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Tuesday, August 06, 2013




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MJ7DM33 8/6/2013 6:24PM


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SHYFEMMEKAT 8/6/2013 1:57PM

    ROFL! Loved it!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/6/2013 8:51AM

    LOLOL! That's one tough cowgirl!

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    Now that's funny.

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/6/2013 4:40AM

    emoticon Enjoy your day and thanks for the smile.
Love, Chelsea emoticon

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Canteloupe Smoothie for today

Thursday, July 18, 2013

About 2-2.5 cups chopped up cantaloupe (roughly 1" trapezoidish cube-ish chunks
1 medium peach, plenty ripe, skin was almost too soft to be eaten by had. I just chunked it into blender container without the pit
1 almost too ripe avocado (adds creaminess!!)
1 frozen banana (whole, about 1 cup, plus or minus a few molecules
1 handful of walnut segments mostly halves (about 1/4-1/8 cup)
1-1.5 cuppa Hempmilk (the original not chocolate)
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon chia seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of Bragg's NACV (natural apple cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon ish of raw coconut flakes

Did I forget anything?
Whirled it in the VitaMix untll smooth.

Yep, I forgot to mention the 1-2 teaspoons of food grade diatomaceous earth (kills any cooties I inadvertently ate.)

It's made oh prolly 4 glasses (10-12 oz glasses, depends on how full they are). One is in refrigerator for later. Hubby liked the sips I gave him, so I packed him a to-go mug for him to take - prolly 14-16 oz. Hoping DS will be willing to drink more of it now that he has finished this round of mowing. Or not.

I'm gonna have to edit on this blog later, because I need to go to my Mom's (30 min drive), take her somewhere for brunch, then to her 2 pm doctor appointment (her cardiologist - this was an appt she had before the torn retina episode.). And there is a link I want to add here, from James Fell "Body For Wife" blog, on the subject of tracking food calories, which a) is funny (aren't they all?), b) gently instructive (ditto), and c) the inspiration for this blog... Especially considering that I am more of a touchy-feely dreamer type and not so much analytical... I've gotten myself crazy laboriously tracking every nit-picking caloric detail of some favorite recipes and saved them to "My Recipes" and then when I make my recipe again a few weeks later, I can not seem to be able to find that recipe in "Favorites" in Nutrition Tracker and then just indicate that I ate a 1/2cuo serving of that recipe (like, most recently, my Black Bean & Corn salad posted a few weeks back.). Sigh. Evidently I'm not "doing it right". But after reading James Fell's blog , I can just look at my above list and think, "Yea, that was a decent breakfast - couple kinds of fruit, some nuts and Hempmilk for proteins, the chia seed also adds some protein and fiber, cinnamon and honey bring their special charms and sweetness, yea, this was just all right!!"

Still need to jiggle some calories dead later on, rebounding or walking...

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2BDYNAMIC 8/4/2013 9:38AM

    I love to add cantaloupe to our green drinks as well ........... I read cantaloupe is a "major" fighter against cancer ................ sweeping any free radicals right out!! ............. Buying some more today ............ Love the good drinks!! emoticon

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NEWTINK 7/28/2013 5:42AM

    Sounds delicious emoticon

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SUGARBABY60 7/19/2013 10:57PM

    Sounds good

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123ELAINE456 7/18/2013 8:11PM

  Sounds very good. Have never made any Smoothies. Will have to try them soon. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2013 7:51PM

    Sounds delicious and refreshing! HUGS

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3016DEBRA 7/18/2013 4:55PM

  Sounds GREAT! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 7/18/2013 4:27PM

    Sounds good until the coconut.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/18/2013 3:45PM

    Oh I think you can make them pretty much however you want!? I found two or three (or more!!) Canteloupe smoothies on SparkPeople and then concluded I could pretty much use whatever I wanted. The one I made a few days ago wasn't as sweet - I had Canteloupe, cottage cheese, pecans, peach, honey (but not enough) and cinnamon. Meant to put a frozen banana in it, and forgot. Found the thawed out banana later and re-froze it over night. Then reused it today (was still in its sealed baggy the entire time.). I think the banana helped with the needed sweetness.

