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This is not easy...

Friday, March 26, 2010


I tell ya, it's a hard trip, trying to take this journey, with not only eating clean but giving up meat too.
My biggest problem "still" is the sodium. I have to find products that use little or no sodium, or meat or by products of meat.
And I have to say it's not easy to do at all. I am first and forefost trying to keep that sodium content down.
Well, it's almost impossible. I guess to make the item tastier, it has to have the sodium. Sorry but I prefer to add my own tasty spices, and NO salt of any sort.
But becoming a vegetarian, is not only that the products "For Us" have been loaded down with this horrid ingredient, but the cost goes sky high for a product with less, now what's up with that?
It's becoming a all fresh ingredient ride, because of all this. And actually that isn't half bad, I just look for the bargains of the week.
What messed with my head, is that since I no longer eat the meat. I chose to get the vegetable broth, how can you go wrong with that?
Well, if you don't take that time to read the ingredients....this is what I found in 1 serving (1 Cup) MSG! High Fructose Corn syrup! And other asst not good ingredients. Wow I croaked. I guess some poor bloke will have to eat this, I will not.
I am going to roast some veges with olive oil, and then boil them in some water, and make my own danged broth!
3/26/2010

  
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SABLE77 3/27/2010 12:24PM

    good idea to make your own stuff, I make my own broth but I eat meat so use the bones to make the broth :) Have you tried a health food store for ingredients? I know we have a "nutters" store up here and they have all kinds of soup mixes with no sodium no msg and they are pretty good to use.

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STILLFLYIN 3/27/2010 9:48AM

    I seriously get where you are coming from! With my food allergies, I have to read ingredients for almost anything that goes into my mouth. Everything is suspect. Even stuff that I've bought a thousand times will sometimes change ingredients and I only catch it by reading the label. With my thyroid problems, I have to also watch the amount of soy that I eat, although I still eat it regularly in tofu and tvp.

Fresh veggies seem the only really safe food.

And with the recalls this last year, even the purchased veggies are suspect. I love the farmers market, but I want to control my food even more. So this year, I'm growing a garden. Not the standard in the ground kind, but a self watering container kind. Once I get them built and set up, maintenance will be relatively easy and water conserving.


Oh, yes. I was going to mention that nutritional yeast can make a good, fast broth. Two heaping tablespoons have about 5 mg salt, 60 cal, 1 g fat, 7.2 g carb, 8 g protein, and a good amount of vitamins, etc.

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FITKAT2010 3/27/2010 5:38AM

    If you have a food co-op, Trader Joes, or Whole Foods grocers go there. Then, google and spark for receipes.

You are correct that this is forcing you not only to become awake and aware, but also to work for your food.

Not so bad actually as you said.

You can do it. There are resources to help. Find them. Use them.

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MILLISMA 3/26/2010 9:11PM

    For one of the blc challenges we had to track our sodium. I was amazed at what some foods have. It's now a permanent part of my tracker but I really read the labels now to check for sodium. And, you're right, the lower sodium foods are more expensive! Go figure.

You're doing great but it does make it a challenge.

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 3/26/2010 9:08PM

    I was going to say, making your own veggie broth would be the way to go if you really want to control what you eat! Keep up the good work!
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Vege-atari-anism or in my case......

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ok I am taking on the way of non meat eater person. There are so many forms of atarianism and I gathered I was considered a pescatarian. Because I still choose to eat fish. But will opt for legumes, and tofu, and other forms of protein.
One thing I am seeing, is it's hard to get the needed protein in. So my point, is, are any of my co Sparkies in this catagory? And can you share some of the things you eat. There is a pita sandwich I found in Fit for life, its all vegetable, and it is sooooooo delicious, but it calls for pickle, which is deadly for someone like me, because of the huge amount of sodium. Anyway, I would appreciate some ideas! MJ

  
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CATHEITE 3/25/2010 9:51PM

    I do eat meat, but in moderation, usually about 3 times a week. To meet my protein needs I rely on all kinds of nuts, yogurt, cheese, beans and protein bars/shakes. One of my favorite protein bars is Balance (15 grams). Odwalla also makes a good tasting bar with, I think, 14 grams.

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 3/25/2010 6:49PM

    Rice and beans, quinoa and tofu, and don't forget EGGS! Be sure you get all of your aminos with every meal and you should be okay.

