An Awesome R/C Car Race

October 18th, 2012 Comments off

This is what Micro R/C’s are all about.

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This Site Died, But Now It Is Back

October 4th, 2012 Comments off

My last post had the title – Didn’t Die, I’m Still Around - but unfortunately this site died for a couple of weeks without me knowing it. My credit card expired for the domain nam company and so when they went to renew the theabundantlife.net domain name it didn’t go through. They being the savvy business people that they are pulled the plug on my site and put their own content up. Well things are back to normal around here now. I have been saying that I am going to start writing here again but I don’t. That is a whole other post…

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I’ve Made a Huge Mistake in My Gluten Free Diet

September 16th, 2012 Comments off

I really feel foolish sharing this, but I want to share this so others can benefit.

What’s Been Going On?

In the last few weeks I have felt like my energy level has been tapering off. I have also been more irritable, achy, and have generally had a blah feeling. These are all the classic signs of eating gluten but I was gluten.

Or so I thought.

All this time one of the staples of my diet has had gluten all along – the Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino.

Now to be fair, I am not blaming them for telling me that it did not have gluten and then it actually did. No, I assumed it didn’t have gluten and chose it as my regular drink from there.

How Did I Come To This Assumption?

I am really not sure. What I think may have happened was that I was drinking a different flavored Frappuccino and then decided to try the Java Chip one day. I guess I thought that since the only difference was the inclusion of chocolate chips that there shouldn’t be an issue. Boy was I wrong.

No looking back it makes perfect sense that I have been feeling so crummy lately due to getting a healthy dose of gluten every day.

Where Do I Go From Here?

I’m going to stop ordering that Frappuccino. I think I may just forego Starbucks for a while also. I had been wanting to make the switch from buying a Frapp everyday to making my own at home so this sound like a good time to do that.

This is really one of those duh moments. Oh well, I wil be more careful in not assuming that something doesn’t have gluten in it.

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Interesting Info on the Psychological Effects of Celiac Disease

September 16th, 2012 Comments off

I ran across this interesting .pdf that talks a out some of the psychological effects of celiac disease. Things that stood out to me was the link to depression and to Autism. I already knew that there were some links, but this gives some perspective as far as nutritional deficiencies and how those contribute to these areas.

For instance in one section it quoted this info about celiac and aspergers disease:

Interestingly, the first description of Asperger syndrome was made by Hans Asperger, in 1961, and he was actually describing the behaviors of a group of 12 celiac children who he perceived as being excessively introverted, fearful of people, moody and unable to enjoy human interaction. These same children became friendly, flexible and independent thinkers after 2 years gluten-free.

It is crazy to think thy something that seems so small and insignificant can actually have such a dramatic impact.

Here is a link to the actual .pdf file – It’s Not Just In Your Head – The Psychological Impact of Celiac Disease

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Updates to “My Menu”

September 5th, 2012 Comments off

Just a quick note that I have updated my page named “My Menu“.

Added sections:

  • Breads/Crackers/Cookies
  • Ingredients

Add Foods:

Added Stores:

I also added when the pages was last updated. This way you can tell how fresh the information is.

Good luck on your Gluten Free Journey!

 

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What Am I Up To These Days?

August 24th, 2012 Comments off

Boy, that’s an interesting question. I am kind of trying to figure that out.

I am no longer going through treatment for cancer and am now in recovery mode. In all honesty it wasn’t the actual cancer treatment that got to me, it was the “persistent stricture” as a result of surgery that almost did me in. I have since got that fixed but it left my plumbing (digestive system) a little difficult to deal with.

Due to the extensive treatment that I went through and the side effects of treatment I am currently disabled. This has mostly to do with my energy level, pain, and other ailments that saving my life caused. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I would much rather deal with the things that slow me down now as opposed what possibly could have happened. But on the flip side, what I went through was a big deal, and my body bears the scares to prove it. 

How I Spend My Days

meMy days are mostly spent doing some form of physical activity, going to the doctor, and tinkering around the house. Only recently have I started cleaning the dust off of my websites and started messing with them. I still have a fair amount of doctors appointments so they keep me pretty busy as well.

