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Dead Weight: Lose It Now!

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How much dead weight are you carrying around with you? by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author, 50-pound big-time-loser
I suspect you are unaware, as was I, that dead weight is heavy, both metaphorically and literally, and that we are individually and collectively carrying around extreme amounts of it.
Dead Weight: Yours and Mine
I’d read about a teacher who asked her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to class. For every person the student refused to forgive, they were to write the person’s name and date of upset on a potato and put it in their plastic bag. Their bag began to fill up quite quickly. The moral of the story was that they were lugging around some pretty hefty amounts of anger that was clogging their spiritual development, big time. I call it dead weight.
This got me to thinking. Not only am I carrying around a lot of anger at all the people in my life who clearly haven’t read the script I’ve written for them, but I’m also cartin’ around barrelfuls of upset and anger at myself for my dietary transgressions, lack of exercise, snappishness here and there directed at my loved ones . . . and who knows what else.
Imagine if I dropped a potato in my proverbial plastic bag every time I was upset with myself and dragged it around with me all day and into the night. Whoa! That’s some heavy duty, weighty bag that is robbing me of my energy, focus and determination.
Dead Weight Starts at Home
Take a moment, a minute, an hour – the entire day! – depending on how long your ‘self-upset’ list is … and write out each upset on one of a potatoes.
You can either draw your own potato, or use mine (print above potatoes).
And NOW … put them into your bag of choice and carry them around with you all day long. I know your bag of paper potatoes won’t have the same physical effect as a heavy bag of real potatoes, but it may have the same mental-cize impact.
Plus, I am saving you lots of embarrassing questions from friends, family and co-workers. “Have you seen Janice and her enormous bag of potatoes? Jeeze-Louise, she is a kook-ball!”
At the end of the day, take a look at your stack of paper potatoes. How much upset do you aim at yourself? Ceremoniously rip or shred each potato and put them into a little container.
Now … feel lighter.
All Is Forgiven, Move On!
Spread the word, NOT the icing,
Janice

For more dead weight removal, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Salmonella: Killer or Cancer Cure?

Salmonella Sleuthing: It’s Not All Bad by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, 50-pound big-time-loser, eternal optimist

With all this talk of toxic and noxious tomatoes and jalapeno peppers, as well as Salmonella poisoning, this Beliefnet blogger, determined to unearth something good about Salmonella, did a bit of salmonella sleuthing.
Salmonella 101
Salmonella is a bacteria. It enters our digestive tract via contaminated food and can cause severe food poisoning. The infection from the bacteria is called Salmonellosis. Hospitalization may be required, depending on the level of dehydration or the very nasty side effects (i.e., diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps), which bacteria is known to cause.
Salmonellosis symptoms start within 12 to 72 hours from transmission of the bacteria, Salmonella. The symptoms hang in for 4 to 7 days. The good news is that most people recover without any treatment. The folks who end up in the hospital are primarily admitted due to severe and uncontrollable diarrhea.
It gets uglier! For those unfortunate souls, there is a risk that the Salmonellosis may spread from the intestines into the bloodstream or to other parts of the body, which can ultimately lead to death.
To avoid death, these high-risk patients are given antibiotics. (Thumbs up to scientists who brought us antibiotics!)
Something Good about Salmonella
Salmonella bacteria can go where no chemotherapy has gone before. It travels deep into cancerous tumors where conventional chemotherapy can’t reach.
The National Institutes of Health recently awarded Neil Forbes of the University of Massachusetts Amherst a four-year grant of more than $1 million for the specific intent to research killing cancer tumors with Salmonella bacteria.
Forbes has programmed the Salmonella to release a drug that triggers a receptor in cancer cells to kill themselves. He calls it the “death receptor.”
“When we get the Salmonella bacteria into the part of the tumor where we want them to be, we’ve programmed them to go ape,” says Forbes. “We have the bacteria release a drug to trigger a receptor in cancer cells called the “death receptor,” which induces cancer cells to kill themselves. We’ve already done this in the lab. We’ve done this successfully in cancerous mice, and it dramatically increases their survival rate.
“It sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it?” Forbes continues “But Salmonella are little robots that can swim wherever they want. They have propellers in the form of flagella, they have sensors to tell them where they are going and they are also little chemical factories. What we do as engineers is to control where they go, what chemical we want them to make, and when they make it.”
Forbes’ work may well change the chemotherapy landscape into one that is more specific, effective and easier on the patient!
Bottom Line: Let’s keep Salmonella in the laboratory!
Spread the optimistic word, NOT the icing,
Janice

