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Title: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on December 27, 2011, 11:11:28 AM
Sharing these foods here. I posted them on my Spark People diet page. It's a site really helping me (along with Nutrisystem.)
English Sweet Crispbread with fruits and nuts RYVITA brand, 1 slice is one serving. Delicious! Calories low fiber high minerals relatively high no saturated fat no trans fat no cholesterol. Got some protein a relatively high iron content. Daughter found it. Publix market.

She also found: Miracle Mayo Calorie Free Walden Farms brand. It tastes like miracle whip to me. Good enough. She also found Fat Free Salt Free Rice cakes at Publix. Publix brand.
(Usually shop COSTCO, WAL MART but Publix has some good items. )
Found at COSTCO: Roasted salted seaweed, Korean, the brand is Being Blue. So yummy! 30 calories!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on December 27, 2011, 11:22:51 AM
I am currently dong Nutrisystem delivered.
I supplement this diet with the following foods:
Low fat low calorie type of canned soups - cases, COSTCO
skim mozzarella cheese, shredded - we get it in bulk at COSCO
Turkey or chicken meat, low fat, lean thin slices, deli meats.
Greek Yogurt
Honey
Diet cocoa
roasted green salsa
pkgs fire sauce or roasted fire sauce.
some easy to eat fruits such as pears or apple pears...
More later...
Oh yes didn't diet during the holidays...knew I wouldn't. Doing OK thought... Just had a "combo meal" of diet Nutrisystem chicken fajita, added skim cheese, baked squash and stuffing  from a holiday get together... green veg good leftovers.
Everyone is different I find that foods such as pumpkin pie are not so terribly fattening...pumpkin is very nourishing and has medicinal strengthening qualities. Even the pecans on the pecan pie in moderation are very nourishing... Nuts nourish the lining of the nerves..
If not possible to be moderate between now and January 02 then just allow some then step back and cut back a little.. Enjoy though.... don't be discouraged just get back on that diet "bicycle" and keep on riding until you reach your goal.
I wish you all the best of luck,
Barb Townsend
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: BuddhaKitty on December 27, 2011, 11:24:19 AM
A yogurt before one of your main meals is good for you and can help with weight loss. Try the naturally flavored stuff without high fructose corn syrup. The bacteria in it will help clean out your gut and help digestion.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: BuddhaKitty on December 27, 2011, 11:42:13 AM
... Nuts nourish the lining of the nerves..

Barb, I've added a generous handful or of nuts today to my diet for the past (at least) 3 months and I'm happy to say that my MS symptoms have been completely dormant.
If I continue this, get an MRI in a couple of months and see some healing, that would be groundbreaking... For now, it's wishful thinking.  :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: BuddhaKitty on December 27, 2011, 11:44:02 AM
Not "today". But you know what I meant.  ;)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on December 27, 2011, 12:28:24 PM
Just wanted to mention that somehowI had managed to lose seven pounds in seven weeks, per my most recent Dr's visit.  I really hadn't changed that much in my eating habits, except cutting out the aspartame completely (especially the diet sodas), and just cutting back on the chocolate and sweets.  I really feel eliminating the aspartame is the best thing I could have done, and what might have truly been the biggest part of the equation.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: jrobert69 on December 27, 2011, 12:57:32 PM
Thats great, you lost it slowly and it will stay off.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: BuddhaKitty on December 27, 2011, 01:06:55 PM
Way to go enlightenme! We are all rooting for you.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on December 27, 2011, 01:29:16 PM
Thanks Guys!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Sunnybug on December 27, 2011, 01:42:20 PM
Yes - good job!

I've not gained or lost so for the holiday season I figure that is good and I'll get serious about losing now!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: BuddhaKitty on December 27, 2011, 01:53:20 PM
Sunnybug you did way better than me, I think I gained a couple  :o
Good job!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on December 27, 2011, 04:04:10 PM
A yogurt before one of your main meals is good for you and can help with weight loss. Try the naturally flavored stuff without high fructose corn syrup. The bacteria in it will help clean out your gut and help digestion.

Buddhakitty - yes very true the ones without the high fructuose corn syrup much better we buy totally natural greek yogurt - either with natural fruit or honey.
 :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on December 27, 2011, 04:07:09 PM
... Nuts nourish the lining of the nerves..

Barb, I've added a generous handful or of nuts today to my diet for the past (at least) 3 months and I'm happy to say that my MS symptoms have been completely dormant.
If I continue this, get an MRI in a couple of months and see some healing, that would be groundbreaking... For now, it's wishful thinking.  :)

I am so happy to hear that the nuts added to your diet are helping/. I think it might have been Prevention mag where I read the nuts are really essential to humans and they nourish the nerves.
That's a good thing when someone can post their success with a food - so nice to share with others too,
Thank You,
Barb T.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on December 27, 2011, 04:14:48 PM
Just wanted to mention that somehowI had managed to lose seven pounds in seven weeks, per my most recent Dr's visit.  I really hadn't changed that much in my eating habits, except cutting out the aspartame completely (especially the diet sodas), and just cutting back on the chocolate and sweets.  I really feel eliminating the aspartame is the best thing I could have done, and what might have truly been the biggest part of the equation.

Wow that is good news!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on December 27, 2011, 04:27:20 PM
I have been losing a couple pounds a week on average... will be stepping it up January 02.
the only time I did not gain weight between Halloween and New Years Day is when I was mainly vegan in my diet. Michael and I would totally pig out on the cooked veges, dressing pies and dessert but since our diet was so low in fat generally and so much fiber we didn't gain weight also we would walk a lot and we were going to Bally's three times per week and doing a yoga warmup at home too. We would start out the day with warm purified water, do our yoga (bicycle) upside down stretches followed by the regular stretches just a few minutes. then we would walk around the block a couple times. We had granny Smith apple slices, or Fuji apples. Then he made us fresh carrot juice often with celery. Michael added a clove of garlic - or some parsley or a bit of cabbage ...
We had that 20-25  minutes after the fruit because that's how fast it moves out of the stomach (the regular fruits not bananas etc.)
Perhaps an hour or more after that while we were working,
we had whole grains a mixture we got at the Bulk Bin at Naturemart, and/or Aduki beans cooked with onion garlic or carrot.  In the PM I had a big pot of root veges topped with greens, and some ghee and/or some olive oil and sea salt. sometimes Essene Bread. As I said on holidays I would eat everything at the holiday meals except the turkey...not that I didn't like it I had gone vegetarian.
On occasion I would stuff a Snickers Bar in my mouth...but I only weighed 120 for a long time.
I pretty much got away from that lifestyle... but it worked for me in many ways...
Trying to incorporate those parts I know work for me.
One thing I know for sure the morning routine I described worked for me. Now if you are running out the door and punching a time clock that might not work. I got into coffee again in the AM often I get up whether I am tired or not I do have stuff to do in the AM.
Well you all seem to be doing well and I am sure we will all learn from each other... Going to sign off for the night soon,

Barb T.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Sunnybug on December 28, 2011, 04:01:42 AM
Well Buddhakitty if you only gained a couple you are probably doing well for the season!  ;) Have to admit that I have to say no to most of the goodies because of my food allergies  :( so that is part of why I was able to manage so well this season.
Barb - that was a very healthy lifestyle! Hope you are able to incorporate some of it back into your routine. Mostly I need to add the exercise into mine - it is very hard to be consistant because of the CF but the Dr suggested Yoga and I'm also trying to do some T'ai Chi and QiGong.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on December 28, 2011, 05:55:05 AM
Well Buddhakitty if you only gained a couple you are probably doing well for the season!  ;) Have to admit that I have to say no to most of the goodies because of my food allergies  :( so that is part of why I was able to manage so well this season.
Barb - that was a very healthy lifestyle! Hope you are able to incorporate some of it back into your routine. Mostly I need to add the exercise into mine - it is very hard to be consistant because of the CF but the Dr suggested Yoga and I'm also trying to do some T'ai Chi and QiGong.

Trying to go back to some of those old habits wich were working for me... that will be a gradual process.
Say - that might be a good idea T'ai Chi, etc.
I have a T'ai chi videotape and other exercise videos my daughter got for me...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on December 30, 2011, 10:40:47 AM
How much weight lost since Nov 14 Nutrisystem and Sparkpeople? 15.15#

I copied that weight loss total from Barb's Daily Battleplan and came here to post. (I have to keep a battleplan.)
It is posted at the bottom of my Sparkpeople page, too.
So very far to go but it has really helped me this holiday season; I basically ate all I wanted still enjoying some of the holiday goodies... Working hard on this place.
I feel like my metabolism is kicking in...
Not smug about it  - it would be very hard to do if daughter was not dieting too and if she didn't order us the nutrisystem delivered.
People that are already not so overweight who already have a pretty healthy lifestyle don't need to go to such lengths... but for me it took something major.
Used to be an athlete now there are a lot of things I cannot due due to injuries... but I am starting to learn my post- injury imits, I think.  :)
I feel fine most of the time..
Good Luck All.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on December 30, 2011, 10:57:42 AM
BTW when I say I lost 15.15 # since nov 14, that’s less than 2.5 # per wk. I need to step it up a bit.
Just a bit...
Trying to meet my goal by next summer...
It is just one goal among several major goals. I'm thinking  this getting back to a normal weight will help with everything else.
Holidays set me back but I know I am not alone in that...
Even so I did drop about 3#...
I feel Jan 02 is a good point...for all of us to work harder.
We usually have roast beef or a turkey and some goodies New Years Day.  Maybe those Russian Tea Cakes I didn't get done for the holidays we already had...
Going to be a wonderful restful day and one to pause - before a big push to get things done in 2012... 
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Sunnybug on December 30, 2011, 11:27:45 AM
Sounds like you are doing pretty good Barb!  :D
I'm still just trying to get into some good habits - Forgot to "Weight in" this morning so don't know where I'm at that way. Going to start a journal again in Jan so I think you are right that it is a good time to really get serious!
Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: jrobert69 on December 30, 2011, 01:50:08 PM
Im going to try this. Just got some sesame oil. Supposed to speed up your metabolism.

http://oilpulling.com/

I was having trouble falling asleep- good sleep makes for positive higher energy day
I started taking 1 mg melatonin about 30 minutes before bed. Works great.

Anyway Ive been meaning to check it out online, seeing long term side effects and other things. Tonight I did. I also learned it also helps with migraines, something I have suffered with for many years. In the 3 weeks Ive been taking I have not had a single incident.

And guess what, it assist in speeding up the metabolism and reducing body fat in animals. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/melatonin-000315.htm

http://www.sltbr.org/melfaq.htm



 
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 03, 2012, 10:40:58 AM
Sounds like you are doing pretty good Barb!  :D
I'm still just trying to get into some good habits - Forgot to "Weight in" this morning so don't know where I'm at that way. Going to start a journal again in Jan so I think you are right that it is a good time to really get serious!
Keep up the good work!

Sunnybug Thanks for the kind words but I'm not quite back to being a good example.  ;D
I was doing fairly OK until PM of January 01 2011 - but daughter who shares house with me (blame it on her) treated the three of us - my son who is also here and daughter and I, to dinner at Bern's a fancy steak house in Tampa. Yumm including special dessert booth. We were there 'til about midnight...
Daughter had some things to celebrate and who am I to argue? Moi?

After catching a little winter's nap, weighed in about 2# heavier... Then had a bit of the leftovers from Bern's.
Last night Jan 02, we had Quizno's sandwiches, pumpkin pie and homemade whipping cream. No wine left so we had a non - fattening beverage.
Not quite back on the diet yet Had the last of the chocolate - covered cherries at lunch today - why? I wouldn't want them to sit around 'til next year, hehe.)
We use our diet foods most of the time. Today from this point on, there's nothing around but the Nutrisystem so will be doing that. If I step it up and stick with it I will be at a normal weight no later than September...
Folks, 'scuse it if so autobiographical. it helps me to talk about it.
Everyone please feel free to do the same.
I wish everyone luck...
Happy New Year,
Yowbarb   January 07 Update:
Weight is back down to where I was before the holidays... still losing weight very slowly...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: cbeyer64 on January 03, 2012, 11:53:26 AM
I love Quiznos!!!  One of my favorite places.  I haven't been exercising much after the holidays.  I have PT later today and will go to the gym as always 5 times a week since I am in the Army.  When I get out of the Army here in the next few months, I would like to try and find some hiking trails, be outdoors more and find a gym.  I am not that much overweight, but dropping 20 pounds would be nice.  I lost 20 pounds while I was in basic training, so much work!!!  My biggest downfall is sweets and candy.  I have to get off of that and have healthier alternatives. 

Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Sunnybug on January 03, 2012, 03:08:42 PM
Ya - I had some goodies over the New Year too!   :P
I lost 3lbs and then gained it back **sigh**
But that is over so we don't have anymore excuses! Time to get back on track!
Thanks for sharing everyone.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 05, 2012, 11:44:33 AM
Ya - I had some goodies over the New Year too!   :P
I lost 3lbs and then gained it back **sigh**
But that is over so we don't have anymore excuses! Time to get back on track!
Thanks for sharing everyone.

Sunnybug, that's right! No more excuses now.  ;D
Well I must be working harder than I thought on this place, back down to like a half pound of my pre - holiday weight...
Going to go log back into spark People site and log my weight...
A long ways to go...
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 05, 2012, 12:34:56 PM
Im going to try this. Just got some sesame oil. Supposed to speed up your metabolism.

http://oilpulling.com/

I was having trouble falling asleep- good sleep makes for positive higher energy day
I started taking 1 mg melatonin about 30 minutes before bed. Works great.

Anyway Ive been meaning to check it out online, seeing long term side effects and other things. Tonight I did. I also learned it also helps with migraines, something I have suffered with for many years. In the 3 weeks Ive been taking I have not had a single incident.

And guess what, it assist in speeding up the metabolism and reducing body fat in animals. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/melatonin-000315.htm

http://www.sltbr.org/melfaq.htm

Thanks jrobert69  :) this is just the kind of content we need here.
- Barb Townsend
  Topic Administrator
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Sunnybug on January 05, 2012, 12:47:18 PM
Im going to try this. Just got some sesame oil. Supposed to speed up your metabolism.

http://oilpulling.com/

I was having trouble falling asleep- good sleep makes for positive higher energy day
I started taking 1 mg melatonin about 30 minutes before bed. Works great.

Anyway Ive been meaning to check it out online, seeing long term side effects and other things. Tonight I did. I also learned it also helps with migraines, something I have suffered with for many years. In the 3 weeks Ive been taking I have not had a single incident.

And guess what, it assist in speeding up the metabolism and reducing body fat in animals. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/melatonin-000315.htm

http://www.sltbr.org/melfaq.htm

Thanks jrobert69  :) this is just the kind of content we need here.
- Barb Townsend
  Topic Administrator

Yes Thank You! - I'm going to get some oil and try it also. I'm always looking for detox methods, there is so much junk and pollution in our everyday lives.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 05, 2012, 12:53:01 PM
I love Quiznos!!!  One of my favorite places.  I haven't been exercising much after the holidays.  I have PT later today and will go to the gym as always 5 times a week since I am in the Army.  When I get out of the Army here in the next few months, I would like to try and find some hiking trails, be outdoors more and find a gym.  I am not that much overweight, but dropping 20 pounds would be nice.  I lost 20 pounds while I was in basic training, so much work!!!  My biggest downfall is sweets and candy.  I have to get off of that and have healthier alternatives.

jrobert these are good ideas...That is commendable about the gym.(Daughter and I need to re- join the gym.
We have one about ten minutes away, including with the long light we have to wait for. If it wasn't such a heavy traffic dangerous intersection I would probably walk there.)
Regarding sweets it really is a lifestyle thing.
It's hard for me to believe at one time I had my refined sugar content whittled down to what you would find in a couple teaspoonfuls of catsup.
For me it was all about who I lived with, who I cooked with, local friends, where I shopped. Even so, Michael and I would indulge in holiday goodies such as the Millionaire's Pie my mom used to make, or the Russian Tea Cakes I normally baked and brought in a gift basket for everyone.
We didn't pack on the pounds but that was only because of our vegetarian diet, and all the yoga, the gym and also walking around as part of our work. In the past I discovered I could handle the complex carbohydrates pretty well, also natural sweeteners such as honey, barley malt syrup, date sugar, and once in a long while, raw brown sugar.
There are some minerals in those natural sugars - oh yes, mollasses too.
Everyone is different and different at times in their life and health. Some people have to even go off of fruits for awhile to get back in balance. For example they would drink V8 Vegetable Juice or homemade veg juice) in place of pineapple or cranberry.
Well I supose you know all that.
For me no matter how overweight I am, I feel better if I allow some fruits and some cran juice etc.
If someone is truly prediabetic or diabetic they have to monitor how their blood sugar responds to fruits along with other foods.
Well, Happy New Year everyone...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: jrobert69 on January 05, 2012, 06:08:51 PM
When you figure out how to say no to a good tiramisu let me know, I have yet to find out how.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 07, 2012, 09:43:12 AM
When you figure out how to say no to a good tiramisu let me know, I have yet to find out how.

I really canot say no to anything like that. The only thing I can do is limit the number of experiences where these choices are given. January 07 Update:
Weight is back down to where I was before the holidays... still losing weight very slowly...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 07, 2012, 09:43:42 AM
When you figure out how to say no to a good tiramisu let me know, I have yet to find out how.

I really cannot say no to anything like that. The only thing I can do is limit the number of experiences where these choices are given. In other words if I have my diet dinner ready to fix and it's easy and no one brings donuts to the house I won't be eating them.
January 07 Update:
Weight is back down to where I was before the holidays... still losing weight very slowly...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 07, 2012, 09:52:55 AM
Lost 15.75 pounds since Nov 14 2011...
Long ways to go.
It is really helping me that my daughter who is here with me found the home delivered diet system. For both of us. my son here is sampling various items too and is thinking of trying it. He is not fat but is also a bit of a foodie and it goes to his waistline. It helps him to know that if he gets a food craving there is a 100 calorie diet ice cream goodie he can have.
It just gives some control (for the record not plugging any particular brands these are just ones I have tried.)

The SparkPeope really really helps me too I can easily log my weight and everything I eat.... A lot of items are already in their data banks and Members share specific items such as regular food items, the Lean Cuisine, Nutrisystem etc.
Also helpful:  People log their favorite fast food items so you know if you give in and have one of these, how much damage it did and if necessary you adjust the remaining calories in the day by the food intake or choosing certain items.
It works for me...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Sunnybug on January 08, 2012, 05:36:15 AM
That is great Barb!!  ;D
I've re-lost the 3 I had gained back so that is a good start for me this year. Still struggling with regular exercise, but will keep trying.
Also started my journal again - like you I find that keeping track of what I eat helps.
This is a good start!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 08, 2012, 08:22:21 PM
That is great Barb!!  ;D
I've re-lost the 3 I had gained back so that is a good start for me this year. Still struggling with regular exercise, but will keep trying.
Also started my journal again - like you I find that keeping track of what I eat helps.
This is a good start!

Sunnybug, well done!
As of  this morning doing well ...we will see if I can stick with it.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 11, 2012, 10:09:56 AM
A yogurt before one of your main meals is good for you and can help with weight loss. Try the naturally flavored stuff without high fructose corn syrup. The bacteria in it will help clean out your gut and help digestion.

I didn't really notice what you said on having the yogurt before the main meal.  :) Great idea, I had never thought of it.
Thanks,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 15, 2012, 10:26:11 PM
I managed to lose some more weight haven't been trying so hard... The mutrisystem meals on hand really help me.
I don';t stick to that exactly. I supplement the meals with shredded low fat mozarella and tonight we had like a big salad bar with salmon and sushi...
A few times more than a few we have given into pizza, hero sandwiches or like that but we have been busy and working on this place. 
Have lost 17.15 in a couple of months...
I do need to step it up but it is probably OK to do this slowly...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 15, 2012, 11:16:22 PM
Some other items that help me. To add to the nutrisystem or whatever diet meals I am eating.
Low cost, good tasting fruit gel cups made with fruit gel instead of from a calf's foot.
Used to buy the at a local dollar store...
From WalMart:
Sugar free rice pudding
Diet chocloate mousse
Low fat thinly - sliced sandwich meats made of poultry.
(We Use them in salads.)

These I get at COSTCO
Seasoned Seaweed
Greek yogurt with natural fruit or honey already there you just mix it in.
Salad bar veges like hydroponic butter lettuce bulk pack
and peeled baby carrots in bulk, tomatoes.
Stuffed olives for the salad
Shredded skim mozarella
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Sunnybug on January 16, 2012, 04:33:09 AM
Keep it up Barb it really seems to be working for you!
I'm just trying to choose healthier snacks and meal choices and avoiding sugar as much as is possible and so far this year I'm down 4lbs. (that is 2lbs a week) so I'm happy so far. Still have a ways to go tho.
Although I am trying to get some exercise, it is still not consistent so I need to keep working on that.
This is a good way to start hope we keep it up! Eye on the prize!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 16, 2012, 02:03:48 PM
Keep it up Barb it really seems to be working for you!
I'm just trying to choose healthier snacks and meal choices and avoiding sugar as much as is possible and so far this year I'm down 4lbs. (that is 2lbs a week) so I'm happy so far. Still have a ways to go tho.
Although I am trying to get some exercise, it is still not consistent so I need to keep working on that.
This is a good way to start hope we keep it up! Eye on the prize!

Sunnybug, well donw!
And you said it right, eye on the prize. After awhile it comes down to what do I want more, to sit and eat (a favorite past time) or to look and feel good for the first time in a very long time.
 :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: cbeyer64 on January 16, 2012, 04:26:00 PM
Swimming is also a good form of exercise.  We did a 3 mile road march about a week ago and my legs hurt and got two blisters on my feet from my combat boots in the U.S. Army.  I did feel good afterwards though.  I was ready to give up a couple of times, but kept up and was in the front of my company with 300 other soldiers.  :)  We did it before the sun came up at 6:00 in the morning.  I also did some squats in PT and that burned my legs a little.  We have PT or physical training five times a week in the U.S. Army.  I have to go back tomorrow to the gym.  I think after I get out of the Army in a couple of months, I will join a gym as I said.  I want to work more on upper body strength and my abs.  My legs are pretty strong and I am comfortable in my pants.  I say I am about average weight for my height.  I think I will do some swimming as well after I get out and that will also help with endurance.  I would do it here on base, but the water in the pool seems so cold everytime I go in. 

Keep up the good work Sunny and Barbara.  :)  I will keep working out as well.  :)

Chandra
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 16, 2012, 06:42:09 PM
I wish we were all as fit as you are... keep on being that way.
 ;)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 21, 2012, 09:59:20 AM
After a short fall from grace I am now again in the weight losing trend.
At this point it's 16.35 pounds....less, from Nov 14.
Long ways to go.
I need to fit into these... got wrong size by mistake:

(http://www.backcountry.com/images/items/medium/BTR/BTR0052/SVCTO.jpg)
http://www.backcountry.com/

Just kidding.

Good Luck, All,
Barb T.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Sunnybug on January 22, 2012, 05:25:45 AM
LOL Way to go Barb  ;D  at that rate you will fit those pants in no time! ;)
I've just maintained this week no loss or gain. However, I've found a park that is sort of on my way home from work that has a small mountain and several hiking trails. This should be a fun way to add some good exercise to my routine and be a nice stress reliever. \
Sunny
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Post by: Yowbarb on January 22, 2012, 06:14:28 AM
LOL Way to go Barb  ;D  at that rate you will fit those pants in no time! ;)
I've just maintained this week no loss or gain. However, I've found a park that is sort of on my way home from work that has a small mountain and several hiking trails. This should be a fun way to add some good exercise to my routine and be a nice stress reliever. \
Sunny

Sunnybug that sounds awesome... :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on January 27, 2012, 08:39:27 AM
Keep it up Barb it really seems to be working for you!
I'm just trying to choose healthier snacks and meal choices and avoiding sugar as much as is possible and so far this year I'm down 4lbs. (that is 2lbs a week) so I'm happy so far. Still have a ways to go tho.
Although I am trying to get some exercise, it is still not consistent so I need to keep working on that.
This is a good way to start hope we keep it up! Eye on the prize!

Way to go Sunnybug and Barb!!  You're all doing great!!  I've only lost a few more pounds, but a few is better than none.  I'm considering rejoing weight watchers.  A friend of mine just joined their on-line program, but I don't think I would have the time to devote to that right now.
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Post by: Yowbarb on January 27, 2012, 09:48:35 AM
Way to go Sunnybug and Barb!!  You're all doing great!!  I've only lost a few more pounds, but a few is better than none.  I'm considering rejoing weight watchers.  A friend of mine just joined their on-line program, but I don't think I would have the time to devote to that right now.

Enlightenme, I am not doing such a very impressive job now with the weight loss. At this point 15.75 weight loss and I should be at ten pounds more lost to be on my target by now. (Just figured it out, I put in my battleplans document and carry them forward day by day.)
I really have to watch out for the"exceptions" which come my way and limit them. Like the great Gyros sandwiches made by these old country folk, etc.
Well no one ever said it would be easy, still tryin'.
The main thing that set me back for a few days no computer I could easily access.  Mine was being set up then a problem with it then no Norton log in on it... That was ten days or so. Today I logged into SparkPeople and etc. logging all my food again.
The little things really do make a difference... for someone like me who is just used to eating way too much. Can't burn it off out on the track now so I cannot eat as much...
Best O' Luck  to you all,
Barb Townsend
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Post by: enlightenme on January 29, 2012, 06:30:07 PM
Well, It's still an impressive amount, I think!  Considering it's more than I've lost, you're doing better than me.  And truthfully, winter is usually when I gain weight, so any loss at all I'm considering as a big accomplishment...how about you?
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Post by: Yowbarb on January 31, 2012, 12:22:07 PM
Well, It's still an impressive amount, I think!  Considering it's more than I've lost, you're doing better than me.  And truthfully, winter is usually when I gain weight, so any loss at all I'm considering as a big accomplishment...how about you?

You are right, it's better to consider any weight loss an accomplishment. Well today I am imore in the mood to starve myself so I am partly doing that...  ;D
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Post by: JKB on January 31, 2012, 02:38:49 PM
So, I broke down and ordered some testosteroine today.  If what I have been told is true, it seriously helps men over 40 maintain their weight better.  A buddy of mine is going to try it too.  Yes, I am a Marine and the public, not to mention the Marine Corps, expects Marines to be in tip-top shape.  My conditioning isn't the issue as I can still run all day long.  I am also 42 years old, eat extremely healthy and run at least 9 miles a week, when my chronic back problems allow.  Weight never has been as issue until the last few years and my metabolism slowed to equal that of a tree sloth.  I'm tired of running all these miles just to barely stay within Marine Corps height and weight standards.  I will keep you all posted.  If it works you may want to check it out.  Only costs $30.00 a month. You can go to google and type in "Andro 400" for anyone who is interested.
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Post by: enlightenme on February 01, 2012, 05:42:35 PM
Thanks for the info JKB...I wish they had a female version of the same!
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Post by: Yowbarb on February 05, 2012, 07:40:36 AM
Losing weight slowly one step forward one step back etc.
18.8 # since mid-November...

Super Bowl Sunday...
not so sure I will be dieting,  8)
This might help,
Yowbarb

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Post by: jrobert69 on February 05, 2012, 08:22:08 AM
Cant eat any crap foods when you full of cucumbers and carrots ;D
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Post by: Yowbarb on February 05, 2012, 09:53:11 AM
Cant eat any crap foods when you full of cucumbers and carrots ;D

I suppose that's true..  :)

I don't know which team I am cheering for yet so I will have to eat both cakes, just kidding,  8)

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Post by: JKB on February 05, 2012, 10:11:20 AM
Thanks for the info JKB...I wish they had a female version of the same!

When I got my shipment in I read through all of the info that came with it.  It said that women can take it too.  I didn't pay too much attention to it but if you are interested you should go to the website.  I'm not sure what testosterone would do for a female, but apparently it does something positive.  Let me know if you need the wesite info.   :)
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Post by: enlightenme on February 06, 2012, 05:55:36 AM
EEK, I don't know, wouldn't that equate to growing facial hair, etc??????Believe me when I say, after 40, women wouldn't want to risk that, problems abound so as it is....LOL.   But let me know how it works for you, maybe a good razor would be an option???
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on February 11, 2012, 08:36:29 PM
So, my weight loss is fairly slow and steady, one step forward etc.
Lost 18 1/2  - pounds...
I do much better when I have plenty of rice cakes around and some sliced lean  turkey meat to add to my nutrisystem diet. Also it's easy to get lazy about the salad bar but that helps a bunch. (A bunch, get it?)
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What seems to work is to throw some carrots into the vita mix and put that with the salad bar. Faster and easier to eat... consume more...
Lately I have found I actually do a lot better with cranberry juice. Even the cheapo kind with corn syrup goes down easy, seems to detoxify me and I feel better.
Feel better consuming some cola drinks too...
Oh yes I do better eating the sea - salted, seasoned seaweed too.
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on February 12, 2012, 05:11:00 AM
Congratulations Barb...Good for you!!!  I seem to be at a standstill with my weightloss...winter is always the hardest time of year for some reason, for me to lose weight (but atleast I'm not gaining, like I usually do!).
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Post by: Yowbarb on February 12, 2012, 07:54:56 AM
Congratulations Barb...Good for you!!!  I seem to be at a standstill with my weightloss...winter is always the hardest time of year for some reason, for me to lose weight (but at least I'm not gaining, like I usually do!).

You are in a cold climate, that seems to be common...
I am in a mild climate (freezing now but that's only once in a while.)
Daughter and I going  to be setting up home gym soon. Used stuff. Found an exercise equipment place with lots of used and new stuff, near a new thrift store, walking distance from our place. Both handy places to have nearby...
With my knees back etc. not too much I can do but I can do the ab rocker and the alpine walker thing...
My weight is down from yesterday but at my current rate of weight loss it would take me 49 weeks, to January 2013. If I can just get back to the 2.5 pounds per week I can get down to my goal weight by late August...I do these little arithmetic problems every once in awhile to try to get myself back on track...
Just had a non diet breakfast so will have to get back on it.
Good Luck All,
Barb Townsend
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on February 12, 2012, 08:00:49 AM
Before I start my home exercise program in earnest I will need to consult with a doc.   Probably an orthopedic clinic. After my ACL injuries they never told me much what I could do or not...Instructions did say to not to get down on my knees.
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Post by: jrobert69 on February 12, 2012, 09:09:20 AM
I ran/walked yesterday on treadmill just over 2 1/4 miles. About 30 minutes. Couldn't believe how great I felt , until I stopped :).  Ive lost 10lbs since November, almost back to my pre-surgery weight. Ive stopped eating all the bad stuff, sodas, candies crap food. Throw constant daily stress into a 12 hour workday 6 days a week and you too can loose weight without trying!
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Post by: Yowbarb on February 12, 2012, 04:45:22 PM
I ran/walked yesterday on treadmill just over 2 1/4 miles. About 30 minutes. Couldn't believe how great I felt , until I stopped :).  Ive lost 10lbs since November, almost back to my pre-surgery weight. Ive stopped eating all the bad stuff, sodas, candies crap food. Throw constant daily stress into a 12 hour workday 6 days a week and you too can loose weight without trying!

