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A Gift for St. Paddy's Day or Spring

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I thought this video about sprouting all kinds of things was the right thing for this time of year.

But sprouting is a gift of green all year round. Think how great it would be to sprout buckwheat indoors for salads all winter!! Or wheat for green smoothies?

I sprout in mason jars with cheesecloth over the wide mouth jar and held in place with the metal ring part of the lids. I also rinse them more often than most other videos I watch: At every meal and before bedtime.

Kids can sprout a living necklace in a plastic pill bottle like one of these:

Put a line of Elmer's glue around the top. Wrap string around the top 3-4 times, positioning it in the glue. Leave tails which you will tie to create a necklace that will go over the head.

Put cotton in the bottom and add a little water to moisten. You can use the cotton that came in the bottle. Sprinkle flax or chia seeds all over the cotton. You will have a living necklace in about 4-5 days. Keep moist without drowning everything. If you can see water sitting in the bottom, pour it off. Kids like to decorate their containers.

Other seeds can be experimented with like mung beans, alfalfa, broccoli, mesclun mix, buckwheat, sunflowers. And all of these can be eaten. Some like mesclun can be harvested and they will keep growing leaves.

If the kids like this, find containers they can make a carpet of sprouts like you see in the video link above.

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LESLIELENORE 3/16/2013 6:21PM

    Very cool!

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A Pretty Nice Thanksgiving is Planned, You're Invited

Friday, March 15, 2013

I discovered I was sabotaging my efforts by setting my short term weight loss goals. How? since I was really doing well, meeting and setting new ones? It seems I lowered my fitness minutes when I was holding out to make a new short term goal till I lost the last half pound.
The system rounded down that .5 pound and thought I was at maintenance. So my calorie range zoomed up when I changed my calorie burn when the pool closed.

I didn't think anything about it, just started eating in the new range, healthy food still, but way more calories.

If I had lost that last .5 pound before the pool closed and I changed my fitness minutes, my nutrition tracker would have stayed at the lower calories.

So, I've taken the bull--my stubborn brain-- by the horns and entered all the weight I want to lose. It will take until next Thanksgiving if all goes well. And the nutrition tracker calorie range is back down to the level where I will continue to lose weight.

I can't remember being that weight. I might just put myself on maintenance then, just to experience the wonder of what it's like. And to get to wear the clothes that fit then for a little while.

There will be an awesome Thanksgiving celebration when I reach that goal. You're all invited. I already know the menu: Fresh Fruit Salad, Roasted Carrots, Citrus Brussels Sprouts with Onions, Holiday Grains with Almonds, Tea, Homemade Honey Lemon Whole Wheat Bread with Roasted Garlic Spread, and Baked Pumpkin Souffle with Walnuts sprinkled on top.

And after dinner, we're all going swimming!!

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DIETSAFARI 3/16/2013 8:00AM

    Well done, your weightloss is awesome....

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BUDDHA33 3/15/2013 7:07PM

    I want to be on that guest list.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/15/2013 6:24PM

    Great menu! It inspires me. Thank you!

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CHRISTINASP 3/15/2013 5:18PM

    I am not sure I understand. Why are you counting calories? I think that if you follow Dr. F. you don't need to count calories?
I wrote more but will post it in my own blog. I prefer to focus on eating healthy, on eating when hungry, and on sound basic rules based on common sense regarding food choice. But, that's my personal idea and experience.

Comment edited on: 3/15/2013 5:19:38 PM

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LESLIELENORE 3/15/2013 3:13PM

    Awesome! Dinner sounds lovely...

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CBRINKLEY401 3/15/2013 12:08PM

    Can't reason with a computer! At least you figured out what was going on with the programming and were able to correct it!

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Struggles? Schmuggles!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sparkcoach asked me to share about struggles or anxieties I have with weight loss. Well, I might be hiding my head in the sand, not facing reality, but for right now, I don't think I'm having any.

I don't understand, truly understand the ins and outs of upping the calories to manage increased calories burned because of increased fitness minutes. But I'm not struggling with it--I'm just letting the system handle it. And if it doesn't prove to be right for me, I'll make an adjustment.

