Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Years Eve!


 
It's New Years Eve!  It's time to over indulge in that bad parts of life, well some of them.  Tonight people will be drinking, eating and smoking too much, but that is ok.  It is the last day of the year.  Enjoy it!  You will have tomorrow to feel bad about it, but that is tomorrow.  Live for the night.

Let's not forget to recycle those bottles and can while you're having fun.  Just place a garbage can marked with a recycle sigh, if they are your friends, they will do it.  No matter how drunk they are.  I have seen it done.

Enjoy your friends and family tonight and do not worry about the calories and fat grams.  It happens only once a year.  That is your reason for the season.  I'm killing my diet tonight and not even worrying about it.  I'm looking forward to it.  We will fix it next year.
If you are spending tonight alone, do not feel bad about.  I have done it many times.  Have a drink and watch some movies.  You will not have to worry about getting home.

Be safe tonight, and look out for each other.  I want to hear how your party was.  I cannot if you are not here.  Thank you for a great year.  The blogs will be bigger and better next year. Stay tuned!

Happy New Years Eve!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Healthier grocery shopping tip.

 
I have been watching his vlogs for a while. I thought this my help some people out there.
 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Almost Christmas snow


I hope everyone have a great Christmas.  I woke up this morning to snow, if it would have only been one day early.  I hope everybody recycled your wrapping paper and gift bags.  Those gift bags can be used next year, and save you time and money.  There are several areas in the United States that are having heavy amounts of snow, so be careful.  If you do not need to get out then don't.  Save the money and relax at home.  Get out and play in the snow.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve!


It's Christmas Eve!  I know most people are traveling today to meet their friends and family, but not everyone will be able to do it.  It is nice not having to work at Christmas, but think about all of the people that will have to work today and tomorrow.
Cops, rescue workers, fire fighters, People at hospitals and nursing house do not get the holidays off.  These people have to work on Christmas Day some years.  The restaurants that will be open and flooded with customers are there for your convenience.  Those people are having to work as well, and they do not make a lot of money, so if you eat out during the holidays, treat the workers with kindness and respect.  They need to be tipped well.  They would rather be spending the holidays with their friends and family, like you are.
Be safe in your travels.
 
  

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Kids you better watch out.....for real


While you’re mixing up batches of cookies and other goodies this holiday season, be sure to keep an eye on your baking ingredients. Some young people have an unhealthy interest in certain items that can make them high or cause a medical emergency.
Holiday goodies can give kids a thrill.
Many children enjoy helping make holiday treats and licking the spoon after the batter has been mixed, but some kids are looking for more than something sweet to eat. According to toxicologist Christina Hantsch, MD, of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Loyola University Health System, some kids are always looking “to create something new that will get attention, potentially create a drug-like effect and can pass under the radar of law enforcers.” We should add “parents” to that comment as well.
What ingredients should parents keep on their radar? One is cinnamon, which some children use in the Cinnamon Challenge. This dare involves trying to swallow one tablespoon of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking any water.
This seemingly innocent act causes the mouth to dry out rapidly and swallowing becomes extremely difficult. This is followed by severe coughing and choking, burning of the mouth and throat, and vomiting.
Pneumonia can eventually develop if the lining of the lungs become swollen. For children who have asthma, the risk is especially great.
Between January 1 and November 30, 2012, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received 272 reports of cinnamon abuse or misuse among teenagers. That number is up from 51 for the year 2011.
You might also want to keep a close eye on nutmeg. This popular spice contains myristicin, a substance that can cause hallucinations and produce a marijuana-like high if consumed in large amounts. Kids have been known to snort, eat, or smoke nutmeg to get high.
One problem with nutmeg abuse is that unlike cinnamon, the effects are delayed. Thirty to 60 minutes after using nutmeg, people experience severe gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.
The drug-like effects don’t kick in for several hours, so anyone who uses nutmeg to get high may believe it has not worked and take more, which can result in a serious overdose. Dizziness, paranoia, and difficulty urinating are part of the high, and it may be especially damaging for individuals with heart problems.
If you have aerosol cans of whipping cream or spray oil among your baking and holiday ingredients, these are potential problems as well. Nitrous oxide gases in these containers, when inhaled, can cause headache, dizziness, slurred speech, wheezing, nausea, and vomiting. Depending on how much gas children inhale, symptoms may also include hallucinations, distorted perceptions of time and space, and emotional disturbances.
One more seemingly innocent holiday ingredient to watch is the marshmallow. While children don’t get high on marshmallows, they may engage in a dare called Chubby Bunny.
This activity involves stuffing as many marshmallows into your mouth as you can and then trying to say the words “Chubby Bunny.” Hantsch noted that two children have died while playing this game when they choked on the marshmallows.
So what’s in your kitchen this season? If you have children in the house, take an inventory of your holiday baking ingredients, and be sure the only highs in your home this year are due to good cheer.
These are stupid and wasteful things to do.  Did you parents ever tell you that there are starving children that you love to have that?  You just think about that when you go to sleep at night.  Starving children needing that cinnamon.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Presenting.....Splenda


 
James Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health, has expressed shock and outrage after reading a new report from scientists outlining the dangers of the artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose).

