Memory Care Challenge: Auspicious

Updated 11/22/2021: I am continuing to edit the older posts for this topic before proceeding to the new words. This is a very popular topic. Thanksgiving 2021 is this week, so be sure and check out my Gratitude posts from 2020. Just search for gratitude in the search box. I will be continuing the topic of Dementia into December, with some gift ideas for people suffering from Dementia.

So, this week’s word is Auspicious.  Remember, there are 100 words altogether, so this is a lengthy challenge.  In your journal write the word, and definition 10 times each, then say the word and definition out loud 10 times each.  Go back over all the previous words, reading them out loud 10 times each.  How are you doing so far?  This is our 6th word.  You can find the other words in the archives. Some more challenging ways to help improve memory and remember your words are to write a poem using the word of the week, or all the words. Draw a picture story, write a story, create a funny song. There is a short video below to help you learn more about the word, auspicious.

Taking care of your memory is such an important issue, especially with the rise in Dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases.  If you would like to work with me on other ways to improve your memory, click the contact button and send me a message to set up a free meet and greet via email. 

One great way that has proven to help prevent Dementia and improve cognition, and memory, is exercise. Check out my Walking Buddy Plan. It is affordable and walking is a great way to exercise, especially if you do not exercise, or have not in a while. You can use the contact form at the end of this post to send me an email with any questions. I am working on some free printables for my Mailchimp subscribers to help with learning and remembering the words on the list.

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Can’t Afford Organic? How To Remove Pesticides From Fruits and Veggies!

Updated: 2/2/2022: As I continue to edit old posts that I did, I came across this post. As my family is currently doing a Food Budget/Pantry Challenge for the whole year of 2022, this post became even more relevant. This refers to fresh fruit and veggies. If you buy frozen or canned, organic if you can afford it is best. This does not apply to processed foods, or convenience foods, for obvious reasons. Those foods, shelf-stable, if I choose to purchase them I do try to afford the organic varieties.

If you are like me, you may be trying to go Organic.  Organic foods are much more expensive than non-organic foods.  But, since they are supposed to be healthier I do it.  I won’t even go into the depressing article I read on how Organics were actually discovered to have pesticides.  Not yet, deep breath!  But, earlier this week, I read an article about how a new discovery of washing fruits, and veggies, is very effective in washing off pesticides.  This is good news to me.  We live on a budget, as a lot of Americans do, and buying Organic all the time is killing my grocery budget.

The report I read, which I can’t find now, was basically the same as the one I found on Consumer Reports.   I will get right to the point, but you can read all the boring mumbo jumbo by clicking that link in the sentence above.  They used bleach, regular water, and baking soda water.  Yes, baking soda, is a very cheap product to purchase.  I have stated previously that I take a 1/2 tsp of baking soda, in water twice a day, as prescribed by my doctor, and the results have been awesome for me in reversing my Metabolic Acidosis when I was first diagnosed with CKD. Now, I find another awesome way to use it.  I don’t want to wash my food in bleach, sorry.  I clean the house with it, but not to food washing.  Plain water, well ok but you know it isn’t going to remove all the pesticides.  According to the Consumer Report article, one tsp of baking soda in 2 cups of water for 2 minutes, removed some of the pesticides.  The other article I read was a tbsp of baking soda in a liter of water for 12 minutes, and most pesticides were removed.  Of course, you can’t account for pesticides already absorbed, but if you peel your fruits and vegetables that helps even more.  Be sure to rinse anything you soak in the baking soda solution.

I can not tell you how awesome I think this is, especially for people who might not be able to afford the more expensive organic items. There are other very good reasons to buy organic foods other than they are healthier to eat. But, when you live on a budget and you need to feed your family, organic might just not be feasible. If you ever wanted a cause to join, pushing politicians to make organic foods more affordable and accessible is a good option.

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