HtownMedicineWoman

Start Weight:(19 May 14) 155.0 lb
Current Weight:(09 Jun 14) 155.8 lb
Goal Weight:115.0 lb
following: LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet
performance: losing 1.4 lb a week

Some biographical information about me … First, I'm 65, but I feel much younger and told I look younger, too. I think that is because my health quest began 31 years ago when my mother died at 66 of preventable causes. I saw myself going down that same path. I began studying about nutrition, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, medicinal herbs, medicinal mushrooms, functional medicine and homeopathy. Studying various aspects of how to stay healthy is still a huge part of my life and always will be. My family calls me Dr. Mom. I am divorced with one daughter and two grandsons, 10 and 13. I’m 5’1” and weight 155. I’d like to get to 115, but will be happy with 125. Back in the day (25-30 years ago), I used to be a personal trainer and weighed about 110. I have a ton of muscle ... I just need to shrink the skin around it, and I'm starting with diet and then will join the gym again.

Over the last 2 years, I have been more sedentary and put on some weight. Earlier this month, I joined a 12 day diabetes management and reversal summit with 50 speakers. I learned that I need to be on the ketogenic diet. I've made some very drastic changes in my eating lifestyle over the last couple of years, and was eating very healthy foods, but not losing weight. I now understand why. I have been doing the paleo plan for about a year, but not counting calories or macros. Now trying LCHF.

There are so many ways we can "go" with what we eat, and no one way is right for everyone. So, I am on my journey as we all are here. Keto is the way I will need to go from here on out. I am going to make it work! I'm looking forward to sharing my journey and hearing about yours.

FatSecret member since: 13 May 14

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Thanks for your introduction. We're here to help! Everyone has weight to lose, and we are all going about it in different ways. Glad to have you on FS.
posted 10 Jun 2014, 20:44
Why would you eat nuts?
Not a lot of people care about their health, that is, until they no longer have it, and then it takes much more of an effort to get back to health once it's gone. Young people don't think about that as I didn't until my mother died when I was 34. She died because she didn't care about health or taking care of herself. That was my wakeup call. Guess I'm a different kind of person. I want to do my part to stay healthy, so that's a major interest of mine. Everyone's got a path with forks in the road.
posted 10 Jun 2014, 18:50
Why would you eat nuts?
Nothing is a no no as long as people realize that moderation applies. Besides, mummydee, I don't see where I said that grapes were a no no, just that there are healthier choices. I live in Texas, the land of plenty, so maybe I don't know what is available in other areas, but does that mean you have to make snide remarks about my post? Really?
posted 09 Jun 2014, 18:30
So I'm poor....
TOFU ... Ah, here is the post I was looking for!! I'm so glad you reminded me about Sprouts, so I went online and found one fairly close to me, and I'm going to check it out. I think we are going to see produce prices going up because of the fires, the droughts, the floods, just Mother Nature causing monitary damage in various ways. I wish I could grow a garden, but I kill nearly everything.
posted 09 Jun 2014, 16:48
Dieting and Not Exercising?
Hope you don't mind me pasting to your post, but this is something I got when attending a summit on the thyroid. It's about metabolism:

Here are some common causes of slow metabolism:

Too little sleep. While the occasional all-nighter forces your metabolism into high gear, chronic partial sleep loss (less then seven hours a night) has a profound effect on your metabolism. It affects glucose regulation, causing insulin resistance and elevated glucose levels. It leads to excessive food intake, storage of calories as fat, and obesity. It leads to decreased energy expenditure. You end up moving around less, as your body tries to conserve energy. Not getting enough sleep–or poor sleep quality– affects many of the hormones that control metabolism and energy intake, including cortisol, thyrotropin, leptin and ghrelin.

Too few calories. It’s well-known that drastic calorie restriction slows metabolism. But new research shows that even modest calorie restriction also slows metabolism, although less so. It may do so by impairing your body’s ability to convert T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone, to T3, the active form that drives metabolism in your body. Exercise can counterbalance the metabolism-slowing effects of calorie-cutting.

Nutrient deficiencies. Many nutrient deficiencies will impair the body’s ability to generate energy. These include magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, and most of the B vitamins. Too little protein, too, can slow metabolism and impair the body’s ability to make metabolism-boosting muscle. A good multi-vitamin and adequate protein can help make up for nutritional deficiencies.

Too little exercise. Exercise literally fans the flames, boosting energy metabolism while you’re active and for a few hours afterwards. Muscle-building, such as weight-lifting, has an added benefit. The more muscle you have, the higher your body’s resting metabolic rate. That helps you burn more calories 24/7.

Dehydration. Water is an important component of most of the chemical reactions that go on in your body, including energy metabolism. When you’re short on water, metabolism slows down dramatically, and you will soon feel the effects with sluggishness and fuzzy thinking. Make sure you drink enough every day. Carry water with you when exercising and for strenuous outdoors activities.

Low thyroid hormone function. Hypothyroidism is a well-known cause of slow metabolism. It can be detected by a test that checks blood level of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. (TSH) However, you can still have inadequate thyroid hormone function even though you have normal levels of TSH. Your body may not be converting T4 (the inactive form of thyroid hormone) to T3 (the active form.) Or your cells may be resistant to T4. This condition is known as Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome (WTS.) The best way to find out if you have WTS is to take your body temperature. If it is consistently low, typically below 97.8 F. (36.56 C.) chances are good you have slow metabolism. People can recover from WTS with proper thyroid support, which often includes a trial of T3. You can discuss T3 therapy with your doctor and we will be happy to discuss your case with your doctor. Your doctor can call 800.420.5801. The object of T3 therapy is to normalize your oral body temperatures to average 98.6 (37 C.) during treatment. (See “How are body temperatures measured” for complete instructions.) When your temperature improves, you metabolism will return to normal. People whose metabolism is “reset” with T3 therapy often find that they can stop the T3 after a few months and their symptoms do not return because their temperatures stay normal!
posted 09 Jun 2014, 15:20
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Today I got my Jack LaLanne juicer out of storage. Tomorrow, I am going to Sprouts to check their produce prices. I'm ready to start juicing. Today, ...

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