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Re: Eating Healthier?
« Reply #100 on: May 26, 2008, 10:31:21 PM »
JP so tell me how much wt have you lost already?? How about your wife, is she losing wt as well??

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« Reply #101 on: May 27, 2008, 12:03:43 AM »
JP so tell me how much wt have you lost already?? How about your wife, is she losing wt as well??

Annette, I have no idea, I haven't weighed myself. Clothes are a little looser though. She just started and I know she's feeling better.


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« Reply #102 on: May 27, 2008, 10:22:33 AM »
Just started excercising this morning on my mini-trampoline, was wondering what kind of exercise you guys do?

Just looking for some ideas. Anyone own, I think its called "total gym"?
This is the system that Chuck Norris & Christy Brinkley have been promoting for yrs, feedback?

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« Reply #103 on: May 27, 2008, 10:38:49 AM »
I have begun yoga and pilates beginners courses. It came w/ gym memebrship. I do treadmill for about 25 minutes, a modest amount of lifting and then off to class. Try to get 4 times a week, but thats hard w/ other obligations. When I do get all 4 in, I can feel difference. I am alreday more flexible and my core is getting stronger as well. I do classes w/ wife and we both can tell it is helping us be healthier in mind and body. Its easier to stay on diet when you are working hard in other areas as well.
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« Reply #104 on: May 27, 2008, 10:39:47 AM »
I try to go to curves 3x a week, doesn't always work out.  Then theres the yard digging to plant sucks, we are an old river bed :-x, pasture, feed bags,wood splitting, mowing, weeding/whacking, fence fixing, pond building (modifying always ;)) now bee hives & all that entails.  Also help hubby with the granite business moving & adjusting chunks of granite & sliding em from table to counter etc.  Other than that this one sits w/fuzzy slippers in front of the tv with bon bons!!  :-D Jody
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Re: Eating Healthier?
« Reply #105 on: May 27, 2008, 02:01:36 PM »
I walk every day about 30 minutes and do a series of stretching exercises every morning before I can get going. 

I would like to increase the walking though. At my age, it is very important to keep up the exercises.


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« Reply #106 on: May 27, 2008, 11:34:43 PM »
One more time anyone have the total gym? Was thinking of getting it, but I like fun excercise it looks fun and rewarding.


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« Reply #107 on: May 29, 2008, 01:14:13 PM »
Hey guys, My wife fried chicken in almond oil last night and guess what?  It actually gives you energy and it's healthier.  I am a sucker for fried chicken, but at least now I don't hit the recliner after scarfing down a few pieces.  We both have lost weight trying different ways of better eating.  As I mentioned the food combining works for her and for me its a combination of things. 

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« Reply #108 on: May 29, 2008, 09:36:19 PM »
I don't know if its just the heat or if my body is going through some adjustment period but I'm just not that hungry lately, would rather drink something nice and cold.

Been eating the right things still and maybe this is a big part of it. I just don't crave as much as I did when I was eating lots of stuff and drinking sodas.

I believe my body is just more satisfied.

Cannot drink enough fresh carrot juice! Just find it so refreshing.


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« Reply #109 on: May 29, 2008, 09:40:05 PM »
I like a grapefruit in a blender w/ice like a slurpee, then garnish w/mint :-D  not bad adding rum or vodka either :evil:  Jody
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« Reply #110 on: May 29, 2008, 09:51:45 PM »
I like a grapefruit in a blender w/ice like a slurpee, then garnish w/mint :-D  not bad adding rum or vodka either :evil:  Jody

Its funny how we like different things. I find with grapefruit you either love 'em or hate them. I don't hate them but I certainly am not a big fan of 'em either. I can eat maybe a half of one no more than that, and its gotta be a ruby red.


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Re: Eating Healthier?
« Reply #111 on: May 29, 2008, 11:57:08 PM »
I just bought a juicer at Costco a few months ago and have not even taken it out of the box yet. But I am getting inspired now just hearing about all the good drinks on this post. I am going to take the plunge and start with carrot juice. Yes JP, I just love carrot juice. This evening I went to Jamba Juice and had them make me a mixture of carrot juce, orange juice and banana juice. That was so good. I cant wait now to come up with some good mixtures for the juicer.

Anyone have any ideas???

OH forgot to mention that I am leaving for vacation on Saturday and will be gone for one week so I may not get onto the forum this coming week.

