My friend Debi sent me a link this morning that calculates how long a person will live. Now, I’ve taken these tests before. Social Security site has one I think. So does my insurance company. Perhaps you have taken the test yourself. If not, I will add it at the end of this post.
Fruits and vegetables from a farmers market. circa 2007, USA, California, Long Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Even at my current weight, the gizmo predicts I will live to age 93 based on habits such as buckling my seatbelt, not smoking and drinking little. I was amazed to see that adding 5 fruits and vegetables to my daily intake makes such a difference in life expectancy. I don’t know what difference weight loss could make. I’ll test that later.
I want to lose weight so that if and when I am hospitalized the medical staff can help me. I watched the nurses lift and roll David when he had his hip replaced, and I thought, goodness, they would have a hard time with me should I ever undergo that surgery.
When I had a stroke, it took 4 stong guys to carry me down the stairs from my office to the waiting ambulance. My boss was one of them and he complained the whole way….”it’s heavy” “it’s heavy.” I didn’t like being the “it” he referred to. Maybe he thought I was unconscious. Maybe he was unconscious.
Fruits and vegetables are the difficult part of diet for me. I dislike many vegetables and like few fruits. I believe I have tried almost every fruit and vegetable on the planet at one time or another. The vegetable soup I made last week was an attempt to prepare veggies I could eat. My Doc asked me if I put tomatoes in my vegetable soup, I told him no. I don’t like tomatoes in any form but right off the vine or in Tex-mex chili. The only time I can find ripe tomatoes is in summer. Those midwinter offerings at the grocery store are awful. Years ago, I grew my own tomatoes, canned them and used what I canned all winter.
Presently, I am working on developing a taste for green peppers which now come in shades of yellow and red. I think my antipathy is owing to my mom preparing so many dishes using green peppers. We tried them in shiskabob last week and they were pretty good..half crunchy, half-cooked.
That reminds me, I need to make a trip to the farmer’s market today. See you later. Here’s the link:
Update from the farmer’s market: