SparkPeople Everything Else Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=everything-else Learn some of the secrets of success for Everything Else from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Everything Else Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=everything-else Do not rely on your own understanding http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59549_do_not_rely_on_your_own_understanding Proverbs 3:5, 6 "Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways take notice of him, and he will make your paths straight." <br> "do not rely on your own understanding". I realize this is referring to our Creator, that we need to look to him for direction.<br> When it comes to weight loss I realize I can't depend entirely on myself. Weight loss is more than counting calories, carbohydrates, fats, sugars and other such things. It's more than ex... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:24:00 EST Scheduling is invaluable http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59513_scheduling_is_invaluable I have learned a very valuable lesson. Scheduling matters.<br><br>Today, I do feel like Bon Jovi... Whoooaa I'm half-way there! You may remember that I started at 217.5 even before I started this blog. Today, I am 177.9. I am over half-way to my goal of 140. I have officially lost more than I have left to lose. I would say that it gets easier from here, but in some ways, it gets harder. It's summer, and I love summer fruit. I stopped doing full keto when I started exercising because of the is... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 12:10:00 EST My Success Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59491_my_success_secrets Stay Focused, don't allow the squirrel get my attention. Keep my eye on the goal.<br><br>Stay Determined, making sure that when I think of something to do, follow through at that moment. NEVER say I will do it later, because later may not happen.<br><br>Meditate/Pray, give thanks and praise where it needs to be. Having something/someone to focus your energy can pull you through anything.<br><br>Find Peace, don't allow disruptions get the best of me. Allowing chaos into my life tends to cause ... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:28:00 EST There is no secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59473_there_is_no_secret We all already know all the 'secrets' to health and fitness. It's all out there and there isn't one of us who doesn't know exactly what we need to do. Our bodies need us to exercise and get our heart pumping often. Our bodies need us to eat a variety of healthful foods in reasonable quantities. We need to drink plenty of fluids, preferably water. We need to sleep until we can wake up when we want to without an alarm clock. We need to floss our teeth, brush them and visit the dentist reg... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:36:00 EST Challenges with change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59423_challenges_with_change <br>Can't believe we've wrapped up another challenge. I came down roughly 2 lbs over this challenge (despite today's weigh-in weight). <br><br> I decided I needed to make sleep a priority in hopes it would facilitate weight loss. It's difficult making changes in sleeping habits and this week I have been feeling the rhythm go off track. The trick is to stick with what I'm doing and the body will find the new cycle--in time. Swim coach worked our butts off today too so that has added to my... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:24:00 EST stress-buster for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59403_stressbuster_for_me My number one stress buster is to knit. I love to see what I can make by knitting something. My mom and my husband don't see how I can watch t.v. and knit at the same time but I do look up every once in awhile to watch. I also like to read a book to get transported to wherever the story is about. I have a Kindle paperwhite which has over 200 books so I never run out of anything to read. Reader's Digest is the magazine I love to read from cover to cover. <em>381</em> I also love to read the ... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:34:00 EST Dedication, Determination, Discipline and strict adherence to your plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59363_dedication_determination_discipline_and_strict_adherence_to_your_plan In order to succeed at anything in life you must have three D's. These are Dedication, Determination, and Discipline. You must use these to set goals, research a way to reach your goals, form a plan and engage in that plan. <br> Without these three D's in place it's easy to make excuses for not doing anything to reach one's goals. Excuses such as "I'm to tired" "I don't feel like it" or "It's to hard" can only result in failure. Discipline is the key to avoid making excuses and letting them ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:30:00 EST The Long Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59342_the_long_game Just do not quit, keep making small adjustments and little by little eliminate unhealthy foods permanently. I started out cutting back on sweets and fried foods, eventually cutting out all soda, candy, and junk food. My weight loss was slow and I fell off the wagon repeatedly. At one point I was on medication and blood thinners for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol - it was not looking good for me at all, my doctor even had me wearing a nitro patch when I slept. I fig... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:49:00 EST My New Sunflower Seed OiI and Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Cleanser http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59313_my_new_sunflower_seed_oii_and_apple_cider_vinegar_facial_cleanser My newest homemade facial wash for women over 40. Now, I figured that the Sunflower Oil I bought was a good facial moisturizer, since this pure oil is listed as the main ingredient in an Aveda lotion I have. This is expensive lotion. So I wanted a less expensive way to have a top notch facial cleanser without the expensive cost. This idead was to mix 100% pure Sunflower OIl into a bottle with Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water. This works great on my face, but everyone's skin type is differ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:35:00 EST My Stress Buster http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59310_my_stress_buster When I am stressed about anything there are a couple of things I like to do. I love to take time to think seriously about my life and my relationship to our creator. I believe the Bible and know that man was created by God and our purpose on earth is to look after this Earth as God intended. I love dogs, cats, and pets but we are not to put them as important as man or God. The Bible gives the "pecking" order. I believe God is in control of all things and I love that He loves us enough to... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 21:04:00 EST Learn Your Limitations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=59293_learn_your_limitations If you have Chronic Illness with Chronic Pain it is your highest imperative to learn your limitations and to not push past them. If you do push past them you will actually injure your body and prolong your Recovery and Healing.<br><br>Learn to adjust to your new Normal and live within those limits. It is what is best for your own body. Just because you see healthier people doing the things you want to do, it does not mean that the activity is what is meant for your own body.<br><br>When you l... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 20:30:00 EST Homemade Facial Cleanser for those 40+ and aging http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=52073_homemade_facial_cleanser_for_those_40 I made this recipe for a facial moisturizer. It's wonderful, but it's the best for women 40 and over with aging skin. <br><br>If you have acne, this may not be the best facial moisturizer for you since it has coconut oil in it.<br><br>The reason I make my own skin moisturizers, is because for starters, facial moisturizer are too expensive to buy in the store. I'd rather make one just as a good as a store bought one, without forking out all the cash for a store bought tiny containers of facial... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:25:00 EST LOVE and K.I.S.S.E.S. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50596_love_and_kisses <em>524</em> A secret. <br>Wow! How can I share a secret to my success? Hmm, I thought, well self love - being selfish and grounded; and kisses, tell u that secondary secret in a bit :) <em>334</em> . <br>Self love is being selfish in the best way. It is loving self so much that even when you make your husband rich food and hear and watch him eat potato chips, after hearing about his lunch of a hamburger. You selfishly make and share yummily prepared chicken breast, with amazing organic... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 03:43:00 EST elimination of poison http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50595_elimination_of_poison Whether it's actual poison like aspartame or people and situations that don't serve you well...keep as far away from them as possible. Not all horrible things are avoidable, but be cautious of how you spend your time, money, and energy. <br><br>None of us are long for this world, decades go by and we are left wondering what happened to the time. <br><br>Spend time with people who love you and want to see you happy. <br><br>Don't spend time with people who are unkind, unethical, or gossipy... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:41:00 EST Shoes... back pain and the whole crazy "Thang" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50592_shoes_back_pain_and_the_whole_crazy_thang man my back wast hurtin and i couldnt figure out why... ugh always hurtin' always in pain.. but i have a secret for those that may not know the secret.<br><br>:D the secret is - sometimes its because of falling arches in the foot. your feet flatten as you get older. mine have quite a bit now that i am in my early thirties, the contributor to it happening faster isnt just age, but it is.. weight gain! okay... now that we have this settled the arch has went down.. it sucks! but there is someth... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:08:00 EST Drinking Water Not Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50552_drinking_water_not_soda I was a 4-5 bottles of diet pop drinker easily a day, I never really paid attention to the health risk or the sodium intake that you read about.<br>But once I started to really focus on myself and and what I was putting into my body, I realized what I was doing to myself with drinking everything but what I should be drinking.<br><br> I'm not a water drinker (did not like the taste or lack of) at all, so I had to find a solution to that problem first. A friend suggested the water enhancers, t... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:03:00 EST no food ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50529_no_food_ever do not eat for immediate return.<br>or <br>do an diet slowly<br>(i want them to help me) <br><br><br><br> <em>382</em> <br>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<BR>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:41:00 EST Measure what you treasure, treasure what you measure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50522_measure_what_you_treasure_treasure_what_you_measure I was talking with a friend this weekend about the struggles of weight, and staying straight with my diet. What she said was so fitting.<br>"Measure what you treasure, treasure what you measure!"<br>We should measure our food, exercise, etc because we are valuable. Are bodies are important, we only have one.<br><br>The things we just cast aside are not important to us, or are only momentarily important. We can not do that to ourselves! Checking in by journaling or having a buddy helps us ... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:13:00 EST At My Fingertips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50492_at_my_fingertips I have SUCH a busy life these days, between teaching adults living with disability, my promotion to curriculum supervisor, caring for a daughter with severe disability and trying to care for myself.<br><br>I used to be very organized as a younger woman raising 2 children with disability and a healthy son. But over time, I had to let go on many levels to the point that I only organized what was at the top of my list and let the rest go.<br><br>Instead of having to have everything in my house l... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 15:50:00 EST we all have to learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50437_we_all_have_to_learn 9 years ago I made a choice, that choice changed the rest of my life. What I realize today is that same choice is one that many face and are very afraid to consider. I want to help shift that today.<br><br><br> advertisement - learn more<br>In today’s world, most seem to be chasing success, wealth, an opportunity, fame or something of that sort. And I can’t blame anyone. We live in a world where ‘things’ are flashy, fun, and exciting. Where money holds us back from being able to have basic ex... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:02:00 EST Snack portioning made easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50433_snack_proportioning_made_easy This is a little secret that I use to make portioning my serving sizes easy. It has been the one thing that really has simplified making sure my proportions are correct and in doing that it is small step in helping me have success in reaching my goal. I sure hope it is helpful for you. It can really be used for anything but I mostly use it for snacking because I don't plan a set snacking time, I just get hungry and kind of go for it. My usual suspects to snack on are nuts and Bear Naked gra... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:06:00 EST Organizing, its a big deal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50390_organizing_its_a_big_deal Organizing...It's a BIG deal! <br><br><br> When I ask folks at my organizing seminars, 'What is organizing?,' I get similar responses...<br><br> * Prioritizing my schedule<br> * Emptying out my closet<br> * Being able to find my keys<br><br> And yes. Those are all parts of getting organized.<br><br> But organizing is so much bigger. It actually applies to nearly every aspect of your life ranging from the possessions in your home, to the email in your inbox, to the paper in your filing cabinet... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:22:00 EST happy do nothing day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50386_happy_do_nothing_day wish I had known about this yesterday<br><br>I would have done llaundry and a few other things yesterday and today would have been live in pj's, and do nothing , absolustely nothing day<br><br>darn ittttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt<BR>tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt<BR>tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt<BR>tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt<BR>tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt<BR>tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt<BR>tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt<BR>t... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:27:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50379_another_gr8_day_ While choosing not to prepare and pack your own meals will certainly save you time, it’s amazing how quickly that decision adds up to take a toll on your wallet. Want to cut back on unnecessary costs? There is no easier way than by committing to making your own meals at least a certain number of times per week. Added bonus? You’ll be eating healthier food, too.While choosing not to prepare and pack your own meals will certainly save you time, it’s amazing how quickly that decision adds up to ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:04:00 EST Winter Weather Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50377_winter_weather_continues Our winter weather patterns continues and I found this poem to read in an attempt to cheer me up. <br>A reading of a classic Christmas poem<br><br>‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ is probably Christina Rossetti’s most famous poem, though not the one that’s most recognisable as being a Christina Rossetti poem. Indeed, many who are familiar with it perhaps don’t realise that it is a poem; it’s better-known as a song, or carol, these days. But then that’s appropriate given that Christina Rossetti first ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:37:00 EST Volunteer. Volunteer for a few days and immerse yourself in new experiences. This will help you see life through new lenses and will enlighten you abo http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50361_volunteer_volunteer_for_a_few_days_and_immerse_yourself_in_new_experiences_this_will_help_you_see_life_through_new_lenses_and_will_enlighten_you_about_the_different_situations_in_your_community Volunteer. Volunteer for a few days and immerse yourself in new experiences. This will help you see life through new lenses and will enlighten you about thVolunteer. Volunteer for a few days and immerse yourself in new expVolunteer. Volunteer for a few days and immerse yourself in new experiences. This will help you see life through new lenses and will enlighten you about the different situations in your community.eriences. This will help you see life through VolunteerVolunteer. Volunteer for... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:33:00 EST how to know if he loves you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50360_how_to_know_if_he_loves_you How to Know if He Loves You <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><b<BR>r>A man who truly loves you is transparent about it… there’ll be no wondering if he does or he doesn’t… If a man loves you, one way or another he will let you know it… if not with his words then in his actions. He won’t argue with you about your trivial complaints… he’ll spare time for you no matter how busy he is… he will like your jealous possessiveness and find it cute… he’ll remember important dates like anniversari... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:46:00 EST California Charges Man With Caffeine DUI http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50356_california_charges_man_with_caffeine_dui California Charges Man With Caffeine DUI<br><br>Some cases are interesting, and some are downright weird. Reports of a man arrested on charges of driving under the influence of caffeine definitely fall into the second category.<br><br>It started on August 5, 2015, when Joseph Schwab was driving home from work and got pulled over in Fairfield, California, by Agent Ott from the California department of alcoholic beverage control, who was driving an unmarked vehicle.<br><br>The agent said she wa... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:25:00 EST It's time to quit smoking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50350_its_time_to_quit_smoking Quit smoking cold turkey.<br>Systematically decrease the number of cigarettes you smoke.<br>Reduce your intake of nicotine gradually over time.<br>Use nicotine replacement therapy or non-nicotine medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms.<br>Utilize nicotine support groups.<br>Try hypnosis, acupuncture, or counseling using cognitive behavioral techniques.<br>Learn more by reading the related articles:<br><br>Why quitting smoking can seem so hard<br>Smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:44:00 EST Better than the Alternative http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50346_better_than_the_alternative I keep a big bowl of air popped popcorn on hand and when I really feel like I want to eat I munch on that. Yes it has calories, but I don't add butter and a minimum of salt. It tastes a little like styrofoam but it has less calories than cookies or other snack foods that might tempt me. <br> I sometimes flavor it with a little spray butter substitute or a zero calorie cheese flavored popcorn seasoning. It has the added benefit of costing very little. It is well worth investing in an air... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:01:00 EST life everyday day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50345_life_everyday_day today<br> is<br> just<br>t one <br>of <br>those<br> days <br>where<br> no <br>matter <br>what<br> you <br>do,<br> the <br>further <br>behind <br>you <br>seem<br> to <br>get<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><<BR>br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br<BR>><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:40:00 EST Winter is Long http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50337_winter_is_long Hello Friends and fellow Sparkers. The snow and ice is in its second week of January which is unusual for my neck of the woods. The schools have already exceeded their allotment of six snow days for the school year. My work even closed for a day earlier this week when we got between 8 and 10 inches of snow overnight and we have had several late arrival days as well. It seems like winter has really slammed us this time around. I enjoy poetry and like this following winter poem <br><br>All ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:45:00 EST Food food food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50335_food_food_food Everyone knows that vegetables and fruits are healthy, and most people would probably agree that they could be eating more of them. Not only are they loaded with nutrients, they require minimal work to enjoy. They can be picked, washed, and eaten with little or no preparation.<br><br>Fruit is often considered nature’s perfect food, as you can hold it in your hand and simply eat it — no cooking or utensils required! Whizzing some up in a blender for a morning smoothie, perhaps with some sp... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:33:00 EST Everything you experience is a gift. How could you learn forgiveness without deception? How could you fully appreciate love without fear? - http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50325_everything_you_experience_is_a_gift_how_could_you_learn_forgiveness_without_deception_how_could_you_fully_appreciate_love_without_fear_ Everything you experience is a gift. How could you learn forgiveness without deception? How could you fully appreciate love without fear? - Everything you experience is a gift. How could you learn forgiveness without deception? HoEverything you experience is a gift. How could you learn forgiveness without deception? How could you fully appreciate love without fear? - Everything you experience is a gift. How could you learn forgiveness without deception? How could you fully appreciate love wit... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:34:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50323_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:23:00 EST things have to change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50318_things_have_to_change I have lost the weight and continue to loose and yet I have major issues with the family on my change. so tired of everyone wanting me fat again<br><br>NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO<BR>OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO<BR>OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO<BR>OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO<BR>OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO<BR>OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO<BR>OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO<BR>OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO<BR>OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:44:00 EST My success story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50314_my_success_story After having gastric bypass surgery, I am not able to drink water when eating. However, in order to get my water intake I drink thirty minutes before and after eating, and not as hungry. This has helped me lose weight and keep it off while staying hydrated.<br><br>Also going to the gym prior to working has helped me have more energy during the day. workout with a trainer two days a week, and work out doing cardio four days a week. This has helped me to keep weight off as well.<br><br>To date ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:00 EST Are Saunas Good for Your Brain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50310_are_saunas_good_for_your_brain Are Saunas Good for Your Brain?<br><br>In the U.S., many Americans use a sauna only occasionally, perhaps while at the gym or on vacation — if at all. In Finland, in contrast, 99 percent of Finns take at least one sauna a week,1 and some far more often than that.