The ONLY Way To Stop Procrastinating



‘A Watched Pot Never Boils’

Distraction makes it boil faster, or so it seems.

Watch your weight and see how long it takes to lose it. Look away and poof it’s gone before you know it?

When I was a kid, I’d stay up till Mom got home from work, greeting her with a familiar face, a cup of coffee, some warmed over supper and a newspaper by where she sat. Then I’d go immediately to bed and let her enjoy her alone time.

Night after night, tired, I’d stand by that stove and watch the kettle waiting for it to boil, and every single night I’d think to myself “a watched pot never boils”.

But it always did, right on time, so as her car pulled into the driveway, I was already on my way to placing that cup of coffee on the radiator cover beside her chair.

Like clockwork. Every time. Five nights a week.

So watch your weight or not. If your intent is to lose weight, you will, right on time, just the way you planned.



Health Benefits of Eating Dry Fruits — Steemit

BY RAO  @raogf

What is Dried Fruits?

Traditionally dry fruits were dried either by sun-dried method or by dehydration using wind tunnels. Dry fruits have a long history of food safety. Dry fruits are actually dried form of fresh fruits or dry fruits can be simply explained as fresh fruits with water removed or dehydrated to retain the pulp of the fruit.

Dehydration of fresh fruits eventually, causes some of the essential nutrients to become more concentrated, and also changes overall look of fruits.

Dried Fruit is Loaded With Micronutrients, Fiber and Antioxidants

Dried fruit is highly nutritious. One piece of dried fruit contains about the same amount of nutrients as the fresh fruit, but condensed in a much smaller package.

By weight, dried fruit contains up to 3.5 times the fiber, vitamins and minerals of fresh fruit. Therefore, one serving can provide a large percentage of the daily recommended intake of many vitamins and minerals, such as folate.

Dried fruit generally contains a lot of fiber and is a great source of antioxidants, especially polyphenols.

Polyphenol antioxidants are associated with health benefits such as improved blood flow, better digestive health, decreased oxidative damage and reduced risk of many diseases.Dried fruit is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. It is also high in phenolic antioxidants, which have numerous health benefits.

Health Benefits of Eating Dry Fruits

Several studies have shown that people who eat dried fruit tend to weigh less and ingest more nutrients, compared to individuals not eating dried fruit.

Dry fruits also provide stamina before exercise, thereby are often recommended by fitness experts, that before hitting the gym, he/she should munch on a handful of nuts and almonds, as the nuts help in increasing metabolic rates.

If one is on a diet, Dry fruits can be opted as a great source of energy and fibre, but should be eaten in moderation as they contain significantly more calories per serving than fresh fruits offer.

Dry fruits without additives offer various health benefits.

Antioxidants in dry cranberries, grapes/raisins, and plums are twice as potent and full of minerals as compared to fresh fruits. The cracking thing about Dry fruits are that, they don’t contain fat, cholesterol, or sodium. Dry fruits are perfect for long trips and especially for students as they need energy to revitalize them any movement…

Source: Health Benefits of Eating Dry Fruits — Steemit



Do Fiber Rich Foods Help In Losing Weight? = Diet Food

Do Fiber Rich Foods Help In Losing Weight?

Sarika Rana   |  Updated: February 12, 2018 18:05 IST

Losing weight is a gradual process

Fiber feeds the friendly bacteria in the gut known as gut flora

Most of you may not know that fiber is a carbohydrate

Losing weight is a gradual process and it is important to load up on nutrient dense and low calorie foods that encourage and induce weight loss.

Most health experts have given credit to fiber-rich foods considering they are bulking agents that help stimulate your metabolism and further help shed extra kilos.

Now, how do fiber rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, et al really function in order to cut down on your body fat? So they even help you lose weight or is it just a myth?

According to Aashima Chopra, Dietician, Paras Bliss Panchkula, “Fiber feeds the friendly bacteria in the gut known as gut flora. All this bacteria too needs to eat well. This is where fiber steps in. It passes through the digestive system mostly unchanged, reaching the friendly bacteria in the intestine that end up digesting the fiber and turning it into usable energy.”

What is fiber?

Most of you may not know that fiber is a carbohydrate present in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, et al, but aren’t easily digested by the body, so it passes quickly through your system without causing the blood sugar levels to spike. This is mostly why diabetics are advised to eat more fiber-rich foods. Fiber is classified into soluble and insoluble fibers, depending on whether they dissolve in liquids. Most of you may not know that fiber is a carbohydrateHow does fiber help in losing weight?

Bacteria in our gut play a key role in various aspects of health, which may include health management, immunity, brain function and blood sugar control among others. Now, in order to function well, these bacteria need to be well-fed. Fiber is responsible for reaching the gut bacteria undigested that end up digesting the fiber.

