Monday, October 03, 2011
I am a cat lover. My husband, Tommy, is not. He doesn't hate them and would never do one harm, (he knows there would be consequences) but let's just say he is not a big fan. So imagine my surprise when he comes rushing into the house breathless last night saying, I need your help, there is a cat in the tree!
I go out there with the flashlight. There is a little white cat and it happens to be in the shortest of the pecan trees. She could have easily jumped. Tommy is looking for the ladder- can't find it of course. So he starts climbing the tree. Tommy is a big man. Big and tall. The tree starts to bend. I don't say a word until he gets level with the cat. I say, be careful, you don't know if it is wild or not. I tell him to grab it by the nape of the neck- usually they will calmly curl up- it is how their mother carries them.
At this point you are all thinking that Tommy is about to be attacked. That is not what happens. He grabs the cat. It humble curls up and he (excitedly) says, It's not wild! He hands it down to me and that is when the cat goes wild. I have been clawed by cats many times but none of it compares to this! To add insult to injury, once I get a hold of the cat, I have this frozen reaction where I can't let go. After I finally come to my senses and throw the cat down, I am standing there bloody and a blue knot is forming on my hand where I am guessing it hit a vein. Tommy gets me into the house and doctors me up. I(the cat lover) am standing there cussing and hoping the cat gets eaten by a dog, Tommy(not a fan) looks disappointed that he didn't end up with a new pet. What is this world coming to?
*Ok, I didn't really want the cat to be eaten- I did say it but I didn't mean it. I hope it is safe and happy and miles away from here.
Monday, June 20, 2011
My last couple of blogs have been down right depressing. So this is a positive one! Because of the recent deaths in my family, it has brought us closer together. My parents divorced when I was 9 and as usual, the kids were effected most. At no fault of our own, we were separated from my Daddy and his extended family. I have a cousin that lives right around the corner from me and I have never stepped foot in her house until last week. We have been talking non-stop since! Yesterday while the men and kids spent time together for Father's Day, we spent the day, talking, taking groceries to someone in need and eating lunch together. This year for the 1st time ever, we are all getting together for the 4th! I think it is going to be great and I can't wait!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Just on my Daddy's side- My daddy has colorectal cancer, his biological father died from the same thing, we just buried his sister today(she was 55 yrs old)- breast cancer, this family is very secretive so I just found out that one of his half brothers has already died for cancer and I don't know what kind and his other half brother has prostate cancer. I also just found out that my cousin has had cancer of the thyroid which has been removed. She just found out that it has showed up again somewhere else in her body, she is going to be tested but of course, her family doesn't know it yet.
All of this makes me angry. I came home from the funeral and didn't some research. I wanted to share it here for the ones of you that are not a part of my Hogwarts team. If you are a big HP fan, I would like to know!
Today's lesson is about protecting ourselves against one of the deadliest dark curses of our time- Cancer. You will find that the same Whole Foods diet that we stress so much here at Hogwarts will go a long way toward helping you to prevent cancer.
Foods that help prevent cancer:
*BEANS(including SOY)- Beans, beans, good for your heart...well they are also good for fighting cancer. The active ingredients in beans that scientists believe may play a role in cancer prevention include: saponins, protease inhibitors and phytic acid. These compounds, called phytochemicals, are found naturally in plants and appear to protect our cells from damage that can lead to cancer.
*BERRIES- Berries are good sources of vitamin C and fiber. According to AICR's second expert report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective, foods high in vitamin C probably protect against cancer of the esophagus, while foods containing dietary fiber probably decrease colorectal cancer risk. All berries, but particularly strawberries and raspberries, are rich in ellagic acid. In laboratory studies, this phytochemical has shown the ability to prevent cancers of the skin, bladder, lung, esophagus and breast. Research suggests that ellagic acid seems to utilize several different cancer-fighting methods at once: it acts as an antioxidant, it helps the body deactivate specific carcinogens and it helps slow the reproduction of cancer cells. Strawberries also contain a wide range of other phytochemicals, called flavonoids, each of which seems to employ a similar array of anti-cancer strategies. Blueberries contain a family of phenolic compounds called anthocyanosides, which many scientists believe are among the most potent antioxidants yet discovered.
*CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES- Don't be afraid of the name. This counter-curse comes in the form of cole crop veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale. Several laboratory studies have suggested that cruciferous vegetables help regulate a complex system of bodily enzymes that defend against cancer. Components of these vegetables have shown the ability to stop the growth of cancer cells in various cell, tissue and animal models, including tumors of the breast, endometrium, lung, colon, liver, colon and cervix.
*DARK GREEN, LEAFY VEGGIES- Spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, mustard greens, collard greens, chicory and Swiss chard are excellent sources of fiber, folate and a wide range of carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin, along with saponins and flavonoids. Researchers believe that carotenoids seem to prevent cancer by acting as antioxidants – that is, scouring potentially dangerous “free radicals” from the body before they can do harm. Some laboratory research has found that the carotenoids in dark green leafy vegetables can inhibit the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells, skin cancer cells, lung cancer and stomach cancer.
