Archive for August, 2013

People nowadays are looking all over for energy because they are drained. It is easy for one to have hope in a can or bottle, because that takes very little effort other than opening it and drinking it down. That is why most people lack energy to begin with on their part. They lack an effort to eat right, exercise, socialize, push themselves, and all the other great things God gave us to be happy and full of energy. So there is my blurb on this blog.

The latest on so-called energy drinks.

Studies warn against energy drinks before workout
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Always down an energy drink before working out because it seems to really
get the blood pumping? Think again, according to new research.
Houston cardiologist John Higgins tested the effect of a 24-ounce Monster
beverage on his own heart function and the effect of the amount of caffeine
in an energy drink on the blood flow of healthy young and not-so-young
people before and after a workout. In both cases, the results were
disruptive enough to cause Higgins to advise against pre-workout
consumption.
“Energy drinks really aren’t good for you anytime, but especially before a
workout,” said Higgins, a professor at the University of Texas Medical
School at Houston. “You should have water or a sports drink instead.”
In a July paper in the International Journal of Cardiology, Higgins reported
that his cardiac blood vessels became sluggish and didn’t open as well after
drinking the Monster beverage, compared to their function before
consumption. Cardiac measurements showed function was significantly
decreased at 50 minutes and acutely decreased at 90 minutes.
In an August paper in the American Journal of Medicine, Higgins found 200 mg
tablets of pure caffeine reduced the heart’s blood flow during subsequent
exercise by 22 percent among participants whose average age was 27 and by 14
percent among participants whose average age was 58.
Higgins suspects the culprit it is not just the caffeine but its interaction
with some other ingredient in energy drinks. He will try to identify the
exact cause in future research, he said.
Higgins, who said he wasn’t hardcore enough to test on himself the vascular
effects of the not recommended but still popular pastime of mixing energy
drinks and alcohol, will present his research on the vascular effects of
caffeinated energy drinks at an Institute of Medicine workshop in Washington
next week.

I took this photo while walking in the big Metropolis of Houston yesterday. If you seek you can actually find quiet serene places amongst the hustle and bustle that make you believe you are no longer surrounded by 4.5 million people.

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Here is a haiku that captures the feel of Texas In August. It is my least favorite month in our wonderful state.

Welcome to Texas In August

Wet humidity.

A blistering heat daily.

Mosquitos feeding.

One of the most beautiful salad dishes to me is a Greek Salad. I love making them! The colors blend together in a vibrant way and the flavors of lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, fresh mint, romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, Kalamata Olives, and feta cheese burst with healthy flavor.

My Beautiful Greek Salad

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The City of Philadelphia is a very nice American city with great museums, food, and history all around. Of course, just like every big American city one must be careful with certain parts. Here are a few photos from my visit, If you are looking for a city to visit, Philadelphia is a great place.

Philadelphia In Photos

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One place that I think every American should visit is Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Independence Hall is a place with historical facts that will clear up many of the untruths being perpetuated by today’s media regarding the founding fathers of the United States. Namely that the United States was not founded on God. There are more documents here that will verify this truth than anyplace I have ever seen. Here a few photos from my visit.

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Alligators really blend into their environment and you always have to be watching for them especially in Florida. This one caught my eye while walking along a trail near the water’s edge. Do you see it?

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I have no idea how this solitary pine cone made it to St. Andrews State Park Beach in Florida, because there were no pine trees for miles, but it made for a great photo.

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This photo was taken near Panama City Beach, Florida by me. It is an osprey nest being protected by momma and daddy, It is truly amazing at how far these birds had to fly all these branches to build this huge nest.

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My love for Cajun food called me to the kitchen today to cook some new recipes.  I love eggplant fries now more than potato fries. Oh, my! They are so light and bursting with flavor. The Andouille sausage adds life to the white beans and makes you want to dance. Hot corn bread with a tad of butter makes the hearts spin over your head as if you just fell and saw stars. Enjoy!

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Cajun White Beans and Andouille Sausage

1 pound small white beans

1 large onion chopped

1/4 cup green onion tops

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 bay leaves

1/4 cup butter (optional)

1 link of Andouille Sausage chopped

Salt and Cayenne Pepper to taste

Wash your beans and let them soak at least eight hours or overnight. With enough water to cover beans, bring to a boil and add all ingredients except optional butter. Simmer for three hours. Beans should be tender. At the end you may add butter and stir for additional flavor if you so choose. You can eat these by themselves in a bowl or serve over white rice. This recipe will serve 6 people easily.

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Eggplant Fries

2 eggplants peeled and sliced like fries

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs

3 eggs beaten with about 1 tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce

Salt to sprinkle on eggplant

Cayenne Pepper to taste

Canola Oil for frying

Salt your eggplant fingers in a colander for about 15 minutes. Rinse them well after they drain and dry them. Take the flour, breadcrumbs, and cayenne pepper and mix thoroughly. You will use this for your coating. Dip the eggplant into the egg mixture, bread, and fry. This recipe serves 6-8 easily.

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Cornbread

As for the cornbread, everyone has their own recipe or short cut. For me, I use Martha Stewart cornbread mix to save time.