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11/23/12 7:18 P

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11/22/12 4:34 P

Good point. (We aren't on any meds.) It's also possible to take too much. I believe that especially people who have issues with thin blood or blood clotting need to be careful. My understanding is that Omega 3s help with keeping the cell walls flexible and while that's important, and normally nowadays we have too little of it, too much is definitely a bad thing.

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11/22/12 4:32 P

Thank you very much :) So much to read!

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11/19/12 3:17 A

Where it comes to supplements, altho' they are generally really good, and I use Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements myself, IF you are on any medications it would pay to check with your Dr first because there are some meds that they are unsafe with.

Kris

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11/19/12 3:14 A

Yep - THIS website :-)

Go to the toolbar above and in the Healthy Lifestyle section are loads of EXCELLENT articles on Nutrition, Fitness and Motivation - all written by well qualified people - Dietitians, Personal Trainers - I may as well give you the link to check these experts out - LOL!
www.sparkpeople.com/community/residentexpe
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Between them and us, your husband will soon be properly on his way :-)

While on SP it would pay to check out the Success Stories in the "Community" section of the toolbar above.

I would also suggest that you both use the Nutrition Tracker (you will both need to be members for that, tho') and enter all of your food into that so that you have the tools to stay on track :-)

I hope that is of some help to you !
Kris

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11/19/12 3:05 A

I happen to be reading a book called "Anticancer" by Schreiber, and although I don't completely understand it--will have to reread--apparently not having enough Omega 3s can make weight loss more difficult. So that's an easy first step, adding lots of freshly ground flax seeds to our food, and a little grassed beef, etc.

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11/19/12 12:38 A

I confess that I'm not joining for myself, but for my husband. I wanted to ask for a little guidance I could give or use for him, and I couldn't think of anyplace more suitable than SparkPeople, which I'd heard people describe glowingly many times in the past.

After becoming one of those 'green smoothie cult' people, and being influenced by Joel Fuhrman's "Super Immunity" (though not at all hardcore about it), I went on an elimination diet (basically you eat a very simplified pure diet for awhile, and slowly add foods back into your diet to see which ones are causing you problems). I'm in the later stages of that diet now. My husband has been eating with me, green smoothies and elimination diet and all. While I've been struggling not to lose too much weight and to gain weight in healthy ways, at the same time he's still slowly gaining weight. Granted, he does have occasional indulgences that I don't have (occasional restaurant breakfasts, slices of pizza, movie popcorn, etc). He gets more exercise than I do as he walks a fair bit, but he still doesn't exercise deliberately.

The thing is, he can adopt some simple ideas and make some simple changes, but this isn't a guy who's motivated to read some gung-ho dieting book, and especially is not motivated to do an extreme dieting regimen like Fuhrman's "Eat To Live." He doesn't have a very large amount of weight to lose... he isn't around as I write this, but I think it's around 15 to 40 pounds. But I think the guy needs to read something that will help him gradually lose that weight and get more fit. Something that he can think about himself and be motivated by, but which is not drastic (our basic diet is already super healthy, at this point) or complicated. Do you know any books or websites like that--about longish term weight loss or maintaining with whole foods and a general healthy lifestyle? Preferably simple, short, and clear?

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