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My Birthday determination 2012.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Today 12/11 is my birthday. I am kind of happy for what I become in person. Since I started sparking, I've learned a lot about healthy stuff also in life general. And I want to thank you for all my Spark friends and community for all the support for my well being. I am mid age now, and feels that I need a kick up a notch and be much more active. It's not saying I am not active now. I am getting much active since I started my health journey. I just feels there will be something I can do better... Which is...Especially regards to strength exercise. I feels I am not giving my 100%. I know the words " No pain, No gain ". But When my muscle starts to get pressure and feels pain, I want to give up and shorten up my sets.

Also my temptations to certain foods are still strong and wants to give in, although I've committed to healthy eating. But today, on my birthday, i've decided to renew my determinations And no more excuses. I want to be more strong inside and out, physically and mentally. I feels I can do it. Or I should say I need to do it. No..i said to myself," I can do it !! "

This is my Birthday Determination of 2012.

1) Do my very best on strength training. Not giving up so easily.
2) Be strong for my foods temptation. Not give in so easily.
3) Create strong body and mind.
4) Never give up. Remember of Cause and effect
5) More smiles. = Human Revolution is the key to success.

*** I will have bright 2013.

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SHARON10002 12/13/2012 10:28PM

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PEPPYPATTI 12/13/2012 2:14PM

    Happy Belated Birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIMPY225 12/12/2012 10:54AM

    I hope you had a super, fantastic birthday!!!!!! I love your determination! Keep up the awesome work. Every day & every choice is important! Good luck with all of them!

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CSAGIRL 12/11/2012 5:26PM

    That's fantastic, Mickey! You are on the right track, and you are going to do this!


It's going to be a great year, isn't it?

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JIGGILY 12/11/2012 4:40PM

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PDSLIM 12/11/2012 12:41PM

    happy BD

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/11/2012 11:12AM

    Have a happy and healthy birthday! emoticon

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POPSY190 12/11/2012 2:46AM

    Many Happy Returns of the Day!!

I share all your determinations - they are great. emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Can someone help me understand the whole truth??

Monday, December 03, 2012

Hello to all wonderful spark friends. I hope you are having wonderful holiday season.

I've got very confuse today and asking anyone who can help me understand the whole truth.
I just want to find out, what is the whole truth about become healthy and to help lose weight.

This afternoon, I was watching Dr.Oz show. In that show, Now it seems like any type of wheat includes whole wheat is not good for you. According to Dr. William Davis. all human should not consume any wheat product. wheat will spike your blood sugar level and appetite. Help addictive to bad carbs like junk foods... Also there were couple of women on the show who lost close to and over 100 pound after stop eating wheat.

When I heard that, I was stunned. emoticon I thought "whole wheat is a real food". And Helping me lose weight. I had stop eating white bread and changed to whole wheat bread and regular spaghetti to whole wheat spaghetti try to eat more wheat for my health.

So what is going on here?? emoticon emoticon

I thought most of the health media and health organization were recommending us to eat more wheat product for our health. Does anyone knows of whole truth about this? Any input or thought will be appreciate it. Thank you and have a happy holidays !!

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/7/2012 5:51PM

    Every 'talking head' on TV has an angle. It depends on what they're selling today.

Listen to YOUR body. Find out what works for you. If you have specific allergies or health restrictions, follow you're Dr's advice. But otherwise, give this a go.

Since you're here at SparkPeople, why not give this plan your 100% for a period of time, like 3 or 6 months and see how you do.

SparkPeople is a proven health & fitness program. It's all here and it won't cost you a penny. They're not selling anything (well, maybe a couple books and dvds, but they're not required for success).

What have you got to lose?

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ITSMATT 12/7/2012 3:38PM

    It is a book diet and as such I'm immediately skeptical as to its claims. PERHAPS there is some validity to the points in the book but not having read it I'll reserve judgment until I've done my homework on this particular author's claims.

My wife is a self proclaimed "carb girl" and enjoys her pasta and bread. She eats them in moderation and still can fit in to clothes from high school. She's in her early forties and has never been obese.

Wheat might be more palatable for some folks and cause them to overeat it along with whatever is on it - fat, sugar, etc. - but my gut tells me that in moderation it is probably fine.

See how you feel if you reduce it. I did two low carb diets and felt terrible on them. No energy whatsoever. I've felt sluggish after overeating pasta and bread too. But I've also felt that way when overeating in general.

Anyway, my two cents.

Make it a great day!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 12/7/2012 3:34PM

    The newest "fad" is gluten-free. It started becoming a "thing" because more and more people are being diagnosed with Celiacs disease and gluten intolerance. Some people do well on different types of diet. Anyone making sweeping claims about one particular ingredient being bad is generally trying to sell you something.

Find a combination that works for you. Whole grains have a lot of fibre and nutrients, and unless you are actually allergic to them, use them. Just take into account how they have been processed. The less processed the food, the better it (usually) is for you.

If you are really curious about nutrition but can't afford to visit a RD, check out this book: Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies (it's a Nutrition Textbook for med students and nurses) http://www.amazon.ca/Nutrition-Conc
b_3/178-9952027-2407515 It's well laid out and fairly easy to understand.

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/7/2012 3:15PM

    I had this conversation with my mother the other day. She expressed the same concern after watching that darn Dr. Oz because here she's been eating whole wheat for years and thinking she was doing good. I told her she WAS doing good, that some people may have problems with wheat but she shows no evidence of that, considering she is 86 and in better shape than many half her age. She is in fantastic shape for her age. She said, yes, but maybe I could be doing better. LOL

I agree with Big Paws Up -- any time I hear someone going on about how some food is evil or MUST be avoided or MUST be consumed, I am out the door.

