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  • DAY 58 countdown Buckwheat pancakes, delay shoulder surgery, etc.

    9/22/2014 12:58:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    Buckwheat Pancake makeover fit into my ALCAT eating plan! I have not been having such great meals. So I am now focusing on how to put together more tasty meals within the eating plan. I did a recipe makeover and saved it as DAY 4 Makeover Buckwheat Pancakes. Next time I want to use t... Read more

  • Yeah! (A low energy person) I cleaned some clutter from the kitchen counter!

    9/20/2014 10:57:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yeah! I cleaned some clutter from the kitchen counter. Usually I find one or 2 things and run to that room to put a couple things away. Needless to say I get tired quickly. Today I used my labeled containers --one for each room. The clutter went into the labeled container. Now it is easy to pu... Read more

  • DAY 61: What to do with a turnip?-- remember I rarely cook ...

    9/19/2014 5:53:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been reading here at SP about roasting vegetables. I peeled the turnip, cut it into cubes, coated it with olive oil--roasted it in my toaster oven. 400 degrees for 30 min. turning once. Delicious. Now I have cubed beets in the oven. chris ... Read more

  • I did not quite understand this before.... oh....

    9/19/2014 8:43:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkamerica.com/ ... Read more

  • Fun at the Big E New England Exposition 2014--here is just a little of the circus

    9/18/2014 9:23:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not all of these were exactly what we saw. This is only the circus part of the Big E. There is lots more. ... Read more

  • DAY 62 We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters

    9/18/2014 4:51:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am supposed to be getting better at following my ALCAT elimination/rotation eating plan. To remember the foods I am not supposed to eat --due to food sensitivities ( not allergies), these are the 2 mnemonics I am using. STOP VICE We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some ... Read more

  • My Mnemonic attempts

    9/15/2014 9:45:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    Bart blackened Cherry's cumbersome grandmother's melon peeler because some lame muscled retard pared the sweaty pots. or We were barely back from Cher's pukey groupy melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters arrived. 12 foods I'd like to remember to eat only very rar... Read more

  • The book WILD by Cheryl Strayed

    9/15/2014 9:12:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you to a fellow sparker! You suggested this book. I am in the middle of reading it.It is a very good read. But I am such a wimp. I never would have put up with the pain this woman endured. I did a 26 mile walk once (long ago) and I did everything I could to keep from getting blisters. I even ... Read more

  • Deceptive Marketers Advertising on SparkPeople

    9/15/2014 6:36:03 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    You know those banner ads from Fabletics.com that you see here on SparkPeople and other places? I don't like them. It's one thing to go to a website that looks interesting, cruise around and discover that all their clothing is not the sizes you need (if you are like me, larger than a size 20.). ... Read more

  • A nice surprise at the chiropractor's!

    9/15/2014 5:40:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    At the end of the session today, Dr." I" asked me to raise my arm. Low and behold, I was able to raise it pretty high! This is the arm needing a shoulder replacement in November. He has been treating me with several different electric machines and with hands on stretching and breaking of ad... Read more

  • Calling all Mnemonic lovers

    9/15/2014 4:37:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    STOP VICE helps me remember the foods I am severely sensitive to. string beans, tapioca, onions, peanuts, vanilla, and carob I have no way to remember the following foods. I am moderately sensitive to these. (not allergic just they are food sensitivities) I feel fatigued and have brain ... Read more

  • sciatica from bulging disc vs piriformis syndrome--oh!

    9/14/2014 9:54:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am learning! There is a difference between pain from a bulging disc in the lower back and the piriformis syndrome. Apparently, my chiropractor is treating me for the bulging disc. He wants me to bend backward while resting my hands on the kitchen counter. I poked around the internet an... Read more

  • sciatica pictures

    9/13/2014 7:05:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    exercise to help ... Read more

  • Habits of the rich vs habits of the poor

    9/13/2014 2:55:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    DividerV2 1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble. 2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor d... Read more

  • Use charcoal as a house deodorizer!

