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How Much Sitting is Too Much?

How Much Sitting is Too Much?

How Much Sitting is Too Much?

More and more people are getting blood clots, and at young ages. Doctors sometimes miss it as healthcare professionals are trained to look for a certain set of symptoms associated with clots, including pain, swelling, and heat, some of which may be missing. Also, travel is considered a risk factor, many doctors forget that some people work at desks for 12 hours with little movement. When asked after a work injury for a sitting time restriction the Dr. stated, “I want you up 10 minutes of every hour walking around, that’s just common sense.” Unfortunately, it really is not common sense, or common knowledge.

Diana Buchan, age 30, is a self-employed graphic designer who was working a lot of hours to meet deadlines. A lot of leg pain sent her to the doctor, who advised rest and ibuprofen, a few days later she was back with the clots having moved to her lungs, she could have died.  Sara Thompson, an 18 year old college student, was spending so much time studying she developed a clot, she was unable to finish her exams as she was in the hospital recovering.

Some risk factors for blood clots include birth control or hormone pills, extended sitting time for work, school,  or travel, and pregnancy. Sitting is sitting, if you are in a car, a bus, a plane, at a desk, in a chair, a train, a bench, if your knees are bent it puts an additional strain on the back of the knees which can lead to blood clots. Dehydration can worsen the problem. Having a clot once can increase your chances of another one, as the blood vessels have been stretched to accommodate already, they retain that memory, also, you can get a “phantom clot” when your body reacts as if it has another clot, the only sure way is to get it checked out by a health care professional. If you are not happy with one doctor’s opinion, get another, your life is at stake.

The most dangerous time is if a blood clot travels to your lungs and blocks the blood flow, this will cause extreme pain and shortness of breath. The clot can be far in depth, the leg is most common, this is known as DVT, or Deep Vein Thrombosis. The usual treatment is a blood thinner such as warfarin for several months, while you are taking blood thinners you will have a blood test every week to ensure you are getting a therapeutic dose. You will need to avoid shaving, broken glass, dangerous activities that can cause bleeding, etc. It is by far easier to try to prevent one.

If you are sitting for an extended period of time, get up, at least once an hour, and walk around. If you are driving a car, plan extra time so that you can stop every 2 hours or so and stretch and walk, besides into the gas station and back, walk in circles around your car if nothing else. Drink plenty of water, hydration is an important element. If you work in an office walk to the bathroom, up and down the halls once or twice, show this article to your boss, the walk will actually energize you and make the other 50 minutes of your hour more productive.

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Sources: dailymail.co.ukfoxnews.com

 

 

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Day 7, Sugar Challenge

Day 7, Sugar Challenge

This has been one interesting week. I always thought of myself as a label reader, but I have realized how often I look only at the size of the ingredient list, for the inclusion of a few items I avoid, and for too many things I can’t pronounce. I found hidden sugar in places I never expected it to be, like canned soup. My daughter was in the mood for Asian one night so I looked at the frozen food section, I looked at 8 brands before I found one that the 2nd ingredient was not sugar. The cheapest store brand turned out to have the least chemicals and no added sugar in that instance, it was good too.

I am not a big bread eater, and I try to go as healthy as possible, again, I looked at more than 6 kinds of bread before finding one with no added sugar, so far I have found 3 brands with none, out of dozens.

I found out that even if I have a terrible craving, and something chocolate is calling me every time I am in the kitchen, nothing bad will happen if I don’t give in. It reminds me of when I quit smoking, eventually the craving does pass, and the walls don’t fall in on your head.

I learned I am stronger than I think I am, and that I can accomplish what I set out to do. I learned that I have support greater than I ever dreamed, from all of my friends on the internet. My eating habits will be forever changed by this experiment, as well as my self-esteem, and I think the size of my bum!

I am super excited for the next challenge, so far the votes are highest for caffeine, gluten, or salt, will keep you all posted on which is the big winner!! Love, peace, and hugs!

