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What have I got myself into now?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Actually I think it will have a positive effect on my journey here on Spark People. I received yet another invite to join another team and I did. Yes I know I need my head examined, as I have no time as it is. I wrote back to the Team Leader who invited me and I will quote, “You are killing me!”

I am so stressed to the max and my health has taken a toll for it. I have had the shingles since the end of January. I thought I got rid of them but they only kept coming back. Most of it is my fault because I begged not too be on the steroids too long. So I was on for like 10 days, then off and then the shingles flared up again. I had to go back on the steroids, the shingles calmed down so I went off the steroids. Then the buggers came back again. At the end of March right before I left for Virginia to spend Easter with my Mom the Doctor put her foot down and she says I am staying on them for a couple of months till they are out of my system.

There are many reasons for my stress and it just keeps piling up and piling up. I have everyone pulling at me from all directions and not enough hours in the day. I hope to be able to announce something in a few weeks that should alleviate a lot if it, or at least one of the causes.

So why did I join yet another team? Am I glutton for punishment? I recently added to my list of duties to become a Co-Leader on the Raw Foodists. There was a method to my madness on that one. I have been trying to get back 100% Raw for a couple of years now. I figured that as I helped out the Team they would be helping me out as well. It certainly added to my stress level because there is more to being a leader than just a title. There is work to be done behind the scenes. However, by making that commitment I also made more of commitment to myself by getting back to Raw. You have to put your money where you mouth is. Am I there yet, NO! Not even close but I am getting there.

Back to this new team, it is called, " Fierce, Fabulous & Unstoppable Spark Warriors" ! How can you not want to join a team with a name like that? I went and visited the Team Page and was hooked after I read their Team Creed. I wrote a blog yesterday, “Do you Need a Shot in the Arm? Well I got mine yesterday when I joined this team. This hopefully will help get my stress finally under control. Now I had better not see a mass exodus from either of my teams to join this one. By all means take a looksee and if you like what you see then by all means join. But you better not drop out of my teams or I will hunt you down. emoticon
You can do both! The teams will compliment one another. No really, I will hunt you down because afterall I am a Fierce, Fabulous & Unstoppable Spark Warrior. emoticon

I should be so lucky to look like that pic. I can dream though as well as work towards it.

Here is the link to the Team if you want to take a looksee:

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RUN2MYDREAMS 4/28/2010 9:31PM

    Thanks for sharing! I hope that you become destressed very soon!

I will definitely check out the team. However, I seem to keep joining and leaving all the teams I join. Except for one, I wonder which one that is emoticon

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 4/28/2010 9:55AM

    I know what you mean! I hope you feel better soon. It seems like the more things we say no to the more things we end up adding, lol! :)

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FARLEY_GIRL 4/28/2010 8:58AM

    I know it's to hard to say "no" and too easy to get overloaded. It's one of the hardest parts....deciding what are our goals, what is most important in our life and only doing/participating in what will accomplish those goals...letting go of those that don't.

I hope you are feeling better soon and your life takes a calmer path :-)

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/28/2010 6:58AM

    Why is it the busy people always keep adding more to their plate?!

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    And you picked on ME for being involved with too many teams. LOL I'll take a peek. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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    Yvonne I am going to go check the team out too. I am always adding teams and then dropping others. Try to stay under 12 and think I have ten right now.
Hope you get to feeling better. I have a friends who struggles with shingles too.

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DYNAMICDEB53 4/27/2010 7:30PM

    I hope all your teams will help you to find less stress and keep you moving forward and feeling good. that is what it is all about.

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WISLNDR 4/27/2010 6:52PM

    I got an invite to that team and I'm seriously considering it! It looks too good to pass by!


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WINGSOFCHANGE 4/27/2010 6:47PM

    Oh Yvonne, I hope that your stress eases up, as well as your shingles! Is there anything you can do to lesson your stress load? Do you have time on the weekends to relax, or are you going full steam ahead? Take care of yourself and relax tonight by curling up on the sofa, and watching The Biggest Loser.

