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Inventions that Promote Healthier, Fitter Lives Day

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Today, I was thankful for my refrigerator that

1. saves my fresh produce from ruin before I can cook or eat it
2. saves the dishes I automatically cook for at least 4 diners, when it's only me
3. cough up my healthy pre-made meals ready to eat when I don't feel like cooking or having to clean up the kitchen
4. somehow manages to keep those little forgotten containers that hide behind the big yogurt containers and grow little black fuzz until I finish the yogurt.
5. Freezes fresh bananas, raspberries, and raspberries for healthy smoothies.
6. runs on electricity so I don't have to deal with blocks of ice.
7. enables me to have a wide variety of whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, and nuts in quite fresh colorful condition.
8. provides chopped ice and lime wedges for my water.
9. keeps some medicines viable.
10. is related to all the other applications of refrigeration like cargo containers, trucks, food manufacturing, and the morgue.

Why don't we hear more about the inventor of the refrigerator? Thomas Jefferson used to stock up his ice house with 60 wagonloads of ice from the river. Aren't you thankful you dodged that bullet??

Our modern refrigerator was designed by Oliver Evans in 1805. Jacob Perkins developed that design into something that would work, though with some degree of danger. His model worked with ammonia and ether. He received the patent for it in 1834. And many others have contributed to the development of the refrigerator to it's current state. I think it could only be improved upon by having it be solar powered. Though a door a la Harry Potter, which would show you what was close to expiring, and would also let you reach right through it if you wanted something healthy would be super.

So I'm proposing a national holiday in August when we have no other national holidays, to celebrate inventions like the refrigerator which enable us to live healthier, fitter lives.

Families could get out in the neighborhoods with hula hoops, pogo sticks, bikes, or simply pedometers. Employers could offer bonuses for employees who show up at a gym on that holiday.

PBS could feature those inventions and also those which have developed a nation of obese citizens.I think the day has possibilities to trim the fat and fight our obesity battle. Of course a case could be made on both sides for the refrigerator, depending upon what we store in them, and the choices we make when getting something to eat out of it. Would I be healthier without it and the sugary snacks I used to keep in it? I think I'd probably be dead if I had to preserve all my food without benefit of refrigeration.

What other inventions would you include in the celebrations?

And have you signed up for a turkey trot yet?

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NUMD97 11/14/2012 9:48PM

    Nicely done. Very unique blog, offering a fresh perspective. Points well taken.



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I have layers on the Brain and not much else . . .

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Since coming up with my idea for a Stratified Rice Grain Salad party, I have had layers on my brain.

I was down another half pound this morning and I visualize 2 more sticks of butter peeling off kind of like that frosting you roll out before putting it on a wedding cake.

I did the stratified grain experiment this morning, layering Golden Rose Brown Rice with yogurt, cinnamon, raspberries, and blackberries. Would have enjoyed nuts with that but I'm saving them for supper or snack.

Then I had planned a tossed veggie salad for lunch. As I pulled out ingredients to toss, I layered them in a cut glass bowl, then weighed it. 18.2 ounces of beautiful colorful veggies: romaine, spinach, sweet potato, asparagus, brussels sprouts, tomato, onion, garic, basil, and almonds. With a bowl of banana with lime juice sprinkled on top on the side. Dr. Fuhrman made me do it with his Eat to Live Program. Must admit it's a work of art!! It's enough to make someone addicted to vegetables.

Now my only worry is being able to eat it all. I'll probably have to save half for supper. But I'm supposed to eat another fruit, 14 more ounces of veggies, AND a cup of beans tonight.

Now, I've been known to put away the food, but this seems impossible.

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BRAVELUTE 11/14/2012 7:55PM

    I'm amazed that I like winter squash or sweet potatoes with black beans or other bean concoctions like chili. Who knew?

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SAGELADY2 11/14/2012 7:32PM

    That sounded wonderful. I do love veggies and rice and fruit. Still working my way up on the fiber scale. Got a huge (for me anyway) salad for lunch every day. I've increased each week the fibrous veggies. I even included pumpkin meat in my chili.

