Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.

Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
1,764 posts

Wow that's a whole bunch of amazing produce, Ken!  I bet you cook up a storm with all that.

My older daughter & her wife buy a farm share too, between Spring and Fall... since they live in an apt with no yard in a city.  They really plow through those veggies...they have a juicer machine and they use it almost every day. They do grow a mini windowbox of herbs on their window railing in the Summer. flower




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Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
one month ago
1,460 posts

A couple months ago we joined a year-round food co-op that offers a veggie box or produce box for $20 or a combo box for $25; plus lots of individual veggies and fruits for sale at way below local megamart prices (golden beets for 50¢ each vs megamart bundle of 3 for $4.49, and parsnips for 33¢ each instead of a bag of 3 for $3.99).  We've found a combo box works just about right for us.  There's no mandatory buy, and they have a number of pick-up points around the area.

This week we're getting:

5 Sweet Potatoes (pesticide free)
1 Sweet Onion
1 Red Onion (pesticide free)
2 Garlic Bundles
3 Bell Peppers (pesticide free,local)
3 Yellow Squash (local, organic)
4 Beefsteak Tomatoes (local, pesticide free)
3 Limes
8 Bananas
4 Sweet Oranges (pesticide free)
3 Avocados
2 Mangos

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
one month ago
872 posts

Mark & I have been enjoying the asparagus this spring from our little backyard patch. :)




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Martha Campbell
@martha-campbell
one month ago
1 posts

I love garden fresh vegetables, so glad it's Spring!

Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
1,764 posts

Well, I pretty much finished planting the veggie garden today.  Looks like our cold snap is over, weather getting warm and normal for the next week or two.

All the beds are forked and hoed.  I don't mulch the beds, but i do keep them fluffy.  The earthworms do much of the work.

Planted in 12 tomato plants, some green bush beans, got all my lettuces and onions and a few cabbages in too.  Some coriander and sage.  They didn't have the type of cucumbers I wanted- guess I'll buy a packet of seeds for those.  I have other lettuce/mesclun seed which i'll continue to plant at intervals.  Skipping the zucc & summer squash this yer- the plants get so big and messy and are so cheap to buy anyway... unlike greens and tomatoes which are expensive.




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Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 months ago
1,460 posts

Don't buy some sort of highly processed monk fruit sweetener, but just the juice without additives, or the dried melon itself.

hugssandi
@hugssandi
2 months ago
215 posts

I have not tried monkfruit but do know of very many recipes using dates.  

D. Chitwood
@d-chitwood
2 months ago
140 posts

I was looking at the sweetener aisle this morning and wondered about monkfruit. I have gotten completely away from most all sugar but might want to sweeten an oatmeal crisp fruit dessert and wondered if any of you have ever used monkfruit and if so, what brand or form did you use?

hugssandi
@hugssandi
2 months ago
215 posts

Love your update!  I wanna get in on those alfalfa sprouts...  My grape vine is looking good, but I think it will need another year before it produces.  We have blueberries on the bush that the birds always get before we do.  No blackberries yet, *I think*, and it will take another year or two before my hazelnuts produce.  We did make the front prettier and have plans for the back, so that we can live outside more. (Upcycled picnic table, seating, etc.)  I actually pulled up my square, raised beds for veggies, as we need to buy dirt, and it's gotten late again this year.  :(  I'm regrowing a cabbage my windowsill~does that count?  

I was given a little $ gift and did just order Sara Ivanhoe's 20-Minute Yoga Makeover.  I was sick for so long that we got out of the habit of our nightly walk and need to pick it back up again.  My littlest and last is weaned, which is bittersweet but opens up a new world for me.  OH!  ~and I've fallen in love with the chickpea~  

Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,764 posts

I'm pretty good about growing alfalfa sprouts in the kitchen in quart mason jars all winter.  I keep a constant supply going for us, and boy they sure taste wonderful when they are absolutely fresh as opposed to store bought sprouts. It's easy, you just have to remember to rinse them once or twice a day while they're growing.  Since I keep the jars in the dish drainer next to the sink, it's not hard to do. The sprouts are our biggest source of fresh greens all winter.  It's great to be able to pile them generously on meals or sandwiches.

But now... it's Spring!  I've been doing a lot with the beehives and thus kind of neglecting my vegetable garden so far.  Today I finally pushed myself to get half the veg garden rows hoed up and planted with some onions, a few cabbages, and a whole lot of various tiny lettuce babies I bought in flats.  Boston lettuce, romaine, and leaf lettuce  -all those in both bronze/red and green-  and some iceberg.  Still three weeks away from planting tomato plants, which I'm pretty big on too.