Next time I may try it with strawberry or maybe a triple berry blend.


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AWESOMECHELZ 7/18/2013 12:01PM

    Could I still make it without all the ingredients? Just curious. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day. emoticon emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon

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DLBROWN93 7/18/2013 11:31AM

    Sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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Please Donate Blood - even if you don't live in Wichita!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A note from my husband :

American Red Cross Blood Drive Ė Thursday, July 11th
Jon, NetApp Blood Drive Coordinator

At this time, 35 people have made an appointment to give blood tomorrow and several more have volunteered to serve. Thank you for your support!

Summer activities and vacations are impacting blood and platelet donations. Donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. You can help the American Red Cross prevent a shortage of blood and platelet donations this summer by doing more than scheduling an appointment to give. Help spread the word about the need for healthy donors this summer and invite friends and family to donate blood or platelets.

All blood types are needed, but especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Remember that for the first time, we will have a couple of machines here that will allow some donors to give a double red cell donation. Unlike the usual whole blood donation, the machines extract only the red blood cells and return the platelets and plasma to you. This process takes a little longer than the usual donation (about half an hour more), and you can only donate in this way once every 112 days (twice the usual 56 days), but it is a great way to double the impact of your donation now. If you are asked to make a double red cell donation and you have a little extra time, please consider it.

We still have plenty of appointments available at convenient times for anyone who would like to donate blood. There are appointments available at 10:00 and every 15 minute interval beginning at 10:30. If you havenít made an appointment yet, there is still time! Just click here to schedule your life saving appointment. If you prefer, you can either call me at 636-8748 or email me at Of course, we will be able to accept walk-ins throughout the day. So, even if you donít make an appointment or you miss your appointment time, if you have some free time, just come on over to the Auditorium. We will happy to accept your donation anytime between 9:30 and 2:30.

There is no substitute for blood. Your donation could give someone a second chance at life. The need is constant, the gratification instant. Please make an appointment today.

--- Red Cross Ad ---

Many fewer donors than expected gave blood during June and the first week of July,
leading the Red Cross to issue an EMERGENCY request for donors of all blood types.
Donations were down about 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer
donations than expected.
North Rock Neighborhood Blood Drive hosted by NetApp
Thursday, July 11th

In the Auditorium - NETAPP
3718 N Rock Road
Wichita, KS

Please visit to schedule your
lifesaving appointment today.
We need you!

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LOFLLAMA 7/12/2013 7:12PM

  Thanks, Julia!

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SPARKFRAN514 7/11/2013 11:42PM

    Thanks summer is hard all over the country for blood donations. emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 7/11/2013 2:58PM

    Thanks for the post Julia! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 7/11/2013 1:02PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Everyone who can donate make your appointment and go in and give your life saving donation. This is for everyone in the United States. The need for blood donations is everywhere. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 7/11/2013 11:39AM

    Thank you for this super important reminder!

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CAMEOSUN 7/11/2013 10:40AM

    emoticon post. We have had several family members over the years who needed blood transfusions unexpectedly and are SO thankful for those who donate. I donated years ago. Currently can't due to anemia.


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AWESOMECHELZ 7/11/2013 10:23AM

    Very good blog! Wow!! I think it is great that you care so much and are sharing. I donate blood every so often and I am O positive. I will make an appointment today! emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon

P.S. (7/18) I made an appointment and it's this Saturday. emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/18/2013 12:02:42 PM

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EVIE4NOW 7/11/2013 9:06AM

  Great way to pay back. I used to give blood and have the 10 gallon mug still. Health problems and too many pills have stopped me, the biggest being blood thinners that I will be on the rest of my life, and beta blockers and ace inhibitors.. oh my .. you don't want the whole list lol. My husband has given about 4 gallons of blood and about 200 times for apherisis . Son now gives for us, as we instilled the pay back as he was growing up. Apparently the really like his platelets as they are always calling him.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/11/2013 8:43AM

    Thanks for the reminder.

