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What are you grateful for!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hi, I thought I would start this and you can add on everyday what you are thankful for. Might get us out of our negative thinking or make crappy days better.

I will start - grateful for all my Spark People friends. Also, grateful that I have a gym at work that I can go to whenever I want.

Your turn!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 9/18/2011 12:05PM

    9/18 What I am grateful for today is my safe, wonderful country!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 9/16/2011 12:23PM

    For me today, 9/16, I am grateful for being able to get up every morning (thankfully I do) and not be sore.

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CANADIANKIM 9/15/2011 10:13AM

    I am grateful for so many things! But today (9/15) I am grateful for those who love me, and for the clean eating guidelines that have eliminated my food-obsessed thoughts.


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JESSICA2140 9/14/2011 10:18PM

    I am grateful that I live in the information age, I am grateful that my kids are beautiful, smart, interesting, AND happy, and I am grateful that I am FINALLY going to get to go to bed soon. :)

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 9/14/2011 12:29PM

    For 9/14, I am grateful for my loving husband and my 4 wonderful kids.

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SHERIO5 9/13/2011 4:53PM

    I am grateful for so many things! I'll pick my loving pets for today! emoticon

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CONRADBURK 9/13/2011 1:47PM

    I am grateful for all the delicious fresh foods available in the supermarkets and for the financial means to buy them!
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LAURIE160IN2013 9/13/2011 1:23PM

    Thank you for the topic. Without gratitude, you have nothing!
Even though I grumble about some of the details of being a freelancer (scheduling problems, feast-or-famine finances, clients who are a poor fit, etc.), I'm so grateful that I have the freedom and power to do something about them. It will just take some tweaking.

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DMT1956 9/13/2011 1:22PM

    i am greatful for being active and having so much opportunity

bike, treadmill, beautiful surrounding area to take dogs, swimming pools, sisters to exercise with, dance dvd which is inspiring.

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DIANEGLORIA 9/13/2011 12:30PM

    For a roof over my head, food in my fridge (nothing processed in the house), and fresh clean water.

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No Labels on Nature's Food

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hi everyone, one other good thing about eating low carb, paleo is you don't have to read nutritional labels! No processed stuff, no grains so not many labels for nature's food!

Hope all is well with you all! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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    I agree. The best foods have no labels.

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RAVENNARUE 9/14/2011 5:41PM

    I hear ya.. barcodes usually equal bad food!


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DIANEGLORIA 9/13/2011 12:29PM

    Yep, no processed, no labels is really cool. Things are what they are... love that.

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GEMINIAN1 9/13/2011 12:20PM

    I hope you are having a wonderful day too!

Cheers ... to Nature's Food ... :-)

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Sorry to everyone!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Just a little sorry to everyone that I haven't been able to comment on many blogs, etc. Very busy with my teams and life. Hope to get back to everyone soon and send some goodies.

Have a great day and hope you have a wonderful week! Donna

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FLORIDAGHOST 9/13/2011 4:52PM

    It does get busy sometimes. Have a great one and come back soon. emoticon

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DUMBELLE 9/13/2011 2:52PM

    Life can get so extremely busy for all of us. I hear ya! Take time to smell the roses, as they say, although my roses are a little dead with this weather lol.

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KALIGIRL 9/13/2011 10:20AM

    Here's to living life!

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GEMINIAN1 9/13/2011 8:19AM

    I hope you have a great day too Donna ... :-)

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    Don't worry. It happens to all of us. I'm always behind. LOL.

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LISAKRISTY 9/12/2011 11:18AM

    I totally know the feeling...as I've been in the same position the past few days!!! Don't worry!

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JUSTBIRDY 9/12/2011 10:45AM

    We all do get busy from time to time, thanks for your thoughtful blogs.

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NANCYRUBIO 9/12/2011 8:40AM

    Why do we feel the need to apologize when none is needed. I am sure you do enough for SP and you have a right to your time.
Thank you for your apology, no matter how I feel.

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Low Carb has Kicked In

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I guess my low carb eating has kicked in. Yesterday my hubby brought home licorice from the store when he went shopping. Licorice is the only carb I have been craving. I had some and my stomach felt awful and I just felt like crap for the next few hours. So I guess I am running on fat now, not carbs. I sure don't want my licorice any more.

Hope you all have a blessing, safe 9/11. emoticon to you all. Donna

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    Yep, it brings on my GERD and IBS. So not worth it!

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LAURIEANNIE1 9/12/2011 7:36AM

    Our taste buds can absolutely change when we start to eat healthy. Isn't it wonderful.

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EGRAMMY 9/11/2011 10:29PM

    emoticonYou are brave to resist licorice. I love it. I grew up with 2 brothers and it was the candy they would leave alone.

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VHALKYRIE 9/11/2011 8:16PM

    The other day I ate bread, and I noticed it tasted like "sugar". It's amazing to me how my palate has changed.

