Positive Energy

Colossians 2:6-7 –‘Tis the season year round, to be His servants, serve and love one another……

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,  rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

Let’s put positive energy into things we can do to impact our world and those within our world.

“Pray and Do for others.”

We should pray for all the families & the community of the tragedy that took place at the school. The media should give the families and community time to grieve and bury their child(ren) without cameras and reporters. Pray for these families-pray for peace, comfort, and strength that’s what they need now, in the days, weeks, and years ahead.Pray for the school staff, students, and for the community. Their lives will never ever be the same.

Positive energy/actions for others by you and your children, teaching them to do unto others, would be a gift in memory of these children who are now angels, playing in heaven.

I read Misty Hardison’s post “thanking” people who came forward helping she and her daughter in the cleanup of the vandalism, theft, and invasion of personal property/space that took place in their home. Doers using positive energy to help, What the WORLD NEEDS MORE OF.

There are so many mission opportunities available that we as individuals can do and as families can do.

The Neuse Baptist Association (part of Lenoir, Wayne, Greene, & Duplin counties) is asking for oven baked cookies and brownies (in boxes or tins you do not need back) by Wednesday morning at 9am. These are being given to inmates of a local prison, along with a gift bag of toiletry items already collected and packaged by area churches. The cookies and brownies will be packaged in LaGrange @9am. If you can bake and would like to help, please inbox me privately on facebook or email me [email protected]

The GAs of Bethel Baptist Church of Jonestown, Pink Hill are collecting new and used coats for adults-men & women, children and teens through January 6th. New if you’re able to purchase a coat on sale but “good used coats” you or your family would still wear while out and about. Check your closets. Some of you may have lost weight and can’t wear the coat hanging there, or gained weight or the children have outgrown the coat from the previous year or you or your family members may just want a “new look” for the winter. There are people who need a coat to stay warm. Would you be willing to help? If so, contact me.

Would you like to start a Praying Parents Group for a school in your area? Parents, Grandparents, & Community members, who meet together once a week to covet the school in prayer. Not a bashing group–a “praying” group.

Would you be willing to start one?

It takes two people agreeing to meet together, to pray for the needs, safety, learning, etc–praying for the students and the staff. Announce it publicly and you will be surprised at who else may can join you. This can be held at a church near the school or other public building that would be opened for that purpose. Our children are a gift from God–each school in Lenoir County and in every county in the United States, needs a prayer group, praying daily for them.

I believe grades would improve, bullying would decrease, staff would find a happier/better environment to teach, supplies would be more available, and parents/students/staff would feel safer.

What begins as two can become many. You announce at the beginning prayer concerns for the school, and you pray. School staff members, teachers, and students confidentially will begin to get you specific needs to pray about. It can be 30 minutes to an hour.   Who plans to begin one?

Community Watch—neighbors watching out for neighbors. If you see a suspicious car, person, or activity in your neighborhood, call 911 and report it. People watch homes and neighborhoods before they break in. It’s not oh, look like that’s a good house this minute….They normally look for a routine–what time during an entire week or two weeks do people leave? A vehicle on the corner or side of the road(even with someone in it), could be the getaway vehicle for a break in happening a few blocks or a mile away. If it doesn’t look right, make the call.

Attend community watch meetings–in Lenoir County, there are about 6 meetings taking place monthly or every other month–Chris Cahoon can tell you the closest to you if you live in Lenoir County. Community doesn’t mean you have to live within the town or section of the county you live. Go, Listen, Learn how you can better protect your family and your home or business.

January 1st @7pm @ Pink Hill Presbyterian Church, Pink Hill Community Watch has Terry Light as the speaker. She is our Assistant District Attorney. She will be speaking on internet safety for the family. She will also touch on social media–the check in option on cellular phones–banking, etc. Come listen and see how you may be alerting others of your activities without meaning to do—or how to be sure your banking is secure. Find our ways to be sure your children or teens are safe when on the computer.

