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Calorie Count New Recipe Analyzer Sep 16 2013
03:24 (UTC)

After all the feedback the analyzer still won't work.  Guess Free means no service?


The Lounge Do you think there is some truth and/or wisdom in this statement? Apr 22 2013
16:22 (UTC)
Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

"It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society.

Science in pure form is not to blame.  Scientists with an agenda are suspect.  Philosophy and Government can be pointed at, however, as this age of Political Correctness has turned people into self-filtering sheep.  We are so afraid of offending people--because of litigation or penalty of law--that any reference to God is suspect.  The hypocrisy is that our elected officials defend the rights of non-JudeoChristian religions.

It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid.

This statement seems to miss the last decade.  Religious fanaticism is what is driving terrorism.  Materialism is more the culprit: people put careers, sports, entertainment and family ahead of worship.  The more people become entrenched in things the less concern they have for a higher power.

When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit, when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past, when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain, when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion, its message becomes meaningless."

There is a saying "when the rug is crooked, the master will not sit." Form over faith is certainly kills belief; it is the part of the religious leader to instruct and inspire their charges to actually seek a connection with their creator and live by the code that the religion dictates. 

The Golden Rule of "Do Unto Others as You would have Others Do Unto You" are words to live by as are any doctrines of Peace and Love.

The scandals of child abuse and the political struggles over same-sex marriage have done much to keep our generation away from religion.

The bottom line is that one must be exposed to a belief and choose to follow it; it all boils down to what you feel inside--is this life all there is, and if not you must find a Way that speaks to your inner truth.



Recipes What am I to do with a 5lb bag of red potatoes? Feb 03 2012
14:59 (UTC)

Two of my favorites are bean stew and tuna puffs.

Bean Stew -- A quick meal Anytime:

Microwave 1 or 2 red potatoes; about 6 minutes or until soft.  Don't forget to poke holes in the potatoes and wrap in a paper towel to get them steamed.

In a large pot or wok, add 1 cup of chopped broccoli and 1 cup of water or low sodium stock,and put on to boil.

As the water heats up, add 1/2 cup of cooked or canned beans (I use pintos, garbanzos, or lentils made from dry 1/2 bag at a time).

Add a teaspoon or so of chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder, or whatever spices you like.

When the potatoes are done, dice them up and add them to the stew, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, dissolve 2 tablespoons of flour into 1/2 cup of water

Bring the heat back up on the stew, and when starting to boil, stir in flour and water to thicken the stew.  I also add some white pepper for added flavor.

Reduce heat, simmer and serve.

You can also put in a Cali blend or spinach, or kale instead of the broccoli.

This meal takes about 15 minutes to make from scratch, so it is good for lunch or dinner.  You can also make more portions at the same time, by multiplying the recipe; stew always tastes better after a night in the fridge.

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Tuna Puffs: Another quick recipe for one or two.

Microwave two small red potatoes or one large, about 6 minutes

Dice potatoes and put into a large bowl or food processor.

Add one can of tuna, one egg, and two tablespoons of flour.

Season to taste and mix until well blended.

I use a GT Express oven to bake the mixture

In a toaster or conventional oven, preheat to 350F

Grease a small multi-compartment baking pan (like a muffin pan) and add the mixture

Bake until it passes the "toothpick test" about 15 minutes.

This recipe makes two servings.



Health & Support Why Can I Never Stop? Dec 31 2011
05:02 (UTC)

First give yourself a pat on the back for recognizing an issue with the healthy eating style you are cultivating.

I think you're wise not to over eat; however, I am note experienced with anorexia. More experienced posters say it is all right to boost your caloric intake, but I'd say check with a doctor as to how many calories are good for you in your recovery.

I would think you should let your body get used to healthy amounts of food.  Gorging yourself would make you feel sick, regardless.

It's hard when you first start a change in your eating habit.  People know what you did and with food, especially, they'll tell you to tuck in whether you want it or no.

I now eat a healthy amount and ask for a takeaway container at restaurants for left overs, and at home I just take the amount that I want.

I know it's hard to walk away, but I just say to my friend or family I'm minding what I'm eating and say what I have on my plate is good for me.

I also drink a lot of tea--especially at night.  Green tea is good plain, or I use Stevia and non-fat milk in my black tea or chamomile.  I get a good full, warm feeling from a cuppa with few calories as a result.

Cheer up and keep eating healthy.

Foods Suggestions for chicken portion size? Oct 28 2011
21:07 (UTC)

You could dice up the cooked chicken breast as well, and then measure out one  cup; that is 231 calories according to Calorie Counter for 4.9 ounces/ 140 grams.  Cut the portion accordingly to how many calories you want to have.

