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I started out 2014 with high cholesterol and high triglycerides. In researching how this can happen to a vegan on a very healthy diet, I found out that I'm eating waaay too much sugar in fruit, pretzels, breads, and through the use of honey and molasses in tea and oatmeal and so on.
On January 20th I started the McDougall ten-day diet. I cut out nuts, bread (except for splurge days, once a week), all sweeteners, soymilk, and brought my daily fruit intake to no more than two pieces per ...
I started out 2014 with high cholesterol and high triglycerides. In researching how this can happen to a vegan on a very healthy diet, I found out that I'm eating waaay too much sugar in fruit, pretzels, breads, and through the use of honey and molasses in tea and oatmeal and so on.
On January 20th I started the McDougall ten-day diet. I cut out nuts, bread (except for splurge days, once a week), all sweeteners, soymilk, and brought my daily fruit intake to no more than two pieces per day. I baked a bunch of yukon gold, red, and sweet potatoes, made up my usual rice medley mixed with lentils, and stocked up on all kinds of fresh and frozen veggies, lots of greens.
I started training for the marathon that will be in August.
I also started taking cholesterol meds but after 11 days said no more so I'm off that.
On January 29th I weighed myself and had lost 3 lbs on the ten-day diet. The dietician doubted the wisdom of a high-starch, whole food plant based diet, but recommended I stick with the McDougall diet for 3 months and then get my labs checked and we'll see what if any changes there are.
On this diet, I eat as much as I want when I am hungry, and stick to the foods on the list.
I don't take any kind of supplements. I may in the future need B12 supplementation, but B12 is made in bacteria and I burn wood for heat and have two dogs. If I come up deficient, then I'll supplement, but until then I'm actually healthier now than I was two weeks ago.
I still struggle with tiredness, but it's slowly resolving with time and adherence to the McDougall diet.
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Member Since: 1/31/2010

SparkPoints: 2,954

Fitness Minutes: 625

My Goals:
1. Go running.
2. Cook more often, and more for me.
3. Learn healthier alternatives to defuse stressful emotions rather than binge.

My Program:
I've been concentrating on cooking from scratch, using whole, fresh foods. I find recipes that work for me, and I tweak them to work even better. I use the tapping exercise for stress management, among other things. I am training for a marathon.

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My mother became pregnant with me when my brother was just a few months old, so she was neither ready nor willing to have a 2nd child so soon. I soon turned into a "failure to thrive" baby and the only cure was to be fed as often as a bottle could be stuck into my mouth. This is where I developed the 'food is love' philosophy, and the binge cycle began for me at a very early age, around 4.
A couple of years later, my father started to molest me, so altogether I grew up with a completely skewed set of values and experiences and especially notions of how people are supposed to relate to each other.
My entire adult life has been one of education and healing and recovery, and growing and thriving in a new mind, new set of values, and a better outlook on interpersonal relationships. I cherish the people in my life from my adopted family to my friends. Unfortunately I tend toward chronic mild to moderate depression, and am doing whatever it takes to stay grounded.

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I tend to be an isolationist because it's what I grew up with, and am here on SparkPeople because I know that my way hasn't ever worked, but I can't go out there and be a social butterfly, either. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world, from all walks of life and from every philosophy and belief system.

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1FAVOREDLADY
4/9/2014 11:05:43 AM

Yes, I will be sparked this week because of you and others here. Thank you so much for lifts when I am low , the posts that make me go, they make my exercise just flow, and cause my lil heart to glow. Don't stop in days to come,They'll make my heart beat like a drum I take your words like they are gum and I love to see who they are from. Have a great day! Tee



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1FAVOREDLADY
4/8/2014 4:43:53 PM

#3 is STRAWBERRIES!
They contain 4g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of sliced strawberries contains 6.5g of carbs.
Strawberries are loaded with phytonutrients, which makes them heart-protective, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory fruits. They contain ellagic acid, which may inhibit tumor growth. The anthocyanins found in strawberries block the pain and inflammation-causing compounds, COX-1 and COX-2. dLife Information



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1FAVOREDLADY
4/5/2014 3:42:20 PM

Have a healthy weekend!

It's not always easy to compare apples to oranges when it comes to carbs. Fruits and vegetables come in all shapes and sizes, and while it might seem like one is a lower-carb choice than another, it may just seem that way because of size and weight differences. We leveled the playing field for you here, so you can compare apples to apples ... so to speak!
Note: To help you visualize a 50-gram portion, here are some examples: 10 grapes, 1/3 of a medium sized peach, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 35 blueberries, or 2 extra-long spears of asparagus.

#1 is ARUGULA!
It contains 2g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One cup of arugula contains 1g of carbs.
Arugula is rich in phytonutrients, which may reduce the risk of several kinds of cancers, including breast, stomach, and colon.
Note: To help you visualize a 50-gram portion, here are some examples: 10 grapes, 1/3 of a medium sized peach, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 35 blueberries, or 2 extra-long spears of asparagus. dLife Information



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1FAVOREDLADY
4/3/2014 2:22:17 PM

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COMPCHIC52
3/25/2014 4:20:10 PM

thank you for the flowers today loved getting them



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