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Look at who is selling GMO's!

Friday, September 28, 2012

This is not the kind of news I like to see but we need to make informed choices as consumers.



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BOOKWORM27S 9/29/2012 1:45PM

    I had no idea, thanks for posting this info!

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SHOOPETTE 9/29/2012 9:26AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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KENDRACARROLL 9/29/2012 12:44AM

    Yup, read about that a couple of days ago. Preposterous!
I'm sporting a YES on 37 bumper sticker (for what it's worth).

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ERIN1957 9/28/2012 7:09PM

    Thanks so much!

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/28/2012 5:04PM

    Wheat is actually not GMO yet, but something even worse. It is genetically modified not through gene splicing but by treating the genetic material with chemicals or radiation, giving results that are even less predictable than GMO foods.

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GLC2009 9/28/2012 4:14PM

    interesting. although, if all wheat is gmo, then everybody is selling gmo food, aren't they? who's going to stop selling bread?
i sure do think that if a product is gmo, it should be clear on the label.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/28/2012 3:47PM

    wow! you need to always look in to every thing and take nothing for granted. Thanks for posting

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    agreed about being informed regarding GMO! Thanks.

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DJ4HEALTH 9/28/2012 2:24PM

    Saw that too and will sign the petition too!! emoticon

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-LINDA_S 9/28/2012 1:11PM

    I saw this! I signed the petition and I hope a lot of others will!

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Genetic Roulette - a response to a comment

Monday, September 24, 2012

This post is in response to one of the responses to my last blog.
You may be right that GMO's go through more testing than traditionally bred foods. The reason is that traditionally (in the sense of naturally bred) foods don't have genetic material that has the same large number of mutations. Most naturally occurring mutations are not going to survive and reproduce. Even hybrids usually don't.
Why are people afraid of technology? Because scientists are people who like to experiment, often playing with fun toys that they can't control. This is the nature of human beings. If someone plays with toys that can only harm them (extreme sports for example) it's their own business, if they play with toys that can potentially hurt millions of people it's the government's business to put effective rules in place to make sure nobody gets hurt. If scientists get lots of money from big business to play games that have the potential to hurt all of us we need to make EVERYONE aware of what's going on, especially if our government fails us.
Stirring up fears and suspicions is only wrong when there is no basis for fear and suspicions.
Healthy fear saves lives all the time.
After having seen the evidence of what GMO's and pesticides that can be sprayed on them firsthand (I live in an agricultural area) I think that the American public is not fearful and suspicious enough. There is a lot of research that shows people are afraid of the wrong things (like ignoring the risk of getting in their car every day and not driving defensively).
A risk analysis needs to include potential damage done AND likelihood of occurrence. In our very complicated world it is hard to decide whether our biggest fear (and therefore precaution) should be that we are running out of water, oil, nuclear disaster or economic collapse. Genetically modifying a lot of our food in ways we don't fully understand is right up there on the list.
I think we need to hear both sides of the arguments and educate ourselves until we feel we've done the best we can to make decisions that will affect our lives and future generations. These decisions should be based on knowledge of the facts. Ignoring evidence that makes us uncomfortable before we know for certain whether or not it is fact is taking a head-in-the-sand approach that is the most dangerous path in the long run.

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_JULEE_ 9/27/2012 7:45PM

    Let's call the root of GMOs what it is: GREED

No matter WHAT some want to believe of Genetically Modified Organisms - that they're SAFE because they've been tested...

Yeah. Right. Just like all the drugs that the FDA approves have been tested... Oh. Wait... THEY REALLY HAVEN'T. Otherwise, certain drugs and patches wouldn't have ever made it to market - they were approved with data provided by the maker that was not from the drug/patch up for approval, but rather, from previously approved products.

Most of Monsanto's GMO crops REQUIRE a certain amount of pesticide applied to them at certain times in their lives in order to complete the growth cycle. In other words, without the pesticides applied to them, their "kill switch gene" shuts them down.

