KAYYVAUGHN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KAYYVAUGHN KAYYVAUGHN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Do nuts make you fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757066 Short answer: No <BR> As much as 75% of a nut is fat. But eating fat doesn't necessarily make you fat. <BR> The bigger factor leading to weight gain is portion-size. <BR> Luckily, nuts are loaded with healthy fats that keep you full. They're also a good source of protein and fiber. <BR> One study even found that whole almonds have 20% less calories than previously thought because <BR> A lot of the fat is excreted from the body. <BR> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:15:50 EST Do I need sunscreen with more than 30 SPF? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753611 Short answer: No <BR> Sunscreens with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 block about 97% of ultraviolet rays, <BR> While sunscreens with an SPF of higher than 30 block 97%-98%. <BR> It's more important that you choose "broad-spectrum" sunscreen, meaning it protects against both UVB and UVA rays. <BR> Sunbathers also need to apply a generous amount of sunscreen in order to get the full benefit of the SPF. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:17:02 EST Do sugary soft drinks lead to diabetes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746865 Short answer: Yes <BR> The majority of health research is stacked against sugar-sweetened soda. A large 2004 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who drank one or more sugary drinks per day increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 83% compared to those who consumed less than one of these beverages per month. <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:26:26 EST Do Cough Syrups Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596618 <BR> Short answer: No <BR> <BR> In 2006, the nation's chest physicians agreed that the majority of over-the-counter cough medicines don't actually work. These colorful syrups typically contain doses of codeine and dextromethorphan that are too small to be effective. <BR> Only cough suppressants that contain older antihistamines seem to relieve coughs. That includes brompheniramine, an active ingredient in Dimetapp Fri, 17 Jan 2014 06:02:10 EST Watch Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582664 When everything coming your way, you're in the wrong lane. <BR> <BR> This is real life. Not everything that we encounter is always what we desire. We may need to deal with reality. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 07:51:27 EST Best Day is Each Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577413 Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> That will sometimes take effort, but it's certainly worth a try. <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 05:49:24 EST Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568523 In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on. <BR> unknown <BR> <BR> No matter what happens to us daily; life just goes from day to day. Some days are good, and some are not what we desire. <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:47:43 EST Integrity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554309 "Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not." <BR> <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> <BR> It makes us feel better when we do the right thing, and no one knows. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 16:05:21 EST Mistakes are Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548835 "If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything." <BR> <BR> John Wooden <BR> <BR> <BR> Now I feel good about myself because I do make so many mistakes. I must be doing more than I realized. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 06:20:23 EST Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547715 "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Learn from it; tomorrow is a new day." <BR> <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Emerson was a very wise man. We can all learn from him. <BR> <BR> <em>532</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:15:58 EST Goals/Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546662 "A goal without a plan is just a wish." <BR> <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> We need to keep focusing on our plan. Otherwise our goals will not be met. <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:51:40 EST Small Efforts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543197 "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." <BR> <BR> Robert Collier <BR> <BR> We all know that this quote is our story. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 06:20:54 EST Hard Makes It Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541637 "If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great." <BR> <BR> Tom Hanks <BR> <BR> Those of us that now realize how important living a healthy lifestyle are ahead of the game. It's never easy. Take it one day at the time. There will be backsteps, but that's just part of our eventual success. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:23:46 EST Olive Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538930 Does olive oil prevent heart disease? <BR> <BR> Short answer: Yes <BR> The health benefits of olive oil come from the presence of polyphenols, antioxidants that reduce the risk of heart diseases and cancers. <BR> But to get these healthy compounds, consumers should buy good-quality, fresh "extra-virgin" olive oil, which has the highest polyphenol content. Most commercially available olive oils have low levels of polyphenols associated with poor harvesting methods, improper storage, and hea... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 07:30:39 EST Do Not Wash Your Hair in Your Shower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536696 It's so good to finally get a health warning that is useful!!! <BR> IT INVOLVES THE SHAMPOO WHEN IT RUNS DOWN YOUR BODY WHEN YOU SHOWER WITH IT. WARNING TO US ALL!!! <BR> Shampoo Warning! I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner! <BR> I use shampoo in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning, "FOR EXTRA BODY AND VOLUME." No wonder I have been gaining weight! <BR> Well! I got rid of that shamp... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 16:33:50 EST No Coupons Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530603 "The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, love, do not require coupons." <BR> George T. Hewitt <BR> <BR> <BR> This may be a repeat, but it 's one of my favorites. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 04:30:47 EST Be Your Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525202 It's not about having the skill to do something. It's about having the will, desire and commitment to be your best." <BR> <BR> Robert Hernandez <BR> <BR> I am still searching for my skills, but since I've been on this journey; I have developed more of a commitment to do better with my eating and exercising. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 06:30:37 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524407 "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." <BR> <BR> Robert Collier <BR> <BR> <BR> Those small efforts really make a difference towards creating a healthy lifestyle for us. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 07:16:13 EST Kind Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521970 Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." <BR> <BR> Mother Theresa <BR> <BR> We all know how nice it is for someone to speak kind words to us. I am going to make an extra effort to speak kind words to not only friends, but to salespeople and others. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 06:26:07 EST Defeats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519412 “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” <BR> <BR> -Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> <BR> We all face these defeats in our life, but knowing that we will rise from them does give us hope. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:53:20 EST One Way to be Successful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509570 A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man <BR> ¯ Lana Turner <BR> <BR> We women know that we women don't look for rich men. Of course we don't run them off. We could help many people with their money and occasionally buy something for ourselves. <BR> <BR> <em>528</em> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 07:18:10 EST Live By Our Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508713 We express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." <BR> <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes living by gratitude is not easy, but it's worth the effort. It pays off and we feel better. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Oct 2013 08:32:38 EST Be Postive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507646 "Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." <BR> <BR> Willie Nelson <BR> <BR> This is one of those days that I needed to hear this quote. I never knew Willie said that. I do think he is a talented song writer. He is still going strong. I think he has more energy than I do now. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 06:47:12 EST Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505722 A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it <BR> ¯ Bob Hope <BR> <BR> <BR> That does happen. Sun, 6 Oct 2013 06:58:00 EST Getting Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502090 You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake <BR> ¯ Bob Hope <BR> <BR> If I put candles on my Birthday cake, it would catch fire. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 05:08:33 EST Impact of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499929 Life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." <BR> <BR> Jackie Robinson <BR> <BR> <BR> Think about the impact that your life has on others. It is more important to other people than to us. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 06:30:56 EST Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499090 "All great achievements require time." <BR> <BR> Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> <BR> We know by now to take everything one step at the time. That is the only way to reach those goals. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 07:56:02 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492946 "Life is a choice." <BR> <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> In the past few days, I made some bad food choices, but I did more walking some days than I have ever done. It is balancing out I hope. Now that I am home; my desires for those food are almost gone. <BR> Sometimes we really have to work hard to make the right choice. <BR> <em>438</em> to all of us. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 16:31:54 EST Better World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478400 "You make the world a better place by making yourself a better person." <BR> <BR> Scott Sorrell <BR> <BR> <BR> We should try everyday to make ourselves a better person. Some days, it's not easy, but it's worth the effort. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 08:21:40 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477433 "Gratitude takes three forms: a feeling in the heart, an expression in words, and a giving in return." <BR> <BR> John Wanamaker <BR> <BR> We are often grateful for many thinks, but do return our gratitude by giving to others. <BR> <BR> <em>141</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 06:31:51 EST Help Somebody http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468531 Make yourself necessary to somebody." <BR> <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <BR> There are so many ways that we can support someone. We can make a call, send a card or just listen. Encouragement comes in many ways. We need to try to be an encouraging person more often. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:19:18 EST Small Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458165 "Set small goals for yourself and meet them. You are responsible to take care of yourself." <BR> <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> We can all make small goals and take them day by day. Feeling good about meeting one small goal gives us confidence and inspires us to keep going. <BR> <BR> <em>109</em> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:08:49 EST It's not Easy, but Worth it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450554 "I'm not telling you it's going to be easy - I'm telling you it's going to be worth it." <BR> <BR> Art Williams <BR> <BR> <BR> We know it's not easy but when our clothes begin to feel loose, and we begin to meet some of our goals-it really is worth it. <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 06:42:06 EST Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441829 Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. <BR> unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> We all obtain new experiences frequently. They do help us to rethink our goals and get back on track. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 05:49:11 EST Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438197 "Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a simple but true statement. We all need to be reminded of this daily. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:23:20 EST Why?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433364 When you're right, no one remembers. When you're wrong, no one forgets. <BR> Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's sad, but often this quote is so true. We will just have to be right most of the time. However we are human not perfect. For some reasons I still make mistakes, but then I learn from most of them and try again. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:07:54 EST Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425110 "Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't." <BR> <BR> Often we are in this position when we know what we should do but some reason; we make another choice. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:39:33 EST How to Keep Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421995 The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. - Mark Twain <BR> <BR> There is some truth to his statement, but we can find adjustments. We don't need to feel miserable and unhappy. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:58:13 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419770 The road to success is always under construction. <BR> <BR> <BR> Each day is a new day with challenges for us to overcome. We will get there we believe in ourselves. Construction eventually gets completed. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:34:35 EST Funnies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418597 Make sure you read the Spark Cartoon on the Best of Spark page yet. It is one of the best. It will start your day with a smile. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 07:42:21 EST The Beginner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416319 "Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don't be afraid to take that first step." <BR> <BR> <BR> We are great people, but beginning a new life change isn't easy. Everyone has to take it one step at the time to succeed. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 06:19:12 EST Be Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412079 "Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more." <BR> <BR> H. Jackson Brown, Jr. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's easier to receive than to give to others, but that doesn't make us feel as good as giving to others. Sat, 6 Jul 2013 06:07:29 EST Are Natural Foods Good for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410688 I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> This quote made me smile. <em>30</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 13:52:28 EST Keep Humor in Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409283 "When humor goes, there goes civilization." - Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Laugh and we will stick around a while longer. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 06:27:09 EST Save some Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408309 Don't spend $2 to dry-clean a shirt. Donate it to the Salvation Army instead. They'll clean it and put it on a hanger. Next morning buy it back for 75 cents. <BR> unknown <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:45:54 EST Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404273 A mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored. <BR> <BR> Of course Sparkers never visit this mystical land or do we? I know I do at times. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 06:48:14 EST Being Recognized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401597 A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. ~Fred Allen <BR> <BR> <BR> How many of you need to wear dark glasses so fans will not stop and ask for your autograph. Sometimes it's nice just to be ordinary. No one has ever stopped me for my autograph whether or not I was wearing dark glasses or no glasses. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:16:01 EST Smile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398847 Get well cards have become so humorous that if you don't get sick you're missing half the fun. <BR> Flip Wilson <BR> <BR> <BR> This is true if you are choosing a get-well card for a friend. Some are just too humorous. Will they make the person feel better or worse? Sun, 23 Jun 2013 06:44:12 EST Hectic Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393237 The past few days have been unreal for us. Thursday night during a tornado warning and then a severe thunderstorm warning we were in a local theater watching a play, We could not hear anything, but were aware of the warnings. When we came home, lights were on that we had left off. We knew the power had been off while we were gone. We had no computer, phone or TV service. Friday morning my husband went outside to get the paper, he noticed a very large limb had come down from a tree and knocke... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:05:38 EST Being Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383733 "Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are." <BR> <BR> Markus Zusak <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a good quote to think about when we think about family/friends. Sometimes being beautiful in what you are is the most difficult. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:07:18 EST