Tuesday, August 31, 2010
If you eat a harmful food in concert with a healthful food, the harmful food's effect(s) may be minimized.
If you eat a harmful food in concert with a healthful food, the harmful food's effect(s) may be minimized.
by Nancy Kalish, PARADE
In a perfect world, you’d eat healthily all the time, but let’s get real. The good news: Consuming certain nutritious foods with harmful foods can help minimize the damage.
You splurged on: Hot Dog
Your food Rx: Sauerkraut
Why it works:
Hot dogs are packed with nitrates, which have been linked to cancer, but topping your dog off with some kraut can help prevent damage. Sauerkraut is high in a powerful compound that may stop the nitrates from converting into carcinogens.
You splurged on: High-Fat Meal
Your Food Rx: Grapes
Why it works:
Chowing down on a high-fat meal floods your system with triglycerides and slows circulation. Consuming 1 cups of antioxidant-rich grapes with your meal prevents some of the negative effects.
Burgers that’ll bust your waistline
Date:7/6/2010Duration: 03:54Video By: TODAY
July 6: David Zinczenko, author of “Eat This, Not That!,” reveals which chain restaurants offer the worst burger for your waistline and shows which options are the most diet-friendly.
You splurged on: Salty Foods
Your Food Rx: Chocolate
Why it works:
Just indulged in a salty meal? A few squares of dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure in as little as two hours. Have 2 ounces of chocolate made of at least 60% cocoa for dessert.
You splurged on: Pizza
Your Food Rx: Rosemary
Why it works:
When pizza (or any high-carb food) is heated past 250˚, it creates harmful chemicals that scientists have linked to an increased risk of cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants in one tablespoon of fresh rosemary added to the dough can slash the chemicals by 60%.
You splurged on: Red Meat
Your Food Rx: Red Wine
Why it works:
Drinking a glass of red wine with your steak can cut down on your body’s absorption of toxins that can lead to heart disease. But don’t overindulge: Seven ounces is all you need to benefit.
You splurged on: Grilled Chicken
Your Food Rx: Coleslaw
Why it works:
Grilled meats—pork, beef, and chicken—have been linked to an increased cancer risk. Cruciferous vegetables, like the cabbage in slaw, contain a compound that helps clear the carcinogens from your body.
You splurged on: Fast Food
Your Food Rx: Cherries
Why it works:
Eating a fast-food meal can unleash a torrent of free radicals that damage cells. A dessert of cherries, blueberries, grapes, or kiwis will speed antioxidants into your system to fight the damage.
You splurged on: Bagel
Your Food Rx: Vinegar
Why it works:
Vinegar can prevent the spikes in blood sugar caused by a carb-heavy meal. A spoonful on your salad will slow digestion and help prevent the peaks and valleys in glucose that can fuel overeating.
Monday, August 30, 2010
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
- Satchel Paige
A keen sense of humor helps us overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected and outlast the unbearable.
- Billy Graham
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden
Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn Vos Savant
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon
Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try.
- Peggy Noonan
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
- C. S. Lewis
Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them.
- T.S. Eliot
Humility precedes honor.
- Proverbs 18:12
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
- Bill Cosby
I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
- Muhammad Ali
I make myself rich by making my wants few.
- Henry David Thoreau
I wish people could achieve what they think would bring them happiness in order for them to realize that that's not what happiness really is.
- Alanis Morissette
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
- Blaise Pascal
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
- Will Rogers
Success is a lousy teacher. It makes smart people think they can't lose.
- Bill Gates
Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.
- Coach John Wooden
Superstition is the dark side of wonder.
- Dean Koontz
Taking first things first often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Temptation usually comes in through a door that has been deliberately left open.
- Arnold Glasow
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
- Abigail van Buren
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.
- Arthur Christopher Benson
To avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
- Elbert Hubbard
To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.
...the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it. - The Lion King
You don't drown by falling in water. You drown by staying there.
If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.
Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? Remember, you must use it, as it is given only once. Once wasted you cannot get it back.
Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.
-Frank A. Clark
There is no better time than now. The time to live is now. The time to dream is now. The time to imagine and forget the past is now. The time to shine is now. The time to bleed, sweat, and determine yourself for the things you want most is now.
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.
