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Eat MORE? Yes.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Veggies, that is.

Of course, we've always known that we should eat our fruits and vegetables. But science has finally caught up with common sense.

A study in the UK investigated people's eating habits and health outcomes. The more fruits and vegetables people ate, the better their overall health. It didn't matter if the people were smokers or in bad health.

How Much To Eat?
Adding 2 additional portions of fruits and vegetables a day increased the chances that someone would be in good functional health by 11 percent. Make that your goal -- to add two servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

How To Do It?
All you have to do is double your veggies at dinner and eat an apple or other piece of fruit as a snack.

You can read this for yourself at longevity.about.com/od/longevityboos

You can find all sorts of ways to add vegetables to your diet. I like to spritz mine with Olive Oil, spread them on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at about 400 degrees for 20 min. or more, depending on how crunchy you want them. You can put them in zip lock bags and add them to every meal.

Or simply prep all your favorites that you like to munch on raw, and have them available right in the middle of your fridge so they are what you see as soon as you open that door, wanting to "graze".

Just be sure to make eating these veggies your FIRST priority. Get that quota in every day and you won't have to worry so much about the rest of your food.

I'm sold on veggies!


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  They are very delicious once you get a taste for them, thanks for the reminder!


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WYWIWOMAN 3/3/2010 11:06PM

    Great blog! Veggies are great - thanks for the article. Have a healthy veggie-filled day tomorrow!
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FISHINGLADY66 3/3/2010 8:30PM

    I'm sold on vegetables too. I always have a container of fresh veggies in my fridge for munching. Thanks for the article.
God Bless

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    I eat tons of fruits and veggies. I love them!!

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JENNY888 3/3/2010 12:04PM

    Veggies are something I have no problem eating. Same goes for fruits.

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MSKRIS7 3/3/2010 10:37AM

    I always love veggies, fruits are second best for me, have to be careful.Sugar/asthma

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MOOOOW 3/3/2010 9:46AM

    Roasted veggies are the best!!! I actually do the same thing. They are also great for snacking.

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CATHY629 3/3/2010 8:55AM

    I wish i loved vegetables, i really have to force myself to eat them,i dont have a problem with fruit as i love fruit.

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PJSTIME 3/3/2010 8:38AM

    Good blog. I have no problems getting in my fruits and vegetables because I like them. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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GABY1948 3/3/2010 7:48AM

    I'm sold on veggies with you, Karen! Good blog, thanks!

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Home Remedies?

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I'm fighting a sore throat. Probably a sinus or allergy problem that causes my throat to get sore.

Drugs do weird things to me, so I try to stay away from them as much as possible. I'm usually a living, breathing, "Drug-Free Zone". LOL

But I do need SOMETHING to help my sore throat.
Usually I double up on my Vitamin C.
I take Airborne twice a day.
I drink green tea with honey and lemon.
I use Saline nasal spray.
I keep a cough drop or herbal lozenge in my mouth most of the time.

What else?

Do YOU have any home remedies that work for you when you feel a sore throat coming on?

Inquiring minds and sore throats want to know!


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FISHINGLADY66 3/1/2010 8:29PM

    I hope your feeling better by the time your read my response. My doctor told me to boil water on the stove and breath it. I guess it is from the dry air and low humidity.

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SOPHIEMAE2007 3/1/2010 7:13PM

    Do you have enough humidity in your house? I know I get sore throats when it gets dry. Try a warm mist to put humidity in the air.

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JUSTJO66 3/1/2010 9:43AM

    Honey is very good for sore throat's and coughs. Also my Mom swears by vinegar for the throat (gargle with it). Onions also have antibiotic effects. Hope you are feeling better soon.


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GABY1948 3/1/2010 5:19AM

    I do what you do except the Airborne. And sometimes like Martha, I gargle warm saltwater...dh's favorite. LIke you, I won't take most drugs...I don't trust any of them...what will they do to me in 10 years?
Hope you are feeling better.

