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BRAIN FITNESS TIP #1 - Chocolate

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My mother had a stroke recently and will be going to a nursing home. So brain fitness - memory, recognition, attention - has been in my thoughts.

Posit Science ( www.positscience.com/ ) specializes in brain fitness studies and software. I'm going to post one of their Brain Fitness Tips each day to remind us all that our brain needs good nutrition and exercise too.

EAT DARK CHOCOLATE **

The task: Add some dark chocolate to your diet.

The reason: When you eat chocolate you activate the systems in your brain that pump dopamine, an important brain chemical. These systems enable learning and memory, and help keep your brain sharp and fit. Chocolate also offers flavanols, brain-boosting antioxidant compounds that are also found in red wine and berries. To get the maximum brain boost from chocolate, look for the darkest chocolate available, with the least added sugar or other ingredients.

**I buy dark chocolate bars with over 80% cocoa at my local health food store and eat 3 small squares a day.

Let me add a personal observation. A few years ago I read a lot about blood pressure and strokes. I learned that the balance between sodium and potassium is critical in preventing stroke. Most people do not get enough potassium. Eating a baked potato with the skin on, an avocado and a banana are some easy ways to add potassium in your diet.

My mother is critically low in potassium. Her level was just a little above 2, when the healthy level is somewhere between 3.5 and 4.5.

Potassium supplements are not recommended, except under a physician's care, because too much potassium is also dangerous. Getting it through diet is the safest way.

Karen

  
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SKATER787 3/12/2014 3:52PM

    Eating dark choc is not a problem. The problem is how and when to stop! :)

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EDDYMEESE 3/12/2014 12:27AM

    oooh, I'll happily eat dark chocolate every day :)

I hope your mom is doing ok considering everything.

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LJCANNON 3/11/2014 11:25PM

    emoticon Getting Dark Chocolate is NOT a problem :-D. Brain Exercise is just as Important as Physical Exercise!!

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ZEEDRA 3/11/2014 5:56PM

    Thanks, Karen. I look forward to your postings (as usual).

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/11/2014 5:05PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your mom! I hope she is doing okay.

I eat a couple of squares of 85% chocolate every day. I wish I could get sugar free but I do look for lower sugar.

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MOM2ACAT 3/11/2014 4:54PM

    My mom has been low on potassium for quite some time now; she is in the process of getting tests done to find out why, along with some other issues.

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GABY1948 3/11/2014 3:10PM

    EXCELLENT post, Karen, so glad you are going to do this.

I am so sorry about your mother...will certainly be praying for her!

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FISHINGLADY66 3/11/2014 12:50PM

    Thank you Karen for the great tip. I do love dark chocolate and eat it about once a week. Keep these tips coming. emoticon

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JANET552 3/11/2014 10:04AM

    Thanks for the tip. Good luck to you and your mom!!

P.S. I love that you started with chocolate. That isn't hard to do at all.

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MADAMES 3/11/2014 9:05AM

    Thanks for the reminder about the potassium. According to my Spark tracker, I am low on that mineral most days of the week.

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NOMIS1 3/11/2014 8:51AM

    Thanks, Karen. I look forward to your tips.

My heart goes out to both you and your mother.

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JOANNS4 3/11/2014 7:59AM

    Thank you for the tips. I am sending prayers to you and your mother.


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ELRIDDICK 3/11/2014 7:38AM

  Thanks for sharing

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WESTGATE85 3/11/2014 7:26AM

  My sincere condolences to you and your mother.
I love dark chocolate. thank you for the tip

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Loving a rescue animal (Video Clip)

Thursday, March 06, 2014

www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1020135
8696360711&set=vb.1572775822&type=2&th
eater


This short video is amazing and joyful, especially for anyone who has ever loved and been loved by another species!

Karen

  
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MOM2ACAT 3/6/2014 5:50PM

    Beautiful!

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EXOTEC 3/6/2014 3:53PM

    What a beautiful story.
I'm a bit dubious about the statement that he's the head of his pride, unless it's a pride of just he and the lioness... His mane is still "juvenile", and that would place him at serious risk from truly adult male lions in the area. But that's not the point, after all.

How wonderful to be remembered and greeted so affectionately by what is now a "wild" creature.
It's a myth-breaker to anyone who's ever referred to other creatures in our world as "dumb animals." Shame on them.

Thank you for this lovely and uplifting link.


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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/6/2014 12:51PM

    That was beautiful. It made me cry!

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FISHINGLADY66 3/6/2014 11:56AM

    So lovely. What a happy reunion. I love animals.

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GABY1948 3/6/2014 7:53AM

    There is NOTHING like the love of another species!

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LJCANNON 3/6/2014 7:28AM

    emoticon Beautiful Love Story!

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SUNSHINE99999 3/6/2014 7:09AM

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Natural Nature (Photography)

Saturday, March 01, 2014

www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/bl
ogs/nature-provides-the-perfect-pictur
e-frame?hpt=hp_bn18


I want to be there. In every photograph. And see it for myself.
(Can you see me on my knees under those huge oaks in S. Carolina? I'm a tree worshiper. Or swimming in that cove in Greece? Yes!)

Since I can't, PHOTOGRAPHERS ROCK!

