BARB4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog BARB4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wednesday Words We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Ursula Calvert <BR> <BR> Lord, fill my moth with worthwhile stuff and nudge me when I've said enough. (I had this one posted by my phone.) <BR> <BR> Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding . . . Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. Prov. 3:13, 17 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:15:52 EST TUESDAY--Tell it like it is! Every man thinks that every woman's dream is to find the perfect man . . . <BR> <BR> Oh, please! . . . <BR> <BR> Every woman's dream it to eat without getting fat! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>15</em> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:56:15 EST Mulling it Over From the Voice of Reason: If our country is going to be sue happy, I guess they will try to pass a bill allowing people to sue gun manufacturers when someone uses a gun to kill someone. For that matter, let's sue the car manufacturing companies when someone kills someone in an car accident. . . and the alcohol distributors when a drunk driver causes a fatality when behind the wheel . . . and all the fast food restaurants who use hydrogenated oil and someone gets clogged arteries and has a h... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:45:02 EST Dump the Sugar! <BR> <BR> From the Truth about Cancer Report: In 2012, the World Health Organization reported more than 14 million new cases of cancer . . . which resulted in more than 8.2 million deaths worldwide. <BR> <BR> Several of the most common and aggressive cancers have to do with the gastrointestinal system. Your body does its best to dump the leftover toxins from the processing of the food that you eat. The food and beverages you consume, the fuel your body uses to fight disease, is critic... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 07:23:36 EST Saturday and Sunday -- Easter weekend It was a lovely time! On Saturday, we went of the labyrinth at a local church. It was great! The last scene in the labyrinth depicted the fish and bread on the shore with Jesus. Everyone who attended was invited to a pancake and sausage breakfast after the last scene. We sat down and DH got to talk to some folks who worked at the school where he worked. He said it was good to see the folks. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, we had a service earlier than usual. DH shared a reading called, "He Took ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:34:52 EST Saturday -- March 19 The craft show is over and I did much better today that last Saturday. Did add two more bunnies to my group. So, had three all together and sold two. Meant to take of picture of them, but didn't get that done. Sold some jewelry, but not any jewelry sets. DGD was a big help and sold some of her loom jewelry and bead jewelry. She was happy about that! <BR> <BR> DH had a setback on the virus. He got up feeling quite ill again. He is not resting as he should. We are going to miss our Sp... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:22:15 EST Oh, my! What a Week!!! DH and I were both done with some kind of stomach virus this week. It hit him on Wednesday and me late Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning I couldn't even keep water down--or the pink medicine! Later in the day, DH got some ginger ale and I was able to keep that down. Then I moved up to some tea with honey. Yesterday, I was eating some solid foods and today I ate "the stopper" for breakfast. It is a formula to stop diarrhea. I am feeling much better now. <BR> <BR> Still planning to go... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:50:28 EST Saturday craft show and pic It was a stressful time. Something didn't feel right about this show. Anyway, I only sold one item, but I thank God for that. The girls sold some of their cute jewelry and I am glad for that, too. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a pic of a variety of things I took to the show. Some hoop crafts, some southwestern jewelry, and in the back a large cargo tote I made. <BR> <BR> Hoping to upload a... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:59:18 EST Something Different Sunday Went to church as usual, but went out to lunch -- just DH and I -- after. We were suppose to be lunching out with a friend, but he didn't make it. Then, this afternoon my DD and husband came to visit w/o the kids. This was different. We had prayer for each other before they left. Sometimes the needs are so great . . . There is no perfection, but oh, how we pray for some relief of some the stress and pain. Enough of that. <BR> <BR> Lunch was different, too. We went to a small town res... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 18:18:35 EST Wondering Wednesday -- Have you seen this about Ginger? Received an interesting natural health email this week that I am sharing with you. Something to wonder and ponder: <BR> <BR> "Yes, ginger. That spice that sits up high in your cupboard, only coming out when you're making a stir-fry or pumpkin pie. <BR> <BR> "A recent study published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLoS One found that a component in dried ginger called 6-shogaol was able to successfully attack and kill breast cancer stem cells. <BR> <BR> "It did that without harm... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:16:36 EST Coffee Klatsch with brothers today! “Coffee klatsch” comes from German Kaffeeklatsch meaning "coffee chat." This is a compound word of which only one element has been translated, with the other being left in its original German spelling. <BR> <BR> Many people anglicize the spelling further to "coffee klatch" or "coffee clatch." Either one is less sophisticated than "coffee klatsch," but not too likely to cause raised eyebrows. <BR> <BR> So, four of my brothers, DH and I met for coffee this AM. Younger brother Don started thi... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:19:40 EST Wondering and Pondering Wednesday There seems to be a lot of new info geared toward supplement/vitamins/minerals and alternative medicine. I have done some research on where some of the research is coming from and, I must say, it seems what is being touted as sound research is coming from 'big pharma.' I do not trust the regulated 'drug industry.' Anyway, there’s an ongoing campaign aimed at regulating supplements as drugs, which would allow the drug industry to eliminate the supplement industry to increase their profits.... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:00:09 EST Last Week = Celebrating and Some Frustration! Brr! The awful cold seems to bother my knees more. I overdid, also, with cleaning and making things for our little famly's celebration. The celebration was wonderful! DD and family and Son's family (son was away on a coyote hunt) came and we had a lovely dinner and some home made desserts. One DGD made a cheesecake with a cherry topping. I made a jello/puddng cutout thingy. Made them into hearts. For dinner I made a chicken crock pot meal and a skillet full of Italian sweet sausage in... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:36:47 EST Friday Funny/Six minute stress reducer There was a Pastor counseling a young couple for marriage and he asked the would be groom, " Why do you want to marry this young woman?" A: Because I love her. "So, how do you know you love her?" A. When I'm with her, I feel upset in my stomach, I break out in a sweat, and I feel my temperature rising. It must be love, right? <BR> <BR> Pastor answered: "Or the flu." <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> A British research shows that being engrossed in a good book for six minutes can redu... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:38:51 EST Last Week Good news on the X rays that were taken. For my age, I am doing fine! No osteoporosis or arthritis in my back. Of course, the damaged disks haven't changed. There is a "very small" curve almost in the center of my back that may have come from the last fall. Chiropractor thinks that the back pain in the middle may be from some bone spurs starting to form. <BR> <BR> The knee exercises are working to help me with moving my knees. Just wish it didn't take so long. <em>24</em> <BR> <B... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:21:03 EST This Week so Far Sunday was a wonderful day of blessing! Our son came to our church to worship with us and then we took him out to lunch to a place he had not eaten before. We returned home and he and DH watched football. All in all we had a lovely visit. First time in years we spent that much time together one on one. <BR> <BR> Monday, knees were aching badly. We ran a few errands, but I didn't get much else done. <BR> <BR> Today, I had the final series of injections on my knees. People have asked if... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:19:32 EST I Thought They Lied, but . . . then I realized they just didn't know about their products. Let's start at the beginning. <BR> <BR> We purchased a few new things this month and all did not got smoothly. The new .9 cu ft microwave was on sale -- nice plus! <BR> <BR> The can opener we bought at WalMart had to be returned. We brought it home and when I took it out of the package, found that it was actually rusty around the cutter and the top of the can opener. So, we took it back. The lady at the counter looked at it an... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:04:51 EST Try Something New Tuesday Actually, I am reporting something new I tried yesterday. I made a lemon poppy seed bread w/o the poppy. I subbed chia seed. More healthy. More protein. Have to calculate it yet on the recipe calculator. It was a GF cake, too. I also made an alfredo pasta casserole with rice pasta. Trying to keep DH as GF as possible. DD and family really liked the lemon bread and pasta dish. Sent some home with DD for her DH for his work lunch today. <BR> <BR> Have lots to get done, but with these... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 06:47:24 EST It has been difficult, but . . . I am still hoping for great results. I have only missed one day of therapy (suppose to do everyday at home) and this has been a test of discipline. The knees do seem to be moving a little better and I can almost kneel down now. That is a wonderful improvement from two weeks ago! Today, I had my first series of protein (Euflexa) shots for my knees. It is suppose to help as we get older to keep our joints from becoming bone on bone. <BR> <BR> Got into a little discussion with the Dr. toda... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:54:30 EST January in the Olden Days The first guest to arrive at someone's home was believed to hold good fortune. They believed it should be a man bearing gifts, such as coal for the fire or a loaf of bread for the table. The guest will enter through the front door and exit out the back. Any guest who shows up empty handed or unwanted will not be allowed to enter the home first. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> Found this read interesting, but could not a time frame for when it was practiced. <BR> <BR> The tradition of a kiss o... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 23:49:32 EST What a Disappointment! The dumb old internet was out yesterday and I missed my streak of logging in. I had 1,351 days of logging in now I have to start all over again!!! So disappointing!!! <em>24</em> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:34:23 EST Therapist today . . . Had to learn certain therapy to do for this patella femoral syndrome. It was explained to me that my knee caps are not staying on track and that is where the pain is coming from. So, I need to do flexible training sessions everyday to combat this. Ouchy flexes! Hopefully, it will feel better as time goes on. <BR> <BR> A little tired out today. Finally got some walking in -- through the pain! DH begins his first full week of retirement. We went out and got some bird seed for the feeder... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 20:19:18 EST The Christmas Pageant! A Lovely Story to Pass On: <BR> <BR> My husband and I had been happily married (most of the time) for five years but hadn't been blessed with a baby. <BR> <BR> I decided to do some serious praying and promised God that if he would give us a child, I would be a perfect mother, love it with all my heart and raise it with His word as my guide. <BR> God answered my prayers and blessed us with a son. <BR> <BR> The next year God blessed us with another son. <BR> The following year, He blesse... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 06:27:28 EST Jest 'fore Christmas . . . Father calls me William, sister calls me Will, <BR> Mother calls me Willie, but the fellers call me Bill! <BR> Mighty glad I ain't a girl---ruther be a boy, <BR> Without them sashes, curls, an' things that 's worn by Fauntleroy! <BR> Love to chawnk green apples an' go swimmin' in the lake--- <BR> Hate to take the castor-ile they give for bellyache! <BR> 'Most all the time, the whole year round, there ain't no flies on me, <BR> But jest 'fore Christmas I 'm as good as I kin be! <BR> <... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:07:26 EST Have A 'Berry' Nice Day! The Berry of the Season! Ah, cranberries! <BR> Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and are famous for treating and preventing urinary tract infections. In addition, they offer protection against cancer, stroke and heart disease. Cranberries are rich in polyphenols, which might inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells and reduce the risk of gum disease and stomach ulcers. <BR> <BR> The best way to eat cranberries is to eat them raw and whole. Commercially prepared cranberry juice is loaded with sugar, whi... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 19:57:01 EST Have A 'Berry' Nice Day! Oh, let it "B"! Blueberries are one of the most powerful antioxidant-rich foods on the planet. Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) have ranked blueberries #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. One of the beneficial phytochemicals is anthocyanin, which is what gives blueberries their deep blue color. They also contain vitamins A and C, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. <BR> <BR> Blueberries offer many health benefits, including prote... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:52:46 EST Have a Berry Nice day! "A" berry! The acai berry started to garner some attention a few years back when Oprah talked about the little berry being number one on Dr. Perricone's top 10 Superfoods list. However, many people still aren't aware of its wonderful health and beauty benefits. <BR> <BR> The acai berry is a berry that is primarily grown in the Brazilian rainforest and it's approximately the size of a grape. Dark purple in color, the lone seed within the berry makes up more than 75% of the fruit. Acai berries are used ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:11:09 EST Have A 'Berry' Nice Day! The topic for a few days will be berries. <BR> <BR> Berries are among the best fruits on the planet. Not only do they taste great, they are densely packed with a variety of potent phytochemicals that can do wonders to normalize and improve your health. They are high in fiber and low in sugar, so they won't cause drastic insulin swings if eaten in moderation. <BR> <BR> The best way to eat berries is in their raw, natural state, since heating and freezing can damage some of the antioxidants. ... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:25:39 EST Party Pizza today! Family gathering! We usually meet each year about two weeks before Christmas -- all my brothers, wives ,kids, grand kids -- about 51 of us this year. I did not know who some of the great grand kids belonged to, but made some educated guesses. This was the first year pizza was chosen for the main course. It was ordered and DH had to be careful about the gluten, but ate some anyway. I didn't join in any games, but watched DGDs and others play. It was fun watching, too. I was sitting thinking about all the ... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 19:04:26 EST Saturday Smile -- Holiday Humor Ms. Terri asked her Sunday school class to draw pictures of their <BR> favorite Bible stories.She was puzzled by Kyle's picture, which <BR> showed four people on an airplane. She asked him which story it was meant to <BR> represent. <BR> "The Flight to Egypt ," was his <BR> reply. <BR> Pointing at each figure, Ms. Terri <BR> said, <BR> "That must be Mary, Joseph, and Baby <BR> Jesus.But who's the fourth <BR> person?""Oh, that's Pontius - the <BR> pilot!" <BR> <BR> <em>535</... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:59:23 EST Finally Friday! Feeling like this week was a month long! So much pain to deal with, it just wore me out. DH says he is only going to work one day next week. Two of those days he will be taking me to Dr.'s appointments. Seeing the ortho on Wednesday and the nutritionist on Friday. That will be the longest appointment. It is an hour to get there. Some tests when I am there. Seeing the Dr. and then an hour home again. Through these two appointments I am trusting the Lord for strength to get through the... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:02:23 EST Walnuts! Part IV--Choosing and Chewing This is the last in the series info on walnuts. Hope you have enjoyed reading all about walnuts <BR> <BR> If you're purchasing shelled walnuts in bulk, avoid those that appear shriveled or smell rancid, or that you cannot verify are fresh. Walnuts should be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator or freezer, whether they are shelled or unshelled. <BR> <BR> Phytic acid, which is found in the coatings of nuts and seeds, is an "anti-nutrient" responsible for leeching vital nutrie... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 19:22:30 EST Walnuts! Part III--What About the Fat? Eating too many nuts/seeds of any kind can make us go over our fat limits for the day. However, this is interesting: <BR> <BR> Weight Gain Typically Not an Issue <BR> <BR> Several of the studies already featured noted that participants added walnuts to their diets daily but didn’t gain any weight as a result. Taking this a step further, walnuts may even help you to lose weight as long as you don’t overeat them. <BR> <BR> In one review of 31 trials, those whose diets included extra nuts or... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 09:52:40 EST Walnuts! Part II Had to add this to the first blog on walnuts. Snack on a few while you read this, OK? <BR> <BR> <BR> Walnuts May Fight Chronic Diseases Like Diabetes and Cancer <BR> <BR> When you add real foods to your diet, you’re adding in a multitude of beneficial compounds, from healthy fats to antioxidants. As such, you’ll find they tend to benefit your health in multiple ways as well. This is certainly the case with walnuts. In addition to potentially boosting your heart health, the beneficial diet... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 17:10:08 EST Walnuts! Who Knew? My Darling Hubby loves to have nuts put into brownies and cookies. If they are not there, he will ask, "where are the nuts?' You know, similar to "where's the beef?" (He likes his burgers, too?") Anyway, I saw this info on the web and decided to share it here. <BR> <BR> Walnuts Have the Highest Level of Antioxidants of All Nuts <BR> <BR> <BR> Antioxidants are crucial to your health, as they are believed to help control how fast you age by reducing free radicals, which are at the heart ... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 18:35:16 EST Last Week -- WOW! What a week! Last week I celebrated my birthday with a friend and family. I went shopping with my DH and friends and found some good bargains on GF items for DH. Then our friend treated us to lunch. For dinner, we went to DD's and my DGD made an orange jello cake just because I wanted one. She also gave me a lovely birthday card with a wonderfully encouraging note. DD gave me one of my favorite gifts -- a box filled with little gifts. One of the gifts was a framed picture of me and my dear friend at... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 21:12:17 EST Uploading Crafts Whew! Finally figured it out! I needed to download Microsoft Essentials with the Photo Gallery. I had it on here and for some reason, it just disappeared. Anyway, here is a picture of the infinity scarves, wrap scarves, and various sizes of totes I make. The very large tote is a cargo/grocery tote that can hold two large grocery bags or probably a sleeping bag and pillow or pillow and blankets for traveling. I gave it a reinforced bottom and it is washable. The pic may not do it justic... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:45:27 EST Over the River and Through the Woods . . . . . .to Grandma's house we go. Hubby will drive the four wheel drive, thru the white and drifted snow--oh! Over the river and thru the woods, hoping for homemade rolls, When warm and toasty with butter on, the kind that warms the souls. <BR> <BR> Over the river and thru the woods, there's lots to eat at Gram's, It's portion control, and eat it slow, so we can have the ya--ams! <BR> Over the river and thru the woods, it's pumpkin pie for me, Hurray for fun, and when we're done, Spark People... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:51:20 EST So This is Tuesday Just in case you have lost track of time. I have done that from time to time. Sometimes I just need to take a time out. This is Tuesday. Time to try something new. <BR> <BR> Today I am trying to incorporate some lemon cleansing into my diet. Lemon is suppose to break up mucus and since I had that cold last month, it seems to flare up. I do believe the RAD (reactive airway disease) is acting up. <BR> <BR> Also, looking for an easy pattern for a hobo bag. Have some fabric I think wou... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:32:56 EST Computer Woes/Ticks Aplenty! Took laptop to get fixed. Using PC now. It is OK, but didn't want to put anything else on this thing. Oh, well, it is what it is. <BR> <BR> Taking ticks off April weekly--almost daily. Hope she doesn't get reinfected with Lyme's Disease. <BR> <BR> Cold -- Brr! Ready or not, here it comes! Swirling bits of snow wandering around our area. Not quite finished with the fall work yet. Hope we can get a few more days in soon. <BR> <BR> Hurt my knee on Wednesday last week -- possible spr... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:27:21 EST Autumn Quote and a Riddle Come ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of Harvest-home; All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin. Henry Alford <BR> <BR> ***************** <BR> <BR> Q. Why couldn't the skeleton laugh? A. He lost his funny bone! <BR> <BR> ***************** <BR> <BR> We are about to change our four-letter-word 'rain' for the four-letter-word 'snow'. Are you ready for this???? Ready or not, here it comes!!! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 07:44:40 EST So, that's what they do! I called the pharmacy to see what the Dr. had ordered for me for the possible 'Lyme's' from the tick bite and was told it was doxycycline, 100 mg, two. That's right 2 (two). So, that was such a little amount that I just told the person on the phone that I would wait for a blood test to see whatever, if anything, would develop. So, she is putting it back. Now I am not a good pill taker anyway when it comes to meds -- am not on any meds right now. I do take supplements and herbal formulas ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:42:07 EST Oh, no! Not again! Another tick bite!!! Plucked a tick off me and the dog yesterday morning. Unfortunately, last night I saw a bulls eye around it. Though I have been bit by ticks before, this is the first time I have seen a bulls eye. Talked to Dr. and have some stuff here to take and some on the way. This is what I need while still having a bit of a cough and some sinus congestion. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dr. said ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:06:33 EST Think About It Thursday Truth be told, happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them. Imagine all the wondrous things your mind might embrace if it weren’t wrapped so tightly around your struggles. Always look at what you have, instead of what you have lost. Because it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do with what you have left. <BR> <BR> Accentuate the positive. Live well. Laugh often. Love much. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>38... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:17:03 EST Finally, Fair Pictures! Oh, what Fun with Family! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 13:09:14 EST Really like the GF lemon loaf Over the weekend I made a new recipe, 'lemon loaf,' and an old recipe 'Emergency Cake.' The cake is an old recipe I got from a friend years ago. I converted it to GF and it turned out well. Really a nice fall cake. I like things lemony and orangey, so I Itried the lemon loaf. You start out with a GF yellow cake mix and go from there. I took both to our church dinner on Sunday and had some left to share with DD and her family. DH took a piece of the cake for his lunch today. I am gla... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:49:44 EST A Cold Caught Me To say I 'caught a cold' disagrees with my psyche. No way was I trying to catch one! So, it chased me down and plagued me with sore throats for over two weeks and finally developed into what seems to be the 'common cold." I was reading up on the virus that caused these symptoms by a Dr. Clark. She believed it wasn't a human virus, but a parasitic virus. She did some research with parasites, and parasites in humans and discovered that when parasites died --for whatever reason -- in humans... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 21:14:25 EST It is Not Enough to Believe . . . let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth I. John 3:18 <BR> <BR> "Should I become cold and shiver, I put on a sweater or turn up the thermostat. I believe I am cold because I am shivering, but if I did nothing to remedy the situation my belief would do me no good at all. To believe in something, one must take action on that belief to own it as his own." from Dishpan Devotions, used by permission <BR> <BR> We must change our actions to comply with our ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 06:55:57 EST Were You a Sponge? Still Soaking Wet? An excerpt from, "Dishpan Devotions": <BR> <BR> "Ministers love to see sponges in their churches. But they know if the sponge (is never squeezed) never gives anything away, the church will not grow. There is also the danger of the sponge being no longer wet, but damp. When the sponge is only damp it becomes stale . . . <BR> <BR> "A sponge needs to be rinsed out once in awhile to stay fresh. We need new revelations to share and new understanding to grow. New adventures on the road of ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 08:07:31 EST Finding Answers???/ Survey Question Did you know that almost everyone is a stress eater? No? I didn't either until I had my annual checkup (that I get every two or three years). Yes, I had gained weight--again. And yes, I was doing a bunch of stress eating--again! When the Dr. mentioned weight (he usually does), I told him about a few things that were going on, especially the loss of my best friend to cancer, and that I was 'stress eating', he responded that almost everyone is a 'stress eater.' So, now I wonder, was he s... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 18:44:33 EST