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Martha A. Cheves
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Oats for Fiber Intake

Oats are high in soluble fiber and linked to lowering blood pressure and overall cholesterol levels. Oats are a good carbohydrate,  and they're rich in beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is a powerful soluble fiber that helps to slow the digestion of sugar and keep blood sugar levels under control.
Oats are also a great source of quality plant protein helping with muscle growth and repair. Each half cup serving provides a whopping 10 grams, and many studies have shown eating oatmeal reduces the risk of heart disease. 
Power up your day and your body with a bowl of oats—and breakfast aside, it's an excellent pre- or post-workout meal.   

Blueberries Are a Top Antioxidant

Ask five nutrition experts to provide a list of their favorite "superfoods," and the results will vary—but they'll also overlap. The reason is each food provides something different and of great importance to body functioning.  
One food on the list might be a rich source of protein or fiber, but wind up lacking in vitamins and minerals. Another superfood could be loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants, but be largely absent of protein. That's why experts claim that eating a wide variety of power foods is the best way to ensure optimum health. Try and eat the following foods every day, and you'll check just about every nutritional box. 
Take blueberries, for instance. In a study of common fruits and vegetables, blueberries contained more antioxidants than over 40 of their competitors. This places the unassuming berry at the top of the list for guarding against cancer, heart disease, dementia, and macular degeneration. 
Blueberries also defend against urinary tract infections, thanks to the antioxidant epicatechins. Epicatechins prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. Blueberries are also high in water, providing hydration to the skin and cells of the body.
Eating half a cup of blueberries satisfies one fruit and vegetable serving per day.

Countdown to Diet Disasters - #1

And the biggest mistake of all:
1. Letting one mistake start you on a downward spiral. “I’ve seen people completely go back to square one,” says Hubbert. “They make one mistake and it starts a whole cycle.” The remedy? If you make a mistake, admit it, forgive yourself, and get back on track right away.

Comment:  Been there, Done That!  This is one of the hardest things to make yourself do.  When I make a mistake, I want to say to H with it, I'll start over tomorrow.  Well, tomorrow seldom comes the next day.  Tomorrow is usually several days or even weeks away.  This is truly a fighting battle that I have a hard time with but I'm working on it.

Countdown to Diet Disasters - #2

2. Thinking of your diet as a diet. There is diet fatigue if you go on a diet. People can stay on a diet about three months and then they are done with it because they can’t stand it. Instead, focus on making healthy lifestyle and diet choices that you can live with for a long time.

Comments:  For me this goes back to making elimination changes.  I love ice cream and could eat it every night.  I eliminated it to once a week and instead of eating it at home I go out to eat it.  This prevents me from having a carton in the freezer and sneaking around to eat it.  I try to eliminate one item/habit every 2 weeks.  This also prevents me from calling what I'm doing a diet.

Countdown to Diet Disasters - #3

3. Emotional eating. Eating in response to sadness, boredom, or stress wrecks your calorie counting for at least one day. “We learn to associate food with feeling better,” says Hubbert, a self-confessed boredom eater. When you become aware of your urge to eat in response to emotions instead of hunger pains, find something else to do that will distract you for 10 or 15 minutes, such as taking a walk, says Hubbert.

Comment:  Guilty again!  Most of my emotional eating comes from stress.  I have situations in my life that truly stress me out and I find myself standing in front of the refrigerator all too often.  What I've found to work for me is to grab a bottle of cold water and down about 1/2 of it.  That actually cures my stress hunger better than anything else.

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I write simple, easy to follow cookbooks, The recipes I work up are made from common ingredients found in most kitchens and the finished dishes are not just delicious and attractive but they have been tested my some of my 25 "Food Testers" before making it to print. Stir, Laugh, Repeat is the perfect cookbook for young adults or us older ones who simply don't have time to spend all evening in the kitchen.

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Never Say Goodbye - Richard Parker, Author

Never Say Goodbye - Review by Martha A. Cheves

"Whiting hadn't made any connections between the four victims.  Each one had been murdered in a different area of the city."  Metcalfe consulted his note.  "First was female - an affluent black law student, second…


Posted on August 15, 2018 at 1:59pm

A Very Mersey Murder (Mersey Mystery Series Book 5) - Brian L. Porter, Author

A Very Mersey Murder - Review by Martha A. Cheves

A woman is brutally raped and murdered, her body left close to the old disused lighthouse in Hale.  Then came a second and finally a third murder.  All being committed by who the police feel is the same person.  One was a barmaid,…


Posted on July 30, 2018 at 12:28pm

'Til Death: Second Impressions - Jason Anspach, Author

'Till Death:  Second Impressions - Review by Martha A. Cheves

Frank Rockwell, Sam's deceased father, had made his way down as a Return - ghost - from the Pearly Gates Administration Building in order to see his wife Alice one last time.  He was given clearance by claiming to hold…


Posted on March 27, 2018 at 11:24am

5 Manners of Death - Darden North, Author

The Five Manners of Death - Review by Martha A. Cheves

What are the five manners of death?  They…


Posted on March 5, 2018 at 1:16pm

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A Mersey Mariner - Book 4 - Review by Martha A Cheves, Author of: Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish

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At 5:07pm on December 6, 2011, Fernando Sobenes said…

Hello Martha. My name is Fernando Sobenes and I want to invite you to read the prologue and the first two chapters of my novel: "The Evil Visitor" in my blog The Evil Visitor

Also you can watch the book trailer.

Best regards,


At 9:46am on July 28, 2011, Jane McCormick said…

Hi Martha

I do not know if the iuniverse book publishing com is sending my E Book  to them?  Best to you    Jane

At 9:06am on May 22, 2011, Kathi S. Barton Barton - Author gave Martha A. Cheves a gift
Thank you for the friendship. Kathi
At 2:33pm on January 14, 2011, Mary Deal gave Martha A. Cheves a gift
You cookbook, Stir, Laugh, Repeat, is the cat's meow!
At 6:45pm on September 24, 2010, Mary Deal said…
Thank you, Martha. I hope you enjoy it. My friends say they have to have a box of tissues beside them when they read. You're an avid reader. You'll breeze right through it.

I'm glad you got a copy.
At 4:26am on August 10, 2010, Martha A. Cheves said…
This is a comment from Author Lorilyn Roberts, Children of Dreams. I want to invite everyone to watch this show and enter the drawing. This is one amazing mother and daughter.

My daughter's story will be featured on Animal Planet's show "Monsters Inside Me" on Wednesday August 25, 10-11pm EST. The episode number is 210, Shape Shifters (unless they change it between now and then, but this is what they emailed me today).

To celebrate her inspirational adoption and healing from a devastating illness, I am offering a free copy of Children of Dreams on each of my websites from now until the end of August. Here is all you have to do. I just posted a devotional on my website and blog, "Many Lessons for a Life Worth Living," and if you will leave a comment -- a quote, Bible verse, something the devotional spoke to your heart, I will enter your name into a drawing for a signed hard copy. If you go to both websites and enter a comment in both places, your name will be entered twice.

My website is:
My blog is:

The drawing will be September 1.
At 6:23am on May 29, 2010, Fran Lewis said…
done fran
At 8:14am on May 6, 2010, Denise Krochta said…
Happy Mother's Day!
At 5:59pm on April 11, 2010, Denise Krochta said…
I have a blog on my website that I keep up with my love of helping people in this position. As you well know, there are many. Check it out and leave a comment if you'd like. Thanks for the connection!
At 1:15pm on March 25, 2010, Author Collective said…
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Miami Book Festival in Sunny Florida $600
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