Oct 252016


7 Not So Junky Junk Foods to Grab on the Go

Road trips, gas stops, no time for lunch; we’ve all found ourselves at the convenience store for a fast bite on the go. While a bag of chips or chocolate bar may be an option we later regret; there are fast bites that can actually offer some health benefits. Dr. Christopher Calapai a board certified expert in osteopathic medicine specializing in longevity offers some junk food options to consider the next time there’s no time for an actual meal.

1 – Blue M&M’s and Blue Gatorade – Don’t get the blues about all food dyes. From candy to sports drinks, the unnatural colors of foods today can make you cringe at the thought of what’s making them colored. But, not all colored dyes are as bad as you may think. Research done by scientists at the University of Rochester found that Brilliant Blue G (BBG), found in blue M & M’s and blue Gatorade, could help reduce damage from spine injuries. When BBG was injected into lab rats with spinal cord injuries, it sped up their recovery time and ability to walk.

2 – Cheeze Whiz?? No way!! – Fat isn’t always a bad word. The FDA has stated that not only are all trans fats not bad, some are actually good for you. Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs), although high in calories can help fight cancer, weight gain, diabetes and arthritis. It’s hard to believe, but CLAs are found in Cheese Whiz.

3 – Pork Rinds – Just the words pork rinds sound like instant heart attack. However did you know they are a fantastic source of protein? A one-ounce serving of this fried snack has seventeen grams of protein, seven times the amount of found in a serving of potato chips. Plus, 43% of the fat found in pork rinds come from oleic acid, the same healthy fat found in olive oil.

4 – Beer – Some studies have found that beer can actually help increase bone mineral density because it contains silicon, making bones stronger and less likely to fracture. A Harvard University study found that beer could prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of stroke. Italian researchers found that beer can raise HDL, the good cholesterol in your body. Opt for a light beer with fewer calories to avoid that full feeling.

5 – Graham Crackers — They are the next best things to cookies if you’re trying to keep your health in mind. Graham crackers contain much less sugar than regular cookies and are still sweet enough to satisfy a craving. Plus, they are made with flour that undergoes a special milling process, preserving more of the whole wheat than in usual milling.

6 – Popcorn — This is a snack that gets two thumbs up. Popcorn is packed with fiber and polyphenols, which are antioxidants that help to protect us from heart disease and certain cancers. Surprisingly, popcorn has more iron than eggs and spinach! It is also gluten-free, which makes it an option for those with Celiac Disease and other gluten allergies. Lastly, popcorn is mostly air. This means it fills you up, helping to stave off hunger cravings.

7 – Beef Jerky — Forget about the leather-tasting jerky of years past, today’s gourmet jerky is delicious and can be healthy. Beef Jerky, just like its non-dried version of meat, is high in protein, iron and zinc. It, also, contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Be sure to look for natural beef jerky as the newer gourmet styles that are packed with flavor and free of nitrates.

About the Doctor: Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

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Many Healthy Ways to Use Lemons #Lemons #Health

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Feb 012016

Many Healthy Ways to Use Lemons #Lemons #Health

Many Healthy Ways to Use Lemons

Do you know lemons can have many health benefits?  I always have fresh lemons on hand our family uses lemons for so many things including cleaning, cooking and more.  I love it because it works really well and it’s natural and chemical free.  Lemons are a perfectly tangy addition to an assortment of food and beverages, lemons also provide an entire host of health benefits.

The folks over at Limoneira suggest that consuming as little as one lemon a day (juice or pulp) can help to jumpstart or refresh a healthy lifestyle.  Yes, it’s that simple just by adding a daily lemon it can benefit health in the following ways:

Naturally restore the body’s pH levels: Lemons are alkaline-forming in the body and aid in helping to restore balance in a body’s pH levels.

Fight infections and colds: The high content of vitamin C in lemons helps work to fight and prevent colds and infections.  Also if you have a fever just drink a lemon juice mixture and it can help bring the fever down faster!

Liver detox: In addition to flushing out toxins throughout the body, lemons help work to stimulate and detoxify the liver.  It’s recommend to drink warm lemon juice early in the morning can help flush out toxins.

Strengthen blood vessels: The bioflavonoid in lemons is handy for helping to aid in high blood pressure treatment because they can help strengthen blood vessels and help prevent internal hemorrhage.

