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Quicktip #56~ What's for dinner?Check in with the World's Healthiest Foods!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Good morning Sparkers!

This one's for those of you looking to expand your culinary prowess and stay healthy while doin it!

George Mateljan runs a fabulous resource site called "the World's Healthiest Foods". Nice to know, but its even better when you get a reminder in your mailbox. (you can scroll around the left column of this page which has a list of clickable links)

His weekly newsletter full of fun health factoids on Mondays, a daily healthy recipe provides inspiration.

CAVEAT for my Thyroid Peeps: His advice is tailored to those who don't have thyroid disease, so bear this in mind... for instance putting walnuts on your oatmeal every morning, and flooding it with soy milk, is a distinctly bad idea if you take your thyroid meds in the morning.

Here's the link should you care to sign up... or just look up your favorite healthy food and find out how it rates:

Take care of youse!
: )

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DMBEECHAM 1/29/2012 10:08AM

    Thanks for your response, MZZ. I was diagnosed a little over a year ago with Hashimoto's and my mother has Graves'. My doc started me off with .25 Synthroid and increased me up to .5 around 6-8 weeks ago. I don't eat land animals, so a lot of my protein had come from soy-based products. I have since switched from soy milk to almond milk, and Morningstar/Gardenburger to Quorn (it's a mushroom-based mycoprotein).

I didn't realize walnuts were an issue with thyroid conditions. Maybe I'll switch back to putting chopped almonds in instead. emoticon

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MZZCHIEF 1/28/2012 1:34PM

    Hey DM!
I have thyroid disease, and lead a thyroid disease team, so much of my advice is tailored to that crowd.

Daily walnuts and soy milk are not a good fit for those with thyroid disease. Occasionally isn't the worst thing you can do for yourself. Particularly if you soak your walnuts with a coupla changes of water for a few hours or overnite to get rid of the phytic acid.

Both Soy and walnuts are known goitrogens, meaning they interfere on two levels with thyroid hormones.

First, they bind our replacement thyroid medicine in the gut, so we can't absorb it.

Secondly, The phytoestrogens ( the isoflavones genistein and diadzein) in soy compete for the same docking site on the cell membrane as thyroid hormone.

If you have a healthy thyroid, then it will not be as much of a problem for you... just use a soy milk that doesn't contain carageenan... or better yet go with the Almond Silk you suggested that doesn't contain it... or make your own almond milk.

My issue with soy... for the thyroid impaired of not... is that most of it has been genetically modified with a gene from a soil bacterium to withstand being sprayed with Round-up. So if you're going the soy route, be sure to select an organic source! No GMO!

: )

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DMBEECHAM 1/28/2012 9:27AM

    "putting walnuts on your oatmeal every morning, and flooding it with soy milk, is a distinctly bad idea if you take your thyroid meds in the morning."

Is this a bad idea because of the walnuts, the soy milk, or both? I usually put chopped walnuts on my oatmeal in the morning, and I eat about 2 hours after I've taken my thyroid meds. I have stopped drinking soy milk and have tried to become more diligent about reading labels so I can avoid buying products with processed soy in them (soy lecithin, soy protein isolate, etc).

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UZIMAA 1/6/2012 4:23PM

    Ya know, when I ask "What are you making for dinner?", he always says, "Reservations".

This gives me more options on those many days when I'm hungry and too brain-dead to catch up with my menu plan. :)


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MARGIE100%PURE 1/2/2012 12:36AM

    I, too, have quoted ole Georgie when I research and rely on his honest general facts. Thanks for the heads up on thyroid woes in some of the food choices sponsored by Whole Food Markets. Some of these poor results to my thyroid function and body I learned the hard way in life.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/25/2011 7:41PM

    Hey, thanks for the url. This site is great!

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MSCR59 12/23/2011 8:45PM

    Sounds really interesting.. thanks for showing the way!

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MZZCHIEF 12/22/2011 10:05PM

    Glad to see some of you are already getting his ezine or are interested in seeing what he has to offer!

His food listings are pretty comprehensive... he's one of my "go to" resources....

: )

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/22/2011 12:50PM

    I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

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GEMINIAN1 12/22/2011 12:21AM

    Thanks, I signed up.
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1BEACHWALKER 12/21/2011 11:57PM

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/21/2011 1:09PM

    Thanks, signed up a while ago.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/21/2011 12:37PM

    Thanks for the tip!!!

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Tasty tip #9~ Fresh, super easy-to- make nut butters!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Okay, so I decided I wanted some peanut butter, but not the stuff that's filled with heavens knows what.

So I made my own.

Its super duper easy, yummy and I bet it would be a fun project to do with the kiddos this Xmas Holiday when you are looking for something to occupy them for a few minutes.

