STRNGNGRNDED's SparkPeople Blog STRNGNGRNDED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What works for you when you're ill? <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=959 </link> <BR> <BR> Personally I wouldn't take the advice of this article. I've never received a flu vaccination and I don't catch the flu that's going around. When I worked in an office atmosphere everyone that did get the flu shot always got the flu. (most likely not the flu that the received the shot for, because rarely do the doctor's have the flu strain that is currently going around, but they don't want you to know th... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:12:03 EST this article is unhealthy <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=2063&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> You want to eat right? then you have an eating disorder; it's a new one called Orthorexia. <BR> Ever hear of it? Me either, but according to this if you're a vegetarian or vegan, then you are an Orthorexia. <BR> If you abstain from gluten, you're a Orthorexia. <BR> If you are lactose intolerant and need to avoid dairy, then according to this article, you are Orthorexia. <BR> If a doctor puts ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:14:10 EST Not Even Possible <link><BR>-challenge-day.asp?calendar=8&day=14&u<BR>tm_source=sparkpeople&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=email-generic </link> <link><BR>-challenge-day.asp?calendar=8&day=14&u<BR>tm_source=sparkpeople&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=email-generic </link> <BR> <BR> Hoof it instead of driving. Where I live this isn't a possibility. We don't live in the city and walking on the country roads is a safety hazard. <... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:55:37 EST ugh the flesh is weak I had it in my head to walk on the treadmill 30 minutes at an incline, but I definitely wouldn't have been as tough on myself as my ds was. Thank goodness he was with me pushing the incline to 15% grade to really give me a challenge. <BR> <BR> Having him push the buttons and time it feels as though I have a personal trainer. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> 30 minutes <BR> 1.31 miles <BR> 6% average grade <BR> burned 226 calories <BR> <BR> During the workout I really felt tight; muscles tighte... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:18:05 EST Mini Goal #5 The other day I beat my first mile time and today my ds beat mine. Oh boy. I had made the suggestion he run with running shoes instead of military boots. He just FLEW like the wind. He did a mile in 10:51min. <BR> <BR> He was very excited and wanted me to try it. HA! I told him I would try and beat my new time, but it would take me some time to reach his time. <BR> <BR> He was very supportive and I did 1 mile in 13:39 burning 112 calories per my treadmill. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 18:22:43 EST Mini Goal #4 Okay, my ds beat my mile time from goal #2 Friday, December 18, 2015. Today was my day to beat my old goal of 15:42 minutes and if I possibly could also beat my ds's time. <BR> <BR> Thankfully ds also helps me by timing my running at higher speeds for one minute at a time and then walking slower for a minute to control my breathing. <BR> <BR> I made 1 mile in 14:16 minutes <BR> burned 112 calories according to my treadmill. I'm more concerned with the time and the length of time I'm runni... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:52:15 EST Mini Goal #3 My goal today was two-fold; to walk thirty minutes and to walk at incline. <BR> <BR> Incline was 2-9% <BR> speed was 2-5 <BR> <BR> My treadmill logged 30:14 minutes <BR> 1.43 miles <BR> average incline was 5.2 <BR> average speed was 2.83 (I think I can work on this) <BR> heart beat at the end was 125. <BR> <BR> Then I went outside and walked/jogged with the dog. :) <BR> <BR> While on the treadmill I definitely felt the intensity in the back of my thighs and then my bum. Hopefully I will... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:10:09 EST Mini Goal #2 My goal this morning was to walk/jog one mile in less than 20 minutes. I had my son assist with the buttons for speed and timing to push me. <BR> <BR> I was pleasantly surprised to run speed 5 at one minute intervals with a minute resting at 3.3-3.5 in between. <BR> <BR> Ds was secretly pushing me a little longer than one minute to see if I could go longer. I was able to do so with my breathing controlled. <BR> <BR> I beat the 20 minute time and did a little over one mile in 15:42 minut... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:21:00 EST Mini Goal #1 The day after my new treadmill was delivered I wanted to burn 100 calories in 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> I alternated the speed and the incline levels. <BR> <BR> So much work for so little result; a measly 100 calories. Makes one really appreciate what enters the proverbial pie hole and how long it takes to burn it off. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:17:28 EST Nutrients Americans aren't getting enough of <link><BR>-11-nutrients-americans-arent-getting-<BR>enough/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_campaign=30-Day-Start-Str<BR>ong&utm_content=day26#slide=1 </link> Thu, 5 Nov 2015 16:55:10 EST Say what?! All from calisthenics?! <link><BR>ts-at-one </link> <BR> Very positive and motivating young man that became incredibly strong through calisthenics. <BR> I'm blown away and yep, motivated. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:30:57 EST what matters to me is the ingredients <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1215&page=4 </link> <BR> <BR> On the surface it looks like these breads are healthy, but ingredients tell more of the story and it's worth looking into. Most of these breads I wouldn't buy and most certainly wouldn't eat. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 20:22:12 EST New old meals and then some Many years ago I had bought a diabetic magazine to thumb through and was going to subscribe for my dad. That was until he made a comment of being sick of diabetic recipes. Ooohkayyy. <BR> Thumbing through it I found a lettuce wrap recipe and gave it some tweaks for my family's way of eating and it was a big hit. However, I recall only making it twice. =/ hmm, not sure why. <BR> So today, I made it again. Oh! I wish my mouth were bigger! LOL I made it differently though and not sure it's a... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:38:07 EST Food from the store vs food from your garden Last week I spent a staggering amount of money on groceries and on the way home I was telling my youngest I was able to buy double the amount of groceries for the same amount of money. <BR> Which made me think of the quality that has decreased while the price has increased. In the year 2000-2001 I heard on the radio the quality of apples had decreased in nutrition and approximately 25 apples would need to be eaten to equal the nutrition of one apple 25 years earlier. <BR> Fast forward to to... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 18:40:23 EST Smaller Goals - week 1 <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1595 </link> <BR> <BR> My mini goals for the past week were: <BR> water intake 2 (1liter) bottles daily - no problem <BR> <BR> 1-2 cups of hot tea - only yesterday I had a total of three (the third was after mowing in the cold) <BR> <BR> no ice cream! - yesterday I wanted one. I didn't give in, by remembering the awful mucous it causes <BR> <BR> fruit for breakfast - mostly, but also had oatmeal <BR> <BR> more veggies - a... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 13:53:32 EST change only one thing every 3-4 weeks <link><BR>1-habit-and-lose-weight/?utm_source=ne<BR>wsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign<BR>=30-Day-Start-Strong&utm_content=day1 </link> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:22:42 EST Not all sugars are created equal <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=486 </link> <BR> <BR> and this article isn't the complete truth. Makes me wonder what's in it for them to mislead the readers. How many people will/have read this and took it as fact? <BR> <BR> Perhaps they need to review the lab evidence and write a new article that is more factual? <BR> <link><BR>ght/myth-hfcs </link> <BR> <BR> Sugars: healthy if from fruit, oatmeal or starch-rich... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 18:20:55 EST Dark Girls documentary The other night my son and I watched a documentary about black women and how they feel about themselves, how black men feel about the color of the women they date and about culture and their childhood baggage. <BR> <BR> First, I was very surprised at how mean the children were to the girls and the names they were called. <BR> <BR> Second, I was disgusted by the opinions of some of the women and the men about the people of their own race. Either saying they'd only date a lighter skinned wo... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:43:08 EST Fat and Ugly Germany is listed in this article as one of the top ten countries with more than 50% of the worls obese people: <BR> <BR> "The study also found that more than 50 percent of the world's 671 million obese people live in 10 countries: the United States, China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Indonesia." <BR> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=688131 </link> <BR> <BR> I found it interesting, because when my brother returned home to t... Thu, 29 May 2014 00:49:58 EST what do you they do with the info? On one of the point spinning wheels I "won" a DVD and so I filled out the info and it's been months and still nothing received. Which leaves me quite suspicious about what SP does with the info typed in to receive the supposed wins. =/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:22:58 EST Vanishing Bees and the connection to humans My daughter allows me access to her Netflix account since we don't have TV. I normally get documentaries at the local library, however, since my library doesn't always have what I want to view, netflix can be a nice back up option. <BR> <BR> I was reading a blog about eating healthy and it had information on the documentary Vanishing of the Bees. I had always assumed it was due to the pesticides used on crops and hadn't done any research on the subject. <BR> <BR> The documentary claims it... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:57:41 EST Do you eat MickyD's? ie McDonalds? <link><BR>really-in-a-big-mac </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a link that shows the ingredients for individual items in a typical Big Mac: <BR> buns, cheese, "beef", sauce, etc. <BR> <BR> It's a must read. If you eat this faux food, I strongly recommend brown bagging it. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:45:59 EST Amazing documentary If you haven't already seen the documentary The Beautiful Truth, I HIGHLY recommend it. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:10:22 EST Do you have "bad" foods? When I started having health issues and began going to doctors I didn't consider food in the concept of good vs. bad. Oh I knew there were foods that weren't as healthy, but I still ate them. <BR> <BR> But when the doctor's suggestions made my symptoms worse I fired them all and started investigating on my own. I wish I had saved the sites that gave me the best information, the ones that turned my health and my life into a 180 degree turnabout face and in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Wi... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:38:03 EST Can you recognize obesity? <link><BR>m/2011/12/do-you-know-obese-when-you-s<BR>ee-it.html </link> <BR> <BR> The blogger that posted this shares his experience and surprise while at the doctor's office and perusing the BMI chart. I've never seen a BMI chart with body outlines, but only the graphs of height, weight, age. Anyway, I thought I was a pretty good judge of this sort of thing and it surprised me too. <BR> <BR> A small example of how far we've gone from healthy. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:04:09 EST The low fat way of eating may make you fat? <link><BR>make-you-fat/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's always important to read ingredients as well as the nutritional facts. Even more helpful is to understand what is being read. LOL <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I don't buy low fat, fat free, diet anything, because they aren't what I consider healthy. In the link above the doctor says the low fat foods have "sugar bombs", so I thought I'd share the article. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:45:04 EST socialized "health" care <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=683423 </link> <BR> <BR> I keep getting information in the mail for health from a company that I have coverage with already. Sound crazy? <BR> <BR> So does government health care being forced on every citizen or being forced to pay a tax upwards of 2% of total income by 2016?! Please feel free to insert expletive of your choice. I know it helps with blood pressure, because it isn't good to "keep it all inside." It'... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:26:19 EST Spark article for things that may upset your tummy <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1974 </link> <BR> <BR> Common Foods That Could Be Hurting Your Belly <BR> Avoid These Foods to Feel Better Fast <BR> -- By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> Listed first: <BR> Dairy <BR> You don't have to be allergic to dairy products to be lactose intolerant, which means that your body can't completely digest a type of naturally occurring sugar (lactose) found in milk. People who are lactose intolerant often experienc... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:03:19 EST One of the dumbest "diets" Okay, this is a continuation from yesterday's post, mainly because my friend shared a url of many diets including the one my friend from the ladies group is on. <BR> <BR><BR>-loss <BR> <BR> It's the hcg diet and in my ever (ahem) humble opinion, I've concluded that this is one of the dumbest diets ever. <BR> <BR> If someone has the will power to eat/survive on 500 calories a day for EIGHT weeks! oh my goodness, they certainly have the will power t... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:47:53 EST "Burning" fat cells Last night at my ladies crochet group some women started talking about their diets, medications, exercise and one lady said she's on a medication and is only "allowed" to consume 500 calories a day. <BR> <BR> WHAT?!!!!!! <BR> <BR> That's wrong on so many levels. So I asked if she could explain to me and she tried to explain, but I just couldn't wrap my little brain around what she was saying. Part of my hang up was that she thinks fat cells burn away. Her doctor, (ahem!!, choke, cough), to... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:46:05 EST control of food and health? <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=681986 </link> <BR> <BR> I was astounded at the amount of control people are willing to give up for "healthcare" they think they'd be getting. <BR> <BR> Also, the FDA supposedly keeps an eye on food labels, and what not, but we have to fight to get proper labeling on the foods. (don't get me started on the government members that have their hands in both pockets, (total conflict of interest, except for their bank a... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:59:42 EST "Energy" Bars <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=802 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm surprised one of the cons doesn't list the amount of sugar in energy bars. Most of them have the same amount of sugar as candy bars. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 18:56:15 EST Got Soda/Pop/Cola? According to a magazine titled: <BR> What Doctor's Don't Tell You, November 2013 vol 1, issue 5 states on page 9 <BR> One soft drink a day increases stoke risk in women by 83%. The effect seems to happen over a long period of time. The study was tracked for 18 years. <BR> All carbonated soft drinks seem to have a similar effect, whether diet, sweetened, or low-calorie. <BR> <BR> Do you drink soda? <BR> Drink it every day? <BR> How long have you been drinking soda every day? Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:53:56 EST Krokodil drug DEA isn't admitting to cases in the U.S. Why am I blogging about a street drug you may ask? Because Spark posted an article regarding this: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I heard about this drug being in the U.S. months ago and did some research and I'm prone to do, because I believe the "news" is controlled by what us citizens are deemed worthy enough to receive and even then it's sugarcoated. <BR> <BR> The DEA, Drug Enforcement Agency has not admitted to its usage in the United States. Readi... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:44:46 EST Supplements? <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1631 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Talk to your doctor first. Before taking any supplement, get advice and recommendations from your health care provider. <BR> <BR> Last week I spoke with a doctor, candidly about the health of society as a whole and supplements as well. His response, "supplements are a waste of money." End of discussion. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:16:23 EST Not necessary to visit the doc every year when you're healthy <link><BR>ience/medical_examiner/2013/08/annual_<BR>checkups_going_to_the_doctor_when_you_<BR>re_not_sick_does_more_harm.html </link> <BR> <BR> The annual health exam is a venerable tradition, stretching back to the late 19th century—those heady days of medicine when doctors overestimated their own ability to cure disease, and badly underestimated their tendency to cause it. We’re now in the evidence-based era of medicine, and there’s little evidence th... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:31:15 EST Continue to believe in the unicorn <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=679765 </link> <BR> <BR> if anyone has even managed to sign up for the obamacare, perhaps, maybe, possibly, this could happen? <BR> Continue to believe in the unicorn, but don't be mad at anyone else when you discover the bitter truth. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:05:09 EST Chew on this with Jamie Oliver On Ted Talks Jamie Olive aka The Naked Chef shows an experience he had with young children in a class room. He shows them a variety of vegetables and the children don't know what they are. <BR> I let me son watch this part and even though we don't eat egg plant, he still knew what it was. Honestly, this part of the show made me cry. Children are so far removed from food they don't know what the healthy foods are, don't know how they grow, and don't eat them. Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:48:53 EST The bomb dropping in health care Last month my daughter told me her family health care increased $700 and the company wanted it in one lump sum. I suggested she tell them they'd get the payment in monthly installments, they can't afford it in one lump payment. <BR> <BR> Two days ago I spoke with my father, almost ready to retire, and his health insurance, medicaid, has increased $60 a month. <BR> <BR> Last night an acquaintance told me he was let go from his military job, due to budget cuts and "obamacare." <BR> <BR> M... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:14:36 EST Take it or we'll penalize you! <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=680089 </link> <BR> <BR> I have nothing nice to say about the government FORCING citizens to take their "health care." Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:38:47 EST Take it or we'll penalize you! <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=680089 </link> <BR> <BR> I have nothing nice to say about the government FORCING citizens to take their "health care." Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:38:46 EST Quote "Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals." <BR> --Henry Ford <BR> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:18:18 EST pharmacy and their flu shot <link><BR>acies_high-dose_flu_shot_vaccines_seni<BR>or_citizens.html </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone that has studied viruses knows that flu shots do not contain the strand of flu that is going around and is bogus. What a racket. I wonder where the money goes. How does it get dispersed? Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:59:23 EST food label claims <link><BR>ls_demystified_certified_organic.html </link> <BR> <BR> Kosher, non-GMO, gluten-free, natural and organic: Top twelve things you probably didn't know about food label claims <BR> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:47:45 EST Phosporic Acid in Soda <link><BR>c_acid_teeth_sodas.html </link> <BR> Video of phosphoric acid eating away at a tooth. <BR> <BR> <BR> According to this second link, <BR> <BR> 11. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer watchdog group not affiliated with the food industry, only a small fraction of the phosphate in the American diet comes from additives in soft drinks. Most comes from meat and dairy products. So your reason for not drink... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:27:46 EST way to a better life rap song/video <link><BR>-recipes-quick-raw-nut-and-seed-cereal/ </link> <BR> <BR> I don't like rap, but the message is good about eating better <BR> I think there is one bad word ($h*t) =/ Sun, 1 Sep 2013 11:12:47 EST Excellent documentary on our diets and health If you can get your hands on "Forks over Knives", please do so. It's a great documentary on doctors who have studied our diets and how they've changed and the connection to the diseases so many are suffering. <BR> How many doctor's prescribe medication for an ailment (bandaid solution), instead of discussing the core of the matter and fixing the issue. How many doctors want you off of your medication? Seriously. <BR> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:14:25 EST Core exercises <link><BR>ten-your-belly </link> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:55:17 EST Shaken Baby Syndrome connected to vaccine? <link><BR>by_Syndrome_vaccines_side_effects.html </link> <BR> <BR> Has anyone heard about this? This is a first for me. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:41:05 EST Breaking a sugar addiction <link><BR>iction_breaking_the_habit_sweeteners.html </link> <BR> <BR> Raw, organic fruits and vegetables form the first step in breaking a sugar addiction <BR> <BR> The first step in breaking a sugar addiction is to make sure all fruits and vegetables consumed are 100 percent organic. Organic fruits and vegetables are full of natural sugars, or complex carbohydrates. Not only does organic produce taste better, the complex carbohydrates break down slowe... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:55:56 EST