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Owning My Skinny Genes

The Inherent Health Genetic Test results are in.  I am what is known as a Fat Burner.  In order for me to reach an optimal body weight I need to keep my Fat consumption under 30% of my total calories per day and I need to workout intensely at least 3 times per week.  The MET total for the week needs to be a minimum of 13.  The MET is a value assigned to different exercises.  For example, riding my bike outdoors with hills for 45 minutes is an 8 MET activity. 

So, what does all of this mean?  That for me fat is the problem, and lofat eating is the way to get healthy.  This genetic test has confirmed some things that I already knew about my body and has given me a definite path.  No more stabbing in the dark, wondering if I should go hi-protein, lo-carb or a balanced approach or Mediteranian or Asian, or fasting for 2 days per week, etc., etc., etc. It is such a relief.

Now, I can adjust my eating and exercise habits plus, I am ready for the Body Key by Nutrilite Weight Loss Challenge.  Personal support, online support, phone app, genetic testing, terrific supplements and rewards just for logging-in to the website.  My team will be kicking off and abandoning weight beginning in May.  I still have 3 places left.  Who wants to get started?

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The Issues That Most Diets Don’t Address

The Body Key Weight Loss Challenge is in it’s third week.  I loved the Aloe Cleanse and I am seeing concrete results:  less of an appetite and 5 pound loss.  However, one of the difficulties that less food uncovers is emotions, primarily the pain and fear that have been covered by food.  Painful stimuli cause emotional eaters to use food as a drug.  When that drug is taken away the emotions rise to the surface in a hurry. 

Once again, Body Key by Nutrilite has one solution and that is to form a group of five people.  Support from people with skin on who are going through the same process really helps emotional eaters to make it through.  Another suggestion is allow the pain to surface and work with a trained counselor or trusted friend to defuse it and make the necessary changes for healing.  Food is not a coping mechanism.  If you are like I am and have been using it to cover pain it’s time to stop.  Find optimal health in all areas of your life.  We can do this, together.


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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Day #65 Lower Weight, Lower Cholesterol

Since the 90 Day Vegan Adventure began I have not eaten any red meat, hot dogs, pork, dark meat poultry or eggs.  There have been isolated incidents where certain recipes have contained a small amt of ground turkey or chicken breast and full fat cheddar cheese.  Also, we live in an apple  growing area and cheddar cheese with fresh apples is a lunch that I have chosen to enjoy.  The only nonfat dairy that I want to add to the Vegan diet is yogurt, however, my food choices have been less than perfect.

You must be asking why I’m giving you the background.  Yesterday, I visited my Family Physician to discuss the effect of the imperfect vegan diet, supplementation, exercise and Statin medication.  I’ve lost weight according to the Doctor’s scales, and it’s been a lot of years since that has happened.  My Total Cholesterol reading is 34 points lower and my blood pressure is lower, in the healthy range.   Plus I’m fitting into one dress size smaller.  The combination of an imperfect Vegan diet, exercise, supplementation and Statins is producing healthier results.

 


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August 4 Reboot Day 11 The Home Stretch

The last 5 days of the reboot are considered the home stretch.  I’m incorporating more steamed and baked vegetables instead of juicing everything and have added nuts, fresh pineapple and tofu today.  Still not eating meat, dairy, refined flour or sugar.  Also, very little whole grains though a limited quantity of brown rice was part of dinner last night with beans. I’m still juicing during the day and adding in the chewable foods in the evening.

The miracle is that I want to eat this way, it’s not just a diet that I can’t wait to finish so I can get back to burgers and fries.   I even went shopping for fresh veggies and fruit at Wegmans’ .   A trip I’ve been dreading due to half of the store set up for impulse eating.  Actually I didn’t like the smell of the restaurant and deli sections so I bought whole wheat buns and got out of there.  The rest of the trip was fine, I didn’t splurge on anything unhealthy.  What a relief, I wasn’t even tempted.  I can do this!