Been "Un-Sparking" Lately - and Having Fun Doing It, Too!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
"Un-Sparking"? What? Why would anyone un-Spark? How disloyal! How rude! How...
Now, wait, before you all start whaling on me, I don't mean I've un-Sparked myself! I love SP and will not be leaving any time soon.
But sometimes I feel like seeing what others are doing, out there in the wide, wide world (been reading "The Poky Little Puppy" to the 3YO grandson too much). There are lots of interesting articles and FB posts that I see, most of them here on SP. Every so often, I will get an email about articles around the Web that look interesting, sort of like a Pinterest page for healthy lifestyles. So I check them out...and find interesting factiods that make me think.
Like "The Nourished Life" blog, which I like and therefore receive a daily email from. And "Eating Well/The Daily Recipe" e-magazine. And "The Fitness Walking Guide". Each of these are interesting to me and I subscribe to them and read them almost daily.
But, in order to add these blogs about health and fitness to my daily reading list, I had to give up a few others. Like "2 Peas and Their Pod" ( cute couple, cute toddler, annoying write-ups about the fabulous places they were paid to visit). And "Bake or Break" (need I say anymore?) and "Cookies and cups" (ditto) and "Bakerella" (again?), and "Six Sisters' Stuff" (too many good recipes) and "Picky Palate" (ditto) and "In Jennie's Kitchen" (too sad about her DH dying so young, but enough already!).
Are you getting a theme here? Lots and lots of food-related blogs; too many food-related blogs! And too many with recipes that are definitely NOT healthy! and seriously - why would I want to make homemade GS cookies? or Cracker Jack? or Olive Garden soups? Why wouldn't I just go buy them?
But, see, I don't want to "just go buy them" anymore. Or just go, sit down, and order some. Because I know what's in them (thanks to these "make your own" recipes) and, just for fun, I entered the recipe for All-American Double chocolate Brownies into the SP recipe calculator. These brownies are supposed to be like the Starbuck's ones. People - 1,482 calories in a 3-inch square! 1,482 - for some of us, that's an entire day's worth of food! Why would I want to do that - for one brownie? Why would someone even want that? (well, okay, after all, it is a brownie, but still...) Why would I want to waste a whole day's worth of calories on one stinkin' brownie. Not to mention the fat, sugar, cholesterol, and complete lack of vitamins and minerals. Oh, sure, maybe sinking my teeth into one would take care of a craving, but it's not worth it! I can have a non-fat hot cocoa mug or a square of dark chocolate instead. Just as good tasting, but way better and easier on the calories!
So no more fabulous recipes, or all-expenses paid weekend getaways, or cute little cake pops for this girl. I've gotten some really helpful advice and recipes from healthier, better-for-me places and I would like to enjoy those "un-Sparked" places, too!