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Peanut Butter Tip and Questions

Monday, August 08, 2011

If you microwave a tablespoon of peanut butter for 10 seconds it will spread much easier. Today I enjoyed a tablespoon of PB on a graham cracker and a relatively small amount just tasted heavenly to me! Although I like the all natural peanut butter, and I am sure it is better for you, today what I had was the typical commercial type.

Do you use peanut butter? PB2? whipped peanut butter? My Weight Watcher leader's favorite snack is whipped peanut butter on fresh banana rounds. How do you like your peanut butter?

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/9/2011 10:43AM

    Try slicing a Granny Smith apple and dipping it in your softened pb. Delicious!

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JULIA_211 8/9/2011 3:47AM

    I never heard of whip peanut butter, sounds great! I love my p-nut butter on whole wheat bread and sugar free jelly! emoticon emoticon

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MNNICE 8/8/2011 8:21PM

    My favorite way to eat pb is on a peanut butter and dill pickle sandwich!

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WILD4STARS 8/8/2011 8:17PM

    I don't eat a lot of peanut butter, but now and then when I need breakfast "on the go" I make a peanut butter and banana sandwich. They are so good it always makes me wonder why I don't have them more often !!

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TINYFRIEND615 8/8/2011 7:25PM

    I eat pb all the time! I microwave it as well, and then dip apples in it.

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MIRAGE727 8/8/2011 7:05PM

    Smart Balance All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, 2 T = 1 serving, 190 cals. I will do that on sandwich thins 100 cals and Goya Guava Jelly, i T = 45 cals as one of my 6 meals. Good stuff!
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WATERMELLEN 8/8/2011 6:49PM

    Skippy low fat!! Like commercial PB with salt and sugar (I know, I know). Happy to learn that microwaving will help it "go further" but by and large I eat my PB right off the spoon (no double dipping). Or sometimes on sliced apple . . .

However, truth is that PB is one of those things I have to hide from myself . . . before I eat about half a cupful.

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BLUESKY_321 8/8/2011 5:34PM

    I LOVE peanutbutter. My kids will tell you my motto in the kitchen is "everything tastes better with peanutbutter!" My go-to pb is the one that grinds the peanuts into butter right there in front of you - nothing added. I try not to get into a rut and switch it up with whole nuts (mostly almonds or pistachios) and other nut butters (including nut free butters like sunflower-seed-butter). On toast, in bars, by the spoonful -yum! I know that it's pretty high in fat but if I've got the calories to spare I will use them for a pb fix. One of our favorite take along treats for hiking or boating is to hollow out an apple per person and stuff it with peanutbutter mixed with raisins, unsweetened coconut and - for a real treat - mini chocolate chips!

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SKYFROG 8/8/2011 5:08PM

    All natural, no sugar, no salt, peanut butter on whole grain waffles with flaxseed and bananas on top. What a powerful way to start a day!

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WILDFLOWERS15 8/8/2011 4:48PM

    Growing up we used to mash up bananas, mix with peanut butter and make a sandwich with it. YUMMY!!!! I still do it on occasion but now it's on whole wheat bread instead of Sunbeam white. LOL

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MONTY68 8/8/2011 4:33PM

    Hi Marsha
Thanks for the tip. Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods. Years ago I had peanut butter and mayo sandwiches, most often a late night snack. My favorite then was skippy and at one time I was eating almost a whole jar in the evening, sometimes with a jar of jelly. No wonder I weighed what I did.
I didn't any peanut butter while I was releasing weight and probably a year after. Now, I buy Publix's fresh, all natural PB, I have watched them make it and it consists of just peanuts. I have about 4 tablespoons a day with out any bread or crackers. The calories are about the same, but it is my understanding, is the original oil is replaced by other oils in regular PB.
I have heard of PB2, but never bought any.
Thank you for sharing .

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NEW-CAZ 8/8/2011 4:13PM

    I must try peanut butter *adds to shopping list for Friday*

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AMANDAJCD 8/8/2011 4:08PM

    My favorite peanut butters are by Peanut Butter & Co: their White Chocolate Wonderful, and Dark Chocolate Dreams. I like a TBSP spread on a 1 oz. (small) pita round... or on a slice of sprouted wheat bread. Decadence *and* fiber, all in one! ;)

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/8/2011 2:51PM

    One of my best friends uses Whipped PB and it is 150 calories per 2 TBL, personally I use no salt/no sugar Joseph's Pure Valencia but I do have PB2 on order! Just learned about it yesterday and wasted no time looking for it online. (I like the Joseph's but it does take some getting used to no salt or sugar.)

