hangover….leaving you high and dry….

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Drink a little too much over the weekend, did you?  Well, this is where the “bratty little sister” comes out of me because I don’t drink and I TALK IN ALL CAPS JUST TO MESS WITH YOU!!

Ok…sorry.  But I do want to help you out, my little saucy friend.  You obviously found out a long time ago that alcohol invariably results in a hangover.  But just how much alcohol is necessary to produce that hangover depends on the biochemical individuality of the person drinking and also what that person is drinking.

Liquor

Distilled liquors, like whiskey and gin, have a more immediate impact than wine or beers.  And did you know that all alcohol is absorbed more quickly when mixed with a carbonated beverage?  Yup!  Once it hits the bloodstream, the alcohol reaches the brain in minutes.

First acting as a stimulant, then a bit of euphoria, down a few more and then comes central nervous system depression and feelings of numbness and finally sleep or unconsciousness THINK, PEOPLE!  Drinking too rapidly, especially a large amount of alcohol, can be fatal.

According to Linda Page’s, Healthy Healing, “a hangover should be gone by five o’clock the next day.  If it isn’t, you probably have alcohol poisoning.  This severe type of hangover is alcohol poisoning with dehydration thrown in.” 

Great.  Now look what you’ve done.

Ok.  Let’s just stop spinning for a moment and see what we need to do.  First let’s see what she says about diet:

NUTRITIONAL THERAPY PLAN

  • Restabilize your body with Vitamin B rich, high fiber foods like brown rice and vegetables to soak up the alcohol.  Add antioxidant foods like cruciferous veggies and soy foods to help detoxify.
  • Drink cranberry juice to protect your liver.
  • NO ‘hair of the dog’ drinks; they drag out a hangover.  Eat crackers and honey at bedtime instead to burn up and soak up alcohol.
  • Drink up several glasses of water at bedtime and in the morning to stave off a killer headache.

ANTIOXIDANT HANGOVER CHASERS

  • Drink plenty of OJ and tomato juice.  Fructose helps your body burn alcohol.
  • Mix tomato juice, green and yellow onions, celery, parsley, hotpepper sauce, rosemary leaves, fennel seeds, basil, water, and Braggs’s Liquid Aminos.  Drink straight down.
  • Knudsen’s Very Veggie Spicy juice

BEST FACE FORWARD

  • If you forgot to take off your makeup before you, literally, fell into bed (GASP) use a gentle remover, not soap.
  • Be gentle, your skin is probably still puffy and sensitive
  • Use an oil-free moisturizer or a tinted moisturizer.  Blend with your fingers to start blood flow, while gently ‘piano tapping’ under eyes.  Use a bronzing powder and stay away from pinks…don’t make it worse than it is, sweetie.
  • Drink lots of water to wash away bloating and toxins and to replace the lost fluid
  • If possible, try to get out into some sunlight and get some light exercise.  It will work the alcohol out of your system by increasing your intake of oxygen.
  • Refresh your face throughout the day by carrying a spritzer bottle filled with chamomile tea that is cooled.  The chamomile will calm down the redness of your face and keep you hydrated.
  • And for crying out loud, put on some sunglasses and bright lipstick.

Next time?  Fake it. 

Have sparkling water with a splash of cranberry juice…..nobody will know the difference and you will wake up looking fan-freaking-tastic!!!  You’re welcome!!

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Soursop from the Graviola tree…..cancer killer or just forbidden fruit?

Have you heard of the Graviola Tree?  Or it’s english name, soursop?

Here is a verrry controversial topic that has this Brazilian fruit being touted by some as a cancer killer’ !!

Here is what is being tossed around the web

“10000 times stronger killer of Cancer than Chemo”.. do share it.. can save many lives, fill up hopes and build confidence in the patients…

The Sour Sop or the fruit from the graviola tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than Chemo. Why are we not aware of this? Its because some big corporation want to make back their money spent on years of research by trying to make a synthetic version of it for sale. So, since you know it now you can help a friend in need by letting him know or just drink some sour sop juice yourself as prevention from time to time. The taste is not bad after all. It’s completely natural and definitely has no side effects. If you have the space, plant one in your garden. The other parts of the tree are also useful.

The next time you have a fruit juice, ask for a sour sop.

The truth is stunningly simple: Deep within the Amazon Rainforest grows a tree that could literally revolutionize what you, your   doctor, and the rest of the world thinks about cancer treatment and chances   of survival. The future has never looked more promising.

Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be   possible to: * Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy   that   does not cause extreme nausea,    weight loss   and hair loss * Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections * Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment * Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life.

The source of this information is just as stunning: It comes from one of   America ‘s largest drug manufacturers, the fruit of over 20 laboratory tests   conducted since the 1970′s! What those tests revealed was nothing short of   mind numbing… Extracts from the tree were shown to:

* Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer,   including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer. * The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the   growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic   drug! * What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells.  It does not harm healthy cells!

