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If you could go back and tell yourself health advice, what would it be or what would you have done differently?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM

My mom always kept lots of snackwells cookies and crystal light around the house because "it was healthy and low fat" I would go back and slap the cookie right out of my hands. I would also tell myself to start lifting weights too

2870a69b9c0c0a19a919e54cb3a62137

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on June 28, 2012
at 06:51 AM

I'm also wondering this. Perhaps because it's too low in iron, zinc and various vitamins when eaten near-exclusively.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 27, 2012
at 08:48 PM

....thats sad and hilarious at the same time! I probably wouldnt take any further advice from her...

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on June 27, 2012
at 07:54 PM

I mentioned 110 because that's what I weighed when I hurt my knee. I was wearing girls' size 14 clothing, and would have been wearing smaller probably if I weren't as tall. I now weigh almost 150 and wear a size 6 or so. I'm talking about giving myself advice. I rationalized weighing 110 because I "could still give blood." It was bad news all around. For some people 110 might be fine. For me? I couldn't have worn clothing appropriate for an adult if I tried.

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on June 27, 2012
at 07:21 PM

I agree about the butter and heavy-cream thing...not harm in moderate amounts of course...but free-oils are NOT a nutrient dense whole-food! Free oils are actually overall piss-poor sources of nutrients. Better to get fat from FOOD than from isolated free-oils.

B8fa88e3a94784aeb9280cf1180564fa

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on June 27, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Wow, this is exactly my story as well...

Af49bced416926d9f88e47a7e705d99d

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on June 27, 2012
at 07:06 PM

i recently heard the owner of a local yoga practice say in an interview that she doesn't drink (alcohol) but recommends diet coke... really? i have become more and more disenchanted with yoga in this culture.

Af49bced416926d9f88e47a7e705d99d

(20)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:00 PM

im 5'3.5" and 110 female, i eat plenty of fat and protein, no muscle on me (yet)...you can't generalize with weights... i am probably shorter than you... agreed about the toxic relationships though. and gluten symptoms.

Af49bced416926d9f88e47a7e705d99d

(20)

on June 27, 2012
at 06:57 PM

don't eat chicken? this is a thing? ...why?

A994080d499afca98cdc9de896701ebd

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on June 27, 2012
at 06:07 PM

true! my mom used to cook liver once a week. I always said "yuck mum, this is sooo gross". eventually, I'd eat it anyways because she would let me starve otherwise. yea for my mum haha

A994080d499afca98cdc9de896701ebd

(1281)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:59 PM

soo true. cutting out carbs did more harm to me than good.

07842fbab8730403ef284e655083fe0e

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on June 27, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Upvoted for "stop quitting". I'm going to put that one into practice.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on June 27, 2012
at 02:01 AM

Thanks! Yeah, they've been a loooong time coming. Been working at 'em for ages, using less and less resistance. I think I can finally do them because 1) I'm stronger, and 2) I'm lighter than when I started. So I have more strength trying to lift less weight. I can now do 3 good ones, and a 4th really grunting and struggling to get up there. (This is coming from a girl who's goal for a long time was to be able to do *one.*)

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 27, 2012
at 01:58 AM

:) Thanks. It's been a looong time coming. I've been working on them for ages, slowly using less and less assistance. I can now do 3, with a 4th utterly struggling to get up there and grunting. It ain't pretty. I think they finally came for 2 reasons: one, I'm stronger, and two, I'm a little lighter. ;-)

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on June 27, 2012
at 12:10 AM

Slow clap for pullups. So bad ass!

07842fbab8730403ef284e655083fe0e

(218)

on June 26, 2012
at 10:08 PM

Is it wonder bread because "I wonder what's in it?"

4a45cf0010aa27837bf4ce36bfb5c097

on June 26, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Love it - so true - Sounds like we've had similar experiences PS: very cool to be able to do pullups!

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 26, 2012
at 09:14 PM

*So true* (and not just for Paleo eating/living): "You don't like starting over so stop quitting."

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 09:14 PM

Crayon is so hard to read.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 26, 2012
at 08:55 PM

thhq too true, I knew when my blonde blue eyed cousin turned up with dreads with pink and blue bows attached that the end was near.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 26, 2012
at 08:13 PM

We always had that in the cupboards, too, but rarely did we have desserts. My parents were very good about serving good meals, albeit SAD meals. I was also the only one that was overweight, and without easy access, I would sneak what I could. My unhealthy food obsessions began VERY early!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:52 PM

What does "bust my gut mean"?

