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This is my work station everyday that I work from home. Awesome!

Daughters and me (middle) on our spring break to Greece in 2009.

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Plant Strong.

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 Pounds lost: 19.5 

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Member Since: 1/18/2009

SparkPoints: 24,189

Fitness Minutes: 30,226

My Goals:
Run a 10K in April, 2012 and the Chicago Half Marathon in September, 2012.

Increase my HDL to greater than 60 through increasing my exercise (aerobic and strength training).

Reduce my LDL to under 100.

My Program:
I am a Plant-strong vegan now. I am a student of Caldwell and Rip Esselstyn, Joel Fuhrman, and any person who has been living a plant-strong life successfully.

I am training for a 10K in April, 2012 using a treadmill at home.

I am also working on strength training at the gym and trying to attend 3-4 times per week.

Personal Information:
I live in the Chicago, IL area. 52 yo. Three kids ages 25, 23 and 18.

Other Information:
I love to read and often listen to audible books on my ipod. I love yoga and used to do more of it when I was smaller!

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Member Comments:
3/5/2012 11:24:20 PM

Thank you for the beautiful flowers. It is a lot harder to lose weight the older we get. I am glad you found the vegan diet to work for you. I have found zumba. My knees may not like it, but too bad. I was never big on exercising until I found this. I would like to be able to get more upper body strength, but I am too intimidated to go to the actual gym. One of these days I will get my nerve up. Keep up the good work

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1/23/2012 9:50:54 AM

Thank you for your encouraging comment on my blog. I am hoping to achieve the same type of success you are having with the low fat vegan diet. I've read Joel Fuhrman's books, and the Engine 2 and Dr Esselsyn Diets online and have the Forks over Knives book. I am a little conflicted on the use of the healthy fat foods like nuts, seeds and avocado but I am using them in small amounts and we shall see what happens with my cholesterol numbers.

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10/11/2011 10:18:21 PM

Thank you for the compliment on my new haircut on my blog! You should go for it! The new 'do' has made things so great for me these last few days. I was worried about the whole double chin and neck chub issue but I just said forget it. I need this and I'm so happy I did!

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10/11/2011 9:44:29 AM

Thank you for your comments on my blog entries. Nice to find someone else who is eating plant-strong. I have never eaten so much and lost weight so fast as I have eating this way, or felt less deprived. Plus I no longer weigh or measure foods or count calories (altho I do mentally limit the amount of nuts/seeds & whole grains I eat, and also stop eating when I am full - not stuffed).

During my E2 Immersion, there were questions about green smoothies (or just blended foods), protein powders and juicing. The E2 take is no to all of these. They don't recommend juicing or smoothies because of their concept of 'satiety'. Studies show you don't get as full drinking your food as you do eating it (ie an apple keeps you fuller than a blended apple (aka applesauce). As far as vegan protein powder, if you are eating enough of the recommended plant foods, they don't think you need any. Dr. Esselstyn's plan is 'plant perfect', which means avoids all nuts and seeds too. The E2 version allows the use of nuts & seeds (limited if you need to lose weight).

On the other hand, Dr Joel Fuhrman (who wrote Eat to Live, and Eat for Health, which I am now reading), actually has a chapter on green smoothies (or blended salads, as he calls them) and says juicing is a good way to get more nutrient dense food into your diet. He recommends a limited amount of nuts & seeds daily, but limits your servings of whole grains to 1-3 per day (whereas E2/Dr E & McDougall would probably say you should about 2 servings of whole grains per meal, being more starch based diets).

I think it comes down to knowing your own body and how you would be best able to maintain eating plant-strong or nutritarian for the long term (I finally settled on using the phase "plant-based nutrient-dense eating" to describe what I am doing when I talk to people.) As I'm still need to lose weight, I'm limiting both nuts & seeds (& avocados) as well as more processed whole grains (like breads & pasta). I also probably don't eat more than 4-5 servings of whole grains per day on average. I fill up on cooked and raw veggies, bean soups, oatmeal, fruit.

Several times a week I still have green smoothies or juice. I like to use a veggie juice like carrot/celery to add to my soup for liquid. As far as the pulp, if I'm juicing for soup, I throw most of the pulp back into the soup for added fiber. Depending on what the fiber is, other times, I throw it into veggie burgers for the same reason (mashed kidney beans, oatmeal, veggie fiber, a few tbl of tomatoes or ketchup or salsa and spices - then cook in a pan (don't bake) - is one of the recipes they showed us at E2 (except I add in the veggie fiber if I have some). I've also used carrot, zucchini & apple pulp in baking. The rest goes into the compost. I have to say, I make green smoothies more often than juices now, just because of the waste factor you mentioned (plus it is easier, especially with a Vitamix).

Hope that helps.

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8/6/2011 1:12:23 PM

Thanks for the note of support on my blog entry.. Each day a new one ... THANK goodness!



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