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Fitness Myths

Fitness Myths

Exercise is important, if you want to lose weight, or maintain a level of fitness it is essential. There are many health problems that stop people from exercising, much of this is related to chronic pain and fatigue, believe me, I know. That does not mean you should give up! Even comatose patients are given range of motion exercises at least one a shift, start off gently, move just to the edge of your comfort zone, and check out this great poster!

Also this video shows a list of five of the most common fitness myths that people have:

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New Hands Give New Lease on Life

New Hands Give New Lease on Life

At age 24 Lindsay Ess was a bubbly, beautiful, active recent college graduate with a degree in fashion who also worked as a model. She went in for surgery to correct an intestinal blockage caused by Crohn’s Disease, developed a massive infection, and doctors were forced to remove both feet and hands to save her life.

She told a reporter from Nightline, “I’ve accepted the fact that my feet are gone, that’s acceptable to me. My hands [are] not. It’s still not. In my dreams I always have my hands.”

She learned how to brush her teeth, drink, and even send text messages without hands, she tried prosthetics but found them cumbersome, ugly, and difficult. She stated “I can’t do anything with them. I can’t do anything behind my head. They are heavy. They are made for men. They are claws, they are not feminine whatsoever.”

After she qualified for the hand transplant, and endured the long wait for a donor, doctors performed a 12 hour surgery to attach her new hands. Over a year later doctors are amazed at her progress. This surgery has only been attempted 60 times over the last 50 years.

“People used to turn and look at me when I walked down the street because of how beautiful I was,” she told Nightline. “Now they turn and look at me because I’m in a wheelchair and have no hands and feet. The type of person that I was would be the type of person I would hate now.”

These new hands, she says, will be “used with purpose, not just used to look pretty.”

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/quadruple-amputee-hand-transplant-surgery-article-1.1233218#ixzz2HQ1QAFwz

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Natural Sweetener Ideas

Natural Sweetener Ideas

This is just a few ideas for sugar substitutes, I hope some of them work for you!

Maple syrup can be used in many desserts with delicious results. Grade A is sweeter and less robust than Grade B, make sure that you buy organic, as otherwise it is processed with formaldehyde, a toxic substance. For pancakes try mixing syrup 1:1 with honey for a more economical choice.

Maple sugar is a great choice for baking delicious desserts, although it is quite expensive, it can be used in place of white sugar, although it will have a stronger taste.

Molasses is a by-product of white sugar and contains all the vitamins and minerals from the sugar cane. It has a high iron content and is great for gingerbread type desserts.

Sorghum is similar in taste and texture to molasses, only sweeter, and is a whole food product made from sorghum grain, the lighter version can be used in place of corn syrup for baking and cooking.

Rapadura or Sucanat is unrefined whole cane sugar. It’s sweet and dark and full of minerals. It is very versatile for baking, can be mixed 1:1 with white sugar, it does have a stronger molasses like flavor.

Stevia is a green herb that is very sweet, the Japanese have used it as a no-calorie sweetener for many years, after refining it is made almost white, but some refineries use the whole plant which can have toxic effects from overuse. Stevia in it’s natural form can have a bit of aftertaste so it is best used sparingly, it’s great for lemonade and other light beverages.

Agave syrup is a less expensive sweetener similar to corn syrup in taste and color, in fact, some companies have used the two as a mixture so use caution when buying. It also highly processed, something to remember if you are looking to reduce over processed foods.

Coconut/palm sugar can be used interchangeably and is an exciting new development as it has a low glycemic index, it looks a bit like raw honey and is moist and delicious.

Honey, as most people know, is healthy, delicious, and packed with antioxidants. The more raw the better, and better for you. It is versatile and usually affordable.

For cooking with any of these sweeteners you may need to adjust the amounts, as they can be sweeter than refined sugar. Try 3/4 cup instead of a full cup for starters and adjust to taste. Happy eating!

Source: http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2008/12/guide-to-natural-sweeteners_08.html

 

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5 Surprising Facts About Sugar

5 Surprising Facts About Sugar

From the nutrition diva:

  • Sugar suppresses the immune system. When you eat a big dose of sugar, like a bottle of Coke or a candy bar, you temporarily tamp down your immune system’s ability to respond to challenges. The effect lasts for several hours, so if you eat sweets several times a day, your immune system may be perpetually operating at a distinct disadvantage.
  • Sugar promotes inflammation. Inflammation, which is part of the immune response, is not always a bad thing. But eating sugar foods can fuel excessive, inappropriate inflammation that serves no useful purpose and actually promotes aging and disease.
  • Sugar suppresses the release of human growth hormone.  You know those ads in in-flight magazines that show a super-buff guy, who, thanks to a radical anti-aging program, looks about 50 even though he’s approaching 70? He’s most likely injecting himself with human growth hormone. Of course, he’s also watching his diet, spending a couple of hours a day in the gym, and using lots of self-tanner, but there’s no doubt that the hormone shots have a lot to do with his physique. Although the effects can be dramatic, hormone treatments are expensive and risky, so I don’t personally recommend this course of action. But if you want to slow down the aging process, you definitely want to do what you can to naturally enhance your body’s production of human growth hormone. Avoiding foods that are high in sugar is a good way to do that. Exercising, healthy eating, and avoiding undue stress also help.
  • Sugar promotes glycation.   Sugar molecules treat your body like a singles bar. Once they get into your bloodstream, they start looking around for things to hook up with, like attractive protein and fat molecules. The hook-up is known as “glycation” and like most hook-ups, the results aren’t pretty. These glycated molecules act like drunken sailors, careening around your body, breaking things and peeing where they shouldn’t. They produce toxic compounds called advanced glycation end products, or, AGEs. That is perhaps the most poetically-just acronym in biology, because AGEs essentially throw the aging process into fast-forward. And much of the damage done by AGEs is irreversible. If that doesn’t motivate you to walk away from the M&Ms, I don’t know what would.
  • Sugar raises insulin levels. An influx of sugar into your body will have a fairly predictable result: Your blood sugar levels will zoom up.  Shortly after, your pancreas will release a bunch of insulin to help clear sugar from your blood into your cells. As blood sugar levels go down, insulin levels return to normal. But when you eat a lot of sugar, you’re constantly calling for insulin, and that can backfire in a couple of ways. Over time, it takes more and more insulin to get the job done. Eventually, your pancreas may just stop responding to the call. Congratulations, you’re now an insulin-dependent diabetic. And along the way, exposing your cells and organs to chronically high insulin levels accelerates the aging process.


Now that I’ve scared the living jelly beans out of you, let me put all that in perspective. A small serving of sugar or the occasional sweet treat is not going to instantly translate into a new wrinkle or trigger multiple organ failure. The little horror show I’ve described above is what happens when your diet is chronically high in sugar. What counts as high? The World Health Organization suggests that you keep your sugar intake to no more than 10% of total calories. For most people, that’s about 50 grams of sugar, or the amount in one 20 ounce bottle of soda (or about 28 small Swedish fish). If you’re overweight or have any other risk factors for heart disease or diabetes, it might be wise to keep it to something closer to 5%.

There’s also one circumstance in which the negative effects of sugar are somewhat mitigated: right after a vigorous workout. Strenuous exercise creates a situation in which sugar is very efficiently metabolized—assuming that you’re not diabetic, of course. Instead of hanging around in your blood stream looking for trouble, sugar consumed after you exercise is taken up very quickly by your just-worked muscles. Plus, exercise sensitizes your cells to the effects of insulin, the exact opposite of the desensitizing effect that chronic sugar intake has.
In fact, consuming some simple sugars after a work-out, along with some protein, is a good way to enhance your recovery. In a perfect world, of course, you’d choose natural, nutrient-dense sources of sugar like fresh fruit. But, if you’re looking for a way to enjoy a little treat without feeling too guilty about it, use it as your reward after a good work-out.

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Hidden Sugars!

Hidden Sugars!

In addition to the healthy foods with naturally occurring sugar like fruit and some vegetables, (think corn, beets, and potatoes) over 50% of our daily sugar intake comes from processed foods. Avoiding sugar can be difficult as it is hidden in so many foods, many of them that do not taste sweet.

