Purina Diet

purina_dog_chowHow many times when someone has asked you a stupid question have you wanted to come back with a story like this? …..

sit back and hold on for the ride

I happen to have four dogs at home and was in the checkout line at Wal-mart with a large bag of Purina in my shopping cart. A woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

On impulse, I told her no, that I was starting the “Purina Diet” again, although I probably shouldn’t because I had ended up in the hospital last time – however – I had lost 50 pounds before I had awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two of them every time you feel hungry. I also said the food is nutritionally complete so I thought I would give it another try again.

I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story, particularly a guy who was behind her.

Horrified, she asked if I had ended up in the hospital in that condition because I had been poisoned. I replied no, it was because I’d been sitting in the street licking my ass and a car hit me!

I honestly thought that one guy was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard as he staggered out the door.

Stupid woman! …..Why else would I buy dog food?

Weight Loss Plan

running_shoesA man calls a company and orders their 5-day, 10 lb. weight loss program.

The next day, there’s a knock on the door and there stands before him a voluptuous, athletic, 19 year old babe dressed in nothing but a pair of Nike running shoes and a sign around her neck.

She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company. The sign reads, “If you can catch me, you can have me.”

Without a second thought, he takes off after her. A few miles later huffing and puffing, he finally gives up.

The same girl shows up for the next four days and the same thing happens.

On the fifth day, he weighs himself and is delighted to find he has lost 10 lbs. as promised.

He calls the company and orders their 5-day/20 pound program.

The next day there’s a knock at the door and there stands the most stunning and beautiful woman he has ever seen in his life. She is wearing nothing but Reebok running shoes and a sign around her neck that reads, “If you catch me you can have me”.

Well, he’s out the door after her like a shot. This girl is in excellent shape and he does his best, but no such luck.

So for the next four days, the same routine happens with him gradually getting in better and better shape.

Much to his delight on the fifth day when he weighs himself, he discovers that he has lost another 20 lbs. as promised.

He decides to go for broke and calls the company to order the 7-day/50 pound program.

Are you sure?” asks the representative on the phone. “This is our most rigorous program.”

“Absolutely,” he replies, “I haven’t felt this good in years”.

The next day there’s a knock at the door; and when he opens it he finds a huge muscular guy standing there wearing nothing but pink running shoes and a sign around his neck that reads, “If I catch you, you are mine!” …..

He lost 63 pounds that week!! 🙂

100+ Songs To Celebrate America’s 4th of July

Independence Day ….. better known today as “The Fourth of July” has different meanings and interpretations  for each individual, and that can vary by age, location, demographics and how or where you were brought up. For many folks today it means backyard BBQ get-togethers with family and friends, pool parties, block parties, sporting events, beach parties, camping, dancing, etc. — for others folks it’s a special time to visit a cemetery or memorial event  to pay tribute to those who served our nation and lost their lives — and still others it’s watching or participating in a parade, street fair, out in the boat on a lake, river rafting, at a fair or carnival, maybe  attending an amusement park or concert — All of this followed by the grand extravaganza at dusk… the spectacle of fireworks … just as the sun disappears beneath the horizon. Some choose to have their own street show (if it’s legal to have them in your area) while others will go to a larger public event at a fairgrounds, stadium, park, beach, lake or shopping mall lot.

Well, along with that BBQ of grilled steak, chicken, ribs, fish, stir fry, hamburgers, hot dogs,  corn dogs, hush puppies, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon and other summer fruits, deserts and a ton of ice cold refreshments, a musical soundtrack of appropriate music is definitely in order. I guess “appropriate” may be a matter of personal  taste. At any rate, a  wide assortment of country, pop, rock, soul, R & B, oldies, folk, pop standards, classical and especially patriotic have been listed below to help you put together your ultimate soundtrack for all to enjoy. Some of these are slower or more meaningful ballads and spoken word while others are for rocking out with, singing, jamming, jiving, grinding, dancing, and simply having a blast!

