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Movers Savannah Van Lines (a.k.a. Fendas Moving & Storage) the biggest ripoff on the market.

Movers to Always Avoid

Movers – Never Use Savannah Van Lines (a.k.a. – Fendas Moving & Storage) Movers, Savannah Van Lines (a.k.a. – Fendas Moving & Storage), have such a bad reputation that they are deleting their presence from the internet. Attempts to Look them up were futile. The online Yellow Pages link to their website has also disappeared. It appears they are distancing themselves from the name Savannah Van Lines so they can slither out from under the reputation they have built up.   Check out their reputation all over the internet. Yelp Rip Off Report BBB – shows no accreditation at all MovingScam.com   We were unfortunate enough to have a sudden move without a lot of notice. Shortly after contacting Allied Moving Vans online for a quote we got a call. Since they had no trucks available they farmed our phone number out to other moving companies. Unfortunately I didn’t realize this when Savannah Van Lines Called me. They called just after I had filled out the forms on Allied for a quote. Assuming Allied.com would recommend a decent moving company with a good reputation I figured I was safe. I was wrong. Never again will I call Allied Moving again! It cost my family $3,000 for nothing and a month of headaches when they gave my contact information to Savannah Van Lines.   Time Passes but the Steam Hasn’t I have simmered on this review for over 4 months. Been trying to get the steam out of my ears over the scam I got duped into. As I started this review, I discovered the company is distancing themselves from the name Savannah Van Lines. It is time to speak up so others didn’t get their pants ripped off by the real scammers (Fendas Moving & Storage).   My honey and I experienced the same things the other reviewers put up on their reports. Such as, movingscam.com “totally robbed by this so-called business.” “Simply stopped communicating with me… They never came to pick-up my goods.” As Steve on yelp said, “I listened to his spiel about how they would come on the day I requested,” Kiyauna on yelp also states, “You can believe I’ve called them several times requesting updates, with little relief. I couldn’t even reach ANYONE….” Plus many more similar experiences.   My Experience Savannah Van Lines called me 2 days before my move. They guesstimated costs & moving trucks needed over the phone and told me the day they would have me move. They tricked me by putting me on hold so they could arrange for a truck. The salesman claimed the truck was available before I gave them my credit card. After the fact, when I called to see what time the truck was expected, there wasn’t a truck set up at all. The local movers were still trying to find one. These other movers said they couldn’t provide it on the day I was told to expected them to show up. After a ton of discussion with the salesperson, after finding the truck not available, He admitted he lied about a bunch of stuff just so he could get a sale. The majority of what he said was untrue.   After finding that there wasn’t a truck set up as promised and being contacted by another mover who alerted me to what Savannah Van Lines was, my husband and I we looked up the reviews for them. Those are the ones which I posted at the beginning. Alarmed that We had just been scammed, I called my bank. The bank said they could refund it since it was within the “refund time limits” on purchases. So we attempted to cancel the movers. This was a herculean effort. Later, because of the following killer scam, the bank made us pay back the money which they had advanced.   The Scam or Rip Off They gave me prices, times, dates, and so forth via “spoken word” about all they were going to provide. Later, I found out most of it was lies. We were in a bind and happy to have some help so when he asked for the credit card number, we paid it without realizing a “contract” would have to be signed. In other words, they tell you it is nonrefundable with a bunch of lies and that you have to pay before you can see the contract. They broke up the payments into two charges approx. $1500 each so the bank wouldn’t be alerted to the fraud at the tune of $3,000. I should have had bells and whistles go off at this point but we were so stressed.   After our debit card cleared and the money was taken from our bank, he advised us that he was going to send us a contract to sign. What he promised over the phone and before the payment was not actually in the contract. I tried to contact the phone number he gave which was difficult to get a hold of anyone. These folks who were allegedly in charge of pick up and moving told us there was no truck available for the promised day. They said the contract gave them a range of days for pick-up and could get it on the later dates.   I was expecting two pick ups on two different days and locations. This is what the salesman told me was going to occur. One truck on each day, which of course was one of the lies. So when the contract had noted the two different days I had no idea it was a “range of days.” I redialed the sales man’s number and asked for him. He admitted he had just told me what I wanted to hear so he could make the sale.   The Fine Print   Because this contract, which he sent AFTER taking our money, had in fine print that because it was a last minute move without 3 days’ notice, it was nonrefundable. The bank said they would refund the money because it was within the 3 day refund time frame but 3 months later the bank made us pay them back because of their little non-refundable clause. So Savannah Van Lines (a.k.a. Fendas Moving & Storage)...

