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7/12/19 5:43 A

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My question 12/07/19

What diet or eating plan are we all following and using?

For me I'm following the "No S Diet" as per my blog what you may like to take a look at:

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I find you can fit this eating plan in well with most other diet plans and it allows you to be normal and not overly restricted but still loose weight at the same time. It just to me, makes so much sense as you can loose weight without exercise and no calorie counting.

Anyhow take a look at my blog and see what you think!

I'd be interested to hear also what diet / eating plans you are all following.

Keep Smiling,

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9/2/18 7:08 P

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we were listening to nova fm for many years
just lately we put presets into our bose and now listen to anything from vision impaired, abc, etc



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9/2/18 5:56 P

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 3/09/18 - 10/09/18

Do you listen to music if so what type / do you like best? Any favourite singers or bands?

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8/28/18 6:17 A

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Have never seen stainless spots with clip on hands guess they would be good especially if you wanted to put them in the oven as well???

I have a set of three stainless pots small size one pot with two pots with holes in them that stack on top grate for steaming in and cooking something in the bottom one. Handy as it only uses one element on your stove top so frees up the others.

2 bigger stainless steel pots one soup pot and one big pasta pot with a strainer inside it. I have 4 different sized stainless steel fry pans and my big cast iron wok. So not really a minimalist when it comes to pots and pans lol but each and every one of them gets used quite frequently so I can really de-clutter any. LOL Or perhaps really I could I just find them easy with that many any less so not easy perhaps for me at dinner cooking time. LOL

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8/27/18 6:40 P

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we have a set of stainless steel pots with clip on handles.
aside from this there are medium size and huge pasta pots.
these are very useful when multiplying up a recipe such as a soup or stew.
they then get batched up for the freezer later on.
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8/26/18 7:14 P

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 27/8/18 - 3/8/18

What type of cooking pans you you use at home and why?

For me I got rid of all my non-stick pans some expensive ones and now only have stainless steel ones. For health reasons I've done this. I use to think certain brands of non stick were okay and brought an expensive frying pan only to realise a few months down the track it was not healthy either.

I've since gone back to only using stainless steel.

My mother likes cast iron that has no coating on it and she seals it to stop it going rusty. but for me I don't like them only as I find them too heavy.

On saying that my wok is cast iron and heavy as. but I don't use it all the time so that is okay.

What type of cooking pans you you use at home and why?

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8/21/18 8:34 P

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you are so right Richard! I too get all notification then know it's up to me what I do with them. Some need replying / responding to others do not.

We are all different and that's what makes us human. A team is great with many diverse members also.

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8/21/18 7:30 P

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i take a contrary view with quiet teams
i just regard these as needing very little effort or input from me
other teams i may hust visit weekly to post. eg on weightloss
from time to time some interesting things crop up
i get alerts from all of my teams so it is easy to respond to a current thread.
team members are often happy "doing their own thing"
sometimes as a leader or member you can present people with information
but in the end it is their own decision whether they take anything on board or even are diligent enough to read backwards in a thread to see whats going on
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8/21/18 5:36 P

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For me I stick to two teams and try to be as active as my busy life allows in both. I have chosen them as they are active teams most of the time. One of which I started lol.

I find if a team is not active and you've joined it that it's a waste of time. Not only does it clutter up your Spark page and your thoughts, you are not gaining anything from it.

I feel unless a team is updated daily and the leader/s keep things going on a daily basis you are not really gaining anything from it no matter how great the team name is or what it is about. You need active members prepared to add their bit and keep conversations and threads going etc...

The members also need to help keep the leaders wanting to be active leaders by joining in on team things etc...

I also feel if you do not have the time to be active in many teams only join the number the teams that you can be active in. That's only fair to the team and it's leader/s.

There is a lot of valuable information shared in a lot of great teams here in Spark People you just have to find the one that meets your needs / wants and one that's active and do your bit to help keep it active.

If looking to join a team/s I always look to see how many members were active in the last 30 days. Any teams with under say 10 members active (unless a brand new one) then for me it's not worth joining as I feel I won't gain much from it etc...

It's all good for leaders to post questions etc... etc.... and start great threads, share great links etc... but if no one is active you don't gain anything from it as it ends up going no where lol.

I like Richard try to check my friend feed regularly (twice daily) to keep up with them.

The teams I'm in are mainly for my health and what will help me reaching my health and weight loss goals.

I used to be in a few hobby related teams but they while extra awesome active teams they took up too much of my time. So I've made the teams i'm in minimal and ones needed by myself for my own health and wellness as a priority over hobbies etc....

How about everyone else how many are you in and why?

Thoughts?



