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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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emoticon Ani I am sorry about Bossy. You really sound like a wonderful person and Bossy must be a wonderful dog. emoticon

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Hi Ani, I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. It is so sad when they are sick. Especially, if you have to make a decision to put him down. I have two dogs who are my babies. I use to work at a vet clinic. it was hard for me even when a another owner would bring in their animal when it was sick. Please keep us updated. Just know I will be praying for you and your dog. Lots of hugs, Amy

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Hi Ani, I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. It is so sad when they are sick. Especially, if you have to make a decision to put him down. I have two dogs who are my babies. I use to work at a vet clinic. it was hard for me even when a another owner would bring in their animal when it was sick. Please keep us updated. Just know I will be praying for you and your dog. Lots of hugs, Amy

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I'm sorry Ani. :(

And Laura my hubby says he wants a loggy type house too in the middle of no where. He says your husband is lucky to marry a country gal. He said he messed up and married a city one. Ha! Once it's up and built...ENJOY!!!

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Thanks you guys, you're so sweet. I have been studying the Cushing's disease stuff. The vet explained everything from the conventional side--pretty invasive and VERY expensive. I have studied the natural and homeopathic side and if I had any money now I would definitely do it. He's a pretty old dog (12) but it's possible with some TLC with herbs and thyroid pills he could get some bounce back but there's no guarantees. He's lost all his muscles so he stumbles all the time. He drinks like a fish and pees so much that I have to get up at night to walk him outside or he messes in the house. He has lost his ability to hear so I have to stay real close to him and touch him frequently to get him to follow me (no short term memory either) His tummy is all distended. He also had a stroke so he's all tilted to the side. It's so, so hard to watch him. I've got him on the very best dog kibble I can find (all meat/no grains) and raw, clean meat. I give him fish oil and lots of love. It's when I look into his eyes that I see that Bossy still lives in there; otherwise he looks so different now from the picture. I have two other dogs but Bossy was always the best pal and watch dog. I never felt fear when I've been alone in the house as long as he's been here.

Bossy changed my heart about Pit Bulls forever.
thanks for listening.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Oh! I am so sorry, ANI! My condolences... emoticon

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I'm sorry Ani. Losing a family member is one of the worst things imaginable!


Laura, wow that sounds so nice. Sometimes starting with a whole new house is so much easier than fixing old.

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1/23/10 9:41 P

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Ani-sorry to hear you dog is not well. Here is a web site that looks like it has a lot of info incase you are interested.

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Wow Laura - great for you. It really sounds perfect!

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Yeah, we'ra all drooling, Laura. But good for you for saving up your $$ so you could make your dream come true!

DH and I are actually looking to downsize, but it would be nice to still have a big kitchen and garden.

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Laura - how incredible that would be. I'm voting for house #2 - lol. The homes are absolutely beautiful and the land sounds wonderful. When I was first married (I'm divorced from him now) we live on 70 acres. We were carekeepers for a doctor. We had a rather nice size garden. We had horses, deer, fox, etc. I had never even heard of eating clean - it was 20 years ago and I did not eat clean - we just had a garden because we could. I disliked living there once the kids were born - I could not wait to move out. Wow - what I wouldn't do to be living somewhere like that again. I truly hope this works out for you.






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Oh Laura, that sounds like a dream-come-true!! You are so, so lucky to have such abundance. You will be so happy there. Such a wonderful husband too. I'm picturing your fabulous rustic but modern home. Did you say you will have a well? How did you say you will get your water? If you do have a well then for sure get yourself a gas powered generator in case of electrical outage--silly me, I bet you and your hubby have already planned on that. Some people even have hand pumps set up for emergency.

I envy you because what you are doing is exactly the dream I've always had. I thought it was my husband's dream too but have found out otherwise over time. I know people who have found their dream in the country even though they never had as great an income as you. I know it can be done if you have the desire and the strength.

