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My son one year later - (Warning: involves anorexia - very descriptive and blunt)...

Monday, February 03, 2014

One year ago today, my nightmare began. A nightmare that would plummet me to a dark, dark place I had never been -- and never want to go to again. I found out my 24 year old son was dying - from anorexia.

It is certainly a year I will never, ever forget. It was a year of begging go to an anorexic hospital, arriving at one in San Diego, walking the floor of an anorexic hospital and seeing the most malnourished, skinniest but still alive possible people ever, and realizing my son was one of them.

A year of begging him to eat, wondering if he had severe kidney damage, trying to stay patient through all his negativity and stupid choices because his brain had totally shrunk due to malnourishment.

A year of planning his viewing and funeral - does he want to be buried or cremated? Taking him to a lawyer to write his will. He's 24 - a mother should not have to think about this! How will I be at his funeral?? I bought a black dress for his funeral.

Staying strong and positive...who else is going to? If I am not, he will give up.
A year of being his advocate...constantly calling his doctors, cornering psychiatrists at hospitals, educating friends and his brother so they "tolerate" him and his eating habits "picking tiny bits of food, cutting food into tiny bits, eating with his fingers and not talking at all while he eats, going to the bathroom - is he throwing up his dinner?". Following him constantly to the bathroom, knowing he was constantly throwing up in the shower...how many showers can he take in one day??

Yes, it was a year of shear hell. A year of reading any book on anorexia I could get my hands on - the ones where the anorexic didn't die at the end. $30,000. on one dropped him the second we moved back east, an apartment in San Diego twice as expensive as home far away from my husband.

But, there were some positives -- a brother in California going through a painful divorce and alienation from his children who tried to help, tons of runs on the beach, a great nutritionist for my son (she was also an anorexic), quality time with my son - car ride to Vegas - with Roxy - included!

And then we came home and it went backward. But, in December, at the brink of death, and a kidney thought to be totally damaged, a psychiatrist in the hospital said something that finally clicked "it's harder to do what you are doing than to let go". And then my son let go.

Today he found out his blood work came back normal...ironically to the exact day one year ago this nightmare began. He still has a long way to go but is so much better than he was.

My point in sharing this with you - this diet thing can go either way. Balance is so important.

Respect your body and yourself. And - watch your children. We are not only their greatest role model, but their greatest advocate. My son was heavy in high school, lost weight by cutting fat and eating half and then kept going when he got to his ideal weight. He is now obsessed with the scale and we are trying to reprogram him. It is a challenge against media posted everywhere!!

Please be aware! I would not wish my 2013 on anyone!!

  
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CHARMING_GIRL 2/18/2014 1:44AM

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SMITTY4RL 2/12/2014 7:55AM

    Thanks so much for the post! emoticon

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SUNNYLIFE72 2/8/2014 11:07AM

  Oh my. What a powerful post. Thank you for sharing your world with us. I'm sorry to hear that you, your son and your family are going through this. He is so fortunate to have you for a Mom - so vested in understanding him and helping him with the healing process. It's so hard to sit by and watch someone, especially a loved one, make bad choices.
I've glad he's turned a corner in a positive way. Sometimes, it's the smallest comment, action or insight that finally makes the connection! Sending prayers your way. I'm glad you've continued to take care of yourself during this difficult year.

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MESEATURTLE 2/7/2014 12:32AM

    Hugs ... Really tight hugs
I wish him abundance of health . Beyond every tunnel is a bright light .

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COFFEELS 2/6/2014 12:38AM

    I am so glad to hear that something finally clicked with him. emoticon

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INFLATED 2/5/2014 12:32PM

    " And then my son let go." When I read this, I thought the worst. I am glad he is making some improvements and that his kidney is okay.

I know this has been a trial and struggle for your whole family. He may be on the road to recovery or he may relapse. Just know that your Spark friends are here for you and don't hold it in. I hope 2014 will be a year of progress for your son. Hugs and prayers.

