Sunday, May 31, 2009

I received the "Most Wonderful Favorite" Award

Today started out as a great day, but when I came home and started checking my emails it jumped up to a Wonderful day! Much to my surprise I opened an email and and found that I had received the Most Wonderful Favorite Award from Sunflower Ranch for my blog. All I can say is thank you so much for this award. My whole desire for this blog is to be able to reach out and touch others and help those that I come in contact with. And to receive this award brings great joy to my heart that others stand up and take notice.. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • These are the rules in accepting this award:
    Deliver this award to eight bloggers who then must choose and deliver the award to eight more and include the following text into the award.
  • "These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers."

The blogs that I have picked are people that touch on so many different areas of life. Some pour out their feelings, while others work to help others further their own lives. I feel all of these blogs deserve a round of applause for the awesome work they do.

  1. Party Plan Pat - I just love her blog! -
  2. My Bizzy World -

  3. Lighthouse Prayer Line -
  4. The Happily Blended -

  5. Momma Cooks Cooking -

  6. My Life In General -

  7. Serendipitous Simplicity -

  8. Working from home with kids -

I feel honored for receiving the award and I feel blessed to be able to pass this on to others who have touched my life in many different ways.

Blessings Patty

Monday, May 25, 2009

Why A Mediterranean Diet.

So many people today are searching for the right diet. They try no carbs, lots of carbs, no protein, and lots of protein, cabbage soup diets, and all sorts of other diets. We search and search, but we never look at what actually works. A simple life change diet.

What’s wrong with us here in America?
Processed foods!! We eat all kinds of processed food, fast foods, boxed foods, and quick microwave foods. Foods high in fats, sugars and chemicals. And we wonder why we never get healthy or loose weight. We try everything but the right thing. And we don’t take the time to cook actual foods ourselves.

I know how everyone feels; I have been there before myself. Trying to take care of job, family, home and running. Just to come home and pop what I could on for dinner. But over time I began to see changes in our health and I knew there were things that had to be done. I poured over diets, talked to doctors and it wasn’t until I began reading about the Mediterranean diet that I realized this is what we need.

Why the Mediterranean diet?
Well, it’s a life change. People have been doing it for centuries and living better and longer. They take time to prepare fresh foods; they spend time together while eating. They take their time to eat and it’s not a rush through thing. They have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, better over all health and they live longer.

So just what is this Mediterranean diet?
It’s a diet that puts fresh foods together. More fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains, herbs and spices. Meats are not the main course of the meals. They are the sides. It’s more fresh fish and seafood. And fish that’s not deep-fried. They don’t use processed sugars, they use honey. And desserts are fresh fruits and the one main thing in a Mediterranean diet is olives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Olive oil is known to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and great for your skin. And it’s filled with vitamins and antioxidants. And they drink red wine with their meals. The wine in moderation, but it’s very good for your digestive system.

So how do you start shopping for Mediterranean diet?
The biggest thing is, don’t purchase processed foods. Stay away from the boxed stuff, sugar cereals, breakfast pop tarts, white breads and pastas, white processed sugar, artificial sweeteners, lard, margarine, soft drinks, candies and such. I know, I just wiped out the largest part of everyone’s shopping list. But believe me, It can be done.

A general rule of thumb is to stick to the produce sections, purchase whole grain breads and pasta. Purchase more herbs and seasonings for your foods. Go with more deep ocean fish and seafood. Use leaner cuts of meats. Use whole-wheat flour instead of bleached all purpose flour. Simply put, purchase foods you have to cook yourself and not already done for you.

Set down and begin planning a menu. See where you can make changes in your diet. Introduce new vegetables into your families’ meals gradually. Purchase a bread machine and begin making your own bread. It’s not hard, just fill and let it make. And you can even find a good one on Ebay. Search the Internet for menu plans, recipes, and cookbooks. Two cookbooks that I use are “The Best 125 Meatless Mediterranean Dishes” and Sarah Woodward – “The Classic Mediterranean Cookbook” . They are both wonderful and helpful. I would suggest looking for them on . And begin searching for Vegetarian menus. These will have wonderful recipes.

What will happen when I do this?
By making a life change to a more Mediterranean diet lifestyle, you will begin to see changes in your health and your family. You will begin to have more energy, loose weight and enjoy life more. Why? Because you stop to take the time for the most important thing in your life… you and your family.

Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor

Monday, May 11, 2009

Helpful Tips On Kicking The Sugar Habit.

Many Americans consume large amounts of refined sugars. According to a study by the USDA, the average American consumes anywhere between 150 to 170 pounds of simple sugars, also known as refined sugars (this includes glucose, fructose, and sucrose) or simple carbohydrates, in one year. Many of us don’t even realize just how much sugar we take in each day. It’s in much of our processed foods, things like pop tarts, cereals, soft drinks, breakfast bars, juices, sauces, breads, mixes and more. In one can of 12 oz. soda there is 8 oz. of sugar.

Sugar is void of any key vitamins and minerals, has no B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, zinc or other trace minerals that the body needs to digest and metabolize it. To move sugar through the body it will take the valuable B vitamins and other trace minerals and rob your body of the nutrients that it needs.

To many people sugar is an addiction. No different than any other drug people become addicted too. And when trying to come off sugar you will experience withdrawals as with any other addiction. What you can experience is loss of energy, mood swings, depression, headaches and flu like symptoms. In all honesty you will feel worse before you begin to feel better. But these symptoms will pass. And within a few weeks you will begin to have energy, no headaches and no depression. You will have to keep this in mind when you begin to come off of refined sugars and know that it will pass.

