Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday Exercise

I didn't have my usual breakfast this morning. My mom actually asked if I wanted cream of wheat. So, don't know how much energy I'll have today after that! We'll see. Have to go back to work today.
So, I did my usual exercises. And, finished reading Chaz Bono's Transition! That was a good book. I like his casual way of writing, almost like he's having a conversation.
Rode my exercycle at about 17mph for 5.8 miles and 21.18 minutes, burning 276 calories.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bone Broth Results

I just finished straining the bone broth I started in the crock pot yesterday. (See yesterday's posts for the recipe.)
Here is the finished broth before straining:
And, after:

It made a total of 7 cups of broth.
Make your own bone broth from leftover bones of any kind. Bone broth is an excellent source of minerals for your own bone health, as well as the components for healthy tendons, ligaments and cartilage. You are what you eat.

Smoothie Lunch

As usual, I got sick around Thanksgiving. This is nothing new for me. But, the type of illness and the duration is different. I didn't get pneumonia & wasn't nearly bedridden for a week as in the past - happened nearly every year for about ten years. The past couple of years since I have been eating better & exercising, I have not gotten pneumonia at all. Last year I had a bad cough & lung congestion, but it went away on its own. This year, I got a bad migraine (which is also something I had chronically for over ten years until very recently) which may, in fact, be a sinus infection. I've had it for about 3 days & it seems to be fading as I write this.
Anyway, today's lunch is a raw smoothie made of 1 cup herbal tea (your choice), 1 organic banana, about 1 cup frozen golden raspberries, 1 teaspoon hemp seeds & 1 teaspoon maca powder. It's a pretty golden color, which being in an amber mug, you can't really see! And, it tastes great! I was worried about the maca, as it can be so bitter to me, but the fruit covers that very well.

Tuesday Exercises

I'm still dealing with the remnants of a migraine I've had since Sunday night. I think it may actually be a sinus infection behind my eye ... anyway, just finished all of my exercises. Felt good riding the exercycle & reading another chapter of Chaz Bono's Transition; I concentrated on something other than my head! One more chapter to go.
6.3 miles
24.39 minutes
302 calories burned

Sunflower Sprouts!

I started these about 3 days ago. It is just a small batch to see how they'd do. At first I had them divided into two trays, but I just transferred them into one. I've already eaten quite a few! I have not cleaned out the broken pieces that did not sprout or the skins shed by the seeds that did sprout.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bone Broth recipe

I got the idea to make bone broth the other day when I was listening to a bunch of Daniel Vitalis interviews on One Radio Network.
So, here is a rough recipe of it that I have made up.
Various turkey bones or bones you have available (make sure to have some long bones containing plenty of marrow) (save up bones in your freezer for future use)
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
6-10 garlic cloves
2 slices of ginger (1/4 inch thickness, chopped)
red onion to taste (chopped)
5 fingerling potatoes, chopped
5 whole baby carrots
1 bay leaf
Juice of 1 lemon
Water to cover all ingredients

Put all ingredients in crockpot. Let steep for one hour, then plug in crockpot and cook on low for 24 hours. Add the following ingredients about 1 hour before end of cooking time:
salt to taste
pepper to taste
3 dehydrated sweet basil leaves
lavender to taste
At the end of cooking time, strain the broth out and store in glass containers. Use to make soups or other dishes, or drink broth by itself!

This picture is taken about 3 hours after starting cooking - the last 4 ingredients have not been added.

Approved Foods article

When a school lunch supplier repackaged moldy applesauce into canned goods and fruit cups, it drew a sharp warning from federal health regulators last month -- and general disgust from almost everyon...

Salmon Recall - possible Listeria

Trans-Ocean Products, Inc. of Bellingham, Washington is recalling its 4 ounce “transOCEAN Wild Alaska Sockeye Smoked Salmon” with lot numbers 1280W & 1293W because it has the potential to be conta...

