“No, Hollie is NOT "mediocre." She's great. Hope she's in the Top Two along with her best guy friend on the show, Joshua! (But then they'd be competing against each other...well, they have been, all along.) Love Jessica's voice too, shouldn't cry if she lands in the top 2. Must confess to finding Philip's singing exciting, somehow. Usually. But Joshua's is exciting plus has nuance,subtlety, shading, true soul”
Mar 30, 2012 at 00:40:23
“that's just great, am diabetic and can't even have diet soda, presumably--well, when I have it I've almost always diluted it with a lot of ice water so the diet soda is about one third of the total drink, or less. Sometimes it's almost half and half, though, if my stomach needs settling. So shoot me! I feel that diet soda and artificial sweetners can be a God send for diabetics, so it's a shock to see all this anti-diet soda sentiment, as if you can't even have that anymore.”
gdzilla2 on Mar 31, 2012 at 11:07:34
“My mom is a diabetic and her doctor has told her to stay away from ALL artificial sweeteners as they are not a diabetics friend like people think they are. Your body cannot tell the difference between fake and real sugar so it reacts to the very very concentrated fake stuff just like it is a mega dose of sugar. Any idea what that does to your insulin??? Type 2 diabetes is a disease we give to our selves most of the time because of the crap we put in our bodies. My mom is diagnosed when she was 78. She is now 80 and off her diabetes medicine because she changed her entire diet to whole grains, veggies, lean meats and rarely any sugar. No sodas of any kind and no aspartame etc. If she wants a dessert on special occasions she has it with no problems.”
holdingonbarely on Mar 30, 2012 at 22:23:31
“Try Stevia, it's a plant and NATURAL sweetener! If you have on near you, Trader Joe's carries it and it is reasonable. I am using it in tea, along with cinnamon, and I don't notice an after taste! In coffee, however, I do notice the difference. I used to drink diet sodas, 3 a day or so, and eliminating them has been a challenge! I haven't had one in 5-6 years now. Most artificial sweeteners are chemical, have a strange after taste, and aspartame is one of the worst! It is hidden in soooo many foods & beverages it isn't funny. It should be outlawed!”
sensimilla on Mar 30, 2012 at 15:02:53
“you should try Zevia sodas, which are flavored with stevia. They do not affect glycemic levels.
Publix stores carry the brand. Since you are a diabetic it might be an alternative you can tolerate. They have flavor and the seltzer may calm your stomach when it needs settling. I've actually tried them - I like cherry and tangerine flavors. But if I'm desperately in need of "fizz" I'd take the lime flavored too.”
“Vivienne looks utterly enchanting! And Shiloh's face does, but her hair style and attire are so boyish and from such an early age, what's up with that? Must be a tomboy to an extreme! Maybe part of it is, she just wants to be comfortable--frilly girlie dresses aren't always so comfy, and long hair gets tangled and can be quite a pain.”
MrsBillingsley on Mar 6, 2012 at 18:02:32
“Shiloh is absolutely gorgeous IMO! One little girl chooses to dress girly and one chooses to dress boyishly. That's what's up with that.”
Mar 6, 2012 at 16:54:42
“Two of my favorite actors--Ewan MacGregor (he is adorable!) and Emily Blunt--and some romance involved--won't mind seeing this despite its apparently odd plot line with political stuff involved and sports fishing--eager to see the "Beginners" movie and glad Ewan has a love story in it too with Melanie Laurent, want to see that not just for Plummer although that's a huge draw too.”
Mar 6, 2012 at 16:43:29
“Fantastic honor, I hadn't known he is a Francophile as well as an Anglophile (like me). He's instrumental in giving the world some fabulous films, especially "The Artist" which is delightful, refreshing, imaginative, "something different" from the usual not utterly fabulous Hollywood mainstream fare.”
“This article is hilarious ! I can't imagine addiction to "Twitter," it's a big bunch of nothin'. Because Alec Baldwin didn't reply to a single "tweet" (LOL) or any of the other stars I "tweeted" except for a well known rock musican (so grateful to you!)! No, seriously, I vastly prefer to read an entire article, short story or novel, or magazine, even a "blog" which all feature soooooooooo much more than a usually insipid, asinine, banal "140 characters" !!”
Nov 28, 2011 at 23:21:04
“I think she's a beautiful person, inside and out. She and Brad even toured Vietnam war criminal prisons, they can face things I can't, be interested in important things I shy away from because it's too hard, or too depressing, too boring, etc.”
Nov 3, 2011 at 02:25:16
“How do you keep from ever wanting/eating (whole grain brown) bread, pasta (whole grain pasta), rice (brown rice), potatoes, oatmeal, pancakes (oatmeal or whole bran pancakes), sweet desserts, also the white variety of these starches, not the whole grain variety. Thanks for info !”
