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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Tempting Fish Tale: The Calculated Moves of a Sushi Chef

A Tempting Fish Tale: The Calculated Moves of a Sushi Chef

A Tempting Fish Tale: The Calculated Moves of a Sushi Chef

David_loo Sushi chef David Loo and his wife Karen Ming, owners of Kaiyo Restaurant in Leawood, met in Malaysia and then moved eight times to follow either his restaurant career or hers before finally deciding to make Kansas City their home. Sushi lovers in Kansas City are forever grateful for the twist of fate that brought them here to stay.

While working for Sushi House Restaurant in Chicago, Loo was asked to relocate to Kansas City and open the first Sushi House outside of the Chicago area. Loo and Ming considered this big opportunity and made the decision to come to Kansas City and open the new place. Once the Sushi House in Town Center opened to rave reviews, the couple decided to make their move a permanent one.

“We really liked the school system we found here and decided to build a house in Olathe,” said Loo.

Loo and Ming continued to work for Sushi House in Town Center for several years. Then the couple unexpectedly decided to leave the restaurant for personal reasons and took their recipe for the very popular “The Hot Temptation Roll” with them.
“When I was with them, I really wanted to do a sushi roll that had mangos in it (as a nod to his Malaysian heritage), so Karen and I started talking about what should be in it,” Loo says. “So I created the roll with shrimp tempura, mango, and tobiko or flying fish roe, but Karen created the special fruity sauce that really is the secret to this roll.”

Sushi House could not replicate Karen’s special sauce, and without it, there was no Hot Temptation Roll, so they had to drop it from their menu. They eventually replaced it with their own version of the roll. . .complete with mangos.

Hot_temptation_roll_3 The couple had no job, but they did have restaurant experience, the secret recipe, and each other. They also found they had a loyal following of well-heeled investors who loved Loo’s way with fresh fish. These angels called the couple to inquire about their plans for the future. They offered support and encouragement as the couple applied for an SBA loan.

Loo and Ming eventually decided to open a new sushi restaurant called Kaiyo allowing them to sit firmly in the driver’s seat of day-to-day operations. Loo says it’s the control that is his favorite aspect of ownership.

Located on the far south side of the strip center anchored by the Hen House at 119th and Roe, Kaiyo’s front door faces Crate and Barrel. Many refer to Kaiyo as a “hidden gem” because its tucked away location is easy to overlook. “We looked at some other areas, but our customer base is here, so we stayed,” says Loo.

A pretty little place with about fifty seats, Kaiyo is modern and stylishly decorated in light woods and black tables. Ming waits tables and runs the front of the house like a tight ship. Some days, you can even see their two children Cheyenne, 8 and Melvin, 7, sitting behind the hostess stand doing their homework.

Loo works behind the sushi bar with his lovely hand-forged Japanese Masamoto knife in his hand. Let’s face it, when it comes to really good sushi, it is a simple equation - fresh fish plus great knife skills equals excellent sushi. Loo has the math down.

Carefully unwrapping a whole tuna loin he prepped earlier in the day, Loo takes his knife using it as an extension of his arm and carefully trims the loin using long calculated cuts to form a perfect rectangular piece of ruby red tuna. From there, he runs his steel in slow sweeping motions from the base of the knife to the tip, wiping his blade between cuts, to shape the fish into domino-like tiles ready to eat. He lines the tiles of fish up like ceremonial soldiers using the tip of his knife to move them next to one another as he checks with his critical eye to see if his pieces are uniformly the same. He makes it look deceivingly simple, but in fact he is employing ancient traditional Japanese techniques.

Kaiyo_6_2 The menu at Kaiyo is surprisingly diverse with traditional Japanese dumplings, noodles and entrees along with a creative selection of specialty rolls. Rolls to try are the Daikon Maki featuring fresh tuna, salmon, yellowtail, crab, cucumber, scallion and massago or smelt roe rolled in paper-thin slices of pickled daikon radish giving it a crisp crunch. Try the Cherry Blossom, which lives up to its name and comes out looking like a Spring on a plate, featuring fresh tuna and salmon with avocado. The Four Seasons roll is a visual stunner where Loo uses different colors of tobiko or flying fish roe to dress up a spicy tuna roll in celebration of each of the four seasons. Finally Uni, or sea urchin, is a specialty at Kaiyo. Loo sources his uni from the West Coast where most of their sea urchin is shipped off to Japan and fetches top dollar.

Loo says many people still come in and order The Hot Temptation Roll, but it’s sashimi that he prefers to prepare. Sashimi, as any good sushi chef knows, is the opportunity to flaunt your technical skills. For a chef who never cooks, or rarely touches a pot or pan to make his culinary statement, sushi chefs prize their knife skills above all others to show off their training and expertise. Sashimi is supposed to have a silky texture. In Japanese cooking the ingredients are simple, so they have to be presented in the very best way possible in order for their beauty and flavor to shine. It doesn’t get much simpler than slices of raw fish gently arching over each other stacked in ribbon-like rows intended to be eaten one type of fish at a time.

