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Searching for food trackees......

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Just joined the winter 5% challenge. I did not lose any weight on the fall 5% challenge, but I did improve my habits. This time I am going to try really hard.

I would like to find a small group of about four people, where we would share our food and exercise trackers. The way I see it is we would check each day on each others trackers and send email comments. Or spark page comments, or a goodie, maybe decide on just one form to use between us. I know it would be impossible to do every day, but if there was a small group of 3 or 4, then the likelihood that one person was available would be improved.

Just like if you have a walking group of 3 or 4, one person can miss, and you can still go out. But if there is only one person, and they get sick, the old inertia and excuses set it, and you think, oh, I will skip it today.

Is anyone interested? Maybe will post something like this somewhere. Not sure how to do it. Not sure if even I can follow through. This is in the thinking stages.

We are all children at heart. If I knew someone would be proud of me that I skipped that extra candy, or if I know ahead of time that someone would see that I had that third glass of wine, well, I would be more likely to not do it!!!


Apple PIe

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Made an apple pie yesterday. Need i say more?

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SUGARSMOM2 11/26/2011 1:19PM

  oh yes i remember the feeling . the aroma . the taste .. apple good ..... yummy .

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FISHINGLADY66 11/19/2011 8:44PM

    Is there any left? emoticon

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VINGRAM 11/19/2011 4:13PM

    If I could bake (which I cannot)......I would have eaten every bite all by myself!

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JKURJACK1944 11/19/2011 3:39PM

    Was it good?

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Does anyone know if there is something for sure that can slow down arthritis? Mine is just getting worse and worse, and I am really scared. It is in my hands, my toes, my knees of course. Advil does relieve the pain. It really started a few years ago when I noticed a finger getting crooked. I asked my doctor and she said, nothing can be done. I do not want any quack stuff, but I wonder if things like coffee every day make it worse? I just wonder. I know I can go to the arthritis websites, but some of them are just to sell stuff, and others are people who have pretty far out beliefs about foods and supplements. I know people move to Arizona for their arthritis, but I am not able to do that!!!!

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    Our fellow Sparkers posted some good things to try. I'll be checking them out.

The answer may depend on what kind of arthritis you have. I've had osteoarthritis for years, diagnosed in my 30s, and have had both hips replaced. I am concerned about the pain in my knees.

After the last hip replacement, doctor took me off all prescription pain meds that I had been on for years, and only wants me to use Tylenol Arthritis.
I don't see any difference when I take Glucosamine Chondroitin though that is part of my regiment. The pain was so severe when it started getting cold this Fall (affecting mobility), that I took some friends' advice and added Fish Oil and Flax Oil. I didn't see a lot of difference with the Fish Oil, but the pain became more bearable when I added Flax Oil, too. I was also in a losing weight mode during this time. That definitely makes a difference!

I haven't fully investigated the dietary interaction with arthritis. I strongly suspect there's a strong link between arthritis pain and eating sugary foods, for me. More than 20 years ago, someone gave me a book with an arthritis diet. It seemed to help, and one of the side benefits that I was pleasantly surprised with was weight loss! I no longer have the book, but what I remembered was avoiding potatoes and red meats. Had a recipe for baked chicken. I can't remember the rest. I will be checking out some of the suggestions posted here.

Exercising helps. Doing what I can on a regular basis really makes a difference. Keep moving. Wish I had access to a pool. Heat helps, so I love the whirlpool the few times I've used one at a hotel. Oh, for a long soak in a warm tub, but I can't get in or out anymore. Standing under the spray of very warm water in the shower helps work some of the stiffness out. especially in the shoulders and back.
My brother has a friend with severe arthritis, and she finds relief by using the tanning salon. The long-term risks are too great for me to consider that a viable option.

I take care of my Dad now, so spending winters in a warmer climate is not an option. The weather definitely is a factor in arthritis discomfort.

Hope you find something that helps.

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ARTJAC 11/18/2011 10:15PM

    i go to hydrotheropy pool the temperature is 35 degrees and it gives me some releif you could try that with exercise

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KINEPS 11/17/2011 3:51PM

    My mom is 90 and has arthritis in almost every joint. When the weather would start getting cold and damp she would get sidelined. Since she is really sensitive to medications, she only takes prescriptions drugs that are absolutely necessary.

She started taking glucosamine chrondroitin over a year ago and swears by it. She stopped taking it for a few weeks in July and immediately could tell the difference. I tried it for my knees, but since I had no cartilage left -- it didn't help me at all -- which is why I ended up with total knee replacements. But that's another story (lol).

My mom spoke with her doctor who told her that maintaining a healthy weight is necessary for limiting pain and inflammation. She asked her doctor for the name of a dietician and started seeing her in January. Being 90, having failing eyesight and arthritis -- mom can't really exercise. But just by watching her diet she managed to lose 12 pounds within the first 2-3 months. It not only helped her arthritis -- but she wasn't so tired and her spirit changed.

Here's a condensed version of what the dietician told her. There are anti-inflammatory foods. She was told to choose foods with omega-3 fatty acids, olive oil, nuts - especially walnuts, brightly colored whole fruits and vegetables, lean poultry, seafood, legumes, soy products, and to drink water, tea, and vegetable juice.

