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The ONLY Way To Stop Procrastinating






 

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‘A Watched Pot Never Boils’

Distraction makes it boil faster, or so it seems.

Watch your weight and see how long it takes to lose it. Look away and poof it’s gone before you know it?

When I was a kid, I’d stay up till Mom got home from work, greeting her with a familiar face, a cup of coffee, some warmed over supper and a newspaper by where she sat. Then I’d go immediately to bed and let her enjoy her alone time.

Night after night, tired, I’d stand by that stove and watch the kettle waiting for it to boil, and every single night I’d think to myself “a watched pot never boils”.

But it always did, right on time, so as her car pulled into the driveway, I was already on my way to placing that cup of coffee on the radiator cover beside her chair.

Like clockwork. Every time. Five nights a week.

So watch your weight or not. If your intent is to lose weight, you will, right on time, just the way you planned.






 

Posted in BEANS - GRAINS, FAT-FREE FRIDAY, SNACKS

Apple Cranberry Black Bean Salsa

APPLE CRANBERRY BLACK BEAN SALSA

It’s Thanksgiving or any other holiday, so why not ratchet up your old favorites with a twist of new? Cranberry and apple in salsa?  Why not? Take this dip with you to any gathering. Volunteer for the dip detail. You will change people’s taste buds forever. From now on they will expect the cranberries and apple in their salsa. They will, in fact, demand it. Where’re the cranberries? They don’t have them in the summer. Yes, they do. All year round in every grocery. Where’s the apple? Didn’t know you wanted apple. What??!! Everybody wants apple in their salsa. Where have you BEEN? Serve with any tortilla chips that strike you as appropriate; we’ll take care of everything else!

The only fat is in the chips.

Makes 5-1/2 cups

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Posted in FAT-FREE FRIDAY, MATCHA Green Tea Powder

Baby Lentil Matcha Green Tea Soup fat free

BABY LENTIL MATCHA GREEN TEA SOUP w/gravy option – fat free

A simple lentil soup with complex seasoning profiles and a Green Matcha Tea boost! Nutrient dense and fat free walks this keeper all the way to the animal-free food bank! Apple cider and carrot juice, smoked paprika and curry are a few of the adds that make this soup sing!

Makes 23 cups

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Posted in FROM THE NET, GUAR GUM, SALADS & DRESSINGS, XANTHAN GUM

FANTA Orange Soda Salad Dressing

FANTA ORANGE SODA SALAD DRESSING fat free

with sun-dried tomato, garlic and fresh orange – fat-free. A refreshing change in the way you dress your salads!

Makes 6 cups

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Posted in FAT-FREE FRIDAY, MAIN DISH, VEGGIES

ROASTED YAM STEAKS

 

ROASTED YAM STEAKS – fat free

Tired of the same old mashed yams? Or the cubed and roasted style? Me too. Steve doesn’t like the texture. So what do I do with yams on sale? Try something new. Yam steaks! Pour the SMOKY CRANBERRY ORANGE GRAVY over, top with some pine nuts and a wonderful main dish event emerges to take over the table! I’m in. And Steve? Well, he ate the whole portion. Except for the pine nuts this dish is fat-free

Serves 6-8

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Posted in FAT-FREE FRIDAY, SAUCES

Smoky Cranberry Orange Gravy fat free

SMOKY CRANBERRY ORANGE GRAVY fat free

If you’re looking for something different and familiar this is it! Plus you combine the cranberry and gravy into one dish, saving time and money. Did I mention how off-the-planet exciting cranberries can be when you recognize their potential? They’re just waiting to be explored!

Makes 3 cups

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Posted in DESSERTS, REDUCED-FAT RECIPES

Saffron Apricot Walnut Pockets

SAFFRON APRICOT WALNUT POCKETS 

These little pockets look like they took a while to make, but they didn’t. Complexity is the impression; simplicity is the reality! Wonderfully rich bites. The perfect dessert to savor with tea, coffee or wine! 

Makes as many as you want

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Posted in BEANS - GRAINS, MAIN DISH, REDUCED-FAT RECIPES

Baked Apples With Quinoa Apple Pine Nut Stuffing low fat

 

BAKED APPLES WITH QUINOA APPLE PINE NUT STUFFING low fat

If you don’t want to do the apples, that’s just as fine. Serve stuffing from stove-top as is. Perfect either way! However, the apples do add a festive touch to a festive holiday! And they’re easier than pie to make!

Serves 6

 

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Posted in REDUCED-FAT RECIPES, VEGGIES, WE GOT THE GREENS

Smoked Almond Garlic Green Beans

SMOKED ALMOND GARLIC GREEN BEANS

Not your typical green beans almondine. Better. Easy to make. I could make a main dish out of these beans and feel like I had a complete meal. Yet they go well with other main dishes, especially holiday ones. If you’re serving a crowd, this is a perfect side dish vegetable, requiring little effort!

