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by Janet Spencer There are an estimated half a billion cats in the world, of which about 100 million are domestic pet cats living in the U.S. About 68% of American households own at least one cat. Come along with Tidbits as we pet our cats! CAT HISTORY • A doctoral student at Oxford set out to see if he could find a common ancestor for the house cat. He gathered sample DNA from wild cats, feral cats, and domestic cats all over the planet. Once he had analyzed samples from 1,000 cats, he did indeed find common ancestry among them. Worldwide, all of the cats he found shared DNA with a specific sub-species of cat called Felis silvestris lybica, commonly known as the African wildcat. It is native to northern Africa and the Middle East where the cats still live today. •“Felis” means “cat” in Latin; “silvestris” means “woodland” or “forest”; and “lybica” means “from Libya.” • There were at least seven types of prehistoric feline species living in what is now California around 11,000 years ago, including long-extinct species of bobcats, mountain lions, and sabretooth lions. Over 2,000 skeletons of saber-tooth cats have been retrieved from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, more than have been found at any other location on the planet. (cont)
TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #3 Jan. 13th 2020 CATS (cont) • Most of the different breeds of cats were developed starting in the 1960s. The hairless Sphynx descended from two cats from Minnesota named Dermis and Epidermis who were mutants born in the 1970s. The Scottish fold cat, with bent ears, was bred from a mutant that appeared in a litter in Scotland 1961. The short legged dwarf Munchkin descended from a pregnant stray found underneath a truck in Louisiana in the 1980s. The Manx and Cornish Rex were likewise products of mutations. Other breeds, including the Norwegian forest cat and the Persian, developed after being isolated in an ecosystem and being subjected to natural selection. • All cat species are what is known as “hypercarnivores” eating pretty much nothing other than meat. They have no molars for chewing plants and all of their teeth are pointy and sharp, ideal for killing and cutting. Cats need three times as much protein in their diets as dogs, except for kittens who need four times as much. • Cats have some of the best binocular vision of any carnivore, with eyes set close together to give them an overlapping field of vision resulting in excellent depth perception. Rabbits, by contrast, have wide set eyes which allows them to see a wide field of vision in order to spot incoming predators, yet they have very poor threedimensional vision. • Cats have the largest eyes relative to their head size of any mammal. • Today the 100 million or so pet cats in the U.S. consume about 3 million chickens every day in the form of chicken-based cat food. • When archaeologists X-rayed the mummies of cats found in Egyptian tombs, they were surprised to find that many of the cats were actually kittens and that most of them had died violently rather than from natural causes. (cont)
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* Mayonnaise can stand in for cooking oil in a recipe. Use in an equal amount. It works especially well in brownies. * “When flossing, cut a length of floss, then tie the loose ends together. Now you have a circle and can hold it open with your fingers rather than wrapping the loose ends around your fingers and cutting off the circulation. All it takes is a little tension on the circle to keep the line taut.” -- C.E. in Kentucky * “If you have to wash dishes by hand, here’s a tip for rinsing utensils: Clean silverware together and toss into a colander. Then you can rinse the whole thing together instead of each fork, knife or spoon. This will save time, and water.” -- M.V. in Ohio * Apply car wax to shower walls to keep soap scum from hanging around. Petroleum jelly can be used in shower-door tracks to lubricate them, since it won’t wash away easily. * “I like to use metal cans for storage in my shop. To make them safer, I file the rims and dip them in a shallow disk of melted wax. When the wax hardens, it fills in all the potential jagged edges that might lead to a small cut.” -- F.J. in Florida * Here’s a fun plumbing trick: Use a wad of soft white bread (centers only) to plug up a pipe you are working on. The bread disintegrates quickly but will stop up any trickle of water long enough for you to seal two pipes together. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. (c) 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.
TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #3 Jan. 13th 2020 CAT FACTS • A study done in 1980 followed people who survived heart attacks. It found that those who owned a pet showed a distinctly larger chance of living for a year following the heart attack (94%) over those who did not have a pet (72%). However, a follow-up study done by the same researcher in 1995 set out to discover if there was a link between survival rates and the type of pet that was owned. It turned out that owning a dog had significant advantages, while owning a cat did not. This may be due to the fact that dog owners are 64% more likely than non-pet owners to do at least some walking every day. Cat owners were less likely to get outside and walk. • The first established cat show was held in 1871 in London’s Crystal Palace. • A study done in England showed that an average of 3.8 million cat pictures are uploaded to the internet every day, versus a total of only 1.4 million selfies. When Sir Tim Berners-Lee, known as the father of the internet, was asked what aspect of modern web usage he found most surprising, he answered, “Kittens.” BuzzFeed reports that their average cat post gets twice as many views as their average dog post. • Cats have 230 bones, which is 24 more bones than humans. About 10% of a cat’s bones are in its tail. A cat’s spine has up to 53 loose-fitting vertebrae, making it extremely flexible. A human spine has only 34 vertebrae. • Cats sometimes stare with their mouth open because they have an extra organ that tastes scents in the air. • They use their whiskers to help determine if they can fit in a small space because their whiskers are approximately the same width as their body.