Plants absorb as much as 30% of what is applied to their leaves. So, by the time a GMO crop is only HALF WAY through their growing cycle, they've usually been sprayed with their genetically matched pesticide half a dozen times and the POISON (yep, that's what pesticides ARE) is SYSTEMIC.

I CHOOSE NOT TO EAT POISON. NO GMOs come into my home and I certainly do not grow them.


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JSTETSER 9/26/2012 5:09PM

    You make me think.

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PAPAMIKIE 9/26/2012 6:02AM

    This discussion is interesting; however, there are various levels to GMO that could be considered. There are modifications that are more or less like natural mutations, perhaps moving segments of the same type of genetic material around, there are mutation of moving none similar genetic material around. So we can play around with tomatoes genes with tomatoes and come up with more specific change in direction than we get by normal cross pollination. That is one class of change. We can also play around with tomatoes genes with none tomato genes and get different results. That is a different class of change. The first class is very similar to what happens in nature, the second class is very different.

Please note, the second class is not necessarily bad, the problem is that it is less predictable. I practice Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong. I believe that there is something more happening that must physical activity when one practices them and that this differences is important for health and vitality. I will also take an antibiotic if I have a bacterial infection, and other proven medical solutions for other diseases. Gramie Leanna is type 1 diabetic. It manifest itself around age 10-11 she is alive today thanks to science.

So I come down firmly in support of both sides of the argument. We must not stifle progress with needless fear and we must not just allow things to be done because they can be done. We must diligently seek the best information and the clearest understanding. We must also understand that not all information from big business is false or wrong, but we must also understand that beliefs and self-interest influences what how we interpret what we experience

In my opinion it is important to have people pushing hard on both side, it is up to each of use to struggle to find what is the correct balance point.

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-LINDA_S 9/24/2012 7:04PM

    I'm sure by now most of us who follow the natural health sites have seen the photos of those poor rats with the gigantic tumors. This is enough evidence for me to avoid GMOs! I don't think the human race should be part of an experiment they haven't consented to. We should be headed in the other direction--back towards normal, real food that is actually good for us!

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/24/2012 5:34PM

    For anyone who looks at the website that DONEGIRL mentions, take a look at who the founders of this site are and what the connections are. I don't consider this a neutral source of information.
Enough said! emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 9/24/2012 4:03PM

    I am so ready to move to NZ. my friend recently came back to Canada after going over to help her dd move there. ( they lived there for a number of years as my friend married a NZder...)
My friend said she was amazed at the availability of healthy normal nurturious items and that everything was so fresh and clean. She was ready to move back NOW but her bf, is from Ireland and they were debating where to move, but now he got a huge promotion and is still not wanting to go anywhere. She however is thinking of moving there, was allready offered a job, and coming back to visit on holidays.

I have no reason to move there, but boy wish North America would get on the bandwagon and learn to be more responsible for their people.

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MOXIE6 9/24/2012 2:00PM

    Right on Sister!

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DONEGIRL 9/24/2012 1:37PM

    Hi Houndlover
GMOs go through more testing because of people scaremongering about them. They do not have more mutations than traditionally bred crops. Most naturally (and unnaturally) produced mutations do survive and reproduce- that's part of evolution. That's why we have variety -hair colour, eye colour, susceptiblity to disease, athletic abilities they are all due to mutations. It's only when mutations are lethal that they are not reproduced.
People are afraid of technology because of scaremongering. Technology is life-saving-especially in the form of genetic modification. For example human insulin is produced by genetic modification of an organism and it is much much safer for humans than the pig insulin that was used previously.
'If scientists get lots of money from big business to play games that have the potential to hurt all of us we need to make EVERYONE aware of what's going on, especially if our government fails us.' Yes some scientists get money from big business -but what possible use would it be to produce material that is going to hurt people?!!
In the video you link to there are claims made linking GMOs to increases in certain illnesses but no evidence is presented that there is a causal relationship between them. They just link an increase in GMOs with an increase in incidence - they could just as well have linked the increased incidence of these illnesses with an increase in sales of 50 Shades of Grey or the Harry Potter book sales or 3-D movies or even an increase in consumption of organic foods! But are they linked -no! The evidence is not there.

