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Hi! I'm 61 years old, 5'3", mother of two grown sons, retired, and happily married. Here's my "Sparkpeople History" in a nutshell...

5/1/09 I found SparkPeople! I followed the program, ate in range, tracked my calories and exercised. By mid August, I had lost 20 pounds and got to my original goal weight of 125 pounds. That fall, I stopped exercising and tracking my food consistently. Over the next 12 months, I regained almost all of the weight (18 pounds).

Hi! I'm 61 years old, 5'3", mother of two grown sons, retired, and happily married. Here's my "Sparkpeople History" in a nutshell...

5/1/09 I found SparkPeople! I followed the program, ate in range, tracked my calories and exercised. By mid August, I had lost 20 pounds and got to my original goal weight of 125 pounds. That fall, I stopped exercising and tracking my food consistently. Over the next 12 months, I regained almost all of the weight (18 pounds).

8/26/10 I went back to tracking my food and I back to exercising regularly. My program is simple: burn at least 200 calories a day in cardio exercise and track all my food.

1/15/11 In November, I decided to start tracking what I call my "Seven Daily Goals." I blogged about them every day. I reached my new goal weigh of 130 about three months later. I became very consistent with tracking all food. I also became much more consistent with cardio exercise. I do a variety of things to keep me moving. I think it's different this time around, because I don't plan to stop tracking or exercising ever!

3/1/11 I'm back at my goal weight and have decided to stop tracking for a while. I know I'll go back to it because it works so well for me. For now, I'm taking a break from it and will do that as long as I stay in my goal range.

9/15/11 My father just died...he had dementia and I have been taking care of him for the past three years. This summer was particularly hard and I regained 15 pounds between May 1 and today.

1/2/13 My husband is retiring in June and we have decided to go on an extended self-supported bicycle tour around the perimeter of the US and then onto Australia after he retires. The thought of biking around the US carrying everything we need for over a year on our bikes gives me plenty of incentive to exercise now to get in shape!

8/14/13 I just found out I have a very aggressive form of breast cancer. Our bike ride is now on hold. I'm fighting for my life.

My favorite sayings are:
If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average.
- Unknown
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
- Unknown

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL is going ballroom dancing tonight....hope I remember how!
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Member Since: 5/1/2009

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My Goals:
8/15/13--to be healthy and alive five years and beyond from today.

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Eating clean, daily walks outdoors, meditation, being part of a strong support network

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Right now, my top priority is to be a long-term breast cancer survivor.

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7/12/2014 5:14:19 PM

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7/11/2014 12:38:41 PM

You can do so many things in the dehydrator. If you make some raw food you can warm it up gently. Crackers, tortillas, cookies, make rice, pie crusts . . .

With cookbooks I too often find I have to adjust things to my taste. Once you get the process down of making a few meals, flavor adjustments get easier to figure out.

The lemon grass helps cancer cells to explode.

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7/8/2014 10:21:25 PM

Thank you for the kind comments. I have been doing some raw off and on for the last 15+ years. I am hoping to stick to it longer. The more recipes I try out the more committed I become. With the exception of winter. I know I will need some warmer foods. I won't eliminate it due to the positive effect it always seems to have on me. My gut is sensitive too. I have a hard time absorbing green salads. It passes through unchanged sometimes.

Work got in the way of raw foods. I am finding my way back to it. It's calling my name. Any amount of raw foods is helpful as you have found from juicing. Dr. Brian Cment said 2 years of all raw is best for difficult issues. Then he says you can add in some cooked.

There is many forms of raw. People can get snappy and rude online defending their beliefs. I think we need to consider if we are healthy or not. I am not so I limit the fruits somewhat. The sugars are supposed to promote cancer growth. Lots of nuts should be limited too I have heard. I read that 3 times a week is Ok. Always soak nuts. I think you have to really listen to your body to analyze what works for you. Some people advocate all fruit. I tried that one or two years ago. I did the raw food bootcamp online. It gave me a terrible case of endless runs. It was not right for me.

