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

Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
6 months ago
21 posts

Thanks for commenting.

I will post updates from, time to time.
At the moment my loosing weight speed is down, but that happens, it will run again soon.
Right now i am at 15 kg lost in 12 days. I am happy with that.
Ill be back when its -20 . I hope thats in a week ;-)

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 months ago
157 posts

Andreas, and Hugssandi.........thank you for the bold posts and resolutions you have made public.  I want you to know that as one who has been there in my younger days, I was just shy of 300 lbs at 16 years old. It is most important for you to always remember that you are not alone in this battle.  It took years for me to become functional and fit....College Rugby, forced runs during Law Enforcement Academy Training, Physical fitness Training during Navy Chaplains School, 8 years of active duty and nearly 20 years of Hot Yoga.  I say all that to say this, while all of that worked the real issue for me was one of re-learning how think about not only my relationship to food, but my relationship to the world around me. 

Now I am nearly 70 years old and have the old man's gut and I don't move as fast as I once did.  And yes, like alot of other Vets I have seen and remember all sorts of ugliness and sorrow..........but, those issues are history and no longer exist unless I choose to bring them into being..........so what's my point...........each day is a new beginning and fresh start.  Some days run smooth and others do not.....so be it.

Hang in there and feel free to reach out to me or anyone else who has been there.  Even if you can't believe in yourself from time to time, know that I'll believe for you until you get your feet back on the ground and pointed in the right direction.  Anyone can message me at anytime and I'll respond...never judge and promise only to encourage.  

hugssandi
@hugssandi
7 months ago
268 posts

@andreas-fischer please keep us posted!  I have 150+ to lose as well.  I'm sure we can encourage one another to success!!!

Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
7 months ago
21 posts

Thank You

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
1,715 posts

Andreas I wish you luck in this major weight loss goal you have.  We all want you to be around and happily playing music for many years to come! 




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Andreas Fischer
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer
7 months ago
21 posts

Strumelia:

Tell us about your healthy goals and activities!

Well, i have more than one health problems, bad ones, serious ones ....
but right now i am working on two of them

1. My very high weight. My goal is to loose 100 kg (200 Pounds)
And i will do this. And i will do it fast. I know!

Las Year i had 178 Kg (356 Pounds) Yes that much.
And i lost 67 Kg (134 Pounds) in less than a year. Yes that much.
But than i gained nearly 40 kg (89 Pound) again.
I couldnt do my very strong diet anymore and needed a breake and didnt find a beginning again, i did know what i do and i did know i will gain weight again but i am adictive to eat (another problem), to eat a lot and i did this on purpose for a while. On the other side i take medicine (for another health problem) wich makle me gain weight. So gainuing wweight is easy for me, lossing not. But i found 2 ways to losse weight.

So i just started again 10 days ago with 150 kg (300 pound) and already lost 14kg (28 pounds) again in those 10 days. A lot right? I am very happy about this.

I know a diet wich let me loose weight slowly and it an easy one, i made this before and lost 30 kg (60 pounds) in 1,5 years. That also will work later on to hold my weight and not gaining again.

But this time i had to losse weight fast for several reasons and several Doctors know about it and most of them think my strong and fast diet is good. So dont worry about being to fast. Its unhealthy? Yes but i need it now.

Thats ONE thing i am working on.

2.  Another one is a very long lasting deep depression (more than 10 years)
And i will go into a specialized Hospital soon, but they wouldnt take me if i would weight more than 130 kg (260 Pounds), that was the reason to losse weight so fast.

Another reason is i would be dead now if i wouldnt have lost that weight. With my highest weight of 178 (356 pounds) i was in a very bad condition and did feel near to death many times.

Well its sad but true i have more serious health problems, but right now i am working on those two, weight and depression. BUT i will succeed. I WILL.

BTW if someone is interested in my Diet just contact me. I am writing all down, what i eat, what i loose, what i am doing for wich reason, .... i take pictures and videos i comment all, and plan to put all online to help other people, to motivate and guide them to be able lossing a lot of weight too.

So my goal is, loosing 100 kg (200 pounds) fast.
And i will do it!

Ha it did feel good to tell someone abnout it.


updated by @andreas-fischer: 05/28/19 11:56:50AM
hugssandi
@hugssandi
7 months ago
268 posts

I never seem to get this part of my life down for any length of time.  I kept injuring myself!  So I've now gone back to free HASfit senior vids on YouTube.

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
7 months ago
1,163 posts

Fresh peas . . . droool




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robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
7 months ago
249 posts

Strumelia:

Well I know most folks here live in garden zones that ahead of me here in new york.  flower

But yesterday I was able to pick enough lettuce leaves for us to have a nice salad for dinner.  I also put on a generous handful of fresh alfalfa sprouts that I grow in jars in our kitchen all winter. Then added grated carrot and zucchini, sliced radishes, and a few little sardines on the side (yeah I know some of you would hate that, but hey it's healthy and we like it!)  We think of canned whole sardines as our own cheap version of English kippers or Norwegian or Danish herring side dishes.  bigsmile  

Anyway, it was a good fresh salad!

I love sardines, I'm picking asparagus, sells so fast never have any for myself. The frozen food company down road is cutting spinach, fresh pea harvesting starts soon. Looking forward to enjoying garden fresh food again. 

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
1,715 posts

Well I know most folks here live in garden zones that ahead of me here in new york.  flower

But yesterday I was able to pick enough lettuce leaves for us to have a nice salad for dinner.  I also put on a generous handful of fresh alfalfa sprouts that I grow in jars in our kitchen all winter. Then added grated carrot and zucchini, sliced radishes, and a few little sardines on the side (yeah I know some of you would hate that, but hey it's healthy and we like it!)  We think of canned whole sardines as our own cheap version of English kippers or Norwegian or Danish herring side dishes.  bigsmile  

Anyway, it was a good fresh salad!




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
8 months ago
1,647 posts

I take a chair yoga class twice a week, plus t'ai-chi twice a week.  The chair yoga class teaches all sorts of seated and standing stretches that are simple, easy, and keep you from cramping up.

 

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
1,715 posts

So true Sandi!   I try to make it a habit whenever I get up from my desk to do a standing stretch on each side- holding onto the chair arm with one hand while twisting at the waist and reaching the other hand up real high. So simple and quick to do that on both sides, it feels real good and I think it helps counteract the damage of sitting for long periods.
You're right that incorporating a little 'mini-action' whenever you have a moment, or in between doing routine things... it all adds up.




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hugssandi
@hugssandi
8 months ago
268 posts

I know I'm always in this place of failure, but my BFF became a PT assistant and shared some great advice that I will move to:  It's not about your daily workout (not that it's not necessary!)~it's about living an active lifestyle.  An easy way to do this is to get up every hour for some movement, i.e. 20 squats and such.  So doable!  Hope I'm inspired, and so are you....

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
last year
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I hear ya, Strumelia! 




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Strumelia
Strumelia
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last year
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Ok, we are now officially sick and tired of fresh tomatoes for the year.   dancetomato  dancetomato  dancetomato  dancetomato  dancetomato  dancetomato  dancetomato  dancetomato




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Robin Thompson
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Yay, @hugssandi




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hugssandi
@hugssandi
last year
268 posts

Only week 2, but still going strong with HASfit.  :)

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
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That sounds like a good program, @Hugssandi !

@Dusty-Turtle I remember watching some Chinese cooking show on tv long ago, and one of the secret ingredients was... ketchup!  I followed the recipes from the show and the result was pretty awesome.  shrugger

 




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hugssandi
@hugssandi
last year
268 posts

Thank you, Strumelia.  I'm doing the August Foundation schedule from HASfit.com, and it is a perfect, safe startup.  All the vids are free on YouTube, too!  Solid program.  I'm sore, but it's been a good week!  Tomorrow = rest day.  

