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Do You have a Sluggish Metabolism?

Friday, April 16, 2010

One way to tell if your metabolism is fast or slow is to find out if you are affected by the yo-yo occurrence.

One in every 14 people have genes for a fast metabolism whereas the others, such as myself, are among those of the 13 remaining that have a more sluggish metabolism. If that isn't bad enough, gaining weight actually increases the RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate).

Now here's something very interesting...for every 3 pounds of fat lost, the body will also lose 1 pound of muscle. Not only that, but the body burns about 9 calories less each day for every pound lost. That means that if I lost 20 pounds, 15 pounds would be from fat and 5 pounds would be from muscle. So if I lost 20 pounds, I would burn 180 calories less each day.

This is why exercise is important and why not exercising will cause the RMR to be even slower still.

Low calorie diets make things worse by causing the metabolism to drop even more. The body senses that there's not as much food coming in so it begins to automatically burn calories at an even slower rate. Moreover; just two days of a very low calorie diet will kick in the built in anti starvation defenses and it will become even harder to burn calories.

If a person goes on a really low calorie diet for a very long period of time, even vigorous exercise won't help a slow metabolism very much.

What this all boils down to is the yo-yo experience that allows us to lose a bit of weight on a new diet but also slows the RMR down causing a rebound to a weight higher than the one we began with.

My suggestion then would be to be born into a family with fast metabolism genes (good luck with that at this stage of the game) or try to rev up the metabolism you have.

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BEESPARKLE 4/26/2010 3:44PM

    Great info and today a Doc on T.V said the very same thing.

Just a conformation as what you have written.

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MZLADY77 4/17/2010 9:28PM

    True I like your information...Especially when eat low calorie or not enough calories puts your body into starvation mode. It is hard to lose weight like that and practically stay tired and hungry all the time. I have a friend like that and is hard to talk to her about that. I have encourage to sign on Spark people program. I guess I wait for her to make her mind up!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 4/17/2010 4:59PM

    Another great blog!! I love how you make it so easy to understand. I had a doctor tell me that many years ago in the 1990's when I was in the Optifast program through a local hospital. To be truthful, I thought he was just giving me a line of BS to explain why I was gaining weight on 600-700 calories a day!! I figured he was probably trying to just take any blame from the Optifast products and program. Now I know he really was telling me something valid as to why I have so much trouble getting rid of those pounds!


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DJ4HEALTH 4/16/2010 9:56PM

    emoticon emoticon Makes sense that when you go real low on food that your body will try to keep from starving by shutting down some functions.

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RANJINI4 4/16/2010 5:08PM

    wow,Honey bee!Really good info-i have to get back on my feet quickly !I have the slow metabolism by testing the ApoE gene and it is not fun at all! emoticon

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FOCUSEDDIANE 4/16/2010 4:55PM

    Hey, some weeks I wonder if I have a metabolism at all.

Excellent information! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 4/16/2010 4:32PM

    Thanks for such an informative blog! It confirms what I have suspected. Sometimes I wonder if I have a metabolism at all, it's so slow! LOL!

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The battle Continues (caution, whining involved)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I'm so grateful for the friends here in sparkpeople that don't mind reading and commenting on my 'whining' blogs. Even though I'm doing this for my own therapy, it's just so awesome that some people out there actually give a hoot! Thank you for that!
Most people don't want to hear (read) anything that isn't inspirational, motivating or uplifting. I however, live in the real world of hurt. Anyone wants to complain to me about something...I'm there for ya, because I understand.

I walked around the house pretty much all day yesterday without a cane. It was hard because of my left knee. Sometimes it doesn't want to straighten all the way and other times it won't bend without pampering. I can't imagine what's going on with that knee any more than I can imagine how therapy will help it without the doctor even knowing what the problem is. It still swells up occasionally too. It seems like the more I use it, the more it stiffens up on me. Does anyone out there in sparkland have a clue? I sure could use some input.

I have only just gotten my knee to let me walk with it without too much pain, but therapy for it is tomorrow. I hope it doesn't get worse again like last time.

I'm still determined to be walking without aid by July 4th. What I mean by walking is the ability to actually take a walk without the walker or the cane. You know, like most people walk! 82 days until July 4th!

I've been trying to keep our eating healthy and proportionate. I'm totally into whole grains, legumes and lots of vegetables and fresh fruit. Admittedly, I forget my fruit a lot of the time. But I'm working on that.