One of the key functions of fiber in losing weight is to reduce your appetite and making you feel satiated for longer. This in turn prevents hunger pangs and cravings. Soluble fiber like pectins and glucomannan tend to thicken in water and form a gel-like substance that sits in the gut. This substance then delays the emptying of the stomach and increases the time it takes to digest and absorb nutrients; all this results in a feeling of fullness…

FINISH READING: Do Fiber Rich Foods Help In Losing Weight? – NDTV Food



HOSTESS Classic Wheat = Diet Food

There’s a Walgreen’s store a block away from us. I needed bread and didn’t want to walk all the way to the grocery and knew Walgreen’s sold something that looked like bread.  I stopped buying Hostess decades ago and didn’t even know they made bread. Well, this is pretty good for a light sandwich, which is what I want these days. Most similar breads contain about 110 calories per slice. With Hostess I get 2 slices for 140 calories and only 1.5 grams of fat.

Welcome to my home Hostess.

Contains No Animal Products

Yes, this qualifies as a diet food on AFC RAPID FAT-LOSS DIET.



Quit Drinking – Reduce Belly Fat


Weight Loss

Many people quit drinking for weight loss reasons. Alcoholic drinks are usually very caloric and full of sugar. Alcohol also slows the metabolism down, and in women, it affects estrogen levels, which contributes to the storage of belly fat. It inhibits the body’s ability to absorb and distribute nutrients to the body, so even the healthy parts of your lifestyle are rendered less effective when you are regularly consuming alcohol. …




Grapefruit As Appetite Suppressant = Diet Food


Suppress Appetite

Grapefruit works as an excellent appetite suppressant as compared to many other foods. It is said that smell of the grapefruit reduces the feeling of hunger, which is the reason why people often include grapefruits in their weight loss programs. The high amounts of fiber in these fruits can also satisfy hunger, help people avoid overeating, and stimulate cholecystokinin to be released, a hormone that regulates digestive juices and acts as a hunger suppressant….



Try this FAT-FREE PINK CHIFFON DRESSING made from ruby red grapefruit juice on salads and veggies.



Baking Soda For Autoimmune Diseases

Medical Definition Of Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disease: An illness that occurs when the body tissues are attacked by its own immune system. The immune system is a complex organization within the body that is designed normally to “seek and destroy” invaders of the body, including infectious agents. Patients with autoimmune diseases frequently have unusual antibodies circulating in their blood that target their own body tissues.

Examples of autoimmune diseases include:

systemic lupus erythematosus,

Sjogren syndrome,

Hashimoto thyroiditis,

rheumatoid arthritis,

juvenile (type 1) diabetes,



Addison disease,


pernicious anemia,


and pulmonary fibrosis.

Autoimmune diseases are more frequent in women than in men. It is felt that the estrogen of females may influence the immune system to predispose some women to autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, the presence of one autoimmune disease increases the chance for developing another simultaneous autoimmune disease.




Weight Reduction Soup (WRS) Program



This is my new favorite soup. I love everything about it. It’s simple, easy, doesn’t cost much and it makes a ton. This will be Steve’s and my lunch for the week. Today, for lunch he had 5 cups. This soup is definitely a keeper! I’m going to reduce my weight by eating this soup and lots of it. I just know it to be true, before I even start my WRS program! Ready? There is no part of any animal nor any fat in this soup! 

Makes approx. 45 cups

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Something About Weight Watcher’s That Came To My Attention

Curious about their 200 zero points food list that everybody’s been talking about, I surfed the net looking for it, and found I had to go all the way to Canada to get it. It just didn’t seem right. Weight Watcher’s in the USA under the direction I’m assuming of multi-billionaire Oprah Winfrey – she’s the one whose face is plastered all over the Weight Watcher’s program – making again I’m assuming a large financial investment in the ‘whatever you want to call it’ company? Corporation? Business?

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When I get to the weight Watcher’s website on the front page it talks briefly about the 200 zero points list, but that’s it. Nowhere on the site is it to be found. As I scroll down the page I see that I have three pricing options.

In other words, I have to pay to see the list. I join and then maybe I see it. It doesn’t say, even though it’s on the page that has in the menu bar: zero points foods >

All the other publications on Google didn’t have a complete list and some even added their own interpretation of what they couldn’t see.

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I go to Canada Weight Watcher’s for the same list and right on the front page it gives me a download. Free. They don’t want to screw people over. Give them the list, maybe they’ll join, maybe they won’t.

Being stingy isn’t good for business, I can tell you that with all certainty. And why should I have to go through numerous back doors of other people’s hack sites to see something that should be right out front? It’s all over the news, yet I can’t see it.

Oprah Winfrey in all her tirades against Donald Trump should talk about prejudice toward poor people?! Ms. Winfrey is the Queen of Prejudice against the poor.  Make me famous so I can get rich taking advantage of all you poor slobs. Yeah, white slobs. She made her billions by humiliating white people on national television in front of the world, thinking she was Johnny somebody Carson.

Hiding the list? Making me join Weight Watcher’s to see what all the news commentators obviously already saw? How could they report on something they didn’t see? That’s another prejudice.