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NELLIEC 11/13/2012 10:22PM

    When I read the title, I was wondering if you meant layers of things or whether you meant the kind of chickens who lay eggs.

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IAM_HIS2 11/13/2012 8:17PM

    Oh what an awesome salad...wish I could make one right now.

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BRAVELUTE 11/13/2012 2:01PM

    Thanks Maggievan. I made it through the salad except for a couple of bites. That was probably the amount I went over a pound.

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MAGGIEVAN 11/13/2012 1:16PM

    I love salads and I make very large one's and I never put dressing on it so that it will keep for several meals. I add my vinegar or lemon juice just before I eat and it is working well. I have ordered his books from the library after I saw him on Dr. Oz. I am already eating lots of mainly vegs with a bit of fruit. Congrats on your profess and keep going.

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Decorating with a Rebounder

Monday, November 12, 2012

November seems to be my month. After all it is. I was born in it 64 years ago.

And the picture helps to tell the tale because the recliner and I got to be great buddies from November 5, 2007 when chemotherapy and radiation began through November 9 2011 when chemotherapy ended and my journey to get healthy began.

This last year has been a time of "fixing" everything wrong with me.
The Livestrong program at the YMCA went a long way to get rid of my neuropathy. My chiropractor got my head on straight, literally, getting rid of tinnitus, balance problems, and migraines. She also discovered a vitamin D deficiency and swollen legs which required the compression stockings some of you have read about.

They are a challenge when trying to bring a bit of style to the wardrobe. But I think I fear circulation problems in my legs more that a possible third recurrence of cancer. So I wear them. And work on the nutrition going in to my body, and I'm now working on becoming addicted to sweat producing workouts.

This week the new orthotics to fix my last physical ailment-my foot- should arrive and we'll see if I can't get the pain in my foot to go away.

So, knowing I spent almost every free minute in that recliner since 2007, my sister was surprised when I requested a rebounder for this birthday. Frankly, I was surprised also. My family owned one years ago and I remembered the health benefits claimed and realized by people who used one. Even paraplegics who put their feet on the mesh stage while someone else bounced improved their circulation.

I knew I could gently walk or bounce and do wonders for my efforts toward health.

There was no doubt what was in the huge box when my mom and sister walked in with it after dinner at Applebees. But I believe I'd better find another place for it. I can't even hide it behind the couch. I could put it out on the porch, but the truth is, the living room is the best place.

If I'm going to become addicted to sweat-producing workouts, I don't think I'd be real happy doing that on the porch where it freezes in the winter and pushes 105 in the summer. Besides, with it sitting in front of the recliner, I must take at least a couple of bounces to get into the chair or to get up and go anywhere (translated to go to the bathroom or to get a snack or more water.)

Perhaps they make an olive green or rose brown cover so it will blend in better with the decor. And with a little ingenuity, I could figure out a way to stash and dash it behind the draperies if company comes. I bet everyone will want to try it out at my Stratified Grain Salad Tasting Party. But if I leave it out in the middle of the floor, there will be no room for people.

Maybe a pulley system could work to pull it up to the ceiling like the Christmas trees some people hang up side down. I could hang mistletoe and garland and other ornaments from the springs on the underside!!

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BRAVELUTE 11/14/2012 12:59PM

    1_AMAZING_WOMAN, I don't feel like I have enough "data in my memory bank" to write about the benefits. I know my dad used it every evening when getting home from his designer job to improve circulation. He was a diabetic.

I remember reading the book that came with ours. The author placed a lot of emphasis on how all the cells of the body came into alignment at the bottom of every bounce. And that happened whether you were walking on it, just slightly bouncing, or actually bouncing up into the air.

But I don't know it that was actual research science or a bunch of hooey to get you to buy one.

I do know it was fun, we felt better, lost weight, were more fit when we used it, and we didn't need to be on it long, maybe ten minutes a day, to feel those benefits. I don't remember if we had any doctor data like blood pressure or cholesterol. Cholesterol wasn't an issue back then. That fun part seems to be important to me today!

