Thursday, June 22, 2017

Healthy Habits: Adjust Summer Diet To Meet Your Body’s Needs

The weather’s not the only thing that heats up in summer. So do our bodies, which makes this time of year a great time to transition to a healthier diet. If we aren’t careful, foods we eat during the summer can affect our bodies and digestion through Thanksgiving and beyond, says Dr. John Douillard, a leader in the natural health field and author of Eat Wheat (
Douillard recommends we adopt a summer diet consisting of foods that are sweet, bitter, cold and oily – such as salads, steamed vegetables, fruits and coconut oil.
He also recommends that we not shy away from foods that contain Gluten, such as wheat. According to a pair of recent Harvard studies, going gluten-free increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
“To attain optimal health, it’s critical to eat the right foods during summer so that we don’t experience problems like constipation in November, sleep concerns in December, depression in January, a cold or flu in February,” says Douillard.
Douillard offers some tips on what to avoid and what foods to eat in the summer months:
• Incorporate wheat into your diet. Fiber and carbohydrates in grains like wheat, feed healthy immunity boosting microbes in the gut. Douillard recommends eating wheat in the summer because it can decrease the risk of chronic diseases. But he also recommends doing so in moderation because fall-harvested wheat is in-season and much easier to digest.   
• Save the warm soups, stews and heavy foods for winter. It might be tough to resist a hearty stew, but the microbes in our bodies in winter are geared toward keeping us warm. As we move into warm weather months, the body has transitioned to microbes that facilitate fat burning, weight loss and renewed energy. In the summer go for lighter fare such as fruits, leafy greens, beans and cucumbers. 
• Hot, spicy foods don’t mix with summer. If you like spicy foods better get them on the table during the spring when the body is transitioning from the winter. Once summer rolls around it’s best to avoid hot and spicy foods; which include coffee, red meat and eggs – all of which can put undue stress on organs such as the prostate, liver, stomach and small intestines. 
• Eat the chicken, not the egg. While eggs are considered a warm food that should be avoided during summer months, chicken is considered a cool food. A 2016 study found that men who ate chicken four times a week had a 17 percent less chance of getting prostate cancer, compared to men who ate poultry less than twice a month. 
• Drink water before meals. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your body, especially during the summer. Water is the best way to stay hydrated, but it’s best to drink water 15-30 minutes before a meal. Drinking it during a meal will drown out stomach acid, which breaks down hard to digest proteins.
“If you are curious about the food you should be eating, go ahead and give it a little taste,” says Douillard. “If it has two of the three summer tastes – sweet, bitter or astringent – it is balancing and should be prepared in a way that is cool, heavy or oily.”
About Dr. John Douillard
Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, author of Eat Wheat (, is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural heath, Ayurveda and sports medicine, and is author of six previous health books. He is the creator of, the leading Ayurveda health and wellness resource on the internet. Douillard also is the former Director of Player Development and nutrition counselor for the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He has been a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show, and has been featured in Woman’s World magazine, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and dozens of other national publications.

Website Spotlight: Simple Dollar Credit Card Review

The team of experts at The Simple Dollar created a review, "Best Business Credit Cards of 2017," that makes it easier to view and navigate valuable information about the best current offers available. The Simple Dollar’s review covers things to consider when choosing the card and our own verdict as well as how to maximize the benefits of each card. Their guide is unique because it offers a credit card directory that allows readers to filter through their options to find the best card for their business.

