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Friday, June 04, 2010


FEELING LIGHTER….IS IT WEIGHTLOSS OR GAS ?

What can I say…any little change in my diet has an affect on my digestive system. At this point I will be auditioning for the sequel to the disney film ‘UP’ part 2. How is it that junk food never gave me these issues but the healthy stuff does?

Thursday… Dr. Oz show discussed ‘THREE DANGEROUS FOOD TOXINS’.
*****BPA, this chemical is used to create clear, hard plastics (such as reusable water bottles) and line metal cans to protect us from botulism
*****Mercury in Fish.
*****Pesticides
The article has safety tips worth reading.
www.doctoroz.com/videos/three-danger
ous-food-toxins


But I got to wondering about what this Oil Spill Disaster is going to do to the seafood industry. (As if it weren’t expensive enough). They predict the problem may travel around Florida and up the Eastern Coast. That’s a lot of coastline. It appears that mercury won’t be the only thing we have to worry about.

Guess I’ll be eating a lot more veggies. Where’s the Beano ? emoticon emoticon

  
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GRAMMIE1959 6/5/2010 2:22PM

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I was at Sam's Club earlier today...looking for Beeno in the 55 gallon drum size!!

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KATIE33MAHALA 6/5/2010 12:02PM

    God help us, hope we don't end up calling it the " Dead Gulf " I love your blogs! Thank you

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SUNSHINEART 6/4/2010 11:32PM

    I lovvvvve your humour. Thanks for making me laugh. I need a good laugh.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/4/2010 1:16PM

  UP..........that bad?????? I guess it's one time I'm glad we aren't neighbors!!!
Seriously (that doesn't happen often with me), ACTIVIA has really helped me in the intestinal department. I eat one, LIGHT, 4 oz. Activia each morning and I have never been more regular or less gassy.
Later....... emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/4/2010 10:53AM

    Our food system is being completely poisoned. There is little safe to eat.

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THECRAZYMANGO 6/4/2010 10:40AM

    AH.. You crack me up! I also have these kind of problems when I eat alot of fiber or after going to my parents (eating a lot of junk food) than going back to how I was eating. It doesn't bother me too much until I go work out and you cannot exactly let go in the fitness room or while running with people. Could you be getting too much fiber? You can track that on SP if you haven't been already. Also, if you increase your fiber too fast, it is another reason. I hope you figure it out! emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 6/4/2010 10:12AM

    Here's a good site that helps you find the least toxic and sustainable seafood alternative. Small changes make a difference.

http://www.monte
reybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwa
tch.aspx

You can enter the name of the product in the search box, and find out if you should eat it or not. What a shame that this is what we've done to our planet.

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BEAUTYEYES 6/4/2010 9:33AM

    I live in South La and I dont think many have thought about the effects of the oil field. It is horrible and I mean totally. Enviromentalist predict it will take years. The seafood industry is contaminated badly. Many fisherman are in trouble, the ones that fish for a living are the ones effected. The swamp is covered in oil and its debrie. The Gulf is contaminated in all aspects, not just the surface but for miles depth oil as contaminated every living being in the Gulf of Mexico. The dolphins are coming up dead everywhere, crabs, shrimp, everything imaginable. Well, god intented for oil to be a treasure to use as a natural resources, but this is horrible, to every extent. emoticon

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YAYAMEMA 6/4/2010 8:34AM

  So true, have a great day. It's a good thing there is such a thing as Beano

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MEL_UNRAU 6/4/2010 8:07AM

    Lets eat those greens! I adore them! And with time, that gassy reaction will fade! At least it did for me, as you increase your intake. But, I have invested in a costco size bottle of Beano-- especially for the hubs! emoticon

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FLAME42 6/4/2010 7:54AM

    Hop a long to a great day. Don't think eating vegetables will upset my system as much as the bugs your frog friend likes.
We do like to have a treat of shrimp every so often, bet the price on that goes up, if you can even get it. Amazing how widespread this disaster is. Shows us how we are all connected to all parts of this great land.
Enjoy your veggies today!
(can't make my emoticon pages work today) frog balloon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/4/2010 7:33AM

    Yeah, I've thought a lot about the seafood with the oil spill as well. I don't eat much fish now, but I am certainly going to be eating less going forward. I have a feeling we haven't seen the worst of it yet.

