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And she is up again...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

and I don't mean awake either. I am up 2 pound from last month. Not exactly sure what is going on because I am eating very healthy; almost 100% Raw each day. I can' t promise I will do better next month by eating better because my eating is spot on.

I haven't been feeling so great for like maybe the last 2 weeks, kind of punky feeling. I have been nauseous, had almost daily bouts of diarrhea, suffering with insomnia. This morning and yesterday my ankles with swollen with water. Has nothing to do with my salt consumption, my blood pressure is great (in fact my bottom number has been ranging between 65 to 70), I drink 12+ glasses of water a day (sometimes close to 20) so my body is not retaining water because I am dehydrated.

I have only been taking my pain pills one hour before physical therapy 3 times a week so I don't think it is the meds. However, I have been on the medication for the Memory Study I am on. I just started my 3rd week of taking the pills. It is leading me to believe that perhaps I am receiving the test drug and not the placebo. When I go next Tuesday to the study I will have to discuss this with them because I really have been feeling yucky.

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ANNAMAAM 7/4/2011 11:12PM

    Hi Travelinista! ...I found your blog through Green Mama. I am just starting out with sparkpeople, although I did do a brief stint earlier this spring, but am familiar with raw vegan very much and have been for a few months at a time here and there.

Are you calorie counting also? Just curious...If you weigh things like nuts/seeds, where a little bit off can add up to a lot of calories difference, it might be a better option. ...I did buy a scale for that reason. Fruits and veggies matter a bit less measuring-wise.

Hope you figure it can be frustrating, but this is something you can figure out. Also I do think the body just lets a certain amount of weight off at a it seems to 'notice' it's 'wasting away', lol and fights it. Just stay with it and it will get over it's little tantrum about it. ;)

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GREENMAMA 7/1/2011 8:31PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

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FUNGRANNY72 7/1/2011 2:57PM

  I am so sorry you are still not feeling well. I haven't either, but I am feeling much better today. I do know I am sleeping better. I also have to talk to myself everyonce in a while. I tell myself what a wimp I am and I do not like to be a wimp. A little while after that I usually feel better. I have also been reading the motivational blogs. That also helps.
You spoke of your ankles swelling. That isn't a good thing. I hope you will let me persuade you to talk to your doctor. That could be an early symptom of qjite a few things, nothing. Could you be drinking too much water? Are your eyes swollen? Please keep me posted on how you are doing?
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ROSAMARCELLE 7/1/2011 8:13AM

    So sorry that you are feeling rough and hope that you are soon feeling better. It is disappointing that the weight loss is stalling at the moment, but with what you have been through, that isn't so surprising. I am sure that it will begin to head down again if you stick with the healthy eating and exercise. emoticon

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 6/30/2011 11:52PM

    I'm sorry about the weight gain. Hopefully it's just meds messing with your body or something that you can get straightened out.

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LOOZINITNOW 6/30/2011 9:53PM

    I'm sorry that you have been feeling down. I hope you can get some answers soon and get your spunky self back.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/30/2011 9:40PM

    Don't feel so bad about the 2 pounds. You've done well just relax. the best you can do is try.

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DYNAMICDEB53 6/30/2011 6:59PM

    Yvonne I am sorry you are feeling this bad. I hope that they will be able to help you.
Hang in there until then.

Hugs and love

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SECRETMUSIC 6/30/2011 5:05PM

    Here's hoping you feel more normal soon!

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L*I*T*A* 6/30/2011 2:37PM

    wishing you a quick resolution..........
have an awesome day...
blessings and hugs...........lita

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WILLBOYWONDER 6/30/2011 1:40PM

    Sometimes the body does its own thing, in spite of your good, healthy efforts. Just stick with it and maybe switch up your exercise. But hang in there. We all go through that and I know how frustrating that can be. Don't give up. As for the other things, those before me who suggest seeking a check up for it, well I concur with them. Better safe than sorry. See a doctor.

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/30/2011 1:06PM

    Good idea to check it out with them. It might be making you retain
fluid. You are not exercising as usual either, so it's probably a combination
of everything going on with you.

I know emoticon because I've seen you in action and you did have
a great loss for the year so far.

Remember, Don't sweat the small stuff!


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MSCRIGLER 6/30/2011 12:25PM

  We fluctuate. It's probably nothing to worry over (the weight), but the swelling and other symptons, I'd worry over.

