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I REALLY, REALLY UNDERSTAND why we PREPARE.

Friday, July 25, 2014





emoticon I UNDERSTAND. Gosh I REALLY, REALLY UNDERSTAND now how being prepared and organized helps you to stay on track. Lately I have been very busy preparing foods several days in a row. Foods that I can safely eat and stay on track. Foods that are friendly to my stomach, waist-line, and the bathroom scale. emoticon

When your body can't tolerate much of the food that is being sold in stores and restaurants, how does one SURVIVE? IT'S SO DARN HARD. She stomps her feet in frustration. I have spent too much time being frustrated with not being able to eat like everyone else without paying for it. Food intolerances are no fun to deal with. It's so challenging. I think I FIGURED OUT A WAY TO TURN THE CHALLENGE AROUND. It's taken me forever to get past the BUMP in the JOURNEY.

I am BUILDING A PANTRY made of HOME MADE dehydrated foods that I can SAFELY eat. Foods that are prepared in a way that makes them nutrient dense and very healthy. Most people eat food-like substances with preservatives and food coloring without any problem, but I react to them.




This is not my pantry. Sadly I have a very tiny cluttered kitchen. But I am working at stocking it properly for me.



The other day I REALIZED I could do the same easily with home-made real foods. I am taking about 30 minutes a day to work on building up some food stocks that I can use without feeling like I am cheating. The results are it's easier to build a meal when I have some basics to turn to. Things like cereal, tortillas, chips, crackers, pizza crusts, and other goodies. These are REAL honest to goodness FOODS created with out any processed ingredients. I can easily reach into the cabinet and come up with the basics for a meal now. It no longer is frustrating or complicated to prepare a meal.


The photo below is a delicious Shredded breakfast cereal. I also created a Chia Hemp seed flaked breakfast cereal that has the same texture as boxed corn flakes. Home made REAL foods, don't look like processed foods. They taste much better. It's like a flavor explosion in your mouth.









This is the home made Honey Corn Chips. It's healthy. No oils are needed. No unnatural artificial ingredients. Only REAL food goes into the food I consume.





I also made some Spicy Corn chips.











Spicy Cashews for topping salads with.







Hubby's flourless Double fudge cookies. No bad ingredients are in them. Only healthy.








Even the wraps I use are homemade. This one is made out of Coconut, Chia, and Hemp seeds. They have so much more nutrition than flour tortillas. I stuffed them with sprouts, and Toona I made the other day. You can stuff them with anything.









Every few days I make up some new creations that I can stock the cupboards with. The dried ingredients can store for a month or longer without any problems. Cookies, chips, and crackers are eaten quickly by hubby. Now I need to run out and get more food storage containers.


Today I made some White Corn chips with a spicy Mexican dust on top. The other recipe is called Igor's crackers. They are a flax seed crackers seasoned with caraway seeds. It reminds me of Rye bread.

Having a lot of food to pick from makes it even easier to fight any temptations hubby might bring in the house. It makes it easier to make the right choices and to stay on track. Everything I am making now is homemade. My gut is so much happier. I feel loads better eating this way. My energy levels are steadily improving as well as my health. It just took a different mindset to create a natural, honest to goodness real food pantry. It isn't much work. Just 20-30 min. a day to make a recipe. Recipes that restock the cupboards with healthy alternatives that I created for me. The good thing is, the foods don't make me sick. emoticon Many of these can be used for traveling. I feel like a GENIUS.





emoticon Mixing, creating, testing REAL FOOD recipes.





What they create, I can create better at home.

  
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RUDITUDI2000 7/30/2014 10:32PM

    Awesome! Its hard to get the place you are but sooo worth it! You are overcoming the challenges that you cannot control and that is so refreshing and inspiring to me. You rock! emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/30/2014 8:31AM

  great job mayI get some recipes you are so inspiring no wonder you were in spark mail

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KALEWINE 7/26/2014 11:18AM

    Wow! You are inspiring!

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DONNELDA22 7/26/2014 10:57AM

    You have out done yourself -- emoticon congratulations. Any chance you might share some of your recipes, or are you going to publish a cookbook?

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68ANNE 7/26/2014 5:13AM

    Absolutely amazing and wonderful

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    emoticon emoticon planning! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 7/25/2014 11:22PM

    AWE~some! You are a freakin' genius, dear heart! Love those chip ideas~ would love to have the recipe. Keep up your great experiments~ this is so exciting! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMMACORY 7/25/2014 10:22PM

    I admire your dedication and I am sure your body says "thank you"! emoticon

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VEG954 7/25/2014 10:16PM

  I'm quite impressed!
You are a genius in the kitchen and your blog is fabulous!
Look forward to more of your adventures!
Thanks much!
Yes, you DO rock.

