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  • #16
    I read somewhere that you can do/eat as you wish when you are in your teens, twenties or even thirties but when you
    hit your forties it all starts to show up. High blood pressure, pre-diabetes, cholesterol issues, weight gain, joint problems etc...
    Now that I am in my forties and have friends in their forties I see this all around me and in myself. I have a tendency to
    have neck and shoulder issues that I attribute to all those years of effortlessly carrying children on my back in a backpack.
    At the time it didn't bother me at all, I was in shape it wasn't anything to hoist a kid up and carry them around. Now I can
    see that maybe I overdid it because my head is a little forwards from where it should be and I have to really practice relaxing
    my shoulder area regularly or I will pull something. It all comes back to haunt you in other words. Just take care of yourself
    and not worry about what others eat or not eat. If ice cream left you feeling great I would also say indulge from time to time but if it leaves you feeling bloated as you say then your body probably doesn't like it. Ice cream doesn't bother me at all
    but pizza sure does, I'll still eat it every once in a while but I almost always regret when I feel my puffy eyelids the next day.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Owly View Post
      The thing is, you don't know what that "naturally slim" person might be doing when nobody else is around. A lot of women will do things like starve themselves in private, overexercise, and adopt various purging behaviours, but you'll never know it because they will never tell. I was one of those girls once upon a time, and I'm sure people hated me for being a "skinny bitch" when I would do stuff like down a gigantic milkshake when hanging out with friends, but they didn't see me rollerblading three hours a day some days, binging and purging, and skipping meals like crazy.

      Some people are actually naturally slim, but you really don't know when you are looking at someone's life from the outside what kind of private mess they might be when nobody is looking.
      I'm one of those thin girls with a private mess.

      Almost got it all cleaned up. My mess, that is.

      I know many people who were thin in their 20s but ballooned in their 30s and 40s. Those are likely the people who never learned it was important to make healthy food choices because they never had to when they were younger. I consider you to be the lucky one.
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      • #18
        Wow guys, thanks for the replies. I agree with most of you, in that I really can't know what's going on in other people's lives, and that I shouldn't care. My biggest weakness is comparing myself to everyone I look up to, or envy in some way. Lately I've been trying to start focusing on living life "for me," as in making all of my decisions based on how I want my life to be, not on how I want to be perceived by the outside world. It's a long road to happiness, but at least I'm on it!

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        • #19
          Would Lactaid allow you to process the ice cream any easier, or some other digestive enzyme? I think it'd be worth the occasional indulgence so you feel less stressed about it
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          • #20
            Originally posted by primalsun View Post
            Lately I've been trying to start focusing on living life "for me," as in making all of my decisions based on how I want my life to be, not on how I want to be perceived by the outside world.
            I'm convinced that this is one of the best changes, if not the best, that you can make in your life. I'm certainly not perfect at it, and it's much easier said than done, but it starts with recognizing the issue. Congrats.

            Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
            Would Lactaid allow you to process the ice cream any easier, or some other digestive enzyme? I think it'd be worth the occasional indulgence so you feel less stressed about it
            Also this.

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            • #21
              Thanks for the suggestion namelesswonder! While dairy does bother my tummy a bit, I meant more like water bloat/water retention in my original post. Its the psychological effects of holding a few extra pounds that get me down.

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              • #22
                In addition to the wise words of Prof. Neckhammer, I would add that, while it might be annoying that others can do things you can't do, you can probably do things they can't.

                So it's all a wash in the end...whatever the end or the wash might be!

                Also, if you have what you have via your own effort, that should be more satisfying than people who have what they have by genetic accident.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by blissfull View Post
                  I read somewhere that you can do/eat as you wish when you are in your teens, twenties or even thirties but when you
                  hit your forties it all starts to show up. High blood pressure, pre-diabetes, cholesterol issues, weight gain, joint problems etc...
                  Now that I am in my forties and have friends in their forties I see this all around me and in myself. I have a tendency to
                  have neck and shoulder issues that I attribute to all those years of effortlessly carrying children on my back in a backpack.
                  At the time it didn't bother me at all, I was in shape it wasn't anything to hoist a kid up and carry them around. Now I can
                  see that maybe I overdid it because my head is a little forwards from where it should be and I have to really practice relaxing
                  my shoulder area regularly or I will pull something. It all comes back to haunt you in other words. Just take care of yourself
                  and not worry about what others eat or not eat. If ice cream left you feeling great I would also say indulge from time to time but if it leaves you feeling bloated as you say then your body probably doesn't like it. Ice cream doesn't bother me at all
                  but pizza sure does, I'll still eat it every once in a while but I almost always regret when I feel my puffy eyelids the next day.
                  Yeah, the 40s. That was what happened to me. I managed to go along through my life, never thin, but always pretty healthy for the most part. And then the 40s hit and your arms get to short and you walk around with three pairs of glasses on your head, the aches and pains start up, you get an injury and it never really goes away, the weight starts to come on even though you're eating the same and just as active as ever, doctors start talking about hysterectomies and statins. I'm so glad to find paleo/primal to halt the process and reverse some of it.

                  Originally posted by Philosopher Dan View Post
                  In addition to the wise words of Prof. Neckhammer, I would add that, while it might be annoying that others can do things you can't do, you can probably do things they can't.
                  It might also be useful to focus on what you can do more than what you can or can't eat. For example, even though skinny people can eat lots of ice cream, I can walk across the whole US. There was a skinny lady who came to my exercise class once. She was so weak she couldn't do any of the exercises! She couldn't use her body, so I didn't feel jealous at all for her being skinny.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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