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Why? Why would anyone do this to themselves?

Monday, March 22, 2010



NJ seems to be in the news lately as there are a number of Reality shows shooting here in our State. First we had the Housewives of NJ, then we had MTV’s Jersey Shore, and now there is an offer being made to an Old Bridge woman whose fantasy is to reach 1000 pounds and be known as the world’s heaviest woman. WHY? Why would anyone do that to themselves?

Her name is Donna Simpson. She is 42 years old, 5-foot-4 and currently weighs 604 pounds. Donna currently makes a living posing in scantily clad outfits striking provocative poses on the internet. She also says that her admirers particularly like to watch her body, or fat to be exact, in motion. She states they are fascinated by the way it jiggles.

Donna intends on using the internet to support the cost it will take her to pay for a daily 12,000 calorie diet. She feels people will pay to watch her eat all of this food each day. She claims that people are already sending her "gifts" of food and on man even gave her his charge card number to use to stock up her refrigerator. What does this say about our society? Are these gifts or ammunition to help her pull the trigger on her life?

There is definitely something wrong with her "upstairs" if you know what I mean. Donna already holds the record for the largest woman to give birth. She tipped the scales at 532 when she gave birth to her daughter. It took a team of over 30 doctors to deliver that baby. The daughter is now 3 years old. If Donna continues on this path the question is, how much longer will her daughter have a Mother? In my opinion Donna is digging her grave trying to obtain notoriety.

Her gameplan is to eat 12,000 calories a day. Most of us do not eat that in a week. She has already been offered a reality TV show and a book deal. Rumor has it that Dr. Phil and Oprah has contacted her, that ought to be a good show, the Oprah one that is.

The other one (a reality show) is just plain morbid. Why would any network put themselves on a limb like that? She has to be out of her mind and what happens if she dies trying to reach her goal weight of 1,000 pounds? Wouldn’t that make the network an enabler? What does that say about us as a society? Why would anyone support that type of show by watching it?



  
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JESSICA_0029 3/24/2010 11:49PM

    WOW who would have ever thought that would be someone goal to be 1,000 pounds. Why would she ever want that I feel really sorry for her child. Her mother will not be able to take care of herself so who will care for the child??? What a horrible idea who would want to watch someone slowly die and become totally incapable of doing anything to care for their self.

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KLONG8 3/23/2010 5:59PM

    Horrible. It's hard to believe this is true.

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GODZDESIGN95 3/23/2010 11:42AM

    how awful... but has anyone ask why does she have an audience?? If no one would support he may be she would do a about face..... something to think about. I am not a big fan of the biggest loser but I do watch sometimes anyway.

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GLORYLIGHT57 3/23/2010 11:08AM

    We are responsible for the chooses we make; whether or not others support us. Donna is choosing to eat herself to 1000 pounds; I wish I could give her some of my pounds.

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MYREALANA 3/23/2010 10:48AM

    That's just nasty.

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GEORGANNE39 3/23/2010 9:39AM

    This is simply inconceivable to me. Mindboggling. emoticon

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LUEYGIRL 3/23/2010 8:59AM

    I'm guessing the appeal is like watching a train wreck or plane crash? This is very, very sad. Where is the rest of her family and/or friends during this?

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ZABINAS 3/23/2010 4:00AM

    This is ludicrous! It reminds me of "The Simpson's" episode where Homer gained weight on purpose so he could be disabled and have his company build a work station to allow him to work from home.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/23/2010 1:59AM

    This is just sad. I agree with you, why? Why do this to yourself. Shame on whoever wants to put the reality show on. She needs help to work on her "upstairs" as you put it.

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DS9KIE 3/23/2010 12:33AM

    Ok why would you want to purposely get that fat. Its just weird.

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KBUCKMASH 3/22/2010 10:57PM

    I agree with all of your observations regarding this women. From what I understand she is within her rights to do what she is doing to herself. However believe before it is all over with, would not be surprised if child protective services don't get involved. Like we don't know which came first, the egg or the chicken, not sure which is sadder - what she is doing to herself or what she is doing to her child. They both need our prayers.

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CHRISTYK08 3/22/2010 10:03PM

    emoticon A good reminder to stay on this journey to improved health.

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FITNESSFOODIE 3/22/2010 9:44PM

    This is a horrible situation, and I agree the network should never enable her to risk her own life. And who would watch such a terrible thing! I didn't hear about this before. emoticon

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PENNYAN45 3/22/2010 8:56PM

    This is SO SAD! The internet and the media are just exploiting her - with her approval, of course!



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LIVINHEALTHY9 3/22/2010 8:49PM

    I can't even wrap my head around why she would want to risk her life to achieve this goal. It' s sad, and in a way selfish of her because of her daughter.

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WILLOW49 3/22/2010 8:12PM

    When I first heard about it, all I could think about was her children. I just shake my head...

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/22/2010 8:04PM

    Speechless...

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KAYEREADER 3/22/2010 7:57PM

    I saw that a couple of days ago and couldn't believe it myself. Fame and semi-fame seems to be a very addictive drug these days as evident by the reality show craze!!

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KGLOVER71 3/22/2010 7:55PM

    I am not judging her. Just sad for her. I mean, we all know what it is like to feel invisible under layers and layers of fat. The bigger I get the more I just hibernate and isolate myself from the eyes of the world. I have never even been close to her size, but I can't help but wonder if this is her (twisted, sad, bizarre) way of not disappearing. I hope, for her sake, that her show gets no ratings and she finds other ways to get attention. But sadly I know this won't happen. I, for one, will not watch and contribute. Sad. emoticon

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CHLOIANNA 3/22/2010 7:54PM

    I saw this last week and was appalled. She must have something wrong with her mind. I spend all of my time trying to get thinner and she wants to get bigger.. I would gladly give her 50 lbs.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/22/2010 7:51PM

    I read about her a couple days ago and thought it was sad, I think it would be better to be healthy and watch her two children grow

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HIGHLIFE73 3/22/2010 7:47PM

    What? Why? DID I read this right! What in the world is wrong with this families head?! OMG!

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WISLNDR 3/22/2010 7:43PM

    I just saw her on TV. It's all very bizarre and pathetic. I just don't understand.