Find your Free Simplified Hymns from the Hymnal of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://www.wegalworks.com/Music.html

Free Simplified Hymn Music

Hymns from the hymnal of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints My least favorite volunteer activity is playing piano for my church. I just got asked again to volunteer in my new church congregation playing hymns, again. Oh Dear, playing the hymns at home is doable but put me in front of an audience and I become a jumble of fingers. I’m creating these simplified hymn music to make it easier for me to play them. I will continue creating and uploading new songs each week as long as I continue to volunteer as a pianist. Go to wegalworks.com at the music page to download these simplified hymns. Pick a version which fits your skills. One version is simplified with women’s parts and the other version is simplified with no chords.

Exercise goals for the New Year, inside or out?

Exercise – Inside Verses Outside Exercising inside had become a lost memory while I lived in Texas. Always sunny and rarely slippery, it was a perfect place to exercise outside. I loved to walk with my dog there. All except in the heat of the summer. But you can adjust your walk time to early morning or late in the evening to get a break from the heat. Because I lived in a very small and crowded town home we rented, there was no room for exercising indoors so outdoor exercise became the standard for me there. I loved the wind and the sun.   There are great ways to exercise outdoors. Those options include: walking, tennis, jogging, hiking, bike riding, yoga, walking your dog, walking to shop, yardwork, swimming, and much more. The sky is your limit, you could say.   Why Exercise Inside Then? After moving to Utah, a whole new climate, I loved to exercise by walk outdoors in the cool autumn weather. But as soon as that first snow hit, it was a different story. First, I spent the lion’s share of my day shoveling snow. Yes, that is exercise, but I wouldn’t necessarily call that fun when it is below freezing and you are slip sliding around. Because the cold and the smog inversion triggers my asthma I soon found out that being outside wasn’t possible. After a couple of weeks of struggling in the cold I had to stop. I was at a loss of what to do.   What are the Inside Options?   Then one day while the unpacking continued, I ran across my exercise videos. Some of my favorites include: The Firm (volume 1), love all things Karen Voight such as Your Personal Best Workout, Karen Voight’s Core Plus More , Great Weighted Workout, and as I got older and/or under recovery, Ease into Fitness.   As I got older with health issues I started turning to less aggressive videos such as: If You Have Back Pain, Senior Fitness “Easy Does It”, and Stretch to win. My honey has real back issues and goes to a Doctor who recommended he start up yoga and stretch out his back. A good friend said doing yoga helped her a whole bunch, so I got a couple of dvds for my sweetie for Christmas. Those include:  Gentle Yoga Stretch, and Meditation & Qigong Workout for Seniors. Another easy but good work out is Leslie Sansone’s Just Walk – 4 mile Power Walk (repackage since I purchased it). I gave a walking video for seniors of Leslie Sansone’s to my mother in law and she loved it. I was unable to find that version to link you to. Leslie can be gentle and also vigorous and sometimes she combines the two.   Some of my least favorite but will do when I need a change are: Joan Lunden Workout America, and Richard Simmons Tone & Seat. I am not a fan of Richard Simmons, all aerobic and no control.   When my kids were young we did age appropriate videos together, which I can’t find but there is a great selection on Amazon and some on Collage Video. My kids particularly liked the one where they pretended to be animals.   Great Place for Exercise Videos. I don’t know how I found Collage Video but once I did they regularly sent me catalogues in the mail. It was always fun looking through the catalogue. What I love about Collage Video is that you can watch video clips before purchasing the video. This allows you to see if it is a video that fits your fitness level. You can better determine if your body limitation would prevent you from doing the video, say because you have bad knees, back, or ankles. Sometimes they say they are low impact but the clips show they can be a danger for bad backs and knees. For example I used to do belly dancing videos but after knee and ankle surgery they soon became ones that I never did, so I gave them away. You can’t find Karen Voit’s videos at collage any more. She has her own website.   So… if you are determining “weather” your exercise is indoors or out. Go find something you like and enjoy yourself.

