Sunday, December 28, 2008

Eating For Your Health: Glowing Skin & Silky Hair

To help keep your skin glowing, include antioxidants like lycopene and vitamin C, as well as soy protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Antioxidants have been known to help in topical skin care, but those nutrients work even better from the inside out. Our skin is the largest body organ and when it is exposed to the sun's rays, free radicals can develop. Those free radicals attack the skin and impair the blood flow, which causes premature aging. Antioxidants help to fight that process.

Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits. This vitamin promotes collagen production, which provides us with vibrant skin. Lycopene is found in foods like canned tomatoes and red grapefruit juice, which also promotes healthy skin.

Tofu is a great choice since its omega 3 fatty acids help regenerate new skin cells and reduce inflammation, while the soy protein it contains has been known to boost collagen.

For silky, shiny healthy hair, eat foods high in calcium and quality protein like eggs, dairy and fish. Eggs also provide biotin, a component of both bone and hair. Vitamins B6, B12 and folate will help nourish your hair follicle cells too.

Recipes to Enjoy to help promote healthy skin and hair:

Simple Clam Chowder
2 bacon slices
2 cups chopped onion
1 1/4 cups chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 ( 6 1/2 oz) cans chopped clams-undrained
5 cups diced peeled baking potatoes (about 1 pound)
4 ( 8 oz) bottles of clam juice
1 bay leaf
3 cups fat free milk
1/2 cup all purpose flour

Cook bacon in large dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the drippings. Crumble bacon, set aside. Add onion and next 4 ingredients to pan and cook for 4 minutes or until tender.

Drain clams, reserving the liquid. Add clam liquid, potato, calm juice and bay leaf to pan.Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Combine milk and flour, stirring with wire whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture to pan and bring to a boil. Cook 12 minutes or until thick. Add clams, cook for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon and enjoy.
12 servings. 257 calories, 2.9 g fat, 28.5g protein, calcium 242 mg, sodium 475 mg

Spicy Stir Fried Tofu with Snow Peas, Peanut Butter and Mushrooms
This recipe provides a boost to skin and hair by providing vitamin C and about 15% of a day's worth of folate and vitamin E

1 (14 oz) package of tofu, drained and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 teaspoons of canola oil
3/4 pound snow peas
1 cup red bell pepper strips
3/4 cup water, divided
1/2 cup sliced green onions
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms (about 8 oz)
2 tablespoons reduced sodium tamari
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons hot chile sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place tofu on top of paper towels and cover with additional paper towels. Let stand 5 minutes. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu to pan, cook 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan and keep warm. Add snow peas, bell pepper, 1/4 cup water and next 3 ingredients to pan. Stir fry 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, stir fry for 2 minutes.

Combine remaining 1/2 water, tamari and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. stir well. Add tamari mixture and tofu to pan. Cook 1 minute or until thick.
4 (1 1/2 cup) servings. Calories 212, Fat 8.7g, Protein 13.1g, Carbs 21.5g, Fiber 4.7g, Chol 0mg, Iron 3.6mg, Sodium 639mg

Coming Next: Eating for Your Eyes and Building Better Bones

Friday, December 26, 2008

Help Your Whole Body

With the New Year right around the corner, I believe some people are already thinking about those resolutions they hope to keep in 2009.

For some, these resolutions may include improving your appearance, taking on a new hobby, exercising more or other goals you wish to achieve.

Did you know that if you make a resolution to follow good for you food goals, you can help your whole body? And, when you succeed at that, you can tackle any other goals you have in mind.

From your skin to your brain...the best way to have healthy hair, skin, eyes to take good overall care of yourself. You can nuture every part of you...whether it's your heart, brain, bones, eyes, skin...there are foods to help.

Remember the more 'colors' you put into your diet, the better. A variety of fruits and vegetables gives you the necessary antioxidants and vitamins. Servings of whole grains, protien and dairy round out your body's needs and nourishes every part of your body.

This is the beginning of a series of posts that will help you eat for your health...from food to juice to teas. I will also be including recipes.

Let this be the start to help our whole body...

Coming Next...For Glowing Skin and Silky hair

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Feng Shui: Using Fish and Water

One of my readers left a comment asking if I knew the importance of using a Fish tank when applying Feng Shui. Honestly, I did not know the true answer, but I did some research and this is what I have learned:

Many people have confused fish as being a Feng Shui remedy.What this is, is a combination of superstition and misunderstanding. Feng Shui uses the number, 6 and 7, which are representative of metal (6=Qian or hard metal, and 7= Dui or soft metal).

The Five Element theory suggests metal strengthens water. Chinese folklore says that adding 6 gold fish and one black fish makes the water stronger. What you would be trying to do is to strengthen the water effect with metal. Actually, the fish only add decoration to the tank. To really strengthen the water element, the tank should have the real metal element with the water.

In feng shui, moving water brings prosperity and good luck to the home. Using Water fountains and aquariums are great feng shui enhancements and you also get the soothing and energizing elements.

The sound and motion of gurgling water activates chi and also helps balance chi. Moving water makes things active when the chi has been stagnant. Use moving water cures anywhere you want to enhance with which the water flows.

If you place a water fountain by your front door (indoors or out) to activate career, make sure the water flows toward your door, not away from it. You want all that good chi to come into your life, not flow out of it.

An aquarium can be extremely effective with increasing wealth and luck. The best places for an aquarium are in career and wealth areas or near the front door. Combine eight orange fish and one black one, or eight black and one gold. If you’re using an aquarium to increase wealth, add nine coins to the tank (chose a metal that won’t harm your fish).

INTENTION—As you set up your fountain or aquarium, stay focused on your intention to activate your success, prosperity, or career advancement, or whatever your specific goal may be.

AFFIRMATION—When you are done, make a statement to support your intention, such as: “Water now flows and nourishes this space, bringing abundance and prosperity to me and my family.”

The best fish tank from a Feng Shui standpoint is a circular one, but if you cannot find this shape, a rectangular one works too.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Part 3~ Get More Help From Others With Feng Shui

The helpful people and travel section of Feng Shui is located in the front right-hand side of your home as you enter the front door.

This area of your house can hold all kinds of energy for you. If you travel too much or do not do as much traveling as you would like to, you can balance that out. If you find you do everything yourself or for yourself with no help from anyone, you can shift the energies to be more helpful in life. Even if you feel out of sync with what’s going on around you, this spot in your house can get you feeling balanced.

Or, if you are in some sort of legal battle, home purchase or sale, need medical attention, or any other major event where you really need to be treated fairly and justly, this part of the house can get things in control for you.

Things to ADD:

Silver and Gray: These two colors are very helpful in this spot. Even if you have to use a piece of aluminum foil, you should put it here. You could place a silver box in the helpful people and travel area to hold a space for your needed energies. One idea might be to write down anything you need help with, but do not use the words need or want in these sentences -- Try "thank you” for ...." and put the paper in the box.. If you are in a legal situation, put your opponents' names (business cards), as well as any legal documents in the box. If the box is not big enough, then wrap it up in aluminum foil. And make your intention to bring about a fair outcome.

Feng Shui can work for you if you give it the right intention and respect.

Click HERE to see The Road Map of Your Home with Feng Shui

It is designed to help you figure out which parts of your home correspond to each of the nine areas of your life.

Source: / ivillage

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Part 2 - Feng Shui Financial Power Spots

Did you know there are Financial power spots within any space?

