MZZCHIEF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MZZCHIEF MZZCHIEF's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Doing everything "right", not losing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820652 You may have insulin resistance a condition that precedes type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's how this goes: <BR> Your doc will tell you to lose weight... like you have a mirror already! <BR> You do everything "right". <BR> You eat healthy foods in the proper amount. <BR> You exercise. <BR> You get adequate sleep. <BR> You reduce stress in your life thru a variety of methods. <BR> You step on the scale... and you're another two pounds heavier. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Bc its possible y... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:16:09 EST Lower your blood sugar with Gynostemma Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820059 HI fellow Sparkers@ <BR> I started a new team, along with my Sparkfriend 1CrazyDog, as I've become "IR"... insulin resistant. <BR> <BR> <BR> Insulin resistance will not only make it very difficult for you to lose weight, but it can have some unfortunate side effects like blurry vision, retinal hematomas, hardening of the arteries, cataracts, feeling super sleepy after meals. <BR> <BR> I've been looking for natural remedies, in an attempt to get my BG (blood glucose) under control. I bought... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:11:50 EST Of Hornworms and Hummingbird Moths... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779718 Hi Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm writing a bit more today about tomato hornworms, since Henry's Mom expressed concern that I'd gobbled a few of them down, which... I did not. Promise! YET! ha <BR> I'd like to point out that there's a difference between CONSIDERING a recipe and actually trying it. <BR> In my case, Hornworms and Green Tomatoes never made it past my palate, but here's a link to the recipe in case you'd like to try it: <BR> <BR> <link>bertc.com/subfive/recipes/hornworms.<BR>htm </li... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:41:36 EST Teff Love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779177 I'm always on the outlook for new healthy taste experiences. <BR> Especially those that are gluten free. <BR> <BR> Case in point, I briefly entertained the thought of making an online recipe I found for tomato hookworms, after I plucked a lovely plumb one, intent on eating my tomato plants to the ground. For all the world it resembled a green bean... well if you could get past the legs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1960625032.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But I digress..... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:44:13 EST Tasty Tip #82: Teff Porridge with Extras http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778596 I would post a photo of this, but it looks just awful and I don't want to discourage anyone from making it based on an ugly duckling photo. <BR> <BR> This porridge can be an alternative to your daily grind, its full of Omega 3 fatty acids, and trace minerals, thanks to the seeds and teff grain it contains. <BR> <BR> My recipe: <BR> <BR> 2 cups of filtered water <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon Teff flour <BR> 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed <BR> 1 tablespoon ground sesame seed <BR> 1 tablespoon chia s... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:50:54 EST Tomas o the Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581119 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l675441092.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 5/28/00 - 1/2/14 <BR> My dearest boy, ray of sunlight, my happy faced, good natured friend. <BR> Go gently into that good night, <BR> Do not fear... <BR> You're in my heart, <BR> always. <BR> <BR> Love Fri, 3 Jan 2014 18:55:43 EST Quick Tip #81~ How to avoid cinnamon "scum" in your tea or coffee... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579686 I'm sure ya'll know the blood sugar benefits of adding cinnamon to your beverages and foods, so this blog isn't about that. <BR> <BR> Its about the mess cinnamon makes, left floating on top of your cup of tea, or stuck to the rim, or lining the sides of the cup, you just drank your brew from. <BR> Or worse yet, waiting for you in all its slimy glory at the bottom of your cup, unconsumed and doing your blood sugar no good as a consequence but sparing your tongue the dread slime texture. <BR>... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:01:38 EST Tasty Tip #20~ Amazingly delicious Guavas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574780 I am a total fan of Guavas! <BR> If you're lucky they're putting in an appearance at a grocery store near you, this time of year. <BR> You may have to go to a Latin super market to get them, but I found my first (most fragrant) batch as Walmart of all places. Who knew? <BR> <BR> What drew me to them, was their incredible fragrance. <BR> <BR> They will run you anywhere from $1.49 -2.99 a pound and are worth every cent! <BR> <BR> Guavas are a semi-tropical fruit, the ones we get here in Texa... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:04:40 EST Peanut butter testing for Alzheimer's and Cognitive Impairment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573816 Thought I'd share this... <BR> <BR> Make sure you watch the short video at the end,as it demonstrates how to do the test. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-bein<BR>g/blogs/new-peanut-butter-sniff-test-u<BR>sed-to-detect-alzheimers </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:25:18 EST Dark Humor... the Darwin Awards! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572630 These are a little um... mean.. other people's misfortunes... but I do love Irony! <BR> <BR> One of my friends sent this to me, so I thought I'd send on the monkey love! <BR> <BR> <link>jdgroover.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/t<BR>he-2013-darwin-awards-are-out/ </link> <BR> <BR> Have a Merry Holiday Season... <BR> Be good or be good at it... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2057398659.jpg"> <BR> Mzzchief Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:48:50 EST Tasty Tip #19 Delicious dairy treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511620 Lots of people can't "do" dairy, thankfully I'm not one of them. <BR> IMO its a tasty way to get your calcium. <BR> And if your dairy is fortified, a bit of vitamin D and A. <BR> <BR> I was thrilled the other day when I saw one of my favorite brands of cottage cheese is advertized on Spark, along with a printable money off coupon. <BR> <BR> Since everyone doesn't see the same ads, I figured I'd link to it here: <BR> <BR> <link>coupons2.smartsource.com/smartsource<BR>/index.jsp?Link=HF7XR... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 15:20:32 EST Something for the garden... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492693 Prolly premature, being as its only Fall here... <BR> <BR> But I thought this link was a cool winter project to do with the kiddos, or just to get your own spring garden started with some healthy sweet potatoes grown from one store bought spud! <BR> <BR> I'll definitely be trying it this winter... I like to see healthy green things growing on my window sill... <BR> <BR> Here's the link, perhaps to save for later... <BR> <link>www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-pla<BR>nt-and-grow-sweet-pot... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:14:06 EST Food for thought... Ancestral Spicing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464350 Thought this of interest: <BR> <BR> <link>www.foodnavigator.com/Science-Nutrit<BR>ion/Prehistoric-flavour-Study-reveals-<BR>evidence-of-spice-use-in-early-human-c<BR>ooking-pots </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:20:35 EST Tasty Tip #18 ~ Watermelon Smoothies are Mightyfine for Breakfast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456116 Thought I'd share my watermelon smoothie, since I just blogged about how to keep a watermelon fresh all week long... <BR> <BR> I usually eyeball measures, and since people have various taste preferences you may like to include more or less of an ingredient on the list. Since I don't add any liquid to this recipe, there's quite a bit of watermelon it in... I would suggest you stay with that amount so that your drink isn't too thick. <BR> <BR> NOTE Re BLENDING: <BR> I've found its easier on ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:03:30 EST Quicktip # 80~ How to save your watermelon and eat it, too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455499 I really like watermelon. <BR> Its a great base for tasty summer smoothies. <BR> <BR> The problem in my house, is that I'm the only one that eats it. <BR> So I needed to find a way to preserve one of those big ole melons all week long, without it going bad or leaking all over the fridge. <BR> <BR> This is my solution: <BR> <BR> Start by determining your melon's flat side. <BR> its usually the lightest side of the melon... the side with the dirt. <BR> This will be its "bottom" the most st... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:55:38 EST Guaranteed to amaze and amuse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444225 Check out this short (2 minute) youtube... you'll be glad you did. <BR> <BR> This particular breed of dog never ceases to fascinate me, they are so intelligent and talented, its scary... *I* can't even do some of the things this dog does! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBO_7Sm_27M </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sun, 4 Aug 2013 14:06:24 EST Gah! There's a dog in Oprah's Nuts or mabbe I'm just crazy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433200 Some of you may have seen the add on Spark for the prepackaged healthy snacks that is somehow associated with Oprah. <BR> <BR> One of them has a photo of figs, cashews and chocolate chips. <BR> Its the first photo. <BR> <BR> When I first saw the image, it struck me that something wasn't "right" with it. <BR> the cashews were waaaay to big, the chocolate chips were kinda small proportionate to the cashews. Didn't think anything more about it, bc the image vanished, but I made a mental note ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:03:02 EST What your produce section would look like without Bees... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432039 Next time you see a honey bee going about its rounds, you may want to think of this photo: <BR> <BR> <link>m.fastcodesign.com/1672866/this-is-w<BR>hat-our-grocery-shelves-would-look-lik<BR>e-without-bees </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Quite amazing what these unsung little workers do for us! <BR> Bee healthy... <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:26:55 EST Computer break stretches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337502 Thought this was a useful series of stretches that can be done while at your computer or at your desk at work, for the upper body and arms. <BR> <BR> Complete with photos! <BR> <link>www.sensational-yoga-poses.com/stand<BR>ing-shoulder-stretches.html </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:12:14 EST Quick Tip #79~ Soothing baths for cold days, aches and pains... share your tips! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282381 I've mentioned this in team posts, but felt its too good not to share in a blog. <BR> <BR> My "secret weapon" at the end of the day, especially after a heavy workout, is to take a steaming hot bath loaded with beneficials. They're especially fab in the winter months, when the cold tends to creep into one's bones. <BR> <BR> I make it as hot as I can stand it and soak until its lukewarm. <BR> <BR> My Base Ingredients are: <BR> <BR> * 2.5 cups of Epson Salts (about $3 at Walmart for a 4 po... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:58:31 EST Fabulous website for back issues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280194 If you find yourself thinking about your back more than you should, due to aches and pains, then this website is for you. <BR> <BR> The site is wonderful for diagnosing muscle imbalances... no matter what the cause. <BR> <BR> It provides the necessary stretches and exercises to lengthen and strengthen, thereby bringing your body to greater harmony and consequent freedom from pain. <BR> <BR> Interested? <BR> <BR> <BR> If so, this link will bring you to the"Fighting Chronic Pain" home page... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 14:27:27 EST Quick tip#78~ Rat condos in your car's engine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261141 I usually write about helpful, health oriented things in my blogs... <BR> <BR> But since many of us own a car, and some of us park it outside, I felt this tip might save some the inconvenience and expense of car repairs necessitated by hungry, warmth-seeking rats this Winter. <BR> <BR> Rats that mistake car wire insulation as a marvelous rodent treat. <BR> <BR> That was my experience this week, when my car became inoperative due to the solenoid wires to the transmission being stripped ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:25:27 EST Quick Tip #77~The Case of Fradulent Virgin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250241 Inexpensive, less healthy foods masquerading as more expensive healthy ones was the headline topic of one of Dr Oz's shows last week. <BR> <BR> This was a breaking story a couple of years ago when some curious high school students in NYC ran DNA tests on various caviars, fish and cheeses, only to find they were not what they purported to be. Instead of the real... expensive... deal, cheaper goods or in some cases even a totally different species, were... and still are... being passed off as ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:26:42 EST Quick Tip # 76 ~ Push out your horns! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235723 One of the many things I've "lost" over the years is the ability to do a "head slide". <BR> <BR> No big deal you say... well unless you're trying to make a point using one, and find your head locked up doing something completely not what you've ordered it to do with your teenagers laughing at you. <BR> <BR> Don't know what a head slide is? <BR> This is a move you may have seen done in belly dancing where the head moves side to side, while the neck is stationary. Its... COOL. Totally! <BR> ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 13:10:25 EST Quick Tip #75 ~ Magnesium for Headache Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230685 Thought I'd mention this to those of you that suffer from headaches. <BR> <BR> I never had headaches until recently, now I seem to get several a month. <BR> They're not the brain splitting variety, just a dull ache at my temples. <BR> <BR> I discovered accidentally that magnesium (in my case, magnesium citrate) works within 20 minutes of taking a capsule with an 8 oz glass of water. I had been taking magnesium at nite to help with nocturnal legs cramps, one nite I had a headache which disa... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:05:43 EST Learning how to sit and stay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193138 A couple of you may have caught my earlier blog on the art of rising off the floor... no hands, Ma! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167420 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Something that sounds so ridiculously easy to do, but is not an easy feat for those who have spent a lifetime seated in a chair... rather than on the floor... and to whom the term "squatting" means something done in a gym with weights. <BR> <BR> My own inability to rise fr... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:06:15 EST Tasty Tip#17 ~ Jade Soup... a days worth of greens in one bowl of soup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186914 If the though of a big leafy green salad in the middle of winter leaves you cold, consider this warming soup, that packs all the benefits of a salad with none of the chill. <BR> <BR> Its almost magical, how piles of greens can be reduced to two cups of thick and delicious creamed soup. <BR> <BR> Interested? <BR> Great! <BR> Here's a general plan on how to proceed. <BR> <BR> Jade Soup <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1007895605.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What you'll need: <B... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:25:51 EST 12 great TED talks to inspire you in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184387 I'm a huge fan of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks, 20 minutes of sometimes startling ideas by inspirational speakers, that you won't find elsewhere on the web. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to keep you amused for a while: <BR> <BR> <link>blog.ted.com/2013/01/01/11-talks-tha<BR>t-may-inspire-new-years-resolutions/ </link> <BR> <BR> Think outside the box! <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:18:37 EST Charting your bacterial biomes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172040 Having a difficult time finding something for your hard to buy for health nut? <BR> Is an end of the year tax write off donation appealing? <BR> <BR> Then you might consider this project, the American Gut. <BR> There's a variety of test options to discover what bacteria are in the gut, skin or oral biomes on your body or the other humans in your life <BR> <BR> Or that of your dog and cat! <BR> <BR> Find out what you share... <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <link>www.indiegogo.com/americ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:31:28 EST Calling all Ergonauts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170255 If you find yourself looking for ways to improve the form and function of your body... then surprise... you might just be an Ergonaut. <BR> <BR> If so, read on.... <BR> <BR> I found this website, after looking at some animal studies and wondering how the doses given to the animals, would translate into human dosage. Turns out its not just a body weight to dose schedule, but also relies on metabolism: <BR> <BR> Here's a link to that article: <BR> <link>www.ergo-log.com/calculatethehumando... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:59:56 EST Quick Tip# 74~Ginger Tea for Sore Throats and Colds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168033 Thought I'd mention this now, since 'tis the season for sore throats, colds, flu and other nasties. <BR> <BR> Ginger tea is fairly simple to make, so its a nice weapon to add to your bag of winter wellness tricks. <BR> <BR> Just chop up a 2 inch section of fresh ginger root, and half an organic lemon... peel and all. <BR> <BR> Lemon rind has a bunch of antioxidants in it that you don't want going to waste... but you do want to make sure that the outside of the lemon is clean. <BR> So do sc... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 11:05:54 EST Ability to rise from the floor associated with health and longevity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167420 Thought some of you might appreciate this video, it may be something you want to work toward achieving in 2013.... getting yourself off the floor without the use of your hands and knees. <BR> <BR> I've always had a bit of a problem with it, due to my scoliosis, but when I fractured my arm and badly sprained my left wrist, I was made more acutely aware of how reliant I was on my left hand/arm to help me up from the floor. <BR> <BR> Video is in Spanish?, English subtitles below. <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:57:32 EST Quick Tip 73~ Hot Bone Broth for the cooler months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145949 Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Now that its cooler, I've been enjoying homemade Bone Broth/ gelatin on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> It couldn't be any easier to make. <BR> <BR> Just pile a bunch of bones in a large pot. <BR> Add a few tablespoons of a good apple cider vinegar to help leech out the minerals, Cover with several cups of water. <BR> Add perhaps some spices like peppercorns, garlic and ginger. <BR> Bring to a boil, put on low, cover and simmer overnite or all day. <BR> Add water as it ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:27:12 EST Quick Tip 72~ More out of the Box Thinking on the Topic of Plates... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141422 Thought I'd follow yesterday's post with a separate though related one, rather than leaving this helpful hint in the comments. <BR> <BR> First off, thanks everyone who left a comment and read yesterday's hint, your enthusiasm sparks my sharing! <BR> <BR> <BR> I confess I'm not above grabbing a plate for a lid for a pot when the lid isn't readily available. I highly suspect the cooks amongst us have done this on more than one occasion, if not habitually! <BR> <BR> This habit also provides ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:56:10 EST Quick Tip #71~ Put a lid on it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140650 Thought I'd share this "green"Food storage tip today, which may come in handy for the holidays, when there's a lot of cooking, food prep before the big day... and left overs after it. <BR> <BR> I've got an assortment of dinner plates, one of them is a very smooth white ceramic called Corelle made by CorningWare. (UPdate! 11/21... CHRIS3874 sez: its a type of tempered glass..thx Chris) <BR> <BR> My first introduction to Corelle was at a friends house for Holidays some 35 years ago. <BR> <BR... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:05:25 EST Observations on the Effect of an Organic Diet & Lifestyle Factors on Chicken Livers.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120332 I love liver. <BR> In addition to being tasty, ts a great source of micro-nutrients and iron. <BR> <BR> But I also know that the liver filters, retains, neutralizes all the toxins that enter the body. <BR> <BR> Considering what most commercially produced chickens go thru during their short and tragic lives, I've been reluctant to buy this tasty nutritional source of minerals and micro-nutrients. <BR> <BR> So I decided to seek out organic chicken livers to see if there was an observable di... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:35:47 EST Robusto Cheese... mmm mmmm good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110210 My neighborhood Sprouts was out of organic Kale this week, which necessitated a trip to Whole Foods. These past few months I've been including Kale in my (almost) daily green drink and did not want to do without. <BR> <BR> <BR> Whole Foods is a marvelous grocery, which is why its a problem. <BR> I can easily get into trouble there due to its gorgeous selection of just about anything you'd want to eat or drink, all beautifully displayed. <BR> <BR> To say nothing of the prevalence of its so... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:07:49 EST Super quick tip!~ Quart of raspberries for $3.95! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095393 hey if you guys have a Super Walmart (meaning they have a grocery) check the produce section. <BR> <BR> I've been buying red raspberries for the last couple of weeks there for $3.95. <BR> They are big, juicy and not sour at all. And they haven't been going moldy. (well that could be be3cause I eat them so fast. My boy pomeranian loves them too!) <BR> <BR> I live in Texas, outside the Dallas area, so they may not have them in alternate locations. At this price and for this level of deliciou... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:42:11 EST Quick Tip#70~ Getting the most out of your Fish Oil Bottle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091285 This tip is for those who use "pour it out fish oil" rather than fish oil capsules... and store their oil in the fridge. <BR> <BR> Which is really where all fish oil should be stored, including those in capsules,to keep it from going rancid. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyways... what I've noticed, is that what's left in the bottle, is considerably more than you'd first think. How much more? <BR> <BR> I've gotten an extra 6-8 teaspoons out of an "empty" $38 Carlson's 16 oz fish oi... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:32:08 EST Time for some eyerolling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090230 I have been researching Red Light LED therapy over the past week or so, and by way of that picked up some electrical vocabulary. <BR> <BR> Last nite as I was falling asleep,sorting thru things I'd picked up, this joke popped into my head. <BR> <BR> An apology might be in order, as this is an original: <BR> <BR> What did the Buddhist Electrician chant in meditation class? <BR> ( scroll down for answer) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ohm. ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 16:23:30 EST Quick Tip #69~ Add some crunch to your 'nanner and lower its glycemic index! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085031 hey all! <BR> <BR> Fruit, which aside from being totally delicious, is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. Sadly it can come with a pretty high glycemic index*. Which is not so good when you're grabbing some for a snack. <BR> <BR> You can blunt the rise in blood sugar by rolling your banana in chia seed. This is particularly fun for the kids... I call it "Bugs on the Banana". Chia will add additional minerals, and omega 3s, fiber. <BR> <BR> Another trick is to have it with a nut ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:34:18 EST How abrasive is your toothpaste? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044035 If you're looking to preserve your tooth enamel, and the integrity of the surface of your crowns and dental work, you may be interested in using a tooth paste with reduced abrasion. <BR> <BR> Reminder: <BR> Enamel does not grow back on your natural teeth... once gone, its gone forever. <BR> Porcelain crowns can become scratched and dull, making them more susceptible to staining and discoloration. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to a chart to see how your toothpaste rates. <BR> <BR> Additionally t... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:35:16 EST How good is your hearing? Test it here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034760 <BR> Here's a youtube if you'd like to test your hearing. <BR> I heard up to Level 3... Level four for me, is silence. <BR> <BR> The ability of the young to hear high pitched noise that their elders cannot, has lead to various devices to keep teens from areas/stores where their presence is not desired. <BR> <BR> Here's the test... how far up can you hear? <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWpSePfbTxc&<BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> Post your results below. <BR> <BR> : ) ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:12:46 EST QuickTip#68 ~ Growing your own probiotics means healthier smoothies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024775 If you haven't read my Kefir (the poor man's probiotic) Adventures here's your chance: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640181 </link> <BR> <BR> Its super easy to grow, and you can share the Kefir Lurv with your friends once your own supply has increased... its the gift that keeps on giving! <BR> <BR> Frankly, the water kefir's my fav... it tastes like apple juice as long as you don't let it get too old, in which case you can use it on your... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:12:42 EST Quick Tip#67~ When Aluminum isn't Sexy OR Cool... Remove it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023641 Several of us on our Thyroid Community Forum have been taking a form of Silica since May 2012... either a liquid like Biosil(orthosilicic acid) or its powdered form DE... Diatomaceous Earth (fossilized silica skeletons of diatoms). <BR> <BR> We've had a variety of positive results, in the nail, hair, skin department. <BR> And some lowering of cholesterol levels. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the thread of our experiences: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.a... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:10:08 EST Quick Tip #66 How to instantly neutralize chlorox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016485 I've blogged about removing chlorine from drinking water before. Chlorine is great at keeping the water supply safe from waterborne disease, but once it arrives at your home, there's really no benefit... in fact it doesn't do a body good: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4099859 </link> <BR> <BR> But as much as I know that chlorine is bad for the thyroid, chloramines are carcinogenic... fact is, its an inexpensive non pareil bleach. So... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 11:08:45 EST Too much of a good thing~ Raw Green Smoothies & your Thyroid. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994762 The topic of goitrogens comes up frequently in our Thyroid Forum. <BR> <BR> Goitrogens are vegetables from in the Crucifer/Brassica family that contain substances that interfere with your thyroid, subsequently your metabolism. <BR> <BR> Yummy stuff like kale, broccoli, different varieties of cabbage, collards, mustard greens. <BR> <BR> The question as been raised on how much is too much... this article is one example and would be of interest to the raw foodists amongst us.... or anyone who... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:58:08 EST Sumpin I like #11~ See yourself slim in 3 simple steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959239 Found this on Nixy72's Sparkpage, its a weight loss generator. <BR> <BR> Just upload a photo of yourself to their website and it adjusts your weight using a sliding bar, in 5 pound increments. <BR> <BR> Haven't tried it myself, but if you're short on patience and interested in seeing yourself at your goal weight... <BR> get on it, girl! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>makeovr.com/weightmirror/ </link> <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sat, 7 Jul 2012 12:20:53 EST Newbie here... how much do you tip your masseuse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920105 Hey guys! <BR> <BR> I bought a $35 Group On for an hour's "Swedish" massage at a chiropractor's office... I believe the value of the massage without the coupon is $85... never had one before, so I don't know how much to tip. <BR> <BR> I live in the States, Texas to be exact. <BR> Any guidelines would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thx <BR> : ) <BR> Mzzchief Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:30:44 EST Bone Cancer, Vitamin D and Celebrex http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919170 Next time you're tempted to skip your Vitamin D3, you might want to think about this woman's story. <BR> <BR> Mary Cecil was a runner with a rare bone cancer, whose follow up "chemo" after succesful bone surgery was Celebrex and vitamin D3. She's currently in remission. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the article, which contains a video. <BR> <BR> <link>www.wfaa.com/news/health/Out-of-the-<BR>Box-Cancer-Therapy--158215275.html </link> <BR> <BR> Take care of youse... <BR> : ) <BR> M... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 16:58:02 EST