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Nice find for you about the coffee. Tea has some caffeine, too, though not enough, I guess. My nurse sister says high blood pressure runs in our family. So far, I'm okay at checkups, knock on wood. Most days I have a 12-oz, cup of half and half decaf and caffeinated coffee. I would sorely miss it! But if the pressure goes up, ditching it would be a strategy I hope I would be brave enough to try.

I loves my vegan foods, but I can think of people who have reversed serious problems without being vegan, many here on Spark. Even most experts are biased. We are all rolling the dice with our choices because it's all about odds. This is the bet I'm making now! Others can do what they deem best.

Took a look at the menu at a Thai restaurant that is the site of a Meetup I am going to tonight. They have some interesting choices. I have my suspicions about soy, but since they don't have bean dishes I know of, I might get that. It can be a challenge getting my minimum protein- MUCH less than the average recommendation- in now that I'm actually tracking to see what's happening. I will have beans at lunch. Well, it's only one day.

Does anyone take B12? I just read of a study that showed that vegans in the test group had less heart disease but higher stroke incidences. They posited B12 was part of the problem. I can't remember now if they tracked who used supplementation or not. But even then, it's an odds thing. It was still only a fraction of the group that suffered stroke, just that it was higher than for other groups.

But I am also trying to back off from all the focus on food and health. I want to feel I've got the basics and just do it and live life in between my meals! But that is sometimes harder than managing eating, and I find myself back on the computer. It's almost more like an anxiety-reducing drug. Goooolllly.



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So my blood work showed excellent results, but my blood pressure is still on the high side. Yesterday I decided to ditch the two-cup of coffee and had a nice green tea for breakfast. Later in the day I felt fatigued and checked my bp. It had dropped 27 pts on the high number!!

So it is the coffee. I need to go off it more slowly. Iíll start with half-caffeine and then decaf then just tea.

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I have noticed that there is more and more information available about vegan, plant-based diets. I recently learned that the plant based diet is the ONLY diet that can actually REVERSE health damages. I grew up a meat eater and still struggle with my eating habits from time to time. But I do know one thing: I feel better when I follow a plant based diet.

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Sue, I get the impression you do take good care of yourself. In fact, this team is a little more vigilant than others I've been on. Not to be catty, but I see a lot more of trying to kind of game the system other places. Or maybe I see only your angelic side here.

I am rather amazed that the plant-based movement is as promoted as it is, though I'm not complaining. It's just that I saw the other day that it's estimated that only 6% of Americans are vegetarians, never mind vegans. I guess it's like being in the arts. The stars get a lot of attention but the majority of painters, musicians, and actors are just limping along. And I'm very grateful there are such busy bees out there testing and posting more recipes than I will ever have the oomph to make. I'm flabbergasted how young some of these people are. How have they had time and money to invent and refine the hundreds of recipes they have on their sites? Of course, I see the ones first that got the most attention and those people are making some dough, but they usually had to put in a lot of time with no real guarantee of a payoff.

I think I already told that I am on a moratorium of buying anything but freggies and coffee stuff until I use up my kitchen dry and fridge stores. I have so many less starch portions than beans that I have to increase my veggies even more. Been eating some big volume meals, and even some with more calories per meal than I'm used to, but I want to meet my macros, so on I chew.

Oh, and I allow myself getting nuts, which I will soon go to Costco for. The fridge is now full to bursting nearly with freggies.

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Season 3 of the Plant strong podcast is available. It won the apple podcast awards for the areas of best new podcast of 2019 and nutrition:


This is Rip Esselestyn, son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's podcast. He is the one who was part of the Forks over Knives movie and movement. I mention this because there may be new members who would benefit from seeing and reading these media, books, websites, etc..

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Made the simplest, cheapest pinto beans last night in the crockpot. I add 2.5 times the water (as in inches) as beans. The only flavoring I use is to put the stems of garlic chives I froze in the fall when collecting seeds for my garlic chives. I stuck a bunch of stems in them and will fish them out when cooked. Garlic chives have a taste between onion and garlic. The flower is so beautiful I plant them in my flower gardens. www.burpee.com/herbs/chive/chives-ga
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As for cold and flu season, exercise is supposed to inprove your ability to fight infections by 10%. I'll take it! Be sure to hydrate!

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Great going Gram! I have heard that A1C and cholesterol are the first numbers to go down on this WOE. I have kidney issues too, BUN was normal for once, but other numbers not so good. Cholesterol was lower than yours and A1C normal, for once.

