Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014 should have lots of new opportunities for whatever one sets the mind to do, and to experience in life.
To start of this year I will add some links to products that you may be interested in:

  • Pictures.
  • Decision making skills.
  • Wisdom, what is it and how to attain it into everyday life.

With Happy New Year 2014 it is a good idea to take stock of the year gone by, and make a list of Pro’s and Con’s.
Then tick off the positive Pro’s that you are proud of, and also cross out the negative Con’s that you don’t want to repeat in the new coming year.
That is one part of good decision making. Evaluating the decision made in the past, and correcting the errors of the past.

Watch this video.


Here is a video on decision making. http://bestdecisioncoach.com/

Nordic Art Images video.


The Nordic Prints are available from this link.
Here is a video on the topic of Wisdom.  What is it, and how to attain it, and how to use it for every day life.

Berry season

The summer berry season for 2013 has been a success.

The berry season varies from year to year, there are many variables that can affect the berry flowering, fruit growing and the harvest.  Some of the most obvious are; late frost that destroys the flowers, lack of bees and insects  to pollinate the berry plants, and the lack of rain during the summer growing season.  The berries can also vary in size from year to year, this year has been a good year in most parts.

See pictures of the current berry season.  Summer berry season 2013.

Nordic Summer berry season starts with wild strawberries and cultures strawberries being harvested first, then comes the cloud berries in the sub-arctic and arctic regions.  Red and black currants usually ripen before the Bilberries and raspberries follow next.  The timing does vary from year to year, the ripening of the berries may be 4-6 weeks either way (before/after) from the previous year.

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Bilberries are fantastic for their natural trace elements.

Material composition of the berries

100 g of fresh berries is:
– Protein 0.67 g
– Vitamin A (RE) 7.9 lg
– Vitamin B1 0.03 mg
– Vitamin B2 0.03 mg
– Vitamin B3 0.6 mg of niasiiniekvivalentti
– Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid 0.16 mg
– Vitamin B6 0.06 mg
– Vitamin C 44 mg
– Vitamin E (alpha-DB) 1.88 mg
– Vitamin H or biotin, 1.1 ¶ g
– Phosphorus 20 mg
– 100 mg of potassium
– Calcium 20 mg
– Cobalt <0.5 lg
– Chrome 2 lg
– Copper 78 lg
– Magnesium 9.1 mg
– Manganese 4.6 mg
– Molybdenum <10 g
– Silicon 0.5 mg
– 0.56 mg of iron
– 13 mg of sulfur
– Zinc 0.15 mg

As can be seen, the blueberry has a lot of different trace elements.
Bilberry berries contain very little fruit acids. They have ample A and B vitamin, manganese, fiber and flavonoids. They are also good as vitamin C, magnesium, and calcium sources. Bilberry berries are also rich in sakkaroideja, or sugars. Flavonoids are so-called antioksidanttejai. Antioxidants are believed to be in many ways beneficial to human health, because they appear to prevent oxidative damage cells in the body. Laboratory studies of antioxidants have been found, for example to restrain microbial activity, inflammatory reactions, blood clots, and some forms of cancer tumors.

Pictures of berries. West coast of Finland.

Berries contain the active ingredients are organic acids (about 1%, in particular malic acid), tanning types (less than 10%), catkin types tannins (0.8 to 6.7%), (cyanidin, dolphin, petunidin, malvidin), flavonoids, pectin, invert sugars, A and vitamin C, arbutin, hydroquinone and trace elements, especially manganese.

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Carotenoids that affect positively the quality of life.

Bright colored fruit and vegetables in a diet have tremendous health benefits for the consumers.   The vast research done over many years on human health has yielded results that prove that the Carotenoids do positively affect the quality of life. Particularly in the following areas;
•    Cardiovascular system.
•    Immune system support.
•    Healthy Vision system.
•    Respiratory function system.

See a video for information on Antioxidants and video on The Good fats and The Bad fats here.

Nutrition

Nutrition: nourishment, or the supply of materials, food, required by organisms and cells to stay alive.

Nutrition science studies how the body breaks food down (catabolism) and repairs and creates cells and tissue (anabolism) – catabolism and anabolism = metabolism.

What are nutrients made of?

Nutrients are made of substances (micro and macro) that the body needs to live and grow. The body requires more than 45 nutrients, and the ways they are used are as different as the molecules, cells, and tissues they help to create.

Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats — called macro-nutrients — are broken down (metabolized) to provide energy. Vitamins and minerals; called micro-nutrients, which are not used for energy themselves, but are needed to help macro-nutrients be used for energy.  Watch video on: The good fats and the bad fats.

Vitamins and minerals play an essential role in the body’s normal metabolism, growth, and development. For example, while a vitamin is not a source of energy by itself, it can provide the key the body needs to unlock energy stored in food. -University of Maryland Medical Center.