Yes we need to listen to both sides of the argument but I don't believe you do. Look at the link I gave - it goes through each of Smith's allegations and disproves them. Have you read them? Do you have evidence that the arguments there are wrong? Yes we must base our decisions on facts but this video does not provide facts.

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WOUBBIE 9/24/2012 1:28PM

    Some people have the misguided idea that hybridization itself is a benign process as well, and that is FAR from the truth. While there are bona fide improvements that may come about there are also negative unintended consequences.

Our roses are longer stemmed and fuller-petaled and smell like, well, nothing much.

Our wheat is windstorm resistant and yields 3 times as much per acre sown, and is full of addictive gliadin, aka "wheat-crack".

The wheat was hybridized to solve the problem of world hunger and was intended for a 3rd world population who might otherwise starve. So why's it in our food supply? Greed, plain and simple.

Not once have I seen any large-scale impetus to breed food for BETTER NUTRITION, only for convenience and cost-saving. That alone should give any nay-sayers pause.

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ERIN1957 9/24/2012 1:27PM

I worked in the industry for many years, if you only knew what I know. Get informed and stay informed! You only have one body, one life and so do the people you love! We all believe what we want to and make our own choices accordingly. I choose to be informed and make healthy choices from being information. There are farmers that are standing up against this and as well as companies. Know your facts!
Link TV runs a special on this as well, different movie, different people, about Monsanto.

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LILY_SPARK 9/24/2012 1:26PM

    Not GMOs but I'll put this out there:

I don't know if you've seen the old DDT films where gov wanted to prove how safe it was: they sprayed smiling, laughing children in the face with it.

My uncle (my father's the youngest of nine, this was his eldest brother) sprayed the milk cow with DDT everyday--for the health of the cow and his family. All of his children died of cancer (my one cousin was chopped on til she was a vegetable, no arms, no legs, unable to speak with tongue, jaw removed...) before he died. He believed it was the DDT his poured into his babies.

I believe people (and companies, which are run by people) do what they can to make money. I also believe people sometimes try their best (DDT was meant to stop disease). Somewhere between greed and doing an honest best is where we all live. Along that continuum can be many "stops." Sometimes it's cancer. Sometimes it's disturbing food chains. It's scary stuff. You have to do what you can for the best because somebody else is motivated only by greed.

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ELECTRALYTE 9/24/2012 1:22PM

    "just label it!" Let us decide!

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COOP9002 9/24/2012 1:00PM

    Well said.

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HISTORYRUNNER 9/24/2012 12:59PM

    Very interesting blog, Houndlover. Thanks for your thoughts. I would add that the testing that Big Ag (re. Monsanto & Co.) is not done for the best interests of the consumers, apart from the lowest common denominator that it would be bad for business if people died immediately (as opposed to long-term illnesses) after consuming GMO products. The testing is done to produce very specific alterations in crops, such as creating Roundup resistance or toxicity to insects, or even to increase yields significantly (see the information on "Wheatbelly" regarding the genetic modification of wheat). The results are supposed to yield immense profits and, in Monsanto's case, a monopoly over key food (cash) crops such as soybeans, corn, now alfalfa ... The point is that not all testing is done in the best interests of the consumer, much of it is for very specific, in my opinion negative alterations in food, and it is done for profit. 'Nuff said. emoticon

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ELOQUENTZ 9/24/2012 12:56PM

    Another why "FDA approved" is not the only thing we should be looking for.

(I'm Canadian BTW)

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/24/2012 12:56PM

    I believe GMOs are dangerous, plain and simple. I am strongly in favor of requiring all foods containing GMOs to be clearly labeled, including produce, so that people can choose whether or not to purchase them. I've read a lot of the information available on GMOs, and it does not make me want to consume them!