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EMSMOMME 3/22/2010 7:31PM

    My 13 yo daughter heard about this lady on the radio the other morning... she told me about it and I kept asking her, "Em are you *sure* that is what they said??" Pitiful! :-( I cannot imagine what low self esteem and feelings of unworthiness she has :-( Really makes me sad for her children!! Someone should send her info about Spark!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/22/2010 7:30PM

    In the course of my life, as the owner of a Yahoo Group for SSBBW's & BBW's and their admirers, I have met many folks... men & women... who are "fat admirers". There is a whole segment of society that are turned on by large women (and men) and who prefer their partners to be overweight. I personally have been one of those people that has posed in scanty lingerie and received all sorts of admirers which in turn helped to boost my horribly sad self esteem. In the end, my self-esteem was built up so much that I was able to realize that I was killing myself by food and get help. Spark People and my friends here have offered that help, as well as my family & friends at home. For us to judge this woman & her followers is maybe not appropriate.

Do I agree with her? NO Do I have fear FOR her because of what she is doing to herself & probably her child? YES. Will I pray that she finds help and self esteem and HOPE? YES.

Our society has so many dark dark fetish worlds... fat admirers, S&M, things I don't even want to mention much less think about. The way I see it, we just have to let people be who they are and pray for their safety.

In short... YES, I think that it's sad that a reality show would want to show her journey but I think that ALL REALITY shows are SAD. I don't watch them. I think that they are all exploiting people that are desperately reaching out for attention. I am sure that whatever network this is, they have plenty of iron clad contracts that will protect them from litigation if she dies. I will NOT be watching.

My son says that she was on the Tyra show & that he's seen some of the stuff about her online. This is the first that I have seen. Thanks for waking us up.

I sure am glad that we're on a healthy journey now and that I am NOT this person. There but by the grace of God go I..... Love, Dawn



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DARA52 3/22/2010 5:22PM

    She and her husband both need to be committed! They need help big time!!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/22/2010 5:07PM

    I think this woman is about the saddest person I have ever heard of. And the guys who will pay for her to do this have to be pretty sad too. I am so afraid her son is soon to be a motherless child.
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FRANRN76 3/22/2010 4:07PM

    OMG this is just plain gross. I look at my 300+ body now and wonder how I let it go so quickly. I made alot of unhealthy choices. All I know is that she is digging her own grave and will leave her childeren motherless before long. If I were her family I would have her committed. Surely she isnt right upstairs, if you know what I mean.

I do hope that her children will be so disgusted by this outrageous behavior that they will NOT mimic it at all. I can only imagine what they go throug on a daily basis with having to live with a person who is killing themselves daily.

I also wonder if she was overweight before and just chose to go the other end of the spectrum because it was just easier to eat herself to this HORRIBLE weight than it was to lose it.

I hope she gets the help that she deserves.

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VIOLET_GREWE 3/22/2010 3:51PM

    I read that she can only move 20 feet or so at a time oh and she spends 785 bucks a WEEK on food!! Dude yuck! Oh one more gross fact, the men that pay to watch her on the internet send her what they want her to do, like eat a cheeseburger or drink a gallon of milk, and she does it in her bra and undies. Her son is in his teens, hello teens and their friends have the internet too. Yuck, yuck, yuck!

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SUNNYH99 3/22/2010 2:51PM

    OMG, how sad! Talk about low self-esteem. It's not that different than turning tricks. And there ARE men that get off on huge women. That's really being treated like an object. Thank goodness we here at SP have healthier ways of living and addressing our issues with food and weight.
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AZIUGA 3/22/2010 2:18PM

    I saw this on the news...this woman needs an intervention. I think it is so sad that she is doing this to herself! I saw also she has children, and I am so sad for them too...she is setting a horrible example for them, they are going to watch their mother eat herself to death. I hope that she changes her mind, if not because she realizes she loves herself enough to live, but for her children.

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PATTYJUMP 3/22/2010 2:12PM

    Shameful! Just shameful! This woman is literally killing herself, and people are paying to watch her do this?

I hope that someone that cares for her intervenes and has her hospitalized, because she is definitely a threat to herself.

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DAKOTANMISTY 3/22/2010 2:11PM

    I saw a blurb about this woman on the news as well.....I am totally disgusted. I read an article online somewhere, that stated her husband enjoys the company of obese women (to say it mildly) and the article boasted that he is barely 150 pounds. Not sure what her husband's weight has anything to do with her fantasy to be the heaviest women in world?

I understand that America is built on democracy, freedom of speech etc; but to give this woman her own TV show, is only enabling her! They are going to capitalize on her suicide by eating. I wouldn't be surprised if the network purchase a life insurance policy on her as well.....

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/22/2010 1:51PM

    OH my that is straight out wrong and if this society supports and wants to see her reach her idiotic goal is sickly wrong wrong wrong.

Might as well give Octomom a reality show they didn't want to give her one after John & Kate + eight. But they want to give this lady a reality show? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Didn't she watch Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution? That was an awesome sneak preview I can't wait for the show next Friday to start. emoticon

I can't believe this, what about her daughter? what an unfit mom really in many ways. emoticon emoticon emoticon

what ashame!!

thanks for the posting this. This should make us want to change our lives and eating habits.

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GOLDEELOCKS 3/22/2010 1:50PM

    I'm sorry, I'm going to be blunt. This idea of hers is just WRONG and disgusting. She's obviously not thinking of her children and what they are going to go thru because of this. If she doesnt die while eating her 2000th hamburger I will be shocked. I hope someone steps in and takes those children away so they dont have to sit and watch their mother eat herself to death. I also think she should chose a different career path!!! WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!
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KIMBEEJ16 3/22/2010 1:06PM

    There has to be something pyschologically wrong with her...I hope someone intervenes and gets her help. I just watched the Discovery health channel program yesterday about a woman named Rene...she was 900 lbs and had gastric bypass. At only 29 years old. She died 3 weeks after the surgery of a heart attack. She left 2 young daughters. Sad.

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DYNAMICDEB53 3/22/2010 12:26PM

    I agree it is a very sad comment on our society. Kristy Alley has a new show about her being fat, not losing but just being fat. It is disgusting and i would have thought that prior to SP. Like others who have those stupid reality shows its their 15 minutes of fame but at what cost to the person and their family.
I havent an idea what is in her mind and doubt she really know what she is doing to herself, it would take me nearly 9 days to eat that many calories!!!! the thought of eating all that food in one day is just insane.
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EGRAMMY 3/22/2010 12:22PM

   
I will pray for health for this young woman and her daughter and mostly for our society. I see people doing lots of things to get reality TV or just on TV or in public eye. What a list we could make. How is a fat lady worse?

My Dear Mother used to say "there bot for the grace of God go I" Now she was a saint and wouldn't do anything wrong , but she wouldn't point fingers. She'd say "when you point your finger at somebody else, there are 3 pointing back at you" So go take care of your own life. And I have plenty to do.