 

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The human body is made up of thousands of different chemicals that create nutrition.

It is incredible that, being fed sufficient food and given enough calories, the body is capable of manufacturing nearly all of its needed nutrients.  There are however, some 45 or so essential nutrients that the human body is incapable of manufacturing.

The essential nutrients can be divided into seven general categories: water, proteins, fiber, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals.  Fiber is not an essential nutrient, but it is also extremely important in prevention of certain diseases.

The human body is made up of thousands of different chemicals. It is incredible that given enough calories, the body is capable of manufacturing nearly all of its needed nutrients.

  • Water.  Approximately 60% of the adult human body is composed of water.
  • Calorie Sources. There are three sources of caloric energy: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Proteins make up the structural foundation of the cells, tissues, and organs.
  • Vitamins.  Fourteen vitamins have been identified to play key roles in the metabolism of the healthy body. These vitamins include vitamins A, D, E, K, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cyanocobalamine), C, biotin, folic acid, niacin, and pantothenic acid.
  • Minerals.  Minerals are inorganic (not made by living things) substances that are essential for the proper functioning of the body. Minerals are divided into two general categories: electrolytes and trace elements. Electrolytes must be consumed in relatively large quantities, but trace elements are needed in very small amounts.
  • The trace elements include iron, zinc, copper, manganese, fluoride, iodide, sulfur, molybdenum, and a few relatively unimportant minor elements. Iron is the most important of all the trace elements because it is essential in the structure of hemoglobin, the red blood cell molecule that carries oxygen to the tissues.
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Here is a list of the seven major types of nutrients that the human body requires.

  1. carbohydrates,
  2.  protein
  3.  fat,
  4.  vitamins,
  5.  minerals,
  6.  fiber
  7.  water.

Carbohydrates.  Molecules consist of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Carbohydrates include monosaccharides (glucose, fructose, glactose), sisaccharides, and polysaccharides (starch).  See a video slide presentation of;  What is Nutrition.

Proteins.  Molecules contain nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Simple proteins, called monomers, are used to create complicated proteins, called polymers, which build and repair tissue.

Fats.  Molecules consist of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Fats are triglycerides – three molecules of fatty acid combined with a molecule of the alcohol glycerol. Fatty acids are simple compounds (monomers) while triglycerides are complex molecules (polymers).

Fats.  Fiber consists mostly of carbohydrates. However because of its limited absorption by the body, not much of the sugars and starches get into the blood stream. Fiber is a crucial part of essential human nutrition.

Water.  About 70% of the non-fat mass of the human body is water. Nobody is completely sure how much water the human body needs – claims vary from between one to seven liters per day, drink plenty of clean fresh water to be on the safe side, and keeps things operating and cool.

Minerals (Micro-nutrients).  Dietary minerals are the other chemical elements our bodies need, apart from carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen: Potassium, Chloride, Sodium, Calcium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Iodine, Selenium, Molybdenum.

Vitamins (Micro-nutrients).  These are organic compounds we require in tiny amounts. An organic compound is any molecule that contains carbon. It is called a vitamin when our bodies cannot synthesize (produce) enough or any of it. So we have to obtain it from our food.
Vitamins are classified as water soluble (they can dissolve in water) or fat soluble (they can dissolve in fat). For humans there are 4 fat-soluble (A, D, E, and K) and 9 water-soluble (8 B vitamins and vitamin C) vitamins – a total of 13.

Water soluble vitamins need to be consumed more regularly because they are eliminated faster and are not readily stored. Urinary output is a good predictor of water soluble vitamin consumption. Several water-soluble vitamins are manufactured by bacteria.

Fat soluble vitamins are absorbed through the intestines with the help of fats (lipids). They are more likely to accumulate in the body because they are harder to eliminate quickly.

Vitamin A.
Vitamin B,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,12.
Vitamin C.
Vitamin D.
Vitamin E.
Vitamin K.

Some vitamins and minerals work together, such as the mineral zinc and vitamin A. Zinc enables the body to use vitamin A to promote good vision. Not getting enough vitamin A may lead to night blindness, a condition in which the eyes have trouble adjusting to darkness.  -University of Maryland Medical Center.

 

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A balanced diet of the essential Nutrients is vital for the optimal supply of the building blocks of good health, along with plenty of physical activities outdoors in clean fresh air. Also important is healthy sleeping patterns and a positive state of mind, being relaxed physically, spiritually and emotionally does affect your overall state of wellness.  For more information on food and health, watch a video slide show here:  What Food is Good

How to ensure a balanced diet of nutrition?

  • Get a nutrition guide for your self/family.
  • Write a list what foods you need for 7 days.
  • Write a 7 day menu for your self/family.
  • Make a shopping list, 2 per week.
  • Learn and train your family to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, even if the vegetables are bought frozen.
  • Stick to a healthy eating plan, and also stay physically active outdoors.

