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Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Bread

Friday, July 08, 2011

Compliments of Diabetic Living

Servings 16 (1 slice each)
Carb per serving 19 g or 16g
Prep Time 30 minutes, Bake Time 30 minutes, Cool Time 10 minutes

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs lightly beaten
1/4 cup sugar (substitutes may be used)
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mashed cooked peeled sweet potatoes
1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans

1. Preheat oven to 375. lightly coat three 53/4x31/2x2-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, egg, sugar, milk, oil, and vanilla. Stir in sweet potatoes.
Add sour cream mixture to flour mixture and stir until moistened. Fold in dates and pecans. Spoon batter into pans spreading evenly.
3. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted centers comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely.

Storage: Wrap and store in refrigerator up to three days or freeze up to 3 months

Per Serving: 132 cal, 5g total fat (1g sat) 2 mg chol, 132 mg sodium, 19 g carb, 2 g fiber,
3g protein

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat Carb choice 1.

This makes a good gift for a diabetic friend, or festive alternative for those who are (and are not challenged by diabetes.

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HEATHERDIAN 7/8/2011 11:29AM

    Thanks for the recipe!

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IOEINC 7/8/2011 10:52AM

    Sounds yummy!! I will try it in my bread maker. Thanks for the recipe

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Throwing out the Rubbish

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Training yourself to live in the present -
without regretting the past or fearing the future -
is a recipe for a happy life.
- jlh

There are days when it "feels" like I am unable to do anything right. Today has been one of those days. I feel discounted and invisible. Additionally, I feel let down. It has always been my belief that if you commit to something it will be completed. So often lately, the individuals that I have believed in most have not followed through. This has resulted in hurt, and natrually, some anger. The bitter thought that it is best not to have any expectations, therefore you will not be disappointed lingers.
As I reflect, I realize that today is merely a culmination. There have been a series of events which have taken me to this point. I also know that being here is the result of choices I have made.
As I read many of the comments other Sparkers have made I see some of my own issues reflected.
When I began to write this I wasn't certain where it would lead. I am still not.
It is one of those venting blogs written as a means of developing perspective.
I should have begun with a warning. The nice thing about blogs, is you may choose to read or not. Welcome to the pity party.
Things are becoming much more clear at this time. However, what to do about them will remain problematic for some time.
For brevity's sake I will cut to the heart of the matter. 1. I am a people-pleaser by nature. Too often I let what I need for myself to be pushed aside. This eventually results in being overwhelmed, and just plain angry at the world.
2. I expect things to work as they are supposed to (Do they ever?)
3. I am still working on dis-engaging from my mother's approval and values,which, by the way, are not always mine. Gee, it's taken 40+ years to figure this one out! emoticon
4. When I attempt to interact with others I don't feel heard. Am I so far out there? This happens a great deal. It goes along with the Hi, how are you? This is easily resolved by fine. No matter how painful or joyful you really are. Does it even matter? As it is easy to see, I am verbal. However, my significant other is not. He is also hard of hearing and sometimes I become extremely hurt and angry.
The thing I have noted, is that individuals generally are so caught up in their world they don't have a clue as to the manner they affect those around them.
Gradually, I am learning to speak up.
5.Finally, I really don't like myself. Everything I read on Spark and in other places says it all begins here.
Having said all of this I will return to the words initially quoted. I have spent too much time regretting the past, and as an indivdual who is constantly worried, afraid or anxious I do miss the present. This is all we have.
It is true that "life is what you make of it." I have a great deal of work to do.
I know that where I am is not where I want to be. So I am choosing another path-blazing a new trail which step by step will take me in the direction I choose.

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BLEGNER1 7/4/2011 9:44PM

    It sounds as though you are coming to some decisions now after making them, figure out how to make them work for you and go with it. As far as liking yourself, I think it more that you have to love yourself. If there are things that you don't like about yourself, strive to change those things, but keep on loving yourself for you are worth being loved. God gave his only begotten Son to suffer and make restitution for us, That is how much He loves you and me. With that in mind know that you are indeed lovable and you can love yourself for this reason
God bless

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JENNY888 7/4/2011 11:00AM

    You are taking a new trail it sounds like. Every trail has to start with a single step. I wish you the best in your new journey. You are valued here on Spark. Value yourself.