There's nothing quite like the nice Spring feeling of pressing little green babies into the freshly hoed earth, with earthworms popping up here and there and bees humming by.  sun   I like this time of year for the garden far better than battling the weeds at mid Summer...krazyhair

The nice thing about vegetable gardens is that you get a little pleasant exercise outdoors while also producing healthy stuff to eat.  A win-win situation!




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hugssandi
@hugssandi
9 months ago
215 posts

Beach pics have a way of making you see what you don't wanna.  :(  This morning I did a 20-minute, PowerFit Harmony workout.

hugssandi
@hugssandi
11 months ago
215 posts

I see there is not much activity here, as we head into August!  I am needing a KICK in the pants, as I truly need to take my health back.  I have ideas and plans, but I truly think I'll be most successful after weaning my toddler in a few months....

Ryan PA
@ryan-pa
last year
5 posts

My wife and I might be doing the elimination diet in April.  If you ever have expected food allergies this diet is one that can help you figure out what your allergic to.  One note it seems as it is going to be a bit challenging for us.

D. Chitwood
@d-chitwood
last year
140 posts

I'm cutting back on all sweets and watching portions. Trying to eat super nutritious things that fill me up. For breakfast, after my coffee of course, I had a whey protein smoothie made with plain greek yogurt, frozen banana, raw cocoa, almond milk and powdered peanut butter.

I used to lift weights every other day but once that habit stops, it's SO hard to get it back. I loved having firmer arms and all so I need to do it. Going 3x per week is fantastic Strumelia! 

Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
1,764 posts

Mid-winter cold and grey...craving some fresh grown greenery but certainly no early gardening possible yet.

A few years ago I had been doing a lot of growing edible sprouts in my kitchen, and last month I started back up doing it again.  It's both fun and uplifting in the middle of winter to see the jars and containers of little sprouts growing.  Compared to buying lettuce and greens (or even sprouts) at the supermarket, home grown sprouts are not only way more nutritious, but incredibly cheap- I find that a one pound, $12 package of alfalfa seed will produce around 100-150 cups of sprouts.  

It's actually enjoyable to 'tend' them twice a day with a fresh water rinse/drain right in their jars, like having miniature greenhouses growing on your kitchen counters.  pimento  

After about 4 or 5 days they are ready to rinse in a large bowl to skim off the empty hulls, and put into the refrigerator for eating!  Sometimes they don't even make it to the fridge... Brian has to be scolded about eating an entire batch at one time as a big salad...hey, leave some for me!  For the past several weeks I have about 5 jars going at a time with different seeds at various stages.

Here is a bag full of mung bean sprouts.  And also shown: a mere 2 tablespoons of alfalfa seed will produce 4 cups of yummy fresh sprouts...




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Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 years ago
1,460 posts

Thanks DT.  I've got well over a year's worth of good eating there.

I have thought about candied walnuts, and they would counter the bitterness, it's true.  And using a good amount of a contest sponsor's products is always a good thing.  That first go 'round I was using as much stuff as I could from what I had on hand, rather than buying all new ingredients.  All I needed to buy was the mandarin.  I guess some candied walnuts won't break the bankpunch

 


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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 years ago
891 posts

Ken Hulme:
Lady Sally wants to lose some weight (like most of us), and she's asked me to create 400 calorie or less, healthy, filling dinners for her, and then post them on my weekly food blog.  New posts every Monday: http://foodingaround-kiltedcook.blogspot.com   This week there were three good choices.

 

Ken, was just reading through some of the recipes you posted. Definitely made me hungry.  Lady Sally is lucky to have you catering (literally) to her desires.

One thought: if you find the walnuts in the Waldorf Failure to be too bitter, perhaps you could use candied walnuts. It might mean less apple or mandarin or other of the sweet stuff, but it would be a way to increase the use of one of the required ingredients. Just a thought.




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Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 years ago
1,460 posts

Lady Sally wants to lose some weight (like most of us), and she's asked me to create 400 calorie or less, healthy, filling dinners for her, and then post them on my weekly food blog.  New posts every Monday: http://foodingaround-kiltedcook.blogspot.com   This week there were three good choices.

