I realize the title sounds gross, but you can tell a lot from your bowel movements! When my sons were small and came to me complaining of a tummy ache, the first thing I would ask them was “have you had a good poop today?” If they said no, I would cut up some apples, sprinkle them with cinnamon and serve them up this healthy, nutritious, full of fiber snack with a large glass of water. This trick worked every time (except when one son actually had appendicitis, but that’s another story). More often than not, within an hour or two they would have a good poop and would then feel much better…
Constipation can happen to anyone, some people more readily than others. Too much sugar, too little water, too much fat, too much protein, and too little fiber all can cause problems with your bowel movements. Medications, allergies and food sensitivities can also wreak havoc on your body, causing constipation or diarrhea. Constipation and diarrhea are your body’s way of telling you something is wrong and a warning that you should change your habits. Of course, if either condition lasts longer than a day or too, you should see your doctor as it could be a sign of more serious problems.
If you look at the chart below that categorizes poop with pictures, you will see shapes and consistency from one extreme (constipation) to the opposite (diarrhea) Stage three or four is ideal; your bowel movements should not cause pain, the poop should come out easily, without straining, and in the shape and firmness of a sausage (their words, not mine) or a snake. Regularity is the key, one of these bowel movements a day or every second day is normal.
If you do not fit into the “normal” category indicated in the chart, try increasing your daily intake of water by the glassful or from eating more fresh fruit and vegetables. Taking a pill or other forms of medication (laxatives) to soften your stools or increase their frequency is only a band-aid fix that can land you in more trouble by causing serious side effects and dependency on the medication. The same thing applies to diarrhea; medication should be a last resort, especially if you suspect the diarrhea is caused by something you have eaten or taken.
If your children automatically look for a snack as soon as they come in the door, consider having cut up fresh fruit or vegetables readily available, with or without a dip. Fresh fruit and vegetables are loaded with fiber and contain a large amount of water, both great for keeping their bowel movements in the healthy zone. Another trick I used when my children were young was to add water to their juice cups. (half and half) They would probably tell you now that it tasted awful, not nearly as sweet as the large glasses of juice, albeit 100% juice with no sugar added, that they consume these days now that they serve themselves…
I am very proud of our Canadian women today! The Canadian women’s hockey team overcame a 2-0 goal deficit in the third period to force overtime against the USA team and then scored again to win the Olympic GOLD medal. Marie-Philip Poulin scored both the tying goal and the game winning overtime goal for team Canada.
Earlier today, Jennifer Jones’ curling team beat Sweden in the championship final to win gold as well. This game was a nail biter too, with Sweden having a chance to tie the score or go ahead in the ninth end. Instead, Jones and the Canadian women’s team stole two points to head into the tenth end with a three point lead that Sweden could not rally from. As she threw her first rock in the tenth end, a smile lit Jennifer Jones’ face as she (and we) knew she was about to make the easy take out shot to run the Swedes out of rocks and win the gold medal.
Great job ladies!
I use tumeric in almost everything these days, including soups, stews, gravies, spaghetti sauce etc…
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Photography by Angie Norwood Browne
Turmeric is an amazing root. It can be made into a tea and drank twice a day to improve your metabolism, and help you shed those hard to lose extra pounds.
It also helps with inflammation and has many health benefits.
2c. turmeric root washed and chopped
Wash turmeric roots and brush with vegetable brush. Place roots in food processor or high powered blender and blend into a paste, add a little water to get a smooth consistency. Put 1 1/2 tablespoons of turmeric in a cup with 1/2 squeezed lime and one tablespoon honey. Pour in hot water, stir and drink it down. It surprisingly tastes good!
Store extra turmeric paste in freezer, and it will stay good for a year.
This tea can be made with turmeric powder. Just use 1 teaspoon with same recipe.
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It gives me great pleasure to tell you that we humans are not the only ones that suffer in this cold winter weather. The larvae of the destructive emerald ash borer and japanese beetle also have a difficult time surviving temperatures colder than -25C .
The larvae of the japanese beetles (grubs) burrow into the soil in our gardens and lawns each fall to survive the winter weather. Generally, the colder the air temperature, the deeper they burrow, to try to escape the frigid and lethal temperatures. If they cannot get deep enough (below the frost level) they die, resulting in less destruction in our yards the following summer. So, these cold spells we have been experiencing are great, especially when the temperature drops quickly since the larvae do not have time to get below the frost level in the ground.
Another point I should make: the poorer the condition of your soil, the deeper and faster they can burrow and the greater chance they survive, so if you get to nothing else in your yard maintenance, amend your soil often!
The larvae of the emerald ash borer overwinter within the outer bark layer of the ash trees. They too do not tolerate the very cold temperatures, which can kill the larvae or stunt and delay its growth.
I hope this information warms your heart the next time the temperature dips below the comfort zone of humans; we are not alone in our hatred of this cold weather!
When Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania and Wiarton Willie in Ontario see their shadows on Groundhog Day it means we will see six more weeks of cold, snowy winter weather…
As luck would have it, groundhog day 2014 was bright and sunny so these two groundhogs could indeed see their shadows when they climbed from their respective holes. Or maybe it was the shadow of the snowbanks all around them, at least in this part of Ontario, that they saw…
Similar rodents in Quebec and Nova Scotia did not see their shadows, meaning the winter weather there will end shortly.
Unfortunately for us here in Ontario, Environment Canada has also predicted that the cold, snowy weather we have been experiencing will last quite a bit longer, at least throughout most of February.
Regardless of what the groundhogs think they saw and what Environment Canada has predicted, I sure hope we do not have to endure another six weeks of this cold and snowy weather…After all, they have been known to be wrong!
Thankfully Bruno Mars’ half time show was worth the watch; the game itself was a disappointment. Unless of course, you are a Seattle Seahawks fan…
Denver Bronco’s superstar quarterback Peyton Manning never got his game on. A turnover on the first play of the game resulted in a safety for the Seahawks and things only got worse for him from there. Manning and the rest of the Broncos threw interceptions and fumbled the ball repeatedly, with the Seahawks scoring on many of these mistakes. I believe there were six turnovers in all, including two badly thrown interceptions.
The MVP of the game was awarded to Malcolm Smith from the Seahawks’ dominating defensive squad, a great choice as it was obvious that the league’s top offense (Broncos) was no match for the league’s top defense (Seahawks) The only glimpse of the Bronco’s offensive finesse came late in the game with a touchdown pass from Manning to Damaryius Thomas. Unfortunately for the Broncos and their fans it was too little, too late…
The Seahawks however showed scoring ability from many players, both offensive and defensive. An early interception by Kam Chancellor resulted in a run down the field followed by a subsequent touchdown by Marshall Lynch. A second interception saw Malcolm Smith pick off another errant pass from Manning followed by a 69 yard run into the end zone. A magnificent 87 yd. kick return by Percy Harvin gave the Seahawks yet another touchdown. Quarterback Russell Wilson hit receiver Jermaine Kearse with a few spectacular throws, one of which resulted in a touchdown and another coming very close. Kicker Steven Hauschka did his job with two field goals and the extra points on each touchdown.
This was a first superbowl win for the Seattle Seahawks. I do like to see the underdog win. Congratualtions to their players and fans.