The local rest home is an awesome place to share joy and love. Singing Christmas Carols, taking a DVD of your play for them to watch, taking small nursing home gifts to the local facilities–Pink Hill Pharmacy in my area have gift bags for men and women made up already, easy for you to purchase and take–get just a few and give it to the ones you see sitting around the lobby or in the tv room. Just sit and talk with them, you don’t need an appointment to do that. Many of those at the rest home seldom have visitors on a regular basis. My experience there–before I leave, they want to know, when will we be back. They love to play bingo (take lots of quarters & gifts as prizes), sing (they love old hymns and children songs) and they all love a party—what better time to throw a party than Jesus’ Birthday?

These are just a few ways you can begin mission opportunities with your children. Discuss the project and take action. From simply cleaning out a closet to visiting a nursing home. Bake brownies and cookies tonight and make arrangements to get them to the prison ministry taking place in LaGrange.

8 More Days til Christmas—how will you spread the joy and love of Christmas in the 8 days ahead?

Spice up your life a bit, and enjoy all of those super health benefits!

These 10 powerful spices help to control blood sugar, reduce inflammation, boost your metabolism, aid fat loss, and reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease
Every time you flavor your meals with herbs or spices you are supercharging your food without adding a single calorie. You can transform something ordinary and bland into something truly extraordinary tasting and good for your body, just by generously adding herbs and spices to your meals.Did you know that certain herbs and spices contain a wide variety of some of the most potent antioxidants of any food? In fact, many herbs and spices rank even higher in antioxidant activity than many fruits and vegetables, with some spices such as cloves, turmeric, and cinnamon having as much as 10-50x more antioxidants measured by ORAC value (on a weight to weight comparison) compared to blueberries.

The benefits of the antioxidants in spices include some very powerful protection against many serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, and overall aging.

Herbs and spices add tons of extra flavor, and when combined with the nutrition in other foods, they actually exponentially boost the natural antioxidants, phytonutrients, and anti-inflammatory power of the food.

Besides the super antioxidants, herbs and spices can also:

  • Aid Fat Burning and Boost Metabolism – many herbs and spices are thermogenic, which means they naturally help to increase metabolism, partly because they are so nutrient-dense.
  • Help Stabilize Blood Sugar – Some spices are also good at regulating blood sugar and controlling insulin–even as good as some diabetic drugs! When your blood sugar is well controlled, you are more likely to burn fat and not store calories as excess weight.
  • Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Properties -Scientific studies show that herbs and spices can actually work as well or better than some medications at calming inflammation without the negative side effects of isolated drugs.
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal – Many herbs and spices contain properties that effectively kill dangerous pathogens like viruses, bacteria and stubborn fungi. The natural properties in these foods work against many microbes that are resistant to conventional medications.

Here are 10 of the most potent superfood herbs and spices you can eat:

1. Basil – Basil is a very effective anti-inflammatory herb with extraordinary healing benefits that work for arthritis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel conditions, to name a just a few. In addition, basil helps kill harmful bacteria that cause food poisoning including: Listeria, Staph, and E. coli O:157:H7.

Basil is also an excellent source of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radical damage. Free radical damage is the primary cause of heart disease, cancer, and many other serious health conditions, as well as aging. Because of its dark green color, it is an excellent source of vitamin K, calcium and magnesium, which is good for the bones. It is also a great source of iron, manganese, vitamin C and potassium.  Use both fresh basil and dried basil generously in your foods to maximize it’s benefits.

2. Cinnamon – This ancient spice has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice.

Cinnamon is highly effective at helping to stabilize blood sugar levels, making it very effective for those with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). In one study of people with type 2 diabetes, just two teaspoons a day reduced blood sugar as much as 20-30%, as well as lowering LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Cinnamon also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and helps relieve pain and stiffness in muscles and joints, including arthritis. Cinnamon has a positive effect on brain function, and smelling cinnamon, or chewing cinnamon flavored gum, can possibly help improve memory and attention. Cinnamon also reduces inflammation in blood vessels that leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease, as well as having antifungal and antibacterial properties.

