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CHOLESTEROL BUSTER!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

If you read my previous blog entry, "Try This Simple Plan", you'll see what my goal has been concerning the food I eat.

I had my cholesterol checked in early December, and while it was within the "good" range", for ME it was higher than usual. So I began to do two things: AVOID SWEETS and cut down on starches.

Avoiding sweets was the most difficult and I worked at it the hardest. And succeeded. I haven't had anything that could be called "sweet" in so long that I never even think about it anymore.

I did manage to cut down on starches a little, maybe, by adding lots of raw veggies to my diet, but I still had bread and rice and pasta often.

What I did NOT do is worry about red meat or fat. I ate steak and roast and bar-b-qued pork ribs. I use real butter and sour cream. No margarine, nothing "lite" or low-fat.

I just had another cholesterol test and my TOTAL cholesterol has DROPPED FORTY-SEVEN POINTS! Yes, 47 points. In THREE month's time - Dec 9 to March 9.

My HDL went UP 14 points - HDL UP is good.
My LDL went DOWN 62 points - LDL DOWN is good.
My Triglycerides went DOWN 6 points. My trigs were so low anyway (56 then; 50 now) it really didn't matter.

My conclusion: Yes, it's true. Sugar is Evil, lol. Tastes soooo good, but doesn't do anything good for your body.

If you read some of my blogs from late last year to now, you'll see I've been doing a lot of reading about some cutting edge research and I'm convinced we've been fed some harmful information about fat and starch and sugar. But I'm not trying to push anyone to believe me, I'm just reporting the cold, clinical numbers.

AND, I'm smiling. A lot!

Karen

I'll bet no one has ever told you that you need a little more sugar in your diet, hmmm?

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/12/2012 3:02PM

    Getting rid of all the junky sugary foods really does make a difference. Congrats on the great lab results.

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/12/2012 1:50PM

    Karen, that is great. You need a TV show.
Kay

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DGAIL51 3/12/2012 11:11AM

    Wow! 47 pts in 4 months is huge! congratulations!!! Conquering sugar is no small feat.... no wonder you are smiling. emoticon emoticon

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ZEEDRA 3/12/2012 10:19AM

    Amazing!
Good for you, Karen!!!

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FISHINGLADY66 3/10/2012 10:27PM

    emoticon I am not a sweet eater, never have been and have never had a problem with my cholesterol. I'm happy for you getting a grip on your sugar too. I know you feel better too. (((Hugs)))

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GABY1948 3/10/2012 5:31PM

    Karen, I know exactly what you are talking about...I think it is on my sparkpage when I first started spark the results of my tests....they had told me I was "diabetic" (the doctor now tells me I am NOT)...that is why my top 3 things are FIBER (and more than the 35 grams they advise, and WATER...I drink at least 16 glasses each day...and EXERCISE...if people would listen to you and I we would ALL be HEALTHY! GOOD for you! I have missed your blogs! HUGS, Gaye

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PJSTIME 3/10/2012 3:47PM

    That is terrific news for you. My sweet tooth still bothers me some:)

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DEMETERSCO 3/10/2012 3:22PM

    Terrific news!

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CEILIE2 3/10/2012 3:09PM

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Well done!!

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EARLYBIRDM 3/10/2012 2:44PM

    Amazing! Good for you!

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VINGRAM 3/10/2012 2:38PM

    47 points?!?!?!? emoticon emoticon vista

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Try This Simple Plan -

Monday, February 27, 2012

Replace starch and sugar with non-starchy veggies as often as possible. Put them on your “MUST EAT” list and you won’t have much room left for the starchy, sugary stuff.

Your body will thank you; your blood work will be better; you’ll feel better; you’ll lose some weight. When you slip up, just try again next meal. Eventually, you won’t miss the starch and sugar and you’ll have a strong, healthy habit that will stick with you.

Now that I eat this way, I don’t worry about counting calories or fat or carbs. I just focus on all the varieties and combinations of non-starchy veggies I can come up with. Raw, roasted, in the crockpot, whatever. I eat whatever protein that appeals to me as well as nuts and fruit. I have a little of the starchy food on weekends. I almost never think of sweets anymore. I feel great!

You don't have to be perfect with this, but the more you head that direction, the better off you'll be.

