Friday, November 05, 2010
While we learn to eat a well balanced selection of foods, let's hope we can find our needed sugars from the more natural (vs refined) sugars available. Here's the article I read today. Any thoughts?
Your Brain on Food
How chemicals control your thoughts and feelings.
by Gary Wenk, Ph. D
How coffee and donuts enhance memory
Donuts and coffee, they're what your brain wants
Published on October 11, 2010
Sometimes, what our brain wants is not always good for our bodies. Donuts are a good example. It is early morning and you're driving to work after a nice breakfast of black coffee and two eggs, easy-over, with bacon. Yet, you're still hungry and having difficulty paying attention to the traffic. Why? Your brain is not cooperating because it is not satisfied with that breakfast because it lacked one critical ingredient that your brain urgently needs, sugar . . . .
In compliance with SparkPeople's policy to not post articles or copyrighted material in its entirety, you can find the complete article at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-b
Monday, August 23, 2010
I was on the topic of my weight loss and how I was finally beginning to feel better about the effectiveness of food tracking over a 6-day period. In the process, I said to my friend (and relation) that I was happy to no longer be morbidly obese. And with my last BMI check just under 30, I was more in the "overweight" bracket versus the "obese" one. Nevertheless, I'm still fat. Then I said the cruel truth, that "we're both fat." Her immediate response was one of shock, whereas I immediately followed by a sorry and second sorry for revealing what I felt was a truth. She was in disbelief (backing up words from her medical doctor that she was doing well) and hurt. I pray that this may lead to one of those "ah hah" moments that results in both of us making healthier food decisions.
Even with an apology for how this made her feel, I cannot negate how I feel or think at any given moment, so you can see that I tend to opt for the truth. How about you?
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The following material is for HealthyBarb:
Weíve had a heat wave here in the Twin Ports (Duluth MN, Superior WI) so we may not need those virtual snowshoes I picked up for us for your January visit. Iím also glad that our days are beginning to have a little more light. WooHoo! Hereís our itinerary for the day, and Iíll send you some photos of the places weíll visit . . . weíll keep the snowshoes in the back just in case we need them.
8:00 AM Lefse breakfast wrap and your favorite relatively non-calorie beverage at the Scandinavian cafť Takk For Maten in downtown Duluth. Here we jabber so long about our Spark Experiences, weíre here for nearly two hours! WooHoo! Who knew we had so much in common!
On the way to Duluth, we passed Barker's Island where the SS Meteor is docked then went over the blatnik bridge one of three bridges crossing the St Louis Bay (into Lake Superior) from Superior to Duluth:
[insert photo Takk For Maten]
10:00 AM Head up Lake Superior Northshore to visit Split Rock Light House (70- minute drive time, 20 minute prep time, 45 minute hike (and photo shoot) and 45 minute picnic and conversation).
[insert photo Brighton Beach just outside Duluth along our northshore "scenic" route that we so enjoyed! This is an incredible place to read or meditate in nature with the rolling waves of Lake Superior (sometimes quite violent)]
11:00 AM Weíll light the fire at the picnic Shelter at Split Rock, where Iíll place our slow cookers on heat for our picnic feast of hot lentils and curries awaiting us as we return to the fire-warmed shelter by Noon. The smells are divine!
[insert photo Shelter and Split Rock Light House]
1:00 PM Visit Gooseberry Falls (just five minutes south of Split Rock) where we walk to two beautiful waterfalls in about 35 minutes.
[insert photo Gooseberry Falls]
2:30 PM Stop at the working Taconite Loading dock of Two harbors where we also see the tugboat Edna along the lakefront.
3:30 PM Visit Little and Big Manitou Falls at Pattison Falls (Wisconsin State Park about 12 miles south of Superior. Itís here we have 4 pm tea (light hot milk tea with __ your favorite snack freggie.]
4:45 PM Visit our last set of two waterfalls at Amnicon Falls, a Wisconsin State Park just 12 miles east of Superior (thereís a shortcut from Pattison).
5:30 PM If you can stick around, we can visit the Chinese Buffet where we can place a bigger emphasis on being freggie-holics when we make great choices (albeit, a lot too salty).
