Monday, August 24, 2009

When You're Feeling Alone

Sorry bloggers I've been ghost not realizing how long I had been gone, getting my grind on launching my full time services. Know whenever I'm not here there's always someone watching over're never alone!

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.
He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone.

Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises.
Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm
The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm. We, too, are never alone.

Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us, Sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, All we have to do is reach out to Him.

Moral of the story:
Just because you can't see God, Doesn't mean He is not there.
'For we walk by faith, not by sight.'

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Low-Cal Winner Dairy Queen Banana Split Blizzard (small)

DQ wins this round. Their small Banana Split Blizzard contains 460 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 9 grams of saturated fat. Compared to Cold Stone's treat, these two aren't even in the same ballpark. "At the Cocoa Banana Cabana" packs 660 calories, 29.5 grams of fat (46% of your daily value) and over 100% of your daily limit for saturated fat (20 grams). This treat will have you going bananas...but not in a good way. Remember, saturated fat should make up no more than 10% of your calories, so if you eat less than 2,000 calories daily, you'll want even less than the standard 20-25 grams. A few other DQ treats that are a little more diet-friendly include novelties such as the DQ Sandwich (200 calories), Starkiss (80 calories), a small chocolate cone (240 calories), and DQ's Fudge Bar (50 calories).

It's Sunday...Domino's Pepperoni Feast (Crunchy Thin Crust, 1 slice from 12-inch)-VS-
Domino's Deluxe Feast (Crunchy Thin Crust, 1 slice from 12-inch)
Who doesn't love pizza? Each person in America eats an average of 46 slices (23 pounds) of pizza per year! (Source: Packaged Facts, New York.) Our most popular topping is pepperoni, of course--an ingredient in both of these options from Domino's. Thin crust pizzas usually contain fewer calories and fat grams than hand-tossed or deep dish pizzas, as is the case here. Their Pepperoni Feast isn't called a "feast" for nothing, with all its extra layers of pepperoni and cheese. While the Deluxe Feast includes pepperoni as well, it's also topped with Italian sausage, green peppers, mushrooms and onions. So which is lower in calories and fat--extra pepperoni, or pepperoni with sausage?

Friday, July 31, 2009

Popcorn Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce wins! Next question - You'll go bananas for these frozen treats

If you chose the Popcorn Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce, then you found the real treasure! This snack combo contains a modest 295 calories, 16 grams of fat (still 25% of your daily value) and 4 grams of saturated fat. When it comes to food that's fried and fast, this isn't so bad. The Parmesan Fish Bites are higher calories and fat: 360 calories, 24 grams of fat (37% of your daily value) and 5 grams of saturated fat. Shiver me timbers! You can make any of Long John Silver's meals healthier by skimping on the tartar sauce--or skipping it altogether. This high-calorie condiment contains 100 calories and 9 fat grams per serving. Cocktail sauce is always a better choice, with zero grams of fat and only 25 calories.

Cold Stone Creamery "At the Cocoa Banana Cabana" (Like It size) - VS -
Dairy Queen Banana Split Blizzard (small)
If you like bananas and ice cream, then you'll love both of these frozen concoctions. Dairy Queen's famous blizzards combine that original DQ soft serve with almost any treat you can imagine. In this case, you'll get all the ingredients of a classic banana split, blended up with vanilla soft serve. A similar treat from Cold Stone is the "At the Cocoa Banana Cabana" which includes banana ice cream, mixed with yellow cake, fresh banana, fudge and whipped cream. Both of these sizes represent the smallest sizes available at each location. Make your pick for the banana treat with 200 fewer calories and less fat.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The answer! Next...Which seafood snack won't add to your pirate booty?

Due to readers response we're now posting the next question with the previous answer!
And the answer is....
Even with very similar ingredients, these two omelets vary greatly in nutrition. Denny's Veggie Cheese Omelet is lower in calories (494), and fat (39 grams, which is still high) and saturated fat (12 grams). This is likely because it contains less cheese than Bob Evans Three Cheese Omelet, which adds three kinds of fatty cheese without the nutritional boost of any veggies. Bob Evans' omelet contains 771 calories and 67 grams of fat, and twice the saturated fat (24 grams). Eggs can be healthy, but how they are prepared, the number that you eat, and the fixings that are added will all affect their make-up in the end. Both of these restaurants will make your eggs or omelets with Egg Beaters upon request. Denny's Veggie Cheese Omelet with Egg Beaters contains more than 100 fewer calories (346), and much less fat (22 grams, 7 grams saturated). Even Bob Evans Three Cheese Omelet can be improved to 536 calories, 45 grams of fat, and 19 grams of saturated fat when Egg Beaters are used. Also ask about using egg whites whenever possible.

Which seafood snack won't add to your pirate booty?
Long John Silver's Parmesan Fish Bites Snack Box (with Tartar Sauce) - VS -
Long John Silver's Popcorn Shrimp Snack Box (with Cocktail Sauce)

Arrr, matey! When you are craving a seafood treasure, Long John Silver's is the place to be. Here are two "Snack Box" choices, weighing in at four ounces each. Although deep-fried, you can steer your ship with the one hand while popping these bite-size beauties with the other. You can avoid walking the plank by picking the lower-fat winner. Is it LJS's Parmesan Fish Bites with Tartarrr sauce or their Popcorn Shrimp in Cocktail sauce?

Which cheese omelet should you order?