Sugar is found in ketchup, tomato sauce, salad dressing, bread, flavored yogurt, barbecue sauce, beef jerky, crackers, soup, and almost all processed foods.  The food industry uses sugar and high fructose corn syrup as a cheap food additive for browning, thickening, aerating, and flavoring. Many products have stopped using the HFCS, for health reasons, but in truth sugar and HFCS are equally toxic in excess amounts.

Sugar is made up of 2 molecules, fructose and glucose. Fructose excess is stored as fat by the liver and glucose causes a blood sugar spike which causes your body to secrete insulin which is a fat-storing hormone. To compound the problem both substances then cause a craving for more sugar and more food.

At this point many people feel like giving up, they feel that sugar is too hard to combat, that is not true. Here are a few easy ways to rid your body of excess sugars:

  • Don’t drink it
  • Think natural (fruit)
  • Sweat for sweets, exercise helps your body metabolize the sugar in it
  • Sap cravings with maple syrup and honey, in moderation
  • Baby steps, slow but sure, read labels!

Source: Women’s Health

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16 Healthiest Foods Ever

16 Healthiest Foods Ever

Talk about inspiration! I could plan days of menus just looking at this poster for inspiration and shopping lists! The trick to a healthy lifestyle is enjoying real food that is delicious, and moving your body in ways that you enjoy and that make you feel good. Enjoy!

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Day 3: Sweet and Dangerous

Day 3: Sweet and Dangerous

Sugar consumption in America is totally out of control. In 1997 Americans devoured 7.3 billion pounds of candy, spent 23.1 billion dollars on candy and gum, and ate an average of 6 regular size candy bars per week. This costs $54 billion annually to the dental industry.

In 1915 the average sugar consumption was 15-20 pounds per person annually, today the average person consumes their body weight in sugar each year, in addition to over 20 pounds of corn syrup. When you consider how many people there are who don’t eat sugar it means that there are some people who are eating more than their body weight in sugar each year, that’s a lot of toxic sweet stuff.

The human body is not designed for such large amounts of sugars, vital organs are damaged as the body tries to compensate for the empty calories. Sugar has no fiber, minerals, protein, fat, or enzymes, your body must borrow from healthy cells to metabolize the incomplete food, borrowing calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium from other parts of the body, this can cause osteoporosis, tooth decay, and gum disease. It also makes the blood thick and sticky, which makes it harder for our bodies to absorb the nutrients it needs. Also so much sugar use increases the risk for diabetes, gallstones, and obesity, which have become an epidemic.

Dr. David Reuben stated, “White refined sugar is not food, it is a pure chemical extracted from plant sources, purer, in fact, than cocaine, which it resembles in many ways.” He went on to explain how 64 food elements are lost during the refining process of sugar.

The human body is designed to handle 2-4 teaspoons of sugar a day without problems, when one soda contains the equivalent of 11 teaspoons of sugar it is easy to see how are bodies simply cannot cope with the overwhelming amounts we put into it.

In the 1970’s so much research was found with the toxic effects of sugar that the food industry quickly jumped on the corn syrup bandwagon, which was cheaper, more accessible, and touted as being more natural, in fact, sugar and corn syrup are very close in composition, and they are both toxic. Robert Lustig, leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California – San Francisco states that sugar is a toxin, or poison, and calls corn syrup “the most demonized additive known to man.”

Sugar consumption has been linked also to heart disease, hypertension, and many common cancers. Many doctors state they should be in the same category as cigarettes and alcohol, legal substances that are killing us.

Cutting down on sugar is hard, and today I do have a headache, but the alternatives are so much worse. When I do add sugar back into my diet it will be armed with the knowledge of how much my body can handle, and how well I did without it. This is the only body I get, I would like to keep using it a while longer.

Sources: http://rense.com/general45/sguar.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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About the Daniel Fast

About the Daniel Fast

When this fast was mentioned I immediately had a feeling of foreboding, I don’t know what I expected but I was wrong. This fast seems to be nutritionally sound, healthy, and does not tout itself as a magic cure-all, in fact, it’s primary use is to draw closer to God. I think if you are using this just to lose weight you will be missing out on an important tenet of the plan. The part that most earned my respect is that, while you can certainly buy books and related material for a reasonable price, the important parts, the diet itself and the devotions, are free of charge. This is done as a spiritual journey, which is rather awesome. I will be giving you a list of allowed foods and foods to avoid, but I do not recommend doing this without checking them out for yourself, and signing up for the full 21 day program.

