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Preparing for the 5% Fall 2011 Challenge

Saturday, September 17, 2011

On September 24, I begin an eight-week 5% Challenge to encourage living the healthy lifestyle. Our first assignment is to answer the following five questions:

1) Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?
emoticon Walking shorts or pants
emoticon Athletic shoes
emoticon Water galore (bottles and a natural thirst for tap water)

2) What is your exercise plan?
emoticon Walking
emoticon Hiking
emoticon Tai Chi and various other DVDs
emoticon Various strength training reps

3) Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
emoticon Weight Watchers
emoticon SparkPeople recommended ranges (with minimal acceptable modifications)
emoticon Continued less processed foods
emoticon Continued less enriched white flour
emoticon Continued less sugar
emoticon Emphasis on plant-based foods

4) Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
emoticon Yes . . . Teddy Bears Rock! And the competition with the other teams within the 5% Challenge is a friendly one. Letís hope the Teddy Bears can push other teams to be their best!

5) Did you put your Fall 5% Challenge Commitment on your page?

emoticon I just updated my SparkPage with the following goals:
1) Maintain a healthy BMI (130-174) by maintaining my goal of 161 lbs.
2) Track fitness daily.
3) Average 70 minutes (or more) of daily cardio and strength training.
4) Track food daily.
5) Eat six or more servings of freggies daily.
6) Drink at least 12 cups of water daily.
7) Satisfy 4-7 recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium daily.
8) Sleep 7-9 hours a night six days a week.
9) Earn 75% (or more) in Living The Good Life weekly challenges.
10) Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of Godís word.
11) Do something fun at least three times a week.
12) Knit one prayer shawl.

For the joy and beauty in my life found through the lens of my camera, I often look to nature in my own yard. Last Thursday, I took a few university students up to Enger Tower to enjoy the view of the Twin Ports and Lake Superior:

Afterwards, they treated me to dinner at the China King Buffet:

I am so richy blessed to be surrounded by vibrant people who help me walk higher in reaching my goals to be healthy in both mind and body. May you also enjoy your journey to good health!

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    You are so organized and ready to go. I won't be on the same team for the 5% challenge, and it may take awhile to learn my way around. I am looking forward to it.

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SPARKYCARLEY 9/20/2011 4:20PM

    You have a great set of goals. Keep up the good work. Hugs.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/18/2011 7:37PM

    Excellent, you have your bases covered!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/18/2011 4:13PM

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    Great goals!

Loved the pictures emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/18/2011 12:26PM

    Love that you have your goals ready for the 5% challenge! I know you'll be a great motivator on our team, and you'll help the Teddy Bears ROCK our fitness min.!

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LOTUSBURGER 9/18/2011 11:50AM

GOOD JOB on your goals!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 9/18/2011 10:09AM

    Evelyn, I LOVED reading your goals and 5% commitment! I'm SO IMPRESSED with you!!!! I love you so much, and I'm so grateful that we're only 70 miles away from each other! emoticon LOVED the pictures of the NORTHLAND! Sorry I've been MIA, I somehow got unsubscribed to your blogs! emoticon

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NINJA-NED 9/18/2011 8:45AM

    well done!

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NEWMAC2011 9/17/2011 11:25PM

    I'm really looking forward to the Fall 5%. Go TeddyBears! I didn't blog about this but I did change my page for the Challenge. It's going to be great!

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Dad time (Photos) and Spark Friend Dinner

Friday, September 09, 2011

I enjoyed the day with my Dad, where we took care of some business and attended the monthly birthday party and sing-a-long at a local nursing home. My Dad still has an incredible voice!

I got the opportunity to join TheCrazyMango thanks to our regional connections in the area. SparkPeople is a major influence in our lives, in that we have both lost 100 lbs. WooHoo! We celebrated with conversation, entertainment and dinner at the new Japanese Hibachi steakhouse in the area.

Meeting a fellow Sparker is such a blessing -- what a great way to get a little added incentive to stay the course and talk about our journey to improved health.

Itís been a super day! Have you attended a Spark Conference, met a SparkFriend, or attended a regional SparkTeam Event (5K, etc)? If not, would you consider it?

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 9/18/2011 10:29AM

    Love the pics of your dad! He looks like such a fun guy. My dad is also in a nursing home. I treasure the times we talk on the phone (lives in another state).

No, unfortunately, I have not got to meet up with any of my Spark friends.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 9/18/2011 10:17AM

    Oh, Evelyn, your dad looks SO SWEET!!!! I would LOVE to meet him! I may have to make a drive up to the nursing home and introduce myself! That is the nursing home we went to last Christmas [you'll have to look back at my blog and see one of the pics of the resident and see if you recognize her] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p

Love you, dearest!!! Oh, and yes, I've met a few Sparkers! And I get to meet another one the end of September in Iron River. She is from Milwaukee and will be in Iron River for a horse show.

