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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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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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KADULAC 7/22/2014 7:21PM

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

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

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

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    Love those improvements

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/22/2014 4:55PM

    I am so glad to hear you are improving! Let's do the happy dance! Woo hoo! I am so happy for you! You are such an inspiration to me! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs and love!
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    Great job!

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    That is great progress, good for you!

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    Doing the happy dance in your honor!

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    me too!!!

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    Your getting in some good steps! emoticon

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    So glad you're doing better!
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    wonderful news! woo hoo! way to go!

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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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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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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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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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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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Down another pound

Saturday, July 19, 2014




emoticon The pounds continue to be released slowly off of my body. Today I was down another pound. Adding in more fresh, raw, in season foods is helping big time. I now have to utilize the waist band ties to keep my shorts from slipping. No plumbers crack for me. I am not doing 100% raw foods, but when I achieve 100% I feel better. The more 3-4 day stretches feel wonderful to my body and it's healing effect on me. Hubby cooked some Enchiladas the other day. My body complained big time. It took me 4 days to recover from one serving. I think hubby is starting to see the relationship with food and how I feel. emoticon It is so not worth it. emoticon My step count is improving slowly on raw foods.








I am eating in a way that my body enjoys. I feel so much healthier on raw foods. My body tells me what to eat, what is right. All I have to do is listen to it.







There are many written stories of people healing diseases with raw foods. All you have to do is do a search online and you will find the motivation you need. It might sound crazy or extreme, but eating this way feels right for my body. It's better than living with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Aches, twinges, headaches, weakness leave. Energy replaces ailments and a clear mind.







I have a family member ill with a deadly disease. She won't try the foods. I could never live that way she says. It's so sad. It is sad to see her so stuck with her addictions that she is unwilling to try. Almost anything that is made cooked can be made fresh. She is treating her illness with alternative medicine, which I can understand. The problem is unless you correct the diet, the alternative medicines and treatments don't work as well. If only she could break free from her addictions to eating out. I realize I cannot change her mind about her decisions. All I can do is watch and listen.








Raw foods sound like it is hard. It really is an adjustment. You have to be brave enough to explore new recipes. I am finding the right mix of textures are important to the palate. Salads seem to taste better when the pieces are chopped into small squares. I use a special chopper that cost around $20.00. It's super fast and easy to use. The flavors mix better when foods are chopped to different sizes. I find I like vegetables that I used to not like before when chopped with it. Its magic. emoticon Size matters when you chop produce.

This week I made a delicious kelp noodle salad with an Asian Peanut sauce. It was topped with some spicy seasoned cashews and fresh sugar snap peas. The flavor is intense, delicious, tastier than cooked foods. It's different. The thing that blows me away is how flavorful the foods are. It comes from using fresh ingredients and spices.







emoticon The next day I made up a salad with fresh corn, avocados, cucumbers, tomatoes, finely chopped walnuts, and a tasty homemade Mexican salad dressing. Oh, so delicious. The nuts add in a meaty texture. The other ingredients are not very high calorie. It tastes so good one morning I had it for breakfast. When hubby has his enchiladas, I eat my Mexican salad. It has way more flavor than the Enchiladas. YUM. emoticon I make up a big enough batch that I can feed on it for a few days. Any extra will be turned into Spicy Mexican corn chips.

Raw foods is breaking me out of eating the same old foods. It's freeing me of the last few remaining bad habits. I have been working on transitioning since the beginning of the year. Food cravings are greatly decreased. They are more often fleeing than lasting. They have lost their strength. For every bad food creation there are healthier versions available in the raw form. I have tried foods I haven't experienced before like Lychees. Yum. Sugary sweet 3 calorie per fruit. My digestive issues are decreasing the longer I stay true to raw foods. The other day I ate a corn tortilla. Ouch. Ouch. I reacted to them pretty quickly. My body lets me know foods that are safe for me when I attempt to reintroduce them back into the diet. Corn unfortunately is the most widely produced GMO product. It is linked to kidney and GI issues.








Lately my focus has been on making sure I have enough prepared foods on hand to maintain a raw food diet. It includes juicing and smoothies, and some fresh fruit. I am experimenting with recipes, making my own, creating new ones. I made a delicious Chia Flake cereal. It has the texture of corn flakes but is made with Chia and a few other healthy ingredients. I am busy exploring, pondering, writing down my experiments.

