Wondering Around

09 Feb

Have you ever wondered why people have strange quirks like sneezing multiple times in a row or why somebody’s jaw makes noise when they chew?  Maybe you have wondered a few things about yourself, like why do you sometimes randomly get the shivers?  I stumbled across a fun little article that answers all of these questions and more.  Check it out!

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Wow, It’s Been Winter for a Long time

07 Feb

During this time of year, people often start to get the winter blahs.

Good ways of coping:

  1. Building a snowman
  2. Getting a sunlamp
  3. Visiting a steam room
  4. Splitting a treat with friends
  5. Staying ridiculously hydrated
  6. Getting a dog (it forces to you go outside)
  7. Read/watch something hot.  Every February I read The Secret Life of Bees and watch the movie “Holes.” I can practically feel the sweat dripping off the characters.

Bad ways of coping:

  1. Eating your body weight in discount marshmallow hearts after Valentine’s Day
  2. Spending hours sniping on Ebay
  3. Drinking moonshine
  4. Having a Doctor Who marathon
  5. Engaging in petty crime/murdering someone with an icicle
  6. Sleeping like Rip Van Winkle
  7. Tanning until you look like a piece of fried chicken
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Whip It!

03 Feb

One great food trick is that if something is whip-able you should whip it.


Light Bread (more air, fewer carbs)

You can save a little money and potentially look better in a swimsuit. And isn’t that the
American dream?

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Two Truths and a Lie

01 Feb

True: Sugar Is Addictive Like Cocaine or Heroin

A 2008 Princeton study demonstrated sugar altered the brains of rats in much the same as cocaine and heroin.  When the scientists took the sugar away from the rats they became stressed, wanted to be alone, and refused to participate in usual activities.  If you’re trying to control your sugar addiction, avoiding eating it in the morning.   For some reason this makes it much more difficult to control cravings throughout the day.

True: You Should Limit the Amount of Fruit You Eat

All types of sugar, even the ones found naturally, raise insulin and stimulate hormone production which is rough on your poor liver.  While people have been eating fruit for centuries, it has never been available as often and in as many varieties as it is now.  Bananas are especially bad for people trying to lose weight.

False: Sugar Makes Kids Hyper

A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that, contrary to popular belief, sugar may actually have a calming effect.  When kids get hyper at various events, it’s more likely that this is due to general excitement than the fact that they just ate their body weight in frosting.

How Much Do You Know About Sugar Quiz:

(Even with as much as I’ve read about sugar, I did really badly.)

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Salad Cravings Cured!

31 Jan

All last week I was craving salad.  I usually don’t crave things like salad, but I really wanted a Quesadilla Explosion salad from Chili’s.  Have you had this?  It’s one of my favorite things there!  Sadly if you eat the entire salad, which I normally do, it is 1400 calories.  I wanted to try to make my own version of this salad and see if I could save some calories.

Ingredient List

  • 1 can of black beans – 200 calories
  • 1 can of corn – 171 calories
  • 1 bag of just lettuce – 75 calories
  • 1 medium sized tomato – 38 calories
  • 1 lb of lean and trim chicken – 86 calories
  • 2 tbsp light ranch dressing – 154 calories
  • 2 tbsp western dressing – 100 calories Read the rest of this entry »
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Ways Losing Weight Helps You Save Money

25 Jan

1.      Fit into clothes you’ve outgrown:  You don’t have to buy new clothes when suddenly your skinny jeans fit again.  (Assuming they aren’t acid wash.)
2.      Receive better insurance rates: If you weigh less, companies don’t see insuring you as a huge liability and will adjust your rates accordingly.
3.      Lower prescription costs:  Once you lose weight and lower your blood pressure, chances are good that you won’t need as many drugs to keep you going.
4.      Spend less on lotion, soap, and other personal products: When you have less surface area to cover, you don’t need as much product.
5.      Lower your food bill: Food prices have been steadily increasing over the years.  Counteract this by practicing moderation.
6.      Spend less on home ownership expenses: Not only do you get personal satisfaction from doing your own yard and housework, but over time those savings add up.
7.      Lower your transportation costs: Allow your car to use less gas and never have to worry about buying double airplanes seats.
8.      Lower your power bill: When you’re actually living life, you don’t spend as much time in front of the computer or TV.
9.      Spend less on doctor’s visits: By avoiding the multitude of diseases caused by being overweight, the number of visits you make to the doctor can be drastically reduced.
10. Increase your salary: If you are overweight it may be more difficult to get hired or promoted, especially if you are female.