Prosperity issues are associated with the back left corner of any space. If you stand at your front door and face into the house ~ your wealth area is at the back of the house on the left-hand side.

To find the wealth area of any room:: facing in from the doorway, it's the corner area in the back of the room on the left-hand side.

Will you find and locate the wealth areas at your office, living room, kitchen, and/or bedroom? Now that you can find your money power spots, here are some tips to apply feng shui to those areas:

Clean out any clutter. Getting rid of clutter is one of the most powerful ways to shift energy and allow the energy to move freely.

Fix anything that is broken. If it does not work and if you can’t fix it, remove it so the money spots will work properly.

Use symbols of prosperity. A bowl of coins that you add your spare change into it every day, a "lucky bamboo" plant, or anything that symbolizes success and prosperity to you.

Use colors green and purple. Green symbolizes vitality and growth and purple is the color of wealth.

If you neglect your money, it will neglect you, so balance your checkbook monthly and pay your bills on time.

Clean the clutter out of your purse and wallet. If your money is not organized and is just crunched any old way, it will be as though you don’t value money.

Take a few moments every day to think about all the good things that happened to you and express gratitude for what you have received.

The Feng Shui wealth area is considered "fortunate blessings”. The more you notice, appreciate, and express gratitude for blessings received, no matter how small, the more good things will come your way, including money.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

What is Feng Shui? Part 1

You have probably heard of Feng Shui, but do you really know what it is?

Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed in China more than 3,000 years ago. Feng Shui teaches us how to attract and enhance our life energy. You can accomplish this by balancing the energies of any space to bring you good health and good fortune.

Feng means wind and shui means water. Within the Chinese culture, wind and water have always been associated with good harvest and good health.

So, good feng shui means good fortune and bad fend shui means hardship or misfortune.

The easiest way to bring good feng shui into your life is by using the 5 principals or 5 elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each element corresponds with a color:

WOOD: Green, Brown
FIRE: Red, Strong Yellow, Orange, Purple
EARTH: Light Yellow. Sandy/Earthy, Light Brown
METAL: White, Gray
WATER: Blue, Black

Feng Shui Tips: Using The 5 Elements

Use the Color Green to bring healing and improved health to yourself and those living with you. If you use the color green in the East fen shui of your home, this can help balance family life

Use the Color Blue in the North area of you home. This will help and support you in your career.

Use the Color Yellow in the South area of your home. This will bring happy gatherings and good times.

Use the Color of Pure White in the West area of your home to support you in your creative endeavors.

Coming Next Part 2~
Do you know there are Financial power spots within any space?

Part 3~ Get More Help From Others With Feng Shui
Part 4 ~ The Road Map of Your Home with Feng Shui~How To Apply Feng Shui within a Space

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


There are no age limits on when you can transform your life.
Change is possible at any time.
It is essential if you want to grow.

You have control over your life.
Success or failure is up to you.

You control how lucky you are.
You create your wealth with your effort.

The doubts you'll experience along the way are part of life.

Make a plan to attain your success and stick to it.
Your life is a marathon, not a short sprint.

Accept total responsibility for your actions
and remove "QUIT" from your vocabulary.

Decide you want success and it can be yours.
Success is always your choice.

Copyright 2008
Reproduce freely but maintain Copyright notice.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Being Thankful on Thanksgiving

Today as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and friends, will you truly take time out to reflect on what you are thankful for?

I have been doing that quite often this year. Pretty much on a daily basis...being thankful. For my health, for my life, for all I have, my family and friends, the opportunities that come my way and the love that surrounds me.

Abundance can be brought into your life if you declare to the universe that you are thankful. This can easily be done on a daily basis. I find that I'm in a better mood when I take time to appreciate something that makes me happy and be thankful for it. My heart seems to fill with happiness...

What are you thankful for?

I think many, many people take for granted what they have in their life. Maybe focusing only on the negatives...the problems, the stresses, the little things that may annoy or aggravate you. We might forget what we have and appreciate them.

Count your blessings. Take a moment each day and be thankful for something in your life. As you're driving in your car or sitting quietly by yourself, even while watching TV... just take a minute and be thankful.

As you see something that excites you or makes you feel good, as you smell food cooking, drive to work, come home to family, enjoying the company of friends or even your pet, your many possessions, your health and so thankful!

Some people are not blessed as you and I are. Many have worse problems or live in worse conditions and/or simply do not have all that we have.

Take a break during your day...starting today...and be thankful and count your blessings...ask the universe for more of what makes you happy. Be positive and say...I like this...bring more more!

May you all enjoy your Thanksgiving. Many blessings to you all

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thank you, Lord, for life.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings. Thank you, Lord, that I can hear.. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible. Thank you, Lord , that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising.. Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud.

Thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the picture in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced.

Thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.

Thank you, Lord, for life.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Eyeglasses For Less

In these times we are facing with the economy such as it is, we are all looking to get the best value for our money.

Have you ever shopped for eyeglasses? They are quite expensive to begin with and when you start adding optional items such as, anti-reflecting coating or UV protection, the glasses cost even more.

There is now a website offering complete prescription eyeglass at a fraction of the cost. Starting at just $15, you also receive additional items for free. Anti-reflective coating, UV protection, anti-scratch coating etc...You can't always get that from your eye doctor or store.

What I loved about this site is that you can virtually 'try-on' a pair of glasses, so you will know what they would look like on yourself. What a great idea! All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself and then follow the instructions and you will see yourself with the frames you have chosen.

Now you can afford a new pair of eyeglasses. Whether you are wearing old glasses with an outdated prescription, need a second back up pair or just want a different look, you can go to and get any style you want.

Don't wear eyeglasses? Optical4Less also offers great prices on contact lenses. As a wearer of both eye glasses and contacts, I can save a bundle at this site and be confidant I am getting the best value from eye care experts.

Do You Know If You Have Sleep Apnea?

Do you know someone who snores? My ex-husband snored so loudly that I needed to fall asleep first if I ever wanted to get some sleep.

We thought he just snored and dealt with it the best we could. Later he learned that he had sleep apnea. Many people have sleep apnea and aren't even aware that they do.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts your breathing during sleep. People with apnea can have pauses in their breathing a hundred times during the night.

The symptoms of sleep apnea can include loud snoring, excessive sleepiness during the day and experience gasping during sleep.

While those symptoms can seem harmless, sleep apnea can cause serious health problems and may even be life threatening.

The effects of sleep apnea can cause:
* high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease
* memory problems
* weight gain
* impotence
* headaches

There are treatments available for people with sleep apnea. They range from lifestyle changes to surgical procedures.

If you know someone with any symptoms mentioned or if someone suggests you may have signs of sleep apnea, please speak to your physician to determine if indeed you do have sleep apnea and get treatment.

Remember, even children can have sleep apnea. This does not just affect adults.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Quote of The Day

God doesn't give you the people you want... He gives you the people you NEED.
To help you...
to hurt you...
to leave you...
to love you...
These people make you into the person you were meant to be.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Need A Little Motivation?

If you are like me, at times it seems hard to stay motivated. I try not to focus on the lack of motivation because I do realize it is common to get in a 'lull' sometimes. When I find myself needing to get back on track, I keep my spirits up during the temporary feeling.

My decision to live a healthier life was one goal I set for myself. Sure, in the beginning the motivation is quite high but then sometimes I find myself being a bit lax.