Look into beans as an alternate source of protein.  I like to half-half meat and beans (garbanzos or pintos) in a chilli like blend.

The Lounge Ouija Boards - any spooky stories? Oct 28 2011
20:57 (UTC)

I had the pleasure of being mentored by a man who practiced dowsing (water witching) and he believed in communion with the spirit world.  We went for several years to a "deep trance" channel, who let Spirits speak through him.

According to what he said, any low-level entity(or even your own ego) can take charge of the Ouija board if you don't shield yourself with white light -- the same as when you dowse.

I use black obsidian to shield myself when I use the pendulum or medicine cards (Native American symbols, similar to tarot cards).

One time, when a friend of friend (who was troubled with multiple addictions) wanted a reading, I got out my largest black obsidian piece-- it was jet black all over-- and held it while I did the reading. It got very hot during the session.

When I let go of my stone, a large white spot was burned into it

I cleansed my stone with salt and sage and thanked the I AM that my stone friend shielded me.



The Lounge Your thoughts... Oct 28 2011
20:42 (UTC)
Original Post by peebeegee:

We've all been there.

....A boy, my friend I will name John, was getting picked on... again. This time it was from cousins. That's right, his family. (small towns means a lot of family goes to school with you). They picked on him relentlessly, like usual. They threw food at him, and it hit him in the face. Now there was a group of people (I don't remember the number, but above 10). laughing. His face turned red. He slipped out a knife from his pocket. Very small, triangular blade, and lunged. He cut the oldest cousins neck (more than a scratch, stiches required). Me and the guy sitting next to me (Both of us fit at the time) Pulled John off the boy, grabbed the knife, and by the time we had the knife the principal was already there. We spent the next 3 weeks with psychologists and police to get the truth.



So what are your t houghts on bullying?


Bullies usually come from dysfunctional, abusive familes.

My neighbor was a bully; I couldn't win a fight with him and his mother's opinion was "boys will be boys."  Meanwhile, she was a high standing member of the church.

That's why victims take guns or knives into school: to extract the rough justice that the school, parents, and police fail to provide.

In Newark, NJ a boy was knocked down and pounded by a dozen other boys.  No doubt he has fantasies about bringing a Glock into school and getting revenge.

Not only should the child be charged, but the parents as well.  If you didn't know what your child was doing, then you're not doing your job.

Motivation The Darker Side of Losing Weight? Oct 20 2011
19:24 (UTC)

Hi Cleach:

I guess it depends on the friend or family member. 

When my dad stopped drinking, he'd say "have one for me" to his drinking friends. 

I think a similar response would work:

"I'm good, thanks, but you enjoy--it looks delicious."

If the person takes your modified eating habit as an offense, it is their guilt showing.  They're angry at themselves and are in denial.

After a while, most of my dad's drinking buddies found other friends to hang with; you'll probably find some friends & family will find other people to hang out with as well.

Motivation The Darker Side of Losing Weight? Oct 20 2011
15:37 (UTC)
Original Post by emmykate88:

Hey.  I was just curious if any of those in-progress people out there have any...hesitations about what might await them in their thinner life.  Here are some of mine:

1. I'm afraid I'm going to turn into one of those people who judges overweight people for not losing the weight

2. On some deep level, I feel like I'm proving right all those people that made fun of me when I was little.

3.  I've never had a serious relationship.  I'm afraid that, if I do meet someone AFTER I've gone through this journey, I'll always be wondering, "But where were you when I was fat?"

Those are the big 3.  I'm sure there are more.  What about you?

My answers to your three concerns as they apply to me:

1) Winston Churchil came out of a bar quite drunk.  A London dowager stopped him and said "Sir Winston, you're drunk!"  Churchil responded "And you, Madame are ugly, but in the morning I will be sober." 

How you feel about people doesn't change overnight.  If you had an inner dislike of overweight people, it was probably been there all along.

2) Worrying about what people think has been part of the hive mentality that has plagued this country for years.  Are you losing weight for them or for yourself?  If it is the former, the means justify the end and you will probably not keep the weight off. 

If you are losing weight because you want to, and feel better with the pounds off, than dismiss those "I told you so" people as hurtful.  I didn't loose a pound until I decided I was ready.  People who say to me "Don't you feel so much better now?"  get my answer of "No.  I feel like I always do."  

Loosing weight has meant changing my eating habits, having to find the money to get clothes that fit,  and I have lost a MAJOR coping mechanism--being able to stuff myself with comfort food.  I accept that, so to me it's a push in the feel better department.

3) People who judge you by your looks are best to be avoided; however, that cannot always be the case--such as when you interview for a job. 

The main thing, though, is how you feel about you.  I've always been comfortable in my own skin--no matter how much there was of it.

