So, I've been having pains that run from my left side down into my stomach up into my chest, and even up my left arm. What to do?
I chose not to pay for health insurance due to the high monthly cost and insane deductible's and now I'm having pain. If I go to the emergency room they'll put me through a battery of tests with thousands of dollars of medical bills. With the paltry 30k I earn as an independent contractor I'll be ruined, destined to medical bankruptcy and maybe homelessness.
It was time to find my inner Guru. I head into the living room and sit, let my eyes close, quiet my mind.... Don't have long to wait.
"Chocolate,..." the soft seductive voice whispers...My inner medical Guru happens to be a beautiful woman,
I stand, deliberate, with purpose, and head to the kitchen. Open the cupboard, grab the yellow and brown cocoa container purchased the week before at Safeway. "No You fool," comes the soft Gandalfian voice, "That chocolate has sugar in it, and You're diabetic" I remember from my childhood that dark brown can of Hershey's unsweetened my mom used to keep. I head to Safeway, find the baking section, grab an eight oz. can of natural cocoa powder( unsweetened).
Back at the house, fire up the Keurig and fill my cup with coffee...My Guru coughs, I expect her to say something regarding the coffee, but she keeps her cool, I continue, take two heaping tablespoons of the sugar free cocoa, stir it into the cup, Then add two tablespoons of stevia powder to the elixir...Take a sip, find it chocolaty good! Head back to my office and start back to work. An hour later, stretch, and take a mental scan, tell myself the pain is easing..
I head to the kitchen for another cup. This time decide to make Mexican hot chocolate. I use the same Keurig cup as before and add cinnamon and Carolina Reaper chili powder...Again my Guru's silent. I continue this routine the rest of the day.
That night I sleep fitfully, and dream of chickens laying golden eggs..., I awake to a loud shout. look over to where my wife has the pillow over her head. In a defiant rage, She throws the pillow across the room, heads to the bathroom, Returns, lighting a match, cupping it in her hands then waves it over the bed, then another, "Dude, what hell? I'm buying You Beano"... When I awake the next day, wife's gone and so is the pain...
Two days now taking my chocolate elixir. The pain hasn't returned. Was it a three day gas bubble? or is it the chocolate making my heart and veins relax, and platelets stop clumping? All I know is I'm still here...And my Guru isn't talking.
In the morning before work, I sometimes add cocoa to my coffee. After an hour or two I find my eyes going so blurry I have to take a break. So I decided to try a trick to see if the blurs were caused by the sugar in my cocoa. Instead of using the regular cocoa with sugar added, I purchased Hersheys Natural Cocoa Powder (unsweetened) from the baking section of Safeway and added stevia zero calorie powder as the sweetener.
I can't tell the difference in flavor using stevia vs sugar, but I find I can focus better longer than when I imbibe sugar. If your feeling brave and want to add even more pep, try adding Carolina Reaper Pepper powder and some cinnamon to your cup.
You can also purchase the Dutch Cocoa Powder in the baking section, but it's not as nutritionally dense as the Natural Cocoa because they use a chemical to make it less acidic. It's a smoother (blander) taste and You have to add twice as much for the same nutritional benefit.
One more benefit to adding cocoa to my coffee, is I can use the same Kcup over a few times instead of once, because it still imparts the coffee goodness into the chocolate.
So if You're like me there may be times when You feel like taking a chug of milk. You may want to think twice.
It turns out that when scientists wan't to study aging on lab animals and artificially "age them." they feed them D-Galactose.
D-Galactose is milk sugar found in milk but not to worry because You won't find it in fermented milk products like cheese or yogurt.
According to sciencedirect.com "The administration of D-galactose into animals can induce aspects of brain aging similar in many ways to human brain aging, including memory deficit, neuronal degeneration and apoptosis, (apoptosis means "cell death") raised oxidative stress, decreased ATPproduction, increased mitochondrial DNA mutation, impaired mitochondrial structure and control of abnormal gene expression in the brain (Banji et al., 2014; Kumar et al., 2009; Lei et al., 2008; Prakash and Kumar, 2013; Ullah et al., 2015)"."
So Next time You feel the urge to chug some milk You may want to consider a nice glass of water instead.
They put Phthalates in plastic to make it flexible but it's a powerful hormone disruptor and especially bad for kids, and if You like to eat out You're getting a lot. Here's an article from the Guardian.
I found this Photo of Ecuadorian Easter Soup (Not my Photo) and I decided to take my new Transcend Mini Cpap on an Ecuadorian Adventure to find the meaning of this...
Sleep Apnea is a killer and can cause all sorts of health issues including, Anxiety, Depression, Arrhythmia, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, and congestive heart failure. The Transcend mini cpap has what I require for treatment in a small package.
