Friday, March 23, 2012

Change Your Life, Get Healthy- Version 10.1

Change Your Story

Change Your Story We hear it all the time: “change your story, change your life.” Sounds so simple, but it can be an overwhelmingly tall order if you're stuck in a rut. What if instead we were to focus on the minor narratives—the small-but-significant stories we’ve been telling ourselves for so long that we don’t even think of them as stories, but as second nature? Stories that we picked up somewhere along the way and ran with: I'm not athletic enough to work out or I'm not creative enough for a project like that.

Because here's the thing: once you start to change the little stories, suddenly the big picture begins to shift too. Here are
three ways to start from scratch and rewrite your whole story.
  • Get on the cushion. Nothing shifts the focus like meditation. Oh, but you’re not a meditating kind of person... or is that just your story? If you’re not ready to change it just yet, simply take a minute to breathe.
  • Write it down. Get a journal, start a blog, send a letter to someone you love—one of the best ways to make a positive change is to literally write down your goals—spell it out, and mean it. 
  • Take a risk. If you've always labeled yourself the shy one, step out of your box: take a class, talk to a stranger or ask a coworker to coffee. Aim to surprise yourself.
Why We're Hooked
Sukey says: "One of the benefits of meditation is that it forces me to slow down. Sometimes I'm running so fast trying to keep up with my kids that I miss many opportunities to feel and learn. But this past weekend I stopped in my tracks and felt a shift in perspective. It was 8am on a Saturday in a community center gym in New Jersey. I was holding my son's smelly sneakers when he shot me a smile as he finished tying his wrestling shoes. My husband was a wrestler, and I've got all these stories about wrestling in my head: 'Why do men feel this primal need to fight? This isn’t very yogic. I don’t like seeing people in pain.' But, suddenly, in that gym, I could see (even if he couldn't) what my son was learning: humility, strength and discipline. It's these meditative moments that can unlock habitual mind patterns that help us all broaden our perspective and rewrite that old story."
Tap The Well
Infuse your thought patterns with positivity with the Gratitude Stream app. Record your positive thoughts and watch a stream of others from all over the world in real time.

(Lifescript Artical)

So tomorrow is the big day. Walk From Obesity Walk-A-Thon 2012. I will be reporting back on Sunday with the results. I want to thank all of you who sponsored me in this walk. You still can help by going to 

So lets make a decision to change our lives and do it know. Tomorrow may never get here. 

May The Lord continue to bless you and your families always. 


Thursday, March 22, 2012

ADHD in Adults

This is a lengthy artical so I am not going to say much. Things are going well and the Walk A Thon is only two days away. have a great day.

Married to an ADHD Adult?

5 Ways to Improve Listening Skills and Reconnect with Each Other

By Elena Donovan Mauer, Special to Lifescript

When your spouse has adult ADHD, it’s easy to misinterpret inattentiveness, disorganization and distractibility as laziness or selfishness. But with empathy and teamwork, you can help your partner improve listening skills and strengthen your marriage. Here are 5 tips to try from psychiatrists, ADHD adults and more relationship experts. Plus, how much do you know about this disorder? Take our quiz to find out…

Melissa Orlov, 51, of Wayland, Mass., and her husband, George, were separated and headed for divorce in 2006. Then they realized his adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which had been diagnosed just two years prior, was at the crux of their problems.

“We had poor communication and there was a lot of anger on my part,” Orlov says. “I was sort of the parent figure and he was my child. He was distracted, and I interpreted that as he didn’t love me.”

Only after George became acquainted with someone who had ADHD – and saw how difficult it was to communicate with that person – did he realize how much his wife had been struggling in the marriage.

They decided to stay together and work on both George’s ADHD and Melissa’s response to it.

Today, their marriage is a happy, loving one, and they recently celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary, says Orlov, who blogs at and wrote the book The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps (Specialty Press).

“Although I was miserable, my husband and I had a completely normal relationship when one has ADHD and the other doesn’t – and they’re not dealing with the ADHD,” Orlov says.

Typical symptoms of ADHD – distractibility, impulsiveness, disorganization – also impact other family members, especially if they live under the same roof.

Here are 5 common symptoms of being married to an ADHD adult and how to solve them.

