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clean living

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

for awhile now i've been researching clean living. it's actually how i found sparkpeople almost a year ago. my biggest hurdle for this lifestyle is money. i don't have the funds to go completely organic and natural with every aspect of my life. but i do what i can. i've been trying out more natural cleaners and household products. i built a deck out of composite wood. i'm becoming a very dedicated recycler. now i'm going to venture further into clean eating. it's going to be slow, mostly cause of the cost, but i'm going to do what i can. i'm going to plan this month and watch the ads for sales on certain things so i know when something is actually a good deal. in june i plan to eat clean. not everything will be organic, but i'll try to get as much organic food as possible. i'm going to cut out all processed foods (well, that bad ones) and try to eat nothing from a box or frozen meal type things. even if they are organic. produce will become more fresh & available with farmers markets and availibilty at the store. i think the challenge will be more challenging and rewarding if i have to make everything i eat and can't fall back on an easy excuse of frozen pizza.

i think this will be a very good learning experience. i'm looking forward to this challenge and i'm very excited to see what the results will be.

does anyone have any advice, ideas, tips, recipes, etc to share?

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JEWITCH 5/10/2010 8:07PM

    I have been working on clean living for several years. I at first tried to do it all at once and crashed and burned. I found it is best to do it in stages and once I am comfortable with one stage then move to another. I found the way to go organic was to raise my own vegetables. I then can afford to by organic fruits. Also if you give up meat then you can afford to spend more on better fruits and vegetables. You might want to also see if you can get friends to go into a co-op with you then you can get organics for less.

I am sure if you keep at it you will be able to do it. Take care. Brightest blessings and warm hugs.

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5POINTED 5/10/2010 6:34PM

    This is one of my passions and something I've been doing since I was a teen. I've always been on a budget, and often making your own household cleaners is much cheaper than buying the toxic alternatives. White vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and olive oil are staples. There are some great eco-friendly concentrated detergents for dishwashers, washers and general cleaning that go a long way as well. The best glass cleaner out there: 1 C rubbing alcohol, 1 C water, 1 T vinegar.

I try to buy organic as much as possible, but being on a budget can make that difficult at times. This cheat sheet is a good rule of thumb for what to buy organic and what you can save money on, when the choice has to be made: http://lifehacker.com/5528836/organ

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COACHKRYSTIE 5/4/2010 12:11PM

    U can do it!!

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RONIE11 5/4/2010 11:41AM

    I was one of the lucky ones who's mom taught me to cook. We were eating clean before anyone ever heard of clean eating. Basically my mom never opened a box or bought T.V. dinners. Everything was made from scratch and thats how I learned.
I can tell you that in todays world with time so short it is a bit harder to bake your own bread and cook from scratch 24/7. Second hand stores have food dehydrators and bread makers for little money.
I go to the store a few times a week, I buy fresh produce and very little meat. We are big fans of roasted veggies, or stir fry. I would suggest starting slow and seeing for your self what you can make yourself and what you can go without. There are books and web sites that go into detail of how to eat clean.
It sounds like you are on the right track and making great progress. As with anything if the desire to change and do this is strong enough you will be creative and make it work.
There are clean living teams. I would join a few to see which one works for you and address the needs you are looking for. You might look into "Green living" teams too.
I wish you the best of luck with this. You are an example we all should strive for.

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may goal(s)

Saturday, May 01, 2010

well, my april goals didn't go over well at all.

this month my main focus is going to be working out. in order to do this properly i need work on getting out of bed early enough. and stop pushing the freaking snooze button!

i know once i get into a good workout routine the rest will follow. happens everytime. i just need to stop losing my routine. when i'm really working out regularly and feeling good cause of it i drink more than enough water, i eat better in order to not ruin the calories i just burned, i don't have time to sabatog myself with alcohol and i gain tons of confidence. i just need to remember these things when i'm thinking sleep is better than not sleeping.