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COOP9002 9/10/2011 5:14PM

    Looks like you two had a great day!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/10/2011 10:36AM

    Great photos! I love the one of you and your dad. emoticon

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THECRAZYMANGO 9/10/2011 2:12AM

    emoticon It was great meeting you!!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/9/2011 2:42PM

    I probably should add that this is Bob at the accordian and Sue at the piano. I would have taped my Dad, but I found myself busy coordinating the music and the microphone. My Dad sang some pretty good show tunes (Sound of music, etc), so it's really nice to have the church pianist be able to play just about anything! My Dad is such a happy-go-lucky person and I'm so proud of him. Thanks for all the lovely comments!

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    Your dad's smile and "glow" is infectious...and it is pretty obvious where you got your own inner (and outer) beauty! What great pics - thanks so much! And loved hearing about meeting another Spark friend - awesomeness!!

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PANSYLADY2 9/9/2011 10:56AM

    Very good times! I would love to meet more Spark Friends face to face. I was blessed to meet one gal, and would like to meet others. Someday!! Have a great weekend. I'm off to a women's conference in our area.

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OLDERDANDRT 9/9/2011 10:52AM

    So happy you got to spend some nice, quality time with your dad! How lucky you are to still have him!!! He looks so totally vital! Esp. playing the accordion! I got to try one, once and even being a pianist, I thought the accordion was really hard to play!
You have some great photos! Love the flowers!
I've never met a SPark friend in person, but I HAVE run across a few I'd really like to get to know better in person!
Be well, my friend! Have a great day and weekend! emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 9/9/2011 10:28AM

    So glad you had some times with your dad Evelyn...he looks so well and really happy.
Yes I had a spark friend fly here from the UK to stay with me for 2 weeks...spark friends are the best!

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4MRSDAND123 9/9/2011 10:13AM

    Ahh, thanks for sharing the pictures of your Dad. I can see the resemblance, especially those beautiful smiles.. Looks like you had a great day visiting with your dad and TheCrazyMango.

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BLESSED2BEME 9/9/2011 10:10AM

    Love the photos. Your day was truly blessed!

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ESILBO 9/9/2011 10:04AM

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SWEETLIPS 9/9/2011 8:38AM

    What a blessing to spend time with your dad. Great day for you both. I would consider attending a Spark Event. Haven't seen any on the East Coast

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IMIN2GENES 9/9/2011 8:18AM

    You and your dad have the best smiles! You two look awesome! Thanks for sharing such wonderful pics. I think it's wonderful that he's still playing the accordion. That's no small feat!

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NINJA-NED 9/9/2011 7:13AM

    Lovely photos, as usual. How cool that your dad plays the accordion; my aunt plays also, and I don't know many others that do.

As to your spark question, I'm not quite sure. I rather thrive in the anonymity of an online community, so I may not want to spoil that. Also, I'm just not that social emoticon

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READYBETTY 9/9/2011 6:29AM

    You and your dad both have the same incredible smile. What a blessing to still have your dad and to be able to do things together.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/9/2011 6:11AM

    What a great day! You are so blessed to still have your dad and be able to enjoy activities together (I lost my dad to cancer a year and 1/2 ago).
Glad you got to meet another Spark Friend! Makes for a wonderful diner.

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More joy and walking on campus!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Iím so thrilled to be part of a vibrant campus this week. One meeting yesterday . . . another meeting today . . . and now planning is done for a Lake Superior sailing trip Sunday with the Office of International Programs and World Student Association.

I walked all over campus again today. I even joined a friendís computer class (after being dismissed) so I could see her brand new digs in Swenson Hall. We made plans for a family day and picnic on the Madeline Island (part of Lake Superiorís Apostle Islands) this weekend. Here are some photographs from campus:

I was home for lunch and made a light Vegetarian Pho (Vietnamese rice noodle soup) so that my mate and I could go out for supper together. I saved room for a full serving of Chicken Fried Steak . . . What can I say, my mama grew up in Texas where this was a mainstay. With Weight Watchers everything can work into our plans . . . however, I tend to choose healthier options 90% of the time. Perfection just isnít what itís cracked up to be. (smile, smile)

Romans 14:20
Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.

Hope youíre making the most of your food choices and fitness minutes!

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SPARKYCARLEY 9/20/2011 4:17PM

    More wonderful photos... and that soup looks yummy! lol

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NEWMAC2011 9/8/2011 11:06PM

    Looks like a beautiful campus. There is no perfect, 90% is really excellent!

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READYBETTY 9/8/2011 9:47PM

    Delicious looking soup!

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STEPHIEKNITS 9/8/2011 6:30PM

    I love walking around college campus'. I miss chicken fried steak. I haven't had any since I went gluten free almost 6 years ago.

