Time to Jump Back In!

Despite some trembling, I’m taking a leap to jump back in today …

with a sincere apology that it’s been such a long time since I last wrote.  Serious health issues were compounded by technical difficulties.  And… well… I let go.
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The thing about having let go is that, over time, I became shy about how to get back into sync with everyone.  Unsure of my voice.

I believe many of us go through something similar every once in awhile.  When we’re not exercising our gifts regularly, self-doubt and lethargy can take over.  I also believe that we, fortunately, can find something to get ourselves going again, and jump back in.

What happened to drop kick me back into action?

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The Skinny on GMO Foods

GMO Foods are all the buzz these days.

What are they?
How do they affect us?
Why do we care?

Photo - The Skinny on GMO Foods - Genetic Engineering Concept image by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee at FreeDigitalPhotos.netGMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms.  They’re also known as Genetically Engineered (GE) along with a few other terms.

The premise behind artificially altering the genes of plants, animals and soil bacteria is to help agricultural crops to resist pests, be less affected by drought, grow and ripen faster and produce more crops for the effort.  GMO’s are also being used in pharmaceutical production.

There are a lot of compelling reasons being presented to support the idea.  If genetically altered crops were to contain higher amounts of certain nutrients, the argument goes, then think of all the good GMO foods could do.  Maybe rice could contain more vitamin A to aid vision health, particularly in fighting blindness in children who live in nutritionally-challenged, less-developed countries.  And how about cancer-fighting foods, like broccoli, being able to fight cancer even better?

Who doesn’t want these things?!

The percentage of GMO foods is increasing rapidly.   Proponents seem to want us to believe this is a natural evolution.  But we’re not talking about cross-pollination the way nature does it.  Or even taking cuttings from one fruit tree (for instance) and grafting it onto another fruit tree (for instance).  We’re talking about huge, commercial laboratories (cough cough Monsanto cough cough) artificially forcing foreign genes into the genes of plants and animals.  Forcefully breaching the barriers that naturally occur between species. Including plants and animals that end up in our kitchens and restaurants.

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Don’t Lose Sleep Over Daylight Savings Time!

Daylight Savings Time …

For the next week or so, you might be feeling that hour of sleep you lost to Daylight Savings Time.  Keep reading for how to get the sleep you need and make the adjustment easier!

Yep!  It’s that time again, Folks!  Tonight, when you go to sleep, you’ll be thinking about how much earlier the morning will seem.  And you’ll be right.  But you don’t have to lose sleep over it!

Photo - Alarm Clock Courtesy of Pong at FreeDigitalPhotos dot net. NestHalfFull.comModern Daylight Savings Time was first implemented for economic reasons.  During World War I, the Germans figured that, if they switched the use of resources from producing artificial light to  making more weapons, they could bomb the daylights out of their foes.  Pretty soon, much of Europe and the United States had caught on and were arming up with longer days.  After that war ended, the world felt a little safer in their beds and went back to their regularly scheduled lives.

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Dutch Baby Pancake {Grain-Free} with Fruit

Photo - Dutch Baby Pancake (grain-free!)

Try this grain-free puffed Dutch Baby Pancake with fresh fruit or a bit of syrup.  It could easily become your new favorite breakfast! … Whether you’re living gluten-free, or Not.

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Breast Thermogram – The Painless “Gram”!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

What better time to consider a Breast Thermogram – The Painless “Gram”! –
as an alternative to a routine mammogram?

Photo:  Breast Thermogram - The Painless "Gram"

“Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

“The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.”  HealthFinder.gov

This month, we are reminded to be aware of our risks and take charge of our own personal health.

We live in a world where almost every vital thing is contaminated in some way or another with cancer-causing agents.  Our air, water and food supplies have been compromised (to put it kindly).    It’s reckless to ignore ways that can help prevent disease.  Such as having our breasts periodically “grammed”.

If you’re like me, you would rather subject yourself to the rack rather than have your breasts squeezed to a 1/2-inch flatness between two cold, hard surfaces.  As if that’s not bad enough, this lovely ritual is always followed by a (sometimes unsympathetic) technician zapping you with radiation.

If you’re one of the many women who has fibrous cysts, mammograms are truly torture!

For years and years, I’ve complained and exclaimed, “There has to be a kinder technology for women!!”

Well, guess what!  There is!  

It is painless and can flag a potential problem one to three years earlier than a mammogram*!

Have you ever heard of thermography?

Maybe you’ve read my post, I Had a Breast Thermogram.  You might have set the thought aside or skipped it entirely.

Which is why I’m putting it back on the table today!

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