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3/26/13 10:28 P

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I moved this thread to the top for a member who wanted to read my click moment. Hopefully we can all find inspiration in these sharings and maybe more people will share, too!

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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I think the click for me was starting back at my internship this summer while on break from college. Last year (Summer 2011), I'd had to go out and buy new work clothes because I'd already gained too much weight to fit in the ones I used to wear. Those were my "fat" clothes and I swore to myself I'd shrink out of them by the end of the summer. It never happened - and worse, when I went back this summer, they were all too small! I was sleeping 10 or 11 hours some nights and still not rested, eating junk food constantly because I felt stressed, and feeling horrible about myself. In the last two months, though, I've lost enough weight that now last year's "fat" clothes are too big!! 35 pounds down!

Right now, I'm finished with the initial 6 week program, and trying to stay strong. It's getting hard, so I've turned to SparkPeople and this team to hopefully find some support in my journey, and to support others in theirs. =)

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7/29/12 5:42 P

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KEGOGN: Definitely a *click* experience! It sounds like you have found the determination to stay the course this time and become very healthy! It will be interesting to hear from you when you find a solution to the tax season slump in your health. I'm sure there must be one! I'm cheering you on!

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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My 1st "click" moment happened on September 26, 2011, as I sat watching the Dodgers vs Diamondbacks game at Chase Field. I was texting with a friend about losing weight and it hit me that in just over a year from that day, I would be turning the big 4-0! I guess all along I assumed that by the time I turned 40, things would have got better, diet wise, and I would be doing great.... WRONG! It was that moment when I realized I NEEDED to lose weight and that I would! I wanted to have at least 100#'s off by my 40th. I started out doing good, lost 30#'s pretty quickly, but then things went to the typical yo-yo as Tax Season started (my busiest time of the year, where I typically work 100+ hour weeks, and since we moved, I now work 103 miles from home - dont commute though, stay at a friends during the week). As soon as Tax Season was over, I hit the road for a big road trip with a friend and though I usually lose weight on trips, I came back at the same exact weight, 40#'s lost overall, but I knew I was really swollen. Over the next month things didnt get better, I settled back into some of my old habits (being big time lazy after tax season, as I have summers off) and my weight stayed the same. It was through this time that my wife suggested I read "Eat To Live" and was excited because Dr. Oz wrote the forward. I couldn't have cared less, honestly. To me it was just yet another diet book and as we ALL know, diets do not work! However, at 2:30am on June 14th I found myself sitting in the ER, sick with my blood pressure being sky high (170/109-ish). As i sat there waiting to be seen, I saw that my wife brought her copy of ETL. I was so anxious, I needed to do something, so I picked it up and started reading. When we got home from the ER a few hours later, I laid down in bed and kept reading... I was hooked! The things he said in this book just simply made sense to me. The next day I read more and eventually finished the book and decided that, THIS is what I need! Like Joe Cross says at the beginning of "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead", "I think in a funny way, I'm thankful I got sick, because if I didn't get sick... that was kinda my bodies way to tell me to slow down and get well." I fully agree. I started my new lifestyle on June 18th... and I haven't looked back! :)

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"I think in a funny way, I'm thankful I got sick, because if I didn't get sick... that was kinda my bodies way to tell me to slow down and get well." - Joe Cross in "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead".

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7/23/12 8:56 A

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Thanks for sharing, KASHI! Your click was similar to the response I had when I first started reading about the benefits of a vegetarian diet in Diet, Life Expectancy, and Chronic Disease by Gary E. Fraser, which is an overview of 40 years of studies of Seventh Day Adventists. On average, vegetarians lived 7 years longer than the general population, with a better quality of life in the later years. I had also read in an ADA pamphlet that eating vegetarian can cut your risk of colon cancer by something like 70% (it was high). Since my mom died of colon cancer (at 83--could have been worse), my risk of having colon cancer was very high, so suddenly eating vegetarian seemed VERY attractive.

Then the studies of milk consumption in the seven country studies also influenced my attitude toward dairy. The higher the level of milk consumption, the more hip fractures. Not for me!