Allowed Foods:

  • All fruits
  • All vegetables
  • All whole grains
  • All nuts and seeds
  • All legumes
  • All quality oils
  • Beverages – water
  • Other – tofu, soy products, vinegar, spices, seasonings, salt, herbs

Foods to Avoid:

  • All meat and animal products
  • All dairy
  • All sweeteners
  • All leavened bread
  • All refined and processed foods
  • All deep fried foods
  • All solid fats
  • coffee, tea, alcohol, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, herbal teas

Some people have physical detox symptoms such as headache, fatigue, leg cramps, etc. If you have any concerns please talk to your health care professional. Any good fast should be beneficial, not harmful. The next time this is written about here will probably be if I decide to do it myself, I am intrigued.

Sources: http://www.daniel-fast.com/

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Sugar Smart Shopping Tips

Sugar Smart Shopping Tips

I hope you are all hanging in there, and leaving the extraneous sugar out of your diet. I was thinking about the grocery list, and because we are all so far apart and I have no idea what brands are available where you live, that makes me rather uncomfortable, I will however, give you some hints and tell you what I buy.

Lender’s has a new bagel line called Healthy Grains, they have no high fructose corn syrup and minimal sugar, they also have a good amount of fiber. Fiber One and Dakota Hearth make breads with no corn syrup and no sugar, they are sweetened with honey, I am sure there are others, these are my go-tos as I really like them. Skippy Naturals is really good peanut butter but it does have sugar, no hydrogenated fat though, I believe the Smuckers natural has no added sugar and is just peanuts and oil. Pollaner All Fruit with Fiber is my personal favorite, Smuckers Simply Fruit is also really good. Your best bets are foods that are as close to how they grow as possible, fruits and vegetables, steel cut oatmeal, quinoa, etc. The nice thing about quinoa is that it is high in protein, a great choice for meatless days. If you get munchies and crave something to chew on, air popped popcorn and kale parmesan chips are great choices.

In my coffee I use a cinnamon grinder and add it right to the coffee grounds before I make it, ground cinnamon causes a big mess, the cinnamon cuts down greatly on the bitterness. If you must have a sweetener try honey or agave nectar, with agave, a little goes a long way, start small and work your way up. Most brown sugar is white sugar with molasses added to it, it has the same nutritional value as white processed sugar because it is white processed sugar. There is a brown product called Sugar in the Raw, which is minimally processed sugar crystals, these are also very sweet, I have been known to use them in tea and in oatmeal, I am planning to avoid them this week, it’s all I can do to give up my peanut butter! Good luck!!

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Fun With Food

Fun With Food

As some of you know, I decided to kick processed sugar out of my life for a week, we have a stormy relationship at best, and I do blame many of my problems on that sweet addictiveness sugar has going on. I had a late night inspiration to see if anyone wanted to do it with me, which snowballed, and now I am having a ball figuring all of this out as a group project.

I have a grown daughter who lives with me, she lost most of her vision 3 years ago, and in Sept 2009 I had my first hip injury, so we take care of each other, we also do most of our food changes together, including giving up yeast or sugar together, we have eliminated corn syrup and increased fiber, we work as a team.

So, that being said, I have been talking about this sugar thing for several days, all set to start January 2. On the 1st I hear her messing about in the kitchen as I was here, typing away. I asked if she needed help, she said no, shortly I smell something heavenly coming from my kitchen, she baked a cake. Yes, a cake, the day before the sugar fast. I said “Why on earth would you make a cake today? We stop eating sugar tomorrow!”

She just gazed at me with those big green eyes and said “But I wanted cake, and I’ve been sick, and it’s the only thing that sounded good,” so, we have a cake, it’s killing me. I had some right away Monday night and have not touched it since, yesterday I made big salads and they tasted funny to her, she made herself toast and that tasted funny, so she ate cake. She is not doing the sugar challenge with me, obviously. Tonight is family night at my son and Dilly’s, they are making chili, and we are taking the rest of the cake with, I hope. even just smelling it as I wash dishes is tempting.

