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Parmesan Roasted Carrots

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Parmesan roasted carrots

yield: 8 SERVINGS prep time: 5 MINUTES cook time: 25 MINUTES total time: 30 MINUTES

Ingredients:

 

4-5 cups baby carrots

1/4 cup olive oil

4 cloves (2 teaspoons) minced garlic

3 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1 to 2 Tablespoons panko bread crumbs, optional

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, more to taste

Chopped parsley, optional

Directions:

 

Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

 

Place the olive oil, garlic, parmesan, bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a large zip top bag. Add the carrots and shake until they are well coated. Then spread out onto the prepared baking sheet.

 

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until tender. Toss with a spatula half way through.

 

Remove from oven and serve immediately. Top with fresh parsley if desired.

 

Enjoy!

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Deli Crab Salad

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Deli Crab Salad

Deli Crab Salad is a healthy dinner recipe just in time for your weight loss goals.

Meet your resolutions this year.

Ingredients

Seafood

6 oz Imitation crab meat

Produce

1 Green onion or chives

1 Onion powder

Condiments

2 tbsp Mayo, light

1/2 tsp Mustard

Pasta & Grains

1 cup Macaroni noodles, cooked

Baking & Spices

1 Salt and pepper

Dairy

1/4 cup Sour cream, fat free

 

Instructions

 

Cook noodles and measure out 1 cup. Run cold water over the noodles to chill them. Mix the shredded or diced crab pieces with the pasta. Mix in green onions or chives. In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Pour sauce over pasta mixture and stir well. Put it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to let the flavors blend.

 

Enjoy

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Are You In A Rut?

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Are You In A Rut?

 

Some routines are helpful — others hold you back. Shake things up with a new design so you can move in a healthier direction.

 

Have you ever felt like you were in a rut? Of course, you have! We all have.

 

Feeling stuck in your day-to-day routine is a universal experience. It’s also a byproduct of your highly efficient brain. After all, with an estimated 11 million sensory inputs to process each second, your brain would be unnecessarily taxed if it had to relearn how to shower and tie your shoes each day. Instead, its myelinated neural networks allow routine behaviors to become default behaviors

So if what you’re doing is working for you — even remotely — you tend to stick with it. Default behavior can be constructive (brushing and flossing daily) or unconstructive (downing a few cocktails nightly). Ruts may manifest as lack of action, as well: Maybe you keep your head down at work, never taking on projects outside your comfort zone. Or you stay in an unhealthy relationship for years, avoiding conflict and change.

 

Biologists have observed that animals in nature will take the same paths and escape routes through their territories over and over — often falling victim to predators who exploit this predictability. What if some of your ruts are ill-conceived escape routes — patterns of action or thought that keep you from dealing with problems, rising to challenges, or tending to relationships?

 

And what if these ruts have negative consequences? Wolves may not eat you, but your partner, boss, or friends may let you know that your default behavior is causing problems.

 

AN ANTIDOTE TO RUTS

In his research with animals, Jaak Panksepp, PhD, professor of integrative physiology and neuroscience at Washington State University, identified seven core neural networks of emotion, the strongest of which he defined as “seeking,” or the desire to discover. This emotion compels an animal to find a mate, forage for food, and learn new parts of its habitat, all of which are essential for survival.

 

Just like any other animal, humans are drawn to discover. Using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), researchers have found that a region in the midbrain called the substantia nigra/ventral tegmental area, or SN/VTA, is activated when a person is exposed to novel stimuli. We are hardwired to notice and gravitate toward the new — new people, new house, new job, new vacation destination.

 

When we combine a neurological tendency to automate routine behavior with a biological drive to seek, it makes sense that we check our phones some 85 times per day. In fact, the act of seeking — more than actually discovering — really lights up our brains. Dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with motivation and reward, spikes in anticipation of discovery.

 

That seeking behavior manifests in many ways — some beneficial, some benign, some problematic. If you’ve ever spent too much money shopping for things you didn’t really need, you know that seeking is often more satisfying than what you ultimately find, learn, or buy. You can even get addicted to seeking, which may be distracting but does nothing to release you from (or provide insight into) your ruts.

