Cold Medicine – Bad for Your Health

Written By: Li Cross - Jan• 17•15

 

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I have done decades of research on Cold Medicines and how they effect the body. The most recent reports indicate the following:

Acetaminophen causes Liver Damage – Tylenol is the largest brand, but other brands are available also. It’s normally used for pain and fever reducer.  Every year nearly 80,000 Americans end up in the ER due to Acetaminophen poisoning. It also leads to severe liver damage.

Ibuprofen causes Ulcers and Kidney problems – Advil and Motrin contain NSAID, which we know as Ibuprofen. It’s an anti-inflammatory drug used for body aches, headaches and fever. Causes peptic ulcers and severe kidney damage. Also increases the risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke.

Decongestants –  Dangerous with High Blood Pressure  and Heart issues. Drugs like Triaminic and Dimetapp, Afrin Nasal Spray and Neo-Synephrine are among some of the Brand names. People with Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Glaucoma should avoid them. They give you a spike in blood pressure and slow your heart rate, also give shortness of breath and unusual nervousness.

Antihistamines – Can cause you to fall. Drugs like Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec , Allegra and Chlor-Timeton give relief to a runny nose, but also tend to make you sleepy. They slow your though process and coordination. You get a slower reaction time so driving can be hazardous too. Some don’t cause drowsiness but cause enlarged prostate, high blood pressure and heart disease. If you take them and have difficulty breathing or swallowing, see a doctor immediately.

When you combine Cold Medicines to battle a bad cold, you are flirting with disaster. You may experience serious side effects like High Blood Pressure, rash and irregular heartbeat. You may even have Tremors.

The human body was created to heal itself. It’s called the Immune System. When you boost the immune system with Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, you begin to get well. If you can avoid these drugs and take Vitamin D, Vitamin C and drink a lot of  water, juice and herbal tea, you can flush the virus through your body quickly. Your gut holds onto the virus and keeps you sick. Taking decongestants and antihistamines will absorb the moisture in your gut and slow digestion, prolonging the cold virus. Drinking a lot of fluids and taking probiotics to help empty the bowels will help you get well much faster. I get a cold about once in 3 years and I get over it in about 2 days. Try this method the next time you catch a cold.

 

Red Velvet Muffins and Carrot Cake Muffins

Written By: Li Cross - Jan• 13•15

If you’re a juicer like me, don’t throw out that pulp. Freeze it in 1 cup portions. Use sandwich bags or margarine cups to store it in your freezer until you need it.

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Today I made Carrot Juice and Beet Juice to rebuild my immune system. I made Doggie Treats from the carrot pulp and Red Velvet Muffins from the Beet Pulp. (I juice an apple with the beet for added sweetness). Here are the recipes:

 

Red Velvet Muffins

1/4 cup butter (or margarine) melted

2 eggs

1 cup beet pulp

1 -1/4 cups sugar (or 2/3 cup Stevia)

1/2 cup milk (or almond milk)

2 cups unbleached flour

1/2  tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking powder

4 Tablespoons cocoa powder

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients and pour into 12 muffin cups. Bake at 350 about 18 minutes. Done when muffin springs back to touch.

*Note – for carrot muffins – omit cocoa and add carrot pulp in lieu of beet pulp. Add 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup chopped nuts.

 

