How I got Rid of Food Hangovers

One of the things that I love about Bright Line Eating (BLE) is that you do not have to “track” your food.  What I mean by that, is that all of your food is weighed, so there is no need to track calories.  The program defines what serving sizes are and what servings you can have at each meal.  For example, for breakfast, if you are a woman on the weight-loss program, you will have one protein, one fruit, and one grain.  There is a simple chart available that lists each category and serving size.  It’s so simple, that I had most of them memorized in no time.

This also means that since sugar and flour are the only things that aren’t permitted, that there are some choices that are better than others.  I knew this.  I always knew this.  But, I also know that I am not good at knowing or realizing how caloric some foods are.  The same goes for sodium, which I have horrible inflammation from if I eat very much of it.  I was having times that I was waking in the morning with what I call a food hangover–eyes, fingers, etc., swollen with water retention; weight gain; and feeling groggy.

Considering all of this, I decided to start tracking my food.  It’s not something that I like to do, but I considered it a necessity.  For that, I am using a program called Cronometer.  Here is why and what I like about it:

  • The free version tracks your nutrients for free.  Most other programs, require you to pay for this.
  • I believe it to be very accurate.  Not just anyone can add food to the database.  If you have a food that is not in the database, you can add it and then submit it to Cronometer.  You have to input all the nutrient information from the label and submit photos.  You can then use it in your tracking as a custom food.  Once Cronometer has reviewed your submission and it is verified, you will be notified that it is now in their database and it will be removed from your custom food list.
  • Since all my food is weighed, I need to be able to log my food by weight, not volume.  This has been easy to do with Cronometer.  This has not always been available for me in other programs.img_20190319_231453
  • It does a nice job of importing my weight, sleep, pulse, and activity from my Garmin.
  • I can creat custom foods and recipes.

What I don’t like about Cronometer:

  • Cronometer does not export my food consumption to any app or device that I have.  This has been a huge disappointment.  I have been manually imputing my calories at the end of the day into My Fitness Pal because that is what Garmin uses to track your calories.

This has been an enlightening experience for me.  As I said before, I was not very good at knowing what the caloric and sodium content of foods are.  But, with Cronometer I was able to quickly see a few foods that I was eating that needed to be cut.  With BLE, potatoes are considered a grain.  That means you can have hash browns for breakfast, and I found some hash brown patties at the grocery store that I fell in love with.  Not only were they high in calories compared to other grain choices like oatmeal or shredded wheat, but they were also loaded with salt.

Another food that I love that is high in calories are nut butters.  It was shocking to see how high in calories they are compared to other protein choices such as yogurt.  I now split my nut butter with another protein which saves me about 100 calories.

So, March has been a time of fine tuning and making adjustments–otherwise known as researchimg_20190319_231230.  It’s been a good experience.  It has made me more aware of what is in the food I’m eating and how it affects me.  It’s also made me try foods and food combinations that I don’t normally eat.  With Cronometer I can view my nutrients and with the touch of a button, view what I’ve eaten that day that contains those nutrients.  This has been a huge help in cutting down the sodium.  It’s nice to be on more of an even keel instead of having the ups and downs.  And, I’m glad to report, no more food hangovers!

Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.  Isaiah 30:18

 

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AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube

An incredible, FREE resource for homeschoolers!

LONDON — The Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world’s most comprehensive newsreel archives, are together bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube. Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date.

The two channels will act as a view-on-demand visual encyclopedia, offering a unique perspective on the most significant moments of modern history. Available for all to explore, the channels will also be powerful educational tools and a source of inspiration for history enthusiasts and documentary filmmakers.

The YouTube channels will include more than 550,000 video stories dating from 1895 to the present day. For example, viewers can see video from the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Marilyn Monroe captured on film in London in the 1950s and Twiggy modeling the fashions of the 1960s.

via AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube.

My Apple Store Experience

I paid a visit to a local Apple Store last week.  It was the first time I had been to an Apple Store.  The whole experienced knocked me off my feet.

When I went inside, there was someone there to greet me.  I just said hello and went over to look at the MacBook Pros.  (I’d been dreaming of buying one for quite some time.)  I had looked at ordering one online, but then decided I wasn’t sure what size I wanted.  That is what prompted my visit.  I decided that a visual comparison was in order.

I immediately noticed that the store was packed.  Not only with customers, but employees.  There was about a 1:1 ratio of employees to customers.  You certainly don’t see that in any other retail store.  Everything in the store looked bright and shiny.  There were rows and rows of Apple products ready for you to put your fingers on–literally.

After doing a little browsing I walked up to the genius bar and asked for someone to assist me.  Within less than a minute, I had someone by my side.  I don’t know how they select who is going to help you, but it was a perfect match.  I know Apple sometimes has special events at their store, so I asked if there was a special event going on or if the store was always like that.  I was told that this was business as usual.  Wow!

The person that helped me was friendly, patient, and answered all of my questions.  He never acted like he was in a hurry or that I was a bother.  If I asked a question he didn’t know the answer to, he quickly got the answer from another employee.  What really astonished me was that he never, and I mean never, asked me if I wanted to buy something–not even a hint or insinuation.

Finally, I did decide to buy the computer I’ve been dreaming of!  I figured I could either take one home right then, or I could go home and order one and wait.  He pulled out his handheld device that looked like a phone, and I purchased it right there on the spot.  There was no problem with the educator discount.  All I had to do was show my homeschool membership card, and it was accepted.  As soon as we started the transaction, another employee brought the computer out to us. Once we were finished with the purchase, he asked me if I would like help setting the computer up.  I didn’t see any reason to say no, so we took it out of the box right there and went through the setup process.  It took about 15 minutes.

Apple has certainly figured out what customer service is all about.  With their quality products and excellent customer service it is not a surprise that Apple is doing such a bustling business.

Eye of the Tiger on the Dot Matrix Printer

If you ever owned or worked with a dot matrix printer, you got to see and hear this. To think that we could’ve been listening to music while we worked!

By Lori Camper

Mobile Phones 18 Times Dirtier than Public Bathrooms

We’ve all heard the hoopla about how dirty public bathrooms are, or more specifically, the handle on the door.  A study has now shown that your smartphone screen is 18 times dirtier than a public restroom.  And to think that you put that up to your face!

I visited a bathroom recently that had a device at the bottom of the door so you could open the door with your toe.  My first impression was that this was only good for the healthy, strong, nimble, and well-balanced people–not for old people like me that no longer have it all together.

Quite some time ago, I tried the self-checkout at the public library.  It asked way too many questions, and after each question you had to push the next button.  This was all on a touch screen and all I could think was that I didn’t want to be touching this screen after a bunch of kids with runny noses had been touching it all day.

Those that are innovative, like Dan Barnes, use situations like this to create a new product and make some money.  Hurray for Dan!  Dan has created Phonesoap which sanitizes and charges your phone.

How dirty is too dirty?  We cannot ever be germ free.  I don’t think I’ve ever gotten sick from a public restroom or from using my phone or anyone elses.  Does all of this really matter, or are we becoming germaphobes?

The smartphone “is always warm, stored in dark places, so bacterias are growing on your phone,” said Dan Barnes, co-founder of Phonesoap, which was displaying its device which sanitizes a phone and recharges it.

Barnes said he got the idea after reading a study indicating “that mobile phones are 18 times dirtier than public bathrooms.”

via Smartphone apps multiply, but so do germs – Yahoo News.

My Tweets for January 13, 2014

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My Tweets for November 28, 2013

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