One thing I wanted to do was start exercising more and that included I walk about five miles each week. I needed to set a smart goal for myself. I wanted to make sure my goal was realistic and attainable for myself. Just thinking about when would I get in a mile each day, had me cringe. It seems life keeps us so busy...BUT, I found if I set a specfic time each day and walked for only 20 minutes...I was walking a mile each day and that equaled my goal of adding 5 miles of walking each week!

If you find yourself feeling less motivated about something, first know that you are not alone. Many of us feel that way sometimes. Realize it is only a temporary feeling.

Set yourself a smart, realistic goal to get yourself back on track.Make sure your goal is something attainable and not too far from your reach. Keep your spirits up and keep positive even when you just don't feel like it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Alert: Nestle Recalls Nesquik

Nestle Recalls Strawberry Nesquik

Nestle has voluntarily recalled certain Nestle Nesquik Strawberry Powder containers. The reason being the company said they may contain small fragments of aluminum.

The two production codes involved in this recall are on the 21.8-ounce containers. The containers that are affected by this recall have production codes of "82255880" or "82265880" and a best by date of "August 2010."

Please note that no other Nesquik products or other containers of Nesquik Strawberry Powder are affected by this recall. Only products with the above mentioned production codes.

If you find you have purchased a container which is being recalled, you can return them to the store for a refund.

For more information,you can call Nestle Consumer Services Center at 888-637-4345.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Report Annoying Callers

Are you stressed out due to repeated, annoying phone calls to your home or office? The calls can be those automated telemarketing calls (I get them all the time at my office), brokers looking for a new client/customer or any other type of sales pitch, scam or spam call. There are also those annoying 'wrong numbers' who insist that they did dial the right number and call again and again.

Whatever type of annoying call you may be receiving, there is now a way you can eliminate your stress. You can now Report Annoying Callers on a new site that allows you to post the telephone number you received and what the caller was calling for. This alerts others to be watchful and aware. There are so many scams out there.

There are hundreds of comments on this website. From collection calls, harassing threatening calls to computer automated calls. All the telephone numbers are listed with an explanation from every state.
You can search their directory to find out if the annoying call you are receiving is listed due to their reverse telephone look up capabilities.

Help eliminate your stress and that of others by reporting annoying calls

Positive Habit Example 2 - Having a Healthy, Trim Body and Lower Cholesterol- Conclusion

Your Life is about to Change! Put your Mind,Body and Soul on "Autopilot" for success.
You can change who you are by teaching yourself to add positive habits to your lifestyle.Our character, health and virtually every aspect of our lives are indeed determined by our habits.

Positive Habit Example 2 - Having a Healthy, Trim Body and Lower Cholesterol

What is flax?

Flax is a blue-flowering plant known for its oil-rich seed. People have been eating flaxseed since ancient times, it has a pleasant, nutty flavor. The health benefits of flaxseed and flaxseed oil are significant and for that reason this habit is recommended as a primary habit for health and a trim and fit body. Here are some of the benefits of flaxseed and flaxseed oil:

Flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Several studies have shown that flaxseed can help to lower cholesterol in the same way that other soluble fiber foods like oat bran and fruit pectin do. A study at the University of Toronto showed that total cholesterol levels dropped 9% and LDL (the "bad" cholesterol) decreased 18% among a group of women who ate milled flaxseed cooked into bread every day for a period of 4 weeks.

Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of lignans and alpha-linolenic acid. Studies suggest that lignans may help to prevent certain cancers. Flaxseed is one of the few plants in the plant kingdom that provide a high ratio of alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) to linoleic (omega-6 fatty acids), it is an excellent source of healthy polyunsaturated fat.

A new study has confirmed that the positive habit of taking flax seed daily can help you get a trim and fit body. Dr. Sam Bhathena, a researcher at the Phytonutrients Laboratory of the US department of Agriculture, he said, "we have observed that flax seed meal is much more effective in lowering cholesterol then soy. Several other studies have shown that in general, omega-3 fatty acids,lower lipid deposition, and help in reducing body weight."

Omega-3 fatty acids — More than half the fat contained in flaxseed is omega-3 fatty acid type, an essential fatty acid. There have been numerous studies reporting the health benefits of consuming omega-3 fats. Recent studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids which are abundant in flax seed can help protect you from coronary artery disease, stroke, high blood pressure, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. Studies on the effects of flax seed on breast cancer are now under way. Omega-3s can also help boost your metabolism, helping your body to burn calories faster.

Flax is available as raw seed, ground seed and also as an oil which is made by cold pressing flax seeds. You can purchase raw flax seed, ground flax seed and flax seed oil at most health food stores. The easiest way to incorporate flax seed into your diet is to buy ground flax seed meal and add it to your food.

· Substitute for cooking oil or shortening in baked goods.
· Add ground flax seed to pancakes, waffles and cereals.
· Put ground flax seed on salads.

Here is a great recipe for a super health shake

Make a protein shake with 8 ounces of your favorite juice such as apple or orange, add 2 tablespoons of flax seed oil, 2 tablespoons of soy powder, 1 tablespoon of lecithin, fresh fruit such as bananas, papayas or blueberries. Blend with a hand blender or an electric blender. This power shake will provide you with the health benefits of soy; omega-3’s, fiber, antioxidants, and enzymes from the fruit, and the fat loss benefits of lecithin.

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A positive habit is simply a habit that produces positive benefits, actions and attitudes you want to acquire and make a part of your life. You simply begin repeating an action, attitude or thought process every day for at least 21 days to create positive habits.

Monday, November 10, 2008

What is a Positive Habit? ~ Part 2

A positive habit is simply a habit that produces positive benefits, actions and attitudes you want to acquire and make a part of your life. Why is there such great power in positive habits to effect change? Because habits, by their very nature, are automatic. After a period of time they can become permanent.

How To Create Positive Change in Your Own Life

So how do we go about adding new positive habits to our life?

It’s really quite easy. You simply begin repeating an action, attitude or thought process every day for at least 21 days. Research has shown that an action that is repeated for a minimum of 21 days is likely to become a permanent habit. Remember that positive habits have positive benefits and you will reap those benefits for as long as you maintain that habit. So now that we know what positive habits are, and how to acquire them, here are some simple positive habits that will help you reach your goals and have a healthier body.

Positive Habit Example 1 - Make it a habit to set goals

What better habit could you have then the habit of setting goals? Did you know that the most successful people all share the common positive habit of goal setting? A study was done to determine the importance of goal setting. College students who had gone on to achieve great success in business were asked to list their habits. The students who had made a habit of setting goals were in the top 3% of earnings in the population! It is almost impossible to overestimate the value of goal-setting as a positive habit. Goal setting is simple, yet 97% of the population never do it. By making goal setting a positive habit, you can start placing yourself in the top 3% of the population of successful people.

Here are some simple steps to help you start making goal setting a positive habit:

Step 1 - Define your goals, write them down, and be very specific; capture your goals on paper. It is amazing how many people never take the time to write down exactly what it is they want in life. Remember, you can’t hit a target if you don’t have one.

Step 2 - Determine what the time line is for reaching your goals; set specific deadlines for each goal.

Step 3 - Identify any obstacles that may stand in your way, list them, and state how you plan to overcome them.

Step 4 - Make a list of the people and/or organizations who will help you reach your goals.