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Genetic Roulette movie - a must see

Saturday, September 22, 2012

If you thought you knew everything about GMO's you may be surprised. This movie tells a lot I did not know yet, and yes, we better know to protect our food supply as much as we can. The most important part to me is the FDA, an agency that is supposed to protect us, covered up all the dangers.


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DONEGIRL 9/27/2012 2:02PM

I did not say Birgit was scaremongering. I specifically said 'the people in the video' .
I did not call Birgit a liar- I disagree with her opinions and I set out my arguments in a civilised way. I was not unmannerly and I did not call her names. You started the personal attacks.

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WOUBBIE 9/26/2012 2:19PM

    Is it wise to trust several dozen years' worth of scientific inquiry (driven in most cases by financial interests) over millions of years of field testing by real human beings? Nope. Not wise.

And mannerly? You just labelled Birgit a "scaremonger" by association and essentially called her a liar - or at least insinuated that she is perpetuating lies. Not nice, nor mannerly. I merely commented "in kind".

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RUSSELL_40 9/26/2012 12:46PM

    The FDA is worthless. Not only is our food killing us now, but so are the drugs they approve. Genetically moderated food. Sounds appetizing. If the food causes you to get cancer, die assured that at least someone made a good profit on it. Same with drugs. Don't worry that your antidepressant caused thoughts of suicide, or your antacid causes rectal bleeding. The FDA said it was okay, and if you look on the internet, you will be able to find a website that agrees. With food all over the planet, and us paying people NOT to grow food, why would we need to genetically alter it to grow faster, bigger, or have a different taste? Purely for profits ( not profit - healthwise ). If they grew regular foods in greater quantity, people could afford it. The #1 reason we eat so poorly, is that a bag of grapes, costs more than a large can of Chef-Boy-Ardee. Lower the price, and let people eat vegetables. That will start moving the obesity, and health care epidemics in the opposite direction.

If we are going to subsidize farmers, why not pay them to grow more food, instead of not doing it? What is the difference between that, and paying them to not to grow, which artificially raise the price? Either way they are getting a subsidy. The only difference is that we make huge farms, that make GM foods so they can make a profit, which is hurting the health of our citizens.

This is a foolish. We could pay them the same subsidy, have them grow food, and let America get real, healthy, affordable food.

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DONEGIRL 9/24/2012 1:42PM

Please do not call me a fool -it is not mannerly. You should address the arguments rather than making personal attacks.

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WOUBBIE 9/24/2012 1:18PM

    DONEGIRL, you are a fool.

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DONEGIRL 9/24/2012 11:07AM

    Scare-mongering and untruths is what we have here. GM foods undergo far more rigorous testing than traditionally bred foods yet there is no outcry about that. Why are people afraid of technology? Because people like those in this video stir up unfounded fears and suspicions. Look at the link below which takes each of Smith's allegations about GM foods and shows where he is wrong.

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JSTETSER 9/23/2012 6:24PM

    Thanks for posting. I'll have to check it out when I have time. How long is the movie?

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NDTEACHER1 9/23/2012 6:44AM

    I'm going to check this out. thanks for sharing.

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-LINDA_S 9/22/2012 7:26PM

    I have it, too. Just need to watch it! Thanks for reminding me!

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GRACEMCDOG 9/22/2012 4:45PM

    I posted a link to this on the WB team (sorry, can't remember under which thread) because I'd read that it was only going to be available online for free viewing last week. I think it's supremely important that everyone see it and absorb the information. There are so many alarming facts but the worst one for me was the part about the pesticide gene found in the gut flora of those who'd eaten GMO corn and that it may be reproducing itself there. The implications are a nightmare. Please, everyone watch this movie. Write to your congressman or representative and demand an end to GMOs. emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 9/22/2012 4:18PM

    Watched the entire thing! Great stuff.
I'm stealing the link.
Thanks for putting it out there.

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GOPINTOS 9/22/2012 2:41PM

    Thanks for sharing!


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Melinda (gopintos)
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ERIN1957 9/22/2012 11:11AM

    yup me too!

