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Saturday, June 15, 2013

PROVERBS31JULIA I realized in therapy a week or so ago that a reason why I turned to food for self-medication was because most 8-17 year old kids don't have access to bars and money to buy booze...liquor might be quicker, but candy was dandy, ice cream was on my team, and I could bake a cake without anyone knowing it was just gonna help me get stoned on the sugar and chocolate and caramelized butter!! I could huff it all day and no one knew why.

In the immortal and likely immoral words of Bob Dylan

"We would not be so all alone -
Everybody Must. Get. STONED!"

I could relate to that - even though I never did take drugs, legal or illegal.

It's really weird, reading these articles about how science has figured that food addiction is just as real as drugs, alcohol, etc. I have an acquaintance (not on SP) who is sort of trying to recover from various of her addictions, but I think she is only sober for a few weeks at a time. And here recently I was telling her about my struggles with food, and she suddenly starts telling me she would go do cocaine with me whenever I wanted. I'm thinking whaaaaat? Did she not hear me? (Probably not!) I don't have any desire to try the illegal stuff when I am still messed up with food addictions.

Being addicted to anything is not really good for a person (except for the possible argument of people who switch from drug/alcohol abuse to running or triathalon or similar events - and I am not even qualified to discuss that phenomena. I'd say it was good for them!!).

So anyway I'm still on this journey...

This article talks about being grounded and mentions various typed of events - in my case I'd say most of the time it is "intrusive memories" etc.

I'm tired! Need to go to sleep and focus on this later when rested.

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LOFLLAMA 6/17/2013 4:47AM

    You are so smart & I have no doubt that you, too, shall overcome! I love you & have faith in you! Stay blessed!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/16/2013 12:44PM

    Food addiction is something we need to gain mastery over because we still need to fuel our bodies.

I know it is hard work you are doing to explore this issue and I am proud of you for doing the hard work necessary so you can become the healthiest you can be!

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BOPPY_ 6/16/2013 12:43PM

    Find a program of nutrition and exercise that works for you.

Define it carefully.
Plan for it.
Do it.
Modify it as required.
Blog about your successes and failures.
Use us, the great unwashed masses of other Sparkers and Spark resources for support, guidance, method, etc.
Keep after it!


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1CRAZYDOG 6/16/2013 8:33AM

    I have struggled with food in my life and I never, ever thought about that fact that during childhood it IS only food that we have access to! Never thought of it.

For sure, and there may be those doubters but I am not . . . food is addicting like any substance. MRI's show that the exact same pleasure centers in the brain that light up when a substance abuser has their chosen substance will light up when a food addicted person sees or tastes sugary, salty, fatty sweets. Sugar and salt ARE addicting! I am a definite believer.

So, good for you for coming to this conclusion and I can only say from personal experience, it is NOT easy to deal with because we HAVE to eat to sustain ourselves, BUT it does flip that switch to look @ food differently.

My mentality had to switch from "living to eat" to "eating to live".

This is an evolving process, so take it a day-at-a-time, a step-at-a-time.

HUGS and thanks for this thought provoking blog.

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123ELAINE456 6/16/2013 8:14AM

  I hope going through therpy will help You break this addition You have about food. We are here for You. Have You tried Spark Coach? Maybe that would help too. You Can Do It. Take One Step At A Time.This is The WTG!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Happy Father's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BOSS61 6/16/2013 7:52AM

    Not a Journey. A Caravan. See my Feb 5, 2012 blog (if you forgot). And Welcome Aboard.

PS - Interesting theory. For me, I don't buy it, but...

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POPSY190 6/16/2013 3:17AM

    Yes, food is a difficult one to deal with. Good luck.

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SONYALATRECE 6/16/2013 12:14AM

    Blessings on getting away form the addictions and their roots.
We all have one issue or another. My family issues sometimes send me into my own mental divide.