<br><br>Known as a "poor man's pharmacy," Finns value saunas for stress relief, above all else, but the simple act of sitting quietly in a heated room, with or without steam (or as it's known in Finland, löyly), offers proven health b... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:48:00 EST Yes, You Can Die From a ‘Broken Heart,’ and Optimism Makes You Live Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50309_yes_you_can_die_from_a_broken_heart_and_optimism_makes_you_live_longer Yes, You Can Die From a ‘Broken Heart,’ and Optimism Makes You Live Longer<br><br>On December 27, 2016, actress Carrie Fisher, aged 60, died from a heart attack. The very next day, her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds died from a stroke. In the wake of the loss of these two popular Hollywood icons, many have asked whether you can actually die from a broken heart.1,2,3<br><br>The short answer to that question is yes. Broken heart syndrome (formally known as stress cardiomyopathy or takotsubo ca... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:26:00 EST i am awake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50303_i_am_awake would love to sleep but that does not seem like it is going to happen<br><br><br>ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>hhhhhhhhhh... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:20:00 EST Morning my fano happy dads day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50297_morning_my_fano_happy_dads_day Pt England Reserve,No matter how long you’ve “effectively” done it, believe it or not, you cannot run from something forever. Running from your problems may seem easier at the mind level in the moment you flee, but deep down it’s doing much more harm than directly addressing it ever could. Think about it: Rather than choosing to tackle it head on, you’ve been conscioNo matter how long you’ve “effectively” done it, believe it or not, you cannot run from something forever. Running from your pro... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:17:00 EST Toxic Roads Are Paving the Way to Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50292_toxic_roads_are_paving_the_way_to_trouble Toxic Roads Are Paving the Way to Trouble<br><br>You’ve probably smelled it — the overpowering, nostril-burning stench when new coal-tar pavement or sealant is being laid on a driveway, street, parking lot or playground. And you may have idly wondered how toxic the shiny black liquid spray might be, but moved on to other things because, after all, what can you do about it?<br><br>As it turns out, it is toxic. The substances contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).<br><br>One recently ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:06:00 EST its hump day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50287_its_hump_day half way now through the week and have lots accomplished and more still to do which is a great thing<br>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:05:00 EST living life with children never lose your childs Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50282_living_life_with_children_never_lose_your_childs_heart There are few resolThere are few resolutions I appreciate more than my decision to cut the mainstream news out of my life. While some of what is presented is certainly valuable and worth knowing about, the vast majority, in my opinion, does nothing but lock us inThere are few resolutions I appreciate more than my decision to cut the mainstream nThere are few resolutions I appreciate more than my decision to cut the mainstream news out of my life. While some of what is presented is certainly v... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:49:00 EST Making The Effort http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50280_making_the_effort I am not sure I am qualified to submit a “Secret to Success”, I haven’t succeeded yet. Well, perhaps I have. I have succeeded in getting back into a healthy regime. I will have success when I start seeing the results of my efforts.<br>The secret has to be making the effort. Deciding that I am worth it. Even if I don’t succeed the first time (which this is not!), I am making the effort to succeed. I am changing old, bad habits. Habits like putting anything and everything on bread, with ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:54:00 EST Does Roller Skating Burn Belly Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50273_does_roller_skating_burn_belly_fat Frequent bouts of cardio exercise, such as roller skating or roller blading, can help you burn that stubborn fat you’re carrying on your belly. Roller skating is an efficient way to burn a large number of calories in a relatively short amount of time, which makes it a quality exercise if you’re trying to lose fat. Targeting fat loss on your belly, however, is not possible, but as you lower your overall body fat, you’ll happily see changes around your belly and elsewhere.<br><br>Keys to Losing... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:31:00 EST Industrial Farming Threatens Food Security in the US http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50272_industrial_farming_threatens_food_security_in_the_us Industrial Farming Threatens Food Security in the US<br><br>It is indisputable that we are negatively affecting our air, soil and water in a way that is drastically impacting the earth itself.<br><br>If you look down while on an airplane, you can't help but notice the vast exposure of soils into perfectly-carved squares below. These exposed soils are a tragic sign of an unsustainable practice that leads to erosion, runoff pollution while also decreasing soil organic matter and impacting our a... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:08:00 EST Tips for a healthy skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50269_tips_for_a_healthy_skin Even in winter we need to be protecting our skin. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. <br><br>1. Protect yourself from the sun<br><br>One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.<br><br>For the most complete sun protection:<br><br>Use sunsc... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:48:00 EST Winter Blue Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50267_winter_blue_time Blow, blow, thou winter wind <br>Thou art not so unkind <br>As man's ingratitude; <br>Thy tooth is not so keen, <br>Because thou art not seen, <br>Although thy breath be rude. <br><br>Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly: <br>Most freindship if feigning, most loving mere folly: <br>Then heigh-ho, the holly! <br>This life is most jolly. <br><br>Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky, <br>That does not bite so nigh <br>As benefits forgot: <br>Though thou the waters warp, <br>Thy sting is not ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:24:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50259_gr8_day_kkkk Rather than spending more money on a useless accessory, make your next purchase something that invests in your futRather than spending more money on a Rather than spending more money on a useless accessory, make your next purchase something that invests in your future. Whether it be a personal development book or an online course, there are plenty of tools out there that can help take you to the next level. than spending more money on a useless accessory, make your next purchase something tha... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 21:08:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50258_gr8_day_kkkk Rather than spending more money on a useless accessory, make your next purchase something that invests in your futRather than spending more money on a Rather than spending more money on a useless accessory, make your next purchase something that invests in your future. Whether it be a personal development book or an online course, there are plenty of tools out there that can help take you to the next level. than spending more money on a useless accessory, make your next purchase something tha... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 21:08:00 EST the needs in life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50257_the_needs_in_life I need sleep<br><br>i need peace and quiet<br><br>I need to feel secure again in my life<br><br>i need to feel loved<br><br>i need to have my friends badk in my life<br><br><br>I need sleep<br><br>i need peace and quiet<br><br>I need to feel secure again in my life<br><br>i need to feel loved<br><br>i need to have my friends badk in my life<br><br>I need sleep<br><br>i need peace and quiet<br><br>I need to feel secure again in my life<br><br>i need to feel loved<br><br>i need to have my frien... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 20:57:00 EST Optimizing Omega-3 and Vitamin D During Pregnancy May Reduce Asthma in Your Child http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50248_optimizing_omega3_and_vitamin_d_during_pregnancy_may_reduce_asthma_in_your_child Optimizing Omega-3 and Vitamin D During Pregnancy May Reduce Asthma in Your Child<br><br>Omega-3 fats are essential as your body cannot make them. The only way to get them is through your food. They are important to energy storage, cell membrane function, regulation of inflammation and oxygen transport.<br><br>They are also important to the development of your baby in utero, especially eye and brain development.<br><br>Research continues to support the need for a balance of omega-3 and omega-... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:12:00 EST Koji — the Biggest Food Trend of 2017? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50247_koji_the_biggest_food_trend_of_2017 Koji — the Biggest Food Trend of 2017?<br><br>Slowly but surely, consumer behavior is changing in regard to food. Many have started embracing more traditional foods and are relearning ancient culinary methods such as fermenting.1<br><br>This may be one of the most positive food trends we've seen in many decades, as fermented foods are really important for optimal gut health. In more recent years, scientists have discovered just how crucial a role your microbiome plays in your overall health a... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:55:00 EST How To Trim Your Medication Costs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50237_how_to_trim_your_medication_costs Reassess Your Medication Needs<br><br>Another step that may cut your costs is to re-evaluate your current prescriptions and make sure you really need all of them, says Fanikos. Despite the increasing use of electronic medical records, your primary care doctor may not know all the drugs you're taking, especially if some were prescribed by other physicians. He or she may discover that some drugs duplicate the actions of others, have adverse interactions with one another, or are no longer nec... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 23:01:00 EST when a woman opens her heart to love http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50236_when_a_woman_opens_her_heart_to_love When A Woman Opens Her Heart To Love <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><b<BR>r>When a woman loves a man she cares for him, <br><br>pampers him, gives him her attention and does <br><br>every thing to make him happy. But when she <br><br>feels her man also cares for her and loves her <br><br>immensely and unconditionally then all her <br><br>love , care, affection and pampering just kind of <br><br>multiplies and is intensified to almost another <br><br><br>level where she becomes comple... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:54:00 EST It’s not about the destination as much as it is about the journey, enjoy every step of the way and don’t judge it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50233_its_not_about_the_destination_as_much_as_it_is_about_the_journey_enjoy_every_step_of_the_way_and_dont_judge_it Thanks to the world of social media, mental comparison has never been easier. Keep in mind that the majority of wThanks to the world of social media, mental comparisThanks to the world of social media, mental comparison has never been easier. Keep in mind that the majority of what you see on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and pretty well every other platform is a collection of each individual’s highlight reels. They all likely have just as many challenges, “ugly days,” and mundane tThanks to t... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 17:34:00 EST Creative Imaging and Other Mental Tools Can Turn Worry and Anxiety Into Confidence and Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50225_creative_imaging_and_other_mental_tools_can_turn_worry_and_anxiety_into_confidence_and_happiness Creative Imaging and Other Mental Tools Can Turn Worry and Anxiety Into Confidence and Happiness<br><br><br>Worry may well be one of the most common causes of suffering in America. Besides being troublesome in and of itself, worry is also a contributing factor for overeating, alcoholism, smoking, drug abuse and many other compulsive disorders.<br><br>In this interview, Dr. Martin Rossman, author of “The Worry Solution” book and CD set, provides simple and practical tools for addressing chroni... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:15:00 EST How Stress Affects Your Body, and Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Develop Greater Resilienc http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50223_how_stress_affects_your_body_and_simple_techniques_to_reduce_stress_and_develop_greater_resilienc How Stress Affects Your Body, and Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Develop Greater Resilience<br><br><br>Among all the factors contributing to poor health and early death, stress is perhaps the most pernicious. In bygone days, the stress response was a lifesaving biological function, enabling us to run from predators or take down prey.<br><br>But today, we are turning on the same "lifesaving" reaction to cope with fear of public speaking, difficult bosses and traffic jams. The sheer num... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 11:44:00 EST How To Trim Your Medication Costs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50218_how_to_trim_your_medication_costs If no generic is available, ask your doctor or pharmacist if a less expensive brand-name drug in the same medication family would work as well. If you have a prescription drug plan, ask your doctor to prescribe drugs that are your plan's "preferred" list, as these will be the least expensive.<br><br>You might also ask your doctor or pharmacist about pill splitting. With some medications, there is little or no cost difference between low-dose and high-dose pills. Some tablets are scored and... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 23:51:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50214_gr8_day_kkkk No matter how long you’ve “effectively” done it, believe it or not, you cannot run from something forever. Running from your problems may seem easier at the mind level in the moment you flee, but deep down it’s doing much more harm than directly addressing it ever could. Think about it: Rather than choosing to tackle it head on, you’ve been consciously cNo matter how long you’ve “effectively” done it, believe it or not, you cannot run from something foNo matter how long you’ve “effectively” d... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 18:30:00 EST Do You Wake Up Every Night At The Same Time? This Is What It Means. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50213_do_you_wake_up_every_night_at_the_same_time_this_is_what_it_means Do You Wake Up Every Night At The Same Time? This Is What It Means. <br><br><br>There are internal systems and clocks built in the body, helping us control our bodily functions. Also, it is worth mentioning that the physical and spiritual health shouldn’t be viewed separately, as they are closely related.<br><br>The patterns of energy placements to different areas of the body at different times hold special place in traditional Chinese medicine, which suggests that the body dedicates differen... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 18:21:00 EST A Snowy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50210_a_snowy_day As I sit here watching the snowy wintry weather I thought of Robert Frost and one of his poems. <br><br>A Servant To Servants - Poem by Robert Frost<br><br>I didn't make you know how glad I was<br>To have you come and camp here on our land.<br>I promised myself to get down some day<br>And see the way you lived, but I don't know!<br>With a houseful of hungry men to feed<br>I guess you'd find.... It seems to me<br>I can't express my feelings any more<br>Than I can raise my voice or want to lift... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:29:00 EST Why Do Fingers and Toes Get Pruny in Water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50209_why_do_fingers_and_toes_get_pruny_in_water Why Do Fingers and Toes Get Pruny in Water?<br><br><br>There are many uncertainties in life, with answers shrouded in mystery. Some of the world's most challenging perplexities will never be known, but others can sometimes be reasoned out analytically.<br><br>One of those enigmatic questions is: Why do our fingers and toes get pruny after sitting in water for a while?<br><br>Luckily, while some of the most difficult-to-fathom disputes may at first seem out of our depths, the headwaters of sci... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:06:00 EST How To Trim Your Medication Costs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50200_how_to_trim_your_medication_costs Prescription drug prices are rising. Three strategies may help lower your pharmacy bill.<br><br>If you're trying to avoid (or already have) heart disease, chances are you're taking several prescription medications. In fact, about a third of adults over age 62 take at least five prescription drugs, which can be a real budget buster for some people. And recent rises in drug prices, especially for new, brand-name medications, are enough to make anyone gulp.<br><br>"By working with your doctor... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 23:42:00 EST you gotta own it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50198_you_gotta_own_it You Gotta Own It! <br><br><br><br><br><br><br> Do you ever wonder why some people are so successful at achieving their goals, while many of us seem to struggle with the same issues over and over? What is it, we wonder, that sets the goal achievers apart? The answer is that successful people own their goals.<br><br> What does it mean to own a goal? The first, and most important, step is to make sure that your goal represents something that is truly important to you and not simply something tha... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 22:34:00 EST Old Man Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50197_old_man_winter I am having a rough time this winter with all the snow, ice, wind, and cold temperatures. I found a couple of winter poems to hopefully help me feel better.<br><br>It snowed and snowed ,the whole world over,<br>Snow swept the world from end to end.<br>A candle burned on the table;<br>A candle burned.<br><br>As during summer midges swarm<br>To beat their wings against a flame<br>Out in the yard the snowflakes swarmed<br>To beat against the window pane<br><br>The blizzard sculptured on the gla... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 22:26:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50196_another_gr8_day_ The best test to determine whether or not you are a good listener is to takThe best test to determine whether or not you are a good listener is to take note of whether you actually focus on something someone else is telling you, or if you instead find yourself alreadyThe best test to determine whether or not you are a good listener is to take note of whether you actually focus on something someone else is telling you, or if you instead find yourself already thinking about your reply. Good lis... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:49:00 EST inspiring conversation between a solider and software engineer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50182_inspiring_conversation_between_a_solider_and_software_engineer An Inspiring Conversation Between A Soldier & Software Engineer !! <br><br><br>Mr. Vivek Pradhan was not a happy man. He was the project manager and still not entitled to air travel. It was not the prestige he sought, he had tried to reason with the admin person, it was the savings in time. He opened his case and took out the laptop, determined to put the time to some good use.<br><br><br><br><br>‘Are you from the software industry sir,’ the man beside him was staring appreciatively at the la... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 04:22:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50181_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 01:39:00 EST winter blues indeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50180_winter_blues_indeed It has been really pretty cold here this past week with more fun coming this weekend so this might be a stay at home one. Usually winter is fairly mild, but this one as been something else indeed. Between the snow and ice office being closed or late start the days seem kind of a blur and then there is remembering which day of the week it is. I found a couple of poems about winter and cold to help me through. <br><br>"It snowed and snowed, the whole world over,<br>Snow swept the world from ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:27:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50173_gr8_day_kkkk A big part of my 2017 game plan is the setting of New Year’s resolutions, which by definition involves a firm decision to start or stop doing something as the cA big part of my 2017 game plan is the setting of NA big part of my 2017 game plan is the setting of New Year’s resolutions, which by definition involves a firm decision to start or stop doing something as the calendar turns. Setting the resolutions is always easy; actually sticking to them is where things become difficult, as it’s oft... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 21:30:00 EST Letting Go of Sick Loved Ones... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50171_letting_go_of_sick_loved_ones Is there ever a right time to say goodbye to a beloved pet? To let them go and put them out of their misery and try to move past it is some times too much. My little/BIG Shadow had to be put to sleep. I think I'm deluded myself when I think he just got sick suddenly. Since we moved from the city to the suburbs, he really hasn't been the same. He has loved being able to walk and see more people walking their non human furry friends but he wasn't overwhelmed. You think when you move to a better... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 16:47:00 EST Facebook Lurking Can Make You Feel Miserable, According to Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50170_facebook_lurking_can_make_you_feel_miserable_according_to_study Facebook Lurking Can Make You Feel Miserable, According to Study<br><br>Every month, 1.65 billion people actively use the social media site Facebook. On average, each user spends 50 minutes using the site daily, which doesn't sound like that much until you consider it's more time than is spent on any other leisure activity except for watching TV.1<br><br>In the U.S., Americans spend just 19 minutes, on average, reading each day and just 17 minutes on exercise, according to the Bureau of Labor... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:48:00 EST Use Burdock Oil to Promote Healthy Hair Growth http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50169_use_burdock_oil_to_promote_healthy_hair_growth Use Burdock Oil to Promote Healthy Hair Growth<br><br>Promoting healthy hair and scalp is best done without the use of toxic commercial shampoos and hair treatment products. One way to achieve optimal hair health is to rely on what nature has to offer, which is high-quality burdock oil.<br><br>Learn about the origins, uses and benefits, composition and proper application of this oil to achieve shiny locks and other therapeutic effects.<br><br>What Is Burdock Oil?<br><br>Burdock oil — also kno... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:17:00 EST Toxic Teethers — Be Careful What You Give Your Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50168_toxic_teethers_be_careful_what_you_give_your_baby Toxic Teethers — Be Careful What You Give Your Baby<br><br><br>Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial grade chemical used in epoxy resins, hard clear plastics and the protective lining of some food and beverage cans. The theory is that the BPA makes the products safer and easier to use, while in fact the chemical has demonstrated significant side effects that damage your health.<br><br>Although it was first discovered in the 1890s, it wasn't until the 1950s that chemists found it could be added t... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:07:00 EST hump day blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50158_hump_day_blues kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk<BR>kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 05:08:00 EST living life with children never lose your childs Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50156_living_life_with_children_never_lose_your_childs_heart ocess control<br><br>Germination is the process by which a seed grows into a plant. It happens when the embryo swells and the seed coat breaks. To accomplish this, any new plant requires basic elements for its development: temperature, water, oxygen and mineral salts. First you have to enter the seeds in water (preferably mineral) and wait 24 hours until they open and let see the tip of the root.<br><br>Subsequently, the combination of peat and seed will be placed in a small pot. Approximatel... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 23:10:00 EST Sweden Implements Inventive Plan to Recycle Christmas Trees http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50139_sweden_implements_inventive_plan_to_recycle_christmas_trees Sweden Implements Inventive Plan to Recycle Christmas Trees<br><br><br>Christmas celebrations often revolve around a Christmas tree, decked out with decorations, lights and maybe even a string of popcorn and berries. Do you purchase a live tree or an artificial one? Which choice is the more eco-friendly? <br><br>According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), in 2015 people spent an average of $50 on a real tree and $69 on an artificial tree.1 If a live tree was purchased, 76 per... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:12:00 EST Oil Companies Fight to Keep Their Poison in Toys http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50138_oil_companies_fight_to_keep_their_poison_in_toys Oil Companies Fight to Keep Their Poison in Toys<br><br>You likely give careful consideration to your child’s nutrition, safety and schooling. But, did you know the simple plastic toys they play with each day may pose a danger to their health and wellness?<br><br>Unfortunately, the chemicals found in your child’s toys may also inhabit your floors, kitchen storage, shower curtains and laundry detergents.1 Some chemicals are so dangerous they have been banned from use in consumer products, and ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:37:00 EST Sugar Scandal — Industry-Biased Study Questions Validity of Sugar Guidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50137_sugar_scandal_industrybiased_study_questions_validity_of_sugar_guidelines Sugar Scandal — Industry-Biased Study Questions Validity of Sugar Guidelines<br><br>Research spanning many decades shows excess sugar damages your health, yet the sugar industry successfully buried the evidence and misdirected the public with faux science.<br><br>According to the sugar industry, sugar is harmless and may even be an important part of a healthy diet. To this day, they're promoting the myth that saturated fat is to blame for weight gain and ill health, not sugar, along with the ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:03:00 EST though shall not steal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50129_though_shall_not_steal people get a job.. do not steal from those who need it also<br>people get a job.. do not steal from those who need it also<br>people get a job.. do not steal from those who need it also<br>people get a job.. do not steal from those who need it also<br>people get a job.. do not steal from those who need it also<br>people get a job.. do not steal from those who need it also<br>people get a job.. do not steal from those who need it also<br>people get a job.. do not steal from those who need it a... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 20:54:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50124_gr8_day_kkkk Sometimes in life, we needed to get our backsides kicked. There is no two ways about it. When we get into a state where we are living life day to day without eveSometimes in life, we needed to get our backsides kicked. There is no two ways about it. When we get into a state where we are Sometimes in life, we needed to get our backsides kicked. There is no two ways about it. When we get into a state where we are living life day to day without ever thinking about what we truly want, what excite... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:37:00 EST Taking a Seat Can Take Years Off Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50116_taking_a_seat_can_take_years_off_life Taking a Seat Can Take Years Off Life<br><br><br>Your body is meant to have regular physical activity in order to function at its highest level. By this, I’m not referring to 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a few days or even every day, but rather movement that takes place during the other 15.5 hours or so that you’re awake.<br><br>The research continues to mount that lack of such activity, or rather, too much sitting during the day, is detrimental to health, including longevity.<br><br>Sitting ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 10:30:00 EST Ben & Jerry's Pretends to Protect Environment While Destroying It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50115_ben_jerrys_pretends_to_protect_environment_while_destroying_it Ben & Jerry's Pretends to Protect Environment While Destroying It<br><br><br>Vermont dairy is synonymous with two things: cows grazing on green pastures and Ben & Jerry’s. The iconic ice cream brand was started in Burlington, Vermont, in 1978 and to this day claims to be as devoted to stewardship to the environment as it is to creating new ice cream flavors.<br><br>Their environmentally friendly image has helped propel the brand into one of Unilever’s, their corporate owner, rising stars.<br>... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:55:00 EST Morning my fano happy dads day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50112_morning_my_fano_happy_dads_day I Have a friend that could really use a change in their diet? We all do. If they happen to be someone who wants to change but doesn’t know how, then a cooking class could be exactly what they need.<br>Cooking classes are not only incredibly helpful around the kitchen, but they also tend to be a wonderful social experience that can infuse fun into food preparation. If you take the class together, it can strI Have a friend that could really use a change in their diet? We all do. If they happen ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 01:28:00 EST Why You Should Take Your Apple Cider Vinegar at Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50103_why_you_should_take_your_apple_cider_vinegar_at_night Why You Should Take Your Apple Cider Vinegar at Night<br><br><br>No doubt, you’ve seen them — lists touting the amazing curative power of apple cider vinegar for an amazing number of ills. “ACV” (as it’s sometimes referred to in studies) has been praised for its ability to balance you pH, increase good gut bacteria and help control your weight, as well as many other beneficial things.<br><br>Here’s the kicker: All those are true, and more besides. One of the most sensational is its ability to... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:42:00 EST Top Health Tips from 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50102_top_health_tips_from_2016 Top Health Tips from 2016<br><br>It's that time again — time to embrace a new year and a fresh start in our continued journey toward a healthier, happier life. With a nod to our upcoming 20th anniversary in 2017, I've selected 20 tips from my 20 most popular articles of 2016.<br><br>If you haven't yet read them all, you're in for a treat, as they cover a wide variety of health topics.<br><br>Implementing some or all of these could help protect your health and well-being in the years to come.... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:32:00 EST What Are the Benefits of Vitamin K2? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50101_what_are_the_benefits_of_vitamin_k2 What Are the Benefits of Vitamin K2?<br><br><br>There's been a lot of discussion about certain essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. But lately, researchers are beginning to recognize that one often-misunderstood vitamin goes unnoticed.<br><br>In fact, a large percentage of the population is deficient in this essential nutrient. What is it? Vitamin K. Rather than being a single nutrient, vitamin K is a group of vitamins of similar composition; ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:24:00 EST Kindness, Joy, Universe, http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50097_kindness_joy_universe Be kind.<br><br>Wake up thinking "I'm alive, thank-you day for waking me up, I'm thankful for all that you bring me today." <br><br>Stretch.<br><br>Know everyone has a story. If someone is unkind to you, wonder what is their story and ..... be kind.<br><br>Breath. We forget to breath throughout the day. Notice the times that you hold your breath, let go of the stress, the tension, the hate and frustration and blow it out to the universe, then breath in the newness, the positive, the joy. ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:44:00 EST really strange new years traditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50084_really_strange_new_years_traditions Really Strange New Year's Traditions <br><br><br><br><br><br> When I was growing up, we always had to have lentils on our table on New Year's Eve. Apparently, this was a tradition my grandparents brought over with them from Italy...and it's a tradition my family, continues. This is not the only thing on the table, of course, but lentils must have a presence to make the act of ringing in the new year feel complete for me. My friends think I'm weird. That's OK... we all have our quirks.<br><br>... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:14:00 EST another Gr8 Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50081_another_gr8_day_ Respect others. It is important to respect everyone and to afford each person their right to be treated with decency and humanity. There is more to what meets the eye, so erase prejudices, eliminate labels, and stop judg Respect others. It is important to respect everyone and t Respect others. It is important to respect everyone and to afford each person their right to be treated with decency and humanity. There is more to what meets the eye, so erase prejudices, eliminate labels, and stop ju... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 16:17:00 EST Action Plan for 2017 — and the Rest of Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50074_action_plan_for_2017_and_the_rest_of_your_life Action Plan for 2017 — and the Rest of Your Life<br><br>Happy New Year! Have you made any New Year's resolutions yet? About half of Americans make them, but by the time February or March rolls around, many have already abandoned their efforts.<br><br>Overall, it's estimated that 92 percent of Americans fail to achieve the goals they commit to on New Year's Day.1 For this reason, I propose making a commitment to simply make healthier choices and live better this year.<br><br>Changing your life... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:50:00 EST the last day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50068_the_last_day nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<BR>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<BR>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<BR>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<BR>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<BR>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<BR>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<BR>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<BR>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<BR>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<BR>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<BR>ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:59:00 EST Morning my fano happy dads day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50065_morning_my_fano_happy_dads_day Respect others. It is Respect others. It is important to respect everyone and to afford each person their right to be treated with decency and humanity. There is more to w R Respect others. It is important to respect everyone and to afford each person their right to be Respect others. It is important to respect everyone and to afford each person their right to be treated with decency and humanity. There is more to what meets the eye, so erase prejudices, eliminate labels, and stop judging. t... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:28:00 EST Action Plan for the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50061_action_plan_for_the_new_year Action Plan for the New Year<br><br><br>Happy New Year! This year, what do you say we all skip the New Year's resolution? About half of Americans make them, and most start out strong but come February or March, many have already thrown in the towel.<br><br>Overall, it's estimated that 92 percent of Americans fail to achieve the goals they commit to on New Year's Day.1 And so, I'm proposing this instead: in place of a New Year's resolution, make a commitment to simply live better this year.<br... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:15:00 EST How to Get Rid of Annoying Static Cling Without Toxic Products http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50059_how_to_get_rid_of_annoying_static_cling_without_toxic_products How to Get Rid of Annoying Static Cling Without Toxic Products<br><br>A dry climate or cold weather may increase the amount of static cling you find in your clothes. While this can be a nuisance in your sweaters, suits and shirts, common over-the-counter treatments may trigger damage to your health and the environment. Fortunately, there are alternatives that are both less expensive and safer.<br><br>Manufacturers take advantage of two of your senses to boost sales when they develop dryer she... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:49:00 EST 23 (Scientific) Happiness Hacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50058_23_scientific_happiness_hacks 23 (Scientific) Happiness Hacks<br><br>It's easy to regard happiness as something that happens to you, but being happy is a choice that you can actively seek out and attain. You needn't sit by and wait for happiness to come to you; you can go out and grab it virtually whenever you want.<br><br>What types of choices lead to happiness? Many of them involve leading a healthy lifestyle, because a healthy body goes hand-in-hand with a healthy mind.<br><br>Happy people tend to eat healthier, exerci... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:59:00 EST Spring is in the air :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50051_spring_is_in_the_air_ Pay it forward. Take a photo for a tourist or open the door for somePay it forward. Take a photo for a tourist or open the door for someone. Random good deeds are pleasant suPay it forward. Take a photo for a tourist or open the door for someone. Random good deeds are pleasant surprises. You have no idea how it affects other people, especially those who aren’t used to being treated that way. More than how it makes the people you help feel, you might even start a ripple with your intentional g... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:22:00 EST one of those days http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50049_one_of_those_days AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH<BR>HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:19:00 EST Take 4-8 mg of Astaxanthin to Help Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50044_reap_the_antioxidant_benefits_of_this_citrus_essential_oil Take 4-8 mg of Astaxanthin to Help Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling<br><br><br>Travel can increase the stress on your immune system, even if it's for fun.<br><br>If you're not careful, you may come home from your trip with an unwelcome memento - like a cold or flu.<br><br>Some people even expect to get sick during a trip. But it doesn't have to be that way!<br><br>It's very important to take care of your immune health while traveling, whether it's for business or pleasure.<br><br>Acupressure... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:15:00 EST 7 Habits of Happily Married Couples http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50042_7_habits_of_happily_married_couples 7 Habits of Happily Married Couples<br><br><br>Your personal relationships are incredibly important and can make or break your physical and emotional health. Marriage, or any similar long-term relationship, in particular can benefit or harm your health, depending on whether it’s a happy marriage or not.<br><br>One recent study found marriage was one of only two life events (out of a total of eight) that had positive effects on physical health (the other was a new job or promotion).1<br><br>Ho... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:06:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50040_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... 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Fri, 30 Dec 2016 04:23:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50032_gr8_day_kkkk It is hard to imagine a time when most pharmacies carried marijuana and farmers were required to grow hemp, much like they are given incentives to grow corn these days, but that is a significant part of the history of the U.S.<br><br>From the 1600s to the late 1800s, hemp (a cannabis plant containing very little THC) was harvested on U.S. soil to create materials such as rope, paper, and clothing.<br><br>In 1619, the Virginia Assembly decided to require farmers to grow hemp for these purposes... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:23:00 EST Reap the Antioxidant Benefits of This Citrus Essential Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50030_reap_the_antioxidant_benefits_of_this_citrus_essential_oil Reap the Antioxidant Benefits of This Citrus Essential Oil<br><br>Grapefruits are delicious– they are a treat on their own and are a wonderful addition to any salad. They are packed with nutrients, too. Like other citrus fruits, grapefruit can also be converted into an essential oil, which is packed with antioxidants and provides numerous practical uses and benefits.<br><br>What Is Grapefruit Oil?<br><br>Grapefruit is known by its scientific names Citrus Racemosa and Citrus Maxima. The latter... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:00:00 EST How Nutritional and Alternative Treatments Can Help You Avoid Using Drugs for Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50028_how_nutritional_and_alternative_treatments_can_help_you_avoid_using_drugs_for_depression How Nutritional and Alternative Treatments Can Help You Avoid Using Drugs for Depression<br><br>Depression is a very serious health problem and can be terminal, as up to 30,000 people who are depressed commit suicide every year. But are antidepressants the best approach?<br><br>Contrary to popular belief, there are safer—and oftentimes far more effective—alternatives to the drug route, as explained here by Dr. Hyla Cass, a practicing psychiatrist who uses integrative medicine.<br><br>Dr. Cass... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:00:00 EST Friendship, Not Money, Makes People Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50027_friendship_not_money_makes_people_happy Friendship, Not Money, Makes People Happy<br><br><br>In the quest for happiness, many people put their hopes on the attainment of material possessions when what may matter most of all, according to new research, are things that money can’t buy, namely good health and strong relationships.<br><br>In the new Origins of Happiness study, findings of which were presented at the London School of Economics (LSE) well-being conference in December 2016, survey data collected from four countries reveal... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:35:00 EST Popcorn to feel full http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50019_popcorn_to_feel_full Eating popcorn helps me feel full, contains fiber and is low in calories. Drinking water will then explained the feeling of fullness. The combination of fiber and water is needed for consistent weight loss. <br><br>I like to incorporate a few low calorie snacks into each day. If you plan your snacks and choose low calorie choices, you can easily add snacks into a healthy diet. <br><br>I like Go Lite and Skinny Popcorn brands. They come in a bag popped and ready to eat. They also come in pro... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:44:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50012_gr8_day_kkkk <br>I do not know if you remember me and Esther, but we are the girls who turned up in Ruatoria at the end of last year to attend the ceremony at Mount Hikurangi and you let us sleep in Izzanne's garden. I hope you passed the holidays well and that you have a good transition into the new year. As we say in Germa<br>I do not know if you remember me and Esther, but we are the girls who turned up in Ruatoria at the end of last year to attend the ceremony at Mount Hikurangi and you let us sleep i... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:46:00 EST Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy Raises Your Child’s Risk for Autism http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50010_vitamin_d_deficiency_during_pregnancy_raises_your_childs_risk_for_autism Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy Raises Your Child’s Risk for Autism<br><br><br>There has been a dramatic and concerning increase in the rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the last 30 years and experts believe the rates will continue to increase.<br><br>When I was in medical school more than 35 years ago, the incidence of autism was 1 in 10,000.<br><br>According to a 2013 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and P... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:22:00 EST Here's How to Cut a Mango http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50009_heres_how_to_cut_a_mango Here's How to Cut a Mango<br><br>Most people have never tasted a locally grown healthy mango. They are completely different than those purchased in most grocery stores. So unless you have tried a fresh locally grown one please reserve your opinion on whether you like them.<br><br>I have been living in Florida for about four years and now have nearly two dozen mango tress and last year harvested nearly 100 mangoes. I never knew how delicious a mango could be.<br><br>The reason they taste so go... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:05:00 EST What? Ibuprofen Can Make You Deaf? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50007_what_ibuprofen_can_make_you_deaf What? Ibuprofen Can Make You Deaf?<br><br><br>Chronic pain is a significant challenge in the U.S., affecting more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.1 Up to 80 percent of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their life.2 Overall, pain costs the U.S. between $560 billion and $635 billion each year.3<br><br>The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that half the adult population in the world has experienced a headache in the past year.4<br><br>... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:36:00 EST The versatility of coconut oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50005_the_versatility_of_coconut_oil Coconut oil seems to be all the rage. It's certainly available in all the shops, from grocery stores, to health stores, to the corner market with every magazine seeming to scream it being a "miracle" cure. Well it’s really not a cure-all, and what works for other people may not work for you, but it still is pretty good to have around. With a little bit of resourcefulness and a dash of creativity, you can find over one hundred everyday uses for coconut oil. Coconut oil is extremely versatile... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:45:00 EST 7 Items Every Woman Should Get Rid of (But Doesn't) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49993_7_items_every_woman_should_get_rid_of_but_doesnt <br>When we head to the trash can or eBay, there are certain things we forget to include. Here are the sneaky extras that clutter up the corners of our homes.<br><br><br><br>The Paper Jam in Your Junk Drawer<br><br>When your blender finally pureed its last kale-apple smoothie, you gave it a proper farewell, but what about the owner's manual and now-expired warranty paperwork that came with it? If you're like us, they're what's crammed in that holds-everything-I-might-someday-need drawer in yo... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:40:00 EST Six "Grow Younger" Nutrients I Take Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49992_six_grow_younger_nutrients_i_take_every_day Six "Grow Younger" Nutrients I Take Every Day<br><br><br>Nutritionists have long been interested in the dynamics of telomere length in the body, and how telomeres figure in to human health and life expectancy. Telomeres were first discovered in 1973 by Alexey Olovnikov.