ADHD Adult Symptom #1: You Can’t CommunicateNot only can it be tough for an ADHD adult to follow a conversation, it can be difficult for you to follow your spouse’s train of thought.

“[My wife and I] will be having a conversation, when suddenly her next sentence will come from a previous conversation we may have had several days or even weeks ago – as if it were still part of the present conversation,” says Kris Girrell of Boston. (Girrell’s wife, who asked to remain anonymous, has ADHD.)

“The ADHD adult brain sorts information differently,” Orlov explains. “Your partner experiences the world differently.”

For example, it may seem as if your spouse isn’t listening to you, but he’s really just lost track of what you’ve said. Maybe he doesn’t know how to tell you he can’t keep up with the conversation or doesn’t know how to describe the way his brain jumps between topics.

Solution: Be empathetic and clear. This can help your partner improve listening skills, says psychiatrist Edward Hallowell, M.D. He co-authored Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage in an Age of Interruption (Ballantine Books) with his wife, Sue George Hallowell, and Orlov.

“Make sure you have his attention before you start talking,” he says. This may be as simple as having him look you in the eye.

“Be brief and to the point. Don’t go off on long monologues,” he adds.

Create an open dialogue. Let your partner know you won’t judge him if he can’t follow and encourage him to speak up. If you have to repeat yourself often, know inattention is simply one of the symptoms of ADHD, and try not to get angry or frustrated, says Orlov.

Girrell and his wife developed some effective communication strategies to improve listening skills between them. When Girrell’s wife jumps rapidly into a new conversation that doesn’t make sense to him, he simply says, “Context?”

ADHD Adult Symptom #2: He Won’t Get TreatmentHe denies having ADHD or resists treatment because that could mean making big lifestyle changes. Plus, there’s a negative stigma sometimes associated with ADHD.

“People who are undiagnosed, and struggled with ADHD all their lives without knowing it, have absorbed so much negative criticism over the years – from parents, spouses, teachers, bosses, etc. – that their self-image may be in ruins,” says Donald Haupt, M.D., a Philadelphia psychiatrist in private practice and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD (Alpha).

“They may have absorbed the idea that their failures are due only to lack of effort or innate stupidity and anything else is just excuses,” he adds.

Solution: Encourage, don’t order.“Don’t tell him he has to see someone,” Haupt says.

“Instead, ask questions before you make suggestions, because it makes him involved in the decision,” Haupt advises. “Get a third party – like a friend or family doctor – to weigh in, or hand him a book on the subject so he can learn himself.”

And you should participate in the ADHD treatment process. Besides couple’s therapy, your spouse’s ADHD treatment could also include drugs, solo therapy or both, says Haupt.

“It’s important to know the ADHD adult’s behavior isn’t willful nastiness,” Hallowell says.

“That’s why seeing someone together can really make a difference,” he adds.

ADHD Adult Symptom #3: You Feel Neglected“If you had asked my husband, [he thought] our marriage was great,” says Orlov of her relationship before the diagnosis. “But I felt dejected and lonely.”

Because an ADHD adult is so easily distracted, it’s common for him to spend a lot of time doing other highly stimulating things instead of focusing on his partner, Haupt says.

Solution: Schedule couple time. Create a routine that will prompt your spouse – and you – to carve out time for your relationship.

“Someone with ADHD will have a much easier time if they have structure,” Haupt says.

Try using a color-coded calendar.

If your spouse keeps his work schedule on a smartphone, ask him to start setting dates with you on his phone, too. Use that time to enjoy a meal or do another activity together, even if it’s just sitting and reading in the same room, Orlov says.

“Scheduling time with your spouse could help you get around the specific ADHD symptom of distraction, which typically interferes by making it difficult for the couple to find time together,” Orlov says.

“When one is free, the other is distracted. When the distracted partner is finally free, the non-ADHD partner is off doing something else,” she says.

Couple time will gradually become routine, and it might get easier for your spouse to remember to show up for it – without having to schedule it.

ADHD Adult Symptom #4: Your Home Is Disorganized“I’ve come home to find ‘crop circles’ of bills and documents on the floor,” Girrell says. “I used to like to keep a somewhat straightened house, but I’ve had to give that up.”

It’s common for an ADHD adult to stop a task before finishing or to “keep things lying around,” rather than putting them away. That can create a maddening mess for others.

Solution: Find a happy medium.As with most relationship differences, you’ll have to compromise on this one.

