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Date:2010-04-10 09:34
Subject:Hi there!

Hey all,
It's been a while since anyone's posted to this blog, but I'm going to try asking a question anyway :-)
I've been changing my diet over the past 7 months and I've sort of stopped changing my diet. I'm 5'2" and weigh 105 lb and work out with moderate exercise 5 days a week, about 40 minutes plus whatever yoga I get in before bed. That's the background.

Q1: Are there any problems to consuming a high-GI snack like a piece of chocolate or a sugar candy if you're starving? The biggest problem with this diet for me is that I have difficulty dealing with problems when I'm hungry (my blood glucose at last blood test was 78, and I always feel better after eating something). From what I've read I don't really see it being a problem, but I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Q2: I'm not getting RDA of a few vitamins without a multivitamin (I'm well over RDA as long as I take the vitamin, which I take half at lunch and half at dinner just to make sure). Now, cutting out the occasional piece of cheesecake with friends is where the diet plan crosses from 'worth it' to 'not worth it' for me,

Q3: I've been diagnosed recently with sub-clinical hypothyroidism. I'd been feeling extremely tired, brain foggy, freezing cold etc etc on and off BEFORE starting this diet. High TSH (around 5.3), low T3, normal T4. I haven't found anything except a brief mention somewhere about this arising from CR. I'm taking low doses of levothyroxine until getting TSH in normal ranges to see if I feel better, with no pressure from my awesome clinician to continue the medicine if I decide I don't want to. So, would taking levo counteract the positive effects of CR? I wouldn't think so if it's not being talked about, but again, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Thanks in advance for your help :-D

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Date:2009-04-05 11:40

To all who watch this community - I'm sorry if you've been spammed by advertisements. I created this community years and years ago hoping someone would join, but no one did until CRON hit the big time on popular programming. I have deleted the spamposts and kicked the spammers.

I have posted these videos from Matthew Lake, a very active member of the CR community:

Therefore I would like to welcome you all to the community if you have been watching it and to please invite your CR-interested friends to join. Thank you.

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Date:2009-01-17 11:12
Subject:20 superfoods for weight loss


Beef has a rep as a diet buster, but eating it may help you peel off pounds. In a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women on a diet that included red meat lost more weight than those eating equal calories but little beef. "The protein in steak helps you retain muscle mass during weight loss," says study author Manny Noakes, Ph.D. Try to consume local organic beef; it's healthier for you and the environment.


Dig in to eggs, yolks and all: They won't harm your heart, but they can help you trim inches. Women on a low-calorie diet who ate an egg with toast and jelly each morning lost twice as many pounds as those who had a bagel breakfast with the same number of calories but no eggs, a study from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge reports. "Egg protein is filling, so you eat less later in the day," says David Grotto, R.D., author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life (Bantam).


Long sidelined as a lowly garnish, this green belongs center stage on your plate. One raw chopped cup contains 34 calories and about 1.3 grams of fiber, as well as a hearty helping of iron and calcium. But kale's earthy flavor might take some getting used to. Spinach, another nutrient powerhouse, is a milder-tasting option.


"Oatmeal has the highest satiety ranking of any food," Grotto says. "Unlike many other carbohydrates, oats—even the instant kind—digest slowly, so they have little impact on your blood sugar." All oats are healthful, but the steel-cut and rolled varieties (which are minimally processed) have up to 5 grams of fiber per serving, making them the most filling choice. Instant oats contain 3 to 4 grams per serving.


Lentils are a bona fide belly flattener. "They're high in protein and soluble fiber, two nutrients that stabilize blood sugar levels," says Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., author of The F-Factor Diet (Putnam Adult). "Eating them helps prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area."

Goji berries

These chewy, tart berries have a hunger-curbing edge over other fruit: 18 amino acids, which make them a surprising source of protein, says chef Sarah Krieger, R.D., spokeswoman in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the American Dietetic Association. (They also have more beta-carotene than carrots.) Snack on them midafternoon to stay satisfied until dinner. The calorie cost? Only 35 per tablespoon.