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SHARON10002 2/4/2014 10:49PM

    Oh my gosh! I admire your strength, and courage to post this blog. You have been to hell and back in 2013, but I am so very glad to read that the psychiatrist was able to make the breakthrough, and that his blood work has come back normal.
What a harrowing experience this was for you. I will keep your son, you, and your family in my prayers.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/4/2014 8:24PM

    emoticon It has been quite a year for you. So glad to hear that today the situation has improved. Thankful that you found a psychiatrist who could break through with your son. Praying your son continues to make progress as he continues to have to work on reforming his thinking and patterns. Also praying you'll never have to repeat a year like 2013 again. emoticon

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CHEMCHIC2006 2/4/2014 2:50PM

    What an amazing post. So glad your son is still with you and your family. What a horrible battle to fight.. and you are so incredibly strong. Keep looking up!
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MBTEPP 2/4/2014 12:24PM

    I am so glad that this one year anniversary is full of hope and recovery. I am happy that you are no longer living in the dark hole. Some day you may get to a place where you do not have to ever worry of repeating this year. Your son should take this experience and build a life from the strength of surviving. He is a survivor and so are you. Blessing, and the best for the new year.

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WONDERGALE 2/4/2014 10:50AM

    Thanks for sharing. I'm so glad your son is better. emoticon

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SHERYLP461 2/4/2014 8:58AM

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I actually purged when I was in school. don't know why I started and don't know why I stopped. I a so happy to hear your son is on his way to health, stay strong and continue to love him as I know you do.

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SUZIEQUE77 2/4/2014 8:49AM

    Thank you for sharing this. I am glad he is doing better. I hope you and your family have a great 2014!

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JERIBERI1 2/4/2014 7:42AM

    Anorexia is so hard. I suffered in my early 20s. At 5'6", I quit weighing when I dropped below 100 lbs. I knew it was wrong, but still I wanted to lose weight. I had to buy girl's size 12 clothes. I knew one day when I ate a half banana in the middle of the night, sitting on my bed in just my underpants, in the dark, and I couldn't finish the banana. I knew I would die if I didn't eat. I just cried. It was hard, and I didn't seek help. The mindset stays with you, because there is always food around. Food is the enemy, and food is your life source. I was almost 50 years old before I finally developed a healthy relationship with food.

I wish your son all the best, with continued healing of his mind and body. Sending you love and strength to help him.
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KRISZTA11 2/4/2014 7:02AM

    Thank you for sharing, I have been wondering how you and your son are doing. I'm glad he is doing better and I wish you a much better and happier 2014.
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STEPHLOKI 2/4/2014 6:46AM

    Gosh, you have been through hell! So glad to hear things finally have clicked for your son. As you know it will be a long way to recovery and lots of ups & downs, but the nutritionist who knows what he is going through from experience is a great asset!

You are a wonderful Mum to go through all that with him!

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LIZALOT 2/4/2014 2:43AM

    he's very lucky to have a wonderful mum like you. and i think he probably knows that now!
may this year be a thousand times better.

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STRIVERONE 2/4/2014 2:37AM

    I'm glad to hear things are still progressing well for your son. I hope 2014 is a banner year for your whole family.

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SHAMROCKY2K 2/3/2014 11:54PM

    It just shows how strong you are. I hope YOU keep well. Keep journaling. Good to hear the positive as I recall your struggles throughout the year. emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 2/3/2014 10:23PM

    It can go either way. There is not alot out there about males with anorexia either. It is often missed. I remember when he was first hospitalized and I don't think you knew what was going on at that point. I can't even imagine your fear over the past year! So glad things are getting so much better for him. I know it will still be a long haul, probably a lifetime battle for him, which means you too. But, I also know you are strong and so is he as apples don't fall too far from trees! Peace to all of you!

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EMMACORY 2/3/2014 10:20PM

    Your son is blessed to have you for his Mom. I will pray for him and your family. emoticon emoticon

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MWWENSIN 2/3/2014 9:45PM

    I'm glad things are going better for you and your family. Small steps are best at first. I know it was a struggle, but there's hope while he's still here. Having my own much older brother commit suicide, i can feel some of your pain. Having my wife give me a scare by bleeding out half her blood after surgery and having her life flighted back was scary for me. She got fixed up we recovered - I then ran my first marathon with her at the finish. Life is full of roller coasters with twists and turns we do not expect and cannot fully prepare for. There is no instruction manual. It's important to be as strong as you can, but also to accept help from whoever you can. You will find help from those you least expect. You will become stronger by what you went through. Hope this is a much better year for you, but you must be mindful that there can be relapses too. However, celebrate the successes too. We don't know where our life leads - we just hope it continues in a good state for as long as possible. I'll keep praying for you but I'm thrilled for you your family and your son.

