STRNGNGRNDED's SparkPeople Blog STRNGNGRNDED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Lazy Sunday 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 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...? 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 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> </link> Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:28:20 EST Be consistently consistent <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you for the notice. Hopefully this one will work. Sun, 6 Nov 2016 20:12:54 EST October Question #30 What do you do for relaxation? Sun, 30 Oct 2016 19:27:48 EST October Question #29 Are you picky about the water you drink? Sat, 29 Oct 2016 21:10:02 EST October Question #28 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 Do you read labels when you go grocery shopping? Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:12:49 EST October Question #26 How do you measure your changes/success in your new healthy lifestyle? Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:21:33 EST October Question #25 Are you on any prescriptions? Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:35:41 EST October Question #24 Do you crave sweet or salty foods? Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:41:27 EST Another October week is ending 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 Do you fast? Whether it's for health and/or religious reasons? Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:45:47 EST October Question #22 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 Have you ever made homemade soap? Either laundry, dish, or body? Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:44:14 EST October Question #20 Would you go a year without sugar? Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:23:58 EST A book review 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 How often do you clean your refrigerator: inside, outside, behind/under? Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:23:59 EST October Question #18 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 Do you eat chocolate covered strawberries? Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:28:02 EST Week Review sorry it's long 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 Is your doctor over weight and/or does he/she smoke? Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:50:00 EST Information 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 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 Do you cook with electricity or gas? <BR> Which do you prefer? Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:50:16 EST October Question #13 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 Do you eat caramel apples? Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:14:41 EST October Question #11 would you ever get an RFID chip put in your hand? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> sorry for making the assumption everyone would know. Here's a link: <BR> <link><BR>ant </link> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:29:28 EST October Question #10 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 <link><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 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 From your home can you see stars? Sat, 8 Oct 2016 10:39:53 EST October Question #7 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 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 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 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 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 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 Who knows what the egg yoke is? Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:40:31 EST Have you noticed increase of food recalls? <link><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> </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 <link> </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? I don't think I'm a big fan of Fall superfoods. <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:31:07 EST Questions 1-10 and my responses 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 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. 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? 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=" Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:44:01 EST Question #8 - testing 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? Do you get flu shots? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:20:30 EST Question #6 - GMO's Two part; do you know what a GMO is? and are you concerned about them? Wed, 7 Sep 2016 20:24:28 EST