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Why simple is best!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

How many foods do you eat that truly resemble their source? Getting back to basics and eating foods in their natural form is a great way to boost health and lose weight.

Minimally processed foods have a number of benefits: they are usually higher in fibre and nutrients and lower in fat and sugar.

Choose fresh fruit emoticonand veg emoticonand non-processed meats. emoticonEat plenty of wholegrain foods. Choose brown rice or quinoa over more processed versions.

Be a smart shopper: when it comes to processed foods, select the item with the shortest ingredients list - and with ingredients that you recognise. If it's got a long, scientific-sounding name or lots of numbers, give it a miss.

If it looks like a food, smells like a food and tastes like a food, it should be on your plate. emoticon

  
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ILOVEROSES 2/18/2011 5:00PM

    Candis, it's been hot and humid here and I've been eating lots of emoticon

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CANDIS799 2/18/2011 3:55PM

    We all need this reminder every now and then! Thanks. Makes me want spring to hurry up and get here so I can plant my veggie garden!

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Wish I could grow ice cream cones, too ....

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OPALMOON 2/18/2011 2:25AM

    Love my fresh fruit and veggies! It is amazing how many chemicals are in processed foods - nothing beats natural!

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SEYSARAH 2/17/2011 10:45PM

    Just reading your blog has inspired me to start making my grocery list for tomorrow..at the top..produce of course!

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MILLISMA 2/17/2011 9:21PM

    That's why I spend most of my time in the fruit and veggie isle!

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PHEBESS 2/17/2011 9:53AM

    That's what I loved about the food in Italy - simple and flavorful and FRESH!

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GOANNA2 2/17/2011 9:30AM

    I love simple food.
Greek food is really simple and I am
finding I am cooking more of the food
I grew up with. My gran knew what she
was talking about. She didn't even use cans...

Thanks Ania. emoticon

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A Cuppa a Day keeps the Dentist Away!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Did you know that tea is one of the highest sources of fluoride in the diet? What a delicious way to improve dental health! emoticonDrinking a cup of black, white or green tea will deliver this important mineral. emoticon
Fluoride helps attract calcium and other minerals to harden the enamel of the teath, known as remineralisation. But the fluoride must be present in the saliva.
Tea also contains antibacterial substances that reduce the amount of acid-producing bacteria that causes cavities. So drink tea, as well as brushing and flossing, to protect those pearly whites. It's just what the dentist ordered. emoticon

  
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OPALMOON 2/16/2011 7:38PM

    Love a good cup of tea!

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MILLISMA 2/16/2011 5:06PM

    Thank you Dr Ania emoticonI knew tea had a lot of benefits but did not know this one.

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GOANNA2 2/16/2011 4:20PM

    Thanks Ania.
I do so love my green tea and I wonder if there
is a difference when one adds milk to black tea.
emoticonJoinh me for a cuppa...
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PHEBESS 2/16/2011 12:23PM

    I'll drink to that!

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SOUL_LOVE 2/16/2011 12:12PM

    what a great tip...plus tea is delicious!
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*MADHU* 2/16/2011 8:45AM

    I am incorporating this tip... emoticonfor sharing Ania!

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ILOVEROSES 2/16/2011 1:08AM

    Glad you learned something new Nan. To tell the truth, it was news to me too, that's why I thought others might appreciate it too.

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SEYSARAH 2/16/2011 1:05AM

    I had no idea..thanks so much for sharing this information!

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A New Way to Keep Memory Sharp as the Brain Ages.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Test yourself on jokes, names, other information.

How often have you heard a funny joke, only to later forget the punch line? If your memory for jokes and other important information isn't as sharp as it used to be, stop doubting yourself and start quizzing yourself instead.

Testing yourself on information you are trying to remember whether it's a punch line, the name of a person you just met or the request your boss made is one of the best ways to make sure that information sticks, research shows. In a recent study comparing different strategies for studying for a short science test, college students did best when their studying involved taking practice tests on the material, the researchers reported Jan. 20 in the journal Science.

Answering test questions requires retrieving information from memory, and that is more useful than merely reviewing the material, report psychologist Jeffrey Karpicke and Janell Blunt of Purdue University. Good test questions require students to reconstruct what they know, which itself enhances learning, the team reports.

Despite the popularity of playing "brain games" to build mental muscle, games tend to strengthen only the specific skills used in that particular game, recent studies have found. Testing yourself, on the other hand, will help you remember information longer, according to Henry Roediger III of Washington University and Andrew Butler of Duke University, in an article in the Jan. 15 issue of Trends in Cognitive Science. Experiments have shown that taking a test can more than triple a person's recall, relative to only studying the material, they write.

