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Thoughts on fiber, Janosik, and More.

Story ID:2330
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
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Year:2007
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Thoughts on fiber, Janosik, and More.

DID YOU KNOW THAT FIBER IS GOOD FOR YOU? I bet you did. Except for those afflicted with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the like, the more fiber you consume the better because fiber leaves the body more quickly than sugar, starches, or protein. I guess that means it doesn't have a chance to turn into fat! If you can get in 30 grams or more of fiber each day, you are doing something right! And, if you have a sluggish bowel, this should definitely help.
An easy way to start with 14 GRAMS OF FIBER is to eat a serving of General Mill's FIBER ONE CEREAL with ZERO GRAMS OF SUGAR! No, I'm not a spokesperson for General Mills. In fact, I am much saddened by some of their social positions and refuse to collect their labels for the neighborhood Catholic school, but for health reasons I do recommend their Fiber One Cereal. Other cereals may have 7 or 10 grams of fiber, but can another one beat the 14 grams of Fiber One?

DID YOU KNOW THAT MOST OF THE COMMERCIAL FOODS WE BUY ARE LOADED WITH SUGAR? Susan Spencer had a wonderful segment on CBS Sunday morning where
she started with -not only cakes, cookies, and candies are loaded with sugar but so are a lot of the other foods we buy like ketchup, pickles, canned veggies, cereals, soft drinks, etc.
CHECK THE LABELS. I know we have to eat and it is becoming more difficult to eat wisely, but for myself I certainly am going to read labels more carefully than ever. Thanx Susan Spenser!
I have been reading labels for years though because as a vegan, I did not want to buy any products with dairy or eggs. But then it is only recently that the food companies were required to not only list their ingredients but the gram content as well. It's about time.
Imagine - I read that all bran cereals have a goodly amount of fiber, but I was in for a shock when I found out the sugar content of some of them. I bought a "cheap" raisin bran cereal which had 6 grams of fiber which I thought was pretty good, but then I never checked the sugar content. I was in for "sticker shock" when I did -- 23 GRAMS OF SUGAR! Per Susan Spenser every 4 grams of sugar is equal to 1 TEASPSOON OF SUGAR. No wonder we have diabetes and/or weight problems! And, of course these 23 grams of sugar are not for the whole box but for ONE SERVING. It's hard for me to believe that with each serving of this cereal we are consuming almost 6 TEASPOONS of sugar.
Now -what to do with this unopened box. I would even hate to give it to a food kitchen,
but of course, when there is hunger - even this SUGAR-FILLED CEREAL will fill an empty stomach. I am saddened at there being such unhealthy products as this one on the grocery shelves. The only solution is an EDUCATED PUBLIC. Even poor people will not want to buy a cheap cereal which is so unhealthy and the food industry will take notice.
There is no disputing that the box of cereal I bought with 14 grams of fiber and 0 grams of sugar is healthier than the other box with 6
grams of fiber and 23 grams of sugar, but what about taste? For me personally, I thoroughly enjoy Fiber One to which I add some chopped walnuts, bananas, or other fruit and soy milk. Maybe an acquired taste - but we can all acquire healthy tastes if we have the will to do so.

