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  1. Okay, I see what you're saying. Sure! But the things which increase lifespan are usually the same things that increase "healthspan", so by doing things that will increase my odds of making it to 92, I'm also increasing the chances that it will be quality time. Daily exercise improves quality of life as we age, I'm sure we're all in agreement about that. It improves mobility, decreases fracture risk, decreases risk of debilitating diseases, decreases depression and anxiety, and so on. Same with diet. A diet that decreases my chances of developing diabetes, for example, doesn't just mean reduced odds of dying from a diabetic stroke (which is how my grandmother died) but it also means reduced odds of amputation, blindness, kidney failure, and a lot of other things that would make life much harder and less pleasant (including one of my personal big fears: a stroke that doesn't kill but leaves you debilitated). I don't even strive for 100% compliance to my "ideal diet" though! Like you, I leave room for indulgence, and when I do it, I enjoy it completely guilt-free. If I were battling a particular disease which could be treated through diet, I probably would demand better compliance of myself. I do avoid migraine trigger foods pretty religiously because if I don't, I get punished with a migraine! But other than that, I try to do the best I can 95% of the time, and I don't worry about the other 5%
  2. Sorry, I forgot about the rest of your post! I agree, given the options available, a heart attack is not a bad way to go. But I'd much rather have that heart attack at 92 than at 62. So I eat the way I do first and foremost to try to improve my quality of life, but also to try to change when I die.
  3. Did I really sound like that's what I was getting at? Okay, let me try this again, because apparently I was very unclear. I avoid certain parts of my city (especially in the evening or at night) because I know I'm at greater risk for violent crime there. I avoid certain foods because I know they put me at greater risk for heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. If I were being attacked, I would call 911. If I were having a heart attack, I would also call 911. But what I was commenting on was the fact that the fear is disproportional to the risk. Both in myself and in society in general, it seems to me there is a great fear of things like murder, terrorism, and plane crashes, enough fear to generate action on a society level, while the attitude about the "diseases of Western civilization", the things that are actually FAR more likely to kill us, is "Oh well, we're all going to die eventually! What can you do?" The rare causes of death frighten us, but the mundane ones bore us. I think that's a little odd. Am I the only one?
  4. I was thinking it was interesting from a fear and perception standpoint. I have a lot more fear of murder than I do of heart disease, but I'm actually far more likely to die of heart disease. It's just an interesting example, I think, of how I'm not very good at risk assessment.
  5. Good point. I live in a high crime city (by which I mean that violent crimes occur at a rate of 2 - 2.5 times the national average, depending on which crime you look at). Your post made me curious, so I looked up some stats. Per 100,000 people here per year: 10.9 were murdered and 148.3 died of heart disease. By way of comparison, out of 100,000 people nationally: 5.3 people were murdered and 192.7 died of heart disease. So compared to the nation, my area has much higher rate of murder, and lower than average rates of heart disease. And yet, even so, we're still 13.6 times more likely to die of heart disease. Nationwide, you're 36.4 times more likely to die of a heart attack than to be murdered.
  6. I was listening to one of Fr. Josiah Trenham's podcasts several years ago in which he was saying, quite adamantly, that it is so much worse when a wife yells at her husband than when a husband yells at his wife. I was rather upset by it, because (aside from the obvious double standard) I thought it showed a total failure to understand or express any concern for domestic violence. I don't know much else about him, because I stopped listening to him after that.
  7. I made a short list of names that I liked. DH picked his favorite. Probably an unusual system, but it worked! He didn't choose the one that I wanted the most, but his instincts were right (or maybe it was just pure luck) because the name he chose suits her much better than the one that was originally my favorite, and so now of course it's my favorite. :D And best of all, she likes her name, which makes me very happy. I have never liked my name, and I didn't want her to feel that way.
  8. I’m sorry, 8circles. I hope everything will work out okay.
  9. It sounds wonderful!!! Now if you tell me that your community is also safe and affordable, be prepared to have me as your new neighbor! :lol:
  10. Oh, yeah, I totally get that! Like I mentioned, that’s exactly why we bought in the suburbs, because our city is unsafe. But even for people who commute into the city but live in the suburbs, the suburbs *could* be designed to be more walkable for the other things we need to do. ETA: and most cities are safer than ours, so I don’t think safety is always the deciding factor.
  11. Yes, I did wonder about districts which have kids that aren't getting enough food at home. That would definitely change the needs. (And that is probably a great many districts!) But I (middle class and never went hungry) never felt deprived by not being able to eat outside of lunch time at school. I was hungry by lunch time, but other than that, I really didn't think about food while I was at school. It does seem to me that our culture has gotten a lot more "snacky" now than when I was a kid. Some people seem to think that kids can't survive two hours without food (not saying you think that! just musing here). I grew up on "three squares a day" and a small snack before bed since my family ate dinner quite early. But we didn't snack during the day, whether at school (because it wasn't available or allowed) or at home (because mom believed "it will ruin your dinner!"). Oh, wait, I do remember my half-day kindergarten class had snack time! We left school for the day before lunch was served, but the moms all took turns providing a mid-morning snack. First grade and beyond, though, lunch was the only time we ate. Yeah, that's a lot more choices than we had, too!
  12. Agreed! The lack of thought that has gone into building and planning many American communities is really astonishing to me.
