BOOKWERME's SparkPeople Blog BOOKWERME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Honey info worth knowing! This is really good info to know if you use honey. You may not be getting what you think! <BR> <link><BR>oney-is-everywhere2/ </link> <BR> <BR> Be sure to note the many health benefits of REAL unadulterated honey. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:23:38 EST Reduce stress and blood pressure with hugs, pets and massage Just ran across a yellowed newspaper clipping...I have no idea when I saved it. But now that I have two daughters who are licensed massage has new meaning for me. Notice, especially, the very last paragraph!!! <BR> "Health Briefs by Susan T. Lennon <BR> Hug your sweetie daily <BR> Pets and massage also trigger hormone that reduces stress and blood pressure. <BR> Hugging, sitting close to or holding hands with your loved one can make you feel good. Ditto for snuggling with your... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:02:56 EST Chocolate? Look at this! Dr Mercola report on surprising benefits of chocolate! <link><BR>archive/2014/12/08/gut-microbes-make-d<BR>ark-chocolate-healthy.aspx?e_cid=20141<BR>208Z1_PRNL_art_1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm<BR>_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_cam<BR>paign=20141208Z1&et_cid=DM62115&et_rid=755946199 </link> Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:52:13 EST Come DANCE with me!!! Love finding articles like this one: <link><BR>p?storyId=6622283 </link> <BR> <BR> We took ballroom dancing lessons for about two got in the way (hubby was exhausted at the end of a work day!) The dancing fell by the wayside..but even now, years later, he will tell folks how much fun we had! (HOW do I get him going again???) <em>351</em> (ps...notice that the dancing couple icons are under the fitness heading!) Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:34:26 EST Burn calories while you sleep Good Housekeeping November 2014 page 90. <BR> <BR> "Slim-Down Strategy <BR> Burn More Calories While You Sleep <BR> <BR> Lower the thermostat, and you may fit into your skinny jeans sooner. sleeping in a 66 degree F. room can double your body's calorie-burning brown fat (a.k.a. 'good fat'), says research from the National Institues of Health. Why would you want more fat? Brown fat - like the dimply white stuff - actually boosts your metabolism." <BR> <BR> <BR> No thermostats at my hous... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:17:38 EST Sneaky Slim Down Tips My step mother passes along to me many of her magazines once she is done with them. I enjoy reading them and then pass them along. Sometimes, I find little treasures...and amazingly, this is from a `current` issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine. <BR> <BR> This is from page 85 of Good Housekeeping November 2014 issue. <BR> <BR> "The Sneaky Way to Get Slim <BR> <BR> Do it by stressing less. Women who experienced stressful events burned 104 fewer calories per day - and less fat - than thos... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:19:42 EST Just a few pics of our trip <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunrise looking out of our hotel room. Divi Carina Bay Resort in St. Croix US Virgin Islands. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Husband and son-in-law in kayaks (in the pic they look like two coconuts way out... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:41:34 EST Get Smart! Be Happy! Someone shared this on Facebook today. LOVED it!!! <link><BR>n-way-to-get-smarter-and-happier/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:37:55 EST Heart Attack? Know the signs Better Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 138 <BR> <BR> The article quoted below starts on page 135 and says: "Most women have at least one risk factor for heart disease - including a family history-but don't even realize it." <BR> <BR> Did you know that "Getting medical attention within one hour of having a heart attack can reduce the risk of dying by 50 percent." <BR> <BR> "Know the signs of a heart attack. Recognizing the symptoms is crucial to getting help ASAP and every minute matte... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:27:51 EST "Why your genes matter - and what you can do" Better Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 136. This info is part of an article about heart health. We may have genetic risk factors, but we CAN do something! <BR> <BR> <BR> "Why your genes matter - and what you can do" <BR> <BR> "Knowing your family's medical history - and discussing it with your doctor - will help your doctor recommend lifestyle changes as well as what screenings to gt and when. So grab a pen and paper and start interviewing mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, and everyone i... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:23:26 EST "Love Your Heart" Tidbits from the introduction paragraphs of an article in Betther Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 135. <BR> <BR> "When it comes to heart disease, what runs in your family matters - a lot. Studies show that if one of your parents had a heart attack or stroke, your own risk for those conditions can double, and having a brother or sister with the disease ups your chances of having a heart attack, too. But the incredibly empowering news is this: According to the American Heart Association... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 21:02:19 EST "It's Still SUGAR" Good Housekeeping Magazine May 2014 page 124....another "find". <BR> <BR> "Recently, consumers sued several food manufacturers for labeling a sweetner 'evaporated cane juice', claiming that the healthy sounding ingredient was simply another name for sugar. lawsuits are pending, but that's not the only sweetener with a fancy name on food labels. 'Fruit juice concenetrate,' ingredients ending in '-ose' and nearly all 'syrups' are forms of sugar - with the same dubious nutritional value." <BR... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:44:47 EST "Boost Your Brainpower" Good Housekeeping May 2014 Page 122 Love to find and save the good info!!! <BR> <BR> "Getting your move on improves both physical and mental fitness. And you don't have to wait until you're eligible for AARP membership to see the brain benefit: A Harvard study of people ages 18 to 45 found that the more time adults spent exercising, the more brain tissue they had in zones involved in memory. 'For most people, the memory-related brain areas start shrinking at a rate of 1% to 2% a year ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:14:36 EST Tasting chocolate for the first time This link is a video of the men who work very hard to cultivate and harvest the cacao beans that are eventually made into the chocolate we love so much. In Cote D'Ivoire, chocolate as we know it is rare and expensive! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-chocolate-for-the-first-time-is-a-<BR>1612726978?utm_campaign=socialflow_giz<BR>modo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_faceb<BR>ook&utm_medium=socialflow </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:44:32 EST "Give someone a squeeze." AARP The Magazine. June/July 2014 issue Page 14 with tips for Healthy You. <BR> <BR> I loved the second of six "60-Second health Boosters: <BR> <BR> "Give someone a squeeze. <BR> A 10-second hug lowers blood pressure by increasing the feel-good hormone oxytocin and lowering the stress chemical cortisol." <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:18:39 EST Take your Kidneys for a WALK! INS Health Watch put out this article via email and encouraged here it is. I LOVE that we can get such great benefits from something we are/may be/should be doing anyway...for other reasons!! <BR> <BR> "The Simple Way to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy <BR> <BR> Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on print More Sharing Services 8 [Obviously, these click through links don't work here.] <BR> <BR> Chronic kidney disease can rob you of your independence and even you... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 15:12:44 EST Guard your Medical ID The June 2014 issue of the AARP Bulletin had some info tht is wise to keep in mind. It had occurred to me to worry about someone getting info from my medical records, but figured there wasn't much to do about it. Medical identity theft never occurred to me. "Crooks use your insurance or personal information to get treatment or medication, or to submit false billings in your name. And unlike credit card fraud - in which the card issuers eat most, if not all, of the bogus charges - there are... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:45:13 EST Don't meddle with our food...stop GMO I am already trying to boycott products and companies involved with genetic meddling in our foods and other products. Thus, I am sharing this article from Dr. Mercola that I think everyone should read. <link><BR>archive/2014/05/27/gma-monsanto-gmo-la<BR>beling.aspx?e_cid=20140527Z1_PRNL_art_<BR>1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&u<BR>tm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140527Z<BR>1&et_cid=DM45685&et_rid=533112833 </link> <BR> <BR> You may be very surpri... Tue, 27 May 2014 07:24:53 EST Cell phone user? Read this. We've been hearing about this for a long time. Now it would be wise to really pay attention...just a word to the wise. This was posted on Teresa Tapp's May Newsletter: <link><BR>-ll-Want-to-Get-Off-the-Phone-Now-You-<BR>ll-Wantto- </link> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:02:59 EST another good reason to WALK Email info from RealAge today: <BR> <BR> "Just 1 Mile Keeps Your Brain from Shrinking <BR> <BR> Our brains tend to shrink as we age, just like a piece of fruit on the counter. But you could help keep your brain plump and young just by walking about a mile a day. <BR> <BR> That's