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A Grocery Store No No

24 Jan

I love reading my Eat this, not that emails and I love watching morning news shows.  Sometimes those two come together to give me disgustingly helpful tips that you are going to want to see for yourself!


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21 Jan

You don’t have to be Macgyver to appreciate that gum has a lot of interesting uses: everything from whitening your teeth to quitting smoking to getting crabs.

A couple months ago Cheryl introduced me to Extra Dessert Delights.  As someone who’s sweet tooth is sharp enough, dangerous enough, and practiced enough to take down a full size chocolate bunny with ease, I felt highly skeptical towards sugar-free gum claiming dessert status.  In fact, I  fully expected it to be trag-esty.

But when I bit into the mint chocolate chip, it was, in a word: delightful.  The flavor was surprisingly realistic and I was even more impressed by the key lime pie and strawberry shortcake.  Even better, this gum sticks together properly and so I can blow some seriously nice bubbles.  I haven’t blown one big enough to get gum stuck in my hair, but my goal is to do that by the end of next week.  Goal setting is immensely important.

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Bad Bagels

17 Jan

I’ve recently heard a lot about bagels being one of the worst breakfast foods.  I like bagels, so I wanted to dive into this and find out more.

Did you know…

  • Eating 1 bagel is like eating 4 slices of bread, which is like 500 calories…
  • Bagels (with no toppings) are extremely high in calories and carbs
  • Adding toppings to bagels is like layering unhealthy on top of unhealthy – who eats bagels plain though?

    I don’t know if knowing this will stop me from eating my beloved bagels because they are just so convenient and delicious!  I’ve tried to eat those skinny bagels – the ones that look like you cut half of a half of a bagel in half – but that just makes me want to eat 2 and that defeats the point.  I guess it all comes down to label reading and calorie counting.  Are there any good bagel replacements?

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    12 Jan

    With the over saturation of the media and information these days, it can be very difficult to decide for yourself what to believe is true, especially when it comes to your health and the foods you put in your body. It’s not unheard of to hear that one food is bad for you and causes some fatal disease, only to be told to eat it in abundance six months later.. We live in a very mixed-up, muddled up, shook up world, and sometimes you learn what you thought you knew wasn’t correct at all.

    Here’s a link to the complete list of Health & Diet Myths, while I touch up thoughts on a few.

    1.) It’s best to eat three meals – Actually, it’s best to spread out your meals into 6 smaller ones throughout the day to keep your energy levels consistent, but they suggest 3 regular meals and 2-3 “strategic snacks.” Personally, this has been one of my biggest issues, in that, sometimes I miss lunch, or don’t dinner until 9, 10 pm. While trying to juggle a job, school and a personal life, sometimes the last thing on my mind is how big my meal is, but how soon until it’s devoured into my stomach. Eating smaller portions regularly is one of my biggest goals of the year, and one I have already begun to work on.

    2.) Skipping meals can help you lose weight – As I stated above, I have a very inconsistent eating schedule, and it hasn’t been apparent until the past year or so that I realized the importance in eating breakfast every single morning. It’s very easy to skip lunch and think it’s OK to pick up those extra calories come dinner time, when in reality, you’re just making it harder on your body and your metabolism.

    3.) You need 38g. of fiber/day – Um, ok..? According to this article, 38g. is near impossible, and I’ll take their word for it. In fact, to eat a completely balanced diet day-in & day-out seems like the ultimate challenge for a human, so I’ll take the advice of “eating sensibly” and “avoiding processed foods” as enough to take care of my digestive system.

    What a good, healthy diet truly comes down to is being sensible. Sure, you can eat that overloaded Mexican burrito gooping in cheese and steak, but you know you’re going to pay for that down the road, in some fashion. To be more healthy requires more self-discipline and self-awareness as to what you put in your body, not counting every stinking calorie or worrying if you got enough Vitamin D for the day. Stay smart and start paying attention more, and soon enough, your body will thank you.

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