Guess I am sorry for her, but annoyed with the prejudice against fat people I see so persuasive lately. I wish elimination of child abuse would get so much attention.

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TRACIEO3 3/22/2010 12:05PM

    She's on a suicide mission
EDIT: You piqued my curiosity so I looked at her website, not a pretty picture but I guess each to his own. Some people will do ANYTHING for fame and fortune, even if the majority of the fame comes from snickers behind your back.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/22/2010 11:46AM

    12,000 calories??? I could not do that.

Maybe it's the publicity, money or fear of being thin?

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JFROGDIVA 3/22/2010 11:41AM

    While I agree that this is a VERY poor choice on her part & that of the network considering it, I do not believe that we should talk bad about her or berate her.....what if she were to read our posts.....or worse yet, her daughter or some other loved one???? Are we motivating her in the right direction?? are we providing the right encouragement?? I have (& continue) to make some not so wise choices.......but I would be devasted to read what some of us have written!! I totally agree that this is foolish & she needs help, but is this the best way to show her that???? Have you considered that there may be someone on Spark that looks like or weighs what this woman does & how they would feel reading our coments?? Sorry.....just my opinion!!
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MAYGIRL14 3/22/2010 11:03AM

    When I saw this on the news the other night, was so taken back. I cannot think anything but that she is mentally ill. I hope she does not do this to herself and her family.

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JBDIAS 3/22/2010 10:49AM

    Why? I can't figue it out. She's probably making alot of money just for eating. emoticon emoticon Here's to her.

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ROCKINFOX 3/22/2010 10:37AM

    Like many others have said I think this is sad that society is actually promoting this by giving her a reality tv series and overall tv time. I do feel sorry for her son who has to witness his mother doing this to herself.

I'm not judging her so to say, but more saddened by this than anything.

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SINCITYLULU1 3/22/2010 10:34AM

  thanks for sharing this! I am deeply appalled that she would even do this purposefully. I have to agree something has got to be wrong with her emotionally, mentally. Don't know.

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L*I*T*A* 3/22/2010 10:33AM

    great discussion...................saw the story last week and still can't understand the why that is driving her to such lengths espeically when she a mother with a young daughter......can only pray and hope she can turn this around somehow??????
have a great week...........
blessings and hugs............lita

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TIME4AFITME 3/22/2010 10:25AM

    i did hear about this. seems like she may be seeking attention but a sad way to get it. i would definately not be watching that show

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SAMGERBINE 3/22/2010 10:07AM

    Its crazy. Shows what some people truly are. I informed my husband last night that our son's generation will die before ours will and he was shocked. This is what we're teaching our children. I won't be watching the Oprah or Dr Phil show with her on it, nor watching the reality show or reading the book. I pray for her soul to wake up and realize she is leaving her daughter motherless.

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_DASH_ 3/22/2010 9:48AM

    everybody deserves respect, no matter what their situation is.

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LESLIES537 3/22/2010 9:40AM

    Thanks for sharing this! I heard something about this lady but hadn't heard the whole story, how sad!

Oh oops, was that judgemental?! haha I can't believe some people would try to defend a moron like Donna Simpson! emoticon

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The Power is Yours!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Attitude Is everything in regards to your journey here on Spark People. I read a lot of your blogs and/or posts and you say you are powerless. That is so far from the truth. Yes, you may have failed in the past and I can count myself in that club too. Things have changed for me and they can change for you. The more you Spark the better you will do. The more you Spark the more you will learn. The more you Spark the more people you will meet on here that will impact your journey.

Everything starts with you. As you spring forward (Spring arrived yesterday) and recommit to your goals, you have to start with what is going on upstairs. Stop beating yourself up. Stop replaying the same record in your head “I can’t do this.” “I have always failed in the past so what makes me think I won’t fail again.” “It is useless.” “Why bother?” Stop the chatter in your head! Yes you can! emoticon

You need to change your mindset. Your mind is a powerful thing. It can make or break you. Success is a state of mind. Kick the negative thoughts to the curb. Whomever it is filling your head, it can be you, loved ones, friends, co-workers, that you are telling you that you are weak, lazy, stupid, useless, worthless, make you feel as though you have low self worth and then you start believing them – STOP LISTENING! Many of you in your blogs tell of being bullied like being called thunder thighs, lard bucket, tons of fun, fat cow, whale, etc.

emoticon You are strong! You do have self-control! You are worth it! You can do this!




“Your attitude is either the lock on or key to your door of success. “ Dennis Waitely


  
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MARATHONGIRL29 3/22/2010 9:30AM

    Thank you so much for the reminder. We all need that day to day. I have been getting mentally stronger, but its still a challege. Thanks for the motivation. I Decided yesterday that I am going to push myself this week. I am wanting a 7 pound weight loss by the end of the month, so I am planning on dotting my i's and crossing my t's. Watching everything. Probably should do this all the time, but I am still loosing, slowly but surely. I know this is a doiable goal. That will put me at 25 pounds down. Its a good start.

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MTNHIKER1971 3/21/2010 8:55PM

    Love it Yvonne! We are EMPOWERED!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/21/2010 8:16PM

    I always look forward to reading your blogs. They always put me in good spirits. Wishing you a wonderful Monday.
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FITNESSFOODIE 3/21/2010 7:41PM

    One of my favorite quotes from the movie Bull Durham is "Women are strong and powerful. We do not get lured." Seems appropriate here too. emoticon

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TORNADO40 3/21/2010 7:33PM

    Great blog. You are so right. We do have control. emoticon

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EGRAMMY 3/21/2010 7:26PM

    I cited today the I can eat 1 piece of candy. SP has helped me to eat 1 piece of candy. Not the pound. Not the whole thing......but 1 piece.

This may not seem big to others, but it is to me.

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TOFUTONI 3/21/2010 7:02PM

    I guess I need to fine tune mine and buckle down. emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/21/2010 6:39PM

    thanks for motivating us! It's really needed daily to make this journey of ours possible.

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KIMBEEJ16 3/21/2010 6:00PM

    Yes and Yes!!! The journey to lose weight is 90% mental and 10% physical if you ask me. Your mindset must change before you can expect your body to change. We are definitely NOT powerless....and we do need to stop believing that and saying that. Negative thought patterns will lead to failure every time. Change your thinking...change your life.

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LADYSUNBEAM 3/21/2010 4:29PM

    You are so right on the money! Thanks Yvonne!

