WATERMELLEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WATERMELLEN WATERMELLEN'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/ Dorito Effect Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921822 <link>news.nationalpost.com/arts/books/the<BR>-dorito-effect </link> <BR> <BR> My April 30 blog was a bit of a riff on Mark Schatzker's new book, The Dorito Effect. <BR> <BR> This Saturday's National Post had an interesting interview with Schatzker. Basically he's telling us that flavour counts because it has the ability to provide information about what's really nutritious. But the continuous intake of ersatz-flavoured foods interferes with our ability to obtain that information fro... Sun, 3 May 2015 13:30:02 EST Recovering! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921285 Yesterday was long and brutal. I knew it would be. I was prepared. I was patient. I was able to achieve through negotiation a good result in a situation in which it really mattered. And I was proud of myself. But it was very very hard work. <BR> <BR> DD knew my day would be rough. She had put the patio furniture out. When I got home, I sat outside and listened to the robins and had my supper (soup!! of course: then berries and yogourt) with Charlie. It was calm and peaceful. Fo... Sat, 2 May 2015 11:21:00 EST The Dorito Effect: Fake Flavour and Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920077 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-an<BR>d-wine/food-trends/the-flavour-factor-<BR>undoing-the-dorito-effect/article24151856/ </link> <BR> <BR> What an interesting article: food manufacturers add fake flavour to make flavourless food super-palatable, super-appealing, super addictive: and we eat too much. <BR> <BR> The chicken my Mum prepared was mostly sourced from a local farmer. A capon (male) if she could get it: because it tasted better. One smallish chicken served a family of... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:47:29 EST First Golf Game of the Season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919521 Yesterday DS headed out for the long drive north: he's landed an absolutely marvellous job (bush pilot) for the summer. We're delighted for him but we'll miss him enormously and so will Charlie. He starts the great job on his own birthday, could be no better gift at all for him, and our DD baked a shared vegan chocolate birthday cake for both our guys before his departure. Thank goodness for texting: he completed the first leg of the long journey safely last night . . . <BR> <BR> Packed... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:57:19 EST Get Sexy for Summer? Asks Steve Siebold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918932 OK, that was the optimistic headline on an email from Steve Siebold, sent to his Mental Toughness subscribers, which I have cut and pasted below. <BR> <BR> I can't benefit from his offer of a free (pay only for shipping and handling) copy of his book, Die Fat or Get Tough. It's only for residents of the USA and I'm a Canadian! (We don't need it, right? Only 62% of us are in the overweight/obese category . . . with those in the +40 BMI group expanding fastest, you should pardon the expres... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:36:45 EST Walk in the Spring Woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918348 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l690156228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was surprised that the spring beauties were in bloom already -- we'd had quite a bit of snow last week. <BR> <BR> And hepaticas. <BR> <BR> And two adders tongue (dog tooth violets). <BR> <BR> It was a lovely walk! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1669762069.jpg"> <img Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:47:45 EST BED and ADD Drugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917866 <link>news.nationalpost.com/health/u-s-dru<BR>g-regulators-approve-first-pill-to-tre<BR>at-binge-eating-let-the-debate-begin </link> <BR> <BR> Some people with BED (binge eating disorder) are seeking prescriptions for ADD (attention deficit disorder) drugs. Particularly Vyvanse. <BR> <BR> Why? Because, apparently, people with ADD disproportionately have weight problems. The impulsive behaviours so often associated with ADD extend sometimes to impulsive behaviours around food. <BR> ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:42:36 EST H is for Hawk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917599 Yup, recommended by a Sparkie friend and let me pass along that recommendation: this marvellous book by Helen Macdonald has to be one of the best reads I've encountered in a very long time. <BR> <BR> Non-fiction. All about an English academic who's been fascinated by falcons and hawks since her childhood, and who while grieving the death of her father takes on the very difficult project of "manning" a goshawk. Not "taming" it. This is the most ferocious type of hawk, apparently -- used i... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:03:42 EST Why I KNOW I'm Going to Heaven . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916818 LEANJEANS thinks the time has come to say goodbye to her beloved Coal, her glorious black German Shepherd who's not well. And she posted a blog about this sad moment today . . . <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916806 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's probably pretty clear for those who follow my blogs that (unlike so many persons here at Spark) I'm not a conventionally religious person. Sure, I attended church as a little girl. I've t... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:12:11 EST Charlie Lazarus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916221 Charlie's collapse was April 5th, Easter Sunday. <BR> <BR> We were terrified. He could not get up at all. He clearly was in a terrible amount of pain. And he seemed to have given up. We called the emergency vet clinic, rolled him into a comforter and lifted him into the car (all four of us). <BR> <BR> Since then his recovery has been miraculous!! <BR> <BR> At age 10 (and almost 11) he has some arthritis mostly in his hips. We knew that and just thought it was inevitable and not too s... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:03:27 EST Sweatworking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915626 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/fitness/sweatworking-takin<BR>g-business-meetings-to-new-levels/arti<BR>cle24045512/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's an idea I love -- sweatworking instead of networking! <BR> <BR> Meeting up with business colleagues at a gym class or a spinning class or even a yoga class for 45 minutes + a smoothy, instead of meeting for a 4+ hour round on the golf course which segues into a boozy high fat/sugar/salt lunch afterwards. <BR> <BR> Don't ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:12:45 EST Can't Shake It . . . Yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915027 The feeling lousy, that is. Still headachy and nauseous and generally punk. <BR> <BR> Put in a full day at work yesterday anyhow. <BR> <BR> Today - I'll go in, deal with the urgent stuff and then bail. <BR> <BR> We've got good people singing backup and nobody is indispensable. <BR> <BR> Then will crawl home and curl up and snooze it away, here's hoping. <BR> <BR> Yeah!! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:03:36 EST The Look of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914347 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/study-s<BR>hows-love-hormone-increases-when-human<BR>s-and-their-dogs-interact/article23995458/ </link> <BR> <BR> Of course we already knew that, didn't we? That when we gaze into our dogs' eyes, and they gaze back at us, we love each other more. <BR> <BR> And now there's research to prove it, with measureable blood level increases of oxytocin up to 300%. <BR> <BR> Charlie's wise and loving brown eyes gaze at each of us He loves each of us. And we... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:55:59 EST Soothing Tummy Soup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913815 My usual fiery concoctions don't appeal at the moment!! (Last week's puttanesca with so much garlic onion and hot peppers and capers and anchovy . . . no way!) <BR> <BR> This week I opted for soothing pureed carrot and pumpkin, with turmeric and ginger. And creamy coconut milk. Ahhhhhh. <BR> <BR> Still not feeling wonderful -- just getting up, and it's almost 8:30. <BR> <BR> My garden has scylla in bloom, bright blue in the grass: and I need to take out last years' perennial stalks (the... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:33:45 EST Feeling Lousy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913393 Headachy, nauseous, upset tum. <BR> <BR> Doesn't happen often: can't complain. <BR> <BR> Will just take it easy (no gym) and not venture far from home. <BR> <BR> No problem enjoying the sunshine here, with Charlie! Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:19:11 EST Eating Disorders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912795 Some of us at Spark People have eating disorders. Grounded in mental health issues. Eating too much is (sometimes) an eating disorder. And so is eating too little: anorexia, bulimia. Exercise anorexia <BR> <BR> Some of us here at Spark People have family members with eating disorders. <BR> <BR> Eating disorders can interfere significantly in relationships with family and friends -- particularly if we're pressured (or pressure others) into assuming a professional therapist role. Beca... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:05:36 EST The Heartbreak of Divorce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912214 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/divorce-can-be-hear<BR>t-breaking-literally-especially-for-wo<BR>men/article23972035/ </link> <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness. <BR> <BR> I "knew" this anecdotally -- but now researchers have mapped out some links between separations and heart attacks. <BR> <BR> And yup: women seem to suffer more. <BR> <BR> Although it may be that the stress of splits also triggers more smoking or other unhealthy life style habits that could b... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:32:19 EST Gluten Free? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911637 <link>www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness<BR>/2015/04/14/get-a-celiac-test-before-g<BR>iving-up-gluten.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here's an article that recommends getting a celiac test before embracing a gluten free diet. <BR> <BR> I know that high carb refined wheat products don't agree with me. Love bread and pasta but eat very very little of it. <BR> <BR> However, I don't seek out gluten-free products. (And apparently most people don't have the gene to develop celiac disease -- not ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:53:46 EST Spring in Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911002 Coldest winter on record since 1934. (OK, not really as much snow as usual: but still!) <BR> <BR> Canadians suffer. <BR> <BR> And Canadians celebrate spring with absolute euphoria. <BR> <BR> From now until the first bright green fuzzy leaves appear on the trees (generally on or about May 4 in my part of Canada) the joy is pretty much unbounded. <BR> <BR> It's warm enough to begin transitioning a few springy clothes back into the wardrobe! <BR> <BR> It's sunny enough (after torrentia... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:45:18 EST Mental Distractibility http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910358 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/in-an-age-dominated<BR>-by-distractions-reasons-and-strategie<BR>s-to-focus-remain/article23880199/ </link> <BR> <BR> Matthew Crawford has written what sounds to be a most interesting book comparing the effect of media distractions to fast food. <BR> <BR> We're so surrounded by fast food, deliberately designed to be "uber palatable" (lots of fat, salt and sugar) that we're becoming obese. <BR> <BR> We're so bombarded wit... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:59:12 EST The Pressure to Perform Our Lives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909861 I saw this phrase this morning in a National Post newspaper article and it struck a chord. <BR> <BR> The pressure to perform my life. Yikes. Complete with selfies? (There are detailed articles on the internet about how to take the best selfies . . . there are!! How to strike a pose, what angle would be best, what to wear or hold . . . . And other articles about how posting such pictures may contravene copyright or constitute a violation of privacy legislation . . . depending upon what hap... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:36:19 EST The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909333 Laundry well in hand. I've rapid-read the paper, enjoyed lots of coffee with raspberries and Greek yogourt. <BR> <BR> Heading to the gym. There's whole lotta new music on my iPod courtesy of DS and I'll enjoy that big time. <BR> <BR> Library says they've got "Moody B*tches" book I'd requested available for me to pick up!! <BR> <BR> Planning a puttanesca style soup which should be delish: lots of garlic and capers, anchovy and olives, big whack of chili flakes plus onions, tomatoes, whi... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:26:03 EST Is My Kitchen Design Making Me Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908446 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-an<BR>d-garden/design/is-your-sleek-new-kitc<BR>hen-making-you-fat/article23837950/ </link> <BR> <BR> I don't have bar stools around a kitchen island that encourage "grazing". Or a kitchen TV. <BR> <BR> I don't have breakfast cereal out on the counter in transparent containers. Apparently people who do weigh on average 21 pounds more!! <BR> <BR> Well there you go. I don't have a "sleek new kitchen design". I'm domestically challenged. And:... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 18:16:15 EST Gender Identity Maintenance and What We Eat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907532 Is meat male? <BR> <BR> Sure is, at my house. The guys are carnivores. My DD is a vegan. And I'm what she calls an "uglitarian" or semi-lapsed vegetarian: I eat non-cuddly animals (fish, chicken mostly) in moderate quantities to supplement my protein intake. <BR> <BR> But the Globe and Mail this morning suggests that guys don't eat yogourt because it's not manly enough. And masculinity is vulnerable. Requiring a public display of grilling and roasting and juicy burgers and steaks. O... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 07:39:00 EST Who Could Ask For More? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906899 Yup, today's the day that I truly thought would never happen when the Beatles made the song popular: I really AM 64. <BR> <BR> And not asking for a whole lot more! <BR> <BR> Life is good. <BR> <BR> I'm healthy and happy and fit. My DH and DD and DS give me joy. Charlie is noticeably better this morning. <BR> <BR> It's spring. What a marvellous time of year to have been born. And to keep on finding freshness and pleasure in life. I do. <BR> <BR> More of the same, please. Tha... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:55:08 EST Prescription Meds and Depression: the Julie Holland Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906298 Never was a fan of the Oprah show or even OWN, but O magazine is pretty much the only mag I read semi-regularly. I picked up a copy of the April 2015 issue which has at page 71 a review of a new book by psychiatrist Julie Holland MD called "Moody B*tches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, the Sleep You're Missing, the S*x You're Not Having, and What's Really Making You Crazy". <BR> <BR> Wow. Some title!! <BR> <BR> Holland's key take-away can probably be summed up in fewer words: "To... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:39:55 EST Charlie Emerg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905863 Dear old Charlie our beloved golden retriever is soon 11 and we're very aware that he's getting older. <BR> <BR> He hasn't been able to climb the stairs to the third floor for about 6 months, and within the last month or so has also stopped going even to the second floor. <BR> <BR> He clearly has quite a bit of arthritis in his hind quarters. But late yesterday he started limping a great deal, with apparent tenderness in his right front leg. And this morning he really could not get u... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 13:13:08 EST Salsa Soup: It's a Spicy Life!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905254 Simmered a big pot of salsa soup this morning while running through three loads of laundry, reading the newspaper, and enjoying a Greek egg white omelette (feta, mushrooms, spinach, cherry tomatoes) with multiple cups of great coffee. Ahhhhhhhhh!!! <BR> <BR> Into the soup: a can of crushed tomatoes, a can of diced tomatoes, about a cupful of very hot salsa, water, brown rice, celery, carrots, 2 cans of rinsed black beans, a little diced chicken breast (could easily have been left out), some... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 10:13:40 EST Snowdrops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904689 <img src="//photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1445010592.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We're having some roof work done at the back of our big old house: it's steep and scary, and there's sheet metal flashing still to be installed at the base of one of the chimneys. And even though it's Good Friday, apparently the roof guys are coming back today to finish up. <BR> <BR> So I put on my gym clothes (gym will open at 10 am) and went out to move cars to create space for the roofers' trucks . . . and there t... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 09:26:18 EST What to Say When You Talk to Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904002 This book by Shad Helmstetter is a big fave of Steve Siebold. So, inspired by SANDICANE (who bought it and loved it) I located a copy on Amazon and am beginning to read. <BR> <BR> And so far, it's interesting. And it's a book I'm pretty sure I'll be reading over and over again. <BR> <BR> Helmstetter points out that most of us were programmed from early childhood with consistently negative messages. The average kid hears 148,000 "No"s from parents and teachers before reaching age 18... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 06:20:08 EST Wearing Our Resilience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903363 Resilience is something of a current buzz word. It's replaced, possibly, the formerly-favoured meme of self-esteem in the popular lexicon. Self-esteem we now know not being something we can pour over our own heads, like chocolate syrup over a sundae. Or even over the heads of others, either: such as our kids, with constant praise ("Good job!!") and equal prizes awarded to everyone. Self-esteem being something (if authentic) that's earned internally. Externalized self-esteem being somethi... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 07:18:11 EST Eat 'Em Up So They're All Gone???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903127 Just remembering a pretty old impulse that doesn't resurface all that often any more: <BR> namely, to eat up the tempting food. So that it will be gone. And stop tempting me. Eat up all the potato chips. Eat up all the cookies. Eat up all the crackers. <BR> <BR> For example, I made some cheddar popovers. <BR> <BR> Had a couple (tracked, within range). So far, so good. <BR> <BR> Put the remainder in the freezer. But kept on thinking about them. <BR> <BR> And caught myself re... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:30:31 EST Getting the Cold Shoulder!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902531 <link>www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness<BR>/2015/03/30/the-cold-winter-may-have-b<BR>een-good-for-you.html </link> <BR> <BR> Found this little article in today's Toronto Star rather amusing. <BR> <BR> The exceptionally cold winter (coldest since 1934) was apparently useful for weight loss: at least in theory. <BR> <BR> Because when we're cold, we produce more "brown fat" which is associated with lower blood sugar and leaner body mass. And we shiver more which is also associated wi... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:45:00 EST Weighing the Expectations of Others: A Response to ONEKIDSMOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901705 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901533#c<BR>omments </link> <BR> <BR> ONEKIDSMOM has written an amazing blog today: "The Weight of the Expectations of Others", which it seems to me is a hugely important contribution to the conversation opening up here about depression. And, coincidentally enough, about weight. <BR> <BR> She's essentially responding to a blog by SPINNNINGJENNY (and she provides that link) who has been dealing with some depress... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:17:18 EST Quick Seafood Chowder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901585 Most often I include some fish -- salmon, shrimp or tuna-- as the protein in my lunch salads packed for work. And chicken in my supper soups. <BR> <BR> But this week decided to change it up -- mostly because I saw a bag of frozen mussel meat at the supermarket, harvested on our east coast. I love mussels, in the shell they're my go-to item at restaurants generally. But I rarely buy them for at home use because nobody else is particularly keen. I hadn't seen them offered this way before, ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:28:18 EST Not A Good Way To Go . . . BROOKLYNBORN Reminds Us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901100 BROOKLYNBORN has written a profoundly moving blog today about her 95 year old mother- in- law, in hospital with a bladder infection and pneumonia: and the grave difficulty that her mother-in-law's obesity presents to the hospital personnel trying to provide care for her. Lifting her, moving her, getting her to a washroom -- all difficult when several people are required to assist. And given those challenges, bladder infections have not been infrequent. And even with antibiotics, infections... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:08:24 EST Mental Health and Obesity: Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900490 When I was fat, I often wished I could experience being thin. Even for a day. <BR> <BR> Having become thin (or, at least, thinnish) I have often wished I could offer to "trade bodies" with somebody struggling with their weight -- even for an hour. <BR> <BR> Because (in Dr. Judith S. Beck's words), It's so worth it. <BR> <BR> No matter how difficult maintenance is, no matter how much "deprivation", no matter how tough it is to accept that I will never be able to eat whatever I want whene... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:03:53 EST Mental Health and Obesity Issues: Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899912 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899239 </link> <BR> <BR> I really enjoyed the comments on yesterday's blog: both what people said and what they didn't say. Would love to hear more: so there's the link above if you still want to "weigh in" so to speak! <BR> <BR> And: I'm still thinking. <BR> <BR> But (for clarification) in my questions yesterday I wasn't suggesting that ALL obesity is related to mental health issues: even such relatively "mi... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:37:51 EST Mental Health Issues: A Whole Bunch of Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899239 Yesterday I posted a link to an article about body weight stigma. Including self-stigma. <BR> <BR> Why is there (still) such an intense stigma associated with mental health issues? Including self-stigma? <BR> <BR> And is there sometimes a correlation between mental health issues and weight issues? <BR> <BR> Do some people put on weight to protect themselves from situations of vulnerability which can independently give rise to mental health problems? <BR> <BR> Do some people then self-... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:32:20 EST Body Weight Bias: Are We Our Own Worst Enemies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898976 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/body-weight-bias-ex<BR>tends-to-our-sense-of-smell-study-find<BR>s/article23580474/ </link> <BR> <BR> I was pretty shocked to read this short article in the Globe and Mail this morning reporting that people are so biased against the overweight that this bias even extends to sense of smell. <BR> <BR> And: those worst biased against the overweight on this basis tend to be those who are themselves heaviest. <BR> <BR> I do r... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:12:43 EST Moroccan Tomato Peanut Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897404 Winter's back here this morning -- pretty darn chilly, -10C. <BR> <BR> And I've made a big pot of Moroccan inflected tomato peanut soup: two cans diced tomatoes plus water, chopped celery/carrots/onions, a bit of brown rice, some quinoa, a couple of diced chicken breasts, rinsed canned chick peas, chili flakes, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, green beans, bell peppers, a few chopped medjool dates. It's simmering now, and I'll finish with a generous dollop of peanut butter, and t... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:51:39 EST Old Photos, Old Dogs, Corn Muffins and Maple Syrup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896923 Last evening I was searching through an antique cupboard in our big old house looking for golden retriever Charlie's registration papers: we know he's almost 11 but (how shameful!) we've all apparently forgotten his actual birthday!! I believe it's May 8 . . . <BR> <BR> At any rate, I didn't find the Canadian Kennel Club docs but did come across a cache of old photos, from back in the day: you know, when people actually TOOK photos on little canisters of film, and had them printed up at th... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:10:27 EST Lost-Pleasure Analysis!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896345 What an interesting article in this morning's Globe and Mail about US FDA approaches to junk food/cigarette regulation. <BR> <BR> Lost-pleasure analysis, FDA researchers initially proposed, needed to be weighed economically before imposing tough regulatory restrictions on cupcakes. Or potato chips. Or cigarettes. <BR> <BR> In other words: regulations that had the effect of restricting smoking also would reduce related health care costs -- from cancers and COPD and the like. Regulations th... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:30:26 EST Won One Day At A Time: With Generosity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895730 I'm always astonished and delighted by the extent and the generosity of support extended here at Spark. The Chris Downie spirit of generosity in establishing the SparkPeople site (free free free) is matched and even exceeded by the incredible generosity of individual members to each other. <BR> <BR> I will never forget the first responses to WATERMELLEN when I "signed up" in 2009 -- even before I'd figured out how to establish an actual Spark Page. And then: receiving my very first "goo... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:06:36 EST Yikes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895091 Looking at a bzzzy high stress day coming right up . . . and needing to rush to get out the door. <BR> <BR> Good thing that my lunch was preplanned and in the fridge at work already. <BR> <BR> Spinach salad with mushrooms and shrimp plus some chopped fruit for dessert. <BR> <BR> And I'm planning a bit of a walk too -- with that deliberate spring lilt in my step that makes me feel good. Better wear some walking boots!! <BR> <BR> OK then: here I go!! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:19:13 EST Celebrating with clothes instead of food? Shout out to SANDICANE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894483 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894381 </link> <BR> <BR> SANDICANE's fun blog today is riffing on St Patrick's Day: and her choice of celebrating with green tea instead of green beer! Which leads her to contemplate a brand new holiday: National Thin Person's Day, celebrating the effort it requires to maintain weight loss all year long. <BR> <BR> Food and celebrations: they go together and possibly even more in the United States than in Canad... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:03:33 EST In Just Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893790 "when the world is puddle-wonderful" <BR> <BR> wrote e.e. cummings. <BR> <BR> And: it is "just spring" here . . . Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:29:05 EST Dementia and Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893258 Saw a Yahoo article this morning basically stating that initial onset of dementia can be postponed and progress of dementia can be slowed by careful attention to nutrition. <BR> <BR> No need to provide the link: it's a long article and doesn't tell us anything we don't already know. Namely: veggies (bright and leafy green), fruits (especially berries), high fibre grains, lean protein including a couple servings of fish a week, a little dark chocolate, and moderate quantities of healthy fats... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 10:03:13 EST A big fat surprise? Not so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892772 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate<BR>/a-big-fat-surprise-for-dietary-dogma/<BR>article23440389/ </link> <BR> <BR> You can bet that DH loved this article this morning by one of our fave Globe and Mail writers, Margaret Wente: "A big fat surprise for dietary dogma". <BR> <BR> Yup, eating bacon and eggs for breakfast with buttered toast is just fine. (And: he will be voting for bacon to go into the grocery cart later today, I'm sure). <BR> <BR> Bacon is the mammal meat that appe... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:38:13 EST Fresh Raspberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892114 If I had to choose just one fruit, I think it might be raspberries. <BR> <BR> They are beautiful. <BR> <BR> They smell great. <BR> <BR> They taste terrific. <BR> <BR> This morning I had a cupful of fresh raspberries with orange Greek yogourt (fat and sugar free): and just a few blackberries and blueberries. Because, of course, I don't have to choose just one fruit. And the blackberries and blueberries are also amazing. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed my berries and yogourt before DH got going w... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 07:56:08 EST