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Diets, Diets, Diets... (faint scream in the background...)

Friday, July 18, 2014

That would be my scream in the background.

I had to quit my vegetarian diet. I developed ulcer in my mouth (or canker sores). This is due to lack of amino acids. So I have added meat, beef, chicken or fish, for dinner every other day.

Today I am visiting a nutritionist. I hope she can set me on a right path.
I am so confused with eating!

One says meat and vegetables only, one says vegan is the way, one says vegetarian is the correct eating, then there is the gluten free, the low carb, the high protein, raw food, paleo, blood type ... My head is reeling from all the so called experts and their diets. I know they are ALL good and ALL work for the people who swear by them, but I have not found what works for ME.

I have the feeling that a balanced diet is best, especially after the bout with my mouth.

I will let you know how it goes!

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PGHP31CK 7/21/2014 8:50AM

    Hoping that the nutritionist will be able to help you sort it out!!

Cheering you on!

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CBEVNOW 7/20/2014 12:48AM

    what stage are you in CKD. Do you not follow a Kidney diet prescribed for you?
the best to you. Cherry's are very good for CKD.

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DIANESKATZ 7/19/2014 8:40PM

    Linda, I really do think that moderation is the key and eating whole foods from all the groups. Personally I don't feel good on high carbs but I do eat GOOD carbs in the way of veggies and some fruits. As we get older I think we get food intolerances. I know I have. Can't eat some of what I used to. I try to buy organic whenever I can. I eat berries, nuts, meat, fish, chicken and veggies. I never eat from a box and rarely from a can unless it is tuna. I've been loving the cherries in the store! YAY FOR CHERRY SEASON. How long does it last?

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STRONG_SARAH 7/18/2014 4:26PM

    In case you're interested, I'm seeing a nutritionist here in Italy and she gave me a good plan. I've translated here:
It is working for me. I like it because it's simple and doesn't eliminate any one food group. It's HEAVY on the veggies. She advised me to eat a pound a day of vegetables, that's a lot, but they fill me up and I'm losing weight, so that's what counts.
Good luck!

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DIANNEMT 7/18/2014 2:28PM

    Some nutritionists are great--some are not--remember, half of them graduated in the bottom half of their class! LOL I will agree that balance makes the most sense!

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TRESSWANN 7/18/2014 1:42PM

    Be careful with nutritionist. I went a few years ago when my mobility issues started. She was recommended by a friend. And I know you'll appreciate this one Linda. She didn't accept insurance and was $350 first session, $175 thereafter. Her take no coffee, sugar white flour or dairy. there was more. I thought it bizarre and so did my phalanx of doctors. And yes she was registered.
I am a Libra. I believe in balance

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LJCANNON 7/18/2014 1:32PM

    emoticon It can drive a Body crazy trying to figure it all out! I think recognizing that the "Right" Diet for someone else may be All Wrong for You was a Great Step. Talking with a Nutritionist is even Better!!
emoticon Let us know what you find out.

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KAREN-IS-HERE 7/18/2014 1:19PM

    no food is off limits, every food is limited

balanced produce, whole grain, protein (which includes dairy) and healthy oils is a good deal for healthy types. Special diets are for special health needs.... and water rule is half your weight measured in LBS = ounces so me at 158 LBS should have 79 ounces of water anyway.

sugar and grease especially deep fried anything and too many cakes aren't good for any diet (special or not)
also calories count, I keep mine just below 2000 and try to eat four times daily-

Good luck with nutritionist - your plan to take a professional's advise sounds fool-proof

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MISTYDAZE42 7/18/2014 1:18PM

    balanced diet and exercise is what works for me, Just have to stop thinking so much and just start doing, the hardest part is finding what makes u happy. i eat what i like up to a certain calorie then I'm done eating for the day and make time 6 times a week for workouts. Good luck hope i helped a little.
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Regrouping And Renewing Again And Again

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I admit I had three days of bad eating starting July 4th at the party. Then it continued for two more, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
So, once again, I regrouped yesterday... why not Monday? Well, Monday I did eat healthy, but had many things to do. So yesterday, I looked up charts and body type and frame sizes and what is the maximum I could weigh. I am going for that right now... my maximum weight. So it turns out that I need to lose 49.5 pounds for my large frame.
I had watched this story on PBS about a female Olympic power lifter. She wanted to join the coast guard, and was a large frame, but weighed 110 pounds over their maximum allowable weight limit, which was 193 for her. So I looked up what I should weigh according to the coast guard and then I found online a couple of other charts that were more reasonable than the old insurance charts you had to go by. I discovered that ideal weight I originally was going for may be too low for my age, and now I have a more realistic picture.
I also wonder why the Coast Guard allows a higher weight than the old insurance charts for women? Maybe the answer is muscle... what do you think?
For example I know that most women wear a size 14 instead of a size 4. These are real women and not what you see gracing the fashion magazines and runways.
At my thinnest, I wore a size 10 and was skin and bones! I did not look good. 14 is the best size for me and now I wear an 18W. By the way for you who don't know about plus sizes, a 14W is larger than a 14, about a size. So if you go by that, I need to lose four sizes and since I am larger at the top, 5 sizes at the top!
I feel better about it all now after measuring myself, all over. I don't like the measurements, but I now have a realistic picture of what I truly am and what I need to do. Before, I left out this crucial step. As I do my Aqua Fit, now I can know if I am losing inches.
So there you have it. Have you taken your measurements? You probably have, but if you have not, I would recommend it!
You might be wondering why I have not had this revelation before now after being on Spark for so long. You see, my thoughts have been on getting healthy and getting off some medications. In 2012, I was concentrating on life because I had a scare that I had a stroke. It was not a stroke, thank you, Lord! It was stress, so a nervous breakdown. Anyway, I have been over all that health stuff before and you can read about it on my page.
Wish me luck as I start over!... again...

