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A little sweet talk.

Monday, July 16, 2012

For the record, this is my very own experiment done by my very own self on my very own body!

It began back in December, 2011 when my cholesterol was higher than it had ever been, even though it was still in the “good” range. So I changed my eating ways (knew in my heart I had been wild and crazy for a while) and 3 months later I wrote a blog about the results. (lowered cholesterol by 47 points!)

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780528


So now, 4 months after that blog, I went back for more testing. My cholesterol was still great but had gone UP 10 points. So why am I happy about that?

Because it really validates what happened before, so it wasn’t just a fluke. During these past 4 months, I really went OFF my NO SUGAR plan for about a month or so, triggered by grandkids visiting for two weeks and some other really interesting excuses, lol.

So for about 6 weeks of the past 4 months I was chomping away at the sweets and the result is my cholesterol went UP 10 points.

I began reading about nutrition about a year ago, and found some suggestions here and there that sugar was responsible for high cholesterol. I had always heard of several reasons for high cholesterol, fat, of course being the main one. But no one was waving the sugar flag about it. I had hardly ever seen sugar even mentioned with the word cholesterol. But once I focused on that and on how much sugar was in my diet, I decided to live without it.

I’d never heard anyone say “I think you need a little more sugar in your diet.”
Dr. Robert Lustig says if anything else has the markers in our body that sugar does, we label it a poison!

Dr. Michael Roizen says sugar damages the protein in your heart, kidneys, brain, skin, etc. for months after you eat it.

So, I began my sugar tracking by keeping a little tablet handy to total my grams of sugar each day. I try to keep it WAY UNDER 20 grams. The more real food I eat and the less processed food I eat, the easier that is to accomplish.


www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611475


The results are clear. More sugar equals higher cholesterol. I also track my blood glucose pretty frequently. I’m not diabetic and don’t ever want to be. Home monitoring helps me know what foods and combination of foods will/will not spike my blood sugar.

By the way, Joe has joined me in my little experiment. His cholesterol and other numbers were way high into the danger range. After 4 months his cholesterol went down over 100 points! Diet alone.

Just sayin'

Karen

PS - I'm also a veggie pusher, lol. No one ever told you you're eating too many veggies, did they? But that's another blog.

  
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CATHY629 7/17/2012 11:10AM

    Very interesting Karen,a few years ago i went to a well woman clinic where i had my cholesterol checked for the first time and it was very high,i was told to cut out fats and eat fish at least twice a week,take plenty of exercise etc.
When i went back six weeks later after obeying all their instructions,it was even higher,sugar was never mentioned it makes one wonder.
I now take a statin every day.
Cathy


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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/16/2012 10:01PM

    I agree about the sugar and veggies both.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/16/2012 9:03PM

    That's great Karen. I am not a sugar eater, but I don't monitor my blood sugar either. My sister is a full blown Diabetic and craves sugar all the time. She just had a terrible experience and was Life flighted to a Hospital with very high Potassium lever. Almost killed her. Wish everyone would take more interest in their bodies health. Good for you.

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PJSTIME 7/16/2012 6:04PM

    I'm fortunate so far and have no health problems but that is interesting about the sugar. I'm glad you and Joe are improving your numbers. Veggies are not a problem for me I really do like them and miss them terribly when I don't get enough of them.

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SIONED40 7/16/2012 4:18PM

  Excellent info...I am also going to do more research into this. Do you think someday they will finally get all this figured out?

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MADAMES 7/16/2012 1:25PM

    Wow....this is very interesting.

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NELLJONES 7/16/2012 11:37AM

    My husband is both diabetic (has to watch his sugar regardless of his personal opinion) and has plaque buildup in his coronary arteries, once again requiring watching saturated fat no matter what he thinks about it. He will be diabetic forever, controlled or uncontrolled, but the cardiologist said that he could reverse the arterial blockages with diet. He'd have to cut out (not limit) saturated fat for years, no days off. Alas, he isn't willing to do that. If he had cut back 20 years ago, limited fat would have helped, but if you wait too long, it's the 100% compliance 100% of the time that's required. A tough order for anyone.

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MAMABUGAZ 7/16/2012 10:51AM

    I'm with you on the sugar vs fat thoughts.

I also watch sugar consumption pretty closely, and simple/refined carbs as well. Especially white flour products. Carbs turn into sugar in your body, and the simple carbs just are not good for us.