I hope you all are doing great on your challenge, and I hope no one in your house tempts you with cake. Love, peace & hugs…

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High Sugar Fruits and Better Choices:

High Sugar Fruits and Better Choices:
Fruits are a delicious addition to any diet, but some are higher in sugar if you are watching sugar intake. Here are a few helpful suggestions, but if it comes to fruit or candy, eat the fruit!
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1. Watermelon: A staple at summer barbecues, picnics and potlucks, watermelon is lower in fiber and higher in sugar than many other fruits. Not worried about extra calories? Watermelon does pack some potassium, vitamin C and cancer-fighting lycopene.

A better option: berries. Small, sweet and packed with nutrients, berries are one superfood that can impact your health far more than the typical fruit. Studies show that berries are an excellent source of disease-fighting antioxidants and offer greater anti-cancer activity than other fruits. And they have a stellar nutritional profile to boot. With only 50-90 calories per cup (depending on the type of berry) and 3-4 grams of fiber, it’s no wonder berries are considered a powerful weight-loss food. Toss berries into a spinach salad and add toasted pecans, add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt to a bowl of mixed berries or nosh on them straight out of the carton (after washing, of course!).

2.  Bananas: In addition to the 100-120 calorie price tag, bananas have a higher glycemic index (GI) than other fruits. What does that mean for you? The body digests and absorbs high GI foods more rapidly, causing blood sugar levels to fluctuate, explains Registered Dietitian and Chef Consultant Michelle Dudash. Choosing fruits with a lower glycemic index, on the other hand, can help prevent the spikes and crashes that make you feel hungry a short time after eating. That said, if you’re heading out on a run and you need some fuel, bananas’ fiber and energy-boosting potassium should help you hit your stride better than other fruits.

A better option (particularly if you’re camping out on the couch): apples. A small apple has a GI of 28 (compared to the banana’s 70). Apples take longer to digest, pack a ton of fiber (5 grams, compared to the banana’s 3) and they’re loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants — all for only 65-80 calories. Eat them whole, or spread them with almond or peanut butter for extra staying power.

3. Oranges: While there’s nothing wrong with oranges — in fact, they’re loaded with the antioxidant powerhouse, vitamin C — they do boast more sugar and calories than some other citrus fruits. And you definitely want to steer clear of the juice, which isn’t much better (in terms of calories) than soda.

A better option: grapefruit. According to Dudash, for the same amount of weight as an orange, half of a medium-sized grapefruit has a much lower GI rating (25, compared to 50 for an orange). What’s more, that same amount of grapefruit provides only 46 calories (an orange has 62). Add grapefruit slices to a summer salad or toss bits of grapefruit with green onions and rice vinegar and serve alongside tilapia or salmon.

Source: http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2011/07/dieting-high-sugar-fruits-to-a.html

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Fructose = Fat?

Fructose = Fat?

A new study by the Oregon Health and Science University states that a diet laden with fructose, like the typical American diet, may be leading us to overeat. Scientists used MRI imaging and discovered that a beverage with fructose does not give any feeling of fullness as a beverage with simple glucose does.

It’s a small study and does not prove that fructose or its relative, high-fructose corn syrup, can cause obesity, but experts say it adds evidence they may play a role. These sugars often are added to processed foods and beverages, and consumption has risen dramatically since the 1970s along with obesity. A third of U.S. children and teens and more than two-thirds of adults are obese or overweight.

All sugars are not equal, contrary to claims from the manufacturers of these products. They contain different elements and are metabolized differently by the body, even though they contain the same amount of calories.  Table sugar is sucrose, which is half glucose and half fructose, high fructose corn syrup is 55% fructose and 45% glucose. There is an ongoing battle about the merits and hazards of corn syrup, with both sides being very passionate about their claims. Doctors say that we eat too much sugar in every form.