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8/19/18 11:31 P

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i am in some home hobby related teams such as homebrewing, fermented, foods, cookery, gardening and homeskills etc
conditions such as autoimmune, inflammatory, chair exercise and arthritis teams
age related,
outlets such as light-hearted humor, dietary
location and soforth
some teams are very active, others not
it is useful taking information and reading information to different teams.
this gives a broad outlet when spending a long time on the cmputer each day.
some teams, emails and people are given a daily priority, others are put on the back-burner until there is time to respond.
even if some teams are slow there can be worthwhile information cropping up.
i make a major priority in observing what all of my friends are up to in the friends feed
cheers richard



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8/19/18 10:06 P

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 20/8/18 - 27/8/18

How many spark teams are you in and why?

Tell us about your spark teams why you joined them how many you are in etc... etc... share as little or as much as you want.

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8/13/18 5:55 P

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thats great news that nutrient-dense foods and sleep are helping.
maybe your body will be entering a repair mode now.
whilst 1 have lost about 10 kgs over the weeks, i dont think this is a single issue contributing to the less pain i have now.
certainly staying away from alcohol has improved my metabolism and lowered toxic byproducts that would contribute to otherwise ongoing inflammation.
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8/13/18 5:02 P

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I think a lot of us spend too much time on the computer lol As easy and enjoyable as it is, it can't be good for us sitting down all day.

Computers are great. I use to be on instagram and twitter as well as SP and facebook. Now I only stick to SP and Facbook. I got off the others I was spending too much time on the PC. I was then up late at night on the PC. I always want & like to keep a clean, tidy and reasonably organised house. So was fitting everything in lol but not looking after myself was up late at night then up again at 5am to start all over.

I realised as well as my house and garden and family who come in #1 I had to look after me and get my weight down etc.. So since going to bed earlier and getting decent sleep and watching the calories and what I actually eat to be nutrient dense most of the time and with the I/F, I've been much better.

SP is an important part of my life always will be and I will always keep up daily with my teams and what I have to do on SP daily etc... but it will never rule my day.

It's interesting I find seeing how others in the team spend there time in SP land. emoticon emoticon

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I spend time in the morning and just check in with my teams on and off throughout the day...actually though I spend way to much time on the computer

The pain passes ~ only the beauty remains...


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8/13/18 6:53 A

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I try to spend 1 hour in the morning doing what's necessary for my benefit then will check in at night briefly like I am now. If I have time will check in during the day but mostly 1 hour ish early morning and briefly at night.

I have a life outside of SP and tend to keep rather busy. Don't like to be sitting at the computer all day either not good for ones health.

But SP is great and a lot can be learned in here from so many areas so I can see how one could spend most of the day on here.

I've learnt so much through being on SP over the years. emoticon

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most of the day
i must be sick lol
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8/12/18 7:03 P

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 13/08/18 - 20/08/18

Sorry must have missed posting last weeks question???


How much time out of your day would you spend on average in Spark people daily?

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8/4/18 10:10 P

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In our house I do some daily jobs like:

General tidy up

Make beds

Dishes and kitchen benches

quick run over of my tiled floors (have a Dyson battery stick vacuum) so no chords makes it easier saves taking out my big Dyson vacuum

Feed cat and fish

1 Load of washing put on, hung out, folded and put away

Water my garden

Every day I then attempt one extra job like changing the bed linen, cleaning the bathroom and toilet that my cleaner does not clean, dusting, grocery shopping and errands etc. etc...

By doing this I keep my house in some sort of order. I hate too much clutter and mess.

I find I'm definitely healthier and happy living in a clutter free clean and tidy home. On the odd chance something comes in the way like it has done a few times in the past I've felt kind of off and my mood has been down a bit.

So I've learnt to keep a clean, tidy and relatively clutter free and organised home as best as my hips allow as it makes my day not only run smoother but I feel more energy, healthier and happier because of it!

I've seen shows on Television of people who live in a chaotic mess fully of clutter, unorganised, no proper healthy foods etc... when they finally get help both physically and mentally they then get rid of many health concerns and loose weight and feel so much better.

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same here
only the yard/garden has time and money invested in it



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No schedule in our household. Housekeeping has a very low priority. Domestic we are not!

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7/29/18 7:01 P

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 30/07/18 - 6/08/18

What is your daily and or weekly cleaning schedule?

Do you have certain things you do daily other things weekly or monthly?

Do you allocate a particular job for a particular day and if so why?

How do you manage all those weekly housekeeping jobs?

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7/29/18 6:57 P

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All great and helpful answers that make sense thank you. We are one awesome team that's for sure!

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7/25/18 9:14 P

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i have heard of women having monthly water accumulation and things like migraine

it may be possible that evening primrose oil, powdered fenugreek, chamomile tea and a large intake of soy rather than dairy products may help.

the soy products especially contain high phyto-oestrogens. in Asia this helps women and the absence of dairy lowers cancer risk in women. ps there are billions of Asians, so this has been well tested.

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I think if one comes off carbs, especially simple carbs, and come off gluten, then that will allow one to lose weight in the long run. Menopause may slow you down some, but one can still lose weight if you keep active.