3. Cayenne – This hot spice not only heats up your dishes, it heats up your body and raises your metabolism, helping you burn fat faster. And an interesting research study showed that when a person consumed an appetizer with red pepper flakes, they ate 15% less food. And for those of you who avoid cayenne because you think it bothers your stomach, cayenne pepper is actually healing to stomach tissues, it stimulates digestive enzymes, and helps prevent stomach ulcers.

Cayenne reduces LDL blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and decreases the formation of harmful blood clots, all of which prevent heart attacks and strokes. And, cayenne is a very effective anti-inflammatory and pain remedy for everything from headaches to arthritis and sore muscles, as well as clearing nasal congestion and boosting immunity.

Try cayenne in your morning eggs, in soups, stews, chili, or meatloaf for a little metabolism boosting spice!

4. Cloves – Cloves have a unique sweet and spicy flavor, but also contain powerful natural medicine. Cloves have strong antiseptic and germicidal ingredients that help fight infections, relieve digestive problems, and arthritis pain. One of cloves’ best known uses is its ability to relieve tooth and gum pain.  Cloves have been measured as having THE highest antioxidant level (ORAC value) of all spices and herbs.

The oil in cloves kills bacteria and is very effective when applied to scrapes, cuts, fungal infections, itchy rashes, bites, burns, or bruises. Cloves also help digestive problems like gas, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, and eliminate harmful parasites, bacteria and fungus in the digestive system. And the smell of cloves helps to encourage mental creativity too.

Cloves can be a great healthy addition to hot teas.

5. Cumin – Cumin is another spice that is especially high in antioxidants, but cumin is known for being especially good for digestion. It stimulates the gallbladder and pancreas to secrete enzymes and bile that break down food into usable nutrients your body can use. Cumin also helps detoxify the body, and is highly effective for respiratory disorders like asthma and bronchitis.

Cumin, like cinnamon, helps keep blood sugar levels stable, which means cumin is great for diabetics or pre-diabetics, and it means less chance of weight gain and excess body fat. Cumin has been proven to work as well as some commonly used diabetic drugs at regulating insulin and glycogen. Cumin is also a very good source of iron, vitamin C and vitamin A, which benefit the immune system.

Cumin goes great in chili!

6. Turmeric – Turmeric’s yellow-orange pigment, curcumin, is the main active ingredient in this super spice. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory benefits are actually comparable to drugs like hydrocortisone and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines like Advil and Motrin. But, unlike the drugs, curcumin is not toxic at all.

Curcumin is more effective slowing down the development of Alzheimer’s disease than many medications, because it decreases inflammation and oxidation in the brain. This spice also speeds up the recovery time from strokes as well. Turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin, are also highly effective against diseases like irritable bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, and arthritis. Turmeric also improves liver function, lowers homocysteine and prevents heart disease.

Most importantly, turmeric is one of the most potent anti-cancer spices that helps protect you.  Turmeric and it’s derivatives are currently being studied in alternative cancer treatments.

Try this trick:  Using black pepper along with turmeric (I use this combo in my eggs every morning) helps to increase the absorption of turmeric’s curcumin in the body.

7. Rosemary – Rosemary contains active ingredients that are potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory agents. Rosemary has long been known to improve concentration, boost memory, and lift depression. Rosemary also strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, stimulates digestion, and fights cancer, as well.

Rosemary is highly effective for respiratory problems including asthma, chest congestion, and respiratory infections. While rosemary adds a delicious savory flavor to meat dishes, it also helps digestion by stimulating the gallbladder to release bile as well. Rosemary will protect your body against harmful carcinogenic toxins and prevents colon cancer, stomach, breast, and lung cancer.

