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Type 3 Diabetes

Thursday, June 10, 2010

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    Very interesting. I have not heard this before.

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DJ4HEALTH 6/10/2010 9:35PM

    Wow thanks for the info.

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NEXTYEAR 6/10/2010 6:30PM

    Thanks for the input. My sister, a diabetic, almost died last July when dehycration caused by flu caused her to pass out. Her sugars went over 1200. During her short time at home before returning to work her sugar levels really improved. Now 8 in front of the computer at work, she's back to ups and downs.

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Sublingual B12 and Vitamin D3

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

I started taking those two things, and I CANNOT BELIEVE how much better I feel! I feel like "I have myself back".

I've taken D3 on an off for awhile - I hate pills tho so sometimes skip.

After the amazing CHANGE IN ME, I eliminated the B12 for 2 days. Because I just found it too hard to believe. I've never been THAT sensitive to things I took. I had planned on a 7day elimination trial and then re-introduction, to prove if it was or was not the B12.

However, on the morning of day 3, I felt so awful and was so bad off, like I had been previously, that I took the B12 again. It was like flipping a switch, it worked so well; before noon I was "back again". It is still hard for me to believe; it's amazing.

Sublingual means "under the tongue"; you put it there and do something else like read email, and let it dissolve on it's own while your mind is distracted.

I take, everyday, a multivitamin/mineral, and a multiB. Since before during and after this test I was already taking B12 in the multivitamin and in the multiB, apparently it is the fact that it is the sublingual kind that made a difference for me.

I can't argue with success. This is the one I'm taking:

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_MAOMAO_ 6/14/2010 12:20AM

  What a wonderful discovery. Way to go, taking care of yourself and not sticking the 7 day B12 elimination and challenge just because. I put myself back on thyroid glandular recently. I can't believe I ever stopped it. I just let myself run out and time went by. It makes so much difference, oh my.

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    Sounds like it works really well for you.

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    90% physical, 10% emotional.

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 6/10/2010 9:40AM

    Good for you, figuring out what works for you! Do you mind my asking what it is exactly that the sublingual B12 actually helps? I didn't quite get whether it was a physical or emotional boost you are getting from it. I'm all for using something that actually works, if I know what it helps! Thanks!

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Learn, Adapt, and Keep Pushing

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

How Do You React to Setbacks?

When problems come up, how do you react? Do you look for blame, or do shoulder what you can and try to repair it? Do you throw up your hands and look for an easier way, or do you learn, adapt and keep pushing? There's a lot of talk nowadays about 'personal responsibility'. That's great. But it's usually brought up only in finding fault. It's true that to show 'responsibility' is to own up to your role in the problem's cause. We don't often hear about the other side of responsibility--an obligation to be part of the solution. Even when a hardship is not your fault at all, you can--and should--do what you can to fix it. Your skills and abilities create an obligation that only your character can fulfill. - SparkPeople's Healthy Reflections

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My Homemade Weights
I found kitty litter and rock salt (from winter) when de-cluttering. I filled 20oz bottles with them, and one with water; even a small bag of rock salt is heavy so you'd think it would be a good idea, but the heaviest were just under and over 1.5lbs. So I ditched all those and am using a 28oz can of vegetables, which, with the weight of the can included is just under 2lbs. The circumference is a little large for holding in my hand; but that will just help develop the strength of my grip, right? I'm going to have to go back to Goodwill and look for more weights, though.

I could have added water into the rock salt bottle but I didn't.

I can also try 1 liter bottles filled with rocksalt.

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For those of you with access to a Safeway grocery store, the ones where I live have a coupon in the insert for 1lb organic strawberries, $1.99.

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JULESGL 6/18/2010 8:59AM

    Ingenious weights. GO YOU!

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    I hope you can find some cheap weights. I got a full set and a weight bench at a rummage sale for $10.

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JOYCEMARIE9 6/9/2010 9:35AM

    I have no problem shouldering my part of the blame but do I take responsibility for part of the solution--not always most of the time it is easier to just walk away because I would probably make it worse. This is something worth thinking about. Somethings are just best left alone and others are worth trying to rescue we must all decide what is what then take action. Being part of the solution gives me something to really think about.