However, I don't watch either arated or unsaturated fats very closely. I've read that you have to eat fat to lose fat, and there is info out there that supports what you are saying -- that sugar is more responsible for high cholesterol than fat is.

I do, though, try to mostly avoid the "fake" fats (hydrogenated oils, trans fats).

~ Faith

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VINGRAM 7/16/2012 9:16AM

    Very interesting . I have ver heard that, and sugar is my personal demon! emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 7/16/2012 9:10AM

    I just read the spark article this morning about not being serious about weight loss, and now I read your blog...I think the universe is trying to tell me something.
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BELTONWALKER67 7/16/2012 8:28AM

    Thank you for this information. I have recently been watching my sugar intake and was really surprised by the grams of sugar in yogurt. One brand had 25 grams just in one serving. I like the idea of keeping a tablet handy and keeping track. Good for you & Joe! Your bodies are saying Thank You! emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/16/2012 8:17AM

    Karen, thanks for the information. I do like sweets, but I have cut down to much smaller portions. Some days, I forget to eat my piece of chocolate.

It does make a difference. I'm glad Joe's cholesterol improved. He will feel better.

I know you enjoyed your trip to Austin. We enjoyed our one trip there. I wish we had known more about the city.

Stay healthy,
Kay

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GABY1948 7/16/2012 8:14AM

    Karen, as you know I totally agree with you. I have done the very same (bad) eating for a year and went to the doc and all my numbers were way up....so I remembered what you had taught me. This makes sense...I am sorry I have let you do all the investigation but I do thank you...so now, I also am going to start tracking on a pad beside me the grams of sugar and see what happens...I sent this blog to dh too since he does not have the weight issue I do but the cholesterol for him is RIGHT there...again thank you!

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Motivation and Inspiration in one 74 year old body!

Friday, June 22, 2012

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OR-6y-8-nM

Ernestein Shepherd will make you get up off the couch! Watch this amazing woman.

She is an inspiration for all of us, no matter how old we are or how wimpy we are, lol.

Karen

  
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MARITIMER3 6/28/2012 10:35AM

    Definitely inspiring - thanks for sharing.

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VINGRAM 6/28/2012 10:16AM

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FISHINGLADY66 6/23/2012 8:17PM

    This is emoticon. She is amazing. Thanks.

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GAYLE119 6/22/2012 6:38PM

    wow! unbelievable! good for her! emoticon

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JUDY1676 6/22/2012 5:58PM

    Wow! She IS amazing!

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JENNY888 6/22/2012 1:33PM

    Thanks for sharing this. She is an inspiration.

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ZEEDRA 6/22/2012 11:36AM

   
That's a great video, Karen. Discipline, dedication and .... what was the third thing? Commitment? A very tall order for me.
I'm on my way to the supermarket, dragging my cart behind me. I'll put that lady's beautiful face before me and remind myself of her wonderfully positive attitude...not just for herself but for others.
Have a great weekend!
:)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/22/2012 10:13AM

    I certainly don't want to look at my body after looking at hers. LOL. She is amazing.

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CHRISTINASP 6/22/2012 9:56AM

    Inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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DGAIL51 6/22/2012 9:33AM

    Okay, it is not too late for me to improve a LOT! Not everyone has the biological & physiological potential to get to the level she achieved, but we can all improve. Thanks for the inspirations!!! Every day is a NEW DAY! Yea!!!

Donna

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NELLJONES 6/22/2012 9:23AM

    There are a lot of people who started late. Johnny Carson took up tennis in his 50s and ended up a 5.0 player. It's never too late.

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WOUBBIE 6/22/2012 9:13AM

    Woohoo! Needed that today! She started at 56!?!?! Then I should have a 2 year edge on her!

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BELTONWALKER67 6/22/2012 9:11AM

    emoticonThank you for sharing with us!

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GABY1948 6/22/2012 9:07AM

    VERY inspiring...THANKS!

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/22/2012 8:46AM

    She is certainly an inspiration.
Kay

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The Daily Walk (with Pics)

Sunday, May 27, 2012



Every day he takes a walk at the same time.
Every day she waits for him and they walk together.

Wouldn't it be great if we all had friends like this. No words needed. Just walking in Friendship.

Karen

  
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AMBUDMAN 6/9/2012 10:34AM

    Gives you a happy feeling. emoticon

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JPR-ARTIST 6/5/2012 9:54AM

    How precious!! Thanks for sharing... are they 'relatives' of yours?