  13. Completely the fault of suburban sprawl. People will walk their dogs around the neighborhood for a mile or two because it's good exercise for them and their dogs. People won't walk the 15 miles to and from their jobs because that would take all day. For some people in my city, it is 5 miles to the nearest grocery store. That is much too far to walk for groceries. And it is entirely because of poor city planning and car culture.
  14. Well, that's an . . . interesting attempt at a salad. :lol:
  15. Creekland, as someone who works at a school and who is also interested in the Blue Zones, I think you might really like that podcast I mentioned upthread. Dan Buettner mentioned in it that there are some things schools can do which don't cost them a dime, and yet which really do impact the obesity rate of their students. Two examples that I remember were banning food and beverages from classrooms and hallways (so that the students are only eating at designated meal times rather than snacking and sipping sodas all day long) and putting the healthiest food choices like veggies first in the cafeteria line. Little things that can actually make a real difference. Snacks and beverages were banned from the classrooms and hallways when I was a kid, so I didn't even realize how much of an issue this had become. But I must admit the cafeteria veggies were not particularly appealing. They were just reheated canned veggies. Not the kind of thing that gets kids excited about eating healthier! But probably the best they could do on their budget, so I'm not blaming them at all. What are the food rules and cafeteria foods like at your school?
  16. I've told my husband that my dream house is within easy walking distance of three things: a park, a library, and a grocery store with good produce. (Throw in a tea house and a vegetarian restaurant, and I'd be in absolute heaven! :D ) We did not use those criteria to choose our current location. We chose safety (high-crime city, so that was important) and good school district, which we ended up not using! If I had it to do over again, I would make a very different choice.
  17. I think maybe I misunderstood what you were getting at when you were talking about the greater distances in the US versus Europe. I thought you were referring to distances between cities (cities are much more spread out from one another in the US than in Europe). What I'm trying to say is that even within cities in the US, people are forced into driving because the cities were not planned with pedestrians, cyclists, or public transportation in mind. They were planned with the car in mind, and the result is that people are practically forced into using cars. 25km is a typical commute in the US - 15 miles and 26 minutes each way is the average. That isn't a commute being made by thousands of people, that's a commute being made by millions of people. And that's because cities are so spread out. I too live in a place where I see people walking their dogs, but not walking to work or walking to the grocery store. That's because I live in suburban sprawl. The community was built around the car, and so the car becomes necessary for functioning in the community. It didn't have to be this way. We chose this. Personally, I think it was a lousy choice.
  18. Well, there's a lot of nutrition in nuts, so I think it's pretty natural for us to crave them. But there's also a considerable amount of fat and calories on a per ounce basis. Are you saying you can't go without eating a handful of almonds a day? I say, enjoy! If you're saying you eat handfuls of almonds all throughout the day, that might be a problem...?
  19. But people aren't covering vast geographical distances in their day to day lives (for the most part). They're generally just getting from their home to their job in the same city or community. And the fact is that cities in the US have not prioritized public transportation, walkability, or bike-ability, and have emphasized cars. Dan Buettner's research shows that the number one factor predicting happiness in a community (and happiness tracks well with healthiness) is how walkable and bike-able that community is. Not only does the walking and biking itself directly contribute to health and happiness (and lower obesity rates), but the dangers and stresses associated with driving through traffic take a toll as well, whether we're conscious of it or not.
  20. Soror, I hope to have time to read the entire thread and respond more later, but I'm on my way out for awhile. So I wanted to mention this podcast that you might enjoy: Also here: Dan Buettner is the "Blue Zones" guy, and he consults with municipalities to help them implement a plan of action to make their population healthier and happier. His work has measurably impacted the obesity rate and health of the cities he's worked with. And he's tackling society-level solutions rather than just individual-level solutions, so it's very interesting and promising stuff!
  21. :grouphug: for you and everyone on these boards suffering with a chronic condition.
  22. Well, first, I should explain that I’m not trying to convince anyone to cut out olive oil. The question was asked why would one want to, and I attempted an answer. That’s all. I haven’t cut it out myself, but I can understand why some choose to. Especially those who have heart disease or who are at high risk for it. I am finding that the things I do to try to extend my life are improving my quality of life as well. Personally I think it’s far more absurd that the leading causes of death in this country are dietary. And not in a way that we can’t control, like not having access to healthy foods. But because we have unlimited access to unhealthy foods and we eat them abundantly. But, even so, I don’t try to tell other people how to eat. I really enjoy discussing nutrition with others who are interested in it, though.
  23. Right, but I guess the question is whether it’s a healthy diet because of the olive oil, or in spite of the olive oil. I think it’s healthier than cream, butter, lard, tallow, etc. Just not sure how healthy it is.
  24. Well, I did find a little info. The Moscow Patriarchate's Commission "On the questions of the family, protection of motherhood and of children" did officially oppose the earlier law which had criminalized "family violence". Please note, I know absolutely nothing about either one of these sources, so I make no claims as to their reliability. I'm eager for other, better information if anyone has it.
  25. Yeah, I got the impression that guy was just some random extremist. But there were some clips earlier in the film with priests, one of whom was basically saying that opposition to domestic violence was an evil influence from the West. When I first read (about a year ago) that this decriminalization had happened, I must have read at least a dozen different articles about it. They all (or the vast majority at least) said that the church had supported the law, but none of them explained exactly what was meant by that. Some/many people in the church supported it? The church officially supported it? I would really like to know but I haven't been able to figure that out.
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