Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for October, 2010

10 Years Ago I Was…

  •  25 years old (If I could turn back time :))
  • A newly wed
  • Relief teaching (and hating every minute of it)
  • Living in our first house in Cooranbong, just over the swing bridge
  • A lot thinner 🙂
  • Doing a whole lot less washing, ironing and cleaning – kids certainly have increased these jobs exponentially!

5 Things To Do Today (since the day is nearly over, I’ll let you know what I did do)

  • Went grocery shopping – by myself (always a blessing when this happens)
  • Slept on the lounge (gotta love the migraines)
  • Set the table for Sabbath
  • Made and ate lunch
  • bought some decorations for the baby shower I will be running next Sunday.

Snacks I Enjoy

  • Potato chips 
  • Carob chocolate (my recipe )
  • Grapes
  • Hot chips

Things I Would Do If I Were A Millionaire

  • Have Special Man quit his job and spend all of our time together
  • Buy a house and a ride on mower
  • Travel around Australia in a caravan (a dream of Special man’s)
  • Finance my Dad and Mum, so my Dad could retire
  • Plant churches
  • Buy a grand piano
  • Make more CDs and produce our DVD series in our own recording studio
  • What I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted…

Places I Have Lived

  • Nanango (Qld)
  • Morayfield (Qld)
  • Blackwater (Qld)
  • Norfolk Island
  • Cooranbong (NSW)
  • Kearsley (NSW)
  • Townsville (QLD)
  • Taree (NSW)
  • Jimboomba (QLD)

We sure do get around 🙂

Countries I Have Visited

  • Australia
  • Norfolk Island (not really a country, but I had to fly over the ocean to get there :))

So now you know 🙂

Read Full Post »

I spotted this game over at Ruth’s Place, thought I’d play along…

Rules: Things you’ve already done in bold. Things you want to do in italics. Things you haven’t done and don’t want to, leave in plain font. She changed a few of them to make them more relevant to Australians and I left some of her changes in.

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band (at school and at church)

4. visited Hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to Disneyland/World
8. climbed a mountain

9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo
11. bungee jumped (WHY?????)

12. visited Paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning (unfortunately yes!!)
17. walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. slept on an overnight train 
21. had a pillow fight

22. hitch hiked (NEVER!!!!!)
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping (I’ve watch Special man do this though :))
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in Venice (would love to do this!!)
29. seen a total eclipse (Just after Princess Curly tops was born)
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. seen Niagara Falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. seen an Amish community
36. taught yourself a new language (Italian would be nice)

37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41. sung karaoke (very badly :))

42. seen Old Faithful Geyser erupt watched a sun set at Uluru
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited Africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight (twice…what a delightfully lovely thing to do!!)
46. been transported in an ambulance (after a car accident and with my daughter)

47. had your portrait painted (drawn – it was a charicature sp?)

48. gone deep sea fishing (With my Grandfather)
49. seen the Sistene Chapel in person
50. been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkeling (Yes and I came face to face with a sea snake, thus ending the snorkelling experience!)

52. kissed in the rain (We sat through an entire storm on a picnic blanket…special memory!!!)
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre (one of my favourite childhood memories)
55. been in a movie
56. visited the Great Wall of China
57. started a business (God Did Creations)
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited Russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold Girl Guide cookies
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood
65. gone sky diving (no thanks)
66. visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a cheque
68. flown in a helicopter (When I was 5)
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70 visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. eaten caviar (yuck!!)
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in Times Square
74. toured the Everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the Changing of the Guard in London
77. broken a bone (two – elbow and collar bone)
78. been on a speeding motorcycle
79. seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the Vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in Jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire bible
86. visited the White House

87. killed and prepared an animal for eating (I’ve plucked a chook, but Dad killed it)
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one (grandfathers)

94. had a baby
95. seen the Alamo in person seen a platypus in the wild
96. swum in the Great Salt Lake
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a mobile phone
99. been stung by a bee

So there you have it, things I hae done, want to do and will NEVER do…how ’bout you?

 

Read Full Post »

Special man has gone away for a couple of days…and you know what that means?

SLEEPING WITH MUMMY TIME!!!!!

Special son was so excited he was bouncing all over the house (I was a little less excited :)).  I was looking forward to the snuggles, but was a little less enthusiastic about the actual sleeping, or lack thereof that I knew I was in for.  You see Special son, let’s just say is not a “stay on your own side of the bed” kind of sleeper.

It was worse than I thought – I have now named him gymnastics boy 🙂  Many times he was rolling over and pushing into me and I was literally pushing him back saying, roll the other way, as he continued to push – almost pushing me off the bed.  But that wasn’t the worst of it.  Many other times he would flop over on his side facing me and as he flopped he ripped the covers down and shoved them between his legs – leaving me freezing.  Then he decided to sleep on his belly, with his entire body on top of the covers that he again managed to rip off me before his flop 🙂

When we woke up in the morning, he smiled and said to me – Mummy I woke up with my elbow on your chest – I must have slept close to you.  (Just a bit :))

The snuggles and chat time made it all worth it though!!!

It was Princess Joybug’s turn last night – and the difference is profoud.  I didn’t even know she was there until a little hand tapped me (in the very early hours of the morning) to have some snuggles.  I was struggling to keep my eyes open, as I was very tired.  Princess Joybug’s solution – mummy if you just open your eyes up, then you will wake up.  If only it was so simple 🙂

I must say it made my mummy heart glad that something as simple as a sleep over with mummy made my kids so very happy. 

May the simple joys continue to bring them pleasure through life.

Read Full Post »

An article I found on Fructose…very interesting…

Scientists have proved for the first time that fructose, a cheap form of sugar used in thousands of food products and soft drinks, can damage human metabolism and is fueling the obesity crisis.

Fructose, a sweetener usually derived from corn, can cause dangerous growths of fat cells around vital organs and is able to trigger the early stages of diabetes and heart disease.

Over 10 weeks, 16 volunteers on a controlled diet including high levels of fructose produced new fat cells around their heart, liver and other digestive organs. They also showed signs of food-processing abnormalities linked to diabetes and heart disease. Another group of volunteers on the same diet, but with glucose sugar replacing fructose, did not have these problems.

This study takes its place in a growing lineup of scientific studies demonstrating that consuming high-fructose corn syrup is the fastest way to trash your health. It is now known without a doubt that sugar in your food, in all it’s myriad of forms, is taking a devastating toll.

And fructose in any form — including high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and crystalline fructose — is the worst of the worst!

Fructose is a major contributor to:

  • Insulin resistance and obesity
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Elevated triglycerides and elevated LDL
  • Depletion of vitamins and minerals
  • Cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, arthritis and even gout

A Calorie is Not a Calorie

Glucose is the form of energy you were designed to run on. Every cell in your body, every bacterium — and in fact, every living thing on the Earth–uses glucose for energy.

If you received your fructose only from vegetables and fruits (where it originates) as most people did a century ago, you’d consume about 15 grams per day — a far cry from the 73 grams per day the typical adolescent gets from sweetened drinks. In vegetables and fruits, it’s mixed in with fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and beneficial phytonutrients, all which moderate any negative metabolic effects.

It isn’t that fructose itself is bad — it is the MASSIVE DOSES you’re exposed to that make it dangerous.

There are two reasons fructose is so damaging:

  1. Your body metabolizes fructose in a much different way than glucose. The entire burden of metabolizing fructose falls on your liver.
  2. People are consuming fructose in enormous quantities, which has made the negative effects much more profound.

Today, 55 percent of sweeteners used in food and beverage manufacturing are made from corn, and the number one source of calories in America is soda, in the form of HFCS.

Food and beverage manufacturers began switching their sweeteners from sucrose (table sugar) to corn syrup in the 1970s when they discovered that HFCS was not only far cheaper to make, it’s about 20% sweeter than table sugar.

HFCS is either 42% or 55% fructose, and sucrose is 50% fructose, so it’s really a wash in terms of sweetness.

Still, this switch drastically altered the average American diet.By USDA estimates, about one-quarter of the calories consumed by the average American is in the form of added sugars, and most of that is HFCS. The average Westerner consumes a staggering 142 pounds a year of sugar! And the very products most people rely on to lose weight — the low-fat diet foods — are often the ones highest in fructose.

