GUNNSGIRL91303's SparkPeople Blog GUNNSGIRL91303's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back after a long hiatus Well its been a long time since I've been on SP, at least a couple of years. I have been on and off the clean eating/fitness wagon and then menopause gave me a very unwanted gift of about 12 pounds so I'm back to working on weight loss and fitness with a vengeance but I'm finding that with my new status as a woman in her 50's that none of my previous weight loss habits work now. <BR> <BR> Being a postmenopausal female is very challenging in so many ways, but the most challenging for me is ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:52:44 EST far I haven't blogged in a while, mostly because I just haven't had that much to say. I started my new job in mid December and it is going well, though its an adjustment getting up at 4:20 am and commuting to a full time job, but I am really enjoying it so far, and thats been the main focus of my life since I started, just settling in and getting used to the new job and new routine. <BR> <BR> I got sick in December with what I believe was Bronchitis, which is still lingering, and I see a doc in... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:17:39 EST The Easy Way To Get To The Pomegranate Seeds! I made a sweet potato dish for Thanksgiving that called for Pomegranate seeds and my son found a tip on how to best open the fruit and obtain the seeds. Here's how: <BR> <BR> Simply cut the pomegranate into quarters and soak in a pan or sink of hot water. The seeds will easily separate from the fruit membrane and you will not get pomegranate juice all over your clothes. <BR> <BR> Now that we know how easy it can be we are much more likely to eat this super healthy fruit and I hope you wil... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:21:07 EST Curried Chicken and Nectarines Here is a delicious and savory chicken recipe that your family will love! Give it a try, its awesome! Its definitely a great meal to serve guests and sure to impress! <BR> <BR> "Curried Chicken and Nectarines" <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves <BR> 2 Tbsp fat free oil and vinegar dressing <BR> 1 tsp curry powder <BR> 1/4 cup raisins <BR> 1/4 cup sliced green onions (3 medium_ <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> 1 medium bell pepper cut into 1/4 inch strips ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:17:00 EST Baked Sweet Taters and Fruit I was posting this recipe for my Natural Remedies for Healthy Living team and decided to share it will ALL of my spark friends because it is just that good! Its something different to offer on your holiday table than the tried and true sweet potato casserole that some of us have just grown weary of. This was a huge hit with my family, even for those who don't like sweet potatoes. So give it a try! <BR> <BR> "Baked Sweet Taters and Fruit" <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 medium sweet potat... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:06:47 EST Big changes ahead for me Some of you may already know that I've been job hunting since late last spring, but without much luck. I've had one offer but it was't viable and one very close call, with me being 2nd choice for a very prestigious clinic in Seattle. I was really disappointed I didn't get the job but to be 2nd choice from all the applicants in such a high-end prestigious clinic where standards are unbelievably high definitely eased the pain somewhat. Since then I've been lazily submitting applications and ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 19:42:36 EST Time for a change So I've been struggling with exercise lately, not really in doing it because I've been working out each day but in the way that I think my routine needs a change. So I have this new plan. <BR> <BR> Instead of doing both cardio and alternating upper/lower body ST each day I'm going to do 2-3 full body workouts each week and do cardio as many days as I can, usually 6. I plan to rotate some ST workouts between Rachel McLish's awesome ST program, Jackie Warner's 40 minute full body ST and some... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:09:33 EST A Dilly Of A Pork Chop! I tried something new with pork chops a couple nights ago and they turned out great so I thought I'd share the recipe with you! I call it... <BR> <BR> "A dilly of a pork chop" <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4 pork chops <BR> 1 container sour cream or plain yogurt - I use lowfat <BR> 4 Tbsp. dried dill weed <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> Pam cooking spray or extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1/2 cup dill pickle juice <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> 1. Coat skillet with cooking spray or oil ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 21:09:11 EST S90...ya, bleh So here I was all committed to S90 when halfway through my 2nd week I realized I just don't want to do S90 right now. I would rather do different workouts. I will continue to do S90 workouts but I don't feel like dealing with the strict structure of the program right now. So how do ya like that? Am I a super flake or what. <BR> <BR> I'm still exercising every day with a rest day each week. I'm getting in lots of cardio and ST, and still doing S90 workouts, just not every day. Sometimes... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:29:19 EST Into the 2nd week of S90 Well, I'm into the second week of S90 and already feeling stronger. I am not doing it every day so I won't get the challenge done in 90 days but I'm okay with that. I've totally given up on getting up early in the morning to work out, I just can't do it and I'm not going to beat myself up about it. I used to for years and don't know why I can't now except that I sleep very little and the best hour of sleep I get all night is that last hour before I have to get up and into the shower. <BR... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:21:29 EST S90 round 4 day 7 Today was day 7 of my S90 day series and the workout of the day was LEGS. This is a tough ST workout that leaves your legs wobbly and weak right after the workout but strong and powerful later in the day. <BR> <BR> The workout consists of different versions of squats, lunges and hamstring work with deadlifts and some stability ball exercises. I use dumbbells ranging from 3 to 12 lbs for this workout and really work up a sweat doing the exercises. My legs need some toning and each week I c... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:46:12 EST S90 round 4 day 4 Today I did the S90 tabata inferno workout after work, a real mistake! I was tired when I started and thought after the first 5 minutes that I would surely die. But I didn't and I got through it and I will never wait until after work to do tabata again! <BR> <BR> 20 seconds of cardio followed by 10 seconds of rest is the basis of this workout. Each circuit is 4 minutes long and then you rest for 60 seconds. You can't believe how long 20 seconds can last when doing jump lunges or jump squ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:47:19 EST S90 round 4 day 2 Today was day 2 of S90 and ultimate ball, a stability ball workout for the core, so NOT my favorite but I got through it. I didn't want to exercise when I got home but I did it anyway so I'm happy about that. <BR> <BR> Ultimate ball is a core workout that involves lots of different forms of planks with the ball as well as various versions of squats, side bends and a few others that I can't quite explain, such as pikes. There is one exercise I can't manage with the ball so I use a chair and... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:00:25 EST Supreme 90 Day we go again! So today I restarted the Supreme 90 Day Challenge, aka S90, with my good sparkbuddy lightningrunner. She lives in Florida and I live in Seattle but I know we can be supportive of one another, whine to each other when it gets hard and if I picture her next to me in my living room I know I can do another round of this tough P90X-type workout! <BR> <BR> Today's workout was Chest/Back preceded by a 5 minute warm up and followed by a 5 minute cooldown. The workout moves quickly so I usually hav... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:57:39 EST Ultimate Herbal Salad and a Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe "ULTIMATE HERBAL SALAD" <BR> <BR> From the book "The Herb Companion Cooks" this is not a specific recipe but a general idea of how to make your own ultimate herbal salad. Herbs are a wonderful addition to salads and are often forgotten when it comes to raw greens but they pack a nutritious punch that adds zip and flavor to your salads as well as your cooked foods. Give it a try! Here are the general guidelines according to the book! <BR> <BR> GREENS: <BR> *Select a lettuce that is high i... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 20:38:56 EST Tomato Topped Cod I wanted to share a new recipe with my Natural Remedies For Healthy Living Team and decided to share it with ALL my sparkfriends! Tomatoes are starting to ripen everywhere so I wanted you all to be able to use them in a yummy recipe with fish! I hope you like it! I found this recipe in the Taste Of Home Guilt Free Cooking book and its a tasty recipe that is diet friendly AND delicious! <BR> <BR> Tomato Topped Cod <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 1/2 cups water <BR> 2 Tbsp lemon juice ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:38:46 EST Scallops with Vegetables and Quinoa Here is a great quinoa recipe that I posted for my Natural Remedies For Healthy Living team and decided to share it with all of my sparkfriends. It is delicious and healthy and I hope you will give it a try because it is worth the effort! <BR> <BR> "Scallops with Vegetables and Quinoa" from the Eat Clean Diet book by Tosca Reno. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 lb scallops (3-4 scallops per person, which is a lot because scallops are hugely filling) <BR> 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided <BR> 1 c... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:12:54 EST Get To Know Your Spark Neighbor! I cut and pasted this from a sparkfriend's blog. I thought it would be fun! <BR> <BR> Your go to chewing gum flavor… cinnamon <BR> <BR> Best time of the year… summer, for warmth and fresh garden foods <BR> <BR> If you were a toe nail polish what color would you be…. bronze <BR> <BR> Favorite pie.. strawberry rhubarb <BR> <BR> First record you ever bought… Billy Joel's 52nd Street album <BR> <BR> Current perfume you use.. perfume makes me sick so I don't wear it but I like to wear a bi... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:24:41 EST Ten Minute Pears with Orange Ginger Topping Here is a delicious summer dessert recipe to try when those pears are ripe and ready! <BR> <BR> Ten Minute Pears with Orange Ginger Topping <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 fresh pears, any variety will work <BR> 6 oz lowfat vanilla yogurt <BR> 3 Tbsp undiluted frozen orange juice concentrate <BR> 1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger <BR> 2 Tbsp honey <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> 1. whisk orange juice concentrate, ginger and honey into yogurt until the honey is well incorporated and the texture is smoo... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:58:52 EST Make your own seasoning blends! Hi sparkfriends, I want to share a few seasoning blend recipes with you that can save you money and from eating unknown chemicals when you want to spice up your foods. <BR> <BR> Beef Seasoning Blend: <BR> 1 tsp dried rosemary <BR> 1 Tbsp dried savory <BR> 1 Tbsp dried thyme <BR> 1 Tbsp dried parsley <BR> 1 tsp garlic powder <BR> 1 tsp ground black pepper <BR> <BR> Poultry Seasoning Blend: <BR> 1 Tbsp dried sage <BR> 1 Tbsp dried thyme <BR> 1 Tbsp dried marjoram or oregano <BR> 1 tsp dried t... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 16:07:11 EST Summertime Gazpacho With Fresh Basil And Chives Found an awesome recipe in the book "The Herbal Home Companion" by Theresa Loe and wanted to share it with all of you. Its amazing! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4 large ripe tomatoes or 5 medium tomatoes <BR> 2 medium green bell peppers, coarsely chopped <BR> 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped <BR> 2 large cucumbers, coarsely chopped <BR> 1 clove garlic, cut in half <BR> 4 Tbsp freshly chopped basil <BR> 2 Tbsp freshly chopped chives <BR> 1 1/2 cups tomato juice <BR> 1 Tbsp lemon juice <BR> 1/4 tsp... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 22:46:38 EST Scented Herbal Drawer Liners You Can Make Here is a fun, cheap and easy herbal craft to make the clothes and linens in your drawers and closets smell wonderful! Give it a try and I think you'll love the finished product! <BR> <BR> Here are the instructions: <BR> <BR> 1. Find a cute inexpensive roll of wallpaper or pick up some old samples from a store since they throw out old designs fairly often. <BR> 2. Open the wallpaper, face (design) down onto a long surface and sprinkle some pleasant smelling dried herbs all over it. Laven... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 17:02:57 EST Stuffed Nasturtiums Here is a fun recipe to make this summer with those beautiful Nasturtium blooms! If you want to impress your friends with your culinary skills, this recipe will do the trick! <BR> <BR> Stuffed Nasturtiums <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened (you can use reduced or nonfat if you prefer) <BR> 1 Tbsp prepared mustard <BR> 1 Tbsp finely minced red onion <BR> 2 tsp fresh chopped parsley <BR> 2 - 3 dozen nasturtium flowers <BR> pastry bag with star tip (o... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 21:02:56 EST Loaded Gunn's Breakfast Bars Hi sparkfriends, I posted this recipe on my natural remedies for healthy living team page and thought I'd share it with everyone. I created this recipe several years ago for my husband Gunn because I wanted him to eat energy bars that were not full of chemicals, preservatives and who knows what else. Warning, they are not lowfat or lowcal but they are hearty and delicious! <BR> <BR> Loaded Gunn's Breakfast Bars: <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 stick butter or substitute of your choice <B... Fri, 23 May 2014 13:36:26 EST Kelly's Beefy Tomato-Mac Soup Kelly's Beefy Tomato-Mac Soup: <BR> <BR> This is a nice hearty soup and actually very healthy if you use lean ground beef. You could use ground turkey if you prefer. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 4 cups fresh or canned tomatoes <BR> 1-2 cups macaroni <BR> 2 celery stalks with leaves, diced <BR> 1 carrot, finely chopped <BR> 1 cup baked beans <BR> 1/2 -1 lb. lean ground beef <BR> 1 large onion, diced <BR> 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced <BR> 8 cups water or low sodium beef brot... Sun, 4 May 2014 22:16:09 EST Are You A Perfume Criminal? Do you wear perfume? Do you wear it daily? If so, did you know that a small percentage of the public that you face every day is deathly allergic to your fumes? <BR> <BR> I am one of those. Several times I have nearly died because of someone wearing excessive amounts of perfume. I know that here at SP we are dedicated to being healthy, to making healthy choices about food and exercise but have you ever given any thought about the fragranced products that you wear every day? Its not so ba... Thu, 1 May 2014 23:10:42 EST Kelly's Banana Oatmeal And Other Stuff Cookies Hi Sparkies, I found a simple banana and oat cookie recipe on Pinterest and decided to make it today. But of course I could not help adding some other stuff to make them my own. Here is the recipe and I must say they turned out tasty. They are gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free and eggless and contain only a trace of fat per cookie. So, pretty much guilt free! This makes a small batch of cookies, about 2 dozen. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4 mashed up old bananas <BR> 2 cups o... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:20:36 EST Herbal Jelly Hi sparkies, I had to come up with a recipe starting with J for my team so I thought I'd share it with you. It comes from an old herbal called "The Herbal Home Companion" by Theresa Loe and makes a sweet and savory jelly that you can adjust according to the herbs you prefer. I hope you'll give it a try, it is worth the effort! <BR> <BR> Herbal Jelly: <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 5 cups sugar (you could use honey, agave or sweetener of your choice) <BR> 4 cups apple juice <BR> 1 1/5 cups f... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:48:46 EST Goodness, Gracious, Great Meatballs Of Fire! One day a few years ago I was pondering what to make for dinner. I had some ground turkey but felt no inspiration. I happened to be listening to an oldies station and the song "Great Balls Of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis came on. I suddenly decided to make meatballs of fire! I took my ordinary meatball recipe, which is pretty good already, and added some heat. <BR> <BR> Here is the recipe but its best made when listening to oldies music! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 3 lb lean ground turkey... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:24:52 EST Progress be it ever so small! I'm happy to say that I'm making some progress in my fitness as well as healthy eating. Nope, not perfect yet but I'm working towards it and enjoying the process. As far as food, I'm mostly gluten free and eating greens every day, something I promised myself I would accomplish in 2014. I'm eating at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies each day and usually more and I'm not craving sugar and bread the way I used to. <BR> <BR> I rarely touch any processed food and eat largely organic, s... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:29:01 EST Italian Navy Bean Soup With Rosemary And Oregano Here is a delicious and quick soup you can make that is cheap and waistline friendly! This comes my favorite book "The World's Healthiest Foods" by author George Mateljan and I wanted to share it with all my spark friends! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 medium onion, diced <BR> 1 medium carrot, diced <BR> 2 stalks celery, diced <BR> 5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed <BR> 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth <BR> 4 cups Kale, minced <BR> 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes <BR> 2 Tbsp chopped fresh oreg... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:08:34 EST Fennel and Thyme Vegetable Medley <BR> Here is a nice recipe for you to try. I found it in an old herbal called "The Herbal Home Companion" and its both delicious and healthy! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 small fennel bulbs (or 1 large) <BR> 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or whatever oil you prefer to cook with <BR> 1 cup sliced carrots <BR> 1/2 onion, sliced <BR> 1 cup sliced zucchini <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed <BR> 1 tsp fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried) <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:06:33 EST Working out with Jackie Warner I just wanted to share my new workout love affair with you all. I have been using 2 of Jackie Warner's DVD's and really love the shape my muscles are getting. My triceps are finally showing some progress, albeit small. The DVD's I'm using are called Personal Training With Jackie and there are 2 different DVD's/workouts. <BR> <BR> The first is the Power Circuit Training DVD with 5 different workout options. You can either do a 15 minute lower body, upper body or total body ST workout OR you ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:23:44 EST Honey-Dill Dressing I wanted to share a delicious herbal salad dressing that is also great on potatoes and other vegetables. It couldn't really be much easier either! <BR> <BR> Honey-Dill Dressing: <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or MCT oil (or whichever darn oil you like to use!) <BR> 2 tbsp herbal vinegar or apple cider vinegar <BR> 1 small shallot, finely chopped <BR> 1/2 tsp prepared mustard <BR> 1/2 tsp honey <BR> 2 tsp finely chopped fresh dill leaves <BR> pinch of salt and b... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:24:20 EST Creamy Peppered Chicken Hi fellow sparkies! Here is one of our favorite recipes that is fast, simple and very diet friendly! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4 boneless chicken breasts <BR> 1-3 Tbsp pepper (depending on how peppery you like it... I use 2 Tbsp usually) <BR> 1 8oz nonfat sour cream (or plain yogurt) <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> Sprinkle chicken breasts generously with pepper. Spray nonfat cooking spray in large skillet and brown breasts on medium heat. Turn to low ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:31:17 EST Stinging Nettles For Seasonal Allergy Relief We are springing into allergy season and I got to wondering if any of you suffer from seasonal allergies? I do occasionally, some years more than others, though I'm lucky and my symptoms are usually mild. When I do get that runny nose, congestion and itchy eyes I reach for urtica doica, also known as stinging nettle. <BR> <BR> One of the main actions of stinging nettles is histamine so it lowers histamine levels in the body, thereby reducing allergy symptoms. No, its not a cure, but it can g... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:30:14 EST Quick Herbal Reference Guide For Better Health And First Aid I posted this for my Natural Remedies For Healthy Living Team but got to thinking that other sparkies who are into natural medicine or dabbling in home remedies might like to have this list also. It comes from the book "Idiot's Guide to Herbal Remedies" and is helpful as a general reference. <BR> <BR> Herbs by Body System: <BR> Digestive Stystem <BR> *Papaya <BR> *Peppermint <BR> *Aloe Vera <BR> *Ginger <BR> *Marshmallow <BR> <BR> Intestinal Sysmtem <BR> *Cascara Sagrada <BR> *Slippery Elm... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:16:48 EST Kelly's Vegan Eggless Zucchini Bread I love zucchini bread and make it often, especially at the holidays when I can give out little loaves as gifts to friends and neighbors. My immediate neighbors, who share a private driveway with us, are vegan so I had to come up with an eggless version of my favorite zucchini bread recipe. It turned out great and even good enough to share. I hope you like it as much as I do! <BR> <BR> Kelly's Eggless Zucchini Bread! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 cup organic sugar <BR> 3/4 cup oil of choi... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:47:51 EST Cook yourself healthy with herbs! The word nutrition means many different things to many people. Though I would never tell anyone how they should or should not eat , as I see diet as a personal choice that one has to make based on tastes and personal and/or religious beliefs, as an Herbalist I do believe that herbs used in cooking not only enhance the taste of the food but offer numerous health benefits as well and can be used no matter what type of diet or food pyramid you eat by. <BR> <BR> Herbs have been used to season a... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:42:50 EST Delightful Herbed Crackers Hi sparkfriends, about a year ago I found a simple and fun recipe for herbed crackers that you will enjoy making and take pride in serving to family and guests. They would also make great gifts! These homemade crackers have more substance than the store-bought variety and are great served with herbed dips and butters! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour <BR> 1/2 cup rye flour (may substitute with whole wheat flour) <BR> 1/2 tsp. salt <BR> 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder <BR>... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:31:45 EST Natural Healthy Doggie Biscuits Here is a recipe that your dog will love! It is natural, healthy and can be altered to your pet's personal liking! My dog Fraulein loves them. And you can nibble on them too because there is nothing weird in them! <BR> <BR> Fraulein's Favorite Doggie Biscuits: <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, or whatever you prefer <BR> 1 Tbsp vegetable or oil of choice (I usually use Safflower or Coconut) <BR> 1 cup water <BR> 1 3/4 cup oatmeal <BR> 1 Tbsp wheat germ <BR> 1 Tbsp ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:12:39 EST Me. Too. Negative. I have been feeling down lately and I know I have always been more the jar's half empty type of person but right now I am so negative I can hardly stand myself! When you annoy your own self with your own negativity it is time to do something about it! <BR> <BR> I didn't realize how bad it was until I was looking at my Balance and Moderation's team goals. I'm supposed to say 5 things I'm grateful for each day? I'm supposed to be kind to myself? How can I do that when I am in the "I hate e... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:31:18 EST Top O' The Mornin' Irish Stew Hi sparkfriends! I just wanted to share my favorite stew recipe with you in honor of St. Patrick's Day coming up and because Lamb is the healthy food of the week on my Natural Remedies For Healthy Living team. I shared it with the team but didn't want to leave the rest of my sparkfamily out! This is my own Irish Stew recipe. I call it "Top O' The Mornin' Irish Stew" and its hearty, rich and delicious! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 lbs. lamb shoulder, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks <BR> 1 Tbsp... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:43:40 EST Sopping wet and almost naked! Today I worked out very hard! I did the Last Chance HIIT workout and then followed that up with hard core lower body ST and 10 minutes of ABS. I put in extra effort today and added additional weight to my exercises. I started out in sweats, a t-shirt and a fleece but after the 1st of 6 circuits of the HIIT I tossed the fleece. After the 3rd circuit I tossed the t-shirt. After the 5th circuit I tossed the sweats. <BR> <BR> So I did my ST in my sports bra and underwear and shoes. The cl... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:27:39 EST Cowboy Pepper Slaw This is my favorite version of coleslaw and I decided to share it with you because Cabbage is the healthy food of the week on the team I lead and it is such a refreshing and delicious treat! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 6 cups chopped cabbage <BR> 3 cups sliced bell peppers <BR> 1 1/2 cups sliced celery <BR> 1 1/2 cups chopped red onion <BR> 1 cup shredded carrots <BR> 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil or oil of choice <BR> 1 1/2 tsp celery salt <BR> 1 tsp cracked pepper <BR> 1/2 tsp celery seed... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:54:31 EST Kelly's No Bake Energy Balls Time to get some balls people! I'm talking about my delicious no-bake energy balls. What did you think I meant? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> These little balls are no bake , vegan and delicious! Little bites of heaven for a good energy boost that is healthy and full of good ingredients. <BR> <BR> *I use organic dark chocolate chips but you can use any kind of chips you want. Carob is good too. <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> Number of Servings: 30 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> I like... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:37:58 EST Baked Apples My Natural Remedies For Healthy Living features a forum where we have a letter each week and we post recipes of foods that start with that letter. So, this week A is for baked Apples and I thought I'd share it with ALL my sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Baked Apples: <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4 medium to large baking apples <BR> 1 Tbsp honey <BR> 1/3 cup canned unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained <BR> 2 Tbsp raisins <BR> Cinammon <BR> 2-4 cups unsweetened pure apple juice <BR> <BR> Directio... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:51:37 EST When the going gets tough I guess I better keep going! Well my sparkfriends, I have to confess that I've been in a terrible funk lately. A deep, dark cloud of depression has been hanging over me to the point where it started to affect my job. You know its bad when your boss offers you a week off with pay just to get some rest and rejuvination. This coming from a boss who is financially in a pinch right now but still generous and kind. I of course turned her down, explaining that I could not leave the nurses in such a bind. We are going throug... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:23:34 EST I relapsed :( Hello all my sparkfriends! When I first came back to SP in January I made a vow to drink no diet soda and made myself accountable to my SP community. <BR> <BR> I'm very sad <em>39</em> to announce that I relapsed yesterday. Yes, I drank a diet dr. pepper. Even worse, I loved every last drop of it. It was ice cold and calling my name! <em>222</em> <BR> <BR> Today I'm back on the diet soda wagon. No soda, of any kind, shall pass these lips! <BR> <BR> Thanks for your ongoing sup... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:17:39 EST The 12 worst and the 12 best Many of you probably already have this list somewhere handy but for those who don't here is a list of the "Dirty Dozen" worst foods to eat if they are NOT organic: <BR> <BR> Apples <BR> Bell Peppers <BR> Celery <BR> Cherries <BR> Imported Grapes <BR> Nectarines <BR> Peaches <BR> Pears <BR> Potatoes <BR> Raspberries <BR> Spinach <BR... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 22:30:34 EST