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Claustrophobic? Me?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Yup! Today was not fun at all. I have had MRIs 2 other times without any problems. Today's MRI was an open MRI so there should have been no issues. The other 2 times they were closed MRIs, go figure.

No sooner than I did the machine slide me inside the machine to begin and I panicked. I hit the button and started screaming for them to slide me out. Seconds had not even passed and they were still in the room hardly inches away from the machine. I came out and they asked me if I wanted to stop. I asked how long would it take and was told the 1st one about 35 minutes. Wasn't thrilled with the answer. I asked if I could take the mask like thing they had around the bottom of my neck and face and the answer was no. I think that was what was causing most of the problem. When I took a breath while in the machine I could feel it coming back onto my face and it freaked me out. I also had my hands folding on my chest and holding the panic button and when I was slid in the tops of my fingers were almost touching the top of the machine's base that was over me.

I asked if I could put my arms down by my side instead of folded across my chest and they said that was fine. I took a couple of deep breaths and then said they could slide me back in. This time I went in with my eyes shut. They asked if I was OK and I said I think so as long as I don't open my eyes.

It was the longest 35 minutes ever. I kept feeling like I was going to panic but I kept it under control. When they rolled me out they said I could stand up to stretch before the 2nd one which was for my shoulder. I asked if they could do it from out here? emoticon They said no! emoticon I knew that was what they would say but I just had to ask. Asked how long this one would be and they said maybe just a little longer than the one they did for my neck. Also asked if I had to get slid in as far and they said no.

They LIED! I opened my eyes and I was way inside. Why did I open my eyes? Dumb move but since I didn't have that masklike thing on my face I didn't feel as closed in. Couldn't wait to get out though.

Asked why I panicked this time in an open MRI when I did not panic previously in a closed one. They wanted to know how many years ago the 1st ones were. They said as we age there is more of a tendency to be claustrophobic.

The only thing I could think of was that is a good thing that when they put me in a coffin and close the lid I won't have to worry about panicking. I will be dead. I couldn't stop thinking about that the whole time I was inside that contraption. I hope I never have to get another MRI. The EMG I had was a walk in the park compared to this. I'll take electrocution over claustrophobia any day.

Hope this gives the Doctor some direction because today was the pits and I hope it wasn't all for nothing.

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SURLYGIRL 3/12/2011 4:42PM

    MRIs are the pits. I had one for my brain with that mask like thing on my head and it totally freaked me out. Mine had a little "rear view" mirror on it and when I opened my eyes I could see out the tube and down by my feet which were in the open. That view saved me from completely freaking out.

Good for you for finding a way to deal with it. That's courage - being scared but doing it anyway !

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SNOOKUMS19 3/12/2011 1:40PM

    I'm sorry you had such a long tough day. I have some chlostrophobia myself. I used to be fine and about 5 years ago it got pretty bad. Elevators were really bad. I'm better than I was but the idea of a MRI is not something I could wrap my brain around. emoticonfor getting through a stressful time. You did great! You are stronger than you think you are!Enjoy your weekend!

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 3/12/2011 7:04AM

    MRIs are not fun. I agree with you. The first one I had was in a closed area. I, too, went into panic mode. They finally gave me something to put over my eyes and I did not open them at all. Success.

Wishing you good news on your results. Please keep us posted!

Hugs, Deedie

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/12/2011 2:08AM

    emoticonYvonne you cracked me up about the Coffin comment.

My Poor Dear Friend, so sorry you had to go through this. I've never had one but that noisy machine would drive me nuts.

My grandmother had to have one done when she was in the hospital she ended up passing I almost think it was a waste of time putting her through that torture she was crying when she came out. emoticon she had Alzheimer's and she didn't know what was happening to her. My Aunt just felt she needed to know that she didn't have a stroke.

I'm so glad it's over and behind you, I just hope it's nothing major and no surgery is needed.

You're in my prayers.

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WILLOW49 3/12/2011 12:11AM

    I HATE MRIs, even the open ones. I have been claustrophobic for years, and I freak, even with my eyes closed. I know you're glad they are over!

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L*I*T*A* 3/11/2011 11:33PM

    so sorry to hear about your experience.....
well it is over now.....take care...
blessings and hugs............lita

ps: thanks for the info i got some and it was delishhhhhhhhhh

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MRDPOLING 3/11/2011 11:32PM

    I have had several MRI's over the years. They don't bother me. Now when they come up with some sort of medical test that requires me to stand on the edge of a cliff while wearing a bungie cord... Yep that will be the time I freak out! hehe!

