ROSALIEESTHER's SparkPeople Blog ROSALIEESTHER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Mayo clinic newsletter says Eliminate Meat!! YAY! This is so great to read. <BR> <BR> If you know me, you know that I am always learning about health. You also know that my way of eating is 100% plant based. I follow Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. (both medical doctors) Dr. Pam Popper and Jeff Novick (both nutritionists) and loads more in the healing world who advocate for a meatless low fat way of eating. <BR> <BR> These professionals are not the mainstream. Outside of some online sites (like the Happy Herbivore, M... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:49:34 EST From back home in California I'm so sad about the fires in San Diego County. We still have a house on the northern coast of San Diego. Many of our friends are living in shelters right now and everyone has their most valuable things packed and ready to go. And every new time I see the news, I see things I know threatened by fire. <BR> <BR> We've been through several fire seasons ourselves. I can remember the smell and the ashes and the wind that the fires produce. It's always very very frightening. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 16 May 2014 12:45:57 EST Why I Eat Healthy! Saw this on facebook and it sooooo fits! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:39:30 EST Recipe in Solidarity With the People of Boston I've been thinking of how many gifts Boston has given this country. Founded by the Pilgrims and the Cradle of the American Revolution. It's not just the profound wisdom of our Founding Fathers, it's the food too. <BR> <BR> So it seems to me that this would be a good time to make one of Boston's iconic recipes: Boston Baked Beans. Here's a terrific recipe from right here on Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a wonderful day. And all Boston Sparkers - I'm particularly thinking of y... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:58:31 EST Please read this - I think it is important. "THROUGH A RAPIST'S EYES" (PLS TAKE TIME TO READ THIS. it may save a life.) <BR> <BR> It seems that a lot of attackers use some tactic to get away with violence. Not many people know how to take care of themselves when faced with such a situation. Everyone should read this especially each and every girl in this world. <BR> <BR> THOUGHT THIS WAS GOOD INFO TO PASS ALONG... <BR> <BR> Through a rapist's eyes! A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:37:41 EST I Couldn't Have Done It Without You! This year has been great. I feel more in touch with myself than I can ever remember. I've lost some weight - gained some back - and lost all that and then more than before. <BR> <BR> And Sparkpeople has been a big big part of how all these good things happened. <BR> <BR> I want to especially thank all the members of the teams that it is my honor to co-lead Thank you for checking in with the team and showing me such incredibly generous hearts. And thank you to the wonderful team lea... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:06:25 EST What the neighborhood kids fear at my house! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not true though - still doling out the cavity making candy! Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:58:06 EST Disaster Help Passing this along from the SP Leaders Forum: <BR> <BR> If you are in need of shelter or help; <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If you need to leave messages for loved ones that you are safe, or find loved ones that you have been separated from: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you want to help the disaster relief, here is a list: <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:54:29 EST The Eat Right Rule If your food can go bad, it's good for you. <BR> <BR> If your food can't go bad, it's bad for you. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 06:31:56 EST Life This is not mine. I'm sorry, but I don't know who did it. My sister sent it to me. I like it very much. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:07:31 EST Moroccan Quinoa, Chickpea, Cauliflower & Carrot Tagine This is from the wonderful Jeff Novick, MS, RD <BR> 2 Boxes chopped tomatoes or 2 cans <BR> <BR> 2 14-oz Can Unsalted Chickpeas <BR> 1 lb Frozen Cauliflower <BR> 1 lb Frozen Slices Carrots <BR> 1/2 lb frozen Onions <BR> 1/4 cup blanched toasted almonds (optional) <BR> 1/2 cup sliced dried apricots <BR> <BR> 2 tsp cinnamon <BR> 2 tsp cumin <BR> 2 tsp smoked paprika <BR> 2 tsp coriander <BR> 1/2 tsp red chili flakes <BR> <BR> Place all ingredients except almonds in a large saucepan, Bring to... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:47:04 EST Baked Apples in Phyllo Dough Baked Apples in Phyllo Dough <BR> <BR> Just right for this Fall weather! <BR> <BR> Serves 6 <BR> <BR> This is a simple delicious way to serve apples. <BR> <BR> 2 Jonathan or Rome apples, thinly sliced <BR> 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon <BR> 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice <BR> 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom <BR> 2 tablespoons agave nectar <BR> 2 tablespoons raisins <BR> 12 to 15 sheets phyllo dough <BR> <BR> 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Have a nonstick muffin pan ready. <BR> 2. Place apple slices i... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:03:09 EST Keep the Faith When you look in the mirror and see no change, and still keep faith, knowing that in time you will get there if you stay focused and on track, that's the difference between those who succeed and those who fail. <BR> <BR> Patience is our friend. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 20:42:20 EST We are all in this together! When we replace I with WE, we turn Illness into Wellness! <BR> <BR> Thank you all! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:11:57 EST Appreciate and Be Happy "Did you know the time you spend appreciating your life in general will actually help you make peace with the past and increase happiness in the present? Research shows when you appreciate anything you strengthen your ability to appreciate everything." <BR> <BR> This awareness of life's wonders and the billions of blessings in my life, have completely 100%changed my life. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-anything-to-appreciate-everything/?f<BR>b_comment_id=fbc_... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:31:41 EST It's Too Hard! <img src=""> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:18:44 EST Wise Words <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's pay attention to our health now! Today! Right now! And let's love our lives right now - not later when we're thin. Today is glorious and we are alive. Let's be grateful. <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:51:10 EST Numbers on the scale! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sooooooooo important to remember! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:44:41 EST Women are beautiful at every age! Thanks to Victoria Butenko for so many things including this link and these words: <BR> <BR> "On March 7, 2012, six women—aged between 43 and 74 - defeated 24 other acts to win the right to represent Russia at Eurovision - the pan-European singing contest that is also the world’s most-watched non-sporting event. (Think of it as American Idol meets the Olympic Games.) Since then, the video of them performing their song “Party for Everybody” has been watched more than three million times on Yo... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:22:10 EST Feelin The Love I wish that I could hug each and everyone of you. In my mind I do. <BR> <BR> Please enjoy: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ob=av3e </link> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:35:32 EST Opportunities Seems like I get the opportunity to learn the same thing over and over and over and over again. I was doing great. I was exercising regularly and eating only the best food and sleeping and keeping up with sp and my other obligations. <BR> <BR> Then, as so often has happened in the past, I decided that because of an arbitrary date, the first of the month, it was time to set new goals. OK that can be a great tool. But I did what I've done many times before: I just set those goals witho... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 18:13:51 EST Have you tried Hawaiian Papaya? I don't know about you, but I just have never really enjoyed eating Mexican Papaya. It has a strong flavor, and it's not a flavor I really want. <BR> <BR> But I've discovered Hawaiian Papaya and it is just heavenly! Well, it's heavenly except it costs a lot more and it's a lot smaller. But when you want a treat check out the exotic fruit at your grocery store and have yourself one of these. You'll be glad you did. <BR> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 21:18:26 EST Inspired I respect the people who join and participate in Sparkpeople. The hardest thing to do is to change the way we think. Everyone here on Sparkpeople is willing to change the way they think. <BR> <BR> That means that a part of us has to die - a part that we were attached to has to actually die. <BR> <BR> I've been reminded of this recently by several Spark Friends all of whom have been able to change their minds and now have a whole new way of thinking and are not looking back. There ar... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 17:58:33 EST What is going on here?????? OK - so three days ago I dared to get on the scale and I let everyone know that I'd finally lost some weight!!!! It had been a really long plateau and I crowed about my success and was given incredible support here. <BR> <BR> What you don't know is that after getting off the scale, I dashed to my closet, rummaged around on the floor in the back and found the next size down pants (size 14 - after the biggest size being a 26 or tight 24). I pulled, I tugged, I laid down on the bed, sucked... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:25:21 EST Oh My Gosh! Oh My Gosh! Come Look! I lost 5 pounds! It's been so long I was beginning to wonder if the <em>192</em> was ever ever going to move! It's been months. It seemed like forever! I have been putting my energy into disassociating my self image from what the scale says. And I still want to do that. I want to focus on how I feel and how healthy I am getting! <BR> <BR> But I must admit I am over the top ecstatic <em>334</em> to see that scale finally go down. <em>9</em> With this quick 5 pound loss, I have lost a total of 50 ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:03:46 EST Vegucated &#8206;'Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated is a award-winning documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers from different backgrounds who, for six weeks, adopt a vegan diet and a whole new way of thinking about food.' <BR> Can't wait to watch this! <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 10:09:59 