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I saw a horse today, oh boy!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'm kinda of loosely humming the intro to "A Day in the Life" - I think it is? the Beatles song that starts off "I read the news today, oh boy" something like that....

I saw a horse today, oh hey!
I saw it walking on the road today.
It turned around and looked at me,
Well, I just had to laugh—
And then I made the video


He watched me park the car;
He didn't pay any attention to
The neighbor lady helping him;
She'd seen the horse before;
Nobody was really sure
The number to his owner's work.

and so on and so on...

I need to bail out right now and go to yoga.

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DIBANANA 6/13/2013 5:50PM

  What a day!

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MINDHORIZON 6/12/2013 1:07PM

    I live close enough to horse properties for something like that to happen. I guess calling animal control is the best solution.

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123ELAINE456 6/12/2013 9:41AM

  LOL!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/12/2013 9:38AM

    I dunno!! I went one road, turned left onto Sullivan, and was shocked to see the horse! The lady turned out to live next door and she saw the horse go by her house and so she grabbed something to try to bring it back. She didn't know how to reach the owner - didn't even know the owner's last name, where he worked or what his phone number was. She used my cell phone to call 911, and then a guy came out to try to help. Turned out we recognized each other from when he used to work with my girlfriend 20 years ago. I poured my water out in a bowl to offer the horse and then the horse sniffed at it and took off south and then while I was posting the video to TwitPic, it went off Sullivan onto one of the side roads. I didn't see it again as I drive the rest of the way down Sullivan down to 53rd and on out to Walmart. And I didn't see it when I came back the same way when I was finished at Walmart and coming home. I don't know anything more.

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PHEBESS 6/11/2013 10:43PM

    LOL - so we want the sequel!

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ANDYLIN90 6/11/2013 8:36PM

    And so, is there more to the story? How did the horse get there and how did it get back home?

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1CRAZYDOG 6/11/2013 8:13PM

    Too cute!

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Complementary Proteins

Friday, June 07, 2013

I fixed a pot of black eyed peas the other day - soaked them earlier and they cooked in the crockpot all night long and were basically perfect today. I just needed to season them - put in about a tablespoon of ghee for the entire crockpot full (I probably have 3-4 quarts of beans in it, all cooked and yummy), shook in some of that Tony C .... someone's creole seasoning, comes in a green canister but I'm too lazy to go bring it here and type in the name... and some sea salt.

Wasn't sure if I wanted to try to make a Hoppin' John kind of thing but didn't feel like messing with making rice before going to my Tupperware Party (I know, right? quaint! was a fun "retro" look too.). Looking at cupboard, I decided to cook up a mess of canned turnip greens, a can of yellow hominy, and a can of tomato paste, and about a teaspoon of Bragg's liquid aminoes for extra seasoning.

I thought that way, my son could have some beans by themselves and skip the veggies if he didn't want to try it (but I wouldn't be "ruining" the entire crockpot - plus, I wasn't really sure how the combination would actually taste.).

My husband got home from work just in time for me to suggest that he could whip up a pan of his cornbread (he cooks it in his mama's old square cast iron skillet, makes the BEST. CORNBREAD. EVER!).

I got home and my little bowl of beans really took the edge off and kept me from going face down in the homemade salsa and beefy quezo (sp?) cheese dip that the Tupperware Lady made with her various Tupper products (okay alright already, I'm not advertising Tupperware, it was just part of the day's events.). But I wanted to try his cornbread and try the veggies with the beans. I took just a tiny slice of cornbread (1" wide by 2" long, maybe more like 3/4" wide.), drizzled the turnip greens/hominy/tomato sauce combo on top and topped it with a scant serving spoon full of the beans, into my little tiny dessert bowl (way smaller than the soup/cereal bowl). Ahhh it was all so satisfying, as if I'd had a slab of meat, but there's no meat in it (oops, well a couple packets of the chicken broth concentrate that comes in little mylar type squeeze packages inside of a cardboard box, which I had put into the black eyed bean broth earlier in the day.).