I've had two struggles in the past: getting up out of my recliner and moving, and Not giving in to the donut monster. I'm burning over 1400 calories in fitness activities weekly,and walked over 2 miles last night after the rain stopped. And when a second Social Security letter arrived last night telling me I had earned $3,574,787.00 in 2011 as a teacher, from January to June, I realized I had arrived in a good place. The letter told me I should get a representative quickly so that they would have time to prepare a case (60 days from date of receipt).

For a minute it felt like the earth was falling out from under my feet. Then I said, "No, just another error on some sequestered worker's part." Then I got angry, that once again, a worker whose salary I am paying, has once again caused such needless upheaval in my life.

BUT, here's the thing. I didn't go buy a box of donuts. I didn't even go buy one. Just kept on with the plan. Went for my walk. Fixed the planned tilapia dinner. Had a snack later to meet my minimum and finished the day at 1743 calories, 33 calories over minimum. with 12 fruits and vegetables, 52 grams of fiber, and 21 anti-angiogenic ingredients.

And I managed to go to bed and get 8 hours of sleep.

I feel a little anxiety about dealing with Social Security calls today, but NONE about following my plan.

Thanks SP.

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BRERRABBIT1 3/14/2013 11:27AM

    :) BRAVELUTE, you're the greatest!


**It's not the price of tea in China, it's the whatcha-callems, the logistics.**

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ANGEL1066 3/14/2013 1:14AM

    I really admire your commitment. I think i would have hit the roof - or something nearer. But you are on the way to victory! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 3/13/2013 11:30PM

    Sounds like you are dealing with the stress in a healthy manner. Way to go!

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GR8ERJOY 3/13/2013 2:42PM

    Good for you for not letting stress derail you!

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POPSY190 3/13/2013 2:42PM

    We're having trouble here for teachers with a new pay provider- some not paid for months, some overpaid, some underpaid, most not able to tell if amounts correct or not! Then the authorities concerned hired debt collectors to pursue $22 overpayments! It beggars belief. emoticon on not letting the stress derail your efforts.

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KDLANDERS 3/13/2013 11:50AM

    emoticon emoticon congrats!!

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CHRISTINA-SP 3/13/2013 11:06AM

    YAY for you.

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L_SADHANA 3/13/2013 10:35AM

    Good for you! It's easier to deal with stressy events when your body is well nourished and rested. Wouldn't it be nice if teachers were paid that well?

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SAMMIESMOM13 3/13/2013 9:49AM

    Lordy, Lordy, if they can't see THAT is wrong immediately, well, what can I say?! Good luck with your day, and good for you keeping to the plan.

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GAILRUU 3/13/2013 9:45AM

    Nice salary! Good luck in dealing with bureaucracy!

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BUDDHA33 3/13/2013 9:27AM

    I hope SS people are paying for your representation! Glad to hear you are sticking to your plan. Don't let the turkeys win...

Loved naked food

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AKATHLEEN54 3/13/2013 9:24AM

    Salary!!! Schmallary!!! You must have been a really fantastic teacher!! I was immediately drawn to the title of your blog, which is why I stopped to read. My son, who is now 22 is always saying things like that and it just always makes me LOL so I appreciate your sense of humor.
After I read I also admire your ability to put your angry thoughts aside and to just move forward with those things that are important to you. There are so many things in our lives that can unravel us and cause upheaval and totally derail us. You didn't let that happen and for that I congratulate you !! emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 3/13/2013 9:08AM

    Gee I'd like to teach where you were teaching if you earned that much in half a year! LOL! If you have finished your taxes offer to send them a copy of that and ask them to send you a copy of where you earned all that money.

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Naked Food Magazine

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I received an e-mail today that the April issue of naked Food magazine is available now. It can be downloaded (free) and read on computer or a new fangled gadget like a Kindle. The articles discuss timely topics, but they are in depth, not just a sound byte about the latest buzz word.

Besides wonderful recipes that seem to fit right in to Eat to Live or other healthy diet plans, there's an article on

getting protein without meat,
getting kids to eat kale (what about adults?),
feeding your pet to prevent cancer,
and quite a lot of info about dairy, and its link to breast cancer. (I didn't know this)

But my favorite thing is the pictures accompanying the recipes. I just want to spend the rest of this gloomy day in the kitchen making beautiful food.

