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Junk Food for My Cats (And Beer for My Horses)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Okay, I don't have horses, but I love the song that Toby and Willie do - Whiskey for my men, and beer for my horses.

My Himalayan brothers (not my brothers, they are brothers to each other - smiling), pictured here on my SP site, are not as robust as other cats I've had. In fact, they have fragile digestive systems and are now 7 years old. It took a long time to find a good cat food they could eat w/o throwing up.

Occasionally, when I'm out and about, I am at the cat food dept. and see "treats." I think, "oh, I'll pick up these treats for my boys." About a month ago, I did that. Got home, and gave them a few each. Poor Wills spent the next half hour retching so badly, that I thought I'd have to take him into animal ER. Must have poison in those treats. NEVER AGAIN!

Which made me think of the "treats" I've been having, and how my body has reacted to them as if they are, indeed, poison. Will I ever learn? Yes, I will. I'm determined. As I wrote to spfriend, JLITT, the other day, it's amazing how I label things "treats" that are in reality detrimental to my well-being.

On a positive note (besides the no more junk food for Wills and Harry - or me), I just received my order of pet vitamins and have been crushing them into their food. Usually not able to trick them, they've not detected the new element and are holding them down. I hope to build up their immune and digestive systems a bit.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

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CHATTIEGIRL 7/19/2011 9:59PM

    Hi Jessee;

Yes I stay away from sugar because it drains me and I am not a diabetic. Caffeine is not in my world either but a lot of fresh fruits and veggies are. My 2 dogs when they where young pups I also had to find what they could eat and now they are good too go 12 and 10 years old.

Stay focused on your healthy life style, exercises and eating. God bless you always. Learn from Spark people every day.


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SKYEFYR 7/19/2011 9:49AM

  So now we just need to convince ourselves that good for us food is treats and we're all set! I just want to know, who ever told us that men were a treat? (Someone must have or we would have avoided them like the plague!) Geeze....

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/19/2011 12:48AM

    What a brilliant analogy .I think nothing of getting the very best for True all natural ,no chemical ingredients and then I consider a bag of cheesies a treat for me ,bet I couldn't even pronounce the first 5 ingerdients and probably none are cheese!!!Thanks for a lesson!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/17/2011 7:00AM

    Interesting thought about the poison in our own "treats"....too bad we don't react so strongly when we do the same thing to ourselves.

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CHRYS13 7/16/2011 6:27PM

    What a great blog! I wouldn't dream of giving our little pooch "bad" treats, but yet do it to myself! Your blog really hit home! Thanks!

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BOHEMIANCAT 7/16/2011 11:24AM

    Your title made me smile so I had to read. I like that song too! Poor kitties. My last boy did not eat treats at all. The two current ones are very good boys, adopted from the shelter... they were "desperate house cats". They only will eat the treat "Greenies" from Petco.
You are quite right about the treats we feed ourselves. Thanks for the reminder to watch out for that.

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Blame It On the Moon (and other random thoughts)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Yesterday I felt totally out-of-sorts for no apparent reason. Just awful. I tried to ignore it, but I was puzzled as to the cause. Last night, I looked out the window to see the glowing full moon. That explains it! No kidding, I've always been affected by full moons.

That moment made me smile as I thought of other lifelong things that I've recently noticed that are little quirks. I still double knot my shoes, ever since first learning how as a child. I put an ice cube in milk and even the (very) occasional glass of wine! (yes, I'm a strange one)

On yet another topic, this morning I've started crushing a big pet vitamin for my little Himalayan brothers. (they're not my brothers, they are brothers to each other) A past Himmie cat was built like a tank and healthy, but these boys are delicate and I'm hoping to boost their immune systems.

Early this morning, I dreamt I was rolling in a small earthquake. Listening to the radio just now, I found out that we'd had three small ones at the approximate time of my dream. Guess my dream state must've picked that up.

Yes, I'm a strange one. (smiling) And proud of it.

Wishing all a good day.

