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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I stink. Plain and simple. Look at me melting into the Chesterfield (used to call it that in the old days) ala wrappers of decadence. It started with cream cheese and crackers - yeah, crackers; a grain. Not like me but I felt like crunch. I blossomed from there to Tostitos ala cheese with a bucket of homemade salsa (hmmmmm, I can drink it by the cup). Then THAT blossomed into the Lay's. I came by the Lay's honestly (like the other stuff I came by DIShonestly?). My DD's friend, whose a vampire-ette and visits til the wee hours, brought them over and asked me if I wanted them. "NO! NO! NO! .... *pause while looking at the bright yellow neon bag outta the corner of my eye* "Give me that bag! I've only gained a few pounds, what diff will it make already?!"

AARGH! I've gained TOOOO much and I'm purging my thoughts now. I'm done cause I'm sick that I've lost momentum: double the cals and half as much exercise = WEIGHT GAIN! -DAH. CALORIES IN AND CALORIES OUT. That equation works for me now (never used to).

Tomorrow's a new day. I had to get that out before I went to sleep. I'm so embarrassed.
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GIRLINBRAZIL 4/24/2009 1:16PM

    Where did you get that picture! Throw away the trash and start anew!

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POEKSTER 4/23/2009 2:50AM

    Don't be embarresed for being just human! We all fail now and then. FAct is I fail on a dayli bases .... Get up and get over! START MOVING AND GROOVING

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AINTSKEERD 4/22/2009 9:43PM

    KKKRACKA! emoticon
OK-the good thing about going through that is the opportunity to review what really works...and revisit those behaviors when you're done. You are done, right?
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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/22/2009 9:51AM

    You look great in your red sweater though. LOL.

I can't be around Lay's anything. I LOVE them!! Can't resist.

Yep, it's new day. Back to chipless days and chipless nights. LOL.


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RHALES199 4/22/2009 9:43AM

    yep, TODAY is a NEW DAY! you can do it today!

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CHILEPALM 4/22/2009 9:06AM

    Oooooh, I was afraid of as much, Cheeky Monkey! I was coming over here to see what was the matter, and I get here and read THIS! HOWEVER I BRING GOOD TIDINGS: I just went thru something SIMI-lar, and I am telling you I am BACK from THE OTHER SIDE... AND I HAVE LIVED THRU IT and dropped the reacquired poundage AND YOU CAN AND WILL TOO!~

C'mon Grrlll, don't delay another second, and don't give it another thought, turn and kick the dust of dirty deeds you did dirt cheap on the Chesterfield, DO your food and exercise penance, and continue ON without a backwards glance! C'mon NOW! Look! There I am, just around the bend...beckoning you! YOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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GRANNY1972 4/22/2009 7:34AM

    We have all definitely had days like this!! Just remember that tomorrow is a new day. You can't change what's already happened but you can do better today. Hang in there!!

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WAPFROCKS 4/22/2009 6:59AM

    Oh dear, sorry you've had the setback. But it's only a small one, you can overcome it and get your momentum back!

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Obama Foodorama

Monday, April 06, 2009


tinyurl.com/daudw7

FLOTUS Mrs. Obama created a veggie garden at the White House last month. I'm happy about this on many levels. If you want to keep track of Obama food-related stuff (like there's not enough to read here at SP?! what will people think of next?), this site is a kick (am I the only one noticing lots of cakes and grains??? lol)!

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I know Alice Waters was inspiration.

CBS 60-Minutes 12-min. piece: www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/
03/13/60minutes/main4863738.shtml


Her restaurant site bio: www.chezpanisse.com/pgalice.h
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Along the same lines, we have moms in the neighborhood trying to change up the school lunch program and they are being met with much resistance from the what sounds like a stereotypical Nurse Ratched-type "lunch lady". She has been there for over twenty years, is set in her ways and/or very comfortable with routine (I know from my own past diet history for example, that change is difficult, but not impossible). The moms keep working on her. If you're trying to get change at your school, maybe these links will inspire you and/or the "powers that be":

ANN COOPER: www.chow.com/stories/11358 (more about the Renegade Lunch Lady here: www.chefann.com/ , her book here: tinyurl.com/cejn2b ); and,

