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MMMMMMM Cool beans on the soy! LOL (pardon the pun) How about another Banana Bite?

Banana Bite 6/2

OLIVE OIL

DID YOU KNOW????....

Olive oil helps keep bones healthy by stopping inflammation? Did you know that ONLY Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)contains phenolics which naturally shut off the body's inflammation machinery almost like ibuprofen!

Here are some tips:

BUY IT FRESH! - Buy only fresh-pressed oils. the fresher the oil the more phytonutrients it contains.

TASTE IT! - Select brands with a bitterness or "sting" in the throat. That's the classic sign of anti-inflammatory compounds

KEEP IT DARK AND COOL! - Buy virgin oils in colored glass. It's protects the oil from light. Store it at low temps to preserve the phenolics.

and last but not least-

DRIZZLE IT AT THE END! - Cook with the light olive oils which don't contain the phenolics and save the Dark oils for last! They contain the phytonutrients your body needs. Use it last after cooking and drizzle it on!

(this information was taken from Eating Clean Magazine 2009 issue)

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Mmmm. Edamame! I love soy beans, I really do. I tend to avoid the dried toasted ones as it triggers my snacking response but I do love me a bowl of steamed edamame. I make an edamame soup too. Basically I boil a package of shelled edamame, a cup or two of carrots, and a bouillon cube. I add a dash of cayenne and a dash of sesame oil for kick. And tempeh is my favorite easy protein.

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If you aren't allergic to soy or have any thyroid problems, go for it! I was just reading a review of soy in the diet literature on a blog I read a couple of weeks ago, and that's essentially what the literature says, safe unless you have an allergy or a thyroid condition.

I love edamame, I take them to school sometimes and heat them in a tea cup in the microwave! The fact that they have protein is also great, which is probably why they are good for hypoglycemia.

As usual with legumes, they are calorie-dense, so watch portions! And salt, well, is salt. Are yours the crunchy ones? I like the boiled beans right out of the pods myself.

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I have a question about Soy Beans or Edmamme Beans (they are the same thing, no?) Wait that's not my question... I digress...

ANYWAY.... they are my new crack. Are they good for you and if so, is there such thing as too much? I found a great roasted, lightly salted brand that is AWESOME! It's about 130 calories for 1/4 cup. My kids love them too. We are eating about 1/2 cup a day through out the day and love them.

Both me and my kids are hypoglycemic and find that they help out A LOT. Plus it keeps me from eating fast food.

As long as I am not going over calories... any harm done? Just curious.

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Banana Bite 6/1/09

I recently discovered that I have full-text access to the Journal of Nutrition ... fun! Here's the interesting article I found today:

A Plant Stanol Yogurt Drink Alone or Combined with a Low-Dose Statin Lowers Serum Triacylglycerol and Non-HDL Cholesterol in Metabolic Syndrome Patient
Vol. 139, No. 6, 1143-1149, June 2009
Jogchum Plat, Gemma Brufau, Geesje M. Dallinga-Thie, Margreet Dasselaar and Ronald P. Mensink

The article found that plant stanol's (similar to the statins in cholesterol-lowering drugs) can improve triglycerides and overall cholesterol.

Wiki says: "Stanol esters are found naturally occurring in small quantities in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes, and vegetable oils"

It turns out that are also added to various food/beverage products like margarine and yogurt. So, if you need to lower triglycerides or total cholesterol, check out food containing plant stanols or plant sterols!

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5/31/09 3:50 P

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I was finishing Michael Pollan's book "In Defense Food" last week and came across the following excerpt about Vitamin C:

"That plants are good for human's to eat probably doesn't need much elaboration, but the story of vitamin C, an antioxidant we depend on primarily on plants to supply us[...]. Like other antioxidants, vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, contributes to our health in at least two important ways. Several of the body's routine processes, including cell metabolism and the defense mechanism of inflammation, produce "oxygen radicals"-atoms of oxygen with an unpaired electron that make them particularly eager to react with other molecules in ways that can create all kinds of trouble. Free radicals have been implicated in a great many health problems, including cancer and various problems associated with aging. (Free-radical production rises as you get older.) Antioxidant's like vitamine C harmlessly absorb and stabilize these radicals before they can do their mischief.

But antioxidants do something else for us as well: They stimulate the liver to produce enzymes necessary to break down the antioxidant itself, enzymes that, once produced, go on ot break down other compounds as well, including whtever toxins happen to resemble the antioxidant. In this way the more kinds of antioxidants in the diet, the more kinds of toxins the body can disarm. This is why it's important to eat many different kinds of plants as possible: They all have different kinds of antioxidants and so help eliminate different kinds of toxins."

