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How to lose Weight without exercising

Saturday, March 08, 2014

1) Discover you have Gluten Intolerance including cross-reactors such as corn, dairy, etc; and are too tired and sickly to go grocery shopping which means eating only fruit, veggies, a bit of carbs, and protein.

2) While doing research on what you CAN eat, you discover you have a Leaky Gut, which means at least temporarily eliminating more foods.

3) Throw yourself into Emotional Turmoil (You really believed you were eating well? Why didn't you pick up on these symptoms sooner? What could you have done to prevent it? Will the food budget hold out?)

4) Go through painful 'die-off 'sessions as your body adjusts.

5) Wonder as you are looking at the food on your plate if it is going to cause you agony after eating it.

Hmmm did I miss anything?

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PHATCRYSSY 3/18/2014 2:30PM

    emoticon My prayers are with you as you learn new things and are recovering from all that is going on in your life right now.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/15/2014 4:19PM

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NELLIEC 3/9/2014 7:52PM

    Ulcerative colitis which also causes horrible abdominal pain after eating.

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SALAM4545 3/9/2014 2:14PM

    I've recently started dealing with food allergies, and I know this is a blow. So here's the good news...you already belong to a community where there are people with similar experiences who can give you practical advice on recipes, affording the food, what to look for in a good nutritionist/doctors, and will send virtual hugs when you need! emoticon emoticon emoticon Also it's almost Farmers Market season, so you'll be able to find inexpensive organics with just a little investigating emoticon emoticon emoticon and they can give you good practical tips on finding good quality food during the off-season. And within a few months you will feel better than you have in ages. And you will find a way to make the budget work. Maybe you give up something you don't really enjoy, or you start doing something to make money that you end up really enjoying.

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    Hmmm I guess you'd much rather exercise!
emoticon Hope you will find your way with this.

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LNSYLVSDOGS 3/8/2014 9:42PM

    That is a lot to have on your plate (no pun intended.) You are doing great in figuring this all out; it helps to have the enouragement & advice from those going thru the same thing. I wish I could be more help! But, I will do what I can....which is to pray for you and send hugs. You are awesome, you know that? As you go thru this change & discovery in your life, you will realize that you're tougher than you thought & that you're a survivor. emoticon


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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/8/2014 9:21PM

    I have leaky gut & leaky brain. I'm working with a health coach (clinical nutritionist) and am on an anti-inflammatory nutrition program. I'm currently eating free of the following: gluten, grains, dairy, sugar, caffeine. People often say, "What CAN you eat?" I reply with Lots of organic Freggies, a little organic (when possible) protein, and a very little low glycemic index healthy carbs. My food is delicious and I'm definitely feeling a lot better. emoticon Hang in there ... your body will thank you!

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CAMEOSUN 3/8/2014 9:09PM

    emoticon you are having to deal with this. My digestion has changed a lot since I'm so close to menopause & I think just aging also. I can hardly tolerate milk [it's hidden in a lot of foods, I found]. Ouch. Many vege.'s and most nuts. I just can't digest them & it does hurt. I can relate. I stick with those foods I know won't cause trouble. Keeping a list of them & adding or crossing off what does not work.

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/8/2014 8:18PM

    Oh Elisa! What an awful thing to go through. l hope you figure out what you can and can't eat soon! That is NOT the right way to lose weight! emoticon

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DEE1221 3/8/2014 7:48PM

    Oh gee, so sorry. Hope you get this all figured out! Feel better

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Live is over!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Life is over as I know it.

Finally had the courage to read the label on the jar of Nutella that is hiding in the back corner of my fridge.

Soy..... whey

Two of the many ingredients I can no longer enjoy. (Going gluten-free includes other food items as well.)

Did I toss the jar? Nope!

I placed it back into its hiding place to deal with later. Maybe, someday, I can ask DH to toss for me.

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/3/2014 10:27AM

    Hmm, I do the same kind of thing. It make take me years, but this is the year I clean everything out! LOL!

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HONEYBEA 3/3/2014 9:56AM

    Toss the Nutella and try this instead.


Peanut butter & Co, Dark chocolate Dreams.

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CAMEOSUN 3/1/2014 7:15PM

    Well…there are some homemade Nutella recipes on SparkRecipes. No soy or whey.

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DJ4HEALTH 2/27/2014 1:46AM

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RORYLYONS 2/26/2014 7:27PM

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LNSYLVSDOGS 2/26/2014 7:05PM

    Love that Milne quote! It's one of my favorites. You can do this, Elisa. It will make you feel better, in the long run. Giving up things is difficult. But, having your body feel better? What do you think? I think you will be glad, later on. Just not today. I am sorry.

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MERRYMARY42 2/26/2014 6:48PM

    so sorry, hope you forge where you put it

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_RAMONA 2/26/2014 6:42PM


“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A.A. MILNE

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Countertop Grills?

Friday, February 21, 2014

In SP's cookbook, Meg mentions a Countertop Grill.

I'm thinking about getting one.

Any advice?

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UNICORN212 2/23/2014 10:18PM

    I have a table top grill (a ceramic box with an element inside and a grill on top - sometimes very messy), two George Foreman grills (one with removable griddles) and a grill pan (for the stove). I prefer the grill pan or my Georges. We used the grill pan for salmon today for the first time and it turned out well. But I still like the charcoal grill. We gave the gas grill away.