Enjoy the selection and have a very happy, safe and sane holiday weekend. 🙂

Songs To Celebrate America’s 4th of July

    1. 4th of July – The Beach Boys
    2. 4th of July – Shooter Jennings
    3. 4th of July – Soundgarden
    4. 4th of July – U2
    5. 4th of July – Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen
    6. A Soldier’s Prayer – Collin Raye
    7. America (Coming To America) – Neil Diamond
    8. America – Simon & Garfunkel
    9. America – Waylon Jennings
    10. America – Yes
    11. America Is My Home – James Brown
    12. America We Stand As One – Dennis Madalone
    13. America Will Always Stand – Randy Travis
    14. America Will Survive – Hank Williams Jr.
    15. American Baby – Dave Matthews Band
    16. American Child – Phil Vassar
    17. American City Suite – Cashman & West
    18. American Dream – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
    19. American Dream – The Dirt Band (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
    20. American Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    21. American Heartbeat – Survivor
    22. American Honky Tonk Bar Association – Garth Brooks
    23. American Life – Madonna
    24. American Made – Oak Ridge Boys
    25. American Music – Pointer Sisters
    26. American Music – Violent Femmes
    27. American Music – The Blasters
    28. American Pie – Don McLean, Madonna
    29. American Soldier – Toby Keith
    30. American Storm – Bob Seger
    31. American Trilogy – Elvis Presley/Mickey Newbury
    32. American Tune – Paul Simon
    33. American Woman – The Guess Who, Lenny Kravitz
    34. Americana – Moe Bandy
    35. An American Child – Phil Vassar
    36. Arlington – Trace Adkins
    37. Back In The USA – Chuck Berry
    38. Ballad of Ira Hayes – Johnny Cash
    39. Ballad of The Green Beret – SSgt. Barry Sadler
    40. Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton
    41. Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan/Peter, Paul & Mary
    42. Born Country – Alabama
    43. Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen
    44. Born On The Bayou – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    45. Born On The Fourth of July – Tom Paxton
    46. Breakfast In America – Supertramp
    47. California Girls – The Beach Boys
    48. Celebration – Kool & The Gang
    49. Citizen Soldier – Three Doors Down
    50. City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie/Willie Nelson
    51. Courtesy of The Red, White & Blue (The Angry American) – Toby Keith
    52. Days of America – Blackhawk
    53. Deck of Cards – Wink Martindale
    54. Deck of Cards – Bill Anderson (newer version to honor soldiers fighting in the Middle East)
    55. Dixieland Delight – Alabama
    56. Eye of The Tiger – Survivor
    57. Fightin’ Side Of Me – Merle Haggard
    58. Fireworks – Roxette
    59. Flag of Our Fathers – Keni Thomas
    60. Follow The Flag – Randy Newman
    61. For Freedom – Avalon
    62. Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    63. Forty Hour Week – Alabama
    64. Freedom – Paul McCartney
    65. God Bless The USA – Lee Greenwood
    66. Guitars, Cadillacs – Dwight Yoakam
    67. Hands That Built America – U2
    68. Have You Forgotten – Darryl Worley
    69. Heartland – George Strait (2 different versions – both by George Strait – the slower ‘ballad’ version is also accompanied by his young son)
    70. Here Comes The Freedom Train – Merle Haggard
    71. Here For The Party – Gretchen Wilson
    72. Homeland – Kenny Rogers
    73. If Everyone Cared – Nickelback
    74. If I Had A Hammer – Trini Lopez/Peter Pal & Mary
    75. If You’re Reading This – Tim McGraw
    76. In America – Charlie Daniels Band
    77. In God We Still Trust – Diamond Rio
    78. Independence Day – Bruce Springsteen
    79. Independence Day – Martina McBride
    80. It’s America – Rodney Adkins
    81. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
    82. Last Band of Brothers – Keni Thomas
    83. Let’s Roll America – Bellamy Brothers
    84. Letter From America – The Proclaimers
    85. Letters From Home – John Michael Montgomery
    86. Living In America – James Brown
    87. Living In The Promised Land – Willie Nelson
    88. Living In The USA – Steve Miller Band
    89. Made In America – Toby Keith
    90. New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
    91. Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Joan Baez/The Band
    92. Oh Freedom – Pete Seeger
    93. On The 4th of July – James Taylor
    94. Only In America – Brooks & Dunn
    95. Only In America – Jay & The Americans
    96. Our Country – John Mellencamp
    97. Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John
    98. Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp
    99. Point of Light – Randy Travis
    100. Promised Land – Elvis Presley
    101. Ragged Old Flag – Johnny Cash
    102. Real American – Rick Derringer (you may remember this one as Hulk Hogan’s entrance theme from the WWE Anthology)
    103. Red, White & Blue – Brian McKnight
    104. Red, White & Blue – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    105. Riding With Private Malone – David Ball
    106. R-O-C-K  In The USA – John Cougar Mellencamp
    107. Rockin’ In The Free World – Neil Young
    108. Route 66 – Nat King Cole/Chuck Berry/Depeche Mode
    109. Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus
    110. Song Of The Patriot – Johnny Cash
    111. Stand – Rascal Flatts
    112. Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys
    113. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    114. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
    115. The Americans – speech recited & released by Gordon Sinclair (see lyrics below as well as audio plus video link below) [Note: Another version was recorded by Byron MacGregor]
    116. The Eagle – Waylon Jennings
    117. The Immigrant – Neil Sedaka
    118. The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
    119. These Colors Don’t Run – Iron Maiden
    120. This Ain’t No Rag (It’s A Flag) – Charlie Daniels Band
    121. This Is My Country – The Impressions (Curtis Mayfield)
    122. This Land Is Your Land – Woody Guthrie/The Weavers/Peter, Paul & Mary/The Kingston Trio (covered by several other artists also)
    123. Tie A Yellow Ribbon (‘Round The Ole Oak Tree) – Tony Orlando & Dawn
    124. Travelin’ Soldier –  Dixie Chicks
    125. United We Stand – The Brotherhood of Man
    126. We Shall Be Free – Garth Brooks
    127. We’re An American Band – Grand Funk Railroad
    128. What Made America Famous – Harry Chapin
    129. Where Eagles Fly – Sammy Hagar
    130. Where The Stars & Stripes & Eagles Fly – Aaron Tippin
    131. You Can Still Rock In America – Night Ranger
    132. Young Americans – David Bowie
    133. You’ve Got To Stand For Something – Aaron Tippin

