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I recently received correspondence from someone who asked me how much meat is allowed on Medifast. Apparently this was a big part of this person’s diet and they didn’t want to have to give it up. The amount of meat in Medifast is not that restrictive, but it is sensible. I will discuss more about this matter in the next article.

Some of the Medifast foods contain meat: You’ll have a good amount of protein in your “lean and green meal” once a day and this is probably where you’ll have the most control and variety. However, there is some animal protein in the Medifast meals provided to you. And you’ll see most of these in soups and stews. For example, there are crab soups, chicken noodles, chicken and wild rice, and beef with vegetables. The chili tastes like ground beef, but what you’re tasting is textured vegetable protein (tvp), which is a very common and decent flavor ingredient in many vegetarian chilies. Many people are fooled by this, since chili is really good.

The amount of meats that are allowed in your Lean and Green Meal: Your main meal each day will be understood as the “lean and green food”. This is really the only food you are responsible for. But, most people look forward to it, because it gives you some degree of control and variety. And this means that it can be fun to experiment and modify.

Now, the company provides some guidance on this. They want you to have lean protein (which can be in the form of meat) and vegetables. How much meat you are allowed will depend on how lean your options are. For example, if you choose the leanest seafood (cod, halibut, tilapia), turkey, or 98% lean beef, you can eat 7 oz. If you’re choosing the leanest, highest-quality protein (egg whites), then you can have a whopping 14 of those. That’s why an omelet with lean protein (animal or otherwise) can be a huge and satisfying lean green meal.

Now the next group of meats is classified as 95-97% lean. Things like chicken, swordfish, halibut, and very lean beef fall into this category and you are allowed to eat a little less since they are a little less lean. You can have 6 ounces of these options. If you like egg yolks, you can eat two.

Finally, we come to the options that are less lean. As for seafood, we are talking about catfish, salmon and mackerel. In terms of beef, we are talking about steak, roast or ground beef. Lamb, pork chops, chicken and turkey are fair game here, as long as they are between 85 and 94% fat. In terms of these options, you are allowed a 5-ounce serving.

Most of the time when you buy meat, the packaging will tell you the weight and you can then adjust accordingly. You can also have a food scale. I hope this article has shown you that you get a decent serving of meat every day and that there are also some animal products that are included in some of the Medifast meals that are prepared for you.

Nana, what was technology like when you were 7 years old?
Nana, what was technology like when you were 7 years old? This was asked by my 6, 7 and 8 year old grandchildren a few years ago when my husband and I were invited to their respective schools to enjoy morning tea.

And then they took us to their classrooms to proudly show us their current work. We were also asked to give them an idea of ​​what our school life was like when we were their age.

This opened up all sorts of amazing ‘stuff’ for them. Naturally, they assumed that the technology had been around forever. Ours, then, was another world entirely.

One that would be foreign to our grandchildren today. I love the look of utter disbelief on their young faces when we tell them we didn’t have a TV, what, no TV, no phone, no computer, no iPod, no iPad?

Entertainment without Technology
We made our own entertainment using our imaginations with whatever props we could find. Old sheets to make a tent with sticks to support it. A steel bucket with a wooden plank produced a fantastic seesaw. To mention just a couple.

Today I have an orchestra in my bag, my Samsung mobile, which I cannot live without. I also have an iPod, a bit dated these days, but I love listening to all my favorite classics in my pocket!

Good fun without technology
Cars were a luxury, at least for most people. Apparently my father was not a good candidate to drive one. As a result, he rode a bike and loved to bike, swim and climb mountains. And he took us all with him. We also went to most of the places by train, a steam one.

My dad installed a small seat on the handlebars of his bike and another on the rear wheel, because there were so many children in our family that he could carry two at once. What fun we had.

How the hell do we live, never mind entertaining ourselves without anything technical in our lives! Yes, we had a great time.

innocence intelligence and knowledge
I love my grandchildren’s innocence, along with their intelligence all at the same time. And his confidence and knowledge of all things technical.