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
last year
1,163 posts

Ken & Terry, I'm sure you will enjoy this soup.  Don't be afraid to fiddle toward the finish and get the flavor just the way you like it. My wife actually adds ketchup, something I was radically opposed to until we were dining in a Mexican seafood restaurant in San Francisco one day and I saw someone adding ketchup to their own. If I overdo to the lemon juice or clam juice I will sometimes add some tomato paste. My wife and I both enjoy spicy food, and if we are the only ones eating I'll sometimes cut up a fresh jalapeno into tiny pieces, but you have to be careful with that since hot peppers vary so much in strength.  Prepared hot sauces are easier to control.  You can play around and see what you like.  Bon appetit!




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Terry Wilson
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
last year
272 posts
Dusty, I'm gonna do it. Looks and appears delicious.

Thank you.
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
last year
1,647 posts

Good recipe there Dusty!   Cold soups are a great thing to serve in the summer.  I make several kinds, and may have to add your simple Cocktel de Camaron to the repertoire.

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
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last year
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My wife has a big birthday tomorrow--the half century kind--but she and our kid are at Lake Tahoe kayaking and paddle boarding in the Sierra sun.  So in anticipation of their return later today, I whipped up (little cooking involved) one of our favorite summertime dishes: coctel de camaron , Mexican shrimp cocktail.  This is a cold soup, and the genius is that the base is spicy V-8 juice!  The only cooking is the optional stage of boiling the shrimp.  You can used pre-cooked shrimp, in which case there is no cooking involved, but I like to add some of the water the shrimp was boiled in to add extra flavor.  This is a super tasty, super easy, very low-carb dish that takes a lot of prep only because of the time it takes to chop vegetables.

coctel de camaron cropped.jpg

Ingredients (portions are flexible):

Spicy V-8 juice -- clam juice -- lemon juice -- shrimp, bay shrimp, or prawns -- chopped tomatoes -- chopped cucumbers -- chopped onions -- chopped avocado-- chopped fresh cilantro -- whatever spices you like (I use onion powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper, and salt).  

If the Spicy V-8 is too spicy for you, use regular V-8 (or mix the two together).  You can always add hot sauce such as Tabasco at the end, or offer it to be added to each bowl individually.  It can stay in the fridge for a few days, so you can make a big batch to last, or serve it in small cups as a great appetizer for a barbecue or other warm weather soirée.

Excuse me . . . I'm gonna have some now . . . tongueout




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
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Good for you Sandi!!  Maybe keep it small/do-able, so you don't wind up putting it off.

Terry, I neglected to mention the large portion of potatoe chips though.  heheh Yes I grew the cukes- their seeds are a bit large tho...will try a different variety next year.

Dusty, I like mozz (and balsamic) vinegar on tomatoes sometimes too!   mmmm!




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hugssandi
@hugssandi
last year
268 posts

Day two of workin' out!  WHOOP!  WHOOP!

 

Terry Wilson
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
last year
272 posts

Beautiful tomatoes. Our tomatoes didn't do so well this year. On the small side. Lisa, did you grow the cucumbers too? Some friends gave us 2 quart bags of the largest blueberries I think I have ever seen. Sweet. Oh my yes. Good for you, Lisa. Your goodies are much better for you than my meal of deep fried Bluegills last night. Then leftovers today. You gained 6 months of life, while I lost a year. Oh well.


updated by @terry-wilson: 07/31/18 05:03:53PM
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
last year
1,163 posts

Those tomatoes look wonderful. tongueout   The woman across the street from us has a huge garden and no one to feed, so we get all hers.

Never heard of taxi, though.

I prefer some fresh mozzarella and basil to sour cream any day.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
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last year
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Oooh... it's later than usual in the season due to our late Spring and then that drought too for a while, but...

We're finally hitting out tomato season!!  This year is a first in that our garden tomato eating is actually overlapping our blueberry picking.  This is what we wait for all year long... the blueberries and the magnificent tomatoes.

