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Bad Sleep = Big Belly

Monday, May 14, 2012

This is an email from Jon Gabriel of The Gabriel Method, there is no link.

Bad Sleep = Big Belly

Dear Carol,

Studies have shown that if you get less than 4 hrs of sleep each night, long term, you have a 70% greater chance of being obese*....

... and even if you're just getting 6 hrs of sleep, even that so-called "normal" sleep pattern leads to slower metabolism, high calorie food cravings and fat deposits around the midsection.

When I'm working with new clients, I always start by addressing the issue of deep sleep because it's vital for balancing your weight.

So what happens, biologically, when you don't sleep well?

Sleep deprivation puts your body in a chronic state of stress. Stress elevates cortisol levels and stimulates insulin secretion, which activates your FAT programs and puts your body in fat storage mode.

The good news is you can improve the quality and quantity of your sleep by making a few simple changes.

Quick Tips:

*Don't fall asleep in front of the TV; it causes chemical changes in your brain that interrupt your sleeping patterns
*Make sure it's cool, comfortable and as dark as possible
*If possible, avoid eating anything 3 hours before bed
*Switch to herbal teas instead of caffeinated beverages, especially after 12:00 p.m.
*Take hot a bath or shower before bed
*Listen to my evening visualization CD as you are going to sleep at night. It is designed to put you in a deep state of sleep.

IMPORTANT: if you snore heavily, have difficulty breathing, or need to lose 100lbs or more, you might have sleep apnea. It's impossible to lose weight if you're suffering from sleep apnea and if I didn't get treated, there's no way I could have been so successful in losing weight. So please see your doctor immediately to get tested.

In health,

Gabriel Method

p.s. I made a video about how night eating affects weight loss, check it out here:

*SOURCE: Dr. Stoyanova (Canada)

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JUSTBIRDY 5/20/2012 11:11PM

    good info here

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MIMO11 5/15/2012 10:19AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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GEMINI-SKY 5/15/2012 7:57AM

    Great Email...Thank You for posting....

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NELLIEC 5/14/2012 4:30PM

    I have a friend who says she eats healthy and exercises, but is still having trouble losing weight and has several dangerous health conditions. By her posts on FaceBook, I know that her sleep is very bad. I keep advising her to see a sleep specialist, but so far she hasn't emoticon

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U.S. Bridges & Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms

Sunday, May 13, 2012

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GEMINI-SKY 5/14/2012 7:29AM

    Yikes !!!!!!!!!!!
Speak Chinese ???????????
Thank Goodness I like Rice !!!!!!!!!!!

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BJPENNY70 5/13/2012 7:50PM

    Another example of Chin-America. Our gov has sold us up the river.

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TEXASFILLY 5/13/2012 7:27PM

    This totally STINKS!

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UMBILICAL 5/13/2012 7:24PM

  Better learn to speak Chinese

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

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MIMO11 5/13/2012 9:52AM

    Lovely! Thank you for such a colourful greeting.

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GEMINI-SKY 5/13/2012 7:30AM

    Spring in Holland is on my Bucket List. I can Smell the Sweetness of Spring right now !!!!

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NELLIEC 5/12/2012 8:51PM

    I particularly like the pictures including animals!

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Bake Your Own Bread to Save Money & Health

Friday, May 11, 2012

Most of us who come to Dave Ramsey on our journey to financial freedom and leaving a legacy, did not start out frugal. If we knew how to budget and save and stay out of debt, HELLO, we wouldn't have needed Dave then, would we?

There's no shame in that. There's no shame in remembering where you came from. People all around us, are desperate for the knowledge we have gained from Dave of how to achieve financial freedom - if they haven't given up hope altogether, that is. So YOU can help others with your battlescars and testimony. Pay it forward; we have Dave's blessing and encouragement to do so, and since it's all scripture-based, most importantly we have the Lord's. Join an FPU class or facilitate one. Bless others with the gift you have, the gift of Dave's teaching. The journey to financial freedom is a tough one; but well worth the climb.

Dave teaches about two personalities; 'Savers' and 'Spenders', and that God usually pairs them up in a marriage just to keep things interesting and because He has a sense of humor (read: fireworks; balance; opposites attract).

Even 'Savers', may have WANTED to do things like be a better home economist, or WANTED to learn to make bread, but didn't grow up with those skills at home.

If you did, what a blessing; but I know I didn't, and alot of us (I would even say, most of us), didn't. And since I'm single, the burden of the balancing act and economist living is 100% mine.

Luckily for us, we're adults now and can make our own future and learn the frugal skills we need to learn, in order to "Never Pay Retail" again. Luckily for us, we're adults now who have access to the internet, and you can learn anything from the internet.

