Wednesday, October 05, 2011
First the good news.
10 Soup Recipes, Perfect for Fall, with pictures and recipes:
Biggest Loser Week 3
Stop reading if you don't want bad news.
Email from Mike Adams, he cured himself of diabetes, became a health crusader, and lives on his homesteading farm in Ecuador so the FDA can't threaten to take down his website and put him in jail which has happened to so many American doctors and citizens. When I'm reading an article on his site, I click on "print view" so advertising is minimalized:
Dear NaturalNews Readers,
Beware of so-called "natural" foods that claim to be vegetarian or "all natural." If they're made with corn, soy or canola and they're not ORGANIC, then they are almost certainly made with GMOs.
Many of these "natural" foods are sold at apparently healthy stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. But that doesn't mean they don't contain GMOs! The shelves at Whole Foods contain a plethora of products with genetically engineered food ingredients, so read the labels and buy USDA organic, which is reliably non-GMO.
Here's more news on this issue:
Continuing with GMO week, an article by Jeffrey Smith says that GMOs cause organic disruption in animal tests. Here's the latest science:
Don't give money to Komen for the Cure without getting the facts first! Do you have any idea where that money goes? Some of it goes to Big Pharma. Millions go to pay high-level salaries. Even more money goes to fund mammograms which actually emit radiation and cause breast cancer! Get the facts before you get "pinkwashed":
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
This Spring in Maryland, there was a grocery store that was going out of business, Superfresh. At first I was surprised to find this out when I was on my way somewhere else and swung in for a "quick" trip. On the other hand it made sense they were going out of business because they had horrible customer service. I could tell you stories . . .
So I debated coming back or not, as this wasn't in my time mgmt plan that day, but I didn't want to come back later. And the 40-70% off signs were tempting. I decided to make a "quick pass". 40% is really no big deal, but 70? Oh yeh.
You know those long tubes/long skinny boxes of dried soup mix? Like barley mushroom, split pea, etc.? They are never on sale and there is never a coupon for them. I've had them before long LONG time ago and they were really good. I got a few varieties each of Kedem and Streit because they were 70% off. I hurriedly made a quick tour of the store, picked a few really good buys, and never thought anymore about it.
Fast forward: now it's soup weather, and me and my soup mix moved to NC. I got out a pkg of Kedem Split Pea Soup Mix. I was astonished at the ingredients on label of the flavoring packette. (These are just as toxic as Ramen Noodles' seasoning packets.) The 2nd ingredient was monosodium glutamate; also included were other things I'd never put in a pot of homemade soup, such as dextrose. So the seasoning packette went in the bin . . . .
And I added an onion, a diced chicken breast, 3 carrots, 3 potatoes, 2 zuchini, celery salt as I'm out of celery, and seasonings. I have a delicious pot of soup simmering that is MSG free.
Was it worth the price at 70% off? I'd have to say yes. After throwing out the rest, I was paying for a half-cup each of yellow and green split peas. But the sale price would be cheaper than the bag price.
The moral of the story is: This just reinforces the lesson to never buy processed foods. This was a one-time deal (70% off store closing sale), but, I would not buy them again, until they clean up their act.
Reading labels is NOT the lesson, because did you know if it's less than 1% of the product, the FDA allows it to go into the product WITHOUT listing it on the label? And Kraft lobbied for an obtained the right to still advertise things as "natural", even if they aren't, as long as it's 5% or less of the product?
I have two words for you:
Forget reading labels. If man made it, don't eat it.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Season 12 of the Biggest Loser, episode 2, available for free viewing via computer on hulu.com, Trainer Dolvett says to contestant Jessica:
"Your lifestyle HAS to change; change THIS (tapping his forehead).
Youíve already took a step - thatís a huge step for you.
The next step for you now is:
ĎIím going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now;
Ö. If Iím here -
Ö. If Iím at home -
It doesnít matter.í
Itís focus, okay?"
----- END OF QUOTE ------
Focus on changing your mind to THIS, Carol: I'm going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now; If Iím here - If Iím at home -If I'm in school - If I'm working - If I'm unemployed - If I can't walk - If I'm injured - If I'm depressed - If I'm happy - If I'm sad - If it's warm - If it's cold - If I feel like it - If I don't - If I've lost a loved one - If I have all my family around me happy and healthy and whole - If I have no family at all - If I'm rich - If I'm poor - in sickness and in health - for better or for worse - It doesn't matter. IT DOESN'T MATTER. I'm going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now, in the present, today, a-l-w-a-y-s, now, from this point forward.
Focus your mind on "I'm going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now". That was then (the stuff in your life that got you to this point of physically trashing myself): this is now: and I'm going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now, through every difficulty and challenge I'm going to demonstrate LIFESTYLE CHANGE DAILY. Hard work; and Dedication.
My lifestyle HAS to change; I HAVE to change my mind to accept and embrace that exercise is a daily lifestyle component because I'm going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now, no matter what. Wherever I am, no matter what my circumstances are, no matter what I do have or don't have, no matter what I can do or can't do, I'm going to focus on demonstrating lifestyle change daily.
Read Dolvett's advice, apply it to yourself; how would you reword it to fit your life and apply it to you? Blog about it or leave a comment that applies the advice to you and your life.
The above is my take on Dolvett's advice.
Blog or comment your take on Dolvett's advice applied to you personally.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
It's not 100% what I want, but, it's at least 70, and no church will be perfect. It was my first visit today, and I really really liked it. I was totally blown away by this - in fact was continually surprised at myself. Only then did I realize how jaded I'd become about finding a church home. (Including many many years in Maryland - this is not solely about moving to NC.) From 2:30 - 4:3o they had a 101 class about the church, so I went. It's a prerequisite for joining, but the class is not about joining and it's really just basic info about the church. They don't have membership classes, just the 101 info class. So I shocked myself by signing up.
I am still shocked.
I joined a church today.
I feel very blessed to have found this church. I may not have a job, but at least I have a church.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
October 1st? No. It's CROCKTOBER!!
It's not October; it's crock pot month. Stephanie O'Dea, The Crock Pot Lady, coined the term Crocktober, and I love it. I have openly absconded with it.
The other day in my blog about grocery specials, I posted about whole chickens on sale this week for 59 and 77 cents per lb.
Guess what Stephanie sent out yesterday!!!! An email with 7, count them, 7 whole-chicken-in-crockpot-recipes. Link, oh yes, here it is:
In honor of Crocktober, I'm posting Stephanie's Crockpot Acorn Squash recipe, I have personally made it and it's terrific:
A tip to cutting hard squashes (without harming yourself), complements of Leanne Ely, FlyLady's friend: after washing, prick all over with a fork. Microwave 1-3 mins, since squash vary greatly in size. The skin will peel very easily, or cut very easily, depending on what you're doing. If you do it in the oven, 5 mins 350, be sure to set a timer so you don't forget it and have exploded squash everywhere.
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