Here's what I did:
1. Bought raw peanuts from Sprouts. If you've got kids, you can buy raw peanuts with the shells on and make it a competition to see who can shell the most in the least amount of time.
2. Toasted them in the oven. How simple is this? Super simple. You preheat your oven to 350, lay the peanuts out on a flat sheet pan (preferably one with sides), leave it in there for about 20 minutes, stirring a coupla times so they roast evenly. Let cool for about 10 minutes... the only caveat is: NO SNACKING, those babies are !!!!HOT !!!!and continue to cook after you've got em out of the oven!(you don't have to ask me how I know, because you guessed it correctly already, ok?)
3. Put in your mini-Cuisinart, first chop, ADD a pinch of sea salt....then when its coarsely cut, grind. What? You haven't bought a mini-Cuisinart yet? Well what are you waiting for... Xmas is almost here, time to put it on your list if you haven't done so already!
4. Store in a small jar, I used the one that previously housed my super expensive organic peanut butter. YES, I washed it out and put it in the dishwasher for good measure!
5. Keep it in the fridge to keep it fresh, and to keep the oils from separating from the butter.

Some other nuts to try would be almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts.
NO brazil nuts or you could get a toxic load of selenium.

Chocoholics can even put some cocoa powder into the mix, with a small amount of honey.

Another sweet idea is cinnamon and/or just plain honey.

Those that like spice, a bit of cayenne powder is tasty.

Just go easy on the add ins, as you don't want to overwhelm the nutty goodness, simply complement it.

Since I don't eat wheat, I spread mine on apple slices, celery or rice cakes.
And sometimes I just lick it off the spoon. ha

Bon Appetit!
: )

Added 12/8/2011 Here's a link to my rave about the mini-prep Cuisinart!
This thing is the BOMB for chopping and grinding things in a jiffy and takes up very little counter top space.

CAVEAT: It does not take the place of a coffee/flax seed grinder, though... (those items are too hard) you'll need to use something else for that.

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19PITSY53 1/31/2012 5:51PM

  Sounds like I should give the recipe a try. Thanks.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2011 3:51PM

    I always wondered how to make it and now I know. Thanks for sharing!

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COLEENCOLE 12/10/2011 10:11AM

    I remember doing that with my kids when they were little. Try making butter with them. Super easy in a large glass pasta jar.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/8/2011 9:53AM

    Thanks, I'll have to try it. Have to get the Cuisinart though!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/8/2011 7:45AM

    We've made peanut butter before. The boys got the job of shelling them. It's pretty easy and fun. I haven't tried other nuts - yet.

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1BEACHWALKER 12/7/2011 11:08PM

    I sure do admire people like you! Maybe I am lazy or just don't like to do cooking/baking, but that does sound wonderful! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Love the recipe, GF!! Definitely the way to go!

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/7/2011 7:38PM


Have you ever had nut milk? Thats delicious!

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MARIA_VIGS 12/7/2011 5:36PM

    Sounds good! Mini-Cuisinart has been added to my wish list.

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GEMINIAN1 12/7/2011 5:30PM

I emoticonnut butters!
Flavored ones too.
emoticonfor sharing.
I will think about making my own now.
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Quick Tip #55 ~ How Skepticism led to Softer Hair...

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

If you're like me, you're often left wondering what percentage of Glam Factor is actually in the health and beauty aid you're considering buying.... and if the purchase price truly is worth it... never mind if " YOU'RE worth it". (Insert eyeroll here... prolly the most annoying advertising line in the history of mankind.)

You can get around this dilemma by starting with an inexpensive product you like and adding your own Glam Factors.
That way at least you'll know they are in there, how much is in there, and that they are fresh/from an organic source.

Most recently I've added a sqeeze of Jojoba oil to both my shampoo and conditioner bottles (be sure to shake it up well) with excellent results.

Just what my menopausal, thyroid dry hair needed... and my pocket book, too.

Its also great as a skin oil after a shower, or to fortify a commercial lotion or cream... important these days with winter dry skin.

You can get Jojoba oil in most health food stores, or order it online.
Go for organic... may as well do it right.

Here's a whole page of info on Jojoba... which is actually a wax, closest to human sebum:

CAVEATS: (you know I always have them)
Don't take this one internally, it will run thru you the way Olestra does.
Test this, as you should all new oils, lotions or potions, on your inside forearm for a week or so, before adding it to your shampoo or lotion. Just in case you have an allergic reaction. You shouldn't... but then mabbe your particular body didn't read that rule.

Have a fun day!
: )

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KASEYCOFF 1/26/2012 12:48PM

    I just got some jojoba oil a couple of weeks ago - I love the stuff!!!

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 12/16/2011 9:51PM

  Love this! I use jojoba or sweet almond oil all the time. On my hair, face (udder moisturizer).

I have super dry skin and mix it with regular lotion for my body. It's my winter staple in Chicago.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/7/2011 2:42PM

    So true, doesn't cost a lot to look beautiful. I am selling Burts Bees and right beside me is the fragrance department. I can't believe that people will drop a hundred dollars or more to smell "good" with bad chemicals. I have a little bottle of essential citrus oils I use as perfume that cost under $10.00. And no chemicals.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/7/2011 7:44AM

    Thanks - I'll have to try it.

