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bento time AGAIN!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

..I tried my own bento yesterday. It was great not to have run around and prepare each meal separately. I prepared all my meals while I fixed breakfast. Just stored everything in its own container. It really helped me with protion control and I was able to keep up with I ate better. I will make myself one tomorrow.

No this bento in pic was not made by me but I will put one here that I do later.

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RETRACMJ 4/21/2009 6:45PM

    I'm confused. Is bento the container, or a type of food, or what? I did go to the website and looked but didn't spend much time. The containers in the picture look similar to some I have from tupperware - had a long, long time - mine have a divider in the middle so I can put two things in them.

But if it helping you with portion control whatever it is, it is good.

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UNSURE 4/20/2009 9:15PM

    I all way do better when I set my meals up in advance. Take care.

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UGOGIRL51 4/18/2009 10:58AM

    Looks yummy emoticon And a emoticon I dead also.You never give up girl emoticon

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MOV4WARD 4/17/2009 2:17PM

    emoticonHi :)

catching up after a couple super busy weeks. Luv the tips in your last blog! Luv Bento's! I've never done that @ home other than batch cooking. Making enough for several days leftovers. I can see this helping :)


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CHRISTFIEND 4/15/2009 10:56PM

    Great job on portion control!! Just so that I'm clear, bento is the containers right? If not please clarify.

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TNDARLINGTON1 4/15/2009 12:26PM

    Wow is that very the best thing. Could you post a link to our Rita's Retreat team. I have heard so many people talk about it and wha a fantastic idea.
I found the link on your other blog.

We have a Japaness Dollar store down the road from where I work so I am going to check it out to see if I can purchase some of those wonderful contrainers. Excellent in portion control and packing fruit and veggies. I can even pack them a head of time. YEAH

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JIBBIE49 4/15/2009 12:17PM

    I think I already mentioned that in Japan, there are no cafeterias in the schools and ALL students must bring their lunch (as most workers do to their company jobs), so that is why BENTO is such a "scientific" packing product, so it makes it as easy as possible for mothers to fix these meals, which most often are cooked with the evening meal and then she uses that for the lunches, too.
So, it is good to fix them ahead of time.

SMART GIRL! emoticon

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SISTERCHICK1965 4/15/2009 9:36AM

    i soooooo need to get some of those. They are super cute!!! LOL. Do they come in PINK????

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MRSHONEYC 4/15/2009 9:20AM

    Those sure make meals look "cute"! I still like my little corningware individual casserole dishes, but most of my meals are casserole type!
Keep it up - you're doing GREAT!

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DSHRBURR4 4/15/2009 9:02AM

    Great job on portion control.

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BIGGIRL2082010 4/15/2009 8:05AM

    Whee, Pat. I *love* bentos. I tend to do my own "fusion" variety - a mix of Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle-Eastern, and occasionally "Western". :D It's fun.

And THANK YOU for the link to JustBento that you put up a while ago - I've been devouring Maki's blog ... great ideas there!

Yeah, Bento is fabulous for portion control. And now I have my niece and nephew eagerly making mini "sushi" rolls after school - they like the "finger-food" aspect of it!

Have a superb day!


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VAREEP 4/15/2009 7:54AM

    I had never heard of bentos until you brought the subject up before. I went to one of the links you gave and did a little more research. Based on what I found I did make up my lunch one day(I can't say it was bento, but if not it was close enough). I have to say.. I loved it! I think I'll make one for today's lunch and one for my snacks. Thank you for reminding me about doing these. You are right. It makes tracking the days food so much easier! And it also cuts down on the temptation to eat something different while you are getting ready to prepare something to eat.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Don't Blow Your Diet!

Give in to cravings without giving up on your diet
woman with food craving eating doughnut.

We all know what can end a diet or healthy streak...cravings, and then giving in. However, healthy living does not mean deprivation. Enjoy your food and manage your weight by indulging your cravings carefully.

Here's how:

* Review your Daily Journal

What are you willing to give up based on your review? For example, do you use regular salad dressing? If so, try the light version to save calories and fat. Do you drink regular sodas? Try the diet version, switch to iced tea, or better yet, switch to vitamin water or other flavored vitamin drinks.

