Food Referral Codes & Discounts
I started playing tennis at age 69 and loved it so much, however, it was taking its toll on my feet (metatarsalgia) that after a year and a half, I switched to Pickleball. Much better!
UPDATE: 8.3.2022 The goal is simple. The process difficult. If you have been challenged recently with a medical concern whether it be high blood glucose, high cholesterol, or weight gain ... me, too. And, if you prefer to pop a pill and continue ... this site is not for you.
Of late, my blood glucose (A1C) was high enough to be of concern to my medical team. Yes, I have a team. We all should. So many people have a one-size-fits-all attitude when it comes to our doctors, I do not. I approach an upcoming interview/appointment armed with medical records, blood work history, and questions - most of which I have answers to already. I know who I am and what I need ... my doctor needs to be more of a lifeguard. Someone who will help me understand things I do not. I am open to their advice but in the long run I will make my own decision. To date I have beaten diverticulitis while retaining the 13" my previous doctor wanted to remove, IBS and high cholesterol with lifestyle changes, and am currently working on stabilizing my blood sugar.
PREVIOUS UPDATES: My journey with food has been just that ... a journey. Until recently, I struggled with binge eating though not to any extremes short of annoying me, but as I approached my seventies I realized my belly was telling me something. I was diagnosed with IBS years ago but when I removed some stresses from my life it went away. Stress is not my friend. Learning to manage it - or in some cases removing it - has made the biggest difference. (See UPDATE below)
Now, at nearly 72, it was my physical therapist who figured out what was causing my stubborn belly fat. It was almost too simple! I told her I wanted to get rid of my belly fat and she poked and prodded and said, "that's not belly fat, that's inflammation." She said it so matter-of-factly, that I instantly felt relief. So, what's a lectin and what do I need to do about it. She explained lectins and how they can affect my body. We started slowly with removing nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, and eggplant). Within two days, I had lost 3 inches from my stubborn belly "fat". But, it didn't stop there.
What I do may not be for you and one certainly cannot discount genetics.
The Eating to Live recipe page and Other Recipes page on this website is an ongoing collection of recipes of all kinds. Use the search bar to locate a particular recipe or ingredient.
The most important part of a recipe is the quality of ingredients. Knowing where and how your food is grown is more important than anything in my opinion. Whenever possible, I use organic produce and grass-fed and grass-finished meats. See the links under Referral Codes for discounts.
I encourage anyone starting out with lifestyle changes to get moving!! I am an avid walker, Pickleball player and instructor, swimmer, grandmother to twelve and great-grandmother to five!
In the throes of my life - raising three kids of my own, and multiple stepchildren (whom I adore), I also drive a Tesla Model S 90D (my husband's car, technically). Owning a Tesla has, by far, been a dream come true! And, to double that dream, we just purchase "Red" a 75D Model S for me.
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UPDATE ... I have slowly introduced foods with lectins to determine which, if any, caused my discomfort. I am happy to report I have added, in moderation, tomatoes with no problem. While researching I also discovered with my doctor's help, that my triglycerides were too high and I reluctantly agreed to taking a very small dose of a statin drug (the same one my sister started taking with great success). I did that because she found my blood glucose was also high and urged me to go 'smart carb' meaning only eating 10% of my caloric intake from nutrient-dense carbohydrates. Therefore, my primary meals consist of high-quality meats and fish, and vegetables. And, that plateau I was on ... yep, I'm back to losing about a half a week. Who knew?
STORY: I was approached by a woman who had been somewhat following me at Publix. At the register she was behind me and after looking at my cart, she asked, "how can you afford all that healthy food? It's so expensive!" I looked at her cart and pointed out what she had that I didn't ... soft drinks, bottled water, sports drinks, boxed cereal, frozen entrees, canned fruit, kid-friendly items in cute containers, beer, chips, cookies, and candy.
Another Update ... I have been enjoying carbs more than I needed to. Yep, scale does not lie. Back on track today. It's so easy to slide into laziness when you're busy and I've been swamped lately. Time for me to address my reality.