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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Honestly, I do not know. I've read that women in menopause find it more difficult to lose weight. However, I was already post menopausal when I made the commitment to walk to reduce stress. The weight loss was a side effect of me taking steps to manage the unbearable stress in my life.

I am also hypothyroid which one will also read makes it more difficult to lose weight. I've maintained an 85+ pound weight loss for 4 years now, despite being menopausal and having a hypothyroid condition.

That being said, I was never a yo-yo dieter and have never dieted in my life. So, I suspect that I do not have the typical weight loss history of many dieters.

This experience has never been about dieting for me. It has been about identifying what supports my health and well-being and making lifestyle changes.

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7/22/18 6:09 P

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 23/07/18 - 30/07/18

Do you find Menopause has any effect on weight loss efforts? What's your thoughts on Menopause and weight loss?

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7/16/18 6:22 A

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emoticon Thanks Richard will check it out. emoticon

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7/15/18 8:42 P

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there is a diet type called Bright line Eating
basically this is a set of rules not to consume processed carbs or refined sugars
the bright lines represent barriers that should not be crossed.
this helps people stay on track
in the event that a bright line is broken, then also is a streak of having achieved sticking to the program for however many days
you can use you own version of bright lines to cover whatever cicumstances and behaviour that apply to you
even, in fact intermittent fasting
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7/15/18 5:19 P

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 16/07/18 - 23/07/18

What's the one best thing you say to yourself, or do or best tip you have for not giving into temptations and making excuses? What keeps you true to your goals / plan?



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I keep a 32 oz container of water next to me and sip on it all day. It's become a habit and then I fill it up when it's empty.



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there are 2 easy methods 1 use
1 is to have a 2 litre container of water filled each day to be consumed, sometimes with the addition of a little lemon juice, this can be room temperature or refrigerated
2 have a known vessel filled with water and count the amount each time it is emptied.
i have a massive streak in this regard
just did a medical survey recently and found i consume up to 3.5 litres of fluid daily
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16-24 oz when I get out of bed. Before breakfast. 16 oz before each meal. 16 oz before each meal 8 oz or more every time I walk into the kitchen,

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LATE QUESTION OF THE WEEK 10/04/18 - 16/04/18

What's your best tip for remembering to drink your daily water amount?

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 26/03/18 -02 /04/18

How important do you think exercise is to weight loss?

What I put into my body is more important for weight loss than working out. From personal experience, i can exercise for an hour or more a day but if I'm eating horrendously, the weight's simply not coming off... in fact, I'll gain weight. BUT it's important to exercise regularly to stay mobile, flexible and strong.



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I am an exercise junkie, but an injury took me out of the cardio scene completely for about 6 months. I focused hard on food and finally started losing weight with little to no exercise for months. There was a valuable lesson-diet matters more than exercise.



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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 26/03/18 -02 /04/18

How important do you think exercise is to weight loss?


For me I believe it is more about what we are eating the types of foods and the portion size amounts we are putting in our mouths that matter more than weight loss.

I know this from trial and error with myself.

For me I think:

1. Stick away from junk foods
2. No soda / soft drink / alcohol
3. Eat correct portion sizes as measured out by yourself on proper kitchen scales
4. Do not eat prepared or supermarket packaged foods.
5. No processed foods
6. No frozen TV dinners. If you lead a busy life prepare your own meals and freeze never use supermarket frozen dinners (they can be full of things like sugars and extra sodium plus others that we don't need)
7. No snacking in between meals just eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. This allows a bit of intermittent fasting to occur.
8. Drink plenty of fresh water.
9. Do away with coffee if possible use green tea instead to get your caffeine fix instead it's full of anti-oxidants.
10. If you don't do extra exercise other than doing the normal daily tasks you have to do to keep your home, car and garden clean and tidy then............................don't just sit down all day.
11. Limit your spark teams to just three so you don't feel obligated to be active in too many teams which in turn means you are sitting down for hours on end.
12. If if you are in pain so need to sit take natural pain relief so you can at least be up and active rather than sitting in a chair all day.

These are just my thoughts as for extra exercise like going for a walk, stretching, gym, tai chi etc. etc.. etc.. I find that if I personally do that my hips play up.

Anyone that knows me on SP will know I like Tai Chi / Qi Gong there is a 15 minute routine that I really like to do. Yesterday I thought I would try once again doing it every second day to help ramp up my weight loss as I get serious with it all and..............................I have had trouble with my hips playing up just goes to show that doing my normal daily tasks I get enough exercise for what my body can cope with.

So from now on I've finally learnt after many times of trial and error of feeling really good then thinking okay I'll try exercise again to only have my body let me know that.......... I get enough exercise doing daily stuff.

How about you?

So to finish up I say exercise is no where near as important as your food diet (eating plan) and how much or how little your put into your mouth and when etc.. etc...

What's your thoughts?






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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 19/03/18 - 26/03/18

When do you grocery shop and why? We shop on the weekend when we are not working.

