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Looking for feedback about Activity Trackers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I'm considering picking up an activity tracker, and just wondered what people's experiences are with them. Do you think they are effective? Have they actually added to your motivation? Do you have any favorite activity trackers? I would guess they are not all alike. Thanks, Glenn

  
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KAREN608 4/17/2014 11:48PM

    I had a spark tracker and gave it to a fellow sparker as it didn't seem to give good step counts compared with the fitbit flex bracelet thing or a pedometer. Now I lent my $8 pedometer to a neighbor as I like the flex the most. It does not count flights of stairs, only movement. If you shake your hand a lot it would think you are walking. But I am careful with it, clean the band every other day, and a charge via usb port lasts 6 days for me. Fitbit flex or other ones DO work with the sparkpeople tracking page as well and info on nutrition/exercise shows up on the fitbit dashboard on line as well if you set it up on Sparkpeople like they tell you to do. I really wanted a Fitbit force but it is off the market due to skin problems right now. It is a bit bigger but does track flights of stairs as well.

All motivated me to move more.
But for me the Flex really has, and I like the way the black band looks.
You can get other color bands. I have two black ones, so wear one and clean the other up a bit with no waiting.

I started with 3000 steps... then 5000 a day and now working on over 6000 a day. I would not have done this without my flex!

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REGILIEH 4/17/2014 3:40PM

    I HAVE THE FITBIT AND THE TRACKER. I ALREADY HAD THE FITBIT AND WANTED TO TRY THE TRACKER. I LIKE BOTH AND IF I HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEM AS A FAVORITE I COULDN'T DO IT. I BELIEVE THEY ARE VERY MOTIVATING AND I USUALLY GET MY 10,000 STEPS IN EACH DAY BECAUSE OF THEM.

ANNE

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PLMITCH 4/17/2014 8:27AM

    Welcome back Glenn! I have been most impressed with my Fitbit. Easily the best activity tracker I've ever owned. What is nice is that I can wear it 24x7, even in the shower, and the only time I remove it is for a recharge (2x/week) and yesterday when I had a manicure (b/c my tech includes a nice arm massage, so I don't want the Fitbit to get in the way!

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TOWHEE 4/16/2014 11:19PM

    I've got a tried-and-true pedometer. I've had it for six years or so. I've had a pedometer as a constant companion for over a decade. Yes, it encourages me to get out and get moving. It used to be that my goal was 5000 steps a day, now it's 12000. After dinner if I'm still short, I'll go for a walk instead of sitting and watching TV or reading. There are two issues with a pedometer - most don't sync up to anything- you have to record everything manually. The other issue is that I kept dropping my pedometer on the bathroom floor (it would jump off my waistband) and after a few months it would stop working (I'm guessing that the mechanism would get out of alignment or broken). The last pedometer I bought has a lanyard and clip on it, so I can clip the lanyard to my waistband as well as the pedometer. If the pedometer jumps off of my waistband it just swings on the lanyard, which is all of six inches - not nearly floor level.

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SERENE-BEAN 4/16/2014 10:29PM

    I liked my fitbit a lot, but I use the Spark more because of the great integration with this site. Plus, it's cheaper.

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SYDLETZIII 4/16/2014 9:37PM

    I am going to get the Spark Activity tracke

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RUN4FOOD 4/16/2014 9:29PM

    I have a Fitbit One also. I wear it daily and find it helps with the motivation. Tracking using SP is very easy.

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GREENGENES 4/16/2014 7:31PM

    I have a Fitbit One and I love it. Linking it to Sparkpeople my steps are logged everyday without worrying about forgetting. I carry it in my pocket (inside a relatively heavy coin purse so I don't lose it - or accidentally wash it) and it seems very accurate. I have a few routes that I use regularly and also use our indoor track a lot and the numbers are very close to what they should be for the distances I cover. I am very active with my hands to I imagine a wrist tracker would not be very accurate for me. (I gave a presentation yesterday and the student who was taking pictures commented that every picture of me I am flailing my arms. :-).,

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NHES220 4/16/2014 11:38AM

    I wear the Fitbit Flex and I have had it for about 10 months. I wear it every day 24/7. It also tracks my sleep. Never realized what a restless sleeper I am. Is is accurate on calorie burn like a heart rate monitor - No. Is it accurate down to the very step - No, it is not 100% accurate. Does it encourage me to get moving every single day - absolutely! I average 10,000 -12,000 steps a day and I work at home with a desk job. If I do not try to get consciously move - my typical day would be about 1500 steps a day if I did not leave the house. I did not realize how sedentary I was on my non-cardio days until I got the Fitbit Flex. They say 10,000 steps a day is the key to lowering your cholesterol, lowering your blood pressuring and lowering your risk of type 2 Diabetes and that is what I am going for. So that is my 2 cents. Also, it will hold a charge for about 5 days. Syncs to your computer and smart phone. Customer service is great - my husband's conked out in the first 6 months and under warranty - new one sent - no questions asked. My band tore in the first 10 months and they are shipping a replacement.

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ICECUB 4/16/2014 7:49AM

  I DON'T HAVE ONE. I SOME TIME LISTEN TO MUSIC I TRACK A CERTAIN AREA WITH MY CAR @ A MILE THE I WALK IT A COUPLE TIMES USUALLY 2 MILES. THIS WORKS FOR ME.

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PAULOBRY 4/16/2014 7:14AM

    I had a Fitbit. After a year, I left it in my pants pocket, got washed and went DOA.
So, I would recommend one that can withstand a washing.

I found it extremely motivating. Worth every penny.

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LYNMEINDERS 4/16/2014 6:40AM

    Don't posess one so am sorry i can't comment....however I am sure folks will....

Great to see you again

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A Call to Boomer Consumers of Healthcare

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Well, we're the generation. Aging in greater numbers than any other generation. And we've got a potential legacy. That is, being the greatest consumers of healthcare. Our costs will skyrocket. It will, from time to time, be a political issue as to how much society should spend on us. I took a stand on it 2 weeks ago. If you have a GP who likes to refer you to other specialists, the amount can grow, and the costs can add up rapidly. Becasue of my medical complaints, I was seeing eight specialists. I found that once referred, the specialist will often keep you on their caseload for the smallest thing. I had been referred to, and was seeing two urologists, a nephrologist, a cardiologist, a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, a social worker, a dermatologist. Most of these were without need. I had been cleared by them, but they maybe prescribed one medicine, and they were making regular visits to see me just to keep me prescribed. I began to realize that I could have the individual specialist refer me over to my GP, and he could keep track of the medication refills. So since last week, I have dropped my two urologists, my neurosurgeon, and my social worker, who had given me the go ahead to go on my own. This is maybe a drop in the bucket for my insurance companies, but it is a step the right direction in terms of my own feeling of health and in terms of medical costs. Since I have federal Medicare and I carry supplemental insurance, there was no cost to me to see these people. But my contention is that someone was paying for it, and if all of us boomers decide to use our own discretion and prudence when seeing medical people, we will bring the costs down for all.

I know some people need all of the extra care. But for those of us who are just a part of the system, we can stop. We don't have to follow every doctor's whim. We can think for ourselves and benefit both us and society. Glenn

  
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SYDLETZIII 4/5/2014 5:31PM

    Every person should be asking there doctors many questions
1. Why do I need this specialist
2. Should I take medicine they prescribe and will you be kept informed.
3. How do I know they are informing you of there findings and how do I make sure follow-ups are approved by you.
4. Why is each prescription needed and what happens if I decline a certain prescription.
5. Can I get an electronic copy of all medical documents and notes made for my visit and diagnoses.

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TXGRANDMA 4/5/2014 9:06AM

    Great blog! You are absolutely right about the cost of healthcare and the Baby Boomers. I had seen an ocologist last year for a cancerous tumor in my small intestine. But, after surgery and being cleared of any more signs of the tumor growth, I quit going to him. He had made an appointment for me even AFTER I was cleared, but I called later and cancelled. He just wanted my insurance money, I'm sure. I am not old enough yet for Medicare, so am forced to pay my own costs from a $5000 deductible.

On another note, with O'Bamacare in effect, the reimbursement for seniors will be cut drastically. Obama does not consider us "productive members of society" therefore, he won't want his insurance money to go to us. Soon, Medicare will be worthless to anyone over 75, unless you can pay for the costs on your own. emoticon

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ICECUB 4/5/2014 8:03AM

  emoticon emoticon I AGREE.

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RASPBERRY56 4/5/2014 7:06AM

    You bring up very good points (this coming from a "boomer" who, thankfully, has not had to see doctors for *anything* for several years now and hopes to keep that streak going for as long as possible).......thank you for sharing!

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KAREN608 4/5/2014 6:22AM

    I am glad you think about your health care, and made some changes. I only see one doctor, but insists I go in every six months or he will not renew my BP and Chol. medicines. I do hope someday to get off these if possible and save the expense of going so often. I have a $45 co pay and it feels like I am being robbed since I am well and do not need an office visit. If I had issues it would be different!

I guess the best solution is for some of us to seek the best health we can achieve. Though that varies from person to person and situation.

When it was 1977, I remember paying $5 to see my local doctor in a small town.
I miss him! I am sure he is no longer alive but he had a heart for people and never charged much to anyone.
Times have changed!

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REGILIEH 4/5/2014 6:13AM

    AMEN!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 4/5/2014 5:28AM

    Good for you.
Thanks for helping make the system a little more efficient and for setting a good example of how to help make the system work better on a very person level.
Thanks for sharing your idea.

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LYNMEINDERS 4/5/2014 4:29AM

    Go you.....
We don't have medical insurance and our Dr's are subsidised by the government however when one is refered to a specialist it is not at all cheap.....
It has just cost me $750 for an oral specialist and an operation....
All good...am sure it will be worth it in the long run....

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FANCYKAYAH 4/5/2014 2:50AM

    Totally agreed with taking charge of your own healthcare & not just going to every specialist & taking every medication they prescribe to you!

Comment edited on: 4/5/2014 2:50:17 AM

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POPSY190 4/5/2014 2:31AM

    Yes, we all need to think this way.

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What's not to like?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I am now 62, to be 63 in five days. If I live as long as my dad, I will be 92. What should I do with next 30 years? I think I want to be a writer, and it would most likely be nonfiction. I think I want to perfect the craft of writing for 30 years. I would make some money, keep myself occupied, and still be able to attend to my wife, who is quite disabled and at home. I would be able to live in my house in the woods. I would hear the frogs in the spring, clear the needles in the fall and winter, enjoy those long sunny summer days. I would have my stereo, my music. I would be near all of these great parks, where I could hike. I could go to Haggen or Freddie's, or Bayview. I could visit Island Market for a slice of pizza, Steamboat Annie's for a burger and fries, or Steamboat General Store and say, "Hi" to Joon.

I could attend St. Chris's, if they ever get the leadership I would like, or go to the Unitarian Church. I could drive out to the ocean, or up to Mt. Rainier. I could go to Seattle from time to time. I could take the train, just to get away.

And I could write. I could write about butterflies and beasts and bees. I could write about living and cruising, and taking naps. I could write about meditating and exercising and eating right. I could write about retirement. I could write about people and anxiety and schizoaffective disorder, which is more like bipolar disorder with a touch of unreality at times. I could write, in short, about my life. Through this, I could reach out to others. I could live the genuine and authentic life. What's not to like?

  
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KAREN608 3/28/2014 12:24AM

    You do have a way with words.

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SHAKESALOT 3/27/2014 9:18AM

    emoticon Never to late to start anew. I say, "Why not?" Go for it!! Loved the blog and how it caught my interest. Have yourself an awesome day!! Look forward to future ones.

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SERENE-BEAN 3/27/2014 1:47AM

    Lovely! If you want some reading recommendations about becoming a working writer, let me know.

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4EVERNESS 3/26/2014 10:09PM

    But if the days were long and sunny, would you write then, or joyously procrastinate until the rains came? And what of the pine needles? Are they spruce, or just what kind?

What are these special places that you tease us with, that you taunt without elucidation?

What is lacking in the leadership at St. Chris'? And you are not writing of these, and what, if any, corrections you might make and how? Often, if possible, the best change comes from within...just as conversion did to begin with (or one's decisive battle to go for good as opposed to negativity). Is the Unitarian Church have the ideals you want or might the leadership you seek be based on assumptions or merely first impressions?

