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Just Like Sugar

Friday, September 26, 2014

I was read a blog, Forks and Beans, and was learning about the different substitutions to make for vegan baking. Great guide, very informative for what to use for dairy, egg and gluten-free flours. When I came to the guide for the sugar alternatives comment section, someone mentioned this product, Just like Sugar.

"Just Like Sugar® is a 100% natural sweetener made from only the purest of ingredients. Just Like Sugar® mimics the attributes of regular cane or beet sugar in every way without any of the negatives from sugars on the market today.

Unlike other natural sweetener products in markets today, which have a characteristic intense sweet and bitter licorice after taste, Just Like Sugar® has a proprietary formulation which tastes clean, smooth and sweet. It does not leave an after taste. “You need to try it to believe it!”


Just Like Sugar® comprises a perfect blend of Chicory Root, Calcium, and all Natural Flavors from the peel of the Orange.

It does not contain any soy, yeast, animal derivatives, No “MSG”, No L-Glutamic Acid, No D-Glutamic Acid, No Aspartic Acid or preservatives; it is not fermentable and will not promote tooth decay.

Just Like Sugar® is a natural alternative to harmful artificial sweeteners and will change the way you believe all natural sweetener products taste." [end quote]

This seems like a dream come true, has anyone tried this?

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LIV2RIDE 9/29/2014 10:01AM

    If it seems too good to be true, it typically is. Stevia is also natural with all the same press as you mentioned above. The problem is that when you eat things like this it makes your body crave sweets more and more. If you are working to eliminate sugar from your diet, I wouldn't even try it.

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SPARKLED146 9/28/2014 7:54AM

    I haven't heard about this one. Think I'll look for it.

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DANAVB 9/28/2014 7:48AM

    I have. As a matter of fact I have some in the house. Just last week we watched FOK so I'm new to all this. I didn't dare use anything but will give it a try today. I liked it when I used it.

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DS9KIE 9/26/2014 5:51PM


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    I've not tried it. It sounds interesting but then who knows

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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OMG! 10% increase in body fat

Friday, September 12, 2014

I have not weighed myself for a while mostly because I did not want to know the number. I did not think I was doing too bad despite the snacking I have been doing I was able to fit in my "skinny" jeans comfortably and my fat pants were roomy.

Dr. McDougall says the fat you eat is the fat you wear. OK , I am now a believer. Yesterday started out well: I had my oatmeal, blueberries and hemp seed in the morning; went to the gym and ran 5 miles on the treadmill; for the post workout snack I had a banana. So far so good. But time got away from me and I had some errands to do and I was H U N G R Y! There was a Chinese restaurant next to the shop I was at and the smell enticed me. Mind you, I do not like Chinese food that much because the restaurants are usually dirty, the food is overcooked and greasy. Hungry as I was, I gave in to the smell and ate Chinese.

This morning, I was surprised to see the body fat % on the scale this morning, up 10% from what it had been. WOW! 10% I am not even going to say what it was because I am actually embarrassed that it would be that high and the lean muscle mass was down. I hope that it is just a fluke and the numbers will be back to my "normal". It could be that I did not have enough fuel when I went for my run and then I ate the fatty food.

It is so interesting how our bodies adjust to what we feed it and the demands we put on it.

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FITGIRL15 9/16/2014 3:27PM

    Those body fat readings on home scales are VERY inaccurate at the best of times! Clearly Chinese food contains a lot of salt and you were likely retaining a lot of additional fluid than usual.
That fluid is messing up the true body fat reading!

I bet after 3 days, all your numbers return to "normal"... Don't stress!

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DS9KIE 9/13/2014 12:19AM

    fluke for sure

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TRESSWANN 9/12/2014 6:46PM

    I'd go with fluke

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Tips from one of the star

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I copied the bullet points from the article which is so encouraging and inspiring for me to get with the program, any program and get rid the junk. #10 is what I need to focus on

(1) You must assume 100% responsibility for your life and your destiny!
(2) This program is a lifestyle!
(3) Rid yourself of the diet mentality!
(4) Stay off the scales!
(5) Don’t put yourself on a timeline!
(6) Choose a reward for success on the program.
(7) Fill your pantry with approved foods.
(8) Prepare all of your meals at home.
(9) The grocery store is a minefield!
(10) Consider dropping sugar from your lifestyle.
(11) Changing your lifestyle involves more than just changing what you eat!
(12) Put your thoughts to work for you!
(13) One of the most powerful tools that you can employ to change the results in your life is changing the words that come out of your mouth.
(14) The longer you stay on this program, the easier it gets.
(15) Your life does not begin after you reach your goals.