Learn How You CAN Improve Your Mind, Body & Soul

More helpful and Supportive Resources:

* Unlock your hidden mental power that is dormant most of the time
* Hit your peak performance capability at will - how much better would your life be if you were in the zone more often?
* Calm yourself when outside matters upset you - reduce stress and tension without addictive drugs
* Interact more positively with others, developing better relationships
* Achieve deeper, more restful sleep
* Gain more energy whenever you want - for whatever you want
* Achieve meditative states that the Dalai Lama would envy
* Dream better - stop the same old dreams of falling, being chased, or losing teeth and have interesting, more engaging dreams
* Develop your intuition to a greater degree, allowing you to read other people better
* Finally get rid of the negative thoughts and negative self-image you've been carrying around for so long

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Positive Habit Example 2 - Having a Healthy, Trim Body and Lower Cholesterol

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Power of Positive Habits ~ Part 1

Put your Mind and Body on "Autopilot" and reach your goals...automatically!

Did you know that habits can be incredibly powerful tools for personal growth and success? You can change who you are by teaching yourself how to add positive habits to your lifestyle. You can improve your mind, body and soul... Improve your Health...Be More Motivated...Be More Productive...Achieve More Success...Have Unlimited and Boundless Energy...Improve your Self-Esteem

Think about the habits you have now and how they affect virtually every aspect of your life. Your weight and health are determined by your eating habits. Your relationships with people are determined by your social habits. Your success at work is determined by your work habits. You have sleeping habits that dictate how well you sleep. You have sexual habits. You even have buying habits; just take a look around your house and you will quickly see them. Our character, health and virtually every aspect of our lives are indeed determined by our habits.

If you ask ten people on the street what the word habit means, nine out of ten will tell you that a habit is a negative action that people do over and over again, like smoking, or procrastinating, or eating too much. Bad habits get all the press. Let’s look at the results of just one bad habit: smoking. Every year, over 400,000 people lose their lives to smoking-related illnesses in the United States. Imagine then, the negative power that exists in just that one bad habit. It is staggering.

Now I want you think about an even greater power, a power that can bring you success, health and happiness; a power for positive, permanent, and automatic personal growth: the power of positive habits. Let’s look a little closer at the meaning of the word habit. Random House dictionary defines habit in this way:

An acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary

The important words in this definition are acquired and almost involuntary. Let me ask you a question. When is the last time you sat down and said to yourself, "Today I am going to add a new habit to my life?" I would have to guess that you have probably never said those words.

As you read these posts, you will see how easy it is to add positive habits to your life and the great power they have to change it. Think about the words almost involuntary. This means the habit is so powerful in your mind that it is almost unstoppable! With respect to bad habits like smoking, procrastination, and overeating, this is very bad. But with positive habits, this is very, very good.

Learn How You CAN Improve Your Mind, Body & Soul

More helpful and Supportive Resources:

* Unlock your hidden mental power that is dormant most of the time
* Hit your peak performance capability at will - how much better would your life be if you were in the zone more often?
* Calm yourself when outside matters upset you - reduce stress and tension without addictive drugs
* Interact more positively with others, developing better relationships
* Achieve deeper, more restful sleep
* Gain more energy whenever you want - for whatever you want
* Achieve meditative states that the Dalai Lama would envy
* Dream better - stop the same old dreams of falling, being chased, or losing teeth and have interesting, more engaging dreams
* Develop your intuition to a greater degree, allowing you to read other people better
* Finally get rid of the negative thoughts and negative self-image you've been carrying around for so long

Personal Development, Self Help And Motivation Personal Development Books that are all completely FREE - download and enjoy them.

White Dove Books, is the Online Leader In Digital Products For Self Improvement.They Provide A Quality On-line Service That Serves Thousands Of People In Dozens Of Countries Across The World.

Coming Next:
What Is a Positive Habit?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Best & Worst Chinese Food

Can Chinese Food be healthy?

I realize the food here is not like the food in China, where they focus on vegetables, tofu and rice, but you can make healthy choices if you enjoy eating Chinese food.

Here in the US, Chinese food is drenched in oil or deep fried and you find more beef and pork dishes being offered, rather than soy or fish.

Worst Choices:
> Crispy: If your choice includes anything 'crispy', it means it is deep fried and has more calories. Try instead stir fried or steamed

> Egg rolls: These are deep fried and fat saturated. If you love eating egg rolls like I do, try wrapping a napkin around them and let the oil/fat be absorbed.

> Spare Ribs: These are usually fatty pork ribs covered in sauce

> Sweet & Sour: No matter what meat you order this with, it is deep fried

> Fried Rice: This is really just fried white rice with added bits of pork and sodium. No real nutrients with a high glycemic index, it adds nothing but calories

Best Choices
> Soup: Researchers are raving about the soup strategy to control your weight. Eating a cup of soup before your meal, takes the edge off your appetite

> Chinese Vegetables: Bean sprouts, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, long beans, eggplant etc are great sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals

> Dim Sun: This is available with different fillings, but a healthier choice than fried

> Anything Steamed: This is a more healthy way of preparing foods

> Stir-Fry: Combined with veggies, shrimp, tofu, chicken this is more healthy for you. Remember to ask for 'light on the oil' or request your meal be stir fried in broth instead.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Candy Recall

With Halloween just a couple days away, here is a recall you should be aware of.

Sherwood brand Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate coins are being recalled due to the fact that they contain Melamine, the ingredient in milk product that has caused many infant deaths in china. These candies are sold at Costco, as well as many bulk and dollar stores. Please make sure to spread the word and DO NOT EAT THE PIRATE COINS (you know the ones wrapped in the shiny gold foil) and please let other parents know about this!

This recall is mainly affecting Canada, but they are not sure if this candy crossed the border into the US.
Read the Snopes article HERE

Non Invasive Approach to Ear Pain

Do you suffer from ear infections?
I am prone to sinus infections which in turn causes ear pain. Fluid collects in my middle ear. The doctor treats this infection usually with antibiotics, but my body seems to resist because of the repeated use of anitibiotics..

Children are more prone to get ear infections. It is one of the most common infections frequently in the first 2 to 4 years of their life.

What Is An Ear Infection?

The middle ear is a pocket behind the eardrum.When infection is present in the middle ear it is called otitis media. Germs and bacteria can get into the middle ear which then causes pain. Between the middle ear and your throat there are tubes called eustachian. This tube (one on each side) keeps pressure from building up by letting air move in and out. If the eustachian tubes get blocked when you have a cold or allergies, then germs seep inside causing an ear infection.

Ear infections can be caused by bacteria or considered viral. Bacteria infections are usually treated with antibiotics. If you get repeated viral infections, the need for surgery may be necessary. This surgery which can be permanent or not, consists of having a small plastic tube inserted into the eardrum. This tube is a vent to relieve the pressure of the buildup of fluid or infection. It also acts as a drain for the fluid.

Common Signs of Otitis media in children:

> unusual irritability
> difficulty sleeping
> tugging or pulling at one or both ears
> fever
> fluid draining from the ear
> loss of balance
> unresponsiveness to quiet sounds or other signs of hearing difficulty such as sitting too close to the television or being inattentive

Some ear infections can clear up on their own, but some require treatment. Treatments for ear infections can include: antibiotics, ear drops, over the counter pain relievers and drainage tubes.

Another approach to treating ear pain that is gaining popularity in the news is Eardoc

The EARDOC is an efficient non-invasive device that reduces the ear pain by treating the problem rather than the symptom.Eardoc opens the Eusthichian tube for otitis media, ear infection, swimmers ear and other ear pain causes.