<br><br>He found that the tiny units of DNA at the very end of each chromosome—the telomere—shorten with time because they cannot replicate completely each time the cell divides and they may be the most powerful biological cloc... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:29:00 EST living life with children never lose your childs Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49990_living_life_with_children_never_lose_your_childs_heart Some secrets are too good to keep to yourself. What have you learned along your healthy lifestyle journey? Share your best tips here, and help others in the process. Note that we like these to be explained well so they can help as many people as possible. For that reason we ask that each secret be at least 1,700 characters, which is usually around 300 wSome secrets are too good to keep to yourself. What have you learned along your healthy lifestyle journey? Share your best tips here, and help... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:22:00 EST Victory! European Union Bans Amalgam Fillings for Children and Pregnant or Nursing Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49989_victory_european_union_bans_amalgam_fillings_for_children_and_pregnant_or_nursing_women Victory! European Union Bans Amalgam Fillings for Children and Pregnant or Nursing Women<br><br><br>“The next generation of Europe’s children are safe from toxic dental mercury,” proclaims Charlie Brown, president of Consumers for Dental Choice and the umbrella World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry. <br><br>Starting July 1, 2018, amalgam use is banned for children under the age of 15 and for pregnant or nursing women — anywhere in the vast European Union (EU)1,2 — 28 countries in all, wit... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:13:00 EST living life with children never lose your childs Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49979_living_life_with_children_never_lose_your_childs_heart Children have embraced technology just as quickly as it has evolved, and parents are finding it difficult just to keep up, never mind control it. Because this kind of portable 'and addictive' technology is still relatively new, today’s children are much like guinea pigs in an unwitting experiment , the long term effects of which have yet to be discovered.<br><br>Palmer, along with other experts in childhood development, has seen a rise in prescriptions for Ritalin, the drug most commonly pres... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:35:00 EST a repeat of decluttering http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49978_a_repeat_of_decluttering <br>Clutter: The Two Most Important Questions <br><br><br>I had a donation pick-up scheduled at my house the other day. Throughout the past quarter, my family has been gathering whatever we don't use, placing it in donation bags, and saving those bags for the donation organization representatives when they arrived with their truck.<br><br>One good practice I've found to keep clutter at bay...and to have some donations for a favorite charity every quarter, is to look somewhere specific every s... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:09:00 EST Spring is in the air :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49964_spring_is_in_the_air_ Just recently I went through a couple days of feeling down simply because I slipped up for a short period. I let the names, the attacks, the accusations , all completely misguided ,get to me. I ignored the 90 percent of people who say amazing things, who love what I share and offer words of encouragement. Instead, my focus shifted and those 10 percent became really loud. As a person who does what he does because he loves other people, wants the best for the world, and is kind and honest with ... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 17:30:00 EST Christmas Day is Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49959_christmas_day_is_here Christmas Day has finally arrived. Although, I believe it can be Christmas every day in my heart with Jesus the real reason for the season to guide me each and every day. We got a telephone call this morning from our daughter and her hubby who are visiting his parents in India this year. Her hubby hadn't been home since they got married almost four years ago. It was really nice to hear their voices as the Internet had been down for a week around his hometown. We even had a chance to talk... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:51:00 EST Fresh Herb and Garlic Beef Tenderloin Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49958_fresh_herb_and_garlic_beef_tenderloin_recipe Fresh Herb and Garlic Beef Tenderloin Recipe<br><br>beef tenderloin<br><br>While your diet should contain colorful organic vegetables, ideally it should include moderate amounts of high-quality animal protein, which are valuable sources of nutrients that cannot be obtained elsewhere.<br>However, I advise you to avoid meats from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), usually sold in supermarkets. They come from animals raised in poor living conditions (compared to free-range animals) and ... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:22:00 EST Merry Christmas to You and Yours http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49956_merry_christmas_to_you_and_yours Merry Christmas to You and Yours <br><br>Christmas Day is a time for family, friends and others who have touched our lives deeply.<br><br>Enjoy 1 All-Time Favorite Movies: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’<br><br>Released in 1946, “It’s a Wonderful Life” still captures the hearts of new viewers seven decades later — a testament to its quality, even though it was a box office failure at the time of its debut.<br><br>Perhaps it’s because it’s such a wonderful metaphor for your power to change the world t... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 10:43:00 EST living life with children never lose your childs Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49947_living_life_with_children_never_lose_your_childs_heart Things I love<br>Dredlocks in moonlite_The Beach'IceCold Brandy'Fresh Watermelon, AnythngChocl8_Old Reggae, PoisonPerfum, DrkAmethysts ,Midnite Picnics_Noodlsalad_Boxing_ Fotography, Loyalty,in all forms,. FantasyArt ,Concerts, My Prince Of Darkness ,R.I.P Billyboy,,Seafood,Stars ,Animals_ Secrets,Shearing,Water falls & Deep Forest Walks, Music ,All forms,Partys &Barbeques, MyBabys, HmemadeLemon drinks,Sleepn ByTheFire ,Listening2Dub inDarkness ,Alfresco Dining,Adictv Books,The Scorpian&The P... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 20:10:00 EST Night before Christmas knitters style http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49946_night_before_christmas_knitters_style Not mine...found online<br>'Twas the week before Christmas and all through the land,<br>the crafters were furious with hooks in their hand.<br>The projects were made with tender love and care,<br>with the hope that they weren't intertwined with too much hair.<br>The skeins were aligned in colors lovely and deep,<br>in a number that nearly amounted to a whole sheep.<br>And I in a hoodie making a last minute cap,<br>hoping real hard it didn't come out looking like crap.<br>Watching my furious h... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 19:55:00 EST Christmas Eve fun times http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49945_christmas_eve_fun_times Christmas Eve is always a special with our family. We usually are either spending time our family or attend a Christmas Eve service at our church depending on family comings and goings. This year is a bit different as our daughter and hubby are visiting his family over in India so we are getting together on New Years Day. I found a nice little poem for this occasion. <br><br>Christmas Eve<br><br>© Emily <br><br>Published on December 2010<br><br>It was the night before Christmas and all we... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 16:41:00 EST Many Surprising Foods Found to Contain Monsanto's Deadly Poison http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49944_many_surprising_foods_found_to_contain_monsantos_deadly_poison Many Surprising Foods Found to Contain Monsanto's Deadly Poison<br><br>Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, is the most used agricultural chemical in history.<br><br>In 2014, farmers sprayed enough glyphosate to apply 0.8 pounds of the chemical to every acre of cultivated cropland in the U.S. and nearly 0.5 a pound of glyphosate to all cropland worldwide.1<br><br>Yet, mysteriously, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Residue Program, which is tas... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 13:00:00 EST Pregnant? For Your Baby's Health, Eat Fish, But Make Sure It's High in Omega-3 and Low in Mercury http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49943_pregnant_for_your_babys_health_eat_fish_but_make_sure_its_high_in_omega3_and_low_in_mercury Pregnant? For Your Baby's Health, Eat Fish, But Make Sure It's High in Omega-3 and Low in Mercury<br><br>Omega-3 fat is important for proper energy storage, oxygen transport, cell membrane function, and regulation of inflammation. It's also critical for healthy development in utero, especially for eye and brain development, and plays a role in the length of gestation.<br><br>Recent research has again confirmed the importance of omega-3 fats during pregnancy, and the danger of too much omega-6... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:21:00 EST Can Bright Light Make You Sneeze? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49942_can_bright_light_make_you_sneeze Can Bright Light Make You Sneeze?<br><br><br>Pepper can make you sneeze. So can a cold, cat dander and dust. But bright light from the sun, a flash photo or a flashlight beamed in your eyes? That might be a new one, to some, but not to 18 to 35 percent of the population. <br><br>I happen to be one of them, although mostly when I was young. Nearly every time I would go outside I would sneeze once. It hasn't happened for quite some time since I radically improved my diet and health but I always... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:02:00 EST your mother is always with you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49935_your_mother_is_always_with_you Your Mother is always with you. She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the fragrance of life itself. She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well, she’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning. Your mother lives inside your laughter. She’s the place you came from, your first home, ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:16:00 EST your mother is always with you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49934_your_mother_is_always_with_you Your Mother is always with you. She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the fragrance of life itself. She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well, she’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning. Your mother lives inside your laughter. She’s the place you came from, your first home, ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:16:00 EST Morning my fano happy dads day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49931_morning_my_fano_happy_dads_day Sleep is so important to our health, and when we aren’t getting good sleep, we can open ourselves up to many health challenges. But we can also take advantage of our time spent sleeping to help curb mind related issuSleep is so important to our health, and when we Sleep is so important to our health, and when we aren’t getting good sleep, we can open ourselves up to many health challenges. But we can also take advantage of our time spent sleeping to help curb mind related issues that are affe... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:55:00 EST Even Some Traditional Vets Know About These 3 Healing Foods - Do You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49930_even_some_traditional_vets_know_about_these_3_healing_foods_do_you Even Some Traditional Vets Know About These 3 Healing Foods - Do You?<br><br><br>According to Dr. Heather Lewellen, writing for veterinary journal dvm360 (which caters primarily to the conventional veterinary community), there are some new "hot and brewing" functional foods being used by the holistic veterinary community to treat disease.1<br><br>Needless to say, I was eager to learn more about these "culinary curiosities." I always chuckle when I read about "new" natural trends in veterinary... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:19:00 EST US Airports, Restaurants Become More Dog-Friendly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49928_us_airports_restaurants_become_more_dogfriendly US Airports, Restaurants Become More Dog-Friendly<br><br><br>Do you have a penchant for bringing your pup along when you travel, eat at restaurants or shop at pet-friendly stores? You’re not alone. A survey by online travel community TripAdvisor found that 53 percent of Americans travel with their pets (and are more likely to do so than people in the U.K.).1<br><br>Travelling with your pet can indeed be fulfilling for both of you, provided your pet isn’t overly anxious and enjoys it, and doin... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:00:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49925_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:31:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49922_gr8_day_kkkk Some secrets are too good to keep to yourself. What have you learned along your healthy lifestyle journey? Share your best tips here, and help others in the process. Note that we like these to be explained well so they can help as many people as possible. For that reason we ask that each secret be at least 1,700 characters, which is usually around 300 words. As you type in your Description below you’ll see a handy character counter update as you type.Some secrets are too good to keep to yours... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:53:00 EST 12 psychological hacks that will help you in social situations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49920_12_psychological_hacks_that_will_help_you_in_social_situations 12 Psychological Hacks that Will Help You Gain the Advantage in Social Situations. <br><br><br><br>These are some cool psychological hacks that will help you to improve the outcome of any social situation.<br><br><br><br><br>#1. If you want to know about something from someone , ask them a question and when they are done answering , keep silent and maintain an eye contact. They will tell you some more stuff, almost everything.<br><br>#2. When you try to convince someone over something, make s... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:26:00 EST Anise Oil: This Licorice-Flavored Oil Offers Body-Wide Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49915_anise_oil_this_licoriceflavored_oil_offers_bodywide_benefits Anise Oil: This Licorice-Flavored Oil Offers Body-Wide Benefits<br><br>Anise’s therapeutic benefits and licorice-like flavor were recognized and used by many ancient civilizations. Today, many pharmaceuticals seek to take advantage of anise’s benefits by adding the herb to certain drugs, like cough syrup and throat medications.1<br><br>However, as far as pharmaceuticals go, these drugs are neither all-natural nor safe. For you to maximize the benefits of this herb, I recommend you use it in i... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 12:32:00 EST GR8 DAY............. .KKKK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49910_gr8_day_kkkk Bullying – something that happens far too often to us (or by us) as we grow up. When we’re young we almost don’t realize the impacts of it. We don’t put two and two together, or have the knowledge and understanding to realize that something we say to someone today could affect them forever Bullying – something that happens far too often to us (or by us) as we grow up. When we’re young we almost don’t realize the Bullying – something that happens far too often to us (or by us) as we grow up. ... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 02:02:00 EST Decorating this year.. don't forget to do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49906_decorating_this_year_dont_forget_to_do_this Decorating This Year? Don't Forget to Do This... <br><br><br><br><br><br><br> I just love seeing our house all decorated this time of the year! We have three trees up. There is one in our living room with white lights and all of the meaningful Christmas ornaments we've accumulated over the years. (That's the one pictured in this article!) Another tree is in our dining room...the tree itself is a muted gold color and its lights are golden. I love its elegance and the gold-toned ornaments we pu... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:47:00 EST Don't Tease the Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49904_dont_tease_the_disease I am a compulsive eater and have learned that my trigger foods have to remain off limits as I can't just "have a little." I used to struggle being at an event (even at home) where there is a lot of food to chose from, much of it *trigger* foods. I'd go into this internal battle of how can I just have a little bit and not go overboard (especially in secret later). I've come to realize that I don't have to worry about consuming too much of any of it...so long as I don't take that first compu... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:22:00 EST American Lifespan Declines as Obesity and Opioid Epidemic Takes Its Toll http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49900_american_lifespan_declines_as_obesity_and_opioid_epidemic_takes_its_toll American Lifespan Declines as Obesity and Opioid Epidemic Takes Its Toll<br><br><br>For the first time in two decades, life expectancy has declined in the U.S.1,2,3 Obesity appears to have a major role along with the rising rates of eight leading causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and dementia, the latter of which rose by 15.7 percent rise between 2014 and 2015.<br><br>The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) show life expectancy for both m... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:40:00 EST Toxic Teethers — Be Careful What You Give Your Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49899_toxic_teethers_be_careful_what_you_give_your_baby Toxic Teethers — Be Careful What You Give Your Baby<br><br><br>Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial grade chemical used in epoxy resins, hard clear plastics and the protective lining of some food and beverage cans. The theory is that the BPA makes the products safer and easier to use, while in fact the chemical has demonstrated significant side effects that damage your health.<br><br>Although it was first discovered in the 1890s, it wasn't until the 1950s that chemists found it could be added t... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:21:00 EST the white envelope http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49893_the_white_envelope <br>The White Envelope...I Am Inspired! <br><br> <br> I was so inspired by this story, as told by Nancy W. Gavin, that I just had to share. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Here goes...<br><br> It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years or so.<br><br> It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas-oh, not the true meaning of Christ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:09:00 EST Why Medicine Won’t Allow Cancer to Be Cured http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49883_why_medicine_wont_allow_cancer_to_be_cured Why Medicine Won’t Allow Cancer to Be Cured<br><br>Imagine a commercial plane crashed and there were some fatalities involved. You can be sure that would make the headline of every major newspaper. Well, we have the equivalent of 8-10 planes crashing EVERY DAY with everyone on board dying from cancer.<br><br>Nearly two million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year—one person out of three will be hit with a cancer diagnosis at some time in their lives, in spite of the massive technolo... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:58:00 EST CAFO Meat Is Even More Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49882_cafo_meat_is_even_more_dangerous CAFO Meat Is Even More Dangerous<br><br><br>Antibiotic-resistant bacteria infect at least 2 million Americans every year. At least 23,000 die as a result.1 The growing threat of antibiotic-resistant disease is one of the biggest health threats facing the globe, yet, unlike some other pressing health threats, it has a clear and well-known cause: overuse of antibiotics.<br><br>“The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world,” the U.S... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:32:00 EST Texas Plans to Remove Vaccine Exemptions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49881_texas_plans_to_remove_vaccine_exemptions Texas Plans to Remove Vaccine Exemptions<br><br><br>Your right to vaccine exemptions is under attack in many states, from Texas to California, with lawmakers increasingly pushing for mandatory vaccination in the name of public health. <br><br>The issue came to a head in 2015, when a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland ignited near hysteria about the number of unvaccinated children in the state of California.<br><br>The source of the initial Disney theme park exposure was never identif... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:08:00 EST Do you wait until the very last minute http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49878_do_you_wait_until_the_very_last_minute Do You Wait Until the Very Last Minute? <br><br><br><br><br><br> If you wait until the last minute to do things, it will turn out OK occasionally. Most of the time, however, it causes frustration or chaos for you...and sometimes for those around you as well.<br><br> Many people procrastinate now and then. Research has found that 20% of men and women are 'chronic procrastinators.' They will delay TO DOs at work, home, school, and in their relationships.<br><br> What sort of things are we putti... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:57:00 EST Sunlight May Reduce Risk of Nearsightedness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49870_sunlight_may_reduce_risk_of_nearsightedness Sunlight May Reduce Risk of Nearsightedness<br><br>Sunlight is good for you. Seriously good for you. In fact, a new study shows that people, teens in particular, who spend time outside basking in the sun have better vision later in life.<br><br>Conversely, those who don’t get a lot of sun when they’re in their teens or early 20s can expect the opposite. The types of vision problems the study1 showed improvement on included myopia, a type of nearsightedness.<br><br>Researchers from King's Coll... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:19:00 EST On Healthy Relationships and Partner Preferences http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49869_on_healthy_relationships_and_partner_preferences How our partners treat us through our journeys to better health can be very indicative of the type of relationship we have as a whole. Is it a healthy relationship? Do serious conversations need to happen? Here is some relationship advice from someone who has been through both healthy and unhealthy relationships on her journey.<br><br>You may find yourself in a relationship with someone who prefers one body type over another. How can that impact you, your journey, and your relationship? The a... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:25:00 EST puppies protected by a cobra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49863_puppies_protected_by_a_cobra Two Scared Puppies Protected By A Large Cobra, It’s Just A Miracle <br><br><br><br><br>There is goodness inside all of us, we just need to believe and keep going.<br><br>Animals sometimes show more humanity and kindness than us humans. This incident that happened in a remote village of Punjab, India few days back involving animals will warm your heart.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Two stray puppies, not more than 20-25 days fell into a deep well. Luckily the well was dry and they didn’t dro... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:14:00 EST The Surprising Connection Between Pet Collars and Seizures http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49856_the_surprising_connection_between_pet_collars_and_seizures The Surprising Connection Between Pet Collars and Seizures<br><br><br>Listen as Dr. Karen Becker discusses the frightening condition of seizures in pets – what to look for, what can cause the disorder, and what to do if your own pet suddenly has a seizure.