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Do nuts make you fat?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Short answer: No
As much as 75% of a nut is fat. But eating fat doesn't necessarily make you fat.
The bigger factor leading to weight gain is portion-size.
Luckily, nuts are loaded with healthy fats that keep you full. They're also a good source of protein and fiber.
One study even found that whole almonds have 20% less calories than previously thought because
A lot of the fat is excreted from the body.

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IMAVISION 12/2/2014 6:07PM

    emoticon for the information about the almond --- raw almonds are a favorite of mine!

God bless!


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BOPPY_ 11/8/2014 11:45AM

    I disagree. emoticon

I "see" all the "nuts" on TV, print, and the web espousing some food stuff, or another. If you listen to these nuts you will get and stay fat! emoticon

But, I know you d/won't! emoticon

Good blog! emoticon


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ZEEDRA 8/27/2014 9:55AM

    I didn't respond with my first reaction. It looked like it said: "Donuts make you fat?" And I thought: Well, yah!

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ZEEDRA 8/13/2014 7:43AM

    Thanks, Kay.
A palm full of plain nuts, i.e., almonds, does the trick. If the nuts are salted or sweetened (or both), then--for me--they become "junk food" and I eat too many.

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/11/2014 9:47AM

    Funny, these myths . . .. too much of anything will make us fat...

The closer to the original package (ie whole foods rather than processed), the better.


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GABY1948 8/11/2014 6:39AM

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LADYRH 8/11/2014 6:23AM

    emoticon for sharing

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JAMBABY0 8/10/2014 7:26PM

    very true thanks for sharing

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Do I need sunscreen with more than 30 SPF?

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Short answer: No
Sunscreens with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 block about 97% of ultraviolet rays,
While sunscreens with an SPF of higher than 30 block 97%-98%.
It's more important that you choose "broad-spectrum" sunscreen, meaning it protects against both UVB and UVA rays.
Sunbathers also need to apply a generous amount of sunscreen in order to get the full benefit of the SPF.

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HOLLEEHO 8/6/2014 2:01PM

    Great advice. So many of us were doing it wrong. Now if you could tell me how to go anywhere wth my husband in a small car without having my blood pressure go up, I'd like to hear that. All I've thought of is ear plugs and blinders on the co-pilot! LOL

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GABY1948 8/6/2014 1:02PM

    I had no idea! emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/6/2014 11:17AM

    Thanks for that! that's what I thought . . .

My Dr just told me (after removing some 'pre-C spots') that I needed to use a minimum of SPF 50.

Most of the time I can manage my sun exposure. For those times I cannot, I'm still using SPF 30.

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LADYRH 8/6/2014 8:36AM

    ThKay my doctor said the same thing.

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GORDON66 8/5/2014 2:49PM

  Good to know!

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EDWARDS1411 8/5/2014 1:51PM

Same info my doctor gives, except that if you are buying a no-name (or generic) sunblock then it should be 45 because of the generally weaker formulas used in no-name products.

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GREATGRANNY55 8/5/2014 12:20PM

    Good info! Thanks! emoticon

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Do sugary soft drinks lead to diabetes?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Short answer: Yes
The majority of health research is stacked against sugar-sweetened soda. A large 2004 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who drank one or more sugary drinks per day increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 83% compared to those who consumed less than one of these beverages per month.

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/1/2014 11:06AM

    Without a doubt.

It absolutely horrifies me to remember the days (back in the late 70's ) when me and my boyfriend would go through an 8 pack of 16 ounce Pepsi's every day.

I gave up sodas in the 80's . . . now I'll have a diet-something (usually sweetened with Stevia) on occasion.

But we have such great well water and that always satisfies.

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--KREN 7/26/2014 5:56PM

    Yes. Sadly, sugary ANYTHING leads to diabetes, especially after a lifetime of it.


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GORDON66 7/26/2014 3:12PM

  Good to know. Thanks!!!

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GABY1948 7/26/2014 2:26PM

    Wow! Great information...I don't drink ANY soda anymore not even diet but it is good to know! And pass on! emoticon emoticon

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ZEEDRA 7/26/2014 11:10AM

    That's a high percentage! I'm grateful that it is not one of my bad habits. I get my sugar from chewy things...I don't drink it! And that's not good, either! I'm just looking into--AGAIN--low-card living.

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Do Cough Syrups Work?

Friday, January 17, 2014

Short answer: No

In 2006, the nation's chest physicians agreed that the majority of over-the-counter cough medicines don't actually work. These colorful syrups typically contain doses of codeine and dextromethorphan that are too small to be effective.
Only cough suppressants that contain older antihistamines seem to relieve coughs. That includes brompheniramine, an active ingredient in Dimetapp

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/21/2014 9:31PM

    Thanks for the help and ideas!!!

