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UCSF SAYS SUGAR MAY BE AS HARMFUL AS CIGARETTES & ALCOHOL

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I just heard this on the news. That U of Calfornia San Francisco has released a study saying that sugar is as detrimental to health as cigs and booze. The report went on to say that this may lead to being regulated by the govt. That any product with sugar added could realistically be taxed or banned from purchase under a certain age.

Now, I realize that sugar is poison. But, hey, that would mean that almost everything would be taxed as there are so many products with sugar added. Plus, in the state of CA where everything is now regulated, what's next?

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/6/2012 5:39PM

    I think taxing is going overboard, but I think they were trying to make a point about sugar....which they did!

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LIVINGFREE19 2/4/2012 4:58PM

    I think this taxing is getting way out of line!

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RYDERB 2/3/2012 12:50AM

    WOW! emoticon That's crazy!

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DDHEART 2/2/2012 5:25PM

    Perhaps they have just accomplished what they were after....if we are only one small percentage of the people talking and thinking about sugar and it's effects...maybe there hope. But, as was said earlier we can read or hear many things but change? that's another story.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 2/2/2012 2:49PM

    OMG what next tax us for breathing? I am not bothered by sugar bad for you,I believe this to be true,but regulating and taxing?

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SHEILA1505 2/2/2012 8:51AM

    Maybe it would have the effect of encouraging food processors to eliminate additional sugars and other undesirable ingredients from their products. Maybe it would encourage consumers to select fresh real foods. Sometimes it doesn't matter how much information people are given, but the pain of parting with more money could do the job.

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JLITT62 2/2/2012 7:45AM

    Geez, where will it end?

Sugar can be VERY detrimental, but to put it up there with cigarettes?

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NATPLUMMER 2/1/2012 1:07PM

    That's just crazy....taxing, I mean.

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February Already?!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Here's to a good month for us all.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/6/2012 5:35PM

    Best thing about Feb. in the Chicago area is that it's only 29 days!!

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NATPLUMMER 2/1/2012 12:04PM

    Here's to it!!

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Free Housecleaning for Women w/Cancer

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The numerous recent sparkblogs about cancer reminded me to post this There is a non-profit - Cleaning for a Reason - that provides free housecleaning for women with cancer. If they have a cleaning company volunteering in your city, you just register on their website. There are some cities in Canada where they provide cleaning services as well.

And, if you own a cleaning company and are interested in helping women with cancer, C4AR is always looking for partners to help throughout the country.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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MEADSBAY 2/2/2012 6:05PM

    I love this concept.
I've used a few cleaning services in RI that are in this program.
tnx for spreading the word.
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IAM_HIS2 2/1/2012 12:32AM

    Thank you for the information!!! I never knew about it. emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:12PM

    Interesting...I did not know that!

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NATPLUMMER 1/31/2012 1:31PM

    That's an awesome program!

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ALASKASKY 1/31/2012 12:06PM

    That sounds like a good program.

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Two Ways I've Helped My Back Heal

Monday, January 30, 2012

Two weeks ago today, my brother called to say my mother is dying. The intense emotions I felt took residence in my lower back to the point where I could barely move (but I walked daily despite this and it has helped greatly). No prior back pain or injury, I knew what was causing this pain.

Since then, I have done several things to help my back heal. As I said, walking has been a huge doctor, and today I feel 80 percent better.

But two things became obvious to me during these two weeks. They are no-brainers. I suddenly realized how heavy my purse has been that I lug everywhere. I've lightened my load significantly, putting stuff in a small backpack to keep my hands free. I also realized that my smaller size jeans that I was so proud of since losing weight, were fitting in a way that restricted movement and clenched my lower back muscles tighter - thus more pain. So, yes, I put on the more comfie styles (same smaller size) of pants to give my back max comfort.

As I said, these are no-brainers, but I never really realized fully how much these small things can create big problems.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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IAM_HIS2 2/3/2012 4:36PM

    Jesse, you are a strong, beautiful & intelligent lady...thanks for this blog. And, I have been praying for you and your Mum. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCY- 2/1/2012 11:08AM

    WTG on your awareness and taking action. Thank you for sharing this, I need to go clean out my purse,
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 6:53PM

    I'm SO sorry to hear about your mom......you have had to deal with so much death these past few years. I don't know how old you are, but my impression is that you are fairly young and WAY too young to be losing your mom. My heart goes out to you. If it's clear that there is no chance of recovery for your mom, I hope she doesn't suffer and gets adequate pain medication. Does she live close by? I sounds like she doesn't.