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DEVORA4 6/8/2010 11:08PM

  emoticonespecially for the 1st part of your blog I NEEDED TO HEAR THat as a lot of rain is falling on my life right now and your words have left me to rething some things emoticon emoticon emoticondebby

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After God, Put Yourself First

Monday, June 07, 2010

You cannot love your neighbor as you love yourself, unless you love yourself! Love God, love yourself, and out of the overflow of that cup, that foundation, that communion, then love your neighbors. Like the oxygen mask on the airplane, first you put yours on, then you assist children and others with theirs. "Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: human beings must meet their basic needs before they can move on to higher-level goals."

Put Yourself First
Reach Other Goals by Starting With Your Self
-- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer

You’re a parent, school volunteer, Little League coach, and trusted assistant to your boss. You’ve been up since 6 a.m., made breakfast, packed lunches, cleaned the house, chauffeured the neighborhood kids, helped with homework, read bedtime stories, and finished extra work from the office. It’s 11:30.You’re exhausted. And, in about six-and-a-half hours you’ll begin the whole 24-hour cycle…again.

If you find yourself saying ‘Stop the merry-go-round, I want to get off!’ you’re not alone. Most of us—especially women, but men too (hey, there are reasons that men die younger than women)—have at some time found ourselves at the bottom of the heap when it comes to taking care of our needs.

The problem with that is that if we don’t take care of ourselves, sooner or later we won’t be of much use to anyone else—or to ourselves. Just as the airline attendant tells you to put on your own oxygen mask in an emergency before helping a child with theirs, you must take care of your own basic needs before you can attend to the needs of others. What’s more, being busy is not necessarily the same as being productive with meaningful activity. (Do the workaholics you know really accomplish that much more in proportion to the time they invest?)

If “putting yourself first” (a common admonition) sounds too selfish or too hard, try something simpler: put yourself on an equal footing with those you love and tend to. Do you insist that they get enough sleep? Start making that a priority for yourself too. Do you give them time for fun and socializing with friends? Then you do the same! Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: human beings must meet their basic needs before they can move on to higher-level goals. Since most of us already know that we should take care of ourselves—but often have trouble figuring out how to do it, here are some guidelines for getting there:

- Preserve your physical health with adequate sleep, exercise, and nutrition.

- Value your emotional health as much as the physical, with a support system of friends and a willingness to laugh—especially at yourself.

- Schedule fun activities on a regular basis—it’s just as important to plan pleasure as it is to plan work.

- Identify “busy behaviors” (or people) that drain your time and energy but aren’t really important, then dump ‘em, or at least minimize their hold on you.

- Kill two birds with one stone, combining family time with exercise, for example, which benefits everyone involved.

- Try to look at the problems in your life with new eyes to find solutions. If you’re a new mom, for instance, see if you can trade childcare with another new mom to get some time for yourself.

- Learn to say “No!” Your “yes” is valuable and should not be automatic. Instead, reserve it for the things that are most important to you.

Don’t try to change every problem area in your life all at once. Start with one or two items, then expand as you get things under control.

Your life should be like a checking account, balancing out on a regular basis so that you always have assets to draw upon. By making even small deposits—taking care of yourself with a 10-minute walk or a nutritious meal—you’ll be amazed at the interest you’ll reap.

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PLAYBLUES22 6/8/2010 11:44AM

    emoticonblog so many times i tried to harm myself, it took to this year to learn how to love me

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    Sounds to me like everyone's saying the same thing. I think? The oxygen mask is a need because oxygen is REQUIRED; Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is for BASIC human needs; all of most of the examples in the article are for basics like sleep, exercise, nutrition, etc. ??

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SWIM_2_SLIM 6/8/2010 12:12AM

    Good blog with some good advice. But sometimes we have too much on our plate with even family members that should change. As Nellie said, it should be needs covered. Then if there is time, money, energy, etc. then do more. I kept my kids lives and mine as simple as possible when they were growing up. We were in church 3+ times a week so they had lots of social time. Plus we spent lots of time as a family. We went on walks, we played. Family time always came first and church was a part of that family time. I made sure that they had fun, special memories from their childhood. We even went to expensive places at time that were great learning experiences for us all. But again, it was as a family. Nothing overwhelming. Just plain fun!