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DOGLADY13 2/3/2014 9:33PM

    I don't know how to respond, but know that I wish health, happiness and stability for your son, for you and for the rest of your family.

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FRENCHTOSD 2/3/2014 9:28PM

    I'm so glad to read this post and I am praying for you all. After keeping up with you all year, this is really the first time I feel you have turned a positive corner and I am so relieved.

I recently communicated with a woman who told my she suffered from ED (eating disorder). She told me she cannot go on a diet or exercise plan and the only possible way for her to continue is to work on self-acceptance regardless of her weight. I wondered how she would ever find a stable weight with that attitude, and she told me, "I won't."

I'm still trying to work out what she was trying to say, but it certainly seems like a very mind-bending issue for the person suffering.

Your attitude, on the other hand is the best I've read from you all year.

Good wishes and please give your son a hug from me. He made this lady in San Diego happy and so has more accomplishments than he knows. {{{{{{{Sharon}}}}}}}}}}

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LAURANCE 2/3/2014 9:25PM

  Oh my! Usually anorexia is a problem for young girls, but here is a young man with this affliction.

I certainly hope he's turned the corner now and that there will be a happy outcome to this story!
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ONYX_SHADOW 2/3/2014 8:50PM

    Your son is very lucky to have you for his mom. I'm so glad that his blood work came back normal and that you found a psychiatrist who can click with him. Saving our children from themselves is one of the hardest battles to fight. My son was a drug addict and it was years of hell but thankfully he turned around.
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DIANEDOESSMILES 2/3/2014 8:43PM

    Hon, you have me again in tears,, for my GD who I helped to raise,, I LOVE SO VERY MUCH,, would EASILY give my life for without ? is also anorexic.

It started when she was 16,,,, I had done ALL I COULD to AVOID THIS !! I knew she was heavy of course,, it wasn't "bad" but, with the media,, unless ur PERFECT ,, we all know how "That goes". She mostly lived at my house,,,, she told me she'd do this at her Moms house when she went to visit,,,, I do not know,, and strongly suspected she did also at mine. Once she told me,,,, I became so aware of ALL she was doing. This and also cutting. She had been wearing sweaters in the summer time,,, and is ALWAYS HOT even in the winter,,, so I KNEW as this happened what was happening,, for I ALSO had been a cutter,, it took me FOREVER to stop.

This FINALLY climaxed when she tried to commit suicide , it was one of my worse days, and yet, happiest days,,, for it meant that NOW it was FINALLY OUT in the LIGHT !!! I called her Mom,,, told her we NEEDED to go hosp with GD FAST !! We did so,, my GD did NOT her Mom to know,,, out of both ANGER and wanting to PROTECT her. The suicide attempt she did at home,,, than she drove over to my house (I DID NOT KNOW THIS of course !) in a very bad shape !! I was BEYOND FRIGHTENED !!! The hosp gave her choices,, of being hospitalized,, she did NOT want this,, or having to be at my house,,, on a one to one basis, with a therapist and counselor from school,, as well as a crisis worker coming to my house daily. I felt this was MUCH better than her "learning" more things in a teen unit,,, as you do,, as I HAD DONE !

It worked a little, but first she got worse,, much worse,,,, ending up in a crisis center for teens during the summer. That was the BEST !!! She than saw where she was headed,, another gal was also anxeroxic,,,it hit my GD like a TON of bricks. She started to help out little kids there from age 7 who were also struggling with this,,,, and learned thru them,, that she WANTED to get better. She was quite thin at this point.

I am happy to say that now 2 yrs later,, she's BACK to her heaviness, but NORMAL weight for her. She STILL HATES to eat, but does,,, knowing its just nourishment for her body,, that she NEEDs to. I am grateful for this,,, she also recently got married to the most wonderful young man,, who has helped her soo much with her self esteem,, and of course me always telling her,, "your fine hon, you know those models in ads are air brushed,,, look around,,, see ur normal sweetie,,, I will always love you no matter what" and many of her friends have/do so,,, and best of all her so ever supportive H !!! ALSO her relationship with God helps A LOT !

