Wednesday, January 5, 2022

The Health Benefits of Breadfruit



The breadfruit is a round, rough-skinned, green colored fruit, named for its bread-like texture when cooked. The flavor is mild and potato-like. It’s commonly roasted, boiled, baked, or fried and can be juiced to make a refreshing and healthy drink. Aside from being a robust accompaniment to any meal, breadfruit also happens to be very nutritious. Read on to learn about the many health benefits of breadfruit.

1. Breadfruit improves cardiovascular health

Breadfruit is a good source of potassium, a vasodilator which helps to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. It also has a high fiber content which has been shown to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.

2. It prevents disease

One serving of breadfruit has 46% your daily value of antioxidant vitamin C, which is important for keeping the immune system strong. It has a range of other antioxidants, which help prevent cancer, premature aging, and heart disease by neutralizing free radicals in the body.

3. It’s an energy powerhouse

Breadfruit is a good source of carbs, which is the main source of energy for the body.

4. It’s a good choice for diabetics

Eating breadfruit with your meal will help to prevent insulin spikes. The fiber in breadfruit slows down the body’s processing of sugar.


5. It improves digestion

Breadfruit is an excellent source of dietary fiber which is important for smooth digestion. Including breadfruit in the diet can help prevent and relieve constipation and bloating, and reduce your risk of colon cancer.

6. It’s good for your skin

Whether eaten or applied topically, breadfruit can improve skin tone and texture and also help soothe skin irritation and rashes. Breadfruit has anti-inflammatory properties that have a noticeable effect on skin, as well as a range of antioxidants, including vitamin C to keep skin looking young and healthy.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

The health benefits of pineapple


Sweet, juicy pineapple is both delicious and nutritious. Loaded with vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties, this prickly fruit helps you ward off infections and feel your best. Enjoy this versatile fruit alone, in salsas, salads, cakes, and pies, baked with ham, and grilled with meats. Keep reading to learn about the many health benefits of pineapple.

1. Pineapple improves joint and muscle pain

Pineapples contain bromelain which is a natural anti-inflammatory enzyme. Eating pineapple improves symptoms for those with arthritis and injury related joint and muscle pain.

2. It wards off colds and flu

Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is important for the immune system. Numerous studies have shown that those who consume high levels of Vitamin C come down with less cold and flu viruses, so eating pineapple just might keep you from catching the next bug.

3. It clears sinus and chest congestion

Bromelain in pineapple breaks up mucus and has anti-inflammatory effects. For those with cold, flu, or allergies eating pineapple is a good way to ease congestion.

4. It improves circulation

Pineapple contains potassium which is a vasodilator. This means eating pineapple can help reduce blood pressure and prevent heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis.


5. It promotes tissue and cellular health

The body needs vitamin C to make collagen, which is the basic protein of skin, organs, bones, and veins. Eating vitamin C rich pineapple improves collagen production, helping to improve overall health and to speed up wound healing. Pineapple also contains manganese, which keeps bones strong.

6. It fights cancer

Pineapples are rich in vitamin A, beta carotene, bromelain, different flavonoid mixes, and large amounts of manganese, which all have anti-cancer and anti-tumor effects. Pineapple has specifically been identified with preventing and improving treatment of cancers of the mouth, throat, and breast.

7. It improves digestion

Rich in soluble and insoluble fiber, Pineapple helps keep the digestive system regular and helps to relieve and prevent bloating and constipation.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Wealth Vs Income


There are many definitions when it comes on to wealth vs income. The best example I could provide is a visual one. Think of an iceberg image; wealth is the iceberg, while income is the tip of the iceberg. What is the mode that keeps generating the income? If you are a potato farmer, the potatoes is the wealth not the labor. To have wealth means you have power.

A person’s economic power determines their affluence. Such people focus their attention on stock markets, real estates and entrepreneur projects; therefore, it is essential to build your intuitions. However don’t do it by disrespecting yourself, selling illegal drugs, pleasing people (go along to get along) or doing manual labor past a certain age. Instead, create the following:

1.       Develop economic systems for the tax benefits. You are able to use them for capital gains.

2.       Establish your own intuitions for they will make money while you sleep

3.       Start your own schools because they will be around long after you are gone and your philosophy will continue to be enforced

Friday, October 1, 2021

Financial Freedom


Economics is war; no longer is a community controlled by guns. Countries such as Jamaica are now controlled by the banks. Through the IMF, World Bank and China, Jamaica is at their mercy. This means they control all aspects of Jamaican society. At this point, the only things Jamaicans have are the flags you see in Jamaicans waving and those were made in China but are sold to our community by the Indians. Am I lying?

