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Novel food choices can help sugar cravings

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Here is an interesting TED Talk about why we crave sugar. One take-away here is that we can give our brain a similar rewarding feeling by eating lots of food variety. Our brain is wired to enjoy different or novel foods.

So my problem is that I eat healthy choices and I've got potion control under control. But sometimes I just reeeeeally want some sugar! I'm trying to eat 200 different foods this year (see my list in my last blog). It seems to help! I still desire sugar but apparently the novelty of eating last night's dinner of venison with braised Tuscan kale, grilled delicata squash, and cauliflower made my brain forget to scream for dessert. Yay brain!

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TERRIJ7 1/28/2014 3:21PM

    Oooh, that dinner sounds scrumptious!

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JOHNTJ1 1/22/2014 8:39AM

    Thanks for sharing this. It's exactly what I've been struggling with recently!!!

I appreciate it

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TAICHIDANCER 1/22/2014 12:38AM

    Thanks for the link.

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my list of 200 foods for 2014 because variety!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My hero, Dr. Terry Wahls (Google her TEDTalk!) has inspired me to add more variety to my food choices. We all tend to eat the same things over and over. It thinks it's OK to have some go-to meals like my 3 vegetable, 2 egg lunch that I just ate. Or my breakfast smoothies with kale, cocoa and strawberries. But in an effort to get more nutrients from real food rather than supplements I am going to push myself to choose foods from this list throughout the year. The list is fairly Paleo-ish although I do eat dairy. Veggies are organic if possible and meats are grass-fed. I get local if I can but I'll sometimes splurge on a non-local food on occasion. Wish me luck!

Variety is the spice of life list of
200 foods for 2014

1. Acorn squash
2. Agave nectar
3. Almonds
4. Anchovies
5. Antelope
6. Apricot
7. Artichoke
8. Arugula
9. Asparagus
10. Apple
11. Avocado
12. Banana
13. Basil
14. Beef
15. Beef broth
16. Beef liver
17. Beer
18. Beets
19. Blackberries
20. Blueberries
21. Bluefish
22. Bok choi
23. Broccoli
24. Brussels sprouts
25. Buffalo
26. Butter
27. Butterhead lettuce
28. Butternut squash
29. Cabbage
30. Calves liver
31. Cantaloupe
32. Cardamom
33. Carrot
34. Cashews
35. Cauliflower
36. Celery
37. Cherry
38. Chestnuts
39. Chia seeds
40. Chicken
41. Chicken broth
42. Chicken liver
43. Chicory
44. Chives
45. Cider vinegar
46. Cinnamon
47. Clams
48. Coffee
49. Collard greens
50. Cocoa powder
51. Coconut milk
52. Coconut water
53. Cod
54. Cottage cheese
55. Crab
56. Cranberries
57. Cucumber
58. Dandelion greens
59. Date
60. Delicata squash
61. Dill
62. Duck
63. Edamame
64. Eel
65. Egg
66. Eggplant
67. Elderberries
68. Elk
69. Endive
70. Fennel
71. Feta cheese
72. Fiddlehead ferns
73. Fig
74. Flax seeds
75. Garlic
76. Ginger
77. Goat meat
78. Goose
79. Grapefruit
80. Grapes
81. Grape leaves
82. Green beans
83. Ground cherry
84. Ham
85. Hempseeds
86. Honey
87. Honeydew melon
88. Horseradish
89. Hot peppers
90. Hubbard squash
91. Hummus
92. Jicama
93. Kale
94. Kefir
95. Kimchi
96. Kippers
97. Kiwi
98. Kohlrabi
99. Lamb
100. Lambs liver
101. Leeks
102. Lettuce
103. Lemon
104. Lima bean
105. Lime
106. Lobster
107. Mackeral
108. Malabar spinach
109. Malt vinegar
110. Marina di Chioggio squash
111. Mango
112. Mesclun greens
113. Milk
114. Mint leaves
115. Molasses
116. Mushroom
117. Mussels
118. Mustard greens
119. Nectarine
120. Okra
121. Olive
122. Olive oil
123. Onion
124. Orange
125. Orange roughy
126. Oregano
127. Oyster
128. Parsley
129. Parsnip
130. Pattypan squash
131. Peach
132. Pear
133. Pecans
134. Perch
135. Pheasant
136. Pistachios
137. Pickles
138. Pineapple
139. Pine nuts
140. Plum
141. Poppy seeds
142. Pork
143. Pumpkin
144. Pumpkin seeds
145. Purple potatoes
146. Quince
147. Rabbit
148. Radish
149. Raisins
150. Ramps
151. Raspberry
152. Red onion
153. Red pepper
154. Red snapper
155. Red wine vinegar
156. Rockfish
157. Romaine
158. Romanesco
159. Rosemary
160. Rubarb
161. Rutabega
162. Salmon
163. Salsify
164. Sardines
165. Sauerkraut
166. Seaweed
167. Scallions
168. Scallops
169. Shallots
170. Shark
171. Shrimp
172. Snowpeas
173. Spaghetti squash
174. Spinach
175. Squid
176. Squash, yellow
177. Strawberry
178. Striped bass
179. Sunflower seeds
180. Sweet potato
181. Swiss chard
182. Tangerines
183. Tea
184. Tilapia
185. Tomatillo
186. Tomato
187. Trout
188. Turmeric
189. Tuna
190. Turnip
191. Turkey
192. Tuscan kale
193. Venison
194. Watercress
195. Watermelon
196. Wheat berry sprouts
197. Whitefish
198. Wild boar
199. Yogurt
200. Zucchini

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DIANNEMT 1/27/2014 3:55PM

    I have eaten many of these things--grew up with hunters and a big garden. I also work with colonial reenactors so we do "old" foods like ramps! Good luck!