Karen

  
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LADYRH 3/2/2014 6:40AM

    Karen thanks for sharing they were wonderful

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GABY1948 3/1/2014 3:31PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/1/2014 2:51PM

    There are so many amazing things to see in the world. I'm a tree lover too and a beach lover.

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SNAPPER53 3/1/2014 1:46PM

    Great pictures; many of those places are on my wish list. emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 3/1/2014 12:09PM

    Wonderful pictures. Wouldn't it be great to be there in person?

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DEMETERSCO 3/1/2014 11:17AM

    Lovely♥

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TINY67 3/1/2014 9:07AM

    Great Pics, thanks.

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Prayer Request

Saturday, February 22, 2014

My DIL's brother has been diagnosed with cancer of the tonsils!
(He is her only remaining brother. Their younger brother died 2 years ago of various health problems.)

And my DIL herself had breast cancer and a double mastectomy two years ago.

His tonsils were removed a few weeks ago. He has a stint in his arm now, ready for the IV and he will be using a feeding tube.

His radiation will be every day for 7 weeks (That's probably every week day.) and chemo once a week. He won't be able to talk or eat.

He and his wife own and operate a barber shop. It's always voted the Best Barber Shop in town in the yearly contest votes. They have 3 daughters, the youngest is a junior in high school.

His wife must continue working in the shop because that is how they make their living. He says he will work too, but it is doubtful.

He has a long, painful road ahead and needs all the prayer and good thoughts you can send.

My DIL's mother is not in good health and the loss of her younger son was a severe blow to her. This news is more trauma.

A good family with poor health inherited. Please send your prayers.

Thank you,
Karen

  
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EDDYMEESE 3/2/2014 12:47AM

    Sending prayers
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--KREN 2/27/2014 9:07AM

    THANK YOU ALL for your concern and caring for my family. He starts this program in another week or two. I'm very grateful for all your prayers!

Karen

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MJEFFERSON23 2/23/2014 9:55AM

  "Father God,
Please bring healing to this brother right now in the name of Jesus. Guide the minds and hands of the doctors and let them be amazed at his speedy recovery! Comfort this family.Thank you and praise you in advance In Jesus' name. Amen"

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/23/2014 8:30AM

    I am sending prayers for the family!

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NOMIS1 2/23/2014 6:47AM

    Karen - I am so sorry to hear this. So very sad. My heart goes out to you all.

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FISHINGLADY66 2/22/2014 9:32PM

    Karen I will definitely remember them all in my prayers. What a sad situation for the family. May God be with them and give them strength to make it thru all this. I am so sorry to hear of this. God Bless!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/22/2014 9:29PM

    I sent a pray, GF. a I hope and pray he will have a good outcome. emoticon

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BECKYSFRIEND 2/22/2014 7:07PM

    emoticon hope he will emoticon

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ZEEDRA 2/22/2014 4:37PM

    I pray for this family...strength and healing for all.

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/22/2014 4:07PM

    Everyone involved will be in my daily prayers.
Take care,
Kay

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GABY1948 2/22/2014 3:42PM

    Karen, I am praying for ALL of them for sure! God Bless them and you!

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LADYRH 2/22/2014 3:14PM

    Karen they will all be in my prayers, what a lot for one family to go through.


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MOM2ACAT 2/22/2014 2:49PM

    Sending up prayers; that sounds like rough chemo; I've never had chemo any more than once per week, having it daily would be hard. I will keep him in my prayers, and I pray that he has a complete recovery.

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VINGRAM 2/22/2014 2:11PM

    I had a friend who had that several years ago. She is fine and back to work. The treatments were pretty nasty. Prayers coming your way. emoticon

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PROUD-GRANDMA 2/22/2014 1:12PM

    Praying

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PJSTIME 2/22/2014 12:24PM

    Oh I am so so sorry to hear this news. All will be in my daily prayers. Hugs to you and the rest.

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JOHGLO2011 2/22/2014 11:50AM

    Praying!

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    Prayers for the whole family emoticon

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    emoticon and emoticon For all of you during this difficult time.

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ART - You're Never Too Old!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

www.flickr.com/photos/23882161@N03/g
alleries/72157623272449318/




Click the link above to enjoy more of the art of Inge Löök's "Old Ladies" in a larger, easier to view size.

Her paintings will make your heart sing with joy.

Karen

  
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MISSPEACHES3 2/22/2014 12:14PM

    Cute and so true. emoticon

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FLAMENM 2/17/2014 8:33PM

    Such joy!

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MOM2ACAT 2/17/2014 4:26PM

    Those are great!

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ZEEDRA 2/17/2014 4:01PM

    Thanks for posting, Karen. They're great!

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LADYRH 2/17/2014 6:22AM

    Thanks for sharing these are great.

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EDDYMEESE 2/16/2014 10:58PM

    Thank you, these left me with a huge smile on my face!

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LJCANNON 2/16/2014 10:41PM

    emoticon And, you're never too old to have a BFF!

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JACKIE542 2/16/2014 9:07PM

    Thank you, made me happy to see those! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/16/2014 7:55PM

    Love them. The colors are wonderful and I love that they usually have their purses with them.

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LOLA_LALA 2/16/2014 7:43PM

    Awwww...what happy, joyful playfulness! Thanks for this treasure :)

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