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    Default Re: Banana Girl: the controversial Aussie who's moved to Ecuador and is now a vegan in the jungle

    Quote Posted by Orph (here)
    Quote Posted by Foxie Loxie (here)
    "To each his own".......I'm on Meals on Wheels!!!
    So you're saying you always go to the Drive-thru lane at the local greasy spoon.
    Nope! Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-run organization that provides meals to disabled seniors that struggle financially.

    https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org

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    Default Re: Banana Girl: the controversial Aussie who's moved to Ecuador and is now a vegan in the jungle

    Orph.....here in my county in Central New York, Office for the Aging delivers meals to those no longer "up" to doing food preparation.

    "Meals on Wheels" is kind of like a joke about us Oldsters! I am grateful for this service as it allows me to remain living independently & not have to check myself into a nursing home...YET!!!

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    Default Re: Banana Girl: the controversial Aussie who's moved to Ecuador and is now a vegan in the jungle

    Sorry for the confusion. I was merely making a joke. As in -- going to a drive-thru at a local burger joint in your car = meals on wheels.

    If you look at my age you'll see I'm no spring chicken myself. So I've certainly heard of "Meals on Wheels". I apologize for the misunderstanding. I guess I should've put in a


    Anyway, now back to the topic at hand, .... banana girl.
    I am enlightened, ............ Oh wait. That's just the police shining their spotlights on me.

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    Default Re: Banana Girl: the controversial Aussie who's moved to Ecuador and is now a vegan in the jungle

    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
    It's interesting to cross-reference these threads:
    My own stance on this is that:
    • I don't think we should be getting into food fights with each other. (Not that anyone is, here!)
    • The real truth may be that all bodies are different, and some may be very different from others.
    • We have to know our OWN body. All bodies are finely-tuned engines, and need their own very specialized fuel and servicing.
    • Blood type may be ONE clue to what one's body really needs.
    I'm not a dietician, or a naturopath, though (like many reading this) I feel I know quite a bit on the subject. But I am friends with a very highly skilled and experienced naturopath, who told me personally that he's ALWAYS rescuing seriously malnourished vegans who've been victims of a value-driven belief system and haven't actually listened to their bodies at all.

    Eating a ton of fruit and veg may not be enough... it's possible that long-term problems may develop for some people. (Steve Jobs, in his last days, may have agreed.)
    I have been completely vegan for 2 years and half, many years ago. At the end of this period, I would dream non stop of eating a big juicy steak. Every single night I would dream of steak, while the previous 2 years I never dreamed about meat.

    I figured that my dreams were telling me something about my body. I finally gave in and ate the most delicious juicy steak I thought I ever had, gosh was it good! And I stopped being vegan.

    To finally find out that I regularly start having anemia (like every 3-4 years). I never found the cause of it, but I am made that way. The only fast way to recuperate from one of those anemia bouts is to eat meat.

    Listen to one's body truly.

    One thing strange happened to me lately about food:
    I am overweight for years, since my very distressing and stressing marriage and more stressing divorce and the aftermath. Of course, my body has not been in equilibrium nor healthy.

    I wanted to lose weight, but could not even with extraordinary efforts.

    My endocrinologist had suggested gastric surgery years ago, even if I am not morbidly obese yet, but because of diabetes, to get a hold on it.

    I hesitated, because of the consequences (having to take lifelong vitamins, not ever being able to eat normally again, etc etc).

    Lately, a new medication has been put on the market (semaglitude under the commercial name of Ozympic) which is presumed to have the same effect as gastric surgery, namely curbing the appetite (probably working on the stomach release of appetite hormone, I do not remember its name). So my doctor prescribed it to me.

    I have been taking it for a month and half (injection once a week). It is working, slowly, but I am losing weight. The outstanding effect is that I do not feel the hunger as much as I did before. If you put a full plate in front of me, I will eat it, being hungry as I eat. But if the plate is just half, I will eat the half and be happy. And prior to eating, most of the time, I do not feel hungry.

    The second outstanding effect is that it is changing my psychology, or even my brain workings. It is as if all my life I felt like on a starvation precipice, which created behaviors and psychology of anxiety and restlessness, kind of survival needs.

    Now, I am starting to feel like life will provide, no need to feel stress, all survival needs are easily met. It is changing my overall psychology.

    I am at the point now where I think "wow, some people lived with this restful state about hunger all their life. They never felt any thing regarding starvation or danger for survival. How lucky they were" - I was not aware of those feelings before they are finally slowly stopping.

    I am pretty sure that Taurine supplements have something to do with this as well, having started to take them before the prescribed medication and having seen a difference in my stamina at that time.
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    Default Re: Banana Girl: the controversial Aussie who's moved to Ecuador and is now a vegan in the jungle

    Ya'll are missing the main point damnit!


    She's young, great looking, and naked...……. or damn near...…….. what more do you want from a lady?

