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What was one of my most important healthy living decision?
7 years ago

Switching from aspartame to stevia extract powder.

Radiate love! Celebrate life!
David

7 years ago

Mine was stop juggling live grenades and running chainsaws..............

7 years ago

Eliminating high fructose corn syrup from our diets, which meant eliminating most convenience foods - we now buy fresh veggies, fresh fruit, whole grains, and make pretty much everything we eat from scratch. Those things we don't make from scratch, like fruit juices, we check the labels for and only buy those without HFCS. You'd be amazed how many bottled and frozen juices say "100% juice" on the front, but contain HFCS.

7 years ago

Me too - eliminating HFCS. My son's personality changed after we eliminated it. It is in everything!

The other equally important thing for me was switching from commercial cleaners and personal products to homemade cleaners and natural products.

7 years ago

Becoming vegan

best decisions
7 years ago

Eating as low on the food chain as possible.

4 years ago

For me it was learning about Acid/Alkaline balancing in my diet in 1996.

Have to say though it is in competition with Food Combining that I learned about in 1995.

Wanding myself!
4 years ago

I am a firm believer in wanding myself daily. I use an Amega wand to increase my immunity, clear blocked energy in my bodies meridians and energy fields. It is also beneficial to wand your food, drinking water, bathwater, plants, pets and chakras.

Wanding and wearing pendants is very important to me.

Good bye white suger and cola drink
4 years ago

Saying goodbye to cola drinks and white sugar in 2004 was my best decision towards healthy living.

4 years ago

I love seeing your stories....please share more.

4 years ago

Have been avoiding any food with the word "hydrogenated" in the ingredients.  It is truly amazing the number of products you find it in.  Even items you wouldn't think would have it. 

4 years ago

Yes it is amazing how many foods have hydrogenated oil in them. Good for you June.

Anonymous
what was one of my most important...
4 years ago

Hi Diana H., hi June T.,

I sound as if I knew so much, but I don´t know what effect or  side effects " dehydrogenated "  ingredients can have. would be nice to read a word of you. have a nice weekend.

4 years ago

There have been several, 2 years ago I started drinking green smoothies. I tried going Raw, but that is impossible where I live. I struggled with what to eat and then 6 months ago decided to go Vegetarian. I was still eating eggs and fish once in awhile but a month ago I stopped those. I now call myself a Nutritarian I try to eat as much raw and I do not do any "fake" meats or processed foods. I'm feeling better and I have lost 40lbs. I have now decided to get all my amalgams out and do a mercury detox. I'm hoping that that decision will be the most healthy living one yet!!

Anonymous
Most important healthy living decision
4 years ago

Giving up Coke, Pepsi, and any of their other products, and anything bottled or canned by them, in response to Michael Moore's programme on TV about the effects of these companies on human rights and the environment. I had been trying to do so for a long time. 10 minutes into the programme I did so.

4 years ago

Congratulations Cindy! Love your story. Well done Rudolph; if everyone was that receptive to quitting......

Most healthy decision I have made.......
3 years ago

Ridding my life of toxic people and relationships.  Knowing when to respect myself and draw the line.  Very Freeing.......

Healthy Living Decision
3 years ago

Stopped eating deep fried food !

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very funny Bill
3 years ago

mine was learning about probiotics. both enzymatic pearls and kombucha have saved my stomach. also, staying alkaline was a big deal for me,as well

cindy
3 years ago

raw diets are great. I started my sick pup on stella and chewy's freeze dried raw dinners,and he's been getting better all the time .

3 years ago

Although I stopped eating much sugar decades ago; totally eliminating white sugar really has made a difference. Challenging cause that means I can almost never have dessert when I am out and have to watch the sauces that are put on food when I am out. At home I am safe; just do not have any white sugar in any form in my kitchen.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The best decision I ever made was having Gastric Bypass Surgery done in September of 2010.My diabetes is gone,as is my high blood pressure,high triglyceride,cholesterol and sleep apnia.
It is not for everyone and comes with it's risks,but was my best decision.I am down 150# and feel the best I have in years.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Mine was taking vitamin B12. I've lost 58 pounds in a year.

3 years ago

Mine was quitting smoking 3 years ago.  It was hard, even after watching my dad die of emphysema, but well worth it.

Another was finally getting the gumption to kick out my abusive husband.  Much better for me, but I still carry a bit of guilt for it even after 17 years.  Less than 6 months after I got him out he killed himself.

also
3 years ago

I gave up coffee about 2 years ago. It has made a big difference,too much stomach acid for me. Vitamin B and D,are extremely important to good health. Omega oils,I use Krill,is also a good habit.

3 years ago

Good to hear what you all did; such wonderful successes!

Thank you Dianne for getting this going again.

Cindy R. I am sorry to hear about your ex but it is not at all your fault. He had violence in him which he did to you and then he did it to himself. You were totally right to get him out; who knows what he might have done to you. Good for you being brave enough to do what you did. Still it is never easy to know someone that you were close to choose what he did.

1 year ago

When I turned 50 I began to go downhill. I had been sick and struggling with Oesteoarthritus to the point where I couldn't walk. I had no money so the very first step I had to take was to obtain assisstance which took me a couple of years to do. Once I had assisstance, I had to work on a diet change, 3 surgeries, exercises which I was able to do, physical therapy, medication and vitamins.

I had to have iron supplements, intervenious iron, and at first I even had to have blood transfusions. I am still working on health issues but doing much better.

One thing that was really hard was the insensitivity of professionals and other about perimenopause and other problems I had. Still I made it through and am very grateful for this. Most middle aged persons do have to pay careful attention to their diet and I had to cut out the use of salt, and eat better foods, because of my high blood pressure.

white foods
1 year ago

have since gone crazy healthy

eat mostly nuts,seeds,veggies,some berries,pomegranite

and spinach, or any dark leafy green, also loving beets

but white foods,or bleached foods ,like white;salt,sugar,flour (bread,pasta,donuts,etc),all have detrimental effects on our bodies

so best to stay natural,and even avoid the added sugar and salt, and cut way back on disguised sugar(bread,pasta) which is now the biggest no no.

it's the good fats,the efa's that have gone from being bad to being essential

most oils,aside from cooking and deep frying oils are good for us, I know coconut oil is saving my mouth,skin, hair

some holistic doctors say never put on your skin what you wouldn't put in your mouth or stomach, I am sticking with that as it makes sense to me



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1 year ago

I've been staying away from sugars as well. Trying to go natural with stevia or some honey. I have found out recently that I go through hives, itching and welts if I eat sugar and powdered sugar is the worst. So I am careful about anything with so much sugar. Going sugar free.

1 year ago
Donna M. Thank you for sharing your story and how you are moving forward.  Also, good to revive this discussion.
Good for you Tasunka M. going health crazy!!!
Sally A. yes sugar is like a poison to our body and well done getting it out.
1 year ago

Being a vegetarian family for over 30 years.  Becoming more educated about healthy eating options in so many ways all grew from that initial decision.

1 year ago

I recently became a vegetarian and so far liking it. Just knowing your eating healthy and the health benefits gives you a good feeling.

1 year ago

Congratulations, Sally, on your healthy choice awareness and welcome to vegetarianism!

The Vegetarian Times website is a great starting-out resource for some tasty recipes, as well as general information.  Nava Atlas has several cookbook titles, and a couple of them are focused on simple recipes with a few easily obtained ingredients and easy preparation.

1 year ago

Everything was!

1 year ago

Thank you miranda, I think I will look those up.

have found
1 year ago

a miracle,after five years of back pain from a herniated disc and pinched nerve,and the surgery that didn't quite take the pain away,I have found a doctor who wrote a book about exercising from pain to performance.

Foundation training teaches us to use our large muscle groups,instead of our back and abdomen, in 9 sessions I have gone from needing painkillers,and muscle relaxants,to NO PAIN,THREW THEM ALL  AWAY

this book,$40,is priceless knowledge ,I highly recommend this to anyone in shape to take 2 weeks to lose back pain and learn how to move properly.

a bonus,is while getting better posture for life,and lengthening our bodies,we stop shrinking.

anyone interested,they have a website,,,,www.foundationroots.com

1 year ago

I switched from sugar and artificial sweeteners to stevia, now work out at least twice a week, stopped (diet and regular) soda altogether, only eat whole grain or whole wheat bread and pasta, and try to buy organic only (expensive but I am so afraid of getting sick)...I'm working on working out more frequently,  and cooking more vegetarian meals.

We are all a work in progress so they say  

1 year ago

Using stevia instead of a sugar,buying organic only,cooking more vegetarian meals,using whole grain wheat,doing more exercises,drinking kefir every day,eating quinoa and amartanth every day.....

1 year ago

Ivana B.,

What is Amartanth? Still not quite sure of the Kefir???

Thank you,

Cynthia

1 year ago

If you like Dairy,I strongly recommend you try Kefir,the best brand so far is Lifeway,about over 100 flavors,plus ice cream...only 90 calories ,lactose free

they used to have "green " kefir,which had about 20 vegies including clorophyll,algae,seeweed,in it,but no one was buying it,really hard to find if they still make it.

1 year ago

Cynthia, Amaranth is a gluten free grain.

There is a discussion in Healthy Cooking about Kerir: 

Natural healing 'curing with kefir'

1 year ago

I am going to try amaranth for the first time today

my partner brought home quinoa/amaranth chips and avocados

will get back about the taste...

yoga
1 year ago

it is a great tool to relax

1 year ago

Ramhit, I practiced yoga for over 30 years.  In the last couple of years increasing arthritis in both knees limits the positions I can still comfortably do, but I credit all those years of yoga for the fact that...even with arthritis...I continue to have good overall flexibility and mobility at the age of 71.  I definitely agree with you about the benefits of yoga for relaxation...but the benefits don't stop there.

1 year ago

Miranda, that is so good to hear.  It is so important to look after our bodies with good food and exercise. 

One of the biggest changes for me was learning about Acid/Alkaline balance. I deeply learned it in my body and know that keeping that balance is important.