Health Benefits of Cinnamon article

Benefits of cinnamon - surprising health facts

Statin Drugs Linked to Diabetes article

I think everyone should listen to the video in this article. It's long, but very informative about a number of important topics.

Find out why statin drugs may potentially cause diabetes and lead to muscle damage.

Monday Exercise

So, I started getting a migraine yesterday & it hit before I went to bed. So, didn't sleep much & can't drive today. So, not working. But, I forced myself to do all my exercises & ride my exercycle:
16.1 mph
4.5 miles
17.48 minutes
214 calories burned while reading another chapter of Chaz Bono's Transition.

Thanksgiving Detox video

This video from Dr. Akilah El has some great tips for detoxing from the stressful holiday:

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Exercise

Good exercise today. I hope I keep up during the week, since I go back to work tomorrow after 10 days off.
Exercycle ride:
15.3 mph
4.2 miles
17.23 minutes
203 calories burned while reading a chapter of Chaz Bono's Transition.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cranberry Recall - Metal Fragments

Ocean Spray today announced it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling certain production lots of its Original Flavor Craisins® Dried Cranberries product in 5-ounce, 10-ounce a...

Hot Exercise!

Gah! Remind me to check if my mom has turned on the heater before I start exercising! I am burning up now. Did my trampoline, push-up, etc. exercises & then rode the exercycle. Good ride today, but feel like I'm going to drop because of the darn heater! I started getting uncomfortable about half-way through, but wanted to finish today's chapter of Chaz Bono's Transition. A few more to go on that.
15.1 mph
6 miles
25.28 minutes
286 calories burned!
Time to clean the doves' cage and let them fly around for a while.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cake Recall - Undeclared Milk Allergen

Maxipan Bakery Corp, of West Hempstead, NY, is recalling its 8 ounce packages of “Semita De Pina� because they may contain undeclared milk allergens. Consumers who are allergic to milk allergens

Black Friday Exercise!

OK. I'm not the type that goes shopping crazy, so I won't be getting any exercise that way today! So, I've done my regular exercises on my mini trampoline, lifting dumbbells & doing modified push-ups. And, rode my exercycle!
15.1 mph
4.4 miles
18.35 minutes
211 calories burned while reading another chapter of Chaz Bono's Transition.
Now to get all the winnings packaged for my Listia winners and go to the post office!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Feast!

I sent the 'before' picture earlier. Here is the result. My cousin Curtis bought the 'turkey kit' from the local BelAir market. It had an 11-pound turkey, real mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, cranberry/apple sauce, broccoli/cheese/rice casserole, dinner rolls & a pumpkin pie. Along with what my mom & I made for snacking yesterday. And, I opened a can of natural olives. Gotta have my olives! I wish I could say everything was natural or organic, but only the stuff my mom & I made was for sure. Oh, and the organic pasture butter I added to the potatoes and we put on the rolls.

Thanksgiving Exercise!

We've got the table all ready for the feast later:
But, before we start cooking, I got some exercycling in:
14.9 mph
3.7 miles
15.23 minutes
180 calories burned
1 chapter of Chaz Bono's Transition read.
Time to get the oven turned on now!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Treats

My mom and I made some things today for Thanksgiving so we wouldn't have to do them tomorrow. I made my spiced nuts and my stuffed dates.
My mom made deviled eggs and a few stuffed olives.
Then, I made fresh whipped cream (16oz. organic cream & 1/4 cup sugar). First time I've ever made it. Sooooo good!
And, my mom made ambrosia. This was from a recipe her sister got from her own mother-in-law's sister. So, my aunt's aunt-in-law? Haha! I hope we remembered the ingredients; I don't think she put enough whipped cream, myself ...

Fish Recall - possible Botulism

Four Star Import & Distribution Inc, 1075 Flushing Avenue is recalling Munia Brand Churi Dry Fish discovered by New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine ins...

Fish Recall - possible Listeria

King & Prince Seafood Corp. of Brunswick, GA, is initiating a voluntary recall of Nova Style Cold Smoked Salmon and Sable Fish Lox, Salmon Sushi Fillets, and Salmon Trim because it has the potenti...

