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  1. Oh, Lisa, I am so very sorry. :grouphug:
  2. My therapist recommends Jon Kabat-Zinn, both his books and his guided meditation apps.
  3. Done! Thank you all for expressing interest. It wasn't really my intention to spearhead the operation, since we have far more experienced vegans/vegetarians here than me. So if anyone else wants to take over the group, that's fine by me! But I went ahead and got it started: I can send an invitation to anyone who wants one.
  4. Yes, I agree with your point! I don't see why they couldn't just have the kids email friends and family themselves rather than handing over a list.
  5. I'd be happy to start one. Got any ideas for a good name for it?
  6. Yes, I'm not a big fan of these types of fundraisers either, and I don't give money for sports. Sports, in my experience, get quite enough in the way of funding, support, and general adoration as it is. I'd rather give to the less popular programs. Or the basic classroom necessities!
  7. If so, could somebody kindly point me to it? (can't find it!) If not, would anyone else be interested in one? Or is there an online vegan/vegetarian forum elsewhere that you enjoy and would recommend? Thanks!
  8. Personally I would much rather that someone I don't know/trust have my email address than my phone number or street address (and I'm assuming that fundraising means they'd need at least one of those three, but I suppose that depends on the type of fundraiser). Blocking an email sender that I don't want to receive further emails from takes like 5 seconds (I don't unsubscribe, that takes longer. I just block the sender). Reporting an email as spam takes three clicks. It's just not a big deal to me. When scouts come to my door selling cookies/popcorn, they already know where I live, but they ask me to fill out the form with my name, street address, and phone number. It doesn't strike me as particularly invasive, because I know they want to be able to find me again when the order arrives. But really, that information is a lot more personal/invasive/private/whatever than an email address. I certainly agree that people need to use BCC more often!
  9. Awesome, sounds like a good plan! Now to come up with that million.....
  10. Okay, apparently I'm alone here, but I'm going to admit that I really don't understand. Email is pretty much the least intrusive way I can think of to contact someone. Email is great because I can check it at my convenience, instead of having to drop what I'm doing to answer the phone or, worst of all, the doorbell. When I was a kid, we did our fundraisers in person, so that meant going to people's houses. Honestly, I would MUCH rather you shoot me an email than show up at my door. That way, as I said, I can read it when it's convenient for me. And, also, it's easier to say no by email (just hit delete and move on - no big deal!) than face to face, so there's less concern that you're pressuring people to do something they don't really want to do. Seems like a win-win to me.
  11. Wow, could you really do all of that for a million?
  12. What do you guys think is the ideal location to wear a fitness tracker? I currently have one on a wrist band, and since I usually forget to move it before I bike or use the stepmill (hands gripping the rail) it doesn't count all of that activity! Before this, I had one on a magnetic clip that could be worn anywhere, and I really liked that. But apparently the magnetic clip was not as secure as I assumed, because it fell off somewhere unknown to me and I lost it. I think the obvious short-term solution is that I have to start remembering to move it when I'm doing an activity that moves my legs but not my arms. OR, this particular model can also be used with a necklace or lariat instead of a wrist band, so maybe I should get one of those. But in the long-term, is there a better one to purchase?
  13. Laurie, this is fantastic. Thank you so much for going to all that trouble for me (us)! I am looking forward to reading all of these.
  14. I'm a newbie vegan, but my understanding is that there is nothing wrong with cyanocobalamin. That's what I used to correct a B-12 deficiency (incidentally, diagnosed before I became vegan, when I was eating tons of animal foods!) and it brought my serum B12 levels up and made my symptoms disappear very quickly. I do think that B-12 supplementation is extremely important. The consequences of a deficiency can be so severe that it just isn't worth the risk. The question of cyanocobalamin versus methylcobalamin is a distant second in importance, IMHO. Dr. Gregor (he's my vegan guru! :D ) has some information about B 12 that you might find helpful:
  15. Yes, the claim surprised me, so I wondered if anyone had any more information about it (or information to the contrary). I think the overall point he was getting at is that formal exercise can only do so much to make up for being sedentary all day, and that we have to make a conscious effort to be active and moving throughout the day. And I think that's a great point! But I would still be surprised if someone who walks 10,000 steps but never gets their heart rate up into the aerobic zone is healthier than someone who sits more but does a few hours of cardio a week. But if you're talking about someone who walks *briskly* and does get their heart rate up, then maybe the dynamic changes? I don't know, but I would like to.
  16. I appreciate all of the suggestions, ideas, and explanations of how you get it done. Thanks, everyone!
  17. I appreciate all of your suggestions, but these two brought a smile to my face because they reminded me of my grandmother. She loved to sit on the floor, and one of my fondest memories of her is how she would bring a pile of coloring books and a box of crayons and sit on the floor with my daughter, who was just a toddler at the time, and color with her for as long as my daughter wanted to. She had other health problems, unfortunately, but she was quite limber for her age! I think (outside of yoga or meditation classes) she's the only person I've ever known over the age of 10 who would routinely sit on the floor! I'm going to try to emulate her more. We have hard floors, no carpeting, in our house, and we don't even keep rugs because if one of our dogs has an accident, they inevitably go for the rug! But I'm sure I can figure out something. Anyway, I wanted to thank you!
  18. My personal favorite is to press some extra firm tofu (I like the texture better once it’s been pressed, but that’s just a personal preference, not a necessity), then cut it into chunks, sauté it, and add to a curry. Hornblower’s tofu scramble recipe is also delicious!
  19. My whole family really loved this recipe (even though two out of three are omnivores):
  20. Here's a terrible confession that I need to make: we have three dogs, and I don't walk them regularly. Only sporadically. Two of the three have health conditions which limit their ability to walk, but they can still do short walks. So even a short walk for each dog (I have to walk them separately, they are far too crazy and excited when you try to walk them together) would still add up to quite a few steps! So I think I'll start with that. Maybe I can walk the healthy dog every day, and alternate days with the other two, or something like that. This time of year it would be easy to spread the walks out over the entire day. But the summers here are long and brutal, so for much of the year, I will be limited to the early morning or late evening. But maybe if I establish the habit now, it will be easier to keep it when it turns hot.
  21. Yes, that's exactly what I'm contemplating. I tend to do my designated hour of exercise and then forget about it. I think I need to incorporate more activity into the rest of my day as well.
  22. Ah, so like the article that Kinsa posted, it's more about the intensity than the distance covered? Thank you!
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