Mushroom Swiss Burgers!



Mushroom Swiss Burgers
Servings 4

2 (8 ounce) packages mushrooms
2 eggs, beaten
1 bag Wildtree Crispy Chicken Blend
¼ cup diced onion
2 tablespoons flour
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 whole wheat buns
4 lettuce leaves

Nutritional Info
Calories: 310
Fat: 14g
Saturated Fat: 6g
Carbohydrates: 31g
Fiber: 5g
Protein: 19g
Cholesterol: 135mg
Sodium: 300mg

Method of Preparation
Clean mushrooms, then remove stems and discard. Chop the mushrooms in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the eggs, Crispy Chicken Blend, onion, and flour. Shape into 4 patties using a burger press or mold. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Lightly grease the pan and carefully add the mushroom burgers. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden and they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. Top each with Swiss cheese. Serve on buns with lettuce and desired condiments (Dijon mustard tastes pretty good!)

Wildtree Product(s):
Crispy Chicken Blend

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12 Nondrug Remedies for Depression


Here’s 12 great nondrug remedies for depression.

Lifting depression without an Rx

By Tammy Worth

Depression affects nearly 16 million Americans annually, and a large portion of those people take antidepressant drugs.

While antidepressants have been shown to help those with moderate to severe depression, they are usually less effective for those with mild depression.

If you don’t respond to antidepressants (or even if you do), you may want to explore nondrug remedies to lift your depression.


Exercise can relieve depression, possibly by altering the mood-regulating brain chemicals norepinephrine and serotonin.

It may also release the endorphins responsible for the “runner’s high” that some experience.

P. Murali Doraiswamy, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C., recommends exercising three to five times a week for 20 to 30 minutes. Aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking on a treadmill, is best, but “any degree of exercise is better than none,” he says.

Light therapy

During the short, dark days of winter, some people are prone to a type of depression calledseasonal affective disorder.

One way to ease symptoms may be light therapy, in which you sit near a brightly lit box that mimics outdoor light. The therapy generally starts with daily sessions of about 15 minutes and increases to up to two hours daily. The timing depends upon the severity of symptoms and the intensity of the light, which a doctor can determine. Although the therapy doesn’t cure depression, it can ease symptoms, sometimes after only a couple days.

Mood diary

Therapy that teaches people about positive thinking can relieve depression, research suggests.

Dr. Doraiswamy recommends keeping a mood diary. “This is a tool used to train someone to keep track of positive things that are happening in their lives and not let single negative events wear them down,” he says.

A mood diary keeps negative events in perspective and serves as a reminder that good days do happen.

Dr. Doraiswamy recommends not writing in a diary daily if it feels like too much work; once-a-week entries are easier to stick with.


As with many alternative therapies, there isn’t a heap of data that proves acupuncture relieves depression. But a handful of research suggests it might.

One small University of Arizona study of 33 women with depression found that 64% of participants went into remission after acupuncture, compared to 27% in the no-treatment group.

In a second study in the Journal of Affective Disorders, 70 patients with a major depressive disorder who were already taking an antidepressant seemed to show more improvement if they had acupuncture, compared to those who did not.

Support groups

Support groups used to be standard in psychiatric settings, Dr. Doraiswamy says. But, he adds, they aren’t used as frequently today, although they are an excellent way to help treat mild forms of depression.

These groups provide education on depression, a community of support, and the opportunity to learn from people dealing with similar issues.

As an alternative for those not interested in talking about depression, Dr. Doraiswamy recommends just finding a group that shares your interests, whether it’s a book club or yoga.

Cognitive behavioral therapy

Dr. Doraiswamy calls cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) “sophisticated education” for people with depression.

It is based on the fact that thoughts trigger feelings. Being aware of your thoughts and learning to change destructive patterns could alter the way your brain works and your reaction to situations.

CBT is considered short-term therapy, often lasting for 10 to 20 sessions. It has been shown to be as effective as medication in treating mild to moderate depression.

Fish oil

This supplement contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, including salmon, albacore tuna, and herring.

Studies on fish oil are inconclusive, but it is thought that being deficient in this fatty acid at certain times (like during the postpartum period) can cause mood swings and depression.

In areas where consumption of foods with omega-3 is high, people tend to have lower rates of depression.


Promising research suggests that meditation may play a role in preventing depression relapse. The research focused on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, which combines traditional meditation with cognitive behavioral approaches.

In two studies, people were treated with antidepressants until their symptoms subsided. Then one group continued taking the medication while another went on a regimen of meditation therapy.

Relapse rates for people using meditation were the same as those taking antidepressants (about 30%), and lower than those on a placebo (about 70%) in one study.

The second study found that 47% of the meditation group relapsed, compared to 60% of the people on antidepressants alone.


The Crocus sativus plant may be good for more than an expensive herb to season Middle Eastern food.

A study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology suggested that saffron might increase the levels of serotonin and other chemicals in the brain. The small study, which looked at 38 people over six weeks, found that saffron was as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in reducing symptoms of depression.

Participants taking saffron also reported fewer side effects, including sweating and sexual dysfunction, than those taking fluoxetine.