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NUTRON3 6/4/2010 7:31AM

    Have a wonderful day!

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One Toe over the Line

Thursday, June 03, 2010


SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I’M COMPETING AGAINST MYSELF….
ONE TOE OVER THE LINE
AND MY EFFORTS FOR THE WEEK GET DISQUALIFIED

Now don’t get me wrong….I stopped the ‘all or nothing’ thinking a while ago.
I’ve learned to recover quickly from my little slips. But the results of my ‘error’ shows up on the scale nonetheless. I end up playing with the same three pounds, over and over. It’s like playing one of those games where if you lose, you get sent back three paces. And heaven forbid, you really blow it…you could find yourself having to start from scratch.

Oh No...Not this time Baby !!!

Now that summertime is here, I’m doing the salad extravaganza. I’m creating colorful works of art with dark greens and grilled veggies. I’m going easy on the dressing and using balsamic vinegars and lemon instead. I’m doing the cardio walk early in the morning and doing the toning routines throughout the day.

And I’m really getting into this ‘clean house’ kick. It’s amazing how feeling organized helps you think better. Even something as simple as dusting pictures on the wall, makes me feel ‘lighter’. Is that crazy…or what?


SO WATCH OUT WORLD...
BECAUSE THIS LITTLE PIGGY IS LEARNING TO FLY !!!

  
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SUNSHINEART 6/4/2010 11:33PM

    Love the piggy picture!!!!! emoticon

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46SHADOW 6/3/2010 9:10PM

    Very cute. i will now have a new visual image.

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FRENCHTOSD 6/3/2010 4:29PM

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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day=639729

Check out the Spark Health News Article above. The title "Clean House Linked to Better Fitness" says it all, and is very inspiring to me!

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GRAMMIE1959 6/3/2010 3:16PM

    way cute! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 6/3/2010 1:38PM

  There is NOTHING cuter than a baby pig, unless it is a baby pig flying. I love your enthusiasm!!!
My week of company is over and I expect my husband to return later this afternoon, so I have about 4 hours to myself.....just me and the dogs.......think I will fly too!!! emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL1950 6/3/2010 1:17PM

    Thanks for the laugh..have now subscribed..good for a laugh a day. Hugs

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KATHI214 6/3/2010 1:13PM

    Loved this blog, it shows your determination and also sense of humor. You go, girl!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATIE33MAHALA 6/3/2010 12:12PM

    Love this Blog! Gave me energy and made me laugh, Thank you!!! emoticon

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KATIEJO5 6/3/2010 11:58AM

    Sher, you make my day, every day!

Look out, world!

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MYSHARONA6 6/3/2010 11:25AM

    I love the flying pigs!!!!!!!1 You make me smile every time I read your blog. Thanks for the laughs and giggles!!!!!! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/3/2010 10:47AM

    You are doing great!! I need to follow your lead. LOL.

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MEL_UNRAU 6/3/2010 9:56AM

    I am as always, blown away by your attitude! You inspire me daily. Thank you, my friend, for being my own personal hero!

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FLAME42 6/3/2010 8:38AM

    So glad I have your blog to look forward to each day! Didn't ever think I would wake up to flying pigs however!! You seem to have "your ducks all in a row" too. emoticon emoticon emoticon Making some very strong plans to get rid of those extra lbs.
Like you idea of cleaning up your surroundings too, I NEED to do that. Maybe I will go dust off a few pictures for a start.
Have a great day, you got mine off to a good start....

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/3/2010 7:55AM

    Go, Grrl! Get those wings flapping & fly, baby, fly!

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STRINGS58 6/3/2010 7:47AM

    I'm still recovering from an episode of feeling sleep deprived (and loving the image of the prairie dog!) and now we are making piggies fly --- this little piggy wants to fly tooooooooooooooo. Make it happen no. 1! Kiss that troublesome fluctuation GOOD-bye! emoticon emoticon

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Watch Your Posture

Wednesday, June 02, 2010



OKAY…..TODAY I AM IMPROVING MY UPPER BODY POSTURE...
STAND UP STRAIGHT, POSITION FEET SHOULDER WIDTH APART,
WITH ARMS OUTSTRETCHED, KEEP YOUR PALMS UP,
AND DO SMALL BACKWARD CIRCLES
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Years of slouching in front of a computer and not standing straight have taken its toll on my posture. Combine that with my workout crunches and I’m getting neck pain (which is, no doubt, also aggravated by the 'Pain In The Necks', in my life).