A book review of "The Journey to Jake Palmer"

Book Review – The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

An Uplifting Story – Book Review I got this book, The Long Journey to Jake Palmer” to write a book review for when my life was going through a lot of trial and tribulations. My honey and I were in the process of having to move, job loss, and ultimately a second longer and even more troubled move to another state. With a million things to do the big book looked daunting (390 pages).  Casually picking it up, I started reading the first couple of chapters just to see what the story was like even though I knew I didn’t have time to read it.   My first thought after reading the first chapter or so was, “Ugggg…. I can’t read this right now it is too depressing, how am I going to do a book review on this book?” My life was a gamut with everything going wrong at every turn. I just couldn’t handle reading it. So I put it aside and it found its way to a box for the moving process. After over a month of being without a home, we finally found a place and a new job local and it came out of the box. But still, the sight of the large book and my mental attitude were still not in a good place for this somewhat depressing book.   Finally, Off the Shelf The other day, I was waiting for my honey during a surgical procedure. Figuring this would be an ideal time to start the book, so I could do a book review, while sitting in the waiting room. I had enough time to get through more than just the first couple of chapters and the book started taking off. I actually got it read in one day once I started. Once you get past the first depressing part it gets you hooked. Must admit that I skimmed over a lot of the lengthy character banter and kept to the main point of the story. I just wanted to get it done so it wouldn’t put it on the shelf again. Life keeps me so busy these days.   As I read it I started seeing parallels in my own life. It made me stop and think about how I saw my label on my bottle and how others saw a different label without looking deeper. What label do you wear and what label do others see you in? It is an interesting question.   An Interesting Book. This one day read on a snowy day actually captivated my attention. The story is about a young man whose life is thrown totally upside down and he has some major losses. That was the depressing part. The part where they talk about all his troubles. I was going through some major losses at the time and just couldn’t handle it myself. That is why the book sat on the shelf so long. As the story continues, it shows how his friends try to bring him back to life and civilization and back to hope and faith despite the losses. They have a yearly 10 day get together and they continue to pester him to come. He keeps telling them no, he isn’t going. He runs into a stranger on a plane who tells him to accept the invitation but change the location per his bad memories of the old meeting place. The man on the plane invites him to a cabin on a lake, a place of hope. In the long run Jake accepts and he and his friends do go to the lake.   A Mysterious and Haunting Challenge While at the lake his best friend from childhood finds a poem about a magical corridor which leads to a place that will heal all and bring peace. He remembers the old man on the plane talking about the same thing. He and his friend set out early to find the mystery spot unsuccessfully. His curiosity is peaked and he goes alone to find the hidden corridor. After searching with faith he is beckoned into the other worldly place and goes through a series of challenges. At first, when he leaves, the healing doesn’t hold. At least the healing he is wanting. In the end though there is healing of another sort. His healing process is the part that is the uplifting part of the book.   The part that helps you see your own challenges in a new light. Makes you think about how you see life and your own label. If you are willing to accept yourself as you are. It was actually a pretty good read once you got into it. I don’t want to tell you more and spoil the read.   I would recommend this book to a thoughtful reader It can be purchased on Amazon.com : $14.32 for a paperback, $30.90 for a hardcover, and $1.99 in Kindle. Not available in audible at Amazon. You can also purchase it at christianbook.com  where the prices are lower. The paperback is on sale there for $11.99. The eBook at $8.99. You can get an audible version there. Unabridged MP3 CD for $9.99 and a MP3 for $24.99.