Not to be forgotten, below are the ultimate patriotic songs of the past century plus. These have been recorded by several artists and musicians over the years but have listed the “best of” renditions whenever possible.

  • America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)
  • America The Beautiful – Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley/Ray Charles
  • Anchors Aweigh (US Navy Anthem)
  • Battle Hymn of The Republic – Mitch Miller & His Gang
  • Caissons Go Rolling Along (US Army Anthem)
  • Dixie
  • From The Halls of Montezuma (US Marines Anthem)
  • God Bless America – Kate Smith
  • Star Spangled Banner – Whitney Houston
  • Stars and Strips Forever – John Philips Sousa
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Wild Blue Yonder (US Air Force Anthem)
  • Yankee Doodle – James Cagney
  • You’re A Grand Old Flag
  • The Gettysburg Address – recited by Johnny Cash

Several of these songs are also appropriate and can be used during other patriotic celebrations and events such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day and especially Patriots Day, September 11 (9/11).

* As mentioned in the list above at #104 – this spoken word tribute is presented below.

Below are the words to a very powerful tribute to the USA delivered on Canadian radio back in 1973. I personally have both copies of the original vinyl 45 rpm, one delivered on the air by Gordon Sinclair and a second by Byron MacGregor. Both are collector’s items. They serve as a heartfelt and stirring tribute to the very root as well as the backbone of what America stands for ….. as meaningful today (probably even more so considering what this country has been through since 1973) as it was 26 years ago. I felt compelled to share this with you all on the anniversary of our nation’s birthday and Independence celebration……….

*  It should also be brought up again and listened to on Patriot Day, September 11.

Here is the You Tube link if you care to watch plus listen to it while reading below.

flag_eagleThe Americans:

A Canadian’s Opinion

by Gordon Sinclair

[originally radio broadcast on June 5, 1973 in Ontario Canada]

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French, and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971, and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous, and possibly the least-appreciated, people in all the earth.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtze. Well who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did, that’s who.

They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges, and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Mississippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. Germany, Japan, and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. And I was there — I saw that. When distant cities are hit by earthquake, it is the United States that hurries into help, Managua, Nicaragua, is one of the most recent examples.