For more tush kickin’ information, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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The Blueberry Cure: slow aging, prevent cancer, fight infection, end constipation

Unassuming Blueberries: Powerful Little Disease Busters by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, 50 Pound Big-Time-Loser
Whether you want to bust a disease, age gracefully, or are simply in need of a tush-kickin’ recipe, this yum delicious blog-post is for YOU!
Blueberries On Top: Tufts University analyzed over 60 types of fruits and vegetables, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Center studied over 40 different types of fruits and vegetables. In both studies, blueberries came out on top, easily the best source of antioxidants (antioxidants help to prevent cellular damage that can lead to cancer), rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals. (For the scientific minded, here’s a link to Understanding Free Radicals and Antioxidants.)
Blueberries help to cure diarrhea, prevent and relieve constipation, fight infection. They lower cholesterol and (like cranberries) blueberries inhibit urinary tract infections. Blueberries are loaded with Vitamin C, which helps to fight cataracts, and flavonoids, which aid in improved circulation. Their potassium levels maintain fluid balance and keep blood press at normal levels.
Blueberries may even reduce the effects of aging as they improve balance, coordination and short-term memory. (I’ll have a bucket, please.)
Household Tip
Want to know how to remove blueberry stains? Soak the fabric for a long time in sour milk. Rinse and wash in warm water. Good luck!
Beatific Blueberry Sauce (from Our Lady of Weight Loss)
Pour this sauce on your toast, on top of your fruit, low-fat ice cream, yogurt or just by the spoonful. It’s devilishly divine!
Ingredients:

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup (organic) light brown sugar
juice from one freshly squeezed lmone
1 pint of blueberries
Directions:
In small sauce pan, heat water with light brown sugar until dissolved.
Add lemon juice.
Then the blueberries.
Just keep cookin’ and stirrin’ until it breaks down and it’s all saucy.
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

For more tush kickin’ yum delicious recipes, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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NYC Chains Post Calorie Count: BUT Does anyone know what a calorie is?

A round of 850 calorie Cinnabons for all! by Janice Taylor, Beliefnet.com blogger and 50 pound big-time-loser.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is doing his best to hold us (individuals and restaurants) accountable for the amount of high-fat, high-calorie foods we consume by requiring fast food restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus.
And now that the big n’ fast-food chains have rolled out their menu boards, complete with calorie counts, will you still guiltlessly order a 850 calorie Cinnabon, the 1,130 calorie Big Mac meal, complete with medium fries and a medium soda?
I’m wondering … how many people actually know what a calorie is and how many they need to maintain, lose or gain weight, and why 1,130 calories for a Big Mac meal is NOT the way to go!
What IS a calorie?
While most people know what a calorie does – gives us energy, fuels us, and sometimes if we eat enough of them, adds weight to our bodies – they’re not exactly sure how to define it.
A calorie is a unit of heat. It is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one (1) gram of water one (1) degree Celsius. All calories either come from carbohydrates, proteins, fats or alcohol.
Most of us think of calories in relation to food (and weight), as in “This piece of cake has 360 calories. I’ll blow my entire day if I eat this.”
A calorie is also a unit of measurement of energy produced by food when it is used in the body. We need calories to fuel us. If we ingest more fuel into our bodies than we need for the amount of activity we do, our bodies will store this unused fuel. It may be stored as fat, or muscle if we do enough muscle-building exercises.
It’s a simple matter of calories in and calories burned. You “burn” calories (fuel) when you perform physical activities, and you also burn calories just by sitting still, breathing and even thinking. A person who is physically active can eat more calories each day without gaining weight, because this person is using the fuel she pumps into her body, rather than storing it!
The number of calories the body burns is different for everyone. Roughly speaking, on average, a person needs 2,000 calories per day. A pound equals 3,500 calories. So, if you eat an extra 500 calories per day for seven days, you will gain a pound.
Got it?! Go for healthy foods that give you the most bang for your calorie buck!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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In need of forgiveness for that Big Mac you ate (or any other dietary transgression)? Pick up a copy of All Is Forgiven, Move ON!
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