I want to wish ur son a recovery of that of my GD hon,, so in the end,, though he may not as she has not,,, really accepted "eating", but knowing they NEED to for the nourishment,, and also that he gain some lacking self esteem,,,, as you said,, the media !! For her also,,,it was to do with neglect from her father who saw her maybe 10 times as she grew up,, whle "promising" he'd be there for everything,, really messes a kid UP !! GRRR to her Mom eating as if her life depended on every morsel she can find,, going into her mouth. She is about 350 lbs now,,, and I am so careful to NOT call her "Fat" for enough people do that by just the way they GLARE at this terrificly loving person, whom they are JUDGING , but DO NOT KNOW !! When my GD was 6 months old,, her Mom lost a sickly son who was only 2 1/2 ,,,, I've MADE her go into therapy,, about 1 1/2 yr ago,, and also my GD I had remain in therapy til she was soo sick of it,,,, it was time for her to leave.

I AM SO PROUD of my fam.

I KNOW you are ALSO !!

HUGS Sweetie,,, it's sooo scary !! WISH YOU THE BEST as I cry again,, for ALL we've been thru !

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NEW_PARADIGM 2/3/2014 8:34PM

    What a gift he has in such a dedicated mom! What a gift that you share your story here, too. Thank you. Very best to all of you as he continues to find his balance.
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DELIA38961 2/3/2014 7:59PM

    Wow what a powerful and horrific ordeal you and yoyr son went through ..it is very angering to me that media does focus so much on the perfect size the perfect weight the perfect body that it drives people to desperate measures to achieve this so called perfect body image . I am so glad that your son is finally moving in the right direction toregain a hhealthy life. Thank you for sharing your story and best wishes to your son :)

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SABLENESS 2/3/2014 7:55PM

    Glad you and son survived it. Thanks for the report. I continue to pray that he stays on a healthier path.
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MJREIMERS 2/3/2014 7:53PM

    emoticon friend! You know that I completely understand! We've talked and you know my situation. Just know that I am here for you anytime! You have my phone number, call if you EVER need to. It helps talking to others. I may not have been in the same boat, but I'm sure our ships passed in the night!!

Congrats on getting through this year and prayers for his continuing recovery!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/3/2014 7:52PM

    Wow, I'm speechless. I wonder what started it a year ago? So glad things are better now. Wishing you many wonderful days ahead.

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WONDERWISH1 2/3/2014 7:52PM

    As someone who struggles with similar thoughts and issues, I know how much of a hell it can be. I can say that he is incredibly lucky to have all that support. And I`m also happy to hear that something finally clicked for him. The media is a certain culprit, but it`s also the people around us- school, work, friends and so forth that can expect a person to "wear thin"... literally. Sometimes, we feel the need to take control of the one thing we can- what goes in and out of our bodies. It is a long struggle, but I`m wishing all of you nothing but the best. Don`t give up. emoticon

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Veggie Cheese...

Saturday, February 01, 2014

A couple of Sparkers asked about veggie cheese. I have used this brand for as long as I can remember.



It comes in all different flavors. I especially like pepperjack and provolone and their parmesan cheese.

You can find it in the vegetable section of most grocery stores.

  
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JAXMOMMY 2/3/2014 4:29PM

    Hey, could you give me that brand name? I've tried some and didn't like it at all. But, I'm always willing to give other brands a try before I decide I don't like something. One question... Is it all soy?

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MBTEPP 2/3/2014 2:03PM

    I have used this veggie cheese, but so hard to pass up the real thing.

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ISLENAA 2/3/2014 9:51AM

    I've been eating this cheese for years and love the cheddar flavor.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/2/2014 9:40PM

    Never heard of this product. Wondering is we have it up here in Canada. I'll have to look for it.
Maria

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SHERYLP461 2/2/2014 9:03AM

    I liked the flavor of this cheese, but the texture really put me off.

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2DAWN4 2/2/2014 12:28AM

  Thanks for posting! I will have to try them out. My love of cheese is what has stopped me from going vegan. I have been a vegetarian for many years now and can't imagine going back to eating meat!

