The Good For You Angel Food Cake, Or Not?

cake I love angel food cake! Sometimes, there is just NOTHING better than angel food cake, (some people like to call it “sponge cake”) with strawberries on top. YUMMY! Now, Sponge Cake don’t even sound appealing to me at all! lol) However, that’s what some people call it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of cake, my grandson usually has to visit me (2 or 3) times per week to grab from Papa’s breakfast cake stash. lol — I sure don’t mind my grandkids coming over, as I love them dearly! My grandson loves those Little Debbie cakes! ๐Ÿ™‚

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So, is Angel Food cake better for you than regular cake? Quite a few folks perceive that to be the case. I’ve actually heard people say that there is mostly air in “Sponge Cake.” There’s that phrase again! LOL

I’ve done some research on the topic and found that this type of cake can be gluten free if you don’t use wheat flour. (If cooked from scratch) That’s a plus right there due to a large portion of healthy conscience folks following a gluten-free eating plan.

Or, is it any better than those Little Debbie cakes above??

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Don’t Let That Good Food Go To Your Hips! Half a Dozen Tips For Holidays

weightloss tips I didn’t get on my scales after Thanksgiving. Did I indulge? Yes, I did. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As some of you know, I’m eating low carb. However, I’m human and my reins un-tighten and I slip off the wagon (temporarily) now and then. Oh, come on, everyone does – (temporarily) from time to time.

 

 

Do I call myself a failure whenever I do this? I tend to, yes. And I beat myself up for it at times, although, I try not to. Like I said, I’m human and for sure…NOT perfect!

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Someone pitched a (share an article for review) with the opening statement today:

You survived Thanksgiving, but youโ€™re not out of the woods yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, why didn’t I get on those scales the day after Thanksgiving? Well, I knew I had over-indulged that day. Do I then, keep doing the same until the holidays are over? That sure wouldn’t be a smart thing to do would it?! Some people do…this is what (we) call (yo-yo dieting).

Well, guess what? I’ve been there!

I’ve done it, been there and done that too many times. Resolution after resolution, yep, I know all about that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I happen to know just about all the tricks, tips and the RIGHT ways to go about losing or maintaining weight. In fact, I have (half a dozen) good ones I’d like to share with you today. These tips are especially geared for the (2) biggest (over-indulgent, that’s what I like to call them in regards to weight maintaining) days of the year…Thanksgiving and Christmas. I always try to incorporate these tips as often as I can during the holidays; and even all year around even.

After all, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds or just trying to stay true to what you’ve lost, it should be a complete change in lifestyle and healthy (life-long) habits. Right?? Well, if you’ve paid attention, I’ve intentionally stated the word: SHOULD above. However, that doesn’t always make us a success…knowing the shoulds and knowing the smart things to do. That being said, let’s get to those (6) tips! I’m indeed preaching to myself and WILL find myself accountable by sharing today! <3

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Something I was craving today (french fried onions) ended up NOT being so bad with the low carb way of eating. So, I had it for an afternoon snack. However, I did want to over-dip my hand in the bag a couple more times…although, I managed self control! Yeah, for me! lol

Here are those one half dozen tips for you; I certainly hope you find them helpful

1) Stay Off The Scales During The Holidays – Too often a rise in those numbers can trigger emotional eating. It is advisable to wait until after all the hustle and bustle is over to get back on the scales. Although, keeping THIS in the back of your mind helps too. Your conscience self knows you have to weigh yourself the beginning of the year. Keep on track with healthy eating habits or whatever eating lifestyle or program you follow. Hide your scales out of the bathroom if you have to.

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2) Drink Extra Water – Keep a daily, ACTIVE journal for the amount of water you consume. Water speeds up your digestive system. You don’t need a sluggish (pipe system) at holiday time. Would NOT be a good thing for aiming for weight loss or maintenance. Purchase bottled water, flavored water, or whatever you have to do to get yourself into a daily habit of drinking large amounts of water. It flushes out your system and it’s also good for the many organs and muscles in your body. I accidentally found out those flavored waters are good if kept in the freezer (only for a few minutes); it tastes slushy….that’s if you’re into slushes. Also, it’s always a good idea to drink (2) full glasses or bottled water before a holiday meal.

