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FUNNY SIGNS

Saturday, December 31, 2011

I love funny signs. Some are really hillariously perplexing. Take this one indicating NO BIRDS ALLOWED. Huh? What are they going to do to the birds that show up? lol




The link below leads to 25 signs YOU may come across one day! Good luck!

www.travelandleisure.com/articles/wo
rlds-funniest-signs/1

  
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SILLYHP1953 1/10/2012 10:43AM

    I have never seen a no birds allowed sign, and it didn't seem to bother the birds!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/31/2011 11:51PM

    LOL That's hilarious!! I guess he can't read or is deliberately blowing them off. What a crazy fine. I think I will put one like it with a cat on it because the neighbor's cat will not leave my bird feeder alone. LOL.

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DMILLE40 12/31/2011 9:59PM

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JKURJACK1944 12/31/2011 9:25PM

    Happy New Year. Great signs.

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GGMOM06 12/31/2011 2:07PM

    emoticon HAPPY NEW YEAR !

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FISHINGLADY66 12/31/2011 11:47AM

    Thanks for the laugh.

Happy New Year!
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VINGRAM 12/31/2011 10:55AM

    Cute!

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PJSTIME 12/31/2011 10:33AM

    Thanks Kren. Have a Happy New Year.

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NELLJONES 12/31/2011 10:22AM

    Love it!

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GABY1948 12/31/2011 9:58AM

    Awesome! Thanks, Karen, and have the MOST AWESOME year yet in 2012! HUGS, Gaye

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ZEEDRA 12/31/2011 9:25AM

    You ain't the boss of me!!!

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MISSPEACHES3 12/31/2011 9:20AM

    Too Cute emoticon

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--KREN 12/31/2011 9:10AM

    Is that bird a REBEL or what? lol

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SUGAR or SWEET?

Monday, December 12, 2011

After lots of reading and researching, (see my previous blogs) Iím drastically reducing the amount of STARCH and SUGAR in my diet.

My first step is cutting out the SWEETS. You know, desserts. Pies, ice cream, fudge, brownies, cake, chocolate candy, etc. etc.

Several people have asked if Iím using an alternative to sugar, an artificial sweetener of some kind, or something like honey, agave, etc.

First of all, I am always trying not to eat anything ARTIFICIAL. I want real food, whole food, the best fresh food, please.

I cut out the sugar in my coffee and tea long ago when I began going to a Chiropractor (Dr. Sid) for back/leg pain. When I came in he would run his fingers down my spine and poke around on my back a little and say, ďYouíve been eating sugar.Ē And I would say, ďNo, I donít eat sweets very much.Ē (Back then that was true. That was before I hired Sara Lee and Betty Crocker to work with me, lol, but thatís another blog I havenít written yet, lol.)

Dr. Sid persisted and insisted until finally it dawned on me: I was putting two or three spoons of sugar in my tea and coffee which I drank all day while at work! Duh! One of those olí slap-the-head-moments, lol. So, I gradually decreased the sugar in my drinks until I finally drank my coffee and tea black, nothing added. My motivation was to get my Chiropractor to stop saying that I was eating sugar. (He said when you eat sugar your pancreas responds, works hard, and he could feel it when he pressed the right spot on my back. Somehow the pancreas or spine felt differently. Was he right? I donít know but when I stopped sugar I never told him, but he stopped saying it .)

So, back to the present. Iím cutting out SWEETS. Anything sweetened with artificial sweetener or any other sweetener besides sugar, still tastes SWEET, so Iím avoiding it. I think itís too tempting, reminds me too much of some other dessert that IS full of sugar and will eventually lead me astray. Besides, Iím never sure whatís in some of those products and have read all sorts of warnings about them.

What I want to know is:

When you give up SWEETS are you just giving up SUGAR?
Or do you give up anything that tastes SWEET?
And what difference do you think it makes?