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ARNETTELEE 2/1/2014 4:36PM

  Used to buy these but now hubby gets a reaction from these. He can't have cheese, but not even these suit his body.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/1/2014 4:24PM

    I've gotten interested lately in fermenting vegetables. Did your class / expert talk about that at all?

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Veggies, Running, and Sunshine In Sight...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I have been focusing on adding more veggies to my diet.

Tuesday I made stuffed peppers - peppers stuffed with a mix of bison, brown rice, onions, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and topped with veggie cheese.



Last night I made red roasted hummus, and coupled it with an apple and walnut salad.

Tonight I gave a new veggie juice recipe a try. I used hot water, boullion, carrot, tomato, kale, onion and southwest seasoning. I like hot veggie juice so much better! And, it totally filled me up!

I also made roasted kale chips.

Before:



After:



My HM training is going ok. I have taken a few breaks. I really enjoyed running outside in Florida; it's hard to go back to the treadmill! It is supposed to be 50 degrees on Sunday! Should be a great weekend to run outside.

Here is a picture of my front yard today:



I hope you all are having a fabulous week!

  
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SMITTY4RL 2/3/2014 8:31AM

    The food looks amazing! And gives me an idea for my hummus (I usually make it every week). Kale is something I've never tried, but the 'chips' look really good. Thanks!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 2/2/2014 8:01AM

    Looks good!

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BEWELL48 2/1/2014 9:44PM

    Can I come for dinner? Looks yummy.

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SPEEDYDOG 2/1/2014 1:46PM

    Your menu is very similar to how my wife is feeding me now. She has this organic veganism down. Fruits and vegetables have much more variety of flavor than meat and potatoes. Don't get me wrong, in my way of thinking the lowly potato may be a perfect food.

Your photos of food look yummy!

Thanks, Bruce

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MESEATURTLE 1/31/2014 11:23PM

    Looks yum !!! Great going !!!
If that's the view ... U r one lucky person !

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SPARKLED146 1/31/2014 5:45PM

    Love the photos! Yummy! I grow kale in the garden and have made kale chips. Really liked them.

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JAXMOMMY 1/31/2014 3:13PM

    I think I would have to spice my veggie juices up! The stuffed pepeprs sound delightful! I need to try some kale this weekend for a challenge I'm in! I may try the chips.

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INFLATED 1/31/2014 1:54PM

    We are due for more snow and ice here next week. I need to get my boots. I watch the weather channel.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/31/2014 9:57AM

    What a great front yard! What is veggie cheese?

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/31/2014 7:28AM

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KRISZTA11 1/31/2014 5:15AM

    Hm, hot veggie juice definitely sounds much better than cold veggie juice!
And the kale chips look great.
I'm glad your HM training is going well.
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DOGLADY13 1/30/2014 10:29PM

    The peppers looked pretty. Very colorful.

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WATERMELLEN 1/30/2014 9:10PM

    Looks delish! and healthy too!

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MBTEPP 1/30/2014 8:43PM

    It all looks and sounds amazing! I used to do a lot with Bison. It is a really good meat choice.

I had the same problem coming back from 2 weeks in Tucson. I was so motivated by the weather, and scenic runs.... Oh, depressing. It has not been quite the same since, but it did give my training a real boost!

Better days ahead! I hope you can get out this weekend and run. Wishing the weather to cooperate, wishing, wishing.

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SABLENESS 1/30/2014 7:31PM

    Aren't kale chips amazing?

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Veggies Coming Out of My Ears!...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014



I have added TONS of super veggies to my diet. I am still on a quest to find recipes for my "Ninja". It is a beefed up blender. Yesterday morning I threw a carrot, apple, tomato, kale and flax seed in. It was too thick and too sour. I had a hard time with the veggie idea first thing in the morning - I love my oatmeal & fruit!

Last night I soaked garbanzo beans in water. Tonight I made Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (sparkpeople recipe). It came out perfect!

We went to Firebirds for lunch. I had a grilled vegetable kabob. It was delicious and quite filling. I looked the nutrition facts up on line, all numbers looked great except for sodium! I really have to get into the habit of saying "no extra salt" when I eat out! The waiter told me the chefs put a lot of salt on everything.

