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Beware of the fake blueberry

Monday, February 07, 2011

Here is one worth watching. Proves to show that reading food labels is vital.

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 2/9/2011 10:51AM

    It's disgusting, isn't it? I generally avoid all that kind of stuff, and if I really want some blueberry (or other berry) muffins or something, I make it from scratch with real fruit. I don't even buy Bisquick for pancakes anymore. It's cheaper and healthier to mix my own batter from scratch.

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PAMNANGEL 2/8/2011 5:38PM

    I've been reading labels for a long time. I don't think anyone else in the family does. I'm certain my brother believes he's eating healthy because he buys blueberry pancake mix. Flavoring does not a blueberry make!

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CMB2048 2/8/2011 5:23PM

    Interesting video. I love blueberries and always eat the fresh or frozen ones. Anything processed is suspect to me so I'm not surprised by this although I did think that blueberry muffins had blueberries in them.

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WILDVIOLETS 2/8/2011 12:57PM

    While I agree that the video was a little alarmest, I think it is a good reminder that home cooked is best. I can't afford the specialty brands right now.

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KNITTABLES 2/8/2011 2:12AM

    Thanks for sharing. I read some labels but I sure need to read all of them from now on. emoticon

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DARKORANGE 2/7/2011 11:00PM

    Sort of like using carmine (crushed beetles) to color yogurt or beverages red. ICK.

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FRAN0426 2/7/2011 8:29PM

    I read the labels, and this is certainly alarming for some people. Sure makes for the need to bake from scratch and add blueberries or ather fruits and know what is in your food. However I think its time to crack down on this deceptive advertising companies are getting by with.

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/7/2011 4:12PM

    I don't buy anything unless I read the label. Make it a rule and you won't go wrong.

Thanks for the info.

Doing it Together in 2011

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GRACEFULIFE 2/7/2011 12:18PM

    OK these guys are a little overboard on the scaremongering. Yes we should eat whole foods that are genuine, real foods. And yes, it's a bit deceptive that blueberry foods don't contain blueberries. However the only thing in the blueberry replacement that is probably provably bad for you is the partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

They refer to food coloring as a "chemical"... well duh. Everything is a chemical. They refer to sucralose as a "chemical sweetener" which, though accurate, is just misleading because table sugar is also a "chemical sweetener" (though I personally don't condone the intake of ANY artificial sweeteners).

Any food product that is meant to have long shelf stability is unlikely to be able to contain whole, natural foods because those simply don't last very long! This is one of the main reasons we need to make our own foods more and buy prepared foods less, as well as buying from local business that can deliver foods made with fresh, whole ingredients in a timely fashion so as to not have to resort to all of the shelf stability trickery. Their point that there IS a breakfast cereal with real blueberries is a good one... breakfast cereal CAN contain real foods, just dehydrated, as it is a dry product. The blueberry muffin cannot, period.

Does anyone NOT realize that the United States is a marketing-driven nation / system? And does anyone realize who is at fault for that? I assure you, if it didn't work, if it wasn't effective, companies would not do it. Therefore, consumers listen and obey, and companies do it because it works.

Ooo, it gets better! Halfway through, NOW they are PETROCHEMICAL colors! LOL!

I defy any of you to tell me that your great-grandmother had no food colorings in her pantry, well before the obesity epidemic, well before factory foods. According to wiki, food colorings were first approved by the federal government in 1906. I'd bet they were in use well before that. The original food colorings were all natural products, in fact. And while wiki does say there is some evidence that health improves without them (or at least with removal of nearly all of the unnatural chemicals in the food supply), eating small amounts of them occasionally is unlikely to hurt anyone.

I also wish they wouldn't play that "In Search Of" music. Guess what, the same music that is played on every bunk TV paranormal show.

Now, I do wholeheartedly agree with reading the ingredients. I also think that these products should say "blueberry flavored" rather than simply saying "blueberry". Just like that commonly referred to as "cranberry juice" is actually "cranberry juice cocktail". Marketing needs to be honest here, but consumers also need PAY ATTENTION.

These guys have some good points, it's a good thing to bring up (honestly, especially to the FDA so that the labeling requirements can be revised). However, these guys go way too far in making the point in dramatic and, dare I say, sneaky ways.

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DIANE7786 2/7/2011 11:35AM

    I don't get upset about this. The front label doesn't say real blueberries so I assume it's not.

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KSTARANNE 2/7/2011 10:35AM

    Thank you for the information!

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    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing that! What an education I got from it! Thank you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSWINGS1 2/7/2011 10:15AM

    Interesting! False advertising, if you ask me. Who can you trust?

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Mind over matter - a call for PMA

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Continuing my review of the book 'The Female Body Breakthrough' by Rachel Cosgrove. Chapter One names her secrets to becoming a fit female.

Okay, going one secret at a time is just going to be too time consuming. This way, I'll be bored by the time I get out of chapter 1. Let's speed this up a bit.

Secret #9: Keep a journal or blog.
Rachel recommends to at least keep track of your meals, workouts and how you feel - energized, tired, motivated, etc.

