Sunday, October 31, 2010
Fight Cancer With Diet Changes
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When I work with people to stop smoking, I tell them that I don’t believe that smoking
causes cancer. At least, not directly. Let me explain what I mean.
According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, cancer is
basically a disease of the immune system. Every day your body is reproducing new cells. To be more specific, it is reproducing
copies of existing cells. Cancer starts when something changes in the DNA and nucleic acids that are the basis of hereditary.
Your body will create incorrect copies that become malignant cells. This actually happens to everyone. We all have these “Bad
cells” in our bodies. The good news is that they are controlled or killed by the natural defense mechanisms in the body,
better known as the immune system. If your immune system is healthy, there is nothing to worry about.
we see that the start of cancer is as a result of cells gone “bad”. When you smoke or eat toxic foods, you are
putting low levels of poison in your body which ultimately changes body chemistry. The immune system can’t defend your
body properly when biochemistry is altered. It can’t tell its own cells from invading toxic cells and may attack everything
or nothing. Usually what happen is that your immune system is weakened by the poison in cigarettes and food toxins, so it
is not able to control the “bad” cells. So, cancer cells are normal cells that have been altered by a chemical
or other enabler that allows the cells to survive but without the safety controls of normal cells. Cancer attacks when your
immune defenses and blood health are low from high levels of toxins.
Cancer is on the rise. It is primarily
a disease of the 20th century that is getting worse. New statistics show that more people will get cancer if prevention is
not preached, instead of cancer treatment. Treatment is not the answer. More and more people are being treated for cancer
and more are newly diagnosed each year.
One obvious solution is to keep the toxins out of your body. If
you smoke, or if you are around second hand smoke you are putting your immune system at risk. Smokers are more likely to not
only have cancer, but every other disease clear down to the common cold. Stop smoking right away and your body will start
to recover immediately.
Changing your diet is a also key in battling cancer, because up to 50% of cancer
risk can be determined by your diet choices. Nutrition deficiencies accumulate over a long period of too much over-processed
food, trans-fat and red meat along with too little fresh fruits and vegetables. This eventually leaves our bodies with very
little to protect us.
Some hormone-driven cancers like ovarian, breast, uterine, kidney, bladder, prostate
and colon cancers are closely related to the kind of protein and fat we eat. The worst is animal protein and fat from meats
and oxidized fats from junk foods and fried foods. Alcohol abuse, too much sugar and barbecued meat can also be traced back
to cancer development.
Your diet is your major weapon against cancer. The food you eat can either promote
or prevent the disease. Whole food nutrition allows the body to use its natural ability to restore and repair cells. A healthy
diet can deter the cancer process from its conception to its growth and spread. Even if your genetics and lifestyle are against
you, your diet may still make a tremendous difference in your cancer odds by boosting your immune system.
your body healthy food nutrients may can determine whether a cancer-causing virus or a cancer-promoter like too much estrogen
will turn into a cancerous tumor. Even after cells have massed into tumors, certain food compounds can help slow or even stop
more growth and may even actually shrink the tumors. What we’re talking about here is helping your body heal itself.
Avoid high-chemical processed foods and eat more natural food. The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the
less your cancer risk from colon and stomach cancer to breast and even lung cancer. People who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
and detoxify themselves have half the risk than people who eat few fruits and vegetables.
One more tip to
help your body avoid cancer: Reduce your body fat. Toxins are usually stored at their highest level in fat cells. Reduce the
amount of fat to store these toxins and get plenty of water and fiber to flush out the toxins.
THAT PROVIDE CANCER-FIGHTING NUTRITION
Fiber-rich Foods: The best sources are
whole fruits and vegetables and whole grains
Yogurt and Pro-biotic Foods: These help neutralize
the effects of carcinogens and de-activate enzymes that allow body substances to turn to cancer.
Foods: Citrus fruits, tomatoes, pepper and greens along with green tea offer antioxidant protection and neutralize
Omega-3 fatty acids: The best sources are cold water fish
such as salmon, along with plant-based sources like nuts and flax seed.
