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3/1/12 9:11 A

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Cincy LOL the Green drink from Dr. Oz is almost exactly what your smoothie recipe is. He just recommends that you start your day drinking a very similar concoction. My brother takes supplements because of Crohns his body doesn't absorb nutrients like it should and his green drink is like a super condensed version of 5 servings of vegetables in a glass.

Speaking of antiseptic properties of thyme, hyssop works really well for that also.

Awesome info I like the Bolthouse Farms green smoothie also, but boy is it expensive. My daughter loves it too so if I buy it and don't drink it on the way home good luck getting any of it.



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2/29/12 10:15 P

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I don't watch Dr. Oz so I'm not sure about drink green. I will say that the green smoothies I've encountered are pretty cool. One is a mix of fresh spinach, green apple, ginger, banana, lemon juice and avocado. Since I'm restricting fats right now I can't have it but it is tasty. And it's good for you veggie fat and very filling, especially when I add a shot of soy protein. I'm also a fan of the green smoothie that Bolthouse Farms has but I'm too cheap to buy it often. I love the bold color of the smoothies and take joy in the weird looks I get when I drink them.

As for supplements, I aim to get my vitamins with fruits and veggies but if I'm sick or am not hitting my minimum often enough I go for the multivitamin and herbal teas. I've read enough health reports to be skeptical of how effective supplements can be. It seems every time someone isolates an active ingredient in food and tries to put it into a capsule, they can't prove the effectiveness. A lot of supplements actually overdose and can make the body work harder to process the unneeded stuff out. This is ok with some but if the liver has to process it, you can have problems. Other things, echinacea comes to mind, seem to help at first then lose their effectiveness with long-term use. So I like to change things up a bit. Off the top of my head, my go-to supplements are:

soy protein powder - technically I think this is considered a supplement

ginger - great for acid reflux and many tummy complaints

thyme - there seems to be some medical support that the volatile oil, thymol, has antiseptic properties. It sure helps when I have a sore throat and drink it as a tea. It's an acquired taste.

Zicam/zinc/vitamin C - I get a lot of head colds, mostly due to allergies. I don't know how much the zinc and vitamin C really help but if it's just a placebo effect, I'll take it.

Caffeine - usually in tea form. It's great for some of my sinus headaches. To keep it effective, I try to avoid drinking more than 1 cup of green tea a day. Then the cup or two of black tea that I take for a headache is enough to kick many headaches.

OK. I probably veered into the realm of herbal remedies there but I treat them as supplements and try to only use them symptomatically. I really believe a healthy diet is the best way to get the nutrients we need. I just wish I were better about practicing that credo.

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2/29/12 10:11 A

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I have a great recipe for a smoothie but will have to post it later... In a meeting lol

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2/29/12 10:08 A

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Ok, here is another piece of homework that will hopefully benefit everyone and since is should require a bit of actual research I figure I'll give us all until Monday.

The topic is supplements. Do you use them? What works for you? What do you think of Dr. OZ and the drink green? A lot of nutritionist recommend a green smoothie, and flax seed or protein powders. What do you think about this.

My brother has Crohn's and he mixes this stuff call Super seed from Garden of life with some kind a vegetable supplement green powder and drinks that. It looks horrid, but it has probably saved his life.

I have a low sugar protein powder that I sometimes add to our morning smoothie, because I don't have time to make anything else worthwhile and want to keep my meal balanced.

Thoughts?

"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."

--Emerson

If there is no wind, row."
- Latin Proverb

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
- Milton Berle, comic

"Things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle

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2/29/12 12:53 A

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Thanks Remains! You are the best... and ANYONE is welcome to post here. I have ot been carrying the weight of the team due to personal circumstances and I apprecieate it more than yu know! One of the things I have done is make it a rule for fast food... If I don't go into the store to get it I cant have it. Also my selections are limited to grilled chicken, HEALHTY salad, chili, potatoe or a sub. I find that I drive right on by them more than fifty percent o f the time because I am LAZY and don't want to get out of my car. LOL It works.