Right now I wish I had the help and money just to repair my greenhouse so it was usable.lol
Don't get me wrong, I have the sweetest, hardest working hubby ever who loves me to death. We just have different dreams or different ways of going about moving towards our dreams anyway. I'm content. I know I have a lot more than many. I'm thankful.

I'm sad today because we may be putting my beautiful Pit Bull/Lab mix down soon (the one in the pic with me) He's been diagnosed with Cushing's disease.
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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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The property is about a twenty minute drive out of the city. Far enough to be in the country (the neighboring homes have horses, goats and cows that I could see from the drive in)But close enough to be able to go shopping once or twice a week in town. There is a rural schoolhouse out there, and we would be on the bus route.
It has a lot of poplar trees (not my favorite). And I believe it is well water. Hmmm... having the water tested would be a good idea. The only rules out there is that the land is not subdividable. There can only be one residence. But, it is also pretty rural. If we had a guest cottage that would be ok, as long as it is not permanent (it can't have a foundation; could be built on skids). But, we can have a large home, shop, garden and greenhouse, livestock, beehives and wind turbines. Just not two residences.
My hubbie and I have not owned anything TOGETHER. We were both previously married and owned homes, but not a large piece of property. So, this is really exciting!
Also, right now we are renting. We pay $1500/mo for a large house. 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, Family room, dining room, office, etc. The rents in this part of the province are relativly cheap. We came from Vancouver Island (BEAUTIFUL there!) where rent for a 1 bedroom basement suite would run you up to $1200/mo.
Anyhow, what I like about this property is we actually have enough cash to pay for the property. No loans or mortgages, with enough cash left over to start building. It doesn't hurt that we own a contracting business as well as an excavating business. My hubbie's crew can get the foundation and framing done for a LOT less than someone who would need to go and hire a contractor, framing crew, electrician, etc. He also already knows the inspectors, plumbers, etc.
I would like to see the house on top of the hill, overlooking the valley, with a long, winding driveway, with one of thise split cedar fences alongside it.
My hubbie wants to build something magnificient, but rustic. He likes BIG WOOD! lol!
Rustic meets modern I guess...
Peeled logs posts, stick railings, etc.

Something like this idea...


www.sitkaloghomes.com/images/SitkaAl
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or this...
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or this...

or this... www.loghome.com/images/Articles/log-
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more... homefurniture180.com/uploaded_images
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I want a family room, exercise room, art studio, music room, seperate office, a treehouse for our girl. Hmmmm what else....

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Yes, Ani - be thankful for your kitty. I miss mine lots now that she's gone... emoticon emoticon

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Right now I'm taking lessons from my cat. She frequently saunters up to that space between me and my computer monitor, sits down and stares at me from about 3 inches away from my nose so all I can see is cat face. My first reaction is always irritation because she has interrupted whatever I was doing (Stupid cat!! grrrr). Then I think, "This is good, what is important?, (breathe) What a beautiful creature!!" ...and I'm changed in a twinkling. (Hugs cat)

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Sorry, but I'm not getting notification emails on the thread I'm subscribed to at the moment so I don't know what's going at Spark for two days now.

BUT I wanted to say that the replies in this thread are GREAT! Thanks to everyone who paid me their 2 cents. I just so want to collect recipes and make them, but I don't have time. I eat like an ummmmmm...single guy maybe (but clean)...I barely eat anything cooked except for dinner and it takes about 15 minutes to cook and prepare everything. So, I basically pretty much eat like a veggie, but I also throw in fish.

Anyhow, Aniducky...I want to send you *virtual hugs* because I so want your approach and thinking to life and I want it bad. Maybe I need to get some more age on me so I can get some of that wisdom you have. I'm going to not try to do it all and do that best that I can and try to focus on the things that interest me like recipes where I don't have to add heat all of the time.

This type of therapy is good for me. It stops me from having to ship myself off to the looney bin.

Thank you sisters!!!

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Ooooo sounds like an adventure in the making!! How far out from the city is this property? Wow, you can do a lot with 7.5 acres.

Got trees? What is the water source? Is it clean? Will you have it tested? Any special building rules attached to this property? Have you purchased property before? Do you own the house you live in presently?

Look at me, I'm being a mommy!!!! Forgive me.

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 1/22/2010 (19:35)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Just the Eden canned tomatoes! lol! That's why I bought the fresh organic. I'm scared of the toxic cans now.
We went and looked at the 7.5 acre property today. Nice land, but the house needs to be bulldozed. The property has been on the market for well over a year. The house looks like it was abandonded. The house is right practically on the road, with a hill behind it. We would remove the house and put a winding driveway up to our NEW house up on the hill. The asking price for the property is $79,900. The real estate agent said if we put in an offer we should make it for under $50,000. My hubbie says $40,000. We will see. We have more property to look at.
I think I will blog about this!

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I know what you mean about seeing what most people have in their carts. I'm so tempted to reach in and hold something up and say, "Do you know what this cr.p will do to your body?" or, "It's easy to see why you're so fat!" No, I wouldn't do that, but it's in my head. Or, when I see the little toddlers sitting in the cart seat munching on those crunchy day-glo orange worm-shaped things; their dear little faces turning bright chemical orange...so sad. It's hard not to say something.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Crimony! is everything expensive like that in Canada?
I buy Eden (28 oz) canned Roma tomatoes for $2.75 from my co-op. I don't know how I'd buy canned food at the price you have to pay. I guess I just wouldn't. I'd have to wait 'till summer and can my own I guess. I want to do that this next summer anyway...we'll see. This 'ol lady is tired and so busy with other things...sigh

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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Just came back from the grocery store. I am always curious to see what other people have in their carts. I am always so proud of my choices. Today, organic tomatoes (not canned; Eden canned is almost $4/can), organic bananas, organic mushrooms. Two small strip loin steaks (hubbie is home; he likes steak), a magazine.
Whole food. No lists. emoticon

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Amen to that hawggy!! So easy and natural for us ol' "crunchy" people.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Yeah. I am not too concerned with ingredient lists. Like I said on another thread. Most of my food is whole foods that I have thrown together. It's nice to not have to worry too much about those middle aisles at the grocery store. either.

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I agree that eating well, "clean" and whole is really, really simple. But I also can see where it can seem stressfully complex to someone who tries to get going with it later in life. It's simple for me because it just seems like the simplest, most natural thing to do. Not so for a lot of people. That is why we are here on this team to help others to move into better food choices. This is an awesome place to get information but I just want a new person to know that doing one small piece at a time, no matter how much you read here, is the least stressful way to go. Stress is a greater enemy than most everything else.

Like they say in AA - "Easy does it".

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Okay... I surrender.

Ya'll have made some good points. I guess the best thing is that if anyone wants to know if something is safe or not, they can come right here to ask, and know that there are some really knowledgeable friends that have their back.


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That's right, LAURAG71. I think most of us can tell the difference between words that sound like chemicals in nature and other words (even if we can't always pronounce them). That coupled together with a LENGTHY list should be a good indication of cleanliness.
Also, unless you are buying a convenience food (most likely not clean) I doubt if quinoa is on the ingredient list. Quinoa is a whole food. Just add fresh flavors. No ingredient list. That's what I love about clean eating. It is so simple!

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I agree, when you look at an ingredient list and it has all these names you can't pronounce it is because it is highly processed and not claen at all.

But when you look at foods like quinoa and tabouleh.... that some people can't pronounce either there is one big difference. These are items that have only 1 or maybe two ingredients on their list.

So, if you take the rule of lots of ingredients with difficult names to pronounce then the food is not clean.

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Oh dear, oh my, oh dear, oh dear, dear, dear, dear.

I get the same way sometimes.

Okay, deep breath. Another deep breath. Quiet the mind if for even 15 seconds (30 minutes would be better..LOL!)

Somewhere in the Bible it says to make love your highest aim.

