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Fitness after 50

Monday, September 29, 2014


So many of us here are fit after 50 and determined to stay that way for the rest of our lives.

Here's an inspiring article about a woman who embarked on her fitness plan at 50 and improved every aspect of her life -- cardio, strength, bone density but also brain activity and demeanour. She says it's been a transformative experience and that it's never too late for fitness.

It seems to me that people in this age bracket -- many of us no longer actively engaged in child care or in scrambling up the career ladder -- may have more time for fitness than younger people do.

And yes -- it's so energizing to feel years younger than our chronological ages!

Here's to fitness : getting started, keeping on, never giving up!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/30/2014 9:06PM


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TRAVELGRRL 9/30/2014 6:12PM

    No question that more time equates to better fitness, at least in my case! Spent 4 hours hiking today, in the middle of the week! emoticon Couldn't have done that 3 years ago...and I really believe my walking/hiking has kept my osteopenia from blooming into osteoporosis.

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DSJB9999 9/30/2014 3:38PM

    emoticon for sharing you are so right! emoticon

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 9/30/2014 3:32PM

    We have decided that we are important and want to make sure we are around for many more years. At least that's why I'm doing it. Plus I feel better.

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DSHONEYC 9/30/2014 1:35PM

    Right on, sister! Let's all get moving

PS. the little walk/ emoticon I do every morning is all your fault!

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BLAZINGSWORD 9/30/2014 1:23PM

    This was an excellent article that you posted. Thanks for sharing.

She is so right on many points.

Since I've embarked on my own journey with eating healthy and staying active, I can definitely say that I feel so much better and I am happier.

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PATRICIA-CR 9/30/2014 11:34AM

    Cheers!! emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 9/30/2014 9:44AM

    To fitness...getting started, keeping on and never giving up.

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KALIGIRL 9/30/2014 8:26AM

    "Here's to fitness : getting started, keeping on, never giving up!"
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NANCY- 9/30/2014 8:24AM

    Yes we may have more time...
but making fitness a priority might be the key.

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GABY1948 9/30/2014 8:17AM

    emoticon with your whole blog! And the only thing I regret is that I didn't start a LOT earlier but it is rewarding to see so many young ones starting to be aware of what it takes to be healthy! Great article! emoticon

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ALIIDA 9/30/2014 7:49AM

    It is great to find I can do things I thought I could no longer do because of age, like springing up from my futon on the floor.

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KANOE10 9/30/2014 7:29AM

    Good article. Here is to fitness and exercise. Perfect to read as I head to the gym in the early am.

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DDOORN 9/29/2014 10:09PM

    Love that Joseph Heller quote: When I grow up I want to be a little boy!

Cheers to growing YOUNG! Woo HOO! :-)


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PHEBESS 9/29/2014 9:58PM

    Interesting - because DH's doctor told him that exercise is important for those of us over 60, and that we need to focus on maintaining our strength (and of course endurance, flexibility, and balance, but she didn't say all of that). And I thought to myself, DH needs to BUILD some strength first, as well work on flexibility and balance. (And of course I keep telling him that exercise helps our brains, but does he listen to me?)

So thank you for this article and info - and while I'm not taking up running, I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing for all of those reasons!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/29/2014 9:56PM

    "Running does stall aging"
Now that's one quote from the article that I really want to remember.
Great information.

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CRYSTALJEM 9/29/2014 9:56PM

    Thanks for the reminder to embrace where I am right now and make the most of every opportunity every day.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/29/2014 8:33PM

    OH my . . . I am much healthier now @ 60 than I was in my 30's, 40's and certainly my 50's. Never going backwasds that's for sure!

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SANDICANE 9/29/2014 8:27PM

    Yep, here's to fitness tooo!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/29/2014 8:27PM

    I have so much more time for ME now that my son is grown and I'm an empty nester. But the self-care battle started before I ever was married or had kids... just every time some new ball would be tossed at me, I would drop the self-care... it's all about priorities and knowing that it's worth taking care of yourself!

That YOU are in fact worth it. Some of us are slow learners about making ourselves and our health a priority. After 50, more things are likely to force the issue.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/29/2014 8:15PM

    It's never too late to start either -- studies show that women who began lifting weight in their 80's improved all their cardiac markers, bone density and mood. There's just so much good in stretching the body in ways it was meant to go.