right. In a 9-year study, people who walked just 6 to 9 miles each week preserved significantly more gray matter as they aged, compared with their more sedentary peers. <BR> <BR> Steps Worth Taking <BR> What's so ... Mon, 19 May 2014 18:36:29 EST On oil pulling There is a lot of discussion about the current "fad" of oil pulling. IS it really a fad? It has been around for thousands of years. What oil to use? Sesame has been the traditional favorite...but coconut oil may have more benefits. There are so many opinions. <BR> <BR> Have you tried it? I did. I researched it..and have found it to be beneficial for me. <BR> <BR> This morning, Dr. Mercola posted about it. So, read for yourself what HE has to say. Do your own research and make up... Mon, 5 May 2014 12:51:45 EST 8 superfoods They are, of course, selling a product. they always are...however, along they way the information can be useful as well. I have no intention of purchasing their product, but I am interested in what they say is IN it and why these ingredients are superfoods. Have a look for yourself: <BR> <BR> " <BR> Mister B's Secret Recipe Reveals the 8 Most Nutrient Dense Superfoods on Earth... <BR> <BR> The nutritional properties of each of these nutritional powerhouses could fill an entire book. Ever... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 07:35:41 EST Oil Pulling Until recently, I knew nothing of this age old practice. I suggested it to someone and she asked me to explain. Thought I would share the info here, too. <BR> <BR> "Re: oil pulling. I only learned of it recently..and at first, thought the idea rather gross. BUT having tried it myself and seeing the benefits both I and others are having, I certainly have become an advocate! <BR> <BR> I suggest you Google "oil pulling" and see what info you can find. Basically, you can do it with olive oil ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:16:32 EST Choose progress, not perfection. I was reading a Better Homes and Gardens newsletter this morning and one of the pages struck me as being good advice for OUR efforts at better health and fitness. So often we are overwhelmed by the task at hand, or let details and small failures trip us up. The advice here just seemed like a good way for US to be thinking about our efforts here on SparkPeople. See what you think. <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <link><BR>ization-basics/ways-to-reduce-clut... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:58:46 EST Fire prevention lesson Another FaceBook find...and one that could be life saving. The simple tip in this video is new to me...but certainly makes sense. Have a look: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cause-house-fires/#zovcbxxbDzDHRxwm.01 </link> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:25:25 EST Weightless Project dot org. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is an interesting effort to help both the overweight AND the malnourished. Worth looking into for everyone's sake. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:37:03 EST Observations of God's Wisdom This came via email. <BR> <BR> Subject: How Great is our God!! <BR> <BR> Some interesting facts to read.......... <BR> How Great is our God!! <BR> Our Creator and Redeemer . . . and do we THINK about it ???God's accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs.. . . . .For example: - the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days; <BR> - those of the canary in 14 days; <BR> - those of the barnyard hen in 21 days; <BR> - The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days; <BR> - those ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:57:26 EST Guidelines for Natural Flu Prevention This is an excerpt from today's Dr. Mercola report: Pregnant Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Shot <BR> January 14, 2014 <BR> <BR> The focus of what I have excerpted is how to boost your immune system naturally so you can be less susceptible to flu and other viruses. <BR> <BR> "Guidelines for Natural Flu Prevention" <BR> <BR> "It's important to remember that your immune system is your primary line of defense against any virus, so keeping your immune function high should be at the top of... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:55:51 EST SING!!!! another Facebook Find! <BR> <BR> Singing daily for at least ten minutes reduces stress, clears sinuses, improves posture and can even help you live longer. <BR> <BR> Among the comments: "Or bring joy to somene else ~ Remember the experience with [and elderly lady] who had lost her memory, but the moment a few children started singing some of her favorite Kingdom songs, she joined right in not missing a sing more to increase your memory cells." Sat, 11 Jan 2014 08:14:15 EST 7 Reasons Positive Emotions are Good for your Heart Another Facebook Find: <BR> <BR> 7 Reasons Positive Emotions Are Good For Your Heart <BR> <BR> Laughter makes blood flow more freely <BR> <BR> Hugs release Oxytocin and remove stress from the body <BR> <BR> When you meet someone that your heart goes crazy for, your heart gets a workout <BR> <BR> Spending time with a loved one lowers blood pressure <BR> <BR> Love letters may lower blood cholesterol <BR> <BR> Holding hands calms nerves <BR> <BR> A positive attitude lowers risk of heart ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:18:40 EST More Good Advice...Wake up and do stuff that makes your day better!!! I really liked all this!