Serves 6-8

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Posted in TIPS OR NOT

FOOD IS NOT AN ANTIDOTE FOR FATIGUE

When you’re tired, eating will not make you less tired, no matter what you eat. We often think we’re tired because we need to eat when it’s often eating that makes us tired. We want energy, so instinctively think more fuel in the tank will provide that.

If your tank is full, and you’re still tired, then look at other ways of increasing your energy output, rather than adding more fuel to your tank.

Don’t be fooled. That’s why people with anxiety eat a lot. It makes them tired, thus calmer.

If you want quick energy, don’t eat unless you can afford about an hour of feeling sleepy or tired after you eat, because that’s what food does, all food.

The digestion process is what slows you up.






 

Posted in TOOL BOX

What Can STUCK Do For You?

PEOPLE LOVE TO CROSS BRIDGES

Even if it’s a bridge to nowhere, no one cares; they want to see what nowhere looks like.

Blame our adventurous animal nature to seek beyond what we can see to find what we need to survive or better yet to thrive.

We like the anticipation of not knowing what to expect.

The thrill of the wobble scaring the sense out of those who like to wander unopposed.

Making it to the other side, an achievement in itself. Whatever lies ahead can’t be as bad as what we just endured.

It’s an adventure. That’s right. An adventure of the will.

Crossing a little creek, carefully maneuvering from stone to boulder to dry rotted tree trunk broken to the water by a stroke of lightning transforming itself into my good luck, enabling me to make it to the forest border. A clear path. Wow, I made it.

Sure, stepping stones are bridges too.

What happens next is all up to me, as it was in the beginning.

I can see how I was making my choices, scoping out the territory, even when I thought I was standing still going nowhere.

We’re always going somewhere. The planet is in continual motion, which means everything on it moves at the same speed.

See? I never was stuck. It’s impossible to live on Earth and call myself ‘stuck’. That word was made up by people who didn’t like the speed of the planet – people who wanted to slow everything down. We all get a little motion-sick at times. But people can’t slow it down. Nothing people do can slow it. Earth would have to be hit by a huge asteroid that might veer it off course that could end in its demise, but what lies on Earth now cannot slow the motion.

So, yeah, we’re stuck with it, stuck to it, but not stuck independent of the motion. We are part of the motion, being one with the universe, thus the planet – every cell, every chemical reaction, every thought, action, idea, fragment.

Looking at the reality of the bigger picture allows us to realize we’re not stuck at all. We can’t be stuck.

So why aren’t we succeeding in becoming thinner? Because we made a decision to become fat. That’s the result. We made all the moves to get there. So why blame it on being stuck?

What can STUCK do for you?

Nothing, nothing at all.


The glass-bottomed bridge in China was designed as a tourist attraction to be visited by 8,000 people per day and to hold 800 tourists at a time by an Israeli architect, Haim Dotan. The architect obviously was schooled in lucky numbers for the Chinese – 8 being the luckiest. As it turns out zeros are as important in forecasting the usage of the bridge as it is in making the luck. The bridge was so popular, that 80,000 people visited the site daily. Two weeks after the bridge opened it was shut down to make the necessary accommodations for the increased number of tourists. It reopened on 30 September 2016.

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Posted in BEANS - GRAINS, MAIN DISH, MALIC ACID, REDUCED-FAT RECIPES

Gluten-Free Quinoa Apple Pine Nut Stuffing low fat

QUINOA APPLE PINE NUT STUFFING low fat

This is my gluten-free, bread-free, animal-free, low-fat stuffing. It’s made stove-top, so you don’t take up room in the oven while roasting veggies, plant-meat roasts etc. How can nutrient-dense tastes so good? Because you know who engineered it that way!

Makes almost 7 cups

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Posted in EATING OUT, TIPS OR NOT

COWARDS EAT COWS. WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?

People want you to do what they’re doing. It makes them feel more comfortable if you’re as fat as they are, or at least if you’re dining out together, that you eat as much as they do. Or eat the same kinds of food. Or drink the same drinks. Smoke the same cigarettes, wear the same clothes, watch the same movies. What no alcohol? A zillion stories flow and none of them are designed at that moment to make you feel good.

What, no meat? What’s an animal? You said you were animal-free, is that the same as vegan? I didn’t know milk and cheese were animals. Yeah, well if it contains the cells of an animal, it’s an animal. What’s a cell? Milk and cheese don’t have feelings. Cows can’t feel. Then why do you keep saying they’re happy? I don’t care if they’re happy or sad, I like cheese. Nobody cares, so why do you? Don’t you want a bite of my juicy steak? That’s not blood. No, it isn’t. It’s not the same thing. Cows can’t think.