Learn more about this alternative treatment option.

The EARDOC is the only efficient non invasive device that reduces the pain and edema for ear pain.

Eardoc - Stop ear pain in seconds!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Keep Your Brain Active

To maintain a good, quality life, you need to keep your brain active.

How You May Ask?

We need good nutrition, be physically active, keep a positive attitude and do brain exercises.

To keep negative feelings at bay, keep positive and be optimistic. How you wake up in the morning will probably determine the rest of your day. How often do you find that to be true?

Follow a healthy diet, drink lots of water and make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals.

Exercise your body. Exercise does affect your health in a positive way. With a healthy body, you have a healthy mind.

Exercise your mind by keeping it active. Read, do crossword or search a word puzzles. Learning something new will keep your mind active and it will also challenge your mind.

Here's a Brain Waker Upper for today. It's more difficult that it looks and it usually take the average person 5 tries before getting a 100%

Take this test and use this to exercise your brain.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What Happens When We Die?

Dr. Sam Parnia, critical care doctor, director of the Human Consciousness Project and author of “What Happens When We Die,” seeks to settle this debate through AWARE(Awareness during Resuscitation), a division of the Human Consciousness Project.

Find out what Parnia had to say when AOL Health sat down with him for an interview. Click here to read full article

What is the AWARE study?

During the AWARE study, physicians will use the latest technologies to study the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest. At the same time, they will also be testing the validity of out of body experiences and claims of being able to see and hear during cardiac arrest through the use of randomly generated hidden images that are not visible unless viewed from specific vantage points above.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cataract Free America

I love bringing awareness to others about topics they could benefit from. This is one topic that hits home.


My grandmother had cataracts and I remember when I was a child, she was almost blind. Luckily our family was able to help with the cost of corrective surgery. Others are not so lucky. My mom had to have a cataract removed also and her quality of life improved. She was lucky enough to have great medical insurance to help cover her medical bills. Others are not so lucky.

I believe more help should be available for our seniors. I heard about this program and couldn't wait to post about this. Cataract Free America is a new, non profit organization whose mission is to help seniors who are eligible to getfree cataract surgery. Isn't that wonderful? If Cataracts have touched you or a family member, please look into this. Your eyesight is a wonderful gift. This organization also provides information to the public about cataract related issues and gives researched answers to seniors' questions.

What are Cataracts?

A cataract can affect one eye or both. When the crystalline lens within your eye becomes cloudy, it is considered a cataract. The crystalline lens is the clear part of the eye and it helps to focus light, or an image, onto the retina. A healthy eye receives the light through the transparent lens and passes it to the retina. Once at the retina, the light is then changed into nerve signals that are sent to the brain. If your lens is clear and the retina will receive a sharp image. If the lens is cloudy from a cataract, the image will be blurred, distorted, and/or discolored.

Cataracts affect millions of people each year and is the leading cause of correctable blindness in the world.

Cataract Symptoms

> No symptoms
> Poor night vision, halos, starbursts
> Hazy, cloudy, or blurry vision
> Glare
> Ghost images, double vision or multiple images in one eye
> Better near vision, worse distance vision
> Frequent eyeglasses or contact lens prescription changes
> Color changes toward yellow and brown

If you experience any of these listed symptoms, it could be a sign of other eye problems also. Please consult your eye specialist.

At Cataract Free America, they have a panel of doctors who are willing to reduce fees for eligible seniors. They will also accept existing insurance, such as Medicare as PAYMENT IN FULL. They will also provide surgery for FREE to those who have no insurance.

Informational links for you:

> How surgery can be free:
> Beneifts:
> Eligibility:

Give someone you know the gift of eyesight and the peace of mind knowing they don't have to worry about the financial aspect of this surgery.

FDA Posts List of Potential Problem Drugs

The government began posting a list of prescription drugs under investigation for potential safety problems in an effort to better inform doctors and patients.

It is very important to learn all you can about the medications your health care professional prescribes for you. You should know what you are putting into your body. It IS your right.

Sometimes if more than one medication is prescribed, they could cause a reaction or other symptoms could surface.

Knowledge. It's up to you...

Please review the complete article and list of potential problem drugs by clicking HERE

Monday, October 20, 2008

Your Favorite Healthy Recipe Could Win!

I have mentioned in this blog many times about how healthy foods and juices affect our bodies in a positive way. If you are like me, I do a lot of grilling, so I have a lot of healthy recipes just for the grill.

I have come across this contest and wanted to pass the information along.

There is a contest going on over at that gives you a chance to win $400 for your favorite recipe. Even better if you use your barbeque grills for preparation. Please get complete rules by going to

In order to qualify for the $400 grand prize, you must submit your entry URL to Post your favorite recipe in your blog or website and then submit your url. How easy it that?

Here's one recipe I am considering to enter myself. It's super easy and so unbelievably amazing!

Lemon Sauteed Shrimp over Caramelized Fennel

1 lb. uncooked large shrimp, peel and deveined
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced

In large non aluminum bowl or re-seal able plastic bag, combine shrimp, lemon juice, garlic, lemon peel, parsley and salt. Marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes or longer.

Meanwhile, in 12 inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat and cook fennel and onion, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until vegetables are golden. Remove vegetables into a serving platter and keep warm.

Remove shrimp from marinade (discard the marinade). I put the shrimp on skewers or use my grilling frying pan and grill until shrimp are a nice shade of pink. I then remove the shrimp into the serving platter, spooning the warm fennel and onion over the shrimp. Season with fresh ground pepper if desired. Absolutely yummy!

Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Marinade time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Something that taste this fantastic takes so little time and is healthy for you. Enjoy!

Please post a comment and let me know if you enter this contest or if you want to share some healthy grill recipes with us.
Good luck!

What You Need To Know About The Flu Shot

It's that time of year when the Flu season is upon us. The flu is a serious disease that can make people of any age very ill. Some people are ill for a few days, but some need to be hospitalized. Did you know that Thousands of people die each year from the flu. These deaths occur mostly in the elderly.

What Are Flu Symptoms?
Sore Throat
Muscle Aches

Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
All people over the age of 65

All residents of long term care facilities with chronic medical conditions

Any child or adult including pregnant women, with serious long term health problems...heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes, asthma, etc...

People who see a doctor regularly or were admitted to a hospital in the past year.

All people who have close contact with those who are at risk

All people who have a disease or condition that lowers the body's resistance to infection

When Should You Get The Flu Shot?

If you are in a high risk group, you should get a flu shot once a year. It is best to get the shot between September and mid November.

Will You Get The Flu From the Flu Shot?

The answer is simply no. The viruses that cause the flu can change every year. That's why is important to protect yourself and get your flu shot.

Are There Side Effects From The Flu Shot?

There may be a few risks as with any medication. Getting the flu is more likely to cause problems than getting the shot itself. Some people experience a mild fever, aches, soreness, redness or swelling in the area where the shot was given.

Source: St. Peter's Hospital Patient Education Committee

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Less Invasive Surgery For Weight Loss

Most surgery is usually considered invasive. Of course there are risks involved surrounding any type of surgery, but with the current houston weight loss surgery it is less invasive. Less invasive means there is less trauma to your body, giving your body a chance to recover more quickly.

