PROVERBS31JULIA's SparkPeople Blog PROVERBS31JULIA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I made Persian Yogurt Drink (Doogh)! <img src=""> i have had drinks very much like this from various Middle Eastern restaurants and grocery stores, but they used names like "Yogurt Soda" or "Yogurt Drink" (and I like the drink better as I don't want the carbonation.). So I was reading through Persian recipes and this came up and I kept ignoring it, since I wasn't familiar with the "Doogh" name - but as I read through the ingredients finally, I realize... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 22:45:56 EST Work out in morning before breakfast... Interesting... Better to work out in the morning in a fasted state, before breakfast. Of course, for diabetics, better to check with your doctor ... <link><BR>-best-time-of-day-to-exercise-to-lose-<BR>weight-3769/?spMailingID=48935453&spUs<BR>erID=NDg2MjcxMDQ1MzUS1&spJobID=7029459<BR>94&spReportId=NzAyOTQ1OTk0S0 </link> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:48:11 EST Missing Link between Immune System and Nervous System "They'll have to change the textbooks." "After noticing vessel-like patterns in the distribution of immune cells on his slides, he tested for lymphatic vessels and there they were. The impossible existed. " And later - "Alzheimer's, Autism, MS and Beyond The unexpected presence of the lymphatic vessels raises a tremendous number of questions that now need answers, both about the workings of the brain and the diseases that plague it. For example, take Alzheimer's disease. "In Alzheimer's, ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 10:13:04 EST HIIT/Tabata Cardio vs Steady-Statr Cardio Got a blog from one of the exercise app blogs - MyFitnessPal <link><BR>ore-beneficial-steady-state-or-high-in<BR>tensity-cardio </link> This is a very long and somewhat technical article, and I admit I glazed over some of it. But toward the end, it begins to wrap up and summarize with s cute statement: "The answer is a depends!" Sounds like the bottom line really is what is your resting heart rate - if it is below 65 then it is okay to... Sat, 30 May 2015 23:51:49 EST Why Polyunsatuated Is Healthier? The answer may surprise you!! <img src=""> Thu, 28 May 2015 11:17:43 EST Emotions only last 1.5 Minutes (From An email on PTSD) I got this email today from Michelle Rosenthal - I've seen this email before (she is promoting her new book), but it occurs to me this has applicaton to my mindless I copied it to paste into here for future reference. ---(beginning of email)----- Emotions have zero capability to sustain themselves. They constantly transform, and while a feeling may last longer than ninety seconds because you continue to have thoughts that release the chemical, when you tire of that thought or ... Fri, 22 May 2015 09:20:37 EST Scripture from Bible Readings Isaiah 40:28-29 Have you not known? have you not heard? The everlasting God, Yahweh, the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn't faint, neither is weary; there is no searching of his understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40:30-31 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but those who wait for Yahweh shall renew their strength; they shBall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and... Tue, 19 May 2015 02:45:34 EST Meditation article(s) Just read this article on MindBodyGreen <BR> <BR> "8 Widely Held Beliefs You'll Reconsider After You Start Meditating" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/8-widely-held-beliefs-youll-reconside<BR>r-after-you-start-meditating.html </link> <BR> <BR> I can't remember if I have posted other blogs on meditation here. Pretty sure I have, but I am bad about not going back to refer to my previous blogs. I also put it on my Pinterest board (Spirituality)... <BR> <BR> Hope... Thu, 14 May 2015 00:31:37 EST More on Fasting -- Just read this SparkPeople article: <BR> <BR> How Fasting Affects Your Health <BR> <link><BR>st=you_asked_how_do_religious_fasts_im<BR>pact_my_health_weight_loss </link> <BR> <BR> and so it reminds me I have some sermons I need to watch on Fasting. In addition, it reminds me that I have been seeing quite a few articles from the secular world, commenting on scientific reasons why fasting works - <BR> <BR> <BR> Does Intermittent Fasting Have Benefits?... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:50:25 EST Working Out Towards "Our Arrival" I was looking for some funeral music for the rabbit we found a few days ago, which has now passed on to the ground, to become one with the dust. Then after reading ~INDIEGIRL 's blog (Beth), I thought of a cheerier piece. It's one that was bundled up in the soundtrack for the recent Summer Olympics in London, and it dawned on me (finally!!), that it would be a good pace song for quick workouts or in one's playlist. The title itself seemed to be a motivational goal, in a way, not that I nece... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:55:09 EST Some of my Fears.... I read this blog... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ness/advice/a19888/miss-about-being-fat/ </link> <BR> <BR> and though I haven't lost any weight these last 10 years (other then the usual back and forth 5 or so pounds)...this gal hits it square on the head some of the issues I dealt with years ago when I lost about 30-35 pounds during my sophomore and junior year of high school. I remember those feelings of nakedness, of the family making undermining comments ab... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:26:31 EST Passover Thoughts Philippians 3:13-19 13) Brothers, I don't regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14) I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Forget about my past mistakes - acknowledge they happened but keep looking forward, see what I need to do to not make that mistake again, forgive myself and press forward)... 15) Let us therefore, as many as ... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:23:32 EST Words Can Bless, Words Can Heal I am fairly certain that I've written on this before, as I have one of the books mentioned in this blog that I read today. <BR> <BR> But I'm not going to go look for it. Right now, it's enough to just read this blog and see the dramatic words of kind words vs negative words on just ONE apple. The woman cut it in half, and each half was in its own jar, sealed up, and each one received either kind words or negative words. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ou-sick-or-he... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 15:51:17 EST Flowers and Hail <img src=""> <BR> We had a hailstorm last week - not sure I can upload that video now. <BR> <BR> Then the crabapple trees bloomed in spite of the hailstorm: <BR> <BR> Tonight about 11 pm the lights were flickering and I shut computer down, knowing we were under severe weather alert. We did get some hail but some of my friends elsewhere in the metro area have damaged trampolines, broken limbs and power lines. We are so far still with p... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 02:55:08 EST Sitting Kills!! And here I am, sitting on my arse all morning, moaning about my headache, reading email and suddenly I read this article from MindBodyGreen (one of my favorite sites of recent history): "Why exercise won't counteract the effects of sitting all day"!! <link><BR>/why-exercise-wont-counteract-the-effe<BR>cts-of-sitting-all-day.html </link> I know I have scolded myself here in my blogs, so I am posting this one as yet another stern reminder to myself to d... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:04:11 EST The 2 Questions To Ask Yourself If You're Trying To Lose Weight (article) I just read an interesting article and it is exactly the kind of thing I have struggled with in identifying "goals". SparkPeople is big on making goals, SMART GOALS - Specific Measureable Attainable Realistic Timely etc and I have never been able to clearly visualize anything beyond the nebulous "wear smaller clothes" or "feel better somehow", but not sure how, what, whatever, or things I want to do... <link><BR>/the-2-questions-to-ask-yourself-if-yo<BR>... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:07:27 EST General the Huskaroo Some of you up in Fairbanks/ North Pole at or near the military base might have read about my cousin who ended up being the new Forever Home for General the Huskaroo. General was a runt of a litter and his parents and other family are/were participants in the Itenarod (sp? long races with teams of huskies pulling a sled?) - think it just happened a few days ago. <link><BR>zinghusky </link> Wow!! there are so many links to choose from!! - here is my Spar... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:33:54 EST A blog I read today ... I finally figured out how to at least start a blog from phone today, from inside the SparkPeople mobile app. It seems to be disabled going through the Safari browser. Not sure why. <BR> <BR> So I read this blog today: <BR> <BR> The Surprisingly Simple, Enjoyable Way to Make Weight Loss Stick <BR> <BR> I've no idea if me adding the "link" HTML indicators will work inside someone's phone, but it should work for those who only access the SparkPeople site on their laptops or PC's... <BR> <BR... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:17:24 EST I am Spent... Saw this Spark Motivational Quote: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>quotes_translation.asp?id=93 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm in an odd situation here in Wisconsin. Dad sleeps a good deal of the day when his girlfriend is home, especially when she is sleeping in the afternoons, prior to leaving for her third shift job (10:30pm-7:30am approx.). She lives in a tiny apartment and I love her for investing so much in my dad's life. She's doing the best she can. So ... I don't g... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:51:16 EST Free Veggies Infographic! I am up in Wisconsin now, in Union Grove, visiting my dad. Found this cool Infographic on vegetables, how to prepare them, and what seasons of the year they are best used. I plan to print this out at home (I'm using cellular data using this phone now, no acces to wifi.). <link><BR>hool-101/how-to-cook-vegetables/?utm_s<BR>ource=myfitnesspal&utm_medium=link&utm<BR>_campaign=content-syndication </link> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:31:48 EST Shouldn't Product UPC's Change ... ...when the nutritional information changes?? I've been noticing a lot with this new SparkPeople iOS App that when I scan a bar code, the product nutritional information listed on SparkPeople does not agree with the info on the labels. I have some handy dandy photos to prove my point, but now I feel like SparkPeople doesn't want to see them, as I can't get to the edit my blog page either on Safari or on the SP App - all I get is the dumbed down mobile pages. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:13:58 EST Is swinging on the swing set at the park Realized I needed to clarify really quickly what I meant by "swinging", because my first title attempt was "Is swinging "exercise" and uh... yea... I hate it when words have a double entendre (sp?). This is supposed to be a family friendly site. So...ummm moving right along here. <BR> <BR> I just landed on a new-to-me SparkPeople High Intensity Thinkers and I forget now which question I was commenting on, but then as I wrote my reply (below), it occurred to me I needed to save this in my blo... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:05:28 EST "12 Unexpected Reasons to Drink More Water This New Year" Wow, I can't think of words of my own to write blogs as there have been so many interesting things in the newspaper. I guess my local paper is skimming off the Internet for articles rather than rely on their own reporters. <BR> <BR> But here you go - a nice article by Laura Schwecherl on "12 Unexpected Reasons to Drink More Water This New Year". Many of these I had read but like one specific point here, and a different point there, so I'm glad to see she's included many of the ones I've tak... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 21:12:51 EST Plan Vs Reality Welcome to SparkPeople !! Here is a little clarification as to the future!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 23:22:04 EST Dear Abby - Jan. 1, 2015 Dear Abby's often-requested list of New Year's Resolutions, which were adapted by my late mother, Pauline Phillips, from the original credo of Al-Anon: JUST FOR TODAY: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime. JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. I will not dw... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:50:19 EST "15 Phrases That Will Change Your Life In 2015" My husband sent me a helpful article that could assist in our goals for this next year - "15 Phrases That Will Change Your Life In 2015". I thought "dont't" was interesting - instead of saying "I can't eat cookies..." saying "I don't eat cookies" is more powerful! <link><BR>04 </link> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:16:47 EST "The Benefits of Being Cold" from The Atlantic Saw this article and I believe there is something to this - especially when in years past I lost more weight in wintertime when I went outdoors and was slightly underdressed... <link><BR>chive/2015/01/does-global-warming-make<BR>-me-look-fat/383509/ </link> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:42:45 EST Charity Miles Fitness App - Sweat Equity Getting caught up on my newspapers and saw this review of the Charity Miles fitnes app. While I am writing this blog, my phone is busy downloading the app. I will try it out in a bit, do some "running" on the rebounder while it is snowing outside. <BR> <BR> But the article indicates to me that the app could be a win-win, since there are lots of charities who needs funding and there are a lot of us who need more exercise and perhaps need more motivation to exercise. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'v... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:25:46 EST 12 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Your Day <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-to-stop-sabotaging-your-day.html </link> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:01:54 EST Meet Java, my walking buddy! Yesterday Java was a good girl and got her bathroom procedures done outdoors while we walked around... So later we went to the post office and then I surprised her with a visit to PetSmart to get her a new collar. We also had a $5 coupon that I had gotten a week or so ago, from buying her big bag of dog food, so yesterday we got Piper some kitty litter and cat food. Piper is our 14 year old black cat and not walking with me any more. <BR> <BR> When we came out of the store some 30-45 minute... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:29:18 EST Happy Sabbath!! Happy Sabbath! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:56:16 EST Various links and thoughts... I need to pay attention to my total sugar values - read labels etc - even "healthy foods" have too much sugar!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ople/that-sugar-film-director-damon-ga<BR>meua-receives-shocking-diagnosis-after<BR>-going-on-healthy-sugar-diet-for-just-<BR>60-days-9875791.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> And are my husband and I the only ones having to log in to SparkPeople on the Safari Browsers of our iPhones multiple times a day!! That's almost a deal b... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:36:15 EST Seven Mental Shifts I need to do... A good article. I need to work on these processes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>al-shifts-to-make-before-your-weight-l<BR>oss-journey.html </link> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:21:08 EST Women vs Women Sexism?? Food for thought... Just how supportive are we of our peers? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tefanovics-sexism-experiment-tv-show-h<BR>ost-wears-same-suit-for-a-year.html </link> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:33:18 EST Sweaty workout? Marathon? Change clothes without getting NEKKID!! Just saw an interesting Kickstarter campaign that ends this Saturday November 1, 2014 - <BR> <BR> The Undress!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/denniscaco/the-undress-change-clothes<BR>-in-public-without-getti </link> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Different colors, and the size ranges look to go all the way up to US size 24-28 or so? (Says their XL covers up to size 24-28, which is roughly equivalent to a 2x or 3x?). <B... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:22:16 EST Pitfalls of International Travel While in Ireland, we stopped in Dublin to visit an IKEA store that was on our way to the hotel. I know that there are IKEA stores in the USA, but they are 250-300+ miles away. <BR> <BR> We discovered these candies at the end, right by the checkout: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did we skip pass them? Noooo! <BR> Sadly, it appears these are only available in Europe. I've no clue how to pronounce "Daim" - it almost looks like it's supposed... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:53:14 EST Ireland... <img src=""> <BR> The Stone of Destiny, as vandalized recently with green paint. It's up at the Hill of Tara. <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:12:28 EST Greetings from Ireland I'm in Ireland now. Actually I have been over a week and we will be going home later this weekend. It's been a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkoth and the perfect place to rejoice. <BR> <BR> Deuteronomy 16:15 <BR> " Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the Lord your God in the place which the Lord chooses, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice." <BR> <BR> Will have to upload photos later, as I can... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 03:40:04 EST Rewards, Motivations and Altruism... I'm reading an article now and have to put this aside to prepare for services... Want to come back to it. But reading of the scientific documented benefits of "giving unto others" suddenly reminds me of my long time nemosis (sp?) of trying to determine "rewards" for exercise or eating right or whatever SparkStreak I am trying to pursue. I have always felt selfish at the idea of saying "I want to go on a cruise" " a new wardrobe" "...get a manicure" "...but a certain type/style/piece of ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:00:44 EST Music Appreciation for the Day Today's lesson is on Woodwinds - flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoon, although saxophones were also mentioned in passing... <BR> <BR> <BR> This class is hosted on Blackboard, and so they usually provide some informational and/or fun videos relevant to the current lesson. <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting bassoon interpretation of one of the classic 70's and 80's group Queen: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e=player_embedded&v=oSxBnN1KJ-A </link> <BR> (or, just in ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:38:29 EST Deceptive Marketers Advertising on SparkPeople You know those banner ads from that you see here on SparkPeople and other places? I don't like them. It's one thing to go to a website that looks interesting, cruise around and discover that all their clothing is not the sizes you need (if you are like me, larger than a size 20.). <BR> <BR> It's quite another thing, very humiliating, to land at a website from a banner ad, and then, before you can even go look at the clothing, you have to fill out a survey - maybe they don't col... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:36:03 EST Effective Herbal Teas (Tisines) for Weight Loss I've seen a few different websites discussing herbal teas that are helpful for weight loss, and many are somewhat hard to understand or follow - I'm guessing because the articles were written by non-native English users. The information is still helpful though, so I wanted to have it on hand here in one place, rather than having to scroll page after page of advertisements with just little blips of the specific information. <BR> <BR> Here's a few that I've found so far, and in some cases have... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:06:29 EST Songs With Positive Lyrics I am taking an online music appreciation class, and we were asked write up introductions, including a link to a youtube or .mp3 selection, and why we liked it. <BR> <BR> Well I'm the nerdy type so my link was to an organ piece I like written by JS Bach... but in the process of reading the introductions from my classmates and checking out their links, I've found new songs I'd never heard from and found the lyrics versions of those songs. So I think this is going to be a "blog to add to" from ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:58:40 EST Crazy Summer, part Two: What a crazy summer!! Last Saturday the 16th, my step-sister's son and daughter-in-law were involved in a motorcycle wreck, where a trailer slipped off the hitch in the EB lane and whirled into their WB lane in Great Bend. They were airlifted to Wichita (it was all over the news, so those of you in Kansas likely have seen or read about it.). She coded twice that day, once en route on the helicopter, and they got her back, but when she coded at the hospital, she never came back. He hung on unt... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:17:29 EST Crazy Summer So many deaths this summer - I'd think it was winter, but these are a little more sudden and abrupt. My girlfriend's son just died a month ago the 13th. This past Saturday my step-sister's youngest son and his wife and a group of others were in Great Bend, KS to scope out an honorary motorcycle run for a friend of theirs who had died LAST summer (his airplane crashed.). While there, the one friend was up ahead, with their 6 year old daughter behind him. The couple - my step nephew and his wif... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:38:07 EST Six Foods That Act Like Addictive Drugs In Your Body Another great blog from MindBodyGreen... <BR> <BR> Dairy/Cheese <BR> Sugars & Fats <BR> Meats <BR> Wheat & Rice <BR> <BR> Contain addictive chemicals in these foods called exorphins. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-that-behave-like-addictive-drugs-in-<BR>your-body.html </link> <BR> <BR> The thing is to get a Natural High from endorphins - generated by exercise, enjoying beautiful outdoor scenery (sunrises, sunsets, etc), companionship ... <BR> <BR> Anothe... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:26:12 EST Article - "Secret Habits of Successful Exercisers" "Secret Habits of Successful Exercisers" from the Dr. Mercola site. I want to study this and break it down for me, because I am definitely one of these who rarely feels an immediate payoff once exercise is completed... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I will have to edit - Safari isn't really nice to my attempts to copy and past from another web page. <link><BR>chive/2099/12/31/exercise-habits.aspx?<BR>e_cid=20140707Z1_DNL_artTest_... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:36:42 EST Notes from the Spark Quiz "Test Your Cholesterol" <BR> As I was going through the quiz, I copied some of the "explanation" notes off to the side, where SP clarified why the answer was what it was. I find myself getting mixed up with cholesterol and triglyceride and how to deal with them. I decided to paste in some of those notes, to remind me what to do!! This is not my wroting!! The Spark Quiz link is below! <BR> <BR> =======••• <BR> <BR> Being overweight increases your blood cholesterol levels since your body stores the extra calories y... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:25:57 EST Paleo diet - should I do it?? My girlfriend (who so far has refused to take SparkPeople seriously) was starting on yet another attempt at "going Paleo..." <BR> <BR> I never could quite buy into it, even though ya, sure, I'd love to slather butter on everything, right? There is moderation, of course - not "good food" vs "bad food" - a mental outlook. <BR> <BR> So today, I hear from the ever hysterical James Fell (wish he wasn't so crude in places, but he does bring out useful points...). His article helped me reframe the... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:47:51 EST Fasting - reboot the immune system Who knew? <BR> <BR> Many religions and spirtual practices encourage fasting, and many benefits are reported. <BR> <BR> Here is a benefit I hadn't heard of before, at least not in exactly this way: <BR> <BR> Twice a year... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>23/20140607/fasting-good-immune-system<BR>-triggers-stem-cell-regeneration.htm </link> <BR> <BR> This could have great benefits for those undergoing chem for cancer... <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:30:10 EST