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Makes a person go, "Hmmm...."

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

...to an explanation of an SP Trivia question. I'm pretty sure I knew this but the second part of the explanation got my attention--that since the liver is concentrating on metabolizing the alcohol, the carbs & fats eaten just go straight to...my hips!

Alcohol is metabolized differently than other foods and beverages. Under normal conditions, your body gets its energy from the calories in carbohydrates, fats and proteins that need to be slowly digested in the stomach—but not when alcohol is present. When alcohol is consumed, it gets special privileges and needs no digestion. The alcohol molecules diffuse through the stomach wall as soon as they arrive and can reach the brain and liver in minutes. This reaction is slightly slowed when there is also food in your system, but as soon as the mixed contents enter the small intestine, the alcohol grabs first place and is absorbed quickly. The alcohol then arrives at the liver for processing. The liver places all of its attention on the alcohol. Therefore, the carbohydrates (glucose) and dietary fats are just changed into body fat, waiting to be carried away for permanent fat storage in the body.

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SPARKLE1908 10/26/2012 12:58PM

    I don't drink alcohol but still good info to know!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/25/2012 4:02PM

    Good to post. I often only read the first sentence of two and this is pretty amazing stuff.

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SONYALATRECE 10/23/2012 4:26PM

This is valuable information.


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WILSONWR 10/23/2012 10:57AM

    I saw this also and was surprised. I guess I'm going to have to work harder for my occasional beer!

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HEALTHYBARB1 10/23/2012 9:00AM

    Another reason to drink water!!!

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JANTWO 10/23/2012 12:13AM


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Couch work-out

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In this video Dr. Oz's trainer takes us through a good workout that's done right on the couch. You'll burn calories.


No excuses!

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1LIFE4ME 10/16/2012 12:09PM

    Mmhmm who wouldn't want to watch Donovan while getting a workout?? Haha
no seriously this is great!! Thanks for sharing!

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SPARKLE1908 10/14/2012 5:39PM

    Where there is a will, there is a way!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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PEPPERCHILD 10/11/2012 12:42PM

    Huh....what??? Couch work-out. I'm going to have to see this with my own eyes.

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IMIN2GENES 10/11/2012 7:58AM

    I'll have to check this one out... Thanks for sharing it! I've actually gotten questions about what to do if you're injured or have limited mobility, so this is good!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/11/2012 12:46AM

    I will have to try this on my low energy days

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After weight loss -- How to keep the weight off

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

~ Dr. Andrew Weil

What's the best way to lose excess weight and keep it off? A study from Boston's Children's Hospital suggests that a low-glycemic-index diet is the best. The researchers recruited 21 young adults who were overweight or obese and put them on diets so that they were able to lose between 10 to 15 percent of their body weight, about 30 pounds on average. Then they put their volunteers on one of three different diets that provided exactly the same number of calories but from different food sources. All of the volunteers spent four weeks on each of these three diets. These included:

~ A low-fat diet with 60 percent of calories from carbohydrate, 20 percent from fat and 20 percent from protein.
~ A low-glycemic -index diet designed to keep blood sugar stable with 40 percent of calories from carbohydrate, 40 percent from fat and 20 percent from protein.
~ A very low-carbohydrate diet with only 10 percent of calories from carbohydrate, 60 percent from fat and 30 percent from protein.

They found that the low-fat diet slowed metabolism the most and that the low carbohydrate diet had a negative impact on certain hormone levels, resulting in increased inflammation in the body (and consequent increase in disease risk). The winner here was the low-glycemic index diet with its emphasis on fiber-rich, natural carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats, including nuts, avocados and olive oil. That diet is very similar to Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory diet.

Dr. Weil's Anti-inflammatory pyramid:

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    Great info! Thanks for sharing it.

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ADRIENALINE 9/20/2012 4:43PM

    Good to know. The problem is it's so hard to know what is Low glycemic. Grpefruit has a higher GL index than cherries. It is completely unintuitive

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/19/2012 11:34PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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SONYALATRECE 9/19/2012 10:36PM

    Good to know...

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GLORYANDME 9/19/2012 10:43AM

    Thanks for sharing . . . I need to read articles like these every once in awhile. Helps me to keep remembering the right things to do to live a healthy lifestyle. Need to pick up more fruits and veggies! Enjoy the rest of your week! emoticon

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I hope this isn't considered cheating...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I don't know about you, but taking the SP quizzes is about my least favorite thing to do on the site, especially since I've done most of them countless times. Sometimes I can't remember if I just did a particular one last week or 2 months ago. And of course, some times, like today, I just start on one that's suggested instead of looking it up to see if it's checked in my list already.

Uh!!! No points, it was a repeat. Did I want to do another one? No way. So today I tried something that worked. I opened another window, went to Start and reset my quizzes. Then I went back to my quiz, refreshed, and it was good as new. Got my points. Well....I took the quiz--I didn't REALLY cheat.


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ANDYINBC 9/19/2012 1:09AM

    You wouldn't be he first person to do this, or the last!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/18/2012 11:48PM

    You are not cheating....you are reviewing

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SNIKWAD 9/18/2012 10:13PM

    Lol emoticon

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MOBYCARP 9/18/2012 9:06PM

    Repeating the quizzes will make you better at the trivia. Many of the quiz questions show up again as trivia questions.

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/18/2012 8:18PM

    It's ok to reset but it spark will only let you do it if it has been 6 months since you have done something before. I think it is good to reset and review and learn again!! That's not cheating!!! Smiles Barb

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SONYALATRECE 9/18/2012 7:43PM

    Learning is certainly not cheating.
Keep learning!

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MICHIGANLORI 9/18/2012 6:29PM

    emoticon Same problem...I've reset a couple of times.

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MERRYMARY42 9/18/2012 4:05PM

    I have to reset everything once in awhile, everything resets except the poll questions, sbut new ones do come up every once in awhile

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ADRIENALINE 9/18/2012 3:01PM

    The best reason to take the quizzes is to improve your knowledge of the topic. It is all about learning how to improve your health so however many times you do it, it can improve your knowledge on the topic.

Here however is something I KNOW is cheating. I found it by accident and never do it but, if you are playing SparkTrivia and you don't like a question, you can get a different (maybe easier ) question by refreshing your screen.

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PAMNANGEL 9/18/2012 1:04PM

    It's not cheating if resetting is allowed, but retaking the same quizzes over and over gets real old fast!

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    I agree. It's not cheating. SP allows you to reset if you took the quiz a few months ago.

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FLEURGARDEN 9/18/2012 12:43PM

    You're not cheating - you're reinforcing your Spark-knowledge by taking the quizzes again. :-)

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Fall 5% Challenge

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Fall Challenge where we try to lose 5% of our weight in 8 weeks will soon be underway. It is a very active team with lots of group support. It's meant to be for Sparkers who have decided to get serious about their goals, so we push ourselves to do more than our normal routine.

It's a private team, so you need an invitation. If you're interested just let me know, and I'll alert you when it's opened up to new members.

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WAY2GOCAT 9/24/2012 5:32PM

    I'm interested in an invitation. I'm finishing the 28 day bootcamp this week and would like another challenge. This sounds like me! Thanks


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SONYALATRECE 9/12/2012 9:52PM

    I'm interested.
Ready to push harder to release stress in a healthy way.

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