Although we are also emotional beings, sometimes ideas do count! Food preferences and habits are much more malleable than most people think!

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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7/23/12 7:39 A

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My "click" moment was actually a stutter-step of things that happened in rather quick succession. Believe it or not, this is the abridged version:

A few other influences and changes that I won't get in to here lead up to me grabbing ETL one day. And as I was reading through it, I hit his bar graph comparing intake of plant foods versus incidents of disease. (I don't know the page of it for the old book that I read. Now that i've bought his updated soft-cover book, it's page 60 here) But this perfect inverse correlation looking kind of like an X just hit home the message that had been planted like little seeds in my mind over the preceding few months.

My head always knew that was the healthy stuff to eat - but it hadn't hit home to make a real core difference. For some reason, that visual picture combined with a blog I was in to at the time, and some other things going on in my life, just sealed my conviction that that was the way to eat.

(longer story was what started my blog, here: veggiekate.com/2010/01/01/4/ )

It's been a long, bumpy journey with some yo-yo style changes. But it's been a "two steps forward, one step back - with an occasional romp in the mud of junk food" process as I've gotten closer and closer to eating the way I want - near vegan diet, high raw. Definitely loving that this book helps make those steps achievable.

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7/12/12 7:34 P

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Is it working for you? I'm glad that this made sense to you. I, too, enjoy eating all of the nutritious foods until full. I don't eat chicken, beef, pork, and avoid fish as much as possible. I rely mainly on beans, veggies, fruit, and whole grains. I have an occasional sweet treat, but avoid most sweets.

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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7/11/12 12:34 P

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In terms of "click" moment, it was when I read the book, "Eat to Live." (March, 2012)
For the first time it made sense to feed myself NUTRITIOUS foods to the maximum and see if I was still hungry for anything else!

-- I personally have not eliminated any food group, per se, but I DO ask myself about the nutrition in what I eat.
A calorie is NOT a calorie in terms of benefit nutritionally for my body.
(ie. 50 calories of spinach is NOT = to 50 calories of M&M's!)

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~C. Malesherbes~

"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." Proverbs 16:9




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6/15/12 1:51 P

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Thanks, BROWNDEN1/ With God's help I will be able to stay s rong. I have a good strong church family who will help whenever they can/ I have faith to believe that between God and my diet that it will be reversed, but if it doesn't then God knows best.

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6/15/12 11:12 A

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AWELLS60 - I'm sorry to hear you've had so many challenges with your health. Sounds like you've had alot to deal with. Stay strong and hang in there!

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6/15/12 12:38 A

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It is also amazing how much more you can spend on new vegetables or fruits to try. Since I do not eat meat and dairy, I have a lot more to spend to try new vegetables or at least try something that I have not tried before.

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Never did like coffee so I had no problem with tht. I drink mostly water - sometimes lemon water especially first thing in the morning. I really don't miss them or grains much. I know I will never eat dairy again. I may have breast cancer and I am relying on my diet of fresh vegetables,k seeds, and nuts to get me through that. I am also a diabetic and have lowered my blood sugars enough that I can eliminate the insulin and syringes. That was a big goal for me. Now I just have to reverse the breast cancer, if that it what it is,, and also the diabetes. I think my A1c would be close to the 6% mark about now, but I have 2 more months to go before I can get that tested. But as long as my body is under the stress of the breast cancer or fibroadenoma it is not going to reverse the diabetes very easily

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6/14/12 4:37 P

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2B_BETTER - I know the feeling of the coffee crutch. I do miss it occasionally but have switched to decaf green tea instead. 3 lbs in 3 days...you're on your way!!

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6/14/12 7:27 A

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AWELLS60: You would probably find information of interest in The Cancer Survivors' Guide: Foods that Help you Fight Back, by Neal Barnard and Jennifer K. Reilly. I really love that book, and I haven't had cancer. Full of nutritional information in regard to health, (including breast cancer), very readable.

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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6/13/12 8:35 P

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Great story, Moms3Kids! There are similar stories on Dr. McDougall's website under Star McDougallers.

