Saturday, March 31, 2012
This thought provoking article was brought to my attention by a friend of mine.
We'd been discussing a phenomena that had been occurring with increasing frequency in my life... me catching things before I was aware that they had dropped... seeing the thing in my hand before realizing an object was falling and making a conscious decision to catch it. It seemed to me that the order was backward.
This article comes to a surprising conclusion... and raises the question... does our conscious mind decide for us, or is conscious decision.... free will... an illusion?
Read if for yourself, before you decide.
Thx Imleeney for the proper address! I really need to check my links before I post my blogs! Anyways, thanks to Imleeney, it working now...
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Turns out this is a great way to give yourself a back massage in that hard to reach upper back (thoracic) area.
Just fish out that pair of pantyhose you're never gonna wear again, because its got a tiny run in the toe, or some other imperfection, and put it to good use!
You can use various size and hardness balls for this.
I've used golf, tennis and a red spongy ball all to various effect, depending on where my back pain is.
Just cut the pantyhose off at the top of the leg, so you have two stockings.
Drop a ball into the stockings, work it down to the toe. Tie a loose knot at the top. That's all there is to it... your back stocking it ready for action!
Beware O miserble Back Pain... your hours are numbered!
Fear the power of the backstocking!
For lumbar (lower back) pain, all you really need is the ball and the wall, but it helps to have it in a sock, in case it drops. This way it won't run off under the couch, dining table or some other hard to access place... that bending to retrieve it can be last thing you need, if your back isn't happy in the first place.
As for the Action:
You can do this one fully clothed... I prefer to wear a thin teeshirt and remove my bra because I don't need the straps and back band in the way.
*Find a bare wall, stand next to it back almost touching.
* Raise your hand with the top of the stockingball up over your shoulder,
* Position the ball end of it between the knot in your back and the wall by adjusting where your hand is positioned
* Rub this knot against the ball buy doing dips and moving from side to side to massage out the stiffness, while keeping hold on the top of the stocking.
*You can reach a new location by repositioning the hand holding the stocking to the desired spot.
For lumbar pain, do the same, only you can just place the ball where you need it to be and hold on to the end by your waist so it doesn't fly off.
A variety of ball hardnesses and sizes work for different areas on your back.
Its a real boon to those living alone, or have a partner who is unable or unwilling to help. Or who don't have the resources to afford a"real" massage.
Consider it, next time you get a knot in your back, and you may be glad you did!
Check out Getstronger's tip, she uses the tennis ball on the floor instead of the wall! This might be a better alternative for some.
I also use a large, long handled, heavy metal serving spoon when I'm desperate...the type you stir soups when they are in a big pot cooking. I gently tap the area between the shoulder blade and the spine, with the "belly" of the spoon. That area is my personal Waterloo!
Sounds like torture, but its heaven! LOL
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Did you know that the 70 trillion bacteria that call our bodies home, not only launch group behavior using signalling molecules, much like an organ releases hormones (or pesky stinging fire ants use pheromones), but also speak two different "languages"?
Didn't think so.
Watch the amazing Bonnie Bassler explain it all much better than I ever could, with humor no less!
Monday, March 19, 2012
This was so easy... its a little sad how excited I am over it! LOL
After writing my lentils and rice blog a few days ago, I decided to see if I could get some to sprout... and they did, with almost no help from me! AND no fancy equipment, either!
* a clean recycled yogurt container...
* a lid from one of my pots, cuz the yogurt container's lid was AWOL
* the mesh strainer, that I use to filter my tea leaves out of my pot of tea
Added about a half cup? of lentils into the container.
Ran tap water in there, squished it around, dumped the water.
Covered lentils with distilled water so that they were all submerged.
Left them there overnite, washed em and soaked em the following morning.
Later that afternoon, I bit one and found both the taste and texture had changed.
Instead of being hard and bitter, it was sweet and crunchy.
Not crunchy like potato chips, crunchy like an apple.
So I decided enuf with the soaking, drained and washed them again, but did not cover them with water.
Next day I looked and they all had tails.
So they got another bath.
The basic schedule I used was:
Soak about 24 hours with several washes and water changes.
Drain and don't refill with water... let grow the next couple of days, giving them at least two baths a day.
Day 4? not really sure... is today and Voila here they are! Beautiful, dontcha think?
And tasty too, I just invited some of them into my bowl of luncheon chili to play!
Friday, March 16, 2012
So I have a new addiction... and its all JLuvs fault!
JLuvs (aka Jenn) is a Sparker that planted the"Let's make Kale Chips!" seed sometime last year with her recipe. She thought I "fergot". I did not. ha
I'd lost her recipe... but I was determined to try them.