Hey jrobert69,
Very Well done!
 :)
Yowbarb
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Post by: enlightenme on February 12, 2012, 04:50:53 PM
I ran/walked yesterday on treadmill just over 2 1/4 miles. About 30 minutes. Couldn't believe how great I felt , until I stopped :).  Ive lost 10lbs since November, almost back to my pre-surgery weight. Ive stopped eating all the bad stuff, sodas, candies crap food. Throw constant daily stress into a 12 hour workday 6 days a week and you too can loose weight without trying!

Ah yes, the "stress diet", as we used to call it back when I was working in the big fancy office doing the corporate America thing.  Sorry to hear about the stress, but great job with the exercise and weight loss!
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Post by: Yowbarb on February 13, 2012, 08:14:53 AM
I lost more weight. From yesterday...nearly one pound.
Not starving myself. Eating mainly Nutrisystem.
Craving calcium. I cannot drink milk that may be a "gift" from my father. Unproven ancestry but I think there is more than "Irish" there.  ;D People with some African and/or Native American or Asian ancestry often do not do well on milk. Mom could drink gallons of milk but not me. I have found over the past few years I can tolerate cheese and Greek yogurt particularly if it is low fat. In spite of the fact in previous years and diets I said I "had to avoid dairy," I do feel so much better now allowing skim cheese and yogurt daily. That could change but that's where I am at now.
Kirkland part - skim low - moisture shredded mozzarella cheese
I buy in bulk at COSTCO. This cheese really helps me and my daughter who is here sharing house. We take the Nutrisystem egg breakfasts and jazz them up with the mozzarella cheese and hot sauce, preferably green sauce. We also put it on the enchiladas, etc. Sometimes I add Louisiana Hot Sauce, depending on the flavor of the meal.. With the Nutrisystem mashed potatoes I add a small spoonful of natural olive oil and the Louisiana Hot sauce. Or some Cajun seasoning sprinkled on.
A lot of people feel coffee is bad and also of course the diet colas etc.  I agree natural is better, but I do drink diet colas for now. Sometime in the future I will allow a little real cola drink...After avoiding cola for years I now realize it helps me digest my food and I have far far less stomach pain when I drink cola drinks natural or not. At nearly 68 I just have to do what is working for me at the time...
As far as the coffee. Finding out it is a powerful antioxidant and it seems to make me feel so much better. It is part of my diet for sure.
Well just some thoughts for the day.. Everybody is different...
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Post by: Yowbarb on February 13, 2012, 08:26:01 AM
You can get this in bulk size at Sam's Club. In fat - free low, -sugar variety.
We don't have a Sam's Membership but a friend does so she can get it for us.
This is a good item for the workplace.
My daughter mixes a low sugar coffee creamer with low fat half and half.

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Post by: Yowbarb on February 13, 2012, 08:38:01 AM
My last Note of the day: Just logged in to SparkPeople site again that really helps me too.
When I say "again" I had a change of computers and it took awhile to set it all up and I do run into some wonky stuff and it tends to slow me down. Working fine today and able to get more done. I like to keep a Daily Battleplan, also the Sparkpeople.
On the Daily Battleplan I just do a format for a month carrying forward important goals, reminders and medical appts etc. Basically simple weekly/monthly targets.
Nothing too complicated... Once I have met those targets, or the event is passed, I delete those out of the format and add new stuff.
If I keep up with it my life starts to make some forward progress.
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Post by: enlightenme on February 14, 2012, 05:16:29 AM
Hmm, my friend who joined weight watchers on line the last week in January has already lost 10 pounds!!!  Ah yes, procrastination, always been a struggle for me.  Not that I necessarily would have had the same results, but just goes to show what can happen when you make a plan and act on it, while instead I've just been sitting around thinking about it!!!
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Post by: Yowbarb on February 14, 2012, 06:57:05 AM
Hmm, my friend who joined weight watchers on line the last week in January has already lost 10 pounds!!!  Ah yes, procrastination, always been a struggle for me.  Not that I necessarily would have had the same results, but just goes to show what can happen when you make a plan and act on it, while instead I've just been sitting around thinking about it!!!

I have heard Weight Watchers really does help. Not sure why I never tried that...
If I cannot get the weight off this time...will have to try that...
You are not alone in the procrastination.
Well I completely blew it and went to a movie last night and ate movie food and even candy. My daughter paid a  (Run For The Cure) donation at work and everyone who did that received a wonderful little valentines cake, all fancy wrapped.  We are all going to have some after the diet dinner. In honor of love or St. Valentines or whatever.  ;D Oh well. At least I have been on my feet a lot doing chores and some walking...
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Post by: enlightenme on February 15, 2012, 03:26:12 AM
Barb, It seems you have been doing pretty good on your current program, my hats off to you for your commitment.  But one of the things I do like about Weight Watchers, is it allows for a some "leniency", or breaks sortof built in to the program on a weekly basis.  It's really just the cost and the time commitment that would be holding me back from joining the online program at this time.  For those interested however, they are currently running a special right now waiving the enrollment fee, and the monthly fee is really very reasonable.  It's also nice that you just eat "regular" food, with a lifelong plan for maintaining the weight loss.
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Post by: Yowbarb on February 18, 2012, 10:19:05 PM
Barb, It seems you have been doing pretty good on your current program, my hats off to you for your commitment.  But one of the things I do like about Weight Watchers, is it allows for a some "leniency", or breaks sortof built in to the program on a weekly basis.  It's really just the cost and the time commitment that would be holding me back from joining the online program at this time.  For those interested however, they are currently running a special right now waiving the enrollment fee, and the monthly fee is really very reasonable.  It's also nice that you just eat "regular" food, with a lifelong plan for maintaining the weight loss.

Enlightenme, that sounds good!
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 01, 2012, 02:01:23 PM
23.55 my weight loss since Nov 14 2011

I did blow it just now. Son and I wanted to celebrate we managed to get the lease option payment off on time and oh yes... I have a clean bill of health from doc, etc.  ;D
A couple donuts..
Haven't been eating so much since after hysterectomy the 22nd...
Can't remember the last time I had donuts been a year or so...
- Barb Townsend
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 01, 2012, 02:02:51 PM
Still eating mainly the nutrisystem diet foods...
We are getting another supply in soon...
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Post by: enlightenme on March 01, 2012, 04:17:30 PM
23.55 my weight loss since Nov 14 2011

I did blow it just now. Son and I wanted to celebrate we managed to get the lease option payment off on time and oh yes... I have a clean bill of health from doc, etc.  ;D
A couple donuts..
Haven't been eating so much since after hysterectomy the 22nd...
Can't remember the last time I had donuts been a year or so...
- Barb Townsend

Good for you!!!  I would say the "treat" was well deserved.  I seem to be at a standstill....Glad to hear "all" is well!!!
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 01, 2012, 08:14:09 PM
23.55 my weight loss since Nov 14 2011

I did blow it just now. Son and I wanted to celebrate we managed to get the lease option payment off on time and oh yes... I have a clean bill of health from doc, etc.  ;D
A couple donuts..
Haven't been eating so much since after hysterectomy the 22nd...
Can't remember the last time I had donuts been a year or so...
- Barb Townsend

Good for you!!!  I would say the "treat" was well deserved.  I seem to be at a standstill....Glad to hear "all" is well!!!

Good luck to you... I know you are working hard so maybe that will help too...
- Barb T.
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 03, 2012, 09:19:08 AM
24.15 is my total now, lost since Nov 14.
Lost less then a pound since I last reported; I guess it's been a couple days.
Not starving myself.
Still eating mainly nutrisystem. Son has made me a couple fruit berries and protein powder soymilk blender drinks past couple days.
Added prunes to my diet again.
After hysterectomy...found out I have to cut my activity down to about zero.
some things was trying to do cannot do not going to be able to do much...
Will have to watch what I eat being so sedentary now...I do (NOT) want to gain it all back. This is the lowest I have weighed for like seven years.
So far today just a bunch of coffee with low fat low sugar creamer, the fruit protein drink nutrisystem chili beans...very filling all that...
What I have got going for me...recent blood work:
I'm not diabetic, blood fat not so bad needs work but not so bad...
Yowbarb
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Post by: cbeyer64 on March 03, 2012, 05:15:04 PM
I just wanted to say great job Barb!!!  Happy to hear you are sticking with your goal.  I am now in Minnesota, decided to move here and out of the U.S. Army.  I am settled in, but need to get finances in order.  I will probably join a gym here shortly.  I am not eating as much as I did when I was on base.  I eat about twice a day.  I feel myself loosing a bit of weight.  I might also get some weights for my arms for my apartment.  I like it here so far in Minnesota, people are friendly.  It feels different being a civilian again and a veteran.  Miss the Army a little since that is all I have known for the past five years.  I also liked parts of it too.  I did walk by Anytime Fitness gym and might join.  It is snowing here, cold and snow is on the ground.  We also have ice as well.  I see a lot of people running outside in this cold weather.  Not sure how they do it.  I will walk when it gets a bit warmer outside.  There are some hills around which is good.  I am near the Minneapolis area.  Hope all is well. 

Chandra
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Post by: enlightenme on March 03, 2012, 07:53:31 PM
24.15 is my total now, lost since Nov 14.
Lost less then a pound since I last reported; I guess it's been a couple days.
Not starving myself.
Still eating mainly nutrisystem. Son has made me a couple fruit berries and protein powder soymilk blender drinks past couple days.
Added prunes to my diet again.
After hysterectomy...found out I have to cut my activity down to about zero.
some things was trying to do cannot do not going to be able to do much...
Will have to watch what I eat being so sedentary now...I do (NOT) want to gain it all back. This is the lowest I have weighed for like seven years.
So far today just a bunch of coffee with low fat low sugar creamer, the fruit protein drink nutrisystem chili beans...very filling all that...
What I have got going for me...recent blood work:
I'm not diabetic, blood fat not so bad needs work but not so bad...
Yowbarb

That's So Great..Good for you!!!  And that averages just about 2 lbs a week, right?  So that's perfect!  Glad the bloodwork turned out good too.
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 03, 2012, 10:36:19 PM
24.15 is my total now, lost since Nov 14.
Lost less then a pound since I last reported; I guess it's been a couple days.
Not starving myself.
Still eating mainly nutrisystem. Son has made me a couple fruit berries and protein powder soymilk blender drinks past couple days.
Added prunes to my diet again.
After hysterectomy...found out I have to cut my activity down to about zero.
some things was trying to do cannot do not going to be able to do much...
Will have to watch what I eat being so sedentary now...I do (NOT) want to gain it all back. This is the lowest I have weighed for like seven years.
So far today just a bunch of coffee with low fat low sugar creamer, the fruit protein drink nutrisystem chili beans...very filling all that...
What I have got going for me...recent blood work:
I'm not diabetic, blood fat not so bad needs work but not so bad...
Yowbarb

That's So Great..Good for you!!!  And that averages just about 2 lbs a week, right?  So that's perfect!  Glad the bloodwork turned out good too.

Hi  ;)  calculated it to one and a half pounds a week...since Nov 14...
Now I have to try to keep the weight down and gradually lose more with a greaty reduced activity level...
Oh well, I will try,
Yowbarb
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Post by: jrobert69 on March 04, 2012, 08:29:09 AM
Keeping it off isnt easy- you can do it!
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 04, 2012, 01:52:55 PM
Keeping it off isnt easy- you can do it!

Thanks for kind and inspiring words...it all helps.
So far so good; lost weight instead of gaining. Today I am past the 26 - pound mark.
26.15  Still having to be sedentary. Low - cal food stock is helping me...
I have a ways to go. Should get there by seven months or sooner if my metabolism revs up.  Cannot be getting on no exercise bicyle yet...post op.
Good Luck to All.
Barb T.
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Post by: enlightenme on March 05, 2012, 04:38:24 AM
Keeping it off isnt easy- you can do it!

Thanks for kind and inspiring words...it all helps.
So far so good; lost weight instead of gaining. Today I am past the 26 - pound mark.
26.15  Still having to be sedentary. Low - cal food stock is helping me...
I have a ways to go. Should get there by seven months or sooner if my metabolism revs up.  Cannot be getting on no exercise bicyle yet...post op.
Good Luck to All.

You really do have to be careful about exercising after surgery.  Not trying to make excuses for myself (well, atleast I'm telling myself that...lol), I know I had to curtail the exercise bit for quite some time after mine.  Everything I tried just hurt, and I'm not into unnecessary pain.  I know it has been a huge setback as far as weightloss goes.  I'm sure the Doc will know best, when you should resume normal exercise.  If I don't exercise in addition to watching what I eat, I just don't lose weight.  I guess the metabolism at this age just makes that a fact of life, atleast for me, anyway.
Barb T.
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 05, 2012, 08:04:19 PM
Thanks for the info and for the encouragement...Update hanging in fairly well no big weight gain...
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 12, 2012, 03:42:41 PM

You really do have to be careful about exercising after surgery.  Not trying to make excuses for myself (well, atleast I'm telling myself that...lol), I know I had to curtail the exercise bit for quite some time after mine.  Everything I tried just hurt, and I'm not into unnecessary pain.  I know it has been a huge setback as far as weightloss goes.  I'm sure the Doc will know best, when you should resume normal exercise.  If I don't exercise in addition to watching what I eat, I just don't lose weight.  I guess the metabolism at this age just makes that a fact of life, at least for me, anyway.


Enlightenme, I just wanted to say thanks again  for your help and support, and as far as my recuperation I feel it is really valuable you actually said to slow down. I was overdoing it. I have applied the brakes, even.
The hardest thing for me to (not) do  is bend down and put plates of food out for the catto girls or pet one on the head. (Baby Girl, Tiger, Gremlin, Yoda, Spot and Oreo.)  ;)

Now I am being really sedentery  which I feel is a necessity will need to check with my doc...
Done taking out the (light bag) trash and sweeping which I was actually doing...
I don't seem to be able to really diet now...but even so, I am back to about a just about pound over my pre-surgery weight. Pre - surgery weight my lowest weight since I was dieting. Not sure if I had water weight or what. That's gone.

Well I wish luck to all those gals and guys who are post-op  and want to be active and get the weight off but it isn't a good idea to even move around much yet. (Depends on the individual situation.)
Will be glad  when I can confidently do whatever. I used to do a whole lot of chores and some walking. I do stroll around WalMart.
Found out then, I cannot even carry in a few lightweight bags in from the car, without feeling it later... but the leisurely (strolling) leaning on a shopping cart -doesn't seem to be a problem and gets my metabolism going at least a little bit. It helps me to not be so stir crazy too.  ;D

- Yowbarb
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Post by: enlightenme on March 12, 2012, 05:19:40 PM
Yep, strolling around Walmart and pushing a cart sounds like great start-up exercise to me...just get somebody else to carry the bags!
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 13, 2012, 03:36:22 PM
Yep, strolling around Walmart and pushing a cart sounds like great start-up exercise to me...just get somebody else to carry the bags!
Yep! Learned me lesson,  ;)
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Post by: jrobert69 on March 13, 2012, 05:20:31 PM
Post op sucks!
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 14, 2012, 12:57:27 AM
Post op sucks!

Yep.  ;)
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Post by: Yowbarb on May 20, 2012, 09:23:59 AM
Well I don't have anything too inspirational to share other than we all need to keep on trying to get stronger and fitter... I think some inexpensive home exercise equipment is one solution.
Cooking from scratch is not so easy for working people but a salad nightly or taking one to work really does help.
One time saver (not so cheap but not bad) chicken breast strips ready to lightly stir fry with a little sesame oil. Getting this stuff in bulk like from a discount store helps...
Veges: better to get some good frozen veges than to not eat any just because there is no time to do all the washing chopping etc. The oriental vegetable mixes are good. I got some Bragg Liquid Aminos at a health food store. I keep in by the stove it adds a lot off flavor and is delicious like a soysance maybe a little more flavorful.
When you do cook from scratch the miso is actually easy.
Chop up a bunch of carrots radishes onions, garlic and stir fry in good quality oil that is called a vegetable nituke. In a small bowl mix (by guess and by golly) the tahini and miso into a paste; drop it into a boiling pot of water. Add the stir vegetables, after lightly cooking them for like 20 minutes "Voila" you have soup. If you have some kind of seaweed you could put it in the soup or serve it on the side. I like the roasted seasoned seeweed you can get a big box of it at COSTCO. Korean.
I am heavily relying on inexpensive rice cakes from WalMart. That way I am not getting wheat gluten or yeasted bread. I can have the cakes with hummus, or miso and tahini mix, almond or peanut (or cashew) butter.
 Good with anything, applesauce, ghi, mollasses. I am starting to limit my "breads type foods" to things like the Essene or Manna, rice cakes, a few corn tortillas. The Esseme, manna, chapati etc. are all unyeasted breads.
- Yowbarb
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Post by: Yowbarb on May 20, 2012, 09:32:57 AM
I have found these substances handle the sweet tooth and don't seem to make me fat.
Applebutter, mollasses, carob powder date sugar, malt syrup, honey.
The mollasses is a great source of iron and other nutrition. It contains some B Vitamins which a person have a healthy head of hair...choline and inositol too.
PLS Note: Always rinse mouth after the mollasses. It is good for the body in general but it is h___ on the tooth enamel.
PLS Note: If you are diabetic or you could be pre-diabetic these types of sweeteners are better thanmany commonly found in our foods but even these need to be consumed with care. You probably want to monitor...to see what you can tolerate or not.
- Yowbarb
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Post by: Yowbarb on September 12, 2012, 07:16:17 AM
I'm having a bit more luck with the weight loss again...adding in more complex carbs such as the aduki beans and natural grains and root veges (in the miso) etc.
Eliminated slightly the refined carbs and noticed a good result. Also got more sesame oil in the house which helps me stay away from the butter and margarine more...
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Post by: Yowbarb on October 04, 2012, 12:56:29 AM
If I have plenty of the seasoned Korean (Nori) seaweed snacks around I am able to stay away from the refined carbs a bit more. I get a bulk box of it at COSTCO. Really think pieces of the seaweed seasoned -delish. Since I am a food addict it helps to have something like that around.
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Post by: Yowbarb on October 15, 2012, 03:26:42 PM
Just some lovely images to look at...
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Post by: enlightenme on October 15, 2012, 04:47:46 PM
Nice...Maybe a great visual is what I need to get back on track!!
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Post by: Yowbarb on October 15, 2012, 08:22:56 PM
Nice...Maybe a great visual is what I need to get back on track!!

Well I (definitely) needed a visual to try and get back on track! If I don't t watch it I turn into a
carbo- tarian so I really need to spend more time preparing fruits and veges....  :)
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Post by: JKB on October 24, 2012, 11:05:45 AM
That's it.  I'm going to Soup Plantation for lunch!
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Post by: enlightenme on October 26, 2012, 05:01:24 AM
Yes, vegetable soup, what a great fall food for weight loss!  I had gotten what they called a zero-point recipe from weight watchers years ago, which basically consists of a cabbage soup, with zuchinni and whatever vegetables you have on hand, with a vegetable broth as a base (or to vary it use either chicken or beef broth), and just a tablespoon of tomato paste.  Basically you simmer the onion and garlic right in the soup pot with just a little cooking spray, add the broth and paste and the vegies.  Now that's going by memory, but you really can't miss with this soup!  Eaten as a meal, or a small cup before dinner, will help curb your appetite and a great way to lose weight!
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Post by: JKB on October 26, 2012, 09:27:55 PM
Soup Plantation has THE BEST Chicken Noodle Soup...  I haven't done any research on this, but from what I have seen, Soup Plantation seems to be a So Cal chain.  I swear, if I were inclined to own/run a restaurant, I would beg/borrow/steal the collateral to open up one of these in Dallas.  As Cosmopolitan as that town is, it would be a cash cow...  My gosh...  The one's here are constantly packed and I can't understand why they are not everywhere.  They have vegetable soup too!
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Post by: Yowbarb on October 27, 2012, 12:20:11 AM
Soup Plantation has THE BEST Chicken Noodle Soup...  I haven't done any research on this, but from what I have seen, Soup Plantation seems to be a So Cal chain.  I swear, if I were inclined to own/run a restaurant, I would beg/borrow/steal the collateral to open up one of these in Dallas.  As Cosmopolitan as that town is, it would be a cash cow...  My gosh...  The one's here are constantly packed and I can't understand why they are not everywhere.  They have vegetable soup too!

Sounds yummy! JKB I have been in a soup mood too, lately. I got me a shortcut for homemade...just to make life a little easier - a case of cheap lentil soup. It has carrots in it. Very low fat...
I got another stash of potatoes onions carrots to make a pot of miso tomorrow.
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Post by: Yowbarb on October 27, 2012, 12:23:28 AM
Yes, vegetable soup, what a great fall food for weight loss!  I had gotten what they called a zero-point recipe from weight watchers years ago, which basically consists of a cabbage soup, with zuchinni and whatever vegetables you have on hand, with a vegetable broth as a base (or to vary it use either chicken or beef broth), and just a tablespoon of tomato paste.  Basically you simmer the onion and garlic right in the soup pot with just a little cooking spray, add the broth and paste and the vegies.  Now that's going by memory, but you really can't miss with this soup!  Eaten as a meal, or a small cup before dinner, will help curb your appetite and a great way to lose weight!
Mary that really is tasty when you sautee the garlic and onions! It really is a good start to a soup...
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on October 27, 2012, 11:29:03 AM
Dr Oz featured a pea powder yesterday that is available at health food stores.  You mix it with fruit juice and fruit and it keeps you full and satisfied for many hours, and cuts out all cravings for carbs, sugar, sweets, ice cream, etc.  Three women all tried it for 3 days and they were very impressed.  By using it, one can eliminate around 500-1500 calories a day due to not eating those fattening things.  You take it in the morning and it helps you all day.  And they said it tastes good also.  It is very high in protein, a natural source of protein.
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Post by: Yowbarb on October 27, 2012, 02:43:30 PM
Dr Oz featured a pea powder yesterday that is available at health food stores.  You mix it with fruit juice and fruit and it keeps you full and satisfied for many hours, and cuts out all cravings for carbs, sugar, sweets, ice cream, etc.  Three women all tried it for 3 days and they were very impressed.  By using it, one can eliminate around 500-1500 calories a day due to not eating those fattening things.  You take it in the morning and it helps you all day.  And they said it tastes good also.  It is very high in protein, a natural source of protein.

Thanks! I really need to try something like that!
- Yowbarb
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Post by: enlightenme on November 02, 2012, 04:36:34 AM
Dr Oz featured a pea powder yesterday that is available at health food stores.  You mix it with fruit juice and fruit and it keeps you full and satisfied for many hours, and cuts out all cravings for carbs, sugar, sweets, ice cream, etc.  Three women all tried it for 3 days and they were very impressed.  By using it, one can eliminate around 500-1500 calories a day due to not eating those fattening things.  You take it in the morning and it helps you all day.  And they said it tastes good also.  It is very high in protein, a natural source of protein.

Wow, thanks so much!!  That, and with a batch of cabbage soup, I should be all set and on my way for some serious weight loss!  Thanks again endtimesgal!
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Post by: Yowbarb on November 02, 2012, 01:04:21 PM
Dr Oz featured a pea powder  yesterday that is available at health food stores.  You mix it with fruit juice and fruit and it keeps you full and satisfied for many hours, and cuts out all cravings for carbs, sugar, sweets, ice cream, etc.  Three women all tried it for 3 days and they were very impressed.  By using it, one can eliminate around 500-1500 calories a day due to not eating those fattening things.  You take it in the morning and it helps you all day.  And they said it tastes good also.  It is very high in protein, a natural source of protein.

Endtimesgal, thanks again.
I need to try something like that...I have found in the past, once I get down to normal weight and metabolism going normal again I don't have sucha  carb craving and the complex carbohydrates do it for me. Back in the day when my weight was normal and I was consumingcooked and raw veges moderate amount fruit, cooked grains, I found I could get by Ok. I would stuff a Snickers bar into my mouth every once in a while, or have an occasional free donut or cookie at some meeting - but in general didn't need to go out and buy refined carbohydrate foods and eat them.
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Post by: Yowbarb on November 11, 2012, 07:44:19 PM

PS I just saw this diagram on my facebook news feed. Worth a look-see. - Yowbarb
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on November 14, 2012, 07:00:18 AM
I am going to try the 'clean eating" scenario.  It means to only eat food that is not processed. 
Sort of like a "one ingredient" type of foods.  I got a book called "The Eat Clean Diet" and it sounds very good and something I could pretty much follow long term.

[OOPS  ??? sorry Endtimesgal I meant to hit "quote" but I "modified" and put my answer in with your post...oh well.]
I need to get back to that too... it is so easy to backslide and eat refined foods...
At one time refined foods were almost completely gone from my diet. The pounds just fell off...
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Post by: 1969quartz0 on November 14, 2012, 04:30:33 PM
I try to do that eat non precessed or lightly processed food but it is had working 60-70 hours a week, when I retire in five years if I still can at that time we will live in the mountains of Montana I hope to push my numbers to the high 90% range for whole food consumption.
Goats chickens hunting and a 36' geodesic dome to grow food year round with a small pond in the center for fish and temperature regulation year round.  The dome is one of the things I will buy a kit for I am OK with electricity but not a very good carpenter. Have any of you roasted your own coffee I just bought a little over four cases of green coffee beans they store a long time and it sounded fun to do? Also I will switch from half and half to goat cream and from cane sugar to honey. Getting  to losing weight I started two months ago doing 100 wimp push ups at a 45 deg angle with my arms as low as they can go and stretches as well as touching the toes with the leg muscles locked it has made a huge difference in the arms neck and a little in the gut.  Plus it gets the heart rate up for at least 15 minutes a day.
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on November 14, 2012, 08:33:08 PM
Wow! Good for you! I am going to join the YMCA they are near my house and have a pool and classes and a great work out room.
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Post by: enlightenme on November 15, 2012, 05:00:23 AM
I try to do that eat non precessed or lightly processed food but it is had working 60-70 hours a week, when I retire in five years if I still can at that time we will live in the mountains of Montana I hope to push my numbers to the high 90% range for whole food consumption.
Goats chickens hunting and a 36' geodesic dome to grow food year round with a small pond in the center for fish and temperature regulation year round.  The dome is one of the things I will buy a kit for I am OK with electricity but not a very good carpenter. Have any of you roasted your own coffee I just bought a little over four cases of green coffee beans they store a long time and it sounded fun to do? Also I will switch from half and half to goat cream and from cane sugar to honey. Getting  to losing weight I started two months ago doing 100 wimp push ups at a 45 deg angle with my arms as low as they can go and stretches as well as touching the toes with the leg muscles locked it has made a huge difference in the arms neck and a little in the gut.  Plus it gets the heart rate up for at least 15 minutes a day.

Excellent, You are definitely an inspiration for the rest of us!!  No, I've never roasted my own coffee beans, but it does sound fun, and please let us know how that turns out!!
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Post by: Yowbarb on November 15, 2012, 10:36:46 AM
Wow! Good for you! I am going to join the YMCA they are near my house and have a pool and classes and a great work out room.

Endtimesgal that sounds like a plan...I need to do that too.  ;) Fitness place about five minute drive from us with big pool...
Not many exercises I can do with these knees but one thing I like is they have a whole lot of these walker machines complete with headsets, access to radio or TV screen up above ... time would fly by...
Also the pool would be good...
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on November 15, 2012, 04:56:41 PM
I don't mind walking on a treadmill when I can watch television while doing so.   But I can only do the stairmaster for maybe 2 or 3 minutes, my legs are so weak.
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Post by: 1969quartz0 on November 17, 2012, 02:53:30 PM
I will let you know how the coffee turns out they have not shipped it yet. Exercise is something I really need to do a lot more of, my COPD makes jogging or biking a real chore but a stationary work out that I can do. It will be funny if in the future I get really built and my lungs take me out the docs may say but he looked to be in such good shape. I am not a born again ex smoker and do not care if someone smokes by me even if it is hard to breath my health problems are my fault alone, but I will say this if you can stop do it, or at least roll your own and buy the most natural tobacco you can. The chemicals in the paper to stop them from burning and the standard big brand tobacco itself are very bad for a person to inhale.
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Post by: Yowbarb on November 23, 2012, 07:51:15 AM
I will let you know how the coffee turns out they have not shipped it yet. Exercise is something I really need to do a lot more of, my COPD makes jogging or biking a real chore but a stationary work out that I can do. It will be funny if in the future I get really built and my lungs take me out the docs may say but he looked to be in such good shape. I am not a born again ex smoker and do not care if someone smokes by me even if it is hard to breath my health problems are my fault alone, but I will say this if you can stop do it, or at least roll your own and buy the most natural tobacco you can. The chemicals in the paper to stop them from burning and the standard big brand tobacco itself are very bad for a person to inhale.

Hello 1969quartz0 I can relate to what you are saying about trying to figure COPD into a helth regimen and also knowing what the prognosis will be in spite of exercise and diet.
I just wanted to say keep on keeping on what feels right to you. Your own insticts of wanting to renew your ownhealth are possibly more important than what an MD says.  I listened to a tape awhile ago which has testimonials about MSM and how it regenerated the lungs even of a man who had damage to his lungs from a fire...
All The Best,
Barb Townsend
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Post by: 1969quartz0 on November 23, 2012, 10:50:23 AM
I have some MMS if that is what you were talking about, never had the guts to take it. I know Jim likes it some day maybe.
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Post by: Yowbarb on November 23, 2012, 01:26:49 PM
I have some MMS if that is what you were talking about, never had the guts to take it. I know Jim likes it some day maybe.

I was all gung ho to take it a few years ago then someone told me it was a liver kiler...I need to just research it a bit...
That probably was not true...
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Post by: Yowbarb on December 12, 2012, 11:14:53 AM
"Several recent studies from Japan show that raspberry ketones — which are chemically similar to capsaicin, the heat compound from chile peppers — significantly increases fat oxidation (burning), especially the fat that builds up in the liver.

In 2010, Korean researchers reported that raspberry ketone increased fat cells' secretion of a hormone called adiponectin that regulates the processing of sugars and fats in the blood. The reported benefits are impressive: Increased total weight loss, including a significant reduction of abdominal fat — with zero side effects.

In fact, not only were there not any side effects, but a 2012 study from China found that raspberry ketones had several health benefits — including improved cholesterol levels, insulin sensitivity, and reduced fat in the liver."

