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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.

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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:


Part 4: Cooking Kids Love Food, Knowledgeable Kids Make Healthy Menu Choices

Saturday, November 10, 2012

So, if you start using any of the ideas I've shared in this series, you will learn that kids will at least taste something they have helped cook from start to finish. I've even had kids who were in the same room, though not involved want to try new dishes that were prepared.

There are added benefits for their cooking experiences. They will have lots of opportunities to learn and apply real world skills that are usually taught in school from the textbook. And you will have lots of opportunities to send them off on a research journey to find the answers to their questions. And perhaps, most importantly, you get to turn the tables on all those "Why?" questions that are thrown at you. You get to sit back and ask, instead of tell.

Bam! The Math of it all when the Kids Cook

Application of learning seals the deal. Many math concepts are involved in cooking, menu planning and nutritional evaluation. Young children who have learned to count can inventory the fruit bowl when you're getting ready to go to the store. If they've learned to read, they can inventory the cans of legumes or boxes of cereal. As you have them cook and plan, your kids will have lots of opportunities to use measuring cups and a scale, and to graph information. Graphing can be done with pictures representing information. Have pictures of family members that move along a scale. For example, the face of each family members
could move up a graph one box for each veggie eaten with a special reward when they reach the top of the graph. A digital scale will go a long way to help everyone understand the relationship between grams and ounces without having to convert with formulas. You just push the button and you know how many grams or ounces you have in that cup of sliced bananas.

And be sure you understand the math before you start discussing sodium. Do you know how many milligrams of sodium are considered optimum for your daily intake? Do you know what 580 mg. of sodium looks like? You know what it tastes like in canned soups or spaghetti sauce. You know what 1500 mg of salt tastes like in that restaurant meal. Do you know what that salt looks like in a dish all by itself? Could you measure out approximately 300 mg of salt or 1500 mg without a scale? And you can show what high sodium intake does with a blood pressure monitor, recording results before a high salt meal and after. Another possibility is to graph changes in blood pressure on one line and changes in salt intake on another. What's the difference between a gram and milligram?

Kids Find Out (KFO): Ask, Don't Tell, or Here's Where YOU get to ask Why? Why? Why?

Kids can find out more about what needs to happen in our diets than we give them credit for.

Please take time to watch this video, and if you have children, invite them along!!

I was so impressed with Birke Baehr the first time I saw his Ted Talk that I researched recipes on SP for Kale chips and made them right away. And I've since started my own organic fall garden for the first time in my life. Kids can truly be instruments of change. So if you start to implement some of the suggestions for having kids help cook and plan, then you are also going to have to be ready to talk the talk and walk the walk.

Now, I DO NOT mean to talk and talk and talk to your kids. They will usually turn you off quickly if you talk AT them. Kind of like the teacher episodes on Peanuts Cartoons. So get ready to Ask, Ask, Ask, and then Act, Act, Act.

Research Questions

You will be amazed at how many opportunities will come up for your younger charges to look for answers to questions. You need to be in the mindset of ASK, Don't TELL!! If your kids aren't asking questions, then you ask. If they ask, DON'T tell. Send them to find out at Spark People web search., a site created by librarians, has a wonderful list of internet sites available to help kids with their nutrition questions at

The sites are evaluated for reading level– for example 0, 3, or 7. The site which required 0 reading level was created by first and second graders!! Older kids could help younger kids find answers at any of these sites, or use them to do research for a report for an assignment.

If you home school, outlaw research questions that can be answered with a yes or no, or one word (like a number).

So here are some questions about sodium moving from less desirable "outlawed" research questions to more desirable questions.

1. a. How much salt should you eat?
b. What does the amount of salt you should eat look like?
c. Plan 3 meals at ________________ (fast food restaurant choice) for the day that stay within your salt recommendation for the day. All fast food chains publish nutrition for all items on the internet) and explain what you could do to improve the menu for our health if you prepared it at home.

2. a. Should everyone have salt every day?
b. What does salt do for your body?
c. What happens to our bodies if we eat too much salt? What happens to our bodies if we don't eat enough salt?

And the last question can be changed to many other options like calories, fats, calcium, fruit, cupcakes, fast food fries, etc.

While you're cooking and planning, be sure to casually talk about the food, about life. Ask. Don't tell them what they should think. By the same token, you should answer their questions of you candidly.

Sample questions:
Which do you like better: riding a bike or jumping rope; apples or pears; painting or writing; red pears or brown pears; wheat bread or corn bread; tossed salad with oranges or tossed salad with shredded apples; walnuts or sliced almonds; steamed, raw, or roasted carrots; peel carrots or do the dishes? What did you think of dinner? the storm? the Lakers? the cassserole? the picnic? the appetizers? the carrot juice? the winner?

Now for the Act, Act, Act part. Do you believe kids watch you and emulate you? I do. So if they learn in their research that health problems are worsened by smoking, obesity, a nutrient poor diet, or a combination of high sugar/high fats snacks, and you march along doing one of those things, what are you teaching your child? You must set as a goal to walk the walk that the kids set for you. And celebrate the steps you take toward your healthy goals together.

I hope you've found something in this series to help you move your children along their journey to healthy eating and living!!

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IAM_HIS2 11/12/2012 7:40PM

    You are very this blog!!

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