Iíve just shown you four or my favorite places in our beautiful northland! Whether accessible by snowshoes, hiking boots, or simple sandals or walking shoes (in the summertime), are incredibly awesome!
I've since visited Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls so all the photos above are pictures I've taken. Use as you like.
Friday, September 04, 2009
I'm motivated by other positive people. SparkPeople is a great resource for finding the most positive pe0ple I know. Do you have a favorite activity, visual, scent, or word(s) that help you stay 0n track towards that healthier lifestyle you've come to know? If so, please share. Thanks!
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February Challenge within a Challenge
For the February portion of the 5% Challenge with the Teddy Bears, participants were again given the challenge (aka dare) to write and trace our goals for the month.
Hereís my goals and updated report: Workout 30 minutes minimum and track food daily. Complete two prayer shawls. Try 14 new things. Publish 3 blogs.
Feb 01 WO, Track
Feb 02 WO, Track
Feb 03 WO, Track
Feb 04 WO, Track
Feb 05 WO, Track
Feb 06 WO, Track
Feb 07 WO, Track
Feb 08 WO, Track
Feb 09 WO, Track
Feb 10 WO, Track
Feb 11 WO, Track
Feb 12 WO, Track
Feb 13 WO, Track Prayer Shawl: Shaker
Feb 14 WO, Track
Feb 15 WO, Track
Feb 16 WO, Track
Feb 17 WO, Track
Feb 18 WO, Track Prayer Shawl: Deco
Feb 19 WO, Track Prayer Shawl: Deco
Feb 20 WO, Track
Feb 21 WO, Track Prayer Shawl: Pesto
Feb 22 WO, Track
Feb 23 WO, Track Prayer Shawl: Clouds
Feb 24 WO, Track Prayer Shawl: Sierra
Feb 25 WO, Track
Feb 26 WO, Track (will edit with an update)
Feb 27 WO, Track (will edit with an update)
Feb 28 WO, Track (will edit with an update)
Praise God for my Florida time and my ability to knit with church friends who enjoy knitting and crocheting for the Lord.
Letís face it, Iím not a blogger. I pray that I honor God by my thoughts, words, and actions: including how I eat and move, I began the month a little slow in the healthy eating department but seem to have found my Spark again.
Iím okay that I may have missed two blogs, but have had fun exceeding my goals for knitting prayer shawls and trying new things for February:
1) Made a prayer shawl for my Pakistani friendís Mom in the hospital, finishing on the day that just happened to be her birthday.
2) Successfully following the majority of the Teddy Bear Daily Dares (which could easily add this New Things list further!)
3) Lost my phone a half-hour before taking a 29-hour road trip: I love that the world did not come to an end and while we actually left as originally planned, I kept my cool and my husband and I bought new phones a few days later.
4-6) Joined family and friends at three new restaurants: Fish Tale Grill, Dunkin Donuts, and newly built Golden Corral,
7) Signed a petition on the change.org website for a student in need of medical care in this country,
8) Offered to make a prayer shawl to a friend who also happened to be a former co-worker and neighbor) currently mourning the unexpected death of his wife.
9) Began knitting a new prayer shawl using part of a pattern from a lacy baby blanket. Itís gorgeous, but slow work . . . so I do a little here and there while I complete other prayer shawls.
10) Attending weekly study on the book Heaven by Rancy Alcorn.
11) Attended the Bontragger Family Concert
12) Enjoyed the work of an artist for my first ever Henna tattoo.
13) Cut a record number (over 50 pair) of lined mittens (ready to sew) for my Tuesday Mission Group.
14) Made the 15-Bean soup recipe on the Hurst HamBeens package and keyed the recipe and nutritional information into SparkRecipes.
15) Bought a new (for me) veggie and made a delicious Napa Cabbage cole slaw. So Yummy!
16) Worked a record number of jigsaw puzzles with my Dad.
17) Completed seven pray shawls in ten days:
Setting goals and putting them in writing helped me to own and solidify a plan of action. This process led to achieving success and wonderful non-scale victories I celebrate. What a boost to my spirits! While written a bit differently from my regularly written Spark goals, Iíve also met or exceeded my Faith, Family, Friends, Food, Fitness, and Fun Goal. Now I just need to add rewards for when my goals are achieved!
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm hoping you have success! How's your February going?
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