If your quality of life depends on losing weight, you may want to consider the lap band procedure. You may have seen commercials for this procedure on television. If you thought about having gastric bypass, think about this: the lap band procedure is the least invasive surgery you can have, it is 10 times safer than gastric bypass, there is no stomach stapling or intestinal changes, the lap band procedure has the lowest operative complication rate and the lowest nutritional risk.

You can click HERE to find out if there is a free seminar to learn more about the Lap Band procedure in your area.

Remember: you do have options and it is best to learn as much as you possibly can regarding any procedure you are thinking of having.

Something For God To Do

From: GOD
Reference: LIFE

This is God. Today I will be handling All of your problems for you. I do Not need your help. So, have a nice day.
I love you.

P.S. And, remember...
If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do Not attempt to resolve it yourself! Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. I will get to it in MY TIME. All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours.

Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.

If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work; think of the man who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!

Now, you have a nice day...God

Friday, October 17, 2008

Examining Your Skin For Melanoma

The best time to examine your skin is after a bath or shower. Use a full length mirror is you have one. If not, a hand held one will work fine. Check any moles, blemishes or birthmarks from the top of your head to your toes. Note anything new or a change. Be aware of any sore that doesn't heal.

Face the mirror: check your face, ears, neck, chest and belly. Use a comb or hairdryer to part your hair so you can check your scalp.

Check the underarm areas, both sides of your arms, the tops and palms of your hands, in between your fingers and your nails.

Sit down and check the front of your thighs, shins, the tops of your feet, in between your toes and your toenails. Look at the bottom of your feet, your calves. Using your mirror, check the back of your thighs, buttocks, genital area, lower and upper back and the back of your neck.

If you do this exam regularly, you will know what is normal to you. Remember the warning signs written in this series of posts. If you suspect any changes or find a new growth, check with your doctor or dermatologist.

Source: American Cancer Society

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Can You Prevent Melanoma?

There are some ways you can reduce your risk of melanoma. You can avoid exposure to intense sunlight. This is especially true for fair skinned people and those with a tendency to develop moles or those who are at increased risk for any reason. Avoid unprotected sun exposure when the sun is high in the sky. Wear protective clothing, sunglasses and hat. Use a suncreen with a sun protector of 15 or higher. Sunscreen doesn't offer total protection from UV rays, but it does help. Indoor sun lamps and tanning beds also increase your risk of skin cancer.

Check your skin thoroughly once a month. Get familiar with your skin and the patterns of any moles, freckles and birthmarks. Be alert to any changes in the number, size, color, shape of any spots on your skin. The best way to do this is to examine your skin. Call your doctor is you find any new or changing skin growths.

Coming Next:
Examining Your Skin For Melanoma

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Other Warning Signs of Melanoma

Other warning signs include:

> A sore that does not heal

> The spread of pigment from the border into the surrounding skin

> A change in sensation-itchiness, tenderness or pain

> A change in the surface of the mole - oozing, bleeding or the appearance of a bump

> A mole that stands out or looks different from your other moles

How Is Melanoma Diagnosed?

If your doctor suspects a change in your skin is a sign of melanoma, a sample of the area is removed. This is called a biopsy and can usually be done quickly and usually in the doctor's office. The sample is then sent to a pathology lab for examination under a microscope to confirm a diagnosis

Coming Next:
Is there Any Way To Prevent Melanoma?
Checking Your Skin

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Differences Between Melanoma and a Mole

An ordinary mole is an evenly covered brown, tan or flesh colored spot in the skin. It can be either raised or flat. It's shape can be round or oval, but has defined borders. Moles are usually a quarter of an inch across. You can be born with moles or they can appear later in life. Sometimes several moles appear at about the same time, especially areas of the skin that has been exposed to the sun. Once a mole has fully developed, it normally remains the same size, shape and color for many years. Some moles fade as a person grows older.

Warning Signs

The most important warning sign is a new or changing skin growth. It could be a new growth or change in size, shape or color that progresses over a month or more.

Most of us do have spots on our skin. A non cancerous growth sometimes can even look like skin cancer. Almost everyone has moles and most are harmless, but a change in their appearance is a sign you should see your doctor.

Things To Look For:

ASYMMETRY: One half of the spot does not match the other half

BORDER IRREGULARITY: Normal moles are round or oval. The borders of a melanoma may be uneven or notched.

COLOR: Common moles are usually one color throughout. Melanomas may have several colors or an irregular pattern.

DIAMETER: Common moles are usually less than one quarter of an inch across (about the diameter of a pencil eraser). Melanomas may be one eighth to one quarter of an inch across but are often larger.

Coming Next:
Other Warning Signs of Melanoma
How is Melanoma Diagnosed
Can Melanoma Be Treated?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Who is Likely To Get Melanoma?

No one is free from risk of getting melanoma. People who have the highest risk have many moles, irregular moles or large moles.

Those with close blood relatives who have had melanoma or who have previously had melanoma themselves are at risk. This can be caused by a family lifestyle of frequent sun exposure, having fair skin, inheriting a gene mutation or a combination of these factors.

Some dermatologists recommend those with a history of melanoma in a first relative-(being a mother, father, sister son, etc.) have a skin exam to determine their risk.

Other people that develop melanoma might have fair skin which burns and freckles easily. People with red or blond hair. Even though melanoma is less common among people with darker skin who hardly sunburn, no one is immune to melanoma.

The risk is also higher in places where there is intense, year round sunshine. As with other types of cancer, the chance of developing melanoma increases as a person gets older.

It was once believed that dark brown or black skin prevented melanoma. When melanoma develops in people whose untanned skin is brown, it commonly occurs on the palms, feet and under their nails.

Coming Next:
The Difference Between a Melanoma and a Mole

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What Causes Melanoma? Part 2

Ultraviolet radiation can damage our DNA. This is the genetic material in our cells. Sometimes the damage can affect certain genes that control how and when our cells grow and divide. If the genes don't work properly, the affected cells can form a melanoma.

Most ultraviolet radiation comes from sunlight, but sometimes it will come from artificial sources, such as tanning beds. Some of this exposure may have occurred a few years before the beginning of cancer.

Children and adults who have received a lot of intense sun exposure may not see a result of cancer for many years.

Some families have inherited melanomas, gene changes that increase the risk of melanoma being passed from one generation to the next.

Most moles never turn into a melanoma, but some can. It is not yet known why some moles may become malignant or why having many moles increases a person's risk of getting melanoma.

Coming Next:
Who is Likely to Get Melanoma?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Melanoma: What You Should Know

I will be presenting a series of posts dedicated to Melanoma. Did you know that one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year? Melanoma will be found in about 60,000 of that number and it is the most serious of the common types of skin cancer.

If Melanoma is detected early, it can be treated successfully. There are three forms of skin cancer. Basal cell, squamous cell carcinomas and Melanoma.

Diagnosing Melanoma early can be cured and it's very important to notices any changes in your skin. I hope this series of posts will bring about awareness and knowledge that is so important in saving your life.

Now that summer is officially over, it is a good time to learn about Melanoma. The hot weather and abundant sunshine keeps most of us outdoors. Laying on beaches, playing sports, family gatherings etc...While out in the sun our skin tans. Some people tan in tanning booths. You will learn in a later post, how receiving a lot of sun exposure can put you at risk for developing Melanoma.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a cancer that begins in melanocytes, the cells that produce the skin coloring or protective pigment called melanin.

Melanin helps protect the deeper layers of the skin from the harmful effects of the sun. When you are exposed to sunlight, the melanin in your skin increases and your skin darkens.