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PJSTIME 2/28/2010 9:35PM

    When I feel a cold coming on I put a dropper full of echinecea/goldenseal in water and drink it and take extra Vit C. Hope you are feeling better by the time you read this. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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DGAIL51 2/28/2010 6:03PM

    the gargling with salt water is always good. My mom recently told me that mixing cinnamon with a tsp of honey helps her sinuses. I take echinacea when I feel something coming on and it often helps. I also take oscillococcinum (homeopahtic med) if I am feeling aching and found that to be really helpful. I too am very sensitive to prescription meds and take the minimum I can get by with.

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Donna

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--KREN 2/28/2010 4:01PM

    Martha, I Googled pears and found this on the Food Channel:

Pears are known to have a cooling effect that is excellent in relieving fever. Some say the best way to bring a fever down quickly or sooth a sore throat is to drink a big glass of pear juice. The antioxidants will also build your immune system; so drink pear juice when you feel a cold coming on. One recommendation says that for vocal chord health, boil the juice of two Chinese pears with raw honey and drink it warm.

Need to get some pear juice! Thanks! Karen

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/28/2010 1:53PM

    I had a Chinese roommate in college who often said she needed "some pair for her throat".

I think of her often when I eat pears.

I always gargle with warm salt water, and tell my kids to do the same.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/28/2010 11:30AM

    I do the same and gargle with salt water.

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SUPREME5 2/28/2010 11:06AM

    home remedies sometimes work better than drugs better for us to

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--KREN 2/28/2010 11:00AM

    Cathy, I knew that! But had forgotten it. Thanks for the reminder! Karen

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CATHY629 2/28/2010 10:43AM

    I dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle with it.

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Need a good laugh?

Friday, February 26, 2010


My DIL sent me this link. Said it reminded her of my sense of humor. Good clean hillarious youtube video. I think it's especially funny if you're over 50. Over 60? Even better, lol.

The very last minutes - the punch line - is just hillarious.


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FISHINGLADY66 2/27/2010 9:46PM

    OMG My water just broke. Ha Ha LOL... emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing.

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JEANNE229 2/27/2010 12:57PM

    Karen, I LOVED this one. Thanks for sharing.


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DUMBELLE 2/27/2010 9:39AM

    Oh my gosh; she's hillarious. Thanks for sharing that with us!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 2/26/2010 10:14PM

    I think MY water just broke too! emoticon

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LADYNLI 2/26/2010 3:44PM

    That was so funny. I loved it!!!

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SHASTA11 2/26/2010 2:02PM

    Oh, that was wonderful. Thank you. I'll have to try to send that to my daughter and 60+ friends.

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HEALTHYARTIST1 2/26/2010 12:39PM

    I've heard her before, she is hilarious. Thanks for giving us all a good laugh today!

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DAISES2 2/26/2010 11:59AM

    hilarious,just going to change my knickers? emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/26/2010 11:24AM

    Very funny!!!! Thanks!

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READINGDOC 2/26/2010 11:22AM

    Thanks for the laugh!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 2/26/2010 10:38AM

    emoticon She is hilarious! She reminds me quite a bit of watching Florence Littauer give a talk. Thanks for sharing!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 2/26/2010 10:38AM

    emoticon She is hilarious! She reminds me quite a bit of watching Florence Littauer give a talk. Thanks for sharing!

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AMBUDMAN 2/26/2010 10:00AM

    emoticon How funny.

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GRANNYOF05 2/26/2010 9:57AM

    Thanks for the good laugh today.

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Hugs, Gayle

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--KREN 2/26/2010 9:46AM

    And did you notice her legs? She has beautiful legs!!

Her accent? Does she have an accent?


Karen from TEXAS, lol

Comment edited on: 2/26/2010 9:47:03 AM

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BELTONWALKER67 2/26/2010 9:45AM

    That was fantastic! Loved that southern accent too! Thanks for sharing!