Remember: You've probably never been told you need to eat more sugar!
You've probably never been told you are eating too many veggies!
There's a reason for that, lol.

  
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SILLYHP1953 3/13/2012 11:03AM

    Sounds like an excellant and doable plan.

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MADAMES 2/28/2012 5:59AM

    I sort of do that, but I will thoughtfully do that for a while and see if I can make more of a difference. Thanks!

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MAMABUGAZ 2/28/2012 2:13AM

    Great advice!

~ Faith

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CHARLOTTE1947 2/27/2012 8:10PM

    I have been resisting eating a strawberry tart that I made yesterday. Thank you for the pump up. I'll let my son enjoy it instead.

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PATTYCAKE17 2/27/2012 6:00PM

    sounds like a very sensible plan to me!! emoticon emoticon

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DGAIL51 2/27/2012 4:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you are a WINNER!!!

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NELLJONES 2/27/2012 3:11PM

    That's what exchanges do. If you look at the "bread" list there isn't any sweet stuff, just corn, peas, pasta, potatoes, rice and the like, and all measured out. But green veggies are UNLIMITED...a glorious word to any weight watcher!

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ZEEDRA 2/27/2012 2:16PM

    Thanks, Karen. Good, straight-forward advice. My present experience is nowhere near there but I remember what it's like. I feel it's a matter of getting up one morning and saying: "Enough is enough!" and then doing the right thing.
Happy that you are in the groove.
:)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/27/2012 1:59PM

    Great advice and the more I follow it the better I feel! I love veggies and I work on avoiding the sugars, breads, cereals, candy, cake, pie, doughnnuts, etc.

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FISHINGLADY66 2/27/2012 12:45PM

    Yep! That's the healthy way to eat. I am gradually changing my diet. You are an inspiration to me. I'm glad your eating healthy and feeling great. Have a wonderful healthy week. emoticon
You color my world.

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VINGRAM 2/27/2012 12:23PM

    Gotta get back on track!

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JEANNE229 2/27/2012 10:53AM

    I have been doing this, and it is paying off in pounds lost and energy gained.

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GABY1948 2/27/2012 7:47AM

    emoticon advice, Karen! And SO SIMPLE...as always emoticon emoticon

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PJSTIME 2/27/2012 7:28AM

    Thanks glad you are feeling great. I love my veggies.

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REDSHOES2011 2/27/2012 6:18AM

    emoticonadvice..

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/27/2012 6:04AM

    Karen, that's great. I am glad that you feel so good.
Kay


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After Retirement

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Returning to work after being retired for 5 years draws a lot of comments. Everyone seems to think you really need money OR you are bored out of your skull.

In my case, neither is true. I have never been bored. Never. I don’t remember ever sitting around thinking “I don’t have anything to do”. I enjoyed all my friends and family and interests and the freedom to wake up each morning and choose what I’d do today. I was fortunate to have more than one stream of income when I retired and had no problem living within my means with some left over.

I’ve always been a very hard worker. I ENJOY working. I miss working with the public – the sometimes grouchy, unhappy public (especially when you work in the criminal justice system) and the often fearful public, confused about what to do next.

I also missed the satisfaction of a job well done – a sense of accomplishment in completing a task. You may not realize it when you have been working all your life, but you do face a challenge of sorts at work every day, and you tackle it, resolve it and go home with the right to feel you have done well.

A few jobs have been offered me over the past five years, but I was still de-stressing. Most of the pain issues I had with my back and hip went away and I know the rest and swimming and other good exercise helped heal me. So when this job was offered to me, I thought about it overnight, consulted with a few people close to me, and accepted it.

I knew I’d be really tired at first, maybe for 2 or 3 weeks. I am. The first few days were really tiring, but exciting as well. I’m 5 days into it now and beginning to feel normal again and my body is not complaining much at all. I look forward to going in every morning, and yes, I’ll be looking forward to my first paycheck. It goes in my “house fund” for various projects this year, starting with a new privacy fence.

So, while I wasn’t bored or destitute, I was missing some “satisfaction” and knew that if I didn’t take my chance this one last time, I might miss it all together. I’m 63 and will probably enjoy working for another couple of years, so why not?

Besides, I believe the Universe keeps offering me these opportunities for a reason. Who am I to resist?