Melanoma can spread if not diagnosed and treated at an early stage. Once melanoma cells reach vital organs and it grows, they are more difficult to treat and much less likely to be cured.

Melanoma can appear on the skin without warning. It can also begin in or near a mole or other dark spot on the skin. It's very important to know the color, size and location of the moles on your body or other dark spots. It will be easier to determine any changes that may occur.

Coming Next:
What Causes Melanoma?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

An Interesting Story ~ Who Took Our Place

One day, a man went to visit a church.
He got there early, parked his car and got out.
Another car pulled up near the driver, got out and said, 'I always park there! You took my place!

The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat and sat down.
A young lady from the church approached him and stated, 'That's my seat! You took my place!'The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.

After Sunday School, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, 'That's where I always sit! You took my place!'

The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still He said nothing.
Later as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood up, and his appearance began to change.

Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, 'What happened to you, and who are you?' The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a tear fell from his eye,
'I am the One who took your place.'

Maybe, just maybe, we can get the world to start thinking of who took our place.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Men...Do You Practice Preventative Care?

Okay, for the men out there reading this…will you admit that you only go to the doctor when you are really really sick? Most of the men I know, will not go to the doctors when they are sick or even when they are having symptoms of an unknown problem.

I hear women complain all the time that the men in their lives just won't go see a doctor if they feel ill or have a symptom of some kind. Is it because they just don't want to know if something is wrong? or does it make them feel weak to say...I need to go see a doctor?

Have you ever suggested to the man in your life to take action and practice preventative care? The response I have received was, ...what are you kidding? I don't need to do that. I got the eye roll and the shoulder shrug.

Well, men...I hate to break the news to you... you are not indestructable. Women practice preventative care and it does help with any future problems. It is better to find out and take care of any health issues as soon as possible.

According to Men’s Health Network, the below schedule is what they recommend men follow:

Testicular self-exam ~ Monthly

Blood Pressure ~ Annually

Rectal Exam ~ Annually

Physical Exam ~
Ages 20 – 39: Every 3 years
40-49: Every 2 yrs
50 and older: Annually

Blood Tests & Urinalysis ~
Ages 20 – 39: Every 3 yrs
40 – 49: Every 2 yrs
50 and older: Annually

Baseline at age 30
Ages 40 – 49 : Every 4 yrs
Age 50 and older: Every 3 yrs

Testosterone Screening ~ Age 40 and older: Discuss with your physician

Chest X-Ray ~ Annually, if you are a smoker and over age 45

Hemoccult Screening (Blood in stool) ~ Age 40 and over: Annually. Presence of blood could indicate possible polyps and colon cancer

PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) ~ Age 50 and older: Annually. Earlier for African-Americans and those with a family history of prostate cancer. Level increases when there is infection, enlargement or cancer.

Colorectal Flexible Screening ~ Age 50 and older: Every three to four yrs

TB Skin Test ~ Every 5 yrs

Tetanus Booster ~ Every 10 yrs

Bone Mineral Density ~ Age 60 and older: Discuss with your physician

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Juicing: Part 5b ~ Fruit Juice Troubleshooting (Conclusion)

Hemorrhoids: Grape

High Blood Pressure: Orange

Indigestion: Apple, cherry, cranberry, grape, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, papaya, pineapple, peach

Kidney Disorders: Apple, cranberry, grape, melon, papaya, strawberry, watermelon

Liver Disorders: Apple, grapefruit, grape, lemon, lime, orange, papaya, pear

Mucus Membranes: cherry, grape, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange

Pains: Strawberry, watermelon

Pneumonia: Grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, strawberry

Pregnancy: Grapefruit, peach, watermelon

Prostate Disorders: Cherry, pear, strawberry, watermelon

Pyorrhea: Grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, strawberry

Rheumatism: Apple, cherry, grape, lemon, lime, orange, strawberry

Sciatica: Pineapple

Scurvy: Grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange

Skin Disorders: Cranberry, grape, grapefruit, melon, lemon, lime, orange, watermelon

Sore Throat: Lemon, lime

Thyroid Gland Regulation: Strawberry

Tumors: Papaya

Ulcers: Papaya

Urinary Tract Infection: Cranberry

Varicose Veins: Grapefruit

Weight Loss: Apple, cherry, cranberry, grape, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, papaya, pineapple, prune, strawberry, watermelon

Living Well: 21 Days to Transform Your Life, Supercharge Your Health, andFeel Spectacular

101 Foods That Could Save Your Life

Hamilton Beach 67650 Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor, Chrome

Jack Lalanne's 108709 Power Juicer Deluxe Electric Juicer, Stainless/Black

You Are What You Eat Cookbook

The Juicing Bible

Complete Book of Juicing: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Juicing (Complete Idiot's Guide to)

Heal Thyself Natural Living Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Natural Living Through Vegetarian Cooking and Holistic Juicing

Juicing for Health, New Edition: How To Use Natural Juices To Boost Energy, Immunity and Wellbeing

Raw Juices Can Save Your Life: An A-Z Guide to Juicing

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Juicing: Part 5b ~ Fruit Juice Troubleshooting

If you have any of the below conditions, the recommended fruit juice to help you are noted.


Acne: Papaya, strawberry

Aging(Premature): Watermelon

Anemia: Cherry, Grape, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Prune

Arthritis: Apple, Cherry, Watermelon

Asthma: Cranberry

BladderDisorders: Cranberry, melon, pear, watermelon

BloodDisorders: Grape, lemon, lime, orange, papaya, peach, pineapple, watermelon

Bruises: Grapefruit

Cancer: Grape

Colds: Grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple

Constipation: Cherry, grape, lemon, lime, melon, papaya, peach, pear, prune, strawberry, watermelon

Cough: Lemon, lime

Cramps: Cherry

Diarrhea: Cranberry

EarDisorders: Grapefruit, lemon, lime

Fever: Cranberry, grape, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, strawberry

FluidRetention: Cranberry, strawberry, watermelon

GallStones: Cherry

HeartDisease: Orange, papaya

Juicing: Part 5b ~ Fruit Juice Troubleshooting Conclusion

Saturday, September 6, 2008

JUICING~ Part 5a – Vegetable Juice Troubleshooting cont’d

Below is the last part of Vegetable Juice Troubleshooting. I hope if you have any of the symptoms listed, you will find some help and/or relief with the juice that can bring you better health.


cucumber, kohlrabi, radish, radish sprout

Eye disorders (including cataracts & fatigue):
alfalfa sprout, asparagus, beet, beet green, carrot, dandelion green, endive, kohlrabi, lamb quarters, parsley, parsnip, purslane, pepper, sunflower green, turnip, turnip green, wheatgrass

alfalfa sprout, artichoke, bean sprout, beet, beet green, lamb quarters, swiss chard, wheatgrass


Asparagus, celery, fennerl, fresh tomoat

Hair Loss:
alfalfa sprout, cabbage, cabbage sprout, cucumber, kale, lambs quarters, lettuce. Pepper, watercress, wheatgrass

Hay fever:
carrot, kale, parsnip, wheatgrass

Heart Disease:
beet, beet green, buckwheat green, dandelion green, endive, fenugreek sprout, kohlrabi, parsley, pepper, purslane, scallion, spinach, sunflower green, turnip, turnip green

alfalfa sprout, kale, lambs quarters, wheatgrass

kohlrabi, scallion,spinach, turnip, turnip green, wheatgrass

celery, lettuce

Intestinal disorders:

beet, beet green

Kidney Disorders:
alfalfa sprout, asparagus, beet, beet green, cabbage, cabbage sprout, celery, cucumber, lambs quarters

