Escargot, the Bad Mood Blocker and Colors that will make you Happy!

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I love eating Escargot it is a French word for Snails, also Oysters, Clams, Musscels, and Squid which all contain a chemical called tryptophan, an Amino Acid, helps your brain produce Serotonin. Eating them does not make you sleepy.

Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger responsible for transmitting inform from one nerve cell to another. Serotonin has been referred to as the brain’s own mood elevating drug. Proper levels of Serotonin is extremely important since lower levels in severe levels have been linked to severe depression.

Although Snails are healthy on their own, 76 calories/14 g of protein per 3 oz serving, loaded with magnesium and no saturated fats. But the French, for example, prepared a dish with the garlic butter, parsley, Escargots Bourguignon, each serving contains 277 calories and 31 grams of fat. So skip the butter, or just use sparingly over pasta, with garlic, onions, and mushrooms….Delicious!

You can steam Clams and Mussels in a deep pan on the stove, adding garlic, onions, parsley, butter and white wine. Cook until the clams open, add a little heavy cream and diced tomatoes. Remove from heat. Serve on pasta, or in a bowl with a great piece of bread.

Oysters can be eaten raw, which is one of my favorite ways to eat them. Another delicious way to prepare them is on the grill, and a more savory way is to shuck them, put lemon juice, spinach, and parmesan cheese bread crumbs on the half shell and broil. Yummy!.

Squid and Octopus are pretty much the same creature, but with some different features. Octopus has a round head with 8 arms, and a Squid has a triangular shaped head and fins, along with their 8 arms. They taste great grilled, in soups, and as sushi. They have a chewy texture, but when they are grilled correctly, Delicious. Also as Calamari, deep fried! or oven baked in a batter. I cant believe I just said Deep Fried!!! I must be loosing it.

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Colors to make your life less stressful.

During these critical times of the Pandemic, it is a good time to paint a room or two. Here are some colors that I am suggesting to achieve a calm and less stressful environment.

My very first college degree was from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where I received a degree in Interior Design, ID and NKBA/CBD. Besides designing, color playes a big part on pulling together a beautiful, comfortable atmosphere for a homeowner. Here are some suggestions :

1-Blue-A classic color that is calming and southing, I would suggest it for a bedroom, since it has been known to help you sleep.

2-Green-Associated with the outdoors, this color is also calming and comforting.

3-Gray-This color may seem odd to suggest, but is the perfect color for a neutral and go give balance to any room.

4-White- Is the best neutral, it creates an environment of freshness, and cleanliness.

Go paint a room, or take a hike in the woods with your dog..we are all in for the long haul, so lets get busy taking care of ourselves so we can help others.

…remember to make a memory every day and don’t apologize for who you are…Rebecca

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