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Forks Over Knives

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

My husband and I started to watch this video off of Netflix last night and we totally amazed at some of the research presented. The study about heart disease in Norway when the Germans invaded and took all the farm animals to support the troops and the people had to resort to a plant based diet impressed my husband tremendously. He is a meat eater and that definitely made an impression to see how the incidence of heart disease dramatically dropped at that time and then started to increase as the meat became available again.

  
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DRACIL 9/26/2011 5:29PM

    Unfortunately, like Campbell's China Study, there's a lot of problems with this film: http://rawfoodsos.com/2011/09/22/fo
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For example, if you actually looked at that Norway example, you'll notice that though meat consumption went down 60%, fish consumption went up 200%! (i.e. 3 times as much)

They also ate a lot less sugar and margarine, things we know are bad now.

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HALF_THE_GIRL 9/13/2011 5:13PM

    My husband got me to watch it , we have been Vegan for 4 days

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GIANTPANDA 9/7/2011 9:10PM

    My hubbie and I plan to watch it tonight! I hope it persuades him to go even more toward a vegetarian diet.

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DS9KIE 9/7/2011 11:36AM

    I can't wait to get it from the library

Glad you got to see it

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SUNNYH99 9/7/2011 11:29AM

    Thanks for posting this! I haven't seen it yet, hope it comes on pay per view or cable at some point.

BTW, I showed the latest VegNews to my DH today because it had a feature on Asheville, NC, somewhere we want to visit again. I said nothing about the content, and he read it and said, "Sure seems like they have good food there!" Then he added, "Vegan food, too." That publication really helped me transition from vegetarian to vegan with the great recipes and mouth-watering photos and ads for vegan stuff of all kinds--food, shoes, cosmetics, supplements, appliances, books on vegan cooking and lifestyle, and entrancing ads for the animal sanctuaries around the country. Check it out!

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LIV2RIDE 9/7/2011 10:50AM

    I'm interested in seeing that as well. I hope to be able to convince Paul to sit down and watch it with me.

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NANCYBOAT 9/7/2011 9:13AM

    sounds very interesting - will have to check it out!

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GSWINNIE 9/7/2011 8:44AM

    Wow, interesting. I may have to watch that myself.

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New Mindset

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Wow! Last week was like a nightmare that I couldn't seem to wake up from. I am feeling better now and I wondering if I was not getting enough of some nutrients. I am doing a 5k program that is a bit more intense than I normally run and I had cut back on the whole wheat bread I normally ate.

So, I started to add more grains in the meals I prepared and now I feel better. I have not been tracking my food, but I think I better get back to it. I am going to use this program called Diet Power - it is one I can use offline and it tracks the micronutrients as well as the macronutrients and offers advice on what to eat if I am lacking in one, plus it takes into account the exercise I eat over time and advises how many calories I should be eating on a day by day basis.

Arby's has a billboard that says "Good Mood Food Ahead" - not that I'd agree that Arby's is a healthy or even good choice (we knew someone who worked at a meat packing plant and said that the "meat" used was the undesirable stuff - whether or not that is true, I don't know but I do know that I have often felt sick after eating there) Back to my blog - I think there is a connection between what we eat and how we feel.

Here is something I experienced one time, I got into an argument with one of my daughters and it left in a bad mood, I was angry and I could not shake it. Then I went to get my sister for our weekly walk and I was in such a bad mood that I suggested before we started our walk I "needed" to get some chocolate. So, we went to the store that had the good stuff, you know like $17.00 per pound. I bought 2 pieces, ate them and actually felt something in my brain and guess what?! Instant mood change.

Coincidence? I don't know. But to me, it is a testimony that the foods we eat can make a difference in how we feel.

  
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KELLEEH 9/6/2011 9:33PM

    I completely agree that food can affect your mood! I say we should use that fact to our advantage!

I'm glad you're feeling better now.

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WITCHYWOMAN45 9/6/2011 4:38PM

  It's been known since Roman times that wheat produces a euphoric effect similar to narcotics. I suspect your chocolate incident has the same path....all three (wheat, narcotics and chocolate) stimulate the pleasure center of our brains causing the change in mood by increasing endorphin release and other brain chemical changes.
The reverse is true also, taking an item out of our diet can help stop or lessen mood swings. For me, taking wheat and gluten out of my diet entirely leveled out my moods trememdously. The moods weren't the reason I eliminated those items, allergy and intolerace was, but the resulting side effect of being in a more stable state mentally was welcomed.

