Thursday, August 28, 2014
Had something already done, but lost it completely! Here is a shorter version due to lack of time.
Thinking about tech things:
A kindergarten child asked the teacher as he looked at a pic of a corded phone from the 70's, "Teacher, did our cell phones use to have tails?"
A high school student was asked, "If you saw a mad dog chasing a young child, would you (1) take a pic on your cell; (2) try to rescue the child; (3) call 911?"
Said the priest to the couple, "I now pronounce man and wife. You may update your face book page."
St Peter said to the young man at the pearly gates, "You almost made it in, until I looked at your face book page."
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Ponder this: if we were not meant to eat midnight snacks, why is there a light in the frig?
Have a great day to ALL who ponder here!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Sunday-- Spent most of the day on the couch. Extremely fatigued! DH helped get lunch.
Monday-- Went with DH to get parts to work on car after he got home from work. Had supper cooking in the crockpot for when we got back. Made cabbage, onion, turkey soup and topped it with creamy basil and garlic sauce. Yum! Leftovers for DH lunch.
Today/Tuesday -- The seventh day of DGD and my sugar challenge. Looks like we will both finish with a tie. Funny thing is she had a dream about eating candy last night. This sweet tooth she has she must have inherited from me. However, she now says that about the third day she wasn't craving anything sweet. So glad we did this together. It helped bolster her confidence that she could accomplish something when she really wanted to. She, her sister, and her Mom are down with a terrible head cold/virus. Hope they are better soon!!!
Have a great night, All!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Went to the chiropractor yesterday (Friday). Was not feeling well when I went. Needed my neck adjusted and when the Dr. did that, he said I turned white. I was already a little dizzy and I guess that movement made it worse. It got better after awhile. Still sore throat and feeling a little rough today. Finger is much better, though still swollen.
Now for the dream. I rarely dream of food but I think this 'sweet' challenge got into my subconscious and I dreamed about chocolate candy. Mind you, that is not my choice of sweets. Anyway, in this dream I ate a very small chocolate covered creamy peanut thing. Similar to a Reese's cup, but no bigger that my thumb nail. After that, I went for a small Junior Mint type candy. While it was still in my mouth and I was enjoying it, I remembered the challenge with my DGD and was going to spit it out. On second thought, I had already swallowed the first indulgence so swallowed this one, too. Now this thing made me smile yesterday morning and I needed something to make me smile. Told my DGD about it and she laughed about it, too. Imagine this no sugar challenge getting into my dreams!
Today is day four with sugary treats. I did have a teaspoon of sugar in my tea. Checked that out with DGD and she said it was OK and wanted to agree that she could have syrup on pancakes her Mom was making. So, we had a trade-off. However, no candy, cookies, cakes, pies, soda-- none of that for us! We are in a tie so far. We'll see what happens.
"Sweet" dreams everyone!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Been checking into the issue of artichoke supplements. I understand it was mentioned on Dr. Oz, though I didn't see it. Thought I would share a few things I have read:
According to the “Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines,” artichoke leaf contains caffeic acid derivatives, most notably cynarin. The leaf also contains rutin, a flavonoid closely related to the antioxidant quercetin. Other compounds found in the leaf include sesquiterpene lactones, such as naropicrin, cynaropicrin and cynaratriol.
In a study published in "Journal of Functional Foods" in 2009, Vincenzo Lattanzioa and colleagues describe the properties of artichoke leaf extract as antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, diuretic, bile-expelling and hepatoprotective, which means it protects the liver from toxin overload. Artichoke leaf also decreases cholesterol production in the liver and the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins, or LDL cholesterol. The study authors attribute these qualities to the synergistic effects of several compounds present in the plant, while the “Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines” specifically credits the herb’s lipid-lowering and bile-stimulating properties to sesquiterpenes, especially hydroxy cinnamic acid. According to a study published in the April 2010 issue of “Phytotherapy Research,” artichoke leaf extract lowers triglyceride levels and increases HDL cholesterol in rats fed a diet high in cholesterol.
Artichoke leaf extract is generally considered safe and is well tolerated, but its safety during pregnancy and lactation has not been studied. Because of the sesquiterpene lactones in the plant, the risk of contact dermatitis or cross-reaction exists for people who have a known allergy to other plants in the daisy family. If you have gallstones, use of this herb may produce biliary colic. You should not take artichoke leaf extract if you have a blocked bile duct because it may worsen symptoms." from Living Strong website.
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"What Is the Antioxidant Value of Artichoke Leaf?
Joanna Magielse and her colleagues from the University of Antwerp are the first to investigate the antioxidant value of artichoke leaf in vivo—or, within a living animal. (1) While the team worked with mice, their research brings us one step closer to understanding the dynamic value of antioxidants in the human body.
They found that artichoke leaf helps to control inflammatory signals in mice with type 2 diabetes.
The biggest surprise for researchers was that the active chemicals in artichoke leaf survived the gastrointestinal tract, making them available for the body to use. This means that the antioxidants in artichoke leaf are not broken down by gut microbes or by liver enzymes—which is the case with popular antioxidants like resveratrol.
Authors of the paper explain that artichoke leaf is not only a direct antioxidant; it also has an indirect antioxidant value in the body." from Body Ecology website
This was very interesting to me. Hope you glean something from it.
Have a great day!!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Today I begin an adventure with my DD and DGD. I challenged my 'sweet tooth' and that of my DGD to a 7-10 day challenge. Here's how we are going to do it. Neither one of us have gone a full seven days w/o sugar in some form -- sugar in my tea, in protein bars, having a cookie, a chocolate -- so, we are allowing ourselves ten days to get seven out of the ten w/o sugar. Since it is so difficult for each of us, we allow us some leeway in trying to go seven out of the ten. Here are the rules: (Please keep in mind that my DGD is 13 yrs old)
1. No candy, cookies, cakes, pies, etc. Fruit is allowed and xylitol and stevia but NOT in candy or baked goods! No soda -- which we rarely have anyway.
2. The first one to get seven days in w/o sugar wins the challenge, whether that is the seventh day or the tenth day.
3. If we tie, we both win the prize on the table. (DGD didn't want to call it even)
PRIZES: If she wins, I pay her a dollar a day for every day she goes w/o sugar. If I win, I get her to help me for one hour of whatever I want her to help me with.
We both win a healthier body and will be encouraged by our stamina.
DD wanted to challenge herself and be an encourager for her daughter. She opted out of any prizes. Just wants to eat healthier.
I know seven dollars is not a lot of money, but seven days w/o sugar is of great value to our bodies and it was enough for her to take the challenge.
Wish us well. We know it will be hard for both of us. Will try to update how we are doing as the week goes on.
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