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DJ4HEALTH 7/25/2014 9:57PM

    some of the stuff looks good but the ones with corn is a no go for me. Body reacts badly from it.

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KATELJM 7/25/2014 9:39PM

    Hurray for creativity!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/25/2014 9:10PM

    See what happens when one doesn't give up. I really do like your idea. Everything looks good. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/25/2014 7:47PM

    I love your blog! You are amazing! You are such an inspiration to me! I think you rock girlfriend! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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SUSIEMT 7/25/2014 7:28PM

    Woo Hoo you!!! Keep up the great job you do!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/25/2014 7:24PM

    That is great! You keep sparking my interest in a dehydrator.

I just bottled my first batch of kombucha tea this afternoon for it's second fermentation. I added some fresh rasberries that put in the Vitamix to break down first. I can already see the bubble forming on in the bottles on the counter. I've had real good luck with my water kefir. I also made raw milk kefir but I haven't found something to add to it to make it taste like something I want to drink. Raw milk seems to agree with me. I've learned a lot from reading your blogs. Thanks!

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Free Movie today.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I found this free movie called Feeding Obesity. I haven't watched it yet, but plan to.



www.feedingobesity.com/movie.php

  
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SUNNYWBL 7/25/2014 5:26PM

    Just finished watching!

Thank you!

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    I am going to watch this, thanks for sharing.

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    Good movie, definitely the way to go. emoticon

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DONNELDA22 7/25/2014 3:01AM

    Excellent movie. Thanks for posting.

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/25/2014 12:04AM

    Thanks for this link. I will watch it.

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    Thanks for sharing your movie called "feeding obesity!" I hope you have a wonderful day!
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JPANNELL0 7/24/2014 7:54AM

    Going to check this out! Thanks for the tip!

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DSJB9999 7/24/2014 2:48AM

    emoticon for sharing

it wouldn't play on my computer though

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  thanks for sharing dear emoticon emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 7/24/2014 12:17AM

    Thank you, dear heart~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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_RAMONA 7/23/2014 11:42PM

    Thanks for sharing this! I'm going to watch it and spread the word!

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...a bit later: I LOVED this movie! It puts everything into perspective. I felt like they were telling my story, too.

Again, thanks for sharing!

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MICKEYH 7/23/2014 10:17PM

    I've just finished watched the entire movie. It is so important for us to feed right type of foods, whole foods and not processed foods. Thank you so much for sharing. It was very encouraging and re affirmation for me to eat healthy.

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4RASCALS 7/23/2014 9:26PM

    Thanks for sharing. Just finished watching, so inspiring. It's given the boost to do more juicing, add more veggies & fruits, even give raw foods a chance. What is there to lose but this weight, and everything to gain by it

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GRATEFUL_DAWN 7/23/2014 8:38PM

    Thanks for sharing. Just pulled it up. Yes, I do agree with one thing that I just heard in the trailer. Diets DO make you fatter.

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  Excellent and informative!
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2BDYNAMIC 7/23/2014 8:02PM

    I will watch it too ....... thanks!

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    Might check it out later. Thanks!

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Life's Gems

Wednesday, July 23, 2014





emoticon I am really cheap, thrifty, or penny wise. When I shop, I look for bargains. My pennies are scares so I must make them go far. I love browsing for books on Amazon.com. emoticon Books are like treasures to me. If I find one GEM in it, than it's worth it. Gems are things that I can apply or use in my daily life. Something that I probably will use in some way or modify to personalize it for me. My book hunt on Amazon lead to me discovering a new book I like. I purchased it for around $1.00. Why pay full price when you can get a gently used book for a fraction of the price of new. Sometimes I get books for a penny. The only catch is shipping is $3.99. It's almost like someone is giving you the book for the cost of postage. New it costs $18.00. What a savings.








The book is called Raw Inspiration. Living Dynamically with Raw Food by Lisa Montgomery. The book is a collection of recipes that are collected from chefs and potlucks. It has some good healing testimonies too. It lacks in colorful photos, but I think this book is a gem.


Yesterday I made some vegan Toona. Oh, so amazingly delicious it is. Wow, what an impressive recipe found in Raw Inspiration. Hubby ate two sandwiches made from it. He said it felt like tuna, leaking from the sides of the sandwich and tastes like it. He said he would eat it again.

First you make a Pate. The pate ingredients are:
1 cup of soaked Almonds
3 cups of cashews.
1 T dulse flakes. I didn't add dulse and kelp as I didn't have any. I used Braggs sprinkle to season.
1 tsp. kelp.
2 T. salt. I did not add so much salt. I shook the shaker and tasted. I think 2 T. would be too much.
1/2 cup of green olives.
1/3 + onion or to taste. Mine was mild so I used more.
2 T. agave nectar or some sweetener.
1/2-1 cup celery.
1/4-1/2 cup red pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper.
6 oz. lemon juice.
Water if needed to make the food processor blend the mix. I did not need any as the nuts were soaked. It was plenty moist.
Optional 1/2 c. of olive oil for creaminess. I left this out.

Blend in the food processor until it's has the texture of a pate. I left some chunks in mine. I also only make a 1/2 portion of the recipe. A 1/2 portion is more than enough to last me several days. I still ended up using the full portion of the rest of the ingredients to season. It seemed to need it.

Then you hand chop ingredients for the texture:

4+ Bubbies Raw pickles chopped.
1-1/2 cup chopped celery.
2 cups carrots shredded. I didn't add any.
3/4 cup scallions. I substituted onion finely chopped.
3/4 cup parsley. I used less as this is a strong flavor.

Hand mix the two mixtures together. I ate mine on some Chia, hemp, coconut wraps I had made up. It's delicious, very filling and hubby approved. It turned out beautiful, gourmet looking.









Next time I make it, I will leave out the cashews. Instead I will use sunflower seeds soaked. The cashews are hard on my stomach. What I like about it is the flavor, the textures, the color in the mix. The flecks of red bell pepper and the greens mixed together were beautiful. The cashews add the creaminess of mayonnaise without all the chemicals. It would make a lovely toona salad served over a bed of greens.






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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/23/2014 10:19PM

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 7/23/2014 10:17PM

    I've gotton a lot of books that I pick up, and are termed "Like New", for just a small price plus $3.99 shipping.

But, now that I have my kindle I pick up a whole LOT of books for FREE. Bless Amazon for their FREE BOOK LISTS. I have gotton a lot of very top quality books on those lists (but you do have to be discerned as there are also a lot of poor quality books on it too).

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You can also get the BOOK LIST delivered each day to your inbox, and then have the books delivered to your computer, and read them on your computer, or kindle.

Oh, I got my computer fixed today - FREE. It was a simple glitch that they fixed in like 5 minutes. It was the 90 minute drive to there that took the time. LOL

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4RASCALS 7/23/2014 9:40PM

    emoticon on the steps.

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KADULAC 7/23/2014 7:31PM

    Bargains are great.

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SUSIEMT 7/23/2014 6:56PM

    Woo Hoo you!!!

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ICECUB 7/23/2014 6:25PM

    CONGRATZ ON STEPS. SOUNDS GOOD emoticon

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MBPP50 7/23/2014 3:59PM

    Sounds delish! And congrats on the steps!

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GENRE009 7/23/2014 2:20PM

    Sounds very healthy. I love those types of recipes! eva

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_RAMONA 7/23/2014 2:17PM

    This sounds and looks YUMMY! Thanks for sharing it!

(...and he book... I love amazon deals, too!)

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VEG954 7/23/2014 2:09PM

  Not on raw foods plan but think I would enjoy this.
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HICKOK-HALEY 7/23/2014 2:03PM

    Sounds like you bought a gem indeed! That's great your Hubby enjoyed the Toona. It makes it so much easier when one is willing to eat healthier with you. I buy used books too when I can. I usually buy from Barns and Noble. It does save. emoticon on the 10,000.

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A_RARE_BEAN 7/23/2014 1:38PM

    that just looks and sounds amazing, thanks so much for sharing. I'm going to try raw to transition out of my juice fast and as per usual you are very inspirational and informative, thanks again! I will add this to my list of things to try for phase 2!

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Non-Scale IMPROVEMENTS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014




PROGRESS is PROGRESS no matter how small. emoticon I finally feel as if I am back to making progress. It is slow and hard, but it's happening. Not only has the scale been moving, but finally I can report my health is improving. Nothing is more important than health. My strength is improving.


Sometimes things in life happen to us that create big set-backs. Back in May Dear hubby sprayed bug killer that made me very ill. With the diet changes I am finally almost feeling semi-normal. I still have a ways to improve, but it is a great improvement for me. My step count is improving. emoticon After the spraying I almost lost my ability to walk or stand. I couldn't move my toes. I barely got in 2,000-3,000 steps. Lately the numbers are on the rise. The last few days I have been able to increase the steps to 10,000-11,000 range. Eating more fresh raw foods is helping big time.