This fish tale does have a happy ending. Not only for David and Karen, but also for all of us who love to eat sushi and continue to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Kaiyo Restaurant
4308 W 119th Street
Leawood, KS 66209
(913) 663-1663

From my first article in Present Online Magazine. Photos of David Loo and The Hot Temptation Roll were taken by Pam Taylor of Present Online.

Short and long-term adverse health effects that VOCs can cause

Clean Up the VOCs Surrounding You
Get this: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside your home could have 100 times the level of pollutants of the air outside, primarily because of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Essentially, VOCs are chemical compounds that are emitted as gases by paints, vinyls, plastics, cleaning products, solvents, air fresheners, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, wall-to-wall carpeting, deodorants, dry-cleaned clothing, and cosmetics. That smell of fresh paint or new carpet? That's what I'm talking about. You may not be aware of VOCs or know what they are, but these endocrine disruptors surround you daily.
Some short-term adverse health effects that VOCs can cause include nausea, headache, drowsiness, and sore throat. Long-term effects include asthma and other respiratory problems; some even say cancer may be linked to exposure to VOCs. Here are some steps you can take to help rid your environment of VOCs. The fewer of these compounds in your life, the better!

Don't use artificial room deodorizers. These products only mask whatever foul odors may be lurking. They are little VOC factories just pumping toxins into your room. Instead, clean your air with a high-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, filter, which is a mechanical air filter that traps particles such as smoke. One study found that healthy nonsmokers who used HEPA filters for two days drastically improved their cardiovascular function. Get one with a VOC filter.

Use 100 percent natural products to clean. Using truly natural products, such as white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and plain old water, can you get more bang for your buck and cut down on VOCs. If you choose to stick with store-bought cleaners, select products from companies known to be environmentally responsible, such as Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyer's, and Method.

Go "green" when doing home-improvement projects. Because many paints and a lot of carpeting emit VOCs, you should look for products that don't contain the hazardous chemicals — although I know they're not exactly mainstream. Look for online suppliers such as Green Depot, which offers environmentally friendly building and home-improvement materials.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

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Pain Management - Foods That Help Ease Pain

Pain Management - Foods That Help Ease Pain

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Pain - something that no one wants to experience even once let alone daily and yet chronic pain is not uncommon. The Chronic Pain Association estimates that 50 million Americans endure chronic pain on a daily basis. Whether you suffer from Fibromyalgia Arthritis, or a Sports Injury, pain from the inflammatory response finds us and can make life miserable. Taking anti-inflammatory medications is the first defense against chronic or acute pain. Research shows if you want to add even more relief to your pain symptoms you can make some small changes to your diet.
Foods that have the greatest effect on the inflammatory process are fats. The predominant omega-6 fatty acids present in the American diet tend to promote inflammation while omega-3 fatty acids help to inhibit the inflammatory process. The omega 6 to omega-3 ratio in the Western diet is a high 16:1.8 leading some researchers to say the typical Western diet is a pro-inflammatory diet. No wonder we are in such pain! Even though omega-6 fatty acids are good for us and needed in the diet, we are eating far too many of them and not eating enough of the health-promoting omega-3's. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in beef, pork, chicken, whole milk dairy products, egg yolks, vegetable and seed oils, and packaged convenience foods- all staples of the American diet. The pain reducing Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold water fish (salmon, mackerel, halibut, and tuna), ground flax seeds, canola oil, and walnuts.
There is one more fatty acid to throw into the mix and that is omega-9. Not as much of an attention getting fatty acid but just as important to know about. These fatty acids are also involved in prohibiting the inflammation process bringing relief to its sufferers. Omega-9's are found in olive oil, avocados, pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashews, sesame oil, pistachio nuts and macadamia nuts. All those nuts you thought were off limits, not anymore. Just make sure you only eat 10 - 12 nuts for a serving size so you don't add to your waistline with these high calorie snacks.
Fruits and Vegetables- ah, here they are again. I wonder how long it will take us to realize they really are good for us. The antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables play a role in decreasing damage by free radicals which to you and I means it prevents the initiation of the inflammatory response nipping it in the bud. What's the recommendation? The same as it's always been, 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. It's not as tough as it seems. A serving size of fruit is the size of a tangerine or half of a banana while the serving size for vegetables is ½ cup cooked and 1 cup raw. Add some berries to your cereal, some vegetable soup with lunch or sneak veggies into your scrambled eggs, add them wherever you can.
Although this doesn't count as a legitimate study, my mother, a long time arthritis sufferer decided to put some of these ideas into practice. She decided to take 2 tbsp. of ground flax seeds per day which she added to her oatmeal in the morning. She also added almonds regularly. That was it. No other changes and she found her arthritis pain markedly decreased. It goes to show that small nutrition changes can make a big impact on your health.
Now that you know the information, let's get practical. Here are 8 small diet changes you can make starting this week to decrease inflammation.
1. Replace chicken, pork or ground beef with salmon, mackerel, or halibut 2 times each week.
2. Use canola or olive oil in place of other vegetable oils for salad dressings and cooking.
3. Add walnuts, almonds, or pecans to salads.
4. Snack on an ounce of cashews or macadamia nuts with a piece of fruit.
5. Use sliced avocado in your sandwich in place of the cheese.
6. Use omega-3 fortified eggs (can find at all local grocery stores: look for the sentence: fed with DHA and EHA).
7. Add 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds to your oatmeal or yogurt.
8. Add a side salad each night with dinner (filling up with veggies during your meals will also help with weight management).
Using medications alone to manage your pain is difficult because most drugs eventually lose their effectiveness and can cause side effects. Take some small steps to add these dietary practices so you can have a more complete support system to alleviate pain.
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Foods that slow aging and prevent disease.