My biggest challenge right now is my energy. I probably have the energy of someone twice my age (which is not a good thing). I get tired really easy and am trying to learn what my limits are so I don’t over do it. I haven’t ventured into the garage too much yet due to the heat. The heat outside kicks my butt right now.

Exercise. Diet. Yeah…

I just finished up physical therapy and am starting an after-cancer exercise program that is sponsored by LIVESTRONG at the YMCA (Village People cue…). I don’t like exercise anymore then the next guy but I need it, without it I probably wouldn’t make it out of my bedroom each day.

starbucks-frappuccinoI am also beginning to work with a nutritionist. I have Celiac disease and no stomach so it can be a little tricky finding foods that I can eat. I am not a big fan of smoothies but I do love Starbucks Frappuccinos. I can get 460 calories out of a medium one of those babies. Yes, I am a calorie counter but in the opposite way. I count calories in order to get as many of them as I can out of every meal or snack. Now before you wish to be me I will inform you that gaining weight is as difficult, if not more, then losing weight. It’s hard to gain the weight and to keep it on (yes, I live in opposite world).

My God, Why Are You Writing All Of This?

If you have made it this far you may be asking yourself this question. The reason is that there are a lot of people that go through similar situations and they want to see if anyone ever makes it through. I just received a comment on one of my other websites earlier today from a person that is facing terminal cancer. The said that my posts were helpful and thanked me for writing them. I didn’t really write for that reason but am glad that something I love to do can be helpful to someone else.

I am also writing this because I need to see where I am and where I have been.

I often will go back through my old posts and read about the things that I was going through at that time. It was also a good way to keep friends and family up-to-date with how I was doing without having to make a million phone calls.

What Are You Going To Do From Now On?

I have no idea. It really just depends on what I am physically capable of doing. It also depends on what I can handle mentally too. When your body is screaming out in pain your mind is a difficult thing to focus. I am trying to spend some time updating my websites with new designs and content. Other then that I am non-committal on anything else for the time being. I will continue to exercise my mind and body as much as possible and look to the future to see what it holds.

Now watch this video of a cute kitten:

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Jetpack 1.7 Custom CSS = Awesome+++

August 24th, 2012 Comments off
Wow. This is awesome. Automattic, creators of WordPress and their ultra cool Jetpack plugin, have added custom CSS to the already extensive array of features. The reason why this is such a big deal to me is because this make customizing your current theme really easy. Back in the day if you wanted to change […]
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Halloween is Around the Corner, Time to Costume Shop

August 15th, 2012 Comments off

My wife and have started shopping for the kids back to school needs. While shopping I noticed that some store are also putting out Halloween costumes and decorations. I told my wife that I would like to buy the kids costumes early this year instead of running around a the past minute. She agreed with and also mentioned that she wanted to dress up this year too.

For the last couple of years I haven’t been able to take part in Halloween due to my health issues. This year however I want to make up for the years that I missed (I sound like a kid huh?). So I now have the question of what do I want to be for Halloween?

I did a quick search on Google and found this Halloween costumes website which has a really cool selection of costumes for adults. After searching through the costumes my first round of possibilities are a 70′s disc jockey, a doctor, or Ryu from Street Fighter. I have to see what my wife might want to be so maybe we can match up.

This year, God willing, I’ll be able to go trick-or-treating and be dressed up in a cool costume doing it.

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Really Cool Stair Runner Ideas

August 13th, 2012 Comments off
I just got turned on to the houzz.com website a few weeks ago. Since then I get emails with people’s projects and beautiful pictures of people’s houses. Today’s email had an article about stair runners and the different styles that … Continue reading

How to Embed houzz.com Articles & Ideabooks in Self-Hosted WordPress Posts & Pages

August 13th, 2012 Comments off
Whew! That is a long title. I felt that I needed to get all those words in there because this issue put me in a pickle this morning. So how do you embed Articles and Ideabooks from houzz.com in you self-hosted WordPress site? Unfortunately WordPress does not allow you to do this without a plugin […]

Air Hogs Heli Replay

July 22nd, 2012 Comments off

I’m not sure how the Air Hogs Heli Replay slipped past me but I am glad that I have finally found it. This is the heli that I have been waiting for from Air Hogs for a while now. The coolest part about it is that it is a great price as well. More on that later.

