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Food products: Shrinking sizes increasing prices

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Today my hubby bubby wanted more ice cream that was on sale.

Blue bunny brand and I looked at the amount on the carton. 1.65 ???
What? I remember when it said 1.75 and years ago 2 but when did this latest shrinking come to his ice cream?

I know the dried fruits I buy went from 8 oz to 6 oz to 5 oz and not sure now since I have not bought any.

Do companies not realize that we don't notice the packages getting smaller as the prices increase? What a sad world we live in.

At least the celery has not shrunk, nor the onions.

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DIBANANA 9/7/2014 10:18PM

  It is outrageous. Soon we will be forced to eat less! LOL

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GRLTAZ 9/4/2014 8:12PM

    Sad but true. They think we do not notice. I would rather have the sizes stay the same and just increase the price if they must.

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SUNSHINE5268 9/2/2014 12:59AM

    sizes are getting smaller indeed.

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JOOLS7 8/31/2014 6:07PM

    It's crazy, check out the blocks of cheese now. They are 7oz instead of 8!

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LINDAK25 8/30/2014 10:03PM

    This makes me crazy, too! Especially since some of the recipes handed down to me call for a one pound box or an eight ounce jar of something. Now I have to buy too much to have enough for one recipe.

Oh, have you seen the price on fresh (previously frozen) fish, particularly shellfish? Crab is $18 or more a pound! As a kid, I can remember we had crab salad sandwiches every Saturday in the summer--that is until the price doubled. At this price, I can't see buying it at all.

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_MOBII_ 8/30/2014 8:39PM

    My dad taught me years ago about shopping by the price of the ounce or whatever measurement....One thing that I DO like about Walmart is that the price is compared right on the tags on the shelf....
Cheese, for example, one brand might sell by the pound and another brand might sell by the half pound, but on the tags, the price is broken down to so many cents per ounce.

Then again, I don't always shop by price. There are times that I will pay more because the quality is better or the company may donate to a certain cause....

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EABL81 8/30/2014 5:27PM

    The prices are even rising fast on produce and meet, thanks to the drought. Can't win!

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GARDENQE2 8/30/2014 5:03PM

    The shrinking package makes it hard to plan for a recipe.
I have a recipe that calls for a 10-cent milk chocolate bar. That used to be the large size. What is 10 cents now? A Hershey's Kiss?
Other sizes are growing: a bottle of Coke was 7 ounces, now it is 20.
Chips used to come in a 4-ounce bag. They are a pound now!

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    Yep prices go up as quantities go down...our economy stinks!

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MCJULIEO 8/30/2014 3:02PM

    Yep! The standard sizes just ain't what they used to be!!

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GETHEALTHY2LIVE 8/30/2014 2:47PM

    Everything is getting smaller but the price. emoticon We buy shredded cheese by the large package, and I thought it was a good price because it was 50 cents cheaper---until I noticed that instead of 32 ounces it was only 24 ounces!! What the heck!! emoticon You really have to watch these days because what a recipe calls for is not necessarily the amount that will be in the package/can.

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LJOYCE55 8/30/2014 1:08PM

  CEOs are not thinking of us at all. Maybe this is a way we can reduce our eating? Buy less, eat less. emoticon

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The Dog Days of Summer

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Okay this isn't about dogs.

We do have a sweet lab mix dog, rusty in color, from across the road, that visits for water, cat food and attention, and uses my north yard as her personal toilet.

It is about the sultry days of high heat and daily morning downpours of rain, that make end of summer days unbearable for the faint of heart, and makes my outdoor cats appear to be stuffed animals laying in the shade.

Needless to say,little of my fitness minutes are spent outside right now.

And whoever invented air conditioning still needs to be praised!

On July 17, 1902, Willis Haviland Carrier designed the first modern air-conditioning system, launching an industry that would fundamentally improve the way we live, work and play.

Ooh. Just in time for that summer of 1902.
Okay. It took years before it was affordable.
But ooh what a great invention.
Not to mention refrigerators and freezers.
Oh. I mentioned them.

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TATTER3 8/29/2014 1:05PM

    We still don't have the whole house ac'd. suffer..or sit in front of a fan...not for the feint hearted. Fam comes and stays at hotels. we are so spoiled and so are our pets LOL....keep Sparkin'!!

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JENNBECK831 8/27/2014 4:29PM

    It was too hot here in GA last week too. I was dripping with sweat after my morning workouts outside in the 100% humidity. Hopefully your weather has improved this week...I know mornings this week are much more comfortable here, though I'm still thankful for AC!

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_MOBII_ 8/27/2014 2:23PM

    It has been oddly mild here this summer...outside of a couple of super hot days. It makes me leery of winter!

Even if your fitness minutes aren't outside, at least you are still getting minutes in hunny!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 8/25/2014 11:35AM


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GARDENQE2 8/24/2014 11:51AM

    Hurray for Mr. Carrier!

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GRLTAZ 8/23/2014 6:01PM

    Too funny and informative at the same time ! Hope you do not melt unless it is the fat melting.

