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Did You Know – 11/2/2015


  1. Global Warming – Hmmmm maybe notDid you know that NASA reported today that the amount of ice in the Antartica is growing. (Varney – Fox news)

The new Antarctic sea ice record reflects the diversity and complexity of Earth’s environments, said NASA researchers. Claire Parkinson, a senior scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, has referred to changes in sea ice coverage as a microcosm of global climate change. Just as the temperatures in some regions of the planet are colder than average, even in our warming world, Antarctic sea ice has been increasing and bucking the overall trend of ice loss.

“The planet as a whole is doing what was expected in terms of warming. Sea ice as a whole is decreasing as expected, but just like with global warming, not every location with sea ice will have a downward trend in ice extent,” Parkinson said.

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2. During President Barack Obama’s first term, the federal government accumulated more debt than it did under the prior 42 U.S presidents combined. – Just saying.

More than 63,300 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been permanently shut down since 2001.

Source – 20 surprising facts about the U.S. Economy –  By Elizabeth MacDonald –very interesting reading 


3. Study in Philadelphia USA, shows that 3/4 of the children by the age of 4 have been given their own tablet, smartphone or iPod. 

High percentage use it to send the children to sleep. 

As A Baby Boomer that seems shocking to me.

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4. When you were born, you were, for a moment, the youngest person on earth.

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5. Kissing burns 2 calories a minute. Undressing burns 8.

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6. A study measuring the effects of music found that cows produce more milk when listening to soothing music. They produce the most when listening to R.E.M’s “Everybody Hurts.”

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7. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep to keep from drifting apart.

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Bacon Beer Can Burgers:

Bacon beer can burgers:

Definitely not for Vegans. But looks yummy to me. A few calories but probably means an extra day at the gym or run an extra 5 miles
Burgers wrapped in bacon, stuffed with sauteed green peppers, onions, jalapeños, garlic, and then top with cheddar and pepper jack cheeses.
Then Bake.

Bacon beer can burgers- Burgers wrapped in bacon, stuffed with sauteed green peppers, onions, jalapeños, garlic, and then top with cheddar and pepper jack cheeses.

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Fabulous Cheese Burger For Dinner Tonight

For me this is just plain yummy. One of my favorite meals, but of course 436 calories. I have to say though when you finish this Burger there is not room for anything else calorie wise. Maybe you could wash it down with water.  A meal like this would stay around for a while so  you would not be hungry again for a few hours, also its not like you would eat this every day. Guess what I am having for dinner tonight.
This recipe came to me via Prevention.com

Grass-Fed Beef Burgers with Blue Cheese Sauce




2 tsp olive oil
1 medium red onion, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 1/4 pounds lean grass-fed ground beef or 90% lean ground beef
1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
5 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 c low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 oz blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/3 cup)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
4 leaves green leaf lettuce
1 medium tomato, sliced

HEAT the broiler and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Heat the oil in a medium skillet on medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

COMBINE the beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, 4 tablespoons of the parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and freshly ground black pepper in a large bowl. Form into 4 patties, about 3″ wide and 1/2″ thick. Place on the prepared baking sheet and broil 6″ from the heat until the patties feel firm and the centers are no longer pink, turning halfway through, about 12 minutes.

MIX the yogurt, blue cheese, mustard, and the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley in a small bowl. Spread the top halves of the buns with the yogurt mixture. Top the bottom half of each bun with a patty, lettuce leaf, one-quarter of the onions, and a slice of tomato. Cover with the top halves of the buns and serve.

NUTRITION (per serving) 436 cal, 36 g pro, 31 g carbs, 19 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 661 mg sodium

50% (3 mcg) daily vitamin B12

28% (5 mg) daily iron


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Burn 100 Calories in One Minute!


