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Forks over Knives
Fri 26-Jun-15
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Danny
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This plant based diet seems to make a lot of sense and there is plenty of evidence that it reverses many of the ills caused by modern day processed food. It's more of a lifestyle change than a diet. Basically eliminating animal based food and dairy.

I did it two years ago and it worked very well. Tried it again last week and suddenly my trousers close comfortably at the waist again. It's a pleasure doing it at this time of year with the abundance of fresh fruit that is available.

I have slipped twice when my eye fell upon discounted goodies in my local ultra-expensive Co-Op supermarket. A quarter of crispy duck with pancakes and hoisin sauce and today a crispy thin base pizza.

Planning ahead and shopping accordingly is the key, I think.

I want to lose about 8 pounds in the next 8 weeks before I take a brief holiday back in Ireland to meet family.

Never knowingly underfed

Fri 26-Jun-15
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Good for you, I hope it works as well again.

I'll try that again!

Fri 26-Jun-15
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What plant based diet?  confused

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Fri 26-Jun-15
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Vegetarianism, perhaps?  Otherwise no idea. roll_eyes

I'll try that again!

Fri 26-Jun-15
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wave The diet is called Forks over Knives!!!  whistle

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Fri 26-Jun-15
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Oops, blonde moment  embarassed big_laugh

In my defence, I've never heard of it.  And I thought Danny was saying he didn't need to use a knife as the diet doesn't involve meat......

which is probably right, come to think of it.  So not that blonde after all  whistle big_laugh

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Fri 26-Jun-15
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Sorry Miss I did not know about it.  Please may I be excused? XXX

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Mon 29-Jun-15
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Got it in one, Sue. But it's not just the plant based diet - it's probably just vegan dressed up in a fancy title.

What grabs me is the list of health benefits from not eating processed animal food (sausages, bacon, burglars etc.). If the evidence is to be believed, they are a major cause of coronary disease including high blood pressure, which I suffer from.

So it will be interesting to see if my BP improves over the months. For the record, it was 125/85 at my last checkup. I would love to be able to get off medication.

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Mon 29-Jun-15
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My last BP was 115/60 with tablets, but it was 124/79 at the beginning of the year, so I am hoping one day to maybe able to reduce or stop taking tablets.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Mon 29-Jun-15
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Beetroot juice is known for reducing blood pressure.  I used to drink a glass of it daily, my BP came down so much even my GP was impressed and said if it stayed that way I could come off the tablets.  However, I loathed the taste of it (never having liked beetroot much), the juice has such a strong earthy taste.  Mixing it with orange juice (Toni's suggestion!) made it a little more palatable, but in the end I just couldn't stand it anymore and stopped having it.  My BP averages about 125/80 with tablets.  At its worst it was around 145/95.

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Mon 29-Jun-15
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I gave up on beetroot juice too Sue - I love beetroot to eat but the drink was too much like hard work.

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Tue 30-Jun-15
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wave Yuk, I hate beetroot.  Can't think of anything worse than drinking the juice!!!flaming_nora  Sorry!!

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Tue 30-Jun-15
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I never knew that you could even buy beetroot juice, never mind it's effect on BP. That's good to know. Thanks, Sue.

I neglect to say that this F over K malarky is supposed to reverse things like diabetes and coronary disease, as well as reducing weight because of it's content of zero animal fat, zero processed sugars, zero bad oils/fats and so on.

From my experience, maintaining variety and good flavours is essential. Ben (housemate) cooked some burgers last night for himself and the aroma had me salivating! My veg supper could not compete directly but I was full by then anyway. Thankfully.

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Tue 30-Jun-15
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I could not live without butter so no point in even thinking about it.

I'll try that again!

Tue 30-Jun-15
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Danny, it comes in cartons with the long life juices in supermarkets, I think it's called Beet It if I remember rightly, it's a tall dark purple or black coloured carton.

Lots of medical people/scientists now seem to be saying that fats are natural and good for you, whereas sugar is bad and has no nutritional value whatsoever.  I like that thinking.

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