Karen




  
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JUSTJO66 3/5/2012 10:05AM

    I am glad that you are doing soemthing that makes
you happy...afterall, that is what life is all about.
For me...I'm still wanting to be retired. I don't
think I'll ever get tired of being home but that
comes from someone who has worked since I was
15. We'll see, I'm counting the years until
I can retire.

Jo

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BELTONWALKER67 2/18/2012 10:22AM

    Congratulations on a new chapter of your life. I think each day is an adventure in itself whether you work outside the home or busy with day to day activities. You just never know what's around the corner. I was due to retire last September at 65 but made the choice to continue on for another two years, then we will see! Enjoy your life!

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IFATFIRST77 2/4/2012 6:29PM

    I think I would have made the same decision, hope you enjoy it Karen!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/3/2012 3:06PM

    I have been offered a few jobs along the way too and considered them but decided I covet my freedom too much. It sounds like you thought this out well and it will work for you.

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MAMABUGAZ 2/2/2012 12:31PM

    Good for you, Karen.

I "retired" in 2008 at age 46, after losing the 3rd job, within 6 years of having MS. Being in the world of the not-employed was a difficult transition for me. However, I have tried a few part time things, and, due to various reasons, I have been unable to find something that seemed like a good fit for me.

I have also volunteered, usually an hour or two a day, pretty regularly since 2008. Finally, after about 3 years, I am beginning to feel fairly comfortable with who I am as a non-employed adult. Although, in my head, I have realized, from the start of receiving SSDI, that many adults might LOVE to be paid by the goverment for not-working, and would LOVE the freedom of being able to plan how to spend those new-found free hours in a day, it was difficult for me to give up working, because I had also always enjoyed that.

Over time, though, I have begun to accept emotionally (and not only recognize cognitively) the "blessings" that accompany being the the world of the disabled and SSDI.

However, that is still not what I would have chosen, had I been given a choice in 2008.

Good for you, for being able to return to an employment and for being able to enjoy re-experieincing job satisfaction.

~ Faith

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DGAIL51 2/2/2012 10:53AM

    Karen, you are an asset wherever you are & to all those fortunate enough to be in your circle. I love your positive attitude. I am considering some part time work, but will have to bone up on current regulations (healthcare). I have kept my license with continuing education credits, etc. but would have to go through quite a process to get back into the field (for my own comfort level). I get calls often about positions, but only this week got news of one I might consider. I have only just become a little restless very recently. Until then, I have been quite satisfied to be retired. Like you, my health has improved, but I still have issues. A lot to think about!

You continue to be an inspiration & I am glad you are having a great time. And, what fun to dream about the home projects! I do love my home improvement projects!!! lol. (DH is often a little fearful when I get that "look") LOL

Donna

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FISHINGLADY66 2/2/2012 10:28AM

    I am so happy for you Karen. I'm 68 yrs. young ( as of yesterday). I have been retired, so to speak, for 10 yrs. now. I am so busy with rental property, It's like having a job...Wait..... It is a job. LOL The cleaning, painting, paper work, record keeping and all keeps me busier than I would like. LOL Like Kay said: It helps keep us young. Congratulations on staying young. (((Hugs))).

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JUDY1676 2/2/2012 10:10AM

    I'm glad you are happy with a return to work. As for me, I am getting a lot of satisfaction out of doing my volunteer work. (And I do not want to have to get up and moving in the morning!) It's great we can make our own choices!

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SILLYHP1953 2/2/2012 9:48AM

    I love your attitude and think the universe knows what it's doing!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 2/2/2012 9:42AM

    Very interesting blog. I am seriously considering retiring next January--only 11 more months. I don't know whether to gleefully start the countdown, or dread the prospect. I have a lot more ambiguity about this decision than I thought I would. I honestly believed that I would retire at the first possible moment. I will be 62 next Jan. and can begin drawing on my SS, as well as my retirement fund, so money should be adequate--equal to what I am making now. About 3 1/2 years ago I went to a 4-day week. That has been so wonderful--taking every Friday off and having a 3-day weekend. I get most of my errands done on Friday and then still have my weekend to do what I want.