What do you want a pat on the back? Pity? Everybody’s looking for pity these days, and they’re getting a shit load of it. That’s right a truckload of bull shit, human shit, chicken shit, who cares where it came from if it looks and smells like shit. It’s all a lie.

Non-vegan people say they admire vegans. No, they don’t. When you admire someone, you want to be them. You can’t, so you copy their behavior. Everybody tried to look like Marilyn Monroe. Why? Because they wanted to be like her, so they tried to look like her. People lie when they say they admire someone they don’t try to emulate. The two don’t fit.

Oh, I wish I could be a vegan, but I couldn’t.

What these people can’t do is be the outsider in the group, family, work, church, bar. When you walk in, others move away. You remind them of what they want to be but CAN’T? It’s the rejection YOU CAN’T TAKE. It’s not the food. Turn your nose up to a plant, but not to dismembering a cow and gorging on the flesh and blood?

At least be honest about it. You’ve heard what people say.

Why? You don’t care why. Because if you cared, you’d have to tell yourself the truth. And that great person you always thought you were disappears. Only for as long as it takes you to make a correction in your life, though. You can get that great person back, without cannibalizing anybody, and feel much better about confronting the WHY and acting on it.

Go ahead, give it a try, ask yourself WHY.

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Posted in ALCOHOL-FREE CHALLENGE

28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge Revisited (2 months out of sight)

Back in June of 2018 (this past Spring), I mused about how much weight, if any, I could lose by eliminating all alcohol from my daily consumption of calories. Although when I was doing the Rapid Fat-Loss diet my calorie count was reasonable, I did wonder if I eliminated the empty calories, would I shed more fat.

I played around with it for a while, then decided to go all in, so I could accurately report my findings, instead of just cutting back, which I had essentially done anyway.

So, sometime mid-September till now I consumed no alcohol in any form – didn’t even cook with it. So that’s about 2 months. I figure that’s enough time to smooth out any wrinkles.

I gained 1 pound after 1 month. I haven’t weighed myself since then, because even though I may not have gained and maybe even lost a couple pounds, I’d rather keep in the dark about it till the end of the year. I want to give myself more time to focus.

My calorie count didn’t go down since I just ate what I normally would drink in calories. I wasn’t too strict with myself.

It wasn’t difficult to abstain from alcohol, and Steve did it with me, but the habit of eating out and drinking out was the biggest obstacle to overcome. What do we do instead? Being animal-free, I didn’t care so much about the quality or availability of animal-free food when out, since I could have a couple of drinks and a salad or fries or just a veggie and still have fun. Without the drinks, it’s a whole different ballgame. I’m not going to pay twelve dollars for green beans or a salad that I could make at home.

You’d be surprised how much a couple of drinks will allow you to tolerate mediocre food. It’s just not worth it, and frankly, I’d rather be using my money for something else, rather than supporting every restaurant in the city that serves a vegan burger. It’s like, is that all there is? I mean, how many vegan burgers can one person eat and pay top dollar for them, in addition to the tip and the drinks?

I was shocked at how much a soda costs in a restaurant. It’s almost the cost of a beer. So that’s over. If a new place opens I’ll try it out, but I no longer consider it my responsibility to support restaurants that offer one vegan item or that have no imagination nor desire to please the customers with varied tastes. I fought that battle – for decades – now let others do it or not. I’ll eat my own cooking at home. It’s far superior to anything I could get out.

And the socializing thing? I socialized enough for ten lifetimes. It gets old.

I made myself a new skin and it’s alcohol-free and I’m comfortable in it.

I’ll check back before midnight on 31 December and record my weight progress.

Oh, and the exercise. I’m not noticing a big difference in the amount of exercise I do, or noticing an increase in stamina, but one thing for sure, all those little things that I often attributed to alcohol, didn’t end up being the alcohol at all. So that in itself could make someone decide what’s the point, I might as well drink. And I’d have to basically agree, except that I don’t worry as much about stuff. I’m feeling the presence of my younger self. I like that.

This new skin is a keeper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eliminate 2 Phrases From Your Vocabulary

A Stanford professor says eliminating 2 phrases from your vocabulary can make you more successful

“Your language shapes the way you approach your goals. …

1. Swap ‘but’ for ‘and’

You might be tempted to say, “I want to go to the movies, but I have work to do.”

Instead, Roth suggests saying, “I want to go to the movies, and I have work to do.”

He writes: “When you use the word but, you create a conflict (and sometimes a reason) for yourself that does not really exist.” In other words, it’s possible to go to the movies as well as do your work — you just need to find a solution.

Meanwhile, when you use the word and, “your brain gets to consider how it can deal with both parts of the sentence,” Roth writes. Maybe you’ll see a shorter movie; maybe you’ll delegate some of your work.