Eggs have gotten a bad rap in the past because they're high in cholesterol. But we know now that eggs can be part of a healthy diet and some research even shows that it's safe to consume up to one egg daily if the rest of your diet is low in cholesterol. Here are two simple omelets from two similar restaurants. Bob Evans Three Cheese Omelet contains three eggs and a combination of American, cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheeses. Denny's Veggie-Cheese Omelet also contains three eggs. This omelet is also filled with onions, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes. Can you order up the lower-calorie (and lower-fat) cheese omelet?

Answer at 9pm and a new question!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

A Dog's Purpose

It's been a minute mostly because I'm adjusting to being a full-time at home. Finding my purpose if you will, so take a minute, enjoy this and know I should return full force next week.
A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old IrishWolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''
Startled, we all turned to him.What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,
''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?''
The Six-year-old continued, ''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Healthy Good Tasting Food

Be honest, when you hear about healthy food you think of carrot sticks and celery don’t you? Why does the concept of weight loss conjure up images of unappetizing foods?
1. Yams and sweet potatoes.
The glycemic index measures the values of various foods based on how quickly they break down and are absorbed into the bloodstream. The slower the digestion, the lower the score, the better the food is for regulating blood sugars, insulin, and overall metabolism—all of which affect fat deposition.

2. Oranges, apples and grapefruit.
These particular fruits contain high levels of the soluble fiber pectin. Fiber slows digestion, helps eliminate toxins stored in body fat, and gives you a feeling of fullness.

3. Killer sandwiches.
To lose 40 pounds in 21 weeks, eat plenty of hearty sandwiches stacked with vegetables, such as tomato, cucumber, sprouts, lettuce and onion, as well as deli meats – but always oven-roasted turkey over anything vacuum-packed. For your bread choice, its suggested anything brown with lots of seeds and heavy grains you can actually see, because less-milled ingredients contain much more fiber.

4. Cereal
They can be a little hard to find, but low-sugar cereals packed with protein and fiber are hitting the market. The Kashi brand is one of the best.

5. Salad
“If you eat a salad, make it valuable,” “Get field or Asian greens and add a yogurt dressing. Plus, you need a ton of vegetables and some good lean protein, like grilled salmon.”

6. Quiche
Made with egg whites and just a couple of yolks are protein sources. Toss in a little low-fat cheese, broccoli and spinach.

7. Yogurt
And other dairy goods that come in great-tasting, low-fat products.

8. Almonds
Nuts are loaded with monounsaturated fats—the good fats that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, known to lower cholesterol. Fats are as necessary to a healthy diet as protein and carbohydrates.

9. Peanut butter
Likewise, nut butters are a great source of those healthy, monounsaturated fats. Enjoy your favorite, but in moderation.

10. Hummus.
AKA pureed chickpeas, garlic, and a little lemon juice and they are great with whole-wheat pita bread or organic corn chips.

11. Salsa.
Another favorite for dipping, and a homemade batch is easy to make. Fresh salsa is simply tomato, onion, jalapeno and cilantro. Now, tell me, what could possibly be unhealthy about that!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Peace Cereal wins...

Peace Cereal may not be a household name the way that General Mills is, but it should be. Not only do they donate 10% of their profits to peace charities, but their organic cereals contain healthy, whole ingredients, such as "organic milled whole wheat," which is the first ingredient on this box's list. Thanks to these whole grains, this cereal will satisfy you with 10 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein! You'll find this box in the natural foods section of your supermarket. Don't let General Mills' "whole grains" symbols fool you. That doesn't mean less processed; it just means that all parts of a grain are there somewhere but not necessarily in one piece. Their first ingredient is "corn meal," and this fruit & nut concoction doesn't pack the healthy fiber and protein that you'd expect by looking at the box--3 grams fiber and 4 grams protein. Don't make your cereal choices by looking at the front of the box alone, because this can be misleading. Always read the nutrition facts and the ingredients, which are listed in descending order.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Which cereal packs more fiber and protein?

You know that a healthy breakfast is an important part of your day, especially if you're watching your weight. Well not just any breakfast will do--you want lots of fiber and lean protein to keep you full through morning and meet your nutritional needs. Here are two healthy sounding cereals. Peace Cereal's Essential 10 is described as a "nutritious cinnamon-toasted cereal" and it is also stamped with the USDA Organic symbol. A similar concept by General Mills is their Basic 4 cereal, which contains a "blend of sweet & tangy fruits, crunchy nuts and a wholesome variety of whole grains." Their box is stamped with General Mills' symbol for "Whole Grains." These two cereals are equal in calories (210) and fat grams (3) per 1-cup serving, but only one contains more than three times the fiber and twice the protein of the other. Can you pick the winner?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Rooting for Comfort Food

Next time you're tempted to reach for the mac n' cheese, turn to autumn's bounty for a healthy (but comforting) alternative. Starchy root veggies are rich in flavor, vitamins and fiber, making for nutritious and filling cold-weather eats.

Here's how we'll be using them to warm our bellies:

Mash 'em: The soft texture of mashed root veggies can be both delicious and comforting. Branch out from potatoes and try mashing mineral-packed parsnips with milk, nutmeg, salt, pepper and walnut oil. Or try this simple recipe for mashed rutabaga.

Cook 'em: We always feel better with a steaming bowl of chicken soup, but we like it even more with low-cal daikon (it's also thought to purify blood). For a hearty one-dish meal, dig into a bowl of filling sweet potato and apple stew.

Bake 'em: Longing for a sweet baked treat without the guilt? Pop these mini sweet potato pies into the oven or try whipping up a batch of delicious carrot spice muffins with agave.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Never Forget OUR men

Yesterday was Father's Day and many men as well as woman were still fighting for this country far away from their families;
Something cool that Xerox is doing

If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This is a great site. Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Choose Wisely

One piece of bread before dinner could equal anywhere between 100-200 calories. Those same calories could mean a glass of wine or dessert. Choose wisely! Make the most of your meals when you eat out. Decide what is important to you. If you love bread, have the bread before your dinner. Choose one piece and eat it slowly. Or if there is a dessert on the menu you are craving, choose a dessert and split it with your fellow diners. This way, you will leave your dinner satisfied and guiltless.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Spring Allergy Tips

The majority of spring allergies are related to pollen—powdery grains that are carried by wind or insects and are necessary for plant reproduction. Flowering plants and trees, such as the oak, elm, birch, ash, hickory, poplar, maple and walnut, start pollinating between January and April, depending on their location. When pollen is in the air, it can land in the eyes, nose, lungs, or skin of a sensitive person and cause itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, and other breathing difficulties.

Pollen allergy symptoms are often minimal on rainy, windless days because pollen does not move much during those conditions. Hot, dry, and windy weather brings more pollen into the air and results in more allergy symptoms. In the United States, pollen season typically runs from March until October, but it can begin as early as January in southern states.

If you are sensitive to pollen, here are some tips to help you cope:

Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible to prevent pollen from blowing into your home and car.
Avoid going outside between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., when pollen counts are highest.
Don’t dry your clothing on an outside line, as pollen can be transferred to your clothes and into your home that way. Use a clothes dryer instead, or an indoor clothing rack.
If you’ve been outside, change your clothes in the garage before entering your home to prevent pollen transfer. Shower and wash your hair before going to bed so you don’t spend the night covered in allergens.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dunkin Donuts wins it!!!!

Dunkin' Donuts wins out. Can you believe that all that creamy, sugary goodness adds up to a meager 240 calories and 7 grams of fat? How do they do it? Never mind that. Just remember to avoid Krispy Kreme's Frozen Latte Blend, which will fill you with 610 excessive calories, 22 grams of fat and 90% of your daily value of saturated fat (18 grams). If you want a frozen latte without all the sugar, opt for Dunkin' Donuts Iced latte (16 oz) for just 120 calories. Dunkin' Donuts website also advertises that at participating locations, you can order Reduced-Calorie versions of their Frozen Blends for just 99 calories (12 ounce drink without the whipped cream). Now that's sweet!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Which Frozen Coffee Choice, which one?

If you're like me you don't need warm weather to drink the cold coffee but the weather is warm so here's the choice of the best coffee...
Frozen coffees and blended coffee treats are just as common these days as a regular cup of Joe. You probably hear warnings about Starbucks' caloric catastrophes, but how do other coffee shops compare? Dunkin' Donuts Iced Caramel Swirl Latte is made of espresso, caramel syrup and milk. On top of that, this "indulgent" drink is doused with whipped cream and mocha drizzle. Sounds too good to be good for you, right? Then there's Krispy Kreme's Frozen Latte Blend. They blend espresso, milk (and surely some sugar) and top their icy coffee with whipped cream as well. One of these creamy treats contains a fraction of the calories and fat of the other. Who's the winner?
Knowing the answer I'm too excited...what do you think?
Make your choice and the answer will post tomorrow.

Monday, June 8, 2009


At the University of Chicago Divinity School each year they have what is called 'Baptist Day.' On this day each one is to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every 'Baptist Day' the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education center.
One year they invited Dr. Paul Tillich. Dr.Tillich spoke for two and one-half hours proving that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo, because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions. After about 30 seconds, an old, dark skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium. 'Docta Tillich, I got one question,' he said as all eyes turned toward him. He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating it.
'Docta Tillich.. CRUNCH, MUNCH 'My question is a simple question,...
CRUNCH, MUNCH...'Now, I ain't never read them books you read..CRUNCH, MUNCH..
'and I can't recite the Scriptures in the original Greek...CRUNCH, MUNCH...
'I don't know nothin' about Niebuhr and Heidegger...CRUNCH, MUNCH. He finished
the apple. 'All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate, .... was it bitter or sweet?
Dr Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion: 'I
cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven't tasted your apple.' The
white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag,
looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, 'Neither have you tasted My Jesus.'
The 1,000 plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium
erupted with applause and cheers. Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and promptly
left the platform.
Have you tasted Jesus? Please pass this on Saints! Jesus has risen...and He's coming back one day.. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. If you have, rejoice in the hope of the resurrection that your faith in Him brings. Psalm 34:8

Friday, June 5, 2009

Take a moment to enjoy your day!

Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

Get more sleep.

Make time to practice meditation, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in factories.

Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, OR issues of the past, negative thoughts, or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

Life isn't always fair, but it's still good.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Call your family often. (Or email them to death!!!)

Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.

May your troubles be less, May your blessings be more, May nothing but happiness come through your door!

Enjoy your weekend and every day!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

THE WINNER!!! hmmmm

Taco Bell wins this competition. You could eat two of these "value menu" tacos for 360 calories and 14 grams of fat--not a bad way to satisfy that late night craving. Don't let the size of White Castle's burgers fool you. Each contains 140 calories, meaning that this modest 3-burger serving (who really eats just 3 anyway?) adds up to 420 calories and 21 grams of fat.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Which late night drive-thru option won't wreck your diet?

