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  • [quote="I'm pretty sure if I were more active, 2800mg would be no issue, but I'm not and will not be for a while. "[/quote] High activity levels do make a difference. I can tolerate close to 2000mg of sodium if I'm out biking or hiking that day. High activity isn't my norm either but I do take in more if I've been out…
  • I'm way older than you, but I can tell you when my weight creeps to 20 lbs overweight or more, my BP creeps up with it. When I consume 2500mg of sodium a day, my BP goes up to unhealthy levels. When I asked my doctor how to get off BP pills, she said her "hard core" patients keep their sodium at 1500mg a day. When I do…
  • Great job! I have staved off diabetes with diet and exercise, as well. It really is possible. My mother was on insulin for the last 15 years of her life. (She ultimately died of heart failure -- not unexpected since she wasn't interested in making any lifestyle changes.) I want to do it differently. Well done! And thank…
  • There's an extensive article in the Jan 2020 National Geographic magazine about the Blue Zone and it mentions a cookbook called "Blue Zone Kitchen" -- definitely worth the read. Disclosure: I am a "you are what you eat" convert, 20+ year vegetarian, and for the last 12 years have maintained a 90% whole-foods plant-based…
  • You sound just like me. I stepped on the scale 3 weeks ago after several months of fooling myself, and realized I had to stop this nonsense. I have cut my TV watching back because I want to break that habit of feeding my face while watching TV. I'm considering putting the workout equipment in front of the TV and moving our…
  • Count how many food commercials you are seeing. It's a whole trigger in itself! Sports commercials are the worst! I've decided it's a subliminal thing. It has (for me) nothing to do with hunger. I never snacked in front of the TV because of hunger. It's just a bad habit. I knit in the evenings to keep my hands busy. I have…
  • This. Hubby used to bring me two of my favorite weaknesses, Fritos and Peppermint Patties. You know, the "foods" to which I had no resistance whatsoever. He did it to please me, not with malice. I totally get what you're saying. I had to explain to him that he had to stop doing that, stop bringing in certain (for me)…
  • Now is a good time to think about your health. I took my good health for granted when I was young but I'm here to tell you that taking steps NOW to stave off diabetes and high blood pressure and whatever else is headed your way is always a good idea. I took my health for granted till my early 50's even while a parent and…
  • I hear you. Most of us women have made our peace with the fact that men seem to lose weight faster. It can certainly be frustrating for us. Hubby only weighs 30 pounds more than me and he's 6" taller. We eat differently, too, which makes eating out less fun. We've both embarked recently on shedding the extra 20 pounds…
  • It is on Roku I believe. Maybe a friend has Roku and you can binge watch the first 3 episodes together?
  • I just saw the first episode on TV last night. I read an unfavorable review in my local paper so decided to see for myself. I liked it. Great actors! It kept me watching the whole way through. I'm not sure I agree with some of the messages in it, but it definitely speaks to me and doesn't sugarcoat life in this man's…
  • Check out this group: They are all following Eat To Live, as I am. https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/group/100425-eating-to-live
  • I totally love being a retired empty-nester. I agree with many here; it leaves you plenty of time to focus on YOU and do what you need to keep yourself healthy and engaged. Hubby and I spend lots of quality time together, and (just as important) our own personal quality time apart. It takes time to find a new rhythm to…
  • I completely switched my diet to the books "Eat To Live" and "The End of Diabetes" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman after being diagnosed pre-diabetic in 2010. Having a mother on 3 times a day insulin already, and a younger sibling with diabetes, I knew I didn't want to end up the same. I am completely non-diabetic now (blood sugars in…
  • Time. I give myself time. I allow myself blocks of time to indulge in one of my hobbies. The luxury of uninterrupted time to do something I love is the best gift I can give myself.
  • Vegetarian Times has a great link on their website about how to effectively store your fresh fruits and veggies so they last as long as possible. It turned things around for me and now I am pretty darn good at it. We eat lots of fresh whole foods like that so it was a good lesson for me. I plan meals based on what will go…
  • Eating out is a real treat again because we do it so rarely. Heck, eating a meat meal like a big steak is a rare treat for hubby anymore. It's nice, actually, that things like that are a treat again. As a kid, my parents so rarely took us out to eat that it was a huge event. Simple things can be a real treat again. That's…
  • More/less?: Definitely less. About $100 a month less, for two people. Why?: - almost zero $ on fast food, eating out, junk food, pre-packaged junk, etc. - cooking LOTS more at home from scratch, with plant-based whole foods - am a master at where/how to store veggies & fruits best and plan meals based on what will spoil…
  • My daughter is 5'9" and she looks perfectly smashing at 140 lbs (whereas I'm 5'5" and look too heavy at the same weight). I agree, don't worry about clothing size; focus on health and feeling good. Us shorties have to work harder to keep a normal weight, but I try not to get too focused on "thin" and aim for "health."
  • I highly recommend Forks Over Knives (great cookbook) and recipes from Eat To Live Cookbook. I was a rather unhealthy over-weight vegetarian for 15 years before I realized how to be a healthy normal-weight vegetarian (sometime vegan) with these two resources. It took me a few months to re-tool my cooking skills and…
  • I'm a 5 year veteran of Dr. Fuhrman, meaning I've actually TRIED the lifestyle instead of deciding it's "weak." (whatever that means...) I would highly recommend Eat To Live, or the Forks Over Knives lifestyle, based on my improved health following it. I got started with "Diet For A Small Planet" -- great book -- and have…
  • I bring along my own cooler full of fruits and vegetables when I'm facing a road trip. Certain canned goods like pre-cooked beans, soups work great. Pre-cook brown rice; it keeps well, as does cooked beans. Chop salad fixings ahead of time. I have a set of square Tupperware containers in which to store food. I have two…
  • Green leafy vegetables have calcium in them and many people can absorb the calcium better than in a pill form. Even better than foods "fortified" with calcium. Eat those greens!
  • Yeah, fish is meat, too. I haven't deliberately eaten beef, pork, fowl for 20+ years (and rarely eat dairy) and only occasionally will have fish (which I don't really like anyway). I can eat fish without noticeable ill effects; it's the heavy animal-fat sauces that really do a number on my stomach. When I have accidentally…
  • My granddaughter (she's 10) told me that I was pretty "skinny" for a grandma. Makes me smile every time I think about it.
  • -- I am still the same person I was when I was fat; I didn't magically change into that (finally) perfect person and all my problems didn't disappear with the excess fat. -- I fit in even the super-cheap airline seats with room to spare. -- People who have never known me fat think I have always been a normal weight.
  • I'm inspired by your story. Thank you for sharing. I was kicking myself for gaining back some of the 50+ pounds I lost 4 years ago. You are right, it's foolish to waste time wringing my hands. This is totally do-able. I'm doing it. Thanks for your insights about what many of us face.
  • It does me good to read all the posts and see what everyone has been doing. Those grilled portobellos look delicious! As does the cilantro avocado cream topping. I love quinoa and especially with sautéed vegetables in it. I’m not sure I’ve tried Mediterranean quinoa, though. It freezes well, by the way, as does brown rice.…
  • Alas, I have been MIA lately, too. But I just enjoyed reading about everyone's adventures in April. I'm so glad you all are here. It lifts my spirits to know ya'll are out there striving and thriving! I wanted to share a link about Dr. F and there's some interesting recipes here, too.…
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