Smart Safety: Travelers Take Heed - Wildlife Poses Dangers For Those Unawar

As the summer travel season begins, many tourists head to outdoor destinations that bring them into contact with wildlife they don't normally encounter back home.
Locals might be aware of a problem with alligators, bears, or lions, but if there are no warnings posted, someone from out of town may not know they’re potentially in danger.
One woman, Susan Mattern, learned this through painful experience. She witnessed a mountain lion attack her 5-year old daughter in a local Southern California park.
“The lion came out of nowhere,” she says. “As we stood in the ankle-deep stream, I glimpsed behind me a blur of matted fur, short round ears, a long tail. And then they were gone ¬¬– that fast – the mountain lion and my daughter.”
Mattern detailed the attack in a book, “Out of the Lions Den,” (, which also recounts her daughter's recovery and the long legal battles afterwards. Mattern’s faith as a former Catholic nun was severely tested.
Mattern has some tips for tourists heading to outdoor destinations:
• Research the area before you go. Just like you read about the interesting sights, research the local wildlife. Ask locals, check news outlets for any recent wildlife attacks. And know what to expect in the outdoor areas you'll be visiting.
• Don't go hiking or camping alone. But if you do, make sure someone knows exactly where you are going, and when you will return.
• Small children and animals are simply prey for any large predator. If the animal is hungry or defending its young, it will attack. Don't let your children run ahead on trails or get out of sight.
• Always carry protection with you, such as bear spray, or a sturdy walking stick.
“There are a few things the experts still say that just aren't true.” Mattern says.  “One is, ‘If you see a lion, make yourself look tall and threatening – make lots of noise.’  That's good advice if you actually see the lion. But in reality, as anyone who has watched their own pet cat sneak up on a bird, the attack will almost always come from behind, stealthily and quietly. You will never even see it.

“And the saying, ‘Animals are more afraid of you than you are of them.’ Not in our case.”
Mattern points out that people are encroaching on wildlife's habitat.
“Animals are protective of their territory and can attack before you know what's happening,” she says. “People have to be protected, and even though cities and counties should warn people if there is danger, that doesn't always happen.”
In her daughter’s case, she says, it took a lengthy lawsuit and trial before the county where the attack happened even put up warning signs in its parks.
“Remember, in spite of all the amazing programs on TV showing the majesty and beauty of these creatures – bears, alligators, mountain lions, snakes, elk, wolves, bison – they are wild creatures,” Mattern says. “They are not your cute dog or domesticated cat, eager to be petted and fed, or approached for a great photo-op. They are unpredictable and sometimes very dangerous.
“If you do see wildlife, leave it alone in its own natural environment. Let them be the wild creatures they are.”
About Susan Mattern
Susan Mattern, author of “Out of the Lion’s Den” (, grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and was a nun for six years before moving to California, where she met and married her husband, Don. They have two children, David and Laura. In 1986, Laura was attacked by a mountain lion in an Orange County park, and the family spent years helping her recover and fighting the county in court.


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Healthy Habits: Food-Safe BBQ

 The Fourth of July is almost here and that means parades, fireworks and outdoor cooking! Whether its barbeque, grilling or picnics nearly 80% of Americans will be hosting or attending some type of outdoor cookout. However, while grilling outdoors all day long is one of the best parts of Fourth of July parties, the warm weather can bring an increased risk of foodborne illness, as bacteria in food multiply faster at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F.

Stop Foodborne Illness, a national, nonprofit, public health organization dedicated to preventing illness and death from foodborne pathogens, wants you to be prepared for not only a fun, food-safe holiday, but for a whole summer of grilling. According to Forbes, 75% of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker and 63% of them use their grill or smoker year-round while the hard core grill masters and pit bosses, 43% of adult grill/smoker owners in the U.S., use them at least once a month through winter.

Whatever your grilling season of choice, brush up on Stop Foodborne Illness’ food safety practices and tips, from preparation to post-party clean up, before you head outside.

Before You Cook
Food safety starts at the grocery store. Be sure to keep raw meat as far away as possible from other food items in the cart. When bagging items, keep meat juices from dripping on produce and other groceries by wrapping meats and poultry in separate plastic bags.

Keep in mind that meat, poultry, and other perishable items should be the last to go into your grocery cart and the first to go in your fridge. Bring a cooler with ice when transporting raw meat and poultry home, especially on hot days over 90°F.

During Preparation
When preparing meat for the grill, make two batches of sauce, one in which to marinate raw meat and another to baste cooked meat. Do not place cooked meat in the sauce that was used to marinate the raw meat. Remember to always marinate food in the fridge.

Grill meat to a safe internal temperature. Using a meat thermometer is the only way to know if meat is fully cooked—don’t guess!  Check the temperature at the thickest part of the meat, and sanitize the point in between readings.

