January 24, 2017

Jerry Mathers’ Holiday Tips for Managing Type 2 Diabetes

The Beavers’ Healthy Eating Tips for the Christmas Season

by Rob Fischer

The Christmas holidays wouldn’t be the same without all the food associated with it. But especially for those suffering with diabetes, all those delicious calories can pose a real struggle. In an exclusive interview with Jerry Mathers, he offers some great tips for getting through the holidays without sacrificing your health.

Jerry Mathers starred as “The Beaver” in the 50s and 60s television series Leave it to Beaver. Following his years as a child actor, Jerry bought a catering business in which he provided food for the casts and crews in Hollywood.

Jerry Mathers Holiday Tips for Managing Type 2 DiabetesDuring those years representing his catering business, Jerry admits to “putting on a lot of weighteating the delicacies that Cleaver’s Caterers offered. Eventually, Jerry found himself at the doctor’s office with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes!

He didn’t like the idea of going on diabetes medication, so his doctor suggested that he lose some weight. That was all the motivation Jerry needed. He decided his catering business presented too great a temptation, so he sold his business and began losing weight through diet and exercise. Initially, he lost 50 pounds, which played a significant role in reversing his type 2 diabetes.

Jerry lost that weight in the late 80s and continues to keep type 2 diabetes at bay by means of a careful eating plan and exercise, similar to those found in our Diabetes Solution Kit.

Every Christmas, the Mathers clan gathers for a feast at Jerry’s mom’s house. (His dad has since passed away.) Jerry and his wife Teresa, his three brothers and his sister all converge on Mrs. Mathers’ home with all the kids and grandchildren. Such a big family celebration at the Mathers home spills out of the kitchen and dining room into the living room and den to accommodate everyone – all 40 -50 of them!

As the whole family gathers together, this offers a great time to catch up with all the relatives. After all, it’s not just what’s under the Christmas tree that matters, it’s who is around it. And this year’s Christmas marks the first time that Jerry’s new granddaughter will be joining the Mathers’ festivities!

Each of the five Mathers children bring their favorite holiday dishes for all to enjoy and share the responsibility of Christmas dinner. Jerry says with a smile, “I’m a turkey man.” Roasting the turkey is his specialty and feeding a crew this size often calls for two or three turkeys! But as former caterer, he knows his craft and does it well.

With all those delicious aromas and delicacies on display, how does one make it through a feast like this without overindulging and putting their health at risk? Here is what Jerry has found works well for him and may work for you too.

Jerry explains how he manages type 2 diabetes heading into the Christmas season:

  1. I control what I eat primarily by portion size. Don’t overindulge! There’s a tomorrow and you can eat again then. Take a small portion size and enjoy it.
  2. I take small bites of my favorite foods and savor them. Be satisfied with that first taste. The first bite is the most tantalizing anyway, after that we typically just shovel it in.
  3. I stay away from candies and sugar-laden foods. These have little or no nutritional value and only spike your blood sugar.
  4. I pass on what I don’t need. I give myself permission not to try everything on the table. I limit myself only to those food items that are special at this time of year.
  5. beavers type 2 diabetes healthy eating tips for christmasI don’t deny myself those foods I really look forward to at Christmas. For example, my sister makes a wonderful turkey dressing that I love, but I control the amount I eat.
  6. I limit myself to this one Christmas feast. Typically, after a meal like this there are leftovers galore. When we take all those leftovers home, we end up eating the same feast over and over again. I choose not to take a lot of leftovers home to prevent myself from doing that. I just take a few things home and not in great quantities.
  7. I maintain a routine of regular exercise. I walk for about two hours every day through my neighborhood. I do a little bit of running to get my heartrate up, but it’s mostly walking. I alternate between two sets of walking shoes and go through a pair about every three to six months. That’s a small price to pay for being free from type 2 diabetes!

As our interview with Jerry Mathers drew to a close, Jerry expressed a special holiday wish to our readers:

“I hope everyone has a safe and sane holiday! Don’t overindulge. There’s a tomorrow. Take a small portion and enjoy it. Don’t totally ban certain foods from your diet.”

At this Christmas season, take your cue from “The Beaver.” Enjoy your holiday feast and keep type 2 diabetes at bay. Take control and make sensible eating choices and stay physically active. If you have weight to lose, losing those extra pounds can be one of the best things you can do to control your type 2 diabetes.

The holiday season doesn’t have to be full of temptation, the good news is with a little of advice from “The Beaver, and with a bit of planning you can have fun while keeping your blood sugar levels under control and your waistline in check.

Postscript

Jerry Mathers has been an actor since he was two years old when he modeled children’s clothing for a special line of clothes. Leave it to Beaver aired from 1957 to 1963. This television show and others like it at the time were filmed before live audiences.

The two producers of Leave it to Beaver had 13 or 14 children between them. Their wealth of childhood experiences provided a never-ending source for true-to-life scenarios that the Beaver, Wally, Eddie Haskell and others played out in this beloved television show. They also tried to weave good, moral, and ethical messages into each episode.

And by the way, The Diabetes Solution Kit is a systematic program that shows people with diabetes how to maintain a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise.

