Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘food safety’

The Christmas tree glimmers with joy and cheer,
and colorful stockings hang by very near.

The pantry’s filled with an indulgent load,
’cause the kids are home and in a snacking mode.

Snippets of red ribbon cover the floor,
but the greatest gifts given are those to the poor.

Now is the time to give thanks and reflect,
and be grateful for those you love and respect.

So spread peace and joy of which angels sing,
celebrate the meaning that true Christmas gifts bring!

Linnell Chang

#1 – It’s Not Too Late!
If you haven’t had time to mail off holiday greetings, it’s not too late. E-greetings don’t take a lot of time and have many benefits: they do not create landfill waste; they normally cost next-to-nothing; their delivery is almost instantaneous; they do not require postage; and as an added perk – you often receive a quick reply from your friends and loved ones! Just write your sentiments in a word document and press send – that’s all. If you include photos in your document, which can make the file too large for some emails, just convert it to a PDF before you send it. Words from the heart need no fancy trappings!

#2 – ‘Tis the Season to Be Careful With Fido and Kitty
Don’t let holiday gifts or treats send the four-legged members of your family to the emergency veterinary hospital. Chocolate, alcohol, macadamia nuts, and raisins are common ingredients found in holiday treats, but they are toxic to dogs and cats. Refresh your memory on potential food dangers to your pets by rereading my post, What Not to Feed Your Pet and make sure not to leave any of these items lying around!

#3 – Food Safety
After reviewing food safety for your pets, don’t neglect commonsense food safety tips for you and your family. When in doubt or for a quick seasonal review, go to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Fact Sheets.

#4 – Winter Wonderland
Winter creates a wonderland of beauty. As soon as I saw these photographs of snowflakes, I knew I had to share them. The natural beauty and incredible intricacy of these crystalline formations highlight the amazing artistry of Mother Nature.

#5 – Peace
If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
Lao Tzu

May your holidays be filled with peace and joy!

Note: Inspirational photo made by using one of my own photos and iPiccy.

Read Full Post »

I was telling a friend that I should be a cast member on the hit television series Glee. Not because I can sing, because I can’t, but because songs are always playing in my head. Not just the latest catchy tunes, but songs that describe how I’m feeling at the moment. Like this morning the Mamas and the Papa’s song Monday, Monday was playing in my head as I sat down at the computer. Except in my head it went like this, “Friday, Friday, so good to me . . . .” Don’t you think that sounds better than the original? Who doesn’t prefer Fridays over Mondays?

#1 – Thought-Provoking Questions
Here’s a beautiful photo series with thought-provoking questions for all of us to ponder. Which ones hit home with you?

#2 – Food Dyes
Here’s another thought provoking question. Are food dyes safe and if not, why are they still allowed to be put in our food? I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite monthly reads is the Nutrition Action Health Letter published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. This month’s featured article is titled, Color Us Worried which questions the continued use of food dyes in America and their related health risks. To read the report Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks and to look over a 1,300 dyed foods list, click here.

#3 – Signs of Dehydration
In another health education newsletter that I received from my community hospital, there was an article about dehydration. Since thermometers in my neighborhood hit triple digits this week, I thought it might be a good idea to refresh everyone’s memory on the signs of dehydration. Initial signs of dehydration are obvious – increased thirst and decreased urine output, but if dehydration continues these additional symptoms may occur, but are not limited to:

Lack of perspiration
Confusion
Increased body temperature
Fatigue
Nausea, vomiting and chills
Dry mouth
Eyes stop producing tears
Muscle cramps
Heart palpitations
Becoming lightheaded
Loss of appetite
Dry skin
Skin flushing

Obviously, a doctor should be called if you have any questions or concerns about any of these symptoms or if you suspect dehydration is a possibility.

Athletes, please remember to hydrate adequately during hot weather. Dr. Gerry Lee, a family practitioner interviewed in the article, recommends that if you must exercise in hot weather you should, “Drink two to four glasses of water or sports drink per hour during activity.”

#4 – 100 Ways to Live a Better Life
I accidentally found this site and so enjoyed reading the author’s list of 100 Ways to Live a Better Life. Many entries on the list are things that I am personally working on to improve myself. Maybe we need to print this list up and reread it every morning as a reminder of the potential we all hold and the promise that each new day brings.

#5 – Bird Songs
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
Chinese Proverb

“Use the talents you possess – for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best.”
Henry Van Dyke

“If I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come.”
Chinese Proverb

Take time to listen to the birds sing this weekend. Have a good one!

Read Full Post »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 113 other followers

%d bloggers like this: