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Hurray for curry!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

I use turmeric in some Colombian dishes too. Good to know that it has cancer-fighting powers!

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SHANSHE 12/31/2009 5:44PM

    I am here to catch up on your blogs and see what has been going on in YOUR world! I have gotten so far behind on blog reading and have been trying to catch up on a few people's blogs each day. I am glad I have made it to yours as I have missed you. I mean, you have been there for me, but I have not known what was going on with you... :)

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CZARINA_TV 11/3/2009 5:19PM

    Oooh! Good to know...

How've you been doing these days Ruth?

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Foods that should never cross our lips

Thursday, October 08, 2009

This is quick but important reading!

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PJBOKC 10/9/2009 9:57PM

    How informative!!! I have a lot of recipes using canned tomatoes. I think I'll try to pasta sauce in a jar next time. I buy my salmon from a "fresh" meat market - but will have to check on where they get it.

thanks for sharing!

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JCFAIRFI 10/9/2009 10:20AM

    I had no idea about potatoes or microwave popcorn. Thanks for sharing.

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SHANSHE 10/8/2009 6:51PM

    WOW... who knew? Thanks for sharing!

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CZARINA_TV 10/8/2009 4:54PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing that...

I often buy organic produce, but not always. Organic milk and berries definitely taste better to me. I'll add potatoes and apples to that list now.

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Hard times + good news

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sorry, friends, I've been quite absent from SP for a while, except for logging my exercise when I've been able to squeeze it in. Too much to tell now, except to say that an MRI confirmed a tear in my rotator cuff (plus a bone spur that exacerbates the pain), but my excellent orthopedist has encouraged me to get back into PT for a while to see if surgery can be avoided. I'm currently waiting for a call back from the PT center to get started.

. . . And I've just received exciting news: I'm going to become a grandmother for the first time!!!!!!!

My daughter-in-law & son found out today that she is pregnant!

I'm all mushy & haven't gotten much work done since I got the news.
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PJBOKC 10/9/2009 10:08PM

    Ruth - CONGRATULATIONS! on becoming a grandmother. I can tell you that being a "Nana" is just the greatest. I love all the cuddling, play time, hugs. There'll be a brand new place in your heart now. Please keep us posted.

Well that's not such great news on the shoulder, but at least you have a diagnosis, and now can proceed with a plan. I agree with the PT. Give it your best at the clinic and at home. It takes a while, but I think is worth it to avoid surgery. Took me about 3 months.

I understand about being away from SP. I've been away also. I still track my food - almost every day, and am spending a lot of time trying to figure out this diabetic eating. I'm really making great progress, but still so far to go. Have lost 8 pounds since starting with the dietician in August - SLOOOOOW - but I think that's ok. I feel I have a better "grip" on what it takes for life style change than I ever have.

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CZARINA_TV 10/4/2009 6:55PM

    Congratulations! You have to get that shoulder back in good order so you can hold your new grandbaby...

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SHANSHE 9/30/2009 12:01AM

    Ruth, I have missed you, and am sorry to hear about your arm... BUT WOW!!! A grandma! I am sooo sooo happy for you! I can imagine the emotions you are having!

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My shoulder, my retreat, & the new challenge

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Yesterday I saw an orthopedist, & he confirmed that my left shoulder's rotator cuff may be torn. He prescribed an MRI; my primary doctor has to issue a referral for that, so I have just called to request it. In the meantime, the ortho said, I SHOULD be doing my previous PT exercises, despite the pain. I'm starting them up again today.

I was away Friday, Saturday & Sunday at a cottage in northwestern Michigan, enjoying an informal creative retreat with four women friends. We have been meeting nearly every month for years to tell each other about our creative pursuits (writing & visual arts mostly), & occasionally we've done a craft project together, but this was the first time we "retreated." It was fabulous! Here is where I took my walks:

Isn't that inspiring? The eastern shore of Lake Michigan is just two blocks from the cottage. So gorgeous. While there I also did some substantial work on my poetry manuscript & made a collage to hang up in my new office at home (I'm going to take over the guest room). And my friends & I spent lots of time just sitting by the fire (what a cold August it has been!) & talking & reading.