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The repair is often worse than the break

Monday, June 27, 2011

I have often heard "if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it". This always sounded like good advice to me. However, as I try and put the pieces together, I realize that sometimes it is necessary to repair something which in not working as it should.
I have, however, embraced my own philosophy. A major part of which consists of "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". I possess a strong belief in prevention. This is one of the major attractions Spark has for me. Creating a healthy lifestyle based on nutrition, emotional and spiritual balance.
However, there are times when our efforts to maintain balance are not enough,
and other interventions become necessary.
Unfortunately I have reached that point once again. I have said it often, I have been there before, and will be again, but something positive is always the result at some point in time.
I am an individual who does not tolerate medications. Unfortunately, I have some issues which require interventions which at times mean trying something.
Usually, I will know by the first dose or as it begins to reach therapeutic level.
I fortunately have a doctor who will step me up in baby doses. Occassionally, I will take something and it will either have the opposite affect, which is not un-common, or it will turn on me after a period of use- occassionally several years.
I have had difficulty lately with something I have taken over 30 years. However, I am on a much higher dosage. It is beginning to produce the effects it is intended to resolve. However, it is something I need to continue, but wonder if a different form might be the answer.
It frightens me. My thinking tonight is definitely not positive. That, too is a bit scary. I am staying again with my significant other, simply because I don't want to be alone.
This too, is something I struggle with. Tomorrow my doctor is definitely going to receive a call. I thought I could wait until my apppointment on the 8th, but it seems to be getting worse. Perhaps I am just tired, and am not as capable of dealing with it.
There you have it, for me the fix feels worse (or at least as bad as the break)

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JUDITHROXANA 6/29/2011 9:49AM

    I hope that they can figure this out so that you can get better. Maybe you can get a second opinion and see what another doctor's input is? Sending good wishes your way. Just try to remain positive. emoticon emoticon

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SAFEINMYFRAME 6/28/2011 12:04AM

    I know the feeling, all too well: I've been through a good dozen medications, with no real luck. The best they've managed to do for me is one drug that stops my lows, but it leaves me too high at times, to where I need another drug to sleep. It's not perfect either, since I can't take a high dose since I should never be on it due to my old eating disorder. It's a horrid imperfect science. Definitely call the doctor - don't wait. You know yourself best. If you need to chat, drop me a PM.

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BLEGNER1 6/27/2011 11:19PM

    Just Abbemine wrote, it does help to write things down and when you do let them go. Do what you have to do and know that you are doing what is right for you. No one else knows you as well as you know yourself.
God bless you, my dear friend

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ABBEMINE 6/27/2011 10:31PM

    Hi, I'm Linda and know exactly where you are coming from. In 2006 I was in a 4 car rear end collison and my Dr. put my on a pain/antidepressant. Over the course of years, I got extremely worse. Finally I found out I'm suffering from PTSD and my Dr. put me on a medicine to help with anger outbursts. Medicine isn't my thing either, but at least I can live with myself and forget and past and start living for the future. Don't give up. My therapist told me to write my feelings down when I feel out of sorts. YOu might try it. If that doesn't work, write me and we'll talk. emoticon

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It Can Never Be Stated Enough

Friday, April 08, 2011

I have met so many wonderful individuals once I finally began to actively explore this site. I am truly blessed by crossing paths with etch and every one of these special people. They have supported me when things have gotten a little rough, and have encouraged my efforts to change, they celebrate the increments of growth and provide wisdom and insight which plant the seeds for further development.

The one regret I have is that when I initially joined Spark, I was at a place when I found a tool I used it. To be honest, what I believed I needed (and I did) was a nutrition tracker, and food plans which I could use for the new diet I was given. At that time, my ignorance made it impossible for me to make the plan work, but I continued to use the tracking tools. What I didn't realize then was that I also needed support. I was of the mindset that this was something I had to do alone.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I don't know what made me do it, but I began tentatively exploring this site. As I extended my efforts, I found so many, like me
reaching out to etch other. At some point I took the risk of making my first post. Immediately, I was taken in and made to feel a part of this wonderful community.
I am now hooked on Sparking. It will soon be necessary for me to re-evaluate and perhaps set boundaries.