 

Instead, why not use the principles of design thinking to break out of your ruts? Why not design a beneficial seeking behavior — a quest — that allows you to seek in deeper and more meaningful ways?

 

DESIGN YOUR QUEST

For the past 20 years, I have embarked on an annual solo quest to help myself climb out of my ruts. For five days, I camp in a remote wilderness area where I fast and meditate in order to wake up my mind. Isolation removes the distractions of conversation and social obligation. Fasting eliminates the distractions of planning, cooking, and eating food. (Thinking about food, however, is another story!)

 

These days of focused meditation allow my mind to quiet itself from the emailing, texting, and rumination it’s usually engaged in. Eventually I drop into a deep silence where I can gain insights into the nature of my ruts — and the changes I need to make to get out of them. During one quest I came to understand that it was time to move on from a job I loved. While I felt passionate about the work, I had become complacent in many ways and had developed some bad habits.

 

Solitude and time in nature helped me see that, if I wanted to grow, I needed to release that job — a realization I may not otherwise have had until years later.

 

I believe there is a quest for everyone. You don’t have to venture into the wilderness to gain insight into your ruts and the changes you may need to make.

 

Remember, you are the designer of your life — so think like a designer! What types of experiences will really get your attention and break you out of your daily routine? How will you eliminate distractions so you can gain insight into your habits of thought and behavior?

 

The real adventure lies within you. Do you dare seek it?

 

 

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This Device Can Diagnose 17 Different Diseases with One Breath

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Na-Nose

New device can diagnose 17 different diseases from a single breath

 

 

Imagine finding out what’s making you feel sick just by breathing. That idea is the goal of a new technology that researchers are saying can detect 17 different diseases just by “smelling” a patient’s breath.

 

The Na-Nose device has been compared to a breathalyzer, and according to a study published in the journal ACS Nano, it can determine whether someone has certain diseases with 86 percent accuracy. Those medical conditions include as varied as certain cancers, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and kidney disease, among others.

The device can distinguish between the diseases because it picks up on something called volatile organic compounds that the diseases cause to be emitted in a person’s breath. According to the researchers, the 17 conditions all resulted in 13 specific compounds being released, but each with their own pattern.

 

“Each disease has its own unique breath print,” the study says — and that unique signature distinguishes it both from other diseases as well as a healthy subject.

 

Your body emits certain compounds in your breath when you have a disease, whether you know it or not.  This is the same emission that trained dogs can pick up for diabetics or seizures.

 

The Na-Nose

 

The Na-Nose was tested with breath samples from about 1,400 people in various countries and was able to diagnose disease almost nine out of 10 times accurately. Additionally, the presence of one disease’s breath print does not stop the device from detecting an additional disease breath print if it too is present.

Hossam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, who led the research, explained in a YouTube video from Technion that Na-Nose imitates a human’s or dog’s sense of smell to analyze a patient’s breath. It can determine “whether the patient is healthy or has a disease, and to predict who are the healthy people who have a high risk to get the disease in the future.”

 

He emphasizes one potential benefit of the device: catching diseases earlier. Earlier detection often means a better chance of survival for people with diseases like cancer, and Haick says with lung cancer alone the Na-Nose’s ability of early detection can raise survival rates from 10 percent to 70 percent.

 

The study notes the value of such technology regarding access, saying it is easy to use and repeat tests and has the potential to be made low-cost and “ultra-miniaturized.”

 

Use Breath As a Diagnostic Device

“Breath is an excellent raw material for diagnosis,” Haick told Israeli publication Haaretz. “It is available without the need for invasive and unpleasant procedures, it’s not dangerous, and you can sample it again and again if necessary.”

 

The idea itself of using smell to diagnose disease is not new. Quartz notes that in the last decade researchers have worked on such tests for diseases like tuberculosis or cystic fibrosis — in the case of the latter, a test takes advantage of the fact that patients “produce nearly four times as much acetic acid (the base chemical in vinegar) as healthy people.”

