Research Participant 537 – Body Type Three (BT3) Female (Woman), Millennial (Generation Y)

FORCA?Fellow One Research Combined Average (FORCA) Health Score which Averages the Self-Determined (SD) Health & FORC Health Scores [5 is Very Healthy, 1 is Very Unhealthy]. This score is in beta testing.

3.46

FORTH?Fellow One Research Total Health (FORTH) Score [5 is Very Healthy, 1 is Very Unhealthy]. This score is in beta testing.

3.55

FORMR?Fellow One Research Metabolism Rate (FORMR) Adjusted Mifflin-St Jeor BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) Score. This score is in beta testing.

Slow Metabolism

FORMA?Fellow One Research Metabolism Activity (FORMA) Adjusted Harris-Benedict Activity Score. This score is in beta testing.

Increased Metabolic Rate

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculation

28.3

BMI Minimal, Moderate, High Risk

Moderate Risk

Diary Data - Started on 04-15-21

Theory

Mainstream science adamantly claims that all any human being has to do to successfully lose weight to look identical to any Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1) is reduce daily calorie intake and increase daily calorie burn. As a Body Type Three, Research Participant 537 will experience skinny fat, cellulite, and possibly loose/saggy skin as she loses weight (starting at 202.90 pounds) and achieves to her scientifically/medically safe BMI weight range of between 136.00 pounds and 172.00 pounds, the ultimate goal being the mid-range at 154.00 pounds. This is especially true the closer she gets to 136.00 pounds, relative to the anticipated underdeveloped vertebrae identified in her Fellow One Research, The Four Body Types - Body Type Shape Quiz/Test submission. She will not look identical to a Standard Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book Body Type One (BT1), at least not without, once the weight is lost, incorporating proper resistance (weightlifting, calisthenics, isometrics) exercise. (For this specific study, cardio exercise is the main focus, to start)

Back Side Facing Angle
Side-Back - The Four Body Types Research Participant 537, Body Type Two (BT2) Female - Fellow One Research Body Type Shape Quiz/Test

Full Back Facing Angle
Body Type Two (BT2) Female Full Back - The Four Body Types Research Participant 537 - Fellow One Research Body Type Shape Test

Full Front Midriff Facing Angle
Body Type Two (BT2) Female Abdominal-Midriff-Stomach - The Four Body Types Research Participant 537 - Fellow One Research Body Type Shape Test

Research Participant 536 - Day One (1) Track Your Weight Loss Diary Data Journey - Official Weight, Weigh-In Video

Research Participant 536 - Day Seven (7) Track Your Weight Loss Diary Data Journey - Official Weight, Weigh-In Video

Anticipated Underdeveloped / Undeveloped Vertebrae

11

Starting Weight

202.9 lb

Weight Loss Goal

154 lb

Weight Difference to Date

0.7 lb

Cheat Days

7

Fellow One Research Weight Loss Diary: Diet, Exercise, & Lifestyle Data Daily Averages - 7 Diary Entries

