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1/13/14 6:44 A

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I love my Fitbit. It helps me stay motivated and just go a few steps further.

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HPSANDDOLLAR Posts: 518
1/9/14 9:49 P

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We frequently grill, but not in this weather. I bought a 12 inch ceramic non-stick fry/saute pan.
So far (after a month) the pan is doing a great job of cooking eggs, burgers, pork chops, chicken, omelets without sticking. The surface is very slippery. I like the way the omelet slips onto the plate in one piece.

I do use a light spritz of olive oil from the Misto Sprayer, cook on low to medium heat, use heat resistant nylon tools, and hand wash it. Washing it is easy. It looks clean because nothing sticks to it.

I will add to these comments when/if it starts sticking.
The pan is sticking. 4/28/2014. Maybe because it was heated too hot.




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4/9/13 1:05 P

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Ikeas Bevara Sealing Clips (30) or Linden Sweden Twixit Clips (27) I got mine on Amazon after seeing them at a friend's.

These clips seal frozen foods, cereals, nuts, etc. They are freezer safe and dishwasher safe. Don't slide off and are water-proof. They are sturdy and quick to open and close.

They are really simple to use. Just twist the bag and clip a bag clip around the plastic or paper.

I freeze home made broth in cubes in ice cube trays, mainly to limit salt. These clips are so much easier than zipper bags.




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HPSANDDOLLAR Posts: 518
1/30/13 1:03 P

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Misto Stainless Steel Olive Oil Sprayer. It is a great replacement for aerosol cooking sprays and for spritzing on vegetables or lean meat before grilling. I use it for something almost every day.

They are about $10.

My first one clogged with herbs when I tried to make salad dressing in it.

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ZAHNASGRANDMA's Photo ZAHNASGRANDMA SparkPoints: (67,020)
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1/9/13 9:44 P

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My Favorite gadget is my vita mixer and my smart phone

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8/23/12 5:56 P

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I had this test in May of 2010 for about $50. Not at the linked site, but I linked to this site because it has a example of the report given. It was extremely helpful to me, because it not only quantified my lower metabolism at about 15% slower than normal, but also gave calorie ranges for losing weight and maintaining. The weight loss range worked, but only with the trial and error finding the right composition of foods (~30% Protein with the rest Low glycemic carbs and good fats). I enter food on the Nutrition tracker at Sparkpeople and also track my exercise.

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The device is made by www.korr.com/solutions/solutions.php Initially I read their white paper and did a google search for someone in my area.

I have slowly lost about 40 pounds, something I had thought was hopeless. I still have a few pounds to go, but I am trying to slowly work up to the right energy balance to maintain the loss.






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BUMBLEBEERN's Photo BUMBLEBEERN Posts: 140
8/20/12 10:19 P

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Favorite gadget? Easy -- I love my iPhone. It took me a LONG time to join the ranks but, it is awesome. Lots of apps.

I am a fan of the Kindle, too. It is capable of so much. But, not as compact as the iPhone.

Nothing is too small to know, and nothing is too big to attempt.

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MITECU's Photo MITECU Posts: 6,834
8/8/12 9:04 A

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My pedometer-inspires me to take those few extra steps to make a goal I have set for myself.

With God, all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

"If we all did the things we are capable of doing
we would literally astound ourselves."
Thomas Alva Edison

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
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2/2/12 11:42 A

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Runkeeper

I love my runkeeper app. You can also manage it online. It follows you with GPS when you run/bike/walk/whatever. You can set up intervals, so if you want to walk 4 min/ run 1 min or whatever you can set it up and it will let you know when you are supposed to change (though I haven't quite figured that feature out yet)

I don't leave home without it when I walk/jog/bike. And it automatically updates to FB so it keeps me accountable and makes me want to run harder so my time doesn't look so bad. LOL. Good motivator!

"There's gonna be brighter days! I might bend but I wont break, as long as I can see your face!" -Mercy Me (song 'move')


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1/5/12 3:11 A

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Do books count as gadgets? I have two thyroid "bibles" I reference all of the time when I'm symptomatic, as well as deal with the rest of my endocrine issues.

