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June 14, 2019

Mind Body Balance Class Final – Overview

Course description “An 8 week course to reboot for health” and “In this course, you will learn what it takes to achieve your best health, alongside other like-minded people on the same journey.”

This class came to us when we were working on fine tuning our “Third Eye” (Intuition) and looking for something that would help us attain a solution to a spiritual block we have been meditating on for weeks.  When we received the brochure from Erin it sure felt good and we jumped on the chance to take this course and we called the same day later in the day.  Our excitement grew when we were signed up for the class and given a starting date.  Even though we were excited about this class we have learned that when something new comes along we choose to go into it without any expectation, this way nothing is expected and if something surprises us then we can enjoy the revelation.  (A good tip from us to you)  As it turns out we were constantly surprised by how much we learned and enjoyed every moment.  After meeting all our “class mates” we enjoyed the energy they emitted to the entire room.  Being a Reiki Level II healer from the first day we wanted to heal everyone from the onset, so everyday we did a “energy send” which usually requires an acceptance from the “patient”, but we made a point of starting the “send” just before class to the entire room and continued to the daily end of class.  Our thought process was “The energy will go to all and be used where needed without any judgment on our part”.  The following description is a weekly overview, which we are working on the details for later posts.  There was just so much information that the weekly post will be lengthy enough and hopefully interesting because we will present it in “our words” and one of those words will not be “Try”.  (Ok Teach?).  Our intuition turned out to be spot on and the “energy blockage” was solved and we are now moving along at “break neck” speed.


Week 1:  We started with an overview of what the next 8 weeks subjects by week will be.  Then we talked about stress and how life events create stress and affects the onset and course of many illnesses.  Stress on the immune system might dysfunction, hormones levels, nervous system and the effects of stress on our DNA.  Then we discussed Mind Body techniques to relieve stress mainly meditation.  The “present” moment in particular and the book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle was suggested reading.  (We agree)  (We of course would suggest that you the reader could also read through many of our posts and get to the same results.)  We discussed the benefits or meditation and then did a group meditation.

Week 2:  “The art of eating” We admit before this we knew nothing in detail about food.  Back in the day we were working there we many days of “Pizza, coffee, and junk food in general”, but now we have learned about organic foods however, nothing in particular.  We discussed nutrition, the digestive process, Protein, “Animal vs. Plant Protein”, Fat, Saturated Fat, Monounsaturated Fat (Omega 9), Polyunsaturated (Omega-3), Cholesterol, Omega 6, Trans fats, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Micronutrients, and Phytonutrients.  (When we do the detailed week post, please bring a dictionary with you).

Week 3:  More about foods like Poultry, Fish, Caffeine, Sugar, artificial sweeteners (Very bad), Glycemic Index, Junk Food, Water, Oils, Cookware, Ayurvedic Dietary, and how to read the labels on food products and the trickery involved by the companies providing foods.

Week 4: This week the subject was Toxins that are basically everywhere and how toxins get in our body.  An awesome site for checking toxins in specific products is “EWG ORG Site”.  Toxins and the Effects of Endocrine Disruption, Mercury, Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium, BPA (Bisphenol A), Dioxin, Atrazine, PCB, Phthalates, Plastics, Organophosphate Pesticides, Detoxification our Liver, Cell Phones, various forms of “detoxing”.

Week 5:  The subject was Vitamins, Herbs, and Natural Supplements.  Whole Foods vs. Nutrition Supplements, Vitamins, A, C, E, D, K, B, (WE knew two A & C and none with numbers added), Vitamin Deficiency, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B% (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pridoxine P5P), B7 (Biotin), B9 (Folate), B12 (Cyanocobalamine), details of B, C, D 1&3, E, and then moved on to Herbs.

Week 6:  Herbs (We though “herbs was a group of Herbert s) Aloe Vera, Black Cohosh, Ashwagandha, Boswellia (Frankincense), Calendula, Chamomile, Chasteberry, Chondrointin, Dandelion, Echinacea, Garlic, and many others.

Week 7 & 8:  Subject description “Integrative Medicine and Complementary Therapies”, East vs. West, Terminologies, Acupuncture, Meridians, Qi, Musculoskeletal Points (Ear), Reiki, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Vatta, Pitta, Kapha, and Aromatherapy with Essential Oils.  (CBD Oil was discussed)

At the end of the day everyone applauded our beyond awesome teacher Susan Payrovi M.D. and if any of you out there wish to take this class there is another class starting soon.  Please Call Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine at (650) 498-5566 if you choose.

For all our friends who know us you know that this entire post was copied from documents e received in class, because there is no way we could even come close to spelling some of these words and even now most of the correct spelling words are coming up with red lines under them.  There is so much to learn and the overall solution to healthy eating seems to be “Vegan”.  We admit that we are following up with this thought in our mind however our focus is simply eating healthy; the “vegan” might come along later.  When we do the weekly posts we will for sure go find a medical dictionary for spell checking because this page looks like some kind of foreign flag.  (CR + numbers – no email?)

Thanks to all my new friends and subscribers who take time of their day to read our posts.  God bless all of you many time over.

We have nothing to except a reminder that we once read in a book by Marianne Williamson that a miracle is “A change of thought” and we have to say this class was one miracle after another.

May 1, 2013

Fage Yogurt Commercial

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 2:52 pm
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Fage Recently we have noticed a Fage Yogurt Commercial that caught our eye.  Not being a yogurt fan we did pay attention at what the commercial says “That many people consider Fage Yogurt the best they ever tasted and that there are some folks that have never tasted it.”  We must admit that the commercial sure makes the yogurt appealing and so after seeing it several times we went out and bought some of the yogurt. (Effective commercial we must say).

If you click on the picture in the upper left you will see the commercial and if you notice the “topping” flows out of the side container very smoothly, but when we opened the newly bought product, it would not flow out at all.  This might be because the Safeway we purchased it from has their refrigeration units set on the high side and the topping was to cold to flow out.  So now we thought, “What!  Do we have to wait until the topping thaws to eat the yogurt?”  So we pondered the situation for a few minutes.

What we did was dipped our spoon into the topping and then dipped the spoon into the yogurt and swirled it around.  Then we tasted it and we have to tell you it was GREAT!  We are now Fage Yogurt fans.  It was so good that after we finished the first container we moved immediately on to the second container.  Yes, we had to do the spoon swirling again, but it was well worth it. Another great taste!

Next trip to the store (Not the Safeway that has the temperature set to below zero in the refrigeration units) we will be purchasing about a dozen containers of various flavors.  The two we tried were Honey and Apple Cinnamon Raisins. This time we will expand our choices, but will include the two we already tried.

We have nothing else to add at this time except we a ready to run out the door and go to the store for more FAGE.

January 29, 2011

Organic Food Trend

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About four years ago everyone in this house began eating organic.  I resisted because back then my main food items were Quarter Pounder’s with Cheese, Cheeto’s, Milk Dud’s, and every time I got back to the Midwest I headed straight for a White Castle for a dozen “sliders”.  I liked the junk food, but the other folks in this house were bent on organic.  Slowly they converted me. 


Now I actually like organic foods even though I really don’t understand how meat can be organic.  Vegetables I understand them being grown without chemicals, but meats, I don’t get it. I must admit when the entire meal is organic it sure tastes good and I do feel better these days.  I do still have one non-organic item that I still take part in and that’s Starbuck’s Coffee.  I drink it 24/7 except when I get a craving for Gatorade.  And of course, I still get cravings for Quarter Pounders with Cheese, but I don’t say anything.  What I do is sneak out and head straight for MacDonald’s and indulge my eternal craving for the chemical laden meat. To this day nothing compares the a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Super Size Fries, and a Chocolate Shake from Mac Donald’s. (I am getting a craving just thinking about it).


 It looks like the trend is really catching on since Mrs. President started that garden behind the whit house.  Everywhere you look its organic this and organic that.  I think it’s a good thing for people to eat healthy especially with the reported obesity problems we have in this country.


 Just a few minutes ago during my craving for a Quarter Pounder, a MacDonald’s commercial played on TV, highlighting a special deal for fries purchased with a Quarter Pounder.  I take that as a sign from the universe and I am going to sneak out and take them up on that special.  (I can almost taste it.)


 Nothing organic compares to a quarter pounder with fries.

April 25, 2010

Gus’s “World Famous Fried Chicken”

If you “love” fried chicken and you are in or traveling through Memphis, TN we highly recommend you stopping at Gus’s for a taste of what we consider the best fried chicken we have ever tasted.

We have traveled throughout the US working in various cities and we always try the fried chicken in the local restaurants.  Nothing we have tasted so far has quenched the craving and we knew that there had to be something better.

Then a few months ago we landed in Memphis, TN, specifically Cordova a suburb of Memphis.  I mention to a co-worker (Sam) that I had a craving for fried chicken and I never have had “real” southern fried chicken.  Sam turned around and with a twinkle in his eye said, “Well now, there is a local place that should take care of what you are seeking.  Let’s go to Gus’s for lunch.”  I happily said, “That sounds good.”

That was it, we finally found the best fried chicken we have ever tasted and I can only describe it as a “little piece of fried chicken heaven”.  Since then we go to Gus’s at least once a week and if I am ever in the area I stop and get a to-go order.

We “do” lunch at Gus’s at 2965 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN 38133  (901.373.9111).  The main restaurant is in downtown Memphis.  (Click here for Gus’s web site)

You can choose from spicy or mild and the have a variety of side orders.  We usually get fries and beans on the side.  We also make a point of calling ahead and then when we get there it’s usually ready and waiting.  The food is always hot, actually so hot, we have to break it up to let it cool before we start eating.  They also have many other items on the menu, but I have not been past the chicken, fries, and beans.  One of the items I may attempt someday is the “Fried Dill Pickles” only because I have never heard of it.

As a side note:
The evening of first time we went to Gus’s I was watching the Travel Channel and Adam from “Man vs. Food” was in Memphis.  “Yes!” he was at Gus’s main restaurant and I got an earful of the history of this awesome fried chicken.

We have nothing else to report at this time except that I just called and ordered a two piece White Meat Plate with a side of fries and beans to go. (See ya’ll there)

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