Home Humidifiers & Legionaires’ Disease

Written By: Li Cross - Jan• 05•15

Home Humidifiers Can Cause Legionnaires’ Disease. Legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia, is caused by bacteria called Legionella. The bacteria got its name in 1976, when a number of people who went to a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion suffered from an outbreak of the illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionella bacteria grow best in warm water, like the kind found in hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems or parts of the air-conditioning systems of large buildings. This bacteria also grows in our homes. People get Legionnaires’ disease when they breathe in a mist or vapor (small droplets of water in the air) that has been contaminated with the bacteria. “Warm-mist humidifiers distill the water and only emit water molecules. “Cold mist humidifiers, on the other hand, are like paint sprayers, and they take whatever is in the water reservoir and make a droplet out of it. Unfortunately, even distilled water placed in non-sterile reservoirs will grow bacteria after a few hours and the mold spores in the crevices of such containers are ready to spring to life immediately.” Ultrasonic models are worse. “They ‘weaponize’ the droplets by making them so small that they waft down into the lungs rather than stopping in the nasal passages, sinuses, middle ear spaces, and larger airways,”.  A Home Humidifier or Vaporizer  is recommended for optimal health during the winter months. Our homes can become dryer than the Sahara Desert. To keep our sinuses flowing properly we need the added moisture, but at what risk? Some pediatricians started recommending the cold-mist models after reports of children being burned by touching warm mist units. A warm mist unit placed out of reach solves the problem. (A fan behind a warm-mist humidifier or vaporizer distributes moisturized air more efficiently and prevents steam from peeling the paint on the ceiling above the unit.) The cold mist models have been proven to spread the bacteria through the house and into the lungs of those who live there. If you own a Home-Humidifier, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully or replace it with a hot mist model and keep it out of reach of children. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission offers the following suggestions for maintaining home humidifiers:

  • Do not allow film and scale to develop in your unit. Change the water in your humidifier daily.
  • Use distilled water instead of tap water, which contains minerals. Use demineralization cartridges or filters if recommended for use with your unit and change regularly.

  *For more information – Contact the US Consumer Product Safety Commission or google the subject.

Texas Style Charro Beans & Shrimp Nachos

Written By: Li Cross - Dec• 31•14

It’s the perfect night for Texas Style Charro Beans and Shrimp Nachos made with Gulf Shrimp.

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When I cook, I try to use the freshest raw ingredients and I select a bacon without nitrites. This combination is yummy on a cold night and the peppers and pinto beans offer many health benefits from helping unclog arteries to building strong bones. Here are the recipes:

Texas Style Charro Beans

1  small (16 oz) bag of dry pinto beans

6-7 cups of water

1 Tbsp. baking soda (helps cook gas out of beans)

1 tsp. sea salt

4 oz. cooked nitrite free bacon (chopped)

1 med. yellow onion – diced

2 Tbsp. organic sugar (or regular)

4 Tbsp. Hot Pepper Sauce – I used a tobacco with garlic in it.

Rinse Beans in water and pick out and bad ones. Place in large pot and bring to a boil in 6 to 7 cups of water with the baking soda and salt. Turn off heat and let set for 3 to 4 hours. If the beans absorb most of the water, add 2 more cups of water. Then add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Place in a crock pot and simmer on low for 6 to 8 hours.

 

Gulf Shrimp Nachos

4 flour tortillas

1 pound of medium gulf shrimp (cleaned and cooked)

4 to 6 oz. shredded Mexican Blend

2 oz. soft cream cheese

2 oz. hot pepper jelly (any kind)

Coconut or Vegetable Oil

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Cut tortillas into triangles

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Melt 1/4 cup coconut oil and use a pastry brush to coat the front and back of each wedge (or use vegetable oil)

Cover baking sheet with foil to make clean-up simple.

Place wedges on baking sheet and bake 5 minutes on each side (or until golden)

Drop 1/2 tsp. cream cheese and 1/2 tsp. of  hot pepper jelly into center of each chip.

Place a cooked/peeled shrimp on each chip and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Bake about 4 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve Hot.

Healthy Home-Baked Dog Treats

Written By: Li Cross - Dec• 15•14

014 Make these dog treats in your own kitchen. Any cookie cutter will work just fine. They also make great gifts. Made with carrots or apples and whole wheat flour. I found a cute air-tight container at our local Walmart store. They will keep for weeks and dogs love them. Here is the recipe:

 

 

¾ cup of apple (or carrots may be used)

1/3 cup vegetable oil

½ cup purified water

1 egg beaten

1 Tablespoon of brown sugar

2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

½ cup corn meal

Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir together and set aside.

Core and peel apple or if using carrots, chop into large chunks and place into a hi-speed blender. Add water, oil and egg. Blend on Hi until saucy.

Combine sauce with dry ingredients and form a large ball of dough.

Flour a rolling pin and  a clean-hard-flat surface. Roll out ½ the dough and using a favorite cookie cutter, cut out the biscuits about ¼ inch thick.