  
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NASFKAB 7/25/2014 2:05AM

  stay focused hope you feel better soon

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CATNURSE1 7/24/2014 2:11AM

    I was bit by a mosquito for the first time in my life, and my face swelled horribly, and I felt hot and itchy and couldn't see. I'm still getting bit by the little buggers, but haven't had another reaction. Makes me wonder what the bloodsucker had in her to make me react that way. My daughter had back surgery for a collapsed disc, and she has nerve damage to her legs and feet (slowly coming back). At it's worst, she said it was like walking on feet that were asleep. To see what she was going through, I sat on my feet until they went numb, then tried to walk. It was painful. I can see how she feels like she's going to fall all the time. She's still pushing and not giving up. Glad to hear you are improving after the bug spray scare. We never know what's going to affect us.

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JERICHO1991 7/24/2014 12:10AM

    Good to hear you are getting your good health back.

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CICELY360 7/23/2014 10:11PM

  good blog

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EO4WELLNESS 7/23/2014 9:55PM

    You are so right--progress is progress! That's awesome.

By the way, your page is beautiful!

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  I'm glad to hear your on the way on back to the good life! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  Glad to hear that you are feeling better. emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 7/23/2014 7:24PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!

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DIANNEMT 7/23/2014 5:00PM

    Good for you!!

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MJREIMERS 7/23/2014 4:55PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep it up and I'm glad that you are recovering from the spraying!!

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NEWCHINELO 7/23/2014 4:40PM

    Well done!

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NONNAOF2 7/23/2014 1:13PM

  You are doing a good job in taking care of yourself, even under distress! How awful it must of been to have sensitivities to upset your applecart, so to speak! Sprays can be so detrimental to our health!! I'm glad that you are doing better now! :-)

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    Keep up the good work! emoticon

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JSEATTLE 7/23/2014 11:37AM

  One step at a time, a day at a time. You are doing all the right things!

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  Great JOb

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HIPPICHICK1 7/23/2014 9:26AM

    Let the spiders take care of the bugs. Poison is poison no matter what it is meant to kill. Stay away from pesticides and weed killer too. Stop supporting companies that make products that damage our environment. Your health is of utmost importance!

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JIBBIE49 7/23/2014 9:06AM

    Keep it up.

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/23/2014 8:15AM

    I am very glad you have begun to overcome the effects of that spray! Here´s to more steps and better health in every other way as well.



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FIT4MEIN2013 7/23/2014 8:15AM

    WooHoo!

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SHERYLP461 7/23/2014 7:41AM

    To those with sensitivities, these things can be deadly. I am happy you are getting better now.

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PENOWOK 7/23/2014 7:29AM

    Your body is very sensitive wight eh MS. So glad you're back on the upswing!

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SHARON7464 7/23/2014 6:44AM

    This entire journey is about health. I'm thrilled that you are recovering and exceeding 10,000 steps a day!

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    I'm glad you're getting better : )

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    emoticon on getting better each day. That's wonderful news. Keep on keepin' on. emoticon

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    Glad for your improvements! HUGS

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    Yea you! Keep up the good work!

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    Great Attitude! emoticon

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    I gather you got your computer fixed...

Mine crashed today, and it's only 1 1/2 years old.
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It's slow as the blazes doing everything from my kindle...

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4RASCALS 7/22/2014 7:39PM

    That's great news. So happy that your not only losing, but feeling healthier also.
Keep up the great work.

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    Always a blessing to know that you have HOPE! emoticon eva

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    I'm so glad you are feeling better, and enjoying the small victories that come along this journey.

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A_RARE_BEAN 7/22/2014 6:24PM

    thats great news v happy for you that things are on the up

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    emoticon HEALTHY EATING IS WHATS HELPING. emoticon

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ANGELN325 7/22/2014 6:15PM

    That had to have been scary! Glad things are improving.

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SERIOUSLY, Is it worth DYING OVER ?