Moving, when things don't go as planned

Moving & Life – It’s Unpredictable

Moving Can Be Discouraging When It Doesn’t Go As Planned. Have you ever moved and had all your moving plans go up in smoke? You know the old adage if it can go wrong it will? These days, this adage is my life.   While I am not a list maker who makes a list every day and checks items off the list as they are accomplished. Generally, I’m a person who just take life as it comes, one day at a time. Having set my long range goals I have learned work hard to accomplish them. I haven’t made a physical list, I just know what I want to get done, I push my tenacity button to on and proceed to get it done.   Yet, there are times that planning is critical, say like preparing to move, things must be done in an organized and orderly manner. Certain things need to happen at particular rates as you go through life in the middle of moving. But after years and years of experience moving, moving rarely goes as planned.   Take for example, today, some friends had volunteered to help us go through our storage container on the property we just sold to help me give away before moving. With all the planning, what do you think happened? RAIN and more RAIN! My moving day today came to a full stop. Although frustrating, life moves on. So I decided to take this time I can’t control and do something I enjoy, posting a blog as my honey practices his interview questions with my visiting son who came to help us move. Having moved so many times in my life, I have learned what does and doesn’t work when it comes to moving. Let me share with you what has worked for me.   Start Early There is nothing worse than having to move within less than 3 days. We did this once and it was a nightmare. Our neighbors and friends helped us box and move in no time flat, which we really appreciated. The problems arose when we got to our location where we were moving into a very small apartment without room for a whole household full of belongings. Our belongings were a big jumble and we had to go through every box in the moving van before determining what we could keep in the apartment or to keep in storage. Meanwhile the apartment complex without sufficient parking area was becoming perturbed with a big moving van parked outside their office. I am usually a well-planned mover so that was a very difficult move.   For the most part, people know in advance that they are going to have to move. For example we got notice 60 days before the end of the lease and we had to be out. So instead of waiting to the last couple of weeks, I have steadily been packing boxes in a more leisurely manner and organizing and getting rid of things along the way. There are many benefits to starting early such as the ability to throw away old unused items.   Throw Things Away A week or so ago I told my husband to go through his drawers and throw things out and pack up his drawers. The last time we moved this didn’t get done and we paid to carry all his trash to Texas because it was a pack in 3 days event. I wasn’t going to do the same thing this time. A week went by and he was still just sorting through papers in the first drawer.   The second week I went up and thought I would tackle a few drawers to help him. He was sitting there still sorting through his first drawer. I got one drawer done and was moving onto the next and noticed he was just sitting there holding something and looking at it, a newspaper article from someone he had known. After a moment he looked up as he held it to his chest and said with a pained look, “I don’t know if I should keep this…” I laughed and rolled my eyes and said throw it out. That was the moment I realized why it was taking him so long to pack his drawer, he was using all his time reminiscing.   When you throw out you have to act quickly you can stop and think about your “memories” with the object. Think more in the lines of, do I need this and do I have a future use for it, or is there room for it. If it doesn’t pass these points either give it away or throw it away.   Organize & Label Your Boxes Set aside boxes which contain important things that you use all the time. For example, I set aside an all things dog box. As I run across a dog item I put it in the box. Don’t seal up the box because you may need the items, this allows you to add more items also. Label the boxes on the top with exactly what is in the box. In this case I labeled it, “Dog Stuff”. Make sure to label the top and all four sides of the box. Why? Because as the box gets shuffled around the box will not stay with the same side facing out.  When you get to your new place and need to find the Dog stuff you can see the label on whichever side happens to be showing. My towel boxes already packed and still open. This makes it so I can use, wash, and replace towels as needed. Yet the box is still packed and it is a simple matter of taping up the box and being on the way when it is time to move. Same thing with medications or first aid. This makes it so you can use and replace the medications in the box.   There are things you know...