White Castle and Taco Bell. Both are open late, and both are budget-friendly. White Castle's mini burgers are almost never eaten alone. After all, they come in sacks of ten. Taco Bell's Spicy Chicken Soft Tacos appear on the Big Bell Value Menu. Which of these late night values won't wreck your diet: three White Castle sliders, or two Taco Bell soft tacos?

Monday, June 1, 2009

How to Avoid On-the-Job Weight Gain

Even if you love your job, it may be killing you.

Australian researchers found that men sitting at their desks more than six hours a day are nearly twice as likely to be overweight than those who sit for less than 45 minutes a day. While women fared slightly better—spending on average 20 more minutes on their feet at the office than men—researchers conclude that a sedentary job is a major health concern for both genders.

And it’s no secret that sedentary jobs (and lifestyles) have contributed dramatically to the accelerating obesity rate of the past 20 years. Put emphasis on the word ‘dramatically’—a study conducted by the University of Chicago in 2001 found that a worker in a sedentary career may end up with a Body Mass Index 3.3 units higher than someone in a highly active job. If you’re 5'5" this can mean an increase in weight from 140 pounds to 155 pounds!

Now that you’ve heard the bad news, let’s turn to the good news…

You CAN love your less-than-active job and be fit. Here’s how:

Be sure to eat. It’s easy to slog through a day of meetings, e-mails, and phone calls to discover at 4 p.m. that you haven’t eaten since breakfast. But, your body needs energy to get you through the day.
Compensate, compensate. Get physical to compensate for your sedentary workday.
Rework your network. Chances are, your friends and co-workers need help with their love handles just as much as you do. So, try some new activities that don’t revolve around food.
Lose the technology. Modern advances are great, but do you control them or do they control you? As much as possible, take advantage of opportunities throughout the day to get up and move!
One in five Americans is obese; three in five are either overweight or obese. But sitting at a desk doesn’t have to mean you’ll be just another statistic! Incorporating these simple strategies into your workday will bring you one step closer to being a healthier, more energetic you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wendy's wins it!!!

You could eat 10 nuggets from Wendy's and still eat fewer calories and fat grams than five super-sized chicken strips from McDonald's. Wendy's 10-piece (without sauce) contains a reasonable 440 calories, but is fairly high in fat (29 grams), due to the crispy, fried outside. McDonald's chicken strips are larger. When you eat just five, you're taking in 630 calories, 51% of your daily value of fat (33 grams), and 65% of your daily allotment of sodium.

You could eat 10 McNuggets for still fewer calories than the Chicken Selects (420 calories and 24 grams of fat). Whichever you choose, limit calories by using less dipping sauce. At McDonald's, most sauces (besides the 200-calorie-per-pack Creamy Ranch) contain between 50 and 70 calories each. All of Wendy's sauces vary between 28 and 35 calories per pack.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Are "all-white meat" chicken nuggets all that healthy?

It's time to be on the road much and here's a healthier way to pull over and get those on the road meals.
McDonald's now proudly offers all-white meat chicken strips, while Wendy's has used all-white meat chicken for years. Is all that white meat much healthier? See if you can guess which selection will give you more for your calorie buck, five strips from the golden arches, or 10 whole nuggets from Wendy's...

Friday, May 22, 2009

And the Almonds have it!!!

Almonds contain about 182 calories and 19 grams of fat per 1/3-cup, making them a good option when trying to add nuts to your diet. At 261 calories and 26 grams of fat, the same serving of walnuts is a little harder to handle. Of course, moderation is important. About 1 to 1-1/2 ounces of nuts are recommended per day to fall into the healthy category. This is approximately one handful. If you eat much beyond that, you're eating a lot of calories!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Almonds vs. Walnuts - Choose!

Nuts have gotten a bad rap as high calorie, indulgent foods that we should decline whenever tempted. True, nuts get more than half of their calories from fat. But the fat in nuts is healthy for you, your heart, and your waistline. But how do different types of nuts compare to one another? Almonds are a healthy source of calcium and make a great snack alone or in your favorite salad. Walnuts are an excellent source of magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B6. If you want to get the health benefits of nuts without adding excessive calories to your diet, which of these two should you choose?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My favorite burger lost....the answer!

Oh my, the burger I eat on the road ALL the time! wow...
The Big Mac is, well, big--but it still has fewer calories than a Whopper. The Big Mac weighs in at 560 calories and 30 grams of fat (with 10 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat). Obviously, it's not a "diet" food. The Whopper, however, is even worse: 670 calories, 39 grams of fat, and 11 grams of saturated fat. Want to make either one healthier? Skip the cheese and special Big Mac sauce, and you'll take in only 420 calories and 17 grams of fat. When it comes to the Whopper, simply losing the mayo will save you 160 calories and 17 grams of fat (bringing it down to a healthier 510 calories and 22 grams of fat). Who says fast food has to be fat food?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Which whopper of a burger isn't "big" on calories?

McDonald's Big Mac -VS- Burger King Whopper (without cheese)

These two are the big kahunas of fast food burgers. Each comes fully loaded: special sauce or mayo, toppings galore, and BIG beef patties. One is far lower in calories--do you know which?
Tune in tomorrow and see.....

Monday, May 18, 2009

Post Office potential cut

Facing a growing deficit, declining mail volume and cash-flow problems, the U.S. Postal Service may drop one day of delivery, postal officials told Congress today.

Last year saw the largest drop in mail volume — 202 billion pieces, more than 9 billion fewer than 2007.

