Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

2012-10-15 Happy Birthday to me

It was fun turning 30 but 31, 32, 33, 34 keep going... after its kinda not so fun getting older. Then you look at your life accomplishments, and you smile every day u have on this earth with family and friends. Life is meant to be lived, leave a strong mark on this earth for all everyone will have of you is memories. #learneveryday.
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Merry's miracle tart

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This recipe from Dr. Andrew Weil encapsulates the philosophy of his cookbook True Food. It’s made with real ingredients that conform to a healthy nutritional philosophy consistent with the best scientific evidence regarding foods that heal. Add a side of cod and basmati rice for a perfect anti-inflammatory meal
3 cup raw cashews

3/4 cup water
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 large head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 14-oz can light coconut milk
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp evaporated can sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
 sea Salt
Put the cashews in a blender and blend until finely ground. Add ¾ cup water and blend for 2 minutes.
Pour the cashew mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon. Discard the solids.
in a large pot, heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the onion and sauté until golden.
Add the cauliflower, coconut milk, strained cashew milk, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, sugar, cinnamon, d salt as needed. Add enough water to cover.

Bring to a low boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes.
Blend the soup with an immersion blender until the desired consistency is reached. If using a standing blender, allow the mixture to cool for 20 minutes. Pour the soup into the blender. Hold the lid down firmly with a clean, folded towel over it. Start on low speed and blend until the soup is smooth. Return to the pot and reheat if serving hot.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with the caramelized onions and cilantro before serving.

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Sea buckthorn berries are used for preventing infections, improving sight, and slowing the aging process.
The seed or berry oil is used as an expectorant for loosening phlegm; for treating asthma, heart disorders including chest pain (angina) and high cholesterol; for preventing blood vessel disease; and as an antioxidant. Sea buckthorn oil is also used for slowing the decline of thinking skills with age; reducing illness due to cancer, as well as limiting the toxicity of chemical cancer treatment (chemotherapy); balancing the immune system; treating stomach and intestinal diseases including ulcers and reflux esophagitis (GERD); treating night blindness and dry eye; and as a supplemental source of vitamins C, A, and E, beta-carotene, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids.
some people apply sea buckthorn berries, berry concentrate, and berry or seed oil directly to the skin for preventing sunburn; for treating radiation damage from x-rays and sunburns; for healing wounds including bedsores, burns, and cuts; for acne, dermatitis, dry skin, eczema, skin ulcers, and skin color changes after giving birth; and for protecting mucus membranes.
In foods, sea buckthorn berries are used to make jellies, juices, purees, and sauces.
In manufacturing, sea buckthorn is used in cosmetics and anti-aging products.
How does it work?
sea buckthorn contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and other active ingredients. It might have some activity against stomach and intestinal ulcers, and heartburn symptoms.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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t’s not uncommon for people to equate “healthy food” with “bland food.” But in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Some of the leanest countries in the world—places like India and Japan—also have some of the tastiest cuisines out there, capable of exciting the most adventurous of palates.

The secret: Adding fragrant spices, unique ingredients, and fresh produce to natural, whole foods.

We took a cue from cultures and regions around the globe and rounded up five great ways to incorporate new flavors into your everyday meals. Take a tour of the world and you’ll find cooking tips to make your dishes mouth-wateringly delicious – and also packed with healthy vitamins and minerals, while staying low on calories.


Instead of eating one super-sized dinner every night, people in Spain often nibble their way through a few smaller dishes, called tapas.(Middle Easterners have their own version, too, called mezze platters.) Diners have a few bites of several dishes,and the diversity of foods and flavors help keep their tongues satisfied—and their stomachs satiated.
THE TIP: Serve Your Meals in Tapas-Sized Portions
Forget the typical hearty dinner. Instead of fixing a single plate for your family or guests, arrange one large platter of different foods for everyone. Some good options include sautéed lentils, roasted red peppers, grilled vegetables, chicken skewers, whole-wheat pitas or sliced baguettes. Serving the meal on one large spread will encourage people to share their food, making them less likely to overeat.


When Europeans need to jazz up a simple salad or plate of roasted veggies, they choose sea salt—not the table kind. Unlike its processed counterpart, sea salt is all-natural, and contains more raw minerals, says Lauren Talbot, R.D. And even though both varieties contain the same amount of sodium, sea salt is often coarser than table salt, so you get a stronger flavor from a smaller amount.

THE TIP: Start Using Sea Salt

You don’t have to fear salt. Used in moderation, it can be an important part of a good diet, says Talbot. And just a sprinkle of it can make healthy foods taste even better. For example, smoked salt is a great addition to grilled meats, flaky fleur de sel adds crunch to a tomato-mozzarella salad, and mineral-rich black Hawaiian salt tastes (and looks) great on homemade pita chips.


Watching your sodium intake? There are other ways to boost a meal’s flavor without reaching for the salt shaker. “Even if you don't have hypertension, cutting down on sodium can help to reduce your risk for developing high blood pressure,” Rutledge says. Plus, many spices might be able to fight inflammation in the body.

So take a cue from people in the Middle East and India, who use rice, couscous, lamb, and chicken as the base for their meals, but completely transform each food with unique combinations of spices. With smoky cumin, bright yellow turmeric, floral coriander, tart sumac, and warm cinnamon, salt becomes almost completely unnecessary.

THE TIP: Be Creative with Spices
Create your own blend of fragrant spices to use on boneless, skin-on chicken breasts. Try blending some cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and ground ginger together in a bowl; taste frequently, adding more or less of each particular spice until you arrive at a blend your enjoy. Rub the mixture on the chicken and marinate it for an hour before putting the meat on the grill.


Many meals in Japan are cooked entirely in stackable bamboo steamer baskets—a quick-and-easy method that makes the food’s nutrients easier to digest. When vegetables are lightly steamed, it softens the food’s cell walls, which makes it easier to absorb the vitamins and minerals, according to Lauren Talbot, R.D. Steaming also keeps the food’s colors looking bright and is a great way to preserve the natural flavor.
THE TIP: Cook with a Steamer Basket

To create your own Japanese-inspired steamer supper, look for stackable baskets in Asian specialty markets. (They usually only cost a few dollars.) Then prepare a pot with a few inches of water or broth. The pot should be large enough to hold the steamer. Bring the liquid to a simmer, then line the baskets with lettuce or cabbage leaves to prevent food from sticking—you can even use herbs to infuse food with their flavors.
Place the food that requires the longest cooking time on the bottom tier and build up from there. Place the lid on the steamer, and steam the food until it’s finished cooking—usually no more than 10 minutes. Try red snapper fillets sprinkled with soy sauce; layer some cilantro sprigs on the bottom tier and baby bok choy and red bell pepper strips on the top tier. Drizzle everything with a bit of toasted sesame oil before serving.


There are two ways that Americans typically eat starchy carbohydrates: by the plateful, like pasta, or as an afterthought, like a side dish. But African cuisine uses whole grains as part of the main course; for example, stew with rich sauces is typically served over rice. One popular dish that also is enjoyed throughout the Middle East is the tabbouleh salad, which pairs cracked wheat with chopped tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, lemon juice, and olive oil.

THE TIP: Choose Healthier Grains

Opt for whole grains over refined ones. This means skipping the white rice, potatoes, or pasta and stocking up on millet, quinoa, and buckwheat. “Whole grains keep us feeling fuller longer than refined grains and often have lower GI values,” explains Rutledge, so they can help you lose weight and stay energized.
Create a pilaf by toasting a grain in olive oil and cooking it in with chicken, vegetables, or beef broth. Then finish the dish by tossing in a handful of slivered almonds and raisins. You can also mimic the tabbouleh salad by chopping up in-season vegetables and herbs and mixing in some olive oil.
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Microwaves, I get it but still will not use a microwave


Microwave ovens provide a rapid and convenient way of cooking food, but there are many misconceptions regarding their function. In reality, microwaves don't depend upon nuclear radiation, and they don't destroy the nutrient molecules in food to any significant degree. They work by causing molecules in your food to spin rapidly, generating heat through friction. This heat spreads through your food, either warming or cooking it. In many ways, microwaving is analogous to stove-top cooking, though the mechanism is slightly different.

Minerals in Food

The vitamins and minerals are all considered essential, meaning that you must eat them in your food in order to maintain health. As such, it's quite reasonable to wonder whether your chosen method of food preparation is negatively impacting the vitamin or mineral content of your food. Minerals don't contain chemical bonds, meaning that there's no way to destroy them through heating a food item. Regardless of whether you choose to microwave or use a stove, you won't affect the mineral content of your food.

