Reading this makes my decsiions easier than taking candy from a baby.

reading this makes my decsiions easier than taking candy from a baby.
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The second step is cooling the hot syrup to let it solidify. Depending on the recipe and what happens to the syrup during this stage, the sugar molecules may bond to each other randomly in a single amorphous mass, or they may form millions of individual, tightly organized crystals. If you want a creamy or fudgy texture, you stir the syrup as it cools to prevent the sugar crystals from becoming big and coarse.

Magical or not, candy making can also be tedious and finicky. Many recipes call for a half-hour or more of standing over a hot stove, stirring constantly to prevent the sugar syrup from scorching or boiling over; attending to the pot walls with a wet brush to remove spatter that could turn a smooth candy grainy; watching a thermometer until it reaches just the right temperature, down to the degree.

I’M not a big candy eater, but around the holidays I find myself longing for a few pieces of chewy Turkish delight. Despite the name and exotic rose-water flavor, it’s among the humblest of confections, made from just cornstarch and sugar. But it takes me back to the first Christmas I can remember, when the grandmother I hadn’t yet met, who was Indian and lived in England, sent me a box. For me it still carries the taste of strangeness and confusion and wonder.

But candy making can be much simpler, quicker and more fun than all that. Cooks were making candies centuries before the invention of thermometers. And modernity has brought us a household appliance that greatly reduces the tedium of boiling down home-size batches of candy syrup. With your microwave you can make candy with a fraction of the usual time and attention.

Raising a little lady? Then prepare to gab with your girl. Whether they're trying to maintain eye contact with you as newborns (research shows they excel at this more than infant boys) or saying their first words sooner, girls thrive on communicating with you. You can expect all or some of those characteristics to blossom in your baby girl:

There is some evidence that boys tend to be more easily agitated than girls and have a harder time self-soothing. According to one study, even when 6-month-old boys appeared as calm as the girls in the face of frustration, measures of heart rate and breathing suggested that they were actually experiencing greater distress.

Infant girls exceed boys when it comes to fine motor tasks, a head start that will stick with them until preschool. They're faster to manipulate toys; they use eating utensils sooner; and they write sooner (and more neatly), too.

Boys express fear later than girls, and less often. According to a recent survey, the parents of boys ages 3 to 12 months were much less likely than the parents of girls the same age to report that their child startles in response to loud noises or stimuli. Another study revealed that when moms made a fearful face as their 12-month-olds approached a toy, the boys disregarded the mom and went for the plaything anyway. Girls slowed their approach.

I have had diabetes now for almost 11yrs. i got it when i was pregnant with my son and never went away. i am now almost 47 yrs old. i am very hard on myself when comes to eating. i am only 137pds. not overweight at all(can afford to loose maybe 10) but never the less lately my blood sugars are high when i dont even eat bad things. the last test when i was at the doctor my Aic was 6.3 i know when i go in april it will be higher. why is this happening and especially when i didnt even eat high carbs or desserts. does your body change every 7yrs have anything to do with your insides changing in results to do with diabetes. please if you have any input let me know thanks signed frustrated diabetic

Hi! I have been a diabetic for over 7 years now and i am 17 years old. I give up! I seriously cant do this anymore. My sugar has never been stable and my average is 10.9. I cant control it. I have been to many different doctors and no one can help me. I know that i am responsible for myself and the manangeing of this illness but i have no time or motivation. I was also on a pump for a year, wich only made this worse. I am not saying that i am innocent but i find it extremely hard to do everything at the right time when it is needed. Please help me.

My doc, a nurse practitioner, has said that I may have diabetes. My fasting glucose reading was 148 on the first test. I had taken a small cup of coffee with Truvia. Truvia supposedly does not affect BG, but caffeine does. Since I have been monitoring my BG, I have discovered that it will be up a little in the morning. So, maybe the BG test was a little higher than it could have been. I have had high uric acid levels, so a few weeks after the first BG test I had blood test to see how the uric acid levels were doing. I was not fasting and, if I remember correctly, it was an hour or so after I ate that they did the blood draw. The lab did BG on that and it was 142. They then did and A1c and it came out at 6.5. I have since started on a DPP-4 med, Tradjenta, and believe that I am seeing a difference. I have also discovered that there is a huge difference between how foods are prepared and their effect on BG. French fries are dangerous. Mashed potatoes not so much.

My dr just told me I am borderline diabetic, with a fasting glucose level of 100. I checked it again this morning before eating and it was 125. I am 38, weigh 138. I have not been sleeping well the last couple of months, maybe 4-5 hours per night, and am always wide awake at 3 am. Been busy and stressed and a bit of anxiety creeping in.

I have added some races to my list of goals for the year, rather than remove my wino habit or love for baked goods. It helps offset those unhealthier calories, and also gives me great (healthy) goals to keep me motivated all year. Love the mental shift of adding instead of subtracting, it really does seem easier to upkeep.

Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage. During exercise nerve cells release proteins known as neurotrophic factors. One in particular, called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health, and directly benefits cognitive functions, including learning. Further, exercise provides protective effects to your brain through:

Your gut bacteria are an active and integrated part of your body, and as such are heavily dependent on your diet and vulnerable to your lifestyle. If you consume a lot of processed foods and sweetened drinks, for instance, your gut bacteria are likely going to be severely compromised because processed foods in general will destroy healthy microflora and sugars of all kinds feed bad bacteria and yeast. Limiting sugar and processed foods, while eating traditionally fermented foods (rich in naturally occurring good bacteria), taking a probiotic supplement and breastfeeding your baby are among the best ways to optimize gut flora and subsequently support brain health.

If your brain's production of insulin decreases, your brain literally begins to starve, as it's deprived of the glucose-converted energy it needs to function normally. This is what happens to Alzheimer's patients -- portions of their brain start to atrophy, or starve, leading to impaired functioning and eventual loss of memory, speech, movement and personality.

B12 is available in its natural form only in animal food sources. These include seafood, beef, chicken, pork, milk, and eggs. If you don't consume enough of these animal products (and I don't recommend consuming seafood unless you know it is from a pure water source) to get an adequate supply of B12, or if your body's ability to absorb the vitamin from food is compromised, vitamin B12 supplementation is completely non-toxic and inexpensive, especially when compared to the cost of laboratory testing. I recommend an under-the-tongue fine mist spray, as this technology helps you absorb the vitamin into the fine capillaries under your tongue.

…Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson (1968) did the same study in a classroom, telling elementary school teachers that they had certain students in their class who were “academic spurters.” In fact, these students were selected at random. Absolutely nothing else was done by the researchers to single out these children. Yet by the end of the school year, 30 percent of the the children arbitrarily named as spurters had gained an average of 22 IQ points, and almost all had gained at least 10 IQ points.

Caffeine and glucose can have beneficial effects on cognitive performance… Since these areas have been related to the sustained attention and working memory processes, results would suggest that combined caffeine and glucose could increase the efficiency of the attentional system.

…happiness is a tremendous advantage in a world that emphasizes performance. On average, happy people are more successful than unhappy people at both work and love. They get better performance reviews, have more prestigious jobs, and earn higher salaries. They are more likely to get married, and once married, they are more satisfied with their marriage.

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