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Take It Off, Take It All Off

Published July 29, 2009 8:20 AM by Valerie Newitt

Relax, the headline was meant only to get your attention. What I want all of us to take off is extra poundage. And yes, I know, I know... you don't want to hear one more holier-than-thou voice saying "you really ought to lose some weight..." or "you have a pretty face but...". I understand, I've been there. I've been up and down and all over the scales in my lifetime for one reason or another. And yes, I go to a gym every day, but no, I don't look like I do...  I'm just trying to be healthy.

I can, however, vouch for the fact that extra poundage is a self-imposed bondage. Unless you have developed extreme self esteem, the feeling of too much flesh can keep you at arm's length from people, experiences, clothing, activities, skills, careers and even emotions you may wish to explore. That's certainly a poor trade-off for a fast-food lunch. And perhaps even more important is the fact that our eating and exercise habits will become the norm for our children as we teach by example.   

That said, I got it into my head that if I blog a healthy tip or two a week, ones we can adapt easily, we might be able to support each other in a shared quest for health. I would certainly welcome ideas from you!

So... here are two discoveries I've made this week:

1) A Web site called Diet Detective sent me a little wake-up call this morning via an e-letter. It asked me if I knew what it takes to burn off 1 tablespoon of mayo. Answer: 28 minutes of walking, 16 minutes of biking or 12 minutes of running. Ouch!

2) Milk has lots of sugar in it! Who knew? I thought a cup of skim milk was completely innocent until I saw it contains 90 calories, 12 grams of sugar and 13 grams of carbs. So, a little investigation turned up a product call Hood's Calorie Countdown "dairy beverage". I bought some yesterday (it is stocked at Wal-Mart) and somehow these geniuses have pared skim milk down to just 45 calories a cup, with only 3 grams of sugar and carbs. I tried it; I liked it.


I try to stay away from red meat (except minimal), and dairy products.  When I was at Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, I went into a soy shack (learning module), and found soy is used in so many products as filler, emulsifier, added protein, etc.  I had been using soy products (silk soy milk to replace milk, for example).  Dr. had told me almost two years ago that I was diabetic.  I opted not to take medication (for now it works), and changed my diet somewhat, lost weight, walked, worked out, and go to Curves at least two days a week.  I have had A1c tests every three months, and am under the parameters for diabetes.  My other labs look good as well.  The point, I use Soy milk (Silk), and Silk creamer.  I will have to try Hood's dairy beverage.  

Linda, Home care - LPN, Maxim H. Care August 8, 2009 1:03 PM
Peoria IL

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