What does sugar do to your system?
It suppresses your immune system. One 12 oz. can of soda will suppress your immune system for 6 to 8 hours. So during that time your body has a hard time fighting off colds, flu and other things that attack you.

It depletes your body of Vitamin B. You need B vitamins to build red blood cells, for healthy blood vessels and nervous system, and to maintain body metabolism. B vitamins are important for the breakdown of foods and nutrients to yield energy.

Sugar depletes your body of calcium and magnesium. Depletion of these can cause such things as osteoporosis, arthritis, leg cramps, depression, PMS problems and more.

Sugar causes weight gain, can raise your cholesterol and Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.

And this is just a very small list of what could happen and does happen to your body when you consume processed sugar.

So, how can you kick the sugar habit?

  • Simple.. Plan for it. If you simply go and say ok, I’m quitting sugar today and fail to plan you will surly fail. But with a plan in hand you can begin to work on the process and come off of processed sugars. I will share some tips on how to plan and work to come off of sugar.

    Make your plan. Tell family and friends, Look, I’m working to get off processed sugars and I may experience some mood swings, be a little snappy. But please understand that I don’t mean to do this, it’s just one of the side effects of coming off sugar.

    Get rid of processed foods that contain sugar in your home. Such as white pasta, rice and breads. Go to whole-wheat products and brown rice.

    Plan for stress times. When you start to crave sugar, keep a good High Protein Drink close or High Protein Bar for snaking. These will help cut your sugar cravings and filled with vitamins your body needs.

    Begin by cutting back on soft drinks. Say you drink 3 or 4 bottles of soft drink each day. Start by cutting back by one bottle. Do this for several days to a week and then cut another bottle off your list. Drink lots of filtered water. Drinking water will help filter out and flush your system.

    Begin to change those sweet treats you used to eat with more fresh fruits. Purchase more fruits and veggies to snack on. Keep bananas, strawberries and grapes on hand when you want to snack.

    Add a good B-Complex and calcium & magnesium to your diet. These things have been robbed for years from the sugar and you want to start to replenish them. B-Complex will also give you energy in those sluggish times.

    Do not add artificial sweeteners to your diet. Many of these contain aspartame, found in Nutrasweet or Equal, which has been associated with dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations, flushed feelings, seizures, blurred vision, and depression. And can actually cause you to crave sugary sweet things. Use instead, pure unfiltered honey, pure maple sugar, or date sugar. These are equally sweet, are generally well tolerated, and have greater nutritional value than refined sugar. But even these will need to be used in moderation.

  • Plan your meals. I know that many may have a hard time doing this, but if you will set down and plan your meals, you control how much sugar goes into your system. Stay away from the quick processed foods. Do more cooking with fresh ingredients. Start taking your own lunches to work to avoid vending machines.

    And understand that you will feel bad for a while. Give yourself some slack and know if you do happen to fall off the plan, that’s ok, you can pick yourself back up and start again. Just keep working at it and in time you will begin to feel better than you have in years. Keep yourself focused on the goal and not the symptoms you are going through. And that’s better health for you.

    Have a sugar buddy, someone you can turn to when times get tuff. Someone who will encourage you as you begin your new journey. And if you do not have a buddy, contact me and I will be happy to help you. I will be there to help in those times.
Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor
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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Benefits of Garlic Supplement.

Garlic, also known as allium sativum, is related to the lily family, which includes onions, shallots, chives and leaks.

Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating at least as far back as the time that the Giza pyramids were built. It formed part of the diet of the Israelites in Egypt (Numbers 11:5) and of the laborers employed by Khufu in constructing his pyramid.

Ancient Indians valued the medicinal properties of garlic and thought it to be an aphrodisiac. It was believed to cure several illnesses and promote a long life. In 1858, Louis Pasteur observed garlic's antibacterial activity, and it was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II.

With garlic being used for thousands of years, just what is garlic said to be good for?

Garlic has been considered one of natures natural antibiotics. Garlic is a potent, broad-spectrum, herbal antibiotic. It can be applied topically or taken internally and it has been proven to kill a wide range of bacteria. Garlic owes this powerful antibiotic effect to allicin, a volatile oil that also gives this versatile herb its strong pungent flavor.

It has been said that a compound in garlic called ajoene is a natural antioxidant that has anti-clotting abilities, thus helping in the prevention of heart disease and strokes. Garlic has been used to help lower cholesterol. Lower serum cholesterol, lower triglycerides and help raise HDL, good cholesterol. It has been used to increase blood fluidity and to help lower high blood pressure.

People have used garlic as a natural way to help fight such things as bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Yeast infections in women. People have taken garlic to fight colds and flu, sinus infections and common warts.

Garlic has also been used to fight sore throat. Simply take garlic capsule and break it apart. Mix into a little mashed potatoes and swallow. You want the garlic to coat the throat to relieve soreness and fight infection.

There are a few cautions for those wanting to consume garlic supplements.
Garlic supplements should not be used by those on blood thinners or at least 2 weeks prior to any surgery. And pregnant women and nursing mothers should consult physican before taking any supplements.

When used properly, garlic can be very beneficial to your health.There are many garlic supplements on the market. Everything from pill form to liquids to powders.

Patty Dooley
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Friday, May 1, 2009

Vitamin D Linked to HDL Cholesterol

Vitamin D Linked to HDL Cholesterol - Shaklee Corporation Research Links Vitamin D with Key Biomarkers for Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Disease
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