Yesterday for dinner I made RIGATONI the recipe follows if you are interested.
1 (8 ounce) package rigatoni pasta
2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans
1 can of diced Italian stewed tomatoes
1 cab if sliced mushrooms (I would have used fresh if I'd had any on hand)
2 clove garlic, minced
1/2 small onions, diced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
ground black pepper to taste

1. Cook rigatoni in boiling water until al dente. Drain, and set aside.
2. Drain and rinse red kidney beans; set aside.
3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Saute garlic, and onions with pepper and basil.
4. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, pasta, and beans, to skillet. Bring skillet mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until mixture is hot. Serve immediately.

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SUMMERSILK 4/17/2010 11:39PM

    Hi Dusty,
I hadn't noticed this blog before now or I would have shared my experience on that subject. When my knee first started bothering me I was having a lot of pain and I had trouble walking too. The specialist said it was osteoarthritis and recommended water aerobics in the arthritis class, so that's what I done. I hated putting this body in a swim suit, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! After a couple of weeks it was so much better that I did quit the class. It really did make a huge difference, I was really surprised!

I can't remember exactly how long I went before it flared up the second time. A long time I'm quite sure. Anyway, it got real stiff and I couldn't hardly bend it because it was swollen all the time. So, back to the specialist I went and he used a needle to aspirate the fluid, then they he gave me a shot of Cortisone in there. I'm not much on taking any kind of meds and especially steroids, but when it comes to whether I walk or not, I'll take the shot!

That done wonders for my knee until a few years later I fell and the pain got so bad that I had to go to the specialist again. They x-rayed my knee and at first they thought I had a blood clot, so they sent me to the ER, but there they finally determined that I had a Bakers Cyst. Apparently, when I fell it had ruptured and burst...lucky for me! About three months after that I could walk again without all the pain. It still gets stiff, but nothing like it used to! My legs and feet are what's hurting me now! Oh, well, seems like it's always something!

Btw, I think a real friend wants to know when you're happy and when you're hurting! God Bless you and I wish you well! :)

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DJ4HEALTH 4/16/2010 11:07PM

    You need to see a doctor about it to rule out arthritis. It almost sounds like my knee before I had the knee replacement done.

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HOLLY_ROSE3 4/14/2010 10:21AM

    Thanks for the blog friend! Blessings to you for a QUICK recovery, Have a GREAT day! emoticon

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 4/13/2010 4:30PM

    I've yet to find the whining, looks like you were just telling it like it is today. Can't help on your knee. I'm down today with my ankle and I have knee problems, too, but not to the extent of yours. Hope your knee gets better soon so you can achieve your walking goal.

Love the recipe--looks like one I can make pretty low sodium with just a few adjustments. Can't wait to try it!


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UMTONDO 4/13/2010 4:05PM

    Dusty ask your doctor if you haven't got bursitis (housemaids knee) I get it now and then that I cant straighten my leg without pain Just a query but it may be

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MEGANC1988 4/13/2010 3:52PM

    That rigatoni sounds yummy!

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    I like reading / hearing both sides. It's harder to appreciate a sunny day when there's been no rain. I always love debating both sides in my mind when I read or write something.

If it is arthritis, try 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar in 16oz water, it dissolves the uric acid crystals so that the body can eliminate it. I drink it in a covered cup with a straw that come out of the top, so that I don't smell it when I drink it.

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85 Days until July 4th!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

85 Days until July 4th!

When I first got up today, I was both surprised and amazed that my sciatica and my knee were both quite; meaning no pain. It lasted until I got out of bed, but it wasn't hurting me like it had been. I was and still am elated about that and I thanked God!

The more I did today the worse my pain got, but I plugged along doing things that HAD to be done. I fixed breakfast for us then started laundry (being careful not to pick up the laundry baskets) and then I began the task of cleaning my plant shelves that I have over my kitchen sink. I had to take off all the plants (mostly African Violets) and remove the shelves themselves so I could wash them. I also took the opportunity to wash the kitchen windows while I was at it. I can't get to the windows usually because of the plants and shelves.

For lunch today, I munched on cheerios. Poor choice, but that's all I could do because I was feeling the pain from all I was doing.

Dinner consisted of no-yolk pasta tossed with vegan Black Pepper Steaks and tossed lettuce salad with 1 tbsp of my no cholesterol low fat dressing.

I believe that I will reach my goal, to be walking unassisted by July 4th! I WILL do it!

I made some banana bread a couple days ago and it turned out very good. I have added the recipe to my blog because of several people wanting various recipes. If you like banana bread, you will like this. Its a nice rich full flavored banana bread and I was content to eat only 1 piece. I don't use butter on mine as some people do.

Moist Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe and Instructions:

Be sure to use very ripe bananas for this. Their skins should be mottled black and they should feel soft to the touch.

1 cup unsalted butter (I used oleo)
1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup honey
2 large eggs (I use ENER-G egg replacer*)
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Lightly grease two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
Beat together the butter, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the banana, honey and egg replacer, beating until smooth. Add the flour and nuts, stir until mixed. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and let it rest at room temperature, uncovered for 10 minutes.
Bake the bread for 50 minutes. Lay a piece of foil gently across the top and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool for 8 minutes before turning it out of the pan onto a rack to cool completely.

*Tip: when using ENER-G egg replacer, be sure to prepare it as directed on package BEFORE you begin the rest of your recipe. Also, use room temperature or warm water and mix until frothy.

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    Can't wait to try your recipe, thanks! Great **Independence** goal!!

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BVJANEY 4/12/2010 10:12PM

    Dusty, I certainly will add my prayers that you will achieve your goal. You are a strong lady who is very motivated. And thanks for the banana bread recipe. I LOVE banana bread.

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 4/10/2010 10:36PM

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I know how hard it is to function when in pain. I have days I have to push myself to walk because my back and hip pain is so bad. But like you, I just do what I can, and I know that it is helping us.


PS Thanks for the great recipe! I'm low sodium, so this will be a good treat!

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SHIRLEYX 4/10/2010 9:58PM

    You are going to acheive your goal! emoticon

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86 days until July 4th!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Yesterday was amazing! I hurt like the dickens but was able to amble around and even fix supper by myself! I made a simple vegetarian Black Eyed Pea Stew and it turned out delicious! I made each of us two small biscuits to go with the stew and was glad because they sure tasted like more!

I really enjoy baking goodies which was a real downfall of mine in the past; but now that I cook with whole grain flour and am practicing portion control, it's not so bad.

Cookies USED to be my big hang up. When the boys were here visiting from Alaska I made chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal cookies for them and I was surprised that I could just eat one and not have the rest as I had before! What a good feeling to be over that HUGE hump in my life! There are still cookies in the cookie jar and if they don't get eaten by someone soon, I'm going to feed them to my birds outside! I'm hoping my brother will come over and finish them off. He LOVES my cookies and ate about 8 of them last time he was here. He's the thin one of us kids, he got the only thin gene in the lot I guess because my other brother and I both struggle with weight issues.

Yesterday for breakfast I made oatmeal waffles with left over rolled oats using my sourdough batter. I made one apiece and they were so yummy! I had a tiny bit of pure maple syrup with mine, about a teaspoon full because I don't like the intense sweetness of syrups. For lunch, I had celery with almond butter. I measured out 2 Tbsp of almond butter so I wouldn't over do. I also had an apple (not a substantial lunch). I got hungry early in the evening so we had an early dinner. LOL

I was feeling pretty good about my achievements while fixing dinner when the phone rang; it was the clinic; the doctor told me that my insurance won't pay for an MRI without me first having physical therapy on my knee! Aaarrrgggh! Now the insurance company knows about my knee which means I have to go to therapy for it! I didn't know the doctor was going to check on the insurance! What I said to her was that "I'd" check on my insurance and see if it covered an MRI! Which I had no intention doing unless my knee got worse.

Now here's the thing I don't understand; the x-rays on my knee showed no arthritis, no cartilage loss and no bone damage so that only leaves muscle, ligaments or tendon that is the culprit of the pain. Just how can they know how to treat a knee in physical therapy if they don't even know for sure what the problem is? Is it a pulled muscle? Is it a torn meniscus tendon? Is all the physical therapy the same no matter what the problem is? Oye!

Other than that call, I was pleased that my day went so well!

