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"Apricots Save the Day"

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Another post from March 2005 Better Homes & Gardens magazine, page 232.

"Better Homes and Gardens reader Edith V. Williamson of Lehigh Acres, Florida, wrote to tell us about her secret food for preventing cramps: apricots. She says she used to wake up at night suffering from severe leg and foot cramps, but after eating sun-dried apricots every few days, the cramps didn't come back.

"Apricots are rich in magnesium, which along with sodium, potassium, and calcium are vital electrolytes that keep your muscles working correctly and prevent cramping.

"The water she drank while snacking also gets cramp-busting credit, says Ed Ryan, director of sports medicine for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Without enough fluids, muscles can contract and seize, creating painful cramps. When properly hydrated, muscles contract only as much as needed.

"To ensure you're properly hydrated, on your next bathroom break, check to see if your urine is clear to straw-color. The darker the color, the more dehydrated you are and more likely your muscles will be to cramp. -Doug Donaldson"

  
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TATTER3 5/27/2013 12:30AM

    emoticon good info

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/26/2013 10:19PM

    I have a package of dries apricots, I'll try them. Need to finish it off anyway. Thanks.

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BOOKWERME 5/26/2013 4:32PM

    I wasn't sure that the clipping meant that apricots supply ALL the minerals mentioned..so I tried to check. Don't know if this will work. Potassium is by far the largest amount present in apricots. Calcium, Magnesium and sodium are all present in lesser amounts.


Minerals
Amo
unts Per Selected Serving %DV
Calcium 71.5 mg 7%
Iron 3.5 mg 19%
Magnesium 41.6 mg 10%
Phosphorus 92.3 mg 9%
Potassium 1511 mg 43%
Sodium 13.0 mg 1%
Zinc 0.5 mg 3%
Copper 0.4 mg 22%
Manganese 0.3 mg 15%
Selenium

Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts
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CELEST 5/26/2013 1:46PM

    Excellent. Magnesium, calcium and potassium can be hard to get enough of if the diet isn't super healthy. Great idea about apricots.

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JACKIE542 5/26/2013 11:37AM

    I never eat our Apricots, and we have a tree, just loaded with them, after reading your blog, I will start eating them. emoticon

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DOLLFACEDX 5/26/2013 10:42AM

    Never thought of magnesium - thx for sharing.

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EWL978 5/26/2013 10:41AM

    I LOVE apricots.... wonder if cooking them decreases their value....I'll have to check it out!!

Thanx for the info....keep on keeping on!!

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Spice-rack Remedies

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I am trying to clear out my huge collection of saved stuff..which includes many older issues of magazines. I reread them and then pass them on...but often find stuff of interest now. Sometimes I have no idea what prompted me to save them in the first place.

This info is from March 2005 Better Homes and Gardens page 230.

Spice-Rack Remedies
Ease cold symptoms, fix hot flashes, and prevent food poisoning and other ailments by reaching into your kitchen spice rack. These common spices are more than mere flavor enhancers, they're also effective home remedies.

~Cayenne Got a toothache: Capsaicin, an ingredient in cayenne, interferes with pain transmission. Make a paste with a few drops of water and a spoonful of cayenne, dip a cotton swab into the paste, and dab on the tooth (NOT the gum).

~ Cinnamon A bit of this aromatic spice can help ease diarrhea, dry up the sniffles, and control heay menstrual bleeding. And for people with type-2 diabetees, just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon a day, added to food or drinks, can lower blood glucose levels up to 29 percent, studies show. For sniffles and diarrhea, make a tea by adding 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15 minuts, strain out the cinnamon through a coffee filter, and drink.

~Ginger This powdered root relieves morning sickness and is as effective as over-the-counter drugs for motion sickness. It also kills some of the bacteria that causes food poisoning. In fact, it's good for most any form of upset stomach. Make a tea by adding 1 teaspoon of pwoder to a cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, strain, and drink.

~Sage Reduce menopausal hot flashes and night sweats by drinking a cup of sage tea three times a day: Add 1/2 teaspoon sage to 1 cup boiling water, steep 10 minutes, then strain and drink.