I thought this brought a bit more depth to the conversation about vitamin C, especially the importance of eating antioxidant rich foods (i.e. plants). I'm a big fan of Pollan's writing and this book was filled with lots of nuggets of information about food like the excerpt above. I highly recommend this as a bit of summer reading homework.

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This is awesome information to know! Considering I am just getting back into the swing of things again. OMG my abs are killing me. Vitamin C is definately on the menu for me.

I hope to get this post going again and I will be doing some research on various nutrition related topics. I am too far out of the loop and it is time for me to get my head back in the game!

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You know, Aaron, Melissa, you guys, are great. I'm honored and really glad to be able to exchange thoughts with the two of you.
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I have to admit, I didn't know this one ... so I did a little research and it turns out Vitamin C is actually ascorbic acid, which is an anti-oxidant (reduces oxidative stress and free radicals) and are involved in the synthesis of carnitine, which is necessary for fatty acids to be transported into the mitochondria for energy use: so it appears that it is likely to still be an energy issue! More energy = better growth/healing, and using fatty acids which is good! I'd have to dive into the literature to learn more, and since I'm off to conference tomorrow, I'm not sure when that may happen ... depending on how good/boring the talks at the conference are!

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Wow, I need to check my facts before rambling on. See Melissa's post above... my previous post was incorrect.

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Aaron, Melissa, I feel like such an idiot! Of course, one measure is percentage by caloric total, and the other by weight. I cannot believe that I started life as a Math major! Good thing I changed to something more... artistic.

Now, Melissa, muscle: last year K posted a recommendation that we take in the appropriate levels of proteins as well as maintain our vitamin C intake, to relieve muscle pain and repair muscle, given that our workouts in Mayhem are/can be so strenuous. I have to say I followed her advice, and healed very quickly from the various injuries I had sustained from my exercising. What are the chemical reasons for this recommendation?

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Mercedes: could it be 35% of the calories are made from fat? That would increase the percentages since fat is 9cal/g, vs. carbs and proteins at 4cals/g.

I was recently reading as well that organic cheese from grass-fed animals will have fat with a higher content of good fats, like omega-3's, the same way grass-fed beef does. So it may be worth it to purchase the better cheese.

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Mercedes,

I think the issue is that there are different calorie values for fats, carbs, and proteins per gram. There are 9 calories per gram of Fat, but only 4 calories per gram for carbohydrates and proteins.

So, 28.3g of fat is roughly 255 calories and the remaining 71.7g of protein and carbs is 287 calories. This makes it roughly 45% of the calories from fat based on my math. These numbers don't perfectly match up (but 45% is more than 35%) so there may be more I am not considering, but hopefully this makes some sense.

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Here's my question regarding proteins.

Because I'm mainly vegetarian, I rely quite a bit on cheese emoticon to provide my daily requirement of protein. In doing so, naturally, I am concerned with the fat content of some types of cheese; but in studying and trying to figure out the percentage of fat, I am baffled by the following:

I purchase a Parmessan cheese, for example, that claims to be "at least 35% fat." When reviewing the breakdown of nutrients per 100g of the product printed on the packaging, fat accounts for 28.3 grams. That would make the cheese 28.3% fat and not the 35% fat stated on the packaging.

The same goes for other types, such as the light Gouda I buy, which claims to be 30% fat, but in the per 100g breakdown, it turns out to be 16%.

Why is that? Does anyone out there know?

Cheers everyone,

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Muscle is not about protein intake but about use! yes, you need protein in your diet, but as little as 80g/day is enough, and no more than 120g/day is really necessary. Muscles don't store protein ... they are made of it, and they only grow when you put stress on them, i.e., WORK IT!

Here's my source for the day. I can't follow his program because intermittent fasting doesn't work for people blood sugar problems/meds, but many others have apparently done well with it.

bradpilon.com/

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I love it when the scientists step out! Just a few postings down I wrote about the inhibition of leptin due to lack of sleep... but I had no idea what leptin actually was. Thanks Melissa, for your last Bananabite.

