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Can Lard Be Good For You?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Apparently, it is. Filled with many of the mono & polyunsaturated fats that are good for you it will actually improve your cholesterol profile. Even more beneficial for you than butter! That was just one of many nuggets gleaned from Gary Taubes' latest book "Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It."




Makes me remember going to greasy spoon diners with my dad as a kid where everything was cooked in lard or butter. Ah, the good ol' days. To think they may have had it right all along, at least with the fats. Not so much with the rolls, bagels and other assorted refined carbs, as tasty as they were and still are. Not ALL carbohydrates are bad for you but Taubes reveals the science behind the bodies' insulin response to deal with simple/refined carbs that quickly breakdown and raise blood sugar. Basically, if you're trying to slim down it's best to keep blood sugar low and steady by eating more fats, proteins, complex carbs, leafy green vegetables and fruit.

It was also eye opening to learn that scientists over the decades studied various Native American tribes, the Inuit and many other cultures of hunter-gatherers world wide that had no problems with obesity or western diseases and conditions (diabetes, cardiovascular & heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, high blood pressure, obesity, etc.) But when flour and sugar are introduced to these societies it's not long before western diseases come knocking. A great book (or audiobook) for anyone who wants to get a leg up and make this journey a little less bumpy and sweaty.

Hats off to the Fort Wayne Library for having all three versions of the book available (unabridged audiobook, ebook and hardcover) so soon after release. Enough of this book learning I've got some movies to catch up on. Keep on sparkin Sparkers!

  
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-POOKIE- 4/6/2011 6:48AM

    WAY better than the junk like hydrogenated fats!

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MUSHCAT 4/6/2011 6:41AM

    I have avoided lard like the plague. Who knew? More interesting reading ahead!

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CHOCMOM 2/28/2011 4:21PM

  Yep, we need some of that "lard". I remember the days of grandma - she couldn't cook anything without a giant scoop of (well used) lard! emoticon

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PRINCESSAMY2001 2/24/2011 9:48AM

    I'm learning so much lately that the fats are not making me fat. It's those yummy sweets and refined carbs. The less I eat them, the less I want them. Thanks for sharing this blog. Keep up the good work!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 2/24/2011 1:21AM

    Interesting, all the old remedies are coming back, i was reading about how good cod liver oil is for just about everything, isnt that what moms always used to give their kids?
Just dropped by to see how you were going, hope you are having a great week emoticon

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LEAKAY59 2/15/2011 8:10PM

    Thanks for the info, Kirk! Hmm - Nanny's lard-fried homemade doughnuts are calling my memories! LOL!

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BROWNIEISLANDER 2/15/2011 7:19PM

    Very true sentiments..even here on my island..we have lots of
female Centenarians...when interviewed they place their great longevity...on the use of..'in their day lots of ground food eg
Yams..okras..sweet potatoes..fruits'...Natural is best!!!1 emoticon emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/15/2011 9:40AM

    It is interesting how many variables there seems to be in finding the perfect diet. One thing is for sure it does not seem to include white flour carbs. I think I want to read this book too. Thanks for the review.

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LOVESLIFE48 2/15/2011 7:19AM

    Thanks so much for the info!! I will look into it!!! Have a great week!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GBSLIM 2/15/2011 6:59AM

    :) Thanx. I'll give it a read.
Hope your week is going Sparktacularly.

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What were they thinking?! 22 Business Name Failures :)

Monday, February 07, 2011

If you're in need of a good belly laugh check these out emoticon

www.smosh.com/PC/smosh-pit/photos/22
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Sometimes you just can't use your last name in your business' name.

  
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BROWNIEISLANDER 2/15/2011 7:06PM

    Funny but attention getters lol!!! emoticon

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-DYET- 2/7/2011 12:53PM

    Those were awesome!!

