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The Spark Cookbook and More


Friday, May 04, 2012

I just finished reading the Spark Cookbook and I must say that the recipes look delicious, Chef Meg's advice and suggestions are wonderful, and it is made really well (the binding allows it to stay open when you lay it down). I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes and I think I'll pay more attention to the recipes that Chef Meg offers on the SparkPeople website!

I also have Stephanie Romine's Vegan E-Cookbook. I wish it was available in a hard copy. It's hard to browse e-books and I find that e-cookbooks in particular are difficult to use. I hope a hard copy will come out soon, because I would be the first to buy it!

I love the success stories in the Chef Meg's book. They're so inspiring. I've taken to reading more Spark Pages and find that I have many friends here in this cyberplace. I never knew that there were Spark People conventions. I'd love to attend one. Maybe one day.......

I've been gaining weight recently, at no surprise to me, either! I've been binging and experimenting with all kinds of dangerous behavior around food. I put on 30 of the 40 pounds I lost. I think I know too much and it's confusing me! There are so many contradictory thoughts about how to go about losing weight. I guess it's because different things work for different people. What worked best for me was OA90Day, though I just can't see myself doing that again. It was so restrictive, too restrictive, really, for me, anyway. It does work for many people. I guess you just have to be willing. (Follow the food plan, call your sponsor every morning, weigh and measure food ALWAYS--even when dining out, no flour or sugar EVER, 3 meetings a week, etc.)

I need to find a happy balance with my life and food. I know that I can do this! With God's help. The journey has been a struggle, and maybe that's just the way it has to be for me. Whatever happens, I will accept as God's will.

I AM willing to follow the SparkPeople plan and just ordered The Spark book again. I read it once and gave it away. I think it's the most sensible way because anyone can do it (ie. vegetarian, Buddhist, Christian, vegan, omnivore, flexitarian, nutritarian, etc, etc, etc!). So, here I am, thanking Chris Downie once again for starting this place. I've been here since 2006, following a very winding path, yet it's my path, and I'm grateful for the things I've learned along the way. May God bless my efforts and those of my fellow Spark brothers and sisters.

Lara
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