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What happened to this Forum? I really would like some hints on dieting and healthy food tips. Come on VBB, help me out. I am in my 60s and never had to diet and now I need to lose about 30 pounds afte
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Healthy eating

posted at 1/17/2011 6:48 AM EST
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What happened to this Forum? I really would like some hints on dieting and healthy food tips. Come on VBB, help me out. I am in my 60s and never had to diet and now I need to lose about 30 pounds after not exercising due to the need for a hip replacement. I am now doubly replaced and may need a new knee. Life is fun in the "Golden Years."

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/17/2011 7:11 AM EST
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I certainly could use that too, Angela ...... I think I need hypnosis. Embarassed

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/17/2011 8:04 AM EST
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I am eating healty because my room mate has to eat right because of the heart problems.

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/17/2011 8:23 AM EST
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I keep hearing that smaller portions is the key to losing weight along with more exercise.  Of course, that is very hard to do.

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/17/2011 8:55 AM EST
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Healthy eating starts with healthy choices! Laughing  Sadly the healthy choices aren't as fun as the unhealthy choices! Tongue out

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/17/2011 9:22 AM EST
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The choice to lose weight is one of the hardest.
A drug addict CAN live without drugs.
An alcoholic CAN live without alcohol.
We CANNOT live without food. 
So we are faced multiple times everyday with something that can "derail" our efforts.
Important thing to remember is when you get in your car to go someplace you do not give it gas once and expect it to go all day.   Same with our bodies.  We need fuel as well.  Small amounts will keep the "engine" going. 
Exercise helps to burn more calories and build muscle.  Muscle burns more fat faster.  So if you have built more muscle you will burn more calories even if you are just sitting at the computer.
Everyone asked me what my "secret" was to my weight loss.  Well here it is.
1. Portion control.
2. Exercise.
3. Drink lots of water. The "formula" I used to figure out how much take your body weight (what it is not what you want it to be!) divide it in half and drink that many ounces of fluids.  So 150 pound person should consume 75 fluid ounces.  I count all HEALTHY fluids in that 75 ounces.
4. Keep a food diary. Don't have to get real detailed with quantity but be truthful.  
5. If you goof up, don't stress over it just make a better choice next time.

If a certain diet works for you then that is the "diet" for you.  Think of this as a way of life and not a diet. So as you begin to reach the weight you want learn to eat the way you will when you are "off your diet".

Monitor your weight, it is a lot easier to take off 3 pounds than 10.  Don't say "it's just 3 pounds" because 3 pounds quickly becomes 9 then the 10. That said don't become obsessive about it.  Stay healthy, stay active.

These are a few things I have "learned" on my 120 pound loss.  The most challenging thing is maintaining it for the past 12 years. 

I should have started off with this important bit.
You can not lose weight unless you want to do it for yourself.  You can't do it for a party, a reunion, a wedding or anything like that  you  have to want to do it for yourself.
Ok I am down off my soapbox now.  Good luck and if you need any encouragement let me know. 
  

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/17/2011 2:01 PM EST
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High fiber, low fat and low glycemic impact foods. I eat only 5 grams of fiber or more per meal, aim for as low fat as possible(with in reason on taste!) and lower calories. I try to drink as much water or unsweetened drinks as possible. I lowered my blood sugar,Cholesterol and weight. It is still a struggle, But I am better than I was. I still have what I want on the week end and stick to strick portion control during the week. The hardest part is getting exercise. One day at a time!!!Smile

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/18/2011 6:21 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Healthy eating:
I certainly could use that too, Angela ...... I think I need hypnosis.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy,
Thanks for the morning chuckle! Your attitude is the first step. Do you think hypnosis will help. I need to exercise more.

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/18/2011 6:22 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Healthy eating:
I am eating healty because my room mate has to eat right because of the heart problems.
Posted by Maryann O


Good, it is always easier if you have a partner.

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/18/2011 6:24 AM EST
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First: 8/8/2008
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In Response to Re: Healthy eating:
The choice to lose weight is one of the hardest. A drug addict CAN live without drugs. An alcoholic CAN live without alcohol. We CANNOT live without food.  So we are faced multiple times everyday with something that can "derail" our efforts. Important thing to remember is when you get in your car to go someplace you do not give it gas once and expect it to go all day.   Same with our bodies.  We need fuel as well.  Small amounts will keep the "engine" going.  Exercise helps to burn more calories and build muscle.  Muscle burns more fat faster.  So if you have built more muscle you will burn more calories even if you are just sitting at the computer. Everyone asked me what my "secret" was to my weight loss.  Well here it is. 1. Portion control. 2. Exercise. 3. Drink lots of water. The "formula" I used to figure out how much take your body weight (what it is not what you want it to be!) divide it in half and drink that many ounces of fluids.  So 150 pound person should consume 75 fluid ounces.  I count all HEALTHY fluids in that 75 ounces. 4. Keep a food diary. Don't have to get real detailed with quantity but be truthful.   5. If you goof up, don't stress over it just make a better choice next time. If a certain diet works for you then that is the "diet" for you.  Think of this as a way of life and not a diet. So as you begin to reach the weight you want learn to eat the way you will when you are "off your diet". Monitor your weight, it is a lot easier to take off 3 pounds than 10.  Don't say "it's just 3 pounds" because 3 pounds quickly becomes 9 then the 10. That said don't become obsessive about it.  Stay healthy, stay active. These are a few things I have "learned" on my 120 pound loss.  The most challenging thing is maintaining it for the past 12 years.  I should have started off with this important bit. You can not lose weight unless you want to do it for yourself.  You can't do it for a party, a reunion, a wedding or anything like that   you  have to want to do it for yourself . Ok I am down off my soapbox now.  Good luck and if you need any encouragement let me know.    
Posted by nikki p


Great hints! I think that my problem is mostly exercise and a husband who comes home at lunchtime with a McDonalds Angus burger.