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SKYEFYR 7/19/2011 9:54AM

  Your furboys are adorable! Himmy's are on my list of "cats I want to be owned by in this lifetime". My current baby is a Maine Coon. Gee, guess we have long haired cats in common too! I hope you can keep sneaking them their vitamins. Give them some catnip too. I drop the catnip on mine's fur so she'll eat it. Catnip is good for upset stomachs. (Although I would suggest a tea if you want to try it.)

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/19/2011 12:51AM

    Strange is good! Doesn't everyone double knot their shoes???

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/17/2011 7:01AM

    That's funny about incorporating the earthquakes into your dreams.

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MILLISMA 7/15/2011 9:24PM

    No, I don't think your strange. You'd be surprised how the moon affects people....just visit a nursing home. My mom gets real grumpy and she was the most easy going, gentle person you would ever want to meet.

Thought your dream was interesting!

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KARENE10 7/15/2011 4:53PM

    The moon affects me too emoticon emoticon

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    I am 68 and still double knot my shoes so I dont end up tripping during the day. LOL

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JULESRULES78 7/15/2011 11:20AM

    I'm a lace knotter too! The full moon doesn't affect me too often, but a new moon definitely does. I was born under an new moon and have a feeling that has something to do with it. I get all light-headed and ditsy. Oh, wait, that is my usual self emoticon

It is weird how the mind incorporates actual motion into our dream states. Stay safe with the quakes!

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NATPLUMMER 7/15/2011 11:06AM

    I double knot my laces, too. I think it comes from wearing Converse...they come untied all the time ;-)
Nothing wrong with being strange, I embrace it :-)
Happy Friday!

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JLITT62 7/15/2011 9:47AM

    Interesting! My boys are now getting monthly acupuncture because they basically haven't been right since we moved.

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Making Friends With My Nemesis - Sugar

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Up until a few weeks ago, I had a nice little streak of no sugar going. I think I was up to 96 days without!!!!! I was convinced that I had it beat and that I could return to do "just a little." (yeah, uhhuh, right) My intent was to teach myself moderation. (yeah, uhhuh, right)

So, okay, I started out small and then nearly threw myself into a bodily shock as I consumed everything with sugar in sight (for a couple of weeks now). While doing so, I was still thinking that I was teaching myself moderation.

What can I say here except that the sugar topic will probably be on several upcoming blogs until I think it all out and figure what to do. I've been so good in the past, and never even missed it, so why oh why do I bother to eat it again? How to make friends with this arch-enemy?

Wishing all a happy day.

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SKYEFYR 7/19/2011 10:00AM

  You took it away and gave it back. That makes it a "bad" food which means that now you HAVE to have it. You inner petulent child is throwing a tantrum. At least that's what happens with me. Want to work on it together?

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SHOOTIN4STARS 7/14/2011 1:47PM

    Do you eat foods with natural sugars? i.e. fruit, starchy vegetables, etc. Or, is it just processed foods with sugar that are the triggers? I feel for you. I'd hate to have this problem, but you can be sure, I have my own demons to battle. Sugar is just not one of them.

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NATPLUMMER 7/14/2011 9:21AM

    I've been cutting back. I renewed my twice a week for sweets at the beginning of July and have done well. Maybe totally cutting it out for so long set up a binge mentality. That's why I'm not saying can't just saying not as often.

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NANCY- 7/14/2011 7:51AM

    I have not banned sugar, but have reduced my use and limited sugary treats for medical reasons. I just try to stick to natural sugars(like in fruit or milk) and not add sugar.
Certain items have been banned as they are not part of my healthy self-care plan.
You are doing well and will find your balance.
Keep Sparking!!!!

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DDHEART 7/14/2011 6:23AM

    I think perhaps after a total prohibition, your mind was still thinking binge...we have had to learn so many lessons over and over before we master the skill...this too may be mastered or for you sugar may always be something you need to'll figure it out for you!

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JLITT62 7/14/2011 5:22AM

    It's so hard to do in moderation!