EST I think it's time to baby myself If I were my baby, I'd make sure that everything I eat was good for me. <BR> <BR> If I were my baby, I'd make sure I'd sleep enough. <BR> <BR> If I were my baby, I'd make sure that I got outside every day. <BR> <BR> If I were my baby, I'd do everything I could to keep myself healthy, safe and happy. <BR> <BR> Yup, it's time to baby myself. <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:12:53 EST Enjoy <img src=""> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 12:34:59 EST Am I ever going to feel I'm doing good enough???? I'm tired of being so hard on myself. My bestest friend, Caroline1014, and all my spark friends, and my husband, are all so supportive of me and really noticing my efforts, why can't I????? <BR> <BR> Last Summer I was practically unable/unwilling to move my body. I would get up late, stay in my pajamas and watch crappy tv all day long. When I say all day, I mean all day, except for the occasional times when my husband said he was too busy to go get our fast food and then I'd pull somethin... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:26:10 EST Processed Food? Think twice! A friend just sent me an interview done with Steve Ettlinger, author of “Twinkie, Deconstructed”. Hopefully Twinkies are never in anyone's shopping cart, but it is interesting to read what passes for food! <BR> <BR> It's a good reminder to me that eating fresh produce is the best way to know what is on my plate. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the article: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oking-inside-the-twinkie/?ref=healthup<BR>date&nl=health&emc=health... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 13:20:57 EST Snow - more than just cold and white. Isn't it great when the weather gives us a wonderful opportunity to exercise? I'm falling in love with snow all over again. Now, if it snows overnight I can get out first thing in the morning and shovel snow. And if enough of it comes down, I could snow shoe or cross country ski. And if I lived in the mountains I could ski. <BR> <BR> Pretty cool stuff and I don't just mean cold. Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:44:57 EST Does Everyone Know About Freecycle? I am soooooooooo stoked! I just was reading this article about how cross country skiing burns so many more calories than running or bicycling, or walking. So, being a member of my local freecycle group, I put out a message ISO (In Search Of) a Nordic Track Ski Machine. Next thing I know, a very nice woman wrote to tell me that she has one in good working condition! She said she and her husband were delighted to get rid of stuff they aren't using. And believe me, I am delighted to have i... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:42:11 EST Anti-Aging through Exercise, Fruits & Vegetables and Joy! I am so grateful to have found out about the wonders of eating Raw Fruits and Vegetables! <BR> <BR> Here's a quick little video by Roger Haeske encouraging us to improve our health through some very simple tips: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Make it a Rawsome Day! You are worth having the best life possible! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:57:34 EST Now is NOW There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now. <BR> -James A. Baldwin Mon, 26 Dec 2011 16:07:05 EST Inspiration from poets We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is something valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. e. e. cummings <BR> <BR> May I be I is the only prayer - not may I be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong. e.e. cummings <BR> <BR> I count life just as stuff to try the soul’s strength on.Robert Brow... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 12:46:14 EST My wish for you May you ALWAYS make the right move <BR> <BR> May your cup runneth over with love <BR> <BR> MAY YOU ALWAYS FIND SHELTER FROM ANY STORM <BR> <BR> May you remain good looking and looking good. <BR> <BR> May you find the perfect diet for your body and your soul. <BR> <BR> <BR> May you find perfect balance in the company you keep. <BR> <BR> May you have as much fun as you can before someone makes you stop. <BR> <BR> <BR> May the worst thing that happens to you come in ... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 14:23:37 EST Done! My First 5K - The Halloween 5K on Halloween! Wow!!! That was a big challenge for me. Then it turned out to be more doable than I'd expected. Well, the ice is broken. I'm on board for more of these. Yes, it was even fun! Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:37:45 EST How To Get Back On Track By Frederic Patenaude "Let's face it. It's rare that you'll find someone who will commit 100% to something and never look back or have a breakdown. But your ability to succeed will be measured by your determination and focus, as well as your ability to learn from your "mistakes". <BR> <BR> So here are 7 things you can do *today* to get back on track with your diet. <BR> <BR> 1- Don't Be Hard on Yourself <BR> <BR> We're really fast at acknowledging our shortcomings, but much less at acknowledging our successes... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 10:49:16 EST Good grief! Tomorrow Pete leaves town for week for a work. I already feel a bit lonely. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Pete has to bring a lot of material with him and the airline and they only let you put 50 pounds in a suitcase. He weighed his suitcase on the scale I've been using and it showed 40 pounds. But Pete was pretty sure that it weighed more. <BR> <BR> He needed stuff from Wal Mart anyway, so we decided to get a new scale and phewey! I weigh 210 instead of 190 like I thought. <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 14:41:53 EST Went real well - till after supper I had a great day today. Started out drinking a huge amount of water. Ate really well all day. Exercised a little, drank more water. Really a good day. And I wasn't just feeling smug, I was really really feeling good. <BR> <BR> Made a nice supper with plenty of veggies. And then the cravings hit. <BR> <BR> I guess you could call it "Mr. Aw Come On". He kept saying stuff like, "Aw Come On there's ice cream in the freezer." and "Aw Come On, you're going to eat it eventually, eat ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:53:04 EST Compassion - for me this time! I'm just so sick of being so mean to me. It seems to me that for most of my life I've been beating myself up one way or the other. I've compared myself to every creature ever created by Madison Avenue. I don't think that I've ever felt "good enough". <BR> <BR> Now, don't get me wrong, I've had my moments of vanity. I've had a big ego about plenty of things. <BR> <BR> But all in all, inside my head, it's been a pretty punitive place. <BR> <BR> When I look back at the photos of m... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:54:19 EST Grocery Choices Big day for me. When something is in my grocery cart, it pretty much is already mine and I don't like to put anything back once it's in there. <BR> <BR> But today, after buying a whole lot of junk "food" and some awful processed stuff, I thought about all the people who post here on Spark People and I stopped. And after really searching my soul about what I want, I put every single item back and went to the fresh produce. <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone for helping me get in touch with m... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:24:28 EST Grocery Choices Big day for me. When something is in my grocery cart, it pretty much is already mine and I don't like to put anything back once it's in there. <BR> <BR> But today, after buying a whole lot of junk "food" and some awful processed stuff, I thought about all the people who post here on Spark People and I stopped. And after really searching my soul about what I want, I put every single item back and went to the fresh produce. <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone for helping me get in touch with m... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:24:17 EST Low humidity seems to bring me energy! So interesting how much energy I have today. When I looked at the thermometer the humidity was way way down - at least compared with weeks of hot weather. It's wonderful to want to do things! Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:46:15 EST I'm fine Yesterday was such a hard day (not all of it but the last part of it) and many of you were so supportive. Thank you all. <BR> <BR> I feel a little numb, and a little tired, but things are better and I got some wonderful insights that I'm still digesting. I think they will serve me for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 18:01:44 EST Opening Up A Spark Friend of mine has recently decided to blog every day in an attempt to trust other people and open up instead of bottling everything up inside herself. I've been aware for a long time that I keep a lot to myself too, so I'm inspired by her to share every day on the blog and to be as open as I can be. <BR> <BR> Today was going great - cooler weather, resolve to eat real food and following through with that. <BR> <BR> Then I called my sister to let her know that I had some news abo... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 17:11:37 EST It's all too much OK - I realized today that I seem to have a need to have more always more. I was aware that I kind of buy a lot of food at the grocery store. And I was aware that (ooo this is so embarrassing) when I divide up a piece of pie in the kitchen I always manage to get the bigger piece. And I was aware, kind of, that while I'm eating, I'm also often thinking about whether there will be a second serving for me. <BR> <BR> But today, I realized that it's really pretty much always my take on thing... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:29:40 EST Waking Up I'm having sort of a "rebirth" - trying things that worked for me before, and surprise surprise, they still do! I've gone back to body flex and absolutely love it. And then I've started drinking smoothies and juices again. Eating some wonderful raw veggies. <BR> <BR> It's amazing, I went from being cranky and unmotivated and just plain lethargic, to full of life, joyful and energetic! <BR> <BR> Who knew! We need real food to thrive and oxygen it's a good thing! Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:48:12 EST Watching Myself Going This Way and That Boy - anyone watching me would be mighty confused. The last few days I've just been going down down down fast. I was eating nothing but junk food. Stuff I'd sworn off eating - stuff I know is really bad. Stuff that is guaranteed to put the pounds on and fast. <BR> <BR> Then today, my beloved husband interrupted my crazy downhill spiral. He made a wonderful smoothie for me. All of a sudden I was a different person. A person who wanted to, and did, exercise. A person who thought "what ... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:02:25 EST