JAMIE OLIVER: www.jamieoliver.com/school-dinners

Where there's a will, there's a way. Speaking of which - I better get my will out on the pavement! :)
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CLIMBNRUN 4/25/2009 8:00AM

  Too cool for school. Thanks for this info! :)

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KEROSENEGIRL 4/20/2009 8:45AM

    I read somewhere, i'll look for it...lol...That schools with snack machines and pop machines are in the hallways and can't get them banned because the companies ie coke pepsi make huge contribution to the schools. I am 31, I have 3 siblings the youngest 16...we all went to or go to the same high shcool. When I went back the cafeteria looked like a MALL!!! They had subway pizza hut slurppy machines it was crazy the difference. emoticon

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AINTSKEERD 4/7/2009 2:07PM

    Slow as it is...the change is a comin'! emoticon emoticon

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ACTIVEALLISON 4/6/2009 4:24PM

    I love that healthy eating and the slow food movement are being focused on. CBS did an interview with Alice Waters that was very good.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 4/6/2009 4:18PM

    health abounds in President and Mrs. Obama...including our Presidents nicotine addiction... Good example for today's youth.

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CHILEPALM 4/6/2009 3:31PM

    I'm just SPEECHless..... just doing my part to counterbalance the fact that BHO seldom is!

It IS a hoot, however...who knew, a Victory Garden at the White House again... emoticon

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That's life ...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Well, I'm sad and reaching for potatoes to increase my serotonin levels I guess. I'm going with it right now. Man, I haven't had a potato since Friday. ROFL! Okay, before THAT, I hadn't had them since whenever I last binged on chips. I almost bought chips last visit to Sam's Club ... I bought fruit and veggies instead. But I sure paused in the chip department. I breathed big as I swiftly waddled through toward the registers. "What's that gal running from?" I could hear people whisper as I flew by ... ah, fear and loathing of potato chips.

Okay.
Sadness: DH left yesterday. It's getting more difficult to keep saying goodbye. On the bright side: I don't have as many meals to prepare and laundry to do. I think I gained three pounds while he was home. Food food food. Personally, I'm tired of thinking about it, and need a break.

Concerned: Sis might get Riffed in teaching position. She's the breadwinner in the family.

More sadness and concern: Mom. The inevitable is upon us: she's in the early stages of a sure lung cancer diagnosis. I've been waiting for it all my life. She says she didn't smoke while pregnant, but me thinks she doesn't want to be considered a ninny. She's smoked since she was 13; she's a really old 65 (looks 75). She's very private, and as I've shared before, she likes to stick her head in the sand about this type of thing (reality?). She knew I'd bombard her with info I've gleaned, but I've tried not to for her sake and comfort level. This will be a trying time for me to meet HER needs. It's not about me I have to remind myself. I will be there for her.

Tra la la. That's life right now. I think I'll do what's recommended: meditate, exercise and eat better.

  
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AINTSKEERD 3/27/2009 1:18AM

    OK, I'm having a good belly-laugh as I picture you running away from the chip aisle. emoticon
I'm bummed for your challenges, although your positive outlook is no surprise. Be kind to yourself, too-k!
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POEKSTER 3/25/2009 1:57PM

    I know it's all pretty hard, but you got me laughing emoticon but humor has a lot of healing power. It might not save you mom, but it will save you emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 3/25/2009 11:22AM

    HUGS to you and your mum and family. I am going through that right now, mum and lung cancer. Just got back from her house - did some personal care as she wont let the homecare girls do it, Hard for dad as her meds are really causing confusion and she is not sleeping well so he isnt either.
Certainly isnt an easy time but hope you can get help!
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CHILEPALM 3/25/2009 9:06AM

    Me lova da broccoli! emoticon

~sorry~ bout mum. I reMEMber what that was like when I went through it. emoticon emoticon

WHERE did you find your Dancing Lady? don't TELL me you made DH pose...???

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GIRLINBRAZIL 3/25/2009 7:33AM

    I just love your little dancing lady! emoticon

Sad to hear all the woe, but glad to see that you are working through it all and doing your best. Keep skipping that chip aisle! You can do it!

