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Friday, March 14, 2014


1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily at least. And while you walk, smile.

11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive, present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past, so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last, but not the least:
40. Please Forward this to everyone you care about. I just did.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SOMAR12570 4/7/2014 9:53PM

    This is great advise for living a wonderful life. Thank you for sharing!


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TMCAT1129 3/17/2014 9:56AM

    Wonderful words of wisdom to live by! emoticon

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FUNZ81 3/16/2014 6:57PM

    Great advice to live by, Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/15/2014 2:46PM

    Wonderful!!! HUGS and here's to a great weekend.

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    Thanks for sharing

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CAMEOSUN 3/15/2014 2:10AM

  emoticon emoticon For Sharing.

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MICKEYH 3/14/2014 11:00PM

    Yes, these are great advice! emoticon emoticon

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Links to Recipes for various Persian, Middle Eastern dishes

Saturday, March 01, 2014

This is really more a collection of links for me to remember to go check out later - I am fixing to make up some Ghormeh Sabzi (Sabzee), which is a green Persian soup, lots of herbs. I had it at this restaurant in town. I thought it looked disgusting at first, shrugged, and said "When have I ever had 'bad food' here? Everything has always tasted great, no matter what it looked like.", and plowed into it. OHHH Now that was SOOO yummy! I ended up buying some of it in a takeout container to take to my girlfriend that day. I didn't think she would even try it, she was looking at it and questioning my sanity. She wasn't feeling well and it's hard to get her to try new food. I just said "take a bite - because if you don't like it, I'll be MORE THAN HAPPY to take it home and finish it off!" Well, she took a sip of it and her eyes popped and she had a bigger bite, and ate it all up! Later, after I left her house, she apparently craved having more of it so much, that she revived enough from feeling poorly, drove clear back across town from her house to the restaurant, and bought another huge carton to take home!

But there's other foods that I've had there, and I'm not sure what the names are - yet, I just discovered a few recipe collections here on the Spark, and when I look at the descriptions, it sounds like foods I remember eating and tasting (I like to try to guess the ingredients, right?).

Rachel's Persian Cookbook

Ghormeh Sabzi (Slow Cooker) submitted by CIOUID

Ghormeh Sabzee (persian) submitted by VIVALARAZA

Oooh another group by CIOUID
Breakfast - Foul (Ful) Moudamas Submitted by: CIOUID (I had this in Egypt and it's gooood!)

Spicy Vegan Potato Curry Submitted by: CIOUID

Tandoori Chicken Submitted by: CIOUID

Mirza Ghasemi (Persian Eggplant Dip) Submitted by: CIOUID This one kinda sounds a bit like Baba Ghanoosh, only without the tahini added to it.

Persian Recipes - Created by ARTENZIE

(later) I added these all through the "Add Link" generator button up here... but now I get a whine-o-gram asking me to remove all HTML !? weird. So that means you will need to copy each link, open a new tab, and paste it in. So sorry. Not my choice. I guess I exceeded the number of links I was allowed to quote? I'm not sure. Haven't had my coffee yet, so I don't want to sit and figure this out now.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GRAMMACATHY 3/5/2014 10:23PM

    I just discovered a little Indian resale shop in our town with Indian spices hidden in the back room. I was so thrilled to get my hands on a pkg of Masala. Hoping this lady will have other spice blends for me to try too. I think the older we get the more interesting exotic and elegant spices can be.

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MICKEYH 3/2/2014 1:02AM

    emoticon for sharing! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/1/2014 8:27PM

    Going to plow thru these recipes. I love the spices used in Middle Eastern cooking: cardamom, cinnamon, clove, turmeric . . . aromatic spices.

And good for you too!

Knock, Knock!

I knocked at heaven's door this morning. God asked me...My child, what can I do for you?

And I said, Father, please protect and bless the person reading this message. God smiled and answered...Request granted.

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind
of battle."

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You Asked: Can Yoga Help Me Lose Weight? - Best SPBlog Ever

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I just read the best Yoga blog here on SparkPeople:

It's really encouraging for me. I've always "somehow known" that yoga was good for me when I did it, but it's too easy for me to get discouraged and quit because of naysayers...

(later - like a few hours after I started this)... I thought I had already sent this blog in. Just now found out that a former family doctor we had, and member of our local congregation, died last night in a plane crash. He was a pilot and I had forgotten that he was a pilot, if I had ever known that? And would be logical for him to be a pilot because both he and his doctor dad and doctor brother were used to practicing out in rural communities where there were hardly any doctors. He had moved out to far western Kansas, up near Colorado border, and there he was only one of three doctors. So that's a huge loss for their county.

And I think there was something else I was going to upload here as a blog, different topic. I've already forgotten. Weird, because I've been getting texts from my dad who is struggling with his own memory, wondering what the details were of his marriage to my mom some 54 years ago (I was just barely born 9 months later...). So that's sad for my husband and me, as he remembers when his father was declining so much mentally that he couldn't even remember and figure out where in town they were, when my husband took his dad out for a ride around town to run some errands, and it's the town that his parents had lived in some 53 years at that time, and his dad asked him "where are we now?" - right in the heart of downtown, some of the most recognizable and iconic buildings of the town. My husband was a bit freaked by that surreal experience.

