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Diva Musing: Schisandra

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Yesterday I listed a few of the supplements I take to stay healthy.  Today I’m giving you a little tip on Schisandra from one of the medical resources online. This is one of the new ones I started last winter to keep me up and at them all winter.  It is a natural resource for a healthy lifestyle.  As always I remind you to use your own discernment and consult a doctor if you are in need.  (Note: Most traditional doctors pooh, pooh, supplements except vitamins).  This Cronista is healthier than many half her age….I’m just sayin’

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

SCHISANDRA OVERVIEW INFORMATION

Schisandra is a plant. The fruit is used as food and also to make medicine.

Schisandra is used as an “adaptogen” for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance.

Schisandra is also used for preventing early aging and increasing lifespan; normalizing blood sugar and blood pressure; and stimulating the immune system and speeding recovery after surgery.

It is also used for treating liver disease (hepatitis) and protecting the liver from poisons. The Chinese have developed a liver-protecting drug called DBD that is made from schisandrin, one of the chemicals in schisandra.

Other uses for schisandra include treatment of high cholesterolcoughsasthmasleepproblems (insomnia), nerve painpremenstrual syndrome (PMS), chronic diarrhea, dysentery, night sweats, spontaneous sweating, involuntary discharge of semen, thirst, erectile dysfunction (ED), physical exhaustion, excessive urination, depression, irritability, and memory loss.

Some people use schisandra for improving vision, protecting against radiation, preventing motion sickness, preventing infection, boosting energy at the cellular level, counteracting the effects of sugar, and improving the health of the adrenal glands.

How does it work?

The chemicals in schisandra improve liver function by stimulating enzymes (proteins that speed up biochemical reactions) in the liver and promoting liver cell growth.

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Diva Tasting: Thai Beef….

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Thai Beef

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Coriander Seeds, Coarsely Cracked
  • 1/2 Cup Firmly Packed Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Pinch Ground Ginger
  • 2 Pounds Flank Steak

Directions

  1. Place flank steak in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  2. Whisk coriander, brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, and ground ginger together in a bowl until marinade is well combined.
  3. Remove steak from freezer and slice thinly across the grain. Place steak in a large bowl, pour marinade over steak, and toss to coat. Cover bowl and marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
  4. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler. Line bottom of a broiler pan with foil.
  5. Lay steak slices in a single layer on the rack of the prepared broiler pan.
  6. Cook in the preheated broiler, brushing occasionally with marinade, until steak reaches desired doneness, 1 to 2 minutes for medium rare.
  7. Serve with stir fry vegetables and rice.

