Diet and Exercise Support Group


Diet and Exercise Support Group

This is a group for those atheists who want to add/drop weight for the purpose of obtaining a higher standard of fitness. It is also there for those who wish to support or need continued support once obtaining their personal health and fitness goals.

If you determine to join this group, you may feel free to use a thread as a journal to log your status as you work your way to a healthier you.

Members: 18
Latest Activity: Jun 30

Discussion Forum

What's on your kitchen counter?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Randall Smith Oct 22, 2015. 2 Replies

You eat what you see, and if you see only see a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, you'll lose weight. Put cookies, cereal and soda on it, and you'll gain.…Continue

Tags: food on counter

A pint of water before meals drops weight

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27, 2015. 2 Replies

Glass of water before each meal could help in weight reductionResearchers have shown that drinking 500ml of…Continue

Tags: water, weight loss

Liver impaired by two weeks of fat & fructose

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 30, 2014. 5 Replies

It took just two weeks of a typical Western diet, high in fat and fructose, to make the livers of healthy adult rats get more fatty and and less sensitive to insulin.…Continue

Tags: insulin resistance, fatty liver, fat and fructose

Vitamin D deficiency makes us obese

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 28, 2014. 1 Reply

Vitamin D can lower weight, blood sugar via the brain, study findsVitamin D deficiency affects weight and…Continue

Tags: insulin resistance, obesity, vitamin D

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Comment by Randall Smith on April 16, 2019 at 7:09am

Joan, more and more has been written lately about the benefits in being exposed early to bacteria, etc., in order to become immune. "Playing in the dirt" is a good thing. Your exposure in the food trough sounds a little too much, however!

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 15, 2019 at 4:23am

I too use small bowls for cereal and stuff. I can always go and get more, but often the smaller serving is fine.

Followup to Ruth's picture:

“Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away. (with white cat asleep on its back)”

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2019 at 11:28pm

One other change I made, I use small soup bowls for oatmeal and soups, pie plates for lunch & dinner. We don't eat deserts. 

For protein, I eat eggs, cottage cheese, oats, poultry, fish, pistachios, Greek Yogurt, baked beans, lentils, nuts, and lots of vegetables.

We eat organic foods and non-GMO. There are so many food allergies in the family I am careful what I prepare. Some are lactose intolerant, and a few report diarrhea after consuming dairy products, others have irritated bowel syndrome, and a few complain of stomach discomfort. Rheumatoid arthritis appears in three generations and food has to be carefully chosen.   

What's a mother/grandmother/great-grandmother to do? 

We recently switched to A2milk products and that seems to help with arthritis. 

I was in a slaughterhouse until I was four-years-old and exposed to all kinds of disgusting germs. One day, I fell down the trough where the entrails of butchered animals were thrown. At the bottom of that pit was a mass of swarming maggots. I have no food allergies, I can eat anything, and I have a voracious appetite for flavors. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2019 at 3:46pm

Sure does.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 14, 2019 at 2:59pm

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 31, 2019 at 10:24pm

I don't make complicated recipes any more either, Joan. Wish I could lose 70 lbs too, but I'm more sedentary than an enthusiastic gardner such as yourself. I couldn't manage on toast for breakfast, though. As a diabetic I need protein, and keep the carbs very low. Thanks for sharing your cooking and diet tips.

Bone broth sounds complicated. I take the shortcut of low sodium (boxed) chicken broth.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2019 at 12:41pm

I no longer cook complicated recipes; it just is no longer fun to do. I make bone broth frequently and use it in place of water in cooking. We have cut back on red meat, increased beans, lentils, peas, fish & chicken. Several family members have Al milk intolerance, and A2 milk is difficult to find, so our soups and sauces consist of broths. L&L both lose weight, and I lost 70 pounds. I very rarely make desserts. We enjoy fresh fruits. Our breakfast is simple whole grain toast. We make a smoothie every mid-morning.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 31, 2019 at 7:19am

Wow. Two years have passed since last comment.

I'm still fighting the sugar "addiction". So, I couldn't help but check out (library) David Zinczenko's Zero Sugar Cookbook. It has over 100 recipes. But, from what I have perused so far, they look complicated. As much as I enjoy cooking, I prefer short, simple recipes. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 9, 2017 at 7:25am

Gee, no comments here for over a year!

I've just completed 2 full weeks on a sugar-free "diet". No cookies, chocolate, ice cream, brown or white sugar, honey and syrup, candy, etc. Exceptions are what's in cereal, ketchup, peanut butter and other "processed" foods, trying to keep it at a minimum.

Surprisingly, I've gained about 3 lbs. I'm guessing it's because I make up for the lack of sugar by eating other junk foods, like pretzels and crackers (with peanut butter). I have two more weeks to go on my program. I'll have to double up on my willpower. By the way, I'm averaging 7.5 miles walking every day (225 miles in March). Hope this doesn't sound like I'm bragging. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 16, 2016 at 7:04am

I've picked up about 5 lbs over winter (which, on my frame, is actually good). However, it goes to my midsection. So, I'm trying to exercise it off (and eat less sugar). Signed up for a 5k run April 9, and am jogging to get in shape. I'll never make it without walking a few (many?) times. That's okay. I don't care about my time. I just want to have an excuse to jog again.


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