However, how happy we would all be if children could experience another kind of freedom. Freedom to walk to school without an adult. Play happily in the street with all the children in the neighborhood.

School in the old days
Our childhood was easy and most of us didn’t know what real stress was. So shielded were we from adult concerns, news, activities, and adult fears.
We had our own set of little fears.

There was no speaking for yourself. As a result, we had to be quiet at all times and only speak when spoken to and then only to answer questions. Children should be seen but not heard, was the incredible motto of our days.

We got hit in the hand with a ruler. Hitting was legal in many schools around the world at the time. It was fulfilled simply by an incorrect answer to a spelling, arithmetic, or reading question. Par for the course at the moment in most schools.

cope with stress
Did I say we had no stress? It seems contradictory to me in what I have said, because of course we did. At school, but somehow, we manage to cope most of the time on our own. It is much better not to involve our parents.

Our children and grandchildren have had an easier and more enjoyable time at school. I marvel at the fun that is had especially in the Primary years. Children are heard, have freedom of expression and are not afraid to speak up for themselves. And along the way they also learn a sense of responsibility.

technology in days gone by
We grandparents, however, enjoyed our own happy days.
That was school and “tech” for me and my husband at age 7.

6 brothers and happy memories
However, this technological question brought back a flood of childhood memories.

I am one of 7 children and although we had nothing like the toys or clothes that children expect today, we had a very happy and carefree time growing up.

And although my father was an accountant and earned a good salary, he had to be shared with a family of 9. So naturally, we children also had to share toys with each other.

Since most families were pretty big in those days, we were all equal in the toy department, so we were more than happy to trade with our friends down the street.

Our clothes were always of good quality because with 4 girls and 3 boys they all had to be “revisited”, the eldest and the youngest had everything new! Good recycling practice, although no one thought of it that way at the time. But we never feel badly done.

music and entertainment
Growing up without all this wonderful technology, we had to create our own entertainment. In our house we were encouraged to take piano lessons.

Since we didn’t have a piano at first, our elderly neighbors were very happy to have my older brother (a very promising young classical pianist) practice on his piano.

Another of our neighbors was a music teacher, so those of us who liked to play took our first lessons with her. We eventually moved house and our parents bought our own piano, which was heaven.

My brother just took off and became a very talented classical musician. I think I was the next serious student, although I never reached his level. I kept playing though, loved it and still do today.

grandchildren and music
One of our 4 grandchildren took piano lessons at the school for many years. She was also very good and she loved it. But since she wasn’t going to make a career in music, she had to drop her lessons to concentrate on her schoolwork. However, it is something you can turn to at another time.

I am also very happy to say that one of our grandsons started learning to play the bagpipes when he was still very young and now, at 14, he plays beautifully in full Scottish regalia.

Music is very important and I wish it was considered more in the school curriculum. Children need it to relax more than ever in my opinion.

I’m digressing

Next question from my grandchildren.

So, Nana, what was summer vacation like when you were 7 years old?

Oh, summer vacation.

Until next time!

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Cuddly nicknames, also known as pet names, are often used in a relationship to show intimacy. They are equally important in both a normal relationship and a long distance relationship.

Calling your partner a cheesy nickname may annoy other people, but don’t let it annoy you. Researchers say that it is a sign that the two of you have a very healthy and strong relationship.