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CALOUSTE 3/24/2009 10:04PM

    Yeah, I've had to book it past the chips lately, too! Ohhhh, for some lovely potato chips... *drool*

You've got a lot going on and I'm sorry about your mom. I wish you strength and peace.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/24/2009 9:42PM

    I am sorry about your mom and her diagnosis. I love the pics and words today. Also like your brocolli profile pic. emoticon

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LADYZHERRA 3/24/2009 7:48PM

    Sounds like a full life. At least that's not you in the ballerina outfit. Potato chips or not... there are worse things, perhaps!

I hope things go well for you.

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We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands

Friday, March 13, 2009



It's a crazy and WONDER-filled world, and I watch with glee sometimes. Sometimes not, too. But today I'm so looking forward to the peace I have when in the arms of my beloved. He's coming home for a whole week.

These videos put a smile in my heart. I want to share with my SP beloveds. Thank you all for the peace I get when I hear from you when you share your life and time with lil (gettin' littler) ole me. I am inspired by the collective good karma from ya'll!

I love the world. www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5BxymuiAxQ

Where the hell is Matt? www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY

I cry when I watch the Matt video. I start bioidentical progesterone, some DHEA and adrenal support vitamins (expensive!) tomorrow, maybe that'll help emoticon. I told the NP that I feel okay fine, and she says I can feel better. We shall see! Sigh. I just can't imagine.
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I'm dancing in OKC: I hope you find your dancing feet and join me!
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TAKTYXSGIRL 3/24/2009 7:55PM

    I have to tell you Dots, I cry when I watch the Matt video too! Why is that? I mean it' s happy but still it makes me cry!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/14/2009 3:40PM

    I AM DANCING!!! Thank you so much for the uplifting blog as I am feeling down today and it brightened a moment. I am keeping you and your health in my thoughts and prayers.



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Ya Liva

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


healthy liver

hepatitis liver

fatty liver

How many times have you heard that “the great truths are always simple?” We seem to fancy the complicated, involved and elaborate. Often and mistakenly we respect complexity and what we don’t understand. Yet in this uber technological age, we’re still not able to cure the common cold. Un…llesss? Could it be that we can help our immune system by eating nutritiously, exercising and getting rest (which helps destress the body)?

My family may think I take my diet too seriously at times, but I’m on a mission. First and foremost, I’m trying to NOT get lymphomas: lymphoma or GI cancers are an end result of undiagnosed or improperly treated celiac disease (it’s good to know your mission in life sometimes). Taking gluten out of my diet was a big step, because continual ingestion prevents nutrients from absorbing, and a lack of nutrition causes cancer (keep your cells healthy and they’ll do their job). Another personal weakness is my pancreas because diabetes runs on my mother’s side of the family. Aunt R just died because she didn’t care for herself I hear (I haven’t seen her for 40 years). She continued to eat poorly and drink soda. Who knows what her nutrient status was, esp her vitamin D level. As a result she had insomnia: she took too many sleeping pills, her blood sugar went too low, and she never awakened. My poor ma has lost two sisters within a few months. She has one left and she’s not doing well; memory issues for one (she was forgetful around the time of my marriage I remember). She’s also a hoarder of things (you should see her basement). Great things sold by Sotheby’s, but nonetheless, I swear there are nutrient deficiencies at the root of hoarding (I have the gene, too). This remaining sis, Aunt P, is a widow. Her teacher husband died from esophageal cancer, which I forgot. I was reminded by one of her three kids, my Cousin S. More about her later in another blog entry.

Lymph OMA. Oma=”a morbid condition” or “tumor” by two online accounts. What ARE the lymph glands and why do they go “morbid”? Lymph is clear fluid which runs through our tissues. They comprise 80% of our body fluids; the other 20% are from the circulatory/blood or cardio system.

Lymphoma is a disease in which malignant lymphocytes grow too fast or live too long. These cells may then accumulate in the lymph nodes or other areas of the lymphatic system to form tumors. When these cells accumulate in lymph nodes it's often called adenopathy - the enlargement of the lymph nodes; but adenopathy can have other causes, too.

