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  1. paula

    The mousetrap

    Appreciate it both of you and McCoy. It was a weakness I always had. Learning about this body. I still have a lot in common with you all at least the thinking part.
  2. paula

    The mousetrap

    Restricting has landed me in a world of hurt. Now I have low sodium, high potassium, anorexia and malnutrition. But I still slog away, and hope to beat it all. I forgot a lot of why I did this in the first place, but it hasn’t come back. Things like arthritis and all those blubbery feelings are still gone. Turns out this age (66) was not a good time to start either calorie or protein restriction, especially for someone as small as I. (Started at 113 pounds and went down to 78 before getting medical help). Sent to emergency room twice for hyponatremia, forced to see a raft of psychologists, dietiticians, doctors, refused hospitalization at kaiser for weight gain, very upsetting) once the sheriff came with a flashlight in the middle of the night to send me to emergency room 40 miles away for hydration with salt. Oh boy. The saga continues. I had no idea all this was going to be the result.
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    How to determine my goal weight?

    I love this thread. Michael I am going along with restricting energy intake to the point you find tolerable. Within reason. I have had great success with this, and sticking to much the same foods, all things that I love, and I do the rotation religiously. I think I do feel a religious bent to calorie restrictions. Hoping for "healthgevity" rather than an extended life in general. Thank you all for being so interested in this topic. In my case its as if being thinner of itself requires added calories to maintain my size, or is it that I don't want as many calories as I did when I was heavier? No way to tell.
  4. paula

    How to determine my goal weight?

    I just don't see that the suggestion that your BMI will stabilize eating the same (calorie restricted) things that you always did. Setpoint never seems to arrive. So in that case the rotation is the best way. On Wed and Thursday I can limit carbs, just for those two days. Nothing sweet. In order to sustain this I eat tons of protein. Friday through the weekend is when the vegetables are less appealing and I tend toward rich foods. Mussels, muffins etc. And of course my mega waffle. That seems closer to a sustainable calorie restriction/intermittent fast (of a type). And closer to the type of religious fasting that has been part of life in the Mediterranean up until the last century. Thanks for all your help. The BCAA supplement is fun and I continue to build muscle
  5. paula

    How to determine my goal weight?

    So I am eating the RDA of protein (meat and plant), the Mc Doug all level of fat (or more sometimes with protein), and for carbs mostly vegetables, about two fruits a day (more when seasonal berries or fruit tempt me), and a few grains, beans, dairy and treats to provide nutrients and satisfy hunger I eat on a two day rotation, emphasizing one macronutrient at a time. Rotation Haylie Pomroy style. I continue to reduce weight now down to BMI 17 or so without eating less. Will I stabilize? So far I am down 30 pounds since 2007. Should I be concerned? T3 is normal. all blood tests for disease or deficiency are normal. WBC are slightly low and have been all my life. I have adapted well to the change over a long period of time. My blood pressure runs about 156/73 pulse 55. Exercise the same or less as I age.I feel like just letting it happen, but I want to know it will stop at the right time. Any suggestions?
  6. paula

    Low BMI and health

    Got it. Thanks
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    Low BMI and health

    That sounds great McCoy. I love all of that (food for medicine, exercising to stimulate hunger,and all) and from reading books and other posts here I have the framework to understand the way you describe rebuilding these beautiful muscles. I will switch personal trainers to use the guy who specializes in physical therapy. I will increase loads for awhile to activate more muscle repair, and eat yogurt in the after workout meal. Do you mean a bcaa supplement? During weight training? I imagine using the bcaa produced by my gut biome from eating all that soluble fiber. Not dependable enough?
  8. paula

    Low BMI and health

    Ok I can eat more yogurt for this purpose. I am also trying to get off blood pressure meds by the Kaiser recommended plant based method but I indulge in about 8 eggs a week and 2 ounces of salmon or chicken or meat about four days a week. I am now 41 kg. 64 yrs last month. Active I do lift on machines at the gym and do aerobics with 3 pound weights.I do TRX. More often when tax season is over but now once a week one of these options. Eating all kinds of carbs to make up for meat and it invigorates me to do this. Exercise is easier when you're thin.
  9. paula

    Low BMI and health

    Regarding low BMI, I now discover that it is possible for little old ladies to get anorexia. The doctor suggested I was losing my muscle mass as well this time. So now, in addition to gaining weight (even typing it gives me the creeps), I suppose I need to increase work with weights. My question is do I need to do this in conjunction with increasing protein? I have found cutting my protein/fat proportions quite invigorating, for variety and energy reasons. Olive oil and yogurt have been suggested as body building. My go-to's are sweet potato and peanut butter. I bet I would really enjoy durian if I ever got a chance to try it. I loved jack fruit and breadfruit when I was in Kona in December. Thoughts, anyone?
  10. Reset the genome with chemicals. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/science/scientists-say-they-can-reset-clock-of-aging-for-mice-at-least.html?rref=collection%2Fspotlightcollection%2Ftimes-tips&action=click&contentCollection=topics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=18&pgtype=collection&_r=0
  11. paula

    REALLY low-fat good after all?

    No need to use NAOH. NACL or other traditional cures (water leaching?) would be my choice.
  12. So exciting. I love sour cream. Limit to buttermilk kefir or full fat yogurt on advice of nutritionist now. Five days a week. Cronometer says I still need more calcium. McCoy can I ask what your go to food is when you need to gain weight? I know you detailed in other posts your daily meals. Thanks.
  13. Now this thread is about brown fat. I started reading it when Todd suggested the cold shower might be the thing to get my fingernails back. Fingernails are so efficient I need them. Anyway I read the whole thread and I like the little chart that keeps updating the best. I bet everyone does. I like the whole thread and I feel hope to do CE this year for my nails sake. The chart is the what and the why is because I now have to live in this 20% smaller body at least for awhile. Now I just have to learn the how for what applies to me. Brown fat won't help me much at this size to heat me up but there are lots of things on the list that will and I think to remember the how of what I try on there I use the search thread function. I am grateful to all who take the time to share this knowledge of how it works to be thin. You guys are awesome!
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    Motivation for Practicing CR?

    Sounds like I am overdoing it relatively. Too thin bad choices. I take it a step further with cr days and binge days, formal rotation. Motivation besides improving health prospects is mainly everything tastes so good and I can eat way more than everyone else if most of mine is leaves. If you love eating for hours, which I think I do more than you, cr is not cr at all. It's being thin and giving up whatever makes the scale go up.
  15. paula

    Winter is Coming

    I should try jumping in the pool when I come back from my jog in the morning. While it is still available. I did read cold baths cured some people's Reynaud's disease. http://www.raynauds.org/support/forums/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=3&threadid=2361 Hot baths are easier but ours only goes to 104. Also the nutritionist wants me to start winter supplements now. I am willing to do Natural Vitality Calm, Solgar B Complex 50 (I hope that would do the biotin, I have heard good things about that too) and CoQ10 100 (200 is too strong for me). Maybe add brewers yeast, or sub for B complex. I love the humidifier in my room and keeping the heater off at nite in winter. I really appreciate all of you taking the time to help me. I feel I am taking risks by eating a lot less, and seeing how you do it helps me to minimize the hot water (!) I might be getting into. Paying the fee will be worth it to me already. The pictures of Beau's lines in Michael's post most closely resemble my symptoms. I am the brunt of criticism and anger for my food choices at times from those I eat with and who prepare food for me, so it is refreshing to watch others choose nutritionally dense tasty things to eat. They're out there.