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/26/2010 9:44AM

    OMG!!! That was awesome thanks for sharing...Hugs

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/26/2010 9:42AM

    Funny....and Iike her suit jacket too !

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MOTOMOMOF2 2/26/2010 8:41AM

    Thanks for sharing it, very funny. Not 50 yet but close

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Not your usual day in Texas!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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DUMBELLE 2/24/2010 9:52AM

    Wow, this looks like Manitoba! So glad I'm in Arizona now. I really don't miss that white stuff.

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WYWIWOMAN 2/23/2010 9:56PM

    It is lovely, and very familiar for me living in Wisconsin. However, after a number of months of it (4 now, I think) I am willing to have the snow melt to expose anything growing beneath!

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FISHINGLADY66 2/23/2010 9:51PM

    WoW!! Isn't it Beautiful. The snow on the tree branches are so much prettier than the ice on our trees. I'm glad you got to experience the "wonders of God's creation". I hope it doesn't last too long for you. Be safe and stay warm. Oh! and Eat Healthy and stay Happy. emoticon emoticon

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READINGDOC 2/23/2010 5:01PM

    Enjoy the wonders of God's creation.

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    Wow!! All of us in the U.S have had way too much of this!! LOL.

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JUSTJO66 2/23/2010 2:26PM

    We where also supposed to get snow beginning this morning. But so far only flakes. Oh Yes!!! I am so glad and hoping we don't get anymore of the white stuff this year. It was just the other day we got over a foot. The ground is gurgling.

It is rare for you all to get snow that far south. Enjoy. :o)
Pretty pictures.

I'm ready for SPRING..................

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BELTONWALKER67 2/23/2010 1:48PM

    That is unusual & yes, it's really pretty. Did Rosie want to go out in it? I get tickled at the Boss's cat, Sampson. He wants to go out but when I open the door he kinda sniffs and then runs back into the house. We had an ice storm over the weekend and the trees were sparkling and so pretty but the roads were very slick. Where or Where is Spring??

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--KREN 2/23/2010 1:20PM

    I don't own a snow shovel or snow blower, or even footwear the walk in the snow, lol. Karen

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BIRDLEGS29 2/23/2010 1:18PM

    It is pretty though, Karen. I bet you don't even own a snow shovel! Enjoy the rare experience.


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NANCY- 2/23/2010 12:08PM

    Want to use my snowblower?

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/23/2010 12:03PM

    My kids left Chicago and Erie to get away from such stuff, and moved to Fort Worth area. I think the area has had more snow than ever since my kids moved there.

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--KREN 2/23/2010 11:34AM

    I guess you brought it with you! lol. Rosie is sitting in the front window looking out, trying to figure out what's going on, lol. Karen

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PJSTIME 2/23/2010 11:28AM

    We left MO to get out of the snow. They are forcasting rain/snow for us here too:(

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Stress Relief?

Monday, February 15, 2010

My mother had a surprise visit to the hospital a few days ago, perhaps a mild heart attack, and a medical procedure (angioplasty) while she was there. Scary enough.

But when she awoke from the procedure she was literally out of her mind, fighting, kicking, hitting. So disturbing and frightening. She stayed that way for over 24 hours, with us not knowing why, really, or when or IF she'd return to normal.

Thoughts of assisted living and nursing homes plagued my dreams. Not many dreams, because I didn't sleep much.

Finally, today, this afternoon, just a short while ago, my Aunt called me and said, "She's BACK". I called her room and talked to her and she sounded good, like herself, like my mother. I was so relieved I just burst into tears.

I have lived a stressful life and handled stress well all those years, raising my family, holding down my job, no matter what the stress.

So why, now, can I no longer seem to handle any real stress? Stress seems to manifest physcially in my body almost instantly. My body just shuts down; collapses. I can't sleep. This makes it much, much worse. I stay in the bed and do breathing exercises, thinking I'm going to have a heart attack of my own, I just feel so bad.