Here was our lunch today on the new screen porch, also with cucumbers from the garden.  The yellow is a tomato called "Taxi".   Yeah I probably went a little overboard on the sour cream, but hey.  droool

 




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dulcinina
@dulcinina
last year
62 posts

Hey Guys, When I read Dusty's post about cold brew coffee, I was intrigued since I love ice coffee in the summer.  So I Googled it and chose a recipe and made some.  I steeped it for 24 hours and it was good but not strong enough.  So I will let my next batch go longer, maybe only 48 hours.

My husband buys 3 kinds of whole bean coffee and mixes them for our own special brew. I grind beans every morning for coffee so I feel I have that part down pat.  I'm going to make ice cubes from my first batch and make my next batch stronger.  I just used a qt mason jar and after 24 hrs strained the grounds through a fine sieve.  Even though it wasn't as strong as I expected, it was still good.  I, too, have to be careful not to drink caffeine after a certain hour. Thanks for the pictures, Dusty.  This was great information for coffee lovers.  Dulcinina

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
last year
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Lulu: Wish i could drink strong coffee because I love the taste. Alas, I must avoid caffeine! 

I was also told by one doctor to avoid coffee because it aggravated my acid reflux problem. But that's another benefit of cold brew. Although it still has the caffeine, it has no acid!  Obviously, for those with acid reflux it would be best to avoid all coffee, but if you're like me, there are mental health benefits to coffee, and cold brew is a way to drink it while minimizing the acid reflux problems.




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Lulu
Lulu
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last year
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Wish i could drink strong coffee because I love the taste. Alas, I must avoid caffeine!

Dusty Turtle
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Strumelia:@dusty-turtle , is that a quart sized mason jar or a pint?

And... once you've made your jar and put it in the fridge, how long is it good for would you say?

The mason jar I use came with the conical filter. It holds 6 cups, so it's like a quart + a pint.  The cafe owner who turned me on to this stuff makes her cold brew with a big cheesecloth bag and a 5-gallon bucket.  If you search online you can find all sorts of devices for making cold brew, most much smaller than my 6-cup jar.  But you don't really need fancy equipment.  A container and some kind of filtering system is all you need.  You could even use one of those French press coffee makers.  The only question would then be the ratio of coffee grinds to water, and I'm sure that information is available online.

And remember to use coarsely ground beans.  Pre-ground beans are way too fine.  Also, apparently, those cheap coffee grinders that actually cut the beans up are no good. The beans have to be actually ground (don't ask me why), which is why I got a cheap hand-grinder.

How long will the coffee last in the fridge?  Good question.  I don't know for sure. I usually pour the coffee out of the big mason jar into smaller mason jars so that my wife can take one to work if she wishes.  My sense is that they could last a long time sealed in those jars in the fridge.  When I pour the coffee from the big mason jar there is some sediment at the bottom that makes the last 1/2 inch or so unusable.  I just dump that.

 




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Strumelia
Strumelia
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@dusty-turtle , is that a quart sized mason jar or a pint?

And... once you've made your jar and put it in the fridge, how long is it good for would you say?




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
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Acouple of weeks ago I was at a business meeting at a hotel whose bar advertised cold brew coffee.  Just after lunch I left the meeting to order some.  They poured a few ounces in the bottom of a large glass, filled the glass with ice, and then poured in a bunch of water.  They were treating the cold brew as a coffee concentrate.  That's probably a safe way to consume it, though you lose some of that strong flavor, obviously.




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Terry Wilson
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
last year
272 posts
Lisa, I enjoyed your post, and am interested in Dusty's response.

I love strong coffee. Three cups every morning, but none after 09:00am. Same sleeping problems as you. Also would interfere with afternoon nap.
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
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last year
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Hey @strumelia.

Yes, the grounds sit in the water for 48 hours.  The contraption that I have came with a recipe book that suggests 12 hours is enough, but the first 12-hour brew I made was not nearly as strong as the original stuff I had from that cafe, so the next batch I increased the "brewing" time.   I eventually settled on a minimum of 36 hours. The cafe owner that converted me claims that more than 24 hours will create a bitter taste, but that has not been my experience.  I think that dynamic is determined by how coarsely the beans are ground.  I hand grind my beans in a very unscientific manner so my exact method may not be reproducible. 