Everyone wants financial freedom but what is your game plan to fight the economic battle? When you google financial freedom many classes are offered by some “expert” , a book promotion or a You Tube channel giving you some “ how to” instructions. Whatever plan route you choose, consider the following:

1.       Begin to control your debt. Learn the difference between good debt and bad debt. Good debt can allow you to leverage your taxes, while bad debt means you are working just enough to pay the minimum interest balance on your credit card. The only thing happening is that you are a hamster on a wheel – running fast and going nowhere.

2.       Develop a saving culture. Save something from every paycheck. It can be only $10.00 but this is something. Save your money so your money can save you.

3.       Invest in real estate, socks, bonds and silver as soon as possible.

4.       Have multiple streams of income. If you work a 9-5 mf then on the weekend get a side hustle or an online gig for the weekend.

5.       Have financial knowledge. If you must, choose knowledge over college. Yes, you should get a degree if that is a passion for you but keep in mind that you may not get an income from that piece of paper after four years.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021



Jamaica has been branded the HOME OF COMMUNITY TOURISM by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) as this is where it was pioneered 45 years ago by Diana McIntyre-Pike owner/operator of The Astra Country Inn Mandeville then and the late Desmond Henry, a past Director of Tourism.  Together they created the Countrystyle Community Tourism Network (CCTN) to develop community tourism mainly on the south coast of Jamaica.

In more recent years, CCTN developed a non-profit membership organization called VILLAGES AS BUSINESSES (VAB) which has received local and international recognition. Diana McIntyre-Pike has received several awards for this initiative, the most recent being in 2020 from the newly formed World Tourism Network (WTN) as one of 17 Tourism professionals to be awarded an international Tourism Heroes Award.

The Villages as Businesses (VAB) programme has been implementing a five-day Entrepreneurship Hospitality Training in several communities in Jamaica and the Caribbean region which is now certified by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus. The training covers personal development, research of existing and potential assets, environmental awareness, tour and product selection, business development, security and COVID protocols.   One of the Jamaican Diaspora organizations, Making Connections Work UK, has endorsed the VAB and marketing COMMUNITY ECONOMIC TOURISM as the umbrella approach.

The Countrystyle Community Tourism Network (CCTN) has recently decided to have the Jamaican and Caribbean Diaspora as its investment and marketing partners.  It has created a special community tourism fund called COMFUND with an interim Diaspora Board.  COMFUND is now registered in the USA and is presently being finalized with a financial institution to facilitate donations and potential investment.  The interest on COMFUND will support low interest loan and grant funding for qualifying sustainable community development projects submitted by members of Villages as Businesses.  All future CCTN Community Lifestyle Vacations and Tours will include a contribution to COMFUND.

A partnership has just been finalized with a Caribbean Diaspora organization mobile application platform called TravelJamii which will be rolled out in September 2021.   The TravelJamii App will enable the Global Community to experience everything Caribbean, by promoting tourism, community tourism, major brands, local businesses, attractions, events, cuisine, history, nature, news and more.  

Monday, August 2, 2021

The Feedback



                Why is feedback important? For aspiring entrepreneurs, this is the lifeblood for your idea. How else would one know if your idea will appeal to your potential customer? When tapping a niche, information is your friend. Whether you think this is fair or unfair, the feedback is your friend and stands behind leadership decisions. When you learn about the public’s needs and desire, keep moving forward and don’t undervalue what was observed. Here are some gems for decision making:

1.       Be open to the idea of being wrong. Perfection is poison, so make room for improvement.

2.       Stop pointing fingers and pull the thumb. It is not about who is right or wrong but how we can fix things.

3.       When we have real talk in real time, actions produces change.

4.       Comparison is the theft of joy. It is not about the other person but how will you face reality and consider what is plausible.

5.       Don’t settle but have goals that are measurable in progress. Having a goal without a why is pointless to your agenda.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Jumping To Success


In the track and field realm, three types of jumps can be seen. You have the long jump, the high jump and 

the triple jump. Each one has its unique training techniques. The critical thing that is needed can be 

applied to an entrepreneur’s mindset. Consider these gems when you approach an idea for your product or 

services that the public will value and want to pay you for it. Examine these mental preparations:

The high jump – explore heights you never imagined

The long jump – find new locations

The triple jump – ideas out of the box