Sunday, July 20, 2014





Some-things are worth dying for, like protecting a child from danger. Most things are not. Never has the message ever hit home so hard. As I watch loved ones battle with their personal addictions I feel like screaming. IS IT WORTH DYING OVER? Seriously, my mom is a certified ROLLY POLY. Cute, short, but having the figure of a rolly poly. emoticon










emoticon Her PERSONAL CHOICES in food are affecting her HEALTH and my dads. She is short and fat, like a little BUTTERBALL. emoticon While I am not the picture of perfection myself, I am striving to work on correcting the issue the best I can. Eating the healthiest, nutrient dense foods possible and exercising are always on my plan. However, I cannot workout to the extent most people can due to a disability. Mom and I have talked about the consequences of being fat. It is linked to cancer, diabetes, and so many health issues. We have talked so many times about winning by releasing the pounds. We always talk about food choices and how they affect people, but the message doesn't seem to SINK in. emoticon I realize I can not change her. I recognize she has to want help before I can offer any. I realize her choices are the one she wants to make for herself. It's just so sad. Food addictions can and do kill. Her poor little dog almost died choking on fast food. emoticon Mom and Dad don't even have a clue they are addicted to eating out.









I have mentioned to my mom politely that research has shown that the specific food choices are know to trigger the health issues they are facing. emoticon My parents are ADDICTED TO EATING OUT. It's a habit they have done for decades. My Dad has a thin stick figure. His metabolism is the kind that no matter what he eats he remains thin. My Mom is filled with aches and pains and limitations that make it hard for her to get around and do simple things. She cares for my dad who is 7 years older than her. His memory is fading so simple things are hard for him to do. MANY, MANY of the foods they eat contribute to their health issues. emoticon emoticon MSG is a big time contributor to brain damage and memory loss. It is found in cool aid and about every single packaged food in the market. If only she would of listened years ago, perhaps the damage would be lessened or stopped. Who knows. They are so far away visiting is impossible for me or I would be over trying to help them with some tempting meals. Mom and Dad moved to the other side of the US years ago.







emoticon I am proud to say my Mom fought off cancer for years. She did the Budwig protocol with great success. Her symptoms left. She was very strict following it. While I don't know all the details, it involved eating cottage cheese and flax seed. It is a natural treatment. It worked for her. Her symptoms were gone, her health improved. Now they are back. She won't go back to doing the things that helped her. Diet changes could improve her chances at living a longer life. She will pop pills, but pills are not the answer. I do agree some natural supplements can help, but without diet changes and advice from someone knowledgeable the chances are not good. It's like a shot in the dark. It's hoping that what you picked will help. I feel frustrated that she won't seek help. Diet changes could improve her chances. Sugars and so many foods feed cancer. emoticon







Most of all what frustrates me is the fact that LIFESTYE CHOICES contribute to the illness. How you eat, drink, and move are all things we have power and control over. Yet she is so ADDICTED to her lifestyle that she won't change. emoticon It is as if she doesn't CARE. Restaurant foods win. They have a hold on her and my dad. It's a shame to see it slowly siphoning away their life force. These food-like substances that are filled with preservatives, MSG, artificial flavors, and who knows what wins over life. FOOD ADDICTIONS have got to stop. Food has so much influence over our health. Foods like watermelon, rhubarb, brown rice, oregano, and so many others are powerful cancer fighters. But FOOD ADDICTIONS WIN in the case of my dear mother. Convince wins. It is easier to go eat out than to make food from scratch with good, honest ingredients. Food corporations are so powerful they train us from an early age to crave and become addicted to their foods. emoticon The thing is MOST PEOPLE WON'T ADMIT they are addicted to foods. That candy bar they have everyday at 3:00, the coffee with whipped cream, a special cheese, breads, bagels, or food. If it is something you crave and eat regularly most likely it is an addiction. It's sneaky, it tricks you into thinking you are low in something and that magic food will cure that sensation. There are so many ways of logical arguments as to why your not addicted to Fill in the blank _________________.







emoticon ADDICTION is a MONSTER, it lives inside, and it feeds off of you. It takes from you, it controls you and DESTROYS YOU. It is a beast that tears your apart, rips out your soul, and LAUGHS AT YOUR WEAKNESS. It is a stone wall, that stands to keep you in and the rest out. It is a SHADOW that always lurks behind you, waiting to STRIKE. Addiction lives in everyone's mind, sitting, staring, waiting. . . Addictions are not something to mess with. They destroy lives. Lay's potato chip commercial is playing as I write. It says, "Just ONE BITE AND YOUR HOOKED." Or something similar. Just ONE Bite and your Addicted is what they should be confessing. Just one bite of that MSG laden food and you can't stop. You will forever be tempted to binge on them. There is another chip company that claims you can't stop eating after one chip. They should be ashamed at making us a nation of overweight food addicts. Food additives cause binging, obesity, and health issues.








emoticon So those thoughts lead me back to doing introspections and deep reflections of my life. IS FOOD WORTH DYING OVER? NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT. Quality of life is so much more important. I WANT TO LIVE. I want to live a QUALITY LIFE. One with passion, authenticity, and love. Mom, your choices deepen my desire to stick to eating in a healthy manner. emoticon To eat clean foods, real foods that come without labels. Foods that are as pure and natural as I can get. I will continue to move to the best of my ability. emoticon I will press forward reaching for my dreams, while enjoying the blessings of each day. emoticon Love yourself enough to take care of your body. It's the only one we get.