This is a small initial study, but it shows promise as it correlates to other studies and has enough solid evidence to warrant further study. For the study doctors used MRI scans of the brains of 20 young, normal weight people before and after they had drinks containing glucose or fructose in 2 sessions 2 weeks apart.

The scans showed that the brain’s satiety level was effectively turned off after drinking glucose, but after fructose there were no significant changes, so that the brain was telling the body that it has not received food and is hungry, the desire to eat continues.

What’s convincing, said Dr. Jonathan Purnell, an endocrinologist at Oregon Health & Science University, is that the imaging results mirrored how hungry the people said they felt, as well as what earlier studies found in animals. “It implies that fructose, at least with regards to promoting food intake and weight gain, is a bad actor compared to glucose,” said Purnell. He wrote a commentary that appears with the federally funded study in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

Studies are currently being done with obese individuals as test subjects. It appears the best option is to cook at home, and avoid added sugars as much as possible.

Source: http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/ap/brain-image-study-fructose-may-spur-overeating

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Winter is My Favorite

Winter is My Favorite

Winter is My Favorite

I love winter. It conjures up visions of hot chocolate by a fire, family celebrations, snowmobiling, sledding, skiing, making snowmen, pretty snowflakes covering the world with glitter. The cool crisp air, the blue and white landscape, snow covered trees, and icicles hanging from eaves. I know it also includes scarping the car, snowdrifts wherever I want to park, and freezing temperatures.

I choose not to dwell on the negative parts, I make jokes that I only love winter in theory, as long as I don’t have to leave my house, but I really do love it. I do not particularly enjoy being cold, in fact it wreaks havoc on my system, but when my kids were younger we went snowmobiling and sledding every weekend, we were joined by many friends, we had a huge bonfire, and roasted food in the fire and played all day, it was lovely.

Without winter we would be unable to enjoy the beauties of spring, or appreciate the heat of summer. The moisture is good for the air, our lakes, rivers, and streams, and of course, our oceans. The cold slumber is a natural break time for the growing season, and a chance for the soil to replenish itself.

Winter is a good and natural time to rest our bodies as well, it is meant to be a time to replenish the wells, to rest, to learn, to grow. It’s a good time to learn a new hobby, take up a new sport, and enjoy time with friends and family. I love making savory delicious homemade soup and baking bread, especially during a time when the extra heat is welcome in the kitchen.

I no longer have a fireplace since the move, but if you want to grab a mug of hot cocoa and have a chatter, I am right here. Love, peace, and hugs

Edited By: Ellie July 30th 2014

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PositiveMed 2013 Sugar Challenge, New Year, New You

PositiveMed 2013 Sugar Challenge, New Year, New You

Let me start off by saying I have been eating too much processed sugar, as I was deciding how long to do it and what exactly to cut, I was inspired to see if anyone was interested in joining, comfort in numbers! I was completely overwhelmed, and super excited, by the response… so now I need better guidelines, which is good for me, a written plan is always better.

I do not advocate the removal of any food group, I would like to see the limiting of high sugar fruits to one a day. I will be posting posters and pictures of foods with low and high sugar content. The removal of sugar, if you eat a lot, may cause initial irritability and headaches, once those pass you should feel much better, and it should only take a day or two. I have done internet searches, e-mailed a few doctors I used to work with, and asked other nurses if they have ever heard of a sugar fast putting someone in the hospital, no one has, nor do they think this is dangerous, some of them will be joining us even.

If you decide that this is something you want to do, there will be daily articles about removing sugar or recipes containing alternate sweeteners, I do not advocate the use of artificial sweeteners, and will not publish any recipes with them in it, that is your personal choice if you want to use them. As far as alcohol all the studies I have looked at recommend 2 glasses a day for heart health, more can lead to weight gain and other problems. If you must have alcohol please limit to 2 glasses, and look for something with less sugar, it’s only for a week, I intend to go without, but you never know, there could be a gathering somewhere and I may want a glass of red wine, may as well have it built in.

If you start off with us and cannot make it, do not feel bad, I won’t come to your house and spray you with my water bottle. If you have a small piece of cake at the office for a birthday for example, don’t drop out, jump right back in. We are only human. This is a learning and growth process, I also hope that it’s fun.