So I did what I usually do when in doubt... troll the internet for ideas, cobble together common elements, come up with a recipe based on what I'd discovered.
Thankfully... they're low in calories and high in nutrition.
And how else could you eat an entire head of Kale/days worth of veggies in one sitting?
So here goes...
TOOLS YOU NEED:
*Large pot to wash Kale in
*Scissors, knife or some sort of cutting tool
*Colander to drain it
*Salad spinner or paper towels
* Cookie sheet or roasting pan
*Plate, bowl or glass to present chips to the masses
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR BASIC RECIPE:
*Large Bunch of Kale (preferably organic as Kale is otherwise pretty high in pesticides...washing will take some of it off but not all)
OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS (flavorings... not necessary, believe me!)
*red cayenne pepper
* sesame seed or sesame oil
1. FLAY YOUR KALE~
Kale has a hard, lighter green "rib" running up it like a spine. You're going to want to remove this. This can be done with a knife, your fingers and pulling, or a scissors. Point is, remove it.
2. DETERMINE THE PRESENTATION~
Long and slender, or short and bite sized?
* leave the leaf intact and when its cooked, stand it up in a tall glass for eating
* tear or cut them in pieces for a "bowl of chips" presentation
3. SOAK & WASH~
I've got a huge stainless steel bowl that I wash all my greens in. Here's Ms Hand filling it up and adding a bit of powdered vitamin C to the water. In case you missed my incessant ramblings on the subject, I add C to my tap water to remove the chlorine and chloramines... and I suggest you do to!
I generally let the Kale soak in there about 15 minutes, then push it up and down, drain rinse, and fill the bowl up again with water and vitamin C, let it sit for 5 MORE minutes.
4. DRAIN AND DRY~
Drain in a colander, use paper towels to dry as best you can... or better yet use a Salad Spinner. The Salad Spinner is fabulous, if you don't have one, you might want to consider putting it on your wish list or better yet, just buying one. They cost waaay less than a Mercedes.
5.OIL IT DOWN~
Put dried Kale back in your dry Washing bowl, sprinkle on about a tablespoon of olive oil. Toss, Toss, Toss until its all coated. I also added a bit of Sesame Seed oil for flavor but a good Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is just delicious, too.
6.POSITION IT FOR TOASTING~
Place on cookie sheet, or roasting pan... one layer thick. OVEN preset at 325.
I needed to do this in two batches, because I only have one cookie sheet.
Its okay if the cookie sheet is a bit overcrowded, because the Kale winds up like an extra in "Honey, Who Shrunk the Kids? by the time its been toasted.
If you start double- deckering them though, don't claim I didn't warn ya!
Here's what they look like after 20 minutes at 325. NOTE: One half had cayenne put on it, the other sesame seeds. You can see this in the photo.
7.REMOVE FROM OVEN~
After about 20 minutes at 325. Remove a chip to test for crunchiness. It should melt in your mouth like an angel flake... be light and airy. If you left your leaves intact, you can stand them up in a tumbler glass, if not, pile onto a waiting plate.
they are now, drumroll please...
READY TO EAT!
Okay, so you're saying: Well what about all those Toppings, Mzzchief, what are we going to do with those?
Here's some suggestions:
1. you can make salt, pepper and vinegar Kale chips. Just add these ingredients along with the olive oil, after you're returned the Kale to the Mixing bowl once its been spun dry. You only need a SMALL amount of vinegar, so go easy
2. Parmesan cheese can be sprinkled over the top of the chips as they lay on the cookie sheet, before they go into the oven
3. Sesame seeds can be added while Kale is on cookie sheet, as can red pepper and salt. The olive oil will help it to stick
4. Use sesame seed oil at the same time you use olive... use less olive oil.
Okay, Sparkers! I think that just about covers this cooking adventure!
Big thanks to Jluvs as the motivating force driving this adventure to fruition!
GREAT IDEAS FROM SPARKERS!
Imleeny sez : try it with a dehydrator, look for flat "dinosaur kale" and try nutritional yeast as a topping (added selenium, B vitamins, iron and parmesan cheese taste).
Strings sez: Be careful thyroid sufferers as Kale is a goitrogen... use moderation. (I have a bit of seaweed that day as Kale can block iodine and seaweed is a good source of that mineral). Also that smoked Paprika is a hit on these chips.
Check out GIRANIMAL's tip for getting a light even coating of olive oil on your kale chips (or anywhere's else for that matter).
Its a device called the Misto, which is an empty spray bottle for olive oil. I just saw them for sale a few days ago at Ross or Marshalls, in their home department. Sorry, I can't remember which store... they run about $9.
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