FAQ

The following frequently asked questions have come to me in comments, e-mails, and posts on the forum. If there’s something I haven’t covered here, contact me and ask away!

What is a lub?
So where did “ozzie” come from?
At one time, you only listed the foods you ate. Then you put the quantities. Why?
How do you measure your food?
Do you weigh your greens?
Are you really 100% raw?
Do you adhere to 80/10/10?
You advise people to use FitDay or one of the other similar programs to log their food daily. Why don’t you do the same?
What is Tajin and how do you pronounce it?
Why don’t you take pictures and post them regularly any more?
Aren’t you supposed to abstain from salt?
How much are you supposed to weigh?
You don’t eat a lot of organic food. Why not?
Do you have a garden?
What are your “NT” and “HR”?
Who are DD, DS1, etc., etc.?

What is a lub?

When I was a little girl just learning to read, I would see the abbreviation lb for pound. Being drilled on phonics at an early age, I naturally thought it was pronounced “lub”.
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So where did “ozzie” come from?

Lucy of “Peanuts” fame was complaining about math and said that libs and ozzies (lbs for pounds and oz for ounce) confused her. I could relate. I latched onto ozzie from that time forward.

Note: I found the comic strip online and I didn’t remember it quite the way it was published. So…I’ll claim “ozzies” as my own.

Note 2: The link doesn’t go anywhere any more. If someone finds it, let me know where it is. I hate broken links.
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At one time, you only listed the foods you ate. Then you put the quantities. Why?

A reader listed her food and it scared me. For one day, she had “1 banana, 1 orange, 1 apple”. I began to list quantities so people would see how much food it takes for a day. It isn’t always enough and sometimes it’s too much but I won’t be accused of being anorexic or of influencing others to be.
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How do you measure your food?

I have a quart measuring container I inherited from my mother-in-law. When I squeeze my OJ, I pour it into that before pouring it into my glass. As for the smoothies, I drink them from either a 16 ozzie or 12 ozzie glass and can guesstimate the volume. I also have an inexpensive scale that I seldom use.
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Do you weigh your greens?

No. I never have. I try to eat lots and lots and don’t agonize over whether I’m getting the prescribed lub a day. Some days I get more and some days less. I’m sure it’s adequate.
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Are you really 100% raw?

I do use some herbs and spices that are dried plus I occasionally eat dehydrated foods. Some hardcore raw foodists would say I’m not 100% raw. If I’m not, I’m 99.9999999999999% raw which, when rounded off, would be 100%.

No. I eat some cooked now.
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Do you adhere to 80/10/10?

No, not strictly, but I’m trending in that direction. Some days I’m sure I get more than 10% fat. Some days it’s more like 7%. I would like to be able to say I’m perfect in what I eat but I’m not.

Now that I eat cooked, I still try to trend toward a balance of 80/10/10 vegan but not raw vegan.

My forum focus is 80/10/10 though the recipes in the Sumptuous Feasts section aren’t optimal.
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You advise people to use FitDay or one of the other similar programs to log their food daily. Why don’t you do the same?

I did use FitDay for several months. It got to be very time-consuming. I learned to calculate my food intake based on the knowledge gained from that experience so I can pretty much tell how many calories I eat in a day’s time. I don’t tell people to use it forever and ever. It’s a tool to use for a few days or a few weeks.
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What is Tajin and how do you pronounce it?

Tajin is addictive chili pepper mixed with salt and dehydrated lime juice. It also contains silicon dioxide to prevent caking. Silicon dioxide is indigestible, with zero nutritional value and zero toxicity.

Tajin is pronounced “tuh-HEEN”. I found that out when I called the company.
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Why don’t you take pictures and post them regularly any more?

My weight fluctuates between 118 and 123 depending on my salt intake. That doesn’t make for interesting contrasts. I’ll take pictures every year or so to let people see me age. Other than that, there’s little change.
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Aren’t you supposed to abstain from salt?

Yes and no. I’ve known people who have gotten into some serious trouble health-wise because they cut out salt completely. I try not to use too much but I do use it. I should also get to bed on time and seldom use EVOO. Eating salt is a very tough habit to break. Probably on a level with smoking.

How much are you supposed to weigh?

According to The Formula for women, it’s 100 pounds for the first five feet and 2-4 pounds depending on how much muscle mass there is for each inch over that. Which means I would have to be very muscular (which I’m not) to be at my optimum weight at 108 on my 5’2.5″ frame. I should probably be more like 106. At 120, I’m overweight but not as much as I was at almost 190 lubs.

Note: I don’t post my weight any more. I’m not the wraith I used to be.
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You don’t eat a lot of organic food. Why not?

I don’t have easy access to organic. If I only ate organic, I would starve. It’s close to a 100 mile round trip to go to a market that has organic fruit and veggies. I think it’s important to get my calories from raw food however it’s grown. I do what I can to rid it of pesticides (wash it, peel it) and hope for the best. In the summer, I sometimes get organic produce from a local CSA but the growing season only lasts a few months. So does my garden…
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Do you have a garden?

Yes! I started Square Foot gardening summer 2008 with two 2′ x 4′ patio boxes. Not a huge beginning but a beginning, nonetheless.

Note: I enlarged it by two 4′ x 8′ boxes some time later.
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What are your “NT” and “HR”?

The NT is my NordicTrack skier and the HR is a HealthRider.

Note: I no longer have either one.
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Who are DD, DS1, etc., etc.?

There are some members of the family who don’t wish their names to be used. Rather than call them by pseudonyms, I refer to them by the following:

DH = Dear husband
DS1 = Dear son 1 (my eldest child)
DS1 = Dear son 2 (my middle child)
DD = Dear daughter (the youngest)
DIL = Daughter-in-law
MIL = Mother-in-law
FIL = Father-in-law
SIL = Sister-in-law
BIL = Brother-in-law
CIL = Cousin-in-law

However, Genese (my adopted sister) has given me express permission to use her name, merm will always be merm and Twinkle doesn’t give a hoot in a rain barrel. If there are any other terms I haven’t covered, use the contact form and let me know.
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