Day 352/365 SP My medicine for health

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And God said, behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth... Genesis 1:29


I am fortunate that I don't have to take medicine but my husband and I eat a very healthy breakfast...Every morning we eat oatmeal ...I first boil a handful of dried cranberry fruit bits in 2 cups of water until softened and then mix 1 cup of oatmeal in the boiling water and cook this until it is done...Stirring as it is cooking. Lastly I sprinkle two tablespoon of golden ground flax seed per serving over the cooked oatmeal...We use soy milk to pour over the cereal..

I don't drink alcohol nor do I smoke and I try to eat low fat foods as much as I can. 23 years ago when I was 43, I learned I had high cholesterol and rather than take medicine for it, it was my choice to go on a low fat diet and was successful in losing 100 points of cholesterol from 267 high risk to a healthy 167, just by watching what I ate...I allowed myself 19 grams of fat a day and no more than 1200 calories...It was not easy and I did not cheat on this diet. We eat lots of fruits and vegetables and very little meat. I do realize the necessity of medicine in situations where one's life depends on taking it...but a healthy diet does not hurt and may even help one live longer.

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  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (22 Jan 2010):

    Great idea and sp, Andrea. Maybe I should follow you.


    JOE FAILK gave props (22 Jan 2010):

    Perfect for the theme! Great shot! You have a great diet!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (23 Jan 2010):

    Andrea, what a lovely entry for this theme.

  • Nabeel Alam

    Nabeel Alam gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    Great entry, good old fashioned health foods!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    I couldn't agree more! Good for you for taking charge of your own health (and saving a fortune at the doctor by dong so!!). Wonderful SP!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    Very good take on theme. Couldn't agree more. dp

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    You should be a huge inspiration to all of us! I am lacking in will power!

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    Wonderful SP, and wonderful diet! It sure beats taking pills. Good for you!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    This is a wonderful SP and you have a wonderful attitude!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    so excellent! Love this

  • Heaven Man

    Heaven Man gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    I like your story!:):)

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    I'm like you, Andrea! I like to use my foods as a source of nutrients and have stopped taking a daily supplement. I make my own granola, etc.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    This is wonderful how you can avoid taking medicines by eating healthy! Some of the prescriptions have such bad side effects!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    You should be an inspiration like Karen said!! An excellent entry and shot Andrea!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 Jan 2010):

    Getting close to the end...One of many wonderful 365s.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (24 Jan 2010):

    Excellent Entry!!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (24 Jan 2010):

    Wonderful entry, Andrea. We eat very similar meals to the ones you describe. I use no salt either, but herbs and spices. Much can be done, as you are a perfect example, by eating healthy foods. Fastastic entry!!!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (24 Jan 2010):

    A plant-based diet is indeed the best for your health!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (25 Jan 2010):

    Wow... perfect for this theme indeed!!! Great shot!!!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (26 Jan 2010):

    Oatmeal is awesome and so are you! I had had to quit oats this winter as it was just not practical on my trip. I hope the mexican beer has enough whole grins in it ;)

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (29 Jan 2010):

    Great advice, Andrea! This helps even in the case of genetic tendencies. Great SP!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (1 Feb 2010):

    Makes such good common sense Andrea.....thank you for the reminder. Excellent entry ~ ! :)

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