Sugar - Total / Added

7 g / 0.86 g

Protein

85.29 g

Fat

56.86 g

Cholesterol

158.14 mg

Carbs

131.86 g

Water

63.86 oz

Sodium

1792.71 mg

Calories

1438.14

Steps

8817.86

Exercise Duration

46.57 minutes

Calories Burned

229.57

Sleep Duration

5.82 hours

Sleep Quality

OK

Stress Level

Low

DateCurrent Weight Type of DietBreakfastBreakfast CaloriesLunchLunch CaloriesDinnerDinner CaloriesSnacksSnacks CaloriesTotal CaloriesOrganic Whole Food %Regular Whole Food %Junk/Processed/Fast Food %Percentage of Diet, CarnivorePercentage of Diet, VegetarianPercentage of Diet, VeganWater (oz) TotalFilter Water %Tap Water %Spring Water %Bottled Water %Total Protein (g)Total Fat (g)Total Monounsaturated Fat (g)Total Polyunsaturated Fats (g)Total Saturated Fat (g)Total Trans Fat (g)Cholesterol (mg)Omega 3 Fatty Acids (EPA/DHA)Omega 3 Source(s)Total Carbohydrates (g)Fiber (Carbs)(g)Total Sugar (Carbs)(g)Added Sugar (Carbs)(g)Total Sodium (mg)Vitamin Supplements, DosesVitamins, Type(s)Vitamins, Kind(s)Vitamins, Source Quality Heart Rate (resting)Heart Rate (post)Blood Pressure Systolic (resting)Blood Pressure Systolic (post)Blood Pressure Diastolic (resting)Blood Pressure Diastolic (post)Type of Cardio ExerciseTotal Cardio Exercise Duration (minutes)Total StepsTotal Flights ClimbedTotal Laps (Swimming)Estimated Calories Burned, CardioType of Resistance ExerciseTotal Resistance Exercise Duration (Minutes)Estimated Calories Burned, Resistance Sleep Duration (hours)Sleep QualityAllopathic Meds, DosesAllopathic MedsHerbal & Other Supplements, DosesHerbal & Other SupplementsCaffeineCaffeine AmountAlcohol ServingsNicotine IntakeNicotine AmountCannabisCannabis AmountNegative BehaviorsNegative Behavior SourceOverall Level of StressCheat DayCheat Reason
04-15-21202.9 Vegetarian-OmnivoreChocolate peanut butter granola Nonfat Greek Yogurt- Plain Blueberries Coffee Black479White Rice Black Beans Bell Peppers red, orange, yellow Shredded Cheddar Cheese343Flour tortilla 1.5 Grass fed organic hamburger Mozzarella shredded cheese Frozen sweet peas Tomato sauce (can) Mandarian Orange727Sea Salt potato chips74163815454075835650750251115820250187NoNone1121838617581GenericLow Quality 591001161207478Walking53977930340None00 6Very Unrestful0Private0PrivateCoffeeHigh (4 Cups of Coffee, or comparable)NoneCigarettesHigh (4 Cigarettes, or comparable)None0NoPrivateMediumYesToo much processed food.
04-16-21201.2 Vegetarian-OmnivoreDark Chocolate and Peanut butter granola 60 grams Greek Nonfat Yogurt Plain 1 cup Black Coffee 2 cups Blueberries .25 cup479Tomato sauce .1 cup grass Fed. Organic Hamburger 6 oz flour tortilla 1.5 tortilla shredded mozzarella cheese .5 cup frozen sweet peas .8 cup724Chicken Thigh Skinless boneless 3oz parmesan cheese .1 cup mustard .2oz Fresh Green beans Extra virgin olive oil.2 tbsp Brown instant rice .5 cupa Himalayan Pink sea salt .1tsp319Kirkland signature popcorn 1 cup Orange Juice 3 oz76161310553511444550010001001225740230239NoNone1521646621391GenericLow Quality 59801161227278Workout Class3060004070None00 5.75OK0Private0PrivateCoffeeHigh (4 Cups of Coffee, or comparable)NoneCigarettesModerate (3 Cigarettes, or comparable)None0NoPrivateLowYesToo much processed food.
04-17-21202 Vegetarian-OmnivoreChocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cup Protein Powder (Orgain) Unsweetened Almond Milk 14oz193Mushrooms, Cheese Tortellini, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, yellow onion, polska Kielbasa4561 slice sausage pizza. 1 slice pepperoni pizza465Tortilla chips shredded cheddar cheese29114058365625255064073027676500210135NoNone1361217630500No Vitamins Taken 57821161207478Sports791369630469None00 7OK0Private0PrivateCoffeeModerate (3 Cups of Coffee, or comparable)NoneCigarettesModerate (3 Cigarettes, or comparable)None0NoPrivateLowYesI ate more processed/junk food then my goal, Pizza and movie night with my family
04-18-21201 Vegetarian-OmnivoreDark Chocolate and Peanut butter Granola Greek Nonfat Yogurt Plain Blueberries479Organic Black Beans (canned) cherub tomatoes Shredded cheddar cheese tortilla Chips- restaurant style335Super sweet corn (Frozen) Sweet peas (frozen) Mashed Potatoes (homemade) Fried Chicken Thighs (homemade fried in canola oil)548Grapes2613881357307405360010000765324161164NoNone139183878590No Vitamins Taken 58801181206476Hiking768200140416None00 6.75OK0Private0PrivateCoffeeModerate (3 Cups of Coffee, or comparable)NoneCigarettesModerate (3 Cigarettes, or comparable)None0NoPrivateLowYesi didn't track my full 10,000 steps due to fitbit charging
04-19-21202.5 Vegetarian-OmnivoreDark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Greek Nonfat Yogurt Plain Blueberries479Organic Black Beans (canned) Cherub Tomatoes Shredded Cheddar Cheese Tortilla Chips335Ramen Noodles Chopped yellow onion Yellow Orange red Peppers Baby Spinach Organic Egg306Mountain Trail Mix16012801743400336764010000664851120218NoNone13417401016400No Vitamins Taken 59781181186464None06000400Yoga3070 5Unrestful0Private0PrivateCoffeeModerate (3 Cups of Coffee, or comparable)NoneCigarettesModerate (3 Cigarettes, or comparable)None0NoPrivateLowYesToo much processed food. Did not get my step count.
04-20-21201 Vegetarian-OmnivoreChocolate peanut butter granola cup plant protein powder Almond milk193Organic black beans Cherub tomatoes Sweet corn Shredded cheddar cheese Tortilla chips Sour cream388Pork Enchilada casserole Romaine lettuce Sour cream362Torino's pizza (2 pieces) Sunrise organic energy bar3251268154045153946800800207460O013044YesFlax10417199.6711830No Vitamins Taken 59721161206478Walking28800050160None 00 4.75OK0Private0PrivateCoffeeModerate (3 Cups of Coffee, or comparable)NoneCigarettesModerate (3 Cigarettes, or comparable)None0NoPrivateMediumYesToo much processed food. Not enough steps.
04-21-21203.6 Vegetarian-OmnivoreDark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Granola Greek Nonfat Yogurt Plain Blueberries479Sour Cream cherub tomatoes Organic Black Beans (canned) shredded cheddar cheese organic tortilla chips333Homemade Sausage and Organic 100% grass fed ground beef Chili with Organic diced tomatoes and organic black beans & tomato sauce, chili beans in chili sauce topped with frito scoops, shredded cheddar & sour cream6482% Milk140147528363611335664010000815735170120NoNone1462649619201GenericLow Quality 60981161206468Walking301005050152None00 5.5OK0Private0PrivateCoffeeModerate (3 Cups of Coffee, or comparable)NoneCigarettesModerate (3 Cigarettes, or comparable)None0NoPrivateLowYesToo much processed food.
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Side-Back - The Four Body Types Research Participant 537, Body Type Two (BT2) Female - Fellow One Research Body Type Shape Quiz/Test

