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A safer alternative to bariatric surgery?

Friday, February 14, 2014

I get these cool articles from the Israel21c website. Recently I received a link to an article about eating a bigger breakfast. After reading that, I did a search and got these additional links on various research being done on obesity -

Researchers find regular high-fat meals can prevent obesity

Nobesity helps the overweight shed pounds in small bites

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KRZYKAT3 2/14/2014 9:24PM

    love when you share what you have learned with us.. thank you!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/14/2014 9:19PM

    Thanks and

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¸¸.•´¸.•*¨) ♥¸.•*¨) Happy Valentines Day!
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MICKEYH 2/14/2014 1:52PM

    Happy Valentine's day my dear! emoticon

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 2/14/2014 1:46PM

    Lots of good articles over there!

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KATIE5668 2/14/2014 10:43AM

    great info..thanks for sharing....

tis Valentines Day today here... so will wish you a....

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Happy Valentines Day....

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Ouch! Protein Deficiency??

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I read an article today - after I had already maxed out my SparkPoints for articles to read (so I can click on this tomorrow and get my SparkPoints then...).

From the article "How Much Protein Do I Really Need?" by Becky Hand:

"Diagnosing a protein deficiency requires a complex nutritional assessment, physical assessment and lab testing. A low protein intake can occur for an extended period of time—long before signs and symptoms of deficiency develop. Signs of protein malnutrition include edema (swelling in the feet, ankles and legs), anemia, fatigue, hair loss, changes in nail condition, diarrhea, muscle wasting, dry skin, thinning of skin with skin breakdown (ulcers and wounds), a weaker immune system and infections. When these symptoms are experienced, the deficiency is already at a dangerous level and can quickly lead to medical complications and death."

I don't have all of these symptoms but I do have many of them. I've known awhile that SparkTracker will say I didn't get enough protein. There are those where I don't feel like eating meat. Soy proteins (as in shakes etc) always make my gut hurt, like someone just kicked my stomach. Some of the other protein shakes are sweetened with artificial sweeteners which give me other problems, or they will use a protein from pork or shellfish which I already know I can't handle (I think I may have gotten one or both in some Asian food I had the day before I had the hives, which I mentioned a few days ago.).

It's like the U2 song - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" but in clean protein that tastes good (not like what Bono was looking for...).

Gonna put some beans on to soak.... yummy! I love beans!?

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JANNEPERRY 2/15/2014 7:27AM

    Here's yet another suggestion to throw into the mix---Rice protein powder. My favorite flavor is the mixed berry. I like it because it doesn't have a bunch other unknown stuff added to it.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/13/2014 8:11PM

    Can you tolerate Greek yogurt? You get the most bang for your protein buck with it. I use plain and then if I need an add-in, I do it myself vs. buying flavored yogurt.

Kefir is another source. What about something like almond milk?

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MICKEYH 2/13/2014 4:00PM

    I will recommend healthy nuts.

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LADYHAWKES 2/13/2014 12:22PM

    Don't forget nuts, nut butters, almond butter is really good and worth the price.

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MRSP90X 2/13/2014 11:48AM

    Sun Warrior has soy free plant based protein that I know lots of people swear by!

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/13/2014 10:31AM

    That's one way I get my protein too plus I love egg whites. I eat 2 egg whites with one yolk, and it is great. Good luck with your goals. emoticon

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BEATLETOT 2/13/2014 9:56AM

    Chee-eese, maybe? I don't eat much meat, since I only eat the humane stuff and fish, so I often don't meet my minimum for SparkPeople, but I think it probably takes a lot for modern people to be deficient in protein. I do eat a lot of cheese and tuna. Beans are awesome. There's a really nice black bean burger recipe on
pe-detail.asp?recipe=396 Also, hummus on sandwiches...yum!

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

I'm on my iphone and not in the mood to type much. Was sitting in church this afternoon and felt neck and chin get itchy "inside" but outside my skin felt hard and swollen. Went to bathroom for a look see and took this photo:

Then took another one about 10 pm this evening. I'll need to save this and add photos. Otherwise iPhone and SP blog don't play nice...

Why do I treat myself like a toxic waste dump? Ohhhh not gonna answer that now. Time for bed. But first, another round of magnesium gel applies topically, and a cup of tea with Nettles, Sage, and Milk Thistle. Triple barrel trifecta.

Arrrgh. SparkPeople uploader rotated everything 90 degrees port!


Apparently I had to rotate everything and then resave?

I don't know what sense it makes to rotate 270 degrees port (left), save, then rotate one more 90 degrees port until it is back where it ORIGINALLY WAS, and save it again. Ahhh the spinning hoops we jump through to make our photos "look right". Or if there is a better way, I don't know it yet.

