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Is This Worth It?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The other day, on the radio, a couple of people were tossing around the notion of why bother eating right. They sited both Steve Jobs and Linda McCartney as having been vegetarians (it was reported that at times Steve was a fruitarian, which I'd never heard of) who died of cancer despite their healthy lifestyles. Therefore, they concluded, why bother?

How many times in this journey have I rationalized my poor choices with exactly that line of reasoning?

Why bother? Let me count the reasons. We all know why.

Wishing all a good day.

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SKYEFYR 10/26/2011 12:32PM

  At the top of my list of "why bother" is so I can ride! :-) Would you laugh if I told you that lately I've been motivated more by the thought of looking GOOD on the bike than I have been with looking good for the hubby? (What can I say? My bike never says NO when I want to ride it!)

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NANCY- 10/26/2011 8:52AM

    I agree with SANDIEGOJOHN.

Instead of rationalizing poor choices, I work to rationalize my healthy choices.
It disturbs me when folks say why bother. Yes I listened to those naysayers and look where it got me. Now I ignore those idiots and do what I know to be right for me. I would like to hear your reasons if you want to share them.

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JIBBIE49 10/25/2011 2:21PM

    From what I read, both of them did a lot of "none tradition" things in their early years as they were in the "fast lane" so who knows what that did to their bodies once they got older. I've never smoked nor did I do any drugs when I was young even though others made fun of me for not doing it, but I cared about my 62 yo self back then, when I was 20 something, since I'd seen my mother die from a heart attack at 58. Now I'm glad I never did any of that, even though I did eat a lot of processed foods. I bought into the "low fat, high carb" diet in the '80's, 90's and 00's that the food industry pushed. Now I follow Dr. Mercola and Al Sears, M.D. and am back with a basic LOW CARB diet, like Dr. Atkins had in the early '70s.

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LEONALIONESS 10/25/2011 1:57PM

    I'm also quite sure that both Linda McCartney and Steve Jobs didn't eat animals due to ethics/caring about them. Not exclusively health. Which means that their diets might not have been that low calorie, healthy, etc.

I'm vegan for animals. Even if it were proven that eating some animal products was healthier, I'd stay vegan. I do indulge in richer foods, even as a vegan since, frankly, I'm in it for the animals primarily and I LOVE tasty food. Many veg folks aren't veg for health.

Linda had a very stressful life with Paul/the Beatles/Wings and even veg folks still eat a lot of butter/cheese/dairy and eggs. Breast cancer is especially linked with dairy and a lot of veg folks replace the meat with copious amounts of dairy. Her cookbook was pretty full of cream/eggs/cheese.

Mr. Jobs also had a very high stress sort of life. I think stress is a major factor in a lot of disease, frankly. FYI, a fruitatarian (aka frugavore) eats mostly raw fruit and greens. They tend to avoid grains, starchy veg, legumes and are mostly raw. A lot of frugavores follow the 80/10/10 diet plan with 80% of calories coming from carbs, and 10% each from fats and protein. It's the next step up from raw vegan, to my understanding. Raw vegans eat a lot more fat in the form of nuts and seeds and avocados, sprout grains and eat less total calories from fruit than frugavores do.

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JLITT62 10/25/2011 1:44PM

    As we know, diet isn't the only thing that effects our health. So much is beyond our control - I'll continue to control what I can!

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RUNNER12COM 10/25/2011 12:55PM

    I have no idea what the future holds for me and my body, but I am absolutely certain that whatever it is, I will be better able to deal with it in a strong, fit, healthy body.

And that is what makes it worth it for me.

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NATPLUMMER 10/25/2011 11:09AM

    I agree that there are plenty of reasons to bother.
Having a healthy diet and exercise plan doesn't guarantee that you'll be disease free but it has lots of other benefits.

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Heading Into 4th Week & Weigh-In After 7 Months of No Scale

Monday, October 24, 2011

I'm starting Week 4 of this vegetarian diet that unexpectedly popped into my noggin after reading the book "Eat to Live." I have resisted bringing out the scale, but realize that I need a benchmark in addition to how loose my clothes are fitting.

I never even owned a scale my entire life until three years ago as I never gained excess weight. However, three years ago I started this healthier lifestyle adventure and bought a scale. Haven't used it for about 6-7 months, so today will be the start of weekly (Mondays) weigh-ins. I've made a promise to myself not to let it sabotage me by making a number more important than the process of staying healthy.

Wishing all a good week.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/6/2011 6:46PM

    I haven't weighed myself in a while, but it might be a good idea for me to do it...just to get a benchmark as I start this Eat to Live journey. It will be interesting!

