Just Starting Out. Any advice?

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    Jan 15, 2008 2:22 AM GMT
    I'm 19, and really overweight. I've decided that it's time for me to lose some weight. Well. A LOT of weight. Right now, I measure 6'0'', and wieigh 240 lbs. I have a gym at my school, and I was looking for some advice on where to start. Any advice?

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    Jan 15, 2008 2:42 AM GMT
    To tell about my nutrition/diet that my PT has recommended

    First, I only eat organic foods. The reasons are that commercially produced foods that you find in the supermarket have either had all the nutrition processed out of them or have been "poisoned."

    The fruits and veggies are laced with insecticides. The meats are even worse with growth hormones and antibiotics. And we wonder why kids are becoming sexually active sooner with growth hormones being fed to them. And cancers are occuring at exponentially greater rates.

    I juice a lot. At first, I juiced fruits and veggies. I could make a decent tasting veggie drink of broccoli, carrots, celery, cabbage, and apples. That really got me started and picked me up. This is the juicer I got: Omega Model 8003 http://www.harvestessentials.com/ommo80sigeju.html

    The idea behind juicing is that you can take in a lot more nutrition than you can trying to eat all the veggies and fruits whole. Also, you save the body the work of digesting all that whole food. Instead the body can just absorb all the nutrition easily from the juice.

    Here is a great site to learn about the nutritional and health benefits of various foods: The World's Healthiest Foods http://www.whfoods.com

    The list of foods: http://whfoods.com/foodstoc.php

    Recipes: http://whfoods.org/recipestoc.php#recipes Scroll up to the top of the page. For some strange reason it comes in at the middle of the page.

    Essential nutrients: http://whfoods.org/nutrientstoc.php

    Now I have settled into a routine of juicing organic oranges with pineapple in the morning. I either juice a fresh pineapple with the oranges or use Lakewood Juice. It is a fresh pressed juice with a lot of nutrients retained. http://www.lakewoodjuices.com/

    For breakfast, I boil eggs. For lunch, I like the organic hot dogs: chicken or beef. Often breakfast and lunch are combined into brunch.

    In the evening, I juice organic apples with cranberries. Again, if I can get fresh cranberries, I use the Lakewood Pure Cranberry juice.

    At dinner, I make a large "green" salad, using organic romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, and red cabbage. I add tuna or salmon or chicken or cheese to the salad for protein and other nutrients.

    Or I have a smaller version of the salad with roast chicken or hamburger or a ham steak...all organic, of course.

    A cheese I really love is the sharp cheddar made with raw milk by Organic Valley cooperative. http://organicvalley.coop/

    I also eat their eggs for breakfast. They are high in vitamin E.

    To lose weight, my PT has told me to limit grains in my diet. But if you want a great bread that is really nutritious, try Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted bread. It has a firm texture. It is great for toast. http://www.foodforlife.com/index.html?id=44

    But I dont recommend Ezekiel cereal. Talk about a box of twigs and bark! I wasnt sure I would still have teeth by the end of the first bowl. Well, you can soften it with warm milk, I guess.

    I drink tea and coffee. Red Rose Tea and Tasters Choice coffee. Probably they arent organic. Tough, I like 'em. Or sometimes, if I have time, I grind organic coffee beans in the juicer and use them.

    There is a natural sweetener called Stevia. You can try that. I dont care for sweeteners other than sugar. Again, tough!

    I still enjoy chocolate pudding for dessert often. All organic:
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/3 cup cocoa powder
    2 tbls corn starch
    1 egg yolk
    1 capful of vanilla
    2 cups of fat free milk

    Mix the sugar, cocoa, and corn starch in a bowl. Slowly add the milk at first and mix til the dry ingredients are all moist (this prevents dry clumps floating around if you add the milk all at once). Add vanilla and egg yolk. Mix with a wisk.

    I cook my pudding in the microwave so it wont burn on the bottom. In my microwave oven, I cook for 5 minutes, then take it out and stir it with a wisk. Then microwave it for another 2 minutes. Take it out, stir with the wisk. I like to eat my pudding hot.