The “Octopus” Tomato Tree WOW!!!

This was too interesting not to post……….Gardners are saying, "What the heck"? So the short verson is…………….

The Miracle Tree Octopus F1 grows to 13 feet (4meter) and above and is grown for 1.2-1.5 years. In the first 7-8 months, the plants do not give fruit to form a tomato tree. The rest of the time – a period of fruit formation and fruiting. Square crown of tomato F1 Octopus is 40-50 square meters.

Record harvest – 14 000 tomatoes, weighing 1500 kg (3000 lbs.).  It is normally held up by a large trellis.

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New in “The Wanderlust Food Diaries”: “Cruise Control” ….on the Azimut Yacht

On the Menu: Dining at Sea ….. (on Cruise Control)

to go to the post, click on any of the photos, or click here

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Girl Talk: How Manuka Honey Saved My “Vanity Sanity”

[photo source]

I'm glad to see some women starting to take me up on my invite to come on in and participate in my "Girl Talk" blog section.

I originally only wanted to write a few articles myself to get it started, and let the ladies come in and share health and wellness ideas, stories, experiences, beauty tips……you know, "Girl Talk".

Then, I can focus on my "Men's Health" section.

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UnderArmour: “I Will What I Want” –Sloane Stephens

"You fight and fight. Get every ball back, run every ball down and never, ever doubt."
–Sloane Stephens

Up and coming Professional Tennis star Sloane Stevens is approaching age 22 in 2015, and her quote above tells me Ms. Stephens knows tennis, and knows about the "bigger game" we're all playing.

Sloane is one of the "Front Women" for the Under Armour "I Will What I Want" campaign.

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Tapas Time!!! “Freestyle” Seafood Salad [or whatever] Stuffed Tomatoes

If I can sneak in a little "health science" here before we get down to business, shrimp and crab are both
seafoods that are very low in mercury, so I would never let that concern stop me from enjoying them.

Although, beware of imported, farm raised shrimp and crab, because they can be vulnerable to excessive toxins. Whatever you think of Whole Foods, they can be depended on for quality, Wild Caught Seafood.

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A Farewell to ESPN’s Stuart Scott, 1965 – 2015

I'm not one for immortalizing or idolizing people, but I had to do a little something for ESPN's Stuart Scott, who succumbed to cancer at age 49.

I really liked him, the quintessential  "half professional", and "half street smart" sportscaster. He was one of the influences to how I do my website, keep it knowledgeable, make it fun, make it a "little hip", just be yourself.

Well, that's all I'll say, I'm kinda bummed out…..praying for your family brotha.

P.S., "BOO-YAAAH" !!!

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Men’s Health: The Devil in a Blue Dress (Don’t fall for the Viagra Woman’s temptations)

…..cause Viagra is dangerous, and for me, thanks to advanced nutrition, not necessary

There are so many ways I can go with this article, but its gotta be written. So, it's "Plan A", which is to write whatever comes out of my brain and off my fingers.

The new Viagra Commercials that are popping up during football games piss me off so much, and insult my intelligence so much, that I have to throw a punch back for the sake of natural holistic wellness.

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My Top 10 Things to Remove From Your Diet (For a Healthier 2015)

Welcome 2015!!! I wanted to put this Top 10 list together for anyone ready to get that "New You" going, to take back your health and wellness, but may need a little direction in where to start…I got you covered :)

I'm not cutting and pasting off the web here, this list is the culmination of the things I have taken out of my diet during my wellness journey, and I am always feeling great and never sick, and although I was always slim with no weight issues, my waist is the same size as 30 years ago (and trust me, I LIKE TO EAT!!!).

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Body, (Part 23), a.k.a., “Da Butt”

I think I can be trusted by the mainstream "fitspo" audience to create a "presentation" of that most intriguing bodypart that's not obnoxious, but at the same time, not so boring it's not worth watching.

Spike Lee masterfully directed the video "Da Butt" below, and since I am the Spike Lee of Wellness Blogging, let me "masterfully" direct this latest "fitspo" slideshow.

Cause we all know, everybody, male and female, whether we admit it or not, are "Doing Da' Butt!!!"

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Food for Thought: The YouTube Farmer

Professional Football Player walks away from a $37 million contract to start a farm to help feel the hungry.

At one point, number 60, Jason Brown, was one of the best centers in the NFL. At one point he had a five-year, $37 million contract with the St. Louis Rams.

And at one point he decided it was all meaningless – and just walked away from football, to do, of all things, become a farmer!!!

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Home Cookin’ !!! Casual Caribbean Cuisine on an “Island in the Sun”, at the “Wali Nikiti” House, British Virgin Islands

Grilled Shrimp, Avocado, Fennel, and Orange Salad
Tropical Fruit Salad
Jerk Chicken
Costa Rican Watermelon Mojito Popsicles

I actually stayed on Scrub Island,  a small private island in the British Virgin Islands, at the upscale Scrub Island Resort, also home of the home to the "beyond unique", the so called "house with no walls" named Wali Nikiti.