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE OF SLOVAKIA HAVE THEIR OWN ROBIN HOOD?
England had Robin Hood, Spain had Zorro and Slovaks have JANOSIK. I learned about him many years ago and I can still visualize him swinging on a hook at the end of his life in the movie made about his life. I truly loved and admired
him then and still do. I was recently reminded of him because of the quarterly magazine I receive entitled "Slovakia." It had a feature about him which I thoroughly enjoyed because it contained some new information for me.
Juraj (George) Janosik was born in 1688 the second of 4 children. As a youth he worked
with his parents on a Hungarian feudal estate. Later when conscripted to fight for a fuedal lord in a failed rebellion against Hapsburg oppression, his parents ransomed him out of the army. However, he returned home to unbearable social conditions and many peasants' sons refused to bow down under the yoke of a feudal system after having tasted freedom as soldiers.
After frequent class struggles, wars, and plagues, Northern Slovakia was reduced to
extreme poverty and misery. Slovaks were desperate and as a result young men organized
robber bands and preyed on the surrounding countryside from their mountain hideouts.
But Juraj Janosik was not among them yet because he had joined the imperial army and
was sent as a guard to Bytca Castle. Here he providentially met one of the Emperor's
prisoners, Thomas Uhorcik. This proved to be a defining moment for Juraj. After Uhorcik
escaped from prison he came to Terchova to persuade Juraj Janosik to join his robber band
in the forest.
At home Juraj's mother lay on her death bed. His father chose to attend to her and refused
to leave her side to work in the fields. An infuriated Lord of the manor ordered that
Janosik's father be flogged to death.
I don't know if this precipitated Juraj to finally accept the invitation to join the robber band but he did and took the robber's pledge which was sealed with his blood. He assumed
his new role with zeal and passion. As news of his exploits spread, he was elected chief and
extended his operations from the counties of Slovakia to Moravia, Silesia, Poland and Hungary.
Although some of the booty was given to the poor and needy -- according to one legend, it is said that jewels taken from nobles were
disributed among the young ladies in Terchova,
Juraj's village.
Many other anecdotes are mentioned in this article which ends with Juraj being finally
captured after only less than two years of robber life. He was chained in a cell in Vranov
Castle. After charges were brought against him including murder, he was condemned to torture on a rack and hanging. He avowed that he had never killed anyone. He had been falsely accused.
Even though he asked for clemency, it was denied. Legend says a courier came from the
Emperor with an imperial pardon for Janosik but by then he was already hanging on the rack.
After being suspended by his rib on the rack for three days, the hanging death entence was
carried out before a large audience.
Janosik's friends went into mourning -- overcome by sorrow at his passing. Janosik is revered to this day as a symbol of resistance and freedom. While the names of the men who hung him are long forgotten, the proud name of Janosik echoes down through the ages.
(The beginning partial picture of Janosik and his band was painted on glass by Ludvik Kamenik, Trnava 1957.)

DID YOU KNOW THAT PER CBN THERE ARE ONE MILLION CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ who are being persecuted for their religious beliefs by the Muslims? I personally think it is terrible that we are trying to help a people who are so intolerant of these Christians with biblical roots from the time of the Old Testament. According to CBN they even speak Aramaic- the language which Jesus spoke. Many of their churches have been destroyed. Why isn't the Bush Administration doing something about this terrible injustice? What kind of Prime Minister seemingly chooses to look the other way when this persecution occurs?

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE POOR CLARES PRAY SEVEN TIMES A DAY? Today's Sun newspaper carried a feature about them. I consider us lucky to have them close by--in a neighboring suburb. I have visited their chapel a few years ago, but their lives are still a mystery to me and it was sparked with this newspaper account.
Their prayer times were listed: 5 a.m.; 5:25; 6;25, 11:00; 2;30 p.m.; 5 p.m. and midnight. They also attend daily Mass at 6:45 a.m. After reading this - I only had one question- WHEN DO THEY SLEEP? Joanne Berger DuMound has recently written a book on their lives called POWERHOUSE OF PRAYER. Maybe one day I'll seek it out in the
library and hopefully find an answer to my question. Maybe they pray in shifts because I can't imagine that there are enough hours between their midnight prayer and then rising up for 5 a.m. prayer to adequately provide for needed sleep. However, they have my admiration and thanx for being there to pray for us and all the world.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF AKIANE KRAMARIK? This child genius has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN. She was born in Mount Morris, IL to a Lithuanian mother and American father but she has POLISH, HUNGARIAN, SLOVAK, RUSSIAN, BOHEMIAN, CHINESE, FRENCH, DANISH, JEWISH, AND GERMAN HERITAGE! Per Monika Beyer who sent this news gem to the magazine "Slovakia," "A self-taught painter, she began drawing at age four, painting at six and writing poetry at seven. Her first completed self-portrait sold for ten thousand dollars. Her art is inspired by her vision of heaven and her personal connection with God. Kramarik's art also depicts wildlife, landscapes and people."
I just had to go to the internet to see her
and her art. She is beautiful and her art is
magnificent. One link has a video and you can see and hear Akiane and her mother speak. I was shocked to find out that her mother had considered herself an atheist and yet her child prodigy child feels that God is the inspiration of all her works.