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/11/2011 10:54PM

    I'm proud of you for hanging in there. I could not do a closed one and really hated the open on. UGH. On the open one, mine was just a huge round flat thing over my head and shoulder, it moved, I didn't go in anything? Strange, but I'm glad you made it.

Let's hope after all this they find out the problem and can fix it.

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/11/2011 10:42PM

    Sorry you had such a bad experience...

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KOFFEENUT 3/11/2011 10:37PM

    Good for you for hanging in there! When I had my MRI I was surprised to find claustrophobia closing in on me - I totally didn't expect it. (Of course, my technicians didn't mention it could be my advancing age....)

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Well it is about time they approved my MRI.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tomorrow I finally get my MRI done. The car accident was October 22nd and they are finally caving in and granting the pre-cert for the test. The funny thing is now the Doctor has requested one for my CSpine which is the neck and one for the right shoulder. That is when they approved both, it would have been cheaper for them to have approved the neck one from the get go.

I have been going to Physical Therapy 3 times a week since January because that is how long it took them to approve the Physical Therapy. Now maybe they'll be able to figure out exactly what they need to do in Physical Therapy to "fix it." NJ is a no fault State but as far as I am concerned it is like pulling teeth to get approvals to have anything done. Had I gone through my health insurance it would have been so much easier. Can't do that in NJ, we have to use our auto insurance. emoticon

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ERIN1957 3/11/2011 7:37PM

    Oh my gosh I am so sorry that all this has happened to you.
Hopefully they will get to the issues and get results for you ASAP!

*UGH* Don't get me started on insurance companies.

I will keep you in my prayers!


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DS9KIE 3/11/2011 9:39AM

    that sure took them a loooonng time.

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MARTY728 3/11/2011 8:25AM

    I am glad you can finally start the process to get the proper care.

Also, I want to give you the credit for getting me to eat more of a raw diet. I will never be 100% raw or a vegetarian. However, I have always liked all fruits and 95+% of vegetables and after following you of SP, I have increased my raw intake. My family has noticed and I give you the "cred" for inspiring me. Turnips is the only veggie I can think of that I have not found a receipe that I like.

I suspect that you will have some way of making turnips taste good.

I will post this on your SP page front also.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/11/2011 7:57AM

    What a Pain, literally. Insurance companies to me, don't have the right to decline test that the doctors really think are medically necessary. IT causes more harm than not. YOu suffer longer and sometimes get worse because the treatment is not the right kind.

MAKE IT a GREAT Spark Day! Only you can~!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/11/2011 1:04AM

    Glad to hear that you're finally getting it done. I hope they will be able to figure things out.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/10/2011 11:47PM

    At least it will be done. I totally understand about the fusteration with the wait. Sometimes I need meds immediately and it takes a month to get approval for a MS flare. emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/10/2011 10:53PM

    So glad that you're finally going to get that MRI. I hope that they'll be able to find out what is REALLY wrong and then be able to fix it. I am so sorry that you've been going through so much pain. Bright blessings to you my dear. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 3/10/2011 10:37PM

    well they are doing it now that is what counts....
better than waiting some more and hopefully you will get some answers too.....
blessings and hugs.................lita

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/10/2011 9:49PM

    So sorry this has been a problem for a long time it's a thorn in your side like you need that right?!

Well I hope the MRI is able to detect whatever problems and this can help with getting the therapy you need to bring you to 100%.

emoticon Your in my thoughts and prayers.


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DJS-DEBBIE 3/10/2011 8:57PM

    Hope they get some answers!

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DYNAMICDEB53 3/10/2011 8:53PM

    So sorry it has taken so long, but glad it is being done. I do hope that with this test they will really be able to help you start feeling better.
Auto insurance is just another pain!
Smiles and hugs

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This low cal snack good whether you make it Raw or cook it.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Today is the 1st day of Lent and for a lot of us Catholics that means giving up some sort of treat or eating healthier for the next 40 days. Diet choices seem to be a popular thing to give up and this recipe comes in handy. You do not have to be a Raw Foodie to enjoy as this is good Raw, dehydrated, or even popped in the good old fashioned oven. A Spark Buddy asked me to write up the instructions so here it is:

Raw Cauliflower Popcorn

2 cups Cauliflower florets cut into small pieces
1 Tsp. olive oil
1 TBSP Nutritional Yeast
dash of Cayenne pepper
dash of Sea Salt *

can substitute Bragg's Amino Acids, Namu Shoya, or Soy Sauce to taste


This recipe is super easy and will take less than five min, unless you want to dehydrate it, then it will take longer.