EIGHT KEYS FOR CUTTING YOUR
RISK OF CANCER
1. Eat a healthy diet with natural whole foods. Avoid processed foods.
2. Eliminate as many toxins from your body as possible. Avoid smoking and areas where smoke may exist. Use an air purifier
3. Reduce intake of fats and sugar. Sugar causes cell damage and fat provides storage for toxins.
4. Reduce intake of red meat. Red meat has been linked to increases in many types of cancer.
5. Keep your immune
system strong. Reduce your stress and toxins in your body.
6. Cleanse your body with plenty of plain water and
7. Exercise regularly. This reduces stress, improves circulation and helps you feel good.
8. Laugh more. Laughter releases serotonin which gives your immune system a real boost.
Remember; An ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure.
This post is my opinion based on medical research. I am not a doctor and
do not give medical advice. I am a survivor of skin cancer, which has surprised my doctor by not returning.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The Anti Aging Secret: Eat Your Way to a Younger You
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Would you like to know one of the great
secrets to slowing the aging process? Okay, come closer. The secrets is……….”reduce
You could literally
age before your time because of the effects of stress. Watch this CBS video on the effects of stress and aging, and then come
back for a simple solution.
Welcome back. If daily stress is taking a toll on your health, it's time to go
nuts! Really! You can feel better by eating walnuts, because according to a new study, they help fight
"We wanted to find out if omega 3-fatty
acids from plant sources would blunt cardiovascular responses to stress," said Sheila G. West, associate professor of
The researchers found that including
walnuts and walnut oil in the diet lowered both resting blood pressure and blood pressure responses to stress in the laboratory.
This is important because it is hard to avoid all of the stressors
in our daily lives. This study shows that a dietary change could help our bodies respond better to stress.
But wait, there is more! Results also showed that adding flax oil to the walnut diet
improves your vascular health even more. The flax plus walnuts diet also lowered inflammation, which is
another source of aging. This could also reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.
Walnuts are a rich source of fiber, antioxidants, and unsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acid.
These results agreed with several recent studies showing that
walnuts can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. According to West, "This work suggests that blood
pressure is also reduced when a person is exposed to stress in their daily life”.
Oatmeal is another great artery lover, which reduces cholesterol and is heart-healthy.
I find that oatmeal alone tastes a little bland, so I like to add walnuts to my morning oatmeal along with cinnamon
to spice it up.
Walnuts are a great diet aid as well.
A few walnuts 20 minutes before a meal will reduce your appetite and slow down digestions, which helps avoid a spike in blood
One last tip:
keep your nuts in the refrigerator to keep them fresher longer.
Friday, October 1, 2010
America's Diet: Is it Killing You?
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America, your diet is killing
you. You need to put down that half-pound burger and downsize your steak. Americans currently consume more red meat than any
other food group, even though excessive red meat consumption has been linked in multiple scientific studies to increased rates
long-range study conducted by the National Cancer Institute of older Americans, found that over a decade, eating a quarter
pound of red meat daily gave men a 22% higher risk of dying of cancer and a 27% higher risk of dying of heart disease compared
to those who limited their red meat consumption to just 5 ounces per week.
To make things worse, we are eating less of the healthy food. Sales of pre-packaged
food has skyrocketed, and Americans eat fewer servings of fruits and vegetables today than they did at the start of the decade,
according to a report released this month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC estimates that in 2009, just 32.5% of American adults consumed fruit two or more times per day, and just 26.3%
consumed vegetables three or more times per day. Those numbers show a noticeable decline since 2000, when 34.4% of Americans
reported eating fruit more than twice a day, and 26.7% ate the recommended three or more servings of vegetables.
Unfortunately, many people do not realize
the importance of eating enough fruits and veggies throughout the day.
The reason that it is recommended
to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day is not to turn you into a vegetarian (although it would help you live longer).
Fruits and vegetables are processed quickly by your body and the nutrients from them cannot be stored like protein and fat.
By eating several servings throughout the day, you can keep that supply of nutrients coming. Meat does not need to be eaten
throughout the day because it is processed much more slowly by your body. It basically sits in your stomach and rots away
as your stomach acids break it down.
to the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, Americans consume more than 220 pounds of meat per year per person -- that's
more than twice the global average. The amount of meat the average American eats each year has increased more than 50% since
1950, when yearly consumption was measured at just 144 pounds per person.
