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Green Smoothie For Athletes

Monday, September 12, 2011

If gorillas and elephants eat greens as their main diet and are as strong as they are, why would you question if it was sufficient nutrients for a human?

Smoothies are great meals to make 1st thing in the morning. Your meal could not possibly be easier or faster to make. It is great for those on the go whether you are off to the gym, off to work (great for commuters), or just running errands.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHauIrMCjj8&
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Drink up and be energized!

  
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DEFIANTVEGAN 9/12/2011 5:12PM

    Love Green smoothies emoticon this summer I've made quite a few smoothies need to drink more Green ones though.

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LGAR519 9/12/2011 4:11PM

    I looked at several of those videos. Got some good ideas. I had a blackberry, banana, Kale and low fat yogurt smoothie today.

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WILLBOYWONDER 9/12/2011 1:20PM

    Also, I make a huge batch of it to last me 2-3 days. I leave it in the blender to make it easier if I need to freshen it up a bit.

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WILLBOYWONDER 9/12/2011 1:19PM

    I love my green smoothies. In mine, I usually add spinach, green beans, and kale (sometimes arugula) along with my fruits. YUMMY!

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L*I*T*A* 9/12/2011 1:17PM

    i have green smoothies most days......
thanks for sharing....
blessings and hugs....lita

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 9/12/2011 12:57PM

    Yes, I agree. Usually make mine on the weekends, can't do it on weekday mornings because I can't make it to work without using the bathroom!

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Never Forget 9/11

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Our world changed in the US on 9/11 as we knew it. This was not the 1st time that we were attacked on US soil, that would have been in Hawaii on December 7th, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. How does Pearl Harbor differ; that was a one time attack never to be repeated again. It was a part of World War II.

9/11 also was not the 1st time the Twin Towers were attacked. The 1st time the World Towers were attacked was back on February 26, 1993, when a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. This we also thought was a one time occurrence, never did the US think we would be facing the magnitude of International terror.

9/11 events were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States in New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets.[2][3] The hijackers intentionally crashed two planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. Hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to take control before it could reach the hijacker's intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 died in the attacks.

This attack not only resulted in the loss of lives but temporarily crippled our economy. Wall Street was sent into turmoil. Our stocks and economy nose dived. The rest of the world soon filed suit. Everyone was scared because who would dare attack the mighty United States. We as well as the rest of the world soon found out. Our allies soon became sites of similar bombings or attacks but than God nothing has come close to the devastation of 9/11.

We now knew what is was to live life in terror as they do daily in the Middle East. The news constantly bring news of suicide bombings in Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, etc. The world as we knew it has changed forever. Targets are now not just limited to the Middle East. Terrorism is now world wide.

I am not sure if anything will happen today. I pray to God not! Yes this is the 10th anniversary but maybe their mission today is just to terrorize us. Put us on alert, putting the fear of God into everyone waiting for something to happen. Their mission for today may simply be to remind us they can get us when they want and choose to simply do nothing but to fill our heads and hearts with terror.

Never forget 9/11. God Bless America. We will persevere!

  
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EGRAMMY 9/11/2011 10:41PM

    Your writing touched my heart . Thank you.

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FERGSGIRL2 9/11/2011 4:53PM

    "Thinking" blog, thank you for sharing.
If we ever needed prayer, we need it now.
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LGAR519 9/11/2011 4:06PM

    Good Blog. emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/11/2011 12:41PM

    I am praying with you also, Yvonne.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 9/11/2011 12:18PM

    Yvonne reading this again brought me back to that day and I had a a slight feeling of anxiety and a knot in my stomach.

We will definitely not forget and YES we will persevere!

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SUSAN134 9/11/2011 11:33AM

    Excellent blog Yvonne...thank you

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  From your mouth to God's ears! AMEN emoticon emoticon

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    Thank you Yvonne. Excellent blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FUZZYMOTO 9/11/2011 10:45AM

    My heart felt condolences go out to all that lost a loved one due to the spread of terrorism throughout the world. I give thanks to all those that strive to stop terrorism and work for world peace for all of us.

