Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Okay, I admit it, full disclosure here, I got the idea for this blog from AMBER281 on one of my teams,
This website slideshow is similar in concept to the emails we used to get from SparkPeople - the "Which is lower in calories - Krispy Cremes or Chicago Donuts" type of story. Except this one might hit closer with those of us with kids or those of us who still enjoy our childhood cereal flavors, because this one visually illustrates popular adult or teen foods and the amounts of sugar they contain, compared to a cup of Captain Crunch or Apple Jacks or Honey Crisps or other popular breakfast cereals (in the US).
Somehow, I have a feeling that I'd rather let my son eat his Captain Crunch instead of Krispie Kreme!! But I can't handle either one now, so it's good ole hot oatmeal flavored with berries and stevia for me.
By the way... Did you know you can make excellent oatmeal with your Keurig Coffeemaker? Who knew!!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
We hear it all the time around on the Spark - that what one person weighs at a certain height is not the same as what another person at the same height weighs... we know part of it is because one person might be more muscular and "weigh more" but LOOK thinner... and the reverse is also true - a person might look heavier, but be all "fluff" because of being surrounded by fat, which takes up more volume for the same amount of weight. We know that, right?
So what brings this back to the forefront? I was reading a newspaper article in my email (local paper) - and noticed a link to the newspaper's "Rogue's Gallery" (the County Sheriff's & Police's Top Wanted Felons etc.). It's a slideshow of the various individuals, their mug shot, names, alibis, age, race, markings (tattoos, scars, moles, birthmarks, that sort of thing), AND height and weight. Woooah. I found several of the gals who were 5'3" and were just all over the place - 110 lbs, 165 lbs, 135 lbs, some looked heavier than what the information says...some looked thinner...some looked very thin and their weight was also very low....
The point isn't why are they on the Most Wanted list, but more ...um... I'm thinking maybe looking at such a lineup occasionally might help to desensitize, perhaps that's the word I want? myself to the preconceived notions of what a person "looks like" at this or that weight. If it helps others, then so be it.
In any case, a "Most Wanted" list is one of the few places where height and weight are listed as a matter of public record. I suppose Driver's Licenses information might be as well, but we all know THAT information is not correct! Also, I'm not sure if the height and weight listed with the mug shots was pulled from each individual's driver's license information, or if they are measured and weighed during the booking process??
Unfortunately I'm not up to date on the wisdoms of other spiritual beliefs and cultures, but I thought it was interesting to notice this in the New Testament of the Bible:
2 Corinthians 10:12 (King James Version) 12: For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
Could it be that our Father didn't want us stressing out over my weight, instead, wanting me to focus on more important issues, whatever they may be, as I go through my own journey in this life?
Monday, March 12, 2012
Look at this video!! Oldest Showgirl in the world - and she was 85 at the time this video came out!!
Dorothy Dale Kloss (love the "dancer" pants!!)
"...Only I'm still dancing! Isn't that wonderful!?"
And just earlier this morning, before we left to go to Topeka for a funeral, I was looking at my stash of DVD's and realized that one of my all-time favorite movies is still "Billy Elliott"...
Now, to find my niche... release my repressed dancer??
Friday, March 09, 2012
It takes a little while to do, but hang in there! You'll have to figure out what the pictures mean to you, so set aside a little time, say 5 minutes, at least. The results are very interesting, similar to most of this type of association test, with a different spin. Enjoy!
http://personality.visualdna.com/ ? I think this link will work?
Oh and it claims I'm a harmonized. Was tough for me as a lot of the pages didn't have options that truly spoke to me, or more often than not, were ALL true for me at different times of day or night. Kinda like a "horrorscope"...?
(later- I did it again and it said I was a seeker! I just knew it, I have a split personality! Hee hee!)
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
I just read this article - "3 Bittersweet Truths about Sweeteners" by Robert J. Davis, PhD and I must say, my gut reaction is that this doctor has sold out to "Big Pharma". That's sad.
Of course the research about honey being better than sugar is "weak" - he makes no mention of the substantial differences between raw honey that hasn't been cross-contaminated due to poor storage and handling (sticking dirty fingers or spoon to scoop up some honey, using unclean containers, etc.) and pasteurized honey. I believe the pasteurization process changes various elements of honey (as well as milk, but that's a different peeve of mine.).
Then he goes on to trash the idea that High Fructose Corn Syrup is bad - well, of course they can't find the evidence. The Corn Industry pays well to quash any research that might insinuate that HFCS was NOT "natural". I've read enough, years ago, that convinced me otherwise, and I've listened to how my body responds when I knowingly ate/drank products with HFCS. I've learned to recognize the reactions in my body, so that when I've accidentally had food or drink that had HFCS, I've realized that something was wrong and would know enough to investigate the ingredients (and then discover that yes, indeed, it DID have HFCS when I hadn't realized it before I ate it.). This has happened enough times that I now know to avoid HFCS like the plague.
Doubtless, yes, this is one of those personal decisions. I'm okay with that. But when I read where a person is convinced that HFCS doesn't affect them, but then later on, goes on a rant that they just can't figure out why they binge on certain kinds of foods, my first thought will be to go "ummmm... hmmmm.... have you checked the ingredient list to see if there is HFCS or even just "corn syrup" (which is bad enough)??" I may just have to bite my tongue, because I realize it's not a popular thing to say. But, in my case, I do know that most of the times when I've had these binges and gone back to check I was eating something that had HFCS. To each their own.
And don't even get me started on aspartame...
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