But I just keep thinking, "What if I regret my decision to retire?" It's not like I can have this job back after I retire from it. And I'm afraid starting a new job would just be too stressful for me, after spending the last 35 years in THIS job. I do have plans to do some substitute teaching after retirement. I took a class last Fall to get my teaching certificate updated, now I need to attend an orientation session and I'm all set. But the thought of standing up in front of a classroom full of kids makes my stomach churn. That's how nervous I am about trying it. Even thought I wanted to be a teacher, went to college 40 years ago to be a teacher, and even spent a year as a teacher aid (or para as they all them today), I never could get a job as a REAL teacher. I remember loving student teaching and the teacher aid job wasn't bad either, but if you think a teacher's pay is low, you oughta see how much an aid makes--NOTHING AT ALL!

Anyway, it was interesting to read about how you loved retirement, but also loved to work, and now you have gotten to do both. Good luck!

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NOMIS1 2/2/2012 9:36AM

    good for you.

As for me, I love being retired and really can't relate but it seems a perfect fit for you.

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VINGRAM 2/2/2012 9:29AM

    This is a blog I can definitely NOT relate to! There is nothing I miss about going to work. I love my retirement!!! Love it, love it, love it! However, the blog was well written....and I am glad you are doing what you feel you need to do. vista emoticon

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TOASTIE 2/2/2012 8:30AM

    This is a nice blog -- I hadn't thought about the parts of the job that I would miss. I love my job, but I know that I could retire and not run out of things to do at home. You raise a good question for me: would I be as satisfied?

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GABY1948 2/2/2012 8:28AM

    I'm about in the same situation as you, Karen, age and all...and I understand totally what you are saying. You GO, girl! Whatever makes you happy! I think that is awesome! I agree with Kay, it will keep you young! emoticon

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PJSTIME 2/2/2012 6:42AM

    I am so glad this opportunity presented itself to you. It was destiny and besides that the "house fund" needs to grow so you can fulfill some of those things you want to improve on your house. I'm jealous that you are working at a job you enjoy. That doesn't happen for everyone.

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/2/2012 6:34AM

    Karen,

I'm glad that this job makes you happy. That the important aspect of life. Being happy will keep you young.
Kay

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A Quote, A Tale & The Moral of the Story

Monday, January 23, 2012

QUOTE:

"THERE IS A TIDE in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their lives is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea, are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our fortunes." - - - William Shakespeare

TRUE TALE:

I had a little bird in a cage. A cardinal that someone had trapped and kept locked up all his life. They hadn't taken very good care of him, and I was his rescuer.

I fed him and took care of him as best I could and one day I took his cage out into the yard and opened the door. Nothing happened. I left him there all day with the cage door open. Nothing.

Finally, I took him out of the cage and put him in a tree. He flew to the top branch. Hours later, I went around the back of the house, where I had dumped the cage. It was lying on its side in some weeds. The door was open and the little bird was inside.

He had been in his cage so long, he couldn't leave it. He died in it.

MORAL:

Is there something in your life you're waiting to do? Remember, "There is a tide..."
Don't let Opportunity pass you by too often. Face your fear and take your chance. It is said that people regret most the things they never did.

  
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SAMMIESMOM13 2/2/2012 9:54AM

    Great blog. Sad story. No more words, just alot of thinking!

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JUSTJO66 2/1/2012 2:14PM

    Great sad story. Thanks for sharing.

Jo

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MAYKATCOOPER 1/31/2012 7:57PM

    Poor little birdie... so beautiful and so horribly scarred. We need to remember that those who appear beautiful on the outside are perhaps in more pain than we can imagine. I know that was not the intent of the tale but touched me deeply. Thank you Kren. You touch lives!

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FISHINGLADY66 1/27/2012 4:08PM

    Great Story. Thanks for sharing.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/25/2012 1:37PM

    Devil's advocate here. LOL. I get the moral and agree that we should never allow fear to keep us from doing what we want to do.................................
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But I also wonder about the bird. LOL. Did he die immediately when he was given freedom or come back to live in the cage and die later?

Sometimes a cage is not viewed by people in the same way. To some free-spirited individuals marriage is a cage and to others it's a pleasurable way of life which they choose.

It could be that the bird had become happy living in the cage. I wouldn't like it but then I choose to be married and live pretty isolated in my "cage" in the country. I'm content and have no desire to leave. Adventure to some is danger to others.

For instance once we left one of the cage doors open to our chinchillas. This cage had 3 females in it. A mother and 2 daughters. In the morning Bun, the mother, and Wheeler, one of the most adventurous females in the group were out running loose getting into everything. Blocker was content to stay in the cage and have it all to herself. I guess she had everything she needed and wanted there. She has always liked her cage. Eventually she ran the others off so she could have it for herself. LOL.