- Ellen Glasgow
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are
In this life we cannot always do great things but we can do small things with great love
Monday, August 23, 2010
The making of the natural pearl commences when a grain of sand from the ocean or river floor works its way into the body of a pearl-bearing mollusk. To protect itself from this alien source of agitation, the mollusk secretes a substance (nacre, or mother-of-pearl) that slowly and cumulatively coats the foreign body until it loses its abrasive contours and becomes smooth and spherical in shape. On account of its singular origin, the pearl has been a symbol of sacred power since ancient times.
In many archaic cultures the marine shell, because of its appearance, is associated with the female genitalia, and the pearl is believed to be both the sacred product and the emblem of the feminine generative power. The pearl thus symbolizes both the life that is created and the mysterious force that begets life. One example of this reproductive symbolism is found in Beiya, a Chinese text of the eleventh century CE. The author of Beiya likens the pearl to a developing fetus and calls the oyster "the womb of the pearl." The anthropomorphic image for this sacred power is the goddess of love. In the ancient Mediterranean world, shells and pearls were often symbols for the great goddesses. In a manner analogous to the pearl's origin in an oyster, Aphrodite was born from a marine conch, and the Syrian goddess was known as the Lady of Pearls.
It is through this connection with feminine generative power that the pearl becomes a symbol for regeneration and rebirth as well. As a regenerative force, the pearl is often thought to have the power to heal or protect from harm. Throughout the Middle Ages and into the seventeenth century, a debate flourished among European physicians concerning the best way to prepare a pearl for healing purposes: Should it be ground or dissolved? In either case, an elixir containing a pearl was prescribed for numerous physical ailments. An Eastern example of the belief in the power of the pearl to protect life is found in the iconography of the bodhisattva Kṣitigarbha, who is especially venerated in Japanese Buddhism by pregnant women and young children as the protector of all weak and suffering humanity; statues and images depict Kṣitigarbha holding a pearl, his emblem, in his left hand. Because of their connection with rebirth and resurrection, pearls have been found in the tombs of rulers in lands as far apart as Egypt and the Americas. In Laos, a pearl is inserted into each orifice of a corpse to effect safe passage into the next world.
Finding and obtaining the natural pearl is both hard work and a hazardous undertaking. Pearl fishers are known to work in pairs: One dives deep into the sea while a partner stays above to hold the other end of the fisher's lifeline and, after a predetermined time, to haul both pearl fisher and catch to the surface. The difficulties of locating and harvesting the natural pearl give rise to a second level of symbolism: The pearl represents the hard-won goal of spiritual striving. For example, in the parable about the merchant who found a pearl of special value and so went to sell everything he owned in order to purchase it, Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a pearl. In medieval European alchemy, one of the many names for the philosophers' stone is margarita pretiosa, or "precious pearl." In The Pearl, a Middle English tale by an anonymous author, the hero laments the disappearance of his pearl in a grassy meadow. Seeking it, he falls into another world, where he experiences spiritual renewal and regains the balance of his own inner nature. Zhuangzi, the legendary Daoist mystic, reports how the Yellow Emperor lost his "night-pearl" during an excursion to the edge of the world. He sought for it by means of every resource at hand: by science, by analysis, by logic. But only when, in despair, the emperor turned to the "emptiness" (xu) that is the ground of all things was the pearl restored to him.
The search for the pearl is also the theme of the Gnostic Hymn of the Pearl, which relates how a prince leaves his heavenly home to recover a pearl that lies buried in Egypt in the possession of a giant serpent. The prince is sent forth by his father, mother, and brother, who watch over his journey in a way reminiscent of the second fisherman who holds the lifeline at the surface of the sea. The prince inevitably succumbs to the spell that governs all Egypt (a Gnostic symbol for the illusion of cosmic existence). He loses all memory of his origins and of the pearl (i. e., he becomes spiritually ignorant or unconscious). But his watchful parents send forth a message to awaken him and to remind him of his identity and his mission to recover the pearl.
Especially in the East, from India to Japan, the pearl is often depicted in the possession of a dragon or sea monster. These mythological beings, like the serpent in the Hymn of the Pearl, are common symbols for chaos, that admixture of forces both cosmic and spiritual that oppose the establishment of a meaningful and inhabitable order. Thus, the search for the pearl often entails a heroic confrontation with the demonic.