I wrote a couple of posts about that amazing stay, one called "My Island, Scrub Island", another called "Breezin' My Perfect Caribbean Breakfast" and still another called the
Quest for Organic Produce in the BVI.

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Cool Fitness Gear (Part 1)

Above: Nike "Hyperstrong" Impact Resistant Workout-Practice Gear (click photo above for more info)

Just a "Fit-Spiration",  "Made for Browsing", co-ed article that popped in my head, of some of the latest "cool stuff" in fitness apparel and accessories.

We all know cool gear can be good motivation to run, workout, yoga……….. you feel me :)

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Girl Talk: DIY Skin and Body Care (Part 5) … a.k.a., “The Yellow Article”

BTW, the photo above, that's how women look to me while I'm dreaming……..

Anyhooz, don't get me wrong, thumbing through dozens of photos of beautiful women makes these type of articles fun to write, for a "typical guy" who loves beautiful women… blogging is such hard work LOL!!!

But, more importantly, as a health and wellness nut (my other passion besides looking at beautiful women), I always get a sense of satisfaction knowing I might help motivate someone to take control of what they feed their skin and body, you know, by making health and wellness "hip and trendy" :)

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This Is Getting Ridiculous: GMO Grass about to be Approved (Kiss Our Grass Fed Beef Goodbye?) ……. {expletive}

While many of us rely on grass-fed beef as a source of healthful, properly raised meat, that option of healthy eating may just move down a peg. Why? Not because cattle may have to switch to GM grain, but rather because cattle may be forced to indulge in genetically modified grass.

The Scotts ‘Miracle-Gro’ Company which created genetically modified RoundUp-Ready Kentucky Bluegrass has announced that it will conduct field trials at the homes of Scotts’ employees. What’s more, they can do so without any government oversight because there are no laws that prohibit or limit the planting of GMO grass.

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Do the “Funky Chicken” !!! (Part 3) …still more creative chicken recipes

 

Below: Sindhi Chicken and Onions (Use Grass Fed Milk)
(click photo below for recipe)

Same tips as last time……..

…..to propel your "Funky Chicken" recipes into the tasty/healthy/funky zone

Spend the extra money and get pasture raised chickens. I know many folks dislike Whole Foods (I have a few issues with them myself), but they have a couple of whole bird pasture raised chickens (although often small, like the size of a large Cornish hen), and they have pasture raised chicken parts. The taste alone will convert you over.

Avoid unhealthy oils like that toxic canola oil, and vegetable oils like Crisco and Wesson.
(Stick to Olive and Coconut Oil)

Avoid Common Table Salt, and try Pink Himalayan Salt or Celtic Sea Salt
(some of the other sea salts are named "Sea Salt" but are still processed like Table Salt)

Don't Be afraid of  fatty dark meat, especially from pasture raised chicken. Fat from natural sources like pastured poultry will not make you fat (those unhealthy oils folks cook in is often the culprit).

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Year One of “Grain Free Me”, a backwards glance ……..

…yep, that's actually me below :)

One year later, I never would have guessed I would be Grain Free.

I didn't wake up saying "I'm starting 'Grain-Free'  or 'Gluten Free' today", and at no point was I forcing myself, it just kinda "came about", as a "by-product" of other things.

If I would have forced myself, for sure I would have fell flat on my face, cause I had a little
"pizza-crack" habit. I'm talking about Whole Foods Pizza.

I mean, pleeeeeze, when you see that guy at Whole Foods, pulling the piping hot pizza out of the brick oven (the Mozzerella, Basil, and Tomato is my fav') with the wooden paddle, oil still "bubbling", I first thought, "this ain't a fair fight, feel free to 'ABORT', you'd still be the healthiest dude you know ".

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New in “The Wanderlust Food Diaries”: “Watching the Snow, in Leis, Switzerland”

On the Menu: Food and Drink to "Warm the Bones"

click either photo to go to post, or click here

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My Top 10 Breast Cancer Prevention Superfoods (Part 2)

Note: These are just as important as Breast Cancer Prevention Superfoods (Part 1), these are the result of additional research over the past couple of years……

…also, remember these are not "magic bullets", in that, it is not about eating a handful of berries and healing cancer. It more about having as many "foot soldiers" as possible in your daily nutrition that allow your body's immune system to fight and prevent Breast Cancer.

A good approach is adding as many as possible to salads and/or daily smoothies.

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Home Cookin’ !!! Hearty Breakfast Skillets in “The Land Down Under”, Coorabell, Australia

I guess I can blame those old Foster's beer commercials for putting in my head the Aussie's reputation for wanting everything big, bold, and hearty.