Okay, now that all that is out of the way, what are we giving up? Anything with added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, even my favorite whole grain bread has a lot of added sugar, there are types of rye and sourdough, for example, that have no added sugar, no sugary sodas, no candy, no cakes, cookies, or pies. Still with me?

I am never going to find a perfect time for everyone to do this, we are starting whenever you wake up January 2, if you need to do it later please read along with us and share your experiences when we get there. If you can talk your family into doing this with you it will make it easier on everyone. Tomorrow I will publish more foods and a tip list to get started… hint, read labels!!

Love peace and hugs, thank you for having this adventure with me

 
Edited By: Ellie July 30th 2012

Categories
health

Poor Decisions

Poor Decisions

Poor Decisions

We all make them, when it comes to love, money, food, and exercise, every single one of us has made a decision or two that is… not as good as it could have been. A new study shows that this is an international phenomenon, and maps of the world show that our food choices progressively get worse through the day. (7 am)

Built by Massive Health, this study involves 7.68 million people self-reporting over a 5 month period, it’s a map that shows how all of us, once the day is waning, start reaching for our culture’s version of junk food. Green means good food decisions, yellow is not so good, and red is worse. (12 pm)

It’s not just food, studies show our decision making skills progressively get worse throughout the day, good thing to keep in mind, if you, like me, are a late night Facebooker. I am sure the majority of my bad life decisions were made after 10 pm. Massive Health’s data is particularly amazing when you consider that experimental psychologists have consistently shown that self-control is a finite resource. For example, studies have shown that the more willpower you exert trying not to eat junk food, the less you’ll be able to resist other temptations. In support of that research, John Tierney wrote in The New York Times: (4 pm)

“The more choices you make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain, and eventually it looks for shortcuts, usually in either of two very different ways. One shortcut is to become reckless: to act impulsively instead of expending the energy to first think through the consequences. (Sure, tweet that photo! What could go wrong?)” (10 pm)

So what to do? If we know we are prone to poor decision making after a certain time, can we circumvent it? Studies say yes, we can. For example, having someone else pick breakfast or lunch choices, or making a meal for you, (you can switch duties!) planning your menu in advance, making rules that you promise to stick to, for example, no fast food after 8 pm or if you have 2 drinks no social media, it can work, I think. (11 pm)

We are all works in progress, knowledge is what helps us to combat ourselves at their worst. Good luck, and know that you are not alone in your struggles.

Source: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669761/infographic-when-the-lights-go-out-the-world-eats-junk

Edited By: Ellie July 30th 2014

Categories
Inspiration

Resolutions

Resolutions

Resolutions

This time of year many of us are thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, a tradition for people who are wanting to improve themselves in some way. We don’t have to wait until a special day to make a change, but a new year is so filled with promise and expectation it can be a good time to get the ball rolling.

The problem many of us have with making resolutions that we have too many, many of them are unrealistic, and we do not start with a plan. A goal without a plan is just a wish. If you want to be successful set small obtainable goals, and write them down.

An unobtainable goal is saying, for example, that you want to lose 80 pounds this year, whereas a more realistic goal might be losing 5-7 pounds a month, with a plan of how you hope to obtain that, for example, adding 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week, cutting down on sugar, eliminating fast food, etc. Another example is to quit smoking, write down a plan, such as I will cut down on the number of cigarettes a day, I will no longer smoke in the house, I will stop smoking in the car by February, I will have a plan for meeting cravings, etc. Many of us wish to be kinder and more compassionate, you can contact local organizations about volunteering so many hours a month, vow to deliver food to a food shelf, or crochet hats and scarves for poor children. One idea I had is to buy a pizza certificate for one family a month at the food shelter, or pizza and a movie, a fun family night for people who cannot afford that stuff.

Goal setting is what takes us to the next step, from point a to point b, never be scared to take the chance to improve yourself, and never stop loving the person you already are. You are a beautiful person already, new goals help us to grow as people and stay young in our hearts. Love peace & hugs…

 

Edited By: Ellie Aug 1st 14