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Been "Un-Sparking" Lately - and Having Fun Doing It, Too!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"Un-Sparking"? What? Why would anyone un-Spark? How disloyal! How rude! How...
Now, wait, before you all start whaling on me, I don't mean I've un-Sparked myself! I love SP and will not be leaving any time soon.
But sometimes I feel like seeing what others are doing, out there in the wide, wide world (been reading "The Poky Little Puppy" to the 3YO grandson too much). There are lots of interesting articles and FB posts that I see, most of them here on SP. Every so often, I will get an email about articles around the Web that look interesting, sort of like a Pinterest page for healthy lifestyles. So I check them out...and find interesting factiods that make me think.
Like "The Nourished Life" blog, which I like and therefore receive a daily email from. And "Eating Well/The Daily Recipe" e-magazine. And "The Fitness Walking Guide". Each of these are interesting to me and I subscribe to them and read them almost daily.
But, in order to add these blogs about health and fitness to my daily reading list, I had to give up a few others. Like "2 Peas and Their Pod" ( cute couple, cute toddler, annoying write-ups about the fabulous places they were paid to visit). And "Bake or Break" (need I say anymore?) and "Cookies and cups" (ditto) and "Bakerella" (again?), and "Six Sisters' Stuff" (too many good recipes) and "Picky Palate" (ditto) and "In Jennie's Kitchen" (too sad about her DH dying so young, but enough already!).
Are you getting a theme here? Lots and lots of food-related blogs; too many food-related blogs! And too many with recipes that are definitely NOT healthy! and seriously - why would I want to make homemade GS cookies? or Cracker Jack? or Olive Garden soups? Why wouldn't I just go buy them?
But, see, I don't want to "just go buy them" anymore. Or just go, sit down, and order some. Because I know what's in them (thanks to these "make your own" recipes) and, just for fun, I entered the recipe for All-American Double chocolate Brownies into the SP recipe calculator. These brownies are supposed to be like the Starbuck's ones. People - 1,482 calories in a 3-inch square! 1,482 - for some of us, that's an entire day's worth of food! Why would I want to do that - for one brownie? Why would someone even want that? (well, okay, after all, it is a brownie, but still...) Why would I want to waste a whole day's worth of calories on one stinkin' brownie. Not to mention the fat, sugar, cholesterol, and complete lack of vitamins and minerals. Oh, sure, maybe sinking my teeth into one would take care of a craving, but it's not worth it! I can have a non-fat hot cocoa mug or a square of dark chocolate instead. Just as good tasting, but way better and easier on the calories!
So no more fabulous recipes, or all-expenses paid weekend getaways, or cute little cake pops for this girl. I've gotten some really helpful advice and recipes from healthier, better-for-me places and I would like to enjoy those "un-Sparked" places, too!
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    Wow~! I guess I'm not a blog girl, I don't subscribe to any except skinnytaste and fatfree vegan kitchen. But you are doing yourself a HUGE favor. When you have a problem with a substance you don't surround yourself with it!
    1525 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Wow, the calories in items such as the Starbucks brownie and unbelievably high! It is a wake up call to us to read more about nutrition.
    1527 days ago
    I am the same way too! I subscribe to all these blogs about food. Most days I look at the title of the recipe, know it has a ton of calories and then delete. Why I just don't unsubscribe is beyond me. I think I am afraid of missing that one amazing recipe.

    And like double wow on the calories of that brownie. Oh my word...ugh!!!
    1527 days ago
    my favorite healthy food blog is - she has yummy desserts all made healthier usually using normal ingredients.
    1527 days ago
    My mind is boggled at a 1400 calorie 3 inch brownie. We don't have a Starbucks here or I would have to go view this monster.
    1527 days ago
    I'm right there with you on all the blogs that tell us how to be unhealthy--just too many of them to count. Culling the list is a great idea. Great job of prioritizing so that you can focus on what matters, your health.

    Truly emoticon

    1527 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2014 4:49:00 AM
    I love finding all of the healthy resources available both in the Spark World and outside. There are so many great articles and blogs available out there. I think that while we are trying to nourish our bodies properly it is important for us to continually nourish our minds as well.
    Good for you on giving up all those foodie articles and blogs and making way for the healthier ones you're discovering!
    1527 days ago
    Its so hard to stay focused! Good for you find what's better for you out there. One of my favorite websites is skinnytaste
    1527 days ago
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