Strumelia
@strumelia
2 years ago
1,764 posts

Wow, June was so hot that for the first time ever, our backyard blueberry harvest is now overlapping with our garden tomato season.  sarcasm

Today I made a big blueberry pie AND picked several gigantic ripe red and yellow tomatoes.  I think we may have another 10 days of blueberries or so.  Spent an hour and a half working my way along the rows pulling up weeds in the vegetable garden.  Probably three more days of the same to finish that round.  The bending is tough, but I find kneeling is worse.  sigh....then you blink and the weeds are all back again...lol.
For lunch I had two fresh thick sliced tomato sandwiches with mayo and onions.  Bought some bacon so we can start making BLTs tomorrow... drool

 




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Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
2 years ago
334 posts

Blueberries are anti-oxidants. giggle2

The member
@the-member
2 years ago
1 posts

Does blueberry pie count as healthy?   lol

Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett
2 years ago
137 posts

Hey here is something that is not too bad for the diet. Bev (my wife) made a rhubarb/strawberry sauce that goes over cake. five cups of rhubarb a package of fresh strawberry's (we added the strawberry's for color because we have green rhubarb) a little bit of honey. Very tart and very tasty if you like rhubarb, this is right up your ally.

P.S. you can leave out the cake if you want to.

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Babs Greene
@babs-greene
2 years ago
130 posts

At the moment, I'm working around a "tweaked" shoulder, though I have no idea how I did it, just one of those strange things; however, today I managed to do some overhead press work but with a lighter loadthan normal.

Something is always better than nothing, though not always possible. I'm trying to get back in to the swing of my workouts,slowly but surely.

Strumelia
@strumelia
2 years ago
1,764 posts

Good for you Folkfan! It's not easy to stick with it, but you must feel great about it.




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folkfan
@folkfan
2 years ago
456 posts

Well, I've been doing something healthy. I've been losing weight. My doctors are extremely pleased with me. Since last September I've shed about 50 lbs. My system is simple. I look in the mirror and say to myself. Whales need blubber, Walruses need blubber, seals need blubber. You are not a whale, a walrus or a seal. You don't need blubber.

Then I write down in a notebook everything I eat. Keeping to about 1,200 calories a day has meant that I've been losing about a pound a week. I'm in a holding stage now and trying to determine how many calories I can eat without putting weight back on. I'm still keeping my notebook and intend to note what I eat for the rest of my live. Having taken it off, I'm going to keep it off!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 years ago
891 posts

For most of my life I jogged pretty regularly. It was a cheap way of getting really good exercise and could be done anywhere in the world. And sometimes I was able to enjoy really scenic runs, such as the hills above Berkeley overlooking San Francisco Bay, the SF skyline, and the Golden Gate Bridge, or a run I used to do in the rolling hills of Iowa where I would see no other people or cars for an entire 6-mile run. But recently some problems with my feet, ankles, and knees have made it kind of risky for me to run on the roads. Eventually I joined a gym and it took me about a full year of running on the treadmill regularly before I taught myself to do it. The meditative zen that I could achieve on the roads when I was lost in my own thoughts was really hard to find on a machine in a brightly lit room next to another machine with another person huffing and puffing and another machine next to that one and . . . . Eventually I learned to ignore my surroundings and get into a groove despite the fact that dozens of strangers were sweating only a few feet from me. I can't say that it's not boring but rather that eventually I learned how to do it despite the boredom.

Strumelia said:

No, the bicycling to the gym part is not boring, it's the 'stationary' treadmill at the gym that's boring. I'm never bored riding my bike.




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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 years ago
891 posts

A friend of mine seriously believes that all babies should be issued a ukulele by the government. She insists that the savings in terms of increased production due to greater happiness would far outweigh the costs of the instrument. She is a mental health professional. Maybe she got the idea from Good Ol' Charlie Brown:

Or maybe she got it from this song by Loudon Wainwright III, who insists that "Four strings made of nylon always put a smile on/Anybody's face who's feeling blue." Why?

Because a ukulele's like a little baby

You cradle it in your arms and you sing

A lulluby or ditty when you're feeling shi**y

It'll pick you up, you know it's just the thing.

Geekling said:

Hey, I have Kaiser! Do you think they might issue me a uke, like they did my cane (not the Hurrycane, mind you)?39.gifGrin.gif




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Strumelia
@strumelia
2 years ago
1,764 posts

No, the bicycling to the gym part is not boring, it's the 'stationary' treadmill at the gym that's boring. I'm never bored riding my bike. But it's very hilly here and it can get terribly hot and wipe me out. I need the gym to get more of a whole body workout.




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Strumelia
@strumelia
2 years ago
1,764 posts

I rode to the gym today again on my bicycle. The gym is boring as all heck...but it felt real good after i got home. Did lots of spinal bends and twists today too.




