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Saturday, March 8, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
As promised, the first Friday of every month is officially Vinegar Friday! Today, I'm sharing a brand new tip I'm excited about. If you like grapefruit, this just might excite you, too!
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A couple of weeks ago, my son-in-law, Rob, asked me if I've ever tried apple cider vinegar on grapefruit. "No," I said. "Why?"
"I heard it sweetens it without having to use sugar."
"Really?" I asked, thinking it sounded a bit odd. "Have you tried it?"
"Well, let me know what you think when you do."
Last night, my daughter, Jessica, called me to let me know the verdict, as I haven't tried it myself. She gave it a thumbs up. Here's what she said:
You just take a teaspoon and sprinkle it on the grapefruit. Then let it sit for a minute or two. It was delicious. The apple cider vinegar added a sweet apple taste to the grapefruit.
Yes! To think diabetics and others who are trying to avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners can now enjoy grapefruit is amazing. All you need is a little bit of ACV! Jessica used Bragg unfiltered organic raw ACV. I imagine filtered would work as well, but I can't swear by it.
Now I'm looking forward to picking up some grapefruit and giving it a shot.
Even Dr. Oz apparently recommends adding apple cider vinegar to grapefruit juice to aid in weight loss. Unfortunately, from what I've read on his website, he doesn't stress the importance of using the raw, unfiltered ACV when seeking the weight loss benefits. Bad mistake, Dr. Oz! I can't tell you how frustrated I get with him over this. Oh well. At least you all know the difference.
Warning: Because the juice from grapefruit blocks certain enzymes in the wall of the small intestine, destroying some medications and preventing absorption, people taking certain medications should not consume grapefruit. These medications include some statins, psychiatric drugs, antihistamines, and more. Please check with your physician or pharmacist before adding grapefruit to your diet.
That's it for this month. Check back on April 4th for some more vinegar tips.
Keeping it yummy with vinegar,
For a whole slew of vinegar tips, check out my book, Vinegar Fridays, available on Amazon. Signed books are also available for $10, including shipping, by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
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Since then, her life (and our relationship) has deteriorated greatly. I was a teenager. I needed a mom to help me with boyfriend drama, to go prom dress shopping with, and to help me pick a college. Instead, she got worse and worse until I went weeks without seeing her. I tried to support her, love her, and provide for her. I remember a friend in college saying to me, “You have a choice now. You can either live your life, or her life.” At that moment, I knew that I was limited in what I could do for her. I love her, but I cannot support the decisions she continues to make.
I never know whether my mother is clean or not. When I was younger, I would defend her to the ends of the earth. My world would shatter when I found out that she had relapsed again. Sometimes it would be a month, maybe even half a year, but she would always go back to cocaine. Now, it doesn’t matter what she says, I will always be skeptical when she tells me that she is clean. It’s not that I don’t trust her… it’s that I can’t. She cannot help but lie about her addiction; it comes to her like breathing.
Recently, I made the decision to allow my mom to begin healing on her own. This was the hardest decision I have had to make so far, especially because I am pregnant with my first child. I asked her to please respect my wishes and not to contact me. My mom was angry. She accused me of being selfish, ungrateful, and spiteful. I expected this.
I didn’t expect how difficult it would be for me. I want my mom’s advice, her help, and her love for this child. I know she loves me and she loves her grandchild, but she is making decisions that put us in jeopardy. I cannot allow my child to be around her for fear she is high, carrying drugs, or around persons who would put us in jeopardy.
I pray for her daily and hope we can have a relationship in the future. But right now, I know that she needs to start healing on her own. Call it tough love, call it what you will, I just hope this works because nothing else has.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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