Do you shop daily, weekly, fortnightly, or monthly? We shop weekly. Weekly, we also receive an organic fruit/vegetable box and a dozen eggs from pastured hens from a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.

How do you store you groceries once you get them home? Based on need ... refrigerator, freezer, pantry.

Do you prep meals in advance for a whole week or month? Or do you just freeze all meats etc.. and un freeze that day cook for that particular night? No. We do not meal prep in advance for a whole week or month. We prepare as we eat, except for things like grating carrots ahead of time and sometimes cheese.

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For us with our grocery shopping. We shop once per week. Go to about 4 different shops.

Aldi first, then Coles, then our Health food store and finally to our Butcher.

I always take an esky or chilly bin in the car with a bottle of frozen water to keep everything from going off that needs to be frozen or refrigerated till we get home.

I use trolley bags in my trolley as I am trying to avoid plastic as much as possible. I have bags also that are not plastic for my fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) Never use the free plastic bags on the reel that they provide in stores.

We have 2 fridges one is a upside down fridge freezer that is in our kitchen and in our garage we have chest freezer and an upright fridge.

I generally prepare everything once I get it home and freeze anything etc... that needs freezing in glass not plastic or plastic freezer bags etc. Plastic is toxic and dangerous to our health what it is made of is.

The night before I pull out the next night meat or whatever and put into the fridge to defrost overnight.

If I am having stew or casseroles I will pre-make these ahead of time and freeze them also for an easy week night meal.

I also have some blackboard stickers on the inside of our pantry or food storage cupboard door and when we run out of something it get's written down on it so the shopping list is easy to copy out mostly from that. It helps a lot.

That's how we do it! I also tend to look at our catalogues and where possible plan some meals depending on what's on special to save money. But more importantly our meals are planned around our blood type diet and being lectin free.

I do stock up on things like toilet paper when on sale also.



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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 19/03/18 - 26/03/18

When do you grocery shop and why?
I grocery shop once a week with a list from the weekly ads. Sometimes I'll make another trip if I run out of something I need. There's 3 major grocery stores within 5 mins from my home which makes it convenient.

How do you store you groceries once you get them home?
I eat plant foods so my foods are simply refrigerated, frozen or left on counter till I need them.
Non perishables go in the pantry. DH eats animal products which he repackages in individual serving bags and freezes till he needs them.

Do you prep meals in advance for a whole week or month? Or do you just freeze all meats etc.. and unfreeze that day cook for that particular night?

I batch cook so there's always healthy meals to reach for. I also have cooked rice, potatoes, and veggies in the fridge, so I can put a meal together in minutes and containers of cut up raw veggies for a quick salad. All of these have been key to staying on track.

What's your system for Grocery shopping and Meal planning.
I work my meals around the weekly ads and use coupons/store card to cut down costs which justifies me spending on a few expensive food items that seldom go on sale.

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about once every 3-5 weeks we get a home delivery
other than that there may be some topup shopping.
quite often when preparing meals esp. stews and vegetables it is not uncommon to triple a recipe size then
to subsequently portion up further serving sizes in containers which are subsequently refrigerated and/or frozen.
with 3 freezers to choose from and some large and small refrigerators.
we are in a position where we can stock up and also plan ahead with our meals
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When do you grocery shop and why?

Do you shop daily, weekly, fortnightly, or monthly?

How do you store you groceries once you get them home?

Do you prep meals in advance for a whole week or month? Or do you just freeze all meats etc.. and un freeze that day cook for that particular night?

What your system for Grocery shopping and Meal planning etc...

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Doesn't have to be a major overhaul. Start with one small area in your home and move on to another section.

How do you keep your clutter in your home down and keep an organised home.
I do something each day (doesn't have to be big), to keep the clutter from accumulating (throw out newspapers, junk mail. I keep the shredder where I go through my mail), no impulse buying and have a place for everything. .

Any tips?
No more than one junk drawer and it's emptied once a month. If there's no place to put something in a month, out it goes .. no exceptions.

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Unfortunately, my home is not well organized. It was before work demands took over. Too much time and energy focused outside my home.

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one of my big ones is to have a morning and evening routine. In it go around and do a general tidy up.

Make sure you never go to bed with dishes in your kitchen sink or a untidy kitchen.

Keep a dairy or calendar either in your office or somewhere you'll see it every day with what you have to achieve on it daily. Cross off or mark each thing as it's done. if you prefer you can have a calendar or diary on line it can work the same way just make sure you use it.

I find a physical one also acts as a visual i'll see it and make sure I use it.

another tip is to not fit too much into your day you'll keep more organised if your daily tasks are manageable and not too many.

Keep your linen cupboard organised by having labels on the edge of the shelf so you know where things are meant to be. Or have baskets for different things.

Also you'll be more organised and more able to stay organised if you adopt a minimalist lifestyle.

Work out the best plan for getting everything done so that things run more smoothly. Do the things in the same area at the same time etc..

