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September 20, 2012

Brewers Yeast and Calcium

I was hospitalized recently, and with the result of the diagnosis I decided to do a little bit of research on how to improve my health and hopefully prevent future ailments from happening. The doctors ran several tests and I found that I have not taken very good care of myself as I should or as I thought I had done. In my research in what my body needs I have come across a few things I would like to share with you.

1. Did you know that fresh fruit and vegetables have more calcium if they are cooked rather than fresh?
See the Facts here

EI: Fresh tomato=1%         Tomato soup=3%  Tomato sauce without salt=3%

Some fruits and vegetables increase in much greater percentage amounts.

As for meats, cooking with the bone increases the calcium content in food. Here's an example: Cook the meaty bone as if preparing stock, the calcium levels increases in the duration of the cooking. Then add your vegetables and meat. Read here.

That is just a small example of the many food products I have looked up. Not all cheeses are equal in calcium content nor are the nuts. One may be higher than the other such as with almonds, they are loaded with over 70 mg calcium, whereas walnuts have under 27 mg (eHow).

 I am not amazed how often I come across the information on almonds. Since Aaron's rod budded with almonds (Numbers 17:8), I have always felt that, since God used them they must be an above average nut. (Uhh, did that sound right or right funny). I eat a lot of almonds, always have and always will. (Remember the post I wrote on St. Ives, Almond Milk soap? Almonds have many health benefits. I buy natural almonds at Walmart on 51st Ave and Northern. By natural I mean they are not roasted, salted, etc...If you look in the produce section and in the snack aisle, the prices are outrages but if you go to the aisle where they have the dried fruit and pistachios and other nuts, on the top, top, top shelf hardly in the eye's view you will find packages for under $5.00. I have been grounding it and turning it into almond flour, which by the way is very expensive. (I save so much money making my own for baking, toppings, or gravies)

I decided to visit other sites and found (which I already knew) magnesium and the B complex vitamins were needed to be added (or I should say, taken FAITHFULLY, since I already have them in my cabinet). One piece of information I found was Brewers Yeast (not bakers yeast) and the health benefits (it does not have calcium) and what it can do to our hair. Amen, Sister! I ordered the Brewers Yeast Flakes on Amazon and the brand I purchased was...

Did you notice the label, Kosher and Glutten Free.NOTHING ADDED!

In doing the research I found a lot of positive remarks and rating on this product. I cannot wait to get started. I can add it to fruit, cooking, a juice or water, lose some weight, increase my good health, have shiny and restorative hair.

According to Healthline, "Brewer's yeast contains all the essential amino acids, 14 minerals, and 17 vitamins. It is one of the best natural sources of the B-complex vitamins thiaminriboflavin,niacin, B6pantothenic acidbiotin, and folic acid. It is also high in minerals, including chromiumzinc, iron, phosphorus, and selenium. Brewer's yeast is also a good source of protein. It contains approximately 16 g of protein per 30 g of powdered yeast. Brewer's yeast is a good source of RNA, an immune-enhancing nucleic acid that may help in the prevention of degenerative diseases and slowing the aging process."

I read on Livestrong.com, "Brewer's yeast contains many nutrients important for healthful hair. It contains the B vitamins biotin, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine and folic acid. It's also a source of selenium. All of these nutrients contribute to the health of your hair. There are many ways to incorporate this nutritional powerhouse into your diet. Try it on popcorn, in soups or sauces, on salad, mixed with butter on broccoli or in mashed potatoes.

You can add it as a topping on ice cream, or add to milk as a "malt-shake", sprinkle it on fruit, the list is endless. 

I read it can help heal acne, read here.

Someone who might be on antidepressants, or high blood pressure medication should not take this. It can cause some problems so talk with your doctor first. None of the information I am sharing with you is medical advice but web sources I have come across and you may want to discuss with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) before trying or adding anything to your diet.

For the overall improvement of my health, Brewer's Yeast and a calcium-magnesium drink.

There is only one you, so please, take care of yourself!
And know that I love you.
(That sounds like two spoons of sugar)




September 05, 2012

You Oughta Be In Pictures -Espinoza Family Reunion

A picture paints a thousand words. 
We were gathered together as Family and as family, we knew we were loved and blessed to be together.

My Tia Ruth is helping make tortillas. It was Carlo's recipe and they were wonderful!!
psst... I got the recipe, too.

The Organizer of the reunion was my brother, Carlo, he has a heart of gold. Carlo, Bingham, Monica, Olga, were responsible in the programs, I did the games, and everyone helped where a hand was needed.

I love being with my sisters; it's a girl thing, I guess. Of the girls born into the family, Carol is the first and Eva  is number five, and I am the sixth.

Olga, sister number three.

Erika is grilling chicken. Ray is in the red hat.

Diane is in the background, Olga is also making tortillas, Ismael is to the right of Olga and Carlo is to the left.

Stephanie helped in the grilling, too.

My sister, Hortencia (Tencha) is the second of the girls born to the family.

My mom looks great in hats and has quite the collection of them.
That is where we girls get our love for hats.

Eva, Olga, Carol, our cousin Amelia, my Aunt Angela, me and Tencha

My aunts with my mom.

Me, Ismael and Carlo.

Top L-R: Erika, Rosalva, Alicia, Carol, Amelia, and I.
Seated L-R: Tencha, Olga, Eva, Tia Ruth, Tia Angela, and Linda.

You oughta be in pictures, we had a spot right beside us for you.



September 03, 2012

Mason Jars and Green Tea-Bag Cookies

The Espinoza Family Reunion has come and gone. Our loved ones are traveling back home and it was sad to see them go.

The events were:
Saturday, a day at the park.
Sunday in the morning, many went bowling dressed in 50's style.
Sunday dinner was at The Rustler's Roost and the dress up theme was Western.
Monday, breakfast and farewells.

For Sunday's events I do not have any pictures to post, but I will post pictures from the day at the park and Monday's breakfast.
I love this picture of my mom laughing as we were talking to my brother, Ismael.

We had a wonderful time at the park and took many pictures to share with our families and friends. We were able to spend time with two of my dad's sisters, one of which I had only seen once when I was but a child. The volley ball game was played and I won't say which side won but the score was 21-3. There was so much food!! And would you believe it, we had an old fashioned way of making tortillas, FRESH and HOMEMADE tortillas, on the grill and on a comar (which is a cast iron griddle). We all participated in the cooking and in the eating, too. (Okay, stop right there! No more on that subject; I start my diet again on Tuesday. Wink!)
My sisters, Olga, Eva, Hortencia and my mom and I prepared the departure gifts. Mason Jars filled with homemade goodies and green tea bag cookies.

The "Green-Tea" bags cookies are made using a sugar cookie recipe that is refrigerated for a minimum of two hours or overnight. Then rolled out and shaped with a tea bag template (You have to make your own). After the cookies are baked then take a straw and make the hole. Once they are cooled dip into Candy Quick chocolate. You need embroidery string, labels, baggies and ties. The labels were made with the help of my good friend, Adrienne from Married My Love and the baggies and ties are from Hobby Lobby.

 Olga and Eva baked the cookies in the jars and I, the brownies.
With Adrienne's wonderful machine, the Cameo, and Adrienne's love and talent with paper designs, these labels were made for the mason jars. The ribbon was purchased at Walmart.

For those who did not make it, We really missed you and wished you here with us; you were what we needed to make this a perfect family reunion.
We love everyone of you, dearly.

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