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NEW-CAZ 6/30/2011 12:24PM

    Yvonne take no chances hun..check with your doc or at least your local pharmacist you can guide you through any reactions you might be having.
Better safe than sorry- hope you feel brighter soon emoticon

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DEVORA4 6/30/2011 12:20PM

  emoticonsounds like you are retaining H2O, Check with your dr as perhaps the meds are causing this. emoticon

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DENISEUTAH 6/30/2011 12:14PM

    I think you should call the doctor even sooner
it sounds like you could be having some kind of reaction
better safe than sorry !

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    It's been very humid where I live...and I have been feeling like a puffed wheat. My mom thinks it might be the humidity...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Physical therapy was tough today because she added some new weight bearing exercises on the Universal she has in her gym. Got through them, my new mantra of late has been Push Beyond! Glad I have a day off tomorrow as my next appointment is Friday. It will be my 24th visit. It would be great to hear on Friday if the insurance extended my therapy visits. We'll see.

Just came in from over 30 minutes gardening/yard work. To be be more specific I just finished doing 2 of the things I hate the most - weeding and sweating. OMG the sweat. It was dripping off my face, my hair even though tied up on top of my head is soaking wet. Pretty picture, right? I feel disgusting.

My arm and shoulder are aching now so the next thing I will be doing once I finish typing this will be icing it. Ah, instant relief and it will cool me down too. I live near a marsh like area and I always get these reeds popping up in my back yard. I really had no business pulling them with my shoulder but I looked at it as a workout. A workout it was. Some of those suckers have deep roots and were so hard to pull. I even had to use both hands. There are more out there waiting for me but they can wait for another day. I think with maybe some snow on the ground so at least I won't be sweating. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/30/2011 3:01AM

    Yvonne it's lovely to hear that your shoulder is getting a bit stronger and you're able to more.
It's so frustrating being put out of action isn't it?
But you're getting there!
As for weeding.......I find it theraputic LOL.

Hope the icing helped...take it slow hun emoticon

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DS9KIE 6/30/2011 12:26AM

    that is great your lifting weights with your shoulder

I hear you on the getting sweaty part I hate that too

Hey just be careful when you are pulling weeds, I would hate you to injure your shoulder just to pull weeds and sweat

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/29/2011 11:00PM

    LOL. Never thought that I would hear you talking about snow after all the snow you had last winter & the shoveling that you had to do! LOL Sorry that you're sore. Be careful not to overdue my friend. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 6/29/2011 10:40PM

    take care and try not to overdo.........
hope this heals quickly ....
blessings and hugs............lita

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SUNNYH99 6/29/2011 9:46PM

    Oooh, I hope the icing and rest feel really good, Yvonne! "Rome wasn't built in a day," so take it slow!
emoticonLove, Sunny

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BAMATEACHER 6/29/2011 9:18PM

    You be careful with that shoulder, girl!

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DEVORA4 6/29/2011 9:06PM

  emoticonabout your pain. Unless your name is Martha Stewart, we all have weeds. LOL They would not dare to grow where she lives, Keeping my fingers crossed that you get those extra hours of therapy!! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/29/2011 9:05PM

    Yvonne, you are a REAL TROOPER!

Hang in there and do be careful with that shoulder.
You don't want to start over from square one.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/29/2011 9:01PM

    Yvonne, even the most beautiful glamour girls sweat. emoticon I sure hope your shoulder starts to heal. I see my dr. about mine tomorrow.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/29/2011 8:56PM

    Here's hoping they grant you more PT sessions!

My favorite part of PT is at the end when they hook me up to the electrical stim machine. Took a few weeks to get used to the weird feeling of my muscles jumping around on their own, but now I like it. It feels like an internal massage.

Watch it with those weeds. They don't care if you re-injure your shoulder. Actually they probably DO care. They are probably hoping you WILL re-injure your shoulder! I heartily concur that you should wait until there is snow for your next weed-pulling session. LOL

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2 month check up with Surgeon

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Can't believe it has been 2 months since surgery already. So many things I still can't do mainly involving strength. So many things I can do that I could not do right after surgery. Things you take for granted but soon find out when you don't have your right arm or shoulder to use you just say to yourself, really? It has been an eye opening experience.

My doctor is requesting 12 more physical therapy visits. I am crossing my fingers the insurance company gives me the approval. I have had 24 visits but hope the limit goes up to 36 and not capped at 24. I am up to the 10 pound weights but only with certain movements. Still have a way to go.

I am able to hook my bra in the back now with minimal pain and that is a milestone. Imagine something simple and routine as that being a milestone. I was able to do my belly dancing tape today using my arms with minimal pain which is also a biggie. Remember I started out with my right shoulder glued to my side not being able to use/move my arm all.