2. Swap ‘have to’ for ‘want to’

Roth recommends a simple exercise: The next few times you say “I have to” in your mind, change have to want.

“This exercise is very effective in getting people to realize that what they do in their lives — even the things they find unpleasant — are in fact what they have chosen,” he says…”

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Asparagus And Edamame Fried Rice

ASPARAGUS AND EDAMAME FRIED RICE

Red and white rice pan-fried with red onion and celery. Mixed with RED FORK Asparagus Skillet Sauce, then tossed with asparagus and edamame. Served with a Smoky Russian Dressing!

Makes 9-1/2 cups

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Posted in = DIET FOOD, LILLY BELLE is all in!, SALADS & DRESSINGS

Winter Tomatoes Got You Down?

Why worry about the high price of winter tomatoes and unripened, flavorless choices, when grapes are on sale.

That’s right, substitute grapes for tomatoes in any salad. It’s a nice switch from the traditional tomatoes that we seem to add to every salad we make, just because it’s a salad.

Even Lilly Belle says yes!

I know a lot of you have probably read on social media that grapes are poisonous to dogs. I couldn’t figure that one out, except that a dog I used to know named George would leave them on his plate, even if buried in a mound of food, he’d eat all around the grape.

Now I’ve seen this claim in many places over the years, but no one has ever cited a study to show that some irresponsible scientists force-fed a dog a million grapes and the dog died.

My take is that because the dog refused the grape and played with it instead, people thought grapes were poisonous to dogs. Well, I cut the grape in half to make it easier for Lilly to lap it up and chew it. And I certainly don’t force-feed my dog daughter anything.

Lilly Belle loves salad, and she loves grapes, especially the red ones, as a snack. We hand-feed them, cut in half. I take a bite, she takes the rest.

Grapes are a great diet food too, containing no fat, easy to eat and satisfying. Also lots of fiber.

For this salad, I did take out some of the ginger and onion slices. I left a few since I think they’re good for her. She always gets good grades at the doctor. She’s a vegan dog, who loves to eat and enjoys a lot of variety in her food choices.






 

Posted in REDUCED-FAT RECIPES, SALADS & DRESSINGS

Smoky Russian Dressing low-fat

SMOKY RUSSIAN DRESSING low-fat

Steve likes bottled dressing and sometimes so do I. Wishbone Russian is one of them. To reduce the calories this time, I add a low calorie unsweetened Almondmilk by Blue Diamond (Almond Breeze), a few drops of liquid smoke, a little garlic powder, salt, then whisk till smooth. Perfect! I love the transformation to creamy!

Makes 1-3/4 cups

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Posted in FAT-FREE FRIDAY, SAUCES, WE GOT THE GREENS

Collards In Mustard Cider Sauce fat-free

COLLARDS IN MUSTARD CIDER SAUCE fat-free

There aren’t many sauces you can make fat-free that will stand up against the fatted version. This is one of them. All added flavors and textures compliment the greens and vice versa. I just happened to have cider on hand, because it’s Fall in America where I happily live. My status means nothing. Location, location, location is everything. I don’t want anybody’s life, money or fame. I can get my own in my own way on my own terms. I don’t buck the system or game it, or corrupt it. I work with it. Everybody wants a free pass with nothing to offer. Not me. I raise myself. I don’t need somebody else to do it for me. 

Enjoy this unique way of serving collard greens. Holidays are coming up. Surprise family and guests with something familiar yet different! Serve over a combination of white and sweet mashed potatoes, or seasoned long grain rice. You decide!

Makes 9-1/2 cups 

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Posted in BEANS - GRAINS, FAT-FREE FRIDAY, SALADS & DRESSINGS, VEGGIES

PICKLED BEETS

PICKLED BEETS fat-free

You don’t have to go through the entire canning process to make pickled beets. Prep, cook, place in a jar and refrigerate to use as wanted. Here we add sweet onion strips and sweet red pepper. Then as we use the beets, we add other ingredients to the pickling jar, such as matchstick carrots and/or kidney beans (washed and drained). It makes a tasty salad by itself or as a side dish! 

Makes 6 cups

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Minute Maid Limeade Dressing fat-free

MINUTE MAID LIMEADE DRESSING fat-free

Minute Maid Limeade combined with pineapple explodes onto your greens like no other dressing. Use as dressing for any salad you like or over cooked veggies or as a dipper for fried tofu!

Makes approx. 5 cups

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Posted in SHARON'S GREEN DIET

Is Green A Rainbow Color?

So the green thing. I woke up wondering if I ate only green foods could I be healthy and lose the fat quicker? I also wondered why it was so important to the government who makes food policies for the populace, that we eat the colors of food that appear in the rainbow.