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MRSRIGS1 9/29/2014 8:03PM

    Here, Here!! emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 9/29/2014 7:27PM

    Interesting article. I started running at 48. The kids were out of the house and I had more time for "me"! I did not have time before that - and don't forget the "guilt" factor!

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SUNSHINE99999 9/29/2014 7:09PM

  love watermelon. We bought a 41 pound watermelon right out of the field on the way home from vacation. Stay young! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 9/29/2014 7:09PM

    Thanks. Just what I needed to read today.

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Glorious Fall Weather

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Late September and October has to be one of the very best times of the year here. And we're having an exceptionally beautiful autumn.

Days and days of sunny blue skies with flaming red and yellow leaves . . . although a great blue heron is still stalking the pond . . . and masses of wild purple asters are still buzzing with bees , , , the Canada geese families have now consolidated and are practising for exodus south in ragged honking Vees !

The stasis of summer was always illusionary and now we see that. Everything changes.

Because every day is different now. Overnight, more intense foliage, another tree on fire. Leaves drifting down. Those wheeling flocks of swallows have already departed.

Do we cherish fall more because we know it's coming to an end?

I am looking forward to golf this afternoon! There will be a fresh juicy apple in my golf bag for munching as I kick through the leaves looking for errant balls. And yes, I may need a sweater by sunset. Which should be spectacular coming up the 18th fairway, behind the trees.

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2BDYNAMIC 9/29/2014 8:47PM

    Sounds like a delightful day ............... I love Fall w/ the crisp air, and all the colors + the heat is over!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/29/2014 12:05PM

    Wonderful blog. Your appreciation is beautiful. Your description is beautiful. Enjoy your golfing and the sunset. How wonderful!

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DSHONEYC 9/29/2014 11:46AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day... emoticon

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NANCY- 9/29/2014 10:58AM

    Indeed the seasons serve as a reminder that everything changes with time and there is beauty within each change. You have a wonderful way of expressing your appreciation of these gifts.

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GABY1948 9/29/2014 10:25AM

    Loved this blog and needed a nice blog to read this morning THANKS

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DDOORN 9/29/2014 9:11AM

    YES! I have such an ACUTE sense of the fine, fine weather and its waning! It pushes me out there to even MORE voraciously soak up the sights, sounds, warmth of the season! I'm in shorts again today yet one more time! It's going, going GONE gotta get MORE!

How cool it is to feel THIS desperation instead of the old finish-that-bag-of-goodies-so-it's-
GONE panic!


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KALIGIRL 9/29/2014 8:44AM

    Interesting question - I love the fall because it was a new beginning - start of school - new friends - new ides and got to love the crispness of the air!

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CRYSTALJEM 9/29/2014 7:56AM

    Now that was absolutely beautiful to read this morning. Thanks.

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SANDICANE 9/28/2014 9:44PM

    My friend, when you get tired of fighting court battles, please be a writer...the world will be a better place if you spread your gift of words.

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BLAZINGSWORD 9/28/2014 7:30PM

    I hope you enjoy your day! It sounds lovely! Golf is great exercise too! emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/28/2014 4:17PM

    Fall was always my favorite season when I live up north; down here it is winter for sure! But each season, person, place and things has things to appreciate if you're looking and I can tell that you are!

Enjoy your day!


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ROXYZMOM 9/28/2014 3:37PM

    Gorgeous description! And - for some odd reason, so much easier to stay on track!!


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_LINDA 9/28/2014 12:44PM

    Sounds wonderful! Around here the trees lost their leaves quite quickly, not so many reds, only in city planted parks.. Enjoy your game!
Dark, cold and single digit temperatures, but hope to get out for a hike on my last day of freedom..

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1CRAZYDOG 9/28/2014 11:43AM

    OH I think that's it all right, cherishing Fall because WINTER follows. ACK!

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GLORYB2014 9/28/2014 11:10AM

    Beautiful description of Autumn. We have that here too and it is my favourite, most beautiful season of the year!

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PHEBESS 9/28/2014 10:37AM

    You definitely have poetic descriptions as well as philosophical questions, all packed into a few short sentences!

I do enjoy your blogs!

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PATRICIA-CR 9/28/2014 10:32AM

    Sounds glorious indeed. Enjoy!

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ALIIDA 9/28/2014 10:11AM

    Lovely! Poetic!
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/28/2014 10:10AM

    Enjoy your afternoon... golf, apple, and all!

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Overloaded Dinners Part Two!

Saturday, September 27, 2014



Following up from my previous blog, there continues to be lots of ongoing debate about the importance (or otherwise) of family dinners . . . and yup, I know you can find support for whatever opinion suits you best on the internet.

Connecting with family and friends: that's important, no question.

How it's done? Family dinner the only way? The most important way? I'm guessing not . . . and that the feasibility of family dinner depends upon a whole lot of factors. Including the age and stage of kids (or grandkids).

But the Globe article today zeroes in on the burden that "family dinner" expectations places upon women. Ditto, in my experience, those elaborate dinner parties for friends.

And partly it is because of the "fetishization" of food. Food as entertainment. Food as "culture marker" of sophistication.


DH and I ate at Toronto restaurant Actinolite on Tuesday evening. Truly, I doubt it gets foodier than this anywhere.

We did the "summary menu" and you can check it out! To start, the "Plum"; with dried plum and poached plum and reindeer lichen, crunchy!! (And no idea what the calorie count would be for that lichen but I'm guessing pretty much zero). Followed by the "Pork"; pork belly and charred cabbage and dill jus plus currants. Then (in substitution for the "Veal" which was deemed not yet ready) the "Lamb". More charring of carrots and more currant in a coulis and more herb coulis -- I'm thinking rosemary with the fennel. And finally the "Corn", a very unusual almost savoury fresh corn sorbet with barley cooked in blueberries and fresh blueberries.

A fascinating experience. Tiny tiny tiny portions, exquisitely presented, locavore sourced.

Entertaining? Pretentious?? Slightly silly? Delicious? All of that. I am not at all sure that the two of us are hip enough to deserve any of it, or even to appreciate it properly. But "Chef", who visited us from the kitchen, and "Waiter", who hovered solicitously and tried his best to explain the subtleties of each and every offering, also laboured valiantly to conceal their doubts of our worthiness.

And still, gotta say last night's bowl of homemade minestrone after a glorious 9 holes at the golf course was every bit as enjoyable. Also a whole lot less costly.

It was the very same minestrone we'd be eating all week. But not boring.

Because after all, food isn't entertainment. It's fundamentally fuel. Most of the time anyhow!!

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CRYSTALJEM 9/28/2014 9:18AM

    So so true. I've realized my disdain for entertaining go has grown as the expectations and pomp around the events has become overblown. That and the fact too large a group of the regulars think their royalty who deserve to be served. Having a whole different group in recently reminded me of how much fun and how easy it can be when done "my "way". Lesson learned.

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KANOE10 9/28/2014 8:51AM

    I have been to restaurants like that. I agree about the tiny, tiny portions which do not correlate with the high prices. LOL. It is fun to do now and then. However., like you I really do enjoy the food I eat at home. I do enjoy my meals with my family. As I have adult children living with me, we often cook together.

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_LINDA 9/28/2014 12:36AM

Food as fuel, sure, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it! I look forward to my simple meals as much as any dining out ones.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/27/2014 11:05PM

    Sounds awesome!

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LEANJEAN6 9/27/2014 9:19PM

    Whatta fun place to eat!-----I'm afraid to admit to you that I enjoy the Family stuff----LOL-----not every meal, but supper time is nice!----Lynda

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    You speak from MY heart as far as getting the best food in my own home.
My older DD took me to a tapas restaurant in town (Princeton).
Was the food good? Yep.
Did I enjoy the conversation? Yep.
Would I have paid for a dinner for two in the $$$$ range? Heck no.
I enjoy sitting at her table with peanut butter and jelly smears, Cheerios crunching under my feet and a glass of water in a solo cup.
THAT'S a family dinner!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/27/2014 4:10PM

    Loved this blog! Yes, we can do food as entertainment occasionally, even if we feel a bit silly and pretentious. But, yes, we know that food is fuel. Absolutely!

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ALOOGOBI 9/27/2014 4:03PM

    I love family dinners! When the kids were small we always ate together at the table and talked about our days. The meals were nothing outlandish, and often dead simple, sometimes just sandwiches or a bowl of soup, but the time together was priceless.

Now that my son is working night shift, the dinners we get all together are much less frequent but no less special. It doesn't have to be a burden on anyone. Sometimes we just have a pick-up dinner where everyone scrounges up something from the fridge and we all sit together. It's the time and attention towards each other than matter, not the menu! emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/27/2014 3:07PM

    I like family sit down and chats around food, and I so agree about the burden of family dinners. And the pornification of food troubles me too.

I very much enjoy our dinner parties. It's nice to decorate the table and polish the glassware. Good food and good company is heartwarming.

We sit at table for our meals, sometimes it is the only time we have to be together.

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SANDICANE 9/27/2014 2:35PM

    Oh Watermellen, when we get to truly believe "food is fuel" we have arrived at our forever maintenance, so long as it's accompanied by constant vigilance. Yep, family meals are TOUGH...

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DDOORN 9/27/2014 12:00PM

    Eh, food is over-rated...but connecting with friends and family? That's the ticket for me! :-)


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PATRICIA-CR 9/27/2014 10:51AM

    Usually, no overload family dinners/celebrations over here. Except maybe for Christmas and birthdays, but even then, we try for everything to be on the healthy side.

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PHEBESS 9/27/2014 10:14AM

    I love your description of the frou-frou dining experience. And I know exactly the kind of place you mean. (I often feel there are too many conflicting flavors so that the individual nuances are lost. I don't need goat cheese with my black truffles, thank you, I want to savor the earthy garlicky perfection of the black truffle all by itself.)

I have to add, my dinner party entertaining changed drastically after spending two weeks with an Italian family in the Abruzzo region. The family never had less than ten people for lunch or dinner. One evening, we went to a somewhat impromptu festa for some 70 or more people, sitting on benches at makeshift tables, serving pasta out of a washtub. The focus was on fast cooking good food, and the company. No one worried about matching tablecloths and napkins, or even matching dishes. Once I realized that entertaining could be easier than we make it in North America, I did a total switch in my focus - and was so much happier throwing together a last-minute meal and deliberately, casually, mismatching my table.

Other than the Passover Seder, our dinner parties have become quite casual - and I almost always have DH grill the fish or meat or chicken, to take pressure off me and to get him involved. (And usually all the male guests hang out around the grill and give him advice.)

Last big - tonight DH really wanted to just have Cinnabon stuff for dinner. I went to a French cafe for a salade nicoise and a kir. We both were happy with our meals. But I kind of missed our usual dinner together. So I understand why people think the family meal is a big deal, especially with children.

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GLORYB2014 9/27/2014 10:11AM

    I mainly think of food as fuel for my body and I work at making food we enjoy and is healthy.

Family sit down meals was just a natural thing when my children were growing up. A pleasant time together, lots of talking about their day and honestly, they simply ate the meal I prepared and no second thought about the food at all. I was disappointed that my son's 3 children have always fixed a plate of food and then took it to the rec room to eat and watch TV. All grown up now, they do sit at the table more.

Love your blogs, they are interesting!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/27/2014 10:05AM

    "Most of the time". emoticon

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More Heresy: I Don't Drink Water Either

Friday, September 26, 2014


OK, I don't always eat breakfast (did this morning however: raspberries and lime Greek yogourt!)

And more heresy: I don't drink a whole lotta water either.

I like water fine.

The sound of ocean waves on the south shore of Sanibel. Or my water feature at home on my back deck.

But most of my drinking water has gone through the Keurig first -- and is enjoyed in the form of butterscotch coffee (no sugar, no cream). Or Colombian coffee made in the French press. Or espresso. Or latte with skim milk (mostly a weekend thing).

And the rest of my water intake comes primarily through fresh fruits and veggies. Or those supper soups.

Of course you can find evidence of just about anything on the internet, including that link attached above which supports my position: drinking more water doesn't help with weight loss or weight maintenance. Naturally I'm with Dr. Gabe Mirkin who's quoted as saying it's best to eat foods high in water and fibre content: and I do.

Works for me. Sloshing around with an overload of water all day, not so much (although it would increase my exercise, in the form of frantic dashes to the ladies' room!!)

Yup, experiment of one. Whatever works.

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    Good blog. I drink 2 cups od coffee in the morning, can't get by without it. Herbal tea or water if I'm thirsty.
Never was much of a "drinker".

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SANDICANE 9/27/2014 8:10AM

    Well, it certainly works for you!!! Water seems to be the "filler" some ppl need to enhance meals. I recently read a blog where a lady drinks a warm glass of water before beginning to eat at a restaurant...that's how she tempers her food intake. That works for her! I try to drink a 2-glass sized glass of water at each meal, except breaky, where I'm with you about going through the coffee grounds first.

And, since it's now Saturday morning, cheers to an extra cuppa java to "enhance" the day!

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ALIIDA 9/26/2014 10:19PM

    Whatever works! Absolutely! I try to drink four cups a day. Why? A year ago, I got dehydrated and decided just coffee and the occasional beer didn't quite cut it! emoticon Solved the dehydration, solved another lifelong .......ation and found I could breathe easier at night - moisturized nose. Water as a substitute for snacks works for me, too. No, I don't want to try to down eight. Four works fine. Yep! Experiment of one, emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2014 9:34PM

    The last line sums it up . . . whatever works for you. That's what you do!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/26/2014 7:39PM

    If it's working for you, go for it. I happen to love my water, and I don't mind having an excuse to get up from the desk to take the 100 steps to the ladies'... it's healthier than sitting there all day. But that's what works for me.

On the heresy side, I have not given up my artificial sweetners. I have tried, but no dice, here.

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PATRICIA-CR 9/26/2014 3:46PM

    I think (my personal opinion) that there's no measure for water. The body asks what it needs. Though I tend to drink a lot, it's always because I feel the need (too much sweating).

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MICKEYH 9/26/2014 3:34PM

    I only went one time to the Sanibel Island but sure loved their wave of water and seashells. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 9/26/2014 2:37PM

    I recently read something on the topic as well. If you can get all the hydration you need in your food and beverages, that's great! Water just happens to be my beverage of choice and I always drink enough to get those 5 Sparkpoints ;)
So people who hate drinking water can rejoice -they just have to eat more water rich foods and drink more coffee! There are a surprising amount who do not like water..

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/26/2014 1:54PM

    I drink a lot of fluid. I go by the colour of my urine. I tend to retain fluid and although it seems counter intuitive, if I stay really hydrated, it stops the water retention.
I aim for about ten cups a day.
I start my day with water to refresh my mouth when I wake before I get up, and I have a cup of warm water with lemon juice first thing in the morning as I am preparing breakfast.
I don,t drink coffee but I love my tea and lately, herbal teas, the flavors satisfy my sweet tooth and help distract me on my fasting days.
A morning smoothie and evening soup, plus fruits and vegetables, I get a whole lot of fluid in my day and if I don't I sure miss it!
I feel like keeping hydrated is one simple thing I can always do for myself no matter what else is going on for me.
Here's to the liquids we enjoy the most!
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SLENDERELLA61 9/26/2014 12:46PM

    Yep. Experiment of one. I would not be at goal weight without a whole lot of water!! To each his/her own. The doctor I had 5 years ago agreed with you. She told me I drank too much water. The doctor I have now thinks it is good. Depends who you ask!

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DSHONEYC 9/26/2014 12:15PM

    Drink water, it's the law emoticon

I love water, and drink it when I am thirsty and hungry. Sometimes when we think we are hungry, its really our body saying "You need fluids". emoticon

Do the hydration test that nurses use, pinch the skin in that little area of your hand between the thumb and the first finger. If it quickly returns to normal flatness, you are good to go. If it is slow, then get some fluid (of any kind and by any means) into your body.

emoticon Ellen, you are such a rebel! And we love you for it! emoticon

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GABY1948 9/26/2014 11:34AM

    I so agree with you! ALL I drink IS water but my DH is like you he drinks tons of coffee and is healthier and thinner than I


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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/26/2014 11:34AM

    I never drink calories after breakfast since I prefer to chew and crunch mine, but I could never get in the 8 glasses recommended in conventional advice.
We do what works for us.

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BOOKAPHILE 9/26/2014 10:05AM

    Isn't it nice not to be on a continual guilt trip? I never could get 8 glasses of water in a day without sloshing. 4 is pushing it for me. It's a good thing there is water in so many other things we eat and drink.

