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Throwback Thursday: They grow so fast

Happy Thursday! This month has been a whirl wind so far. Rarely do I make plans and a whole new set of plans crop up everyday. This had been one of those months. Instead of stressing about it, I’ve decided to just go with the flow and (try to) maintain an attitude of gratitude. In all of the unexpected details that have surfaced, I remember the many blessings that God has given me.

After a long and exhausting day, way past my bedtime, I grabbed my laptop and while looking for a document, came across the following video. It made me smile and tear up at the same time. This little misses, age 3 in the video will be 7 next week. Oh how I the time has flown. I don’t even remember what I was looking for. All of a sudden, it wasn’t so important…and I was reminded how quickly our children grow up.

For Throwback Thursday, I’m throwing back a few short years to share my baby girl’s favorite Barney song.

  • When was the last time you smiled and cried at the same time?
  • Have you had subtle reminders of the importance of family?
  • Do you miss the early years of your children (if you have) or do you prefer the adult child stage?


A Day in the Life: My One (Wo)Man Show

YoureInvitedtoaBlogPartyAgain-RxFitnessLady_zps550097b7Welcome to day 4 of the 7 Days Mini Blog Challenge hosted by Joi from Rx Fitness Lady. If you’re just joining, please check out Day 1 Confession, Day 2 Controversy, Day 3 Humorous. I’ve actually really enjoyed reading other post and the comments on my post. I love how everyone is creeped out by the picture in Day 1 post. I can’t wait to respond to each and every one of you. This week has been crazy, but I’ll get it done :)

Today’s writing prompt is Throwback Thursday “Ten Years” or A Day in the Life.

I’ve decided to combine the two. Recently, I posted a throwback picture of me and my husband (friend at the time) graduating from Chiropractic School on my business Facebook page. It made me think about how chaotic things were when I opened my first practice in Miami, FL many moons ago.

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So today, not only do you get a throwback, you get a day in the life – throwback.

6:00AM: Wake up (have devotion, go to the gym, head to the office)

Get to the office, perform opening procedures because I don’t have an assistant and I have to get the office ready.

8:00: First patient arrives (happens to be a new patient), sees me sitting at the front desk

I welcome the patient and provide paperwork. While they’re filling out the intake form, I answer a few phone calls, enter info into computer and attempt to verify insurance from the day before.

Patient hands me the completed paperwork, I walk patient back to exam room, put on my lab coat and officially greets the patient ( as if she didn’t just see me sitting at the front desk). **Crickets**

Patient: Oh, so you’re the doctor too? Me: (shame) Yes Ma’am, I’m in the process of hiring an assistant so if you know someone… Patient: I need a job.

Me: (thinking, Lord help!) Well, I have a few prospects, so if it doesn’t work out I’ll let you know…

I perform history, exam… while doing the exam, I excuse myself to attend to an unscheduled “walk-in” patient. (I know when the door opens from the door chime I had installed). Ask patient to have a seat, I’ll be with them shortly.

Goes back, completes exam, x-ray, therapy and give recommendations. Walks patient to the front, collects money. Patient: You’re wearing Auulll the hats huh? Me: (reschedules patient) Have a good one.

Welcomes “walk-in” and other returning patients (by now there are about 4 patients in the office), I go from room to room providing treatment, answering questions, answering the phone, collecting money, scheduling follow-up visits.

12:00PM FINALLY! The office closes for lunch: I complete progress notes, start initial reports, verify insurances, submit insurance charges (billing), return important phone calls, develop x-rays, do x-ray analysis and diagnosis.

1:30 leave to get a quick bite, pass out some business cards and brochures (depending on the day, I’d conduct a few interviews for an assistant or attend a chamber of commerce event, meet with local churches, attorney’s office or lunch meeting trying to make connections)

3:00 Evening shift begins. A repeat of the morning shift. Continue seeing patients and juggling it all.

6:00 Sees the last patient, make reminder phone calls (finish up notes, empty trash, clean office including bathroom)

7:30PM: heads home to eat (or to church if it’s Wednesday Night, or choir rehearsal if it’s Friday Night)

Surprisingly, the one man show didn’t seem to deter patients from coming back and referring their friends and family. Of course it didn’t hurt that my church was right across the street and many of the members supported my business.

Looking back makes me so grateful for where I am today. Although we’ve since relocated and essentially started over; it’s such a blessing to be able to share the responsibilities with my husband and our 4 staff members.