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3) Eat Before You Go – Not only do you need to consume water before you go to a dinner party or what have you, but it’s also a wise choice to eat a few healthy snacks before you leave the house. You may think this would be counter-productive, however, it’s not. Your stomach will be approximately half full when you sit down to that big meal. Believe me, you WILL consume less!! Also, listen to your body when you are done eating the main meal; chances are, you won’t feel like dessert. But if you do, remember choose wisely and watch portion size.

4) Bring Healthy Dishes – When asked to prepare dishes for a special holiday event, always opt to make up something that fits your lifestyle or a weight loss program you’re following. It would certainly be too tempting to prepare foods that YOU consider unhealthy. For example, I’m following low carb; so it certainly would be counter productive for me to prepare a (carb loaded) potato dish. It would be more fitting (for me) to prepare a clean and healthy vegetable dish. Even a raw veggie and dip type of dish would be a wise choice. I could always look up a delicious low carb dish to whip up. Don’t bring something that you would have to slap your hand a few times for double dipping! If all else fails, bring something that you DON’T like. lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

5) Keep Moving – Being active helps with working off those calories. It helps melt off those butter-ball turkeys and pumpkin pie calories. However, you certainly didn’t need for me to tell you this, did you? This is just a reminder. LOL – For example; take the stairs instead of elevators. Park your car way in back of the parking lot when you go to the mall. Every step counts! Again, I’m preaching to myself as well! I do my workout routines in the mornings. Once I’m up and going, I’m fine. It’s getting up early in the first place that is challenging. I found setting my alarm clock or phone way across the room helps. It does the trick believe it or not! One more thing that works for me is I’m a grandmother of two sweet kids, and being called on to babysit helps tremendously.

6) Watch Your Alcohol Intake – Yes, you need to watch how much booze you drink. If at the very least, drink in careful moderation. Alcohol usually stimulates the taste buds, making foods (seem) to taste better. DUH…You will more than likely over indulge. ๐Ÿ™ I know, it sucks right?! Not to mention most alcohol beverages are bathed in un-wanted calories and carbs.

 

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In the mean time…

Hopefully, the tips and advice above have helped and made some sense to you. If you have had personal experience with weight loss or maintenance, and you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. =)

Have a lovely day and Happy Thin and Trim Holidays to you!

Outdoor Summer Time Fun With Grandkids and Work Outs For Grandma

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Before technology was attached to the hip of just about every child or grandchild, playing outdoors was the thing to do to get in some exercise time with your little ones. The word, “tablet” was labeled as a simple pad of paper that you wrote in with a pen or pencil.

 

 

Technology has literally taken the place of active playing with the kiddos; making it difficult to keep them active and in good shape. Sure, technology today is excellent for learning and keeping up with your child’s studies in school or looking up just the right element for teaching your kids various things.

However, today’s society is concerned about a generation of grandchildren/children becoming obese. Tech tablets, iPhones and laptops have taken over. Although, there are excellent ways to keep them moving and away from all the tech stuff, (at least a good portion of the time).

Getting Your Grandchildren Outdoors Is Key!

One Dozen Summer Fun Ideas

* Outside Workout Routine – Summertime is a good time for this activity. Pick either the early morning or late evening hours to beat the heat. Try and make the routines fun for the kiddos and YOU as well. Maybe watch some videos/youtubes to get a few ideas flowing for the outdoors.

* Trip To The Park – Walking, running and playing are all excellent activities at the park. I see a lot of moms and grandparents walking with strollers. However, that’s not all there is to do at the park. There are usually slides, swings and teeter-totters for the kids to play on too. These are fun activities for grandparents to stay active. Most often, it’s a good workout just chasing and keeping up with them!


* Find Hidden Objects – Scavenger Hunt – This is an all-time favorite for many kids. Grandparents can have some fun with this. You can offer a small dollar amount for the child that finds the most objects. However, there are other rewards you can offer as well. Maybe make them a favorite food or dessert. You can also take the kids on a special outing.

* Walking – If you are caring for three to six month year olds and toddler age grandchildren, always have a stroller on hand and take them walking with you. This will give you an incentive for walking outdoors. Also, it’s always encouraged to walk as a family. The ideal time for this is in the evenings.