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DJ4HEALTH 7/13/2011 10:47PM

    They have proven that sugar is additive and that is why you keep going back. Almost everything has some type of sugar in it that is one reason that I read all labels.

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MILLISMA 7/13/2011 9:07PM

    When you don't have it, you don't miss it but just take that first taste and you're in trouble again.

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AMARILYNH 7/13/2011 5:12PM

    Add me to your club - there is no doubt in my mind that simple carbs (not just sugar) are addictive and I am an addict. I'm not sure its possible for us addicts to eat it in moderation - maybe we need to concentrate on learning to love complex carbs instead!!

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NAVYGODDESS 7/13/2011 5:01PM

    Omg I have the SAME problem! I do NOT know how to moderate my sugar intake! I'm trying to cut it out little by little and replace the "bad" sugars with "good" ones....I don't know what would happen to me if i went cold turkey for almost a third of a year and then tried to moderate...i'm sure the same EXACT thing that happened to you! Well hope that tip helps and KEEP Me Posted PLEASE!! :) WE can tackle this TOGETHER!!

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Within an Hour of Waking Up (reminder to myself)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I recently read that it's important to drink water soon after awakening, as some of our body's moisture evaporates during the night. Also read that it's important to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up due to our metabolism starting to slow after that. The food fuel sets the course for a heathy day.

Wishing all a fun day.

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SKYEFYR 7/19/2011 10:02AM

  Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to eat anything for an hour after taking my morning meds. *sigh* I don't usually get breakfast till 9:00 - 2 1/2 hours after getting up. (3 1/2 after waking up.) Guess I need to start rethinking the morning routine again....

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/13/2011 11:29AM

    A short, but very important, blog. I haven't really thought about the value of drinking water first thing in the morning, but it makes sense!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/12/2011 6:12PM

    emoticonYES! so often I get on with life and forget that I have not eaten or drunk any water for ages! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I try to atleast eat a banana and get stuck into the water!

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JLITT62 7/12/2011 5:40PM

    I always do both as well. First thing I do is have a glass of water - even in the winter - then about 45 minutes later I have my breakfast followed by a cup of green tea.

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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2011 9:56AM

    I try to do both!

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Wearing Out Lots of Walking Shoes. How Long Do Yours Last?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Just thought about all of the running/walking shoes I wear out, and wondered how it is for others.

I'm a walker, not a runner. But I buy running shoes and there is only one brand and style that fits like a glove.

I go through a pair every 3 months. What about you?

Wishing all a wonderful day.

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SKYEFYR 7/19/2011 10:04AM

  I replace mine every 6 months. I read you shouldn't wear them longer than that. I also suspect you get a lot more exercise than I do, but when I'm being good about exercising I do notice that by 6 mos they really need it. I probably should start thinking about doing it sooner. (And I tend to buy running shoes too thinking it's better support even if I am just walking.)

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MILLISMA 7/11/2011 9:14PM

    I have two pair of walking shoes and wear a different pair each day. They usually last me about 8 - 10 months.

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IAM_HIS2 7/11/2011 4:41PM

    Jesse, I did too. Now I am buying walking shoes instead of running shoes. The y last longer. I brought the new style walking shoe--they took me a few days to get use to. Now I love them and I have had them for 4 months.

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JLITT62 7/11/2011 11:24AM

    I do have separate kicks for walking - I really don't replace them that often, but I should.

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NATPLUMMER 7/11/2011 10:35AM

    They do recommend replacing running shoes every 300 miles.

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BATTISTOLI 7/11/2011 10:26AM

    i was going through shoes in quite a short amount of time, and im a walker as well. i realized it was because i was buying cheap shoes. not sure if you are or not. even bought dr. scholl's thinking they would be good, but they ended up only lasting a couple of months too before they got holes in them. ive had my nike's now since february, and they seem to be just great so far! maybe you could try a few other brands and see if there's anything else out there that may fit like your others?

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MEANCARLEEN 7/11/2011 10:24AM

    I can't say how long it takes to wear mines out BUT I need to stop using running shoes as everyday wear shoes

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