As for foods to avoid - it's common sense foods that are just plain bad for you whether or not you have arthritis: Junk foods, high-fat meats, bacon, sausages, sugar, processed foods, refined white flours in bread and spaghetti, sugary drinks, rich desserts and pre-sweetened cereals.

At 90 she still has the occasional cream puff or sweet roll -- but for the most part, she stays true to the diet and is doing well. She isn't pain free -- but it is under control and she can now get around and be more active. As a matter of fact, she is insisting on cooking and having us over for Thanksgiving!!!

Hope this gives you some direction.



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SUEO451 11/17/2011 2:56PM

    The mayo clinic has a good article on arthritis ( and also the Arthritis Foundation (
s-treatments.php) has good info. One thing for sure - keep moving as best you can to keep joints flexible. Water exercises in a warm pool can be helpful.
One note of caution with Advil and others like it - watch your blood pressure. I was on Napoxen for pain and my blood pressure kept creeping up. I put all my medications in an online search and discovered that that the anti-inflammatory medications can cause high blood pressure. I went back to Tylenol and the pressure went down.
I use both glucosamine and CoQ10 to help with pain issues.
Good luck with it.

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RNCMOM4 11/17/2011 12:45PM

    My mom takes glucosamine/chondroitin daily for her osteoarthritis-not sure what brand (she is 76) and a few years back she was able to quit taking her medicine that was prescribed by her doctor. Have you tried yoga or tai chi?

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WINDANCER99 11/17/2011 11:37AM

    I don't know of anything that will slow down arthritis. Wish I did!

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VINGRAM 11/17/2011 11:17AM

    Check out this web is government sponsored and should have good info without trying to sell you anything.

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NATARSHAD 11/17/2011 10:47AM

    Good luck with finding something you help you manage it. Gentle exercise may help alleviate some of the pain.

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LRK4CHRIST 11/17/2011 10:38AM

    Sorry I can't help. But the only thing I can think of is prayer. I pray God gives you relief. Be blessed!

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Sushi Success Story

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yesterday had only 1800 calories which is a big deal for me, as I usually have 2200.

The secret is sushi and edamame and tea. i went out to dinner with friends and this is what they had. (skinny friends) Wow, do your peers influence you or what? If I ate like this all the time, with them, I would be my target weight.

Normally, I have wine or beer and that really adds the calories up. But no way would I order wine when they were ordering tea.

I was starved still after the first sushi, and so were they, so we ordered more, but really what was it? some fish and rice??? very low calorie.

I also went for another four mile walk. I had a goal, which was to meet these friends for a lecture on the Maharaja exhibit at the museum. I like walking with a goal and now I am looking for things to do. To tell you the truth I was not that interested in the lecture. It is very hard for me to sit for any period of time on folding chairs in drafty auditoriums!!! The only reason I went was to have a goal for walking!!! But it did turn out to be interesting. I found out Lord Mountbatten's wife was having an affair with Nehru back in 1947 and the whole Britain and India thing blew out of the water. Fascinating.

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WINDANCER99 11/17/2011 11:29AM

    Congratulations on eating 1800 calories. I read an article on SP saying that peers influence how you eat. After what you said, I can understand why. That's awesome walking 4 miles...something I hope to be able to do in the future. I'm glad the lecture turned out to be unexpected added benefit. emoticon

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JKURJACK1944 11/17/2011 10:24AM

    I am not fond of Sushi so I miss out on that. Glad you were able to enjoy it. congratulations on keeping your calorie intake at 1800 for the day. That is awsome.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I am on a streak recording my food intake, but every evening I am shocked at how low the calcium and fiber is. Duh...........I did not realize I can check it right there on the food tracker page at any time of the day.
So, my goal is to check it during the day, and make modifications accordingly, like drink a glass of nonfat milk, or eat an apple.

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SUEO451 11/16/2011 10:54AM

    I love that it tracks all those things. I like to go in in the morning or at lunch time and then plan the rest of my foods to fit. Great benifit of SP over WW. Keep on SParking!

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CHARLOTTE1947 11/15/2011 10:26PM

    When you start checking after posting foods, you begin to learn which foods give you the nutrients you're looking for. All my breads, pastas and cereals are purchased with a mind to fiber now. It's never too late to learn, and SP is a pretty good teacher.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/15/2011 9:36PM

    You're not alone. I keep learning something new every day.

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JKURJACK1944 11/15/2011 7:32PM

    It's not that we have not seen it before, It's Spark adding new features and we are discovering them as they are added. (Ha Ha)

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MSCR59 11/15/2011 6:33PM

    As we get older, the lights don't come on so brightly and they don't come on as often, but every now and again, it happens! I can relate!

I love the trackers! the one thing I have noticed about the nutrition tracker is that not all the items on the list have had all nutritional information detailed. Some only have the big 3, fat, calories and carbs... Sometimes so that I am sure of what I am getting in some particular area I will manually enter the food with more detailed nutrient break down. It's all good stuff though!

all the best!


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