I read all your posts, best wishes on all your endeavors.

My cold is worse this morning. I am still going to price. The house is a magnum opus.



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You’re smart Oolala. I think I do pretty well myself, with body care, my main vice coffee. Glad your meal went well.

I forgot to share with everyone that I restarted a ‚ÄúSecond Wind‚ÄĚ dance class for 40 to 90+ year olds. 65 and up is free. The teacher is a treasure. She said a study claimed music + movement + light brainwork (exercises with a partner, like mirroring movements) was shown to improve aging brains by 70%. It‚Äôs like patting my head and rubbing my tummy, for most of the others, too. We all have a lot of laughs though. I like that she looks out for us.

I also am starting a couch to 5K run-walk group tomorrow. I wanted to cancel but the video made it look very doable and fun. I could use more fun.

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Actually not trying to lose weight, just slow my innards' aging, especially my brain! Using up some of the "snacks" I have stored in my bottom, thighs, and upper arms would help that process, but there are other ways to do it.

Lunch out went well, had thought I might be too full for dinner, so planned nothing, but cobbled together something I liked. Beat now.

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Oolala, I hope the library goes easy on you. I have one of those "Little Free Libraries" in front of our home, and I'll purchase a bunch of library giveaways at the quarterly "Friends" sale. You have such a great attitude and clearly love reading. I'm glad you have good friends with whom to dine. And skipping out on dishes is no small thing, when you can tolerate your monthly group. I don't have time restrictions for eating, although I try to eat a few hours before bed. I do know someone who follows some method to do with time restrictions, with success. You sound like you're on a great maintenance meal plan, despite wanting to lose more weight, and I agree that our brain health being top priority. Winter is harder anyway.

Sharon, that's an awesome blood panel! I'm so proud of you. I was curious what A1C was, so looked it up. I imagine you already know the other names, yet I'll share, just in case one of these might be listed in your 9 pages: "The A1C test goes by many other names, including glycated hemoglobin, glycosylated hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1C and HbA1c."

Linda, I'm glad your colds are light and DH returned to work. I didn't know you'd been in PR or had been an antique dealer! How nice to have your SIL with that professional talent. Like you, though, I give things away in the spirit of re-homing. No doubt many will enjoy the fruits of your 10X labors.

Night, aww shoot. The rain washed the carb demons down I-5 to me. And I loved each bite lol. Are you still snowed in? I love dancing or at least listening to dance music if I'm cleaning. I do a yummy daily home yoga practice on YouTube with "YogaWithAdriene" and her dog, Benji. When I can't get out to run-walk, I have an indoor trampoline that claims 10 minutes of rebounding is the same as 30 minutes of jogging. That sold me lol. (Actually, SparkGuy is the one who recommended it years ago. They're fun.)

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Those are great numbers! Even if not perfect. I am not surprised by the glucose numbers. Long lived cultures eat plenty of starches; I guess they are not having glucose problems.

Rained mildly last night. I forgot that I had left a pile of books new from the library on my deck-because I had too much stuff inside I wanted to organize a bit before bringing them in- until this morning at five when I heard the dripping. I flew out of bed and brought the pile in. You should have seen me using my hair dryer and iron on two books. They look a little wavy for a few pages; we'll see if they pass muster when I return them. Drat. I may be buying two books and paying the $10 replacement fee. Oh, well. It's only fair. I've taken probably 1,000 books out of the library in the 40 years I've lived here, so if I mess up a few times, okay. The rest of the pile was fine. I swear I didn't do it on purpose, but they are the two I would mostly likely want to own. I do get to keep them if I have to pay for them. Not the most thrifty way to add to a collection; I would normally buy used ones for myself. I have spilled coffee on a few books that I didn't care a bit about. Guess the library recycled them after they got my fees.

Going for a windy, overcast walk with ex-colleagues later, then early lunch. I actually don't always feel at ease eating out with others anymore. I do not like my food choices being a focus, which they end up being at times even if I try to be discreet. Plus, they often go on and on about food from other restaurants, cooing over dishes that just sound like really bad ideas to me now. But I live alone and long to share meals with others, so I go. I have a few friends that it is no issue to, so I get a little company then. With this group, it's just once a month and I like catching up. And not doing dishes!

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Linda I am glad your cold is mild and that you have good help too.

I have been eating this way since September 3, so 4+ months. I got my blood work today.
Results:
Cholesterol 167 to 140
Good cholesterol HDL 66 to 58
Bad cholesterol 79 to 56
Triglycerides 108 to 131
Glucose 100 to 91
I was was surprised the glucose went down because of all the complex starches I eat.
I couldnít find the A1C in the 9 pages report but maybe the doctor can.
Good cholesterol and triglycerides went up a bit as predicted by ďthe doctorsĒ. Still within normal range.

Iím happy and committed to this way of life.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I forgot about zinc. It is just a light cold right now. I don't feel as bad as I thought I would. Dh went back to work yesterday.

Yes, this estate sale is hard on dh and his sister. We are hauling away the leftovers and giving to Salvation Army. No one around there will come get them... this house is out in "the sticks." We are publicizing it well. Did I mention I used to be in PR? Did I also mention I used to be an antique dealer until the market crashed? SIL has a friend who holds estate sales as a business and she is helping, along with a cousin and several other friends. Still Ö I hate garage sales and don't have them, I donate and this is a garage sale X 10!

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I donít make my own curries yet! For years, I have used commercial Indian sauces., reading the labels and trying to find the simplest ones. It kinda spoils ya because what is considered simple and quick in Indian cooking is pretty darn relative!

I guess you did not hire any service to conduct the estate sale. Sounds like a huge job. What will you do with the leftovers? Oops, donít mean to angst you out. There will be no leftovers! Everything will be sold.

Sorry for the weight loss woes. I believe we are doing good things for ourselves eating this way, as long as we arenít depending too much on the vegan foods meant to mimic other foods, even without weight loss while we keep adjusting.

Iím actually using a very precise macronutrient ratio, something Iíve never done for any length of time in the last 10 years. I weigh officially only a few times a year, one of them this week, and I do weigh a bit less than the last time. I weigh randomly in between and it had gone up, but I know there are fluctuations. I am not aiming at weight loss these days, though I could use some fat loss, as the percentage is a bit high. But I am not willing at this point to try for more. I am willing to keep my protein and sugar intake low, stick to mostly good fats, and eat mostly at meals. My focus is my brain.

Does anyone here add time-restricted eating to her mix? I wonít go into all the details of my history on it but I am considering trying later after I get this nutrient ratio very automatic without having to track and without much struggle. I donít need any more complexity now.

Sorry I canít catch up with all. Keep up the good work!


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Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, Sue. What a lovely blog post and huge thanks for your kind words about me and Holly! Great recipes, too. I'm excited.

I'm alllllll the way at the top of I-5, like, where it can't go any further because it is now Canada. :)

And we are Land of Rains, but have been snowed in the past few days (with another storm coming tonight). I'm doing okay with dancing around the house some but the Carb Demons have gotten to me.

What's everyone's favorite indoor activities and/or exercises?



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Linda, my heart goes out to you. A 4,000 SF home is a big big big job. Your DH is likely dealing with the emotional stress of loss and going through everything, too. I'm in your position as "admin" for my parents right now. It's nothing we can imagine when we're younger.

Do take care; these flus and respiratory illnesses can hang around for a long time. I had that bad flu awhile back. I've long used homeopathic remedies with good results, along with the supplements mentioned (although not the whisky lol -- I can't do alcohol).

Night, your question about my favorite recipe provided impetus and courage to write my first blog since I've returned. Here are 5 of my favorite Instant Pot recipes, including my favorite soy curl one.

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I'm where I-5 joins Highway 80, Sacramento Valley. You must be north of me. Thanks for the Gaga for Garbanzos link. I'll check out the Constant Comment Teas and PCRM team!

Mrslivingwell, Ruby Tuesday sounds lovely. Like you, I bring things to certain restaurants.

Sharon, good luck on your annual blood work. You're doing great with your 40 lb loss and will get back on track. So much impacts actual fluctuations in weight.

I don't have many friends to read my blog right now, which is why I'm sharing the link here. If any of you want to add me as a SparkFriend, thank you! I'll reciprocate.
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Thanks for sharing the details (and reminding us of your situation) Linda.
I love, love, love Constant Comment Tea because it has orange peel and cloves in it already. I add some agave and a squeeze of lemon. When it's really bad (throat, cough) I add a shot of whisky. :)
Echinacea is great - so is zinc. Zinc tables are the best, IMO.
Also in some places (like my local co-op) you can find an echinacea lemonade which is fantastic heated. Good luck and speedy healing!