 

Diagnosing an illness could be as simple as breathing into a handheld device. And in ancient times, the study notes, doctors would sniff their patients’ poop in the interest of medical diagnosis.

 

According to Haick, the device has been used on thousands of more patients since the trial, and he would like to see it available on the market soon.

 

He also sees the Na-Nose becoming integrated into everyday life. He says in the Technion video that it could be added to a smartphone and analyze breath as someone talks on the phone, keeping a clinic out of the equation.

 

Even if we feel healthy, “the device has much more sensitivity to feel whatever we don’t feel as healthy people,” Haick says.

 

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Elderberry Popsicles

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Throat Soothing & Immune Boosting Elderberry Popsicles – Recipe

 

Elderberries are healthy, delicious way to keep your family healthy during the cold winter days. Your kids might love elderberry syrup and elderberry gummies, but there’s another thing you can give them to boost their immune system and provide extra soothing effects for their sore throat.

 

We talk about tasty, immune-boosting elderberry popsicles which will become one of their favorite treats.

 

One study conducted on flu patients proved that elderberries provide strong antiviral effects which protect from flu better than a flu shot. This popular flu remedy recovered the participants twice as faster as those from the placebo group.

 

In just 2 to 3 days, almost 90 percent of the group treated with elderberry have recovered completely, as oppose to the placebo group which took a minimum of 6 days for a complete recovery. It has been shown that a dose of Tamiflu can only alleviate your symptoms by one day. But, what’s worse is that children are more prone to its side effects than adults.

 

Some Tamiflu users have reported side effects like delirium, sudden confusion, unusual behavior, hallucinations, or self-injury, most of which have occurred in children. On the other hand, elderberries are natural remedy with no side effects and a sweet taste. You can see why they are the clear winner here.

 

Other Soothing Ingredients

Besides elderberries, these throat soothing popsicles contain blueberries. These antioxidant rich berries are rich in vitamin C which helps fight cold and flu symptoms, and protects the lungs during the flu. Besides vitamin C, blueberries also contain vitamin K and manganese, all of which provide antioxidant properties which improve the cough symptoms and prevent advancing into pneumonia.

 

You can add natural sweetener such as raw honey as it provides antibacterial effects and many other benefits. That’s why it’s often used as a sore throat remedy. But, if your kids are younger than 1, substitute the honey with maple syrup, or avoid it completely. It’s also recommended to supervise them while eating the popsicles.

 

As these popsicles don’t contain much fat and sugar, another ingredient you can use is grass-fed gelatin to prevent them becoming rock hard ice bricks. What’s more, gelatin is excellent for your joints, skin, hair, and nails.

 

Electrolytes + Vitamin C

You can also include coconut water instead of just using elderberry infused water. Your kids will love the sweet taste it gives, while getting enough electrolytes at the same time. Getting electrolytes is especially important during sickness and vomiting, as your body loses great amount of electrolytes in these conditions. Choose brand that doesn’t contain added sugar and is minimally processed.

 

Last but not least, use some lemon juice whose acidity will balance out the sweet flavor from the other ingredients. What’s more, it’s a great source of vitamin C – a vitamin that isn’t produced naturally in our body, which is especially important during illness.

 

Throat Soothing & Immune Boosting Elderberry Popsicles Recipe

Here’s how to prepare this healthy treat, or cold and flu remedy.

 

Ingredients

3 tbsp. elderberries

Half a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries

1 cup of coconut water or coconut juice

¾ cup of filtered water

1 tbsp. grass-fed gelatin

2 tbsp. raw honey

Lemon juice to taste (or the juice of one lemon)

Preparation

Prep. Time: 10 minutes

 

Mix the water and elderberries in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Strain well using a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer to get all the juice out. Pour the strained juice in a clean saucepan. Add the grass-fed gelatin and leave it for several minutes to absorb. If you plan to use a thick honey, add it right after the gelatin gets gelled a bit.

