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Old 12-09-2006, 11:02 PM   #1
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My easy dinner would be the chili bean recipe a few pages back. Just substitute turkey instead. We made them yesterday and it tastes great! Tonite is the same so this will be so easy, just warm it up and your done!

Canuk: Hello!

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I had a nice surprise when I got up and weighed this morning I was down a total of six pounds since last week, I am really excited.

That is great sweetie!!! WOw! I would be so jazzed!!!!

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mmmm... I LOVE enchiladas!

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good morning! i managed to work out yesterday and ate well for breakfast slimfast opt. it was suprising pretty good but then that afternoon i got sick(sore throat,cough,water eyes etc.) so i didnt eat much of anything well today im feeling alittle better i dont think im going to get a workout in this morning but will do it when i get off.
Keep up the great work!!

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Did you watch biggest loser last night. My goodness that show motivates me! I wish Bob would come to my house! I love him!
haaha SOunds cool. I don't have tv though!

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this entire family needs to start being healthier, not just me! My girls are just as fit as can be, but so was I at that age, I didnt gain weight till my 20s and now look at me! 2 steps away from diabetes and a heart attack. I do NOT want the for them. and my dh...he's getting softer and softer as time goes on.
That is great! Get the family involved!!! I make the same food for all of us and my dh goes for walks with me on the weekends and my two middle ones walk with me all the time. It is my eldest one who needs it the most that I have troiuble dragging out of the house!

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Jasmine....I hope all is going well with you and you are just cruising along like a champ! I was thinking of you last night I made my enchiladas, I need to do them healthier, but like you said...as long as its moderation!
Thanx for asking hun. I am doing great just been so busy the last few days with store trips and all, yesterday I stayed home and tried to relax, didn't get by here though. I will post my menus and exercise and stuff tomorrow, you all will probably be surprised how well I am doing!! Like 1200 cal days! I had that one really high day on tuesday w/ the birthday party but the next morning I kicked my butt and have actually lost 2 pounds since last sunday already! I have been too full to eat more than that!! Everything in moderation that is for sure! Good luck with finals and be careful skiiing!

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The dogs should definately get ya moving!

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The choices for food at the high school were terrible.
That is exactly what I am talking about! The kids eating at school is part of the huge health crisis , I used to work at my kids jr. high for a few months, microwave burritos, chicken nuggets, tater tots, taco nadas, pizza, the list goes on and on!

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I hope the kids get better hun!!

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Soo...
It turns out that one of you ladies is going to be celebrating a birthday in about 5 days here.
I won't say who, they can tell you themselves
But I did want to say..
Are you talking about me? *blushes*

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Good evening everyone! Well I'm catching something, not sure yet what, but it's really deep in my chest and I feel worn out. I went to a specialist today for chronic hives and he thinks there is something wrong with my thyroid. I have to get a chest x-ray and blood test. I just can't be sick right now. I need to attend a party next week, have an interview next Thursday, and have two gatherings at my home a week from tomorrow.
Oh I hope you are okay hun! Keep us informed!!! Check and make sure it is not bronchitis! Eat some soup!!

Canuk4:

4 pounds? That is awesome!!!

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Just shows how much you ladies are up on the new products, where most of you find time to find out this information I really don't know, between school and kids, but please keep it up, you had it way before I got it in my mag.
Yeah and I am now already on to trying to do it on my own. I am just so suspicious now of anything artificial and not natural. *sigh*

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was only able to get a 1-1/2 miles in last night, my legs and even sides were killing me, sounds like it is doing something. May do some floor exercises and a mile tonight if I can get through it, wish me luck!
Listen to your body and do not push it too much!!

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Sorry for going on about this, but my family is in short supply tonight, and I am really scared. My doctor calls me an enigma?
You can tell us all about it. I don't know anything about all that but I can listen and offer you a We need to be praying they figure out what to do!

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hi everyone wanted to say thanks real quick i didnt get my workout in today really was bad at work i got off an 1hr. late and then had to fight traffic home and then my cold is getting worse.
Don't overdo it hun!!

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o any of you guys work so much or hard that you feel like you barely get to spend time with your family. I miss my baby and my hubby maybe its just me being mushy but it just seems i dont have time to do anything anymore not to metion anytime for myself.
have a good night guys
I am sorry to hear that hun! Is there anyway you two can afford for you to stay home or even just part time?

