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On Microwaves, Splenda, and Salt

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I wrote this originally in response to questions about the safety of using microwaves and Splenda. I thought it might be of interest to my friends.....

I cook mostly veggies in my microwave, never meat. For meat I prefer to broil, bake or using a sauté pan with a daub of olive oil or spray.

I prefer to use Splenda, but I don't use it frequently. I do use some honey, but again, not often. Frequent use of any sweetener encourages us to prefer sweetened food too much. Similar to salt.

The less salt you use, the healthier you can become. At 71, I have no high blood pressure or heart problems. I rarely use processed foods or lunch meat either, because of too much salt and preservatives. I rarely eat fast food for the same reasons.

I rely on SparkPeople, Consumer Reports, and Center for Science in the Public Interest, whose publication is Nutrition Action, a monthly, just like Consumer Reports.

In the end we all must make the decisions for ourselves........

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SUNNYWBL 1/12/2011 7:34PM

    I was closer to 67 in the picture, but it is my favorite 'cause it captures my smile! emoticon

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DFROMTX 1/12/2011 7:40AM

    Many good points. Since joining SP 4 months ago, I have noticed that the more I stay away from sugar and sugar substitutes the less I crave sweet anything. A banana is very sweet to me now. Thanks for the tips. By the way, you do not look 71 in your picture!

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    Excellent blog! Excellent lifestyle!

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MAXFOCUS 1/9/2011 5:36PM

    Way to steer clear of all the crappy food that is sold in stores, vending machines and fast food restaurants. That is wonderful!


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RASCALSMOMMA 1/8/2011 1:39PM

    This is a much appreciated (i can see by comments) repeated blog! I really am trying to stay awy from processed stuff. Ihave no salt in my house at all. and the only sweetener I use is honey. But I will take heed what you say. My "sweet seeker" is coming back!! As for microwave cooking I dont do meat in there but i do more reheats than anything! Many hugs Laurie

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    You are so right, I also do not use salt at all on my food that I eat. I use a salt substitute and my blood pressure dropped just a little of 40 points for the top number and 20 for the bottom number. I use stevia but try not to use too much of it because like you said then you want sweet things. Food and coffee and tea have such a good flavor on their own. Processed food I stay away from at all costs because of the chemicals that are used in them. I use the microwave to heat food. All my other cooking is done on the convential stove top and oven and broiler. I started all these changes in my eating in 1991 and first started with cutting all soda pop out of my life and finally quit smoking in 1997 and now since I have been on sparkpeople it is like I am putting the finishing touches on my healthy eating habits. I am 68 years old and have never ever felt this good in my life and am burning with energy and vim and vigor with each new day. This is a great blog. Oh yes, I bake or broil all my meat. All my veggies and fruit I eat raw. The only veggie I cook are carrots.

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MARLIZG 1/8/2011 12:44PM

    oops you caught me-i'm a splends junkie--i have a sweet tooth & only use it on my coffee--4 pack to a giant cup

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YJNANA 1/8/2011 12:00PM

    Thanks Sunny, do you get Emails from them?
Is it Free??
I have Slenda but when its gone I will use Stevia? Thinks thats how its spelled.

I am making the switch from buying process meat to baking my own and slicing or tearing it up for baggies for the freezer.

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NELLIEC 1/8/2011 11:46AM

    I do use the microwave. Most of the time I use stevia, but occasionally Splenda. I do not add salt to anything except eggs, pasta, and homemade gravy.

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MNNSAIDE 1/8/2011 11:37AM

    Your a good example for all of us!

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NANCYLEE46 1/8/2011 9:54AM

    Thanks for the interesting tips.

I rely faithfully on what Consumer report has to say.


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LOVEX3 1/8/2011 9:23AM

    I also dont use salt and sugar to flavor my food. Thank you for the advice.

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ZURDTA- 1/8/2011 7:30AM

    I grew up in a home that did not use salt and very little processed foods, I have continued this way of life. I also do not use artificial sweetener as I am lucky not to have a sweet tooth.

Glad to see it pays off! Thank you for sharing.

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KAKIPOPUP 1/8/2011 4:31AM

    I'm with you - thanks for the reminder about the Center for Science in the Public Interest -

All choices have consequences, some positive and some negative -

KASEYCOFF, thank you for mentioning maple - one of my favorites! emoticon

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DAV128 1/8/2011 3:55AM

    All good points - Thanks for sharing. It's always good to hear the right things being discussed.


