Thursday, August 08, 2013
How much do you know about sugar and artificial sweeteners? Here is a little quiz:
Monday, July 29, 2013
I have seen this before but liked it then and again today when someone posted it on Facebook. Thought I would share...and wish everyone "enough":
I WISH YOU ENOUGH
Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter's departure had been announced. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said:
"I love you and I wish you enough."
The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom." They kissed and the daughter left.
The mother walked over to the window where I sat. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry.
I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?" "Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever good-bye?"
"I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral," she said.
When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, "I wish you enough." May I ask what that means?"
She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more.
"When we said 'I wish you enough' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them". Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory,
"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye."
She then began to cry and walked away.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person. An hour to appreciate them. A day to love them. And an entire life to forget them.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
I have a friend in Texas who struggles with a lot of different health issues...one of which developed in the last year or so. All of a sudden, she began having terrible reactions to eating meat. At first it was thought to be only beef, but trial and error has shown that she cannot consume even wild meats like elk. This morning I was very surprised to find this blurb in the May 2013 Good Housekeeping Magazine...and immediately thought of my friend...and that I should share it here as well.
"THE 'MEAT ALLERGY' TICK
"New research shows that a bite from the common Lone Start tick (of the southern and central U.S.) can lead to an allergy to red meat - seriously. In those affected red meat can trigger symptoms ranging from hives to potentially deadly shock. If you've had a reaction after eating a hamburger, pork chop, or lamb kabob (symptoms generally start in 3 to 6 hours), special tests can reveal whether you need to change your menu."
Good Housekeeping Magazine, May 2013 page 94.
Monday, July 08, 2013
Better Homes and Gardens page 180 February 2008
Recruit a listener. Ask the person lying next to you to listen to you the next time you sleep. A little gentle snoring is fine. But if your spouse hears loud snoring coupled with episodes in which you stop breathing for a second or two, you may have sleep apnea, which has been linked to heart disease. Here's why: When you stop breathing, you cut off oxygen to the heart, a process that gets repeated over and over again during the night. "Obstructive sleep apnea can wake people up hundreds of times a night" even if they don' realize it, says Michael Breus, a sleep specialist and author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4 Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health. See your doctor for advice on diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea.
READY BED FOR DAYTIME. If you can, take regular afternoon rests. Harvard researchers recently found that those who frequently snoozed at midday were 30 percent less likely to die of heart disease.
My mother regularly napped for at least an hour after her noon meal. She was in amazing good health during her elder years.
My husband did the loud snoring, gasping, etc breathing (lack there of!) till I finally convinced him to go to Dr for MY sake. I couldn't sleep with all the racket he was making...and I was sincerely worried about him. He had a sleep study done. They stopped the study in the middle of the night and started him on a c-pap. The difference in his sleep, mood, energy and everything else was immediate. Now I sleep better, too.
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