One day I will set up another blog spot where I can write more freely than here. I keep hoping hubby will get me a new computer so I can work on writing a book. It would take me a few years to write as I have so many ideas. I have ideas scribbled in a notebook. Ideas that need more organization than I can do on a sheet of paper. I think I have enough creativity to write down the recipes to make a book. emoticon My computer has gone through so many computer crashes it is very sickly. The video card is dying. It is very slow in moving from page to page. My word program is gone. When it was debugged one time the computer guys removed it. The only way I can write anything is now on a blog or as an email to myself. Until I can get a new computer It is hard to spend much time online.






This week we had installed an Alarm system. It's been an adjustment. There is nothing like opening a window during the night to trigger a super loud alarm. It sure got hubby up and running. emoticon I have learned not to open the window now without resetting the alarm first. emoticon Hubby used a different company to install security cameras around the yard. emoticon They are better quality than what the alarm company sells and less expensive. A couple of neighbors came to our house a few days ago with one of the items stolen from hubby's truck. It was a bag full of emergency provisions, first aid stuff, and other just in case types of things one keeps for disasters. Hubby said everything was intact in it. He had a label in it with his name so they knew where to return it too. They said they found it thrown into the bushes behind their house. Homeless people are living in the greenbelt behind the homes. They set up camps. They look for homes and cars to rob so they can sell in order to obtain drugs. A policeman who was hiking behind the house looking for camps said it is not safe to walk back there anymore. He said there are lots of needles used for shooting up exposed. When the winter storms come they will be spread down creek. emoticon

That is what I have been doing with my week. Today I made up some cookies for hubby.

  
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PHOENIX1949 7/20/2014 9:10PM

    Hope you are able to get your Blot Spot soon. Consider me as an eager subscriber. Keep on keeping on.

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TEXASFILLY 7/20/2014 8:02PM

    Congratulations on another pound down! *hugs* Mighty sorry to hear about your reluctant relative who refuses to help herself. May you be the living example that will inspire her to at least try. emoticon BB~ emoticon

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A_RARE_BEAN 7/20/2014 4:15PM

    I would love it if you wrote a book, you have such a wealth of information!

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KEELYDEUS 7/20/2014 9:49AM

    Congratulations! You are doing awesome! When I started eating raw a few years ago, so many of the problems I had, especially with my back, disappeared. So much in what we eat causes inflammation. You're doing great! Keep on the track you're on!

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    I am glad you are doing better. Thanks for sharing!

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EILEEN828 7/20/2014 5:38AM

    I have a suggestion to maybe try. I hesitate to say because you are already in such command of your diet. This comes from the diet that I try to follow. It's for clearing up psoriasis by following a specific diet. The guy who wrote the book about it also says it works for MS too. The main thing is to avoid the nightshade plants ie: tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. There are quite a few other requirements as well but it's a lot to tell, so I'll just tell you the title of the book, Healing Psoriasis by Dr John O.A. Pagano. He claims that MS and many other conditions are caused by Leaky Gut Syndrome. The nightshades are something that you and large portion of the population are allergically sensitive to. They are mildly poisonous. When added to a weak digestive system it causes all kinds of trouble and only gets worse over time. More specifically, he explains that the nightshades all have a specific to each vegetable, amino acid that your body is genetically incapable of digesting well. You just don't have the enzymes necessary to do it. Some of the population can eat these because they genetically have the proper enzymes. That's why this isn't an issue for some people and very much a hidden issue for many, many others. This diet puts you on a very specific, rather mild diet that based on what I've seen you write, you already do most of it. The few tweaks this will have you try might be really helpful for you. It's an idea any how, it's just that you're so close to it already, I had to mention it. I totally know why the foods and ways you eat are helping you, I find you to be very inspirational to me. I'd love seeing if you could come up with a book! I'd would so buy it. Anyhow I'm not a promoter of that book I'm just a believer of it. It has helped me so much, even though I cheat on it way too often. Peppers are the worst for me. Not surprising since my mom became very allergic to them in her older age, know I know why, and why I'm very probably following in her footsteps. I'm so glad I found this information out now while I can still do something about it.