Vitamins in Food

Vitamins, unlike minerals, are complex molecules that contain many chemical bonds that can be broken through exposure to heat. This destroys the vitamins. Because vitamins are heat-sensitive, you risk losing nutritional content of any cooked food relative to the raw ingredients. However, microwave ovens actually result in less destruction than regular ovens or stoves. A 2004 study in the journal "Food Chemistry" by Dr. D. Zhang and colleagues shows that broccoli cooked conventionally and by microwave lost about 66 percent of its vitamin C over 300 seconds of cooking time. However, because 300 seconds represents a greater degree of cooking completion in a microwave, as compared to a conventional oven, significantly more time would be required to complete cooking in the conventional oven, resulting in more vitamin loss.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I love Jennifer Livingston, stop bullying

Jennifer Livingston, a morning anchor with WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wis., is used to getting feedback from viewers. But when a male viewer wrote her a letter chiding her for being overweight, the mother of three took action.

In an on-air editorial address Tuesday morning that lasted more than four minutes, Livingston acknowledged being overweight – even obese – then added, “To the person who wrote me that letter, do you think I don’t know that?”

She followed up by thanking her colleagues, family friends and the others who have come to her defense.

“I will never be able to thank you enough for your words of support and for taking a stand against this bully,” she said. “We are better than this email. We are better than the bullies that will try to take us down.”

Livingston’s bold statement in her own defense made headlines around the world and today she told “Good Morning America” why she decided to speak out.

“This was a personal attack,” Livingston said. “Calling me obese is one thing. Calling me a bad role model for our community that I’ve worked at for 15 years and especially for young girls when I have three girls was a low blow and I thought it was uncalled for and I wanted to call him out on it.”

In a story on its website, WKBT identified the letter writer as Kenneth W. Krause.

“I think, in his mind, he [Krause] views himself as being helpful which is what I think a little bit of the problem is,” she said. “He doesn’t see that the way that he approached it was clearly hurtful to me. He’s trying to shame me into losing weight. That’s not being helpful. That’s being a bully.”

Livingston’s husband, Mike Thompson, who is an evening anchor on the same station, posted the viewer’s letter on his Facebook page. As posted, the letter read:

“It’s unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.”

Thompson defended his wife on “GMA,” explaining that Krause, like others who comment anonymously, did so without knowing the facts.

“What really angered me more so than his attack on her not being a role model for the community is that he doesn’t know Jennifer. He doesn’t know me. He doesn’t know our family,” Thompson said. “He doesn’t know that Jennifer has ran triathlons. He doesn’t know that she ran in a race last weekend, a 5-K race. She works out two or three times a week. She is going to run in a race this weekend. He doesn’t know that.”

“He doesn’t know that she has a condition, a thyroid condition, that makes it harder for her to lose weight. He doesn’t know any of that,” he said. “He just decided to attack her for no reason.”

In her on-air address, Livingston also pointed out that October was National Anti-Bullying Month, and advised parents to be careful how they conducted themselves around their children so they didn’t pass on negative lessons.

“I do believe that for the majority of kids out there, this behavior is learned. It’s coming from somewhere else,” Livingston said on “GMA.” “We all as adults need to take the time to have the discussion with our children about what’s important, about whether kindness is the way that we want to be or do we want to be critical about the way someone looks.”

Livingston also urged children who were victims of bullying not to allow themselves to be defined by those bullies, a lesson she said she and Thompson passed along to their own 10-year-old daughter.

“We basically told her that this might be something that she has to deal with in the future,” she said. “She needs to be strong and hopefully she can follow my example and now the example of people all over the world.”

Commenters on Thompson’s page engaged in a fierce discussion about topic. As of Tuesday night, more than 1,500 people had posted their opinions.

“This story is all over Facebook and your wife is amazing!!! Seriously can you imagine having to be the person who wrote the email, to have to live each day as a mean and rude person. I feel sorry for the person who wrote it. That person is a jerk and that is a miserable thing to be,” one person wrote, echoing many emails of support.

Do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies. Learn from my experience — that the cruel words of one are nothing compared to the shouts of many.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Day with Sugar Ray

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The Eveleigh Lunch, Congrads Ryan and Ang

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On an episode of ‘Katie’ about eating disorders, Couric discloses her own battle with bulimia

This really hits home for me, did not get to watch it but I did read about it, I have always suffered from body dysmorphic since high school.
The greatest gift for yourself and others is speaking up, you might touch someone or heal yourself.
I had many eating disorders for over 5yrs.
Now I just try to be healthy with my thoughts, eating, and working out. I have been healthy for 10 yrs, even though you don"t have the physcial disorder I think you will still fight the mental thoughts.
I think the key is to not obessive in anything you do.

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Coffee Day

Its been months seen I have had a cup of coffee, was it worth the dehydration.
It was worth it for the smell but the taste was ok...
I like the warmth and was trying to change it up from drinking green tea everyday..
But all it did was made me miss my tea, its ok to keep old habits as long as they are good ones.