No, it’s discrimination now. Oprah Winfrey discriminates against poor people. She withholds knowledge. You have to pay for it. What’s the deal? It’s a stupid list. Oh I can join for free, but you don’t get anything. It’s like signing up for a newsletter from any major site you go to. That’s her big deal on free.

So she gave away a lot of cars. Then she complains about large corporations giving all their employees a thousand dollar bonus. She’s just like them. She is them. Hey, even I gave away a car, got me into a lot of trouble with the Cleveland FBI, turns out he was Muslim. So what? Palestinian Authority kill people they said. That was a long time ago. I had four different cars stolen since then. Looking back it was probably them, paying some poor slob to jack my cars, wouldn’t put it past them.

Keep your stupid list. I found one in Canada. Shows you the difference between the USA and Canada. One is selfish, the other not.

And why is she still fat, by the way, if Weight Watcher’s is the answer to the global health and weight crisis?

Stop eating animals. Nobody gets as fat as she did by eating bread. She’s a fraud and a cheat. She’s one angry Black Billionaire telling the world to eat like she does – so you can make her even more billions.

Animals everywhere hate her. They do not do her body good. They are designed to do a body bad – that’s to keep from cannibalizing them.

Investing in the enslavement, torture and slaughter of animals will get you nowhere, no matter how rich you become. She’s investing in all the bad shit that happens all over the planet.

STOP EATING ANIMALS. That’s the first thing you do to lose weight and get healthy. Your DNA has nothing to do with it.

Get your list here PDF >


Thank you Weight Watcher’s Canada!

I do not recommend any animal being on this list. Sift through to all the plant foods for your free calorie and fat foods.

They really didn’t need to come out with a list likes it’s something new. The low calorie foods listed are common sense foods that nobody would think were filled with fat.



200 Zero Point Foods List From Weight Watcher’s


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Although Weight Watcher’s weight loss program doesn’t shy away from animal products, one could easily do a Weight Watcher’s program absent the animal and still eat a healthy diet.

The zero point foods, excluding animal products, include tofu, plain soy yogurt, beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables – fresh, frozen, canned – absent any addition of sugar or fats/oils.

I’m going to try snacking on some of these zero pointers when I get hungry, rather than eat an actual recipe.



Top 19 Health Benefits of Chlorella

FFC Comment: I’ve been taking this supplement for about a month once a day. Since I tolerated it well, I’m going to increase the dose to twice a day.

“If you’ve been tuned in to the health food world over the past few years chances are you have heard of something called chlorella, though you may not know exactly what it is. Often referred to as a potent superfood, chlorella, or c/ vulgaris, is a type of single-celled algae whose incredibly high content of chlorophyll gives it a rich, green colour.

It is one of, if not the highest, food sources of chlorophyll, which may contribute to its impressive array of healing benefits. Many natural health practitioners recommend including chlorella in your daily routine as a nutrient dense dietary supplement and for good reason!

Helpful for everything from weight loss to cellular detoxification, liver support, and immune function this simple little organism packs a big nutritional punch.

Let’s dive a little deeper into this single-celled freshwater algae!…”

FINISH READING: Top 19 Health Benefits of Chlorella – Herb Affair




Water and Salt – Balanced Intake Are Essential for Health and Hydration

Water and salt regulate the water content in the body. Drinking water without adequate salt and potassium intake will not correct chronic dehydration.

Refined salt contains additives, such as 0.01% of potassium-iodide (added to help prevent thyroid disease), sugar (added to stabilize iodine and prevent clumping), and aluminum silicate.

Water and Salt – Balanced Intake
Is Essential for Health and Hydration
by Nancy Hearn, CNC

Water and salt (along with potassium) regulate the water content of the body. Drinking water without adequate salt and potassium intake will not correct dehydration!

Drinking water will temporarily treat the symptoms of dehydration, but the balance of salt intake is what makes the real difference in health and hydration.

For some reason, the importance of salt intake took a long time for me to digest and comprehend.

I believe most of us have been programmed for years to believe that all salt is bad…

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11 Impressive Benefits of Horseradish 

Benefits of horseradish include its ability to aid weight loss, lower blood pressure, build strong bones, boost the immune system, and stimulate healthy digestion.

Horseradish is a powerful and pungent plant that is connected to a wide variety of health benefits, including its ability to aid weight loss, lower blood pressure, alleviate respiratory conditions, build strong bones, improve immune system health, stimulate healthy digestion, promote heart health, and lower the chances of neural tube defects in infants. Perhaps most notably, horseradish can prevent cancer due to its extremely high levels of glucosinolates.

Horseradish is actually a member of the Brassicaceae family, meaning that it is closely related to wasabimustardcabbage, and broccoli. It is closer in application wasabi and mustard, because when the thick, white root (the active ingredient) is sliced, the breakdown of those plant cells release enzymes that break down the sinigrin found in the root. This releases mustard oil, which is a pungent and irritating chemical that affects the sinuses and eyes of those who smell it. This is why horseradish is so popularly used as a spicy burst of flavor in a number of dishes, or a lightly applied condiment to certain types of steak.