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Fat and Fat

Friday, September 21, 2012

I couldn't think of what else to call this post.
I was thinking of two types of fat: The kind that is on our bodies and the kind that is in our food. For those of you who have not heard this before, there seems to be a correlation between the two, the more fat we have in our diet as total percentage of calories the lower the percentage our body fat will ultimately be, in other words fat does not make us fat, it makes us leaner in most cases. I've known this for quite a while now.
Fat in our diet, especially saturated fat does not cause heart disease, either.
Still, even among people who have been eating low-carb diets there is often some hesitation to fully embrace a high-fat lifestyle. We have all been indoctrinated by the "low-fat is healthy" myth for so long that our emotions sometimes override our knowledge. I realized this today when I felt hungry between meals, which only happens very rarely any more. I had already eaten a frittata with lots of eggs, cheese and mushrooms and therefore thought I could not be hungry, after all eating low-carb and high-fat is supposed to keep this from happening. My mind was searching for something to eat that was not very high in calories. I ended up eating a tomato. Now there's nothing wrong with tomatoes, except it did not solve the problem of feeling hungry at all. It took me another hour and increasing hunger to realize that more fat would help more, especially since my body is just switching back to ketosis. So I compromised and had a cup of decaf with a lot of half-and half, and sure enough, 10 minutes later I was not hungry any more. emoticon

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    I've transitioned to the healthy fats when cooking, but I still feel like I shouldn't when I pull out the ghee or the coconut oil or the (home rendered) duck fat. There will probably always be some of this hesitation.

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LILY_SPARK 9/22/2012 11:05AM

    Since I'm still working on hunger-directed eating (not emotional), this is a tough one. I try something fatty/ with protein (hard boiled eggs are my friend--as are almonds; easy and ready to grab since I'm away from home a minimum of 13 hours a day...up to 20).

The past couple of days, I hit some grains ("safe" grains for my gut but NOT for my overall health...you know why and you know the roller coaster ride it is BUT it's what I craved...and I have to say that HAD to be mostly emotional but also I was completely exhausted).

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COURTNEY055 9/22/2012 11:01AM

    Wow..I feel like I have so much to learn. I too was always taught about "fats are bad" now I'm not sure. I'm just starting on the low carb diet so I'm sure I'll be embracing all types of different things. Keep on posting cuz I want to keep on reading what u have to say..U have some very interesting perspectives. It seems to be working for you! emoticon

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-LINDA_S 9/22/2012 9:30AM

    Mmmm...fat! I drifted a bit off from my hCG protocol maintenance and added a bit too many carbs and paid the price. So back to the protein/fat and no sugar/no starches while I hopefully stabilize! I love fat!

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ERIN1957 9/22/2012 7:43AM

    WooHoo, it has been a life changer for me. Tweaking and reprograming is my constant right now. Knowing my level has become a closer reality for me.
Have a wonderful time making your health choices for you, your way!!

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GRACEMCDOG 9/21/2012 11:08PM

    Well stated and something that bears lots of repetition because we have all been so brainwashed for so long about the 'evils' of high fat foods. I eat bacon, eggs, butter, avocados, 11% fat yogurt, full fat dairy/cheese, nuts, olives, coconut oil pretty much every day and the weight loss has been steady. No gains at all in the 8 months since I started. You are one of the few low carbers I know who really seems to embrace a high fat diet. I would probably still be iffy about it if it weren't for my husband who has always loved fat and is constantly reading me articles and research to back up the current science. I know the higher the percentage of fat I eat (80-90% total calories) the less hungry I am, the longer I go between meals, the fewer meals I eat and the more weight I lose. My personal N=1 says "Fat is Good for me." There's still a small voice in my head that whispers..."Are you SURE?" Yep, I'm sure.

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FLAMENM 9/21/2012 10:54PM

    Tomatoes with avacado. A yummy summer treat.

