May 14, 2008

Rebounding for Lymphatic System Health

One of the first things that I learned back in the mid-1980's when my interest in health and nutrition began due to many health issues of my own was the importance of rebounding. I purchased a mini-trampoline at the time, and started rebounding.

Here is how rebounding benefits your Lymphatic system. Your Lymphatic system, the system that plays an important role in fighting disease, is a system that you can compare in some ways to your circulatory system, it runs throughout your body. The only difference is your circulatory system has a pump, the heart, while your lymphatic system does not. The lymphatic system depends upon YOU to keep the fluid moving through the system. Rebounding is the best exercise for this as it opens and closes the valves throughout the system and gets it circulating.


Updated 2/10/16

You do not have to jump very high on a mini-trampoline to get the affect, so it is easy on the joints, generally the up and down bouncing motion is enough.

May 5, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Food

I hope you have had a special day, Mexican friends who visit this site, and others who honor the day!

I am not Mexican, but do love Mexican food. My husband introduced me to it when we met years ago, as he is from out west where it was popular and I was an east coast girl. Since then, many Mexican restaurants and food chains have sprung up all over the United States. But I still enjoy making our own meals as often as possible, and have in house right now plenty of corn tortillas, salsa, chili peppers, corn chips, beans and re-fried beans, avocados, and more....and if it wasn't so late, would be heading into the kitchen to prepare something right now, because just thinking about this delicious, and relatively healthy food has my mouth watering!


Updated 2/10/16

I love slow cooker recipes, and this looks like a good one!
You may also want to try my Easy Vegetarian Taco Casserole!


May 3, 2008

Recipe: Vegetarian Broccoli Casserole



Here's a delicious vegetarian recipe that you can cook and eat right away, or freeze for a future meal.
 


 Ingredients:

  • 2 lb fresh broccoli cut into 2 in pieces or frozen broccoli cuts1 Cup
  • water
  • 1/2 teas. salt
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (4 oz) can mushrooms, drained
  • 3 T butter or margarine (opt: 2T Smart Balance liquid Marg., 1T olive oil)
  • 1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed (opt: equal amount of low fat mild shredded Cheddar)
  • 1/4 t garlic salt (opt: 1/8 teas. sea salt w/ 1/8 teas. garlic powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 C shredded cheddar cheese
Freezer containers if you plan to freeze and store

Preparation:

  • Place the water in a large saucepan and add the salt.
  • Bring to a rapid boil and add the broccoli.
  • Steam for 6 minutes and drain well when finished.
  • Place the butter (or optional item) in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Let the butter completely melt.
  • Add the onion and mushrooms.
  • Cook until the onion becomes tender about 5 minutes and drain well.
  • Place the broccoli, onion, mushrooms and water chestnuts together in a large mixing bowl.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat stir the Velveeta cheese (or opt. shredded cheese) and mushroom soup together.
  • Cook until the cheese is completely melted and mixture is smooth being sure to stir constantly so the cheese doesn't burn.
  • When smooth add the garlic salt and pepper.
  • Stir well.
  • Pour over the broccoli.
  • Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  • Place mixture into freezer containers if you plan to freeze for a future meal.
  • Freeze for up to 1 month.
When ready to remove from freezer and bake:
  • Place in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  • Lightly spray a 2 quart casserole with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place the broccoli mixture in the casserole dish
  • Bake 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the top with the cheddar cheese and continue baking 5 more minutes or until cheese has melted completely.
Updated 2/10/16 - Image Credit: Pixabay

Enjoy!
 

May 2, 2008

What Melanoma Looks Like

I did a little search on the internet and found a good image showing pictures of the skin cancer everyone fears the most, Melanoma. Even though the general "rule of thumb" is to look for something the size of a pencil eraser or larger, I have had 2 friends have smaller sized marks that were Melanoma. The percentage is low, so don't panic, but do make sure to examine yourself, and to have a professional Dermatologist examine your skin each year.

At this update in January of 2016, I had a suspicious mole removed a few weeks ago, it is hard waiting for results, but they came 5 days later, and were normal, thank goodness.


 
Image Source - Originally Skin Cancer Basics at thewhyfiles.com, a site that isn't what it used to be at this update on 1/20/16