Making matters worse, all of the fiber has been removed from these processed foods, so there is essentially no nutritive value at all.

Fructose Metabolism Basics

Without getting into the very complex biochemistry of carbohydrate metabolism, it is important to understand some differences about how your body handles glucose versus fructose.

Dr. Robert Lustig Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism. His work has highlighted some major differences in how different sugars are broken down and used:

  • After eating fructose, 100 percent of the metabolic burden rests on your liver. But with glucose, your liver has to break down only 20 percent.
  • Every cell in your body, including your brain, utilizes glucose. Therefore, much of it is “burned up” immediately after you consume it. By contrast, fructose is turned into free fatty acids (FFAs), VLDL (the damaging form of cholesterol), and triglycerides, which get stored as fat.
  • The fatty acids created during fructose metabolism accumulate as fat droplets in your liver and skeletal muscle tissues, causing insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Insulin resistance progresses to metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes.
  • Fructose is the most lipophilic carbohydrate. In other words, fructose converts to activated glycerol (g-3-p), which is directly used to turn FFAs into triglycerides. The more g-3-p you have, the more fat you store. Glucose does not do this.
  • When you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat. 120 calories of fructose results in 40 calories being stored as fat. Consuming fructose is essentially consuming fat!
  • The metabolism of fructose by your liver creates a long list of waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric acid, which drives up blood pressure and causes gout.
  • Glucose suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin and stimulates leptin, which suppresses your appetite. Fructose has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with your brain’s communication with leptin, resulting in overeating.

If anyone tries to tell you “sugar is sugar,” they are way behind the times. As you can see, there are major differences in how your body processes each one.

The bottom line is: fructose leads to increased belly fat, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome — not to mention the long list of chronic diseases that directly result.

Panic in the Corn Fields

As the truth comes out about HFCS, the Corn Refiners Association is scrambling to convince you that their product is equal to table sugar, that it is “natural” and safe.

Of course, many things are “natural” — cocaine is natural, but you wouldn’t want to use 142 pounds of it each year.

The food and beverage industry doesn’t want you to realize how truly pervasive HFCS is in your diet — not just from soft drinks and juices, but also in salad dressings and condiments and virtually every processed food. The introduction of HFCS into the Western diet in 1975 has been a multi-billion dollar boon for the corn industry.

The FDA classifies fructose as GRAS: Generally Regarded As Safe. Which pretty much means nothing and is based on nothing.

There is plenty of data showing that fructose is not safe — but the effects on the nation’s health have not been immediate. That is why we are just now realizing the effects of the last three decades of nutritional misinformation.

As if the negative metabolic effects are not enough, there are other issues with fructose that disprove its safety:

  • More than one study has detected unsafe mercury levels in HFCS.
  • Crystalline fructose (a super-potent form of fructose the food and beverage industry is now using) may contain arsenic, lead, chloride and heavy metals.
  • Nearly all corn syrup is made from genetically modified corn, which comes with its own set of risks.

The FDA isn’t going to touch sugar, so it’s up to you to be proactive about your own dietary choices.

What’s a Sugarholic to Do?

Ideally, I recommend that you avoid as much sugar as possible. This is especially important if you are overweight or have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

I also realize we don’t live in a perfect world, and following rigid dietary guidelines is not always practical or even possible.

If you want to use a sweetener occasionally, this is what I recommend:

  1. Use the herb stevia.
  2. Use organic cane sugar in moderation.
  3. Use organic raw honey in moderation.
  4. Avoid ALL artificial sweeteners, which can damage your health even more quickly than fructose.
  5. Avoid agave syrup since it is a highly processed sap that is almost all fructose. Your blood sugar will spike just as it would if you were consuming regular sugar or HFCS. Agave’s meteoric rise in popularity is due to a great marketing campaign, but any health benefits present in the original agave plant are processed out.
  6. Avoid so-called energy drinks and sports drinks because they are loaded with sugar, sodium and chemical additives. Rehydrating with pure, fresh water is a better choice.

