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Kashi GoLean Chocolate n' Peanut Butter Treat

Monday, February 21, 2011

I was craving chocolate and peanut butter last night, so I came up with this recipe, and it was very satisfying! I also had some air-popped popcorn that was drizzled with 2 tsp. of olive oil and sprinkled with a little popcorn salt. Better than the theater treats!

Kashi GoLean Chocolate n' Peanut Butter Treat

15 Minutes to Prepare and Cook

Ingredients

1/2 cup Kashi GoLean Original Cereal
1 Tbsp Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 Tbsp Peanut Butter (crunchy or smooth)
1/2 tsp Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread

Directions:
Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and Earth Balance over very low heat or in a double boiler. Stir while melting to combine. Stir in cereal and coat with chocolate mixture. Drop by the teaspoonful into an 8"x8" pan. Put in refrigerator until set.

Makes 1 serving. May wish to keep in refrigerator until ready to eat because it can get a little melty. Enjoy!

Number of Servings: 1

Nutritional Info: Servings Per Recipe: 1; Calories: 192.4; Total Fat: 9.1 g; Cholesterol: 0.0 mg; Sodium: 85.9 mg; Total Carbs: 25.5 g; Dietary Fiber: 6.0 g; Protein: 9.0 g

Here's a link to the recipe:
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=1494241


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MISSME1223 2/23/2011 11:14PM

    mmmmm...that sounds yummy! 2 of my favorites...chocolate and peanut butter

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SIRIRADHA 2/21/2011 3:54PM

    Oh man, that looks good! Wish I would've had this recipe yesterday when I scarfed down a Snickers!

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FRAN0426 2/21/2011 2:59PM

    Sounds yummy, I will have to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

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PLAYBLUES22 2/21/2011 5:36AM

    Thank you Sweetie I made sure to save it to my cook book emoticon

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LADY_JOSIELOT 2/21/2011 3:10AM

    Sounds amazing. Thanks! :)

- Josie

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DIANEMCVEY 2/21/2011 2:44AM

    As a chocoholic this sounds wonderful. Yummy!!!

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DIANEM120 2/21/2011 2:24AM

    Thanks for sharing that treat! It sounds wonderful and I will be making it the next time I crave something sweet.

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S.O.F.A.R.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A friend of mine, who has lost over 100 pounds, shared an article with me a while ago from O magazine. Dr. Martha Beck, a life coach, had written an article on incorporating relaxation into weight loss plans. She discusses the mnemonic S.O.F.A.R. and that it can serve as a reminder to relax and be kind to yourself.

My friend shortened the S.O.F.A.R. mantra to:

Stop your thoughts.
Open up your vision and relax.
Forgive your body for not being what you want it to be.
Accept your body for what it is right now.
Recommit yourself to whatever diet plan you're following.

I keep a copy of this on a note card, posted in my kitchen. It helps me remember to relax and that I do not deserve to be punished because of my body or my food choices.

Here's the link to the article in O magazine:
www.oprah.com/health/Diet-Advice-Mar
tha-Becks-5-Step-Plan-to-Lose-Weight/1

  
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LOSTLIME 2/21/2011 12:26PM

    thanks for sharing! It really made me think. I will plan on implimenting some of these things in my life.

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M_DOBREV 2/20/2011 7:58PM

  WOW! Thank you so much for sharing this. This is exactly what I needed to hear right now. I am so going to "steal" this from you and put it in my journal so that I can always come back to it.
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FRAN0426 2/20/2011 4:16PM

    A positive look at what many forgot---relax, we all make choices good and bad. We need to relax and take the choices we make and leqarn from them and not get down on ourselves ----relax is good, just keep trying to get better from learning from what we are doing

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MISSME1223 2/20/2011 2:21PM

    It's good to take time to just "be" ...sometimes we forget to do that.

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ASHLIE224 2/19/2011 2:09PM

    This is great. I use things like this to journal and help keep myself on track. Thank you for the positive message. =)

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Homemade Face Masks

Friday, February 18, 2011

I have really sensitive skin, have acne, and probably have rosacea. I have been experimenting with all-natural face care products over the past year, and have had unfortunate luck with commercial natural products. So, it's time to go back to what worked for me. My 10-pound weight loss reward was to stock up on Olay products that I have used with success.