[Continues ]    http://www.hlifestyles.com/Supplements.html
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Post by: Yowbarb on December 12, 2012, 11:16:19 AM
I haven't tried any supplements with raspberry ketones yet...I am stably back on the capsaicin in the form of Louisiana Hotsauce which is loaded with cayenne pepper.
I find it agrees with me really well.  :)
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Post by: Yowbarb on December 15, 2012, 03:17:11 PM
4.4 is my weight loss since week before Thanksgiving

I am still vegetarian.
Cut back on my vegetable and dairy sources of fat.
Cutting back on refined carbs... not completely out yet.
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Post by: enlightenme on December 17, 2012, 06:10:13 AM
4.4 is my weight loss since week before Thanksgiving

I am still vegetarian.
Cut back on my vegetable and dairy sources of fat.
Cutting back on refined carbs... not completely out yet.

Excellent Barb!  To be able to lose weight at this time of year is certainly commendable and amazing!  I'm going to try adding the cider vinegar, just two tsp with water in the morning and see how that goes.  It certainly can't hurt!  ;D
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Post by: Yowbarb on December 17, 2012, 08:45:09 AM
 :)
Enlightenme, I think I need to try that too...sounds very cleansing...
I'm needing to invest the time in making juice in the AM too, like I was doing for awhile...
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Post by: Yowbarb on December 17, 2012, 08:46:41 AM
I don't mind walking on a treadmill when I can watch television while doing so.   But I can only do the stairmaster for maybe 2 or 3 minutes, my legs are so weak.

That sounds good...
I want to get a treadmill for  home use too.
 :)
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on December 18, 2012, 06:58:10 PM
Just got a new book called "Eat to Live" by Dr. Furhman.  He was on Dr. Oz show last week.  It is really good, and I am really trying to follow the program.  I am trying to work towards a Vegetarian diet, have quit eating meat, although I have a lot left in my freezer, and am getting off all processed foods and concentrating on vegetables and fruits mostly.  Little dairy, but still eating eggs, some dairy, no sugar, (so hard, especially this time of year) I really want to lose a lot of weight and get in good health.  Dr Fuhrman has a web site and you can find some videos from the Oz website.  He was also on OPB a few nights ago.  He can help people get rid of diabetes, heart disease and lots of other things.
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Post by: Yowbarb on December 19, 2012, 03:32:02 PM
Endtimesgal, that sounds like a good book...
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Post by: enlightenme on January 04, 2013, 02:16:41 PM
OK, New Year, new goals!  I have finally taken the plunge and signed up for an exercise class (they call it a stretch class but it's actually quite a bit more than just that, and is a one hour non-stop program).  It's held at a local church at the most affordable cost of only $1.00 per session, pay as you go.  Now that's the type of affordable program I can truly deal with, and thank heavens, no contract!!  And, I have finally made the arrangements to start the local Weight Watchers.  It's a definite necessity, since all I have been truly doing is gaining weight lately instead of losing!  They too have a special going right now, only $78.00 for a six week program.  I'm going to manage to fit that in the budget because it is now a critical must!!  Funny how when I walked in to the "stretch class" and saw the group I thought, "Oh no, everyone here must be over 60, and this will be an old folks program that won't be for me".  Seriously there were quite a few 70 and 80 year olds in the group.  Ha!! those old folks and their program kicked my sorry but big time!!   ;D ;D
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Post by: jrobert69 on January 04, 2013, 05:44:48 PM
Nice- cant get more cost effective than that. your gonna love it.
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Post by: enlightenme on January 04, 2013, 05:47:01 PM
Thanks...The first class was great, and I felt truly energized afterwards too!
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Post by: JKB on January 04, 2013, 08:21:31 PM
Good for you my friend, I salute you.  Hang in there.  I have been thinking about trying to go for a run tomorrow, which probably isn't a great idea...  However, nothing sucks more than getting put on light duty for two weeks and having to go on a death run as soon as you come off.  No room for weakness in Sparta...  That was a half-joke...   :D
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Post by: enlightenme on January 05, 2013, 06:05:46 PM
Good for you my friend, I salute you.  Hang in there.  I have been thinking about trying to go for a run tomorrow, which probably isn't a great idea...  However, nothing sucks more than getting put on light duty for two weeks and having to go on a death run as soon as you come off.  No room for weakness in Sparta...  That was a half-joke...   :D

Geez JKB, that sounds pretty insane to me!!  Take care my friend, you are supposed to be recuperating!
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Post by: Yowbarb on January 10, 2013, 10:34:42 AM
Good for you my friend, I salute you.  Hang in there.  I have been thinking about trying to go for a run tomorrow, which probably isn't a great idea...  However, nothing sucks more than getting put on light duty for two weeks and having to go on a death run as soon as you come off.  No room for weakness in Sparta...  That was a half-joke...   :D

Leisurely stroll, instead?
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Post by: Yowbarb on January 10, 2013, 10:59:12 AM
On a trend, my weight is dropping down...
I think for now I need to stick with the vegetarian diet and just be more disciplined.
Not to count calories but to incorporate more of the wonderful, nutritious, colorful and high fiber foods.
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Post by: JKB on January 10, 2013, 07:40:04 PM
No, I jogged a mile and a half on Sunday and ran 3 miles on the treadmill on Wednesday.  We have Company PT in the morning and the CO is taking them on another 8 mile, boots-n-utes hill run in the morning.  Fortunately my light duty runs out on Saturday so I don't have to join them.  I will go to the gym and run on the treadmill again though.  My back has been sore but functional.  I have noticed it pops when I walk now and that can't be good.  I start physical therapy on the 25th and I'm hoping they put me on "PT at own pace" for the next six months.  That will keep me out of the insane things our CO likes to do every Friday but I can still jog on the treadmill a few times a week.  I will be using all of my charm  ;) when I meet with the therapist on the 25th.  I will keep you posted. 
 
On another note, I was talking about this with a friend of mine just the other day...  Almost every Marine I know who has retired has all said the same thing:  As soon as they were retired they wanted to PT all of the time, but it was such a dreaded chore while they were still in.  I hope that happens to me...
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Post by: enlightenme on January 11, 2013, 05:45:59 AM
On a trend, my weight is dropping down...
I think for now I need to stick with the vegetarian diet and just be more disciplined.
Not to count calories but to incorporate more of the wonderful, nutritious, colorful and high fiber foods.

Good for you Barb!  Glad to hear you have found a successful solution, one that works well for you!  I weighed 2 lbs less today from when I started last week!  I am very pleased with those results.  One to three pounds per week is my goal, and I've decided not to focus much on how long it will take to get to where I want or need to be.
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Post by: enlightenme on January 11, 2013, 05:50:41 AM
No, I jogged a mile and a half on Sunday and ran 3 miles on the treadmill on Wednesday.  We have Company PT in the morning and the CO is taking them on another 8 mile, boots-n-utes hill run in the morning.  Fortunately my light duty runs out on Saturday so I don't have to join them.  I will go to the gym and run on the treadmill again though.  My back has been sore but functional.  I have noticed it pops when I walk now and that can't be good.  I start physical therapy on the 25th and I'm hoping they put me on "PT at own pace" for the next six months.  That will keep me out of the insane things our CO likes to do every Friday but I can still jog on the treadmill a few times a week.  I will be using all of my charm  ;) when I meet with the therapist on the 25th.  I will keep you posted. 
 
On another note, I was talking about this with a friend of mine just the other day...  Almost every Marine I know who has retired has all said the same thing:  As soon as they were retired they wanted to PT all of the time, but it was such a dreaded chore while they were still in.  I hope that happens to me...

JKB, Glad to hear that you won't have to participate in the "insane activities" and are able to stay on light duty with physical therapy too!  Good luck with the PT and try to take it easy my friend!
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Post by: enlightenme on January 11, 2013, 06:20:34 AM
I saw this ad running on the side bar here.  I'm not sure what to think about this video which talks about Five Healthy Foods that Actually Make you Gain Weight.
http://www.thehealthywaydiet.com/promotion/?gclid=CPju3tK64LQCFQ-e4AodxlUAcw
I was wondering if anyone else has any thoughts on this.  It is stating that whole wheat bread, margarine, low-fat peanut butter, soy products, and concentrated orange juice should be completely avoided.  Naturally they are trying to sell you their "Diet Plan", called "Your Body, Your Diet", which I am not considering, but I was wondering if they might be on the right track here.  Thoughts anyone?
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 11, 2013, 06:22:00 AM
On a trend, my weight is dropping down...
I think for now I need to stick with the vegetarian diet and just be more disciplined.
Not to count calories but to incorporate more of the wonderful, nutritious, colorful and high fiber foods.

Good for you Barb!  Glad to hear you have found a successful solution, one that works well for you!  I weighed 2 lbs less today from when I started last week!  I am very pleased with those results.  One to three pounds per week is my goal, and I've decided not to focus much on how long it will take to get to where I want or need to be.

Enlightenme! Awesome News! That is so great you started back to exercise, have a buddy too that  helps.
Also the natural good cooking you did. VWD! Very Well Done.
Inspirational!
Daughter who shares house with me  and I going to re start the gym membership...
That should help. Not so much I can do but I can at least go on the walking dealies and swim.
 ;)  Going to make up a big pot of miso soup with potatoes and veges that always helps me.

Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on January 12, 2013, 04:52:42 AM
Thanks Barb!  And it's great to hear that you and your daughter are joining the gym.  I know that swimming is one of the few forms of exercise that I can still do, so much easier on the joints, etc.  Enjoy your soup, sounds delicious!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: JKB on January 12, 2013, 10:52:44 AM
All I hardly ever have at work anymore is chicken noodle soup...   Sometimes I will have one of those pot roast and mashed potatoes microwave deals (220 calories), but for the most part I stick with chicken noodle soup, sushi, or fresh fruit.  I also try really hard not to have anything significant in the evening.  If you are going to skip a meal, it is much better to skip dinner than it is breakfast, if you are trying to lose weight.  Believe it or not, a person actually burns fat during the night when sleeping.  However, if you load up on a big dinner it will all just turn to fat overnight.  When you have a healthy breakfast, or even not so healthy, it kick starts your metabolism and you have all day to burn it off.  On the flip side, if you skip breakfast your metabolism just kind of remains dormant and only does what it absolutely has to do until you finally eat something at lunch or dinner, and that is bad for losing weight...  Just a couple of nuggets I have picked up from sitting in hours and hours of repetitive nutrition classes... 
 
The bad news I have learned from these classes is that if it tastes good it is fattening, period...  What kind of sick, cosmic joke is that?  Maybe we were all supposed to be fat and we spend all of this time and energy trying not to be...  I don't know.  I give up.  Peace out, JKB
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on January 12, 2013, 03:24:41 PM

 
The bad news I have learned from these classes is that if it tastes good it is fattening, period...  What kind of sick, cosmic joke is that?  Maybe we were all supposed to be fat and we spend all of this time and energy trying not to be...  I don't know.  I give up.  Peace out, JKB

Funny JKB, I had a friend in high school, who always struggled with her weight.  She told me once the trick to dieting was, if it tasted good, spit it out!  :D
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: JKB on January 12, 2013, 03:31:15 PM
Sad, but true...  I suppose...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 12, 2013, 08:28:06 PM
Thanks Barb!  And it's great to hear that you and your daughter are joining the gym.  I know that swimming is one of the few forms of exercise that I can still do, so much easier on the joints, etc.  Enjoy your soup, sounds delicious!

Yeah, swimming may just save us all...all of us with joint problems.
My track and field days are over.  ;)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 12, 2013, 08:41:20 PM
All I hardly ever have at work anymore is chicken noodle soup...   Sometimes I will have one of those pot roast and mashed potatoes microwave deals (220 calories), but for the most part I stick with chicken noodle soup, sushi, or fresh fruit.  I also try really hard not to have anything significant in the evening.  If you are going to skip a meal, it is much better to skip dinner than it is breakfast, if you are trying to lose weight.  Believe it or not, a person actually burns fat during the night when sleeping.  However, if you load up on a big dinner it will all just turn to fat overnight.  When you have a healthy breakfast, or even not so healthy, it kick starts your metabolism and you have all day to burn it off.  On the flip side, if you skip breakfast your metabolism just kind of remains dormant and only does what it absolutely has to do until you finally eat something at lunch or dinner, and that is bad for losing weight...  Just a couple of nuggets I have picked up from sitting in hours and hours of repetitive nutrition classes... 
 
The bad news I have learned from these classes is that if it tastes good it is fattening, period...  What kind of sick, cosmic joke is that?  Maybe we were all supposed to be fat and we spend all of this time and energy trying not to be...  I don't know.  I give up.  Peace out, JKB

JKB thanks for sharing that knowledge. I have no doubt that is true in most cases -if it tastes good it is fattening.
I think a lot of people's bodies have a genetic line descended from survivors of famines, long treks, long voyages, stuck - in - mountains - during - blizzard types of folks.
Foods which taste good often have fat in them. Also often have some sugar in them.
Before the Eskimos (now called Inuit) became more modernized they made a treat of whale blubber and fresh blueberries after being trapped in their igloos for months. They still make it but maybe not as much...
Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and other regions -well they were just happy to get food and if made them a little fat, so much the better at the time. It was the gaunt - looking ones who did not fare well...
I think it's possible to get a little of the good fats we crave and something sweet without becoming obese. I managed to do that a long time ago, trying to get back to that.
Oh yes, and you know this, the activity of humans was necessarily a lot higher in the past...
I personally need to learn to gauge how much I can actually eat without staying fat... Working on it.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on January 19, 2013, 05:33:54 PM

 
The bad news I have learned from these classes is that if it tastes good it is fattening, period...  What kind of sick, cosmic joke is that?  Maybe we were all supposed to be fat and we spend all of this time and energy trying not to be...  I don't know.  I give up.  Peace out, JKB

Funny JKB, I had a friend in high school, who always struggled with her weight.  She told me once the trick to dieting was, if it tasted good, spit it out!  :D

Actually, in all seriousness, there are many, many ways to make healthy and still tasty meals!  Now that I'm back on my Weight Watchers program, I started getting out the Weight Watchers cookbooks again and there truly are many, many excellent recipes that are delicious, nutritious and excellent for weight loss!  There really isn't anything you can't eat with the Weight Watchers program.   And of course, one of the biggest things to keep in mind is just plain old portion control.  For instance I can still eat pizza, which is one of my all time favorite foods, but truly one slice and a salad is the way to go and still lose weight, instead of two or three with some heavy duty meat or extra cheese topping!  ;D ;D
So.....
I've decided to start posting some of my favorites as I go along here.  This is a great one for winter!


The stew, a baked concoction, can be made ahead. Refrigerate for up to 3 days and reheat over medium heat, or freeze in plastic containers for up to 3 months. The soda bread, of course, is "of the moment," best within a few hours of being made.

Beef, Brown Rice and Mushroom Stew
 Although a rich stew like this is often made with fatty chuck, bottom round provides a healthy alternative without compromising flavor.

Beef, Brown Rice and Mushroom Stew

Makes 6 1-cup servings

 
PointsPlus™ value per serving: 7
 

Ingredients
 Nonstick cooking spray
 1 1/2 pounds bottom round, cut into 1-inch cubes
 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
 1 pound cremini or white button mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
 2 tsp stemmed fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
 1 tsp caraway seeds
 1 tsp salt
 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
 2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
 One 12-ounce bottle Guinness stout
 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
 
Instructions
 1.Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
2.Spray a large casserole or oven-safe saucepan with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Add the meat (working in batches if necessary) and brown on all sides, turning occasionally, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
3.Spray again with nonstick spray and add the onions. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until they release their liquid, about 4 minutes.
4.Stir in the thyme, caraway seeds, salt and pepper; cook until aromatic, about 15 seconds.
5.Pour in the broth and beer, stirring until the foam dissipates. Stir the beef back into the stew and bring to a simmer. Cover and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.
6.Stir in the rice. Cover and bake until the meat and rice are tender, stirring once or twice, about 1 more hour.
 


Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread
 Baking soda was the boon to home bakers in the late 18th century. No more yeast! Irish soda bread celebrates this quick-and-easy heartiness: Here's a raisin-and-caraway studded loaf with no fuss and big taste.



Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Makes 1 round loaf (8 slices).      Serving size: 1 slice (1/8 loaf)

 
PointsPlus™ value per serving: 5


Ingredients
 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
 2 Tbsp canola oil
 1 cup plus 1 tsp all-purpose flour, separated
 1 cup whole-wheat flour
 1/3 cup golden raisins
 4 tsp caraway seeds
 1 tsp baking soda
 1/2 tsp baking powder
 1/2 tsp salt
 Nonstick cooking spray
 
Instructions
 1.Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325ºF.
2.Whisk the buttermilk and oil in a medium bowl; set aside.
3.Whisk 1 cup all-purpose flour, the whole-wheat flour, raisins, caraway seeds, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the buttermilk mixture with a wooden spoon until thoroughly moistened.
4.Dust a clean, dry work surface with the remaining 1 teaspoon flour. Turn the dough out onto work surface and knead for 30 seconds, just until it coheres. Shape into a round loaf about 6 inches in diameter and 1 inch high. Use a sharp knife or a new razor blade to cut an "x" about 1/2 inch deep in the top of the loaf.
5.Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray, place the loaf on it, and bake until lightly browned and crusty, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing.


Make no mistake, you will not feel like you are eating a "diet food meal" when you make this one!

PS, I've lost another three pounds!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 19, 2013, 05:49:42 PM
Enlightenme that looks like a good, warming and healthy dinner... ;)
Thanks for posting!  ;)
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on January 19, 2013, 05:57:41 PM
 :D Your welcome! 
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: JKB on January 20, 2013, 12:01:06 PM
"They see me rollin', they hatin'...
they keep tryin to catch me ridin' dirty...
catch me ridin' dirty...
catch me ridin' dirty..."
 
I sing that every month when they weigh us in.  Here you go...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nf4DhXy9oU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nf4DhXy9oU)
 
 
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: JKB on January 20, 2013, 12:08:09 PM
Obviously I can't rap very well...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on January 23, 2013, 05:57:54 AM
"They see me rollin', they hatin'...
they keep tryin to catch me ridin' dirty...
catch me ridin' dirty...
catch me ridin' dirty..."
 
I sing that every month when they weigh us in.  Here you go...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nf4DhXy9oU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nf4DhXy9oU)

 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on January 23, 2013, 06:06:06 AM
Another one of my favorite Weight Watcher's recipes:
Which is also an excellent vegetarian dish too!
Enjoy!

Tomato and Pepper Lasagna:


7PointsPlus Value

Prep time: 20 min

Cook time: 65 min

Other time: 0 min
 
Serves: 8
 
Comforting layers of pasta, tomatoes, peppers and cheese. So good and so filling! A definite hit in cold-weather months.


Ingredients


 24 oz store-bought marinara sauce   

 1 cup(s) canned diced tomatoes, fire-roasted, drained   

1 cup(s) part-skim ricotta cheese   

1 cup(s) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese   

1 cup(s) shredded, parmesan cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano suggested   

 1/4 cup(s) fat-free egg substitute   

1/4 tsp table salt   

1/4 tsp black pepper   

1/4 tsp dried oregano   

6 item(s) uncooked lasagna noodles, regular or whole-wheat   

 1/2 cup(s) roasted red peppers (packed in water), water-packed, cut into thin strips   

Instructions
 Preheat oven to 350ºF.

In a small pot, combine marinara sauce and tomatoes; set over low heat and simmer for 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.


Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses; stir to combine. Stir in egg substitute, salt, pepper and oregano.


 Spoon 1 cup of sauce in bottom of an 11- X 7-inch glass baking dish. Arrange 2 lasagna noodles over sauce, down center of dish. Spread half of cheese mixture (about 1 cup) over noodles; top with pepper strips. Place 2 more noodles on top; spread with remaining cheese mixture. Top with 1 cup of marinara sauce; place remaining 2 lasagna noodles on top. Spoon remaining sauce over top and gently press down on lasagna.


 Cover dish loosely with aluminum foil; bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil; bake until sauce is lightly browned and noodles are tender when tested with a knife, about 10 to 15 minutes more. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes to firm up slightly. Slice into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.
 
Notes
If you're short on time, skip simmering the marinara sauce with the diced tomatoes.

 Vary the color and flavor of this recipe by adding a layer of tender baby spinach leaves or spicy arugula leaves with the pepper strips (could affect PointsPlus values).
 

**And instead of the pepper strips listed here, you can vary it with just regular steamed red or green pepper,spinach or zucchini as well.
http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeId=145431
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 23, 2013, 06:07:39 AM
"They see me rollin', they hatin'...
they keep tryin to catch me ridin' dirty...
catch me ridin' dirty...
catch me ridin' dirty..."
 
I sing that every month when they weigh us in.  Here you go...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nf4DhXy9oU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nf4DhXy9oU)

Sorry my bro, I would give better response if I could get the sound back on my speakers. Well one of these days will play all the neat songs U have posted.  ;D
Daughter will help with sound but she's been working a lot of hours...Short in cord I think new cord ...
Anyway proud of all U have managed to do. Keep on posting your successful actiona.
- Barb T.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 23, 2013, 06:10:16 AM
Another one of my favorite Weight Watcher's recipes:
Which is also an excellent vegetarian dish too!
Enjoy!

Tomato and Pepper Lasagna:


7PointsPlus Value
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 65 min
Other time: 0 min
Serves: 8
 
Comforting layers of pasta, tomatoes, peppers and cheese. So good and so filling! A definite hit in cold-weather months.
........
........
http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeId=145431

Enlightenme, that sounds like a wonderful meal for a family especially in this cold weather!

- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on January 23, 2013, 06:18:11 AM
I thought you might like to try it Barb, especially since it is a vegetarian version of lasagne.  It's a great way to cook ahead too, can always freeze the leftovers with no problem.  Sometimes I make a double batch for the kids too!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 23, 2013, 06:28:54 AM
I thought you might like to try it Barb, especially since it is a vegetarian version of lasagne.  It's a great way to cook ahead too, can always freeze the leftovers with no problem.  Sometimes I make a double batch for the kids too!

I'm going to try that.  :) Ingredients are realy good...
I have found that the italian cheeses really agree with me well. Mozarella etc.
(Feta too.)
I can't drink milk but cheese seems OK for me.
Daughter who shares house with me eats a lot of meat but she enjoys meatless meals too.
She loves cooked meals that she can reheat at work, casseroles etc. so this is a good idea.
 :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 23, 2013, 08:04:34 AM
The diatomaceous earth has been in my routine for about 5 days now. I think I will stick with it for life.
I know it is early to say this - and other factors come into play - but here's the deal:
•   My energy level has at least doubled.
•   A slight drop in weight.
•   I feel a little bit more in control.
•   I recommend taking it with something you like and get it down,
•   Following it with plain water - and - a bite of something. Cracker, whatever.

This AM was the best: 
•   Cranberry - cherry juice with about 1 1/2 Tablespoonsful of the food grade diatomaceous.
•   The strong flavor and slight thickness  and sweetness of the juice really helps me get it down in a hurry.
•   The juice is sweetened, cheap, not for everyone. WalMart about $2.25.
•   (I have found that even if it is a "cheap" juice the cranberry helps me a lot.)
•   So anyway I am able to get a little bit more done.
•   I feel the diatomaceous is helping me combat some of the ill effects from
•   all the microwave energy with which I am surrounded.

We didn't switch away from wireless yet so it is just everywhere. Computers, TVs cell phones and cordless extensions.
Well my daughter and I made a mental note of all the stuff we are going through and problems we need to handle. I told her, "Let's take a mental picture and let’s see where we are in 2 weeks."
•   My daughter in the UK told me it vastly improved her skin hair and fingernails.
•   She always had good hair and skin, but even so it is smoother and her nails are growing. •   

So I am definitely looking forward to improvements.
Well I feel like this is not just about weight loss I need to post this in one other Topic...
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: jrobert69 on January 23, 2013, 03:29:40 PM
The diatomaceous earth has been in my routine for about 5 days now. I think I will stick with it for life.
I know it is early to say this - and other factors come into play - but here's the deal:
•   My energy level has at least doubled.
•   A slight drop in weight.
•   I feel a little bit more in control.
•   I recommend taking it with something you like and get it down,
•   Following it with plain water - and - a bite of something. Cracker, whatever.

This AM was the best: 
•   Cranberry - cherry juice with about 1 1/2 Tablespoonsful of the food grade diatomaceous.
•   The strong flavor and slight thickness  and sweetness of the juice really helps me get it down in a hurry.
•   The juice is sweetened, cheap, not for everyone. WalMart about $2.25.
•   (I have found that even if it is a "cheap" juice the cranberry helps me a lot.)
•   So anyway I am able to get a little bit more done.
•   I feel the diatomaceous is helping me combat some of the ill effects from
•   all the microwave energy with which I am surrounded.

We didn't switch away from wireless yet so it is just everywhere. Computers, TVs cell phones and cordless extensions.
Well my daughter and I made a mental note of all the stuff we are going through and problems we need to handle. I told her, "Let's take a mental picture and let’s see where we are in 2 weeks."
•   My daughter in the UK told me it vastly improved her skin hair and fingernails.
•   She always had good hair and skin, but even so it is smoother and her nails are growing. •   

So I am definitely looking forward to improvements.
Well I feel like this is not just about weight loss I need to post this in one other Topic...
- Yowbarb


What did I miss, how did you think of using this? Is there a link?
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 23, 2013, 04:00:52 PM
The diatomaceous earth has been in my routine for about 5 days now. I think I will stick with it for life.
I know it is early to say this - and other factors come into play - but here's the deal:
•   My energy level has at least doubled.
•   A slight drop in weight.
•   I feel a little bit more in control.
•   I recommend taking it with something you like and get it down,
•   Following it with plain water - and - a bite of something. Cracker, whatever.

This AM was the best: 
•   Cranberry - cherry juice with about 1 1/2 Tablespoonsful of the food grade diatomaceous.
•   The strong flavor and slight thickness  and sweetness of the juice really helps me get it down in a hurry.
•   The juice is sweetened, cheap, not for everyone. WalMart about $2.25.
•   (I have found that even if it is a "cheap" juice the cranberry helps me a lot.)
•   So anyway I am able to get a little bit more done.
•   I feel the diatomaceous is helping me combat some of the ill effects from
•   all the microwave energy with which I am surrounded.

We didn't switch away from wireless yet so it is just everywhere. Computers, TVs cell phones and cordless extensions.
Well my daughter and I made a mental note of all the stuff we are going through and problems we need to handle. I told her, "Let's take a mental picture and let’s see where we are in 2 weeks."
•   My daughter in the UK told me it vastly improved her skin hair and fingernails.
•   She always had good hair and skin, but even so it is smoother and her nails are growing. •   

So I am definitely looking forward to improvements.
Well I feel like this is not just about weight loss I need to post this in one other Topic...
- Yowbarb


What did I miss, how did you think of using this? Is there a link?

jrobert69 I had heard of diatomaceous quite awhile ago but it wasn't until my oldest daughter got into it and told me all about it that I finally got some.  :) I have just been on it 5 days now.
I am not an expert on which one is best to purchase. My local daughter ordered some for us 20# from a company called Nature's Wisdom.
There are a lot of health articles on diatomaceous earth. Next post will be several testimonials...the link for which is posted farther in this post.
Food grade is the kind to buy. Moderator Jim Farmer had been using it for years so he can help with info too.
Here is a general article, one of many about the potential health benefits of diatomaceous earth.
In other topics I have posted links to testimonials. Jim Farmer been on it along time he may know the very best one best price.
Here is just one article for now,
All The Best,
Yowbarb     

HOW DIATOMACEOUS EARTH WORKS
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Human Health Benefits    Organic Garden Pest Control
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THERE IS NO CLAY OR INSECT ATTRACTANT IN OUR PRODUCT.

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What Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Does In Your Body

This page explains the mechanisms of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth within the human body to achieve the many health benefits that consumers have experienced. (See our our Human Use page).

Diatomaceous Earth Health Benefits: Why and How

1)  As you can see from the picture of Diatomaceous Earth - (magnified 7000 times) - it looks like a cylinder full of holes - kind of like Rice Chex Cereal. This cylinder has a very strong negative charge. As these millions of cylinders move through the stomach and digestive tract, they attract and absorb fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticides, and drug residues, E.coli, and heavy metals. These are trapped inside the cylinder and passed out of the body. In addition, any larger parasites that happen to be in the stomach or digestive tract are "cut up" and killed by the sharp edges of the Diatomaceous Earth. All of these activities result in a much healthier body with less sickness. We often hear the phrase "I just feel better" with our Diatomaceous Earth users. This better feeling comes from all the "junk" being removed from the body and by giving the immune system the "jump start" it needs.

 2)  Diatomaceous Earth is quite hard. On the hardness scale where diamonds are a 9, Diatomaceous Earth is a 7. This is very important because as those millions of tiny hard and sharp Diatomaceous Earth cylinders pass through the small and large intestines, they "scrub" the walls. After only a few months of taking Diatomaceous Earth, the intestine wall is no longer coated with mucus and molds but CLEAN!! The advantages of this are several:
1.Regular bowel movements (This is the #1 comment everyone makes about DE.)
2.
Healthier colon. This is especially important as we get older. A clean healthy colon keeps away polyps, cancers, and ulcers. Today, many are spending thousands of dollars to get colonics to do the same thing as Diatomaceous Earth does.

3.
Many users report increased energy and needing less sleep. This is a result of all the food and nutrients that are taken in being better absorbed into the blood stream. With a coated colon--many nutrients never get absorbed.

 3)   A small amount of Diatomaceous Earth gets absorbed into the blood stream as silica.  One of the benefits of Silica is that it helps to destroy bad fats. Everyone we know who takes Diatomaceous Earth has lowered their cholesterol by 40-50 points, and they are amazed at how their high blood pressure goes down. Go to the page on "Human Use" and review all of the benefits of silica to the body.
1.Sore joints and ligaments feel better
2.Skin clears up (acne-age spots-psoriasis)
3.Hair and nails are stronger and grow faster
4.Stronger teeth and gums
5.Healthier respiratory tract--less coughing
6.Menopause has less symptoms
7.Healthier urinary tract

Human Use Testimonials  SEE: http://www.earthworkshealth.com/human-use-testimonials.php

The benefits of silica are many. In today's grains, there is actually a shortage of silica. Years ago, the silica found in our foodstuffs was adequate, but with today's hybrids and depleted soils, only about 1/3 of the silica needed is supplied in our food. Diatomaceous Earth is a simple and inexpensive way to get the silica your body needs.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 23, 2013, 04:28:57 PM
Just going to post a few testimonials...I have put some of this info in other topics...
Please bear in mind I cannot verify these testimonials but I know forom personal experience it is already helping me two of my daughters and all my cats.  ;D - Yowbarb
.................................................................
http://www.earthworkshealth.com/human-use-testimonials.php  Human use testimonials

"All of these testimonials are backed up by a physical e-mail from the person giving the testimonial."

It Works!