True or not, if I were down there in this nice modern homestead in Coorabell, Australia, after a morning game of Rugby with my homeboys, I'd definitely have to cook us up one or more of these skillets, something hearty for the "Aussie Party" …..yep :)

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Do the “Funky Chicken” !!! (Part 2) …more creative chicken recipes

 

Below: Coconut and Lime Roasted Chicken (click photo below for recipe)

Same tips as last time……..

…..to propel your "Funky Chicken" recipes into the tasty/healthy/funky zone

Spend the extra money and get pasture raised chickens. I know many folks dislike Whole Foods (I have a few issues with them myself), but they have a couple of whole bird pasture raised chickens (although often small, like the size of a large Cornish hen), and they have pasture raised chicken parts. The taste alone will convert you over.

Avoid unhealthy oils like that toxic canola oil, and vegetable oils like Crisco and Wesson.
(Stick to Olive and Coconut Oil)

Avoid Common Table Salt, and try Pink Himalayan Salt or Celtic Sea Salt
(some of the other sea salts are named "Sea Salt" but are still processed like Table Salt)

Don't Be afraid of  fatty dark meat, especially from pasture raised chicken. Fat from natural sources like pastured poultry will not make you fat (those unhealthy oils folks cook in is often the culprit).

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New in “Dinner and a Movie”: “Empire”

On the Menu: "Puerto Rican Eatin' " (Puerto Rican Influence Cuisine)

 

click either photo or click here to go to post

 

Below: Pollo en Fricase (Spanish for "Chicken Fricassee", recipe in post)

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My Top 10 Prostate Health Superfoods (Part 2)

Quick notes: This list is just as important as Prostate Health Superfoods (Part 1), these are the result of additional research and dietary additions over the past couple of years……

…also, remember these are not "magic bullets", in that, it is not about eating a handful of berries and healing cancer. They are an arsenal of preventative care nutrients that your allow your body's immune system to fight disease.

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Body, (Part 22), a.k.a., “My Fantasy” (The Directors Cut……)

For no particular reason, I thought I put out a slideshow of my personal fav' photos I collected, the other side of my "scientific egghead" self. But trust me when I say, "I ain't over thinking it".

Well here's that "non-egghead" side of me….UNCENSORED.  And my boys from the group "Guy" are kicking the title track, "My Fantasy".

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Upscale, Organic Vacationing … The Wiesergut Hotel, Austria

There are two "Doug's" within this outer "Doug"….. both deeply rooted in my soul, and all my friends assume these 2 Doug's are in opposition to each other…..far from the truth.

There's Doug #1, Mister "Eco-Friendly", "All-Organic", the "So healthy, it's almost irritating" guy, if you read my blog you already know who that Doug is.

There's Doug #2, Mister "Style Points", "Ultra Modern Man", "Mr GQ", the "bought a $1100 Hugo Boss suit just in case I ever get need wear it" guy (come to think of it, I'm sure that Doug comes out in my blog also).

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Misty Copeland
The lone African American in the American Ballet Theater

 

Men's Health
Nutrients for Male Vitality
and Well Being (Part 3)

 

"Do the 'Funky Chicken' " (Part 3)
Creative chicken recipes made healthy

 

Cool Fitness Gear!!! (Part 1)

 

"The Wanderlust Food Diaries"
"Cruise Control" On the Azimut Yacht
On the Menu: Dining at Sea

 

"Body", (Part 23)
a.k.a. "Da Butt"
...another "Fitspo" slideshow

 

The Dangers of Soy

 

My Top 10 Breast Cancer Prevention Superfoods (Part 2)

 

Dinner and a Movie: 'Empire'
On the Menu: Puerto Rican Cuisine

 

Buying Natural Skin and Body Care, (Part 4)
a.k.a., "The Yellow Article"

 

Healthy Herb Fries

 

Year one of "Grain Free Me"
a backwards glance........

 

Cacao
next to water, the most important thing you can put in your body ......

 

"Fifty, Fit, And Fabulous!!!"
Tosca Reno, Age 55!!!

 

The "You Tube Farmer"
Athlete walks away from $37 mil contract to farm for the hungry

 

See all articles in "The Healthy Chef's Cookbook"
(The Art of Food)

 

See all articles in "Eat Smart"
(The Science of Food)

 

 

Links to my favorite sites who are ''Raging Against the Machine''(and also some fun cooking blogs)

(same name, different blog, no need to fight about it)

Real Food Freaks



Kim's "Nutritionally Well"





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Special 'shout out' to this food blogger. Totally different style than me, but my favorite food blog in creativity. She inspired me to start my 'Dinner and a Movie' and "Wanderlust Food Diaries' articles.


Special 'shout out' to this food blogger. Endless adaptable recipes with AWESOME food photography!!!!

Cool site for Caribbean cuisine. Recipes very adaptable to health conscious eating.



 

 

 

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