Horseradish originated in Southern Europe and Western Asia, where it has been referenced throughout history. The power and importance of this root has been known for thousands of years, and it is now available all across the world. It is used mainly in culinary practices in the western world, but it has medicinal applications in the East, and some of those health benefits are urging more people to consume it around the world. Ironically enough, horseradish is actually poisonous to horses!…

Finish reading: 11 Impressive Benefits of Horseradish | Organic Facts



Exploring chia seeds for weight loss 

Exploring chia seeds for weight loss

Salba-chia (Salvia hispanica L. in the treatment of overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes: A double-blind randomized controlled trial.)

Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica L.) are a well-known food, partially thanks to the constant marketing of their “superfood” properties. Historically, chia originated in Mexico and has been part of the human diet for about 5,500 years. Although the composition of the seed is variable and depends on the region where it grows, the USDA food database reports that, on average, chia seeds are 16% protein, 30% fat, and 42% carbohydrate by weight. They also boast a high content of fiber (34%) and the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (18%).

The nutritional composition of chia seeds, especially the high protein, fiber, and alpha-linolenic acid content, has led to several investigations regarding chia’s health effects and potential as a so-called functional food. Studies on rats have demonstrated that adding chia seeds to the diet leads to favorable changes in blood lipids and can reduce visceral fat and insulin resistance. Several acute studies in healthy adults have reported that eating both milled and whole-seed chia reduces post-meal blood glucose levels and increases satiety when the chia is consumed alongside a standard oral glucose tolerance test or when the chia is baked into white bread.

Despite a promising preclinical basis for using chia seeds in the management of metabolic disease risk factors, data on the long-term impact of chia supplementation is scarce and inconsistent (as shown in Figure 1). In healthy adults with overweight or obesity, supplementing chia seeds appearsto have little impact on bodyweight or composition, blood lipids, inflammation, or blood pressure. There was also no effect of chia seed supplementation on bodyweight, measures of glycemic control, or blood lipids in patients with type 2 diabetes, although it did lead to a significant reduction in blood pressure and C-reactive protein…

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Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Shots

Everybody’s writing about them and basically writing the same thing. Don’t drink the shot undiluted. Dilute in 8 oz. of water or other beverage. Take it on an empty stomach before you eat. Be sure there are carbohydrates in your stomach to interact with the ACV to create a friendly bacteria environment. I’m assuming what they mean is once you eat, after you swallow the ACV shot diluted in water, then eat some carbohydrate categorized food.

According to the multitude of writers if you take pure 100% ACV shots you’ll injure your esophagus, possibly the lining of your stomach and break down the enamel on your teeth.

Of course there’s no science cited to back any of this up, nor anything to back up the claims that people who sell and those who buy ACV make about the product. If there is science I haven’t heard anyone speak of it. And frankly I’m not going to research the research, since all studies are flawed. If a multitude of writers haven’t found it, then I’m not going to waste my time looking.

However, I will say that the number one positive claim made for ACV is that it cures arthritis. I’ve been reading this for decades. If it did indeed do that, then there would be no arthritics in the world, except those who never heard of apple cider vinegar. And every doctor on the planet would be prescribing it to their patients with arthritis. No? It’s like claims made about turmeric. Where do they get this stuff? Nobody gets cured of tissue inflammation and pain by ingesting turmeric. Yet absolute claims are made to its effectiveness. 

I’ve tried it. Many people have tried it. It doesn’t work.

I’ve taken ACV with no positive effect, at least not the ones I was looking for that others made claims on. Unlike so many others I cannot take a pure shot. It stings too much my throat. But I can’t down a shot of liquor either, so maybe I have an overdeveloped nervous system whereby I have increased sensitivity to changes in caustic substances. I know that my husband can drink coffee a lot hotter than I can. He can withstand a lot colder temperatures than I can. So maybe I’m not a good judge of apple cider vinegar.

I’m also wondering how if a high acidic diet can cause inflammation thus pain, how treating that inflammation and pain with more acid is going to cure it.

All that said, here I am on 9 June 2017 pouring a shot of  ACV into a 16 ounce glass of filtered water. Last night before bed I took 1 shot in 8 ounces of water and all it did was give me immediate heartburn and made me nauseated.

So why try again? I bloat a lot. It’s probably due to all the raw veggies and fruits and cooked veggies and eating no animal products. I don’t know really. Animal eaters look like they bloat a lot too. I did the probiotic routine for months and all it did was make me more symptomatic and more bloated.

I don’t have leaky gut. People need to stop diagnosing the whole world with leaky gut to sell probiotics. It’s criminal what they’re doing – terrorizing everybody with threats of impending death if they don’t follow their instructions and purchase what they don’t need. I think an overabundance of probiotics could create an uncomfortable problematic situation, especially since we really don’t know what’s in those capsules and if the exact same pill is good for everybody, then why? No other pill or food for that matter is good for every single person on the planet. Everybody writing about it swears by them – in favor of probiotics. Where are the naysayers?