Fun fact: If you’re going to grill meats, marinating meats for hours beforehand in liquid mixtures that contain rosemary and other herbs/spices can dramatically help to reduce HCA’s (heterocyclic amines), which are carcinogenic compounds that can form when meats are grilled.  So using rosemary, thyme, garlic, oregano and other spices in a meat marinade before grilling meats can drastically reduce any carcinogens that normally would form on grilled meat.

The antioxidants in rosemary and thyme from a marinade were specifically cited in studies at being powerful inhibitors of HCA formation when grilling meats.  But it was also noted that other spices such as garlic, oregano, and others can help to prevent HCA formation as well, so I suggest using a variety, which tastes great anyway!

One more important point about grilling meat: Remember that the more well-done a meat is cooked, the higher concentration of carcinogenic HCA’s can form, so rare, medium-rare, or medium are healthier choices than well-done.  I’ve never understood why anybody would want to ruin a good steak by burning it to oblivion anyway.  But hey, if you’re one of those folks that likes your steaks well-done, just remember that you’re eating a lot more carcinogens than a steak that’s cooked less, so make sure to load up on your antioxidants (spices, teas, berries, etc) to help combat those extra carcinogens.

Washing down your barbequed meal with a glass of unsweetened iced tea (rich in antioxidants) and also a good salad with lots of raw veggies can provide the antioxidants needed to counteract the effect of HCAs in your body from grilled meat.

By the way, even charring vegetables on the grill creates different carcinogens such as acrylamides, so don’t think that the negative effect of charring only applies to meats.

8. Ginger – Ginger is VERY powerful for your health!  Ginger contains over 25 different antioxidants, which makes it extremely effective at fighting free radicals in many different body systems. Ginger is best known for its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting, as well as motion sickness. In fact, ginger may even be more effective than Dramamine, one of the most common drugs used for motion sickness. And because ginger does not have harmful side effects like many drugs, it is very good for nausea from pregnancy. Studies actually show that just 1 gram of ginger before surgery is more effective than the standard anti-nausea medication given for post surgical nausea and vomiting.

Ginger is also a soothing remedy for sore throats from colds and flu because of its antiviral properties. Ginger also helps coughs and is an effective expectorant. Try a tea made with hot water simmered with a few slices of ginger and a small amount of honey and lemon for a soothing tonic when you are sick.

Because ginger is such a strong anti-inflammatory, it helps reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis, and muscle aches. Ginger also fights cancer, reduces cholesterol, and prevents blood clots that lead to strokes or heart disease.  I like to use a slice of ginger root in my hot teas sometimes, in our batches of iced teas, and of course, I love piling ginger on top of sushi!  I take a couple capsules of ginger daily since it’s not as frequently used in dishes as some other spices.

9. Oregano – This herb contains an oil that is a very potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent, rosmarinic acid (also found in rosemary).   Oregano oil has been used to treat a wide range of conditions from bacterial and viral infections, to parasites and stubborn fungal infections. Although the oil of oregano is most often used for medicinal purposes, the herb itself can provide many of the same benefits when consumed regularly.

Oregano also relieves inflammation, internal or external, and can offer relief from allergies, aches and pain, without side effects.  Oregano is very high on the ORAC scale of measured antioxidant value.

10. Thyme — Thyme’s active ingredient is known for treating bronchitis, sore throats, chest congestion, laryngitis and asthma. Thyme is so effective it is often an ingredient in cough drops and mouthwashes to treat inflammation and infections. Thyme is also effective as a soothing stomach aid to relieve gastritis, indigestion and colic.

Thyme helps prevent cancer, improve memory, treat Alzheimer’s, calm the nerves, and alleviate depression, nightmares, and insomnia. An interesting new discovery about thyme shows that it actually boosts the amount of DHA (an important ingredient in omega 3 fatty acids) in the brain, heart and kidney cells.