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WOUBBIE 9/21/2012 10:05PM

    Funny that the "good and healthy" tomato left you hungry, but the cream didn't. :)

When I started this lifestyle last summer I thought it would be a relatively straightforward change and I wouldn't have all THAT much to learn. Sheesh, how wrong I was! A year later and I'm still finding out how little I actually know about my own metabolism!

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 9/21/2012 9:52PM

    Super interesting! I've been brainwashed, apparently. Gonna have to research now. I know our bodies need fat, but *high* fat is not good (or so I've been taught). Hmmm....

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GOPINTOS 9/21/2012 8:45PM

    I know what you mean. We have all been brainwashed of sorts, and even sp, gosh I love 'em but their ratios are whacked up too. And though I lost weight when I started following them, I was hungry all. the.time. I it wasnt until I added more fat and less carbs, that I started to understand being truly full and truly hungry.

Love it!

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HEALTHY4ME 9/21/2012 8:34PM

    Boy I wish I could get this primal paleo down as well as you have. I still can't figure my ratios out well yet. and still having issue with breakfast eating other than eggs..... or leftovers.
I have finally copied a lot of the recipes I have found and realized majority are still sweets, albe it not the gf flour kind but almond and coconut flours.
I am sure that I am not getting enough fat and not sure how to figure my ratios. Went on one site and only was confused....

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ELECTRALYTE 9/21/2012 8:25PM

    mmm tomatoes are a great snack for me! This time of year the big, juicy beef steaks are so yummy.
I can cover a big plate with slices, then a drizzle of olive oil, some fresh feta and maybe some olives. Heck, avacado if I have some!
Dang, now I'm hungry! emoticon

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GOLFGMA 9/21/2012 8:13PM

    Fat is good in moderation just like any other food. Glad you solved the problem and had a good and a healthy snack. emoticon

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Getting back into exercising after 6 week break

Friday, September 21, 2012

The break was necessary because of surgery on my ribcage and then an infection in my arm. Now I'm ready to get going again. Unfortunately the break was long enough that I lost quite a bit of muscle. I needed to lower the weights for every exercise in the weight room in the last couple of days. Weight had gone up by 3 pounds, but one of them is already gone again.
Tomorrow I will have some blood work done, the first time since I went low-carb. I'm really curious what the results will show.
Today a lot of good things happened. We found a new home for five of our ducks, bringing our number down to a more reasonable 22 down from 36 two weeks ago.
I was able to purchase a 20 lb. box of nitrate-free bacon for a very reasonable price.
We had the chance to pick blackberries in a friend's yard and they have made it into our freezer by now.
If the weather is not too hot I'm hoping to go for a 5-6 mile run tomorrow.

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ROBYNLN 9/21/2012 10:39AM

    It sounds like things are looking up. emoticon

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GOPINTOS 9/21/2012 9:28AM

    Glad you are ready to get back to it!


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Melinda (gopintos)
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-LINDA_S 9/21/2012 9:21AM

    Best of luck getting yourself back on track. emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 9/21/2012 7:35AM

    Best of luck with the weights... take good care of yourself. I recently went back to the gym after six weeks due to the (dumb) summer schedule of the gym. I like to just focus on the fact that I'm using my muscles again...

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ERIN1957 9/21/2012 6:53AM


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JSTETSER 9/21/2012 6:20AM

    Take your time and build up slow. Good things will come.
I envy you picking blackberries. Our berry season is past here in NH.

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KRISZTA11 9/21/2012 4:01AM

    Take it easy and slow, my friend!
It is great you be active and you can run again.
Muscles will be back soon.

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JAZZID 9/21/2012 1:18AM

    I have experienced this too. It will take time but before you know it you will be back in top form again. Although you may have lost muscle with consistency you will be surprised at how fast your body will respond. Just take it slow and as HAWAIIANMAMMA says, muscles do come back fast.... it will happen!

emoticon on getting started again... emoticon ~ Dee emoticon

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 9/21/2012 12:18AM

    Sounds like things are going well for the most part! Take it slow getting back into things, but the muscle comes back fast, so no worries!

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