So far this spring, fifty-nine American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped. The Marshall Plan, as well as the Truman Policy all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. And now, newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, war-mongering Americans.

Now, I’d like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes.

Come on now, you, let’s hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar, or the Douglas 10? If so, why don’t they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or a woman on the moon?

You talk about Japanese technocracy and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy and you find men on the moon, not once, but several times, and, safely home again. You talk about scandals and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everyone to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They’re right here on our streets in Toronto. Most of them, unless they’re breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend up here.

When the Americans get out of this bind — as they will — who could blame them if they said “the hell with the rest of the world.” Let somebody else buy the bonds. Let somebody else build or repair foreign dams, or design foreign buildings that won’t shake apart in earthquakes.” When the railways of France, and Germany, and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both of ’em are still broke.

I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name to me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don’t think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They’ll come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they’re entitled to thumb their noses at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians.

And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.

This year’s disasters — with the year less than half-over — has taken it all. And nobody, but nobody, has helped.

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Here is the You Tube link again for your convenience.


10 Best Foods For Healthy Eating

The 10 healthiest foods below are your best bet for great healthy eating results.

healthy_foodThe reason is that these 10 healthy foods have the most nutrition per food calorie, which translates you get the healthiest “bang for your bucks”.

With this focus on healthy eating, you can look and feel your absolute best, slow down the aging process and help protect yourself from illnesses and degenerative diseases.

THE 10 HEALTHIEST FOODS


salmon(1) – Fish – Eating fatty fish, especially salmon, at least three times a week is one of the healthiest things you can do Omega 3 Fish Oil reduces your risk of heart disease, inflammation and much more, plus it improves your nerves, eyes and brainpower.

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roasted-vegetable-mix(2) – Vegetables – Five or more servings a day from the Vegetable List (see chart below) with high nutritional values can give you the fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, magnesium and phytonutrient antioxidants that help prevent heart disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases.

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Fresh-Berries-mix(3) – Fruit – Two to four daily servings of fresh or frozen fruit are recommended. Blueberries, raspberries, oranges, red grapes, plums, apricots and papaya are some of the best on the Fruit List (see chart below) .They’re rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and flavonoids.

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whole-grain-mix(4) – Whole Grains – Brown rice, oatmeal, sprouted breads, and other whole grains are great sources of fiber, vitamins B and E, protein, minerals and essential fatty acids. High Fiber Foods help prevent colon cancer, high cholesterol and constipation.

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garlic-&-onions(5) – Garlic and Onions – Garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic that can boost immunity, protect against bacteria, parasites and viruses and help prevent heart disease, stroke and cancer. Onions are antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral and have been shown to help improve LDL / HDL cholesterol balance and fight off bronchitis, asthma, hay fever and infection.

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yogurt-mix(6) – Yogurt – Plain, unsweetened, low-fat yogurt and other cultured dairy are excellent sources of complete protein, calcium and lactobacillus. They help protect against osteoporosis, cavities, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and intestinal disorders. Yogurt’s beneficial bacteria also makes it a natural antibiotic and anticancer agent.

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chicken-turkey-fillet-mix(7) – Poultry – Skinless chicken and turkey are valuable sources of complete protein and B vitamins. Chicken soup really is good for colds and flu. Its high cysteine content helps break down mucus. Turkey is leaner, low in calories and high in selenium, which strengthens the immune system. White meat is easier to digest than fattier dark meat.

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bean-mix(8) – Beans – Lentils, peas and other beans are good sources of fiber and B vitamins. Combined with whole grains, especially rice, they become an excellent source of complete protein. Beans have also been found to help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and reduce cancer rates.

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nut-mix(9) – Nuts – Raw nuts are rich in protein, vitamins B and E, minerals and essential fatty acids. They’ve been found to have both anti-cancer and anti-heart disease properties. Almonds, for example, help lower cholesterol.

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drinking-tap-water(10) – WaterSurprised? Water is a very essential nutrient in your diet. It’s needed for digestion, assimilation, metabolism, elimination, weight control and more. And unlike coffee, colas and alcohol, eight glasses of pure water a day have no calories or negative side effects.

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healthy-foods

VEGETABLE LIST

Studies show certain veggies can make you healthier.