Here are some other health benefits of some of the most popular herbs and spices:

  • Rosemary, turmeric, ginger and basil are powerful anti-inflammatories.
  • Cumin, turmeric, and sage help fight dementia.
  • Cayenne, cumin, coriander and cinnamon help to regulate insulin and blood sugar, aiding fat loss.
  • Lemon grass, nutmeg, bay leaves and saffron have a calming effect.
  • Garlic, mustard seed, hawthorne, and chicory are excellent for the heart.
  • Basil and thyme help your skin become softer and smoother.
  • Turmeric, garlic, basil, cinnamon, thyme, saffron, garlic and ginger boost the immune system.
  • Coriander, rosemary, cayenne, allspice and black pepper can help banish depression.

    There are 3 specific spices that I personally believe are so powerful that I try to take them in daily capsule form as well, since they may not always be used in my daily meals… and those are:

    Turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger. They’re very cheap in capsule form too.  I usually take 2 capsules per day of each of these spices unless I use large amounts in certain dishes like a curry dish for example.

    Spice up your life a bit, and enjoy all of those super health benefits!

  • Note: Always check with your physician to be sure certain herbs and spices don’t interfere with medications you may be taking–and check with your doctor before you quit any current medications.
  • ~~~copied from Fat Loss Factor Newsletter
  • Grilling and Carcinogens

    If you love a good barbeque, you must read this article below by my friend and Nutrition Specialist, Mike Geary .  It shows you some really important info about carcinogenic compounds that are found in that grilled meat that we all love.  But don’t worry, Mike also shows you the exact trick you need that eliminates these cancer-causing compounds while still enjoying your barbeque!
    NEVER Grill Meat, Unless You Do This
    by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist
    Author of Best Seller:  The Truth About Six Pack Abs

    Most people aren’t aware that when you cook meat (whether it’s grilled, broiled, or seared) there are carcinogenic compounds that can form called HCA’s (heterocyclic amines).  Now don’t panic…you ingest various carcinogens all the time, even with some vegetables. You can always protect yourself with more antioxidants.

    Please Note: When you cook meat in a water base as opposed to grilling, broiling, or searing, you eliminate the harmful HCAs. So for example, meats cooked in a soup, or meats cooked in a crock pot will not have the problem of the carcinogenic HCAs and is a healthier way to cook meat.

    But let’s face it… grilled meat tastes awesome and there’s no way I’m giving up my grass-fed steak from the grill, or my grass-fed burgers!

    That’s why it’s important to know that there’s a way you can use spices to both counteract, and also drastically reduce the carcinogens formed when you grill meat…

    Here’s the trick:

    If you’re going to grill meats, marinating meats for at least several hours beforehand in liquid mixtures that contain rosemary and other herbs/spices can dramatically help to reduce HCA’s (heterocyclic amines), which are those carcinogenic compounds that can form when meats are grilled.  It appears that the highly potent antioxidants in these herbs prevent HCA formation.  So using rosemary, thyme, garlic, oregano and other spices in a meat marinade before grilling meats can drastically reduce any carcinogens that normally would form on grilled meat and give you a healthier meal, that’s also very tasty!

    The antioxidants in rosemary and thyme from a marinade were specifically cited in studies at being powerful inhibitors of HCA formation when grilling meats.  But it was also noted that other spices such as garlic, oregano, and others can help to prevent HCA formation as well, so I suggest using a variety, which tastes great anyway!

    One more important point about grilling meat:

    Remember that the more well-done a meat is cooked, the higher concentration of carcinogenic HCA’s can form, so rare, medium-rare, or medium are healthier choices than well-done.  I’ve never understood why anybody would want to ruin a good steak by burning it to oblivion anyway.  But hey, if you’re one of those folks that likes your steaks well-done, just remember that you’re eating a lot more carcinogens than a steak that’s cooked less, so make sure to load up on your antioxidants (spices, teas, berries, etc) to help combat those extra carcinogens.

    Washing down your barbequed meal with a glass of unsweetened iced tea (rich in antioxidants) and also a good salad with lots of raw veggies can provide the antioxidants needed to counteract the effect of HCAs in your body from grilled meat.

