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Creation (or The Slippery Slope)

Friday, July 12, 2013

This just came across my email. I love it, and it's surprising how much truth there is in it.

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?"
And Man said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.

And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.

So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side.
And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.
God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them." And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.

God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it "Angel Food Cake," and said, "It is good." Satan then created chocolate cake and named it "Devil's Food Cake."

God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald's and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yes! And super size them!" And Satan said, "It is good."
And Man went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
Then Satan created Cuts to the Health Care System.


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MIMO11 7/13/2013 8:22AM

    Thank you, Maverick. l certainly hope he does. :)

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MAVERICK59 7/13/2013 1:09AM

    I think God too has a sense of humor. This was funny. Thanks!

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MIMO11 7/13/2013 12:04AM

    LOL Anti-God crowd! l'm with you Kingslayer. If they don't want to hear about God they don't have to read it. It's their choice. If they've got a better relevant witticism then they should post it. emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 7/12/2013 9:00PM

    I found this to be clever and cute.

I sincerely hope that you don't get any "hate mail" from the anti God crowd here on Spark! Some people just love to claim to be offended!! I love to offend those people :)

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Fuhrmanized Salads In A Mason Jar

Friday, July 05, 2013

So this evening I decided to process all my salad greens at once. Three heads of different lettuces along with some baby spinach. Then I cut up the other veggies - tomato, fennel, mushroom, onion and green onion, celery, red and yellow peppers, raw sweet potato, and an apple with lemon juice. Why not, I was making a salad for supper anyway. I spun the lettuce dry & let it dry more while we were eating supper.

After supper I rinsed a can of six bean blend. Into each jar went a tablespoon of dressing cut with either rice wine or balsamic vinegar, a 1/2 cup of beans, a heaping cup of veggies, a tablespoon of sunflower seeds and a tablespoon of raisins (I was out of cranberries) and the rest of the space was stuffed with lettuce. Then sealed and vacuumed out with my little wine vacuum pump.

So I have 4 lunch salads, and 2 jars of extra lettuce with a jar of cut veggies. The vacuum sealed salads will stay fresh 4 to 5 days. Extra lettuce can be for evening salads for the family or can go into green smoothies. My daughter loves Mason Jar salads too so they won't last long. I used to do these with egg and cheese and sometimes chicken, tuna or ham, but now I use beans instead.

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LETHA_ 8/5/2013 11:06AM

    I had not seen this before. Thanks for sharing.

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MIMO11 7/6/2013 4:03PM

    LOL . I don't think I coined it. I think I saw it on a recipe site somewhere.

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BRAVELUTE 7/6/2013 10:12AM

    I love the new word you've coined, "Fuhrmanized!"

Think of all the possibilities:
v. I'll go Fuhrmanize my recipe for berry pie.
adj. I think my life is Fuhrmanized.

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BRAVELUTE 7/6/2013 10:09AM

    Skater787: I found that my salads kept nicely in the refrigerator without the vacuum pump for4 days. I made 4 on Sunday, and had one at work every day. I just made sure the sauce was on the bottom and didn't shake till ready to eat. Still crunchy and pretty 4 days later. Doesn't happen in plastic containers. I think they don't have an air tight seal??

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SKATER787 7/5/2013 8:34PM

    Excellent. Without the vacuum it'd be a different story.
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Make Ahead Mason Jars

Saturday, June 15, 2013

So before I started on Eat To Live I had already realized that portion control was an issue, along with having something available when you are hungry. Plus I have a daughter who needs a lunch or breakfast she can grab on the way out the door. Enter Mason Jars and all the myriad of possibilities.

Need a quick and filling breakfast? 1/3 cup rolled oats or steel cut oats plus some dried berries, and hulled hemp or Chia seeds, along with pumpkin or sunflower or whatever you like. Cinnamon, nutmeg, your spice of choice are welcome additions. Add hot water to just under the rim and let sit on the counter til cool and refrigerate until needed.

And if lunch is needed try a salad in a jar. You can make them any size. Dressing in the bottom, then any grains, like quinoa. Next add your crisper veggies like celery, carrot, tomato, cucumber, and seeds like pumpkin or sunflower. Then STUFF full of greens-very dry greens. If you vacuum seal the mason jars they'll last 5 day in the fridge. I don't have a fancy vacuum pump so I put a hole in the mason jar top with a push pin, lay a small piece of electrical tape on the hole & suck the air out with a hand pump for sealing wine. Voila an easily ETL adaptable lunch. Just use the Quart jar.

I know one of these jars shows an egg, and there may be meat or cheese in one of the others, but I took these pictures before I had started ETL. It's easy to do the salads without meat or dairy.


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MIMO11 6/15/2013 4:07PM

    Thank you to you both. I agree whole heartedly. It's so much easier to avoid temptation if there is something healthy readily available.

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SIMONEKP 6/15/2013 2:37PM

    I do something different but the idea is the same kudos to you.

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SKATER787 6/15/2013 9:50AM

    Marvelous. Now you're talking. It's about having food, ready made food, convenient food, quick to make food. Having foods. I think you got the right idea and you're on your way.

