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Abuzz with change in NEW ZEALAND!

Hallo from New Zealand. Interesting people are giving me a buzz so come and join me. My world is also abuzz with change... I am eager to try new things, to explore. I have learned that exploring recipe books and cooking food from all cultures in the world is not good for the waistline as it is encouraging us as a family to eat more.

In the culinary world, Vegs are my bestest friends, followed by limited portions of fruit, then legumes and yes, I eat meat but I stay away from ...
Hallo from New Zealand. Interesting people are giving me a buzz so come and join me. My world is also abuzz with change... I am eager to try new things, to explore. I have learned that exploring recipe books and cooking food from all cultures in the world is not good for the waistline as it is encouraging us as a family to eat more.

In the culinary world, Vegs are my bestest friends, followed by limited portions of fruit, then legumes and yes, I eat meat but I stay away from refined carbs including flour and added sugar.

I do love a couple of squares of dark chocolate from 70% cacao upwards.

My favourite exercises are walking and the Elliptical.

A good movie is something I prefer to theatre. A good book make my heart sing and my bed...never puffed up or angry, never any back chat, it is just there ready to give me what I want. One day I will write a poem about my love relationship with my bed. Ha -ha.
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Member Since: 6/21/2010

My Goals:
To love and be loved.

To promote love, peace and harmony, with other members of the human race, the animal kingdom and our wonderful planet but mostly with myself.

My Program:
Abundance of good nutrition...I am a firm believer of "nushi gusui" Japanese for "may your food (and lifestyle) heal."

I eat plain food with limited human intervention.

Doing exercise 6 days of the week.

My Guru is Dr. John Tickell of Australia with the Great Australian Diet. Long life Dr. John!

Personal Information:
My name is Maggie and I am happily married to Roelf, the love of my life. My children (3 boys) are adults now and I have time to look after myself and time to record what I do. I like that.

My grandchildren are also boys, and the two of them living in South Africa with their parents.

We are ex-South African but living in New Zealand for 18 years.

Other Information:
"Hakuna Matata" No worries... as life is at times too negative and life is so short.

I love reading and have a huge knowlege of nutrition. I hope with the help of Spark to put it into action.

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PHOENIX1949
7/14/2014 10:32:38 PM

Hi Maggie -

I wrote: experimented with leaving off supplements, including probiotics, and adding in foods not eaten in ages. BAD IDEA. Variety is not always the spice of life!

You commented: ? Sorry but I don't understand your feed.

After rereading my Friend Feed, I see where it is worded more like I picked up on a former conversation with someone which would make it clear as mud, ha-ha.

I have suffered with various digestive tract issues since my 20's (now 65). Food issues cause much of this. I had been taking probiotic capsules daily for years to assist in my digestion process along with many other vitamins and minerals. I was tiring of taking so many supplements and decided to stop all of them and to add in more foods as I tired of eating such a limited number (types) of foods. My digestive track is a mess from start to finish as a result of this experiment. I wish I had left well enough alone.



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GARDENSFORLIFE
7/13/2014 1:09:25 PM

I garden in my front yard and even on my porch. I have pots filled with veggies and two raised beds.
At work we gave away tomato plants and peppers plants to our families. Many have gardens. We also have a container garden club to encourage gardening. We raise veggies to give away. I agree - lawns are nice but veggies are even better! emoticon emoticon


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WHITNEYTEACHER
7/13/2014 8:33:29 AM

emoticon Good Morning,
Just thought I'd stop by with a bit of an update since starting my Spark break. I'm doing pretty good, I think stress was my problem because I've lost almost 3 pounds since starting my break. Between Rod's back surgery in December, hand surgery in May and another one scheduled for August I've had to take up quite a bit of the slack. Moving in January didn't help the stress levels much either. I've pretty much been doing everything the same as I was before I started my "break" but just not spending so much time on the computer tracking everything, doing team posts, challenges, etc. After doing all of it for so long I pretty much know what my calorie count will be at the end of the day anyway and I still wear my fitness tracker to keep track of my activity level. I go back to the doctor for my follow-up on Wednesday, I was really hoping to have lost some weight since my last visit so I'm trying not to stress about that now.

emoticon The biggest thing going on here in Southern Oregon is the current heat wave. We received an alert from the National Weather Service several days ago warning us. The temperatures have been 103 - 105 every day and it doesn't look like it's going to cool down much any time soon. They're predicting 107 on Wednesday. The worst thing is that it stays hot into the evening, it was 89 when we went to bed at 10:00 last night. We've only been using our air conditioner a little in the late afternoon, it started making loud noises the first time we turned it on, Rod took it apart and thinks he fixed the problem but now he's worried about what our electric bill will be so we're turning it on once the temperature in the house reaches 80 and turning it off after about 3 hours. At least we don't have the humidity here that so many of my Spark friends farther east have to deal with.

I haven't been doing much in the way of exercise for the last week either - too hot! We complain when it's cold and also when it's hot, is there anyplace where it's continually spring or fall? Right now I'd be happy with cold, you can always put on more clothes and wrap up in a blanket but there's only so much you can take off emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN
7/13/2014 8:10:29 AM

Thanks for stopping by my blog about my running skort! It's a great feeling.

We have had a lot of rain here lately as well. I hope you had some fun this weekend despite your weather!

Kellie



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GARDENSFORLIFE
7/12/2014 9:37:05 PM

I am the executive director of a community center and we provide the community with a food pantry. We have a big pantry once a month on Saturday am and one on a Monday am. We provide food during the week for those with an emergency. We have food , clothes, information about community services, nutrition education and much more. In our building is Head Start, public library, after school program, summer program, summer lunch program, Christian Programs, Small Business Start Up Program, day care and much more.



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