Place on cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Turn oven off and let them set for 30 minutes to get crisp.  (when using two sheets – bake them at the same time so all treats are done when you turn oven off)

Store in air-tight container.

Surviving Christmas Alone

Written By: Li Cross - Dec• 07•14

 

Being alone at Christmas can be devastating. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. I spent many years alone at Christmas and found ways to get through it without being lonely. There’s and old saying: “If you need a friend, be a friend.” I took it literally. I had a neighbor who was a single mom with two teen age daughters. I would often make blueberry pancakes and sausage on Saturday mornings then I would call her and tell her I was walking over with breakfast. The girls loved it and mom got some time off.

Below is a list of things you can do that really make you forget you’re alone. I have done them, and they made me feel blessed in so many ways.

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  • Invite a neighbor’s child over to help bake cut-out cookies.
  • Place two cookies in small sandwich bags and hand them out. (The mailman, Bank Employees, Crossing Guard, Librarian, Neighbors, or anyone you know)
  • Go to a Coffee Shop and Pay Forward. You can often find a college student, EMS person, Fireman, Police Officer, or Elderly person in line and you step up and pay for their beverage. Then simply say, Merry Christmas. (This blesses you and them both).
  • Buy a $25 Walmart or Kroger Card. Then walk slowly through the store and God will tell you who needs it most. It’s often an elderly person with a bag of cat food and a loaf of bread in their cart. It could be a young mom with just diapers and milk. You will know when you see them. Just say Merry Christmas, hand them the card and disappear.
  • Attend church services. It strengthens your faith and gets you in fellowship with others.
  • Give to your local Giving Tree. (Most Christian Radio Stations will have one.
  • Buy yourself a new pair of shoes and wrap them and put them under your tree.
  • Put up a tree, even if it’s a table-top tree. It will bring you Joy.
  • Visit a local Nursing Home and ask when their Holiday gatherings are. Join in and assist with the patients.
  • Ask your single and widowed neighbors if they have plans for Christmas. Many are alone and would accept an invitation for dessert at your place.

I hope you will find one or two of these suggestions to fit your budget and lifestyle. It sure makes Christmas easier.

Merry Christmas 

Li Cross

 

Turkey Shepherds Pie – from leftovers

Written By: Li Cross - Dec• 01•14

002 Leftovers can be stuffed in the fridge and forgotten. I like to make recreations from mine that my family will enjoy as much as the first time around. In this case, it’s Shepherds Pie from my leftover turkey or chicken.

Here is my recipe:

Shepherds Pie

2 cups of chopped leftover turkey (or chicken)

1 cup of leftover gravy (or a jar of Heinz turkey gravy)

2 cups of mixed vegetables (or green beans, corn, peas, carrots) I keep a bag of organic mixed vegetables in my freezer at all times for recipes like this.

2 to 3 cups of mashed potatoes. (I also keep instant organic mashed potatoes on hand)

1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese.

Place vegetables and meat in a casserole dish and stir together. Pour gravy over the mixture. Spoon mashed potatoes overt he mixture and cover with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Serves 4 to 6.

Boost and Ensure – Are you kidding me?

Written By: Li Cross - Oct• 28•14

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Ensure has 20g of Sugar, 11g of Fat, 240mg of Sodium and 350 Calories in one 8 oz. serving. You may as well eat a Candy Bar!

Below is the list of ingredients from the Ensure website. Is this what you really want in your body when you need to get healthy?

It’s recommended by most doctors. Especially in Nursing Homes. That’s because most medical doctors don’t get an education in Nutrition. Even a “Nutritionist” will recommend this junk! This is why I roll my eyes when Health Care Professionals encourage people to drink Ensure or Boost. Many of you ask me “What do you recommend?” I recommend that you eat and drink real food. Take a blender, pour in 6 ounces of Almond Milk (or water) add 1/2 cup of fresh berries, some honey or Stevia and some greek yogurt. If you really want to get some well needed vitamins, add a handful of fresh organic spinach and some ground flax seed. It’s cheaper and much healthier than this concoction in a bottle. Experiment with fresh fruit and vegetables. Add some nuts or seeds and blend until smooth. I make a wonderful chocolate orange smoothie by adding one peeled orange and a TBS of unsweetened cocoa powder to my almond milk, yogurt and honey and blend it. You will find great Smoothie recipes inside this “Your Healthy Pantry” eMagazine.