In short, your diet may be killing you. This shift to more meat
and less plant-based food, along with an excess of processed foods has resulted in the average lifespan becoming shorter for
the first time in history. People in Japan and similar environments that still eat plant based diets are living longer than
ever before. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. It will kill you in the end.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Can Drinking Water Really Help You Lose Weight?
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OK, you've probably heard this one before, "You need to drink lots of water to lose weight".
Well, guess what? It turns out that it's actually true. According to a new study, drinking water before meals can
help you lose as much as five pounds or more!
The common belief is that drinking water can
help people feel full so they eat less. The problem is, there has been very little scientific evidence
to support the claim. Now there has been the first randomized controlled trial looking at drinking water to lose weight. The
study was funded by the charity the Institute for Public Health and Water Research.
say people can lose an average of five pounds if they drink two cups of water before each meal, three times a day.
The research consisted of 48 adults split into two equal groups. The first group followed a low calorie diet but
did not drink any extra water before meals. Meanwhile, the second group followed the low calorie diet but they also drank
two cups of water before each meal.
After three months, people who drank water lost about 15 and a
half pounds compared with the non- water drinkers, who lost about 11 pounds. There are really two reasons for the additionalweight
loss. Drinking water may help people shed pounds just because it has no calories and fills up the stomach, making people less
hungry. The added benefit is that it helps flush out the body of extra waste and toxins that contribute
to retaining fat.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Expectant Mothers May Want to Avoid Diet Soft Drinks for a Healthy Baby – Research Shows it May Increase the Risk of Preterm
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Soft drinks have been on my list of things to avoid for a long time. Now there
is even one more reason for expectant mothers to avoid diet soft drinks. According to the American Journal
of Clinical Nutrition, the consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks, both carbonated and noncarbonated, is associated
with an increased risk for preterm births occurring before 37 weeks' gestation.
So, what is the real culprit to this problem? If you said “artificial sweeteners”,
you are totally correct. Even one per day can pose a problem, and it gets worse by drinking more. The
odds of a preterm birth for women consuming at least one artificially sweetened carbonated soft drink per day went up to 1.38.
The odds went up to 1.78 for those consuming at least four of these drinks per day.
The risk was greater risk for early and moderately preterm birth than for late preterm birth.
The researchers found no such association between sugar-sweetened beverages and preterm births.
If you do an internet search on aspartame, which is the number one artificial sweetener, you will
find millions of posts about the problems it causes. It has more complaints than anything else the FDA
has tested. Why is it still on the market? Money talks! I have noticed
a shift to other types of artificial sweeteners in the past couple of years. I’m not suggesting you
drink a lot of sugar-sweetened soft drinks, because they are empty calories and the carbonation raises the acid level in your
soft drink is not a problem. Just limit the amount you drink and don’t make it part of your daily
diet. Drink more water and tea, and your body will thank you.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Eat Your Way to Better Skin Without Botox
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Friday, August 13, 2010
Nutrisystem Study - Some Would Give Up Sex for Skinny Body
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new study shows that about half of women surveyed say they would rather go without sex for the summer than gain 10 pounds.
And what about men? Nearly one fourth of men feel the same way.
That does not mean that sex is out of the picture. In
fact, it is the driving force. About 66 percent of people say they need to lose an average of 23 pounds to feel sexier than
they now do.
survey of 1,001 adults, conducted for the diet company Nutrisystem, also found a third of those surveyed have tried to diet
during the last year. Over a lifetime, participants attempted to diet an average of 13 times, with women averaging 16 times,
and men, eight.
guess is that this is not a total surprise to you. You may even feel the same way. At the same time, I realize that this study
by Nutrisystem is set up to create a result that they think will sell their products. A study of 1,001 people is actually
rather small and probably becomes highly predictable.
I’m not against this because it is a good example of creating
emotional leverage to help you create a change. The more ways you can create emotionl to change your feelings about food,
the more successful you will be.
As far as Nutrisystem as a weight-loss plan, it is okay to get started, but not for
long term change. I have to say that I am not a fan of any plan that wants you to buy food from them. Their underlying motive
is to keep you as a customer for as long as possible. That is not my idea of success.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Women Food and God - Geneen Roth on Oprah
You may have caught Geneen Roth recently on Oprah, talking about her new book "Women Food and God - An Unexpected Path
to Almost Everything. Oprah felt like she found another "Ah-ha moment".
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If you didn't see
the show, you may be a bit mislead by the title. Here is my take on her book:
If you were looking for a religious
solution to end emotional eating, you will not find it here. If you are looking for a spiritual connection to eating disorders,
you will find some of that here.
Geneen Roth believes that the way we feel about ourselves translates into the
relationships we create to food, money and just about anything else in our lives. The basic question is, "What feeling
are you trying to give yourself with food?" What is missing in your life that you are trying to fill with this obsessive
Geneen has a great way of expressing her feelings and connecting to her readers. She takes us on her
journey and really shares her own struggles with emotional eating. As you are reading you feel comfort in knowing that you
are not alone. I have read her other books and I am a fan of hers.
Having said that, this book really feels like
a continuation of her other books, or at least a reinforcement of them. I think that is why it felt a little incomplete to
The connection to food and feelings really hits home for most people. Where I felt it was lacking is in the
solutions to overcome these challenges. She offers some good suggestions such as
*Eat when you are hungry
*Eat sitting down in a calm environment
*Eat without distractions
While these are great suggestions,
they are easier said than done. I would suggest combining this book with her book "Breaking Free From Emotional Eating"
for a more complete plan for creating changes in the way you feel about food.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Lincoln University Tells Overweight Students to Lose Weight or They Won't Graduate
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University in Pennsylvania is doing their best to help their students graduate healthy, and not everyone is happy about it.
of the rising obesity, which is especially prevalent within the Black community, the faculty and staff at the Historically
Black College in Philadelphia have instituted a program on campus that forces overweight students to shed poundage at the
risk of not being able to graduate when the time comes to do so.
"We know we're in the
midst of an obesity epidemic," explained chairman of Lincoln's department of health, physical education and recreation,
James L. DeBoy. "We have an obligation to address this head on, knowing full well there's going to be some fallout."
people argue that the program singles out bigger students instead of trying increase the health awareness of all students
on campus by promoting physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle all students would be involved, not just the ones that appear
to be fat or in need of a “change.”
According to clinical standards, anyone with a body mass index
of 25 or greater is considered medically obese. This program is a wake-up call for many of clinically obese students at the
campus, of which many are in the midst of their senior year.
Obesity is considered to be
one of the major expenses in health care today, contributing to countless diseases. Education and behavior changes can
be the key to success in business and personal life. For more information on the cost of obesity, go to http://www.communicate4success.com/health.html.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
How to Feel Happy and Have More Energy
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The key to feeling great and having more energy is to boost the levels of your “happy hormone” –
serotonin. It’s a brain chemical that’s triggered by your body and what you feed it. Here are several ways to
- Eat popcorn. The complex carbs in popcorn can boost serotonin production and the aroma can boost your mood. Complex
carbs increase your feelings of well-being without a blood-sugar crash that is associated with high-sugar foods.
Other foods that boost serotonin production are nuts (especially walnuts and almonds), turkey, eggs,
fish and beans.
- Take your vitamins. Studies taking a multi-vitamin that includes folic acid, B vitamins, selenium and vitamin D combined
with 20 minutes per day of walking can boost the moods of mildly depressed people by 50 percent. Of course, the added
bonus is a reduction in weight, which will also make you feel good.
- Drink your milk. A study in the Netherlands found that the “whey” in milk boosts serotonin production.
- Eat chocolate.
This seems like a dream come true. Studies show that dark chocolate has antioxiants which promote health and it
also contains those ingredients which increase serotonin in your brain. Avoid the milk chocolate, which is also high
Friday, October 23, 2009
Can a Low Carb Diet lead to Alzheimer’s?
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protein/low-carb diets are one fad diet that doesn’t go away. It is true that low-carb diets can produce a rapid initial
weight loss, but many are high in saturated fat and low in fiber, which can increase cholesterol levels and increase the risk
of heart disease and stroke. Since your brain runs on carbohydrate, high protein diets reduce brain functions. Now a recent
study suggests that a high protein/low-carb diet may actually cause brain shrinkage and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s
The discovery was found while studying the effects of different diets on mice that were bred to develop
Alzheimer’s disease. The mice were fed various diets including a regular diet, high fat/low carb diet, high protein/low
carb version or a high carb/low fat diet. Researchers discovered that the brains of the mice fed a high protein/low carb diet
were 5 percent lighter than all the others and the hippocampus regions were less developed.
are used for weight control, and those diets sometimes combine high fat and high protein, which may be doubly damaging.
