LiveingWell Health News Letter


Camping - Get Remote and Get Comfortable

Camping - a term that has many meanings. To some, that means driving the RV to a park, hooking up to the

electrical outlet and turning on the TV. To others,camping is about roughing it~. packing the minimum of gear

into a backpack, hiking for miles and sleeping under the stars. I like it somewhere in between those extremes.

I'm fine with what I call 'car camping.' That is, pack as much stuff as the car can hold, drive to a pretty

campground, pitch a tent, and cook on an open fire. Slapping bugs, stiff bones from sleeping on bumpy ground,

misty breath in the early morning air - all part of the adventure, but there the car is, handy for a quick retreat if

the weather is too rotten or the neighbors are really too loud. It's because of those neighbors that I hanker

after more of a get-away sometimes. People camp for various reasons, but I'm sure one of the main intentions

is to commune with nature. That isn't the easiest feeling to get in a campground with several dozen other

families. You get to be up close with a lot of strangers, and that's the nature of campgrounds. However, there

are some ways to increase your chances of privacy.

First, if you do prefer designated campgrounds and like to have your car nearby, stay in the more primitive

grounds.  Those with no electricity and no bath-houses (only outhouses instead) are usually less popular, no

surprise.  The also usually have smaller numbers of camping spaces altogether. Often, they don't use

reservations, so it's part of the adventure to show up and see what you get.

Now, if you don't mind camping outside designated grounds, you can do that in most U.S. National Forests. This

way you can car-camp, and have your own space. Using forest

service maps, you make locating a good spot part of the camping trip experience. Once you've found a good

location, you can return time and again, so it's worth the time to find the place at first. Just leave it like it was

when you found it. Haul out your trash, don't have fires where prohibited, and so forth. In addition to being the

right thing to do, when you leave the place unmarked by your passage, other people might not notice it, and it'll

be there for you on future trips.

Canoe camping is one of my preferred ways to achieve camping solitude. Canoe camping works a few different

ways, depending on the water situation. If you're at a lake, it is often a matter of simply paddling to the

opposite shore from the designated campground. On a river, you'll need at least one companion for a shuttle.

Choose your put-in and pull-out using the excellent maps you'll be carrying with you. The maps will also help

you locate camping spots along the way of your river run. For this remote get-away method to be fun and safely

carried out, I advise good advance planning, including some pre-event scouting.

Once you find some places to take these kinds of camping trips, where a feature of the trip is exploration and

scouting, camping grounds never have quite the same cachet.  You've carved out your own little niche -

speaking figuratively, of course. If you are responsible in how you use them, the sites will remain your own

private campgrounds.

By Samantha Jaden


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Herbal Steam Facial

Steam your Face & Raise your Spirits

A weekly or monthly facial steam is not only a good way to clean your pores, it's a lovely time to relax and

pamper yourselft.

To prepare either of the Steam Facials below you will need

1. Place 3 cups of water in a tea kettle and bring it to a boil, then carefully pour the steaming water into a heatproof bowl. Add the herbs from the one you have choosen for your skin type.

2. Steam away.

Drape a large towel over your head and lean over the bowel, close enough to feel the steam( about 12 inches away) not to close that it burns. You simply want to build up a rolling sweat on you skin. Steam for 5 to 20 minutes. Then pat your face dry. Follow with a mask for more cleansing or with a toner and moisturizer.

For normal to dry skin:

Combine 2 parts calendula flowers

2 parts borage, 1 part lavender, 1part chamomile, 1 part roses, and 1/2 part fennel seeds, "these herbs help to soften dry, rough skin.

For Oily skin

Try two parts comfrey, 2 parts calendula, 2parts witch hazel, 1part yarrow, and 1 part rosemary. These are soothing and astringent herbs that will help ease oil production, notes Add 1 part pepperment for a refreshing zing.

Plump wrinkles with steam

You can temporarily rehydrate wrinkled skin with a fennel facial steam.

Crush 1 tablespoon of fennel seed and boil 3 cups of water, carefully pour the water into a

heat resistant bowl and place it on a sturdy table. Add the crushed seeds and 2 drops of essential oil (rose, lavender, sandalwood, or rose geranium are all nice)

Put towel over your head and steam for 10 minutes. Remember to stay at least the safe distants away so you don't burn your face.

This steam has a slippery, moisturizing quality.

It is also good for rough, chapped skin.


. Ajiaco (Potato, Corn, and Chicken Stew)

From Cooking Light

Cubed Yukon gold potatoes provide color, while grated russets gently release their starch to make this

traditional Columbian dish velvety without added cream. Use the small holes on a box grater for the russet

potatoes; if you shred them coarsely, they won't dissolve into the broth.

1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

12 chicken thighs (about 3 pounds), skinned

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot

3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

2 1/2 cups finely shredded peeled baking potato

2 1/2 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold potato (about 1 pound)

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half of chicken; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and chicken. Remove from pan; cover and keep warm.

Add onion and carrot to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in broth, corn, oregano, and thyme; bring to a simmer. Stir in baking potato and chicken; cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring frequently to keep potato from sticking to pan. Add cubed potato; cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the cilantro and remaining ingredients, and cook, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2 thighs and 1 cup broth mixture)


CALORIES 331(21% from fat); FAT 7.8g(sat 1.7g,mono 3.3g,poly 1.6g); PROTEIN 30.3g; CHOLESTEROL

107mg; CALCIUM 34mg; SODIUM 744mg; FIBER 3.7g; IRON 2mg; CARBOHYDRATE 34.4g


Listen to slow music anything that contains 100 beats per minute  or less like "Breathless" by Kenny G or "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones and you"ll eat about 25% less food at every meal, reports researchers at Johns Hopkins University.  In their studies, 50% of folks who ate along to fast paced music asked for seconds, compared to only 33% of people who ate in silence.  But none of the diners who ate with slow, relaxing music playing in the background asked for seconds.  Reportes nutritionist Gayle Hudson, R. D.  In fact most left quarter of the food on their plates and reported feeling fuller than usual and enjoyed their food more.

6. Thought of the Day:

 " Happiness lies in the passions we pursue and the pressures we decline."


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