Best deal I found for PB2 is through the Mfg Website, www.bellplantation.com and I purchased the 4 jars combo of 2 plain, 2 with chocolate.

I also used the store locator and there is a pharmacy within 25 miles and I am going to check on price locally! It isn't cheap!

I never microwaved it, but I do put the jar in front of my toaster oven and it warms it for easier spreading! Never thought of graham crackers!

WooHoo!!

**P.S. I love PB straight from the jar *sigh* or on bread and/or crackers - never did like it with bananas or apples although my DH loves it with both. He really loves bananas with cashews, lol.

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/8/2011 2:22PM

    I don't usually buy any...peanut butter is a "trigger food" for me, meaning that once I start it's hard for me to stop. I'll use some all-natural peanut butter when trying to create some sort of Asian peanut sauce once in a while...but mostly I get my peanut butter fix from JP Lick's low-fat peanut butter frozen yogurt. And I eat roasted almonds daily which gives me a generic nut fix. :)

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JOYINKY 8/8/2011 1:39PM

    One of my favorite lunches or easy suppers is a baked (microwaved) sweet potato topped with peanut butter. Yum!

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_LINDA 8/8/2011 1:27PM

    I use Crunchy peanut butter at Mom's on toast with honey, and natural almond butter at home on toast with honey, no adventure, pretty traditional. Never liked peanut butter mixed with things (don't like nuts in chocolate for example or peanut butter cookies)

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KIMCOLLINGS 8/8/2011 12:59PM

    This is going to sound REALLY weird but my favorite sandwich since I was a kid is open-faced peanut butter and mayonnaise. My son freaked out when he first saw me eat it and then he tried it and he loves it too now.

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JAYEACTS 8/8/2011 12:58PM

  I LOVE PB!! I don't eat bananas - as I am allergic to them - go figure! I eat the "natural" pb without added sugar. I have it on apples! Yum! And my dog, Lacey, adores pb on her "cookies!"

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CED1976 8/8/2011 12:58PM

    my #1 favorite snack is 2T skippy extra crunchy pb w 1t butter and 1/2T honey spread on apple slices. the little bit of butter makes it easier for me to eat the pb. YUM!!! emoticon

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No Matter How Bad I Screw Up.....

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Yesterday I weighed in at Weight Watchers, my 30th monthly free lifetime weigh in. I spent 2010 about five pounds below my WW goal and now I've been at my personal goal weight range about 10 pounds below my WW goal for 2011. I thank both Weight Watchers and SparkPeople. I have learned things I needed from both programs.

During the meeting my Weight Watcher leader asked what I did differently this time, as she is well aware that I've hit my goal weight and not maintained many times in the past. She is also well aware that I don't mind talking and will run my mouth whenever encouraged.

I told the group that for me the key is to do the best I can each day, but no matter what, to never give up. In the past I would get so mad at myself when I wasn't perfect that I would just give up. Once I decided that no matter how bad I screwed up I would not give up, it became very possible for me.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/9/2011 11:23AM

    One day at a time! Just do your best! I'm liking that!

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KALIGIRL 8/8/2011 11:21AM

    Here's to never giving up!

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MNNICE 8/7/2011 9:09PM

    Yes, I have just "screwed up" for an entire weekend, but I won't give up!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/7/2011 8:45PM

    Profound message today!
I am "liking" it!

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FROSTY99 8/7/2011 8:32PM

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NEW-CAZ 8/7/2011 4:55PM

    emoticon I've learnt to take it a day at a time on SP and have been maintaining now for over 3 years.........something that I found on WW and replacement unfilling meals.

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DONNABRIGHT 8/7/2011 11:37AM

    Good plan - I do somewhat the same thing. If I have a bad day now and then it is OK but I can do better tomorrow - I don't have to be perfect!

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JULIA_211 8/7/2011 11:19AM

    This is something a have to learn myself. emoticon You are a great example! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/7/2011 11:09AM

    Hooray for success and wisdom? You are an encouragement to us all! Keep up the good work!