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« Reply #112 on: May 30, 2008, 01:05:38 AM »
I just bought a juicer at Costco a few months ago and have not even taken it out of the box yet. But I am getting inspired now just hearing about all the good drinks on this post. I am going to take the plunge and start with carrot juice. Yes JP, I just love carrot juice. This evening I went to Jamba Juice and had them make me a mixture of carrot juce, orange juice and banana juice. That was so good. I cant wait now to come up with some good mixtures for the juicer.

Anyone have any ideas???

OH forgot to mention that I am leaving for vacation on Saturday and will be gone for one week so I may not get onto the forum this coming week.

Take care my loves
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Annette, we will miss you, again!! Have a great vacation! :-*

Its so hard to get nice ripe ones these days but...    If you are able to find a properly ripened honeydew melon, put it through the juicer and put your seatbelt on cause that will be something extra special!  Get it nice and cold in the frig first.

I wanna try the orange, carrot, banana combo now, since you got me thinking hard about it.


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Re: Eating Healthier?
« Reply #113 on: May 30, 2008, 09:24:10 PM »
This is for Dane and others that eat a raw diet. I have been thinking about what you said Dane, that you have been eating a raw diet now for 5 yrs, this seems mind boggling.

Would you mind sharing some idea as to what type of meals you prepare?

Can I assume you eat a lot of suishi, since I know you're not a vegan or vegetarian?

What about meat, fillet?

I understand the benefits but am really wondering how you keep your diet interesting and raw at the same time.

Appreciate the feedback.


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Re: Eating Healthier?
« Reply #114 on: May 30, 2008, 09:55:46 PM »
Raw food I can do, it was the story I watched on TV a while back about a guy who had to wait until his food was rotting before he could eat it that got to me.  Seems his digestive track was so out of kilter that he could only stomach spoiled food.  I guess the good part was he wife didn't need a waste disposal.  LOL   

That ought to make the Vegans scream!!!!
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« Reply #115 on: May 30, 2008, 11:18:11 PM »
This is for Dane and others that eat a raw diet. I have been thinking about what you said Dane, that you have been eating a raw diet now for 5 yrs, this seems mind boggling.

Would you mind sharing some idea as to what type of meals you prepare?

Can I assume you eat a lot of suishi, since I know you're not a vegan or vegetarian?

What about meat, fillet?

I understand the benefits but am really wondering how you keep your diet interesting and raw at the same time.

Appreciate the feedback.
...JP

NP JP  ;)

It's a lot easier than you might think.  It's just that when people first think "raw foods" they think cold, plain.  Does anyone ever cook any food without adding any spice?  (try it sometime, heh  :-P)  The dehydrator becomes one's "oven" & the only limit is your imagination. 

I do eat some fish but I'm actually quite careful/selective there (mercury contam, etc.,) and it's a small part of my diet.  I don't eat rice (it's cooked & a grain) and even the nori at restaurants would be cooked (raw nori is available though), so we make our own sushi (substitute sprouts for the rice).  Sashimi would be on the menu for eating out though.  Salmon from Alaska (e.g. Copper River) is a winner.  Here's one recipe: Salmon stuffed with raw goat yogurt cheese & Blackberry port tepenada.  Slice a fillet of salmon in half, stuff it & rejoin, leave it in the dehydrator at 105°F for ~2hrs and the texture is like the most moist "slow-roasted" salmon you've ever had.

Jerky is a stand-by, especially for traveling and is good for those who have "texture issues" with raw meats.  Even though the jerky has never been cooked (above 105°F) if you dehydrate it long it will be as tough and chewy as anything.  Buffalo, beef, elk, ostrich - any lean red meat is easy to make.  Salmon makes a good jerky too actually.

I actually always liked really rare (& snuck raw sometimes too, lol) meats.  So my protein lunch staple is typically some sort of warmed meat dish - such as grass-fed buffalo top-round, ground up (I have my own grinder) with a thin layer of pistachio hummus (another recipe I devised, just substitute sprouted/dehydrated pistachios for the beans) on top and dehydrated for ~ 1hr.  If I left it too long it would turn into jerky (also good!) but, taken early, it is just nice and warm and tender -melt in your mouth.  The next day I may do something similar but with a rosemary, garlic & wine lamb, chipotle beef, thai curry pineapple, tomato, spinach muscovey duck, etc., etc.,.

We make pizzas, tostadas, enchilladas and tacos, etc., with dehydrated sprouted corn as the crust/tortilla.  That's about it for any grains for me.  They are nice and crispy/crunchy though.  Stuffed portabello mushrooms, kiwi-lime prawns (just a couple more raw recipes that come to mind).