In animals examined for the study, Splenda reduced the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50 percent, increased the pH level in the intestines, contributed to increases in body weight and affected P-glycoprotein (P-gp) levels in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected.

The P-gp effect could result in medications used in chemotherapy, AIDS treatment and treatments for heart conditions being shunted back into the intestines, rather than being absorbed by the body.

According to Turner, "The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study ... confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Artificial Sweeteners - Aspartame


Aspartame

This additive is sold under the names Equal® or NutraSweet®. There are thousands of everyday products that contain aspartame. To name a few, yogurt, sodas, pudding, tabletop sugar substitutes, chewing gum. For its approval we have to thank the Searle Company for falsifying reports, and unscrupulous attorneys for delaying legal proceedings. Once the statute of limitations ran out and the product was once again up for review, many discrepancies came to light between reported versus actual findings.

Consumers lodge complaints about NutraSweet®, to the tune of "80% of all complaints about food additives," but Betty Martini reported that the FDA has yet to move on any of them. In spite of this inaction by the FDA, there are indications that this "sweetener" is toxic. According to Ms. Martini, in a report from Flying Safety, an official United States Air Force publication, US Air Force pilots were warned not to consume Aspartame in any amounts at all. Why? "Aspartame has been investigated as a possible cause of brain tumors, mental retardation, birth defects, epilepsy, Parkinson's Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes." And the FDA has made no move to regulate this toxic substance.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Artificial Sweeteners - Sucralose


Sucralose
This relatively new additive is marketed under the name Splenda®. Sucralose is basically denatured sucrose. Its preparation involves chlorinating sucrose, chemically changing the structure of the sugar molecules by substituting three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl groups.

Yes, you did read "chlorinating," adding "chlorine atoms." But isn't chlorine a known carcinogen, you ask? Why would the FDA allow toxic materials to be used in our food and beverages?

Yes, chlorine is a carcinogen. And to the other question, no one said just why the FDA approved it. You should know too that it was approved even with the pre-approval research revealed possible toxicity of the substance.

There have been no long-range studies of the effects of sucralose. The same thing happened with tobacco. As a result of not performing the required epidemiological research, it took years to track the dangerous effects of tobacco. It's unfortunate and confusing that the same mistake is repeated even with the initial negative indications and checks and balances that are now in place. If the FDA does not step in and make monitoring and research possible and necessary, then we can't readily learn the safety of such substances and sucralose. We don't even know if it is better for weight loss than sucrose.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Let's go Krogering!



During this Holiday season most house will be filled with the smells of yummy flavors streaming though the air.  Where did the ingredients come from, I mean how were they grown.  You know what I mean.  Are there dangerous chemicals involved in your holiday meal?  Does your family know?

I know I have talked about this topic so many times, but I feel that it is and always will be important.  You care for your friends and family, so why not really care for what they eat and how they will feel in the next year.  I know you cannot control everything that they eat every day.  You can control some of the ingredients that you include in the dishes that you prepare. I have and still use store brand organic ingredients.

If you live near a Kroger grocery store, you are in luck.  They have their own line of organic products, Private Selection Organics, but the name now for most of the products have been changed to Simple Truth.  I love their products!  On most of the items the cost is very little more.  I mean a dime more, but some of the products are more expensive.  It is worth it. The Kroger organic products are cheaper than the name brand ones.
Like I have said before, just try one of them.  I have bought and tried many of the products, and I have never been disappointed once.  The next time that you are in Kroger's pick and purchase one organic item from their store line.  That is what I did and have not looked back.  Just do it!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Safe holiday baking

I know there are millions of people that think that Splenda (sucralose) is a safe form of "sugar".  Well watch this video and do some research for yourself.  I have been against it from the first I heard of it.  It does not taste like sugar, or any that I want.  When your doing your holiday baking this week use natural sugar, yes the golden crystals.  It tastes so much better and less harmful.  Bake and be natural, and kick those chemicals out of your home.

 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Make that change........


I hate that it is so hard to find organic products and produce in small towns.  I'm living in a small rural area now.  The only places to shop is a local grocery store and Wal-Mart.  The local grocery does stock some products, but the price is almost double than at major grocery stores.  Wal-Mart has a very small selection of organic products and only organic salad mix.  This needs to change and it will only change by customers demanding more out of your local stores.

I have noticed a change in how I feel physically and emotionally.  My diet has really suffered, but my weight has not changed too much.  I still have to keep as active as possible to counteract the bad and harmful effects of the processed foods.  That is about all you can get here.  Most of the restaurants are fast food.  You know the stuff that will make you fatter or kill you.  Take your pick.

I still want people in all of the small towns and areas to stand up and demand better health and food. I know some of you think that it is impossible to create change or that I'm just full of it.  It only takes one person to make a change, then it can spread to others.  That is one of the reasons that I created this blog.  I want everyone to live healthier lives for yourself and your family.