Create an area or station for your handbag, car keys, light cardigan / jumper, water bottle, lunch and or anything else you may need ready for when you walk out the door.

Lay your clothes out for the next day before you go to bed.

Handle or do 1 load of washing everyday to keep that under control.

Wash dishes or load dishwasher and wife down benches after every meal Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Keep life simple.

Have a folder on your desk for papers that come in bills, your budget etc...

Put any mail away as soon as it comes in.

Have a money tin or container for all your loose coins. You'll be surprised how quickly it can add up and how much lighter your purse or wallet feels.

Do up a list with all your computer passwords on it and keep it on a pin board or in your diary so you don't waste time trying to do password resets if you forget.

Go through your filing cabinets and throw away papers older than 5 years ( i think you only have to keep them for 5 years for tax purposes?), Get rid of folders or areas you no longer need.

Automate your finances have individual sub accounts opened at your bank. Name them according to each area of your budget. Work out to your pay cycle how much each bill on your budget will be per pay or income cycle and put that money automatically going into the sub account. when the bill comes in you have the money to pay without worrying about how you can afford to pay it.

Do the same things for an emergency or piece of mind fund. Aim to have at least $2000.00 saved in it for life little emergencies or un-planed emergencies. But emergencies only not to be touched for that coffee out for make up or anything just for emergencies in a real time of need.

Also have a sub account for savings where you do the same automatically transfer some money for something you are saving up for.

I could write plenty more what's your best Organising tips?

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What's your best organising tip? How do you keep your clutter in your home down and keep an organised home. Any tips?

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Sounds like you are onto it. That's emoticon emoticon

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If I eat Whole Foods, no cravingsand I feel good. Slip and my body starts talking to me in ways I donít like. I go back to favorites I used to eat and the results are weight gain, pain issues etc. I have learned that I have food sensitivities even with certain Whole Foods and am trying to sort thru this. The bottom line is cut out sugar, lower carbs, no processed food, drink water vs sodas/vitamin water/teas with additives etc and the cravings disappear and health starts to improve. Iím learning and will conquer this so food nourishes and sustains me.

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My husband Ian perhaps even slightly still has a sugar addiction is definitely not overweight perhaps even a little underweight. Has trouble gaining weight lol lucky him. (suffers slightly with IBS)

But what he finds that works is we make a chocolate cake which fits in with the "Plant Paradox Eating Plan" we follow and it has almond flour (not almond meal as the meal has the skin of the almonds which is the lectin containing part), pastured eggs, Xylitol natural sweetener, French Butter and A2 Milk, baking powder and vanilla extract, plus Raw organic Cacao and the icing is 90% dark chocolate melted and poured slowly over the top.

I think the Xylitol fixes his cravings in that he normally would have had 2-3 slices of cake at a time now has only one small slice a night and says it's more than enough. Also with the Xylitol being healthy and not real sugar so no bad side effects of sugar.

So it's a win win all round.

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When I quit eating sugar and sodium, processed foods..then the weight started to off. I am a sugar addict and as long as I can stay away from those things..I can keep my cravings at bay

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When I stop eating processed foods, my cravings go away after a week. As soon as I start eating them again.. BOOM! My cravings come right back.

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I have not experienced any unhealthy cravings in years. That shift began to occur when I began to recognize that my body was not tolerating particular foods. Once I began removing them and learned to respond more appropriately to the feedback from my body, those cravings vanished.

The quickest way for me to lose that balance is to consume too many carbs. It also appears that my body functions best when the carb to protein ratio is below 2 to 1. It has been quite an interesting journey of discovery.

If I crave something now, more likely than not, it is something my body needs. So, it's what I would describe as a healthy craving.

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 5/03/18 - 12/03/18

What's your trick you use to curb cravings for unhealthy foods and snacks?


I'll answer first I guess: For me I find now that I am on the "Plant Paradox" eating plan and have finished the 3 days cleanse (mini fast if you like). I've been a week and a bit on phase 2 of the plan I find I am detoxing from all junk foods, processed foods and drinks and the like and don't really have (so far that is) any real cravings for anything. Yay!!!

I don't miss any of that processed or junk foods either. Never did really eat TV dinners as such out of box or much really from the freezer section of the supermarket other than frozen peas which are a lectin lol

Here's a copy you can print out if interested to see what is on the yes list and what is on the no list.

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We never now eat anything off the no list anymore. and even though some dairy is allowed as you'll see we never really have dairy as for both Ian and myself it's not great. Ian finds it affects his IBS (he's lactose intolerant) and I had a scan done once by a naturopath and it came up that I should avoid all dairy.

The only dairy we eat now is in an almond flour chocolate cake I make it has a little butter I use (french butter as per Dr. Grundy's YES list can't find Italian butter yet in our local shops) and a little of A2 milk in it. We seem to have no trouble with those types of dairy when we eat a small amount each of the cake.