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HEIDIB2935 9/11/2011 10:27AM

    God Bless America!

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Dry Skin Brushing Aids in Lymphatic System Cleanse

Saturday, September 10, 2011



Catching up on my emails I came upon one on Dry Brushing. I have had this brush for a couple of years now but I rarely use it. Why? because I never take enough "Me" time. I need to start doing these little things for myself. It only takes between 2 to 5 minutes depending upon on thoroughly you wish to do it. When you dry brush, you exfoliate dead cells and give the body a gentle massage.
The most therapeutic benefit involves activating the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. The light pressure of brushing encourages movement of lymph fluid under the skin. This fluid carries away impurities that then are eliminated by the body.

Buy a natural, not synthetic, bristle brush, since it does not scratch the surface of your skin. Do NOT wet your skin, since it will not have the same effect, because this stretches your skin. Wash your brush every few weeks in water and allow it DRY.

It is more beneficial to brush from the extremities towards the core of the body. I like to start with the soles of my feet. It tickles but it is a pleasant way to start the day.



"Yes! But there is a right way to dry brush your skin for optimal benefits.

Start off with a natural bristle brush or loofa - my favourite is a long handled one. Synthetic brushes or exfoliation cloths are harsh and create minute scratches on the surface which may result in drier, irritated skin. Also, those with eczema, acne or other skin problems should consult with a health practitioner first.

Never ‘scrub’ your skin using hard pressure. Use firm but gentle pressure. It should feel good!

Always work in the direction of the heart. Start with the right foot, working in a circular motion first on the outside upwards then the inside. Repeat on the left also up to the top of the leg.

Stomach area: in a clockwise, circular motion from the navel outwards.

Right buttocks then the left: large circular motion, ending with strokes upwards.

Right hand, arm: as described for the legs – outer first then the inner area working upwards. Repeat on left.

Breast area: gently in a figure eight several times avoiding the sensitive nipple area.

Ribs: brush from the top down to the waist

Back: from the neck area downward horizontally (or circular if this is difficult).

Source:
epicureantable.com/articles/adrybrus
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Just what exactly is your lymphatic system? The network of small vessels and tissue spaces that move lymph throughout the body. The lymphatic system has several functions, including filtering out harmful bacteria; manufacturing white blood cells (white blood cells are produced by the lymph nodes); distributing nutrients to the cells of the body; helping to maintain the body's fluid balance by draining off excess fluids so that tissues do not swell; and assisting in the digestion of fats.


Great short Video to demonstrate how to do it:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoTBP_WJy9E


Avoid dry skin brushing if you are constipated. This is because the brushing promotes movement of the lymph which will push toxins through your system to be excreted via the bowel, and if you are bunged up then they cant get out! Wait until your bowels are moving again. Please also do not skin brush if you have any varicose veins, painful rashes or open wounds.

Now some say this is the thing to detox your body. It is one of the current rages in the health spa world. They claim it helps break down the cellulite in the areas of where these deposits exist. However, very little has been documented to prove this.

Why do I like doing it when I remember to do it and take the time to do it? Dry brushing does get rid of dead skin cells, increases circulation and helps the lymphatic system work better. I always feel energized after doing this. When done daily it does remove the dead skin cells leaving your skin nice and soft. You could even give up moisturizing your skin if you choose as you are now doing it naturally. You have gotten rid of the dry, rough skin cells leaving silkiness behind. It is great for winter when your skin feels dry and scaly. Dry brush and drink lots of water and moisturizer is rarely needed.

I have never tried dry facial brushing. I have sensitive skin and rosacea and dry brushing is a rough process because you need a good brush to exfoliate the skin cells. I would love to hear if anyone has done the facial dry brushing and your results. My rosacea has been pretty good lately and my skin glowing and I would like it to stay that way.