In the process of placing my second order, I wanted to send an email regarding how Diatomaceous Earth worked for me. I am no longer awakened in the middle of the night with hip pain, but the first thing my husband and I noticed was not being tired all the time. Having energy throughout the day, and not crashing midafternoon equals more projects, activities etc accomplished at the end of the day. We have shared this product with some friends. One of our friends is a painter by trade. He has (had) arthritic pain in his pinky finger which he could not bend to touch his palm without excrutiating pain, making it hard to work . After taking DE for about 11/2 weeks-he can now bend it with much, much less pain. Another friend who is balding on top, went to his barber. As the barber was giving him his usual flattop haircut he asked him what he's been doing becau se his hair was growing! Needless to say our friend is very excited about this product, which is why I am about to order 50lbs. One more thing. Carpenter Ants DO NOT like this stuff. I sprinkled it around the foundation of my home and have not seen an ant anywhere!! Thank you for offering this product and for keeping it so very affordable!!"

M. Novinsky - L.I., NY

A "miracle" in my life

"I have to tell you that Diatomaceous Earth is a 'miracle' in my life. For the past 5 years or so, my whole right side has been in pain. The last few weeks, the pain was excruciating. I had never contemplated hip replacement surgery, but the pain was so bad I would have had to do something if the DE had not started relieving the pain. I walked with a complete limp on the right side and could not bend down nor lift my right leg up to put on a shoe. After only 7 days, my husband and family can not believe what DE has done for me. Looking forward to continued healing the next several weeks."
 
Thank-you,
 Gabrielle

Thanks for being there!

"Now, about my DE. Been on a rounded tablespoon a day for 3 weeks this Friday. And I can already say, "Where have you been all my life"?! My back ache was gone in 3 days, been bad for about 3 weeks prior. Dry skin in now shiny, no flakes. And had trouble all this year with right knee locking up and very painful, down on knees working in my gardens, well, that has stopped, too!!! AND, I got rid of flea infestation at my sisters house she had been fighting with chemicals the last 6 or 8 months!! Fantastic stuff!! Thanks for being there!"
 
Sincerely,
 Larry

Thanks

"I want to thank you for selling such an excellent product. I have been using diatomaceous earth for at least 6 months and have noticed a tremendous change in my health. I am an athletic person and go to the gym 5 days per week in addition to my daily cardio routine. I am 56 and haven't felt this good in 5 years. I have arthritis in my shoulders, hands and feet. I no longer feel pain in any of those joints when I weight lift. I seem to have more energy during the day which has enabled me to extend my workout time. I've also noticed my hair and nails growing faster and fatty nodules have disappeared. This product works for me and I am so grateful to the company."

Thank you!
Ralph in Florida

Stunned by the results
"Dear Friends,

 After less than two weeks of taking "earth," I'm stunned by the results. My sister said to take it slow. I took one treatment daily for three days and then increased it to two treatments daily. I try to take it earlier in the day as it gives me too much energy before bedtime.

 Two days ago, I awoke in the middle of the night and noticed something. I had been suffering with severe pain in the bottoms of my heels. It was so severe that I couldn't put any weight on it. People would have to help me up and down stairs so I wouldn't fall. I realized in the middle of the night that I didn't have anymore pain in my heels. Unbelieveable, because I have been suffering with this heel condition for two years or more.

 Thanks so much. I'll be telling my friends."

 Trip to another country

"In September I went to Croatia. I experienced extreme sleepiness during and after my trip. I thought I had contracted a parasite, since I was drinking the water and later found out the water was not that clean. It was the same sleepiness I had experienced on my trip to Russia and I figured I had contracted Giardia, a parasite common in Russia. When I came home I began an aggressive herbal de-worming program, which is the same program I offered my clients. This program consisted of taking cloves, black walnut, wormwood combination and a product balled Rascal. I stayed on this treatment faithfully for three full weeks and even did higher dosages than was recommended in the directions. I figured I was relieved of any critters hanging on to my intestines. Right? WRONG! Two months later I went to a clinic and had live blood cell analysis to determine my condition. I was shocked to discover parasites in the blood. How could this be? I was following a program that was offered by some of the top parasatologists in the country. An angel came into my life recently. She was a client doing my supervised fasting retreat I offer in my residence. Bonnie GAVE me a container of Diatomaceous Earth and said "try it for you and your dogs". What have I got to lose but a few wigglies, right? Hopefully! Guess what? After only 5 days of taking the recommended dose I passed a 5 inch creature determined by lab analysis to be a round worm. Not me! Not beautiful, charming, squeaky clean diet Millan! Yes. I guess they are right when they say 90 to 95 percent of us have parasites and worms. You see, they are usually a-symptomatic, so you could have them for years and never know it!"

Kari - Nebraska

"I just got back from the Doctor and he could not believe how much my cholerterol had went down!! No drugs--did it all naturally!! The Doctor even wrote down Diatomaceous Earth so he could do some research on it. My high blood pressure was also down. I do not like to take any medication, so I was very excited about my "natural" results. Also--for the 1st time in years I have fingernails!!! I can't believe how fast and strong they are growing. My complexion has also cleared up. Never have had a really bad face, but always a zit here and there---but now----smooth!!! I also love the way it makes my teeth feel when I dip my toothbrush in it."

Joyce - Nebraska

"I have been taking a tablespoon of Diatomaceous Earth every day for the last 3 weeks and I have noticed the 2 dime size age spots on the right side of my face have disapeared!"

Pam - Nebraska

"A little over 4 years ago I was involved in a bad car accident. My head hit the windshield and I was in the hospital for several days. Even after countless tests and "suggestions" the medical field has not been able to give me any relief to my daily headaches. I had pretty much come to terms with the fact that this was something I would endure my whole life. 3 week ago I started taking Diatomaceous Earth. After the 1st week, I noticed my headaches were GONE!!! I don't know how it works---I don't even care---all I know is that I can go through the day now pain free. I was so excited that I took some over to my ageing mom and had her start taking it. I went back about a week later and the 1st thing she said to me was "listen to this" she breathed in a deep breath from her nose and then let it out through her nose. She was also very excited as she has had blocked sinus for years. She also noticed that the skin sores by her bra line on her back were gone. I then took some over to my daughter who has acne. Her face is better now than it ever has been. I am a believer in Diatomaceous Earth!!!"

Terry - Nebraska

"What I really notice is that the joints in my feet and knees do not hurt anymore---that is exciting---but what really has me amaized is that hair is starting to grow back on my bald spot!!! This stuff is GREAT!!!"

 
My Life Has Changed!

"My life has changed since taking daily "DE" in the mornings!For example: My bones are stronger, my skin softer, my hair and nails healthy and strong. I have no more headaches, I focus more, better memory, I feel more emotionally stable, without the need to eat all the time, and I finally feel rejuvenated in progress. To mention some benefits!!! Thanks to all who are promoting such a noble and valuable product!!!"

Many, Many Results!

"We've been on it since the 1st of September and it took about 2 months to get the full results. We started feeling the increase in energy around the 2nd full week. My restless legs and cramps got better around the 2nd month. My blood pressure has gone way down (about 1 month). Hopefully when I go back to the doctor next month it will be normal...it was 135/75 last time I went down from 195/100. I also have lost around 10 pounds (without trying) since i've been on it. I know it's the "dirt""

Makes me Feel Better!

"I have been taking for ten days one tablespoon every morning. I don't know how to explain it but it makes me feel a sense of well being. I have a growth on my eye and it seems to be shrinking. My son is autistic and non verbal, I have been giving him 1 tablespoon every morning with orange juice. I see a improvement in him but I would l like to give it to him for at least a-month before I tell you what area I see the improvements and it is not my imagination. I just bought two ten pound bags; I have shared both bags with families and friends at work. So you should be getting orders from Hanford, CA. Thank you and God Bless you and your family."

Awesome!

"Arica wrote: "Thats awesome!!! I give it to all 5 of my kids everyday as well. My youngest just turned 6 on Sunday and my oldest is 11 and they all get 3-4 tablespoons a night and I cant even begin to tell you the improvements I've witnessed in their behavior! Specifically, my youngest son was extremely defiant and uncooperative but the change was so dramatic in his behavior after only the 2nd week he started drinking the DE I still cant believe it! I recommend this to everyone because its only going to improve your health but anyone dealing with a child with autism or behavioral issues needs to find a way to get this in their kids bodies! The miracle I assume is the DE is chelating metal buildup while remineralizing! And so important, its killing parasites, which it is estimated that 95% of humanity is infested at any given time!!! We just mix it in half a cup of water and drink it down. I tell everyone I know to get this stuff! I gave some to my sister a few weeks ago and 3 days afterwards she texted me that she passed a long parasite! This stuff is just necessary! I LOVE IT SO MUCH! THANK YOU GUYS for selling this :) I could literally go on about personal benefits I consistently experience but just know anyone reading this, this stuff does exactly what it claims to do!!!!! I've been taking it just over a year but results start to manifest in mere days!"

Changed my Life!!

"Hi there, This may be kind of a long testimonial, I feel the need to thank you for this wonderful life saving product. I am 54 years old and I have a really long list of health problems that the "Dirt" has helped me with in a most significant way. I have Plantarfaciatis in both heel's of my feet with 2 spurs in each heel, I have spurs on both knee caps, Horrible Arthritis in both shoulders which required Injections on a regular schedule, I have carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrist and a cyst on my right wrist, a bunion on my left foot, Asthma, L-5 Disc tear which required Epidural's several times per year, Degenerative disc in neck (very painful), profuse sweating from head and face, white noise in left ear, fingernails splitting and cracking, acid reflux and arthritis in right index finger. I am very happy to inform you that I am now completely pain free for the 1st time in over 15 years! I can even walk around barefoot on concrete now if I want to....my fingernails are growing, my hair is growing back and I can ride my horses again also....I am so much better thanks to this Diatomaceous Earth....I love it. I also used it to kill off all the ants on my property....wonderful product....I have given samples of it to my my family and friends and they are all having the same great results that I have.....thank you for making me, my family and friends so happy! I am so glad I bought the 50 pound bag...I put it in my dogs water bowl and they no longer have bad breath...my 12 year old Chihuahua is even playing and running all over again like she was a puppy! I wore a pair of high heels for the 1st time in 15 years and was on my feet for 5 and 1/2 hours in them...no pain! I just add the dirt to a glass of water every morning and drink it straight down....so easy to take. I just wish I would have known about this many years ago! Again many, many thanks! I am sincerely a happy customer."

Softer Hair!

 I've been eating this stuff ever sense I saw the you tube video in 2010, and it works, my hiar is softer, skin is even better than when I was using cocoa butter lotion. My doctor asked me if I took something for the parasites human commonly have, because I had very little. I love this stuff."

Whole Family Seen results!

"Our family purchased some D.E. back in the spring and have been using it daily ever since. We have noticed some really great benefits! My wife notice that many symptoms of parasite activity diminsihed greatly. We both noticed more consistent and regular bowel movements and one of our daughters, who has chronic bad breath has seen a very pleasant change in her breath. The most powerful benefit I have noticed is with my teeth. I have very weak teeth that are falling apart and often I have great sensitivity to even drinking water. Since taking the D.E. regularly my teeth feel stronger and I have almost no pain ever. I know that teeth problems are a closely linked to poor digestion and the D.E. is the only change I have made to our health regimen. Thank you for selling a good wholesome product at a very low price that has helped our entire family."
 
More Energy!

 "I have been using DE for six months now and am a fitness buff. I have more energy and my body feels better than ever-I will be 60yrs old in oct 18! I play rackeball and twisted a nerve , usually it takes a month to recover from that but I was back in the racketball court in 4 days, this is a wonderfull product thank you."

Numbers all Lower!!

"I want to add my testimony....I was pretty sure when I got DE that I would be doing this. THIS STUFF is wonderful. I just got back from my Wellness Screening we have every year...Last year, my Cholesterol was high, my Tryglyserides were high and I have diabetes in my family. THIS YEAR....everything was GREAT AND I AM 62!!!! My mother lives with me and we both take it every night before bed b/c we sleep so well. We mix it with Coconut water!!!! My daughter uses it on her dog and I use it for ants and mosquitos in the yard....GET IT...IT'S GREAT AND DOES SO much stuff to make you healthy!!!!"

Scabbies Gone!

"I contacted scabbies somehow somewhere and still do not know either! However the cream for $90.00 that the doctor gave me did nothing!!!I began to research scabbies and after hours of sitting infront of my computer crazed because the scabbies were craweling under the skin of my eye lids and under the skin of my hands, not to mention all over my back and chest,I saw "STOP SUFFERING WITH SCABIES" and wound up on your website which to me was a miricle because I am only comp. friendley and.I was ready for a looney bin. Through my tears I began reading about how DE would get rid of these bugies! I mixed it as instructed with 25% DE and 75% grapseed oil and put it in a spray bottle.I rubbed it into every part of my body three times a day for three weeks and "THEY WERE GONE" I also treated my home with a mixture of 25% DE and 75% windex and sprayed my rugs,furniture,car and bed. I put the DE power in a salt shaker and gently shook it onto my box spring,mattress, and between my sheets and between the pillows and pillowcases.I also shook it all over my house and I can tell you that my house and bed and skin is SCABBIES FREE.I want to share this story because I know that there are other people desperate for help.I want to stress that it is very important to treat the home invirerment and wash all articles in very hot water. Store anything that is not washable in the machine in vacume bags for three weeks. Now for the "BEST PART" I started to take DE in the morning,TWO TBL SPOONS in juice and after four weeks,my doctor said to me.I got your blood work back and your BLOOD PRESSURE WAS 179 OVER 98.IT IS NOW 104 over79 and my other numbers dropped a lot also. I hope that this story helps someone because i am "DEVOTED" to my DE and iI will never stop taking it.I can go on and on with more benefits I received taking this product like loosing 13 lbs ETC but I think I will close with DO YOURSELF A FAVOR PEOPLE.READ WHAT OTHERS HAVE EXPERIECCED WITH THIS DE SO YOU CAN BENEFIT TOO."
 
Yowbarb Note:  I probably should have posted it a different topic but jrobert69, you wanted to know a bit more about it so there it is... I also read it is good for all kinds of puzzling and weird conditions. It is not claimed that it cures morgollons but it is stated it definitely helps..so who knows...
Any kind of parasite is eventually no match for this stuff IMHO.
........ will edit later want to post this!!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 23, 2013, 04:46:24 PM
Yowbarb Note:  Excuse it if there are repeats. I had to take some testimonials from the previous post. Wasn’t room for all of them.
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http://www.earthworkshealth.com/human-use-testimonials.php Continued:

Praise God for the "dirt"   ;D

"Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow! God made dirt, and dirt don't hurt. Thank you Larry and the Earthworkshealth family. Yesterday, January 10, 2013, is the third time I've placed an order for the box of four 2.5 gallon jugs of Diatomaceous Earth (DEarth) since my first order in early November 2012. The reason for this is as I've shared the testimonials, and known benefits of DEarth as well as my results with family, friends and co-workers, I've given away jugs and or sandwich bags of the product. I have taken DEarth everyday since receiving my first order back in November 2012. Yesterday, January 10, 2013 will have made 12 weeks of my consuming DEarth. In these few weeks, the following changes have taken place: Increase bowel movements > My skin is as soft as a baby's bottom > My hair feels so soft and silky > Strong fingernails > Clear and frequent urine flow > Joint pain in fingers and knees GONE! > My energy level has increase tremendously, as I was one who was always tired > Lastly, I educated myself on the importance of Silica and t How vital it is to the human body. My family and friends here in NJ, and in other states are now using DEarth. One of my brothers reported that he now takes half the dosage of his blood pressure medication after using DEarth for one month. My mom stated she can't do the two Tbs a day because the energy is too much for her, one dosage does her well. my nephew loves the energy because it allows him to do more with his work out routine. A friend in VA stated, she sees hair growing in her bold spot. Another says her hair which never seemed to grow is now growing along with her fingernails. Members of my church are taking it. One eliminated a parasite after the second day of usage. Another who is accustom to having sever menstrual cramps reported very little pain during menstrual cycle after only two weeks of using DEarth. The biggest testimony comes from a lady who was diagnosed with rheumatoid artists on over 85% of her body. Often during the winter months she'd walk as though she was crippled or we'd not see her at all. Today, January 11, 2013 makes twelve weeks of her consuming 1Tbs DEarth twice a day, the results are absolutely amazing. DEarth was introduced to me by a co-worker. I researched, ordered and began using the product. Four weeks into my usage, I reported my results to two co-workers. One, did the same as I, researched, read testimonials and purchased the same evening. She's stated her joint pain, gone and her husband has lost 12 lbs. The other co-worker forgot about it but, in conversation that same week her memory was triggered by something someone said and she mentioned to others in her work area that i told her about this stuff i was taking and what i said it had done for me so far. Together they researched, and made a collective purchase. To date, there are 10-12 of my co-workers consuming DEarth along with family and friends they've mentioned the product to. One woman is purchasing the box of four 2.5lbs jugs to send to family in Puerto Rico. Thank you for your wholesale pricing and thank you for distribution of one of God's earthen remedies for the body."

 No More Migraines
"I can not even begin to express how HAPPY I am that my friend told me about Diatomaceous Earth!!! I have suffered from migraine headaches since I was a teenager. I just figured it was from hormonal changes throughout the years with "becoming a woman" and then having children and now the hormonal changes of turning 40. My headaches were to the point where I would literally have to ask my husband to take me to the ER so they could give me instant medication to get rid of the pain. Before I turned 40 I had a procedure done that I thought would help with my menstrual cycles and also then in turn help with reducing my headaches during that time of the month (not the only time I would get migraines though, by the way). Well, it did help for about 2 years and then my headaches started to come back in full force and I would have a headache 4 days out of each week. Well, when my girlfriend heard that I was having so many headaches again she told me about your product. She said she was told by her doctor to use it for some other medical issues and she found that one of the extra things it helped with was her headaches. She told me she would give me a sample to use. I said, "hey, if it works for you then I am just going to order my own". So I did. I ordered a 10# bag to start out with. I figured I would give it a shot and if it didn?t help my headaches then I could use it around the outside of the house for other reasons. I had my order within 3 days of ordering it and I started taking it right away on November 13, 2012 (1 day before my 43rd birthday) and I have NOT HAD A HEADACHE since!!!! It has been a full 2 months without a headache. You have no idea how much this has truly changed my life. I can enjoy my kids and my grandchild more now. I have not had to take any Advil, or Ibuprofen or Aleve at all. It is simply amazing. I have told so many people about this product already and have given some of mine to friends to try for their headaches and fibromyalgia pains. I will continue to take this as long as it is working for me. I have also found that my teeth have gotten a little whiter since taking the "Dirt" and that my hair grows even faster than it did before. I have not however seen any weight loss like some people have which I was also hoping I would see, but that is ok. I can lose the weight on my own?.I couldn't get rid of the headaches on my own. THANK YOU!!!! For basically giving me a new outlook on my life. Amy"

Terry - Nebraska
"What I really notice is that the joints in my feet and knees do not hurt anymore---that is exciting---but what really has me amaized is that hair is starting to grow back on my bald spot!!! This stuff is GREAT!!!"

Leann - Nebraska
"I am a natural skeptic about "cure all" products like this, but was given a free jug of it if I would just try it. I suffer from arthritis all over my body and figured I had nothing to lose. After just 2 weeks of taking it every day, I am a believer!!! Not only do my joints not hurt anymore, but they have even stopped popping every time I bend them. I just generally feel better all over!! My Cholesterol has went from close to 500 down to 160!! I no longer take lipitor at all. I have gotten several of my co-workers taking Diatomaceous Earth now and they all love it also!!"

 Tom - Nebraska
"...to date, in addition to enhanced "regularity", the most noticeable effect, since I've been taking the DE, is a significant decrease in joint and/or muscle/ligament pain in and around the joints, including areas where I have arthritis."

Anne - Nebraska
"I am a registered esthetician in Nebraska. I have been amazed at how DE improves the quality of skin. Both my sister and I have noticed hom much better our complexions are since using DE. I give out samples to all my clients to use as a cleanser---so far everyone really likes it!!"

Louie - Nebraska
"I have been taking DE for 3 weeks now. I had my blood pressure checked today and was very pleasently suprised how far down it was. I actually cannot remember the last time it was so low. My brother has high blood pressure also, I'll be sharing DE with him tomorrow!!"

Mrs Acklie - Nebraska
"My arthritis in my back had gotten so bad, that when I got on the floor, I had to crawl over to a chair to pull myself back up. After 6 weeks of DE, I noticed I was feeling better, but was I pleasently suprised the other day when I was on the floor playing with my grandchild. He darted away and without realizing it, I jumped up and started chasing Him!! No Pain!! Thanks DE!!"

 Karen - Nebraska
"1st of all, my cholesterol is down --- in fact, I cut my lipitor in half!! I introduced DE to my Sister and she loves it!! She says she just feels better! Last week She got the surprise of Her life. She has osteoporosis and gets her bone mass checked every few months. When she went in last week, her bone mass had actually increased!! She also noticed that all the age spots on her arm had disappeared."

Hair is Coming Back!
"Hi Larry...just wanted to get back with you and to let you know that it has now been 3 months tomorrow since l started taking the diatomaceous earth and l have got eye brows growing back in,,they were thinning and sparse in spots,,and also my husband and people at church have remarked at how long my hair is getting,,which is a blessing,,,and got tiny hairs all over my scalp now sticking up all over,,,thank you for such a wonderful product,,l am going to place another order with your company today,,thank you for your time and kindness, take care God bless you and your loved ones."

Smarter Kids!
"Myself and my 5 kids ages 5-11 take 3 heaping tablespoons EVERY single night! On top of all the known cures of DE I have to say without doubt that my children's intelligence and behavior have improved incredibly! I don't know if its the minerals or the heavy metals being erradicted from their bodys but I am just amazed, we don't miss a night of taking it! And without question, my hair is growing at least twice as fast as it ever has! I've been taking DE for a solid year and will continue for life!"

 Doctor said "WOW"
"Hi! I have been taking it for about a year now. I am 49 years old. Grew some of my hair back, liver results were normal, finger nails are stronger, keeps my blood pressure in check, and better eye sight up close. Eye Doctor was on the wow side of my results cause its supposed to get worse, however it's better. My wife just got her bone density test and the doctor was shocked for sure. It was better. Told her that whatever you are doing, keep it up. OH, also skin looks better...IT WORKS!!!!!!!
Thanks, Homer."

 Bowel Movements and More!
" Hello, I just wanted to say I am so glad I came upon your website and found out about DE. For 4 years now I've had irregular Bowel Movements, at times only every 2-3 days. Which a result of that, I had a constant pain on my lower right side (I'm assuming of too much BM build up) and from the 1st day (July 5,2012) I started taking DE (1tsp) a day to start I was able to use the restroom normal. It has been 3 weeks now on DE (today is July 27,2012) now i take 2 tbls a day and I have a bowel movement 2 times a day for sure and sometimes even 3 times. My hair is growing and my nails are stronger than ever. The pain I had on my right side is completely gone as of today July 27. I started to give my kids some in their cereal or juice and one thing they notice is they had a mild acne on their arms and that has completely dissappeared and that's that they dont take it on a regualr basis as i do. My husband immediately noticed the back pain he has had for more than 8 years minimized t remendously to the point now that he dosent have to stretch at night anymore before he gets in bed. But I wanted to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I have recommneded DE to all my family and friends and send them directly to your website. As a matter of fact my mother in law just go her order in this Wednesday and she is already referring people as well."

 So Much More Energy!
"Hi,,I am writing to order the 50 lb bag of Diatomaceous Earth,,,it is a very good product!! I have been on it for a little over a month now. I first noticed the brown blotches on the sides of my face and neck disappearing,because of menopausal stages ...I am sleeping great and get up in the mornings without any pain and got plenty of energy thru out the day to do my housework,,where before I had to make myself do the housework and had to stop and rest in between---Thank-You DE!!"for making this available it has made my life livable again."
Julie
 
Andy Berard - Denver, Co.

Dear Earthworks,
 I do have a personal testimony to the awesome effects that DE has provided me. I have suffered from hip pain due to severe arthritis and the recommendation from my doctor was hip replacement surgery. I am 51 years old and lead a very active and physical lifestyle up until two years ago. Golf and tennis were no longer possible due to the pain I received during that type of activity. I finally gave in and scheduled my hip replacement surgery back in October for December 27th 2007.
 At the time of scheduling my surgery my son-in -law told me that he had family in New Mexico that suffered from severe arthritis and that Diatomaceous Earth had cured them. Of course being the huge skeptic that I am , I decided to research everything about DE and came to the educated conclusion , " What the hell do I have to loose". I started in October taking what I call the "DIRT" twice daily and within 2 weeks I started noticing a difference in how I felt. More energy. less pain in my joints and in my hip. Within 4 weeks I was 90% pain free. I called my doctor and postponed the surgery just in case this was a fluke because I had a huge golf trip planned for Arizona on Jan 18, 2007. Living in Colorado didn't provide any opportunity's to golf so the true test would be to see how my hip would do with 5 rounds scheduled for 3 days. Now, I am 51 years old and we are talking 90 holes of golf in three days. I haven't golfed that many holes in the past two years because it hurt so much. We'll we just got back from a beautiful weekend in Scottsdale, Az and I golfed like a rock star. I hung in there with the best of our group and I was "PAIN FREE". The true test for the effects of DE were absolutely incredible. Needless to say I told my doctor to shove it and he won't be operating on me and "THE DIRT " and I are best friends. I hope you include this real testimony as to the Miracle of Mother Nature.(Diatomaceous Earth).

 C.G., Pagosa Springs, CO
I am writing this in hopes that someone will read this and be helped like I am. I tried diatomaceous earth, using about 3 heaping tablespoons in a cup of water, to appease my husband. He said it would be good for my hair. It doesn't taste bad, it actually is good. However a week later we were driving to the store; I looked down and noticed I had nails. I have bitten my nails since I can remember. I went out and bought polish. I could not believe how fast they were growing and the urge to bite them was no longer there. My hair was also thinning in front and it is now filled in. When my 25-year old sister was pregnant, she craved chalk. Her husband would actually go to the store and buy her chalk to eat. I gave her some of the diatomaceous earth and she loved it. She quit eating chalk and took the diatomaceous earth every day."

Mrs. Jensen - Nebraska
"I live on a farm and have to feed calves with a bottle. The arthritis in my hands had gotten so bad, that after feeding 3 calves, my hands hurt so bad I would literally cry!! After only 1 month of DE, I could feed all 7 or 8 calves without any pain!!"

Candida Control
"You need to add another benefit of DE. Candida I have been fighting this for months until I started using DE no more flare up at all. I love this stuff I put it in my morning smoothies everyday. Thank you for making this available it has made my life livable again."
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Yowbarb Note: I will probably be moving these to another topic, but part of the testimonials are about losing weight.  ;)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Survival101 on January 23, 2013, 05:38:51 PM
[quote •   I feel the diatomaceous is helping me combat some of the ill effects from
   all the microwave energy with which I am surrounded.

We didn't switch away from wireless yet so it is just everywhere. Computers, TVs cell phones and cordless extensions.[/quote]

Barb - Have you ever heard of a Q-Link? I saw you liked the crystal grenades and other products and a Q-Link is similar. It creates a shield for a particular size of space protecting it from electro-magnetice radiation. Just normal wiring in our homes is a grid of electro-magnetic energy, if you took off the sheetrock, you'd see what I mean. Then, we add all the technology and we are under constant bombardment. I wear a pendant constantly, unless I'm in the shower (just don't want to fool with it), but you could there, too. It's waterproof, doesn't have any moving parts or energy source. Look into it, it can help with this right now, after the 'shift' or when a big EMP takes out the grid, we won't need this kind of protection, but until then we have to stay as healthy and strong as possible...
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Post by: Yowbarb on January 23, 2013, 07:41:24 PM
[quote •   I feel the diatomaceous is helping me combat some of the ill effects from
   all the microwave energy with which I am surrounded.

We didn't switch away from wireless yet so it is just everywhere. Computers, TVs cell phones and cordless extensions.

Barb - Have you ever heard of a Q-Link? I saw you liked the crystal grenades and other products and a Q-Link is similar. It creates a shield for a particular size of space protecting it from electro-magnetice radiation. Just normal wiring in our homes is a grid of electro-magnetic energy, if you took off the sheetrock, you'd see what I mean. Then, we add all the technology and we are under constant bombardment. I wear a pendant constantly, unless I'm in the shower (just don't want to fool with it), but you could there, too. It's waterproof, doesn't have any moving parts or energy source. Look into it, it can help with this right now, after the 'shift' or when a big EMP takes out the grid, we won't need this kind of protection, but until then we have to stay as healthy and strong as possible...
[/quote]
Survival101 thanks for the tip! I actually do not have any protective devices yet. Sounds like something I could order online? Msg me if U want to share info on where to get, which one U recommend.
Thank You!
 :D
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Post by: enlightenme on February 05, 2013, 06:50:22 AM
Here's a great Weight Watcher's receipe for Chili, it makes an excellent winter, quick and easy crockpot meal that is yummmy!
(I haven't ever used the diced chilies, or jalapano peppers in the recipe, I'm just not a big fan of super hot/spicy foods.  So it is excellent if you wish to omit that ingredient, but I'm sure it is probably even better using it!). 

Ingredients:
Servings:
  12 1212Servings Size
Update.
.Units: US | Metric
.1 lb extra lean ground beef or 1 lb ground turkey
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
1 sweet onion, chopped
1/4 cup canned diced chilies or 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
black pepper
Directions:
1
Cook the ground beef and garlic in a nonstick skillet breaking apart the meat with a spoon until well browned; drain off any fat very well, then return to skillet.
2
Add in the bell peppers; cook until softened (about 5 minutes).
3
Add in the chili powder and cumin and stir to coat.
4
In the slow cooker, mix together tomatoes, beans, sweet onion, chilies and tomato paste, then stir in the beef mixture.
5
Cover and cook on HIGH until flavors are blended (about 4-5 hours).
6
Season with black pepper.
http://www.food.com/recipe/weight-watchers-2-pts-slow-cooker-beef-chili-208146
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Post by: Yowbarb on February 05, 2013, 08:44:23 AM
That sounds super yummy!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: JKB on February 11, 2013, 06:29:07 PM
I had an idea that I have been trying and thought I would toss in here that I think has been working for me and that is: Grapefruit.  I love grapefruit and they sell these big plastic jars of pure grapefruit in, obviously, grapefruit juice.  It sucks that they are so expensive, but I think they are worth it.  I can buy one on base at the Commissary for $6.00 but they are almost $11.00 at Albertsons.
 
At any rate, I have been having about half a jar of grapefruit for dinner every night and I have noticed a difference.  At 5'8", I have never been under 165 lbs, as an adult, and that was with six pack abs and almost zero body fat.  With me getting old and turning into mush, I weighed 175 lbs this morning.  I don't have the six pack anymore but I am certainly not fat either. 
 
If you are going to cut-corners on any particular meal of the day, it is better to do it in the evening.  As long as I can stay between 175 and, say 185 or 90 max, I will be happy.  I will never see 165 again.
 
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on February 12, 2013, 05:40:52 AM
I had an idea that I have been trying and thought I would toss in here that I think has been working for me and that is: Grapefruit.  I love grapefruit and they sell these big plastic jars of pure grapefruit in, obviously, grapefruit juice.  It sucks that they are so expensive, but I think they are worth it.  I can buy one on base at the Commissary for $6.00 but they are almost $11.00 at Albertsons.
 
