Thursday, September 09, 2010
The Honest Food Guide (HFG) is now available for downloading free of charge and is:
*Free from the corruption and influence of various food industries (dairy, beef, junk foods, etc.)
*Designed to benefit you, not Big Business
*Offers genuine nutritional information, not watered-down information designed to boost the sale of milk, beef and grains
Today is Thankful Thursday, lower body ST and walking. I'm checking out a free class tonight that has exercise set to contemporary Christian music. And since I didn't clean out the fridge yesterday, I'm behind the 8-ball today, have alot of chores to get done.
But right now I'm going outside for a walk as soon as it gets light enough, it's 5:22am.
Have a great day SparkFriends!
OUT ON A LIMB . . . or branch, blade, blossom, stem . . .
(I love the ones that look like they're precariously perched, barely there, or hanging off of something)
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
I like TRINITYROYAL's organizational secret very much:
"De-clutter your to-do list
Evaluate every item on your to-do list by asking yourself these 2 questions: 1) Is it required to meet my family's basic needs? 2) Does this action bring me closer to my life goal? If the answer to both questions is no, remove it from your list. If the answer to either question is yes, keep it. You will be surprised at how many things you strike off. Be sure to ask the same questions about any new items you plan to add."
Very wise, very timely advice for this time of the year when I'm thinking about goals and goal setting.
A thread on one of my teams, Natural Healing, sparked me to do research.
I use SinuFix by NaturalCare, one per day, and don't get sick. I had chronic and acute sinus infections for decades, every fall and every spring like clockwork. During bad years I'd get them in the summer too, or, stay sick for a whole 6 months, fall through spring. Just miserable. I am still today recovering and repairing my body and health from all the damage done by the antibiotics I took regularly for decades for extended periods, due to sinus infections. SinuFix changed all that. 2-3 per day are usually enough to clear up the sinus infection in a few days, though you can take up to a maximum of 4 per day. No antibiotics, no office visit, no copay, and no prescription needed.
I personally ship ONLY to a PO Box (not a UPS fan), so I don't use iHerb though I've heard lots of Sparkers like iHerb. Their shipping is only free if it's UPS, and iHerb won't ship - at all! - to a PO Box if the order is more than $80. No thank you.
Also Swanson's and Vitacost's shipping is only five bucks - very inexpensive. In addition to that, they ship to PO Boxes no problemo, with no minimum nor maximum order amount. In addition to that, they frequently have specials for free shipping, or specials that value more than $5 which is the same thing as getting free shipping. In addition to that, their price is always a few dollars less than iHerb. In addition to that, you can checkout via PayPal with Swanson and Vitacost, something I appreciate very much. I almost never use my cards online. It has to be for something pretty rare, like a plane ticket.
When doing research today, I included iHerb since so many like the company and enjoy their free shipping via UPS.
On the thread several people brought up Wellness Formula by Source Naturals. Since several liked it and I've heard it mentioned before by Sparkers, I decided to look into it. And since some on the thread were using it the same way I use SinuFix, I decided to compare the two as well.
COMPARISON BETWEEN SINUFIX AND WELLNESS FORMULA;
Echinacea, garlic, Vit A, Vit C, and Zinc
WELLNESS HAS, SINUFIX DOES NOT HAVE:
Andrographis Aerial Parts Extract (10% andrographolides) 100 mg
Angelica Root Extract (1% ligustilide) 30 mg
Astragalus Root Extract (10:1) 20 mg
Boneset Aerial Parts Extract (4:1) 90 mg
Cayenne Fruit 40 mg
Copper (as copper citrate) 300 mcg 15%
Echinacea angustifolia Root Extract (4% echinacosides) 15 mg
Elderberry Fruit Extract (5% flavonoids) 246 mg
Elecampane Root Extract (4:1) 114 mg
Eleuthero Root Extract (5:1) 75 mg
Ginger Root Extract (5% gingerols) 30 mg
Goldenseal Root Extract (5% alkaloids) 48 mg
Grape Seed Extract (Proanthodyn) 30 mg
Horehound Aerial Parts Extract (4:1) 54 mg
Isatis Leaf Extract (4:1) 18 mg
Isatis Root Extract (4:1) 36 mg
Mullein Leaf Extract (4:1) 47 mg
Olive Leaf Extract (15% oleuropeins) 129 mg
Pau D' Arco Bark Extract (3:1) 33 mg
Polygonatum odoratum Rhizome 270 mg
Propolis Extract (2:1) 216 mg
Selenium (as sodium selenite) 60 mcg 90%
SINUFIX HAS, WELLNESS DOES NOT HAVE:
Butterbur (Petasites vulgare) (root extract)
Calcium (as Calcium ascorbate) 23 mg 2%
Grapefruit (seed extract)
N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC)
Nettle (leaf extract)
Oregano (leaf extract)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) (leaf extract)
Vit B-5 (Pantothenic Acid as calcium pantothenate) 92 mg 920%
Vit B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 27 mg 1350%
Between Wellness and SinuFix; and between iHerb, Swanson, Vitacost
SinuFix capsules are only avail from manufacturer in bottles of 60
SinuFix svg size is 2, 30 svg per bottle
SinuFix Swanson $17.35, 58 cents per svg