“Resist the temptation to swoop in and clean up their disorganization,” Haupt says.

Instead, decide which piles should be organized and which can stay messy.

“ADHD shouldn’t be used as an excuse to remain disorganized,” Orlov says. “But that doesn’t mean you’re going to turn your spouse into an organized person.

“As long as you can get to a place where the disorganization isn’t interfering with the marriage, be OK with it.”

Also consider hiring a professional housekeeper, organizer, bill payer or accountant to handle tasks your partner doesn’t excel at – so you’ll feel less pressure. Outsourcing to a third party can prevent it from becoming a sore point.

ADHD Adult Symptom #5: Your Partner Seems LazyAn ADHD adult may have trouble getting up in the morning, getting along with coworkers, finishing projects or doing paperwork, Haupt says.

“My husband couldn’t get up in the morning until his medication kicked in,” says Tawnee Madlen, of San Diego, whose husband has ADHD.

“At bedtime, he wouldn’t remember to prepare his medicine for the next morning, so when it was time to get up, he couldn’t,” she says. “Then he’d sleep until noon.”

Those things can interfere with success at work – and make you, the partner, feel like a parent, taking responsibility for writing bills, earning money, even making sure he takes his medication.

Solution: Create an action plan.Remind yourself that not being able to complete simple tasks is one of the symptoms of ADHD. It doesn’t mean your partner wants to shirk responsibility. While ADHD treatment with medication can help, it’s not a complete solution. You’ll need to help your spouse learn systems that help him function more effectively and efficiently.

“We [made mornings easier by] getting into a routine together,” Madlen says. “Every night, we make sure the pills are ready with a drink on the nightstand for the morning.”

Next, take a close look at your spouse’s abilities.

“I cut my husband some slack because he helps out in areas where he can focus better, like taking care of the cars and doing dishes,” Madlen says.

If he’s having trouble at work, resist the urge to nag or serve up tough love.

“Ask him questions,” Haupt says. “If he’s not getting along with his boss, say, ‘Tell me how the boss is acting.’ Then ask, ‘Do you have any ideas about how to improve it?’”

Encourage your spouse to improve his strengths – and his weaknesses won’t matter so much. He might even consider switching careers to something more suited to his skills.

For more expert advice and information, visit our Adult ADHD Health Center.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Day Of Spring

So we have entered the spring season of 2012. What will you do this Spring? Plant a garden? Get more fresh air exercise? What ever it is do what makes you happy. Do not let this spring go by without doing something for yourself.

Not only is today the first day of spring it is also the official Ravioli Day. What will they come up with next? But in order to celebrate here is a recipe:

Quick Tomato Sauce Quick Sauce
Great ravioli needs great sauce. One of our favorite quick Tomato Sauce recipes is perfect for everything from Chicken and Mozzarella Ravioli to Spinach and Cheese Ravioli. Enjoy!

1 can (28 oz) whole peeled tomatoes in puree, remove tomatoes and chop or 2 lb vine-ripened tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped.
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, finely chopped or 1 teaspoon dried basil
Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat.   

Add garlic to pan and cook for 30 seconds, add in onion and cook for 2 minutes, until soft.

Add in chopped tomatoes with the puree, bay leaves, basil, and salt and pepper.

Heat to a simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve with your favorite Pasta Prima ravioli.

So with that done I have a question? Is there such a thing as a legitimate online Job? I am seriously doubting it at this point unless I put and ad for people to send me $35.95 and I will send you a 35 cent CD with a lot of nothing. That is the "online" business. So I have that out of my system do any of you know of a real opportunity? I do not need to make a thousand a day. $25 would make me happy. 

So any way hang in there and I will get some real helpful chatter up soon. 


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nothing But a Thing

Hey all, just wanted to catch up with everyone. Wow it is already Wed and half through the month. I thought it was just the 1st like yesterday. But things are going well. weight still going down. I am 3 pounds from breaking into the 300's. Been a very long time since I have seen that. So I hope all is going well with everyone and I have a little recipe to share with you. Don't forget the walk a thon. still not to late to sponsor my walk. Please!!!!!

Chicken, Charred Tomato & Broccoli Salad


This simple but substantial main-course salad gets its goodness from smoky skillet-blackened tomatoes and a dressing prepared right in the pan - maximizing all the flavor from the tomatoes.