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LNSYLVSDOGS 2/23/2014 9:35AM

    I've had the small George Foreman grill & liked it. It doesn't hold much at a time. I tended to need a replacement, every so often. Either the non stick coating would wear off, or the thing would fall off my counter & break (yes, b/c after I cleaned it, I had it propped on its side....which tended to make it want to fall off the counter top. I presently have a flat electric grill (that I use strictly for pancakes & french toast. I've found that if I use it for cooking meats, then the non stick doesn't work as well anymore.....other things will tend to stick, later on.) I'm wondering if one of those cast iron pans (with the grilling lines at the bottom) might be a nice solution for meat cooking. Perhaps it would keep the meat raised up above the greases? My flat top grill does have a spot for the grease to drip off. It is a much more affordable item then the larger George Foreman slanted grills.

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SHAWFAN 2/22/2014 8:42AM

    I don't have one myself. Don't have the room. But out I had one, I'd get one with removable grills.

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SHERYLP461 2/22/2014 7:57AM

    I would love to have one myself, but will continue to use my outdoor gas grill.

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DJ4HEALTH 2/22/2014 1:13AM

    Never had one but agree that you might want the grill to be removable so you can clean it without the hassle.

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FROSTY99 2/21/2014 9:20PM

    I like one that has removable grates for easy cleaning-several brands have them. After grilling, I remove them and soak them for a few minutes (after they cool off) and usually they wipe right off. I had a model that did not remove and I hated to clean it!

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Do you think this statement is true?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

My SPfriend posted this as a tip. Have been pondering it for a while. Thought I'd ask Sparkland.....

'Every day you can do 1 of 2 things; you can build health or you can promote disease in yourself.'

Is this true?
There is no in between?
Is it an either/or?

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MZZCHIEF 3/2/2014 3:15PM

    "Where there's time, there's decline"

The Downward Spiral, is visible all around us.
Everything is marching towards its undoing, from the moment its created.

The "in between" would be when you're not making as great an effort to maintain your health.

Picture Life as a River, Time as its current, with Death as the Sea.
And you afloat as a boat upon its surface...
Healthy days are those when you are paddling upstream, away from the Sea.
"Inbetween days" are days when you paddle upstream, but not as hard or as long.
Unhealthy days are when you not only stop paddling, but you paddle downstream.

In all instances, you aren't as strong as the River's current, so as Time unwinds, you inevitably come closer to the Sea.

But the more you paddle(promote health) the longer it will take you to reach the Sea.

But even under the best of circumstances, Death is our destination.

: )

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CAMEOSUN 2/20/2014 2:23PM

    That sounds right.

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ALLFORHIM8 2/20/2014 8:19AM

    I think it is a true statement.

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NELLIEC 2/17/2014 3:11PM

    BERRY4 definitely has explained the principle. If we aren't actively pursuing health, then we are promoting disease even by inaction.

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CHERYLE51 2/17/2014 11:59AM

    Yes, I think you can do one or two things to promote your health. As far as promoting disease, would that be the opposite of promoting? But, I don't really think so. I know that answer makes no sense. Good question. LOL

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BERRY4 2/17/2014 1:08AM

    Ok my friend... you asked for it. (not really) But you say you like to write (I think that was somewhere in past items??!). How about read somewhat technical "stuff'.


The "law" that came to mind, is the Law of Entropy. This is a law of PHYSICS --meaning all things, living and nonliving. Everything is on a downhill slide! And I mean EVERYTHING! So, I believe it stands to reason, if you are not extending energy towards "fixing" or building something up, you are in fact deciding to let the Law of Entropy follow its natural course.

With the idea that the body will return to dust, and unfortunately, too often that involves disease, it does seem to fit the above reference to the physical law.

You decide, of course, if that applies to you!

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POSITIVEHOPE 2/17/2014 12:05AM

    build health or promote disease......or stand still for a day?

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MJ7DM33 2/16/2014 10:10PM

  emoticon Very good question!

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SHAWFAN 2/16/2014 6:23PM

    Good question, Elisa.

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CAMRY426 2/16/2014 6:02PM

  Good question to ask oneself.

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Water containers???

Thursday, February 13, 2014

What type of bedside water container do you use?

Ya know, when you get thirsty at night and don't want to get up to get a drink.

I'm using a plastic one w/ a short straw that somehow leaks. So I'm looking for a better container. Needs to be covered, of course.

Any recommendations and/or links would be appreciated.

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LNSYLVSDOGS 2/16/2014 2:14AM

    I like the sports bottles with the flip top lid to drink from. You can find inexpensive ones (that are still EPA free) from the big discount stores. If you want a smaller one, maybe a kid sized. They have those, too.

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GABIBEAR 2/15/2014 11:23PM

    We have well water in our house and it is hard water, so we have to add softener in it. Therefore we have to buy bottled water and that is what I use to put by the bed.

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NELLIEC 2/14/2014 3:27PM

    I use those little plastic jugs with a top that pops up and down. You pop it up to drink from it, and then you pop it down so it doesn't spill.

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CAMEOSUN 2/14/2014 2:04PM

    I usually have a glass of water or a teacup of water. I've knocked over the glass before , so the teacup is shorter. emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLP461 2/14/2014 8:18AM

    I use a Tervis cup for everything. they keep the water cool for hours, have a lid and a spot for a straw. A multitude of sizes too

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PAMNANGEL 2/14/2014 1:08AM

    I sometimes get terrible dry mouth, so I keep a Brita water bottle by my bed.

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_RAMONA 2/14/2014 12:46AM

    I'm like Cheryl... I don't drink water in the middle of the night, so I don't need water in the bedroom.

But... there is this great company with really high quality innovative things for all sorts of situations (I love using jars... and I prefer galss or steel over plastic). Here are some of the water receptacles I've considered (I have ordered from them, and have not been disappointed):












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BERRY4 2/13/2014 8:28PM

    Any screw top lid should work.
I prefer to get my water during the day. I don't make a point of drinking it during the night.
(so no H2O in my room!)

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