"If current trends continue, we could experience a net loss of $6 billion or more this fiscal year," Postmaster General John E. Potter said in testimony for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.

He said "we would do this by suspending delivery on the lightest volume days." That could be Saturdays or possibly Tuesdays.

The USPS is asking lawmakers to drop the six-day schedule, which Congress mandated in 1983.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

And the Answer is!!! Chick-fil-a

Fiber is a filling nutrient that's also good for your health. Chick-fil-A's Chicken Salad Sandwich boasts a surprising 5 grams of fiber (that's 20% of your daily value) and 20 grams of protein in a tasty 350-calorie package. While this option is higher in calories than the Nuggets (260 calories), it'll probably keep you fuller longer. The Nuggets have less than 1 gram of fiber and are about equal in protein grams. Another reason that the Sandwich makes a good choice is its lower sodium content--880 milligrams compared to the Nuggets' 1,090. If you want a smaller snack, Chick-fil-A also offers healthy options like Carrot & Raisin Salad (170 calories, 6 grams fat), a medium Fruit Cup (70 calories, zero grams fat), and Hearty Breast of Chicken Soup (140 calories, 3.5 grams fat).

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Which Chick-fil-A option will keep you full longer?

You've been driving all day and you're hungry. When you finally stop for gas, you know that you have limited healthy choices in the convenience shop. Luckily this gas station is also paired with a Chick-fil-A restaurant, which definitely gives you some hotter, fresher options than the who-knows-how-old-it-is chicken salad sandwich in the mini mart. Since you've been trying to limit your fast food intake lately, you want to grab something quick and relatively healthy. Chick-fil-A's Nuggets are quick and easy, plus you get 8 whole pieces, which are packed with filling protein. Or you can try their Chicken Salad Sandwich, which comes on wheat bread. Which "snack" from Chick-fil-A will give you the full tummy you need without filling out your waistline?
Come back tomorrow to see if you chose the right one!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Monica's Law against Domestic Violence

Monica M. Paul was born April 1, 1977 to Joanne and Lionel Paul. She was the eldest of five children. Monica was born and raised in Montclair and lived most of her life on Maple Ave.
Montclair resident Monica Paul, 31, was killed by multiple gunshots at approximately 6:30 p.m. tonight, June 26, in what is believed to be "a domestic related matter," according to Essex County Prosecutor Paula T. Dow.
Women who have official documented evidence of domestic violence i.e. hospital or police reports; have the right to withhold visitation of their child for fear of their life and or the life of their children.
a) While Monica had a court ordered restraining order, Kenneth still had curbside visitation of the children which kept him in constant contact with Ms. Paul. This gave him total access to her personal life; home, work, and the school of the children. Kenneth knew her every move, thus enabling him to murder her where he did.
b) While the children show no evidence of physical abuse from Kenneth; the mental abuse that they have endured throughout their life is undeniable. The actions of Mr. Duckett demonstrate his toxicity not only to Ms. Paul but to his children; he showed no regard for their future, without not only their mother but, also their father.
Please visit to sign a petition to stiffen this law so that other mothers don't leave their children behind.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The wrong way to lose weight

Don't skip meals! When you miss a meal, you end up with hunger pangs that drive you to overeat. Eating at regular intervals throughout the day also helps stabilize your blood sugar levels and keep your energy levels up. Try to stick to your meals and snacks throughout the day.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

For that quick find...

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The screen will fill with the logos of most every store or info site that you will probably ever use. When you click on a logo it takes you directly to the store or site you have selected. It's a great time saver and you don't have to hunt and type addresses on the Internet. Wow! What a Web Site!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

And the answer......

Amy's Cheese Pizza in a Pocket Sandwich is the clear winner here. It packs all that cheesy, pizza taste into a handy 300-calorie pocket with 9 grams of fat and 3.5 grams of saturated fat. On top of that, it's trans-fat-free and boosts your fiber (4 grams) and protein (14 grams) intake. Hot Pockets 4 Cheese Pizza is the sore loser here. Not only is it higher in calories (390), but it contains more than twice the fat (20 grams or 31% of your daily value) and double the unhealthy saturated fat (7 grams or 37% of your daily value). It's also much higher in sodium, and while it lists zero trans fats on the label, it does contain partially hydrogenated oils (which means trans fats ARE present but add up to less than 0.5 grams). Amy's Organics can be found in the natural foods section of your supermarket. Try their Roasted Vegetables in a Pocket to save even more calories and fat and still get great taste!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pick the frozen pizza pocket with half the fat

Almost everyone loves pizza, but not everyone can squeeze this usually high-fat dish into their diet without going overboard. Pizza pockets, available in your grocer's freezer, offer built-in portion control with all that pizza taste you crave. Amy's Cheese Pizza in a Pocket Sandwich is made with organic vegetables and flour. Its competitor, Hot Pockets 4 Cheese Pizza comes in a "crispy, cheesy crust." Both of these pockets are exactly the same size (128 grams), but only one has less than half the fat of the other. Make your pizza pick!
Answer tomorrow!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Tone-Knees - continued

Remember we need our knees for a lifetime...
Strengthen. Add lower body exercises on the weight machines. Start with light weights that allow you to complete 15 reps somewhat easily (1-2 sets at first, adding another later). Once you can perform that 3rd set easily, try adding additional weight.