However, I have also enjoyed experimenting with homemade face masks, and I will continue to use these several times a week. It's fun to mix these up, and most of the ingredients are readily available in the kitchen. The only equipment needed is a coffee grinder, blender, or food processor. These masks can be applied several times per week depending on the skin's needs. Follow the mask with a toner such as pure witch hazel or Thayer's Alcohol-Free Rose Toner and/or a creamy moisturizer. You may also apply plain green tea or rub a cooled used green tea bag on the face as a toner--great all-around non-stinging toner!


emoticon The Cafe Mocha mask is a good all-around antioxidant and exfoliant mask. The coffee and cocoa powder provide antioxidants directly to the skin and the oatmeal provides mild moisture and exfoliation. The coffee powder also acts as an exfoliant, but make sure it is ground to a very fine powder to avoid damaging the skin. The honey provides antibacterial properties that is great for promoting clear skin.

Cafe Mocha Mask:

Grind together into a fine powder:
1 tablespoon regular coffee beans (unflavored)
1 tablespoon pure baker's cocoa powder
1 tablespoon oatmeal

Put the powder in a bowl. Add enough honey to make a thick paste. Drizzle in a small amount of water or brewed coffee to make into a spreadable consistency. Mix very well. Gently massage onto face and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes (longer is better). Gently remove with a washcloth and lukewarm water.



emoticon The Minty Green Tea mask provides antioxidants to the skin and is great for acne and redness.

Minty Green Tea Mask

Grind together into a fine powder:
1 tablespoon green tea leaves (fine to use from an unused tea bag)
1/2 tablespoon chamomile flowers or tea
1/2 tablespoon peppermint leaves or tea

Put the powder in a bowl. Add enough honey to make a thick paste. Drizzle in a small amount of water or brewed green tea to make into a spreadable consistency. You may also add 1-3 drops of tea tree oil if desired (tea tree oil is great for acne). Mix very well. Gently massage onto face and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes (longer is better). Gently remove with a washcloth and lukewarm water.



emoticon The refreshing Summer Iced Green Tea mask has the astringent power of lemon and promotes exfoliation with glycolic acid. Lemon is known for helping with acne, but can be a little too strong for very sensitive skin. Decrease the lemon as needed to avoid irritating the skin. This mask should not be used more than 2 times a week.

Summer Iced Green Tea Mask

Grind together into a fine powder:
1 tablespoon green tea leaves (fine to use from an unused tea bag)
1/2 tablespoon of peppermint leaves or tea

Put the powder in a bowl. Add enough honey to make a thick paste. Squeeze a lemon into the paste and mix into a spreadable consistency. You may also add 1-3 drops of tea tree oil if desired (tea tree oil is great for acne). Mix very well. Gently massage onto face and leave on for 10-30 minutes. Gently remove with a washcloth and lukewarm water.



emoticon The Baking Soda Acne mask renews the skin and helps with acne. Careful not to scrub too hard with this mask. The salt must be at least as fine as table salt to avoid harming the skin. Grind if necessary.

The Baking Soda Acne Mask:

Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon salt in a bowl. It is optional to add a generous pinch of finely-ground peppermint and/or chamomile flowers. You may also add 1-3 drops of tea tree oil if desired (tea tree oil is great for acne). Add honey to make a thick paste. Drizzle in water, green tea, or coffee to make into a spreadable consistency. Gently massage onto face and either rinse immediately, or leave on for up to 5 minutes. Gently remove with a washcloth and lukewarm water. This mask may be a little drying (helps with acne pimples), so make sure to moisturize after using.

  
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MISSME1223 2/23/2011 11:22PM

    thanx for sharing these...my daughter and I also have acne...we will have a good time trying these



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LHLADY517 2/19/2011 12:54AM

    Thanks for sharing these.

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TWOTIMESS 2/18/2011 5:22PM

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Thank you for these!

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HEIDIC75 2/18/2011 1:59PM

    Thank you so much for these face mask ..I am going to try one this weekend ..Like you have very sensitive skin.. emoticon

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When your best friend hurts you

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I've done it since I was a child. I always tried to do it in private, I was so embarrassed with my habit. I've kept it hidden since I was very young, stashing stuff all over my bedroom where my mother wouldn't find my stuff. I stole spare change from my mother when I was a child just to fuel my habit. I would do it in the middle of the night just so my mother wouldn't know. I stressed about when I would get my next fix, would worry that it wouldn't be satisfying enough, that I'd have to do more the next time to satiate the hunger...

Literally, the hunger.