Can’t we just eat? You mean there really are people who take probiotics who never bloat? Isn’t that part of the digestive process, creating air in the intestines to help propel the food out? Look, I don’t know, but I’m also not just writing what everybody else writes just to get some written material out into the public sphere.

So yeah, I’m trying again, more for appetite suppressant, since it seems that I’ve been hit with that never-ending hunger and fulfilling that need cycle, that everybody else has been bitten by. It’s not the lack of animal in my diet nor the eating of the animal that’s causing it, since animal-eaters are always hungry too – otherwise they wouldn’t be so fat.

Activist vegans like to blame everything that ails a person on the consumption of an animal. Sure, ingesting the flesh and blood of another comes with a myriad of problems, but it is not the cause of all problems.

Three times a day before meals in 16 ounces of filtered water each time. [If I can stop eating between so-called meals I might accurately achieve that]  

I’m going with the water for now. I’ll experiment adding ACV to other fluids later.  Then I eat. I don’t have to worry about putting carbohydrates in my stomach – I’m vegan, I eat carbos.

I do support the claim, more logically than empirically based, that when vinegar is added to complex carbohydrate foods such as beans, rice, potatoes, beets etc., the vinegar mitigates the spike in the glycemic index, that normally occurs in absence of the addition of vinegar to the recipe.




28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge

Although I don’t drink much, I drink consistently and I’m wondering if it’s adversely effecting my metabolic rate and increasing my triglycerides.

I’m looking for something to jumpstart my weight loss, since I’ve plateaued at 157 pounds. Okay, so I’m 5′ 7″ tall and work my core muscles a lot, so that could account for some of it.

My BMI (Body Mass Index), which was taken on 26 May 2017 was 29.4. My weight fully clothed was 159 pounds, with no allowance made for the clothes. Still, I’m within normal limits.

However, my waist circumference was 36 inches. The requirement by the company that did the biometrics required by my insurance company is less than 35 inches. So I lost on that score. I’ve got to lose weight if I want to reduce my waist circumference. Exercising alone won’t do it. Some guy Steve works with who works out a lot, who doesn’t look like he has a pound of fat on him, lost on that score too. I guess the message is not to work out and build muscle – at least not your core muscles.

My triglycerides were 155. I lost on that score too. They had to be below 150.

I’m trying the alcohol-free approach for 28 days to see if it makes a difference. Steve’s doing it too.

Now I’m not going to get crazy with it. If somebody shows up to visit and wants to go for dinner and drinks I’m not going to be a party pooper, just to stick to a plan. But that probably won’t happen. Having fun is an important part of life.

Years ago I read somewhere that people who don’t drink any alcohol are more likely to be fat, than those who do drink alcohol. My observation has been that there is a lot of in-between, and there are all kinds of drinkers and non-drinkers. People tend to like to put everything into two categories, like for and against. Life and human behavior aren’t that simple.

Alcohol is an appetite stimulant. Wine and beer are my alcohol choices, except when I go out, then I often have a cocktail or two, or one cocktail followed by a wine, only because it’s quick-acting and relaxes my dystonic muscles to a point where they don’t distract me from having fun.

We’ll see how at 68 years old no alcohol affects my weight – at least for 28 days. All other things of course won’t remain the same – nothing ever does – so there is nothing scientific about this little study. I’m going to be the subjective and objective voice here. Nothing wrong with that.

Starting tomorrow – lol – today’s our day off.

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Weight Loss Aids

Weight loss aids are not meant to allow you all you can eat whenever you want to eat it, while losing all you want to lose.

Weight loss aids assist you in your goal to eat less. That’s it. That’s what they do, when they’re actually being effective in doing it – and like all substances, they’re not always effective.

Your body/brain gets accustomed to the method, makes an adjustment to it, then out of the blue, it no longer works as it once did, so you have to search for something else. And you do that. We all do it. Keeping weight off is a complex process when you like to eat – and most of us do.

I used to worry about using some weight loss aids long-term and their possible harmful side effects, but that isn’t a concern any longer, since the aids stop working before that harm is even close to becoming harmful. For instance by blocking the absorption of some vital nutrients.

So, what I’m slowly finding is that those aids, once given up by me, need not be given up forever. Go back to what once worked every now and then and it will work again short-term.

That’s what we need to look for in any aid. Short term. Long term always leads to dependency and we don’t want that additional burden.

Go easy on yourself during the discovery process of what works for you and doesn’t. It’s upsetting, I know, to find something that works, only to wake up one morning and it no longer does the same job the same way. That’s nature taking care of its birds. YOUR LIFE MATTERS.


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She’s not so fat. She just looked fat. Was everybody ever surprised when she pranced into the building acting like Miss America. She’s so beautiful. Look at Lilly!!

I’ve got to trim her up a bit. But I’ll wait till the current experience is behind her a sufficient amount of time. It was a three-hour ordeal. But Lilly survived it!! So did we!