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DYNAMICDEB53 3/21/2010 3:59PM

    Right on!!!! It is up to me, I am the one in control and need to believe in myself. We all need that to BELIEVE.
Hugs and thanks
Deb

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L*I*T*A* 3/21/2010 1:46PM

    fanatstic blog................
thanks for sharing............
blessings and hugs..............lita

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POSITIVELYREADY 3/21/2010 12:15PM

    Very motivating blog yet again!

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GEORGANNE39 3/21/2010 10:57AM

    You are so right! Thanks, Yvonne!

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FOREVERBT 3/21/2010 10:27AM

    very true, just because we have slipped up or made bad choices in the past does not make us failures, we are very powerful and we shouldn't forget it.

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SAMTHEMAN60 3/21/2010 9:52AM

    another hit out of the ballpark. Your blogs are on fire.

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ANNINTENNESSEE 3/21/2010 9:13AM

    emoticon as always!

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BARBARAROSE54 3/21/2010 8:19AM

    emoticon Yvonne, I needed to hear that this morning

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MRDPOLING 3/21/2010 7:59AM

    emoticon Blog!

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/21/2010 6:50AM

    I know I definitely need my Sparking. I was not on much this week for various reasons and I really felt the loss. The less time here the worse I felt about things in general. I also feel bad because I missed things with Spark Friends and the longer you are away the harder it is to catch up with everyone. I know people talk about wasting too much time online but for me it is critical. This is my daily 'me' time and I need and deserve it.

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LOOZINITNOW 3/21/2010 6:38AM

    Just what I needed to hear right now...thanks!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/21/2010 5:31AM

    Changing mindset is key my friend! Thank you for the reminder emoticon

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PKSBELIEVEINME 3/21/2010 2:23AM

    Thanks Yvonne for yet another great blog!!!

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PKSBELIEVEINME 3/21/2010 2:23AM

    Thanks Yvonne for yet another great blog!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/21/2010 1:22AM

    Way to go. this was wonderful!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/21/2010 1:03AM

    As a 12-stepper from way back I would say that your blog has validity for many but misses the point for others. Yes, we all have the ability to find the strength to overcome and to move forward and improve. Obviously this is true of I wouldn't be here today. Not only am I recovering from my current addiction of emotional/ compulsive over eating... but have almost 22 years of sobriety under my belt. I have to say however, that it was only after I admitted that I was POWERLESS that I was able to receive the power that I needed to stand up and get well. There is a Power greater than ourselves that helps us over come. For some it's God, for others it may be SPARK PEOPLE, but there is a POWER and when we accept that help that is so freely offered to us... THEN we can move on, embrace our power and MAKE IT! One Day At A Time.

You're right.. WE CAN DO IT.. but we are NOT doing it alone. It's about TOGETHERNESS! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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DARKTHOR 3/21/2010 12:48AM

    I completely agree with this. Let's go people, we CAN do this.

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KRISTYLC8878 3/21/2010 12:12AM

    I agree, great attitude.

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Spring is a time of Renewal, Rebirth, and Hope…

Saturday, March 20, 2010

In the US and Canada:
Saturday, March 20, at approximately midnight is the official first day of spring for 2010 in the Northern Hemisphere (Vernal Equinox).



Spring arrives today! emoticon Happy Days! As I walked outside yesterday to get my mail I noticed all of my crocuses were up. My irises were starting to break thru the ground, so many new green little shoots. I can hardly wait for the beautiful purple flowers. I love this time of year.

Spring is a time of:







With Spring
As the sun shines brighter and longer on our days
The earth begins to awaken.

Like a sleepy, stretching child
She slowly sends her shoots, tiny but strong
Reaching upward out of the darkness
Into the light.
Author unknown

Let’s all brush off the cobwebs, open up the windows, let the sun and warmth in, push out those winter blues, and embrace the season. Let’s do the same with our journey here on Spark People. Jump for joy and start anew. Rededicate yourselves to the journey you started here on Spark People.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/22/2010 1:43PM

    emoticon I love the Summer but one day it was just a beautiful day the flowers were blooming the wind was light and refreshing and the sun was out it was perfect. I found a new love for the Spring Season!

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TOFUTONI 3/21/2010 7:02PM

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MEOWMAMA3 3/21/2010 4:40PM

    Amen to that! It's like a special holiday on the East Coast this year!!!!!
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POSITIVELYREADY 3/21/2010 12:16PM

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MRDPOLING 3/20/2010 9:31PM

    That is awesome!

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SUSAN134 3/20/2010 8:52PM

    Yvonne, great poem! Yep, Spring is here. Even though our weather here in Ontario was not great today, all last week was sunny and warm (around 55F). Definitely made me think that Spring had sprung!

Time for renewal and hope!

Hugs,

Sue

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PEGGO45 3/20/2010 6:35PM

    emoticon for this wonderful reminder of spring and renewal. I did have some extra spring in my step today... pun intended. early am dvd with balance ball... laundry.... 11:30 Yoga class my van is clean and we are cooking out steak and sweet potato fries on the grill... aaaahhhhh spring..... emoticon

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/20/2010 3:01PM

    I thank the Lord for 4 different seasons. Just think, we could have winter here all year long. Praise the Lord for Spring time and new veggies growing for us to eat. Yum!!!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/20/2010 2:44PM

    I loved your blog. I wish you a happy springtime. This is one of my favorite times of the year. The last few days it has been sunny and beautiful. I got my walking in outside. It seems to rejuvenate me. Thanks again for sharing.
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/20/2010 1:28PM

    Another great blog! I am doing some cleaning today and getting rid of a lot of junk. Hope you have a nice day.
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L*I*T*A* 3/20/2010 12:08PM

    happy spring to you !!!
great blog...........
thanks for sharing....
blessings and hugs............lita

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EGRAMMY 3/20/2010 11:36AM

    emoticon beautiful, thanks.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/20/2010 11:23AM

    Great blog!!!

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DIETMEISTER 3/20/2010 11:20AM

    Very motivational. Hope this jump starts everyone's diets.

I guess from your message on your Spark Page I now know why you did not come for the pool class this morning. I hope you enjoy the 1st day of Spring when you wake up.

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JEANNETTE59 3/20/2010 11:05AM

  What to do, what to do? Spring cleaning is calling, but the garden needs turning over in preparation for Spring. The garden wins it's sunny and going up to 70 degrees. thanks for the inspiration.
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SUNNYH99 3/20/2010 10:13AM

    Thanks, Eve! A great blog, and I love the crocus and word pictures. Your blogs are always right on!