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45IN45 2/7/2011 8:35AM

    OMG unbelievable! emoticon emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 2/7/2011 7:44AM

    Thanks for the laugh!!! Love it!!! emoticon

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MRE1956 2/7/2011 7:09AM

    emoticon

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LIZZYP609 2/7/2011 7:08AM

    Funny! Thanks for sharing!

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HICALGAL 2/7/2011 5:42AM

    laughter is always good medicine...thanks!!

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EPIPHANYANGEL 2/7/2011 5:20AM

    some of those were quite funny

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We must hunger after them...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

While it looks like I won't reach my original goal of 175 lbs by Christmas (because this ISN'T The Biggest Loser) I have a lot to be proud of and thankful for in 2010, and it's not even over yet. Reaching a number, and whatever is attached to that number, isn't worth losing one's soul or destroying our temples. Whenever I see a Sparker that has lost 90 or more lbs in a year (ELYMWX is a great example) I am truly happy for them. I also know that every Sparker has their own path to walk and that this journey is unique to all who have the courage to step on the path to a healthier self. I am on the path and will stay on the path because it's not a question of if I'll reach my goal but when. We CAN do this! emoticon Sparkers: now, in 2011 and beyond.

"It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them." - George Eliot


PS Started in January of 2008 at 260...now 197ish.
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ERNOINACTION 12/23/2010 10:54AM

    You're so amazing and I love your blogs, they're so motivating. A happy and healhty holiday and new year to you and yours!! All the best, E

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ELYMWX 12/19/2010 11:08PM

    Thanks for the shout-out, Kirk, and good luck for 2011!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/19/2010 9:27PM

    I keep reminding myself that even slow journeys are worth taking. I am still moving forward even if it is at a turtles pace. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met you on this journey. Peach in the new year my friend as we continue this journey. emoticon emoticon

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 12/19/2010 2:14PM

    Kirk,

Congratulations on all of your weight loss and fitness success!!! You have stayed the course and stuck with it and that is something to be so very proud of yourself for!!! I'll be waiting to shout final victory for you when you reach your ultimate goal, but you are already victorious in all you have already accomplished!!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Margaret

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SPARKIE1964 12/19/2010 10:19AM

    You have much to be proud of my friend...Stay the course and enjoy the journey which is what it's all about!
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CHATERJOY 12/19/2010 9:43AM

    You're doing it! Congrats! emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 12/19/2010 9:22AM

    Wow!!! You have achieved a lot!!! emoticonYou are so right, we can and will do this!!! emoticonMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and you family emoticon

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HICALGAL 12/19/2010 8:46AM

    absolutely inspiring!!! yes WE CAN and will do this. just a matter of time...congrats on perservering! have a cool yule and the best of what's to come in the new year!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A-STRONGER-ME 12/19/2010 4:40AM

    Amen! And you SHOULD be proud - emoticon and have done it!!

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Fort4Fitness 2011 to Host 10K!

Monday, November 22, 2010

That and there will now be 10,000 slots And registration opens in December, earlier than the previous 3 years by a few months. More info and official press release link at Fort4fitness.org.

Can't wait! emoticon

  
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LOVESLIFE48 11/22/2010 6:53PM

    Good luck to you!! I know you will do well!! emoticon

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LIZZYP609 11/22/2010 6:46PM

    So am I to assume you are doing the Galloping Gobbler?? Hubs is doing it! I haven't decided if me and the kids will be there at the finish line or not (depends on the weather).
Are you going to do the 10K? I am pretty excited but I can't imagine 10,000 + people being on the roads!

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3rd Annual Fort4Fitness 4 Miler...DONE! (pics)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Meant to post this earlier but just like the race: glad I'm getting it done.



