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Saturday, February 04, 2012

Today's trivia:
True or False: People who skip breakfast tend to LOSE MORE weight than people who eat breakfast.
Easy. I have known this since the 1970s. emoticon

True or False: Carbohydrates are the only source of energy used by the brain.

True or False: Taking (or eating) extra vitamin B-12 can boost your energy levels.


Wear Red on Friday to Highlight Heart Health

Friday, February 03, 2012

Earned my spark points reading articles related to heart health.




Then, one of my trivia questions was:
True or False: If you exercise regularly, it's possible to reduce your cholesterol even if you don't lose weight.
I know this is true not just from reading the articles above, but from personal experience. My numbers were climbing the last time I had my cholesterol checked as I was unable to exercise as aggressively as before. There isn't any reason why it has improved, plus I am on a medication that likely will cause my cholesterol to rise. Ugggghhhh.

P.S. The photo above was labeled "HEART HEALTH PILLS"

Do It Every Day

Thursday, February 02, 2012

I swiped my title from Jerome Merlau who is a "Daily Spark" blogger.
His top 3 success factors are in a blog from earlier in the week. My adaptation for the month of February:
1. Track Nutrition on Spark Tracker
2. Track Fitness on Spark Tracker
3. Do It Every Day

Today's Trivia
1. Which of the following ground beef products tends to be the LEANEST?
~ Ahhhh. I have been doing it right.

2. According to research studies, which of the following strategies could help you burn more calories than the other?
Strength training before running
Running before strength training
~I am not a runner so I looked it up. My first guess was right - the second answer is right.


3. Which of the following statements about monounsaturated fatty acids is true?
They are liquid at room temperature
They increase your cholesterol
They're found in coconut oil

I double checked my answer because I have been hearing coconut oil tauted.

The spark explanation:
"Monounsaturated fatty acids are liquid at room temperature; decrease total blood cholesterol but maintain your HDL (healthy) cholesterol. Sources include: certain oils and margarines (canola, olive, peanut, sesame), avocado, nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia, pecans, peanuts, pistachios), peanut butter, olives, sesame seeds, tahini paste. "

From that list, I have in my pantry:
olive oil
canola oil
sesame oil [refrigerate]
peanuts [DH eats]
pistachios [ small quantity]
Peanut butter [DH eats]
sesame seeds

February ~ Happy Heart Healthy Month

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

.♥.♥..♥ .~ Happy Heart Healthy Month ~ .♥ .♥..♥ .
I am going to step up my exercise routine beginning today. emoticon

Today's Trivia & what I learned.
I found the answers to all questions in this article.

1. What is Acai?
I learned from the Spark dietitian that the claims about it are a scam.

2. What is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)?

3. How much scientific evidence is there to suggest that dairy aids in weight loss?

I had never believed that there was anything magical about Acai Berry - in spite of Dr. Oz and others. I do try to eat blueberries, blackberries, & strawberries regularly. I have always enjoyed tea over coffee. I switched to green tea & green & white tea mix because it sounded like it was more likely to provide nutrients.

I was a sucker for the hype that milk would help you lose weight until this week. Dr. Oz [again] had a guest that said if you are lactose intolerant, to eliminate all forms of [cow] dairy as the inflammation in the "gut" might be preventing weight loss. I am lactose intolerant. I have never thought that I did not tolerate cheeses or yogurt. In fact, when my daughter was 5, a pediatric allergist told me that most people who are intolerant of milk can eat yogurt. He had me try it on her. Yogurt was her only source of dairy for a couple of years and she seemed to tolerate it.

I have a lot of yogurt and cheese products in the house.
I am not throwing anything out - but will quit buying it for myself.
DH does eat it some.

I am trying to figure out what I will eat instead of yogurt with my berries & green tea.


Yesterday in review

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I only finished part of my exercise.
But i stood in the kitchen at least 2 hours & I have read you can burn calories doing that.
Baked cookies for the youth group at church - I did eat one.

One of the local Asian restaurants used a copy of their menu as a newspaper insert. It worked in getting me to want to go there or get take-out. But, I must brag that instead, I found & made two recipes from my 20 year old Asian cookbook.
I found a recipe that looked similar to "Chicken Almond Ding." In fact it was better than take-out.
emoticon What does "Ding" mean, any way?
I also made a hot Malaysian vegetable salad that included cauliflower, carrots, & cucumber. We have leftovers for tomorrow that we will eat cold.

P.S. I found it.
First answer to what Ding means. "Ah, ding?" He answered. "That's the sound the dish makes when it's ready to come out of the microwave."

Second answer: Ding is the name of the sauce.
Since the recipe was for Almond Chicken and Vegetables - I am not sure it was DING.

Next time, I may use this recipe:


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