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Off The Grid

Friday, May 18, 2012

Just thought I would let all my Sparkies know that I won't be dropping by for the next 3 days. This is the first long weekend of the spring/summer season and we'll be away from technology for a while.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and much success. Be kind to yourselves.




Saturday, April 21, 2012

So Thursday was a revelation for our family. My daughter has been having health issues since February of 2011, following a "flu". She began having headaches, dizziness, pain in her upper abdomen and often down the right side (you know, the "omg does she have appendicitis" zone), along with unproductive retching. She wouldn't vomit...just heave. Which would leave her just as exhausted as really throwing up, along with sore and still nauseous. Sometimes it would happen daily, sometimes nothing for 2 weeks.
We've been to gp's, a pediatric gastroenterologist, had blood tests, ultrasounds and an upper GI. The questions...is everything all right at home, are your parents mistreating you, are you pregnant. (Not from my GP...he has more sense.) The diagnosis....it's caused by stress. The prescription... don't do as much dancing.
Finally my GP asked us to go see a naturopath. He said "this is mechanical and I don't know what to do for you." I think that was very honest of him. During this time my daughter has come "of age" and is no longer tied to the pediatric stream. So on Thursday she got her appointment with the naturopath. The immediate response, upon hearing her history, was an intolerance of casein. Casein is milk protein. We had linked the episodes to milk in some form, but the occurrances were intermittent. Yogourt seemed fine. Some days grilled cheese sandwiches went down without a hitch, others a waffle made from a mix (containing milk solids) produced an immediate reaction.
So now we finally have a cause, and a method of attack. It means reading labels for a whole new list of items. Casein is not found only in butter, milk, cream, and cheeses, or just labelled as milk. It hides in all manner of baked, or processed food...think those Cheetos that call you from the snack aisle to the sandwich meats you put on your "milk containing" bread. Even non-dairy soy cheese is often caseinated. It hides in such a variety of possible names. Add these oddballs to the list along with whey:
lactalbumin, caramel color, caramel flavoring, ghee, custard, hydrolysates, hydrolyzed milk protein, high protein flour, lactoferrin, lactoglobulin, lactose, lactulose, margarine, rennet, Simplesse.
So if any of you are experiencing symptoms that you think might be lactose intolerance, but lactase tablets and cutting out the obvious sources just doesn't completely fix the issue, have a read of this blog:
and try going without milk in any of its forms.
Meanwhile, our family is hoping that this explanation is the right one.

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MIMO11 6/15/2013 5:22PM

    Hi Marthroid. My daughter is doing well, but it's been agreed that it is something more than just casein. She's still being tested, but we are managing better. Beef in any form can cause upset so we avoid it. to your boy ok with beef?

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MARTHROID 6/15/2013 4:14PM

    I know I am late in seeing this, but I used to think I was lactose intolerant, but not so. It wasn't until my son was born and had chronic constipation with dairy that we discovered that it was the protein in milk, not the fat or the sugar. It's like glue in my gut and my son's. We've been casein free for some time now. We use almond milk or coconut milk when necessary. How is your daughter?

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SKATER787 6/14/2013 11:49AM

    Wonderful story and you're lucky to have a humble doctor. So they're taking out gallbladders like they used to with tonsils.

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MIMO11 5/14/2012 12:20PM

    Thanks LindaMariez. I've had my gall bladder out too, so I know just what you went through. We considered that possibility, but the pain wasn't like mine, and there were some other risk factors that she didn't have. So far the removal of milk products from her diet seems to be taking care of the problem. I really hope we have the final solution.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/14/2012 11:47AM

    glad you found out what it was! I was ready to blog you I had the same symptoms) of pain especially on the right! They removed my gall bladder! I know a youngin that had hers taken out as well! I would go weeks without pain and them bammmm real real bad!!!!! I am praying the milk products are the culprit!

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MIMO11 4/23/2012 5:47AM

    Thanks, Carol. I think it would be easier if I was the one with the problem. :D
She's a teenager. Staying away from processed foods isn't on her agenda yet. She eats healthy most of the time, but sometimes it's fast food time, and if there's not a selection of snack food then "there's nothing to eat in this house." But she's a good kid and will come to terms with this too. We've been attack free since the diagnosis. That's a great step forward from an attack a day.

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    I hope she is better!

I don't eat any processed foods at all; and am about 95% milk and casein free.

I'm also a Small Notebok subscriber.

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2012ISNOW 4/22/2012 7:00PM

    Hang in there ... you cracked the big nut, and it will get easier from here on. Do NOT give up if you find a lash back after a while - it is not impossible that your daughter has additional allergies. So, keep an eye on the days when you notice she's not doing 100% ... was there an accidental intake of casein? If not, did she eat something she has never had before? Get ready to play Sherlock Holmes - it will pay off, but it may take a while.


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KING_SLAYER 4/21/2012 11:25PM

    It's kind of unnerving how a lot of Dr.s skip over the idea of an allergic response. There are so many things that we humans come down with that could be a direct result of a food item not being digested properly. Glad to hear that you guys now have an idea what's wrong and how to proceed.

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