Monday, October 17, 2011
It's officially here! Today is the first day of the Sparktoberfest Challenge with the Ruby team and I am so totaly excited!!!! I'm on the Boo Buddy team and it is just a BOOtiful team and we currently have 13 team buddies ---- can you believe it??? of all numbers -- we have 13! I love it!
This challenge goes for two weeks and as I'm sitting here on the evening of day one and thinking about what I want to accomplish ---- a quote keeps coming to my mind:
***I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY "I DID IT", RATHER THAN "I DID IT AGAIN"
I really like this one b/c it's been so true with me --- I do really well and then I can get totally off. I so want to stay focused and on program --- because when I do --- I see results, I do well at the scales, I feel better, I look better -- I AM better! I love ending a day or coming out of a weekend being able to say that I did it -- I was successful -- I stayed on track, exercised, planned, etc. And I just hate to fall off my program and have to face the gruesome task of picking up the pieces and putting it all back together again --- not a fun time at all.
Another quote that comes to my mind is:
***THERE ARE ONLY TWO OPTIONS REGARDING COMMITMENT: YOU'RE EITHER in OR YOU'RE out. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS IN BETWEEN!
And that is so true --- if I am committed, then I'm "IN" ---- that's it ---- no other options ---- IN is IN and that's all there is to it! I can't be both in AND out --- that simply does not work --- this is an all or nothing kind of thing ---
So, my goal for this challenge is to stay IN ----- for these two weeks I want to be IN! And if I stay IN --- then at the end ---- I will be saying "I DID IT"!!!!!
I'm workin' on getting a WOOHOO for this challenge ---- no BOOHOO for me!
I smell a WOOHOO in the air!!!!!
Monday, October 10, 2011
I just rec'd this email about the benefits of eating bananas ---- some of the info was things that I've heard or read before ---- but some of it was news to me! Thought I'd share it in case you didn't know everything there is to know about this awesome fruit!! I don't know where this info originated or who deserves the credit for putting it all together --- but whoever did it, I'm glad they did!
Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.
But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe itís time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'
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PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !!!
Makes you want to run right out and stock up on bananas - right????? That's what I did!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I do so much better if I cook ahead --- big batch cooking --- having extras in the freezer --- life is just easier if I can get more meals out of my time in the kitchen! Makes perfect sense and now that the weather is cooling off a bit - I am planning on getting back to doing more of this. A new month is coming fast and fall is here ---- soups, casseroles, etc. ---- easily doubled, easily stored, easily frozen ---- that's my goal for October ---- get back into the swing of big batch cooking!!! I'm starting off with a big pot of soup . . . . . . . . . .
I found lots of big batch recipes in spark recipes -- also lots of cookbooklets that were listed as big batch cookbooks --- here's one that I saved and am planning on trying some of the recipes:
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