I've had friends for all the years I put on weight.  One said nothing, one gained weight along with me, and one gently suggested I loose the weight but wasn't critical about it.

My fat was my insulation against the cruelties of the world that I first experienced in Jr. High School and continued to experience into my twenties. 

I had two fiances leave me for people they could sponge off of while I was going to school, so I gave up the social scene.

Food became my friend.  I ate and drank to excess and stuffed myself with doughnuts and coffee to combat the stress in the office.

I hit rock bottom this past March, and started to loose weight for me.  I've lost 77 pounds and there has been no earth shattering revelations; just as there were none as I gained weight. 

I may "fit in" a little more now as I reduce towards "normal" size, but that's only appearances.  One of the worst times of my life was when I was textbook size: 6 foot one inch and 190 pounds; some of the best time has been when I was 275 pounds.

It's all a matter of perception and attitude.

Health & Support I'm just so sick of this, I need some help please! Sep 08 2011
03:34 (UTC)

Hi projectapril:

Thank you for your reply.  I may have been a bit vague; my point was not for izzie not to overload her system with food. 

I had a friend who had gastric bypass and her stomach would reject too much food and she would vomit the excess.  This also occurred with Prisoners of War when they were first exposed to regular amounts of food after a starvation diet. 

You sound very knowledgeable and you gained your knowledge through experience.  My knowledge is second hand and academic.  I practice naturopathy, but have had no experience first hand.

Liz, again, best of luck to you.

Health & Support I'm just so sick of this, I need some help please! Sep 07 2011
17:48 (UTC)

Liz, you may want to see a health professional eventually, but in the meanwhile, it will take time for your body to adjust to accepting calories and you will need time to adjust to eating more and being accepting of it.

My suggestion is to eat less more often: I would look at liquid meals to boost nutrients.  As a funny aside, a friend of mine drank a Slim "shake" after his breakfast and was complaining about gaining weight! 

Liquid supplements would be the easiest way for you to boost nutrients.

Just remember, it will take time for you to see results.  Don't look for big changes in a week or even a month.  Weigh yourself weekly, and exercise lightly to stay toned.

Finally, love yourself and accept your process as a journey. Record your thoughts  about your progress; add pictures of healthy people in clothes you like and picture yourself looking as beautiful as can be.

You can also keep a journal about it--writing stuff down (even if no one but you sees it; even erase it or throw away the paper after) can help.  See if there are any peer groups you can go to to share your recovery.

Best of luck, and keep up the good work.


Health & Support To make you laugh! Aug 31 2011
03:31 (UTC)

I haven't been measured in some times.  I think I lost about an inch of height.  I used to be 6'1", now I'm an even 6 foot.  Maybe it's gravity and the reduction of mass allows the body to rise up again?

Weight Loss Going on vacation with unlimited alcohol! Help! Aug 26 2011
14:09 (UTC)

No matter how you slice it, each serving of alcohol will be 100 to 150 calories plus the mixer (and the food).

The only saving grace will be all the extra activities you will be doing--swimming, hiking, dancing or other outdoor activities. 

If there is a gym or workout area, see if you can do a Zumba class, or go dancing, or jogging.  A 30 minute workout should burn off a moderate amount of alcohol calories.


The Lounge NJ any1? old bridge here Jul 22 2011
15:54 (UTC)

Hey.  I'm right up the road from Old Bridge, in good old Woodbridge.

Dieting does suck, but I can live with eating healthier.

Health & Support how do i stop binging Jul 21 2011
16:02 (UTC)
Original Post by zara911:

cornflakes with banana breakfast cookie as snack sandwich and crisps for lunch yoghurt and apple snack bread and soup for dinner i think its gone fine until this happens:

slice of banana bread, 1 piece chocolate cake.

2 petit pain and bread muffin with jam.

2 chocolate bars.

1 snack chocolate cake, 1 piece of bread, 2 petit pains.

1.5 litres of water.

i want to stop and want to lose weight.. :(

I believe you should be eating more healthy food as well.  The breakfast is OK (about 350 calories), the sandwich might be ok, depending what's on it (about 300 cals for a typical sandwich), but the bread and soup aren't fully balance (about 200 calories), although the apple and yogurt (200 calories) help.  It looks like you're consuming about 1200 to 1500 calories a day.

Crisps are mostly fat and salt and they're about 150 calories.

If you're logging your food, see if you're meeting at least 90% of your RDA for nutrients.  I would add in a multivitamin and maybe fish oil.

Again without your weight and height it's only guessing, but schedule 75% of recommended caloric intake for meals and 20% more for snacks.