Aaron, there's one thing I've noted, in reference to your comment and attachment about time spent eating and obesity rate: In Europe, when a table is occupied in a restaurant for dinner, one can pretty much bet that this table will be occuppied by the same party all evening. In contrast, in the US, if you sit in a restaurant for a couple of hours you will observe that the tables around you get occupied again and again and again. In fact, in the US the service is usually determined to get you out of the door as fast as possible, so as to increase the sales, tip, production, etc. I often feel very rushed when dining out in the States, whether it's lunch time, mid afternoon, or evening... whereas in Europe, well, we usually have to go in and get the waiter to write up the check, because they've pretty much checked out for the night after your order is served!

Of course, this touches on some other social customs, but I know that when we get invited out for dinner by friends here, well, we really have to adjust our habits, and eat at their pace.

Cheers everyone!

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Banana Bite 5/12

Leptin for fat loss

Some of us here have heard of leptin as the hormone that makes us feel full and satisfied, but it also plays a role in fat loss. When you create a calorie deficit, leptin levels decrease, and over time your body has more difficulty using fat for energy without leptin. This can happen over just a few weeks of intense low-calorie or low-carb eating. However, leptin levels can be brought back up over just a day of increased feeding.

If you have been dieting completely on track for a while, and you have hit a plateau, one thing to try is a "refeed" or a day where you increase your calories to or above maintenance to get those leptin levels back up. The best way to do that is through a combination of carbs and fats.

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That is GREAT advice. I'm often in a hurry and know I don't enjoy my feed nearly enough. Thanks for the reminder!

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Mercedes,

Your post made me remember something I read recently talking about how different cultures vary how long they spend eating each day ( internetfoodassociation.com/2009/05/
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If we eat good food and savor it, we'll probably eat less.

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I've always had problems with this one, we even had some homework about slowing down and noticing the eating experience a little while back! I've gotten better, but I can still get lost in what's going on around me and shovel my food down too fast! I keep working on it though.

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This Bananabite is about your attitude towards eating and how you take your food in:

Interest yourself in what you are eating. Smell, chew, and taste the food inside your mouth with relish. Do not begin to load your fork for your next mouthful while you are still chewing on your food and working on what is inside your mouth. Put down your fork and knife, in a very conscious manner, and concentrate on what is inside your mouth. This will help you understand your intake better, as well as enjoy the flavors within.

This takes a lot of practice! I find myself fiddling with my food, and preparing my next bite-full, before I've swallowed my last portion. Sometimes I don't even chew my food properly, because I have the next bite waiting on my fork! I'm missing out on the flavors of the meal I so lovingly prepare for my family.

So, as the Chinese say: If you are in a hurry, slow down.

Stress shows up in many ways in our life, and this is one area, at our dinner table, where we can say Stop to that stress.

Mercedes





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Hey Melissa! Thanks for joining in. Hopefully others will share their stuff.

I know the activity slows down during weekends, but I'm going to put out another Bananabite for 9May.

NASTURTIUMS!!!

Native to Peru, this lovely trailing annual is rich in vitamin C, and what's best, nearly all parts of the plant can be used in the kitchen.

-Flowers can be used as an edible garnish for dishes. They have a milder taste than the leaves, but because their backs are full of honey, they have a certain sweetness;
-The leaves, which are hot and peppery, can be left whole or chopped into any salad. Because of their high vitamin C content, they can be used as a tonic if you are tryng to ward off a cold;
-Even the seed pods can be used: they make a suitable substitute for capers when pickled. They can also be dried and then ground in a peppermill to be used as a condiment (especially useful for people on salt-restricted diets.)

So, next time you go for a walk in the neighborhood, grab a couple of those lovely fresh light green Nasturtium leaves, and be delighted with nature's freebies!

Mercedes



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That's a great idea Mercedes! I'm sure I can add some useful stuff here over the next few weeks.

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This used to be one of my very favorite threads, and it seems that there's very little activity as of late. Since K is taking time off from managing this thread, maybe we should all do our part with our very own Banana Bites. Anyone up for that?

Here's my BananaBite for 8May09:

We are all well aware that sleep is integral to weight loss, did you know why, however?

"When you're tired you eat more, as sleep deprivation lowers levels of the appetite suppression hormone leptin in your body."

The article recommends that we get at least six hours and 53 minutes sleep each night, as that is the precise amount of sleep adults need.

So, I'm sure you'll sleep better, knowing now why you need your sleep.

Get your rest Monkeys!

Mercedes


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Thanks you two. I ate such wonderful food, saw such wonderful places, and had a terrific time. I ate stuff I had never seen before, three different colored yams, new bitter greens, red and white beets, delicious fruits from down under, climbed mountains, walked beaches, saw dolphins from the shores of Sydney, read great Egyptian and New Zealand literature, and I even managed a few crunches and pushups now and then.

