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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 22, 2002
What looks like a loss may be the very event which is subsequently responsible for helping to produce the major achievements of your life. - Skully Blotnick
Source: Peter's Pearls, http://www.peterspearls.com.au
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
7-up for Friendship
1. Open up - Be honest, open and candid (tempered with kindness).
2. Stand up - For your friends, whether they are there or not.
3. Put up - Give your friend the freedom to be imperfect (like you!)
4. Speak up - Say what you feel; be generous with sincere (public/private) praise.
5. Show up - Be there; do what you say you'll do.
6. Make up - Don't hold a grudge; be the first to say, "I'm sorry, please forgive me."
7. Re-up - Take inventory and re-commit yourself to the friendship often.
Submitted by JoAnne Ault
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Do you have to tell it all?
Where do you get the glaring right
To make my clothes look just too tight?
I think I'm fine but I can see
you won't cooperate with me;
The way you let the shadows play
You'd think my hair was getting gray
What's that, you say? A double chin?
No, that's the way the light comes in;
If you persist in peering so
You'll confiscate my facial glow,
And then if you're not hanging straight
You'll tell me next I'm gaining weight;
I'm really quite upset with you
For giving this distorted view;
I hate you being smug and wise
O, look what's happened to my thighs!
I warn you now, O mirrored wall,
Since we're not on speaking terms at all,
If I look like this in my new jeans
You'll find yourself in smithereens!!
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A couple accused each other of being deaf. One day as the husband came into the end of their 30 foot living room, he saw his wife standing with her back to him reading the newspaper. Thought he: "I'll check her out!" So he said, "Darling, can you hear me?" - no response.
He went halfway across the room and repeated the question, still no response; so he went right up behind her and again said, "Darling, can you hear me?"
At this point his wife turned to face him and said, 'For the third time, "Yes"
Source: Bill's Punch Line, http://www.tcmr.com/billspunchline.html
Make Fiber Part of Your Healthy Diet
Americans average an intake of 10 grams of fiber a day per person. Worldwide, the average is 50 to 75 grams per day per person.
"We eat a diet high in processed and animal foods that contain very little or no fiber," explains dietitian Robin Bainum, R.D., from Virginia Mason -Federal Way, Washington. "For a healthy diet, the goal is to eat at least 25 grams of fiber per day. In the United States, there is a high incidence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Fiber can help with all of these through prevention or improved control."
There are two types of fiber - soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber, when mixed with water in the digestive tract, forms a gel that makes the food take longer to digest and delays the elevation of blood glucose levels.
"Soluble fiber is easy on the digestive tract and can help lower cholesterol and help with irritable bowel syndrome," says Bainum. "It also helps people to lose weight because it makes you feel full longer."
Foods that are good sources of soluble fiber include oats, rye and barley grains, ground flax seed, lentils, beans, split peas, sweet potatoes, apricots, figs and prunes.
Insoluble fiber moves through the digestive tract quickly, reducing the amount of time the food sits in the colon and the risk of colon cancer. Insoluble fiber can help those experiencing constipation.
Good sources of insoluble fiber include whole wheat, wheat or corn bran, most nuts and seeds, and skins of fruit and root vegetables.
For more information about fiber, visit the American Dietetic Association Web site at http://www.eatright.org
Source: Virginia Mason Magazine, Spring 2002, http://www.virginiamason.org