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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My goal, besides losing weight, is to get rid of insulin and the syringes. I just HATE syringes. Well, one goal met. I haven't had to take any insulin for about 3 weeks now. I am not so sure I will be able to reverse my diabetes because the stress of having a fibroadenoma or breast cancer is keeping my blood sugar up, unfortunately. But I understand that eating raw vegetables will reverse my cancer, too, if that is what it is. So my diet stands as it is. Raw vegetables, mostly greens, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables, seeds, and nuts, no cooked food, no meat, no dairy, no grains.

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When my mobility became an issue the arthritis in my knees was becoming very inflamed and painful making tennis matches very hard and even walking the dog - was popping ibuprofen all the time and my knees were getting worse.... I knew it was all downhill from here and it was part of aging now that I'm 50.... Started getting depressed and then started getting mad - I wasn't going down without a fight!!!
A couple of days into the diet my knees felt better now 6 months later they are great - playing tennis - figure skating and taking dog for long walks - turns 50 wasn't aging me - my diet was!!!!

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Donna, I think you are going to love the surprise of everything improving. Good luck to you..

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Thank you for the link. I will look at it a bit more later. I find the site hard to find anything and of course, my mind freaked out about starch:~

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Sarah, I'm glad that you have seen such great results. Fuhrman's eating style includes smoothies, salads, soups, and sorbets. You'll enjoy reading about it as you go along. You may also enjoy seeing some of the Star Mcdougallers, including many who had rheumatoid arthritis, talking about their plant-based healing at www.drmcdougall.com

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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My 'click' moment actually came a couple of weeks ago. It had been popping into my head about eating fruits and veggies as I read page after page on naturally helping with RA symptoms. I have always been interested in natural things. Then I came across juicing and smoothies. I could not see the sense in juicing and wasting the pulp. When I went to Walmart, I came to the kitchen ware and looked at processors and blenders. I looked at the NInja and really could not afford it right then. Then I found my GE digital one 600watts on sale for $40.00. I stopped at the store and bought some fresh veggies and went home and put it to the test. I loved it and also realized I was satisfied. Eating this way is so natural. I hope to change my family's way of eating also and will do so gradually. For now, most of the day is spent sipping on a smoothie and I love it.

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Hi SARAHSALLY
I started this program on 3/8. I have not read the book as of yet. I started with fruits and veggies and just blend them to make smoothies. The results so far are amazing for me blood sugar wise, Parkinson wise and RA wise (even though today, I am experiencing pain with one finger)
Sometimes I eat my salad. If I crave something I may have a few bites and exercise control. I still stay away from high carbohydrate items and have been a bit reluctant adding beans.
There are many areas where I need to improve and will do so with time. Just looking forward to this amazing journey.
Good luck to you..Sarah

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Hi everyone. Returning to SP...yet again. How many times have I done this? And that was part of the "click" in the last day or two. The other two big motivators were buying a Vitamix, and having someone on a VM list talk about a movie she had just watched, "Fat, Sick and Almost Dead. Dr. Fuhrman is interviewed throughout, though the two men begin with a fruit and veg juice diet before transitioning to ETL. It was inspirational, and here I am. I'm using the Vitamix for the next week to detox, and then will start the 6-week program next Sunday.

I look forward to "meeting" all of you, and thanks in advance for the support I know I'll get here, and great recipes :))

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My 'click' moment: I've been trying to eat right ever since my sig other died of heart disease. I lost, like, 25 pounds right after he died, but over the last 18 months have slowly gained some of that back. And I hadn't found a plan that worked. Anything that restricted calories failed after only a few weeks. Then my mom had been talking about this new plan, Eat for Health (it's like Eat to Live, but it gets you there in 4 stages). She's always going on & on about (I'll call it Diet Plan X, from the 80's) & how good that was. Yeah, back then I was muscular and thought I was fat, but I really wasn't, and it's that damn plan that got me started on this ever-climbing roller coaster! So I kind of ignored her, yeah, mom, sounds great... Then she brought over book 1 for me to borrow. I decided to read it. I mean, it's not like I haven't read a ton of diet/exercise books before. How could this be any different? I started reading and I couldn't put it down. I like Dr. F's attitude. He presents info without being pushy. He's, like, regardless of what the USDA food pyramid & countless others say, THIS is really how the human body works vis a vis food. It's fact. I've given you information, now you decided what you want to do with it. Informational, not pushy. But I think what really convinced me to buy my own copy & start the program was the chapter that discusses toxic cravings vs true hunger. Yup, because that's what has always sabotaged my eating plans before, those detox feelings I thought were hunger. So I keep re-reading those chapters! However, right now I have a tight feeling in my throat and my mouth feels dry even though my salivary glands feel full... I think this might be true hunger! I'm gonna go have some breakfast emoticon