Fellow One Research Participant Hannah P. Bio Summary – Body Type Three (BT3)


I have studied The Four Body Types and I believe I am a Body Type Three (BT3). Obesity has moderately been a problem in my life. My obesity problems started in my life between age 6 and age 10. I was at my heaviest weight when I reached 222 pounds at age 22. The most weight I ever lost was 35 pounds when I was 30. I have not been successful at keeping all that weight off to date. I gained back 17 of those pounds in a span of 24 month(s).

My ride on the obesity weight gain & loss management roller coaster ride has been moderately severe. If/when I put fat weight on my body, it is most likely that I will put the fat weight
on in relation to: upper leg/inner thighs, upper leg/back thighs, buttocks, lower midriff/waist/hips, midriff/abdomen/belly, upper chest/pectoral/breast, upper arms/back/triceps, inner upper arms/under arms, back elbows, lower back, lower side trunk/love handles, upper side trunk, as accurately as I can figure. I attribute mostly my unbalanced diet and lifestyle choices to my weight problems. On average, obesity is common in my family.

Upon careful examination of my spine, vertebra(e) (posture), and muscle/muscle mass, I am
confident that the following vertebra(e) in my body are underdeveloped if not undeveloped: thoracic 6, thoracic 7, thoracic 10, thoracic 11, thoracic 12, lumbar 1, lumbar 2, lumbar 3, lumbar 4, lumbar 5, sacrum, as best I can surmise. I am confident I'm a Body Type Three (BT3), I have between nine (9) and seventeen (17) vertebrae undeveloped. I am quite sure my body does not look identical to a Body Type One (BT1) with all muscles developed & defined. My body has not always had the fully developed BT1 classic arch, dimples, vertebrae (posture), and muscle mass. I am certain I do not have the fully developed BT1 classic arch and dimples, which strengthens my belief I'm not a BT1.