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MJZHERE 12/7/2012 2:53PM

  I wrote a blog about now wheat is bad for you. Pretty much anything can get put into that spot now ........... is bad for you and pretty many things do get put there. So I am with those who say know your own body, think about the money trail (are they being paid to promote one thing or another), and use common sense.

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CSAGIRL 12/7/2012 9:25AM

    Hi Mickey emoticon

I've been thinking about this since you posted your blog, because I know a number of women who are now on the Wheat Belly diet and swear by it. One woman lost 9 pounds in her first week, and she's trying to get everyone else to do it.

As others have said, listen to your body. I've noticed that I get very drowsy after eating big bowls of pasta or too much bread. Because of that, I tend to eat less of those items now. Years ago, I tried a severely reduced carb diet, and felt faint all the time after the first 3 weeks. For me, some grains are necessary, but too much makes me sleepy. That's what my body has taught me.

From SP and a lifetime of learning about all kinds of diets, we also know this:

* Like other posters have said, health media always invent a new "bad" food, that in the long run turns out not to be bad in moderation.

* Ditto, cutting out any food group entirely is generally not a good idea unless medically prescribed.

* Rapid weight loss like my friend's 9 pounds in a week on Wheat Belly, is not a safe and healthy way to go, and may only represent a loss of water weight anyway.

As Ladyfromthewood said, your body is your classroom. You might want to reduce your wheat intake and see what happens -- do you get more energy, do you feel faint, do you crave something else (worse!) in its place, or does it not make a difference at all? For me, I was eating way too much of it, so now it has found a more balanced place in my diet.

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PEPPYPATTI 12/5/2012 2:17PM

    I say there are no bad foods, just everything in moderation. He also said you did not need to drink water to lose weight but scientific evidence proves we need to drink 8 glasses a day just to replenish what we have lost. So who knows-lol!

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KIMPY225 12/4/2012 11:25PM

    Too much of any food is bad for you. I think having some of the bread can't be too bad for you. You should do what you want to do!

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ANNANN63 12/4/2012 3:08PM

    I read an article in First for Women magazine from 11/12/12 about wheat and the article claims that the changes in the wheat grown in this country to increase production has made the wheat more inclined to cause problems such as gluten intolerance and weight gain. The wheat in France and Italy where they grow it for taste does not have this problem. I do not know that any of this is actually "true" but do know that my gluten intolerant brother-in-law went to Italy for two weeks and ate pasta and bread with no problems and he cannot eat these products here.

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_JULEE_ 12/4/2012 10:08AM

    Dr. Davis wrote a book called "Wheat Belly" and there are many people who cannot eat wheat - hence the enormous number (and ever growing) of 'Gluten Free' Foods.

My daughter isn't quite celiac, but she is gluten intolerant. We've walked away from an entire food group (she and I decided to avoid grains as I displayed mild symptoms as well) and our health has been the better for it.

Ultimately, you have to decide what is right for you. Authors and bloggers like Dr. Davis, Mark Sisson, Dr. Mercola and Dr. Eades just make information available to you. It is up to you to decide if it fits your life or not.


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    I never trust anyone that depends on $ from commercials, magazines, and fame to tell me what is healthy. Even the FDA gets it wrong sometimes (remember eggs and most meat used to be BAD for us?)
Listen to your own body. Pay attention to your hunger. I am not much for eating bread but found that if I go a day without some whole grain, I would start craving sweets. That's a sign. Learn yourself. Just like you are in school and YOU are the classroom. Spend every day thinking about what you ate, and how you feel at the end of the day.
Then you'll realize that Dr. Oz is just a man behind the curtain of $$$.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/4/2012 8:30AM

    I'm sorry, and this is just my opinion, but any time I hear about the complete elimination of any food group being a "key to weight loss" - I run the other direction. Any extreme is a bad thing. Balance is the key to good health.

Granted this is my OPINION. I do not believe in ultimate truths when is come to diet and exercise for healthy living. There are too many variables. You need to find what works for YOU. That is a huge part of this journey.

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DEEGIRL50 12/4/2012 7:24AM

    I had never heard this. I don't believe in eliminating whole food groups. Sorry I can't help you out with the whole truth.

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KITT52 12/4/2012 6:55AM

    I don't think any one knows the whole truth.....and we are each different....

with that said, when I did cut out most wheat, whole or other wise I did drop weight easier and faster.....for me it helped but it's not true for everyone....

eating fresh foods has to be better for us, but for some people they feel starved if they don't eat eat whole wheat foods, you need to see what works for you.....then stick with that....

they say white potatoes are not good for you but they seem to we good for me, I watch my portion and add no butter but 100 grams of baked potato fills me up and keeps me satisfied.....

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SUSANBEAMON 12/4/2012 2:06AM

  all about gluten, the protein in wheat. fashionable today to be gluten free. just like eggs will raise your cholesterol. if you have a problem with gluten, just like if you really have a problem digesting milk, your body will have told you loud and clear you do. Otherwise, just ignore TV people. they get paid to say things.

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POPSY190 12/4/2012 1:11AM


This article puts it all in perspective. I think it's fashionable to see wheat as a villain these days. In a few years it will be something else!

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JUDYAMK 12/3/2012 11:33PM

    just because someone said it it is not always true.This is the first time I ever heard anything like this. I will rely on the REAL experts!!!! Just because he is a Doctor does not make it so, you have to look at the subjects that lost the weight & what was ALL involved.I have seen too much in my life not to belief in everything I hear..As for me wheat products make me feel fuller & I eat less when I do.
Take care

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