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax - a book review

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax – Book Review

Meeting The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax – a Beginning Book in a Delightful Series I first met Mrs. Pollifax and her adventures when my kids were elementary youngsters. I was homeschooling them while my young children were just learning to read. They had dyslexia and the school wasn’t teaching them to read. Their resources were lacking. What the school did do was take them out of class time in order have them play computer games which was intended to teach them to read. My kids were extremely smart and out smarted their reading game without having to learn to read. Therefore after getting loads of books on teaching dyslexic children to read, I set out to teach them myself, since reading is so important.   We paid to be able to go to a Library in a bigger city than ours because they had such a great selection of books for children and adults. We would go each week and take home bags full of books to read. The simple ones my boys read while I read the more difficult books to them. One day I ran across the audio books of Mrs. Pollifax’s adventures at the library and decided to open my children’s minds to the joy of adult books. To my amazement my very youthful children loved listening to the stories in this series and couldn’t wait to listen to the next book.   The Story The story of Mrs Pollifax begins with the life of an older widow woman out to lift her spirits after her husband’s death. After a visit to her doctor who tells her to pick out a new hobby, she remembers she has always wanted to be a spy. Being the industrious woman she is, she took the initiative to contact the CIA to obtain a position as a spy. After a hilarious mix-up, she finds herself out and about being a tourist for the CIA. Her tenacity and wit keeps her ahead of the surprises and dangers she encounters on her unexpected adventures. A twist for every turn that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The kind of book you can’t put down.   I have included a YouTube video of the first story, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, at the end of my blog. Angela Lansbury is the leading lady Mrs. Pollifax. While the movie is good, like most movies made from great books, it leaves out lots of great things while shortening the story for a movie. As usual, the book is much better than the movie. Wet your whistle watch the video below and take the plunge and read the book. You won’t be disappointed.   I loved this story as well as all the other adventures we listened to in the continuing series. In researching the author Dorothy Gilman, to my delight, I found that she has actually written more books in the series since the time we shared them as a family. I will have to read more of the continuing story which I haven’t yet read. Here is a list of those books with their links. You can read more at the fan website. Yes they have a fan website!   Titles in the Series THE UNEXPECTED MRS. POLLIFAX Published in 1966 THE AMAZING MRS. POLLIFAX Published in 1970 THE ELUSIVE MRS. POLLIFAX Published in 1971 A PALM FOR MRS. POLLIFAX Published in 1973 MRS. POLLIFAX ON SAFARI Published in 1977 MRS. POLLIFAX ON CHINA STATION Published in 1983 MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE HONG KONG BUDDHA Published in 1985 MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE Published in 1988 MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE WHIRLING DERVISH Published in 1990 MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE SECOND THIEF Published in 1993 MRS. POLLIFAX PURSUED Published in 1995 MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE LION KILLER Published in 1996 MRS. POLLIFAX INNOCENT TOURIST Published in 1997 MRS. POLLIFAX UNVEILED Published in 2000 Amazon sells all the books in the series. Check it out here. Amazon offers a Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audible, Mass Market Paperback, and audio cassette. You can also purchase the series at Barns & Noble. It was nice to take a break from my boxing and moving preparations and share this blog. I am not sure when I will be able to get the next blog out. Moving is such a hassle. Anyway keep checking back.  

Diabetes Free Book Review. a not so scientific book.

Scientific Diet? No siree to Diabetes Free!

Is Diabetes Free a Scientific Diet? When I bought into this diet I was under the impression the guy who created it was this scientist who studied amazing things about diabetics and had some miracle procedure to follow. The remainder of the book “Diabetes Free” still lacks the scientific method I was looking for. In fact I found no scientific facts in the whole book. All his “OPINIONS” in chapters 1-6 where totally without scientific basis and a bunch of mumbo jumbo as I have already pointed out. So on that point this book is a failure. It doesn’t hold out to the hype it gives. Don’t listen to the advertisements. I don’t believe it is all true. Particularly since much of his so called scientific diet is not really science at all. A big BOOOOOOoooo for scientific. Yet…   It is a pretty healthy diet which allows you a good combination of healthy food. You just have to think a little differently. For examples chapter 10 gives you some not so scientific recipes that help you understand the concept of the diet. It allows you to eat what ever you want provided you eat three-quarters of your meal in non-starchy vegetables and the remaining quarter in either your proteins and fat items or your fruit and starchy vegetable items. Here are a few titles from the very interesting recipes.   Chapter 10 Is Full of Recipes. “Spring Asparagus Risotto” actually looks appealing. “Bunless BBQ Burgers” Lettuce buns without the savory sweet BBQ you are probably used to. “BBQ Rribs” with dry rubbed spices without juicy sauce. “Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps” – of course the wrap is the lettuce. I got a good laugh out of the “Tuna Salad Wraps”… tuna salad wrapped in spinach leaves. “Kale and Mashed Potatoes,” which may be good but looks a little stomach turning. There is even an interesting “Ranch Dressing” made of unusal things. It will be interesting trying these out.   Chapter 7 falls short of scientific too. This book provides you a list of Chinese herbs to go out and buy to make a special herb powder to heal your Liver, you make it yourself. The only problem is finding a place that sells the Chinese herbs. Get your pestle and mortar out and start grinding away.   I actually like that he lists the herbs because I have so many allergies. Therefore, I can try each separately to see if there is a reaction before mixing it with all the others for the herbal shake you have to drink to “allegedly” heal your liver. Although it isn’t scientific, I am a believer in herbal remedies so this chapter sits well with me. Currently taking care of my own ailments for the most part with herbal remedies, so I am willing to try out these herbs as long as I don’t have allergic reactions.   Chapter 8 very much falls short of scientific… This chapter falls within the gray area of the “X-Files” or maybe “The Twilight Zone”. I get a good chuckle because the other night I was sorting and packing for moving and I ran across another old diet thing I tried years and years ago. It was the subliminal message thing. You listened to it while you went to sleep. Of course it didn’t work.  😀 Hah, hah, hah… I threw it away. The nuance of chapter 8 is healing with your mind. You know the old imagine that you are diabetes free and you will be diabetes free.   Who on earth has 20 minutes to spare each day to think about being diabetes free? If you are diabetic you’re busy with testing, medicine taking, doing your exercise, cooking healthy, and eating when you should. I am so busy I often skip meals or forget to eat. Suddenly the day is gone and I have major headaches from low sugars. Having diabetes not only is a pain because you have to draw blood and poke yourself with needles. It is a pain because it consumes so much of your time. It is a pain because you don’t want to eat but you are required to eat. I can look at a fridge when I have gone too low and nothing sounds good to eat and I have no will to cook. I just stand there and hate that I have to eat. So I don’t know how doable this mumbo jumbo chapter will be. But it won’t kill you so if you have the time you can give it a try.     Catching Up? If you missed the beginnings of my review of the not so scientific “Diabetes Free” diet, let me give you the links to the reviews of chapters 1 through 6. Step One chapters 1-3 Chapter 4 Part 2 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 part 1 Chapter 6 part 2   Measuring Up To close my blog I want to compare to my gold standard of The Word of Wisdom. Although this guy’s opinions don’t follow facts and science, it does stand up to my gold standard of The Word of Wisdom.   First off this diet tells you to stay away from toxic substances that harm your body. Although it never mentions drinking and smoking in the diet they are toxins to your body. Therefore, it measures up here to the  The Word of Wisdom. “inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good… again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies. Tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.”   Meats and Proteins The diet says you can eat meat sparingly just like The Word of Wisdom. “Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained...

