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1,065 9/9/13 8:46 A
I know some people probably think I'm crazy because I'm at a healthy weight and still don't generally drink alcoholic beverages and I generally turn down sweets and choose entrees as restaurants that seem plain or "dietary" (like griled chicken dinner or a grilled chicken salad).
But other than these changes that I have implemented many years ago and stuck with, I have not added any new thing like avoiding processed food or stepping up my fitness program to where it takes more time away from other things I enjoy doing. I do think that some people can never find a healthy balance of moderation.
Those of you who say you "feel better" as vegans or vegetarians, I don't have a problem with that, but I'm 54 and I'm at a healthy weight, don't take any medications, have a low resting heart rate, and I feel great. I think for me it would be a little "crazy" to make any big changes to what I am already doing. We really don't need to obsess over our health habits once we find a reasonable balance that seems to work for us.
the only comments I have gotten are "You are too skinny" or "how many miles have you walked today".......as I walk a lot. If people don't like my life style then they can........"get some tissues and deal with their issues about my life"........It's mine and not theirs.....
I started my weight loss and fitness journey decades ago, but people have pretty much always thought I was crazy lol, so the focus on fitness and weight management hasn't fazed them much.
Moving in new directions.
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9/8/13 9:48 A
@Jennilacey - I actually got one interesting reaction to lifting weights as well. It was a friend who was sure I would certainly start looking like a man within a couple months and cautioned me against it. Well it's been over a year and I definitely don't look like a man, but she still seems concerned.
People have some interesting preconceived notions about some very healthy things! Ha.
Fitness Minutes: (930)
9/8/13 9:41 A
@Meowzy: I have noticed a change! I have been at it about 6 weeks. I have eaten no red meat during that time. I have only eaten chicken twice, and seafood a handful of times.
I have been feeling a lot better, and I think it has been clearing my skin up a bit too which is a nice side effect. I have dealt with some mild-moderate acne since I was in middle school (I am almost 23 now), and it looks like it has improved. I haven't looked into it a lot yet on whether cutting down meat could be having that effect, but it has been the only major change I have made so I am assuming that it is.
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9/8/13 9:40 A
I haven't had that experience in my eating habits. I'm generally pretty relaxed about the foods I eat. I aim for 7+ veg and fruit a day, I don't eat much grains (never had, personal preference) other than oatmeal and I usually have a whole grain bread product once a day. I eat meat anywhere from 1-2x per day (chicken and seafood, occasionally pork tenderloin. I've never liked red meats). I eat a lot of dairy (yogurts, cottage cheese and other low fat cheeses) except milk, for some reason I can tolerate dairy products but not plain cow's milk so I use almond milk.
The biggest change I've made is that I make virtually all my meals from scratch and very little foods that are premade and prepackaged.
I don't eat out much at all. So when I do, I have whatever I feel like having. I just take half home with me.
I'm really not overly strict about my food choices and believe in moderation. I don't have off-limit foods. I aim to get plenty of protein, a low-moderate carb intake (mostly veg, fruit, legumes and some whole grains), a high-moderate fat intake. I watch my sodium and added sugars for the most part. Nothing too out of the ordinary and I certainly don't aim for perfection.
What I have received strange looks over is when I tell people I lift weights... apparently, in the real world... that's strange for a woman to do. My doctor was even taken aback and actually sort of chuckled to himself about it. Not impressed. :/
ETA- I love black beans but I have had some black bean burgers I made sitting in the freezer for about 6 months now, untouched. I just didn't care much for them. I love salmon burgers. If I'm going to do a burger, that's what I have. I use black beans (and chickpeas) to make brownies. They are awesome! Amazing texture. Thought I'd share:
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
That may seem off topic, but it is relevant. People expect me to do "odd" things. They're not surprised when I stop eating processed foods, make my own bread and hummus, go hiking regularly. They're surprised when I do normal things, like shopping or watching tv. So this has been wonderfully helpful as I try to live a healthier life. I don't really have to explain anything.
A lot of people still get defensive though - I haven't eaten much meat since I was 18 or so, and still my brother and my father obsess over it, as though I'm somehow diseased. That's their problem, though. I think when you start living in a healthier and more sustainable way, a lot of people feel you might mean it as a criticism of their own habits. So - even as they get used to it, it doesn't go away entirely.
9/8/13 9:31 A
When they saw me weighing every single thing I eat, even things like ketchup...
Have you noticed any change so far? I've been vegan for a while now and it definitely makes me feel waaaay better... I have some friends that agree that not eating meat makes them feel happier :) and they're not even vegan...
- Danny :) Mexico City (CDT)
Fitness Minutes: (930)
9/8/13 9:22 A
When I started started this process I just started going to the gym 5 days a weeks. No one thought that was strange.
Then I started cutting out processed foods. When that portion of this journey started I would get some interesting looks from my friends when I would turn down certain things.
Now I have cut down on my meat intake pretty drastically. I was having meat with almost every meal, and I am trying to see how I feel cutting back. When I do eat meat it has mostly been fish. Now friends are starting to look at me like I have grown a third head. If they want to go out to a burger place, and I have the black bean burger I get those looks as if I have transformed into an alien life form. Ha.
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