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50 No-Sweat Ways To Burn Calories

This is an article I found on the web, it is very interesting, because I happen to know quite a few people that just hate exercising. The word exercise is a dirty word, not to be mentioned in their presence. That could be you.
I believe this article will suit non exercisers, just fine, actually they are all practical and do-able and should and could work.
I am sure it would take some mental effort to get in a place where you would actually take the time to do some of these things. I believe it would be worth it, because some exercise is better than none.
Curious? Then read it. It is a good article By Brooke Le Poer Trench

1. Take vitamin D
Women who were deficient in it lost weight more slowly in a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Stephen Gullo, a weight-loss expert in New York City and author of “The Thin Commandments” (Rodale), recommends 2,000 milligrams daily.

2. Drink coffee
Studies have found that caffeine increases the rate at which you burn calories, according to Susan B. Roberts, author of “The ‘I’ Diet” (Workman) and a professor of nutrition and psychiatry at Tufts University in Boston.

3. Sleep more
Getting fewer than four hours of sleep over an extended period of time slows the metabolism. Experts recommend aiming for between seven and nine.

4. Do things by hand
Wash your dishes, vacuum, or cook dinner. “We consider it a luxury to have tasks done for us, but doing some of these for yourself takes considerable energy,” says Slayton.

5. Wear a basic pedometer
“Every week, aim to take a few more steps than you did the last week,” says Wheelock.

6. Eat lightly and often
“For most people, the body uses up more energy digesting smaller meals every few hours than by eating the same number of calories in two or three sittings,” says Chrissy Wellington, a nutritionist at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts.

7. Move briskly
“Walk like you’re late for a meeting,” says Gunnar Peterson, who trains Jennifer Lopez in Los Angeles.

8. Laugh
“It burns up to 50 calories if you laugh for 10 to 15 minutes per day,” says Adelino Da Costa, owner of Punch Fitness Center in New York City.

9. Eat breakfast
“You send your body a signal that you’re not starving, so it starts burning fat — even when you’re just doing normal activities,” says Peterson. He suggests eating scrambled egg whites or oatmeal with fruit.

10. Time yourself
Spend the last five minutes of each hour (set your computer timer) up and moving around, says Kristin McGee, a New York City yoga and Pilates instructor.

11. Fill up on fiber
Low-carb, high-fiber foods take more time to digest than other foods, leaving you feeling fuller longer and less likely to snack, says Gullo. He suggests spinach, broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower.

12. Go out of your way
At work, take the long way to the restroom — or even go up one flight of stairs.

13. Fidget
You can burn up to 350 more calories a day than someone who remains stationary, according to a study at the Mayo Clinic. The impulse to fidget may be hardwired, but nonfidgeters can imitate it: Tap your feet, pace, or move restlessly in your seat.

14. Stash flats in your bag
“My clients aren’t going to slip on sneakers to go home, but there is a happy medium,” says Slayton. “You might not run a marathon in ballet slippers, but at least you can move quickly.”

15. Don’t eat late at night
It can interrupt sleep, according to Wellington, and may induce you to skip breakfast — bad for your metabolism.

16. Straighten up
“Good posture not only makes you look taller and leaner, but it strengthens your abdominal muscles,” says Brooklyn Decker, the model on the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

17. Drink more
Dehydrated people experience a drop in their metabolic rate. Drinking water throughout the day caused metabolic rates to increase by about 30 percent in a German study. The goal: eight cups a day.

18. Beware of sugar
It triggers the body to release insulin, which then either transplants sugar to the cells to be used as energy — or stored as fat, according to Jorge Cruise, author of “The Belly Fat Cure” (Hay House).

19. Squat
When you pick up something from the floor, keep your back straight and bend at the knees, not the waist. “This protects your back and tones your legs,” says Peterson.

20. Chew gum
It burns a few calories — and it keeps you from mindlessly grazing, especially when you’re cooking, says McGee.

21. Sleep better
A poor night’s sleep causes people to chose less-nutritious foods, according to a study at the University of Pennsylvania. Another study showed that sleep-deprived people simply move less.

