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Is your food a WMD?

Saturday, June 01, 2013



WMD = Weapon of Mass Destruction

Or you could rename it: FMD = Food of Mass Destruction

One of my sweet friends blogged about some out of control eating recently. My heart went out to her. I've been there & done that & I've got the (X-large) t-shirt to prove it.

I told her that I'm convinced there is something in those unhealthy foods that is addictive. When we haven't had them for a while & then eat them, we go out of control. So, being the Google Queen that I am, I found this article at Prevention.com:

www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eati
ng-tips/food-addiction-most-addictive-
foods


It lists the top 10 most addictive foods & tells you what's in them or how your body reacts when you see them. It was a very eye-opening article.

For me, once I start eating those foods, I cannot stop either. I don't feel full or satisfied. Even after just eating them, I am still hungry. That's a scary, scary thing. You don't hear much about people binge-eating on whole wheat bread, freggies or water, right?

I've had discussions with my doctor about eating processed foods. She said that they cause inflammation within your body because you don't digest them well. She said that inflammation in the body over long periods of time can cause all kinds of health problems, to include arthritis & cancer. Eeeeek!!

So today, be aware of what you're eating. Stay away from that Food of Mass Destruction.

Doesn't this look better (& prettier):



than this?



Your body thinks so. emoticon

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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MSHEL7 6/2/2013 2:55PM

    Wonderful blog. Thanks for putting it in writing for us. I often forget that the stuff I crave is made so that I will crave it. I had to totally stop soda, 1 puts me over the edge. It's okay though, I am healthier now because of it.

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CLAIREINPARIS 6/2/2013 12:16PM

    Thank you for an excellent blog! Even though we hear about those things we always need to be reminded!

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AUTUMNHOPE 6/2/2013 7:05AM

    Great Blog ! This IS me, the processed binge queen. I've eaten healthy for many years. Then binge on processed food . I call myself a carb addict, actually a processed carb addict.
If not for this I'd be about 10-15lbs. lighter. I keep reversing my progress with binges.

I stopped with soda , even diet because I learned that makes me crave the bad stuff. The visuals you added are great !

MATTEROFHEART shared this blog with us in her blog. I will read the resource later when I have more time. Thank you for sharing it with us & being so kind as to reach out to a Spark friend
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ANHELIC 6/1/2013 11:47PM

    What an inspirational blog. Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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MATER88 6/1/2013 10:53PM

    That was a great article. Thanks for sharing it! emoticon emoticon

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 6/1/2013 8:54PM

    I love the visual you gave us. I'm printing them out to stick on my frig. Although I've worked hard to go organic and non-gmo, there are still little pitfalls one can fall into, such as hidden sugar and artificial sweeteners added to foods where they simply don't belong. The food industry does everything it can to sabotage us. Thanks for the link, I passed it on to some friends who also share these concerns.
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BIGPAWSUP 6/1/2013 8:52PM

    Yummy fruit!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 6/1/2013 7:18PM

    Thank you for your blog and your link to the article. It is really very shocking. With the Summer Challenge coming up soon, there are a lot of lessons you have taught me that will help me in the months to come - Thank you!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/1/2013 5:21PM

    It looks a lot better than the junk!

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KARENLEIGH32 6/1/2013 2:29PM

    Reminds me of a commercial from back in the day. I think it was Lays potato chips ~ I bet you can't eat just one!

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MATTEROFHEART 6/1/2013 11:15AM

    Thank you for this, Sheila! I can't tell you how much this helps me! You are absolutely pure awesomeness!!!

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CIRANDELLA 6/1/2013 9:56AM

    The produce DEFINITELY looks more appealing! emoticon

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/1/2013 9:42AM

    This morning I'm cooking. I'm cooking massively for the week so that my food will NOT be a WMD!!! It's going to be a good week of eating at my house ... and there will be some dishes in the freezer for future busy nights!! emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 6/1/2013 8:16AM

    My trigger is Wheat Thins. I see Bob eating them all the time. So once in a great while I do give into them. Then I am aware and won't have them for a long time. Knowing boundaries is so important. emoticon

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JGRAY76 6/1/2013 8:09AM

    Good advice. I'm sticking to freggies today.

