Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Last Day of Summer

Summer ends and Autumn comes and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night. - Hal Borland 

To all those of us living in the Northern hemisphere September 21st marks the end of Summer. As Autumn begins and the weather changes, we often slow down a bit and turn our attention to the visible changes in nature. 

We leave the undisturbed lightness of Summer behind and become more reflective than we usually are. The memories of a summer in paradise may fade away, but one thing is certain. No matter what lies ahead, the next Summer will come for sure...

Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo Shirts



Friday, September 16, 2016

Raw? Vegan? Paleo? - Jimmo's Vegan T-Shirt Collection

 Passionately Raw and Vegan by Jimmo Shirts

Years ago a friend from Ohio told me that it was a family tradition in her home not to ever discuss religion or politics at the dinner table. This is a very smart move if you want to avoid indigestion. All families should really embrace it.

But religion and politics are not the only "inflammatory" subjects that should be avoided during a meal. Food choices and dieting are another.

There are, of course, many more subjects that could divide a peaceful family into warring fractions, but nothing, not even politics, can antagonize people as much as the food choices we all make. So, if you love bacon, but are living with a militant vegan under one roof, things could go very bad for you not only at the dinner table. No doubt about it! 

Same goes for vegans living with traditional omnivores. Vegans, vegetarians, raw foodies, and kale & quinoa lovers are often ridiculed by those who do not find pleasure in eating vegetables, or know too little about veganism to even envision it for themselves.

I believe that things could be so much easier for everybody if people simply stopped lecturing others and accept their choices. 

There is no doubt that food choices contribute to our well being and health. Putting more fruit and vegetable on the table could improve health of many people, but who are we to dictate how others should live?

Many carnivores go vegan for ethical reasons, and many vegans or raw food lovers go back to omnivore lifestyles after many years on meatless diet.

Vegan or fully raw diet can considerably improve chronic or degenerative conditions and may lead to weight loss, and in some cases, even to cancer remissions.

Nutritional guidance can be very confusing. At Jimmo's we believe that a healthy variety with a prevalence of organic produce is the best choice one can make to stay healthy and agile into old age. An apple a day may be enough to keep you going, but this is your choice to make. 

For those who wish to show off their love for veggies, juicing and raw food, Jimmo created a very attractive Vegan Collection. If you know a vegan or are one, you may want to explore it. There is nothing militant about our designs. We simply want to send a positive, non-judgemental message. Enjoy!

Wishing everybody a magnificent health  and conflict-free life - Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo Shirts.

For super cool raw food recipes visit Passionately Raw! raw food blog

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Friday, September 9, 2016

For the Love of Coffee!

Jimmo's Choku Rei Reiki Mug

Coffee lovers know that there is nothing like a freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning! Believe me or not, our best products were created under the influence of caffeine and Jimmo not only loves coffee, he is a coffee connoisseur. His love of coffee is reflected in our Coffee Lover's Collection that was especially designed for coffee lovers like himself.
I can't imagine a day without coffee. 
I can't imagine! - Howard Schultz
Coffee is not only tasty, but it is really good for you. Coffee contains antioxidants, vitamins B2, B3, and B6, manganese, potassium, and magnesium. Whether you are an early morning person, or a night owl, coffee will keep you going and increase your creativity.

Studies show that coffee has the potential to improve certain aspects of brain function, including cognition, memory, reaction time, and mood.

Coffee contains caffeine which is a stimulant that blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine in the brain. When adenosine is blocked, the production of neurotransmitters like the dopamine and norepinephrine increases and neurons in the brain become more active. Coffee drinkers feel happier, more energetic and can concentrate better on the task at hand.

Caffeine is a blessing to people who struggle with weight since it can increase the metabolic rate and help burn fat more quickly. Many weight loss products contain high amounts of caffeine, but studies show that it is the green coffee extract that is more effective. If you need to lose weight, do some research before you buy a product. And if you are a coffee drinker, skip the cream and sugar since they add extra calories to an otherwise law calorie drink. Italian espresso, for instance, has only 1 (one!) calorie; a 8oz cup of brewed coffee has only 2 calories; but the 16oz cup of Starbucks Caffè Latte comes with 220 calories. Add your favorite vanilla syrup and the amount almost doubles!

Coffee drinkers not only feel mentally active, they report improved physical performance and endurance since caffeine increases levels of adrenaline (epinephrine) in blood.  Caffeine helps the body to break down the stored body fat and use it as additional fuel. Fitness experts suggest that people should drink a strong espresso about thirty minutes before going to the gym.

Researches report that coffee may help prevent type 2 diabetes, lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease and the Parkinson's, improve liver health, and even prevent the risk of certain cancers. Studies also show that coffee does not cause heart disease and may even prevent stroke.

Like with everything, too much coffee may have and adverse effect on some people. Nervousness, agitation, bad mood, insomnia and even caffeine addiction may result from over consumption. Four to five cups per day are safe for most people. Find your optimal level and enjoy daily!

Coffee is so much more that just a beverage. It is a culture! We cannot envision a world without coffee shops and baristas, coffee roasters, coffee makers, coffee cups and mugs.

The history of coffee in the Western world began in 1615 when the Venetian merchants who tasted the beverage in Istanbul brought it over to Venice. The first coffeehouse opened in Italy in 1645 and became a place where people met socially. The coffeehouse culture spread across Europe and reached North America in 1668. First American coffeehouse opened in 1696 in New York and was called "The King's Arms." About three centuries later, in 1971, a new phenomenon in the coffee world popped up in Seattle, Washington: the now world famous, Starbucks Coffee Company came to live in Pike Place and changed the way millions of people drink coffee today. By 1996 a take out coffee cup became a fashion accessory!

At Jimmo's we are quite aware that coffee, coffee makers, coffee mugs and coffee-themed attire make really great gifts for any occasion. Two collections sprouted almost independently from one another: the Coffee Lover's Collection and Mugs by Jimmo. Both collections are fun! We are certain that there is something for everyone. Brew a cup of fresh coffee, relax and have a look at our stuff. You will not regret it.

By Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo Shirts

Image: Reiki Choku Rei Positive Energy Mug. To purchase, please click here


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