Endorsing The Diabetes Solution Kit is another step in Mathers’ mission to use his celebrity status to help people.
“Since I was blessed with a second chance, I vowed to help knock out this disease quicker and easier than ever before. My personal commitment to my own health has inspired me to help others. I use my celebrity to promote positive, wholesome values because that’s just who I am,” Mathers said. “I’ve personally used many of the techniques in this Kit and I can tell you from first-hand experience that they work.”

The Diabetes Solution Kit is available at www.MathersDiabetes.com

 

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Lower your Risk of Disease with Lots of Fresh or Frozen Produce

How to Add a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet to Protect Your Health

by David Kekich

The quarter of the population eating the fewest fruits and vegetables has over three times as much heart disease as the quarter of the population that eats the most. Eat a minimum of six servings of fresh vegetables per day. This isn’t as much as it seems. One serving equals only one-half cup or one cup if they are leafy vegetables. A good rule of thumb is to stay with brightly colored veggies. And eat a wide variety—mostly raw and organic, if possible.

Also add one to three servings of fresh fruit per day. Again have a wide variety—and again, raw and organic if possible. Buying local produce may be more important than buying organic, since freshness is so important. You’re better off buying fresh, vibrant, conventionally grown produce than wilted organic.

How to Add a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables to Your DietStay away from white potatoes, too. Your body reacts to them like it reacts to white bread. Increasing vegetables and fruits from two servings to only five servings a day can cut the incidence of many cancers in half. That’s only two and one-half cups. Consider getting a Vita Mix. It’s like a kitchen in one appliance and is the best juicer on the market.

Make sure you get your money’s worth from your juicer. Drink five glasses of fresh juiced fruits and veggies every week. I combine them in my drinks, changing the mix each time. As an alternative, you might get a high quality “green drink” in powder form. Mix with water and drink every day. There are lots of good ones on the market. I use Barlean’s Greens and Life Extension’s Vital Greens Mix.

The human body evolved with a diet that was high in fruits and vegetables. If you fight nature with your diet, your health and energy level will tank. People are shocked at how much better they feel after substituting high-fiber foods for fast foods and processed foods. You need fiber to regulate your bowels, for good colon health and for weight loss if you are overweight. Eating fruits and vegetables increases your fiber intake. Juicing makes it easy.

How you combine your foods is also important. The best combinations are proteins or fats with vegetables, vegetables with simple carbohydrates or vegetables with fat. Combining your fruit with protein and healthy fats slows sugar/carbohydrate absorption. In fact, make protein the first bite of each meal to slow absorption even more. That means less fat storage, longer lasting energy levels and fewer food cravings shortly after you eat. And you will easily accomplish that by eating less. In fact, even if you eat unhealthy food from time to time, eating less of it at each meal can be almost as important as eating the right food.

Remember to lower your carbohydrate intake by replacing high-calorie, low-nutrient carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, rice, table sugar, soda, candy) with low-calorie, high- nutrient carbohydrates (brightly colored fruits and vegetables and sweet potatoes).

If you add sweeteners to anything, the healthiest sugar substitute we know of is stevia. Stevia is a delicious natural herb sweetener with added health benefits. You can find it your local health food store. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Most are toxic and can undermine your health.

splenda dangers 2For example, high doses of aspartame may lead to neurodegeneration. Aside from the damage it can do to your brain, aspartame can cause cancer. One well-controlled, peer- reviewed, seven-year study even found that as little as 20 mg per day can cause cancer in humans. One 12-ounce diet soda contains about 180 mg of aspartame, so you do the math for that risk!

It can also lead to multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, memory and hearing loss and hormonal problems.

How about Splenda? That’s harmless, right? Well, look at what a recent study, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health found. Splenda reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent, contributes to weight gain, increases the pH level in your intestines (bad for your digestion) and affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects, particularly if you’re on certain medications.

Diet soda anyone?”

In addition to changing what you eat, consider changing when you eat. The fluctuations in your insulin levels, which are so damaging to your system, can be controlled by eating smaller, more frequent meals. This will also boost your metabolism, causing calories to be burned faster, and will raise your energy level.

Research indicates that eating certain foods can help lower your risk of several diseases.

Eat at least four servings of vegetables a day — Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals, contain fiber, have no cholesterol, and are low in fat and calories. They’re a great source of many nutrients that appear to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Eat a variety of vegetables to get all the health benefits.

Eat at least three servings of fruits a day — Fruits are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Except for a few, such as avocado and coconut, they’re virtually free of fat. Fruits are a major source of nutrients that may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Choose a variety of fruits to get the most health benefits.

Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acidsEating at least two servings (about 4 ounces each) a week of fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids — such as salmon, trout, tuna, herring and sardines — can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Instead of frying, bake or grill the fish. Note: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children to avoid king mackerel, shark, swordfish and tilefish (golden bass or golden snapper), which are higher in mercury. Tuna steak and albacore tuna generally have more mercury than canned light tuna. Plant sources of omega-3s may not have the same effect. These include canola oil, soybeans (whole and oil) and walnuts (whole and oil).

Choose whole-grain foodsEating whole grains may lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. In addition to the more familiar wholegrain breads and cereals, add variety to your diet with hulled barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, quinoa, whole-wheat pasta and wild rice.

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David KekichDavid Kekich (Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs) is President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation that focuses on aging research, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to curing aging-related diseases. For more information, visit: www.MaxLife.org. David contributes to our column Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs. MaxLife is helping to make the anti-aging dream a reality with cutting edge Bio-Engineering research and products.