Research clearly proves healthy veggies can extend both the length and the overall quality of your life. Numerous studies have proven that by increasing your daily intake (mainly from the “A” list), you can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many other chronic illnesses.

The list of healthy veggie benefits is almost as long as the “A” category list. So pick some winners, learn how to prepare them and start eating and enjoying “A” category veggies now and for the rest of your long healthy life.

CATEGORY A

Alfalfa sprouts
Arugula
Bean sprouts
Beet Greens
Beets
Bell Peppers
Bok choy
Broccoli
Broccoflower
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Chard (Swiss & red)
Chinese cabbage
Chives
Collard greens
Garlic
Green onions
Green peas
Greens
Horseradish
Kale
Leeks
Lettuce, red or green
Mustard Greens
Onions
Parsley
Peppers
Pumpkin
Sauerkraut
Shallot
Snow Peas
Soy beans
Spinach
Summer squash
Sweet potato & yam
Tomato
Tomato, cherry
Turnip greens
Watercress
Winter squash


CATEGORY B

Artichoke
Artichoke Hearts
Asparagus
Avocado
Celery
Chickpeas
Chile peppers
Cucumber
Eggplant
Endive
Green beans
Kidney beans
Kohlrabi
Lemon grass
Lentil beans
Navy Beans
Okra
Split Peas
Radishes
Radicchio
Rutabaga
Turnips
Zucchini

CATEGORY C

Bamboo shoots
Corn
Jicama
Lettuce (iceberg)
Lima beans
Mushrooms
Potato (white)
Rhubarb
Water chestnuts

Here are a few beneficial, healthy tips you definitely want to consider…..

  • When shopping for produce, to get maximum benefits, buy organic whenever possible.
  • Choose fresh or frozen rather than canned, since canned is generally extremely high in sodium.
  • To avoid extra calories from fat and a high sodium intake, use herbs, spices, lemon or vinegar, rather than salt, butter or oil for seasoning.
  • Now that you know what’s good for you, it’s time to shop (or plant your garden), and get busy eating and enjoying these extra healthy foods!

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colorful ripe fruit composition isolated on white

FRUIT LIST

The following alphabetical fruit list has important fruit facts arranged in order.

For example, in the list of all fruits, if a fruit has a particularly high level of carotenoids and a moderate level of vitamin C, the higher nutrient found in the fruit (carotenoids) will be listed before the nutrient that’s only found in moderation (vitamin C).

Any concerns are in parenthesis. For instance, if the fruit has a high glycemic index rating, which might negatively affect blood sugar levels, you’ll see (glycemic).

And if preservatives, such as sulfites, are commonly used on a conventionally grown fruit or if it’s highly sprayed or waxed, you’ll see (preservatives), (pesticides) or (wax coating). In that case, it’s important to buy organically grown varieties of that particular fruit.

Alphabetical Fruit List with Nutritional Values (in order)

FRUIT NUTRITIONAL VALUES IN ORDER (concerns)
Apples flavonoids, fiber, C (pesticides, wax coating)
Apricots carotenoids, A, C, fiber (preservatives)
Bananas B6, C, potassium (glycemic)
Blackberries flavonoids, fiber, C, K, manganese
Blueberries flavonoids, C, manganese, fiber
Cantaloupe carotenoids, C, A, potassium
Cherries flavonoids (pesticides)
Cranberries flavonoids, fiber, C, manganese
Dates (glycemic)
Dried fruit (glycemic, preservatives)
Figs (preservatives)
Fruit juices (glycemic)
Grapefruit carotenoids in pink, flavonoids, C
Grapes flavonoids, manganese (pesticides)
Guava carotenoids, fiber, C
Kiwifruit C, fiber (glycemic)
Lemons flavonoids, C (wax coating)
Limes flavonoids, C (wax coating)
Mangoes carotenoids, A, C (glycemic)
Nectarines carotenoids, C (glycemic, pesticides)
Oranges carotenoids, flavonoids, C, fiber (glycemic)
Papayas carotenoids, C, folate, potassium
Peaches carotenoids, C (pesticides)
Pears flavonoids (pesticides)
Persimmons C (glycemic)
Pineapple C, manganese (glycemic)
Plums carotenoids, C
Raspberries flavonoids, fiber, manganese, C
Raisins (glycemic, pesticides, preservatives)
Strawberries carotenoids, flavonoids, C, fiber (pesticides)
Tangerines carotenoids, A, C (glycemic)
Watermelon carotenoids, C, A, B6 (glycemic)

Importance of the Fruit List

This list of all types of fruits is a great source of high fiber foods and many essential nutrients. Especially important are the phytonutrient-rich carotenoid and flavonoid foods high in antioxidents, plus vitamins A and C, folate, manganese and potassium.

