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I sure do hope that *skinny sister* knows what she is talking about!


Sunday, March 08, 2009

I don't know how true but I sure hope my sister knows what she is talking about!

She said that while we are losing weight we will always have loose skin.

But, she said that when we start to maintain our weight the skin will start firming up again!

Keep the faith and keep walking and working those muscles!

Hugs y'all,
Linda
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CAROL_ 3/9/2009 9:36AM

    Hi Linda,

The person I heard took omega3s at every meal and lost 200lbs and didn't have saggy skin. I have 190 to lose, but, I don't know for sure but I THINK I'm starting the process older than when he finished the process.

So the obvious sources are salmon & tuna. But I don't care for fish. I DO like canned albacore tuna, so I've started making that again. Usually I rotate: 1 week tuna salad (I put it on green salad, on Triscuits for 3-hour snack, and on whole grain toast for sandwich). 1 week oil & vinegar pasta salad with tuna & veggies & whole wheat pasta. And 1 week tuna patties, either as sandwich or plated bare with veggies. Those are my 3 standbys. I don't care for tuna casserole, at all, no way no how, no thank you.

I am trying to make myself cook fresh salmon once a week. It's supposed to be NOT farm raised; they have less omegas and nutrition. You are supposed to get the deep sea kind, make sure it has the word WILD on it. There are code names, too: Pacific usually but not always means wild and sea; Atlantic means farm raised. A fillet that is pre-cut into 4 pieces in a very long plastic bag, is what I buy frozen from the grocer's freezer. I do like leftover salmon on a bed of tabouli, that's pretty good. Salmon and I are still not friends, but I try. I have canned salmon too but I don't eat it. Another lifestyle change there that I need to negotiate the learning curve on. I've collected the recipes, just need to do it. You'd think if I liked canned albacore I'd have no problem with canned salmon. But no. The redder the salmon is, the better is: Chinook is best, followed by Pacific Wild, followed by canned pink, followed by farm-raised Atlantic.

I do like halibut, though; I just never buy it. I need to look for that next time I'm at the store and see if that's avail frozen, as well. I do not eat any scavenger animals like shrimp.

You are supposed to do the fish things twice a week. I target 3 times cause I know I'll probably skip one of the three.

Then as far as other meals, I just have to be honest, I do not like screwing around with flax seed and flax seed oil, and all that crap. Lifestyle changes are supposed to reflect something you can live with everyday, and I do NOT want to live that way every day. Because you can't grind them ahead of time, you have to grind them as you use them, and if you don't grind them they pass right through. What a pain. It's not a habit I want to acquire. But you can buy flax seed bread, or grind the seeds and sprinkle them on your salad, etc.

I do pre-measure one ounce of omega3 nuts into snack size ziplocs and keep a big bag of those in the fridge, Trader Joe's has good nuts. And if you add 2 brazil nuts to each bag, they are not omega nuts, but you'll get a full day's selenium from a natural & good tasting source. And there are all kinds of studies about how people who regularly include nuts in their diet, come out ahead of the pack. So the fish I can do, but can't eat them everyday, the nuts and some of the seeds I can do, but I can't eat them everyday either as they're too high cal. So I have to be honest here, I take supplements. I take whatever is on sale that I have a coupon for. Usually fish oil capsules but sometimes flax or whatever. Here's a list of omega 3 foods. I won't put supplements on the list. Enjoy!!

"Omega-3s have the medically proven ability to reduce the amount of fat in your blood and help lower triglycerides. Triglycerides are a huge risk factor in heart attacks. Not only are they good for the heart but they help with depression, type 2 diabetes, fatigue, dry and itchy skin, brittle hair and nails, joint pain and other inflammation in the body, and the inability to concentrate. Here are some top 10 food sources for Omega-3s. Start a healthy habit by adding some of these items to your daily diet and remember to buy organic when available."

Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
CauliflowerR>Chinook salmon, baked/broiled
Cooked Soybeans
Cooking oils such as flax seed oil, canola oil, and soybean oil
Dried Ground Cloves
Dried Ground Oregano
Flax seeds (men to avoid, re, prostate research; but the guy I know, didn't avoid)
Green leafy vegetables
Halibut, baked/broiled
Mustard Seeds
Nuts and seeds like walnuts first, then almonds, pecans, pine nuts, and flax seed
Orange juice with omega3s added
Salmon, Halibut, Cod
Scallops, baked/broiled
Shrimp, steamed, boiled
Snapper, baked
Soybeans, cooked
Soy and tofu
Tofu, raw
Winter squash

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_VALEO_ 3/9/2009 5:30AM

    I guess that when someone lost lot of pounds, the body and the skin need time to adjust.
That's the reason why it's better to lose slowly and steadily.

Strength training is great to get rid of this loose skin. Keep up working those muscles of yours!

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CAROL_ 3/9/2009 4:19AM

    I didn't read the other comments, but, two things I've heard I'm trying, regarding skin. I don't know if they're true, but have heard they are. I don't know if it will make a difference at my age of 46 but it's worth a try.

1. Omega 3s everyday at every meal will make a huge difference - have to be dedicated and have some at every meal, preferably.
2. Cortisol, the hormone released by stress, thins skins and ruins it's elasticity - cortisol damages the elasticity of the collagen.

I have noticed that during times of my life when I've been unemployed, when I'm not at a high-stress job, I lose weight "naturally".

I've always been uptight, all my life. So I'm de-stressing many times per day. At the top of each hour I TRY to squeeze in deep breathing meditation with peaceful affirmations while I concentrate on breathing; at the bottom of each hour I TRY to walk or do graceful stretches, etc., gentle movement with peaceful affirmations. The purpose of both is keep de-stressed. Only 5 mins each.

When I skip an hour then I do them the following hour. Even if I only get them done 5X per day (instead of 16), hey that's 5 more times than what I used to, and much more de-stressed than I used to be.

Even if both do nothing for my skin, they are healthy for the rest of me.

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DINA:-) 3/9/2009 12:24AM

    very interesting! i guess we just need more patience!

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JENIFIREHARP 3/8/2009 8:37PM

    I think she's right, my weight loss has started to slow down and I think my skin is starting to "catch up"... I don't think I will ever look 20ish again, BUT at least I plan on looking as good as I can for my age!

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VICKI-B-1956 3/8/2009 6:24PM

  I understand it takes time, but will firm up. And the more you exercise, the faster it happens.
Vicki

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MARTY19 3/8/2009 5:43PM

    If she is lying then we willl go and stretch out her skin. LOL

Marty

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