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2/28/12 2:56 P

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That's so funny that you mentioned TV. My daughter and I made a rule. If a commercial comes on (ever with the DVR and fast forwarding through them this happens) and one of us asks the other what we were watching and they can't tell you then the TV has to be turned off. It is so funny because I used to get so angry when she'd ask me. I mean seriously I can't remember what I was watching 30 seconds ago!!!! Now it's funny, it kind of put the TV watching in perspective. I do it to her too. Last night the TV had to be turned off because she couldn't remember what she was watching? LOL sweet revenge. But seriously once you realize at the time that your not even watching it really, it gets easier to walk away from it.

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You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
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Forget them as soon as you can."

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If there is no wind, row."
- Latin Proverb

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
- Milton Berle, comic

"Things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle

- Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President


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2/28/12 2:25 P

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Not eating in my car has made a big difference for me. It didn't stop my bingeing but did force me to at least walk in the grocery store before over-eating. I think it's part of what has kept me from crossing the 300 lb mark, in spite of all my yo-yoing.

TV is the biggest thing I do to sabotage myself. I'd love to turn off the cable/satellite. If it's in the house I have a hard time resisting it and hubby doesn't want to give it up. With satellite it's too easy to flip and I end up spending more time than I should, often watching repeats or shows I wouldn't waste time on if I had to track them down on Netflix. I'd still watch movies and read but it I don't think I'd get sucked in as much.

I don't think that's going to change soon but I am trying to get more things done after work and before sitting down to watch something. I did ok with that part last night but then didn't get back up to go to bed until late. It's a process.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

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2/28/12 12:38 P

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Ok I know I am probably not supposed to post homework, but since it is so quiet I'm going to anyways, because since the activity is so slow I think we honestly need it.

If you could change 1 specific daily decision what would it be and why? You don't have to post it here, but journal about it. Think about it. It could be putting the cream in your coffee, it could be yelling at your kids when you are trying to get them out the door. Anything that you would change because it steals your peace or your motivation or sabotages your progress. If you do it, just post here that you did it, or if your gutsy post what it was.

For me I would stop eating in my car. It leads to mindless consumption. Since my schedule is nuts I am starting small and trying to keep my car clean which has cut down on my car munchies a lot!

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"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."

--Emerson

If there is no wind, row."
- Latin Proverb

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
- Milton Berle, comic

"Things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle

- Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President


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6/17/11 12:46 P

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My answer to the homework; I took advantage to write my first blog.

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6/17/11 12:20 P

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This is going to take some thought. I don't really know why I fail except I get bored or tired. I'm either bored because the journey is no longer new, or I get tired of finding new and interesting ways to keep myself motivated. Am I just lazy? I'm not sure.

I'm convinced sleep plays a major role. I'm probably sounding like a broken record but when I'm not getting regular sleep my will-power falls apart. I know that over-eating or not exercising is bad for me but when I'm tired I just don't care.

The harder question to answer is why is it that even though I know this do I sometimes stay up too late doing stupid things? Is it an old habit rearing it's ugly head or do I get some sort of real enjoyment out of late night TV marathons? If the former, I suppose the urge will die out with time and good practices. If the latter, I need to find an equivilent but healthier enjoyment to replace it.

Hmmm. Maybe I am getting somewhere with this. Maybe I should start tracking late nights against long-duration exercise. I wonder if I can find some sort of correlation. I've been doing a lot more long-duratin exercising lately and a lot less TV watching, although I've spent a lot of time reading. But reading doesn't trigger mindless eating in quite the same way as TV watching.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

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6/16/11 3:42 P

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I thought I would start a new homework thread and let people post here and see if this works any better.

I have done a lot of thinking about this and thought it might help for those of us just getting back into the groove of things to stop and think about what we are doing to make ourselves successful... and the ways we make ourselves fail. Identify your triggers, your strengths and weaknesses.

Post it here or in a blog. Think about it... put some thought into it. Don't just put down the pat answers of I don't exercise enough, etc.

Looking forward to hearing your responses!

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