Hi everyone. This just in from two new studies looking at how long Olympic medalists live. There's happy news to share. They studied men and women over the years after their Olympic performances to find out which kinds of sports seemed to improve lifespan. Lo and behold, you do not have to run marathons, live in a gym or spend hours each day to live long and well. The studies showed that big time high intensity competitive activity was no better than less strenuous sports at increasing lifespan.
What does this mean to you? Research is now pointing to the recommendation that the consistent and regular practice of moderate intensity physical activity (like walking) is a critical lifestyle behavior contributing to health and longevity. This means incorporating more assuming the vertical (yep, get out of your chair) throughout the day and moving (walking, stairs) more is important. Combine that with scheduled time (30-45 mins) of deliberate cardio like walking/biking/rowing/swimming (add some intervals of intensity like picking up the pace, hitting that hill/incline) really helps to build a strong base of endurance and cardio health.
So take heart! Hit it today and stay on track with doable, practical and realistic moderate physical activity.
I have such a sweet tooth, but I'm trying to cut down on my desserts. I find that if you sprinkle a little salt on your dessert it helps enhance the flavor, I end up eating less dessert with the salt on it! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has a sweet tooth! The salt makes the flavor really pop out! This is also great for the healthy, not so tasty desserts. This isn't recommended for those with high blood pressure however!View Thread
Alkaline acid diets are diets that stresses on a varying amount, roots, tubers, nuts, legumes, fresh fruit and vegetables. Some people also refer to it as alkaline diet or acid alkaline diet. History Our hunters and gatherers ancestors ate a diet that is extremely different from what is typical now. The diet contained less animal foods and processed plants. However, with the beginning of agriculture, the typical Western diet changed significantly. â€¢ Polished grains were obtainable after the discovery of automated sifting and rolling machines. â€¢ Domestication of livestocks led to introduction of milk and other related products. â€¢ Salt intake rose when tools of mining, as well as process, and means of transport became available. â€¢ Eating of meat rose with animal farming. â€¢ Intake of sugar has increased since the commencement of Industrial Revolution. Nearly all foodstuffs that we consume, after undergoing digestion, absorption, and metabolism, liberate either an alkaline or an acid into the blood stream. Foods such as poultry, milk, fish, salt, grains, meat, and milk all secret acids; therefore, the introduction and increase in intake of diet rich in these foods means that the normal Western diet was more acid producing. Eating of fresh vegetables and fruits reduced, which made the Western diet even more acid producing. Human blood is somewhat alkaline, with a typical pH level of 7.35 to 7.45. The basis behind the acid and alkaline diets is that the food we consume should mirror this pH level and be to some extent alkaline. Opponents of alkaline acid diets suppose that acid-producing diets disrupt this equilibrium. This encourages the loss of vital minerals like magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium, as the body attempts to restore the stability. This instability is believed to make individuals prone to diseases. Why do individuals try the Acid Alkaline Diets? According to several unconventional practitioners, the move to acid and alkaline diets is the foundation of several chronic illnesses. A number of practitioners advocate for the alkaline acid diet if an individual has the symptoms outlined below in absence of other illnesses. These symptoms include lack of energy, recurrent flue and colds, too much production of mucous, headache, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, benign breast or ovarian cysts. Even though conventional physicians do agree that increasing the intake of vegetables and fruits as well as reducing the consumptions of refined grains, meat and salt, is advantageous to health, the most of them disagree that acid-producing diets is the basis of chronic disease. In modern medicine, there are facts, though, that alkaline acid diets may assist in preventing the formation of calcium that causes kidney stones, osteoporosis, as well as age associated muscle wasting. Research Extensive, well-designed scientific studies on the efficacy of the alkaline acid diets for general well-being are wanting. Safety concerns of these diets It is an excellent idea to seek medical advice from a medical practitioner prior to trying a new diet. Individuals with severe kidney problems should avoid acid producing diets except under physician's supervision. Individuals with pre-existing heart illness in addition to those on drugs that have an effect on levels of potassium in the body should confirm with the physician first.View Thread
Everyone's looking for a way to feel full and satisfied without going overboard. Let's look at drinks. Which ones make you feel most satisfied and suppress hunger the most? Not sure? Researchers have discovered that it's not the thin and non-creamy drinks that we associate with being full. The creamier and thicker drinks win out. But wait. Is it the creaminess or the thickness or both that leave you feeling the like your hunger is gone and you are done already!
Drum roll: it's the thickness that wins out. So, the key is to create drinks that have a creamy and thick texture. Sounds like a protein smoothie to me. Now you can see why i love to use them for meal replacements in a pinch and/or a mid-afternoon snack. You can use whey, rice or soy protein powders.
Here's a favorite from my new book The Hunger Fix. Maintain an active lifestyle and you'll love this smoothie even more. The carbohydrates, protein and fats are high quality and will help satisfy and fuel you through your busy day. Enjoy!
Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie 1/2 cup almond milk 1 cup chopped cherries, pitted 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 1/2 ounce almonds, whole 1 scoop (24 g) whey protein powder 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed Makes 1 serving (about 11/4 cups) Per serving: 348 calories, 25 g protein, 33 g carbohydrate, 13 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 8 g fiber, 130 mg sodium View Thread
Hi everyone. For anyone considering weight loss surgery, or anyone who's had it, make sure you are aware of a problem that may crop up post surgery. This research is hot off the press. People who have had bariatric surgery, especially those with the classic Roux-en-Y bypass, may be at increased risk for addictions post surgery, including smoking cigarettes, alcohol and drug use. Here's what the study authors said: "Studies have shown that drugs, alcohol, and food trigger similar responses in the brain and that bariatric surgery candidates whose condition has been diagnosed as binge-eating disorder (BED) display addictive personalities similar to individuals addicted to substances. Therefore, alcohol and drugs (including nicotine) are likely to substitute for overeating following WLS [weight loss surgery." Make sure you have an excellent support team pre and post surgery to include a psychologist who can monitor any problems you might develop over time. Be honest about any addictive behaviors you may have prior to surgery and let your team know about this, as well as your genetic family history as it relates to addictions. In my new book The Hunger Fix which is all about the new science of food addiction, we really make certain people are aware of these tendencies toward cross addiction, and make everyone aware that you need to be vigilant about the possible emergence of these other behaviors. Meditating on a regular basis and daily physical activity are terrific to curb these tendencies and to keep people on track.
Well, CONGRATULATIONS on your loss! You should be very proud of your self!
Just remember, you said you look great in clothes, better than ever! Maybe just remind yourself of that often and try to get those nasty gremlins out of your head who remind you of the loose skin issue.
I certainly have a few lbs I could stand to lose, but my weird thing is, I don't think of myself as chubby until I catch myself in a mirror. Then I say to myself, "who the heck is that"? I AVOID mirrors as best I can!
But seriously, Im working on it. Taking baby steps.View Thread
I'm overwhelmed by your courage and effort in losing 100 pounds. But I know that when I've lost a lot of weight and regained it, it was out of fear. Perhaps you need to look inside yourself and honestly determine what is blocking you. Until you find it, you'll just lose and regain over and over.View Thread
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