Throw Out Your Romaine Lettuce!

Consumers are being urged to throw out any romaine lettuce they may have on hand and to make sure not to consume any of it! — This is all based on a new outbreak of the potentially deadly e-coli virus.

Read more — ( RIGHT ABOUT HERE.)

Even More Information — ( HERE)!

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Turkey Sandwich

Two slices whole wheat bread (240 calories) plus 4-ounces sliced white turkey breast (Roasted) = (155 calories) and Two tablespoons of mayonnaise …. the whole sandwich becomes 575 calories. (Add lettuce and onion and the addition of both of these extra things adds up to nothing significant in calories.) — Two such sandwiches throughout the day equals 1,150 calories leaving room for a rather significant dinner if one is so inclined and is allowed to do so by their personnel professional health care giver.

The Older We Get The More Water We Need

When I went to an emergency room once ( a long time ago), the attending medical personnel ran some tests and discovered that, among other things, I was dehydrated at the time. (Keep in mind that I am 80-years-old and there is a bearing on age in what I am about to say.).

DANGERS OF DEHYDRATION IN THE ELDERLY

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It appears that as we grow older, our “I need to drink water” sensors become duller and we actually do not know how often or how much liquids we really need to avoid becoming dehydrated. — I believe (My opinion only) this means that we have to take conscious note of how much we drink and when and how often and make sure we get enough life-sustaining liquid into our systems.

Of course, I am not a doctor or a health practitioner so I cannot suggest how much water anybody should be drinking — and, as always, you are cautioned not to take anything I write on this blog as advice ….. I do not give advice ….. I am not qualified to give advice ….. please understand this and act accordingly. —– You need to be talking to your personal physician about these things and if you are reading this blog post, then read it for entertainment value only. (Or for the sake of satisfying curiosity).

Here is a more comprehensive discussion of the “Water” thing for those who are interested: —- ( PLEASE CLICK HERE.)

I wouldn’t even be talking about this, this morning, if I had not been virtually “Jerked” out of a sound sleep at 4:30 AM with an overwhelming urge to get out of bed and go to the kitchen and draw myself a glass of water.

 

Things I could Do Without On A Sunday Morning

Panic attacks is one of the things I can do without. —– I am speaking of those panic attacks associated with the Parasympathetic Nervous System where you have to breathe through a paper bag to slow your racing heart rate down.

Whenever I get one of these things, I also keep a bottle of lavender oil around because a few drops of the oil on a shirt sleeve or a pillow or something seems to help to calm me down and to mitigate the effects of the panic attacks.

The only reason I am talking about these things is because I had a panic attack yesterday for the first time in years and I have no idea of what might have triggered it. They are supposed to be stress-related and I cannot think of any kind of stress that I would be under. Thankfully everything has returned to normal and good this morning!

I had an idea that I might start using pre-packaged prepared frozen meals as part of my weight control efforts until I found out that they are really heavy on the salt and my blood pressure monitor does not like a lot of salt at all. So much for another “Good” brainfart that I had and have now flushed down the drain!

 

 

The Old BMI Bugaboo

My doctor is addicted to his tape measure and everytime I go for a visit, he delights in dragging that thing our and throwing it around my waist and telling me that I am too fat.

I have gotten so used to my doctor doing that and now I have purchased a tape measure of my own and the next time I visit with my doctor and he tries to do that, I am going to draw my own tape out and tell him, “I’ve come prepared to do you too, doc… because you are fully as big around the middle as I am and I think we need to compare measurements!”

Now lately, my doctor has become infatuated with talking about my Body Mass Index (BMI) as a measure of my overweight condition and the BMI measurement was never intended to be used by a sawbones to diagnose either the amount of overweight that I might be or my general health.

BMI is an “Indicator” but it is never the final do-all, be-all authoritarian measurement for diagnosis — (according to publications from the U.S. Government.).

If you have encountered the BMI bugaboo, you might find the following information to be extremely interesting and perhaps even helpful —- ( RIGHT ABOUT HERE.)

 

How Many Calories?

First of all, I am not a physical fitness expert so do not (I repeat, “Do Not” copycat anything I talk about here unless you clear it with your personal physician.

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I am speaking of things that I do for myself and that I have found to be beneficial for ME. The reason I am presenting this information here is so maybe somebody else might find it interesting, motivating or inspiring to some degree.

They are always telling me that if I am going to achieve any significant control over my body weight, then I am going to have to be a calorie counter whether I like the idea or not.

So what is my response to this?

My response has been that I have become a calorie-counting freak and I keep a daily food diary in which I record every bite that goes into my mouth and the number of calories that I consume with every morsel.