So I went in search of some help. I found this little video clip by Doctor Neil King which seems to be helping, so I thought I would share. The entire series is good, but here are the two I found most helpful for me. (they run about 3 ½ minutes each)

Exercises for Posture - Pull Shoulders Back
www.monkeysee.com/play/5292-exercise
s-for-posture-pull-shoulders-back


Exercises for Posture - Take Tension off the Neck
www.monkeysee.com/play/5293-exercise
s-for-posture-take-tension-off-the-neck


And remember to stand Tall and Proud emoticon

  
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CHRISTINEM777 7/1/2010 5:11PM

    Awesome! I just posted some on my sparkblog I found on youtube.
thanks!

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FLAME42 6/2/2010 11:11PM

    Loved your visuals as usual. I do tend to stand up straight just to try to appear taller. I am/was 5'2" on a good day. Have noticed so many of the teen-agers today slouch. Wish they could realize what this is leading to with their bodies.
Thanks for the reminder to sit properly in front of the computer as we share our SP!!

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CALCOUNTER4LIFE 6/2/2010 10:27PM

    Computers do terrible things to my back too. Especially laptops.
Correcting my posture now. LOL. Thanks!

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MYSHARONA6 6/2/2010 4:49PM

    Anything that makes you look slimmer is for me!!! Such a great idea!!! I salute you! (only because I am standing so tall!!!!) Sharon emoticon

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KATIEJO5 6/2/2010 12:48PM

    I have to work on this constantly- too many years of trying to look shorter than my 6 feet!

I feel energized and positive when I stand tall. It's all related, isn't it?

Great job getting back on track today!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/2/2010 12:12PM

    I need posture reform too. LOL.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/2/2010 11:53AM

  I have to CONSTANTLY remind myself of this!!!!! If I catch my reflection (which I try NOT to do) I can't believe how much older I look when I am slouching!!!
Loved your pictures.......as usual.

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JILLTBNAGART 6/2/2010 10:44AM

    Love the photos. Wish I didn't need the reminder, but I do.

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FRENCHTOSD 6/2/2010 9:52AM

    Nice - thanks for the tips!

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THEATRE1SM 6/2/2010 9:50AM

    I enjoyed the two "illustrations" on your blog PLUS the links to the exercises. Thanks for sharing!

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My Train Crashed Last Night

Tuesday, June 01, 2010


Uhhhhhhh
I WENT A LITTLE OFF TRACK YESTERDAY….
AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED

Yesterday was a great day and I got a lot of stuff done…decluttering, exercising, cleaning and even enjoyed some time with friends. I was fine until after dinner and then I got to fixating on some old ‘baggage’. Needless to say I reached for my ‘PAIN KILLER’ and managed to finish half a container of frozen yogurt. Luckily I slipped into a ‘coma’ afterwards and just went to sleep.

Lesson 1: DO NOT BRING THAT STUFF IN THE HOUSE !!!
If I want something that badly, there are plenty of places around here that will sell me a single serving.

So I decided to do a little research to help prevent the mood swings and I found
“HOW TO EAT TO CONTROL MOOD SWINGS”
with Elizabeth Somers registered dietician & author (about 5:15)
www.howdini.com/howdini-video-666043
3.html


Basically, Food sources that help with serotonin production are:
*** foods high in B-vitamins (brown rice, chicken, corn ,eggs, green leafs, legumes, meat, nuts, peas, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast),
***Calcium (almonds, brewer's yeast, green leafs and cruciferous vegetables, fish with bones, sesame seeds, tofu),
***Magnesium (green leafs, brown rice, sesame seeds, shrimp, salmon)
***and Tryptophan (turkey, soy foods, peanuts, almonds). Protein contains tryptophan, which helps convert serotonin levels in the brain. Researchers are not sure why, but tryptophan needs carbohydrates to help raise serotonin levels in the brain. Eat protein with vegetables, nuts, milk, beans, peas, avocados or bananas.