Hugs.

Would you choose Addictions over living?
Are there certain foods or drinks you can't live without?
It's never to late to create new habits and reap the benefits of health.


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MAGMATTIN 7/28/2014 9:28PM

  You have given me much food for thought. Thank you.

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NASFKAB 7/26/2014 7:28AM

  its so very true thanks for sharing

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PENOWOK 7/22/2014 6:28PM

    I remember years ago the exercise guru, Richard Simmons, said he was very heavy and someone left a note on his car saying that they cared too much to let him continue to kill himself that way. He took it to heart, lost the weight and became a fitness guru for thousands of mean nd women across the country by dancing away the extra weight.

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TREE57 7/22/2014 4:33PM

    Thank you for writing this blog. I needed it right at this very moment. I've been struggling with the fact that some foods make me sick to my stomach and if something was making my child sick, I wouldn't give it to him, so why do I continue to feed myself with food that makes me sick.

You blog and the quotes are spot-on. Thank you again.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/22/2014 2:55PM

    I did choose food over living for a very long time. Then I saw the light....my doctor said, "The EKG seems to show you've already had a heart attack." It catches up with you. You can be fat and sorta healthy in your youth, but as you age, obesity affects your blood pressure, blood sugar, joints, and can even cause heart attacks and cancer. IT WILL CATCH UP TO YOU. Nobody can avoid it forever.

That being said, there is NOTHING you can say or do to change your mom's way of life. SHE has to come to the decision herself. Maybe she will figure it out before it's too late, and I know you love her so you want to help. My son is the same way. I'm pretty sure he weighs over "five bills" as he says, and he and his wife, who is also obese, eat out almost every meal. He lost over 100 lbs. while I was on my original journey losing weight (2010-2011), and he got below 400 lbs. He vowed he would never see 400 on the scale again, but I know he has passed that up and has regained all his weight plus some more. I believe if he and his wife would cook at home more often and attempt to lose weight at the same time (they have both had somewhat successful weight loss attempts, but never at the same time), they would have a better chance to change their lifestyle. As much as I care about my son's health, I know there's nothing I can do to make him "see the light." I myself didn't see the light until hearing my doctor's words that my health was seriously in jeopardy, and I was getting close to 60 years old. It's too bad that it takes something so serious for us to wake up and change, but sometimes it does.

I like the statement about addiction. Food addiction is every bit as real as drug or alcohol addiction, or being addicted to cigarettes. I identify with every statement there, and I fight my addiction every single day. Some days I am more successful than other days, but every day I wake up with a desire to keep trying!!

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JIBBIE49 7/22/2014 12:27AM

    Good

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KMRJPR 7/22/2014 12:20AM

    Omg...what a sad and yet profound blog. I'm sorry you have the pain of dealing with a parent or doesn't listen. And thank you for making me think twice about myself. emoticon

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KALEWINE 7/21/2014 10:27PM

    My parents are similarly addicted to certain foods. My mom and I have had discussions about weight and food, and she understands in her head. It just hasn't worked itself into her want.

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CICELY360 7/21/2014 9:30PM

  good blog

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 7/21/2014 9:08PM

    For PARKSCANADA, who is taking Victoza, here is one of the things the drug side effects list:
“Victoza will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid cancer in people. If medullary thyroid cancer occurs, it may lead to death if not detected and treated early.”

Notice, it says, "WILL", not "may".

This is why it is so important to try to manage our disease of 'food addiction' with proper foods that can help manage our addictions, instead of depending on medications - unless absolutely necessary.

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JERICHO1991 7/21/2014 9:03PM

    Could not agree with #1 above more. Working on it.

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DIANNEMT 7/21/2014 7:49PM

    I'm sorry about your parents.

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JSEATTLE 7/21/2014 5:06PM

  So frustrating to see this all around you. The best we can do is for ourselves and that alone is hard enough!

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/21/2014 4:20PM

  Your quotes supported what you are saying very well. I do understand your frustration because I have observed these sort of choices all around me. I saw it when I was a nurses aid.

