sick and tired of being sick and tired?

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Most of the foods we eat are obviously not good for you……no matter how good they taste.  Especially all these fun treats we have around the holidays!  These foods include sugar, trans fats, dairy products, fried foods, junk foods, carbonated drinks….oh the list goes on and on.

Turns out, when we eat these foods, we can’t stop – and that’s when we overeat and just never feel fully satisfied.

Why?

The reason  we feel tired, sluggish and bloated (but not satisfied) is because we are not getting enough nutrients from the foods we are eating!  We are filling ourselves with low-nutrient food and lots of chemicals.  Our digestive system is working overtime to process these foods and in the meantime, they have decided to stick around….for days…..undigested.  Ick.

Sugar, put down the sugar!!!

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Says Dr. Oz, in his book, You on a Diet, “Simple sugars create a rebounding effect.  You’re feeling blah, so you eat a 3 Musketeers.  That sugar surge works like an electrical jolt, and you instantly feel more energy.  But less than two hours later, that energy surge (in the form of elevated blood sugar levels ) plummets, and then you feel blah again.  Your conclusion?  You must need another Musketeer!  That rebound effect can put your body in biological turmoil, where you eat to feel better, though what you’re eating is actually making you feel sluggish, so you swirl and swirl around, always feeling like you need to eat.”

What’s a person to do???

  • Eat a little fat 20 minutes before your meal (70 calories or so like 6 walnuts, or 12 almonds)
  • Fill up on fiber in the A.M. (think oatmeal, cereal, whole grains and fruit)
  • Change your plate (try using a smaller or kid’s version of a plate for smaller portions)
  • Slow down, turbo (take your time, put down your fork and chew, chew, chew)
  • Get spicy (add a little hot pepper or salsa to your food to increase your metabolism)

Start simple by eating a large salad.  Nix the croutons, heavy dressing and cheese.  Have fruit for a pick-me-up snack.  Add more veggies to your dinner, drink lots of water and YOU, my friend, are on your way to a healthier, happier YOU!

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what will YOU do when the zombies show up hungry?

Do you have a plan?  Don’t you realize that zombies are coming?  C’mon, people!!  It’s what’s trending now……

Ok, okay.  So maybe there won’t be zombies, but there might be some really, really desperate neighbors knocking on your door if the lights go out.  And when I mean lights……I mean all lights….so pretty much anything with a plug….

Where will YOU be when the coffee runs out??  Oh, mercy….you haven’t even thought about this, have you?  Luckily for you, I have a plan.  I think it’s about time we start stockpilingEverything.  I’ve already started with shoes and skirts.

And don’t just think that I’m the only one talking about this!  Check out www.ready.gov and check out their exhaustive list of stuff you should be planning!  Who knew that we were supposed to be so busy??

Now, if you are a green-living-recycling kind of person, you are going to want to stockpile organic and natural foods.  So after zipping around the net, I have found a fancy-schmancey list of the top 50 storable foods for you to have in your  compound  home. You can find them listed HERE. Now, before you get all technical, not everything is organic, but hey!  It’s zombie time!!  We don’t have the luxury of bamboo forks and eco-friendly tablewear because of the scary neighbors and such.

But for all of us that eat burrito’s from our local gas station, here is a real GROCERY list that you can get from your real local grocery store..you know, before it’s too late……..(source: naturalnews.com)

These items are very low cost, loaded with nutrients, and are easy to  store:

• Sugar (not to eat, but to barter with. Never eat white processed  sugar.) Buy coconut sugar if you can.
• Pepper (a basic spice, easy to store,  easy to barter).
• Mustard (excellent nutrition, believe it or not. Made from  mustard seeds.)
• Raisins (easy to store and barter)
Lard (yeah, lard.  On a cold winter’s night when the heat is off, you’ll wish you had some soup  made with lard… and it’s healthier than “vegetable oil” which is mostly GMO  soybean oil anyway.)
• Butter
Pickled vegetables (all kinds, including  sauerkraut)
• Coffee (even if you don’t drink it, you can barter it. People  will be desperate.)
• Coffee filters (can also be used to help filter water,  cooking oil and other items)
Brown rice (large bags)
• Steel-cut  oatmeal
• Local honey (stored practically forever)
Sardines and  anchovies packed in olive oil (excellent storable omega-3s)
Sea salt (you  almost can’t have too much salt stored away…)
• Yet more sea salt
• And  even MORE sea salt, because you will run out in a prolonged collapse  scenario.
Peanut butter (portable, high calories, which you’ll need)
• Canned meats (long shelf life)
• Canned vegetables (you’ll need the  nutrients)
• Natural dried meats (AVOID all MSG!)
Nuts and nut mixes  (almonds, cashews, etc.)
• Cans of coconut milk or coconut fat (adds  delicious flavor to any meal)
• Spare can openers, kitchen knife, small  cutting board, etc.

You are also going to need to learn how to barter.  Mainly because there is “lard” on that list and I think we could certainly trade it for something better….like, nail polish or a something shiny.  THINK NECESSITIES!

The important thing here is to learn how to barter, and that can be done HERE.

Prepare yourself people!  I can’t do everything!!!

salt of the earth…

Who knew that I could find out some information that is so exciting?   According to the Salt Institute (Yes!  There is actually a Salt Institute) there are about 14,000 ways to use salt.

“How versatile,” you are saying……..or not saying.

(Sidenote:  ok….I checked out their website and …it seems that they need our online comments to defend our “salt freedom”.  Hmmm… They even have a Facebook page! Ha!!  Check out their video with the Salt Guru…..this is almost as sad as the pillowcase fiasco)

Where were we?  Oh……

The use of salt to preserve food (especially for traveling long distances) was one of the first uses.  But nowadays there have been many uses of salt in the area of cleaning and also for nifty little tricks around the house.

“How versatile,” you find yourself repeating.  Yes, it is…..and here are some tips for you…

CLEANING

Salt works as an effective, yet gentle, scouring agent.  For a basic salt scrub, make a paste with lots of salt, baking soda and dish soap and use on appliances, enamel, porcelain, etc.

Clean sink drains:  Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up.

Remove water rings:  Gently rub a thin paste of salt and vegetable oil on the white marks caused by beverage glasses and hot dishes, on wooden tables.

Clean greasy pans:  Cast iron skillets can be cleaned with a good sprinkling of salt and paper towels.

Clean stained cups:  Mix salt with a dab of dish soap to make a soft scrub for stubborn coffee and tea stains.

Clean refrigerators:  A mix of salt and soda water can be used to wipe out and deodorize the inside of your refrigerator, which is a very nice way to keep chemical cleaners away from your food.

Clean rust:  Mix salt and cream of tartar with just enough water to make a paste.  Rub on rust, let dry, brush off and then buff with a dry,  soft cloth.  I say get one of your kids to do it, because it sounds like a good punishment exercise.

Clean a glass coffee pot:  Add salt and ice cubes to a coffee pot, swirl around vigorously and rinse.

Remove perspiration stains:  Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains fade…..oh, and take off the shirt first.

Tomorrow we will discover how to use it all around the house!

Naaah…too boring…… Salt is so over