DrP on Nov 5, 2011 at 19:36:30
“Just say no. It's like any addiction. If you never eat those things, you cease to want them.”
Brianna Farber on Nov 3, 2011 at 14:09:55
“I don't have much of a problem although I know a lot of people do...I look at a PBJ sandwich and I see sugar, with fruit flavored sugar and a little peanut butter with sugar and I know why I would be hungry again right after eating it...add potato chips, more sugar and a sugary soda and you know why you are so tired right after lunch your body has to combat all of that sugar overload.
EVERYTHING you mentioned, turns right into sugar when you metabolize it....even whole grain....so if you eat it you may as well eat right out of the sugar bowl...and have nearly zero nutrition...except for the few tiny vitamins that they add back in...and those foods do not stick with you so an hour later you just want more...because they are almost pure sugar in your body...
I do cheat a bit...in fact I am allowed up to 100 bad starch or sugar carbs a day but for the most part I am enjoying my meat, fresh veggies, cheese and fruit and eggs so much that bread looks like sugary foam to me...I will eat the meat and veggies inside and leave the bread as part of the plate...when I eat good fresh nutrient dense food I don't want or need a pancake...I will take the steak every time :)”
Cimms on Nov 3, 2011 at 12:58:09
“Cravings went away for me after about 3 days.”
roarkee12 on Nov 3, 2011 at 08:20:00
“Wait, what's wrong with eating those things? Low carb = low energy. Just keep it in the whole grains, single servings and within your calorie limits.”
metalsmithgirl71 on Nov 3, 2011 at 05:27:08
“ohhhh.. you want it. bad. you just have to say no. after a couple of weeks, you begin to not miss it as much because you're used to not having it. i missed bread so badly!!! it takes 21 days to form a new habit. :O)”
“Michelle usually looks very pretty with her hair any way at all. I enjoyed looking at all these pictures. I still don't understand why she was chosen to play Marilyn Monroe, hope that when I see the movie, I'll understand. Hope she pulls it off. She does have some acting chops”
Aug 30, 2011 at 02:07:19
“thanx so much, Roxanne. I appreciate it. Forgot to mention I've never been athletic, was always a bookworm, but I still can move around more (LOL) and as you say, build up energy slowly until I have enough to move even more.”
Aug 29, 2011 at 19:11:29
“This sounds like an interesting, moving and sensitive film. Something different for Ryan Reynolds...wonder if he can pull off being so dramatic, would like to find out. I kind of bet that he can. He seems quite talented in a refreshingly understated way that doesn't scream "Look at me! Look at me!"”
Aug 28, 2011 at 00:10:12
“I don't have enough energy...am a low energy person, although paradoxically I feel strong. Where do people get all that energy to exercise and work out, when they're not kids anymore brimming over with natural wonderful constant fast energy? I've noticed some days I can walk faster than other days, so it's true I have somewhat more energy on some days. But not enough to work out like I've seen others really work it. I've given myself permission to "exercise slowly" hoping to gradually build up more energy and told myself it doesn't matter what I look like doing it, just do it. But I don't seem able to commit to a regular workout routine on a daily basis. And it's vital that I do so, I know. Nor can I stick to just one diet plan regularly and keep changing them around.”
Roxanne Rockafellor on Aug 28, 2011 at 10:32:16
“The energy comes from exercise. Start slow and you will build up to a point where you can do what you want to do. A few years ago I barely had the energy to walk around the block, but after enough days of once around the block I was going twice, then three time, then I got an elliptical, then I started hitting the gym, now I do weights for 3 hours a week, zumba for at least 3 hours a week, and am in the middle of P90X.
A healthy diet helps with energy too, so if you are not currently eating healthy then make the changes you need to make. You can do that in baby steps too, you don't have to do it all at once. Small changes one at a time will add up.”
Nimatoad on Aug 28, 2011 at 08:01:44
“I felt like that too... just a perpetual ball of low-energy, but man, once I started working out, it was fabulous... the problem is that it's VERY easy to revert to the low-energy, don't want to get up mode. Plus, I procrastinate, which doesn't help. If you can afford it, think about a dance class. Once you've paid for it, you'll definitely want to get your money's worth. For me, not only did it help get me on the path to more regular exercise, I'm a tad bit less of a klutz. And I'm a student with no income, so if I spend money, I'm going to USE whatever I spent it on... it's definitely easier than a trip to the gym. If your dance instructor starts to know you, you'll also feel like you have some expectations to live up to (and I promise, I was the least experienced, least flexible person in my class when I first started and no one judged me).”
“She sounds kind of ditsy to me. Some rather outrageously imaginative predictions, really out there, must you say "she may be right" in order to be open-minded...her prediction about Obama seems more common sense than extrasensory, unfortunately.”
Aug 8, 2011 at 21:48:49
“yes, "you can be as happy as you make your mind up to be" does seem to have some hopeful validity, be determined to be happy and not be gloomy and depressed much of the time. Choose happiness. That IS a worthwhile "chill pill."”
hp blogger Ed and Deb Shapiro on Aug 8, 2011 at 22:35:47
Aug 8, 2011 at 21:46:50
“This advice seems too "easy" too simplistic, rather glib. You can be friendly and yet people not want to be friends with you, you can be kind and still come across someone who gets mean and nasty with you, etc. You can want to laugh but have a sophisticated sense of humor that can't laugh at just anything and everything, at humor that is too "dumbed down."”
hp blogger Ed and Deb Shapiro on Aug 8, 2011 at 22:47:35
“Suzy - you say:
You can be friendly and yet people not want to be friends with you:
Be a friend - when you are a friend to yourself you will have no competition!
can be kind and still come across someone who gets mean and nasty with you, etc.
Being kind is only about yourself - how other people are is not your responsibility!
can want to laugh but have a sophisticated sense of humor that can't laugh at just anything and everything, at humor that is too "dumbed down."
Jul 22, 2011 at 01:01:31
“Jeff Bridges is a very successful actor now launching a singing career with the drop of his new album August 16. He's got something in that area, has written some unique poetic songs over the years, and one critic compared his singing voice to Eric Clapton's. He was very popular playing a singer musician in "Crazy Heart" not long ago.”
Cassandra45 on Jul 22, 2011 at 16:34:03
“But Jeff is divine and can't be compared to the rest of us normal people. He paints too. If he wasn't so funny & humble, he'd be very annoying. :)!”
“or maybe you are undersexed and just afraid of human sexuality”
Dr Swinger on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:03:52
“Susy Susy Susy. My wife and I have been swingers for 10 years now and we have only had a small number of 'extra' partners. Most swingers don't have more sex than any healthy active couple would. We just have a lot more fun, don't feel the need to cheat on our partners like so many others seem to, and really have a happy marriage. We've been together 20 years now and still act like newlyweds. We also don't have any jealousy issues which plague so many couples. Really perhaps you should save your comments on subjects you know about like attractive hats.”
“Now some are whining even diet sodas can make you obese, and also eventually drive you mad! Yes that's right, you can lose your mind and go crazy from drinking diet soda, is the claim. What are you supposed to do if you have diabetes, diet soda and artificial sweetners are a godsend. I try not to drink diet soda very often and when I do, dilute it half and half or more with water. I've always thought cola can settle your stomach, was told that repeatedly, also ginger ale so I assumed diet cola and diet ginger ale would have the same effect. That's another reason I drink diet soda sometime. Been a long time since I had a sugar soda. Diet Dr. Pepper and its sugary counterpart taste the same to me, ditto diet mountain dew and regular.”
WykydRed on Jul 22, 2011 at 16:45:03
“You know what's needed? Really? For people who make decisions for other people who won't obey THEM to take away their right to choose what to drink, eat, smoke, chew, have or wanna do to all explain -exactly - what power gave THEM the right to decide for others what they can have and what they can't, and what dire, legally bound consequences they should have to pay for not "falling in line" with the critics of what they do with their lives or their kids' lives? (See: comments below yours for fine examples, I didn't mean you at all.) I really want to hear what gives people all these rights over the rest of us. You drink all the diet soda you want, Susy. It seems Westborough is alive and well in everyone around you who can make a prissy face at what you do. Ignore 'em.”
Ms NYC on Jul 22, 2011 at 14:44:41
“Try ginger candy to settle your stomach. It can be found at most health food stores.”
Clovey on Jul 21, 2011 at 23:50:51
“Artificial sweetners are a gosend huh? Funny, since I have had to give up my Asparatame/Diet Soda vice because I am now diabetic. This godsend you speak of increases blood glucose levels and is terrible for diabetics. I won't even go into the cancer thing or the fact its a nerve toxin or the disgusting embalming effect on your liver.”
French Toast on Jul 21, 2011 at 00:04:40
“Diet sodas can and do make you obese.
"What are you supposed to do if you have diabetes, diet soda and artificial sweetners are a godsend."
Water. And the natural fluids that come in the from of whole fruit and vegetables.
Soda isn't a necessary part of your diet. If you want to drink it, do. But don't pretend like it's anything worthwhile.”