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The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food and how we are being manipulated to eat things

Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's all about salt, sugar, fat, along with texture and color, and don't forget about packaging too.
The food manufacturers aren't doing anything illegal, but the results are outrageous both in their profits and the impact on our health, and WE foot the bill for these!

Take a look at this article that was published in the New York Times a few days ago - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine
d.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&ref=general&src=me - it was a real eye opener for me!

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SARAWALKS 6/24/2013 1:05PM

    emoticon This is a terrific article, I posted it on Facebook. Scary but not unsuspected...

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BLUENOSE63 4/11/2013 7:03AM

  I spoke to a Sports Nutritionalist who said the upsurge of combining salt and sugar ie. chocolate bars etc., is causing further manipulation as it goes right to the happy place in our brain! emoticon

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PLANTAGO 4/4/2013 5:51PM

    Yep. And I am so glad my family doesn't like them anymore. That aisle in the supermarket does not exist for us. We don't even suffer because of that LOL

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KLEONIKI 4/1/2013 3:00AM

    I completely agree upon how tecnology and science have "served" food industry in order to expand their target group through addiction and psychology of pleasure misplacement, erotic experience immitation, and finally brain washing..
Here is an interesting book i ve read explaining some

"The End of Overeating"
David A. Kessler

I have watched myself changing mood, speaking with an "unknown" irrational language under the spell of a concentrated edible bomb of stimuli and i have also experienced what freedom is and i am craving for the later.We are weak against this war but not powerless.
Good luck!

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HEALTHY4UNI 3/26/2013 8:18PM

    So the health food companies and doctors put out recommendation for healthy food choices and then the big food giants formulate a concoction that turns that healthy treat into a forbidden morsel! Corn chips are healthy when eaten with salsa! Many of the foods are okay when made naturally at home! Once the mass food industry gets a hold of them, wham, calories shoot through the roof as the addictive flavors grab us by our tongue! We salivate as we drive or walk by their establishments or pass by the food in the grocery isles! It no wonder why so many Americans are obese! Thank you Spark People and you too Spark friend for turning the light on to expose the dark, evil plans of the under world that hides behind closed doors!

Okay, did I make it sound sinister enough! Step away from the Doritos and drop that Devil's Food Cake! It's loaded! ; )

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BOPPY_ 3/19/2013 8:42PM

    "I have met the enemy, and it is us!"

Pogo (Walt Kelly)

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MJ7DM33 3/3/2013 2:48PM

  Thx for sharing!

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CLPURNELL 2/25/2013 9:02PM

    I agree.

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    emoticon ok, I just got the lunchables a few hours ago for the kiddo and we had puffy cheetos last week. There's a new sheriff in town. NO more junk food! emoticon

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    Had you not omitted starch, you'd easily see that junk food satisfies our need for the four major food groups. So some would have us think. (That's a joke -- salt, sugar, fat and starch = the Big Four. Get it, get it?)

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WOWEETOO 2/24/2013 6:27PM

    great stuff thomas
neighbor brought me stuffed shells i a wonderful meat sauce today..i gonna move there for meals lol her son makes them for his parents but tiday he bought the ingredients with him and taught her how..he is a chef in an italian place yum for sure
and garlic bread i'm in heaven for sure
loves and hugs
the lady mary

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MELISSAD71 2/24/2013 5:16PM

    Scary stuff for sure!

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100 Reasons to Exercise Now

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wish I had written these out but I enjoyed seeing this Daily Spark that I wanted to bring it to the attention of others.


Because it makes you feel confident
Because it helps you get stronger
Because exercise helps combat depression
Because you'll feel proud of yourself
Because you have goals you want to reach
Because you'll feel bad if you don't
Because you want to move forward, not backward
Because it burns more calories than not working out
Because it improves your heart health
Because you want a great butt
Because it prevents diabetes
Because you want to be a good example to your kids
Because you want to feel good in your clothes
Because it reduces your risk of cancer
Because your body was made to move
Because you want to be an athlete
Because you want to look better
Because it lifts your mood
Because you want to stand taller
Because it reduces back pain
Because it feels good
Because it makes you feel accomplished
Because you spend most of your day on your butt
Because swimsuit season is always coming
Because strong is the new skinny
Because dieting only works so much
Because it strengthens your bones, too
Because it helps you lose weight
Because it allows you to eat more food
Because it's the best way to spend "me" time
Because it helps you de-stress
Because it's cheaper than therapy
Because you want a strong core
Because you want to take care for yourself
Because you take pride in your body
Because it strengthens your legs
Because it helps your clothes fit better
Because you want to push yourself
Because you are capable of more than you ever imagined
Because moving your body feels good
Because it keeps your mind sharp
Because it helps you beat belly bloat
Because it helps you sleep better at night
Because it gives you energy
Because you want to stay healthy as you age
Because you want to look younger
Because you want toned arms
Because it improves your balance
Because it burns off last night's dessert
Because it boosts your immune system
Because sweat is sexy
Because you want to live longer
Because you want to get better at your game
Because you want to catch someone's eye
Because exercisers earn more money
Because you're more likely to eat better when you exercise
Because you want to shave time off your running pace
Because you want to breathe easier
Because you want to see the scale drop
Because exercise improves your sex life
Because you are worth it
Because being fit makes everything in life better
Because you promised yourself that you would
Because you deserve a better life
Because it'll help you drink more water
Because you want to do real push-ups
Because it reduces your health care costs
Because you'll miss fewer days of work
Because you want to create a new future for yourself
Because it'll help you like what you see in the mirror
Because it makes clothing shopping more fun
Because you want to look and feel incredible
Because exercising can be fun
Because it'll give your skin a glow
Because it's a good way to spend time with your friends
Because it'll help you prevent the middle-age spread
Because it reduces your blood pressure
Because you don't want to let yourself go
Because you don't want to squeeze into an airplane or rollercoaster seat
Because it strengthens your spirit
Because it's a cheap way to entertain yourself
Because you'll be able to reward yourself
Because you need a reason to wear those new workout clothes
Because you're tired of being tired
Because not working out is not going to get you very far
Because it's a great way to spend time outside
Because you made a commitment to yourself
Because you're tired of starting over
Because there will always be another wedding, vacation or reunion
Because you're not a quitter
Because it improves your cholesterol
Because it boosts your metabolism
Because it prevents age-related muscle loss
Because if you can do this, you can do anything
Because a fit body is a healthy body
Because it beats sitting on the couch
Because everyone has at least 10 minutes to spare
Because you want to be stronger than your excuses
Because not working out isn't working out for you
Because the only workout you ever regret is the one you skip


