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Eating Celery Article

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Okay. I have spent years believing my WW coach when she told me that CELERY was a REVERSE CALORIE FOOD. Celery and peppers.

Yes, that is what she taught the class, over and over.

I was happy with that belief. I liked it whenever I make soup, except of course, chili, I always added celery, therefore, could eat more because of the reverse calories from the celery.

Then I joined SPARK. From there, everything went downhill.

I joined Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas Spark Team. Darcey and Karen were the fearless leaders, and they were supposed to keep me going on the right track.


It began with Darcey getting me into all these exercise challenges. I am a competetive personality, so of course, I had to participate in those challenges.

I learned the difference between WALKING and STROLLING. I was a stroller. Now, because of Darcey, I am a WALKER. To the point of setting a goal of walking miles for myself this year of 700 miles and doing one 5K.

I have walked under 500 for this year, but still have some time to go. I tried doing the 5K. Fell down the hill and put a crack in my hip and pelvis. That kept me off the streets.

I injured myself with helping DH put up the Sundowner awning by clamping my thumb and finger together. Literally clamping them in the cross bar of the awning. I still use a whole litany of cuss words when I see those ads on TV. It is amazing that I still have a TV with the screen in tact.

From Darcey, I have learned how to self destruct through strength training, cardio blasting, and exercise videos on Spark.

I have indeed lost weight and become stronger, but I have not done so in a lady like manner. Nor have I done so with dignity.

I have grunted, groaned, tipped over, gasped for air, twisted my body up like a contortionist, and learned how to hop. I have bitched and hissed. But I have not done DIGNITY.

Enter Karen. Because of HER, I have not been able to quit Spark. She sends me all these encouraging memos and sayings, and finds the most interesting articles for me to read.

I have learned a whole lot about how to build and eat into a healthier way of living. I hate it when she's right, which is usually all the time. That's why I agreed to being a co-leader with her and Darcey. I am a glutton for punishment.

In fact, I haven't found her WRONG about anything yet, although I do look!!

So why am I writing this, you ask. Because of celery.

Karen sends out a post about celery NOT BEING A REVERSE CALORIE FOOD.

I am sure she is wrong, so I read the stupid article. Groan! Once again, Karen is spot on.

There is no such thing as reverse calorie foods. But celery may make me smarter. So now I have to eat celery till it comes out of my ears, right?

I mean, how many ways can YOU cook delicious dinners featuring celery?? Gives one pause, doesn't it.

I wonder if she is next going to find an article that says chocolate has no fat or calories if eaten on your birthday or when you are standing up. Probably.

In the meantime......................

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    one good thing about celery is its has potassium and it has healthy salt in it and I also hear there's calcium in celery! it may not have as much calcium as other foods such as kelp or dulse. But I love my celery with cream cheese and dont care about any calorie! Have to have something to munch on when I get the munchies! I Love celery in soup too! What ever is reverse calories its cheese and milk for me or anything dairy or beef (because I am lactose intolerant, it is a reverse calorie for me or at least... cuts sugar for me! So its how I get my cheese (and calcium) doing something that seems reverse to the norms as I see it. but its one sure way to cut sugar in my diet! also adding calcium to my diet! Cheese and celery is a good food! Celery, corn, kelp, pineapple and anything dairy has goodness for you! Just eating less of those good things is on the menu! lol
    2674 days ago
    Love celery myself. Hummus with it ain't bad, nor tuna either. Also your advice about the apricot pie was solid. Thanks again. You are a real friend. emoticon
    2675 days ago
    Spark People is amazing and the positive changes we see in others and ourselves is emoticon .Celery is one veggie our family will readily eat and it's good with cream cheese(fat free) of course and peanut butter.Is it still reverse calorie food with the cream cheese or peanut butter?I was afraid that was the answer,lol,darn. I don't really enjoy it plain,it's great in soups,meatloaf,tuna salad sandwiches or salad.I enjoyed your blog and thank you! Take care of yourself and be careful! emoticon Diana
    2676 days ago
    And what is wrong with celery in chili? I almost always put carrots and celery (if I have it on hand) in my chili.
    2676 days ago
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