* Review your Weaknesses

Is it chocolate? What is the minimum that you need in order to not feel deprived? Give yourself the option of either surviving on 1 small piece of dark chocolate per day or splurging on a piece of chocolate cake once a week. Do you crave salty snacks such as chips or pretzels? If 1 serving is enough to not make you feel deprived, sort out that big bag of calories into single serving bags for a daily treat. You can also look for the lighter versions, such as baked chips instead of the higher fat varieties.

* Distract, and then Satisfy the Craving

Try not to eat around the craving. Many of us will eat the apple, banana, and whole grain cereal to push away the craving, and then end up eating the chocolate anyway! Then we've had more calories and fat than we would have had by just satisfying the craving in the first place. When you feel a craving coming on, do something distracting like taking the dog for a walk, talking to your neighbors or calling up a friend or relative. Drink a glass of water or a cup of hot tea. If the craving is still there, be reasonable and have a serving.

* Eat Often

Manage cravings before they start by eating nutritious foods every few hours so that your blood sugar level does not take a dip. Important tip: Plan a small meal around the same time that you typically have cravings.

* Take a Day Off

Here is another option. Take an entire day off each week from your plan. If you know you get this day to indulge in normal-sized portions of your favorite foods, you will be more likely to control yourself throughout the rest of the week.

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ELLIET3 5/3/2009 8:13AM

    Thank you for sharing those great tips.

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TNDARLINGTON1 3/27/2009 4:37PM

    Thank you. I fight most of my carvings as they usually pass with in 30 min or shorter. So I keep busy when I craving bug hits.

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JIBBIE49 3/27/2009 1:25PM

    Thanks so much. emoticon

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JUDI_CUTIE 3/27/2009 1:25PM

    Hi Do2Heal, I stopped by your page because I was thinking of you. It has been a while since you posted on the Beck page. I am glad to see a Blog from you!!! I hope things are going OK. We miss you! We need your megaphone!

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UGOGIRL51 3/27/2009 11:21AM

    RIGHT ON GIRL emoticon NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! emoticon emoticon

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MRSHONEYC 3/26/2009 9:30PM

    I'm with SisterChick - most of the time if I've got the junk on hand, I find that I don't go "jonesing" after it. There are some GREAT points on your blog!

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DSHRBURR4 3/26/2009 5:15PM

    WOOOHOOO - I like the "DAY OFF" deal!!!

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SISTERCHICK1965 3/26/2009 4:30PM

    Thanks for sharing. I buy stuff thinking I might want it, and end up not eating it. But, I think it's just the having it and knowing I have it takes the edge off the craving for me. Psychological I guess. LOL.

I've been carrying around a little vera bradley zipper coin case with M&M's in it in my purse for 3 weeks. It's still almost all the way full. Knowing it's in there and i can eat them, I don't seem to crave them as much. LOL

THanks for sharing

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VAREEP 3/26/2009 2:24PM

    Thank you for sharing these tips.
I do accept my cravings and will indulge before the craving gets out of control.

Shhh, don't tell Rita, but I always have M&M's in my house. I have an M&M dispenser. It used to be used only on the weekends so DS could have a few at a time instead of eating a whole bag at once. It holds a "Tear & share" size package. Since I have been allowing myself to indulge when I start craving them, I have a small amount from the dispenser (usually 8-10). I haven't filled it in 3 weeks and it still has some left in it. A big difference from when we'd open a pack and it would be gone in 10 minutes (or less).

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LOVEANGELS37 3/26/2009 12:15PM

    Great info!!! and all so true. I had been giving myself one day to eat whatever but I always overdue it on sweets!!! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

This is a update on the African American Community Center. I talked with my mom this morning and she said the lady that I thought was burned in the center--was really not burned. She is not in a burn unit either. She is hospitalized. She said that she is talking and recognizes friends who come and visit her. Now I can see the Gods hand of mercy thur this. He is a God of second chances. He gave a second chance to me 12 years ago after I suffered from a near death experience from an asthma attack. Not only is he the God of second changes but he forgives daily. I thank him on the ladies behalf.

The hebrew boys had a fiery furnace for real but God himself joined them in the fire literally and they did not burn nor did their clothes smell like smoke. They were rejoicing within the fire. He is truly The God of second chances. All things are possible to them who believe. To those who are praying -- please keep praying.