® of Idaho TIDBITS of Kootenai Issue #3 Jan. 13th 2020 TidbitsCounty, Dallas County CAT TRIVIA (cont) • Cats typically have about 24 whiskers on their muzzle, 12 on each side. • Thirty-two individual muscles in each ear allow a cat to rotate its ears 180 degrees. • A single litter of kittens can have multiple fathers. • All cats are born with blue eyes. Their adult eye color will begin to appear in 3 to 12 weeks. White cats whose eyes remain blue have a high chance of deafness. Those with only one blue eye will likely be deaf only in the ear closest to their blue eye. • Cats can make about 100 different sounds. A dog can only make 10. • The average cat spends around 70% of their lives asleep. • Adult cats can leap up to six times their own length and jump five times their own height. • Cats purr not only when they’re content, but they also when they’re sick, stressed, hurt, or giving birth. • More than half of cats don’t respond to catnip. Catnip sensitivity is hereditary. • Cats sweat through their paws. • Most cats have 18 toes, including five on each front paw and four on each back paw. • Cat claws curve downward, which means that they can’t climb down trees head-first. Instead, they have to back down the trunk • Males are more likely to be left-pawed, while females are more likely to be right-pawed. • A leopard-like wild cat called the margay, found in the Amazon, attracts prey to it by mimicking the calls made by baby monkeys. • Spaying and neutering can extend a cat’s life. Neutered males live an average of 62% longer than unneutered cats and spayed females live an average of 39% longer than unspayed cats. About 85% of domestic cats are spayed or neutered, but only about 2% of feral cats are.
By Samantha Weaver * It was nonviolent Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi who made the following sage observation: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” * In 1905, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, became one of the first people ever to be fined for speeding. * Appropriately, the patron saint of bankers is St. Meingold. * Ever wonder how BVDs came to be called that? From the names of the men who originally manufactured them: Bradley, Voorhies and Day. * Less than half the people in the world use a spoon, fork and knife to eat. The rest use chopsticks, just a knife or their hands. * In Babylon 4,000 years ago, it was accepted practice that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and so that time became known as the honey month -- what we know today as the honeymoon. * People who pick chili peppers in Costa Rica have to wear special suits to avoid getting blisters just from coming into contact with them. * The Pledge of Allegiance was published in 1892 in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage to the New World. It didn’t contain the words “under God,” though, until 1954, when they were added by an act of Congress in an attempt to check the creeping advance of “Godless Communism.” * Abraham Lincoln was the only American president to witness battle firsthand while in office. * A caterpillar has 4,000 muscles. Thought for the Day: “Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it, and that a very severe one.” -- Hannah More (c) 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.
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* On Jan. 26, 1918, soon after the Bolsheviks seized control in Russia, the former Russian state of Ukraine declares its total independence. In 1922, Ukraine became part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; it would not regain its independence until the USSR’s collapse in 1991. * On Jan. 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics begins at Chamonix in the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled by the ski jump and bobsled, two of 12 events involving six sports. * On Jan. 24, 1943, German Gen. Friedrich von Paulus, commander in chief of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad, urgently requests permission from Adolf Hitler to surrender. Hitler refused. Of more than 280,000 men under Paulus’ command, half were already dead or dying. Paulus held out until Jan. 31, when he finally surrendered. * On Jan. 23, 1968, the USS Pueblo, a Navy intelligence ship, is engaged in a routine surveillance of the North Korean coast when it is captured by North Korean patrol boats. Eleven months later, negotiators reached a settlement to resolve the crisis and free the surviving 82 crewmen. * On Jan. 21, 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter grants an unconditional pardon to hundreds of thousands of men who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War. Some 100,000 young Americans went abroad in the late 1960s and early ‘70s to avoid military service. * On Jan. 20, 1980, bleachers at a bullring in Sincelejo, Colombia, collapse, resulting in the deaths of 222 people. The deadliest tragedy at a sporting event in Colombia’s history was the result of overcrowding and poor construction. * On Jan. 22, 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau releases detailed statistics on race and ethnicity showing that the Hispanic population was the country’s largest minority group. Some 29% of immigrants in the U.S. had come from Mexico alone. (c) 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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By Dr. Holly Carling
TIPS FOR HIPS (AND OTHER JOINTS TOO!)