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 4/10/2010 7:21AM

    Dusty, I have really enjoyed ready your current daily blogs. You will walk by July 4th. I know you well enough to know when you put your mind to something you will do it!!! Great job on not eating lots of cookies and eating right yesterday. I don't understand how they can do physical therapy when they don't know what's going on in there. What if the PT hurts or worsens something?

Have a blessed day!!


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1AVERY 4/9/2010 3:23PM

    Yeah Dusty I was going to ask for the waffle recipe with sourdough batter. YUM YUM.
I have always felt better for awhile after physio. Hopefully the therapist will know what to do I think the majority of the time it is just strengthening the muscles around the knee for most injuries.

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JMFOGARTY11 4/9/2010 3:11PM

    BTW, it is always the job of the insurance coder/biller to check out what your insurance pays for/requirements. Can't get around it. But I'm with you...how can they do therapy without knowing what's wrong?? They want you to have therapy before the MRI? That makes no sense to me. I would question both the doctor & the insurance company. Hopefully you are getting the full story.


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JMFOGARTY11 4/9/2010 3:07PM

    Oh please share some of your whole grain recipes with me! I am reconnecting with using them. I saw a TV show that uses beans (not applesauce or anything else)blended to replace the oil in things like chocolate chip cookies (white beans) chocolate cake mix (black or red beans)and they boost the protein content, keep it more moist than oil/shortening. Especially share the biscuit one...just saw a make a mix article on AOL today that has biscuit mix made with whole wheat, too. How have you been doing with cooking/baking with whole grains?


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TODAYSAGIFT 4/9/2010 3:02PM

    I've done the physical therapy routine, and I hate doing it. It's like exercise. emoticon

Hope you feel better soon. Happy Friday!

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NIELSENSLADY 4/9/2010 2:00PM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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87 days Until July 4th

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I don't really expect people to read these painful blogs; I'm basically writing for my own therapy because I find there is something therapeutic in writing; more than just to ease the mental faculties.

I actually felt better physically after writing the "I'm going to walk without pain by July 4th" blog. Yesterday I made myself do what I could but was careful not to over-do. The day went well except for sitting. Its really difficult to sit on a razor sharp jagged knife. Okay, so it's not actually a knife but it feels like it could be a knife; a knife that has cut into the nerve that goes all the way down my leg from my bum.

I hobbled about the house much of the day seeking a place where I could position myself that could offer some comfort; it was futile, but gave me some exercise.

I was careful trying not to eat foods that could cause inflammation (a precaution) and so I focused mostly on raw foods except for the oatmeal at breakfast and the kidney beans with my supper of tossed salad with both iceberg and romaine lettuce, a bit of red cabbage for color, finely cut carrot for more color, and some green cabbage shreds for added texture and flavor. I make my own low-fat cholesterol free dressing. Lunch was a teaspoon and a half of almond butter on whole grain sandwich thins (bread is cooked grain, but I figured one sandwich thin shouldn't reek any havoc) with a teaspoon of raspberry jam. I ate a pear and 4 medjool dates for my snacks.

It was a fairly good day even with the pain. I always told my kids (when they were kids) that attitude is everything. Maybe I'd better practice what I preach!

87 days and counting!

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UMTONDO 4/9/2010 5:30AM

    Hi Dusty, Get hubby to get you that tube I recomended as it is softer than the cushion will help for the pain emoticon emoticon

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RANJINI4 4/8/2010 5:40PM

    Hi thank you for cheering me on!You are so brave-and doing so well on that diet!i am going to try the same-do you do any fish at all or eggs from free range hens?I will send loving energy to you for healing

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WIFEALF 4/8/2010 4:03PM

    Good job and i am sure you will be walking without any pain as planned ....Keep it up you will be running there,lol

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TODAYSAGIFT 4/8/2010 1:38PM

    emoticon Hope you're having a GREAT day! emoticon


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HOLLY_ROSE3 4/8/2010 8:19AM

    Yes my friend! Attitude is everything! Blessings to you, and you're in my prayers! emoticon

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 4/8/2010 8:19AM

    sounds great! I too focused on eating a raw salad last night when I got home from my doctor appointment. I used romaine and then shredded some carrot, zuchini, and radish on top. yummy! :) (and filling too) emoticon

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HEALTHY-GG 4/8/2010 6:51AM

    I know emoticon 87days and the count down to better mobility has started!! emoticon yay you!

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NUTRON3 4/8/2010 6:50AM

    Good job!

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