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Research / Re: Red meat halves risk of depression
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:01:04 AM »
I'll bet it's because they'll have plenty of B vitamins. Not getting enough of those will make you crazy.

What's really terrifying about this is that high triglycerides are a sign of early type II diabetes. What do doctors in the USA do about this? Warn you that you are headed for type II diabetes and need to change your lifestyle??

NOPE. They put you on a statin drug, in ever-higher doses, damaging your liver, giving you diabetes faster & faster...


Many cultures in "hot" climates live like this. Right now I live in the middle east, and I'm not sure when the Arabs sleep! LOL They party STARTS at midnight. But they sleep through the worst of the day, if their jobs allow for it. Many of them have difficulties with the 8-5 work schedule because their family schedule (which is always more important in the Arab cultures) totally conflicts with it. All the stores here close from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. (or even later). This is their "siesta" time. The southern Americas tend to do this, too.

But it really makes sense. Today we'll get close to 120 Fahrenheit (48 Celcius). No way am I going ANYWHERE this afternoon! There's nothing to do when it's that hot but sleep.

Introductions / Re: Hi everyone - from Oklahoma
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:44:27 AM »
Hi Jorie! Hmmm.... we used to live in Oklahoma (Ardmore was our favorite place we've lived so far!) and my husband has strictures, too, from Barrett's Esophagus. Things in common... take small bites & chew a lot!  ;D

Anywho. The site link I'm about to give you is a little strange, but he has a good body composition calculator on his site:

I lost weight once before, through calorie deprivation & all cardio. I got to a certain weight and could NOT go lower. At the time I got so discouraged I kind of gave up - eventually the weight came back (as it typically does with calorie restriction!).

Now I know that I was AT my best weight already! Argh! Where I was going wrong was in doing all cardio, so that I had too much fat still & not enough lean muscle. Plus I was eating trash. I might have even needed to gain some actual pounds by the time I built some beautiful muscle & lost the fat.

I'm finding really good success with tracking my weight AND my measurements each week, and entering them into this calculator. It is just an ESTIMATE, but it will help you determine your best weight. You could also go be measured professionally, but it is time consuming & expensive. This will help you see your progress.

After you calculate your lean body mass, divide it by 0.75 (25% body fat). That is your "top" or your heaviest healthy weight. Divide it by 0.85 (15% body fat). You shouldn't go lower than that as a woman, or you can harm your health.

Your lean body mass will fluctuate, so you'll have to keep doing this. You don't ever want to lose lean body mass. As you gain lean muscle, your weight "goal" will shift.

But after my experience with losing weight stupidly I'm paying more attention to my body composition. I'm aiming for 22% body fat, though I'll be watching my body better this time. If I get to 25% and I feel hot - I will keep working on my best health & not stress about it.

And my "weight" goal? I don't have one. I think weight is only useful to help you determine composition, but means nothing in & of itself.

Exercises / Re: What Type of Exercise am I Looking For?
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:23:09 AM »
Okay... DERP.

It took thinking about this for DAYS and finally posting to figure out that yes, it is AGILITY type training I'm looking for. To be quick on my feet.

There's not much in the forum on this - really nothing. So here goes. Do any of you do agility training? I'm busy researching but finding a lot of things that are specific to particular sports. I'm looking for the type of agility training that perhaps a cross-fitter might do - that I can tailor to my abilities, of course. Thanks!

Exercises / Title Changed: Agility Training?
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:14:09 AM »
Hi all!

I've been ramping up my physical activity. I do yoga a few times per week (flexibility & balance, some strength). Also I've been circuit training on weights and do a bit of cardio on the days I'm not lifting.

What I'm seeing that I've lost over time is... I'm not sure what you call it! It's happening with age. It has to do with being quick, I guess - or being able to jump on/off of things. I don't feel very AGILE is the best way to describe it, I guess.

I'm seeing lots of improvements with the other things I'm doing, but not in this area. Is it jumping specifically I need to do a bit of, is it something that will improve eventually with my activities - or is there a type of exercise (calisthenics?) that covers this?

If I'm not even making sense, just let me know & I'll try to explain it better.

Did you reach your weight goals? Thanks for updating - it's really cool to hear from someone who's made it work!

Okay, no offense to goodsamaritan - I'm glad the sexless marriage things working for you, but this is not optimal for most people. And planning your family for the number of children you can raise well is just responsible.


So anyway. I'm not sure if you had the copper IUD, but I've had the Mirena and it has worked well for me for 8 years. It isn't for everyone, though.

The FAM below is what we used between our kids, and it worked perfectly. But it requires hyper vigilance and that you either use condoms or abstain when you aren't 100% SURE. I had to really obsess about it to prevent pregnancy. It is NOT a timing method. Timing does NOT work.

A friend told me she loved having the patch, that it was the easiest thing for her. With a low dose pill I'm sure they told you, you have to be really careful to take it at the same time every day.

