What not to eat.

October 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm (food) (, )

I’ve  seen  a few  lists on  the internet and I  have Opinions.  Here are my  thoughts.  Sadly, I  am  not  in charge  of  the world, or a nutritionist,  or a  scientist; so  my  opinion  only  counts if  you  want  it to count.   I  don’t  really  care  what  you  eat.   Yes,  you  can  complain about  you  weight and  eat  ice cream.   Just  don’t  do  it  at  the same time,  enjoy  you ice cream.

1)  Fast  food.

I’ve  eaten  fast food  2x in  the last 3- 6  years.  most of it isn’t  that  tasty.   And it is gigantic  amounts  of calories  that  are  not  really  balanced in  the  nutritional  sense.  and I  swear  there is something in  the food  that makes  you  crave  it It  is odd   that  the more  you  eat  it  the more  you  want it.

2)  Over-processed  food.

the  definition of  processed – is  sort of interesting – because  chopping  up  a veggie is processing  it.  So  lets  just  say  stuff  that is very  shelf stable  because  it  has lots  of  extra  stuff in  it.   Or  added colors.   or  neon  colors. I’ve  read a bunch of  articles  that  suggest preservatives and some of  the other food additives  cause inflammation. Asthma,  diabetes, and heart disease  all have inflammation . Yes  I  eat  Doritos  and Pringles – but   don’t think  I  should.

3)  added  sugar.

I’m  not  talking  cakes  and pies  and cookies – you  know what  they  are.   but peanut butter  and beans?   they  don’t  need  it.  Cutting  out  added  sugars – will , over  time ,  reduce  your sweet  tooth.

4)  artificial  sweeteners.

They  taste  bad.   And the research  on them  puts  all kinds of  things  like – messing with your glucose  levels,  inflammation, and cancer.   And even  if  they  didn’t  do  anything – they can increase  your  desire for  sugar.

5)  things  you  don’t  like.

Seriously, If  you  are not a veggie  eater, find a  few to eat  and add some fruit. Throw  some chopped  spinach in your spaghetti sauce.   Be  a grown  up  and figure  out  how to  get some nutrition in  your  diet

but if you  hate  Kale-  don’t  eat  it.   Those  really  sad  danishes from  the grocery  store – that aren’t  really  good , don’t  eat  them.   don’t  like  beef  , don’t  eat  it.   Eating food  you  don’t  like can  lead to  overeating because  you  aren’t  satisfied and  sometimes if  you  don’t  really  like something your body  is  saying something .

What  should  you  eat?   Good,  tasty  food.  Prepared with  care , not  corporation.  Organic   when  you  can.  As  close to  a  natural  state as  makes  sense.  and always  with  enjoyment.

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where to get books

May 23, 2014 at 11:57 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

I always  used  libraries.  There  was a brief period in time where it  was difficult  to get  to a  library ,  but we  will remember  that  with a small shudder  and forget  it.   I have always bought books. I  am  in a  horrid  place  right now  where I  have no local  book store to  buy  new books.   Over  time  I  have become … invested /enmeshed  in Amazon.


First  it  was  Amazon  Prime- 2 day  shipping for  free- good  for  someone  that forgets to send things out to family  and friends.  Then when I could  borrow  ebooks  from the library I  got  a  kindle. And then I  found out I can borrow  a book a  month  from amazon for  free.   And  there are free ebooks – perfect for checking  out  a  new  author ( an getting me  hooked on  a  series) .  And since our  DVD  player  and TIVO  died –we  use   the streaming  video  a  bunch.


But  I  have  been  hearing  about this. Amazon blocking and slowing sales from certain publishers- because they want more from the publishers. I can’t tell you if this is fair – but I can tell you it might not be wise. Because there are still a number of places to order a book- I don’t have to go to Amazon.

Am I going to give up on Amazon well, some of my favorite authors only do ebooks through amazon ( no physical copies) so the answer is no. But I am more than happy to use my nook ap on my ipad or buy a book from another source.

So if you cant get the book you are looking for – just do a web search – there is probably some place you can buy it

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smoothies, green smoothies

April 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

Smoothies are tasty. of course, that pack a lot of nutrition into an easy to swallow meal. If you make them at home, you can make a lot of choices about what goes in them. There is also a little magic. If you have read about green smoothies – you know that you can add leafy greens to a smoothie and not really know they are there. ( spinach being the green that is used most)

I have found that once a week – when I work the later shift – that is a good day for a smoothie . I am not really hungry , but I might not get a chance to eat before 5 , so I need something. However, I have diabetes and if you look at how most smoothies are made – it is fruit, fruit juice, leaves, yogurt and sweetener. While tasty, it doesn’t work for me. Too many carbohydrates at one meal and depending on the smoothie , maybe too many for one day. Also, because of diabetes, I have spent a lot of time trying to train my palate to prefer less sweet foods. So I am looking for ideas for more veggie-based smoothies.

