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Something very different - How to talk like a Christian

Monday, October 07, 2013

This is on of my pet peeves in dealing with Christians (and yes, I am one, although I don't like the label at all and rather call myself a follower of Jesus Christ).
Hope you enjoy this, it's mostly made for young people but a lot of adults could learn from the message:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFAax4qjTzY

Birgit

  
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JANETELIZABETH1 10/8/2013 2:39PM

    emoticon it's true Christians should clean up their language...some don't!!!

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DOVESEYES 10/8/2013 3:50AM

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CINDYTW 10/7/2013 9:42PM

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ERIN1957 10/7/2013 6:41PM

    I loved it!
Oh yes we have to be PC now as well. I had to laugh, had the volume up and DD came in to watch it.

Some still call it religion and ask which one are you? Huh ?? LOL

Thanks Birgit

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Voluntary GMO labeling? A very bad idea for consumers!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Read more here:
www.organicconsumers.org/articles/ar
ticle_28376.cfm

Feel free to copy, discuss etc.
Birgit

  
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LINDIEMAE 9/28/2013 11:55PM

    GMOs have been in the market place for a long time now, its not now its been around for the past 30 years or so - its the information that was not readily available. We eat what we eat and never used to care where it came from or how it was grown or harvest - with today's information highway we now have information about it. Until government's recognize the dangers of GMO - NON GMO is just a fad ... sad indeed !!

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JLKL1980 9/26/2013 11:14PM

    This is very bad news indeed and so sad at the same time. I've been hearing some pretty horrible things that can happen by eating GMO foods.

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NASFKAB 9/26/2013 9:26PM

  thanks for sharing

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STRONGERLEANER 9/26/2013 3:36PM

    Very bad idea!

We should be entitled to know what we are eating.

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ERIN1957 9/26/2013 3:07PM

    thanks for sharing this, I am heading over to read it

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MADEIT3 9/26/2013 2:21PM

    Thanks for noticing this, posting it, and adding the link. I'll be writing to my senator.

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Pleeease stop buying so many almonds and almond products!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I suspect this got some people's attention. After all almonds are the go-to food for low-carb and paleo people, often replacing dairy products, peanut butter, flour etc.

There is nothing wrong with almonds, except there are so many other types of nuts, all of which can be used in similar ways as almonds and some are no more expensive.
This is all about demand and supply. As the demand for almonds goes through the roof the price will continue to increase for a while, as it takes several years to grow almond trees to meet the increasing demand.

So check out walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts (filberts), coconut, pecans, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp or brazil nuts. They all have slightly different nutrient profiles, depending in part on what soil they were grown.
If you have enough yard space plant some nut trees. Walnuts and filberts grow even fairly far north.
As the paleo style of eating increases rapidly in popularity because of it's many health benefits the demand for non-grain and non-legume flours will rise further.
Try to support local growers of nut crops if possible.

Birgit

  
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PDQ1203 10/12/2013 9:21AM

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/29/2013 3:23AM

    Trader Joe's has decent prices on a variety of nuts.

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LINDIEMAE 9/28/2013 11:59PM

    I read this earlier in the week and have given it a lot of thought. If we stop buying individually, nothing will change - supply and demand dictate market trends - a disease in the product would kill the market because it killed the demand. How long before this becomes a GMO????

Peanuts are not nuts, by the way, they are a legume - like a chickpea or black bean .... yet we treat them as nuts ...

Almonds are beneficial for heart and bone health, same with walnuts - the omegas that those ilergic to fish can get by having the almonds and walnuts - flax seed is also a good source of omega too.

Our food chain is certainly changing .... cheers

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BOPPY_ 9/26/2013 1:08AM

    Or, as some of have done, you can just be nuts, yourself! emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/25/2013 11:47PM

    Chestnuts! Yummy! I wonder if you can eat those raw?

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KATYMARIA 9/25/2013 10:15PM

    Great reminder :)

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MYOWNHERO 9/25/2013 8:05PM

    We have a chestnut tree and we try to get to the nuts before the squirrels do. They are winning!

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PICKIE98 9/25/2013 6:18PM

    I just came home with a bag of sunflower kernels. I love them on a salad or for my diabetic protein go-to snack at night. I refuse to pay the inflated price of anything when it gets popular. When retailers get nervous about losing their whole shipment to no-sales, they WILL drop the price. Wait them out and go to an alternative for ANYTIHING!!

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PAMNANGEL 9/25/2013 6:10PM

    Wish I could grow macadamia nuts! $11+ a pound right now!!! Love most nuts! Eat walnuts occaisionally, but the leave a not quite metallic taste in my mouth.

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BARCLE 9/25/2013 6:05PM

    I love nuts - it's a pity they're all so pricey emoticon When I do buy nuts I get a mixed selection emoticon

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JSTETSER 9/25/2013 6:00PM

    I go nuts for nuts.
All of them.

