JESSICABOOTY's SparkPeople Blog JESSICABOOTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Immigrants Among Us Greetings, fellow Sparkies. I've been under the weather so I haven't been an active researcher. That is going to change. The subject of immigration can be debated until every one is blue in the face. Without going into those shark-infested waters, I am offering some really great ways in which immigrants have built this country (with the exception of Goldman Sachs). So here goes. <BR> <BR> Google <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Was inv... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:34:24 EST Kick the Can Down the Road Remember that old game from your younger days (which ones we won't say) when you were out in the street with your friends playing "Kick the Can?" Or perhaps getting "Kicked in the Can" is more your speed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's so satisfying to watch the colas duke it out over market share. Every year about a gazillion cans of CocaCola flow around the world. With close to 7 billion people on the planet you'd better believ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 19:35:07 EST The Return of Our Old Friend Finally I can dry my eyes and get on with life. For the last 8 months I have not been able to sink my teeth into the spongy delight that floods my mouth with creamy goodness. The demise of the Twinkie sent me hurtling into a dark void that not even chocolate could fill. It was that bad. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was like a marriage breaking up. <BR> <BR> So now I can set my watch by the date of July 17, 2013.....the day Twin... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:10:16 EST We've Come A Long Way, Baby Here is the story of the first woman to run in the Marathon. It was only 40 years ago and look at the nonsense and unabashed anger she drew. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Unless a woman is competing against a man in lifting 300 lbs., a level playing field will show that she's just as capable. Sports do not turn women into freaks, despite what the angry men had to say. I mean, just look at this clip and really think about what she we... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:10:31 EST Downing Carbs May Up Your Hunger And now you've heard it all. Every article, every TV show, every new book of promises....the list goes on and on. In search of a quick fix, people will pay fortunes and have little to show for it. Instead of working against our bodies, let's do a little research and see if we can reach our own healthy conclusions. <BR> <BR> I saw this article in the news and just had to get it out to my Sparkies. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Accor... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:02:18 EST My Hero Goes Grocery Shopping For some time now I've been reading about the food industry and how it changes our bodies and life styles. I came across this snippet and thought you'd like to meet these men as they go through the grocery store. I know you'll like it. Especially the part about sugar in yogurt! <BR> <BR><BR>gar-than-a-coke-and-some-other-sneaky-<BR>food-stuff-you-didn-t-know-2?c=upw1 <BR> <BR> Bon appetit <BR> <BR> <BR> Your investigative reporter~Jessica Fri, 5 Jul 2013 21:28:33 EST Who Am I ? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Who Am I? Well let's take a look and find out. There won't be a test at the end but pay attention. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am your constant companion. <BR> I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden. <BR> I am completely at your command. <BR> Half the things you do might as well be turned <BR> over to me and I will be able to do the... Tue, 21 May 2013 18:33:00 EST Can a Feminist Be Fat? Greetings, Sparkies. It's good to be back. I found this article on line and thought it would get some conversations rolling. It's my opinion that overweight women are just as beautiful as any other feminist group. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our favorite coach tells us that self-love is the key to enjoying life. And I have to agree. There are so many articles stories about self-love. If you are busy hating yourself for the body you... Thu, 16 May 2013 15:13:46 EST Can Obesity Get You Fired? When I read about this in the Chicago Tribune I was taken aback. The article's subtitle was " Morbid obesity, regardless of the cause, is increasingly viewed by courts as a disability, especially in regards to workplace discrimination lawsuits." <BR> <BR> The test case was about a woman who weighed 527 pounds and stood 5-foot-2 inches. She might look like this image. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She believed her employer was discri... Wed, 1 May 2013 18:23:12 EST Score One for Monsanto Well just as I was about to turn off the computer for the know how this ends......right in my in box was a bomb about to go off. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you are the least bit concerned about our food supply, you will take the time to read it through and then read the scary parts again. <BR> <BR> Monsanto and its bedmates over at all the big food manufacturers are dancing the jig. They have finally overc... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 21:56:41 EST Monsanto Fights Against GMO Labeling Greetings one and all. I've been in the hospital for a bit so I'm backlogged with ideas and research. As you know, we are what we eat. Since my problem was a totally inflamed digestive tract, I have to wonder if there is any correlation with the foods I eat? They said if was undiagnosed meaning they didn't know either. <BR> <BR> But you can't keep a good Sparkie down for long. Today I was back nosing around. Remember how we discussed the need for big agriculture and big drugs and big everyth... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:54:52 EST Seeds of Change ~ Take Care of Your Mother Earth Earth Day is a wonderful time to think about the beauty of the Earth and how we show our thanks by defacing her and tearing her apart. Reusable bags are symbolic but more needs to be done. This woman's speech will leave you spinning around in circles. How did we come to this situation? What is the real cost of farming as we are practicing it? What happened to seeds? <BR> <BR> I guarantee that if you will watch the whole presentation you will have a much different point of view about seeds an... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:07:38 EST Would You Like a Mud Facial at the Spa? Now as you Sparkies know, I am a sucker for these kinds of YouTubes so be prepared to make lots of "awww" noises. You might also want to stand back because this little tyke really gets in to it. My cats approved of this on the condition that none of the mud gets on them. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l=0 </link> <BR> <BR> Now wasn't that fun? <BR> <BR> Your investigative reporter~Jessica Sat, 20 Apr 2013 17:48:10 EST Mother Teresa Had It Right the First Time Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. <BR> Life is beauty, admire it. <BR> Life is a dream, realize it. <BR> Life is a challenge, meet it. <BR> Life is a duty, complete it. <BR> Life is a game, play it. <BR> Life is a promise, fulfill it. <BR> Life is sorrow, overcome it. <BR> Life is a song, sing it. <BR> Life is a struggle, accept it. <BR> Life is an adventure, dare it. <BR> Life is luck, make it. <BR> Life is too precious, do not destroy it. <BR> Life is life, fight for it. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:23:46 EST Just Parrot it back to me! Of all the animals in the world, the parrot has got to be one of the smartest. Not only are they beautiful to behold but they can also make us laugh with their best attribute...Parroting back to us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They come in all shapes and sizes and the colors are eye catching to say the least. They live a very long time on that perch so if you get a baby one you need to make arrangements for its welfare after you d... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:06:13 EST A Bra That's a Killer With all the nuts running around spouting this and that, it's time that we women take our safety into our own hands. Old men don't have a clue when it comes to our lives~look what a great job they do on each other. While carrying an AK37 around is heavier than your purse, then you should look into getting one of these handy dandy holsters. <BR> <BR> They can't be seen under your clothes and if you live in a state that allows concealed carry, this might just be the thing. In Texas I saw women... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 16:24:08 EST Unlikely Lovers My dear Sparkies, you have been seeing so much investigation from me that it's time for a little splash of fun and games. Watch this closely and see how we are not the only creatures who can fall in love and have deep feelings towards others. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Look in the eyes of your pet and see the love it has for you. Cherish that always. Our pets have unconditional love for us. No matter how we feel when we get home, our animals are always glad to greet... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:50:41 EST Big Burger is Watching Your Children As you know by now, dear Sparkies, I am on the lookout for anything that can damage our health or make us anything other than the wonderful people we are. Give yourself a round of applause. <BR> <BR> And that brings me to the subject at hand. McDonald's and Coke are actively working pretty hard to make sure your children eat their products. They stand aside as these helpless children shovel their graves with their mouths. I take that back....they have the children demand that the parents bu... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:52:51 EST Frankenfish Salmon~Whether you want it or not I've been pretty quiet lately, but you clever Sparkies are finding all kinds of things to write about. And I've really gotten used to looking for your blogs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now I'm really steaming about genetically modified salmon. The Holy Grail of fish! The fish we are encouraged to eat for our health. The rose colored, firm fish we've come to expect. The source of Omega 3's and great on the grill or in the oven. <B... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 18:29:52 EST How Many Miles in a Chocolate Rabbit? This is the time of the year when all of the Sparkies shield their eyes at the supermarket or drug store. It's Easter candy time.There they are in all their sugary and fat glory. Just begging to be eaten. So nicely wrapped in foil, perched in plastic baskets, sloshing around in bags that are only one serving for Godzilla! They are so colorful and comforting. Surely there must be some redeeming value in eating chocolate. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 23 Mar 2013 13:51:47 EST PEPSI owns YOU and most of the world While I was researching more deeply imbedded nutrition information and misinformation, I came across something so big and so invasive that it's in your home and probably in your mouth right now. That being said, you know that the food industry is basically controlled by a few large companies. I had a list of the top 100 in the world and found lots of household names. It gets better. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's right. Captain... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:55:34 EST The Link You've Been Waiting For When I was entering the blog just above as strange thing happened. The darn link fell off, probably into the great void of the Web. I went back in and pulled it out for you to read. It's very interesting. And do keep up with me. One of my readers would like information on family farms and how they fare with agribusiness. OMG I am up to my reading glasses with that information so let me chew on it for a bit and we'll take up where we left off. <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:54:39 EST $80 Million Dollars Worth of Sugar for You Please don't drop your coffee/tea mug. I already did that for you! Not only are we avoiding sugar and its sneaky names, but now we are on the hook for $80 million dollars. Wouldn't it be nice to have all that money? This kid is wallowing in it, little knowing that it's not his....or yours either. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunday's Chicago Tribune ran an editorial that was shocking to say the least. Hang on to your hats, Sparkies,... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:50:14 EST The Hidden Truth About Yogurt Just for the sake of wanting to know what I was eating....I finished off a serving of Oikus yogurt and got to wondering. Which almost always means a blog for you Sparkies. What was in it besides milk and fruit? Now I know you are shaking your head and getting ready for the results. The magic number is 17 grams.....(wait for it) of sugar! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I called the nice folks at Dannon who make and sell that yogur... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:24:22 EST Exercise from Love Not Shame How many times have you passed by someone who looked to be in agony only to find out that she was merely exercising. And gritting her much fun!!! And only 190 minutes to go for this week! PLEEZ quit this torture. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not to be mean to runners but the image was attention getting. I'm actually jealous of runners since I must be related to a flamingo - look pretty good but not very fast. It's so h... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:23:50 EST National Frozen Food Day March 6 What was I thinking? I had let an important day go by without giving it its proper due. So raise a glass of whatever frozen food you like. It would help to thank Mr. Birdseye who came up with the idea of flash freezing food for longer shelf life. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Excuse me, while I defrost dinner. <BR> <BR> You investigative reporter~Jessic... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 20:11:14 EST Can You Eat on $4 a Day? There are some people who have the idea that people on food stamps or SNAP are taking advantage of the system. What could be farther from the truth? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What you see above is NOT what people are eating. Watch this video and see if you don't feel the draft. That's your mind opening. <BR> <BR><BR>=SP4Ue-83YkTrxnKXi-5IWt03u5EzW1p6RR <BR> <BR> I'd be interested in you... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 18:27:41 EST Michelle Obama Has It Backwards As I wrote previously, children do not have the power to make choices about the life style they wish to have. When you were a child, did you have complete freedom to eat or study or play any which way? I didn't think so. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Look at the latest study from the Chicago public health officials. It shows that child obesity rates are higher than the national average. The highest rate was a whopping 29.2 percent fo... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 20:24:11 EST Obese Children Are Not To Blame Do obese children wake up every morning choosing to be overweight and unhealthy? Of course not. And yet more and more we see the effects of food choices on their growing bodies. These kids don't have a chance and can't control the outcome of their lives. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was the picture in 2008 so go up from there. That's a whole generation off to a poor start. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:06:50 EST The Awesome Truth in Advertising If all you do is watch one thing on the Internet today, then this is it. I'm open to your reactions! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-coca-cola-commercial-youll-never-see-<BR>on-the-air?c=upw1 </link> <BR> <BR> Your investigative reporter~Jessica Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:11:22 EST Blame Fidel and Allen What do weather, politics, and the US Dept of Agriculture have to do with the creation of High Fructose Corn Syrup? <BR> <BR> Turns out, a lot. <BR> <BR> The Cuban Revolution in 1959 marked the rise of Fidel Castro who promptly cut off our sugar supply. What a bully! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Bay of Pigs incident in 1961 put a stop to any further trade dialogues. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:29:45 EST A Side Of Rat for Dinner, to go Right about now you are feeling hungry and you think....what could be tastier that rat hair, maggots and cigarette butts? Why insect feces! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But what if you want some mushrooms for your salad or spaghetti sauce? Out of luck here, I'm afraid. This is a perfect place to find maggots of any size. Check this - if there are over 20 or more maggots per 100 grams of drained mushrooms then the FDA will pay attent... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:49:05 EST Mountain Dew adds more Caffeine Say it isn't so. If you remember a few blogs back, I trashed energy drinks in general. But now, I open today's Chicago Tribune and yuck!!! Get a load of this. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Take a good close look and run for the hills if someone asks you if you'd like one! PepsiCo is the owner of this brand and in their great money-making wisdom has entered the market with a caffeine blast. <BR> <BR> According to the spokeswoman, "Ou... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:35:55 EST Unnatural Frankenfoods As I was getting this blog ready I found out that the more I read about MSG, Aspartame, and insects in my food, the more I wanted to grab something like an apple ( and wash the insecticide and wax off it first). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Over at Natural News you can find an article addressing the whole issue of "natural" ingredients in food. Could it be that the term "natural flavors" includes genetically modified, pesticide-lad... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 16:48:09 EST Energy Drinks Rot Teeth in 5 Days!! Years ago there was an experiment where a scientist dropped a tooth in a glass of CocaCola and the enamel was eaten away. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So now we all know where Coke goes...down the drain. <BR> <BR> Now on the horizon of dental disasters there looms an even greater threat to your fangs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Teenagers think that energy drinks are he... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:00:18 EST Is your body a chemical factory? Just the other day, I was watching good old Dr. Oz and my ears perked up when his guests presented their findings. It was enough to almost throw me from the bike - and that's saying something since I'm not tiny. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are additives in your food right now that are very dangerous. In fact, there are many cases where these additives can compromise your health. <BR> <BR> And, no, these aren't the good old ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:40:46 EST You Can't Beat a Dead Rabbit From reading books on Peter Rabbit, I've come to see him as a lovable little creature. You've probably seen him/her in your yard looking like this. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And now I will share with you something so simple, so easy, no license needed, works round the clock, does not cause hangovers, and will make your life a lot nicer. <BR> <BR> If you, like me and most other folks, have a perfectionist controller then you kno... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:50:44 EST Graham Crackers Curb Lust OK, so maybe they don't, at least not now. In 1829 a Presbyterian minister named Sylvester Graham lived in Bound Brook, New Jersey and invented what we call the Graham Cracker. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The original cracker was made with graham flour. At the time it was a combination of finely-ground unbleached wheat flour with the wheat bran and germ coarsely-ground and added back in providing nutrition and flavor. <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:55:37 EST but mostly, have a really fun time This was written by Eric Stonestreet, an Emmy Award-Winning Actor <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> follow your fear <BR> <BR> prepare don't plan <BR> <BR> do what you say <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> know what you don't know <BR> <BR> don't hold yourself to other people's standards <BR> <BR> own a pet <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:37:21 EST Scared Weightless Next time you decide to go to the movies you might want to consider some horror flick. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Need help with your weight-loss resolutions? Is there something you haven't tried? Are you afraid to sit in the dark? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A recent study by the University of Westminster in London found that watching a horror show can help you burn ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:10:45 EST Can the Dentist Pull My Sweet Tooth? This little kid must have a fantastic set of sweet teeth and yet he's still smiling!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Turns out a sweet tooth is genetic ~ what a shock. Take that you crunchy, salty friends. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are eating more sugar than ever. We eat 140 pounds of sugar a year, but 10,000 yrs. ago we ate 22 teaspoons a year. Sugar isn't just empt... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 19:06:20 EST Cat with guns breaks into prison! Today's Chicago Tribune had a story as follows: <BR> <BR> Rio De Janeiro - January 6, 2013 <BR> <BR> A cat carrying a saw and a cellphone was "detained" as it entered a prison gate in northeast Brazil, local media reported Saturday. <BR> <BR> Guards at the prison in Arapiraca said the white cat, its body wrapped with tape, also carried drills, an earphone, a memory card, batteries and a phone charger. <BR> <BR> All 263 detainees in the prison are considered possible suspects in the plot, ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:26:23 EST Does your cat speak English? Here we have proof positive that cats do, in fact, speak English. And they can also rhyme at the same time. Enjoy these two and if you have cats I wouldn't want to get on the bad side of them. This is what being "catty" is all about! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! and that's Ms. Meow to you. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 17:56:12 EST Care to Hoist? Here it is, the end of the year. Out with the old and in with the new. Even Santa is toasting to another year of surviving milk and cookies. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Why he even has a how-to book, sorta like "Drunks for Dummies". <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So forget about Santa, he's probably looking for some Alka-Seltzer about now. He forgot that for every alcoholi... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 19:06:13 EST If you could do one thing today what would it be? If the food and drink on Christmas Eve and Christmas day have left you feeling a bit full, take heart. That's two days down and you can get back on track pronto ( really, you do need to indulge this time of year.) Otherwise it's just two regular days and lots of "cravings gone wild" as you watch everyone else eat and drink. <BR> <BR> Eating rice cakes just doesn't cut it. You can reward yourself (just don't eat everything that's not nailed down!) <BR> <BR> The Ghost of New Year's parties do... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:28:40 EST Is it safe to drink the wassail? It's that time of year again when we sing "Here we come a'wassailing." So what is it and is it safe to drink? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's an old English custom for beggars to go from door to door in the 1% of town and sing and dance for a drink of wassail. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wassail was a big part of the holiday observance in England and the making and pr... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 12:16:44 EST The Revenge of the 50 ft. Christmas Cookie If you ever see this little girl, run for the hills. While she looks sweet and harmless enough, she has one trait in common with drug dealers.....try a little of this and you are hooked! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am going to share with you the secrets passed down through the ages from generation to generation so seal it with a kiss, not a chocolate one. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:40:13 EST What do roasted chestnuts have to do with my diet? Now it's time for the holidays and all kinds of wonderful food and drink abound. What's a poor girl to do. Time to get out those famous Diet Rules. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Choose wisely. Just 4 of those seasonal treats can set you back 93 calories and 20 grams of carbs. Ouch, step away from the fireplace. <BR> <BR> 1. If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:26:33 EST It's the SAD time of the and tricks to stay sane It's back......... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And just when everyone else is enjoying the holidays all you want to do is hibernate. But that's not all. You can pick and choose from these symptoms: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So what you can expect is feeling poorly from Fall to Spring. This looks like other kinds of depression but the symptoms that affect Spark People t... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 21:34:11 EST All I Want for Christmas is My Loved One Back While some of us can't wait for the hustle and bustle of the holidays, there are a lot of people who are grieving over not having their loved one with them. So let's let the old-fashioned kids give us some advice. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> PLAN AHEAD <BR> Bereaved people who experience the most difficulty with the holiday season are those who have given little thought to the challenges they will encounter. Consider ahead of time... 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