  1. A higher level of intimacy – I think this is self explanatory. Calling pets instead of real names sounds closer to each other because they are names that only two of you can use to address each other. Create a sense of uniqueness.
  2. Create a limit/exclusivity – That’s according to the book. How to improve your marriage without talking about it. It’s a way of identifying the relationship as exclusive because when the people around you hear your cheesy talk, they know you’re committed to each other. I know this kind of situation doesn’t really happen often in the context of a long-distance relationship, but the two of you can still feel the sense of exclusivity. Once you meet physically after a while, the feeling will explode and the two of you will be confined in your two person world. This was what happened to me. When I finally got a chance to meet my girlfriend after a long time, we couldn’t care less about what was going on around us. We focus on each other totally. This doesn’t really happen because of pet names, but pet names will definitely make it sweeter. The feeling of exclusivity is especially important when you are texting or calling your distant lover when the two of you are apart.
  3. Warning signs – When two of you start calling each other using pet names, it’s an obvious sign when she suddenly calls you by your real name. It can mean two things. First of all, it’s because she’s mad at you about something. Second, he is joking and playing with you. The former is more likely to happen. You’ll have to figure it out from the tone and context yourself.


  1. about clumsiness – I know it’s a bit awkward and you may feel shy when you call your partner by the new nickname. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal and I’ve experienced it before too. It’s like the awkwardness when you want to say “I love you” the first few times. Just say it as normally as you can and continue for a few days. Both will get used to it. Afterwards, you’ll feel weird if you don’t use the nickname all of a sudden.
  2. Address your lover at the beginning of every conversationBad example: “What are you doing?” Good example: “Baby, what are you doing?” Call him pet names before any treats make a big difference. It sounds much more intimate.
  3. Respect each other – Remember to respect your lover at all times. Don’t call pets names you don’t like. The tip is that you can start calling your lover with some pet names that you like. It will generate more conversations about this. It is obvious from the conversation if he or she likes the pet’s name. If you feel like her partner doesn’t like you, just try something else next time. Another method is to ask your partner directly if you can use this pet name on him or her. Normally, your partner will like the names you give them. Single… Do not be shy!

Whether your home is large or small, in the city or in the country, it is a space that should embrace you with comfort, health, beauty and a sense of harmony.

As author Cheryl Mendelson says, “When you housekeeping, you use your head, heart and hands to create a home. Cleaning is an art: it combines intuition and physical ability to create comfort, health, beauty, order and security”. .”

Like Feng Shui, good housekeeping implies our commitment to ourselves through attention to our health and our environment. We are deeply affected by the environments we inhabit. It is to our benefit when those environments support our health and well-being. An easy way to do this is through your choice of cleaning products.

Did you know that indoor air pollution often exceeds outdoor air pollution? One of the reasons is due to the type of cleaning products that we usually use.

According to Real Simple magazine, April 2009 issue, the following inexpensive items can provide you with all-natural solutions for any household cleaning task.

  1. Lemons. The acid in lemon juice removes dirt and stains. It is especially effective when mixed with salt and used as a scouring paste. Lemons cut through grease, remove odors, and even remove limescale.
  2. Essential oils. One of my favorites! When combined with white vinegar, tea tree oil cleans scratched floors. Orange oil is excellent for removing greasy and sticky items. (Think of chewing gum stuck to the carpet.) Lemon oil removes soap scum from shower doors, and lavender mixed with water makes a great window cleaner that also repels flies.
  3. Castile liquid soap. This plant-based soap is gentle and thorough at removing grime from floors, countertops, leather upholstery, sinks, showers, and even stoves and hoods.
  4. Borax. Add borax to your laundry detergent to make it more effective. Use it to clean your baseboards, countertops, and walls. Mix some with water to make a paste and use it to clean your pots and pans. Borax is great for removing rust stains, put it in the toilet, let it soak overnight and it will remove the stains!
  5. Vinegar. Plain distilled white vinegar inhibits the growth of mold and mildew. Use it to clean coffee pot, dishwasher, drains, floors, glassware, mineral deposit buildup on shower head and windows.

These five all-natural items can tackle almost any household cleaning task without adding harmful pollutants to your environment and cost less than the alternatives. You have nothing to lose and improve your health and well-being by changing your cleaning products. Learning ways to live a better, healthier and more balanced life is the foundation of sustainable living. And a sustainable life is to live with the principles of Feng Shui, you may not know it!