Wherever the cultivation or liberation of the soul is regarded as the goal of spiritual striving, the pearl may symbolize the soul itself. This belief may have historical roots in the mythological thinking of the Hellenistic world, from which has come the formula "Ho sōma, hē sarx" ("The body is the tomb"). In this view, the subject of spiritual and eternal life is the immortal soul that exists within an alien and perishable body. According to the Mandaeans, the pearl's temporary home within the oyster provides an allegory for the temporary dwelling of the soul within the body. A variation of this imagery is found in the Coptic Kephalaia, a Manichaean text that relates how the soul is like a raindrop that falls into the sea and enters the body of an oyster in order to develop into a pearl. So, too, the soul acquires permanent definition and individuality by enduring life in the body. The pearl as a symbol for the actualized soul found its way into the poetry of the Ṣūfī mystic Farīd al-Dīn ʿAṭṭār:
Out of the ocean like rain clouds come and travel—
For without traveling, you will never become a pearl!
Monday, August 16, 2010
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Sunday, August 15, 2010
To dream that you are digging, indicates that you are working hard to uncover the truth in a problem that is haunting you. You are overly preoccupied with trying to find out something about yourself, your reputation, or your self-identity. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you are trying to get to the root of some issue. Or the dream may be a metaphor to imply an insult.
To dream that you dig a hole and find something, may be a pun that you "dig something", as in you like it or appreciate it. Or it may also refer to someone that you might be "digging" or like. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you need to be more open minded and welcome new ideas.
To dream that you dig a hole and fill it with water, denotes that no matter how hard you try, your efforts will not sway things your way. You need to learn to compromise.
To see or come in contact with feces, signifies aspects of yourself that are dirty and negative and which you believe to be undesirable and repulsive. You need to acknowledge and express these feelings, even though it may be shameful. Release the negativity in your life. Alternatively, it may also refer to someone who is anal retentive.
To dream that you are unable to dispose of the feces, suggests that you are unwilling to let go of your emotions. You have a tendency to hold in and keep your feelings to yourself.
According to Freud, feces is related to possession, pride, shame, money/financial matters, or aggressive acts. So to dream that you are playing with feces, symbolizes your anxiety over money matters and financial security.
To see bread in your dream, represents the basic needs of life. Bread may signify the positive qualities and great things you have learned on your journey of life. Alternatively, it suggests that you need to rise above the situation or rise for the occasion.
To see or taste butter in your dream, suggests that you are looking to be gratified in some area of your life. You need to indulge yourself in life's pleasure. The dream may be a metaphor that you need to "butter" up to someone, in order to ease the situation.
To dream that you are churning butter, represents hard work and difficult task.
To see a shovel in your dream, suggests that you are seeking knowledge, insight, and inner intellect. You are on a quest for a new understanding of your true Self. Alternatively, a shovel means that you are trying too hard in finding the truth to a problem.
To dream that a shovel is broken, indicates that you are frustrated with work.
To dream that you are playing soccer, suggests that you are suppressing your sexuality or aggression and expressing it in a more socially acceptable manner. From a Freudian perspective, sports generally serve as a disguise for attitudes about sex as a aggressive act. Hence soccer can be seen as a pun on "sock her". Alternatively, the game of soccer parallels to how you function and how you run your life when confronted with challenges. You need to be able to think quickly on your feet, if you are going to succeed. The soccer game also reflects you competency, integrity, strengths and weaknesses.
To see or dream that you are a goalie, represents your capabilities and your ability to achieve. You are feeling confident and empowered.
To see a notebook in your dream, represents things that you need to keep track of and stay on top of. It may indicate emotions and issues that you have overlooked in your waking hours. Consider the contents of the notebook.
Red is an indication of raw energy, force, vigor, intense passion, aggression, power, courage, impulsiveness and passion. The color red has deep emotional and spiritual connotations. Consider the phrase "seeing red" to denote anger. Alternatively, the color red in your dream indicates a lack of energy. You are feeling tired or lethargic.
Red is also the color of danger, violence, blood, shame, rejection, sexual impulses and urges. Perhaps you need to stop and think about your actions.
To dream that you are reading, indicates that you need to obtain more information and knowledge before making a decision. You need to think things through and consider all you options.
To see or receive junk mail in your dream, indicates that you need to stop dwelling on minor details. Don't let trivial matters weigh you down.
