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New Book - New (Old) Diet

Monday, August 22, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, the local PBS station was having fund raising pitches, so the BW wanted to watch Netflix instead of her favorite mystery or Masterpiece Mystery. I saw another program that came on after the regular show, at 11 PM. It lasted for two hours, so I set the recorder to get it and left the converter turned on. Later I got around to editing out the pleas for money, and had a one hour show left. This past Monday I finally got around to watching the show while the BW did something else, and was interested, so Monday night I searched and found Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. This revised edition was copyrighted in January, 2011, but the original, hard-bound edition was copyrighted in 2003.

There was a book by Nathan Pritikin copyrighted in 1974 that provided a program that was very similar, but allowed four ounces of lean meat a day, another a few years later that suggested exactly the same things as Pritikin, another copyrighted in 1990 by Dean Ornish which added meditation or relaxation to vegan and exercise, and one by Roy L Walford, copyrighted in 1994, which was based on his experiences in the Biosphere II program. He allowed four ounces of flesh a week, and restricted calories to no more than about 1800 pre day for a man. His diet was intended to extend the maximum life span of humans, not just avoid degenerative diseases.

Dr. Fuhrman prefers a vegan diet, but will concede about 10 per cent of your calories to less nutritious foods. He defines nutrition and then focuses on good health by choosing the food by N/C, or nutrition divided by calories. Then he ranks the foods, and suggests a health promoting eating style that does not require much, or any, calorie counting. None of the four books mentioned requires calorie counting Ė just food choices.

The Fuhrman book came Saturday afternoon, and I read the first 200 pages Saturday, and finished the book after I cut the grass yesterday. The last time I ate like that, my total cholesterol got down to 102, and my internist wanted it higher, so I started eating a lot of nuts and avocados. I suspect that it will go down again, but thatís what Iím going to do this time.

I made an appointment to see him last Monday, and did see him today. His bottom line was that the only thing I could do more was to take aspirin, which I had stopped because of the bleeding on my arms, so I told him that I would start taking it again after Iím done with the Mohs surgery.

Meanwhile, Iím tracking down the Fuhrman path, and weíll see what happens. Something is going to kill me eventually, but I want to put it off as long as possible.

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TUDI4480 8/26/2011 1:21AM

    FYI: I had not been taking aspirin for awhile. But, my doctor suggested I add one Baby aspirin (82 mg) to my afternoon Vitamin D and Blood Pressure meds. Anyway, I've been doing that for a few months now and no problems. However, I don't know how much aspirin your doc is recommending you take once you're done with your Moh's surgery.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I really enjoy the walks with the dogs along the Pacific. BTW, please take good care. I don't know how directly Hurricane Irene is supposed to come to your neck of the woods in Florida. Please stay safe, it looks like it will be a HUGE storm.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/22/2011 10:18PM

    I, too, am curious why you are doing this. Your weight appears to be stable so I wouldn't think weight loss would be your goal. Is it just for some health benefit?

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    Curious, what is the impetus for trying this diet?

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MS.ELENI 8/22/2011 7:28PM

    Lots of luck trying the new program. emoticon emoticon

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Bad Day at Black Rock

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I had been having a good week or so - would have been out of leeway on the low side if I were going to the TOPS meetings - but today has been an out of control eating day. It started out fine, with just oatmeal and a plumb for breakfast, but then I ate some more even though I wasn't hungry. By the time I was done I was up to 486 calories, and the day went down hill after that. I'll see what the scale says tomorrow.

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TUDI4480 8/21/2011 1:39PM

    One day at a time...I hope you're doing well and all is going just as you want it to. As always, take good care of you!

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THINRONNA 8/19/2011 2:18PM

    Ugh! I hate when that happens! Just start again tomorrow. One day does not make us or break us! emoticon

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KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 8/19/2011 2:05PM

    Fall 7 times, get up 8. Some days, the body just needs a feeding frenzy. Get right back on the horse and it will all work out. Take care of yourself!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/19/2011 11:19AM

    It seems like how the day starts is how it finishes. Wonder why we can't just stop, reset in the middle of the day.

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MRDPOLING 8/19/2011 6:55AM

    Must have been something in the water 'cause I had the same issues yesterday. wasn't hungry but couldn't stop eating.