Lovely Lilly. So special. Brave Lilly.

Okay, she has about 5 lbs. to lose. She’s walking over a mile every day. And we’re cutting back on portion size and frequency. Nutrient dense I always did with her, since she’s so small, but I’m fine-tuning it.

Weight loss aid: Get a haircut.



What Is Fenugreek Good For? –

Fenugreek Fun Facts

Being one of the spices used by ancient Egyptians in their embalming ceremonies, prolonged ingestion of fenugreek is widely noted for its ability to change the odor of perspiration and urine to smell like maple syrup.


An ancient herb from Asia and Southern Europe, fenugreek leaves and seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals. These are valuable for their use not only in foods, but also in traditional and modern medicine around the world.

One of fenugreek’s basic herbal uses is to stimulate milk production in breastfeeding women, as well as inducing childbirth, containing phytoestrogens or plant chemicals similar to the female sex hormone estrogen. Other uses include relieving digestive problems and menopausal symptoms, but lately it’s had a resurgence in interest as an aphrodisiac. Fenugreek is also used as a remedy applied to the skin to treat infections and inflammation.

Roasting and grinding of fenugreek seeds are advised before food use. Studies show it not only has the ability to lower blood sugar levels but fight cancer. Try grinding a few tablespoons into your next stir fry or soup. You might discover a new secret ingredient…

…Fenugreek is one of the oldest cultivated medicinal plants native to southern Europe and Asia. The name itself has an exotic ring, and it should, as widely traveled as it is. A very popular plant grown throughout Mediterranean regions, Argentina, North Africa, France, India, and the U.S., fenugreek is mentioned in detail in Egyptian papyrus writings circa 1500 B.C. Because it’s been used in so many cultures, this is one herb with a lot of different monikers: bird’s foot, Greek hay, and bockshornsame are a few.

An annual plant about two feet tall, this herb is also considered a legume. It produces light green leaves similar to clover, small white flowers, and long pods each containing 10 to 20 small, hard, golden-brown seeds. The seeds have a pungent aroma and fairly bitter taste, described as similar to burnt celery.

While it’s also known for dying textiles, fenugreek’s many food uses – not to mention curative aspects – indicate how versatile this plant and its derivatives can be. The tender leaves and shoots can be added to salad greens, and the extract is used for marinades as well as imitation vanilla, butterscotch, rum, and maple syrup flavoring.

Ground to a fine powder, fenugreek seeds are a favorite ingredient in Indian curries, but can add tasty pizzazz to any bland dish. Fenugreek seeds also make it onto the ingredient list in everything. They’re even roasted and ground to make coffee.

After purchasing, fenugreek can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to six months…

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That’s right. Keep sweating no matter your age nor gender.

Medicines people take create a brain environment that opens doors to Alzheimer and progressive brain impairment diseases.

Sweating clears the clutter of mixed signals in the brain created by those medicines.

If you don’t sweat, you’d better find a way to make that happen on a regular basis.

Many women don’t like to sweat. It’s manly not womanly. That’s a prejudice that’s historically linked to women doing women’s work and men doing men’s work, that held women back.

Sweat and love it. You have sweat glands for a reason – to rid the body of toxins as well as cool it down when the body gets too hot. Keep those glands working for you. Don’t shut them down.

Once a week I wear my sweat/sauna suit all day and evening – usually on Sunday. If it’s too cold in the apartment I turn the heat up. And I sweat. And I love it. Then I replenish with filtered water.

Sometimes before going to bed I’ll take two acetaminophen – 500 mg. each. They help me sleep through the pain I’m in, but they also have as a side effect sweating. I wake up in the middle of the night soaking wet every time – from head to feet. By morning I’m feeling refreshed, cleansed. I’m not recommending anybody else do that, but it works for me. Now and then, not every night.

So keep sweating to lose those toxins circulating through your system thus your brain.

Another benefit I discovered today is that if I wear it at the computer I experience less pain while sitting for long periods, since the suit acts as a compression device around the entire trunk holding me in like a brace. I’ll be wearing it more often now, not just to sweat but for support while I work.



To Entrepreneurs Everywhere:


It’s time to set up laughing booths outside and inside of malls. Everywhere there is food, set up your booth. Make people laugh to lose weight. No comedians; they’re not funny.

Street corners, any place there isn’t food, the most unlikely places, outside of churches, temples, mosques, grocery stores, convenience stores, sport stadiums. Put your thinking caps on. Tasteful, but instantaneously funny. Laugh out loud funny. Not on the floor funny (nobody ever does that except in the movies). Don’t exaggerate the humor. Honest humor is the most funny.

Find Funny. Then market it. Make it cheap. You want to deal in volume.

Example: Set up a mirror (one way pervert). In a booth with privacy. Have the person look in the mirror. Instruct them on how to laugh, then do it for them (audibly only – they don’t want to see your ugly face). Instruct them in a way that’s scientific sounding (it has to be real science), so they’ll follow instructions.