Liver Disorders:
alfalfa sprout, beet, beet green, carrot, celery, dandelion green, endive, kale, kohlrabi, lambs quarters, lettuce, parsnip, purslane, spinach, sunflower, fresh tomato, turnip, turnip green, watercress, wheatgrass

Lung disorders:
kohlrabi, sunflower green, turnip, turnip green, wheatgrass

Lymph Circulation:
beet, beet green, swiss chard

bean sprout

beet, beet green, swiss chard

Menstrual Problems:
beet, beet greens, swiss chard, watercress

Kohlrabi, radish, radish sprout, scallion

Coming Next: Conclusion
Juicing ~ Part 5b: Fruit Juice Troubleshooting

Monday, September 1, 2008

Juicing ~ Part 5a: Vegetable Juice Troubleshooting Con’t

Carrot, cucumber, dandelion green, endive, fenugreek sprout, kohlrabi, parsnip, purslane, turnip, turnip green, wheatgrass

Aging (premature):

alfalfa sprout, asparagus, bean sprout, beet, beet green, buckwheat green, dandelion green, endive, kale, kohlrabi, lambs quarters, lettuce, parsley, purslane, spinach, string bean, swiss churd, turnip, turnip green, watercress, wheatgrass

Arteriual Plaque:

bean sprout, carrot, cucumber, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, parsnip, pepper, sunflower green, turnip, turnip green, wheatgrass

cabbage, cabbage sprout, carrot, celery, kale, kohlrabi, parsnip, radish, radish sprout, scallion, sunflower green, turnip, turnip green, wheatgrass

Bladder disorders:
beet, beet green, cabbage, cabbage sprout, carrot, dandelion green, endive, fenugreek sprout, kohlrabi, parsley, parsnip, purslane, sunflower green, summer squash, fresh tomato, turnip, turnip green, watercress, wheatgrass

Blood Pressure (low or high):
Beet, beet green, cabbage, cabbage sprout, cucumber, spinach, wheatgrass

Blood Sugar (regulation including Diabetes & Hypoglycemia):
artichoke, bean sprout, carrot, kale, kohlrabi, parsnip, spinach, string bean, turnip, turnip green, wheatgrass

Bone Disorders (including broken bones):
alfalfa sprout, bean sprout, carrot, dandelion green, endive, lambs quarters, parsnip, purslane, fresh tomato, wheatgrass

Asparagus, bean sprout, beet, beet green, carrot, kale, kohlrabi, parsley, parsnip, spinach, sunflower green, swisschard, turnip, turnip green, wheatgrass

Cholesterol Reduction:

Circulatory Weakness:
beet, beet green, buckwheat green, dandelion green, endive, kale, kohlrabi, parsely, pepper, purslane, spinach, sunflower green, turnip, turnip green, watercress, wheatgrass

cabbage, cabbage sprout, spinach, wheatgrass

cabbage, cabbage sprout, celery, dandelion green, endive, lettuce, purslane, spinach, wheatgrass

Coming Next:
Juicing ~ Part 5a: Vegetable Juice Troubleshooting Con’t
Juicing ~ Part 5b: Fruit Jucie Troubleshooting

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

JUICING: Part 5a ~ Juicing For Symptoms & Conditions

Vegetable Juice Troubleshooting

Fresh Juice does play a part in supplying and restoring vitality and health. Below is a partial list of general symptoms and/or conditions and the vegetable juices recommended by nutritionists. There will actually be 2 additional posts to Part 5a containing more recommended vegetable juices.

Nervous Disorders:
asparagus, celery, fennel lettuce, spinach,wheatgrass

Poor Digestion:

Pregnancy & Delivery:
Alfalfa Sprout, Bean Sprout, Beet, Beet green, carrot, Kale, Lamb’s quarters, Parsnip, Swiss Chard

Prostate Disorders:


Cabbage, cabbage Sprout, Kale, Spinach


Skin Disorders:
Asparagus, Beet, Beet Green, Carrot, Dandelion greens, Endive, Fenugreek Sprout, Kohlrabi, Parsley, Parsnip, pepper, purslane, radish, scallion, spinach, string bean, sunflower green, swisschurd, fresh tomato, turnip, watercress, wheatgrass

Sinus Disorders:
Kohlrabi, radish, radish sprout

Thyroid Gland Regulation:
Alfalfa sprout, cabbage, kohlrabi, cabbage sprout, lamb’s quarters, radish, radish sprout, spinach, string bean, watercress

cabbage, cabbage sprout, carrot, kale, parsnip, spinach, wheatgrass

Urinary Tract Infection:

Weakness (Digestive/Muscular):
Bean Sprout

Weight Loss:
Alfalfa sprout, artichoke, bean sprout, beet, beet green, buckwheat green, carrot, celery, cucumber, dandelion green, endive, fennel, fenugreek sprout, kale, kohlrabi, lamb’s quarters, lettuce, parsnip, parsley, radish, sunflower green, spinach, scallion, radish sprout, fresh tomato, turnip, turnip green, watercress, wheatgrass

Coming Next:
Part 5b ~ Fruit Juice Troubleshooting

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Juicing: Part 4 ~ The Cleansing Power of Fresh Juice & When To Drink Fresh Juice

Juices from sprouts, greens and vegetables are mild cleansers. The juice from fresh fruit are considered to be strong cleansers. They are full of Vitamin C, pure liquid and the acids that give them their tartness have the ability to get rid of waste and harmful bacteria in the tissues of our bodies.

The three acids found in fruits are citric acid, tartaric acid and malic acid. Citric acid is found most abundantly in lemon juice, followed by lime juice, grapefruit, orange, cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, peach and tomato.

As with most things, having too much citric acid is not a good thing. Your blood can become too acidic due to high sugar, fat or protein intake. When this happens, your body borrows the alkaline minerals: calcium and magnesium from your skeletal system and teeth. If the condition persist, the bones become weak and they can break if you fall. Your diet needs to contain fresh, whole foods to fight weakening bones.

So, how much citric acid is enough? The right amount is determined by your age and physical activity. Activity helps to metabolize citric acid. Younger people metabolize citric acid better and easier than older people. If you are older and are not active, you may want to limit your citric acid (citrus fruits & juices) to 3 or 4 six ounce servings a week.

When Should You Drink Fresh Juice?

Most people drink beverages while they are eating their meals. BUT, this happens to be the worst time to so. Why? There are actually two reasons.

1) During the process of digestion, your food is broken down to the most useful elements to be used as fuel. Nature has given us saliva that is chemically balanced and digestive juices to help with this important process. If you add additional liquids to this process, you are actually diluting and weakening our body’s own digestive juices and in turn, it’s digestive process.

2) Fresh juices contain highly concentrated sugars and starches. These can ferment in the digestive tract while waiting for the food eaten with them to be digested. This could give you digestive upsets.

For the two reasons mentioned, it is best to drink fresh juices on an empty stomach or one half hour before meals or one half hour after meals. You can also drink your fresh juice as a snack between meals.


By the way, you can obtain a list of the stores across America that stock pesticide free foods. Just write to: Organic Crop Improvement Association, 3185 Township Road,#179, Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Coming Next:Part 5: Juicing for Symptoms and/or Conditions