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The other day I purchased a Clif Builder’s bar. I thought I hadn’t been eating right because I have been under  quite a bit of stress and very busy. I am not sure how healthy this bars are. Since I haven’t eaten or fixed much meat lately I choose the 20g protien peanut butter.

Here are the ingredients:  Soy Protein Isolate, Chicory Syrup, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Rolled Oats, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa, Organic Soy Protein Concentrate, Vegetable Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Organic Dry Roasted Almonds, Rice Starch, Cocoa Butter, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Sunflower Oil, Soy Lecithin, Salt.

So what do you think….healthy or not?

They have a pretty cool website and even a dietitian named Tara who answers questions.



Last night hubby and I went to Weight Watchers. The leader talked about how important it is to keep track of what you eat so that you can use the feedback to see what worked and what didn’t work.

She then asked if there were other areas in our lives where we kept track of what we were doing so that we could use the feedback. (Scales are not our enemies, they are merely tools giving us feedback.) Checkbooks and financial books were one tracking system that many people use to stay on track. And when you don’t, you get into trouble. (Maybe why the United States is having the problems it has now…we weren’t really tracking what we were doing.)

Anyway, other examples given were: looking at the clock so you get get to places on time, watching your speedometer and looking at the calendar. I thought of a couple others. I like to look at my blog stats. It tells me what posts were popular and what people want to read. It helps me decide what to write about.

But the other thing which I think is really vital to keep track of is…the use of psych drugs. Especially when trying to wean off the drugs. I kept record of what I was doing when I weaned off the drugs. That way I had documented what was working for me…and what was causing a reaction or side effect.

When I helped my cousin who was going through an “elevated” (or manic)  mood  a couple years ago, I stayed with him and I wrote down every prescribed psychotropic and “prescribed” natural supplements that he took. I track his mood also. We saw the doctor together a couple times a week during this period. And I had a concrete tracking system to report back to the alternative M.D. as to what was working and what was not. (I also wrote down what he ate.) 

I am a member of a couple Internet support  groups. Many times someone will join a support e-group and say that they are weaning off psych drugs. But they get into problems when they don’t have a system for writing down the drugs, the doses,  and how they feel.  If people do write this stuff down, they can give you a concrete answer when you ask them more about what they have taken and for how many days.

Hubby and I both have stopped writing down what we ate….and we both gained. We can’t truly remember what it is that we ate that made us gain weight. It would be nice if we could because that would be feedback for us.

It is the same when you are weaning off of psych-drugs. Write it down. This causes a couple things to happen. You are more careful when you write down what you are doing and if you get into trouble with withdrawal symptoms, you can see what you have done to analyze how you might change.


Snow shoes

Snow shoes

Snow-shoeing is good exercise and uses up more calories than cross-country skiing.

I went snowshoeing last night. I don’t know that I will go anytime again soon. It is harder than just walking. But it was fun and I mostly went because of the company I was with.

I used to go for two long walks a day, but since I have moved out from living with my husband, I don’t.  (I used to walk our dog.)

What  kind of things are you doing to get exercise?

Here is story form yahoo news. Should You Dump Your Doctor?

These are just little things…but I remember having to wait in the waiting room a very long time.

I try to eat organic, but I can’t always. Last night I took cut up organic celery and some orange sections to my support group. The orange was not organic.  I was the only one to eat it…everyone else was eating chips. I ate some chips too, but they were those blue chips. I also sneaked some chocolate.

Can’t afford organic all the time?  Here are the foods you should always try to get organic because of the use of pesticides on the non-organic. See this link.


5 non organic pesticide foods to avoid

1.peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, strawberries

See the whole story from Care2 here:

Read full story here chimp tried to kill women’s best friend.

Xanax discussed in this link:

Police said that Travis was agitated earlier Monday and that Herold had given him the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in some tea. Police said the drug had not been prescribed for the 14-year-old chimp.


In humans, Xanax can cause memory loss, lack of coordination, reduced sex drive and other side effects. It can also lead to aggression in people who were unstable to begin with, said Dr. Emil Coccaro, chief of psychiatry at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Well, I told readers that I would give yoga a more serious try. This week I have gone on both Monday and Tuesday. On Monday I took an easy lunchtime session and today in the late afternoon I took Kundalini Yoga. Wikipedia says: Kundalini yoga is a physical and meditative discipline, comprising a set of techniques that use the mind, senses and body to create a communication between “mind” and “body”. Read more here.

Nothing was really hard about this. There were a few times that my arms got tired and I did stop. Both times included the teacher or leader hitting a gong. It was a loud and pleasant sound. It was impossible to think about almost anything, but it was a pleasant. During the lunch time yoga the teacher came over while I was lying on the mat, and rubbed my head and neck… it felt great. Today we also had partners to pat our back….it was an anger release type thing.

The whole reason I am doing this is to bring my blood pressure down.


Pyrs wonders if this is something women have more patience for than men…I don’t know, but both Monday and today it was all women. There were some men at a previous Saturday session.

I still have to keep my mind open to this…I don’t know how some of it is different from just lying on my bed at home. But it is relaxing.

I am now watching “The Lobobtomist.” You can watch the full program on American Experience. 

Are scented candles making you sick?

I added this link because scented candles, perfumes, etc. bother me more time than I find them pleasant. This was once of my complaints of a previous yoga class.

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