THELORELAI's SparkPeople Blog THELORELAI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Improve Your Life in 100 Days <link><BR>mprove-your-life-in-the-next-100-days/ </link> <BR> <BR> 60 SMALL WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE IN THE NEXT 100 DAYS <BR> <BR> Improve-your-life-in-100-daysContrary to popular belief, you don’t have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of your life. <BR> <BR> At the same time, you don’t need to wait a long time in order to see the measurable results that come from taking positive action. All you have to do is ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:14:43 EST Musings <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:00:25 EST Today's Lists Things I could be doing that will directly or indirectly help me lose weight: <BR> <BR> -do yoga and upper body toning while my ankle heals <BR> -do some deep cleaning <BR> -wash and cut enough lettuce for two days <BR> -take time to make a healthy meal that tastes really good <BR> -do some self-care <BR> <BR> Things I have been doing that sabotage my weight loss: <BR> <BR> -drinking alcohol <BR> -not consciously choosing to do active things <BR> -avoiding cooking and shopping <BR> -not bu... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:58:46 EST The Writing Diet, Day One I'm starting The Writing Diet again thanks to the lovely Justyna, leader of The Writing Diet team here on SparkPeople. It will involve three pages of free writing every morning, jounaling every time I eat or feel like eating, walking for twenty minutes, and the following: <BR> <BR> Asking the following questions before eating: <BR> <BR> 1) Am I hungry? <BR> 2) Is this what I feel like eating? <BR> 3) Is this what I feel like eating now? <BR> 4) Is there something else that I could eat inst... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:08:37 EST Tea-Fueled Goals The lasagna recipe I tried last night needs a little tweaking, but it did taste good and I’m sure my boyfriend will be happy to open his lunch box and find that he has the leftovers for lunch today. I know I'm looking forward to lunch--leftovers are my favorite. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> My goals for today: <BR> <BR> 1. Stay off Facebook and their video games. I do NOT want to fall into a stupor of pushing buttons as fast as I can and then look up only to realize that the day is almost ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:06:35 EST Creating a Good Day I have days where I don't sleep well and I have low energy. <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> It's easy to keep putting things off until I feel better but sometimes it takes weeks or months to feel better. <BR> <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> So I'm working on doing things in 15 minutes spurts and then resting. So far today I've made breakfast, put away a load of laundry, put another one on, and loaded the dishwasher and it's only 8:30am. <BR> <em>377</em> <BR> <BR> Now I have to focus on eati... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:44:08 EST RPAH Elimination Diet: Week 2 I'm into week two of this diet now. <BR> <BR> Successes: Cucumbers and asparagus have been added to my diet and I've cut down on wheat and dairy to about one serving each a week. By next week I plan to be completely wheat- and dairy-free. <BR> <BR> Bad ideas: I had lunch at a restaurant yesterday for the first time in ages. I chose chicken, green beans, lima beans, collard greens, and praline bread pudding for dessert. I was fine until the evening when I started to itch all over so bad th... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:48:34 EST Day 1 of 100 Happy Days #100happydays <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:30:23 EST RPAH Elimination Diet: Week 1 After seven days on this diet I have seen some significant changes in my allergy symptoms. My rosacea is clearing up; the dark circles under my eyes are almost gone; I've lost three pounds. However, I still get hives though they're not as bad as they can sometimes be. I get a warm flush after I eat and mild heartburn. <BR> <BR> Considering that I have seen some noticeable improvement I'm going to continue following this diet for another week. Then I will switch to the more moderate version a... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:10:27 EST RPAH Elimination Diet: Days 1 & 2 <BR> I found out about the RPAH elimination diet for people with food intolerances last week and I've created a list of recipes and a shopping list. I cut out alcohol and tea before I started the diet. I didn't want to mistake any sort of withdrawal as a symptom. I went shopping yesterday (boy was that a crazy experience!) and had my first whole day eating nothing but food that does not contain sulfites, amines, or glutamates (SAGs). Everything was fine through breakfast and lunch which was... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:17:22 EST Rosacea Triggers I am going through a Rosacea flare-up and am trying to develop an anti-Rosacea meal plan. I'm starting my research with this list of Rosacea triggers: <BR> <BR> *Factors That May Trigger Rosacea Flare-Ups* <BR> <BR> The following list was compiled from patient histories by Dr. Jonathan Wilkin and produced by the National Rosacea Society. <BR> <BR> Foods <BR> Liver <BR> Yogurt <BR> Sour cream <BR> Cheese (except cottage cheese) <BR> Chocolate <BR> Vanilla <BR> ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:32:34 EST St. Patrick's Day: Naturally Green Foods 36 Naturally Green Foods for St Patrick's Day: <BR> <BR> Cucumbers <BR> Zucchini <BR> Green Apples <BR> Green Grapes <BR> Kiwi <BR> Celery <BR> Spinach <BR> Green lettuces <BR> Collard and other greens <BR> Okra <BR> Cabbage <BR> Limes <BR> Avocados <BR> Honeydew melon <BR> Green pears <BR> Artichokes <BR> Asparagus <BR> Broccoli <BR> Broccolini <BR> Broccoli Rabe (rapini) <BR> Brussels Sprouts <BR> Green... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 20:40:27 EST Affirmations For Today <BR> I am full of energy and vitality and my mind is calm and peaceful. <BR> <BR> I breathe deeply, exercise regularly and feed good nutritious food to my body. <BR> <BR> My positive thoughts and actions renew my mind and body. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Hope your day is filled with positive energy, too! <em>8</em> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:06:15 EST How I Got Through Monday Monday started off tough. I was still stiff and sore from a marathon motorcycle ride on Saturday and I didn't do a thing on Sunday of course since I was even worse then, so I inherited two days worth of mess and clutter. I couldn't face the whole mess at once but instead of running away I took it one step at a time. <BR> <BR> I started off by taking a shower and eating breakfast. Then I headed into the kitchen. I was utterly shocked that the huge pile of dishes only took 20 minutes to finis... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:27:13 EST Foods That Affect Your Mood Bad-Mood Foods by Corey J. Hebert, M.D. <BR> <BR> Bagels <BR> <BR> How many times have you started out your workweek dreary and run-down? You schlep to the coffee machine and start chugging java to make you feel better – sound familiar? Well, you might not have a case of the Mondays. It may have to do more with the foods that you consumed during the weekend. <BR> <BR> That’s right, there are very common foods that we consume every day that can drastically decrease our mood. In fact, some o... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:32:23 EST Daily Schedule I've taken the FlyLady Routine and modified it to fit my needs and desires. Here it is: <BR> <BR> MORNING: <BR> Shower & dress completely 30 min <BR> Make breakfast, check email & calendar 30 min <BR> Pack a lunch & assist BF 30 min <BR> Make bed, charge phone 5 min <BR> Clean bathroom 10 min <BR> Empty dishwasher & clean kitchen 15 min <BR> Put on a load of laundry 5 min <BR> Plan dinner 5 min <BR> Declutter 15 min <BR> Daily deep clean 15 min <BR> Exercise 15 min <BR> Check in to SparkPeop... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:38:54 EST How I Get Through Bad Days I have bad days fairly often. Mostly they start with some sort of mental/emotional pain and that pain spreads out like a fine mist into my physical world. The worst days are when I feel like I can't take action and I can't think clearly enough to pull myself out of the fog. So here are my simple guidelines for bad days: <BR> <BR> 1. Take a shower. I will feel even more miserable if I go around all day with greasy hair. <BR> 2. Don't start a project. Don't add to the mess and chaos or set mys... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:52:26 EST Make Salad the Main Dish "For excellent health and life expectancy, focus on consuming more foods with a high micronutrient to calorie ratio. Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals – they do not contain calories, but they have vital functions in the body. High–nutrient foods come straight from nature – whole plant foods like vegetables, fruit, seeds, and beans should be the basis of a healthy, anti-cancer diet. The nutritional discovery here is that without adequate micronutrients, food cravings, d... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:28:39 EST 8 Tips for Food Diary Success Here are some tips from the experts on how to make a food diary work for you. <BR> <BR> Food Diary Tip No. 1: Know Your Reasons <BR> <BR> If you know what you hope to gain from your food diary, you can make sure you're recording the type of information that will help you in that area. Be clear about your intent, whether it’s to become aware of hidden food triggers, notice problematic eating patterns, or just make sure they're eating a healthy diet. <BR> <BR> Food Diary Tip No. 2: Choose Y... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:27:05 EST How Clutter Costs You <link><BR>ds-of-clutter-that-cost-you </link> <BR> <BR> An overabundance of stuff can cost you plenty, in lost opportunities and in fees to store things you don’t need. <BR> <BR> Few of us realize just how much money clutter costs us, not only in our homes, but also in our finances. If you want to save money, increase productivity and have more leisure hours, consider eliminating the clutter in your life. Here are four areas where getting a handle on t... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:11:09 EST Clean House When You're Depressed 6 Ways to Clean House When You're Depressed <BR> <BR> By Dennis Thompson Jr., Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH <BR> <BR> A clean house can help a depressed mind. Learn coping skills that can help you stay on top of your housework. <BR> <BR> One of the key signs of depression is when you suspend taking care of day-to-day chores, like cleaning your house. Depression leaves you feeling so down and tired that you just let things go. Unfortunately, a messy house can add to those ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:24:00 EST Living Maximumly Frugal My boyfriend and I have some debt looming over our heads after a year of unemployment on his part. So it's time to break out those frugal habits that I was raised with and also developed over the years as a single mother. Here are some of the things I can think of to do: <BR> <BR> -Here in Louisiana the weather from February through April is usually moderately warm so the heat and AC go off until May. We have compact florescent light bulbs so that should help save electricity. I also use the... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:55:23 EST That Sunday Feeling It's Sunday I keep telling myself--relax. But the thought of Monday makes me want to have the house clean, the laundry done, and food for lunches prepared. I got a good night's sleep, something that is pretty rare. Now that I've moved and am settling in, I hope that it becomes less rare. I got up before my boyfriend and made a whole pot of Pouchong tea. Then I caught up on Facebook. Now it's time to face the day. I walked outside to eat my healthy snack, a clementine, and there were two peopl... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 12:39:50 EST Clearing Clutter and Opening to Life <BR> "Maybe you are not exactly sure about what form you want your life to take, but if you start to clear clutter, your authentic self will begin to emerge. It is one of the fastest ways to lighten the soul." <BR> <BR> -Denise Linn, Soul Coaching <BR> <BR> The last few years for me have been a crazy ride of moving, divorce, new jobs, and new relationships. I like that every time I move I lighten my load of physical objects and their emotional associations. I keep one box full of small thi... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:15:16 EST Not perfect, but good I ate well today i.e. followed the Eat to Live diet to the best of my ability considering that I couldn't get to the grocery store and had to eat what was in the house. <BR> <BR> Pear <BR> Raisin Brain <BR> <BR> Pretzel Chips <BR> Baked Potato <BR> Okra in Stewed Tomatoes <BR> Spinach <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be busy. I have a long drive and some business to take care of so I will probably eat out. I should be OK if I stick with the sushi and a salad. Then, I'll be able to shop on Sunday. E... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:00:01 EST New routine My new goals are: <BR> <BR> Do some kind of aerobic exercise : 4x / week <BR> Do toning exercises : 4x / week <BR> Do yoga : 4x / week <BR> Follow Eat to Live diet : 7x / week <BR> Do daily self-care : 7x / week <BR> Try a new recipe : 1x / week <BR> <BR> Despite the chaos of moving, I am going to try to adhere to a diet and exercise routine. We'll see how it goes. I'm getting over a sprained ankle so I will start walking on the treadmill ... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:07:22 EST Sulfite Allergies: Day 3 I was very happy to get eight hours of sleep last night. My insomnia has been really bad for three months and I've been sleeping from 5pm to midnight. It's cutting into my social life! I woke up without hives again. I've been giving the bedding an extra rinse with a little vinegar to get out all the detergent. I use unscented, 'free and clear' detergents but I still get itchy unless there is absolutely no residue at all. Of course, scented 'regular' detergents are ten times worse and I can't ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:54:11 EST Sulfite Allergies: Day 2 Morning: <BR> I woke up with my hives gone. Clean start, yay! I had tea and a bowl of organic rice cereal with rice milk. No major allergens, no preservatives. It's three hours later and still no hives! I have an organic apple planned for a snack. Dinner will be free range chicken, carrots, celery, rice, sea salt. I'm even afraid to put on organic pepper or spices. Hopefully this will result in my first hive-free day in the last several months. <BR> <BR> Afternoon: <BR> Oh, no! Hives again!... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 05:12:37 EST Sulfite Allergies My sulfite allergies have come back with a vengence so I'm being careful of what I eat and keeping a food diary. I made a lovely breakfast of greek yogurt, organic wild blueberries, and organic walnuts with just a touch of honey. Three bites in, my throat began to swell up. My first suspect is the honey since it is not organic and is imported from another country. It kills me to throw away such a yummy (and expensive!) breakfast. <BR> <BR> On the up side, I'm buying and cooking really quali... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 09:26:04 EST Mardi Gras Food and Exercise I managed to get some walking in today without even thinking about it. I went to a Mardi Gras Parade and walked pretty far from where we had parked. Also, all that dancing to the bands that walked by helped, too. <BR> <BR> The Six Mini-Meal plan is working moderately well. I gave away some cupcakes that I would've eaten and I made sure that we have lots of fruit and granola bars. If granola bars are really that good of a choice. I have my doubts. I've probably eaten too little today so I ha... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 01:35:14 EST Six Mini-Meal Plan I just joined the "Eat Better, Feel Fitter" challenger. It recommends eating 6 mini-meals rather than 3 squares. So I put together a sample menu. My sleep schedule is really messed up right now so that's why I'm eating breakfast so late. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> 11 am - 1 soft-boiled egg, 1 slice of toast, tea <BR> <BR> 1:30 pm - 1 piece of fresh fruit, 9 almonds <BR> <BR> 4 pm - 2 oz chicken, vegetables, potatoes <BR> <BR> 6:30 pm - 1 fruit muffin, decaf tea <BR> <BR> 9 pm - Beans and ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:52:23 EST New Year, New Start I've had very low energy for the last three months. I'm now trying to pull myself out of the darkness of December into the light, bright hope of a new year. I tend to have two bad days for every good day. I hope to make EVERY day a good day this year. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I started out by taking a shower and then a walk. This is HUGE for me. These two things started a snowballing of good energy and I did laundry, cooked and actually did dishes! The only bad thing yesterday is that my boyfrie... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:05:31 EST