It is possible that the high fat increases the accumulation of plaques and the high protein sensitizes nerve cells to the
poison released by plaques. Previous research has shown a Mediterranean-style low-calorie, low-fat diet rich in vegetables,
fruits, and fish might delay the onset or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.
is the most common type of dementia, affecting as many as 5.3 million Americans. Brain lesions, called amyloid plaques and
tangles, accumulate, destroying brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to
affect work, social life and even the ability to cope with everyday life. Over time, Alzheimer’s gets worse and is fatal.
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but researchers around the world continue to search for better ways to
treat the disease, delay its onset, or prevent it from developing.
Friday, October 2, 2009
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Compulsive overeating is often caused by an emotional connection to an emotional event. When ever I work with someone
for weight issues, I always ask if there was a time when they gained weight suddenly. If they say yes, there is a good
chance that there was an emotional event that is unresolved and is causing the compulsive overeating.
I was demonstrating
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) at a seminar this week with people who had a strong desire for chocolate. Normally,
they will lose their desire for the chocolate after a few of rounds of EFT. One person still had a fairly strong desire
for the chocolate after using EFT, although she did notice that her appetite for food in general had disappeared.
asked if there was a time when she had gained weight suddenly, and she told us about her recovery from cancer. After
the treatment, her appetite came back and food tasted better than ever, especially chocolate. She was thrilled to eat
the sugary foods that she had not been able to have during her treatment, and that is when her weight gain started.
suggested that she had created an emotional connection to these types of foods because her subconscious mind had connected
these foods to the feeling of being free of cancer. It was not the desire for chocolate as much as the feeling of being
well that created her compulsive overeating.
Once you find the underlying driver of this emotional desire, you can release
the need for overeating. If you suffer from compulsive overeating, think back to when it started and ask yourself what
emotional events were happening in your life. You will probably find the clues that will lead you to your answer and
you can release the emotions of the event and be free from overeating.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Rush Limbaugh Quick Weight Loss Center Diet
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Limbaugh has lost 90 pounds in 5 months by following a diet from the Quick Weight Loss Center based in Florida.
This program combines a low calorie diet, office visits, protein boosters, carb blockers and appetite suppressants.
what is special about this diet? Actually, it is much like any other quick weight loss diet.
Many people have lost weight quickly following the Quick Weight Loss Center plan, as have many on Weight Watchers,
Jenny Craig, NutriSystem and other similar plans. By combining several diet tools together, this program
can achieve fast results. Perhaps, too fast. Limbaugh has reported losing as much as
a pound per day on this program.
Losing weight that fast may be good for the ego, but it is hard on your body. When
your body can not get enough available calories from your glucose, it will go to your fat reserves (that’s good) and
your lean muscle mass (that’s bad), Because this program does not include exercise, your body will literally “eat”
your muscles for calories Your metabolism will then slow down as your body goes into starvation mode.
That means that when you gooff this diet, you will gain weight on fewer calories.
The good part of this program is the office
visits for monitoring and support. This also includes vitamins and supplements, which help you stay healthy.
Of course, this adds to the total cost, so don’t expect this program to be cheap.
is a very limited structure of foods that you can eat and some foods cannot be combined. This will make
this diet difficult for many people to stay on for very long. Like many programs, this is meant to keep
you as a paying customer for as long as possible.
The bottom line: The Quick Weight Loss Center diet does work,
as will most programs if you can stick to them. It is not a good long term solution. The program does have
a maintenance program, but it may be difficult for most people to stay on for long term. When you go off
the program, your weight will come right back. The key for long term success is to change your behavior
and your association to food. This program does not give you that help.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Are you addicted to food? Good Morning America report says you may be.
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Good Morning America aired a segment that compared overeaters to addicts, following a man they referred to as a “recovering
addict”. So, why does food have such power over some people that they seem to lose control?