Eat to Stay Young!

Make sure your diet includes these 6 foods that slow aging and prevent disease.

Try as we might to find one, there's no magic bullet that can stop the aging process. But scientists have identified certain foods that can boost your health and even help slow down your biological clock.
Since all of these foods have great nutritional benefits, why not add more of them into your diet to see if they put a spring in your step?
1. Fish
Recent research suggests that the Omega-3 fatty acids from certain fish can lead to improved mood and mental capacities. These oils have antioxidant properties, meaning they attack the cells that cause the body to decay. Omega-3s are the same acids that combat chronic inflammation, which can lead to all sorts of health complications. Finally, fish oil is great for your skin, preventing dryness and eczema, and promoting firmness and elasticity. Salmon and tuna are two of the most popular and readily available fish with high levels of Omega-3.

2. Whole Grains
Avoiding all carbs makes no sense, when whole grains such as whole wheat, oats, brown rice, farro, barleywheat berries are so rich in fiber, which keeps your digestive system regular and helps you feel full. Their low glycemic levels mean that they don't play havoc with your blood sugar levels. Choose bread, pasta and cereals made from whole grains, and incorporate whole grains into your cooking. Whole grains have been widely accepted as a smart way to combat all types of illnesses, such as heart disease, colon and breast cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. Refined grains filter out the many nutrients intrinsic in natural whole grains, and therefore don't provide the same benefits. and

3. Cruciferous Vegetables
This powerhouse family includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips and Brussels sprouts. They are an effective aid to the body in fighting toxins and cancer. And they have a high concentration of antioxidants and sulfur, which provide energy and can keep your skin healthy. If you eat them raw or lightly cooked their protection properties are even more effective.

4. Nuts
They are high in calories, but you don't need to eat a lot of them to reap their benefits, which include protein, fiber and crucial minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium. They are reported to be good for your digestive and immune systems, helpful in the fight against cancer, and the oils are good for your skin. Their high Omega-3 fatty acid content also helps keep your brain and body healthy. Plus, there are so many kinds of nuts to choose from: almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamias, pistachios and more.

5. Avocado
Did you know that avocado is a fruit? It is chock full of monosaturated fat, which is believed to reduce levels of bad cholesterol in the body. Avocados have a lot of potassium, which combats fluid retention and high blood pressure and the risk of stroke. And they have a high level of vitamin E, which is thought to prevent skin aging and may also be helpful in reducing hot flashes associated with menopause. Finally, they are rich in folate, which is thought to decrease the risk of heart attacks, as well as antioxidants, which help your body protect itself from free radicals, which means keeping your organs and tissues healthy.

6. Berries
Blueberries have gotten their fair share of health news but in fact all black and blue berries, such as blackberries, black currants and black grapes, contain antioxidants that are known to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and aging. These phytochemicals are called flavonoids, and are found in the pigment of the berries. In addition, dark berries are also thought to be of assistance in maintaining good balance, coordination and short term memory.

by: the Editors of

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Carol Burnett sings on Glee as Sue's mother

 Well, this Glee I liked the singing and a musical wedding. It also touched on bullying with school students. Hulu let this one go through Free!

Video description: Sue’s mother makes a surprise visit.

Image credit: Mike Yarish/Fox
'OHIO' PLAYERS Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) and her mother (guest star Carol Burnett) teamed up to sing a number from Wonderful Town.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Womens knowledge of finances is next to nothing?