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/18/2011 7:32 AM EST
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A drug addict CAN live without drugs.
An alcoholic CAN live without alcohol

A smoker can live without cigarettes.
I quit after 42 years of heavy smoking while in a really stressful situation --- so I keep telling myself that I could lose weight if I'd try.
And I'm scared to try.

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/18/2011 8:40 AM EST
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One more very important thing to remember..The weight did not go on all at once there is no reason to get on the scale one day and say "I have to lose 40 pounds".   Lose 5 then another 5 then another.  Five is a lot easier to think about than 40 or more.

Nancy if you quit smoking you can do anything!  I watched both my parents die of smoking related cancers.   I know how hard that must have been for you to quit.  You must have had an angel on your shoulder helping you.

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/19/2011 5:53 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Healthy eating:
A drug addict CAN live without drugs. An alcoholic CAN live without alcohol A smoker can live without cigarettes. I quit after 42 years of heavy smoking while in a really stressful situation --- so I keep telling myself that I could lose weight if I'd try. And I'm scared to try.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy,
Smoking is as addictive as eating. Food is a comfort and as Americans, we are fortunate to have an abundance. Try small steps like cutting out sweets, smaller portions, no junk food in the pantry. It's a beginning!

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/19/2011 7:29 PM EST
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 I have set a goal of losing 25 pounds by march 14th    it is my hubby's birthday and I want to be below 200lbs. by then.... so far I Have lost 5lbs....I am not eating sweets and trying to eat less at night.    and also  walking at least 3 times a week....
whne I reach that goal I will set another one ......
 OK I need help with a recipe....... I was looking at a magazine at the doctors office I believe it was good housekeeping and it was a breading for chicken tenders with bran cereal and panko bread crumbs....... appreciate the help.......

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/19/2011 8:00 PM EST
Posts: 992
First: 10/7/2010
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  TRY THE M& M DIET;  RECIPE   M ODIFICATION ( lower fat & less suga; igherfiber  & PORTION   MODERATION ( smaller servings) easy regular exerciseHubby droped 25# & stil enjoys cookies &pastry
throughout the day.He onceagain has  has the same 32" waistline he had when we got married 48 years ago.
We eat   less meat ( 2 MEATLESS DAYS WEEKLY) &  smaller  3-4 oz servings of very lean meat & poultry( breast)  when we do). Several servings  of FRUITS & VEGGIES AT EACH MEAL; FRUIT FOR SNACKS & DESSERTS; smaller cookies or share a pastry. Most of  my baking, isdone w / whole wheat flour; less  sugar & nearly fat free.
Starting many y meals w/ a light soup or a salad; means eating smaller servings of meats & starches.Drink lots of zero calorie liquids tohelp fill up( water; coffee/tea( no cream or sugar.
****Use a luncheon size plate instead of a dinnr plate;you'll automaticaly eat less.**Fill1/2 your platew/veggies; 1/4 w/ a starc; 1/4 w/  protein source:( meat/ fish poultry, eggwhites; al baked;broiled or steamed poached. These are guidlines that  should help us all to eat less of everythig & more of the lower calorie foods.I hope this is of help to you ALL  Cool**

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/20/2011 10:04 AM EST
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Really great ideas form everyone. I like the M&M method instead of the see-food method my DH follows.

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/20/2011 5:20 PM EST
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Carol, almost any high fiber cereal could be used to do a crumb coating on chicken or fish.  The flake type might be easiest crush a bit then add the Panko crumbs if you have them, I think they are there just to "lighten" the coating.  I think a rub with mustard will give you a way to get the coating to stick without using egg wash or milk.  As an added benefit the mustard will add more flavor.  A home made honey mustard would be good as would a spicy one like a horse radish mustard or even a Dijon.

By the way if you get an "urge" to snack at night snack on the high fiber cereal, it will fill you up and much lower in calories than other snacks.  I love the Kashi Go Lean Crunch with a bit of Greek Yogurt."
And a reminder when you "feel hungry" drink a glass of water first and wait 10 minutes.  Quite often the signs of hunger really mean you are dehydrated.  "Hunger" is a signal your body sends out that you recognize when you "miss" the thirst signal.  Not only that you will be fuller after drinking the water.
Good work on the 5 pounds.  Keep it up!

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/20/2011 8:19 PM EST
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Great advice everyone!  I found I have to be accountable so I joined SparkPeople.com.  They have on-line trackers for everything from food to exercise.  Along with great articles, exercises and recipes, it's a great site and best of all it's free.  You can join teams or do it on your own, whatever you prefer.  Good luck everyone.

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/22/2011 10:47 PM EST
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Good advice from everyone.  I can't really add anything else.

Hope you are feeling better Angela.  I had two knee replacements, one in June and one in November of last year.  I am also in my 60's.

Re: Healthy eating

posted at 1/23/2011 6:45 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Healthy eating:
Good advice from everyone.  I can't really add anything else. Hope you are feeling better Angela.  I had two knee replacements, one in June and one in November of last year.  I am also in my 60's.
Posted by Marie F


Hips are great. The first one was done in 2002 and the second last year. One in NY and the last in FL. The only problem is everything is requiring replacement. Now it is knees, but I want to hold off as long as I can if possible. I know that the knees take a longer time to heal. How are your knees doing?
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