The water is not hot to begin with. In fact, the brewing process can take place in the refrigerator, but I start with cool water and leave it out on the counter, not refrigerating until after I remove the coffee grounds.

My headache yesterday was from a sleep deficit.  But you are right about watching out for the strength of the coffee.  I usually dole it out in very small doses, which is why I can say for certain that I had 2 ounces yesterday.  I never pour a whole bunch in a big glass as you would if you were serving iced tea. And it sometimes "hits" you as much as an hour after consumption, so it's easy to overdo it.

cold brew paraphernalia.jpg

From left to right: a manual coffee grinder, an empty mason jar eager to start brewing, a conical strainer, and a batch of cold brew that will be ready this afternoon. In the foreground, a cold brew recipe book which I never use because almost all the recipes involve something sugary, and I just enjoy the taste of plain coffee.

Yes, I am well acquainted with that watery coffee every cafe and diner served us for decades.  It was not only the brewing method that made that coffee so bad; it was a different kind of coffee. For some reason, after WWII, Americans stopped using Arabica beans and switched to some other lesser coffee bean. The coffee renaissance that we associate with Starbucks has involved a return to the Arabica bean. Yum! coffee




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
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Dusty you are making me want to try that stuff now. devil

Brian usually drinks like 4 cups of regular brewed coffee per day, and me 2-3 cups. (I try to stop by 1 or 2pm, otherwise it keeps me from sleeping deeply.) We use the paper filter hand-pouring method. Coffee is one of our favorite indulgences!  Over the past two years there have been quite a few articles about coffee (in reasonable amounts) being GOOD for one's health.  Yay!!

Do you mean your grounds sit in thier cone filter immersed in the water for 48 hours?   And... is the water you pour in hot to begin with?  Hmm..I think I may need to turn to Youtube for some tutorials here.  coffee1

I don't want to ingest 'too' much caffeine however- I've found too much does make me feel icky, and definitely interferes with my getting deep sleep cycles.

Dusty do keep an eye on whether you might overindulge and then experience any caffeine-withdrawal headaches- which of course get 'cured' by.. another shot of caffeine!  'Hair of the dog' kind of thing, but you don't want headaches to begin with. winky

I'm thinking that maybe cold-brewed coffee is powerful in the same 'visionary out-of-body experience' way as when Americans try Turkish coffee. There's a reason the Turkish drink their coffee in those tiny little cups. what

Some of us are old enough to remember pre-starbucks times in America when everyone just drank watery Bunn-o-matic Maxwell House diner counter type coffee that you could practically read a newspaper through. (what's a newspaper, some might now ask). American coffee used to be real watery from when I was a kid in the late 1950s all the way up to maybe the past 25 or 30 years it seems to me. Back then only weirdo beatniks drank espresso(aka 'foreign' coffee) in subversive coffee houses.

It's great to have a 'vice' that might actually improve one's health.  pimento   Thanks for your 'uplifting' post, Dusty!

 




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
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Well, how healthy it is depends on what doctor you ask.  I read an article today that reported on a recent study concluding that four cups of coffee per day is ideal to keep an aging heart young.

That's my excuse to claim that this post relates to "healthy living."

I recently discovered cold brewed coffee.  Last summer I asked for an iced coffee at a new cafe across from the Strum Shop which hosts our monthly dulcimer gathering.  I was asked if I wanted regular iced coffee or cold brewed. When I asked what the difference was, I was told merely that cold brewed coffee is "a little stronger."  Yeah, and Everest is "a little" hard to climb.

I had a near religious experience with that first cup of cold brewed coffee, drinking only an inch or so off the top and feeling happy and energized for hours.  joyjoy  (That must be how Elvis felt when he first got hooked on liquid methamphetamine.)   I brought the rest home for my wife, who had a similar experience.