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EXOTEC 7/21/2014 8:33PM

    Dextromethorphan is a pretty powerful cough suppressant, but it works by altering the cough threshhold in the brain, not by any activity in the lungs. Delsym™ I think is the strongest brand available OTC. I can't take it because I've developed a sensitivity, and it ends up creating a lot of chest tightness and wheezing. OTOH - I'm also sensitive to guaifenesin, which I usually took in combination with dextromethorphan... so it's hard to know which one caused my reactions.

When I was a child, the best "treatment" I remember was either hot tea with lemon, honey, and ginger, or else crushed ice with the lemon and honey. Occasionally Dad (my doctor!) would bring home some cola syrup - not soft drinks - from somewhere, and that really helped soothe my raw throat. I believe you can still get that syrup from the Vermont Country Store™. Didn't do anything for coughing, I don't think... but it sure made things feel better.

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DIANESKATZ 7/21/2014 6:46PM

    One of my sisters swear by AIRBORNE (the effervesant kind) at the first sign of a cold. The sister I live with was sick twice and usually when she is sick I get it too. This time I took AIRBORNE twice a day and never got sick! Also, I eat low carb, hence eat mostly whole foods and haven't been sick in 2 years. Oh! I also get my flu shot every year. Just thought I'd pass this on.

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ZEEDRA 6/4/2014 4:10PM

    Hi Kay, I'm just trying to subscribe to your blogs.

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GIVEUP30 3/2/2014 11:12AM

    emoticon emoticon I cough a lot

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LADYRH 1/17/2014 5:36PM

    I think it depends on what is causing the cough

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VINGRAM 1/17/2014 10:23AM

    Only prescription Tussionex works for me.

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FISHINGLADY66 1/17/2014 9:16AM

    Interesting and good to know. Thanks for sharing this information. emoticon

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EDWARDS1411 1/17/2014 8:33AM

    Good to know - thanks for sharing!

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    Well since I'm not a supporter of OTC's or RX's I don't think any of them work. But sometimes even I take them. Very rarely and I have to be on death's doorstep.

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SHERYLP461 1/17/2014 7:36AM

    I put Vics on the bottom of my feet, helps more than anything else I have tried

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GABY1948 1/17/2014 6:45AM

    Delsym is the only cough syrup my doctor recommends and it works everytime for dh...but thank you for sharing this...I don't trust many medications, either otc or prescription anyway!

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/17/2014 6:20AM

    Sometimes Halls cough drops do help some.

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MINILOVER1 1/17/2014 6:16AM

    Thanks for sharing. I have had a scratchy throat and cough and nothing seems to help.

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Watch Out!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

When everything coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

This is real life. Not everything that we encounter is always what we desire. We may need to deal with reality.

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LADYRH 1/12/2014 5:50AM

    emoticon great quote

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CAT-IN-CJ 1/7/2014 5:39PM

    And how we deal with those on-coming in-your-face encounters directly impacts our health . . . for the better or worse. Choose wisely.

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GABY1948 1/6/2014 6:10PM

    This is SO true, Kay! Thank you!

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JUDY1676 1/5/2014 8:54PM

    This is so true! And sometimes those things we don't desire, turn out to be really good forus!

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EDWARDS1411 1/5/2014 2:56PM

    Oh so true!

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FISHINGLADY66 1/5/2014 12:20PM

    So true. emoticon Everything we do in life is a lesson learned.

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GINNAR 1/5/2014 11:06AM

    I have never understood how we can so easily think that we should have everything happen easily! This is a good thing to remember. Thank you for the pertinent reminder, Kay.

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GAILANN48 1/5/2014 10:48AM

    Interesting visual. :) This is almost an extension of that "other shoe" feeling. Yes we do need to deal with what is, and not all of that is rosy. Courage. Perseverance. Steadfastness. Faith. And a drop of acceptance, as we wait for the difficult reality to give way to the wonderful.

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JAROL7 1/5/2014 8:34AM

    Ah, but real life can be good. Congratulations on your plan. I hope it works for you. I use the SP Plan of measuring every morsel of food that goes into my mouth, calculate the calories, and journal the result in the SP Nutrition Tracker. It works. Estimating calories does NOT work for me. The SP plan works. I am on Day #150 of my journey.

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    And "real life" is a projection of your thoughts, even latent "negative" ones. Your mind is operating 24/7 and never rests.

and continue on your path.

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