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on June 26, 2012
at 07:40 PM

I got the desinex, which gave me dry skin without doing anything to the acne. I always got a sense of satisfaction from popping a juicy blackhead out of my skin. More than desinex ever did.

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(10611)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:35 PM

My mother aided and abetted ice cream and cookies...always shortening, flour and sugar in the pantry ready to go....oh cookie dough I could eat you up...

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on June 26, 2012
at 07:31 PM

Hopefully I take notes.

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(10611)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:31 PM

And don't get dreads....the slippery slope to veganism...

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on June 26, 2012
at 07:30 PM

Assuming I'd listen. I don't listen to myself now.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:29 PM

That's why I never go out and bust my gut anymore. Slow and easy is what it takes....walk don't run....besides which if I bust my gut it might start leaking...

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:18 PM

Sounds like we all went to the same horrible doctor!!!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:14 PM

And he'll put you on the pill, which will do insane things to your moods.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:08 PM

LOL!! Too funny---> "Take up Olympic lifting once you learn to tie your shoes. F the business degree, go to med school. Don't date the following people..."

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:00 PM

Also, don't go near the dermatologist that prescribes the antibiotics for the acne. Along with the gut obliteration, he'll give your parents an instrument of torture for popping zits and blackheads, and give you regular facial sunburns that will hurt like hell. AND he'll charge your parents a fortune for the torture.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Quit eating the sugar. You inherited you dad's metabolism. You might be skinny as a rail now, but you know those dizzy spells after drinking juice? Those are an early warning sign.

Don't go vegan!

Don't go raw food, low fat vegan!!!!!

You know all the beef raised by your grandparents you ate as a kid? Remember how tasty it was? (so long as Dad cooked it, not grandmom) Did those steer look like they were suffering out in the field? Remember that.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 08:55 PM

thhq too true, I knew when my blonde blue eyed cousin turned up with dreads with pink and blue bows attached that the end was near.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:31 PM

And don't get dreads....the slippery slope to veganism...

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6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on June 26, 2012
at 07:06 PM

I know your 5 yrs old, in kindergarten, and gluten allergies havent been studied yet but your diabetes and asthma are being caused by a condition called celiacs disease. Eat Lots of kerrygold butter, coconut oil, roots, tubers, lean meat, veggies and fruit. Take up Olympic lifting once you learn to tie your shoes. Invest your birthday and christmas money in Apple, Google, Gold and Oil F the business degree, go to med school. Don't date the following people...

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on June 26, 2012
at 07:31 PM

Hopefully I take notes.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 09:14 PM

Crayon is so hard to read.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:08 PM

LOL!! Too funny---> "Take up Olympic lifting once you learn to tie your shoes. F the business degree, go to med school. Don't date the following people..."

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Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Oh man...where to begin?

Probably the single biggest thing I'd tell myself is that eating fat will NOT make me fat, and that I could do myself an enormous favor by ditching my bagel and light margarine or bowl of cereal with skim milk that I ate every morning for about 20 years in favor of a nice veggie omelet cooked in bacon grease.

I would love to sit down with my 19 year old self (I'm 33 now) and tell her that basically everything she thinks she knows about weight loss and how the human body works is completely backward. Then I would give her a hug, wipe her tears away, and promise her that yes, she will look in the mirror someday and not be able to believe how beautiful she is. (And that she'll be able to do unassisted pullups!!! It'll take her a couple years of working at 'em, but she'll get there.)

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on June 27, 2012
at 12:10 AM

Slow clap for pullups. So bad ass!

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 27, 2012
at 01:58 AM

:) Thanks. It's been a looong time coming. I've been working on them for ages, slowly using less and less assistance. I can now do 3, with a 4th utterly struggling to get up there and grunting. It ain't pretty. I think they finally came for 2 reasons: one, I'm stronger, and two, I'm a little lighter. ;-)

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 27, 2012
at 02:01 AM

Thanks! Yeah, they've been a loooong time coming. Been working at 'em for ages, using less and less resistance. I think I can finally do them because 1) I'm stronger, and 2) I'm lighter than when I started. So I have more strength trying to lift less weight. I can now do 3 good ones, and a 4th really grunting and struggling to get up there. (This is coming from a girl who's goal for a long time was to be able to do *one.*)

4a45cf0010aa27837bf4ce36bfb5c097

on June 26, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Love it - so true - Sounds like we've had similar experiences PS: very cool to be able to do pullups!

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4a45cf0010aa27837bf4ce36bfb5c097

on June 26, 2012
at 08:21 PM

I would have told myself that most health conditions generally have deeper lying issues that are not visible.