What are the interests in Seattle? Why would or should those possibly be of interest? Mt. Ranier, what is it's elevation? The indigenous flora and fauna? The surrounding scenery?

Life is always authentic, are you making it the authentic that you care for?

How's that for the brainstorm to get pen or keyboard in hand? Nah, he won't.... LOL


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4EVERNESS 3/26/2014 9:59PM

    But if the days were long and sunny, would you write then, or joyously procrastinate until the rains came? And what of the pine needles? Are they spruce, or just what kind?

What are these special places that you tease us with, that you taunt without elucidation?

What is lacking in the leadership at St. Chris'? And you are not writing of these, and what, if any, corrections you might make and how? Often, if possible, the best change comes from within...just as conversion did to begin with (or one's decisive battle to go for good as opposed to negativity). Is the Unitarian Church have the ideals you want or might the leadership you seek be based on assumptions or merely first impressions?

What are the interests in Seattle? Why would or should those possibly be of interest? Mt. Ranier, what is it's elevation? The indigenous flora and fauna? The surrounding scenery?

Life is always authentic, are you making it the authentic that you care for?

How's that for the brainstorm to get pen or keyboard in hand? Nah, he won't.... LOL

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REGILIEH 3/26/2014 9:21PM

    I hope you do it! I loved this blog and the words you used and how you put them together.

So happy you blogged again! I still want to buy your book so I look forward to you writing for the next 30 years!

Happy early birthday!

Anne

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RUN4FOOD 3/26/2014 8:16PM

    Sounds like a good plan. Writing could be lots of fun and maybe even make you some money. Is blogging a good way to get started and get some recognition?

I'm a year older than you and still trying to decide what I want to do when I grow up. Both of my parents are still alive at 91 so I too supposedly have many years ahead of me.

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ICECUB 3/26/2014 7:42PM

  SOUNDS GOOD!! I LOVE TO READ IT IS A GREAT ESCAPE. GO FOR IT!! emoticon

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SYDLETZIII 3/26/2014 6:13PM

    Writing is fun-go for it.

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EDDYMEESE 3/26/2014 3:09PM

    What a fantastic, refreshing attitude! I suggest you print out this blog and frame it - read it when life gets in the way!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 3/26/2014 6:49AM

    What a wonderful out look! You CAN do it! emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 3/26/2014 5:41AM

    You can certainly do all these things.....
Woohoo....30 years of life to go....you can accomplish SOOOOO much...
go you...Start today

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/26/2014 4:12AM

    I assume your economy is fixed and it should be a great plan. For me though I would need some sort of chevkpointds - meetings to have my work evaluated, deadlines to deliver something etc.

I am one year younger and you and the thougt of having 30 years ahead to develope some skill is really exciting. It goes along with my own thoughts lately and thank you for that!

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BOPPY_ 3/26/2014 1:58AM

    I agree about the plan, except writing about the naps! emoticon

Lee emoticon

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FANCYKAYAH 3/26/2014 1:28AM

    Sounds like a really nice plan, now do it!

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The Slow, Slow Decline

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I started with this newer way of eating last summer. I got it from one of the hosts of the Spark Radio show who took off sixty five pounds and successfully kept it off. It consists of two princlples: Eat only when you are hungry, and eat only until you are satisfied, not full. It takes a little practice to do this effectively. It helps to recognize when you are eating emotionally, instead of out of hunger. However, I have incorporated this into my eating practices, and have lost 15 lbs since last summer in a very gradual (and satisfying) way. This was after a big weight gain that wouldn't stop when I went off the Atkins program. Using these principles, I stopped the gain, and began to ever so gradually lose. Thanks to you Spark Radio.

  
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ICECUB 3/7/2014 8:38PM

  I ENJOY READING THE BLOGS. I USUALLY USE WEIGHT WATCHERS. LAST SUMMER I WAS WALKING EVERY MORNING SOMETIME IN THE EVENINGS AND MY LEG AND HIP STARTED HURTING TERRIBLE, ESPECIALLY WHEN I WAS WORKING AND I HAD TO CUT BACK. I'M HOPING LOSING WEIGHT WILL HELP ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO GET OFF MY MEDS. GOOD LUCK WITH WEIGHT LOST JOURNEY.