Feng Shui is an appreciation and understanding of the importance of maintaining balance in all aspects of our lives. When we embrace the principles of Feng Shui along with sustainable lifestyle choices, we truly embrace health, harmony, and balance in our lives.

So I’m sitting here having a cup of Joe at the Warm Puppy Cafe in Santa Rosa. From the large windows of the cafe, I can see the children learning to skate on the ice rink. A little man in a blue sweatshirt (he looks to be about 6 or 7 years old) catches my eye when he grimaces right in front of my window. Oh, I think. “That must have hurt.” Nope! This little guy has real courage. He gets up and starts skating again.

Intrigued, I follow him down the track and count seven knockdowns, seven lifts. Discouraged? Not that I could notice it. He is LIVING the old adage: “If at first you don’t succeed…” You know the rest. We all know the saying, but as we become “big” people, we find it more difficult to recover. Right?

I was thinking about that little boy the other day as I cautiously made my way to the ground to play with my 7-month-old granddaughter. I was smart enough to know in advance that I wouldn’t “bounce” again. But good complaint! I didn’t think it would be that much of a challenge.

The words of my own father in his later years floated back to me. “Too many birthdays” was the general description of his aging experience. Not a bad summary of a life line in the golden years, clean too and untarnished by four letter words.

But then again, those extra birthdays have given me so much more than aches and pains. My children have transformed before my eyes into warm and generous human beings. I would never have known them that way as adults, or as friends, or as children.

Then, to put the frosting on the cake, they married well and gave me a first-rate son-in-law and a smart, loving daughter-in-law. Not to mention the indescribable fun and joy of four grandchildren.

These extra years have meant so much more to me than “too many birthdays.” I am grateful for every year that the good Lord has given me. The years have graced me with insights into life and love that I never would have had. Hey, if you live long enough, you have to learn SOMETHING.

So when the pains in my knees groan a bit as I pull the old bones off the floor to play with my granddaughter, don’t take my groans and groans too seriously. This old grandpa is having the time of his life.

There are so many different methods and concepts that you can implement in your toilet training efforts with your child. Some people find that rewards like snacks and treats work well. Others have had incredible success using a potty training chart. Graphics are available from various sources online, as well as in various retail stores, and these graphics can be found in themes such as favorite cartoon characters, trains, cars, bugs, butterflies, and much more, making them ideal for children and adults. girls. girls alike

If you are trying to potty train a child, you should take every possible step to make this process easier and simpler for both you and your child. The last thing you want to do is face the challenge of resistance and even regress in your progress and efforts. A reward system implemented by a fun and colorful potty training chart may be just what you need. Your child will receive a sticker or chart mark each time they successfully use the potty. Then, when the child reaches the end of the row or the beginning of a column, the parents usually give the child a reward. This could be taking the child to a favorite fun place, getting a new coloring book, buying a special dessert, or something equally engaging and motivating for the child.

With a potty training chart, your child will have a clear sign of their progress in potty training efforts and you will have a strong motivating incentive for the child to stay on task. Many parents who use such charts report that they are more successful with their efforts once they have implemented a chart in the training process. Take some time today to review the various charts available and try them out to see how they work for your own child.

This is not something that bothered me before until my son asked why I don’t make one for our family. He made me wonder why that would matter, but thinking about it, reality hit me. My children need to know who their ancestors are and what they brought to their lives today. It meant putting me back in the past and ever since that day he has reared his head again and again.

Looking back over my reasonably long life, the task is daunting. My grandparents, who are now your great-grandparents, along with their siblings, cousins, and others helped build a big family when we were kids. Aunties and uncles came to stay, we visited many of them, and others showed up unexpectedly and were always welcome.

However, who they are and what role they play in the family tree has long been forgotten. Now it will take a lot of effort to put it together. This is probably something he should have done years ago when more of them were alive. The question now is whether it is too late or not and how important it is for my children.