Many financial experts say the two sexes are different enough that women can use advice tailored to fit their style and needs. And two new ventures under way in Maryland are trying to capitalize on that.
An Owings Mills accounting and investment advisory firm recently launched a practice catering to women-owned businesses. Peg Downey, a nationally known financial planner from Chevy Chase, and two colleagues are starting to train financial advisers on how to better communicate and serve women clients.
Finances should be a women's issue. On average women earn less than men, receive fewer retirement benefits and live longer, which means they are more likely to develop health problems and incur steep medical bills later in life. Plus, women often take off years from a job to raise a family or care for an aging parent, further reducing their ability to build a nest egg.
All this, and the potentially huge female market, hasn't been lost on the financial industry. Books, seminars and programs target women. Some of it is gimmicky, or just the same old advice that's been, as Downey says, "pinked up" to lure women clients.
Downey says her venture, Directions for Women, is different. For example, it offers training for advisers to hold "circles" where women can learn in a group and discuss their views on money to get comfortable with financial planning. For example, women may be asked to describe their first "money message" from their parents and how that influences their life today.
"This just isn't some airy fairy thing. It is indeed how women work," says Downey, noting that women traditionally have gathered in circles -- from yesteryear's sewing bees to today's book clubs.
This is a little touchy-feely for me, but if it gets women to take charge of their finances, I say go for it.
After all, while women have made progress with their finances over the years, more needs to be done.
When OppenheimerFunds released a major study on women and investing in 1992, women reported that their financial experience largely involved balancing the checkbook and paying bills, says Ellen Schoenfeld, a vice president of marketing. Today, women are far more engaged in investing and more knowledgeable, she says.
Nonetheless, in another study three years ago, Oppenheimer found that half of women didn't participate in a retirement plan even though a wide majority said their top goal was to save for retirement.
And a recent Transamerica survey found that women were less likely to enroll in a retirement plan and, if they did, they contributed less than men. In addition, significantly more women expect to rely on Social Security for their primary source of retirement income than men.
"There is still just a very widespread lack of awareness among women when it comes to saving and planning for retirement," says Catherine Collinson, president of the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.
Of course, not all women are alike. But ask financial professionals about the differences between the sexes, and they all make similar observations:
Men are comfortable with financial jargon; women want plain English. Men make quick decisions; women need more time and information before acting. Men like charts and beating the benchmarks; women want to know what the numbers mean for their life, such as whether they can retire early or remodel the kitchen.
Of course, this sounds a lot like stereotyping. "Most people want plain English," says Cindy Hounsell, president of the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement. "That's why we have Twitter. They don't want too many characters."
But Downey and others say there truly is a difference, particularly on how women learn.
"Our brains are really wired differently," says Downey, who has been a planner for 28 years. "The problem with the old stereotypes is they say one way is good and another way is bad. We're not saying that. We are saying it's different and we want to change the conversation to become more friendly for women."
Oppenheimer's Schoenfeld says women today can benefit from financial advice that target certain niches, such as small business.
That's what's happening at Glass Jacobson in Owings Mills, which created a women-owned business practice in August at the suggestion of accountant Tammy Schneider.
"It's realizing the fact that men and women are different instead of pretending it's not there. It's a matter of embracing it," says Schneider, the director of the practice.
For example, women tend to do less long-term planning, they are more reluctant to ask a lender for money, and they often don't know how to obtain government contracts, she says.
Men are more comfortable calling someone they have met once or twice to ask for business or a referral. "Women hesitate to make that phone call unless there is a deeper connection," she says.
Schneider says her role is to help women clients make all these connections so they can take their business to the next level.
Downey's goal is "to change the financial planning atmosphere for women," she says. Her partners in Directions for Women are planners Eleanor Blayney, author of "Women's Worth," and Elizabeth Jetton, former president of the Financial Planning Association.
Traditional financial planning continues to be male-dominated, with the heavy use of jargon and charts that turn off or intimidate many women, Downey says.
Directions will train advisers on how best to communicate with women -- listening, showing empathy and explaining matters in laymen's terms -- and how to be more creative in finding solutions to women's financial problems. The names of planners who have undergone the training will be posted on Directions' website as a resource for women.
Of course, not all men are alike either. Downey says the skills advisers will pick up to better serve women could appeal to men, too.
"Men don't know all the jargon," she says.

Friday, November 19, 2010

$12,000.00 and counting, Auto Accident

From my son,

Yes, I finally had my turn! Broken arm, ribs and tons of bruises. I meet A 16 year old driving a dark red car with no lights on at night, who heads right for me it seems, as I am stopped in my turning lane! [When my mother was learning to drive she would stare at on coming cars head lights and steer toward them. My dad was teaching her and he would have to grab the wheel to save them from crashing!] As  16 year old's passenger side of car hits my passenger side. An explosion Surprise!

Saw their car finally at the impound, when my son went over to see my car and get pictures, they were the only two cars there!

Yes. I had the white car with all lights that were always on, even still on after the crash! I had the bigger heavier car but still was pushed by a smaller car coming at high speeds! My wheels do not go side ways, so it did a bunny hop/ or jarring , over 3 car widths in length. Wow! No one killed! Air bag and my seat belt saved my life!

Getting a ride back and forth from clinics and doctors, I freak out seeing cars heading toward us. I saw one at a stop sign and just knew they were going to try to cut across in front of us , a feeling I got and  said so out loud, sure enough they tried to. We got stopped, then they stopped and  finally gave us our right of way. I said, Oh great I have now become a back seat driver and read people before they even move!

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note update

Last night as my son was out shopping with his gf for all of us. A car with no lights on followed them into the parking lot at store, my son suddenly noticed as they entered lighted area. Well, my son got out and talked to the driver, a young blond girl. She said Oh I didn’t know! He told her, his mom was just hit by a driver with no lights on, so to always remember to turn hers on!

Do they have signs for sticking on dash board to remind people to turn on their lights?

Everyone at his work is now talking about all the night drivers on the streets and even the freeways that are driving with no lights on! They see them when they come up behind them.

There is a home made truck, that does not even have lights mounted on the back of it and drives with no head lights on! So police will not see him? He is following other cars at 65 miles an hour! One guy came up on him and then noticed no mounted lights at all!