Karen

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/15/2011 2:12PM

    As a nurse I've been following the studies on artificial sweeteners for years. They are one of the most studied products actually. And the only genuine scientifically proven problem is in people who have phenylketonuia and use aspartame. Artificial sweeteners in some people trick the brain temporarily to think it is consuming sugar and their blood sugar starts to rise until the brain shortly realizes it isn't sugar and it can't use it so the blood sugar effect is nominal. That being said I don't consume a lot of artificial either as I prefer to avoid processed foods as much as possible. A little is not going to harm anyone. Unlike most people I never drank diet sodas every day and my dessert is usually fruit so I don't have a lot of use for it. But for diabetics and people with similar problems it is all they can use and is safe.

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ZEEDRA 12/14/2011 8:10PM

    I've only been able to give up sugar for any good length of time during extreme circumstances.
So, I believe that ANY kind of sugar, including honey and artificial sweeteners, will trigger binges, even small ones.
There's too long a history of sweets feeding the addictive part of my brain. Thankfully, I'm not addicted to anything else but this more than makes up for all the "interesting" addictions.
So, it's either leave it alone or it won't let me alone.
I'm presently giving in to it because it's the time of year when I typically do so. Nothing to do with socializing. It's pre-Christmas, isolated "snacking".
Actually, I can't use the words "healthy snack" as many people do. To me it's an oxymoron.
Good luck, y'all, with the sugar cessation.

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DEC2DEC 12/13/2011 5:47PM

    I don't do sugars, grains, dairy, or fruit -- none of the stuff that contains natural sugars. Once or twice a week I'll have a soda sweetened with stevia, because I've found that it doesn't trigger binges like other real and artificial sweeteners.

Sugars are really, really, really bad for our bodies.

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GABY1948 12/12/2011 5:08PM

    Karen, I'm with you and I learned long ago that artificial sweeteners are WORSE for us than sugar, believe it or not and actually cause binges...your body is tricked and then it does want the real thing! So you are right! I used to drink like 2 two liter bottles of Diet Pepsi a day (yes, I was NUTS) but now only drink water and never junk.

I had been getting more lax and was "allowing" sweets back into life but that has had detrimental results (weight) so now I am like you and quitting all of it!

Thanks for all your great blogs that have helped me SO much! You are emoticon emoticon

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CATHY629 12/12/2011 4:28PM

    I never take sugar in tea or coffee,but i do like chocolate,i find it easier not to have sweet things in the house,if its there i will eat it, so i just dont buy it.
Trouble is it's everywhere,there is always a good selection of sweets and chocolates right at the checkout in the supermarket to tempt you while you are waiting in the queue to be served.
I notice now that here in the uk they are not allowed to advertise sweets and confectionary on the tv in the commercial breaks on childrens television.
During world war two and after up to 1953 sugar was rationed here in the uk as was meat and butter etc,everyone was a lot healthier then,you never saw many overweight people then.
Cathy

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FISHINGLADY66 12/12/2011 3:40PM

    I'm not a sweet eater, but I do use the pink sweetener in my coffee. For some reason I have never eaten sugar foods. I don't know why, but I am glad I don't. My problem has always been portion control. If it taste good to me, I just keep eating. I am feeding my mouth hunger, not my stomach hunger. I'm still working on that.

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VINGRAM 12/12/2011 2:33PM

    I'm a Splenda gal.........can't do without it!!!!!!!!! Hugs........me

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GEMINIAN1 12/12/2011 2:06PM

    emoticonHi Karen

I am an "everything in moderation" person.
However, I follow the belief system that, everything can be HOMEMADE into a healthy, real food, version.
I guess, people would argue with me (and they'd sort-of have a point) if I'm a "true" *EVERYTHING* in moderation person because there are all kinds of PACKAGED "foods" that I will not support (couldn't pay me to).
However, in my brain, I don't consider a *ton* of that packaged stuff "food"; so, I have an argument too.
It is scientifically proven that the extra injected molecules and some processing procedures, in some packaged foods, make the *human body* not recognize them as food.

Too bad people's taste buds don't know that, huh?
Even poison berries taste good; but, then you die.

*Any* "craving" I have gets fulfilled ... in my kitchen ... not at McDonald's and Dairy Queen.

I do -not- eat WHITE, I repeat WHITE, sugar.
Or, as I have said, for DECADES, "I don't eat Bleach."
My husband and I eat 100% USDA Certified -Organic- Sugar, Honey, Chocolate, anything from Nature, grown in Nature; yes, yes we do.