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/27/2010 6:30PM

    It sounds fun. I checked it out. thanks for the info Yvonne!

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EKKING 4/27/2010 6:22PM

    Don't spread yourself too thin!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 4/27/2010 6:20PM

    I have had the shingles and was also on steroids. I was like a mad woman!. I did get over them after a while. They are no fun. I would like to see you post a picture of yourself in warrior mode as soon as you have one taken. Congratulations on joining you new team. I know you can do it. Best wishes. Please do not leave this team because you are one of the biggest reasons I joined.

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NWFL59 4/27/2010 2:33PM

    You can do it! Hope you don't experience those pesky side effects that steroids tend to have accompany the good.

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WEDDWT 4/27/2010 12:47PM

    What have you gotten yourself into? Obviously a nifty new warrior costume!

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RACHELRB 4/27/2010 11:45AM

    So glad you are a warrior with us! We are a TEAM! That means we help others when they are down. So you are having a tough time and may not be able to engage full force? So what! We are here to support you. There are no requirements on the team to check in every day and to type blogs ad nausieum. Our goal is to be the best we can be under the circumstances and to support one another. No worries if life is too crazy! We've all been there and we aren't going to let that stop us from reaching our goals- we're here for you! emoticon

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GRAMMABENJI 4/27/2010 9:59AM

    I love reading your blogs. I sure hope the shingles go away soon for you. they are no fun at all. I do the same thing----join teams and add friends. I need to redo my friends as most of them you don't hear from and some have even left. I think the world needs to go back to being like in the 50's at a slower pace.

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SUNSHINEGB 4/27/2010 9:57AM

    emoticonI always enjoy reading your blogs Yvonne!
I may not always comment but I'm always reading ....

My hubby and my sister are both on steroids and if I understand correctly, they CAN have side effects on your body. Prednisone that they are on can raise their blood sugar ... my hubby is diabetic and his blood count is going UP! My sister is gaining unwanted weight ...

But when your doc puts you on it, it's for a very good reason so don't bug to get off it! :-)
I'm so sorry about your shingles and hope they get managed soon.


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MRDPOLING 4/27/2010 9:50AM

    I don't understand the reason for not wanting to be on the steroids as long as it takes? Do they have some negative side effect(s)?

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L*I*T*A* 4/27/2010 9:43AM

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DEFIANTVEGAN 4/27/2010 9:33AM

    emoticon You are too funny and yes when you said what team you joined I said hmmm that is a cool name.

Hun I think your heart is in the right place. You have a desire to help others and you are passionate about what Sparks is doing for you and other people and you want to be apart of it.

Nothing wrong with that, but take it easy to get to stressed out we want you 100% and rid of those shingles. I'll try to see hat will help in my Green Pharmacy Book maybe you can take your steroids and use something topical to help rid of them faster.

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AHEALTHIERME9 4/27/2010 9:27AM

    lol!!! I love it!

Awww, Yvonne, you are just too fabulous!!! And we are so happy to have you on our team! (Love that warrior pic, by the way!)

I know what you mean about being pulled in different directions. It can get pretty overwhelming for sure. But I'm hoping this team will serve as a source of empowerment so that we can continue to stay strong in this journey.

I'm so sorry about the shingles. I know that can be painful.
Take care of you, my Raw Food Warrior. That's first and foremost!

I'm off to slay some monkeys now... Have a great day!


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LOOZINITNOW 4/27/2010 9:20AM

    I'm with you! I have cleaned out my teams and friends to eliminate time and stress and then I add more friends and joined yet another team myself. I will check out your new team. Sounds like a great name!

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GEORGANNE39 4/27/2010 9:20AM

    You never cease to amaze me! I'll go check out the team right away, but honestly, I just left a few others since I have so much less time now than I did when I joined them.....LOL! Sound familiar? emoticon

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Do you need a shot in the arm?

Monday, April 26, 2010

It seems as if a lot of my Spark Buddies are struggling. Their blogs or my Spark Mail are full of pleas for help and/or suggestions, some just downright want to give up and throw in the towel. They are either struggling to stay on their journey or they have fallen off and need to get right back on that old proverbial horse.