Your Fitness Plan for Great Skin

 

I know what some of you are thinking…”What, now you’re telling me that exercise will give me great looking and feeling skin? Sounds like another cheap ploy to get me to exercise!”

But I assure you; exercise can benefit your skin in ways that you may never have thought possible. In fact, regular exercise can:[1]

exercise benefits for skinHow Exercise Works for Your Skin

When we exercise, we set our bodies in motion, providing resistance training to our muscles, which helps strengthen them. We breathe more deeply, bringing in more oxygen. Our heart rate rises—which is a good thing—because it’s now pumping oxygenated blood throughout our body. Even the tiny capillaries near our skin begin to open up.[2]

This increased blood-flow replenish the nutrients in our skin, helps regulate our hormones, prevents free-radical damage, and promotes the production of collagen—a protein that serves as the building blocks of our skin. Collagen reduces wrinkles, reverses aging of skin, tightens skin, plump up skin and improves its elasticity.[3]

As we continue to exercise, the pores in our skin begin to open up and sweat flushes them of cellular detritus and grime. This action coupled with the continued increase in blood-flow helps detox the skin, removing harmful chemicals and waste.[4][5] Blackheads and acne disappear.

Working up a good sweat is the equivalent of getting a mini-facial. Click to Tweet.

Our regular exercise routine signals our body to burn fat. As the fat (cellulite) disappears, our skin conforms to the attractive contours of our muscles instead of the shapeless cottage-cheese-like fat deposits.[6]

While we exercise, harmful stress chemicals like cortisol diminish. These stress chemicals exacerbate skin problems like psoriasis and acne, so relief from these not only reduces stress, but also promotes the health of our skin.[7], [8]

In short, a regular regimen of exercise helps us look and feel better inside and out! This will give your skin a glow you can’t get any other way.

And of course, eating right plays a huge role into our overall health and wellbeing, as well developing a subtle, glowing skin.

Healthy Skin Promoting Exercises

In order to improve the health of our skin through exercise, we’re basically after three things:

  • Increased blood-flow and oxygenation
  • Increased lean muscle mass
  • Working to a sweat

Those three things will help us achieve all the benefits we’re seeking for our skin through exercise. Everybody is different, so you may benefit from the guidance of a personal trainer to address your specific goals. But in general, most trainers will recommend a combination of aerobic and resistance training to achieve these ends and make it much easer to get that healthy skin glow.

Exercising to Eliminate Cellulite

good sweat is like a facialMen and women typically accumulate fat differently. Men usually collect fat in their gut and women on their thighs and buttocks. Unfortunately, those specific fat-collection areas are also the last ones willing to relinquish the fat. The key is strength-training coupled with consistency, perseverance, and the all-important healthy diet![9]

Celebrity trainer Valerie Waters recommends the following three exercises to women for removing cellulite from the buttocks and thighs: single-leg hip raise, reverse lunge, and step-up. With exercise, cellulite can become notably better within weeks, but may take up to a year to disappear.[10]

To get rid of the belly fat will also take some concentrated effort over time. The big belly didn’t form overnight, so neither should we expect it to disappear overnight.

Also, as with any fat-loss solution, unless we change our eating habits that got us in this shape, we hinder the effects of exercise to do its work. Eat fewer calories (especially carbs) and enjoy only organic whole foods.[11]

Having said that, aerobic exercise combined with bicycles, crunches, and planks can help shed that belly fat and help you achieve a slimmer, trimmer abdomen.[12]

Exercising to Improve Skin Health and Youthfulness

Both aerobic exercise and strength-training exercises that elevate your heart rate, increase blood-flow and bring on a sweat perform the needed functions to give you healthy, glowing skin, slow down the aging process, reduce wrinkles, and eliminate blemishes.[13] 

Fitness experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise, 5 days per week.[14] Aerobic exercises include activities like: running, jogging, brisk walking, swimming laps, bicycling, rowing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Strength training or resistance training involves any exercise that demands greater than normal output from your muscles. Because the body contains a variety of muscle groups, you’ll want to choose exercises that address those muscle groups that you wish to focus on.

Caring for Your Skin During and After Exercise

While exercise offers so many benefits for great skin health, take the following precautions in order to preserve and protect your skin:[15]

  • Try to avoid exercising outside in the heat of the day. If that’s unavoidable, protect your skin with appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
  • Stay hydrated throughout and following your workout. Water is essential to healthy skin.
  • After working up a sweat, be sure to shower soon after to wash off the dirt and toxins that have surfaced on your skin. Otherwise, they may find their way back into your skin.
  • If you live in a dry climate, or are prone to dry skin, you may want to use a skin moisturizer following your shower.

The benefits of exercise for your skin continue for hours after you stop moving as your glowing skin remains. Plus, the relaxed feeling you get makes you look less stressed with less facial tension and fewer frown lines.

Exercise is the natural form of Botox! Click to Tweet.

5 Tips for Success

Finally, here are 5 tried and true tips that will help you succeed in your exercise program:

  • Choose an exercise or activity that you enjoy.
  • Purchase proper clothing and equipment to protect your skin and keep you comfortable.
  • Engage an exercise partner to help keep you accountable and consistent.
  • Combine your exercise plan with a healthy eating plan; otherwise you’ll undermine all your hard work!
  • Track your progress. There are all kinds of smart phone apps and gadgets to help you do this electronically.