So I'll ship this. If I have any other profound thought or memories, I can add them later...

Have a great beginning to a new week today!! It's gorgeous here at home, still a bit chilly but no snowflakes in sight!!

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    Thanks for the link. Reading it next. Yoga has been "calling" to me for awhile now. I've been slow to start.
My mom, too, has Alzheimer's but it's still in the early stages. She is in complete denial and there is little we can do without making her angry. We are waiting for that phone call when she gets lost on the road since she likes to travel. And she is obsessed with picking up cans on the roadsides despite the dangers. Her dad got the same obsession when he had Alzheimer's.
Sorry to hear about your former family doctor.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/23/2014 10:15PM

    ((((HUGS)))) My Mom has Alzheimer's and it is heart wrenching when the memory starts to go, which hers is too. **SIGH**

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    It is sad and scary when ones we love still look the same to us, but the person living in their body is a relative stranger. That was my mom, her last years were like that for me.

I will go check out your Yoga connection.

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A safer alternative to bariatric surgery?

Friday, February 14, 2014

I get these cool articles from the Israel21c website. Recently I received a link to an article about eating a bigger breakfast. After reading that, I did a search and got these additional links on various research being done on obesity -

Researchers find regular high-fat meals can prevent obesity

Nobesity helps the overweight shed pounds in small bites

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KRZYKAT3 2/14/2014 9:24PM

    love when you share what you have learned with us.. thank you!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/14/2014 9:19PM

    Thanks and

♥¨`*•.¸ ♥ ¸.•*´¨☆¨`*•.¸ ♥ ¸.•*´¨♥
¸¸.•´¸.•*¨) ♥¸.•*¨) Happy Valentines Day!
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MICKEYH 2/14/2014 1:52PM

    Happy Valentine's day my dear! emoticon

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 2/14/2014 1:46PM

    Lots of good articles over there!

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KATIE5668 2/14/2014 10:43AM

    great info..thanks for sharing....

tis Valentines Day today here... so will wish you a....

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Ouch! Protein Deficiency??

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I read an article today - after I had already maxed out my SparkPoints for articles to read (so I can click on this tomorrow and get my SparkPoints then...).

From the article "How Much Protein Do I Really Need?" by Becky Hand:

"Diagnosing a protein deficiency requires a complex nutritional assessment, physical assessment and lab testing. A low protein intake can occur for an extended period of time—long before signs and symptoms of deficiency develop. Signs of protein malnutrition include edema (swelling in the feet, ankles and legs), anemia, fatigue, hair loss, changes in nail condition, diarrhea, muscle wasting, dry skin, thinning of skin with skin breakdown (ulcers and wounds), a weaker immune system and infections. When these symptoms are experienced, the deficiency is already at a dangerous level and can quickly lead to medical complications and death."

I don't have all of these symptoms but I do have many of them. I've known awhile that SparkTracker will say I didn't get enough protein. There are those where I don't feel like eating meat. Soy proteins (as in shakes etc) always make my gut hurt, like someone just kicked my stomach. Some of the other protein shakes are sweetened with artificial sweeteners which give me other problems, or they will use a protein from pork or shellfish which I already know I can't handle (I think I may have gotten one or both in some Asian food I had the day before I had the hives, which I mentioned a few days ago.).

It's like the U2 song - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" but in clean protein that tastes good (not like what Bono was looking for...).

Gonna put some beans on to soak.... yummy! I love beans!?

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JANNEPERRY 2/15/2014 7:27AM

    Here's yet another suggestion to throw into the mix---Rice protein powder. My favorite flavor is the mixed berry. I like it because it doesn't have a bunch other unknown stuff added to it.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/13/2014 8:11PM

    Can you tolerate Greek yogurt? You get the most bang for your protein buck with it. I use plain and then if I need an add-in, I do it myself vs. buying flavored yogurt.

Kefir is another source. What about something like almond milk?

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MICKEYH 2/13/2014 4:00PM

    I will recommend healthy nuts.

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LADYHAWKES 2/13/2014 12:22PM

    Don't forget nuts, nut butters, almond butter is really good and worth the price.

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MRSP90X 2/13/2014 11:48AM

    Sun Warrior has soy free plant based protein that I know lots of people swear by!

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/13/2014 10:31AM

    That's one way I get my protein too plus I love egg whites. I eat 2 egg whites with one yolk, and it is great. Good luck with your goals. emoticon

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BEATLETOT 2/13/2014 9:56AM

    Chee-eese, maybe? I don't eat much meat, since I only eat the humane stuff and fish, so I often don't meet my minimum for SparkPeople, but I think it probably takes a lot for modern people to be deficient in protein. I do eat a lot of cheese and tuna. Beans are awesome. There's a really nice black bean burger recipe on
pe-detail.asp?recipe=396 Also, hummus on sandwiches...yum!

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