Mar 31, 2009

Foods and Nutrients That Make You Fertile

It's been about 28 years since I was enjoying the wonder of my first pregnancy, and yes, ladies, even though your babies do grow up and leave the nest, your memories never do. My husband and I smile and chuckle as we remember the different things we did to naturally avoid getting pregnant, and then to make sure that we conceived naturally...and we didn't have a helpful pregnancy website to help us. We also marvel that it took 3 months exactly to conceive each of our children that were born 2 1/2 years apart. The miracle of life is an experience to treasure.

I found some information on foods and nutrients that help with fertility at pregnancy.guru.com, when you go to the site, click on the "Boost Fertility Naturally" link, then watch the video, and enjoy the other links at the site. You'll learn about things like fertility as mentioned, fetal development, life during pregnancy, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, morning sickness and so much more.

The experts at the site that will be helping you are a board certified anesthesiologist, a Doctor with much experience from Mt. Sinai Hospital in NY (we live near NY, and believe me, this is a hospital you want to go to if you are dealing with anything serious because of the high standard of excellence), and a surgical gynecologist.


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Freezer Muffins and Muffin Mix

Muffins are so versatile, they can be anything from a snack, to a meal, to a dessert...and you can make large batches of them and save them in your freezer. The larger the freezer storage, the more room to save. Here are two ways to freeze your muffins, one is a "before baking" method, and the other "after baking". Both are very easy, and over the next week or so I'll share some recipes that you can snack on, or use as a quick, on the go meal.

Freeze then Bake Approach:

  • Make your muffin batter as directed in the recipe. Place the batter in the muffin tin just like you would if baking them right away. Place the muffin tin in the freezer and allow the batter to freeze solid. If you have a flexible muffin tin you can simply twist the tin and pop the muffins out. If your muffin tin is not flexible, use a butter knife and break the muffin lose from the sides. Slide the knife up under the muffin and work it back and forth until the muffin comes lose. Place the frozen muffin batter into a large freezer bag releasing as much air as possible before sealing.
  • Muffin batter frozen in a tin can be kept for up to 4 months before going bad. When ready to bake, just remove them from the freezer and place them back in the muffin tin. Allow the batter to thaw completely and bake as directed on the recipe.
Bake then Freeze Approach
  • Bake your muffins as directed in the recipe. Allow the muffins to cool completely. Place the muffins in a large freezer bag. Be sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing the bag. Place the bag in the freezer. The muffins can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat - just pop them out of the freezer and place them back in the muffin tin. Place them in a 350 degree oven until heated through. You can also allow them to thaw completely and reheat them in the microwave at 20 second intervals until they are as warm as you like.

Use either one of these methods to save money, and save time.



Mar 26, 2009

Natasha Richardson, A Good Example to Follow

Like many, I was struck with the passing of the screen and stage actress, Natasha Richardson...wife of Liam Neeson, and mother to Michael, 13, and Daniel, 12.

It is always hard to see someone die, but especially hard when the person is young like Natasha was...only 45, and leaves behind children that are just entering their teen years...not to mention a husband after being married only about 14-15 years. And thinking of Venessa Redgrave, what mother ever wants to live to see the passing of their child? And to top it off, the circumstances of the death were so strange...a simple fall while skiing on a learning slope.

Though this blog is about keeping our bodies healthy, it's not such a bad thing to be reminded that life is short, and that we should treasure each day and make sure that we're ready to face the hereafter...for me that is having my life lined up with what the Bible teaches and my heart cleansed by what Jesus did for me and all who believe on the Cross.

I was impressed when I read that some of Natasha's organs were going to bless others with the gift of improved life through organ donation. My husband and I agreed long ago that we would like to do this, as far as we're concerned, any part of us is "up for grabs" when we leave this mortal body and head to our new home.

While there are many sites on the web related to organ donation, I thought I'd point you to the government site, OrganDonor.gov.


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Mar 20, 2009

Water, Important to Health, Conserve It

I have shared in other posts in this blog the importance of water for the body. God provided water to sustain life, most know that you can live for a lot longer without food than you can without water.