<br>Dr. Becker's Comments:<br><br>A seizure is an incidence of unanticipated, abnormal electrical activity in your pet’s brain.<br><br>Symptom-wise, it can range from a minor imperceptible twitch, to a full-blown grand mal seizure during whi... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:45:00 EST The Cholesterol Myth That Is Harming Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49855_the_cholesterol_myth_that_is_harming_your_health The Cholesterol Myth That Is Harming Your Health<br><br>Cholesterol could easily be described as the smoking gun of the last two decades. It's been responsible for demonizing entire categories of foods (like eggs and saturated fats) and blamed for just about every case of heart disease in the last 20 years.<br><br>Yet when I first opened my medical practice in the mid-80s, cholesterol, and the fear that yours was too high was rarely talked about. Somewhere along the way however, cholesterol b... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:16:00 EST Quality Versus Quantity When It Comes to Healthy Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49853_quality_versus_quantity_when_it_comes_to_healthy_carbs Quality Versus Quantity When It Comes to Healthy Carbs<br><br><br>Counting carbohydrates is something the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recommended for years as a way to “manage” blood glucose levels. It entails setting a limit for the amount of carbohydrates eaten during a meal.<br><br>The ADA says carbs are another word for sugars, the main source of energy for the body, and that glucose is one of the simplest forms of sugar to be “digested and broken down into a sugar your body’s... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:42:00 EST clutter, get rid of it now http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49849_clutter_get_rid_of_it_now <br>Clutter: The Two Most Important Questions <br><br><br>I had a donation pick-up scheduled at my house the other day. Throughout the past quarter, my family has been gathering whatever we don't use, placing it in donation bags, and saving those bags for the donation organization representatives when they arrived with their truck.<br><br>One good practice I've found to keep clutter at bay...and to have some donations for a favorite charity every quarter, is to look somewhere specific every s... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 23:53:00 EST The Coconut Could Be on the Verge of Collapse http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49844_the_coconut_could_be_on_the_verge_of_collapse The Coconut Could Be on the Verge of Collapse<br><br>For many years, orange juice was the "go-to" beverage for breakfast. In the 1950s and '60s, it was considered one of the world's most nutritious drinks. Many people had special miniature glasses in their cupboards just for this purpose. <br><br>But good old o.j. isn't the fashion so much anymore. In fact, last year, commercial orange juice sales reportedly sank to a new low over the previous 15 seasons.1 One reason is because it's been foun... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:55:00 EST true love is acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49837_true_love_is_acceptance True Love Is Acceptance <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>A man and his girlfriend were married. All of their friends and family came to see the lovely ceremony. <br><br><br>The bride was gorgeous in her white wedding gown and the groom was very dashing in his black suit. Everyone could tell that the love they had for each other was true. <br><br><br><br><br>A few months later, the wife came to the husband with a proposal: “I read in a magazine, a while ago, about how we can strengthen our ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:14:00 EST Poor Sleep Can Lead to Overeating the Next Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49832_poor_sleep_can_lead_to_overeating_the_next_day Poor Sleep Can Lead to Overeating the Next Day<br><br><br>After waking up from a night of poor sleep, have you ever felt like you wanted to eat everything in sight? It’s not your imagination; sleep quality has been shown time and again to play a major role in what you eat the next day.<br><br>The link is so strong that if you’re trying to lose a few pounds you should absolutely be paying attention to your sleep or lack thereof. Even if you exercise regularly and diligently follow a healthy di... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:25:00 EST 6 Chronological Tips to Improve Your Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49831_6_chronological_tips_to_improve_your_sleep 6 Chronological Tips to Improve Your Sleep<br><br><br>Sleep is supposed to be a time for your body to recharge, a respite from the demands of the workaday world. Yet, according to the documentary Sleepless in America, 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived, with many getting less than five hours of sleep per night.<br><br>For many, sleep isn't a respite at all but rather has turned into a source of great frustration and stress. If you've ever struggled with insomnia, you know the anxiety ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:30:00 EST Sugary, Caffeinated Drinks Could Cost You Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49830_sugary_caffeinated_drinks_could_cost_you_sleep Sugary, Caffeinated Drinks Could Cost You Sleep<br><br>Sleep is a rare commodity for many Americans. While some deliberately miss out on sleep by staying up late to binge-watch their favorite TV shows and others are kept up due to financial worries, relationship problems and other forms of stress, many others lie awake in bed for reasons that are difficult to pinpoint.<br><br>Some people struggle with an inability to fall asleep and stay asleep for no apparent reason. If you fall into this ca... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:49:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49828_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:21:00 EST do you believe there are no accidents in life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49825_do_you_believe_there_are_no_accidents_in_life Do you believe that there are no accidents in life? <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Do you believe that there are no accidents in life? Everything happens for a reason. Every person we meet will have a role in our lives, be it big or small. Some will hurt, betray, and make us cry, to be become stronger. Some will teach us a lesson, not to change us, but for us to realize our mistakes, to help us grow, and make us a better person. And some would simply inspire and love us to make us h... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:37:00 EST More Snow once again http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49822_more_snow_once_again Well here I am again working from home because we got more snow and icy weather. Maybe I am dreaming too much about wintry weather as we have already had more of this white stuff than last year and it isn't even really winter time yet. Office closed early yesterday and it took four hours to go about twelve miles. It was really unbelievable that it took that long to get home. The nice thing is I had already scheduled a vacation day for today so I didn't have to get out there in it again un... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:58:00 EST More Love for Olives http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49820_how_dangerous_is_sleep_deprivation_really More Love for Olives<br><br><br>Olives are one of those wonders of nature that are easy to take for granted, yet deserve special attention. Technically a fruit, olives belong to the group of "drupes," which are fruits with a pit or stone. Other drupes include peaches, mangos, cherries, nectarines, almonds and pistachios.<br><br>There are hundreds of varieties of olives, which grow on trees that are mostly native to the Mediterranean (as well as areas of Asia and Africa). Olive trees are remar... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:41:00 EST How Dangerous Is Sleep Deprivation, Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49819_how_dangerous_is_sleep_deprivation_really How Dangerous Is Sleep Deprivation, Really?<br><br>You know that feeling when you don’t sleep well, and you wake up feeling cranky, over-emotional, and over-tired? This is only a hint of what that sleep deprivation is doing to your body. If you don’t sleep well, it’s going to lead to health issues, both mental and physical, plain and simple.<br><br>In fact, I believe sleep is every bit as important for optimal health as healthy food, pure water, and exercise, and I’m not alone in that sentime... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:41:00 EST How Dangerous Is Sleep Deprivation, Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49818_how_dangerous_is_sleep_deprivation_really How Dangerous Is Sleep Deprivation, Really?<br><br>You know that feeling when you don’t sleep well, and you wake up feeling cranky, over-emotional, and over-tired? This is only a hint of what that sleep deprivation is doing to your body. If you don’t sleep well, it’s going to lead to health issues, both mental and physical, plain and simple.<br><br>In fact, I believe sleep is every bit as important for optimal health as healthy food, pure water, and exercise, and I’m not alone in that sentime... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:41:00 EST If You Love Lime, Try Lime Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49814_if_you_love_lime_try_lime_oil If You Love Lime, Try Lime Oil<br><br>Sailors and explorers never set sail without crates of lime on board, as its vitamin C- loaded juice served as one of the most potent remedies for scurvy and other skin problems.1<br><br>Now, lime is more popularly used as a cooking ingredient, adding a tangy flavor to your favorite dishes. But there's another great way to reap its benefits: Use lime oil. Get to know the many uses of this invigorating and refreshing citrus oil.<br><br>What Is Lime Oil?<br... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 08:34:00 EST Sugary, Caffeinated Drinks Could Cost You Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49813_sugary_caffeinated_drinks_could_cost_you_sleep Sugary, Caffeinated Drinks Could Cost You Sleep<br><br>Sleep is a rare commodity for many Americans. While some deliberately miss out on sleep by staying up late to binge-watch their favorite TV shows and others are kept up due to financial worries, relationship problems and other forms of stress, many others lie awake in bed for reasons that are difficult to pinpoint.<br><br>Some people struggle with an inability to fall asleep and stay asleep for no apparent reason. If you fall into this ca... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 08:20:00 EST watching a movie can help you get organized http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49807_watching_a_movie_can_help_you_get_organized Watching a Movie Can Help You Get Organized! <br><br><br> After a long week, I like to unwind by getting into my pajamas, cuddling up on the sofa with a cup of tea, and watching a good movie. This is what my husband and I did last weekend. The flick of the evening was 'Race.'<br><br> This is the story of young Jesse Owens, his awesome track and field accomplishments at Ohio State University, and the four gold medals he won at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. But even more, it was a story about ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:59:00 EST Why Does a Trip Home Always Feel Shorter Than the Way There? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49796_why_does_a_trip_home_always_feel_shorter_than_the_way_there Why Does a Trip Home Always Feel Shorter Than the Way There?<br><br><br>'Are we there yet?!' Turns out, there's a reason it seemingly takes an eternity to get to your vacation destination, while the return trip feels short and, often, bittersweet.<br><br><br><br><br>You’ve been looking forward to this vacation for months. You started packing weeks ago, spent days mapping out family activities, and arrived at the airport hours before departure. So now that you’re finally en route, why does it ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:29:00 EST Too Much TV May Take Years Off Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49794_too_much_tv_may_take_years_off_your_life <br><br>Too Much TV May Take Years Off Your Life<br>The reason, experts say, might be that people eat more, move less when in front of the tube.<br><br><br><br>MONDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) — Spending your days in front of the television may contribute to a shortened lifespan, a new study suggests.<br><br>Researchers in Australia found that people who averaged six hours a day of TV lived, on average, nearly five years less than people who watched no TV.<br><br>For every hour of television ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Sunshine and Spice Is Everything Nice for Treating Psoriasis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49793_sunshine_and_spice_is_everything_nice_for_treating_psoriasis Sunshine and Spice Is Everything Nice for Treating Psoriasis<br><br><br>More than a superficial skin condition, psoriasis is a chronic condition of your immune system that triggers cells to build up on the surface of your skin. This leads to thick, scaly, red patches that itch and are sometimes painful.<br><br>Approximately 7.5 million Americans suffer with psoriasis, which also has a surprising economic impact.1<br><br>The combined annual cost of psoriasis reached nearly $112 billion in 2013... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:24:00 EST fix your pores http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49792_fix_your_pores <br>2<br>MEMBERS SPARKED<br><br>It Only Takes 1-Ingredient To Remove Pores On Your Face At Home!<br><br>Enlarged open pores on face can make your skin look aged and unhealthy. They can also increase other skin care problems, such as acne and blackheads, especially for people with oily skin. Are you curious to know how to shrink large pores or reduce pore size? Many people end up using products or treatments for large pores that instead of minimizing the pores make matters worse!<br><br><br><b... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 05:45:00 EST How GMOs and Glyphosate Impact Soil Biology http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49785_how_gmos_and_glyphosate_impact_soil_biology How GMOs and Glyphosate Impact Soil Biology<br><br>Robert Kremer, Phd., co-author of the book Principles in Weed Management, is a certified soil scientist and professor of Soil Microbiology at the University of Missouri. He recently retired from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he worked as a microbiologist for 32 years.<br><br>He's conducted research since 1997 on genetically engineered (GE) crops, and in this interview he reveals how GE crops and glyphosate impact s... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:51:00 EST How GMOs and Glyphosate Impact Soil Biology http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49784_how_gmos_and_glyphosate_impact_soil_biology How GMOs and Glyphosate Impact Soil Biology<br><br>Robert Kremer, Phd., co-author of the book Principles in Weed Management, is a certified soil scientist and professor of Soil Microbiology at the University of Missouri. He recently retired from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he worked as a microbiologist for 32 years.<br><br>He's conducted research since 1997 on genetically engineered (GE) crops, and in this interview he reveals how GE crops and glyphosate impact s... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:51:00 EST Shingles and Mother Nature’s Own Natural Vaccine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49782_shingles_and_mother_natures_own_natural_vaccine Shingles and Mother Nature’s Own Natural Vaccine<br><br>Some people think of chickenpox as a dangerous health condition, especially among children. But it is not life-threatening. In fact, it is actually nature's elegant design to defend you against a more problematic disease – shingles.<br><br>According to the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC),1 shingles is more common in individuals over age 50, although those who are immunocompromised are also at risk. Fortunately, exposing yourse... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:27:00 EST you found what in your shoe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49774_you_found_what_in_your_shoe You Found What in Your Shoe? <br><br><br>Did you wake up this morning, December 6th, to a shoe filled with treats, and perhaps even a present waiting for you? If you answered YES, you're likely someone who knows about St. Nick's Day. If not, and you're wondering what I'm talking about, I know the feeling.<br><br>I lived in New Jersey all my life and never heard of this holiday. In fact, it didn't even come up until my daughter was in preschool...and all the parents were mentioning, 'Don't for... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:20:00 EST Snow is falling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49772_snow_is_falling We had a fair amount of snow and ice last week and now that we have had the rain scour it out the forecast for this week is more snow starting Wednesday evening. I found a couple of snow poems to encourage the snow to stick on the ground.<br><br>It Is Going To Snow<br> by: Francis Jammes (1868-1938)<br> translated by Jethro Bithell<br><br>IT is going to snow in a few days. I remember<br>This time last year. My heart, O how it bled!<br>Had I been asked: "What ails thee?" I should have sai... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:02:00 EST Choices, Choices, Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49770_choices_choices_choices Wow, it has been a long time since I have submitted a secret. I guess I feel like I did not have anything to contribute. But I have discovered something that is helping me get my eating under control this holiday season. Even though it is not a secret as I am sure others are doing it as well, I am going to share it with you.<br><br>I have a choice. Yes, that is right. It is as simple as that. I have a choice. As a child, teenager and even as an adult, I have a little bit of a rebelliou... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:46:00 EST What Is the Dirt Cure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49766_what_is_the_dirt_cure What Is the Dirt Cure?<br><br><br>Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein, a pediatric neurologist in New York and an instructor at New York Medical College, had a frightening experience that is becoming all too common among parents today. After her son turned 1 year old, he began experiencing wheezing, rashes and signs of delayed cognitive development.<br><br>After visiting multiple doctors she found an allergist who uncovered her son's severe allergy to soy. Returning her son to health meant removing soy f... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:17:00 EST Where Did Your Favorite Food Come From? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49760_where_did_your_favorite_food_come_from Where Did Your Favorite Food Come From?<br><br>Have you ever wondered what our ancestors ate and where their foods came from? How many food-based plants grew wild, and how many of these foods were improved through cultivation?<br><br>Another question is how is it possible that some of the same foods that grew wild in South America have also been available to sustain huge numbers of people in China, Russia and India?<br><br>A new, comprehensive study, called "Origins of Food Crops Connect Coun... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:00:00 EST Is Daily Aspirin Therapy a Wise Choice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49759_is_daily_aspirin_therapy_a_wise_choice Is Daily Aspirin Therapy a Wise Choice?<br><br>Low-dose aspirin therapy has long been recommended to lower your risk of heart attack, and an estimated 36 percent of American adults are currently on it.1 Think about it: That's more than 1 in 3 persons in the U.S.<br><br>The conventional justification for this recommendation is that aspirin slightly decreases your blood's ability to form dangerous clots due to prostaglandin inhibition.<br><br>However, a number of studies have refuted its benefi... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:45:00 EST Music and Your Brain Documentary http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49749_music_and_your_brain_documentary Music and Your Brain Documentary<br><br>Music predates language and speaks to us on a primal level. Thinking back to your adolescence, you probably associate key memories with the soundtracks that played during these formative years.<br><br>Before this, music likely began shaping your reality during infancy — there’s even evidence that babies respond to music while still in the womb. At the other end of the spectrum, elderly people, too, including those struggling with degenerative conditions... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:29:00 EST Music Could Bring Back Memories Lost to Alzheimer's http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49746_music_could_bring_back_memories_lost_to_alzheimers Music Could Bring Back Memories Lost to Alzheimer's<br><br>An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common form of dementia. Currently, someone in the US develops Alzheimer's every 67 seconds, but this is expected to increase to every 33 seconds by mid-century.1<br><br>By 2050, it's estimated that the number of people with Alzheimer's may nearly triple, reaching 13.8 million. There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but there are plenty of strategies for... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 09:56:00 EST Case Against Sugar — New Book Reveals the Details of How the World Got Addicted to Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49745_case_against_sugar_new_book_reveals_the_details_of_how_the_world_got_addicted_to_sugar Case Against Sugar — New Book Reveals the Details of How the World Got Addicted to Sugar<br><br>Few would argue that excess refined sugar is pernicious to our health. However, hardly anyone is aware of the manipulation and deceit initiated and perpetuated by the sugar industry to insulate us from this truth.<br><br>Gary Taubes, an investigative journalist with a strong science background, has written an excellent book, "The Case Against Sugar," which expertly documents how the manipulation of... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 09:28:00 EST Foam roller for stiff muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49743_foam_roller_for_stiff_muscles Several months ago, I briefly attended a yoga studio that used foam rollers extensively for stretching the muscles and deepening the positions. I'm so grateful I did. That short time has changed my life.<br><br>I go to the chiropractor every week, and have for years, but still I dealt with stiff, sore muscles daily. There is a variety of reasons my joints and muscles get out of whack regularly. Yet I could not overcome my bad habits (or escape the inescapable situations that create my kinks a... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 02:08:00 EST good things come to those who are patient http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49740_good_things_come_to_those_who_are_patient <br>Poisonous Mushrooms<br><br><br><br>A woman announces to her friend that she is getting married for the fourth time.<br><br>“How wonderful! But I hope you don’t mind me asking what happened to your first husband?<br><br>He ate poisonous mushrooms and died.<br><br>Oh, how tragic! What about your second husband?”<br><br>He ate poisonous mushrooms too and died.<br><br>“Oh, how terrible! I’m almost afraid to ask you about your third husband.<br><br>He died of a broken neck.<br><br>A broke... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:52:00 EST No Secret Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49737_no_secret_today No secret to share today, just an idea, over and over:<br><br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>People are where they are because that is exactly where they really want to be - whether they will admit that or not. <br>Earl Nightingale <br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:27:00 EST 31 Time Savers to Free Up Your Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49734_31_time_savers_to_free_up_your_week 31 Time Savers to Free Up Your Week<br><br><br>If you're like most people, you'd like to find more time in your day to accomplish more tasks or achieve a goal that's been on a back burner for months. Although 98 percent of Americans value balance in their lives, only 35 percent make enough time for themselves each day.1<br><br>Americans often keep a frenetic pace, leading to high levels of stress. How can you create more time in your life when everyone is given the same 24 hours? How do some ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:57:00 EST 25 most watched Christmas movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49725_25_most_watched_christmas_movies Sharing this list .. I have seen most of the movies on this list <br><br>just watched the movie, Christmas Vacation, with my family for the hundredth time...and it's still just as funny as the day I first viewed it...maybe even funnier!