Best of luck. I'm all about natural, but I know what it is to be an unwanted child. Good for you for knowing your own mind and doing what's best for your family.  ;)

Exercises / Re: exrx
« on: May 15, 2012, 10:22:47 AM »
If you go further back in the breadcrumbs menu up top you can search by exercise or by muscle. This is one awesome site! WAY better than sitting through 2 minutes of acid rock and headache-inducing graphics just to see what a clean and jerk is supposed to be.  ::)

Diet and nutrition / Re: Vegetables make me gassy
« on: May 14, 2012, 10:16:59 PM »
Those capsules are just grains.  :o If your digestion problems are related at all to food intolerances, those will make it worse! Even in people without intolerances, those capsules are known for making people gassy, too.

Which vegetables? Some veggies are bad about this. Raw broccoli is an offender - but I really prefer it cooked, which makes it not bother me so much. Any "cruciferous" veggie is going to be gassy - have you tried eliminating these and trying others? Or not eating them raw? Cauliflower & cabbage are two more bad ones that come to mind. I love cabbage in my stews but KATY BAR THE DOOR when I eat the stuff, wowza. I have made this my special food for when my hubby is on business trips, LOL.

I need a lot of veggies, too, to keep my digestion running smoothly - so I understand this.

And don't forget - unless you do a "veggie elimination diet" it may be hard to find the ones that are bothering you. A particular food might bother your system for a few days, or have a delayed reaction, so that you can't tell which one caused it.

Diet and nutrition / Re: NC State Dietary Board sues paleo blogger
« on: May 14, 2012, 10:07:43 PM »
This is very upsetting, because I had planned to show his site to my MIL when I return home this summer. She is diabetic & the high-carb ADA requirements are causing her to get worse over time & steadily need more medication.  >:( It's obvious to me their rec's DON'T WORK.

I think they're going after him because he is challenging them & openly calling them fools, not because he is "giving out advice". I hope this lawsuit gets thrown out!

When we are no longer free to question the bureaucracy, we are no longer free.

Diet and nutrition / Re: New to Paleo diet...I need help!!
« on: May 14, 2012, 10:02:29 PM »
OP - did you find extra fat helped?

I'm new to paleo, too - but not watching fat at all, and just eating when I'm hungry. Have lost lots of weight so far! I wondered how yours had gone with adding fat.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Sugar Swelling
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:55:11 PM »
Thanks, Warren! That is good to know.

And I hope that sweets no longer seem like food eventually! I'm having fun already, realizing "ooh, tomatoes are a bit sweet... lemons are actually sweet!..." etc. When I was busy scarfing processed sugar I never noticed.  :D

Diet and nutrition / Sugar Swelling
« on: May 14, 2012, 08:43:38 PM »
I'm very new to paleo, but loving it (see my intro).

For the last several years I've had a problem where I swell badly all the time. My fingers look like sausages, my nose looks like I'm a prize fighter, my eyes look like I haven't slept in weeks. I haven't been able to wear my wedding ring in years. I've been attributing this to SALT.

After going Paleo for a full week, despite having too much salt (more than usual) I had NO swelling. It was unbelievable! People were noticing the difference in my face and commenting on it, even before I had lost any real weight. Then I fell off the "wagon" after one week and ate a chocolate bar.

It was terrible. I spent the next two hours with overwhelming thirst, drinking nearly 100 oz of water before I went to bed, and still went to bed feeling "dry". The next morning I woke up completely swollen and 6 pounds heavier, overnight. I looked like I had been hit in the face, unrecognizable.

This has really frightened me, actually, because I see that possibly I've been unhealthy long enough to begin damaging my body in a real way. Perhaps even to the point of early insulin resistance?

I'm still having sugar cravings sometimes, especially at night, but I haven't been tempted to go through that again! Since I plan to stay on track, I guess it's mostly academic, but I'm wondering if anyone else has had this experience?

Is it something that will resolve over time - say I am paleo long-term and eventually I do want to splurge with a dessert very occasionally - will it always mean that every time I have a scoop of ice cream my body freaks out? I want to be healthy, to consider "treats" as they were meant to be - a rare indulgence. But occasionally we all want to indulge a little bit, right? I am celiac so there's very little I can eat anyway, most sweets are out.

If I can't - if this is early insulin resistance & I've just messed myself up, I accept that - but I do wonder if I could heal.

Thanks -

Introductions / Good Morning! New to Paleo in Muscat
« on: May 14, 2012, 08:29:50 PM »
Hi all!

I'm an American living in Muscat, Oman. I've been trying a variety of different things over the past year, and they have all failed - either because they were stupid in & of themselves, or because they were to hard to follow.

I've been doing Paleo for two weeks (look at me! LOL) and have lost about ten pounds so far. A great deal of this is water weight, but also includes about an inch out of my hips so far (woohoooooo!).

It's so easy to do, fits in easily with how my husband prefers to eat - and because I'm celiac, I already can't eat many of the foods that aren't "allowed".

So I'm just thrilled so far with the results and I'm hoping that when my husband returns from a long trip he's on, he'll join me. I've lost enough weight for him to notice, I think.

Looking forward to chatting on the forums!

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