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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oh my goodness: when I left home today, it was about 5:50 am, and it was already 80 degrees. The weather report called it a sweltering heat, and that's precisely what it is. It was hard to breathe and it felt like an oven. I have been reading a lot about heat illnesses (heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat rash) and it surprised me to learn that many people have suffered from these conditions and didnít even recognize the symptoms. It also surprised me to learn that a large number of people overlook and ignore the signs. Let me repeat that. A large number of people overlook and ignore the signs. I guess thatís just how people typically treat their health. They routinely overlook and ignore things until something bad happens and they get really sick.

When the weather is 90 or above, pace yourself. Take frequent breaks and wear a hat or cap to protect your head from the heat. Some people carry an umbrella. When I was a kid I would laugh at people I saw walking around with an umbrella on a bright sunny day. Well, now I know better. An umbrella isnít just to shield you from the rain. Itís a great protector from the sun too. Placing a cool towel or rag on your skin can also help. Donít worry about trying to look cute when youíre out in the sun.

According to information I read recently from the Centers for Disease Control, there are a number of indicators of a heat-related illness. These include heavy sweating, cramps, extreme tiredness, physical weakness, paleness, fainting, headaches, nausea or vomiting, extra thirsty, and acute to chronic dizziness. Each one of these things can be caused by lots of different things. But if you experience more than one of them at a time, it could be a sign you are suffering from a form of heat illness. The results can be much more severe in young children, the elderly, or other people with health problems.

If you suffer from these things and youíre still alert and lucid, you can treat yourself or assist a friend or family a members. Retreat to a cool shady spot with a cold compress and a cool beverage, preferably water. Avoid alcohol, and if possible, elevate your feet. Most importantly, when in doubt, call emergency personnel. Dozens of people die each year from exposure to the heat because they donít take any action. Protect yourself and pay attention to your body. For some good resources, read the following:



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MONETRUBY 7/21/2011 10:31PM

    Great information, Will. Thanks so much for posting this, we all need to be reminded of how serious the heat is.

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TRAVELNISTA 7/21/2011 2:17PM

    Great advice as this heat is here to stay for at least a while. It is supposed to be 80 degrees at midnight here and only 79 degrees at 6 AM for Friday. We will be 100+ during the day without factoring in the humidity. emoticon

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Cauli Salad

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Iíve developed a new love for cauliflower. Iíve been experimenting with different ways of preparing it, and this one that I call Cauli Salad is so good that I had to share it. Itís specifically for those following a plant-based w/ no dairy, but I think anyone will enjoy this:

The ingredients are:
Cauliflower Ė 1 large head
Non-dairy mayo (Vegenaise), 3 tbsp
Onion, raw, 1 large, chopped
Celery, raw, 1/4 cup, diced
Splenda or Truvia (or any no calorie sweetener), 1 tsp
Yellow Mustard, 1 tsp
Cider Vinegar, 1 tbsp

Cut cauliflower into small florets or crumble with your hands and steam for 5-7 minutes. Let cool. I usually place in the freezer for about 3-4 minutes, which cools it quickly. Then completely mix all ingredients. Garnish with fresh parsley and chives. This serves about 6 people.

Nutritional information for this is here:


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LADYDI2049 7/27/2011 10:52AM

    This sounds good. I'm not a big cauliflower fan but I am willing to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing it.


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MISS_VIV 7/25/2011 9:47PM

    yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm and if you chill it to the 'bone'... it would be very refreshing during this hot weather.

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SUNNYH99 7/21/2011 10:47AM

    Mmmm! Thanks for sharing with us, Will! I'm saving it, too!

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PHAT_N_SASSY 7/21/2011 1:04AM

    Yum! This sounds so good, I love cauliflower. Thanks for sharing!!

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MONETRUBY 7/20/2011 10:39PM

    I'm not much of a cauliflower person, but this sounds good enough for even me to try. Thanks for sharing!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/20/2011 8:40PM

    This sounds good.
Thanks for posting it Will. I am going to add it to my cookbook .

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Monday, July 18, 2011

If you like to eat turnips (Iím talking about the root vegetable and not turnip greens), then here is a different way to prepare them. Try making a salad with them. Clean and peel them and boil until they are tender. It doesnít usually take them long to cook, depending on their size. Cut into cubes and make a salad following the same recipe youíd use for a traditional potato salad but instead, substitute potatoes with turnips. I did that over the weekend and it was a nice new twist to a vegetable that I truly enjoy. If you arenít a huge fan of turnips, I recommend you at least buy one or two and try this out. I think youíll b e quite surprised. A little imagination can help you create some wonderful meals.

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TOKIEMOON 3/30/2013 6:24AM

    I like to eat them in small portions that are well disguised in soup. emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/18/2011 7:29PM

    I have never eaten a turnip. I am not sure why other than the fact that I wasn't sure how to prepare them. But, the salad you made sounds interesting. I love potato salad but haven't made or eaten it in a while because it's pretty high calorie. I may have to try your suggestion.