In my opinion, what difference do I think it makes?
For me it means, this is something I CAN DO for the rest of my life.
"Everything In Moderation" ...
-I- couldn't do it any other way my friend.



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WOUBBIE 12/12/2011 1:46PM

    When I started low carb I assumed that I just wouldn't be eating anything sweet anymore. Which was fine, because when you don't eat sugar you can taste the natural sweetness of a lot of the other foods.

But a lot of people posted recipes for "substitute" foods - not just stuff with Splenda and Stevia, but things like MIM's and cauliflower pizza crust (still haven't tried that one).

I'm finding that, even if it tastes good it makes me too nostalgic for the "real" thing, so I'm going to avoid doing that in the future. I did try one pumpkin dessert recipe that I really like that has a ton of eggs in it, so I can grab it as a quick breakfast on rushed mornings, but I'm going to lay low on the other things.

If I were a vegetarian I would refuse to eat tofurkey too. :)

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PJSTIME 12/12/2011 1:41PM

    I try an give up the hard core sweets. But I still use those pink packets in my tea and honey in my oatmeal. I rarely drink any soda.

If I stray in eating sweets it just makes me want more. Can you spell ADDICTION. I think this is a problem with any one with a weight problem.


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TRYING - BE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND

Saturday, December 10, 2011


We read and search and discuss and gather knowledge and information. Then we put together a Plan for ourselves; a way to eat and live and be healthy. Now and then we stray and get off track, off Plan. We ALL do that.

Just remember Ė We are TRYING. If we werenít trying, we wouldnít succeed nearly as often as we do.

Every meal you eat that is healthy in content and portion is a GIFT to your body. Congratulate yourself for giving that gift to yourself.

When you slide and eat too much of unhealthy foods, that doesnít change the fact of all the times youíve given your body the GIFT of a healthy meal.

So focus on the successes and keep trying. At least talk to yourself the way youíd talk to a friend who was down because sheíd overeaten. Give some encouragement and a reminder that all the GIFTS still count, even if youíre off track now an then. Isnít that what youíd tell your best friend?

As my SP friend, PJSTIME, says, ďItís always too soon to give up.Ē Thanks for that PJ. I think of it daily.

Karen

  
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JUSTJO66 12/12/2011 8:54AM

    Wow! just what I needed this morning. Thanks Karen and PJ for reminding me to be a friend to myself. I can really beat myself up when I fall off the wagon. I've got to remember "it's a way of life" and get rid of my diet mentality.

Good blog for Monday morning. :o)

Jo

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IFATFIRST77 12/11/2011 9:17PM

    Thank you Karen and PJ, all of that was just what I needed to hear.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/11/2011 10:55AM

    I totally agree. Sometimes it helps me to recall former times when I got no exercise at all and ate no breakfast, a calorie/fat/carb laden lunch, a starchy supper, and candy snacks. I've come a long way.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/10/2011 10:08PM

    I agree Karen... We are TRYING or we would not be here on SparkPeople. Let's never give up. We have too much invested in ourselves and our health. We are worth it. Yes we are.

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ZEEDRA 12/10/2011 9:29PM

    Thanks!

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JSPEED4 12/10/2011 6:50PM

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VINGRAM 12/10/2011 6:28PM

    Good quote from PJ.

I agree........never give up! Fall down 7 times; get up 8. emoticon

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GEMINIAN1 12/10/2011 12:20PM

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I hope that you're having a really great day my friend.
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GABY1948 12/10/2011 11:00AM

    That is SO true and I for one, can NEVER be reminded too frequently! Thanks so much, Karen! I cherish our friendship and all the nuggets of advice I receive from you and people like PJ! emoticon

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PJSTIME 12/10/2011 9:31AM

    If we give up we never will succeed. We made have set backs but I won't give up. You are correct we should talk to ourselves with a pep talk like we would a friend. After all we should be our own best friends.

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DEBIBLUE72 12/10/2011 9:19AM

    we are always kinder to others then we are to ourselves. we deserve better. thank you for reminding me of that. emoticon

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GOOSIEMOON 12/10/2011 9:11AM

    SO TRUE!