That glowing complexion you sport after a workout is indicative of health and beauty.  Now, let’s go change into our workout clothes and get out there for healthy skin, body and mind!

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Rob_FischerRob Fischer has been writing professionally for over 35 years. His experience includes writing curricula, study guides, articles, blogs, newsletters, manuals, workbooks, training courses, workshops, and books. Rob has written for numerous churches, for Burlington Northern Railroad, Kaiser Aluminum, and Barton Publishing. He has also trained managers in effective business writing. Rob holds two Master’s degrees, both focused heavily on writing. Rob has published eleven books and serves as an editor and ghostwriter for other authors.

 

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10 Myths That Obese People Believe And How To Overcome Them

By Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

Obesity by Flickr Pam Tremble (pwsammy)

Being a doctor and working with people for over 20 years, trying to help them get healthy, has given me a different perspective on obesity.  I think I have heard every excuse in the book.  Because of this, I no longer tell people what they want to hear, but rather I tell them the truth.

The truth about your obesity begins by finding out the reason for overeating.

Your own personal reason for indulging in food may be different from anyone else.  In dealing with obesity, it is important to understand why you are overweight.  If you don’t deal with this issue, you will not be successful in your efforts to lose weight.

In one case, a woman came in to see me saying she wanted to get off of her diabetes medications because they took away all of her energy.  I explained to her that since she weighed over 250 pounds, the fat would prevent her from achieving her goal of going off medication and we would have to deal with the extra weight first.

She came in faithfully every two weeks for over a year, but didn’t lose a single pound.  She said she was doing everything I suggested, but it just wasn’t working.  Finally, in frustration, I dropped my head into my hands and questioned, more to myself, “Why aren’t you losing weight?”

She timidly answered, “Because I don’t want to.”  Amazed, I looked up and asked, “Why not?”  She went on to explain that she had seen a man on TV who had lost a hundred pounds and they showed his skin hanging down from his arms, legs and abdomen.  “I don’t want to look like that!” she blurted out in tears.

Another woman who wasn’t losing weight on a supposed 500 calorie per day diet offered that she kept the fat on to keep people away.  “I don’t want to get close to people and risk getting hurt. The fat is a very effective way to keep my distance.”  This distance included her family and friends.  She was sabotaging her own efforts on multiple diets over years because of her emotional fears.

10 Common Myths about Overcoming Obesity

Over the years, I have collected some of the most common myths that obese people believe that prevent them from getting healthy.  Many of them are actually touted in the media – or even by mainstream doctors!

Myth #1 – Exercise can make you skinny

This is a huge myth.  If this were true, then Sumo wrestlers would be thin!  They exercise all day, every day, and are able to maintain over a hundred pounds of fat because they eat over six pounds of rice per day.  They get up in the middle of the night to eat rice and maintain their weight.  Many believe they can eat what they want and just exercise more to “burn up the calories” and prevent weight gain.

We were told that a calorie is a calorie, and

(calories in) – (calories out) = (stable weight)

Not true!  If you don’t curb your calorie intake, exercise can actually make more fat deposits in your body.  Don’t get me wrong, exercise is important for maintaining health and strength, but just don’t believe the myth that you can lose fat by exercising.

Myth #2 – Eating less fat causes weight loss

Another common myth is that low-fat diets cause weight loss This false idea was started over thirty years ago, creating a society-wide experiment.  The truth is as people eat less fat, they eat more carbohydrates.

In fact, since the 1970s, sugar consumption has gone up dramatically! Now, the average American eats his weight in sugar every year, up from about 30 pounds per person!  This has caused an epidemic of obesity, as well as diabetes.  Over 60% of the population is obese and about 1/5 of the entire population is either diabetic or pre-diabetic!  Low-fat diets don’t lower body fat.

Myth #3 – Low thyroid causes weight gain

I am amazed by the sheer number of people who still believe that they are overweight because of a “thyroid problem.”  Weight loss clinics in the 1980s that gave people high-doses of thyroid hormone were surprisingly unsuccessful.  Multiple studies on the effects of thyroid on weight have failed to find a connection – and yet the myth persists.  There are many medical doctors and other practitioners that perpetuate this myth, telling people, “It’s not your fault, it’s your thyroid.”  They are then given thyroid hormones to take, but don’t lose weight.

Myth #4 – Don’t look at the scale!

When people refuse to allow my office staff to weigh them, then I know there is a deeper problem.  These are the people who don’t want to look at where they know they want to be.  They feel they will get discouraged if they find out they are not losing weight or if their efforts are in vain.

Not looking at the scale when you are trying to lose weight is like getting on to the plane and hearing the pilot say, “We’re not sure where we’re going and our fuel gage isn’t working, so we’ll just see what happens.”  I don’t know about you, but I’d get right off of that plane!

I find the real reason people don’t want to know how much they weigh is because

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Weight Loss Fads Exposed

By Amanda Box

A new industry has risen out of the ashes of our obesity problems.  It is an industry that makes giant promises with miraculous results.  They shout, “Drink our shake! Take this pill! Watch your fat melt away!”  But, this weight loss industry is nothing but a band-aid for a giant wound.