Reduce inflammation and pain: A powerful and natural dissolvent of uric acid, lemons help to reduce pain and inflammation in the joints, helping to prevent inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis.

Lots of Healthy Ways to Use Lemons #Lemons #Health

Anti-aging benefit: The vitamin C in lemons helps it to neutralize free radicals, which are linked to aging and disease.  The vitamin C also helps protect the body against immune system deficiencies.

Regulate digestion: Lemons can help regulate digestion by increasing the production of digestive juices.  Lemons also contain pectin fibre which is very beneficial for colon health and it also helps serve as a powerful antibacterial.

Potential anticancer properties: High in antioxidants, lemons are thought to help protect cells from the formation of cancer cells and may help to also slow the growth of cancer cells.

Lower cholesterol: Lemons are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber that helps protect cardiovascular health.

Prevent kidney stones: Consuming lemons can help raise citrate levels in urine, helping prevent the formation of future kidney stones, calcium deposits and gallstones.

Many Healthy Ways to Use Lemons #Lemons #Health

It’s a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.  The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells.  Lemon juice also helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session.

To learn more about Limoneira Lemons, I encourage you to visit www.limoneira.com.  The Limoneira Company, a 120-year-old international agribusiness headquartered in Santa Paula, California, has grown to become one of the premier integrated agribusinesses in the world.  It’s important to me that The Limoneira Company is a leading producer of lemons, avocados, oranges, specialty citrus and other crops that are enjoyed throughout the world.

Many Healthy Ways to Use Lemons  #Lemons #Health

 “I received Lemons and information necessary from Limoneira to facilitate my candid review. No other forms of payment were or will be received. All opinions are that of Coupon Saving Family and all Limoneira health tips are provided for general information and educational use only so with that said this information should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of the reader’s doctor or any other health care professional. Coupon Saving Family or Limoneira is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of these health tips. The health benefits believed to be provided by lemons are based on various nutritional studies of the vitamins and compounds found in lemons and other foods that have been shown to have these beneficial effects.  So if in doubt please ask your doctor regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally use or have tried and believe in.

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When your Kid’s Worst Cold Symptoms Won’t Budge? Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold Liquid Review #BlameMucus

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Nov 122013

Jonathan is sick and taking Children's Mucinex

When your Kid’s Worst Cold Symptoms Won’t Budge? #BlameMucus

Jonathan is sick and when he gets sick he usually gets sick bad and fast.  I know I don’t have time to play around with it.  He has a stuffy nose, cough, congestion and he woke up several times in the middle of the night last night.  Luckily I had Children’s Mucinex in my medicine cabinet.

Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom

I am thankful that Children’s Mucinex Multi Symptom Cold is fast acting it breaks up mucus and relieved Jonathan’s worst cold symptoms which included a stuffy nose, cough and chest congestion.

 I feel confident knowing that Children’s Mucinex Multi Symptom Cold liquid is safe and effective when used as directed, so Jonathan can quickly get back to feeling normal.

Go here to get a Children’s Mucinex Printable Coupon!

~ Important Reminders ~

Always read complete warnings and information on Children’s Mucinex® Multi-Symptom Cold liquid.

Only use the dosing device that comes packaged with the medicine.

Do not use more than directed and keep out of the reach of children.

Intended for use for children between the ages 4-12 years old.

When used as directed, relieves stuffy nose, cough, chest congestion, and also thins and loosens mucus.

If and when in doubt please contact your child’s doctor.

I wrote this review and received Free products and information necessary from Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold Liquid through Smiley360 to facilitate my candid review. No other forms of payment were or will be received. All opinions are that of Coupon Saving Family!

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Little Ceasar’s: Moldy Pizza at Little Ceasar’s in Jacksonville Florida

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Nov 022013

Little Ceasar's Moldy Pizza

Little Ceasar's Moldy Crazy Bread

Little Ceasar’s Moldy Pizza at Little Ceasar’s in Jacksonville Florida

A couple of weeks ago we ordered Little Ceasar’s Pizza, Crazy Bread and Sauce.  When we were eating it we noticed that inside the crazy bread was mold.  So right away we took it back to Little Ceasar’s.  The district manager called us back offering us free food.  He did apologize for the mold being in the dough.  However by then Jonathan was sick.  He had to miss school the next day and went to the doctor’s office.  Well now a few weeks later we decided to give it another try and get the free food we were offered.  Only to find “mold again” in the Crazy Bread.  Keep in mind the dough that used in the Crazy Bread is the same dough that they use to make pizza.  I’m really upset!!!  So hoping any of my family does not get sick again or have to go to the doctor again.