Sometimes reading a blog or a response to your blog isn't enough. I found this on YouTube and heck it made me feel good and I am OK with my eating and exercising. Sometimes hearing music in the background seeing a visual while concentrating on those words because the screen lasts longer than it takes you to read it, it sinks into your brain. Don't speed read the words - digest them.

You can't speed it up if you wanted to. The video is already times out and it goes at its pace. Sit back and absorb.

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WINGSOFCHANGE 4/28/2010 2:04PM

    I LOVED this! Thanks so much Yvonne for passing this along to all of us. As I've been stuck for a few months, your timing was perfect!
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EGRAMMY 4/27/2010 8:24PM

    Thanks you again and again for guiding us.

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GRAMMABENJI 4/27/2010 10:06AM

    thank you for the great video. I have kept it to watch when I need to. You do encourage me to keep going with you blogs and such. You are special don't ever forget it.

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JEANNIEMAG 4/27/2010 6:35AM

    thanks Yvonne!

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L*I*T*A* 4/27/2010 12:51AM

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DEVORA4 4/27/2010 12:16AM

  Thanks Yvonne for the blog and your comments on my Spark page. When I went for my 10,000 step walk the other day I saw some Iris plants and as I stopped to admire them I thought of you. Have a terrefic day. emoticon

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    Yvonne, thank you for sharing this. This is a keeper. I bookmarked it so I can go back and watch it.

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OURELEE1 4/26/2010 5:07PM

  Great just what I needed. Thank you

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WILLOW49 4/26/2010 4:35PM

    Wow, that was grrrreat! Thanks so much for sharing with us. I'm going to pass the link along to a few of my Spark friends who could use a shot in the arm!
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FUNNYGRANNY71 4/26/2010 4:21PM

    I am so glad you wrote this particular blog. This one spoke to me very loudly. I was feeling that way because it has been so long since I really lost any weight. Then a couple of days ago I read a blog by a member on this team and she is also on another of the teams I belong too. She really hit the nail not only on the head, but on my head. I have been incorporating some of the things she does into my exercise and I already feel better about what I am doing and the way I am doing it. It really got me motivated again. Most of you can probably guess who I mean. I do not know if it is allowed for me to say her name. But she is truly awe inspiring. Thank you so much Yvonne.

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/26/2010 4:16PM

    WOW, Yvonne, that was emoticon

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MA_DIDDLES 4/26/2010 3:05PM

    Thanks Bunches - I passed it on to some of my Spark Friends.
Great inspiration. MA

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DYNAMICDEB53 4/26/2010 3:02PM

    Yvonne, this is one blog I needed to read and loved the video. we all have times when we can lose our way. we sometimes need to realize just how important not giving up really is, as long as we try we are succeeding.
Hugs and great big thanks.

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RUBYKNOWS 4/26/2010 2:57PM

    Thanks, I needed that! After an OK weekend I really have to get my head in the right place and that video helped.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/26/2010 2:53PM

    I enjoyed that! Thanks!

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MRDPOLING 4/26/2010 2:47PM

    That was a great vid and you are right, it was a nice shot in the arm!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/26/2010 1:33PM

    That was great, Yvonne! Thanks for sharing!

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SAMPEANUT 4/26/2010 1:24PM

  This was great! I didn't even know youtube had this kind of thing. Thanks! Really "hit the spot" this morning. emoticon

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ASHARON 4/26/2010 1:04PM

    Thank you, I needed that! I have also saved it to my favorites.

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STARTWME 4/26/2010 12:55PM

    Beautiful and encouraging video.

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NWFL59 4/26/2010 12:30PM

    Enjoyed the youtube and I can always use a little more inspiration! Thanks.

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LOOZINITNOW 4/26/2010 12:16PM

    Thanks for sharing! That was very inspirational and I am going to keep it for future reference!

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Are you sitting on the fence of life?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Today's blog is actually asking all of you to go and read 2 blogs from a really good Spark Buddy of mine, Devora4 . She wrote an excellent blog yesterday that really touched my heart and what she said was oh so true. Her blog today kind of segwayed from yesterday. We can not be too wrapped up in our own journey, we also need to help others see the "light."

