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Baby Steps: Finding Ways to Cook With Coconut Oil

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I am in a Pantry Challenge on The Crock Pot Team (eat down your pantry) and yesterday for dinner I had crockpot pot roast and mashed potatoes with Brussels sprouts.

I took the meat out of the crock and used the leftover juice to make gravy. First I made a rue with butter & flour on the stove top. But I remembered that I wanted to start using coconut oil for it's many benefits (see www.naturalnews.com) so instead of butter I used coconut oil to make the rue.

I have never made rue like that before, but, it turned out great! Very easy. Tasted good. Yes I would do so again. And, it's much healthier than butter.

I also used some in potato garlic soup and it was really good in it, as well. I had some leftover potatoes from another recipe, so made a quick stovetop soup with them.

I'm sure there are a million & one ways to use coconut oil in cooking, but I've never done them. I'm thinking some of the old Crisco recipes, would be perfect for coconut oil. Because coconut oil is solid at room temp, like Crisco.

It's a start. Baby steps, baby steps.
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-POOKIE- 2/17/2011 4:38AM

    I like coconut oil for my cottage cheese or soy flour pancakes.

I didn't like eggs fried in it however!!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/16/2011 9:42PM

    I have some coconut oil I'm using up, too. I was really quite confused, and still am, I guess about whether coconut oil is health friendly or not. I seem to get such conflicting information. Dietician Becky says the final word is not yet in on it. But my Mom used it on her scalp when she was having some problems, and there was an unopened jar left. It's been sitting here since Thanksgiving and I finally opened it just last week and started using it a bit here and there. I used it for fried rice last week, and fried potatoes this week (mixed it with canola oil), but my husband tasted it on the potatoes and didn't like it. Hoping it helps my cholesterol and doesn't make it skyrocket.

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HANNAHV 2/16/2011 9:01AM

    Isn't Coconut oil wonderful! Have you tried it as a spread on bread instead of marg? very tasty indeed. Also great for dry skin or sun burned skin! love the stuff myself

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JANC319 2/16/2011 7:57AM

  I love the "eat down your pantry" challenge. A few times a year, I go to the store & only buy milk and bread. Then I have to make meals of what I have on hand already or use up food that I made in advance and have frozen for future use. I'm not very good at the defrosting part, and so they sit in my freezer, uneaten.

I haven't tried coconut oil. I really dislike coconut - does it have that flavor?
I thought oils that are thick at room temperature were bad for you. Any links to enlighten me?

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-SHOE- 2/16/2011 4:21AM

    I love me some coconut oil in my morning oatmeal....so yummy.
Shrimp is also really good cooked in it.

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6 Rose Colors and Their Meaning

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

6 Rose Colors and Their Meaning



Red: Love and Romance
One of the most universal of all symbols, the red rose represents true love. It has also appeared throughout history and across cultures as both a political and religious symbol.



Yellow: Friendship, Joy, Get Well
Throughout history, yellow has been closely associated with the sun, making these roses excellent for cheering people up. Yellow roses send a message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. The color represents feelings of joy and delight.



Pink: Love, Gratitude, Appreciation
Pink carries with it the connotation of grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and poetic romance.

Dark pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and appreciation, and are a traditional way to say thanks.

Light pink roses are associated with gentleness and admiration, and can also be used as an expression of sympathy.



White: Purity, Innocence, Sympathy, Spirituality
Early tradition used white roses as a symbol for true love, an association which would later become the hallmark of the red rose. Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. In this sense, white represents unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new love. White roses are also associated with honor and reverence, which makes them a fitting memorial for a departed loved one.



Orange: Desire, Enthusiasm and Passion
A literal mixture of yellow and red, orange roses were seen as a bridge between friendship symbolized by yellow roses and love represented by red roses. They can be an expression of fascination, or a gift to say 'I'm proud of you.'



Lavender: Enchantment, Majesty, Love at First Sight
The color purple has a traditional association with royalty. In this regard, shades of lavender roses suggest an air of regal majesty and splendor.

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I enjoyed these pictures of roses and thought you might, too.

If you didn't get roses for valentine's day, give them to yourself. Safeway has long-stem large roses, $10 for a dozen, all year long every day.