    By the way, even charring vegetables on the grill creates different carcinogens such as acrylamides, so don’t think that the negative effect of charring only applies to meats.

    Hey, we all love a great barbeque, so no need to give that up just because of HCAs or acrylamides, but at least now you know how to counteract the effects of these in your body to protect yourself, and also how to use spices to drastically reduce the formation of HCAs on grilled meat!

    Enjoy that next barbeque in a healthier way!
    All the best,

    Dr Charles
    Team Fat Loss Factor

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    Take the “Safe Driver” Pledge

    Six Years Ago Today by  Ilene Meckley

    As we approach the Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, I urge every motorist to be a safe and smart driver.  Today, May 23, I am observing the sixth anniversary of the traffic accident that changed my life.

    Not a pleasant memory by any means, but the accident that put me in a hospital bed for nearly six months motivates me to encourage safe driving, especially at this time of year.

    Every year on the anniversary of my accident I encourage my family and friends and newsletter subscribers to make a pledge to drive safely.   Every year I am gratified by the overwhelming response.
    “Please join us in this pledge”

    Take the “Safe Driver” Pledge
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    “I pledge to be a safe and smart driver or passenger this Memorial Day weekend and every day as I share the road throughout my travels.”

    “I hope you will take the pledge too.”  Together we can save injury; we can save lives; we can save heartache.

    To participate in this pledge

    Please send your name and your pledge to [email protected]and forward this newsletter to all your friends, family and colleagues. Let’s reduce that 40,000 a year death rate by getting 40,000 or more people to take the pledge.

    Memorial Day weekend

    Many people lose their lives or suffer injuries because someone makes a poor choice.  I want to encourage you to drive every day so that you never have to say, “I wish I had made a different choice”, “if only I had or if only I hadn’t…”

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    Keep in mind that approximately 40,000 auto related deaths are the result of poor choices.  Of those accidents, studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT).

    Show that the individuals under the age of thirty-four years old are among the hardest hit for injuries and fatalities.

    Auto accidents also cost American taxpayers the outstanding amount of 150 billion dollars, every year.
    Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer travel on the roads and highways and along with that comes lots of choices that you need to make.  We would like you to join us in helping save thousands of lives this Memorial Day weekend and every day.

    Make the choice to be alert; don’t drive when you are too tired.

    Make the choice to pay attention to driving; don’t text, have conversations on the cell phone or with passengers all of these can be distracting (limit them).

    Make the choice to have a designated driver; driving under the influence of alcohol is not only against the law, it can be deadly.

    Make the choice to drive courteously; drive as though the car next to you is carrying your loved ones.  It’s your choice to make!

    Above is a pledge which is very important to me because I am a first hand account of what can happen when someone makes the wrong choice and how what happens to you affects everyone you know, your family, your friends, your co-workers, everyone.

    Mangos, Fresh and Healthy

    Mangos, delicious, nourishing, and refreshing is not only a sweet juicy tropical fruit but has powerful antioxidant properties, anticancer abilities (helps protect cells from free radical damage and reduces risk of cancer), an excellent source of vitamin C, carotenes, copper and a good source of B vitamins, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium and selenium.

    Containing digestive enzymes, mangos help break-down   proteins, combats acidity,  and aids digestion.  It’s reported eating mangos regularly prevents night blindness,dryness of the eyes, softening of the cornea,prevents refractive errors, and helps prevent itching and burning eyes.  Among the health benefits of the mango are its anti-inflamatory properties which help alleviate asthma symptoms, relieving clogged pores of the skin (apply mango pulp to skin for 10 minutes before washing it), eating it regularly makes complexion fair and skin soft and shining,heat stroke, bacteria infections, sinusitis, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, piles (hemorrhoids) and morning sickness.

    Although the most delicious of the tropical fruits and healthy, mangos should be eaten in moderation. It is also a fruit those who need to gain weight should eat because it is high in calories and carbohydrates. One medium sized mango is about 107 calories.