The above is a general common sense advice only, it is not intended for those with serious medical condition, always seek medical advice when health problems occur.

Watch a video presentation on Nutrition from the Nordic Cuisine Focus perspective.

 

Car Free Day, September 22, 2012.

Today is the car Free day here in the Nordic region, the car free day has been on going since the 1970.

The car free day stared early in the 1970, after the price of crude of spiked, and people became more aware of the rise in the cost of petrol.  During the car free day people are encouraged not to drive a car, but to walk instead and to use push bikes during that day.

The motor vehicle is often overrated, people often rely on it so much, that they can not do anything without driving a car from point A to point B.  Some people will build their personality around a motor vehicle, i guess they do the same around their equestrian hobbies, horses are more environmentally friendly.

Car free day is a great idea, it can make people more aware of the benefits that can be gained by walking and by using a push bike, both of these means of travel can help to maintain good physical fitness.  Walking more between the point A and B, push bike can also connect the A, B to the C and D. A pushbike can also recreate the whole concept of trivial driving, from being a useless preoccupation to making travel by a bike health benefiting exercise.

On the free car day people can walk and cycle more, by doing these exercises there are many benefits to many systems of their body.

  1. Cardiovascular system
  2. Respiratory system
  3. Skeletal system
  4. Limbic system
  5. Muscular system

Car free day encourages physical activities and down to earth real time, realistic speeds of travel.

 

 

 

Interacting with the wonders of Nature

There are many ways to interact with the Natural environment, it can be found almost everywhere.



The natural environment does ebb and flow with the various seasons, and there are many climates and variations from steady stable to extreme. Obviously the growing seasons are more active, dynamic, colorful (also autumn) and interesting. There are also optimum conditions for vegetation, plants and trees to grow. Most common conditions are warmth, water, sunlight, nutrients, oxygen.

One way for interacting with the wonders of nature, is by using the hobby of photography.

Capturing quality images of plants and flowers for example. The spring season and the summer is really interesting in the visual Art sense, there are colors, textures, shapes and sizes in the plants, shrubs, trees and flower, and it is on going for many weeks if not months.

If you are a new starter in photography, or maybe you were photographer from the film camera days, then here is a suggestion for what type of camera gear to setup with, and how to start interacting with your camera and the environment. There are hundreds of topics that you can choose from, e.g. plants, flowers, butterflies, bees, bugs, spiders, grass, shrubs, trees, seasons, water, lakes, rivers, creeks, ponds, sea, hills, mountains, sky, clouds, storms, rain clouds, sunshine, moonlight, there you have 27 already to get you started, and get inspired and start, Interacting with the wonders of Nature.

 

Interacting with the wonders of Nature

If you have ever been a collector, e.g. stamps, coins, butterflies, bird eggs, antiques, or any other hobby, then you know how to get organized, and to have information filing system and overall plan for collecting information from your new project and hobby. Being well organized will make it more productive and enjoyable, whether it is only a small amount of information, and gradually build it over time.

What you need is decent computer, a reasonable well working operating system (Updated), a remote hard-drive for storing your images, over time they build up, and you don’t want to have all your images on your active computer. A camera, a camera bag, memory cards, at least one lens (prefer 2-3), extension tubes (close up photos), and a tripot, that should get your started, motivated to go out to explore the wonders of Nature.

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Here is a list of products that you can purchase straight away online from Amazon, the whole caboodle for less than $1000.00 (not including the computer).

The Computer is really important also, it is the other half of the fun in photography.

You can store digital images, edit images, send images to your friends through email, post images on social media sites like Facebook, and other sites. Also take part in sharing your images with the wider world through Picture Gallery sites e.g., creating your own hobby picture gallery on the web. Also by having your own blog, built around your hobby, this is where being organized really helps, and makes your blog content the more interesting.

Here are some computer purchase suggestions, starting from the PC-best rated. They are ready and available for purchase online from Amazon.


 

There are many brands to choose from:

Eurocom Leopard 2.0

Asus N56VM

 

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Also the screen size is something you need to consider.

A Smaller monitor screen size is more convenient when on the road, but not so much fun at home on the desk.  Also the desk top computer with a large screen is another option to consider, if your desk top is deep enought. Sizes vary from 13 inch to 22 inch and bigger. I personally use a 17 inch screen, and i would not go any smaller for my photography work.  Bigger screen also means you can view more thumbnail size images of the entire gallery.  Energy consumption is also something to consider, a bigger screen may use more power, it will if they are equal brand, model and year of production.  There are computer monitors that are specially made for professional photography work in mind, true color representation and fine quality details without the jagged pixel edges on images, here are some samples to consider.

How to Buy a Monitor.

 

 

 The 5  Best Monitors for Photography.

