Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Become a Blood Donor

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on February 16, 2010 ][ In Medical and Health Information ]

My daughter’s school is sponsoring a blood drive today in honor of two teachers who are struggling with cancer.  I try to give blood at least once at year.  That’s not alot but if more people gave blood once a year, we would suffer less shortages.  The Mayo Clinic estimates that only 5% of the eligible population donates blood.  When you consider that an open heart surgery could require 14 pints of blood, you can see how the need adds up quickly.

It doesn’t take too long and it’s a great feeling to know you’ve saved as many as three lives.  Yes, one pint of your blood can save up to three lives.  The person you save could be a premature baby, a car accident victim or the man who sits in front of you at church. 

Most people find it fairly painless and don’t suffer any ill effects.  I’ve never had a problem in all the years I’ve been donating.  Plus, they give you free donuts, cookies, drinks or pizza.  Give blood and get a free lunch!  More importantly, give blood and be a hero. 

I also wanted to make a comment today about the Diet Coke ads I’ve been seeing recently.  I find it deeply offensive that the American Heart Association has allied with a junk food company to raise heart disease awareness.  The message sent by using a drink with absolutely no nutritional value and which has helped fuel our rising obesity problems is that diet coke is somehow healthy and ok.  What’s next, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s or even Camel’s cigarettes?  The American Heart Association needs to do better. 

Check back Thursday for some new recipes that even my husband can cook!  Have a heart healthy week – get some exercise.   

Upadated on February 16, 2010


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