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    Default Re: Banana Girl: the controversial Aussie who's moved to Ecuador and is now a vegan in the jungle

    Quote Posted by Joe Sustaire (here)
    Ya'll are missing the main point damnit!


    She's young, great looking, and naked...……. or damn near...…….. what more do you want from a lady?

    Ahem!



    We're talking about BananaPerson.

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    Default Re: Banana Girl: the controversial Aussie who's moved to Ecuador and is now a vegan in the jungle

    FYI: Mike will add a post to his photo.


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    Default Re: Banana Girl: the controversial Aussie who's moved to Ecuador and is now a vegan in the jungle

    Thanks Paula!

    So I tried the banana thing(that's my drink in Paula's post above).My little nutriblast machine could only handle 8 bananas (I wanted to try 10).

    I mixed it with coconut water, and it was pleasant tasting. It wasn't too tough to get down.

    I felt pretty good after finishing it. It gave me a nice little energy bump.

    Banana's are so high in fiber.... My concern was that at some point I would run to the bathroom and have a bowel movement roughly the size of a fire hydrant. But nothing like that happened.

    Interesting experiment. I can see now that it's not too unrealistic to get maybe 30 or 40 a day.

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    Default Re: Banana Girl: the controversial Aussie who's moved to Ecuador and is now a vegan in the jungle

    Contrary to popular belief, Bananas actually cause semi-constipation instead of diarrhea / bowel movement. It's apples and water that that contribute towards a quicker BM.

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    Default Re: Banana Girl: the controversial Aussie who's moved to Ecuador and is now a vegan in the jungle

    Quote Posted by spade (here)
    Contrary to popular belief, Bananas actually cause semi-constipation instead of diarrhea / bowel movement. It's apples and water that that contribute towards a quicker BM.
    Two major factors to consider are the number of bananas you eat, and how ripe they are. It is also important to be aware that we are all individuals with unique digestion, and what is suitable for one person may not be for the next. (article below)

    Bananas are a conundrum when it comes to constipation foods to avoid. It's a matter of timing: Unripe bananas can cause constipation; ripe bananas can help relieve constipation. ... Bananas also contain fiber (pectin), which draws water from the intestines toward the stool. From - 15 Foods That Cause Constipation



    Bananas: Cause or Cure of Constipation?

    {article snippets}

    Good source of fibre

    A medium sized banana provides a generous dose of dietary fibre, as much as 3g. This is around 10% of our recommended daily intake of fibre - and can therefore be a useful addition to your daily diet, helping to keep your bowels healthy and regular. It is important to ensure you drink plenty of water in addition to eating fibrous foods, as the fibre has the effect of bulking up the stool, and it requires fluid to help its transit through the large intestine.

    Mineral rich

    Bananas are a rich source of the mineral potassium, known as an electrolyte. Electrolytes are important in maintaining the balance of fluid in our cells. We know that it is important to ensure we are properly hydrated in order to support bowel function, and as a result the potassium in bananas may be helpful in contributing to our optimal hydration. This will help to keep our digestion moving and bowel functioning as it should. However, if we eat too many bananas, this may upset the balance of electrolytes, causing things to slow down, therefore leading to constipation. As mentioned previously, always ensure drinking plenty of water alongside your banana intake.

    Summary

    Overall, in terms of research it seems there is a bit more supporting bananas as a remedy as opposed to a cause. However, we are all different and, as explained above, the pectin and other ingredients may create problems for some. Two major factors to consider are the number of bananas you eat, and how ripe they are. It is also important to be aware that we are all individuals with unique digestion, and what is suitable for one person may not be for the next. If you believe bananas are a trigger I would recommend reducing them to a minimum in your diet, perhaps just eating them 1-2 times a week. If however they are helpful in keeping you moving, enjoy this lovely bendy fruit! 
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    Default Re: Banana Girl: the controversial Aussie who's moved to Ecuador and is now a vegan in the jungle

    Quote Posted by Mike (here)
    This woman has got me feeling competitive. I'm tempted to blend up 51 pork chops just to piss her off.

    In all seriousness, I'm going to try the banana thing. I'm off to the store now. I'm gonna try 10 to start. If my heart seizes up from excessive potassium and I die, I'm going to haunt this Freelee woman for decades by making spooky noises and routinely knocking her hemp jewelry off her dresser until she has a complete nervous breakdown.

    Deb, thanks for posting here. My cynicism and wise assery didn't allow me to think the whole thing thru. Her and her boyfriend deserve some credit for sure. It appears they're building all this by themselves, whereas i can barely hammer a single nail into a 2 by 4. It's gutsy to live out in the middle of nowhere, even if they do have some amenities. It appears she's evolving from some of her earlier, slightly obnoxious incarnations, and that's commendable. That diet frightens me a little, but she looks extraordinarily healthy! There's no denying that. It's working for her, and she's made a name for herself with her industriousness and fortitude. I do admire that!
    Well said😊
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