<br><br>We all work hard...and December is the perfect time of the year to reap some rewards for all of our efforts, including indulging ourselves by grabbing a soft blanket, snuggling up on the sofa, and watching some holiday flicks.<br><br>Sharing. i did not... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 17:29:00 EST United States Is Turning Into a Factory Farm for China, With Devastating Environmental Consequences http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49722_united_states_is_turning_into_a_factory_farm_for_china_with_devastating_environmental_consequences United States Is Turning Into a Factory Farm for China, With Devastating Environmental Consequences<br><br>Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are a major environmental polluter, destroying both soil and waterways. Making matters worse, a large portion of the food produced by American CAFOs is not even sold in the U.S. It’s exported to China.<br><br>What’s more, Chinese companies are increasingly buying up American farmland and U.S. food producers.1 So while China is reaping the be... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:34:00 EST Mobility Therapy Can Inexpensively and Radically Improve Your Fitness and Pain Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49720_mobility_therapy_can_inexpensively_and_radically_improve_your_fitness_and_pain_relief Mobility Therapy Can Inexpensively and Radically Improve Your Fitness and Pain Relief<br><br><br>Poor flexibility and mobility can greatly impair the quality of your movement, which in turn can seriously jeopardize your health and quality of life. With most people spending a large percentage of time sitting, mobility training is a necessity for most of us, but it's particularly important as you get older.<br><br>Mobility training can improve not only your fitness goals, but also your health i... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:11:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49717_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:52:00 EST Boost Your Brain Health Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49715_boost_your_brain_health_naturally Boost Your Brain Health Naturally<br><br><br>Ninety-three percent of Americans believe maintaining brain health is very or extremely important, according to an AARP survey; however, few are aware of the many holistic approaches available to do so.1<br><br>Contrary to popular belief, your brain doesn't have to slow down or become unreliable with age, and there are steps within your control that can influence your memory, cognition and more.<br><br>Your lifestyle, from vitamin D to vegetables, ... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:48:00 EST Clutter. the two most important questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49710_clutter_the_two_most_important_questions <br>Clutter: The Two Most Important Questions <br><br><br>I had a donation pick-up scheduled at my house the other day. Throughout the past quarter, my family has been gathering whatever we don't use, placing it in donation bags, and saving those bags for the donation organization representatives when they arrived with their truck.<br><br>One good practice I've found to keep clutter at bay...and to have some donations for a favorite charity every quarter, is to look somewhere specific every s... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:56:00 EST Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia Confirmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49703_link_between_vitamin_d_deficiency_and_dementia_confirmed Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia Confirmed<br><br>Vitamin D has been shown to improve a number of brain disorders, including dementia and its most severe form, Alzheimer’s disease,1 the latter of which now affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans.2<br><br>The latest mortality statistics places Alzheimer’s in the top three killer diseases in the US, right behind heart disease and cancer.3 Vitamin D deficiency is also rampant. Researchers estimate that half of the general popula... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:58:00 EST Boost Your Brain Health Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49702_boost_your_brain_health_naturally Boost Your Brain Health Naturally<br><br>Ninety-three percent of Americans believe maintaining brain health is very or extremely important, according to an AARP survey; however, few are aware of the many holistic approaches available to do so.1<br><br>Contrary to popular belief, your brain doesn't have to slow down or become unreliable with age, and there are steps within your control that can influence your memory, cognition and more.<br><br>Your lifestyle, from vitamin D to vegetables, may ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:44:00 EST Worrying About Your Health Can Make You Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49701_worrying_about_your_health_can_make_you_sick Worrying About Your Health Can Make You Sick<br><br><br>Worrying about your health can be a self-fulfilling prophesy, researchers warn, raising your risk of heart disease and death. Anxiety and neurotic traits have also previously been linked to a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.<br><br>For most people, getting a negative test result back from your doctor is a relief, but for an estimated 5 to 10 percent of people, such news make no difference — they still worry about their health, even i... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:35:00 EST you found what in your shoe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49696_you_found_what_in_your_shoe You Found What in Your Shoe? <br><br><br>Did you wake up this morning, December 6th, to a shoe filled with treats, and perhaps even a present waiting for you? If you answered YES, you're likely someone who knows about St. Nick's Day. If not, and you're wondering what I'm talking about, I know the feeling.<br><br>I lived in New Jersey all my life and never heard of this holiday. In fact, it didn't even come up until my daughter was in preschool...and all the parents were mentioning, 'Don't for... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 22:24:00 EST How to Prevent Hearing Loss and Improve Your Hearing With Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49688_how_to_prevent_hearing_loss_and_improve_your_hearing_with_nutrition How to Prevent Hearing Loss and Improve Your Hearing With Nutrition<br><br>You're probably aware that certain nutrients can support optimal vision, but did you know your hearing may benefit from certain foods as well? If you have trouble hearing, or notice that your hearing is not as good as it used to be, your diet (and/or additional supplementation) may hold the answer.<br><br>In fact, nutritional imbalances are increasingly thought to be a causative factor in hearing loss.1 Age-related hea... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:01:00 EST 60 Years of Research Links Gluten Grains to Schizophrenia http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49686_60_years_of_research_links_gluten_grains_to_schizophrenia <br>60 Years of Research Links Gluten Grains to Schizophrenia<br><br><br>Does the consumption of gluten-containing grains contribute to psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia?<br><br>Believe it or not, this question has been asked for well over 60 years by researchers who stumbled upon evidence that the removal of gluten from the diet results in improved symptoms, or conversely, that gluten grain consumption leads to higher prevalence of both neurological and psychiatric problems.<br><br... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:33:00 EST do not copy if you can not paste http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49676_do_not_copy_if_you_can_not_paste Don't Copy, If You Can't Paste<br><br><br><br>A famous inspirational speaker said :<br><br>" Best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman, who wasn't my wife. "<br><br>Audience was in shock and silence.<br><br>He added : "She was my mother"<br><br>(A big round of pause & laughter)<br><br>A very daring husband tried to crack this at home.<br><br>After dinner, he said loudly to his wife in the kitchen :<br><br>" Best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman, who wasn't my w... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 22:06:00 EST Will the FTC End Homeopathy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49671_will_the_ftc_end_homeopathy Will the FTC End Homeopathy?<br><br><br>The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is coming after the centuries’ old natural medicine system known as homeopathy.<br><br>In a notice filed in November 2016, the FTC stated that in order for homeopathic remedies to claim they are effective, their makers must provide proof. If no proof is provided, the remedies must state there is “no scientific evidence that the product works.”<br><br>In order to not mislead consumers, the FTC further stated that h... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:48:00 EST Aspartame and Shame http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49670_aspartame_and_shame Aspartame and Shame<br><br>The artificial sweetener aspartame is used in more than 6,000 products worldwide, including Diet Coke products. It used to be part of Diet Pepsi, too, until the company swapped out it out for another artificial sweetener (a Splenda blend) in response to consumer demand.<br><br>Senior vice president of Pepsi's flavors unit, Seth Kaufman, noted, "Diet cola drinkers in the U.S. told us they wanted aspartame-free Diet Pepsi."1 The move was an attempt by Pepsi to grab a ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:18:00 EST remove pores on your face at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49660_remove_pores_on_your_face_at_home <br>It Only Takes 1-Ingredient To Remove Pores On Your Face At Home!<br><br>Enlarged open pores on face can make your skin look aged and unhealthy. They can also increase other skin care problems, such as acne and blackheads, especially for people with oily skin. Are you curious to know how to shrink large pores or reduce pore size? Many people end up using products or treatments for large pores that instead of minimizing the pores make matters worse!<br><br><br><br>LARGE PORES TREATMENT WITH... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 23:20:00 EST Lap-Band Surgery Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49655_lapband_surgery_works I had Lap-Band surgery in April of 2015. It was quite a process to get it approved by my insurance company and then the waiting to get the surgery and the prep to get ready for it as you have to go on the Atkins diet before hand so that you are ready for the surgery. I went through True Results (though they aren't in the Austin, TX area any more I still love them). They gave me a book to read before surgery to learn what I would have to do with the band for the rest of my life. I know there ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:30:00 EST Obesity Will Soon Overtake Smoking as Principal Cause of Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49653_obesity_will_soon_overtake_smoking_as_principal_cause_of_cancer Obesity Will Soon Overtake Smoking as Principal Cause of Cancer<br><br><br>More than 2.1 billion people, or close to 30 percent of the global population, are overweight or obese, and obesity is responsible for about five percent of all deaths each year, worldwide.1 In the US, nearly one in five deaths is now associated with obesity.<br><br>That obesity factors into your mortality risk isn't so surprising when you consider just how many chronic and serious disease it's associated with.<br><br>... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:24:00 EST Cheering myself after a disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49652_cheering_myself_after_a_disappointment I was really hoping for some snow this morning as the weather person has been predicting it for a week and of course nothing so it was a bit disappointing this morning to say the least so I went looking for something to cheer me up and found this poem called<br><br> Snow Man<br><br> "One must have a mind of winter<br>To regard the frost and the boughs<br>Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;<br><br>And have been cold a long time<br>To behold the junipers shagged with ice,<br>The spruces rough ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:11:00 EST a police officer came to my door cute story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49644_a_police_officer_came_to_my_door_cute_story A Police Officer Came to My Door... <br><br><br>Last month, a police officer came to my door. I am one of the block watch captains in my neighborhood. It's a program that encourages neighbors to look out for other neighbors to keep crime at bay.<br><br>A neighbor and I started our block watch years ago when a few cars were broken into...a wallet left on the seat was taken from one, and some papers were rifled through in the other.<br><br>It's important to note that the cars were not locked. S... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:18:00 EST Weekend Is Almost Ova http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49642_weekend_is_almost_ova Happy Sunday evening! It's a snowy wintry weather day and it's going to prove to be trying to travel tomorrow. I can't say I'm looking forward to either but I'll have my travel music on which is 93.9. Here in Chicago it's the lite fm station for Christmas music.<br><br>Oh my goodness the hits from past yesterday and today play all day long. If they are not playing what I want to hear I just turn to YouTube they got me too. But if you have i❤️ Radio on your phone tablet or computer tune em... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:58:00 EST Breathe, Exhale and Repeat: What Are the Benefits of Controlled Breathing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49636_breathe_exhale_and_repeat_what_are_the_benefits_of_controlled_breathing Breathe, Exhale and Repeat: What Are the Benefits of Controlled Breathing?<br><br>The average person takes about 20,000 breaths a day,1 and you probably don’t give them much thought. Breathing obviously yields incredible power over your health, as it supplies your body with oxygen (and removes excess carbon dioxide [CO2]) to keep you alive.<br><br>However, when harnessed correctly, breathing can do far more than supply your cells with oxygen. The way you breathe — whether fast or slow, shallo... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:21:00 EST Do you have a bad case of stinkin thinkin/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49627_do_you_have_a_bad_case_of_stinkin_thinkin Do You Have a Bad Case of Stinkin' Thinkin'? <br><br><br>There's one thing we are all pretty good at doing, but shouldn't be.<br><br>And that is...being so darn hard on ourselves.<br><br>Honestly, we'd never talk to another person the way we talk to ourselves sometimes. For instance, would you ever say these things to your best friend?<br><br>'Of course you can't lose weight. Why start dieting? You'll never keep it up.'<br><br>'It's ridiculous for you to go back to school at your age! What ar... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 20:17:00 EST Aspartame: By Far the Most Dangerous Substance Added to Most Foods Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49623_aspartame_by_far_the_most_dangerous_substance_added_to_most_foods_today Aspartame: By Far the Most Dangerous Substance Added to Most Foods Today<br><br><br>Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug.<br><br>What you don't know WILL hurt you. Find out the dangerous effects of artificial sweeteners to your health.Aspartame was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages ... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:32:00 EST Care What You Wear: Serious Concerns About Clothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49622_care_what_you_wear_serious_concerns_about_clothing Care What You Wear: Serious Concerns About Clothing<br><br><br><br>Microbeads, those tiny plastic pellets found in body washes, facial scrubs, toothpaste and other toiletries and even pharmaceuticals, go down your drain, through the filters at most wastewater treatment plants and out into the environment.<br><br>Once in the water, microbeads easily absorb endocrine-disrupting and cancer-causing chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The chemical-laden beads, which resemble fish eggs... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:58:00 EST Prematurely Gray? This Is Probably Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49621_prematurely_gray_this_is_probably_why Prematurely Gray? This Is Probably Why<br><br>It's a sign of advancing age. Some call it a sign of wisdom. It varies from person to person and seems to run in families. Some do everything they can to mask it or use some other method to make it go away, while others barely notice and simply go about the business of living.<br><br>What is it? The way of the gray. Gray hair has been, for want of a better phrase, "the way it is," since the beginning of time. Like taxes and that other thing we won... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:30:00 EST Date Night with My Hubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49616_date_night_with_my_hubby So it's my hubby's bday and as always I have to pretend to make a huge fuss over him. His mom spoiled him so badly me picking up where she left off not knowing how do I get off the "me me me" meaning him train? Any suggestion inbox me. <br><br>So I made reservation he is getting off work late so I had to cancel them. So that's great because I have no closed toe shoes and my boots heel that I could wear is broke. Where are my cobblers when I need em? So he wants to go to the movies but he want... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 20:23:00 EST Things you never knew that your freezer can help you with http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49615_things_you_never_knew_that_your_freezer_can_help_you_with <br>We all have freezers, but are we using them most effectively? There’s more you can do with your freezer than making ice and storing your food items. Read on for some surprising ways you can get the most out of your freezer.<br><br>1. KILL BACTERIA AND REMOVE ODORS FROM JEANS BY PUTTING THEM IN A FREEZER<br><br>2-1 (1)<br>Washing your jeans too much fades the color. If your jeans start to smell a bit rank, throw them in the freezer at night to remove bad odors. The freezer will kill most o... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:45:00 EST The Vaccines That Worry Parents Most http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49611_the_vaccines_that_worry_parents_most The Vaccines That Worry Parents Most<br><br>A study conducted at the University of Michigan shows that, although parents overwhelmingly share the belief that vaccines are a good way to protect their children from disease, these same parents express concerns regarding potential adverse effects of vaccines.<br><br>They especially seem to question the safety of new vaccines.<br><br>The study is based on a survey of more than 1,500 parents that was conducted last year. About 12 percent of parents... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:03:00 EST Do you have a need to read http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49605_do_you_have_a_need_to_read Do You Have a Need to Read? <br><br><br>I enjoy reading and, in fact, belong to two monthly book clubs. One of the clubs is a Ladies Book Chat called 'Need to Read.' There are 10 of us. The other is a Mother/Daughter chat (which I attend with my 12-year-old daughter) and there are 7 pairs of moms and daughters. In a nutshell, we choose a book, have one month to read it, and then we discuss it at each other's homes on a rotating basis, while enjoying delicious refreshments and fun social time.... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 04:25:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49604_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:25:00 EST tipping point: Accumulated Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49597_tipping_oint_accumulated_good What if I had to quit every time I wasn't perfect ....??? well I wouldn't get anywhere. On any given day I might overeat, skip a meal, miss fitness minutes, not top off my water quota, lack sleep, skip a login, break a streak. <br><br>... there's still other meals I got right in a day, and previous fitness minutes, water I DID drink, and just for the record there will be sleep (eventually) !<br><br>All those good choices add up favorably.<br><br>That's why counting little things will matter w... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:14:00 EST Pancreatitis Causes, Symptoms and Prevention http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49596_pancreatitis_causes_symptoms_and_prevention Pancreatitis Causes, Symptoms and Prevention<br><br>What is the pancreas, and what is its purpose in our body? Most people are familiar with the name, but may not be familiar about what this organ does. Essentially, your pancreas plays an important role in your digestive system by producing enzymes that help break down food in your intestines.<br><br>What Does the Pancreas Look Like?<br><br>Located right behind your stomach in the abdominal area, the pancreas is a gland that measures 6 to 10 ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:34:00 EST Light Therapy Can Help Seasonal Affective Disorder and Major Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49595_light_therapy_can_help_seasonal_affective_disorder_and_major_depression Light Therapy Can Help Seasonal Affective Disorder and Major Depression<br><br><br>For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice and least amount of daylight is fast approaching, as is the risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).<br><br>An estimated1 20 percent of Americans are affected by SAD each winter, suffering from the blues, fatigue, and in some cases, more serious depression as sunlight grows scarce.<br><br>Worldwide, it strikes about 1 in 20.2 What differen... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:42:00 EST How Sunlight Affects Your Mental Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49594_how_sunlight_affects_your_mental_health How Sunlight Affects Your Mental Health<br><br><br>Sunlight has a profound impact on your mental health — more so than any other weather phenomenon. That's the conclusion of a recent study looking at links between weather and depression.1<br><br>Mental health data from more than 16,000 Brigham Young University students was used. Assessments had been filled out several times by each person over the course of six years. Each assessment was then matched to local weather data.<br><br>Nineteen dif... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:29:00 EST difference between ceiling fans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49584_difference_between_ceiling_fans Why do Indian ceiling fans have only three blades, while the ceiling fans in the US have 4 or 5 blades? There is a very specific and direct reason behind it. Read on to know.<br><br><br>TYPICAL US FAN:<br><br>why-choose-us-to-supply-and-in<BR>stall<br>In the US, which is colder than India, the sole purpose of a ceiling fan is to use as a supplement to the air conditioner. The fans with 4 / 5 blades works slower than the one with 3 blades and generally have a maximum of 3 speed settings. It se... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:10:00 EST Kids Given Vaccines Have 22 Times the Rate of Ear Infections http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49582_kids_given_vaccines_have_22_times_the_rate_of_ear_infections Kids Given Vaccines Have 22 Times the Rate of Ear Infections<br><br><br>In the first video above, Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), summarizes one of the most important scientific reviews on vaccines that was just published in August. <br><br>Barbara has been a pioneer for the last 30 years in vaccine safety and informed consent, and this discussion is of grave importance to everyone, including pediatricians and doctors.<br><br>Wha... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:17:00 EST More Than Half of Americans Have Chronic Illnesses http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49581_more_than_half_of_americans_have_chronic_illnesses More Than Half of Americans Have Chronic Illnesses<br><br>The cost of health care in the U.S. jumped to over 17 percent of the GDP in 2015.1 However, even though the U.S. tops $3 trillion in spending on health care each year, it is the worst performing system ranked by multiple aspects of care.2<br><br>Americans spend, on average, over $9,500 per capita on healthcare. This is the highest amount spent over 11 developed countries, but the U.S. ranks 11th in terms of health. The most glaring dif... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:01:00 EST Two Heart Attacks and a Life Lesson: ‘Take Care of Your Beautiful Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49580_two_heart_attacks_and_a_life_lesson_take_care_of_your_beautiful_self Two Heart Attacks and a Life Lesson: ‘Take Care of Your Beautiful Self’<br><br>Special to Everyday Health<br><br>“I love you and I’ll see you tonight.”<br><br>Those were the last words I uttered to my husband and children before I rushed out the door to make it to work on time the day that changed my life.<br><br>“I’ll never get to tell them that again,” were the first thoughts that came to mind when the doctor came in and told me my test indicated I had suffered a heart attack.<br><br>Friday... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:30:00 EST Sleep is key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49575_sleep_is_key When losing weight, eating late makes me irregular the next day when I do not get enough Zzz's. The remedy for that, I have found is insuring digestion of my last meal of yesterday is accomplished before hitting the hay... I also read that eating no less than 4 hours before sleep is recommended (tried and true). There are resources that say a chemical that slows metabolism at night with a full stomach can cause weight issues long term. Hence, why I need to be on this Website. Depending on wha... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:18:00 EST December a season of fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49573_december_a_season_of_fun I like December for many reasons. This year I will remember the passing of my Mom the most as we lost her last December. My family had many good times with her over the years. When my siblings and I were young it was just Mom and us and even though we didn't have much she was able to make it special for each of us. The tree with loads of handmade decorations was really nice. Going around caroling was a lot of fun too especially the hot chocolate. A couple of nice poems of mine are as fo... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:36:00 EST Very emotional and inspiring marriage story http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49568_very_emotional_and_inspiring_marriage_story <br>Very Emotional and Inspiring Marriage Story<br><br><br><br><br>On my wedding day, I carried my wife in my arms. The bridal car stopped in front of our one-room flat. My buddies insisted that I carry her out of the car in my arms. So I carried her into our home. She was then plump and shy. I was a strong and happy bridegroom.<br><br>This was the scene of ten years ago.<br><br>The following days were as simple as a cup of pure water: we had a kid, I went into business and tried to make more... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:09:00 EST Many People as AIDS -- Why are Doctors Ignoring it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49565_many_people_as_aids_why_are_doctors_ignoring_it Many People as AIDS -- Why are Doctors Ignoring it?<br><br>About $282 million was paid to doctors by drug companies last year. Is this compromising the best interests of their patients?<br> <br>Many people are still completely unaware of the many ways in which they are being manipulated into taking dangerous and unnecessary drugs.<br><br>There's the $5 billion direct-to-consumer marketing, of course, which is rather obvious. But physicians also play a major role, and the manipulation that tak... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:51:00 EST How to avoid leg cramps when running http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49558_how_to_avoid_leg_cramps_when_running Almost every runner has experienced muscle cramps while running at one time or another, especially if you get muscle cramps while running a marathon or after running in the summer. Leg cramps can stop you in your tracks and prevent you from finishing your run. They can come out of nowhere, and what causes muscle cramps while running is somewhat unknown.<br><br>There seems to be two causes for leg cramps:<br><br>Muscle Fatigue: Dehydration expedites muscle fatigue, and that is a likely cause o... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:40:00 EST what it means if you have dimples in your cheeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49553_what_it_means_if_you_have_dimples_in_your_cheeks This Is What It Really Means If You Have Dimples In Your Cheeks.<br><br><br><br>A dimple is any sort of indentation, but most people use the term to refer specifically to indentations in the skin, particularly on the cheeks. Dimpled cheeks are considered attractive in many cultures, and they are a common genetic trait. According to the survey around 20% of the population have dimples on their faces. So, what is the meaning of dimples? Let’s explore the topic further.<br><br>DIMPLES, IN FACT, ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:41:00 EST What works for depression? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49548_what_works_for_depression Depression affects about 15.7 million adults in the United States, over 8 percent of the population.<br><br>Many conventional medicines don't work for depression because depression is not caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, but are caused by a lifestyle that unbalances the entire human physiology.<br><br>Antidepressants don't work any more than taking an aspirin fixes a stick in the eye! Antidepressants come with many risks including the possibility of suicide and debilitating withdr... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:53:00 EST 22 food related words you might be pronouncing wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49535_22_food_related_words_you_might_be_pronouncing_wrong 22 Food-Related Words You Might Be Pronouncing Wrong<br><br><br><br>Here is the list of 22 common food-related words that are often mispronounced.<br>1. MENU<br><br>Wrong pronunciation : Men-OO<br>Correct pronunciation : Men-YU<br>2. JALAPENO<br><br>Wrong pronunciation : Ja–la–peh–noh<br>Correct pronunciation : Hah–la–peh–nyoh<br>3. ESPRESSO<br><br>Wrong pronunciation : Ex–press–so<br>Correct pronunciation : Es–press–so<br>4. COCOA<br><br>Wrong pronunciation : Kok-koh-wa<br>Correct pronunciat... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:08:00 EST Goal Setting Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49531_goal_setting_part_1 I think many of us have heard about SMART goals. Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound. Some of us may have even created some for work, school, weight loss, and even life in general. I fall into the last group. Every year around Thanksgiving weekend I come up with a handful of goals for the next year. I picked this time because it seems to be calmer than the year of the year, at least in my life. <br><br>I create goals in three major groups; financial, household, and h... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:56:00 EST Improving Your Health by Ditching Desks and Chairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49526_improving_your_health_by_ditching_desks_and_chairs Improving Your Health by Ditching Desks and Chairs<br><br><br>Kelly Starrett, who has a Ph.D. in physical therapy, is the author of “Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World.” It’s a real eye-opener, and has helped me address some of my own movement challenges.<br><br>I read about 150 books a year and last year the best book I read was “The Metabolic Theory of Cancer.” This year I would have to give that honor to Kelly’s book. I have read many books on posture and movement, but his was the b... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:41:00 EST You Shouldn't Sit All Day Long http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49524_you_shouldnt_sit_all_day_long You Shouldn't Sit All Day Long<br><br>Are you sitting down? Mounting research suggests this all-too-common state is detrimental to your physical and mental well being. You've likely heard some of the news by now, but did you know sedentary behavior is the fourth leading cause of premature death worldwide?1<br><br>Prolonged sedentary time (generally defined as sitting for eight hours or more each day) was associated with a number of health risks (regardless of physical activity) in one meta-an... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:53:00 EST If You Sleep Naked, 7 Surprising Effect It’ll Have On Your Body. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49520_if_you_sleep_naked_7_surprising_effect_itll_have_on_your_body If You Sleep Naked, 7 Surprising Effect It’ll Have On Your Body.<br><br><br><br>How long can you stay naked without feeling uncomfortable? Most of us are not comfortable with our own bodies and thus, do not like sleeping naked. But it is a scientifically proven fact that sleeping naked has its benefits.<br><br>If you are sleeping without clothes, you are bound to have better sleep and lower levels of stress. Here are 7 amazing benefits of sleeping naked every night!<br><br>1. IMPROVES SPERM Q... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 04:42:00 EST Why Do Americans Refrigerate Eggs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49513_why_do_americans_refrigerate_eggs Why Do Americans Refrigerate Eggs?<br><br><br>Perhaps it's just a matter of course that you wash your eggs before using them. Many Americans do. But did you know that in many areas of the world, they don't?<br><br>The Japanese, Australians and Scandinavians wash their eggs, too, either when they bring them home from the store and before refrigerating them, or just after taking them from the refrigerator and before cracking them into their skillets.<br><br>Some natural health advocates think t... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:36:00 EST How Thanksgiving Promotes Health and Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49511_how_thanksgiving_promotes_health_and_happiness How Thanksgiving Promotes Health and Happiness<br><br><br>Each year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather together with friends and family for a Thanksgiving feast — a ritual that many psychologists believe actually fosters greater happiness and health.<br><br>And, while the ritual of giving thanks once a year is beneficial, doing it more often could be life changing. At least that's what science suggests.<br><br>The Benefits of Ritual Get-Togethers at Mealtime<br><br>As noted ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:09:00 EST If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS is What It Means http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49507_if_your_body_suddenly_jerks_while_falling_asleep_this_is_what_it_means If Your Body Suddenly Jerks While Falling Asleep, THIS is What It Means.<br><br><br><br>Have you ever woken up with a jerk as if been thrown into your bed? Or fallen from a virtually enormous height onto your bed? These are known as “hypnic jerks” or “sleep start” and as many as 70% of people experience them from time to time. This parasomnia occurs only during the hypnagogic state, the transitional period between wakefulness and sleep.<br>falling-sensation-sleep<br>SO WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?<b... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 04:23:00 EST Thanksgiving time with Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49500_thanksgiving_time_with_family It was a really good time at sister's yesterday. We talked and ate some good food, played games, ate some dessert, and watched some football. It is good to be thankful. <br><br>Are You Thankful?<br>© Joey F. Gibbs <br><br>Published on November 21, 2016<br><br>I'm not thankful for anything<br>And never will I proclaim that:<br>"I am thankful for every moment."<br>Because really<br>Who cares about family and friends?<br>How can someone say<br>Thanksgiving actually means something?<br>I have a... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:43:00 EST People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, are happier, and better able to reach their goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49498_people_who_are_thankful_for_what_they_have_are_better_able_to_cope_with_stress_are_happier_and_better_able_to_reach_their_goals People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, are happier, and better able to reach their goals<br><br>Gratitude is also associated with improved health, producing a number of measurable effects on various biological systems<br>One way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal, where you actively write down what you’re grateful for each day<br><br><br>Besides sharing time with family and friends over food, the primary ingredien... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:50:00 EST Developing an Attitude of Gratitude Can Help You Live a Longer, Happier Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49496_developing_an_attitude_of_gratitude_can_help_you_live_a_longer_happier_life Developing an Attitude of Gratitude Can Help You Live a Longer, Happier Life<br><br><br>Besides sharing time with family and friends over food, the primary ingredient of the American Thanksgiving holiday is gratitude. While it’s certainly good to have an annual holiday to remind us to express gratitude, there’s much to be said for the benefits of cultivating the spirit of thankfulness year-round.<br><br>People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more ... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:11:00 EST Keep your joints healthy and strong with these simple tips. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49495_keep_your_joints_healthy_and_strong_with_these_simple_tips 5 Easy Ways to Prevent Joint Pain<br><br>Want to age well? Forget wrinkles and be kind to your joints instead.<br><br><br>Keep your joints healthy and strong with these simple tips.<br><br><br>PROTECT YOUR JOINTS<br>Warming up before a workout can lower your risk of injury. <br>Swimming isn't just easy on the joints, it's a heart-healthy workout, too. <br>Good posture could help prevent degenerative arthritis and joint pain.<br><br><br>Americans are living longer than ever, but lifespan and h... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:49:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49493_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:19:00 EST Man Asked His Wife If She Had Ever Been Unfaithful. But He Never Expected Her To Say This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49490_man_asked_his_wife_if_she_had_ever_been_unfaithful_but_he_never_expected_her_to_say_this Man Asked His Wife If She Had Ever Been Unfaithful. But He Never Expected Her To Say This<br><br><br><br>“Martha, soon we will be married 50 years, and there’s something I have to know.<br>In all of these 50 years, have you ever been unfaithful to me?”<br><br>Martha replied, “Well Henry, I have to be honest with you.. Yes, I’ve been unfaithful to you three times during these 50 years, but always for a good reason.”<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><b<BR>r><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><BR... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 04:33:00 EST The Many Benefits of Expressing and Receiving Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49484_the_many_benefits_of_expressing_and_receiving_gratitude The Many Benefits of Expressing and Receiving Gratitude<br><br>Science tells us that people who are thankful for what they have are happier and reach their goals with greater ease, and Thanksgiving is an American holiday that reminds us to take stock of all the things we're grateful for.<br><br>As noted in a previous article on this topic published in the Harvard Mental Health Letter:1<br><br>"Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:34:00 EST How Thanksgiving Promotes Health and Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49483_how_thanksgiving_promotes_health_and_happiness How Thanksgiving Promotes Health and Happiness<br><br><br>Each year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather together with friends and family for a Thanksgiving feast — a ritual that many psychologists believe actually fosters greater happiness and health.<br><br>And, while the ritual of giving thanks once a year is beneficial, doing it more often could be life changing. At least that's what science suggests.<br><br>The Benefits of Ritual Get-Togethers at Mealtime<br><br>As noted ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:13:00 EST Rules for a Clean Refrigerator http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49482_rules_for_a_clean_refrigerator Rules for a Clean Refrigerator<br><br>Don't underestimate the power of a good fridge. It'll keep your food safe and tasty if you treat it right.<br><br><br><br>Having a healthy home means doing what you can to keep your family well and safe. One simple way to do that is to maintain and clean your refrigerator regularly — it will save energy and money and reduce your family's risk of food-borne illness.<br><br>Smart fridge maintenance involves keeping the refrigerator temperature in the recomm... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:34:00 EST A time to Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49481_a_time_to_remember This is my first Thanksgiving without my Mother Dear as she died 10 days after on my daughter's birthday. Mom loved the holiday and every year invited as many of her five children to come that could make it. She was always great with the preparations and was always open to our families bringing something to share with each other. I miss you Mom and little poem is for you.<br><br>Thanksgiving - By Ella Wheeler Wilcox<br><br>We walk on starry fields of white<br>And do not see the daisies;<br... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:53:00 EST The secret is there is no secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49476_the_secret_is_there_is_no_secret 888888888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>88888888888888888888888888888888888888<BR>8888888888888888888888888888888... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 07:27:00 EST Put salt in your shampoo before using it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49475_put_salt_in_your_shampoo_before_using_it Put Salt in Your Shampoo Before Showering. This Simple Trick Solves One of the Biggest Hair Problems.<br><br>The salt can be used in many other situations and not only for eating. It can be very useful in different situations and those situations can help you to make your life much easier. And in this article we will show you one useful trick with salt that can solve hair problems.<br><br><br><br>ADDING SALT IN YOUR FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS CAN MAKE YOUR HAIR AND SKIN IMPECCABLE<br><br>You’re... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 04:46:00 EST Chemicals in Cosmetics http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49463_chemicals_in_cosmetics Chemicals in Cosmetics<br><br><br>The average U.S. woman uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day, containing 168 different chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). While most men use fewer products, they're still exposed to about 85 such chemicals daily.<br><br>Teens, whose developing bodies are especially vulnerable to chemical exposures, use an average of 17 personal care products a day and are exposed to even more.1<br><br>When EWG tested teens to find o... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:32:00 EST Surprising Ingredients Found in Lipstick http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49461_surprising_ingredients_found_in_lipstick Surprising Ingredients Found in Lipstick<br><br><br>The annual revenue in the cosmetic industry is over $55 billion,1 yet the U.S. government does not require mandatory testing for these products before they hit store shelves. This means that the lipsticks, moisturizers and lip balms you use may contain more than you bargained for.<br><br>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with regulating the cosmetic industry2 but not approving products, except for color additives.3 Essen... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:09:00 EST Average Lifespan Longer for Twins And, identical twins tend to outlive fraternal twins. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49460_average_lifespan_longer_for_twins_and_identical_twins_tend_to_outlive_fraternal_twins Average Lifespan Longer for Twins<br>And, identical twins tend to outlive fraternal twins.<br><br>Twins live longer than other people, and their close social connection may be a major reason why, a new study says.<br><br>Researchers reviewed data from more than 2,900 same-sex twins. They were born in Denmark between 1870 and 1900. The study only included data from twins who lived past age 10. The researchers compared the twins to the general Danish population.<br><br>At every age, identical t... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:35:00 EST What religion is your bra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49455_what_religion_is_your_bra Oh my Gosh I couldn't stop Laughing! share this with someone who needs a good laugh, too! lol<br><br>WHAT RELIGION IS YOUR BRA?<br><br>A man walked into the ladies department and shyly walked up to<br>the woman behind the counter and said,<br>'I'd like to buy a bra for my wife. '<br>' What type of bra?' asked the clerk.<br><br>Type? inquires the man, 'There's more than one type?'<br>Look around,' said the saleslady, as she showed a sea of bras in every shape, size, color and material imagina... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:21:00 EST Vaccines — Are They Still Contributing to the Greater Good? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49447_vaccines_are_they_still_contributing_to_the_greater_good Vaccines — Are They Still Contributing to the Greater Good?<br><br>The multiple-award-winning documentary, "The Greater Good," was initially released in 2011. Five years later, the tragic truth about the toxic effects of vaccines on brain and immune system health that was revealed in this groundbreaking film is as true today as it was when it was first shown in film festivals around the country.<br><br>Weaving together stories of families whose lives have been forever altered by vaccine damag... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:02:00 EST A Mood Boost and Some Competition Offer Incentive to Exercise More http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49446_a_mood_boost_and_some_competition_offer_incentive_to_exercise_more A Mood Boost and Some Competition Offer Incentive to Exercise More<br><br><br>Those who succeed at maintaining good health into old age typically have one thing in common: They've made regular exercise a part of their day-to-day lifestyle.<br><br>Most people realize that exercise is necessary for health and longevity. The challenge that prevents many from implementing a regular fitness regimen is lack of or inconsistent motivation. It takes time to build a new habit, and you need to somehow s... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:37:00 EST Earn back your time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49437_earn_back_your_time Earn Back Your Time <br><br><br>Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could earn a whole bunch of your time back? It's actually quite possible. You see, when we wisely invest just a little extra time here or there, we can potentially earn back that time tenfold. Let's talk about three of my favorite time savers.<br><br>Delegation<br><br>Some folks don't 'believe' in delegation because they figure it's just quicker to do themselves, or 'if I want it done right, I have to do it myself.' That might be... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:40:00 EST Trust Your Gut: 5 Ways to Relieve Aching Joints http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49430_trust_your_gut_5_ways_to_relieve_aching_joints Trust Your Gut: 5 Ways to Relieve Aching Joints<br><br>When it comes to lower back pain, the struggle is real. For more than 10 years, I’ve worked hard to find natural and noninvasive solutions that allow me to reduce discomfort while maintaining an active lifestyle. I’ve seen benefits from physical therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and, most recently, changing my diet. You might be thinking, “What can diet possibly have to do with back pain?” As it turns out, quite a bit.