But, in case readers think they may have "missed" the coming of Spring, I wondered earlier today when it comes so I can "celebrate" so I Googled vernal equinox and found several sources that said it starts at 1:36pm today Eastern Standard Time, so all of us can enjoy it here in North America, 'cuz it hasn't happened yet! Here's a link: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/rite
ofspring1.html
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DEVORA4 3/20/2010 9:45AM

  Thanks again for a blog that we all needed emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBMORSE1 3/20/2010 8:32AM

    My thoughts on Spring are exactly the same as yours - it is a time of renewal and rebirth. All things are new again! Thanks for a great blog!!!

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FITNESSFOODIE 3/20/2010 8:32AM

    I'm in for a sunny Saturday and we're putting the deck furniture out and raking the flower beds! emoticon

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EMSMOMME 3/20/2010 8:19AM

    Great positive, uplifting blog.. I need to spring clean today -- as Debbie said my mind, attitude and my house!! :-)

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/20/2010 7:53AM

    Yes, it is time for spring cleaning - my mind and attitude as well as my house!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/20/2010 6:53AM

    Happy Spring! Time for some spring cleaning emoticon

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ANNESTARR 3/20/2010 2:13AM

    Another great blog... renewal, rebirth are wonderful things! Thanks for reminding me of this. Hugs, Anne emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHIRLEY2010 3/20/2010 1:19AM

    Happy Spring! The picture of the crocus is gorgeous just like your iris on your Spark Page.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/20/2010 1:18AM

    There is a wonderful celebration that you might be interested in... Ostara... The Spring Equinox.... it's all about celebrating renewal and spring.... it's where Egg hunts originated... celebrating fertility...as the earth as it opens it's sleepy eyes and begins to burst forth with new life. Bright blessings to you my friend. Enjoy your springtime celebrations! Love ya, Dawn

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/20/2010 12:52AM

    I know Spring is coming, but unfortunately for me its snowing right now. No Spring on Saturday for me.

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WILLOW49 3/20/2010 12:50AM

    No one is happier to see Spring arrive that I am! emoticon emoticon

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Why you are never hungry when you eat Raw...

Friday, March 19, 2010



emoticon Boy have I created stir since blogging about Raw but that is a good thing. It is always good to learn about new ideas and concepts although the Raw Foodism has been around since Biblical times. Many do not know that prior to the days of Noah and the aftermath of the flood did Man start eating cooked food. Think about that one for all of those out there that are poo pooing Raw Foodism.

In the Raw Food World you are considered a Raw Foodist if your diet consists of 75- 100 % raw foods. You are eating whole foods that are uncooked and unprocessed. You are eating nutrient dense “ live foods” opposed to “ dead cooked foods” that are missing the necessary enzymes to be able to digest themselves. A raw food diet is an organic diet consisting of 'living' uncooked fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, beans, raw dairy, and some meat, fish and eggs. Many practice it as a Vegan diet, but do not mistake Raw Foodism for Vegetarianism. A Vegetarian may also be a Raw Food Enthusiast, but a Raw Foodist is not necessarily a Vegetarian. There are differing schools of thought on exactly what makes a strict raw food diet, including some differing opinions on the nutritional and/or ethical values of consuming honey, fish, meat, raw milk and other dairy products. Some rawists will eat small amounts of raw or seared meat to get the necessary B vitamins.

Do I eat organic food ? No! Do I eat raw cheese? Yes! Love it! Do I eat raw fish or meat? Love my sushi and sashimi, raw meat NO!

When you start eating a diet high in raw foods, you'll be eliminating high-fat, high sodium and highly processed foods. You can eat a lot more, because the foods are naturally low in calories - no more chemical sweeteners to lower calorie counts. Eating more raw vegetables and fruits, along with drinking plenty of water, will help you have more energy and feel less tired. All those processed, high fat foods take so much energy to digest; they leave you feeling tired and sluggish. Eat Raw and you will have more energy for every aspect in your life.

Cooking causes the food you eat to change chemically. The proteins in the food react with the carbohydrates and results in all kinds of havoc in your body.
When food is cooked above 118 degrees F for three minutes or longer, its protein has become coagulated, its sugar has become caramelized, its natural fibers have been broken down, which means it will take longer to move through the intestinal tract, 30% to 50% of its vitamins and minerals have been destroyed and 100% of its enzymes have been destroyed. Cooked food depletes our body's enzyme potential and drains the energy we need to maintain and repair our tissues and organ systems and shortens our lifespan.

Raw foods are easily digested, requiring only 24-36 hours for transit time through the digestive tract, as compared to 40-100 hours for cooked foods. This increases the threat of putrefaction and disease. When you eat cooked carbohydrates, proteins and fats, you are eating numerous carcinogenic by-products caused by cooking. This is where all of the diseases, cancer, allergies, arthritis, etc. come into play.

Cooked foods quickly ferment and putrefy in the intestinal tract. They literally cake themselves on the sides of your intestinal tract. It has been said that when John Wayne died from complications of Colon Cancer and autopsied, the doctor who did his autopsy commented that he had found 40+ pounds of undigested fecal matter stuck in his colon. Now does that mean you have that much, NO! At least I hope not. However, I am quite sure that you have several pounds caked on your intestinal walls. Common sense tells you that if when you drink that awful liquid you have to drink before a colonoscopy and drink nothing but clear liquids and eat only certain colors of jello you lose between 5 and 10 pounds by the next day. The weight you lost was all of the crap that was caked on your colon walls that were flushed out by that yummy concoction you had to drink (NOT, I hate that stuff). Your walls have to be clean as a whistle to do the colonoscopy


Start eating Raw and your colon walls receive a natural cleansing as all of the fiber pushes through in digestion over the course of time. Think of these raw fruits and veggies as one big giant sponge scrubbing these walls. This doesn’t happen overnight but as long as you are no longer eating “cooked” food there will be no more putrefied build up in there. You don’t need to pay for those “Colon Cleansers” your body can do it naturally if you give it the right tools, raw foods.
When your colon walls are clean, now you body can absorb all of the nutrients it needs. Remember these raw foods are nutrient dense and now your body is finally being fed and nourished for the 1st time in years. I am rarely hungry when I go Raw. My body now realizes it has been nourished and doesn’t require the huge amount of food I used to eat. My body takes what it needs and eliminates the rest.