One man's palace is another man's prison.

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SILLYHP1953 1/25/2012 9:42AM

    Hmmm...

The sound of thinking.

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ZEEDRA 1/24/2012 10:09AM

    I've had many of those tides come in when I've stayed in the shallows. And, yes, I now regret more what I didn't do rather than what I did do.
While I say: It's never too late, I also think that the muse or something in us dries up after a time if we don't tend it. It's like the "raisin in the sun" from Langston Hughes. Some of us have become so good at avoidance that any activity, other than the every day mundane, becomes excruciating.
Most people I know do not understand this and I'm slowly training myself to just shut up.
However, as I'm sitting in my nightgown at 11:03 on Tuesday morning (after NOT going to Elderobics once again), I see this wonderful, understanding blog...from Shakespeare via Karen. And the little bird story...it represents many of us.
Thanks for this important message, Karen.

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VINGRAM 1/23/2012 8:53PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing and the thought provoking! vista

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DGAIL51 1/23/2012 8:47PM

    I needed to hear that just now, these past several days especially. I love the way sometimes just the right words come our way.

Thanks. emoticon

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CAROLJEAN64 1/23/2012 8:41PM

    Terrific story. Thanks for sharing.

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CAROLYNVIL 1/23/2012 7:27PM

    great story

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JUDY1676 1/23/2012 7:12PM

    Thanks for sharing the story. The moral is well taken.

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GABY1948 1/23/2012 6:06PM

    Karen, this is VERY moving and makes me think more than any of the other blogs I have read on fear...but my heart breaks for this little bird! HUGS

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ASHIELIZZ 1/23/2012 5:21PM

    What a moving story! Thanks for sharing.

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IMHO

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

In my humble opinion –
There are two major things you can do to speed yourself along the road to a healthy weight and a healthy body.

AVOID SWEETS.

Sugar is evil! Yes, it tastes good. It is also addictive. Eating sugar makes you want more sugar. Your body doesn’t need it. Do an internet search for "Is sugar bad for you?" and start reading.

I doubt that anyone has ever said to you, “I THINK YOU NEED MORE SUGAR IN YOUR DIET”, lol.

I’m not telling you to search out every gram of sugar in a can of green beans. I’m asking you to avoid SWEETS, DESSERTS. You know what they are. Don’t eat them. Also, find a substitute for every sugary drink you slurp into your body. Sodas, “health drinks”, coffees laden with syrup and sugar. LIQUID is the FASTEST way to CONSUME THE MOST CALORIES. How long would it take you to eat enough healthy food to equal what you can DRINK that is loaded with sugar? And how fast is it to drink it?

Pop some sugar free gum in your mouth when you want sweets and drink some ice water with it. Make it a new habit.

ADD VEGGIES

No matter what diet or way of eating you prefer – low carb, high protein, low fat, low calorie – doesn’t matter. You can always ADD non starchy veggies to it and be more successful.

I’m not saying you can’t have some green peas or a potato now and then. I’m saying just focus on ADDING NON-STARCHY VEGGIES to your diet. Really work on it. Be creative with salads. Add fresh veggies to your canned soups, rice dishes, frozen dinners, etc. Put them on a cookie sheet, spray them with olive oil and roast them. Think about it every day. WHAT CAN I ADD TO MY FOOD TODAY that increases my consumption of fresh vegetables?

I doubt anyone has ever said to you, “I THINK YOU’RE EATING TOO MANY VEGGIES”, hmmmm?

We wake up every day a read about something else that has been “discovered” to be bad for us. That doesn’t happen to veggies – unless they are sprayed with DDT!

Non-starchy veggies are wonder foods. They are good for blood sugar, blood pressure, your liver, your pancreas, every organ in your body, including your largest organ, your skin. EAT MORE of them.

I’ve been eating a large salad for dinner every night. At first I got tired of salads. Then I became more creative. I try every green leaf that is sold in the produce department! I add sweet yellow, red and orange bell peppers, crunchy carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. Artichoke hearts. Zuchinni. Bok Choy. I use a spoon of vinegar and a spoon of olive oil for dressing. Garlic and onions. I add legumes sometimes, tiny pieces of feta or blu cheese. I try everything and now I’m addicted to this large crunchy salad every day. If I’m eating out at night, I have the salad for lunch.