Can't wait to get the OK to go back to my water aerobic classes. He says September, that is a long way off as far as I am concerned. I'll behave and wait because I don't want to rip it again because it is not 100% yet and then have to start all over.

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ROSAMARCELLE 6/29/2011 6:00PM

    That's wonderful. I am so glad that things are going well for you and you are right to be sensible and not risk going backwards. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/29/2011 2:27PM

    Wow with as good as your are doing I can't imagine you can't do water aerobics.
Just the ones you can do. Moving etc. Can't you adjust to what you are allowed
to do? Or can't you do the jumping? Curious?
I'm so happy things are moving along so well.


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MARTY728 6/29/2011 12:45PM

    Hope all goes as you wish.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 6/29/2011 11:40AM

    Moving right along!!! emoticon Just wish you could tie your arm down to your body and get in the pool!!! At least you could walk and jump in the water! The resistance it would provide would actually be great exercise for your core and legs! Oh well, better safe than sorry......accidents happen so you probably should have total use of both arms before ventuing into the pool. Ugh! Glad you can fasten your bra the conventional way again!!! That was a BIG step! Glad you're mending well.

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DYNAMICDEB53 6/29/2011 10:58AM

    Glad you are taking it easy and listenng. You will benefit much more in the future by giving itthe time to heal that it needs.
Yes when I broke my wrist you do take simple things for granted until you cant do them and then its like wow when you can again.
Kepp being good and glad you are improving.
Hugs and smiles

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DARKTHOR 6/29/2011 10:40AM

    I hope the insurance comes through for you. It sounds like something they should approve.

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MARYHOLMAN 6/29/2011 8:51AM

    You sound like you're chomping at the bit to get back into your normal routine.
I used to be a belly dancer...wwwaaayyyyy back when. Keep it up;it's so much fun. emoticon

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PATTILYNN224 6/29/2011 7:51AM

    Very happy for you that you're mending so well!! It will be September before you know it.

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NEW-CAZ 6/29/2011 7:42AM

    Glad you're on the mend and keeping positive.
Here's hoping your insurance coughs up the $$$$

Keep us posted Yvonne emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/29/2011 2:56AM

    Sounds great!

I saw my surgeon at 5 weeks and the next time he wants to see me is in August (3 months post-op).

Congrats on being up to 10 lbs. I finally graduated to 5 lbs last week on the easy stuff. And for some things I'm still at 3 lbs.

If you can't go to PT, then get instructions at the last session and get some weights you can use at home. It's not as helpful, but at least your progress will continue!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/28/2011 11:42PM

    I hope that your insurance will do the right thing. I have a pretty low opinion of insurance companies. You're in my thoughts and prayers. I know that you're looking forward to being back in your water aerobics. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 6/28/2011 11:33PM

    praying the insurance covers your physio...
blessings and hugs......lita

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FUNGRANNY72 6/28/2011 10:39PM

  I am so sorry to hear about your shoulder and arm. What did you do to it? I know all about the pain, but somehow we do survive. I hope you get better soon.
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DEVORA4 6/28/2011 9:37PM

  emoticonthat you focus on what you know can do and the can't do s will come!!!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 6/28/2011 9:37PM

    Sounds great

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SEASONS_CHANGE 6/28/2011 9:19PM

    Glad you're back on the mend and the Insurance company shouldn't disapprove something that a doctor is recommending. If so, let us know and all of your buddies will write letters and post blogs as social media is a powerful thing!

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ALASKALILLADY 6/28/2011 8:58PM

    Hope you get the insurance to approve your pt. If they don't want to do that, talk to the insurance commissioner for your state and see what the regulations are. Sometimes there are state requirements that your insurance must meet for care. If you have any questions just let me know!

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LOOZINITNOW 6/28/2011 8:47PM

    Glad you are starting to get back to normal. Praying the insurance will cover the additional PT visits. emoticon

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WILLOW49 6/28/2011 8:34PM

    Sure hope your insurance OKs more PT for you. Keep us posted!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/28/2011 8:17PM

    I sure hope the next sessions of PT help you out and amke you feel even better. I'm wondering how did you injusr your shoulders in the first place?

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This has got to stop!

Monday, June 27, 2011

I am so passionate about this that I posted it in my appropriate teams as a new thread but this needs to be brought to the forefront to everyone. Monsanto literally takes good healthy seeds and turns them into poisonous ones that promises the world but will actually lead to its destruction. Monsanto is a chemical company that is now trying to take over our food supply with genetically engineered seeds.