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    Chicken fried steak - sometimes a girl just has to remember her roots, eh?

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ZELLAZM 9/8/2011 1:57PM

    Lovely photos - and a yummy looking meal!

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4MRSDAND123 9/8/2011 8:16AM

    I'm enjoying your tour of the campus. Your Pho soup looks delish. What do you use for broth or the soup base? Thanks for posting the verse. It provides food for thought. :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/8/2011 5:52AM

    I am a sucker for walks around college campuses! Love how your campus has a nice blend of old and modern buildings. Glad you can find ways to enjoy those special foods that take us back.

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Walking with Joy!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The 5% challenge is all about moving more and for me, I move a lot more around the house, as well along natureís path. Today, I had lunch on campus with friends. This is both my alma mater, as well as the place I was employed at for twenty years. The campus is alive and well with a flurry of students attending their first day of classes. The new academic offices in Swenson Hall are nearly in full operation. I was most grateful for a table of traffic aides while the signage to find offices was lacking.

Sundquist Hall will soon be no more as it is scheduled for demolition having originally begun itís life as a two-story college dormitory. Itís not often I can take a picture quick enough to capture a cricket. Hereís one last look at and around Sundquist Hall.

While home, this is my first summer with so many yellow finches at my bird feeder enjoying sunflower chips. Normally, I see a lot more sparrows, pine siskins, nut hatches, chickadees, blue jays and wood peckers.

Hope youíre enjoying our transition into Fall.

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SPARKYCARLEY 9/20/2011 4:15PM

    Beautiful photos!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/8/2011 11:36AM

    Love your photos!

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IMIN2GENES 9/7/2011 9:42PM

    Love the pics! Thanks so much for sharing.

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WELLNESSME09 9/7/2011 7:29PM

    Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures. Love them finch's.
Fall colors will soon brighten our surroundings! emoticon emoticon

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STEPHIEKNITS 9/7/2011 12:30PM

    Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to the transition to fall.

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4MRSDAND123 9/7/2011 9:57AM

    You did have to be quick to capture a picture of that little cricket..lol The finch and feeder are beautiful, and the cricket, well he's pretty cute too.

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OLDERDANDRT 9/7/2011 9:52AM

    It's a beautiful campus from what you've shown us! I love your pic of the cricket!! And the bire above the feeder! Nice! Happily moving into fall. Needed a lite jacket sweater t his morning! So nice. It could just stay like this, now, for me! hehe
Have a great day and let's keep moving!
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PANSYLADY2 9/7/2011 9:51AM

    I do love the transition to fall, also. It's the winter I dread!! Wouldn't mind it if I didn't have to drive on bad roads or walk where there is ice and lots of snow. Sitting inside and watching winter is not too bad though. LOL
After I quit teaching high school, I really missed the "going back to school" routine. Glad you could go spend time on your favorite campus and get energized by all the activity. Blessings on your day, Evelyn!

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NINJA-NED 9/7/2011 6:29AM

    we've had scads of goldfinches this year too. they are gorgeous and make me happy whenever i see them.

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BEATLETOT 9/7/2011 3:32AM

    What school are you at? I really enjoyed looking at the pictures. I love the atmosphere of university campuses. They're just so alive!

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2011 is my Year of Umami! . . . Hold the anchovies, you say?

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Experts have now defined a fifth element that our taste buds can detect to now decipher sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. When I first heard the news earlier this year, the only word I could visualize -- in order to remember this relatively new discovery -- was Ooh-Mommie! Wikipedia.org is a great resource for further study about umami.

I know there are a lot of people who cannot tolerate ďmonosodium glutamate.Ē However, MSG is a natural occurring ingredient that gets a bad rap, similar to salt. Natural doesnít mean good . . . we already know that too much salt is not a good thing.

Many foods that may be consumed daily are rich in umami. Naturally occurring glutamate can be found in meats and vegetables; whereas inosinate comes primarily from meats and guanylate from vegetables. Thus, umami taste is common to foods that contain high levels of L-glutamate, IMP and GMP, most notably in fish, shellfish, cured meats, vegetables (ie mushrooms, ripe tomatoes, Chinese cabbage, spinach, etc) or green tea, and fermented and aged products (ie cheeses, shrimp pastes, soy sauce, etc).[Wikipedia Source: Ninomiya K (1998). "Natural Occurance". Food Reviews International 14 (2&3): 177Ė211. doi:10.1080/87559129809541157]

Wow . . . these are all foods I enjoy big time! I now know what it is about Pho and Asian cooking that I love so. They are loaded with a savory flavor that comes from foods rich in umami.

