Catholics Healthy Weight

  • One of the best new additions to my diet is tuna. Here in the US it is now packaged in packets! No draining the water/oil! I eat it straight out of the packet for my lunch at work. It is high in protein and healthy fats so I feel full and do not snack all day!

  • For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it is Summer! I think it is much easier to maintain a healthy weight this time of year. For example, I can at the very least spend my 30 minute work lunch on a walk. What has been your experience with seasonal weight changes?

    • No matter what I do, how much I exercise or diet, how much my medication is increased for my insulin resistance, et al., I never lose weight, but that’s okay. I’ll never be a sexy little girl in a skinny jeans, and I’m totally fine with that. I will always remain my cuddly self, and will be a very nice warm teddybear for my hubby oooone day.
      *always look at the bright side of life*
      :happynun:

      • PS: don’t look at my face in the photo – it’s all about the camera angle. I actually have lovely puffy and kissable cheeks. The trick is to love oneself as one is and realise that at least one has ones health. I played music at a funeral today of one of my Parishioners who died of Cancer. I do not want to be laying on my deathbed one day wishing that I had one more day in this body, as padded as it is. I prefer to love myself now.
        Besides: you are absolutely gorgeous the way you are, my sister, because you were made by the Hands of God.
        :love: :love: :love:

    • Thanks! Really healthy weight has become a health issue for me more than looks. Honestly I don’t look terribly overweight. I just have high cholesterol, triglycerides and borderline pre-diabetes

      • To combat high cholesterol, besides the obvious of lowering ones fat intake = increase one’s high fibre intake. It kicks out the bad cholesterol by replacing it with good cholesterol, and the good types do not cause any harm to one at all. Despite popular belief, fat is not just fat and cholesterol is not just cholesterol. There are good and bad varieties of either. Now you know my secret *wink*
        As for the sugary things, I thankfully have the means to resist. I am pre-diabetic (caused by a faulty thyroid), but cannot tolerate much sugar due to my anti-diabetic medication. Win-win!!!!
        :happy:
        I don’t know if we have stevia in this country…but I’d rather just go without. It’s easier (and cheaper) that way.
        :nunwink:

    • I can’t stay away from chocolate, though. I tried… but I’m not superhuman.
      :tease:

    • I am pre-diabetic. I watch the sugar most of the time. It bothers me that I cannot resist the sugar when I come across it. I am slightly overweight. I eat lots of fruit and salad and struggling to eat vegetables regularly. The “funny” thing is me, my older brother and sister have pre-diabetes which were diagnosed after my mom passed away over 2 yrs ago. I have taken stevia, I like what it is but I need to watch my intake of if. I can consume too much of it at times. Control is a big issue for me. I can do without for a while and then I binge for a time. Up and down up and down.
      Exercise for me is another matter. I need to do it but I don’t. When I walk too much over a short period of time my right knee swells(After knocking it twice over a 8-9 month period). Exercise will be necessary because it will help me sleep better.
      Keeping thin for me is the key. It isn’t about looking good body-wise but it’s more of eventually getting off pre-diabetes all together. While it’s hot and humid in the summer here in Louisiana, I haven’t kept my weight down (about 5-10 lbs lower would help) and it’s bothering me. Like I said earlier, I battle the ups and downs with the weight. Keeping it down for my health’s sake and for God is what I need to remember and follow.

      • I am extremely sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, Chris.
        I like your attitude. Also, don’t ever crucify yourself over breaking your awesome and healthy trend. I used to do that, I used to literally crawl into a ball of tears everytime I broke my diet. The important thing is to love oneself: diet, non-diet, keeping of diet, Breaking of diet. There’s so much more to life than ones waistline. Case in point: St Anthony of Padua was quite overweight, due to tests on his relics, he was found to have glandular problems which would have made him constantly hungry. Well, he became a Saint, and a powerful one at that!! Working on a healthy weight is wonderful, it makes one feel good and it helps prevent the joints from creaking, but, seriously, the happiest people that I know have a bit of padding in unwanted areas, me included.
        :coolnun:

        • Ps: I’m not demonising any of your efforts above, nor am I saying that one shouldn’t eat healthily and exercise. All I’m saying is that I struggled with my weight for many many many years, I spent many sleepless nights crying over it, I was angry because of it, I felt sub-human because of it. Seriously. I only really started living around 3 years ago when I made the decision to love myself (which took 2 years to accomplish), and I have never felt more free and alive than I do now. Everything that I post is always to do with my (usually painful), personal experience, and is said with all the love and compassion in the world.
          :love: :love: :love:

  • Nicola posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholics Healthy WeightCatholics Healthy Weight 2 years, 2 months ago

    do many of you wear fitbits? Have they worked out for you? I am thinking about getting one – can you recommend any particular model?