    When choosing a mango, selection is similar to that of a peach.If the mango is slightly soft to the touch and yielding to gently pressure (ripe peach), and or emits a fruity aroma at the stems end, it is considered ripe.  Look for a yellow tinge when ripe.  Look for the mangos with intact skin, without any bruises and cuts. Mangos unripe will be sour in taste. To ripen mangos,leave on kitchen counter at room temperature. If you need to accelerate the ripening process, place the mango in a paper bag overnight (to increase this process even more, add an apple to the bag.)  Store ripen mangos in the refrigerator but bring back to room/normal temperature just before eating to get the natural taste and flavor.

    Wash mangos in cold running water and dry with soft cloth. There are videos available on you tube on slicing a mango but a quick way to easily remove the pits and cut the mangos into four wedges is the Mango Wedger. Once wedged, the  flesh can easily be removed from the skin by sliding an avocado peeler or knife between the flesh and the skin. Pampered Chef has added a mango wedger to their Specialty Cutting Tool collection, making cutting and slicing easy and cleanup is a synch because it is dishwasher-safe.


    Relaxation often comes with just needing to get away from one’s normal surroundings. Without realizing it, unconsciously, your mind is thinking not only what you need to be doing next but what you are not doing as you are trying to relax.

    There are two places I can go to just forget the world as we know it. The beach is a place where I feel totally “free”. I hear the surf, smell the ocean air, see the birds flying, and watch the waves come in and go out effortlessly it seems. The cares of the day and yesterday and thoughts of responsibility just vanish.

    Another place I feel that is on the golf course. The score isn’t important to me.  It’s being among nature, where it’s quiet and peaceful! The green grass, the animals you can see scurrying around, the tranquility, and the beautiful sky are nice.

    These places help me find the relaxation/stress-free mode my mind and body needs.

    Couple the surroundings with a lifetime friend(s) and it’s priceless!

    Take a few minutes to enjoy the surf, today! Your mind and body will be glad you did!

    Healthy Snack For The Beach

    Fruit Salad–a healthy snack for the beach?
    Combine 1 cup of coconut and vanilla pudding (the small size) in a gallon zip lock bag. Take this bag, a can opener, a can of pineapple tidbits, and a can of fruit cocktail with you. Twenty minutes before it’s time to eat, open the cans of fruit, dump into the gallon bag, and gently knead the contents, placing it in your cooler until you’re ready to eat!

    What is ORAC?

    What is ORAC?

    It stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity.

    Oxygen Radicals …………… are the free radicals

    Absorbent Capacity …………. is a foods ability to absorb the free radicals

    The higher the ORAC score… the greater its ability.

    How does Chava Vital Chocolate compare to other foods? One square (8 grams) of Chava has an ORAC score of over 37,208.

    Lets compare that to well known foods

    Blueberries are known for their high antioxidant value.

    To get the equivalent ORAC value of one square of Chava you would need 567 grams of blueberries which is about 1.2 pounds

    Or 5.3 pounds of raw spinach that’s a wheel barrel of spinach

    Or 6.4 pounds of red grapes


    Quick Tips

    At home and especially On the Remote In hotels, a potential place where bacteria and other germs may hang around is the TV remote control. Be sure to disinfect before you change the channel. Keep some bacteria wipes available at home and when you travel.

    Sponge Toss
    Two items in the kitchen are generally swimming with bacteria – the kitchen sponge and your dishcloth. Switch sponges often and be sure to use Clorox® Regular-Bleach as directed on your dish towels to remove bacteria.

    Toilet Plume
    Cover the toothbrushes. Viral aerosols enter the air each time the toilet is flushed, landing on everything in the bathroom, including toothbrushes

    Quick kitchen clean
    Before going to bed or after breakfast, use Clorox® Clean Up® Cleaner with Bleach on your counters and exterior appliance surfaces as directed, so that your kitchen will be clean, fresh and ready for the next time you use it.

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