At any rate, I have been having about half a jar of grapefruit for dinner every night and I have noticed a difference.  At 5'8", I have never been under 165 lbs, as an adult, and that was with six pack abs and almost zero body fat.  With me getting old and turning into mush, I weighed 175 lbs this morning.  I don't have the six pack anymore but I am certainly not fat either. 
 
If you are going to cut-corners on any particular meal of the day, it is better to do it in the evening.  As long as I can stay between 175 and, say 185 or 90 max, I will be happy.  I will never see 165 again.

Excellent JKB!  Just wanted to mention, that having to be frugal out of necessity most of my life, you can make those "nice little jars" of grapefruit yourself.  I have done so with a mason canning jar, using about two fresh grapefruits (my preference is towards the pink ones, I think they are sweeter).  I would estimate that the cost is only about one third of the price of normal retail.
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Post by: JKB on February 12, 2013, 03:54:09 PM
You are right Barb.  It is just so tedious and time consuming...  I'm sure the days are coming when we will happily peel a citrus fruit.
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Post by: Yowbarb on May 10, 2013, 02:31:58 PM
Consuming grapefruit helps the body to get rid of excess fat.  ;D A person just has to check with their pharmacist to make sure it won't interact with some medicines.  :'(
It is a cheap excellent food!  8)
When I have lived in areas where a lot of citrus grows people give away bags of it. I used to add it to my holiday baskets...along with my oranges and winter avocadoes - yumm!
All the above-mentioned foods are very good as long as not too much sugar (diabetic) or interaction with prescriptions.
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Post by: Yowbarb on May 10, 2013, 02:35:18 PM
Progress report: I am still vegetarian except for two bites of seafood along with a Birthday dinner dish the other night.
Not much meat protein at all for months now.
I think it is better for my kidneys. I have not found the right balance but I'm doing OK...
To be real not losing weight at my age and with knee injuries and arthritis...I have to get real disciplined and find ways to get moving more... I do a lot of chores...just can't run like I used to...
A lot of people are up against the same challenges. I wish everyone all the best in becoming leaner and much stronger to meet the times ahead.
- Yowbarb

Tai Chi image from   http://www.presstv.ir/detail/225913.html

Juice - http://opinuns.com/health-2/5-healthy-drinks-to-help-you-lose-weight/
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Post by: JKB on May 10, 2013, 06:07:17 PM
Barb,
 
Good for you.  Any exercise is better than no exercise.  I've been doing the grapefruit thing for awhile too.  It works if you stick to it.  All the best...
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Post by: Yowbarb on May 10, 2013, 06:14:18 PM
Barb,
 
Good for you.  Any exercise is better than no exercise.  I've been doing the grapefruit thing for awhile too.  It works if you stick to it.  All the best...

JKB I'm glad you can eat the grapefruit and it is working well. :)
I appreciate the encouragement.  :)
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Post by: Yowbarb on May 11, 2013, 02:43:17 PM
My daughter just made us a big batch of green salad with tomatoes and raw veges. That always helps.
 ;D
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Post by: Yowbarb on July 07, 2013, 03:26:48 PM
I am going to order this supplement asap. I am convinced I got my body so far out of whack I now need this.
About a half hour video...wonderful stuff!  The Product is called LeptiBurn and it is not sold in stores.
The Company is BioTrust Nutrition. Video explains how it works.
- Yowbarb

http://info.thefatburninghormone.com/30-sec-trick/?Referer=http%3A%2F%2Fplanetxtownhall%2Ecom%2Findex%2Ephp%3Faction%3Dpost%3Btopic%3D3543%2E165%3Blast%5Fmsg%3D70819&e=0
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Post by: jrobert69 on July 13, 2013, 05:35:53 PM
I am going to order this supplement asap. I am convinced I got my body so far out of whack I now need this.
About a half hour video...wonderful stuff!  The Product is called LeptiBurn and it is not sold in stores.
The Company is BioTrust Nutrition. Video explains how it works.
- Yowbarb

http://info.thefatburninghormone.com/30-sec-trick/?Referer=http%3A%2F%2Fplanetxtownhall%2Ecom%2Findex%2Ephp%3Faction%3Dpost%3Btopic%3D3543%2E165%3Blast%5Fmsg%3D70819&e=0

No- Assuming your thyroid is functioning properly the only way to loose fat is input and output. If you think what you are doing isn't working and you are tracking everything you are eating and have figured out your base caloric intake need then have some blood tests done. Simply google leptiburn scam. Dont waste your money.
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on July 13, 2013, 06:04:00 PM
I myself have found out the hard way that watching what I eat, (no sugar, no white products,) and most importantly walking briskly a minimum of a half hour twice a day or more, has given me the success that eluded me for so long.  There is no magic fix and besides, I am opposed to taking anything to try to lose weight.
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Post by: Initalone on July 13, 2013, 10:04:44 PM
  In efforts to reduce joint pain, I followed some paths I found on the internet. The instructions included juicing raw vegetables and fruits, exclusion of dairy, processed foods, and red meat,eat only whole foods(organic when available) .  It also suggested using supplements such as calcium and vitamin D, Glucosamine,cod liver oil and flax oil.

 The joint pain has been reduced by a great deal in about three months, but as a side affect, I have lost about 28 lbs.  I should add that I have been walking three dogs at least daily, sometimes twice a day.  When the pain subsided, I was able to pick up the pace walking which kept my heart rate up. Until the heart rate increased,my weight stayed the same.

 To me, the answer is juicing raw veggies and fruits, which provides 90% of the available nutrients immediately into the body, as well as vigorous exercise  at least three days a week.

  For most of us, we are not willing to make changes.  For me, the suggestion of joint replacement was enough.

www.fatsickandnearlydead.com
www.forksoverknives.com
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Post by: Yowbarb on August 17, 2013, 04:17:56 PM
I am watching this right now...sent it to a couple of people I know.
He talks about the skinny switch. - Yowbarb
..........................

2 Foods You Must Not Eat 27  35:51    25,963 Views

LINK: 
http://youtu.be/WtLRZo0WEUI#aid=P-Yj3_VNu_8
naturalhealthsherpa•84 videos
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Post by: jrobert69 on August 17, 2013, 05:49:41 PM
Im on a pretty lean cut right now- I quite all breads 2 weeks ago and have dropped 6.5 pounds, Ive maintained my liquid intake. I replaced it all with nuts, fruit,turkey, salads, water,90% coco, fish oil, vitamin d, magnesium and of course coffee. I eat some pasta once per week on carb night.

I was retaining water and had swelling in my ankles, within 4 days of not eating any breads the swelling was gone.
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Post by: Yowbarb on August 17, 2013, 06:32:30 PM
Im on a pretty lean cut right now- I quite all breads 2 weeks ago and have dropped 6.5 pounds, Ive maintained my liquid intake. I replaced it all with nuts, fruit,turkey, salads, water,90% coco, fish oil, vitamin d, magnesium and of course coffee. I eat some pasta once per week on carb night.

I was retaining water and had swelling in my ankles, within 4 days of not eating any breads the swelling was gone.

jrobert69, that's great! I have done that a few times in my life and I need to go back to it and stick with it... I have experienced in the past just eliminating a few foods will really help.
Well Done and thanks for sharing those facts...  :)

- Yowbarb
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Post by: NativeMom72 on August 17, 2013, 08:09:43 PM
Kudos to all who worked hard in maintaining a healthier lifestyle and better eating habits!

Just as many wrote on here, I cut my white flour and white sugar intake as well as increased more veggies in my diet (especially the dark green stuff) I also replaced white rice with brown rice or quinoa. I am vegan and the boys are vegetarian so I am careful to incorporate lots of protein in our diet. Since cutting back, I've lost 40 pounds. My joints aren't as achy (I had knee surgery 2 years ago) and I am able to move around better!

Tai Chi is also very good for those who would like to incorporate low impact exercise in your routine. I highly recommend it!

The following video link is a promotional video for a Tai Chi instructional DvD but I think it has a nice introduction. There are Martial Arts studios/dojos that offer classes but you can also find an instructor at a local recreation center.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNWPk6tYoUM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNWPk6tYoUM)

(http://ssheltonimages.com/img/44/44f/Tai_Chi_for_Beginners_8_Lessons_with_Dr_Paul_Lam_Free_1st_Lesson.jpg)

Hope this helps!

~pB
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Post by: enlightenme on March 20, 2014, 09:49:04 AM
These slow cooker recipes were sent to me.  Looks pretty good easy and a bit more on the lighter side than most crockpot recipes I all ready have.  I need to focus again on losing weight.  It is the never ending battle for me...sigh.... ;) :D

http://www.allfreeslowcookerrecipes.com/

Slow Cooker Chinese Beef with Mandarin OrangesSit, simmer, stay a while. If you love Chinese food, you've got quite the recipe collection in store for you today! We've rounded up our best Chinese-inspired slow cooker recipes. After you try these dishes, you might never go out for Chinese again! Be sure to scroll all the way down for our featured recipe for Classic Cashew Chicken.

 
1. Slow Cooker Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken — Mmm
2. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Egg Rolls — So creative!

3. Better than Takeout Honey Orange Sesame Chicken — Yum
4. 5 Step Beef and Broccoli — Classic
5. Chinese Noodle Casserole — Crowd-pleaser

6. Slow Cooker Crab Rangoon Dip — Unbelievable
7. Copycat Panda Express Cream Cheese Wontons — Delish
8. Slow Cooker Crispy Orange Chicken — Won't disappoint

9. All-Day Pineapple Chicken — Sweet and savory

10. "Fried" Rice In The Slow Cooker — Wow!
11. Chinese Lemon Chicken — So tasty

12. Midwestern Chop Suey — You'll love it

13. Copycat Takeout Firecracker Chicken — Fabulous
14. Must-Try Mongolian Beef —  Sublime
15. Honey Sesame Chicken Lo Mein — Addictive
16. Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken — Reader favorite!
17. Slow Cooker Oriental Pork Roast — Packed with flavor

18. Beef Chow Mein Casserole — So easy

19. All Day Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken — New! So tasty

20. Chicken Fried Rice Casserole — Must-try
21. Slow Cooker Pepper Steak — Take-out favorite

22. Unforgettable Sweet and Sour Pork  — Simple to make

23. Chinese Beef with Mandarin Oranges (shown above)— Divine


Slow and Steady Wins in Taste!
 
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 20, 2014, 10:40:34 AM
Enlightenme thanks for the link and the slow cooker menu ideas!
We are starting to use our cooker more again. Daughter even used it for corned beef and cabbage for her work party. I turned it up once for about a half hour then back down after it was simmering and checked on it, early in the AM but other than that it cooked itself.  :)
When we have a full house in a couple weeks we plan to have an extra cooker on hand.
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Post by: enlightenme on March 20, 2014, 11:44:44 AM
Enlightenme thanks for the link and the slow cooker menu ideas!
We are starting to use our cooker more again. Daughter even used it for corned beef and cabbage for her work party. I turned it up once for about a half hour then back down after it was simmering and checked on it, early in the AM but other than that it cooked itself.  :)
When we have a full house in a couple weeks we plan to have an extra cooker on hand.

I truly love using our slow cooker!!  The busier I am with working etc, it's always so nice to walk in the door and smell dinner done, when all you had to do was throw everything in a cooker early in the day.  It just doesn't get any easier or better as far as I'm concerned!  So, I'm always looking for new recipes to try.  ;D 

I think I'm going to try this Pineapple Chicken one tomorrow!  ;D
 
 Pineapple Chicken Recipe 

Servings: 8 | Cost: Under $10

All-Day Pineapple Chicken is one of those slow cooker chicken recipes you can whip up easily in the morning, and let cook all day long. Come home to a tasty, sweet and savory meal. This slow cooker chicken recipe is packed with chunks of pineapple, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, and flavorful Asian spices.
 
Slow Cooker Time LOW: 10 hr

Read more at http://www.allfreeslowcookerrecipes.com/Slow-Cooker-Chicken-Recipes/All-Day-Pineapple-Chicken/ct/1#9DqARi5Ouzd3rwHo.99

1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, cubed
2 large cans chunked pineapple
2 sweet red peppers, chopped
2 cups fresh or frozen sugar peas
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger
- salt, soy sauce & sesame seeds to taste

Combine all ingredients, less sugar peas, in crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Add sugar peas during the last hour of cooking. Serve over steamed white rice. Pleasant Tastings!


http://sckrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/02/pineapple-chicken-recipe.html
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Post by: NativeMom72 on March 20, 2014, 11:40:29 PM
Enlightenme thanks for the link and the slow cooker menu ideas!
We are starting to use our cooker more again. Daughter even used it for corned beef and cabbage for her work party. I turned it up once for about a half hour then back down after it was simmering and checked on it, early in the AM but other than that it cooked itself.  :)
When we have a full house in a couple weeks we plan to have an extra cooker on hand.

I truly love using our slow cooker!!  The busier I am with working etc, it's always so nice to walk in the door and smell dinner done, when all you had to do was throw everything in a cooker early in the day.  It just doesn't get any easier or better as far as I'm concerned!  So, I'm always looking for new recipes to try.  ;D 

I think I'm going to try this Pineapple Chicken one tomorrow!  ;D
 
 Pineapple Chicken Recipe 

Servings: 8 | Cost: Under $10

All-Day Pineapple Chicken is one of those slow cooker chicken recipes you can whip up easily in the morning, and let cook all day long. Come home to a tasty, sweet and savory meal. This slow cooker chicken recipe is packed with chunks of pineapple, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, and flavorful Asian spices.
 
Slow Cooker Time LOW: 10 hr

Read more at http://www.allfreeslowcookerrecipes.com/Slow-Cooker-Chicken-Recipes/All-Day-Pineapple-Chicken/ct/1#9DqARi5Ouzd3rwHo.99

1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, cubed
2 large cans chunked pineapple
2 sweet red peppers, chopped
2 cups fresh or frozen sugar peas
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger
- salt, soy sauce & sesame seeds to taste

Combine all ingredients, less sugar peas, in crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Add sugar peas during the last hour of cooking. Serve over steamed white rice. Pleasant Tastings!


http://sckrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/02/pineapple-chicken-recipe.html

Yum! Thank you Enlightenme for sharing! I am going to try some of these recipes  :)

~pB
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Post by: enlightenme on March 21, 2014, 02:33:54 AM
 ;D Your Welcome
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on March 21, 2014, 07:24:52 AM
Last night my daughter did a BBQ and she made me three Chipotle chile vegeburgers.
I marinade her turkey burgers in sesame oil and Mrs. Dash -
also sesame oil on my frozen vegeburgers. Those are spicy so nothing else needed.
We get the meat and vegeburgers in bulk at COSTCO.
Also we get a bulk pack of mixed veges (baby carrots sliced squash, cauliflower, broccoli.)
She puts a little sesame oil on them and puts them in a griller basket. They end up a bit tough but I eat every bite.
I'm not making tremendous progress but have dropped  a couple pounds. We are doing the Magic Bullet
in the mornings.
It's the in between times when she works late we have a ton of stuff to do. Too easy in those times to cruise through for fast food even that weekend morning donut.
I told her since it's almost impossible to go off donuts for life maybe we should get one of those bake in the oven donut maker and some low fat mixes. Worth a try.
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on March 21, 2014, 08:33:51 AM
Have any of you watched the video "Forks over Knives"?  Or have you seen any of Dr Joel Fuhrman's lectures on PBS?  He also has several good books out as well as a web site.  If one eats the proper plant based diet, there is no need to count calories, etc.  If you are overweight, you will automatically drop the excess weight, and you will cure your ailments as well and experience good health.

I am doing my best to follow this way of life, and I have already dropped 11 lbs.  I know it is difficult to change a lifetime of eating habits, I find myself falling off the wagon now and then, but my research has convinced me that eliminating meat and dairy is a really good thing, in more ways than one. 

The problem is that we have been brainwashed from birth that we must eat meat for adequate protein, and eat dairy for calcium for our bones, both foods are detrimental to our system.

Amazing that they are now able to cure cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many other diseases by eliminating these two food groups.  But we cannot imagine living without our fried chicken, our yogurt, fried eggs, and rare steaks.  So we choose to suffer with various maladies and constantly struggle with our weight issues rather than educate ourselves and learn to eat the diet our creator intended for us to eat in the first place.
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 21, 2014, 02:19:23 PM
Have any of you watched the video "Forks over Knives"?  Or have you seen any of Dr Joel Fuhrman's lectures on PBS?  He also has several good books out as well as a web site.  If one eats the proper plant based diet, there is no need to count calories, etc.  If you are overweight, you will automatically drop the excess weight, and you will cure your ailments as well and experience good health.

I am doing my best to follow this way of life, and I have already dropped 11 lbs.  I know it is difficult to change a lifetime of eating habits, I find myself falling off the wagon now and then, but my research has convinced me that eliminating meat and dairy is a really good thing, in more ways than one. 

The problem is that we have been brainwashed from birth that we must eat meat for adequate protein, and eat dairy for calcium for our bones, both foods are detrimental to our system.

Amazing that they are now able to cure cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many other diseases by eliminating these two food groups.  But we cannot imagine living without our fried chicken, our yogurt, fried eggs, and rare steaks.  So we choose to suffer with various maladies and constantly struggle with our weight issues rather than educate ourselves and learn to eat the diet our creator intended for us to eat in the first place.

Endtimesgal thanks for your post. Food for thought.  ;D
I have watched at least some part of videos by Fuhrman or writings or videos relating to the Forks Over Knives.
I am still sorting out my own decisions on what actually works for me...I was vegan back in the Sixties and Nineties for awhile. Been low meat or vegetarian on/off for many decades. Currently almost 100% vegetarian. Months now.
Regarding dairy products: Still feel like I need that calcium and badly need the probiotics. (Post menopausal, osteoporosis and etc.) Avoided dairy for decades upon decades then found I was craving them and seemed to feel better when I consumed low fat cheeses and some good Greek yogurt.

I do respect the viewpoint on no animal protein...As a spiritual being and a person I definitely prefer no meat, again. Also it seems "cleaner," the no dairy too.
Thanks for the reminder I need to investigate and really decide if I should be a vegan again.
I totally believe it could work.
What I do recommend is, people take it easy and go on a gradient, fast but not necessarily immediate on the diet changes. Get a variety of food. Make a vegetable feast pot and do allow some oils and fats in the diet. Michael used to cook us a wonderful vegetable feast pot and we had it with some ghee sea salt and a dab of olive oil. He said two sources of good fat in a meal is good for the liver and some fats are necessary for the liver to function. He mentioned ghi ghee. He made us fresh juices in the AM.

Following his lead, my stomach almost completely flattened down which is a good sign on liver health. We both had the liver detox slight odor on our skin for years...We were detoxing. Eliminating all fats is not good. Also the root veges ARE good. (Our vegetable feast had potatoes, carrots onions and either turnip or parsnips or Bok choy etc. Some people potatoes not good. Seem good for me. The last few min of cooking he would throw in some whole garlic cloves and some dark greens, if we had some. It was a layered pot of food. He also cooked me aduki beans and five grain mixture. Sesame butter was part of my diet too.
I recommend miso, tahiini (sesame) and a variety of foods. Those foods allowed me to be practically 100% vegan for awhile. It was partly circumstances which led me to (not) keep up the diet but in many ways it felt good.

Treats: I would take a green apple or a Fuji and spread cashew butter on it. Maple syrup, honey, carob powder, blackstrap molasses, occasional chocolate were part of my food. The holiday desserts were allowed.
I was quite slim on that diet for years 110 -120 # and working hard at the time so I needed those calories too.

Endtimesgal again thanks for the reminder and I need to view those videos!  :)
I found this site:  http://www.forksoverknives.com/   Forks Over Knives

http://www.forksoverknives.com/rentonline/  Forks Over Knives video purchase or rental
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on March 21, 2014, 02:49:38 PM
Just a bit of clarification. I didn't want to go back and edit my post.
When I said these "things were part of my food," I didn't mean like by the quart,  ;)
I meant allowed in small amounts.

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Treats: I would take a green apple or a Fuji and spread cashew butter on it. Maple syrup, honey, carob powder, blackstrap molasses, occasional chocolate were part of my food. The holiday desserts were allowed.
I was quite slim on that diet for years 110 -120 # and working hard at the time so I needed those calories too.


Also:
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...wonderful vegetable feast pot and we had it with some ghee, sea salt and a dab of olive oil. He said two sources of good fat in a meal is good for the liver and some fats are necessary for the liver to function. He mentioned ghee... 

Clarification: Our total fat consumption was normally no more than two - three tablespoons total. More often it was 2 T. That included the ghee (clarified butter) and olive oil and nut butters. If I was away from home and had regular butter I tried to keep that in real small amounts. There was no meat fat whatsoever - and if there was dairy fat it was only on occasion at a family dinner or something. When people cook for me I try not to make a big deal about how I cannot eat something I just try to select what I prefer to eat.

Also, please note, there are some people who cannot eat the honey, blackstrap molasses malt syrup which I did. If they are prediabetic or diabetic these would be miniscule amounts allowed.
Similarly with the fats if someone has already had a bypass and at death's door I would cut back the amount. That amount (2-3 Tablespoons of good fat sources) worked for me and my blood fat was really low and I was quite slim. - Yowbarb
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on March 21, 2014, 08:23:50 PM
Great Post Barb!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on March 24, 2014, 10:20:16 AM
Great Post Barb!
Oh good...I hope it helpful to someone!  :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on March 26, 2014, 06:08:47 AM
Just wanted to say that I did make the Pineapple chicken recipe and it was so easy and delicious!!  I'm going to try this one next, though I don't think it is quite as much on the "light side" as the other one.  ;D

4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
4 fresh organic basil sprigs
2 (16 oz) jars Italian stewed tomatoes
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1/4 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup wild Oregon mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup dry cooking sherry

2 handfuls linguine

**Nice pic at the link below**

Add all ingredients, less linguine, to slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.  Cook linguine to desired consistency; drain – rinse.  Serve chicken and sauce over linguine and baby spinach.  Pleasant Tastings!

http://sckrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/03/crock-pot-chicken-alla-cacciatora.html
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on March 26, 2014, 09:55:50 AM
Wow thanks - that does look delicious and easy!
I may try that when I have company next week.  ;)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on March 26, 2014, 10:02:13 AM
It's official: I've been on the NutriBullet Nutarition Extractor drinks (homemade) for about 3 weeks.
I am now at a weight I haven't been since last year. This is the ONLY thing which has helped me.  :)
Still a long way to go but it really helps me.
It's hard for me to spend so much time trying to chew up the salads although I love them.
This has brought up my intake of fruits and vegetables about 200 percent!
Greens mixture, carrots, cucumber. Frozen peaches and pineapple and/or apple, banana. Sometimes cilantro...
I often throw in yogurt but you don't need to.
I throw in some natural granola, pumpkin seeds or raw sunflower seeds part of the time. Daughter doesn't want any of that but I need it because I'm mostly vegetarian. Also getting up early and often my sleep is interrupted so I need the nutrition. I fix her drink with the veg and fruit mainly and she likes the natural plain Greek yogurt, too. 
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on March 26, 2014, 11:16:52 AM
Barb:  I am so happy for you, and I think you will have a lot more energy also.  And these juices will cleanse the body. 
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 26, 2014, 01:00:18 PM
Barb:  I am so happy for you, and I think you will have a lot more energy also.  And these juices will cleanse the body.

Yes you are right!
In all these years it's never been easy for me to juice until now!
The little grinders and the motion of  the grinding really works so well and you don't need to worry about the cleanup it is so simple. No pulp is left!! Some things leave too many seeds to be practical not sure if it is both strawberries (and) blueberries...Still learning but we are up to two drinks per day now.
I'd love to be able to send out a bunch of these as gifts...I really recommend this!  :)
I know you would not be adding the yogurt but the banana helps give it a rich creamy texture...
is part of the main recipe they give. In the video it showed just a few raw cashews make it rich, frothy and filling. I haven't been able to try the Raw cashews. I found some for 10 a pound nearby but couldn't do it. Next shop trip.  :) 
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on March 26, 2014, 05:30:46 PM
I just made a recipe featuring cashews and almond milk, which blended up made a nice creamy sauce that went on top of linguine and mushrooms.  I am presently eating the left overs for dinner tonight, pretty yummy.
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Post by: NativeMom72 on March 26, 2014, 06:01:53 PM
I just made a recipe featuring cashews and almond milk, which blended up made a nice creamy sauce that went on top of linguine and mushrooms.  I am presently eating the left overs for dinner tonight, pretty yummy.

Sounds delicious Endtimesgal! I have made a cashew based "cheese" sauce before but never blended the almond and cashew milks together- I would like to try that next time...

~pB
:)
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Post by: Yowbarb on March 26, 2014, 07:48:22 PM
I just made a recipe featuring cashews and almond milk, which blended up made a nice creamy sauce that went on top of linguine and mushrooms.  I am presently eating the left overs for dinner tonight, pretty yummy.

Now that sounds wonderful! Yummy, satisfying food helps a person stay vegan.  :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on March 26, 2014, 07:49:25 PM
I just made a recipe featuring cashews and almond milk, which blended up made a nice creamy sauce that went on top of linguine and mushrooms.  I am presently eating the left overs for dinner tonight, pretty yummy.

Oh I forgot! Can U post the recipe, even if you made it up on the spot...approximately?
 :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on April 17, 2014, 03:42:32 PM
Well, due to the crazy price increases on beef (and most other meat as well I noticed today while food shopping), I have finally convinced my family to at least try for one or two nights a week to have meatless meals.  I do have a good recipe for zucchini lasagna, but that's about it.  So if anyone has any good recipes, could you please post a few of your favorites??  I did come across this slow cooker zucchini dish, which I am definitely going to try!


Lots of cheesy goodness and great flavor in this zucchini casserole recipe.

 
Slow Cooker Zucchini Italiano Casserole Recipe – A great Vegetable Side Dish


Recipe type: Vegetable Side Dish

Cuisine: Italian American

Author: Adapted from the original Crock Pot Cooking Book by The Wilderness Wife

Serves: 6-8

This recipe makes the zucchini in the garden into a tasty side dish the whole family will like.


Ingredients
◦3-4 medium zucchini (unpeeled), cut into ¼ inch slices
◦1 small onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
◦3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
◦2 cloves of garlic, minced
◦1-2 tsp. kosher salt
◦2 tsp. fresh basil (if you use dry, use less as dry is more potent)
◦2 tbs. parsley
◦dash of fresh ground pepper
◦2 ripe tomatoes, peeled and sliced
◦1 cup cracker crumbs
◦4 tbs. melted butter
◦½ c.freshly grated Parmesan cheese
◦½ c. grated mozzarella cheese
◦¼ cup sliced scallions, both green and white parts


Instructions
1.Mix all the ingredients, except for the crackers, butter, cheeses, scallions, and tomatoes, in the crock pot, and stir thoroughly. Cover and cook on a low setting for 5-7 hours.
2.Before serving pour the mixture into an oven proof casserole. Place a layer of sliced tomatoes on top. Mix melted butter and cracker crumbs together and spread on top of tomatoes. Sprinkle both cheeses on top of the cracker crumbs. Place under broiler until cheese is melted and topping is golden brown. Sprinkle sliced scallions on top right before serving.


Read more: http://www.wildernesswife.com/slow-cooker-zucchini-italiano-casserole-recipe/#ixzz2zBaeW5wv

http://www.wildernesswife.com/slow-cooker-zucchini-italiano-casserole-recipe/
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on April 18, 2014, 06:08:39 AM
Enlightenme thanks for your slow cooker meal recipes! They always look so good!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on April 18, 2014, 06:33:22 AM
Lost approximately 9 pounds total since I began posting about it.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: steedy on April 18, 2014, 07:26:31 AM
I think it's easy to make almost every meal vegetarian.  I used to be vegetarian, so it's not that big a deal for me.  But I've been getting my partner to go more veggie too and it's worked out great so far.  Unfortunately, most of my big meals involve pasta as the main dish, since I'm not sure how just say, carrots, peas, and green beans would go over as the meal.

So, you can make spaghetti without meat sauce or meatballs.  I have a cheeseburger potato soup recipe that I never put the meat in (and it's really good!).  Of course there are the meatless chicken, hamburgers and even hot dogs (which are yucky), you can find in the frozen section.  Overall they are good, except the hot dogs. I've even had a couple baked potatoes as the meal.  Put some cheese on them and you're good to go.

If you are just looking to not have meat, then you can use eggs too and make a bagel sandwich with them.  I never was the type of vegetarian that didn't use eggs or dairy.  An unfertilized egg will never become a chicken, so I don't know what people think they're saving by not eating an unfertilized egg.  Same with dairy.  Cows have to be milked or they can get sick.  So you're not doing the cow any favors by not milking it.

Going meatless will become easier for your family to adjust to if you do it slowly, like 2-3 times a week.  It's better for you too. But, when all else fails and you just can't think of anything for supper, there's always cereal!  I love that for supper!
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Post by: Yowbarb on April 18, 2014, 09:06:27 AM
I think it's easy to make almost every meal vegetarian.  I used to be vegetarian, so it's not that big a deal for me.  But I've been getting my partner to go more veggie too and it's worked out great so far.  Unfortunately, most of my big meals involve pasta as the main dish, since I'm not sure how just say, carrots, peas, and green beans would go over as the meal.

So, you can make spaghetti without meat sauce or meatballs.  I have a cheeseburger potato soup recipe that I never put the meat in (and it's really good!).  Of course there are the meatless chicken, hamburgers and even hot dogs (which are yucky), you can find in the frozen section.  Overall they are good, except the hot dogs. I've even had a couple baked potatoes as the meal.  Put some cheese on them and you're good to go.

If you are just looking to not have meat, then you can use eggs too and make a bagel sandwich with them.  I never was the type of vegetarian that didn't use eggs or dairy.  An unfertilized egg will never become a chicken, so I don't know what people think they're saving by not eating an unfertilized egg.  Same with dairy.  Cows have to be milked or they can get sick.  So you're not doing the cow any favors by not milking it.

Going meatless will become easier for your family to adjust to if you do it slowly, like 2-3 times a week.  It's better for you too. But, when all else fails and you just can't think of anything for supper, there's always cereal!  I love that for supper!
Good post, steedy. Being able to get used to surviving without meat could be a good survival skill.
Not everyone will be able to go out with a bow and arrow...
I'm in favor of stockpiling various kinds of food for survival group members. Some will just have to have their bacon - others' would love some kosher dehydrated salmon - others would love some miso...
At times, cost and quantity will be important too - just keeping folks alive...
You could do a new Topic here about Low-meat or vegetarian meal suggestions..
I know what you mean a potato with some ghee etc. can be a nice little small meal in itself. Bowl of miso too, etc.  Some ideas I could add, if you start the Topic.
Thanks,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on April 18, 2014, 09:25:08 AM
I think it's easy to make almost every meal vegetarian.  I used to be vegetarian, so it's not that big a deal for me.  But I've been getting my partner to go more veggie too and it's worked out great so far.  Unfortunately, most of my big meals involve pasta as the main dish, since I'm not sure how just say, carrots, peas, and green beans would go over as the meal.

