Are you trying to eat better and/or exercise more?

@Idlewild (6105)
United States
November 19, 2006 7:39pm CST
With so much research on how eating better and exercising more can improve your health and lengthen your life span, have you made changes to live a healthier lifestyle?
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@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I checged my eating habits 2 years ago and I feel so much better today because of it. I stopped eating fast food all of the time and cut back on the soda's as well. I made a conscious effort to take in less sugar and more protein. I combined that with a strong fitness progra and dropped over 20 pounds of excess weight off my body. In addition to that I noticed other helth benefits. I haven't been sick in the last two years save for the occasional stomach issue which always seems to coincide with me being on the road and having to eat fast food. I also feel a lot more energetic and strong. Diet has changed that immensely. I do allow myself to cheat every once in a while, but these days I can have some ice cream a couple of nights a week and it doesn't adversly affect my body or my health.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Congrats, that's great, i'm trying to drop 20 too. And since you're the only response in the week-plus this question's been up, you win the best-response prize!
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@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Well I figured I would go check out everyone on my friends list and see which topics got overlooked with all of the junk posts. I figured now that the site is clear of a lot of that, now would be the perfect time to uncover some of the good discussions!
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I have changed my eating habits. But it is due to being at risk is turning diabetic. Diabetes run in my family so I have already been warned to take it seriously. When I eat any carbs with starch (Such as potatos, rice, noodles) my sugar level spikes to borderline diabetic. So, I am changing my eating habits to omit those foods that cause me risk. It isn't easy! And being on myLot with people talking about McDonald's/Pizza Hut make me think about the foods that I can't have. But all is good and I am really proud of myself! Now....if I could just get my partner to stop offering me food I can't have, life would be easier. ha ha
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Better to try to head off diabetes before you get it, definitely. If you can, trying eating complex carbs instead of simple carbs-- whole grain breads, beans, veggies, and some fruits. The fiber in these foods lets the sugars enter the bloodstream more slowly.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
9 Dec 06
Thanks for the suggestion. Currently, I am eating lots of veggies. But they have always been my favorite. I have been trying the low carb/high fiber foods. But it will take some getting used to. I say today at the grocery store they now have carb control tortilla shells. They are wheat also. I went to look at some of the regular whole grain breads...but would you believe that they add sugar to them all? At least the one's that are carried at our local grocery store. But I did discover if you shredded up zucchini like hash browns and mis a scrambled egg into it to bind it together, it tates really good. So I guess I will just have to experiment some more. Thanks again for the suggestion. If you have any ideas for low carb/sugar recipes for veggies, please feel free to pass them on! :) Oh! And I just poked my finger to make sure I am still doing well...and I am all the way down to 101!!! Yeah!
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
9 Dec 06
Congrats on results. And that sounds like a great idea shredding zucchini with egg... a quick and tasty way to get veggies without even realizing it.
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• Germany
15 Jan 07
At the moment I am caring a little bit on both factors and believe that both are equally important. One should find a good balance between diet and exercise.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
15 Jan 07
That's a good idea. Combining both is supposed to be the best way to stay in shape and manage one's weight.
@ChewySpree (1834)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I am currently pregnant so I do try to be very careful about eating and drinking the right things. I am also trying to be sure to exercise moderately because labor is supposed to be easier if you continue to exercise, even if it's walking regularly.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Good idea. When I was a kid the thinking was that pregnant women shouldn't do anything to strain or exert themselves, now we know that exercise can be good for both mother and baby. Hope your pregnancy is going well and you're not feeling too sick!
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@misskatonic (3730)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I am! I'm on a crazy dietary plan to try and eat better, and so far it's been working. I feel better overall, and I'm not as tired as I was. Not doing much of the exercise thing as I'm disabled and exercising is difficult for me, but I do stretches every morning. I've been eating a lot of white meat, and a lot of raw organic foods. I've noticed a huge difference over the passed month since I started cutting out red meat and cooked/fried veggies. It's amazing what just a little bit can do!
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I try to eat a lot of fruits and veggies. Not only are they healthy but very filling as well, because they contain a lot of fiber and water.
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
12 Dec 06
not really, i mean lots of veg and fruit these days have been sprayed with insecticides etc. I don't eat lots of fruit but i buy smoothies to make up for that! and i don't put salt on my food, well add more since there's prob already salt in it! But i do drink lots more water now, i didn't a few years ago and i used to feel dizzy sometimes. And i cook a good bit of fish while i'm in college....i do try, but the excercise thing isn't really on my radar!
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Even without exercise, sounds like you're paying more attention to your health than most college students!
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
14 Dec 06
i dunno, my addiction to chocolate counteracts the other stuff! lol!
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
14 Dec 06
But dark chocolate is GOOD for you! It's got those heart-healthy flavonoids or flavonols or Flava Flavs, whatever they're called. Get a Cadbury dark bar with the almonds and dried fruit, and you've practically got all your food groups in one tasty bar! Not really, but kinda close.
• Philippines
23 Dec 06
uhmmm.. i have been a vegetarian now since last april and i can say that it reall made alot of difference, i feel more healthy and i not that easy to get sick plus the fact that my bowel movement does realy improve. thouhg i havent been doing any exercise routine..
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
24 Dec 06
Yes, a vegetarian diet can be very healthy. YOu get all the vitamins and minerals you need and lots of phytonutrients as well, plus fiber. You do need to make sure you get enough protein, though.