My Vietnamese Pho (rice noodle soup) has fish sauce in it. It doesnít take much, and if you made if for a friend -- and didnít have to tell them it had fish in it -- they probably wouldnít even know it. Look at the ingredients in fish sauce and youíll probably see anchovies or sardines. I have a few pho recipes that I make, depending on my mood. Iím even tweaking a vegetarian style pho, as most pho dishes are made using a beef stock.
Tonight, I made a version of Pho using the dried black mushrooms I bought at the Asian grocery. Double umami -- Yum! Ė and it made a whole quart!

My Sri Lankan Coconut Pol Sambal has some dried Maldive fish chips lovingly kneaded into the chili, onion, tomato, and unsweetened coconut mixture.
While picnicking at Split Rock Light House, most of my curries have red ripe tomatoes and I have sambal (a spicy and savory garnish for Indian-style curries) in the snack ziplock bag that tops all my curries.

My partner loves those chicken wings that come with a rich and savory oyster sauce on it. Now if only this savory additive wasnít so dependent upon salt! Like salt, itís what often makes soups have you coming back asking for more!

When I grew up in the sixties and seventies, I cringed when I heard the word anchovy. Anchovies were associated with a pizza ingredient and then it was one of those ingredients most of us avoided like the plague! The way I see it, we bipedal, carbon-based life forms (sorry, the Trekkie is coming out in me again) can be so fickle when our brain says one thing (Yuk!), yet our taste buds may say something to the contrary (Yum!).

How do you honor umami? Might you have a new respect for seafood products? Will you leave yourself open to adding a fish sauce to a broth-based soup?

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PANSYLADY2 9/7/2011 9:59AM

    You sound like an adventurous cook! After 60+ years, I did buy a jar of curry spice. Haven't used it yet, but I did buy it!! Your soup looks so yummy! I love mushrooms and have been looking for a mushroom lasagna recipe. May have to make one up when I get really creative one of these days.

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NEWMAC2011 9/7/2011 12:04AM

    I'm going to check out some of those recipes! They sound really delicious and the photo makes my mouth water. I'll try just about anything. I happen to love anchovies; on caesar salad (or in the dressing) and I roast cauliflower then crush garlic & anchovies to put on top. Yum! I watch a lot of cooking shows so have heard about umami. I love Asian food and all kinds of curry. Am planning to make a green curry chicken this week & made a vegetable curry a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for sharing!

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/6/2011 11:16PM

    love that...OH MOMMY!!...makes me so remember taking a taste from the spoon in the kitchen when my mom was cooking and the same with my girls...chicken soup, chocolate cake batter and fried rice with lots of veggies all fall in to that category for me...umami...new vocabulary word and taste bud for the week...thanks for sharing!! Smiles Barb

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/6/2011 10:45PM

    OH MOMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a very interesting and informative blog. I have to read your recipes...the pictures made me drool!! I do find cheese to be a very comforting food......OH MOMMY....lol

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CERIUSLY 9/6/2011 10:31PM

    I like the Ooh-Mommie! I'll take your word on the anchovies. emoticon Your blogs are like a culinary lesson. I can't wait to find some time to look at your recipes.


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MARTHAWILL 9/6/2011 8:32PM

    Dried maldeve fish chips sounds intriguing. Will have to watch for those. First time I've heard of umami also. Always like expanding my vocabulary.

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STEPHIEKNITS 9/6/2011 6:56PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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WELLNESSME09 9/6/2011 6:39PM

    Love your blog! I have to admit, most of the food you mention I have never heard of. Fish is not one of my favorite foods.
Your right about taste buds, I let it decide.
Thanks for all the info!!!

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LASARRE 9/6/2011 4:35PM

    They used that term umami on Man Vs. Food Nation about a pizza. You certainly keep up on info :)

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SPARKYCARLEY 9/6/2011 1:32PM

    Wow! Very informative. I eat all those things you mentioned regularly... well, except for shell fish. I only eat that now & then as a treat just 'cause of the price that comes with it. I've never done curry before. I only ever did a seafood chowder once. It just wasn't something I grew up with because my Mom didn't make it, so I forget now that I can do things like that. Growing up the rule for food in our house was 'if Dad doesn't like it, than it didn't get cooked'. Maybe I'll try a fish based soup one of these days. Thanks for the thought!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/6/2011 11:27AM

    I'm thinking this may be why cheese is such "comfort" food. Interesting!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/6/2011 10:24AM

    going for the umami! Yes, that's how I remember it -- Oh Mommy! LOL

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    Very interesting!

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READYBETTY 9/6/2011 7:30AM

    Interesting blog!

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NINJA-NED 9/6/2011 7:08AM

    this may just be the explanation for the foods i dislike - fish, shellfish, fish sauce, mushrooms, cured meats, and anything fermented. no umami for me, thanks.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/6/2011 6:57AM

    Thanks for the information, I learned a lot of new things in your blog. Will this be an 8th nutritional catagory you will be tracking :)

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