XANADUREALM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=XANADUREALM XANADUREALM'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/ I Tried the Instant Pot. Here's What I Think About It, 8 Months Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256740 Cambria polled readers to find out their favorite slow cooker. Instead of a traditional slow cooker, many of you raved about the Instant Pot, but I'd never even heard of it. Can one appliance really do the job of seven? <BR> <BR> Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It's a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools. Sounds kind... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:36:00 EST Drinking a Dash of Vinegar: 9 Shrub Recipes for the Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255713 My DH's chiropractor recommends drinking a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar every morning! <BR> <BR> "Drinking vinegar is back in vogue and it's not just because its distinct zing can curl your mustache. Mixing a tinge of vinegar into your drink or cocktail can add some complexity and savory overtones that may just have you coming back for more. <BR> <BR> Try some of these recipes below and see if this shrub's for you." <BR> <BR> <link>www.thekitchn.com/the-tale-of-the-sh<BR>rub-19325... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:18:31 EST Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur [like Bailey's??] with egg nog variation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254417 It's as simple as whisking all the ingredients together, pouring into a container with a tight-fitting lid, and letting the flavors meld for at least four hours. Silky-smooth homemade Irish cream, ready to be stirred into a hot cup of coffee or served over ice <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey <BR> 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk <BR> 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee <BR> 1 tablespoon good quality chocolate syrup <BR> 1 teaspoon pure vanil... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:13:15 EST Foot Health with Toe and Foot Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253429 Top Exercises for Feet & Toes <BR> 1. Big Toe Stretch <BR> 2. Ball Rolling Exercise <BR> 3. Toe Extensor Stretch <BR> 4. Intrinsic Foot Muscle Exercises <BR> 5. Hammertoe Stretch & Mobilization <BR> <BR> <link>//naturalfootgear.com/blogs/educatio<BR>n/17915320-top-exercises-for-feet-toes </link> <BR> <BR> <link>//naturalfootgear.com/blogs/educatio<BR>n/tagged/bunions </link> <BR> <BR> <link>//podiatryshoereview.blogspot.com/20<BR>12/05/my-feet-hurt-top-ten-things-reli<BR>eve.html... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:25:49 EST My Tomato Pepper Ferment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250970 This is the one I made: <BR> <BR> 1 clean quart jar <BR> 1 bell pepper, chopped <BR> 1 red bell pepper, chopped <BR> 5 green tomatoes, sliced <BR> 5 cloves garlic <BR> 1 Tbs pickling spice <BR> 1 1/2 Tbs canning salt <BR> 1/2 Tbs sugar <BR> 2 cups water <BR> <BR> I put 2 cloves garlic in bottom of the jar, then I sliced the green tomatoes. I layered the tomatoes then bell pepper mixed with the red pepper, the rest of the garlic and the pickling spice. Then I mixed the salt and sugar in... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:39:11 EST Fermented Green tomato http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249900 So DH is tied of watering plants so he got rid of the Early Girl tomato. Now I have a bushel of green tomatoes with more on the vine! <BR> <BR> .Lacto-Fermented Green Tomato Pickles <BR> <BR> Approximately 3 cups water, more if necessary. <BR> 2 Tbsp. sea salt <BR> 1 Tbsp. coriander or dill seed <BR> 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed <BR> 1 jalapeno or other hot pepper, halved <BR> 2 pounds small green tomatoes (around cherry tomato size) <BR> <BR> Instructions: ... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:23:01 EST Homemade Dog Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248427 If your dog needs to be on a grain-free diet because of weight or food allergies, diced sweet potato/butternut squash/pumpkin are much-loved by our furry friends! <BR> <BR> Use either rice OR sweet potato/butternut squash/pumpkin. There's no need to use rice with sweet potato/butternut squash/pumpkin. <BR> <BR> Our original homemade recipe included a base of sweet potatoes/butternut squash and ground turkey - with beef liver, green beans, and blueberries mixed in. <BR> <BR> For the revised... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 16:53:27 EST Should we buy shoes too big to get 'more for the money'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246742 When my DH buys shoes I usually end up with some of them. Usually they are sized wrong and fit me [a little too big but comfortable.] Its a good thing that moccasins and athletic shoes can be worn by either sex. <BR> <BR> I got this in an email and got a good laugh so I thought I would share. [Its actually an ad!] <BR> <BR> " When my husband needs shoes, we order 2 sizes. This way, he can keep the ones that fit and we send the other pair back. <BR> <BR> The other day, 2 pairs of sandals... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:03:36 EST How to Make Fermented Cinnamon Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242261 3-4 medium apples (at least half should be a sweeter variety such as gala or fuji) <BR> <BR> 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt <BR> <BR> 1 cinnamon stick <BR> <BR> Filtered water as needed <BR> <BR> <BR> Slice off the top 1/2 - 3/4 inch of two of the apples and set these slices aside. Core and slice the apples and then chop into 1/2 inch pieces. Spoon the salt into the bottom of a quart jar and then layer the apple pieces until the jar is half full. Place the cinnamon stick into the center o... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:44:40 EST Lacto-Fermented Lemons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241230 Eight lemons, cut six of them into quarters. Reserve the other lemons for juice. <BR> <BR> Toss the lemon quarters with salt. I used about 2 tablespoons of Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt for each lemon I quartered. You want enough salt so that the lemon quarters are all uniformly coated in salt. <BR> <BR> Pack the salted lemon quarters into a spotlessly clean jar. Ideally, use a jar that will just hold the lemon wedges. Let the jar sit, covered, at room temperature for about an hour so that t... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:02:45 EST you say green tomato: fermented chow chow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239082 This is a fermented relish called chow chow traditionally made to use up the leftovers of the garden harvest, a beautiful reminder of the passing of summer. <BR> <BR> This is a delicious fermented version of the southern condiment chow chow, usually sweetened and vinegared, then canned. I like this fermented version, where the chopped vegetables are set out on a counter for a few days to sour. It has a complementary combination of flavors that you can make your own by varying the amount of... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:37:26 EST Fermenting Veggies at Home: Follow Food Safety ABCs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236890 Fermentation has long been part of human history. In fact, food scientists say that it played a vital role in human survival in the days before stoves and refrigerators simply because it allowed people to preserve food in a nutritional and safe way. Think foods such as cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchee, olives, salami, jerky and even bread. And think beverages such as wine and beer, not to mention coffee and hot chocolate. All of these - and many more - are examples of fermented foods. <BR... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:55:00 EST A Pickle Predicament! 39 Ways To Use Leftover Pickle Juice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233927 American households purchase pickles every 53 days. More than 67 percent of all households eat pickles. .Americans consume more than 9 pounds of pickles per person annually. <BR> <BR> That's a whole lot of pickles.and pickle JUICE! But what to do with the juice once the pickles are gone? In the past I have always just poured it down the drain! Little did I know how many different ways there are to "recycle" pickle juice! So I have mended my pickle juice-wasting ways and offer this list of w... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:24:01 EST How to Invent Safe Food Preservation Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233338 Coming up with your own signature recipes is one of the joys of food preservation. But before you can start playing around with making a recipe your own you need to be 100% certain it will safely preserve the food. <BR> <BR> Once you understand what makes a particular food preservation method work -how and why it safely preserves the food -then you will know when you can improvise vs. when you need to stick to a recipe's ingredients and instructions exactly. The information below will help y... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:58:41 EST 82 Ways To Heal Your Gut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232777 Did you know that the function of your immune system, the state of your mental health, the pain or lack thereof in your joints, and even whether or not you have seasonal allergies can all be determined by one thing? <BR> <BR> Do you know what it is? The health of your gut! <BR> <BR> Conventional and unconventional research is proving it over and over: poor gut health = poor overall health. <BR> <BR> <link>traditionalcookingschool.com/2016/01<BR>/06/82-ways-to-heal-your-gut/ </link> <BR... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:01:39 EST Lacto-Fermented Escabeche http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232278 Escabeche, or Jalapenos en Escabeche are basically a Mexican pickled jalapeno. Far better than those little Nacho rings you buy in the store, escabeche is flavored with onions and garlic, frequently carrots, sometimes radishes or cauliflower, and is a pickled treat. <BR> <BR> <link>www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2010/08<BR>/lacto-fermented-escabeche.html </link> <BR> <BR> Tip: if you don't have whey use an additional 2 Tablespoons salt Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:46:51 EST 85 Ways to Eat More Fermented Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231602 "Did you know that almost 80% of your immune system stems form the gut? Yeah, that’s a lot. So what kind of shape do you think your immune system is in if your gut health is in the toilet? I’ve said it many times, and I will say it many times again: Good health starts in the gut. <BR> <BR> Keeping your internal ecosystem healthy and balanced is essential for a strong immune system and vital living. Eating fermented foods is one of the easiest and most economical ways to improve your gut ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:28:34 EST Dry salting is an easy method for fermenting vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230910 Dry salting is an old-fashioned method for preserving vegetables, meat, and fish. It was popular in the early twentieth century, especially during the first and second World Wars. Salting was promoted as an alternative to canning in order to conserve glass, metal, and fuel. There are two basic methods for dry salting, one uses low salt concentration and the other uses high salt. <BR> <BR> <link>www.homepreservingbible.com/39-dry-s<BR>alting-as-a-method-to-preserve-vegetab<BR>les/ </link> ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 06:56:09 EST How to make probiotic lemonade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227153 Probiotic lemonade is very easy to make and is ready in just a couple of days. <BR> <BR> Luckily, as there is an easy lacto-fermented drink that you can make with basic ingredients from your grocery store, and your kids will probably even drink it! <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> Juice of 10 lemons or limes <BR> 3/4 cup sugar or sucanat <BR> 1 cup of whey <BR> 2.5 to 3 quarts of filtered water <BR> gallon size jar <BR> <BR> For instructions: <BR> <BR> <link>wellness... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:25:32 EST Bacon Fat Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226584 I believe this is the origin of the Magic Mayo. The recipe was converted to make it simpler. <BR> <BR> "By whipping up some rendered bacon fat with egg yolks, lemon, some mustard, salt, and pepper, you have made what is essentially a spreadable BLT. Once you have a jar of this stuff in your fridge, the possibilities are endless. Can you imagine the deviled eggs that this stuff would make? Or what about a bacon-tinged chicken salad or even a humble fried egg on a roll? I told you: genius." <... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:43:32 EST Magic Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225300 Magic because of how fast and easy this is; takes about 1 1/2 minutes to make in a wide mouth pint size mason jar. [or jar of your choice] <BR> <BR> Because this mayo contains raw egg, I wouldn't feed it to someone in the immune compromised category, and I wouldn't make it with month-old eggs of questionable pedigree. Our eggs are raised in our backyard. Use your best judgement as to whether raw-egg mayonnaise is appropriate for you. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 whole egg <BR> 1/2 tsp dijon... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:57:56 EST Fermented Vegetable FAQ Answers [for Probiotics] with Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224693 Lacto-Fermentation is a method of preserving food that transforms fresh food into favorites such as pickles, chutney, and sauerkraut. <BR> <BR> Nearly any vegetable can be fermented. <BR> <BR> Washing vegetables is a personal choice and is not necessary. Fresh vegetables should have friendly bacteria all over them from the soil. The fermentation process will allow these friendly bacteria to multiply. <BR> <BR> Do I need a vegetable culture or whey to make fermented vegetables? No. We rec... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:58:08 EST Lacto-Fermented Spiced Tomato Ketchup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218198 I have too many fresh tomatoes and the picture for this recipe is so pretty, but I want to use fresh tomatoes and don't want to use whey. So I am still looking for a recipe. <BR> <BR> "This ketchup is a great way to introduce your family to fermented foods. It has just the right blend of spices to make it taste similar to the store-bought kind, but with all the benefits of probiotic-rich fermentation. You can make it more or less sweet by adjusting the amount of maple syrup, or you can subs... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:21:10 EST Clafoutis are France's best kept secret. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217838 Clafoutis are France's best kept secret. Clafoutis recipes call for nothing more than what most of us have on hand in the kitchen, plus some fruit or vegetables. Once you have the batter made, which is only measuring and stirring, you pop it in the oven right before you sit down for dinner and have a seriously freshly-made dessert waiting for you 30 minutes later. <BR> <BR> Using frozen fruit is not recommended due to water content and texture. Can use any fruit or vegetables, but leave out... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:53:20 EST How to make Curtido/Cortido (Salvadorian sauerkraut)- 2 ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215658 Once fermented, cabbage is rich in probiotics and enzymes and holds powerful health benefits. A recent study showed that 2 oz of homemade sauerkraut contains as many probiotics as 100 probiotic capsules. <BR> <BR> Two Recipes: <BR> <BR> <link>//megatarian.wordpress.com/2014/06/2<BR>8/how-to-make-curtido-el-salvadorian-s<BR>auerkraut-2-ways/ </link> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:47:22 EST A Tip for Flaky Pie Crust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210974 I just learned the coolest trick for making a flaky pie crust. You mix all of the fat with 2/3 of the flour, and then cut in the final third of the flour with a goal of pea sized balls of "paste" coated in flour. Then you mix in the water using a spatula to repeatedly flatten in a big broad bowl. I found this new technique and got a pie crust that resembled puff pastry! <BR> <BR> There is a recipe at the end of the article <BR> <BR> <link>sweets.seriouseats.com/2011/07/the-f<BR>ood-lab-... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 12:15:49 EST Haybox Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209271 BTW, the sliders were good. I didn't have dinner rolls so I used hamburger buns. I liked the way the cheese help the ground beef on the bun. I didn't like the glaze, but maybe I would have with dinner rolls. <BR> <BR> The Haybox Cooker is a thermal cooker, basically it cooks using the inner pan which is boiled for 10 minutes then stick it in the insulative container for another 1-6 hours. It can save up to 80% of the fuel normally used. <BR> <BR> The link is a collection of information o... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:44:12 EST Awesome cheesy pull-apart sliders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208621 I found this recipe for Awesome cheesy pull-apart sliders on a friends Facebook page. This will be dinner tonight! <BR> <BR> http://wtvr.com/2016/02/05/cheesy-pull-a<BR>part-sliders-super-bowl-recipe/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:07:41 EST Five Minute Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204433 I had the last of our watermelons for breakfast. No more melons as we pulled up the vines. <BR> <BR> So for Five Minute Ice Cream you use 10 oz of frozen fruit, 1/8-1/4 Splenda + 1/3 cup half and half cream. <BR> <BR> Combine the frozen fruit and Splenda in a food processor. Process until the fruit is roughly chopped. With the processor running, slowly pour in the half + half until fully incorporated. Serve immediately, or freeze a few minutes for a firmer texture. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:40:54 EST Frozen Banana "Ice cream" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203883 For those of you who haven't heard of this and want to try ... just put "Frozen Banana" into the search on Spark Recipes and you will get lots of suggestions. I bought bananas at Sam's today so frozen banana is on for tomorrow. Some suggest cutting the banana into pieces, so I am going to try it this way. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:17:41 EST I scream, you scream ... we all scream for Ice Cream! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203280 I have been doing some research on ice cream. I saw in a magazine an electric counter top size machine but then thought that I could make it without a machine. Sparkrecipes has a couple I might try. Of course one is banana, another is with frozen fruit and another uses a plastic bag that you shake. If you want a really old recipe try searching for Thomas Jefferson's Ice Cream recipe. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:56:21 EST Southern Fried Cabbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185702 1 medium head green cabbage, chopped loosely <BR> 4 slices bacon, chopped <BR> 1/4 large onion or 1/2 small to medium onion, chopped <BR> 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce (optional) <BR> salt & pepper to taste <BR> <BR> In a large pan, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat. When the bacon has just started to crisp, add the chopped onion. Add cabbage, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce (optional) when onion is done. Stir occasionally until cabbage is softened about 10 minute... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:13:00 EST Insulin and carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180423 The key to it all is insulin. It is the only -- the only -- chemical in your body that can put on weight or take it off. Think of gaining or losing weight as insulin control rather than dieting. In the presence of excess carbs insulin saves excess caloires, in the absence of carbs it removes calories for fuel. If you want to gain weight, eat excess carbs. If you want to lose weight eat the right amount of calories and no carbs. It does not work as efficiently with fats and proteins which is w... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:04:08 EST What is Coffee Flour? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179754 I just heard about Coffee Flour so I had to find out what it is. The idea of turning coffee bean waste into flour was one that intrigued me and also raised a number of questions. <BR> <BR> Coffee fruit is packed with nutrition. They take that fruit and mill it into a unique and flavor-rich gluten free flour. Ingredients: just the fruit... a coffee cherry. <BR> <BR> And what about the caffeine content of the flour? The amount in a recipe would be about the same as a cup of coffee. <BR> <B... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 15:42:01 EST Things to know about Dehydrating: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178297 There are a few things you should know before dehydrrating. Here are 13 things: <BR> <BR> 1. Start by learning your dehydrator and reading the instructions. Dehydrators can be split into three categories: bottom fan, top fan, and back fan. Most people would recommend a back fan dehydrator since it encourages even drying. However, even with a back fan you will need to move trays around to ensure even and consistent drying. <BR> <BR> 2. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can use your oven o... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:46:41 EST Low-Carb Food to Have on Hand in an Emergency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176876 Canned Vegetables such as: <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Green chilies <BR> Artichoke hearts <BR> Pumpkin <BR> Tomato paste <BR> Other canned low-carb vegetables, such as green beans and spinach <BR> <BR> Pickled Vegetables such as: <BR> Dill pickles <BR> Italian pickled vegetables or hot peppers <BR> Sweet pickles (no sugar added) <BR> <BR> Jars of: <BR> Salsas <BR> Pasta sauce or tomato sauce with no added sugars <BR> Roasted red peppers <BR> Dr... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 10:56:23 EST Dehydrating Eggs for Longer Storage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176182 Crack them open into a bowl, about 18 at at time. More than that and they will take a long time to do the next step. Whisk them to get them all mixed together. <BR> <BR> Scramble them over medium to medium low heat. I used cast iron so I wouldn’t have to add any additional oil. * IMPORTANT: Do not add oil! <BR> <BR> This took about 25 minutes to cook on low heat. <BR> <BR> Lay them out on a dehydrator sheet. 3 dozen eggs took up 7 sheets, spread out as thin as possible. <BR> <BR> Dehyd... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 07:00:25 EST Focus on your goals ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416317 Focus on your goals <BR> <BR> Calm your mind. Quiet all of the distractions surrounding you. Concentrate on the one task at hand. In the moment of need, silence your brain and allow yourself to stay focused. Save your worries about tomorrow and guilt over yesterday's failures for another time. Maybe you need to meditate, pray, or simply spend a few moments quietly gathering yourself before tackling a project. <BR> <BR> Concentration is the ability to think of absolutely nothing when it is a... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 06:16:51 EST Explore. Dream. Discover... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411253 Explore. Dream. Discover. <BR> <BR> The green of all the fields is mine; <BR> The stars, the night, the wind at play, <BR> A peaceful heart, while quietly <BR> I go my way. <BR> <BR> Max Ehrmann <BR> 1872-1945 <BR> <BR> Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. <BR> <BR> - Mark Twain, American writ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 07:55:22 EST Another Chance ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404838 Another Chance <BR> <BR> How often we wish for another <BR> chance to make a fresh beginning. <BR> <BR> A chance to blot out our mistakes <BR> And change failure into winning. <BR> <BR> It does not take a new day <BR> To make a brand new start, <BR> It only takes a deep desire <BR> To try with all our heart. <BR> <BR> To live a little better <BR> And to always be forgiving <BR> And to add a little sunshine <BR> To the world in which we're living. <BR> <BR> So never give up in despair <BR... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:03:45 EST Remember the 'Healthy' with the 'To-Go' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388664 Portable Snacking Tips and Ideas ...Remember the 'Healthy' with the 'To-Go' <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> * Celery sticks with peanut butter and several raisins on top <BR> * Rice cakes with peanut butter (good for getting a protein punch) <BR> * Low-fat cheese cubes <BR> * Hardboiled eggs <BR> * Deviled egg (wrapped in plastic wrap) <BR> * Fruit yogurt cup (add in some fresh fruits or nuts for a boost <BR> * Trail mix <BR> * Nuts or nut mix (stick to just a handful) <BR>... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:18:57 EST Making the most of every day and every hour ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375303 Making the most of every day and every hour <BR> <BR> I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. - John Burroughs, essayist and naturalist <BR> <BR> Before you plan another day/week/month/year, write this thought at the top of the paper: " I Cannot Do Everything. " <BR> <BR> Life becomes easier when you accept the fact that you will never be able to do everything you wa... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 06:56:46 EST So hold your head up girl and you'll go far, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366386 So hold your head up girl and you'll go far, <BR> <BR> To quote Lady Gaga: <BR> <BR> “There's nothin wrong with lovin who you are" <BR> She said, "'cause He made you perfect, babe" <BR> "So hold your head up girl and you'll go far, <BR> Listen to me when I say" <BR> I'm beautiful in my way <BR> 'Cause God makes no mistakes <BR> I'm on the right track baby <BR> I was born this way <BR> Don't hide yourself in regret <BR> Just love yourself and you're set <BR> I'm on the right track baby <BR> ... Fri, 24 May 2013 06:44:02 EST Get an Exercise Buddy - Exercising With Your Pet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351703 Get an Exercise Buddy - Exercising With Your Pet! <BR> <BR> A Pet's Love <BR> <BR> A companion, a pal, A very best friend. <BR> Someone to trust, To love 'til the end. <BR> <BR> Someone to trust, When feeling blue. <BR> Always a smile, T'always greet you. <BR> <BR> Always a smile, To dry up your tears. <BR> A person to be there, To quiet your fears. <BR> <BR> A person to be there, When lonely or sad. <BR> Loving regardless, If hating or mad. <BR> <BR> Loving regardless, If caring or cru... Fri, 10 May 2013 06:15:38 EST Goals and dreams are not achieved overnight ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344001 Often we forget that goals and dreams are not achieved overnight, but rather in a series of small steps. Progress towards your goals should also be counted as victorious! Stop looking at the end result to bring you the greatest joy. Instead, celebrate the ways in which your life is gravitating towards that desired result. Nothing is guaranteed in life, so make the most of each day and persevere. Remember that the small things in life build up to the bigger ones. <BR> Fri, 3 May 2013 06:58:23 EST Great veggies and fruits to try... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333705 Here's a list of some great veggies and fruits to try under each color category (from Cooking Light's July '07 issue):: <BR> <BR> Red (contains lycopene): <BR> Veggies: Tomatoes, beets, radishes, rhubarb, radicchio, red bell peppers <BR> Fruits: cherries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, pink grapefruit, red pears, apples grapes <BR> <BR> Orange/Yellow (contains beta-carotine, vitamin C) <BR> Veggies: yello beets, butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yellow bell peppers, yellow... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:44:45 EST Easy ways to add Exercise to your daily routine: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322544 Easy ways to add Exercise to your daily routine: <BR> <BR> * Going shopping? Park the car under a light at the outer edges of the Mall parking! <BR> * Ride the bus! Then get on or off the bus several blocks away from your destination. <BR> * If you work in an office building then take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. <BR> * During Coffee Breaks take fitness breaks! Walk, stretch or do some office exercises. <BR> * On nice days get outside! Do some leaf raking, prune the shrub... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 08:27:19 EST Five ingredients that not only add flavor to your favorite dishes but can help in your battle agains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296912 Five ingredients that not only add flavor to your favorite dishes but can help in your battle against the bulge. <BR> <BR> Cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, mustard seed and ginger. <BR> <BR> The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books - how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook. ~Andy Rooney <BR> <BR> Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not! ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Albert Einstein, who discovered that a tiny amount of mass is equal to ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 06:58:03 EST A beginning must be made, And the place to begin is with and in yourself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288488 A beginning must be made, And the place to begin is with and in yourself. <BR> <BR> <BR> This is an older version of Maxx Erhman's famous poem, "Desiderada". <BR> Desiderada II <BR> <BR> In whatever religion you have been taught, <BR> however you have been brought up, <BR> and however you have understood your teachers... <BR> On these levels you will understand and grasp this message. <BR> <BR> It is not enough that this message be believed. <BR> It is a message to be lived. <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 07:13:59 EST Love is ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272136 Love is .... <BR> <BR> Love is... a comic strip created by New Zealand artist Kim Grove in the late 1960s, later to be produced by Stefano Casali. The strip is syndicated worldwide by Tribune Media Services. <BR> <BR> Love Is... (the title includes the ellipsis mark), began as a series of little love notes that Kim Grove drew for her future husband, Roberto Casali. The strip was first syndicated in 1970 and one of her most famous drawings, "Love Is...being able to say you are sorry", publis... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 06:03:43 EST