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GIRLGENERICA 12/6/2011 9:35PM

    love jojoba oil! Found your page through a mutual friend, need to read through the rest of your tips :)

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JLUVSHIKIN 12/6/2011 8:28PM

    I just started using jojoba oil as my body moisturizer just recently. I know that I read it is good for hair... but I haven't tried putting it in my shampoo or conditioner! Even when I have a little on my hands and rub it on my hair, it weighs it down too much.
So, how much is a squeeze??

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    I have been thinking about making my own personal products and cleaning products for a while now and have been doing some research.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/6/2011 1:00PM

    I just found your page and have a ton in common that I want to respond to when I return home later today. Have a great day.

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Quick tip #54 ~ When you're just soooo done with slow browsers

Monday, December 05, 2011

For longer than I care to admit, I've been struggling with a slow running computer.

The Spark website was the absolute worse.
I simply didn't have time to sit there looking at a frozen computer while it took a coupla minutes to get its act together.

Luckily for my aged computer, I discovered that the issue was my browser, IE7. Our it would have been sitting curbside, waiting for Trashman Cometh Tuesday. Yep... I was that done with this slower than molasses behavior.

Turns out that my IE 7 browser was burdened by Morpheus malware... there were three of these "add-on" critters getting a free ride, dragging the browser down. I'm not sure where I got the Morpheus download... but I know I didn't put it there.

So here's the fix if you're having a Time getting Sparkpages to load properly.
Open your IE browser, go to "Tools", a drop down menu will appear. Select "manage my add-ons". See if you've got Morpheus...if so, delete it. There were 3 Morpheus related add ons on my browser.

If you don't have this beastie, start eliminating the add-ons one by one, connecting to Spark after each elimination to find what's making your computer run so durn slow.

Alternately, try downloading Firefox browser. You can have Firefox and IE on your machine at the same time, its not a conflict.

As Firefox is downloading, it will ask you if you want to transfer add-ons from your old browser. The answer to this question is NO!!!! otherwise you'll be in the same pickle as you were with your previous browser.

Here's the link to FireFox:

Good luck with this.
Life is too sweet to spend any bit of it looking at a frozen computer screen!

: )

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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2011 3:54PM

    Thanks for the information!

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MARY1313 12/6/2011 5:39PM

    I love love love Google Chrome. I tried fire fox too, but I don't like it was well. Google Chrome is free and easy to down load.

No one uses IE anymore because of all the problems.

Mary in Alabama

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MZZCHIEF 12/6/2011 10:17AM

    Thanks everyone for your comments!

You guys... you're so smart... I can see I am sooo far behind here on the browser learning curve!

Hail to new browsers and savvy Sparkers!
: )

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MRS.DOYLE 12/6/2011 9:47AM

    Good tip. I checked my IE add ons and they seem ok. I usually use Chrome whenever possible though and am happy with it.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/6/2011 8:20AM

    I hear you. Slow computer screens are frustrating. I like Firefox as well. Haven't tried Google Chrome.

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GEMINIAN1 12/6/2011 12:22AM

    I have used: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome.
Chrome doesn't allow add-on's, without asking.
Firefox is supposed to be the same way.

Any who, I'm a die hard "Google Chrome" person.
I won't use anything else now ... :-p

Another thing to remember is third party applications i.e. Adobe Flash & Reader, Java, Real Player, and software like that is to make sure you read the screens and don't just click, next, next, next, next.
They'll get you with add-on's that way too.
You mentioned that in your Blog, with the transfer too.

I am glad that your puter is running faster now because I agree with you, life is to short to stare at a slow computer. You rock!
Thanks for posting this, good stuff.
I hope that you're doing really good my friend.
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THISISIT-PA 12/5/2011 10:30PM

    I love Google Chrome.

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    I've used firefox for a long time. Much better than IE.

Comment edited on: 12/5/2011 4:50:27 PM

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Quick Tip #53~ 15% off on Bloodwork at Healthcheckusa for the next 5 days...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

For those of you that don't have insurance and are looking for bloodtests for your thyroid, a CBC or CMP... Healthcheckusa is having a 15% off sale.

You can order your tests now, for the upcoming year... they don't have to be used right away, but they do have to be ordered within the next 5 days (starting today, 11/24, to Monday, 11/28) to get the discount.

The discount code is HCUSABLK11
Here's a hyperlink to the website:

Good health to all my Sparkers!
: )

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MZZCHIEF 5/15/2013 5:58PM

    You can order your own blood work in most states, there's a handful that have outlawed it.

They're mostly in the North East... New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts.

And North Dakota.

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SKATER787 5/15/2013 2:22PM

    Great info. I didn't know you could get your own blood test without getting an order from doc.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/26/2011 9:06AM

    Thankfully we have it covered in Canada.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/24/2011 8:26PM

    We get ours done at our local health fair real cheap.

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LINOVER 11/24/2011 5:52PM

    Thanks for sharing this information!

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NEW-CAZ 11/24/2011 2:33PM

    Nice of you to share this Mzz.
Once again I'm glad I'm in the UK,.......this would be done on the NHS free of charge!

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