For me, being kind to myself is the biggest part of this new lifestyle, and having a plan is part of that journey.

If you are not used to self-kindness, it may feel foreign at first, but will feel more natural over time. Practice, practice, practice!

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NELLJONES 12/10/2011 8:43AM

    I never thought about sticking to a Plan as a kindness to myself but it is.

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JKURJACK1944 12/10/2011 8:31AM

    You are right. I have not been kind to myself when I go off track and I have been doing it a lot lately. Thank you for reminding me that I have accomplished a great deal.

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MISSPEACHES3 12/10/2011 8:13AM

    Hi Kren,
Thanks for this timely reminder. I needed it this morning.

Blessings,
Brenda

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Two Bad Boys

Friday, December 09, 2011

Dr. Weil and I are on the same page. (Won't he be thrilled to hear I agree with him? LOL) In an article on his site he says:

www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00685/high-c
holesterol


"Reduce the amount of sugar and flour that you eat. Recent evidence indicates that added sugar - in the form of table sugar (sucrose) or high-fructose corn syrup - is probably a greater contributor to heart disease than is saturated fat. In fact, certain components of full-fat dairy foods may be cardio-protective. As a general rule, don't consume foods with added sugars. In particular, don't consume soft drinks, which, because they contain no fiber to slow metabolism, cause rapid spikes and dips in blood sugar levels. The result can be overeating, obesity and heart disease."

Iíve been focusing for some time on sugar and starch, simply because my body tells me that while these taste really good and are fun to eat, they donít leave me feeling so good later. Dull, sluggish, heavy and WANTING MORE. They induce CRAVINGS in me. So I have been trying to replace sugar and starch with vegetables whenever I can. See my blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4376336


I admire Dr. Weil because he is an educated man, an expert in his field, yet he keeps an open mind and really looks into research that other ďexpertsĒ with more dogmatic outlooks will ignore.

I read a lot in books and on the web. Some of it is pretty flaky, some I take with a grain of salt and some I ignore altogether. If I can safely test it on my body, say by changing my eating habits a little, I do. So I can wholeheartedly agree that starch and sugar are dangerous to my health. They are definitely the two bad boys in my diet.

Karen

WOUBBIE added this link down in the comments. Making it live:
www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/
mag-17Sugar-t.html?_r=2&ref=magazine&p
agewanted=all

  
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JUSTJO66 12/12/2011 8:50AM

    I am in definite agreement with you. Now if I could/can just kick those "bad boys" to the curb forver. :o)

Thanks Karen, some really good reads.

Jo

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GABY1948 12/9/2011 6:44PM

    OMG THANK YOU for another outstanding blog! You could write a BOOK before it is over with. All these addictive things...and odd, I thought they only affected me that way! Not so I have so many "birds of a feather" in this! It makes me feel better but I feel bad for others that are like this! As always, Karen thank you! emoticon

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PJSTIME 12/9/2011 5:03PM

    THese two are bad boys indeed. I know I feel better if I stay away from them especially the sugar. Luckily I can easily not have soda but some of the goodies this time of year is another story. Thanks Karen for the good information.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/9/2011 3:07PM

    I totally agree about the flour and sugar. Even whole wheat flour spikes your blood sugar. My diet is chiefly fresh meat, fish, eggs, fresh veggies, fresh fruits, low carb dairy, nuts, seeds, olive oil, etc.

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DEC2DEC 12/9/2011 1:18PM

    It's great to hear that from Dr. Weil. After all the reading I've done in the past few months, I've found I tend to ignore most of the "official" channels of information because they're ignoring a lot of info in favor of the party line.

Sugar tastes great, but it has zero redeeming qualities.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/9/2011 12:35PM

    I've been reading a lot more about sugar lately also. Thank you Karen. I have never been a sweet eater, but around the holidays I do eat sweets, just because they are there. lol. Dumb. huh? I really appreciate this information and the added awareness of how bad sugar is for your body. My diet has change for the better, thanks to SparkPeople and you.