Treat. If you feel occasional soreness, carefully try the exercises and strengthening moves above, but be mindful of whether you feel muscle work or joint pain. Challenge yourself slowly and if you continue to feel pain (especially sharp pain), see a physician to treat the problem.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Tone-Knees

Knees are one of those parts of the body that we'd really like to keep for life. Here are some facts that will assist in this endeavor.
A euphoric workout can make our heart flutter and our cheeks rosy, but it should never make us weak in the knees.

Carol Espel, MS, National Director of Group Fitness at Equinox, tells us how to avoid pain and strengthen our joints.

Prevent. Don't want to bust a cap? Make sure you're not doing anything to put yourself at risk. That includes wearing the wrong sneakers, overtraining, and doing the same exercise repeatedly (especially running). Try to include yoga for increased flexibility and cycling, which is easy on the knees.

Tune in tomorrow for some more facts.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Answer - Flatbread pizzas from Uno Chicago Grill

The Mediterranean diet sure is healthy, and compared with its competitor, so is this Mediterranean flatbread pizza. These portions are large, so you'd want to share with a friend. Here's the nutrient breakdown for HALF of this pizza pie: 420 calories, 15 grams of fat (23% daily value), 4 grams saturated fat (20% daily value), and 1,030 milligrams of sodium (43% of your upper limit). For half a pizza with so much great taste, these numbers sound pretty good. Uno's Roasted Eggplant, Spinach & Feta flatbread pizza weighs in much higher. For HALF of this pizza, you'd consume 565 calories, 23.5 grams of fat (36% of your daily value), 10.5 grams of saturated fat (over 50% of your daily limit), and slightly less sodium (1,060 mg). The only good thing about this option is that it also packs more fiber (8 grams per half pizza) and protein (more than 25 grams per half). You don't have to swear off pizza to lose weight--just watch those portions sizes and fatty toppings. Vegetable-based pizzas are always a healthier alternative to meats and still offer plenty of flavor and nutrition.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Flatbread pizzas from Uno Chicago Grill

Uno Chicago Grill offers a variety of pizzas, salads and entrees. When you're watching your weight, you'll probably stay away from their deep dish pizzas in favor of those made on flatbread, which are described as "a lighter alternative" to traditional pizza. This section of the menu has a handful of gourmet options. The Roasted Eggplant, Spinach & Feta pizza is topped with sun-dried and plum tomatoes, caramelized onions, basil pesto and mozzarella. With no meat in sight and healthy veggies galore, it sure sounds like a dieter's dream, right? Then there's Uno's Mediterranean pizza. The Mediterranean diet gets plenty of good press as a healthy way to eat and shed pounds. This pizza is very similar to the first (spinach, tomatoes, basil pesto, feta) but also has kalamata olives and Parmesan cheese. Between these two very similar pizzas with two very different nutrient breakdowns, which is lower in fat?
So which one do you choose? Follow and comment!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Coolest Treats & Tips

Just because it's about to be summer doesn't mean you have to splurge in the freezer aisle! We've got healthy ideas to keep you cool off the eaten path.

Jazz up a cold drink: Give iced water new life with all-natural Celestial Seasonings Zingers, or try freezing ice cubes with berries or lemon floating inside.

Be your own barista: Why get a loaded drinkuccino when a healthy DIY smoothie can have the same effect? Try Lauren and Caren's Mindful Mocha smoothie with omega-3s and fiber to keep you cool and full!

Think inside the box: You'll be surprised how many of your healthy faves do well in the freezer. Frozen grapes and cherries make a refreshing snack, or drop some yogurt (like Siggi's) with a topping into popsicle molds.

Scream for (the right) ice cream: For the calorie-conscious, Lauren and Caren recommend Skinny Cow Skinny Dippers or Edy's No Sugar Fruit Pops. If you're a natural girl, VJD likes Green & Black's organic ice cream and Stonyfield Farm's organic low- and non-fat varieties. Make your own with this super-easy recipe for agave frozen yogurt.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)

This excerpt is from an article of a woman who's mother passed due to the unawareness of this deadly ingredient, please read....
I would like to thank those of you who expressed condolences on the recent passing of my mother. She suffered a hemorrhagic stroke while she was driving home from my house on 7/30 and passed away on 8/3. My mother's stroke and passing was an enormous shock to my family because she did not have any symptoms or risk factors for a stroke. Just the week before she had gone to her doctor for a check up and received a clean bill of health. She did, however, develop a cold while she was visiting me and had taken Alka Seltzer Cold Plus for 3 days. Since her passing, we have
learned that Alka Seltzer is one of the many cold medicines that contains
Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) which can cause hemorrhagic stokes or cerebral bleeding even with the first use. Pharmaceutical companies have known about this danger for years, we unfortunately, did not.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to remove phenylpropanolamine (PPA) from all drug products and has requested that all drug companies discontinue marketing products containing PPA. In addition, FDA has issued a public health advisory concerning phenylpropanolamine. This drug is an ingredient that was used in many over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription cough and cold medications as a decongestant and in OTC weight loss products.
Scientists at Yale University School of Medicine recently issued a report entitled "Phenylpropanolamine & Risk of Hemorrhagic Stroke: Final Report of the Hemorrhagic Stroke Project." This study reports that taking PPA increases the risk of hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding into the brain or into tissue surrounding the brain) in women. Men may also be at risk. Although the risk of hemorrhagic stroke is very low, FDA recommends that consumers not use any products that contain PPA.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cell phone vs. Bible

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several time a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go....hmm...where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.
Makes you stop and think 'where are my priorities? And no dropped calls!