Good Morning, March 5th 2018,
Today during the Great Depression in 1933, Franklin D Roosevelt declares a bank holiday closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions. It's the birthday of singer song writer, Eddie "Romancing the Stone" Grant (1948)
Brussels Sprouts. Not just for Golf Practice any more...Rich in Vitamin K and may have anti cancer properties
Although native to the Mediterranean region with other cabbage species, Brussels sprouts first appeared in northern Europe during the fifth century, It's been said (after a few beers,) Vikings used to consider them an aphrodisiac, and the Scot's used them for golf practice...In Brussels they are considered a super food and became popular because they could grow in 45 degree weather. They are rich in vitamin K and are being researched for potential anti cancer properties, they go well with just about anything. They taste really good fried in peanut oil...Served with spare ribs...
Good Morning February 26th 2018
Today in `(1919) President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of congress creating the Grand Canyon National Park,
and it's the birthday of singer, songwriter, pianist, Fats Domino (1928) and Johnny Cash(1932). Who said "All You're life, you'll be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate...I choose love."
Good Morning February 12th 2018,
Today in 1924 George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue premiers in Aeolian, Hall New York. The show's titled "An Experiment in Modern Music" and features Paul Whiteman and his band, with Gershwin on the piano.
Today in 1947 in Sikhote-Alin Soviet Union, 10:30 a.m. A giant iron meteorite explodes into the atmosphere creating a light brighter than the sun, leaving an elliptical half mile area on the ground, covered by impact craters as large as 85' across, and 20' in depth.
Sikhote-Alin is the only place in the world where one can observe, brown bear, tiger's, leopards, reindeer, and a few wolves (due to the tigers) all in one place.
It's the birthday of Japanese Shogun, Kujo Yoritsuni (1218) who asked and received permission from the emperor of Japan to abdicate his duties as Shogun, and soon after shaved his head and became a Buddhist priest.
Good Morning, Monday February 5th 2018.
Today in 1985, the mayors of Rome Italy, and Carthage Tunisia, sign a friendship pact, and, after 2,131 years, the Third Punic War is officially over.
It's the birthday of American Football great, Roger Staubach(1942), who coined the phrase "Hail Mary Pass", when he said a Hail Mary, before launching a last second, 50 yard throw, to Drew Pearson, for the 1975 playoff win over the Minnesota Vikings.
It's also the birthday of auto racing commentator, and NASCAR legend, Darrell Waltrip (1947).
Good Monday Morning January 29th,
Today in 1845 "The Raven" is published in the Daily Mirror, the first publication using the name Edger Allen Poe.
Today in 1886 Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline powered automobile.
It's the birthday of Russian physician, short story writer, and playwright, Anton Chekhov (1860). Who said, "The role of an artist was to ask questions not answer them" and spent most of his time as a doctor tending to the poor, supporting himself through writing.
Money Advice for Truckers. Clark Howard is Awesome when it comes to Money Advice And Not Getting Ripped Off.
There are so many websites now days that claim to be the expert on everything from Cell Phones to best credit cards. I've found that it's easy to google say "Best Credit Card for Travel" and you'll get a bunch of paid adds first then You'll get the smooth articles that were built by pro webmasters to give the article a high rating on google search engines. Unfortunately I've found that most of these articles are only trying to sell You the same stuff they are advising You about. i.e. It's not about helping You, it's about helping them. I used to listen to this guy Clark Howard on Sirius when I was over the road. His Mantra was "save more, spend less and avoid rip-offs." He was always answering questions from every day people about anything from Mortgage advice to how to find the best credit card (or which are the worst) I was looking for a better deal on a rewards card for travelers, credit card, and after spending an hour searching, and not finding anything that felt like a good deal, remembered Clark, and found his helpful website. Clark.com. Within 15 minutes I'd found what may be the best credit card for road trippers, travelers, and truckers.
One morning after a hard night out. we had the munchies but instead of a greasy hamburger patty we fried up some portobello Mushrooms instead. Call it the Outstanding Mushroom Burger. Omburger for short.. Turns out mushrooms may hold the key to curing old age (or at least a hangover.) You can read about it here.
Think Real World Transformers....
I managed to last six days at home eating nothing but potatoes. I lost fifteen pounds. I think one of the best things about Penn's Potato Diet is that it takes You away from salt. You would be amazed how good simple foods like a salad with only a little tabasco for dressing tastes after days of eating only unsalted potatoes. Of course, I don't think eating nothing but potatoes for two weeks is very practical for an over the road truck driver to lose weight. For over the road weight loss My Trucker Diet worked great and you're seldom hungry and I never felt like I was torturing myself doing it.
Been trucking since 96. My main interest is having a good healthy life.