Safe Internal Temperatures:
  • Burgers/ground meat (except poultry) to 160°F (72°C)
  • Chicken and Poultry (including ground, like turkey burgers) to 165°F (74°C)
  • Whole cuts of meat including pork to 145°F (63°C), with a 3-minute rest time before serving
  • Fish and Shellfish to 145°F (63°C)

Use separate utensils and dishes for raw and cooked food. Do not serve cooked food on platters that were used to transport raw food to the grill unless they have been washed thoroughly with soap and hot water. The same is true for spatulas, tongs and other utensils.

After the Meal
When the temperature outside is 90°F (or higher), perishable foods not eaten within one hour should be thrown away. On cooler (under 90°F) days, perishable foods not eaten within two hours should be tossed out. Promptly refrigerate leftovers in shallow containers and go enjoy the fireworks show.

To learn more visit and save the date for Stop Foodborne Illness’ August Benefit, held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 23 at Dovetail Brewery (1800 W. Belle Plaine, Chicago, IL; 773-683-1414). Bring a pal or the whole crew and enjoy delicious snacks and craft beer for a good cause. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

About Stop Foodborne Illness
Stop Foodborne Illness is a national, nonprofit, public health organization dedicated to preventing illness and death from foodborne pathogens by advocating for sound public policies, building public awareness and assisting those impacted by foodborne illness. For more food safety tips please visit If you think you have been sickened from food, contact your local health professional.

Free Brger for Senior Citizens 6/25 at Hard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium

The 71st annual Yankees Old Timer’s Day festivities are scheduled for this Sunday, June 25 beginning 11:30 a.m. at Yankee Stadium. For some, it’s an annual family event that stretches from generation to generation and is more than just a game.
For that reason, Hard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium is offering Senior Citizens a FREE burger (with purchase) when they bring along a grandchild to dine with them at the cafe this Sunday!

Parenting Pointers: Why do today what you can put off till..whenever?: How to help kids stop procrastinating

How many of us have had the joy of being told that science project, you know…the one with the flour plaster volcanoes…is actually due tomorrow? Yes, your child knew when it was due three weeks ago and even mentioned it once to you in passing, but did you really imagine that you would be reminded about it at 8:00 p.m. the night before it had to be done?  I know you weren’t expecting it because my wife and I were never expecting the same sort of surprises when we became victims of our son’s procrastination.
Let’s see what tools in our parental arsenal we’ve tried up to this point to get our kids not to put off every important task until the last possible moments:  Endless reminding hasn’t worked. Even threats of taking away privileges that will never be seen again didn’t fix it either. Some of our kids are just so good at procrastinating they’ve become pros at it. And it doesn’t just apply to ]schoolwork. There are always the bedrooms that never get cleaned and trash to be taken out despite solemn oaths that they will all get done “in just a little while.”

If our kids could articulate what their behavior has already told us they would say “But I can’t do it now, not when there are so many other things that I could be doing that would be so much more fun.” And that’s a big part of the problem. Kids are often distracted by opportunities to engage in more immediately rewarding activities than doing schoolwork or cleaning their rooms. Our task as parents becomes teaching them a strategy that allows them to do both.

Award winning children’s author Julia Cook addresses this very issue in her latest book The PROcrastinator, which is published by the Boys Town Press.  The lead character Norman David Edward, better known as Noodle, finds it so hard to feed his cat, take out the trash, and (especially) get his homework done when there are a lot better things to do instead. So Noodle puts them off until he is hopelessly behind on homework and has a very hungry, angry cat. Noodle’s mom says he has become so good at procrastinating that now she considers him a pro at it. A PROcrastinator.

In the end, Noodle’s mom teaches him a strategy to manage his days and all of his responsibilities, all while still having plenty of time to play new video games with his friends. The trick is in figuring out what can be accomplished in under two minutes and getting those things done before anything else. Noodle also learns how to break bigger tasks into smaller parts that are easier to get done as well. This is a great strategy that all parents can use with their children who may be inclined to put things off until the last minute.

Of course, one of the most important things we parents can do is recognize when our kids are taking care of their responsibilities right away and really praise them for their efforts. This is especially true when we see them making steady progress on long-term goals such as working on a school project, studying for an upcoming test, etc. Parents can even set up rewards to be earned for their kids’ consistency in completing household responsibilities without being asked repeatedly.
What happens when we use these sorts of strategies for encouraging responsibility and good planning?  Less reminding and frustration on our part as parents and better teaching our children the skills they’ll need to be successful in school and out in the “real world.”

            Jeff Tierney, M.Ed. has worked with children and families for over 35 years.  He has been at Boys Town in Nebraska for the past 28 years working in the staff training and evaluation areas and, most recently, as Director of the Boys Town Press. Jeff is the author of Teaching Social Skills to Youth, Basic Social Skills for Youth, and articles in professional journals on reducing aggressive behavior in children and teens.
For more information about the Boys Town’s award-winning resources for families, schools, and communities visit

Sweepstakes: Jarlsberg®

Jarlsberg® Cheese is celebrating summer – and the grilling season - with the Jarlsberg® Summer Grilling Giveaway, a summer long giveaway series for fans who adore their outdoor cooking and lifestyle! Just in time for 4th of July, Jarlsberg® Cheese is launching a giveaway worthy of fireworks. From June 19 through July 4, you fans can enter daily to win a Grand Prize of a Patio set! Jarlsberg® Cheese is also offering a weekly giveaway, through September 4th, of a Grilling Took Set. Enter daily for a chance to win at:      
Other contests running include:
·       Jarlsberg cheese summer grilling series runs through September 4, 2017.
·       Weekly Giveaways of Grilling Tools, runs through September 4, 2017
·       Last Days of Summer Giveaway of a Propane Fire Pit, running from August 16 through September 4, 2017
The Jarlsberg® Summer Giveaway Series runs through September 4th, winners will be notified by email.
Jarlsberg® Cheese is available nationwide in the specialty cheese case in the deli at grocery retailers, and comes in pre-sliced packages, or sliced at the deli counter, and is also available in club stores. There is a Jarlsberg Cheese available for every palate:
      Jarlsberg® Cheese is famous for its characteristic mild, mellow and nutty taste and its large round holes. 
      Jarlsberg® Lite Cheese Lite has the same mild flavor as regular Jarlsberg® Cheese with 50% less fat and 30% fewer calories, than regular Swiss cheese. This reduced-fat variety of Jarlsberg® Cheese  has the characteristic large round holes, with a lower fat content – perfect for those days when you crave the sweet, nutty delights of Jarlsberg® Cheese but need to watch your diet.
•   Jarlsberg® Hickory Smoked Cheese has a piquant smoky taste, and like most smoked foods has a darker, browner surface.  Jarlsberg® Hickory Smoked Cheese is cold smoked over smoldering, hickory chip embers, this hickory smoked flavor will enhance your cold or hot foods, with its deep, smoky charms.
About Jarlsberg® Cheese:
Jarlsberg® Cheese was founded in 1956, and still remains the go-to cheese in the U.S. and abroad. With its slightly nutty, mild flavor, Jarlsberg® Cheese is a staple in kitchens from coast to coast, and is used as an on-the-go snack; melted in recipes or on BBQ favorites, and on sandwiches. Naturally Gluten and lactose free, Jarlsberg® Cheese is also available in many flavors, including Jarlsberg® Lite and Smoked Jarlsberg®. Jarlsberg® Cheese is endorsed by the Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem.
In 1956, we created Jarlsberg® Cheese, using an original Norwegian recipe. Why does Jarlsberg® cheese taste so mild, nutty and delicious? It's all part of the legend...and Norway's most guarded recipe! 

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Soul Sustenance: 6 Things We Need To Stop Saying To Bereaved Parents