Some food for thought…

Read Full Post »

I found this list on Dr Mercola’s website, as I am researching the damaging effects of sugar for a kids program I am running.  I thought I would share this with you, because to be honest I found it quite frightening!!!  If you want to read the full article go here…http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/20/sugar-dangers.aspx

Nancy Appleton, PhD, author of the book Lick the Sugar Habit, contributed an extensive list of the many ways sugar can ruin your health from a vast number of medical journals and other scientific publications.

  1. Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.
  2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  3. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.[
  4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.
  5. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.
  6. Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
  7. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.
  8. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
  9. Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
  10. Sugar can cause premature aging. In fact, the single most important factor that accelerates aging is insulin, which is triggered by sugar. 1
  11. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  12. Sugar can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.
  13. Sugar contributes to obesity.
  14. Sugar can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis.
  15. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
  16. Sugar can cause gallstones.
  17. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
  18. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
  19. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
  20. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
  21. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  22. Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.
  23. Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels.
  24. Sugar can increase your systolic blood pressure.
  25. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  26. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs),which are sugar molecules that attach to and damage proteins in your body. AGEs speed up the aging of cells, which may contribute to a variety of chronic and fatal diseases.
  27. Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.
  28. Sugar causes food allergies.
  29. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  30. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  31. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
  32. Sugar can impair the structure of your DNA.
  33. Sugar can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body.
  34. Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
  35. Sugar can cause cataracts and nearsightedness.
  36. Sugar can cause emphysema.
  37. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in your body.
  38. Sugar lowers the ability of enzymes to function.
  39. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.
  40. Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide, and it can increase the amount of fat in your liver, leading to fatty liver disease.
  41. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones. Fructose is helping to drive up rates of kidney disease.
  42. Sugar can damage your pancreas.
  43. Sugar can increase your body’s fluid retention.
  44. Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement.
  45. Sugar can compromise the lining of your capillaries.
  46. Sugar can make your tendons more brittle.
  47. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
  48. Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect your children’s grades and cause learning disorders.
  49. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter your ability to think clearly.
  50. Sugar can cause depression.
  51. Sugar can increase your risk of gout.
  52. Sugar can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  MRI studies show that adults 60 and older who have high uric acid are four to five times more likely to have vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s.
  53. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.
  54. Sugar can lead to dizziness.
  55. Diets high in sugar will increase free radicals and oxidative stress.
  56. A high sucrose diet of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.
  57. High sugar consumption by pregnant adolescents can lead to a substantial decrease in gestation duration and is associated with a twofold-increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.
  58. Sugar is an addictive substance.
  59. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
  60. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.
  61. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
  62. Your body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
  63. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.
  64. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  65. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
  66. Sugar can impair the function of your adrenal glands.
  67. Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in normal, healthy individuals, thereby promoting chronic degenerative diseases.
  68. Intravenous feedings (IVs) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to your brain.
  69. Sugar increases your risk of polio.
  70. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
  71. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
  72. In intensive care units, limiting sugar saves lives.
  73. Sugar may induce cell death.
  74. In juvenile rehabilitation centers, when children were put on low sugar diets, there was a 44 percent drop in antisocial behavior.
  75. Sugar dehydrates newborns.
  76. Sugar can cause gum disease.

It should now be crystal clear just how damaging sugar is. You simply cannot achieve your highest degree of health and vitality if you are consuming a significant amount of it.

Fortunately, your body has an amazing ability to heal itself when given the basic nutrition it needs, and your liver has an incredible ability to regenerate. If you start making changes today, your health WILL begin to improve, returning you to the state of vitality that nature intended.

Just a few little facts before I sign out…

A can of softdrink contains 10 tsp of sugar (or fructose which is the sugar that goes straight to your liver and does massive amounts of damage, it is the cheapest sweetener, so is basically used in everything – also known as corn syrup)

A small bottle of flavoured milk contains 8 tsp of sugar

A snickers bar contains 6 tsp of sugar

Half a cup of icecream contains 5 tsp of sugar

McDonald’s medium thick shake – a whopping 26 tsp of sugar

So there you have it…makes you think hey!!!

Read Full Post »