Posts tagged Health/Nutrition

Obesity is a huge threat

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Panel: Obesity is century’s greatest public health threat

While I agree with some of these guidelines — but most of the actual food ones, I call foul! As you know – I am a believer in the Paleo view on eating: lean meats, nuts, berries, fruits, veggies. Clean eating at its purest — no wheat products anywhere! Now I don’t follow it 100% all the time — but it’s my main approach to eating and i have never felt better.

The final 2010 dietary guidelines will be released later this year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services.

About two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. The advisory committee highlighted four major steps:

Reduce excess weight and obesity by cutting calorie intake and increasing physical activity.

Shift to a more plant-based diet that emphasizes vegetables, cooked dry beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Increase the intake of seafood and fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products, and eat only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry and eggs.

Significantly reduce intake of foods containing added sugars and solid fats, which contribute about 35% of the calories in the American diet. Cut sodium intake gradually to 1,500 milligrams a day and lower intake of refined grains, especially those with added sugar, solid fat and sodium.

Meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Those recommend that adults get at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity physical activity each week, such as brisk walking, or 1¼ hours of a vigorous-intensity activity, such as jogging or swimming laps, or a combination of the two types. Children and teens should do an hour or more of moderate-intensity to vigorous physical activity each day.

The report calls for many changes in the food environment, including:

•Improve nutrition literacy and cooking skills, and motivate people, especially families with children, to prepare healthy foods at home.

•Improve the availability of affordable fresh produce through greater access to grocery stores, produce trucks and farmers’ markets.

•Encourage restaurants and the food industry to offer health-promoting foods that are low in sodium; limited in added sugars, refined grains and solid fats; and served in smaller portions.

Must Read: Gluten: What You Don’t Know Might Kill You

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Gluten: What You Don’t Know Might Kill You

I recently went Gluten free (paleo approach) in October to lose weight, but what I realized was that when I got rid of the gluten – I felt great. It was the culprit for my constant fatigue that had plagued me since i could remember. I was always tired for no logical reason — no one ever mentioned to look at what I was eating – only that maybe my lifestyle was causing it and I should try meds. 7 days after being off of all gluten – i could feel a fog lift. A palpable feeling — and felt fantastic! I finally lost the last few lbs I had struggled with for years — sleep better, exercise better – you name it! And when I do have a roll or bread or whatever — i feel horrible the next day in all sorts of ways. I call it a gluten hangover! So I think very carefully if what I am considering eating is worth it. Make sure you take the time and read this entire article – it’s good!

SOMETHING YOU’RE EATING may be killing you, and you probably don’t even know it! If you eat cheeseburgers or French fries all the time or drink six sodas a day, you likely know you are shortening your life. But eating a nice dark, crunchy slice of whole wheat bread–how could that be bad for you? Well, bread contains gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, and oats. It is hidden in pizza, pasta, bread, wraps, rolls, and most processed foods. Clearly, gluten is a staple of the American diet. What most people don’t know is that gluten can cause serious health complications for many. You may be at risk even if you don’t have full blown celiac disease. I want to reveal the truth about gluten, explain the dangers, and provide you with a simple system that will help you determine whether or not gluten is a problem for you.

read on…

Drinking Coffee May Lower Women’s Risk of Stroke

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Study: Drinking Coffee May Lower Women’s Risk of Stroke

I believe in moderation of certain things — coffee being one of them. I love having a cup of coffee after CrossFit in the AM. It gives me the same feeling that eating a warm bowl of oatmeal used to. So now that I know it may help lower my risk, no more apologies!

Are you drinking a cup of coffee right now? Congratulations, you may be lowering your risk of stroke, according to study of nearly 35,000 women published Thursday in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

The study led by Susanna Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm followed women aged 49 to 83 for an average of 10 years, and found that those who drank more than one cup of coffee a day had a 22% to 25% lowered risk of stroke, compared with women who drank less. Further, the study found, drinking little or no coffee was actually associated with a slight increase in stroke risk.

 

What you eat is as important as how much you eat

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The Billionaire Who Is Planning His 125th Birthday

There is much to learn from this man. What you eat is as important as how much you eat — and can help ward off disease and illness.