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/15/2014 7:53PM

    life is a series of new beginnings . . . . each day holds limitless opportunities cleverly disguised as impossible situations.


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PATTIEMCD 7/13/2014 3:36PM

    I had just read an article regarding the BMI Chart and Insurance Weight Chart guidelines.....long story short...throw them out.
Have you read anything from Mark Sisson online? I get his emails.
He provides a wealth of healthy info.

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TRESSWANN 7/12/2014 8:18AM

    Linda, I looked for your blog and I am glad Idid. You know I have had a thing about sizes. Me, I am going for the 4 or 6. But like you said, the charts shift. I know weight watchers won't take me because according to them for my height and age, I m at the right weight -NOT. I look seriously pregnant. So I am voting with you on measurements.
And I am so glad that you are liking aqua fit. It definitely tones. Doctor, PT and DH say I have to limit it - bummer.
You are going to do great

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KAREN-IS-HERE 7/10/2014 11:36AM

    emoticon I've been eating around 2000 calories which creeps me up to 160 -that's about 2 lbs into unhealthy BMI again... I use BMI Large boned -upper end of weight range because that's what the charts say if my wrist is such and such a size. I am size 14 but I'm not sure if that is 14w or 14, anyway... the point is I read your blog and want to thank you for being good to read.

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Racing For The Prize

Monday, July 07, 2014

What is the prize? Health! Besides eating healthy and exercising, there are so many things we can do for ourselves for health. One is to get into social situations with people you enjoy.
I got over my vanity and purchased a swim suit to take Aqua Fit. Also some friends from church are also taking the classes. That makes it nice to know some people there. I am getting to know others as well.
I am finding out that it is so beneficial! I also walk or get on the treadmill the other days of the week.
I plan to take Aqua Fit (or water aerobics) for a long time.
This lists some benefits.
One benefit is the calories that it burns! Another is it is good for anyone's fitness level.
Here are some ladies enjoying Aqua Fit.

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KAREN-IS-HERE 7/8/2014 6:17PM

    emoticon emoticon excellent

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TRESSWANN 7/8/2014 2:21PM

    so glad you are enjoying it! Doctor told me today to take it slow! :( and check with PT as to why I am so wiped out after

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Keep it positive

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I have been like this

but now, after spending the day with in-laws. I resolve to love what ever situation I am in.

I plan to stay active whether the weight comes off or not. AND I have been generally optimistic most of my life, but I plan to stay that way!

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IMAVISION 6/30/2014 3:03PM

    I enjoy your positive attitude!

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"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and honor Him. ~ Revelation 19:6b NLT

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I Discovered Something Today

Friday, June 20, 2014

Today I discovered I have been missing out on so much and it is my own fault. You see, my body image has got in the way of me living to the fullest.
Recently, spurred on by a friend at church, I purchased my first swimsuit in years! I think the last one was 20 years ago.
The reason for the new swimsuit is to take an aqua fit class or water aerobics. I bravely donned my swimsuit today and draped a towel around my neck, put on my flip flops and took the drive to the rec center.
I was greeted by the sweetest people! Guess what? Most of them are older than me and don't look any worse or better than I do!
This made me realize that this is truly it! No more vain thoughts, they only are hurting myself. No more waiting for life to happen when I lose weight. I am living life now! We only get one, so I am going for it! I hope you do too.

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IMAVISION 6/30/2014 3:06PM

    Excellent blog --- got me clicking on the "I like this blog" button.

It is a lesson so many of us had to learn --- better late than never, don't you agree?

God bless!

"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice and honor Him. ~ Revelation 19:6b NLT

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PGHP31CK 6/23/2014 9:40AM

    I'm proud of you, Linda!! Good for you!!

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CIERAPOET 6/21/2014 11:57AM

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That's a wonderful accomplishment Linda! I haven't purchased a swimming suit or had one since I was in the 6th grade! That has been because of a poor self image. Still working on it because I truly enjoyed being in the water. Thank you for giving us a PUSH!
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MSWILDROSE 6/20/2014 5:47PM

    emoticon I went way too many years without swimming. A couple of years ago I bought the top half of a tankini suit and more "short-like" bottoms. Now I swim!! emoticon

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