We're all doing this to a certain extend, so we'll move on to

Secret #10: Eliminate the crabs and surround yourself with supportive people.
Per Rachel: When someone is doing something to become more successful or to better themselves, whether it's to start an exercise program or eat more healthily, other people will try to drag that person back down to their level and keep them form being successful. After all, if that person succeeds, it will make everyone else look bad. Instead of joining in and making the same positive changes, human nature seems to be to bring that person back down.
You have to surround yourself with people who will support you in your quest to transform yourself. If those around you are feeding you negative thoughts, it will be nearly impossible to undo that and have success.

Positive thoughts and positive people is the way to succeed on this journey.
This goes right along with

Secret #11: Think about your thoughts.
Per Rachel: Pay attention to the dialogue you use in your head, everything you are thinking or saying to yourself. If a negative and self-deprecating thought or picture enters your mind, immediately substitute one that is motivating and supportive to what you want to accomplish.

Summing it up: Lose the negative people with their negative talk as well as your negative self. PMA goes a long way towards achieving success.

And this brings us to secret #12: Attitude is everything!
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." ~Maya Angelou

Per Rachel: Attitude is a choice, and you can choose to have a new attitude at any time. Make that choice! It is true that the mind and body are connected, and if you have a bad attitude about your new lifestyle, your body will always be listening, and you won't be able to stick to it.

Mind over matter!

Okay, next blog will cover secrets 13-16 and then it's on to chapter 2.

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STEVO5O 2/23/2011 10:08AM

    I like it my friend...I really do. Lot of good stuff here. I'm a fan.


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WILDVIOLETS 2/23/2011 9:59AM

    Thank you for the summery, and the reminder.

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CARTOONB 2/6/2011 6:14PM

    Sweet! I'm doing these secrets! I must be on my way! Woot Woot!

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KKP4673 2/6/2011 6:05PM

    Yes!! Let's pursue a Healthy PMA!! I'm going to start using that with my staff and with my family! --Without a good PMA.... we're sunk!


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MALEXANDER4 2/6/2011 5:42PM

    I went for a nice walk this afternoon and had a nice chat with myself, mind you the neighbors must think i'm nuts, but I was thinking what is in these chapters. I need to be happy with me and stop being so disappointed in my mistakes. I was out walking, I was doing something good for my body, yeah I had had a bad food choice before but I was moving past that. Your right about the attitude, at work I get it a lot. I'm sorry the others gave up but i'm going to reach my goals. After all isn't that why I began this journey in the first place?

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/6/2011 5:18PM

    You are so right, your attitude is a choice

Rock on into 2011

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    These "secrets" alone seem to be worth passing this book along to the negative members of my household :)

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CMB2048 2/6/2011 4:31PM

    Wonderful advice! Negative people can really get you down!

Comment edited on: 2/6/2011 4:31:45 PM

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KNITTABLES 2/6/2011 4:16PM

    Attitude is everything. Thanks for sharing. Great tips.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Continuing my review of the book 'The Female Body Breakthrough' by Rachel Cosgrove. Chapter One names her secrets to becoming a fit female.

Secret #8: Obstacles will arise - anticipate them

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."
~Mary Pickford

Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right
~Henry Ford

Per Rachel:
You will have obstacles throughout your journey; don't let them throw you too far off track. Stay focused on what you want and why you want it. Successful people see obstacles as opportunities to be challenged and to learn about themselves.

She mentions getting a flu bug as an obstacle and advises to stop working out hard during sickness. While you may feel as if you should keep training right through the sickness, this will only set you back further.

When you work out, your body makes repairing your muscles and recovering the #1 priority. When you're sick, the priority becomes fighting off whatever bug you have. Her rule is, when you're sick, take a break.

(My 2 cents: That's a break from exercising, my friends, not from eating well, which will also help your body recover faster.)

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

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STEVO5O 2/23/2011 10:10AM

    Love that nursery rhyme...mind if I borrow it?


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REM-CYCLES 2/5/2011 12:22PM

    This book your reading sure has a lot of good topics; it is nice reading your synopsis of various parts!

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/3/2011 7:51PM

    Boy, is that ever right!

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JULABELLE 2/2/2011 8:49PM

    very true!

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MALEXANDER4 2/2/2011 5:38PM

    And this is why after two years I'm still giving it my all. I won't fall and not get back up. I need to push myself past this "comfort zone".

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CARTOONB 2/2/2011 1:29PM

    Another thing I have trouble with.

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KNITTABLES 2/2/2011 1:29PM

    Awesome, thanks for sharing. What a great poem. emoticon

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BOVEY63 2/2/2011 12:59PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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Rest, Relaxation, and Regeneration - Make R, R & R a priority

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Continuing my review of the book 'The Female Body Breakthrough' by Rachel Cosgrove. Chapter One names her secrets to becoming a fit female.

Secret #7: Make R, R & R a priority!

Per Rachel:
Rest, Relaxation, and Regeneration are as important as working out hard.
Finish your day with something relaxing: stretching, reading a good book, writing in a journal, taking a bubble bath, listening to relaxing music. Take time each day to do something for yourself.