Some of my favorite Raw Food Sites and/or sources for this blog:

www.rawfoodideas.com/

www.living-foods.com/

www.livingtreecommunity.com/

www.rawfoodlife.com/

  
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DEMONA 4/7/2010 9:28PM

    i was watching this "reality show" and David Wolfe was on it and thats how my intrest in Raw foods came about so far i haven't gotten too far it's just been and idea that has floated around in my head for a while. i just wanna learn more about it, that's my Hunger lol

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ZAHRAFARAZANDEH 3/23/2010 3:26PM

  This is interesting. Yesterday I ate a huge plate of raw vegies for lunch and again for dinner and I couldnt beleive how full I felt. Again for lunch today and I still feel real full and I didnt have any junk mixed in. Hmmm if I keep this up I might actually reach my goal

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GODZDESIGN95 3/23/2010 11:43AM

    Is this really true??

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DEBMORSE1 3/23/2010 5:21AM

    Hmmm. Interesting concept, but I'm going to need to check into it further.

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MAURAK 3/23/2010 2:13AM

   
Page 2?
What a novel concept!
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Sorry to be so thick + thanks for your help, Yvonne!
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POSITIVELYREADY 3/21/2010 12:17PM

    I don't think I could give up eating hot cooked food. I could start to eat more things raw though to be healthier.

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EGR2BEME 3/20/2010 9:03AM

    Great information...thanks for sharing. Just wish I could have a chef that could prepare all of my meals for me each day!!

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TRAVELNISTA 3/20/2010 12:57AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Not sure what you are asking. There is that statement in my blog in paragraph 7 and then someone made a reply on the next page of comments. So what are you asking that I can clarify? emoticon emoticon

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MAURAK 3/20/2010 12:33AM

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Hey!
Wasn't there a comment here yesterday about the 40+ pounds of fecal matter supposedly found in Wayne's autopsy? Or did I just imagine I read it here?

- Maura

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JESSICA_0029 3/19/2010 10:43PM

    How interesting all this info is. I will be checking more into this and try to incorporate it in my diet even if it is a couple days a week. Thanks emoticon emoticon

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/19/2010 9:31PM

    You keep batting a 1,000 with your blogs! Excellent material. Please keep it coming. We are learning so much from you. Thank you!!!

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EMSMOMME 3/19/2010 8:38PM

    Thanks for sharing all the info on the Raw Food "diet"!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/19/2010 4:10PM

    Thank you so much for sharing all this information. I find it all very interesting and it answers some of my questions about the state of my GI tract. You are a great provider of information and education. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/19/2010 2:41PM

    Thanks for all the information Yvonne. You're just a wealth of info & suggestions. I am so grateful that you are my friend. Lead the way my dear... together we're going to be healthy & happy... you're already wise... now can we shoot for wealthy? LOL Love ya, Dawn

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/19/2010 12:28PM

    Thanks Ivonne for this blog it's awesome love the rawfoodlife website very informative. emoticon emoticon

Yesterday I ate Breakfast, Snacks & Lunch Raw. Dinner I ate vegan the only bad thing I ate was a coffee ice cream pie. emoticon emoticonI regret it though because as I was entering it manually into my calorie tracker I noticed how many calories it had and how much fat It was pathetic.

I think I can do it, having 2 snacks and breakfast raw will be a piece of cake . I can throw in Lunch on occasions depending what produce I have in stock, I know with how I get paid (once a month) will be difficult I usually runlow on funds before next pay check so instead of having fresh fruit I use frozen.

I want to at least be at 75% raw daily. Breakfast, lunch and snacks seems the easiest to make this happen.

Most people can manage this by having Breakfast as a smoothing ( fresh squeezed juices with frozen fruits and ice), If eating 2 snacks make it fresh fruit, and lunch have a salad with loads of veggies, if you're concerned about dressing and lemon is not something you want to use then you can use Avocado and lemon juice in a food processor and you have your dressing.

I've been eating 1 banana for breakfast and I'm fine, not hungry at all. I think the problem with people is when they eat they need to feel stuffed/full in order to feel satisfied and not hungry. It's a conditioning of the mind to say that's enough if 2 hours later you feel hungry have some nuts or fruit again.

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EGRAMMY 3/19/2010 11:16AM

    For Dr. Oz on raw food, check his website www.doctoroz.com or

http://www.doctoroz.com/c
hallenges/raw-food-challenge

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L*I*T*A* 3/19/2010 10:52AM

    always something new to learn............great information.........thanks for sharing...........blessings and hugs...............lita

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DIETMEISTER 3/19/2010 10:14AM

    I remember the last time you did the Raw Diet years ago when your Sister 1st was diagnosed with Lymphoma. You thrived on the diet. Your skin was clear, your eyes were bright white, and you were a ball of fire as far as energy was concerned. You were always happy and in a great mood. Now you are always so stressed out and going in a million different directions. I remember that the weight just seemed to melt off of you. I always wondered why you never returned to that way of eating. I think that becoming a leader on your new team was the best thing you could do for yourself. You used to always glow and I can't wait to see that return. emoticon emoticon

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NONIE_C 3/19/2010 10:14AM

    Great blog!!! I have a friend who completely turned her health issues around by switching to raw food. She is alive, when they said she wouldn't be, and she is at a healthy body weight for the first time in years. I always feel a difference in my energy when I go raw, even if it's just for a few days. I can't do it as a lifestyle, don't want to, but if it was more the norm for me, I sure don't think that'd be a bad thing...
Thank you!!!

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WAHINE_PUROTU 3/19/2010 9:19AM

    With raw foods & take out the bad fats & eat the right fats... Who needs to diet your body will melt away! emoticon

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ELISADEL 3/19/2010 9:09AM

    There are some good things about a raw food diet, but it would be a good idea to look more closely at any claims being made by people who also claim that someone had 40 pounds of anything inside their colon.

http://www.snopes.com
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Picture the size of a normal colon, and picture how much it would actually have to stretch in order to pack 40 pounds of nearly anything in there. It's not very plausible.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/19/2010 8:26AM

    Back to my cabbage salad...

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GOLDENGIRL88 3/19/2010 8:06AM

    As a new member to this group, I really appreciate the information in this blog!
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Kidney Beans, the Bean of the Week

Thursday, March 18, 2010




Kidney beans are my least favorite bean (along with Cannelloni beans) but I know a lot of you in Sparkleland either love them or use them as a staple in your diet. They get their name from their shape and color – they look like kidneys. After researching these beans I may have to force myself to start eating them and maybe learn to like them. I am having a problem as many of you know with my memory. It seems this little bean may be able to help me out in that area. Who knew?