Today there was a Vitamix salesperson at Costco. He used hot water when preparing his veggie drink. It tasted wonderful! Just like soup. I bought the spices he was selling. The first ingredient is sea salt, so I will be using it sparingly. And now that I have it I will know which spices to use on their own in the future!

I was also lucky enough to have my Sparkbuddy MBTEPP share her veggie juice recipes with me. She juices a lot. Here is what she sent me:

I went into my archives for some recipes, but once you get the hang of your juicer, you will be combining your own flavors. Go easy on ginger root, as it over powers most flavors. I love cilantro and parsley in everything. Kale is a must.

Have fun. MB


Dr. Oz's Green Drink (very good)
Many people have asked us, so here it is, the drink Dr. Oz swears by! This "green drink" is high in fiber, low-calorie and rich in vitamins. You can make this in a low speed juicer or combine all ingredients in an Omega blender.
2 cups Spinach
2 cups Cucumber
1 head of Celery
1/2 inch of teaspoon of ginger root
1 bunch parsley
2 Apples
1 Lime
1/2 Lemon

The Hulk (My Favorite)
Omega's ultimate green juice recipe! Enjoy!
2 Stalks Celery
1 Cucumber
1 Apple
1/2 Lemon
Ginger
1/2 Green Chard Leaf
Cilantro
3-5 Kale Leaves
1 Cup Spinach


Green Juice (I always added 1 fruit for sweetness, apple or pear)
1 cup Spinach
2 cups Kale
2 Cups Parsley
1 Cucumber
1 Celery Stalk

Kale Green Juice
Of all green leafy vegetables, kale is the most nutritionally dense.
3 Carrots
1 Apple
3-4 Celery Stalks
3 Cups of Kale


Berry Juice
2 Cups of Strawberries
2 Cups of Blueberries
1.5 Cups of Raspberries

Apple and Beet Juice (less in more when using beets)
1/2 Beet with Greens
3 Apples
Wash thoroughly and remove apple stems.

Veggie Juice
1 cup of spinach
1/2 cucumber
2 stalks of celery
3 carrots
1/2 apple
Juice cucumbers with their skins on. The dark green skin is a great source of chlorophyll, a phytochemical that can help build red blood cells. Make sure to wash them before juicing.


Heartburn Eliminator (DH favorite)
1 Cup Spinach
6 Carrots

V8-ish Juice (love this one)
1/4 cup water
2 tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 handful spinach
2 carrots
1/4 sweet onion
2 celery stalks
2 tsp. lemon juice
1-2 shots hot sauce



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MBTEPP 1/30/2014 9:02PM

    I love my oatmeal for breakfast, but a tall glass of mean green juice for Lunch, or a small glass before dinner is fabulous. The best part about juicing is the triple amount of nutrients that come in a cup of juice, and your body absorbs it faster since there is little digestion. This is why it is a good way to detox, since the digestive system does not have to work.

These recipes are all tried and true. MB

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SABLENESS 1/29/2014 9:14PM

    Great collection! I need to try some of those. Thanks for dropping by my blogs! Yep, persistent, that's me.

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MJ7DM33 1/29/2014 5:30PM

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SHERYLP461 1/29/2014 5:27PM

    I've been veggatating today too, wonderful coconut veggie soup by our fantastic veggie love food truck (Vegan) with a delightful chocolate peanut cupcake which I am sure wasn't my best choice, but if felt right for today. Also vegan.
I would probably never juice either, but that doesn't stop me from ordering at my favorite veggie juice cafe.

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SPARKLED146 1/29/2014 1:28PM

    It's interesting to see these recipes. Thanks for sharing them. I eat a lot of vegetables, but I don't think I'll ever be a juicer.
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MESEATURTLE 1/29/2014 10:47AM

    Thanks for sharing !!! Will def try !!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/29/2014 10:17AM

    Looks good, but I need to chew! emoticon

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LYNNIERN 1/28/2014 11:53PM

    Thanks for all the recipes, I'm going to have to try them. So, would you post a picture of you with all those veggies coming out of your ears? emoticon

Great blog!

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TIMOTHY53 1/28/2014 11:02PM

    Those are some really good ideas. Godzilla blender or not.