True sustainable weight loss takes a lifestyle change, not another diet.  We must learn to adopt nutrition and portion control, not meal replacement shakes and  pills.

It is quite easy to sniff out a weight loss fad.  They can seem very attractive, but they cannot offer lifelong results.  Here are some things you want to look out for:

  • Over exaggerated promises of dramatic weight loss in a very short amount of time.
  • Pills that contain stimulants that are called fat burners.  Ephedra and caffeine are common stimulants.  These pills can be dangerous.
  • Plans that have you go a period of time without eating.  Some request you replace a meal twice a day with their shake.  Others require you consume only their drink for several days and consume no other foods.

I believe there is a skewed view of what it truly takes to overcome obesity.  Prescription medication for lifestyle disease has failed to bend the obesity and disease curve. It takes hard work, determination, and a willingness to fight.  Sadly, society doesn’t seem to value these things anymore.

Just as Americans like their “fast food,” they also like “fast results.” We have become a culture of instant gratification.

  •  If we want warm food, then we microwave it and it’s ready in just a minute.
  •  If we want to buy something and don’t have the money, then we charge it to a credit card.

I believe this has had a crippling effect on people.  It has created a society looking for the easy way out.  People give up when something takes time and hard work. It’s as if no one has heard the phrase, “Good things come to those who wait.”

Many companies have taken advantage of the fact that we are an instant results culture.  Websites, multi-level marketing companies, magazines, and even health food stores promote the newest weight loss products.  This has always been an area of the natural health industry that has made me very uncomfortable.  I cannot promote something that isn’t going to work.  And even if it did help someone lose a couple pounds, they are not making a true lifestyle change towards whole body nutrition.  My personal hope is that together we can create a conversation about a real, practical solution for the prevention, treatment and reversal of our obesity epidemic.

The Weight Loss Pill Scam

I hate to burst your bubble, folks.  But, there is no magic pill!

In a world where quick-fix diet schemes abound, you’d be wise to look at any magic pill with a healthy dose of skepticism. No pill on the market is going to give you dramatic weight loss results. Yes, there are carb blockers, fat burners, and diuretics you can safely take.  But the results are minimal, if you have any results – at all!  And most of those bottles say on the label that best results are seen only in cooperation with a healthy and reduced calorie diet.

Fat burning pills have become all the rage in the last 15 years.  However, these stimulants can be very dangerous!  Many states have even outlawed stimulants like ephedra from even being sold!  Other diet pills contain strong laxatives.  These laxatives can create dependency and cause nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

No pill alone is going to safely change your waistline. Eating whatever you want while losing weight is just not reality.

Mounting evidence proves that the solution to lifestyle and diet-driven obesity-related illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer, won’t be found at the bottom of a prescription bottle. You must change your eating habits to lose weight and keep it off!

Meal Replacement Rip-offs

I cannot even count the number of times I have been approached about the newest “nutrition shake.”  Marketing giants have recently begun to switch the words “weight loss” with “nutrition” in order to boost sales of their meal replacement drinks.

Though this is brilliant marketing ploy, the basis of the shakes has stayed the same. They are still extremely calorie restrictive, filled with chemical sweeteners and artificial ingredients.  Using the word “nutrition,” leads customers to believe that those shakes are good for them.  This could not be any further from the truth!

Those who promote these shakes promise false realities, such as:

  •  “You can get everything you need, plus your daily vitamins and minerals in just one delicious glass!”
  • “It is so easy to lose weight and you’ll have so much energy from all the nutrition you’re getting!”
  • “Just two shakes a day instead of two of your largest meals and you’ll be healthier than ever!”

These types of endorsements make me shudder.  It’s as if they are saying that their shake not only tastes better, but also is better for you than a plate full of fresh vegetables.  Using a nutrition shake to replace real, vitamin rich foods is not an even trade!

My biggest problem with meal replacement shakes isn’t even the advertising!  It is the ingredient list!  Many of these companies use the cheapest raw materials possible to make the base of their shakes.  Then they add synthetically made vitamins and minerals to add “nutrition.”  Each time I am approached with the latest and greatest nutrition shake, I read the ingredients and I am always terribly disappointed.

When I look through ingredients on a label, I have several “red flag” ingredients I look for.  The majority of meal replacement products contain a slew of ingredients that are unpronounceable and definitely don’t sound like food. If your food ingredients are created in a lab somewhere, you can bet there’s a study out there discussing the potential health risks.

The most common ingredients in meal replacement shakes that raise my “red flag” are:

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Diet Soda Leads to Hearing Loss

By David Kekich

The human body evolved with a diet that was high in fruits and vegetables. If you fight nature with your diet, your health and energy level will tank, as well as hearing loss. People are shocked at how much better they feel after substituting high-fiber foods for fast foods, processed foods and artificial sweeteners like aspartame. You need fiber:

  • To regulate your bowels
  • For good colon health
  • For weight loss if you are overweight

Eating fruits and vegetables increases your fiber intake.

How you combine your foods is also important. The best combinations are:

  • Proteins or fats with vegetables
  • Vegetables with simple carbohydrates
  • Vegetables with fat

Combining your fruit with protein and healthy fats slows sugar/carbohydrate absorption. In fact, make protein the first bite of each meal to slow absorption even more. That means less fat storage, longer lasting energy and fewer food cravings shortly after you eat. And you will easily accomplish that by eating less. In fact, even if you eat unhealthy food from time to time, eating less of it at each meal can be almost as important as eating the right food.