In my case, I started at 6'0", 345 pounds.  CC told me I burned about 2900 calories daily, and could eat 2100.  I kept my caloric intake to 1950 calories, sometimes as low as 1800; however, I ate lower calorie, filling foods: I am down to 295 pounds after 5 months, and am continuing to loose weight.

My main filling foods are plain baked potatoes (great for potassium and fiber) beans--pintos and garbanzos work best for me, broccoli,  bananas, dried apricots, dried prunes, and apples.

My breakfasts vary between oat meal w/ banana to egg beaters w/ wheat toast.

Lunch can be some kind of beans, meat or fish plus potatoes, vegetables and maybe some dried fruit.

Dinner is again beans, or maybe meat or fish, vegetables and potatoes, or rice. 

Sometimes I have a Lean Cuisine meal, or even a single serve pizza.

The main thing is I keep my foods balanced, avoid fried foods, fast foods, soda, and almost all ice cream. 

I have yogurt with my apples a few nights a week, and when I make room for it, I even treat myself to a small piece of cake (reduced fat devil dog).

Green tea--the real brewed stuff, not the fake canned junk with corn syrup sweeteners--is also good.  It helps curb your appetite.  Make it strong and drink it hot or cold.

I was an emotional eater, so I've been confronting demons as well.  When I'm stressed out, I also want to eat, but I've gotten that habit mostly under control.

I either eat an apple or I have a jar of sauerkraut on hand and make myself eat a few tablespoons of that to kill my appetite.

Hope these thoughts help.

Motivation Advice for a foodie? Jul 18 2011
16:43 (UTC)

I am like you, or was; I would have rather gone to get my favorite foods than anything else in the world for a treat.  But the time came for me to say stop.

Like so many of the other posters said, it's a matter of priority: do you want to loose the weight, or do you want to continue overeating?

No matter how healthy you eat, if you eat more than you burn, you put on the pounds.  Everyone knows that, right?

Well, I knew it too, but didn't do anything about it.  Since March using CC I've lost 50 pounds.  Three things I've cut out: soda every day, fast food, and super-sized portions of food.

I drink water or iced tea w/ stevia now.  I will still have my occasional glass of soda, but I treat it as desert.

Part of my "fun" is planning my meals, so if I do want something tempting--pizza or devil's food cake--I plan my meals as to balance the nutrients and calories these fun foods use up.

On the weekends, when I'm doing work around the house, I burn extra calories, so this is when I usually schedule in my treats.  Log your activities and see how many calories you burn off doing chores.  I burned 800 on Saturday, so the bagel I had for my breakfast (with egg beater and a minute steak) was covered and then some. 

As far as other sources of non-eating fun, it's up to you: try getting something new for your hobby farm that you want (I would want a power tiller, but I can't justify it for what I do), or maybe take up a new hobby (do you can any food?) or craft.  You might be able to find something to do in order to give to the community; that is always satisfying as well.

I fought eating sensibly for over a decade (I was an emotional eater), because food was more fun than gaining weight.  Now it's not, so I've found ways to be happy with what I eat.

Good luck, and remember it's up to you.



Foods Collard Greens? Jul 15 2011
17:05 (UTC)

If fresh, I wash, then blanch my collards. From frozen, I just wash them.

Dice up some onion (1/2 an onion should do) and crush 2 or 3 cloves of garlic.

I then heat my wok, add some oil, and "season" it with the diced onion and crushed garlic.

While the pan is heating, I cut my collards into strips that are manageable on a fork.  A few zips with a chef's knife will do this task.

When the onion is soft, I add in the collard, tossing it until softened, then I reduce the heat, add 1/4 cup of water to the blend, give it a few more tosses, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. 

On an electric range, you could just shut off the element, and let it cook in the residual heat.

Seasoning is up to you.  I use some chilli powder, or you can try some mustard.  These can be added to portions after cooking, so feel free to experiment.  Duck sauce can offer a sweet contrast to the slightly bitter collard. 

You can also crumble some bacon on top, post cooking, for that "down home" flavor.

The Lounge How did that fake crap called American cheese become so popular? Jul 14 2011
21:47 (UTC)

Also see "Benny and Joon" for this culinary art form.  It's right up there with hot plates and engine block cooking.

adding picture link: s/grilled_cheese/

The Lounge How did that fake crap called American cheese become so popular? Jul 14 2011
20:51 (UTC)
Original Post by stargazer1:

Ok so which is worse... the plastic cheese sandwich or the canned tomato soup?

Oh Gawd.  Even to my low brow tastes, the tomato soup can stay in the can.  But this is worthy of another tread.

The Lounge How did that fake crap called American cheese become so popular? Jul 14 2011
20:48 (UTC)

The "ultimate" grilled cheese must be made with an iron!