My son had seen the same truck going through the streets of Springfield , early morning after work.   My son blinked his lights at the person that was ahead of him but  the truck went for blocks without turning on head lights. Are the head lights even connected to live wires? Gads!  Dangerous!


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Million Dollar Mom

Find out how this single mother went from homeless to millionaire! Dr. Elon Bomani's shares her 'get wealthy' tips.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Buffalohair, Welcome Back Daw Aung San Suu Kyi !!

Welcome Back Daw Aung San Suu Kyi !!

Posted in Asia with tags , , , on November 13, 2010 by buffalohair

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, The True Leader of Burma 
The true leader of Burma has been released from bondage maybe now we can get down to business. Next on the list are the thousands of political prisoners that need to be freed as well. There is little room for celebration since security for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is absolutely critical at this juncture. Well maybe a little celebration is in order. 

Daw Aung San  Suu Kyi, I am at your service


Friday, November 12, 2010

Computer will only start in safe mode, Power Surge Fried My Computer

Computer Questions and Tips

  • RE: Computer will only start in safe mode
    posted at 10/26/2010 10:55:38 AM CDT

    This sounds like a bad video cable or a bad VGA cable.  try a different one.
  • RE: Computer will only start in safe mode
    posted at 10/26/2010 12:41:41 AM CDT

    Are you aware of Startup Repair? Have you tried that?
  • RE: Computer will only start in safe mode
    posted at 10/25/2010 11:29:56 PM CDT

    HP Desktop Vista Service Pack 2. w2207 monitor.  Did system restore to before problem began but does not help.
  • RE: Computer will only start in safe mode
    posted at 10/25/2010 07:59:55 PM CDT

    You need to provide more information about your computer, make, model, OS, etc. and also brand name and size of the monitor. The more information you provide the better. You may want to try a system restore.
    The monitor for our old Apple computer went out shortly after we bought it and I had to send it back to Apple to be repaired. They paid for everything. All I had to do was get it shipped to them and go pick it up when it was returned.
  • Computer will only start in safe mode
    posted at 10/25/2010 05:29:45 PM CDT

    Screen would not come out of hibernate about a week ago.  Had to turn off manually because screen had only a faint glow.  When restarted, screen has vertical lines and won't complete startup. Just goes back to hibernate or faint glow on screen.
    Will start in safe mode with networking and have run Avast Virus scan and Malwarebytes scan without finding any errors.
    When starting in safe mode screen looks like it's "torn" with verical lines in upper left part of screen and very poor graphics in icons and documents.
    Any ideas?

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5 Diabetes Myths Busted! and Dining Out Tips

Dining Out Tips for Diabetics
You can navigate a restaurant menu.

How to Choose the Best Foods
Those with diabetes need not sacrifice the pleasure of going out to eat. Knowing about the different food groups and which foods to avoid or limit will help you make the right choices when you dine out; paying attention to serving sizes will keep you from eating too much. Here are some tips to help you choose the best foods:

  • Before you order something, ask the server how it is prepared. Is it fried, baked, or grilled? If the normal method isn’t a healthy choice for you, can it be cooked another way? Is it served in a heavy sauce—and, if so, can you omit the sauce or serve it on the side?

  • Choose fish, lean meat, or skinless chicken that is broiled, poached, baked, or grilled.

  • Order salads and steamed vegetables to accompany your meal. Request low-fat dressings and sauces, and ask to have them served on the side so you can control the amount you get.
  • Ask the server to suggest low-fat dishes. Restaurants nowadays encounter people on special diets all the time and will usually accommodate their customers.

  • If you take insulin and know that your meal will be delayed, be sure to time your injection accordingly. You can eat a roll or piece of fruit to tide you over and prevent hypoglycemia.

  • If everyone around you is ordering dessert and you crave it, ask to share with someone. Even a couple of bites of a dessert can satisfy your craving.

Shun Super-Sizing
Restaurant portions are often much larger than what most of us need to eat or should eat. When the portions are huge, it’s tempting to eat more than the amount that’s right for you. Here are some tips to help you avoid eating too much:

  • Ask your server about the size of an item. Is it big enough for two? Can you get a half order?

  • Before you order, ask to see what a small, medium, or large size looks like.

  • Choose smaller portions if they are offered—or order from the appetizer menu, where servings are usually smaller.

  • Choose half a sandwich and half a salad.

  • Avoid buffets and “all you can eat” dishes.

  • If you are served more than your meal plan allows, take the rest home for another time. If you tend to clean your plate, ask for a take-home box at the beginning of the meal and put the excess food in the box before you start eating.

  • Ask the waiter to not serve bread.