I hope you read her blog, "Where do you stand?" and vote for it as Popular Blog so that more Sparkers out there sitting on the fence will jump off and join in the quest for a healthier lifestyle. It is a shame because too many of them wait till tragedy happens to make that move. The link is:

Today's blog is, "Are you a Grey Person? That link is:

Please don't think you can or have to do this journey alone. I think one of the reasons I have been so successful on my journey thus far is from helping others and getting back their support and motivation. It is not a one way street!

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emoticonDevora4 for taking a stand!

PS: If you read someone's blog that really touches you or motivates you check off I like it. It stands to reason if it helped you it will help others as well. We can't possibly read all the blogs on Spark People but if it hits Popular Blog then more people become aware of it and read it. They then can benefit from those words as well. It is all about helping each other to become successful.

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DYNAMICDEB53 4/26/2010 12:00PM

    What lovely bolgs your friend wrote. They are encouraging and remind us that sharing and helping is something that is so needed in the world we live in.

Smiles and hugs

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DEFIANTVEGAN 4/26/2010 10:22AM

    thanks for the reminder. It's so important to give credit where credit is due.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/25/2010 11:43PM

    Thanks Yvonne, I am going to go read the blogs asap. Love you, Dawn

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MTNHIKER1971 4/25/2010 9:48PM

    Thanks Yvonne!


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LOOZINITNOW 4/25/2010 9:42PM

    I'm on my way to check them out now. Thanks for sharing the info!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/25/2010 7:21PM

    She wrote an excellent blog. thanks for sharing. I love reading those that make an impanct on others lives.

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GRANDMAMAOF3 4/25/2010 3:28PM

    Thanks for sharing. I'm sparked!
Have a great week! emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 4/25/2010 1:34PM

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

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SUNSHINEGB 4/25/2010 1:02PM

    I'm glad you put this on, Yvonne. I went in and read both of her blogs and they sure give you something to think about!
Imagine 9 out of 12 people ignoring a cheery smile and hello!!!
You're a great friend Yvonne.
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LITTLEMINX57 4/25/2010 12:55PM

    I am relatively new to Spark people but I love your blogs. You are correct in saying it is not a one way street. I love the way this Community comes to the aid of their fellow friends. If we could all do this in life the world would be so much the better for it. I am going to visit her blogs now.

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/25/2010 12:25PM

    You are right. I love the one where she greets 12 people with a happy smile and talks to them and only 3 reply with any glimmer of hope. IT's a sad thing when this is happening across America.

It's time to WAKE UP!

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MONTANA_ED 4/25/2010 11:48AM

    Thank you for this! Awesome!

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NWFL59 4/25/2010 11:43AM

    Thanks for sharing and alerting us to very helpful blogs.

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DEVORA4 4/25/2010 11:19AM

  You have made me cry. Unfortunately, I know few people like you. I wish you lived next door to me so I could give you a hug. No wonder so many people love you. God loves you and so do I. Thank you, thank you, thank you. debby aka devora4 emoticon emoticon

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OURELEE1 4/25/2010 11:15AM

  Thank you.

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MRDPOLING 4/25/2010 11:11AM

    awesome! I friended her and the idea of the gray game is so exciting!

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TERRYEANDERSON 4/25/2010 11:02AM

    It is motivating to read other people's stories and accomplishments. Thanks! Terry

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Have you checked out the newest enhancement on Spark People?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

We all know I love to cook. I try to share my recipes or the recipes I have found that will entice you to try new foods or ways of preparing them. Believe it or not there are many out there that do not cook or like to cook. My Spark Mail is always filled with questions on this and that. I am surprised at how many tell me they don’t know how to cook and are just learning. Well, now there is a new tool to play with here on Spark people.