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LINDAK25 8/23/2014 4:54PM

    I couldn't live without my central air! We had window units in our house in New Jersey, but that would not work well in Charlotte!

About the dog--you can smile every time that dog eats the cat food, knowing that it's going to give him terrible gas. Just saying.

Miss you at the cybercafe.

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ZANYGIRL1 8/23/2014 1:53PM

    emoticon What I find so funny, when I was growing up, we DID NOT have air conditioning in the house. In the summer we just opened all the windows and prayed that it would be a windy day. I don't know how I survived!! I would never (these days) have a house WITHOUT air conditioning. Just sayin........ emoticon

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A bit faster

Thursday, August 21, 2014

After just finishing the summer slimdown challenge my result was that I have more arm muscle and core muscles, and my measurements are the same BUT I can jog in place faster and longer than ten weeks ago. Success!

The new fall challenge I will still focus on fitness but really focus on calories IN, lowering them just a bit as I am not sure I can add time to the fitness part yet.

I am very excited about the new session coming up.
A challenge really helps me stay focused.

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    Good on you Karen. Keep it up you are doing great emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 8/22/2014 8:08PM

    You're doing emoticon Keep on keepin' on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LINDA! 8/22/2014 12:23AM

    Seeing success is so exciting. emoticon

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_MOBII_ 8/21/2014 9:36PM

    If you don't find one thing has changed, look elsewhere and you will find success! It never fails, I always have improvement in strength, stamina, inches, OR general well being whether it be physical or mental.

Keep up the great work hun!

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EABL81 8/21/2014 9:34PM

    That's great, Karen! Congratulations for meeting your challenge.

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LINDAK25 8/21/2014 6:48PM

    Good for you! Woo Hoo!

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NANBENT1963 8/21/2014 6:23PM

    I'm very excited that we'll be traveling this road together! Stay focused and keep up the good work and together we can rock this! This is my first "real" challenge and I'm 2 pounds away from my first 20 pounds lost goal...I can almost "taste" it, lol. I am proud of you and hope you are too!

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/21/2014 4:51PM

    Great Job! I need to focus on strength training myself emoticon

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    I can walk faster and do jogging intervals now! My biceps are getting really toned....but I weigh more than what I started at....keep going up and down on the scale so I don't care what it says anymore! Gonna keep eating healthy and keep getting my fitness in!!

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GERIKRAGH 8/21/2014 2:00PM

    Good luck.

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STARLITNIGHT 8/21/2014 1:45PM

    You are doing wonderful, I love the feeling of strength coming back into my body as we work on fitness. I will also be focusing on my food journal more this fall. Stay strong and focused Karen!

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    way to go . I need to do more strength

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LINDAVB4251 8/21/2014 12:43PM

    I have also noticed that the walks that were so difficult 2 months ago and nothing, and I go twice as far as I used to, without with less effort. So, I am ramping up my workouts.

I, also, am looking forward to the fall challenge.

You truly are a success!
Keep up the good work!

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Eating 'on time'

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

I like to have my last meal at 5pm, but when pork chops are thawed out, and husband's job has him out until 9pm, then I break that rule. Since I have acid reflux problem, this is a sticky wicket for me.

So eating earlier is much better for that.

Usually, I eat at 5pm and then feed my husband his dinner later. But rewarmed pork chops are not that good.

So though I ate my chop late, I only ate a few tablespoons of mashed potatoes, and two whole carrots. I have been cutting down on my potato serving sizes to wean myself off of them.

Craving carbs is a real problem yet for me.

Any hints on how to do this and not suffer so much from the cravings?

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EABL81 8/7/2014 10:05PM

    I have a carb weakness, too, but I haven't cut out potatoes. I agree with Linda, that whole grains and starchy veggies with fiber don't trigger my carb cravings the way that white bread and processed carbs do.

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CHERYLE51 8/7/2014 8:48PM

    Eating at 9:00 would be tough. I would be starving. I eat lunch at 11:00 and sometimes when I come home at work at 3:30, I am hungry. We eat anywhere between 5:00 and 6:00. I have something wrong with my esphogeous and I get horrible heartburn. I take Prilosec which helps a lot.

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_MOBII_ 8/7/2014 10:44AM

    I still crave the carbs!
I keep seeing my progress though and focus on eating healthier carbs, no white potatoes, either sweet potatoes or red ones. Fruit instead of candy...I can eat a whole lot more fruit without the impact on my blood sugar, plus there are vitamins and things in 'real food'

When I do have a huge craving for something not so good, I will eat a bit of it and remind myself that all the goodness has been stripped away by the processing.

At mealtimes, I also eat my carb (brown rice or what have you) last....not all of it, but I make sure that my last bite or two is of that carb.

For me, what has been working is keeping myself making conscious decisions about eating instead of instinct or habit.

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MYTURNNOW2013 8/7/2014 2:54AM

    Not always easy to adapt to someone's changing schedule. Sounds like you did what's best for you.