Then I saw it in people my parents generations and now people around me that are 40 plus to 60, claiming how old they are now. A large percentage don't exercise or eat well.

Just last week, a woman in our church had a bad fall. She had a black eye and stitches. This was because of blood sugar. She passed out. She told me, she knows the correct things to do but doesn't.

If she is open to actually doing something, I will get people to call her and check .

I agree with you, but if we nag, they do worse, so it's good to use wisdom and discretion, although we might feel bad, or bothered. emoticon emoticon

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BEEANDHAM 7/21/2014 3:11PM

    Couldn't say it any better myself. My dad has MS and should be on a much different diet than he is. Way too many processed foods, and I don't think he knows what a normal portion is. Hard to help our loved ones until they want to help themselves. Hang in there with your parents and hopefully they will realize what they are doing to their bodies isn't worth it and join you on the healthy road you're on.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/21/2014 2:46PM

  Great Advice!!!!! emoticon And, I wish you the emoticon with your Mom. It is so incredibly difficult to see someone NOT doing what is healthy for them. Hopefully, she will see what an emoticon job you are doing and follow your lead.

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NEPTUNE1939 7/21/2014 2:36PM

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TATTER3 7/21/2014 2:22PM

    Balance. You are not responsible for anyone but you. Be blessed.

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NONNAOF2 7/21/2014 1:40PM

  I can understand your frustration, but perhaps step back and give your mom a break. Taking card of someone you and watching them slowly being taken from you is very painful and mentally exhausting. She probably is at a point where mentally, she just can't bring herself to do one more thing, even if it is for herself. The only thing you can do at this point is to be supportive of her and your father, it's easy to get wrapped up in the emotional end of trying to help your mother make better choices. You mentioned that they live far away from you, so that makes it even harder to help. Perhaps on the occasions that you are able to visit, you could cook a healthy dinner for your parents while there, at least you would feel like you have done something to help in the time that you are visiting. Good Luck! I've been there, done that too and it's a hard cycle to break!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/21/2014 1:33PM

    I think the most important words in your blog are: "Is food worth dying for? Absolutely not!"

That's a wonderful thing to remember each time we make a food choice.

BTW, my first batch of kombucha tea is forming a scoby! I have also been successful making raw milk kefir this week. I have a couple bottles of water kefir on their second fermentation right now. I'm looking forward to trying it later today. I added mango and pineapple for the second fermentation. Next time, I'm going to add organic cherry juice.

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PARKSCANADA 7/21/2014 12:34PM

    I'd like to add another point of view. I totally agree that we have the choice on how we feed our bodies and that foods that are made with fat, sugar and salt are addictive and that we can become addicts to this food. I am one of those. I am also a diabetic. I have struggled for years with my food addictions and with my diabetes - mostly without much success. But this past year I had an epiphany and thanks to my diabetes educator/pharmacist I learned something about food, diet, appetite and diabetes. I take a drug called Victoza for my diabetes. For me it has been a miracle. It has changed how I control my food intact and the whole way my brain and body reacts to food. Victoza works on a hormone in my stomache. Before I was on this drug I thought about food constantly - not in a healthy planning my daily diet kind of way, but in an obsessive I need chocolate, I gotta eat those chips, cookies, bread kinda way. I never had a stop point either - I could eat and eat and eat and not really feel full. Within days of starting this drug I was no longer obsessed with food and I felt full with a normal portion. I could walk away from the junk and crap food that I used to obsess over. It didn't cause me to magically drop weight - I still have weight issues and will always need to work on those, but for the first time in forever I feel like I have a normal relationship with food. It doesn't occupy my every waking minute, I can stop eating and I can walk away. I'm not saying that maybe this is where your folks are at. I just want to point out that our relationship to food is far more complex than we ever knew or suspected.
I wish you all the best and hope your folks can take those steps to better health.

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LOLAINSC 7/21/2014 12:13PM

    Your heart-felt blog mad me hurt for you. The reason we personally are here on SP is because we asked ourselves that question and answered with a resounding "NO!"
It is heartbreaking that we can ask others that question, but cannot answer it for them, only they can choose for themselves. However, our own example speaks louder to others than any words ever could. Keep on doing what you are doing and do what is best for you and you are sending them a message as loudly and clearly as any person can.
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SDEHNKE 7/21/2014 11:17AM

    I watch my husband making these same choices every day. He's a diabetic but is very overweight and his diet is crap. Eats chocolate by the pound. But, as much as it pains me, he's a big boy, and the choices he makes are his own. I need to do what I need to do to become healthier and that's all I can do.