Remember to lower your carbohydrate intake by replacing high-calorie, low-nutrient carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, rice, table sugar, soda, candy) with low-calorie, high-nutrient carbohydrates (brightly colored fruits and vegetables and sweet potatoes).

If you add sweeteners to anything, the healthiest sugar substitute we know of is stevia. Stevia is a delicious natural herb sweetener with added health benefits. You can find it your local health food store. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Most are toxic and can undermine your health.

For example, high doses of aspartame may lead to neurodegeneration. Aside from the damage it can do to your brain, aspartame can cause cancer. One well-controlled, peer-reviewed, seven-year study even found that as little as 20 mg per day can cause cancer in humans. One 12-ounce diet soda contains about 180 mg of aspartame, so you do the math for that risk!

Eating aspartame can also lead to multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, memory and hearing loss and hormonal problems.

How about Splenda? That’s harmless, right? Well, look at what a recent study, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health found. Splenda reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent, contributes to weight gain, increases the pH level in your intestines (bad for your digestion) and affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects, particularly if you’re on certain medications.

Diet soda anyone?”

In addition to changing what food you eat, consider changing when you eat. The fluctuations in your insulin levels from carbohydrates, which are so damaging to your system, can be controlled by eating smaller, more frequent meals. This will also boost your metabolism, causing calories to be burned faster, and will raise your energy level.

Those with aspartame in their diet, once taken off diet sodas, have fond symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis disappear.  There are many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly. This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia.

You buy the poison; you buy the disease.

Food is a weapon.  Are you going to be the next victim?

 

David Kekich (Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs) is President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation that focuses on aging research, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to curing aging-related diseases. For more information, visit: www.MaxLife.org. David contributes to our column Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs. MaxLife is helping to make the anti-aging dream a reality with cutting edge Bio-Engineering research and products.

 

Got a Sweet Tooth?

This One’s For Your Sweet Tooth

Your sweet tooth has gotten you into lots of trouble over the years.

All those diets you abandoned for a slice of cake, all the extra calories you took in ‘just to have a taste of something sweet‘ before bed.

Where has it gotten you?

Into pants that are another size larger. Into your doctor’s office for another lecture. Into a body that you no longer enjoy.

Yes, sweet treats sure are tempting, but the life-long repercussions far outweigh the momentary pleasure.

To help you conquer your sweet tooth, I’ve identified the 5 sweet traps you should avoid, as well as a healthy substitute for each.

Sweet Trap #1: Candy

Nothing gets refined sugar circulating through your body quicker than a fistful of candy—and if you’re in the habit of eating candy daily then your body will crave it.

Candy has virtually no nutritional value, other than caloric energy, and will quickly end up stored on your body in the form of unwanted, annoying fat.

Try This: Swap your sickly-sweet candy out for a handful of unsalted nuts, a few pieces of unsweetened, dried fruit, or a small square of very dark chocolate (at least 72% cocoa content).

Sweet Trap #2: Baked Goods

Cake, cookies, brownies, pastries, donuts, and pies are popular vehicles for sugar consumption and satisfying your sweet tooth. While these may not taste as sweet as candy, the combination of refined sugar and white flour will spike your blood sugar just the same.

Very much like candy, regularly eating baked goods may become a habit. Break yourself of this and you’ll find the number on your scale going down rather than up.

Try This: Put down the cookie and reach for a piece of fresh, seasonal fruit. Fruit is nature’s candy, and is every bit as blissful as a slice of cake. Serving a beautiful fruit platter to guests can be as delightful as any baked treat.

Sweet Trap #3: Ice Cream

Nothing makes you feel as happy and carefree as a bowl of creamy ice cream…until that ice cream makes its permanent home on your waist. Very much like candy, ice cream has few nutritional benefits.

Try This: Let’s face it, cold, creamy and sweet makes a delicious combination. Create a healthy protein-packed ice cream with the recipe below.

Sweet Trap #4: Soda Pop

A regular can of soda pop contains the equivalent of 10 packets of sugar. That’s more sugar than you should consume in a week’s time!

Soda pop is something that you get into the habit of drinking, and do without thinking. The good news is that a craving habit can be broken and then replaced with something healthier.

Try This: Take soda pop out of your diet. Period. There are plenty of other, healthier, beverages available to you. Try the recipes for Spa Water below.

Sweet Trap #5: Blended Drinks

Smoothies, blended coffee drinks and milkshakes are all tempting sweet tooth treats, especially in hot summer months. Don’t give in to the temptation!

These items are even more deadly than most treats since they are consumed through a straw and don’t make you feel full. Let me assure you that even though you don’t feel full, like you would after a piece of cake, you’re still taking in a boatload of sugary calories.

Try This: Make your own healthy blended drinks at home by using natural sweeteners like stevia, or simply by using fruit. Take the ice cream recipe below, add non-fat milk and mix in the blender for a high protein milkshake.

Eliminating refined sugar from your diet will do so much for your health, as well as your weight.

A great thing to remember is that once you’ve fallen out of the habit of eating sugar, your body will no longer crave it.