Here are some of the features of the Heli Replay:

  • Dual blade
  • Integrated giro
  • Real forward/back/left/right control along with throttle
  • Infrared controller
  • Infrared Smartphone adapter 
  • Compatible with Apple iPod Touch/iPhone & Android phones
  • Free Smartphone app available for both platforms

The above list is enough to perk my ears up but as good as this is the price is also very good as well. Amazon has it for $45 which is great for such a well equipped heli.

I am sad to say that I have not had the pleasure of flying the Heli Replay yet, but be sure, I will get one as soon as I am able and will report back.

Here are some videos of the Air Hogs Heli Replay -

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Air Hogs Hover Assault Vehicle

July 7th, 2012 Comments off

Air Hogs has come out with a new helicopter/car/assalt vehicle called the Hover Assault Vehicle. It looks like a lot of fun.

I have not seen them in the local stores yet, but as soon as I do I will get one and post my review. In the mean time here is a video from the daddydoes.com website -

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I Strayed From My Gluten Free Diet, But Now I Am Back

May 22nd, 2012 Comments off

In the last 2-3 weeks I have eaten more gluten then I have in the last 2-3 years. This is the first major deviation from being gluten free that I have ever had. I did not end up liking the results of being free off my GF diet, but I did learn some valuable lessons.

Why Did I Stop My Gluten Free Diet?

In short, the answer is FRUSTRATION.

Even after 2 1/2 years of being gluten free it still can be difficult to find foods that are tasty yet don’t have gluten in them. So for a few weeks when I was hungry and could not find something GF I would just eat whatever was available. I did this for a while until I started to notice some changes in my body that I did not like.

What Happened When I Started Eating Gluten?

Nothing at first which just fueled my rebellious attitude. But then after about a week I started to notice changes in my digestive system. Food didn’t seem to be “processing” as quick as it usually was. This and the flu-like blah feeling I had started to affect my mood. After about 3 weeks I concluded that I in order to try to feel better I should go back on a strict gluten free diet again.

All told, these are the symptoms that I noticed in that short period of time:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Dehydration
  •  Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Extreem fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Neuropathy
  • Irritability
  • Depression

Yeah, all of that in that short of a period of time while I was eating gluten. Keep in mind too, this is not eating gluten at every meal all the time. This is having a slice of regular pizza instead of GF pizza. Or having a slice of birthday cake. Granted these were on the same day but everything else I ate that day was GF. I just decided to have these because there were no GF alternatives available. On other days it would be a bag of chips or a hamburger with a real bun.

Are All These Symptoms Caused by Gluten? Really?

I believe so. I don’t think they all directly come from celiac disease but they come about more in a snowball effect. I mean who is going to be in a good mood if they are bloated/constipated/nauseated all the time? All I know is that I went back on my semi-strict gluten free diet and I am feeling much better. My energy is returning, I don’t have the GI issues, and my spirits are up.

Last Words

This experience has opened my eyes to the fact that my celiac disease is real and not following a gluten free diet can have a negative affect on my life. I will continue to try and live GF to the best of my ability. I will always be tempted and may even bow to that temptation here or there, but I know that it is best for me to try and be gluten free.

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Revolution

May 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Today I saw the trailer for the new NBC show, Revolution on YouTube. It was really good. It’s about some type of electricity blackout. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic future where there is no electricity or battery power what so ever.

After my 8 year old and I finished watching the trailer I asked him how he would feel without his XBOX 360 and iPod for one week. He didn’t think it would be fun. He did say that he would try to learn to harness electricity from lightning. Which made me happy to hear he is learning at school.

I can not wait for this new series to come out. I do hope it will stay pass the first season unlike other shows that leave you hanging.