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_LINDA 8/7/2011 10:41AM

    So glad both programs have worked in tandem for you!! Way to never give up!! That is always the key. No matter what life and your health throws at you, you can keep on going!

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NELLJONES 8/7/2011 10:30AM

    I'm not even sure what "perfect" is. There has been only one perfect person and He turned out to be God.

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JOYINKY 8/7/2011 9:20AM

    Yes Marsha! That's the key! For me it's also the resolve that I'm not going to do this all over again and I focus on how much I'm enjoying life today. Health and fitness make that possible.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/7/2011 8:34AM

    I'm with you, Marsha. I need support in real life, and in my case it's a different program from WW, but the convenience and support of Jenny Craig has helped me and Spark has helped me, too.

Spark people is a daily place to refresh motivation and to remember "why I do this". The JC stuff is tools I buy to help with the "how I do this".

But the key lesson: same as you Never Give Up. No matter how big or long the slide... get back on the path! And it doesn't take extremes. Just get back to the "normal", which is by now the healthy way of eating, exercising and savoring LIFE!

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- Barb

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AMANDAJCD 8/7/2011 8:31AM

    You hit the nail on the head, Marsha :) It's a good thing for me to remember as well, because I made these evil desert bar things yesterday after we got home from the eye doctor, and I ate not just one, oh no... that would have been bad enough at 290 calories per serving.

No, I had four. Oops! Lesson learned: these are only to be made for HUGE group events that feature lots of children and their high metabolisms. The second lesson learned is that I am not to be trusted near any sweet treat that involves peanut butter.

Plus side, I've boxed up the rest for Brent and me to take to our respective jobsites on Monday, with 3 left over for the boys. And this morning I'm back on track.

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Follow Up

Friday, August 05, 2011

Follow Up to yesterday's blog: Pharmacist recommended triple antibiotic ointment until open sore are gone then switch to hydrocortisone for scaly skin. Seems to be working for me. (Incidentally, my CVS hydrocortisone cream has 10 warnings, but none about not applying to broken skin.)

Follow Up to 8/2 blog: My cold is much better. I had 10 day cold, 5 days of feeling okay, followed by 3 day cold. Don't think it's allergy - hubby seems to have it today. May be related to overtraining, so I'm planning run/walk when all recovered rather than straight running.

Follow Up to yesterday's status: Was well enough to attend local SparkTeam dinner last eve. Really enjoyed. Great group of people!

Follow Up 7/31 blog: Aquagirl saw me in my new bathing suit and wrote really nice things. She is a dear friend. Thanks, Cyndi!

  
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_LINDA 8/7/2011 12:17AM

    Glad you are feeling better! I am betting you look good in a bathing suit! Good caution in getting back into things slowly..

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/6/2011 11:04PM

    I am glad you are doing better.

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KEKEIKO 8/6/2011 10:29AM

    Glad you are feeling better and on the mend but ut-oh for hubby. Probably best to ease into training slowly but you know your limits. Kudos again to your Pharmacist!

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MONTY68 8/5/2011 11:37PM

    Hi Marsha
Thanks for the follow up comments. I looked at my tube of cortisone and it also said nothing about broken skin. I am glad you made the comment.
Glad you are feeling much better and like your plan for exercise. Going to the Spark dinner may have helped make you feel better. It is nice you have a active local team .

Are you saying we have to take Aqugirl's comments about the bathing suit? emoticon

Thanks again for your follow up reports.

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WATERMELLEN 8/5/2011 7:57PM

    You've had a tough patch: and you're shaking it off.

Doesn't surprise me you can do that. . . but doesn't make it easy either. Please be kind to yourself while you recover fully: and don't hesitate to strut your stuff in that new suit!!

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PARKERB2 8/5/2011 5:40PM

    Glad your feeling better. I'm sure you look GREAT! in the suit. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/5/2011 2:43PM

    I use triple antibiotic all the time!

Heal quickly!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/5/2011 2:24PM

    You are welcome Marsha! You're the best!
Hugs,
Cyndi

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WILD4STARS 8/5/2011 2:14PM

    emoticonGlad you're feeling better.