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_CALLIOPE_ 3/24/2010 11:43PM

    I too eat no meat and still consume up to 100 grams of protein every day. I do however eat eggs and dairy. My staples include: brown rice, quinoa, wholewheat pasta, Ezekiel bread, cottage cheese, regular cheese, Greek yogurt and beans of all sorts.

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MILLISMA 3/24/2010 10:35PM

    I understand what you're saying and I also have a hard time getting all the protein in and staying within range. I have been trying different protein bars on days that I'm really low.

Mary Anne

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FITKAT2010 3/24/2010 10:22PM

    Sweetie, I eat no meat whatsoever anymore-I don't like the stuff.

Take a look at my Nutrition Tracker. I eat well over 85 gms of protein a day without meat and most days do 100gms or more.

Kat

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Grandma lived a long good life

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I was just watching the rerun of Oprah's favorites, and this one of course, was the episode with "food Inc" I based my last blog on it.

It just hit me. Our Grandparents, and relatives, that lived into their 70's, 80's and 90's didn't eat fast food? And it wasn't held over their heads, that this causes cancer, that causes cancer. Hmmm they lived right, antibiotics? in their meats? Unheard of. Additives, words that most can't pronounce? Unheard of. What happened? They ate natural processed foods, either farm fresh, or basic ingredients, sugar flour, salt etc. I always wondered where the flavor of the food went, now I know.

They are over processing, delivering foods faster for fast food pace. Most people need the convenience.

Dang people, slow down. Enjoy life, bring back the "good tasting food"

Step back, look at yourself, is this the life you want?

We need to get back to basics. I know it's easier said than done. Mainly because most have adopted this fast pace world. Actually I don't want it.

Chuck the remote, get up off your hiney, and change the channel or turn the tv off, and get outside, and breath good fresh air. Take the stairs not the elevator. Park farther away (Get up 10 minutes earlier, so you can do this) And walk to work. Who cares if you cannot park right in front of your place of work. Better yet, take multi transits, get more autos off the road.

Do what you can to get it back to a better world, because right now, we are headed for the skids.

  
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DAWNWS1 3/15/2010 9:47PM

    Exactly!! I was laughing today because I drove to the gym and looked for the closest parking space I could find so I could go in and run on the elliptical for an hour!! In my defense, though, it was cold, windy and rainy. LOL

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STILLFLYIN 3/14/2010 11:54PM

    You said it! Great!


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STEPHANIE0904 3/12/2010 10:20PM

    I caught part of this when I got home today and I had seen it before. You are right on. Too much processed crap and not enough up and moving. We need to do something about it.

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FITKAT2010 3/11/2010 11:14PM

    This blog is right down my alley! In fact I had first hand experience today of what I am glad I left for good: processed food crap!

I am traveling to Sacramento. The trip requires me to "dine" at "restaurants". I can't believe how far my taste buds have come in the last 10 months since I switched over to a whole foods diet. The crud that they pass off to the public that they state is food should be against the law!

No wonder our Nation is so overweight and sick! Yuck! I'll be very happy to once again eat REAL FOOD!!!! And, Sacramento knows what that is about.

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MILLISMA 3/11/2010 10:57PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. Brought back a lot of memories before MD, BK and all the rest. Always loved having a garden and growing my own veggies but the deer and woodchucks have won. I also hate the way animals are feed so that they grow faster - made me wonder what we were feeding our kids.

Mary Anne

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 3/11/2010 8:07PM

    Yes, so true. I was just thinking today that things are on their heads to what they were even 25 years ago.

Used to be, you were considered "poor" if your family didn't buy most of its food from the grocery. Growing it yourself meant that you didn't have the money to spend at the store. (At least this was my impression from my parents, who grew up as subsistence farmers [Dad] and migrant workers [Mom]). We had a huge garden, ate wild game and bought a side of beef and a hog from a local guy my dad worked with - and although we had much more money than most, we were considered lower-class because my friends got oatmeal and eggs at my house, not Cap'n Crunch.

Funny that if you were to live in the exact same way now, you'd be called a "foodie" or a "conservationist" or a "health nut" and it's considered something only the upper classes can afford to do.

Hogwash! We have to cut through the media hype, quit buying junk at the store, ignore the organic labels and find what works for our bodies. Tough, but doable. Thank goodness I grew up "poor"!

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LUGNUT_9754 3/11/2010 7:51PM

    Great blog! Today I made my own food instead of giving in to my family's take-out day. I made a meal plan for next week where I am making everything myself (except yogurt, bread and cereal). Plus I just got back from an hour long walk with my older, also obese, brother! Thanks for being a great motivator!!!

