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Time frames for changes in my eating habits

Sunday, October 23, 2011

With all of the positive changes that people are seeing, I have been asked a lot when I started eating a plant based diet.

May 2011-began eating clean
July 2011- started a more plant-based diet
August 2011- mostly vegetarian
October 2011- mostly vegan, realized that "treating" myself to animal products isn't really a treat

Another question I have been getting a lot of lately is "Don't you miss eating (fill in animal product here)?"

I truly do not miss anything. I do not feel deprived. The way I feel after eating (fill in animal product here) is not well. The time it takes for my body to recover from it is not worth it.

I wish I had changed my eating habits years ago but I am so grateful to be where I am now with my lifestyle.

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ABB698 10/27/2011 10:58PM

    So glad your new eating habits have made you feel so much better, not to mention, you look MAHVELOUS Darling! :) emoticon

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BISCO_ 10/25/2011 1:14AM


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KALIGIRL 10/24/2011 8:45AM

    so glad it's working for you!

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TENNISJIM 10/23/2011 7:58AM

    Thank you for sharing your story. Well done and remember you changed your lifestyle for yourself and no one else.

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SUGARBABY60 10/23/2011 4:04AM

    Tell people that you don;t miss LOOKING the way you did either! when I see the photos you have posted of yourself there is such a difference. You look HEALTHY skin glows excess fat is gone (Now those little chipmonk cheeks were cute but ....) Now you look so healthy and athletic your self esteem is up you look younger in a healthy way (not ment in a child like way) I am just proud to know a friend that has taken such a proactive stand in her own health and people in the HEALTH field should be a lot more sensitive to healthy eating (I am speaking of your co workers). I don;t think you get a lot of support from your coworkers unfortunately,I am glad that FUN supports you and your choices for health. Keep on going you are a fine example and people need that to look up to .

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REDSHOES2011 10/23/2011 2:16AM

    emoticonDo what makes you feel okay.. Take it up to revision when you feel like it.. No one else is you, keep exploring yourself..

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Paxil withdrawals

Friday, October 21, 2011

I have suffered from depression for most of my life and I have been taking Paxil for over 15 years.

Since eating a more plant based diet and working through my past, I have been feeling that maybe I do not need Paxil anymore. I spoke with my doctor about it and she encouraged me to cut down on my dosage. I cut my dosage to half 2 weeks ago today. I hate the withdrawals. Absolutely hate them. The headaches, the black out sensations that I call "pings" when I move my eyes and/or head too fast, the constant wondering if I am reacting the same way I would if I were not adjusting the medicine and I am sure there are more that I don't realize right now. *sigh*

The side effects make me wonder if I am doing the right thing. I know once my body adjusts to this dose I am going to have to cut the dosage in half again. Then it will start all over.

I really hope these symptoms do not last much longer.

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BISCO_ 11/2/2011 3:56PM


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    Doing nice things for you and yours = nicer life. Simple and very effective. I was once told the secret of an interesting life was to do interesting things (including thinking about interesting things). Walking in nice places is a "cure" for almost anything - and if you happen to be walking with someone you enjoy being with - then happy days...

Nice knowing you and good luck with getting better...

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LIV2RIDE 10/21/2011 9:40AM

    My girlfriend had the same problem last year. It took her a good 3 months to work through it completely. She finally ended up having to go on a less potent medication and is fine now. I hope you can get through it! Hang in there.

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KALIGIRL 10/21/2011 8:37AM

    Sorry for your symptoms - emoticon on your bravery!

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ABB698 10/21/2011 2:16AM

    Hope you get it figured out soon Hil! You need to do what's best for YOU and makes you feel like you. Hang in there. Maybe a tropical vacation will make you feel better! emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 10/21/2011 1:04AM

    hang in there
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Places we took my mom (in pics)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Torrey Pines State Park

Hillcrest Farmer's Market


Back to Torrey Pines for some beach time

Siagon Restaurant where my mom tried Pho for the first time (she didn't like it, that was when Fun told her she can not live with us when she retires because she doesn't like Pho)

Old Towne

Will share more soon :)

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BISCO_ 11/2/2011 3:58PM

    Thank you so much for sharing pics!!! You know I LOVE to see pics of places I've never been............. emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 10/20/2011 9:47AM

    what an awesome trip! Hope she had as much fun as you did.