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MS.ELENI 8/18/2011 7:41PM

    So you had a bad day. It happens.You will be back on track tomorrow. emoticon

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Frozen Strawberry Dessert

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today the BW wondered if we had any ice cream left in the freezer, and we didn't. To satisfy her I took a sorbet recipe and changed it for quick response. The original recipe is for three cups of mixed berries, two cups of water, and 1 1/2 cups of sugar, cooking the syrup first, then mixing in the berries with an immersion blender, cooling the recipe for two or three hours in the refrigerator, then freezing it. I used a pound of frozen strawberries, two cups of skim milk, and 1 1/2 cups of Splenda, which did dissolve in the cold milk. I chopped the berries up a little, before running the blender and mixing them with the milk. Then I pulled the bowl out of the freezer, started the ice cream maker, and poured the mixture in. In 12 minutes we had soft sorbet, and I dipped out two bows (about a cup for each of us) and scooped the rest (about a quart) into a plastic container that I put in the freezer for later.

The result was magnificent. If I had used water it would have been about 15 calories per cup, but the milk added another 30 calories per cup. Thus the result is about 22 calories per "serving" or 45 calories per cup. And it tastes GREAT! I don't know what to call it, but it's good stuff.

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KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 8/19/2011 2:07PM

    that sounds really yummy!! Can it be made without an ice cream maker???

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THINRONNA 8/18/2011 4:57PM

    Sounds really good!

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MS.ELENI 8/17/2011 8:38PM

    It does sound good.

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    This sounds delicious. I LOVE strawberries, but I'm not that crazy about ice cream. I was never a milk drinker. I bought some strawberry sorbet and have been eating 1/2 cup in the evening (it's just a little container, only 3 1/2 servings in the whole thing), buy it's made with REAL sugar, so comes in at 120 calories for that 1/2 cup. Not bad, since I'm on maintenance but I told hubby last night if I could find sorbet made with Splenda, it would cut the calories way back I bet. I'll have to keep looking. Your homemade stuff sounds good but I think I'd make it without the milk, since I'm not a fan.

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Unusual Sight

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I saw something yesterday that I haven't seen in a long time. Because the BW was a little dopey from the pain medicine, I drove her to an appointment, took along a book, and waited for her in the waiting room. While I was waiting an old man (older than me) sat down across from me, and I noticed that he had a number tattooed on his right forearm. I suspect that the death camp survivors are like the WWII vets - dieing off pretty fast.

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TUBLADY 8/17/2011 12:19AM

    To see that these days is unusual, it was such a long time, and a very sad time for the world.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/16/2011 10:05PM

    He must have been just a kid. Sad to even think about that. It would be nice to think that mankind has learned a lesson from that tragedy.

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MRDPOLING 8/16/2011 9:24PM

    Wow! I too have never seen anyone with one of those tattoos. Part of me is sad for the reason for the tattoo but part of me wants to cheer someone who survived for so long after that horrible time!

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MS.ELENI 8/16/2011 8:21PM

    I have never met anyone with the tattoo. That was a very sad time for all humanity.

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JAMBABY0 8/16/2011 8:16PM

    yes there are very few left, I am jewish and the relatives I had that were in the death camps are all gone, I miss them.

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Nothing Much

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I cut the grass and did my laundry today, then make a batch of fat free bran muffins. I also read Nathan Pritikin's original book again and Roy M. Wolford's book too. I don't know what to do different, but I think I'm going back to no fat again, and maybe try to start running. I still have two original knees, but both have given me trouble at one time or another.

I also think I'll make an appointment with my internist to maybe get some useful coaching before I screw up.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/15/2011 9:56PM

    You might try using an elliptical. It's more vigorous than walking, but easier on the joints than running.

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MS.ELENI 8/14/2011 10:56PM

    Sounds like another busy day. I think your walking is just as good for you as running if not better.

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KLASSIE 8/14/2011 8:48PM

    I like the statement that you still have two original knees. Good for you. Once upon a time people shopped for spare parts for automobiles and appliances. Now we're doing it for humans. Seems as if you're doing your best to keep what you have. Congratulations and best wishes.

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MRDPOLING 8/14/2011 7:17PM

    Yeah, I've been working so much that I have to squeeze in home chorse when I can. Thankfull the laundry is complete but not put away and the dishes are washed.

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