I am so loving this new enhancement to our Nutrition Tracker. I have used my Nutrition Tracker ever since I put my Spark page together. Sssssssshhhhhhhhhh! I won’t say it took me 3 weeks before I finally did that though. If you have not read Spark Guy’s blog about it, here is the link:

There is so much we can do with our Nutrition Tracker… emoticon

SUNNYH99 is the one who taught me how to put my own recipe’s into the Recipe Calculator and I have been taking advantage of that ever since. Thanks Sunny!!!!!!!!!!!! How much simpler could it be to put your favorite recipes you make often into the Recipe Calculator and then in the future when you make them all you do is click on one button, the name of the recipe, add then just add it to that days menu.

Now when you go to your Nutrition Tracker you click on Add a Food and then the magic happens. I have been using the tab, Food Groupings where I would add things I ate with certain meals or certain salads I make and it is a breeze to add the foods to my tracker that way.

Wait till you start playing with and using the newest tab, the 4th tab- Recipes. You can now pull up on your Food Tracker your saved Favorite Recipes, Your Shared Recipes (your own recipes you have loaded into Spark Recipes), and Recipes You Have Reviewed.
All you have to do now is click on the dropdown box and all of those recipes populate, no more hunting for the recipes or trying to remember their names. It is so fast and simple.

There is no longer any excuse to say it is too time consuming to use your Food Tracker. I happen to think this is the best tool we have on here in Spark People. Load up the recipes you make the most. Start saving in your Favorites the Spark Recipes you make often. Start reviewing these recipes and it brings those into another box.

I will admit that it is time consuming to add in your own recipes but it is so worth it. You want to stay on your journey to a healthier You; well you have to make foods that taste good to keep you on it. You can eat well, not feel deprived or bored if you take the extra time to create these foods for you. Yes we should be eating to fuel our bodies but who says it can’t taste great at the same time.

You are really worth it to take the time to utilize this great new tool and you will thank yourself later on for doing so. I just love it! emoticon

OK so let's try this link:

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EGRAMMY 4/28/2010 9:39PM

    Dr. Oz said today we should eat beans daily. He maybe read Travelnista's blog?

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SHIRLEY2010 4/25/2010 6:20PM

    I always learn something new from you.

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RACHELRB 4/25/2010 4:18PM

    Wow that's awesome! Thank you so much for pointing this out- that makes navigation a breeze. These Spark People folks are such smarties emoticon

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AHEALTHIERME9 4/25/2010 4:10PM

    Awesome!!! Thank you for sharing this! emoticon

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THATWEIRDGIRL 4/25/2010 10:46AM

  Good to know, so thank you! emoticon

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FARLEY_GIRL 4/25/2010 9:43AM

    Thanks for posting this!!!! I'm one of those individuals that in the past hasn't cooked and for the most part doesn't like to. I'm trying/learning to change that since it is better for the pocketbook and the belly! The problem I've been having though is tracking the nutrition....I get frustrated then waylaid about tracking food...b/c there are not clear nutritional values listed and doing each individual item in the recipe .....UGH! It's not easy...I'm not doing it! This new tool will hopefully make it easier to track what I cook at home! Thanks for the heads up! emoticon

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LINIS_THIN 4/25/2010 12:57AM

    I've been planning to start cooking and using this feature.. thanks for the encouragement.

I really was getting too into prepackaged foods for the convenience of the food label... now we can make our own!


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_MAOMAO_ 4/25/2010 12:35AM

  WOW! I had no idea, hadn't noticed that new tab! Hunky dory, now we just need that available on the mobile apps, too, hint hint.

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DS9KIE 4/25/2010 12:04AM

    This is cool.

Hey I'm one of those that doesn't like to cook and does not know how either, well I'm here to learn.

Well I haven't been able to figure out Nutrition Tracker. But maybe this will make it easier. And I don't know how to add my own recipes. And hey you can put groups of food, that's cool. I wondered how you put a salad on the tracker. Its very hard when your a vegetarian and you eat different the the spark food (for a lack of a better word), So I just gave up.

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JESSICA_0029 4/24/2010 11:35PM

    I will definitely check this out and use it. Thanks for describing it so well you are always so helpful emoticon

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FITNESSFOODIE 4/24/2010 10:17PM

    I can't wait to try the new tab. Thanks for describing it!