As you'll also see no bread on the yes list but........................he says when he goes to Italy and France twice a year he himself only eats the bread there as the way their flour is down is different and does not contain the lectins like our flour does. So I use real proper Italian flour and make my own bread. Eating bread helps Ian (husband keep weight on which is what he needs to do not loose weight lol)

So far it's working out perfectly for us and I don't find I have cravings for certain foods anymore like I used to.

How about you how do you curb your cravings? What's your trick?


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I just refuse to give up

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Great tips thanks Richard. Anyone else have any thoughts to add???

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apparently
1 of the best approaches is to develop habits.
this makes food tracking easier on a day to day basis.

other people concentrate on small goals
this helps them feel focussed and also allows them to tick them off when achieved.

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 19TH - 26TH FEB


What's your best strategy for being consistent at things and not giving up easily?

How do you follow through with things and not give up?

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Very interesting Richard. Something else for me to look into and research. you are simply a one smart man with a wealth of valuable knowledge. Awesome blog by the way.

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weightloss can be an empty figure unless in big and sustainable amounts.

many people cycle up and down in their weight

a good indicator can be a many-sized wardrobe, the things that fit , the things taht dont and whether extra looseness or tightness is noticed.

most peoples fat is white fat, which largely stays put, brown fat is burnt more easily.
i am conducting a trial at home to convert white to brown fat.
this is being done along the lines of my blog on this matter

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK STARTING 5/02/18

This weeks question is a bit of a big broad one, so it contains a few questions rolled into one kind of. Would be interested to hear everyone's thoughts on it.

What's everyone's thoughts on weight loss?

What do you think is the science behind it?

What works for you?

Is what you are currently doing something you can maintain to do for the rest of your life?

Do you think exercise really pays a big part in weight loss or is it mainly just what you eat and keeping generally active / not sitting all day?

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Great sounds like so far we are liking the new challenges so far!

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For me I've decided to just avoid alcohol MOST of the time but not set any formal goal as such.

That way then I can be flexible with it.

Like if out at dinner I can have a glass of wine or whatever without feeling like I'm doing the wrong thing by my goals set.

But some may need the structure of a set goal for it to work for them.

For me this is too restrictive. I can probably only have alcohol once or twice at max a week without needing a goal attached to it. But others may not have that will power without a goal.

We each have to do what works for us as we are all different!

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just tossing up at the minute whether i should have 2 AF days/week.
This is recommended even with low consumption to give the liver a rest
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK STARTING 29/01/18

Have any of you created an individual spark challenge?

If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's new and under the challenges tab. the first one at the top.

I've just started the goal feats one out of the choices to make and help me stick to my goals I have set in SP.

Let us know if you are have started one and what your thoughts on the Spark challenge is. Do you like it and think it's a great idea or do you hate it???



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I have not been eating to meet a particular calorie range since July 2017. Prior to that (late December 2013 thru June 2017) I ate to meet certain calorie and macronutrient targets. Those ranges changed many times as I learned more about what did and did not support my body.

Initially, I followed the Spark recommended calorie and macronutrient targets. I learned quickly that the macronutrient targets recommended by Spark did not support my body. The calorie targets were working just fine.

Once I began transitioning to and entered maintenance, I found it a bit trickier to dial in the calorie targets.

Currently, I am eating intuitively and have no particular macronutrient targets. Intuitively, my body appears to have settled into the following pattern since July:

averaging roughly 2400 kcal / day
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 13/11/17 - 19/11/17

What calorie range if you stick to one do you stick to and why?

For me I try never ever to go over 1200 calories per day at the maximum. But am going to lesson this to 1000 calories in the nutrition tracker. As I feel eating 1200 calories is too much If I want to see any real weight loss happen. I will also aim daily to eat less than this of course for my own benefit as I feel I eat way to much at 1200 calories. I don't do any real exercise due to my hips after all.

To help stick with this and not feel hungry I will aim to keep myself more busy than I already am lol so i am not sitting down idle at the computer or wherever potentially thinking about food lol

I've also been eating more Salmon which I love and need to eat more of thanks to that blog you shared Richard. It was something I needed to do anyhow and has given me and I am sure others something to think about. If he can do it we can do it!

It's basically all about calories in calories out. you have to burn more than you eat.

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As I will be away in Japan next week perhaps Richard you can have a question of the week to post if you want to? You may come up with a much better question/s than the ones I think up!!!!

Perhaps someone else in the team has a question of the week you would like to add and get some answers and opinions to ASK AWAY anytime.

We will have wifi (pocket wifi) on us all the time but am not intending to be on Sparkpeople or anything really just want to utilize my time away enjoying where I am and seeing the country.

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They were really what drew me back also plus a little pushing from our good friend Richard! emoticon Richard.

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I also appreciate the trackers. In fact, it was the Spark Nutrition Tracker that returned me to Spark in December 2013. I had been here very briefly in 2010 and then left.