Here's a blog from a person who actually knows what she is talking about when it comes to baking your own bread, and because she is also a very good teacher it was a pleasure to read this very good, comprehensive, educational blog that answers most questions and overcomes most objections. Also gives you some very good "insider" tips. Kind of a 1-stop-shopping place for Bread 101. Also I know the Artisan method of which she speaks (see embedded links in article), is tried and true; you do not need to have any special skills or talent, nor a mixer nor a breadmaker; and the dough conveniently stays in the fridge, ready when you are for baking.

Also notice Jessica is a Dave Ramsey Fan . . . when you click on the link, note the tag line in the header of her blog, "act your wage".

Bake Your Own Bread to Save Money

And with all the crap they put in store bought bread, you KNOW this is also good for your SparkJourney, as well. YOU control the quality and type of grain and flour and other ingredients.

Personally, I'm convinced organic grains do not cause all the problems most people are currently experiencing who are on the "get rid of grains" latest fad-wagon. If moderation and homemade bread with good ingredients are applied, I believe few would have problems with bread. As for me, I have already decided I will definitely order bulk organic grains through Azure Standard food coop once I get a job, and will be the regional volunteer drop coordinator if there's not one locally.
Azure Standard 101: How Does It Work And Is It For Me?

Azure Standard Website:

Eatwild is all about finding grass-fed food resources; for omnivores it's a nice complement to Azure Standard.
Eatwild's Directory of U.S., Canadian and International Farms & Ranches

I'm grateful to SparkPeople for finding all these resources; as soon as I have a job I'll know exactly what my next steps are, and will have a plan.

Meanwhile, I can at least learn to make my own bread and practice that with the flour I already have! It will still be 10X healthier . . . and more frugal . . . than store bought bread.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU):

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NEVERGIVEUP57 5/13/2012 6:38AM

    I've always wanted to make bread, but never attempted to check out a bread machine..thanks for taking the leg work out of it...I plan on ordering the bread book as well...

I'll check out the grains...was reading a book on how over processed even our whole wheat flour is, like a 3rd generation..not really flour more or less...

Again, God Bless you for doing all the work :) for us..

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/12/2012 9:18PM

    I use to bake my own bread, but somewhere along the line I've stopped. I have a bread maker, I really should start making it again. My Mom ground her own whole wheat and formulated a 100% whole wheat bread recipe that almost melts in your mouth. My sister and I have made it together a few times. We thought my Dad might even want to make his own bread and he showed some temporary interest but didn't pursue. He used to help Mom make hers in the breadmaker when even it became almost too wearisome for her.

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MIMO11 5/12/2012 8:06AM

    I don't bake bread all the time, CAROL.., but I do love the smell of it. Don't have time for the work though, so I use the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day method. They mix a very moist dough, keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, and pull out loaf sized amounts as you need it. Have a look here.


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GGMOM06 5/11/2012 5:40PM

    I bake bread but hubby eats it as it is still high in carbs and taste so good we eat twice as much,lol. So i only bake in the winter most of the time. I like Dave too and keep thinking if i ever get to goal weight and i'm not 90 will i be able to eat more bread, Yes mam i will, i plan to stop counting everything at about 75 yr old emoticon

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Lilacs & Butterflies

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Just because . . .

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/12/2012 9:19PM


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GEMINI-SKY 5/11/2012 7:41AM

    Ah !!!! Two for My Favorite Things !!!! What a Beautiful Way to start My Day !!!
Thank You OXOX

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NELLIEC 5/9/2012 6:37PM

    Ah, now I have a name for the lovely flowers on a neighbor's bush!

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LADYBUG1943 5/9/2012 2:31PM

    Lilacs were my mother's favorite flowers. She died this past Valentines day, and I appreciate your sharing these beautiful flowers and butterflies with us. We live in Texas and can't grow lilacs, but we have still planted shrubs and flowers that attracts them. So grateful for the beautiful things God has put in this world.

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TEXASFILLY 5/9/2012 1:25PM

    Thank you for sharing God's handiwork, Carol~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLINGHOPE 5/9/2012 12:23PM

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures you shared!

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DFROMTX 5/9/2012 12:06PM

    Love butterflies!! Great pictures....thanks for sharing.

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DEBPRE16 5/9/2012 10:40AM

    Wish I could smell the lilacs.



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BROCCOLIROSE 5/9/2012 10:33AM

    Beautiful! Perfect for this sunny Spring day!

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HAZYSKIES 5/9/2012 9:48AM

    These are pretty :)

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