Feeling Fat, Fuzzy and Frazzled
Living with Hypothyroidism

Though I wish I had read these before I had my thyroid irradiated after Graves Disease. Now I'm hypothyroid and having a heck of a time with energy, weight and hair loss.

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10/20/11 12:40 A

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My favorite gadgets are my construction tools. Since Tee and I started building our house, and helping our ranch neighbors with their building projects, I have lost 67 pounds, and 8 1/2 inches off my waist. I now just glide right through wall studs that are only 11 inches apart, if I turn sideways, and side step through them.
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10/18/11 1:47 P

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I absolutely LOVE my Android phone. Not only can I track nutrition and fitness on the go with SparkPeople's mobile app, I also use several fitness trackers. One is SportsTracker (see sportstracklive.com) and the other is Endomondo (endomondo.com -- this one works on iPhones, Blackberry, and Windows phones, too). Both of these track your run with GPS, giving you a map of your run along with plenty of stats about your speed -- both real time and keep it in your history tracking your progress. There's always SOMETHING that you did well and another thing that you can do better to keep you motivated. Both have a free version and a $4-5 "pro" app that unlocks more features. Well worth it!

Even better, I got the Zephyr heart rate monitor. It's a chest strap model that communicates to your phone by Bluetooth and recharges by USB. It only needs to be recharged about every month! Both of those apps support the Zephyr, so they give heart rate stats, too. It makes it easy to keep in a training range. It's about $100. One (both?) of those programs gives you a discount code for the Zephyr, too. Cheaper than a Polar GPS watch, and I've compared this setup to the my hubby's Polar watch, and it's accuracy is similar.

I got a cheap -- $5 -- phone armband that requires an extension strap to go around an adult bicep. I tossed the extension strap and wear it around my forearm so I can see the phone's display. The apps allow music to play in the background, too.

When I run, I've got a GPS, speedometer, heart rate monitor, MP3 player, phone for emergencies, safety light on my arm, and stats and maps galore to motivate me, all for less than a good pair of running shoes! I'm NOT a runner and never thought I would run. This combination of gadgets did it for me! I get lost in all the stats and forget that I really don't like running. But I just HAVE to beat my last personal best in some category, so I actually kinda look forward to running now.

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GRYPHONQUEST's Photo GRYPHONQUEST Posts: 485
10/18/11 9:22 A

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My favorite gadget right now is the *free* (!) pedometer app I got for my phone. It's the "24/7 free pedometer", and if I have it on medium-low sensitivity, it's pretty accurate (I compare what it says to what my googlemaps pedometer says!).

It's making tracking my walking time & distance *so* much easier, and since walking is my cardio right now, that's important!

And in my other life, I knit. craftygryphon.blogspot.com


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LAURPUD's Photo LAURPUD Posts: 1,315
6/29/11 7:45 P

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I work with at-risk-toddlers, & their favorite gross motor play toy is the mini trampoline! Because it's made for them, it has a handle. I believe it's a little of both: cardio AND strength

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6/29/11 11:48 A

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Oh i want to know about this too! i've been strongly thinking about getting one... The only thing stopping me is the 4 year old, and then there's the 6 year old... I've been wondering if it would work muscles or is more cardio? Seems like it would be a lot of fun though!

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6/27/11 11:13 A

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I would like to know if anybody has tried a rebounder (mini-trampoline) for exercise and for the adrenal/thyroid problems. If so, did it have any effect? From what I have read, it would seem that it would help. I have one but since I am just getting use to it, I can't bounce but just a few minutes at a time. But it does work up a sweat with just a little amount of time.

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wow great tips and information . thank you team emoticon

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6/19/11 4:12 A

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Tea? some people have this issue...I have a friend who can't use any either but we've found a couple of essential oils that she can use.