Does this help me at all? —– I cannot definitely answer that question because there seems to be some psychological demon inside of me that forces me to eat enough calories every day to stay at a constant weight — a weight that my doctor says is too much — but a weight that, so far, doesn’t seem to have done me too much harm —- In my last blood test my cholesterol levels were “Ideal.”

So does all the journaling help? —– I cannot honestly say for sure but I have a sneaking opinion that if I didn’t do it, I would probably weigh closer to a ton now than I ever have … LOL. (Not really a joking matter!).

Since I am more than 60 years of age (I’m 80), I try to keep my calorie intake at a minimum of 1,600 per day when I am not working out at the gym or walking outside or whatever — and on the days when I am more active (Like working out) then I try to keep my calories somewhere near the 1,800 per day level. I am told that these are the figures that are best for my purposes.

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I know that I do not have the metabolism that I had when I was a lot younger. Sometimes I think that if I didn’t eat anything but bread and water all day long I would gain pounds and pounds of extra weight.

I think our local water supply has enough foreign solids in it that it could qualify more as a food than a drink and God only knows the number of calories I would be packing on if I were to drink tap water from where I live —- so I drink bottled water.

I consulted a dietician once about adjustments that I ought to be making to my eating habits and what I got in return for my money was a dietician that spent 3/4 of the time allotted for my visit talking to somebody on her phone and talking with some old guy who kept sticking his head into her office while I was sitting there —- and in the end, the dietician handed me a printed sheet of paper with dietary advice printed on it that I had learned in pre-school. That was supposed to be my “Expertly-prepared personalized diet plan” and I promptly threw it into the trash the minute I left her office.

My doctor wanted me to go on a diet that included absolutely nothing that was white in color or that came in a can, package or box with labels on them — He called it a “No White” diet and I found it to be so hard to adhere to that I quickly abandoned it.

I suggest consulting with your doctor on questions concerning diet and lifestyle changes, but at one and the same time, I would also like to advise people to make sure their doctor has at least a modicum of knowledge about nutrition before wasting their time. There are doctors who do have knowledge and experience in matters pertaining to healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes — They are out there somewhere — and that is the kind that I would trust if it were me.

I think I have been lucky over the years — lucky and blessed by God — because I have managed to eat all the things recommended on all the experts’ food recommendations — including the government food chart recommendations (The Food Pyramid) and somehow I have managed to survive and am still here.

 

Hello There Friends!

I may not have properly introduced myself, so let me take that opportunity right now.

I am the author of this blog, “Life With Brother Liming” and I am a relatively fit 80-year-old health nut and fitness enthusiast who has been through Life’s little grinder and, by the Grace of God —– and by no other means except The Grace of God —- have come out of the milieu fairly intact.

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Eighty-Year-Old Brother Liming (Picture Taken November 15, 2018)

I am a weight lifter, a power walker and go to the gym whenever I can (Three times a week at minimums) to work on gymnasium machines —- I do calisthenics at home — I am a diet freak (Because I always tend to be overweight according to the normally-accepted health charts) —

This morning my blood pressure was 128/82 and my pulse rate (Resting) was 62.

Quality of life means more to me than quantity of life, but as you might surmise, I have been gifted a lot of years on this old Earth by My Heavenly Father for which I am very very grateful. I am happy, active, not restrained by any really complicated ailments (My BP is a little high but it is medically regulated). — Other than that, I can run, walk, jog and do almost anything and everything that I desire to do, weather permitting.

My Faith is Christian and Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

This is one “Old Man” who feels exceptionally lucky and privileged to still be here and once in awhile I post items on this blog about some of the things I have done and continue to do that I believe helps to keep me somewhat healthier than the norm and sane —- Let me back up there a minute and revisit “Sane.” —– There are people who would argue with me about the “Sane” thing.

I am a Veteran of two different branches of The U.S. Military (U.S. Army National Guard from 1957-60 and United States Air Force (Regular Air Force) from 1962-66.

Both discharges were honorable.

As a 19-year-old youth, I contracted a serious case of Hepatitis and was told by doctors that I would be debilitated all my life and would never be able to work or hold a job and since that fateful diagnosis, I have held several productive jobs, have been in business for myself and have managed to raise a healthy family.

I might be bragging a little bit here (and I might leave this old world in the next few minutes …. who can ever know about these things? — But for the time being I am here, I will be blogging away hoping to entertain and inform people and, if possible to be of some kind of encouragement and inspiration to some others.

If you are reading this right now, understand that I sincerely appreciate you no matter who you are and I appreciate you giving me a little of your precious time today. Thank you for visiting with me and please come often.