Health and Fitness, October 2016

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Health and Fitness, October 2016

Postby Harriet » Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:47 am

Welcome! This is a thread about gaining and maintaining strength for our wonderful calling, Homemaking. As we care for our own health, we grow more capable and competent to care for our families, our neighbors and our communities. As we become more effective, our hopes for ourselves and those we care about get the best chance!

Remember that excellent health also involves sufficient sleep, rest, recreation, and intellectual pursuits; healthy interpersonal relations; exercise, and satisfaction in your personal accomplishments. When you strive to have a kind and positive effect on those whom your life touches, you will experience profound positive effects on your well-being - like eating wild berries and kale. Living isn't all about food, though food is our body's largest physical interaction with our external environment and affects all aspects of our lives. - Joel Fuhrman, M.D.


What are all the ways you will be planning for excellent health in October?

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Re: Health and Fitness, October 2016

Postby LadyMaverick » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:54 am

DH & I have been doing LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) together for the past week. It is much easier to plan meals and cook now with us both doing the same WOE (way of eating). DS8 eats most of the same things we do with a few modifications & additions.

It has not been easy giving up carbs. It has taken me weeks to reach this point where I don't crave carbs. I went through carb withdrawal like a drug. I've heard it called "Keto Flu". It turned out to be a blessing that I have an allergic type reaction to wheat (horrible stomach pains). Each time I had to make decision whether to eat anything with wheat, I remembered how much I would hurt if I decided to eat it. Staying away from pain is a good motivator! However, there are hidden carbs in so many things and I kept accidentally feeding my carb addiction. My daily carb goal is to stay under 30g a day with the majority of those carbs coming from vegetables.

Switching to this WOE is giving the results that I was hoping for. I am thrilled to see the blood sugar dropping in both DH and myself. Both of our BS has dropped about 50 points. We haven't achieve normal BS yet but we are right on the borderline. Carbs are the trigger to making our BS soar and the cravings to return.

I still struggle with night time binge eating desire. When I am super tired, it is hard to make good decisions. This desire to binge eat does not come from being hungry. It is a process. Baby stepping my way through it
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Re: Health and Fitness, October 2016

Postby Nancy » Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:15 am

I walked yesterday w ddog. Found a yd sale too. :mrgreen:

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Re: Health and Fitness, October 2016

Postby Harriet » Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:09 pm

I too am at a higher number of veg than ever, LadyM, although of course I'm also having fruits for my way of eating. Always berries every day. Grains and starches are the non-processed ones here. Happy with our long-grain brown rice, potatoes sometimes, certain pastas, and I enjoy cut oatmeal and sweet potatoes (I'm the only one!). Very selective for sliced bread - HRH has told me just quit buying the marginally healthy one if I'm still doing it only for him, and bring home only the multi-seed/grain one that we've taken to calling "the serious bread". Of course, wouldn't advise you to even try that one since it would likely have something that would trigger your discomfort.

Exercising in the evenings now, a short session 6 days a week. Ultimately planning to go back to long sessions twice a week but this is good for now. I'm filling out a check-off chart and can check off exercise once a day.

HRH had good news in that a growth turned out to be a cyst and it burst by itself - gone just days after wondering what it was and asking Dr. This after initial discussion with dr had suggested a surgeon. Cancelled that in the follow-up appt, which is nice.
Dr gave compliments on HRHs' blood pressure numbers. Dr was surprised we don't have a monitor at home. Hmmm ... ... outside of checking at pharmacy on their do-it-yourself automated cuff with a little chair, this is just something we never do. My dmother's cuff, back in 2009, was notoriously inaccurate - I think it's been tossed by ds.

Considering purchasing a rice cooker. Checking out the recommendations. Does anyone have one?

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Re: Health and Fitness, October 2016

Postby Nancy » Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:48 pm

I am SO glad I walked w ddog earlier bc it is raining out now.

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Re: Health and Fitness, October 2016

Postby RunKitty » Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:21 pm

We have had a Hamilton Beach Proctor-Silex rice cooker / food steamer for years. The rice always comes out just right and I also use it to steam potatoes for mashed potatoes. The current models don't look like ours, but would, hopefully, perform the same.

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Re: Health and Fitness, October 2016

Postby Harriet » Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:52 pm

RunKitty, thank you! I have my eye on a Hamilton Beach 7 cup. The 10 cup is not much more money, but I can't think why I would ever need it. Anyway, it has good reviews and as you prove, H B is a known name with long history. I definitely want to learn - when I get one - about how it will cook and warm veggies. Potatoes are beloved by my dh, lol.

After working with the checklist for 10 days, I have been able to check off every box today. There are 12 lines, hence the name "Daily Dozen", but each may have 1, 2, or 3 boxes, so 24 total. I feel full today and I think that's to be expected (most have to do with food), but it serves its purpose to keep you from straying to foods that don't reach goals. Your thinking tends to lean toward checking the boxes like a game. You choose nuts not chips, so you can check off that box. I now plan early what meal could use a sprinkle of tumeric or other spice. I don't want to end the day having missed the easy "spices" box.

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Re: Health and Fitness, October 2016

Postby Nancy » Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:27 pm

I walked diff routes with ddog today, the loop & around the block this morning ten ish, and just before dinner a nice long walk in the field.

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Re: Health and Fitness, October 2016

Postby Harriet » Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:18 pm

After 16 months of waiting and wondering, I convinced HRH and gen prac dr (I sent dr a NOTE. Yes, I did.) to do his lipid profile. HRH had been saying why bother, because dr knew he was vegetarian now and in general vegetarians aren't asked to keep up with it as much. He's pretending to dr it's no big deal, but I know he's privately happy. It's way better.

Triglicerides 85 and LDL 99, both down into "optimal" range (a word I've never seen as a range on our previous reports from same office, lol). Total chol 154 has the word "ideal" beside it. HDL in range but at the low end, so he's planning to add more nuts to his meals.

Kidney function (urine test) at specialist also improved, down almost to the line of "good" range, even though he'd been warned that the best hope was probably just numbers not getting worse. So this one made HRH laugh along with nurse who called back after calling the first time. She said dr wanted her to be sure to ask him if he saw this was good news. I'm sure he's not out of the woods yet regarding kidneys, and won't be released or anything, but it's cool to be called "better".

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Re: Health and Fitness, October 2016

Postby DeeClutter » Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:06 pm

WTG, HRH!

I've been using Myfitnesspal.com for a couple weeks now. Funny thing, like today, is I may finally realize I've forgotten to eat. My quick go-to for now is a peanut butter/jelly sandwich. Using whole grain white bread and find it quite satisfying. :D My weight is slowly creeping down, finally, with a lower carb eating. Down 3# since I began this.
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