Maintain your Memory with Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

Thiamin is critical for brain cell/cognitive function. This is because thiamin is needed for the synthesis of acetylcholine, the important neurotransmitter essential for memory and whose lack has been found to be a significant contributing factor in age-related impairment in mental function (senility) and Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is clinically characterized by a decrease in acetylcholine levels. Don't forget to make kidney beans a staple in your healthy diet: a one-cup serving of cooked kidney beans provides 18.7% of the daily value for thiamin.

Other Health Benefits Of Eating Kidney Beans

Major source of protein, kidney beans provide all the eight basic forms of amino acids or the eight essential amino acids. These amino acids act against a number of diseases and are important to maintain a healthy immune system. It is estimated that a single cup of uncooked beans provides around 85% of the daily protein requirement.

Certain natural antioxidants present in these beans also have a number of beneficial health effects. Studies have revealed that the darker the color of the skin of the beans, the higher these antioxidants.

The soluble fiber present in the kidney bean regulates the blood glucose absorption from the body. This is done by forming a gel-like substance, by absorbing water from the intestines. This gel-like substance slows down the metabolism of carbohydrates in the body, thereby regulating the blood sugar levels and preventing their sudden elevation after meals. It is a smart idea for diabetics (insulin resistance) to consume kidney beans on a regular basis.

The dietary fiber in these beans also helps lower the blood cholesterol levels in the body. The risk of certain diseases, like stroke, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease, are considerably reduced eating kidney beans.

A high source of certain nutrients involved in the process of detoxification, kidney beans reduce the risk of a number of inflammatory, degenerative and cardiovascular diseases and also help promote and maintain optimal health.

As these beans prove to be a high source of iron, their regular intake helps in the process of respiration at the cellular level, by synthesizing hemoglobin to aid in the carriage of oxygen to the cells.

Kidney beans also have considerable amount of the mineral molybdenum, which helps in the detoxification of sulfites from the blood.

The copper present in these beans aids in the reduction of inflammatory conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). They also act as an important factor in promoting certain enzymatic activity that is required to maintain the normal elastic properties of ligaments, joints and blood vessels.

The magnesium in kidney beans helps relieve fatigue by relaxing the muscles, nerves and blood vessels. This, in turn, prevents the adverse effects of conditions like asthma, muscle soreness, and migraine headaches.

Eating kidney beans can help in the prevention of conditions like stroke, heart attack and PVD (Peripheral Vascular Disease). The folic acid present in the plant lowers the levels of homocysteine.

Take caution of these 2 issues:

1· Kidney beans have considerable amount of the naturally occurring substance called purines. So, people suffering from purine-related conditions, like gout and kidney stones, should avoid excess consumption of kidney beans.

2.Red kidney beans are high on phytohemagglutinin (another naturally occurring substance). High amounts of this can lead to the disruption of cellular metabolism, which can have very toxic and harmful effects.

Sources:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname
=foodspice&dbid=87
http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/b
enefits-of-kidney-beans-5911.html



Ok , so the recipes I share are ones I usually have created, tried, or saved because I intend on trying the new recipe. These recipes my friends I have never made because I just googled all of these to put in the blog. I always give recipes for the ingredient of my blog and this will be no exception. I will even go on record to say I may try a recipe or two myself. Did I mention I really don’t like them. They say kidney beans take on the flavors/spices/ingredients of what they are cooked in – I guess when ever I had them in the past the way they were cooked never tickled my taste buds. Sorry Mom! I hate chili if it is made with kidney beans but that is perhaps the most popular application for this bean. I need to find different ways to use this bean other than chili.



Kidney Bean Coconut Curry

1 medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 Tablespoons red curry paste (found in Asian grocery)
1/2 of a medium eggplant, cut into cubes
1 medium russet potato, peeled and cubed
1 zucchini, diced
1 15 oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can coconut milk
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes or stewed, with juice
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 Tablespoons lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
water if needed

Sauté onion, bell pepper and garlic in a bit of oil in a pot. When the onion is translucent and the bell pepper gets soft, add the curry paste and stir it around. Add the eggplant, potato, zucchini and sauté some more about 3-4 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients: kidney beans, coconut milk, diced tomatoes, soy sauce and lime juice. Stir.

Bring to a boil, then let simmer, partially covered for 30 minutes or so. Add a little water if you want it to be more soupy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over rice.

Serves: 8
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Jamaican Rice and Beans

2 cloves garlic
1 stalk scallion (green onion), if not 1/2 white onion
1 vegetarian bouillon
1 scotch bonnet pepper (or any pepper )
salt to taste
1 cup Red Kidney Beans
2 cups Brown (white can be used)
2 0z. of dried coconut milk


Boil the beans in water until tender. Add water, coconut milk, rice and all seasonings. Be sure when adding the water that it covers the rice by 1 inch. (this will ensure that there is enough liquid to cook the rice). Bring to a boil then immediately turn down to a simmer until rice is soft.
Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 min
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Spiced Indian Kidney Beans

1 can (14-ounce size) red kidney beans
1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 medium onion, minced
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced red chili
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
8 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
1 large green chili, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon garam masala

Place beans in mesh colander and rinse under cool water. Set aside to drain. Heat oil over medium flame in medium saucepan. Add cardamom and onion, and cook until soft and golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and chili or red pepper flakes, and cook 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add coriander, cumin and turmeric. Cook for 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes and cook another 2 minutes. Add green chili, 1 tablespoon of cilantro leaves, salt and water. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Add kidney beans and a pinch of the garam masala. Simmer another 8 minutes.

Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with remaining cilantro and garam masala.

This recipe from CDKitchen for Spiced Indian Kidney Beans serves/makes 4




Dr. Dick's Lean and Mean Kidney Bean Hash

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 to 3 boiled potatoes, chilled and diced with skins still on
1 15-ounce can kidney beans
1/2 cup water
dash of salt
dash of pepper
dash of garlic powder
dash of Tabasco sauce
dash of Mrs. Dash seasoning

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Sauté the onion until it's soft. Add the green and red peppers and sauté briefly.
Add the diced potatoes and mix well. Cook for 10 minutes, turning with a spatula every 2 minutes.
While the potato mixture cooks, rinse the beans well to remove the "go," then mash 1/2 to 2/3 of the beans with a potato masher. Mix the beans into the mixture in the frying pan, add 1/2 cup water, and cover. Cook over medium heat for another 5 minutes.
Season to taste. Serve.

