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Friday, August 12, 2005


I guess I was lucky, as a kid my mom made mac and cheese with Velveeta. That is real cheese isn't it??

Years ago I read the AHA's book "Heart Smart Cooking" or something like that. They said that the insoluble fiber in less-processed oatmeal helped to clear what you so clearly describe as sludge from arteries. They also said something I have always thought was interesting--that egg whites do the same thing. They gave the total grams of cholesterol in an egg yolk alone, but said that when you ate a whole egg, only half of that cholesterol was available to you because the white bound up half of the yolk's cholesterol. They recommended incorporation egg whites into the diet so as to get them to bind up and essentially scavenge cholesterol from your system. I'm sure this description sounds amateurish, but they made a very convincing argument for it.

So glad you're losing weight/being healthy. I'll be reading more about your diet, but I couldn't agree more with this post. The more I learn as I search for personal food solutions, the more frightened I become.

Sorry Chip. I told my mom once that if she ever made me mac 'n cheese with Velveeta again, I would hide all her RC cola. Forget the chemical issue, that stuff was FOUL. It makes good wood filler, though.

Celeste: I used Oatmeal to get get my cholesterol down about 50 points, but my tummy increasingly disliked the stuff. It got to the point where I thought I was having a heart attack. It turned out to be indigestion, but I've had to find other sources of fiber to take care of my cholesterol.

I'll never eat egg yolks again, because even if only half the cholesterol is absorbed it's still too much for me. I do use egg whites at times when I cook.

Philip: Yeah, you should see some of the books I have at home. A friend gave me one that explains what each food additive is and how they are dangerous. It's unbelievable the chemical cocktails Americans are fed.

Brett, I'm right there with you on this issue... Only, I'll probably have a little trouble keeping up.

You and I are the same age, and it's only recently that I've begun to learn a thing or two about healthy food. I'm 40 pounds overweight and have maintained that weight for about three years now.

I'm going to be re-reading your post several times to get it all sunk in. But definitely keep beating the drum so people like me can learn this stuff and stick with it.

It's not about going on a diet, it's about changing the food we eat. Oh, and exercise (that's the one that trips me up most of the time).

Hey, Bloomington is where I go for healthy food! A co-op, TWO bakeries, TWO Tibetan restaurants.... that's impressive for a town of 100,000!

I was lucky. My mother was a health food junkie from way back. You have to picture an uptight clean freak in sensible shoes combing the Connecticut suburbs for hippie food co-ops for her goat yogurt and wheat-free bread. I didn't eat mac n' cheese until I began serving it to my son.

Brett was the first guy I met who shared my obsession with reading food labels and insisting on organic everything.

That hasn't spared me gaining a hefty 35 lbs. but I blame my babies and the unwalkable suburbs for much of that. Sigh.

Phil: I totally agree it's about lifestyle change, not a diet. Diets are recipes for failure. Lifestyle changes last a lifetime. For more info, read some of my other posts on My Diet Plan, which I have on the left-hand side links.

As for exercise, I run about 20 miles a week, though I've slouched off since the baby was born. I'll be writing a post about my running habit down the road -- uh, so to speak.

Jessica: I have no idea what the food situation is like in Bloomington nowadays. I'm talking about 1982-1986. And the town was like 35,000 (minus the students) when I lived there. It certainly didn't have Tibetan restaurants.

On the other hand, is Nick's still there?

Anne: Fortunately, we only buy the finest brands of mac 'n cheese.

Sounds like its time for the obligatory pilgrimmage back to the alma mater... Yes, Nick's is still there. I've never been though - a place with 30 tvs and 4 bars can only appeal to the student crowd, I imagine. But there are a couple of good micro-breweries these days too.

Wow, I guess Nick's has grown since I was last there. We didn't go to the place for the beer or food, though. It was mainly the hangout in the 80s for those who worked at the Indiana Daily Student. Journalists are notorious for hanging out at dives.

I was strolling through the grocery store the other day, thinking of this post, and getting really depressed that down every aisle was so much processed food that does little but fill your stomach.

Yeah, I used to feel that way until I found farmer's markets, trader joes and whole foods. I only go to regular stores now for diapers and emergencies.

I just wanted to comment on this. I stumbled upon your website and totally agree with everything. I am 23 and just found the Okinaway diet plan. I'm looking for something other than a fad "diet" and want to change the way I eat completely, not just for awhile. I'm glad to see that it's worked for someone.

Thanks, Jessica. I've adopted the principles of the Okinawa diet plan and have managed to follow them without any weight issues for a year and a half now. It's almost too easy.

Great post that obviously hit the spot with a lot of people. I've tried a few ypes of weight loss supplements with little if any effect, never did try ant prescription stuff though as the thought of what it might be doing to me are a bit scary. You've obviously found success yourself with the okinawa diet plan and, from comments left, it seems you are not alone. I'll be having a good look at this myself.

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