Yes, it's good to eat well.
Yes, it's good to have standards.
Yes, it's good to do the best you can.

But let's not sabotage the things that are most important. What's important? What is MOST important? I think you have to back into that 15 seconds (or 30 minutes) of mental quiet to find the answers for yourself.

Thank you Andi for being so candid, honest; right up front. It shakes us all. You are such a great inspiration!!

I am getting old. I don't want to spend the last years of my life being obsessed with doing everything "right". I want to BE in the Right Place; heart, soul, mind and strength.

In this modern culture we are squeezed into something called "multi-tasking". It's killing our spirit.

Deep Breath: In, in, in, in - Out, out, out.

What are we grasping for that we really don't need?
How can we simplify? What do we need to sacrifice in order to obtain some peace?

Deep Breath: In, in, in, in - Out, out, out.

I love all you Sparkers very much. I am following my own preaching today.

Thanks

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 1/22/2010 (12:32)
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You are right basically, KELLKAT. But that is a generality. If it sounds like a chemical, AND you cannot pronounce it. Words that end with ide, ite, ate, ine

These are chemical substances.

OH! I'm not wearing the GWT anymore. It says I burn a ridiculous amount of calories, and stupid me didn't save the original packaging/box it came in. I have posted it for sale on craigslist.

And no. My whole family doesn't eat 100% as clean as me. But, they probably eat a lot cleaner and healthier than the kids next door. lol!

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Hey, do I understand the craziness!! Taking care of a family, working full time (with a long commute from Jersey to NY at least 1 1/2 hour each way), then trying to cook and clean and exercise and shop and eat right.... help kids with homework. Boy I understand. Unfortunately my house is the one that suffers - clean but looks lived in most of the time!!!

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Andi,

That is CRAZY! You are super busy and I am giving you another post to read AHHH! There is a reason I make a simple rice and bean mix for dinner and then left overs for lunch. Not horribly exciting but it takes 15 minutes and almost no effort. And I don't have kids to deal with. Just a husband and he doesn't eat clean.

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Labyrinth - sounds like you've got a healthy balance going there!

I just thought I would add that I am a vegetarian and I think it makes it even simpler to eat clean. Vegans impress the h*ll out of me though!

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I will be the first to admit I don't eat clean 100 percent of the time. I've been working this week on a weekly plan for the team and it's been incredibly hard to stick to it 100 percent.

1.) I LOVE to eat out. Period. I just love it! It's my go-to for entertainment, no dishes, and a wider variety of food then I allow myself at home or even know how to cook.

2.) Sometimes life is just too complicated. Right now we are down to one car with the other getting a new engine. That means I am chauffeur for everyone and it stinks! By the end of the day I'm exhausted from driving all day long.

3.) Motivation - some days I just don't want to deal with all the complications that come about because the world is not eating clean (I imagine vegans and vegetarians run into far more problems then me).

So Andi I say make a plan that is comfortable for YOU!

PS on the family thing there is no way that the 16 and 12 would eat clean 100 percent of the time. If they eat dinner with us and clean their plates I'm happy.

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Just wanted to share: MCDONALDS ACTUALLY SAVED MY LIFE. Well sort of---I have not had McD's for probably 5-6 years, and my husband had a craving, so we stopped at the one on the way home from the shore the other day before we got on the Parkway, not sure if any of you are from the N Jersey area, but there was a huge car accident on the Parkway in which 2 people lost their lives, and from how I figure if we had not stopped at McD for 20 minutes we would have been in the area of that accident and who knows if it would have been us that was hit head on. May we all cherish today, because we do not know what tomorrow may bring. RIP to those who were lost on Sunday and pray for those that were seriously hurt.

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Wow, Blackandi - when you put it like that, no wonder you are overwhelmed! I guess for me I start really simply - I eat very simply so the shopping and looking up recipes is easy. I just add in a new recipe once a week - maybe two. That makes it so much more manageable. But I don't have kids or a hubby so I can do this. I realize most people have to juggle other people and that makes it soooo much harder!