You can do everything to taste, itís easier than following a recipe because you can make it exactly how you like. I like to add a lot of nutritional yeast and cayenne to make it extra cheesy and spicy. You can delete the cayenne and substitute any spice you like such as cumin or garlic.

To add all the ingredients together you can put the cauliflower in a large ziplock bag and pour in the nutritional yeast and other ingredients and shake it all up. After youíve gotten it all mixed up you can taste it and see if you need to add more of anything, and also decide if you want to dehydrate it or leave it raw. I prefer to do mine in a bowl and mix things around with a spoon because I am dehydrating mine rather than eating it out of the bag Raw.

Place the pieces out on the Teflex sheets and dehydrate at 115 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 12 hours. The cauliflower will be soft, but still have a crunchy texture. I like doing mine for a full 24 hours because then it is extra crunchy.

Make extra batches because this goes fast especially if you don't tell them it is cauliflower.

Number of Servings: 1

Already in Spark Recipes in case you want to trACK IT.

**************** Nutrional Yeast is yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce. Nutritional yeast is also the only reliable food source of vitamin B12 for vegans. Nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of your health food store. You can look for either nutritional yeast flakes or powder, but be sure you don't get brewer's yeast by mistake.

I buy mine at Whole Foods. Health Food stores also carry it but I find it is more expensive in Health Food stores. You can also buy it online.

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ERIN1957 3/12/2011 8:05AM

    great info besides recipe, thanks!

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MARTY728 3/11/2011 8:11AM

    Thanks for posting the receipe! I will try it.

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GTGSOUTHERN 3/10/2011 11:18PM

    Thank you for sharing ! My husband even thinks it may be good. emoticon

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VEGANJAZ 3/10/2011 3:37PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/10/2011 2:40PM

    I ended up going to the market yesterday and picked up a really nice Cauliflower Head and made this I used the Namu Shoya instead and added a few tablespoons of filtered water to make a runny paste and poured it over the cauliflower I ended up using the whole head so I doubled up the recipe.

Unfortanately my popcorn was a bit soggy because I had to leave it in the fridge over night and brought it to work.

At first bite I was like hmm strong flavors but after awhile it grew on me I didn't taste the cauliflower aftertaste at all which is what I was hoping for.

I can taste the bite of the Cayenne that I really liked a few more tries and eating it straight from the Dehydrator I will be sold.

Thanks for the recipe. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/10/2011 9:31AM

    It's amazing the foods you come up with Yvonne. thanks again for another wonderful idea!

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PAPER_WINGS18 3/10/2011 12:17AM

    This sounds delish! Thanks for sharing!


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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/9/2011 11:54PM

    I love that idea. I'm going to try that for sure. Thanks! I'm already figuring out meatless Friday meals for us.

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LADY_JOSIELOT 3/9/2011 11:32PM

    (As I said in my recipe comment), I love cauliflower and popcorn, so I can't go wrong with this. Thanks, Yvonne! :)

- Josie

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    I tried this after you posted it in the thread and it was super good!

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MIZCATHI 3/9/2011 5:24PM

    Sounds good. I know it's not raw, but I roast it too, with five spice. Really yummy stuff!

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BANJO_13 3/9/2011 4:15PM

    Yum! I can't wait to try!

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MRDPOLING 3/9/2011 2:57PM

    I have been craving popcorn of late but haven't satisfied that desire. This might be a fun way to try to feed that want.

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BCLYMIRE 3/9/2011 2:42PM

  Hmm, sounds intriguing. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/9/2011 2:33PM

    That looks delicious, I don't even care for cauliflower but I'll try this just to get the nutritional benefits from the veggie. emoticon

It looks like caramel popcorn. LOL

The fact that it's super easy I have to try it.

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L*I*T*A* 3/9/2011 2:30PM

    i am going to try this today.....where does one get Nutritional Yeast and what is it???
blessings and hugs..................lita

Comment edited on: 3/9/2011 2:31:02 PM

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LITTLEMINX57 3/9/2011 2:26PM

    I can attest this recipe is emoticon. Travelnista sent this to me I think last week when I saw it on her Nutrition Tracker when I was trying to get some ideas for eating more raw food. I never know what little tidbit I will get from Travelnista. I love you my friend! emoticon emoticon

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KASSIANDORA 3/9/2011 2:24PM

    Going to feel stupid for asking but where can you find nutritional yeast?

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ELIZABETH_SKY 3/9/2011 2:17PM

    Oh my gosh that looks so good! I'm going to try that for sure. Thanks for sharing :)

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I am told am a party pooper. REALLY????????????????

