April 15, 2013

Gluten Free-er & Cleaner Last Update

I don't think I cooked one meal last week.  Dinner out , lunch out, take- out, Friday pizza and a church event Saturday with enough leftovers that fed all the church families Sunday evening. I did cook breakfast on Sunday after church. Egg's Benedict.  Yum.   So, sorry no new developed recipes to share. I was barely home last week with errands, several parties to plan and one to prepare and orchestrate, a church painting project,  and various committee meetings and obligations.   I have nothing going on and then WHAM!  It comes all at once.   
This will be  my last update for my living gluten free-er and cleaner "diet".  It's hard to be consistent with blog writing when my daily routines begin to  take paths in so many different directions.  Now that Spring is here, my days are busier as well as my nights.  My children are older but still very needy.  2 baseball teams, drivers training, and track meets take up so much of the time.  Community and church  responsibilities take up a huge chunk too.  This doesn't include the  handful of lovely Spring and summer events to plan, prepare and  and cook for.  I am also trying to plan a community garden in our subdivision.  Wow.  Too much, even for a stay-at-home mom!

I will end with the thoughts that have been swirling in my head for the last month. 
  1. Being prepared is KEY.  Plan.  Prepare. Cook.  Do it. 
  2. Eat deliberately and always with a purpose
  3. Have a heavy dose of healthy food bloggers in your Facebook news feed.  Then you always have good information coming your way.   Food Renegade is a great source. 
  4. Make breakfast an important meal of the day, not to be skipped
  5. Have healthy snacks like nuts, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables (cut up) available. 
  6. Have a big salad for lunch that includes protein.  Have a piece of fruit to end the lunch.
  7. Eat good protein and lots of fresh vegetables for dinner.  
  8. Make it yourself.  Nothing packaged.  Resolve to do it.  Just don't buy it and you won't have it. 
  9. Consider the importance of water.  here is something I read recently that has had an effect on the way I view my drinking habits:
Coke Vs Water


75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
(Likely applies to half world

In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so
weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's
metabolism as much as 3%.

One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs
for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a
U-Washington study.

Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of
water a day could significantly ease back and joint
pain for up to 80%
of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy
short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and
difficulty focusing on
computer screen or on a printed page.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk
of colon cancer
45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by
79%, and one is 50%
likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should
every day?

1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol
carries two gallons of Coke in the truck to remove
blood from the
after a car accident.

2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and
it will be gone in two days.

3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into
the toilet bowl and .......Let the "real thing" sit
for one hour, then
flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains
from vitreous

4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:
Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds
Wrap aluminum foil
dipped in Coca-Cola.

5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals:
Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble
away the

6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked
in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola
into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil,
and bake. Thirty
minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil,
allowing the
to mix with the Coke for a
sumptuous brown gravy.

8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of
coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and
run through a
cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains.
It will also
road haze from your windshield.

FYI: For your info
1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4

2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the
commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place
cards reserved
highly corrosive materials.

3. The distributors of coke have been using it to
clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!

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