Archive for October, 2010

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October 29, 2010

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Everyone is very busy today getting ready for Halloween….myself included…Yesterday I went to one of those farm-type places that sells pumpkins and decorations (indoor and out), apple cider, homemade pickles, bales of hay, free-range  eggs (these are collected twice a day) and plants-mostly mums right now. It was fun. I picked up a yard decoration, a witch that said, “Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet” and a number of other items…

On the agenda for later today is attending a pre-school Halloween Parade with two toddlers, one dressed as a spider and one as Elmo!…then we will have a very small “party”…for the 3 children involved….

What I find at this time of year is that many adults really enjoy Hallowwen….I know that many people find it to be their favorite holiday..not too much fuss, not too expensive and it’s over the night of the event! Not like some other holidays which seem to go on and on…each one has its own merit..the only down side of this one is that some religious Christians don’t believe in parrticipating. We are all entitled to do what we feel is best.  Another plus for Halloween is that people of most religions DO participate, so this holiday can bring people together. It is a very festive occasion and so much fun fantasizing about what to be and how to create that look.

I also took stock of the bags of goodies to give out on Sunday…making sure there is variety and quantity…we’re set!

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Also, I am happy to see that so many people have enjoyed the blog about eating healthy that was written by a guest contributor several dayas ago!

This is MeddlingMom…have a great Halloween!   Here’s some scary music for you!

Eat To Be Healthy-Eggplant-and-Tomato Casserole-Yummy!

October 26, 2010

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On another note, I  have been working on changing the way I eat for the past 7 months or so- I’m sure you remember the blog several days ago about how to eat to be healthy…although I did not write that, I am trying to create good habits and consume foods with nutrients that are yummy…I have been surprised over how receptive my palate has become to shifting to  foods that are not rich and to more simple foods that offer good taste.  The other day I made something that was absolutely delicious…it made about 9 small side servings. The calories for each serving were approximately 110.

In general, I don’t care much for unadorned eggplant. I do, however, enjoy Eggplant Parmesan, which is breaded, fried and has loads of cheese. It has a huge number of calories. The recipe below is from McCall’s Cookbook, published in 1963 and purchased by me in 1966. One reason I enjoyed this recipe was that it had all of the ingredients that are in Eggplant Parmesan…so the taste was familiar and I loved that it was really low calorie. By comparison, Eggplant Parmesan at Macaroni Grill is over 1200 calories. Of course, I realize that is much larger than a serving of the casserole I prepared, one could consume the entire casserole and save hundreds of calories.  And of course, attitude is everything. The casserole was very satisfying and fresh tasting…no need to eat extreme amounts!

Eggplant-and-Tomato Casserole

2 medium eggplant                            2 tsp sugar

Boiling water                                        1 tsp paprika

Salt                                                           1/8 tsp pepper

2 TBLSP olive oil                                1/8 tsp dried basil

2 cloves garlic, chopped                 ½ c grated parmesan

2 TBLSP flour                                       2   1 -LB cans stewed tomatoes, undrained

1.       375 degree oven.  Lightly grease 2 quart casserole.

2.      Wash and peel eggplant; cut into 1-2 inch pieces. Simmer, covered, in salted water for 10 minutes; drain.

3.      Meanwhile, sauté garlic in skillet in hot oil til golden.

4.     Into skillet, stir flour, tomatoes, 2 tsp salt, sugar, paprika, pepper, basil.  Cook, stirring, over medium heat until mixture boils and is slightly       thickened.

5.     In prepared casserole, layer eggplant cubes alternately with tomato mixture; top with grated cheese.

6.     Bake 20 minutes until lightly browned.

This is MeddlingMom…I hope you find this to be yummy!

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October 25, 2010

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Let’s Get Healthy! Here’s a Synopsis on how to change your health!

October 23, 2010

Today’s Blog message has been written by a guest writer who will remain anonymous.   I hope you enjoy this information.

Friends and family, I have been reading a lot about nutrition for many years now. This is a synopsis of what I have learned so that you don’t have to spend the  time reading or studying if you don’t want to.  I’ve come to understand that for those of us who are fat who don’t eat any more than the rest of the population, there is a culprit and it is insulin.  Insulin, which is a hormone,  is your body’s response to sugar.  When you eat a piece of fruit, you release a small amount of insulin into your bloodstream that carries that sugar to your cells to use for immediate energy, and any excess sugar to your fat cells for storage and use at a later time.  Insulin tells your body to store fat.  Excess sugar becomes stored fat.  If you eat too much sugar, you become fat.

Another danger to our bodies is inflammation.  Sugar causes inflammation.  But what you might not expect is that grains cause inflammation.  I’m talking about everything from wheat to corn to rice.  Here’s how it was explained.  When a squirrel eats blueberries and then poops in the woods, he is a distribution system that blueberries need.  They want him to eat them so they can procreate.  Everyone wins.  When a squirrel eats a kernel of wheat, that wheat dies.  Wheat and other grains are pollinated by bees and air.  They don’t need to be eaten in order to procreate.  In fact, when they get eaten, they die.  That’s it.  So, they have protective mechanisms to prevent being eaten.  On the surface, when uncooked they are hard and unappealing.  That helps.  But when they are eaten, they release toxins into the creatures that eat them.  The toxins cause all kinds of problems including, digestion and skin, which can be readily recognized by the sufferer.  But also things like arthritis and auto-immune diseases.  This is because the toxins naturally occurring in the proteins of grains creates inflammation at the least and allergy (which is an auto-immune response) at the next level.  So, why is allergy auto-immune?  Allergies are an overreaction of the body to a perceived threat.  As you have all witnessed, I have terrible allergies to cats.  You pet a cat and touch your face and your body responds logically.  If it could speak it would say “That’s a cat.  It poses no danger to us.”  My body, if it could speak would be screaming, “That’s a toxic gas cloud.  Launch mucus to stop it from entering the body.”  My body cannot correctly perceive the protein in cat dander and so it overreacts.  Human bodies react to grains like they do cats.  Some of you will have no reaction at all and can go on eating grains for the rest of your lives with no consequences at all.  But if you have the following diseases, you cannot eat grains anymore.  I’m sorry.  It’s the truth.

Diseases caused by eating grains:

Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Asthma, Allergies, Lupus, IBS, Colitis, PCOV, MS, and probably every other auto-immune disease besides AIDS.

So, what can we do about our insulin overproduction rollercoaster?  How can we be healthy and slim?  We are predisposed to have certain diseases, but one thing that every chronic disease has in common in chronic inflammation.  This is caused and/or exacerbated by grains.   There are also other auto-immune provocateurs, but these are far less universal, so check them out and test them for yourself:  Dairy, eggs, nuts and seeds, tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, peppers.

I’m going to tell you what to eat in a minute and you are going to tell me it’s too expensive.  You are right.  Unfortunately, we live in an unequal society where some have and some don’t.  This is not a poor man’s diet.  But you can afford it.  It’s a matter of priority.  And the more of us who eat this way, the more farms will produce this way and the more of us can afford to be healthy.  So, we have to lead with our wallets.  Also, you can order shares of an animal in advance and wind up paying $8 a lb. for an amazing year’s supply of meat.  Check out for a farm near you.

As we get into recommendations on what to eat, you’re going to hear a lot about wild, free range, grass fed, and organic.  That might all sound really heady or pretentious and maybe even seem overwhelming, but it’s just natural.  It is natural and normal for cows to graze all day on a grassy plain.  It is normal for fish to swim and spawn and grow where they have forever, in the wild.  It is natural for animals to eat what they have always eaten; eat what they choose to eat naturally.  All this fancy labeling just means back to normal.  If anyone reading this is over 65 years old, this is what food was like when you were a kid.  If you are a boomer or younger (like me), you’ve never had it.  So, forget feeling like a snob or a whiny baby about your food.  You just want to eat food the way it was meant to be.  There’s nothing pretentious or whiny about it.  So, here’s what you want to be eating:

You can get a quick shopping list at  Download his Quick Start Guide under Tools.  I’ll give you the basics here.


Wild Fish (not farmed), Grass –fed Beef, bison, and lamb, pork with no nitrites or nitrates in it, free range, grass-fed turkey and chicken, wild birds, and omega 3 enriched eggs.  If you want to really get funky, try Fossil Farms in NJ. They have every meat you could imagine, all grown with the best possible practices.

All of your meat should contain NO Medications – Hormones – Steroids – Antibiotics – Additives – Pesticides – Herbicides – Artificial or Commercial Fertilizers – NO Animal-By-Products or Blood – Arsenicals & NO Artificial Grow Lights.

Where to shop for protein:

If you have a Whole Foods Market nearby, you are set.  If not, you might have a local food coop or some farmers markets.  If not, or if you really want to get into it, you can go to and find farms near you that you can visit or that will ship your food to your door!  If you really want to get funky with your meat selections, go to  Great food is obtainable with a little effort.


Organic and Local are what to shoot for.  If you have to choose, they are equal in many foods.  But organic wins out when the food is all surface area, like lettuce.  There you want organic.  Anything you can skin, can be conventional, but try for local if you can.  Eat what is in season and eat colorfully.

Don’t eat starchy veggies like potatoes.  If you must, eat sweet potatoes.


#1 fruits are berries!  Like I said in the beginning, berries want you to eat them, so they have no defenses.  They are sweet and colorful and yummy and great antioxidants.  Eat them!  The next thing to think about is sugar content or glycemic index.  The lower the glycemic index the more useful to the body.  Other great choices are melons, apples, pears, citrus, especially grapefruit.  You want to limit your fruit intake to one serving a day if you want to lose weight.   Stear clear of bananas, papayas, and mangoes, unless it’s post workout recovery food.


