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more healing foods

along the same lines as yesterday’s post on fall foods that can alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms, i found some foods on the web that not only taste great but are shown to boost your immune system

boosted immune systems = less colds and flus and feeling like garbage
who want to feel crummy when there are holiday parties to attend, pumpkins and apples to pick, presents to shop for?!

try adding some of these foods to your diet this season for a great immunity BOOST:

Brazil Nuts
contain lots of selenium, which boosts production of T-cells production, a type of white blood cell that fights infection (ie destroy bacteria and viruses)

Chicken Soup
blocks the migration of inflammatory white cells
contains the amino acid cysteine, which is released from chicken during cooking
the salty broth keeps mucus thin

also contains selenium
rich in omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation

contain high levels of vitamin C, which helps increase your resistance to disease and keeps your defenses strong

contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria
contains polysufides (a class of sulfur compounds) which combat bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses

Oats and Barley
contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea

high in protein, iron, calcium, and zinc

Shiitake Mushrooms
contains beta-glucans which boost your body’s immune response

Sunflower Seeds
contain lots of vitamin E, which also boosts production of T-cells

Sweet Potatoes
contains beta-carotene – an necessary antioxidant especially for your lungs and digestive system, which your body converts to vitamin A, that protects the thymus gland (where T-cells are produces)

contains the amino acid L-theanine

contains probiotics which are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs


an email fwd from a funny lady friend:

1. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Google Maps really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.
13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
17. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.
18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?
20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
23. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.


i remember

the hubster and i started this post-race tradition of hitting up one of our favorite breakfast joints in town after my races to have a celebratory eggs, bacon and hashbrown goodness… in fact, most of the time, on the last leg of my race, i start fantasizing about that plate of food!

i don’t have this magnet on my stove for nuthin’
chewed on by the lovely Lexi-monster!

when we just finished up eating i noticed this sign hanging on the wall behind usand couldnt help but think, ‘so dayum tru!’

if i hadnt put myself up to the challenege last year, how could i ever know today that i could not only complete 3 triathlons, but continue to kick my last event’s time in the butt?!
i finished 65th out of 1600 participants and 6th in my age division… and last year it was 299th out of 1438 and 15th in my age division.

seeing progress in my race times and placings just reaffirms the fact to me that whatever i am doing in training is paying off and e.v.e.r.y single day i am learn something new about all of it!

so yesterday morning when we walked over to the start of the race on pretty much the exact same beach where i stood just ten years ago during highschool, watching black smoke pluming from the twin towers… lets just say the normal emotions that are flying through my body and mind at the start of a race were def in super-turbo-overdrive mode. the moment of silence and the national anthem left me with some salty jewels trickling down my cheeks

we were all there that morning with the same mindset, and true to typical american spirit, the commraderie, patriotism and rememberance weren’t skipping any beats. in fact, we all got some sweet high fives for the american flags we markered on for the race:

the day was great! mother nature showered us on the bike ride for a bit… but i looked at it like ‘thanks for cleaning the salt water off of me from the swim’. even though it caused me to drop my water bottle because my hands were so slippery :0) and one of my fave parts was having cuzz right along side of me for the entire leg of the swim. i kept looking over at her and the smile on her face warmed my soul. we high-fived in the water and she tells me ‘this is SO COOL – I’m hooked!’

(AWESOME job on your first TRI cuzzy-cuzz – here’s to MANY more)

another one bites the dust, but i’m not done with the season yet!
just signed up for a duathlon in october and a 5-mile run in november… what more is to come?
who knows… as long as proceeds go to a good cause and its a good challenge, i’m there!

p.s. still flyin high from the tri :0)

P.S.S. there’s still time to enter into the salsa giveaway – just leave a comment letting me know if you want a pint or half-pint and i’ll pull together a drawing shortly!

i’m seein red

over the weekend we picked a mean batch of goodness from the garden – along with these tomatoes:

there were 6 ears of corn, cucs, yellow squash, zucchini and some more spaghetti squash to be enjoyed. i pulled out the rest of the carrots and beetswith the help of our little next door neighbor who has been learning all about farming this summer, via moi – to make room for a second crop of green beans, carrots and beets.

words of wisdom from a 9 year old, “Mel, why don’t you just pour the whole packet of seeds in this one hole, then you don’t have to waste so much time putting just one in allll of these holes!” … priceless :0)

all winter long i have been making sauce with canned whole tomatoes, it does the trick, but it IS NOT quite the same as slicing through sun warmed, freshly picked, home grown tomatoes that you have been nourishing from seeds… enter:

Mel’s Homemade Tomato Sauce

Preheat oven to 400-425 degrees
Slice tomatoes, toss in bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper
Arrange on a baking sheet with parchment paper (skin side down)

Sprinkle onion powder on top (or minced garlic for those who can have it)
Bake for 20-35 mins (however long it takes to get everything mushy)

Grab a couple of handfuls herbs from the garden and dice them up (i use a variation of basil, parsley, sage, thyme, oregano, rosemary, winter savory – depends on the mood i’m in… sometimes its just basil)
Toss the herbs, tomatoes, and another little bit of salt and pepper into a bowl and VOILA!

you’ve got yourself a tasty sauce ready in less than an hour to enjoy over anything your heart desires – or by the spoonful as you can catch me doing :0)  hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

i c u

spotted over the weekend:


vine ripe tomaters hatching away, i can smell the sauce already

still waiting on the grape ones to sprout, the flowers are working away though


more cucs than i’m going to know what to do with

i see pickle making in my future :0)


 lechugas chugging along

a little later than expected, but still much appreciated


eye saw the beginning of the ears

and sunflowers almost as tall as me


my absolutely favorite flying spirits

there is something so prehistorically beautiful about these insects, isnt there?!


HOLA my trusty followers!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for making your way over to my new blog!!

legal woes are a mayja pain in the arsss but i’m not letting them get in the way of me spreading the good ol’ word on the world wide web

and please, disregard any errors and whatnot in the posts below… i tried to transfer over what content i could and am kinda looking at this all as a fresh new start. the same premises as the old blog will apply…. but expect some new-ness to follow, as HUNGRY FOR LIVING kicks off :0)

I really hope you ENJOY what’s to come!

And, as always, feel free to send any questions, comments, or philosophies my way. I’m always looking for something new and interesting to blah-blahg about.

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>ima be awesome today


~*a guest post*~
today started like any ol’ day… the daily cleaning from the mama bear
after that, i decided to head over to my friends house 
he’s always full of fun-ness
on the way there i snapped a pic of these guys
didn’t i see you last night on my N64?!
my friend thought itd be fun to go swimming
at first i said, ‘i’ll follow your lead’
and it’s a good thing i decided not to jump in 
 this monster was lerking in the depths
 and then millions of these crazy fish started flying
 but its a good thing the frizard (frog/lizard) was on our side…
saved the day, really – ate the whole lot
phew am i exhausted!
self portraits are always a must
just when i was about to call it day, i thought to myself
~*until next time*~