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KASEYCOFF 1/8/2011 3:50AM

    I hadn't heard anything about a (presumably unhealthy) link between Splenda and microwaves. I admit, I too use my microwave for a few 'conveniences' - such as reheating coffee, steaming rice, or defrosting something I forgot to thaw. (My kids used to call the microwave 'the hundred-dollar breadbox' because I would often pop an open loaf of bread or leftover rolls in there, lol...) And tho I have Splenda on hand, I couldn't tell you the last time I used it - same with Equal or any of the artificial sweeteners. I'm also quite sparing with the use of 'simple' carbs, such as sugar, honey, or maple syrup, tho if I need a touch of sweet, I will go for maple almost everytime: it's less sweet in taste but I come from a family with more than one 'sugar bush' so we always had the real stuff on hand.

Salt: I have begun to think of it as the new-age poison. There's too much of it everywhere, and as you so rightly point out, it's overused in processed foods, lunchmeats, fast food, and many places you don't think to check (baked goods and condiments, for a start).

I'm in your camp, kiddo. The more informed we are, the more we read and learn, the more right choices we can make to become healthier.


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DIDMIS 1/8/2011 2:36AM

    Sunny you are quite a student and teacher. Keep up the good work.

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Getting Through The Door

Friday, January 07, 2011

I finally got to Gold's tonight. I did ST and ran on the treadmill and achieved 43 aerobic minutes, including 33 Vigorous minutes and 7806 steps!

As I mentioned in my status report, I finally went to Gold's. They greeted me at the front desk. "Hello, Stranger!" My heart wasn't in this trip, I just kept mumbling to myself, "Just do it, Just do it, Just do it.....

I got changed and did just that. I spent 15 minutes on the T-mill getting sweaty, and then did some ST. I have to spend time to work up a routine similar to the exercises I did at Curves. I'll work on that tonight. After the ST I got even sweatier on the T-mill doing 1.5 miles of a 5K program on the machine. I'm going to try out more of their'programs' to add variety to my cardio and keep my body as confused as my mind is at times.

The ST included 3 sets of 12 reps of the 6 machines. At the end, I did plenty of stretches as I cooled down. The good news is that nothing hurt today when I got up! WooHoo!

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    Excellent. Man, I hate getting out the door most days. When I finally get out there and come back home, I think "what was all the fuss about!" But it's still hard doing it.

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YJNANA 1/8/2011 12:03PM

    SUNNY, you will become a regular there and people will think you work there when they see your stamina :) Great workout lady, your an inspiration emoticon

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MONTY68 1/7/2011 10:33PM

    Hi Sunny
Awesome blog. Sometimes in life taking that first step to go through a door of opportunity is the hardest thing to do. You did that when you walked into Gold's. Congratulations. From not wanting to be there, look what you did and your comments on the new things you are going to try.
I am one who believes that when we go through the door, other great things start to appear in our lives.
So for now, you are able to get the exercise that you have been missing and exercise releases a positive energy into our lives.
Thank you for sharing and continued great success in 2011.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/7/2011 7:53PM

    The hardest part is getting out the blasted door. Then what a rush, once you've done the workout!

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GAILRUU 1/7/2011 6:38PM

    Good for you! Sometimes getting in the door is the hardest part.

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SUNNYWBL 1/7/2011 6:33PM

    Thank you so much Irene for the 'open door' emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 1/7/2011 6:16PM

    emoticon Sunny - you really get a moving!

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DIDMIS 1/7/2011 6:06PM

    emoticonSunny you are one strong woman. Did I send you a door?

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/7/2011 5:51PM

    Its a start sunny! Just keep walking thru the door. In no time they'll say: "That's Sunny. Shes our most reguar customer here!!" HUGS Laurie

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The Opening Door, Day 3

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I logged all my food again today.

I went fora 50 minute walk in the falling snow to the bank and to get my newspaper. The snow was crunchy under foot and the streets were otherwise pretty quiet. Fifty aerobic minutes, and 20 of them were even vigorous!

While watching the Biggest Looser - Where Are They Now? I fixed dinner and even got in another 20 minutes walking in place. Overall I had 7283 steps and 4.13 miles.

Tomorrow will be a challenge. I'm meeting friends for dinner at Red Lobster. I'll have to get to Gold's earlier in the day and rack up some steps and weight training. After dinner I will try to watch most of the new edition of Biggest Looser

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SUZYMOBILE 1/5/2011 8:57PM

    Just keep at it, Sunny! You're doing great, and you don't necessarily need a gym to do it.