  1. For instance I had a severe case of eczema - but the underlying problem was a leaky gut problem.

  2. Then I had an overactive thyroide - again caused by yeast infections in my digestive system.

In both cases I had no idea about the underlying problems - sadly, neither did my doctors. So all the treatments I received did not help me. I'm fine now - but boy, how many years of trial and error did that take?!

Therefore My 5 Health Tips For You Are:

  1. Take what doctors say with a pinch of salt
  2. Take your health into your own hands
  3. Be active
  4. Eat well -but keep your sugar intake down
  5. Do more things that make you happy :)

Be Well, Sandra

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F3fc2e0a9577e7e481a387d917904d1e

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on June 26, 2012
at 07:09 PM

I'm going to take a different angle on this-- that is, if you could go back to when you FIRST discovered paleo, what advice would you give or what would you do differently?

I'd say that if you aren't suffering from any health issues and are not overweight, DO NOT FEAR CARBS and DO NOT OVERDO IT with fasting/fasted training.

A994080d499afca98cdc9de896701ebd

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on June 27, 2012
at 05:59 PM

soo true. cutting out carbs did more harm to me than good.

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(3259)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Drink less bourbon. And I'd set the time machine on "Last Night".

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on June 26, 2012
at 08:34 PM

I'd tell myself that swallowing a six pack of Dr Pepper per day isn't actually something to brag about.

... that just because you were raised eating certain things doesn't mean those things are good.

... that eating 8 bowls of fruity pebbles with low fat homogenized ultra pasteurized milk is not a proper meal. and neither is six pb&j sandwiches for lunch, especially when it's fake jelly made with hfcs and peanut butter made with hydrogenated oils and wonder bread made with who knows what.

and even recently... I'd tell myself not to eat buckets of heavy cream and pasture butter just because a couple online gurus says it's ok to do so.

07842fbab8730403ef284e655083fe0e

(218)

on June 26, 2012
at 10:08 PM

Is it wonder bread because "I wonder what's in it?"

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on June 27, 2012
at 07:21 PM

I agree about the butter and heavy-cream thing...not harm in moderate amounts of course...but free-oils are NOT a nutrient dense whole-food! Free oils are actually overall piss-poor sources of nutrients. Better to get fat from FOOD than from isolated free-oils.

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E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

on June 26, 2012
at 09:16 PM

I wish I could go back and tell myself that toxic relationships, even with family members (especially with family members?) really are toxic. Like you can pretty much die from them. And love can make everything so much better, both emotionally and physically.

It's not worth "eating healthy" down to 110lbs. I know you're 19 and you really want to look like a distance runner and not the strong swimmer that you are, but it's really not worth it. You'll get injured and anxious and will have long-lasting health issues because of your "diet".

You know those headaches? And the joint pain? And the stomach aches? You're not crazy. Stop eating gluten now and you'll save 10 years of trouble.

Af49bced416926d9f88e47a7e705d99d

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on June 27, 2012
at 07:00 PM

im 5'3.5" and 110 female, i eat plenty of fat and protein, no muscle on me (yet)...you can't generalize with weights... i am probably shorter than you... agreed about the toxic relationships though. and gluten symptoms.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:54 PM

I mentioned 110 because that's what I weighed when I hurt my knee. I was wearing girls' size 14 clothing, and would have been wearing smaller probably if I weren't as tall. I now weigh almost 150 and wear a size 6 or so. I'm talking about giving myself advice. I rationalized weighing 110 because I "could still give blood." It was bad news all around. For some people 110 might be fine. For me? I couldn't have worn clothing appropriate for an adult if I tried.

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631b29d5ab1146e264e91d08103bb72c

on June 26, 2012
at 08:17 PM

After 22 years of training experience, I would say:

1) Start a blog about your workouts and encourage others to post their times and weights. Even if you know nothing about what you are doing it will eventually be worth 15 million per year for 10 years from Reebok.

2) Don't eat chicken. Chicken makes you weak.

3) Warm up. Your body will thank you later.

4) You will never be elite level strong. You lack genetic advantages and you are too vain to put on the size necessary to truly be strong.

5) Learn the olympic lifts. You are good at them, they are fun, and they build the body you want.

6) Eat what you have always eaten. There is no need to change to 6 small small meals, or fat-free, or protein shakes. Just eat they way you did before you picked up a muscle media.

7) Keep playing. When is the last time you climbed a tree?

8) Stop doing direct work for specific muscles. Yeah, you know that pre-exhaustion cycle you just completed? It isn't going to make your arms any bigger and even if it did no one would care.

