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I eat whole plant based foods but snack on so much processed junk that I negate my efforts. Last year I removed almost all processed foods for a month and my HS-CRP (marker for cardiovascular disease risk and inflammation), 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)
1 = low risk... 2-3 = med risk... Over 3 = high risk

A1C- 5.3 (goal under 5)
Glucose 101 = prediabetic (goal under 99)
update 10/2019: A1C - 4.6, fasting glucose - 87

Total cholesterol 167 (goal under 160)
Triglycerides 87
HDL 58
LDL 92 (goal under 60)
update 10/2019:
Total chol 156, triglyc 83, HDL 61, LDL 63


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

Member Since: 6/21/2019

My Goals:
2019 Summer 5% challenge (Weight Warriors) - achieved
2019 Fall 5% challenge (Casual Travelers) - achieved

My Program:

Personal Information:
Switched to a vegetarian diet to minimize cholesterol and saturated fat (animal protein is loaded with both). Several years later, I quit a two pack a day smoking habit and eliminated trans fats (hydrogenated oils) meaning no more commercially bought pastries, donuts, pies, cakes, boxed crackers, cookies, margarine and also a two pot a day black coffee habit after surviving a heart attack. Eventually moved on to a vegan diet (no more dairy products - cheese, yogurt and ice cream), and finally transitioned to Whole Foods Plant Based No Oil (WFPBNO), after reading The China Study, watching Forks Over Knives, and numerous documentaries on the subject. I've completed a half marathon and stopped drinking soda, alcohol and store bought "juices". I've come far but my journey's just beginning.

Other Information:
From the standard american diet to plant based, I learned to cook differently, experimented w/new recipes, spices, foods, and retrained my palate. I have less chronic & joint pain, improved lab numbers, better complexion, take less naps, have a positive outlook on life and more importantly changed my thinking about our food & "health care" system. If anything, I want to leave you with this. YOU are in charge of your health. Your doctor is merely a partner. They are schooled in medicine and very little in nutrition. Prescription drugs hide symptoms, does nothing to cure and have been known to kill. Food can be medicinal and healing or poisonous and toxic. WHAT YOU EAT MATTERS! Empower yourself with knowledge. After all it's your body, your health and YOUR LIFE. Finally, be patient, stay focused and consistency, consistency, consistency! xx

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    If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.
    Les Brown

    8 days ago
    Thanks so much for the goodie and your kind words! Have an on plan day!

    emoticon , Patti
    9 days ago
    Way to go on meeting your 5% goal and then some! Wow! You did awesome! Have a blessed day!
    10 days ago
    emoticon for the goodie, and emoticon on your success in the 5% Challenge! Thanks for all the support and encouragement. It's been fun "traveling" with you! emoticon
    10 days ago
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    CONGRATULATIONS on your SEVENTH week, Casual Traveler!

    We made it to Oslo Norway, logged 7,348 exercise miles, 1,260 points for My Clean Kitchen and another 1,200 points for “My New Habit”.

    While there were a couple of gains (ME) and some who stayed the same as the previous week, we also had some nice losses for the week!

    Several folks are very close to and some have already met their 5% challenge goal!! Congratulations!!

    Can you believe we are well on our way to completing this, the final leg and the final week of this, our Fall 5% challenge??!! It seems like we just started!!! Well done!! I hope you’re very proud of being here and of how you got here!!

    You stuck to it!! You completed 7 weeks of travels and new adventures, new habits, eating off 9 inch plates, losing some clutter and so on!

    I hope you’re excited about the 8th week of our journey!

    The plane is currently in the air and a little under half way to our destination of NewYork City in the USA which is 3,685 exercise miles away. This may be our shortest trip; maybe we can land the soonest we have yet?!

    Please keep moving as best and as often as you can; let’s finish this with as many or more miles than ever before!!

    This trip's living the good life challenge (LTGL) is: Making it Through the Holidays and we are again logging points for a new healthy habit from last week's LGTL.

    So how do you count points for the is Making it Through the Holidays challenge? (Please make sure to read the challenge 8 guidelines for the exact description and information regarding what this challenge exactly entails).

    This means, for the new LTGL challenge there are 2 steps: 5 points for daily exercise and 5 points for daily nutrition tracking combined in one score.

    Step 1. We are tracking all of our food; meals, snacks, etc. for each day. If you track ALL your food for the day, you will score 5 points. If you do not, you will score 0 points.

    Step 2. This is separate from exercise miles - In addition to reporting exercise as exercise miles, we are tracking whether or not we have done at least 10 minutes of exercise daily. If you do at least 10 minutes of exercise in a day, you will score 5 points. If you do not, you will score 0 points.

    You may find you do one but not the other in a day; score 5 for the one you did and 0 for the one you didn’t.

    Both can be scored in one line like this under MY Nutrition Tracking and Daily Exercise: 5+5 =10.

    Then in the Team Nutrition Tracking and Daily Exercise line, count the above as 10.

    Please remember exercise has a daily maximum of 120 minutes; each minute is 1 mile.

    As shared before, 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 you are required to actively post your LGTL points weekly. At the latest any/all Week 7 points need to be posted before 11:59PM Friday, November 29th.

    Weekly weigh ins are required to be posted before 11:59PM (in your time zone) on Saturday, November 30th.

    Have fun and enjoy this, the last and 8th of your journey!! Remember, for your In flight Entertainment, we offer a fun and ever changing category for the Alphabet game. Currently, the category is Desserts, YUM!!

    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!!

    13 days ago
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