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Eyes wide open

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Today was a turning point for me. I watched the Oprah show. I was blown away, by the way they raise the animals to provide the food for our tables, and fast food, and restaurants.

Well guess what! I am going Vegan. I will not touch another animal product until, they start raising them humanely. I support the Farmer, I will do whatever is in my power, to help them regain, the natural process of raising our food for our tables. This is an outrage. The one part that shocked me, is the way they raise chickens, where they grow so fast, that when the poor animal tries to walk, it can't because it doesn't have the strength, because its little muscles haven't caught up to the growth spurt, that they are enhancing, so the time allotment gets to the market in a faster period of time. Give me a break. And another thing, they don't get to see the sun, they are kept in the dark. It's inhumane. And I no longer will support this, by purchasing animal products.

The DVD is called Food INC. And I am ordering a copy.

I don't eat red meat, but not because of the animal, but I cannot digest it properly, most of my gastriointestinal problems, was attributed to this. So it's just a matter of giving up chicken. I never ate that much pork, since I started clean eating, although it's considered a clean eating product. But they like the chickens, are raised fast to get it to the demanding market fast.

If I continue to eat chicken, it will be only free range, and treated humanely. But our society, considers this a high priced ticket, for the part of the nation, that eats like this, and they hike the price up ridiculously, where the normal income family, could not even afford it. So I cannot make this a habit, it will become a luxury. I am just hoping I can move into the Vegan lifestyle with no problems, and incorporate more grains, and legumes. I may still have eggs, but only organic. This would mean a Ovi vegetarian. I don't care, as long as I can stand against the inhumane treatments of these poor creatures.

  
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_CALLIOPE_ 2/5/2010 1:54PM

    I applaud you for that. I've been a vegetarian for the majority of my life (and went vegan for a few years), after watching a film on slaughterhouses as a kid. And I truly believe there is no "humane" way of killing an animal...

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FOXMOON 2/1/2010 8:57AM

    I'm not a vegan (I am vegetarian though, and try to keep the lacto & ovo to a minimum) but what kind of clinched a meatless existance for me was watching a documentary called 'Earthlings'. It's narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and it's... really kind of indescribible. I really kind of wish everyone had to watch it at least once, vegans to omnis to die-hard meat fans. I cried through the entire thing.

There's also a movie called Peaceable Kingdom which is a beautiful movie about some farmers refusing to kill animals and turning vegan, as well as making a farm sanctuary for the animals that would've been otherwise killed through 'normal' farming practice.

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CREATINGAMANDA 1/29/2010 3:13PM

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I missed that Oprah show unfortunately, but I remember reading the "Skinny Bitch" book last year that had a lot of frightening facts about how animals are raised and treated. I'm not sure how I would do with being vegan (I think I would miss cheese more than anything else ... though I know there are some vegan substitutes out there), but that book definitely made me want to try! I guess I'll have to see how I do with being a vegetarian first. Good luck!

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GENEVIEVE34 1/29/2010 12:59PM

    GOOD FOR YOU!! ^^

I am vegan, too. The change was pretty recent--and drastic; literally cold turkey, pun intended!--but it's the best thing I've done for myself and the planet in a long, long time.
I went vegan after I watched a PETA video about what goes on on fishing vessels, and after reading several entries of the "Oh She Glows" blog and the "Crazy Sexy Life" blog (both of which I still read daily! They are excellent, and, minus a few grammatical issues I have with them from time to time, I highly recommend them!).

Since going vegan, I have had more energy and have felt better about my body overall. If you're anything like me, you will be VERY happy with this choice!

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STEPHANIE0904 1/28/2010 6:04PM

    I have this recorded to watch this weekend. I'm anxious to see it.

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SARA_ANN12 1/28/2010 1:59PM

    I'm from Ohio (Or Ohia) as Quidd is- and luckily, my boyfriends Grandpa is a long time farmer. We get extremely fresh and humanely raised beef and it just can't be beat. To watch him care for his cattle is second to none. He's rather gentle with them! We're a lucky pair though, having someone in the family that does that!

No judgments on going vegan, to each their own! I wish you good luck with it!! :-D

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 1/28/2010 7:54AM

    Will you eat honey as well? I think I could give up meat easily (as I have for years in the past), but it is the less evident animal products (like honey, or whatever meat stock they add to soups, etc.) that would trip me up.