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ANATASHIKI 10/20/2011 3:52AM

    I confess I had to google pho emoticon sounds good and interesting . I'll try to make it , I have tons of vietnamese rice noodles . could you ask Fun for a recipe , please? and ask her if those noodles who don't need boiling are good.thanks ! emoticon emoticon

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FITNFUNJEN 10/20/2011 3:17AM

    Looks like you've been having a great visit with your mom! Torrey Pines is one of my favorite place to hike! So pretty!

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ABB698 10/20/2011 2:07AM

    So glad you got to show mom all those beautiful sights. So pho is a deal breaker for Fun, huh? LOL I'm so excited for your trip to Maui! Miss u

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TABBYARTS 10/20/2011 12:02AM

    Thanks for sharing. I like how you caught the shadows of the palms in your pic of Coronado. That is funny what Fun said to your Mom when she tried Pho!

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Mom's visit 2010 vs 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I went hiking once
Went to the gym once
Walked around the neighborhood once
Gained 5 pounds
Emotional wreck

Stuck to my ST goals (twice a week)
Stuck to hiking goals (twice a week) and exceeded it
Body boarded once
Lost 1.5 pounds
Emotionally content



What a difference a year makes!

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DS9KIE 10/23/2011 10:07AM

    emoticon work

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DS9KIE 10/23/2011 10:06AM

    emoticon work

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ABB698 10/20/2011 2:57AM

    You have made such positive changes all around Hil!! Your hair is getting so long, which proves its been too long since we've seen each other! Miss u

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TABBYARTS 10/20/2011 12:04AM

    The pictures tell the story! Good for you GIRL!

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LIV2RIDE 10/19/2011 9:38AM

    emoticon You can see the difference in the pictures. I'm so glad this was a great visit. I hope that you had a great time. It looks like you did. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 10/19/2011 9:05AM

    An emoticon difference!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 10/19/2011 8:53AM

    So glad you had an awesome visit with your mom and stuck to all of your goals! You look happy and fantastic!

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ANATASHIKI 10/19/2011 8:15AM

    great progress and you look great!nice smile! emoticon emoticon

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LISAGOULDIE 10/19/2011 3:12AM

    I think your pictures are awesome. Great success story. Keep reaching towards your goals.

Comment edited on: 10/19/2011 3:14:20 AM

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Yay! I found some dressing recipes that were delish (no nutritional info included)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My fav is the Agave OJ- yum!

Rasb vinegarette


1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp agave
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I did not use oil so I added some salt and water to try to balance out the vinegar)


Add all ingredients, except oil to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Slowly add oil until well combined.

Agave OJ


1/4 cup Agave (Fun thought it was too sweet so I will be using less next time)
1/4 cup orange juice
3 T and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/16 teaspoon salt (recipe called for 1/4 which I thought would be too much)
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard

combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight lid; cover and shake well.

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DS9KIE 10/23/2011 10:03AM

    yum emoticon

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KALIGIRL 10/18/2011 1:29PM

    Way yum! Can't wait to try. emoticon

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SUGARBABY60 10/18/2011 4:54AM

    this looks tasty! emoticon emoticon

enjoy your time in Maui.

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ABB698 10/18/2011 2:23AM

    Sounds delish Hil! I would think the oj one wouldnt need much agave at all, love citrus. Enjoy! I still want some if that pizza you make. I'm gonna e-mail or text you, there is some lotion I need from Maui, o was wondering if you'd mind picking it up for me? Will be in touch, hugs!

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ANATASHIKI 10/18/2011 2:09AM


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