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Children’s Claritin Back to School Allergy Tips and KaBoom!

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Oct 112013

Claritin for Kids - Great for Allergies

 Back-to-School Allergy Tips

1. Be sure to have Children’s Claritin, the #1 pediatrician-recommended non-drowsy allergy brand, on hand!

2. Multi-vitamins are building blocks to having a strong immune system. Make taking a multi-vitamin part of your child’s daily routine.

3. Let there be light! Mold doesn’t like sunlight, so try to keep your curtains open during the day. Should be easy during the summer months!

4. Did you know that most pillows trap allergens, dust mites, and bacteria? Monitor the cleanliness of the pillow your child with allergies sleeps on and replace if necessary.

5. Back to school season means lots of laundry for many moms. Be sure to remove laundry from the washing machine promptly. Allowing wet clothes to sit in the washer means mold can quickly grow there.

6. Monitor pollen counts and adjust outdoor before and after school activities accordingly. Dry, windy days can be particularly high in pollen.

7. Showering or bathing at the end of the day as opposed to the morning can be helpful in removing allergens from body surfaces and hair.

8. Stay hydrated! Always send your child to school with a bottle of water. Drinking lots of clear fluids through the day can help get rid of toxins and flush out body.

9. Peak pollen production typically occurs in early morning, so try to plan outside activities at other times of the day.

“As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.”

Children's Claritin Help Create Playgrouds

Next I’m really excited that Claritin has partnered up with KaBOOM to give children the opportunity to enjoy creative play at home and at school!

 Kids should have time to play — at home and at school. We know that creative play can make kids happy and healthy, but some kids aren’t getting enough of it. That’s why the makers of Children’s Claritin are teaming up with the national nonprofit KaBOOM! to help bring innovative play spaces to schools in need. As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, we want you to be among the first to hear about this exciting program.

Children's Claritin and KaBOOM

Children’s Claritin and KaBOOM! are helping bring play to kids in need by offering 12 national schools the chance to win Imagination Playground™ equipment. These mobile play sets are comprised of oversized foam blocks that can be assembled inside or outside, giving children of all abilities the opportunity to foster creativity and critical-thinking skills.

Claritin and Kaboom

Your vote can make a difference! Join Children’s Claritin, the #1 pediatrician-recommended non-drowsy allergy brand, and KaBOOM! to help select 4 schools to receive Imagination Playground™ equipment. You can visit http://Facebook.com/Claritin between 8/1-10/31 to cast your vote for one of twelve finalist schools. The four schools with the most votes will win Imagination Playground™ equipment for their students.

Help bring these schools to the finish line!

1.    Chicago, IL – Hanson Park Elementary

2.    Cincinnati, OH – Pleasant Ridge Montessori School

3.    Joplin, MO – McKinley Elementary

4.    North Salem, NY – Westchester Exceptional Children’s School

5.    Union Town, PA – Menallen Elementary School

6.    Washington, DC – Sela Public Charter School

7.    New Orleans, LA – Audubon Charter School

8.    Spartanburg, SC – Spartanburg Charter School

9.    Willis, TX – Parmley Elementary Annex

10.  Vail, AZ – Sycamore Enrichment Center

11.  Santa Cruz, CA – Live Oak Elementary

12.  Spokane Valley, WA – St. John Vianney School

Join Children’s Claritin and KaBOOM! to select 4 schools to receive Imagination Playground™ equipment.  Go here to vote and visit the Children’s Claritin Facebook Page!

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Daniel Bauer: Beyond Belief HIV/AIDS Awareness in Jacksonville, FL August 25, 2012

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Aug 232012


In a world where life sometimes is masked with smoke and mirrors for many to hide; and secrets to linger, Daniel Bauer, the successor to the legendary escape artist Harry Houdini brings to life a collection of short stories about his personal experiences living with HIV/AIDS.

Reality is, many people still believe people living with HIV/AIDS should be feared. That those living with this incurable illness are not strong enough to live or test the boundaries of the human body. Beyond Belief is the beginning of a new chapter in the fight against HIV / AIDS Stigma. Daniel Bauer, the only publicly open HIV positive escape artist, will continue to challenge the limits of the human body, both mentally and physically through perilous, death defying escapes.