Set it up like a photo booth – only it’s a laugh booth. Get them laughing is your goal, is your purpose, is your job – your life depends on it. Their life depends on it.

It’s for everyone. Fat, skinny, in-between, doesn’t matter. Laughing helps every condition. A laugh a day keeps the doctor away. A laugh a day keeps the blues away. A laugh a day keeps the boogey person away. A laugh a day____________you fill in the blank.




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How to Lower Blood Pressure with Hibiscus Tea – The People’s Pharmacy

Hibiscus tea (made from Hibiscus flowers) is tart and many people find it pleasant. There is now scientific evidence that it can lower blood pressure.

Blood pressure control is essential to maintain good kidney health and reduce the possibility of a stroke or heart attack. But it can be difficult to find blood pressure medication that does not have unpleasant side effects. You and your doctor might have to use trial and error to find a medicine you can tolerate. But if blood pressure is only moderately high, could you lower it with hibiscus tea or other kitchen remedies?

Using Hibiscus Tea to Control Blood Pressure:

Q. At my last physical my blood pressure was 158/90, the highest reading I’ve ever had. (I chalked that up to white coat hypertension). It had been running 135/82 or so, which still concerned me. I bought a high-end BP monitor that keeps records on my smartphone.

I started drinking hibiscus tea, 20 ounces iced per day, minimum. After 6 months my readings average out to 109/71.

I don’t add salt when I cook, and I have also started to avoid food with added sodium. I’m sure that has helped as well. I read about the DASH Diet online and found it very enlightening. I’m a 54-year-old menopausal woman who exercises regularly…

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The science behind caffeine and fat-burning

The science behind caffeine Why less is more

Do you remember what you felt after your very first cup of coffee? Excitement and a remarkable ability to focus — maybe even euphoria.[1][2] Compare that with the “slightly less sleepy” feeling that followed your fifth cup this morning. Depressing, isn’t it?

So, what happened since that first, magical sip?

Caffeine tolerance

Found notably in tea and coffeecaffeine is the world’s most popular stimulant. In some people, it can promote anxiety,[3] but we usually associate a cup of coffee with happiness, and for some of us, even relief. Unfortunately, only people who aren’t used to caffeine will experience truly euphoric effects.[2][4] Chances are, if you’re a coffee lover, you’ll mostly experience caffeine’s awakening effect, not much else.

Drinking coffee just once a day is enough to increase your caffeine tolerance. And before you reach for that second cup, remember, caffeine tolerance is an insurmountable tolerance: At some point, taking more will just stop working. If you want to maximize the benefits of caffeine, you may want to try weaning yourself off it, to allow your tolerance to fade…

…3. Caffeine can help burn fat

Two distinct effects contribute to caffeine’s fat-burning properties: a thermogenic effect (in the short term, caffeine increases heat production)[19][20] and a weaker lipolytic effect (in the long term, caffeine causes triglycerides to release fatty acids, which the body can then use for fuel).[21]

More precisely, caffeine can increase the body’s levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). Elevated cAMP levels are associated with lower triglyceride levels in fat cells and improved protein synthesis in muscle cells…

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Alpha Lipoic Acid Benefits – From Weight Loss to Neuropathy


Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid, including facts about ALA and weight loss. What foods contain ALA? Will ALA cure health issues?

Diet Reviews / Ingredient Reviews / Alpha Lipoic Acid Benefits – From Weight Loss to Neuropathy

Alpha lipoic acid, an essential fatty acid, is a part of every cell in the body. It is also a natural antioxidant that aids in turning glucose into energy. [4] [2] It can also be referred to as thioctic acid, lipoate, lipoic acid, ALA, and thioctan. The scientific name is 1,2-dithiolane-3pentanoic acid. [20]

When first discovered in 1951 it was categorized as a vitamin until three decades later when scientists recognized it as a powerful antioxidant that could stop healthy cells from harm by free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules). [19]

Aside from being found in the body’s cells alpha lipoic acid naturally occurs in many foods as well. [8]

Alpha lipoic acid has been used as an alternative medicine for multiple conditions and could be useful for weight loss. [8]

In this content, we will highlight the many uses and health benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid.

What exactly is Alpha Lipoic Acid?

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Sharon’s Comment: I bought Alpha Lipoid Acid online in veggie caps – all vegan supplement.

Years ago when Steve and I had a toxic mold injury we were prescribed ALA and we both thought it effective – it was prescribed in much smaller doses back then.

Since we both gained weight after a recent exposure to a lot of neurotoxins, over several months,  in a large building inhabited by a multitudinous insect population, I thought it prudent to seek out a supplement that could help our systems heal from the onslaught. Alpha Lipoid Acid came to mind only because I happened upon it while searching for something else on

Most of us are old, so there’s not much concern by the owners of this HUD approved building regarding the damage these toxins can do to the systems of elderly people. Maybe they figure we don’t have long to live anyway, so what’s the big deal – as long as they control the pests we all should be happy.

Hey, not so fast.