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Take the stairs . . .

Friday, May 31, 2013



I've been taking the stairs more & more at work, even if I have an arm full of case files. By doing that, I'm getting in a bit of weight-bearing exercise (good for your bone density).

I've noticed that the trip back up from the 21st floor to my floor (24th) has been getting easier & easier as time has passed. Gotta love those NSV's (non-scale victories), right? emoticon I'm less winded, my legs don't burn as much & it doesn't take as long for my heart rate to go back to normal. Those are all signs that those little things I do every day are making a difference.

The transformation began as soon as I decided I needed to take better care of myself.



We only have one body so we better take care of it.



Keep making those smart & healthy choices every day, no matter how small you think they are. Every little bit helps.



And because it's Friday & everyone needs a good laugh, here's the funny for the day. My sweet hubby will tell you it describes me quite accurately. emoticon



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 6/1/2013 4:31AM

    Yes.

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LITAPOWER 6/1/2013 4:19AM

    NSV - it's difficult to give them value, but they are so important! Thanks for the inspiration.

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ANHELIC 6/1/2013 12:07AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.
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COCK-ROBIN 5/31/2013 8:46PM

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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GODS_TEMPLE 5/31/2013 7:21PM

    When I worked at Shell Oil, I'd often walk down from the 25th floor for exercise after sitting all day...but I'd only go up a flight or two! That was a long time ago...when I was a lot younger!

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KARENLEIGH32 5/31/2013 6:24PM

    Keep it up, those NSV's in my opinion carry more 'weight' than the numbers on the scales!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 5/31/2013 5:43PM

    Great NSV, YOU ROCK!!!!and thanks for the funny emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 5/31/2013 3:30PM

    Awesome work! Thanks for the smile!

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KONRAD695 5/31/2013 3:18PM

    Thank you for the weekend smile and encouragement. It's nice to know someone else thinks the stairs are pretty cool too.

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NANCYRUBIO 5/31/2013 10:10AM

    Your cartoon was as great as your message. Blessing on you also.

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JESS0107 5/31/2013 9:44AM

    One step at a time leads to a big success!! emoticon

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MATTEROFHEART 5/31/2013 9:16AM

    Great job! Thanks for the funny! It DID make me laugh!!!
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SUNSHINE99999 5/31/2013 9:11AM

  nice. Glad you are doing well. Have a great weekend.

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RANGERFX 5/31/2013 9:07AM

    emoticon Have a great weekend!

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CINDYAST 5/31/2013 9:06AM

    Great job on the nsv! And I think the cartoon could describe me as well! Have a great weekend!

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CIRANDELLA 5/31/2013 9:03AM

    There ya go, a good example, NILLA! Love the noodle/stir fry graphic, too - LOL! Have to remember that emoticon

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Live life forwards.

Thursday, May 30, 2013



Only use the past as a lesson -- don't dwell there. Keep looking & moving forward.



It's not about a diet . . . it's about a lifestyle. Decide what you can live with.



Take one step at a time & then keep on stepping.



Do the very best that YOU can do. This isn't a competition with anyone but YOU.



Above all, remember that you are worth it.



I'll say it again: You are worth it!



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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LJR4HEALTH 5/31/2013 8:21AM

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GEORGE815 5/31/2013 12:32AM

    Just great!

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ANHELIC 5/31/2013 12:05AM

    Awesome blog. Thanks for the words of wisdom. emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 5/30/2013 10:34PM

    The best is yet to come...for me!

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FELINEBETTER 5/30/2013 1:29PM

    Way to motivate! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 5/30/2013 11:26AM

    Awesome - great share and motivation.

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BAMAJAM 5/30/2013 11:24AM

  Oh this is wonderful-- once again, Sheila! What great wisdom for living a life fulfilled!