Ok everyone - please stop me now. I just found out that SP added the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to their nonprofit teams list. Yay!

I love them so much. But I can NOT lead another Spark Team. Who wants to step up? Anyone? So easy to lead: just join the team, write to SP and take it on. I am so happy to help someone else and be a support. :)

Here's the link - let's support this fledgling team anyway. They are such good people and do so much for good health, animals and the planet. Did you know they started their own hospital? Here's the team link:

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Oh dear Linda, you donít need a cold now. Try a ginger tea. For me I take 50 mg of zinc in supplement form. Works for me.

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Holly, my in-laws both passed in 2019 within 3 months of each other. Their 4,000 sq ft. home is 2 hours drive from us. That is the house we are selling and having the estate sale. It is jam packed. Every closet we opened and every drawer and every cabinet was stuffed too. Full of furniture as well. We and dh's sister and some grand kids chose our heirlooms and there is still bunches of stuff!

What do you all do when you get a cold? Dh has one and is home from work. He was worse yesterday. Today mine is beginning. Oh no! I have diminished kidney function, so it hits me harder.

I made a veggie stew yesterday, plenty left for today. About to fix oatmeal.

Will check out the garbanzo article.

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Hello dear team! Lots to catch up on here. :)
You folks talking about seeds in the eastern part of the country... so nice! It's snowing and freezing here in WA State. I'm like you, Christian - have grown herbs but no veggies. I'd like to start, though. Love the chives idea, MrsLivingWell!


Hi again, OOLALA! You mentioned that it's hard to remember people's names on SP. I agree. :) Always cool to use handles of course. But some of us put our names (or what we'd like to be called) in our signature lines for easy reference. This helps me a lot with Linda, Sharon, Michelle, the other Linda. ;)
Do you make curries from scratch? I have found some jarred curry sauces at my grocery store that are not cream based. So easy to get a couple of those, some lentils, potatoes/yams/broccoli/spinach or whatever else and crock pot it for a few hours. mmmm.

Grats on the house sale, Linda! And good luck with the estate sale! If you have told me where you are going, I have forgotten. Hoping for an easy transition time! Great job at the restaurant. Sounds like you made a delicious meal of the available options.

Sue! You know I am your sister in all things. Tracking consistently though. :) Put myself on a ten minute challenge per day for two weeks and have exceeded that each day until now. Snow is making me want to hide and sleep. Where on the West Coast are you? I'm at the tippy top of I-5. :)

Christian! I'm your sister in this, too. Rough - cold triggers my eating thing. Sending you gentle light and kindness. I believe in you and know you are in it for the lifelong path, as am I.

Holly! I cracked up that you can't spell that pepper on SP. Wouldn't want to offend anyone with a pepper, would we? ;)

MrsLivingWell! I feel you. We're lucky to - well I don't have a Ruby Tuesday (other than a CD with the Stones song) but our salad bars at least have some beans and chick peas floating around. Some nights we go to our local university dining hall - where they are offering more and more vegan options plus a large salad bar!

Speaking of chick peas - did you lovelies catch this SP article: Gaga for Garbanzos? Almost all suggestions are vegan or veganizable!

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I like to meet friends at Ruby Tuesday because of the salad bar. I can bring my own little container of balsamic vinegar, but I wish they would have some rice or other starches on the bar (besides potato salad with oily mayo). Having the starches keeps me felling full longer.

We were invited to friends for dinner and they are Keto. I could not eat the cod, but all the other things there were high fat, low nutrition.

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Linda Iím sorry to hear you donít really feel well. You were so smart to pack what you need to eat. Iíd LOVE to come to the estate sales and hunt for treasures. Itís a favorite thing for me to do. Take care the next few weeks.

VC you are doing great to get back on track. Keep it up.

My weight is stuck. Iím ok with that though for now as I have lost over 40 over the past 10 years. I plan on getting my annual blood work this week so I will be curious to see if all this starch will affect blood sugar.

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Sue, I don't really feel that healthy, but am getting better. I have lots of issues. They have made me the admin person. I am taking photos, doing ads, will take the money the day of sale, etc. Will be doing some pricing next weekend. That house is 4,000 sq ft and even after we took out the heirlooms to pass on, it is still full. Every closet and drawer was stuffed full.

We even gave away a lot of little treasures to people who have been helping us. My friend I took with me, got a good haul.