Food has been my best friend since the car accident that caused my older brother's death when I was 5 years old. That is when the depression and binge eating started. In the midst of major depressive episodes, food was there for me, always, comforting me. There is a lot of debate about whether "food addiction" is a real addiction, or if those of us who struggle with binge eating disorder are simply weak-willed and choose to "let ourselves go." Some argue, "How can you be addicted to food? You have to eat, so if you can't control yourself, then you should be ashamed." I can understand if you've never had the impulse to overeat, to want to binge so badly that you are trembling, that it would be easy to dismiss someone with binge eating disorder as someone who doesn't care about their well-being. I can understand if you've never obsessed over food--whether it be during a binging phase or a phase where you're neurotically restricting food--that binge eating disorder would be viewed as an excuse to eat whatever we want.

It is only recently that binge eating disorder is being acknowledged and addressed as a true eating disorder, but the American Psychiatric Association has yet to officially define binge eating disorder as a true eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia. Bringing up overeating problems with my doctors has been dismissed with, "Just stop eating so much." I assure the nay-sayers that binge eating disorder is a very real impulse control disorder, like any other addiction. Recent brain imaging studies have shown that the same addiction pathways are triggered even by the sight of food in people who have binge eating disorder (for example, Schienle, Schafer, Hermann, & Vaitl, 2009). This poorly-understood disorder is starting to come to light, and hopefully that means that better treatment options are on the horizon. The medical field must recognize binge eating disorder as a true addiction to lift the cloud of shame surrounding this impulse control disorder.

I'm done with letting my best friend hurt me and with being ashamed of struggling with this disorder. Rather than being an excuse, acknowledging that I have binge eating disorder has allowed me to more easily recognize my eating patterns and control them much faster. Being at peace with binge eating disorder has given me something to work with, rather than just a vague notion that I have no "willpower." I am now much better at recognizing situations that will trigger me to want to binge, and I can avoid them, or at least have a good plan to avoid a binge. I don't allow food to rule my life any more. Food is fuel, and don't get me wrong, I still enjoy every bite, but without that panicky and frantic feeling that I must stuff myself until I'm nauseous. My best friend and I have some new rules to live by now.

So if you have ever struggled with these same problems, do not be ashamed. My struggles are all too common, but people are reluctant to discuss it because we feel that we should just magically be able to stop eating so much. We are used to the instant gratification of binging, and we get frustrated when we don't see the same instantaneous results in weight loss. Take the time to heal your mind, and the rest of the changes will follow.

  
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GWENAEL 2/15/2011 1:51PM

  I can so relate to you! Thanks for sharing this! If she's not being supportive, she's not your friend! I'd say time to get a new BF!

Gwen

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    Great post! Time to get a new bff! emoticon
I so get what you are saying and how you are feeling. One of the things I learned on my journey to meet my goal, was that you really need to eat to live, instead of living to eat. Powerful statement for sure!
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BILBY4 2/13/2011 11:54PM

    Well said. Probably one of the best blogs I've read on this subject.

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ALISHAB3 2/13/2011 7:57PM

    You have true grit. It is not easy to admit that kind of a problem. I have found a great deal of support from Renee Stephen's podcast Inside Out Weight Loss. Its free as a download from either the website or iTunes.

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THISYEARSMODEL 2/13/2011 3:04PM

    The American Psychiatric Association really needs to get with it. You can be emotionally addicted to anything, according to Dr. Drew Pinsky (tv's "Dr. Drew"--he's an M.D. who specializes in Addiction Medicine), He says behavior is what defines addiction, and he classifies addiction as behavior that continues regardless of consequences. He also believes everyone has the power to control their addiction, and that no one is untreatable. Although I'm not a binge eater, I am an emotional one, so I can relate to what you're saying & wish you all the best. You can do this!!! emoticon

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FLORIDAGHOST 2/13/2011 2:03PM

    Thanks for sharing this - I'm glad to hear that the binge eating disorder is coming to light. It isn't easy to deal with but I think you hit the nail on the head with your last sentence. Thanks.

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Zzzzzzz...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

We all know we should get enough sleep, we hear it all the time. "Yeah, yeah, sleep is important, got it." But who has time to just lay there and do nothing? Fortunately, SparkPeople has taught me the value of restful sleep.

I now track the number of hours I sleep each day and have a goal of getting a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every day (preferably all at once). Additionally, I have set a rule that I need to skip working out (or do something very low-intensity) if I get less than 6 hours of sleep. I have found that I just don't function well if I get any less than 6 hours. Workouts exhaust me when I'm too tired and then I get discouraged. The neurotic exerciser in me fights back, and sometimes says, "C'mon, do it anyways," but I have learned to respect my limits.

I have been much more energetic since making an effort to get more sleep. So thanks, SparkPeople, for giving me permission to do "nothing." Okay, well--*yawn*--that's all for now. Nighty night!

  


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