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MONTY68 1/5/2011 11:08AM

    Hi Sunny
A very positive blog. You tracked well and got in some great exercise. As I am writing this after, I hope you had a good dinner at Red Lobster.
Keep up your great attitude and take one day at a time.

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THIN4_25 1/4/2011 7:35PM

    Sounds like you are doing an amazing job! Keep up all of the hard work.

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    Great for tracking!

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KASEYCOFF 1/4/2011 6:28AM

    Attagirl! They do say that when you walk outdoors in cold weather you up the caloric burn even more! emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 1/4/2011 6:26AM

    The door certainly is opening Sunny and you are doing so good!
Walking in the snow is so awesome and invigorating!

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ELSCHULTZ 1/4/2011 1:33AM

  Just wanted to say that's awesome about your walk! I never think of it! We have even driven to the park down the road! lol And walking in place while cooking? Great idea! Keep it up!

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/4/2011 12:56AM

    Keep the door open soon youll see the sunshine burst thru! HUGS Laurie

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When One Door Closes, Another One Opens? Part II

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Last night I went out for the newspaper AND a walk. 44 aerobic minutes and 4 were vigorous! ..............

I logged my food today...............

I joined the January Bootcamp.................

It's a start........

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KASEYCOFF 1/3/2011 4:03AM

    I hear you about the membership fees, Sunshine - we've had to cut back on some things this year as well. Credit crunches stink, lol. But you are getting a plan in place, which is always good, so - yah, you go, girl! emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 1/2/2011 10:18PM

    My Curves didn't close, I had to leave 'cause I couldn't afford the $41+ per month price tag! emoticon

I still have 1.5 years prepaid on my Gold's Gym membership so I will still get get $15 back from my med insurance! emoticon

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    Good for you!!! emoticon

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JANNIE-D 1/2/2011 6:41PM

    Good start!!

Many aging men are weird - they fear their own mortality so seek younger women to fool themselves. They are missing out on great women and rewarding relationships.

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MOM4407 1/2/2011 6:32PM

    Keep your chin up.
Curves was mostly women maybe like Suzy said you need to look for other places to workout. Maybe a gym could help you in both areas.

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SUNSHINEGB 1/2/2011 6:12PM

    It's a REAL GOOD START! Kudos to you Sunny, you'll do great!
I'm sorry that Curves folded, perhaps another like Curves will open up.
And oh yeah, lots of really nice fellows on Spark People as Suzymobile mentioned!
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    Dont ever quit, dont ever give up. You can do it. Take it from a pro like me in falling down and making mistakes. You are human and are not perfect, get over it, forgive yourself, love yourself, cry a little and get on with living life to the fullest in the most healthy way that is doable each new day. About men, they always seem to want a woman so much younger than they are. You would be surprised how many young men want an older woman, Just food for thought. Anyways, today is a new day to get better and better with each new and passing day. You got the fortitude to do it, now, just forge ahead and get it done. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARRIE1948 1/2/2011 5:02PM

    Good start

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SWEETNEENI 1/2/2011 4:55PM

    emoticon Sunny! I think I just heard the sound of you jumping back on the wagon! emoticon emoticon

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MTULLY 1/2/2011 4:24PM

    You are on a roll! Keep it up!! emoticon

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ESLTEACHER1 1/2/2011 4:08PM

    Woo hoo lady! You are off to a tremendous start! Keep writing your accomplishments, you'll have them to encourage you as you continue your wellness journey!

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SUZYMOBILE 1/2/2011 4:04PM

    Sunny, I'm so sorry about Curves closing! I've had that happen, in a different way, at other times in my life--largely because of changing jobs and no longer having access to the gym where I worked out at lunch. The fact that you're concerned about it, though, tells me that you will find a way! A local Zumba class, a local yoga or tai chi class, and of course walking and running. If only your weather were better! But surely there must be other health clubs so close to St. Paul.

As for male companionship, so many women I know have met soulmates online, after having long conversations. Perhaps somewhere on SparkPeople?

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When One Door Closes, Another One Opens?

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Well, here I am, The Curves door closed due to finances, where do I go from here? As the fini to Curves approached, I fell off the Spark Wagon with a Thump heard nowhere but in my mind.