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JUSTBIRDY 9/11/2011 8:13PM

    I feel pretty weird when I eat bread, but not other carbs

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LADYJAKE1 9/11/2011 2:29PM

    If I eat sugar I feel hung over the next day, it makes me feel awful.

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CONRADBURK 9/11/2011 2:13PM

    I think that after eating healthy for a while, your stomach adjusts and will reject anything unhealthy. I have had upset stomach with foods high in salt. Now that I am on the Paleo Diet, I avoid any food with added salt. I finished Loren Cordain's book, "The Paleo Diet." I am following his guidelines exactly and feeling great!

Those Twizzlers are deadly. You are right to avoid them!
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CRYSTAL8488 9/11/2011 2:02PM

    I know that feeling! I went to a friends wedding last month, I had just 2 small bites of my husbands cake..and my stomach was in knots from all that sugar and crap in it. Keep up the good work, best of luck to you on your journey!! emoticon

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Superfoods for Healthy Skin

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Our society has an obsession with healthy skin. We hate wrinkles, acne, & blemishes. Your skin is an outside indicator for your internal health. When we have skin based disorders those are very often outside manifestations of toxicity, mineral imbalances, oxidative stress, and inflammatory processes that are taking place within the body.

Many natural food sources rich in anti-oxidants and minerals help to balance this internal stress and promote radiant skin.

The most important nutritional considerations for healthy skin is to eat a diet loaded with raw vegetables and a smaller quantity of raw fruit. The fruit and vegetables will provide the three most important nutrients for healthy skin: water, trace minerals, & anti-oxidants.

Water is the arguably the most important thing we consume everyday. It provides the medium for all chemical reactions in our body. Additionally, it helps to cleanse and purify toxic debris and wash away rancid oils from the skin.

Three critical minerals for healthy skin include silica, zinc, & sulfur. These minerals are found in many plant based foods. Foods rich in anti-oxidants are very important for the body to balance the oxidative stress is encounters each day and protect the skin cells from free radical damage. Here are 5 foods that will help you build beautifully radiant skin.

Cucumbers are rich in water, vitamin C, and silica. Silica is a trace mineral that is critical for strong connective tissue and amazing for skin health. Silica deficiency's lead to reduced skin elasticity which promotes wrinkles & age spots.

Radishes are loaded with water and the sulfur containing amino acids cysteine and methionine. Sulfur is known as a beautifying mineral that helps our body detoxify. Radishes are known for their ability to help the liver process toxins and produce bile. Additionally, radishes also contain zinc, vitamin C, phosphorus, and b vitamins that are critical for skin health.

Eggs are one of nature's most incredible skin enhancing superfoods. They are loaded with sulfur containing amino acids, zinc, fat-soluble vitamin A & E, biotin, selenium, and methyl donating B vitamins. Zinc helps control the oil content of the skin and reduces the androgenic hormonal effects that produce acne. Zinc is also critical to the formation of collagen which is a protein molecule that forms connective tissue and skin. Selenium is an anti-oxidant mineral that helps promote normal tissue elasticity and protects the skin from ultra-violet damage. Biotin is a B complex vitamin that helps promote healthy skin and vitamin A & E are critical anti-oxidants that helps protect the skin from oxidative stress.

The Indian herb Tumeric is amazing for the skin and body. Tumeric is loaded with powerful polyphenol anti-oxidant phytochemicals called curcuminoids. Many experts have suggested that curcuminoids have 5-8 times stronger anti-oxidant properties than Vitamin E and other more well-known anti-oxidants. Tumeric also helps to cleanse, purify, & nourish the skin to maintain its elasticity. Additionally, it helps to support the natural flora that protects the skin from dangerous microbes.

Spinach is very rich in water, vitamin C, magnesium, folate, and chlorophyll which help booster the skin. Additionally, spinach is loaded with the anti-oxidant carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which are powerful at scavenging free radicals and protecting the skin from oxidative stress.

Tips for Healthy Skin Nutrition

1. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of pure, clean water.

2. Eat a big salad with raw spinach and hard/soft boiled eggs

3. Snack on radishes or add them to your salad.

4. Slice up some cucumbers and add Apple cider vinegar and herbs

5. Add turmeric to hummus, brown rice, meat dishes, & shakes

Source: Dr. David Jockers email

Hope today is a very safe day for all! Donna

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EGRAMMY 9/11/2011 10:44PM

    emoticon Thanks I read it all to DH

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ZOEYBLU 9/11/2011 8:22PM

    Yes ...thanks for this article. I have found since I eat so many fresh vegetables and fruit now that I don't need to drink the mass amount of water that I used to . The fruit and veggies are mostly water so it's an added bonus !

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NTSOHLTHNT 9/11/2011 11:01AM

    Thanks for the informative blog. I'd like to add that taking at least 4mg of astataxanthin, a potent carotenoid antioxidant, does wonders for the skin--it even helps reverse skin damage. There's some good research out and you can get more info at http://products.mercola.com/astaxan
Km6lasCFYTb4AodAXGFSg, and http://www.chiro.org/nutrition/FULL

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