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JUSTJO66 5/31/2012 10:30AM

    Adorable. I loved the pictures.

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FISHINGLADY66 5/30/2012 9:57PM

    Wonderfully emoticon I just loved this. Thanks.

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DGAIL51 5/29/2012 2:59PM

    Love it, love it! So Cute!

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PJSTIME 5/27/2012 5:00PM

    SO sweet and truly a good friendship

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/27/2012 3:45PM

    They are both so cute you would have to be a fool not to want to walk with either one of them. LOL.

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JOANNS4 5/27/2012 2:49PM

    How precious! Thank you.


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SUPERMOUSE35 5/27/2012 1:01PM

    Aww, I love this. :D

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ZEEDRA 5/27/2012 11:39AM

    Wonderful! I could use that right now...in the pits. Sandra

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/27/2012 11:28AM

    emoticon So sweeˇ

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JEANNE229 5/27/2012 11:02AM

    I LOVE this, Karen. Touches the heart...

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PURE LOVE!

Friday, May 25, 2012

That was the name of the text my DIL sent me recently. It was about my son Danny and my 8 yr. old Granddaughter, Sydney:

"Pure Love! I came downstairs last night just before bed and found Danny letting Sydney paint his nails with clear polish!"

LOL. I could hardly believe it. My 6'1", strong, conservative Federal Agent son, letting anyone paint his nails with anything!

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SILLYHP1953 6/7/2012 9:15AM

    That is a good father!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/26/2012 11:13PM

    LOL!! We certainly know who is in charge. LOL.

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ZEEDRA 5/26/2012 8:58PM

    The relationship between daughter and father can be so special when the father is able to open up to it. Your son obviously has. I know you are proud of him...a new dimension, for sure, and very sweet.
S.

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VINGRAM 5/26/2012 5:40PM

    How sweet! emoticon

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ACIMPEGGY 5/25/2012 9:37PM

    I'd love to see a photo of this!

Great job being a daddy. And definitely PURE LOVE!

Have a great weekend, Karen.

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WOUBBIE 5/25/2012 8:40PM

    Glad I clicked on your blog! This made me smile!

It reminds me of the big jock I used to work with whose daughter managed to get him to play dolls. (He did insist that it had to be a boy doll, though - GI Joe or an action figure of some kind! LOL!)

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PJSTIME 5/25/2012 7:40PM

    That would have been a good conversation and an even better picture.

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/25/2012 4:37PM

    Danny must love his son to have painted nails. That's sweet and funny.
Kay

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Are you a Caregiver for the Elderly?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

www.fullcirclecare.org/states/statea
aas.html


Many of you remember me blogging about my mother. My sons and I moved her here in our area so we could help her more as she aged. She is now 89 and legally blind and staunchly independent! She lives in a nice apartment about 15 minutes from me. It's government housing but really breaks the mold of the stereotype of low income housing.

She has a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath in a complex full of old oak trees. Lots of front porch living there, with shade and a breeze. This is important in Texas!

She is across the street from the local Senior Center, where she can get $2.00 meals if she wants, or watch a movie, socialize, exercise or just hang out in the air conditioning.

Last October she fell while crossing the street and subsequently spent a week in the hospital and 10 days in a nursing home - against her will, I might add! We then discovered that her Medicaid had lapsed. Evidently she ignored some paperwork and/or phone calls and didn't get her periodic evaluation. This resulted in about a $100 decrease in her monthly check AND Medicaid did not pick up what was left after Medicare paid her hospital bills.

I'll spare you the details of the strife and angst and frustration of trying to get her re-instated. I just want to say that after praying hard for help, I found an angel disguised as an Ombudsman for the Area Agency on Aging. Sue made home visits, took over the horrible paperwork, found the right person to deal with and succeeded in getting my mother's benefits restored, as well as getting her some additional ones. I feel blessed to have found this woman.

My relief is so great and I am so thankful, I have included a link at the top of the page that gives you a starting point to find assistance for the elderly in your family, and relief for YOU if you are helping an elderly person get through life.

There is a link for almost every state. Start at the one nearest you and ask questions. Someone will be able to give you some guidance.

Anyone who has ever been even a part-time caregiver for any adult is under great stress. We seem more geared to caring for children than we do adults. (Adults talk back a lot, lol.) The physical and emotional impact is often not realized, even by the caregiver, until it builds to unmanageable proportions. These caregivers need some CARE! I'm hoping there is an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) that will help you or someone you know.

