U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Retirement
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 03-16-2010, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Near a river
16,042 posts, read 18,982,141 times
Reputation: 15649

Advertisements

My dear grandmother was heavy, overweight all her life. Her cooking was wholesome, divine, and well, caloric. She was one of the most loving people on earth. Attitude is everything, I learned from her. One thing for sure is I don't want to have to diet away my few treats and then be grumpy (which I could well be!). I am going to try no eating after 7 pm. By the way, someone sent me an article about the French getting fat??? They were always thin and they always had their coffee, croissants, and wine. What is going on?
M--Donalds invasion?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-16-2010, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
6,954 posts, read 7,395,135 times
Reputation: 16288
Quote:
Originally Posted by newenglandgirl View Post
Size 2 to 4? Is there such a thing? You must have great genes and metabolism. I am definitely going to take your suggestion about late dinners. What does your diet consist of and are there foods that you can eat that would put pounds on others?
You're not going to like this - I eat whatever I want to. BUT I never eat alot of anything and I can easily forget to eat all day and then pig out (yes, sometimes after 7 p.m.)

I have a theory: I think the weight thing starts when we are young (infants). It's not necessarily genetics as my mother and all the women on that side of the family were big. The women on my father's side were average. My mother was no Betty Crocker and would easily forget about feeding us - not whining about this - it just was what it was. I think I got use to not eating when I was young so I've never been focused on food. I've gone days and then eat because I feel strange. It's odd, I know, but that's my story. Now, I can eat all day one day and then not eat much of anything for a couple days. I'm also very active so I wear off any calories.

But, for "normal" people, I would follow the advice I keep hearing from "the experts" and not eat after 7 p.m - eat a good breakfast, light lunch & light dinner. Of course, healthy foods are important.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2010, 04:48 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
15,847 posts, read 30,369,034 times
Reputation: 22356
Quote:
Originally Posted by newenglandgirl View Post
I've been enjoying all the retirement threads but don't see much about staying young and healthy past the age of 50 or 60. Maybe we can give each other some ideas on this thread--healthy lifestyles, foods/nutrition, exercise, outlook, etc. (no sex, porn, etc on this thread!!)

My personal interests are: affordable (I started the shoestring retirement thread) and things that people of nearly all physical abilities can do for exercise (I won't be interested in jogging or gymnastics or sailing, for ex, but maybe those who do these things can get the rest of us intersted in some kind of reg exercise(.

I'm esp interested in feeling young, rather than trying to look young. Practical ideas that the boomers are known for. So, posters...

Moderators out there: are we allowed to mention foods, herbs, supplements as long as we don't name the brands?
It's never too late to improve your diet and stop eating processed junk. A diet of fresh, whole vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, preferably raw and preferably organic, will do a great deal toward giving you a lot of energy and feel much younger. Reduce your meat consumption and cut out dairy. My mother who eats this way is 83 years old and honestly I cannot keep up with her (I am 54).

20yrsinBranson
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2010, 04:52 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
15,847 posts, read 30,369,034 times
Reputation: 22356
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulpan View Post
I bet she may have some ideas about retirement lifestyle. At the age of 129, still playing board games and drinking vodka...

Vodka-drinking Khvichava is the oldest human
(from the article)

To date, the world's oldest person ever lived was Sakhan Dosova from Kazakhstan, who was born on March 27, 1879.

Dosova died at the age of 130 after she slipped and fell on her bathroom floor in May last year.

She had attributed her long life to her sense of humour.

*** Sorry this is sick I know, but all I can think of is her slipping on a banana peel. Humor - banana peel.... yikes.

20yrsinBranson
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2010, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
21,697 posts, read 23,672,920 times
Reputation: 35449
Quote:
Originally Posted by newenglandgirl View Post
My dear grandmother was heavy, overweight all her life. Her cooking was wholesome, divine, and well, caloric. She was one of the most loving people on earth. Attitude is everything, I learned from her. One thing for sure is I don't want to have to diet away my few treats and then be grumpy (which I could well be!). I am going to try no eating after 7 pm. By the way, someone sent me an article about the French getting fat??? They were always thin and they always had their coffee, croissants, and wine. What is going on?
M--Donalds invasion?
I have often thought about this. It's not scientific but I believe that they stay more lean and healthy because they do not use things like trans-fats or high fructose syrup or any of the other empty "fillers" used in the American diet.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-17-2010, 01:24 AM
 