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IWEARBGPANTIES 5/30/2013 12:50AM

    WOW Thanks so much for sharing these!!!! I printed them off and am gonna post them on my fridge. Thanks again

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MJ7DM33 3/3/2013 2:46PM

  Thx for sharing!

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OAKTREE10 3/1/2013 8:40AM

    thanks for sharing these! ALWAYS good to have reminders of why i do this! these are some great ones, i might hafta post these to my fridge! emoticon emoticon

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    I like #55, #60, and #80
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WOWEETOO 2/21/2013 11:27AM

    my fav..because you are not a quitter
the lady mary
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ANDYINBC 2/21/2013 8:44AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing this because fit really feels better than fat or flabby.

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 2/21/2013 6:13AM


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BLUENOSE63 2/21/2013 6:02AM

  Excellent source of motivation! Thanks for posting as this is the time of year many people "fall of the boat" so to speak

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TRYINGHARD54 2/21/2013 5:54AM


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4 days

Friday, July 29, 2011

4 days in a row and I am going strong :-) I can do it and will do it :-)

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WENDYSPARKS 12/13/2011 1:13PM


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SLIMMERKIWI 7/30/2011 3:16AM

    The Lady Mary took the words right out of my mouth :-)


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WOWEETOO 7/29/2011 12:19PM

    yep there he is back on the wagon and that velcro he got to keep from slipping off is the really heavy duty stuff this time for sure lol
loves and hugs friend
the lady mary posseing through on the ever faithful camel clyde enroute to the watering hole!!!

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Seems like an old TV show

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

You know how it is: you turn on the TV and there it is, the same episode of a TV show that you've already seen again and again and .....
I think you get the idea :-(
That's me on Spark over the last year and a half.
It means something else though; it means I am not constant in my care for myself.
It's all those little things that I know I should do but don't: floss and brush my teeth several times a day, weigh myself frequently, eat well, log in what I eat, keep an accounting of what I spend, keep a view of my budget, etc etc etc
These are those tell tell signs that I am not caring for myself. I feel less good too. I weigh more. I am more stressed. I create problems for myself that I could better deal with by keeping control of those things that I CAN control.
So here I am again.
And, I have to make a promise to myself, and I do it here so that it is somehow PUBLIC that this time I WILL for a month DO IT because I can and I need to for me and for those that I love :-)
Wish me luck and all the support you can, I need it!

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CALGALFOX 7/27/2011 8:30AM

    Glad that you are back and thinking about what you need to do to care for yourself. You are welcome to join us on the daily chat on the Swimming for Cardio team. By having somewhere to check in daily, some members finds this really helps to re-center their objectives.

Caring for yourself is such an important objective, but it's so easy to forget during the rush of day-to-day life. I wish you all the best.

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SLIMMERKIWI 7/27/2011 6:36AM

    I like the lady mary's comment about getting tougher velcro - get lots with the effect of super glue!!!

Good to see you my friend:-)

Take care,

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WOWEETOO 7/26/2011 12:07PM

    my goodness here you are again so glad to see you back..i spent 6 weeks in the hospital got a pacemaker and it sent me into seizures 6 weeks wasted for sure
the diagnosis is autonomic neuropathy with no cure..i get to get the whole diagnosis on thursday for sure
BUT GLAD TO SEE YOU MY FRIEND you get back back on this wagon and bring tougher velcro lol
the lady mary emoticon

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Going to the bank

Friday, March 18, 2011

Hard to get going today ... not on the ball at all :-(
I've missed three trains but I'm not going to miss the next one.
I can do it.
Seems like easy things to do at times are hard to do: get up, showered, dressed, eat, get to a train, go to the bank, cash a check and deal with my problems.
That's it isn't it? The problem is dealing with my problems. Well I am still here, down, but not out :-)
I can do it. Others can see what I've been able to accomplish, I sure can't at times :-(
I can keep progressing on and on towards being the person I want to be and being there for my loved ones.

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HOPEFULCO 3/22/2011 5:14PM

    You have accomplished a lot. You are doing great. Set backs are not what define you.


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WOWEETOO 3/18/2011 1:02PM

    you know sweetie just turn on that million dollar smile and roll with it..it's hard i know but know i am here hoping and wishing good things for you life is not always what we expect but you know you already knew that when you started and you are in a lovely part of the world for sure because you followed your dream..my son did that (and wow is he different) he hated school and wanted to do his own thing whatever that was he married and he has become the 'house bitch' she gets up goes to her job which is a great one but they don't have much and him he is winning accolades for his art and taking care of the child and cooking doing mailarts and has become a very rare tattoo artist of some repute in seattle he is truly in his element..you will find your way also just never get dismayed too much your place is out there and someone needs you

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