Essential fatty acids necessary for serotonin production are:
***the omega 3's (fish oils found in mackerel, salmon, sardine, tuna; walnut oil, flax oil) andDHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid. It is found in cold water fatty fish and fish oil supplements, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Vegetarian sources of DHA come from seaweed.

for more info see
“WHAT FOODS RAISE SEROTONIN LEVELS?” wiki.answers.com/Q/What_foods_raise_
serotonin_levels

  
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FLAME42 6/1/2010 9:51PM

    That train wreck wasn't as bad as it looked at first. You found yourself a new track and seem to be steaming ahead. Granted, if some of those temptations get loaded in with the baggage they will find a way into your cargo area.
Bet today was a much better day! All aboard for a new ride!!

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MYSHARONA6 6/1/2010 8:03PM

    Did you want the creamy texture? I love creamy and cold. My newest obsession is Greek yogurt- plain. I add my own vanilla and three splendas to my 6 ounces (I weigh it out on my oxo scale). It is so delicious. You can add the fruit or berries and it become a massive treat. And.....it is cold and creamy. I eat two dishes a day...it is my bedtime snack about 9 and takes away the cravings....really. I like the Fage brand and I buy the large size now and weigh it out myself!!!! It saves me each and every day. p.s. I can't buy ice cream and keep it in the house!!!!! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/1/2010 7:01PM

    Oh girl - I saw frozen yogurt the other day at the super market. On sale too. But you are right on target - no matter how much I want it , it is best in some else's house and not mine.

Thanks for all the nifty info... XO



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BROOKDOESLIFE 6/1/2010 4:10PM

    We all have those days for sure. I am proud of you for recognizing the problem and researching solutions. I like to find foods that help with my mood. Anything to help with that is great. I definitely agree with just not bringing it into the house and just going out and buying a single serving if you are wanting something like that. Getting back on track with the very next meal is the key! Hope you are having a happy, healthy day today!



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FRENCHTOSD 6/1/2010 3:43PM

    I'm with you on never bringing the "bad" stuff home. When I want ice cream, I walk to the shop with the good stuff instead of buying the half gallon of plain at the grocery store.

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on starting right back to it today!

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EIKOOW 6/1/2010 12:45PM

    Well, on the bright side, it didn't leave the station WITHOUT you today emoticon Get back on board and enjoy the ride...you're doing all the right things now, and making the right decisions for you...darn trains DO manage to derail when we least expect it...GOOD NEWS...yours isn't a RUNAWAY TRAIN emoticon

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SHERWOODCYCLER 6/1/2010 11:32AM

    Hmmm...so you are suggesting we're self-medicating when we eat turkey w/good carbs, eh? I'll take and run w/that advice.

I never knew about the food/serotonin connection.

Clear out the train wreck and get back on track. You can do this...

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/1/2010 11:23AM

    I loved this post and can so use it!!!!

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MRE1956 6/1/2010 11:19AM

    That picture looks like my life.....

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Just what was that "pain killer" of choice?

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I've also been wondering about food's effect on mood....I do know that cutting out vending machine garbage has been a great help for me.....



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MEL_UNRAU 6/1/2010 11:15AM

    Thanks for sharing, friend. I know you will be back on track in no time at all! Like right now!!!


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HI-NRG 6/1/2010 11:10AM

    Thanks friend,
you got me started. I checked out her (Elizabeth Somer) "Food & Mood". Looks like it might be worth getting, however, it was printed in '99. So many changes in our knowledge base I want to make sure it contains current info. I emailed her and requested info about that. I will let you know what she says. I also, checked out her new book "Eat Your Way To Happiness". Gonna get that one right away.
signed,
-your fellow train wreck


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ROCKYCPA 6/1/2010 11:03AM

    You have some real interesting information in your blog. Also, at least you know that you have an issue and are willing to do something about it.

Good Luck - you will succeed.

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SSCHULTZ59 6/1/2010 10:46AM

    get back on track again.. pretty soon the back on track will be the habit.. and you will find your train running smoothly..
everyone has a set back now and then.. get your ticket stamped and keep rolling.