If you need inspiration to fix something healthy and delicious for tomorrow, check it out!!

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CHRISTINASP 3/13/2013 7:04AM

    Are you sure it's the FOOD you enjoy watching? ;)

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TINY-RUNNERGIRL 3/13/2013 2:23AM

    Wow, these recipes are awesome! I love the look of the quinoa and pear salad!

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NELLIEC 3/13/2013 12:26AM

    I would suspect the hormones associated with lactating might lead to breast cancer. I do know that women are advised to avoid pregnancy during treatment for breast cancer (and many other cancers).

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8 switches to get you there

Sunday, March 10, 2013

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

óDr. Seuss
Oh, the Places Youíll Go!

You have brains in your head that control your decisions
You can take steps to fight all your binge demons.

In any battle, there is a huge struggle
Which weapon to use becomes the puzzle.

Giving in, giving up, will not win the fight
But retreat, or switching the battleground might.

Throw a tantrum, stomp your feet.
Yell, I WILL NOT accept defeat.

Switch your focus lest the demons get swelled heads
Substitute a walk, a run, or apples in shreds.

My favorite battleground switches:
1. Instead of Starving myself, I am Eating more food based on the Full Plate Diet at (and also increasing fiber)
When I feel satisfied on whole, healthy food with lots of emphasis on fresh fruits and veggies, I have less chance of winding up in binge demon territory.

2. Instead of giving in, carrying fruit everywhere I go keeps me out of the drive thrus when running errands. If I even have a twinge of hunger when I know I will soon pass a donut shop, I start crunching an apple or pear.

3. Eating more and more whole foods instead of processed foods with all those things THEY have learned to use to hook us; doing my own research and discovering the dishes I can combine that hit my bliss spot keeps me hooked on healthy, fat-busting food.

4. Planning menus from foods from the fat-cell fighting, cancer cell fighting anti-angiogenic food list at
makes sure the biology is happening inside and I don't need to worry about it.

5. Focus on the positive instead of the negative.

6. Instead of one BIG weight loss goal that seems IMPOSSIBLE, that takes forever, create weight loss goals you KNOW you can accomplish in a shorter period of time.

7. Realizing my supportive friends aren't in a candy bar or donut but here in sparkdom, especially on my team:
gives me a place to come renew my resolve.

8. Sensualizing my life in the right direction lets the demons know that even if they waft an aroma, flash a picture, combine the right ingredients to make you think you will absolutely die if you don't have what they are offering in the next 60 seconds: you will stay firm. Surround yourself with aromas, visuals, choices that let you know you have already arrived in heaven.

Do you need help with brainstorming? Have you tried these?
A vase with a fragrant rose
A mixed fruit bowl on the counter
A pitcher of iced water with floating fruit pieces
A clutter free home
A sunrise, a sunset
A walk along the beach
A home-cooked meal started from scratch, preferably with the family helping to decide, create, chop, stir, fry
Adding fresh herbs or spices to your dishes
Organized cabinets and refrigerator filled with whole food choices
A slide show of pictures of your fab meals that you watch during commercials or every time you feel a binge demon any where near you
A collection of inspirational, motivational quotations posted where you will see them in your life
Create your own commercials, jingles, song parodies.

And remember,

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

óDr. Seuss
Oh, the Places Youíll Go!

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BRERRABBIT1 3/11/2013 11:42AM

    :) Thank you, BRAVELUTE. That was lovely. Poetic and inspiring!


**A craving is not a command.**

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LESLIELENORE 3/10/2013 4:25PM

    You are awesome. Great blog!

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MLH148 3/10/2013 4:20PM

    Thanks-this was great to read.

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CHRISTINASP 3/10/2013 3:54PM

    You have written a lot of excellent blogs. I think this is the best I've read yet. I love the poem. Can I stick it on my wall/ fridge?!

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POPSY190 3/10/2013 3:36PM

    Love the poem! Lots of useful advice here.

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BUDDHA33 3/10/2013 12:11PM

    I am stealing your idea of carrying fruit everywhere. Thanks!

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FLDEEZ 3/10/2013 11:49AM

    Thanks for taking the time to post all those really great ideas!! I will use them.

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