~Thyme Rich in germ killing compounds, thyme has a long history as an expectorant and antiseptic. Gargle several times a day with a strong thyme tea to heal a sore throat; drink it to ease coughs from colds or bronchitis. For an effective cough remedy, use 1 teaspoon dried thyme to 1 cup boiling water, steep for 10 minutes, strain, and drink. Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar. For sore throats: Brew 2 teaspoons thyme in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Gargle, then spit.
Sara Altshul

  
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CELEST 5/26/2013 9:01AM

    I love the natural way. Wonderful article thx.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 5/26/2013 6:06AM

    My DDIL makes her own laundry soap and cleaning products from natural items, (lemon, vinegar, etc.) She also uses essential oils, including oregano, peppermint and lavender for various ailments, with some success. Interesting that these "new" ideas perhaps not that new after all. Thanks for posting.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/25/2013 8:47PM

    Very interesting. I have been watching a program on my computer called Lush House. It's Australian and she uses common everyday things to clean with and teaches others to use them. Even saw an aid for sound dampening for an Autistic boy. Lots to learn and I am going through her 'lists link' that gives the recipes she uses. Saw one last night for helping a dog with severe allergies and another on how to keep cats from going upstairs where they aren't wanted.

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Health/Wellness coach, huh? How about Chinese Medicine and Essential Oils

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Well, she has briefly checked on me via email and one phone call. I did the ten day cleanse. I cannot tell any difference in anything other than I had a yeast infection (i think) erupt the 2nd day of the cleanse. It seems to be in retreat now. I gave away the energy drink stuff...though I did follow her directions through the cleanse. Wonder what's next?

I have also been going to a practitioner of Chinese medicine. He uses a blend of western knowledge, Chinese medicine training and needle-less acupuncture using essential oils. Members of my family and some of my friends have had amazing results with pain relief, allergy abatement...etc. I asked him to work on my ever increasing blood sugars that I cannot seem to get under control, despite my doing the things I am supposed to do. Drs just keep telling me to eat right, exercise..and then they try more meds. Last experiment with the meds was AWFUL stuff..didn't lower the blood sugars at all but caused horrific leg cramps during the night. I didn't realize the connection until I insisted on returning to my former meds. and the cramps immediately stopped. I began going to Adam in March. My morning blood sugars were hovering around 280-310. It took some time to begin seeing any results..and we are not at goal yet, but we have lowered that morning reading by 100 points! I am hoping we can keep that downward trend going. Will keep you informed!

  
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TATTER3 5/23/2013 6:37AM

    Be careful! Glad for the drop!

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BOOKWERME 5/22/2013 3:32PM

    I am going to address Debbi's wise comments here so as not to have to repeat the answers. I have met with Drs. and with dietitian...had blood sugars in excellent control for a number of years. I DO take the supplements. I don't think the health coach lady really knows much about diabetes...I did already tell her some of what you said. She is not a dietician. However, all that stuff came together in the box for new distributors...(which I was NOT expecting). They were all sugar free...but to me, were just a chemical soup. I didn't drink the energy drinks...and won't be using any more of the other products either. As to her credentials, I did check on them, but truly, am not all that knowledgeable about the training and schools anyway. Like I said, she came recommended by someone I DO trust. We will see what happens next. No harm done.

Thanks for caring...and for your concern. Much appreciated.

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MZDEBBI 5/22/2013 2:35PM

    Have your doctors ever given you a diet to follow or suggest you meet with a diabetic counselor? See if there are any classes given at your local hospital. They will sit down with and go over what you should be eating, they will work with you to lose weight and get your blood sugar levels down. With DH we try to eat more of a Mediterrean diet, eat more fiber. He also tries to eat every 2-3 hours, thus he carries a cooler with him the car so he has the right things to snack on. Some have told him to try the supplements chromium, cinnamon, zinc and others. But, getting him to take extras is hard. Others try to eat by the Glycemic Index which is a tool to rank how a carbohydrate effects the body and blood sugar levels.
Why anyone would give you an energy drink isn't very smart. High energy drinks contain large amounts of sugar (27mg=7t ) and caffeine, nutrients and herbal supplements. Sugar-free energy drinks can contain Aspartame (180 times sweeter than sugar), Sucralose (600 times sweeter than sugar and 200 times sweeter than Aspartame) and the body cannot break these down. Those energy "shots" can contain 5 times the amount of caffeine in a regular 8oz cola.
The herbal supplements that are in them that contain alkaloids have varying effects are the body and mind. The examples of these types of alkaloids are kola nut, yerba mate, cocoa, mahuang, and guarana.
Caffeine can cause loss of potassium and calcium which can cause muscle soreness and Leg Cramps.
Sorry if this is long I have a "large" family history of diabetes and DH has it so I've done a lot of research on it.
One last note when hiring a personal health & wellness coach ask them where they went to school and where they got certified. Take care


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NANA2PRINCESSES 5/22/2013 6:32AM

    Impressive results. My DIL is really hooked on the essential oils and other homeopathic remedies. I was skeptical at first, but have to admit that she has had positive results. Of course the diet in that household is also almost totally organic and avoids refined sugar and dyes, so that probably helps too. I hope your results continue in the right direction.

