CHICKEN CHOP SUEY.

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Chicken Chop Suey.
It’s easy to make this perennial Chinese takeout favorite low-Gi. If you prefer, use a can of sliced water chestnuts instead of the bamboo shoots.

450g chicken breast.
2 tsp olive oil.
180ml chicken stock.
2 tbsp soy sauce.
1tbsp cornflour.
4 spring onions, sliced.
1stalk celery, thinly sliced.
1carrot, thinly sliced.
450g mushrooms , sliced.
1 can sliced bamboo shoots, drained and rinsed.
1 tbsp chopped ginger.

1. Thinly slice the chicken crosswise into bite size pieces; set aside.
2. In a large non-stick frying pan or wok, heat oil over a medium heat and cook the chicken stirring constantly for about 8 minutes or until golden and no longer pink inside. Remove to a plate.
3. Add oil to frying pan and cook the onions, celery, carrot and mushrooms stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender crisp. Return chicken to frying pan.
4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the chicken stock, soy sauce and cornflour. Pour into the frying pan along with bamboo shoots and ginger and cook, stirring for about 2 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and bubbly.

Makes 4 servings.

GREEN LIGHT FOODS.

CHICKEN VEGETABLE NOODLE SOUP.

This soup is the ultimate in comfort food for adults and kids alike. For variety, try it with turkey instead of the chicken.

1tbsp olive oil
1 leek, white and light green part only, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
225g mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp freshly chopped or 1tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 pints chicken stock
3 boneless chicken breasts, diced
40g orzo pasta
1 can 410g red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
225g lightly packed shredded spinach

1. In a stockpot heat the oil over a medium heat and cook leeks for about 5 minutes or until beginning to soften. Add the celery, carrot, garlic, mushrooms, thyme, pepper and salt and cook, stirring for about 8 minutes or until the liquid evaporates from the mushrooms and starts to turn golden.
2. Add the chicken stock and bring to boil. Add chicken and orzo, and cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink inside and the pasta is al dente. Add the spinach and beans and cook until the spinach is wilted and beans are hot.

Makes 6-8 servings.

THE FAMILY TRAFFIC LIGHT DIET.

IMG_20150626_105557HEALTHY, GREEN-LIGHT RECIPES AND LIFESTYLE TIPS FOR YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY.

BREAKFAST:

GRANOLA TOPPED PEACHES.

Eating fresh fruit for breakfast gives you a healthy start to the day. In this dish, peaches are combined with granola and cottage cheese for an additional energy boost. They can be also served cold.

50g oats

30g almonds, flaked

15g all bran

6 ripe peaches

1 tbsp. soft non-hydrogenated margarine

1 tub no/low-fat cottage cheese

2 tbsp. sugar substitute

45g dried cranberries or raisins

2 tsp orange rind, grated

  1. In a non-stick frying pan, toast rolled oats and almonds over a medium heat, stirring constantly for about 8 minutes or until golden brown. Place in a bowel. Add bran cereal and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cut peaches in half horizontally and remove stone. Melt margarine in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat and place peaches cut side down and cook for about 5 minutes or until starting to soften. Remove to a plate.
  3. In a bowl, stir together the cottage cheese, sugar, cranberries and orange rind. Divide evenly among the peaches. Sprinkle with the oats mixture.

Makes 6 servings.

You can use canned peaches. Omit step 2.

Try using pears or nectarines also work well.

RED LIGHT FOODS (STOP EATING). Only if over weight.

Regular bacon

Sausages

Milk (whole)

Cheese

Yoghurt (full-fat)

Cottage cheese (full-fat)

Cream

Goats milk

All cold cereals except those listed as yellow-or-green-light

Muesli (branded)

White bread

Bagels

Baguette

Croissants

Doughnuts

Muffins

Pancakes/Waffles

Biscuits

Crispbreads (regular)

Melba toast

All dried fruits

All canned fruits in syrup

Cantaloupe melons

Watermelon
Prune juice

All sweetened juices

All fruit drinks

French fries

Hash browns

Butter

Hard margarine

Peanut butter

Tropical oils

Vegetable fat

573 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY.

