"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Helpful Hints for Tuesday

Hopefully you will find something knew you didn't know before!!!!!!!!!!!!

Want to know where a product is from - check the bar codes:

You may now refer to the barcode - remember if the first 3 digits are:

690-692 ... then it is MADE IN  CHINA
00 - 09 ...  USA   &  CANADA
30 - 37   FRANCE
40 - 44  GERMANY
471 ...  Taiwan
49 ... JAPAN
50 ...  UK
Thank you Charlotte 

Citronella fuel oil poisoning and kids. 

Thank you Kelly.

Ten things to stop saying to your kids and what to say instead.


The Thumb Test
 What to do:
 While relaxed, interlock the fingers of your hands, and place one 
 thumb on top of the other.  (As you would in a relaxed pose.)

 Which thumb is on top?

 The brain works in two general modes. In one mode (often called ‘right-brained’), it is more intuitive, visual, and creative. In the other (often called ‘left-brained’), it is more logical, sequential, and language based. In many ways, it is like having an artist and accountant arguing in your head, and you keep flipping between the two.

 All of us work in both modes, but everyone naturally tends towards one or the other.

 People who place their right thumb on top of their left thumb tend to be left-brain dominant, and are thus more verbal and analytical.
 Those placing their left thumb on top of their right thumbs tend to be a right-brain dominant, and thus excel in visual, spatial and intuitive tasks.
Thank you Myra

Pass the Banana

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression 'going bananas' is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting.

After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.
Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.
It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia :
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control:
Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. InThailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood Enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use:
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the
protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.
It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe it's time to change that well-known phrase so that we say,
'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!' 
Thank you Monica


NEW INFO!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ongoing PET FOOD RECALL>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>..
Natura Pet Products, makers of California Natural, Innova, Evo, Healthwise, and Mother Nature Natural Treats have issued another VOLUNTARY RECALL for any products with an expiration date prior to 6/10/14, due to possible Salmonella contamination. Canned foods are not affected by this recall. There have been no reported illnesses in pets or humans stemming from this recall.

If you have product that has been recalled, you may:
Call the Natura Hotline for returns or questions at: 1-800-532-7261
Return the affected product to the store in its original packaging with a visible date code and fill out a Natura return form in-store.

Please do not hesitate to call us for any additional questions at 941-723-1715, or the Natura Hotline at 1-800-532-7261.
The ongoing threat of salmonella contamination moved Natura Pet Products today to voluntarily recall all Innova, California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, Mother Nature and Karma dry pet food and treats bearing expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014.

The action followed similar recalls issued in March and April for Natura products with earlier expiration dates. The newest recall added the Mother Nature line of biscuits.

The recalls, the first in the company’s 21-year history, involve food made for dogs, cats and ferrets. Canned food is not affected.

Evo is among six brands subject to a wider recall by Natura Pet Products.
The recalled products are sold through pet stores and veterinary clinics in the United States and Canada as well as online.

The Fremont, Neb., company, a division of Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble, reported the latest news in a statement posted on its website. An advisory also was issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Natura’s statement noted that the company was "truly sorry” and "disappointed.”

"We made this decision in part due to a single positive salmonella test by the FDA on product manufactured April 3,” the company stated. "Normally, this would have resulted in retrieval of product manufactured over just a few days. However, we are taking the additional precautionary measure to recall all products in the marketplace.”

Natura did not explain why salmonella continues to trouble the company. A spokesman could not be reached to comment.

In a sign that Natura is working to solve the salmonella issue, the statement pointed out that "additional finished product testing procedures” have been implemented "with the guidance of industry experts.”

Symptoms of salmonella poisoning in pets include lethargy, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. People who handle contaminated pet products may exhibit similar symptoms.

More information and refund instructions are available at www.naturapet.com/recall.
Thank you Sheila

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Remember kids - these are forwards and I do try to check them - but I am not saying they are true word for word - be sure and check them for yourself as well.


THE LIFT - for my daughter and Linda....


Cranberry Morning said...

I will definitely be eating bananas in the wintertime when all us northerners suffer from SAD! :-) Did it tell us why we should't put bananas in the refrigerator? I put bananas (too ripe) in the freezer rather than throwing them out. I don't bag them or anything. Just stick the whole black bananas into the freezer. Then when I want to make banana bread, I pull them out, peel them, and bake banana bread. I never freeze squishy bananas, just ones that have gone black - not rotten. :-)

Such an interesting post, Sandie!

Jill said...

Such great info again. Bananas are also full of potassium and help prevent charley horses! I do eat a lot of them.

Anonymous said...


Pooja Mittal said...

Very different and intresting post...
Loved it..
Keep in touch,

linda eller said...

The banana is the nearly perfect food. I learned that in nursing school, way back when! lol
good info in your post...thanks.

Shelly said...

Super bananas! Need to stock up, and I am going to be checking bar codes more carefully-

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I've eaten a banana a day since the time I found I was very low on potassium. Also, they are sometimes the only thing I eat for breakfast. Great info, thanks!

mail4rosey said...

I'm loving the Paris sign. :)

And who knew...so many great things to have learned about bananas!

TexWisGirl said...

i eat a banana a day. knew about the blood pressure lowering and the potassium. :)

jack69 said...

Blogging has been a family thing this week. So we all got into this one about the thumbs and the Bar code.

We all enjoyed the Lift and laugh.
had fun with the Pug and its beer.

Thanks for the family entertainment.

Paula said...