Story: My BG fell on Sat. as I had not eaten in hours, so we had to go to the restaurant. I had packed some of my homemade salsa and homemade fat free dressing. I ordered baked potato, dry, grilled veggies and asked for no salt or oil and they had a fresh veggie salad bar. The salsa went on the potato and the dressing went on the veggies and salad. I made it through, even though I was tired to the max.

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Holly, thank you. emoticon

Christian_V3gan, this is one of the toughest times of the years, between holidays and darker weather. It sounds like you've done terrific! I had it easy; no one in our family had a party or dinner we could join. My Christmas was breakfast at Black Bear Diner with my husband. What was a pleasant surprise is I was able to find ONE vegan dish (delicious avocado toast), then also find the nutritional breakdown online - and squeeze in under my daily limits. emoticon

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Christian_V3gan, you certainly can do it! emoticon

Sue, I feel your pain where the scale is concerned. It can be quite frustrating when that number isn't moving down. Your husband's theory about building muscle sounds likely.

Linda, congrats on the buyer!

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It sounds like everyone is doing quite well. That is so exciting!
The last few days have been a little rough for me in regard ti my eating and weight loss journey. However, today is a new day and I am getting back on track. emoticon

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Linda, congratulations on securing a buyer. Best wishes with the estate sale. Traveling sounds exhausting. I'm glad you are as healthy as you are.

Oolala, that sunset sounds gorgeous. Calisthenics sound refreshing (really). Learning the uke sounds fun! That's terrific you previously played guitar (even a year -- I purchased a great guitar that got one class, now collects dust). And your senior citizen dance sounds so fun! Lucky guys who get to dance with you.

Holly, your day in paradise sounds great. I have a friend who recently moved to Key Largo and loves the paradise out his window, too.

Sharon, that's meaningful to hear about your previous organic garden and apple trees. What an awesome environment for a young family. Having pots of herbs for cooking now sounds wonderful! My husband and I are setting up something similar.

I enjoyed reading back a bit and catching up. I'll share a brief catch-up with me. I've been able to stay up with tracking nutrition and fitness, so I'm still Sparking this time around. Was disappointed to break even these past 3 weigh-ins (at a calorie count where I normally lose), yet my husband reminded me I might be trading fat for muscle. Making it to the team has been challenging with longer work hours. My head is finally feeling above water, and I love this group!

Have a great evening (or sleep, for our friends in Florida). I'm on the west coast.

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Well that day sounds lovely Holly.

I am exhausted today. We have been travelling out of town getting ready for an estate sale. Also we have a buyer on the house! Estate sale on Jan 24, 25, 26.

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80 degrees! Ya got SoCal beat, though I know recently it got up to 76 one day.

I pushed myself to go out to a little overlook (on the freeway as well as the horizon. Oh, well.) to see the colors before the sunset. It's about a half hour to about fifteen minutes before the sun comes up that is the most colorful. I won't do it unless there are some clouds for the light to reflect off from. Got in a few calisthenics, too.

I thought I might go to a beginner's uke class today. I had been to an intro session on the first at which we got introduced to a few chords. I had played guitar for about a year decades ago. The neck of the uke is small! I hadn't practiced at all and then saw that the description of the class said we should know the chords from that intro session. So here I sit on the couch. It doesn't take much to deflate me! But I might drag myself over to the water. Though I complain about not having a robust enough social network, I can occupy myself pretty well. Almost too well. I have nothing planned for later, except that I have a book to finish-it's due soon- and "thinking" project in the back of my mind.

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Well it is just a beautiful day here in The Burg. Went to the Farmer's market this morning and bought a big, beautiful head of golden/orange cauliflower. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet. Then I walked down to the bay and strolled around the yacht basin listening to the sailboat masts clang in the breeze. It's about 80 degrees and sunny and just a perfect day in paradise!

I hope everyone has a most fabulous weekend!

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OOLALA funny story about the dances. Living here in Florida I can visualize that.

When our children were young my husband had a huge organic garden and we had two apple trees. Now retired to Florida to a planned community we really miss gardening. I do have pots of herbs on the back patio and I use them in cooking.

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MNLOGGIA, yes! You can grow them indoors near a window or glass door!

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Oh, the problems of being senior and single! Keep trying. Funny story, my mom told me that she knew women who read the obituaries every day and would visit the widowers... talk about scheming women!

Thanks for the tips on radishes. I might just continue to eat them raw, I like that bite.

