Oct 4, 2012

Cutest Baby Girl

Yes, finally after 3 years of waiting, I became pregnant with my first child. Since that day, she has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. All mothers feel that their baby is the cutest, not excluding me.

When she was in my womb, she was very active right until the last day before she was born. Sometimes my rib cage hurt from a jammed foot. Now when I see her kicking her legs I know she must have enjoyed it. She loves kicking her feet up in the air and will always have a cheeky smile on her face. Now I understand why it hurt so much. She has very strong legs.

At the age of two months she can now stand on her feet steadily with some support. She laughs out LOUD and 'talks' a lot. She can roll over on her side and her back. I think she's a genius! But so do all mothers. We all think our babies are geniuses. Her first social smile was at 2 weeks old. Now she smiles all day and friends and relatives have started calling her 'the smiley baby'

I think the main reason she's so happy is because I was overjoyed with my first pregnancy. My advise to pregnant mothers out there is that you can never be too happy when your pregnant. Your emotions will have a direct effect on your offspring. Research has also shown that mothers who were stressed out during pregnancy had a higher risk of having children with ADD or ADHD. Your child's social development starts in the womb. So smile often:) and you'll get a happy baby. God willing.

Jul 19, 2011

5 Foods A Woman Should NEVER Eat

In a world where the list is king, doesn’t it make sense to know what not to eat in addition to what you should eat?

That’s how I look at it and you know how much I love me a good list!

The foods you should never eat are deserving of their own list too, doncha think? But I’ve done one better on this particular list. While I’ve named the culprit in disturbing your peace (health and weight), I’ve also named the hero in restoring your well-being (begin applause now).

Let’s get right to business then and get rolling with this list. If you stick with me, you’ll know how to dodge these negative nutritional bullets and make better choices at the grocery store and when dining out.

Culprit #1: Deep-Fried Anything
Sorry, but if you order deep fried, make deep fried or even use the words deep fried, you might as well look for a cardiologist at the same time. Deep frying is positively the worst possible choice for having anything prepared. And don’t let the words, “lightly fried” fool you either, as in tempura! It’s all wickedness!

Hero #1: Sauteed for Flavor

This cooking technique uses minimal oil (preferably olive oil) and gives your food the flavor and complexity you’re looking for. I sauté my green beans after steaming them in olive oil (not virgin, that’s too fine an oil for heat), a lot of fresh garlic, a little sea salt and a liberal grinding of fresh pepper. Unbelievable taste with very little fat and no bad fat, either.

Culprit #2: White Bread

Thud. Did you hear that? That’s the sound of white bread landing in your gullet. It’s squishy, gooey and gluey and it’s adhering to the sides of your intestines, do you feel it? Blech. Considering the negative nutrition associated with denatured flour, why would anyone make that choice in this enlightened century? Lose the white bread already!

Hero #2: Sprouted Wheat Bread

Okay, check this out. When you sprout grain, then make it into bread, not only is a lot easier on your digestion, it’s packed full of nutrients traditional bread doesn’t have! Consider this nugget: your body looks at sprouted grain as veggies, not starch! That’s good news if your thighs sprout inches just by eating a sandwich with two pieces of bread!

Culprit #3: Shortening and/or Margarine

Solidified fats get that way through a process called hydrogenation, which in turn, makes a multitude of sins called trans fats. Yes, we’ve all heard how bad trans fats are, right? Well, not only does margarine lower your HDL (good cholesterol) it also raises the bad (LDL). Ixnay all the way on margarine (and it’s evil twin shortening…which is essentially unflavored margarine).

Hero #3: Butter
Hallelujah and pass the butter already! Butter, though a definite saturated fat, will raise your good cholesterol unlike margarine. Just use it very moderately. Try Better Butter: half unsalted butter and half extra virgin olive oil whipped together and kept in the fridge in a covered dish. Just like soft spread margarine only 300 times better!

Culprit #4: White Rice
Oh. My. Gosh. Are you really still eating white rice? This depiction of a grain is full of nothingness. The fiber is missing, the B vitamins are virtually unheard of and the glycemic load will take you one step closer to Type 2 Diabetes, if that’s your go-to carb! Dismiss this!

Hero #4: Brown Rice
With three times the amount of fiber, more B vitamins as well as other nutrients, the carb load on brown rice is much easier on your body and a smaller amount will satiate, too. What’s not to love about that, especially if you’re trying to lose a few pounds?

Culprit #5: White Sugar
To quote Gomer Pyle, “Surprise, surprise, surprise.” I bet you knew sugar would be on the list, didn’t you? How can it not. Did you know that consuming white sugar will actually stun your white blood cells from doing their important health preserving work? Yes, sugar impacts your immune system! It doesn’t just eat your teeth and add to your belly fat, it disrupts immune function. Repent from your sugar eating ways and return to the healthy fold!

Hero #5: Dark Chocolate and Fruit

You thought I was going to list alternative or artificial sweeteners, didn’t you? Studies have shown that people who consume diet drinks tend to gain weight doing so. Why is this? The hypothesis is you can’t fool your body like you think — if it tastes sweet, your body may still react to it and gain weight.

Stinks, doesn’t it? But we need to LOSE our sweet teeth, people! That’s the problem, not finding the golden panacea that tastes just like sugar. If you want something sweet, have some fruit and an ounce of very dark chocolate (FULL of phytonutrients, yay!) Once you get over your addiction to sugar, this decadent treat (a bowl of fresh raspberries with melted dark chocolate drizzled over the top) will knock you flat. You’ll happily say NO to donuts!

That’s it for now, y’all! Stay tuned… there is always more to come! http://www.diet.com/

Jul 7, 2011

Follow Your Heart. Do What You Think Is Right

One day Luqman Hakim came into the market by riding a donkey, while his son followed from behind. Looking at the behavior of Luqman, the people said, 'See that old man, he is very selfish. He is riding the donkey while his son is walking "

Having heard murmurs from people around, Luqman got down from his donkey and put his son on the donkey. Seeing that, other people at the market said, "Look at that ungrateful boy! He is riding the donkey while father is on foot, so less manners of the child."

Once he heard these words, Luqman went up on the back of the donkey with his son. Then people then said, "See that two people riding a donkey, they are torturing the poor donkey. It will be dead anytime soon."

Therefore, because he did not like listening to these voices, Luqman and his son got off the donkey. Then they heard a voice saying, "Two people walking, and leading a donkey? How stupid.”

On their way home, Luqman Hakim advised his son about the attitudes of people and their antics, he said, "Surely no one is spared from human speech. Those who understand, takes no consideration except to God alone. Whoever knows this truth will not try to please everyone. Whatever you do should be to please God.

Jun 23, 2011

Tea Better Than Water

New research in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that drinking tea is as good for your health -- or better -- than just drinking water.

A team of researchers from King's College London examined previously-published studies in search of the health benefits of tea consumption, and found that it contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, which prevent cellular damage. The researchers concluded that drinking three to four cups of tea per day reduces the risk of heart attack, protects against cancer, strengthens bones and protects against tooth plaque and decay.

"Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water," says Dr. Carrie Ruxton, a public health nutritionist at King's College London and the study's lead author. "Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants, so it's got two things going for it."

Though many consumers believe that tea -- which often contains caffeine -- is dehydrating, Ruxton says such an idea is an urban myth. "Studies on caffeine have found very high doses dehydrate and everyone assumes that caffeine-containing beverages dehydrate," she says. "But even if you had a really, really strong cup of tea or coffee, which is quite hard to make, you would still have a net gain of fluid."

Ruxton's team found that average tea consumption was less than three cups per day in the UK, and that many younger people were replacing tea with sugary soft drinks. The study's findings were backed by the British Nutrition Foundation and the Tea Council, which funded the research.

"These findings help confirm the extraordinary health benefits of drinking tea, a drink that is essentially made of herbs soaked in water," said Mike Adams, a consumer health advocate and holistic nutritionist. "What consumers need to keep in mind, however, is that adding cream or sweeteners to the tea can nullify any potential health benefits and actually make the drink harmful to health. If you're going to use sweeteners," he added, "always use either stevia or agave nectar."

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/020156.html#ixzz1Q6XqAcVW

Jun 20, 2011

You're Never Too Far When I'm Gone

Died at 9.30pm

If you really have the heart
Then you wouldn’t have the heart..
If you really cared
Then you wouldn’t have cared..
If you really said
Then you wouldn’t have said..
If you really respected
Then you wouldn’t have respected..
If you really intended
Then you wouldn’t have intended..
If you really wanted
Then you wouldn’t have wanted..
If you really anticipated
Then you wouldn’t have anticipated..
that I died today
You died too.


cure me.
break me.
tear me.
life goes on.