The how-to of self-testing.

Testing works equally well if someone tests you or you test yourself. Here's how it works: Before you go into a party (or any event) where you will be introduced to new people whose names you want to remember, remind yourself to test yourself. Then when you first meet someone, use that old trick of saying the person's name right away even if it's just "nice to meet you, Sam." After a minute or so, say the name to yourself. Repeat as needed, gradually increasing the time between self-quizzes to up to about 10 minutes.

"You want to wait long enough that it's difficult to retrieve it, but while you can still get at it," says David Balota of Washington University. "The best procedure is to learn what works with your memory."

If you are reading something that you really want to remember, don't bother rereading it numerous times, says David Gallo of the University of Chicago. Instead, read it once, then re-quiz yourself. Consider making flash cards, a time-honored self-testing technique.
It also helps to talk about what you are trying to remember. At a party, you and your spouse or friend can check in with each other and review names of people you just met. Or if you and your spouse like to read aloud to each other interesting snippets from the newspaper, next time just put the information in your own words. Then double-check to make sure you got all the facts straight. As you get older, doing an accuracy check is key, researchers say. Because of age-related changes in the brain, older people are less likely than younger people to recall details, which makes them more susceptible to remembering incorrectly, says Gallo.

Why retesting works.

Testing and retesting yourself helps because of the memory cues we form when trying to remember information, a study in the Oct. 15, 2010, issue of Science shows. When you test yourself repeatedly, you are more likely to remember your memory cues and they are more likely to trigger your memory, researchers report. Also, successfully recalling those cues may make them easier to remember over time. Finally, getting something wrong on a test may force the brain to shift to a more effective cue.

In the study, researchers asked college students to memorize pairs of words in Swahili and English. The researchers encouraged all the students to think of memory cues, which in this case were words that looked or sounded like the Swahili word but meant something similar to the English word. A hint for the pair "wingu-cloud" could be "wing," for example.

On a final exam one week later, students who had been assigned to take practice tests on the word pairings scored better than those who had only restudied the pairs, Katherine Rawson of Kent State University and Mary Pyc of Washington University report. Rawson says their findings apply to older people as well. The importance of these cues is good news for older people, because research shows that aging doesn't impair a person's ability to use them, says Rawson.

Gallo puts everything he needs to remember in his iPhone or e-mail. He tries using memory triggers, such as forming an image of what he needs to remember, "but the problem is I always forget to do that," he says. And he's only 35.

  
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MILLISMA 2/14/2011 3:50PM

    Great info Ania. There are some websites I like to go to that test your memory. I have to clean out the cobwebs so that it will work better.

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OPALMOON 2/13/2011 3:58PM

    Thanks for sharing Ania...and I love the punch line!!

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SUSIEPH1 2/13/2011 1:59PM

    Great article Ania Thank you my friend!!
Have a wonderful Valentines day! emoticon

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SEYSARAH 2/13/2011 11:48AM

    Thanks for sharing this information..there was a recent article on the Spark site "health articles" and it talked a bit about this but not as in depth..it was as your is, current information..very useful!

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PEGGYO 2/13/2011 11:44AM

    Very interesting.

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What is "Butt Dust"?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

What, you ask, is 'Butt dust'? Read on and you'll discover the joy in it!

JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister.... After a while he asked: 'Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?'


MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was.. Granny replied she was so old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, 'If you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.'


BRITTANY (age 4) had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle.. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: 'How does it know it's me?'

Derek (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: 'How much do I cost?'


David (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, 'I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in it?'

Johnny (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: 'Why is he whispering in her mouth?'

JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: 'The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt..' Concerned, James asked: 'What happened to the flea?'

The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget...

This particular Sunday sermon......'Dear Lord,' the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. 'Without you, we are but dust...' He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter who was listening leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, 'Mom, what is butt dust?'

  
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MAMA23GRLZ1BOY 2/13/2011 12:53PM

    LOVED these! With 4 little ones of my own, we have LOTS of moments like these!

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GRATEFULADY 2/13/2011 12:24AM

    emoticonROTFLOL emoticon emoticon

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ZSFANTASY1 2/13/2011 12:22AM

    Those were great! Thanks for sharing. My whole family was laughing at these.

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DESERTDREAMERS 2/12/2011 11:26PM

    Literally LOL! Many thanks for the chuckles

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FLOWER1967 2/12/2011 10:32PM

    Awww.. These are cute....and funny !! Lol

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SUSIEPH1 2/12/2011 8:45PM

    Good One!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHEF4RENT 2/12/2011 8:16PM

    HAHAHAHA...This is great. I really needed this today after listening to my kids fight all day.