  • Did you ever have a one man show?
  • How many “hats” are you wearing?

“Real Sugar” Throwback

Several months ago I went into the grocery store and saw some Pepsi products called throwback. When I looked closely at these limited time only products made with “real sugar”, I was both humored and saddened at the same time. Humored because I wondered when did something as simple as using real sugar in a product become a thing of the past that it’s considered a throwback? I was saddened because, when I considered the alternative, it was actually disturbing to me. I also blogged about the use of trans fats being used in profits before health. pepsi throw back We’ve all seen those commercials produced by the Corn Refiners Association; The High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) “Sweet Surprise” Ad campaign. In case you haven’t, the dialogue goes something like this:

(Girl offer’s her boyfriend a bite of her Popsicle)

Boy: I thought you loved me?

Girl: Take two bites.

Boy: It has HFCS in it

Girl: So?

Boy: You know what they say about it…

Girl: What? That it’s made from corn? Has the same calories as sugar and it’s fine in moderation.

(Boy takes and eats the Popsicle.)

So what’s the big deal? The commercial failed to mentioned is that HFCS is a highly refined, artificial product. Mercury, caustic soda, and hydrochloric acid are used in processing it. Manufacturers love it because:

  • it is both sweeter and cheaper than sugar (cheaper, partly because of generous federal subsidies and trade policies that encourage farmers to grow more corn)
  • it is not as susceptible to freezer burn, easily dissolves and has a longer shelf life

The reality is that HFCS is very different from Table sugar. Table sugar is a combination of fructose and glucose which are both simple sugars produced naturally by plants. The combination is called sucrose (not to be confused with sucralose, brand name Splenda, which is also artificial). Unlike sugar, corn syrup is mainly glucose produced from corn starch. There is no naturally occurring fructose in corn which is why corn isn’t sweet. But, in the 1950’s, scientists found a way to chemically and artificially convert the glucose (in corn) to fructose. The resulting concoction is 90% fructose (very sweet) that is mixed with corn syrup (not sweet), thus the high fructose corn syrup.

The problem with this super sweet, super cheap product is that:

Research has shown that “high-fructose corn syrup” goes directly to the liver, releasing enzymes that instruct the body to then store fat! This may elevate triglyceride (fat in blood) levels and elevate cholesterol levels. This fake fructose may slow fat burning and cause weight gain.

Of course, there are serious health consequences for not using natural sugar in moderation, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. But I believe that consuming too many foods and beverages containing HFCS is like taking the superhighway to compromised health…evident in the   increased incidence of childhood obesity and diabetes. Below is a video response to the Corn Refiner’s Ad campaign. (I’m not into name calling so please disregard the printed statement at the end of the video)

But how can you avoid it with there being so many foods containing HFCS? I gravitate to those foods that clearly advertise “No HFCS” on the label. I suggest checking the label…often times, it’s one of the first ingredient listed. Also, many products are meeting the demands of consumers by removing this ingredient. To get you started, here are a few:

  • Bread. Nature’s Own and Sara Lee does not contain high fructose corn syrup.
  • Pancakes. Aunt Jemima pancakes do not contain HFCS. Neither does Log Cabin pancake syrup.
  • Cereal. Any of the Kashi cereal brands do not contain high fructose corn syrup. Cheerios, Grape Nuts and Life cereal are also good options.
  • Condiments. Any of the Annie’s Naturals products and Welch’s fruit spreads are free of HFCS. Heinz and Hunts ketchup and Hellman’s mayonnaise are also good options, but you may have to look for the ones clearly marked advertising “No HFCS”
  • Ice cream. Breyer’s All Natural ice creams are free of HFCS . Many of the Ben and Jerry’s flavors also meet this requirements, although a couple of the ones that contain candy or chocolate may have minor amounts.
  • Chocolate. Most Cadbury and Dove chocolates are free of HFCS. Surprisingly many Hershey’s chocolate also does not have HFCS
  • Applesauce. Mott’s Natural Applesauce is the only main brand applesauce free from HFCS (although there are plenty of organic options – which are better for you anyway, since conventional apples are high in pesticides).
  • Soda. Although these are more difficult to find, lesser known soda brands like China Cola and Blue Sky soft drinks don’t contain HFCS.
  • Pasta sauce. Any of the Ragu flavors and most of the Classico brands will not contain HFCS.

Have you ever thought about HFCS in foods? Do you check the labels before purchasing food items?