  1. Buy from shops that give 20 cents off per litre of petrol and use coupons.
  2. Pump up your tires, to use less gas.
  3. Hang your clothes out to dry if the family complain clothes are to stuff put in drier for 5 minutes its better then 50 minutes with energy costs. http://www.clotheslineshop.com
  4. Change the air filter in your car a dirty air filter can reduce your fuel economy by up to 10%.
  5. Hand wash instead of dry clean.
  6. Learn to use a solar cooker during the summer months. http://www.solarcookers.org
  7. Go meatless once a week. http://www.meatlessmonday.com
  8. Bake your own bread. http://www.motherearthnews.com
  9. Make two meals out of one.
  10. Form a swap pool with your neighbours.
  11. Rent things you don’t need year-round.
  12. Shop your girlfriends. Swap something each. And feel proud that no one spent money.
  13. Buy half bottles of wine. http://www.halfwitwines.com
  14. Organize potluck dinner parties.
  15. Buy and sell for what you need on Craigslist or swapster register for free and sellshed.
  16. Always, ask for a discount.
  17. Go wild with salad.
  18. Save money on gift cards. http://www.giftcardsagain.com
  19. Bring your Lunch or Dinner to work.
  20. Clean your refrigerator coils. They circulate coolant through those coils to transfer heat out of the refrigerator and into air around the unit. If they are dirty, they don’t transfer that heat well, and it works harder. That uses more energy.
  21. Clean your own carpet. And cut the cost by half.
  22. Stop drinking bottled water. Buy a water filter jug it is much cheaper to buy filters, yearly.
  23. Install a low-flow showerhead.
  24. Make your own carpet freshener. Buy a box of baking soda. Add some dried Lavender.
  25. Make your own air freshener. Distilled water add a few drops of your favourite essential oil put in an empty spray bottle, and spritz away.
  26. Watch those bank ATM fees plan ahead and use your own bank if you use an out-of-network ATM here and there costs you $3-$4.00 in fees each time.
  27. Why not opt out? Try not to spend at all by asking yourself, the next time you want a big purchase. Could I do without it? And wait a day or two and see if the feeling to buy it passes.
  28. Skip the gift wrap.
  29. Learn to love Ready Made, check out http://www.readymademag.com.
  30. Walk! Park your car and get some exercise.
  31. Form a babysitting co-op.
  32. Save money on clothes, shop at Op clothing stores.
  33. Skip the Christmas tree.
  34. Look for new or used appliances with an Energy star”.
  35. Drink a cheaper wine instead of Champagne.
  36. Learn to make soup. http://www.anniesrecipes.com.
  37. Form a book-swap club. Or online http://www.bookmooch.com or http://www.paperbackswap.com.
  38. Carpool with friends or neighbours on short trips. To the grocery shop etc.
  39. Try a volunteer vacation. Habitat for Humanity http://www.habitat-nola.org. You can find outdoors volunteer vacations at http://www.sierraclub.org or http://www.charityguide.org.
  40. Organize tours for free travel or a large group booking to get a discount.
  41. Watch the story of stuff. http://www.storyofstuff.com
  42. Lease your garage space or garden to a small farmer. http://www.spinfarming.com
  43. Dump bagged salad they are 3 times more expensive than a head of lettuce.
  44. Fix before you buy.
  45. Learn to be a handy-person. http://www.doityourself.com
  46. Skip the extended warranty.
  47. Skip the middleman and sell it yourself. http://www.forsalebyowner.com
  48. Skip the middleman and buy it yourself.
  49. Get your art events free. Get a job volunteering to get free seats.
  50. Go off-season for best value.
  51. Use a gold card for coffee-and more. At a cost of $25.00 it will give you discounts and free wireless access.
  52. Borrow a new bag. http://www.bagborrowsteal.com
  53. Drop towing insurance.
  54. Paint for a new look.
  55. Travel for medical care. http://www.medicaltourism.com encl dentists.
  56. Read this list.
  57. Don’t shy away from silly business.
  58. Cuddle up at night.
  59. Share wireless with the neighbors.
  60. Are you overinsured.
  61. Go outside to eat. (picnic).
  62. Plan an at-home spa day for yourself. Scrub: 1/2 c grated citrus zest, 1/2 c plain almonds, 1/2 c sea salt, 1 Tbsp almond oil. Combine in blender. Conditioning hair treatment: 2 Tbsp almond oil, 4 drops citrus essential oil. Leave in for 20 minutes before shampooing.
  63. Save money on simple legal matters. http://www.nolo.com or http://www.legalzoom.com
  64. Save money on phone calls. http://www.skype.com
  65. Check out the movie matinée. Go early, buy less.
  66. Increase your homeowners or renters insurance. Don’t pay too much for insurance, for less cover save $700 yearly for $5000 instead of $1000.
  67. Is there a discount in your wallet? AAA membership card.
  68. Hot rocks at home-massage techniques on http://www.wonderhowtocom, in the diet and health section.
  69. Increase your health insurance deductibles.
  70. Stargaze.
  71. Make your own moth repellent. Hang rosemary in closet. Lavender.
  72. When grocery only shop the outer part. Because that’s where you find meat, produce and dairy. You will spend less, and its healthier to prepare fresh food then something out of a box.