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SANDRA0011 5/4/2010 12:31PM


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COACHKRYSTIE 5/4/2010 12:14PM

    You can do it! I'm cheering for you!!!!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 5/1/2010 7:22PM

    I have always been a third shift person because I can't get up in the morning. Now we live in a retirement community where everything goes on during the day and it is SOOOOO hard for me to get up at 6 AM. So I go down for breakfast and then come up and go back to sleep but then I don't get anything done around here. I think who ever invented daylight really blew it. It should be night all the time - so peaceful and quiet - the best time to snuggle up with a good book and read till 3 AM. Hmmm ....... I wonder if that could be my problem?

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ROX2013 5/1/2010 6:33PM

    You can do it!! I have the same habit, and it still a hard one to not fall back to. I even tried moving the alarm clock across the room. We the guys in working on my kitchen during the day I am getting up early so I can get my treadmill in and Tai Chi in before they get here. Don't know if I will still get up at 6:30 am after they are done, but I have gotten in the habit of doing my exercise in the mornings now! emoticon

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

that about sums up my april goals progress.

what is wrong with me?!

focus. focus. focus.

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CASEYTALK 4/20/2010 2:33PM

    Hey, wait! There's a week left in April. If you turn it around and take care of yourself for the last week, then it will be a great month. emoticon

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GOAL_WORTHY 4/13/2010 11:54PM

    You can do it!

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MOMFAN 4/13/2010 10:24PM


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KMIRANDA2000 4/13/2010 6:45PM

    don't give up...this is too important.

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BOBBI1968 4/13/2010 12:19PM

    I agree with the first comment - emoticon

Take Care!

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TONYA_JO 4/13/2010 12:10PM

    emoticon Try working on just one goal at a time. That's what I ended up having to do. I had this I had to change it all mentality, and it is just too overwhelming. Pick one of your goals that you KNOW you can achieve and start with that. In a few days, or few weeks, move on to the next one.

I'm here for you!!! Hang in there!

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Monday, April 12, 2010

last june i went to the doctors for my lovely yearly exam. they did a blood test cause it had been awhile and wanted to see where i was at with all that. the test came back with cholesteral issues. so i focused on fixing that.
over the summer my dad had this weird black out spell and had to go to the er. the doctors diagnosed him with diabetes. so he was taking meds and testing his blood daily. one day he tested mine. it was high but i just figured it was cause we returned from a wine tasting and had been nibbling and drinking wine all afternoon. then he tested it about a month later when i hadn't eaten in over 8 hrs (it was morning, i was there for breakfast). it was still high. i didn't think too much about it because it was below the diabetic range. but still kind of scary.
then yesterday i was reading the new biggest loser book: "6 weeks to a healthier you" (which brought me to tears saturday!) and it discusses diabetes. There's a chart with the different ranges. Going off the number i got on my dad's tester, 118, i'm prediabetic. That's freaky!
granted, this is a self-diagnosis. 126, i think it said, and above is the diabetic range, so it's safe to assume i'm definitely in a danger zone. this can be easily reveresed with proper eating and exercising. but why didn't the doctor bring this up? my mom is in some medical classes and practices heart rate on me all the time, so i know that's normal and the doctor did say that when i was there. she was concerned about the high cholesterol. but why not the blood sugar?

this is a freaky realization and a huge issue to deal with. it could be a case of family history. but my family is generally not on the overweight side. there isn't a history of heart disease. cancer, yes. i don't want to be the person resonsible for starting a new trend! i took a quiz in the aforementioned book and it says i'm at risk for stroke, diabetes, etc. so scary! i wish i had a doctor like dr. h to sit down and give it to me straight.

as for my dad, he is no longer taking the meds. his new doctor says he may have been misdiagnosed and just dehydrated, so they are watching it closely. my dad's not overweight or anything so the doctor is looking into other causes. it just may be my dad's poor snacking choices.