One morning in early January, David Murdock awoke to an unsettling sensation. At first he didn’t recognize it and then he couldn’t believe it, because for years — decades, really — he maintained what was, in his immodest estimation, perfect health. But now there was this undeniable imperfection, a scratchiness and swollenness familiar only from the distant past. Incredibly, infuriatingly, he had a sore throat.

“I never have anything go wrong,” he said later. “Never have a backache. Never have a headache. Never have anything else.” This would make him a lucky man no matter his age. Because he is 87, it makes him an unusually robust specimen, which is what he must be if he is to defy the odds (and maybe even the gods) and live as long as he intends to. He wants to reach 125, and sees no reason he can’t, provided that he continues eating the way he has for the last quarter century: with a methodical, messianic correctness that he believes can, and will, ward off major disease and minor ailment alike.

 

Gary Taubes on Dr Oz or shall I Say in Oz?

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via The Dose of Intervention and the Land of Dr. Oz | Gary Taubes | Gary Taubes.

Gary wrote Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories and makes a whole lotta sense! Going on Dr Oz’s show is big for this type of thinking and approach to nutrition so although it may have been more parts entertainment — it will stir a few people out there to seek out more information on eating the healthy way..

Today marks my appearance on the Dr. Oz Show, which was, let’s just say, an interesting experience and leave it at that. It was the show, though, that (finally) prompted me to address an issue I’ve wanted to address for quite some time.

The Dr. Oz Show is one part health advice and discussion and quite a few parts entertainment, as Oz’s producers kept telling me in the days before we taped the episode. To make for what they consider good television they played me up as the second coming of Atkins – a persona that my wife likes to refer to as “meat boy” — while Oz got to play the role of the harvest king, extolling the healing virtues of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This made it more difficult than I would have liked to get across the important messages from my books, but television is television and I certainly knew what they had in store for me.

My message and the message of Why We Get Fat was not that we should all be eating nothing but animal products – and certainly not the unappetizing meat and eggs that Oz’s crew prepared as props — but that carbohydrate-rich foods are inherently fattening, some more so than others, and that those of us predisposed to put on fat do so because of the carbs in the diet. That’s why I called the book Why We Get Fat rather than some variation on The Miracle 24-Hour (or 14-Day or Three Week or Three month) Diet Cure, which is more the norm for lay books in the nutrition genre.

 

You may be on to something with that Gluten thing you talk about…

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My mom called me yesterday and said –and I quote — ‘you know, Stephanie, there may be something to that gluten thing you have been talking about’ and she went on to tell me how she has eliminated wheat and other gluten rich foods for about a week or so and then had a muffin about 2 days ago –sure enough, she started to feel super fatigued, got a very bad headache and had to lie down…then came the stomach issues and she still doesn’t feel right.  Ya think I may be on to something!! Oy!  I guess sometimes it takes finding it out on your own to believe it.
And anyone can do that — try going gluten free for a week or 2 and see how you feel? 14 days in the grand scheme of things isn’t really that long if you think about it –and the payoff could be huge!

I recently found out one of my co-workers had also changed her life due to an illness and began a ‘paleo’ like eating approach and now is entering into the realm of wellness coaching. I gotta tell you — I have known her for about 4 years, not closely but we had talked. I had no idea what she was going thru but recently noticed how great she looked and younger! Like me, she had also put in the work to transform her life — Taking a look at what you eat and how you live your life really is the magical fountain of youth that people talk about and talking with her felt like talking to me — it felt like ‘home’ if that makes sense.  She wrote a really good blog post about Gluten that I want to share:

What’s the Deal with Gluten?

Gluten seems to be everywhere these days.  From our food to our news sources to our celebrities (Thanks Gwyneth and Chelsea), gluten is everywhere.  So what’s the deal with gluten? And should you kick the habit?