  73. Put on a wine-tasting party.
  74. Roll your own (candles, that is). You can buy the material you need to “roll your own” at any local beekeeping supply store.
  75. Tomatoes – try your beginning gardeners’ luck. Eat your tomatoes fresh, roasted, on sandwiches or make your own spaghetti sauce. http://www.helpfulgardener.com
  76. Ask friends for garden cuttings. Grapes, herbs etc.
  77. Make your own cat toys. http://www.makeyourowncattoys.com
  78. Learn simple upholstery techniques. Simple step-by-step information can be found on http://www.motherearthnews.com
  79. Mow your own lawn.
  80. Have “no-drive” days.
  81. Practice natural flea control you can find out more inexpensive and non-toxic flea-control at http://www.eartheasy.com
  82. Make your own cleaning supplies.
  83. Cut down on costs of Kid’s parties. Don’t give “goody bags”. Who started this it costs more and it’s not their Birthday.
  84. Keep your credit record clean.
  85. Find a per-mile policy.
  86. Keep a car two years longer.
  87. Take a job for the employee discount.
  88. Sleep naked.
  89. Shower together, save water.
  90. Eat early or Happy hours.
  91. Be wary of coupons. Don’t let yourself be swayed into buying things you don’t regularly buy. You can find online sources for coupons at http://www.centsoff.com there is a fee and you pay to have the coupons delivered.
  92. Make your own baking mixes. You can learn how to make your own mixes at http://www.budget101.com/convenience_mixes.htm
  93. Lose the “latte factor” and other money traps. That $4.00 could go into a savings account.
  94. Take a free outing. Put on your walking shoes and go outside.
  95. Stay in a dorm to save money on hotels.
  96. Turn of your television.
  97. Don’t buy too much life insurance.
  98. Stop and smell the roses, visit the public gardens.
  99. Pick fruit in your neighbourhood.
  100. Travel in your imagination.
  101. Make your own luxury bath oil.
  102. Try a Korean bathhouse. http://www.natura.spa.com
  103. Quit the gym and walk with your partner.
  104. Pack your own lunch when travelling.
  105. Find last-minute bargain trips at http://www.travelzoo.com, http://www.us.lastminute.com or http://www.lastminutetravel.com
  106. Read aloud to each other.
  107. Go back to school.
  108. Listen for free. Free performances in Summer.
  109. Make your own gifts.
  110. Keep your nails short.
  111. Check your kilowatts. Monitor and learn how to track and record your kilowatts usage.
  112. Weatherstrip the house.
  113. Buy in season. Eat in season.
  114. Make your own tomato sauce. http://www.101cookbooks.com or http://www.recipezaar.com
  115. Visit cities with good public transportation.
  116. Travel with your own bar.
  117. Share subscriptions or swap with friends.
  118. Sign up for restaurant newsletters. www.(restaurants name).com
  119. Make your own Jewellery.
  120. Have fruit for dessert.
  121. BYOC-Bring your own coffee, that is. Buy a thermos.
  122. Make muffins for Breakfast on the go.
  123. Drive across the country free. http://www.autodriveaway.com
  124. Ride share on longtrips. Graigslist has a “rideshare” function, http://www.goodala.com
  125. Learn to house swap. http://www.homelink-NZ.com
  126. Learn to couch surf. You can travel the world from couch to couch. http://www.couchsurf.com
  127. Start neighbourhood potluck dinners.
  128. Switch your games join. http://www.switchgames.com
  129. Travel off-season for best prices.
  130. Buy a second home now?
  131. Get the lead out of your trunk. Empty your boot for fuel economy.
  132. Plan a “Staycation”. Stay in your home town holiday and do all the things you never have time for.
  133. Go for organic grocery deals. http://www.organicgrocerydeals.com
  134. Use cloth napkins.
  135. Use your hanky.
  136. Mix your own stuff, from concentrate.
  137. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs.
  138. Cut back on laundry soap. Use a little less and it will last longer.
  139. Las Vegas on Sale! It’s on sale check it out.
  140. Take a road trip. Cheaper than flying and you see more.
  141. Buy at factory outlets. http://www.harman.com
  142. Buy an almost-new car instead.
  143. Double check your ISP. Check you could get your internet provider for cheaper.
  144. Never dial a cellular information service it costs for that call.
  145. Start a community garden patch.
  146. Buy car insurance? Get all the discounts.
  147. Use your cell phone for long distance calls.
  148. Turn out the lights.
  149. Delight in beans and rice. http://www.vegetarian.about.com
  150. Pop real popcorn.
  151. Shop your pantry first. Have breakfast cereal.
  152. BYOB-wine, that is.
  153. Make a shopping list and stick to it.
  154. Form a buying club. http://www.anniesbuyingclub.com
  155. Don’t toss out old banana’s. Baking http://www.foodnetwork.com
  156. Compare before you click the “buy button”.
  157. Increase your auto insurance deductibles.
  158. Ask, is this a “want” or a need?
  159. Say “no thanks” to cash. Here’s how to save: budget your pocket cash and do it once a week at ATM. Period. No extras, no where, no how.
  160. Limit your family trips to the drive-thru lane.