Rum Balls Recall - Undeclared Allergens

Caribbean Rum Balls of St. Thomas, VI, is issuing this alert due to undeclared allergens, specifically: wheat, coconut, milk, eggs and sodium bisulfite (preservative). People who have allergies to any...

Exercise on 11/23/11

It really feels great to be riding the exercycle again. I didn't realize how much I missed it. It's relaxing to read while I ride. Something impossible to do on a real bike! haha! I read another chapter of Chaz Bono's Transition while pedaling at 14.4mph for 4 miles, 16.04 minutes and burned 195 calories. Not bad for the second day back on it. Gotta make sure I get some time in tomorrow before my cousins arrive.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Well, as some of you know, I used to ride my exercycle every day, but when we got the last of our stuff out of storage after it being in there for 11 years, it all ended up in the doves' room and the exercycle and ab-doer kind of got buried for a couple of months. Well, with my cousins, Steven & Curtis, wanting to have a Thanksgiving (after not having one for years after their mother died), we had to get that room cleared and fast so they would have our big TV to watch the football game! My mom and I did it in 3 days! Room looks livable again AND my exercise equipment is usable again! I just got done reading a chapter of Chaz Bono's Transition book while riding at about 13mph for 3.5 miles, 16.29 minutes & burned 169 calories. Yay, me! I love my exercycle. In the meantime, I had continued my daily jumps on my mini trampoline, using my dumbbells (those are in my bedroom) & doing my push-ups. Hopefully, my mom will get back to the exercycle, too. It is the only exercise she will do.

Pastry Recall - Undeclared milk allergen

Rio Grande Imports Inc. of Copiague NY is recalling 50 cases of Semita de Piña because it may contain undeclared dairy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to dairy run the risk of seriou...

Health and Fitness Tips article

Tony Schober's profile photoTony Schober originally shared this post:
Fitness Tip - Learn to eat for fuel, not for pleasure. Food is meant to be nourishment for your body and mind. Find a more productive way to achieve gratification other than eating.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Eliminating Yeast Infections article

Celestial Healing Wellness Center's profile photoCelestial Healing Wellness Center originally shared this post:
Yeast infections of all types are becoming more and more prevelant, thanks to the use of antibiotics. Candida albicans infections are the most common type, and they can spread throughout your bod...

Sugar Recall - Milk allergen

Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. of Savannah, Ga., ISSUES ALLERGEN ALERT FOR UNDECLARED MILK in 12-ounce GFS sugar canisters that were inadvertently filled with non-dairy coffee creamer. These items were

Friday, November 18, 2011

Chicken Jerky for dogs Warning - Unspecified illnesses

Not sure about this one since it isn't an outright recall, since they didn't really specify a company or an illness (just the symptoms ...) But, it's a good reason to learn to make your own treats for your pets!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs.

Sandwich Recall - Undeclared Milk Allergen

Maumee Valley Vending Company announced a voluntary recall on Buffalo Chicken Wedge Sandwiches containing cheese, a milk product. A recall notification was initiated by Maumee Valley Vending Co. beca...

Friday Lunch

Eggs aren't just for breakfast! I just made scrambled organic pastured eggs with leftover turkey, frozen spinach and O'Brien-style potatoes fried in organic pasture butter. Yum. I was going to put alfalfa sprout in it, but I forgot ...

Root Vegetables article

"Cheap, Filling and Nutritious: Root Veggies Root vegetables (with the exception of potatoes and carrots) are some of the most overlooked and underappreciated foodstuffs around. But these nutritional storehouses are hidden treasures worthy of your notice. Not only are they available in winter when other vegetables are hard to find, but they are also very inexpensive."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dog Treat video

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Tired of wasting money by throwing out your rotting produce?! Make this great fruit/veggie puree for your canine friend, instead! Visit for more natural foods tips and recipes!