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COFFEELS 1/28/2014 10:59PM

    great way to get your greens! I was using my nutribullet lot but it broke recently and I've switch back to my regular blender so making more fruit based smoothies with just a few leafy greens thrown in.

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JAXMOMMY 1/28/2014 10:54PM

    I couldn't go all juice as i need to sink my teeth into something. But, these recipes sound good. When you said Vita Mix all I could think of was i love Lucy and the vita veta blah, blah blah! Can't remember the whole thing! And now that makes me think of Dan Akroyd on SNL with the Bass-o-matic! Let us know when you find a juice you like!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/28/2014 10:37PM

    What's wrong with oatmeal?

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ELSCO55 1/28/2014 10:35PM

    thanks, cucumbers don't agree with me, but teh recipes look good.

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Two Interesting Free Documentaries...

Monday, January 27, 2014

I watched two documentaries last night. The first was called
"Tapped" http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/tapped/

It discussed the water bottle industry, the state of our tap water, how and where the plastic for the bottles are made, and how it can affect our health. It was very interesting.

"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/
documents an overweight Australian who decides to do a 90 day detox of veggie and fruit juices only - uses a juicer. He does check in with his Doctor and gets blood tests every other week. He travels across the US as he does this. He interviews and chats with an assortment of people as he travels and gets some great reactions! I found myself cheering him and others he inspired on during this documentary. I also learned more about raw foods and juicing.

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LOSTMYMINDX2 1/29/2014 9:05AM

    here is a link to fat head: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/fat-
head/

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LOSTMYMINDX2 1/29/2014 5:39AM

    another good one is "fathead" it starts as a critique of "super size me" but then goes into a ton of historical detail about the fda and dietarty regulations, recommendations, food pyramid, etc. Very interesting!

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INFLATED 1/27/2014 11:14PM

    I put Tapped on my Facebook page last night. I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and bought a Nutri-bullet instead of a juicer. Some of my friends juice and eat raw foods 80 % of the time.

I am not a vegetarian, but I have included more fruits and vegetables in my diet. There is a Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead page on Facebook and you can have daily recipes sent by e-mail. I have never gone into a health food store and don't have a source for a lot of the ingredients used.

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JAXMOMMY 1/27/2014 10:49PM

    As always, thanks for passing on the info!!

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MAMMER3 1/27/2014 8:57PM

    I watched fat, sick, and nearly dead I was so happy for all of the people involved that did it. I am not sure I can ever do something like that but a cleanse now and ten could be good for you!!

Good luck on the challenge :) emoticon

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SMITTY4RL 1/27/2014 8:30PM

    We live on a well, and I'm always suspect of the water, especially when they drill a few miles away for a new housing development. Yikes. But we use a reverse osmosis for all drinking, cooking, water. I think I saw the Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead--has it been out a while? Or I might have it confused with the two Kiwis (husband and wife) who runs a marathon a day on a raw/juice diet. It all makes me go hm...(in a tell me more way).

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/27/2014 10:59AM

    I have a Reverse Osmosis filter -- all drinking and cooking water goes through that. Expensive, relatively speaking, but worth it to me.

I also have a VitaMix rather than a juicer. I've never seen the value of throwing out the fiber.

Thanks for sharing!
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SPARKLED146 1/27/2014 10:13AM

    We tested our well water and installed a filter. I also try to carry my own bottle of water with me. The bottled water just doesn't appeal to me.

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SHERYLP461 1/27/2014 9:13AM

    I do not use bottled water either, the bottles spend an eternity in the landfills. I do however have a filter to filter out the chlorine and other impurities found in city water.

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MIRAGE727 1/27/2014 9:10AM

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing!
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I never cared about these concerns until I embrace a healthy lifestyle! It confirms our commitment!
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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/27/2014 8:57AM

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/27/2014 8:36AM

    Sounds interesting!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/27/2014 8:21AM

    Yes, these are good ones and got me started juicing about a year or two ago.

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DOGLADY13 1/27/2014 7:48AM

    I have always been suspect of bottled water and only buy a bottle when I don't have access to tap water or doubt the cleanliness of the tap water. It seems so silly to buy water when it is available at our kitchen sinks!

I'm following your raw food journey with interest. It isn't for me, but know there are benefits. It's part of eating a variety of foods to nourish our bodies.

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