This means that each day spent in discipline will bring you closer to the day that sugar no longer has a hold over you. Imagine how much slimmer and healthier you will be!

Eating healthy is half of the battle when it comes to fitness and wellness. The other, equally important, side is maintaining a regular, challenging exercise program.

For an exercise program to be challenging it must always be changing. That’s why my workouts are never the same.

Beyond Soda

You know that soda pop isn’t good for you…and yet you still drink it. I understand that plain water gets boring – especially when you’re having a party or gathering.

Use the recipes for “Spa Water” below and quickly turn plain water into an exciting and refreshing treat without added sugar or chemicals:

  • Citrus: Slice an orange, lemon, and lime into a large pitcher of water. Add ice, allow to chill for 1 hour before serving.
  • Raspberry Lime: Slice a lime into a large pitcher of water, add a handful of raspberries. Add ice, allow to chill for 1 hour before serving.
  • Strawberry Basil: Slice 10 strawberries into a large pitcher of water, add 5 leaves of basil. Add ice, allow to chill for 1 hour before serving.
  • Watermelon Rosemary: Place 1/2 cup of small watermelon chunks into a large pitcher of water, add two sprigs of rosemary. Add ice, allow to chill for 1 hour before serving.
  • Pineapple Mint: Place 1/2 cup of small pineapple chunks into a large pitcher of water, add 15 mint leaves. Add ice, allow to chill for 1 hour before serving.

Guilt-Free Strawberry Ice Cream

Here’s a recipe that allows you to indulge in something sweet, cold and creamy without the craving for a sugar rush. Non-fat Greek yogurt is packed with protein, which makes this delicious snack even more beneficial for your body. Feel free to add Stevia In The Raw to increase the sweetness as described below.

Here’s what you need…

  • 20 organic strawberries
  • 2 cups non fat Greek yogurt
  • optional *1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw*
  1. Wash and hull the strawberries. Mix in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add yogurt (and Stevia In The Raw, if using) and blend well.
  3. Pour into an ice cream maker and run until yogurt is frozen and creamy.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 87 calories, 0g fat, 53mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, and 13g protein.  Servings: 4

Motivate your friends, family and co-workers who have a sweet tooth of their own! Use the “comment” box below for healthy eating tips of your own or share these Sweet Traps article with your friends.

 

Nordine Zouareg is a former Mr. Universe, an International Fitness Coach, Speaker and Author of the book Mind Over Body: The Key to Lasting Weight Loss is All in Your Head! He offers world-class advice on health and fitness, inner balance and stress management, and achieving one’s full potential the inner keys to extraordinary performance. An inspiring message of hope and achievement, based on his own extraordinary story. For more information, visit: www.NordineZ.com

How Certain Healthy Foods Can Relieve Your Aches and Pains

New studies show some healthy foods have the ability to reduce the stings that go ouch in the night…and day

Comfort food has long been heralded as just what the name implies: gratification through nourishment. Yet, there is another synonym for comfort that is of particular interest to us here at Home Cures That Work: relief.

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Comfort food makes us feel safe, calm and cared for. It’s a combination of memory, history and brain chemistry. Most of us are soothed by the soft, sweet, smooth, salty and unctuous — the specifics are highly personal.

In fact, this little word that means so much has inspired this month’s issue. But is there any truth in the ability to relieve pain naturally by eating? Glad you asked! Because that’s just what we’re going to find out – right here, right now.

Today, we are going beyond chocolate donuts, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cookies. They are all comfort foods, no doubt, but they have little value on your health outside of a quick boost in serotonin. Sure it makes you feel good, but carbs and starches can pack on the pounds too.

What we are talking about is actual pain relief from certain foods that are not usually associated with comfort. These are healthy food eats that appear to have some proven benefits in knocking out inflammation – even if it’s just through a mood change.

Chewing On The Possibilities – Is Soy A Breakthrough In Pain Management?

Jill Tall, PhD at Youngstown State University in Ohio, says we should not expect a prescription of tofu for pain just yet, but recognizes the potential. “I do believe that as an adjunct to traditional therapies, there are some possibilities,” Dr. Tall said. A couple of the possibilities she is talking about are soy and cherries.

A study conducted with 135 men and women has shown soy has the power to reduce pain from osteoarthritis. The control group consumed 40 grams of soy protein each day for a period of 3 months. Those taking the soy saw a reduction in the arthritic aches and pains, as well as enjoying an improved range of motion in affected joints. Men saw the greatest improvement. Though they are still not sure why soy is so effective, the basic idea is that soy contains isoflavones that have anti-inflammatory properties.

Based on the study, a practical thought comes from Srinivasa N. Raja, MD, a pain management specialist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He said you would have to eat an unrealistic amount of edamame to hit 40 grams of soy protein, so you are better off mixing a shake with soy protein powder.

Now take a closer look at cherries. Anthocyanins, which give cherries their deep, red color, are also anti-inflammatory substances. They may even be a hair better than the power of aspirin, according to Muraleedharan Nair, PhD, a food-safety researcher at Michigan State University. They do not know what the most effective dosage is, but they encourage folks to eat them at will because, pain management aside, they are good for you!

But Wait – There Is More!

