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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Today begins the long season of Lent - are you ready for it? I am Episcopalian hence I believe in giving something up for this season. As usual I wait until the last moment to think about what I want to give up for the entire season. Usually I go into the easy pace of giving something up that I can live without having too much trouble. This year I am trying to think of something that will help my weight loss and also help in repenting. I am taking today to really think about the season and come up with something that I can give up while still making a large contribution to my observance of this season. After all, this is the season that is most important to Christians around the world.

So, what are you giving up this season? Yes, I'm looking for more ideas. (cheating) Even if you are not Christian, have you thought about giving something up for yourself? It is a great time to take advantage of giving something up that could also help in your weight loss this year. It is a time to rethink your life and your beliefs... Every time you think about the item you are giving up, you will think about your weight loss and hopefully even about the reason why Christians give up things this time of the year. (see link) It might help you find yourself (and maybe even God) this season.

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LINDA6105 2/17/2010 1:39PM

    I'm giving up my insecurity for good.

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PUTOFFPUTON 2/17/2010 9:44AM

May Lent be spiritually rich for you. I'm reading a book about an Episcopalian priest-- Evensong, by Gail Godwin.

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Using Papaya Seeds

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Something new that I have learned by trying to cut out the processed foods is that papaya seeds can be used in exchange for black pepper. I have to admit that even though I used to be raw vegan, I had never cutup my own papaya at home. I have eaten it many times but never at home. The other week we saw this wonderful looking papaya at the store and figured why not try it at home - hello vitamin c! (and many other vitamins) Got home and read up on this wonderful healing fruit that was once known as the "fruit of angels". I believe it was coined that by Christopher Columbus... Thankfully we waited until it was ripe and then went at it - wow! Amazing! It was a wonderful treat in the middle of winter. Sure it was transported from another country - I believe it was Guatemala. But what fruit isn't in the middle of winter in Ohio.

Then I found out that if you save the seeds, one can use them for black pepper substitute. There really isn't anything wrong with store purchased black pepper however I am a modern hippie I guess and wish to not trash anything if I possibly do not have to. So, I saved a lot of the seeds and dried on some towels. The seeds appear just like black pepper and do have a spicy flavor similar to the store kind. It is amazing the fruits that God has given to us that supply more than what we had previously known. Photo is from my personal papaya seed stash for seasoning. (Just grind like pepper and you have made your own at home!)

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KTNEWJOURNEY 2/16/2010 8:29AM

    That's so neat! Thank you for sharing!

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    Interesting! I had never heard that before. Nice pic too.

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SUGIRL06 2/16/2010 7:24AM

    That is awesome! Thanks for the tip!

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Happy President's Day!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Today was another one of those holidays that I am thankful for, especially since my husband has off work. Thankfully we had another three day weekend but unfortunately we were entirely too busy. Went to the dentist today for a checkup after way too long and had a clean bill of teeth health! Not bad! In addition found out that my chemical free favorites for toothpaste and also mouth wash are better than the popular brands in normal stores. Yay! Glad to hear that living a healthier lifestyle is paying off!! Cheers for now - more tomorrow when I have some more time.

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JALENMAC 2/15/2010 8:20PM

    Today must have been the day for long dentist appointment. We were there over an hour for my daughters 6 mo. ck up. What toothpaste & mouthwash do you use?

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Happy Chinese New Years!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Chinese New Years fellow Sparkers! Chinese New Years is a great time to start afresh and bring about a new life! So, whether you are finding February weary (as I am with all the snow), or maybe you started with a New Years Resolution in January but are hard to find the time to stick to it - this is the time to re-evaluate and get things into a goal perspective once again! Let's learn about wealth, happiness and prosperity through living a healthier lifestyle!


You can eat ice cream!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Chinese New Years Eve Everyone!!!!

Lately my husband and I have had cravings (not sure why seeing there is 1 foot of snow outdoors) for ice cream. So, instead of going to coldstone creamery which we have done in this last month (can't believe how many calories!) we decided that we would dust off that ice cream maker and finally try it out again.

Our latest adventure was Japanese green tea ice cream. De-lish!!!! If you have never had the real thing, I highly suggest it! I found my recipe from "cooking with dog" on I love the simple recipe and it is rather low in calories! It just goes to show that healthy things don't always have to taste bad.

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MRSSTEVEBRULE 2/13/2010 9:13PM

    Green tea ice cream sounds refreshing and delightful. I will have to give that a try!

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MISTIC2006 2/13/2010 9:12PM

    Oh my god Ice Cream is my BIGGEST weakness so that is sooo awesome.

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SPINNER1010 2/13/2010 9:04PM

    sounds good

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