The amazing anti-cancer properties of the Graviola tree have been extensively   researched–so why haven’t you heard anything about it? If Graviola extract   is as half as promising as it appears to be–why doesn’t every single   oncologist at every major hospital insist on using it on all his or her   patients?

The spine-chilling answer illustrates just how easily our health–and for   many, our very lives(!)–are controlled by money and power.

Graviola–the plant that worked too well.

One of America’s biggest billion-dollar drug makers began a search for a  cancer cure and their research centered on Graviola, a legendary healing tree   from the Amazon Rainforest. 

The company had one huge problem with the Graviola tree–it’s completely   natural, and so, under federal law, not patentable. There’s no way to make   serious profits from it.

It turns out the drug company invested nearly seven years trying to synthesize two of the Graviola tree’s most powerful anti-cancer ingredients.   If they could isolate and produce man-made clones of what makes the Graviola   so potent, they’d be able to patent it and make their money back. Alas, they  hit a brick wall. The original simply could not be replicated. There was no way the company could protect its profits–or even make back the millions it  poured into research.

As the dream of huge profits evaporated, their testing on Graviola came to a screeching halt.  Even worse, the company shelved the entire project and chose not to publish the findings of its research!”

Wikipedia says soursop may be effective in treating infections and some forms of cancer, but the data is lacking.

What do I think?  Well, I would advise people not to believe this blindly, but consult a doctor or oncologist before putting ALL your marbles in one bag…………….but it is worth watching!

some buzz worthy recipes with honey…

Step off, sugar!!  Honey is the new sweet thing on the block!

Honey can be used instead of sugar or sweetner to sweeten any drink or baked good.  Bear in mind that the type of honey you use will add it’s own subtle flavor.  Think dark honey instead of white sugar, just like choosing dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.  Besides, the darker the honey, the more antioxidants and the stronger the flavor which is the bees knees, for sure.

Remember these tips  before going all crazy in the kitchen:

  • Substitute honey for up to half the sugar
  • Reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used
  • Reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over-browning
  • One 12 oz jar of honey equals a standard 8 ounce measuring cup

Here are a couple of drinks and smoothies that will keep you buzzing all morning!

Honey Strawberry Smoothie (4 servings)

1 pint Vanilla frozen yogurt

2 cups strawberries

8 oz skim milk

2 Tblsp honey

Combine all ingredients in blender.  Add more honey to taste.

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Banana Smoothie (4 servings)

1 pint skim milk

2 ripe bananas

2 small containers plain yogurt

2 Tblsp honey

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

Ice

Blend all of ingredients except ice.  Taste for adjustments and add ice cubes one at a time until smooth and desired thickness.

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Mexican Coffee (makes 4 cups)

4 cups hot espresso style coffee

7 oz milk

4 oz honey

2 Tblsp cocoa powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Whipped cream and chocolate shavings (optional)

Combine the cocoa powder and cinnamon with a little milk and honey to form a paste.  Add the coffee and milk, stir to combine.  Pour into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Yummy dressings and marinades

Mint and honey dressing

3 Tblsp olive oil

4 Tblsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tblsp honey

1 Tblsp chopped, fresh mint

Place all ingredients in a pint sized mason jar, or other jar with screw-top lid.  Shake together until blended.  Great with a watercress or arugula salad.

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Sweet and sour salad dressing

2 oz. honey

2 1/2 Tblsp rice wine vinegar

8 Tblsp olive oil

1 Tblsp minced onion

1/4 tsp garlic salt

Salt and Pepper

In blender, combine all ingredients except olive oil.  Blend until smooth.  Pour in the olive oil in a slow, stead stream and mix until smooth.

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Orange Honey Marinade 

6 Tblsp honey

6 Tblsp soy sauce

10 oz orange juice

3 Tblsp water

5 oz dry white wine

1 tsp mustard

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp allspice

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1/4 tsp tabasco sauce (optional)

Combine all ingredients and let stand for about 20 minutes for flavors to develop.  Use as a fabulous marinade for pork or chicken!

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Honey-Caramelized figs with yogurt (via)

1 Tblsp honey, plus more for drizzling

8 oz fresh figs, halved

2 cups plain low fat Greek yogurt

pinch ground cinnamon

1/4 cup chopped pistachios

Heat honey in medium skillet over medium heat.  Cook figs, cut sides down until caramelized, about 5 minutes.  Serve over yogurt with cinnamon and pistachios.  Drizzle fo shizzle, more honey.

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FYI…there are about 3,000 types of honey around the globe.  So if you are dirt poor and can’t make that trip to some village on the other side of the world, how about just trying a honey from that region?  See?  I just saved you money and the hassle of an international airport.

Another piece of information regarding honey…..get this……If honey is stored in sealed containers it can remain stable for decades….even centuries!!!  But for all practical purposes, a shelf life of two years is often stated on the container.

Has your honey crystallized in the jar?  No problemo…just place the jar (minus lid) in a saucepan with warm water over low heat and stir until the crystals dissolve.

You can find more cool info HERE and HERE!!