I must keep telling myself-- Do not allow problems from the past to sour your future!

Thank you, and blessings to you too!



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CIRANDELLA 5/30/2013 8:42AM

    Yes, indeedy! emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 5/30/2013 8:42AM

    My worst is definitely behind me, I never want to revisit it.

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REIKKA 5/30/2013 8:08AM

    OK, OK, I'll try to stay strong!

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MARYJOANNA 5/30/2013 5:32AM

  Great thoughts. All we can do is keep progressing and learning!

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YMWONG22 5/30/2013 5:06AM

  Great blog. So positive and inspirational. Thanks for the positive quote at the end of a long workday.
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BONNIEMARGAY 5/30/2013 5:05AM

    Thank you.

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COCK-ROBIN 5/30/2013 5:05AM

    Very good!

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/30/2013 4:50AM

    Soooo many wonderful points here today, Sheila! But the one I'm taking away is the one that is supporting me emoticon today ... there is no competition. I'm moving to teams where I feel that message. Where I'm not judged. Where I can simply be me. Ohhhhh what a better place that is for my peace of mind and growth! And it's true, this journey IS all about me!

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The best is yet to come!!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013



Isn't that exciting? I've lived a pretty great life so far. I've seen some cool stuff, visited some neat places. I am healthy & happy. I have an amazingly wonderful husband, an awesome family, super great friends, including my SparkBuddies. emoticon I am truly blessed. But . . . the best is yet to come. emoticon

Why? Because I'm getting healthier & more fit every single day. I'm making those healthy choices. I am determined that when I'm 65, I'm NOT going to be laid up in bed with aches & pains. I'm going to be the one at the gym that everyone else is trying to keep up with. emoticon



Yes, progress is slow, but slow is still progress.





Won't that be emoticon ?!!?

Let's grow some miracles today!!



Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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KARENLEIGH32 5/30/2013 10:34PM

    One day I WILL say I MADE IT! Until then I am enjoying the journey!

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BONNIEMARGAY 5/30/2013 5:06AM

    Thank you.

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ANHELIC 5/30/2013 12:22AM

    Great blog. You inspire me to keep going each time I read your great messages. emoticon emoticon emoticon
God Bless,
Joan

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ANYVAR54 5/29/2013 9:48PM

    This was a wonderful blog.

All the things you posted, I needed to hear. I am 58 and some days I feel like just staying in bed because of my aches and pains, but I am determined to overcome them.

thanks for sharing.

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CAT-IN-CJ 5/29/2013 8:31PM

    emoticon Love it! Thank you for such a positive boost!!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/29/2013 7:51PM

    Awesome! I'm so with you.

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HELEN_BRU 5/29/2013 12:08PM

    Very positive thinking!

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NANCYRUBIO 5/29/2013 9:37AM

    Excellent!

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KJELLYBEAN15 5/29/2013 9:26AM

    Wonderful - thank you.

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MATTEROFHEART 5/29/2013 8:57AM

    Thanks again for the inspiration!!!

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CIRANDELLA 5/29/2013 8:51AM

    emoticon Now, that's optimism in action, Nilla!!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 5/29/2013 8:41AM

    emoticon Love it!

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REIKKA 5/29/2013 8:35AM

    Great! My favorite is the very first poster. It feeds my hope.

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FELINEBETTER 5/29/2013 8:31AM

    Thank you again for a dose of inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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KATHYHARRIOTT1 5/29/2013 7:15AM

    I can't tell you how much I look forward to your posts every day. You always hit the nail on the head with just what I NEED to hear. Thanks for the inspiration!!
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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 5/29/2013 6:26AM

    Love this! Especially the poster about being closer than I was yesterday. It's just as important to reflect on how far we've come as it is to work toward our goals. Thanks!
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MARYJOANNA 5/29/2013 5:37AM

  Attitude is the key. We must keep on keepin on!

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COCK-ROBIN 5/29/2013 5:36AM

    I wish it all to happen.

