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What?! No chocolate chip cookie trees?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Below is an excerpt from the introductory pages of The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer, D.C. I just had to share because it is helping me realize that if I am going to be successful in eating healthy, I also need to create an environment that will support and make things a bit easier to make that transition to eating better foods and to resist those things that I know are not good for me, especially in the quantities that I am eating.

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Why do we find it so difficult to eat what we should eat and avoid what we shouldn’t?

Part of it is genetics-we are programmed to eat concentrated foods when they are available. That is an important survival trait. In a natural setting, there are no chocolate chip trees, candy vines, or burger bushes. But today, surrounded by unlimited access to concentrated foods, we must overcome our instincts with our intellect.

To eat well, we have to understand the factors that drive us to eat so poorly. Very often we eat for the wrong reasons. We might eat because we are emotionally distraught. We might feel fatigued and eat for stimulation. But when we are tired, we should sleep.

Fear of being different is another factor that drives us to make poor food choices. “Friends” can experience a lot of cognitive dissonance. “You’re no fun anymore.” “It’s not healthy to be a fanatic!” “You’re so thin!” “Don’t you think you’re carrying this a little too far!” “I made this just for you!” “A little won’t hurt.”

We all live in the real world, with its temptations and seductions. Unfortunately, many things that taste good do not promote health. They have been designed to appeal to our inborn (and socially conditioned?) preferences for sweet, salt, and fat. In a natural setting, these substances are scarce, but in our industrial society we have access to virtually unlimited rich, stimulating foods.

To be successful in dietary transition, you must create your own natural environment as much as possible. The most important place to start is your home. Don’t bring fats, oils, salt, and sugar, processed foods or animal products into your home—not even “just for company.” If you have these temptations around you, you will either succumb to them or spend so much energy trying to resist them that you will become exhausted.

It is important for each person to develop his or her own set of strategies to support a healthful lifestyle. It is also important to review these strategies as well as your reasons for wanting to live healthfully. Cultivate friends who value their health and happiness. Pursue activities and interests that give you a feeling of productivity and emotional nourishment rather than looking solely to food to make you feel good.

Remember, food is fuel. Eat to live; don’t live to eat.

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From the beginning pages of The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer, D.C.

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FITGIRL15 7/28/2014 3:29PM

    Mmmm Candy Vines! LMAO I'm pretty sure those used to be one of the 4 food groups in my diet! emoticon

Luckily my intellect is winning. emoticon You've got this!!!

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I just got up and ran...

Friday, July 25, 2014

WOW! I was doing some exercises last night after the grandchildren went home and after I was warmed up a bit I noticed there was still about 1/2 hour of daylight. So, I put on my running shoes and ran down the road to the neighbors driveway (3/4 of a mile). As I neared the mailbox, I thought back of how I was not able to do this a couple years ago without having to take a walk break.

I ran for 20 minutes before I stopped. That was my goal-it felt so good to be able to run like that. I had a pace of 11'13", not as fast as I would like but I am working toward a steady 11 minute mile for at least 3 miles.

I have some hills on my route that I run and I am sure if I was running where it was flat that I would maybe, just maybe, reach that goal of an 11 minute mile. There is a hill that is near my turnaround and I call it the killer hill. It is not really that big of a hill nor is it a steep grade, but it is one hill that I could never make it up in the past. Now I can! emoticon

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    Way to go!!! SO proud of you!!! emoticon

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94 years young

Friday, July 18, 2014

I volunteer as a meal coordinator for a program where groups come in and prepare a meal for the community and last night I had the pleasure of working with one of the members who told me he was 94 years old.

I was so impressed. This man looked well although he moved like he had a few aches and pains. I see this man come in for the meals each month and thought he was 70 +, but 94!! How awesome is that?!

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BOHEMIANCAT 7/18/2014 12:56PM

    Wonderful! We should all be so fortunate.

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GOLFGMA 7/18/2014 7:57AM

    Wonderful that you were able to know him. Hope you got some secrets? emoticon

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WDIPIM 7/18/2014 7:41AM

  hope if I'm blessed to be 94 people would think I was younger. That is pretty awesome. God Bless

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/18/2014 7:29AM

  emoticon We should all be that healthy at 94!

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Jessica Smith TV Workouts

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I found Jessica Smith's workout channel on youtube and I am hooked. OMG! These are some really great exercise routines that can be done at home with very little space and minimal equipment.

A word of caution, a lot of the routines are intermediate to advanced.

I tried these off and on over the past month and lost about an inch off my thighs ~ my fat pants are getting roomy again and when I am not sore I am feeling stronger

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    I love her and her little dog too emoticon

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FITGIRL15 7/16/2014 11:21AM

    She looks fun, friendly and motivating! Wooo hooo!!!

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LINDA7668 7/16/2014 8:59AM

    I really like her workouts! I can't keep up but I was getting better before my Achilles tendonitis flared up.

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LEANJEAN6 7/16/2014 6:57AM

    It sounds good!-Lynda

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NYARAMULA 7/16/2014 6:50AM

    Thanks for sharing. Going to check the out right now.

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Why do I want to eat healthy?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I seem to be giving in to temptation day after day and it is starting to annoy me. I know better; I know that the food industry creates combinations that will cause me to eat, eat and then eat some more. Here, I am referring to that small bag of corn chips that called my name at the checkout last night. You know the one with 4.5 servings and when I turned into my driveway I had an empty bag. UGH!

The reality was that I was not really hungry but thirsty. I have discovered when I need to hydrate I crave salty things. So, why did I not get a drink instead? I knew I was thirsty not hungry. All my efforts of eating the right foods and staying within my calorie range GONE on the drive home from town.

Today is a new day, a new start and so I want to remind myself as to why do I want to eat the foods that will nourish my body and help me be the best that I can be in the years to come:

1. ideal weight
2. prevent chronic disease
3. no more aches and pains
4. not to be a burden in my old age
5. no more saddle bags
6. look and feel great for my age
7. feel comfortable with how I look
8. be an inspiration for my grandchildren to have good eating habits

These are my reasons as to why I want to rebel against the food industry and not eat over-processed so-called foods and to eat foods that are close to how nature intended. Now, if I can keep these in mind throughout the day.

"Eat food, mostly plants, and not too much." ~Michael Pollan

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SWEDE_SU 7/19/2014 1:12AM

    that's a great list of reasons for eating healthy - a good way to enjoy depriving Big Food of its profits by not succumbing to its lies and false charms!

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DS9KIE 7/15/2014 2:04PM

    sometime you feel like emoticon then you feel emoticon and you get wise (well sorta) and emoticon you start eating emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hey I just happen to know how you feel....I see something in the store and think I have to have it...NOT

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