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Thanks for your encouragement. I believe there will be a lot of things I will be able to add back like some of the high glycemic fruits. But I know I am headed in the right direction. My BG before supper was 115 this evening. That suprised me a great deal so it may not be long before I can add back. But it does n't stress me out about it. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods. Strawberries are another and they are still on my plan, so that is not bad.

I ordered Eat To LIve from Amazon this afternoon. It was about half the price of the original. I should receive it by Friday.

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2/14/12 5:33 A

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You might also find Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes a helpful read. I think once you lose 15% of your weight, you may be able to add back a few things like sweet potatoes and oatmeal without as strong a reaction by your metabolism.

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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Hello, I am new to this team, too, b ut not to eating raw/vegetarian. I starttede to go vegetarian the weekend before Thanksgiving. My family thought I was strange because I would not eat any turkey. I tried a couple of years ago to go raw after I watched "raw for Thirty", but didn't know much abut it then so gave up before the first 30 days. A friend of mine was diagnosed as diabetic and we were talking and she suggested i watch "Forks Over Knives", which I did the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Then I saw a documentary called "Eating, 3rd Edition" and that made it even plainer.

I am diabetic and trying to reverse my diabetes. I am eliminating anything that spikes my BG and found that high-glycemic fruit and grains do that. Then tonight my sugar spiked up to 202 and I think the sweet potato is what is doing that. I ate the first half Saturday night and m sugar was 170..

I am doing quite well on this diet. The cataract in my left eye seems to be dissolving - slowly - but the vision is better in that eye. I have lost 21 lbs,and getting into my smaller dresses. My lab work results are within the normal ranges. Cholesterol is a little high but still within the normal range. My pancreas is even wrking. My c-peptide was 1.48 and normal is 0-3

I have been having a lot of fun putting together my meals. I have learned to like more and different vegetables than I have ever eaten before. It has been fun - and interesting I am looking forward to reading all the tips and techniques, etc., that all of you can suggest to us.

I have not been able to purchase Dr. Fuhrman's book yet, but I did purchase a membership to his website and program. I have downloaded and printed his program for Diabetes Type II. He has oatmeal on the list but I have had to eliminate that as well, as least for awhile.

ANna

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"The pictures of the three stomachs with 400 calories of oil, 400 calories of chicken, and 400 calories of spinach, eggplant, and beans really hit home!"

Click! Isn't it wonderful to feel satisfied and also know that you are healthy and on your way to a healthy weight?

I really like feeling satisfied and not driven to eat the junk food in our environment.

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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HELLO! My "click" moment was reading the part in Eat to Live about how caloric restriction could never work if you are eating nutrient-lacking foods. The pictures of the three stomachs with 400 calories of oil, 400 calories of chicken, and 400 calories of spinach, eggplant, and beans really hit home! I was also blown away by all of the misinformation we are fed by government organizations about nutrition and RDAs. I'm SOLD on eating vegetables, fruits, and beans. I also LOVE the idea of not having to count calories or track my eating (I really hate doing that). I'm really looking forward to eating healthy and BEING healthy for the first time in my life!
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Love the rhyme! So true!

Thanks for the reply. This looks like a really active and supportive group. emoticon

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CPAP
Mind snap
Stop eating crap.
Think I'm on the right track.
Gotta get my life back.

Calamity Jane, I think you'll be amazed at how full and satisfied you feel eating this way. If you do feel a little hungry, have a bowl of oatmeal or some more soup or salad. Keep us updated on how it goes for you, and please post a question whenever you have one.


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The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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My sweet hubby tried to convince me that I could lose the weight how he did - by cutting back, still eating a SAD diet. Well, I'm glad it works for him, but my cravings are still wild when I don't eat with nutrition in mind.

I toyed with the idea of following this plan last summer, but after fixing 2 kinds of meals I got to thinking, well, maybe I could do it his way...after all if he can I can, right? Right. lol

So anyway, my click moment came just last Friday actually. I've been snoring badly and loudly for at least the last 3 years (as long as my hubby and I have been together) so after trying every homemade remedy I could find (which were all epic failures) I broke down and went to the doctor.

Long story short, last Friday (the 13th, mind you..lol) my DME provider came to see me with my new "lifelong" companion - a CPAP (for my sleep apnea).

Let me tell you, sitting there while she explained how to use it, etc. I was thinking to myself "what are you doing? You know that weight loss could potentially help you be rid of all this mess, so what are you waiting for...death?"

That's when I realized that no amount of "cutting back" on a regular SAD diet would help me because I would totally fail within a few days of doing so. Believe me, I know!

So now it's been only 4 days of being "on plan" and I'm feeling better (despite being tired from trying to get used to the CPAP, finding the right mask, etc.) and my cravings are getting less and less.

Another thing which scared me the most was that I would eat and then within an hour I would be hungry again - not head hunger but actual stomach rumbling hunger...scary. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and the thought of getting diabetes too (which we Hashi's are statistically higher to getting) scares the bejeezers out of me, let me tell ya!

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Talk to you guys later!

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Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

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Hello, I am new to the ETL program but have been flirting with the raw/plant based lifestyle for a while now. I am finally at a point, that I am sick and tired of being sick and tired, and know that now is my time to change. I am highly motivated and have set myself up for success. My frig is now only for "fresh and alive foods", and all the boxed, canned junk food is gone! If its not in the house, I can't eat it (hee-hee). I have about 100 pounds to lose overall, but it took 10 years to put on the weight, so I will be patient with myself to lose it.

My click moment was when one of my girls wanted to play frisbee in the yard, and I could barely run to catch the frisbee without being out of breath. My second click moment, was while attending a university class discovering I could not use the flip down desk part, as my tummy was too big! URGH! Looking forward to feeling better and being able to be more active with my girls. emoticon

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Good morning! I am new to this team. My "click" moment came last summer. On the advice of a friend, I tried a natural supplement that was touted on Dr. Oz's show as a great way to trim belly fat. After a few days, any little exertion would make my heart pound, which scared me silly. It took days for the stuff to get out of my system and for the scary heart thumping to stop. I had seen other Spark members refer to ETL, so I bought a copy of the book. I made myself read all the science stuff in the beginning of the book, instead of just jumping straight into the eating plan. I felt so amazingly good and was dropping weight daily - but then we went on vacation, school started, blah blah blah, and it's been very hard to get back 100% on plan. I'm taking advantage of the New Year symbolism and restarting on Sunday! I am excited to find this team and am looking forward to amazing health.
Ellie

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Good to have you with us! It's interesting that films can have such a powerful effect on our lives.

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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Welcome to the team. Look forward to hearing from you on the message boards.

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Hello: I am new to the team. I have been following the Eat to Live principles for a few months now. I am not new to vegan; my hubby has been vegan for a few years due to cholesterol issues, my kids are not vegan and I sometimes fluctuate between the two, however, I eat mostly a plant-based diet.

My goal this year is to really embrace the plant-based diet. I love green smoothies, I love the concept of raw (although I do like my cooked veggie soups in the winter) and I understand the importance of including as much fresh produce as possible in the diet and to avoid processed anything. My diet is a work in progress but I am so happy to find this group.

Looking forward to starting the New Year off right with a plant-based diet!

My ah-ha moments: Watching "Supersize Me". "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead", Food-Inc" and reading "Eat to Live", "Super Immunity" and a few other raw and vegan books.

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My best advice is to focus on what you are eating, and to make it as attractive as possible to you. If I prepare food I really like and eat my fill, I don't feel deprived when I look at junky food.

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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Hi Everyone, This is my 3rd day doing ETL. I'm going through sugar withdrawals and mini-pity parties when I have to turn down holiday cookies and french bread, but I know from the past that eating mostly veggies makes me feel sooo much better, and I lose the weight - nothing else seems to work. I feel like I should have lost 10 pounds already for all of the effort I've put in and all of the calories I've burned chewing salad! But I know I'm just getting started. I am looking forward to hearing all of your helpful hints and to cheering you on too.

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Welcome Karen! Looking forward to hearing from you on the message boards! We have a great team here and it just keeps getting better! Thanks for joining.

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Welcome, Karen! I enjoyed reading your story.

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Wow! I am sooo excited to find this team. This is my 2nd time at Spark. I was successful the first time with a "healthy" diet and excercise. I've studied nutrition extensively and let it fall by the wayside. I was eating crapola and gained my weight back. What do I expect when I threw all I knew out the window?

It's a bad cycle that needs to be broken: Eat crap, feel like crap, eat more crap, etc.

The lightbulb lit bright when I started to watch several movies regarding "food". The first one was "Super-Size Me". My search went into Dr. Fuhrman's research and media. Along with that the green smoothie movement struck a high note with me.

This past week I went through and tossed everything except organic plant based items. So....99%! I went to the local co-op and purchased my new life style choices. I started from scratch. Even my cats are in on this--under duress! The chemical-laden food they have been on for years did damage to their taste buds poor babies. I will not succumb to having even cat food be unhealthy!

My Blendtec juicer should arrive today. My produce refrigerator is stocked full of greens and many other vegies. I began my program yesterday and I lost 2.6 lbs. Of course I am also exercising, drinking pure water, resting, and Sparkin'.

Thanks for being here on Spark. Hopefully I will bring support to the team members.

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Welcome Jen. We're a pretty active team, usually somebody here to pat you on the back or kick you in the butt. Whichever you need. Ask questions, make suggestions and make it all work for you!

Happy Weekend and Happy Sparking.

I stay on my road and I don't change lanes.
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"If your lifestyle doesn't control your body, your body will eventually control your lifestyle." Ern Baxter
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I AM more powerful than the temptations I face today. I AM stronger than my addictions.
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I AM nurtured and nourished. I AM healthy, happy and energized.
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I AM calm, patient and peaceful. Nothing can disturb my serenity.
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"Your body is never not looking." Dr. Michael Klaper
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Hello everyone! I am a chronic overeater/yo-yo dieter. I have come to the conclusion that I am a food addict (see recent article in the New York Times that foods laden with fat, sugar, and salt are as addictive as cocaine). I am in a horrible cycle. I joined SparkPeople this summer and now I see I've gained 15 pounds since then! (Haven't been here for awhile.)

I truly believe I have become nutrient-deficient and I just feel so tired and sick all the time. And I'm sick and tired of it! I tried Eat to Live for about 6 weeks this time last year. I didn't lose weight on it because I was cheating a little, but man, I felt great. And I want to feel like that again.

I think the reason I wasn't able to follow through with ETL was because I wasn't spending time planning and thinking about my meals -- I ended up eating the same thing every day and got bored. So this time -- I ordered Eat to Health and I plan on following the phases. I have printed out a number of vegetarian recipes and have made out my shopping list for the next week.

My refrigerator just died, actually -- and when my new one gets delivered today, it will be filled with good, fresh food. I'm eating oatmeal with apple, flaxseed, and walnuts right now and it's really good! I'm looking forward to getting my energy and health back, but I know I need support. So I'm thrilled to see this team!!

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Welcome Loretta! What a great testimony already and it's only been 3 weeks! WOW!
Keep up the good work!
You deserve to be healthy and feel good.

I stay on my road and I don't change lanes.
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"If your lifestyle doesn't control your body, your body will eventually control your lifestyle." Ern Baxter
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I AM more powerful than the temptations I face today. I AM stronger than my addictions.
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I AM nurtured and nourished. I AM healthy, happy and energized.
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I AM calm, patient and peaceful. Nothing can disturb my serenity.
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"Your body is never not looking." Dr. Michael Klaper
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Pants and blood pressure--powerful motivators. You're doing the right thing, and you won't be sorry! emoticon

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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