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MOMFAN 4/12/2010 10:06PM

    Hey at least you are aware and keep and eye on it and reverse it! You can do this!

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PUGRAD1995 4/12/2010 11:40AM

    Blood sugar levels change within minutes depending on what you are doing. Call your doctor and see what they want to do. They may want to do an A1C level which tests blood sugar levels over time to see how you are doing.

Exercise, weight loss if needed and multiple small meals are what they recommended for me. And a yearly lab test checkup.

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FITKAT2010 4/12/2010 11:30AM

    This issue is totally reversable with a healthy lifestyle. The cleaner your diet is with whole foods and away from refined carbs, is better. Let this Spark your commitment to your weight loss/fitness/health goals. Never forget what can happen because you didn't care enough to make the effort.

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why am i so hungry?

Thursday, April 08, 2010

here's my menu for today:

breakfast (about 6:30)
1 pkg quaker weight control oatmeal
1 hardboiled egg
8 oz fat free milk

snack (about 10)
yoplait fat free yogurt ~ boston creme pie
low fat string cheese

i've already had 4 glasses of water and a cup of green tea during all this time. i still have 30 minutes til lunch and i'm starving! what am i doing wrong? what do i need to fix?

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TONYA_JO 4/8/2010 9:00PM

    I agree with adding some more complex carbs in there. My other suggestion is add some fruit with breakfast. I put applesauce in my oatmeal, gets a fruit serving in me, and makes the oatmeal taste a little better.

Hang in there!!

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DIVAGURL 4/8/2010 7:41PM

    I have good results with increased fiber and low fat protein. They help to keep me full longer. I would ditto the flaxseed advice.
I love Nature's Own Light wheat bread. It has fiber, protein, is a good source of carbs and is only 40 calories a slice. Eating that with my oatmeal in the morning helps to keep me full longer, I toast it and spray with calorie free butter spray.

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MEGANC1988 4/8/2010 3:15PM

    Something some one told me - eat things that take LONGER to eat. I sometimes bring a bag of raw broccoli. I like it, but I don't like it like it so it takes me a LOT longer to eat, that time spent is a lot better than eating my yogurt in 2 minutes and then being ready for more.

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SAPPHIRE983 4/8/2010 2:48PM

    Try flaxseed! I know it may sound a bit extreme, but it really makes you feel full and satisfied and helps reach your daily recommended fiber intake. I add about a tablespoon or two of grounded-up flaxseed to my oatmeal or cereal. It really does help! You just need a coffee/spice grinder. You can get one for about $20 or less. Any questions, feel free to ask me! I didn't have to time to eat breakfast one morning and didn't get my flaxseed intake and I was starving all day!

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BRIAN36 4/8/2010 2:45PM

    I think Sukoto is dead on. You are missing your carbs and you still need a little fat. Try some almonds with your breakfast and maybe some triscuits with your string cheese.

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SUKOTO 4/8/2010 2:41PM

    Also check out this article - interesting read.


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SWEETLEXIE520 4/8/2010 2:39PM

    I was going to suggest fiber - but you have oatmeal and an apple in there. Is TOM around the corner? I am always WAY more hungry when that's imminent.

It might be good to either eat some fruit with breakfast or get some veggies in there with your morning snack. Zucchini, bell pepper slices, or carrots are great to munch on, pretty low in calories, but good on fiber. I always eat an orange with my breakfast. It's satisfying and seems to level my blood sugar out pretty well for the whole morning.

I sometimes have a hard time telling the difference between cravings and hunger, and those veggies are great at keeping my mouth busy so I don't think about it as much.

Good luck!

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SUKOTO 4/8/2010 2:36PM


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SUKOTO 4/8/2010 2:35PM

    Where are your carbs? 1 pack of quaker control oatmeal may not be enough. Maybe try some peanut butter on whole wheat toast? Carbs are our friends.
Also, check out this link for foods that help us feel full:

Don't forget your fibre - it helps you feel full as well.

Hope this helps a bit.

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