~ Stop and Smell the Roses ~

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SHARON10002 2/19/2011 12:13AM

    That was very interesting. I know there is a whole language of flowers. I think there was a book written about it some time ago. I love the color and the scent of the lavender roses, but they are hard to find. They have almost a spicy scent. Thanks for sharing this.

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RIGHT_VIEW 2/18/2011 7:36PM

  I would buy myself flowers if I could. In my home, it's a choice between cats and plants. Any plants have to be out of reach of the cats! I am a flower and plant lover, thanks for the lovely blog.

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 2/16/2011 6:34PM

    This is a neat blog! Thanks for sharing it!

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JANC319 2/15/2011 12:22PM

  Beautiful! Thank you

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JERSEYDEBBIE23 2/15/2011 10:00AM

    thank you for sharing!

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Sat - Grocery Specials

Saturday, February 12, 2011



Perusal of online weekly circulars for grocery specials found these buys in the Mount Airy and Gaithersburg areas of Maryland:

SAFEWAY:
Lucerne 32 oz shredded cheese $4.99, 15.6 cents per oz
Florida red grapefruit $ .50 ea
Safeway sugar 4lb, check label 100% cane?, $1.99
3lb bags Organics Assorted Apples, $4.99 ea, $1.66 per lb
(Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, Red Delicious)
4lb bag Organics Navel Oranges $4.99, $1.25 per lb
Diamond Walnuts 16oz $4.99, might have coup

SUPERFRESH:
Earthbound Farms organic celery $1.99 ea
Large cantaloupes $1.99 ea
Boneless chicken breast family pack $1.79 lb
Birds eye boxed veggies 10oz $1.00, might have coup
Tuttorosso 29oz canned tomatoes $1.00, might have coup
Welch's Grape Jam or Jelly 32 oz $2.09 - $1.00 coup = $1.09, 3.4 cents per oz

WEIS:
10 to 16 oz frozen veggies $1.00
Jalapeno or cubanella peppers $ .99 lb

BLOOM:
- Large cantaloupes $2.00 ea
- Smuckers Jams, Jelly or Preserves 18 oz, $ .83 each, 4.6 cents per oz
Buy 3 for $7.50 and get $5.00 off your grocery order = $ .83 ea
- Sargento Shredded Cheese 8 oz, .99 ea.
Buy 3 for $5.98, - 3 $1.00 off one coupons = $2.98, = $ .99 ea, 12.3 cents per oz

BOTTOM DOLLAR:
5lb red grapefruit $3.88, Safeway 50 cents ea, so needs to be at least 8 in bag
Red grapes $ .98 lb
10lbs chicken leg quarters $ .49 lb

MAGRUDERS Sunday specials:
Wings $ .99lb
Thighs or drumsticks $ .88lb
Large AA eggs $1.00 dozen
Red peppers $1.00 lb
Cantaloupes $1.50
Scotties tissues $ .99, I'm out & I definitely have coup

I am in a Pantry Challenge so I don't need much, eggs & produce mostly.

  
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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/15/2011 5:31AM

    Pantry challenge sounds interesting. Is that trying to use up the things in your pantry instead of purchasing? Acutally sounds like me these days without officially entering a challenge.
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142 Days: New Personal Weightloss, Stress, & pH Challenge

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

During the period beginning Feb 9, and ending Jul 1, there are 142 days that I'm creating a personal weight loss challenge for myself. I watched "Heavy" on www.AETV.com, and they did this in 180 days; I'll do 142 instead. I'm including in the 142 Day Challenge the things I have learned - so far - from dozens of natural healing sources since my sister died from cancer.

A. Move my feet before I eat. This is in acknowledgement that I have a real problem exercising. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being severely bad problem, I'm minus 10. I have a wonderful program to tackle this: The Step Diet Team. I just have to DO IT.