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asmine, didnt have time to read everything, but I dont use any artificial sweeteners. Buy plain unsweetened yogurt and add all fruit jam or cinnamon and vanilla extract. cinnamon and van ext. both add sweetness without sugar. Eventually if you add less and less of the jam, your palate will adjust to less sweet. I eat plain unsweetend now straight and prefer it. Its one of the reasons I DONT use artificial crap is if you just reduce your sweet intake, you reduce your taste for sweet. I had a wheat thin the other day and I swear to god it tasted like it was dipped in honey, thats how sensitive I am now to sugar.
I agree with ya on all that. Since I have changed so much and cut out the soda, then only drink diet even once in a while now my craving for sugar has disapated. It has been like this for several months. I was really bad with not being in control of my eating when I was still having potatoes often too. But once I cut them down to once a week and got firm and started counting cals, I rarely ever want something sweet! Usually like once a month I will get a carving for bana cream pie or something so i tell myself once a month we can have cake or pie.

Yogurt, I do love yogurt and am seriously not wanting and fake sugar whatsoever. I did get one yogurt that was comepletely plain and was a bit shocked at first. haha But I am a trooped so I was going to mix it up with some fruit or something but when I went to reach for it the darn thing froze in my fridge!!! None of the other yogurts did! haha

I will try again next week or with the plain kefir~more on that kefir tomorrow.

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We missed ya hun! Thanx for the congrats!

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We are heading to the coast tomorrow for a fun family weekend at the cabin.
That sounds like fun! Have a great time!!

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Made some FF dip to go with the veggies and baked chips for the snacks.
Also I went a month without drinking regular soda! That's quite an accomplishment for me as I used to love Coke.
That is great! I am sure you feel so much better for it!!

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Last week I ended up in the hospital with a kidney stone and then some complications. I had gained ten pounds from water retention and about fell off my feet! Anyway, it's all gone and I'm doing good.
I am glad to hear you are getting better! Drink more water! Come back when ya can!!

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morning all, I can not believe I am awake. For the last 3 nights ds has been getting me up at 2 to nurse him and tonight he is power snoozing, but I am up (and engorged).
Awww try to get a nap hun!!

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Hello Ladies!

I don't know why I have so much energy today...I think it is because I had a great workout this morning. I am just waiting for it to be 5 o'clock and then I am outta here. Not to busy this Friday...its the end of the semester and campus is slow.
Because you are living healthier. Keep it up!!

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Okay I am ducking behind my computer because I am one of those persons that eats the artificial sugar. That's right in alot of stuff too, from my oatmeal to my tea I drink and especially my one a day diet pepsi. It is just my one vice I cannot give up. From your article though Jasmine, I may start cutting back a bit.
Don't duck! I am severely dissappointed about it. Baby steps. I just started drinking green tea and am glad to find I can drink it straight!

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Hi everyone! I went and got blood work and a chest x-ray. I feel lousy and really drained. My dh was mad because I still rode my bike last night but I just don't want to lose my momentum or break a good habit. Anyway I went pretty slow and just half a time so I was happy. Hope all of you feel better soon also.
Drink plenty of fluids and try not to over do it hun.

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I have had a busy week this week. Am still off work due to foot, but am glad to have christmas with the kids.
Yes at least you are home for xmas. Sorry about the foot!

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I am now taking 1200 to 1500 mg of calcium a day. It won't rebuild the bone but keep it from getting worse. Only weight baring exercise will rebuild bone. I am trying to do that too. I have to do more research on that as well.
Ask the doc about either manganese or magnesium. Cant remember which but they are supposed to help with bones. ( I think)

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Looked at a beautiful house today. I wish I had a picture of it to show you. We have a video but no pictures. Don't know if we can buy it yet, but would be wonderful to have.
Next time bring the cam!!

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Jasmine-oh my gosh, I didn't realize there was so many bad things that we are eating in our food. I started knowing about the artificial sweeteners even splenda then too much regular sugar which I just found that the light yogurt, that I loved, had 14gms in it. I knew it tasted to good to be true!! Then milk shouldn't be pasturized. I am in big touble. I remember my mom when I was younger going out to a farm to get fresh milk and it was so good!! I wonder if you can still go to a farm now to get unpasturized milk?
I have read the states it isn't legal to sell at a store you may be able to go buy from a farmer. You see everyone? This is exactly what I am talking about! People years ago did NOT have heart disease and diabetes and all this crap we have now!!!! They also ate and drank a ton of dairy and meat and stuff high in fat! They didn't have "low fat" back then!! You know what they didn't have? Processed foods, canned foods, a bunch of sugar, a bunch of crap added to their foods!!!! I pick up a can or a box of anything and I do not know what half the stuff on the list is!! They had organic, fresh food and limited acess to sugar!!! This health crisis is rediculous and I for one am sick to death of us being unhealthy and getting fat because of it!!