Diva Musing: Health and Glutathione…

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I had a friend in Arizona who had her Ph.D in Herbology.  She got me on the daily holistic wagon train of supplements long ago.  One of the newer ones I’ve been researching is listed below.  I have only had the flu once in my life and until I moved back to the mold filled air of Appalachia 5 years ago no allergy or bronchial  problems.  So last winter I added this and Schisandra (more on that tomorrow) to my daily regime of supplements.  I also take 2 tablespoons of ACV ( Raw Apple Cider Vinegar) and Amino Acids each day.  I am pleased to say, that for me it helped!  I did not get sick once last winter.  
As always I encourage you to research what works for you.  I am not a doctor.  However, I am one healthy Cronista at almost 70 years old.  If you can’t take good care of yourselves, you cannot take good care of others.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista…
REDUCED GLUTATHIONE
If you know Glutathione or GSH, you know it’s an ultimate antioxidant found in every cell of your body. It’s produced naturally within your body if you have the right pre-cursors (or ingredients) available to create it.
Antioxidants do good work, Glutathione is an excellent antioxidant… Sounds like a plan for success!
Unfortunately the naming conventions can be a little confusing so let’s go through a LITTLE science, a couple of steps, and ultimately find out “what is reduced glutathione?”
NEUTRALIZING FREE RADICALS
A free radical is a molecule that has an unpaired valence electron. The electron shell surrounding the molecule is ‘dangling’ or ‘open’. In most cases, there ARE exceptions, this means the molecule is ‘reactive’ and will try to fill that gap by stealing an electron! This process has biological and chemical implications and is an important part of our world… but like anything… can cause trouble!
REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES (ROS)
Specific free radicals are known as ‘reactive oxygen species’ like superoxide and hydrogen peroxide and they can cause cell damage. Again a natural by-product of different bio-chemical processes like metabolism of oxygen. Unfortunately if allowed to build up, or if your body does not have enough antioxidants to plug the electron holes, these free radical reactive oxygen species can cause damage!
REDUCED GLUTATHIONE
So we want to know what is reduced glutathione and what role does it play with these ROS’s and free radical damage. Reduction is a process where oxygen is lost and hydrogen and electrons are gained, so reduced glutathione is missing an oxygen molecule but has an extra donor electron!  Basically the GSH molecule needs to be in a reduced state so that it is available to neutralize free radicals by bonding it’s extra electron to the reactive oxygen species molecules ‘dangling’ free radical electron.
This reaction is far from the end… the GSH molecule actually once oxidized (by binding to that ROS), will now be known as glutathione disulphide. The glutathione disulfide will go through an enzyme reaction known as glutathione reductase that reduces the molecule back to reduced glutathione! This is what makes glutathione your body’s best antioxidant.
RATIO OF REDUCED GSH TO OXIDIZED GLUTATHIONE
The important part to your health, is having a good ratio of 90% or more.. of reduced glutathione to oxidized glutathione. That ratio means your body has sufficient stores to battle of ROS that can build up and cause inflammation, to provide your liver with detoxification and enzyme transportation, and to protect your cells!
INCREASE REDUCED GLUTATHIONE
Now you know what reduced glutathione is and you know it’s among the most powerful antioxidants in the world. So increasing your glutathione levels in a safe way from a verified source in supplement form starts to make really good sense. BUT THERE IS A CATCH!
Your body won’t easily absorb reduced glutathione. It gets broken down in your stomach before it reaches the blood and can be of any real use to you. Thankfully there are new supplement alternatives like lipisomal glutathione and acetyl-glutathione that will protect the reduced GSH molecule allowing you to raise GSH levels in your body and experience all the potential health benefits!
reduced glutathione
reduced glutathione in MedicineExpand
reduced glutathione n. 
The form of glutathione that acts as a hydrogen donor during cellularoxidation-reduction reactions.
The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Glutathione is an important antioxidant in plants, animals, fungi, and some bacteria and archaea. Glutathione is capable of preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen … Wikipedia
Formula: C10H17N3O6S
Molar mass: 307.3235 g/mol
Solubility in methanol, diethyl ether: Insoluble

Diva Tasting: Crust-less Spinach Quiche…And Angle Trifle….

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Spinach Quiche

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 1 (10 Ounce) Package Frozen Chopped Spinach, Thawed And Drained
  • 6 Eggs, Beaten
  • 3 Cups Shredded Muenster Cheese

  • 1 Cup Swiss Cheese Shredded
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in spinach and continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. Add spinach mixture and stir to blend. Scoop into prepared pie pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve alone or as a side dish for roasted chicken or beef

Angel Trifle Treat

Ingredients

  • 1 (10 Inch) Angel Food Cake
  • 2 (8 Ounce) Packages Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Container Frozen Whipped Topping, Thawed
  • 1 Quart Fresh Strawberries, Sliced
  • 1 (18 Ounce) Jar Strawberry Glaze

Directions

  1. Crumble a layer of the cake into the bottom of a Trifle Bowl
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Gently Fold in whipped topping. Mash the cake down with your hands and spread the cream cheese mixture over the first cake layer.
  3. In a bowl, combine strawberries and glaze until strawberries are evenly coated. Spread over cream cheese layer.
  4. Repeat the second layer as above and top with whipped topping. Chill until serving.

Diva Tasting: Smothered Chicken Southern Style…

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Smothered Chicken Southern Style

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 Whole Chicken, Cut Into Pieces
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour

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  • 3 Cups Chopped Yellow Onions
  • 1 Cup Chopped Celery
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Cups Chopped Carrots
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dredge in 3/4 cup flour, place in the skillet, and brown on all sides. Set chicken aside, and drain skillet, reserving about 1 tablespoon butter.
  2. Reduce skillet heat to medium-low, and stir in onions, celery, garlic, and carrots. Cook 5 minutes, until tender. Stir in the flour, and cook 5 minutes more. Pour in the chicken broth, season with cayenne pepper, and remaining salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low.
  3. Return chicken to the skillet, cover, and continue cooking 30 minutes, until chicken juices run clear and gravy has thickened. Serve over rice pilaf, with green beans.