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KALIGIRL 8/5/2011 12:57PM

    Glad all is better!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/5/2011 10:07AM

    Smiling with you! Glad you are feeling better!

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NEW-CAZ 8/5/2011 10:03AM

    Glad everything is more positive! emoticon

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Who Knew? Pharmacist's Instructions

Thursday, August 04, 2011

While I'm focused on getting over this cold I thought it would be a good time to treat the scaly skin patches on my hands. I asked the pharmacist and heard something that I didn't know. He said never use cortisone products on broken skin. He said it can get into your system. Who knew?

  
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KEKEIKO 8/5/2011 9:53AM

    Thank you for sharing. I'll keep that in mind. A Pharmacist is the one that solved the mystery when my oldest kept breaking out with hives when he had red fruit punch and was on amoxicillin. We had him tested for antibiotics and he wasn't allergic however the Pharmacist said it was probably the Red No. 5 dye which they took off the market since and replaced with Red 40. The Pharmacist was correct!

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MONTY68 8/4/2011 10:16PM

    Hi Marsha
I guess I didn't read everything on the tube. Did he suggest something instead?
Thank you for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 8/4/2011 9:15PM

    Thanks for sharing the info: did you get an alternative? I like plain Glaxal base cream . . . soothing.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/4/2011 8:47PM

    I didn't know that either.

WTG for sharing!!

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MNNICE 8/4/2011 2:44PM

    This is why it upsets me that so many health insurance companies require that you use their selected "teledrug" service and order presccriptions by phone or online from a pharmacy in some distant part of the country. Your local pharmacists can be so helpful and give you that kind of personal attention that can prevent health problems.

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AQUAGIRL08 8/4/2011 2:30PM

    Good to know. Thanks for the heads up!

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MIRAGE727 8/4/2011 12:42PM

    Uh, it states that info on the tube I've used. I always read the directions of use after a bad experience "when I was a child" a few years ago.
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Good to see you're feeling better, Marsha. But don't push it.

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KALIGIRL 8/4/2011 12:32PM

    I didn't emoticon

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_LINDA 8/4/2011 12:16PM

    People get sick through things getting into broken skin. That is why injections are so risky for infection and why they give tetanus shots when you cut yourself with anything.
I know this fully well from my extensive experience with the medical system

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NEW-CAZ 8/4/2011 12:06PM

    Better to use something like E45 cream or an emollient Marsha

I talk to my pharmacist before our doc sometimes...makes more sense and he can usually advise an over the counter remedy there and then

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KKKAREN 8/4/2011 9:00AM

    Love those good pharmasists.

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WILD4STARS 8/4/2011 8:42AM

    Good to know. I love Cortaid. Maybe a bit too much?? Will be watching for broken skin. Did he suggest what you should use on that scaly skin?
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Prepared for the Appetite From Hell

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I can't taste a thing. I could not even tell there were raisins in my oatmeal this morning. Right now my appetite is just neutral - I can eat, but I feel no urgency. So I plan to just make wise decisions.

However, I know what to expect. Last time I was sick -- last 2 weeks -- I lost my appetite and then it came back magnified. l balanced out by making every bite contribute to health when not hungry, and using my appetite management skills - lots of veggies, frequent small meals, drink water, distract myself - when the Appetite From Hell hits.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/4/2011 2:22PM

    So sorry that you're feeling so bad again. I hope this passes soon and that you feel more like yourself.
Hugs,
Cyndi

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WATERMELLEN 8/3/2011 8:21PM

    I've never realized that after a cold, I need to anticipate the "appetite from hell": but that absolutely coheres with my own experience. Pent-up demand to experience taste again!!

Thanks for your comments on my "willed optimism" blog and the goodie: so much appreciated. My work is not more "important" than anyone else's work . . . but some periods can be a bit cliff-hangerish!!

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MIRAGE727 8/3/2011 7:53PM

    Marsha,
Please remember to go to the doctor early if this lingers on.
Monty
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SHECHAM 8/3/2011 5:08PM

    Hope you feel better...

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/3/2011 12:59PM

    One choice at a time; you'll do OK. Hope your feel much better quickly!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/3/2011 11:42AM

    Bless your heart.

I hope this passes quickly!

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NEW-CAZ 8/3/2011 11:35AM

    At least you know the way you think and what your body craves after being ill.
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