Tips for Eating Out in Different Types of Restaurants
The following list includes selections of healthy food choices from various cuisines. Remember to count the carbohydrates in each.
  • Steamed dumplings or potstickers

  • Stir-fried fish, chicken, or lean beef with vegetables

  • Sushi or Sashimi

  • Steamed-rice or boiled-noodle dishes

  • Chicken enchilada (no cheese or sour cream)

  • Small burrito with whole beans and chicken

  • Chicken or fish fajitas

  • Steamed rice with chicken

Steak House
  • Grilled or broiled lean cuts of beef (round steak, sirloin, filet mignon, London broil, tip roast)

  • Broiled or baked chicken breast (don’t eat the skin)

  • Steamed vegetables

Salad Bars and Buffets
  • Lettuce; plain, fresh vegetables; beans with light dressing

  • Roast chicken or turkey breast (without the skin) or lean, sliced roast beef

  • Steamed vegetables (without butter, margarine, or sauce)

  • Fresh fruit

Fast Food
  • Believe it or not, most fast-food restaurants will provide nutrition information if you ask. You can also check the Internet or various printed sources. Good choices include:

  • Grilled veggie burger without sauce

  • Garden salad with light dressing

  • Broiled, roasted, or grilled chicken sandwich

  • Sliced turkey or lean roast beef sandwich (without mayonnaise)

  • Grilled hamburger with bun, tomato, lettuce, pickles, onion, ketchup, and mustard (no cheese or “secret sauce”)

  • Baked potato with vegetables

  • Avoid beverages high in sugar or fats, such as milkshakes

FICTION: If you're at high risk for diabetes, you're going to get the disease.

 The Diabetes Prevention Program — which followed more than 3,000 overweight, prediabetic men and women at 27 research centers — found that people who lost even a little weight and exercised consistently (a goal of 30 minutes five days a week) reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. (People 60 and up cut their risk by a whopping 71 percent.) "If you're overweight, try to reduce your daily intake by 500 calories," says Christine Tobin of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

FICTION: Diabetics need a special diet.
FACT: Not long ago diabetics were urged to forgo sweets and drastically limit their intake of carbohydrates. But a slew of new research suggests that diabetics are best served by following the same healthy guidelines everyone else does: plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and dairy products, and sparing amounts of heart-healthy fats.

FICTION: There's a cure for diabetes.
FACT: Halle Berry's claims to the contrary — in 2007 she announced she had been cured of her type 1 diabetes — there is no cure for either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, says Sue Kirkman, M.D., senior vice president at the ADA. According to a study published last year in the Annals of Internal Medicine, however, 56 percent of type 2 diabetics who followed a Mediterranean-style diet could control their blood sugar without medication.
FICTION: Being overweight causes diabetes.
FACT: Just because you're heavy doesn't mean you'll automatically get diabetes. In fact, 34 percent of adults 20 and older are obese, but just 10.7 percent have diabetes. Still, experts agree that being obese, especially combined with a genetic predisposition for diabetes, can trigger the disease. Research in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that those who were obese at age 50 and gained 20 pounds were five times likelier to develop diabetes than those who weren't obese at 50.

FICTION: An insulin pill is right around the corner.
FACT: An insulin pill is not imminent, says the ADA's Tobin. There are alternatives to injections, though. One of the latest is the Finesse insulin patch-pen, expected to be available in late 2011. The patch-pen is disposable — and cheaper than an insulin pump.

Daily Dairy Intake

The Critical Role of Calcium
Do you get enough dairy? You should! Research is piling up that shows what a critical role dairy's calcium plays in weight control (your best choice: organic low-fat plain yogurt). Even small deficiencies of calcium change fat-burning signals in the cells and have a dampening effect on metabolism.
Grass-fed dairy products have saturated and trans fats, but they also include the best kind: conjugated linoleic acids, or CLAs. Shown to improve body composition, CLAs help to drive fat out of fatty tissues, where it can be burned up more easily. The combination of these healthy fats with dairy's high protein also stimulates the appetite-suppressing hormone CCK (cholecystokinin). Organic free-range dairy tastes better and has no antibiotics or hormones and more omega-3s. Bonus: The zinc in dairy also helps to support healthy levels of appetite-suppressing leptin.

The Doctors and The Talk TV Shows

Friday November 12
Catch Me on TV Today!
Be sure to tune in today — or set your DVRs — to see my special appearance on the The Doctors as they discuss fast health fixes from A to Z! See when it airs in your area now. Then, I'll join the ladies over at The Talk on CBS at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT to whip them into shape — and to share tips about how to get through the holidays without gaining weight! Watch a preview now and tune in!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

muffin top?


Tone Your Abs and Legs With These Hard-Core Moves

We all have a trouble zone that makes us crazy when we're trying on new clothes. Were you ever dying to fit into a pair of cool new jeans, but they wouldn't budge past the middle of your thighs? We've all been there, right? Or ever had the dreaded "muffin top" — where your middle is hanging over the waistband? Not cute. Trust me, some heart-pumping cardio is going to make a world of difference in helping you burn off the fat. And doing these three killer moves will really help you sculpt those skinny-jean trouble zones even more!
If you're a beginner, try to do 12 reps and 3 sets of each move along with cardio intervals. Or if you're advanced, try 20 reps and 3 sets to go along with cardio intervals.
Donkey Kick
  1. Start on your hands and knees, with your knees directly under your hips and your wrists in line with your shoulders. Keep your back and neck straight and look forward. Shift your weight to your left leg.
  2. With your hands still firmly planted on the ground, kick your right leg up and back behind you until it is straight. Keep your foot flexed so that your toes are pointing toward the floor. Slowly bring your right knee back to the ground. Repeat all the reps on the same side, then switch to the opposite side and repeat. Keep checking your form to make sure your shoulders are always in line with your wrists.
Crossover Lunge
  1. Stand up straight with your feet hip-width apart. Step your left foot diagonally forward and across the right foot. If you were standing in the middle of a clock facing the number 12, you would bring your left foot across the body and place it on the 1. Slowly lower your right knee until the left leg is parallel to the floor
  2. Then, using the left leg, exhale and push yourself back into your first step. Repeat the same motion with the right leg, only this time bring your right leg forward and place it on the number 11.
Pike Crunch
  1. From a kneeling position, place your abdomen on a body ball and roll the body along the ball until your ankles rest on the top of the ball. Your shoulders should be aligned directly over your hands.
  2. Contracting your abdominal muscles, exhale and pull the ball forward using your legs.
  3. As your glutes rise, keep your upper body stable so that your shoulders stay aligned with your hands.
  4. In the finished position, your toes should be resting on the ball. Return to the starting position and repeat.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jillian Michaels on The Doctors! Tuesday, Nov. 9