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JENNY888 4/24/2010 8:46PM

    It took me awhile to find it. I found I had to click on the add food button first. I love the feature.

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MRDPOLING 4/24/2010 6:21PM

    is it just me? I cannot find the new tab anywhere!!!!!!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 4/24/2010 5:39PM

    Thanks for sharing that information. I have been with Spark People over a year and I am always learning new things on the website.

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EGRAMMY 4/24/2010 2:55PM

    Thank you for sharing this information with all Sparkers so they can help themselves, including me. emoticon

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GEORGANNE39 4/24/2010 2:54PM

    Spark is making it easier and easier to be healthy! How can we ever repay that service and kindness?! emoticon

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NWFL59 4/24/2010 1:24PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I read about it but haven't checked it out yet.

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    That's great! I'll have to try to 4th tab too!

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L*I*T*A* 4/24/2010 11:32AM

    great reminder.........
love the new tab
thanks for sharing......
blessings and hugs.....lita

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JIMDAB 4/24/2010 10:54AM

    I use the food grouping tab a lot.. It is sooo worth the trouble, even for something as simple as a celery stalk with peanut butter on it or the celery, carrot, red bell pepper snack combo I often eat. Two clicks and its entered for the day. After a while its set up and you only have to add the new.

I'll be giving the recipe tab a try. Thanks!

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ALEXTHEHUNN 4/24/2010 10:46AM

    This is a great reminder. Thanks for posting this.

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MOXIE22 4/24/2010 10:30AM

    Thank you for posting this. I've been trying to use the food tracker but we don't eat much pre-prepared food and it was really a hassle to figure out calorie and food values for homemade recipes.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Spinach, the Vegetable of the Week

Friday, April 23, 2010

This leafy green is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. It’s a very good source of protein, phosphorus, vitamin E, zinc, dietary fiber, and copper. Plus, it’s a good source of selenium, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Spinach is loaded with lutein. It’s a carotenoid found in spinach that is protective against eye diseases such as age-related cataracts and macular degeneration. The Lutein in spinach might be absorbed better if you eat it with a little fat, such as a small amount of olive oil, or the food that you’re eating it with contains some fat.

A carotenoid found in spinach and other green leafy vegetables fights human prostate cancer two different ways, according to research published in the the Journal of Nutrition. The carotenoid, called neoxanthin, not only induces prostate cancer cells to self-destruct, but is converted in the intestines into additional compounds, called neochromes, which put prostate cancer cells into a state of stasis, thus preventing their replication.

The nutrients in spinach can also help with conditions in which inflammation plays a role. For example, asthma, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis are all conditions that involve inflammation.

Vitamin E-rich Leafy Greens Slow Loss of Mental Function
Mental performance normally declines with age, but the results of Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP) suggest that eating just 3 servings of green leafy, yellow and cruciferous vegetables each day could slow this decline by 40%, suggests a study in the journal Neurology.

Spinach contains choline and inositol, the substances that help to prevent atherosclerosis or thickening and hardening of arteries.

Spinach is also helpful in the following health issues : Anemia, Tumors, Constipation, Insomnia, Obesity, Neuritis (inflammation of nerves), Nerve exhaustion, High blood pressure, Bronchitis, Colon cancer, Prostate cancer, Breast cancer, Osteoporosis, Dyspepsia (chronic indigestion), Also helps ailment of the kidneys, bladder and liver.


Spinach salad with Strawberries and Pecans

8 ounces fresh torn spinach or baby spinach
1 1/2 to 2 cups cleaned and sliced strawberries
1/2 cup pecan halves or pieces
2 to 3 ounces goat cheese or blue cheese, crumbled, optional


1/4 cup Canola oil or Olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/8 teaspoon each onion and garlic powder
dash dry mustard

Toss spinach with sliced strawberries, pecans, and cheese, if using.
Combine dressing ingredients in a jar; shake until well blended. When ready to serve, drizzle dressing over the salad and toss lightly.
Serves 4 to 6.