  161. Never shop out of boredom.
  162. Don’t go to the mall for exercise.
  163. Rank priority before you buy.
  164. Wait before you buy.
  165. Lose weight.
  166. Cut back on cable.
  167. Find a store that doubles coupons. Type “double-coupons” grocery stores into your search engine.
  168. Use Facebook discount information.
  169. Borrow a glittery gown.
  170. Rent a glittery gown. http://www.onenightaffair.com
  171. Wash Fido and Fluffy yourself.
  172. Time for only one car!
  173. What exactly are you buying!
  174. Change your driving route to avoid impulse buying.
  175. Rent instead of owning a home.
  176. Listen to Reverend Billy. You Tube or http://www.revbilly.com Shopacollapse!
  177. Keep what you own to go green.
  178. Ride your bike to save three ways. 1. Petrol. 2. Auto wear and tear. 3. Gym fees.
  179. Airbed and breakfast. http://www.airbedandbreakfast.com
  180. Serve smaller portions. You may have enough for lunch tomorrow.
  181. Make your own notepads and scratch paper.
  182. Know that manufacturers are cutting sizes.
  183. Be “frugal”. http://www.frugal.com allows members to text in a bar code of an item.
  184. Always ask, “What specials are you offering today”.
  185. Always search the words “discount” and “sale”. Type what you want along with the words “discount” or “sale”.
  186. Create low-cost organizers.
  187. Wash in cold water.
  188. Skip the spam. It’s full of sodium. Buy meat specials instead.
  189. Avoid the flu. FluMist at http://www.flumist.com
  190. Skip the sugary cereals.
  191. Make your own cheese. http://www.saveur.com
  192. Whiten your own teeth.
  193. Try not to procrastinate.
  194. Check out designer sales. http://www.bluefly.com or http://www.gilt.com
  195. Be a “budget fashionista”. http://www.thebudgetfashionista.com
  196. Make your own fertilizer. http://www.bluegrassgardens.com
  197. Don’t waste a good recession.
  198. Bring a friend to increase negotiation power. Two people buying, say a car.
  199. Enjoy the comfort of soup and a sandwich.
  200. Cut the price you pay for haircuts.
  201. Visit artist’s studios.
  202. Don’t try to keep up with the Jones.
  203. Avoid those pre-made items at the grocery store.
  204. Hide your roots. Do your own roots.
  205. Cut it in half.
  206. Stay in the bar. Some bar meals are cheaper than in the Restaurant.
  207. Hostel environments can be good for your budget.
  208. Be a buzz agent. Sign up at http://www.bzzagent.com
  209. Get the top twenty deals.Sign up at http://www.travelzoo.com
  210. Try a McMassage. http://www.massageenvy.com, http://www.handandstone.com or http://www.massageheights.com
  211. Time for cosmetic surgery! Ask for more than one quote.
  212. Agree to let go of gifts.
  213. Take up house-sitting. http://www.caretaker.org and sabbaticalhomes.com
  214. Buy Christmas throughout the year.
  215. Be smart. http://www.us.mensa.org
  216. Cruise free. Give talks to passengers. http://www.sixthstar.com or http://www.toseawithz.com
  217. Switch to dail-up? It’s cheaper, but takes longer.
  218. Watch your lead foot. Costs more in petrol and wear and tear.
  219. Put on a sweater. Turn the temperature down on heater and cuddle up in a blanket you can save 10% a year.
  220. Use cost-saving strategies.
  221. Renovating? Try architectural salvage. http://www.redo.org
  222. Yesterday’s bread isn’t bad. Yesterdays goodies at bakeries are cheaper and just as delicious when reheated.
  223. Look for multi-tickets discounts. Skiing passes, golf, sports events, concerts. Check for specials on the web.
  224. Nearsight? Consider LASIK.
  225. Buy less expensive Sunglasses.
  226. Look for secondhand season tickets. http://www.stubhub.com
  227. Look for a cheaper Barber. A barber can be cheaper than a hairdresser.
  228. Get eye and other exams at a local university.
  229. Use flexible spending accounts.
  230. Buy a used bike-from the police?
  231. Use that wrapping paper and ribbon again.
  232. Send Christmas postcards.
  233. Take advantage of free fragrance.
  234. Make your own smoothies. http://www.smoothieweb.com
  235. Exercise more. Analyze less.
  236. Attend silent auctions.
  237. Split a 12-inch sub.
  238. Give each other foot massages.
  239. Read a savings book for free.
  240. Get free samples. “Free samples”.
  241. Check your free credit report.
  242. Get free stuff from Wednesday trader.
  243. Learn to say “no” to your children.
  244. Splurge in your bathroom. Scented candles, new hand towels, a dish fill of seashells.
  245. Buy new underwear instead of a new outfit.
  246. Get a free makeover.
  247. Acquire some free peace of mind. http://www.learn-to-meditate.com
  248. Scent your fires. Small pinecones, eucalyptus leaves, dried herbs and lavender.
  249. Skip the take-out. Try a slow cooker.
  250. Low income! Take advantage of Lifeline service.
  251. Cheaper Telephone services.
  252. Get help with energy costs from LIHEAR.
  253. Eat homemade ice cream.
  254. Set your water heater lower. You could save 15% a year.
  255. Splurge on Sunday brunch. If you enjoy going out for Dinner try a Sunday lunch its much cheaper.
  256. Stock up on the Sunday paper. To get coupons.