I did a SP web search and there are already posts and blogs about rebounding. Amazon also lists books if you'd like to learn more from current rebounding gurus.

Comment edited on: 11/14/2012 1:01:16 PM

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/14/2012 12:18PM

    What are the health benefits of a rebounder? Maybe you could blog about it. I'd love to read it.

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PKBOO3 11/14/2012 9:47AM

    I have one too. I prop it up against my work bench when not in use. I use it in my rotations of crosstraining. You've been through alot. So glad you are doing so well with your eating, exercising, & general health!

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SAGELADY2 11/13/2012 7:19AM

    I was thinking of moving my stair master to the living room so I could hop on it, but decided one more thing is too much. I'll just run down the hall every few minutes to do a round on it.

I had a rebounder MANY years ago. Didn't know they still made them. :-)

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IAM_HIS2 11/12/2012 10:29PM

    Wow, CHEMO PLUS RADIATION!! You have been through so much. I've done the chemo, but never the radiation and that was from h#ll if you were to ask me.

I am now all the more inspired by you and what you are doing!!

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KIWIANN 11/12/2012 10:09PM

    That Rebounder looks like a great addition to your living room! Just envisioning myself on it made me smile! emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 11/12/2012 8:54PM

    Yes Judy, that is my silent prayer!!! I don't want it to become a hood ornament.

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HARROWJET 11/12/2012 8:52PM

    I like the idea of a pulley system to pull it up to the ceiling. emoticon I have a rebounder too but I still need to start using it. May we both make good use of our exercise equipment.

Judy emoticon

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You're invited: Stratified Gourmet Rice Salad Tasting Party

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I am following the Eat to Live program for my 2nd 6 week stint. I get to eat one serving of whole grains each day (and a LOT of fruit and veggies). I decided that if I was going to eat brown rice as my grain choice for a day, I was going to get a gourmet selection from Lundberg. Then while I was at the health food store trying to make up my mind, I thought I'd better follow my advice in my recent blog series to get kids to be healthy eaters. After all, I'm the biggest kid around my neighborhood.

So I bought

Golden Rose Brown Rice
Black Japonica: a Gourmet Field Blend of Black & Mahogany Rice
Brown Sweet Rice
Christmas Rice: A festive red rice for the holidays
Wehani (This one I knew already, and will cook this the morning of my party, because you wouldn't want to miss the aromas when it cooks)

And I started a cup of each in casseroles in the oven this morning before leaving for my walk. I'm going to invite those in my neighborhood without families to come for a Stratified Grain Salad tasting party before I leave for NC for Christmas.. Between now and then, I'll experiment with different combinations each day so I'll have a pretty good idea what ingredients I'll need to set out on the buffet. I'm excited about checking out the site to find recipes I can deconstruct into healthy stratified rice salads!

This morning, I layered Black Japonica, Greek Yogurt, blueberries, shredded apple, cinnamon, and flaxseed meal. Delicious. And I'm still full, with no desire to eat lunch. This might be a 2 meal day that Dr. Fuhrman talks about in his book. Veggies from the Stratosphere with Wehani for lunch tomorrow.

So now I have 10 cups of 4 different grains which will never make it for the 20 days it will take me to eat all of it.

Can you freeze cooked grains?

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IAM_HIS2 11/12/2012 7:42PM

    Wow, I never knew there were so many different types of rice. I am going to look into the Eat to Live program.

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IAM_HIS2 11/12/2012 7:40PM

    Wow, I did not know there were so many different types of rice.

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AJDOVER1 11/11/2012 3:57PM

    I freeze rice. I find it works best when I reheat it in a sauce, though.
Your cooking sounds yummy!

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The Greatist Manifesto

Sunday, November 11, 2012

On one of my teams this morning, I was sent to a new site to find pumpkin recipes. The pumpkin recipes were great, but I found so much more. So I thought my Spark Friends might be enriched by reading their Manifesto. It makes so much sense to me today!

I particularly like this line:
"Celebrate every success. Laugh off every misstep. Appreciate every valuable moment.

SP won't let me insert the HTML that will allow the whole document to appear here, so here's the link to visit and read it yourself:


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