STRNGNGRNDED's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=STRNGNGRNDED STRNGNGRNDED'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/ Lazy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269936 I really want to quilt, but I was determined to finish a book I was reading. It's one of those books that had been started and stopped numerous times for years. <BR> <BR> It's about quilting. I liked hearing the old school ways of quilting. It was changing just as I was getting into this art/hobby. I enjoyed the stories of one of the characters childhood and her mistakes. I didn't love the book, but I'm still glad I read it. <BR> <BR> So my lazy Sunday consisted of making meals, caring f... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:59:45 EST Tried a new to me recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268052 Does anyone here like eating fettuccine alfredo? um yeah, me too, but I can't have cheese. I can't remember the last time I ate fettuccine alfredo specifically, but I know I haven't had cheese since mid-2007. <BR> <BR> Last night ds and I were watching a documentary on food and there were some doctors talking about eating more veggies and fruit. We all know we should, but do we? <BR> <BR> So this morning I started looking up more ways to eat veggies. Fruits aren't an issue. Also, I wanted ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:56:30 EST Why do...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266758 Why do people wash dishes before putting them in the dish washer? Why not just wash the dishes and put them in a drying rack? Saves time, money, water, electricity. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:42:27 EST Breast Cancer conflict http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266340 Conflict of interest; a company that the same company that sells the breast cancer blocker is the same company sold 80 million pounds of the compound associated with the breast cancer tumors. <BR> <link>youtu.be/X9NFPZGyDPg </link> Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:28:20 EST Be consistently consistent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262965 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjkrPgr5aOM </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you for the notice. Hopefully this one will work. Sun, 6 Nov 2016 20:12:54 EST October Question #30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259408 What do you do for relaxation? Sun, 30 Oct 2016 19:27:48 EST October Question #29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259028 Are you picky about the water you drink? Sat, 29 Oct 2016 21:10:02 EST October Question #28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258396 If you're reading labels what makes you put it in the shopping cart or back on the shelf? <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone who responded to yesterday's question. It seemed to be the most popular. <em>30</em> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:36:50 EST October Question #27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258045 Do you read labels when you go grocery shopping? Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:12:49 EST October Question #26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257409 How do you measure your changes/success in your new healthy lifestyle? Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:21:33 EST October Question #25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257073 Are you on any prescriptions? Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:35:41 EST October Question #24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256478 Do you crave sweet or salty foods? Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:41:27 EST Another October week is ending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256018 Questions I've asked and now I'm answering them. <BR> <BR> 17th-chocolate covered strawberries. Nah! Don't mess with perfection by putting mud on them. Just kidding. It's just that I don't like chocolate put on strawberries and then it makes the strawberries funky. <BR> <BR> 18th-healthier eating. I definitely eat healthier than my family. I don't know if I eat healthier than I did when I was thinner or if it's just that I eat differently; more meat. <BR> <BR> 19th-frig cleaning. I'm al... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:21:20 EST October Question #23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255538 Do you fast? Whether it's for health and/or religious reasons? Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:45:47 EST October Question #22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255475 Do you do meal planning? If so, what do you do on days you have something planned but you just don't feel like eating that? Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:56:34 EST October Question #21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255061 Have you ever made homemade soap? Either laundry, dish, or body? Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:44:14 EST October Question #20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254623 Would you go a year without sugar? Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:23:58 EST A book review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254499 A year of no sugar? Sounds simple enough right? But no, it was not just the white pure cane sugar one may think of as sugar, but all sweeteners. The plan wasn't well thought out or researched ahead of time and though I applaud her and her family's endeavor it may have been healthier to start with one "bad" thing at a time. Honestly, agave is not something I would feed my family, but in their list of items it was okay. Same with milk over an apple. <BR> After discussing this experiment with m... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:25:03 EST October Question #19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254103 How often do you clean your refrigerator: inside, outside, behind/under? Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:23:59 EST October Question #18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253573 Depending on how long you've been working at changing your eating, would you say your eating is healthier now than when you started? <BR> <BR> Would you say your eating is healthier than anyone else in your family? Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:52:19 EST October Question #17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253077 Do you eat chocolate covered strawberries? Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:28:02 EST Week Review sorry it's long http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252389 A review of the questions I asked for the second week of October. <BR> <BR> I do not believe Christopher Columbus stepped foot onto North America and it annoys me when it's implied that he discovered America. As poster PMCCALL4495 said: <BR> Given the millions of people already living in the Western Hemisphere, it's clear he didn't discover anything. <BR> Well said. <BR> <BR> Would I ever get an RFID chip? No. It is being "sold" as being helpful for laziness. Too lazy to take out your k... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:41:11 EST October Question #16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252337 Is your doctor over weight and/or does he/she smoke? Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:50:00 EST Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251920 Thank you to everyone for reading my random questions and taking the time to respond. Since I've been creating them there have been a lot of new faces. I think it's so great! I've really been enjoying going to all of the new pages and learning about new to me SPARK members. I try to leave a little comment of a goodie to each responder. <BR> <BR> I try to think of random questions to post for interest. I try not to invoke my choices when I post them. The assumptions that I post the question... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:16:02 EST October Question #15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251916 Have you noticed the lack of taste/flavor in fruits and or vegetables compared to say five or ten years ago? Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:10:15 EST October Question #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251524 Do you cook with electricity or gas? <BR> Which do you prefer? Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:50:16 EST October Question #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251155 Have you eve made a homemade pumpkin pie, (no canned pumpkin, but straight from the pumpkin)??? <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:13:29 EST October Question #12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250619 Do you eat caramel apples? Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:14:41 EST October Question #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250046 would you ever get an RFID chip put in your hand? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/95201d11-928b-44b1-a4b7-afbaf34b4274.jpg"> <BR> <BR> sorry for making the assumption everyone would know. Here's a link: <BR> <link>www.popsci.com/my-boring-cyborg-impl<BR>ant </link> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:29:28 EST October Question #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249472 Today is Columbus day. Do you believe that Christopher Columbus, discovered America as implied by so many, North America? <BR> <BR> Or do you believe that Christopher Columbus never set foot in North America? <BR> <BR> fun fact: in portuguese, he is known as Cristóvão Colombo <BR> <BR> and in Galician: Cristóbal Colón Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:14:20 EST Another recall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248875 <link>redoubtnews.com/2016/10/08/nestle-dr<BR>umsticks-recalled-listeria/ </link> <BR> <BR> We should do our best to avoid this garbage. Homemade ice cream would be the best, but I know it isn't ideal for everyone. The amount of recalls is becoming quite a concern. Sun, 9 Oct 2016 15:13:43 EST October Question #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248752 Do you have pets and if so do they stress you out, relieve stress, or both? Sun, 9 Oct 2016 09:50:17 EST October Question #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248261 From your home can you see stars? Sat, 8 Oct 2016 10:39:53 EST October Question #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248244 a day late so there will be two questions today. <BR> <BR> Do you have exterior house ornaments? flags, wind chimes, garden ornaments, door wreaths, etc? Sat, 8 Oct 2016 10:04:24 EST October Question #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247507 With Hurricane Matthew on its way to hammer Florida it made me wonder who prepares for disasters? <BR> <BR> Do you have an emergency kit/food/etc.? Thu, 6 Oct 2016 19:22:55 EST October Question #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246947 What makes bananas radioactive? <BR> <BR> <BR> it's the potassium folks. This question was from my ds and he was a little bummed no one responded. <em>24</em> <BR> Wed, 5 Oct 2016 19:52:33 EST October Question #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246436 Do you ever dream of sweet desserts? <BR> <BR> Nah, me either, last night my dream was spiders. I'm not even afraid of spiders! So weird. <BR> <BR> Thank you to everyone who has participated in answering my other questions. I really appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Have sweet dreams. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 20:32:16 EST Question #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245917 Was there a food or meal your parents made that you absolutely abhorred, but then found you liked it as an adult? Either to a change of taste buds or because you make the meal better than your parents did? Mon, 3 Oct 2016 21:20:49 EST October Question #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245343 When you are doing all the right things; eating the healthy foods, avoiding the unhealthy foods, working out 30+ minutes of intense exercise including 10k steps every day, (well one day of rest), adding calisthenics and weights, and you find the scale does not budge. The inches do not decrease. <BR> What do you do? Sun, 2 Oct 2016 21:03:37 EST October Question #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244759 Who knows what the egg yoke is? Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:40:31 EST Have you noticed increase of food recalls? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241702 <link>redoubtnews.com/2016/09/22/recall-ke<BR>llogg-eggo-wheat-waffles-2/ </link> <BR> September 2016 <BR> Recall of Kellogg Eggo Wheat Waffles - listeria <BR> Recall of Blue Bell Ice Cream - listeria <BR> <BR> May 2016 General Mills recalls flour because of E. coli <BR> <BR> There are plenty more: <BR> <link>www.fda.gov/AJAX/All/default.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Which ones have you heard about? Do you do anything about it? <BR> <BR> When I first heard about a problem/recall about ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:48:51 EST Making a difference in your life - is your choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237042 <link>https://youtu.be/Tzs2iFFzlgw </link> <BR> <BR> yesterday I was reading a blog on a book about no sugar for a year. hmmm, interesting. Reminded me of no china for a year. (I did that for a year. It was interesting and challenging) <BR> <BR> Then I came across this video of Suzanne Somers. I know she's been a champion for healthy eating for many years now. This video is very interesting. One thing that repeats is staying away from sugar. <BR> <BR> I'm going to borrow two of her b... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:13:09 EST Fall Superfoods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236876 I don't think I'm a big fan of Fall superfoods. <BR> <link>https://youtu.be/b2hMkKA4TBI </link> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:31:07 EST Questions 1-10 and my responses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236285 I find it interesting that no one responded to question #8 or #10. Not sure why that is though. <BR> <BR> My responses: <BR> #1 cooking with soda. I never have, I never will. I stopped drinking soda in 2007; cold turkey. I knew it wasn't healthy and by 2007 I had to have it slightly frozen, in a slushy state in order to drink it. I was drinking it one day and bam! I was just hit with the thought, stop drinking this garbage! What are you doing to your body? I poured it down the sink and stop... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:44:07 EST Question #10 - toes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234830 Can you bend over and touch your toes? the ground? without bending your knees? <BR> If not, how far can you reach and is this a goal of yours? Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:04:32 EST Question #9 - O.J. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233364 Do you drink orange juice? <BR> Did you ever drink orange juice? <BR> <BR> I just found out this morning that the orange juice drinking is in decline and the industry is really suffering for it. <BR> <BR> I'm just guessing here that more people are drinking coffee instead. <BR> <BR> What are your answers and input? Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:48:20 EST What's in Your Pantry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232903 In the summer of 2014 I sold my beautiful home; loved the home, not the area. It sold much quicker than we thought it would. I miss a lot of things about that home. <BR> Then I rented two different houses in two years and there were many things about both I will never miss. <BR> Now that I have a new home again, I am happy with the size of the food pantry, but it does need some improvement, eventually. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a38f712e-cb22-4b56-9795-d3c034a3af9... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:44:01 EST Question #8 - testing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232886 Do you ever get the feeling we're being used as testing guinea pigs with our food? Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:06:06 EST Question #7 - flu shot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232219 Do you get flu shots? <BR> <BR> <link>https://youtu.be/_Ax5eWTD4Cg </link> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:20:30 EST Question #6 - GMO's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231923 Two part; do you know what a GMO is? and are you concerned about them? Wed, 7 Sep 2016 20:24:28 EST