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EDLEAR 5/29/2013 5:27AM

    Yes! It's time for us to take control and become the inspirations.

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 5/29/2013 5:21AM

    I wish I'd come to my senses sooner. I'm a 60 year old lady who is fat, out of shape, and has numerous health problems. As of April 24 I've been on a mission to change that. It's never too late to do something, but the earlier you start the easier it will be and the more progress you will make. I regret the years I wasted. I applaud you for not making the same mistake I did. Go for it! You can do it! Love yourself!

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ANGIEN9 5/29/2013 4:58AM

    I agree!! I am 50 with chronic health problems, because of problems with medication. I gained over 100 pounds. Now I am fighting my way back. I have lost 90 pounds since 2010. I am walking and taking care of my body now. I want to say one day just like you...I MADE IT!!! Thanks for your blog!
Angie


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111BUTTERFLY111 5/29/2013 4:35AM

    AMEN!!!!

I'm watching a 68 year old woman and saying to myself, "Do that differently!" I'm sorry for her that she hasn't prepared her body and her life better for her age, but it's not to late for me. I am doing things better. I am prepared to be a healthy, happy old lady. emoticon

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Hand in hand . . .

Tuesday, May 28, 2013



Could we all do this journey alone? Maybe, but so many times I look to you for motivation when mine is waning. Sometimes I look to you for inspiration. Sometimes I look to you for encouragement & support. I'm not sure that I could do this alone. I think I would have quit long before now. The SparkPeople community keeps me coming back.

So let's do this hand in hand. Whatta you say?



Let's lift one another up. By helping others, you are also helping yourself.



Let's all:



Let's do this hand in hand.

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 5/29/2013 3:55AM

    Thanks!

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 5/29/2013 1:07AM

    I know I can't do this alone...every time I've tried I've failed. We are all helping each other here, which is a beautiful thing. "Hand in hand" is a beautiful image and I will keep in mind. It takes away some of the fear to know that I have so many people to turn to when I need help or motivation. I only wish I'd come here sooner.
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DRUIDPRINCESS 5/28/2013 10:34PM

    Thank you for your wonderful inspiration - as always. You are a very special person and I am honoured to be on this journey with you.
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CINDYAST 5/28/2013 8:01PM

    I can use all the helping hands I can get! Thanks for being one of them!
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GEORGE815 5/28/2013 6:44PM

    Hand in hand. That's the way!

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ANHELIC 5/28/2013 6:10PM

    When we go hand in hand, we make a strong chain. emoticon

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    Yes! Together is definitely BETTER! emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 5/28/2013 1:45PM

    You are so right! When I started out I thought I could do it on my own and was nervous about "putting myself out there." Since I've ventured out -- I am so glad I did! I could not imagine how motivating and inspiring it would be! I've met some fabulous people and I am continually reminded about how well Spark works if you just follow it! It really DOES take a village! heheh

Well stated, Nilla!

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BAMAJAM 5/28/2013 1:41PM

  I just love your super messages... Keep on blogging for us!!

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CAT-IN-CJ 5/28/2013 12:52PM

    I am absolutely certain that I would not have made it to this point in my journey to health if it were not for Sparkpeople and my Spark friends.

I can say this with certainty because I've tried to do it so many times before.

You guys ROCK!

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MATTEROFHEART 5/28/2013 9:44AM

    I definitely look to my SparkFriends for inspiration and encouragement! I don't think I would have lasted this long without them!!!

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KONRAD695 5/28/2013 8:59AM

    emoticon for the morning pick-me-up. Needed it today.

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DARLY55 5/28/2013 7:15AM

    Love the message, especially the last saying, "Be so happy that when others look at you they become happy too". emoticon

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MLH148 5/28/2013 7:02AM

    Always glad to start my day with you.
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COCK-ROBIN 5/28/2013 5:23AM

    Wonderful!

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/28/2013 5:18AM

    I did my first weight loss journey alone. THIS is much easier!! I'm glad I'm here with you all!! emoticon

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