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Today is Fat Tuesday. One of these years I will get to New Orleans to experience it live. It is on my bucketlist. Mardi Gras starts 47 days before Easter and ends with the last "hurrah" so to speak called Fat Tuesday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It is one huge partylike atmosphere that endsall of the abandonment and merriment that precedes the Lenten Season for Catholics. The party stops and discipline kicks in.

There is tons of history behind it, the costumes, masks, the beads, the floats, and the king cakes. Not going to go into any of that except to say there is religious meaning behind the beads. Purple is for justice, green for faith and gold for power. The 3 colors are the same as those of the Church year, green for ordinary time, purple for Lent and Gold for Easter. It is not just pretty beads that are thrown at topless women. In fact the topless part happens on the parade route only in the French Quarter.

Back to being a party pooper. All of my friends wanted to go out tonight as we always do on Fat Tuesday for our last hurrah. We pick a restaurant we all like and it is like one big pigfest for lack of a better word. We make sure we eat anything we want because the next day starts Lent and that means we are giving up a vice of choice during the period of Lent. Mine has always been food related in the past like no chocolate, or ice cream, or dessert for the next 40 days. Lent is a 40-day season of prayer and fasting observed by the Roman Catholics. What ever thing I choose to "give up" can not compare to what our Lord gave up for us which is what Easter is all about but it is what I do. It can be painful for me at times(because I am addicted to food) but nothing near as to what our Lord endured.

Again I digress because I am not trying to give a religious lesson either. It turns out my friends went without me this year with my blessing. I gave them a choice, either I got to pick the restaurant which meant it would have to be someplace that I could order a nice healthy dinner salad or they could go without me. They tried to guilt me out by saying it was just one night but after eating close to 100% Raw for the past 2 months I would have been sick as a dog eating where they wanted to go. Greasy, oily, ooey gooey is just not in my vocabulary anymore. Needless to say my suggestions were not acceptable so they went without me.

I don't feel bad except for the party pooper dig. I don't feel deprived and that I missed out. I made myself a nice healthy Raw Pad Thai. It was yummy! They will all be hung over tomorrow and probably have stomach aches to boot. Me, I will feel just fine and probably lost another half pound as well. Works for me!

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JP5214 3/11/2011 11:00AM

    You are AMAZING and true to yourself. You are the party!! Have a great day..

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FOXXYROXXYD 3/9/2011 3:07PM

    and THAT is why you ROCK IT! Way to go my friend!

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 3/9/2011 12:33PM

    Good for you!!
And your friends are going to be the party poopers!!! *lighting a scented candle in their bathroom* Wheeew!!

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L*I*T*A* 3/9/2011 10:46AM

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DYNAMICDEB53 3/9/2011 10:41AM

    Oh Yvonne you are not a party pooper at all, they made their choice to do the pigout and you made a good one for you. You know I have read that at times our friends or so called friends can hinder us if they are not on the same track. Feel great friend for being strong and knowing yourself. Celebrate that!!!!!
Hugs and love

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 3/9/2011 10:41AM

    Good for you. If they had let you choose the place then you could have gotten your salad and they could still have pigged out on junk. All restaurants have plenty of junk food. So you are not a party pooper. They were just unreasonable. Anyway, forgive and forget, right?

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MARTY728 3/9/2011 10:17AM

    I agree with TIGSCHEF1.Your friends are the poops. They definitely were not supportive. I am sorry you had to experience this.

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 3/9/2011 9:19AM

    Good for you. Your power is shining through. I, too wrote a blog yesterday, and because of Lent a little religion added. I am not Catholic, but I am giving up foods to be supportive of my friend. That is what friends do. So go ahead and be called a party pooper. You are the one feeling healthy and wise this morning.

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SNOOKUMS19 3/9/2011 8:14AM

    Good for you!!! The name itself lets us know we deserve better emoticon My kids tried to guilt me into a pig out fest as well. I stayed strong and we had a healthy dinner. I did have a cocktail after dinner. I'm giving them at home during Lent so the last hoorah! Have a good day!

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    I love the way you stand your ground! emoticon

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ERIN1957 3/9/2011 6:42AM

    Bravo! I ran across your blog through the friends feed(what a good source to reach others).

CELEBRATION! On your blog and celebrating you in wonderful choices. That is something to cheer about!



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    Shame on them. I'm very proud of you too. I wish I had your willpower.
Stay focused. You're doing great! emoticon emoticon

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DARKTHOR 3/9/2011 3:41AM

    There have to be tons of places that you could have ordered a healthy salad and they could have got whatever they wanted. It sounds like they were being unreasonable to me.