Potato and Spinach Soup With Lemon
By Anastatia Curley

The potatoes and parsnips give this soup body, and the spinach and lemon make it bright. It's sustaining, yet light and exciting.

Spinach and Pasta Soup

1 pound of turkey sausage
1 large onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 28 oz can of chopped or diced tomatoes
1 1/2 quart of chicken broth
3 quarts of water
1 pound of farfalle(bow tie pasta) or favorite small pasta
1 10 oz. pkg. of frozen spinach
2 15 oz. cans of small whit beans or canneloni beans

Heat an extra-large soup kettle over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and brown, breaking it up with a spoon. Add the onion and garlic, and saute 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, breaking them up with the spoon. Stir in the stock and 1 quart of the water, and raise the heat to high. Bring to a boil, add the pasta, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Then add spinach, beans, and remaining quart of water (add extra water, if needed), and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until spinach is tender. Add salt to taste.

Number of Servings: 12

(this recipe I put into Spark Recipes so it can be put into my Fodd Tracker)

Crustless Spinach Quiche

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

Vegan Spinach Linguine with Mushroom and Pepper Sauce

spinach linguine, enough for 2 people
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 small box mushrooms
2 tablespoons oil
1 medium jar spaghetti sauce

Wash and slice mushrooms. Cut peppers into 1/2 strips. Heat oil in pan. Add mushrooms and peppers. Stir fry over medium heat until peppers are wilted. Pour sauce over all and heat through. Put spaghetti on plate and spoon sauce over it. You can be very versatile with this recipe. You can use garlic and onion. You could also add a yellow pepper to make this very colorful. Serves 2.

Lentils & Spinach

1 bunch spinach, washed, drained and chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, crushed (optional)
1/2 cup chili peppers chopped
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
sea salt to taste
1 cup cooked lentils
2 Tablespoons virgin olive oil

Heat oil in a pan. Sauté crushed garlic, ginger & peppers for one minute.

Add chopped spinach. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.

Add cooked lentils, salt to taste and lemon juice. Cook and stir about 30 seconds

Serve on a bed of rice.

Chana Masala (Spicy Chickpeas) with Spinach

1 can chickpeas in water (also called garbanzo beans) or 1 1/2 cups precooked + 1/2 cup
1/2 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
3 tbsp olive oil
juice from one lemon, (approx 2 tbsp )
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 large bunch of spinach or two handfuls, rinsed

In a large skillet or frying pan, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until soft, about 3-5 minutes.
Add chickpeas straight from the can, including all the water. Add spices and lemon juice, cover, and simmer about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, adding more water if needed, until chickpeas are cooked and soft.

Bay Scallops with Spinach

3 lbs of fresh spinach, stemmed and washed, not dried.
1 lb of bay scallops.
3 large cloves of garlic, peeled.
¼ cup of white wine.
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
2 teaspoons of olive oil.
2 teaspoons of salt.
1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest.
Freshly ground pepper, to taste.

Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.

Add the garlic and lemon zest and cook for 20 seconds, stirring continuously.

Add the spinach and toss occasionally until wilted.

Drain off the liquid and season with 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add the scallops and sauté for 1 minute or until just cooked through.

Remove the scallops from the pan and add the lemon juice and wine.

Cook, scraping the bottom of the pan, for 15 seconds.

Remove from the heat, then toss in the scallops and season with the remaining salt and pepper to taste.

On serving plates, place a mound of spinach in the middle and surround with scallops.

Different combos for Spinach Smoothies:

handful of spinach
1 banana
1 1/2 cups of fresh pineapple
2 oranges
2 cups of water


One package of fresh baby spinach
One frozen banana
One cup of frozen blueberries
½ cup of frozen strawberries
One cup water


Creamy Tropical Green Smoothie

1 large banana, ripe and peeled
1/4 avocado flesh
6 oz spinach, fresh
3/4 cup pineapple, frozen
3/4 cup mango, frozen
4 ice cubes
1 tablespoon coconut milk powder
1 packet of stevia (optional)
1 1/2 cup pure water

Pour water in first. Then place the banana and avocado closest to the blade with the rest of the ingredients on top. Blend until smooth.
Serves 1-3

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHIRLEY2010 4/25/2010 6:21PM

    Like Popeye I love me spinach. I am going to make the spinach salad first but I think I will use walnuts instead.