Wild salmon

Not only do fish fats keep your heart healthy, but they shrink your waist, too. "Omega-3 fatty acids improve insulin sensitivity—which helps build muscle and decrease belly fat," Grotto explains. And the more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns. Opt for wild salmon; it may contain fewer pollutants.


An apple a day can keep weight gain at bay, finds a study from Penn State University at University Park. People who chomped an apple before a pasta meal ate fewer calories overall than those who had a different snack. "Apples are high in fiber—4 to 5 grams each—which makes them filling," says Susan Kraus, R.D., a clinical dietitian at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Plus, the antioxidants in apples may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by excess belly fat or an "apple shape."

Buckwheat pasta

Swap plain noodles for this hearty variety; you'll slip into your skinny jeans in no time. "Buckwheat is high in fiber and, unlike most carbs, contains protein," Zuckerbrot says. "Those two nutrients make it very satiating, so it's harder to overeat buckwheat pasta than the regular stuff."


All berries are good for you, but those with a blue hue are among the best of the bunch. They have the highest antioxidant level of all commonly consumed fruit, according to research from the USDA Agriculture Research Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. They also deliver 3.6 grams of fiber per cup. "Fiber may actually prevent some of the fat you eat from being absorbed because fiber pulls fat through the digestive tract," Zuckerbrot says.

Almond butter

Adding this spread may lower bread's glycemic index (a measure of a food's effect on blood sugar). A study from the University of Toronto found that people who ate almonds with white bread didn't experience the same blood sugar surges as those who ate only the slice. "The higher blood sugar levels rise, the lower they fall; that dip leads to hunger, causing people to overeat," says study author Cyril Kendall, Ph.D. "Furthermore, blood sugar changes cause the body to make insulin, which can increase abdominal fat."


The juice gets all the hype for being healthy, but pomegranate seeds deserve their own spotlight. In addition to being loaded with folate and disease-fighting antioxidants, they're low in calories and high in fiber, so they satisfy your sweet tooth without blowing your diet, Krieger says.


One reason to spice up your meals: You'll crank up your metabolism. "A compound in chiles called capsaicin has a thermogenic effect, meaning it causes the body to burn extra calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chiles," Zuckerbrot explains. Plus, "you can't gulp down spicy food," she adds. "Eating slowly gives your brain time to register that your stomach is full, so you won't overeat."


Dietitians often refer to plain yogurt as the perfect food, and for good reason: With its trifecta of carbs, protein and fat, it can stave off hunger by keeping blood sugar levels steady. In a study from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, people on a low-calorie diet that included yogurt lost 61 percent more fat overall and 81 percent more belly fat than those on a similar plan but without yogurt.


Curbing hunger is as easy as piling your plate with this whole grain. It packs both fiber (2.6 grams per 1/2 cup) and protein, a stellar nutrient combo that can keep you satisfied for hours, Krieger says.


These tiny fish are the unsung stars of the sea. They are high in protein and loaded with omega-3s, which also help the body maintain muscle. And they're low in mercury and high in calcium, making them a smart fish pick for pregnant women. If the flavor doesn't appeal to you, "soak them in milk for an hour; it will remove any trace of fishiness," Iserloh says.


You can use this herb, a staple in French cooking, in place of salt in marinades and salad dressings. Excess sodium causes your body to retain water, so using less salt can keep bloating at bay. Plus, tarragon lends a sweet, licoricelike flavor to bland foods. (Use the French version of the herb when possible; it's sweeter than other varieties.)


Drop that rubbery lowfat cheese and pick up the real stuff. Women who had one serving of whole milk or cheese daily were less likely to gain weight over time, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds. Lowfat-dairy fans didn't experience the same benefit. Whole dairy may have more conjugated linoleic acid, which might help your body burn fat. "Parmesan is so flavorful, it's easy to stick to one serving," Buchanan says.


Don't let the fat content of an avocado (29 grams) scare you—that's what makes it a top weight loss food, Kraus says. "The heart-healthy monounsaturated fat it contains increases satiety," she says. And it's terrific summer party food.

Olive oil

Like avocados, olive oil has healthy fat that increases satiety, taming your appetite. But that's hardly its only slimming feature. "Research shows it has anti-inflammatory properties," Kraus says. Chronic inflammation in the body is linked to metabolic syndrome.

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Date:2009-01-16 19:43

I am depressed and disgusted. I feel sick. I feel like sleeping all the time. I feel like I'm not worthy of anything. I feel like I deserve pain. Because of 30 lb gained and a lifelong obsession.

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Date:2007-02-12 04:19

What sort of tactics have people used to wean themselves off a "normal" diet and on to CRON?

For awhile I kept a container of spinach in the fridge. I just kept adding spinach, olive oil, and seasoning.

I am pretty good about consuming water. I keep several gallons in the car. I load up when shopping, and then bring them into the house one at a time, as I need them.

I am trying to eat at home more. Less meat.

I told myself I was going to simply start taking swigs of olive oil straight from the bottle, but have rarely done that. I figure it's better than succumbing to cravings for bad fats at other times.

Fitness magazines recommend keeping a cooler in your car. I should really start that.

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Date:2007-02-07 09:17
Subject:diet plan

Hi just wondering if people can start posting what the eat in a day or a week. Does anyone have links to or can post any diet plans for CR?

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Date:2007-01-31 17:01

I am trying to trick myself into eating more vegetables. Any tips?

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Date:2006-12-14 17:56
Subject:nootropic interactions

I have a few questions regarding nootropics and their interactions with each other/herbs/caffeine(coffee)/and perscription medicine.

I currently take
a Restroversal supplement which has green tea extract and grape seed extract in it as well
Omega 3 et al from Flax oil gels
Chromium Picolante (sp?)
Brewer's Yeast (2 tbsp a day)
on occasion green tea
almost daily now a Mocha (1 shot of espresso in it, soy milk rather than dairy) that's my guilty indulgence there.

I am curious as to the following as I'm working on learning some new skills in programming
Ginger Ale (natural) - I've heard that this helps with cognitive functioning and circulation but cannot find where I heard that, if this is the case is it ok to take with any of the above or the following
Ginkgo - is this a CNS stimmulant? I know that it helps increase blood and thus oxygen flow to the brain, is this ok if one is drinking coffee/caffeine along with it? Also are there any interactions with the above or below?
Gotu Kola - I've heard this is a great aid for memory as well as general mood. However I am not clear on the functioning mechanism. Again, any interactions?

on a daily basis I also consume at least one or two glasses of organge juice not from concentrate and Silk Enhanced, sometimes Folic Acid as well.

I have Asperger's Syndrome, though on the milder side of the spectrum, and General Anxiety Disorder (perhaps merely a side effect of the Asperger's Syndrome as SSRI's do not seem to help with the anxiety/panic attacks when they do happen). I was looking into DMAE as well but have been told that it could cause problems with anxiety, any ideas? experiences?

Also I know that caffeine restricts blood vessels, at least in the brain, is it safe to take a vascuodialator to counteract the negative effects of this? And perhaps extra vitamin E?

I know there's more but I cannot think of it currently, apologies for misspellings and lack of dossages I am using a hotspot currently to post this and spur of the moment.

Thanks for any help and I'll offer any knowledge I have.

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Date:2006-07-27 09:56
Subject:For lovers of fine food...

For lovers of fine food...

A friend of mine runs a vegan food blog, and there's an RSS feed to LiveJournal available. The food is yummy, and incudes recipes for risottos, home baked breads - and even homemade sweet chilli sauce! Yum!

Many of the recipes are suitable for CR.

She has tested everything, so please consider subscribing, either via the RSS feed at LJ, or directly to the Blog. Here are the links:

LJ feed: reynardsfeast
Direct link to the Blog: Reynards Feast

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Date:2006-04-05 10:55

Hi there, I was surfing the news and came across this article...not sure if yall have read it yet.


And excerpt:
" In an editorial in the April 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Luigi Fontana, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine at Washington University and an investigator at the Istituto Superiore di Sanita in Rome, Italy, says calorie-restricted diets point to possible mechanisms of aging and suggest ways to intervene and modify its effects.