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MONETRUBY 7/18/2011 2:04PM

    Sounds interesting. I just might try it!

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MISS_VIV 7/18/2011 10:00AM

Especially raw, sliced SUPR thin in a salad or used to dip or cover with spreads. Peanut or almond butter works swell too.


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SUNNYH99 7/18/2011 9:38AM

    Sounds interesting, Will! I would never have thought of doing that. BTW, I'm learning to really love greens and have been experimenting. I'm growing Brussels sprouts this summer, and I pruned away the big paddle-shaped lower leaves, and decided to use them. I prepared them following a Braised Collard Greens recipe from VegWeb, and they were very good.

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It's World Health Day!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Today is World Health Day. Sponsored by the World Health Organization www.who.int/world-health-day/2011/wo
, World Health Day is an initiative to get the world to think more about making smarter and healthier decisions. This is a good opportunity to re-dedicate our lives to get back on track. Iím doing things like:

Pledging to walk more Ė the weather is getting nice

Cutting out unhealthy snacks Ė Kettle chips are a big weakness, and Iím replacing them with raisins and carrots

Eating breakfast more consistently.

I hope you can identify some things to do in your own life. Lets Get Healthy!

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MONETRUBY 4/7/2011 8:49PM

    Thanks for letting us know-I had no idea there was such a thing as World Health Day.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/7/2011 7:00PM

    Thank you for the reminder. I didn't realize today was World Health Day!

Actually, every day should be a Health Day. emoticon


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Secrets to Losing Weight

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I hadnít posted anything in quite a while. I decided to do so today. With nice weather approaching, people are interested in working on getting their bodies right and many people have asked me the secrets to losing weight. So, I decided to post something here in hopes that it might inspire people who read it. Here are my top three ďSecrets to Losing WeightĒ which can work for anybody.

The first secret is, find a reason to lose weight, something so strong and powerful that nobody and nothing will stop you or get in your way. The reason can be different for everybody. For some people, a health scare does it. For others, the birth of a niece or a grandchild is the motivation. But find something to get you and keep you on track.

Second, focus on the long term. Youíll need to make complete lifestyle changes, incorporating things into your routine that you can maintain for the rest of your life. There are dozens of programs out there from Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Diet-to-Go, Jillian Michaels, Nutrisystem, and a whole bunch of others. If you canít stay on it once you reach your target weight, then youíll probably be right back in the same place in need of losing weight again. I personally prefer sensible eating and making reasonable/prudent food choices over those formal programs. But many people need the structure of these type of formal programs. Either approach is fine. But, whatever you prefer to do, try to work a plan that you know youíll be able to follow long after you get to where you want to be.

Lastly, find a network/support system. Our friends and family can be great support. But if youíve tried unsuccessfully to lose weight over the years (and even if you haven't been trying for a long time), friends and family can also be quite discouraging and not very supportive. Donít let them deter you with negativity. It's YOUR life, not theirs. Thatís why I love Sparkpeople.com. Itís a great network of helpful and supportive people who are either right where you are now or have been there already and understand what youíre going through. But more than that, Sparkpeople has a number of helpful online resources, articles, guides, and other tools to keep focused and help motivate you. There is even a Sparkpeople App you can put on your mobile device for even easier access.

These tips are simple but I think an essential part to any weight loss strategy. Good luck and lets get sparking!

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AGENTMNA 4/3/2011 10:31AM

    Fantastic blog! emoticon

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MONETRUBY 3/30/2011 11:17PM

    Great blog! And you're right, these tips will work for anyone. I like that you emphasize that you have to make lifestyle changes, not just go on a *diet*. You really have to change your whole mindset about food, nutrition, exercise, etc., not just make temporary changes to see results. It's really about your overall health.

Good stuff!

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MISS_VIV 3/30/2011 10:59AM

    I am so glad to see you posting blogs again. It has indeed been a long winter.
Time for sunshine and movement in the world.

Keep it going Will... I am going to copy and share this blog with members on my teams.


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LIVINHEALTHY9 3/30/2011 8:15AM

    Great blog, Will.
Thanks for posing your tools for losing weight and maintaining it along with a healthy lifestyle.

Good to see you posting again.


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MISSFORTE 3/30/2011 7:30AM


I agree about the food diets I don't use those structures like weight watchers or Jenny Craig either. I have learned better thru Spark nutrition labels and portion sizes. making good food choices.

A helpful tool thru Spark is the dining out guide I often review it before going out before I order.

I have found so much useful information thru this website better than any other, more info I think than my family Dr has given to me.

Also I have found so much more support thru Spark friends my family and friends are not good supporters they always give me bad food and tell me to exercise more the next day. Or give me advice on what exercises to do that they don't do themselves!

thanks for the tips this morning hope more Sparkies read this it is very informational!

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