Archive for April, 2006

Vegetarianism Found To Be The Best Way To Lose Significant Weight

A new study was just released claiming that eating a vegetarian diet is the most effective way to lose weight.

The authors found that the body weight of both male and female vegetarians is, on average, 3 percent to 20 percent lower than that of meat-eaters. Vegetarian and vegan diets have also been put to the test in clinical studies, as the review notes. The best of these clinical studies isolated the effects of diet by keeping exercise constant. The researchers found that a low-fat vegan diet leads to weight loss of about 1 pound per week, even without additional exercise or limits on portion sizes, calories, or carbohydrates.

FamilyResource.com interviewed one of the authors, and the full story and transcript can be read in this article: New Research: The Most Effective Way To Lose Weight Is To Eat A Vegetarian Diet

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Getting to Know Your New Family

My husband’s parents are here for a three day visit and we are having such a fantastic time. There is ease in our interaction and there is great levity to our conversations. We sincerely know each other and, as it turns out, we really like one another a great deal. We treat one another like family. And I suppose that is as it should be. You would think that simply because you marry someone that you will be a big hit with their family almost immediately — however, that is not the case with everyone. Some people take some time to warm up to. Even though I have always been the easy going girl that is easy to get to know, in this instance and for the first time in my life, I have been hard to get to know for my in-laws. In fact, my sister-in-law has even said as much. Ouch.

Since my husband and I have only been married for two years, it is fair to say that I have only known my in-laws “pretty well” up to this point. We have our ups and downs — the typical things you sort out upon entering a family. I think they used to think I was uptight and judgemental — for some reason I come off this way to a lot of people and I have never quite understood it. They were very careful with what they said around me and how they behaved. I hated it. Uptight and judgemental are two of the farthest sentiments from what is truly going on in my mind. Thank god, they have finally realize that I am just a self-conscious, conflicted nerd. This realization, I think, has been the catalyst for great change. Spending the last two to four years simply getting to know one another has been simulteaneously the most wonderful and the most nerve-wracking thing in the world. Then a visit like this comes and you realize that there is no effort involved — that you have moved beyond being the “new girl” and that people are finally free to relax. Now we are spending our time doing better things than the ritualistic “getting to know one another” dance — we are enjoying one another…Aahhhhh… Turning corners is lovely.

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Sunny Vs. The Furniture

Our beloved old kitty cat, Sunny, has taken up a new hobby. He loves to rip apart our new furniture. I have been lenient on him because, as we live on the third floor, he has been unable to go outside for the last year. For the first ten years of his life he was primarily an outdoor cat. He only came inside to eat and cuddle. So, I have been more acceptable of his icky behavior for a long time since he has had such a severe lifestyle change (who wouldn’t be a little weird, right?).

But, my days of understanding are near an ending. Our new couch is starting to get fuzzy in places it ought not to be fuzzy and out new (antique) armchair is his new target. I have looked up some sites with suggestions to remedy this. There are some keepers (rubbing some catnip on something they can claw), but mostly there are suggestions that need to be lost (trimming your cat’s claws?!?!? declawing?!?? putting an inflated balloon on whatever you don’t want them to claw at? huh?? do i really want big balloons taped to all my furniture?). Of course declawing is completely out of the question - I feel like that is one of the most inhumane things you could ever do to a cat. Until we move into the new house (he’ll be a free outdoorsman again) - we are going to have to be creative. Any suggestions?

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Saturdays Are Daddy Days

Many dads, like myself, have to work Monday through Friday. We only get to see our sons and daughters in the morning before we leave to work, and in the early evening when we come home. Some fathers don’t even get that, especially if they have to travel during the week, or work long hours in the office. That’s why, for many fathers, Saturday is daddy day.

For stay-at-home moms it’s a time to take a break. For fathers it’s a time to reconnect with their children. My daughter knows that when Saturday rolls around, she’ll be going on little adventures with daddy. We almost always go to the local coffee shop. I get a small coffee, and she gets a chocolate milk. We usually sit at a table and just people watch. When she’s ready to go, she says, “last sips,” and then heads for the door.

asha-jon-imac.jpgToday we hit the coffee shop, the park — where she got to do her favorite thing, swing — and then we went to the mall to walk around. One of the places we went in the mall was the Apple store. My daughter always likes going to the Apple store, because they have a kids section with computers she can play with. They also have very cool soft round ball-like chairs that she likes to sit on. On the way out, I decided to play with the new iMac, which has a built in video camera. We took this shot using iChat, and then I emailed it to myself — proof of one of our little adventures.

I love my Saturdays with my daughter. Actually, I cherish them. It’s just daughter and daddy time, and it’s different from time spent at home, or with the rest of the family. It’s a time when we can just hang out, and focus on each other. I dread the day when I’ll be uncool, and she won’t want to hang out with me anymore.

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