I see that everyone is doing great still, healthy, and positive. I'm glad to be back with this bunch!
Mercedes

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Welcome back, Mercedes. I'm sorry you had to endure beets! Poor thing. You were missed.

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Welcome back!!! Congrats on maintaining!! You definitely do rock!!!

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Wow! Aaron's back, K's trying to have a child, Terje is still around, and Ivory (Melissa?) is team leader... now I'm back too from my world tour (during which Terj, I ate many fresh beets grown in New Zealand!)
I look forward to reading the postings, and have to report that in the six months of not being on line or tracking, I maintained my weight loss successfully. That rocks!
I'm the happiest Monkey in this team today.
Cheers everyone,
Mercedes

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K, congratulations on your plans for a baby. I wish you all the best.

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6. Eliminate my quilt UFOs by actually finishing everything I have started


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Confessions of the self-proclaimed nutrition nazi

I should have posted this many months ago but am superstitious and felt I would jinx myself. I have let this thread go by the way side because I have been consumed with another pursuit that actually requires gaining weight. Around the end of last year, my husband and I decided to try and have one more child. I am not currently pregnant but we are "trying". I am 38 and time is of the essence. Eating well and exercising does not reduce fertility. I have continued to exercise at least 5 times/week. I'm still running (short runs) and lifting but I haven't been logging my food and the scale shows this. I've made good choices just too much of the good choices. The emotional stress of this process has been more than I anticipated and led to some over indulgences. I have loved this team and the support it gave me in losing almost 60 pounds. Getting pregnant is not in direct opposition to this team. It's more of a distraction as I have a bigger "goal" now than losing weight.

I am totally remaining part of this team. I do read the threads. I'm just a silent member for now. I hope that many of you will keep this thread alive with any nutrition tips you learn on your own journeys. I'm not vowing to remain silent. I just felt my die hard food fighters deserved an explanation as to my absence.

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A, I have been a member of a CSA since 1970. Well, back then I was a member by virtue of eating the food my parents brought home from the CSA and because I went with them to help pick produce, but I contend it still counts.

I have two "El Grande" shares from my farm. I pay about $1100.00 per year for them and I receive produce for nine months. Each "El Grande" share is supposed to feed roughly 4-6 people. I get two because I don't eat much besides produce, because I feed nine parrots and because I can always freeze or can any surplus.

Between my CSA shares and the Farmers Markets, I never buy produce in a conventional grocery store in the summer. I confess to buying some in the winter months but not that much. Last year I spent $300.00 on produce at the conventional store and the Farmers market together. I also grow greens and tomatoes hydroponically in my sunroom, so that helps a lot. (I am not fond of frozen greens).

So I second the suggestion to investigate CSAs. Some are "organic practices" like mine. That means they are probably organic but haven't jumped through the hoops to get certified. As long as you know your farm and trust they do what they say they do, it's just as good. My home garden is only "Organic Practices" because I am not certified with the government.

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6. Eliminate my quilt UFOs by actually finishing everything I have started


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K et al,

Sorry for my long absence for the team, but I am going to try to reengage. As we get into the warmer weather I want to plug my favorite food topic: eating local food!

My favorite way to do this is to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). For about $25 bucks a week you get a big back of locally grown produce. You may be able to find a local farm by going to the website: www.localharvest.org/

Glad to be back,

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Dawn- That is awesome. I'm jealous that you got to meet her. I limit fish to two times per week. Once a week I eat salmon the other time during the week I eat tuna.

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Hey K, I talked to Tosca this weekend at the Arnold Sports and Fitness Expo. I asked her about the Tuna in her meal plan, and mentioned the concern about Mercury content and she agreed with me that there is too much Tuna in there and that it should be changed when they do a revision of the Eat Clean Diet book. She suggested substituting lean fish like Tilapia. Read my blog entry from Sunday, March 8th for the rest of our interaction.

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I'll have to get some next time I go to the grocery store.

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Lip balm rocks. I agree that flaxseed tastes slightly nutty but I too don't notice it iin most things. In yogurt, it is sort of granola like.

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my flaxseed meal mixes right into any of baking stuff (like my morning oat and ground nut cake) so I can't taste it at all. It also seems to hide well in my granola. In yogurt, it gives a slightly nutty taste and texture, but isn't overwhelming so that it has a distinct flavor I am aware of.

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I've been wondering about flaxseed. what does it taste like???