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AJDOVER1 1/19/2014 4:06PM

    that makes grocery shopping sound like a scavenger hunt! Best wishes to you!

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    Wow, interesting list! I don't know if I could find all those foods!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/18/2014 7:59PM

    Well, here's my home work. Either have not had it or don't know what it is.

Where do I buy wild boar?

5. Antelope
16. Beef liver
25. Buffalo
30. Calves liver
43. Chicory
60. Delicata squash
68. Elk
72. Fiddlehead ferns
77. Goat meat
83. Ground cherry
92. Jicama
100. Lambs liver
108. Malabar spinach
110. Marina di Chioggio squash
130. Pattypan squash
146. Quince
150. Ramps
158. Romanesco
163. Salsify
170. Shark
192. Tuscan kale
198. Wild boar

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RIDMYCOCOON 1/18/2014 3:19PM

    antelope? Interresting.

Great! Nice and healthy list! Go for it!!! emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 1/18/2014 3:00PM

    I'm impressed. You not only thought of all that, you alphabetized it. I started thinking and it went, "Apple, almond, banana...forget it. Too hard.) LOLOL

Good for you! Now you have your shopping list, too! emoticon

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What if girls and guys swapped places at the gym?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sorry guys. I just got back from the gym and I was noticing this very same thing. Here is your laugh for the day:

I hate to feed gender-role stereotypes but I just saw two girls sitting on the bouncy balls having this exact conversation!

Note: There is one NSFW word toward the end so don't click if that might bother you. It's funny though!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/20/2014 7:59AM

    Thanks for the laugh and...

Um, if I looked like those girls, I'd totally be checking my a$$ out in the mirror.


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TERRIJ7 1/14/2014 9:26PM

    Pretty funny :)

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AJDOVER1 1/11/2014 10:55PM

    Definitely made me laugh! Thanks for this

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SNOWSNAKE 1/11/2014 10:20PM

    OMG, This was hilarious... the reversal of roles was both creative and very entertaining without being "sexist" ..... Very cute and yes, true! I see it all the time, the stereotyping in reverse made it unusual and the "actors" really did a good job!
***SNOW*** emoticon

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DARJR50 1/11/2014 8:40PM

  Cute and sadly it is so true so many times.

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Hey're beautiful!

Friday, January 03, 2014

This slideshow will make you feel beautiful! You deserve it!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AJDOVER1 1/3/2014 5:51PM

    Wow, that's great!
Thanks for sharing it

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MCJULIEO 1/3/2014 12:28PM

    Oh, that hit the spot!
(I think I'll copy down her points and post them where I see them every day!)

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IMPROVINGME 1/3/2014 12:06PM

    Thank you for leading me to this video. I've used it in my blog for today, too, and I plan to view it at least every week during this wonderful year ahead.

Have a great week! You're beautiful!


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MOMMY445 1/3/2014 9:01AM

    it sure does! thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day!

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Doctor discusses obesity and IR in TED talk. Don't go away!'s a tear-jerker!

Friday, June 28, 2013

This is very thought provoking TED talk

Dr. Attia talks about obesity and insulin resistance. The bottom line is we all need to cut down on refined sugars, flours etc...we all know that. Toss out the old food pyramid! Bring on the lean protein and veggies.

But what I found most interesting was the way he, as a doctor FELT about his obese patients before and how he feels now. If you have ever felt ashamed about stepping on a scale in a doctor's this to the end. It's really moving. Honestly, I teared up a little bit.

There were years when I would avoid going to a doctor for anything just because I couldn't face that prim derisive little head shake from the nurse when I stepped on the scale. I felt this way for years, even when (looking back) I was only a few pounds overweight. It was probably all (or most) in my head, but it held me back.

How about you? Is anyone here able to hop on that scale without feeling ... what's the word? Ashamed? Judged?

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SVBJONES062010 7/4/2013 4:09PM

    I always feel embarrassed to step on a doctor scale - I always crack jokes that their scale is "off by 100 lbs). I feel like I am very judged by my doctors (and the nurses). I hate that my doctors and nurses have never known what it is like to be obese, and they show it in how they react and talk to you. Even my nutritionist was the same way.

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    Thank you for posting this it was very informative.

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TERRIJ7 7/1/2013 10:14PM

    I have gone to the doctor for a skin rash and refused to get on the scale. I knew what I weighed and had been weighed at the doctor's office only a month prior, so didn't see the need to do it again. Of course, the nurse didn't like that but...oh well.

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    That was good. Thanks so much for sharing, teammate!

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BLUENOSE63 6/29/2013 8:02AM

  I still have problem with them weighing me at the doctors, so I have them record my measurements and my waist to hip ratio.. I am extremely muscular due to all the training, so I don't go by my weight by how my clothes fit

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LAURELSPARK 6/29/2013 7:55AM

    Thought-provoking.........thanks for sharing this.

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AJDOVER1 6/28/2013 5:05PM

    Someone sent this same link to me a few days ago. It was painful to watch. It's sad that it takes a personal wake-up call to shake people out of their judgmental stance.

Health-care professional aren't taught compassion.

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LECATES 6/28/2013 2:15PM

    I have had nurses be judgmental---and guess what---they got told off either by me or the doctor!

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WADINGMOOSE 6/28/2013 12:47PM

    Thanks for this. It was very interesting

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