I am enjoying the nut milk kefir. I think it is helping my digestive system. It still is not 100%, but it is improving. The bloat is going away. My mind is clearer and my energy improves drinking it. I read that the probiotics grow like crazy. They are said in latest research to pull out toxins and chemicals out of our body. I also think the good fats in this is helping my brain as I have clearer thoughts shortly after drinking it.

I use an Excalibur dehydrator. The reason is because it has a temperature control and timer. That is important to the process. It has a reputation of being one of the better ones at maintain a consistent temperature. There are now stainless steel models available. When I purchased mine they were plastic.

I use them to make crackers and cookies. I sprout wild rice in it overnight to soften it. It makes it a cooked consistency without the heat. The wild rice makes a delicious taco salad. I have tasted other recipes where they made a Greek salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and other stuff. I don't know the recipe for the Greek salad. But the Mexican taco one I do. When hubby and I went to the Living Light Institute restaurant in Ft. Bragg we sampled many of their foods. It is in the book The Raw Revolution Diet. I plan on trying out more of her recipes. Her seasoning with the Mexican taco wild rice recipe was perfect. Most books I have to adjust the seasonings. She also had some plans which helped you to get the proper amount of nutrition, protein, etc. Something other books don't have.

I am exploring recipes online and in the books I have. Some I make up myself. Things like cookies and crackers are very easy to make. I blend a mix of nuts and seeds to make a flour. Then I blend vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, with water to make a slurry. I pour this on to the flour. I don't use pulp as the nutrients are extracted into the juice. I want full nutrition. I add in spices to season. I love smoked paprika to add a bar-b-q flavor. Sundried tomatoes, onions and basil, dates, salt along with water to make a slurry. When it is the right consistency it is like a pancake batter. Taste it. Make the seasonings strong. The loose the potency as they dry. I have made onion flavored crackers, Italian seasoning. . . The variety is endless. Sometimes I make some plain ones out of blended flax seeds. They are good for dipping into dips or spreading peanut butter on and top with berries or bananas. You spread the mix on the trays. Line them with teflex so the crackers don't drip

Cookies are easy. I used unsweetened coconut, some maple syrup or soaked dates to sweeten, salt, and what ever flavoring I want. Peanut butter, chocolate chips, etc. Adding in nuts like cashews gives it more substance or almond butter. Once when hubby was craving gingersnaps, I found a recipe online that was close. I did adjust the seasonings though.

Corn chips and corn tortillas are easy. I use frozen corn blended to make a slurry with some dates, psyllium, corn meal or the tamale flour. You can form them into circles to dry. If you let them go a long time they turn into corn chips.

I am gradually adding in a dinner with greens and some kind of sauce. The sauces are easy to blend in a vitamix. Again I am experimenting with recipes. Living on Live food by Alissa Cohen has some good stuffed mushroom recipes, tuna (no meat), so many good ideas. She has some companion videos which I recommend. It is very explanatory about how to make the foods. The books and DVDs can be found on Amazon used for a fraction of the new prices often.

I love Raw Food Real world. 100 recipes to get the glow. It is a bit more complicated. A restaurant that I used to go to made their foods. Their chocolate ganache oh, I gave you that recipe is to die for. I modified it with the MCT oil. They have a Tai wrap that is delicious.

I will post more recipes as I explore books. Often I find I have to adjust the taste a bit to meet my expectations on other books I have found.

I am glad you like the lemon grass. Research shows it makes cancer cells explode. I like that vision. The research was done overseas. They use the tea of it and lemon balm, and possibly lemon verbena. The lemon grass what was tested for the cancer killing abilities. They use it along with chemo. I like the way it makes me feel. It zaps pain away.

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7/8/2014 7:06:05 PM

Not that far apart. I'm in Monteagle just off I-24. Thank you for your kind words. It felt good to put those words out in public. A step forward.

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