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LIV2RIDE 9/6/2011 11:24AM

    I found that when I eat a lot of bread and pasta (even whole grain) I feel fluffy and bloated. But when the whole grains I eat are brown rice, quinoa and the like I don't feel as off. I've now started limiting my bread a lot.

I read Dr. Neal Barnard's book Breaking the Food Seduction. He has a whole section on the addictive qualities of chocolate.

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I love it when....

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Just got back from my morning run and I enjoying the fact that I jogged about 1 mile without thinking my legs hurt, my hands are numb, my shoulders are tight, I can hardly breathe etc.

I love it when I just sort of zone out and then when I come back to reality I realize how far I went.

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KELLEEH 9/4/2011 11:35AM

    That's awesome!

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SWAN47 9/3/2011 11:15AM

    emoticon That's a great feeling. Have a wonderful weekend full of healthy food, exercise and fun... emoticon

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SUETEA 9/3/2011 11:15AM

    Yeah! Well done you! I just love it when that happens - just doesn't happen enough does it!
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OMG!!!! I lost 10 pounds

Friday, September 02, 2011

I just reviewed my page and came to realize that I actually lost 10 pounds since I started with Spark People back in April.

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BARBAELLEN 9/4/2011 8:11PM

    Do I ever understand how exciting that is!!! Looks like we both joined SP on the same day and are realizing the same rate of return on our efforts! Only difference is, I've got to do it all over again to be where you are! Congratulations!
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SUNNYH99 9/3/2011 8:18PM

    Good for you! I just saw this and I'm very happy for you! That's significant and worthy of a emoticon!!!
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LETYAK 9/3/2011 12:13PM

    awesome job!! congrats!!

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Congratulations!

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TOASTIE 9/2/2011 10:56AM

    way to go!

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I think I'm liking this plant-based diet

Friday, September 02, 2011

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Weight this morning is: 125.0 pounds I had listed 125 pounds as my goal weight because I am maintaining my weight and I went below the original number and because I have the ticker on my page I kept getting an error message, so I listed 125 so I would not drop below it. But, today I actually reached it and I was not really trying to reach it.

I have reached this twice in my adult life and it feels good to me. I attribute this to my not eating as many processed foods. In August, I went on a no candy bar challenge, I ate some candy a couple of times, but noticed that when I managed to get by without eating any for a week, my running improved.

I started focusing more on eating foods as close to the natural state as possible following principles I learned from reading Joel Fuhrman and John McDougall's books. I started to add more potatoes to my diet and found that I am actually craving sweets a lot less now.

My hubby made some chocolate covered walnuts the other day and I took a small bite - months ago I would have had a hard time stopping, but I did not really like the chocolate that was on them. Wow! Me not liking chocolate!!!

I am definitely learning that the more I change my diet and lifestyle, the more I benefit. I remember back when I started my weight loss journey and dropped the first 15 pounds, my husband commented on how much lighter I seemed on my feet as I walked. Now, I am able to run a 5k without stopping to walk if I put my mind to it. I am running a longer distance than I was a year ago.

Yeah, me, a runner. I was on the high school track team and I couldn't run fast enough to compete so I went to throwing the discus instead. I always hated running, now when I get frustrated, I like to go and run off some of the negativity.

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Please, feel free to comment on my blog and tell me how the change in your lifestyle has benefited you.

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JBROOKS 9/21/2011 7:52AM

  I am on day 3 of McDougall's 12-day program and I like it too! I get a little panicky when I get hungry, afraid I won't have anything to eat, but then I look at the various menu options he has listed and I have lots of leftovers. I'll be okay! You'll be okay! keep up the good work!

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LIV2RIDE 9/2/2011 9:50AM

    emoticon I know that I for one feel so much better being plant based. I have found that I'm craving sweets a lot less these days. It could be because I can't get enough fruit this summer. I'm so glad eating plant based is working out for you. I've always thought it was all about education. The more you know the more you want to improve what you put into your body. The better you feel the more you want to continue with it. The more improvement you see in your fitness level and health the more it motivates you to continue. Good for you!

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