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Faerie (October 26, 2011, 12:13:30 PM):
As you have said, people are different, and its great that you've found what works for you. Me, I'm on a "diet" that everybody condemns, but it works for me and I've been eating in this manner for the last 12/13 odd years and aside from the age related aches and pains, I'm as healthy as can be. I have been on my goal weight for that same period, prior to changing my eating habits, I was around 30kg overweight, and looked like an obese duck waddling to its next meal due to my height (5ft). I eat once a day, usually in the mornings, and it consists of whatever everybody had for supper last night. I dont get hungry and I only occassionally crave a sweet thing, usually dark chocolate. I'll supplement with fruits the rest of the day although I often forget about it and I store it up in my drawer at work...

Oh, and I sidestep any white starch by a mile, I honestly feel that I was addicted to the stuff during my fat years - bread/potatoes/rice and pasta - evil, evil, evil.
Brian (October 26, 2011, 12:36:59 PM):
On the 'to milk or not to milk" issue: The controversy regarding whether cow's milk is good for humans has been going on for years. I believe cow's milk is good for little cows/bulls not for humans: human milk is good for humans. The site http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/ discusses this but there are opposing views (usually sponsored by the milk establishment). Milk is homogenised/pasteurized and defatted to convince humans to consume it but it's still cow's milk. Many people become lactose intolerant and cannot use milk products such as cheese (which I love BTW)and dr's often prescribe goat's milk as a substitute for bovine milk (wtf!!) which apparently does not affect babies much. I used to drink much milk when I was young and beautiful; since about 30 I stopped and now I'm just beautiful. ;D
GCG (October 26, 2011, 13:16:30 PM):
i will die without dairy. gotta have cheese. gotta have full cream milk with my jacobs. gotta have icecream, chocolate, yoghurt.... parmalat makes a nice lactose free milk. well, not 'makes' it. it's like yummy and creamy. how much actual cow's milk is in there, i know not, and i dont particularly care. if they manage to make soy milk not taste like shit, i will drink that instead.
but, my wondering is, we need calcium. if we dont drink milk/consume dairy, where will that come from?
we are being told that we should eat meat too. or wheat. christ on a stick. what CAN you eat?
we are animals. we are omnivores. if you are reduced to living sans modern life, you will eat meat, and grain, and frog's ass if you have to. if dairy is so detrimental to us, then tribes back in the day, who domesticated cattle, would not have thrived. and tribes who only took goat's milk, or no milk at all, would have prospered. just saying...
Superman (October 26, 2011, 14:37:15 PM):
I also follow a similar diet to you faerie. I eat only once a day at night. And there is some scientific information to support this.

In the past we had to adapt to food shortages in hard times. A lowering of metabolic rate helped us to survive long enough to find something to eat. Starvation does not occur in two hours or even 24. A lowering of metabolic rate only occurs after about 60 hours.

Before these 60 hours metabolism increases. Evolutionary this will help us find something to eat within this time. Higher metabolism means increased energy.

Your body only goes into starvation mode when it has depleted all its *fat* reserves which takes at least a month for most healthy people. Unless you are already very thin or malnourished.

I was wondering if you follow a diet that does not work. Would that not mean that you would not have success and then become more depressed?

You can get a lot of calcium from spinach and broccoli. But I agree I like my meat and dairy.
st0nes (October 28, 2011, 07:35:47 AM):
Metabolic rate decreases by about 10% per decade after the age of 30. We can't expect at 50 or 60 to eat the same diet as we did at 20 and maintain the same weight. I'm with Faerie in cutting out starch and sugars--it works for me. Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs (scrambled at the weekend) and cheese. Lunch: salad with dressing. Dinner: Meat with veg (butternut makes a great mash to have with stews or curries; rice hasn't made an appearence in our home for years). Cut out the alcohol during the week and wine in moderation (no more than 1 happy box) at the weekend.

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