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/3/2014 11:54PM

    Great job, and the program makes a lot of sense. emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 2/22/2014 3:37AM

    It is a great way of eating Glenn...you can so do it and achieve great success....

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GENRE009 2/11/2014 10:19AM

    saw you answer some of the same spark friends I have. thought I would stop in, and see how you are. I can see your attitude is so much better, Although I do realize you still have a lot of pain, and hope some day this also goes away. take care, and I hope life gives you roses. eva

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SHAKESALOT 2/7/2014 6:49PM

    emoticon I may have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/6/2014 7:48PM

    Good for you! I also believe that gradual weight loss is key and will help you maintain it. Hang in there.

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/6/2014 7:25PM

    that is just so vey awesome . so glad you are doing well . Now I will need to try it.

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FANCYKAYAH 2/6/2014 8:36AM

    I've learned a lot off of Spark Radio, glad it helped you so much. Also I saw a video this morning that if you eat off smaller plates that is the simplest thing you can do to lose weight as well! I'm reading 100 Days of Weight Loss and it suggests eating until you are satisfied as well and not stuffed full~

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PLMITCH 2/5/2014 10:52PM

    emoticon emoticon

It's all about the journey and what is right for you!

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EDDYMEESE 2/5/2014 9:37PM

    Great job, well done!

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POSITIVEHOPE 2/5/2014 6:51PM

    I've been practicing Mindful Eating. I follow the SP planned eating on the low carb and low fat end of the range. When I eat I try to focus on the moment, savor, enjoy and stop. I recently read about recent brain research on compulsive eating urges and how if we stop responding to the urges they will actually diminish.
Congratulations on your success with gradual but steady progress toward your goal. We turtles are winners all the same.


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ZMADAME 2/5/2014 5:45PM

    Thank you for sharing. I need to incorporate that into my eating habits. I tend to multi-task and before I know it I've eaten way more than I set out to. It is a skill I hope to master. Congratulations!!! emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 2/5/2014 4:24PM

    emoticon emoticon
That's fantastic! I have tried that but not mastered it. I haven't had the patience!! LOL!!
Great job!! emoticon

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NHES220 2/5/2014 4:20PM

    That is great! Good for you for finding out what works!

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Do Vegetarians Live Longer than Meat Eaters?

Friday, January 31, 2014

They do. According to studies cited in an article I just read on the MSN network, they live an average of 6 years longer. I wonder where that puts Atkins' people and paleo people on the spectrum? Glenn

  
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LYNMEINDERS 2/22/2014 3:34AM

    Thanks for that...thats awesome

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FANCYKAYAH 2/4/2014 8:24AM

    I try to eat vegetarian/vegan as much as I can but I think being active helps a lot. Also good genetics helps longevity as well~ I think the vegetarian & vegans live longer maybe because of less pesticides and other things that are in meat and dairy, just my initial ideas~

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MADMIRANDA 2/1/2014 3:37AM

    Genes.

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KAREN608 1/31/2014 11:10PM

    I've lived in our small town over twenty years, and observed the ones that live to 90-100. They all eat a variety of foods, are a proper weight (most of them) and the main thing was that they remained active as long as possible with walking, trike pedaling and volunteering. No vegetarians. Most had worked hard on little farms for most of their life and drank well water. Average age before going to a care facility was 92. I hope I have that quality of life. One lady is over 200 lbs and she is 90 and still in her own apartment. Another man is 93 and still in his apartment. All I can say is wow. So it is doable without being a vegetarian. Yet I think it is a good idea for health.

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GREENGENES 1/31/2014 10:03PM

    Yeah, but is that really living :-). Just kidding. A colleague does research on the link between body mass and longevity as well as nutritional limitation and longevity. Very interesting work. In most animals there is a clear correlation between lower body mass and nutrient limitation and longevity.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 1/31/2014 12:40PM

    I am a ghost! LOL!! emoticon
Actually I should have added I eat high fat/moderate protein/low carb veggies. I'm not exactly a meat eater. But I do love my meat!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 1/31/2014 12:40PM

    "spooky"!! The darn computer posted that twice- argh.

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