Fellow One Research Participant Hannah P. Identifies as a Body Type Two (BT2) (The Four Body Types)
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Biological Gender: Female (Woman)
Current Height: 5'11 inches
Current Weight: 202.9 pounds
General Age: 30-Something
Actual Age: 32 years old
Generation: Millennial (Generation Y)
Biological Origin: Mostly Caucasian/White and/or of European Descent
Country: United States
Fellow One Research Participant - The Four Body Types Identifier
Fellow One Research Identifies this ‘The Four Body Types’ Research Participant’s Body Type as a:
Body Type Three
Basic Research Participant Self-Determined (SD) Health Score (5 is Very Healthy, 1 is Very Unhealthy)
3
Basic Fellow One Research Calculated (FORC) Health Score (5 is Very Healthy, 1 is Very Unhealthy)**
3.92

What Does My Body Type Three (BT3) Mean?


Life is all about balance. Unbalance allows a human being to truly understand balance by recognizing, honestly, what their unbalances truly are. All be it some more than others, all human beings are unbalanced physically, mentally, emotionally,
and spiritually, at least to some extent. But most human beings are very unbalanced and unhealthy. The more unbalanced the body type (BT4 is the most unbalanced body type), including metabolism, the more physical work the specific individual person has to do to bring their human body into a state of true physical balance (BT1).

Body Type One (BT1): Physically balanced (Anatomy Standard).

*Fully developed vertebrae, spinal extension (posture), and muscle.
*33 out of 33 Vertebrae Developed and Extended, relative to the 24 Moveable & Two Fixed Bones (0 Vertebrae Undeveloped/Underdeveloped)
*Very Low to Low probabilities of experiencing obesity in the short and long-terms.
*High tendencies to be symmetrical and attractive.
*Mental (mind), emotional (energy in motion), and spiritual (soul/soul energy/star power/IT Factor)
balance matters equally as much as physical (body/genetics/DNA) balance.

Body Type Two (BT2): Less Physically Balanced.

*Mostly developed vertebrae, spinal extension (posture), and muscle.
*32 to 22 out of 33 Vertebrae Developed and Extended, relative to the 24 Moveable & Two Fixed Bones (1-8 Vertebrae Undeveloped/Underdeveloped)
*Low to Medium probabilities of experiencing obesity in the short and long-terms.
*Moderate tendencies to be symmetrical and attractive.
*Mental (mind), emotional (energy in motion), and spiritual (soul/soul energy/star power/IT Factor)
balance matters equally as much if not more (to make up for physical unbalances) while the BT2 person is achieving to physical (body/genes/DNA) balance.

Body Type Three (BT3): More Physically Unbalanced.

*Moderate to mostly undeveloped vertebrae, spinal extension (posture), and muscle.
*21 to 11 out of 33 Vertebrae Developed and Extended, relative to the 24 Moveable & Two Fixed Bones (9-17 Vertebrae Undeveloped/Underdeveloped)
*Medium to High probabilities of experiencing obesity in the short and long-terms.
*Moderate tendencies to be asymmetrical and unattractive.
*Mental (mind), emotional (energy in motion), and spiritual (soul/soul energy/star power/IT Factor)
balance matters even more (to make up for physical unbalances) while the BT3 person is achieving to physical (body/genetics/DNA) balance.

Body Type Four (BT4): Mostly to Fully Physically Unbalanced.

*Mostly to completely undeveloped vertebrae, spinal extension (posture), and muscle.
*10 to 0 out of 33 Vertebrae Developed and Extended, relative to the 24 Moveable & Two Fixed Bones (18-26 Vertebrae Undeveloped/Underdeveloped)
*High to Very High probabilities of experiencing obesity in the short and long-terms.
*High tendencies to be asymmetrical and unattractive.
*Mental (mind), emotional (energy in motion), and spiritual (soul/soul energy/star power/IT Factor)
balance matters even that much more (to make up for physical unbalances) while the BT4 person is achieving to physical (body/genes/DNA) balance.

More Fellow One Research Participant Data – Hannah P. & Skinny Fat, Back Pain, Diet, Exercise, Lifestyle


Skinny Fat & Back Pain

Fellow One Research Free Body Type Shape Quiz - The Four Body Types Research Participant 537, Body Type Two (BT2) Female Skinny fat has been a moderately serious problem in my life overall. I have experienced the skinny fat phenomenon in the past and/but I am presently experiencing the skinny fat phenomenon in my life. After reviewing my body, I am experiencing and/or have experienced skinny fat including thin fat, cellulite, crepey skin, loose/saggy skin, and/or normal weight obesity, in general, relative to: upper leg/inner thighs, upper leg/back thighs, buttocks, lower midriff/waist/hips, midriff/abdomen/belly, upper chest/pectoral/breast, upper arms/back/triceps, inner upper arms/under arms, back elbows, lower back, lower side trunk/love handles, as far as I can tell.

