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  1. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13
    And I cannot believe that no one stopped. So sad.
    Yes it's really sad. And I must say I was surprised (we were all surprised!), people are usually so nice here.
    But they are scared of us (westerners) because they know we don't speak Chinese fluently. That might be the reason why the only one who stopped long after the accident was a young man who could speak English.

    Last year in May I had an accident when I was in France (that's the day I did hurt my left knee and the whole problem started) I lost balance in the street (was dizzy) and did hurt myself badly, people stopped their cars to help, even if my husband was there with the kids. One nurse parked her car and came check on my vitals. I mean I was in the country side and not the capital, I know that in bigger cities people are indifferent but still...

    I tried not to have forbidden food so I wouldn't have cravings, but here with the allergic reaction on top, I think my inflammation level is high and carbs don't help...that's why I felt guilty about the second slice ...

    It's complicated to have several "homes". Plus we also idealize the other place sometimes. Lots of mixed feelings!!
  2. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shirl
    It's a miracle she wasn't taken advantage of while passed out!
    Thanks Shirl!! she is doing better physically but for sure the trauma is there. I'm checking on her everyday as other friends do too, her husband is only coming back at the end of the week so it's better to show her we are all here for her.

    She was in the middle of a busy street, the miracle is that she was not hit by a car. Because of the violent rain (and flash flood) traffic became very bad and that was the reason for her accident, but on the ground when she couldn't move, cars and scooter were driving around her! no wonder she is having nightmares!

    I do believe that eating the wrong food and feeling guilty about eat is a form of stress which is actually making us crave more bad food and gain weight. For sure. I've been trying since the beginning of the process to have no "forbidden food" but I know I still have to have limits because it's too easy to eat carbs.

    For sure the past three weeks have been stressful. I've been to the hospital too often those past weeks....one of the kids has been sick too, a trip to the ER in the middle of the night showed that we have no idea what's wrong. We suspect some tropical disease (IRM showed an inflamed colon at 15!) or it could be a form of IBS like me, I hope not ...treatment didn't really work well.......

    Anyway...I can't wait to be in the plane going back home with the move finished!
    Indeed I will be sad, but at that stage relieved too..
  3. Christie13's Avatar
    How awful for your friend. Very traumatizing. And I cannot believe that no one stopped. So sad. At least she has a great friend like you to look in on her. I can tell you I eat cake. Not every day but I do sometimes. I just make sure it is in moderation and not frequently. There is a place in town called Nothing Bundt Cakes. They sell mini bundts. I will occasionally get them for the family. I will take me 4-5 days to eat mine, while the family will eat theirs in one day. I usually give bites to my husband. I do not do this all the time because I focus on protein and veggies. But...I do allow myself to indulge on occasion. I do not feel bad for it. Only time I feel bad about anything I eat is if I eat too much and it hurts physically! I am actually more home sick now as I am so close to my trip back home. So I get it.
  4. Shirl's Avatar
    Sandra, I hope your friend get to feeling better soon! It's a miracle she wasn't taken advantage of while passed out! I've witnessed plenty of accidents and while I have a policy of not stopping if I am alone I will call 911 to report. I would like to imagine that she wasn't easily visible and that's why no one came to assist her.

    Lately I have been reading and trying to understand the psychology of eating. I have read several studies that found that our brain releases chemicals when we eat. If we eat something with guilt it produces more cortisone hormone which impedes proper digestion of food and it can be counterproductive when one is trying to lose weight. The negative beliefs we put in certains foods really puts an unnecessary strain on our digestive and metabolic systems.

    A piece of cake or slice of pizza aren't the problem for most who don't have autoimmune deficiencies or gluton allergies like celiac. For most, it's eating pizza not once a week, but eating nutrition void foods several times on any given day.

    I am really working on not feeling deprived, but I know that eating certain foods are not going to help me stay diabetes free or keep my cholesterol checked.

    You are doing amazing!

    I wish I could be happy in one place without missing the other. Moving sure sucks! Hopefully you will find yourself settled in your new home.

    Hugs!
  5. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13
    That must be awful to always have that in the back of your mind that you could have an allergic reaction.
    Ha ha! my husband said we are never going back to Turkey! 15 years ago I got so sick after eating yogurt there, the doctor was thinking about sending me back to France with Europe assistance! But at the end after him panicking, I was able to take my regular flight the next day. Black and blue but walking..

    It is a pain, because growing up in the French West Indies I did catch a few tropical diseases (and my first round of dengue fever) that didn't help my messy metabolism for sure. But since we are in Asia and my risks are worth here (humidity, mold everywhere) I have to carry the adequate medication with me at all times. I must say so far I've been lucky, it's only my second issue in almost three years...I have been able to stop it each time before it turns into anaphylactic shock..