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have a couple of kids and she will still be sending you home for one reason or another
That is funny, but is sad. His "home" should be with her. If he is coughing then go out to the couch but really sometimes I tease Joey about locking him out but even when I am irritated with him I do not want him more than a few feet from me. Maybe she isn't "the one"

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sorry about that, I don't know where that blab came from, it just popped out.
Nothing to be sorry for. I blab on here all the time!!

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Well I did 25 mins. floor exercise this morning. And did the walking ab cd for 2 miles tonight, so very pleased with myself.
Great job!!!

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My daughters boyfriend is having heart problems, they were to go to Riu Ocho Rios Jamica this Sunday and he was told from the specialist yesterday now, that he can't fly. I feel so bad for them, this was there first big trip, my daughter is being a real trooper though about the trip, obviously more worried about him then anything, he is haveing an angiogram on Tues. and possibly angioplasty or stents, they are too young to be dealing with this stuff, she is only 29, he is a bit older. They unfortunately did not take out cancellation insurance though, so will lose a good chunk of money. If any of you are travelling in the near future get the ins. Anyhow she called today and asked if my husband and I would take the trip if they could get it transferred, we discussed it and though we do not have the funds to pay them now, she feels at least it would be better than losing the money they paid out, if someone could go. My son can't as he has to many meetings and is starting his holidays the 15th, so has to be around. So at the moment we are waiting to hear if they will transfer the trip to us, I have such mixed feelings, I want to be home and be with her at the hospital while she waits for her hubby while he is having the angiogram, I feel devasted for them as they were so looking forward to the trip. My daughter says she is glad it happened here, not when they were away, she is thinking of it as a blessing. I feel excited we might go, but sick for the two of them and what they are dealing with.
I am so sorry to hear about that hun! She would probably feel better if you got to go at least!
My best wishes that he gets better. Does anyone know why he is having trouble?

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I also am worried about trying to diet and exercise while away. I will deal with that when we hear later on today.
Just remember this is not a diet, this is your new life. My recommendation of course would be to eat nothing but fruit and/or yogurt for breakfast. For lunch have healthy turkey and tomato, maybe with cheese sandwiches! Go out for dinner if you can, plan ahead and see online if any places have a menu nutrition guidelines, I know dennys does. Plan it out that way. Make sure you treat yourself at least once with something you really like. The rest of the time make healthier choices!
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I just feel like I'm stealing the trip from them and they were so excited, God works in mysterious ways.
You are not stealing anything! Pay them back as you can, enjoy the trip! And have fun!!! She can't go so you may as well hun!

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will go now, thanks for listening to me, seem's I need you guys more than I realized, with the arm thing, now this, thanks for being there and your support. Sharon
No Problem!

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I am glad you had fun with your son and were careful. I am not in control when it comes to pizza! haha

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Older son has a wheelchair basketball tournament today three hours away. His dad is taking him. They will play all day and he will call me after each game and tell me how its going. His dad and I split the tournaments (ex) and I volunteered to give him December. Ha! Ha! Ha!
I am sure he will do great!!

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Still feeling lousy. First time I didn't exercise last night. Need to do lots of baking and shopping this weekend or I will be in major trouble. Cancelled a gathering I was suppose to go to tomorrow, just too much to do.
I hope you feel better and get everything done!

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I managed to lose two pounds this week! It was a tough week with the holiday gatherings, and I had a few indulgences, but the last two days I didn't hit 1000 calories with this thing so it balanced out.
That is awesome sweetie!!! WTG!!! Whoohooo!!! Keep it up!!

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Morning all! How are you all doing? I've been doing good with my exercise but just HORRIBLE with my water! I really really REALLY need to get out of food service because being around this food is messing with my diet. I have no will power.
Drink it girl! Yeah I was so much better after I left Dominos pizza!!

ennay:

I read your response about the milk and I really like what you had to say. I will disuss it more in detail tomorrow. And how I feel and all that. You are not being opinionated. I am the same way and I really love having all of you to bounce new ideas off of. You all keep me sane when I get food crazy! haha There are some more links I want to show you too. I have to run now though.