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woohoo, I have lots of water and flaxseed in my breakfast and my yogurt snack, maybe that is why I don't typically have dry hands, even in winter. Though my lips still chap if I don't put balm on them every morning.

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Eating for dry winter skin

Are your hands burning, rough and dry? Well, here's another reason to drink your water. If you are fully hydrated, your skin is less dry. So if you are suffering from dry hands, add an additional glass of water to your regime and you should see improvement within a day. Studies also show flaxseed will help with skin dryness. So sprinkle some flaxseed on your oatmeal, yogurt or add to your smoothie to make beautiful skin.

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Thanks!

I'll try the coconut and red palm oil. I don't think I've ever had either.

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I agree with Terje!! Also nuts/nut butters are loaded with healthy fats. I agree with the 30% rule and definitely don't go below 20%.

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Have you ever tried coconut oil or red palm oil?

Also, foods like flax and avocado are important sources of fats for me.

Spark recommends 30% fat, or at least that's what it recommends for me. I admit I rarely get that much but, as long as I'm not needing to drown my skin in lotion I figure I'm alright. When I get too low on fats, because I live in such a dry climate, my skin is the first to tell me.

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6. Eliminate my quilt UFOs by actually finishing everything I have started


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I have an issue with most fats. I have a sensitive stomach and just a little too much fat or really any fat other than olive oil causes... stomach problems.

How do I know if I'm getting the right amount of healthy fats or too much?

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1/22/09

Fat: Friend or Foe?

Because fat is the most concentrated source of energy (i.e., calories) you can get from food, it's often vilified by popular weight-loss plans. Not all fat, however, deserves its bad reputation. Actually, good fats — like extra-virgin olive oil and canola oil — are an essential part of a healthy diet.

Did you know that fat plays a role in making vitamin D (which is actually a hormone) and other hormones, cushions your vital organs and bones, keeps your cells healthy, and aids in the absorption of vitamins A, E, and K? Good fats have other health benefits, too. Nuts and seeds, which are rich in healthy oils, can help reduce LDL (the "bad") cholesterol levels, while oily fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids can help lower high triglyceride levels (levels of fats that circulate in the blood), making the blood less sticky and thus less likely to clot and cause a heart attack or stroke.

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I also don't care for anise but the red ones don't have that. They have natural raspberry flavoring and are just sweet enough to be tasty without getting your taste buds all bent out of shape so they go into a sweet craving.

I remember buying them from the natural foods co-op I belonged to long ago before we had natural food stores locally. What a blast from the past! Getting together monthly to order cases of foods from a catalog then meeting again two weeks later to divide it up and distribute it among the participants. Those were great "hippy" times; being Vegan in a meat & potatoes world.

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3. lose my last ten pounds by June 1st
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5. Train for my 60-mile walk
6. Eliminate my quilt UFOs by actually finishing everything I have started


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Terje, I've seen those, I used to buy them for the kids I babysat (their mother was particular about snack, they had those and fruit leathers). I never had them because I hate anise/licorice flavoring, but they thought they were great!

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There's this candy called Panda Raspberry flavored confection. It's sort of like raspberry flavored licorice but they don't call it licorice. Here are the ingredients: Table molasses, wheat flour, citric acid, sea salt, natural flavor and color.

I found my kids are quite satisfied with one of these instead of some of the other candy choices. The bars have 100 calories each and the nibs just a few more. I'm not much of a sweet person, preferring salty stuff. But I love that the sweetener is molasses. And the candy is rather brown looking, not bright red like some of the other licorice brands.

I buy these by the case and hand them out to the kids for special treats.

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I've been avoiding almost all sugar AND sweeteners this month, and really, I am quickly finding that I no longer need such a sweet taste in things. A small handful of raisins or a larabar completely satisfies my sweet tooth now. It really is amazing what you can do.

I'm fortunate that I can taste splenda (sucralose) in almost anything, so I've been avoiding that one for pure flavor ever since it came out.

Mostly, I'm trying to use only honey, agave, and real maple syrup in my cooking, and only small enough amounts to cut bitterness, not to create sweetness. I may give molasses a try sometime soon too.

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That is one reason I use real sugar (either white, brown or honey) in my smoothies; I considered it a guilty pleasure, but this has reminded me it's not that bad!

My future MIL bought a bag of Splenda (can we say expensive!) and once we compared it to the sugars we already had at home, she realized that it's not really worth the difference. We've tried to use more brown sugars and honey as opposed to white sugars, but as you said, we are more mindful of the amounts being used with the real stuff and it is sweeter!

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