Today tried one that is part fruit/part veggie. 1 cup of blueberries ( 30g carbohydrates aprox.) ( which is the top end of what I want) 2 cups spinach , 1 cup water, large spoonful greek yogurt (1/4 cup?). With that mix you get a fair amount of green flavor,and blueberry – which goes together well. It is not sweet but not overly vegetable juice. The recipe ( I know,smoothie recipe) had no yogurt – so it might have been more vegetable-juice like. It also had ginger, which would have been tasty. It was a successful experiment.

So I am on a quest for veggie smoothie ideas – any ideas?

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april national poetry month

April 3, 2014 at 3:41 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

When I was a child I wrote poems. I grew up with poetry: Mother Goose, Robert Frost , a. A. Milne, Robert Service, Lewis Carroll, and Robert Burns are the earliest poems I remember. In books, on playgrounds, in school, and at the dinner table. So I wrote poems. Once I learned to write, and learned that I could write a poem, I did. Somewhere in my teen years, I stopped. I know I was hyper-critical of myself back then, but I also knew I was writing sappy, sloppy, somewhat ridiculous stuff. I tried again in college, but it wasn’t good.

I know what happened in college. I studied too much about symbolism, and more importantly, I was not willing to expose myself. My poetry had me hiding behind words. It is hard to express things when you hide behind a wall of words.
The worst thing about not writing poetry was that I stopped reading it. It stopped talking to me. It was no longer part of my life.

Then came the internet. Youtube, and Blogging and Facebook. Part of my job in the library was to post stuff. April is national poetry month which gave me something easy to post. Lots of classic poetry read by beautiful voices. And on Youtube, there was spoken word. Real, honest, accessible, emotionally strong words. new poems.

Poetry is back in my life . Here are two of my favorite spoke word artists.
Sarah Kay and Shane Koyczan

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just contemplating

February 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

So I’ve  been  thinking  about  the  Zombie  apocalypse,  as  one  does.   What  would  I  need and  what  would  be  the winning item to  have  the corner on.   I  have a  cold  ,  so  my  first  thought  was guaifenesin.  But  then I  thought ,  the  person  that  corners  the market  on  steam is  the  winner.   It  is  good for  colds and asthma and  sore  muscles  and  cold  weather.   It  is  also  really good  for  cleaning,  especially  if  you  have a microfiber  cloth.   And  of  course  it  can  be  used  as a power  source.   I’m pretty  sure  with the current  tech in  plastics  and metals  we  could  do  stuff  that  was  more  useful  than  early  attempts  at  steam  power.

just  contemplating

( and no,  I’m  not  so  worried  about  vampires –  they  are  smart  enough to  know  they  need people – so  they  will do  what  they  can  to keep  the  cattle  happy )

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december 2013

January 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm (Uncategorized) ()

No Angel Helen Keeble (LB) funny ya — I don’t read Angel fiction, but this was funny – even though I’m sure I missed some of the jokes. – but I did get the ‘twisty passages looking all alike ‘ reference.

Undead / Kirsty McKay(LB) zombie stuff . parental betrayal . ok I have the second book , but not sure I want to read it

Steelheart / Brandon Sanderson (LB) great. through an event ( which I forget ) people have powers . Or some people do . And those with powers – use them to control the rest of the world. When he was 8, David watched his father be killed by an epic. David wants to kill the Epic that killed his father.

Witchy Business (Witch Detectives #1) [Kindle Edition] blah. short . witch doesn’t know the strength of her powers and finds out from a man.

Cabinet of curiositiess Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child reliable fun adventure tales

Life’s a Witch (Witches of Karma) (Karma’s Witches) short – big time jumps a lot more tell than show

Loud, awake, and lost Adele Griffin (LB) desk skim – after the physical recovery from an accident – Now you have to recover your life.

Extraction Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs (KS)short …so I happen to be on a kick.

Reliquery Preston and child -(LB) monsters in the sewer of NYC

so 8 in December so 81 for the year.

I know I’ve missed writing some down this year

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