You are going to crack up here but beef tallow and pork lard are protective of your heart.  They are the best choices for cooking at high temperatures because of their stability.  Coconut oil is the most stable vegetable oil for cooking at high temperatures.  If you’re making American food, use the tallow and lard.  If you’re doing something Asian, use coconut or lard. Coconut oil that does not taste like coconut is also available. Other oils that are great for you should not be cooked because oils all have a temperature at which they break down in an unhealthy way.  You can cook with extra virgin olive oil, but it’s not great for high temps for long periods.  Buy organic, local if possible, first cold pressing.  Other great oils that you should use after cooking or on salads are: nuts, nut oils and avocado.  Buy organic!  They are all great for you.


You need to take these every day.

Vitamin D3 – 2,000-5,000 individual units per day with meals.

Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil – (contains no mercury or other heavy metals)  If you are healthy 4,000 mgs per day with meals.  Here’s a place to get it:  Each of these pills is 1000 mgs or 1gram.  If you are ill, have inflammation, diabetes, auto-immune disorder, etc. take 1gram or 1000mgs for every 10 lbs of you every day.  That’s a lot, I know.  But it is an active healer.

Magnesium – 1200 to 2000 mg per day.  Magnesium calms, so you might want to take your dosage before bed.  You can take it in pill form.  Another great way to take it is in a fizzy drink –

Digestive Enzymes – Now Foods Super Enzymes is one brand – helps you digest your food, which most importantly, helps you get the nutrients out of your food and into your body!   Dosage one before each meal.  If you feel warm in the tummy, one is enough.  If you don’t, try two.  Once you have the warm tummy feeling, that is your dosage.  You can go up to five tablets before a meal.

Probiotics – We all know what antibiotics do – they wipe out the bad guys.  But they also wipe out the good bacteria and flora in our bodies and put us out of whack.  Probiotics, like digestive enzymes, help to restore your bodies natural digestive balance.  Take one pill with every meal.  Here’s one that is good.

Side note – when you do have to take antibiotics, take SB Yeast before during and after in order to maintain your bodies good bacteria.

Iodine – 150 mcg per day.  Helps maintain your thyroid gland.

NAC – powerful antioxidant and amino acid – 600-1200 mgs taken with ALA first thing in the morning to wake you up!

ALA – 1,000-2,000mgs taken with NAC first thing in the morning with a little food.

Don’t take my word for it.  Here are some books to read:

I have read all of these and highly recommend them for giving you an understanding of the how’s and why’s behind eating correctly.

Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

Books I will be reading upon their release in December:

Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It by Gary Taubes

The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferris

Let’s get healthy!

This is MeddlingMom…what do you think?

Daytime TV-ADs

October 10, 2010

It was 8:58AM. I was watching Good Morning America.  A commercial came on with a woman in a bra bulging out of it-not sexy or anything, just needing a bra overhaul.  The commercial goes on to direct the viewer to a site. During the commercial you are shown how the woman looks in her new bra. Frankly, I don’t see that she looks so great.  Do you know that look where you see that it is obvious that the breasts are not lifted up-where the inner side of the breast is showing and clearly hanging down?  I HATE THAT LOOK!  How and when did anyone ever decide that that is a good or desireable look?  Now I know that as a feminist defining a woman and her worth by focusing on her body parts and her appearance is a no-no.  But-COME ON!-I think it all started with the idea that showing breasts in any way is desireable.  Also lots of women simply find any excuse to wear revealing clothing (lots of times a bra simply won’t work under such clothing).  Now don’t get me wrong-I like cleavage as much as anyone, but I am talking about a slovenliness that is unappealing.

Anyway, I started writing about this to bring to light that women in bulging bras or any undergarments aren’t appropriate for daytime  TV….children might be around…there was no warning that such a commercial was about to air…

The other thing I wanted to mention was the commercial about FEMALE ODORS…like we are skunks or worse!  I have seen these aired on Lifetime TV during weekday afternoons and also on other stations daytime and nighttime. Now the fact is that I can’t possibly know what other offensive ads are shown on all of the channels, but someone has to get a grip here.  I think I will contact ABC and Lifetime.  Maybe you could, too.

About the feminine products and female odors, a friend of mine wants to know when a commercial will be done about the EVER-PRESENT, NOT-SO-POPULAR BALL STENCH!  Maybe on Monday night football?

This is MeddlingMom…

Technology Update

October 6, 2010

I  recently wrote about the trials and tribulations of copying a video on my dvd recorder and being able to watch it on a different dvd player.  After I wrote that blog entry, I decided to call tech support for the player on which I wanted to watch the dvd.  I was told that it should play and that if it didn’t, I hadn’t finalized the recording. I said that I had because when I record it tells you that it is finalizing when you complete recording. I thought I should check out the recorder to see if there was something I had missed. I got out the manual and discovered that going in to another menu, my dvd’s had finalized except that on each one the last 4 minutes had not finalized.  I corrected the problem by finalizing each one…it only took about a minute on each because only 4 minutes hadn’t been finalized earlier…so…voila! I now can view the discs on other dvd players!  Hope that helps you!

This is MeddlingMom

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