QUERIDAANA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=QUERIDAANA QUERIDAANA'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/ Fiber protects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002576 A diet rich in soluble fibre has been reported to reduce the incidence of bowel cancer, gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heart disease and diabetes. <BR> <BR> I''m taking the Sparkpeople Fit and fiber challenge. Loving it! Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:59:21 EST Worked on my online courses all day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002317 I love to learn especially about health related topics. <BR> <BR> There are free online courses at Futurelearn.com and I find that studying keeps me from overeating. <BR> <BR> They are so interesting! <BR> <BR> I also love the sparkpeople challenges. Very helpful and informative! Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:25:37 EST Bullied by swim instructor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001352 Today I was bullied by one of the swim instructors. I am so sad. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:26:42 EST Went swimming today before studying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999092 Working of stamina. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:15:09 EST Did 2 acqua classes today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998661 Refreshing...and exhausting. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:54:18 EST I've never been a gardner...but- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996014 I'venever been a gardner, but today I tried my hand at pulling weeds. Next Saturday, we wil till the soil and plant some herbs. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck on growing my green thumb. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 11:56:11 EST The unsustainable use of water in agriculture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995098 The limited availability of water for agriculture is one of the biggest challenges facing farmers in nearly all parts of the world. What can be done? <BR> <BR> One thing is to not waste food. It costs resources to produce the food, and if we waste it, that wastes resources. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:21:17 EST Some foods with prebiotics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994385 Prebiotics are found naturally in some foods like leeks, artichokes, garlic and onions, green bananas, <BR> <BR> They help our healthy microorganisms in our gut. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 21:21:48 EST Plan to combat snack attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994008 Plan to combat snack attacks: <BR> <BR> 1. drink tea and water. <BR> <BR> 2.track food, <BR> <BR> 3. have vegetables on hand to grab and go. <BR> <BR> 4. don't have junk food in the home. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 09:31:00 EST We are supposed to journal about sugar cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990614 I have read that sugar is added to many foods wher one would least expect it, for example spaghetti sauce. When I went shopping I was surprised to find high fructose corn syrup in sour pickles. Some brads add it to coconut water, too. I find that when I eat sugary foods, I just want more. Sugar feels addictive, and it is hard to find a good psta sauce withoout added sugar and salt. Solution: Make if from scratch at home where you can control the ingredients. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 23:06:37 EST Risk factors for Cardio Vascular Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990097 Cardiovascular diseases, or CVDs, are the number one cause of death globally with 17.5 million people dying each year. Most of the CVDs can be prevented by addressing behavioural risk factors, such as unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity, and alcohol intake? Aaround 1/3 of cancer deaths are due to the five leading behavioural and dietary risks of <BR> 1)high body mass index, <BR> 2)low fruit and vegetable intake, <BR> 3)lack of physical activity, <BR> 4)tobacco use, and <BR> 4) al... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 07:54:32 EST Chair exercises with injured foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988792 I liked this http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos<BR>-detail.asp?video=38 Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:34:54 EST Is food addictive? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984728 I read that scientissts have not found a substance in food that could be classified as a cause for addiction. However, I wonder what about sugar? Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:03:09 EST Instead of a candy bar I bought a fancy eraser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983314 Why did I buy a fancy eraser? <BR> <BR> 1. To spend my money, so that I couldn't buy a food-that-shall-not-be-named. <BR> <BR> 2. To remind me that people make mistakes that can be corrected (erased). <BR> <BR> 3. I bought a FANCY eraser as a treat to reward myself (because I am worth it, especially since I avoided a bad food choice). <BR> <BR> Today I went out to lunch with friends and made good choices. <BR> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:42:02 EST How has our food changed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980067 Food staples and food-processing procedures introduced during the Neolithic (think FARMING) and Industrial (think FOODPROCESSING) Periods have fundamentally altered 7 crucial nutritional characteristics of ancestral hominin diets: <BR> 1) glycemic load, <BR> 2) fatty acid composition, <BR> 3) macronutrient composition, <BR> 4) micronutrient density, <BR> 5) acid-base balance, <BR> 6) sodium-potassium ratio, and <BR> 7) fiber content. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:17:42 EST Remember the Pritikin way of eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939012 It reminds me of the Dr. Fuhrman Eat to Live Diet. Now, I read that we can download audios from Dr. McDougal, who advocates a similar plan. I have not listened to the audio files yet, so can't rate them yet. <BR> https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/educa<BR>tion/podcast/nathan-pritikin/ Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:35:51 EST I added cranberry juice to water to make a nonsweet drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930696 I was having trouble drinking enough plain water. <BR> <BR> I added cranberry juice and it reminded me of wine. <BR> It was sour, but refreshing. <BR> <BR> I also like lemon juice in water. <BR> Tue, 19 May 2015 09:44:35 EST High blood pressure -- gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930221 I went to the hospital to have my leg pain checked out. Thank goodness there is nothing wrong (no emerging clots, nothing else in the xray or MRI). My blood pressure has returned to normal probablu because of my good habits. Mon, 18 May 2015 13:42:36 EST Pulled a muscle May 2nd stretching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929231 Still hurts today, two weeks later. Sat, 16 May 2015 17:50:13 EST Hindi love songs make me want to dance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926440 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrIm7<BR>IUrtGM </link> <BR> <BR> Nice melodies. <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 May 2015 15:42:56 EST Food Pusher http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925397 I made a cartoon movie about risisting a food pusher. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dvolver.com/live/movies-1086703 </link> Sat, 9 May 2015 16:48:03 EST Distraction Prevents Infraction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924365 <BR> I made a cartoon movie to distract myself when I wanted to eat. <link>www.dvolver.com/live/movies-1086230 </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 16:00:39 EST I walked a 10K today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918131 Perfect weather for a long walk today. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:18:22 EST Happy Earth Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915827 Wishing all good weather and a clean environment! Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:53:08 EST My toaster oven caught fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887618 Well, I have been breaking my kitchen equipment lately. The latest victim is my toaster oven. I sat a pile of dishes next to it and they accidently turned the switch on. I smelled something good cooking, then smoke. <BR> When I turned from doing the dishes, to my horror I saw flames shooting up in the toaster oven. <BR> <BR> Remain calm. Think. Pour salt on it to cut off the oxygen supply. No salt available.Do not pour water, as it is an electrical fire. OK. Pour corn starch on to smother ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:56:09 EST Cooking surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886143 Sunday I decided to make carrot muffins to use up my carrots. The recipes online called for too many sweeteners, so I choose a friut explosion muffin recipe from the Fuhrman cookbook and would add carrots to it. <BR> <BR> I got the flour out and was ready to measure it, but when I checked the recipe it called for quinoa. I didn't see any quinoa on the shelf, althoough I could have sworn that I had recently cooked a batch and put it into 1/2 cup portion jars to store. <BR> <BR> So, I cooke... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:15:46 EST Soaking Flaxmeal in water = egg substitute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884692 I was looking for a muffin recipe today to use up my carrots. It calls for flaxseed soaked in water for 5 minutes as an egg replacement in carrot muffins. <BR> <BR> <link>minimalistbaker.com/one-bowl-carrot-<BR>apple-muffins-vegan-gf/ </link> <BR> <BR> Flaxseed faux egg <BR> <link>minimalistbaker.com/how-to-make-a-fl<BR>ax-egg/ </link> <BR> <BR> Dr. Fuhrman used chia seeds and no eggs in this recipe. It has less sugar, so I will go with it. <BR> <BR> <link>thechalkboardmag.com/dr... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:35:56 EST 25 cheap foods that are good for you--spark article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884519 I loved this article about cheap foods that are good for you. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1210&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> But the prices are much higher in my area. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:08:59 EST Last day of the month--time for updates and analysis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884223 This month was very productive for me. <BR> <BR> 1. increased vegetables and fruits <BR> 2. was consistent in cooking healthful meals <BR> 3. exercised as much as I could <BR> 4. feasted daily at The Lord's Table <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:50:17 EST My computer likes the cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883950 I have found the learning curve for windows 8 rather steep. I much prefer my old dying laptop which has windows 7. <BR> <BR> however, it overheats and then does the dreaded blue screen dump crash--but not today. Today it is unbearably cold in my unheated back porch room. I wore 3 sweaters and a coat with gloves and 2 knit ski hats and wrapped a comforter (quilt) around my shoulders, while I worked on the computer while stationary biking to keep warm. <BR> <BR> This was perfect for the com... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:57:24 EST Eating every 4 hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883398 I have been eating every 4 hours for the last 2 days. I always get hungry after 3 hours. So for one hour 4 times per day I am practicing patience, practicing distracting my self, and I have been drinking tea and water to fill myself up. The most successful distractions were taking up the piano and knitting again. <BR> <BR> An unexpected bonus has been that I didn't feel like snacking late in the evening (a problem that I had been trying to overcome). Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:07:28 EST I had better luck with meal planning this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882170 This week I improved planning meals based on time, taste, season and coupons following the advice from this article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1485&page=2 </link> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:25:29 EST Has anyone tried this drink remedy for heart health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881313 Unpasteurized Apple cider vinegar <BR> garlic juice <BR> ginger juice <BR> <BR> I read that it iis good for unblocking arteries. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:20:09 EST Too much sitting changes the metabolism for the worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880229 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=how_much_sitting_is_too_much </link> <BR> <BR> This article was eye-opening for me. I will walk for 5 minutes every hour tomorrow. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:28:39 EST Snow preparation the stores were full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880163 We went shopping to beat the snow storm. Seems like everyone had the same idea. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:24:36 EST Record cold temperatures this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879624 I have been enoying my fireplace and exercising to keep warm. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:39:11 EST Banana instead of table sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878969 I discovered that I cannot handle sugar, but I still like to sweeten my smoothies with a banana. I also like frozen banana "icecream" made in my power blender (Ninja Pro varible speed Ultima Blender. I like this brand because they replaced the pitcher (jar) free of charge when I accidently cracked it by leaving a spoon in the jar and then blending. Today I dropped the plastic juice collector part of my Braville juicer, "Juice fountain Multi-Speed", on the floor and it cracked. It was $19.99 ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:49:51 EST foods that lower ldl and decrease inslin resistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878441 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/health-report<BR>/managing-type-2-diabetes-every-day/fo<BR>ods-blood-sugar-control-pictures.aspx#<BR>/slide-1 </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't know vinegar can reduce insulin reistence. "... vinegar's effects on the body are similar to the effects of the commonly used diabetes drug metformin." Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:28:22 EST Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878213 My sides and back are huting because I over did it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1568 </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:24:50 EST One cereal has 0% sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877103 One cereal in the list at the link below has 0% sugar. <BR> <BR> Can you find it? <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/<BR>cereals-high-vitamin-b12.php </link> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:33:45 EST I made roasted potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876971 I made these today. Amazing! <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=456370 </link> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:13:19 EST Portobello burrito--shocked at how many calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875966 Yesterday my sweetie and i celebrated Vakentine's by eating lunch out. I chose what I imagined to be a safe, healthy choice: a portobello burrito. <BR> <BR> When I came home to track my nutrition, I discovered that the burito had over 900 calories! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:40:44 EST Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875903 No chocolate. <BR> No candy. <BR> No cake. <BR> No regets! Sat, 14 Feb 2015 22:53:33 EST It's getting better all the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875361 Went swimming today. Tracked all my food. Cooked lots of vegetables. No junk food. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:48:19 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874241 I am grateful for family, friends, and sparkpeople. I read a sparkpeople <BR> article that said gratitude has a way of rurning our mood and eventually <BR> lives around. <BR> <BR> What are you grareful for today? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:20:53 EST Today promises to be another nice day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743979 Good weather and time to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:33:45 EST Happy Sunday Sparkers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742511 Have some fun today! You deserve it! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:56:56 EST It is nice to know there are others in the same boat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731456 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1168139821.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople is a great place to read the stories of wonderful people. We are all working on our goals. It is great to have like minded friends! <BR> <BR> Boston Tea Party clipart courtesy of Phillip Martin at <BR> http://americanhistory.phillipmartin.inf<BR>o/americanhistory_bostontea.htm Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:00:29 EST Things I did right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730618 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l235768409.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Corresponded with my accountability partner. <BR> 2. Read Sparkpeople articles. <BR> 3. Avoided processed food. <BR> 4. Worked on a hobby instead of snacking. <BR> 5. Relaxed and destressed. <BR> 6. Ate salad and fruit. <BR> 7. Drank electrolyte rich coconut water. <BR> 8. Found a new recipe. <BR> 9. Did gentle exercise. <BR> 10. Prayed with a grateful heart, counting my blessings. <BR> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:32:16 EST Making progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729945 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736881089.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I played freerice.com instead of snacking. <BR> <BR> I laid off the peanut butter this week. <BR> <BR> I used less butter and substituted guacamole on my sandwiches. <BR> <BR> I ate fruit instead of rich desserts. <BR> <BR> Small steps in the right direction. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:18:48 EST