SinuFix Vitacost, $17.45, 58 cents per svg
SinuFix iHerb, $19.89, 66 cents per svg
90 tabs Wellness, svg size is 3, 30 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson $11.91, 40 cents per svg
Wellness Vitacost, $12.22, 41 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb, $13.16, 44 cents per svg
120 capsules Wellness, svg size is 6, 20 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson $11.41, 57 cents per svg
Wellness Vitacost $11.70, 59 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb $12.60, 63 cents per svg
180 tabs Wellness, svg size is 3, 60 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson $22.30, 37 cents per svg
Wellness Vitacost, $22.87, 38 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb, $24.63, 41 cents per svg
240 capsules Wellness, svg size is 6, 40 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson not avail
Wellness Vitacost, $22.35, 56 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb, $24.07, 60 cents per svg
SUMMARY PRICE COMPARISON:
SinuFix from Natural Care best price:
60 capsule SinuFix Swanson $17.35, 58 cents per svg (or half that if you only take 1 like I do)
Wellness Formula from Source Naturals best price:
180 tabs Wellness Swanson $22.30, 37 cents per svg
Something I never noticed before doing this exercise; apparently the capsule form even within the same brand and formula, i.e. Wellness, is more expensive to manufacture than tablet form.
That would be one reason SinuFix is more expensive than Wellness, aside from the other differences, i.e. NAC is expensive and Wellness doesn't contain NAC, etc.
I am intrigued enough by Wellness Formula to try it. Not sure I want to give up SinuFix though, since it works like a charm for me.
Of special note to me: I like that Wellness has astralagus, angelica, elderberry, and extra bioflavanoids. I like that SinuFix has NAC and Vit B5.
I want to look up the herbs in both that sound familiar but I can't name the function of off the top of my head.
NAC takes care of mucous naturally, very important in upper respiratory infections. In addition, Dr. Blaylock MD, board-certified neurosurgeon, says of Vit B5 (tho a dif form) and of NAC:
Pantethine - this vitamin is the enzyme form of pantothenic acid. It plays a vital role in enhancing the aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme (for detoxification).
N-acetyl L-cysteine (NAC). This is a substance that in cells is converted to glutathione. Glutathione is your cell's major protection against free radicals produced by toxins. In addition, NAC removes mercury. NAC also enhances detoxification.
Yes it goes without saying it's definitely better to do things the REAL natural way, which is to eat organic fruits, vegetables, and dark leafy greens to prevent things from coming on. But when you get a cold or get a sinus infection anyway, then what do you do? Yes of course the disclaimer is you must always ask your doctor. But for me, natural is better than antibiotics, and doctors only wanted to prescribe and do surgery, not cure (I used traditional doctors then). SinuFix and Wellness Formula are worth their weight in gold if they keep you well, in my opinion.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
What email subscriptions do you subscribe to?
My Email Subscriptions - no RSS for me:
$5 Dinners - she cooks from scratch, too www.5dollardinners.com/
A Year of Slow Cooking crockpot365.blogspot.com/
About.com newsletters - several (I read in print view): www.about.com/
Bible Gateway newsletters www.biblegateway.com/newsletters/?cm
Blue Letter Bible devotions www.blueletterbible.org/devotionals/
Crosswalk.com devotionals - several www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/
Dave Ramsey's newsletters - all www.daveramsey.com/newsletters/home/
FlyLady Digest Emails (digest form equals 1 email per day) www.flylady.net
Hungry Girl - WAAAY too much processed food (advertising revs) here, but she has the occasional tip, good idea, and simple food recipe I can use (when it's not processed): www.hungry-girl.com/
I'm An Organizing Junkie orgjunkie.com/
Dr. Mercola's newletter - disclaimer I sometimes unsubscribe due to all the "selling" and especially his videos REALLY get on my nerves, but some of the informational articles are good: www.mercola.com/
Mountainwings (thank you Sunny) www.mountainwings.com/index.html
Natural News (I read in print view) www.naturalnews.com/
Pioneer Woman thepioneerwoman.com/
Puritan's Pride (supplements) www.puritan.com/
Reverse Diabetes newsletter www.rd.com/profilecenter/openAllPref
SP Teams' New Threads - Start/Quick Links/My SparkTeams/New Thread Notifications
SparkPeople's newsletters (I read in print view) - Start/My Account/Email
Sunday Coupon Preview www.sundaycouponpreview.com/
Swanson (supplements) www.swansonvitamins.com/
Vitacost (supplements) www.vitacost.com/
I am an information gatherer. If you have any you think I might be interested in, especially natural, organic, and do it yourself, decluttering, reducing personal belongings, organizational, and if they offer non-RSS subscriptions, please SparkMail me a clickable link. If there are any make-it-yourself-bookshelves-and-tables subscriptions you know of, and/or handyman (handywoman!) fix it or do it yourself, would like those as well.
I am a city girl and live in an apt, just so you know; so how to milk your own cow or grow a garden is not going to help me / not applicable (not THOSE kind of do it yourself!)
From The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The stronger you are -- the more genuine your character, the higher your level of proactivity, the more committed you really are to Win-Win -- the more powerful your influence will be with another person. This is the real test of interpersonal leadership. It goes beyond transactional leadership into transformational leadership, transforming the individuals involved as well as the relationship.
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Just lost another blog.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Yesterday I job hunted, got a cafe curtain rod to hang a sheet over my apt sliding glass door as my landlord has started to be a pest but I can't afford real drapes and it's temporary here anyway; did a bunch of kitchen work, went into insurance office to pay insurance because I waited too late to mail it, did sugar research for my No Artificial Sweeteners Team, called my sister with more research information on anti-cancer diet, got some produce at two stores, stopped by a friend's house to visit, stopped by MVA express, and was nodding off on the way home.
How many of the following foods would eat / not eat; agree / disagree they are good for you, and why?
25 Cheap Foods that are Good for You!
Get BIG Nutrition for Less Dough
-- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer
(Prices from Safeway.com, March 2009, Greater Philadelphia area)
Watching your wallet and your waistline can be tricky. Eating right is easy when money is no object, but a trip to the supermarket often yields frustration for healthy eaters on a budget (which is most of us!). Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are on your list, but they're so much pricier than Ramen noodles, frozen pizzas and bottles of soda!
Sure, some healthful foods are more expensive, but the same rules of smart shopping apply: Price compare, be flexible about brands and choose larger sizes to save money per serving.
To help make your next shopping trip a breeze, but we've scanned the shelves and roamed the aisles to find 25 foods that are nutritious and affordable. (Prices from Safeway.com, March 2009, Greater Philadelphia area. These prices will vary according to location.)
1. Canned salmon: $2.89 for 14.75 ounces (59 cents per serving)
Get your Omega-3's for less. Salmon is full of these healthy fats, which help lower cholesterol and prevent heart attacks.
2. Chicken breasts: $3.49 per pound (87 cents per serving)
Easy-to-prepare, chicken is full of lean protein, which helps keep you fuller longer.
3. Natural peanut butter: $3.39 for 16 ounces (42 cents per serving)
Skip the sugary, processed varieties and spread the real stuff on whole-grain bread. Throw a tablespoon in smoothies or yogurt, use it as a dip for carrots and pretzels, or mix it with a bit of low-sodium soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic, then thin with water for a quick sauce.
4. Canned beans: 84 cents for 15 ounces (22 cents per serving)
Bulk up soups and stews while getting protein and fiber. Try chickpeas or black beans if you're not a fan of kidneys or pintos. Drain, rinse, and blend with lemon juice, garlic, cumin and a bit of vegetable broth for a quick dip.
5. Eggs: $1.99 for a dozen large (17 cents per serving)
Not just for breakfast, eggs are among the easiest foods to cook. If you're watching your cholesterol, scramble one egg and two egg whites. Add onion and spinach and you've got a great omelet.
6. Dried lentils: 79 cents per pound (20 cents per serving)
Full of protein and fiber, lentils cook in just 15 minutes! Throw some in soups and stews or cook with curry powder for a quick, spicy meal.
7. Almonds: $3.99 for 9 ounces (44 cents per serving)
Get vitamin E, fiber and protein while satisfying a crunchy craving. Nuts are rich in an amino acid that could be linked to heart benefits. Chop a few raw ones and throw them on yogurt.
8. Frozen fruit and berries: $2.99-$5.99 per pound (75 cents-$1.50 per serving)
Throw some in the blender with milk or yogurt for a healthy treat. Frozen berries can be used in oatmeal or drained and baked into muffins and quick breads.
9. Apples: 68 cents each
They might not keep the doctor away, but apples are actually full of antioxidants, which help slow the progression of age-related diseases.
10. Bananas: 35 cents each
Slice one on your morning yogurt or oatmeal for some added fiber and only 100 calories or so. Snack on a potassium-rich banana to prevent cramps after a workout.
