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Has anyone tried homeopathy for allergies?

Monday, March 29, 2010

I'm not sure I have mentioned my love-hate relationship with the season called spring. I do love warm days and cool nights. Fire-pits and conversation. I hate mud. I hate allergies!

I just read an article about combating them with homeopathic methods. I may have to give it a go. I am so tired of being enslaved to itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, general yuckiness.

The article says boosting the immune system is what is most needed. Using supplements, herbal remedies, and avoiding mucus producing foods (dairy). We have a great local store with very informed people. I will have to start there. I am just a bit worried about the dent this might make in my pocketbook.

Has anyone else tried homeopathy? Any good remedies that work. I have to go back to being consistent about nasal irrigation. (that was another suggestion). But I can not afford to buy HEPA filters/purifiers for my home. I will try adding rosemary to my food and eating more grapes, tomatoes, fish, nuts, oranges and apples. (also suggested).

In the meantime, I will enjoy the sun and I will do so through sneezes and watery eyes.

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TIFFANY_SUZANNE 3/29/2010 6:31PM

    OK it's not homeopathy but my Doctor just gave me a nasal spray called Omnaris and I swear, I have not been able to breathe through my nose this well in years!! My eyes aren't even as itchy anymore! I take that daily in conjunction with Claritin and Singulair to control my allergic Rhinitis, as well as sinus rinses (though I, too, am guilty of not being consistent with the rinses!).

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I tried my hand at cooking Indian

Friday, March 26, 2010

I made Naan, curried cauliflower, and Basmati rice. I messed up the Naan--I miss read the measuring of the liquids and poured more into the flour than the recipe called for. I realized my error, but it was too late, I couldn't make a new batch because I didn't have anymore plain yogurt. I added more flour and just decided to see what happened. The dough raised (rose?, rised?), and I cooked it. It came out pretty good. I really liked the curried cauliflower. It was mildly spiced (cumin, turmeric, coriander, dry mustard, chili powder) and had lite coconut milk in the sauce. At the end you add lemon and lime juice. I also added some cilantro. I am so surprised at how much I liked it. I also had a store bought Saag Paneer (spinach and cheese) which was also tasty. I need to find a recipe for saag...

All in all, I am so proud that I didn't give up on the Naan. And that I tried something new. I feel invigorated. Now I gotta go "be active". (I just finished an article that said people who approach their day as a "be more active day" burn more calories than people who say "they exercise". It is a better way of looking at it, don't you think?

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DIXIED88 3/29/2010 11:21AM

    Love the be more active line. I'm going to use that!

Great job on trying new foods. That takes some bravery!! emoticon

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JUSTMISHY 3/26/2010 7:00PM

    MMMM sounds yummy. My past tries at curry have been not so tasty and I've been reluctant to buy a bunch of ingredients that may expire before I use them again. Do you share recipes? Yours sounded yummy and good for you to try something different.

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MAMAEAGLE 3/26/2010 5:29PM

    Just had to share, I read the title and saw... "I tried my hand at cooking an Indian" I had to wonder if that was the answer to losing weight.... cannibalism!?!? and what did the Indian do to deserve such a fate?

I know, I'm being very silly, it must because it's spring.

So happy to hear that you enjoyed the meal. I'm sure there will be more to come in the future.

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Be kind

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This past week I have been challenged to build courage into others. And/or encourage them.

So far so good.

I mean really good.

It is a wonderful feeling to give to others. Even if it's just kind words.


It's funny though. The two people I love most in the World are the two people I have really struggled to find kind words for this week. My daughter and my boyfriend.

I love them. But they are also the people that drive me the most crazy!

I find it much harder to cast aside all my feelings of annoyance to just come up with some encouragement.

I'll figure it out.

It really does feel good to make someone's day!

By the way--You are fabulous! You rock my World. Thank you for reading my sometimes very boring blogs. Thank you for supporting me through this very blah phase in my journey. Thanks for giving me things to rejoice about.

I totally appreciate my Spark friends. Have a smiley day! emoticon

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    I feel the same way about my girls and hubby. I love them more than anyone in the whole world but they drive my nuts a lot of the time. I usually pray for own heart to change and pray for more works. Like I'll say a pray in the morning on my way downstairs "Please God, don't let Dave's coffee slurping and loud exhales (because the coffee is hot) and slumped over the paper in his ratty robe with puffy eyes and crazy hair, annoy me so much that I don't appreciate our short time together this morning..amen" or "Dear God, please soften my heart so I don't kill my children as I walk in the door after work when I see all their stuff dropped in the kitchen after staying up late to clean kitchen before going to bed and skipping breakfast to clean up after them this morning and now I'm walking into yet another child induced disaster area...amen"

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LVNG4ME 3/25/2010 7:56AM

    I'm sure you encourage and inspire more people than you realize. Keep up the good work and yes you will find the strength and wisdom to make an impact on your loved ones too.

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EMILY-THE-GOOD 3/25/2010 7:22AM

    This is such a wonderful thing for you to do- not just for the people you encourage, but yourself, too. Kudos!

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War is painful, but may just be worth it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


This past few months have been the "desert-land" of my journey.

Little to no weight loss.

Slow down of my actions.

Emotional upheaval.

It feels like I am in a war. Sometimes I win some battles. Sometimes I lose some.

Yet, I keep fighting.

Is battle supposed to be fun? All those guys in the movies sure do make it look that way.

Big adrenaline rush. Fist pumping. Slaps on the back.

Until... they get hurt.

Pain sure can suck the life out of you. Be it physical or emotional.

Yet, we fight on.

We know the final outcome is worth it. We can taste it. We get glimmers of it when we show a loss on the scale or with the tape measure. We can see it in the clothes we wear. We feel it with the extra mile we go, the new numbers of push-ups, the realization of breathing after climbing the stairs. The comments of a job well done from family, friends, co-workers.

Sweet victory will be ours.

Get up. Fight.

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DIXIED88 3/29/2010 11:20AM

    OMG! I'm telling are my twin! I'm feeling the same way. Lately I feel like I've won a small battle just to be doing something and not allowing myself to gorge or lay on the couch all day. Emotions are my enemy in this battle! It's all a mind game and by this blog, you are winning the war!

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WALNUT5612 3/25/2010 5:46PM

    The main thing is to keep on fighting!!! Good blog!

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BUTTERCUP76 3/24/2010 10:40AM

    Another day another battle, I am picking myself up and getting back on this wagon I fell off of!
I am setting a goal to re-visit my goals and revamp them by this weekend. Sounds like I'm stalling again, but I have told myself I must do it. It is the only way I can win this battle.

Thanks for always being there for me and not giving up on me.
Love ya!

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JUSTMISHY 3/23/2010 11:11AM

    Seems a few of us have been struggling of late. Another thing about war though, it is the camraderie, the fellowship of like minded soldiers that get us through. And though I'm not so happy about being in the trenches, I am glad that I'm there with you and other fellow sparkers who share the journey. Together we will win this war! emoticon

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Help! I just had a profound revelation!

Friday, March 19, 2010


I know all the right reasons for doing this.

I know all the wrong reasons for doing this.

I thought I knew what I really wanted.

I do love feeling stronger.

I do love seeing smaller numbers on the scale.

I loved it yesterday when someone told me I had to buy new pants 'cause it looked like I was wearing someone else's and they are waaaaaaay to big!

But then, I did not track my eating. I did not do any "real" exercising. I did not measure or choose to eat only one helping of corned beef.

UGH! This is NOT a one day mess-up either. This has been going on since last Friday. I had derailed the train. I need to get it back on the track. But I don't seem to be able to muster the energy.

I know. I know. Baby steps. Drink my water (which, BTW, I have done at least that much). 10 minutes of strength. 10 minutes of cardio. Track the eats. I can do it!

So why don't I?

I do not really want to focus on the don't/not's. I seem to get waaaay off track that way. But it does seem to be the key factor in my getting off track and staying off track. I have a hard, hard, hard, hard, time congratulating myself. Staying focused on the positives, for myself. Rewarding myself. Somehow I can point all this out to others, but never really receive it for me.

I don't believe I deserve it. Deep down. I always remember the stuff I didn't get right. Yikes! I feel like I have been punched in the stomach. I don't unconditionally love myself!

So how do I change this? This feels so deep down inside myself. Life long conditional love. Seriously, how do I make that stop?

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BUTTERCUP76 3/24/2010 10:43AM

    I can't tell you why, I'm still trying to figure that one out for myself!
I'll let you know when I do!

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DISNEYSMOM 3/19/2010 3:21PM

    Start telling yourself every day, several times a day, that you deserve to be rewarded, that you are amazing and that you are beautiful. I really struggled with liking myself and started looking at myself in the mirror everyday and saying "I am beautiful" it was incredibly hard at first, but now not only can I say it, but I believe it. I find it helps with my exercise and eating as well. When I make good choices or have an incredible walk or power through a difficult strength session I always tell myself "you rock". It seems silly, but it really does work! And you do are doing fantastic, keep telling yourself that over and over, eventually you'll start to believe it.

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DRRAZZ 3/19/2010 12:43PM

    You can do it and do deserve it. Every time you find yourself thinking a negative thought, I want you to challenge it with a positive one. Make a list of them if you need to and keep it handy. That way you can pull it out when those negative thoughts creep in.

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-FEMALE- 3/19/2010 11:06AM

    You deserve everything! You can do this, and anything you put your mind too!

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DIXIED88 3/19/2010 10:07AM

    You need some of my favorite quotes:

There is a beauty about a woman whose confidence comes from experiences, who knows she can fall, pick herself up, and move on.

"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. "
Dean Karnazes

So you haven't been making the best choices lately, you are aware of what you are doing and that's the first step. You are creating a better future with every small baby step. emoticon

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LARSIL 3/19/2010 9:04AM

    You can do it, girl!

For all the negative thoughts, realize that there are two GOOD things that happened as well. For every Hershey's kiss you might eat, you walked across the room to get it, right? See -- there's always something POSITIVE going on. See the positive, and it helps you steer away from the negative.

Three years ago I wore size 52 pants. I'm now down to size 38 - and they're loose. This summer, my 13-year-old son and I are going to SWAP clothes -- he's getting bigger, and I'll be wearing his!!!! You rock!

Go for it --

LarSil emoticon

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KAREN633 3/19/2010 7:51AM

    You can choose what to think about. Think about the big pants and low numbers on the scale. STOP and say to your self "I am doing a good thing for me" than take your hand and pat your self on the back.

Keep taking those baby steps. Look forward to positive things and let go of the negative.

Take a deep breath,and start again. Keep starting again and again. Never stop starting.

You deserve to be healthy!!!! emoticon

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