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A Natural Solution 4 You
August 5th, 2004 Edition

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Health In The News

Junk Food You Eat Reveals Your Personality

If I eat pretzels, does that really mean I'm a flirt? Dr. Alan Hirsch from the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago says so. He conducts research into a branch of psychology called "hedonics," which deals with pleasant and unpleasant feelings.

Hirsch conducted an eight-year study with 800 volunteers and claims the results show that people's snack food preferences reveal their personality type, reports the CBS News "Early Show." You may laugh, but Hirsch is serious about this.

He says the link between food preferences and personality is much like a Rorschach ink blot test long used by psychologists for insight into personality.

This is the true meaning of all that junk food you eat:

Pretzels mean you're a flirt and you're very lively and energetic.

Cheese curls mean you have great integrity and maintain a high moral ground.

Potato chips mean you are aggressive, a real go-getter who will not take no for an answer.

Tortilla chips mean you're a perfectionist. An "A" is not good enough for you. It has to be an "A+."

Beef jerky means you're the life of the party. You're outgoing and gregarious.

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Health News For Adults and Kids

Give Yourself And The Air A Break

64% of adults and over 15% of kids are overweight today, resulting in 300,000 premature deaths and a cost to society of $117 billion a year.

Over 22% of all motor vehicle trips Americans take are less than one (1) mile long, and 50% of the working population commutes five (5) miles or less to work.

If the average person biked or walked to work or shopping once every two weeks instead of driving, we could prevent the pollution of close to one (1) billion gallons of gasolien from entering the atmosphere every year.

Studies show that when done briskly on a regular schedule, walking can improve the body's ability to consume oxygen during exertion, lower the resting heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and increase the efficiency of the heart and lungs. Walking has several unique advantages over other forms of exercise - you can do it almost anywhere, anytime, and it's free!

Bicycle riding is a liberating, healthy, inexpensive, and enjoyable way to travel. Cycling is ranked among the top three exercises used for improving cardiovascular fitness. Compared to the automobile, bicycling provides many benefits to the traveling public by reducing traffic congestion, reducing air pollution and placing fewer demands on local roads and highways.

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Portobello Pizzas
Serves 4

30 Minutes or Less

Giant portobello mushroom caps are the foundation for mini pizzas, packed
with the same intense flavors as the standard pizza-parlor pie but minus the
calories. Use a commercially prepared pesto for quick assembly of these
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Italian gelato for dessert.

4 giant portobello mushroom caps (about 20 oz. total)
2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar, or more as needed
1 1/2 Tbs. basil pesto
1 1/2 cups shredded combination low-fat mozzarella and provolone cheeses
2 oz. soy pepperoni slices
6 artichoke bottoms (6 oz.), chopped
2 Tbs. (1 oz.) chopped oil-cured olives, optional
Pinch oregano

1. Preheat oven to 500F. Line baking sheet with foil, and spray foil with
nonstick cooking spray.

2. Wipe mushroom caps clean, and remove stems. Chop stems, and place in
mixing bowl. Using small spoon, gently scoop out black gills on underside of
mushroom caps, and discard gills. Place mushrooms, cap side down, on
foil-lined sheet.

3. Combine balsamic vinegar and pesto in small mixing bowl, and brush
mixture on mushroom caps. Place in oven, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or
until tender.

4. Meanwhile, combine in bowl 1 cup cheese, soy pepperoni slices, artichoke
bottoms, chopped mushroom stems, olives, if using, and oregano, tossing to
mix well. Remove mushrooms from oven, and, dividing mixture evenly, fill
each cap. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over mushrooms.

5. Bake 7 to 10 minutes more, remove from oven and serve.

PER SERVING: 250 CAL; 17 G PROT; 13 G TOTAL FAT (7 SAT. FAT); 11 G CARB.; 30

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Laughing Lines
Laughter Is Good Medicine

A young woman brings home her fiance to meet her parents. After dinner, her mother tells her father to find out about the young man.

The father invites the fiancee to his study for a chat. "So what are your plans?" the father asks the young man.

"I am a Bible college student." he replies.

"A Bible college student. Hmmm," the father says. "admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in, as she's accustomed to?"

"I will study," the young man replies, "and God will provide for us."

"And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she deserves?" asks the father.

"I will concentrate on my studies," the young man replies, "God will provide for us."

"And children?" asks the father. "How will you support children?"

"Don't worry, sir, God will provide," replies the fiance. The conversation proceeds like this, and each time the father questions, the young idealist insists that God will provide.

Later, the mother asks, "How did it go, Honey?"

The father answers, "He has no job and no plans, but the good news is he thinks I'm God."

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