B. Drink 1 tablespoon raw organic apple cider vinegar in 8oz of water before each meal.

C. A combo of Jon Gabriel principles with intake of high pH foods resulting in the following new lifestyle change habit. At each meal I will focus on ADDing 5 things:
1. Protein
2. Live Food
3. Omegas
4. Foods with high pH index
5. Coconut oil

D. Drink a half teaspoon baking soda in 8 oz water before bed.

E. Work on Flooding My Body with Oxygen.

F. Work on Eradicating Stress.

A critical aspect recommended by Dr. Coldwell, Jon Gabriel, and many others, is to identify your specific causes of stress in your life and then target them for eradication. This is a tall order for me, but stress makes us acidic; it's not just our diet that does so. Stress produces cortisol. Dr. Coldwell says 86% of cancer is caused by stress. Neuroscientists confirm the cortisol from stress wreaks havoc in our brains and probably gives us Alzheimer's, and the link between cortisol and Alzheimer's is definitely indicated in PTSD patients. Stress and trauma definitely need to be dealt with. Jon Gabriel says lack of cortisol during his weight loss journey is WHY his skin was able to shrink back without surgery even though he lost more than 200 lbs. (This would explain why some people need surgery to remove excess skin after mega weight loss, while others don't; some people eliminated their stress and others lost weight while not addressing their private stress issues.) Cortisol destroys the elasticity of your skin, the function of your brain, and many agree stress causes cancer.

As a general rule, pathogens and cancers cannot survive in an oxygen-rich, alkaline environment.

Jon does talk about one positive stress: all-out exercise 10 mins, 3X per week. It tricks your body into thinking weight loss is needed for survival, i.e. a tiger is chasing you. I'll power walk those ten mins.

For two weeks in a row, I've lost weight without trying while eating all the "wrong" foods, hamburger buns, pasta, etc., and the only thing I did differently was to intentionally include high pH foods in my diet. If it's working, don't change it . . .

Here is a list of foods with high pH indexes. Pick only the ones you like.

HIGH ALKALINE
raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) in water, in salad dressing, in salads
raw lemon juice, see ACV
baking soda in water
greens (kale, collards, bok choy, etc.)
cucumbers - I've been eating these in apple cider vinegar
watermelon
Asparagus
Onions
Vegetable Juices
Parsley
Raw Spinach
Broccoli
Garlic
raw limes
grapefruit
mangoes
pineapple
papayas
Sodium
Potassium
Stevia
Agar
Ki Sweet
Olive Oil
celery - some classify into list below
barley grass

Medium Alkalizers, not as good as the above but still good:

ALKALINE
Okra
Squash
Green Beans
Beets
Lettuce
Zucchini
Sweet Potato
Carob
Dates
Figs
Melons
Grapes
Kiwi
Berries
Apples
Pears
Raisins
Alfalfa
Almonds
Maple Syrup
Rice Syrup
Herb Teas
Spring/Mineral Water
Flax Seed Oil
Carrots
Lima Beans
Blackcurrant
Hazlenuts
Green Tea

Source: see clickable links for pH foods at the end of previous blog about Otto Warburg.

There are other categories (less alkaline but still good; then several categories of progressively more acidic, etc.). But I'm taking a clue from Jon Gabriel, which is, FOCUS ON WHAT TO ADD TO EACH MEAL.

  
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YW84FRIDAY 2/14/2011 8:44PM

  Sounds like a solid plan. As for the vinegar, my mom had us doing this as kids. We hated it! LOL!

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CAROLINAGIRL45 2/12/2011 5:51PM

    Carol, thanks to this blog I decided to try the vinegar. I just started taking it today. I read that an added benefit for arthritis is to mix it with honey, so that's what I'm doing a couple times a day. 1 Tbsp. of each in 8 oz. water. I hope to feel a difference soon. :-)

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/10/2011 5:04PM

    Good stuff to know. I've heard about the apple cider vinegar, but don't know where to get it raw. That sounds like something I might like to try.

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A*L*P* 2/10/2011 8:41AM

    I can't find enough good things to say about ACV, It is a miracle cure for a lot of different things.

You're so insightful and I love reading your blogs, thanks for the challenge Carol!

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CAROLINAGIRL45 2/10/2011 5:09AM

    Good blog! Interesting about the high pH foods. My husband was taking vinegar tablets for a while and was losing weight. Must be something to it. I might try the vinegar and water mixture. Thanks for the information!

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NELLIEC 2/9/2011 9:26PM

    My cats and my dogs make sure I move my feet before I eat. I have to dash around giving them food and checking their water, and taking the dogs out for their pottying. I believe that somewhere in the Bible it says something about feeding your animals before you eat.