It’s like a prejudicial thing if you don’t. You’re labeled a food racist or something like that. Somebody’s trying to get the white potato off the list of vegetables. Call it a weed or something, not worthy to be on your plate.

Sounds like how the world views white people. We are the minority color of the world. Though we’re not considered a color by the people of color. They set that up all neat and tidy. We don’t exist on their color scale. That’s what it feels like to be a minority.

The government wants to keep everybody working who is working. So of course they recommend that you purchase all the products everybody sells.

That’s why they keep telling everybody to eat animals, because of all the people put out of work if you don’t, even though they know that eating the animal is killing us.

There’s no such thing as green animal meat, unless it’s gangrenous or moldy.

Oddly, when I envision a rainbow I don’t think the color green.

But yes to the question, is green a rainbow color. Green is one of the seven visible colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

In fact, all plants are green. The fruit, vegetable, nut, seed, grain, legume all originated from a green seedling/plant, even though the end product of what we pick from the plant may reflect the colors of a rainbow or colors not in the rainbow. Although potatoes are white inside; they’re brown outside. Brown is not a visible color of the rainbow. Neither is black and neither is white. Nuts are brown, the insides of some fruits are white (apples) and some veggies are white throughout (asparagus), but I am not aware of black unless it’s a blue-black or purple-black.

Fungi (mushrooms) are not green, but still classified as plants. They derive their nutrients from the green plants around them.

So maybe the rainbow analogy or comparison isn’t a good one. Sure it’s useful in recommending all colors, but not all colors of the natural foods we eat appear in the rainbow. We don’t want to leave something nutritious out because it doesn’t fit our way of expressing to others the value in eating a multitude of colors and shades.

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Posted in DANDELION GREENS, REDUCED-FAT RECIPES, WE GOT THE GREENS

Dandelion Coleslaw

DANDELION COLESLAW

A beautiful looking, feeling, tasting coleslaw from start to finish. I’ll bet you never had a dandelion green coleslaw. Well, there’s no time better than now – if you can locate the greens of course. I eat this salad as the whole meal. Winner Winner Dandelion Dinner! I love it! Steve too!

Serves 6

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Posted in EXERCISE, SQUAT CHALLENGE

DAY 7 Squat Challenge With Steph 9-30-2018

Day 7 – Sunday

You made it!!!!! Be proud of yourself! How are your muscles feeling? Did you ever think you’d be doing 100+ squats? You got this! Push through it, modify if you have to.

Share your experience on your Facebook page and tag me in it. Let people know how you just challenged yourself and be excited about it!

Instructions:
Beginner – 10 reps of each squat style, repeat 2x = 100
Intermediate – 11 reps each, repeat 3x = 165
Advanced – 10 reps each, repeat 4x = 200

from Aunt Sharon >

Happy Sunday to All!

Who would think that in just one week I could improve my balance, increase muscle tone and maybe even mass, accelerate my aerobic ability (increasing proficiency in one exercise style transferring to another), increase my overall stamina, while simultaneously giving my CAN DO IT spirit a needed boost!

Well there you go. Seven days of squatting.

It gets easier the more I do and more enjoyable knowing it produces rapid results.

Thanks Steph for the invitation. I’m glad I didn’t think I was too old at 69 to tackle a fitness challenge.

It’s going to be Happy Squat Day for me forever. I realize how important my quad muscles are to the proper functioning of all the others – especially being well into the old age category. You think you’ll never lose it, you’ll always have it, but then you do – and lucky for me along comes Steph.

I didn’t receive the squat instructions for Sunday by the time I was ready to exercise at 4:45 AM lol, so I wrote my own. Not anyone’s fault – just wanted to get an early start and early finish today.

Advanced – 25 reps each squat style 4x = 500

It worked fine. I’m super-wobbly right now. I’ll drink a coconut water and get to work.

Thanks again, and all the very best to all who participated!

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Posted in MEDICINAL | MEDICAL

15 Warning Signs of Magnesium Deficiency 

Chef Sharon Comment: If I don’t have a magnesium deficiency, I have 90% of the symptoms. I’ve been a borderline diabetic all my life. It never changes no matter how much I change my diet. I’m going to try to remedy some of these symptoms by taking a magnesium supplement.

Did you know that the amount of magnesium found in the blood does not indicate how much is found in the cells? Similarly, you could have a sufficient amount of vitamin B12 in your blood, but your body may not be utilizing it. This is something to consider when deciding on supplementation of vitamins and minerals. Standard blood tests don’t tell the full story – only that it is present or not present in the blood. Don’t you think it’s time to develop more sophisticated blood tests that give an accurate assessment of how your body is utilizing specific nutrients/ could it be that difficult? Or is the scientific community getting lazy?

This article is worth the 15 clicks.