ENSURE Ingredients: (Boost is similar)

Water, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar, Canola Oil, Sodium Caseinate, Milk Protein Concentrate, Corn Oil, Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides, Soy Protein Isolate, Calcium Beta-Hydroxy-Beta-Methylbutyrate. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Potassium Citrate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Phosphate, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Potassium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Carbonate, L-Carnitine, Carrageenan, Ferrous Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Gellan Gum, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, FD&C Red #3, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, FD&C Yellow #6, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, FD&C Blue #1, Phylloquinone, Vitamin D3, and Cyanocobalamin.
Contains milk and soy ingredients.;  Contains Milk Ingredients;  Contains Soy Ingredients;  Gluten-Free;  Halal;  Kosher Dairy;  Not for patients with galactosemia;  Suitable for Lactose Intolerance; 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulgur Wheat/Meatless Tacos

Written By: Li Cross - Oct• 24•14

002While making my Bulgur Cocoa Wheat cereal one day I noticed how the texture and consistency was rich and meaty. Why not make taco meat with Bulgur Wheat?

These amazing tacos satisfy that Meat Taco craving while giving you Fiber and Protein without the fat.

Recipe:

1 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Bulgur Wheat

1 Pkg. Organic Blue Corn Taco Shells (Or regular)

1 Pkg. Organic Taco Seasoning

Lettuce

Tomato

Tofutti (Sour Cream)

Shredded Cheese (or Veggi Shreds)

** Picante – Optional

 

Cook 1 cup of Quick Cooking Bulgur Wheat in 2 cups of water (about 10 minutes). Add 1/2 cup water and taco seasoning. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes. Shred lettuce and chop tomatoes. Set aside with cheese and other toppings. While Wheat/Meat is simmering, heat oven to 350 degrees and place shells on a baking sheet. Bake for just 3 to 4 minutes. Fill each shell half way with taco (wheat) and then lettuce, tomato, etc.

This recipe makes about 16 to 20 tacos.

Bob’s Red Mill Bulgur Wheat can be found in the Health Food department at most supermarkets and at Big Lots Stores.

 

 

 

Soup Is Good Food

Written By: Li Cross - Oct• 07•14

Whether you’re craving Chicken Noodle, Navy Bean or Southwest Vegetable, Soup is Good Food. I love Home-made soup on a cold night. In this issue, I will share some of my favorite, easy, soup recipes.

 

Chicken Noodle

Chicken Noodle Soup

    1  32 oz. Carton of Free Range Chicken Broth

½ package egg noodles

¼ cup chopped celery

 ½ cup diced carrot

½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp oregano

¼ tsp parsley flakes (or chopped fresh)

1 cup diced cooked chicken (or one small can)

 

Cook the carrots and celery in chicken broth until tender, about 20 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until noodles are tender. (about 8 to 10 minutes longer).

 

Navy Bean (With Smoked Turkey Leg)

Navy Bean Soup

 

Smoked Turkey tastes a lot like ham, so this variation of bean soup is lower in fat,

and a tasty way to make navy bean soup.

 

1 bag navy beans (or great northern beans)

6 cups water

1 tsp sea salt

1 Tablespoon baking soda

1 large onion (diced)

1 clove garlic (minced)

1 tsp cumin

1 diced carrot

1 smoked turkey leg

Rinse beans and boil them for 10 minutes and turn off stove. Let soak for 2 to 4 hours. Then add all remaining ingredients and simmer for 2 hours or until beans are tender. Remove meat from turkey leg and stir. Then serve.

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Southwest Vegetable Soup

SW Vegetable

4 cups Vegetable Broth or Chicken Broth

1 small bag – frozen  organic mixed vegetables

1 can black beans

1 can petite diced tomatoes with green chili’s

2 tsp chili powder

2 cloves minced garlic

½ cup diced onion

Sea salt to taste

 

Pour all ingredients into a large pot and bring to a boil.

Simmer until onions are soft and translucent. (about 45 min)