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LITTLEMINX57 4/25/2010 1:02PM

    I never heard of putting spinach in smoothies. I am going to have to try those recipes 1st. Thanks for sharing.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 4/24/2010 4:08PM

    More good information and great recipes. Please keep them coming.

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SAMTHEMAN60 4/24/2010 12:19PM

    I am going to have to try some of these smoothies with the spinach in it and that strawberry pecan salad.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/24/2010 10:25AM

    I'm going to let you do all the recipe adds and i will do some putting them together...

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/24/2010 12:58AM

    I love love LOVE spinach! I need to go get some tomorrow and have a YUMMY salad! Thanks for these recipes. Hmm, strawberries & spinach. The best of both worlds..fruit & veggie! Love ya, Dawn

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WEDDWT 4/23/2010 4:40PM

    I was a big Popeye fan when I was little, he got me to eat my spinach, and I still love it. Thanks for the recipes.

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GOLDENGIRL88 4/23/2010 12:56PM

    thanks for the recipes!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/23/2010 11:50AM

    Great recipes I have to try. Thanks!

I ahve never been one for cooked spinach but i do love it fresh.

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DS9KIE 4/23/2010 10:47AM

    thanks for the great recipes

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DEFIANTVEGAN 4/23/2010 10:19AM

    I love spinach especially that salad with strawberries and pecans I've made it before, one thing I like to do is buy the pecans that are caramelized with brown sugar or with cinnamon delicious. emoticon

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JBDIAS 4/23/2010 10:18AM

    Thanks for the tasty recipes will be trying these out soon.

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L*I*T*A* 4/23/2010 10:09AM

    great recipes.........
thanks for sharing........
blessings and hugs............lita

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NWFL59 4/23/2010 9:28AM

    Love to eat spinach, must try the strawberries and pecans recipe this afternoon while I have all fresh ingredients.

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BANTHENICKEL 4/23/2010 9:24AM

    Had a cup of fresh spinach with lunch yesterday. In the past, spinach has given me horrible gas, but I managed yesterday well - probably because my body is now used to the high fiber intake.

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GEORGANNE39 4/23/2010 8:51AM

    Yummy! I will definitely try some of these!

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BARBARAJ73 4/23/2010 8:33AM

    Am a big fan of spinach! Thanks for the info and recipes - spinach salad for lunch today

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LOOZINITNOW 4/23/2010 8:31AM

    I was going to buy some spinach today to make some smoothies with! Great info!

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RD03875 4/23/2010 8:25AM

    I love spinach, unfortunately people with gout can't eat it that often.

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DYNAMICDEB53 4/23/2010 8:23AM

    I just love spinach cooked or fresh. As a kid mom wou;d make it often normally cooked with hard boiled egg. I learned to eat it with a little vinegar, not sure why but I like it.
I had not realized how good it is for you. I new about the good iron, which is one reason I ate it for a number of years dealing with aneamia.
I will be enjoying it more in the future. Thank you for the recipes too.

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DEVORA4 4/23/2010 8:22AM

  Thanks for info. Love it I never heard of a spinach strawberry and walnut salad but since YOU recommend it I am willing to try. You are emoticon

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FITNESSFOODIE 4/23/2010 8:05AM

    I love spinach, it's one of my favorite vegetables! Thanks for some new recipes! emoticon

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WILLOW49 4/23/2010 7:21AM

    Spinach...a staple in this household! One of my favorites :)

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MTNHIKER1971 4/23/2010 7:15AM

    Great one Yvonne! Strawberry's, pecans and spinach. mmm mmmm Popeye would be proud

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MRDPOLING 4/23/2010 7:02AM

    I was a weird child...I actually enjoyed Spinach from the can with a bit of lemon or vinegar on it.

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