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You can cook radishes much like they are small potatoes. Boil, bake, cut up and saute. They lose that biting flavor, which is why I would cook them. I don't really like them raw; too bad, such a great texture and color! I decided I don't love them cooked, either. I might grow them some day as I hear they are quite prolific. But a garden is not high on the priority list right now.

Went to a senior citizen dance today. I actually have to fight some discouraging toughts when I go, but I do get a few dances in, so I will keep going. It's only five bucks; the rest is subsidized by the city. Live music! I started going a little less than a year ago after I retired. Maybe I don't know what I look like, but a lot of these people are OLD. I have danced with several of the men multiple times and they never say anything as if they remember me. If I tell them we've danced, they seem slightly puzzled. I have very few ways to meet new men. I have been going to Meetup events for 10 years and only once had any men show me one bit of interest. That one couldn't afford to live here (and I didn't have romantic feelings for him anyway, but pretty good company); he moved away, though we do keep up. I think many single senior women and men have a hard time finding each other.. The dance community of men who can lead tends to be rather small and honestly, they are not the most socially adept group, whereas most of the women are normal. I'm not a drinker, though I occasionally go to happy hours. Oh, well, don't know why I'm telling you this. I really don't expect anyone to solve it, as I've been doing tons of what is recommended to meet people. Luck of the draw. And when I hear the troubles in some relationships, I am glad to come home to my little 500-sq. ft, and my own bank account, and a kitchen with what I want in it.


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So how do you cook radishes? I have always used them raw.

On another team they were discussing the benefits of keto. For some, it is NOT health producing.

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Wow that's a great idea about the radishes. I'm going to order some seeds. Have you ever grown them indoors?

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I harvested a lot of garlic chives last fall and froze them. I use them all winter in stir fries and soups in place of onion and chives. They are volunteers, so they cost me nothing.

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That's great that your kids love their fruits and veggies! When my daughter was little, about 4, I had a nice garden on the property we rented. When I was working in the yard she would go into the garden and eat snowpeas and grape tomatoes right off the vines and pull carrots right out of the soil. I never got a single snowpea off the plants the entire time I lived there, they all went straight into her mouth!
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If you want something easy to grow that produces quickly try radishes. They do well in containers, are ready for harvest about 20 days after seeding, don't need a lot of attention, and you can juice the greens! I typically grow several types and whenever I pull a couple out for use I just drop new seeds in the empty spaces and keep on growing!

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I have never been able to grown veggies. I will be honest; I have only tried once or twice to grow anything. I keep thinking "Maybe I'll try it again sometime." But right now is not a good time to even attempt to grow my own veggies (or fruit).

I recently bought a ton of produce and spent time prepping it (while watching shows on Netflix). Now the kids and I are all making healthier food choices. My 9 year old loves that she can eat any fresh fruit or veggies without having to ask for permission. I told her she can eat it whenever she wants and doesn't even have to ask.

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I'm getting ready to seed some more veggies as well. I currently have a shish*to pepper, a serrano pepper, a sweet banana pepper, and two trays of lettuce growing. Not much yet, but I have big plans! I have to use the asterisk in that one pepper name because otherwise Spark tells me I'm using a dirty word!
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How lovely, Mrs. L! We want to build a greenhouse after dh retires and dig up the back yard for vegetables.

My back is getting better, so maybe I can do more in the yard.

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Since I love eating veggies, I am excited to grow them as well. Today, I begin winter sowing my seeds in mini greenhouses and putting them outside to grow. No expensive seedlings to buy in spring!

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Welcome back Oolala!

You are correct, I did not know that about curry. I have been living a sheltered life and not very food adventurous. Yeah the inherited HBP is a bummer, but I have always tried to do what I can and not worry about it. I did abuse my body in my younger years with drugs and alcohol, but mostly I ate what was considered healthy. I only started this WOE in August. The HBP caused other problems which I now deal with, but I am a positive type and a fighter!

Holly, even if that photo is 3 years old, you look much younger!

Gram, I heard of the No S. It is pretty sensible, but not for me.

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Holly let us know your take on ďHow Not to DietĒ. I appreciate Dr Gregerís information, so scientific yet practical.

OOLALA welcome back. I looked up the NoS diet and find it intriguing. Iím 73 and have had high bp for over 30 years. So Iím following WFPB for my heart health. I did see the clip of the older doctor. Heís a delight.



