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Thursday, May 09, 2013

There are two things I am doing that need to be cut out of my dietary picture. One is in the morning in my breakfast smoothie I had been including instant coffee.. The other is my use of stevia. I know dates are optimal for sweetening. However they are also expensive. I just bought a big bag of stevia and now I'm thinking that I shouldn't have. It would be much better to refrain from any and all processed sweeteners - even including "healthy" ones like agave (which are really just misnamed poison)....Even as I write this I have a bottle of water here with a packet of flavoring and artificial sweetener in it. This stuff is no good for me, I know.

Eating overly sweet things like that sets your brain up to expect calories and it also makes you desire even more sweets. They are addictive and not good for you. And the caffeine in the instant coffee too is something I really should forego. I know someone who is on the Fuhrman diet who has continued to drink coffee. I don't think drinking coffee is bad as long as you are not addicted to it--which I am not. Many days go by without me consuming any caffeinated beverage and I do not get headaches or feel the lack. So I think that an occasional cup of coffee is not necessarily a bad thing. But is instant coffee worse because it is more processed? I use it as a flavoring in my banana/almond milk smoothie with a little cacao powder and it makes a coffee drink that is just yummy. But it is very limited in its health benefit....Other than the banana it has no fruits or veggies and it would not be very hard to make a much healthier smoothie if I wanted to.

If I made those two adjustments in my diet, I would be pretty much eating a perfectly nutritarian diet.

I am a little concerned because I've been monitoring my BP for the past two days and it has been too high for my liking. And that is even on FOUR BP meds!!! That is just ridiculous. Now I've been eating this diet now for three weeks...You would think that my BP should be responding by now. Granted Dr. Fuhrman says to give it 6 weeks of being strict with the diet before you will really see results. I've had no lessening in pain yet either....but I know that to reduce disease it takes sometimes three to six months. I also know that I've had this disease for 7 or 8 years now. It will not go away overnight. And it may not go away at all But I have to give it a good try. I wish there were a way to speak to Dr Fuhrman but any of the methods available to do that cost some serious money....so that won't be happening.

Right now I'm feeling "bad" like I'd just had a big cheat.....but I didn't. I had a healthy smoothie for lunch with Kale, blueberries and banana in it. Tonight is raw veggies, Hummus and other dips and creamed carrot soup. It just occurred to me that I'd bought a wand blender and haven't used it once in the making of these creamed soups. Instead I've put the stuff in my blender in batches and blended it. Because they contain raw cashews the blender is probably a better option to get a creamier soup so maybe what I did was the right thing.

I'm sorry that I've been blogging so much. It just helps me to talk things out for myself. I don't even really care if no one reads them.
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  • BKWERM
    I read a lot of your blogs even though I often don't comment because others have said what I'm thinking but I agree with Linda that it's nice to know what's going on in other's lives (I'm probably one of those people she wishes would blog more) and it's also a good way to vent.

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    Good luck. emoticon
    2691 days ago
  • CONTENTCHRIS
    Hey girl,

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    I was under the understanding that salt is a real bad

    thing for bp and dairy 2nd.. IDK but I think if you

    take everything you enjoy away totally u may rebel.

    Possibly reward yourself with some for doing

    good all day.

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    2691 days ago
  • _LINDA
    A blender is the way to go with hard, dry stuff for sure. I am so looking forward to using my Vitamix blender. Test drove it today and even on a high setting, its quieter then my immersion blender, just blew my mind! Right now, I don't really have anything to put in it, just soft fruits for my morning fruit shake which seems like sending a man to do a boy's job :P I have such a small fridge and freezer, I have no where to put an ice cube tray, and most recipes call for them or frozen fruit.
    If you want to lower blood pressure I am afraid exercise is the only way to do it :(
    People notice results just hours after a good workout. And if consistent day after day, the results can become permanent.
    I am sure pulling for you to see results with this diet.
    The whole idea of blogging is to seek help and support, hold yourself accountable and to let everyone know how you are doing. I wish more of my friends would blog. Some don't even bother! How are we supposed to know how they are feeling, where they are at with their program, what they are doing if they never say anything? Its the best way to get things off your chest!
    Keep on doing it!
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    2691 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    I love reading your blogs Darling. I know it helps and we feel good that we know how you are coping .. My daughter Helen has just given up sugar.
    She was advised to by her specialist.
    Helen has many Medical problems especially kidney , and now a fatty liver .. I am so proud of her as she has lost 7 kilos in the last few weeks . All she actually gave up was sugar. She drinks water or sugar free smoothies . She eats salads and mostly fish .. Sometimes she has chicken but never meat. She has also given up bread and all cooking fats .. Actually she mostly eats raw like me ..
    Love you my friend ...
    Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2691 days ago
  • NATNOEL
    I enjoy reading your blogs as I am very interested in the way you are eating.
    I am sure if you stick to it you will have some wonderful results. Probably like you said by week 6 things should really be starting to show. emoticon
    2691 days ago
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