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WordPress Content Blocks, CSS Gradients, and Free Icon Fonts

May 10th, 2012 Comments off
Here are a couple links to some cool things I found in regard to web design today. WordPress Content Blocks This is a simple WordPress plugin that allows you to create segments of text that can be used anywhere around your site. This can be done via a short code in a post or page […]

I Didn’t Die, I’m Still Around

April 11th, 2012 Comments off

It is interesting on how quick time can go by.

I knew that I had not posted to this site in some time but I did not realize that it had been 1 1/2 years. Whew! I realize that with the length of time it has been since I posted and the subject matter I had been writing on that one could easily assume that I did not make it past November 2010. The truth is that I am still here and kicking.

Where Have I Been?

In treatment. Fortunately not cancer treatment – I am going on 2 years since the known cancer in my body was removed. Unfortunately since that time I have had several serious ailments that been as bad if not worse then the cancer. I am not going into details here but if you are interested you can check out my personal site on my health issues -

Dan Masters health

In the last 2 years I wish I could say that I have been full of faith and have continually had the devil under my feet. I do have victory over the devil (I am still here) but it really has been a battle, the hardest of my life. I all that time I don’t feel that I ever turned my back on God but I definitely have not been “active”. Active to me means daily interaction with regular church attendance. I have not had that.

What God Has Done

What I have had is a God who has been my father and has remained faithful no matter what my prospective of my righteousness is in my eyes. He is faithful, He is loving, He is kind, and I have no doubt of His ability to give me strength when I am weak and feel like I cannot go any further.

I am so humbled by what He has done for me that I feel like I could never pay Him back. I didn’t deserve to survive. But I did through His power. I am still weak and do not know what my life will be like now. Irregardless I have something on the inside of me that wants to do whatever I can in order to let people know God as I know Him. He is not just the savior of my soul but of my body and spirit as well.

He is real and he saved me in so many ways. 

He can do the same for you too.

 

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Abuelos Mexican Cuisine Now Offers a Gluten Free Menu

April 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Abuelos Mexican restaurant now offers a gluten free menu. The menu offer 14 different items that gives us gluten free folks a pretty selection. I have not tried Abuelos yet due to the fact that I have been gluten free for a while but now that I know that they off gluten free items now I can’t wait to check them out.

Here is their press release announcing their new menu -

Abuelo’s Introduces New Gluten-Sensitive Menu

LUBBOCK, Texas – Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants have introduced a new, special gluten- sensitive menu with several items created specifically to accommodate guests who have gluten allergies or celiac disease.

Gluten-sensitive guests now can select from 14 items featured on the special menu ranging from salads, Tex Mex plates and House Specialties, and even dessert. For instance, the new gluten- sensitive menu includes Abuelo’s delicious Yucatan Shrimp Fajita Salad, a Tamale Plate, with two beef tamales, Pork Tenderloin with Honey Chile Glaze and several choices of fajitas including Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp Fajitas, Pork Tenderloin Fajitas and Vegetable Fajitas, plus several other entrées. Additionally, Abuelo’s award-winning Traditional Flan, is also featured on the gluten-sensitive menu as a dessert choice.

“With gluten intolerances becoming a more common concern, we want to have menu items that all our guests can enjoy,” said Robert Lin, president of Food Concepts International, Abuelo’s parent company.

For more information contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Melanie Carroll, Food Concepts International February 14, 2012 806-785-8686, ext. 149; 806-789-7695 (cell)

melaniec@food-concepts.com

About Abuelo’s

Since its first opening in 1989, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding food and beverage quality, colorful plate presentations and superior service in an impressive Mexican courtyard-themed atmosphere. Owned and operated by Food Concepts International of Lubbock, Texas, Abuelo’s has received national accolades as the top-ranked Mexican food restaurant, one of America’s top chains, and for offering great meals for less than $20. The company currently has 40 restaurants located in 15 states throughout the United States and is currently constructing its 41st location in Fort Worth, Texas at the Hulen Mall, which is scheduled to open in early March. For more information, visit www.abuelos.com.

One last note – the Abuelos in Austin is located near the Barton Creek Square mall. Here’s a map – Abuelos Mexican Cuisine, Austin, TX.