In January, Fontana and colleagues found that after an average of six years on calorie restriction, people's hearts functioned like the hearts of much younger people. And a team from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge is reporting that six months of calorie restriction reduces two key markers of aging: fasting insulin levels and body temperature. "

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Date:2006-04-04 07:59
Subject:intro, questions.

i just found this community by accident, but it actually seems perfect for what i'm looking for and for where i am right now. i'm a 21 year old married college student. i've had an eating disorder since i was about twelve or thirteen (anorexia/ed-nos). i'm trying to recover (in therapy) but i've run into a huge problem: portions. for example, i'll start out by saying, "ok i am going to eat normally and be healthy, no more starving." so i eat everything in sight. (all food is better than no food, right? ha!) and i eat huge servings for every meal. (except i almost never eat breakfast.. it's horrible, i know.) i'll have a huge black bean burger for lunch and then instead of going easy at dinner, i'll have something equally.. big. then i'll go for five days without eating practically anything (100 cal/day max) to "make up for it." clearly this is just making me sick and it's a bad cycle to be in. part of the problem is that i just cannot eat as much food as a normal person seems to be able to eat and still manage to feel ok.. physically, emotionally, etc. anyway, i read about CR in.. i believe it was elle a few months ago and was intrigued. then i was just searching through random livejournal interests ("recovery," "wellness," etc) this morning and came across this community. i've never been a big eater, even before my ed started. my mom isn't either, we both like small serving sizes and not too too many calories. so i tell you all this because i need help. although i am at a relatively healthy weight, i'm actually going to have to add calories to my diet instead of restricting them further. i'd like to be able to eat about 1000 calories a day. i need foods that are going to make me feel full though, i'm not supposed to let myself get hunger pains (it's a trigger). i don't eat red meat and i like almost any sort of food. a huge part of my problem is i also love sugar & bread. i absolutely must start getting proper nutrition though. the benefits of CR (done properly) also attract me, especially the decreased risk of diabetes part (you know, what with the sugar & bread fixation.. ugh). so yes, my reasons for wanting to do this are not weight loss but proper nutrition without feeling so.. heavy and full all the time. i guess i'm just asking if anyone else is in my position. and if anyone has any suggestions as to changes in eating habits (other than the obvious). ooh, & also, exercise. i like to run on average two miles a day. it makes me feel good and healthy and strong and it clears my mind. but if i'm only eating 1000 cal/day and running 2 miles a day, is that enough? i'm not asking if i can do it -- unfortunately i know i can run much more than that on a lot less calories -- but it that's ok. and, if not, what would you all suggest?

thank you for any advice you can give me! it's greatly appreciated! and i hope this community stays active, it seems really wonderful from what i've look at thus far.

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Date:2006-03-26 10:03
Subject:CR-friendly foods list

Nutrition data has a relatively new feature they call the nutrient balance indicator which is a combination of the fullness factor relative to their nutrition. It should be useful for CR. See
http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-B00001-01c20e3.html . From the site the following 20 foods rank highest for their NBI if one wishes to drop weight so they are particularly early stage CR friendly:

Alfalfa seeds, sprouted, raw
Amaranth leaves
Balsam-pear (bitter gourd)
Beet greens
[Type not listed so I assume standard store bought cabbage]
Chard, Swiss

Once weight loss has been obtained and one is in a CR stable pattern consider the following 20 foods which the NBI ranks as best for health:

Taro leaves
Horseradish-tree leafy tips
Squash, zucchini
Turnip greens and turnips
Mustard greens
Sweet potato leaves
Pokeberry shoots
Alfalfa seeds
Mustard spinach

Both lists have been simplified for this posting. For greatest accuracy go to the site and examine the NBI feature.

For those, like me, too busy to mess with the whole computerized diet thing here is my simplfied CR mantra (AKA CR for the brain dead):

Just eat a lot of weird vegetable foods your Grandparents used to eat that most of your friends have not seen in years, if ever. Eat these raw if possible.