Magnesium deficiency is much more prevalent in common population than we think. It is a serious problem that can have devastating health effects on the body. Mild ones include vomiting, muscle aches and sleep problems. Serious life threatening ones include depression, anxiety, arrhythmias and diabetes mellitus type 2. Supplementation of magnesium and increased dietary intake can prevent a person from all of these damaging effects of magnesium deficiency…

FINISH READING: 15 Warning Signs of Magnesium Deficiency | A2Z Healthy – Page 15


In another article: Magnesium is a vital nutrient in the body that is obtained mainly from fruits and vegetables. It is considered an ‘Electrolyte’, meaning that it helps to carry electrical impulses throughout the body. It is present in VERY large amounts INSIDE of each and every single cell in your body and its movement out of and back into the cells is what makes muscular contraction and thought even possible.

Note: This should be of interest to animal-eaters, specifically those on a paleo diet. If they want to preserve their muscle strength and mental acuity, they may want to include more of nature’s electrolyte in their diet or add a supplement.

https://www.side-effects-site.com/magnesium-side-effects.html



Foods most rich in magnesium are high fiber foods, which leaves flesh, blood and milk off the table.






 

Posted in EXERCISE, SQUAT CHALLENGE

DAY 6 Squat Challenge With Steph 9-29-2018

DAY 6

One more day! Wow does the time fly! Push through it, finish strong, and remember why you started.

It’s picture of your food day… Saturdays are the hardest. This journey is about making healthy decisions. NO cheats. Saturday is not Faturday. Saturday is a test of your strength. So Post a photo of a meal today to this page. Even if its naughty. Get it up. We are all watching you.

Beginner – 9 reps of each squat style, repeat 2x = 90

Intermediate – 10 reps each, repeat 3x = 150 

Advanced – 12 reps each, repeat 3x = 180


from Aunt Sharon > Last night I decided to retreat to Beginner Level for my last 2 days to stabilize my form.

Today I changed my mind. I’m staying at Advanced Level.

“In baseball, not all pitchers have the same form, but they all get the ball to where it’s supposed to be.”  ~ Chef Sharon.

That’s me. I have reverse curvatures at 3 major areas of my spinal column – cervical, thoracic and lumbar – so my form is never going to be the same as someone with a different vertebrae configuration. The goal is to find the form that works for me within the basic framework and goal of a particular exercise.

I’m no longer concerned that my form doesn’t look exactly like the forms in the pictures. I’m working the muscles that need working, while taking care not to injure myself, while at the same time taking my competitive nature into account.

I’m doing all the squats now in the first half of the day. My muscles perform better, when they haven’t already been overworked by other chores. My other work can wait till later, since that isn’t affected by time of day or night.

My balance has improved in less than a week, which is encouraging. I still keep two umbrellas handy, should I need a spotter to complete long numbers of reps to prevent falling.


Friday night was my splurge on fat meal. Nice reward!

Dairy free Jif WHIPS chocolate and peanut butter ice cream w/smoked almond crumble and shaved chocolate. Top with dairy free whip topping and grated tangelo skin.

My Saturday meal was FRUIT AND NUT SALAD.

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Posted in BEANS - GRAINS, STEVE'S TOTAL HEALTH

Fried Veggie Rice

FRIED VEGGIE RICE

Hey, the Chinese don’t tell me how to cook in my own home. They fry the rice; I fry the veggies and season the water the rice gets cooked in. It reduce calories and minimizes a big mess in the frying pan. I don’t care if it’s not the way the Asians make it. They never experiment with anything new. It’s always the same for thousands of years. More.

Makes 17 cups

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DAY 5 Squat Challenge With Steph 9-28-2018

Day 5 – Friday 

You made it through the work week! Today is Friend Friday. Find someone to do your squats with you, be even braver and share a picture on your facebook page of you and your friend doing your squats. Inspire someone else to do what your doing!

Beginner – 8 reps of each squat style, repeat 2x = 80

Intermediate – 9 reps each, repeat 3x = 135

Advanced – 9 reps each, repeat 4x = 180


from Aunt Sharon > Except when I’m walking with Steve, exercise is a solitary endeavor for me. Even if I had a friend, and activists don’t, sweating with somebody else doesn’t interest me.

I can follow instructions, however, and I do like to see how the experts do it, so I can improve what I’m doing and hone my skills based on my needs. And I like to communicate what works and doesn’t work for me, which I do on my website. That’s as social as I get in the exercise realm. In the past, before my activism days, I found that buddies don’t usually show up. Most people – including friends – talk about doing something, rather than doing it.

What matters is that I exercise for me, and that I find the internal and/or external motivation to keep doing it beyond the social interventions of challenges.