    9/13/2014 2:49:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    Note: not the self starter charcoal ! SEE LINK BELOW FOR EXACT INFO. •Simply lay a few out in a metal tray. •Sew pouches for them or use an old sock, then hang them in inconspicuous areas. •Line a basket with foil or plastic and lay the briquettes inside. •Set them out on a tray on a shelf ... Read more

  • Sciatica

    9/13/2014 11:57:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    A chiropractor is helping me. He did some tailbone/spine adjustments and gave me an exercise. I am supposed to back up to the kitchen counter with my arms on the counter. Then lean back to get the pressure off the nerves near the vertebrae. I do lots of stretching in a warm water therapy pool too. I... Read more

  • Major Mojo Madness

    9/12/2014 1:31:04 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    We all do it. (no, not that...) We all say we're going to get going, but something holds us back. Whether it be our newest excuse, life, time, or just simple lack of motivation we get ourselves in our own way. I'm big on it. and I'm just big. I have been struggling for months n... Read more

  • I wish I could develop this habit!

    9/12/2014 12:13:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    3. Do an end-of-day and end-of-week cleanup. When you’re nearing the end of each workday, take a few minutes to put everything back and think about what you’ll need first thing tomorrow. Arriving to find a clean desk makes it easy to get started on tasks without feeling overwhelmed. Similarly, ... Read more

  • SP The 60 second Daily Check in---OH!

    9/10/2014 11:12:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog
    /blog.asp?post=announcing_
    the_launch_of_sparkamerica Here is the reasoning behind the streamlined START page for SPARK AMERICA. 2. The 60-Second Daily Check-In A new program we are launc... Read more

  • One hour a month to be prepared for emergencies. I just got this in an email

    9/10/2014 7:38:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.emd.wa.gov/preparedn
    ess/documents/2011_PIY_Boo
    klet.pdf ... Read more

  • Day 70 (from 90) learnig to save "Makeover" recipes

    9/10/2014 7:35:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    In the Nutrition Tracker, I just saved a recipe: Makeover: Day 1 Vegetable Soup with Beef It was an original SP recipe, but I had to eliminate 2 things and change them to veggies I was supposed to eat on Day 1. Now I can easily put that in my Nutrition tracker. T... Read more

  • Low carb recipe for soup

    9/10/2014 6:25:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    recipes.sparkpeople.com/
    recipe-detail.asp?recipe=5
    62673 I went looking for Italian Wedding Soup. I found a couple of good recipes in SP for that soup. Also I ran across the recipe I linked to. It has sausage. chris... Read more

  • Day 72,71 from 90 Countdown

    9/9/2014 4:53:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have 3 months to comply with a new eating plan. It is hard changing eating habits. Mostly it is having the right stuff in the house. Yesterday was "Day 3" -- I can't remember! Probable I was "winging it." Today is "Day 4" of a 4 day rotation/elimination eating plan. Breakfast and lun... Read more

  • S'up

    9/9/2014 12:20:55 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    After texting back and forth, hubs and I did talk. I explained why I was so hurt by him. He said I was complaining about job, life etc for a week and it was too much. I explained I listened to it for over six years with support and expect the same. He actually listened and replied with "I was ki... Read more

  • Today's. "Note from the UNIVERSE" to me.

    9/8/2014 11:08:18 AM, by CTUPTON

    Hey, CHRISTINE, what if, instead of waiting for everything to be perfect, we start living your dreams this week, to any degree we can? Ooh-ooh-ooh! The Universe ... Read more

  • Saddened September.....

    9/7/2014 9:53:32 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I ran today. I mean....it was slow. Was the slowest run I've done in a long time. But I did it. I got out and I was like not thinking....I think that's what I was after. Just the golden, dead and brown views contrasted next to the blue sky and nothing in my brain but the tunes that I tried ... Read more

  • Eggless Lemon Pie with a whipped topping

    9/7/2014 6:28:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    I love lemon meringue pie but the eggs bother me. One more reason was my new eating plan. I went looking for this because my eating plan does not have eggs and lemons listed for the same day. Obsessive, I know. Sometimes I get this way. sometimes not at all! chris See the link at the botto... Read more

  • Pancakes made according to my ALCAT eating plan. Success

    9/7/2014 2:30:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    Last week I got the buckwheat flour and the amaranth flour. I already had brown rice flour. So I followed a SP recipe. I think my baking soda was old. So the pancakes did not rise at all. But with Brown and Brummel yogurt spread and real maple syrup, it was a real treat. I used coconut oi... Read more

  • If you miss daily health tips try this site.