All grain is good for the food of man

Early Man, What Did He Eat? How Do You Eat Today?

Early Man: Continued review of Chapter 6 of the Diabetic Free The last review of the Diabetic Free chapter 6 discusses how early man didn’t eat meat. After discussing meat the book turns to grains claiming early man did not eat grains either. Since I have visited the various historical sites found in the west of early man’s dwellings. I know that man did eat grains. A couple of blogs I found today discuss the history of man’s use of grains. At housebarra.com there is an article called Early Period Grains and their Uses. A great article. It lists a bunch of grains, conditions and timeframes they are used and their uses. I have included one grain from the list to give you an idea of what can be found there. It shows that early man did eat grains.   Early Man and Grains “Barley: The Roman naturalist Pliny believed that barley (Hordeum sativum) was the most ancient grain used by man. It is the hardiest of all grains and has the widest growing area. It was grown by Bronze Age man and the Egyptians grew it for making beer (See Early Period #5). Pearl barley purchased in the grocery store is made by grinding the grain into little balls. Look for natural barley in your local health food store.”   “Much of early period man’s nutrition came from grain. Many early grains had a husk so tightly fitted that the only way to remove it was to burn the husk off. This resulted in a toasted grain, which had much better keeping qualities than the untoasted variety. From this, the people produced “grain pastes” by mixing the crushed toasted grain with water to form a sort of dumpling. This could be eaten without baking and was quick to prepare. The toasting made the grain digestible. Grain pastes were a major part of the diet of the poorer classes through Roman times, especially in the cities where the hazard of fire meant that many people could not have a fire in their home. Even today the Tibetan natives mix toasted millet flour with hot tea to form a grain paste.”   On Spartandiet.org it says, “Mortars and pestles with actual grains embedded in the pores were found in Israel dating back 23,000 years, according to a 2004 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper. Note that the grains processed were wild barley and possibly wild wheat. This is direct, unambiguous evidence that humans were eating grains deep into the Upper Paleolithic era, and 13,000 years before the end of the Paleolithic era and the beginning of domesticated grains, agriculture and civilization.”   Ape Verses Man The chapter moves on to the diet of apes comparing man to apes and their food consumption indicating apes and chimpanzees only at fruits and vegetables that they could gather. On occasion they could find some fat and proteins. They turned their backs on fruits and vegies for the consumption of meat. They ate it until it was gone because it spoiled easily.   The whole concept of this book is to eat proteins such as meat, poultry, eggs, fish, olives, and so forth separately from your starchy vegetables, grain, and Fruit Carbohydrates and not eating fats and carbohydrates together. One or the other but not both. The “free” food that can be eaten with anything are non-starchy vegetables. It recommends a very high percentage vegetable consumption. The book contains graphics with lists of fruits, vegetables, meats and so forth that are on color coded list which indicate: Eat from this or Eat from that list but don’t combine lists. Of course they have the Don’t eat this list.   The No-No foods on the No-No list are foods which combine fats and carbs together like desserts, processed foods, dairy, and food from fast food restaurants. Dairy has a lot of fat and sugar. The book claims cheese is mostly fat so why eat it. I have already discussed the dangers on these types of foods in my blogs. See links. The Salty Foe Medications Preservatives & Food Additives Artificial Sweeteners Sugar – The Sweet Poison Processed Foods Sorry it’s a no sugar diet. 😉   My Experience From my experience, fat slows the sugar absorption but they also keep your blood sugars high for longer periods of time. So for example, if you are eating a piece of bread or some other grain and include a portion of something with fat it takes more insulin and a longer time frame for your sugars to go back to “normal.” So I sort of get the message of the book which indicates that it can take between 12 to 72 hours for the fat to get out of your digestive system.   From information gleaned on the web and YouTube from diabetics who have experimented with combinations of food with similar results. They find that eating fruit that tends to make your blood sugar spike, you can’t eat them with fat. The vlog included with my blog talks about the effects of fruit to blood sugars. It is an interesting watch.   Comparing to the Word of Wisdom. It says, “And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man— Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving… All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life… All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground”   So far, the diet in Diabetic free so far seems to holds in line with the Word of Wisdom. Would you agree? On to chapter 7 on my next blog.   PLEASE NOTE: My life and household are in an uproar and preparing to move. I may not be able to blog every...