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KARLYNCANDOIT 2/9/2011 1:07PM

    This is great!! You are going to meet all of your goals for sure~~

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British Medical Journal Knowingly Published False Allegations Against Dr. Wakefield

Friday, February 04, 2011

Dr. Wakefield: "The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has been hijacked by a freelance journalist who is not expert in any of these fields. They have handed over their journal to this man and allowed him to publish knowingly false allegations, and they have gone along with it. In my opinion, they [the BMJ] have blown their scientific credibility."

Dr. Wakefield says that BMJ is factually incorrect in accusing Wakefield of falsifying the study data in his 1998 paper published in The Lancet.

Dr. Wakefield states, "[The data] were faithfully reproduced in the Lancet paper, and they were made in the most scrupulous, meticulous way. Those are the facts. Brian Deer knew those facts. When he made his allegations to the BMJ, he knew those facts. Did he disclose them to the BMJ? More importantly, did the BMJ, as a peer reviewed scientific journal, did they check the facts? Because the facts were fully available to them in the book Callous Disregard."

www.naturalnews.com/z031211_Andrew_W
akefield_BMJ.html


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Dr Andrew Wakefield answers critics in video interview, says BMJ has been hijacked by false journalism
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) In a video interview with NaturalNews, Dr Andrew Wakefield, the doctor accused by the British Medical Journal of falsifying the data in a study questioning the safety of MMR vaccines, asserts that the BMJ has been "hijacked" by a politically-motivated journalist making utterly false allegations.

Dr Wakefield has been grilled in the mainstream media in a series of interviews which largely consist of uninformed journalists like Anderson Cooper and George Stephanopoulos hurling rapid-fire accusations without giving Dr Wakefield an opportunity to answer any of them. The mainstream media interviews have taken on the resemblance of theatrical productions rather than serious journalism.

In an effort to give Dr Wakefield a fair opportunity to answer his critics, we invited him for an interview on NaturalNews. He graciously accepted, and we filmed a series of three conversations which will be aired here on NaturalNews via our popular video website www.NaturalNews.TV

"An investigation will be forced upon them."
In this video interview, Dr Wakefield says that BMJ is factually incorrect in accusing Wakefield of falsifying the study data in his 1998 paper published in The Lancet.

"[The data] were faithfully reproduced in the Lancet paper, and they were made in the most scrupulous, meticulous way. Those are the facts. Brian Deer knew those facts. When he made his allegations to the BMJ, he knew those facts. Did he disclose them to the BMJ? More importantly, did the BMJ, as a peer reviewed scientific journal, did they check the facts? Because the facts were fully available to them in the book Callous Disregard."

Dr Wakefield also explains how this desperate move by the BMJ to attack Dr Wakefield has eroded the credibility of the publication:

"They have been hijacked by a freelance journalist who is not expert in any of these fields. They have handed over their journal to this man and allowed him to publish knowingly false allegations, and they have gone along with it. In my opinion, they [the BMJ] have blown their scientific credibility. In their desperation... their fundamental belief that vaccines must be safe, [they say] please don't tell me this terrible disease has been caused by the physician, don't tell me that. Tell me anything but that, and we will take any information, even information from Brian Deer, that will convince us it's safe, and we will publish that, because that conforms with our belief system. That makes us feel more comfortable. That makes us feel that we, as a profession, are not culpable in this extraordinary disorder."

In this interview, Dr Wakefield also discusses the motivation for the BMJ to grasp at any effort to discredit those who question the safety of vaccines:

"They are so keen to prove me wrong, to prove the parents wrong, and to exonerate the medical profession, their political friends, their pharmaceutical friends, whoever it is, that they have gone ahead in this reckless way and done this. And now, based upon the clear, unambiguous, historical factual records, then I can come out and talk to you like this and say this without any fear of retribution from the BMJ because they've got themselves into this mess. The facts are the facts."

He goes on to say about the BMJ, "An investigation will be forced upon them."

Why the mainstream media won't conduct an honest, intelligent interview with Dr Wakefield
What struck me in this experience of interviewing Dr Wakefield is that this man has deeply-held compassion for the lives of children, and he combines that with rare courage and a commitment to real scientific thinking that dares to ask unpopular questions in the search for the truth.

