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Jan 26, 2011 04:20 PM

Balancing Foodie/Health Issues

Waaah... I'm almost 50, and have never had to seriously contemplate the food/health thing... about weight.

No more. Though I've embraced a pretty low-carb way of eating - because I genuinely FEEL much better, even that isn't working as well as it did in my forties, and I actually enjoy eating healthy fats, LOVE veggies, eat meat maybe once a week... but there's still a slow gain.

How do y'all reconcile that? I'm a generally active person, but LOATHE regimented exercise.
There's no happy answer, and I'm going to have to buy an infomercial thing, because I don't have time to go to the gym (working single parent), right?

Damn it!


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  1. I hear you. I'm starting to really hassle my sweetie to cope with big piles of veggies some days. I do my best on just meat and veggies, no grains, but...

    Hey, random exercise idea, since I just came from the dojang - my taekwondo class is full of parents whose kids are the kids class in the next room. Everyone gets their exercise and goes home together. Pretty nifty and cheaper than a lot of gyms/daycare.

    1. have the fridge stocked with low cal food that is cooked and ready-to-go.
      two of the things in my fridge now--vegetable soup made without beans or grain or fat.
      cucumber salad made with no sugar nor fat.

      i try to have a serving of some of these very low-cal foods BEFORE eating anything that is more calorically dense.

      1. It sucks but our body's metabolism naturally slows down as we age. Blah. Personally, I'd rather exercise more and continue eating how I eat (which like you is pretty healthy). However, you can also just cut back a little on those extra calories which you may not miss that much. Healthy oils are good for you but they still pack calories (100 per tb). Try halving the amount of oil you use when cooking. Limit the amount of juice you drink. Healthy yes but quite caloric if you drink more than a very small glass. Another strategy is eating 6 small meals throughout the day, limiting low glycemex carbs which you seem to be doing already. If you stick to it you may be able to get away with not cutting your calories because eating that way raises your metabolism. Unfortunately for me my work schedule makes it almost impossible to do that, which I suppose is most people's excuse:) good luck!

        1. I eat healthy, try to count calories and take at least 5 classes a week at my gym. All that's done is stop the gain! My last resort is going to be cutting out my before-dinner drink, even though I count the calories there too. Now I found out I have high cholesterol (runs in my family) but with all this snow, I can't even lose weight with doctor's orders. I need some a class reunion maybe?

          The counting of calories really works, but it takes time to look each thing up so I just guess sometimes. Obviously I'm not doing a perfect job there!! This has been going on for five years, since I turned 50 myself, not to discourage you or anything. I'd love to have a magic answer myself. PS My gym has a kid's room for the little ones, and once they hit teenhood they often start working out with parents.

          1. Simple: Eat less, take in fewer calories; exercise more, burn more calories.

            12 Replies
            1. re: beevod

              That's my belief, it's not rocket science. Obviously some people have physiological issues that make it harder to maintain or lose weight. I've embraced the concept of accepting that sometimes I'm going to be hungry. For some people, that is inconceivable.
              If you overeat by X number of calories, you have to account for that by cutting back on subsequent meals and/or exercising enough to use some of those excess calories.

              1. re: BeeZee

                Too many people are of the belief that just because they're hungry, they must eat.

                1. re: beevod

                  And sometimes when you think you "feel" hungry, a glass of water will suffice.

              2. re: beevod

                Yep. A little "Eat less, move more" with a dash of "Think before you consume" works pretty well for me too.

                1. re: beevod

                  It sounds like the OP is aware of that but is asking for hints on how to do it, in the life of a single parent who loves food.

                  1. re: chowser

                    I think that is the point - there is no secret, no "tips" that aren't pretty well known to many. If, for whatever reason, an individual elects to be fit, then a certain amount of balance when it comes to diet and exercise is mandatory.

                    1. re: MGZ

                      Yes, but people do it in different ways and if you polled all CH or gym rats even, you'll get different answers on how people fit it in and what works best for them. And, maybe some of the answers will work for the OP which I thought is the reason she asked. As a personal trainer, I find it's more helpful for clients to set concrete plans rather than just saying "cut back on calories and burn off more than you take in." Everyone knows that.

                      1. re: chowser

                        Yes, but, in the end, what's more important: the plan or the commitment to the goal?

                        The way I see it, we're 'hounds, right? If that means the price of the prime NY strip I intend to eat tonight is shovelling a few driveways, then let me grab my gloves.

                        1. re: MGZ

                          The plan is the commitment to the goal. Concrete goals are what get the best results. I can tell someone to work out 5 hours a week, or I can say, on Monday do xxxx, Tuesday do yyyy and that's more helpful. Even your example is helpful--if she pictured working out in exchange for a nice piece of steak, that might be more motivating, and give her a place to start, rather than just saying calories in, calories out which she already realizes.

                          1. re: chowser

                            While I am sure your approach may be successful for many, it may not be best for all. The goal and the plan one devises to reach it are not the same. Just as the destination is not the same as the path one travels; some may prefer to climb the mountain then follow the trail.

                            Mensch tracht, un Gott lacht.

                            1. re: MGZ

                              My point in responding to this whole thing is the OP has said she watches what she eats and knows she should work out so does anyone have advice on it, from a CH perspective so it seemed redundant to tell her to watch what she eats and exercise. I think she's aware of that.