When your hips, shoulders, knees and other joints start to hurt enough to interfere with life, it’s time to take some action. Maybe you already have. You may already be taking an anti-inflammatory drug or a steroid or immune-suppressing medication. Maybe you’re afraid to get started on those or don’t want to spend the rest of your life on them. Perhaps you just want to handle it a different way. For those wanting a different way, you have to first ask “why do I have arthritis?” “Why has it progressed to a state of an auto-immunity?” “Why aren’t my joints healing” “Is there anything I can do to stimulate healing, or am I stuck with this for life?” These are all really good questions. For decades we were told that once you have arthritis that it will be a lifetime of pain and you “may as well accept your fate”. That there was no healing it. We now know that that is not always the case. I’m reminded of an employee of mine some 25 years ago with severe arthritis. She hid her hands during the interview, knowing that being on the computer was an important part of her job. When I first started to teach her the computer program, I was alarmed when I saw her hands. Her hands were extremely deformed with very red, swollen, gnarled up joints. She only had one crooked finger that was straight enough to hit the key on the keyboard with.
It was as painful to watch as it was for her to function. As with all my employees that so desire, we went to work to improve her health. We didn’t focus on her arthritis –that is not the way we treat. We work on the whole body at the same time. Arthritis in all forms is a complex issue. Deficits in digestion, immune function, hormones, inflammatory response, nutrition and certain lifestyle factors all need to be considered. To address the underlying mechanism of arthritis, in all of its complexities is essential in reversing this degenerative disease. Back to my employee – we went to work on her health. We addressed all of the issues with her health, the arthritis just being one of the red flags. Three years later, as we were preparing for a staff party, this employee pulled out a picture of a similar party we had had 3 years prior. She was holding something. Neither of us noticed what she was holding. What stood out were her crippled hands. Then we looked at her hands currently and there wasn’t the slightest indication of arthritis. They were normal, functioning properly and not hurting. Because we were focusing on her health, not her hands, we hadn’t noticed the dramatic change. It happened slowly, over time. Yes, she knew they were feeling better and reported that, but it wasn’t until we saw the picture that we could appreciate how much healing had indeed taken place. This too can happen to you. But first, it is helpful to know which factors are involved, and what you can do about it.
Dr. Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with over three decades of experience. Dr. Carling is currently accepting new patients and offers natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements in her Coeur d’ Alene clinic. Visit Dr. Carling’s website at www.vitalhealthcda. com to learn more about Dr. Carling, view a list of upcoming health classes and read other informative articles. Dr. Carling can be reached at 208-765-1994 and would be happy to answer any questions regarding this topic.
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Expert: CBD Oil Could DamPets’ Eyes Agent Orange Benefits for age DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Your recent article about giving CBD oil to pets omitted an imporBlue Water Veterans As of Jan. 1, 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs has extended presumption of Agent Orange herbicide exposure benefits with the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. That means it is now taking disability claims with the presumption that veterans were exposed to Agent Orange while offshore, not necessarily on the land or the inland waterways. Here are some particulars: It covers 12 nautical miles off the coast of Vietnam from Jan. 6, 1962 to May 7, 1975 and between Jan. 1, 1967 and Aug. 31, 1971 in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Additionally, verified service in Thailand at a certain time is covered. There are 14 medical conditions that are covered for presumption of exposure to Agent Orange: AL amyloidosis, chronic B-cell leukemias, chloracne, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, Hodgkin’s disease, ischemic heart disease, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathy, early-onset porphyria cutanea tarda, prostate cancer, respiratory cancers and soft tissue sarcomas. Veterans who were there do not have to prove they were exposed; it’s assumed they were. The VA has assembled tons of records. For example, see va.gov (put “blue water navy” in the search box) for lists of ships (updated October 2019). Scroll down the ships page to see various ways of herbicide exposure, such as supply trips, picking up Bob Hope, salvage operations, mapping surveys, mail runs, liberty leave ashore and more. The list is nearly 40 pages long. To file an initial claim, you’ll need VA Form 21526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits. If you filed and were turned down, use VA Form 20-0995, Decision Review Request: Supplemental Claim. Because of the new law, the VA will automatically review claims in the pipeline or under appeal. Payment is retroactive to when you first filed. Go online to www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/bluewater-navy.asp for more information.