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LISAWILLBEFIT 2/12/2011 7:48PM

    Those are hilarious.Thanks for sharing

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OPALMOON 2/12/2011 6:49PM

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KAYDE53 2/12/2011 6:39PM

    These are cute & very funny. Thanks for the chuckle! emoticon

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MILLISMA 2/12/2011 5:41PM

    gotta love them!!!!

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AMARILYNH 2/12/2011 4:36PM

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PHEBESS 2/12/2011 3:02PM

    LOL!!!

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EUPHRATES 2/12/2011 2:14PM

    TEEHEE!
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SEYSARAH 2/12/2011 1:03PM

    Ania this is another of your now famous "giggle blogs" and I love them...read this to Dennis who was doubled over laughing so hard..great..just great!!!

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PEGGYO 2/12/2011 8:42AM

    very intriguing title of your blog.

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BARABOODAN1 2/12/2011 8:06AM

    that was cute, reminded me of some of the cute sayings my kids said in the past.
Thanks for making me smile emoticon

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Keeping track of my weekend Challenges!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Challenge runs Fri (2/11) - Sun (2/13).

CHALLENGE-WIDE- CHALLENGE (ALL teams will participate) that is full of HEART in EVERY way!

HEART (In honor of Valentine's and Cardio, plus Persevering)

H-HIBERNATE Get 6-8 Hours of sleep per night (Starting bedtime Friday night, ending morning time Monday morning)

E-EAT 4 Freggies a day

A- ATTEMPT A NEW TO YOU STRENGTH MOVE. The important thing is you have to report what the new ST move you attempted on your TEAM THREAD so we all get new ideas to try. Post these new moves either daily or cumulatively on Monday.

R-RACING...Get that heart rate up for 20 minutes (Minimum)

T-TOUCH Reach Out and TOUCH Someone... Spend time with family, with friends, go visit, make a phone call. Your voice is a gift to those that Love you.

1pt max for each category - 5 pts per day

Complete ALL Phases in a single day receive a 5 point Bonus for that day.

MAX Points 10 points per day/3 days= 30 points emoticon

========= . THE TRACKING . ============

Friday, February 11 - HEART Points: _10___ (10 max/day)
_1___ H - HIBERNATE Get 6-8 Hours of sleep per night (1 pt)
_1___ E - EAT 4 Freggies a day (1 pt)
_1___ A - ATTEMPT A NEW TO YOU STRENGTH MOVE. (1 pt)
_1___ R - RACING...Get that heart rate up for 20 minutes (min.) (1 pt)
_1___ T - TOUCH Reach Out and TOUCH Someone... Spend time with family, with friends, go visit, make a phone call. Your voice is a gift to those that Love you. (1 pt.)
_5___ HEART Bonus pts (5 pts for completion of HEART)

Saturday, February 12 - HEART Points: _10___ (10 max/day)
_1___ H - HIBERNATE Get 6-8 Hours of sleep per night (1 pt)
_1___ E - EAT 4 Freggies a day (1 pt)
_1___ A - ATTEMPT A NEW TO YOU STRENGTH MOVE. (1 pt)
_1___ R - RACING...Get that heart rate up for 20 minutes (min.) (1 pt)
_1___ T - TOUCH Reach Out and TOUCH Someone... Spend time with family, with friends, go visit, make a phone call. Your voice is a gift to those that Love you. (1 pt.)
_5___ HEART Bonus pts (5 pts for completion of HEART)

Sunday, February 13 - HEART Points: __10___ (10 max/day)
_1___ H - HIBERNATE Get 6-8 Hours of sleep per night (1 pt)
_1___ E - EAT 4 Freggies a day (1 pt)
_1___ A - ATTEMPT A NEW TO YOU STRENGTH MOVE. (1 pt)
_1___ R - RACING...Get that heart rate up for 20 minutes (min.) (1 pt)
_1___ T - TOUCH Reach Out and TOUCH Someone... Spend time with family, with friends, go visit, make a phone call. Your voice is a gift to those that Love you. (1 pt.)
_5___ HEART Bonus pts (5 pts for completion of HEART)

My second challenge this weekend is CUMULATIVE Weekend Miles Challenge! They will be both personally cumulative and cumulative for the team.

I pledged 5 miles or 8 km this weekend emoticon
DONE! 17.95 miles!!!

  
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GOANNA2 2/11/2011 12:49AM

    emoticonhave a great weekend.
You are so positive. Good on ya! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 2/10/2011 8:46PM

    Great idea - will try and see what I do over the weekend. Have a great healthy weekend.

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SUSIEPH1 2/10/2011 7:23PM

    Sounds really good Ania ,,. You are getting very busy my friend ... emoticon emoticon

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