Canuk4:

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Dear friends, thank-you for the support, re daughter's boyfriend and heart problems and us going on there vacation. It was confirmed this morning they will transfer the trip to us, but we both go with heavy hearts, knowing it was suppose to be there trip, no matter what assurances we are getting from them, that it is so good someone can go in there place and the money for the trip has not been thrown away. I will make this short, after my going"s
on last night. Please say a prayer his heart procedures will be successful.
Thanks Sharon
I will be praying! Go on the trip and have a great time!!

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P.S. Gained 1 pound, screwed up my eating yesterday. Have done 30 mins. floor so far today. Talk to you again on the 18th, wishing everyone well!
You'll lose it again.

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Well i did horrible on the calories today 2450 or so and no exercise yet. went to the movies with husband. didn't realize regular popcorn was that filled with calories. oh well tomorrow is another day!!
Yep! Just start again tomorrow!! Besides you can have a few low cal days to make up for it!

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You can work later for more money! Get the schooling done!!



Okay well I will get to mu update later cause I got to run! But the short tidbit is I am down 2 pounds since last sunday!!!!
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:05 PM   #2
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thanks Jasmine i forgot all about the new thread what would we do with u




i though i would post this info about sugar i found you guys probably already heard of this but for the ones that are just researching info here is what i found......................

ARTICLE: How Much Sugar is Too Much?
By Chris Woolston

A bowl of sweetened cereal for breakfast, a cup of fruit yogurt for a snack, and a scoop of sherbet for dessert: You've just had more than 20 teaspoons of sugar without opening the sugar jar. Twenty teaspoons of sugar sounds like a lot -- and it is. (Just imagine scooping that much sugar directly into your mouth.) It may be hard to believe, but the typical American actually eats or drinks more than 20 teaspoons of added sugar each day, and that doesn't even count the sugars naturally found in foods such as fruits, fruit juices, and milk. Added sugar used to be a treat, but now it's a major part of the American diet. According to a 2004 report from the American Dietetic Association, sweeteners account for about 15 percent of our daily calories. But that's just an average. Many people get 30 percent or more of their calories from added sugars -- far more than any body really wants or needs. Sugar is a short-term source of both energy and pleasure. But at a time when sugar is everywhere, it's time to ask some important questions. What are the dangers of sugars? And how much is too much?

The 10 percent rule

According to the World Health Organization, no more than 10 percent of calories should come from added sweeteners. This advice is in line with the long-standing recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture food pyramid, called for a maximum of 12 teaspoons of sugar (48 grams) in a 2,200-calorie diet, which translates to roughly 9 percent of daily calories. In a diet composed of 2,000 daily calories, that would amount to about 200 calories, or 50 grams of sugar. Now you have another reason to check nutrition labels. Thanks to them, it's easy to find out the sugar content of common foods from candy bars to breakfast cereals. Those labels are definitely worth a read because the numbers can be surprising: A single bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats contains three teaspoons (12 grams) of sugar; some raisin bran contains 20 grams; a 32-ounce sports drink can contain 19 teaspoons (76 grams) of sugar, and a 20-ounce Fruitopia fruit drink can pack nearly 18 teaspoons (71 grams) of sugar -- nearly one and a half times as much as you should have in one day. By glancing at the nutrition labels, you'll notice that a mini-candy bar often contains 10 grams of sugar, and that some "health" bars offer even more. If you're used to having a scone for breakfast, candy at the office, a sweetened-yogurt smoothie for lunch, sweetened iced tea or colas in the mid-afternoon, and ice cream after dinner, you may find out you're getting two or four or five times as much sugar as recommended. If you regularly drink 100 percent fruit juice, take a moment to look at those labels, too. These products don't contain any added sugar, but they're still plenty sweet. A small, 4.2-ounce juice box has nearly four teaspoons (15 grams) of sugar. The sugar may be natural, but as far as your body is concerned, it's no different from any other type of sugar. And be sure to count the "hidden" sources of sugar, too -- soups, canned spaghetti sauce, and even pork and beans may all contain significant amounts of added sugar. For every sugary product, however, there's a low-sugar or sugar-free alternative. For many people, cutting back on sugar is as simple as drinking skim milk or diet sodas instead of regular sodas (or better yet, water). If you're a big fan of cookies or candy, you might try to find something else to munch on, like low-salt pretzels. (Remember, even low-fat or fat-free cookies can be loaded with sugar.) You can make your own smoothies using fruits and non-sugared yogurt. And there are plenty of breakfast choices that aren't sweet enough to make your teeth hurt. A bowl of Cheerios, for instance, contains just a quarter-teaspoon (1 gram) of sugar.
Empty calories, possible dangers