On average, I experience back aches and pain. I feel back aches and pains in my body in relation to: thoracic 11, thoracic 12, lumbar 1, lumbar 2, lumbar 3, lumbar 4, lumbar 5, sacrum, and it is directly relative to my Body Type Three (BT3).


Diet (Food & Drink/Hydration)
Basic Self-Determined Research Participant Diet Score (5 is Very Healthy, 1 is Very Unhealthy)
3
Basic Calculated Fellow One Research Participant Diet Score (5 is Very Healthy, 1 is Very Unhealthy)**
3.6

My daily diet is questionably healthy overall. I would say my diet is vegetarian-leaning omnivore. I eat 3 meals per day but they are not all nutritionally balanced; I am likely not getting all my nutrients. I eat a fair mix of whole organic, regular, & fast/processed/junk food. I drink alcohol once to a few times per month following the recommended 1 glass/day women/2 per day men. I drink the equivalent of 4-6, 8 ounce glasses of clean water daily and am slightly to moderately dehydrated.


Cardio & Resistance (Weight Lifting, Calisthenics (Body Weight), Isometrics/Gravity) Exercise Training
Basic Self-Determined Research Participant Exercise Score (5 is Very Healthy, 1 is Very Unhealthy)
3
Basic Calculated Fellow One Research Participant Exercise Score (5 is Very Healthy, 1 is Very Unhealthy)**
4.5

The Four Body Types Research Participant 537 - Fellow One Research Body Type Shape Test - Side-Back - Body Type Two (BT2) FemaleMy weekly cardio exercise training routine is questionably healthy. I do cardio exercise 3x per week. My training is 30 minutes per day. I like the following types of cardio activities: and the like.

My weekly resistance exercise training routine is questionably healthy. 

Body Type Three (BT3) Female - Fellow One Research Body Type Shape Test - The Four Body Types Research Participant 537

I do resistance training 30 minutes per day; 3x per week. I enjoy the following kinds of resistance exercise training activities: weightlifting/weight-training, calisthenics (body weight), yoga, pilates, as it stands now.

My daily work/job/career is strenuous/active, I walk/move and/or lift objects regularly.


Lifestyle (Career, Relationships, Travel, Hobbies, Sleep, etc.)
Basic Self-Determined Research Participant Lifestyle Score (5 is Very Healthy, 1 is Very Unhealthy)
3
Basic Calculated Fellow One Research Participant Lifestyle Score (5 is Very Healthy, 1 is Very Unhealthy)**
3.67

Fellow One Research Free Body Type Shape Quiz, The Four Body Types Research Participant 537, Body Type Three (BT3) FemaleThe Four Body Types Research Participant 537, Body Type Two (BT2) Female - Fellow One Research Body Type Shape Quiz/Test - Side-BackMy lifestyle overall is questionably healthy. I get 6.0 to 7.5 hours of sleep per day/night on average. My daily/nightly sleep, on average, is poor quality as I have trouble sleeping, awaking mostly unrefreshed each morning. I find I am happiest when I partake in the following lifestyle activities: family relationships, intimate/romantic relationship(s), platonic relationships-friendships, pet relationships, hobbies, spiritual/religious practice/soul searching, entertainment outlets, and such.

If my diet, exercise, and lifestyle were all very healthy my body would not look 100% identical to a Body Type One (BT1) with all muscles/muscle mass properly developed. My genetics/DNA play no role in my body type shape; diet, exercise, and lifestyle are the only reason. Yes, the soul is real and plays at least an indirect part in human health.

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24 thoughts on “Research Participant 537 – Body Type Three (BT3) Female (Woman), Millennial (Generation Y)

  1. Comment #1721

    Hi Hannah:

    Thanks for your Fellow One Research Participant, The Four Body Types’ Free Body Type Shape Quiz Calculator submission.

    Please carefully review the above post.