 

Then, bring the saucepan with this mixture over a low heat, and stir slowly until it’s melty and well-combined. Be careful not to overheat, as the honey will no longer be raw. Blend the blueberries and the coconut water in a blender until smooth. If you don’t have coconut water or coconut juice, you can substitute with any herbal tea, juice, or even plain water. Add the blended mixture and the rest of the ingredients to the mixture with elderberries, and stir well.

 

Once it’s well combined, pour the mixture into some popsicle molds, and put them in the refrigerator. Let them firm up, and then enjoy! You can always double the ingredients to get more popsicles.

 

Note: If you blend all ingredients together, you’ll get a foam which doesn’t freeze into popsicles well.

 

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Metal Fragments Found in Liquid Tylenol

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Tiny metal fragments found inside liquid Tylenol without any recall – avoid at all costs!

 

 

U.S News reports that children’s and infant’s liquid Tylenol was knowingly sold containing heavy metals for over a year. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, which is a subsidiary of the Johnson & Johnson company, was given a federal criminal charge over the issue – to which the company plead guilty.

 

The contaminated medicine that was sold was over-the-counter, so an unknown number of people purchased it and gave it to their children, thinking it was a safe product.

 

Nickel, chromium, and iron particles were integrated into the liquid medicine during the manufacturing process, and the company knew about this for at least a year – yet, did nothing to prevent or correct the contamination. To resolve the case and get the Justice Department to back off, Reuter’s reports the company agreed to pay a $25 million fine. It continues to make infant and children’s liquid Tylenol.

 

Heavy Metal Contamination Can Take Years to Become Noticeable

 

While no reports of injuries have come in, it often takes years for heavy metal contamination to become apparent. The children who were given the contaminated medicine may have health problems later in life because of it.

 

Chelation therapy or other protocols may be required for many of them to detox from the metals, while others may never know the cause of any related illnesses they develop when they are older.

 

This is not the first-time Tylenol has had ‘quality control’ problems.

 

Beginning in 2009, infant’s liquid Tylenol made by the company was found to have metal fragments in it. The company investigated, but nothing was done, and the product continued to be sold, though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers to stop using the product. In spite of this recommendation, the product was not recalled. If this were a vitamin company – the FDA would shut it done.

 

The Pharmaceutical Industry is Loaded With ‘Quality Control’ Issues

 

This is a problem in the pharmaceutical industry as a whole, but such problems rarely come to light in such a spectacular fashion as it has with this particular case.

 

The Department of Justice has vowed to seek out and punish companies in the pharmaceutical industry that release contaminated medicines, especially over-the-counter ones that are designed for children and infants.

 

So, What Are the Alternatives to Children’s Tylenol?

 

In light of the problems discovered with the quality of children’s Tylenol products, and with the seriousness of the known Tylenol side effects, it is a good idea for parents to look into alternatives.  Fortunately, there are many natural pain-relieving alternatives that do not have the Tylenol side effects (such as liver toxicity) and are pleasing to infants and children.

 

Herbs & Fruits

 

Herbs such as turmeric, ginger and valerian root plus fruit like cherries can help to relieve pain – without the negative Tylenol side effects – and can easily be given to children and infants. These are much better choices for parents and children and will assure the safety of the kids who need pain relief.

 

Tylenol is not usually the first choice of pain relief that you will hear from most pediatricians.  Children’s aspirin is totally recommended since it takes less dosages to relive the symptoms.  Finding the cause of the pain is the most important thing your pediatrician should be doing.

 

Willow Bark, Kava Kava, and Skullcap

 

The safety of manufactured drugs obviously cannot be trusted, and their side effects make natural alternatives the smart, obvious choice.  If you suffer from chronic pain, you may want to look into the health benefits of willow bark, kava kava, and skullcap – which is particularly good for anxiety, nervous tension, and convulsions.

 

Obviously, when dealing with serious health issues, it’s always best to find a trusted (well-trained) physician to help guide you through the healing process. If your doctor is unaware of the value of herbal medicine or natural remedies – find another doctor.

 

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