Beyond Belief is the story. . . Daniel’s story which he weaves all of his heart and emotion through the delicate arts of magic and escape, setting the stage for what’s to come in future years as he reclaims a legacy that was nearly lost because of the fear of HIV many in society still possess and express today.

There are no big props! There is no smoke! And the only mirror used in this show is in a dressing room! Touch, listen, taste and see!! Your senses will come alive in this suspenseful, humorous and emotional thrill of a production that takes you behind the success, the fall and the rise of Daniel Bauer’s life.

Prepare to witness the arts of magic and escape up-close and personal. Prepare to be inspired by stories of triumph. Prepare to be captivated Beyond Belief.

Following the performance, Daniel will return to the stage for a Q/A session with audience members allowing for a deeper perspective on the experience and his life.

Beyond-Belief is a 90-minute production – NO INTERMISSION


Located at 2165 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

There are TWO SHOWS ONLY. AUGUST 25TH – 4 PM / 8 PM

General admission tickets are $25.00 and VIP Tickets are $45

Go here if you would like to purchase a David Bauer Beyond Belief Ticket!

VIP Ticket Holders will receive the following benefits:

   – Premium Seating

   – Exclusive Meet ‘n Greet with Daniel Bauer at a reception following the performance.

   – An exclusive piece of magic performed that is brand new to the world of magic!

   – Daniel Bauer will show you how to perform your very own, very cool magic trick.

   – Photo with Daniel Bauer and DAB The AIDS Bear

   – Other mentionable which will be announced soon.

Coming from out of town?  Go here to see all the details on getting a discount on a Jacksonville hotel & to get a discount code for the Hampton Inn.

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Can You Live With Bad Credit?

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Aug 172012

There’s tons of advice out there on improving your credit score and setting yourself up for a sweet financial retirement. Unfortunately, most people out there don’t have the extra income required to take advantage of that advice. When your credit is trashed and you are scraping by between paychecks, your question is essentially what you have to do to survive despite your bad credit. The fact is that bad credit isn’t the end of the world. Here is what you should know about your credit, and why you can live with bad credit after all.

It’s a Blessing in Disguise

Credit scores rise up or down based on your history and other factors. If it starts looking like you’re getting in over your head, your credit rating will drop. It will become more difficult to borrow money, but that’s actually not a bad thing. In fact, it could be argued that your low rating is a blessing in disguise. Unable to get more loans, you may be forced to focus your attention on paying things off and cleaning up your financial act. In the long run, that’s much better than being able to dig yourself deeper into debt and more trouble.

Cash and Carry is Smart

It’s true that you may not have the credit to go out and buy a big screen TV at the drop of a hat, but you can still save up for those little extras in life. The biggest difference is that your little extras will be paid for. There is an incredible feeling that comes with knowing your goodies are fully owned by you. The next time you feel envious of your brother with his high credit lines, remember that he’s probably paying a small fortune in interest every month.

Separate the Credit Score from Your Personal Worth

A bad credit score is often the start of a vicious cycle. You feel guilty about the low score, it makes you feel worthless, and you start sinking into depression. Depression clouds the mind and makes it harder to arrive at smart decisions. You might even resort to shopping for therapy, and that will make things even harder. It’s vital that you separate the credit score from your own personal worth. They are not intertwined. Keeping a clear head during this time and avoiding the pitfalls of depression will help you make smarter financial decisions.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Your credit didn’t sink into oblivion overnight, and it will take time to bring it back from the brink. Be patient, focus on making smart financial choices, and make sure you live within your means. You might want to consider investing in PPI credit insurance, so your payments will be covered even if you lose your job and don’t have the money to make them. Over time, your credit will start to improve. In the meantime, you will continue making money, loving your family, and enjoying your life.

When it comes right down to it, bad credit is not going to destroy your life. While you should slowly work on improving it by making better choices, you don’t have to stress out and beat yourself up over it. Focus on paying cash for the extras you want and eliminating expenses where you can. With time, your credit score will creep up again, but life will continue as normal in the meantime.

This post is a guest post written for the readers of Coupon Saving Family by Clifford Watts who is a freelance blogger that writes on behalf of PPI Claims about using payment protection insurance as a way to maintain and improve your credit score.

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