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Avoid “Dietary Crack”

Last time I spoke of an article that reported the average American gets 60% of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils.  In fact, the article called foods with these ingredients “dietary crack” as they can become addicting.  There are ways to make better food choices. Here are some challenges for you. Cultivate a proper eating mindset about these foods, as they literally are disease promoting refined foods.  Remember, almost everyone likes the taste of dietary crack. Partake only occasionally, just not on a regular basis. Eat more protein and veggies as they tend to promote satiety. Respect the feeling of gut fullness, stop eating there. Keep the dietary crack out of the house, thus less temptation. Drink more water. Exercise more and at a level that promotes appetite suppression. Sleep well. Get at least 6-7 hours nightly. Fight stress with exercise, not food. Accept that the previous list of challenges can be utilized throughout your life!!

Food Choices?

I read some startling information the other day.  Did you know the average American consumes 60% of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils? One of the reasons, is that these foods are easily accessible and producing foods made from these “refined” ingredients, is fairly low cost with a modest profit margin for the manufacturers. Think donuts, French fries, ketchup, or soda as examples of foods with these calorie sources. Most people love the taste of these types of foods but the human cost comes from the fact that 34% of American individuals, 20 years and older, have metabolic syndrome. The problems that one can experience after developing this disorder are too many to list, however think diabetes, hypertension, cancer, liver disorders and depression, just to name a few. The ironic thing is, that if you had invested in companies that make these products, such as Coca-Cola, or McDonalds since 1995, you could probably have retired easily. Next time we discuss how to make better food choices!

More walking is good!!

Last time I discussed some of the more surprising benefits of walking. I wanted to add a bit about walking and its effects on boosting the immune system.  A large study of men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who only exercised once a week or less.  Even if they did get sick, it was for shorter duration and with milder symptoms.  That sounds pretty good for just 20 minutes a day!!

Walking and the other benefits!!

I visited NYC this last weekend for the first time and found it a great place to visit.  Lots of amazing things to see and do.  Along with that, came a ton of walking.  Walking and the subways are good ways to get around there.  Did you know that there are a few surprising benefits to walking you might not know other than the usual known benefits?  Research shows walking can counteract the effects of weight promoting genetics. It also helps curb the craving for a variety of sugary snacks especially in stressful situations.  Walking helps reduce the risk of cancer, especially breast cancer. This exercise can help ease joint pain and increase muscle strength in the legs. Finally, walking can help boost the immune systems and help protect you during the cold and flu season.  Get back to the basics and walk for your health!!

Kids, Obesity & TV

We all love our children and grandchildren, right? Did you know a huge study linked childhood obesity to having a television in their bedroom?  A huge study out of London found that children with TV’s in their bedrooms by the age of 7 were far more likely to be overweight or obese by the age of 11, compared to kids who did not have the TV in their room.  Girls were 30% more likely to be overweight and boys were 20% more likely.  The researchers found that having a TV in the bedroom was an independent risk factor for being overweight and increased body fatness.  Just think, we now have added computers, phones, tablets and other electronic media to the whole mix.  Time to kick the kids outside and let them play, get dirty and experience the world again!!

Pick up the pace!!

Did you know that increasing your fitness level, just a little, might help reduce your chance of dying an early death.  Researchers looked at the records of more than 10,000 people and found that simply ramping up the fitness levels a from low to intermediate or higher, made men 44% less likely to die from an early death compared to the couch potato.  More research is now concluding that exercise is literally the fountain of youth.  Re-examine your exercise priorities now that the nice weather is upon us. Pick up the intensity just a little, it will pay off…!!

TV & Blood Clots!!

Most people know that sitting too much can contribute to obesity, but did you know that spending too much time watching the TV may contribute to blood clots in the lungs?  A large study of 85,000 people suggests that adults who sit and watch more than 5 hours of television daily were more than 2.5 times likely to have a pulmonary embolism compared to those who watched less than two-and-a-half hours of TV.  The authors suggest that a way to reduce this risk is to constantly stand and stretch your legs and just reduce the amount of TV time daily.  Increasing physical activity can also help inhibit these types of clots!!

Low fat, high sugar diets…probably not good..!

Did you know that those diet products you eat are probably making you fat?  This may be why.  Keep in mind that this is a study about rats, however, those rats that were fed a low-fat, high-sugar diet, added the same amount of fat as the control rats who were fed a balanced diet. Unfortunately, they only needed HALF the amount of calories to add the same amount of body fat.  In other words, those rats on the low fat, high-sugar diets needed less than half the calories to generate the same amount of fat.  Scary eh!  This diet also resulted in chronic brain inflammation and intestinal tract inflammation as well as possibly contributing to non-alcoholic fatty liver.  Please take heed of this information. We know that inflammation is also a driver in cardiovascular disease..!!

Reduce the bad carbs, live longer?

I touched on a study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine in which they concluded that we should rethink worrying about lowering saturated fat in our diets to prevent heart disease.  They conclude it is more important to focus on decreasing insulin resistance and inflammation in the body by targeting exercise, diet and reducing stress. During a review of previous studies the researchers found that even those people who lowered there LDL cholesterol and overall cholesterol and replaced their saturated fat with omega-6 fatty acids, still had a higher rate of death. Researchers went on to say that we should concentrate on a Mediterranean style diet.  The problem is that when people try low fat diets (to avoid saturated fats) they tend to eat more refined carbs which leads to insulin resistance, higher blood sugar, higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and obesity.  The bottom line is that we as a society must be more focused on lifestyle changes that prevents insulin resistance and reduces inflammation.

Eggs to lose weight?

If you like eggs, and want to lose some weight, this might be just for you. A recent study of men and women who ate two eggs at breakfast (as part of a reduced-calorie plan) lost a whopping 65% more weight than those who ate a bagel breakfast of equal calories. The egg eaters also felt more energetic. As far as the yolk, nutritionists are encouraging you to eat the yolks in that they contribute to the weight loss, but also increase the HDL cholesterol as well as being a good source of vitamin B12 and choline. I wouldn’t recommend the buttered toast, hash browns and bacon to go along with those eggs, if you are trying to lose some weight, however, having protein to start the day, helps reduce appetite and keeps blood sugar levels from wild fluctuations.