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TRESSWANN 9/11/2014 9:34AM

    Makes sense. good luck

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DS9KIE 9/11/2014 12:06AM


the link is not working, you need to take off the Https// and I think then it will work

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Notes on Heavy, an A&E show

Saturday, September 06, 2014

It seems like it has been a while since I last posted a blog and as I am typing I am watching an episode of Heavy. It is causing me to reevaluate what do I really want in terms of health and fitness. I definitely know that I am in control of what I put into my mouth, but I keep eating things that are not good for me.

On this particular episode the female was talking about how she felt like she had no control in her life except for the food she ate. Yet, she was eating the foods that were causing her health issues. So, if you can control what you eat, then why eat the things that cause you to be miserable? That is what I ask myself over and over.

Philosophy for personal training: first find out what motivates that person. What is truly motivating that goal?

My notes from the show:
*Eliminate the distractions.
*Pair up, buddy system
*Push self past where feel cannot go any further. Relief when finished, said can do enough. Did I do it hard enough? Long enough?
*Turn around the self pity, stop whining and complaining because your negative thoughts were keep you from achieving your goals
*When I do succeed, it does not change how I feel inside; need to get over the negative thoughts. Reprogram brain, unplug guilt, fear, and disappointment and plug in perseverance, ability and control of self. As long as head is in the right place the body will follow.
*Pay attention to portion sizes
*Notice what you have accomplished
*When you see and feel results, you realize that there is a healthy fit person that is waiting to come out.
*Lifestyle change, be prepared to live in the real world.
*Use the tools given to you whenever you are faced situations that you find difficult
*Reevaluate relationships, who is supportive of your efforts? Does "guilting" your buddy motivate or sabotage?
*Rehabilitate the mind.
*Are the distractions bringing you down and keeping you from achieving your goal? What are you going to do about it?
*Motivation, feeling a sense of empowerment. Set self up for success, plan and prepare
*You can let tragedy consume you, or decide what you can do to change it
*Beginning of where I want to be, it is going to be a journey and will take time to achieve that ultimate goal
*Emotions, some days are better than others
*Good to see rewards for all the hard work
*Every one has the opportunity to make own decisions
*Challenges to move forward; it is a struggle but you have to do it even if you don't want to. Use the tools provided and make that lifestyle change.
*Harder now that the initial part of journey has passed, need to keep moving forward
*Smiles at seeing the successes! Hoping they stay with it. It is a process and need to stick with it because there is a future
*It helps when you have an accountability to someone else; a real friend will tell you that you are slacking off and need to get back with it.
*Thinking back on the first days is what keeps me going
*Advice, you need a whole tribe of people to give you support in every aspect of life: family, friends, and co-workers.
*It is worth the struggle.

My final thoughts: What an inspiring show and such a difference from the Biggest Loser. 'Heavy' has a realistic weight loss (only 30 pounds in 30 days in the controlled environment) and the trainers are shown as being supportive and encouraging. I loved seeing the male trainer's joy at the Tom's final weigh-in.

This episode actually had little tidbits that I feel are useful in my journey to being fit and healthy. I really like the "Everyone has the ability to make their own decisions." Any choice I make is mine and mine alone, even if someone suggests something, it is I who will make the final decision as to whether I do that or not.

Another thing that I realized is when they showed the female, Jody, eating a pint of ice cream because she felt that she had no control over her life, but the one thing she could control was what she ate; I thought, "then why aren't you eating something that is health supporting? Eating junk will only make you feel worse."

That is something I am trying to figure out for myself. If I, and I alone, control what I eat, then why do I keep eating the stuff I know I should not be eating? I have yet to come up with a good answer to that question. It is like getting upset with some one and then thinking that I will show them and then engage in an activity that is harmful to only me. Where is the logic in that? It is silly.