    9/7/2014 2:02:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    Health News Updates link: http://health.usnews.com/hea
    lth-news/new s (sorry, will have to cut and paste) I "stole" this from 1CRAZYDOG ... Read more

  • Day 73 from 90 Countdown

    9/7/2014 11:28:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have 3 months to comply with a new eating plan. It is hard changing eating habits. Mostly it is having the right stuff in the house. I have been eating stuff on my plan but also eating things listed there for me not to eat. I tried going cold turkey and totally going on that pl... Read more

  • DARN--tentatively ---BAKERS CYST BEHIND RIGHT KNEE

    9/7/2014 11:19:37 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am pretty sure this is what has been making my whole leg hurt. After a zillion knee pain treatments(of various kinds) at the chiropractor's office, the leg pain keeps coming back. Last visit he declared it sciatica. The whole leg hurt even bottom of my foot. He asked if... Read more

  • Day 75,74 Countdown to 100% compliancy with suggested eating plan.

    9/6/2014 11:28:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    The trip to the fair was great fun! My cravings for junk foods did not take over as they have in the past. I had 2 curly fries from DH's dish. I had a dish of coffee ice cream with chocolate flakes . I had a hard time walking. But that might have reduced my search of st... Read more

  • Cravings can be caused by gut microbes wanting foods not healthy for the host (me and you)!

    9/6/2014 10:59:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.medscape.com/viewart
    icle/831069 People ,may no longer have to blame their food cravings — and giving in to them — on poor self-control. Now scientists are arguing that microbes living in the gut are responsible for manipulating eating behavior by causing cravings fo... Read more

  • Effective Herbal Teas (Tisines) for Weight Loss

    9/5/2014 12:06:29 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I've seen a few different websites discussing herbal teas that are helpful for weight loss, and many are somewhat hard to understand or follow - I'm guessing because the articles were written by non-native English users. The information is still helpful though, so I wanted to have it on hand here in... Read more

  • COUNTDOWN DAY 76

    9/5/2014 11:27:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am looking forward to a nice stir fry for lunch. Then take a ride to a county fair. Last time I got a huge cooked turkey leg at the fair. It is hard to resist all those country fair foods! Everything is deep ... Read more

  • Countdown day 90..89.....77 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan

    9/4/2014 8:14:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thur. September 4 Day 77 counting down to 0 for 90 days (3 months). In 3 months time I am supposed to be eating according to the eating plan suggested to me by ALCAT blood sensitivity testing. It is a good thing I have 76 more days to get this right. I have put the mea... Read more

  • About 2000 steps equals a mile and other facts

    9/4/2014 6:58:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.stepup.excellusbcbs.
    com/healthInfo.jsp?catld=c
    ountingSteps&pg=0204Conver
    sions.html ... Read more

  • Bed and Breakfast

    9/3/2014 5:18:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    ... Read more

  • SP article(s) about dressing to look trimmer!

    9/2/2014 6:46:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog
    /blog.asp?post=15_ways_to_
    dress_thinner ... Read more

  • I am learning a big lesson about how foods make me feel.

    8/31/2014 9:14:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Two days of having no energy and feeling like a stuffed pig. Clothes are snug. Ankles are swollen. Knees hurt more. I was enjoying days not needing an afternoon nap. I loved getting more decluttering done. But then I went back to my old eating habits. And bad went to worse! It will tak... Read more

  • FAVORITE SEASON-AUTUMN

    8/30/2014 8:34:18 PM, by SHERBIECAN

    Yes, I know that is it still summer and we may have a few more weeks of warm weather but I always thought that fall started when we all go back to school after the Labor long weekend. At least that is how I used to remember when growing up, new bag, new clothes, new supplies and new teachers. I lo... Read more

  • Have a great day! I hope you are feeling flexible today!

    8/30/2014 5:56:49 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.nymomsworld.com/blog
    /2012/08/our-best-picks-fo
    r-yoga-studios-in-the-bronx/ ... Read more

  • Pictures! How to replace eggs in recipes. Who knew! Thanks sparkfriends!!!

    8/27/2014 11:48:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.wikihow.com/Replace-
    Eggs-in-Your-Cooking or a more detailed list: chefinyou.com/egg-substi
    tutes-cooking/ ... Read more

  • Day 84 countdown to 100% compliance on a special eating plan.