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/20/2014 5:06AM

    Your doing great. I'm proud of you. We enjoy the same foods, for the most part. One thing I love about the spring/summer. Fresh fruit. emoticon

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QUEENIEBELLE 7/20/2014 4:38AM

    Clean is good! Enjoyed your blog. Way back in the early 90's so this was 20 years ago I went to a raw food place I'll call it a spa but it wasn't spa-like. It was for cleanse, healing. It was in California and I've called it "camp vegetable" for so long that I can't for the life of me think of what the real name or city was. I flew in for it and it was a hard and wonderful 2 weeks. Every morning we had watermelon for breakfast and then exercise. I really started to look forward to that watermelon! Then lectures before and after lunch (everything raw of course) more exercise in the afternoon and after dinner I think there was one more speaker. It was a facility with hotel-like rooms so you stayed right there on the campus. Some of the lectures were so interesting- people healed of everything from tape worms to cancer. Some people had actually disabled their stoves and ovens at home. There were wheat grass enemas and colonics (private of course) but I didn't get into that. Was just there for a general cleanse and get away from it all. Came home 9 lbs. lighter (and I wasn't obese at the time) and feeling wonderful. I never converted over to raw but once you have this experience and learn from experts, it stays with you. I went 100% wheat/ GF on June 1 (just recently not 20 years ago!) and feel so well from that change that I will never and I mean never go back. Next to go was corn in all forms on July 1- same thing feel too great to ever go back. Well you'd better figure out a way to get that computer because you're talented and have ideas and I don't like the word should but you really should go for it. That will heal you from the inside out too. Take care and congrats on the lb. down. LOL at the plumbers crack! That was funny.

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4RASCALS 7/20/2014 3:18AM

    I so enjoy your blogs. I'm reading a book on raw foods & it's very interesting. It may be something I will try in a few months. Right now I'm focused on eliminating processed foods. Making an effort to get into the habit of juicing daily & making healthier choices. Love the idea of you writing a book. That would be awesome, you have so much information to share. Hoping that you will be able to achieve your goal.
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DJ4HEALTH 7/20/2014 1:27AM

    That is great and as for your family member tell her to just try it for two weeks and see how she feels and that might get her to do it too.

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LBEEKMA 7/19/2014 11:13PM

    Fresh food is the way to go! Thanks for sharing your struggles and successes!


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    I love your blog! You are such an inspiration to me! I know Raw food is the only way to go! Congratulations on losing another pound! I'm so proud of you! I think you rock girlfriend! Hope you and your honey have a nice and relaxing evening! Hugs and love!
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KIWINURSE 7/19/2014 10:46PM

    I enjoyed your blog. I am trying to eat more natural foods too, trying to eat more clean. I certainly notice when I don't too. Today I had some foods that I had not had for a while and spend the time in the bathroom! TMI - sorry! I think that writing a book sounds like a great idea! Hope that you can achieve that goal!

I like the idea too of chopping up the salad really small. I may try that too for variety.

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When you realize how VALUEABLE YOU ARE, you will stop eating CRAP

Sunday, July 13, 2014




When you realize how VALUABLE YOU ARE, you will stop eating CRAP.
The tabulation results from this weeks changes are in. With having had consumed 4 days of ALL REAL food, I have released 3 pounds. The other days I nibbled on some cooked foods. It was 4 pounds but the body decided to go back up a pound. One day I came down with a terrible all of a sudden migraine. I nibbled on some toast and drank 2 lemon-lime sodas. I don't normally consume either, but I was feeling puky. It was hot and nothing else was going to stay down. All the salt in the soda, I am sure contributed to the gain. The weight comes off so easily eating real food, but add in some food-like-substances and the weight goes right up. It's all the chemicals. I am eating a mostly high REAL raw food diet.








This week I hope to be more on track. I am finding my that my taste buds have changed to the point that old foods don't have the same hold on me. The day I was so nauseated I tried eating some Uncle Bens prepared rice in a package. All you have to do is zap it in the microwave and it's done. It's a mix of rice and a chemical storm of flavorings and preservatives. After eating REAL FOOD, it tastes like CRAP. It's total poo. It tasted like bitterness and salt. I can't believe I used to eat that once in awhile. It's so GROSS. Uncle Ben went into the trash can. I won't put trash in my stomach. That is what it tastes like. I am guessing the cleaner you get on your diet the more you can taste the chemicals they add to food.







It's not hard for me to do on this attempt. emoticon The hot weather makes me want to eat the refreshing, lighter in season produce. I am in LOVE with coconut water. emoticon Fresh coconut water is so yummy and energizing. Today I have ripe nectarines and cherries to snack on. A quart of Rhubarb, grape, ginger, watercress juice is waiting for me. Later a Green chocolate kefir smoothie will satisfy me. Dinner will be some Raw wild rice Mexican Salad. The key to eating this way is to never go hungry. Eat enough that you don't give into cravings. emoticon






emoticon Today I am making some simple crackers. I don't want a flavorful cracker that is highly seasoned with herbs and spices. Sometimes simple is best. I have two batches going. One is a flax and chia seed blend. The other is a barely sweet Coconut, hemp, and chia seed crackers. I want them simply flavored so I can eat them with any full-flavored dipping sauce. My plan is to make up a raw blueberry jam to dip the coconut crackers in. I want to spread some fresh almond butter on some, add a few slices of banana, and blueberry jam. YUM.