    • I would say that it all depends on your own personality. Some people are motivated by a fitness monitor, while others really aren’t. To consider whether or not it may help push you to actually do more over time, for the long-term, to make more of a long-lasting difference, versus just for a little while. So what works for one person, may not be the case for another. Unique we are! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I have the Fitbit Charge. It works great, I just dont wear it as I should.

    • They are really excellent if you’re interested in how active you are during the day. It’s recommended that you do 10,000 steps or more to help you maintain good health. Of course, diet and exercise are important too. I have the Fitbit Flex, which is very lightweight on your wrist so I don’t even know it’s there, and keeps track of your sleep, which I find very interesting. I’ve benefited because it’s motivated me to keep up with my “almost-daily” walks.

  • Now that I am getting settled in my new job 😃 I am getting my Fitbit charged to start wearing it again.

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    • I know, I have returned to this step numerous times. I hoping one day my persistence after failure will lead to success ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is in response to Guinevere S Jacobs post of disliking celery: If you like lemon or green lime juice with sea salt you may like the celery if these two simple ingredients are added, this is how I make 2 of my kids eat it. Also when you make lemonade you might like to blend a stalk of celery, one or 2 cut whole yellow lemons ( must take the seeds out and not blend them) a sprig of fresh mint, real 100% virgin honey ( or sugar, Splenda or any sweetener you prefer) with drinking water, strain them to a large jug with plenty of ice water and if you like chia seeds, you may also like to add cucumber slices and blends some with the celery and lemons and or add also some fruit slices or wedges that you love, berries etc here are 2 pictures of how it could look depending on your choice of ingredients

  • Hello! What a wonderful group! :busymom:

  • Norm posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholics Healthy WeightCatholics Healthy Weight 2 years, 6 months ago

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    • Try as I might, I can never get used to celery sticks. I forced myself to have some today, but it was a real mission. Any idea on how to make them less gross?

      • If you like lemon or green lime juice with sea salt you may like the celery if these two simple ingredients are added, this is how I make 2 of my kids eat it. Also when you make lemonade you might like to blend a stalk of celery, one or 2 cut whole yellow lemons ( must take the seeds out and not blend them) a sprig of fresh mint, real 100% virgin honey ( or sugar, Splenda or any sweetener you prefer) with drinking water, strain them to a large jug with plenty of ice water and if you like chia seeds and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • My Mom pulled her face when I offered her one, and said that they taste like horse. LOL!!!
      They do taste like extremely fiberous grass..
      I’ll try the peanut butter trick, hope that it works. Thanks Barbara.
      ๐Ÿ™‚

    • In South Africa, cilantro is known as coriander. I prefer it in soup, however, I haven’t been brave enough to try it raw.
      Ps: I wouldn’t know anything about wine, I don’t drink at all. The worst that I’ve ever had was Altar wine.
      ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hmmm….good tip. I’ll definitely try the cilantro on my next salad. Thanks so much, Barbara.
      :ja:

  • THIS short article is so good and true. LIKE SO GOOD. SSOOOO GOOOODD. Paragraph Highlights: 1. Most intimate thing we can do together (sex may be most intimate exclusively, but eating is most intimate inclusively.) 2. Temple dwellings 3. Be good to the earth by what you choose to eat. 4. Renewing cultures – worldwide unity and understanding! 5. God intended for us to enjoy food. He did.

  • Does anyone else experience caffeine as a appetite suppresant?

    • Once, during Lent, I gave up coffee and drank only green tea. Boy, was I surprised to see how that curbed my appetite! The added benefit is that it is anti-oxidant and helps burn fat. The downside, is that it’s pretty tasteless. This made it a penance to be sure.

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