More than anything else, eating all these vegetables has changed the way my body feels. These plants are making my body happy, lol. I still eat steak and ribs and chicken once or twice a week. But my focus is on the veggies.

The less I consume sugar and processed foods and the more I eat lots of veggies, the better I feel!

Try it! What can you lose?


Karen

  
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FISHINGLADY66 1/18/2012 3:39PM

    Fabulous Blog Karen. I have my LARGE salad for lunch every day. If I feel I need some protein with it, I eat a hard boiled egg. The more leafy greens I have the better. Chick peas, or Garbanzo beans, are really good on salads too. I also like canned beets, drained and rinsed, I'm always thinking of variety in my salads. They say "Variety is the spice of life". Thanks for posting this Healthy Blog. emoticon emoticon
I clicked on I liked this blog.

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HOPE4THIRTY 1/18/2012 12:59PM

  great post!

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ZEEDRA 1/18/2012 12:39PM

    Great reminders. How many times do we have to read and hear this until we "get it"? For me: it's not over...I wish I could have a micro chip implanted in my brain. But, I'm glad that I have this site with people whose opinions I respect to drive it home to me and maybe today will be the day. Well, at 1:37 p.m., I've already succumbed to a "treat" but had a healthy lunch and breakfast. Thanks, Karen! I'm going out to walk now...second time today so far.

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VINGRAM 1/18/2012 11:37AM

    I like to add cole slaw mix to stews and soups - adds almost no calories and ups the veggie count per serving! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/18/2012 10:28AM

    I do the same thing. I gave up drinking anything with caffiene, sugar, or calories years agi with the exception of milk. I eat lots of nonstarchy veggies a day.

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TOOTERFISH 1/18/2012 10:16AM

    Fabulous post.
I follow these philosophies too. You explained this wisdom very well. Really nicely written.

another important one for me is Drink Water. I believe the hydration part is also important in any health program. Only in rare instances would you be told to drink less water.

Three cheers for veggies - Captain Vegetable would be proud :)

**came back to say - I clicked the Like button on your blog (my first time ever doing so) because I believe what you have written here should be shared with everyone - it's like Common Sense

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BELTONWALKER67 1/18/2012 9:18AM

    Great info! I love the veggies and need to try more varieties! I do get most of my sweet stuff from the fruits I enjoy. Like PJ, I can't bring those Lays Chips home or the binging begins! Never tried Kale...will have to pick some up next grocery trip. emoticon

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DGAIL51 1/18/2012 8:53AM

    THANK YOU!!! I really need to work on the adding more veggies. Adding fruit is no problem for me & I do like veggies. I think I don't like to take the time to prepare them when I eat alone. I just need to get over that & just do it. Next grocery shopping trip, I will concentrate on the veggies.

I do get a lot of carrots-- in my breakfast fruit and yogurt smoothie. It really adds to the flavor. I love carrots & celery as crunchy sides when I make chili. I love sweet potatoes, cooked dried beans of any kind, but those are strachy. I have work to do to add more "fresh" veggies.


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--KREN 1/18/2012 8:47AM

    IMHO, the only way to manage chips is NEVER BRING THEM HOME, LOL. I did like kale chips. Extremely light and crunchy. Joe, however, spit them out! Karen

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TUFFYBIRD 1/18/2012 8:45AM

    I'm not overly fond of sweets and I love veggies so that helps - a lot. My downfall is startches and salt ... like PJ, the chip bag is my big temptation.

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PJSTIME 1/18/2012 8:15AM

    I don't have a problem liking veggies I just get in a rut and need to try new ones. I am going to try some kale this week. Breaking them in small pieces with some olive oil an a little salt. They say they are delicious and crunchy like chips. That would solve a huge problem and keep me out of the chip bag.

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GABY1948 1/18/2012 7:47AM

    GREAT advice, Karen, as always...I agree with you so much! But, for me, I want to add things sweetened with artificial sweetener of any kind. I just can't have it...I binge every time! HUGS!

P.S. Already, when I have my one Kashi frozen entree each day, I add one or two servings of veggie like green beans and it not only makes more of the Kashi food I love with their spices, but I get the veggies!

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