Care to go for the gold and become a certified CRON expert? Along with your high vegetable diet eat a lesser amount of animal based foods, often weird, that your Grandparents ate like gizzards, liver, kidney, etc.

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Date:2006-03-22 01:42
Subject:Questions anyone?
Mood: contemplative

Several Questions for you all...

But first...

the INFO...

I have never been a slim person... ever... even at points when I did have a flat stomach (there was a few there... not for long, but there was a few) I was at least a size 14. Please do not believe that I ever wanted to be a size 8, blah di di blah and skinny... I DO however worry about my health and have started to notice that I have lost certain aspects of stamina and mobility that I had gained and enjoyed when I lost the weight. Now that I have gained back some of the weight that I had previously lost, also have I lost the stamina and mobility that I had gained. I am determined not to ever get back to where I was in Jr. High & High School (size 22), but I am stuck in a deliema of sorts because there are many factors weighting on what I do next... and I'm at a wall. Head first...*thud* (ouch!) *rubs forhead* into a wall. I am active as I can be. I spend my 3/4's of my work week walking the floors at a PACE, most times I am wearing 8lbs leg weights... where days at work are usually any of the following: 7 hour shifts, mainly standing in a 5ft by 4ft bakery, I don't get to walk a lot, but I do forward & backward ballet circles, small leg lifts, and calf streches usually in reps of around 30 each - some more some less - and I can get anywhere to just 2 sets (busy days) to 6 or 7 depending on how tired my legs get - usually 3 to 4 per day average; other days are 4 to 5 hour shifts spent WALKING, and lifting, bending, carrying, steady going, light sweating, breathing DEEP to get that oxygen ; or the same type of day split into two 4 to 6 hour shifts depending on business, by which at the end of the day all I want to do is rub my feet. Every Wed. I HARDCORE juggle/dance with my Crystal Stix
( http://www.crystalstx.com )and Hula Hoop, together, seperately, two sticks at once... but not to two sticks AND hula yet... working on it though. I also dance with my poi. Usually, I only have time to stay for two hours... but occasionally I can stay for all four. I try to dance with my hula hoop at least another time a week, and practice with my crystal stix every other day for at least an hour. I also walk at least a mile 4 days out of the week, and one other day sometimes two other days I will walk 3 miles. As soon as it is warm enough I will start swimming everyday. I try to be very active, but because of certain injuries *grumble* I have to maintain low stress activities on my joints. In other words, running is SMOOTH out. I stretch in the mornings for about 30 minutes, and at least 2 or 3 time a week I stretch in the evening for an hour or so. I also eat healthy. I am on a high akaline, low acid diet. At least one salad a day. Fruits, Veggies, Fish, Rice, Yogurt, etc... under 1500 calories a day... but I stay full. *rubs tummy* If I get hungry, I let myself eat... I just eat light. I don't drink soda. I don't eat hardly ANYTHING with High Fructose Corn Syrup in it. It is the DEBIL. Yet, it lurks there in your food. I drink decafinated tea even! I put myself on a general Hippie diet as I put it. I don't put in anything that I consider bad for me... fried food, McDonalds-Burgerking-Chickfila-etc. unless I just can avoid it and even then if I can afford to get a salad... I do... or at least grilled chicken *winces*, fatty greasy meats, proccessed sugar, sweets in general (even as a kid they weren't a draw for me), junk food, etc. I also take vitamins for assorted reasons. I thought to try to help my work out, and my getting to work through crappy traffic quicker, I would get a bicycle. A broken veribrae later *shakes fist* (DAMN YOU WAL-MART FOR CRAPPY MERCHANDISE!!!), part of me wants think that the money would be spent elsewhere, and put to better use... cause, well lets face it folks... I don't have a money tree here! I would get diet pills if I thought they were healthy and if I thought they would work, but as most aren't and don't... why bother spending the money... cause I'm broke.

So now that you have the INFO...

I'll ask the Ques-tions...

1. Obiviously... What else can I do?

2. Does the 15 to 20 minutes, that I would spend a day riding the bicycle, outweight the 30 mintues walking to work in terms of fitness levels?

