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I eat whole plant based foods but snack on so much processed junk that I sabotage my efforts. Last year I removed almost all processed foods for a month and my HS-CRP (marker for inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk), dropped from 2.69 to 2.0, but one thing led to another and I'm eating junk again. On a mission to be my healthiest and remain prescription drug free.

Nutritional Goal:
Minimize and eventually remove processed snacks.


Health Goals:

HS-CRP - marker for inflammation and cardiovascular disease
2.0 (goal under 2, optimal under 1)
1 = low risk... 2-3 = med risk... Over 3 = high risk

A1C- 5.3 (goal under 5, optimal under 4)
Glucose 101 = prediabetic (goal under 99)
update 10/2019: A1C - under 5, glucose - under 99

Total cholesterol 167 (goal under 160, optimal under 150)
Triglycerides 87
HDL 58
LDL 92 (goal under 60)


Whole foods plant based, no oil, no calorie counting
Exercise - at least 10 minutes a day
Yoga - working up to every day

Member Since: 6/21/2019

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My Program:

Personal Information:
Consumed meat. Switched to a vegetarian then a vegan diet for health reasons. Went on to eliminate foods with saturated and trans fats meaning, no more commercially baked pastries, donuts, pies, cakes, etc. Eventually transitioned to a Whole Foods Plant Based No Oil (WFPBNO), way of eating after reading The China Study, watching Forks Over Knives, and numerous documentaries on the subject. Quit a two pack a day smoking habit (after surviving a heart attack), completed a half marathon, and stopped drinking coffee, soda, alcohol and store bought "juices". Bruised ribs mid year 2019, 100% healed. I've come far but my journey's just beginning.
La vida es buena... Life is good!

Other Information:
Going from the standard american diet to plant based, I learned to cook differently, experimented with new recipes, spices and foods I've never eaten, retrained my palate, and changed my thinking about our food & health care system. If anything, I want to leave you with this. Empower yourself with knowledge. WHAT YOU EAT MATTERS! Food can be medicinal or poisonous. Don't hop on any 'diet' before researching the Long Term health effects. After all it's your body, your health and your life. Finally.. consistency, consistency, consistency! xx

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    Good morning, Deb!! Thanks for all the encouragement you share. I hope your day is amazing. God bless you!
    23 hours ago
    Thank you, Deb!! You ARE ROCKING THIS!!
    23 hours ago
    Fitness is not about being better than someone else...
    It's about being better than you used to be.

    1 day ago
    Thanks for visiting! I always appreciate it.
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    CONGRATULATIONS on your FIFTH WEEK, Casual Traveler!

    Can you believe WE ARE MORE THAN HALF-WEIGH THERE!!!

    We're 5 weeks into our journey and we made it to Cairo Egypt, logging a total of 8,236 exercise miles, 1,370 points for the 9 inch plate and 1,230 points for No random eating (NRE)! Well done!!

    In addition, we've had a another nice overall loss for the week!

    Pat yourself on the back if during week 5, you succeeded in the plan you made for your week. Congratulations!! Well done!!

    Today is another chance to evaluate what is and isn't working for you and shake it up a little to see what you can change or adapt for week 6. Try something new!

    As we head into "hunker down and settle in" season, many of us are going to be looking toward nice, warm and simple comfort foods to take the chill off. A beautiful bowl of soup or a well balanced casserole can be nutritious and delicious and they don't necessarily need to knock us off track. Check out the SparkRecipes to see what might appeal to you!! You might be very surprised by the selections you will find there!!!

    It's also a good time to move a little more since days are getting shorter, nights are falling earlier and the holidays are right around the corner. All of these things can sometimes put movement on the back burner. Look for an alternate plan like dancing or working with bands, watching an exercise video, etc., to help with the change in seasons. Find new ways to get your exercise in; be creative but be safe!

    Again... Be proud of yourself for sticking with it, pat yourself on the back for that very reason!! Great job!!

    Time to get very excited about this, the 6th leg of our journey!! We are in the air and on our way to Xi'an China, one of the oldest cities!! Right now the days are around 60 degrees F, with nights in the 30s and 40s.

    This exciting destination is 6,250 miles away and it is one of our longer, but not longest, flights.

    This trip's living the good life challenge (LTGL) is "Kitchen Clean-Up" (I LOVE THIS ONE, too!!) and we are again logging points for the 9 inch plate from last week's LGTL.

    Remember, too, that hydrating and tracking are important tools for success with travels
    of this nature.

    So how do you count points for the Kitchen Clean-Up challenge?

    This week you will spend a MINIMUM of 10 minutes a day on Kitchen Clean-Up to declutter, clean, and organize this important workspace. You will score 10 points for each day you do Kitchen Clean-Up - this is another all or nothing challenge.

    You will also report 10 points for each day that you use a 9 inch plate for ALL your meals during that day; the only exceptions are if you're eating "bowl" foods like soup, salad or cereal. If you don't use a 9 inch plate for all your meals, you would score "0" points.

    Exercise has a daily maximum of 120 minutes; each minute is 1 mile and should
    be reported after completion.

    We're a very supportive, no pressure team but we do want everyone to participate to the best of their abilities. Please make sure to log all of your LTGL points & exercise miles for the day as often as possible; the sooner our points are posted, the sooner we land our plane and we are one of 10 teams trying to land first!! Also...bonus points are awarded to the teams that reach our destination in first, second and third places.

    Also keep in mind that at the latest any/all Week 6 points need to be posted before 11:59PM Friday, November 15th.

    Have fun and enjoy this week 6 of your journey!! For your In flight Entertainment,
    we offer a fun and ever changing category for the Alphabet game. Currently, the
    category is TV Shows!!

    Also, every Wednesday, a new and optional Wellness Challenge will be offered that
    will include a few mini challenges that focus on mind body and soul.

    Please have a great week, have fun with the challenge and make sure to visit the team forum to stay up on current affairs.

    Please also check YOUR Spark Page and look for emails from me, highlighting team
    members and special days.

    Have an incredibly wonderful week!!! Enjoy!!


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