 

Weightlifting helpful for obese kids

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In-Your-Face Fitness: Weightlifting helpful for obese kids

And this is exactly why CrossFit has a CrossFit kids program —

It goes without saying that children who are obese would benefit from aerobic exercise. However, they’re likely to find the idea of going for a jog or spending half an hour on a treadmill about as appealing as watching Congress debate the fine points of tax policy on C-SPAN.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative form of exercise that plays to the strengths of plus-sized kids: weightlifting.

It may sound like an unconventional suggestion, but I’m not the only one making it. There’s even some evidence that for this demographic, weightlifting is a more effective gateway to a healthy lifestyle than traditional aerobic exercise.


Deadlifts & Pull Ups and Fun – Oh My!

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Have you seen some people who work out all the time and you can tell they are super strong but they still have the extra weight around their mid section? This used to be me. It was so frustrating too. I just couldn’t get my head around how this could be — I know I am putting in the work, how come I am not seeing the results that I expect?

What I realized is after a point it’s all diet related.  You have to change up what you are eating — not even the amount. I wasn’t eating more than I should — it was WHAT I was eating that was affecting me. Going ‘paleo’ has made a huge difference in the physical aspects of my body — you will have to take my word for it because I’m not putting up half naked pics of myself! Sorry Charlie!

Within the first 20 days of eating this way – I lost 7lbs but now that I have been almost exclusively wheat/dairy/gluten free — my body looks leaner.  Coach Conan at Crossfit Impavidus told me that the only way to really get a six pack is to do CrossFit and/or High Intensity Interval Training and go Paleo — PERIOD. The way I look at it is that unless you are training full out — you do have to live your life — so eating ‘paleo’ overall is definitely the way to go — but if you have pizza or ice cream or a drink on occasion — just get back on the Paleo train the next day. You may suffer a few days following it – but if it’s worth it to you, then do it.

On to my workout this morning —-
We had upper 60s-70 degree weather here yesterday and it’s again on the docket for today! Can’t complain about that so part of our warm-up was outside –which I may have bitched about initially but I loved it! Can’t wait for  spring…

Warmup
20 Jumpin Jacks
3 200m Runs (run, run, sprint)
Dynamic Stretching

Skill
Handstands — ok I am so inept with gymnastics. I swear that if I was under the guidance of a Gymnastics coach, they would totally kick me out of the program. Coordination & Balance is key in Gymnastics.

Guess what challenges me daily?? Coordination and Balance. Fear Not — I will work at it.

WOD
15 155lb DL
5 Blue Band Assisted Pull Ups
12 155lb DL
10 Blue Band Assisted Pull Ups
9 135lb DL
20 Blue Band Assisted Pull Ups
6 135lb DL
10 Blue Band Assisted Pull Ups
3 135lb DL
5 Blue Band Assisted Pull Ups

I started with the 155lb DL — but after the 2nd round, my form was compromised so Conan jumped in and we took off 20lbs so that I could maintain proper form while doing the DL. I am so happy they are focused on form over weight.  I have hurt my back working out partly because when we would do my AM boot camp, we were not allowed to scale back if we felt it was too heavy for us to continue on.  Form should always be first priority especially when the weight gets heavier. One wrong move, say hello to muscle relaxers and pain killers.

Bob Harper say it ain’t so —

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Don’t buy into the hype people –

Quaker Oats ain’t good for you Just because Bob Harper is Hockin it —http://bit.ly/fQL0T2

Zapping Sugar Cravings

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Hair-Raising Stats on this “White Plague” and How to Reduce Your Need for Sweets

Sugar is caustic, plain and simple, especially the white, refined versions, which demolish health with staggering ease. Most foods consumed today, processed and homemade alike, contain added sugar. While the more natural sweeteners such as raw honey, maple syrup, and dehydrated cane sugar juice are gentler on our body chemistry, they still contain a high concentration of these simple carbohydrates. When over-consumed, sugar provokes a whirlwind of regulatory functions in the body that race to rebalance the system after sugar’s body-blow, especially for pint-sized kiddos. Replacing unhealthful sweeteners with more wholesome choices is a good first step to a more nourished body. The second and often more challenging step is reducing cravings and breaking the habit of daily sugary desserts. Although it may take a bit of work, I assure you, it can be done!

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