I’m doing this challenge and liking it more, even if at times I rough ride through it. Day 5 smoothed out for me – somewhat. I did the SUMO squats in the morning – only that – and it was easier, whereby I didn’t feel the need to pulse squat.

I will do the pulsing as part of my high intensity interval training, because I like the reduced range of motion, quick movements and the burn it creates in my muscles with the accompanying electrical release of tension from those muscles.

DAY 5 I decided to move to the Advanced level. Not particularly a good idea. The squats with kicks and leg lifts add up to 144 squats. Then add 36 reps for the other 3 styles = 108 squats = a total of 252 squats.

In order to do it, I had to break it up into five segments throughout the day and evening. I got creative with the kicks and lifts, out of necessity, but I was present doing something that made all my lower body muscles know they were being worked.

I think this challenge is for people who are already in great shape. I’ll retreat to beginner tomorrow, and wind down the challenge with more control over my movements. I’ll finish having gained that in one week.

Thanks Steph.

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DAY 4 Squat Challenge With Steph 9-27-2018

Squat assignment for today:

Day 4 – Thursday

We’re halfway there! Push yourself for 4 more days! How’s your water intake? You should be consuming half of your body weight in ounces every day. With your check in today let us know how your water intake was.

Beginner – 5 reps of each squat style, repeat 3x = 75

Intermediate – 6 reps each, repeat 4x = 120

Advanced – 10 reps each, repeat 3x = 150


from Aunt Sharon > Well, I found some photos online for the SUMO SQUAT which show the feet alignment:

Also the Pulsing Sumo Squat:

  • Start in second position with your legs opened wide to the sides and your toes turned slightly outward. Placing your hands on your hips, bend your knees, going as low as you can. Make sure your shoulders remain directly over your hips and your knees are in line with your feet.
  • While holding second position, make small pulses up and down, moving about an inch.

I’m doing Intermediate Level: 6 reps each squat style x 4 sets

When you get to this many squats it becomes a lot more difficult to use good form. What is supposed to be 120 reps really = 48 more than that, if you count the alternate leg kicks and lifts done with the basic and narrow squats. Forty-eight more is a lot.

Tonight when doing them I felt the squats working my hips and back thighs that I didn’t feel previously.

Those SUMO SQUATS! I didn’t know there was a term for what I was doing about halfway through – pulsing, and counting the pulses as reps. I had no choice. It was either that or not do them. I felt my quads pulling beyond maybe what they should. Hey, my quads survived. I’m thinking of reversing the order of the squats so that I’m not doing the most difficult squats last. Or maybe I’ll do them at a different time than I do the others – SUMO in the morning and the others in the evening.

Whichever way, this is beginning to feel like a challenge.

My fluid intake is always good. Lots of filtered water throughout the day and evening.

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DAY 3 (do day 2 and 3) Squat Challenge With Steph 9-25 and 26-2018

Okay, since I postponed DAY 2 till DAY 3, I did DAY 2 assignment first:

Beginners: 10 reps of each squat style

Intermediate: 8 reps each x 2 sets

Advanced: 8 reps each x 3 sets


from Aunt Sharon > I stuck with the intermediate stage, and frankly had an easier time doing them, than I thought I would, considering how sore my quads (quadriceps aka thigh muscles) are.

It was easier doing the back and side kicks than the first time I tried them – that’s quick improvement that I didn’t expect, especially in the balance area, since that’s one of my weaknesses.

The SUMO SQUAT intrigues me the most, since it’s the most difficult. Since the picture doesn’t show how far the demonstrator is squatting or how her feet are oriented, I’m going to assume she’s squatting further than I am able to do – yet. I’ll figure out the orientation of the feet later. Still, I do what I consider to be a modified form.



Now I’m doing DAY 3 on DAY 3. So I’ll be caught up for tomorrow.

The assignment given for DAY 3:

Beginners: 6 sets of each squat style x 2 sets

Intermediate: 6 reps each x 3 sets

Advanced 9 reps each x 3 sets

Well, doing this twice in a day presented its challenges with my sore quads – still I did it even if my squats weren’t as deep as I wanted.

I kept wondering why when I did squats using weights or a bar it worked my lower back and not my quads, then tonight I realized it was all in the orientation of my back. Leaning over to lift the weights or just my body weight from the floor put the focus on my lower back not on my thighs. I was aiming to increase the strength in that location and I did. I never really thought about my thigh muscles since I walk so much.

However, in addition to the lower back lifts I call them – judging by the degree of soreness in my quads – I need long-term work in this location as well. The degree of soreness also indicates that I’m doing them correct for that purpose.

I’m thinking that when I finish this challenge, as I continue the work, I should do the squats every other day until I gain the strength to do them in better form every day. We’ll see.