Research shows people who regularly eat fresh fruit have a lower risk of many chronic diseases. And since fruit is delicious, nutritious and generally low in fat, sodium and calories, most fruit can play an important role in healthy weight loss and maintenance.

Raw fruit is also high in enzymes and high fiber carbohydrates which are important for good digestion, healthy bowel function and relieving constipation.

So let’s face the fruit facts, making the right fruit choices gives you the get up and go to get up and go!

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Here are a few more related posts from this blog about healthy eating:

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Islands In The Sun – Songs With A Tropical Theme

tropical-paradise-logoThe Heat Is On .....

The Surf Is Up …..

The Sails Are Set …..

Anyone thinking of an exotic getaway this summer? … Maybe Hawaii, maybe the Caribbean or Jamaica, how about the Cayman Islands or maybe up Alaska way to the Aleutians and the Cook Inlet. Well, even if YOU can’t escape or getaway this summer, give your mind an exotic vacation with some “Tropical Tunes” of the islands. A range of genres from reggae to rock to country to pop standards of long ago are included to give you the feel of a tropical paradise vacation. Soft white sands, palm trees, sailboats, cool breezes, a gentle mist, mild waves, blue horizons, island sunsets, a tropical drink… all reminiscent of well deserved paradise adventure, at least in your mind. Even a couple of pirates and a coconut thrown in for good measure here also. I’m sure there are more out there but this should give you a good start for putting a playlist together for your ipod or even making a cd to take along with you wherever you’re going.

Put your feet up, kick back and enjoy! 🙂

Islands In The Sun ~ Songs With A Tropical Theme

  1. Almost Paradise – Roger Williams
  2. Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose) – Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
  3. Aloha Oe – George Greeley
  4. An American Dream – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  5. Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins
  6. Back To The Island – Leon Russell
  7. Bali Ha’i – Jo Stafford
  8. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte
  9. Beyond The Blue Horizon – Lou Christie
  10. Beyond The Reef – Andy Williams
  11. Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin
  12. Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley
  13. Caribbean – Mitchell Torok
  14. Caribbean Queen – Billy Ocean
  15. Christmas Island – Jimmy Buffett
  16. Coconut – Harry Nilsson
  17. Cool Change – Little River Band
  18. Cool Night – Paul Davis
  19. Ebb Tide – Frank Chacksfield
  20. Enchanted Island – The Four Lads
  21. Escape (The Pina Coloda Song) – Rupert Holmes
  22. Gidget Goes Hawaiian – Duane Eddy
  23. Harbor Lights – Sammy Kaye
  24. Hawaii – The Beach Boys
  25. Hawaii Five-O – The Ventures
  26. Hawaii Tattoo – The Waikkis
  27. Hawaii Sunset – Elvis Presley
  28. Hawaiian War Chant – Billy Vaughn
  29. Hawaiian Wedding Song – Andy Williams
  30. Hold On – Santana
  31. Hula Love – Buddy Knox
  32. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash or Jimmy Cliff
  33. In The Middle Of An Island – Tennessee Ernie Ford
  34. Island – Jesse Colin Young
  35. Island Girl – Elton John
  36. Island In The Sun – Harry Belafonte
  37. Island Of Lost Souls – Blondie
  38. Island Of Love – Elvis Presley
  39. Island Woman – Pablo Cruise
  40. Islands – John Denver
  41. Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
  42. Jamaica Farewell – Harry Belafonte
  43. Jammin’ – Bob Marley
  44. Kokomo – The Beach Boys
  45. La Isla Bonita – Madonna
  46. The Last Farewell – Roger Whitaker
  47. Late In The Evening – Paul Simon
  48. Leah – Roy Orbison
  49. Little Coco Palm – Jerry Wallace
  50. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  51. Margaritaville – Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
  52. Montego Bay – Bobby Bloom
  53. Moondance – Van Morrison
  54. On An Island – David Gilmour
  55. Paradise – Sade
  56. Paradise – Third World
  57. Pearly Shells – Burl Ives
  58. Pineapple Princess – Annette
  59. A Pirate Looks At Forty – Jimmy Buffett
  60. Quiet Village – Martin Denny
  61. Red Red Wine – UB40
  62. Red Sails In The Sunset – The Platters
  63. Rock-A-Hula Baby – Elvis Presley
  64. Sloop John B – The Beach Boys
  65. Smiling Islands – Robbie Patton
  66. Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
  67. Spill The Wine – Eric Burden & War
  68. Stranger In Paradise – Tony Bennett
  69. Sweet Leilani – Bing Crosby
  70. Tamoure – Bill Justis
  71. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  72. Thunder Island – Jay Ferguson
  73. The Tide Is High – Blondie
  74. Tiny Bubbles – Don Ho
  75. Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks
  76. Trade Winds – Billy Vaughn
  77. Volcano – Jimmy Buffett
  78. White Silver Sands – Don Rondo