Joan Markwell knows the gut-wrenching, hollow feeling left behind when a child is taken too early. It’s a feeling that mothers have experienced recently and throughout the last few years after tragic attacks in Orlando, Manchester, London, San Bernardino, Calif., and Charleston, S.C., just to name a few.
With every new tragedy, vigil, story on the news or anniversary recognizing these events, plenty of mothers like Markwell – who lost her adult child to cancer – feel the sting of the wound that accompanies their loss.
While that wound may have healed, there is still a scar left as a reminder of the pain that still lives on for many grieving family members, including mothers who are surviving with that pain in many different ways.
“When a mother loses a child, the grief dictates her life,” says Markwell, author of the book Softening the Grief. “You don’t see an end to the pain. As the body reacts to the stress you feel, physical pain follows. Sleep is out of the question.”
It’s a grief that only they understand, however, and one that others usually don’t know how to deal with.
“The first time we meet a friend since the death of our child occurred can be frightening,” says Markwell, “It’s not that we don’t want to see them; we just can’t face anyone without tearing up.”
To avoid those awkward situations, Markwell offers up some phrases you should avoid saying to grieving parents and instead offers alternatives:
• “You Are So Strong.” In reality we are exhausted from trying to look strong. Try this instead: “I know it’s hard to be strong right now. I’m here for you to lean on anytime. I have an open heart and time to listen.”
• “Be Glad You Have Other Children.” We may have other children, but they cannot replace the child we’ve lost. Try this instead: “No child is replaceable, but I hope having your surviving children around you helps in easing the pain of your loss.”
• “You’re not the first mother who has lot a child.” Yes, but this is the first time I’ve lost my child. Try this instead: “I know mothers who have lost children and how much they grieved. That has made me aware of what a fight this is for you. You will continue to be in my thoughts.”
• “My child almost died, I know how you feel.” If you said this, you only had a clue about how it might feel to lose a child. Try this instead: “My child had a close brush with death, which was terrifying enough. There can be no comparison to actually losing a child.”
• “Time heals all wounds.” In time the mind covers wounds with scar tissue and pain lessens. But it’s never gone. Try this instead: “I hope in time your pain and grief will soften. Knowing it will take time, I stand beside you for the long haul.”
• “Everything Happens for a Reason.” There is never a good enough reason as to why our children were taken. Try this instead: “It goes beyond reason for any child to be taken from a mother. There was certainly no good reason to lose yours.”
“These awkward but common questions and statements can trigger a world of grief for bereaved mothers,” says Markwell. “When talking to a grieving parent about their lost child, it’s best to take a step back and choose your words carefully.”
About Joan E. Markwell
Joan Markwell is a small business and real estate owner who resides in Lawrenceburg, Ky. She is a former board member of the Lawrenceburg (Ky.) Chamber of Commerce, former board member of the Spencer County (Ky.) Tourism Board and former vice president of the National Association of Women in Construction, Bluegrass Chapter (Lexington, Ky.). Markwell lost her daughter Cindy – who was a mother of two herself – to cancer in 2013. Cindy’s children, Lucas and Samuel, are a big part of Markwell’s life, as is her son, Kris Fields.

Enriching Education: Stop Summer Slide with TurfMutt

Summer can be a good or bad situation for children and parents when school lets out. Kids are typically more than ready to trade school lessons for leisure time. But parents want to ensure their children don’t succumb to the “summer slide” – the phenomenon where students lose important skills they’ve learned over summer break.

TurfMutt – the online stewardship and education program for students ages 5-12 – has a solution that is fun for kids, yet also satisfies a parent’s desire to keep kids learning, even on school break. Here are the top ways TurfMutt and the Outdoor Powers strike a perfect summer break balance for kids and parents.
Digital Storybooks
Is your little one required to do summer reading? Add TurfMutt’s digital storybooks to the mix. There are two tales to tackle: “The West Coast Mission” and “Saving the Planet, One Yard at a Time.”
Creative Writing
TurfMutt’s digital storybooks might inspire your child to create their own story, and TurfMutt has an online story creator to help! Your child simply adds their name, selects their age range, and off they go! There’s no chance for writer’s block with TurfMutt’s story idea spinner, which suggests imaginative topics at the click of a button. With countless combination options, your child can create multiple tales throughout the summer. There is even a drawing screen so your student can add illustrations.
Outdoor-Themed Activity Sheets
The TurfMutt activity sheets are where the screen time ends. The hands-on TurfMutt activities are based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles and encourage kids to go outside to learn about the green space around them. The activity sheets are available in two categories – for kids in grades K-2 and grades 3-5.
Climate Quest Game
TurfMutt’s Climate Quest game is at the head of the class. The interactive video game challenges children to answer questions correctly to help TurfMutt and the Outdoor Powers move through the climate regions on an interactive map of the United States.
Educational Videos
When it’s time to wind down for the day, sometimes there is nothing better than a video. TurfMutt has several educational short movies that cover topics about living landscapes. They teach children how to help their families be good environmental stewards of the green space around them.
Learn more and stop the “summer slide” at