3. If so, does anyone know a decent bicycle shoppe in the Houston area?

4. I have Monday's off, I am looking for someone to walk/ditch/crystal stix/hula hoop/poi/drum/whatever active at Memorial park with me... anyone... anyone... Buller...Buller?

5. General Advice?

6. Not even to lose weight, is there something that I can do other then streching to be more healthy and mobil?

7. Would it be less stress on joints to put my leg weights around my ankles or just below the knees?

8. Anything... Anything... help?

Cross Posted Sorry!

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Date:2006-03-01 13:31
Subject:Calorie Restraint Key to Preventing Obesity, Its Health-Related Complications

Newswise — University of South Florida researcher Barbara Hansen, PhD, will likely never be invited to talk about weight loss on Oprah. Her message is mundanely common sense, not faddish – she doesn’t drop phrases like “low carb,” or “low fat,” or “geared to your body type” or “put your body into fat-burning mode.”

“The fact is that the price of leanness is eternal vigilance -- losing and keeping off weight requires a lifelong effort. It amounts to maintaining a constant, realistic balance between total calories consumed and total calories expended,” said Dr. Hansen, a physiologist and psychologist specializing in obesity, diabetes and their age-related health complications.

Dr. Hansen, a professor of medicine and pediatrics, directs the USF Health’s Center for Preclinical Research, which combines obesity, diabetes and aging research, and the Diabetes Complications Prevention Center. Her latest studies with rhesus monkeys have shown that lifetime calorie restraint to prevent obesity is the most powerful way to reduce age-related health problems such as high blood pressure and high triglycerides and to prevent or delay the progression of insulin resistance toward diabetes. Monkeys whose food intake was maintained in amounts to assure a constant healthy body weight were not only healthier; on the average they lived longer than their counterparts who ate as much as they wanted.

“Our studies have unequivocally demonstrated that if you prevent excess fat deposits in the body through excess calorie restraint, you’ll improve health and postpone death,” said Dr. Hansen, who is scheduled to present the findings Feb. 17 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in St. Louis.

She is quick to point out that scientific evidence does not support assertions that the epidemic of obesity is the fault of the obese themselves or a “toxic” environment that seduces people with super-sized menus and convenience food at every corner. “There’s a tendency to enter into a ‘blame the patient’ approach of ‘you did this to yourself and you can fix it,’” Dr. Hansen said. “That’s unfair and inappropriate.”

There is still much scientists don’t know about the complex interaction of genetic and environmental factors that predispose some individuals to obesity while others seem to eat to their heart’s content without packing on pounds. Dr. Hansen considers “single cause” hypotheses such as diet composition, inactivity and obesity genes alone as too simplistic. “Obesity is a continuum that develops early or late, quickly or slowly, with a heavy dose of genetic predisposition,” she said.

Studies support the concept that each person has an age-related “set” point for weight somehow regulated by physiology and genetics. This may help explain why more than 95 percent of dieters who shed 35 extra pounds or more eventually regain the weight, Dr. Hansen said. “Basically, while your weight may fluctuate throughout life, your body’s natural tendency is to return to its individually programmed body composition.”

Dr. Hansen’s team is working to understand the underlying mechanisms of obesity that might lead to new drugs that more specifically target centers in the brain, liver and muscles that regulate weight. These would include compounds, known as mimetic agents, capable of mimicking the benefits of calorie restriction without leaving a person feeling constantly hungry. “Until we have new calorie restriction mimetic agents we need to be more accepting of obesity and its consequences,” she said.

And what about those who are not clinically obese, but nonetheless battle the bulge as they approach middle age and beyond? Dr. Hansen suggests setting realistic goals.

“I highly recommend the bathroom scale model of weight loss. If you see your weight creeping up, then cut back on your portions,” she said. “A 10-percent daily reduction in the total calories you consume may produce a small, but at least sustainable, weight loss. And, even a modest approach to calorie restraint can have positive health benefits.”

USF Health is the University of South Florida’s enterprise of researchers, teachers and clinicians dedicated to improving the full continuum of health. Its core is the colleges of Public Health, Nursing and Medicine, including a School of Physical Therapy, as well as the healthcare delivered by its 450 physicians and more than 100 nurse practitioners. In partnership with its affiliated hospitals, USF Health’s research funding last year was $134 million -- more than half of which came from federal sources. Last year, USF health clinicians cared for more than 31,000 patients and oversaw 396,000 outpatient visits.


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Date:2006-03-01 13:25
Subject:Study: Watching Calories Lifelong Commitment

Watching Calories Is a Lifelong Commitment, Two-Decade Study of Monkeys Suggests

Source: LINK

ST. LOUIS Feb 17, 2006 (AP)— Losing that extra weight is one thing. Keeping it off requires a lifetime of counting calories.

That's the message from a more than two-decade study of monkeys conducted by Barbara Hansen of the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Genetic differences allow some primates to remain thin and others to grow fat when fed an identical diet over the years, the study found.

Chunky monkeys that were forced to cut calories by as much as 25 percent lost weight. But once those caloric restrictions were lifted, they regained the weight regardless of whether they'd been on a diet for two months or two years.

"The price of leanness is eternal vigilance," said Hansen, who presented her research Friday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Hansen has long studied the effects of calorie restriction in roughly 300 rhesus monkeys.

Cutting calories can pay off when it comes to longevity: Monkeys fed 30 percent less over the long term extended their lifetimes to 30 years from an average of 23 years, Hansen said.

The slimmer monkeys staved off the diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and other weight-related ailments that typically shortened the lives of their heavier peers, she added.

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Date:2006-01-30 06:04
Subject:Question : exercise, CR and life extension

Hi, was wondering if anyone had any advice or resources on healthier exercies? I'm on a moderate CR diet, very little meat (a small amount once or so a a weak) and know that certain types of exercisesactually damage cells/cause oxidization, something I would like to try and avoid. So I had 3 main methods in mind 1) Yoga (any particular variety anyone know about?) I know that Lisa Walford is big into Yoga from reading her bio in "The Longevity Diet", not sure if that is why though 2) Pilates... yes I know it's trendy but seems like a Yoga++ or 3) I thought it was called calisthenics, but I may be wrong. A type of exercise where you use your own muscles as resistance against each other, no motion involved. Can't remember the name of it right now. These are the three main ones that I am looking into, does anyone know anything about these in relation to Radical Life Extension or Calorie Restriction? Other possibilities are mild resistance training (ie. just enough to tone muscles) combined with some form of aerobic exercise. But think one of the first 3 is probably the most condusive to the results desired.

If anyone knows anything about the physiology of these things and effects on longevity, especially combined with CR please let me know. Also if anyone practices any form of exercies please share youre knowledge and reasoning for choosing the method you have.

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Date:2006-01-15 16:23
Subject:Foods I eat and foods I avoid

I thought this might be useful, and of interest to people, so here's a breakdown of my diet, in terms of regular foods I eat, and foods I avoid:

    Foods I eat regularly
  • All veggies. Raw, stir fried in a small amount of virgin olive oil or just stock, steamed. I use a lot of garlic, ginger and chilli for flavour
  • All fruit. I tend to snack on fruit through the day, keeping to seasonal fruit, organic when I can get it.
  • All nuts except peanuts. I do eat peanuts as well, just rarely. I eat my nuts raw and unsalted, 2 or 3 at a time, or add them to salads and stir-fries.
  • Seeds. Pumpkin seeds and similar get shoved into salads.
  • Soy milk.I have banana soy smoothies once or twice a week if my calorie count is low, but with low-fat soy milk.
  • Soy products. We eat mock meat products occasionally in small amounts for their protein content, grilled oil-free in a non-sick pan. I might add lemon juice or chilli sauce for flavour.
  • Quinoa. Eat this a few times a week. Great stuff, and my most commonly consumed carb. Just boiled with water on the stove, and eaten straight.
  • Seeded bread. Eaten a couple of times a week, sometimes with jam as a treat. It doesn't really fit into my diet, but it's a sweet :-)
  • Water with lemon juice. This is my mai drink of choice. Just filtered water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Very refreshing. I try to drink about 15 glasses a day, but my normal intake is between 8 and 12.
  • Subway. My food on the run/take away of choice is Subway's veggie delite (salad roll) on wheat bread, minus cheese, with no onion or chillies, with sweet onion sauce, pepper (no salt). I buy bottled water when I'm out and about - nothing else.