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So happy you're back, OOLALA! And thank you for the kind words. I'm actually 56 and that picture is about 3 years old so I should probably update it with a more recent one.

I just got my hands on How Not to Diet over the weekend and I cannot wait to start reading it.

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Hello, all quite a hiatus for me. Lookout for the long catching up post! I don't always use people's names, so I hope you'll figure out who I am talking to and forgive!

The Mexico trip was not really a vacation. I wonít go into details but it was not what I would call a fun trip. I was so glad when it was over, but I think it set up some continuing anxiety because my eating was pretty crazy for most for the month and I canít even blame the holidays since I donít have a lot of food influence from work (retired) or social groups. But I feel inspired by the idea of a new decade. I made my first eating turnaround just before the beginning of the 2010ís, though I wasn't influenced by the year that time, so Iím thinking I am ready for my next phase. It will have more to do with further limiting packaged foods that are actually vegan- snack foods, not the vegan protein stuff- but still not conducive to a long health span. This 66-year-old has a lot less time to make up for egregious middle-age habits! And run-of-the-mill cruddy eating before that. I also want to limit most of the random eating.

Iím just finishing up a 5-day very specific diet I do a few times a year. Itís not for weight loss and I canít even prove itís doing anything I say I do it for, but I do it anyway. It involves using the tracker, which, honestly, I havenít used much in the last 10 years. Iíll be glad when itís over! Iím going to take a break from the tracker, but may use it later for another change Iím thinking of. Iíve been taking a chance reading all your posts because itís making me think about food a lot! But I want the supposed goodies of the program so I donít want to mess up now. Beside, I can have a lot more freedom in less than 18 hours. I want to make sure I donít let the pendulum swing. People are always talking about doing radical things to reset their tastes, but the brain usually unleashes quite the opposite urges once you let up at all. But itís a new decade! Iíd like to think I can do new hard things.

Linda, curry in India is actually a huge variety of dishes cooked with varying combinations of spices into sauces with bigger chunks of food (meat, cheese, beans)) and served with rice or bread. Many ďcurriesĒ contain no curry spice at all. But maybe you knew that and donít like the spice mix sauces? Interested in chutneys, rice/vegetable dishes, bread? I made a cabbage dish I liked. https://instantpoteats.com/sri-lankan-coco
nut-cabbage/ but it did actually have some curry powder. To me, it did not have that curry flavor, though. I will let you know when I try some other recipes. I like the idea of different hummuses but probably wonít make any very soon. Maybe Iíll ask for your recipe down the line.


I think itís rather hard to wow the average person with vegan food because their taste buds (and minds) are so conditioned by SADís flavors and textures- which actually do appeal to the human brain-, though I did have that unexpected success with adults at the teen center. But Iím just as guilty. I would have a hard time eating an Inuit diet, for example. I sometimes take food to events secretly being pleased that I might have some great leftovers. But I do like it better when thereís none left.

Mrs. L, I love that idea for megaripe fruit! I know what you mean about the complainers! I do my best to keep my face from looking horrified or deeply puzzled when I see people with obvious ailments (or hidden ones I know of) still chowing down on the worst offenders. Or seeing what kids get fed. I guess itís just because we all know instinctively that food is life and itís easy to feel threatened by any hint that our supplies will be limited. I know I resisted a lot of information earlier on, and still have my transgressions. Iíve never claimed to be a purist. I also contribute plenty to my problems in other areas.

Middle Eastern food is a godsend for vegans, IMHO. Iíve probably kvetched before that itís so disappointing that so few of the warm vegan dishes are available in ME restaurants. There will be twenty meat items and falafel for the vegetarians. MAYBE one other item. (I donít count the cold foods.) Same actually in Italian places. Well, only 6% of people in the U.S are vegetarians, never mind vegans, so I guess itís almost a miracle that any options are offered. It used to be just a plate of steamed vegetables. I do NOT like going out to pay for that.

The oat milks are a new addition for me. I am using a coffee creamer that is the best nondairy version Iíve tried so far.

I just searched Jill McKeeverís name in my public library catalog and it came up with Mojave Pottery, Mohave People by Jill Leslie McKeever Furst. And grassroots movement music Cd. Something off with that algorithm.

I bet that some of the weight gain is water because the body needs water to process carbs more than concentrated proteins. Thatís why low carbs diets have such a diuretic effect in the beginning. Iíll accept a little water weight for the other benefits, including pleasure!