Time to slime myself again and finish off my tea.

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LADYHAWKES 2/11/2014 4:29PM

    So sorry you had this reaction, hope you were able to pinpoint the culprit. Take care

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/11/2014 2:24PM

    Oh my!! What are you allergic too? Looks painful. OUCH! I have allergies sometimes with hives and it is not a pleasant experience. I hope you feel better soon. emoticon emoticon

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MJ7DM33 2/9/2014 8:50PM

  Take care!

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THINAGIN2 2/9/2014 6:00PM

    Hives can be so nasty! I hope that you can get them under control soon!

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 2/9/2014 11:13AM

    That looks really uncomfortable!!! Hope you're feeling better soon.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/9/2014 9:15AM

    OH my gosh! Hope the hives have dissipated by now!

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JANNEPERRY 2/9/2014 8:13AM

    I hope those hives calm down for you!

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Sundogs After Sunrise

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

It was cold on the way to the blood drive today. On the way, we saw double sundogs on either side of the sun. I took some photos and a short video with my phone. They aren't just wonderful (lots of better ones uploaded to Twitter and Instsgram.).

(deleted second photo - it was essentially a duplicate.).

I have a video to upload later when I'm on wifi.

They are kinda rare - at least in Kansas.


(later - apparently the video on my phone can not be uploaded from my iphone - the page I get for video uploads when on my iphone does not include the requested title and description form for me to enter, the way it does on my PC - but the video is not on my PC - it's on my phone! And I hate syncing iDevices!!! So not sure how that will work out.).

And here's the link to the MUCH BETTER photo of sundog taken yesterday morning in Salina, KS - was posted on Twitter. I'm about two hours drive south of Salina.

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LINDA! 2/8/2014 8:58PM

    I saw some here in Florida last year. But is rare that you see them. Great pictures.

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/6/2014 4:20PM

    I didn't know that's what they were called. emoticon I live on the 4th floor of my apartment complex and every so often I see them and now I know what to call them. emoticon for sharing. emoticon

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LADYHAWKES 2/6/2014 11:25AM

    Cool I never knew about Sun Dogs

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GRAMMACATHY 2/6/2014 2:13AM

    I never heard of or seen a sundog. Now I have to look them up. Great photos.

Just have to love nature. Here is a webpage explaining them. They are ice crystal reflections.

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MICKEYH 2/5/2014 11:46PM

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1CRAZYDOG 2/5/2014 7:17PM

    Nice! Never heard of sun dogs! Thanks for sharing.,

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    Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.

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Please Donate Blood (if you are able!)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

American Red Cross Blood Drive – Wednesday, February 5th
Jon, NetApp Blood Drive Coordinator (Wichita, KS)

At this time, 31 people have made an appointment to give blood today and several more have volunteered to serve. Thank you for your support!

While thousands of people from across the country responded to the call for blood donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this month, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donors. Severe winter weather across much of the U.S. has continued to impact the blood supply. Since January, nearly 600 American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled in 26 states, and the result is a shortfall of nearly 20,000 blood and platelet donations.

In Boston, for instance, a little girl named Jacqueline had her open heart surgery delayed because of a shortage of blood. She is not alone. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in. Jacqueline has become the face of the patients we serve and her story underscores the constant need for blood.

All blood types are needed, but there is an urgent need for types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative.

We still have plenty of appointments available at convenient times for anyone who would like to donate blood. There are appointments available at almost every 15 minute interval from 9:45 to 2:15. If you haven’t made an appointment yet, there is still time! Just click here to schedule your life saving appointment.

Of course, we will be able to accept walk-ins throughout the day. So, even if you don’t 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.

Remember, 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. Even if you are not in Wichita, you may call 1-800-733-2767 to find your nearest donation site (USA) or go to .

Also, teenagers 16 and older can donate, with permission of their parent(a) or legal guardian.

Thank you!!

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LADYHAWKES 2/11/2014 4:26PM

    It's amazing that severe weather could have such a dramatic impact on blood supply. Glad to know thanks for passing it along.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/5/2014 5:31PM

    Thanks for the reminder. HUGS

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MICKEYH 2/5/2014 5:10PM

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JANNEPERRY 2/5/2014 4:25PM

    Thanks for the reminder, It's been 9 weeks and I can donate again!

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3016DEBRA 2/5/2014 10:55AM

  Excellent reminder! emoticon

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KMICHA 2/5/2014 8:53AM

    I am a regular blood doner. I had no idea there was such a shortage right now. I'll check and see when I can donate again and I'll spread the word around. I can't make your blood drive . . . but I hope it is a success!!! Thanks for making the need known!

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