Striking a pose may alleviate stress and symptoms of depression. Studies have shown that in both people with emotional distress and major depression, practicing yoga reduces stress, hostility, anxiety, and depression, and improves energy, sleep quality, and well-being.

Although there aren’t too many studies on the topic, yoga may prove to be a simple, low-risk tool for improving depression.


S-adenosylmethionine, or SAMe, is a supplement thought to be involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters in the brain.

Several clinical trials have shown it to be as effective as medication in treating depression, and better than placebo. It also has been shown to have fewer side effects than many antidepressants.

St. John’s wort

One of the most studied supplements for depression is St. John’s wort, a yellow-flowered plant used in teas, pills, and extracts.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine analyzed 37 studies and found it may be as beneficial as antidepressants for mild depression (without the side effects of some medications).

One caveat: St. John’s wort can diminish the effectiveness of some prescription medications, including birth control pills, HIV drugs, blood thinners, and some anticancer medications, among others.,,20526272,00.html

Vitamin D deficiency associated with many chronic medical conditions


In the present day, poor vitamin D status in adults is occurring in epidemic proportions as measured by the blood levels of the intermediate form of vitamin D, 25(OH)D3. The geography of the epidemic is evident in areas where vitamin D production is inefficient. The farther away from the equator, the greater the insufficiency of vitamin D because of reduced UVB light exposure. Many factors are at play: air pollution, the use of sunscreen (an SPF factor of 8 or above blocks all vitamin D synthesis), cloud cover, and skin tone. Because of the number of factors involved, it is difficult to estimate a population-wide sunlight exposure recommendation.

For latitudes closer to the equator, somewhere between 5 to 30 minutes of sunlight exposure between 10 am and 3 pm several times a week may be needed to support sufficient vitamin D status. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many chronic medical conditions, including:


Fractures from falls

Psychiatric problems

Colon, breast, and prostat cancers



Cardiovascular disease

Increased susceptibility to autoimmune inflammatory diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.


Nutrition: Your Life Science

By Jennifer Turley and Joan Thompson


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Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited – What a deal!

I received an email the other day from Amazon which talked about getting unlimited access to over 600,000 ebooks and thousands of audio books. I’m a skeptic and said “yeah, and how much is THAT going to cost?”

I have an Amazon Prime membership that cost me $79 for a year and while it has paid for itself over and over with the free 2-day shipping that Prime members get, I just can’t justify paying $99 when it comes up for renewal. But I like that Prime members get one free book monthly and can “borrow” books from the Amazon Lending Library, not to mention the free Instant Videos and Prime Music. I haven’t used it for the videos or music yet. I took advantage of the 30-day free trial offer and just let it roll into a paid membership. But $100 in one lump is pretty hard to swallow when you’re on a tight budget like we are.

So I clicked the link in the email and was really shocked. In a good way.

Amazon is offering a 30-day free trial of their Kindle Unlimited program. So they are letting you kick the tires before paying for it. Pretty cool, right? After 30 days, the subscription price is only $9.99 a month. Now if you’re an avid reader like me, this is an killer deal! I carry my Kindle everywhere with me and can easily burn through a book in a matter of days. I have over 1,000 books on my Kindle, waiting to be read. You can use this program for all Kindle devices and anywhere you use the Kindle app, whether it’s Apple IOS or Android.

Most ebooks cost anywhere from $3 all the way up to $12 or $13. So it’s really going to save you money! And many popular books are included in the freebies through this program. As I was checking it out, I saw kids’ books, biographies, self-improvement books, classics, even current popular series!

I highly recommend checking out Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited!

OMG! OMG! OMG! 6.6 pounds gone in FOUR days with TRIM down Fiber Plus!


OMG OMG OMG!!!! Another scale victory for me!!! Got on the scales this morning…. (drumroll please)….. 241.4 lbs!!!! Since starting TRIM down Fiber Plus on Tuesday, I have lost 6.6 lbs!!! That’s FOUR days!! I am so happy that I’m crying!!! Thank you, Wendy, for creating this amazing product! I have changed nothing in my diet or routine to lose like this. The only thing I notice is that I’m not going back for seconds! And my Irritable Bowel Syndrome is behaving! I have never been able to lose weight before. This is freakin’ amazing! I’m in love! LOL

With possible knee surgery in my future, I know the doctor is going to say “You need to lose weight” Well, by cracky, I AM! I can’t wait til my next round of bloodwork now! A month ago, my cholesterol was twice what it should be and my sugar was slightly elevated. I’m just itching to see where it will be in a month!

Y’all are going to want this product!!! Check out TRIM down Fiber Plus here –

Help a girl out, won’t you?

help a girl out


Help me out, folks! I have some bills coming up that I need money for! Get a jump on your Christmas shopping now and help a girl out at the same time! Thanks!!!! Please share this with anyone who might be interested. 

No reasonable offers refused on any in-stock items! Click on the photos tab within Patty’s Crazy Deals and just comment on the photo of the item(s) you want in the group. I have lots of goodies including 31 Gifts, various totes, purses, and wallets, Pandora-style jewelry, Fuller Brush, jackets, and more!

