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I have more stress than an average teen because of the college prep classes I have. This is as high as it can be because it raises your blood sugar faster and higher than any other thing you could eat. Try an egg drink with eggs, butter, some sweet potatoes, berries, avocados along with some spices mixed in a blender along with some hot water, and drink it. Increase your calorie intake and see what happens. I do have a gluten allergy so I try to compensate this with oatmeal bread. But I have not lost a pound.
What is a good Glycemic index number
They are also quite handy for plant vines! I think this happened because I cut them back earlier than usual after they stopped blooming. Must remember to do that next year. The bees love these, but it was really cool when I took these pictures and not a single bee was on them. There is a random catnip plant that showed up in the back garden bed and sometimes when I go out there, I will bring some leaves in for Pixie.
This is after she ate the catnip and was just rolling around the floor:. So, fresh catnip only in the warm months. Zinnias are really going now and mums are appearing everywhere. Butterflies go crazy for zinnias.
Last year I had great zinnias from the seeds I bought at Select Seeds. I already have the seeds bookmarked that I will be buying for next year. I think next year I will try the tippy pots in the shade.
I think they just get too late of a start in our climate. All those little brown leaves are from the honey locust tree, which you can just see at the top of the picture. At least for now. It pays to wait sometimes! My moon flowers are still pretty small and not ready to bloom yet. I tried something different this year and put them in the back yard. Now that cooler weather has finally moved in, I will be doing more transplanting and moving plants this weekend.
Another week has gone by. So much for my goal this year to post more LOL. Othello has put out a few blooms. I have started renovating the back sunny flower bed. I need to move the taller plants into the back.
So, last weekend I got a bee in my bonnet and started moving stuff. Irises have been moved up to the front. I moved the really tall globe thistle to behind the bird bath. I think I got a bit over zealous with moving since we had super hot and muggy temps this week and it really stressed out the globe thistles:.
Another big project was digging up this mess of whatever. I had chopped it all way down in the spring and decided the stump needed to come out.
That stump has to weigh 40 pounds at least. It is soooo heavy. Thinking about a rose of Sharon bush there or maybe some small tree. Labor Day is coming up and that means getting ready for fall! I had my good camera out for shots today. These look really good still in the front and the back.
It looks like some seedlings started this year. This is a miniature version, so if you have a smaller garden, it will fit in perfectly rather than the really tall ones. I still have a critter problem out in the back yard. The woodchuck was back. He left me with this nice bare spot:.
I divided up some of my irises and planted those new rhizomes I got last week. Here is my solution to keep the critters away from them:. Always something new to see when I go out there. Everywhere you read that water helps with weight loss in many ways. While the hydrated part is true — and a good thing, the others are kind of spotty.
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence where people say it helps them, but is it really true? One study had participants drinking increasing amounts of water prior to eating at a lunch buffet to see if the water had any effect. Turns out not so much — at least for overweight individuals. This was reporting on how much water a person consumed in a day versus the number of calories eaten. Energy density of foods, servings of fruits or vegetables and eating patterns did not differ between the water and the no-water day in both men and women.
For me, drinking water never really keeps me from eating. Do you find any benefits from drinking 8 glasses of water a day? Or do you try to drink 8 glasses a day? John and I have been battling the crud. John started getting sick last week and was feeling terrible. I thought i was in the clear, but Sunday I started with the sore throat. Leaves and buds all nibbled off. I started spraying with neem and some leaves are starting to sprout again.
So, I planted a couple of peonies around it that i got in a clearance sale. Superman is guarding the new peonies. This was something we found attached to our fence when we moved in and i kept it for whatever reason. Maybe they will work.
I like the plant, but if I had known it was going to get this tall, I would have it about 6 feet further back. I need to read and see if these tolerate being moved. It obscures the path through here, too. Welcome to the weekend! We have still been having rain off and on, which has been nice for not watering the garden.
I have some self-seeders coming up. These are from the seeds that drop. There are a couple of other ones as well. I guess I will just let them reseed as long as they want to come up.
I had Cleome two years ago. This must have been seed that overwintered for two years! These normally are tall — or the parents were. That was fun to find. There is one other one as well. One seed packet had different color flowers in it for some reason. There are several different colors:.
I have a dwarf butterfly bush in the front and I must say, it is nice and bushy with lots of blooms coming on it. Last year I planted some flowering tobacco — an old-fashioned kind. I replanted it in the spring and now, finally, it has bloomed:. The ones in the back did. Who knows why that is. The vagaries of gardening. Have a great one! John had a fairly laid back 50th birthday. We just did whatever he wanted for the day. I took him out for dinner at a new place called Downtown Social, which is a place that combines a restaurant, deli, bourbon room and music stage all in one.
The German potato salad on the side was served in a red cabbage cup — cute! This was a tasty sandwich and I saved half of it. It was bigger than this picture looks. He wanted this recipe from Bobby Flay. The recipe has a lot of steps including making caramel and an apple topping to go on top. A lot of work, but it was worth it! Happy Friday and happy weekend everyone! On to the blooms. I was a little surprised to see the mullein sending up more flowers. I really was not expecting these to bloom this year, so bonus!
There is something like species in the mullein family. You do find it in some herbal teas in stores. See below glycemic index chart for more information. That spikes your sugar again and the cycle repeats itself. You go back and forth between high sugar with fat production, and low sugar with feelings of exhaustion, hunger, and cravings. When you eat foods that have a high glycemic index you go back and forth between high and low blood sugar levels. The cycle requires your pancreas to produce insulin and over time it becomes exhausted and your insulin becomes less effective.
Your pancreas actually has to produce more insulin to get the same effect. This is the beginning of diabetes. There are also studies that associate diets that contain foods with a high glycemic index to cancer, heart disease , eye conditions, and various other avoidable health issues.
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