9) You don't like starting over so stop quitting.

10) Question everything but don't be afraid to try anything.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 26, 2012
at 09:14 PM

*So true* (and not just for Paleo eating/living): "You don't like starting over so stop quitting."

Af49bced416926d9f88e47a7e705d99d

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on June 27, 2012
at 06:57 PM

don't eat chicken? this is a thing? ...why?

07842fbab8730403ef284e655083fe0e

(218)

on June 27, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Upvoted for "stop quitting". I'm going to put that one into practice.

2870a69b9c0c0a19a919e54cb3a62137

(1520)

on June 28, 2012
at 06:51 AM

I'm also wondering this. Perhaps because it's too low in iron, zinc and various vitamins when eaten near-exclusively.

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584cdd1a2dd83e46b8b76758f4c57b19

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on June 27, 2012
at 04:27 AM

Throwing up isn't the answer, get help early

I'd also never touch Coke Zero

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Ab566019baa884ec9e3327c108586ff8

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on June 26, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I'd love to tell myself at 21 to eat clean, healthy & organic whenever possible, listen to dr's less and my intuition more - you wont spend 12 yrs being miserable @ 80 lbs overweight and maybe, just maybe your kids won't end up being autistic,...

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8de9776490016df60d49e03f23d656af

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on June 26, 2012
at 08:53 PM

Stop eating gluten. You might get to keep your gallbladder.

Start lifting weights! It's important and you'll feel more confident.

Stop getting on the scale. That number offers you little information you don't already know.

Don't date that jerk who lies to you any more. I know the name and number of someone amazing who will treat you far better than you will ever feel like you deserve.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on June 26, 2012
at 08:51 PM

I'd tell myself that you can't solve a problem with a pill. Everytime you take something to treat one symptom you are affecting god-knows-what in the rest of your body. So no to all the antibiotics, bcp's, anti-depressants, and stimulants. If I had known then what I know now maybe I would have had a happier gut and healthier adrenals.

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(10611)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:24 PM

That carbs are not my friend.

15 years ago I was moderately overweight, had sky high triglycerides and moderately high cholesterol. The dr's advice was to take gemfibrozil to drive the TG down and eat low fat meats. Pulling the fat out of my diet made me hungry and I filled the void with large quantities of high GI carbs. There was no limit to how much steamed rice and dry breakfast cereal I gorged on.

Move forward 10 years....now obese and Type 2 diabetic the dr had quite different advice...get rid of all that junk...

After losing weight the carbs went back in my diet, but carefully. It's clear that I can tolerate them - they aren't the enemy - but they're not my friends either.

B8fa88e3a94784aeb9280cf1180564fa

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on June 27, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Wow, this is exactly my story as well...

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A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on June 27, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I would tell myself to have a more expansive health goal than "don't get fat."

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E2d885a66875eb01e931d369fac7353c

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on June 26, 2012
at 10:59 PM

all the cardio in the world won't get you into shape -- you need to lift weights.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on June 26, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Don't lift so much and eat more protein when cutting weight for wrestling. Do a LC diet for making weight.

Get regular chiropractic checkups BEFORE you herniate a disc.

Get on a routine like Body by Science to build muscle without tearing down your joints.

If you don't get told "No" your not asking for enough.

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B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on June 26, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Number one thing I wish I had known - Don't take routine antibiotics for acne!!!

I took them everyday for almost a year in the 80's when I was a teen and it destroyed my gut health, including for me the all important oxalobactor formigenes which has since caused me severe oxalate-related health problems.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:18 PM

Sounds like we all went to the same horrible doctor!!!

Medium avatar

(10611)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:40 PM

I got the desinex, which gave me dry skin without doing anything to the acne. I always got a sense of satisfaction from popping a juicy blackhead out of my skin. More than desinex ever did.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:00 PM

Also, don't go near the dermatologist that prescribes the antibiotics for the acne. Along with the gut obliteration, he'll give your parents an instrument of torture for popping zits and blackheads, and give you regular facial sunburns that will hurt like hell. AND he'll charge your parents a fortune for the torture.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:14 PM

And he'll put you on the pill, which will do insane things to your moods.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 26, 2012
at 06:48 PM

put down the can of diet coke and step away!! I think I spent my 20's drinking nothing but this and not eating.....now I'm paying for it!

Af49bced416926d9f88e47a7e705d99d

(20)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:06 PM

i recently heard the owner of a local yoga practice say in an interview that she doesn't drink (alcohol) but recommends diet coke... really? i have become more and more disenchanted with yoga in this culture.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:48 PM

....thats sad and hilarious at the same time! I probably wouldnt take any further advice from her...