I agree, do it the SP way ...small steps. Once you enter the item into SP, then it is so easy to track it. But it can be overwhelming to enter everything in.

You are an amazing, and organized woman so I know you will be on top of this soon. Today was just a day that you needed to vent, and I say, vent away!

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Does everyone have their entire family eating clean? I know it makes it more complicated because I'm the only one doing it in my family. I am incorporating it slowing in mine and it will just 'show up' in theirs but yea, planning is key I'm finding and if I don't I'm grabbing something crappy for sure. - NOT GOOD I really need to find some more snacky foods......






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I never thought I would EVER disagree with Laura, but...

I don't jive with the whole "If you can't pronounce an ingredient, don't buy it."

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in vitamins, when they give you the latin word? i.e. Alpha Tocopherol is vitamin E! Most companies have gotten better about listing the given/common name, but even that can be tricky.

Things like quinoa, tabouli, and tamari are perfectly fine, but someone who has never seen them before might think, "Oh I can't pronounce that, better pass..."

I guess the tip is true a lot of the time, but I hate to think someone is gonna miss out on some really good stuff by following such a "tip".

I'm just saying... Kelley


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hey Hawg I know this aint the forum for this but how are you doing with your gwf? Just curious.

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Yeah I do that and it's time consuming. I've got this clean eating thing down, but my gripe is that it's time consuming trying to live in a clean manner and to eat in a clean manner too. And then to top it all off everything else like hubby, kids, home, work and fitness is there as well. I feel unorggy like...that's all. I'll be OK. I am a good maintainer. I can't believe I've maintained for a little over a year. Yay! Let's see how this year goes.
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TIP: Read the INGRDIENT list of everything you buy. If you cannot pronounce it or don't know what it is, don't eat it.

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I find laughing is the best medicine for me somedays. I am having a tough time grasping all the concepts of clean eating. I'm just trying to take little steps but yet at the same time I want to get it all at once. Hang in there. It will at come together. (at least that's what I keep telling myself)






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I don'tknow if this will help or not but for me it helped tremendously. I took very small baby steps. First I started eating whole grain and whole wheat bread,then before long I started eliminating anything white, only brown rice, sweet potatoes, whole grains,then i started trying to incorporate lots of veggies in every single meal. Then I switched from using sugar to agave nectar, get the picture? There is a tremendous amount of info out there and its very easy to get caught up and overwhlemed, I say start out with baby steps and before long you will be expanding into other areas. Good luck.

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Bizzy, bizzy. Aren't we all! My hubbie has two large companies; he thinks I'm a secretary. I have my own business and a sick six year old. Oi Vay! (sp?)

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Just tackle one thing at a time....oh yeah... and don't forget to breath. emoticon emoticon

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Are these emotes okay...?

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You know. It's so much easier to just go to McDonald's when you get hungry right? Anyway, I'm venting again so please excuse me.

I have a million fitness and nutrition magazines to read, a bunch of websites to look through, recipes to find and recipes to file, I have to make my meal plans for this week and next week, I have to make my grocery list, but I have to check my kitchen first (gah!), I have a few books to read too! and to top it off I can't eat anything unless I know what's in it...I have yet to start tracking anything on a consistent basis on Spark, but I am good at keeping it on paper, I'm wanting to convert over from paper and email to my Iphone because it's handy and I won't have to carry much around with me...I have to workout, cook, do DVD reviews for my blog, update my blogs, I have to clean, the list goes on and on like this sentence right here...now of all things I'm trying to figure out how to "canning" my own stewed tomatoes!!!!!!!!!! LOL!

I am so laughing at myself because there is not enough time in a day. I consider myself an organized person, but...things are kind of falling a part right now for me.

Not sure if 2010 is going to be a good year for me if it's starting out like this. Not to mention to the new freakish Spark emotes they added to the group that rubs me the wrong way when I see them.

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