Dear Fellow Fools,27 years ago, nearly to the day, I started on a low-carb, lowered fat diet. I needed to do something, because at 6' 1" my weight was 357 pounds, blood pressure 200/105. I can't remember the values of the other indicies of health; no matter, I knew if I didn't do something I would shortly be dead.Presently, I weigh 198 pounds. My blood pressure is 110 / 65 to 75, and values of other indicies of health are in the normal range. I do not work out, although there certainly isn't anything wrong with exercise. I just think that the additional time one adds to one's life by exercising is the same amount as the time spent engaged in exercise. I guess I exercise regularly, just wallk about a mile or so daily.My diet is based upon these rules:Grill, broil, and steam are the best methods of cooking.Use olive oil, peanut oil, or some other unprocessed oil for cooking.Eat lots of good green vegetables. Eat lean meats, fish and poultry.Eat fruits in moderation.Stay away from processed foods, especially margarine and any other of the substitutes for butter. Drink water, coffee and tea. Artificially sweetened carbonated beverages can't be good for you either. Aren't some of the ingredients suspected carcinogens?Limit all forms of sugar in your diet.Eat a little bit of CHOCOLATE every day. CHOCOLATE is a food group. You NEED some every day. Get the kind with the lowest sugar and processed oil content you can find. Enjoy in moderation.The only cure for the pain of birth and the sorrow of death is the enjoyment of everything in between. I plan to enjoy as much as I can.Fool On!Fritz Seifart-Cooper
Great post!! Thanks for the inspiration.I do have a question about this:Eat a little bit of CHOCOLATE every day. CHOCOLATE is a food group. You NEED some every day. Get the kind with the lowest sugar and processed oil content you can find. Enjoy in moderation.Why???
Congrats! 27 years? That is incredible. Your post should definately be included in the success stories in the FAQ! I also had to smile about your chocolate comment. That is one of my mottos as well, partly because I love it and depriving myself would only make me want it ALL the time. The other reason is because in moderation, chocolate (especially dark) has health benefits. Keep on enjoying your lifestyle, and thanks for the inspiring post.Stacie
Thank you for your kind remarks. Everyone needs a reward system. Mine is a bit of chocolate. In addition, it is a good idea to have an avocation that absorbs your time. Idle hands are truly the Devil's tools.
Thank you for your kind remarks. Everyone needs a reward system. Mine is a bit of chocolate. Ah ha, makes sense! I am really not that much of a chocolate lover (nothing wrong with it, I just don't ever really crave it or adore it the way some people do). I was wondering if I was missing something major about its benefits. Agreed, areward system is definitely important.In addition, it is a good idea to have an avocation that absorbs your time. Idle hands are truly the Devil's tools. Absolutely - and thanks for the reminder. I am just starting to really learn how much better life in general is when you're not "looking" for something to do, but doing something you enjoy or at least that's productive.I forgot to mention, I liked your comments about exercise, too! If you can combine a hobby with exercise, I notice it's so much easier and doesn't feel like a time consuming "chore." I spent about 5 hours gardening this weekend, and boy was I sore from all the digging, planting, etc. I felt a little silly the next day when I was regretting "missing" my exercise time, then realized that I could barely even stand up from all the muscle soreness in my legs. I am sure I got plenty of workout from the gardening, and as a bonus I have a lovely flower bed to look at! Kind of the exercise, avocation, and reward all built into one.
You've done this 27 years and your internal organs haven't liquified yet? You must not be a *true* low-carber. ;-)Andrea
"You've done this 27 years and your internal organs haven't liquified yet? You must not be a *true* low-carber. ;-)"Dear Andrea,Thank you for your concern about my health. To address your implied questions, low carb, not no carb. My internal organs are just fine, thank you very much; I do have a sigmoidoscopy done biannually. Sorry to say that I have never seen any external organs that could be affected by my diet. If I find any, I will certainly let you know.The entire point of my eating habits is to control blood sugar. That is the point of every good eating plan, whatever the name.To ammend my list of cooking techniques, it is quite acceptable to saute. I love fresh spinach sauteed with garlic and a bit of oregano using olive oil. Shrimp scampi, fresh snapper, grouper or dolphin sauteed lightly with just the right spices (my secret). And no, I am NOT cooking Flipper, its mahi-mahi to you landlubbers. I met Flipper on opening day at the Miami Seaquarium on Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, June 1959. Yes I am THAT old.And pick an avocation that consumes your exercise time, as Delta Dog has done with her gardening. I garden and love music, and play guitar, piano and sing a bit. My gardening, as well as our 5, 7 and 9 year old children take my time on the weekends. I take a guitar with me during my weekly travels, as practice playing and singing is great relaxation.Some complex carbohydrate based foods I eat:Old Fasioned (not Quick) Oatmeal, made from pure rolled oats. Great with just a tiny bit of butter and some Splenda, or saccarine (Heaven protect us from Nutra Sweet). Wonderful on a cold morning.Low sugar, whole grain bread, made without the partially hydrogenated oils. I prefer my own bread.Pasta made with whole wheat flour.Remember, this advice is not new - nothing really is. According to Chapter 11, Verse 1 of the Mishmash of Hasidic Druidism:The key is temperance; which is moderation in all good things and abstinence in all evil things". And no, I am not a Druid however I imagine them to be an enlightened and generous people.Sincerely,Fritz
Fritz,Just curious - why not 'quick' oatmeal? Are there questionable ingredients?Quince
Just curious - why not 'quick' oatmeal? Are there questionable ingredients?Not Fritz, but quick oatmeal has been processed and is more refined. Probably fewer nutrients/fiber and absorbed more quickly causing a potential blood sugar spike.Many believe closer to nature is better, including myself.IP
If you examine the ingredients label, there is a significant difference in the type of carbohydrates, if I recall correctly. It has been SO many years since I ever had quick oatmeal that I can't remember exactly.Regards,Fritz
quincecat,To my eye, there is *no* difference between Quick and Old-Fashioned oatmeal. Perhaps the OP was confusing Quick with Instant. Please check the labels for yourself:Instant: http://www.quakeroatmeal.com/Products/IQO/IQO-Regular.cfmOld-Fashioned: http://www.quakeroatmeal.com/Products/SQO/SQO-OldFashioned.cfmQuick: http://www.quakeroatmeal.com/Products/SQO/SQO-QuickOats.cfmThis topic came up over on the Weight Lifting Fools board a little while ago, http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=20633754&sort=whole#20638525Rocannon
Just curious - why not 'quick' oatmeal? Are there questionable ingredients?I remember reading an article (articles?) many years ago about the virtues of oats/porridge. It went something along these lines:Oats contains a gluten (or some ingredient) that protects against heart disease. In Scotland, until the advent of convenience foods, heart disease was relatively unknown. The Scots ate the stuff in prodigious amounts – there was even rival in Britain to Quaker Oats called Scots Oats. Then, 35 to 45 years ago, the Scots abandoned their traditional breakfast for more trendy garbage offered by Kellogg's et al and acquired in the transition the highest incidence of heart disease in the world.Nuf saidkind regardsgeoff
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