Trust in the Lord and *ASAP (Always Say A Prayer)

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

Cell phone vs. Bible

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several time a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go....hmm...where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.
Makes you stop and think 'where are my priorities? And no dropped calls!


Trust in the Lord and *ASAP (Always Say A Prayer)

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Continue the Healthy Basket

Instead of chips and dip... pack baked tortilla chips and serve with salsa, which is low-calorie and full of healthy fiber and vitamins. "Or treat friends and family to seasoned air-popped popcorn," says Steinback.

Instead of cookies and brownies... satisfy your dessert cravings with sugar-fr*ee Jell-O, low-calorie pudding or fresh fruit. For an extra treat, add a dollop of low-fat whipped cream.

And don't forget Steinback's rule for food safety: If the temperature is 85 degrees or higher, throw away any picnic food that's been left out longer than 1 hour.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Very Healthy Basket

A picnic in the park is a good time for the whole gang, but a basket of unhealthy food will leave you with no energy for the fun and games. "While you can't control the weather or ant invasions, you can control what is packed in your picnic basket,"

Instead of mayonnaise-laden sandwiches... stuff whole grain pita pockets with veggies like lettuce, tomato, onion, peppers and shredded carrots. Add some beans or chopped grilled chicken, and top with a simple dressing of oil and vinegar.

We'll continue tomorrow with more health picnic ideas to make this warm weather baskets very healthy!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Children Trips

As the weather is getting warmer and we take our children on trips here's a very fun way to ensure our children are safe.

This site sells temporary tattoos for children. You can write your phone number etc. on when you go to a park or beach.
What a wonderful idea for field trips!

Friday, April 10, 2009


On a related note, you might want to brew a cup. The scent of coffee beans may relieve stress. (Hey, Starbucks...we smell a product extension!)

Use a different organ to beat stress -- a small study shows that chewing gum can help relieve anxiety and increase alertness.

According to the Mayo Clinic, self-massage can help reduce tension and anxiety (without the bill!). Try these techniques to give yourself a hand.

Next time you board an international flight, skip the in-flight meal to stay alert for your arrival...turns out, fasting might prevent jetlag.

Does a glass of wine make you sneezy or stuffy? You might not be allergic, but wine may actually compound other food allergies.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009


This is the perfect week to take time to heal.....

We know most of you are too busy to scour health journals for the latest findings, so we're doing it for you. Keep an eye out for our "Study Time" features to get the latest research that's relevant to your well-being.

According to a recent study, incense helps alleviate depression, which means the key to a better mood might be right under your nose.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Carbs complete

Thanks, Mother Nature! Resistant starch is found naturally in legumes (beans are the best sources), bananas (especially under-ripe ones), potatoes, barley, brown rice, corn and other unprocessed whole grains (read: in their natural form).

The catch: While bananas have benefits in the raw, the others get their resistant starch during the cooling process after cooking. Since reheating destroys the benefits, only cool foods will do the trick. Try cold salads like this light potato version and this salad with corn and beans.

Now in stores: You can also bake goods with resistant starch by using Hi-Maize flour -- replace up to 1/4 of the regular flour in your favorite recipe or use one of these specialty recipes. Or try these breads made from brown rice and corn to make a "resistandwich."

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Carbs You Can't Resist

What if we said indulging in your favorite starchy carbs could do your body (and skinny jeans) good?

Studies show foods with resistant starch help you slim down, improve digestion and fight disease by "resisting" immediate digestion, keeping you full like dietary fiber.

Updates continued tomorrow about good carbs....

Thursday, April 2, 2009

And the answer is...

The Mediterranean diet sure is healthy, and compared with its competitor, so is this Mediterranean flatbread pizza. These portions are large, so you'd want to share with a friend. Here's the nutrient breakdown for HALF of this pizza pie: 420 calories, 15 grams of fat (23% daily value), 4 grams saturated fat (20% daily value), and 1,030 milligrams of sodium (43% of your upper limit). For half a pizza with so much great taste, these numbers sound pretty good. Uno's Roasted Eggplant, Spinach & Feta flatbread pizza weighs in much higher. For HALF of this pizza, you'd consume 565 calories, 23.5 grams of fat (36% of your daily value), 10.5 grams of saturated fat (over 50% of your daily limit), and slightly less sodium (1,060 mg). The only good thing about this option is that it also packs more fiber (8 grams per half pizza) and protein (more than 25 grams per half). You don't have to swear off pizza to lose weight--just watch those portions sizes and fatty toppings. Vegetable-based pizzas are always a healthier alternative to meats and still offer plenty of flavor and nutrition.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Flatbread pizzas from Uno Chicago Grill

Uno Chicago Grill offers a variety of pizzas, salads and entrees. When you're watching your weight, you'll probably stay away from their deep dish pizzas in favor of those made on flatbread, which are described as "a lighter alternative" to traditional pizza. This section of the menu has a handful of gourmet options. The Roasted Eggplant, Spinach & Feta pizza is topped with sun-dried and plum tomatoes, caramelized onions, basil pesto and mozzarella. With no meat in sight and healthy veggies galore, it sure sounds like a dieter's dream, right? Then there's Uno's Mediterranean pizza. The Mediterranean diet gets plenty of good press as a healthy way to eat and shed pounds. This pizza is very similar to the first (spinach, tomatoes, basil pesto, feta) but also has kalamata olives and Parmesan cheese. Between these two very similar pizzas with two very different nutrient breakdowns, which is lower in fat?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's been a minute...

