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120. REPOST: Slow cooker soup recipes

when you get enough time and energy, build on your soup repertoire with crockpost soups

when you get enough time and energy, build on your soup repertoire with crockpost soups

What to eat to boost your immune system? Canned soup is are a good start —  fine and healthy for convenience, but these recipes are probably tastier!

For when you have a bit of energy, and can plan ahead, some recipes that sound delicious. Slow cooking often brings out the best flavors in food and is rather easy to do, you just have to put all the ingredients in and click the button 6-8 hours ahead of time, or the night before.  And the whole house will smell yummy all day.Here is a link and descriptions.


REPOST from Spark People’s weight loss website



Slow Cooker Soups for Winter

By: Samantha Donohue : 1/1/2013 6:00 PM     25 comments : 27,236 Views

Welcome in the new year with these winter slow cooker soup recipes. As a busy mother, wife and writer, I have to plan ahead if I’m going to achieve my health goals. When I utilize my slow cooker, I’m able to quickly and easily prepare family meals. These hearty soup recipes will warm you on a cold night and support you nutritionally too. Begin 2013 on a strong note with these soup recipes.


Northern Bean and Spinach Soup: This hearty soup is perfect for when there is a chill in the air, and you want dinner waiting for you as you walk in the door.

CALORIES: 216.5  |  FAT: 7.4g  |  PROTEIN: 18.4g  |  CARBS: 33.2g  |  FIBER: 16.2g


Slow Cooker Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup:  Ditch the condensed “cream of whatever” soups and make this instead. You only need 10 minutes of hands-on cooking time for a filling yet light bowl of comforting soup.

CALORIES: 172.3  |  FAT: 1.8g  |  PROTEIN: 21.3g  |  CARBS: 13.8g  |  FIBER: 1.7g


Buffalo Chicken Soup:  Did you know that just three buffalo wings have 10 grams of fat? (Who eats just three?) This soup has all the spice, creaminess, and tang you crave–with a fraction of the fat.

CALORIES: 113.2  |  FAT: 1.5g  |  PROTEIN: 16.3g  |  CARBS: 8.1g  |  FIBER: 1.9g




105. I Doubt It!

When I was a child, one of my favorite card games with friends was “I Doubt It.”

The object was to get rid of all one’s cards, and to do so, you put a few of them face down and tell the other players what they were….or lie about them.  But if another player said, simply, “I doubt it” then the gig was up, the cards were flipped over and the wrong person (accuser or defendent) was punished with more cards.

I doubt it face

Get in the habit of saying I DOUBT IT when you hear of a magical mystical new common cold remedy

In our society, with common cold remedies we have a big I Doubt It game going on, but with our health at stake.

Because it is the world’s most common disease, the common cold probably has the world’s most numerous and varied selection of remedies as well. Some are quite ridiculous.

But why, oh why, do so many people just believe and accept, and PAY FOR, every claimed cold remedy that comes along.

All you have to do, dear Reader, is say “I Doubt It!”  You don’t even need to know for sure if a remedy works or not in order to say those three beautiful words. Don’t just fall for every snake oil magical ingredient that you find that gives promises. Even if they are on the internet!

Just get in the habit of saying “I doubt it” before you plunk your hard-earned cash, and precious time, and invaluable health down for an unproven common cold remedy until you see enough evidence about it that convinces you otherwise.

The same goes for many other areas of your health (weight loss diets, etc) but I am focusing on the common cold since that is my area of expertise.

So please repeat after me

“I — Doubt — It”

and get comfortable saying that as much as possible when you hear a new cold remedy being pitched to you.

78. Head lice report (part 3 of 3)

(CONTINUED from part 2)

 from article in Forbes online magazine November 28, 2012

Most appealing, the study was based on a one-time 10-minute application with no nit

Head Lice

2nd most common disease after common cold for children under 12

combing. Tell that to anyone battling lice and they’ll be waiting outside the doctor’s office when the doors open tomorrow. Add a second dose a week later, or some vigilant nit removal, and it should be possible to get to 100 percent efficacy.

Sklice could be a huge seller for Sanofi; the FDA reports there are 6 to 12 million cases of head lice infestation  in the U.S. each year. (It’s hard to know for sure because lice is under-reported; it’s not exactly a subject most people bandy about.) The typical consumer treats lice at home and doesn’t necessarily consult a doctor. But knowing that more effective prescription remedies are available would prompt anyone I know to make the call.

Ivermectin taken orally has been used for many years to treat scabies, roundworms, and threadworms, and recently desperate patients have been asking doctors to prescribe it off-label for head lice. Two years ago a smaller, open-label study published in the journal Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found oral ivermectin was 100 percent effective against lice with one or two doses. So it’s possible that the FDA will eventually approve oral ivermectin for lice as well.

The Competition: Natroba and Ulesfia

Clearly, a battle is just beginning in the prescription lice treatment arena. Pediatricians will decide which product to recommend based not just on research, but on cost, insurance coverage availability, and eventually on anecdotal reports from patients. They’ll hear about what worked, what didn’t, and what inconveniences and challenges families encountered during treatment and that will influence prescription preferences as much as anything the FDA says.

What hopefully will change the fastest, though, is the misdirection and misinformation that leaves consumers spending hundreds of dollars on ineffective products, children missing days of school, and families spending hundreds of tearful hours in nit combing using combs with teeth that are too far apart to actually remove nits.