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TOPICS INCLUDE: Asparagus, Tactical Flashlights (torches) and Alternate Lifestyles.


ASPARAGUS:

Health benefits of Asparagus

Asparagus is a very low calorie vegetable. 100 g fresh spears carries just 20 calories.

In addition, its spears contain moderate levels of dietary-fiber. 100 g of fresh spears provide 2.1 g of roughage. Dietary fiber helps control constipation conditions, decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol levels by binding to it in the intestines, and regulate blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that high-fiber diet help cut down colon-rectal cancer risks by preventing toxic compounds in the food from absorption.

Its shoots have long been used in many traditional medicines to treat conditions like dropsy and irritable bowel syndrome.

Fresh asparagus spears are a good source of anti-oxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, carotenes, and crypto-xanthins. Together, these flavonoid compounds help remove harmful oxidant free radicals from the body protect it from possible cancer, neuro-degenerative diseases, and viral infections. Their total antioxidant strength, measured in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC value), is 2150 µmol TE/100 g.

Fresh asparagus are rich sources of folates. 100 g of spears provide about 54 µg or 14% of RDA of folic acid. Folates are one of the important co-factors for DNA synthesis inside the cell. Scientific studies have shown that adequate consumption of folates in the diet during pre-conception period and during early pregnancy helps prevent neural tube defects in the newborn baby.

Its shoots are also rich in B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and pantothenic acid. These group of vitamins are essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions.

Fresh asparagus also contains fair amounts of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C, vitamin-A, and vitamin-E. Regular consumption of foods rich in these vitamins helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

Its shoots are also good source of vitamin K. 100 grams of shoots carry about 35% of DRI. Vitamin K has potential role bone health by promoting osteotrophic (bone formation) activity. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established role in the treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Asparagus is good in minerals, especially copper and iron. In addition, it has small amounts of some other essential minerals and electrolytes such as calcium, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for cellular respiration and red blood cell formation.



TACTICAL FLASHLIGHTS:

Here are 7 reasons why you should carry a tactical flashlight for self-defense:

1. Illuminating a dark area with a flashlight prevents a hiding attacker from surprising you. Adopt this mindset: all dark holes contain threats. If you see a “dark hole”— any area that you can’t look into and see what’s there—shine your flashlight on it. “Light allows you to perceive threats, to know whether you should go into certain places,” James says. “The only way you should walk by a dark area is if it’s been cleared, and the only way to clear it is with eyes-on. That means you have to have light. Walking by and getting surprised is not an option.”

2. Shining light directly in the eyes of an attacker is an effective self-defense strategy. A small high intensity beam shown in the eyes blinds an attacker and if his eyes are night adapted, it can be very painful, giving you the opportunity to get away. Watch as James shows you how to use a tactical flashlight as an attack deterrent. Also, blinding an attacker with a flashlight beam can give you the advantage if you need to fight back. Watch James demonstrate how to use a tactical flashlight in a counter-attack.


3. In places where weapons are banned, flashlights are usually welcome. Carry it with you on airplane and no worries if it’s in your purse when you drop your kids off at school or pick up a package at the post office. You can carry your flashlight anywhere, anytime.

4. No special training is required to use a flashlight. Can you press a button? Then you’re good. :) Seriously, though, carrying a flashlight gives you another option. I’m getting better at shooting my gun (read more about that here), and even though I have a concealed carry permit, I lack the confidence needed to feel comfortable carrying my gun. Right now, a tactical flashlight is a tool I feel comfortable with.

5. A tactical flashlight can be used as an improvised weapon. Some flashlights have a serrated edge or ridges on the bevel. If you were forced to fight back, strike your attacker with this edge as hard as you can. It’s gonna hurt.

6. Flashlights are discreet. Nothing raises eyebrows more than reaching into your purse for your wallet at the checkout counter and coming out with your survival knife instead. Knives, guns, or pepper spray may attract unwanted attention, where as if someone catches a glimpse of your flashlight, they’ll think nothing of it.

7. Flashlights are versatile tools. Thwarting attacks isn’t the only thing tactical flashlights are good for. Having one in your pocket can be handy when the power goes out, your car breaks down at night or you’re in an emergency situation where you need light to escape.



ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLES:

Ten Awesome Alternative Lifestyles

Have you ever wanted to drop out of mainstream society and live differently? Have you dreamed of not having to work, taking it easy, and meeting great people while enjoying the fruits of the Earth? There are alternative lifestyles everywhere, just waiting for those who want in. Here’s a guide to the ten of the best:

1. Ashrams, Temples & Communes
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2. The Rainbow Family

The Rainbow Family is a loose association of hippie tribes with their roots in the 1960s and ’70s. Many people of all ages have kept up the ideal hippie lifestyle by traveling from place to place, forming regional gatherings, and living outside mainstream society. Some of these tribes have permanent camps or are based in certain towns, while others are purely nomadic. Bartering is the primary means of obtaining necessary goods. One quickly learns how to camp, live outdoors, go a while without a shower, and be in the moment. There are lots of adventures to be had on the hippie trail, from listening to old stories about the counterculture, to singing great songs by the fire, to escaping bad weather and storms with minimal gear and shelter.

If cleanliness is your thing, you may tire of this very outdoor lifestyle. But it you love the great outdoors and can imagine yourself dancing naked around a large campfire with 100 drums beating around you, then this may be a great way to live for a while. These folks travel to and camp in some of the prettiest country in the U.S. It’s hard to argue in favor of rent payments back home when your camp for two weeks has a view of the Tetons and overlooks a waterfall. You can visit a regional gathering or the big national gathering to get a taste, but I suggest you connect with the tribe closest to you and get to know some of the individuals involved. That way you’ll feel more at home and can camp with your peeps at the next gathering. If you get serious about the lifestyle, you’ll bump into many opportunities to join a wandering tribe.

3. Retreat Centers

There are many educational retreat centers in the U.S. and abroad where the public can go for a week or a weekend to take self-help classes, learn to meditate, do art, dance, etc. While these are commercial operations that offer programs, there are typically opportunities to live on site if you join the staff. Positions may be paid, or volunteer in exchange for food and shelter. The work can vary from being on the cleaning staff, to helping with the grounds, to helping produce and set up for events. Some of these positions are seasonal. This is one of the nicest ways to drop out and do something different for a while, since you meet exceptional people (other staff, visiting teachers, and the visiting public), learn lots of new things, and the food is usually good. Who knows, it might even stimulate your next career!

4. Organic Farms

Ready to work? Organic, sustainable farms across the world are often in need of skilled and unskilled physical labor, particularly during the growing and harvest seasons. If you have some farming or gardening skills, you’ll have a better shot at landing a position with a farm. If the farm is big enough, they may be happy to take on anyone willing to work hard, long hours, and learn quickly. In my experience, living on a farm is not a leisurely way to get out of your typical routine. Getting up early is the norm, as is the physical labor. But you learn the important skill of growing food naturally, you engage in a healthy activity that builds strength and stamina, and typically eat very healthily. You’ll meet great people as well. The farm circuit is full of intelligent, caring folks who like to work, have strong bodies and smile broadly as they greet the day. Working on the farm should be enough to offset any rent and food costs, and if you contribute enough you might even gain a paid position.

5. Yoga Centers

Yoga centers are places where the public goes to do yoga retreats and where yoga teachers go for extended periods of training. They typically have a nice, balanced lifestyle with a mix of physical activity and downtime. Wonderful people are coming through on a regular basis and you have a chance to meet many sweet souls. There is usually a significant cost to living at a place like this, unless you have a skill they need (see #6). But if you have the dough, it’s a great lifestyle, especially if you’re into yoga. You’ll deepen your practice, eat well, and live in community with others.

6. The Wandering [Skilled Trade]

There are skills that can take you places, making you an instant asset to many communities and organizations. If you enjoy what you do, it may be a pleasure to do it in a variety of settings, traveling and meeting new people along the way. Carpentry is skill that is in high demand everywhere a new center or building is being built. If you can prove your bona fides to the foreman, you will often be allowed to live on site and be fed in exchange for helping the crew. If you are a great massage therapist, there are many places you can set up shop in exchange for free room and board. Think retreat centers, communities, and spas (where they may even pay you some in addition). Are you a talented web designer? Many organizations need a better web presence, or better online marketing. Tech skills that would normally cost a community a fair amount of money can be bartered for a nice stay at a new location. As people get to know and trust you, you may develop more options to earn income on the side from your new place of retreat.

7. Co-ops

Co-ops are groups of people who combine resources to share needed goods and services, such as food, shelter, health care, etc. There may be several in your local area. Cooperative housing provides a community feel while still allowing you to live in a town or urban area (maybe even the same town you’re already in!). Co-ops share chores such as cleaning and shopping, and often rotate meal duties, so you might have one night of the week to cook with a partner. Meals are often eaten together, although co-op members typically have more diverse individual schedules and activities as compared to living in a commune, and members are always free to do their own thing. Co-ops are a great way to reduce costs and live with a sense of community. Some co-ops have a focused sense of purpose as well, such as to recycle, or a charitable cause, which can make life more invigorating. You can create a different spin on life without changing the town or city you live in by joining a co-op!