It sounds like you are trying to do things to take care of yourself during this difficult time. I so agree about heavy purses and back pain. I got rid of my big purses about 15 years ago and have never looked back. I usually just carry what I need in my pockets and if that's not enough, I have a tiny purse for my things. I'm DONE with toting all that stuff around. I also use backpacks when I have to carry more things than what will fit in my purse.....I'd much rather feel comfortable that be fashionable! That's just me! Same goes for pants (and shoes). If I'm uncomfortable, I'm unhappy.....and no fun to be around. I figure people around me would much prefer a "happy Kay" to a fashionable Kay. I only buy pants that have some stretch in them (even my jeans), just because I make it through the day much better that way.

I'll be thinking of you in the days and weeks to come dealing with your mom. You are a very valuable Sparkfriend and I've really appreciated your support as I've had to deal with my dad's passing.

Hugs,
Kay
>Edit: I just now read your blog in which you explained about your relationship with your mom....sorry that I read the blogs out of order.....anyway, I'm here for you.

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ALASKASKY 1/31/2012 12:08PM

    SO sorry to hear about your mother. I will keep your family in prayer. emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 1/31/2012 10:05AM

    Wow!
Good for you figuring these things out.
Hope you are feeling better today.
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MEADSBAY 1/31/2012 10:05AM

    Wow!
Good for you figuring these things out.
Hope you are feeling better today.
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MILLISMA 1/30/2012 9:44PM

    It's surprising what can cause back pain. So sorry to year about your mom. Sending extra hugs your way.

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CATLADY52 1/30/2012 6:03PM

    I know about the purse weighing as much as a boat ancor, but I hadn't thought about pants restricting movement. Thanks for the tip.

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COMMITEDTOLOSE1 1/30/2012 4:27PM

  I am so sorry to hear about your mother. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Good for you for taking care of yourself. Congrats on the smaller pants! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/30/2012 4:08PM

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Picking An Easier Goal for February

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I think I'm going to reassess my goal for Feb. of no night eating. I've tried to do some practice runs with no luck. It's a lifelong habit that I'm wondering if I should just accept and modify, rather than try to eliminate. I'll decide later today.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 6:56PM

    Dealing with your mom's situation is hard enough right now. One thing that's really helped me at night in the past is to drink a cup of hot tea....it hasn't eliminated all my snacking....sometimes I just want to eat, but holding onto a cup of hot tea and sipping on it soothes me.
Hugs,
Kay

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RUNCHOOSE 1/30/2012 11:40PM

    Interesting thought. I'm a night eater, too, and look at what time it is -- post dinner and I'm debating going to get a snack to munch on...

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NANCY- 1/30/2012 9:08AM

    What has helped me is to plan a healthy snack and change my routine.
Doing a project. Knit, Scrapping, Reading. Meditate.
Having a warm of tea.
Cleaning and moisturizing my face.
Brushing my teeth.
Going to bed earlier.

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IDLETYME 1/30/2012 8:29AM

    If you are eating small meals throughout the day, you need to plan a really light one for late evening. Otherwise, you'll be overeating in the morning. Don't try to completely cut out your evening snack. emoticon

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MORERED 1/30/2012 7:54AM

    A coach once told me that progress goals are good goals. The all or nothing attitude will get you everytime...but making progress, now that's healthy thinking!!
good luck...you can do it!!

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DDHEART 1/29/2012 4:48PM

    Modify...that is a very good goal. Modifying what you eat in the evening is much more sane than trying to say no to all evening eating. Whatever you decide, remember that you have success even when you don't have 100% success!

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KMICHA 1/29/2012 12:57PM

    If you are eating small meals throughout the day, definitely plan an evening snack. Even if theat isn't the way your are eating, save enough calories and PLAN a healthy eveing snack.

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RYDERB 1/29/2012 11:54AM

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NATPLUMMER 1/29/2012 10:33AM

    Perhaps if you just have a planned healthy snack that will work best. No point in setting yourself up for failure.

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MEADSBAY 1/29/2012 10:30AM

    hmmm... yeah- it might be easier for you to have a planned snack then.
Find what works for you.
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