|Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
|Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
|Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still
|You can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of
yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
(Laurence J. Peter)
|Friends are family you choose for yourself.|
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19th May, 2006
Goodness gracious me! Luke has just phoned me with two great news. Firstly, he was able to buy 20kg of bananas for less than half price from Coles. For those unaware, there has been a banana crisis in Australia recently, due to a cyclone which destroyed 95% of banana crops. Currently bananas are about $10 per kilo in supermarkets. I've been lamenting the fact that we may have to drastically reduce the amount of bananas we buy. This is rather hard, because kids are used to having banana smoothie for breakfast, and I like bananas too. I am wiping up my banana-tears.
Secondly, Luke recieved a gift of about 10 kilos of delicious sweet grapes from a local wine producer! We had visited that producer a few times in the past. One day, there was a community event there (Friendship Day) and we bought a bunch of their grapes. They were not cheap but I didn't care. We sat on a bench and ate them, and I felt like in a paradise. The grapes were full of vibrant energy, straight from the vine, small, and absolutely delicious, arguably the best grapes I've ever eaten in my life... We have just got a whole box of them! And that's not all... We have been given little cuts of three different types of grapes to grow, and next week we are going to get a whole plant! We are going to grow grapes in our backyard. Hooray!!! :))))))
I am so glad that we bought a house with a good-size backyard, rather than a house with a good-looking interior.
25th May, 2006
We all know that our bodies are about 70% water. We know that water is essential to our health. But only recent scientific discoveries have been giving a hint to why it is so.
In my cooked years, I used to carry a bottle of water with me always. I used to drink water often and a lot. Yet, only after I went raw, and started eating loads and loads of juicy fruit, I discovered how dehydrated I was for years and years. Suddenly, my rough heels softened, and my general health improved. I now begin to realize that going raw has had such a dramatic effect on my health largely due to the fact that my body finally started getting enough water. Surprisingly, I now hardly ever sip water. Most of my water intake comes from fruit!
Only recently scientists began to realize how important water is to our life, and this not some metaphor at all. It has been discovered that proteins trap water molecules inside them. Thanks to certain weak links between the hydrogen atoms, proteins are then able to change their shape. Different shapes of protein correspond to different functions that protein can perform. So, without water, protein could not work at all, which would have disastrous consequences as far as building new cells, fighting infections and many other vital functions in our body. An amazing discovery has been that protein communicates with DNA with the help of water molecules, which can communicate to protein such sophisticated information like the amount of damage to various sections of DNA. This in turn helps in ensuring that only good sections of DNA are used in the production. Without water, we would have been just a handful of dust. Water is what gives us life, in the exact sense of this word.
I cannot help but think about consequences of not having enough water in our bodies. Proteins not functioning properly, DNA not being able to communicate information to protein, sick/disfigured cells forming, a total disaster! I think that the origin of many diseases could be explained on a molecular level by simply lack of water. And, I cannot help but think that eating plenty of juicy fruit is the best way of ensuring of having enough.
I've been wondering why would my body be better hydrated now, when I hardly ever have bottled water, compared to before, when I used to drink a lot of it. My guess is that it is the quality that matters. It would be interesting to know how this could be explained on a molecular level. Perhaps one day. For now, I play it safe, and have lots of juicy fruit. Every day.