In addition to soy and cherries, here are some additional healthy foods that can reduce pain:

  • Grapes
    The skin of grapes contains resveratrol, a compound proven in lab experiments to fight cancer, lower blood sugar levels and yes, reduce cell inflammation. Its benefits have been compared to a COX-2 inhibitor like Vioxx, but unlike Vioxx, there are ZERO dangerous side effects. No lawsuits have been filed and no risk of heart attack ever went up from eating too many grapes!
  • Olive Oil
    Popeye loved her – and for good reason. Adding olive oil to your diet is a great way to get the same benefit of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). It comes from an ingredient called oleocanthal that is known to keep messenger molecules called prostaglandins from causing inflammation and pain.
  • Physic Nut
    No, I am not talking about someone who is crazy for matter and its movement through the space-time continuum. This is another name for an evergreen shrub that lives in Central America and Mexico. An extract from the leaves of the physic nut – or Jatropha curcas – is a powerful pain reliever and has been used as traditional medicine for years in many parts of the world. At 200 – 400 mg doses, this extract is as successful in reducing pain as aspirin.
  • Omega-3s
    What aren’t they good for? Get them in healthy food servings of cold water fish. Also, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and canola oil are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Whole Foods
    If not already, fruits, berries, and vegetables need to become part of your diet. For so many reasons, but 5 or more servings of green and bright colored vegetables, whole fruits, and mixed berries can specifically help reduce pain by lifting your mood.

In addition to certain anti-inflammatory effects of raw foods, feeding your body right and training it to crave the right stuff will give you the same serotonin rush that certain fattening comfort foods give you — only it will last longer. An improved mood has been shown to lower pain because feeling happy makes everything feel better!

What To Avoid

You knew this was coming…

In addition to doing the right thing to put a freeze on your pain, you should also know what not to do. If you are taking the proper, natural steps to feel better, you do not want to make your job harder by doing things that serve to exacerbate your condition.

There is nothing new here either. We have been telling you to avoid these things for years and now you have another compelling reason.

The following items can cause your aches and pains to worsen:

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*Courtesy www.optiderma.com…and from www.food.com

Night Binging: What's Happening?

7 Steps to Face the Fridge and Walk Away

Binge eating mostly happens in the evening, and you become someone else. In the evening, you are probably tired and stressed, and that is why you should use your rational hours of the day planning your evenings in order to eat moderately. Otherwise, when you eat supper, you gorge yourself with everything you have at home, such as sandwiches, ice cream, etc.

  • Try not to keep sandwiches, ice cream or other fattening, unhealthy food at home.
  • Be sure to buy in advance the ingredients you need to prepare a large, tasty salad, so that you can have a big meal that is not fattening and unwholesome for your body.

The main goal here is to get healthy, wholesome and reasonable eating habits. If you do this in the first place, your body weight will go down to a level that fits your physical constitution.

The alternative to escaping the anguish of binge eating is feeling the anguish. This can provide useful information that you might need for accurate estimates in life. Be curious about what can come out of your feelings and ideas if you desist from gorging yourself with food.

Lie down and focus your attention inside of yourself. Be brave! What you feel may not be pleasant. But, these unpleasant feelings usually die away after a while and afterwards you are enriched with a new understanding of your inner feelings and you will feel generally better.

It takes about 10 to 15 minutes of deep breathing exercise for the cravings to dissipate. If it is still there, get-up and prepare a large salad.

Think About All Of The Steps Involved:

1. The thought enters your mind that you want to cheat. (REFRAME NOW! THINK ABOUT THE NEW YOU!)

2. Ask yourself why and make a better decision.

3. You decide to take action on the thought. (IT’S STILL NOT TOO LATE!)

4. You stand up. (YOU ARE ABOUT TO MESS UP ALL YOUR EFFORTS!)

5. You walk over to the fridge, to the door to go to the store, or to the phone to order food. (THINK AGAIN!)

6. You open the fridge door, grab your keys and unlock the door, or dial the phone after looking through your pile of menus and picking one out. (POINT OF NO RETURN!)

7. You reach into the fridge and start searching around, walk out your door to the store or sit and wait for the fast food deliveryman. (YOU JUST LET YOURSELF DOWN.)

These are definitely a lot of steps! And there are many in between I have probably missed, as well. So, as we see here, there are 7 opportunities to reason with your own mind, and think, “Ok, do I really want to kill all my hard work in the gym by eating something that will only award me temporary satisfaction, and make me look/feel worse?” In the heat of the moment, the binge eater is sometimes likened to an animal that cannot control itself, acting on instinct only, without regard to what is going on.

He consumes simply for the sake of consumption, and receives his satiety from this fact, and this fact only: he will not stop until he is absolutely stuffed and will award his palate with a plethora of different tastes to fit his liking.

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Some Night Binging is a result of medication. For some, it takes on an addictive quality. There is even a night-eating syndrome. If you find yourself in one of these categories, please reach out and get some help. Try EatingDisordersOnline.com
for centers and support group near you.


THERE ARE 7 OPPORTUNITIES TO REASON WITH YOUR MIND WHEN THE URGE TO BINGE STRIKES. RESIST YOUR INSTINCT TO SATIATE YOUR CRAVING, AND CHOOSE TO WORK THROUGH THE ANGUISH WITH THESE 7 STEPS.

The body you want is already there, it’s maybe just a little covered up. Remove that cover by respecting and loving yourself. Use your mind. Without a light, what good is a temple?

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