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1,068 9/9/13 8:46 A
I know some people probably think I'm crazy because I'm at a healthy weight and still don't generally drink alcoholic beverages and I generally turn down sweets and choose entrees as restaurants that seem plain or "dietary" (like griled chicken dinner or a grilled chicken salad).
But other than these changes that I have implemented many years ago and stuck with, I have not added any new thing like avoiding processed food or stepping up my fitness program to where it takes more time away from other things I enjoy doing. I do think that some people can never find a healthy balance of moderation.
Those of you who say you "feel better" as vegans or vegetarians, I don't have a problem with that, but I'm 54 and I'm at a healthy weight, don't take any medications, have a low resting heart rate, and I feel great. I think for me it would be a little "crazy" to make any big changes to what I am already doing. We really don't need to obsess over our health habits once we find a reasonable balance that seems to work for us.
the only comments I have gotten are "You are too skinny" or "how many miles have you walked today".......as I walk a lot. If people don't like my life style then they can........"get some tissues and deal with their issues about my life"........It's mine and not theirs.....
I started my weight loss and fitness journey decades ago, but people have pretty much always thought I was crazy lol, so the focus on fitness and weight management hasn't fazed them much.
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9/8/13 9:48 A
@Jennilacey - I actually got one interesting reaction to lifting weights as well. It was a friend who was sure I would certainly start looking like a man within a couple months and cautioned me against it. Well it's been over a year and I definitely don't look like a man, but she still seems concerned.
People have some interesting preconceived notions about some very healthy things! Ha.
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9/8/13 9:41 A
@Meowzy: I have noticed a change! I have been at it about 6 weeks. I have eaten no red meat during that time. I have only eaten chicken twice, and seafood a handful of times.
I have been feeling a lot better, and I think it has been clearing my skin up a bit too which is a nice side effect. I have dealt with some mild-moderate acne since I was in middle school (I am almost 23 now), and it looks like it has improved. I haven't looked into it a lot yet on whether cutting down meat could be having that effect, but it has been the only major change I have made so I am assuming that it is.
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9/8/13 9:40 A
I haven't had that experience in my eating habits. I'm generally pretty relaxed about the foods I eat. I aim for 7+ veg and fruit a day, I don't eat much grains (never had, personal preference) other than oatmeal and I usually have a whole grain bread product once a day. I eat meat anywhere from 1-2x per day (chicken and seafood, occasionally pork tenderloin. I've never liked red meats). I eat a lot of dairy (yogurts, cottage cheese and other low fat cheeses) except milk, for some reason I can tolerate dairy products but not plain cow's milk so I use almond milk.
The biggest change I've made is that I make virtually all my meals from scratch and very little foods that are premade and prepackaged.
I don't eat out much at all. So when I do, I have whatever I feel like having. I just take half home with me.
I'm really not overly strict about my food choices and believe in moderation. I don't have off-limit foods. I aim to get plenty of protein, a low-moderate carb intake (mostly veg, fruit, legumes and some whole grains), a high-moderate fat intake. I watch my sodium and added sugars for the most part. Nothing too out of the ordinary and I certainly don't aim for perfection.
What I have received strange looks over is when I tell people I lift weights... apparently, in the real world... that's strange for a woman to do. My doctor was even taken aback and actually sort of chuckled to himself about it. Not impressed. :/
ETA- I love black beans but I have had some black bean burgers I made sitting in the freezer for about 6 months now, untouched. I just didn't care much for them. I love salmon burgers. If I'm going to do a burger, that's what I have. I use black beans (and chickpeas) to make brownies. They are awesome! Amazing texture. Thought I'd share:
That may seem off topic, but it is relevant. People expect me to do "odd" things. They're not surprised when I stop eating processed foods, make my own bread and hummus, go hiking regularly. They're surprised when I do normal things, like shopping or watching tv. So this has been wonderfully helpful as I try to live a healthier life. I don't really have to explain anything.
A lot of people still get defensive though - I haven't eaten much meat since I was 18 or so, and still my brother and my father obsess over it, as though I'm somehow diseased. That's their problem, though. I think when you start living in a healthier and more sustainable way, a lot of people feel you might mean it as a criticism of their own habits. So - even as they get used to it, it doesn't go away entirely.
9/8/13 9:31 A
When they saw me weighing every single thing I eat, even things like ketchup...
Have you noticed any change so far? I've been vegan for a while now and it definitely makes me feel waaaay better... I have some friends that agree that not eating meat makes them feel happier :) and they're not even vegan...
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9/8/13 9:22 A
When I started started this process I just started going to the gym 5 days a weeks. No one thought that was strange.
Then I started cutting out processed foods. When that portion of this journey started I would get some interesting looks from my friends when I would turn down certain things.
Now I have cut down on my meat intake pretty drastically. I was having meat with almost every meal, and I am trying to see how I feel cutting back. When I do eat meat it has mostly been fish. Now friends are starting to look at me like I have grown a third head. If they want to go out to a burger place, and I have the black bean burger I get those looks as if I have transformed into an alien life form. Ha.