The first place to start is the family album and there are the people who were present in my youth. There’s also, where my oldest daughter recently reviewed family history. The work is not so daunting when it is still in my memory, but if I quit now, who after me can do it?

As my son reminded me, they need to know who they are and where they come from. That makes it very important.

Different types of cutlery made of different materials are used in restaurants. Materials range from silver to disposable plastic. However, plastic cutlery is more convenient to use than silver because it is easier to store, does not have to be wrapped in paper to present at the table, and does not have to be washed, but can be thrown away after use. These items are available in various colors such as white, black and sea green. The different types of disposable plastic cutlery used in the restaurant are described below.

A wide variety of cutlery items to choose from

medium weight items – You can get medium white kitchen flatware such as forks to meet your food service requirements. These mid-weight items are made from strong, durable polypropylene or other plastics and offer the advantages of being disposable and easy to use. Individually wrapped sporks are great for takeout and restaurants. You can also get individually wrapped spoons, knives, and forks.

Items that look like silver – These products are attractive and add a touch of richness to your dining table. These are disposable items that serve the purpose and are just what you need to make your guests happy, aside from the food of course. You don’t have to be overwhelmed by the need to own or rent. Also, you don’t need to worry unnecessarily about accidental deletion or loss.

equipment – You can buy sets of knives, spoons and forks in bulk, which would make it easier for you to distribute food along with these items to your customers.

6 in 1 meal kit – The 6-in-1 Meal Kit is another convenient item in the kit. In addition to the cutlery elements, it includes salt and pepper and a napkin.

bulk teaspoons – These tea spoons available for bulk purchase are shock resistant, durable and strong. You don’t have to worry about broken pieces or short counts. The quality of certain products of this type is comparable to heavyweight offerings.

Biodegradable – If you are committed to doing your part to be friendly to the environment, you can always opt for the biodegradable items.

Clear party plates with attached cutlery: These plates are great if you’re short on plates and cutlery. When such dishes are available, you don’t have to spend time organizing the spoon, knife and fork for each dish. They are already attached to the plates and can be easily removed. The plates also come with a holder mainly for a napkin and compartments for sauces. Aside from restaurant supply, the plates are suitable for tailgating, cocktail parties, off-site catering, buffets, cafeterias, aperitif events, on-site catering, events, outdoor events and barbecues.

Buy from a reliable online store

This was a brief look at the different types of cutlery used in restaurants. Always buy these and other necessary restaurant supplies, such as fruit fillings for bakery and fortune cookies, from a reliable online store that has a few years of experience and a good reputation.

1. Change settings

Change the setting, the activity, or the people involved, so your child feels safe. For example, if your son becomes overstimulated when he plays with her friends, he may recommend that she avoid various distractions, such as turning off the television, or try a different activity, such as coloring or playing outside.

2. Respond calmly

Respond to the situation calmly and without your own anger or emotion. This is by far the most important skill you need to learn. If your child’s behavior has made you angry, take a few minutes to calm down before deciding how to respond. Example: Your son is angry and hits you. Don’t react emotionally. That would play right into the behavior that gets her the attention she wants. Address the behavior but be careful not to show surprise, fear, or anger.

3. Teach alternative behaviors

Teach your child alternative and more socially appropriate ways to express what he wants or needs. For example, if your child fights over sharing toys with friends or siblings, teach him about borrowing (“Can I play with your puzzle for a while?”) and bartering (“I’ll lend you my book if I can play with your puzzle”). Model this behavior for him by showing him respect for her possessions.

4. Offer Options

Offer options and opportunities for your child to have more control over their environment. For example, if your child is a picky eater, ask her what she’d like to eat, give her choices (“Would you like a peanut butter or tuna sandwich?”), or make her part of the process (“Why don’t you Can you help me prepare dinner or do the shopping?”).

Remember that children with problem behaviors often also have processing problems; be sure to limit those options to two or three. Kids with processing and impulsive issues often have trouble making decisions. Abstract options like “go play with your toys” are too overwhelming for them. Try saying, “Do you want to play with Spiderman or Lego?” Show both toys and then say “pick one.” Doing this without emotion on your part gives the child a chance to choose without being overwhelmed.