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed, or 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (skip Step 1)
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


1. Place chicken in a skillet or saucepan and add enough water to cover; bring to a simmer over high heat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, shred with two forks into bite-size pieces.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add broccoli and cook until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water until cool.
3. Meanwhile, core tomatoes and cut in half crosswise. Gently squeeze out seeds and discard. Set the tomatoes cut-side down on paper towels to drain for about 5 minutes.
4. Place a large heavy skillet, such as cast-iron, over high heat until very hot. Brush the cut sides of the tomatoes with 1 teaspoon oil and place cut-side down in the pan. Cook until charred and beginning to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Brush the tops lightly with another 1 teaspoon oil, turn and cook until the skin is charred, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate to cool. Do not clean the pan.
5. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons oil in the pan over medium heat. Stir in salt, pepper and chili powder and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Slowly pour in lemon juice (it may splatter), then remove the pan from the heat. Stir to scrape up any browned bits.
6. Coarsely chop the tomatoes and combine them in a large bowl with the shredded chicken, broccoli and the pan dressing; toss to coat.


May the Lord bless each and every one of you this day. 


Monday, March 12, 2012

Tough Weekend

Had a rough weekend. I did not want to eat and when I did eat I ate to much which really does not take to much to eat to much. But today is Monday and I am doing better today. Back on Track. I expect set backs from time to time because this is a life changing journey I am on. Not just so I can fit in a pair of new jeans. Don't miss understand me. If you have five or 10 pounds to lose that journey can be as difficult;t to go on than me who has 350 pounds to lose. 

The good new is I lost another 8 pounds last week. That brings the total to 165 pounds. So out of the 350 pounds I needed to lose I know only have 185 more to go. So I am almost half way there. 

It has not been easy. Filled with pitfalls and plateaus but plenty of success also. I just erg you that n matter how donnting the journey seems remember this, "A journey begins with one step". It does not have to be a big step. Set attainable goals. Maybe you start with one less pop this week or not going for seconds. What ever you do be faithful to it and if you slip don't say I will start again tomorrow start right then even if it means dumping the rest of the pop or throwing away what is left of the seconds. I believe you can do it so you already start with one support person on your side and there will be many more. I guarantee it!

Here is wishing you all a Happy Day and Week.

May the LORD bless you and answer your prayers this week. Remember tho the answer is not always yes!

Until next time

Friday, March 9, 2012

Let's Talk Plateau

 This Article is from Life Script News letter. It is one we all face so wanted to give my brain a rest and share. Enjoy

Q: When we hit a plateau and get stuck, how do we get back to losing again?

-Bonnie Hartley, a Lifescript Facebook fan

A: That’s a great question, because everyone who’s on a weight-loss program long enough will eventually come face-to-face with the plateau.

You know how it goes. You’re eating healthy, exercising and staying motivated and energized by the declining number on the scale, when out of nowhere, you can’t seem to move that number.

This is one of the most frustrating situations you face while dieting, and it’s a major cause for many people to wave the white flag of surrender.

But what seems to be an impenetrable brick wall is really an important, life-altering fork in the road. Before I go any further, however, let’s first define our terms.

Simply put, a weight-loss plateau occurs when, despite continuing to do what has got you this far, you can’t seem to lose any more weight. It’s typical because losing weight is initially easier, since the bulk of weight you lose in the first few weeks is mostly the result of water.

Then, in order to break through the inevitable plateau, you typically need to increase your activity level and/or decrease the calories you take in.

The real battle, however, is the emotional impact that not losing weight brings to the forefront. A weight-loss plateau is a direct attack on your motivation to continue.

This is why I continue to preach about the importance of not making pounds lost your primary motivation. You can significantly reduce the emotional intensity of this struggle and greatly improve your potential for long-term success if you don’t make weight loss the main focus.

That’s a tall order for most, but if you make healthy eating your motivation and not pounds lost, the plateau will not create the same type of emotional turmoil.

Another reason to make healthy eating your primary motivation is that motivation will have a much longer lifespan.

If weight loss is your motivation, what happens when you hit a plateau or, better yet, reach your weight-loss goal?

In both cases, you also lose your motivation. However, if healthy eating is your motivation, it will survive each of these scenarios.