Lymph glands are garbage dumps for toxins. To know lymphs, one must get to know the liver first. Here is a synopsis of a show by Dr. Becker, www.bioinnovations.net , about the liver. He is a lymphoma survivor, and an integrative MD:

Largest gland weighs 3-4 lbs, can cut it down 1/3 and it’ll grow back. Unique organ.

- Responsible for filtering harmful substances, medications, dead cells, toxins, excess fat.
- Controls vitamin absorption – ADEK. All nutrients go through the liver.
- Puffy? The liver processes albumin, which regulates/controls water.
- Produces globulin protein carries oxygen.
- Makes immune factors to prevent infections. Hep C sufferers have chronic sinus/colds. Fix the liver/fix the colds.
- Controls thyroid function – conversion of T4 to T3 into active hormone. It recycles testosterone, estrogen, progesterone; the sex hormones.
- Primary organ of molecular digestion. All blood from intestinal tract from top of stomach to bottom of the rectum goes through the liver.
- Maintains glucose levels. We think the pancreas controls glucose. The liver makes chains of glucose or glycogen and releases it as you need it. If you maintain high levels of glucose for a long period of time, it overwhelms the liver with glycogen and the liver turns it to fat, the fat displaces liver cells: ie makes cirrhosis/hardens the liver: NAFLD or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Makes thousands of proteins for metabolic reactions that influence every cell in the body. Ancient Greeks called it the Hepar. “Seat of the soul.” They recognized it as the “center of all we are.”

The liver is high vascular organ. Of the thousands of the medicines on the market, none have proven to correct liver dysfunction. There are antidotes for poisonings, acetaminophen or agents to compensate, but no antidotes. The liver is unique as it can repair itself.

How does one feel when the liver’s off?
-Serum fats are altered: LDL is elevated, HDL is reduced.
-Elevated liver enzymes: SGOT, aminotransferases ALT, AST - the processing of proteins. The liver makes proteins which affect every cell in the body. When you can’t make them, they spill into the bloodstream. If there is liver enzyme elevation there will be trouble. You will have before this: sugar craving, fatigue, foggy headedness, intolerance to protein foods: “I’ve looked forward to this steak all week, but when I eat it, it makes me feel bad.” The aminotransferases, ie the liver enzymes, aren’t working properly. It can lead to depression; can even lead to delusions and hallucinations. Very common to be overwhelmingly blue w/liver disease.
-Digestive problems, IBS, reflux, heartburn – all liver related.
-Immune dysfunction, recurrent colds, sinus, tongue coating, skin rashes – last would be jaundice. You liver is your primary detox organ!

What sets you up for liver disease: heavy metals, food additives, mutated bacteria/fungal mycotoxins. One in 10 have liver problem. If your liver is healthy, you feel better. Liver is filter to clean out the junk: MSG, aspartame, nitrates, nitrites, perfumes, cleaning agents, carbon tetrachloride (dry cleaning agent), plastics, infectious disease, obesity, diabetes affects the liver the same as alcohol (is indistinguishable), high cholesterol, poor nutrition, hemochromatosis (iron overload), Wilson’s disease (copper overload), malaria (red blood cell parasite), drugs.

Number one cause for liver failure is acetaminophen/drugs esp w/caffeine or alcohol. Vicodin #1 drug, #2 Lipitor, Licinopril (backs up bile), beta-blocker Atenolol, Synthroid (less so), Amoxicillin, hydrochlorothiazide/HCL (bp med – causes sludgy bile), Zithromax (antibiotic), Norvasc (calcium channel blocker, bp med). When on 4 or more meds very high incidence of liver problems. Liver is primary excretion organ. Visit www.drugs.com for more info on drug side effects.