emoticon Hubby gained weight when he was on his binge. He is trying to loose weight. His meals are becoming micro-meals, a fraction of what he used to eat. emoticon He is riding 20++++ miles a day and walking for a couple of hours. emoticon He gets in about 5 miles of walking in the 105+ degree weather. While we are not competing, I am having better results with eating REAL FOOD. I in no way can exercise the way he does because of MS. Instead I am letting real food work it's magic. emoticon I am eating as much as I want and still releasing pounds. Real food works. My workout is indoor walking and rebounding. emoticon





emoticon It amazes me how well I am doing releasing pounds. Especially considering men always loose weight faster than women. And I can't workout for hours on end like him. Real food works.






Link to how to organize a kitchen.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yowv9mFJJ64

  
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IYA_EKUNDAYO 7/20/2014 4:33PM

    I loved this blog!
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    going to look at the link now

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KADULAC 7/16/2014 12:16AM

    Congratulations on releasing so much weight. I know what you mean when you say the healthier you eat the worse process food tastes. Have a great week.

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    We'll said. Thanks so much for the post emoticon
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68ANNE 7/15/2014 6:48PM

    I really need to organize that kitchen!

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1BEACHWALKER 7/14/2014 11:36PM

    It is true, how as you eat better foods, real foods...those other pkg. Foods taste terrible. I used to drink those flavored waters, now I can't stomach them now. Only fresh clear water for me! I gave up all soda pop a couple years ago. I sipped one recently...Yuck! Even the chips, all I can taste is the salt! I still have trouble with the sweets, but try to eat dark chocolate for those cravings. Keep going...doing great!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon I've learned so much from reading your blog. Thanks, again!

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INGMARIE 7/14/2014 7:31AM

    Awesome, thank you. emoticon
I have gained a bit 6Lb, by not being mindful, and indulging in not so good for you stuff for a while, it must stop,so Today I start over ,and your blog was a great thing for me. emoticon
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EILEEN828 7/14/2014 4:37AM

    emoticon You might have gotten the migraine from releasing some toxins that you had been storing when you lost weight. So would say keep drinking lots of water to help with that. Keep it up, you're doing great.

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BETRHO48 7/14/2014 12:29AM

    Such wise words.
Thanks for sharing.
~Beth

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PHOENIX1949 7/14/2014 12:24AM

    emoticon on releasing those pounds.

Enjoyed the video link and ended up watching several more from left-side of the page.

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SWEDE_SU 7/13/2014 11:38PM

    i love the way you talk about "releasing pounds" - it's amazing how "real food" works. i've noticed that my tastes have changed, too - things that i really wanted to eat before don't taste as good. and nothing is as delicious after a meal as sweet strawberries or cherries or blueberries. it's great that both you and hubby have found something that works in your individual situations - we exercise together (except we run separately, he's faster), and i try to cook/prepare so he eats what i do, but he still slips in his eggs and cheese. but i have the comfort of knowing he eats more real food because i put it in front of him than he would otherwise.

keep up the great job! and keep writing your inspirational blogs!

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JAMER123 7/13/2014 10:36PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!!

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MICKEYH 7/13/2014 10:24PM

    Awesome blog. Thanks for sharing. *\(^o^)/*

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TEXASFILLY 7/13/2014 8:51PM

    Wonderful! So glad that you are getting great results from your diligent raw food eating. How do you make your coconut water? The bottled/canned stuff is rather expensive and I've only purchased a couple of different brands and was disappointed in both, so I've not bothered to try others. Or do you buy a specific brand? Keep up your great progress, dear heart! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAESUN54 7/13/2014 8:18PM

    Very good info. Thanks for sharing.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/13/2014 7:07PM

    Yes....real food works!

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4RASCALS 7/13/2014 5:52PM

    Your doing great. Keep up the good work. Also like the first poster, so very true.

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/13/2014 5:44PM

    Your doing great. Keep it up. I like the "treat your cart like its your stomach"
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TERRY0217 7/13/2014 5:40PM

    Thank you so much for this blog...I needed a kick in the butt...
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1CRAZYDOG 7/13/2014 4:57PM

    Real food is the winner every time! Hope you're feeling a little better.

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/13/2014 4:37PM

    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing all your valuable information! Keep up the good work! You're such an inspiration! I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful Sunday!
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ALICE_TENNIS 7/13/2014 4:36PM

    These are great reminders about eating "real food". We wouldn't gnaw on a piece of plastic or eat sawdust for lunch but sometimes the crap that we put in our bodies is just as fake.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 7/13/2014 3:57PM

    SO TRUE!!!