If you find yourself struggling with a plateau, Lifescript has 9 ways to overcome this weight-loss obstacle:

They include:
1. Change up your routine.
2. Move with the seasons.
3. Make routines playful.
4. Add random intervals.
5. Learn a new skill.
6. Slow down.
7. Set multiple goals.
8. Adjust your thinking.
9. Bribe yourself.

When all is said and done, dealing with the weight-loss plateau is different for everyone. I do believe, however, that where you initially place your focus and attach your motivation wagon to is the key to mastering this balancing act.

That’s why I always encourage people to focus on eating healthy and just let the weight loss be what it is… a wonderful and natural side effect of healthy living.

Wishing You Great Health,
Dr. John H. Sklare

Follow Dr. Sklare on Health Bistro!

Stressed? Angry? Not over your ex? Email your question to Dr. Sklare to get expert advice! Ask Dr. Sklare

Check out Health Bistro for more healthy food for thought. See what Lifescript editors are talking about and get the skinny on latest news. Share it with your friends (it’s free to sign up!), and bookmark it so you don’t miss a single juicy post!

Talk to us on Facebook and Twitter

Remember March 24th at Eagle Rim Park. Walk A Thon. Hope to see you there.

Stress Reducers:
Deep Breathing X10
Work out at the Gym

Words of Wisdom:
A JOURNEY starts with one step!

May the LORD keep and bless you always for HIS glory!

Have a great Sabbath. See you on Sunday with some new/old recipes.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Looking Back / Recipe

So I am revisiting some of the past topics to rethink things. This is a good thing to do once in awhile so that you do not slip into old habits. So today is mental thinking. You have a choice to think of this as a diet or life. Diets do not work because diets are not possible to stay on for life. Life changes are the way to go. So first thing to do is to think what you want. Do you want to diet for a while or change your life style to a healthy well rounded life. 

So where are you at. This took me a long time to figure out and I am still learning. Everyday brings new challenges and new learning experience. But one thing I know you will need is a strong support system. What ever that looks like. I am very lucky to have most of my family, friends, church, and Medical staff as a support. Not all of you will have all that but you must have something. So start looking for that support, you may be surprised at what you find.

Here is a Little articular from life Script I thought you might enjoy:
Q: I’m disabled and haven’t worked in years. The pain is very limiting. I can’t find anything I’m particularly interested in doing. I’m bored! I can’t reach a goal if I don’t have one.

-Tracy M.

A: Hi Tracy,

Whether you’re disabled or not, discovering what your interests are is easy for some and complicated for others. For many people, it’s a natural outgrowth of the skills and talents that they’ve acquired through life experiences and early schooling. People tend to be more interested in things they do well and less interested in things they struggle with. For those who want more scientific information regarding their specific interests, there are tests that can help you do exactly that.

Two of the most popular interest assessments are the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment and The Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory. You can find places to take these online for a fee or you can meet with a counselor for a face-to-face discussion. Many career counselors offer this service for free to residents at your local community college. In your case, Tracy, I think you’d find sitting with a counselor and discussing these test results insightful.

Wishing You Great Health,
Dr. John H. Sklare

Recipe for Today

  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, or pecans (optional)
  • 1 10-ounce can pineapple slices
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice, or orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, (not drained)
  • 1 cup grated carrot, (1 large)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup raisins, preferably baking raisins 
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, or pecans (optional)


1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
2 To prepare topping: Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar into each muffin cup. Sprinkle nuts, if using, over the sugar. Stack pineapple slices and cut into 6 wedges. Place 2 wedges in each muffin cup.
3 To prepare muffins: Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
4 Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in oil, juice and vanilla. Stir in crushed pineapple. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Stir in carrot, oats, raisins and nuts, if using. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups (they'll be quite full).
5 Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and firm to the touch, 15 to 25 minutes. Immediately loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a baking sheet. Restore any stray pineapple pieces and nuts. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Serve upside-down, either warm or at room temperature.

Remember control and potion control. A little dab will do ya!

May the Lord find pleasure in your walk this day!



Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Day For Celebration / Recipe you can not miss.

So today is a bright and sunny day. Already hitting 50+ degrees. But you know what they say about Colorado, if you don't like the weather wait 5 minutes and it will change. So the scale is moving again so I am down another 4 pounds this week. Getting closer to breaking past my 400's. 