    But I never realized before that incident that antihistaminic medication could make me gain weight!
  6. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shirl
    I love Neufchatel! I use it instead of cream cheese, it has less fat. I wonder what could have triggered your allergic reaction.

    At end of August I will be enthralled in my graduate program at USC. Though Not bad of a drive from/to Phoenix if you will have time on a weekend.
    I had a great Neufchatel in France last month, I was fine! I'm guessing here that since it was just wrapped into paper with a little cardboard around it was not sealed closed and could have been fumigated at the arrival of the container. That's my only explanation...or the cheese had an issue with bacteria (that would not affect hubby..) but in doubt the kids were forbidden to touch it!

    Looking at my crazy calendar, Sunday 27 could be an option. Are you outside LA? PM me your town's name I will look into it. I just want to avoid LA, that's where we land usually but this time we don't stay long so I took a flight directly to Phoenix because I wanted to avoid extra driving.
  7. Christie13's Avatar
    OMG!!! That is terrible. Thank goodness you were able to stop the reaction before it got really bad. That must be awful to always have that in the back of your mind that you could have an allergic reaction. I am like your husband. Two years in Turkey in the early 80's has me able to eat anything. Was actually on a trip at school once were everyone got food poisoning from the hotel the day we left. The only ones who did not get sick were myself, my mom, and another friend who I actually had met when we were little and lived in Turkey. I do not call that a coincidence. Everyone else was sick as a dog for about 3 or 4 days. We were absolutely symptom free.
  8. Shirl's Avatar
    I love Neufchatel! I use it instead of cream cheese, it has less fat. I wonder what could have triggered your allergic reaction.

    At end of August I will be enthralled in my graduate program at USC. Though Not bad of a drive from/to Phoenix if you will have time on a weekend.
  9. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shirl
    Oh Sandra! So sorry to hear/read about allergic reaction! What type of cheese was it?

    Now that summer is here I went to get a case of my favorite Isopure Black-tea with lemon protein drink , and they didn't have and they didn't know when they would get a shipment. So I bought the green tea Protein drink and my tongue felt funny afterwards. But not sure if it was that or seaweed salad I ate with salmon.

    I hope you get to feeling better, and like you said it is medical related gain.

    I have been meaning to ask, where about are you going to be in the States in August?
    It was a Neufchatel (heart form, looks a little like brie) good quality, even had an AOC (controlled appellation). My husband (who could eat from the floor and not get sick after growing up a few years in India) had the cheese himself and he is fine! so weird!
    I'm better but I was swollen for 48 h..

    I will be mostly in Phoenix. It's a short stay for the kid's exams? Where are you going to be at the end of August?
  10. Shirl's Avatar
    Oh Sandra! So sorry to hear/read about allergic reaction! What type of cheese was it?

    Now that summer is here I went to get a case of my favorite Isopure Black-tea with lemon protein drink , and they didn't have and they didn't know when they would get a shipment. So I bought the green tea Protein drink and my tongue felt funny afterwards. But not sure if it was that or seaweed salad I ate with salmon.

    I hope you get to feeling better, and like you said it is medical related gain.

    I have been meaning to ask, where about are you going to be in the States in August?
  11. Christie13's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra3
    It was actually a mix of work and vacay but overall a good stay.
    Don't worry I'm going to be back more often in here for the next two months, then probably off part of August and back in September.
    This move is my worth...ever...I have to move our small house into the bigger one in France, then here we have part of our belongings in storage and all together it's a 40ft container, 400 boxes to deal with. Just thinking about it gives me headaches.
    But congrats for all your success you are doing amazing! I'm happy for you!
    I shipped 9.5 crates from the Netherlands. They filled my friends garage and my hubbys garage. My hubby had a fully furnished house. I just finished going through everything a few weeks ago. It took 2 years and 8 months. It was exhausting. Especially because Texas gets so hot and it was labor intensive. I can tell you I did a lot more when the weight came off.
  12. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13
    Glad to hear you had a great vacation with great eating and getting your bloodwork a better. I know that once you are back in France you will have so issues getting all your nutrients. And yay for your ligaments feeling better. I am glad you are back. I always miss you when you go!! You are one of the people I count on. Hope your move goes smoothly. I know how much of a pain in the butt that is. Been through many moves myself. Big hugs and glad you are back!!!
    It was actually a mix of work and vacay but overall a good stay.
    Don't worry I'm going to be back more often in here for the next two months, then probably off part of August and back in September.
    This move is my worth...ever...I have to move our small house into the bigger one in France, then here we have part of our belongings in storage and all together it's a 40ft container, 400 boxes to deal with. Just thinking about it gives me headaches.
    But congrats for all your success you are doing amazing! I'm happy for you!
  13. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shirl
    ✨Miss you!✨

    Totally agree that the best source of essential vitamins and minerals should come from the food we eat! And I am there with you with slow weight loss, any ounce I lose puts me closer to my goal. However, I am done with the weighing for right now. My waistline is at 34.5" which is freaking amazing! Now my goal is a 27-30 inch waist lol!