Jillian Michaels on The Doctors!

Tune in on Tuesday, Nov. 9 to watch The Doctors with Jillian! Watch Jillian demonstrate how to build an at-home gym without spending a dime — and get her exclusive tips to help you shed the pounds before the holidays. Check out a sneak peek at Tuesday's episode of The Doctors with Jillian now! Not sure when it airs in your area? Visit The Doctor's Web site now to check your local listing

Find the Strength to Stop Emotional Eating
Emotional eating can be a big problem when you're trying to lose weight. You have a sucky week (or month!), and suddenly that pint of ice cream seems like the solution to your problem, right? WRONG! That's the old you. The new, empowered, and strong you can push through tough and trying times, knowing that things can and will get better.
Stop letting your emotions sabotage your weight loss. Establish healthy patterns of behavior and invest in your physical and emotional well-being

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Buffalohair, Worldwide Participation to Say NO to Burmas Sham Election

Buffalohair, Worldwide Participation to Say NO to Burmas Sham Election

Worldwide Participation to Say NO to Burma’s Sham Election

Posted in Asia with tags , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by buffalohair
I am forwarding this appeal to the world from Aung Myo Win, Member of Burma Campaign and a Burmese Patriot to halt the bogus election scam being perpetrated by criminal dictator Gen. Than Shwe of Burma. The election is a fraud and a bold faced lie based on a bogus document that was also forced on the belieguresd people of Burma in 2008, The New Constitution.  As of this writing Than Shwe is excluding various ethnic groups, threatening the people at gun point and murdering those who would vote against the thugs he has in place to ‘take over control’ of Burma. Just remember that Than Shwe ‘retired’ a host of his key generals so they could form political parties and sham candidates in this scam to make Burma look legitimate.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the true leader of Burma, no one else!

Please take this pledge to call at least 5 friends in Burma not to vote.

2010 Elections in Burma are fully rehearsed to legitimise military rule in Burma. The 2008 constitution said it does not guarantee the protection of the rights of Ethnic Peoples, nor Human Rights, nor democratic principles, and so it will not aid the construction of a peaceful democratic nation. The election laws are unfair and unjust.
It is important to tell people of Burma not to go out to vote. The electorate of Burma have the right NOT to vote in the election.
“People have the right to vote as well as the right not to vote.” “Coercing people to vote by force is against the law.” “If people do not want to vote because they cannot see the NLD on the ballot paper and so are not able to vote for this party, then they should not vote.” Q+A Who should I call? At least 5 of anyone you know in Burma.
What if I don’t have any friends in Burma?
Call someone random you can find from following listing websites.
NOTE: Please be aware of the time difference. If you are calling from aboard, November 7th in Burma will be November 6th in the East, such as USA, UK, Canada, etc.
LEARN more on Burma’s Elections HRW’s comprehensive Q&A on Elections in Burma:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Get RADICAL Women’s Conference


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Saturday, March 26, 2011


Renaissance Washington Hotel


Washington, DC 

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Chicken and Broccoli

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Chicken and Broccoli
I learned to make gnocchi after eating it in an Italian restaurant in Chicago in the early 90s. I love any kind of dumpling and I love pasta, and gnocchi is basically a pasta dumpling, so what's not to love? The sweet potatoes give this dish nice color and are more nutrition than regular potatoes. I recently order gnocchi at a popular Italian restaurant and the owner told me gnocchi was kind of a feminine dish, saying that women love it. I've always maintained that the women in my life have better taste than I do anyway, so I think I'll keep ordering the gnocchi, thank you very much!