Precious Moments Book - Happy Harvest, book review.

Happy Harvest – Precious Moments Book

A Review of Precious Moments book – Happy Harvest. Happy Harvest is Tommy Nelson’s Precious Moments art in a book by Jean Fisher.  This board book is great for little fingers to safely look at without supervision. The pictures are the usual Precious Moment’s whimsical illustrations. Colorful spot illustrations fill the 32 pages and stays true to that Precious Moment’s look. Each page has a poem about autumn with an accompanying scripture reference for each facing page.  It includes poems by the author, Robert Louis Stevenson, Helen Hunt Jackson, James Skinner, Lydia Maria Child, Johnson Oatman, as well as traditional poems.   One traditional poem included is titled “Five Little Pumpkins” and reads, “Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate; The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.” Wooooooo went the wind, And out went the lights. And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.”   The scripture used with the collections of poems on these facing pages is from Genesis 1:31. The Precious Moment book simplifies the message of the scripture. “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”   The Look and Feel The pages of the book have a warm yellow tint which makes for a cheery comforting look. The illustrations are also in warm colors. Melissa, the mother in my photos, loves reading the book to her children. Another thing about the book she really likes was the board book pages which allow her children to look at the pictures all by themselves. The cutesy Precious Moments illustrations are her favorite thing along with the short little poems she can read to her children. Melissa particularly likes the topic of autumn because she can tell her kids about a season that isn’t necessarily one their family lives in. It was pleasing to her when it opened the conversation with her children about Jesus and God.   This is a read with me type of book, it isn’t simple enough for a young child to read, so parents will have to read to them. But, from my own young years and years with my kids, rhyming poems are always fun to read.   I am not a particular fan of the precious moments look, but I think this book which is sturdy and well put together is of value to read or purchase. If you are into that cutesy Precious Moment’s look you will love it. You can purchase it at Amazon.com for $6.64 or at Family Christian.com you can currently get it at 50% off of $9.99 on a pre-buy sale for it’s release date of August 2, 2016. You can also purchase it from the publisher thomasnelson.com at full price on the release date for $9.99. Your choice!   Below is a informative and fun YouTube video about how they make a Precious Moment figurine.    

Eat meat or not to eat meat. What was man made to do?