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    Great article and advice.

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GINGER1OF16 6/7/2010 7:04PM

    The better you take care of yourself, the more you have to give. We are little use to anyone if we can't function.
Thank you for the reminder!!

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SUNNY332 6/7/2010 5:16PM

    I agree with Nellie. Some times, our own wants are much greater than our needs.

Awesome Blog.

Thanks, Sunny

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NELLIEC 6/7/2010 4:49PM

    Just as loving parents try to meet their children's needs, but not necessarily all their wants, so we should meet our needs but not all our wants!

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Oatmeal, Praise, & Spiritual Worship

Sunday, June 06, 2010

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Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Today is the 158th day of the year; there are 208 days left in 2010.

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There were two outside groups I was not familiar with that were in a link in one of the DailySparkBlogs; Hungry Girl and Fit Bottomed Girls. I'd heard of Hungry Girl through SP but never read or looked at her. I signed up for emails from both just to see what they're like, and whether there'd be any usable info in them that is helpful applicable to me in my life.

I had traumatic oatmeal experiences growing up (forced to eat grey sludge) and fervently hated it, so it was a revelation to see whole cooked flakes as an adult in my 20's (I actually asked the person what it was that she was eating?). Oatmeal was something I learned to re-train myself to cook & eat in my 30's. Some people have do the same with veggies; for me it was oatmeal.

This morning I had a homemade bowl of oatmeal thanks to Hungry Girl. I'd experimented alot with oatmeal but never quite had the hang of it; I always have too much, have to guess about water, frequently add too much water or too much oatmeal, sometimes burn it because I don't know how long it takes and never want to stand and wait for it, etc. But her oatmeal explanation was so quick and easy: 1/2 Cup oats, 2 Cups liquid, cook 10 mins.

She's right, it does make a "ginormous" bowl even tho it is only ONE serving. This is my take on her recipe, as I don't use some of the stuff she does, for example I don't care for milk or dairy in my oatmeal, and I don't use soy almond milk (no soy prods for me due to thyroid, and due to GMO contamination).

This one tip alone, has made signing up for Hungry Girl emails worth it to me, thanks SP!

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Carol's Banana Walnut Oatmeal for One
(extrapolate to size up for how many you're serving)

2 cups water in pan, bring to gentle-to-medium boil
1/2 cup old fashioned* rolled oats added to boiling water
(*old fashioned slow cooking oats are lower glycemic than instant or quick)
Set timer after adding oatmeal, to stir every 3 mins for total of 10 mins cooking time.
While waiting, coarsely chop some walnuts, and get out the cinnamon.
Next time you stir, slice 1 banana into pot (I like mine mashed so I stir with a fork, and when the banana is added I mash it against the sides of the pan with the fork.)
Add cinnamon to taste (I didn't measure; it's very healthy for blood sugar issues)
In the last few mins add chopped walnuts last, stir, finish cooking time, and serve. Sweetener if desired.

This was the best and easiest oatmeal I've ever had. Tasted like banana bread; yum!! There was no confusion about timing and amounts, and although I did something else while it cooked, this time it STILL turned out good due to using the timer and knowing about the 10 minute cooking time. There were no leftovers to sit on the stovetop in the pan and congeal (yucko; bad memories for me), or to dish up and refridge for the next meal.

I used an overripe banana that needed to be used up, and because it was ripe it made the oatmeal sweet.

I also do the same with a chopped apple in the oatmeal, cinnamon, and raisins if you like them.

Try an overripe peach plus nutmeg and vanilla; or dried tart cherries plus vanilla; almond blueberry (those are just a few flavor combos suggestions to get you started).

Personally I will try a little less water next time, 1 3/4 Cups, but for posting here most people would like the consistency EXACTLY the way it turned out, medium of the road. I like to see more whole flakes in mine, but was not disappointed, it was VERY good. I also did not have the uncomfortable feeling of heaviness afterwards, even though it made alot and I ate it all.