I'm participating in the September Run-Walk Challenge, which started today. Since I needed extra sleep this morning & didn't get in my walking then, I'm planning to get off the train a few stops south of home this afternoon so that I can walk the rest of the way. Gotta make my goal!

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PJBOKC 9/9/2009 2:26AM

    Hey Ruth,

So glad you're in process of getting some answers on your shoulder. I agree, do those exercises. I didn't do mine, and when got frozen shoulder, I cried every day in PT for several weeks. So keep that joint moving.

Your retreat sounds and looks glorious. I love the water - so beautiful and peaceful, perfect for meditation.


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SHANSHE 9/1/2009 10:28PM

    The retreat sounds HEAVENLY!!!! The picture is gorgeous! Great job on meeting your goals in other ways, than you actually intended. Also, I sure pray that your arm gets better and that God will speed the healing process for you!

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CZARINA_TV 9/1/2009 6:10PM

    How beautiful! Your retreat sounds wonderful...

Sorry to hear about your shoulder. My super had a torn rotator cuff for quite a while and it was really hard on him.

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JUS911 9/1/2009 3:11PM

    Wow - that retreat on Lake Michigan looks beautiful! What a cool thing for you and your friends to do. Good luck with yourwalk to run challenge.

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Sugar & me

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Probably most of my Sparkfriends have seen the news about the American Heart Association's new campaign to decrease U.S. sugar consumption:

"In a scientific statement issued Monday, the organization says most women should limit their sugar intake to 100 calories, or about six teaspoons, a day; for men, the recommendation is 150 calories, or nine teaspoons.

"The recommendations are likely to prove challenging for many consumers to meet. Just one 12-ounce can of cola has about 130 calories, or eight teaspoons of sugar.

"Data gathered during a national nutrition survey between 2001 and 2004 suggest that Americans consume on average 355 calories, or more than 22 teaspoons, of sugar a day."

Just last week my husband & I agreed that henceforth we will avoid desserts except on weekends--for the time being at least. Interestingly, this is harder for him to deal with than for me, even though I'm more of a chocolate fiend than he is. On Saturday he said rather huffily, "Well, if we're going to limit desserts to weekends, we should plan a really GREAT dessert!" I ended up making a fruit crisp using the last of the peaches & blueberries we had bought at a Michigan farmstand the previous Sunday. It was truly yummy.

And I just did some rather convoluted calculations revealing that since I ate just over 2 servings out of 10, my share of the 7/8 cup of sugar in the recipe came to about 9 teaspoons. Not bad for extra sugar eaten in the course of two days.

On no-dessert days, since I don't drink soda or fruit drinks (except for 100% juice in small quantities), my only added sugar is the 2-3 teaspoons of honey or agave nectar I put on my homemade muesli. However, the Heart Association says that the sugars in alcohol should be counted as well. Those don't show up in the SP nutrition tracker. I am limiting my alcohol carefully these days too, but it would be nice to know. Anyone know how to figure out alcohol sugars?

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CZARINA_TV 8/26/2009 9:16AM

    Good for you! That's got to be a hard habit to break.

Even though I try to choose fruits and fruit juice and don't add extra sugar to things, I still really like sugar. I definitely feel the sugar spike and crash when I eat it though...

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PJBOKC 8/25/2009 10:35PM

    This one gives a calculation about the middle of the article. It looks like the sugar alcohol is about 1/2 calories of sugar. Let me know what you think.


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PJBOKC 8/25/2009 10:27PM

    This looks like a pretty decent article on sugars from alcohol.


I'm not sure that these are the same as the sugar IN alcohol though.

I know if I eat too many of the low carb foods with this sugar from alcohol, it can cause me some major GI distress.

PS here's another link to info

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PJBOKC 8/25/2009 10:21PM

    Ruth, I've wondered the same thing. I know Atkins products differentiate sugar from alcohol sugar. I'd like to know the difference, and the calculations too. I know all about avoiding sugar now, for sure. It sure does help in decreasing the appetite.

I'll check into the alcohol sugar and you do the same. We'll share what we learn

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SHANSHE 8/25/2009 10:04PM

    WOW!!! I have no clue...

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BABY_GIRL69 8/25/2009 5:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on limiting sugar! If only I could, I would probably lose about 20lbs in 90days with no sugar alone! I have to have sweets included in my day or else you won't like me much?!

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