  
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DARA52 1/11/2012 4:38PM

    Are you still doing this? Sounds so wonderful... what a good "Me" time.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 9/12/2011 5:05PM

    Some how I missed this blog because every now and then the updates to work on Sparkpeople.

But either way work has been slow the last couple of days and I ran across this post.

Let me tell you I'm like you I've done dry brushing before and I haven't done it in years let's say maybe 13 years and I might have done it once before and another time wet. emoticon

It totally works!

I've done it on the face and my face turns a bit red from doing it but I can tell you this it gets the circulation going through out my face which helps a ton. My face is soft from the exfoliation.

Since I haven't been tanning for about 6 years I noticed because of the lack of pigment in my skin I notice some blotchyness like rosacea but who knows why this is just sensitivity i guess.

I definitely want to try it again I do have a brush for my body like the one you posted and a small one for my face.

Great Post Yvonne I'm definitely wanting to get back to doing this.



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QTEALADY20031 9/12/2011 9:54AM

    Thank you for reminding me. I must remember to take the time to do this. It is very healthy. Like you I have rosacea and I have not tried facial brushing. Thanks again.
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CELIAMINER 9/12/2011 9:02AM

    BestMeICanBe shared your page with me. Dry brushing sounds like a healthy addition to my (dry) skin care regimen. I use a shower brush once or twice a week, but that's just for exfoliation. I never thought of helping the ol' lymphatic system along.

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BESTMEICANBE51 9/12/2011 7:44AM

    Ooo! I think I'll try this. My skin isn't getting any younger. Since this stimulates the lymphatic system maybe it will help keep my cancer in remission. You never know and every little bit helps.

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RICHILA 9/10/2011 11:25PM

    Thank you for reminding me. I have good brushes and have done dry brushing in the past. I even have a facial brush. It feels wonderful, I just always avoid the eye area.

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 9/10/2011 5:24PM

    I have this brush..and found out accidently that the brush was awesome for dry skin. The benefits are plenty and it feels so darn good!

I am so glad you posted this as this is a problem for so many people!

Take good care of you,

Kristin

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FERGSGIRL2 9/10/2011 5:12PM

    Learning something new everyday is a goal of mine and you just helped me achieve it today! Thank you! I've gotta try this!

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PONYFARMER 9/10/2011 3:02PM

    Another great blog buddy! I now need to go out and gets me a natural brush. I have never heard of this before and I do have problems with retaining water.

Oh and great drs that I see, put me on a blood pressure med that causes me to retain water and then gave me another pill to get rid of the water. WTH is that! Job security at its best. Let's keep her sick and dependent on two meds, then she'll have to come back. Geez! I am really so done with drs.

Thanks for the advice.

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USAINI 9/10/2011 2:47PM

    Beautiful... I didn't know this. thanks for sharing..
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/10/2011 1:30PM

    Excellent blog! I'm going to try this. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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JCARDINAL 9/10/2011 1:16PM

    I just bought a brush and intend to try this. Thanks!!

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L*I*T*A* 9/10/2011 12:43PM

    i too have a brush...now i can use it properly
great share.......
blessings and hugs...........lita

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SANDYZEE 9/10/2011 12:13PM

    You come up with the most informative and interesting things!
Good job.

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SUSAN134 9/10/2011 11:59AM

    Excellent article Yvonne! I'm going to invest in a good brush and try this as I have poor circulation in my legs and this would definitely be beneficial!

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LGAR519 9/10/2011 11:50AM

    I need to get out more. I never heard of any of this. Makes sense though! I might give it a try if I ever fing a good brush. Love your healthy posts.

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  This is an important blog and should be heeded by all of us! You have done a service for all of those who are unaware of this! emoticon

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Blonde Joke

Friday, September 09, 2011

A man who just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit.

The female blonde mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like the body dressed. She points out that the man does look good in the black suit he is already wearing.