* Swimming – This is an all-time favorite among the kiddos during the hot summer months. I know this Grandma loves the pool. Get them out with you for some fun; although, safety is number one while swimming with kids. Life jackets, noodles, and innertubes are musts for safety.

* Hula Hooping – Tell me you haven’t heard of the hula hoop! lol ๐Ÿ™‚ This type of activity would, of course, be for the older grandchildren in your family. A lot of folks call hula hooping “hula dancing.” Work up some fun moves with the hoops. A good idea would be to watch a few youtubes on this fun activity.

* Back Yard Ball Games – What child doesn’t enjoy ballgames? I know my grandkids LOVES playing ball outside. Be a “cool Grandma” and get outside and play ballgames they enjoy. Softball, kickball, soccer or just ball rolling are all great for extra activity.

* Frisbee – Frisbee has been a fun past time for years. However, for the younger kiddos, special attention would have to be practiced for safety. It would be easier and safer to work with (smaller than average) frisbees. ๐Ÿ™‚

* Water Balloon Fun – This activity is great for the very hot summer days. Water balloons entice laughter while cooling the young ones off, (and you too Grandma) while having lots of fun. Water balloons are sure to please the kids and grown ups of all ages.

* Jump Roping – Playing jump rope doesn’t have to be just for the girls, although, for the majority, more girls like this activity more than boys. Grandparents need to be in fair shape to participate. (Grandma), if you workout to begin with, of course, you won’t have any problems keeping up. ๐Ÿ™‚

* Trip To The Zoo – Going to the zoo is always a workout with children along. Make walking fun by visiting your grandchildren’s favorite animals. Pack some fun lunches and let them help you with making their lunch. Find an area with shade to sit down and eat; most often, there are picnic tables all over the zoo park. A trip to the zoo will be fun for sharing special moments and picture taking to remember for always.

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* Gardening – Most Grandmoms love to garden, and chances are your grandkids would love to help out. Purchase flowers that are vivid in color to make the flower beds colorful and bright. Try and get them active with you by making gardening gloves and T-shirts just for them. Be as creative as you like. The more creative, the better to entice your little ones to join in. ๐Ÿ™‚

The whole idea for this blog post is for getting grandkids and grandparents together for some fun summer activities that will become nice memories. Let’s face it, playing outdoors is a far better option than sitting inside and playing computer games or phone texting.

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Update On Low Carb Way Of Eating

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I’ve started another way of eating, (not going to say diet)! It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change for the long haul for good health and weight loss.

What Have I Lost In (One) Week?

 

 

 

I have lost 8.2 pounds! That’s the most I’ve ever lost on any eating plan (for one week). ๐Ÿ™‚ I know you lose more on your first week on any program or healthy eating plan you go on.

I’m enjoying eating new things and also, my taste buds are changing. And I sure don’t go hungry, that’s for sure! =)

Below are photos of various meals I’ve been eating

Just A Quick Note Here: If you want to try low carb, you should watch the strawberries and carrots. Eat those maybe twice a week. DON’T eat them every day!!

Another Quick Note Here: With low carb, it’s easier when you dine out. You can have steak, chicken, beef (no bun), fish and most types of salads. However, when eating salads while eating out, tell them to hold the croutons! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I grabbed a quick burger at the Golden Arches and tossed the bun, ordered a side salid. Was a good meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’ve also been working out…I feel so much better when working out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Trying Low Carb – Egg Broccoli and Cheese Scramble

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I’ve been thinking about doing low carb for so long.

 

 

 

 

 

All the while keeping in the back of my mind: “Gee, I love bread and potatoes!” ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL

Tried My First Low Carb Recipe

Egg Broccoli and Cheese Scramble – Approximately (6) carbs

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Ingredients

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1 tablespoon oil (will switch over to olive oil)
1 tablespoon of butter
3 eggs (too many, in future use 2 eggs)
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1 cup fresh/frozen broccoli (microwave for 2 minutes) – You can of course use fresh broccoli
1 cup shredded cheese (1/2 cup in scramble mixture and 1/2 cup on top)

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Directions

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Whip together eggs and milk. Set aside. Microwave broccoli on high for 3 minutes and set aside. Heat oil and butter together in small skillet, mix gently with spoon or whisk. Turn heat on low and add egg and milk. Add in broccoli and 1/2 cup of cheese. Cook until done and blended well. Place on plate and add salt and pepper to taste. Top with remaining cheese.

Delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

Drink Water

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It was so good, however, I didn’t finish it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’ll learn to adjust my ingredients and portions.
 

If you are experiencing with low carb, what do you usually have for breakfast? Looking forward to your comments below! (y)

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Put On My Walking Shoes

heartvalentineWalking or any type of workout is great for the heart! ๐Ÿ™‚ Grandma decided to get with it again.

Also good for your whole body, mind, mood, and pretty much good for everything! =)

Not sure why these pics ended up so small! lol ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I had a walking partner with me yesterday!

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My walking partner in the corn feild

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My son’s driveway…long, long! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Me when I got back from walking…it wasn’t too bad. I think the temperature helped a lot, it wasn’t hot at all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Make Lunch Fast – Fun & Healthy For Your Kids! – For Grandmothers Too!

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The Ideal Resource For The Very Best and Affordable For Your School Aged Children and Grandchildren…

 

I love it and I know YOU will too! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Healthy Choices For YOUR Kids


 

Keep up a variety – Never boring, WITHOUT spending hours or big bucks. You get it all…fast AND easy – And, did I mention Healthy Choices?? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

This Little Resource Will Answer All Your Concerns and More!

* How do you make sure it is healthy for your kids?
* Hot lunch or cold lunches?
* What type of lunch box/bag is best for packed lunches?
* How do you keep up a variety without spending hours or big bucks?
* What about teens?
* And Much More.

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Find Out More Today (about making lunch fun, affordable, varied and FAST too)! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Getting Outside With The Grandkids

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Activities For All Grandparents and Moms and Dads ๐Ÿ™‚

By: Nanci Wilson

The weather is warming up and itโ€™s time to make good on that goal of spending more time outside, and getting your kids and grandkids to do the same. Why, you may ask? Well, being outside has some great health benefits, and Iโ€™ve always believed that moderation is the key to good living, and todayโ€™s technology-saturated society offers little opportunity for moderate exposure to nature.

My family has always had a healthy appreciation for nature, but itโ€™s easier every day to get caught up in whatever technology has just come out. My daughter had to go a week without her cell phone because of an ill-placed spring puddle, and she said she felt completely cut off from the world. Funny, because usually technology inhibits me from really connecting with the world, whether it be people or nature.

Hereโ€™s a quick fun list of outdoor activities that you can incorporate into your spring and summer routine with your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, or whatever young people bless your life.

Swimming- A river, lake, or even the ocean is preferable, but if your area is low on natural bodies of water, an outdoor pool is sufficient. The kids will enjoy any water slides or pool toys available, and all age groups will benefit from the vitamin D and the opportunity to lounge by the water.

Gardening- Healthy eating habits donโ€™t come naturally these days, so growing your own food can have a ton of benefits. Having the kids help you will teach them lessons on work ethic, nutrition, the science of plants, and more. To encourage them to be more invested, allow them to help with the planning, choosing the plants that go in meals they like to eat. You can also let them choose some outdoor dรฉcor items in order to let them personalize their garden sections even more.

Hiking- Hiking isnโ€™t just for camping trips. Most cities have great day hikes within an hourโ€™s drive of city center. Portland practically has a mountain right in a residential area at LowerMacleay Park. See what hiking spots your area has. If itโ€™s a bit of a drive, plan some roadtrip games that focus on looking for wildlife, and observing the scenery.

Park Visits- the best and easiest outdoor activity is probably visiting the park. There are playgrounds, wide open spaces, and usually some areas with tree-cover. One park trip can include dozens of activity, whether itโ€™s rambunctious games of tag, reading, having a picnic, or all of the above. If you have a group with varied interests, the park is an easy and cost-effective way to please everyone.

These are just my top few outdoor activities for my family. What is your family doing now that the weather is warming up?

Nanci Wilson writes for Carol Wright Gifts Outdoor Dรฉcor to tell the world about her greatest gardening accomplishments and her grandkids.

How to Raise a Natural Baby in a Toxic World

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This goes along with Grandmothers and Grandparenting Tips as well ๐Ÿ˜‰ There are many grandmothers who are raising their grandkids these days.