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DGAIL51 12/9/2011 11:25AM

    Good information! Thanks once again. Now to get that information past my skull to wherever those "cravings" come from. I will say that when I went through a recent problem with lack of appetite that I had no cravings for sweets whatsoever and now I definitely do not crave them like I have always in the past, so that is probably a good place to stop the trend & continue to limit any sweets. Realistically, I am not sure I will completely cut out sweets, but definitely like Sandra's story of her 85 y/o artist friend who cut down from 2 squares to 1 chocolate square, maybe that is something I can strive for.

Donna

BTW, I do understand being a sweets addict since I have been one for most of my life, it is just that for several months my appetite has been really off and the sugar thing went with it for the most part.

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VINGRAM 12/9/2011 11:10AM

    Sandra.........can relate to the not stopping with one piece! I, too, have been having major sugar cravings and unfortunately have caved into them most of the time! So sorry, Kren! I understand!

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CAROLEE1945 12/9/2011 9:48AM

    I feel very lucky that I never developed a "soda habit". Unfortunately, though, I do crave sugar in all its other forms.

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ZEEDRA 12/9/2011 9:33AM

    YES...sugar is bad especially for those of us who can't stop at one little piece. I have an 85-year old artist friend who has been slim all of her life, has never been tempted to overeat or "oversweet", and walks everywhere for all of her errands except for Saturday when a friend with a car helps her get her heavier cat supplies (no...don't be silly: the supplies are heavier, not the cat!).
So this friend announced sometime this year that the two squares of dark chocolate she eats after dinner have now become ONE square (that's from a "good" chocolate bar) as she figured she was overdoing it.
I don't tell her about my problem with overeating the stuff because she wouldn't understand. Many people who don't have the problem just say: "Well, stop doing that!"
Keep up the great work, Karen. I will be joining you (I did it in October, I believe) when I work through my current cravings.


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MAMABUGAZ 12/9/2011 9:32AM

    Yes; I've read a lot, during the past year, as well, that supports the concepts that we need to "reduce the amount of sugar and flour that we eat", and that "added sugar...is probably a greater contributor to heart disease than saturated fat".

In fact, these concepts have been great contributors to my ability to lose 60 pounds. Many of my meals focus on meats and vegetables and fruits. I'm not afraid of complex carbs,so i also eat some of them, but, I do my best to limit simple carbs.

~ Faith

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WOUBBIE 12/9/2011 9:25AM

    Surprisingly, fruit itself is not the "perfect food" that our culture is telling us it is. For a lot of us the high fructose content of modern hybridized fruits is as bad as a can of soda. Vegetables, particularly leafy ones, are MUCH more healthful than fruits.

Fructose is fructose, no matter what form it's packaged in, and it's essentially a toxin, more so even than sucrose. (The only thing your body metabolizes faster than sugar is alcohol, which is an obvious poison.) Check out this NYTimes article:

http://www.nytimes.
com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17S
ugar-t.html?_r=1&ref=magazine&p
agewanted=all

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SILLYHP1953 12/9/2011 9:05AM

    I'm loving all this sugar info!

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BUGLET- 12/9/2011 8:59AM

    Great idea to keep sugar and white flour out of our diet. I think they should require sugar,flour and even all things that are bad for us to post on the labels the dangers of eating them..(Like cigarettes)
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Confessions of a - NO, Never Mind, lol.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

I wanted to title this blog, Confessions of a Sugar Addict, but alas, I'm too ashamed to confess, lol.

I do NOT want to tell you how much pumpkin pie, chocolate pie, homemade fudge and ice cream I've eaten lately. Sorry, No confessions.

www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/
sugar-shockers-foods-surprisingly-high
-in-sugar


I do want to share this article (link above) from Web MD titled SUGAR SHOCKERS, written by a Registered Dietitian, to help make us all more aware of the sugar in our diet. Be sure to go all the way to the last page and see the grams of sugar in what we think of as "healthier" products!

So, that's all I'm gonna do, today.

Karen

  
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MISSLISA1973 12/8/2011 11:52PM

    I'm an addict. One friend once referred to me as "a crackhead for sugar." She's not far from the truth. I've found that eating lots of fruits and veggies on a regular basis for nearly a year now has REALLY helped tamed my sweet tooth, but it's an ugly ole monster always ready to rear its head. Thanks for sharing the article... I'm going to read it in just a minute!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/8/2011 11:01PM

    I don't eat a single thing that is on the entire list. LOL. Nurses know to avoid these products.