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BATCHICK 9/25/2013 5:44PM

    oooooo, i want to plant a hazelnut tree.

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LJCANNON 9/25/2013 3:31PM

    emoticon Very Excellent Advice!!

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LOSER05 9/25/2013 9:53AM

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DOVESEYES 9/25/2013 8:10AM

    I love nuts and seeds!!!

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NASFKAB 9/25/2013 6:34AM

  thanks for the suggestion

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EDDYMEESE 9/25/2013 1:03AM

    I conveniently forget that ANY nut exists when I'm hungry...I'm usually halfway through a quick fix before thinking, CRAP, why didn't I just get some nuts? Thanks for the reminder!

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/25/2013 12:23AM

    Timothy,
you made me laugh. emoticon
I can be a cheap skate alright, but my favorite nuts right now are Macadamias, unfortunately very expensive where I live. But I have planted some Filbert nut trees last year.
And for me nothing beats coconut in any form.

Comment edited on: 9/25/2013 11:46:37 PM

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TIMOTHYNOHE 9/24/2013 11:36PM

    I tune into your blog expecting some poorly informed rant about almonds being GMO. Instead, I found you attempting to manipulate the market so your cost would go down.

Selfish.

Smart.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/24/2013 11:34PM

    Good to know. I so love my almonds and just picked up a bag of unsalted almonds today at Sam's club, but noticed a new supply of them salted. For the same reason I try to lessen my consumption of over-fished fish, I will try to lessen my almond intake. Thanks!

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ANDYLIN90 9/24/2013 11:25PM

    I've eaten so many almonds over the years that now I don't care for them much. Pecans are my nuts of choice.

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JLKL1980 9/24/2013 5:03PM

    Birgit - I'm glad you wrote this blog - I had no idea there was a possible low supply. I switch between walnuts and almonds. I'm sensitive to pecans now. I'll have to research on what nut trees grow best in Missouri and have hubby plant one.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/24/2013 3:29PM

    And pine nuts! I have ALL kinds of nuts. And have been using more coconut flour than almond! emoticon

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BROADBRUSH 9/24/2013 2:52PM

    nuts in general are very very pricey. i used to buy almonds - whole raw and unsalted - but now they have increased in price. i used to love cashews - forget them too.
so now i buy the cheaper regular peanuts in the shell. they have no salt - i have to fight to get them out of the shell which means i eat less - and i have to vacuum every time i use them cause they make such a mess.
all in all - it turns out better for me, my weight and a little added activity.

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TRIXIETEXAS 9/24/2013 2:28PM

    When my husband and I were first married, we bought a house with 3 large, mature pecan trees. I loved the pecans, but the trees...oh my! Pecan trees are notoriously brittle and smaller branches fall off all the time. My husband is a pack rat so I could never park in the garage. When I went to trade in my car, I had so many dings from pecans hitting the car that they thought it was hail damage.

My favorite story about my pecan trees is there was a man in our neighborhood who came by every morning at 7:30 and took whatever pecans he could find. He took so many that we had to fuss and ask him to leave some for us (as a peace offering, he brought us back a coffee can full of nuts he had shelled already). One year, another neighbor said "You are gonna have LOTS of pecans this year!" I asked why, thinking he would tell me something about the climate, rainfall, etc. He said "Old Mr. So-and-so died so he won't be taking all your pecans!"

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AKHEIDI 9/24/2013 2:22PM

    Good job Birgit- There are so many nuts out there, why not expand our palets a bit? Add variety and support more than just the almond growers. Pecans crushed up are really good coating halibut. I love walnuts (and pecans) in chicken salad. I bet hazelnuts would be good on teh pound cake I"ve been feasting on of late.

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GLC2009 9/24/2013 2:15PM

    i remember walnuts being inexpensive until reports started coming out about their health benefits, then the price started increasing dramatically.
i'm not crazy about almonds. but i do love almond milk. i don't think i can stop drinking that. there's really no substitute for it. but, i am one person and i certainly don't drink that much to change the world economy.
we have black walnut trees and i have a huge bag of them that i have to try and figure out how to open up and get to the meat. that should be interesting.

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WOUBBIE 9/24/2013 2:07PM

    Unfortunately, the way modern economics works, even when the supply keeps up the price will continue to increase if there is any consumer perception of value.

Look at oil. Demand drops, supply increases, production costs lessen and the result? Higher gas prices. Commodities speculators probably have more to do with the cost of goods than consumers do.

Maybe we should promote almonds as a "gateway" nut - try them and before you know it you're sampling all kinds of exotic varieties!

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OBIESMOM2 9/24/2013 1:52PM

    I also buy walnuts - because I'm less likely to over indulge on walnuts. I still buy almonds too. Pumpkin seeds and pistachios are stock items in my cupboard.

I also buy almonds from the grocery when they are BOGO. That's when I really stock up!

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EXOTEC 9/24/2013 1:51PM

    I love most nuts and buy them probably more often than almonds. Almonds may be my least favorite, because they seem a bit dry and chalky to me. Unfortunately, they're the primary constituent (other than peanuts) in many nut combos!

Cashews, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, and sunflower "nuts" are way higher on my list of desirables than almonds. I make my own nut mix from bins in stores which carry them that way. Much better, IMO!

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PYNETREE 9/24/2013 1:12PM

    emoticon But I like my Almonds for breakfast, and salads, and snacking.

We do buy other nuts also. But really we just like almonds in so many things.


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ERIN1957 9/24/2013 1:11PM

    I know it is an all or nothing society we live in.
I love walnuts, pecans and of course the seeds, like chia, sunflower, sesame and my good old flax. I absolutely am in love with coconut products! They are my number one in almost anything. Finally have my daughter hooked on manna.

The almond milk is another very popular product.
Raw milk when we can find it, but again coconut milks are very nice too.

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MADEIT3 9/24/2013 1:10PM

    Good Blog - and very economics savvy. I have been trying to grow walnut and pecan trees for years. It's very difficult - this year I planted 4 pecans and maybe one of them will survive the winter. And it's been a great year for growing trees in my part of the Midwest. I'm grateful for the many small farmers with mature trees who sell their products at the farmer's markets here and around.

Thanks for posting!

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Organic Consumer's Association -Monsanto Protection Act

Monday, September 23, 2013

This is mostly a link to an organization that has done so much good over the years. If you are not familiar with it please check it out.
A very pressing issue right now that they are raising awareness about is the issue about GMO foods and how federal law deals with them. This will be voted on as part of the Obama-care package so please speak out today by contacting your senators about your wishes. This website gives you the necessary info.

www.organicconsumers.org/

Birgit

  
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JSTETSER 9/25/2013 5:56PM

    Thanks for the link. I visited the page, and will revisit it again!

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LOSER05 9/25/2013 9:54AM

    thanks

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NASFKAB 9/23/2013 10:00PM

  thank you so much

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NORWOODGIRL 9/23/2013 6:31PM

    Thanks for this info!

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ERIN1957 9/23/2013 3:39PM

    Thank you so much!

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    Thank You! :o) emoticon

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Grain Brain - more about the effect of carbs on the brain

Friday, September 13, 2013


This book looks promising. Maybe not that much additional info for people who have done paleo/low-carb for a while, but a good resource for people just learning about the negative effect of grains (incl. whole grains) on our health.

www.amazon.com/dp/031623480X/ref=rdr
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MOINSDEMOI 10/13/2013 11:12AM

    I am reading the "Grain Brain" now. It is more than simply remembering things - the book cites diseases caused by too much gluten and sugar including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's. The concept flies in the face of everything I have been doing on SparkPeople and it has been difficult switching gears. One comment Dr. Perlmutter made is that when cattle are "fatten" for market, they are fed corn and other grains, not fat. Bottom line, excess carbs are being stored as fat, not fat stored as fat.

I am going to follow this concept because I fear Alzheimer's more than cancer or heart disease.

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PATTISWIMMER 9/13/2013 10:16PM

    i just finished a year of no bread, rice, oatmeal, potatoes low fruit.... to keep the carbs down because cancer needs glucose to survive.... now I reintroduced because I don't have a gluten problem but I am still aware not to do so much and try to eat low carb but Atkins is too low. emoticon

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EXOTEC 9/13/2013 12:55PM

    Whether we've been LC or gluten-free for a day or years, you can't really have enough (much less "too much") info! Thanks for the link. The book does look worthwhile. If I can just work my way through the stack of books I'm reading now, I suspect this will be on my next list!

(I haven't forgotten that I've set myself a purpose to keep reviewing for our forums - I'm just a terrible procrastinator!)

Regarding the Amazon review... I'd have preferred not to see Dr Oz mentioned! but he's out there. People have faith in him. I suppose it sells books! I'm happier to see the good review from Dr Davis.

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WOUBBIE 9/13/2013 11:20AM

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
ublic_journal_individual.asp?bl
og_id=5484017

From WHEATONTRIAL's blog

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KAPELAKIN 9/13/2013 10:48AM

    Thanks! I know that I have way more mental acuity when I'm eating fewer carbs, but I might just read that to give myself more of a kick in the pants to decrease my sugar intake some more. I'm not super sensitive, so I have to eat quite a bit of sugar/grain to see an effect in the short term, but dementia scares the crap out of me, so this book could do the trick!

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JSTETSER 9/13/2013 5:41AM

    Thanks. I need a bit more info.

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NASFKAB 9/13/2013 5:27AM

  interesting

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