If you're counting calories, you want every calorie to count. And that's where sugar falls short: It offers calories but nothing else. The sugar in a muffin or a cappuccino will take a big chunk out of your calorie quota for the day without moving you closer to your daily goals for minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients. If you eat too much of the sweet stuff, you'll have trouble getting enough healthy nutrients without going overboard on calories. By now, we all know the dangers of extra calories. As reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2004, roughly two-thirds of American adults and one-third of kids are heavy enough to put their health at risk. Sugar isn't the only cause of weight problems, but it's hard to imagine us ever reaching this sad state of affairs without a big lift from sweets and sodas. According to a report from the American Dietetic Association, regular sodas and other sugary beverages may be especially hard on the waistline. For one thing, liquids tend to be less filling than solids. High fructose corn syrup—the sweetener found in almost all sugary drinks—further tricks the body by blunting the hormones (insulin and leptin) that make you feel full. A can of soda might quench your thirst, but those 150 calories and 10 teaspoons of sugar won't do anything to quiet your hunger. A Harvard university study published in the Lancet in 2001 provided strong evidence that sweet drinks really can lead to extra weight, at least in children. The study found that each daily serving of soda or other sugary drinks raised a child's risk of obesity significantly. Extra weight isn't the only possible consequence of an overload of sugar. Sugary drinks and snacks can set the stage for cavities, especially in children. (On the bright side, good oral hygiene can prevent cavities even if a kid favors suckers and caramels.) Some studies have found that diets high in sugar can quickly boost triglycerides, fats in the blood that can clog the arteries. Some people react to sugar more strongly than others, and it's not clear if the triglyceride bounce lasts long enough to seriously raise the risk of heart disease. In some cases, sugar doesn't deserve its bad reputation. According to the American Dietetic Association, sugar doesn't make kids hyperactive or cause other behavior problems. Sugary foods don't raise the risk of type 2 diabetes, either, unless a person happens to become overweight from eating too many sweets

Use in moderation

Nutrition experts agree that too much sugar is unhealthy. Unfortunately, they can't agree on how much is too much. Under pressure from the sugar industry, some health agencies have backed down on long-established guidelines. The new guidelines, released in 2005, don't offer specific recommendations for sugar, and the government's 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans merely states that sugar should be used "in moderation." The Institute of Medicine and the American Dietetic Association are especially forgiving when it comes to sugar. Both say that it's safe to get as much as 25 percent of daily calories from added sugar. For a person on a 2,200-calorie diet, that means roughly 35 teaspoons (140 grams) of sugar each day. So if you're a highly active person who burns a lot of calories and doesn't worry about weight, you may decide to sweeten things up a bit. But are 35 teaspoons of sugar a day too much for the average person? The next time you're shopping for groceries or picking out a snack, try to picture all of that sugar piled up in a bowl. Given a choice, you'd probably want to leave some of that stuff for another day. -- Chris Woolston, MS, a health and medical writer with a master's degree in biology, is a contributing editor at Consumer Health Interactive. He is coauthor of Generation Extra Large: Rescuing Our Children from the Epidemic of Obesity (Perseus, 2005).



References


American Dietetic Association. Position of the American Dietetic Association: Use of nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. February 2004. 104(2):255-275.

Johnson RK and C Frary. Choose beverages and foods to moderate your intake of sugars: The 2000 dietary guidelines for Americans—What's all the fuss about. Journal of Nutrition. October 2001. 131(10):2766S-2711S.

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. Sugar and your health. July 2000. http://www.fcs.uga.edu/pubs/PDF/FDNS-E-67a.pdf

Allison AH et al. Prevalence of overweight and obesity among US children, adolescents, and adults, 1999-2002. Journal of the American Medical Association. June 16, 2004. 291:2847-2850.

Center for Science in the Public Interest. Sugar content of popular foods. August 1999. http://www.cspinet.org/reports/sugar/popsugar.html

World Health Organization. WHO/FAO release independent expert report on diet and chronic disease. March 3, 2003. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/.../2003/pr20/en/

Ludwig DS et al. Relationship between sugar-sweetened drinks and childhood obesity: A prospective, observational analysis. The Lancet. February 17, 2001. 357(925): 505-508.




Reviewed by Michael Potter, MD, an attending physician and associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who is board certified in family practice.


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Jasmine did you say 2lbs since last week that is great
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Hey Mia! Thanx for posting that. I will look at it tomorrow. Just got back on real quick to change my ticker and profile to match my loss. Yes two since last sunday. Whoohoo!!! My main weigh in day is tomorrow but I last weighed tuesday morning and was 212(also on sunday) and have not weighed since since if I was up any cause of the tuesday pizza and crazy bread and cake day I would of been sad and depressed. So instead I kicked my butt, have kept the cals low for 4 days and here I am! 210! Wheee!!! I will weigh again tommorrow morning and see if any more is gone.

I am also especially happy since it seems for like amonth I was stuck at losing like 1.5 pounds a week, still better than nothing but 2 is rejuvenating!! So I am down 5 since we started our fat smash bash the day after turkey day, down 3 total since the start of the month and so far 2 for the week. Not bad. Maybe I will lose that 10 by x~mas after all!
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where is the bowing smiley; Jasmine you are amazing with the personals
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Miafluker-if you can afford it and don't need your current job for experience, then I say do what you need and finish your bachelors without the extra stress of your job (whew 40 hours is alot on top of a little one, family, and school).
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Today I plan to bake, bake, bake. I have 5 different types of cookies to make. Haven't exercised in two days. I'm going to exercise this morning to make sure I'm not too tired.

I through a tizzy at the store today. We spend a lot of money at the super grocery store. Anyway we returned a toy that one of the kids decided they didn't want for christmas after we bought it for $84. I got my credit card statement this month and it wasn't deducted. I go to the store and they tell me it is my problem! I called the credit card company, got disconnected, called again and explained and they tell me the store needs to fix it. Blah! Blah! Blah! Then the department I needed just closed!! Need to call today, but nothing irritates me more. I have all of my receipts including the refund so eventually it will get fixed but how frustrating that they make a mistake and I have to be the one to fix it? Where is customer service? Anyway thanks for listening to me vent.

Jasmine - 2 pounds!!! I am so excited.
Miafluker - thanks for the info! I'm a sugar lover so kind of depressing, but I needed it. If you can afford to quit your job and get the education, then you need to do it. You will always wonder if you don't.
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thanks everyone for your opinions im just trying to make it past the holiday since school dosent start until Jan. stopeating dont feel bad i havent exercised the latter part of the week either. my inlaws are cooking racoon for dinner today i have to get use to these traditions around here im going to the store to get some chicken breast though and maybe a nice salad
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:19 PM   #9
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Ennay: Funny you should bring up all that information on dairy, I'm currently integrating to a Vegan diet. I've cut all meats out of my diet so far except poultry and fish, and am finding my protein from other sources. Also, the only dairy I haven't cut out of my diet so far is Eggs and Cheese. I recently switched to soy drink, and am going to be drying a cheese flavoured soy loaf as a substitute to cheese.
I have also read some terrible things about cow's milk, how they actually ADD estrogen! Like, heck! That floored me.
I am taking a Calcium Carbonate w/ Magnesium as a substitute for lack of dairy, which I've also read that the calcium in milk is not in a form that can be absorbed. Is this true?

Sharon: I agree, if I couldn't go on this trip, I would most definitely send my mother and father in my place. You can also look at it this way, if you didn't go, they would be out A LOT of money, and I think that would really sting. I'm so sorry to hear about the heart issues, I will keep him in my prayers. I know from recent experience that it can be a really scary time, not knowing. I have faith that you guys will pull through. As for your son, I don't know the whole story, but as we all know, as the men get older, the snoring only gets worse. Haha. Maybe if they are going to live together, they could invest in moving in to a larger place with 2+ bedrooms. My FIL is LOUD, not sawing logs, but more like sawing through an entire forest in each breath! LOL. MIL has a spare room set up where she and the dogs go to sleep on his bad nights. It works out for both of them, they all get sleep!

dolly: I like Ennay's idea of using honey as a sweetener. Right now I use Splenda in my tea, but I am going to pick up some raw honey today, and see if that is any better. I know I love lemon tea with honey, so..

Sugar: Have fun!!