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ZEEDRA 12/8/2011 7:40PM

    I am not ready to read the article but thank you once again for the provocative blogs and thank you, also, for withholding your confession. Mustn't get too personal!!! ;)

Speaking of personal: I have no personal problem with sugar in it's basic form, i.e., the white stuff in the sugar bowl...never touch it.

However, if it's mixed into a Crispy Crunch, or a Kitt Katt (maybe I just like sybillance...is that the right word...that's what sugar does to my brain), a Turtle or any kind of cookie...well, that's a different story (and equally uninteresting!).

Right now I'm in a period of intentional ignorance to allow me to continue devouring my "treats". I'll be happy when this is over and I can go back to abstaining from the dreadful goodies.

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JUSTJO66 12/8/2011 10:03AM

    Yikes! good article. Yes, sugar addiction is a real thing and so many people are afflicted with this condition.
I'll meekly raise my hand.
Hi, my name is Jo and I'm an addict. Sugar is it's name.

Good job Karen. Keep getting us the information we need.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/7/2011 11:03PM

    OMG... Ouch. Yikes... I really don't eat a lot of packaged foods. Not even the WW brands. But I am eating more sugar than I thought. Thanks for this great article Karen. I have been checking labels lately. Thank you.

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THISISIT-PA 12/7/2011 8:25PM

    That was a good article, thanks for sharing.

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VINGRAM 12/7/2011 6:09PM

    YIKES!

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GEMINIAN1 12/7/2011 5:56PM

    emoticon emoticonKaren.
I'm sorry I can't really relate to Sugar Addiction; but, I don't discount it in any way.
I believe it is a real thing.

I am cheering you on my friend!
I think you are right to want to do less, or none.
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DGAIL51 12/7/2011 5:15PM

    Karen, that is a shocking article. It really makes me nearly gag to think of the amount of sugar in some things that don't taste all that sweet & that you don't really think of as a "sweet treat". I will certainly be more careful & judicious in my choices.

Thank you for another good one!

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SILLYHP1953 12/7/2011 2:39PM

    Alright, alright, alright! I am getting on the wagon with you, and getting rid of sugar. If alchoholics can quit drinking, and drug addicts can quit drugs...then we can quit sugar.

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TUFFYBIRD 12/7/2011 1:49PM

    I'm lucky because I can 'take it or leave it' when it comes to sugar ... but I find salt really hard to resist.

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PJSTIME 12/7/2011 1:08PM

    I went to that potluck last night with good intentions and a spark soup dish to share. But alas the sweet tooth monster struck anyway emoticon

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STRNGNGRNDED 12/7/2011 12:21PM

    I love your background.
About the article, thank you for posting. So many people still are not aware or choose not to be.
Things supposedly healthy like milk, yogurt, and granola bars are also high in sugar.



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NAYPOOIE 12/7/2011 12:18PM

    I think I qualify as a former addict at the moment. No cravings. I do enjoy the stuff though.

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JEANNE229 12/7/2011 11:13AM

    I too am an unconfessed addict. One bite, taste, lick and I'm a gonner. I have found, however, if I stay away from sugar altogether, fruit is much more delicious!

Everything we read about sugar is so awful, not sure why I can't leave it alone. As Nell said, I KNOW better, but I never practice what they preach.

Working on it, though.

Have a great "sugar-free" day, Karen.

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NELLJONES 12/7/2011 9:59AM

    I think we all know this stuff but we don't KNOW it. It's very helpful to see it in number form to bring the knowledge to the front of our minds BEFORE we eat it. Thanks!

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MARGOMCP 12/7/2011 9:13AM

    Yes, we went to a family dinner last night and I ate the entire slice of too rich chocolate cake, homemade fudge, cookies, etc.

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GABY1948 12/7/2011 8:24AM

    THANK you! Another great one. I am right WITH you, Karen. I feel guilty that I am letting you do all the work though! emoticon

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