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my favorite part are all the messages I get on a daily basis.
This keeps me up front with knowing what is happening in different teams and also playing word games from different teams
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 6/11/17 - 13/11/17

What is your favourite part of Spark People and why?

My favorite part would have to be the trackers.

What's yours?

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I'll add two here 1st one:

MORNING JUICE

1 stick of celery
1/2 a carrot
1 Granny smith apple
1 piece of ginger
1 lemon
3 bits of frozen pineapple (i buy it fresh cut it up wrap three bits in glad wrap and freeze)

136 calories

The second one will be my Lunch Smoothie

Half a small Banana, fresh (but frozen wrapped in glad wrap)
1 tbsp linseeds
1 serving Kiwifruit (medium size)
1 tbsp Hemp Hearts- raw shelled hemp seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 serving ice cubes (3 Cubes)
1/2 cup Pear nectar.
1 cup filtered water

Blend until smooth in a good quality blender.

383 calories



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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 30/10/17 -6/11/17

What is your favourite go to recipe that you like to have on a regular basis?

Is is a sweet treat, main meal or a snack food?

Can you share the recipe?

I'll post mine when I work out which one out of a few it is.



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in conjunction with my current plan
I have not been able to stick to either, 100% of the time
nontheless I have made progress, as per my blogs.
The rate of return in terms of weightloss has been diminishing week by week.
However this is not unexpected.
It is good to have something to aspire to.
we all learn by our mistakes.
it is interesting what we put into our mouths can vary as to what sorts of foods we determine to be less desirable at any particular time
Cheers Richard.




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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 23/10/17 -30 /10/17

Has the no junk food challenge helped you keep on track with your goals and have you seen any improvements in your health and wellness because of it?

For me I have to answer with a big fat YES

It makes me think everyday of what I do and put into my mouth. In the beginning I had one or two slips up but since then I've been going really well.

How about everyone else has it helped you "THE NO JUNK FOOD CHALLENGE"

Has it affected your weight loss and overall general well being do you think?



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Usually to stay well organised in the kitchen,
I suggest clean as you go
That way you optimize your workspace and cleaned items can be put away quickly
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 16/10/17 - 23/10/17

What your best idea or hack or thing you do to keep your kitchen user friendly, clean, organised and less cluttered?

Here's a utube I watched that you all may find interesting and give you some tips for your kitchen:

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What your best tip?

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Yes I thought water walking would be awesome for me using my dad's pool.

BUT.....................with my hips and I anything that I do consecutively or on a regular basis seems to cause trouble. I can do it for perhaps a couple of days then it's no good.

I don't think it's necessarily any particular exercise or program more so the frequency at which I do it. Most people can do 1/2 per day every day of exercise and doing the same thing day in day while it may get boring for some people they can do it without problems.

With me it seems to be different. But I have to keep trying and persisting without pharmaceutical pain killers and not let bad hip pain stop me in my tracks.

All the experts or (so called experts) will tell you exercise is good right? LOL

I do know no matter how physically disabled or no matter what problems you have sitting all day is not the answer either.

I just have to emoticon . I also know doing the same exercises day in day out your body can get used to so it's important to change it up a bit occasionally.

What exercises does everyone else in the team do how do you manage to exercise if in pain and what do you do to change it up a bit now and again?

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It is a pity if water-walking does not agree with you.
I thought you may have come across the ideal arrangement some time back with your fathers swimming pool.
Could it at least be used for other exercises with the water helping to support you and take pressure off your hips?

Cheers Richard



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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 9/10/17 - 16/10/17

A few questions all relating to the same topic this week.

WHAT'S YOUR THOUGHTS ON EXERCISE?

Do you like and enjoy doing exercise or do you just force yourself?

Is exercise a challenge for you?

How do you motivate yourself to keep doing it even when you really don't feel like it?

How and why do you keep persisting even if you have physical issues and or pain?

For me I don't find exercise boring or whatever I actually love exercise. My favourites would have to be water walking, Tai Chi / Qi Gong and just generally going for a walk outside.

For me it is my hips that give me the most trouble and right shoulder that gives me the most trouble both pain wise. I refuse to take things like nurofen, panadol etc and just manage my pain naturally where it's to the point now, with my natural supplements where most days are pain free unless I do exercise, gardening or lots of housework on consecutive days.

I do know exercise is awesome but also am aware to realise that for someone with Osteoarthritis in a joint exercise can and will help in wearing out that joint quicker if the exercise I guess is too long or intense in one hit.

I love stretching exercises but that really causes my hips trouble so I avoid them.

There is a lot I've come to realise over the last few years how little professionals and experts know about exercise and osteoarthritis, some things I've learned through trial and error they done seem to even know about when you ask them or mention it to them lol

What's your thoughts?



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10/4/17 4:01 A

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Good luck with that Richard! emoticon I know you can.

Love your tip Sharon thanks you are so right! No Excuses!