This serves two or maybe just one very hungry person.
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Kidney Bean and Quinoa Burgers
www. seetbeetandgreenbean.net

kidney bean and quinoa patties
1/2 c dry kidney beans
1/2 c dry quinoa
1 tsp salt (divided)
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp cumin
1/4 c corn starch
1 tbsp olive oil (plus some for frying)

Soak the kidney beans a few hours ahead of time so they soften up and are easier to cook. The longer they soak activates their enzymes and starts breaking down their complex carbohydrates to help you digest them better.

Cook the beans with the quinoa in 2 cups of water covered on low heat for about 20-30 minutes until most of the water has cooked off and the beans and quinoa are tender.

Let cool for at least 10 minutes.

In a medium sized bowl mash the beans with a potato masher or fork so there arn’t big chunks. Mix in the spices, corn starch and oil.

In a medium-sized frying pan heat up some olive oil (i used 1 tablespoon per patty) over medium heat. fry the patties until they are brown on each side, which should take about 1-2 minutes.

You’ll notice the patties will turn a nice toasty brown, not unlike the color of an actual hamburger. Serve immediately or keep warm on a plate in the oven at 200F.
yields 6 patties




Veggie Burgers with Mushrooms
Food Network Magazine

www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/veggie-b
urgers-with-mushrooms-recipe/index.html


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Portuguese Kale Soup
Recipe courtesy of Gertrude’s Gallery


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 diced turnips
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 bunch kale, stemmed and roughly chopped
6 ounces chopped chourico (spicy Portuguese sausage), or chorizo
3 bay leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
6 cups beef stock
1 cup kidney beans
6 ounces diced tomatoes
10 ounces diced potatoes

In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onions, turnips and carrots and cook for 5 minutes. Add the kale, chourico, bay leaves, parsley and thyme and mix well. Add the beef stock, beans and tomatoes. Bring the soup to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring salted water to a boil and add the diced potatoes. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and add them to the soup.

Remove the bay leaves and serve hot.

  
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POSITIVELYREADY 3/21/2010 12:18PM

    Usually love your recipe blogs but I don't like kidney beans either. I am going to try the recipes but substitute beans.

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SAMTHEMAN60 3/20/2010 9:57AM

    I can n ow see they are really healthy for you but I don't like them either.

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DIGBOI 3/18/2010 9:38PM

    emoticon For all those yummy recipes. I see you are a great cook. You are so sweet sharing it with all of us. emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/18/2010 8:55PM

    looks like I need to eat more kidney beans

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/18/2010 8:50PM

    I love them! When I was little, I thought my Mom had put mashed potatoes in the middle cause that is what it looked like to me! Just pretend that is is good for you potato that has extra protein in it!!! emoticon

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FITNESSFOODIE 3/18/2010 7:11PM

    Kidney beans are my least favorite also, but I appreciate all the info and recipes! emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/18/2010 7:10PM

    The kidney bean is my least favorite bean also. I can eat them in chili and my sister-in-law makes a taco soup that is delicious, kidney beans and everything. I am going to have to try some of your recipes soon. Thanks for sharing all of that information.
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JWENZEL723 3/18/2010 2:58PM

    i throw some kidney beans in my salad from time to time - yum!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/18/2010 12:08PM

    I love Kidney beans I don't want to try the Canelloni Beans for some reason. lol

Most people don't like them because of there grainy texture I can handle the kidney beans but I really don't eat them often only when I go to a Salad bar and they are there I have them.

They are very healthy from what you posted they help with high blood pressure, they regulate your blood sugar and heart disease.

They have B1 vitamin and folic acid they have lots of nutrients that's a plus, I think I'll start eating them more and during the summer on salad for a more healthier and refreshing meal. emoticon

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TSWARTHOUT 3/18/2010 11:54AM

    I love kidney beans....black beans are my favorite though. Thank you for the recipes. I am going to try some of them just for something different. I also thank you for the information. I knew they were good for me but....geesssh. Anyways...I hope you grow to like them:)

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/18/2010 11:49AM

    I LOVE KIDNEY BEANS!

I picked a head of cauliflower which I have in the car with me to share with sis.

origianlly posted in wrong place. .UGH

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SKFEREBEE 3/18/2010 11:37AM

    Had these in chili last night. Great source of fiber! Can't wait to try the hash recipe. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 3/18/2010 9:53AM

    what a wonderful bean of the week...............it's one of my favourites.......thanks for sharing...........blessings and hugs...............lita

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EGRAMMY 3/18/2010 8:41AM

    Could you put your blogs into a book I could buy for family members?

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MTNHIKER1971 3/18/2010 7:31AM

    I love these in salads. Thanks for the recipes. The kidney bean hash sounds interestingly good.

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DIANE929 3/18/2010 3:36AM

    I got into them years ago when my x~mother in law would add them to her cole slaw...yummmm..... emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/18/2010 2:42AM

    Okay, so here's my question..... how does one eat kidney beans.. or any other bean, RAW? Do you soak the dried beans, then rinse off and just eat them? I used to eat them straight out of the can, but I know that they have been cooked in order to be canned and now I don't eat anything out of a can anyway. SCOOP me my friend. Love ya, Dawn

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PATTK1220 3/18/2010 1:49AM

    I LOVE kidney beans (and cannelini beans, which are white kidney beans)! I like them plain. Soak them overnight; drain and replace the water. Cook for an hour or so, until tender. Don't salt until they're cooked. Add salsa, ranch dressing, or anything of your choice when serving ... I usually serve with brown rice to have a complete protein. They're delicious in salads, chili, soup. Just be sure you don't overcook them. Canned kidney beans are also good, but they're usually high in sodium. They also cost about 3x more than dried.

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IMVEGAN 3/18/2010 1:47AM

    Kidney beans are perfectly safe when cooked. Raw kidney beans can make you very sick. They should not be sprouted and eaten in an uncooked state. Cooking kidney beans take out all of dangerous substances. So don't worry about them just cook them and enjoy. (Canned kidney beans have been precooked.)

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/18/2010 1:40AM

    I pretty much love kidney beans. they are my favorite. I like adding a handful of them to a good salad for some extra protein and fiber and theya re great in chi8li.

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DEVORA4 3/18/2010 1:17AM

  As usual, you have done us all a huge service for your excellent blog. I have one problem, I don't know which receipe to make first emoticon

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/18/2010 12:37AM

    I like Kidney Beans too and I am having them in my salad tomorrow.
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WILLOW49 3/18/2010 12:33AM

    LOVE kidney beans, especially with rice. Yum, yum!
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