Just a quick reminder about the Walk A Thon. If you have not sponsored anyone take a minute and click on the link above an take this chance to support a great cause or if you are local register to walk with me. It is $25 online registration or $35 the day of the walk. Come on and jump on the band wagon. 

So with St Patty's day coming up I thought a good ole Irish recipe would hit the spot so here you go:

Corned Beef with all the trimmings

Here, the traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage is supplemented with turnips, carrots, and boiled potatoes. Serve it with a loaf of freshly baked Irish soda bread.
The Martha Stewart Show, February Winter 2009
Yield Serves 8


For the Corned Beef

    • 2 quarts water
    • 1 cup coarse salt
    • 1 tablespoon pink curing salt
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
    • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed
    • 4 dried bay leaves, crushed
    • 8 whole cloves
    • 5 pounds flat-cut beef brisket
    • 1 medium onion, halved
    • 1 medium celery stalk, halved
    • 1 medium carrot, peeled, halved
    • 1 pound baby turnips, peeled, trimmed
    • 1 pound baby carrots, peeled, trimmed
    • 1 medium head cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
    • 1 pound small red potatoes
    • Dijon mustard, for serving


  1. Make the brine: Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add salts, sugar, and spices; remove from heat, and stir until salts and sugar dissolve. Let cool.
  2. Make the corned beef: Place brisket in a nonreactive container just large enough to hold it. Pour cooled brine over meat. Place 2 small plates on top to keep meat submerged; cover, and refrigerate for 2 weeks.
  3. Rinse brisket; discard brine. Place in a large pot. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Add onion, celery, and halved carrot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until very tender, 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  4. Set a steamer in a large saucepan. Add enough water to reach the bottom, and bring to a boil. Add turnips. Reduce heat, cover, and steam until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with baby carrots, steaming 10 to 12 minutes. Add to turnips.
  5. Transfer corned beef to a cutting board. Tent with foil, and let rest for 30 minutes. Discard remaining solids from broth, then bring to a boil. Add cabbage and potatoes, and simmer until tender, about 25 minutes. Add turnips and carrots, and cook until warmed through. Transfer vegetables to a platter; reserve broth.
  6. Trim excess fat from beef. Slice thinly against grain, and transfer to platter. Serve with broth and mustard.

Cook's Note

On "The Martha Stewart Show", Martha added 12 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley and coarse salt to the recipe. If you would like to use parsley and salt, simply add them in step five along with the cabbage and potatoes.

 So I hope you remember to wear some green and have a great day.

Just want to give a shout out to Tami who is the Walk A Thon Captain for my team. We met last night at the closet give away the clinic sponsors. I also got some great clothes, to my surprise fit quite well.

I want to ask your opinions so if you have something you would like to see more of or something you would like research done on and just do not have the time please let me know. or just check one of the boxes if you like this blog so I know if I am hitting the mark at all. Also please take a second and check out some of the adds on this page. I get monies per click and you never know you may find something you like.

Have a great day

May the Lord bless and keep you always.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Four 31 days post op

Today makes a full month since surgery. Does not seem possible that times has passed so quickly. I have been doing well. Had a touch of flu last week but back on track today. I also hit a plateau but is to be expected. Just not sure how to break it at this point. Will talk with RD at clinic to see what to do.

I found this great new web site that sales high protein foods that can help you reach your protein daily need. Here is that web site

There is this company called Diabetic Connect. Do not ask for info unless you want continuous phone calls. Just my opinion.

Recipe of the Day:


1 large parsnip, peeled, thinly sliced
2 large carrots, peeled, thinly sliced
1 large red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
¼ cup KRAFT Light House Italian Dressing
2-1/2 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Italian* Three Cheese Blend
¼ cup chopped fresh basil

HEAT oven to 375ºF.
SPREAD vegetables onto bottom of 15x10x1-inch pan. Drizzle with dressing; toss to evenly coat vegetables. Bake 40 to 45 min. or until tender, stirring after 20 min.
ADD 1/2 cup broth and 1-1/2 cups vegetables to blender; blend until smooth. Pour into large saucepan. Add remaining broth, remaining vegetables, beans and black pepper. Bring to boil on high heat; simmer on medium-low heat 10 min., stirring occasionally.
SERVE topped with cheese and basil.