For most of people, when they see a tempting snack like a potato chip, an area of the brain will trigger
feelings of desire in a part of the brain called the amygdale. Once they start eating it shuts off. But for an overeater the
amygdala remains stimulated even while eating, continuing to feed that feeling of desire. That is why many
people who have weight loss surgery will gain back some or even all of the weight. One such person Good Morning America, "I
just keep telling myself I should know better. I should be stronger, just as a person [says], 'You are intelligent, you
shouldn't be doing this. This is not grown up behavior. This is child behavior."
to former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler, this behavior is fairly common among adults, affecting an estimated 70 million
Americans. Kessler has also struggled with his own food compulsion.
So, what is the cause of this
behavior, and what can we do about it? Much of the desire is based on past memories and past experiences. Dr.
Kessler suggests retraining your brain to see food as just fuel for your body.
That may be easier
said than done for most people. The missing key to success in this story is the emotional connection. Logically, all we have
to do is eat healthy food in smaller amounts. Why is this so hard for 20 percent of Americans? Because we are not driven by
logic, we are driven by emotion. The key is to change your emotional connections to food and your weight.
people go on a diet to change their weight, but struggle when they go back to their old behavior. Your current weight is a
result of your current behavior. Unfortunately, most diets are aimed at changing the result. That makes dieting a short-term
goal. When you reach your goal weight, you can’t wait to go out and eat all of those foods you have
been craving. Before long, your weight is creeping up so…back on the diet.
Since your current
weight is a result of your current behavior, all you have to do is change your behavior and your weight will automatically
change. And this way it will become a permanent change so that you never have to diet again.
are 3 ways to start changing your behavior:
(1) Focus On What You Want. When people
go on a diet, they think about food. This creates a stronger desire for what you are trying to avoid. Instead, think about
how good you would look and feel at your perfect size. Feel positive emotions about being trim and healthy and you will create
a stronger desire for that than for food.
(2) Forget about "losing weight".
You mind does not respond well to a negative goal. Your subconscious mind sees losing as a negative goal and will fight against
you. Instead, tell yourself that you want to "become trim and healthy".
Make your happiness unconditional. Most people say, "I will be happy when I lose 20 lbs. Your subconscious mind
hears, "I will have to be unhappy until I lose 20 lbs". Most overeating is for one reason - to feel better.
To view the Good Morning America report go to:
Friday, July 17, 2009
Eat Your Way to Better Skin
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Is it possible to help get rid of small wrinkles and fine lines in your face
by changing your diet? According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of The Perricone Prescription, many
of the foods we eat are inflaming our skin. This same inflammation can damages arteries and lead to Parkinson’s
Disease. Anything that causes a rapid rise in blood sugar causes this inflammation.
The faster a food breaks down into bloods sugar, the worse it isfor your skin. Basically,
this would mean processed foods thatare low in fiber and low in fat. Foods like cookies, crackers,white
bread, rice cakes and highly processed cereal should gooff your shopping list immediately.
Perricone has a 3-day diet designed to help your skin recover quickly. Use the same menu every day for
3 days. He suggests high quality protein for every meal to rebuild cell damage. For
breakfast, choose a one-yoke omelet. Lunch and dinner both call for Salmon, which is high in omega-3 fats.
At every meals, include cantaloupe and blueberries. Breakfast
Should Include steel-cut oats or oatmeal. Lunch and dinner should include leafy green vegetables like Romaine
lettuce or asparagus. Add some yogurt to your blueberries for desert.
is another diet tip to help your skin: Eat your tomatoes. They contain an anti-oxidant
called lycopene, which also has the ability to block UV light. Lycopene has SPF of about 3, which is insufficient to protect
from direct sun or any other harsh UV exposure. However, it is enough to reduce the effects of indirect sunlight or the sunlight
that has passed throughwindow glass.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Kirstie Alley's Weight Gain Confession on Oprah
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In case you missed it, Kirstie Alley appeared on the Oprah Winfrey program last week to report that she, like Oprah, had
"fallen off the wagon". She admits that she is an emotional eater. I've said many times before that
emotional eating is the number one cause of weight gain. It's not always because of stress or some negativee emotion.
The truth is, any time you are eating more than you need, you are no longer feedign yoru body - you are feeding your emotions.
must be difficult for Kirstie, after being the spokes person for Jenny Craig and being in the public eye for almost a year
as everyone watched every pound. Why, after losing 75 pounds, did she gain it all back again so easily? The answer
is very simple, as Kirstie explained herself. When she hit her goal of reaching the weight she wanted, she put all of
her exercise equipment in the garage and started eating her favorite foods again.