    After reviewing your Quiz data and submitted photos/images, it appears you are a Body Type Three (BT3) with at least underdeveloped thoracic 6, thoracic 7, thoracic 10, thoracic 11, thoracic 12, lumbar 1, lumbar 2, lumbar 3, lumbar 4, lumbar 5, and sacrum vertebrae. Your BT1 Classic Arch and Dimples do not look fully developed. Being a BT3 is further supported by your statements, “If/when I put fat weight on my body, it is most likely that I will put the fat weight on in relation to: upper leg/inner thighs, upper leg/back thighs, lower midriff/waist/hips, midriff/abdomen/belly, upper chest/pectoral/breast, upper arms/back/triceps, inner upper arms/under arms, back elbows, lower back, lower side trunk/love handles, upper side trunk, as accurately as I can figure.” as well as “After reviewing my body, I am experiencing and/or have experienced skinny fat and cellulite relative to: upper leg/inner thighs, upper leg/back thighs, buttocks, lower midriff/waist/hips, midriff/abdomen/belly, upper chest/pectoral/breast, upper arms/back/triceps, inner upper arms/under arms, back elbows, lower back, lower side trunk/love handles, as far as I can tell.” and "On average, I experience back aches and pain. I feel back aches and pains in my body in relation to: thoracic 11, thoracic 12, lumbar 1, lumbar 2, lumbar 3, lumbar 4, lumbar 5, sacrum, and it is directly relative to my Body Type Three (BT3)." Furthermore, your moderate risk BMI relative to your high daily exercise and work activity levels (increased metabaolic rate, see FORMA above) also supports things.

    All the years of your life, from 0-32, should be clearly represented in your answers. After double-checking the images here https://fellowone.com/fellow-one-research/the-four-body-types/

    A. What years of your life did you look like a Body Type One (BT1), if any?
    B. What years of your life did you look like a Body Type Two (BT2), if any?
    C. What years of your life did/have you looked like a Body Type Three (BT3)?
    D. What years of your life did you look like a Body Type Four (BT4), if any?

    E. True or False? Every human body is born the same, with the same muscle mass and development, as per every Standard Science/Scientific Human Body Anatomy Book (BT1). Obesity is solely/only about poor diet, laziness/no exercise, and unhealthy lifestyle habits.

    • Comment #1724

      A. I don't think I've ever had a Body Type One body
      B. Maybe 0-7 then again 13-16 for type 2 when I was heavily involved in sports.
      C. 8-13 then again from 17-32. I think I have been type 3 for the majority of my life
      D. I don't think I have ever looked like a type 4.
      E. False. I think everyone is born with different muscle mass and development.

  2. Comment #1722

    1. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being Makes Real Logical And Reasonable Sense, how Logical And Reasonable would you say the Fellow One Research variables and data are, as you understand them now?

    2. As per #1, Why?


    3. What could be done better to help better explain and show the research data to date?

    • Comment #1723

      1. I would say a 6
      2. There is a lot of information to process, then to compare to your own body
      3. Maybe showing the name/number of the vertebrae on an actual body instead of a picture would be helpful. There are so many variable's on bodies for the common person to determine what your own muscle tone is really like.

  3. Comment #1849

    Comment Type: Lifestyle

    Lifestyle Type: General

    Stress Level: Moderate

    Subject: Family Management & Stress

    My lifestyle update today will be my stress level, which is medium-high today. I'm currently balancing activities & school for my 2 young children. While trying to keep up with daily chores/tasks & take some things off my husband's plate so he is less stressed.
    Trying to take care of everyone else it is hard to want to go for a walk or eat enough of the good foods in order to lose weight. By the end of the night though I took my kids on a much longer walk then planned and we were all in different moods when bedtime rolled around.

  4. Comment #1864

    Comment Type: Diet

    Diet Type: General

    Subject: Organic versus Regular Whole Food

    Hi Gnosis:

    My diet entry tonight is actually a question. I am having a hard time determining the difference between Organic food and regular whole food. Do organic foods need to be labeled as Organic if bought from the grocery store? What about food growing in my personal vegetable garden?

    Thank you!

    • Comment #1866

      Organic versus Regular Whole Food

      To be labeled organic, the food must meet rigorous USDA standards - https://www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards/organic-standards - the process is expensive and risky (for instance, if your neighbor uses unapproved chemicals in their water, and the water runoff contaminates your organic food, you will lose your certification).