<br><br>The Arthritis-Gut ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:34:00 EST A Bountiful Thanksgiving Table...Minus the Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49409_a_bountiful_thanksgiving_tableminus_the_food <br><br><br>I just watched 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' which first aired in November 1973. I was 5 years old then...and I've watched it every single year since. Some traditions are timeless and are not meant to be messed with.<br><br>Peppermint Patty, who has a tendency to talk a mile a minute without listening to what anyone has to say, invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's house for Thanksgiving. Not having the heart to un-invite the gang, with the assistance of Linus, ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:47:00 EST To My Brother Dear http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49402_to_my_brother_dear My Older Brother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer back in January of this year (2016) which unfortunately for us as the family came right on the heals of Mom passing the month before. It has been a very difficult year for him and us. The only options for him were live for maybe two months or be a part of a trial program at OHSU. He didn't want to go through it not only because Mom had just passed, but he went through two years of similar treatment with his wife which she came through alth... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:47:00 EST Diverticulitis Symptoms, Prevention, Diet, and Other Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49401_diverticulitis_symptoms_prevention_diet_and_other_facts Diverticulitis Symptoms, Prevention, Diet, and Other Facts<br><br>A Western disease – this is how diverticulitis and other forms of diverticular disease are often described. This is not surprising, as the rates of diverticular illnesses are noticeably high in European and North American countries, and low in Asian and African countries.<br><br>But what exactly causes diverticulitis, and why is it such a prevalent condition today?<br><br>Defining Diverticulitis: What Causes This Disease?<br><b... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:42:00 EST If You’ve Ever Had a Cavity, Read This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49400_if_youve_ever_had_a_cavity_read_this If You’ve Ever Had a Cavity, Read This<br><br>The American Dental Association (ADA) has long maintained that amalgam fillings, which contain about 50 percent mercury by weight, are safe.<br><br>Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has a history of siding with industry, states that they consider “dental amalgam fillings safe for adults and children ages 6 and above.”1<br><br>Among children under 6 and pregnant women and their developing fetuses, which are the most vulnerable... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:17:00 EST 10 Toxic Household Items You Should Throw Away Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49398_10_toxic_household_items_you_should_throw_away_now 10 Toxic Household Items You Should Throw Away Now<br><br>Could your choice of shampoo or cookware be harming your health?<br><br>As a rheumatologist, I am often asked why patients have developed a particular autoimmune disease. I take a holistic view of their illness, so I inquire about the patient’s stress levels, diet and exercise patterns – and any chemicals they may be exposed to. This helps me better understand the role their environment may play in their health.<br><br>A growing body ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:52:00 EST Do you wait until the very last minute? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49390_do_you_wait_until_the_very_last_minute Do You Wait Until the Very Last Minute? <br><br><br>If you wait until the last minute to do things, it will turn out OK occasionally. Most of the time, however, it causes frustration or chaos for you...and sometimes for those around you as well.<br><br>Many people procrastinate now and then. Research has found that 20% of men and women are 'chronic procrastinators.' They will delay TO DOs at work, home, school, and in their relationships.<br><br>What sort of things are we putting off until th... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:17:00 EST What Are the Causes of Strep Throat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49388_what_are_the_causes_of_strep_throat What Are the Causes of Strep Throat?<br><br>Strep throat occurs because of an infection from Group A streptococcus (GAS) bacteria. The said infection invades the pharyngeal tissue, leading to a localized inflammatory reaction in the throat and tonsils.1<br><br>Group A streptococcus bacteria responsible for strep throat is usually found in the throat or on the skin. This should not be confused with another type of strep bacteria, aptly named Group B, that resides in the digestive system and th... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:14:00 EST Check out Thrift Shops for Clothing Bargains in those In-Between Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49383_check_out_thrift_shops_for_clothing_bargains_in_those_inbetween_sizes When I was at my goal weight (100 pounds), I used to take a size 0 in women’s clothing. I’ve packed on 23 pounds since that time, so nothing in my closet fits me anymore and I’m on the hunt for clothing that is either a size 6 or a size 8. Clothing is really expensive these days, and I’m not too interested in paying full price to acquire new items in every size from an 8 to a 0 (especially when I keep hoping I won’t be a size 8, 6, 4, or 2 for too much longer!). However, it is quite a dile... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:12:00 EST How often do you change your bed sheets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49379_how_often_do_you_change_your_bed_sheets How Often Do You Change Your Bed Sheets? <br><br><br>A short while ago, we polled our Get Organized Now! readers. We asked, 'How often do you change the sheets on your bed? Be honest!' Here are the results...<br><br>1% Once every few days<br>39% Once a week<br>38% Once every two weeks<br>16% Once a month<br>6% Yikes! I can't remember the last time I changed my sheets!<br><br>How frequently you change your bed sheets (and pillow cases, of course!) is certainly your choice. It's not like the cl... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:34:00 EST Poor Sleep Can Lead to Overeating the Next Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49372_poor_sleep_can_lead_to_overeating_the_next_day Poor Sleep Can Lead to Overeating the Next Day<br><br><br>After waking up from a night of poor sleep, have you ever felt like you wanted to eat everything in sight? It’s not your imagination; sleep quality has been shown time and again to play a major role in what you eat the next day.<br><br>The link is so strong that if you’re trying to lose a few pounds you should absolutely be paying attention to your sleep or lack thereof. Even if you exercise regularly and diligently follow a healthy di... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:21:00 EST Top Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies — Are You at Risk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49371_top_vitamin_and_mineral_deficiencies_are_you_at_risk Top Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies — Are You at Risk?<br><br><br>Eating a balanced whole-food diet, such as described in my nutrition plan, is a foundational requirement for optimal nutrition. It can be quite difficult to get sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals from your diet if you do not eat real food.<br><br>Unfortunately, even if you do eat well, how and where your food was grown can also influence your nutritional intake. Soil quality, for example, can significantly influence t... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:00:00 EST need a good word http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49368_need_a_good_word I have a friend who is going through a really difficult time right now and I was looking for some nice poems. These are a couple I sent and when I saw them later I could tell it meant a lot.<br><br>I Still Love You!<br><br>When I look back at how we began;<br>the laughter and love that we shared,<br>I smile at all the ways we loved and we dared<br>to dream of a wonderful future together<br>and how we promised this was forever<br><br>And I try to recall the moment when<br>things started to ch... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:14:00 EST garlic under my pillow http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49364_garlic_under_my_pillow <br>WHY PUT GARLIC UNDER MY PILLOW<br><br>Now that you know more about the benefits of garlic, we’ll show you a simple therapy that involves putting a clove of garlic under your pillow each night.<br><br>This old family secret has been used to improve sleep quality and depth for generations, <br><br>especially in people who have a hard time falling asleep. The sulfurous compounds in garlic along with its aroma have a calming effect that helps improve the quality of your sleep.<br><br>In ancie... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 04:25:00 EST Winter Blues..? Does it exist..?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49358_winter_blues_does_it_exist Why does it hit a lot of People feeling Depressed and Stressed.. Is it the Holidays or does it really effect our well being..? Well it has now got a name for it.. SAD ...Seasonal Affective Disorder.. Yes.. not enough to feel bad but because of the day light is less and it is dark when we get going and dark when you come home.. your constantly tired... gloomy and irritable and then cravings start and it hits your waistline.. So that is a double whammy...Light regulates our natural body rhythm... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:09:00 EST what i know for sure lol(lifestyle change tips!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49356_what_i_know_for_sure_lol 1) track everything!!!!(seek holistic health not just physical health but mental, emotional, and spiritual health; find spark teams that help you do so. Ex: bible studyand journaling are two of mines) <br>2) eat plenty of protein to keep full(Greek yogurt, string cheese )<br>3) drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.<br>4) exercise at least 30 mins a day and do it in the morning if possible; that way you can get it over with and not feel guilty if you are too tired later.<br>5) seek out a sup... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:28:00 EST Facebook Finds 5.2 Billion Reasons to Push Drug Advertising http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49351_facebook_finds_52_billion_reasons_to_push_drug_advertising Facebook Finds 5.2 Billion Reasons to Push Drug Advertising<br><br><br>Big Pharma has discovered a unique and ruthless way of increasing their revenue dollars without cutting into their budget. Tell the American people what they are experiencing and about a pill their company has developed to solve the problem.<br><br>Suddenly, using direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising, consumers are selling themselves on drugs to solve even the most minor problems. The U.S. is 1 of only 2 countries in the w... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:42:00 EST Top Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies — Are You at Risk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49350_top_vitamin_and_mineral_deficiencies_are_you_at_risk Top Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies — Are You at Risk?<br><br><br>Eating a balanced whole-food diet, such as described in my nutrition plan, is a foundational requirement for optimal nutrition. It can be quite difficult to get sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals from your diet if you do not eat real food.<br><br>Unfortunately, even if you do eat well, how and where your food was grown can also influence your nutritional intake. Soil quality, for example, can significantly influence t... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:14:00 EST 3 tips to help you http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49342_3_tips_to_help_you 1. Go bananas!<br><br>This is probably going to sound bizarre, but it actually does work. I have lots of plants in my house...not the artificial ones, but the good ole' live ones. Just like dust lands on furniture, it also lands on plants.<br><br>To dust them off, I use a banana! First, I eat the banana, which is a bonus to begin with. Then, I use the peel to dust off the leaves...that's the 'inside' of the peel if you are wondering.<br><br>The dust sticks to it, the banana 'juice' is good fo... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:59:00 EST Massive Honey Contamination Revealed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49332_massive_honey_contamination_revealed Massive Honey Contamination Revealed<br><br><br>Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is the most used agricultural chemical in history — and was recently classified as a probable human carcinogen — but the U.S. remains largely in the dark about just how much glyphosate residue is found on commonly consumed foods.<br><br>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly began testing a small number of foods for glyphosate earlier this year, and so far the result... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:48:00 EST Seat Belts: How They Save Lives http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49331_seat_belts_how_they_save_lives Seat Belts: How They Save Lives<br><br>Do you snap in your seat belt as soon as you get in the car?<br><br> Do your children have the right safety seats for their weight and age? If you've answered no, even just once, you need to read on.<br><br>It's been proven time and again, on back roads and superhighways: A seat belt can save a life in a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 15,000 lives are saved each year in the United States b... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:13:00 EST I am in too much of a mess http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49323_i_am_in_too_much_of_a_mess I Am in Too Much of a Mess <br><br><br>Last week, I stopped by my girlfriend's house to pick her up for a movie night that we were attending with other friends. The only problem was she wasn't ready.<br><br>'I really need this night out, but you go on without me,' she said, while gesturing toward her sink overflowing with dirty dishes and a table filled with piles of mail. 'I just am in too much of a mess to leave.'<br><br>I think we've all been there at one time or another...so I didn't leav... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:45:00 EST Speak Favor Over Your Life.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49322_speak_favor_over_your_life To favor means to give special regard to; to treat with goodwill; to show exceptional kindness to someone. Sometimes, it means to show extra kindness in comparison to the treatment of others; that is, preferential treatment. Deuteronomy 28:50 warns of judgment by a "nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young." Though it is natural for us to favor the young in times of affliction or judgment, this nation will not give such favor. Es... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:30:00 EST cooler weather is coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49318_cooler_weather_is_coming Nothing like a cool crisp day so breathe deep, dress warm, and enjoy its pleasures. Or cuddle up with a good book and a cup of your favorite tea or coffee and do some reading like enjoying some poems...<br><br>The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was<br>Spawning snow and pink roses against it<br>Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:<br>World is suddener than we fancy it.<br><br>Snow by Louis Macneice.<br><br>Or Journey of the Magi.<br><br>World is crazier and more of it tha... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:08:00 EST 7 Pantry Foods to Use on Your Face http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49313_7_pantry_foods_to_use_on_your_face <br>7 Pantry Foods to Use on Your Face<br><br><br>Our skin is our body’s largest organ, and often reveals if we’re getting enough nutrients — or have a deficiency. Often our skin lacks what it needs, including healthy fat and proper hydration, which both influence how our skin looks and feels. That’s because it’s frequently last to receive nutrients from the food we eat.<br><br>Did you know that your skin is extremely porous? It absorbs about 60-70 percent of what we put on it, which is both... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 22:39:00 EST favorite frosty poems http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49305_favorite_frosty_poems Poem #1 - called SECRET REALM Within my secret realm… this verdant pond, Unknown to many of the townsfolk’s eyes And by its ridges I meander long, On through November nights, as hours drift by… A quiver in the grass so evergreen; When frosty breeze imbues a shimmer while It mirrors younger times across its bends; That only spellbound musings can recall Fair autumns’ glaze among the silver trees. How printed leaves descend in curved roulette Then glide past my embroidered frock, I swirl; A fin... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:38:00 EST Reasons Why You Bruise Easily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49301_reasons_why_you_bruise_easily Reasons Why You Bruise Easily<br><br>Any type of traumatic injury, such as a fall, can cause capillaries (small blood vessels) near your skin's surface to break and leak red blood cells. This causes the reddish-purple or "black and blue" appearance of bruises on your skin.<br><br>Technically known as contusions, bruises may result from virtually any injury to blood vessels in your skin. As your body begins to heal, and metabolizes the blood cells, the bruise will typically fade to a green, ye... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:38:00 EST Do you have cravings based on the season? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49295_do_you_have_cravings_based_on_the_season Do You Have Cravings Based on the Season? <br><br><br>I just enjoyed a cup of Streusel Cake coffee,<br><br> which I purchased from Berres Brothers <br><br>Coffee Roasters, Inc.--a local coffee shop <br><br>where I live. It was delightful. I'm very attracted <br><br>to certain 'tastes' this time of the <br><br>year...cinnamon, pumpkin, caramel, apple, <br><br>hazelnut, chocolate, and the like. I guess they <br><br>remind me of warm hugs on a cold day.<br><br>Once spring and summer roll around,... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:05:00 EST 7 Ways to Make Water Taste Better Simple tips for livening up your drinking water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49293_7_ways_to_make_water_taste_better_simple_tips_for_livening_up_your_drinking_water 7 Ways to Make Water Taste Better<br>Simple tips for livening up your drinking water<br><br><br>Not everybody has a taste for water, but we all need it to ensure that our bodies continue functioning properly. If you want to drink more water, but aren't crazy about the taste (or lack thereof), here are some tips that can make it more enjoyable:<br><br>1. Add fresh fruit. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges, are classic water enhancers, but other fruit flavors might also tempt you... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 21:13:00 EST Do You Make This Common Mistake When Your Child is Sick? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49289_do_you_make_this_common_mistake_when_your_child_is_sick Do You Make This Common Mistake When Your Child is Sick?<br><br> Girl with FeverFever is one of the prime reasons that parents call their children's doctors, and it is true that any fever in an infant younger than 3 months is cause for major concern, as there is a risk of serious bacterial infections. Also, a child who has a seizure with fever should be checked by a physician, at least the first time.<br><br>However, fever is actually a signal that an immune system is working well and in olde... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:22:00 EST To Be Happy or Not.. Choose to be Happy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49286_to_be_happy_or_not_choose_to_be_happy When life throws Lemons Make Lemonade.. I bet you have heard that a million times... It is a common Phrase used by a lot of people.. but how can you be happy when things seem to be going in the toilet ...?? I always have way to much on my plate at all times and I was made to retire but would have loved to have stayed in the classroom.. but I was told that behind the desk or retire.. I didn't have any other options.. So each day I look forward to getting up and seeing what is new on my Team.. ... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:03:00 EST Your Brain Needs Sleep - How to Counteract the Ill Effects of Working the Night Shift http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49285_your_brain_needs_sleep_how_to_counteract_the_ill_effects_of_working_the_night_shift Your Brain Needs Sleep - How to Counteract the Ill Effects of Working the Night Shift<br><br><br>On my previous articles that discussed night shift workers many asked in the comment section below what they should do if they have to work night shift. Well this article addresses those concerns and should be helpful for you even if you don't work night shifts.<br><br>First, let's review how working night shifts damages your biology; then we will explore the ways to minimize that impact.<br><br>S... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 10:55:00 EST Be Positive & A Fighter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49282_be_positive_a_fighter I am a fighter. In every aspect of my life. No matter what it is. If i get off track I get right back on the horse as they say. I try and let nothing get me down. I don't crawl underneath my sheets and pout. Not worth it.<br><br>I weigh and measure everything that goes into my mouth. Even the butter and olive oil. Lot. <br><br>I eat nothing but chicken and fish of any kind. No red meat or pork or any wild game meat. <br><br>I eat only fresh or frozen steamed vegetables. Nothing in c... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:31:00 EST Celebrate Each Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49276_celebrate_each_milestone So now your on Spark People and your loosing weight.. You need to take time out and celebrate each milestone you set.. for each ten pounds reward yourself .. I am not talking about food... You have to come up with really good ideas.. I did every fifteen pounds and yes I have a list of things I would do as the weight came off.. I set my goals not really by setting a weight but I did celebrate and give myself a little reward and a Good going .. Like a pat on the back... You have to do something... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:13:00 EST Veterans Day in Flanders Fields http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49275_veterans_day_in_flanders_fields <br> <br>Finally, don't lose sight of why we celebrate Veteran's Day. World War One ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year. Many nations know this day as Remembrance Day. We call it Veteran's Day. The red poppy flower has become the defacto symbol of Remembrance Day or Veterans Day and you may see people walking around with a poppy on their lapel at this time of year<br> <br>The poppy was made famous in a poem called, "In Flanders Fields," by the Canadian sur... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:11:00 EST Discover Thyme Oil’s Top-Notch Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49273_discover_thyme_oils_topnotch_health_benefits Discover Thyme Oil’s Top-Notch Health Benefits<br><br>Superbugs like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are on the rise and, unfortunately, are becoming resistant to the drugs used to treat them. When faced with a microbial infection, using natural antibacterial agents may not only be more effective but also safe and risk-free.<br><br>Apart from using spices like garlic, I recommend you try essential oils derived from herbs like thyme oil. Not only do they have antibacterial p... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:33:00 EST 22 Things Happy People Do Differently http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49272_22_things_happy_people_do_differently 22 Things Happy People Do Differently<br><br>Many people spend their lives waiting to be happy. You may think, “if only I had more money,” or “could lose weight,” or you fill in the blank, then I would be happy.<br><br>Well here’s a secret: you can be happy right now. It’s not always easy, but you can choose to be happy, and in the vast majority of circumstances there’s no one who can stop you except for yourself.<br><br>The truth is, happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks or even... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:06:00 EST