Bush of Handance Farms explains: “How can you have a healthy community if you depend upon other places to grow your food? The life-force energy of the food we eat is what makes us healthy. Most foods begin to lose life-force as soon as they are picked. I am always awed when I see the life-force of the food we produce – it glows! This comes from a combination of healthy, balanced soils and planting with celebration and ceremony … this is what supports a healthy community … When people ask me what makes your food so different, I reply with this: You know how you say grace before you eat? We say grace before we plant.” You can find Pat and Brian’s remarkable produce at The Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market.

I know first-hand what she is saying to be true. Her foods and flowers have an energy that is missing from the store-bought varieties. Soups made with her veggies are like Medicine soups, they are healing and satisfying. You walk away from a meal made with fresh food feeling nurtured, like you would after eating at your Grandmother’s house. Part of the reason that Grandmother’s meals were so appreciated by our bodies is that she cooked with foods that were in season. Our bodies have a connection to the time of year that certain foods are harvested. When we eat with the seasons, we connect to an ancient form of gratification.

January is a great time to make a commitment to healing yourself and the community with the purchase of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSAs are formed by a group of individuals who agree to support a farm by purchasing a CSA at the beginning of the growing season. The CSA subscriptions allow the farmers to buy their seeds and supplies upfront. And the farmers provide CSA members with a weekly share of the harvest.

Begin the New Year with healthy food from local resources. You’ll have lots of choices with all that is available today, not to mention the fun and fellowship that goes along with shopping in a bustling year-round market with unique products such as Goat Lady Dairy’s wonderful goat cheeses. Steve Tate shared this: “Our goal at Goat Lady Dairy is to build a sustainable way of working and living. We believe that the food we produce improves in quality as we nourish our partnership with the land and animals here.”

Feed your community as you feed yourself and your family – keep the circle flowing. Doing this today will mean a greater harvest for us and for the Earth tomorrow.

Thank you for this wonderful article Terry and I’ll see you at the Farmer’s Market.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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