So, you can make spaghetti without meat sauce or meatballs.  I have a cheeseburger potato soup recipe that I never put the meat in (and it's really good!).  Of course there are the meatless chicken, hamburgers and even hot dogs (which are yucky), you can find in the frozen section.  Overall they are good, except the hot dogs. I've even had a couple baked potatoes as the meal.  Put some cheese on them and you're good to go.

If you are just looking to not have meat, then you can use eggs too and make a bagel sandwich with them.  I never was the type of vegetarian that didn't use eggs or dairy.  An unfertilized egg will never become a chicken, so I don't know what people think they're saving by not eating an unfertilized egg.  Same with dairy.  Cows have to be milked or they can get sick.  So you're not doing the cow any favors by not milking it.

Going meatless will become easier for your family to adjust to if you do it slowly, like 2-3 times a week.  It's better for you too. But, when all else fails and you just can't think of anything for supper, there's always cereal!  I love that for supper!

steedy - I can relate to much of what you have posted.

By the way, over the years I keep going back to this. It helps me...

•   small frequent meals (like six a day)
•   low meat or meatless meals
•   including raw veg and fruit (nutribullet really helps)
•   Alternative foods such as ghi, honey, carob, grains such as kamut or spelt
•   Aduki beans
•   Some nuts such as raw cashews, walnuts
•   No food after 8 PM except a piece of juicy fruit such as a pear, water.

(Unless you are driving all night to a bugout location then calories will help you get there.)

Regarding the pasta - in most supermarkets even WalMart they have some imported Italian pasta. To my knowledge it is not GMO. In health food stores and oriental markets you can get staples such as whole short grain brown rice noodles, udon made of hard wheat alternate grains such as spelt and kamut -ancient forms of wheat which do not cause as bad a reaction for some people...
It is my experience that it is not such a bad thing to have a pasta of some sort and add protein sources and veges...
I found that it is better to get some food down you (sometimes that means whatever is there) to keep going in a survival situation. If that means a tall coffee and a Snickers bar in the middle of the night to keep going and stay alive then so be it!  ;D 
That said, low meat or meatless and not much sugar is best for me, too.
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on April 18, 2014, 09:56:52 AM
I am on a mostly vegan diet,  but I find I sleep better, no longer have to use my cpap, and I have more energy.  I am presently doing another juice fast, on my 7th day, I have lost 16 lbs since I quit eating meat and dairy.  I still like the smell of fried chicken, and a juicy hamburger is tempting, but when I remember all I have learned about cancer and heart disease, I decide it is not worth it.  I have lost two jean sizes so far.  I am loving all the fresh fruits and vegetables, and I am discovering new ways of cooking and that is fun also.  I made a recipe recently with cashew cream and it was delicious.  Who knew you could grind raw cashews and water and make something so creamy and delicious!

http://talronnen.com/recipes/cashew-cream/
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Post by: steedy on April 18, 2014, 12:35:08 PM
I LOVE cashews!!! I have got to try this cream!  Do you have recipes, or instructions on how to do your juice fast?  My partner and I want to lose weight.  She's actually doing something about it, I don't have the umption.  But this might help us both.  Thanks.
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on April 18, 2014, 02:48:16 PM
Steedy:  First watch the documentary "Fat, Sick and Almost Dead." with Joe Cross.   It is on Netflix on my Roku and I think you can also access it other ways.  Check the internet.

Then go to this website: http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/   It will give you all the information you need.

Marshall and I are doing a 10 day juice fast right now.  We do nothing but juices and water.  Marshall has a breville juicer, (they are pretty much top of the line.)  I am using a Jack LaLane Juicer and I like mine a lot also.

We kinda switch it around, but mostly do the following recipe:

Joe's Mean Green  (This is the one he used for his juice fast while doing the Fat Sick and Almost Dead video.)


4-6 leaves of Kale, or a bunch of spinach, or collard greens, etc. (Any greens)
1 cucumber  (do not peel)
2 granny smith apples. (do not peel, cut in quarters)
4 stalks of celery
1/2 lemon, (Peeled)
1/2 " ginger root  (Peeled)

Use organic, or scrub all produce well with fruit and vegie wash prior to juicing.

Tuck the ginger root in with the apples when juicing so the juicer does not just throw it out.  Also, run the Kale through with some cucumber (you can wrap it around the cuke) to get more juice out of the kale.

Drink at least 64 oz daily of juice and 8 glasses of water.  Expect to pee a lot, and the first three days are sometimes hard.  Marshall was totally out of energy the first few days but now full of energy. You can also experience hunger at first. It did not bother me at all.  After the first few days, you will find that you are totally satisfied with the juice and not eating solid food.  At first expect that the green juice will not taste so great to you, as your taste buds are used to sweet/salty stuff and need to be re-educated.  But in time you will find yourself craving the juice.

You will find lots of good recipes on the reboot site, but this one is my favorite for detoxing and losing weight.  Sometimes I change it out a bit and juice carrots with celery and spinach.  I tried carrot and apple and it was way too sweet for me.

Juicing has changed my life.  It made it a whole lot easier to change to a vegan diet.  Also I watched the video "Forks over Knives" and a few other documentaries and that is all it took to convince me.  Of course I had a very big motivation after two T.I.A's.  I love how I look, and better yet, I love how I feel.  While in the hospital, the nurses were so encouraging about juicing and being a vegan.  They told me if I did nothing else but quit eating any dairy and oil,  it would be a big step in the right direction.

This is my second time doing a 10 day juice fast, but even when not fasting, I juice at least once a day.
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Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on April 18, 2014, 03:00:39 PM
If you are on Facebook, look for "Forks over Knives" and you can follow them and get great recipes and articles.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on April 18, 2014, 03:26:54 PM
I LOVE cashews!!! I have got to try this cream!  Do you have recipes, or instructions on how to do your juice fast?  My partner and I want to lose weight.  She's actually doing something about it, I don't have the umption.  But this might help us both.  Thanks.

Check out the Nutribullet. It is the latest invention -a nutrition extractor from Magic Bullet. Adding cashews is one thing they suggest in their brochures and videos. The cashews give a rich creaminess to drinks with kale etc.
One thing my daughter read adding yogurt or milk to the kale just interferes with the calcium absorption... In the UK they sell coconut milk. It is something you add water to and is very rich and good that way in juices.

Some combos better than others.
Daughter and I do a few baby carrots, bunch of washed kale, about 15 raw cashews.
Sometimes we throw in some cucumber, or apple... Easy and fast...
I recommend it.
Glad your partner is cooperating about nutrition changes. No doubt her efforts will help you too.
good Luck,
barb T.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on April 19, 2014, 08:10:02 AM
steedy - wishing you all the best.
Endtimesgal posted to you a couple good ideas - easy to miss when there's a lot of posts there.

- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on April 19, 2014, 12:38:20 PM
Well, due to the crazy price increases on beef (and most other meat as well I noticed today while food shopping), I have finally convinced my family to at least try for one or two nights a week to have meatless meals.  I do have a good recipe for zucchini lasagna, but that's about it.  So if anyone has any good recipes, could you please post a few of your favorites??  I did come across this slow cooker zucchini dish, which I am definitely going to try!

Lots of cheesy goodness and great flavor in this zucchini casserole recipe.

Slow Cooker Zucchini Italiano Casserole Recipe – A great Vegetable Side Dish

Recipe type: Vegetable Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian American
Author: Adapted from the original Crock Pot Cooking Book by The Wilderness Wife
Serves: 6-8

This recipe makes the zucchini in the garden into a tasty side dish the whole family will like.

Ingredients
◦3-4 medium zucchini (unpeeled), cut into ¼ inch slices
◦1 small onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
◦3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
◦2 cloves of garlic, minced
◦1-2 tsp. kosher salt
◦2 tsp. fresh basil (if you use dry, use less as dry is more potent)
◦2 tbs. parsley
◦dash of fresh ground pepper
◦2 ripe tomatoes, peeled and sliced
◦1 cup cracker crumbs
◦4 tbs. melted butter
◦½ c.freshly grated Parmesan cheese
◦½ c. grated mozzarella cheese
◦¼ cup sliced scallions, both green and white parts

Instructions
1.Mix all the ingredients, except for the crackers, butter, cheeses, scallions, and tomatoes, in the crock pot, and stir thoroughly. Cover and cook on a low setting for 5-7 hours.
2.Before serving pour the mixture into an oven proof casserole. Place a layer of sliced tomatoes on top. Mix melted butter and cracker crumbs together and spread on top of tomatoes. Sprinkle both cheeses on top of the cracker crumbs. Place under broiler until cheese is melted and topping is golden brown. Sprinkle sliced scallions on top right before serving.

Read more: http://www.wildernesswife.com/slow-cooker-zucchini-italiano-casserole-recipe/#ixzz2zBaeW5wv

http://www.wildernesswife.com/slow-cooker-zucchini-italiano-casserole-recipe/


...
Enlightenme I did a quick search and found this. Meatless. I don't think any of them are vegan but it looks like they could be "tweaked" to make them vegan recipes.
For example, this Mexican Sweet Potato-Veggie Medley uses only a half cup of sour cream. Some folks like Endtimesgal know how to create a non - dairy sauce.  ;D
Also: Macrobiotic cooking has a "white sauce" which is non dairy.
Maybe just a little cold-pressed olive oil would help if the sour cream is not added to the salsa?
- Yowbarb
...
http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/vegetables/mexican-sweet-potato-veggie-medley

http://www.midwestliving.com/food/healthy/vegetarian-recipes/

28 Hearty Vegetarian Main Dish Recipes

"Get your veggies mixed with pizza, pasta, salads, frittata and more. Our meatless main dishes are good for you -- and packed with flavor."
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on April 21, 2014, 07:52:07 AM
Lost approximately 9 pounds total since I began posting about it.

Excellent!!  So glad to hear you are having such success with it!  Way to Go!  ;D
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on April 21, 2014, 07:56:55 AM
I think it's easy to make almost every meal vegetarian.  I used to be vegetarian, so it's not that big a deal for me.  But I've been getting my partner to go more veggie too and it's worked out great so far.  Unfortunately, most of my big meals involve pasta as the main dish, since I'm not sure how just say, carrots, peas, and green beans would go over as the meal.

So, you can make spaghetti without meat sauce or meatballs.  I have a cheeseburger potato soup recipe that I never put the meat in (and it's really good!).  Of course there are the meatless chicken, hamburgers and even hot dogs (which are yucky), you can find in the frozen section.  Overall they are good, except the hot dogs. I've even had a couple baked potatoes as the meal.  Put some cheese on them and you're good to go.

If you are just looking to not have meat, then you can use eggs too and make a bagel sandwich with them.  I never was the type of vegetarian that didn't use eggs or dairy.  An unfertilized egg will never become a chicken, so I don't know what people think they're saving by not eating an unfertilized egg.  Same with dairy.  Cows have to be milked or they can get sick.  So you're not doing the cow any favors by not milking it.

Going meatless will become easier for your family to adjust to if you do it slowly, like 2-3 times a week.  It's better for you too. But, when all else fails and you just can't think of anything for supper, there's always cereal!  I love that for supper!

Steedy, Thanks so much for all your wonderful ideas, suggestions, and words of wisdom as well!!  Greatly appreciated for sure!!  And I definitely like the thought of eggs for dinner, I have done that before, and what a great reminder!  I was thinking of perhaps a nice veggie omelet with peppers and onions...Yum!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on April 21, 2014, 01:00:46 PM
Lost approximately 9 pounds total since I began posting about it.

Excellent!!  So glad to hear you are having such success with it!  Way to Go!  ;D

Enlightenme, well I roller coastered off of it a bit. We had spent such a bundle on recent events and had so much food in the fridge and ran out of the ingredients, etc.
We stocked up and got fresh kale etc. and good to go!
Tomorrow is the day we get back on the nutribullet!  ;D in fact, making one to go with dinner.
Also - too many goodies in the house - going to send some of them off to daughters' workplace.
Thanks for the kind words...
As long as I do the nutribullet it all seems to work.  :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: steedy on April 21, 2014, 04:18:49 PM
I'll have to look into the Nutribullet.  I have the Magic Bullet, which I use when canning.  Basically it was because I was both lazy and impatient in prepping my spaghetti sauce, so I ran it through the MB and in no time was able to process it in the canner.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: NativeMom72 on April 21, 2014, 08:30:27 PM
Lost approximately 9 pounds total since I began posting about it.

Excellent!!  So glad to hear you are having such success with it!  Way to Go!  ;D

I second this- Kudos to you, 'Barb!
 :D
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: NativeMom72 on April 21, 2014, 09:03:09 PM
Thank you Everyone for the recipe ideas!

I know that this is may be a little off the topic of "losing weight" but I found this really great and easy no bake recipe for:

Coconut Almond Joy Bites

What You Need

For the filling:

2 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil (un melted)
2 Tablespoons raw honey
raw almonds

For the coating:

2 additional Tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
approx. 10 oz chocolate chips

a mini muffin tin
mini muffin candy wrappers
AND/OR
candy molds

I figure that this treat contains some great ingredients that not only satisfies that sweet tooth but also helps nourishes the body!

Complete instructions for how to make are in the below link:
*source http://www.hullabaloohomestead.com/2013/02/coconut-almond-joy-bites.html (http://www.hullabaloohomestead.com/2013/02/coconut-almond-joy-bites.html)

(http://www.hullabaloohomestead.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/almond-joy-1.jpg)

yum!

Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on April 22, 2014, 06:25:27 AM
Yes, yum! Coconut and chocolate are not bad.
 :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on April 22, 2014, 06:38:16 AM
I'll have to look into the Nutribullet.  I have the Magic Bullet, which I use when canning.  Basically it was because I was both lazy and impatient in prepping my spaghetti sauce, so I ran it through the MB and in no time was able to process it in the canner.

What an ingenious idea steedy!  I could be wrong, but I don't think the magic bullet is much different from what I think is basically the newer version,  Nutribullet, but Barb is more the expert than I am.   ;D
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: steedy on April 22, 2014, 10:27:08 AM
Sometimes being lazy pays off, no matter what our Moms told us!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on May 01, 2014, 06:59:30 AM
Lost approximately 9 pounds total since I began posting about it.

Excellent!!  So glad to hear you are having such success with it!  Way to Go!  ;D

I second this- Kudos to you, 'Barb!
 :D

 ;) We have a bit of a problem trying to store bulk amounts of the greens etc. We will have to stop doing that.
It only takes a dab of kale to make two fairly tall drinks...
We don't have any Tupperware (the real kind) at the moment. Real Tupperware will keep a washed, dried head of lettuce for over two weeks.
When something goes bad or we run out of stuff we tend to not get the drinks done. I feel sooo much better when we do them. Especially if we have things like the raw cashews...
 :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on May 01, 2014, 07:44:31 AM
Yes, I agree it is hard to store greens for long.  I use spinach, and have to purchase new every few days.  Lately tho, I have been lazy due to having company, and stopped the juice fast.  My weight loss has stopped and I am at a standstill.  I need to get back on the wagon.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on May 01, 2014, 09:40:45 AM
Yes, I agree it is hard to store greens for long.  I use spinach, and have to purchase new every few days.  Lately tho, I have been lazy due to having company, and stopped the juice fast.  My weight loss has stopped and I am at a standstill.  I need to get back on the wagon.

I know exactly what you mean! When we had my birthday - reunion with all kids and grandkids, I started out great guns and even brought cashews, greens and fruit to my daughter's home where most everyone stayed, I made some drinks. That was a big hit. - but as the visit progressed I quickly was unable to keep up with it all... ;D
Wishing you luck with it too.  :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on May 01, 2014, 09:46:50 AM
I'll have to look into the Nutribullet.  I have the Magic Bullet, which I use when canning.  Basically it was because I was both lazy and impatient in prepping my spaghetti sauce, so I ran it through the MB and in no time was able to process it in the canner.

What an ingenious idea steedy!  I could be wrong, but I don't think the magic bullet is much different from what I think is basically the newer version,  Nutribullet, but Barb is more the expert than I am.   ;D

I have not tried the Magic Bullet. I'm sure it must work fine for the sauces and canning projects, as steedy uses it.
I watched the into video for the Nutri Bullet (Nutrition Extractor) and they said the Nutri Bullet is a big advance over the Magic Bullet. Same Co. and they sell both.

BTW I don't think daily consumption of spinach is actually that great.
Kale is superior especially if you can mix it with ingredients which give a creamy texture such as perhaps the reconstituted coconut milk. I know cashews help. We used to throw yogurt in, but my oldest daughter said the dairy ingredient blocks a lot of the calcium and other mineral consumption from the raw kale.
Oh yes - ripe pears help mellow out the kale flavor and give it a slight creamy thick consistency.
I think pears better than bananas with the kale.

One thing I read decades ago, spinach has oxalic acid which blocks calcium (Adelle Davis book.)
That said some spinach is invigorating.
My body likes kale a lot more...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on May 01, 2014, 12:34:32 PM
If a person has a thyroid condition as I do, we cannot use Kale, thus I switched to spinach.  I know that Kale is the green everyone is promoting, but spinach is a very healthy vegetable, full of many vitamins and other nutrients.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on May 02, 2014, 10:00:25 AM
If a person has a thyroid condition as I do, we cannot use Kale, thus I switched to spinach.  I know that Kale is the green everyone is promoting, but spinach is a very healthy vegetable, full of many vitamins and other nutrients.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43

Thanks! I'm looking into this more. This article has some data on both sides and also mentions spinach as one of the no-nos. Will post more as I understand it more. One or two tips such as add a brazil nut or two to the smoothie, also consume iodine rich seaweeds etc. help counteract any problem with the veges such as kale. I was aware I should avoid cabbage and Brussels spouts but didn't know kale was on that list...

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/01/the-dark-side-of-kale-and-how-to-eat-around-it

Some excerpts:

Nina reiterated that kale is a goitrogenic food, meaning that it can contribute to an enlarged thyroid — a goiter. A goiter indicates that the thyroid gland is not functioning optimally. But, she says, there are ways to have our kale and eat it too. Here, lightly edited, are her suggestions:

1. Cook Your Kale

The goitrogenic properties of kale become dramatically lessened when kale — or any other cruciferous vegetable — is cooked. (Other veggies in this category include: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kohlrabi, mustard, rutabaga, turnips, bok choy and Chinese cabbage. Arugula, horseradish, radish, wasabi and watercress are also cruciferous vegetables.)

2. Eat Seaweed

Kale on its own does not increase the risk of thyroid problems. It’s a combination of factors; including potential iodine deficiency. (One of the most common causes of goiters is iodine deficiency.) Adding seaweed or another iodine rich food to your diet may, in some cases, help you get adequate iodine.

3. Throw A Brazil Nut Into Your Smoothie

Selenium can support normal iodine levels which in turn may support a healthy thyroid. A Brazil nut or two in your daily smoothie or as a topping to any dish might help keep selenium levels strong.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Endtimesgal_2012 on May 02, 2014, 08:01:26 PM
Thanks Barb! Good info.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on May 03, 2014, 04:52:29 PM
Thanks Barb! Good info.

Endtimesgal, to be real I don't know about eating kale now. All I know for sure is the brazil nuts and/or selenium supplements and consuming iodine and iodine rich foods will help counteract the effects of foods which affect the thyroid...
Thanks for sharing that info with me, also.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on May 08, 2014, 09:21:22 AM
Managed to make the Nutri Bullet drinks this morning again, for daughter and I.
They help me so, soo much!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on May 08, 2014, 05:02:50 PM
Barb,
 
Good for you.  Any exercise is better than no exercise.  I've been doing the grapefruit thing for awhile too.  It works if you stick to it.  All the best...

JKB, that's great you can eat the grapefruit. I forget which med I can't mix with the grapefruit. Probably my bp med.
I sued to pop a grapefruit in the broiler a couple times a week. I would sprinkle brown sugar. I used to bake apples too...Now that I could still do...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on May 08, 2014, 05:07:52 PM
This is an odd concoction I put together. I just drank one.
I drink the cheap but tasty cherry-cranberry juice, a generic brand. For me the benefits outweigh  any potential problem with sugar. Thankfully I can consume some sugar. (It doesn't have high fructose corn syrup.) So I pour a tall glass of that - leaving a little room. I put in a heaping tablespoonful of food grade diatomaceous earth. Next I stir in two-three tablespoonsful of the Louisiana Hot Sauce. I like the Crystal brand from New Orleans.
Very tasty, filling and invigorating.
I need the cranberry it seems to have a cleansing good effect on my digestive tract and my kidneys.
I have been using the Louisiana Hot Sauce on and off for years. The D.E. I haven't kept up too well but several doses of it in recent months. More lately. This is my favorite way to take diatomaceous earth.
 :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on July 30, 2014, 10:01:16 PM
Sometimes I add honey to the concoction too...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on August 29, 2014, 12:14:20 PM
Update: I am still a vegetarian, 99%. I am not a "purist" or fanatic so if one of my daughters cooks a chicken I will have a bite of it... but it's just a rare mouthful or chicken or fish. My bod seems to like just a tiny tad of it but definitely not regularly.
If another daughter makes a beef stew I will enjoy the potatoes and other veges with a bit of the broth.
I eat Madras lentils, canned beans, seaweed, etc.
Nutribullet drinks, etc.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on September 25, 2014, 02:50:28 PM
I have dropped 14 pounds since this Topic started - without trying very hard - doing the following actions:

Mainly vegetarian. If one of my kids cooks something I will have a bite...I don't seem to need more than that...

Ample amounts legumes and salads...

natural oils...

rice cakes to fill up on...

Nutri Bullet drinks including ginger, garlic etc.

Still a long way to go and wishing everyone luck,

- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: ilinda on September 25, 2014, 07:40:58 PM
Way to go!  (?Weigh to go?)

BTW, those pics are truly tantalizing.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on October 14, 2014, 11:10:00 AM
Way to go!  (?Weigh to go?)

BTW, those pics are truly tantalizing.

Thanks!  ;D  They aren't my own pics... I should try to post some soon.
Image below is from the Ducky's Always Hungry website

http://duckysalwayshungry.wordpress.com/

http://duckysalwayshungry.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/005.jpg

Yowbarb post continued,
The last Nutribullet we had included some fresh roma tomatoes, ginger, spinach frozen tropical fruits and strawberries...oh yes our home grown jalapeno pepper.
Emphasis on the greens.
I have some apples to use up. Although they make the drink a little bit grainy - going to use one of those tomorrow. One trick is let the nutribullet rest a bit then run it again. If too much in there to give it the up-down grinding action:  I pour some out into another cup and grind it again, etc.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on January 02, 2016, 02:05:36 AM
Nice pics Barb!  I really do need to get one of those, and I am putting that on my list of priorities for the New Year.  I decided not to make any New Year's resolutions, too much pressure and I don't want to set myself up for failure!  I have managed to lose 45 pounds in about 10 months, and that is about midway point to my goal weight.  I really didn't make any drastic changes in my diet, and I must confess I wasn't really even trying to lose weight any more so than usual, but if you take in a 2 year old, you can't help but to lose weight running around after him, and playing pop-up toaster as my sister used to call it.  No sooner does my butt hit the couch and I have to pop back up to do something else, and even during an actual sit down meal I end up playing pop up toaster.  My main goal is to cut back on the junk food, I am a closet junk food junkie, and having kids snacks in the house makes it difficult to avoid that temptation too!  I need to improve the kids diet and eating habits too though, so here's to the start of a healthy new year, and I thought this crockpot recipe looked like an excellent one to try.  Let's all post our thoughts on this subject again, and any and all help with suggestions for kids who are picky eaters will be greatly appreciated!   :D


Slow Cooker Cornbread Recipe
Makes 8 servings
Ideal slow cooker size:  6 quart
Cooking time:  1 1/2 hours-2 hours

1 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup flour
1/4 cup white sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil

1.  In a bowl whisk together the corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
2.  Add in the milk, egg, oil and stir until combined.  Do not overmix.
3.  Line the hot spot of your slow cooker with a double layer of foil.  Cut out a piece of parchment paper that will fit in the bottom of your slow cooker.  Place the parchment paper in the bottom of the crock.  Spray the sides of the slow cooker with some non-stick cooking spray.
4.  Pour the batter into the bottom of the slow cooker.
5.  Cover and cook on HIGH for 90 minutes-2 hours.  Use a toothpick to check for doneness.  Insert the toothpick into the middle of the cornbread.  If it comes out clean, it's done.  Let the bread cool for about 10 minutes.  Place an oval platter upside down on top of the crock.  Quickly flip the crock over so that the cornbread falls onto the top of the platter.  Cut and serve.

http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/2014/07/slow-cooker-cornbread.html
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Post by: enlightenme on January 02, 2016, 08:43:47 AM
Yum!  Another crockpot recipe that just sounds amazing!  :D

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Lasagna

Serves: 6-8 people

Slow Cooker Time HIGH: 3 hr

Slow Cooker Time LOW: 6 hr

Cooking Vessel Size: Works best in a large (minimum 5-quart) oval slow cooker
Ingredients

    12 brown rice lasagna noodles
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    4 cups tomato sauce
    2 cups ricotta cheese
    3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
    1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
    2 cups shredded lower-fat mozzarella cheese
    1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

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Instructions

    Cook lasagna noodles in a pot of boiling salted water, until slightly undercooked, or according to package instructions, undercooking by 2 minutes. Drain, toss with oil and set aside.
    Spread 1 cup (250 mL) of the tomato sauce over bottom of prepared slow cooker stoneware. Cover with 3 noodles. Spread with one-third each of the ricotta, sweet potatoes and dried Italian seasoning and one-quarter of the tomato sauce and mozzarella. Repeat twice. Cover with final layer of noodles. Pour remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and the Parmesan cheese.
    Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 3 hours, until sweet potatoes are tender and mixture is hot and bubbly.


Read more at http://www.allfreeslowcookerrecipes.com/Slow-Cooker-Pasta-Recipes/Slow-Cooker-Sweet-Potato-Lasagna#tkuxcgYj7Y76EWdx.99
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: ilinda on January 02, 2016, 04:02:05 PM

... I decided not to make any New Year's resolutions, too much pressure and I don't want to set myself up for failure!  I have managed to lose 45 pounds in about 10 months, and that is about midway point to my goal weight.  I really didn't make any drastic changes in my diet,

http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/2014/07/slow-cooker-cornbread.html
Congratulations, enlightenme.  That's about a pound per week.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on January 03, 2016, 03:21:48 AM
Thanks!  I guess slow but steady is actually best.  I can finally fit back into clothes I hadn't been able to wear in years.  As a matter of fact, I'm going to have to make a trip to the local thrift store soon I think, it's not really attractive to walk around with your pants falling down at my age!  lol  :D
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 03, 2016, 10:07:25 PM
Thanks!  I guess slow but steady is actually best.  I can finally fit back into clothes I hadn't been able to wear in years.  As a matter of fact, I'm going to have to make a trip to the local thrift store soon I think, it's not really attractive to walk around with your pants falling down at my age!  lol  :D

Enlightenme, that is awesome weight loss!
Well Done! :)
I have sort of been maintaining. Nothing to brag about on my end...
When someone in the house makes a green drink (fruit added) we all start to have more energy and drop a few pounds...I have been very indulgent over the holidays but am inspired to lose weight the coming months.
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 03, 2016, 10:11:38 PM
Thanks for those recipes, too.
:)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: enlightenme on January 03, 2016, 10:12:47 PM
Thanks Barb!  I guess it truly doesn't matter how I've been doing it, just so long as it's getting done, right?   ;) :D 
Even if it was more of a lifestyle change than dietary changes...but again, that's not entirely true, as I started being the main cook in the household again, and I sure do cook with a whole lot less oils, grease and fattening stuff compared to the last cook in charge!  LOL Change can be good at any age!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on January 12, 2016, 01:58:04 AM
Thanks Barb!  I guess it truly doesn't matter how I've been doing it, just so long as it's getting done, right?   ;) :D 
Even if it was more of a lifestyle change than dietary changes...but again, that's not entirely true, as I started being the main cook in the household again, and I sure do cook with a whole lot less oils, grease and fattening stuff compared to the last cook in charge!  LOL Change can be good at any age!

Well, I can relate to all that...
Glad it's working... so good for the morale... !
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: ilinda on September 03, 2016, 03:58:58 PM
https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/m/474321c0-6d1c-3f62-bb61-ef5563364e6e/ss_immune-system-plays-major.html
   
•   September 2, 2016
Immune system plays major role in regulation of body weight

September 2, 2016

Credit: University College Dublin
New research involving a team of Irish, American and Canadian researchers reveals that the immune system could be responsible for as much as 40% of our body's ability to regulate weight.

Professor Donal O' Shea, Consultant Endocrinologist at St Vincent's University Hospital and a Fellow in UCD Conway Institute at University College Dublin is one of the lead authors on the research paper,
"We know that once weight is gained, for the majority of people, it is very difficult to lose that weight. It is too simplistic to say eat less, move more and the weight will come off. It doesn't actually work like that. The body has a very powerful reaction to defend against weight loss, which we now know involves the immune system.
We normally think of the immune system as something that guards against infection and diseases. However in evolutionary terms, a sudden or rapid weight loss could be a more immediate threat to survival. This immune system response contributes to why people really struggle to lose weight, despite their best efforts to control calories and do exercise. Our findings give us a much better understanding of why this is so and they illustrate the dynamic role that the immune system plays in regulating body weight".
Dr Lydia Lynch, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, and Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin, and the first author on the study explains:
"We discovered that a very common immune cell, called the invariant natural killer T cell (iNKT cell), plays a key role in setting off a complex chain of events that regulate and enhance weight loss.
The iNKT cell is needed to help fat cells make a small protein called fibroblast growth factor-21, (FGF-21), which triggers the body to metabolise or turn white fat into a much healthier brown fat. This browning of white fat uses large amounts of energy, leading to increased metabolic rate and weight loss.
We know that people who are obese often have sluggish immune systems and a lower amount of these iNKT cells. With less iNKT cells, the body doesn't make FGF-21, and this prevents the body from converting white fat to change it into brown fat.