tant factor: its effect on the eyes. Past research has shown that CBD causes eye pressure to spike in humans, and the same issue was noted in a study with rodents. Popular media has not noted this. CBD oil should be given to pets only with appropriate oversight from an animal specialist able to measure eye pressure. -- Dr. Denise Valenti DEAR DR. VALENTI: Thank you for the update. I had not seen the research on this, and it is important for pet owners to know about this possible side effect of CBD (cannabidiol). A 2006 study at the University of Aberdeen of human glaucoma patients found that a fairly high dose, 40 mg of CBD oil, administered sublingually (under the tongue) caused a temporary rise in intraocular pressure. (A lower dose, 20 mg, did not cause the same problem.) And a more recent study at Indiana University found that mice given CBD oil experienced a similar rise in interocular pressure. The study found that when THC and CBD were given together, the THC blocked CBD’s effects on eye pressure -but because THC also IS the component of marijuana that makes a person (or pet) high, it opens a whole other kettle of fish. If you’re currently giving your pet CBD oil, contact your veterinarian to ask about checking and monitoring your pet’s eye pressure. High interocular pressure can cause serious damage to the eyes. If your dog or cat has glaucoma, avoid administering CBD oil until you’ve talked to the vet about all possible side effects. Send your comments, questions or tips to ask@ pawscorner.com. (c) 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.
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2019: A Great Year for Kids’ Movies SEQUELS AND FOLLOWUPS: The past year brought a hardy batch of series films, some of them arc-ending, like the phenomenally successful “Avengers: Endgame.” We also revisited a beloved favorite in “Toy Story 4” and updated an old treasure for a new generation with “Mary Poppins Returns.” Other notable entries this year include: “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Lego Movie: The Second Part,” “How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World,” “Secret Life of Pets 2” and “Angry Birds 2.” GIRLS RULE: The ladies had a good year with a couple of plucky and tough but totally smart cookies breaking out of books (“Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase”) and television (“Dora and The Lost City of Gold”) into the big screen. We also had some marvelous stand-alone movies featuring seriously super women in “Captain Marvel” and “Dark Phoenix.” MONSTERS AND ADVENTURE: If your little ones like stories about giant mythical beasts, 2019 offered two: “Missing Link,” a stop-motion tale about a Sasquatch, and “Abominable,” which pairs a curious and kind-hearted girl with an extraordinary Yeti. Talking animals and a girl with a powerful imagination also collided in “Wonder Park,” about an imaginary amusement park come to life. DISNEY GOES LIVE ACTION: Four classic Disney films got the live-action treatment this year. First was director Tim Burton’s “Dumbo,” with a CGI flying elephant. Next, we conjured up Will Smith as Genie in “Aladdin.” The summer brought another highly anticipated reimagining -- “The Lion King,” featuring a new song by Beyonce. Also, flying under the radar is the live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp,” which went direct to streaming on Disney+. MY PICK FOR BEST KIDS MOVIE: “Shazam.” This fun family movie about an orphaned kid who is recruited to be a superhero, and his journey to becoming truly super, was everything I needed this summer. It’s about heart and friendship, facing adversity and how caring for others makes you better always. Plus, it’s full of outstanding performances, especially from adult lead Zachary Levi. My honorable mention is “The Kid Who Would Be King,” about a boy who pulls the sword Excalibur out of a rock at a modern-day construction site, and, along with his friends, is launched on an Arthurian adventure to save the world. COMING TO A COUCH NEAR YOU IN 2020: More terrific films are just around the corner. In the coming months alone, my family is looking forward to “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” (1/14), “The Addams Family” (1/21) and “Playing With Fire” (2/4), as well as “Frozen II” (estimated February) and “Jumanji: The Next Level” (estimated March). (c) 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.
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“Wisdom, Culture, Love, and Story-telling”
By Matilda Charles
Senior Flu Vaccine Leaves Us Vulnerable
You got your flu shot this year, right? Even though it’s no longer the beginning of the flu season, it’s never too late to get your shot. At this point we’re only in the middle of an elevated-level flu season with months still to go. Flu hits seniors harder than any other demographic. More of us end up hospitalized and with complications if we get the flu. At least 70% of deaths from flu are seniors. There’s a special shot for us with three types of vaccine at four times the strength. Our shot contains two A virus strains and one B. I asked my pharmacist, “Why don’t they give us all four vaccine types?” His answer was that decision makers calculate each year which flu three strains will be strongest and go with those ... to save money. This year, however, a B virus, which usually comes out in February, was the flu that launched the season. How do we get the flu? From others, often by breathing air that has the virus in it from someone’s sneeze or cough (from 6 feet away and airborne for several hours) or by touching a hard surface that has flu germs on it from someone else (for 24 hours). Some of the ways of protecting ourselves are so simple we have no excuse for not following them. Take sanitizing wipes with you in a baggie when you go to the store and wipe down the cart handle. (Then throw the wipe away.) Wrap sanitizing wipes around the doorknobs in your home and let them dry overnight. Wash your hands often. And get your flu shot. The next time you talk to your senators, tell them we need a four-way four-strength vaccine for seniors. Saving lives and hospitalizations makes it worth the extra cost. (c) 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.