MILK THISTLE is used
-As Flavanoid antioxidant. Antidote to snake bites (which breaks red blood cells).
-In Type II diabetics: high blood sugars lead to fatty infiltration which compromises control of blood glucose, over time milk thistle helps. Improves A1C & fasting blood sugars.
-Germany approves milk thistle for heartburn, GERD, reflux, indigestion or dyspepsia/poor digestion.
-In toxin-induced liver damage from mushroom poisoning, drug overdose, alcohol poisoning, or environmental poisons, can also be used for any cirrhosis, lupus, and autoimmune diseases.
-It helps improve liver function for those w/Lou Gehrig’s, Alzheimer’s improves, Parkinson’s (not a cure, but improves neurological functions).
-Helps prevent UV damage to skin – also x-ray (cancer patients)/ionizing.
-Helps lower PSA for prostate cancer patients.

UC Irvine (known for liver studies) milk thistle helps defeat 4 types of liver cancer (#1 killer worldwide because people eat spoiled foods/mycotoxins. In US most cancers are metastasized cancers.)

Most people have these as basis for their illnesses:

1. Liver dysfunction (polluted environment? Work in Industry? Multiple meds?)
2. Magnesium deficiency
3. Yeast problem (Chronic fatigue, GERD, depression) yeasty/sugar problem makes liver dysfunctional!

Dose 360mg/active silymarin (milk thistle) 3x150mg tablet w/whole seed extract – brands vary. Can take long term. Echinacea can take short term. If you’re better, not necessary. If you have liver disease, work w/doc. Stop alcohol/drugs (work w/doc). If you take over 4 drugs (including OTC) it increases chances for liver problems.

Eat organic, high fiber, lots of fruits and veggies, lots of water. ALA , cracked chlorella (chelating agents help pull detox metals), exercise, saunas/steam rooms – sweat out toxins (limitations and cautions), probiotics (remember, blood from gut goes through liver. If gut flora’s off, it stresses the liver), vitamins esp ABCDEK, minerals, magnesium, calcium, Noni juice, digestive enzymes, protein, glutathione, garlic (if yeasty, don’t forget oregano oil, olive leaf extract, garlic, Indole 3 carbinol or I3C).

Magnesium is a cofactor for over 300 different liver enzymes. Control yeast because of mycotoxins.

celiac.com re: higher incidence of liver disease w/celiac patients: tinyurl.com/2u9frw
article re: celiac and liver diseases: tinyurl.com/aunera
liver primer: digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pu
bs/cirrhosis/

  
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MARGIE100%PURE 4/20/2009 7:40PM

    Hey, I take from Doctorsnutrition.com a special liver detox that helps clear out ALL the channels called liver suppert & detoxification with ingredients of biotin,cholin bitartrate,-of course- milk thistle,turmeric,licorice root,calciun glucarate,insotol,L-methinine,indol
e-3-carbinol,L-glycine,limonenein a twice daily capsule. emoticon

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AINTSKEERD 3/17/2009 7:56PM

    You freakin' ROCK! Thanks for all of the time and energy you put into keeping us informed and aware.
xoxo tam

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FIRSTFERRET 3/14/2009 2:23PM

    DOTS - yer too awesome. I'm so glad for you, that you have the time and energy to research and post this information in one place for us with the links to more if we wish to learn more.

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Back in the 80's, I was prescribed an anti-inflammatory. Subsequently, my liver function went from 100% to 80% in the first six months; when it dropped to 20% functionality after a total of nine, I parked the remaining pills on the docs clipboard and told him to pack it wherever he liked. He said nothing about diet changes, I was mostly ignorant and had 4 young children and a rather dysfunctional life.

If I had paid more attention to something or the doc had been more focused on my well-being, I really don't think all that would have happened. Thank goodness my liver recovered (mostly), I'd be plenty angry if it hadn't.

Enjoy your Spark Break!

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SLCOLMAN 3/12/2009 8:02PM

    Wow tons of information in this post!

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CHILEPALM 3/11/2009 6:00PM

    You are JUST a bubbling font of info and pearls AS ALWAYS, dear SparkBuddette!

But this is seriously helpful, and I'm forwarding to my friend's friend who has been diagnosed with either pancretic or lymphatic cancer and he is trying to treat holistically, naturally. I pray he finds healing.

Bubble On, Dear Girl, Bubble On!
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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/11/2009 4:20PM

    Thank you...I eat this type of information over and over! emoticon

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