I don't know what happened to my stress-defense. It's gone. I have to find a way to get it back. Or at least stay aware of what's happening so I don't make it worse. Or find some good way to relieve it.

Anyway, it's over now. This time. I feel better again. Tonight I'll sleep and tomorrow I'll start the day fresh.

Thank you all who expressed such sweet sentiments and helped me through this difficult time.


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  Aww so sorry Karen, I am glad to hear she is back to her old self and glad you are keeping us posted so we can send you hugs and support.

You're doing a great job Karen I'm really proud of you.
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FISHINGLADY66 2/17/2010 8:56PM

    Karen I am so emoticon to hear about your mom. I am glad she is better. I can understand how you must feel. Mom's are our life line, and we need them, even if we are taking care of them instead of them taking care of us.
I haven't had my computer for a while and I'm late in reading blogs. But my thoughts and prayers are with you both.
God Bless

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I'm so sorry to hear you mom has been so sick, I am glad to hear she is doing better. I know this has been so stressful for you, Please try to take some time for you. My mom is 84 she just had a bout with shingles! So take care and I hope your mom continues to get better,


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CATHY629 2/16/2010 10:49AM

    Karen i am glad your mom is better, i hope she continues to improve,i find exercise does help with stress especially swimming, it also helps to have someone to talk to, a problem shared and all that.
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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JUSTJO66 2/16/2010 7:52AM

    Kren, I'm so sorry to hear that you have been dealing with so much stress lately. I'm glad that your mother is doing better. It is very hard most the time for the elderly to be in the hospital. The combination of the drugs, the condition that put her there, and the disorientation of the procedure and hospital...I'm sure all contributed to her lapse in mental status. All extremely stressful for everyone. I think it's usually the uncertainty of EVERYTHING that causes the most stress. Sometimes it just comes to a point where the OVERLOAD is just too much for us to handle. That is personally when I have to surrender and ask my Lord to take it...that "I can't do it anymore". I will pray for you to find peace and for the stress to be more manageable. You will find the answers...I am sure. You are obviously a very resourceful, resilient person. Sleep and rest always helps. My thoughts go out to you.

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--KREN 2/16/2010 6:11AM

    Thank you all. I do remember now, that I used to go out and walk several miles when I was stressed! I loved it, did some good thinking and it left me feeling great. I can no longer walk to that extent, so I need to find some exercise I CAN do and focus on that when I'm stressed! The water work sounds good. Karen

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NANCY- 2/16/2010 5:26AM

When it comes to loved ones... the stress is different. be kind to yourself, you will find something that helps.

take a walk
phone a friend

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/15/2010 10:06PM


I can completely understand your stress. i have gone through similar problems when my family has been very ill. I hope you can get some much needed rest now.

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GABY1948 2/15/2010 5:57PM

    Karen, I was there with both my parents. My dad was like your mother...in and out for so long but his was a result of hospitalization for colon cancer and the doctors just told me it happens often in elderly when out of their element. VERY scary. My mother, like her mother, had Alzheimer's (REAL Alzheimer's...there IS a difference from dementia) but whatever it is it is just disheartening. Your parent is there one day and not the next. I am so glad it turned out well this time...Just keep her out of the hospital! LOL Like you have a choice! So glad it turned out well!

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PJSTIME 2/15/2010 4:29PM

    Kren I am so glad your mom is better. You take care of yourself and get a good nights sleep. I'll say a little prayer for you both. Stress can really cause us problems so I hope you can get a handle on it and figure out how to relax.
Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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DESERTFLOWERG 2/15/2010 4:07PM

    I've experienced this type of reaction in the hospital with my dad. His "dementia" continued for months. This was an incredibly stressful time in my life. So glad to hear your mother is back.

Nowadays, I handle stress through exercise. I just feel so much calmer and function better after a workout. So get into that water whenever you can!

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