A true scientist is one who pursues the evidence without regard to the political climate. Facts are stubborn things, as John Adams famously said, and Dr Wakefield has been accused of falsifying them simply because the facts he discovered were not to the liking of those who run today's medical monopoly.

I see in Dr Wakefield the kind of thinker who has historically played a key role in scientific revolutions, when one era of outmoded "scientific thinking" was replaced with a new era of deeper human understanding.

Dr Wakefield was also very polite, thoughtful and kind in our interactions. Experiencing this myself, I find it astonishing that people like Anderson Cooper never had the journalistic honesty to give Dr Wakefield an opportunity to tell his story in a fair interview. Then again, we all probably know why the mainstream media isn't interested in the actual scientific facts here: All the major media outlets are funded in large part by the pharmaceutical interests!

Dr Wakefield speaks on this issue, saying:

"Will the mainstream media now take this real story, the real facts, and actually do their job as journalists and report the facts? Will they report the truth? I doubt it. Why? Because they're owned. Their salaries are paid, albeit indirectly, in large part by pharmaceutical revenues. And the first thing that will happen when they try and do a story which deconstructs these arguments, the BMJ's arguments, and actually reconstructs them in light of the truth, [is that] there will be a call from their advertisers, saying [no]. So what will the mainstream media do? Will it live up to its job, its duty to the people to report the truth, or will it show complete disinterest? Anderson Cooper has been presented with the same nine questions. What was your story based upon? Show us the facts. Did you do your homework? Now are you going to pay similar attention to these documented historical facts? We shall see."

Remember, this is only the first in a series of three interviews with Dr Andrew Wakefield. We intend to publish the other two interviews next week here on NaturalNews. There is much more to this story than is being dumbed down in the conventional press -- this story may ultimately turn out to reveal the BMJ engaging in the most colossal mistake in the history of peer-reviewed "science" publications. The editors of BMJ must be sitting in a room right now, reviewing the facts of the case, with their jaws dropping to the floor as they realize they've been had by Brian Deer. There were duped -- exploited by an individual with a political agenda -- to engage in the printing of outright falsehoods in the name of the British Medical Journal.

As you will see in these three interviews, the BMJ has given us a milestone in the history of the end of the dark chapter of chemical-based medicine: This "scientific" publication has revealed, for the whole world to see, that the Emperor of Vaccines wears no clothes, and that those who defend the Emperor will stoop to any level to defend their fictions, even at the cost of revealing their own lack of scientific credibility.

To debate with the conclusions of a physician is one thing; to outright destroy the career and reputation of a man engaged in what can only be called "unpopular" but important scientific investigation is the action of a dogmatic, unscientific institution which can tolerate no real questions at all.

That's not science. It's dogma. And in its desperation to vilify Wakefield, the BMJ has proven to the whole world, once and for all, that the vaccine industry is so afraid of the weakness of its position that it must resort to publishing false accusations in the name of science in order to try to fend off real scientific skepticism.

In seeking to destroy Dr Wakefield, in other words, the British Medical Journal, we will shortly observe, has only succeeded in destroying its own credibility. This story continues in the weeks and months ahead...

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/8/2011 11:02PM

    I watched him on TV during one of the interviews.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/5/2011 5:51PM

    These latest installments in "The Vaccine Wars" are VERY political and NO they don't surprise me.

I am posting this here to get the word out to more people, as this is another installment in the liberal media trying to confuse the general public about the facts about vaccines. Turns out Dr. Wakefield was smeared, for example.

While it's each person's personal decision which I respect, I've been part of vaccine manufacturing process, and, I've done the research. I will never take another vaccine, personally; and I believe if everyone knew what I know, that they wouldn't, either.

The info is out there people. For free. Don't be a sheeple; do your homework and THINK FOR YOURSELF.

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WCATAP 2/5/2011 8:45AM

    Does this really surprise you? The mainstream media is acting completely in character for them. Dr Wakefield will survive and they will not. As for the BMJ....their credibility has suffered....so long

A biblical principle...you reap what you sow.

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JUSTBIRDY 2/4/2011 8:59PM

    It's sad that many scientific communities are starting to behave like people in politics. It would just be nice if we could get to the truth without all this "compost" getting in the way.

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