A text from a resident’s family member received recently really struck my heart… “I’m so ashamed of our Youth Centric Society. There is so much wisdom, culture, love and story-telling that is being wasted and lost, simply disregarded…” Rory Steward in the November 9, 2013, “Guardian” reflects as follows. “…ours is the first generation to draw our deepest fulfilment from our own descendants. Some of my friends imply that all that matters is what happens to their families, in the lives behind their own front doors. We have become reluctant to make sacrifices, except on the altar of our children. And what is the purpose of our children's lives? Their own children. And so on, all the way down. But instead of focusing overwhelmingly on the interests of "the next generation", politicians should give more space to the previous generation. We should begin by allowing older people to take far more political responsibility in local communities…. Our older population is the most impressive, self-sacrificing and imaginative part of our entire community. They are almost the last people who belong to political parties, the last who maintain our churches, the most generous and dedicated supporters of all our charities. They are our last fragile link to deeper history. They are also people who can find themselves in extremes of poverty (fuel poverty, in particular), of isolation, of loneliness and of hopelessness in the wait for death, unimaginable to anyone younger. We are not respecting them and, as a society, we are not making use of their extraordinary talents… If we are looking for redemption for the young, and a mission for our society, it could be in our care for the older generation: finding fulfilment and delight in relationships with the elderly and in helping the elderly. We should admire and learn from them. This is possible. On every street corner in Kabul, you can see a teenager in stonewashed jeans raising his head from scowling at his phone and moving with genuine delight to talk to an older person. I would like to see us begin to do the same here. Instead of building a world that's only fit for our children, I would like to see us building a world fit for our parents…” Rory Stewart is Conservative MP for Penrith For guidance, questions, and tours of The Lodge Assisted Living, call Linda Davis 208-755-3637.
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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) That lower-thanacceptable performance you’re getting from others in your group might be the result of miscommunication. If so, correct it before serious problems arise later on. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) An unexpected situation could call for a change of plans. If so, you might feel that this is unfair. But it’s best to make the needed adjustments now. There’ll be time later for rescheduling. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) The new year brings opportunities you might want to look into. Some might be more interesting than others. But take time to look at all of them before you make any decisions. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) It’s a good idea to be careful about expenses until you’ve worked out that pesky financial problem. You might find it advisable to get some solid advice on how to proceed. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Romance looms large over the Leonine aspect. Single Lions looking for love should find Cupid very cooperative. Paired Cats can expect a renewed closeness in their relationships. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Making contact with a former colleague might not be high on your list of priorities. But it could pay off personally as well as professionally. Avoid bringing up any negatives about the past. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A personal relationship could face added stress because of a situation involving someone close to both of you. Be supportive and, above all, try to avoid playing the blame game. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might well find some lingering uncertainties about a decision. If so, take that as a warning that you might not be ready to make that move yet. More study would be in order. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Music is a dominant theme for Sagittarians right now, and it should remind you to make a greater effort to restore some much-needed harmony in that very special relationship. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Although family matters might demand much of the Sea Goat’s attention this week, you’ll want to try to make time to handle those all-important workplace situations as well. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A recurring unresolved issue might need to be revisited before you can move forward. Consider asking someone familiar with the situation to act as an impartial counselor. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Ignore pressure to make a decision. Keeping your options open is still the wisest course, at least until you’re sure you’ve learned all you need to know about the matter at hand.
BORN THIS WEEK: You’re capable of great loyalty to those around you, which is one reason you can count on devotion from friends and family. (c) 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Meatloaf is as comforting as food gets. If you agree, then take comfort in this easy homestyle recipe. 16 ounces extra-lean ground sirloin or turkey breast 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon dried fine breadcrumbs 1/2 cup finely chopped celery 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium ketchup 1 (12-ounce) jar fat-free beef gravy 1. Heat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with butter-flavored cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine meat, breadcrumbs, celery, onion, parsley flakes, ketchup and 1/4 cup beef gravy. Mix well to combine. Pat mixture into prepared loaf pan. 2. Bake for 45 minutes. Evenly spoon remaining gravy over meatloaf. Continue baking for 15 minutes. Place loaf pan on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Divide into 6 servings. * Each serving equals: About 167 calories, 7g fat, 15g protein, 11g carb., 531 mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Meat, 1 Starch.
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