"Monsanto's product has changed from poison to food, but it has held true to its history of violating the rights and health of people around the globe. Monsanto is a 100% committed to the sale of their seeds of destruction no matter what it takes: bullying, infiltration of high government offices with company friendly individuals, or intimidation."

Learn more:

They say they are creating a better seed for the future. They say they care about the farmer. They say they are making better seeds to help make healthier food. All lies. They care about their bottom line and we and our government is being sucked into the false prophecies. We are going to pay in more ways than one.

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ROSAMARCELLE 6/27/2011 4:56PM

    Thank zou for posting.

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SEASONS_CHANGE 6/27/2011 4:37PM

    holy crap, thanks for bringing this to the forefront!

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L*I*T*A* 6/27/2011 12:49PM

    great share...........
thanks for bringing t0 our attention...
blessings and hugs.......lita

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/27/2011 11:58AM

    Thanks for educating us. I agree 100% !!! Spark On Sista!!!! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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WILLOW49 6/27/2011 10:32AM

    I agree with you, Yvonne. This HAS to!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/27/2011 10:24AM

    I know what you mean. It's not nice to fool with
mother nature as the old commercial used to say!
I totally agree.

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DEVORA4 6/27/2011 8:52AM

  I know this to be true, What can we do?

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ASHARON 6/27/2011 8:51AM

    I try to grow all my veggies with Heirloom Plants so I can use the seeds from them for next years garden.

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ALLISON_R36 6/27/2011 8:47AM

    I'm so glad that there are people like you trying to educate others on the dangerous practices of companies like Monsanto. Good for you for spreading the word!!! emoticon

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Aren't you worth the time?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I know we would all love to just snap our fingers and poof we are magically thin. Unfortunately things do not work like that. You have to work for it.

I spent a couple of hours today working on my Raw Cookbook here in Spark People. I love and appreciate that we have this great tool available to us. It is time consuming but well worth the effort. I entered 2 new recipes which if you have never done it, it takes time to fill in all of the blanks but once it is done it makes your food tracking so much easier.

It is simple to do. You just go to Spark Recipes and click on Recipe Calculator and just follow the directions. It walks you through it section by section. Here is an easy link:

I also spent a lot of time moving the recipes I had added to the order I wanted. It was a pain in the neck to search through all of the recipes because I do have a lot of recipes in my cookbook. Today I decided to organize them and it took over an hour just moving them around. I spent most of the time in my Raw Cookbook. First was smoothies, then breakfast items, followed by gazpachos (there are many varieties), raw soups, salads, entrées, and then desserts. Now I can find things easily.

This is my Raw Cookbook:

These are the 2 recipes I added to the Raw Cookbook but they have not made it in there as of the writing of this blog:

My Favorite Raw Summer Salad (I eat this a lot) This salad is a salad I am often requested to make for a cookout. So anyone will eat this one.

Beet Salad Remix

I also have another cookbook that has favorite Vegetarian recipes in it:

So I think I am worth the time it took me to accomplish all of this. It will save me time going forward. It will keep me on track because favorite things I like to eat are already programmed in here. You have to be prepared and organized to succeed. I have those bases covered. Do you?

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FERGSGIRL2 6/27/2011 11:46AM

    Yes, we are worth it--but you definitely are! You took the time to share with us too--appreciate you. will definitely try some of your recipes! Have a great week.

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BESTMEICANBE51 6/27/2011 7:09AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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FUZZYMOTO 6/27/2011 6:45AM

    Thanks for sharing the recipes. I always appreciate new or recycled ideas as the "Spark" my mind in to action on seeing how I can make whatever work for me.

Keep up the health inspiring food ideas. emoticon

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LILBITWANNABE 6/26/2011 11:11PM

    Thanks for sharing your cookbooks! I snagged a few recipes to try sometime soon:)

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WISEDUP1 6/26/2011 10:26PM

    Thank you for the recipe calculator info. I didn't know that we could do that! Now, I will!
I also saved your Favorite Raw Salad into my cookbook!


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TEDYBEAR2838 6/26/2011 9:49PM

    We are ALL worth the time, BUT will we all TAKE it?

Good Blog

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DEVORA4 6/26/2011 9:37PM

  Hi and emoticon Beets are my least favorite food, HOWEVER, since it was recommended by you, I will give it a go, Take care, emoticondebby emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/26/2011 9:01PM

    That is so cool Yvonne. nice and healthy recipes and easy to follow directions.

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    Thanks for sharing Yvonne! So true...this also helps me. emoticon

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    Great advice. Thanks for sharing. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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