  257. Check out Restaurant.com. http://www.restaurant.com
  258. Bake your own Irish Soda bread. http://www.allrecipes.com
  259. Make your own salad dressings.
  260. Serve wine in a small glass.
  261. Skip the flower centrepiece.
  262. Make your own gourmet pizza. http://www.foodnetwork.com
  263. Try some Depression cooking with Clara.
  264. Don’t rent  a car at the airport.
  265. Get nostalgic at a drive-in movie. http://www.drive-in.com
  266. Don’t take your children to the store.
  267. Establish limits for Birthday party gifts.
  268. Look up, look down, to spot bargains. Top or bottom shelves in grocery stores maybe cheap
  269. Be wary of rebates.
  270. Be wary of liquidation Sales too.
  271. Seek out natural hot springs. http://www.findhotsprings.com
  272. Chances are, you have enough shoes.
  273. Bring along the doggie bag.
  274. Use insider bidding techniques for travel sites.
  275. Review your cell phone bill.
  276. Satellite and cable contract expired? Be a free agent.
  277. Drop unnecessary, land-line charges, or get rid of the land-line if you don’t need it.
  278. Review your credit card statements. Make sure you are paying for things you use. Mistakes happen.
  279. Use cash-back cards. Reward cards, Flybuys, onecards, AAA cards, gold discount cards. http://www.creditcard.com/reward.php
  280. Replace furnace filters. You’ll save and feel better.
  281. Close drapes at night.
  282. Replace and clean filters.
  283. Know when to use airline miles.
  284. Make your own art.
  285. Take the train. http://www.amtrak.com or NZRail.com
  286. Visit college towns for affordable culture.
  287. Check out the shopping cart economist. http://www.shoppingcarteconmist.com
  288. Join a CSA-get a vegetable box. Local harvest web site. http://www.localharvest.org
  289. Stuff baked potatoes.
  290. Hold a family meeting.
  291. Be creative in the kitchen.
  292. Look for energy tax credits. http://www.energystar.co.nz
  293. Go generic homebrands are just as good and cheaper.
  294. Learn to knit. http://www.bargainyarns.com
  295. Take better care of your clothes. They will last longer.
  296. Old bread? Make bread pudding! http://www.momswhatthink.com
  297. Pay half price for event tickets. http://www.goldstar.com
  298. What you already have might be enough.
  299. Live the old money life.
  300. Make your lingerie last longer. Handwash.
  301. Look for real estate auction bargains. http://www.ushomeauction.com
  302. Make your own glass cleaner. 1 cup water, 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 Tbsp white vinegar.
  303. Share a vacation rental with friends.
  304. Start a small business.
  305. Shop bulk with friends.
  306. Use salt everywhere.
  307. Use Hotel clubs and newsletters.
  308. Subscribe to budget magazines.
  309. Buy bargain kid’s stuff.
  310. Buy wine by the case.
  311. Make your own tinted moisturizer.
  312. Bring your own cloth shopping bags.
  313. Unclutter. Breathe easier. http://www.flylady.net 31 day planner to get a clean and tidy home.
  314. Decorate with blooming plants.
  315. Give herbs as gifts.
  316. Sunscreen is cheaper than wrinkle cream.
  317. Get “prompt pay” discounts.
  318. Get money back. http://www.extrabux.com
  319. Go climb a stadium.
  320. Become a “maker”. http://www.makerfaire.com
  321. Write it all down.
  322. Don’t be impulsive.
  323. Make only one meal.
  324. Close vents in unused rooms.
  325. Organize your closet!
  326. Fill your prescriptions over the border. http://www.universal drug storedrugs.com checkout pharmacy web sites.
  327. Shop at rummage sales.
  328. Form a children’s clothes and toys swap.
  329. Teach your children to make snacks.
  330. Camp in your own backyard.
  331. Plan free field trips.
  332. Build a bonfire.
  333. Learn to style your hair with a blow dryer.
  334. Recycle your electronics. http://www.myboneyard.com
  335. Can your own fruits and vegetables.
  336. Teachers save money.
  337. Make your own petfood. http://www.make-stuff.com/cooking/petfood.html
  338. Make your own baby stuff. http://www.make-your-own-baby-stuff.com
  339. Learn to sew.
  340. Check out free business marketing ideas. http://www.constantcontact.com
  341. Get free business cards. Vista print at http://www.vistaprint.com? 250 for postage and advertising them on the back.
  342. Coffee smoothies at home.
  343. Combine your errands.
  344. Check out Hulu. Free computer shows.
  345. Look for inexpensive team sports clubs.
  346. Travel where the dollars is strong.
  347. Use recycled printer cartridges. http://www.re-inks.com
  348. Get free http://www.download.com for free software.
  349. Rent a wreck! http://www.rentawreck.com cheaper used cars.
  350. Hire your Children
  351. Get married on a budget. wikihow.com/save-money-on-your-wedding-ceremony-and-reception for a long list of ideas.
  352. Skip the fancy cake.
  353. Know when to get married.
  354. Save a slice an open-faced sandwich and pile high.
  355. Choose unprocessed. Sometimes fresh is cheaper in the long run than canned in season.
  356. Keep tabs on your credit card balances.
  357. Live on a budget.
  358. Reward family members for living on a budget.
  359. Do your own taxes.