22. Walk and talk
Don’t sit still when you take a phone call. At work, wear a headset.

23. Switch sides
Whether you’re carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder or a child on your hip, “swapping sides every five minutes works more muscles,” says Peterson.

24. Pick up the pace
Listen to fast songs, such as “Closer” by Ne-Yo, says Ruth Zukerman, co-owner of Flywheel Sports, a cycling studio in New York City. “The beat forces you to keep a calorie-burning pace, especially when walking or taking stairs.”

25. Cook your own food
“It’s often healthier, and by the time you’ve made a meal and cleaned up, you’ve been on your feet a half-hour more than you would have waiting for takeout,” says Slayton.


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5 Tips For Eating Out And Trying to Lose Weight.

If you are trying to lose weight, then staying home and not going to a restaurant is probably the best advise.
On saying that, life is too short to give up the pleasure of eating out.

So here are some tips to consider that will help you resist temptation and help maintain your weight program.

1. Do not choose a restaurant with a buffet. Invariably they are not cheap if you have a limited appetite. If you are trying to train yourself to eat less, then these sort of restaurants will sabotage your efforts. It’s all too tempting to get your “Money’s worth” and overeat.

2. Plan what you intend to eat and choose the restaurant in advance and make reservations.

3. Don’t starve yourself before you go. Have a snack of something like a banana or nuts, anything to curb your appetite. Being hungry before you go to the restaurant is a certain recipe for over-ordering.

4. Make sure you do some exercise that day. Preferably just before you go out. It helps speed up your metabolism. The body will use up your meal faster. Drink water that will also curb your appetite and thirst for alcohol.

5. Order steamed vegetables and the salad dressing on the side. Some of the dressings they put on salads have more calories than the whole salad. Use vinegar and oil dressing which is healthier and fewer calories. No butter on vegetables. Don’t order dessert

It’s all about making good food choices.

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Save On Calories And Expense

If you are going to eat out but want to watch the calories be careful of the Restaurants calorie count. They can be way off the mark. Here are some pointers as to how you can leave feeling satisfied and keeping the calorie count down and at the same time the meal not costing you an “Arm and a Leg”.

1. Share your appetizer and your entrée. The appetizer will just be enough to take the edge off your hunger pangs and ultimately most entrees are far more than you can eat or should eat so sharing is a good thing. Saves on money and calories. The only difficulty I can see is you both agreeing on the same meal. One may feel like fish the other beef or meat of some kind. Some restaurants have a seafood and beef entrée. check that out.. If there is more than two , say a group of four, order three meals and a side salad and split it. Good suggestions in the book Eat Out, Eat Right

2. Downsize your plate. Order an appetizer, soup, and salad for your main meal. Much cheaper option and will satisfy your appetite at the same time and once again should cost less. Try not to order bread, but if you feel the need, ask for only one bread roll.

3. check with your waiter. Make sure when he brings the salad that your dressing is on the side. That way you are able to control how much you want on the salad, because remember there is usually a lot of calories in the dressing, and if they pour it all over the salad then your calorie count ends up a lot more than you suspect.

4. Water and Wine. If you are going to drink wine which is approximately 120 calories per glass, ask for a glass of water and alternate. Once again you will cut back on the calories as the water will be satisfying and you won’t drink as much so that, is also a saving. The book “The all-pro Diet” will go into more detail

5. Be aware of the grease. Pick a meal that has been grilled rather than sautéed. Poached is another choice you can make. Some restaurants have some great poached fish recipes and will limit the calorie intake.

6. Send it back. don’t be afraid to return a meal if you think it has not been cooked to your expectation. I know I have ordered grilled and it comes out greasy or they have added butter, or cream, especially on baked potatoes or sweet potatoes when you have specifically asked them not to. They are calories you can do without.

7. Desert. If you have a sweet tooth and really really must have desert well once again if your partner or guest are agreeable ask them to share to cut the expense and calories or have an appetizer as a main meal and have desert.


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