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Even Beach Houses Need Stair Parts

March 13th, 2012 Comments off

Beach houses around the world can vary tremendously. Most beach houses that are in areas that are prone to flooding are built on stilts and require a specially made staircase to enter the home. These types of stairways are built out of materials that are know to be able to endure the harsh climates that they are subject to. Along with the types of materials used, accuracy is just as important. When building the railing for the stairs a contractor will ofter use a tool like a bore buster in order to makes sure his cuts are precise.

Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Please move from all around the world in order to have their own piece of paradise. Unfortunately this means that property values in Hawaii are at a premium. Due to high property values sometimes homes are built on multiple levels with different families living on each level.

When contractors are faced with constructing buildings that serve multiple families they often have to choose styles that will appeal to a wide range of people. This allows the contractor to keep construction costs down while appealing to a wider audience. This also helps when repairs need to be made and stair parts need to be purchased. When living in such a lovely place such as Hawaii, it is wise to keep your costs down so you can enjoy the finer things in life.

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Reliable Cheap Web Hosting to Support WordPress Themes

March 12th, 2012 Comments off

WordPress has revolutionize the concept of website content management, previously it was quite difficult to add, remove or modify content on the running website but wordpress offer graphical user interface using which one can easily manage website content even when the website is live and all the changes made in the content can be viewable in seconds. Beside this it offers plenty of useful applications and plug-ins for instance website builder, social media applications, SEO plug-ins and more. In website builder WordPress offer 1000s of free WordPress themes and various other themes are available over the internet at low prices, using these wordpress themes one can easily created high quality websites. Now some people prefer to have customize WordPress CMS and themes, as WordPress is developed in PHP platform one can easily modify it according to website needs.

WordPress is no doubt one of the best content management systems but people adopting wordpress need to be careful in selection of web hosting as it required additional application and plug-in support in order to perform mannerly, that’s why smart people prefer to choose WordPress hosting. There are several web hosting companies that offer wordpress hosting service but few experienced and reputed best web hosting companies ensure entirely optimized WordPress hosting servers.

A best web hosting company offer several web hosting plan which vary on the basis of server technology, features and cost. The most commonly offered web hosting plans are VPS, shared and dedicated server hosting. One can pick the most suitable among them according to website requirements. A cheap web hosting company optimized your selected hosting server to provide complete support for WordPress applications and plug-ins. Being on optimized wordpress hosting server allow you easy integration of WordPress themes, applications and various wordpress plug-ins, this way a website perform faster and you don’t have to face any kind of compatibility issue.

So if you are interested in adopting customize WordPress CMS, obtain reliable WordPress hosting from best web host.

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Ensure Absolute WordPress Application Support While Choosing Top Web Hosting

March 12th, 2012 Comments off

Web hosting services are of many types one can pick a suitable web hosting service depending on the nature and behavior of website. These days’ people are frequently adopting various content management systems in order to have easy content management, most people prefer to choose WordPress as it is way easier to understand and manage. WordPress was initially used as a blogging tool but later on it has become a comprehensive content management system with little knowledge of PHP one can easily customize it as well.

WordPress provide various built-in applications and plug-ins that are required to perform various tasks such as social media sharing, website promotion tools, website builder with 1000s of free wordpress themes and more. Beside these built-in applications 1000s of wordpress applications are available cheaply over the internet one can easily buy and install there desired application. But all these applications and plug-ins required to be integrated properly on hosting server in order to perform accordingly. There are plenty of web hosts that present wordpress web hosting support but only few top web hosting companies provide absolute wordpress application support so that one can easily configure various web applications.

Top web hosting company offer various web hosting servers to managed diverse websites, people with blog websites choose shared hosting whereas for professional website VPS and dedicated web hosting are reliable. People with wordpress websites one can pick any of these hosting servers and top web host configure it properly in order to ensure absolute wordpress applications support. While choosing web host one has to be sure about the reliability of their servers as performance of websites depends on it.

With absolute WordPress application support and stable web hosting services vps hosting company offer customer support as well so if you are looking for best wordpress hosting support do inquire about application support in order have fast and efficient website performance.

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