BUILDING BRIDGES.

I watched the Building Bridges song contest and Loved it, it was awesome. Sweden won, Russia got Second and Italy was Third. Australia had their first year and got Fifth. Eurovision builds bridges between Countries, I have always had a Love for this with Chef jobs and being a foodie.

During my days of living in Oamaru and growing up there I went to a Oamaru Garden Wedding at the Red Bridge and the reception was at Weston at the King Charles Hall. Was a lot of fun as I grow up with the Quarry their yeah Cat music. During the Athens Olympic  I did Wedding Catering in Kurow and their Hall looks more like a Castle awesome. When I lived in Geraldine I got an Italian none stick Catering job at The Top Paddock went and worked for a Japan Factory and went to work for Mount Cook and learnt to make Sushi. I worked for Robbie’s Timaru Scottish and The South Of The Boarder Mexican Restaurant. I then went to work for The Godley carrying workmen who were building a bridge.

I now work for the Razza Wild Buck Beer Bar and Bistro and my Love for being a Check and the Dreams we have are still going strong, but I need to have a Holiday and after Queen’s Birthday I am leaving to go on Holiday and have a much-needed break because of all this work just makes me tired. I have been working continually and at times have really enjoyed it, put some people just don’t let you rest when you really need it, they need to just let it go and get on with their own life.