Just a word...Note that DOVE is NOT SOAP! Translation it is a detergent. Soap must contain glycerin but soapmakers like to remove this so that they can sell it to lotionmakers or use it to make their own. The process of saponification requires oils and lye. There is no soap without lye. This creates a chemical process that produces a salt (soap) and a free alcohol (glycerin). Glycerin is what makes soap soothing to skin and doesn't dry it out because it is a humectant. Translation...it draws moisture to your skin. LOOK AT YOUR LABELS...if it says beauty bar, bath bar or anything other than soap it is NOT soap! If you try to tell me that your soap does not have lye in it I challenge you to read the label. If it says sodium tallowate or lardate.....that is saponified beef or pork fat...and was done so using lye. Since the lye is used up in the process of saponification there is none remaining in the product but it was sure used in the process.

:::getting off soap box and apologizing for the rant but it's a topic I am passionate about:::

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6/19/11 12:58 A

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Gosh! I used to have a BodyBugg. It didn't work very well for me. It uses body heat as an indicator for calories burned. It would say I burned 3300-3500 calories a day! lol. One time (when I was sick) I laid on the couch all day. Didn't move except for trips to the bathroom. Still said I burned 2800 cals that day. I could never figure out what was wrong with it as my body temp at that time was 3 degrees lower than normal (due to hypothyroidism)
Anyhow, glad yours works for you.

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6/19/11 12:56 A

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i have one i just need to use it

i also love einsteen and the way he got his ideas I love to travel on the spur of the moment and i love portland oregon, hawaii. I enjoy all forms of art and the galleries


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6/19/11 12:19 A

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I love my bodybugg!

Hey TJ, for a good natural exfoliant you can use sugar. Just plain granulated sugar. I'll have to try the baking soda! I heard that makes a good hair cleaner as well.

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6/18/11 11:43 P

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ok - I think this goes under lotions and potions. I'm one of those people who has trouble with anything with scent in it. I've always had to use things like Ivory or Dove to wash my face. It never seemed like I was getting my face really clean and I wanted a scrub but everything I used made me break out or dried out my skin. So this is what I do and it works really well for me:

I lather up my hands with Dove unscented soap and than I sprinkle baking soda onto my hands and than wash my face. It's amazing! You wouldn't think it could be a scrub but it is! I've never had any problems with my skin since I've been using it. When you rinse it off your face actually feels silky.

Looking forward to hearing what everyone else has to offer.

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6/18/11 6:44 P

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All my kitchen gadgets! Blender is the most used....
Also, my heart rate monitor/calorie counter.
My iPhone (great fitness tool especially when travelling)

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6/18/11 5:33 P

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I also rely on a postage scale, but my favorite gadget is my blender! If I just don't feel up to eating more fruit, I drop a couple in my blender with a cup of juice & whiz them up.
Instant smoothie(ish)! 2 whole fruits AND I feel fancy, drinking a smoothie! Very filling, too.

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A good scale is a must! It will keep your proportions on target!

My fav place to get a high quality but reasonably priced scale is at

www.oldwillknottscales.com/

I use postal scales or soaping scales myself.

If you get stressed out eat some catnip and go to sleep

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6/18/11 4:07 P

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Hey Team!

Welcome to the Healthy Stuff We Like Forum!
We felt that we needed a forum to pool the collective wisdom of the team, a positive happy place to share things that make our lives more enjoyable.

Since we expect a large response, initially we'll have three sticky threads.
Yes, this is my misguided attempt to impose some sort of order on chaos.
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NOTE: if you've got some healthy tip that does not fit within these 3 catagories, OR you'd just like to start a thread of your own, please feel free to do so!

The 3 stickies are:

1. Lotions and Potions... at home beauty recipes you concocted, additions you've made to existing commercial formulas, commercial beauty products you've used and liked... AND those that didn't meet your expectations. Okay so that may not be positive. But its positive if you warn someone else off a bad product.

2. Supplements, Herbals and Teas... Just like it says. Also valuable is where you got the best deal... cuz there's no such thing as "extra money".

3. Gadgets ... this would be anything from blenders to gym equipment/workout clothes and everything in between. Keep it G-rated, please!

As for the rest of the Health Stuff We Like forum, individual threads can be used for healthy foods you enjoy... and ways to prepare them... tips or tricks you use to make life more enjoyable... or anything that won't go under a specific sticky thread heading.

You know you have a healthy tip you're just dying to share.
So what are you waiting for?

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