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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Susie
@susie
2 years ago
258 posts

This! Music has ALWAYS been my stress release. It is great for your health. I'm blessed that music has been a part of my life since age 9.

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Doug Smith2
@doug-smith2
2 years ago
4 posts

Love it!

Dusty Turtle said:

Kaiser Permanente, an HMO based in Northern California (in fact, the first HMO ever, created...

Maryann Lang
@maryann-lang
2 years ago
57 posts

Well, what I plan to do and what I am actually doing are not matching up at the moment. I would like to lose about 7-10 lbs, not so much a weight issue as a firming up issue for me. Gravity is winning the battle but I am not giving up the fight! Smile.gif

I have a family membership at our local Rec Center which was recently taken over by the Y. Rarely go due to crazy schedule - my 12 year old keeps me busy durinng the school year, hopefully will start a regular work out routine when school is out soon. I sit at a computer all day for work so I really need to start walking more - another goal this spring/summer.

One thing I started a few years ago is a change in my diet. I guess you can say I follow somewhat of a paleo diet - unrefined and raw, whole foods whenever possible. I try to not eat foods with flour andsugar too often.Moderation is the key. I have eliminatedfoods containing MSG, preservatives, corn syrup, food coloring, soy-based additives, and refined oils which means I rarely use boxed or pre-made foods.I cook with olive or coconut oil,and real butter. I have been eating more salads and vegetables, nuts, and alittle fruits (I avoid consuming too much fruit sugars) I eat grass fed meats (when I can get them) and whole milk dairy (I drink raw cow and goat milk), free range eggs. I got a Ninja food system over the winter (burned out my Nutrabullet) and I make a green smoothieevery other dayas a meal replacement. It contains kale, spinach, collard greens, arugula(I rotate the greens), fresh basil, fresh rosemary, powdered Matcha green tea (great antioxidant), vitamin D and oregano oil drops (occassionally magnesium drops), raw honey, raw milk, organic whole milk yogurt, real vanilla, mango and banana chunks. I freeze the greens and fruits and add 4 ice cubes so it is very thick and filling (and delicious!) I have seen a big improvement in my health andnot one cold this winter, first time ever!

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 years ago
891 posts

Kaiser Permanente, an HMO based in Northern California (in fact, the first HMO ever, created back when the Kaiser shipyards made the ships in Oakland and Richmond, CA that won World War II) has been running a recent advertising campaign:

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I don't have high blood pressure, but I would have to agree that music reduces stress and helps us deal emotionally with whatever life throws our way.




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Strumelia
@strumelia
2 years ago
1,764 posts

I haven't lost any weight yet (nor eating less)....but I have joined back up at the gym with Brian and we do go 3 x a week now. about 45 minutes each time. That's something at least! You guys are impressive!!




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cyndi spear-duncan
@cyndi-spear-duncan
2 years ago
28 posts

I have lost 20 since mid Jan..with pretty much the same method. i am measuring food.i wish i could say i have more energy. But i have a lot to lose.

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 years ago
511 posts

Since the beginning of the year I lost 25 pounds and am still working my way downward. I did this mostly through portion control and a slight change in diet. I am limiting sweets, not going for seconds, etc. Now that winter appears to be over I am to get outside more and increase my exercise. I hope to double my weight loss by the end of the year. I have more energy at the moment.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Doug Smith2
@doug-smith2
2 years ago
4 posts

Yoohoo - am I the first? Okay, I'll start. I retired in January because my employer shut down.I'm home all day.Busy but relaxed. I'm outside in the yard almost all day.Our wooded lot means I can work in the shade from morning until dark.My BP was always high when I was working. Went to the doc and BP is now 115 over 75. Retirement is good for yourhealth. Smile.gif Breakfast was yogurt, 1/2 banana and coffee (a major food group); lunch was celery, cumber and red pepper with grated Italian cheese- eaten leisurely on the shaded back deck; dinner was a salad with ham - the real ham from big chunks - , a crescent roll and carrot cake, all with a nice glass of Riesling.Also use an elliptical, going 3.25 miles in 45 minutes on level 15 out of 20 on the machine. Tryin' to live a bit longer!! Oh, and playing dulcimer is good for your health, too. Iwork on a song or 2 each morning and again in late afternoon. Ear yoga. I'm always more tranquil after playing tunes.

Strumelia
@strumelia
2 years ago
1,764 posts

Tell us about your healthy goals and activities!




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