Karen

  
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STILLHAVEIT 6/14/2012 10:02PM

    My Mom is 92 and she lives in CA and I live in TX. Very difficult situation. I wish so much she would move nearby. Since she won't, I pray God grants her the peace to pass quietly in her own home. I go out every 3 months to make sure things are going well and, of course, talk to her daily. So happy things are going well with your Mom.

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SILLYHP1953 5/23/2012 12:31PM

    I'm glad you found the help you needed. And thanks for that link. My mother is 81 with the beginnings of dementia and still living by herself for now.

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SAMMIESMOM13 5/17/2012 10:25AM

    Karen, I can so relate to this and THANK you for the link. I will be checking that out. I try and help my dad out with my mom, as you know it IS stressful. I worry about him almost more than mom. I'm afraid it is going to take him- he won't admit it but there are HUGE visible signs of the terrible stress on him. I go down each week to help out and give him time off, and take her home about 5 days a month too. But that just isn't enough. This is such a difficult thing to deal with. And YES, they DO talk back! LOL- a mom gets VERY irritated when her "child" is telling her what to do! I find myself being a "mom" again with her.

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FISHINGLADY66 5/15/2012 10:56PM

    Thanks so much Karen. I heard about this much too late for my dear mother. (RIP). I am so grateful that you found out and did what your mother needed done. Bless you dear friend. ((Hugs))

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DGAIL51 5/15/2012 8:21PM

    Good information. Most of us are facing or going to face this circumstance. My mom is almost 80 and still at home, but is nearly deaf. She manages so far with the sometimes help of her not so helpful grandson who lives with her, but mostly because one of my sisters lives near her & takes care of the grocery & doctor trips. She is very, very stubborn so I do dread the day she will need more help. I live 2 hours away, so I cannot do the day to day things, but help financially with her personal needs.

Donna

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ZEEDRA 5/15/2012 5:58PM

    Karen,
I'm so glad you found the right help; I remember your story. Thanks for sharing the link.



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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/15/2012 1:54PM

    We go through something similar with my BIL who is a schizophrenic. It's a nightmare so I know exactly what you mean.

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JKURJACK1944 5/15/2012 1:14PM

    Thank you for this link Karen. My husband's brother is being discharged from the hospital soon and he is going to need financial as well as medical help for the next 6 weeks. I have been a care giver to my own mother in the past and know how stressful it can be. Thanks again for the link.

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ALISHAB3 5/15/2012 10:05AM

    Adults do talk back a lot and they expect you to kow tow to what they think, of course, they may not know what year it is or be able to prioritize whats important (medicaid comes to mind and so does following their doctor prescribed diets (mine won't follow his low purine diet for his gout.) Its tricky. Your Angel was a G-d send!!

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NELLJONES 5/15/2012 9:17AM

    My mother is 85 and moving into dementia. I took over paying her bills for this very reason. She didn't like it at first, but I give her detailed financial reports (which she doesn't understand) and it makes her feel like she is still in control. As we have found out, it's really hard watching someone you love age, someone who used to be so in control, but it won't get any better, so we have to make the best of it. One day, alas, it will be over and I want to be able to look back and know I did all I could do. And one day this will be us. I hope I can manage my old age with better grace than Mom.

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GABY1948 5/15/2012 7:51AM

    Karen, so glad you wrote about Mom, I have OFTEN wondered about her. This is an awesome blog. And yes, you are SO right about the caregiver of an elderly parent. I had my mother to care for for 7 years after dad died. That is some REAL stress.

I am so thankful that she is as good as she is...and that you are too! God Bless you! Gaye

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--KREN 5/15/2012 7:28AM

    Kay, We keep sending Home Health Care workers to her and she keeps firing them. She let one come see her twice a week for 3 weeks - a record!

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/15/2012 7:25AM

    Thanks for the information. Mother is 89 and is really having more health issues. She still lives at home, and has caregivers Monday-Thursday for 5 hours. She refused one on Fridays. I do have 2 brothers nearby. They are doing better about checking on her since they now realize her serious condition.

Thanks for the information, and I will keep your mom's situation in my prayers.
Kay

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PJSTIME 5/15/2012 6:43AM

    I know what you are talking about all to well. Thanks Karen I'll check it out a little later.

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