*FLAXSEED- Flaxseed is available as flaxseed flour, flaxseed meal (which has the texture of cornmeal), flaxseed oil and whole flaxseeds. The whole seeds are not digested well, so they provide little nutritional or health benefits unless they are ground. Flaxseed is the best dietary source for substances called lignans. Lignans are classified as phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) because they seem to mimic the action of estrogen in the body. Note that flaxseed oil does not naturally contain lignans, although some manufacturers add them during processing.
*GARLIC, LEEKS, ONION, SHALLOTS, CHIVE- This family of vegetables probably protect against stomach cancer. Moreover, the evidence in the report shows that garlic, in particular, probably decreases one’s chances of developing colorectal cancer.
*GRAPES AND GRAPE JUICE- Both grapes and grape juice are rich sources of resveratrol, a type of natural phytochemical that belongs to a much larger group of phytochemicals called polyphenols. Studies suggest that polyphenols in general and resveratrol, in particular, possess potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In laboratory studies, resveratrol prevented the kind of damage known to trigger the cancer process in cell, tissue and animal models.
*GREEN TEA- Since ancient times, tea has been used as both beverage and medicine. Both black and green teas contain numerous active ingredients, including polyphenols and flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants. One class of flavonoids called catechins has recently become the focus of widespread study for their anti-cancer potential. Tea is the best source of catechins in the human diet, and green tea contains about three times the quantity of catechins found in black tea. In laboratory studies, green tea has been shown to slow or completely prevent cancer developent in colon, liver, breast and prostate cells. Other studies involving green tea have shown similar protective effects in tissues of the lung, skin and digestive tract.
*TOMATOES- The tomato’s red hue comes chiefly from a phytochemical called lycopene. Tomatoes have attracted particular attention from prostate cancer researchers because lycopene and its related compounds tend to concentrate in tissues of the prostate.
*WHOLE GRAINS- The term “whole grain” means that all three parts of the grain kernel (germ, bran and endosperm) are included. Refined grains usually have the bran and germ removed, leaving only the starchy endosperm. (gross) Whole grains are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and hundreds of natural plant compounds, called phytochemicals, which protect cells from the types of damage that may lead to cancer. In addition research points to specific substances in whole grains that have been linked to lower cancer risk, including antioxidants, phenols, lignans (which is a kind of phytoestrogen) and saponins.
*CAROTENOIDS: Fruits and vegetables bright-colored yellow, orange, and red- Stimulates the growth of immune cells and increases their capacity to attack tumor cells through lutein, lycopene, phytoene, and canthaxanthin.
*SPROUTS- Contains high levels of chlorophyll supporting many healthy functions in the body, Acts as an antioxidant and provides cells with high levels of enzymes supporting detoxification and other benefits.
*MUSHROOMS- Stimulates the reproduction and activity of immune cells such as natural killer cells, enhances the efficacy of chemotherapy while reducing side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite and helps to suppress cancer metastasis.
Some good herbs and spices to start using- Turmeric, Curry, Ginger, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Basil, and Mint.
!! THINGS TO AVOID !!
Genetically Modified Foods (WHY IS THE GOV ALLOWING THIS?)
Monday, June 06, 2011
My daddy has been fighting terminal cancer for a while now.
My pawpaw (on daddy's side) just died 5 weeks ago.
Last week we found out that my daddy's baby sister is eat up with cancer and has days to live.
Yesterday I found out that Daddy's half brother has prostate cancer.
I feel empty and sad. My aunt is 55- only 11 years older than me. Apparently, she knew something was wrong for a long time but wouldn't go to the dr. and didn't tell anyone including her husband. Last week she sat him down and confessed, they took her to the hospital and she has went down hill so fast in the last week that she is unrecognizable now. This is a lot for my family to process.
Just a few years ago, I lost 4 family members on my momma's side, grandmother, 2 uncles and an aunt, all within a years time. Even though I was closer to them, this time seems harder. I guess it is because my daddy is sick.
I know there will be some good to come out of this, there always is but right now I can't see past the pain and confusion and if I am being honest, anger.
If anyone ignored the warning in the title of this blog and read it anyway, all I ask is for you to pray for my family.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Yes, I did eat cheesecake for breakfast. Ashleigh(daughter) was asked to bring cheesecake to work today so last night she took my wonderful recipe that was supposed to be thick and creamy, made in a spring pan and used two pre-made crust instead. She cut me a small piece this morning. I am not big on "sweet" and all I could taste was the syrupy cherries on top. I am not as mad at myself for eating cheesecake for breakfast as I am wasting a "cheat" on less than wonderful.
I woke up anxious this morning and missing my Daddy. I haven't seen him since my Pawpaw's funeral. I am going to try to see him today but worry that he will look greatly changed since a couple of weeks ago. He has terminal cancer. Lord help me.
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