Hi I'm in my mid-40's and, although overweight, I have managed to avoid hypertension and type II diabetes. Gosh, I must have strong genes! Anyways, not wanting to tempt fate, I figure it's about time I start making healthy food choices. Especially since I have noticed a connection between how I feel and what I eat. MSG, artificial colors & flavors, caffiene all make me feel awful... from a general lethargy to (if I consume enough) irregular heartbeats! And don't even get me started on saccarin, aspertame, or sucralose... just one serving of any of these will give me a headache and extreme GI upset. Yeah, even if I don't know it's in there... so with sucralose being available for home cooking now, I really avoid pot lucks (because at least the saccarin & aspertame you can taste & avoid!!
I have read Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live! and Eat for Health books cover-to-cover... more than once... and now I'm going to apply what I've learned.
My goal is to follow the Eat to Live dietary plan and to incorporate a sensible fitness program into my life. I want to see just how fit this old body can become. (Not sure I'll ever be borrowing my kid's skinny jeans... but we'll see, LOL!)
90% of my calories will come from fruits, vegetables, beans & legumes, with small amounts of nuts, seeds, avacado, and starchy veggies/whole grains. No more than 10% of my calories will come from animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) or foods which contain refined sugar/flour.
Cardio 4-6 times/week
Strength Training 3 times/week
Qigong & MFR Unwinding Daily
I'm in my mid-40's. I live walking distance to the awesome lake whose picures are in my gallery... an off-road trail literally leads from my backyard to this beauful lake. My significant other died 2 years ago of heart disease, so that's a big motivator for me to take care of my own health! I have a couple teens living at home, a couple of big dogs, and a whole bunch of adult step-kids & grandkids.
I'm a massage therapist specializing in Myofascial Release as taught by John Barnes, PT. If you have chronic aches/pains or limited range of motion, I'd strongly recommend you google this technique & seek out a practitioner in your area. It's an amazing approach to relieve chronic pain and dysfunction!
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