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Af49bced416926d9f88e47a7e705d99d

on June 27, 2012
at 06:46 PM

way back, it would have been, no macdonalds and stouffers dinners, junk food, etc.

then, it would have been not to waste my money on tons of vitamins and supplements.

those are the main things that come to mind.

oh, and that nutrition class in college did a good job of brainwashing me to think cholesterol in food was the enemy and not to eat a lot of fat, and to trust the fda about aspartame being safe. yea right.

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B12561b04f6ea052f198915c2017fd8b

on June 27, 2012
at 04:48 PM

Start lifting weights and learn the basic barbell exercises as well as olympic lifts early on. Play more sports and less video games. Stop wasting money on every preworkout, intraworkout, and postworkout supplement and just eat real food.

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7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

on June 27, 2012
at 03:29 PM

STOP IT WITH THE "WHOLE GRAIN" (just giving yourself more of what you're allergic to, dumbass) and LOW FAT PROCESSED CRAP!

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6d99825c84f631799783827341e57bc6

on June 27, 2012
at 02:03 PM

For the love of god eat less sweets and avoid restaurants who can't produce a meal with less than 1000 calories. And if you must eat crappy please count calories and try to stay at a decent count per day.

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742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on June 27, 2012
at 01:32 AM

Please ROB, just stop at one peanut butter sandwhich with milk. Maybe your acne wouldn't have been so bad. YUUUUUUM soggy peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches, how could I stop at one. Tell me!

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0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on June 26, 2012
at 10:42 PM

I'd have to sit me down and have a serious talk about the sugar binging.

Yeah, I'm still young enough that it never lead to the horrendous health detriments that it should have (that it eventually would have), but the mental/emotional disconnect of habitual unhealthy coping mechanisms is something that takes a LOT more than a clean diet to fix.

0
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on June 26, 2012
at 09:36 PM

Avoid gluten. That would have saved my teeth and I wouldn't be so stunted with crap teeth right now.

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on June 26, 2012
at 09:00 PM

I wish I could go back in time and tell myself that all the so-called experts at the FDA making recommendations have no idea what they are doing. I wish I could tell me that the reason you feel like crap all the time is because of the bread and pasta. I wish I could tell myself to ease up on the Pepsi. I wish I could tell myself that desserts are for once in a great while...and can be fruit. I wish...I wish...I wish...

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on June 26, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Since my eating habits were never horrible and I wasn't raised on processed diet food or fast food, I'd still go back and tell myself to stay active right around the college years and to never, EVER start smoking. DUH.

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Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

(1163)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:46 PM

I would have told myself to find an exercise regimen early and stick to it.

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on June 26, 2012
at 06:50 PM

  1. Eat raw vegetables.
  2. No gluten (at that time I did not even know the word gluten). That's a big one because we had gluten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
  3. Eat more fish.
  4. Plan your meals.
  5. Make healthier choices when it comes to food.
  6. Less desserts, more real food. Less sugary stuff (cakes, candies).

I would tell myself that if I don't do it, I will get really really sick. So sick - it is hard to imagine.

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on June 26, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Listen to your Mom more. Her advice wasn't always bad and she nagged about my weight because she loves me. I would also tell myself that you are NOT invincible and no, eating an entire box of twinkies/ho-hos/ding dongs/honey buns/enter neolethal food here is NOT a good idea, regardless of what emotions you are experiencing.

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(10611)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:35 PM

My mother aided and abetted ice cream and cookies...always shortening, flour and sugar in the pantry ready to go....oh cookie dough I could eat you up...

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 26, 2012
at 08:13 PM

We always had that in the cupboards, too, but rarely did we have desserts. My parents were very good about serving good meals, albeit SAD meals. I was also the only one that was overweight, and without easy access, I would sneak what I could. My unhealthy food obsessions began VERY early!

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(1281)

on June 27, 2012
at 06:07 PM

true! my mom used to cook liver once a week. I always said "yuck mum, this is sooo gross". eventually, I'd eat it anyways because she would let me starve otherwise. yea for my mum haha

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on June 26, 2012
at 06:41 PM

If it ain't broken, don't try'n fix it.

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(10611)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:29 PM

That's why I never go out and bust my gut anymore. Slow and easy is what it takes....walk don't run....besides which if I bust my gut it might start leaking...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 26, 2012
at 07:52 PM

What does "bust my gut mean"?

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