The problem with diets (at least
one problem) is that the focus in on the result. In my seminars, I ask people this question: "What if I could wave
a magic wand and you would be the perfect size and weight you want to be?" Everyone gets excited just thinking
about it. Thaen I ask the follow-up question: "If you keep the same behavior you have now, where will you be in
6 months?" Everyone says the same thing, "Right back where I am now".
The first problem is that
people see the gao as reaching a certain size or weight. When thay reach that goal, they feel good and go our to celebrate
by eating. There is never a goal of maintaining a certain. That actually doesn't make a very good goal.
To our subconscious mind, there is no achievement in staying the same way you are. We are conditioned to reach new heights
and be more than we are.
The bigger problem is this. When you go on a diet, you are trying to change the result.
That is always a temporary goal because your current weight is a result of your current behavior. If you change the
result without changing the behavior, you will always go back to your old result.
The key is to forget
about the result and focus on changing your behavior. Since your current weight is a result of your current behavior,
all you have to do is change your behavior and you weight will change by itself. Once you change your behavior, you
never have to diet again. That is the key to lasting success.
Oprah herself is a victim of her own language.
What ever we say will become images and feelings in our minds. When Oprah talks about her weight, she also talks about
"falling off the wagon". Thsi sends a message to your subconscious mind that you have failedin some way and
the only way to success is to "stay on the wagon". She also uses words that guarantee it will be hard.
She says that she is always "fighting" with her weight and that it is a "constant battle". She ended
her show by talking about "continuing the fight".
How do you feel about having to fight a battle for the
rest of your life? It's not very appealing, is it? The way to end the battle is to change your associations
to food and your emotions. Once you do that, you are in complete control. It starts with changing your words.
Monday, April 6, 2009
The Easiest Way to Lose Weight Without Even Trying
12:12 pm est
What if I told you that you could start dropping pounds without dieting, without exercising and without depriving yourself?
Would that get you excited?
I know, you've tried every diet trick that you can think of, so this sounds
too good to be true. Well, it's not too good to be true. It is really that easy.
So, what is this
magic secret of weight loss that will help even emotional eaters and weight loss junkies? The answer is..........fiber.
That's right, fiber.
If you increase the amount of fiber you eat, you will lose weight without even trying.
Here is how it works:
When you eat more fiber, it gathers up some of the fat and keeps your body from absorbing
it. It also causes the digested food to pass more quickly through your system, which causes less calories to be absorbed
by your body. And, there are other reasons as well.
You know that signal that arrives about 20 minutes after
you've eaten too much?. High-fiber foods generally take more time to chew, which allows your body time to let you
know that it is full. Also, a high-fiber diet tends to fill you up more and take longer to digest, so you stay full
for a greater amount of time. Most high-fiber diets also tend to be less "energy dense," so they generally
have fewer calories per serving.
So, how much can that mean on the scale? By eating 35 grams of fiber
per day, you can eliminate about 250 calories that you body would normally absorb. That means you can lose a pound every
other week without any other changes.
Go slow with changes like this in your diet. Adding too much fiber
too quickly can cause intestinal gas, abdominal bloating and cramping. Increase your fiber intake gradually over two or three
weeks. Make sure you drink plenty of water as well. The fiber will absorbs the water, helping absorb
waste and making your stool soft. Without the added water, you could become a bit constipated and feel bloated.
what foods are your best choices? Start with more whole foods. Make sure to keep the skin on fruits and vegetables.
Many breads, cereals and pasta are being made with whole grain and more fiber. Check the label to see how much fiber they
have. Here is a list from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, which shows the amount of
dietary fiber in several types of foods.
|Food item||Fiber content in grams*|
peas, cooked, 1 cup||16.3|
|Red kidney beans, boiled, 1 cup||13.1|
raw, 1 cup||8.0|
|Whole-wheat spaghetti, 1 cup||6.3|
|Pear, medium with skin||5.1|
boiled, 1 cup||5.1|
|Apple, medium with skin||4.4|
regular or instant, cooked, 1 cup||4.0|
|Green beans, cooked, 1 cup||4.0|
rice, cooked, 1 cup||3.5|
|Popcorn, air-popped, 2 cups||2.3|
bread, one slice||1.9|
*Fiber content can vary between brands.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Triggers That Cause Emotional Eating
8:14 am est
You're feeling good about yourself and your life. You are having a great day, feeling trim and healthy.