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    I'm happy that you stuck to your guns and did your own thing. Be proud, very proud of yourself!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/9/2011 1:11AM

    That is so emoticon Yvonne I'm so happy you hand the control to not go, good for you.

I'm proud of you. I'm sorry I didn't respond earlier I wasn't getting any notifications and I just happen to check you most recent one this one from the Team Page and I noticed the rest of them. Good Grief so sorry it's so important to stand by your friends and I'm sorry I didn't I'll be more aware that Sparks has some glitches where I don't get notifications.

emoticonyou make me proud.

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TIGSCHEF1 3/9/2011 12:22AM

  You definitely are not a party pooper...your "friends" are just poops. They didn't have to change their plans. It's just sad that they couldn't graciously accept & respect your decision to not join the pigout. You are truly respecting the body the LORD gave you & are on the right path to good health. Maybe it's time to add some new friends who are on the same path as you. You are so encouraging and share such great info with us all. I would love to have a friend like you.
Num 6:24-26

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DS9KIE 3/8/2011 10:15PM

    well I'd rather be a healthy party pooper than a sick partier.

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/8/2011 9:59PM

    Too bad they couldn't compromise!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/8/2011 9:29PM

    I think you made a very wise decision! Good for you!!!

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LITTLEMINX57 3/8/2011 9:26PM

    You are not a Party Pooper! You are a winner! You made the right choice! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Papaya,the Fruit of the Week

Monday, March 07, 2011

I only recently in the past few years have liked papayas. I used to turn my nose up at them and it was only when I started dabbling in eating Raw that I actually started to like them. I now find them very exotic and for me a treat. I canít seem to find them up here unless I travel an hour away to go to the nearest Whole Foods. This weekend I was visiting my Mom in Virginia and we always go to the Oriental Market there. I love that store and can spend hours in there because I certainly canít find those foods up here.

I saw the papayas and I started salivating. It is hard to find a good papaya because they say you are supposed to pick one that is a color between green and yellow. They are supposed to be slightly soft to the touch. If they give to much that means they are too ripe. You are supposed to stay clear of papayas with shriveled or bruised skin which in my opinion is very hard to find. I never can find any that look as nice as the one in the picture below.

Papaya contains many nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, protein, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. It is low in calories and a good source of fiber.

It is best to serve the papaya a bit chilled. Believe it or not you can eat those round black seeds that have somewhat of a peppery taste.

Papaya Seed Dressing Recipe

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup raspberry vinegar
1 Tablespoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 small sweet onion, minced
1/4 cup papaya seeds

Place sugar, honey, dry mustard, raspberry vinegar, and salt into a blender. Process until combined.

With blender running, add oil very slowly in a steady stream. Stop blender. Add sweet onions and pulse 3 times.

Pour dressing into a bowl and stir in papaya seeds.

Refrigerate any leftovers and shake well before using.

Papaya seed dressing is not only good for green or fruit salads, but also as a marinade for poultry and pork.

Yield: about 3 cups

The papaya has many health benefits:

Protection Against Heart Disease
Promotes Digestive Health
Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Immune Support
Protection against Macular Degeneration
Protection against Rheumatoid Arthritis
Promote Lung Health
Papaya and Green Tea Team Up to Prevent Prostate Cancer
Anti Aging Properties
Great for Diabetes


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LIBBYGEO 3/30/2011 9:20PM

    I just started eating papaya and have found some very nice ones though I need to ripen them at home. I find them at the Walmarts that have groceries. They taste so good with a squirt of lime. Not instantly my favorite fruit but I think the taste will grow on me. The internet says that smaller Hawaiian varieties are more flavorful but I have not found one of those.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/9/2011 1:12AM

    unfortunately I had a bad experience with this fruit I just stay away. It is a refreshing fruit some what like mango and peach.

Thanks for posting! emoticon

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MRDPOLING 3/8/2011 5:23AM

    I honestly do not know if I have ever tired it. I will have to keep an eye out for it at Kroger next time I go.

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LANTECH19446 3/7/2011 8:28PM

    hmm I love dried papaya....never tried it fresh but we have ASSI market here and this would give me the perfect excuse to go in there

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WILLOW49 3/7/2011 5:47PM

    Mmmm, papaya is SO good! Thanks for the recipe!

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WEDDWT 3/7/2011 3:46PM

    I like the marinade idea, thanks!
For some reason I have never fallen in love with papaya. Maybe I've never found the right one, ripe but not too ripe.

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L*I*T*A* 3/7/2011 3:40PM

    great share......
blessings and hugs............lita

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