The are many ways for Interacting with the wonders of Nature, with the help from the modern technology, it is possible to capture images and impressions from Nature and to take it home, to see and study the details, to learn more about the wonders of Nature.

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And finally you may like to have a picture Gallery on the internet.

As a part of Interacting with the wonders of Nature, there are many reasons why photographers should have a picture gallery on the web.
Reason 1. It is a convenient way to store and share your images over the internet, it not mean that it has to have public access/visibility.  You may want to make some public, and sone galleries friends only, with a password.  Reason 2. It motivates you to make a better effort, to present your pictures in a way that is more creative and interesting.  Reason 3. It challenges you to explore and to see the world in a meaningful way, with objective goals to find, seek and capture the moments of time in a graphic image.  There is no other more effective way to travel back in time to a memorial moment or a place with such accuracy as a quality digital image.  Here is a Photography host that i recommend, it is called Zenfolio.com.  Very good quality hosting for anybody, whether just starting out in photography, semi-pro or a seasoned professional photographer.  I highly recommend Zenfolio for several reasons, a), they know what they are doing, b),  they have a really good attitude for customer service, and c), it is very much affordable for most people.

Proud Zenfolio Member

Nordic Nutrition.

What is Nutrition

The word Nutrition means different things to different people.



Family meal times, tradition, childrens health and nutrition, culture, education and the regional climate, has generally determined what food types were present, what was favored, what was available and the amount of food laden energy required (more so in the previous generations). As time went by the negative eating habits became known initially by lack of motivation/energy, overweight, pains, aches, complaints and at times fatal heart attack or illness of malnutrition. As Science grew legs to stand on, and there was general consensus of the human anatomy, and the many systems and organs, then nutritional education became more acceptable in the society. People generally are grateful when their health is optimized and the state of their mind is positive with strong will to live a happy healthy productive life. Continue reading What is Nutrition

Bilberries

Blue bilberry contrast to the green foliage of the forest (Vesa Leinonen)


Bilberries are plentiful in the Nordic region, they grow wild on the fields and also thin forest areas.



 

The antioxidant properties of bilberries are tremendous, it is said to be more than those of cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, plums, . They contain remarkable compounds such as anthocyanins, vitamin C, resveratrol (health benefits of red wine),
vitamin E, and ellagic acid.


Bilberries are great for the skin, they help your skin and prevent the skin cellutite from wrinkling.

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Ylläs Tundra Mountain


Ylläs Tundra Mountain is a great holiday destination with lots of recreational activities and convenient facilities for tourists.



 

It was recognized early in the 1940’s a unique skiing holiday destination with the many other Tundra fells in close proximity to the Ylläs Tundra Mountain.

Ylläs Tundra Mountainhas been developed for tourism over  many years especially for  alpine skiing and snowboarding, a large area of the surrounding land has also many trails for x-country skiing, with cafe style log cabins for short rest breaks and resfreshements.  There are also many snowmobile operators in the region with trained  guides for day trips or further overnight stays on the field.

Ylläs Tundra Mountain has been extensive developed for downhill skiing and snowboarding, there are many downhill runs and courses, t-bars, chair lift and a 55 cabin gondola lift for convenient transportation up hill.  There are two food outlets on the top of the  Ylläs Tundra Mountain summit, both cafe style serving mainly coffee & tea, buns/rolls, beverages, snacks and other food items.  There are also food services and accommodation at the base of the east side of the Ylläs Tundra Mountain, it is from the east side that the gondola lift runs from to the summit.  The north side slope has Y1 ski centre with many services, the west side of the Ylläs Tundra Mountain is called the aurinko rinne (meaning the sunny slope) it has the chair lifts and a cafe at the base.  Also on the north east side there is the Joker ski slope with an cafe food and beverage service at the bottom of the ski run.

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Skiing and snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding in the Nordic countries.

Skiing and snowboarding in Finland is great fun, especially now in the spring season (April 2012).

There are many great locations for Alpine skiing and snowboarding.  One place to visit for a holiday is the Ylläs Tundra, it is a great big Tundra mountain with lots of facilities and services for Alpine skiers, x-country skiers and snowboarders.  Groomed trails and slopes, t-bar lifts, chair lifts and a 55 cabin Gondola to the summit of Ylläs Tundra.

Skiing and  snowboarding in the far north of Finland is great because of the consistent snow conditions.

Skiing and snowboarding continues on well into April and May, some variations do occur from year to year.

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Skiing and snowboarding is a great sport to be actively involved.

Skiing and snowboarding is physically very dynamic and demanding there are many benefits to the overall fitness and general good health.  Whether x-country skiing, alpine skiing or snowboarding over several days, it will leave a memorial impression on one’s muscles and the body, that may be of muscle pain and feeling of satisfaction, in physical fitness it may be true, “no pain no gain”.
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