Now we make it ourselves. I have a cone-shaped mesh filter that sits in a large mason jar. I hand grind dark roast coffee beans, put them in the filter, and pour in water.  I then let that sit for 48 hours, remove the grounds, and refrigerate the coffee.  About every other day I make a batch.  The stuff is delicious.  And strong.  And it makes me happy.

Earlier this afternoon I had a headache. I took an ibuprofen and drank about 2 ounces of cold brewed coffee. I then sat in a dark room for about 15 minutes. And now I feel great.  Life is good.sun




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 06/21/18 10:57:02PM
dulcinina
@dulcinina
last year
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I can only speak for myself and not all Americans.  I develop swelling about 2 inches across from mosquito bites and they take a long time to disappear, like over a month.  I react to any bug bite.  They love me.  In fact I often say that if a bug is a vegetarian, it will still bite me.  I ended up in the emergency room over a hornet sting.  So, I certainly have not built up an immunity to mosquito bites over the years.

Last year we added a screened in porch to the back of our house and it is wonderful to sit out without being besieged by bugs.  

I haven't heard of the dairy theory.  anyone else have a theory, remedy etc.? Dulcinina

nigelbleddfa
@nigelbleddfa
last year
33 posts

Mosquitoes love me. My body reacts to all types of insect bites to such an extent that when I put on a shirt which had a wasp in it the resultant swelling was the size of a tennis ball. The doctor, who later treated me with steroids, called all the partners in the practice to see it. Mosquito bites are not as bad but nevertheless are a source of great discomfort. So, I have read all I can about how to avoid them.

I have lived and worked in Thailand and must have seen just about every device and method to reduce their numbers. I could write pages and pages about them but for the sake of brevity I will ask just one question about America and its mosquitoes.

None of my Thai family are bitten by them. They walk around the house with legs and arms exposed and never a sign of a bite.  One theory is that their diet is substantially free of dairy products and this makes them unattractive to the nasty little creatures.

My question is - do Americans develop an apparent immunity against mosquito bites over a period of time ? 


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Terry Wilson
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
last year
272 posts
Yep, screened porches are wonderful. I've noticed that during our weekly family get togethers, our grandkids seem to gravitate to the porch. No TV. It tickles me to watch my 8 yr old watching birds, etc., with binoculars.

Yep, screened porches, gotta love um.
Dusty Turtle
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I'm really envious of your screened porch, Strumelia.  It does seem to be a perfect place to eat or play music.

I get excited the first time I see English peas at the market. Usually they come towards the middle of summer, but they've already arrived this year.  I used to gather recipes for them, but I've realized that I like them raw better than prepared.  So put away the chips and popcorn. I'm gonna sit right back and shell a bunch of peas!  Yum!




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 06/11/18 04:04:37PM
Strumelia
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I love Spring... it inspires me to cook more and to prepare healthier food, for one thing.

We have fresh ruby red leaf lettuce growing in the garden now, so making fresh salads is a frequent thing.

Today I'm tying the young tomato plants to their stakes.. they're now tall enough to get damaged in a heavy storm.

Can't wait for corn season.  :D

We are very happily enjoying our new large screen porch we put in last Fall.  So nice to eat outside in the evening by candlelight ... crickets chirping... with not a single thought or care about mosquitos!

I've managed to lose a few pounds during the past 6 months by eating a little more fruits and vegetables, and a little less junk.

Tomorrow morning will zip over to our local fairgrounds for 45 minutes and go for a brisk 2 mile walk before the morning gets too warm.  I'm trying to do this once or maybe twice a week now, just for good measure.  I've learned if I try to do 'too much' I end up avoiding it altogether.  So it's better to keep my goals do-able.  :)




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robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
2 years ago
249 posts

  Tomato season ended here November 10th. Longest season in my memory. Got mobbed by customers looking for their last real tomato until next summer. Even the greens went. Ill spend all of January cleaning up. In the mean time I'm  sleeping late and learning new tunes... Robert.