5. Look for the positive

Observe positive behavior when it occurs and give genuine praise. For example, “It was very nice of you to let your brother play with your toy.” I even say after a nervous breakdown “good job calming you down.” Praised be all!

6. Be consistent

Make sure there are consistent and predictable routines. “We wash our faces, brush our teeth and put on our pajamas every night before we go to bed.” I’ve found that meal and snack times work best if they’re also consistent. Example: breakfast at 8 am, snack at 10 am, lunch at 12 pm, snack at 3 pm, dinner at 5 pm, bedtime snack at 7 pm. It doesn’t matter if it’s weekdays, weekends, vacations or summer. It is very important to keep the same schedule. Yes, you should do this even if your child can’t tell time. They may not be able to look at the clock, but I bet their bodies tell them “around” what time it is.

7. Avoid surprises

When there is a change in routine or schedule, prepare your child ahead of time so they know what to expect. For example, “Mom and Dad are going out tonight, so we won’t be able to read you your bedtime story. But why don’t we pick out a book together to read tomorrow night?” Some kids need to know things like “let’s go to the grocery store after school today” to defuse an after school “meltdown” because you’ve already prepared them for the change.

8. Have fun

Make sure there is joy and fun in your child’s life every day. Many parents find it helpful to play with their children before they have to do chores or wander around. Think about what brings a smile to your child’s face and make time every day to smile together.

Recently, many anxious parents have turned to natural home remedies to treat their children for head lice as a safer alternative to over-the-counter and prescription pesticide shampoos and creams. One of the most popular and easily accessible remedies is the olive oil treatment for lice.

Before we look at ways to effectively use this simple daily product to get rid of lice, you need to know exactly what type of parasite we are dealing with.

lice are insects they are about the size of a sesame seed that live on the human scalp. For them to survive and thrive, they only need 2 things; heat and small amounts of blood. They get both from your head!

When they bite you to feed on your blood, their saliva leaves small deposits that can cause an allergic reaction on the surface of your scalp. This reaction appears as small, reddish, raised areas of skin that become extremely itchy.

Having an uncontrollable urge to keep scratching your head is often one of the first and most obvious signs that you have head lice.

But how can this be? My children have clean hair.

If you thought that only unhygienic people and homeless people had these pesky little beasts, then you’re not the only one who believes this. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Lice do not choose who they decide to make their home with.

Long hair or short hair. Dirty hair or clean hair. It makes no difference to a louse. All they want is a warm host to reside and feed on.

The way to get rid of lice for many years has been to use a medicated shampoo of some kind or a prescription chemical-based pesticide. But over time, these types of treatment have become less and less effective, as lice have developed a resistance to many of their constituents. Some of them have even been shown to have dangerous health side effects.

While chemicals seem to be less effective, natural home remedies still achieve fantastic results.

One of these simple home remedies is olive oil. It doesn’t have to be an expensive first-press virgin olive oil, in fact cheaper base oils seem to work better.

The effective use of the oil to get rid of lice has been scientifically proven.

A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health concluded: “When the lice were completely covered with olive oil for two hours, they died by suffocation..”

How to correctly apply a treatment for lice with olive oil.

You must apply this treatment correctly to get the best results. The key to applying the oil is to make sure the hair is completely covered.

The easiest way to do this is to divide your hair into small sections of about 1 inch and carefully brush the oil through one section at a time.

When you are sure that the hair has been completely soaked in the olive oil, you should place a plastic wrap over all the hair trying not to get air. Leave on for at least 2 hours and then shampoo your hair.

Once shampooed, you should comb the hair with a lice comb to remove any lice and nits that may have been present.

To make sure you avoid reinfestationYou must repeat this treatment several times over a period of 14 to 21 days to ensure that you have killed them all.