So this useful article By Carrie Lauth reaches out to Grandmoms too!

By: Carrie Lauth

Every day we hear of more things in our environment that can harm us. From drugs in our water and hormones in our food to toxins in our cleaning products, it seems that everything causes cancer. When it comes to our babies, we moms sometimes wish we could keep them in a bubble for the first few years of their lives. What can we realistically do to raise a natural baby in a toxic world?


1) Breastfeed
Breastfeeding gives both baby and mom many health advantages. For the purpose of this article, I’ll mention just a few, like the fact that breastfed babies are less harmed by pesticide exposure. They also fare better if you choose to vaccinate, suffering fewer reactions. Even though sometimes the media reports on environmental toxins found in mom’s milk, what is often left out of the picture is that the same toxins are found in cow’s milk, from which formula is made. And since breastfed children enjoy greater health even in adulthood, breast is still – and always will be – best.

Once baby is using a cup or if you’re pumping and offering bottles, be sure to use glass or BPA free bottles and cups. Bisphenol-A is a plastic additive that has been linked to cancers and other serious health issues. While we can’t avoid plastics entirely in our modern world, reducing the cumulative exposure is important. You can thankfully find BPA free bottles and other feeding products by doing just a little digging.

2) Cloth Diaper
Grandma was right – cloth diapers really are better for your baby. They mean less diaper rash, less allergy, and more money in baby’s college savings fund. Cloth diapers are much more fun nowadays. They’re made from modern fabrics that wick moisture away from baby, have waterproof covers, and are darn cute to boot! An added plus is that cloth diapered babies tend to potty train several months earlier.

3) Natural Skin Care
Who doesn’t love that new baby smell? Of course, we need to be careful about what we put on our baby’s sensitive skin. Since the skin absorbs what we slather on it, if we wouldn’t eat it, we probably shouldn’t put it on our baby’s skin. Some ingredients to avoid are: parabens, synthetic perfumes, talc and SLS (sodium laurel sulfate).

Your baby really doesn’t need much on his skin, but if you can’t resist, try the Earth Mama Angel Baby, Weleda or California Baby product lines for safer alternatives.

Taking care of what goes in and on your precious baby is important since it can impact his health for the rest of his life. Instead of worrying about what you can’t change about the world we live in, focus on what you can change for the better.

Don’t sweat it. Find natural baby information, product reviews and resources at www.NaturalBabyWorld.com.

Weight Loss Update – Good News and Not So Good News

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Yeah….Finally lost 30 pounds!! I’m feeling so much better too. ๐Ÿ™‚

My last doctor’s appointment, I was taken off my blood pressure meds. I sure didn’t think I’d ever stop taking those1 LESS pill I have to take daily.

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The Weight Loss Has Seemed So VERY Slow For Me!

However, my doctor said it is NOT! I’ve maintained a loss of 1 pound per week and that’s actually quite healthy.

Ok, I thought, well that’s great news! lol

Some Unexpected Health Stats Though


My cholesterol has been slightly elevated! ๐Ÿ™ Wow!! The doc wants to check it again in January and to limit my fat intake and keep working out.

I was not giving a second thought about cholesterol on the labels, I was always checking the fat, calories, protein etc…!!

So then I began checking all the labels for cholesterol…and sure enough, most of the pasta food items had 25 to 30 MG of cholesterol. And I was of course eating a lot of their pastas. I also checked their other food items (that were not pasta items) and a lot of them had the same high cholesterol. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The food is really good, don’t get me wrong!

However, I’m on my last batch of the food items and eating it every other day; and for the days I don’t eat the NS food, I have been eating healthy meals, fruits and veggies throughout the day.

Honestly, all the NS plan has really taught me was “PORTION CONTROL” and eating the small meals/snacks throughout the day…which IS good, and I’ve lost the 30 pounds. The plan has also gotten me super motivated! Another plus ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m so determined to get this weight off, that I’ve saved some of the bars (which they are NOT high in cholesterol) and will be taking them with me on our upcoming vacation. I will eat those for lunch along with a small salad wherever we go. Also, where we are staying will have some walking trails, (that I will be checking out)! :p

So, all in all…it’s good news and some NOT SO good news here today for my weight loss update…

High motivation for getting healthier here for sure!

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