This was my 1st official race and was glad that I was able to accomplish the goal I set out for myself way back in June when I began my Couch to 5K (C25K) training by running all 4 miles Non-Stop! The real reason I'm proud of that more than the time is because during all my training I never actually ever ran 4 miles. I think the longest I ran was 33 or 35 minutes at 2.8 miles. So standing here,

I was just a little nervous. But some part of me knew that if I kept putting one foot in front of the other I would eventually see that finish line. Warmed up and stretched while the "Rocky" theme played over the loudspeakers. Then came some inspiring words from the MC, Mayor Tom Henry and the National Anthem sung by Voices of Unity Choir (just back from the Olympics). Next was the horn, I think, and we were off!

I knew the adrenaline was pumping because I was running not jogging. Had to force myself to slow down and fall into pace. The local PD and the National Guard were both on hand for traffic control and monitoring the race course. With lots of local people lining the course cheering us on, some in costume, it was easy to forget about the heavy breathing and pains and just run. It was a great day for running but even greater when I found myself here on the last stretch rounding the outfield of Parkview Field!

After a sprint down Ewing St into the stadium it was a slow jog in the reddish dirt but like they say all good things...(I'm in the green on the left)

Kroger and a bunch of great volunteers handing out finisher's medals, collecting time chips and doling out the much needed post race carbs. There was plenty of room to cheer on other walkers and runners as they too neared the end.

After being a part of it I can see why it has grown and sold out every single year.
emoticon to everyone who started and finished. A big emoticon to the City of Fort Wayne and all the agencies and volunteers that gave time and resources to making this event truly memorable! Still a little sore but definitely looking forward to doing it again in 2011! emoticon

Here's another shot of the Finish Line. The number there is "Gun Time." The official chip time is recorded earlier.

  
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MAGNIFICENTMAGG 11/4/2010 7:15AM

    woohoo for you!

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PEGGIET 11/1/2010 2:26PM

    Congratulations Kirk! Keep it going! You know you can!!!

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EPIPHANYANGEL 10/29/2010 2:58PM

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CHATERJOY 9/30/2010 7:13PM

    Congrats Kirk!!! emoticon emoticon

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JODIANN421 9/30/2010 7:01PM

    Very cool! Way to go!!!! I'm so bummed I missed it this year. But next year we should arrange a fort wayne spark reunion or something!

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FIGHT_FAN 9/30/2010 1:41PM

    Cool blog. That had to feel great to accomplish it.

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SPARKIE1964 9/30/2010 11:59AM

    Woo hoo to you for making it happen!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 9/30/2010 10:31AM

    I am sure it feels great to have accomplished a goal. It sounds like a great time. One foot in front of the other. That is how we will get to all the goals. Great job my friend.

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ERNOINACTION 9/30/2010 10:27AM

    Awesome!! I really love the prep work and that you don't have to run all of it before the race, but then you push yourself when you get there. Doing a race is also good, all those people are a distraction and they're pushing you along! I dig them. Great work! Best, E

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ELYMWX 9/30/2010 9:40AM

    Great job Kirk, and goof luck on your next!

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PRINCESSAMY2001 9/30/2010 9:09AM

    Wow!! Looks like such a great experience!! Not only a great workout, but a fun time! I'd love to run a 5K sometime. I think it would be a blast for my hubby and I! Great job!

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LEAKAY59 9/30/2010 8:13AM

    Amazing, Kirk! I'm soo proud to be counted among your friends!

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GRAMLORI 9/30/2010 8:03AM

    That is just too cool! I am hoping to be able to be running by this time next year, first I have to lose about 25 more lbs so I can have a knee replacement done. Then, look out!!

Congratulations on your achievement!! You done good, girl!!!

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ABBEYCHARLIE 9/30/2010 7:47AM

    Awesome!!! You are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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LIZZYP609 9/30/2010 7:31AM

    WOW Great Pics Kirk! Congrats on your Finish!!

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LOVESLIFE48 9/30/2010 7:30AM

    Wow!! A big congratulations to you!!! That is an awesome accomplishment!! You are an inspiration!! I often think about jogging/running but really never gave it my full attention. Maybe I'll start??!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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