I would encourage anyone who hesitates to post, not to fear. A saying often repeated where I once worked is that fear is merely False Evidence Appearing Real. I am so grateful I took that leap of faith and may consider myself a part of this community.

I am grateful for the foresight of the founders, the team leaders, and Especially for all of those those I am honored to call friend. emoticon


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DOLLYHOLLY 5/31/2011 11:17PM

    Aww, you're wonderful too, sweet friend! emoticon

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JUDITHROXANA 5/6/2011 11:19PM

    I couldn't agree more with the everything you said. I feel the same. I never received this much support and never realized how important it is. This website works because there are wonderful people such as yourself. You are greatly appreciated too! emoticon emoticon

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CAROJONES 4/15/2011 11:24PM

    Don't forget, YOU ARE: emoticon

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SHELLEY147 4/12/2011 12:29PM

    I find myself getting so into reading and posting that the time just flies by :) I, like you, have made many wonderful, supportive friends on here....including YOU!! I'm so glad you decided to use more of Spark than just the trackers...then we are all blessed with knowing you!! ~hugs~

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MONGO2TEN 4/9/2011 11:55AM

    I also can get hooked on Sparking! I took a break for awhile, it helped, but then old habits of not tracking brought me back. I try to "schedule" time in my day for the computer. It helps, when I stick to it:)

So glad you are here - your encouragement is invaluable to me.


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BLEGNER1 4/9/2011 2:22AM

    If I am not careful, I will spend a lot more hours than I should on apark pages. I could sit all day and read blogs and write encouraging words. I cannot do that so will fit in what I can when I can and still try to keep everything else going.
Thanks for the reminder of how grateful we should all be for this site. It is truly a life saver.

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GOANNA2 4/8/2011 10:32PM

    I have made so many wonderful friends too and I can't
imagine not Sparking as I am so grateful for all that Spark
has done for me. I am so happy to have so much support on
this life cahnging journey. You said everything so well. emoticon

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YELLOWDAHLIA 4/8/2011 3:48PM

    I've been here for over 4 years, never have used the tracker- just not my thing as I preplan my meals.

It's all about the support for me!! Without it I doubt I would be where I am today. Sparkpeople will no doubt be a part of my life forever.


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KERRILA 4/8/2011 3:40PM

    You've stated it well! I've just recently started using the DwD forums and interacting with folks, and it's been great! So great that I think I need to look at boundaries, too! But it is so wonderful to find a group of people who really get it and who care. Your post is great - I hope many others read it and are encouraged!

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A Full Plate

Monday, April 04, 2011

There are so many things I wish to accomplish. It seems insted of progressing I am re-gressing. Tomorrow, I have a full day ahead working the local election. I wish all of my fellow Sparkers a wonderful day.
It is necessary to learn better management of my time. Realistically, it isn't that, but learning how to roll with the punches. I have this internal need to get it "all" completed now.
I need to learn how to put the brakes on and realize and actually appreciate what has been done instead of looking at all I had felt "should have" been done.
Having said this, I suppose I will close down for the night.
I have met so many wonderful individuals on this site, and they are a constant source of support and encouragement. I would say to each and every one of them how grateful I am to have crossed paths.
Although I am behind I wish them to know I appreciate them so much and keep hoping for a day to spend with them.
In short, I have a great deal of work to do. There are many areas in my life which are not as functional as they should be. It is my responsibility to make the necessary changes. I am determined to become the best me I can be. emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/5/2011 2:06PM

    :-) Great points here...

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MONGO2TEN 4/5/2011 4:57AM

    I can so identify. I'm an "all or nothing" person, so it's hard for me to do just a little and know when to stop. I make long lists and sometimes am so task oriented, I don't stop to enjoy what is going on right now:(

Have a great day at your election. I've thought of doing that before, but never have looked into it.


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GOANNA2 4/5/2011 3:24AM

    Just do waht you can and don't stress.
I hope the election goes well. I appreciate
that you have a lot of things on and just
know that we are all her on this wonderful
site encouraging one another. emoticon

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