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GLORYB2014 9/26/2014 9:19AM

    I, too, think it's best to eat foods high in water and fibre content and I really believe that drinking water 'instead of' pop for instance, is better for us. Yes, it's difficult to get in all that water daily!

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BLAZINGSWORD 9/26/2014 9:13AM

    I hear where you are coming from. Although I have tried to get in 8 glasses of water a day, I am very fortunate to get in 4 or 5 at the most.

I like you, tend to eat fruit such as: blueberries, strawberries, bananas, peaches, and apples and plums.

But if I am eating cereal, I measure out 1 cup of skim milk and that's not including maybe having another cup of skim milk later during the day; or it doesn't include 1/2 cup of cottage cheese or yogurt which is "watery". As a matter of fact, I believe spark people tell you to count your milk as water, which I do.

Unless I am sweating buckets, it's very rare that I will drink more than a cup of cold water at a time.

Yes, I emoticon with you on this point! But I also know that it is important to get some water in me for the metabolism as well.

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PHEBESS 9/26/2014 8:55AM

    You do crack me up.

However, I love water. Drink it by the cupful, several times a day. My coffee intake is limited, maybe once every few days. Tea, a couple of cups in the morning. Water otherwise. (But I've always been a water drinker, even before my sparklife.)

But as you say, whatever works for each of us. Experiment of one.

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ROXYZMOM 9/26/2014 8:37AM

    I have a water cooler in my office at work and drink a fair amount of water at work. It keeps me feeling full - which is a great thing since I am constantly offered food!
I also feel dehydrated if I don't drink it during the day. I do eat quite a lot of veggies and don't add salt. I do have seasonal allergies - water helps with that as well.
I agree that this is one of those times to recognize that we are all made up differently and beat to different drums.

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KANOE10 9/26/2014 8:35AM

    You are an optimum maintainer..and have figured out what works for you! I am sure with all of the veges that you eat, you have water content!

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NANCY- 9/26/2014 8:24AM

I prefer a nice cuppa of herbal infusion and watermelon. :)

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DDOORN 9/26/2014 8:18AM

    We each find what works...and for me I find my morning chugs of water and black coffee are a hand-in-glove fit with my intermittent fasting and carry me through till lunchtime.


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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/26/2014 8:16AM

    The water fetish, like a lot of things, is overblown. Eating fresh fruits and veggies, drinking the occasional glass of water along with tea, soda water, etc. gets the job done very well every day.


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KALIGIRL 9/26/2014 8:12AM

    My, my, my...
True confessions?
Here's to finding whatever works for us!

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KESTRYLL 9/26/2014 8:11AM

    I like the way you think!

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5 Reasons to Skip Breakfast

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Heresy, I know.

But (true confession) breakfast is NOT my fave meal of the day. I'm often not ready to eat when I get up (coffee's a different story: black with lots of caffeine please).

Some mornings (today for example) I have fat free Greek yogourt and berries. Or an egg-white Greek omelette with spinach and feta. Or oatmeal.

But "intermittent fasting" often works for me: that is, postponing my first meal until maybe mid-morning or even lunch . . . not a problem.

So naturally I'm happy to read something on Yahoo this morning which tells me what I want to hear.

Skipping breakfast isn't about weight loss or weight maintenance for me: it's about listening to my body and not eating just because it's "time". It's about eating when I'm hungry, and not eating when I'm not.

Maybe skipping breakfast also appeals to the rebel? Anyhow, when I skip I'm ready for lunch -- but haven't found I eat "more" later in the day. Just different rhythms different days. That experiment of one.


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KANOE10 9/26/2014 8:33AM

    That article would not come up for me either. I say whatever works for you. I like the idea of not eating if you are not hungry! I tend to be a breakfast person and eat after I exercise.

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ID_VANDAL 9/26/2014 7:13AM

    Spot on - you have to go with what you know works for you. PM is much the same way - hates breakfast in fact. I read that article as well and it just makes sense. You are so in tune with your body you know what to do.

Keep up the great work.



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_LINDA 9/25/2014 10:50PM

    I am strictly a breakfast person but do prefer to workout on an empty stomach so if I do morning exercise, I will wait until after to eat. But I do prefer breakfast and it does seem to let me eat smaller meals at lunch and supper. Weight loss and maintenance is always an experiment of one. But certainly, everyone does seem to lean toward high carb breakfasts. I like breakfast fruit shakes -fast and easy and you don't feel stuffed but are getting lots of nutrients with ground flax providing the fat you need for absorption.
Here is to finding what works for you!

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ALIIDA 9/25/2014 9:49PM

    Very good article. Definitely do what works for you.

Breakfast is my favorite meal, but it's pure indulgence. Coffee, white toasted bread because wholewheat is hard to find here, with preferably raspberry jam. Not much healthy there, but I keep my other two meals healthy and sometimes use the thought of my breakfast to keep me away from desserts during the day.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 9/25/2014 7:10PM

    My DD has always had a hard time eating breakfast. She used to actually get ill if she ate too early but could survive on just a cup of cocoa until mid-morning. Me, I have a pretty big breakfast and then can cruise thru the day until about 3PM without getting hungry again. We are all a little different with our eating needs and, I think, a lot of diets don't take that into consideration. So we all tweek what works for us.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/25/2014 5:59PM

    The only time I'm not hungry for breakfast is when I ate too much the night before. Most days the idea of food is what gets me out of bed. : )

I did enjoy reading the advantages of skipping breakfast. One more I'd add is skipping breakfast would make it easier to keep within the sodium limits. Most everything I want for breakfast except oatmeal and fruit uses up a lot of my sodium allowance -- just have to have salt on egg;, bread, milk, margarine, much less ham or turkey bacon are all chocked full of sodium.

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GABY1948 9/25/2014 5:06PM

    I also don't eat until between 9:30 and 10:30 each day (I get up anywhere from 3am to 4:30am so this is good news!

Thanks for all your wonderful posts with such great information! emoticon

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DSJB9999 9/25/2014 3:19PM

    Everyone entitled to their own thoughts on this but I like my breakfast emoticon

emoticon for sharing

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EVRLNGFOO 9/25/2014 1:23PM

    i wake up hungry. lol!

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MICKEYH 9/25/2014 12:07PM

    I've also leaned that intermittent fast is working for me.

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DSHONEYC 9/25/2014 11:41AM

    Break fast really only means the meal that you have after "the fast of the evening" and doesn't have to be within a certain time frame from rising. I get up at 4:30 - just had my simply hard boiled egg and low sodium spicy V8 at 8:15. You must break the fast at sometime...who says it has to be at 7am?


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1CRAZYDOG 9/25/2014 10:26AM

    The major premise of listening to your body is good. Some people object to breakfast purely on the "I don't like breakfast food" premise. And I was one of those. But I do eat it now -- but things like leftovers, soup, whatever appeals to me. No hard-and-fast rule that says it has to be breakfast food.

I know for me, being type 2, it is important to get something into my system, and that is how my body works. But again, that's the key. Listening to my body.

I don't care for "one size fits all" statements. It just isn't that way!

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PATRICIA-CR 9/25/2014 10:12AM

    I hope it works for you. Not for me though. I can't skip any meal, but I can't snack. I have with three complete meals a day. I think, as everything, each person is unique, and has its ways.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/25/2014 10:09AM

    I think listening to yourself and doing what works is a smart way to go. There will always be proponents (and opponents) of every diet and nutrition idea, so to simplify all the noise by paying attention to your own self is a smart move.


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AQUAGIRL08 9/25/2014 9:03AM

    There are just some days when I am not hungry in the mornings. When that happens, I eat a banana at breakfast time so I can take my morning medication and then I eat when I am hungry - unless I am working out. I often don't get hungry until 11 or 12 noon. Then I eat a well balanced meal. I saw the article on Yahoo too. I think it is all about eating when you feel hunger but not letting your hunger get out of control.

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NANCY- 9/25/2014 8:59AM

    Listen to your body's cues, not what is expected or what our mind craves.
WTG on being true to you.

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PARKSCANADA 9/25/2014 8:56AM

    Totally in agreement with you. I get up, tidy the kitchen, make lunches and take my kid to school. I'm not hungry when I get up at all. I usually eat after I get back from taking my kid to school. Then I can sit down and enjoy my meal while I read the paper. Otherwise, I'm choking down something as fast as I can. Not a pleasant way to start the day. Much better to be in tune with your own rhythms.