Diva Musing: Healthy Fall…

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Fall is here and the Cronista is on a new lifestyle and movement program! Researching and found these tips from Fit Watch that may help  you as well.  

HEALTHY WAY TO EAT ON A BUDGET…

Top 10 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

With the economic situation in the world being what it is, it’s important to find ways of eating healthy on a budget. It’s possible to purchase foods that are good for you and your budget; you merely have to plan ahead to get the best food you can for the money you have available.

Having a plan and sticking to it can help you get more food at less cost and allow you to prepare better, more healthy meals.

Here are some tips to help you succeed in eating healthy on a budget:

Grocery Shopping

1. Set aside time to make your food plan. Find the sales ads for each of the grocery stores in your area and decide on your meals for the coming week ahead of time.

See:  How to Put Together a Meal Plan

2. Make a list. After you’ve planned your meals, write down everything you need for each meal. Check your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator to see if you already have some of the items. Make your grocery list and determine to stick with it!

Include what you’ll need for drinks, snacks and desserts.

  • Remember your ingredients for preparation, such as butter, flour, sugar, and spices.

  • Replenish cleaning supplies.

3. Clip coupons for items you know you’ll use. Leave the remainder of the coupons at home so you’re not tempted to “save” money on items you don’t need.

4. Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach because you’re more likely to buy items that look good rather than those on your list.

  • If you can’t go to the store right after a meal, take along a light snack to help you resist temptation while in the store.

5. Buy items on the perimeter of the store first because these items are the healthiest choices. This will include fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy items. The center items are processed or convenience foods. Not only are they more expensive, but they aren’t healthy.

6. Look for fruits and vegetables that are in season as these will often be cheaper than non-seasonal choices. While you’re looking at the fruits and vegetables, see if there are any sales on these healthy, nutrient rich foods.

  • Choose large bags rather than individual pieces of fruit. The larger bags are often cheaper by the pound.

See:  Top 7 Healthy Orange Fruits and Vegetables

7. Buy store or generic brands. There usually isn’t much difference in the way the foods taste but you can definitely see a difference in the price.

Other Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

8. Make your own snacks for your family’s time away from home rather than allowing them to purchase food from vending machines. Fresh fruit and vegetable sticks with dip are much healthier than the bags of chips or crackers that come from the machines.

See:  7 Health Snacks to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth 

9. Eat at home. Whenever possible, make your food from scratch and eat it at home. Not only will this give you more control over what your family eats, but it can also save you a considerable amount of money.

  • Eating out also encourages overeating because portion sizes are massive.

10. Drink healthy. Finally, when eating healthy on a budget, don’t forget to think about what you’re drinking. Expensive, sugar-laden drinks are the bane of your budget and counter-productive to healthy eating.

  • Look for 100% pure juices.

  • Drink low fat milk. Get calcium from fruits and vegetables

  • Drink more water. Get more water in fruits and vegetables

  • Cut out soft drinks.

If you follow these tips, you’ll soon discover the joys of healthy eating and you’ll save money in the process. You may have to spend some extra time preparing food, but the benefits are astounding!

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About the Author

Suzanne is the owner of FitWatch. She’s had strong interest in nutrition and exercise for over 20 years, and is an ACE-certified Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach. Back in 2002, she started FitWatch.com because she wanted to help people lose weight by creating helpful tools and calculators. A huge fan of calorie counting, Suzanne created the FitWatch Fitness Tracker to make it easy for people to count their calories.

Is It Just Me!!! Stupid

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“Stupid is as Stupid does”  Forest Gump

I have a tolerance for most things. I cannot, however,  get past my prejudices against stupid, intentionally mean spited, rude people with no respect or manners against all people.  These rotten behaviors are not limited to any one race, color or creed.  It is, in fact these behaviors that make people focus on certain groups when they are only a small minority of humans. 

Well, having said that I am noticing that more and more of the last two generations of humans seem to be getting infiltrated with these unacceptable behaviors.  In NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) we talk about mirroring others behavior to get their attention.  Unfortunately, I think that the mirroring concept has become too popular with too many people.  

In order for the world to get to middle ground of peace and tolerance, we need to work on our manners and respect.  Myself included.  I find I’m getting irritated with stupidity more often because I’m seeing it more often.  I’ll meditate and work on it today.  What will you do to improve the vibration of your Universe today?

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Chicken and Dumplings & Wedgie Salad…

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Chicken and Dumplings Serves 4

Ingredients:

6 Cups Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth (from 32-Oz Carton)

3 Tablespoons Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix (from 1-Oz Package)

1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper

3 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken

1/2 Bag Frozen Buttermilk Biscuits (from 25-Oz Bag), Thawed

1 Cup Shredded Colby (2 Oz)

Directions:

In 4-quart saucepan, heat broth, ranch seasoning mix, pepper and chicken to boiling. Cut each biscuit in half lengthwise, and cut each half into 4 pieces; add to boiling mixture. Reduce heat to medium; simmer uncovered 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until dumplings are cooked through and mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in cheese until cheese melts. Serve immediately.

How About A Wedgie? Salad That Is….

Ingredients:

1-2 Heads Iceberg Lettuce, Quartered
1 Pound Uncured Bacon, Cooked And Crumbled
Cherry Tomatoes, As Needed

For The Ranch:
½ Cup Full-Fat Greek Yogurt
½ Cup Full-Fat Coconut Milk
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1-2 Cloves Garlic
½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
½ Teaspoon Onion Powder
¼ Teaspoon Salt
¼ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
2 Tablespoons Fresh Dill
1 Teaspoon Fresh Chives

Optional for serving: protein of choice

 

Directions:

1.) Combine all dressing ingredients together in a blender and process until smooth.

2.) Place the quartered iceberg lettuce on plates or a platter, then drizzle the dressing over the top and add the bacon and tomatoes as you desire. Serve with a protein of your choice for a more filling meal.

Diva Musing: 4 Wheeling….

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Well the Diva went 4-Wheeling for the first time ever on Saturday.  Why have I never done this before?  It’s not just the majesty of creation and all of nature you see, you get the overwhelming sense of peace that comes with the quiet time in nature.  We spotted no wildlife this trip.  The acorns are falling so the animals are in the wood foraging instead of in the open fields.  

My driver only splashed me with mud twice and even that was fun. I got several specimens of rock for my collection and discovered a new plant not indigenous t this area.  What a treat it was…all of it.  Not many young folks would even take a near 70 year old Diva 4-Wheeling let alone splash and hop over mud and dirt for the full effect.  Hats off to Hoss, my driver.  What fun.  

I haven’t enjoyed nature that way in a long, long time….shame on me!  I’ve tried to copy some of my pictures but the blog won’t let me???  The point being…get out in nature and remove your angst.  It works every time. I’ll try to learn how to get the photos on the cite when the leaves turn and the mountains are alive with rainbows of color.  

I wish you each a trip into nature that heals and calms.  

Namaste, The Queen Cronista.

Today’s Tasting: Cheeseburger Soup and Low Carb Fries…

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CHEESEBURGER SOUP##

Ingredients

2 Lb Ground Beef

4 Cups Chopped Onions (3 To 4 Medium)

2 Cans (28 Oz Each) Muir Glen™ Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, Undrained

½ Cup Steak Sauce

16 Oz American Cheese Loaf, Cut Into Cubes

1 Bag (22 Oz) Frozen Waffle Fries

2 Cups Shredded Lettuce

Steps

1 Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until brown; drain.

2 In slow cooker, mix beef, onions, tomatoes and steak sauce. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 8 hours, or on High heat setting 4 hours.

3 Stir in cheese; cover and set slow cooker to Warm heat setting. Stir occasionally while fries cook.

4 Make waffle fries as directed on package.

5 Serve soup topped with lettuce and waffle fries.

6 To freeze: Store soup in quart-size resealable freezer plastic bags. Label, and freeze lying flat. To reheat: Defrost overnight in refrigerator, or in microwavable bowl on Defrost setting in microwave, stirring often. Then microwave uncovered on High 4 to 6 minutes or to 165°F. Serve with freshly cooked waffle fries and shredded lettuce.

CARB FREE FRIES

serves 2

Ingredients:

1 Large Jicama, Sliced Into Fries
1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
Smoked Paprika, To Taste
Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper, To Taste
Garlic Powder, To Taste

Optional For Serving: Salad Or Assorted Vegetables Of Choice.

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 400°F and line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the sliced jicama in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 6-8 minutes, until the jicama is not as crunchy. Drain well.

2.) Toss the fries with the avocado oil or and seasonings. Lay out on the baking sheets in a single layer and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown. The pans may been to be rotated every so often to prevent burning.