12,704 posts, read 14,085,285 times
Reputation: 34816
Quote:
Originally Posted by Minervah View Post
I have often thought about this. It's not scientific but I believe that they stay more lean and healthy because they do not use things like trans-fats or high fructose syrup or any of the other empty "fillers" used in the American diet.
Possibly, and even as late as the mid-point of the last century people were not sitting on their cans all the time. People WALKED - gasp!!!!!!!! - and women had to do a lot more physical work just to keep a household running, and men in factories, and offices too, had to walk around much more than is done today.

Nowadays people count walking as a special exercise, and physical activity itself as something special.

No wonder we have become a race of hippos.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-17-2010, 06:19 AM
 
2,024 posts, read 2,988,013 times
Reputation: 1813
Quote:
Originally Posted by MN2CO View Post
You're not going to like this - I eat whatever I want to. BUT I never eat alot of anything and I can easily forget to eat all day and then pig out (yes, sometimes after 7 p.m.)

I have a theory: I think the weight thing starts when we are young (infants). It's not necessarily genetics as my mother and all the women on that side of the family were big. The women on my father's side were average. My mother was no Betty Crocker and would easily forget about feeding us - not whining about this - it just was what it was. I think I got use to not eating when I was young so I've never been focused on food. I've gone days and then eat because I feel strange. It's odd, I know, but that's my story. Now, I can eat all day one day and then not eat much of anything for a couple days. I'm also very active so I wear off any calories.

But, for "normal" people, I would follow the advice I keep hearing from "the experts" and not eat after 7 p.m - eat a good breakfast, light lunch & light dinner. Of course, healthy foods are important.
You are obviously not a comfort eater or sugar addict. So I guess you eat to live, not live to eat.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-17-2010, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
6,954 posts, read 7,395,135 times
Reputation: 16288
I do love comfort foods but for me they are things like pot roast, chili, stew, oatmeal. I get on an oatmeal kick and will have 4 bowls in one day - day after day until I can't stand to eat it anymore. I get a salt craving several times a year - will go buy a bag of chips and eat the whole bag and then I'm OK for a while. I rarely buy sweet stuff - I would eat it.

You are right, I eat to live and not the other way around. I am trying to really get on a more healthy diet (salads, veggies, fruit). I've never learned to appreciate these foods, but I'm trying.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-17-2010, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
5,372 posts, read 9,866,638 times
Reputation: 10243
Yes, we all have our special comfort foods, don't we? And they usually involve sweet, salty or creamy flavors...not too many of us turn to broccoli for those days when we need some comfort--and that's unfortunate, but the way it is.

As I grow older, my sweet tooth has lessened and I no longer love ice cream as it tastes like garbage to me, with all the additives...so now my main comfort food is a cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate made with half soy milk and half water with an added sprinkle of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla...

There's something about the blend of warmth, creaminess, chocolate and cinnamon that warms me through and through..and made half with water, it's not too, too caloric...

My other comfort food is mashed potatoes smashed up with plentiful roasted garlic and some real butter...

When one needs occasional comfort from food, it's fine I think. It's doing it every day, in huge portions, all the time that leads to poundage...

Like my poor cousin, the vegetarian, who is addicted to big bowls of ice cream daily...he is not slender...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2010, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
6,954 posts, read 7,395,135 times
Reputation: 16288
What are you doing at 1:50 a.m? Can't sleep so I started watching our local public broadcasting - PBS - and my favorite guy is on:
Dr. Daniel Amen (just love this man). His new book: Change Your Brain, Change Your Body addresses many things including what to eat to help with cravings, depression, etc...

He addresses supplements: B6, magnesium & GABA are critical to helping with these issues. Also Vit D3 & omega 3 are critical for cancer, depression, alzheimers, weight control, cravings & hunger.

He also addresses different brain types and what to eat & which supplements to take for each type. I highly recommend a trip to your library for this book.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Retirement
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top