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Thanks for the Kudos. Each day is a journey to better health for me. I live in Alaska, so there is limited sunshine here. It's summer here and for the first time in my 6 years here, it feels like fall~~fall with high pollen alerts. I also have COPD; allergies so I stay in when it's like this. It's 48 and feels like 46. Has been raining since last Tuesday.  So I walk the halls of my apartment, if I feel up to it just to get movement going. I go to the Gym twice a week. I'm determined to not take insulin. I'm 65 years young , and still moving forward. I just graduated college for Healthcare Administration May 1st.  Not ready to sit in a rocking chair yet!   ;-)

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@dw17543009 - Welcome to "Online Community"! I gave up dairy about 8 months ago, as well as breads/grains, and sweeteners. Maybe I'll have plain yogurt once every 2 or 3 weeks, and coffee w/cream that infrequently as well.


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I am new to this community and it seems not too many people are visiting . I just want to say that having given up ALL dairy products, and using Almond or Coconut in it's place has lessened my congestion of my respiratory system. When I cheat and eat ice cream I suffer later.
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I'm reminded of another easy but beneficial health tip: don't take yourself so seriously. Stated another way: live and let live. 

 

 

The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. - Julius Erving
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There are ten zillion books and articles on eating healthy.  There is no lack of information on the subject.  Mostly there is lack of interest unless/until an individual comes across a reason to pay attention.  Everyone seems to want a quick fix.  There isn't one.  You need to have a good mix of activity and healthy diet to keep  your weight in check.  Is it fun to exercise and eat healthy if you want to lay on the couch and eat chips?  No it probably isn't.  But eventually you will not be able to get up off of the couch if that is your life style, so you are kind of pressed into some degree of health.  And the bad news is that the older you get, the harder it will be for your body to overcome the excesses you indulge in.   So,  take a walk and don't eat all the stuff you see on TV;  pizza chips donuts, pop, candy cookies  : )

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@retiredtraveler - Your post triggered another thought about eating habits - Don't eat supersized portions!

 

I hate that many people choose restaurants based on large portion size or "endless xyz". While some may intend to take a doggie bag home for a 2nd meal, they may continue to "pick at their plate" while sitting & socializing in a restaurant .. a bad idea. Often the "endless" items are starch (i.e. breadsticks, garlic bread, etc), and cheap items to fill you up .. instead of the more expensive protein items! Even "endless salad bar" can be a problem; it's only OK if you stick to the plain or pickled veggies, and limit or avoid everything with mayonnaise & other fat-laden sauces!


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".....So eating less meat is an easy way to make room for fiber, which really may save the world.....".

 

The tip we learned decades ago, and embraced, is that one doesn't eat a plain piece of meat (yeah, on occasion, you don't have to be a fanatic). Almost everywhere in the world, it is relatively uncommon, if never done, to have a slab of meat of any kind. Instead, meat is always cut and part of a stew, stir fry, a mix of some type.  We only have burgers, for instance, maybe half a dozen times a year. We never have steak, or ribs. Virtually everything we cook is stir fried, or done in Thai, Indian, or Asian-style cooking. You get lots of veggies this way and meat is used in very small quantities.


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Don't let temporary injuries & other priorities totally derail your healthy lifestyle program; just pick up where you left off, and keep truckin'!


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So when @AARPTeri posted this thread, being a health nut and a former food and lifestyle columnist, I jotted down a bunch of tips. Some I tossed, others I combined, but most I ended up posting. This is the last tip from that list.

 

Don't automatically peel your fruits and vegetables. There's nutrition gold in those peels!

 

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Here's the rule of thumb: if the peel is a different color than the flesh of the fruit or vegetable, then eating it will boost your nutritional intake. 

 

The caveat: some peels soften when cooked, while others remain inedible. Learn more from Bon Appétit: http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/cooking-tips/article/why-you-shouldnt-peel-your-vegetables

 

Here's a piece on the subject via the Washington Post.

 

Bonus tip: save vegetable peels and pieces in the freezer. Use them to make your own nutritious, low sodium stock at home. Better nutrition and less food waste. What a deal!

 

 

The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. - Julius Erving
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This is my second to last off-the-cuff health tip for this thread, and it's a quickie: Eat Less Meat

 

Note I didn't suggest going vegan. I'm saying eat smaller portions of meat, enjoy meatless dinners, and even meatless days.

 

You've heard that eating less meat might save the planet. You've heard that too much protein is bad for you, and you've heard that eating less meat will help you lose weight.

 

While all of that may be true, I think the reason to eat less meat (and by result eat more vegetables) is to improve digestion. For me it is all about the fiber. Foods rich in fiber support your health by helping to move foodstuffs through your system. When our systems slow down trouble starts.

 

Among other benefits, Web MD says eating fiber benefits your heart, weight loss, energy levels and digestion:  http://www.webmd.com/diet/fiber-health-benefits-15/default.htm

 

The Harvard School of Public Health offers the tips below for increasing fiber. They also delineate which diseases are directly affected by fiber intake. Read More:   http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/fiber/

 

Tips for increasing fiber intake from the Harvard School of Public HealthTips for increasing fiber intake from the Harvard School of Public Health

 

The Mayo Clinic chimes in on the importance of a fiber-rich diethttp://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983

 

So eating less meat is an easy way to make room for fiber, which really may save the world, because we want you in it.

 

 

The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. - Julius Erving