Raw soups - rely on the blender a bit and just be sure not to over-heat (again, nothing above 105°F) and almost every option is there.  My favourites are a salmon bisque, spicy thai coconut soup and creamed butternut squash.

Smoothies are the daily breakfast routine.  Raw goat milk (from local farm) yogurt & kefir blended up with raw egg(s), fruit, nuts/nut butter, coconut oil &/or cream, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly.

Salads are a given (heavy on the sprouts).  Veggie juices almost daily as well.

Desserts have wayyyyy too many options!  lol  Use raw sprouted nuts instead of flour, coconut cream, raw cacao, honey (of course!) nut butters, fruits, etc., etc.,.  great raw nut & nut better store

honey & coconut-cream glazed, raw carrot (w/date, walnut, pineapple & coconut) "bee-hive" cake


cacao hazelnut truffles:


cinnamon rolls (almond, macadamia, ground cinnamon, vanilla, cacao, honey w/honey-coconut cream, cacao butter glaze):


(there's loads more but I'll stop now!, lol)

Pretty mundane diet all 'round!  ;)

Bon apetit!
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Re: Eating Healthier?
« Reply #116 on: May 31, 2008, 12:25:29 AM »
It seems like the dehydrater would make meat turn out anything but raw, so why not just flash cook it?

Thanks for your response, BTW.


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« Reply #117 on: May 31, 2008, 01:09:55 AM »
It seems like the dehydrater would make meat turn out anything but raw, so why not just flash cook it?

Thanks for your response, BTW.


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YW :) The purpose of a raw foods diet is to not destroy enzymes.  That is what sort of defines "raw"... I sometimes use "enzyme diet" to emphasize the importance of enzymes over not cooking.  Raw nuts & seeds have enzyme inhibitors so, even raw, they are not in their most-digestible form (sprouting them accomplishes that.  Squirrels know the score on that one, heh).  So, even though something has been dehydrated for days at a low temp, or set out in the sun, whatever... it is still at it's optimal enzyme content (= 100% intact).  The only thing that has changed is the food's water content (that's why it is called dehydrating).   Cooking, even flash cooking or light/slight cooking, destroys enzymes - perhaps not as many as cooking it until it's charcoal, but still some.  Like "flash pasteurized" is still pasteurized (= cooked).  Enzymes are the most important factor imho but cooking also does the following:

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The first thing that is lost when you cook something is it's water content. Our bodies are between 60% and 70% water. Vegetables and fruits are loaded with water, and it is structured water that better facilitates our biological processes. Cooking denatures the proteins in our food, rendering them harder to digest and utilize.

Cooking destroys 50 percent of the protein in our food. Between 50 and 80 percent of the vitamins and minerals are also destroyed. Pesticides break down into more toxic compounds, which are more easily assimilated into our bodies. Oxygen is lost and free radicals are produced.

So the only thing dehydrating (at low temp) has in common with cooking is the loss of water content.  And that takes quite a bit of time to accomplish in a dehydrator at proper temps (below enzyme destroying temps).   Even though I prefer just warmed, naturally moist foods, dehydrated foodstuffs definitely have their place too.  It's a good way to preserve.  I have some fruit/nut leathers that are over a year old and still taste great.  :-D

Make sense?

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« Reply #118 on: May 31, 2008, 03:02:34 AM »
   I just caught myself munching.  I just realized I do it now without even thinking about it.  It's automatic.  As soon as I park my butt somewhere to do something other than working with my hands I snack.  The more I think about it the night eating is my main problem. 

JP my wife is thinking of getting the Total Gym, this may be the only way I can get a good workout without worrying about when my legs go out on me.  Gas is too expensive to drive to another town for a workout other than walking or wheeling.
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« Reply #119 on: May 31, 2008, 08:47:40 AM »
   I just caught myself munching.  I just realized I do it now without even thinking about it.  It's automatic.  As soon as I park my butt somewhere to do something other than working with my hands I snack.  The more I think about it the night eating is my main problem. 

JP my wife is thinking of getting the Total Gym, this may be the only way I can get a good workout without worrying about when my legs go out on me.  Gas is too expensive to drive to another town for a workout other than walking or wheeling.


I was thinking of getting one also, but am a little hesitant that it would become another piece of unused furniture. :-D

I think I would use it though, I like the fact that it cimbines reistance with aerobic excersise so you get double the work out, at least it appears that way.

For now, my mini-trampoline is cool.

Please let me know if ya'll get one and how you like it, and I'll do the same.


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