      Organic Crop Standards
      The organic crop production standards require that:
      * Land must have had no prohibited substances applied to it for at least 3 years before the harvest of an organic crop.
      * Soil fertility and crop nutrients will be managed through tillage and cultivation practices, crop rotations, and cover crops, supplemented with animal and crop waste materials and allowed synthetic materials.
      * Crop pests, weeds, and diseases will be controlled primarily through management practices including physical, mechanical, and biological controls. When these practices are not sufficient, a biological, botanical, or synthetic substance approved for use on the National List may be used.
      * Operations must use organic seeds and other planting stock when available.
      * The use of genetic engineering, ionizing radiation and sewage sludge is prohibited.

      See: 
Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards
, Handling Standards

      When shopping, organic fresh produce labels/stickers will show a 9 in front of the official Four-Digit Number (see attached image) on the piece of produce.

      On packaged food products and the like, look for the USDA Organic as well as certifiers like QAI (Quality Assurance International) and Oregon Tilth.

      Finally, pay attention to Fair Trade Organizations on your food products. True Fair Trade Organizations make sure a fair, sustainable price is paid to the farmers and communities are around the world and locally who grow/make your food.

      • Comment #1871

        The organic farmers really have to put in the extra work! Thank you for the tips on what to look for when shopping for organic foods. Also for the call to pay attention to Fair Trade Organizations.

  5. Comment #1870

    Comment Type: Diet

    Diet Type: General

    Subject: What Exactly are Processed Foods? Junk Food? Fast Food?

    Hi Gnosis:

    In terms of my diet, what exactly is processed food? What is junk food? Is white rice considered a processed food? What about brown rice?

    Would frozen peas also be a processed food? Or a whole regular food? What type of food, processed/junk or regular whole, would flour tortillas be considered? With all the information out there on what is healthy, not healthy and diet fads, it is very hard to keep all the information straight.

    • Comment #1874

      What Exactly are Processed Foods? Junk Food? Fast Food?

      This is tricky. Technically, any food that has been modified from its original whole, natural form is “processed”.

      Minimally Processed: This is any food that has been modified from its original whole, natural form without changing the nutritional values or inherent ingredients. For instance, natural, organic Peanut Butter is ground roasted peanuts. The ingredients on the label are “roasted ground peanuts” and maybe salt/sea salt. That is it. However, take a look at Skippy (see the third image on the left) or JIF or the like, and the ingredients are something like:

      Roasted peanuts, sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil (cottonseed, soybean, and rapeseed oil) to prevent separation, salt.

      WHY? Because, no less, the manufacturer uses the real peanut oil to sell as a separate product to make more money, while using cheap, unhealthy, poor quality oils like cottonseed, soybean, and rapeseed that have been hydrogenated/trans fats (very unhealthy) to maintain longer shelf life. They are likely in cahoots with the sugar and cheap oil industries as well, all in the name of profits.

      I regularly eat Trader Joe's organic Red Lentil Pasta and Black Bean Pasta. Please note that those prices on Amazon are crazy expensive. The prices in store are $2.99. The ingredients are organic ground red lentils flour and organic ground black beans flour. That is it. So, technically a “processed food”, it is so minimally processed that this would not be considered a true processed food, as per your Diary Entries. It is a whole, organic food. (If I make the pasta at home, I would have to process/grind the beans into a flour as well to make the pasta.)

      White rice is a true, fully processed food. Most of the nutrients (fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, oil/fat) are in the husk, bran, and germ which have been removed during the milling process, likely to be used in other products. The remaining “white rice” has a higher glycemic index, which means its carbs convert more quickly into blood sugar than brown rice, which is why brown rice is nutritionally superior and recommended for a healthy diet because it contains all its original, natural nutrients. Brown rice tends to be a bit more caloric, but it also contains more protein and fiber that offer true health benefits like lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar levels.

      Frozen foods, in whole form with nothing removed or added (no preservatives, especially chemicals, or the like), are a minimally processed food. Research shows that minimally processed frozen foods like spinach actually have the highest amount of retained nutrients. So long as they are truly minimally processed, frozen foods are a solid staple. I keep my freezer full of organic frozen foods (fruits, vegetables, meats) and eat fruits and vegetables daily. I do not have to worry about them spoiling, and they last a long time.

      In terms of flour tortillas, how whole and clean are the ingredients?