My general guideline for water intake is to drink approximately 1/2 your body weight IN OUNCES of water each day. So, if you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink 75 ounces of water each day...a little over 9 8oz. glasses of water. You can take into consideration the other things you drink, juices, etc., but remember that some things, like teas and coffee that contain caffeine act as diuretics and will push the water out of your body before it has time to assimilate, this is also true of Cranberry juice.

Water conservation is important everywhere, but in some areas more than others, thinking now of the desert regions out west and in the south central states. Others may want to conserve just to save on water bills. Take time to think about all of the appliances in your home that use water. For example, last year we needed a new washing machine, and a new toilet. We changed the washer to a front-loader and got a toilet that conserves water. But if you already have a toilet that is in good condition, but not one that conserves water, there are solutions, like high efficiency low flow toilets and conversion kits that can save you as much water as it takes to fill a large swimming pool each year. 


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Mar 17, 2009

Build Your Vocabulary and Feed the Needy

We focus a lot on feeding ourselves on this blog, but how about turning the focus on those who are not as fortunate as we are for a bit. About a year ago a friend introduced me to a site that has a game that exercises your brain, expands your vocabulary, and at the same time helps feed adults and children in need around the world.

This game tests your vocabulary skills, and will help you develop them. Visit freerice.com, and every time you get an answer right, 20 grains of rice are donated to needy people. When you get an answer wrong, you don't lose grains, but the score that shows how good your vocabulary skills are goes down a bit, and you get slightly easier words. They increase in difficulty as you play, and the ones that you get wrong appear again, giving you a chance to test your memory...do you recall the correct answer that was shown when you got it wrong the first time?

It's really a fun, a bit addicting, and for a worthwhile cause. I donated 1000 grains today :-) FreeRice.com is connected to the world poverty site Poverty.com.


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Mar 9, 2009

Is Soda Pop Causing Weight Gain in Your Children

Here is information from a blog that I used to maintain that's worth keeping, so thought I'd share it with you here.

Whether they call it "soda" or "pop" in your part of the country, this article about a recent study on soda and weight management in children applies.

Gary Foster, director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University and colleagues have just completed a two year study. Five Philadelphia elementary schools replaced sodas with fruit juice. They scaled back snacks and banished candy. They handed out raffle tickets for wise food choices. They spent hours teaching kids, their parents and teachers about good nutrition.

The results were phenomenal. The number of students who became overweight during the two-year experiment was a full 50% less than the number of kids who became overweight in schools that didn’t make these changes. The findings are published in the April, 2008, issue of the journal Pediatrics.

In the five test schools, juice, water and low-fat milk replaced sodas. Snacks had to meet limits for fat, salt and sugar. Students who ate healthy snacks got raffle tickets to win prizes such as bikes and jump ropes.

But the schools can’t do it all on their own – the biggest challenge to schools is that kids drink sodas and eat junk food at home – so they come to school expecting to do the same. As parents, imagine the difference we could make if all of us made these same simple changes in our homes.

Wholefood Farmacy snacks taste great, they’re convenient and kids love them. Let the Wholefood Farmacy help you to take that first step in the right direction.


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Mar 3, 2009

Designing a Restaurant or Cafe

I am not planning on opening a Restaurant, but because I love Twitter, and my username is happynutrition, I have a lot of "foodie followers", some who own, or hope to own their own Restaurant, Diner or Cafe. As I think about restaurants, and how they are managed, it brings to mind my husband and how it was when we were first dating...he had worked in a restaurant and had very definite ideas about how such an establishment should be run...which I often heard about when we were out eating.

I am sure there's a LOT that goes into planning a restaurant or eatery of any kind, and how you will decorate it. How you decorate it may depend upon what type of cuisine you are offering, or your own personal likes. After all, it is your restaurant, and in order to enjoy what you are doing and where you are going every day, you will have to like the atmosphere you're in. What kind of Restaurant tables and chairs will you use? Wood? Metal? Bamboo? Something else?

Once you have your furniture, how will you arrange it? Consider windows, one of my "pet peeves" is going into a restaurant with only a couple of tables vacant next to a window where someone will HAVE to face the sun, and there are no shades to block the sun.

If you're opening a restaurant or cafe, please comment and let us know where it is! 


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