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SKYEFYR 10/26/2011 12:26PM

  I'm pretty sure from all you've said lately that it will be good news!

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NATPLUMMER 10/24/2011 10:48AM

    I think the scale will give you some good news :-)

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NANCY- 10/24/2011 10:06AM

    Strange how numbers can sometimes frame our mindset. I need to change my attitude about those numbers on the scale and view it as just a representation of where I presently am and a guide of what actions I need to take.
I think you are doing great!!!

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KNITTABLES 10/24/2011 1:37AM

    emoticongood for you for not letting the scale rule your life or ruin it. Good luck on this vegetarian diet. I can't wait to hear more about it and how it is working for you. I am sure it will and you will be getting a healthier and fitter you.

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I Can See My Nether Region Again!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I'd been slim all my life up until a few years ago when stress, hormones, overwork, (and overeating?) piled on extra pounds. So, it took me awhile to see myself as someone who had extra weight on her frame.

That said, I am working hard at dissolving this remaining little kangaroo pouch (smiling) and realized the other day that I can now look downward and see all of my body. Hooray for me!

Wishing all a good day.

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SKYEFYR 10/26/2011 12:24PM

  Still looking forward to the day I can say that! :-) CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Swapping the Grocery Cart for Hand Basket

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I've been noticing all the changes over the past three weeks since starting this vegetarian regimen. Among them is my shopping behavior at the grocery store. I swapped the grocery cart for the hand basket noticing that, not only do I need fewer items at the store, but I also make wiser choices when I have a smaller basket.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

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SKYEFYR 10/26/2011 12:23PM

  That is a GREAT idea. Of course, shopping for a family of 4, I don't have that luxury, but I really wish I could have it. Just make sure you're getting all the nutrients you need with the vegetarian diet. I know sometimes that can be a challenge. (And I'll only be supportive of this choice for you as long as you stay healthy!)

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CATLADY52 10/22/2011 7:25PM

    That is a very good idea. Have a good weekend. emoticon

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JILLYBEAN25 10/22/2011 3:49PM

    Have a great weekend, too! Saving space, money, and your health- worth it!

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NATPLUMMER 10/22/2011 1:00PM

    Good if you can do it. I'm buying for me and a 6 foot husband along with 2 kitties...definitely need a cart most weeks.

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THREADS3 10/22/2011 11:47AM

    You also save money! YAY! I have noticed that also in my shopping experiences.

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Sugar Nation (new book)

Friday, October 21, 2011

The other night, as I was falling asleep, I heard the author of this new book guesting on a radio program. Although some of his info is already known, he states some mind-blowing facts about sugar that were timely reminders as to why I am cutting sugar out of my life (as far as desserts and similar other things go). The diseases sugar contributes to are unreal. He says that sugar travels the same neural pathways as heroin, thus its addictive nature.

Wishing all a fun day and weekend.

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IAM_HIS2 10/21/2011 8:06PM

    I just read this before reading your blog (about the way sugar travels and our body reacts to it)

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JILLYBEAN25 10/21/2011 5:13PM

    I know I'm a sugar addict, but I would have a hard time equating that to heroine. And sugar is definitely not the bad guy- its the amount of sugar consumed that's the problem. Its used in so many things, especially when one is taking out fat from a product, to make up for the loss of flavor. Fat-free doesn't mean sugar-free! Its an interesting idea though, and it should serve as a wake-up call (if anything) that simple sugar should be monitored just as closely as anything else in one's diet.

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SKYEFYR 10/21/2011 2:24PM

  Anything that goes through a chemical process to get to the form that we recognize as food can't be good for you. But the next question is, are the substitutes (calorie free ones to be specific) any better? Could be an interesting book. I wonder if he discusses he chemial sweetners that everyone turns to when they leave the "white sugar" behind. If you grab it, let me know! (And I have the other one on order!)

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/21/2011 10:50AM

    Sounds over-sensationalized to me .. like maybe someone trying to sell a book. Give a heroin addict some sugar and see if that works.

I don't disagree that cutting out added sugar is a good thing, but we already knew that :)

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NATPLUMMER 10/21/2011 10:27AM

    We are hardwired to crave sugar...for survival.

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BLACK741 10/21/2011 10:22AM

    Wow knew sugar was bad, but did not realize as bad as Heroin, could explain my issues with candy, if I eat a bit one day, it leads to a bit every day, not overboard, but want it every day. If I can break the cycle I am good. Thanks for the wakeup/reminder.

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