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CELEST 5/22/2013 5:17AM

    100 points is great. I really hope it keeps going down because ever increasing blood sugar levels is dangerous....ask me. Thankfully I feel worlds better from where I was, but will only really know whats going on inside once I have my next tests also.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/21/2013 11:33PM

    That is awesome! Time she went bye bye.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 5/21/2013 10:29PM

    That is awesome news!!

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Coach...first impressions

Friday, May 10, 2013

Well, I am not off to such a great start. While my coach is a very nice lady, she also seems to be very busy...with other stuff. I understand that. There has already been some miscommunication. I got an email congratulating me on joining as a new distributor of a product....I was NOT happy. Coach had recommended these products and said if I worked with her, I could get them through her for a yr at 20% off. Apparently THAT is by joining up with their distributor program and it was SHE that signed me up..not me. I am NOT happy about this turn of events, but it is done now. THAT is where the fee went...towards the kit (filled with energy drink stuff I don't think I want to take!) and the cleanse she recommended for start. There is no charge for her coaching for three months. What has come through so far has not been very helpful yet. She came well recommended by someone I trust...so I will give it time and trial.

I began the cleanse yesterday morning. OK with that so far.

  
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BLAYNESGAMMY 5/11/2013 12:33PM

    Hope things start to improve with her.

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 5/10/2013 11:21PM

    emoticon Sorry to hear this "coach" wasn't quite on the up-n-up.

I've had some people suggest I do something similar - advertise as a wellness coach and do classes to teach people what I've learned. This came about because local people are seeing a difference in my size, mostly; and maybe my overall wellness & energy levels too. They tell me and/or introduce me to people who are in business with other "health & wellness" products who do this, even without any formal training or education in this field.

At least in your case this coach has shown you some credentials. But even those are sometimes not as real as the paper they are printed on, sadly. I feel so badly for people that slide into this "traps" and end up having to buy something they didn't expect. :(

I like your attitude with this and I truly hope it all ends well and no one gets hurt in any way. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/10/2013 9:23PM

    Oh my, what a mix up. Hope it turns out well.

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BOOKWERME 5/10/2013 6:38PM

    CHRISKENANDKIDS suggested I ask about qualifications. I checked to see what the intials following her name are...acsm-cmt is followed by Certified Wellness Coach.

The ACSM stands for American College of Sports Medicine and CMT is Certified Personal Trainer.

From their website: "What will I be able to do as an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer?

The ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) works with apparently healthy individuals and those with health challenges who are able to exercise independently to enhance quality of life, improve health-related physical fitness, performance, manage health risk, and promote lasting health behavior change. The CPT conducts basic preparticipation health screening assessments, submaximal cardiovascular exercise tests, and muscular strength/endurance, flexibility, and body composition tests. The CPT facilitates motivation and adherence as well as develops and administers programs designed to enhance muscular strength/endurance, flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, and/or any of the motor skill related components of physical fitness (i.e., balance, coordination, power, agility, speed, and reaction time)."

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 5/10/2013 6:27PM

    Does she have a coaching certificate or formal coaching training? Is she a health coach or a life coach? I'm studying to be a Health Coach doing an online program and we are not taught to sign people up for products. I would maybe ask her more questions about her qualifications. Good luck!

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BOOKWERME 5/10/2013 4:58PM

    Coach is NOT through Sparks. She was recommended by someone I trust...so we shall see. She appears to have had good success helping others...so hopefully this will move along better than it has started.

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TATTER3 5/10/2013 4:22PM

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CINA-MINI 5/10/2013 2:01PM

    I hope things get better with this coach. Is the coach through Sparks?

Hugs to you!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 5/10/2013 11:25AM

    There are so many things out there, i am so sorry this happened to you.

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MOMOSG 5/10/2013 9:53AM

    Sorry to hear that happened to you. It strikes me as somewhat unprofessional to do such a thing. Then I remember the recent WT pointed out that we need to take care in relationships that we don't jump to wrong conclusions. You attitude seems to be in line with that ... wait and see what happens. Hopefully it was a misunderstanding on her part.