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MOV4WARD 3/24/2009 9:18PM

    emoticon emoticonthank you for the update ~ such wonderful news! we will continue to lift them in prayer :)

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UGOGIRL51 3/24/2009 12:23PM

    DO emoticon

I emoticon THE PICTURE AND I emoticon YOUR BLOG. TAKE CARE GIRL emoticon

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SISTERCHICK1965 3/23/2009 8:32AM

    That's awesome news. God watches over his children!

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NVR2HEALTHY 3/22/2009 11:02PM

    fabulous news!

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AHUNYU 3/22/2009 11:01PM

  He is faithful! It is good to know the lady was not burned and better yet she recognizes people!!!

He will nerver forsake us!

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MRSHONEYC 3/22/2009 9:51PM

    What WONDERFUL news! The hands of God are definitely with her ... AND YOU!

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JIBBIE49 3/22/2009 8:22PM

    How wonderful to know she is alright.

I seen on the news where some 18 year old girl, got in the bathroom with GASOLINE to put it on her head to kill LICE, and the fume were ignited by the Hot Water Heater. Her boyfriend was with her and got his hands burned getting the fire out, but she was burned over half her body. Her mother said "Well, Lice treatment is expensive to buy, and she was just trying to get rid of them the best way she could."

I'm FRUGAL, but honestly, I am NOT stupid. Some things you just PAY for and do it right.

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Sometimes Memories are not good...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Last night I heard fire Truck alarms woke me out of my sleep. I wondered to myself what is going on now. I drifted aback to sleep only to hear the alarms again. It sounded very close but I soon drifted back to sleep.

This morning while driving my kids to school--I noticed something that caught my eyes. A police tape around some place of business. Out of curiosity I went to see what was going on. To my shock our local African American Cultural Center had caught on fire. Will the first thing I thought was "oh my mother had donated something their to be on display". There was a lady that lived in an apartment that was hooked on to the center. The police got her out of the apartment but she has burns and had to be taken to a near by burn center. I really feel for her and will keep her in my prayers.

Three years ago my mother had a house fire. I was in shock then. I thought I was dreaming when I opened my eyes again it was not a dream. All the things she collected burned so I though. It turned out that only here living room caught on fire. The police said that the knotty pine in her living along with the insulation protected her house further. But I know who protected her house from being total destroyed. It was the Lord. She lost her valuables in the fire, Smoke damage destroyed everything throughout her house including her clothes, shoes. It was very sad. But the rest of the house was spared.

She had let my sister pay the taxes on her house because she become disabled and could not pay them. Well lets just say my sister did not business wise and leave it at that. My mother got no support from the Red Cross etc. only the gracious people within the neighborhood helped her.

Her house is still standing unfinished...

This fire reminded me of the fire and brought back some sad memories.

After coming back from school I was on my way to tell my mother about the news and I passed by her talking to a policeman. I blew my car horn but she did not know who I was. Later she called me and told me what happened at the center. She said that she did not care about items that were lost in the fire. She was more worried about the lady that was in the apartment more. Now you talking about grace under fire that was it. I just thought I would post this to get this off my heart.

Because of the fire I am very careful in the house with appliance etc. I found an iron that was still on after my 17 1/2 y/o ironed his clothes. I spoke to him about it and the next time I saw that iron he put it on the floor and it was turned off. I will post more in my personal journal. I do not want to have another day like today.

This pic is not my mothers house. It is just a pic I came across on the net.

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JIBBIE49 3/22/2009 3:40PM

    How sad.
When I was six our big two-story farm house burned down while we were gone, and I will never forget that. You lose so much. We build a brand new ranch style farm house the next year, with a full basement, but still I always missed the big Victorian farmhouse we had.

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MOV4WARD 3/20/2009 4:10PM

    emoticonfires strike so suddenly and destroy so much. i'm glad your mumsie survived and will keep the lady @ the center in our t&p's ~ let us know if you hear more.

& u, my friend, will keep you in my thoughts and hope that your distress will subside soon.


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UGOGIRL51 3/20/2009 1:18PM

    That was a horrible and sad event Do. emoticon And sorry it brought back sad memories for you.

Sometimes we are allowed to see and remember things for the past to help us be thankful for the the things of the present. I will say a prayer also.... emoticon

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TNDARLINGTON1 3/20/2009 12:06PM

    I am glad to hear everyone is safe. Material things can be replaced but a life can't. Things happen for a reason even though sometimes when we are going through a rough patch and can't see the reason behind it, we will be shown it at a later time in our life when we need it most. emoticon

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SISTERCHICK1965 3/20/2009 11:40AM

    sorry about your bad memories. I'm glad the woman got out ok, hopefully she's not too badly hurt.