      Fast Food and Junk Food are very heavily processed foods that are low quality (think all the remaining meat byproducts that are ground up once all the prime cuts have been harvested) and high in added sugar, salt, and poor quality fats. This is how the processed, fast, and junk food companies get so rich, by selling the consumer garbage at low/cheap prices. Look even deeper, and you will see that these same companies have direct ties, if not ownership, to/in allopathic drug companies. Thus, the same companies that are making American and the world unhealthy, sick and obese are the same companies peddling the “miracle drug cures” to “fix” such health problems that they are responsible for creating in the first place. They make boatloads of money off making the average person unhealthy, and then boatloads more on the drugs to “cure” you. Furthermore, mounting evidence shows that those “miracle drugs” destroy the liver and organs.

      Fact is, that is not how it works. You cannot eat unhealthy, garbage junk, fast, processed food at will and then take a “miracle pill” to be healthy. You are what you eat. Literally.

      Truly eat healthy, truly stay healthy. Food is medicine.

      Stores like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Aldi, Costco, etc. have an excellent selection of real, organic, whole food. However, beware, they also have plenty of “organic processed foods” which are high in salt and heavily processed ingredients which are no better than eating heavily processed fast food or junk food. Seafood is tough, as it is getting harder and harder to find uncontaminated (mercury, PCBs, PBDEs, dioxins, chlorinated pesticides, other chemicals, etc.) seafood as we humans have so heavily polluted our oceans. Farmed seafood does not get good health ratings, and is very questionable at this point in time.

      Whole foods are superior to processed foods (minus true minimally processed foods) in every way. Organic whole food (fruits, vegetables, meats, spices) is king.

      PS: Please note my research data to date.

  6. Comment #1931

    Comment Type: Exercise

    Exercise Type: Cardio

    Cardio Type: Hiking

    Duration: 1.25 hours

    Intensity: Moderately Intense

    My exercise today was going on a wonderful hike at a local state park. I walked longer than my 30 minute goal. It was so beautiful and relaxing and really recharging on many levels. It is always the best for mind, body and soul to go out and explore nature.

  7. Comment #1902

    Comment Type: Exercise

    Exercise Type: Resistance

    Resistance Type: Yoga

    Duration: 0.50 hours

    Intensity: Moderately Intense

    My exercise update, it snowed. ALL DAY! I like snow in the winter... its not the winter anymore. So I was sad, and my young son really just wanted to snuggle up. So that is what we did. I find it very hard to be motivated to move a lot when its cold and the kid just wants snuggles. I did manage a yoga session in the living room, which was great and helped with the mood, but man oh man I was just starting to get used to the sun again. Since I have started paying closer attention to my emotions and the possible triggers, I'm finding the weather affects me a lot more than I ever really realized. Also, parenting is interesting. It is/can be so fulfilling and so draining at the same time.

  8. Comment #1924

    Comment Type: Diet

    Diet Type: General

    Subject: Shopping Prices - Organic versus Non-Organic

    Today is mostly in relation to my diet. I found out today that organic canned foods are VERY closely priced to non organic canned foods (at my local grocer at least) I was pleasantly surprised! So as I meal plan for the next coming week I will plan to purchase more organic and whole regular foods.

  9. Comment #1928

    Comment Type: Diet

    Diet Type: General

    Subject: Managing Calories - How Processed are Foods like Yogurt, Tortilla Chips, Milk, & Cheese?

    In regards to my diet, I clearly eat a lot of processed foods. For me the great amount of processed foods I'm eating are things like yogurt, organic tortilla chips, cows milk (not very often) & cheese. So my question today is, how do I get more regular whole food into my diet? How do I get enough calories in without eating giant meals? Or snacking all day? While eating regular whole foods.

    • Comment #1930

      How processed is the yogurt? Are we talking added sugar and other nonsense? The cows milk and cheese, are these really low quality, like government ration quality? If the yogurt, cows milk and cheese are of high enough quality, they would be considered minimally processed and thus not qualify as true processed foods.

      • Comment #1933

        No added sugar to the yogurt, & I buy them from Aldi or Costco. There is potato starch & natamycin added to the cheese for anti caking & keeping mold from growing, respectfully. Would that mean I've been labeling them wrong, as processed foods when filling in my food diary?

        • Comment #1935

          If the yogurt is just whole milk (best) or partial fat milk and cultures and maybe fresh whole fruit, it is minimally processed. It appears that natamycin and potato starch are considered safe in small quantities, although Whole Foods has natamycin on its list of unacceptable food ingredients.