So, if you stimulate the body to produce iNKT cells, you can increase the amount of FGF-21. This, in turn, leads to enhanced browning of white fat, and increased metabolic rate and weight loss.
This new knowledge opens up novel areas for treating weight loss, and will greatly enhance our ability to improve existing hormone treatments for weight loss."
Brendan Quinn is a fitness instructor who became obese after he developed an immune system disorder. With no change in his diet and exercise levels, his weight went from 76kg to 120 kg over a three-to-four year period.
"I was really struggling to try to lose the weight. I was very strict with my diet and exercise, and in theory I should have been losing weight, but it just wasn't coming off. When Professor O'Shea approached me, I was very happy to try this new approach which tried to get my immune system to work better in order to then allow my body to lose weight. The results were almost immediate. I lost 12 kg in the first five weeks, and a total of 23kg since I started treatment five months ago".
Graham Love, Chief Executive of the Health Research Board, who funded the Irish arm of the research said,
'This is a highly significant breakthrough in understanding obesity, one of the global health challenges of our time. It will help change approaches we take to care for and transform many people's lives'.
Professor O'Shea believes that these findings represent a significant step forward in our understanding of why people often find it so hard to lose weight, despite their best efforts.
"The findings should help break many of the stigmas associated with obesity, and most importantly, could dramatically improve outcomes for patients. Ultimately, this research underlies the absolute importance of prevention of weight gain in the first place. This work should be used by policy makers to prioritise obesity prevention strategies, especially childhood obesity'.
The research was funded by the Health Research Board in Ireland, the European Research Council and the National Institute of Health, USA. The research has just been published in the journal Cell Metabolism and is available from their website at the link below.
 Explore further: Scientists discover immune cells could protect against obesity
More information:
 iNKT Cells Induce FGF21 for Thermogenesis and Are Required for Maximal Weight Loss in GLP1 Therapy. Cell Metabolism DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cmet.2016.08.003

Editor's Note:The information herein regarding the conversion of brown fat into white fat was a totally new concept to me, as I had thought it to be impossible.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on September 03, 2016, 07:32:37 PM
ilinda, that's really interesting info...I had not heard of the iNKT cells. I had heard of brown fat vs white fat and also about the T cells, many years ago.

I am looking into what dietary changes might help produce more iNKT cells. One thing I do know, Japanese researchers did make the connection between GM modified foods and killer T cells in the body. So it seems to me all natural, non GM foods and also foods known to reduce inflammation would help in weight loss... garlic, ginger etc, ?
Haven't quite figured it all out yet...

Meanwhile I did find a few articles about iNKT cells, this one going back to 2012:
...
iNKT Cells Reduce Obesity
John F. Foley
+ Author Affiliations
Sci. Signal.  25 Sep 2012:
Vol. 5, Issue 243, pp. ec249
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.2003632

http://stke.sciencemag.org/content/5/243/ec249

American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: MadMax on September 04, 2016, 03:01:08 AM
Barb,

 I have been a lifetime member of Weight Watchers for the last 15 years it’s a great program that works and can’t recommend it enough.  :D The support you get each week from the meetings and other members is well worth the cost of membership..

Max.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: ilinda on September 05, 2016, 05:05:47 PM
ilinda, that's really interesting info...I had not heard of the iNKT cells. I had heard of brown fat vs white fat and also about the T cells, many years ago.

I am looking into what dietary changes might help produce more iNKT cells. One thing I do know, Japanese researchers did make the connection between GM modified foods and killer T cells in the body. So it seems to me all natural, non GM foods and also foods known to reduce inflammation would help in weight loss... garlic, ginger etc, ?
Haven't quite figured it all out yet...

Meanwhile I did find a few articles about iNKT cells, this one going back to 2012:
...
iNKT Cells Reduce Obesity
John F. Foley
+ Author Affiliations
Sci. Signal.  25 Sep 2012:
Vol. 5, Issue 243, pp. ec249
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.2003632

http://stke.sciencemag.org/content/5/243/ec249

American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Some of the terminology changes quickly, so I'm really not sure if NKC (Natural Killer Cells) are one and the same with iNKTC (invariant Natural Killer T Cells). 

Haven't figured out much of anything yet, just a little bit of many things. 

Presumably, alkalizing the body, whether on Weight Watchers or some other plan, eliminatiing all white sugars, processed foods, sodas, diet or otherwise, is very wise.   I'm thinking acidifying the body is a good way to get sick and die prematurely, but am probably preaching to the choir here.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on September 10, 2016, 11:43:35 PM
ilinda, that's really interesting info...I had not heard of the iNKT cells. I had heard of brown fat vs white fat and also about the T cells, many years ago.

I am looking into what dietary changes might help produce more iNKT cells. One thing I do know, Japanese researchers did make the connection between GM modified foods and killer T cells in the body. So it seems to me all natural, non GM foods and also foods known to reduce inflammation would help in weight loss... garlic, ginger etc, ?
Haven't quite figured it all out yet...

Meanwhile I did find a few articles about iNKT cells, this one going back to 2012:
...
iNKT Cells Reduce Obesity
John F. Foley
+ Author Affiliations
Sci. Signal.  25 Sep 2012:
Vol. 5, Issue 243, pp. ec249
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.2003632

http://stke.sciencemag.org/content/5/243/ec249

American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Some of the terminology changes quickly, so I'm really not sure if NKC (Natural Killer Cells) are one and the same with iNKTC (invariant Natural Killer T Cells). 

Haven't figured out much of anything yet, just a little bit of many things. 

Presumably, alkalizing the body, whether on Weight Watchers or some other plan, eliminatiing all white sugars, processed foods, sodas, diet or otherwise, is very wise.   I'm thinking acidifying the body is a good way to get sick and die prematurely, but am probably preaching to the choir here.

RE alkalizing the body: A reminder about all this is always a good idea!
I am not always so good about that stuff! :)
Thanks,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on September 10, 2016, 11:45:17 PM
Barb,

 I have been a lifetime member of Weight Watchers for the last 15 years it’s a great program that works and can’t recommend it enough.  :D The support you get each week from the meetings and other members is well worth the cost of membership..

Max.

Max, I've never tried it, I figured it must work after all these years... the first time I heard of it was about 1972 I think! Or it was something similar.
Glad it's working for you...
If I cannot get it off after a few more months I may have to try that.
 ;D
Title: The Raw-till-4 Diet
Post by: Socrates on September 11, 2016, 12:36:11 AM
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Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: ilinda on September 11, 2016, 03:44:27 PM
Barb,

 I have been a lifetime member of Weight Watchers for the last 15 years it’s a great program that works and can’t recommend it enough.  :D The support you get each week from the meetings and other members is well worth the cost of membership..

Max.

Max, I've never tried it, I figured it must work after all these years... the first time I heard of it was about 1972 I think! Or it was something similar.
Glad it's working for you...
If I cannot get it off after a few more months I may have to try that.
 ;D
Years ago I had a lovely co-worker and friend, Cindi, who was morbidly obese most of the time.  She had tried many programs but said that Weight Watchers was the only one that worked for her.  She did go off the wagon now and then, but when she came back to her senses, she always stuck with Weight Watchers and had nothing but praise for it.
Title: Willpower depletion and 'bright line' eating
Post by: Socrates on September 20, 2016, 06:41:34 PM
This video talks about how willpower will not help you (http://foodfreedom.brightlineeating.com/ff16-video-2/) to lose weight.

Frankly, that's interesting for other things as well, like exercise.
The 'bright lines' this woman talks about are the decisions and disciplines we ACCEPT, but also the knowledge and understanding we bring to the table.

Me myself, i'm just 15 pounds overweight or something; i'd like to lose it since i have to carry it around all the time and i'd rather either carry less or carry 15 extra pounds of survival gear instead!
However, i've been looking into health and diet my whole life and the knowledge, understanding and experience i bring to the table makes this 'bright line' idea redundant for me; seen it been there done that... And yet i am still finding it a hassle to lose these last 15 pounds.

Still, it's true that these things help me. Probably because i gave up on willpower long ago; it just didn't seem like something i could share... "C'mon! Just be STRONGER!"
That's about implying people are weak and lame when shame and guilt are really what are lame...

I haven't been focused on losing weight for many years but a friend of mine is asking me what she should do to lose weight and... It has to be easy for her to do; otherwise she'll balk anyway. So i'm looking into options based on what i already know and am learning now, doing research these weeks.
If i make it down to 140 pounds, i'll let you know what went right :D
Title: Lean bulking AKA gaining muscle and little fat
Post by: Socrates on September 22, 2016, 11:36:55 AM
While keeping my eyes and ears open for new info [for me] on losing weight, i've run into this guy: Vitruvian Physique (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MwqpSAyWnfk); in this vid he goes into a few interesting basics. While this guy is more bodybuilder than anything else, one must understand that the best way to lose weight is to have MORE MUSCLE since that revs up the metabolism, i.e. making your body burn more day and night.

In short, according to the above-linked vid:
- consume loads of protein for weight loss (without muscle tissue loss); if you're gonna lose weight you will be consuming less calories than you need and by eating more than enough protein you make sure your body doesn't start consuming your existing muscle tissue (since it will get all the proteins it can burn from your diet).
- limit your fat input but don't lower it too much [see below why]
- up carb input but not too high [idem]

Carbs don't readily get turned into fat but if your fat intake is extremely low, than things change and carbs will MORE readily be turned into fat and, as well, every gram of fat you intake will be turned into body fat, i.e. stored up, So bring fat calorie intake down to 20% or so.


A few principles to support the above:
- meat is about 50% protein and 50% fat; protein powders (for shakes) offer pure protein; for losing weight this is the easiest route.
- a gram of fat contains far more calories than a gram of carbohydrate; same for proteins; reckon accordingly.

Such principles assume you already have some understanding of the necessity of things like enzymes, minerals, salts, etc. You may also benefit from hormonal initiatives like drinking chamomile tea, which stops testosterone from being turned into estrogen... Your other 'homework' will help determine both success and health in relation to losing weight.
Title: Re: Willpower depletion and 'bright line' eating
Post by: Yowbarb on September 22, 2016, 02:19:17 PM
This video talks about how willpower will not help you (http://foodfreedom.brightlineeating.com/ff16-video-2/) to lose weight.

Frankly, that's interesting for other things as well, like exercise.
The 'bright lines' this woman talks about are the decisions and disciplines we ACCEPT, but also the knowledge and understanding we bring to the table.

Me myself, i'm just 15 pounds overweight or something; i'd like to lose it since i have to carry it around all the time and i'd rather either carry less or carry 15 extra pounds of survival gear instead!
However, i've been looking into health and diet my whole life and the knowledge, understanding and experience i bring to the table makes this 'bright line' idea redundant for me; seen it been there done that... And yet i am still finding it a hassle to lose these last 15 pounds.

Still, it's true that these things help me. Probably because i gave up on willpower long ago; it just didn't seem like something i could share... "C'mon! Just be STRONGER!"
That's about implying people are weak and lame when shame and guilt are really what are lame...

I haven't been focused on losing weight for many years but a friend of mine is asking me what she should do to lose weight and... It has to be easy for her to do; otherwise she'll balk anyway. So i'm looking into options based on what i already know and am learning now, doing research these weeks.
If i make it down to 140 pounds, i'll let you know what went right :D

Socrates, thanks for sharing these thoughts.
140 seems a pretty low weight for most men... ?
Also if you don't mind my asking - what is your height? is the extra weight mainly on the abdominal area?
One's best weight is a personal thing.
There have been times when I felt so light and free at the weight I was at, and yet the people around me would tell me I  looked "like skin and bones," etc.
The next time I get down to that low a weight, if I ever do, I will tell people around me to not invalidate my skinny state. They will need to just let me be skinny, it feels better...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on September 22, 2016, 02:23:54 PM
Barb,

 I have been a lifetime member of Weight Watchers for the last 15 years it’s a great program that works and can’t recommend it enough.  :D The support you get each week from the meetings and other members is well worth the cost of membership..

Max.

Max, I've never tried it, I figured it must work after all these years... the first time I heard of it was about 1972 I think! Or it was something similar.
Glad it's working for you...
If I cannot get it off after a few more months I may have to try that.
 ;D
Years ago I had a lovely co-worker and friend, Cindi, who was morbidly obese most of the time.  She had tried many programs but said that Weight Watchers was the only one that worked for her.  She did go off the wagon now and then, but when she came back to her senses, she always stuck with Weight Watchers and had nothing but praise for it.

Thanks for the ideas...
Title: Re: Willpower depletion and 'bright line' eating
Post by: ilinda on September 22, 2016, 04:19:32 PM
This video talks about how willpower will not help you (http://foodfreedom.brightlineeating.com/ff16-video-2/) to lose weight.

Frankly, that's interesting for other things as well, like exercise.
The 'bright lines' this woman talks about are the decisions and disciplines we ACCEPT, but also the knowledge and understanding we bring to the table.

Me myself, i'm just 15 pounds overweight or something; i'd like to lose it since i have to carry it around all the time and i'd rather either carry less or carry 15 extra pounds of survival gear instead!
However, i've been looking into health and diet my whole life and the knowledge, understanding and experience i bring to the table makes this 'bright line' idea redundant for me; seen it been there done that... And yet i am still finding it a hassle to lose these last 15 pounds.

Still, it's true that these things help me. Probably because i gave up on willpower long ago; it just didn't seem like something i could share... "C'mon! Just be STRONGER!"
That's about implying people are weak and lame when shame and guilt are really what are lame...

I haven't been focused on losing weight for many years but a friend of mine is asking me what she should do to lose weight and... It has to be easy for her to do; otherwise she'll balk anyway. So i'm looking into options based on what i already know and am learning now, doing research these weeks.
If i make it down to 140 pounds, i'll let you know what went right :D
"Will Power" is a term that seems to be thrown around like wet dishrags after a dish washing session. 

Will power might have worked well in the eons before processed foods, and thus excitotoxins in food, were addicting humans without their knowledge or consent.  I'm not sure if will power means much when someone is ingesting a good amount of food and/or beverages containing all the synthetic chemicals that define the processed-food-industry.   These chemicals are specifically there to addict us, and thus make us spend more money on their poisons, and probably even help make us fat, so we then need BigPharma.  Even innocuous-sounding things such as saltines, or whole wheat bread are often loaded with these chemicals.  They DO cause changes in the brain that DO make people eat obsessively.

If a person wants to make "dieting" simple, or maybe a better way to say it is, if a person wants to eat in a healthful manner, s/he should avoid all processed foods.  Period.  You can make "saltines" at home with, for example, organic spelt flour and water.  How simple is that?  No synthetics, no addictive chemicals, nothing but flour and water made into flat breads or crackers, so fine that they "crinkle" or "snap" when broken.  You can add a bit of salt or sea salt for more flavor.  There are many ways to avoid the toxins that are contributing big time to Americans' weight problems.

In Russell Blaylock's book, EXCITOTOXINX:  The Taste That Kills, he lists in an Appendix a long list of synthetic chemicals that are basically MSG or something equally toxic.  IIRC he groups them as: always contains MSG; usually contains MSG; and often contains MSG.  Be sure that if a company is hiding something from you, they will not tell you that "hydrolyzed yeast extract" is a toxic MSG or MSG-like chemical.  That's why they give it another name. 

The average person would be shocked to see the amount of "food" that contains these brain poisons, and that our government gleefully allows these poisons to be deceitfully named.

Seeing humans eat this stuff probably brings great joy to the so-called Elite.


Title: Re: Willpower depletion and 'bright line' eating
Post by: Socrates on September 22, 2016, 10:33:38 PM
140 seems a pretty low weight for most men... ?
Also if you don't mind my asking - what is your height? is the extra weight mainly on the abdominal area?
One's best weight is a personal thing.
There have been times when I felt so light and free at the weight I was at, and yet the people around me would tell me I  looked "like skin and bones," etc.
The next time I get down to that low a weight, if I ever do, I will tell people around me to not invalidate my skinny state. They will need to just let me be skinny, it feels better...
I'm the same height as Tom Cruise...  ;)
Like you perhaps, i have a 'favorite' weight and that's around 168kg [or would you like that in "stones"...?   ::) ]
Having said that, i have never been 'shredded' and, like you mention about 'skinny', what would be wrong about having ZERO fat? God knows it means carrying around less weight and being more prepared in case one needs to MOVE [i.e. be mobile].
I've never counted calories or dieted to lose weight because i've always thought that would be narcissistic in my own case; however, from a survival/prepper point of view it does make sense and i'm looking into it now. I have to work out to become able to travel so i'm in the gym anyway; might as well lose a few kilos while i'm there ;)
If i'm 168 i'm not shredded so maybe i can stand to lose 20lbs or so; that's a lotta extra supplies i could be carrying around!

And, yeah, some of the extra weight is in the belly and that means a few things (i won't get into in detail...), like parasites and accumulated toxins. So from a health point of view i will also be dealing with colonic enemas, liver flushes, detox protocols etc.
Title: Re: Willpower depletion and 'bright line' eating
Post by: Yowbarb on September 23, 2016, 02:57:01 PM
140 seems a pretty low weight for most men... ?
Also if you don't mind my asking - what is your height? is the extra weight mainly on the abdominal area?
One's best weight is a personal thing.
There have been times when I felt so light and free at the weight I was at, and yet the people around me would tell me I  looked "like skin and bones," etc.
The next time I get down to that low a weight, if I ever do, I will tell people around me to not invalidate my skinny state. They will need to just let me be skinny, it feels better...
I'm the same height as Tom Cruise...  ;)
Like you perhaps, i have a 'favorite' weight and that's around 168kg [or would you like that in "stones"...?   ::) ]
Having said that, i have never been 'shredded' and, like you mention about 'skinny', what would be wrong about having ZERO fat? God knows it means carrying around less weight and being more prepared in case one needs to MOVE [i.e. be mobile].
I've never counted calories or dieted to lose weight because i've always thought that would be narcissistic in my own case; however, from a survival/prepper point of view it does make sense and i'm looking into it now. I have to work out to become able to travel so i'm in the gym anyway; might as well lose a few kilos while i'm there ;)
If i'm 168 i'm not shredded so maybe i can stand to lose 20lbs or so; that's a lotta extra supplies i could be carrying around!

And, yeah, some of the extra weight is in the belly and that means a few things (i won't get into in detail...), like parasites and accumulated toxins. So from a health point of view i will also be dealing with colonic enemas, liver flushes, detox protocols etc.
Socrates, thanks for sharing!
I agree on the weight on abdomen info, it is important to do the work, and handle possible problems there. An awful lot of Americans have that problem...probably more than where you are...
Sounds like you have what it takes to take care of business... So glad you go to the gym. I have a gym nearby I need to go ... I have knee, hip, wrist problems so I can't do just any workout but they have a pool, etc. and treadmills...
Title: Stay hungry
Post by: Socrates on October 16, 2016, 11:19:38 AM
As i've already mentioned, though i've been looking into diet in relation to health my entire adult life, i never really gave diets for losing weight much thought. Therefore i never looked into the matter of CALORIES. Now that i am, i am learning a few things i would like to share (even though it may seem premature since i haven't lost my own weight yet; but, alas, time is of the essence, so pls forgive my impertinence).

In the end there are a few basic rules (that i'll cover momentarily) and the one big one:
STAY HUNGRY
So, the few basic rules and staying hungry work in unison, i.e. there's no point in feeling hungry if you defy the basic rules, just like the basic rules will get you nowhere if you're not staying hungry at the same time.

Before i go on to what the basic rules are and what i mean by "staying hungry", i should first quickly remark on more specific tricks, tactics and techniques for losing weight and how they relate to the above.
For the most part people can apply tricks, tactics and techniques but then somehow feel that whatever they've done has won them the right to NOT feel hungry, i.e. to eat. This is why most people never lose weight (or why they might lose WATER weight but not lose fat, or why they can't keep the weight off).


THE BASICS
Your body has a metabolism, the rate at which it is burning energy. For you it might be at 2000 calories/day; in other words, even if you're not doing strenuous exercise you'll be burning 2000 calories. And if you're just eating enough not to feel hungry and you're also not making stupid mistakes like eating sugar and fats together, your weight should remain relatively stable.
Now you can raise your metabolism in a number of ways, like doing regular exercise (especially if it's strenuous) and putting on muscle mass, but if you increase your food intake since you'll also be feeling like eating more, you won't lose weight just because your metabolism has increased. So why bother... (if losing weight is your goal)?

The point is to consume less than you're metabolism demands, like eating 1500 calories when your metabolism is at 2000. Or eating 2500 calories if your metabolism is at 3000.
How to count calories? IT'S TERRIBLE! That's why there's one simple rule to do away with counting calories: make sure you feel hungry and never eat a lot.
Another way to help achieve this is by eating many times a day and not just 3 times (let alone less than that). Then you don't have to worry about not having enough blood sugar since your next meal is always just 3 hours away or so. It might also not be a large meal (like maybe just an apple), but at least it's not far away.

Your diet might consist of a variety of sources to stop your body from eating away at muscle tissue while it's hungry [starving], like:
- good fats
- good proteins
- good carbs
Make sure you get enough good proteins, ESPECIALLY when you're losing weight. Actually, these protein powders can be a great help IN THIS CASE, i.e. in the case of losing weight (i.e. I'm not talking about building muscle here). A protein shake will make sure your body gets so much protein that it won't bother burning up your own body's proteins (i.e. muscle tissue) and proteins can't be turned into fat, which is good.

CALORIES PER MACRONUTRIENT
Carb:      4 calories/gram
Protein:   4 calories/gram
Fats:       9 calories/gram
(Alcohol: 7 calories/gram)
But of course understand that cheese, for instance, is PURE fat and protein whereas bread, for instance, contains a lot of water as well as carbs. That's why weighing foods or counting calories is so much of a hassle and it's just better to stay hungry.

A healthy diet for losing weight should have a good carb/protein/fat ratio that supplies the body with loads of protein but also good fats that are essential to hormone health and stop the body from getting into trouble that will just tell it to BUILD FAT. So do not cut out all fats; instead, make sure you get a reasonable amount of good fats, like:
- from raw seeds and nuts [hemp seeds are a great source; also chia and flax seeds]
(Nuts are an iffy source of fats because they are heated a lot in factories to dry them out and therefore their fats will often already have been turned bad during that process.)
- raw eggs give a superior quality protein and good fats

If you want to LOSE weight, it helps to START OUT every meal with a food that will stimulate the body to LET GO, to detox, to clean out rather than build.
So it matters whether you eat meat followed by a salad or you eat a salad followed by some meat. To your body the first thing you put in your mouth is signaling a PROCESS, one to detox or one to build. And if you're interested in losing weight, your aim is to detox, to let go of fats, toxins and water weight.

Start the day off with lemon juice in water. Preferably distilled.
Have some proteins soon after so your body never gets into burning muscle tissue.
Eat many times small amounts. Even a single grape will signal your body to prepare for a meal and up your metabolism, causing it to burn more.
If you exercise, make sure you eat enough carbs AT THAT TIME (though also make sure you consume some proteins). Don't eat your largest meal of the day when you're just going to be hanging around or sleeping; do it when you'll be most active. Then, as well, the energy you give your muscles will increase your workout output, assisting health, metabolism and muscle condition.

Questions?
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: ilinda on October 16, 2016, 04:31:44 PM
Another way (scientifically shown) to increase metabolism is this:  as you lie in bed preparing to fall asleep, imagine you are engaging in some strenuous physical activity, such as climbing stairs, jogging, dancing, or whatever appeals to you.  This process actually does bump up your metabolism and thus burn more calories while you sleep.

The only drawback I can see is that for some folks, just thinking about jogging or dancing or whatever just before bedtime might tend to be conducive to staying awake than falling asleep.

This is a technique I read about in a magazine for hypnotists, specifically for including in scripts for weight loss clients.  It's worth a try.
Title: Re: metabolism
Post by: Socrates on October 17, 2016, 09:05:12 AM
Of course no matter your metabolism, if you consume as many or more calories than you burn you won't lose any weight.

On a survival note, if your metabolism is high you're also burning up a lot of calories per day, calories you may not have. Therefore, actually, if TSHTF you will benefit by a LOWER metabolism if there isn't enough [/ aren't enough calories] to eat.
In fact, from a survival point of view, one might even be more interested in techniques that LOWER metabolism than increase it.

Less weight, however, means less mass to be hauling around, therefore less expenditure of energy / calories / resources.
Similarly, as postulated in my post on getting rid of tape worms and other parasites (http://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=6385.0), if you get rid of other things that gobble up calories, you're on the right track.

Ancient stories of survivors of previous cataclysms tell of people eating their own children... (and smashing in their brothers' skulls). These are (probably true) precautionary tales that underline the seriousness of what we will probably soon face. And seen in such light, metabolism and allotment of resources becomes just about the most important thing in the world after TSHTF.
(Will you eat your dogs and other animals...? For their genetic information could be crucial to the future of your culture...)
[i have found such tales in Velikovski's book World's in Collision (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Worlds-in-Collision-Velikovsky-Immanuel-Book-/301985546352?hash=item464fbdc070:g:B5wAAOSwpLNX7W2t) and in LaViolette's Earth Under Fire (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Earth-Under-Fire-Paul-A-LaViolette-/131954826155?hash=item1eb91edbab:g:XKsAAOSwOyJX7Uhw).]
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: ilinda on October 17, 2016, 05:28:26 PM
Another stray thought on metabolism....

When I was about 20-30 pounds heavier and ate lots of junk, really awful stuff, primarily processed "foods", it seemed I would gain weight at the drop of a hat.  Now decades later and avoiding white sugar, white flour, and the like, like the plague, I find I can eat about unlimited amounts of fruits, vegetables, yogurt (made here by us), nuts, eggs, olive oil and even salmon and chicken, although the last two are only occasional treats.

I'm not sure where I read it, but there is a discussion about how our cell receptors, and enzyme systems, etc., are in a constant state of flux, as nothing is static in the world of biology.  In the living, metabolizing body, that has fed on a long-term diet of processed junk foods, there will have evolved a different preponderance of molecular tools for digesting foods, different from someone who eats no processed foods, and ingests organic, and mostly raw foods. 

After some years of gradually weaning myself off junk, I began to notice the cravings disappearing, and an accompanying sense that I can eat a whole lot more, but without the gain in weight.

I believe there is a lot more to weight maintenance than counting calories, or tabulating caloric intake.  After all, the way "they" determine caloric value of a given food is to burn it in a calorimeter, right?  Well, a device that burns foods does not work in the same manner of the human digestive system, or any other system.  One tiny example would be a junk food eater who is routinely constipated, blocked up with stale breads, etc., and eating lots of sweets and other non-food items.  One can see how slowly the junk food eater's "food" will pass through the system.  Now look at a person who eats high quality food, composed mostly of veggies, nuts, fruits, etc., and ponder how quickly that person's food will traverse the alimentary tract.  I think the absorption rates will be different, as will the utilization rates.  Human digestion is complex and I do not feel it can easily be extrapolated to a laboratory machine called a calorimeter.

Now having said that, I'm fine if others want to remain devoted to the practice of counting calories.  I did that as a teenager, and hubby does so to this day.  For some of us, it's a waste of time as counting calories only assesses quantity, whereas examining the type of food assesses quality
Title: Re: metabolism
Post by: Socrates on October 17, 2016, 10:25:12 PM
If you view this short exerpt i made (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dTfn8rNtkRA) from a documentary on eating sugar, you'll learn (amongst other things) that when you eat sugar, your body will not burn fat. So getting off the sugar is essential if [sic; if you only eat fruit, you don't consume any fat] your diet also contains fats (which is quite normal, of course).

I believe there is a lot more to weight maintenance than counting calories, or tabulating caloric intake.
There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy...
I couldn't agree more!
I'm reminded of the Tarahumara who can run a marathon on one cup of nixtamal and one cup of tesguino (http://b2012overleven.runboard.com/t422).
Title: Re: metabolism
Post by: ilinda on October 18, 2016, 04:50:10 PM
If you view this short exerpt i made (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dTfn8rNtkRA) from a documentary on eating sugar, you'll learn (amongst other things) that when you eat sugar, your body will not burn fat. So getting off the sugar is essential if [sic; if you only eat fruit, you don't consume any fat] your diet also contains fats (which is quite normal, of course).

I believe there is a lot more to weight maintenance than counting calories, or tabulating caloric intake.
There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy...
I couldn't agree more!
I'm reminded of the Tarahumara who can run a marathon on one cup of nixtamal and one cup of tesguino (http://b2012overleven.runboard.com/t422).
Years ago I read Sugar Blues and then later other articles and books that corroborate for me that white sugar is a total poison that happens to taste good to most.

In fact I remember studying the Krebs Cycle or Citric Acid Cycle that showed how sugar being digested will need certain minerals and if they are not available in the sugar (which they are not in dead, white sugar), the needed minerals will be taken from other reactions to digest this useless white poison.  It's awful.

In Marjory Wildcraft's recent series, in which she documents her visit with the Tarahumara, they are shown doing their running and it is even more strenuous than I had thought.  They were shown running up and down curvy, hilly, rocky and irregular terrain.  And many are elderly.  Well, they might be elderly by chronological standards, but are probably in better physical and mental shape than most 30 or 40-year olds in the developed world.  I was in awe watching them run!  What beautiful people they are.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Ekratz on October 18, 2016, 06:41:59 PM
All of your tips are appreciated.  Just remember that we all are different so we will have to come to a plan of eating that works for us as an individual. I tried weight watchers 6 times and now realize that I am not a robot.  They encourage one way of eating and it works for many people but not all, including me.  I am a sugar addict and have stayed away from sugar for 7 months as of now.  I follow a low carb, moderate protein and fat way of eating.  It works great for me. 20-50 carbs a day.  I have lost  65lbs since the beginning of March.  Instead of burning sugar, I am burning fat now. I do not even think about calories.  This works for me, but we are all different!!
Title: Re: sugar addiction
Post by: Socrates on October 18, 2016, 07:29:06 PM
I have tried many diets but not because i was overweight; i wished to learn the truth about how my body works. Based on this approach to diet after 30+ years of trying out how things work i believe sugar addiction is easily conquered by giving the body what it has been denied by the modern diet. Indeed, by consuming these things in as great a quantity as is feasible:
- good foods (especially so-called superfoods)
- good quality salts like seasalt, borax, epsom salts
- good fats
Also fermented foods help.

If you focus on what you SHOULD be eating rather than on what you should NOT be eating, this is easier for many reasons [just like eating a vegetarian diet should not be about NOT consuming meat].
Title: Losing weight; UPDATE
Post by: Socrates on November 11, 2016, 12:37:25 PM
Since i started trying to lose weight, i lost 3 kg and gained some muscle. That's good. In fact, in bodybuilding it is considered very challenging to gain muscle mass and lose weight simultaneously. So i'll share here what i've been doing.


I think perhaps most importantly, i have been focusing on starting each meal with something other than detoxing foods (like fruit).
Robert Von (http://b2012overleven.runboard.com/t394), who talks about this, explains that many of his clients are health-minded and tend to eat in a way that is CONSTANTLY causing the body to detox. A more natural and healthy tactic would be to detox sometimes and build other times.
I, too, have eaten loads and loads of fruit because i thought it was healthy [in the morning]; now i start my day off with nuts [not sure if that calls forth detox, but it has to be less than fruit does]. Then i may follow with fruit.

Youtuber Vitruvian Physique (https://m.youtube.com/user/VitruvianPhysique) pointed out that the body stops producing human growth hormone as soon as you consume your first carbohydrate; so i have been trying to put off eating fruit or other carbs until later in the morning, if at all.

