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Sunday, May 02, 2021

Hooray! My back is almost pain free 6 months after surgery, but I must do my exercise daily or I go backward. It has been a good motivator.

The lip is not healed from skin cancer surgery in January. I am still a bit numb and still feel the stitches inside my lip. I will see the dermatologist again in June.

We were looking at homes in Kerrville to move. What we discovered is that their housing market is about like ours. Bidding wars, homes being purchased from online photos, etc. So we decided to stay and remodel the kitchen and baths. Maybe that can happen with a refinance.

Dh retired one day and went to work for another agency the next day, Jan 1. He says he is finally ready to retire, but his office is so pleasant that he hates to give up the extra money. The last office was not pleasant. AND his old boss turned on him. He would not be in office if it wasn't for my husband. I want to say something, but that won't help, so I will remain silent.

I have been vegan for well over a year. I was looking at my labs and have not noticed any appreciable difference. I also have gained weight instead of losing. SO I am thinking that this way of eating may not be for me. I might eat chicken and fish again. I will still eat lots of veggies in the rainbow of colors. I just am going to alter things a bit. It will be easier for travel, that's for sure. I have watched and read all the documentaries about eating vegan and have MANY books, by all the doctors who advocate eating plants. I just wonder if it is for every person?

What are your experiences? I have been told by many that DASH is the best WOE. I know that low carb does not work for me either due to kidney issues, caused by many years of having high blood pressure. HBP might have begun for me as a teenager. We finally discovered the cause in 2011, which was tumors in my adrenal glands, non cancerous, but producing too much aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone that regulates blood pressure. You cannot live without adrenal glands, but I now have only one.

Enough with the rambling. I will be eating healthy, just a little meat added. DASH advocates just having 3 oz. at a meal. I plan to do this only maybe once or twice a week for only one meal of the day. I will not be eating eggs and no dairy. Just adding a small amount of chicken or fish. So I am thinking I will be eating like the people of Okinawa and other places where they live longer. They eat meat on occasion and more as a complement to the plants. The Blue Zones is what they call it. Also trying to live a more stress free life is important. This part is hard living with a high reactor, my husband. I hope to be kind to him and try to make his life less stressful.

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    Since you are now exercising more than you could in the past, is there any difference in the fitting of your clothes. I know that when I was running regularly, I gained muscle weight, but lost fat.

    You have really been on a journey and I'm proud of what you have done this year.

    gall Plan Coleader
    38 days ago
    emoticon Have a wonderful day
    41 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/19/2021 2:14:44 PM
    I would do what feels right for you. Let your body be your guide.
    41 days ago
    You're doing great!
    42 days ago
    I have added oily fish (wild salmon, sardines and mackerel) back into my diet for their Omega-3 content, 2 small servings a week. I feel better for it, my body sensed that it was missing something. Other than that totally plant based, absolutely no processed foods, vegan or otherwise.
    42 days ago
    Take it one day at a time and do your best
    42 days ago

    Make today the greatest day of your life
    Until tomorrow!

    β€œTo do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can.”
    – Og Mandino
    42 days ago
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