I have heard about that movie and plan to see it soon!
I hope you have a good day,
Patti

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PUDLECRAZY 1/28/2010 6:26AM

    You don't need to go vegan necessarily - that is a very difficult diet to get your nutrition right. Vegetarian is less extreme. Be careful to research your protein and B vitamin sources if you make this change.

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LADYNETTIE 1/27/2010 11:47PM

    I grew up on a farm and all our beef was natural and grass-fed. Our fish was fresh from the river down the road, and instead of chicken, we had wild grouse and pheasant that my dad hunted with his dog. There is no comparison to the taste and quality of the fresh meat I was raised on compared to the meat we get in the stores today. I am getting close to doing the same thing and giving it all up. Just the thought of slaughterhouses makes me cringe and some of the meat, especially the chicken, tastes so unhealthy. The only meat I love is oven-roasted turkey and eat it twice a day so that will be the hardest meat for me to give up but I'm close.Good for you for making a healthy decision.

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MILLISMA 1/27/2010 11:32PM

    I have been eating very little meat for years. It all started after I saw what happened to the animals being raised for veal. I still eat chicken but try to buy the free range. It's sad they way some animals are treated. Thankfully, not everyone does it but the few that do make it difficult for the rest.

Mary Anne

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 1/27/2010 9:38PM

    Please don't do anything because of Oprah. You can purchase meat from animals that were raised humanely, not given chemicals or fed all-grain diets. (Or, maybe because I'm from Ohio, I assume this is the case anywhere there are small farms.)

Watch Food, Inc. first, at least! :)

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FITKAT2010 1/27/2010 9:32PM

    I went meatless 5 weeks ago. Glad I did. And, I didn't need to watch Oprah or see that movie to know that things aren't the way they should be with our food sources.

I find that the quality of protein from meat sources isn't worth it. Nuts, seeds, dairy, soy is much better and far less expensive.

Good for you!

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My 3 mile hike

Sunday, January 10, 2010



This is my first attempt at starting some sort of exercise routine. Man, I couldn't have picked a better start. I believe I may have died several times, and wanted to go to the ER at least 3 times. But somehow, someway, I managed to do it, and guess what! I am going to do it again next week!!!! Woooo Hooooo for me! I may have finally won the exercise battle. JUST DO IT!

  
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PUDLECRAZY 1/28/2010 6:27AM

    Very pretty! Where are you?

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SLJWATTS 1/16/2010 7:03PM

    We want more hike pics!!! You do them so beautifully- Smiles, Sharon

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FILLANGES 1/14/2010 9:29PM

    Hiking there you must feel the presence and see the Glory of God. How wonderful! The exercise is a bonus, too. God Bless. Rick

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SLJWATTS 1/11/2010 1:39PM

    What beautiful pictures- I would want to do this everyday- thanks so much for posting them. I got to do some hiking when we went to Arazonia last year. It was hard hiking on the sand, but I loved it. You gave me a little bit of heaven just looking at them. I hope you have a great time hiking through this beautiful land- I am so proud of you.

Someone said if you don't want to exercise- do it for 10 min- usually you don't want to stop. I've found that to be a great help. Sharon

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SILVERWITCH59 1/11/2010 8:56AM

    Beautiful I love to hike . emoticon

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LADYNETTIE 1/11/2010 1:07AM

    Great attitude. You are so worth it!

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3CHIHUAHUA 1/10/2010 11:05PM

    proud of you

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BILLALEX70 1/10/2010 6:54PM

    Beautiful scenery. I'd trade a bit of snow for some of that desert right now.

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FITKAT2010 1/10/2010 6:35PM

    Good for you hon! You did great.

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CRYSTALLULLABY 1/10/2010 5:21PM

  Great job! The scenery is beautiful - I hope that helps you keep it up! Take care and keep going!

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STILLFLYIN 1/10/2010 4:23PM

    Beautiful area! The walks will get more enjoyable as you get more practice.

You did well!

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 1/10/2010 3:29PM

    Looks beautiful! Don't push yourself too hard now.
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Patti

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MILLISMA 1/10/2010 3:23PM

    Love the photos. You did good - 3 miles! Keep it up.

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LIGHTHOUSE23 1/10/2010 3:14PM

    Beautiful. Just keep at it. It will get better! emoticon emoticon

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STEPHANIE0904 1/10/2010 2:54PM

    Good for you - way to just do it!!! I'd love to take a walk - once it warms up a little - lol.

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WHOAMOMMA 1/10/2010 2:54PM

    Lovely scenier and glad you did it. Hang in there it will get easier.

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