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Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:57:42 EST DAY 61: What to do with a turnip?-- remember I rarely cook ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783116 I have been reading here at SP about roasting vegetables. I peeled the turnip, cut it into cubes, coated it with olive oil--roasted it in my toaster oven. <BR> <BR> 400 degrees for 30 min. turning once. Delicious. Now I have cubed beets in the oven. <BR> <BR> chris <em>521</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:53:38 EST I did not quite understand this before.... oh.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782826 <link>www.sparkamerica.com/ </link> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:43:22 EST Fun at the Big E New England Exposition 2014--here is just a little of the circus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782579 Not all of these were exactly what we saw. This is only the circus part of the Big E. There is lots more. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177411932.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l112590559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l230096601.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l987841462.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768560017.jpg"> <img sr... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:23:56 EST DAY 62 We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782474 I am supposed to be getting better at following my ALCAT elimination/rotation eating plan. <BR> <BR> To remember the foods I am not supposed to eat --due to food sensitivities ( not allergies), <BR> these are the 2 mnemonics I am using. <BR> <BR> STOP VICE <BR> We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters arrived. <BR> <BR> I guess this is progress. Just remembering these foods has taken me 30 days! <em>2</em> I have been using colored li... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:51:56 EST My Mnemonic attempts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780577 Bart blackened Cherry's cumbersome grandmother's melon peeler because some lame muscled retard pared the sweaty pots. <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> We were barely back from Cher's pukey groupy melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters arrived. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 12 foods I'd like to remember to eat only very rarely(due to food sensitivities): <BR> <BR> barley <BR> black tea <BR> cherry <BR> cucumber <BR> grapefruit <BR> honeydew melon <BR> lime <BR> mussel <BR> mustard <BR> pear <... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:45:46 EST The book WILD by Cheryl Strayed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780556 Thank you to a fellow sparker! You suggested this book. I am in the middle of reading it.It is a very good read. But I am such a wimp. I never would have put up with the pain this woman endured. I did a 26 mile walk once (long ago) and I did everything I could to keep from getting blisters. I even stopped just before the end to put more tape and Vaseline on my feet. I would not make those last few steps till I took care of my feet. chris <BR> <BR> Here is a description of the book that I c... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:12:40 EST A nice surprise at the chiropractor's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780473 At the end of the session today, Dr." I" asked me to raise my arm. Low and behold, I was able to raise it pretty high! <BR> <BR> This is the arm needing a shoulder replacement in November. He has been treating me with several different electric machines and with hands on stretching and breaking of adhesions using some metal tools. Plus I do lots of stretching at water aerobics and afterward in a warm therapy pool. It has been lots of work. He has a bad arm yet he continues to practice an... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:40:29 EST Calling all Mnemonic lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780438 STOP VICE helps me remember the foods I am severely sensitive to. <BR> <BR> string beans, tapioca, onions, peanuts, vanilla, and carob <BR> <BR> <BR> I have no way to remember the following foods. I am moderately sensitive to these. (not allergic just they are food sensitivities) I feel fatigued and have brain fog and body aches. <BR> <BR> 12 foods: <BR> <BR> barley <BR> black tea <BR> cherry <BR> cucumber <BR> grapefruit <BR> honeydew melon <BR> lime <BR> mussel <BR> mustard <BR> pear <... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:37:24 EST sciatica from bulging disc vs piriformis syndrome--oh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779580 I am learning! There is a difference between pain from a bulging disc in the lower back and the piriformis syndrome. Apparently, my chiropractor is treating me for the bulging disc. <BR> <BR> He wants me to bend backward while resting my hands on the kitchen counter. <BR> <BR> I poked around the internet and found that this is the McKenzie method. While I was doing this I sat with an ice pack on my lower back. I think it is now frozen. I can't feel the cold pack at all. At first it was re... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:54:24 EST sciatica pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779268 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1653382294.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2020677381.jpg"> <BR> exercise to help <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2084205186.