You feel so strong that nothing could make you eat any food that is not healthy.
Suddenly, out of nowhere comes this
overwhelming urge to eat. You promised yourself that you wouldn't let this happen. So, where did it come from?
You might even be asking yourself, "What is wrong with me? Why can't I control myself".
one is to let go of any blame. It is not a sign of weakness on your part. Rule number two (as you well know if
you've read The Emotional Diet), start asking better questions. These kind of questions will only keep you in that
self-perpetuating loop of false belief that you can't change. Rule number three is to notice what is triggering
that feeling of desire.
Visual cues can be very strong. The sight of a food commercial or a magazine ad can trigger
this feeling. Remember, the whole point of advertising is to get you to buy their food. Other triggers can be
conversations. Discussing foods or recipes can make you think about food. Watching cooking programs or segments
on television can also trigger the desire to eat. As you remember from The Emotional Diet, you are drawn toward what
ever you focus on.
The first step to freedom from emotional eating is to notice the triggers that create these feelings.
Once you do that, you can realize where this is coming from and deal with it at a rational level. Also, once you see
where these emotional eating triggers are showing up, try to avoid them as much as possible. The old saying, "Out
of sight, out of mind" is also true for emotional eating.
Try to consciously notice the food triggers and
expose them for what they are. When you do, you will see that they are everywhere. Really notice the ones that
effect you and the feelings thay create. When you start to notice them at a conscious level, they will stop sneaking
into your subconscious mind and you will start to take control.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Can Your Diet Cure Cancer?
9:55 pm est
Dr. Dean Ornish has spent the past 30 years studying the effect exercise, a low-fat diet and stress reduction can have
on health. Ornish was the first to show that these lifestyle changes could actually reverse severe heart disease without drugs
Now Dr. Ornish has studied the effects of these same techniques on cancer patients with impressive results.
Ornish's latest book, "The Spectrum," offers advice on how to personalize a health plan to fit your goals
and preferences — without diets, deprivation or guilt.In this book he explains how changing the way we eat and live
can actually change our bodies at a cellular level. In case studies, this has been shown to stop the spread of cancer.
To read the first chapter of this new book CLICK HERE.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Intuitive Eating - A Solution for Emotional Eaters
8:41 pm est
Intuitive Eating is not sexy. It doesn’t help you lose weight overnight and with few
exceptions, it isn’t something celebrities are publicly endorsing. Yet, for those who have adopted the mindset of eating
what they want, without the guilt and potentially hazardous outcomes associated with many diets and emotional eating, Intuitive
Eating is viewed as a miracle.
to the National Institute of Mental Health, between 2 to 5 percent of Americans experience binge-eating disorder during any
six-month period. Women, however, are more likely than men to develop eating disorders as studies show only 5 to 15 percent
of those with anorexia or bulimia are men, and only 35 percent of those with binge-eating disorder are men. For most women,
emotional eating is psychologically based and those with it often times feel too shameful to disclose their affliction. While
emotional eating cannot be cured with a gym membership or a slick, marketed diet program, it can be overcome through Intuitive
The concept behind Intuitive Eating is simple. Allow yourself to eat
and enjoy the foods you want, since it has been proven that denying yourself "bad" foods leads to unhealthy cravings
for them. As simple as it may sound, for those suffering through emotional eating, getting to the point of admitting a problem
is extremely difficult. Adding to the problem is that Intuitive Eating rarely makes it to the headlines, where many who suffer
from eating disorders will see them and be positively influenced. For example, it took years for American Idol star, Katherine
McPhee, to come to grips with emotional eating. Admitting her problem turned out to be even tougher than going through the
Intuitive Eating method that she publicly credited with losing 30 pounds and overcoming bulimia.
According to renowned dietician and co-author of the book, Un-Dieting, Diana Lipson-Burge, “80 percent
of the dieting information out there is inaccurate. It’s no wonder diets not only don’t work, but studies prove
that dieting can even cause obesity. Intuitive Eating releases one from shame and rebellion to a new found freedom to not
only listen but to love your body and start nurturing it instead of depriving and abusing it to do un-natural eating."