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GRAMMAP1 3/19/2009 11:23PM

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. I pray it will release you from memories that could hinder your peace.
Praying for the injured lady and for her needs to be supplied. "My God shall provide all your needs." Unfortunately, many of us consider things needed that really aren't necessary. Rest well, my Friend. God is in charge!

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DSHRBURR4 3/19/2009 10:24PM

    I am so sorry for the bad memories that this brought back to you. I pray the lady who was burned will be healed.

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MRSHONEYC 3/19/2009 9:46PM

    You're right - not every memory is good, and I don't think they should be. That way we will all ways recognize when we are fortunate.
I'm sorry you had bad memories of your mother's home, but I'm glad that she, the most valuable article in that home, was safe.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What is a bento? I am sure some have heard of them. I think it will be a good and cute way of eating right. Eating this way help with portion control. ( A biggie for me). I am looking forward to summer when veggies and fruit will be plentiful and fresher.

I am sure that these containers are very expensive but I will visit our local mighty dollar and dollar tree stores.

My hd promised that this year we would plant a garden. This year I will hold him to it.

In the mean time....happy and healthy eating to me.

For anyone interested in how this works you can visit http//justbento.com and you will find all the info you need to get started. eating the bento way.

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RETRACMJ 4/21/2009 6:46PM

    OK - I was just on your other blog and asked what Bento was!!

Duh???? I see they are containers and they look like containers that fit in containers, etc. Cool idea.

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UGOGIRL51 3/14/2009 11:47AM

    Now that's a emoticon one Do... emoticon I'm going to check it out asap.... emoticon

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LUCKY-13 3/12/2009 9:15PM

    Amazon.com has a bunch of different bento boxes for sale -- different sizes, colors, and of course different prices. You'll have to check them out and see if there's anything you like.

Also, last year I bought something kind of similar: Fit and Fresh containers that were reviewed on Spark. Cute, not too pricey, and some even come with little, flat ice packs to keep your cold food cold.

It would be great if you could find them at a discount store! I'm sure you'd save some money.

And thanks for the megaphone! Those cookies left for the next county! LOL


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SISTERCHICK1965 3/12/2009 3:14PM

    When I was in school many many years ago, one of my japanese friends used those cute little containers to bring her lunch in. I agree with Rita that we tend to use things because they are cute. LOL

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JIBBIE49 3/12/2009 1:19PM

    The Japanese do not have cafterias in their schools like we do here, so BENTO is for them to pack lunches for their children. Also, for work, since I don't think companies there have food service either. I looked last night at Walmart for them, but they didn't have them, but some good rubbermaid containers, that I know I need to get and start making food up FOR THE DAY and just eating what I have ready. That is what I have to do since I eat what is NOT on my food list. emoticon

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    Looks interesting! I am all for anything that forces me to pare down on portions. Great blog!

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AZHIKERCHICK 3/11/2009 5:54PM

    I was into bento for a long time, but it just was such a time sucker! The other problem I was having is that most of my boxes couldn't be put the microwave and I eat lots of leftovers for lunch.

I still have all the little boxes and pack my cold lunch in them from time to time. They are great, though, for keeping portions small!

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DSHRBURR4 3/11/2009 3:46PM

    Thanks for the info - I will have to check this out

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MRSHONEYC 3/11/2009 3:27PM

    Yes, on another private team I was on, one of the girls bought the bento boxes. She was very pleased. First of all they LOOK CUTE and you will USE them because they ARE cute! and second the portion control. BIG help.
I like to use those little corningware oval bowls to eat out of because they are "cute"! I think that does make a difference, using things that are "cute".

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CHRISTFIEND 3/11/2009 3:19PM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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MOV4WARD 3/11/2009 2:55PM

    i love bentos! traditionally, i've seen them as terriyaki chicken over a bed of veggies & rice! they make a gr8 alternative to fast food if you have a local bento restaurant :)

(snags website link ;)

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DJP_21 3/11/2009 2:25PM

    emoticon Cool blog post. I'm going to look further into this. Obviously it's a great way to attain portion control, but I also think it would make eating healthy more enjoyable.

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