I’m offering 25% off any orders of $4 or more before shipping this month in my etsy shop! Just use coupon code “July2014″ when checking out! I have Pandora-style jewelry, bookmarks, key chains, loose beads, ceramics, unique charms/dangles for your Spirit Lockets, Origami Owl, and South Hill Designs lockets and more! Here’s the link to my shop

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Don’t forget about my 31 party!!! Runs til the 27th!

Shonia lost 10 lbs in one week with TRIMdown!


The amazing reports just keep rolling in! Shonia lost 10 lbs in one week with TRIMdown!

Shonia W. told me “I wanted to post this yesterday, however time got away from me. I’m celebrating my bday today and I’m soooo excited! I received TRIMdown Fiber + on Friday-July 5 and started taking the product on Monday-July 7 and I lost 10 pounds in 1 week!”

She went on to say “I did not exercise due to my 2 herniated discs in my lower back. What I did do is commit to drinking half of my weight in ounces of water… for me I drank at least (7) 16.9 oz of water daily. I haven’t had any fried foods only grilled meat and a lot of fruits and veggies. Also, I have lost my desire and cravings for sweets and noticed that my mobility has improved. I just feel GREAT overall. Please use this testimony in order to help anyone and everyone achieve their weight loss goal! TRIMdown Fiber Plus is the TRUTH! I absolutely love this effective result giving product!”

Thank you, Shonia, for sharing this with us!!!

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Don’t Be Fooled By Misleading Label Claims


Don’t Be Fooled By Misleading Label Claims

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

The big food manufacturers are at it again. However, now they are becoming smarter and trickier at undermining your weight loss results. There are things that as a consumer you can do to protect your family and yourself. Let me explain…

The Labels Food manufacturers have come up with clever ways to trick you into buying healthier foods. From low-fat, trans-fat free, and other misleading labels, you may be getting more than you bargained for on your weekly trip to the grocery stores. However, here are five of the Top Misleading Labels:

1. Light 

This is a label that many companies use to their advantage. Generally speaking, when you think of “light,” you may think that it has less calories and fat. However, some companies use the term “light” in reference to the flavor of the product, which means there are the same amount of calories in a “light” brand as you would find in the regular product. In order for a brand to be considered “light” in terms of fat, the product needs to contain 50%, or less, fat and calories compared to the original brand. This is one of the reasons why reading the food label is extremely important. If you are looking for a lighter version of the original, you may not be getting it.  You may just be getting a less flavorful product, with a large portion of fat and calories.

2. Organic

Just because a product says organic on it, does not mean that it is healthier for you. Organic is a term that is used when 95% or more of the ingredients were grown without pesticides or synthetic forms of fertilizer. However, remember that the term organic only refers to the above statement, which does not refer to calories, fat, and sugar. In fact, there are many products labeled “organic” that contain high amounts of fat, sugar, and calories, which could make them an unhealthy food option.

3. Two percent milk

Normally, you would look at 2% milk and think – HEALTHY. 2% milk does contain less fat, but when you find out the amount of fat in whole milk you may be surprised. The fat content in whole milk falls between 3.25% and 4% fat. In comparison, 2% milk contains just that – 2% fat. Yes it may be lower in fat, but the best options to choose would be 1% or skim milk, due to their respective fat content.

4. Gluten Free

Gluten, which is a protein found in foods that are processed from wheat or other related grain products, has gained popularity over the years. Considered one of the biggest buzz words in the nutrition industry, the demand for gluten-free products is increasing, with more and more products entering into the market. Gluten-free products are great for people who suffer from gluten intolerance or celiac disease, but may not be so much for people without these sensitivities. Why? Gluten-free products are free of gluten, which could mean there is less fiber available for your health. Also, some gluten-free products (not all), contain high amounts of fats, which could lead to weight gain, altered cholesterol levels, and other health issues.

5. Serving size 

This could be the trickiest labeling of them all. In order to monitor the fat, calories, sugars, and other nutrients, you need to put a serving size on the label. This means that for each serving size you have, you get the listed amount of calories, fats, protein, carbohydrates, and sugars. However, some food companies make the serving size so small, that it could be almost impossible to get the nutrition posted on the label. For instance, if you look at the label for ice cream, you would see that the serving size could be half a cup to a cup for the serving. Most people do not limit themselves to half a cup serving of ice cream, so in order to accurately judge your calorie intake, you may need to double, or triple the calories for your appropriate serving.

Don’t Be Fooled – Anymore! As a smart consumer, you have the power to determine which products and foods you bring into the house. By reading the labels and understanding what is in front of you, you will improve your weight loss results.   Plus, you will be bringing in healthier food options for you and your family to enjoy.

Loving Some Essential Oils for Arthritis!


I am loving me some essential oils for arthritis!!!

Have I said lately how much I love essential oils? I have arthritis in both knees and this morning, it just about killed me to get out of bed. So I did some experimenting and came up with a blend that took my pain away in 20 minutes! Aleve and Motrin can’t even touch the pain most of the time. I’m in love with my oils!!! I even added this blend to my blog so others can have the same great results!