In This Menu:

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Chicken and Broccoli – Meal Plan

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

In This Menu:
  • Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Chicken and Broccoli
  • Simple Chopped Salad 
  • desert

I learned to make gnocchi after eating it in an Italian restaurant in Chicago in the early 90s. I love any kind of dumpling and I love pasta, and gnocchi is basically a pasta dumpling, so what’s not to love? The sweet potatoes give this dish nice color and are more nutrition than regular potatoes. I recently order gnocchi at a popular Italian restaurant in downtown Springfield and the owner told me gnocchi was kind of a feminine dish, saying that women love it. I’ve always maintained that the women in my life have better taste than I do anyway, so I think I’ll keep ordering the gnocchi, thank you very much!
This week we have bananas on sale as well as Nilla wafers. As far as I’m concerned, this week’s dessert was a foregone conclusion! This is my version. If you don’t want to be hassled with making the pudding, Jello Vanilla pudding works nicely!
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Chicken and Broccoli
  • 2 quarts boiling water
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2½ cups Best Choice non bleached/ non enriched flour plus 1 cup reserved
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large crown fresh broccoli
  • 1 whole chicken cut up
  • 1 small white onion, diced to ¼ inch dice
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 large, hot house tomato
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted Hiland butter
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
Place potato in water and cook for at least 15 minutes or until VERY soft. Place eggs in a mixer or metal bowl and beat for 30 seconds until just starting to froth. When potatoes are cooked, drain and run under cold water until cooled. Drain well. Add cooled potatoes to eggs. Beat until mixture is very smooth. Add flour and alt and beat on low until a light dough is formed. Using reserved flour, lightly flour a counter top or board and pour dough onto it. Cut dough into 4 pieces. Roll out one piece of the dough into a long tube about ¾ inch in diameter. Cut tube into ½ inch pieces. Using a fork dipped in flour, gently press a piece of the dough with the fork, then roll the dumpling off of the fork and pinch the two ends together. Set aside on a lightly floured surface. This take some practice, but the more you roll , the better you will get! Repeat the process with the rest of the dough.
Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan and add chicken pieces. When chicken is cooked through, remove the chicken from the broth, set aside to cool and put cooking liquid back on stove. Remove chicken from the bone and cut into 1 inch pieces. Dice tomato to ¼ inch dice.
Bring chicken broth to a boil and drop gnocchi in simmering liquid. After all of the dumplings have floated to surface, cook two minutes longer. Remove from liquid. Cool under running water if going to use later, or set aside if using right away.
Place a large skillet on stove over high heat and add oil. Saute tomato, onion, and garlic in oil until onions are soft. Add chicken and pasta. Add butter and toss well, season with salt and pepper. Pout into a bowl, top with Parmesan and serve.
Simple Chopped Salad
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 large, hot house tomato
  • 1 bag slaw mix
  • dressing
Cut cucumber in half vertically,
then into ½ inch slices. Cut
tomato in to 8 wedges. Remove
core from lettuce then cut into thin strip. Mix lettuce with slaw mix in a large salad bowl. Dress with the Hidden Valley Ranch/ or your choice. Toss and arrange cucumbers and tomato around edge of salad.

Monday, November 1, 2010

How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air – TED 2009

Losing It With Jillian Michaels

Freshen That Indoor Air

Today I wanted to take a step back and give it up for one of my fabulous Wellness Team bloggers (and my green home and lifestyle consultant) Caroline Howell. In one of her recent blog, Caroline talks about how you can help yourself, those around you, and the environment with a couple of small changes that will improve the quality of the air you breath. Check it out: 

Cleaning supplies are one of the biggest contributors to yucky indoor air quality and that’s why I think it’s crucial that we know some easy ways to improve our indoor air quality. Would you believe that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks Indoor Air Quality as one of the top 3 health concerns in the U.S.? 

I talk a lot about this topic (ad nauseam, some friends and my hubby would say) when I speak to groups around Los Angeles and have done a lot of GreenBeanie blogging on the topic too. Poor indoor air quality exacerbated my son’s asthma when he was a baby and this really started our family on our path to “greener pastures.”

So let’s do a little vocabulary work and then a few quick ideas on improving indoor air quality in your home.

“VOCs” or Volatile Organic Compounds – a variety of chemicals that are emitted in gas form from certain solids and liquids. The concentration of VOCs is higher indoors than out, often up to 5 times as much, according to the EPA. You might have seen “low VOC” paint in the aisles at the hardware store.

“Offgassing” – The releasing of VOCs into the air. Offgassing occurs from a variety of materials and products including paint, cleaning supplies, finishes, some furniture, et al. Want an example of offgassing? The smell of a beach ball or plastic shower curtain. Yep, that’s offgassing and it’s not healthy for you!

There are a variety of things you can do to improve the quality of the air in your home or indoor space including:

1. Open the windows – let the air flow and circulate.

2. Leave your shoes at the door – avoid tracking the grime off the street into your living space. Did you know that 70-80% of the dirt in our homes comes in off our shoes? Seems like a no-brainer to leave your shoes at the door after hearing this stat.

3. Vacuum and wet mop floors at least once a week. If you have animals, you should clean the floors two times per week.

4. Use plants as natural air purifiers. A NASA study states that there are some plants that help clean the air better than others. Check out photos of these plants.

How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air – TED 2009

Ann LRD on May 2nd, 2009

How to Grow Your Own Fresh AirTED 2009 « GreenSpaces Blog

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Which are these plants?

5. Purchase eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning supplies, as we talked about in my previous blog.

6. Don’t use toxic pesticides on your lawn. These chemicals come in the door on little feet and paws and settle into your carpet or floors.

Last Updated: 10/28/2010