HUGS and smiles.

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Lyme Disease? Kidney Stones? Shingles?

Friday, June 21, 2013

This past week, more like 8-9 days, I've had some aches on my left side. First I thought kidney stones as I was in town most of two days back to back last weekend thur/fri and I knew I was dehydrated and not eating as well. Then yesterday, it was bugging in front lower abdomen, and we wondered if it was spleen issues, possibly from Lyme Diseaee (we pull off 5-10 Lone Star ticks off our dog every day!). I had noticed a red bite looking thing on my lower left abdomen, not far from where it hurts...

Called my doctor and she is out today, her usual backup is booked solid and so the third doctor saw me and after listening to me and a short exam, she pronounce that I have Shingles!

Not entirely surprised, in retrospect, but it hasn't occurred to me. I guess I thought I had to be muuuuuuch older. I had chicken pox as a kid, and have the scars to prove that I did maul myself.

Got stuff from health food store to deal with it on the nutritional end of things and will rest a bit before heading off to the local dispensorary (sp?) for pharmaceuticals...

Let the summer begin!!

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EDNASHUKIS 6/29/2013 9:18PM

    Owie, hurry and get well so glad you went to the doctors!!! emoticon

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CAMEOSUN 6/28/2013 1:27AM

    Oh my. Dh had shingles a couple years ago and then our 4 youngest all got chicken pox from it. Hope yours is over soon.

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ISTRALOUISE 6/25/2013 2:12AM

    Oh wow, I'm so sorry! I need to get a vaccine for that before mine happen. I also had chicken pox as a child.

I hope you feel better soon.

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DOLLYHOLLY 6/24/2013 10:10PM

    Ouch! Take good care. emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/23/2013 10:07AM

    Oh my!! I am SO sorry, my friend. emoticon Shingles are so painful and miserable. I hope your doctor has been able to give you some relief. I also hope you will find the time to rest and heal. emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon

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LOFLLAMA 6/22/2013 10:07AM

  They do hurt!!! emoticonI'm so sorry! I got it a few years ago. What's crazy is I always thought I never had chicken pox.

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JESSIKA_56 6/22/2013 7:55AM

    Oh no! Sorry to hear. I hope you get well soon!

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PHEBESS 6/22/2013 4:08AM

    Ugh, shingles - miserable! Feel better soon!

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JMAHNKEN 6/22/2013 1:46AM

    So sorry to hear it, all my best always.

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123ELAINE456 6/22/2013 12:42AM

  Hope that You are on the road to recovery. Get plenty of rest and sleep. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DIANAOR1 6/22/2013 12:24AM

    My partner also had the shingles from front to back. She described it as itchy and a burning sensation. I hope you get relief soon. emoticon

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LNSYLVSDOGS 6/21/2013 9:29PM

    When we were in our 20s, my DH got shingles on his left side of abdomen (all around from front to back.) He was in so much pain, that he had to sleep on the couch with a sheet propped so it would not touch him AT ALL. Oh my, I remember I felt so bad for him.

That shoots the theory that a person must be "old" to get shingles. Interesting to note, the few scars that he had from the shingles episode?? During the times each of our kids had chicken pox, DH felt a certain itchiness on the scars.

Another time, my sister was treating what she thought was a bug bite on her eyelid/eyebrow area. It was just one spot, but hurt. THAT turned out to be shingles.

Hope you're feeling better soon! Hang in there! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2013 7:47PM

    Aveeno products, made with oatmeal, help with the irritation of shingles. So sorry you are pestered with that! HUGS and hope it's a quick recuperation for you, my dear.

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/21/2013 7:23PM

    Oh, I hope you're feeling better soon,

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The rest of my friend feed update...

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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