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DDOORN 9/25/2014 8:41AM

    I just LOVE the intermittent fasting approach and have been using this since the beginning of the year with good results. I find it simplifies my life, just shut down the food from bedtime to noontime. No worries about what to grab 'n go for breakfast.

What I do alternatively is flood myself with water, black coffee and brewed, un-anythinged green tea during the morning hours. It tides me over nicely and noon time rolls around and I'm ready for my daily noontime meal...which is often my biggest meal of the day.

Before embarking on this change I had read enough positive findings to the intermittent fasting that led me to say: Why not give it a whirl? I can always ditch it if it doesn't agree. To my pleasant surprise I've found this to be my go-to strategy for maintaining and losing more weight.


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2BDYNAMIC 9/25/2014 8:41AM

    Different rhythms .......... I agree! .... I tried the Fast Metabolism Diet and they insist you eat within 20 min of waking up! ....... emoticon .... No way did that work for me! I get up @ 3:15 and if I ate then ......... I would be starved by 6:00 and I am working then ............ anyway, you are right ........ we all have to work out what is right for our own bodies. (Now I will come look at the links) ............ (I love nursing my coffee when I wake up) and it won't taste good if I stuff food in my mouth and ruin the chai moment .............. emoticon for sharing another viewpoint.

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PHEBESS 9/25/2014 8:36AM


I too have been known to skip breakfast. My stomach wakes up later than the rest of me, and often just a few cups of tea will keep me happy until lunch time. And now that we're travelling, I have time to listen to my body and eat when it wants, rather than eating on the school schedule. (And I skipped breakfast for most of my high school years.)

Of course, DH rants at me whenever I skip brekkie. But that's another story.

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SANDICANE 9/25/2014 8:33AM

    Breakfast was touted to be the "biggest loser" meal of the day. It was said that ppl couldn't lose weight, or as much weight if they didn't eat breakfast. Then I learned that the most important thing to weight loss and maintenance is the # of calories I ingest in a day. Hence, some days I too skip breaky and choose to eat first at mid-morning or lunchtime. Hey, it's working for me too!!

And just recently, these same findings have been published!

Wishing you a wonderful day and "enough". :-)

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GLORYB2014 9/25/2014 8:30AM

    Thank you for this info. I always felt I HAD to eat as soon as I got up, to 'break the fast' and am glad to know it's okay that I'm not hungry the minute I wake up and it's okay to wait and eat a bit later on.
Thank you, love getting info!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/25/2014 8:09AM

    I'm not hungry when I wake up, but I better get some coffee. I do need something before my morning run though, so peanut butter on toast with some OJ.

I read that article. More proof that's there's more than one path to success and we have to know ourselves.

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JANEWATKINS 9/25/2014 7:58AM

    Thought provoking. Truly. I LOVES me breakfast! And today, due to the general anesthesia that I will encounter in a few hours, I get nothing after midnight last night. Boy-oh-boy am I missing my breakfast!

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BLAZINGSWORD 9/25/2014 7:58AM

    I know for me, that if I am living an active lifestyle, going to the gym or going for a long hour's walk in the neighborhood, I make sure that I have food in my tummy. It's important for me to do this. I feel better all around because I know that I am burning calories and I can see the weight dropping steadily. So I eat a good breakfast. It will be either Cheerios, almonds, banana, & skim milk. Or an egg, (a real one, even organic!), on a Thinwich with turkey bacon. Or Old Fashion Oatmeal with almonds, cinnamon, and a banana or some sort of fruit. Those are my go to breakfasts.

But to each his own.

I only know that I feel better when I break my fast after a good night's sleep and am ready for a new, exciting day! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/25/2014 7:55AM

    As a person who wakes up ravenous unless I've truly binged the night before, this whole idea of skipping breakfast sounds like "you're going to the doctor and have to fast" torture. Yikes! But listening to your body and being in natural rhythm with it? Hey, isn't that what the end goal truly is?


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ROXYZMOM 9/25/2014 7:48AM

    I couldn't get your article to come up.

Sounds like you are really in tune with what your body needs.

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QUINNDOWLYN 9/25/2014 7:46AM

    Interesting. emoticon

I often find I'm not hungry in the morning either, other days I am. Thank you for sharing this information.


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