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1673587093.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1621836696.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:05:10 EST Habits of the rich vs habits of the poor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779180 DividerV2 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble. <BR> <BR> 2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this. <BR> <BR> 3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week. 23% of poor do this. <BR> <BR> 4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:55:02 EST Use charcoal as a house deodorizer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779178 Note: not the self starter charcoal ! SEE LINK BELOW FOR EXACT INFO. <BR> •Simply lay a few out in a metal tray. <BR> •Sew pouches for them or use an old sock, then hang them in inconspicuous areas. <BR> •Line a basket with foil or plastic and lay the briquettes inside. <BR> •Set them out on a tray on a shelf or side table: the black little pillows actually look kind of cool! <BR> •Set a couple of pans in musty basements or bathrooms and near stinky pet bedding. <BR> •Place small bowls of po... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:49:04 EST Sciatica http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779102 A chiropractor is helping me. He did some tailbone/spine adjustments and gave me an exercise. I am supposed to back up to the kitchen counter with my arms on the counter. Then lean back to get the pressure off the nerves near the vertebrae. I do lots of stretching in a warm water therapy pool too. I think I can beat this <BR> <BR> He showed me a model of the spine. The spine curves below the waist. Lodorsis I think it is called. <BR> <BR> His model had a red bulging disc at the place my ne... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:57:16 EST I wish I could develop this habit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778276 3. Do an end-of-day and end-of-week cleanup. <BR> <BR> When you’re nearing the end of each workday, take a few minutes to put everything back and think about what you’ll need first thing tomorrow. Arriving to find a clean desk makes it easy to get started on tasks without feeling overwhelmed. Similarly, at the end of the week, file or scan documents that are no longer active and save them in some type of “Work” folder, labeled perhaps by week or date. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:13:25 EST SP The 60 second Daily Check in---OH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777588 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1354035876.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=announcing_the_launch_of_sparkamerica </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the reasoning behind the streamlined START page for SPARK AMERICA. <BR> <BR> 2. The 60-Second Daily Check-In <BR> A new program we are launching along with SparkAmerica is something we’re calling the 60-Second Daily Check-In. Here is the thinking behind that option: Whenever we get together with SparkPe... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:12:48 EST One hour a month to be prepared for emergencies. I just got this in an email http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777443 <link>www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/document<BR>s/2011_PIY_Booklet.pdf </link> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:38:37 EST Day 70 (from 90) learnig to save "Makeover" recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777442 In the Nutrition Tracker, I just saved a recipe: Makeover: Day 1 Vegetable Soup with Beef <BR> It was an original SP recipe, but I had to eliminate 2 things and change them to veggies I was supposed to eat on Day 1. <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Now I can easily put that in my Nutrition tracker. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> This will be so much quicker than inventing menus each day! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have lists of food to be eaten on each of 4 days. Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 <BR> Then start ov... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:35:50 EST Low carb recipe for soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777417 <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=562673 </link> <BR> <BR> I went looking for Italian Wedding Soup. I found a couple of good recipes in SP for that soup. <BR> <BR> Also I ran across the recipe I linked to. <BR> <BR> It has sausage. <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:25:01 EST Day 72,71 from 90 Countdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776695 I have 3 months to comply with a new eating plan. It is hard changing eating habits. Mostly it is having the right stuff in the house. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was "Day 3" -- I can't remember! Probable I was "winging it." <BR> Today is "Day 4" of a 4 day rotation/elimination eating plan. <BR> <BR> Breakfast and lunch went fine . I could eat foods from the Day 4 food list. Breakfast was brown rice and watermelon. Lunch was a restaurant spinach salad with beets and some other things. Since it w... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:53:27 EST Today's. "Note from the UNIVERSE" to me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775813 <BR> Hey, CHRISTINE, what if, instead of waiting for everything to be perfect, we start living your dreams this week, to any degree we can? <BR> <BR> Ooh-ooh-ooh! <BR> The Universe <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:08:18 EST Eggless Lemon Pie with a whipped topping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775317 I love lemon meringue pie but the eggs bother me. One more reason was my new eating plan. <BR> <BR> I went looking for this because my eating plan does not have eggs and lemons listed for the same day. Obsessive, I know. Sometimes I get this way. sometimes not at all! chris <BR> <BR> See the link at the bottom of this page. <em>17</em> There are lots more low cholesterol recipes. OH--and nice, big, bright pictures, too! <em>388</em> <BR> <BR> Lemon Filling: <BR> <BR> 5 and 1/2 tabl... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:28:40 EST Pancakes made according to my ALCAT eating plan. Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775209 Last week I got the buckwheat flour and the amaranth flour. I already had brown rice flour. <BR> <BR> So I followed a SP recipe. I think my baking soda was old. So the pancakes did not rise at all. <BR> <BR> But with Brown and Brummel yogurt spread and real maple syrup, it was a real treat. I used coconut oil in the batter and only PAM on the griddle. And it was filling. Usually I can keep eating pancakes till I am ill. Maybe there is something to this elimination of wheat. <BR> <BR> chr... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 14:30:47 EST If you miss daily health tips try this site. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775192 Health News Updates link: <BR> <BR> http://health.usnews.com/health-news/new <BR> s (sorry, will have to cut and paste) <BR> <BR> <BR> I "stole" this from 1CRAZYDOG <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 14:02:11 EST Day 73 from 90 Countdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775121 I have 3 months to comply with a new eating plan. It is hard changing eating habits. Mostly it is having the right stuff in the house. <BR> <BR> I have been eating stuff on my plan but also eating things listed there for me not to eat. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I tried going cold turkey and totally going on that plan. I got sick. So now it is a gradual transition. <BR> <BR> I have been buying flours made from millet and buckwheat and other things--not wheat, rye, oats. I want to make buck... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 11:28:20 EST DARN--tentatively ---BAKERS CYST BEHIND RIGHT KNEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775116 I am pretty sure this is what has been making my whole leg hurt. <em>24</em> After a zillion knee pain treatments(of various kinds) at the chiropractor's office, the leg pain keeps coming back. <em>39</em> <BR> Last visit he declared it sciatica. The whole leg hurt even bottom of my foot. He asked if my hip hurt. I said yes. I had even used a big massager machine on the back of my thigh and also the hip area. I iced that area,too. They treated me for sciatica <em>41</em> that last F... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 11:19:37 EST Day 75,74 Countdown to 100% compliancy with suggested eating plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774542 The trip to the fair was great fun! My cravings for junk foods did not take over as they have in the past. <em>30</em> I had 2 curly fries from DH's dish. I had a dish of coffee ice cream with chocolate flakes . <BR> <BR> I had a hard time walking. <em>24</em> But that might have reduced my search of stands for unhealthy treats. <BR> <BR> I was quite content to mostly "watch the people go by." <BR> <BR> We sat and watched Dock Dogs long jumping into a huge pool of water. Such ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:28:52 EST Cravings can be caused by gut microbes wanting foods not healthy for the host (me and you)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774517 <link>www.medscape.com/viewarticle/831069 </link> <BR> <BR> People ,may no longer have to blame their food cravings — and giving in to them — on poor self-control. <BR> <BR> Now scientists are arguing that microbes living in the gut are responsible for manipulating eating behavior by causing cravings for food they favor for fitness or that suppress their competition. Alternatively, microbiota in the gut may send out signals via the vagus nerve to the brain to induce dysphoria and goad peo... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:59:45 EST COUNTDOWN DAY 76 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773942 I am looking forward to a nice stir fry for lunch. Then take a ride to a county fair. Last time I got a huge cooked turkey leg at the fair. It is hard to resist all those country fair foods! <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>205</em> <em>76</em> <em>367</em> <em>489</em> <BR> <BR> Everything is deep fried, including things like candy bars , dough, ice cream! <BR> <BR> I can resist most of those things. Ice cream--well--- I probably will get a cone. Maybe I will get... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:27:35 EST Countdown day 90..89.....77 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773536 Thur. September 4 Day 77 counting down to 0 for 90 days (3 months). <BR> <BR> In 3 months time I am supposed to be eating according to the eating plan suggested to me <BR> by ALCAT blood sensitivity testing. <BR> <BR> It is a good thing I have 76 more days to get this right. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I have put the meals into my spark tracker for the next few days. I made a grocery list based on those menus. <BR> <BR> Mostly I have the correct foods in the house. I just need to ge... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 20:14:08 EST About 2000 steps equals a mile and other facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773507 <BR> <BR> <link>www.stepup.excellusbcbs.com/healthIn<BR>fo.jsp?catld=countingSteps&pg=0204Conv<BR>ersions.html </link> <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 18:58:48 EST Bed and Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772769 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1686931989.jpg"> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:18:28 EST SP article(s) about dressing to look trimmer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772089 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=15_ways_to_dress_thinner </link> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 18:46:08 EST I am learning a big lesson about how foods make me feel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770356 Two days of having no energy and feeling like a stuffed pig. Clothes are snug. Ankles are swollen. Knees hurt more. <BR> <BR> I was enjoying days not needing an afternoon nap. I loved getting more decluttering done. But then I went back to my old eating habits. And bad went to worse! <BR> <BR> <BR> It will take 3 days or so to feel better. Will I ever learn? <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:14:30 EST Have a great day! I hope you are feeling flexible today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769748 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303119830.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.nymomsworld.com/blog/2012/08/our<BR>-best-picks-for-yoga-studios-in-the-br<BR>onx/ </link> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:56:49 EST Pictures! How to replace eggs in recipes. Who knew! Thanks sparkfriends!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768055 <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Replace-Eggs-in-Your<BR>-Cooking </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> or a more detailed list: <BR> <BR> <link>chefinyou.com/egg-substitutes-cookin<BR>g/ </link> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:48:22 EST Day 84 countdown to 100% compliance on a special eating plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767960 Probably I will not stick much to today's eating plan. I am going to lunch with a friend. It is a seafood restaurant. On the rustic side. <BR> <BR> Lobster and butter--here I come! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:41:53 EST Day 85 count down -aiming at 100% compliance with a suggested eating plan for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767958 Well-- I made the corn bread I could have yesterday. Too much temptation for me! I made one fairly small pan of this. 6" by 8" approximately. Yup--ate it all. So most of yesterdays eating plan foods did not get eaten. This is the first bready, muffin kind of food I have had. I really miss that kind of food. Eggs are on the plan only one day in 4. So maybe I can't have something bready except one day in 4. That is probably a good plan. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will have to cheat however. Eggs are no... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:39:43 EST Variety! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767373 Oh yes, this eating plan has veriety. A little too much variety. That is the problem. Each day has a different list of foods. I used to have a sandwich often. Well--there is no bread unless I can make it from that day's food list. And that is nearly impossible! Corn bread works but I still have to fudge it because eggs are not on the same day corn is listed. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everything repeats of course every 4th day. I seem to have to keep freezing small amounts of things an ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:58:30 EST Day 86--countdown to getting more perfect on the suggested eating plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767365 It is nice having a limited list of foods to eat in a day. It is forcing me to be creative mixing them. A month ago when I tried this I ended up with meals like fish and lima beans! I have gotten much better. I like that I can plan ahead, too. I can put a few days in the food tracker a head. I guess I need limits when it comes to food. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I did let myself get too hungry today. I did 2 hard water aerobics classes after a breakfast of almond milk and cocoa. Not enough! I ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:48:27 EST How to use tahini? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767130 I found these ideas. I had a can of tahini for a long time. But I never knew how to use it! It is on my Day 4 of the rotation eating plan. OK now I know! chris <BR> <BR> (see the link at the end) <BR> <BR> 1. Dip raw veggies in it. For a simple snack, reach for tahini instead of ranch dressing next time you're looking for a dip for crudités. Add lemon juice, salt, and a dash of pepper or hot sauce for extra flavor. <BR> <BR> 2. Spread it on toast. On whole wheat bread, perhaps with a li... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:42:56 EST Day 87 countdown...listing elimination of foods I am moderatey to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766927 I already listed the foods I am severely sensitive to. <BR> I remember them by "STOP ViCe" <BR> <BR> Now, here are the 12 foods I am moderately sensitive to. I should not eat these for at least 3 months. Then take back only one at a time to see if I react at all. I guess I can eliminate these foods for several months. <BR> <BR> barley <BR> blk/grn tea <BR> cherries <BR> cucumbers <BR> grapefruit <BR> honeydew melon <BR> lime <BR> mussels <BR> mustard <BR> pears <BR> sweet potato <BR> w... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:19:32 EST To help myself remember foods on each of the 4 day rotation plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766020 Each day has lots more foods, including various beans and various freggies--- but I am trying to remember the basics. <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 1 is a beef, lamb, flounder, swordfish day. Not all of them! <BR> <BR> Day 2 is a chicken, tuna, egg day. Not all of them! <BR> <BR> Day 3 is a pork, halibut day. Not all of them! <BR> <BR> Day 4 is a chicken liver, haddock, lobster, scallop, turkey day. Not all of them! <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:29:29 EST Count down 90, 89, 88,,, to 100% (or so) sticking to my eating plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766013 The eating plan is based on a blood test for food sensitivities. <BR> The lab mixes my white blood cells with food samples and sees how the WBCs react. If the change dramatically, it means I have a food sensitivity to that food. <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a strong reaction to these foods: <BR> <BR> STOP ViCe is my mnemonic to remember these 6 foods <BR> <BR> S string beans <BR> T tapioca <BR> O onions <BR> P peanuts <BR> <BR> V vanilla <BR> I <BR> C carob <BR> e <BR> <BR> <BR> I am sup... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:12:20 EST "You can do better." instead of "I can do better." Oh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765864 <BR> <BR> I found this about "self-talk." Who knew! <BR> <BR> In one study, University of Michigan researchers induced stress in participants by telling them they had to prepare a speech to give to a panel of judges about their qualifications for a dream job. They were given five minutes to prepare and told they couldn't use notes. <BR> <BR> Half the participants were instructed to work through their anxiety using the first-person pronoun ("Why am I nervous?"). The other half were told to... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:16:57 EST "You can do better." instead of "I can do better." Oh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765863 <BR> <BR> I found this about "self-talk." Who knew! <BR> <BR> In one study, University of Michigan researchers induced stress in participants by telling them they had to prepare a speech to give to a panel of judges about their qualifications for a dream job. They were given five minutes to prepare and told they couldn't use notes. <BR> <BR> Half the participants were instructed to work through their anxiety using the first-person pronoun ("Why am I nervous?"). The other half were told to... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:16:57 EST Some info on removing toxins from your body. I am still looking for more info on this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765594 <BR> <BR> Pectin <BR> Fruit pectin is probably the most gentle method of detoxing contaminants. Pectin comes from the fibrous portion of the fruit and is most commonly found in the pith of limes, lemons and other citrus fruit as well as in apples. Other sources of pectin are bananas, grapes, carrots, and cabbage. Pectin helps to release heavy metals, chemicals and other substances into the blood stream, where it binds to them and flushes them from the body. Simply eating fruit high in pecti... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:02:56 EST Countdown day 90..89 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765294 I will try having a "chunky" rather than a smoothie today! I LOVEIT, Justyna. Thanks for that chuckle. <BR> <BR> I certainly am not being 100% compliant. I am following that advice very well. <em>24</em> <BR> And I don't feel sick at all. It is only the second day restarting. I did not get sick till the 10th day before. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Justyna, the list I gave you was restrictive--but they advised me to cut out a few more of those foods on the list!!! <em>39</em> Some foods had a... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:41:25 EST Countdown day 90 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764940 I have been advised to more slowly follow the ALCAT eating plan based on my food sensitivities. So I don't have to be "perfect" yet. <em>41</em> In 3 months hopefully I will have adjusted so I can eliminate foods seriously, moderately, and mildly sensitive to. <BR> Eventually I should be able to take back foods I am mildly sensitive to. If I do it slowly at that time, hopefully I can learn which things don't agree with me. My main symptom is pretty much constant fatigue. Wouldn't it be... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:42:40 EST Sign for my computer to improve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764713 At doctor visits I always regret not having done the things to make my "numbers" better. <BR> <BR> To remind myself , I made a sign to tape on my computer: <BR> <BR> GOAL: Next doctor visit-lower A1C, lower BP, lower triglycerides, lower weight. <BR> <BR> I know the habits that help these numbers, but I need a push to do them consistently. <BR> <BR> Less sugar, more exercise, more veggies like spinach, cucumbers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, whole grains, etc. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! ch... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:51:50 EST