i am 67 yrs old, have 4 grown children and anotheer 3 grown foster children and other children that we have raised . Have 3 grandchildren, 3 foster grandchildren, 3 foster great grandchildren and 1 honary grandson. i am a retired sp ed teacher. i love to quilt, read, make baskets,scrapbook and play w/my grandchildren, go to their game and activities. i belong to 2 quilt guilds, but have dropped out of my bsket guild due to moving 1 hr away from where i lived for 30 yrs. i used to love to walk but after my last stent, i can no longer walke the 3/4 miles that i did. i do body recall tho independtly.
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Use the term "detox diet" around most mainstream doctors, and they'll instantly roll their eyes. To these experts' credit, many so-called detox diets are indeed based on nonsense. The fact is, your body simply isn't overflowing with mysterious toxins, and you certainly don't need a starvation diet to rid yourself of them. However, a smart detox—strategically eating the exact right portions of the exact right foods and fluids—can trigger seemingly magical results
That's because it quickly helps to lower the stress hormones that cause your body to store fat. Plus, it resets your hunger and thirst signals so that you'll continue to melt flab effortlessly in the days that follow.
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No more calorie counting
No more carb counting
No more fat days
and the bonus of honest to goodness healthy weight loss.
All Raw Vegetables and Cooked Green Vegetables can be eaten in unlimited quantities. Eat
lots of green leafy and dark green vegetables. They have the greatest amount of nutrients per calorie of any food. You may also eat as many nutrient rich non-green vegetables as you want (eggplant) cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, carrots, peppers, tomatoes). The more you eat, the more weight you will lose. Try to eat a pound per day of raw and a pound per day of cooked vegetables. If you can't eat this much, don't force yourself, but the idea is to completely rethink what your idea of a portion is: make it huge.
You may also eat as much fruit as you want. You should have at least four fresh fruits daily.
Finish lunch or dinner with watermelon, a whole cantaloupe of a box of blueberries or
On this aggressive weight loss diet, limit dried fruit like dates, raisins or apricots to 2 tablespoons per day.
Starchy vegetables (Butternut or acorn squash, corn, potatoes) and Whole Grains are grouped together because they can be a problem for those who have difficulty losing weight. While wholesome high carbohydrate foods are a valuable addition to a disease prevention diet, they are more calorically dense than the non-starchy vegetables. These foods are limited to one serving (1 cup) per day in these aggressive weight loss menus.
Eat beans every day; they are a dieter's best friend. The goal is to eat an entire cup of beans
daily and you may have more then a cup if you chose. Beans reduce cholesterol and blood
sugar and help prevent food cravings. They are digested slowly, which gives them a high satiety index.
Consume nuts and seeds every day in limited amounts (1 ounce daily). Almonds, walnuts,
cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and others may be rich in calories and fat, but
scientific studies consistently report that nuts and seeds offer disease protection against heart
attacks, stroke and cancer and also help you lower cholesterol. Always eat nuts and seeds raw because the roasting process alters their beneficial fats. Nuts and seeds are ideal in salad dressings because when eaten with greens, they greatly enhance the absorption of nutrients from the vegetables. You may also use an additional 1 tablespoon per day of flax seed.
Refined grains, sugar, oil and added salt are off limits on this meal plan.
Herbal teas with no caffeine are permitted. You may use garlic, flavored vinegar, lemon,
and spices or herbs for seasoning.
You will notice that some recipes appear twice in one day or are served again the next day.
This is done intentionally because when you prepare a dish it makes sense to reduce your
workload and make enough for at least two meals.
Note: A vegan diet(completely vegetarian) is deficient in vitamin B12 and possibly zinc and
iodine. Those nutrients should be supplemented. It is also beneficial to include supplemental
vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids in your diet.
1637 days ago
Thanks for the comments on my blog. The 5k is this Saturday.
Gookd luck on your 3k! You can do it!
1731 days ago
Welcome to spark...I see you have only been here a couple of months.....
Keep on keeping on and you will get to your goal...
1832 days ago
what are you eating and what meds are you taking??? either you don't have enough carbs or you aren't getting enough protein..or your meds are doing things i'd log food for 48 hours and if the sugars don't come up and stabilize call the doc on monday morning and let him kknow
the lady mary
1833 days ago
Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already just by posting here!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.
Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
In my experience, SparkPeople is like a in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.
Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
1882 days ago