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SUSIEMT 7/13/2014 3:48PM

    Good for you! I would imagine even eating your "real food" your weight would tend to fluctuate from day to day. As long as you are getting the results and it is helping with your MS that is what counts. Good on ya!

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KRISTA987 7/13/2014 3:41PM

    I like the way you phrase your weight loose as 'releasing' the pounds. That's a great way to think about it. Letting them go!

I completely agree with how you feel about processed foods when you've been eating real foods for a while. A few times when I've given into cravings it didn't even satisfy me like it used to. I just felt gross. At least that feeling is a good motivator for us to never go back to those old habits!

Keep up the great work!

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MBPP50 7/13/2014 3:40PM

    Awesome. Keep up I the good work!

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PREP day

Friday, July 11, 2014





Today I must prep. I was lazy yesterday cooking wise. I should of made some food for today knowing I was going to run out. Today I must be careful not to slip because I didn't take time to prepare. I have to get an early start making some nut milk. We went to the store the other day. I crammed some of the stuff into storage instead of refilling my mason jars with supplies.







I must make up some fresh green juices to power me through the day. After that I will be chopping up some fresh tomatoes to make a salad for later. The salad tastes better when the dressing has time to sink into the blend. While I don't bag up produce ahead of time for the smoothies, I think this is a creative idea.








emoticon The scale moved again !!! It paused for a day while I held my breath hoping that it would restart. It moved six tenth of a pound. It's so motivating to see the scale move. Yesterday I got a little off track with the eating, so it was good to see the scale move downwards. It feels good to release pounds.





I have spent too much time on the computer watching different one day only videos. Today is day 5 of Grow your own food summit. http://growfoodsummit.com/qwerqf/

I also have been watching a raw food summit. http://themastersofhealth.com/event/


Breakfast will start with a bowl of cherries.


It's a good filling food that will keep me filled up as I work on prepping food for the next few days.

  
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DS9KIE 7/16/2014 3:08PM

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    I enjoy reading and researching. Thanks for sharing

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KADULAC 7/12/2014 3:28AM

    I hate it when I get behind, that tends to lead me to bad decisions. I hope your day went well.

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SWEDE_SU 7/12/2014 12:13AM

    you are an inspiration - i wish i could get that organized… thank you for sharing your tips!

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--CHERYL-- 7/11/2014 10:15PM

    emoticon I am so grateful for all your research, great ideas and posts. emoticon--especially the previous juicing radio podcast information.

The planning/prepping is really helpful..I had organic cucumbers with a horrible taste and realized my rinse wasn't sufficient emoticon.

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4RASCALS 7/11/2014 8:58PM

    Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the weekend. emoticon on the loss, your doing an awesome job. You are so inspiring me to try harder.

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LINDAK25 7/11/2014 5:46PM

    Food prep makes things so much easier! Yikes, you weigh yourself everyday? I would make myself crazy if I did that.

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BABYSOX 7/11/2014 5:44PM

    I love cherries and just bought some along with a large watermelon. It will be a delicious weekend.

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MBPP50 7/11/2014 4:47PM

    Great info. Thanks for sharing. And congrats on the scale moving!

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JENNY888 7/11/2014 3:46PM

    The first link on the one day videos did not work but I clicked on the subject Today's Presentations and got there. I am looking forward to hearing some.
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1CRAZYDOG 7/11/2014 3:30PM

    Good job!

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TEXASFILLY 7/11/2014 1:42PM

    YUM! Yes, juicing is work, but I'm finding it is worth it. Just finished my juice for the day (only doing it once a day for now) and it is satisfying. I simply devoured the Heirloom "beef steak" tomatoes from last Friday that I had to go back out to the organic farm for more this morning. They are so delish~ it's like a party in my mouth! Have a great day, dear heart~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 7/11/2014 1:16PM

    WOW! THAT IS A LOT OF PREPPING!!!!

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    You are amazing as always and inspire me ............. Love the beautiful pictures too!!! emoticon

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MICKEYH 7/11/2014 12:14PM

    I never thought of freezing smoothie ingredients. That is a great idea. This will make smoothie easier, colder and all you needs a bit liquid and a blender in the morning. Thanks for sharing!
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    Awesome job.

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/11/2014 11:53AM

    I am so proud of you! You are such an inspiration to me! Congratulations on the scale moving! You rock girlfriend! Thanks for sharing all your valuable information! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs to you!
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