Meat verses Vegetarian

Meat for Man or Not Chapter 6 of Diabetes Free opens by reasoning that Man wasn’t made to eat meat. The reasoning it uses is that found at Vegaprocity.com. If you want to see this argument you can visit this website. In fact there are loads of vegetarian websites out there on the web where you can find these points of view. It must be the only reason vegetarians decide to be vegetarian. Yet with a little more searching you find an opposing and more convincing view.   This from a dentist at MiamiCosmeticDentalCare.com where they explain the differences between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. They further explain that man was not an herbivore (vegetarian) but an Omnivore. I think a dentist would know what teeth are designed to do so let’s read a quote from that website. You can visit the website for more information.   “Humans are omnivores, meaning we eat a variety of foods, including meat and plant matter. A quick glance at your own teeth will give you a sense of the variety of shapes and sizes of teeth an omnivore can have. Human teeth are not indicative of exactly what you will see in the mouth of all omnivores. Each omnivore will have teeth that are specifically adapted to the diet these animals consume. Animals with teeth like humans that use their molars for grinding and their incisors and canines for ripping or tearing are said to have heterodont dentition. Each tooth is designed for a specific role in processing the food eaten. Homodont dentition, found in most omnivorous reptiles, occurs when the teeth are all relatively the same size and shape. These teeth are used more for the acquisition of food than for the processing of that food.”   Breaking Down the Vegetarian Comparison of Teeth At BeyondVegetarianism at beyondveg.com the blog goes to great length to debunk the comparison myths of vegetarians. It is quite an extensive site so if you are interested you can click on the link above to find out more. I did particularly like on strong support for their message. It says, “Technology, driven by our intelligence, supports adaptive behavior that allows us to easily overcome the physical limitations that the comparative “proofs” regard (incorrectly) as being limiting factors. Along similar lines, we don’t need the strong bodies of a lion or tiger because we have something much more powerful: high intelligence, which allowed humans to become the most efficient hunters, and the dominant mammalian species, on the planet.”   While it may be true that meats you buy today have been bombarded with chemicals, hormones, and preservatives you can easily find sources of meat that are not produced in this manner. I like shopping at Sprouts in Texas because their meat doesn’t contain preservatives. Wholefoods here in Texas is where I have been getting my fresh all natural or organic turkeys for thanksgiving. They are pretty pricy but there but if I do it once a year it makes for a great Thanksgiving.   As you can see the argument for living a vegetarian lifestyle is mostly just opinions verses scientific fact.   When Did Diabetes First Get Diagnosed? These folks who wrote this book state that diabetes wasn’t around a 100 years ago as another support of his diet theories. Let me direct you to the American Diabetes Association web page on the History of Diabetes.  It indicates there that in 1910, “English physiologist Sir Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer’s study of the pancreas leads him to the discovery of a substance that would normally be produced in non-diabetics: insulin. The name comes from the Latin insula, meaning island, referencing the insulin-producing islets of Langerhans in the pancreas.”   Then in 1916, “Elliott Joslin, MD, publishes the first edition of The Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus. A clinician and educator, Joslin is renowned throughout the world as one of the most influential voices in diabetes care.”   So let me do the math… 1910 to 2016 is 106 years. Why was Albert Sharpey-Schafer studying the pancreas to find a substance not produced by diabetics? Obviously the disease was around, the world just didn’t have the knowledge to determine why these people were sick and dying. Albert was investigating why these people were dying (one would assume he was doing an autopsy on a dead diabetic). I have pioneer ancestors who exhibited these symptoms and died from their ailments.  That was back in about 1847. Just because doctors don’t know the causes of the ailments doesn’t mean the ailments didn’t exist.   Comparing to My Gold Standard Before my blog gets too long I will end today on these points and continue another day. Remember I told you I was going to compare this diet to the gold standard of The Word of Wisdom? This is what The Word of Wisdom has to say about men and women consuming meat. We will have to see if this diet forbids the use of meat.   D&C Section 89 “Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly… not… only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine…” “And all wild animals that run or creep on the earth; And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.”   Boyd K. Packer once said, “For example, the Word of Wisdom counsels us to eat meat sparingly (see D&C 89:12). Lest someone become extreme, we are told in another revelation that “whoso forbiddeth to [eat meat] is not ordained of God” (D&C 49:18).1”