    Still hoping and praying our paths will cross in Paris!
    Thank you Shirley! miss you to!
    For Paris it seems so far we are going back in August..:-(
    But congrats on your waistline!
  14. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa2
    Glad to hear things are going well. Hope your move goes smoothly.
    Thanks Theresa!
  15. Christie13's Avatar
    Glad to hear you had a great vacation with great eating and getting your bloodwork a better. I know that once you are back in France you will have so issues getting all your nutrients. And yay for your ligaments feeling better. I am glad you are back. I always miss you when you go!! You are one of the people I count on. Hope your move goes smoothly. I know how much of a pain in the butt that is. Been through many moves myself. Big hugs and glad you are back!!!
  16. Shirl's Avatar
    ✨Miss you!✨

    Totally agree that the best source of essential vitamins and minerals should come from the food we eat! And I am there with you with slow weight loss, any ounce I lose puts me closer to my goal. However, I am done with the weighing for right now. My waistline is at 34.5" which is freaking amazing! Now my goal is a 27-30 inch waist lol!

    Still hoping and praying our paths will cross in Paris!
  17. Theresa2's Avatar
    Glad to hear things are going well. Hope your move goes smoothly.
  18. Shirl's Avatar
    OHMGoodness your reply to Christie just gave me flashbacks to new Bill Nye (The Science Guy! from my teens in the 80's lol! I had such a crush on him!) show on Netflix. Anywhoo, if you are a fan totally watch it, if not, don't because he will just piss you off with his rants on global warming effects!

    Christie... Talking about Global Warming did you see the massive iceberg floating by Greenland or was it Newfoundland or Iceland? Didn't you live in one those NH islands?

    Sandra, glad that you are feeling better... progress not perfection I always remind myself.

    I can't wait to be in France! It is a bummer I may not get to meet you! But do let me know if you are coming to Southern California or Texas in the future.

    Hugs!
  19. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13
    I am still super impressed you have managed to lose so much with the limitations on getting what you need there. I am sure that once you get back to France you are going to see so much difference.
    In the past 15 months I've been away almost ...5 months, so my limitations was only during 2/3 of the time: ten months. That's probably why I did manage. But as my nut say all the time "you're my best patient" because I went to all follow up, take my supplements religiously, I'm really trying hard. I mean I know that I was obese with a balanced nutrition, I know that if I had been living on junk food or eating crazy high calories, I could have been one of those poor fellows on the 600 pounds show. that's probably why I was so worried one month ago when I saw my scale not moving and actually saying "one more pound!" on and off. But it feels better to see that with a little work out each day and eating more and better food in Australia the result is there.
    I came back to see that the ban (bird flu) is gone so eggs and chicken are back in stores, that's great news. The veggie market has also more fresh vegetables I can eat because it's in season, I found lettuce and egg plants again on Sunday. I think the next four months will be less complicated compare to the past winter months. Crossing my finger we won't get that many typhoons like last year..or the veggie market will be closed for weeks again. Plus next month I will be ten days in France, I know my friends did plan a few dinner parties already, can't wait!
  20. Christie13's Avatar
    I am still super impressed you have managed to lose so much with the limitations on getting what you need there. I am sure that once you get back to France you are going to see so much difference.
  21. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13
    Sounds like you had a great trip and also got some much needed nutrition while there. I am glad you are feeling better with your tendonitis. Glad you were able to stock up on some supplements. Happy that you are going back to France versus somewhere that is unsafe for the kiddos. I really wish I could live back home in Italy but having step kids who are here in San Antonio we could not do that. So happy for you Sandra!
    Thanks Christie! may be you will be able to be back in Italy when the step kids are older? that could be a good compromise and they could come to visit? my husband is from the South of France but at some point my job took me back to Paris and he decided to follow me and changed carrier so we could work overseas together. We agreed that for retirement (in more than 20 years but it coming faster than we think) we will move back in the South at least six months per year...I mean the weather is nicer over there and after moving so much I won't mind crossing the country a few times per year if that's what he still wants. May be you could plan something like that too?
  22. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JLPSch
    Sounds like a great trip! What a busy life you have! Now that I'm eating more meat I find I have more energy, too. The nutritionist I went to even had a chart that shows why getting iron from meat as opposed to vegetables and supplements is better.
    We really enjoyed the trip, last vacation before a long time I guess.
    We've been living overseas for almost 15 years. It was a carrier choice and we were lucky to be able to follow our dreams and do love it. But I don't know if I'm getting older or just tired but moving all the time, having friends all over the world is starting to get old.
    There's lot's of perks to be an expatriate but I always miss someone and that's the hard part. Those past three years in Asia have been a challenge on so many levels (not fluent in Chinese being the main one I guess) but at the same time we also met new friends and had a blast so the conclusion is still positive even if I have mixed feelings.
    Coming back home will be for sure an other culture shock after so many years, especially for the kids.
    About the nutrition, I agree with your nutritionist. Each time I'm in a country where I can eat more protein I see the difference almost immediately. I guess I just have to be patient a few more months now.
  23. Christie13's Avatar
    Sounds like you had a great trip and also got some much needed nutrition while there. I am glad you are feeling better with your tendonitis. Glad you were able to stock up on some supplements. Happy that you are going back to France versus somewhere that is unsafe for the kiddos. I really wish I could live back home in Italy but having step kids who are here in San Antonio we could not do that. So happy for you Sandra!
  24. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shirl
    Your trip sounded lovely!