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MISSLORI5 8/7/2014 12:17AM

    I agree, warmed over pork chops are not so good!! I understand the desire to cut carbs, but I have noticed something, don't cut the potatoes! They are actually good for you! Just cut the little extras and make sure your potatoes are cooked simply. Red potatoes are the best! I cut my starches back to brown rice, red potatoes, or sweet potatoesT, some pastas, and that's about it, oh, whole wheat bread, of course!! As far as the cravings go, I am subject to the weather. During warm/hot I can snack on fruit and veggies, no prob., but during cooler weather, I crave those baked goods!! Ugh! About the only thing I can do there, is try to keep healthy things on hand and keep myself very busy!! Hope this helps some!! Have a great week!!!

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LINDAK25 8/6/2014 11:37PM

    Hmm. What's wrong with potatoes? Lots of good things there, except for what you add to them. A plain baked potato is pretty good. I figure the best way to curb carbs is to make sure the carbs you eat have fiber and vitamins, without all the extras. You still satisfy the carb monster, but you're eating healthy food. Then again, if you're going to eliminate starchy vegetables that's a whole other thing. I've found that I have fewer cravings when I keep the right balance between carbs/fat/protein at each meal. It's a pain, but it works for me.

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STARLITNIGHT 8/6/2014 11:24PM

    I try to eat more green veggies, and have them in between meal snacks.

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Sleep schedule

Friday, July 11, 2014

My husband's summer job has him leaving home at 4:30am, so at 3:30am we both get up to the alarm, get dressed, make some oatmeal & coffee. Then I turn on the outside hose, to spray the truck windshield to clean it for the day. I pack his lunch the day before and put an ice block in it in the morning.

What a routine! He tries to go to bed by 7pm but it is later so he is getting tired. I get a nap to get my 8 hours in but admit I don't feel my best as my back pain has flared up. Had a chiro adjustment and waiting on relief!

Husband's calves are itching at night, and we don't know the cause of it. I looked online but a dozen causes seem to pop up. This wakes me up as he sometimes has a muscle cramp in one calf as well. He drinks plenty of filtered water while working and at home. Stumped why he is having these night time problems.
I used to have bad calf cramps at night but haven't for several years now.

Life goes on. I am doing strength exercises but not getting much walking in. I lost .4 of a pound so feel I am on the right path for me. The crazy work schedule is what it is and glad I can nap to get my rest.

If my back pain will improve I plan on getting more steps in. My neighbor a half mile away got a flex fitbit and was saying to me yesterday I have to march in place again. I sure like her encouragement. They don't visit much but did bring some fresh green beans from their garden. Only two rows of them but a good year - first picking was a full wheel barrow of them. She cans them, and will be busy! She has a roomy kitchen.

So even with it's challenges, it's been a good week.

I am on week five of a summer challenge.
It is interesting to be in a group, and see how we all deal with life and adding healthy changes.

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_MOBII_ 7/17/2014 9:20AM

    You always do a great job no matter what! I cannot imagine having to get up every day at that time, yuck!
A few things I noticed with leg cramps and pain are hydration, potassium, and the more aspertame I use (Equal sweetener) the worse my legs feel.
Also when I was on Lipitor for cholesterol, I had all sorts of issues with my legs.
Has he changed medications or anything in his diet recently?

I hope your back gives you some relief soon, I have a big yoga ball (they are cheap at Walmart) that I use to stretch my back on and also gentle bouncing on it is good for releasing some tension if the pain is from sciatica.

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ZANYGIRL1 7/15/2014 11:12AM

    You're doing great, keep on keepin' on!!!!! emoticon

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IMEMINE1 7/14/2014 10:43AM

    I also heard a lack of potassium can cause leg cramps at night. i hope that's it. emoticon

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EABL81 7/11/2014 10:24PM

    Getting up in the middle of the night is rough. It's hard to make up that sleep, even with a nap. I sure hope your back is better soon!

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    Perhaps the doctor should look at your dh's ankles. It could be many things.

Your doing great!

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LINDAK25 7/11/2014 5:33PM

    Yikes! That schedule is tough. Sorry you're having back problems. Me, too. Hope your back starts feeling better!

Yum, love those green beans! I like freezing them instead of canning--less salt that way and less work.

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/11/2014 4:48PM

    I have learned for myself that back pain usually improves with walking. Has your DH been tested for restless leg syndrome? I think there is info about it in the health info A=Z on this site.

Ah yes, crazy schedules. You are waking up just as I am going back to bed after waking at 2 AM for my DH's meds and breakfast. We are the willows, we wives, we flex and bend as the wind blows and changes directions.


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    Like the others said, Potassium is probably the key...I can really empathize...check out my blog on my leg cramps here:


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GARDENQE2 7/11/2014 11:30AM

    My brother was a truck driver for 20 years. He had cramps and itching. They had a theory that it was from sitting so long in one position.
He started going for long walks, and taking magnesium and potassium suppliments. He slept better with the suppliments as well!
So I started taking them, and they seem to "cure" my winter blues.
Something to research!

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MTN_KITTEN 7/11/2014 10:50AM

    Hubby may need to get in some potassium ... bananas.

Stay the course.

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STARLITNIGHT 7/11/2014 10:43AM

    Congratulations on a good week! I hope you get some relief from the pain, and your husband as well. Here is to a good strong 5th week! emoticon

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