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10/4/17 12:37 A

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not only stock up with good foods but also avoid having trigger foods.
having an ample suppl of beer and wine at home is a current good test for my will-power.
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10/3/17 9:54 P

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My best tip (and this is mainly for me) don't say "I'll start again on Monday". Monday is not a magic day. Start straight away. The very next meal. The very next minute. Not tomorrow. But right now.

Each day holds the possibility for great discoveries and hidden joy ... don't miss them!!

All things are possible to him who believes. Mark 9:23



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10/3/17 3:44 A

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I agree and I've got it this time.

Another tip is:

Stock your kitchen with healthy, convenient foods.

Having ready-to-eat snacks and meals-in-minutes on hand sets you up for success. You'll be less likely to hit the drive-through or order a pizza if you can throw together a healthy meal in five or 10 minutes. Here are some essentials to keep on hand: frozen vegetables, whole-grain pasta, reduced-fat cheese, canned tomatoes, canned beans, pre-cooked grilled chicken breast, whole grain tortillas or pitas, and bags of salad greens.

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10/1/17 11:17 P

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staying on track is best achieved thru self-determination, ie no-one else can do this for you.
Having support is a bonus
Having a group exercise even better
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 2/10/17 - 9/10/17

What's your best tip for staying on track with your weight loss and healthy lifestyle?



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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 25/09/17 - 2/10/17

What one thing makes losing weight or maintaining weight the hardest challenge of all for you? Why? Any tips on how you over come this challenge?

My challenge is Social situations and some family members associated with those social situations.

i'm working on strategies though to change that dynamic in my life. I'll let you all know when I have it fully worked or figured in case some of my strategies may be of help to some of you if this is your weight loss challenge.

Have a great day all and I love to see and hear your answers to this question.

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK 18/09/17 - 25/09/17

What is your favourite Television show or shows you like to watch?

For me I enjoy having Sunrise on in the mornings in the background so I can hear the news.

I also like A current Affair news show on channel 9 here in Australia.

Australian Survivor is another favourite show of mine.

Little Big Shots is also a great show on the at moment here in Australia.

I also enjoy shows like Insight, Catalyst, Dateline, Trust me I'm a doctor and others though do not watch them as regularly as I would like.

What your favourite TV show/s?

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QUESTION OF THE DAY 16/09/17

What is your weight loss motivating factor?

Is it a wedding to attend, avoiding surgery, a Holiday perhaps? What's your reason for wanting to lose weight and get healthy?

Mine is to be healthy on the inside and to never ever have hip or any other joint replacement surgery.

What's your motivating reason?

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QUESTION OF THE DAY 14/09/17

What is your best weight loss tip of all time?

For me I would have to say doing intermittent fasting. Eating your last meal and or snack no later than 7.00pm then not eating till lunch time the next day.

Water, tea, coffee and herbal tea's of course are allowed but nothing else till lunch time.

If you don't already do intermittent fasting give it a go.

Here's a link you may like on it:

www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermi
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ent-fasting-guide#section3


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QUESTION OF THE DAY 13/09/17

What's your favourite part of Spark People and why?

For me there is not one part but a few that I really like / love.

1. Nutrition Tracker

2. Spark Recipes

3. I do love the spark teams feature but don't like that all the inactive teams cannot be deleted some how to only have current and active teams. Having the inactive teams still in the community spark teams area is annoying for me.

I hate seeing what looks like a great team only to find it inactive. This area needs cleaning up I feel. Maybe the spark people website technical support would like to look into this?

What parts do you love or hate the most about Spark People? What part is of most value or use to you with your weight loss successes?

Let us know your thoughts.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY 10/09/17

Who is the team uses the nutrition tracker to it's full potential? What vitamins and minerals do you have it set to track? Do you even use the nutrition tracker? Is running the nutrition feedback at the end of the day a useful tool for you? Do you find it too time consuming?

For me I find it's awesome. I've used it on and off for a few years now. But I think using it and running the feedback at the end of the day is good for anyone. Even if not trying to lose weight just to be sure you are getting the right amount of daily nutrients in your vitamin and mineral areas especially.

So that's why now I will continue to use it. Even if I go over my calorie range which sometimes can be for me if I have to go out for dinner etc.. etc.... it's still a VERY useful tool.

While I find it time consuming the health benefits from using it daily and running the daily feedback far out weigh the time consumption part of it for me. this is something I've only just really thought about, realised and worked out.

What's your thoughts on the nutrition tracker and running the daily feedback at the end of the day?

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Who else besides Richard and myself likes gardening in our team? What sort of garden do you have?


I will answer first i guess:

I have roses and lavender out in my front yard. The roses are all highly perfumed ones. My back garden has fruit trees namely navel oranges, lime, lemon and imperial mandarin trees. I also have in my back garden my lettuce patch and some herbs. My garden down the side of the house has green beans, tomatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers, parsley, mint, and celery growing.

I really love my garden and it's great being able to go out and grab a fresh lettuce or whatever for dinner.





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