    So you are heading back to France! Yay! OhMGoodness! Hopefully you will be settled by my trip to Paris at end of July and we can meet!!! (Crossing fingers and toes!)

    I'm glad you are feeling better leg wise, and drink a bit of celery juice that should help with water retention.

    Hugs!
    Trip was really great, the best part was for sure spending time we our friends, I really missed them a lot!

    For our return so far it seems that unfortunately we can't leave before mid August . I will be in Paris next months for a few days of appointments but I will keep you posted when I have my dates "for sure". It can still change...also I will be in the US at the end of August for a few days...so let's wait and see!

    My knees are really better. But I didn't wear compression socks for the flight (nothing available in my size) which is the main reason why the water retention is so bad and the flight was longer than usual.
    No celery available at the market plus I think my juicer is in storage (or lost) but I'm trying to drink some diuretic herbal tea and take a few "helpers" supplements to help, hopefully I should be ok in a few days. But Summer is also starting now and humidity and heat are high. Huge contrast with the cooler Australian Fall...
  25. JLPSch's Avatar
    Sounds like a great trip! What a busy life you have! Now that I'm eating more meat I find I have more energy, too. The nutritionist I went to even had a chart that shows why getting iron from meat as opposed to vegetables and supplements is better.
  26. Shirl's Avatar
    Your trip sounded lovely!

    So you are heading back to France! Yay! OhMGoodness! Hopefully you will be settled by my trip to Paris at end of July and we can meet!!! (Crossing fingers and toes!)

    I'm glad you are feeling better leg wise, and drink a bit of celery juice that should help with water retention.

    Hugs!
  27. Sandra3's Avatar
    It's been a stinking month so far (on so many levels!)...can only be better at that point
  28. Shirl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra3
    ...Regarding what Muted said, it's actually interesting because I just did my waist-to-hips ratio and my result is under 0.80 and that gives me a health risk very low. 14 months ago I was high..
    ^^^SEE^^^

    That is something to celebrate and be überly thankful about! yes?

    I totally understand, I have better days and stinking thinking days too.
  29. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by blackjac24
    I was introduced to a natural pain reliever over a year ago that I use on all my aches and pains. Its a topical and it starts to help in less than 90 seconds. Its great because you just rub it on, no heavy smell, it doesn't just mask the pain, it reduces inflammation. I put it on my stomach when its upset from something I ate and with in seconds the cramps are gone. If you want the information on it just let me know.
    Yes please let us know the details. That could help a few of us, others deal with chronic pain too. Many thanks!
  30. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13
    Fingers crossed that your next move is going to put you somewhere that you will have access to better foods nutritionally. I hate that your are having so many deficiencies. And I whole heartedly believe that stress can seriously wreak havoc on our bodies. Hugs.
    Thanks Christie!
    Stress is for sure an issue here. And I can tell because my reflux got worth those past days. Hopefully things will settle soon. The deficiencies are for sure an issue but so far I don't know how to deal with it on the long run. If we go back to France and my nutrition is better that might help a lot. Wait and see!! Hugs!
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