So, the main thing I am taking away from this show is that I need to remain focused on my reason for getting the junk out of my diet and remain focused on doing the right things to help me achieve the goals I have set for myself.

It won't be easy, but then if it were I wouldn't be posting this blog. ;-)

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LIV2RIDE 9/8/2014 9:40AM

    Excellent post!!! I used to watch BL religiously every season. For some reason the constant berating spoke to me. Maybe it is because that is how I talked to myself. I can no longer watch it, knowing how messed up these contestants are when they come out of that house. I used to follow a lot of them after their journey and it's a struggle with many of the disordered eating and compulsive exercise things that have plagued me all my life.

You should really print out the bullet points you list and post them and maybe even journal on them to find your own answers. You will find your answers and find your way to work through your own issues. emoticon

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MIRAGE727 9/7/2014 10:20AM

    I so cringe at The Biggest Loser and it's mixed signals. I will have to see this show out of curiosity! Yep, you totally get it. I love when others are in the healthy minset. AND, you took good info away from the program! Stay strong, and keep rockin' the podium!

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JITZUROE 9/6/2014 10:56AM

    Excellent blog. I agree! And thank you for putting that show on my radar. It DOES seem more realistic and I will likely get hooked : )))

Also, I loved your reminder to notice the things I have accomplished. ESPECIALLY in times like today: just home from the hospital. Not walking more than 25 feet at a time, not moving much, but hurting much.
I have accomplished a lot before this all hit me.
I've travelled, I've done many races and marathons, I've volunteered my time and tried to help others.
I seem to be on the receiving end now, getting help from others. And that tends to make me sad, and want to eat eat eat. Self pity is no good.

I need to buddy up online. I need to build a stronger support system. I need to keep the blinders on around the junkfood that will not be leaving my home anytime soon (hubby has made it known that he will not deprive himself of foods just because I don't want junk in the home. Bummer). But your amazing list is chocked full of reminders that I can do to keep up the fight daily to be healthier!

Big hugs!

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DS9KIE 9/6/2014 9:58AM

    emoticon and your soooo right

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EVIE4NOW 9/6/2014 9:54AM

  Excellent blog and food for thought. Thank you.

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Ha! I took 1st place in age division in the 5k

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My granddaughter, daughter, and I ran a 5k on Saturday and both my granddaughter and I took home a medal for 1st in our age division. But when I looked at the times, I saw I was the only one in my age group.

It was not my best time, but it was not my worst. 33:29

I am having some issues with my feet and am coming to the realization that I may need to take some time off and recover. The bottom of my feet hurt at times.

I really do not want to have to stop running because I really enjoy the "me" time. I need the "me" time and when I go for a run, no one bothers me, no one asks me to do things for them. It is just me on the road and no one else.

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HAPPYMOM8 8/30/2014 11:20AM

    Good for you!!!:)
Hugs, Pat emoticon

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DS9KIE 8/30/2014 1:52AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRESSWANN 8/27/2014 9:16AM

    It's a medal and recognition that you got up and out and did it. Celebrate!

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MNNICE 8/26/2014 3:24PM

    Way to go! Doesn't matter how many were in your age group - only matters that you did it!

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LIV2RIDE 8/26/2014 10:46AM

    Congrats! Who cares how many people were in your age group. You killed it!

As for the problem with your feet, I'd get it checked out. Err on the side of caution. Checking it out early can save you months of recovery from something more serious.

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/26/2014 10:37AM

    I love the medals! Congrats: you're in a class by yourself!

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MIRAGE727 8/26/2014 8:55AM

    You represented your age group and you owned it! End of story!
Walk your runs when you need to. I also agree that we need to be more aware of when we need new shoes! Listen to your body, embrace recovery days, and run safe! Stay strong!

Comment edited on: 8/26/2014 8:57:29 AM

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JAROL7 8/26/2014 8:29AM


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    Wow - that is great to do it as a family and to win. And that's an awesome time. Hope your feet feel better soon

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CAROLCRC 8/26/2014 8:09AM

    Time for new shoes,maybe?

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BA5454 8/26/2014 7:36AM

    Congrats on the age group award with your splendid time! Love the thought of getting the family together to run! Hope the feet recover very quickly so your 'me' time won't be interrupted too long.

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