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PATTIEMCD 7/21/2014 10:59AM

    Know how you are feeling....my youngest daughter knows she needs to lose weight and reap the benefits of eating healthier, being more active and [hopefully] becoming less depressed. I pray everyday that, " Today will be the day" for her to get serious.

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SPARKLE-SHINE 7/21/2014 10:22AM

    Lots to think about. Thanks for posting.

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SHOAPIE 7/21/2014 10:21AM

    Only person you can change is yourself. I'm sure your Mother is well aware of what she is doing.

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JUSGETTENBY42 7/21/2014 10:01AM

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LCRUMLEY81 7/21/2014 9:41AM

  So True Thank YOu

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ASYREETA 7/21/2014 9:39AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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IDICEM 7/21/2014 9:00AM

  Great blog.

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/21/2014 9:00AM

    Of the three signs of true addiction, the one that hits home the most in your blog is that an addict will continue to seek his addictive substance DESPITE THE COSTS in health, relationships, money, and, eventually, life span.

This is where your parents are. I am sorry for them, and that you must watch their behavior destroy them.

I wish you the very best in coping with their insanity.

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CFMOSS 7/21/2014 8:47AM

    Hug to you....it's so hard to watch others make choices which are damaging, but which they are free (or maybe not so free) to make as adults. Here's to making good choices for you, each day in better ways.

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SCRAPBECCA 7/21/2014 8:42AM

    Thanks for all of the good information in this blog. I could relate on so very many levels.

I am a food addict. I can not ingest sugar, flour, wheat, high fat foods, volume, refined or processed foods without experiencing mental obsession and physical cravings for more, more, more! The only bite I have control over is that first bite, once I take it, I have no control over the bingeing that inevitably follows.

I needed to be reminded and convinced that no food is worth dying over, I want a life of freedom and joy, a life that I only experience when I am free of my addictive substances. Thanks again for your post!

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BOILHAM 7/21/2014 8:01AM

    Food for thought. Thanks for this great blog.

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ARTSYGIRL5 7/21/2014 7:48AM

    I am so glad you wrote this blog. This is a good way to get the message across for all our lovely Spark Friends as well. You had so many important facts in your blog.

A lot of folks do not know that sugar feeds cancer. So important !!!
Changing your diet is the most important thing you can do for your health. Taking a natural supplement or a medicine will not help with most health issues. When you change up your food choices first, you will notice an improvement right away.
I have so many Friends and Family that do not understand this. Unfortunately, I can only lead by example and hopefully they will see how healthy I am.
I am 66 and the oldest of 5 Children. I do not take any meds and do not intend to.
I read articles on Spark and many other sites to keep me informed. We are responsible for our own health.
Thank you for spreading the word.

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SHERYLP461 7/21/2014 7:21AM

    As you I am sure know, we cannot change someone. We can be sure the information is there and available for them, but we cannot make them absorb it, most unsolicited advice is not welcome.

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SHARON7464 7/21/2014 6:53AM

    You have a powerful quote embedded that really is at the heart of your concerns - we have the freedom to choose, but we atenot free from the consequences of our choices.

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BESSHAILE 7/21/2014 6:32AM

    Yes. and at the point where your parents' choices leave you with the burden of caring for one or both of them, you will have to accept that you can't give them the best options either. My mother's nursing homes were limited to the ones with hoists. She was too heavy to be helped by people.

We're all dealt a hand - you can play only your own.

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CHESAPEAKE60 7/21/2014 6:31AM

    I don't think you are giving enough credit to what your mom is going through. If she is having to care full time for a loving partner who she is watching slowly slipping away I can see where eating out would be a diversion and break from her load. I agree it would be nice to see healthier choices but sometimes life makes it difficult to do the "smart" thing. Have you tried taking your father out for the day and giving her a break every week. Something like that might help her have the energy to make healthier choices than lectures from her daughter on the evils of fast food (no matter how well or lovingly intended).

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EILEEN828 7/21/2014 5:11AM

    Excellent blog. Keep talking to your Mom, show her the way the best you can. Her position is a difficult one, and as you know so well, the human body can be a mystery, it can and does breakdown. It's the brain that can make the difference about wanting to try Believing it can be done bucks all that society says is possible. You can be the shining star for her to follow.

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MARYJOANNA 7/21/2014 5:08AM

  The only way to change them is to pray that God will change their hearts and minds. Only God change people. You continue to select healthy food for you.

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