Strumelia
Strumelia
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2 years ago
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Oh man, once tomato season winds down, I lose all interest in working in my veggie garden, and the weeds always get the best of me.  Dang!  I love gardening digging/planting/weeding/picking in the Spring and all Summer.... but by Fall my spare time energy usually turns to sewing, knitting, cooking, and playing music (aside from my regular day job, I mean...I'm not retired yet).

This Fall the weeds got especially out of control since I was sick for a couple of months at the end of Summer.  What a mess the garden became...difficult to even walk through it. redface     And the perennial flowerbed, and the overgrown thorny raspberry patch and the masses of 7 feet tall decorative grasses...  I really needed someone strong to come in and help clean up before Winter.  But I had a heck of a time finding someone who either wasn't all booked up or didn't cost a fortune.  The fellow who has helped me in the past had moved away.  I kept making phone calls, following leads...and the days were ticking by and it was getting colder. sneeze   The forecast is predicting some snow and sub-freezing after this next week, so I was really getting nervous that I'd have a horrendous mess on my hands next Spring if I couldn't get someone in time.

The good news is I found a fellow who was available, happy to work for a decent rate, and who knew what he was doing.  

Yay!- this swell feller came today with his pickup truck and wheelbarrow and hedge trimmer and clipper....and he was like a tornado going through the beds and paths pulling weeds and raking and clearing.  I bought a ton of mulch at Agway and he went to pick it all up with his truck, and he'll rototill my veggie beds, then spread the mulch for me... 40 big bags of wood chips/a whole pallet, and 8 bales of straw.  He's going to save my lower back for sure, and i won't spend the winter dreading Spring!  sun    




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robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
2 years ago
249 posts
After asparagus & strawberry season, we switched to high tunnel tomatoes. Been picking vineripes since late June. After three years my 150 ft long blackberry row is loaded with more fruit than I'll ever pick. I wish I had time to enjoy summer but field work takes the joy out of it.
Winter time is my fun time... Robert.
Strumelia
Strumelia
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2 years ago
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July... it's mid blueberry time in our garden!  Also now the first year we're getting substantial raspberries.  I've been picking string beans and making big bowls of green beans vinaigrette (adding varying other ingredients like black beans, corn, red peppers etc).  I gave the first big head of cabbage to my daughter when she visited, but now it's time to cut one for us and make nice coooool cole slaw!

I've been able to keep up with my new modest fitness walking goal-  twice a week doing a brisk 2.5 miles in the village fairgrounds, which has lots of nice paths with no car traffic.  Sometimes Brian comes with me which is nice.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
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2 years ago
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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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updated by @strumelia: 05/18/17 08:47:32AM
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 years ago
1,647 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
@robin-thompson
2 years ago
995 posts

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




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Martha Campbell
Martha Campbell
@martha-campbell
2 years ago
4 posts

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

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 years ago
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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
@ken-hulme
2 years ago
1,647 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 years ago
268 posts

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

D. chitwood
D. chitwood
@d-chitwood
2 years ago
141 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 years ago
268 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
@strumelia
2 years ago
1,715 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
3 years ago
268 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
3 years ago
268 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
@ryan-pa
3 years ago
3 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
@d-chitwood
3 years ago
141 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
@strumelia
3 years ago
1,715 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. A mere 2 tablespoons of alfalfa seed will produce 4 cups of yummy fresh sprouts... !




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Ken Hulme
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4 years ago
1,647 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
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4 years ago
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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
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4 years ago
1,647 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
@strumelia
4 years ago
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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
@sheryl-st-clare
4 years ago
272 posts

Blueberries are anti-oxidants. giggle2

The member
The member
@the-member
4 years ago
11 posts

Does blueberry pie count as healthy?   lol

Jim Fawcett
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett
4 years ago
95 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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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 years ago
1,715 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
4 years ago
378 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
@dusty-turtle
4 years ago
1,163 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
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4 years ago
1,163 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
@strumelia
4 years ago
1,715 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
@strumelia
4 years ago
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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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