Also be sure to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Getting enough sleep is extremely important to your recovery.
Research has shown that as sleep quality and quantity decrease, levels of the stress hormone cortisol increase, while levels of growth hormone, a hormone linked to building muscle and burning fat, decrease.
Being sleep deprived will lead to low energy, ineffective workouts, cravings for sugar for quick energy and a cycle of behavior that will take your further away from your fit body.

A fit female understands the concept that she does not build her fit female body during the workout - she builds it when she recovers from the workout. More is not better if you're not recovering.

My 2 cents:
(I'll have to claim writer's block this morning... :))
Maybe not enough sleep...? ;-)
After yesterday's hard workout, today is a rest day for me. I'll use my time wisely.

'nough said :)
Be good to yourself.

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MALEXANDER4 2/2/2011 3:11AM

    Falling asleep isn't my problem, staying asleep is. Relaxing before bed, hummm I need to see what I can't do about this.

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KNITTABLES 2/1/2011 5:48PM

    Being able to sleep is hard for me. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your relaxing day.

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CARTOONB 2/1/2011 4:41PM

    I have to admit...this part is hard for me.

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BOVEY63 2/1/2011 1:31PM

    Thanks again for sharing Rachel's great words. Enjoy your day of rest!

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HOT4FITNESS 2/1/2011 11:08AM

    Thanks for sharing, i do tend to forget to rest and relax sometimes. You have me intrigued with this book. Might just be my nest read

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ASHERAH38 2/1/2011 10:55AM

    True words! This sounds like a good book. I'll be sure to keep the 3 Rs in mind today.

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GOLIONS 2/1/2011 10:22AM

    This is something that I have been working on for the past year. Each day it becomes more clear to me that she is sooo right!

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Be an Early Riser.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Continuing my review of the book 'The Female Body Breakthrough' by Rachel Cosgrove. Chapter One names her secrets to becoming a fit female.

Secret #6: Be an early riser.

Per Rachel:
Get up early and start your day with a workout. Doing some form of exercise first thing in the morning will psychologically set you up to succeed for the day while getting your metabolism cranking. This will eliminate the chance of anything else getting in the way of your workout, and you'll give it 100 percent energy instead of just giving it whatever energy is left over at the end of the day.
Be sure to eat some breakfast beforehand and finish with a postworkout shake.

My take:
This sounds great! (...for the morning person...)
I'm not disputing that a morning workout might give you a great boost, but personally, I cannot see this happening.

I figure the time investment to put in a full workout in the morning would be at least 90 minutes. I know that many here have the discipline to pull this off. Getting up at 4:30 in the morning is not my idea of a positive lifestyle change.

For those who do workout in the morning, Rachel suggests to eat breakfast beforehand and drink a shake afterwards.

I've seen this discussion on here many times: "Will training on an empty stomach further or hinder my weightloss?"
Here I have to agree with Rachel, fuel before your workout, and replenish after your workout in order to avoid becoming catabolic, which will have your body break down muscle tissue instead of fat.

So to all the "morning people" out there, congratulations! You're awesome, and you're already done exercising for the day. If you're looking for me, you'll find me at the gym this afternoon at 16:00.

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REM-CYCLES 2/1/2011 3:03AM

    I've been having protein powder and almond milk prior to my long rides, especially if it's in the morning after waking up. Then afterwards, my typical breakfast.

I'll have to consider this more - thanks for posting your good info you're finding Kricket :)


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HOT4FITNESS 1/31/2011 10:35PM

    well, Im that morning workout person! Love to start my day with a workout!! So glad you shared the advice about eating before and the post workout shake after.

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CARTOONB 1/31/2011 10:31PM

    I am NOT a morning person. I do, however, meet my friend at the gym at 4:45 Monday - Wednesday and Friday mornings. She takes Thursdays off and so I usually take that day off too. No one to meet me, so very easy to not go! LOL!

Oh...and I do eat something before and after. No shakes though. If I can't chew it, it's not really food. emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/31/2011 7:37PM

    I go anytime the spirit moves me, but I do like morning best for the gym or early afternoon. I don't go at night when it's dark out or way early in the AM either for the same reason.


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IUHRYTR 1/31/2011 6:35PM

    I do not agree that a workout needs to be 90 minutes. Too many people believe they have to work all body parts and do cardio for a workout. An effective way to train, and to give the muscles time to recover, is to alternate training days like this:

* Cardio
* Upper body
* Cardio
* Lower body
* Cardio
* Upper body
* Day off
*Cardio, etc.

Workouts of 30 minutes are sufficient each time. I know some people like to do hours of cardio. That's their choice, but not necessary for consistent, overall training. -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 1/31/2011 2:28PM

    Thanks for sharing, I am not an early raiser but I try to get in my workout as soon as I get up.

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BOVEY63 1/31/2011 2:11PM

    I was never a morning person - that is until SP. Now I make sure that I'm up early enough to get in a 2-mile walk or time on the stationary bike. Another miracle in my life thanks to SP!
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TLPSR523 1/31/2011 10:06AM

    It make sense to me to furl your body before a workout. I am an early riser, 5 am every day, even when I don't have to work but, my exercise comes later in the day, when I have more time.

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