Think I'll go have a banana.

Inger said...

Bananas are my favorite fruit, but as soon as get a little bit ripe, I can't eat them as they raise my blood sugars too much. That's why I put them in the refrigerator where they stay nice for a long time. I noticed the advice to never put them there, but it didn't say why. Do you know why? Maybe it loses some of its potency? Thank for all this info!

Cathy said...

I love bananas and this post makes that even better.

I guess I'm a right-brain kinda gal.

Jemma said...

Well the hubby and I took the right/left brain test-it is confirmed we do not think alike!! Love the facts on the bananas-I have officially switched to bloglovin!!
Happy HUgs my dear Lady!

barbara woods said...

I eat a lot of bananas bananas and I had a stroke in 2004

Sandee said...

Loved the information on bananas. I didn't know some of this. Thank you.

The pet food scare. Scary.

Thanks for the country codes on bar-codes. I didn't know this either.

Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. ☺

Bev said...

Interesting banana's...but WHY don't you put them in the fridge?

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Who knew we got some many benefits from those wonderful bananas. I have every day to prevent leg cramps.

Katie Clooney said...

Great post. How true about that "thumb" thing! I'm going to test it on #2 and the Mister!! Love all the hints on common ailments. Just sent your link to a few of my non-blogging friends.

Theresa said...

I love bananas but never knew all the benefits to eating them! Thanks for sharing! Great bar code info too! I always like to know where my purchases are coming from!

Debbie said...

I'm a huge banana person. When I taught school, I always served bananas to my students on those testing days along with a healthy muffin or some peanut butter and crackers, etc.

I love to freeze them in slices. Just one little slice is so sweeeet that it curbs the craving for something sweet to eat. Yum.

Ann said...

I love my bananas. Great source of potassium also.

The barcode thing I find confusing because I grabbed some things near my desk to check and none of them matched

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I just saw your google connect at the bottom of your page, silly me!!

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement on my weight Loss and continuing journey!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Thank you for the 'lift'! So true (I hope). Hope you are having a good day. I'm still packing!


Betsy Adams said...

Just a quickie since I'm a Banana LOVER. We eat a banana every single day ---and even take them on vacation with us when we go....

AND--since we are both quite healthy, I'll give the bananas all of the credit.

LL Cool Joe said...

I'm a big banana fan but I had no idea they were that good for you!

That thumb test was fascinating and I put my left thumb over my right which sums me up well!

Ginny said...

How much do I LOVE the things to say to your kids instead of the cliches??? So much that i have made a shortcut to it on my desktop. Anyone who has any association with kids needs to read all of this!

Sharon said...

Well, I placed my left thumb over my right - which means that I am predominantly right-brained. Which doesn't surprise me - I'm always telling everyone that my brain is right!!

Very interesting about the bananas. We put them in the fridge because we can't stand when they get mushy - but perhaps this is neutralizing some of the benefits?

Thanks for Tuesday tips!!

Carol Z said...

I eat a banana almost every day, but I didn't realize that they were that good for me. I'm a "left thumb" gal. Fun to find this out. Hope you're having a terrific Tuesday.

Ms. A said...

The one on bar codes isn't quite that simple.


Denise said...

Such an interesting post my friend.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Why are bananas the cure for everything? Why not reeses cups?


LOVE the thumb test. Interesting, indeed.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I have always liked bananas but never knew they could do so much good for us...........the bar code info very interesting......

Dee said...

I am going to go eat a banana just as soon as I finish this comment. I think I actually learned a few things today. :)

Zoe Byrd said...

man I wish I liked bananas...

Susan said...

Holy smokes, Sandie. I learned a lot. That crossing of the thumbs was right on. It fit me to a tea.

Lots and lots of good information there. Thanks so much for sharing. Susan

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

BRING ON the bananas!! Wow. Interesting about the thumb test for right/left brain dominance. ;) blessings ~ tanna

Vee said...

Always fun and interesting to read here. Gosh. I just gave up bananas. Guess that I'll be bringing them back!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I'm going to eat a lot more bananas! My hubs used to eat them to prevent middle of the night leg cramps and it worked!

Saundra McKenzie said...

I love bananas, so that won't be a problem. I know you live in Kennesaw. Do you eat out often? I suggest you try Henry's grill in Acworth (http://www.chefhenrys.com/). He and I had our transplants a day apart. Great guy and honestly the best food ever. If you decide to go- try it out. You won't be sorry. happy day, Sandy

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Bananas are a miracle fruit -- thanks for the info Sandie. :)

Simone Dankenbring said...

I like bananas but I hate the little gnats that when I keep them out. Great tips my friend. Thanks for always bringing a smile to my face with your comments on my blog.


People who place their right thumb on top of their left thumb tend to be left-brain dominant, and are thus more verbal and analytical. ---That's me, in a banana skin! [I couldn't use the term nutshell, it wouldn't fit into the scheme of things]

Speaking of bananas, I was told by my cardiologist to eat at LEAST a half banana a day. Potassium is a GOOD thing for blood pressure and heart rhythms. But I do refrigerate some since I don't like 'em overly ripe.

My Journey With Candida said...

Hmmmmmm I always used to put bananas in the fridg. Guess I gotta stop that.

Terri D. said...

I am two days behind! Trying to catch up! Lots of really good information here, Sandie! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Anonymous said...

I knew there was a reason for liking bananas!

and bananas are good for when you have an upset stomach...it's part of the BRAT diet bananas. rice, applesauce and rice.