The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the Blonde mortician a blank check and says, 'I don't care what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.'

The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly .

She says to the mortician, 'Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied. You did an excellent job and I' m very grateful. How much did you spend?' To her astonishment, the blonde mortician presents her with the blank check.

'There's no charg e,' she says.

'No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!' she says.

'Honestly, ma'am,' the blonde says, 'it cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice.'

'So I just switched the heads.'

BET YOU DIDN'T SEE THAT COMIN!!!

  
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QUIETUDEAGAIN 9/13/2011 3:03PM

    Oh my word! ROFLOL

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NCPRINCESS7 9/10/2011 8:45PM

    OMG...now that was a surprise ending! LOL!

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TALLGUY42 9/10/2011 7:23PM

    A little morbid.....but funny.

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ANDEENNATE 9/10/2011 5:39PM

    Lol

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OMG! I didn't see that coming and WOW did I get my laugh on today! You are so darn funny!

Thank you for sharing this!

Hugs,

K

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    Eeeek! LOL

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    emoticon Definitely didn't see that one coming!!

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    Too!!!Funny

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Bored with your exercise routine, try this...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

"Flo-yo," or floating yoga, is the newest fitness fad to hit the United States. You join a class that paddling out anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, then parking in an inlet, cove or key (any calm, glassy-watered spot) for 30 to 60 minutes of yoga moves on an 11 1/2-foot long, 29-inch wide paddleboard.

"We start as you would any traditional yoga class and open with chanting and some breathing practices, and then warm up with standing postures and lunges," says Tara McCabe, the owner of the Key West Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga, according to MSNBC. McCabe's class runs two hours -- 30 minutes of paddling each way with an hour of yoga.

Scotty Bumbalough, owner of Maui B in Orlando, Daytona and Coco Beach, says classes are for all skill sets but do require a sense of balance. Flo-yo develops a sense of focus, core strength and improves your stabilizer muscles. Paddling in and out to practice provides a workout and a sense of meditative calm as well.

Check out what it looks like:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tcs-otnfug

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ing-yoga-class-is-just-as-scary-as-it-
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WILDFIREKRISTIN 9/10/2011 5:20PM

    LOL..I so love Yoga, but this is a little advance for me, but keeping it in mind as I lose the weight! Thank you for sharing it!

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DEANNAADELE 9/9/2011 10:00PM

  I saw it on fox tv, I think I would get sea sick from it but my dd thought it looked awesome.

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DEANNAADELE 9/9/2011 9:58PM

  No I did not expect the punch line

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WEDDWT 9/9/2011 11:44AM

    If I did this I would soon develop the nickname Flipper; I would flip right off of that board!
Have a good weekend Yvonne!
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NO_SNOW_BODY 9/9/2011 9:48AM

    sounds like fun and alot of work, awesome

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 9/9/2011 12:29AM

    OMG! I would be scared to death. Very amazing and was fun to watch.
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LILBITWANNABE 9/8/2011 11:54PM

    Something about water already relaxes me and makes me feel so serene. Add that to yoga and I would be on cloud 9 all day! Now if only I lived anywhere near where it was offered. Oh well, it was interesting though, thanks for sharing:)

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SUSAN134 9/8/2011 8:41PM

    This sounds wonderful! So wish it could be done around here (don't think my bathtub will cut it though LOL)

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PAPPHEM 9/8/2011 8:06PM

    Oh, i would so try that!

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/8/2011 8:05PM

    I'm sure many people like yoga, it's not my cup of tea, but you
certainly make us all aware of things that we might not
otherwise know about and can make an informed decision.

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LGAR519 9/8/2011 8:03PM

    Think i'll pass on this. Thanks for the yoga update though.

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PONYFARMER 9/8/2011 7:55PM

    That looks like so much fun. Not sure we could find a calm place here in So Cal to do it but I am up for it.

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MCLYD73 9/8/2011 7:45PM

    Sounds great!

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