Friday, August 13, 2010
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 pound boneless beef round steak, cut 3/4-inch thick, all fat removed
4 cups uncooked yolkless egg noodles
1/2 can fat-free cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)
1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon all-purpose (plain) flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
In a nonstick frying pan, saute the onions over medium heat until they’re translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the beef and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or until the beef is tender and browned throughout. Drain well and set aside.
Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add the noodles and cook until al dente (tender), 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly.
In a saucepan, whisk together the soup, water and flour over medium heat. Stir until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
Add the soup mixture and paprika to the beef in the frying pan. Over medium heat, stir the mixture until warmed through. Remove from heat and add the sour cream. Stir until combined.
To serve, divide the pasta among the plates. Top with the beef mixture and serve immediately.
Nutritional Analysis (per serving)
Cholesterol 83 mg
Protein 24 g
Sodium 307 mg
Carbohydrate 38 g
Fiber 2 g
Total fat 6 g
Potassium 341 mg
Saturated fat 2 g
Calcium 65 mg
Monounsaturated fat 2 g
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.
Robert H. Schuller
Sunday, August 8, 2010
"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness."
"A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life."
"Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records."
"Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk."
"Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning."
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
"Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting."
"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?""
"Happiness is an inside job."
"Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions."
"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it."
"It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses."
"Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!"
"Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them."
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
"The more generous we are, the more joyous we become. The more cooperative we are, the more valuable we become. The more enthusiastic we are, the more productive we become. The more serving we are, the more prosperous we become."
"To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity."
"Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have."
"We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys. "
"Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority."
Friday, August 6, 2010
To dream that you are forgetting things, signify life's anxieties. You are expressing an overwhelming amount of stress in your life. You feel the need to tend to everything and everyone's needs. Alternatively, forgetting something may represent your unconscious desire to leave that something behind. On a more direct level, the dream could just be your subconscious telling you or reminding you of a forgotten appointment or date.
To dream that you forget where you live, suggests that you do not want to go home. Is there a domestic conflict or argument?
To dream that you forget the baby, indicates that you are feeling burdened by the responsibility of taking care of someone else.
To dream that you have been raped, indicates vengeful or resentful feelings toward the opposite sex. You feel that you have been violated or that you have been taken advantage of. Something or someone is jeopardizing your self-esteem and emotional well-being. Things are being forced upon you. Dreams of rape are also common for those who were actually raped in their waking life.
To feel or dream that you have been violated, represents feelings of being oppressed by others or by situations in your life. You feel that you do not have the power to change the path that your life is taking on. Try not to blame yourself for circumstances that are beyond your control.
To dream that you are searching for something, signifies the need to find something that is missing or needed in your life. The dream may be analogous to your search for love, spiritual enlightenment, peace or even a solution to a problem.
To dream that you are being chased, signifies that you are avoiding a situation that you do not think is conquerable. It is a metaphor for some form of insecurity.
To dream that you are getting married to your current spouse again, represents your wedded bliss and happiness. It highlights your strong commitment to each other. It may also signify a new phase (such as parenthood, new home, etc) that you are entering in your life.
To dream that you are speaking in public, indicates that you need to vocalize your feelings and thoughts. You need to communicate something important and/or urgent. Alternatively, the dream may highlight your fear and nervousness of speaking in public, especially if you have an upcoming speech to give. Consider the demeanor and behavior of the audience. Perhaps you are afraid of being scrutinized for your actions or being judged by others. It is also a form of an anxiety dream where you are feeling exposed or put on the spot.
To dream that you are immobile, signifies feelings of being trapped. Alternatively, it shows that you are too rigid in your attitudes and decisions.
To dream that you are paralyzed, reflects the current state of your body while you are dreaming. During the REM state of sleep, your body is really immobile and paralyzed. People report that they cannot run or hit, despite how hard they try.
Symbolically, dreaming that you are paralyzed means you are feeling helpless or pinned down in some aspects or circumstances of your waking life. You may feel unable to deal with a situation or change anything. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you are feeling emotionally paralyzed. You have difficulties expressing your feelings.
To dream that you are restrained, indicates that you are holding yourself back and not fully expressing yourself. Perhaps you are feeling helpless in some situation. The dream may also be a reflection of the actual state of your body, known as REM paralysis.