    8/27/2014 9:41:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    Probably I will not stick much to today's eating plan. I am going to lunch with a friend. It is a seafood restaurant. On the rustic side. Lobster and butter--here I come!... Read more

  • Day 85 count down -aiming at 100% compliance with a suggested eating plan for me

    8/27/2014 9:39:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    Well-- I made the corn bread I could have yesterday. Too much temptation for me! I made one fairly small pan of this. 6" by 8" approximately. Yup--ate it all. So most of yesterdays eating plan foods did not get eaten. This is the first bready, muffin kind of food I have had. I really miss that kind ... Read more

  • Variety!

    8/26/2014 12:58:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    Oh yes, this eating plan has veriety. A little too much variety. That is the problem. Each day has a different list of foods. I used to have a sandwich often. Well--there is no bread unless I can make it from that day's food list. And that is nearly impossible! Corn bread works but I still have to ... Read more

  • Day 86--countdown to getting more perfect on the suggested eating plan.

    8/26/2014 12:48:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is nice having a limited list of foods to eat in a day. It is forcing me to be creative mixing them. A month ago when I tried this I ended up with meals like fish and lima beans! I have gotten much better. I like that I can plan ahead, too. I can put a few days in the food tracker a head. I guess... Read more

  • How to use tahini?

    8/26/2014 6:42:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found these ideas. I had a can of tahini for a long time. But I never knew how to use it! It is on my Day 4 of the rotation eating plan. OK now I know! chris (see the link at the end) 1. Dip raw veggies in it. For a simple snack, reach for tahini instead of ranch dressing next time you... Read more

  • Day 87 countdown...listing elimination of foods I am moderatey to

    8/25/2014 8:19:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    I already listed the foods I am severely sensitive to. I remember them by "STOP ViCe" Now, here are the 12 foods I am moderately sensitive to. I should not eat these for at least 3 months. Then take back only one at a time to see if I react at all. I guess I can eliminate these foods for ... Read more

  • Songs With Positive Lyrics

    8/25/2014 1:58:40 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I am taking an online music appreciation class, and we were asked write up introductions, including a link to a youtube or .mp3 selection, and why we liked it. Well I'm the nerdy type so my link was to an organ piece I like written by JS Bach... but in the process of reading the introductions f... Read more

  • Spiderweb

    8/24/2014 4:41:54 PM, by KATBWIN

    Just like all spider webs are not the same. The paths we chose are not all the same.... Read more

  • To help myself remember foods on each of the 4 day rotation plan.

    8/24/2014 12:29:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    Each day has lots more foods, including various beans and various freggies--- but I am trying to remember the basics. Day 1 is a beef, lamb, flounder, swordfish day. Not all of them! Day 2 is a chicken, tuna, egg day. Not all of them! Day 3 is a pork, halibut day. Not all of th... Read more

  • Count down 90, 89, 88,,, to 100% (or so) sticking to my eating plan.

    8/24/2014 12:12:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    The eating plan is based on a blood test for food sensitivities. The lab mixes my white blood cells with food samples and sees how the WBCs react. If the change dramatically, it means I have a food sensitivity to that food. I had a strong reaction to these foods: STOP ViCe is my mn... Read more

  • "You can do better." instead of "I can do better." Oh!

    8/24/2014 7:16:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found this about "self-talk." Who knew! In one study, University of Michigan researchers induced stress in participants by telling them they had to prepare a speech to give to a panel of judges about their qualifications for a dream job. They were given five minutes to prepare and told ... Read more

  • "You can do better." instead of "I can do better." Oh!

    8/24/2014 7:16:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found this about "self-talk." Who knew! In one study, University of Michigan researchers induced stress in participants by telling them they had to prepare a speech to give to a panel of judges about their qualifications for a dream job. They were given five minutes to prepare and told ... Read more

  • Some info on removing toxins from your body. I am still looking for more info on this.

    8/23/2014 5:02:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    Pectin Fruit pectin is probably the most gentle method of detoxing contaminants. Pectin comes from the fibrous portion of the fruit and is most commonly found in the pith of limes, lemons and other citrus fruit as well as in apples. Other sources of pectin are bananas, grapes, carrots, and c... Read more