KWRIGHT26's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KWRIGHT26 KWRIGHT26'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/ Turtle Point Follow-up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760384 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm back with another update. I have poked in a few times and read everyone's blogs, but it's pretty crazy for me to be writing much. So turtle points it is! <BR> <BR> Let's just dive right in, shall we? <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> I GRADUATED! I have my MS in Medical Science now. Whee! It confers 0 transferable skills and 0 job opportunities outside of education, but I've been offered a position as a medical scribe with a reputable company in my area. I'm excited to start... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:58:07 EST Bullet Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631514 I've decided to come up for air before I plunge back into my pulmonary physiology lectures for the day. I just noticed that my last blog was in October! Ack! <BR> <BR> So here are my bullet points for the last four months. Actually, since I can't make bullet points they are preceded by turtles. So I guess they're turtle points: <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> I finished my first semester of graduate school with an A, two A-, and a B. <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> I am way behind on studying for the ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:57:08 EST Memories... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519681 So I challenged myself to go Primal again. I feel like I have greater flexibility going Primal as opposed to Paleo or Whole30. I don't care who writes an article about how to make tradeoffs to make Paleo perfection affordable, I can't bloody afford it. Been there, crunched the numbers. It ain't gonna happen. I was really stressing about food and my weight the last few weeks (because I totally don't have more important things to worry about, like catching up on the MCAT class that no one had a... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:47:29 EST I survived the first gauntlet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516822 I did! <BR> <BR> I got through my first barrage of exams and made it out with As and Bs. I call this the gauntlet because our exams in the program are all at the same time, beginning on a Thursday and running until the following Thursday. There is definitely no time to cram when there is an exam almost every day for a week. <BR> <BR> I learned a lot about myself in that week, for example: <BR> <BR> 1.) I have never had to study that hard in my life. I was up until 3 am several nights, an... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:57:22 EST I'm back (a little!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478164 Hi all! <BR> <BR> A LOT has been happening lately, so I'll try to keep it short. <BR> <BR> I graduated with my BA in Classics this May, and I was accepted into a one-year, pre-professional Master's in Medical Science program at my university. I'm LOVING it! I'm taking an MCAT prep course as a pass/fail elective, and it's cut into my dance classes but it's promising to be well-worth the investment of time and tuition. I'll graduate with the MS in August. <BR> <BR> I'm applying to osteopath... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 22:02:12 EST You know what time it is! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184671 That's right, it's time for another Whole30! <BR> <BR> Wahoo! <BR> <BR> I didn't take measurements this morning because I felt like the bloating from New Year's Eve festivities would skew my baseline, so tomorrow I'll take note of them. <BR> <BR> If you don't know what the Whole30 is, go here and find out: <link>whole9life.com/category/whole-30/ </link> <BR> <BR> The fiance and I woke up around 10, showered, and went back to our friend's house to help him clean up the aftermath. I we... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:01:09 EST Well, that just took the fun out of junk food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158551 I made pumpkin bars last night and my mom and I both ate one. <BR> <BR> Considering how bad I've been about staying on the straight, narrow, and grain-free (nothing to cook, Mom had two big ol' boxes of my formerly favorite cereal, you see where this went) without serious repercussions (a little gas and some rumbly tummy), I figured I could get away with one. After all, I'd stuck to my guns by making single servings of roasted red pepper soup ready for breakfast and a great pork stir-fry fo... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 19:25:21 EST What is a "no-brakes" food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133026 I'm a professed boredom eater. It sucks when it seems like the only way to control it is to put duct tape over your own mouth. How hard can it be to only put things in one's mouth, chew, and swallow ONLY when it is physically necessary? Well, I can't tell you why it happens to me, but it does. There's a disconnect between mouth and stomach. Even when the stomach says it's not hungry for more, the mouth only knows that it likes delicious things to be placed in it as often as possible. <BR> <B... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:51:24 EST Serious weather-related question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128365 Hokay. So. Context: <BR> <BR> I live in Florida. <BR> <BR> Here in Florida, widespread panic ensues when the temperature outdoors drops to 70 degrees or below, and heating systems statewide creak into action after nine months dormant. <BR> <BR> Unless you're my MIL. She turns the heat on full-blast when it reaches 75. <BR> <BR> Anyway, so the people here are sissies. I love it when it's about 65 outside. I can layer on some sweaters and walk outside and enjoy being outdoors, unlike when ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 11:07:42 EST Healthy grocery shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114207 Our chain 'round here is Publix, and they have the best sale this week. I bought asparagus, salad mix, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, avocadoes, and goat cheese all on sale. I even picked up some greek yogurt (budget concerns+lactose tolerance=dairy in my life), stocked up on eggs, and got some fresh mozzarella cheese. <BR> <BR> Dinner tonight was caprese salad (tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil topped with a little balsalmic and olive oil, although I forgot the basil), roasted asparagus (takes t... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:49:21 EST Easy Italian Meatball Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107361 In my in-laws' house, "easy" means "boxed," or "processed," or "bottled," usually combined in some proportion in a slow-cooker. <BR> <BR> Personally I think my MIL is just scared of cooking. Anything that doesn't come with instructions seems to petrify her before she even researches it. Key lime pie, for example, is crazy easy, but she never bothered to look up a recipe and just assumed it was killer difficult. <BR> <BR> Enter MY idea of easy. <BR> <BR> Easy means something I can cook and... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:55:47 EST A flopped Whole30 is a learning experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107287 Well, Mom just asked if she could go take a nap for an hour. Which translates to "quit banging sh*t around, I'm going to sleep." So my chicken thighs are in the oven, the baba ghanous is in the processor waiting to be processed, and I've par-cooked broccoli and green beans for the week. I have italian sausage/beef meatballs waiting to be baked, I cooked some bacon (mmm, bacon) and there is a package of kielbasa and my chicken sausages waiting to be cooked as well. The kielbasa will sit in the... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 16:49:58 EST My turn to be sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102561 Whatever it is, I caught it. I woke up this morning with a sore throat and the fever hit around 10:00 this morning. Fun stuff. <BR> <BR> I took this opportunity to thaw my chicken bones and toss them in the stockpot for homemade stock. This time I'm following the directions from the Joy of Cooking, wherein you put it all in the pot, cover it with cold water (the bones thawed in the pot of water while I went to the grocery store for onions, garlic, celery, et cetera, so I can't imagine it wa... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:18:28 EST Birthday Whole30 Day 8, with a segue into pre-planning wedding planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085868 I haven't TOTALLY come down with something, but after today I probably will. I munched on an apple while I went to Dan's to pick him up (we carpool) and he decided not to go to campus today because he felt so bad. It's totally optional for him on Mondays and Wednesdays since he doesn't have a class and just holes up in the library to laser focus on stuff. It's a skill I have to redevelop (works best if I write summary notes while I read, I found out yesterday. Yay!) Since I didn't have to rus... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:25:13 EST Birthday Whole30 Days 6 and 7, and I might be catching IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084377 I can't believe it's been a whole week already. <BR> <BR> Mom roasted and slow-cooked a sirloin roast last night for dinner. It turned out totally Whole30, since she discovered she was out of beef gravy and only had beef broth. This was great for me, since the gravy she uses has MSG and all kinds of weird things in it besides the cornstarch and the flour you'd expect anyhow. It turned out delicious, and I had some for lunch today. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was early this morning and I made 3 eggs... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 21:24:18 EST Birthday Whole 30 Weekend (Days 4, 5, and half of 6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082032 Delicious things! <BR> <BR> I broke my fast Saturday morning with some chicken sausage and an apple with a smidge of almond butter before going to my Saturday job feeding horses at a ranch. I did my thing, enjoyed my Dunkin' Donuts coffee (black, of course) and came home hungry. I fried up 3 eggs in the butter I clarified and did something unthinkable with them: <BR> <BR> I put them on a bed of spring greens with halved cherry tomatoes, salt, and pepper. I dressed the salad with the drippi... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:25:23 EST Birthday Whole 30 Days 2 & 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078759 Days 2 and 3 of the Whole30 went swimmingly. I started my push-up-a-thon <BR> before dance class last night with a set of 20 off the back of the sofa and 20 <BR> more of the same this morning. I'm planning another 30 later today. Whee! <BR> <BR> Thursday's breakfast was an apple fresh from the fruit stand with a smear of <BR> almond butter. Mmm, almond butter! <BR> <BR> For lunch I decided to spin some broccoli through my food processor and mix <BR> it into eggs. Well, I couldn't figur... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:44:19 EST Birthday Whole30 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076336 Yay for good starts! <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 138 this morning, with a 30.5 inch waist. That's my main marker, my waist measurement. I'm an apple. It happens. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was a three-egg scramble with some picante sauce and half an avocado on top! I LOVE avocadoes! <BR> <BR> I had a banana before class and came home ready to EAT ALL THE THINGS, so I heated up two of my little egg cups and ate them with some grape tomatoes and the other half of my 'cado. I waited 20 minutes and I ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:30:27 EST Targeted Facebook Ads and Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075064 I'm all set to start my Whole30 tomorrow! I'm so excited. <BR> <BR> Mom was a little put off by my refusal of birthday cake, but if I don't start now I won't ever start. <BR> <BR> In other news, I get my kicks from reading the targeted ads on the facebook sidebar every day, mostly because it stuns me what people are willing to pay for in terms of wedding stuff (monogrammed toothpick wrappers, anyone?) and sometimes because I get weird combinations of things. <BR> <BR> Last week included an... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:28:23 EST Nerdfitness just gave me the best fitness challenge idea ever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074130 I just got their birthday email today! (My birthday is tomorrow, I fake it by a day either up or down whenever I sign up for something that doesn't promise a felony for lying about your age). <BR> <BR> It claims, "In your honor, we’ll be doing 100 push ups for every year you’ve been alive. Unfortunately, we can’t send you a video of us doing them, but..uh...just believe us when we say that we did them." <BR> <BR> I thought, lets see how many that is. <BR> <BR> I'll be 23 tomorrow, so that... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:12:29 EST /Facepalm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070779 I think I'm about ready to give up on convincing my stepmother that paleo is a real thing. <BR> <BR> After my sister and I BOTH lost weight low carbing it, and after all the Paleo/Primal information I gave her, and after all the information on food additives and their effects on immune and inflammatory disease, she's started Weight Watchers again and stocked the house with low-fat everything, the 1-point cupcakes and other crap. <BR> <BR> Seriously. <BR> <BR> She could just drop the sugary... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 20:37:35 EST Cookathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061859 Today I decided for some reason that "productivity" should come in the form of finishing all my laundry and spending about $100 on groceries. Whee! <BR> <BR> For breakfasts, I bought some thickly-sliced ham and made ham-and-egg cups out of it. To do that, you take a muffin pan (or if you killed your muffin pan earlier in the week, foil cups) and line the cups with the ham. I did this by cutting the slices in half (they were a little oblong) and making a slit in each one so I could sort of w... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:52:36 EST Etiquette question for anyone and everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056186 Allright. I know there are people of all ages around here, so I'm appealing to everyone to answer a couple of questions on etiquette. <BR> <BR> I know you don't put registry information on your wedding invites. That's basically demanding gifts, and that's just tacky. So I'm wondering this: <BR> <BR> If you invite people to your own housewarming/birthday party, is it tacky to put on the invitation to please bring housewares instead of birthday presents? <BR> <BR> My thoughts are these: if... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:19:31 EST You guys aren't going to believe this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998301 That MDA contest for the best response to that nasty article? For a $50 Primal Blueprint gift card? <BR> <BR> I just got an email from them. Either I just got spammed or I won it! <BR> <BR> Heck yes! <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Aug 2012 16:33:27 EST Chocolate milkshake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985541 I want one sooo bad. I crave chocolate ice cream like it's my job. It's my favorite thing, and since I started reading labels (ingredients labels, peeps, not the fat/calories part) I found that Haagen Daaz uses ONLY real cream, real milk, real egg yolks, and real sugar, plus whatever the flavor is: real coffee, real vanilla beans, real cocoa, real strawberries. No soybean oil, no hydrogenated anything, no preservatives, no thickeners/stabilizers. <BR> <BR> By the way, what the hell are stab... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:58:18 EST Well, Dad went gluten-free, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980784 ...but there is GF bread, and GF chocolate-chip cookie mix (which is actually pretty tasty looking), and I'm 90% sure the same chemical-laden stuff is still here, although I haven't checked the fridge yet. <BR> <BR> Didn't it say right in the book that immediately stocking up on GF substitutes totally defeats the purpose? <BR> <BR> /facepalm. <BR> <BR> "Well YOU do that ALL NATURAL stuff, right?" <BR> <BR> Yes. I'm on a fad diet that involves eschewing chemicals that look like food for ac... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 17:38:46 EST Food should bring us together, not tear us apart. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971480 This morning's article has me hot and bothered. <BR> <BR> Of course that could be living Florida, sitting in front of an overheated laptop doing 7 hours of online chemistry homework and writing 3 lab reports... but I'll go with being incensed. <BR> <BR> I'm so tired of the paleo people who say everyone MUST eat paleo, or all the vegans who say we must ALL be vegan, and all the other diet absolutists. <BR> <BR> You MUST eat grains, you MUST eat dairy, you MUST eat meat, you MUST NOT eat g... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 15:38:51 EST We're disgusting walking heart-attacks and also we eat people. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971315 Head over to MDA and check out this article about what terrible people we are for suggesting that humans should eat meat: <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/weekend-link<BR>-love-198/#more-30306 </link> <BR> <BR> Seriously. I wrote them a book. <BR> <BR> This garbage makes me angry. The attacks are based on only one Paleo resource, they're unresearched, and they're based on tenuous evidence at best. <BR> <BR> Also there's a $50 gift card in it for the person who writes the best comeback on... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:41:27 EST The Injury Fairy is out to get me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967693 I think it's out to get me and make sure I never become strong and fit. <BR> <BR> I try to dance at 17: issues with hypermobility begin. <BR> <BR> I try to run in college: shin splints and more hypermobility. <BR> <BR> I try to keep dancing: college classes scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights interspersed with back problems and sprained ankles. <BR> <BR> I try to start weight training: back goes out again. <BR> <BR> I get lots of physical therapy and my back heals: I get sick ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 19:48:12 EST New blog! Fodder for my nutritional healing fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964559 I was clicking around online (checking the active status of the medical licenses of the doctors who wrote books on low-carbing so that I can argue that yes, they are real doctors) and I found that William Davis (Wheat Belly) helped found TrackYourPlaque.com, a member site for heart disease patients. I checked the list of Contributing Experts and found Dr. Cordain, Dr. Fuhrman (the nutritarian my vegan friend likes), and a few others I've never heard of. I clicked on one whose minibio had a bo... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:29:43 EST Impending carb flu? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964093 I've been essentially carb-loading since I got sick last week, mostly out of necessity. Fruit. Mashed potatoes. Fruit juices/smoothies. Saltines. <BR> <BR> My head feels like it's full of cotton today, and I'm having trouble focusing. This is partly due to sleep deprivation, but it begs the question: <BR> <BR> Is my general malaise after all those carbs and sugary foods (natural sugar is still sugar) psychosomatic? Do I feel like crap because I really feel like crap, or do I feel like crap... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:54:39 EST Heark, the Herald Avocados Sing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964049 Could it be? <BR> <BR> Is it true? <BR> <BR> Is Sparkpeople getting over its irrational fear of fat calories? <BR> <BR> Judging by its slideshow of funky avocado recipes, it just might be. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm not sure about vegan pizza or the buttermilk in that chilled soup recipe, and I'm not real keen on hummus as it is, but the fact that Spark is supporting avocados out loud makes me happy. I'd like to see them less scared of eating more than a quarter of one, but it's a start. <BR> <... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:25:34 EST Stupid. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960560 I have no idea whether I food-poisoned myself with undated mayonnaise or if I just snagged a 24-hour bug, but I've been sick all weekend. <BR> <BR> I missed an online homework assignment because I was sleeping off a fever. That's worth 40% of a quiz grade, and this isn't including the one I missed last week because I just plain forgot it. <BR> <BR> I have two lab reports to do and they're stupidly long. <BR> <BR> I have an exam at 8:00 in the morning that I couldn't get out of if I wanted... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 12:59:32 EST Reading magazines is mentally taxing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959161 I still get issues of EatingWell and Clean Eating even though I haven't paid for my subscription in... I don't know how long. <BR> <BR> I would love to make some of these delicious meals, but I'd have to modify them, since their mantra seems to be <BR> <BR> Cut the fat! <BR> <BR> Cut the fat! <BR> <BR> Replace butter with canola! <BR> <BR> Saturated fat is BAD! <BR> <BR> More healthywholegrains! <BR> <BR> Everything is made with canola oil, whole wheat flour, low-fat cheeses, and the w... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 11:12:20 EST Barbecue sauce disaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957154 Yeah... tried making the barbecue sauce out of Paleo Comfort Foods. It was tasty, but it needed something. <BR> <BR> Turns out that something is high fructose corn syrup. Heh, who knew? <BR> <BR> I doubled the recipe (first mistake) and after my mother confessed it didn't taste like barbecue sauce and she didn't like it, I made my second mistake. <BR> <BR> Instead of listening to her, keeping it as it was, and just making the barbecue chicken for myself, I tried vainly to balance the flavo... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 21:38:45 EST Reflections on my lunch break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955222 Happy Independence Day! <BR> <BR> I am sure you've already read about reading the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence today, and remembering why we celebrate the 4th of July (hint: it's not to sear meat and singe eyebrows, although I've yet to meet a soldier who doesn't like barbecue) so I will skip to my ponderances. <BR> <BR> Today I'm studying for tomorrow's exam. Lots of RNA polymerases, centromeres, telomeres, transcription factors, and stuff like that. I broke for lunch a... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 14:31:32 EST He said it first http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949157 I got a wild hare to check out Dr. Kruse's website a few minutes ago, and I saw the layout had changed. I clicked on "About," and started reading Dr. Kruse's updated mini-bio/mission statement. I read this: <BR> <BR> "My goal is to start the dialogue of how to evolve healthcare using patients as foot soldiers. I am hell bent on changing the process of how medicine is practiced and healthcare delivered in this country. Right now my sphere of influence is small and I can affect my patients an... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:55:07 EST New goals and Whole30ing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948887 I have a new goal. <BR> <BR> I want to look like a pinup girl from the 1950s. <BR> <BR> Nevermind that pinup girls from the 1950s didn't look that way from exercising and building strength. We'll overlook my methods. <BR> <BR> My other new goal is to pwn Organic II the same way I pwned Organic I. I got an A- in six weeks! My TA is really pushing the PhD program, saying that I really don't understand how hard it is to do what I did, that I'd be really awesome at synthesis, and that if I ge... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:51:54 EST Excellent TED video, and my hypothesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939471 I really should watch more videos on TED. <BR> <BR> This was an excellent video. It's 17 minutes, but please find time to watch it. Skip the LOLcats and the PHD webcomic and watch this. <BR> <BR> <link>www.proteinpower.com/drmike/weight-l<BR>oss/mitochondria-rejuvenating-diet-the<BR>-nutritional-experts-bash/ </link> <BR> <BR> Further, I've been thinking to myself about how highly polarized nutrition is. Every side is too busy arguing about who's right that no one wants to come toget... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 21:43:46 EST Eating things that are green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936826 I decided on the fly to make zucchini "pasta," after reading that I could use a vegetable peeler to strip the flesh instead of julienning the whole thing. Win for the internetz. <BR> <BR> I melted some butter in a pan, mixed a little olive oil in, and added some crushed garlic to make a nice sauce, then sauteed the zucchini "noodles" until they were softened. <BR> <BR> It's delicious, but I should have salted and squeezed the zucchini first instead of just squeezing it. <BR> <BR> I then t... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:01:43 EST Best quote on bad scientific studies I've read so far: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936347 "Folks, if you see “retrospective cohort” it should not be taken with a grain of salt, it should be taken with several hits of LSD so that you have a valid reason for perpetuating this fantasy." --Robb Wolf <BR> <BR> I don't care what your food philosophy is, you cannot win with bad science. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:31:35 EST Things I'm up to in numbered list format http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933994 1.) I think I bombed my genetics test because I haven't been studying enough, and how I have been studying is not conducive to genetics. Not enough detail, not enough computation practice. I started fresh this evening after we fed the buffalo (fiance is farm-sitting for a friend this week), and I feel better about the upcoming exams. If I did as badly as I think I did I can pull a B if I really crack down. <BR> <BR> 2.) The chickens we are chicken-sitting escaped yesterday. Huge fiasco... te... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 23:24:38 EST Reading Wheat Belly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929185 I just bought a copy for my Dad's Nook as a Father's Day gift (I also bought him a subscription to Scientific American, I'm not THAT patronizing), and I decided to buy one for myself as well. I downloaded Kindle for PC and bought it, and I read the first chapter. <BR> <BR> I had NO idea that this book was written by an MD, let alone a cardiologist. I'm thrilled about that, since it lends credibility, and I was ecstatic to see mention of the effects of wheat removal on rheumatoid arthritis. ... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 16:35:13 EST My bff MICHERU is a total genius. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925105 So I'm on Facebook with my bestest best friend, and she asks if I can eat plantains. <BR> <BR> Sure, I say, as long as I'm not face-stuffing, it's all good. Right? <BR> <BR> She then tells me about these fried plantains that you smash into little wafers and fry in your choice of oil (she used EVOO like a boss), and then you top them with guac and sour cream... <BR> <BR> I thought, hmm, that's tasty. <BR> <BR> And then I thought, <BR> <BR> OMG MY BEST FRIEND JUST INVENTED PALEO TACO SHEL... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:12:31 EST Follow the money: peering into our dietary recommendations (with lots of links!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920613 I was reading about Zoe Harcombe's book, The Obesity Epidemic, and in her videoed introduction she asked a few pointed questions (http://www.theobesityepidemic.org/): <BR> <BR> "We want to be slim more than anything else in the world, so why do we have an obesity epidemic? If the solution is as simple as ‘eat less and do more’, why are 90% of today’s children facing a fat future? What if the current diet advice is not right? What if trying to eat less is making us fatter? What if everything ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 20:13:56 EST Fantastic Editorial on Obesity from the BBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916026 I read this last night and read the last paragraph to my fiance, who agreed wholeheartedly. <BR> <BR> Seriously, the last paragraph says it all. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-1<BR>8335892 </link> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:52:12 EST Whoops, never mind, guess we were wrong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907831 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=868 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> According to our health educators here at Spark, our diets don't actually cause chronic diseases. <BR> <BR> <BR> Guess that settles it! I'm off to make a peanut butter, ice cream, and margarine sandwich! On whole-grain bread! <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 18:12:06 EST Cake assessment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900164 I give it an A on the cake itself. Delicious, moist, not eggy at all, and the coconut flakes were pretty tasty in there. <BR> <BR> I give the frosting a C- because of the coconut oil. <BR> <BR> Seriously, guys, if I ever tell you I'm going to put coconut oil in frosting again, stop me. I made it with 1 cup of butter, whipped it with the maple syrup instead of honey, and ended up with really tasty maple-flavored butter. I was really worried at this point and thought about making fresh frost... Sun, 27 May 2012 16:40:58 EST I really hope this works... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900097 I'm attempting a coconut cake. <BR> <BR> The recipe is here: <link> http://beta.primal-palate.com/recipe/cocon<BR>ut-cake/ </link> <BR> <BR> I was having trouble finding palm oil shortening, so I thought I'd use butter, but I was totally stumped on how to make frosting with butter that doesn't use powdered sugar. Ain't no way I'm eating that much sugar! So I tried searching for sugarless buttercream recipes, came up with about a hundred ways to use chemical sweeteners, and then found thi... Sun, 27 May 2012 15:30:47 EST A new blog for your enjoyment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889709 Okay, so this is the awesomest Google find EVAR. I love finding cool things when I'm not looking for them, don't you? <BR> <BR> I was searching for a recipe for bacon-wrapped pork chops. Last time I made them, the bacon overcooked and they were like bacon-wrapped hockey pucks. I searched and found a recipe on some blog somewhere in cyberspace, and started skimming the blog leading up to the recipe. <BR> <BR> I saw the word "Whole30." <BR> <BR> Whaaa? Whole30? <BR> <BR> READ ALL THE THIN... Sun, 20 May 2012 12:20:06 EST