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF I KEPT DRIVING MY TEAM?

Imagine the following scenario:

A citrus range owner named Ian hires two pickers to harvest his Orange crop. Throughout the first week the pickers continually harvest and bring Ian many bushels of Oranges. The next week Ian is excited by this yield and decides that the pickers should keep on picking all night instead of having Dinner and going to bed. So the next week the pickers pick all day and all night without rest or food. That week, they return with a smaller yield. Ian bellows at them that they must continue picking. By the third week, the pickers yield is yet smaller. Ian is panicked now because he needs those Oranges, and he begins to berate and terrorize the pickers until they finally limp back to work. Exhausted and starving, they can only pick a few Oranges a day. As the weeks go on, the pickers become so depleted and haggard that they cannot even reach up and pick one Orange.

This is a Metaphor for what happens to your adrenal glands when you get caught in the adrenaline rush lifestyle and do not allow your adrenal glands to rest and repair. When you remember about how much energy you used to have, how good you once looked and felt, and how soundly you used to sleep. It was because your adrenals were healthy and fully functioning back then.

For those who Love the lifestyle of the constant adrenaline rush, there is one more downside. When your adrenal tire and reduce their output of adrenaline, you will need more competition, more risk, more danger, more stimulus-more of the edge to get your adrenaline buzz. Paul Revere and the Raiders once sang: “Kicks just keep getting harder to find.” Although you may place greater demands on yourself to get the same response, eventually there is no more adrenal reserve. If you do not take measures to correct the situation, you may hit bottom emotionally and physically.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I KEEP DRIVING MYSELF AND HITTING A WALL?

CHRISTINE’S STORY.

Moving into her thirties, Christine continued her hectic work life, smoking cigarettes, maintaining sugar consumption, and not making time to rest or to eat balanced meals. Her first real physical difficulties began in this decade of her life.

At thirty-one, Christine injured her spine. Perhaps her body was trying to tell her. “I need you to slow down and start paying attention because I can’t keep up with you. If you don’t start taking care of me, things are going to go seriously wrong..” Christine did not hear this or acknowledge these warnings. After her recovering from her spinal injuries, even though she suffered from leg numbness, she did not stop working or even slow down her pace.

Totally, exhausted, she collapsed and reinjured her spine. At this point,if Christine had stopped to rest, her adrenal glands would have repaired themselves and been able to support her body. By thirty-six, quit smoking and gave up all stimulants. This was a great thing to do for her body. Unfortunately, Christine did not slow down. “She was on the fast train.” She though she was doing the right thing by exercising. But she was only getting four or five hours of sleep at night, which prevented her body flowing into the alkaline tide to Rest, Repair and Regenerate. Her body did not have enough time to wind down and fully enter the night state of repair. Then, bouncing out of bed before she had a change to repair launched her body back into a full day state. Christine spent too many hours of the day and night in an acidic state of dominance.

There was no denying that Christine had reached the next stage Burn-out at forty-seven years old. Christine had a heart attack while going on a flight to Paris while doing a fashion show. She then had to under go open heart surgery. The actual surgery was the Ultimate reality check. The surgeons had told her that she would be back on her feet in six weeks, but six weeks after surgery it still hurt to breathe. Christine was fragile and weak. Her arduous recovery lasted over a year.

“People asked, “How could you end up with open-heart surgery after all the things you did to get yourself well and healthy?” She told them it must have been all the stress I was under. They were shocked, they really didn’t believe that stress does these things even though they hear it all the time. They look at you and say, “Yeah, yeah, if your stressed go to Cancun.”

It is true that Christine’s stress was a primary contributing factor in her adrenal exhaustion, which ultimately lead to her heart disease. The good news was that Christine followed this Diet and Nutrition, she began to heal and her health improved. At age forty-nine, everything Christine touches still turns to gold. Her second chance has given her the opportunity to enjoy activities, such as writing, gardening, and gourmet cooking, that she previously ignored in the whirlwind of her life.

“When your life passes before your eyes and you have two days to do your inventory, boy, you really see what matters and what doesn’t. Three-quarters of the things that you think were so important meant absolutely nothing when you think your going to lose your life.”

Christine’s story illustrates how easy it is to slip from one stage to another and how denial prevents all of us from admitting what we are doing to ourselves. Even when the signs are blatantly apparent to others, we are usually blind to the clues and resist others’ attempts to help us.