Epigenetics article

A post discussing epigenetics and how your genetic code does not dictate your future. You can change outcomes... by changing inputs.

Romaine Lettuce Recall - possible E. coli

Ready Pac Foods, Inc. of Irwindale, CA is recalling a total of 5,379 cases of bagged salad products containing Romaine lettuce, as listed below, with the Use-by Date of November 18, 2011 because they...

Peanut Butter Recall - possible Salmonella

The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on two specific Best-If-Used-By dates of 16 oz. Smucker’s®® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because it may be contaminated...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hidden MSG tip

Found on Twitter:

Jennifer Thompson
Hidden names for MSG - Hydrolyzed protein, glutamate, hydrolyzed soy, yeast extract, caseinate, spices, natural flavorings, vinegar powder.

New Products video 11/16/2011

Known as The Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert is a distinguished author and speaker who alerts customers and business leaders to impending corporate and consumer trends, and empowers them to ...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday Dinner

We had some leftovers tonight. All good stuff. Imagine Tomato & Red Pepper soup with organic elbow macaroni added. Sliced turkey breast on Alvarado Street Bakery sprouted burger bun with slice of organic yellow heirloom tomato & baby lettuces & fresh homegrown organic alfalfa sprouts. And, half an organic banana. With mugful of homemade organic almond milk. I am stuffed! No picture taken tonight.

Salt article

via @WestonAPrice on Twitter
Salt Institute says federal bureaucrats will be held responsible for ignoring solid medical research while pushing a dangerous, low-sodium diet on an unsuspecting public

Daniel Vitalis YouTube videos

Daniel Vitalis just started a YouTube Channel. He has 2 short vids up right now. Can't wait until he has more of them. I subscribed.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stuffed Olive Expanded Recall - Possible Botulism

United Natural Foods, Inc. is recalling selected types of FoodMatch, Inc. Divina Stuffed Olives, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can ca...


I am finally making sprouts! Alfalfa sprouts to be exact. I bought these sprouting trays a month or so ago & thought I better start using them! This is about 48 hours in.
I won't be using such small seeds in these trays in the future, but the alfalfa seeds came with it. They are hard to rinse as they flow out the sides, then I have to pick them out of the sink! Kind of annoying. So, I'll stick to jars for the little seeds. But, bigger seeds and nuts will work great in it.

Monday Dinner

My mom made a really good dinner. Whole turkey breast seasoned with Cajun seasoning and chives. Organic spring mix salad with organic heirloom tomato & natural olives. With Bragg's organic ginger & sesame dressing. And, organic grapes.
The turkey breast was huge. I was only able to eat half. Saving the rest for lunch tomorrow.

Planting Garlic in Containers article

I am so going to do this on Saturday!

Share. The fall time is perfect to plant garlic to be ready during the spring. It's also simple to do. Each clove that you plant winds up turning into a clove of garlic. The larger the clove you p...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Daniel Vitalis interviews

I just finished listening to Daniel Vitalis' latest interview on One Radio network. Such an intelligent guy. There are more on that site that I'll be listening to throughout the day, too.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sauteed Squash Dinner

I just finished a yummy early dinner. I needed to use up some of the winter squash & zucchini that I got from my egg farmer the other day, so this is what I came up with. This served 2.

2 small chicken breasts
2 small organic winter squashes, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 Tablespoon organic olive oil
pinch salt
pinch black pepper
1/4 teaspoon thyme
3 dehydrated basil leaves, crumbled
2-inch sprig of fresh rosemary, leaves pulled from stalk
1 Tablespoon Newman's Own Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing
2 Mi Abuelita Bonita Spinach & Onion flour tortillas

Bake the chicken breasts in 350F oven for about 10 minutes. Cut into small pieces.
Cover bottom of large cast iron skillet with olive oil. Add vegetables & chicken. Stir to cover them in oil. Cook on medium-low until slightly browned & the onion is transluscent. Add salt, pepper & herbs. Stir until thoroughly cooked. Add vinaigrette. Serve with warmed tortilla.