Sorry I had to take the week to prepare a few things but know I missed stopping in and updating. Tomorrow 4/1/09 WTLS will update the master site so visit the website and join the email list so you get the weekly emails, the monthly updates as well as the daily blogs.
Take some time in April to visit a church for Easter, it's such a great time to see people who you may not see often. Cook dinner, enjoy, do something!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Weight loss benefits..

Give it your 50%. Research has shown that obese individuals can bring their blood pressure down to normal by losing just HALF of their excess weight. Other studies indicate that high cholesterol starts to fall with just a 10% decrease in body fat. One of the most pressing reasons for losing excess weight is to control life-threatening diseases. So start seeing significant health improvements with a modest amount of weight loss.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sunday, 3/22/09 - The Celebrity Apprentice

CHECK YOUR LISTINGS for Sunday, 3/22/09 - The Celebrity Apprentice on the East Coast NBC @9PM
I think we can all agree it doesn’t get much bigger than prime time television! And it doesn’t get much more exciting than a technology that allows you to see the person you're talking to…with every conversation! Albert Cancela (a personal friend of mine)is involved in a business opportunity that's allowing him to share that technology with people. It's being featured on an upcoming episode of The Celebrity Apprentice. Take a look at the information in the link below. Hop you'll join in watching this exciting episode.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

And the answer is....

Glaceau's various Vitamin Water drinks contain about 50 calories per 8-ounce serving. Per 20-ounce bottle however, that adds up to 125 calories for what would be 2-1/2 servings of water. Still, it's a lower-calorie alternative to the fruit-sweetened tea. Tazo's Juiced Tea contains 84 calories per eight ounces. At just 13.8 ounces per bottle, it still outnumbers Vitamin Water, weighing in at 145 calories per bottle. Is it worth it to get your vitamins from calorie-filled water instead of your diet? You be the judge. Just be careful, as calories from beverages, including flavored waters and teas, can add up quickly!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Let's do another...Which "healthy" drink is lower in calories?

These days, water is "enhanced" with plenty of ingredients---from electrolytes to herbal infusions, sugar-free flavoring to added vitamins. If you have a need, you can find a water to meet it. Take these two drinks. Glaceau's Vitamin Water contains both added vitamins and herbs to help you meet various needs: energy, revival, immune support, and more. Tazo's flavor comes from green tea and fruit juice. Per serving, which tasty water alternative is lower in calories?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

And the Answer is....

Tortilla soups vary greatly in ingredients and nutritional values, but Baja Fresh did a good job with this one. One serving, with chicken added, comes to 320 calories, 14 grams of fat (4 grams saturated fat), and zero trans fats (which everyone should try to avoid completely). Despite using charbroiled chicken instead of fried, the Chipotle Glazed Chicken Salad is not diet-friendly choice. This salad contains 700 calories, more than twice the fat (31 grams), 7 grams of saturated fat, and 1 gram of trans fat. Grab the soup instead and round out your meal with Baja's side salad, topped with Salsa Verde instead of dressing. Together, you'll consume a total of 401 calories, 17 grams of fat, and a filling 8 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein. Excelente!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Baja Fresh: salad or soup?

Baja Fresh...even the name sounds good and healthy. This company, which many people think is a "healthier" version of Chipotle, likes to toot its own horn about the freshness of its food. Great, but does fresh mean healthy? How does the nutritional breakdown of "fresh" ingredients compare to Chipotle or any other fast food chain? These two selections are from the Soup/Salad section of the menu, which is described on their website as "the lighter side of the menu." Option 1: Tortilla Soup, which is topped with avocado (high in fats, but the healthy kind), tortilla strips, cheese, and chicken. Option 2: Chipotle Glazed Charbroiled Chicken Salad, with fruitful additions like grilled pineapple, avocado, cheese, and veggies. Which "light" menu item is as low-calorie as it claims?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Fighting that last flu....

Apples (and red onions, broccoli, and tea) are great sources of quercetin -- a flavonoid that may stave off the influenza virus when the body is under stress. In a recent study, quercetin did just that: The normal dip in immunity that comes with physical fatigue was pretty much cancelled out by the flavonoid. So as the weather changes grab what you need to keep the flu leaving with the winter weather!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Red Fridays.....

If the Red shirt thing is new to you, read below...
Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.
No, he responded..
Heading out I asked?
No. I'm escorting a soldier home.
Going to pick him up?
No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq , I'm taking him home to his family.
The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's fami ly and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days.I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you.
Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.
Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.
'Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign.'
Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.So here's a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do.
Red Fridays.
Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority.' We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respectstarts this Friday -- and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that .. every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something red.
If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once 'silent' majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Going Bananas.....

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Monday, March 9, 2009

We each have this ability... are you using yours?

It's often stories like this that cause people to cling to doubt and fear in attending church for Sunday worship. That's not God's purpose but instead we should cling to worship and unity as it's that which gives us the strength to not only attend Sunday service but to live.
I am compelled to share this story with my coworkers as I know it will be a topic but use it instead of saying this is why you shouldn't go to church but instead confirm...this is exactly why I do go. I attend church to worship God and ensure my destiny
Pastor Killed In Illinois Church Shooting
Maryville, IL -- The pastor of an Illinois church was shot and killed during a yesterday's Sunday morning service, according to the Maryville Police Department.

CBS Affiliate KMOV reports that a gunman opened fire after 8:00 a.m. Sunday service at the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill., fatally shooting Pastor Fred Winters.