That made me wonder if there was a "protein combination calculator" where one could plug in the vegetarian food options they had eaten and it would tally up the proteins and the various amino acids and tell you how much protein you had actually consumed, and how many of which amino acids you actually got, so you'd know what to eat to balance out the amino acids you might be "low" in (Keep in mind, hominy is a type of corn, and of course, cornbread is made with ummm corn meal, so I really did have some complementary protein going on there.).

Anyway, I found these links, will go back and finish reading them. I don't think they actually demonstrate what I have in mind, so far as an online interactive protein calculator counter thingamajigger dealie whopper whatchacall it... Now this one has some interesting charts, and a Calorie & Protein Calculator - not quite what I visualized, but looks handy to have it around. Just plug in the age and weight and height, gender, body fat, activity level and while you are changing it, the box in the right changes, with little green highlight bar to illustrate the energy needs at the level of activity you are at. This makes it handy to play little "what if"... as in, how much protein would I need at this age, weight, etc if I increased my activity level for the week. Yea, I think I'll keep this website...

(EDITED: WOW this website just goes on and on - basically the VEGETABLES themselves are all COMPLETE proteins. He's got this chart saying it, and it's evidently online from the USDA website. He has a list showing many common vegetables - corn, green peppers, pinto beans, cucumbers, oatmeal, rice, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, and they EACH have ALL of the Amino Acids!

Then he launches into a discussion about how the "myth" of incomplete proteins can be traced to the book "Diet for a Small Planet" published in 1971 by Frances Moore-Lappé (which I have heard of forever but have yet to actually read.).

WOW. Well the website is very long, very detailed, very interesting. I'm not even done reading it.

Okay, editing over, back to the original blog material... I'm definitely keeping this website!}
Has interesting charts with "Group A" and "Group B" - and what amino acids each group is low you can see the relationship to each other. Basically -

Group A: [Deficient in lysine. High in methionine and cysteine.]
Grains: barley, buckwheat, cornmeal, oats, rice, rye, wheat.
Nuts and seeds: pumpkin, sesame, sunflower

Group B: [Deficient in methionine and cysteine. High in lysine.]
Legumes: beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas, peanuts, soybeans

Also gets into a discussion of Complementary Protein Powders - one based on pea protein and one on rice protein. Interesting.javascript:void(0); emoticon

A search for Proteins Complementary etc will bring up gobs more so who knows, maybe I'll find the calculator that I'm wishing for eventually. Not gonna have time to get to them all today!

But... I should sleep pretty good tonight!

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JANNEPERRY 6/7/2013 5:48PM

    Well, not being a vegetarian, I guess I don't worry about complete proteins too much, but I do have Bragg's Amino Acid spray which I use to add amino acids-just in case I'm not getting enough!

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ECOAGE 6/7/2013 11:18AM

    As a long time vegetarian who grew up in the '70s, I have a copy of Small Planet and worried about "complete proteins" for years. I still have my original Small Planet but I don't worry about "complete proteins".

A more recent book, shows that the author revised her beliefs. The more recent info confirms what you found. There is quite a bit of protein in LOTS of veggie foods. Complete proteins do NOT have to be combined in EACH meal --- although they most likely will be if you have some variety in that meal. You get complete protein by mixing up some traditional meals --- like rice and beans --- over the course of a day's meals.

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CARMEN327 6/7/2013 9:09AM

    Interesting! I know that "complementary pairs" are often found in traditional foods all over the world, so you will run into them more often than not. Great news about vegetables being full proteins. Thank you!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/7/2013 8:29AM

    Wow! Interesting information and thanks for sharing. HUGS!

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123ELAINE456 6/7/2013 2:14AM

  Enjoy the Beans and Corn Bread. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SUSANBEAMON 6/7/2013 12:53AM

  so maybe my red beans and rice is a good meal instead of a treat meal. nice to know.

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Focus. Balance. Putting together the little parts.

