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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    Yeah, I was thinking about starting planning my meals and doing some Yoga. Is that good?

    One time this nurse scared me cos she said that although I look fine in everyday normal life, if I ever got really sick to the point of hospitalization that I would be in big trouble, cos I would lose a lot of weight and that would not be helpful. That scared me.
    Umm.. yea, that would scare me too...
    I don't think 19% is low enough for concern though. Nurses say ridiculous things sometimes. I actually joke with my friends about it, I'll say something not credible and ridiculous and then say, "I'M A NURSE!".

    But at the same time, like I said, i'm not really sure about fat percentages and where they are supposed to be so she could very well be right. I know that BMI is always the best indicator of healthy weights.
    Yoga is very good.
    Planning meals is a very very good start to a healthy diet.
    Just remember that at least 50% of your grains should be whole wheat, 5 fruits and vegetables, and the rest of the food pyramid, and you should be good. And don't forget to allow yourself a treat once in a while, since you can clearly afford it.
    Also, I would try to include some aerobic exercise. Walking, biking, jogging, spinning, dancing, aerobics, taeboe, whatever floats your boat.

    This is general advice for someone of any weight, since the goal should always be health, rather than bringing the scale up or down. I only think that the focus should be stronger on weight itself when the person is dangerously underweight or morbidly obese. Otherwise, just be healthy and the rest will fall into place

    Man, i've gone on another health rant. Oops.

    (Oh, and if you are concerned about wanting to gain weight/increase body fat percentage, increasing healthy fats is best! Peanut butter, cheese, fish, etc.) The goal for weight gain is always more calories in than calories out. So if you're exercising, (which I would STILL recommend), then you just need to eat more calories than you are expending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortnsweet View Post
    Umm.. yea, that would scare me too...
    I don't think 19% is low enough for concern though. Nurses say ridiculous things sometimes. I actually joke with my friends about it, I'll say something not credible and ridiculous and then say, "I'M A NURSE!".

    But at the same time, like I said, i'm not really sure about fat percentages and where they are supposed to be so she could very well be right. I know that BMI is always the best indicator of healthy weights.
    Yoga is very good.
    Planning meals is a very very good start to a healthy diet.
    Just remember that at least 50% of your grains should be whole wheat, 5 fruits and vegetables, and the rest of the food pyramid, and you should be good. And don't forget to allow yourself a treat once in a while, since you can clearly afford it.
    Also, I would try to include some aerobic exercise. Walking, biking, jogging, spinning, dancing, aerobics, taeboe, whatever floats your boat.

    This is general advice for someone of any weight, since the goal should always be health, rather than bringing the scale up or down. I only think that the focus should be stronger on weight itself when the person is dangerously underweight or morbidly obese. Otherwise, just be healthy and the rest will fall into place

    Man, i've gone on another health rant. Oops.

    (Oh, and if you are concerned about wanting to gain weight, increasing healthy fats is best! Peanut butter, cheese, fish, etc.) The goal for weight gain is always more calories in than calories out. So if you're exercising, (which I would STILL reccommend), then you just need to eat more calories than you are expending.
    Heh...I can tell S&S has been cracking the books hard.

    P.S. Accepted average for females...Adult females: 19%-29%

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biaxident View Post
    Heh...I can tell S&S has been cracking the books hard.
    Lol!
    Thanks.
    I'm usually too busy trying to remember my lab values and different heart defects and stuff to worry about studying nutrition. This is just stuff i've dusted up along my way. Its pretty interesting and nice and fluffy (and in the news a lot! and common sense! ) so its easy to digest. (No pun intended.)

    Oh, and thanks for the update on body fat percentage. I tried to look it up quickly but couldn't find anything too definitive and didn't want to give bad info and was getting impatient.
    I knew I wasn't crazy, 19% isn't too bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortnsweet View Post
    Umm.. yea, that would scare me too...
    I don't think 19% is low enough for concern though. Nurses say ridiculous things sometimes. I actually joke with my friends about it, I'll say something not credible and ridiculous and then say, "I'M A NURSE!".

    But at the same time, like I said, i'm not really sure about fat percentages and where they are supposed to be so she could very well be right. I know that BMI is always the best indicator of healthy weights.
    Yoga is very good.
    Planning meals is a very very good start to a healthy diet.
    Just remember that at least 50% of your grains should be whole wheat, 5 fruits and vegetables, and the rest of the food pyramid, and you should be good. And don't forget to allow yourself a treat once in a while, since you can clearly afford it.
    Also, I would try to include some aerobic exercise. Walking, biking, jogging, spinning, dancing, aerobics, taeboe, whatever floats your boat.

    This is general advice for someone of any weight, since the goal should always be health, rather than bringing the scale up or down. I only think that the focus should be stronger on weight itself when the person is dangerously underweight or morbidly obese. Otherwise, just be healthy and the rest will fall into place

    Man, i've gone on another health rant. Oops.

    (Oh, and if you are concerned about wanting to gain weight/increase body fat percentage, increasing healthy fats is best! Peanut butter, cheese, fish, etc.) The goal for weight gain is always more calories in than calories out. So if you're exercising, (which I would STILL recommend), then you just need to eat more calories than you are expending.
    No, this is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you!
    About the grains though, why only whole wheat? What's wrong with other grains? The rest sounds dooable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortnsweet View Post
    Lol!
    Thanks.
    I'm usually too busy trying to remember my lab values and different heart defects and stuff to worry about studying nutrition. This is just stuff i've dusted up along my way. Its pretty interesting and nice and fluffy (and in the news a lot!) so its easy to digest. (No pun intended.)
    I believe you still have Nutrition to go don't you?

    Lab values...Bleh...This is why I always had a laminated cheat sheet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biaxident View Post
    I believe you still have Nutrition to go don't you?

    Lab values...Bleh...This is why I always had a laminated cheat sheet.
    yea, I have a pocket guide.
    (I figure I got the K+ down so I won't kill anyone.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    No, this is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you!
    About the grains though, why only whole wheat? What's wrong with other grains? The rest sounds dooable.
    Nothing really. Whole grains, period. All the processed stuff gets broke down faster thereby raising blood sugar, making you feel odd, and if it isn't burned, converted to fat.


    LOL...S&S. I always wore a spot in my clothes where I carried it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    No, this is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you!
    About the grains though, why only whole wheat? What's wrong with other grains? The rest sounds dooable.
    Mostly they recommend that because of the higher fiber content. (Which reduces the risk of some diseases.)
    And a few extra nutrients.

    I personally hate the taste of whole grain.
    Unfortunately.

    So I use FIBER ONE BARS!!
    (I'm a walking fiber one bar commercial)
    They REALLY don't TASTE like they have fiber in them! Its fascinating, delicious, and good for you too!!

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    Also, giggly. I think mypyramid.gov is a really user friendly website with a lot of helpful (and accurate, up to date) information!

    (Oh and its really like supposed to be like 9 or 10 fruits and vegetables I think, now. So half your plate at every meal should be fruits and vegetables.. I think its hard enough to get 5 in!!)

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    What about ground Flax seed? Does that do the same thing as whole wheat?.. cos I put that in my yogurt and I like it better.

    Thx for the website, S&S.

    edit: Oh and what about taking multi-vitamins? I've heard that only people who are trying to lose weight should take those.

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