What i do eat when i go to the gym is a shake i make with One World Whey (http://www.sgn80.com/oneradionetwork?a_aid=orn256872&a_bid=66daa0c8) + Sunwarrior's Classic Plus plant-based protein powder; the whey is raw, which gives it special properties compared to other protein powders. I also add other things, like:
- MSM
- seasalt
- epsom salt
- borax
- BCAA
- CLA
- creatine (It could be my muscles just got bigger because of this)
- raw cacao [when i have it]
- chia seeds
- goji berries [when i have it]
- goat's milk [when i have it]
- raw egg [when i have it]

For lunch i've been having pumpkin and hemp seeds; often later an apple.

For dinner i've been having a lot of tuna + garlic + ginger (+ onion when i had it)
I've also been eating Spam regularly, usually with mustard.


All in all i've actually hardly been eating many carbs; i cooked rice a few times and ate it with some cheese.
The thing is, when i'm at home, all i usually have to eat is a bunch of cans of tuna or Spam, unless i go to the effort of cooking rice.

I've also been having beer, especially when i'm hungry. That may help with the weight loss, too, since the body can't turn alcohol into fats.
(The important thing with alcohol is not to overdo it and to never combine it with sugar. Also, with 7 calories per gram, it offers a serious calorie boost.)
I don't recommend drinking beer when choosing alcoholic beverages, but i have neither mead nor ale (that i have made myself).
I know people have this idea that alcohol will make you fat, but there are just as many underweight alcoholics as there are those with so-called beer bellies. The problem with drinking alcohol comes from the relatively dense number of calories it offers and if you ADD that to a diet already consisting of enough or too many calories, then it means your body gets signaled to turn carbs or fats into body fat.


I only consume calories when i'm feeling hungry or before and after a workout. If, for instance, i don't feel particularly hungry, i may have just the one can of tuna in the evening; i'll be hungry in the morning then, which is good since i don't consume carbs in the morning.

I have also started drinking down a glass of water with lemon juice in it every morning right after waking up and 2 hours later again (when i get back from work). The lemon stimulates the digestive systems, offers Vit. C, alkalizes the body and makes it easy to down the liter of water in the morning. It also makes it easier to put off eating.


The last couple of weeks i have had tremendous energy and i've actually been feeling very good. In fact, my back is killing me right now since i've been so much more active that my body is having a hard time keeping up with my higher energy levels and associated more energetic activities [doing my work at a quicker pace and working harder at the gym].
Is it the shakes?
Drinking more water?
Making sure i'm building rather than detoxing?
All of the above?
I don't know. But since it seems to be working, perhaps (something in) the above story may help you along.
Title: Re: Losing weight: UPDATE
Post by: Socrates on November 14, 2016, 10:51:17 AM
Hit a 72 kg mark today! Okay, it's still 72.9kg but it's the first time i've seen that 72kg number on the scale in DECADES...
Simultaneously doing the tape worm protocol but it's hardly bothersome at all.

If i hit my 65kg mark people better start listening...  ;)
Title: Some basic rules
Post by: Socrates on November 14, 2016, 11:36:38 PM
To summarize, here are a few rules i'm applying in my food (and activity) choices:

- the body detoxes (especially) in the morning; however, detox slows down when serious food has been offered for it to predigest. Therefore it matters what you start your day with. A real morning detox means no processed foods whatsoever.

- aside from general daily cycles, each meal also signals either a detox or a building reaction; obviously this reaction is stronger depending on whether the body is in a detox period [i.e. the morning] or another time. What you start off the meal with determines the body's reaction.

- the body will not burn fats while sugars are present. Therefore, if you want the body to be burning fat, never combine the two in a meal.

- as soon as one consumes carbohydrates, the body stops producing human growth hormone; therefore, if you are exercising or recuperating from exercise, postpone the consumption of fruit in the morning. Then either stick to (lemon) water, protein shakes or nuts (and the like).

- only carbs and fats get turned into fat by the body.

- the body can make all fats out of the sugars it gets from carbs or proteins [the latter in a roundabout way]. However, good fats in the diet assist the body in building hormones and such one needs for robust health. Butter, chia seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, hemp and flax seeds; these are examples of sources of good oils. Bad or lesser choices include all processed fats, heated fats, almost all nuts [which undergo prolonged heating in factories to dry them quickly], fish oils [which go rancid after leaving the cold of the ocean] and fats from animals laced with toxins, hormones and antibiotics.

- stay hungry; eat moderately, eat when hungry (not when it's time to eat), cut down on carbs, skip meals when possible (and you can handle it) and try to wake up hungry; then you can put off eating in the morning by consuming glasses of (lemon/lime) water.

- eat often [if you wish; and you should be hungry and therefore wishing to eat] but moderately. Feeling hungry is not about being able to eat, it's about being able to eat a lot; then when you eat sparingly, you basically remain 'hungry' and therefore keep burning up the body's fat reserves.

- consume enough fluids; fruit and greens offer good fluids and water should always be consumed on an empty stomach and some time before a meal. Eat fruit on an empty stomach or after some nuts or a shake. Nuts contain fats and should only be mixed with fruit when one is very active [since the body will only start burning the fats of the nuts after the sugars of the fruit are used up].

- if you can, distill water for drinking. Distilled water is much easier to drink (more of) and when it is consumed in the morning hours when the body is trying to detox, it will more readily absorb what the body is working to dump into it.
The best water is distilled, run through a reverse osmosis filter and then (slightly) remineralized and/or charged [through a magnetic vortex, moonlight, intention, etc.].
Tap water has come from water processing plants that themselves only claim to be able to take about 99% of pollution from the water they receive. Such water still contains both elements and charges of agricultural chemicals, hormones, pharmaceuticals people ingest and then flush through the toilet, all kinds of toxins, etc.etc.etc.

- do not shy away from salts and other minerals; your body needs them to build. It is a popular misconception that 'salt' [like 'fats'] is bad for you. Table salt is bad for you, not seasalt [just like processed fats are bad for you, not the good sources mentioned above]. Since most people only know about and consume bad salt (and bad fats), doctors have been giving out advice that people avoid 'salt and fats'. Everyone would be better served if health professionals pointed out what people should be consuming (which, obviously, is good quality food stuffs). Both your body and the beneficial flora in your gut (which actually digest your food [your body only predigests food]) require sufficient amounts of minerals. As long as you drink enough, you can ingest as many good salts as your palate can handle. And since modern agricultural soils are terribly deficient in minerals, you don't really have a choice in the matter.

- the body's main reason for building up fat cells in the first place is to neutralize acids and toxins; it encapsulates them with fat when it cannot get rid of them through the gut, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph system or skin. Therefore, when your body is burning fat, it is also releasing toxins and acids it had stored there. Therefore make sure you do what detox you can, such as:
- drinking sufficient amounts of liquid and/or eating fruit (especially in the morning)
- kidney, colon and/or liver flushes
- detoxifying herbs, foods and supplements
- taking advantage of the body's detox phases [particularly the morning hours]
- dealing with sources of toxins and acids
- eating citrus fruits (on an empty stomach) which alkalinize the body well. Oranges turn alkaline in the stomach and shouldn't be mixed with other foods.
Title: Re: Losing weight: UPDATE
Post by: ilinda on November 15, 2016, 04:07:38 PM
Hit a 72 kg mark today! Okay, it's still 72.9kg but it's the first time i've seen that 72kg number on the scale in DECADES...
Simultaneously doing the tape worm protocol but it's hardly bothersome at all.

If i hit my 65kg mark people better start listening...  ;)
Congratulations!  Maybe you'll be a role model for some readers who haven't yet found the eating plan that works best for them.
Title: Re: Losing weight: PRIORITIES
Post by: Socrates on December 07, 2016, 04:00:36 AM
I realize i've already written a lot here on the topic of losing weight, which is why i feel i should break it down and prioritize, as well because modern culture fills our brains with disinformation, assumptions and misdirections that keep us all heading in the wrong direction.

1: HOW TO STAY HUNGRY
The more hours of the day that you feel like you could eat but then don't, the more hours of the day you are potentially eating away at fat reserves. So such periods should be stimulated to occur and then last. Here's some ways to do this:
- drink (lemon) water in the morning; it won't keep giving a full feeling for long but it helps and it also helps with the detox; remember: the body uses fat to envelop toxins and acids and when these fats are burned, what they were encasing also comes free; hence your need to detox while burning fat.
- start the day off with a protein powder shake, preferably filled with goodies like raw egg. The body doesn't turn protein into fat so it is safe to consume and it's simultaneously stopping your body from consuming any muscle tissue [proteins].  One World Whey (http://www.sgn80.com/oneradionetwork?a_aid=orn256872&a_bid=66daa0c8) and Bone Broth Protein (https://epigeneticlabs.com/bbp/) are the best choices, i believe. It is hard to consume enough protein to really get enough calories and these protein shakes really help.
- whatever keeps you distracted from feeling hungry and eating is wonderful. Whether it's work, exercise or watching a movie, the longer you can postpone eating, the more fat your body can keep on burning off.
- exercise is useless[!] for burning fat; it will just make you hungrier, which will cause you to eat more, which ends up doing nothing for your weight. What exercise does do, however, is keep your body in the sympathetic mode during which the body focuses on getting energy to your muscles; the opposite of this is the parasympathetic mode during which the body starts sending energy [blood] towards the gut [predigestive processes]. That means you start feeling hungry! So that means that if you start feeling hungry, all you have to do to get rid of that feeling is exercise. You'll end up eating at some point, but the longer you postpone eating carbs (and focus on proteins and fats), the longer your body is in a fat-burning mode.
- when you eat something like a carrot or seeds [pumpkin, hemp, etc.], you're filling yourself up with just a few calories but adding time to the period you postpone consuming carbs or major calories. When you combine such tactics with keeping physically active, time should fly by without even really noticing that you're burning more than you're ingesting.
- have a beer...; just as drinking water will temporarily fill you up, a beer will allow you to postpone eating, as well. But an alcoholic beverage [wine, port, mead, etc. will do even better] gives you 2 additional benefits: it gives you calories (that cannot be turned into fat) and it will mellow you out, giving you yet another way to postpone consuming carbs or fats.

2. WHAT TO EAT
There are 4 sources of energy: carbohydrates, fats, proteins and alcohol. Of these 4, 2 the body readily turns into fat and the other 2 the body doesn't:
- gets turned into fat: carbs & fats
- won't get turned into fat: proteins or alcohol
When you focus on consuming proteins [like in protein shakes], your body gets into a mode of burning a fuel that won't be turned into fat, even if you consume too much of it at any point in time.
Most people in modern culture are conditioned to feeling that alcohol is an inferior source of energy, which is really an ignorant way of viewing alcohol since it has been a part of all long-lived human cultures throughout the ages. Dealing with alcohol maturely is something altogether different than calling it bad, dealing with it not at all and denying yourself what benefits it has to offer. And when it comes to losing weight, alcohol consumption is a boon.
Have a beer, get drowsy and go to bed and you will be burning fats all through the night because that's all your body will have to burn as soon as the calories in the alcohol are burned up. Wake up the next morning and eat nuts and/or a protein shake and you will continue the body's fat-burning phase for many hours. (Then have some fruit after your morning workout or an hour after you've finished your shake.)

3. HOW NOT TO EAT
- you should postpone eating carbohydrates in the morning because as soon as you do, your body will stop producing human growth hormone. Also, because carbs can be turned into fat by the body so if you are not being very active, fats will be produced that you're going to have to burn off. You don't have this problem if you stick to proteins [i.e. shakes].
- as soon as the body has sugars to burn, it stops burning fats! And the last thing you want if you are intent on losing body fat is for the body to stop burning fat. So eat carbs when you are most active; that way you will burn up what carbs you consume and your body will be forced to turn back to fats for it's energy needs.
- avoid mixing carbs [i.e. sugars] with whatever fats you are consuming; this just offers the body an opportunity to replenish fat reserves, using the fats you consumed to fill fat cells back up (since the body's not burning fats while there's sugar around). If you are being very active (like when you're doing exercise) you can get away with having a few carbs but otherwise keep carbs and fats out of the same meal/period.

4. ALTERNATIVES TO DIETING
Your body's energy systems are not only dependent on the amount of calories [energy] you consume. There are other important considerations that may be undertaken before, after or during a caloric restrictive diet, such as:
- cleanses of kidney, liver and colon
- parasitical cleanses
- working on mineral deficiencies and other effects of poor dietary choices
- general detox and (periodic) fasting or juicing
- hormonal issues resulting from stress, toxins or deficiencies [plastics, worry, mineral deficiencies, etc.]
- poor lifestyle or environmental choices that lead to (external) stress or deficiencies [like lack of sunlight]
A body that is lacking good nutrition, rest and hydration may prove unnecessarily inefficient at burning away fat reserves, particularly 'old fat'. As well, the last thing one wants is to lose weight but wind up looking like the walking dead... Make sure your weight goals and tactics are balanced out with health considerations.

FINAL: COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS
- eating fat does not make you fat; the body will turn fats into body fat, this is true, but only under certain conditions. As long as you are consuming less calories than you are using up and you aren't combining sugars/carbs with fats during meals, eating fats is actually stimulating the body to burn fat, to use fats as fuel; and that's a good thing. Furthermore, your body needs good fats and having them at your disposal while you are losing weight and [inherently] detoxing is both important for your health as well as for the processes involved with losing weight. In fact, you should be focusing on consuming everything but carbs, i.e. proteins, alcohol and fats. If you are eating fats but staying hungry, you are on the way to burning away fat reserves in the body.
- higher metabolism does not help lose weight; the only way a higher metabolism could help you lose weight any faster is if you cut out food completely! Let's say you are burning 3000 calories a day instead of 2000 (i.e. your metabolism is much higher than that of someone at 2000 calories/day); if both of you were eating nothing at all, you would be burning up 3000 calories a day while the other person was only burning up 2000 a day. However, no matter your level of metabolism, everybody feels hungry when they are consuming less calories than their metabolism demands! So in the end, metabolism is moot, for as long as you are eating, say, 500 calories less than your body requires, you are feeling hungry and burning away 500 calories worth of fat, whether your metabolism is at 3000 and you're consuming 2500 calories or whether your metabolism is at 2000 and you're consuming 1500 calories; you'll both be feeling hungry and both be burning away 500 calories worth of fat. People with higher metabolisms also eat more, but hunger is hunger; whether you're 500 calories below 2000 or 3000, the 500-calorie-deficit feels the same to both.
- as explained above, exercise in itself does not cause the body to burn up any extra fats. If you exercise but then eat your fill, you'd be better off not exercising but staying hungry if your goal is to lose weight.
- it is not possible to target specific fats on the body, like the fat on hips or belly. First of all your body will only start burning up subdermal fats after internal fats (like those surrounding organs) has been all burned up; secondly, i have never found a reliable source to explain how the burning of subdermal fat is anything but random. If you desire fats at a particular area of the body to disappear, you just keep losing weight until that area (too) has been burned up. Having said that, there are other reasons than fat for having a protruding belly, such as flatworms or an inflamed lymph system.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on March 11, 2017, 09:45:50 PM
Socrates, I am going to read through what you posted here and take notes! :)

So much to think about and try...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: ilinda on March 12, 2017, 03:54:52 PM
Socrates, I am going to read through what you posted here and take notes! :)

So much to think about and try...
And I'd add that not all carbs are equal.  Most veggies contain carbs to some degree, but the carbs in fresh veggies are metabolized differently from those in processed, white bread.  Remember the liver slowly adapts to whatever your diet is, and if you're accustomed to ingesting lots of junk food, fast food, etc., you have a very different metabolism from someone who routinely eats lots of organic dairy, nuts, fruits, veggies, eggs, wild-caught fish, 100% grass-fed meat, 100% free-range poultry, and high quality fats.  Some grains are OK, but always unprocessed.  For example, red quinoa (more of a "seed" than a grain) is full of high-quality nutrition and could be considered a protein source. 

My number one rule is AVOID PROCESSED FOODS.  And drink plenty of pure water. 

If someone asked me about the best way to eat, I'd just tell him/her to avoid processed foods like the plague, eat from the list above, and if sweets are desired, make them from maple syrup or honey, dried fruits, etc.

Change can happen, but IMHO, the hardest part is avoiding processed foods because most people work and spend a lot of time away from home.  Everyone knows how difficult it can be to lug around jars of yogurt, flatbread with peanut butter (home ground), salad, etc. 
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on March 13, 2017, 06:23:31 AM
I agree with all that...
In my past experience of having the same low weight for years at a time, I had plenty of food and didn't feel deprived. I only kept complex carbohydrates in the house.
For me the battle was just as life changes and changes in circumstances happen, how to keep the same eating habits...
Title: Durianrider
Post by: Socrates on March 13, 2017, 10:10:18 AM
(https://www.drmcdougall.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/starch_solution_front1.jpg)
Durianrider on mass (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrWP6DOmsLY&t=1s)
Durianrider promotes the above book and [formerly with Freelee The Banana Girl (https://www.youtube.com/user/Freelea)] avocates a vegan/carbohydrate-rich low-fat low-protein [80-10-10] diet. The thing is... these people are awesome!
(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/JLYgml7OQqA/hqdefault.jpg)
I've tried going on fats but now i'm trying to do carbs, i'm running into practical issues.
From a prepper standpoint, i am conflicted... And as a vegan-wannabe i also stand conflicted...
Still researching, experimenting and experiencing... [as always]
Title: Robb Wolf and measuring glocose levels...
Post by: Socrates on March 27, 2017, 08:58:48 AM
I get a Peak Prosperity (https://www.peakprosperity.com/) weekly newsletter [via email for free] that regularly has cutting-edge info i find nowhere else...

Last newsletter i learned about Robb Wolf (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=robb+wolf) and his 'glucose research', i.e. research into the quality of 'carbs'... [so much to be said on these topics...  ???]

Anyway... I became intrigued with his approach toward carbs, specifically how it relates to how one's individual body chemistry reacts to different carb sources.

You should realize, my 35+-year research into nutrition has given me the distinct impression that the symbiotic microbial lifeforms that inhabit our gut are key to understanding what we [as individuals] can and cannot assimilate (efficiently).
Anywho... Robb Wolf suggests we measure how we [i.e. individually...] respond to carbohydrates we consume, thereby becoming aware of what sources of carbs respond well to our own specific G.I.-tract environment...


Oh, i know how damn complicated and specific that all sounds!!!
But... if... carbs are humans' best source of energy, it follows that quality of carbs is also relevant. And Robb Wolf offers us insight into this.

Anyway... i'll be researching this now, since it offers a potentially distinct advantage in relation to what carbs we stash for hard times; after all, imagine if the carbs you have stored do not happen to mesh with your own particular metabolism... Wouldn't that be just a shame...?
(This rhetorical question especially since so many active members here (including myself) appear to sympathise with vegan or vegetarian philosophies...)

P.S.: @ 36min.50sec into this presentation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOv-vP4mY9A), the impressive argument is made that 95% of dieticians are moderators, i.e. people who do well with variable diets, whereas 50% [!] of the public are not moderators and need to limit what foods they digest in order to do well.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on March 27, 2017, 09:53:20 PM
Socrates, thanks for the in-depth posts and info... I need to get caught up with it.  :)
Just thought I'd check in.
Haven't made stellar progress but my weight is back down where it was over a year ago.
I need to drop about fifty more, truth be told.
My current plan is to go get stocked up on foods which nourish me and I don't feel like binging out...
Haven't been fully stocked up for awhile...
I plan on some herbal things like the dandelion perhaps milk thistle...
Chicory drinks of a coffee type has some of those ingredients...
I need to up my fiber.
Need stuff like the miso, tahini, ghi and etc.
Title: Re: Robb Wolf and measuring glocose levels...
Post by: ilinda on March 28, 2017, 05:18:50 PM
You should realize, my 35+-year research into nutrition has given me the distinct impression that the symbiotic microbial lifeforms that inhabit our gut are key to understanding what we [as individuals] can and cannot assimilate (efficiently).
Oh, i know how damn complicated and specific that all sounds!!!
The symbiotic microbial lifeforms that inhabit our gut, the "microbiome", they are finding is critically important.  But also we need to remember that the sum total of all those microorganisms responds to what we eat, and it, too, can change its metabolism, and its mix of types of organisms in the population.

It's my understanding that the microbiome in someone who's been eating lots of junk food, fast food, drinking soda pop, etc., will be on a moment's notice, ready to allow some pathogenic organisms the opportunity to take hold, assuming they are ingested.
But the microbiome of someone who eats a healthful diet will be better able to withstand the assault by pathogens.

I think a person who transforms his/her diet from junk to good will see a gradual change in the types of organisms that comprise their microbiome.

Yes, it's extremely important.  Good reminder.
Title: Re: your survival diet
Post by: Socrates on March 28, 2017, 07:23:44 PM
i personally feel this is a good time to start practicing (with) one's intended diet during and for a while after the coming tribulation. After all, November will be upon us before you know it...
And, yeah, it takes a while for one's G.I. population to change. But what if the (kind of) rice you're eating isn't good for you? That's important to know.

Just last week this friend told me that South African wine gives him a headache but wine from Chili does not... No change in habits, just a subtle change of source can make a big difference.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on March 28, 2017, 08:13:43 PM
Dropped another pound. Not really dieting. Haven't had any bread or buns in the house for awhile...
Title: Re: bread
Post by: Socrates on March 28, 2017, 10:43:27 PM
I don't really consider bread food... and i know how that sounds in today's world.

At the local 'health-food store' one can buy these 'Essene' breads made from sprouted wheat; now that is food! And a single slice of that will really fill you up. (I'd be eating it now, and stocking up on it, were it not that a 'loaf' [much smaller than regular bread] sets me back € 3; granted, one loaf will last 2 days, but still...

A long long time ago... i learned that sourdough bread can be hung to dry and then kept for a very long time. When one wishes to eventually consume it, it is to be moistened and shortly heated and presto!, instant (real) bread.

Now, what most people [sic] call "bread" is made from white flour that even rats won't eat... and that has been kept in silos where they use mercury to decontaminate it...
So what is 'bread'? A loaded question...

But, as preppers, perhaps the most relevant question is how feasible is 'bread' as an option before, during and after a TEOTWAWKI event?
Get your good quality grains now, for kamut found in a pyramid lasted thousands of years [literally], but the grains you can get nowadays may have a much much much shorter lifespan...
Title: Re: bread
Post by: Yowbarb on March 28, 2017, 11:01:45 PM
I don't really consider bread food... and i know how that sounds in today's world.

At the local 'health-food store' one can buy these 'Essene' breads made from sprouted wheat; now that is food! And a single slice of that will really fill you up. (I'd be eating it now, and stocking up on it, were it not that a 'loaf' [much smaller than regular bread] sets me back € 3; granted, one loaf will last 2 days, but still...

A long long time ago... i learned that sourdough bread can be hung to dry and then kept for a very long time. When one wishes to eventually consume it, it is to be moistened and shortly heated and presto!, instant (real) bread.

Now, what most people [sic] call "bread" is made from white flour that even rats won't eat... and that has been kept in silos where they use mercury to decontaminate it...
So what is 'bread'? A loaded question...

But, as preppers, perhaps the most relevant question is how feasible is 'bread' as an option before, during and after a TEOTWAWKI event?
Get your good quality grains now, for kamut found in a pyramid lasted thousands of years [literally], but the grains you can get nowadays may have a much much much shorter lifespan...

Yeah, I posted topics here about the Essene bread etc. Great stuff.
I recommend some of the kamut sources already posted...
Title: Re: your survival diet
Post by: Yowbarb on March 28, 2017, 11:04:35 PM
i personally feel this is a good time to start practicing (with) one's intended diet during and for a while after the coming tribulation. After all, November will be upon us before you know it...
And, yeah, it takes a while for one's G.I. population to change. But what if the (kind of) rice you're eating isn't good for you? That's important to know.

Just last week this friend told me that South African wine gives him a headache but wine from Chili does not... No change in habits, just a subtle change of source can make a big difference.

Great ideas...
I have noticed wine from some countries will give me a headache others not.
Some coffees act like a food for me and give me some strength not just hyper energy...
It does take some experimentation...
worth making note of and stocking up, for sure. :)
I think Many of the South American countries are really down on GMO that can make a big difference. Maybe that is why your friend can consume the Chilean wine...
Title: Re: GMO
Post by: Socrates on March 29, 2017, 03:50:30 AM
Mexico has said "no to GMO" in a real way. Thank God... [we have much to learn from Mexican culture].
With many many Mexican farmers growing heirloom varieties of corn, Mexicans have felt a real threat from 'western' GMO interests.

Corn is a grass and the Tarahumara are an ancient culture [pre-Spanish] everyone would do well to look to for inspiration and information on how to survive on little. [If you haven't read Born To Run yet, i really encourage you to do so.]
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: ilinda on March 29, 2017, 05:37:02 PM
Dropped another pound. Not really dieting. Haven't had any bread or buns in the house for awhile...
Congratulations!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on April 03, 2017, 04:14:45 AM
:)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on July 17, 2017, 02:44:33 PM
I added the bulletproof coffee to my morning routine, in fact, that is ALL I need or want for the first few hours of the day. (Socrates posted about it and that was the first I had heard of it.)  :)
Although that is a big dose of fat, first thing, I am losing weight, not gaining. Lost: 6-8 pounds...
I don't consume carbs the first few hours. I do not count calories nor do I deprive myself of food.
That just would not work for me.

Instead of trying to be mainly vegetarian, I deliberately added fresh-caught Atlantic salmon, fresh-caught Atlantic white fish, canned sardines, herring, etc. to my diet. Omega 3 foods.
I can afford the fresh-caught fish (only) because I shop at ALDI markets where i can get a bulk pack, really good deal.

I am a "grazer" food addict, so I allow little meals throughout the day. Organic hummus, crackers, or a yogurt a bit of cheese; a small serving sardines crackers, mustard.
I (do) indulge in some candies, cookies or whatever I want, just not in the first few hours of the day.

Working for me, and I just need to not go overboard on the protein my body does not like too much but doing better WITH the fish and egg protein.

What I do intend to do  is work back in those good things I used to do. I am not doing a green nutribullet first thing, so I think I will get the coffee down me earlier, then have a green veg and fruit drink.
also my body likes things like the Japanese miso and tahini, sesame seeds, other non-meat protein sources so I will be taking the time to prepare those things more again.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on August 11, 2017, 09:50:22 PM
I dropped a couple pounds...
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on August 11, 2017, 09:54:16 PM
Correction of post , my Reply #284 on: July 17, 2017

I said fresh caught fish, I meant wild-caught (Atlantic salmon, frozen.)
Title: Re: bread
Post by: ilinda on August 12, 2017, 05:56:34 PM
I don't really consider bread food... and i know how that sounds in today's world.


A long long time ago... i learned that sourdough bread can be hung to dry and then kept for a very long time. When one wishes to eventually consume it, it is to be moistened and shortly heated and presto!, instant (real) bread.

Now, what most people [sic] call "bread" is made from white flour that even rats won't eat... and that has been kept in silos where they use mercury to decontaminate it...
So what is 'bread'? A loaded question...

But, as preppers, perhaps the most relevant question is how feasible is 'bread' as an option before, during and after a TEOTWAWKI event?
Get your good quality grains now, for kamut found in a pyramid lasted thousands of years [literally], but the grains you can get nowadays may have a much much much shorter lifespan...
Must have missed this post.  Glad you called attention to sourdough bread, as that's all I make anymore, except for some occasional sourdough flatbreads, and sourdough crackers.

The sourdough starter I keep lasts much longer than years ago when I "followed the directions"!  Whatever directions I had said that each time I remove a blob of sourdough starter, I should replenish with more flour and water.  Well, I replenish with "potato water" and more flour (freshly ground spelt berries).  The potato water is what is drained off of boiled potatoes.  After cooling, it is stored in glass jars in freezer. 

Now that I no longer use water, but instead potato water, the culture seems to last longer, and doesn't "go bad" as in the past it would occasionally do.  Also, it can go longer in between bread batches, meaning the starter can sit on a counter for weeks at a time.  Further, the baked bread lasts a LONG time with no mold growing. 

One key is make absolutely certain that the lid is tightly sealed, or fruit flies, etc., will get in, lay eggs, and you'll have the most disgusting batch of maggots you'd ever want to see.  Good if you have chickens, I guess.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: R.R. Book on August 14, 2017, 05:16:31 PM
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sourdough bread can be hung to dry and then kept for a very long time. When one wishes to eventually consume it, it is to be moistened and shortly heated and presto!, instant (real) bread.

Does this mean that dried sourdough bread can be stored away in buckets, or would it be best left hanging up?
Title: Re: dried sour dough bread
Post by: Socrates on August 14, 2017, 07:58:28 PM
ya leave it hanging
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on August 15, 2017, 12:13:09 PM
I dropped a couple pounds...
Lost more weight... not counting calories. Not cutting fat. I do not consume beef nor pork, added the fish with its fat and butter. Coconut oil.
Cut down on carbs - but hey, I still have  a bit of chocolate, frequently in evening, also oat cookies etc. Jam or jelly.
Doc said coconut oil really bad. Helping me lose weight would indicate it is not bad. My lab work will say something definitive.
Blood pressure surprisingly good range last visit. Weight is down 36 pounds from highest point last year.
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: R.R. Book on August 15, 2017, 01:22:54 PM
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Doc said coconut oil really bad.

He was probably thinking of hydrogenated.  Congratulations Barb on losing that much weight!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: ilinda on August 15, 2017, 03:17:05 PM
Yes, congrats on your weight loss, blood pressure and no doubt feeling better.  Thirty six pounds is a lot.  You go girl!
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on August 15, 2017, 11:56:54 PM
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Doc said coconut oil really bad.

He was probably thinking of hydrogenated.  Congratulations Barb on losing that much weight!

Maybe he was thinking that. When my doc does that (she is usually great) I just go "Uh-huh."
:)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on August 15, 2017, 11:58:55 PM
Yes, congrats on your weight loss, blood pressure and no doubt feeling better.  Thirty six pounds is a lot.  You go girl!

Thanks...it does sound better when you say it. I still feel like a lardbucket but better. :)
(It's all in my midsection.) Not able to exercise like I used to with knees and lower back...
but surgery is ahead and should be able to do more. :)
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: ilinda on August 16, 2017, 04:26:54 PM
Yes, congrats on your weight loss, blood pressure and no doubt feeling better.  Thirty six pounds is a lot.  You go girl!
I still feel like a lardbucket but better. :)
You are hilarious!  (Still laughing--not at you, but at your terminology.) 

Hubby used to refer to his childhood self as "Daddy's Little Fatty".
Title: Re: Losing weight: A place to share successful actions, tips and ideas
Post by: Yowbarb on August 17, 2017, 04:09:39 AM
Yes, congrats on your weight loss, blood pressure and no doubt feeling better.  Thirty six pounds is a lot.  You go girl!
I still feel like a lardbucket but better. :)
You are hilarious!  (Still laughing--not at you, but at your terminology.) 

Hubby used to refer to his childhood self as "Daddy's Little Fatty".

That is cute! :)