Monday, June 03, 2013

I saw a video and it occurred to me that the woman on this video was a physical embodiment of the little pieces we are trying to get back into our lives - the attention to the little details that gradually lead to a larger goal. The focus on these details - and balancing it all in our lives.

The Incredible Power Of Concentration - Miyoko Shida

Look how calm and serene she is?

Beautiful! And Inspiring.

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JULIA_211 6/4/2013 7:25AM

    WOW! I am speechless! Thank you for posting it.

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123ELAINE456 6/4/2013 12:06AM

  That is AWESOMEPERFORMANCE. Would Love to see Her in person.. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MJ7DM33 6/3/2013 9:53PM

  WOW!!!! Thx for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/3/2013 8:09PM

    Oh -- my -- gosh!!! I have to watch this twice. She has such a power and gracefulness in each and every deliberate move!

Hugs and thanks for sharing this beautiful video!

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Parody of "Ghostbusters" - "SparkPeople" (work in progress)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

(Background Story: So I decided to get up off my heine and jump on my rebounder, playing the "rebounder" playlist on my SparkPeople iPod Shuffle (I won it a long time ago.). One of the songs that came up on rotation was the "Ghostbusters" theme written by Ray Parker, Jr. It occurred to me that the words could be tweaked into a nice parody, utilizing SparkPeople themes. It's in a rough state now, and of course, I don't have a musical track of it with the new words, to make sure it really "sounds right". So - I do have a link to a YouTube version with lyrics, but you're gonna have to sing louder in your mind to override the "ghostbuster" sung in the actual video track. )

Here's a link:

I'll wait while you open up another window and fire it up, for a sort of twisted sing-along with Mitch Miller, or um what's the new thing with the kids these days, karaoke?

Ready? Here goes:

If there's blubber and fat underneath yo' 'hood
Who ya gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
If it's somethin' weird an' it don't look good
Who ya gonna call? (SparkPeople!)

I ain't afraid of no fat! I ain't afraid of no fat!

If you're seein' things runnin' through your head
Who can you call? (SparkPeople!)
An overweight gal sleepin' in your bed *
Oh who ya gonna call? SparkPeople!)

I ain't afraid of no fat! I ain't afraid of no fat!

Who ya gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
If you're all alone, pick up the phone
And call SparkPeople!)

I ain't afraid oF no fat! I hear it likes the girls. I ain't afraid o' no fat!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
Mmm, if you've had a dose of too much fat baby
You better call (SparkPeople!)

Let me tell you somethin' bustin' makes me feel good! **

I ain't afraid of no fat! I ain't afraid of no fat!

Don't get caught alone, oh no (SparkPeople!)
When he jumps up on yo scales, Unless you just a want some more
I think you better call (SparkPeople!)

Oh, who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
Ah, think you better call (SparkPeople!)
Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
I can't hear you!

Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
Louder (SparkPeople!)

Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
Who can you call? (SparkPeople!)
Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)


* or guy
** now here, "Bustin' makes me feel good" - seemed to me one could insert their favorite sport or exercise activity. Hoopin' or Runnin' or Walkin' or in my case, Jumpin' (since I was jumping on the rebounder.). You get the idea. Even household chores - Cleaning, Sweeping, Washing, whatever fits, whatever you need motivation to do, whatever fits in the timing of the song ....

I could sort of visualize the faintest possibility of filming myself (okay, so I'm a Luddite, videotaping would be somewhat more accurate, I guess, but even that's old tech, with the new digital cameras that have no "film".), in a SparkPeople shirt, jumping on the rebounder with this song as the soundtrack. Would be kinda shocking watching the Michelin Man's sister blubbering up and down on the rebounder, but oh well. I'm not as thrillingly glamorous as Shelli hooping it up!!


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123ELAINE456 5/28/2013 10:17PM

  Very Good. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Super Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/28/2013 7:57PM

    Very creative! Love the lyrics.

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