11. Grapes: $2.99 per pound (75 cents per serving)
Freeze grapes for a low-calorie dessert or snack. Grapes--especially the dark purple ones--contain plenty of antioxidants that are known to help heart health.
12. Romaine lettuce or other hearty lettuce: $1.99 per head (66 cents per serving)
Banish the iceberg and choose sturdy Romaine for your salads. It will give you more fiber and nutrients, plus a satisfying crunch.
13. Carrots: $2.79 for 3 pounds (23 cents per serving)
Mom was right. Carrots are good for your eyes, thanks to the antioxidants, including beta-carotene, in them. (That's what makes them orange!) Dip them in hummus (made from canned beans), natural peanut butter or low-fat dressings.
14. Frozen spinach: $2 for 16 ounces (50 cents per serving)
Thaw and drain this good-for-your green, then toss it in omelets, soups, stir-fries and pasta sauces. Spinach is full of vitamins A, C, K, plus fiber and even calcium.
15. Canned tomatoes: $1 for 14.5 ounces (28 cents per serving)
Choose low-sodium varieties and throw a can in pasta sauces and chili to stretch a meal. Puree a can with a cup of skim milk and season to taste for your own tomato soup. You'll get a dose of vitamins A, B and C and lycopene, an antioxidant known to prevent cancer.
16. Garlic: 50 cents per head (5 cents per serving)
Ditch the bottled and powdered stuff if you want to reap more of the myriad health benefits. Pungent and tasty, garlic can help lower cholesterol and blood clots, plus it can have a small effect on high blood pressure. Crush or chop it to release more of the antioxidants.
17. Sweet potatoes: $1.49 per pound (37 cents per serving)
Aside from being sweet and delicious, these bright root vegetables are a great source of fiber and antioxidants. Bake, mash or roast them--you'll forget about those other, paler potatoes.
18. Onions: 97 cents each (32 cents per serving)
Like garlic, this smelly vegetable is full of health benefits. Onions have been proven to lower risks for certain cancers, and they add flavor with few calories. Try roasting them to bring out their sweetness and cut their harsh edge. (If you well up while cutting them, store onions in the fridge for a tear-free chop.)
19. Broccoli: $2.49 per pound (63 cents per serving)
Broccoli is like a toothbrush for your insides. Full of fiber, it will provide you vitamins A and C, plus fiber and a host of antioxidants. Broccoli is a superstar in the nutrition world.
20. Whole-grain pasta: $1.50 for 13.25 ounces (45 cents per serving)
With a nutty flavor and a subtle brown color, whole-wheat pasta perks up any meal. Start with half regular, half whole-wheat pasta, then gradually add more wheat pasta for a burst of fiber and nutrients.
21. Popcorn kernels: $2.39 for 32 ounces (30 cents per serving)
Air-popped popcorn has just 30 calories and a trace of fat. Pop a few cups, spritz with olive oil or butter spray and sprinkle on your favorite seasonings for a guilt-free treat.
22. Brown rice: $1.49 for 16 ounces (19 cents per serving)
Brown rice is a great side dish, but you can also use it to help stretch your ground meat. Mix a cup of cooked rice with 8 ounces of lean ground beef next time you make meatloaf to save 45 calories and five grams of fat (and some money) per serving.
23. Oats: $3.19 for 42 ounces (15 cents per serving)
Oatmeal is a hearty breakfast, but you can also cook sturdy steel-cut oats in chicken broth for a savory side dish. Or, mix oats with ground turkey to stretch your meatballs.
24. Quarts of low- or fat-free yogurt: $2.49 for 32 ounces (47 cents per serving)
Buy large containers of plain or vanilla yogurt, then add real fruit. You'll save money and calories by not buying fancy single-serve yogurts.
25. Gallon of skim milk: $3.04 (19 cents per serving)
It really does a body good. Full of calcium and protein, milk can help stretch a meal. Pair an eight-ounce glass with a piece of fruit or a granola bar for a filling snack.
(Prices from Safeway.com, March 2009, Greater Philadelphia area)
I love, love, love rainbows. Almost as much as butterflies.
I love the rainbow's physical properties of light refractions and color.
I love the promise, the covenant, and the visual reminder that God keeps His promises.
"I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life." Genesis 9:13 - 15
I never noticed til about a week ago, that SP's rainbow emoticon has clouds on both ends, just like the scripture. The rainbow "will appear IN the clouds".
Here are more rainbows - from a charming 6 year old - get out your kleenex.
I love remembering that the rainbows only come AFTER the storm, AFTER the rain. Have you been having a storm in your life? The rainbow is coming to affirm life.
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