Mia: I had a similar problem. It might be worth looking into another job similar (if you want to work PT) to your current one, and make sure it's known up front that you want PT, will be going to school, and the hours you work will be strict. I found that it was so hard to quit my job because of the sense of financial security it gave me, and I felt like I was throwing away all the work I had done to build up my rep at work, but after a month or so of no longer working there, I realized that I only had a million different options ahead of me, and it turned out to be a really good step for me. Good luck!

Jasmine: YES YOU! LOL

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Sorry I haven't posted at all this weekend, DF came back home for a couple days, and then left again this morning. Originally, they were supposed to be in Edson, AB for 3 days, with 5 crew members. Well, things happen, and everyone comes up with excuses, and now it's a 6 day venture with only 2 crew members. Which really p*sses me off because DF is so dedicated to his job (FIL and MIL own the business), and it seems like no one else is. He came home in such a bad mood, I feel bad for him.
Anyway, I've got my menu for the next week all planned out. I'm heading over to the store to pick up what I need a little later today, and am going to spend the afternoon getting my laundry all done, and the house tidied up. The housework is always so light when I'm here by myself, I love it

I've done it! I've removed milk completely from my diet (with proper supplementation, don't worry ladies!), and will see if I can remove cheese as of tonight. Yay soy! And soy is so stock full of nutrients, vitamins, a good source of omega 3 and 6, it's just great! And you can get it flavoured, too, but there's lots of sugar in the flavoured kind, that it's sometimes best to flavour it yourself.
I just love that feeling of bad habits kicked for good. Now, to stop biting my nails and smoking! LOL.

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Here's to making sure I make myself have a good week!
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Heres to making it a good week martiniforme...have you felt better not having milk products as to having them? I forgot to take my 1500mg of calcium yesturday. I have to make it a habit. I'm so bad at taking pills or anything of that sort. I will do better.

How much sugar does honey have?

Stopeating-"Today I plan to bake, bake, bake. I have 5 different types of cookies to make." I just had to say that rhymed...Have fun! I love to bake!!

Jasmine- Awesome 2lbs!!! Do you think we could have a link for us to put low cal recipes on? Just an idea.

I am in need of some serious mental change; I need some kick @#!%! Calories too high yesturday due to and no and I didn't feel like exercising at all. I think I didn't get enough sleep the night before last and I think it really effected my whole positive thinking. I was depressed

So today I am starting off good and am going to change my ways again!lol
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loveandlaughalways here is some please give me some too
i just keep thinking i may fall but all i have to do is brush myself off and try again

martiniforme thank you so much for sharing that i think our biggest enemy is sometime ourselves i realize im a hard worker and am skilled in various areas ill find something

my ? is why can't i transfer some of that strengh to my weight problems?
im going to plan my menu for the week
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sugar and honey are about equal tsp for tsp

martini- honey wasnt me! I dont add sweetener at all
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I have no idea who said honey, but I was looking at the honey today, and I was soo surprised. I was looking at the non-processed honey, and all of them regardless of processed or not have 16g of sugar! So I started doing the calculations, and I was thinking honey has a different taste than sugar, so how much would I need, then I started thinking about it, and instead of buying the sweetner, I bought Green Tea with Pomegranite, and decided that would be tasty as it is. I used to drink my tea unsweetened, and I only started because my FIL was always fixing the tea, and he just always fixed mine with sugar and milk. I stopped with the milk, maybe I should stop with the sugar as well.

Also, my life hasn't changed too much with cutting back on my dairy. This may gross some people out, but I have less gas, and every couple of weeks I would get the big D, and that's kind of stopped. My stomach feels better for the most part, maybe I was lactose intolerant and didn't know it? Haha, that would be funny. Anyway, my digestive tract and bowels feel better.

AND GUESS WHAT?! I FORGOT TO MENTION!
I GOT TOM LAST WEEK!
That may not seem like a huge deal, but I haven't had anything, not even spotting, for over 10 months. YAY!!!!
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Mia: I know what you mean. But in all honesty, I think the more organized you are, the better. Sometimes looking at it so long term can really get me down, I just try to take each day as it is, and start each day new. And instead of making drastic changes, I make them gradually, so that when I realize I'm completely off something, I've already adjusted, and that's that. Also, seriously, removing the crap from your house is a good idea, because if it's not there, you won't snack on it, and worse case scenerio, I'll go overboard on something like yogurt, or rice cakes. Good luck Day by day.
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