Steve and I are not the only ones who gained a lot of weight. Plus quality of life is important as one ages. Don’t bury us before our time because protecting our brains from the damage caused by poisoning the air and all surfaces of one’s living space is a nuisance. There are infants and young children who reside in the building – who stay overnight for days at a time whom the management didn’t consider. One infant died. Nobody knows from what. Infant Death Syndrome they called it. Maybe. Those of us who still have our wits about us aren’t so sure.

Toxins can and do contribute to weight gain, and they should not be ruled out as a weight-gain factor, simply because nobody can actually see them. Toxins, especially neurotoxins, affect all systems of the body. Every cell. So toxins need to be looked at in the pursuit of answers as to why there are so many younger, fat, sluggish people with old people diseases.

These management people have no problem assaulting our bodies and brains with neurotoxins, but are afraid to tell tenants to clean up their living spaces.

In our last lease there was a new provision stating that if a tenant criticized the outfit that owns and runs the place, they would be subject to deportation – ops, I mean eviction.

Here’s to renewed hope that ALA will be just what the doctor should have ordered. It’s not to late.

Here’s another article you might want to read:




The Glycemic Index is a numerical Index that ranks carbohydrates based on their rate of glycemic response (i.e. their conversion to glucose within the human body). Glycemic Index uses a scale of 0 to 100, with higher values given to foods that cause the most rapid rise in blood sugar. Pure glucose serves as a reference point, and is given a Glycemic Index (GI) of 100.

Glycemic Index values are determined experimentally by feeding human test subjects a fixed portion of the food (after an overnight fast), and subsequently extracting and measuring samples of their blood at specific intervals of time. The earliest known work on the Glycemic Index was done by Dr. David Jenkins and associates at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada. More recently, an effort to expand the Glycemic Index has been made by Jennie Brand-Miller and her associates at the Human Nutrition Unit of the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

The Glycemic Index Yields Some Surprises
Nutritionists used to believe that all simple sugars digested quickly and caused a rapid rise in blood sugar, and that the opposite was true for “complex carbohydrates”. But that’s not always the case. While many sweet and sugary foods do have high GI’s, some starchy foods like potatoes or white bread score even higher than honey or table sugar (sucrose)!…

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The Better Choices Concept

The Better Choices Diet revolves around one very simple key concept:

For every food that you eat, there are likely to be other equally nutritious foods that will satisfy your hunger with fewer Calories.

The Better Choices Diet starts with a simple nutritional analysis of your current diet. It evaluates each food that you now eat, and recommends alternative foods that may provide more nutritional value and help you feel full on fewer Calories. Instead of shocking your body with an abrupt change in foods, the Better Choices Diet focuses on evolving your diet one food at a time.

Other benefits of the Better Choices Diet
Unlike many other diet plans, the Better Choices Diet:

Has no banned foods. Instead of rigid lists of “approved” and “unapproved” foods, the Better Choices Diet allows you to eat anything, but encourages you to make smarter food choices.

Requires no special foods or other investments. Everything you need to understand and use the Better Choices Diet is contained within this website.

Can be used with other diet plans. The tools and methods of the Better Choices Diet can also be used to improve the effectiveness of most other diet plans.

Can also be used for weight gaining diets. The Better Choices Diet is not just for weight loss; it’s about controlling your weight (up or down) through proper food selection and hunger control…

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Agar (also called agar agar) is obtained from algae and contains essentially no fat, carbohydrates nor protein.

Used as a gelatinous agent to create a smooth, silky texture in soups, sauces and dressings, in place of fat or in fat reduced recipes, it mimics the feel of fat on the tongue.

Since agar is not digested, it’s used as a weight reduction tool to speed the food through the digestive system.

Read more about its many uses:

Agar is not cheap when purchased in small amounts in specialty stores, so I bought mine online at from the United Kingdom at a much better rate. I make two types: a gel and a juice – the gel is for recipes and the juice is to take before meals with a glass of water to make you feel full before eating a meal. Eat or drink the agar, then drink a glass of water for best results. Google it for more info on pros and cons.


5 c. filtered water

2 T. agar

Bring water to boil in saucepan. Add the agar, whisking till dissolved. Cook 5-10 minutes, whisking often.

Remove from heat and let it set till it’s not super hot. Now, either pour into large jar with lid or pour into 2 oz. plastic cups with lids.

The plastic cups makes it easier for restaurants to be consistent with measurement, since the jarred type isn’t fluid enough to measure accurately. I do it both ways.


To make agar juice, bring to boil 2-3 cups of filtered water. Add 1 block (2 oz. container) of Agar Gel. Cook and whisk till melted. Transfer to bottle and refrigerate till ready to consume.

Sometimes I leave it out on the counter to keep it more fluid.

Notes: Agar has to be dissolved in boiling water before use. Don’t sprinkle it in soups or sauces dry. It won’t dissolve properly.

It lasts a long time in the refrigerator, and can also be frozen. The texture changes somewhat when frozen, but the result is the same in a recipe.