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  • Although glycemic index was thought important in the past, more recent research has shown that our body's reaction to the GI of foods is not that predictable. For a good science-based take on GI see https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/carbohydrates-and-blood-sugar/ Physicians tend to have had very…
  • I'm an omnivore but thought I'd chime in anyway. One of the serious issues I have with our senior community kitchen is they seem to think vegetarian cuisine is created simply by leaving out the meat. I agree with what @FutureFit2020 suggests. Vegetarian dishes are not simply meat-based dishes made with fake meat but…
  • I completely understand your point of view. I have less than 5 pounds to go before I can say the same. I think it's a fine and important goal to have and I am delighted for you!!
  • Your weight is affected by the total number of calories you consume in relation to your expenditure of calories over time. You can distribute your calories any way you want, including what you call a cheat day, and your body will respond based on the total number of calories you consumed versus the calories you burned over…
  • Consumption of water contributes to your hydration whether it is plain, in coffee, or in a stick of celery. The old recommendation of drinking a certain amount of water per day (e.g. 8 glasses or 64 oz.) has been debunked. It is not an amount shown to matter by science and it does not enhance weight loss unless you are…
  • Best wishes to you! Make sure to follow your doctor's instructions for keeping your BP under control. I don't know what vendors are good for salt-free foods in Britain but is Mrs. Dash available in your supermarkets?
  • If you want to learn more about how to eat well and nutrition in general, check out Harvard School of Public Health's Nutrition Source, especially their "Healthy Eating Plate." https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/
  • Not only does it take trial and error but it can change over time. You really have to listen to your own body and brain and what they are telling you. You can also work to figure out what can take your mind off wanting to eat. For some folks, brushing their teeth will do it, others drink hot tea, try and bunch of things…
  • 40 mg/8 oz. glass is equivalent to about 170mg/liter which seems a bit high to me so I decided to "read up" on it. Pure water doesn't have any sodium in it. Softened water and some bottled waters can have a lot of sodium in it. The EPA recommends that tap water (whether well or public supply) have 20 or fewer mg/liter for…
  • Our bodies do need plenty of calories to heal so don't worry too much about eating at a deficit while you heal. Here's info from a medical source: https://blog.providence.org/archive/five-ways-to-heal-better-from-surgery
  • It depends on why you weigh as often as you do and what it means to you. I weigh myself every day because it reminds me that I am keeping track. For me, days without weighing lead to weeks without weighing which lead to the scale creeping up over the months and me in denial for years. That rude number on the scale every…
  • Potassium-based salt substitutes can cause kidney problems so we avoid those. We love Mrs. Dash Herb & Garlic flavor. We also have lots of other salt free spice mixes from www.penzeys.com which even has a "salt free" tab on its search page. Lemon wedges are great. Also, start stocking salt-free condiments in your fridge.…
  • I've dealt with plantar fasciitis for years. I put arch support in everything that doesn't have it, even slippers and pool shoes, and only wear shoes with good arch support. I buy inserts from https://www.theinsolestore.com/ Sadly, you will probably need to kiss cheap shoes goodbye. You don't need to pay list price,…
  • As we age, our ability to digest milk-based products decreases. Development of lactose intolerance as an adult is well documented but we also develop problems with other aspects of dairy foods. Symptoms vary among individuals from constipation through nausea, GERD, diarrhea, and excess gas. Different dairy foods in…
  • After years and years of chronic sinus infections and a "nervous" stomach ache from childhood, I finally was referred to an ear/nose/throat specialist who was also an allergist. (This was before the relationship between GERD and sinus infections was widely recognized.) He did all sorts of allergy tests including food tests…
  • Yes, indeed, 3500 and 500/day are estimates but we might consider them "best estimates." Individuals vary and an individual's weight and weight loss varies. The variations, however, do not make the basic idea a lie. I read the article linked above from Healthlink. It relies on the existence of "adaptive thermogenesis" and…
  • I agree with those who say not to dismiss anti-depressive or anti-anxiety drugs. My brain, too, was lying to me and I started taking Prozac when it first came out in the 90s. I've been on a combination of Prozac (fluoxetine) and Welbutrin (bupropion) for decades. I also used talked therapy to learn a lot about myself. At…
  • From googling, " DDP YOGA is a revolutionary approach to fitness that combines the best of yoga positions, sports rehab therapy, old school calisthenics and dynamic resistance to give you a complete workout" and "the ability to access the vast library of workouts, nutritional videos, recipes, and motivational content for a…
  • When people talk about it being okay to lose that fast if you are seriously overweight, they are talking about folks who weigh 400 pounds. At 189 pounds, you are unlikely to be able to accomplish this. Even if by some chance you are able to starve yourself into this kind of weight loss, you are likely to be unable to…
  • What @BarbaraHelen2013 said is right on the money. The idea that drinking lots of water or the common advice to drink 8 glasses a day is not based on science and is an outmoded idea. Drink what you need to keep yourself well-hydrated and judge that by the color of your urine, which should be light yellow or straw colored.…
  • This page might be a good place to start in developing your comfort with choosing carbohydrates: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/
  • The most important thing for me to keep exercising is music. I listen to 60s rock (the music of my youth) a lot of the time because it has rhythms that change with each song enabling me to change my pace. I don't notice the time going by if I have my headphones in. I use the phone and Amazon Music streaming much of the…
  • My favorite source of information to help develop a healthy diet is Nutrition Source from Harvard's School of Public Health. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/ Click on "what should I eat" and start with the "healthy eating plate."
  • My father, who had his own weight problems, used to say, "Some people eat to live while others of us live to eat." There's nothing wrong with that. The problem comes in when you eat so much food that you weigh more than you ought. So, now, I must limit my intake but I can still love food and enjoy what I eat. I live to eat.
  • Have you ever watched how much salt the chefs on the Food Channel put in things? They pour it in! I think most restaurant foods have far more salt in them than we tend to use at home when cooking for ourselves. I bet most of your two pounds is water. I know that if I get take out Chinese I gain two to four pounds over the…
  • Bacon and other processed meats tend to be calorie-dense and high in sodium, saturated fat, and a variety of chemicals like nitrates and nitrites. So, bacon is not "good for you" on our peculiar scale of good and bad foods. That doesn't mean I intend to give up the Sunday bacon that comes with brunch but I wouldn't eat it…
  • There is no body of research confirming that time of day, how many times, etc. makes a difference in weight loss or health over the long term. Do what works for you ... long term.
  • Sweet treats, especially at the end of something like a meal, the day, etc., just make me hungry! Once I start, I have difficulty stopping. If you feel you must have a chocolate candy a day, try doing it just before lunch or supper as its own special treat. Then, after you've enjoyed it for awhile, you are getting a meal…
  • The one thing I would recommend, no matter what you choose, is keeping track of your weight. If it goes up, you know you are eating too much (ignoring, as I say this, normal fluctuations due to water, etc.). I periodically have a week, as I did last week, where I just cannot log or count calories or I will be on the next…
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