I am not willing to go low really fat because some of the sources that got me interested in more vegan option suggest a fair amount of the right fats are associated with longevity. Iím in an okay weight range, according to them, especially as a senior citizen, where being at the higher end of the normal BMI has advantages. I also find that despite contrary research on it, adding some fat rather than an equivalent amount of unrefined carb to my meals adds a big dose of satiety. However, I understand folks opting for more restriction.

Holly, you have a daughter old enough to move with a betrothed? You look so young in your pic!

You gals are making me wish I had a blood pressure monitor, though my doctor has no problem with mine.

I would have a very hard time without potatoes and tomatoes. But I like to think Iíd rise to the occasion, if it were really proved I need to bid them goodbye. Getting off dialysis would be a pretty huge plus.

I lived in Iran for a few years and never saw fresh pistachios, but people sure ate the ones Iím familiar with. I have a few in my freezer now. They actually donít look very shriveled, but I have seen shriveled ones. Expense keeps them limited for me.

Yes, WOE is way of eating.

Some evidence (I didnít keep the resources) shows that people can have health improvements from better eating (and exercise) with no weight loss at all. Maybe not the news you want, but if itís between thinness and health, Iíll take health. (Good ting, since I think it would take heroic measures for me to get more than a few pounds lower.) In surveys, women of my age and height would still like to weight nearly 20 lbs. less, even though that takes them into the 2 percentile AND is considered underweight on some measures. Being underweight has health problems, too. But the media promotes ultra thinness.

I wish I could cultivate more compassion-like for your sick friend- when I am around my family. I can access such tenderness when I am away from them. With strangers, it can be easier because I know itís temporary and there is no dark history influencing things. And congrats on new computer.

Wow, HBP for 45 years? Not lucky to have it, but you are lucky things havenít gotten worse! Affirming for improvement this year.

Working nights is tough on most humans. Hope you find some rest today.

Iíve been sedentary most of the day while the weather has been gorgeous, but have to admit Iíve enjoyed my time on the couch surfing the net and writing to you. Also talked to a few friends on the phone. One is in the hospital for observation and was just told she has many symptoms of Parkinsonís, though they MAY be caused by a medication she has other great benefits from, and which would take six months to titrate off from. She is quite shaken, as you can imagine. My best friendís father had Parkinsonís for 10 years and was pretty helpless before cancer finally took him. Her mother cared for him 24/7 for the last six years with only a week off for Christmas with her sister, and never complained. Neither did her father! A different era, I guess.


I watched a short youtube video about a 98-year old who had been vegan for about 45 years. That kind of single sample doesn't mean much to me. The purported oldest woman in France smoked cigarettes, etc. But it was still interesting. He had been a practicing cardiac surgeon until age 95! He said to aim for cholesterol of 140 or under. THAT was disturbing, as my cholesterol has actually gone way up while my weight has dropped and my eating is gobs better. But my doctor said with my total profile, my chances for cardiac disease are very low. This is one time I want to believe the medical profession! And I'm not actually looking any more for any defense of veganism. It just happened to come up as an option after I finished something else, a recipe for Indian chickpea stew by NYTimes food person Alison Roman. And no curry in it!

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45 years ?!?! That is a lot of years.

Today was a bit rough for me. I work overnights and didn't not get much sleep during the day.

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Visiting the grand-dog! Lovely!

My blood pressure shot up last night, not sure why. My sodium was 1500 mg yesterday. Did I mention I have had HBP for 45 years? Not sure this type of eating will work for that, for me, but I am continuing because I feel better and have more energy.

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Looks like you are starting the day on the right track. emoticon
Today has been a great day so far. I went to the gym this morning and then got to visit my daughter. She and her boyfriend got a new dog recently, so I got to visit.

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Enjoy the new computer and hope you get a new router soon.

Eating is on track and I am getting on the treadmill this morning.

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I got an HP and it's so much faster than my little Lenovo. Sadly, my router has now also failed so I have to get a new one of those too, but for now I'm just plugging directly into the ethernet cable.

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Today BG low, BP normal. Lost another pound. I think more starch and less oil has done it.

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Holly hooray. What did you get?

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Hallelujah, I have a new computer!! emoticon

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That is a puzzle. Hopefully they will be down next time.
I am very excited for the new year. Does anyone have plans for tonight (new year's eve)? I work overnights, so I will be working.

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It is a good one. I saw it twice.

Lost weight this AM, but BG and BP were a bit too high. A puzzle.

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