Like you said about energy drinks and things like that you don't want to consume, I completely understand! In my past I would jump onto the next latest thing, drink, shake, vitamins, whatever it was. Over the years I've learned that these things usually only have temporary results and in many cases contain ingredients I really don't want to eat. Sadly, there are many companies with dubious business practices that manufacture products with inferior ingredients in order go maximize their profits! I am now very skeptical about ANYTHING in a package. I keep thinking if something doesn't resemble what God created, how good can it be for me?

All that said, I try to be balanced and not fanatical about what I eat. Every now and then, I eat things that aren't my preference or are convenience items. I don't fret about it because I know that more than 90% of what goes into by body is good quality and quite healthy.

A note to Celeste, I was a Herbalife distributor for a while. Boy was that an interesting and expensive learning experience for me. I am not comfortable with their products at all. For me, their shakes are a very bad idea because they are based on soy. I have a throid disorder and soy products are a bid no for people with thryoid problems. There is much scientific research to prove this too. I was never told about this when I signed on and learned of it later. Needless to say, I don't use their products anymore.

I hope everyhing works out well for you with this coach Asta.
Warm Love,
Simone

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CELEST 5/10/2013 8:42AM

    Wow someone signs on your behalf without your knowledge....I wouldnt like that either. You make me nervous because our weight loss challenge lady wants to see me about becoming a herbal life agent ONLY to get any products for myself cheaper. Thing is, I dont use any of the products BECAUSE they cost more than I can pay. I use only the ONE meal replacement shake because it was inclusive in the price of joining, for which I was sponsored. My 3 months end at the end of this month and I wont be rejoining. I have all I need on sparks and a scale now that measures body fat etc. Hope she doesnt plan on signing anything on my behalf.....that would be a battle cry for me. emoticon

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Certified Health/Wellness Coach

Thursday, May 02, 2013

That's what's next for me.

It is so interesting to go back and reread my journal entries. I am sort of stuck in a rut again...at 168 lbs..though have wobbled down to 165 briefly. My blood sugars have me worried. SO I finally decided that to get a change I need to MAKE a change..I just didn't/don't know what to adjust to get the results I need by a method I can live with. SO I have engaged a certified Health/Wellness coach. I filled out the get-to-know-you questions this morning. I was surprised to see that I have actually done a slow lose for the last five years (and longer). I started recording things when I weighed 185. I now weigh 168. I have gained and lost a bunch over the years, but since dropping most wheat and diet soda back in September 2012, I have leveled out, and am maintaining the immediate 5 lb loss that resulted in that change. I am not gaining and losing the same 5+ lbs over and over..and that is GOOD. My blood sugars, however, are still trying to climb...despite exercise, added fiber, eating within calorie range etc. Something still has to change. I'll let you know what develops.

  
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MOMOSG 5/10/2013 9:36AM

    I'm sure you will figure this out. I think it's good your keeping an eye on it. I find many don't bother or just don't want to know and it's a shame in my opinion. Just like the recent WT pointed out, we don't want to get so overwhelmed with our health that it interfereswith more important things. We also shouldn't ignore things we can control that will keep us in better health. The catch is, as you pointed out, finding the balance and the combination of things that works and we can stick with. emoticon
Hugs,
Simone

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LYN-EDWY 5/5/2013 12:56AM

    You're the the girl Asta...you can do it.
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GAMOMMY3 5/5/2013 12:45AM

    Great idea!

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SUNNYWBL 5/4/2013 12:03AM

    This sounds like a very good idea and will help answer your questions as to the best way to meet your goals.

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 5/3/2013 11:41PM

    What exactly does a Certified Health/Wellness Coach do and where do they get Certified from? or by? ??? I must do some research! Is this like a Personal Trainer type person? Are they certified at all? Hmmm.
Sorry, Asta for all the questions but I must be behind the times or something as I haven't heard of this title before now. :)

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COOLCALLALILY 5/2/2013 10:41PM

    I'm proud of you, Mom! emoticon

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TATTER3 5/2/2013 9:28PM

    emoticon Keep Sparkin'!!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 5/2/2013 5:01PM

    I am sure that the coach will be able to help you. We met with a nutritionist when we restarted and it was very enlightening

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/2/2013 3:44PM

    Hope you can get them in control. There are a number of foods that send it up. Dh has been doing research on it too.

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CELEST 5/2/2013 3:03PM

    You're doing the right thing in getting help, esp for the blood sugar. When I went to our homeopath, he put me onto a no-dairy, no-sugar diet no-simple carbs, plus a raw food diet. It helped immensely. I will be retested after a 6 months period, so that's somewhere in July/Aug. But I feel 100% better and have stuck to the raw food diet, despite getting cold now that I have no carbs to warm me lol.

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