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LIQUEURLADY 6/1/2010 10:41AM

    Yeah, I had one of those days yesterday as well. I brought all the healthy salads to the potluck but waiting for me there were the products of a master baker's work...oh well. At least none of it is home with me, and today will be better. Hope your day goes well.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/1/2010 10:29AM

  If it makes you feel any better, I, too, splurged yesterday and had a piece of Elizabeth's Birthday Cake and ice cream. It's not the end of the world!!! We will BOTH do better today and tomorrow and the day after that........
Thanks for the helpful info.....
emoticon That's how I felt after the cake and ice cream.

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YAYAMEMA 6/1/2010 10:26AM

  Don't kick yourself in the butt! You will be OK emoticon

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FRENCHYFEVER 6/1/2010 10:25AM

    Great information. Thank you for sharing.

As for your little escapade last night, believe me, we all have those. Pick your train up and put it back on it's track. You will be just fine!

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You've Got to Love Veggies

Monday, May 31, 2010


VEGETABLES USED TO ALIENATE ME.
I GUESS MY OLD SCHOOL CONCEPT WAS THAT
TO BE ‘GOOD FOR YOU’….THEY HAD TO BE STEAMED
AND I’M SORRY TO SAY THIS
BUT I ENJOY A LITTLE MORE FLAVOR THAN THAT IN MY FOOD
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BUT I REALLY WANTED TO FEEL BETTER ABOUT MY BODY
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SO I CUT OUT THE BREAD AND STARCHY CARBS
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AND STOPPED EATING SO MUCH RED MEAT
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AND STARTED EATING MORE FISH
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AND POULTRY
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MY HEALTHY FRIENDS SUPPORTED ME IN MY BETTER CHOICES
AND GAVE ME GREAT RECIPES.
I STARTED GRILLING MY VEGETABLES AND SPICING THEM UP
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EVERY NOW AND THEN I FIND SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T AGREE WITH ME BUT YOU HAVE TO KISS A FEW FROGS BEFORE YOU FIND YOUR PRINCE
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SO NOW I PLAY WITH MY FOOD
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AND I’M LEARNING NEW TRICKS EVERY DAY

HAVE A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY


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HVMBRU 5/31/2010 8:59PM

    Real cute! Haven't seen these before. And I DO love my veggies too.

Helen -Spark On!

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KARENTOO2 5/31/2010 8:01PM

    Wonderful blog! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/31/2010 1:22PM

    So cool!! Love them veggies!!

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IPATRICIA 5/31/2010 11:16AM

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PATRICIAANN46 5/31/2010 11:01AM

  Another GREAT BLOG from a special, creative person. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day. emoticon

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AXISLADY 5/31/2010 9:44AM

    I mentioned to the son and daughter-in-law that I was just so tired of fixing meals and not knowing what to cook. After 50 some years of cooking, I am just plain tired of it. The son suggested I get out my cook book and try some new recipes. I did just that yesterday, and came to realize I was enjoying actually cooking something that took time, took whisking, took sauteeing, etc. Much different than the old usual stuff I fix! What fun!

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FRENCHTOSD 5/31/2010 9:43AM

    Great pics and a wonderful sentiment for this semi-vegetarian.

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FLAME42 5/31/2010 9:41AM

    You have amazing, fun blogs. Don't know where you find all the pictures but they sure spice up the day. Have always loved veggies, but you put them in a whole new light. Plus when I was growing up we were told not to play with our food, silly parents!

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NURSEKELLY09 5/31/2010 9:38AM

    Great blog!! I love all the veggie animals! Sure does make me want to go and eat some! emoticon

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STRINGS58 5/31/2010 9:26AM

    I haven't caught up with you in awhile -- you have a great style with pics and text ---- and there is a bikini theme -- are you pulling yourself into your future???

I gave my sister a book "Play with your Food" and I have "How are you peeling" but this has taken it to another level!

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CALCOUNTER4LIFE 5/31/2010 9:15AM

    So Cute!
Love that Alien pic. LOL!

Thanks for posting these.

-Vanessa

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HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 5/31/2010 9:12AM

    Very Cute!

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