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DAY 2 Squat Challenge With Steph 9-25-2018

Day 2

from Aunt Sharon > I’m really sore. Just my quads though – everything else feels like it does whenever I do any kind of exercise. I spent four hours redesigning the configuration of all the furniture in half the house. It’s funny, for years when we owned a home I always referred to paying the mortgage as paying the rent, because we rented for so many years. Now that we’re in an apartment again, I call the apartment a house. It doesn’t matter. It’s our living space. I worked methodically, measuring and thinking through the move of each piece and how it would affect the other pieces, plus how many other pieces I would have to move to get the target piece where I wanted it, before I actually made the move, so I wouldn’t have to move it back if I didn’t like it. I have many years experience moving furniture.

As it turns out it’s a great way to get long distance exercise – like long distance running, you clock a lot of time. My purpose is always to make each move (rearranging my living space) more efficient and to make the space appear larger and more open than it is. I also like the change. It’s not easy in a small space with a lot of stuff. This is where I do all my work, so it looks like about four people work here with all the work stations in every room except the bathroom. Plus Steve and I live here with Lilly Belle, so personal considerations have to be taken into account. I’m always happy with the result – as is Steve.

Although I didn’t do my exercise challenges today, I did pay special attention to the soreness of my quads – with massage, hot water packs and stretching.

This is the DAY 2 assignment I will do tomorrow:

Beginners: 10 reps of each squat style

Intermediate: 8 reps each x 2 sets

Advanced: 8 reps each x 3 sets

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GREEN DANDELION PASTA BOWL

GREEN DANDELION PASTA BOWL

Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine topped with sweet pepper and onion saute with zucchini sticks and dandelion greens. Wrapped in a smoky sour mustard sauce. Garnished with sliced sweet basil! Low fat, but who would even guess at that? No one I know. Top Shelf Pasta Bowl all the way to the end!

Serves 5-6

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The Foundation – work out 2

Grow Young Fitness

Sometimes I’m a slow starter. I signed up last December (2017). I didn’t get to my first workout till July 2018. Now it’s almost October 2018 and I’m just getting to my second workout in the Foundation Challenge. I’m ready to make a commitment. I’m assuming the infection of the roots in my teeth (from cracking them in a bad fall) is gone, since I’m feeling stronger – physically and mentally.

I did a squat challenge this morning that my niece is hosting on Facebook. STRONG & SIMPLE LIVING WITH STEPH

I thought as long as I did that, why not get back to the GROW YOUNG FITNESS CHALLENGE. So here I am.

The first workout was herky jerky, since Deron moved rapidly from one exercise to another, and by the time I started with a particular exercise, he was halfway done. I get now that it’s a process, and eventually, I’ll smooth through it. The counting part was also confusing, since he’d start counting when he was already into the exercise. I’ll figure it out eventually – how many reps he’s doing. I do get a work out, but I’d probably do better without the chair. Leg lifts from a chair are not easy – guess that’s one reason to keep doing them. I think I’ll try different chairs to see if it matters.

This second work out did go a little smoother. Working on form given there are so many different exercises done rapidly is key – for me.

Where my computer is located doesn’t have much moving around space, so that could be some of the issue of not keeping up. I’ll figure out how to make more room, so I can extend in all directions without bumping into stuff. Moving my chair several times to accommodate the arm and leg extensions is distracting and slows me down too much.

I feel more motivated to finish the series now that I’ve seen some improvement since the first workout. I’m analyzing it; that’s a good sign.

I’m good.






 

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The Foundation – workout 1

Grow Young Fitness

GROW YOUNG FITNESS

12 JULY 2018

1st work out.

It took me since December 22, 2017 to get here. But I finally arrived. I thought it wouldn’t be challenging enough. That first work out was more of a work out than I expected. I look forward to the next one. Three times a week they recommend in a particular order to achieve the best results.

Take a look, then give it a try. It’s free. http://growyoungfitness.com/exercises-for-seniors

I realize now that I needed a motivational tool to discipline my workouts. Grow Young Fitness is a good fit for me. Steve joined too after returning from his cardiologist. Good reports, but they both agreed he had to lose weight. His next appointment is in 3 months, so Steve asked him what would be a good amount to lose by then. The doctor said 5 pounds. Steve, surprised at the small number said, I’ll do you better than that, how about 20 pounds? So Steve bet him a sushi meal. The doctor took the bet, probably thinking he’s going to get a free sushi meal from Lucky’s Market that just opened a couple blocks from us that Steve and I both rave about.

Of course once Steve makes a bet where he controls the outcome, he’s going to win.

What’s in it for me? Steve spends a lot of money on food. Hopefully our food costs will go down. Plus I won’t be tempted by all the new and interesting stuff he brings home for me to try. I have about a two year backlog on products I tried but didn’t get to posting about yet. Also, when he diets, I diet better.