Friday, January 20, 2012

Some great blogs to follow.

Hello everyone. Just wanted to stop by and tell you about a few of the blogs that I have found through your recommendations or my own searches.. One of my favorites that Kay recommended is "Can You Stay For Dinner", Great advice and recipes from someone who has lost weight and kept it off.

Another blog that I like and I get delivered to my email is "". Maria is a registered dietitician and her blog has great info and recipes. If one of you turned me onto this blog, thank you. I have so many that I try to read, and I forget who gave me the tip. Here is a post from todays blog. I found this fascinating, as we often don't realize that things like taco seasoning and other packaged seasonings can  have ingredients that may be harmful to us.

The post below is copied from

Here is another pantry item to throw out! To find how to properly stock a pantry, check out my Pantry List in SECRETS TO A HEALTHY METABOLISM.

Do you still have pre-packaged Taco Seasoning in your pantry? If you do, check this out!

Ingredients: Yellow Corn Flour, Salt, Maltodextrin, Paprika, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color (sulfites).

There are a few issues with using prepackaged spice mixes. First off, caramel coloring is a food dye that is in the process of being banned by the FDA due to it's links to causing cancer. Another issue is the maltodexterin...the danger is that maltodextrin is very high on the glycemic index: 105. This is 5 points higher than glucose which is 100. And, it is almost double that of sugar which is around 59. AND ingredients are listed in the order of prevalence...they don't even list a spice until the 4th ingredient! I'll stick to making a triple batch of my own mix and keeping it in my pantry!

She goes on to list a great recipe. So check it out.

Another blog that I enjoy for the dose of spirituality that I so crave, is called Finding Your Soul, by David Anderson. David is a minister and his blog is I find his posts spiritually enlightening and very thought provoking. He is the husband of chef Pam Anderson, and the father of Maggy and Sharon. They have a cooking blog called This is not a low carb or sugar blog, but many of the recipes I found do fit into our way of eating.

Yesterday, I forgot to say, that on weigh in Wednesday I stayed the same in the weight. I did come up a bit from that big 7 pound loss. I knew that was a freak thing due to not eating and probably dehydration. But I'm still trending down. It is going to be tough however, because there are a ton of bad things at my brothers house. The neighbors and friends are sending cakes, cookies, scones, and snack baskets to name a few things. It's hard to resist and there was an incident with a snickers bar that I'd rather not talk about. Of course this was in my own home ( left by my son) so there is no excuse. I was weak, tired, hungry and still so very sad. I fed my emotions, and I knew it while I was doing it. It felt great going down, and I felt terrible the rest of the nigh,t and even this morning.  Lesson learned. I know better, I will do better. End of story. It's a new fresh day ahead of me.

And one last thing. If any of you are having any trouble posting on the blogs let me know if you figured it out. Sherri emailed me that she can't leave any comments on my blog, and the page goes blank when she tried. That has been happening to me on some of the blogs too. For instance I was able to post on Kay's blog this morning, no problem. However, on Rosalie's page, when I tried to click on her blog, the page went blank. I had to go to the dashboard, and then click on her blog name, and then it opened up to the current post and only then could read and comment. I tried to google this and get an answer to the problem, but came up with nothing. And if any of you know how to leave a comment when you use google reader, I would greatly appreciate it. I just can't figure it out. I l love having the posts in one spot and Amber did mention that you could comment on reader, but I can't seem to do it.

Hope you all have a great day. As always I am sending you all the biggest of hugs!

Thought for the day: Take on one change at a time, and go slowly. Implement each change consistently so that it becomes a habit. - Jake O'Callaghan


  1. Thanks for the reminder about the taco season. We are huge taco fans at my house - I even buy the seasoning at Costco. I have made it myself, so I should know better, but I didn't realize that maltodextrin was so bad. And now I need to look up to see if caramel color is in the one in our cupboard.

    You know I think that you shouldn't feel guilty about the snickers. You consciously ate it, felt like you needed it, and should just take it at that and move on. That is one of the best candy bars to slip on, I think, because it actually has some nutritional value in it.

    Hope you have a better day today!

    I have trouble with google reader. if I want to comment back on blogs I almost always run to my laptop and go to the dashboard for the latest blogs. Sorry I am not really helpful. ;)

  2. HI Pattie,
    I never realized before how bad some stuff is for us. I used to use that kind of stuff all the time but now I just put some spices on the meat myself instead.
    Thanks for the list of blogs.
    I never have problems commenting, I always use the Google Chrome browser.
    Have a great day :-)

  3. Like Rosalie, I use Google Chrome and have not had any problems. I hope you all get it figured out soon.

    Downward on the weight is good. :) Don't sweat the slip-ups. Considering what you're going through, you're doing great.

    The whole maltodextrin thing, that's why I don't understand why Maria recommends using Just Like Sugar because it has maltodextrin in it. I asked her about that but she never replied to me. The maltodextrin comes from the chicory root, but it's still maltodextrin. Instead of saying that it's maltodextrin from chicory root, they list it simply as chicory root, which I think is misleading and wrong. And the nutritional facts for a serving is just 1/2 tsp. I don't know anybody that only using 1/2 tsp. of sweetener when they are baking, do you?

    I talked about this on my blog. The info on Just Like Sugar is at the end of the post.

  4. Seems Chrome is the answer, I never hear of problems when you use it to comment. To comment from Google Reader I installed an the Chrome extension Super Google Reader