    Foods I avoid
  • Anything sold in a 'food court' - except Subways veggie delite (see above)
  • Soft drink and juices.
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate etc. (except Chinese tea)
  • Anything sold in a chain fast food outlet (e.g. McDonalds, Burger King etc.) - except Subway.
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Anything not vegan (animal flesh, dairy, eggs etc.)
  • Anything deep fried
  • Chocolate
  • Cakes, biscuits, cookies etc.

It probably all sounds a bit scary if you're not used to it, but I like eating this way, and I feel so muc better it's amazing the difference! The 'avoid' list isn't a 'can't have' list - it's just what I choose to avoid, because eating this way makes me feel better, it's easier to CR this way, and my diet is easier to manage when I know what's 'on the list' and what's 'off the list'.

How do other people manage their CR? Do yo have any danger foods, or danger periods? I find it hard when I'm out to dinner with friends sometimes, but generally I manage by just moderating my intake around the event, and then I'm fine.

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Date:2006-01-14 12:53
Subject:Study: Low-Calorie Diet Keeps Heart Young

Study: Low-Calorie Diet Keeps Heart Young

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press Writer Fri Jan 13, 6:00 AM ET

A very low calorie diet can help the heart age more slowly, according to researchers who released what they call the first-ever human study on the subject.

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Date:2006-01-13 13:17
Subject:From Better Humans : Calorie Restriction Keeps the Heart Young


This is what I like to hear, hopefully this will help encourage those interested in Radical Life Extension to look into CR more, and even those originally not interested in Radical Life Extension to look into it. Just regular nutritionsists/physicians etc. I would hate to see CR become the next 'fad' diet though.

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Date:2006-01-11 13:06

I'm still researching CRON at the moment, and have only just ordered the books, but am in the process of changing my diet over, and am already noticing the difference. Sure, my weight is dropping, but the big difference is how I feel. My resting pulse is stable at 55, and my blood pressure at 95/55, total cholesterol 3.6, and I feel absolutely fantastic. I'm 35, but I feel like a 20-year-old. Actually, I feel better than I did in my 20s, probably because I lived on crap in my 20s.

My typical diet is fruit for breakfast, salad roll for lunch, huge serve of leafy greens and some protein for dinner. I snack on fruit and raw nuts during the day. I tend to opt very light on the carbs (saying that, I just had a piece of seed bread with homemade strawberry jam!), and I'm a wholefoods vegan anyway, but I'm finding CRON is doing wonders for my system. If it's this good, and makes me feel this great, why the heck doesn't everyone do it?

The main micros to watch for me are B12 and fatty acids, of course, so I supplement with a B12 tab twice weekly, and consume ground flaxseed and flaxseed oil.

Foods I avoid are carbs generally (although I do consume them several time a week, so I'm not like one of those 'oh my god carbs are the spawn of the devil' types), soft drink and juice, alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, sweets of pretty much any type, deep fried stuff (although I'm not averse to the occasional spring roll, I am trying to cut down!), and general junk food.

My results? Well, the basic stats are listed above. I've yet to go to the doc and do the full bloods - I'm waiting to read through the Walford books before I decide that CRON is definitely for me. But just on the way I feel, CRON certainly seems to be the way I want to head, although up until I came across CRON on the net, I was basing my dietary change on Dr Joel Furhman's 'Eat To Live' plan which is pretty similar in many ways - Furhman's one doc who really has the right idea. Before that (as in, before September 05), I was vegan, but a more appropriate description would have been 'junkatarian' - lots of greasy eating out, lots of sweet rubbish, and lots of high calorie, low nutrient trash.

Anyway, I look forward to getting to know everyone on the list, and sharing experience with fellow CRONies - or would-be CRONies, such as myself ;-)

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