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Sunday is worship day, renew my spirit day, & administration day for me. I alternate periods of sitting for administration, with walks. Very relaxing and joyful and productive all at the same time. After church, I turned on, then slid a roast in the oven that I had prepped the night before,
put my timer around my neck, and went for a walk while it was in the oven. Lunch was roast, salad I made ahead with homemade vinegar and olive oil Italian dressing, and cooked mixed veggies.

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Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord! Psalm 146

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Today I will restock vitamin/supplement containers for 7 days' worth, clip coupons, do my weekly overview plan in Franklin Covey planner, read, catch up on SP, plan a menu, and do some more walking and enjoying creation. Which looks like is going to be done in the rain.

I'm going to learn how to make my pedometer function and set the stride, so I can start The Step Diet program. Other than that one thing I've been procrastinating and dreading, "Overcoming the Pedometer", I decided I already had too much on board with job hunting and new exercise commitment to add any other goals to the Franklin Covey Planner this week. Overcoming being pedometer-challenged is a small thing that will make a big difference; and that's enough for this week.

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I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

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    I have heard of Irish steel cut oats before but have never tried them - I have some crockpot recipes that call for them. I looked for them a couple of times in dif grocery stores with no luck so figured I'd have to go to a health food store.

But I forgot about that and had a raincheck, $ .99 ea for 18oz canisters of rooled oats, plus I had a coupon for $1.00 off that I printed off SparkPeople. So I got a good buy, $4.94 for six canisters, so I have a whole winter's supply PLUS some, LOL. So it will be awhile before I try the steel cut.

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DEVORA4 6/7/2010 8:22PM

  excellent blog with reminders that we all know but need to hear again and again emoticon

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SUNNY332 6/7/2010 9:45AM

    I love Hungry Girl and get her e-mails daily. She reviews new products/posts on her findings. It is a very good newsletter.

I also love oatmeal and will have to try your recipe.

Have a good week.


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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 6/7/2010 9:22AM

    I might have to try the oatmeal. I'm not much of a fan of the stuff, but will choke down the instant flavored varieties sometimes. I much prefer to eat oats raw, I make a breakfast banana slit, using raw oats, cinnamon, a banana, some berries and raisins, and a yogurt. It is so good!

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POLLKAT 6/7/2010 9:09AM

    You can do so much with oatmeal. You can eat it hot or cold; you can add all kinds of other foods to it. It is healthy, so calorie and so versatile. Yummy. Have you ever tried Steel Cut oats? Those are really great too. I actually like those even more than oatmeal.

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FITKAT2010 6/7/2010 8:44AM

    There is only one type of oatmeal fit for human consumption: Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal. It is delicious and nutritious. Anything else: rolled, flaked, faked, pulverized, instant, etc., is not as nutritious.

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PLAYBLUES22 6/7/2010 8:28AM

    I love oatmeal and it is suppose to lower my cholesterol.

! joined the Hungry Girl team a little while ago due to the emails they send also, they are great and filling

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ASMPP1 6/7/2010 6:17AM

    emoticonI used to eat it more regularly, instant type. I will consider the slow cooking oats.

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JANC319 6/6/2010 10:20PM

  I used to get the Hungry Girl emails, but somewhere along the line I stopped. I have no idea why. I'll re-up for them tonight. I haven't heard of the Fit Bottom Girls, so I will investigate that as well.

I wish you luck with your pedometer. I've had 3 and never could get any of them to track my steps.

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DEVORA4 6/6/2010 8:46PM

  I admit I am NO fan of oatmeal but will try it again as I know how healthy it is. Thanks good blog debby

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    I've never been able to handle oatmeal but this sounds like a good recipe.

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LINDAB111 6/6/2010 3:24PM

    I'll have to try that oatmeal recipe. Sounds really good and perfect for a single serving.
I just set up my pedometer for the first time yesterday. I was afraid it would be too complicated but it turned out to be straight forward and was done in just a few minutes. Only 7300 steps my first day but now that I know how many I'm taking I can work on increasing that number.

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