Peanut brittle, wine, cookies, lack of body movement - those were the chosen weapons of my downfall. emoticon True, I didn't gain all that much weight back - 6 pounds.

Curves, my GoWearFit armband and determination had been my weapons of weigh loss for the last two years. From a high of 187 to my lowest - 147. Now I'm at 153....

Now what? Aye, that's the rub. What else is tugging me down?

1- My oldest nemesis - SAD.

2-Feeling good about myself after loosing 40 pounds, I joined to find some male company for this stage of my life. The results were mind numbing. Not one person was interested in meeting me in over two months! Woa! (There were many choices in my age range, but most were looking for women 5-10 years younger than they were!)

3-No more Curves

(to be continued..............)

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MONTY68 1/3/2011 7:13PM

    HI Sunny
I like your title to the blog. It is a true statement, however, speaking from my own past experiences I was always looking back at the closed door and never saw the open door.
As far as your blog, I will start that you belong to a great web site with a lot of friends that are here to be with and support you. Sometimes that is a great benefit, On your second blog you did say you went out for a walk and that seemed to help. I always come back refreshed after walking. You also said that you gave up Curves because of your own Finances but that you still have a membership in Gold . Is there any reason why you can't use it for the next year?
You also made a statement that curves and determination had been your weapons, So You don't have Curves and we need on getting that determination back, Remember we are going for the open door. One of the difficult areas is SAD, I suffered for 30-40- years and finally it went away when I moved to Florida, One can not always move so, is there any thing that you can do, have you tried the lights that are recommended, have you done a google search to see if there are new solutions?
As far as finding a relationship, not every man is looking for someone 5-10 years younger. In my own opinion, I feel there is always someone , it is a matter of finding the one. I am not in a relationship, not really looking but a bonus of my walking, found someone my age who loves to walk and also enjoys going out to dinner and a movie occasionally. It is really a great win-win for both of us.
So, I believe that all things can turn around and with our support, we will get you back in the groove, release that weight and have you feeling positive again.

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SUNNYWBL 1/2/2011 10:03PM

    My Curves didn't close, I had to leave 'cause I couldn't afford the $41+ per month price tag! emoticon

I still have 1.5 years prepaid on my Gold's Gym membership so I will still get get $15 back from my med insurance! emoticon

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    I find it maddening that men always seem to be looking for women 5-10 years younger. I did meet my husband through the Yahoo equivalent of He is one year older than me. I was 52 when we met. Have you actually asked anyone if they want to meet or are you waiting for them to make the first move? They might be receptive if you asked them even though they say they are looking for someone younger.

I'm sorry to hear about Curves closing. I know you really liked it.

Good thing that the days are getting longer. I also usually have SAD every winter. For some reason this winter hasn't been quite as bad, but I have certainly felt it this year too.

Good to see you blogging. Hang in there!

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SUNSHINEGB 1/2/2011 6:09PM

    Sunny, knowing your determination and good spirits, you'll come up with something to replace Curves! Do you like to go to a gym? Know of other lady friends who have a favorite place they go to? It will work out hon, just hold out till a light bulb turns on.
And don't sweat the small stuff ~ 6 lbs is not a mountain, you'll lose it pronto when you get to another exercise place!

Men! I don't know why they like to look at/for younger women. I asked my hubby about why do men do this, quite a while ago, and he said men like "eye candy" and younger women make them feel younger. So .... does that mean that older men make these women feel 'older?' emoticon

Again, there will be someone special come along when you least expect it, that's how I met my second hubby Rolly. Wasn't looking or even interested and pop ~ up he came! emoticon

I see you wrote another blog so I'll go on and read it.
Keep your spirits up!

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JANNIE-D 1/2/2011 3:52PM

    Oh, Sunny...we have some things in common. Sorry to hear you're having such a challenging time.

I hope you can find an exercise partner or another way to get re-inspired to regular fitness.

People get so hung up on the age # they forget the person is the most important part.

Thinking of you - it is a very sunny day here. Heading out soon with Sierra for a short walk.


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FOXXYROXXYD 1/2/2011 3:50PM

    Come on Sunny - you can do this! Have you looked in to programs at a local YMCA or recreation center? Are you able to keep up with your walking?

Just start making some small steps and you'll turn it all around in no time!

What is it with men - always looking for something younger? Have you tried eharmony? I have a friend that is about the same age and she had some luck there.

Good luck - keep us posted!

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