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>doing-these-simple-things-after-waking<BR>-makes-your-day-better-but-you-dont-re<BR>alize.html </link> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 08:20:11 EST 7 Weeks Could Change Your Life Everyone on SP knows about changes making a difference. This article is not related to weight loss and fitness BUT, This has some good ideas. <link><BR>2013/12/31/the-first-7-weeks-of-2014-c<BR>ould-change-your-life-the-choice-is-yours-3/ </link> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:47:52 EST Time to Ponder Time <BR> Quote of the Day from my sister-in-law's newsletter: <BR> <BR> - If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400-with no balance carried from day to day-what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank...time. <BR> <BR> Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as "lost" whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can't hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or i... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:12:02 EST Laughter good for your health! Dr. Mercola just posted an article about Laughter being related to our well-being. Laughter is a natural immune booster...and who doesn't need a boost these days? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>archive/2013/12/12/happiness-laughter-<BR>immune-boosters.aspx?e_cid=20131212Z1_<BR>PRNL_art_1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_mediu<BR>m=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=<BR>20131212Z1&et_cid=DM35084&et_rid=364489462 </link> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 07:47:00 EST Women and Body Image FaceBook strikes again. <BR> <BR> We on Sparks are very conscious of how we view ourselves as we make efforts to change and improve our health and fitness. We also know the importance of making POSITIVE thinking part of our daily efforts. <BR> <BR> This link is an interesting take on how women view themselves..and how someone is trying to change that viewpoint. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>al-k-filled-a-clothing-store-with-the-<BR>mean-comments-wom <... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:41:00 EST Stress reduction: the benefits of sewing! Found this on FB this morning..posted by a quilt shop that opened in my daughter's community: <BR> <BR> The Dancing Bobbin Quilt Shop <BR> Hello again everyone, <BR> <BR> Some of you may have seen this but I thought I would pass this information on to you. Now you have scientific research that supports your sewing habit. <BR> <BR> If your 2014 New Year's resolutions include getting healthier, you may be surprised to learn that picking up a needle and thread can help. Most sewing enthusiast... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:18:50 EST Walk, Walk,Walk. I know some folks think it is not exercise unless you work up a sweat and get your heart pumping like crazy. <BR> <BR> My husband recently asked me what was supposed to be the purpose behind all the steps I try to do each day (5 miles..about 11500 steps) even though I wasn't walking fast most (all) the time. I told him I had learned from past experience that the stroll paced walking I used to do out in the ministry..roughly 3 hrs a day most days..had kept my blood sugars in normal range (... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:05:52 EST Body language shapes who you are. I find such interesting stuff in my email in-box and on FaceBook. Here is a FB entry that REALLY can apply to us as we make the effort to change our lives. The bottom line of this presentation is fake it till you ARE it. Amy Cuddy is NOT discussing fitness or weight loss, but if you watch the video all the way through, you probably will see the applications to our efforts here on SparkPeople. I did. Here is the link...have a look: <link><BR>y_langua... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:51:27 EST Wellfesto You never know when you will find some gem or something you would like to remember or share. My cousin posted a link to this blog. I like it. Thought YOU might also. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-want-my-daughter-to-know-about-workin<BR>g-out/ </link> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:08:14 EST More on snoozing From Better Homes and Gardens August 2013 page 172 <BR> <BR> "Go ahead and sleep late. Turning in and waking up at the same time every day does help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. But if you're up late at a barbecue Friday night, your body definitely benefits from turning off your alarm and getting some extra z's the next morning. "Making up sleep in the short term does work," says Christopher Winter, M.D. medical director of the Martha Jefferson Sleep Medicine Center in Charlotte... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:14:19 EST Be a Snoozer! From page 78 of Good Housekeeping Magazine November 2013 comes a short clip that I think is SO true!!! <BR> <BR> "I Dream of Gratitude" <BR> "It's a time to say THANKS...but not if you skimp on shut-eye. Getting too little sleep my make you more self-centered and less appreciative of the good things in your life, even when you make an effort to count those blessings, reports a study from the University of California, Berkeley. Those closest to you-such as your spouse-are particularly likel... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 14:45:09 EST Kingdom Hall Build...just a few more photos Early morning Friday September 27th. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saturday September 28th <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is looking down th... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 16:47:57 EST Kingdom Hall Build...2nd video The brother that made and posted the first video (see my previous blog) has posted a second one. I loved that I am now acquainted with many of the folks who were working at this effort to build the foundation and slab. The arial phots were taken from a glider! Later, someone brought a small drone and they took photos and video with that. I have seen the drone, but not the photos..yet. is his second video of the all volunteer effort to build another Kingdom Hall in praise of J... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:03:51 EST Building a new Kingdom Hall Last weekend Saturday was set up day for the construction of a brand new Kingdom Hall in Lewisburg Tn. Here is a peek at the prep that had already been done: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I took a photo first thing in the morning on the 14th. That day was all about preparing for the actual construction project. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The actual construction project began on the following Thursday, Sept. 19th. First t... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 22:21:37 EST Eliminating parasites My daughter found this article and posted it on could potentially be affecting all of us. <link><BR>/ </link> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:52:44 EST The Trouble Tree Another "find" on Facebook. Author unknown. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Trouble Tree <BR> <BR> I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one ton truck refused to start. <BR> <BR> While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small t... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 11:52:11 EST Meeting Spark Team Members <img src=""> <BR> Don, Kim and Me <BR> <BR> I had such a special treat on Monday afternoon. I got to meet and have dinner with Kim's Schnooky and Don's Dumplin and their two sons. Monday was their 23rd wedding anniversary! They were on their way to a vacation so I felt extra special that they shared part of their special day/travel time with me. Older son has just begun his first year of Reg Pioneering (volunteer ministry)! Yea for our n... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 17:06:48 EST Invisible Mother Another gem from FaceBook. Probably was originally circulating via email. I don't know the author. <BR> <BR> Invisible Mother <BR> <BR> It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way <BR> one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be <BR> taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?' <BR> <BR> Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping <BR> the floor, or even standing o... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 13:20:17 EST Ten foods that are banned in other countries. Another FB find. It is getting to be that you can't trust anything to be safe...for your self, or for the environment or for something else. This article is very interesting. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ods-that-are-banned-in-other-countries/ </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 08:34:19 EST 20 Marriage Tips Everyone Needs to Know We learn all sorts of things on Facebook. Here is a well written article posted there. <BR> <BR> <BR> 20 Marriage Tips Everyone Needs to Know <BR> <BR> August 26, 2013 In the News <BR> <BR> Below are 20 wise marriage tips from a man that was recently divorced. You wouldn’t normally think that a divorced man would give good advice on being a husband, but this man has been through enough hardship to know what is worth fighting for: <BR> <BR> MARRIAGE ADVICE I WISH I WOULD HAVE HAD: <BR> ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 19:29:49 EST