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Here are a few additional song posts with related themes:

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Remembering Michael Jackson

R.I.P.

MICHAEL JACKSON

August 29, 1958  –  June 25, 2009

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michael_jackson1michael_jackson_waveThe Breaking Story

Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. Jackson had no pulse when paramedics arrived at the scene. They were unsuccessful  in their attempts to revive him.

In the immediate aftermath following the announcement of  Michael Jackson’s death — so many people rushed to the Internet for news updates and information that it practically stopped the entire World Wide Web in its tracks.

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. – These were just a few of the scores of major web sites bombarded by a tidal wave of traffic. Most of these sites still worked, but the epic amount of traffic in numbers caused them all to move at a snail’s pace.

The last time the ‘net” had this kind of traffic was President Obama’s inauguration.

The sad irony of it all was that we also lost Farrah Fawcett earlier in the day and it has barely been 48 hours since we lost Ed McMahon. Farrah had been courageously struggling with cancer for some time and Ed had been in declining health for quite some time also. Both of them were icons of their time also, however the unexpectedness of Michael Jackson’s passing has overshadowed everything else. This is on such an international scope that the suddenness of it all and the world’s attention rivals the passing of Princess Diana, John Lennon & Elvis Presley.

Maybe now, Michael Joseph Jackson can finally get the stress relief and everlasting peace, comfort and solitude that he had been seeking for so long.

A Funny Story About Teaching Your Kids Morals

5th_grade_ school_blackboardAn elementary school teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment – To get his or her mom or dad to tell them a story from an actual life experience that teaches a moral at the end of it.

The next day the kids came back and one by one began to tell their stories.

Ashley said, “My father’s a farmer and we have a lot of egg-laying hens. One time we were taking our eggs to market in a basket on the front seat of the car when we hit a big bump in the road and all the eggs got broken.

“What’s the moral of that story?” asked the teacher.

“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!”, replied Ashley. “Very good,” said the teacher.

Next, little Sarah raised her hand and said, “Our family are Farmers too. But we raise chickens for the meat market. One day we had a dozen eggs, but when they hatched we only got ten live chicks, and the moral to this story is, ‘Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched’.”

“That was a fine story Sarah.” said the teacher. “Michael, do you have a story to share?”

“Yes. My daddy told me this story about his sister, my Aunty Sharon. It seams that Aunty Sharon was a flight engineer on a plane in the Gulf War and her plane got hit.

She had to bail out over enemy territory and all she had was a bottle of whiskey, a machine gun and a machete. She drank the whiskey on the way down so it wouldn’t break and then she landed right in the middle of 100 enemy troops. She killed seventy of them with the machine gun until she ran out of bullets. Then she killed twenty more with the machete until the blade broke. And then she killed the last ten with her bare hands.”

“Good heavens,” said the horrified teacher, “What kind of moral did your daddy tell you from that horrible story?”

“Stay the hell away from Aunty Sharon when she’s been drinking.”