8. Intentional Communities

The mother of all alternative lifestyles! There is a community out there for everyone, just choose your interest. Some are stranger than others, and in some you may need to be on guard for funny behavior, but joining an intentional community can change your life quickly. Communities may be focused on permaculture, religion, nudity, living off the grid, survival skills, polyamory, extra-terrestrials, and many variations of counterculture beliefs. Caveat emptor! Go at your own risk, but have a blast!

9. Native Villages

Native villages offer the ultimate in a change of pace and cultural experience. If you are accepted, you can live as many did centuries ago. Chop wood, carry water. Grind corn flour, build a fire. Have slow conversations, watch the sky, and the weather. People in these villages live on a different timeline than the rest of us. Probably a healthier one. Not to lump Indigenous peoples all together, but in my experience, there is more thinking before speaking in villages than in modern society. More listening than answering. And some responses come non-verbally, even through silence. Fishing, hunting, and cooking take up much of the day. As does sharing time with others, learning, telling stories, playing with children. It may seem at times there is nothing else to do on this planet but eat, tell stories and play. Ahhh, what a nice reminder. You may even learn a language and some neat tips about life while you’re there.

10. Foreign Countries

Of course there’s always the big move. As they say, wherever you go, there you are. Why not be in Buenos Aires? Foreign destinations can offer inexpensive living with a very different lifestyle than what you’re used to. Malaysia, Indonesia, Berlin, Central America, and spots in Mexico and South America are popular. In some locales you’ll find an active ex-pat community if you want to be around those with a similar background and language to yourself. In others, you may need to blend in more with local culture. The idea here is to stretch your money as far as it will go while truly enjoying life. Want to live near a tropical beach? Own your own ranch? Not be burdened by a mortgage? If you can afford a plane ticket and can bring some savings with you, you might afford yourself several years in a wonderfully different culture.

These ten ways of living offer those seeking change many options to experience life outside the mainstream. They can be great respites for a while, or become a permanent lifestyle. Always know that you have options in how you live. You don’t have to feel stuck by the parameters of modern society. You can choose a life that helps you be happy, have less stress, and fits with what you value and enjoy. Go out there and have an adventure!
 

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I'm actually not going to read all that. I lied. I'm a liar and a horse thief. And ADD.

Props for trying?
 

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You lost me at hippies. And forgot to mention how asparagus make your pee smell great!
 

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You lost me at hippies. And forgot to mention how asparagus make your pee smell great!

It makes pee smell like discarded motor oil. In my opinion. Which is usually fact.
 

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Organic Farms

Ready to work? Organic, sustainable farms across the world are often in need of skilled and unskilled physical labor, particularly during the growing and harvest seasons. If you have some farming or gardening skills, you’ll have a better shot at landing a position with a farm. If the farm is big enough, they may be happy to take on anyone willing to work hard, long hours, and learn quickly. In my experience, living on a farm is not a leisurely way to get out of your typical routine. Getting up early is the norm, as is the physical labor. But you learn the important skill of growing food naturally, you engage in a healthy activity that builds strength and stamina, and typically eat very healthily. You’ll meet great people as well. The farm circuit is full of intelligent, caring folks who like to work, have strong bodies and smile broadly as they greet the day. Working on the farm should be enough to offset any rent and food costs, and if you contribute enough you might even gain a paid position.

Hipster slavery :lol:
 

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It makes pee smell like discarded motor oil. In my opinion. Which is usually fact.

There are opposing reactions to the pee smell

some love it, others hate it

Im in the hate in column
 

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I have a huge Asparagus garden. It takes 3 years before you can eat any and this spring was our 1st year eating it. Take the best asparagus you've ever had and sprinkle a little bath salt on it. Amazing.
 

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I have a huge Asparagus garden. It takes 3 years before you can eat any and this spring was our 1st year eating it. Take the best asparagus you've ever had and sprinkle a little bath salt on it. Amazing.

Plus, with the bath salt, you can (no, will) take off all your clothes and get arrested.
 

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Three responses to your triple post:

Asparagus is the best of all the green, make your pee stink, veggies.

Flashlights are good. :yesway:

#5, there is a yoga studio in the same lot where we tailgate for football. We happen to use the spots right next to the entrance, so while we're drinking beer, and eating delicious bacon wrapped treats, at 7am, we also get a good show. Yoga pants are the best!
 

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Them files with words that you look at on a glass screen of course!
But I can be a cork sniffer too and enjoy the tactile sense of real bound paper and ink too:D!

Actually, in all honesty, hardbound is the only way I take my literature. Unless you count Googling the random thing now and then for the sake of convenience... I may be one of the last remaining youngsters with a Library card. :ugh:
Plus, I find shelves full of books to be fantastic insulation ;)
 


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