Grab Bag Nutrition Tip:
Bush 41 be damned, BROCCOLI should either be on your dinner plate or in your medicine cabinet. Mom always said it was good for you, but guys in white coats with test tubes and microscopes have discovered THIS:
Some days just get away from you, and your daily intake includes a Starbuck’s Caramel Apple Spice, a blueberry muffin, 3 snack-size Snickers and a Pinkberry. So, is there more bad news than just too many calories?? Uh…. YA. High levels of glucose cause damage to cells in your heart, eyes, kidneys and nerves (hello, diabetes).
BROCCOLI to the rescue. Our green frilly friend is RIFE with sulforaphane. YAY! …. OK… why? BECAUSE…. those guys in the white coats found that sulforaphane provides up to 73% greater protection (than without) against cell damage from glucose! It’s a flippin’ BODYGUARD!!
If THAT weren’t enough, here are other attributes coming to light:
- Compounds in broccoli stop ovarian, breast and prostate (and possibly other) cancer cells from spreading.
- Broccoli’s vitamin C and lutein cut your risk of eye damage.
NOTE: the magic compounds in broccoli are best preserved by lightly steaming and best absorbed in your system when eaten with a little fat (olive, canola oil).
Grab Bag “Don’t Label me Mom” Alert:
These are two GOOD TIPS. This has been circulating on the internet since 2006, and, when completely deconstructed, may not be a true regarding what actually happened. It doesn’t matter. The morals of the stories are valid, and something we should all remember. Thanks to Lindsey B. for sending this in:
A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.
Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home
address in it. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you
can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.
MOBILE PHONE DANGER:
A woman’s handbag was stolen, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc. 20 minutes later when she called her husband from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says ‘I received your text asking about our Pin number and I replied a little while ago.’ When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text ‘hubby’ in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account. Moral of the lesson: Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list.
Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc….
And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back. Also, when you’re being text by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet ‘family and friends’ who text you.
Grab Bag Fridge Police:
You sniff. You squeeze. Dare you sample a taste of that something that just might be past its prime? Always a predicament, but WHO KNEW there was a website that could take the guesswork out of whether it’s good leftovers or bad, gut-busting nastiness? Find shelf-life guidelines, storage suggestions and more at:
Grab Bag Cute Stuff:
Thanks to Corinna G. for sending on this unusual art installation. Now you, too, can see your way to new things to make out of old phones! Check out the bodies… they are all made of coiled phone cords.
Grab Bag Cool Brain Game:
Grab Bag Funny Stuff X3:
1. At the end of The Wizard of Oz, didn’t we all think Dorothy was on lithium when she calmly accepted that “she could have gone home all along” just by clicking her frickin’ heels together? Here’s the ending as most of us would have played it out:
2. End of the dinosaurs, explained:
3. Halloween’s around the corner… don’t leave Fido out of the holiday costume fun: