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Hi I'm in my mid-40's and, although overweight, I have managed to avoid hypertension and type II diabetes. Gosh, I must have strong genes! Anyways, not wanting to tempt fate, I figure it's about time I start making healthy food choices. Especially since I have noticed a connection between how I feel and what I eat. MSG, artificial colors & flavors, caffiene all make me feel awful... from a general lethargy to (if I consume enough) irregular heartbeats! And don't even get me started on saccarin, ...
Hi I'm in my mid-40's and, although overweight, I have managed to avoid hypertension and type II diabetes. Gosh, I must have strong genes! Anyways, not wanting to tempt fate, I figure it's about time I start making healthy food choices. Especially since I have noticed a connection between how I feel and what I eat. MSG, artificial colors & flavors, caffiene all make me feel awful... from a general lethargy to (if I consume enough) irregular heartbeats! And don't even get me started on saccarin, aspertame, or sucralose... just one serving of any of these will give me a headache and extreme GI upset. Yeah, even if I don't know it's in there... so with sucralose being available for home cooking now, I really avoid pot lucks (because at least the saccarin & aspertame you can taste & avoid!!

I have read Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live! and Eat for Health books cover-to-cover... more than once... and now I'm going to apply what I've learned.




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My Goals:
My goal is to follow the Eat to Live dietary plan and to incorporate a sensible fitness program into my life. I want to see just how fit this old body can become. (Not sure I'll ever be borrowing my kid's skinny jeans... but we'll see, LOL!)

My Program:
90% of my calories will come from fruits, vegetables, beans & legumes, with small amounts of nuts, seeds, avacado, and starchy veggies/whole grains. No more than 10% of my calories will come from animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) or foods which contain refined sugar/flour.

Cardio 4-6 times/week

Strength Training 3 times/week

Qigong & MFR Unwinding Daily

Personal Information:
I'm in my mid-40's. I live walking distance to the awesome lake whose picures are in my gallery... an off-road trail literally leads from my backyard to this beauful lake. My significant other died 2 years ago of heart disease, so that's a big motivator for me to take care of my own health! I have a couple teens living at home, a couple of big dogs, and a whole bunch of adult step-kids & grandkids.

Other Information:
I'm a massage therapist specializing in Myofascial Release as taught by John Barnes, PT. If you have chronic aches/pains or limited range of motion, I'd strongly recommend you google this technique & seek out a practitioner in your area. It's an amazing approach to relieve chronic pain and dysfunction!

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GABBY308
6/7/2013 1:27:56 PM

HI! I was reading the topic you started about commitment and you said for someone to get on you if you didn't post a follow up. It's been almost 3 weeks since you started ETL. I'm a newbie on my 1st day - are you still on it?

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STEPH-KNEE
6/5/2013 9:49:26 PM

emoticon soooo much for the comment on my "Focusing On Healthy Habits" blog! The support from my Spark Friends is what keeps me going when life isn't necessarily emoticon 's and emoticon 's, so I truly do appreciate it! emoticon



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6/3/2013 5:29:51 AM

It's a brand new month, so what do you say we kick butt in June, and make it the best month yet?! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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5/26/2013 8:54:48 PM

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CAKEMAKERMOM
5/25/2013 6:29:06 PM

Thanks for the info. With a week left, I'm not too worried about the popsicles and fruit snacks and cheesey snacks he'll get for the last little bit of school. We'll start over as soon a summer starts and go forward next year with the new knowledge we have.

Have a great weekend!



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