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Monday, October 18, 2010

For truly long-range motivation, know this: Eating breakfast is linked to a longer and healthier life. Two British studies looking at 262 people ages 21 to 85 found that morning cereal eaters were both physically and mentally healthier. Other studies suggest that cereal - especially oat-based and whole-grain kinds - is protective against heart disease and diabetes. In an ongoing study in Iowa that is following 31,000 women, researchers have found that women who ate whole-grain cereal at least three times a week were 22 percent less likely to have a fatal heart attack than those who ate no cereal. And women eating fiber-rich cereal cut their heart-disease risk by a third and lowered their risk of developing diabetes by a quarter when compared with those who ate a low-fiber meal.

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DDOORN 10/21/2010 6:58AM

    Love my breakfast! During the week my "go to" breakfast is 8 oz. plain yogurt and an apple. On weekends when I have more time I'll often have eggs, salsa and sometimes cheese...YUM! Sticks with me all day! :-)


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DENI_ZEN 10/18/2010 12:18PM

    This is a great idea, though it's one I can't follow (doctor's orders...my triglycerides had been high, and he cut out bread and cereal - emoticon I love them, too!). But for peeps like me, we can still get a lot of soluble and insoluble fiber by eating certain fiber-rich produce. My cholesterol was also high, and I got somewhat of a drop with it, too - perhaps by taking psyllium seed (Metamucil) three times a day.

There is a price to pay, though, lol - needless to say, where would I be without my toilet plungers? ;) Still - this is all good for the ticker. So's plunging, in all likelihood - a few moments of vigorous aerobic activity in that! ;) - Sandi emoticon

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Want to think smarter?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Eat your breakfast.

While it's whittling down your waistline, breakfast is also sharpening your brain. A study at the University of Wales showed that compared with those who skipped breakfast, women and men who drank a 327-calorie milk-based breakfast shake did better on memory tests. Another British study found that those who ate a morning bowl of cereal not only had sharper memories than breakfast skippers, but also felt calmer and more positive. Researchers have a number of theories about how breakfast affects the brain. For one, cereal and other carb-packed foods increase your blood-glucose level, which in turn triggers the formation of a memory-enhancing brain chemical called acetylcholine.

I must confess that I am NOT a breakfast eater. However, after reading my own blogs while I typed them...I am a convert! I will make a vow to eat breakfast from now on - even though I am not hungry in the mornings.

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    I agree. I used to not eat breakfast often, but now I always do. I try for about 200-300 calories. I have a friend who never eats breakfast, and he is EXTREMELY active, biking running, you name it, and he still cannot lose weight. I and others keep telling him to eat breakfast, but he won't do it. I think it keeps him from losing weight.

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DENI_ZEN 10/16/2010 2:07PM

    I never have much of an appetite for breakfast, either, Judy, but once I saw what a difference it made in my energy level, I became a little bit more of a fan :) Good post! - Sandi emoticon

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HAZEL422 10/16/2010 7:35AM

    I used to HATE breakfast. I never ever ate it. I liked the food, don't get me wrong, but something about eating right after I woke up really made me feel blech. Once I started Spark, I felt obligated to eat a good breakfast since I was tracking my calories. There was a breakfast section, I can't just leave it blank! I will say I still have to be up at least an hour before I eat, but since I have started having breakfast, I have felt MUCH better. I always thought those studies were a lie, but now I am proof to myself that they aren't!

Great job eating breakfast! It's crazy how one meal can make all the difference.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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Ever skip breakfast? If so, digest this habit-changing news: Breakfast dictates not just how your day goes (you'll have more energy, think faster on your feet) but also how your life goes.

Want to bust some fat?

In the encyclopedia of breakfast's virtues, there's one that's especially surprising-and motivating. Adding this meal to your morning helps keep your weight down. Consider a study from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where moderately obese women who habitually skipped breakfast were put on two different 1,200-calorie diets. One diet's calories were portioned out between breakfast, lunch and dinner; the other's were divided between lunch and dinner (no breakfast). Twelve weeks later, the breakfast eaters had lost 17 pounds; the breakfast skippers just 13 pounds. What was going on? Simple - the breakfast eaters were far less likely to cheat on the diet. Skip breakfast and your body begins demanding those calories later in the day, often in the evening (sound familiar?).

Make your breakfast a healthy-carb one and you'll do even better at controlling your appetite. Fiber-rich foods such as oatmeal, bran cereals and fresh fruit help keep blood sugar on an even keel, sending satiation signals to the brain. In a study at the University of Sydney in Australia, participants who ate a morning bowl of All-Bran made it to lunch hunger-free while lower-fiber-corn-flake eaters listened to their stomachs growl. Sorry: Danishes and doughnuts are your worst breakfast bet-not because they're fat-and sugar-filled (though that's bad, too), but because they're virtually fiber-free.

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DENI_ZEN 10/14/2010 10:52AM

    I suspect that the reason I don't cheat on my plan - other than my monthly planned "cheat meal" - is because I'm a breakfast eater. One essential is the protein in that equation - I do very poorly on carbs alone. In the days when I had such unsuccessful struggles, I never ate breakfast back then. So there's much wisdom in this suggestion, Judy! - Sandi emoticon

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MRSUKYANKEE 10/14/2010 4:21AM

    I love breakfast and always have...favorite meal of the day sometimes!

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MAYBER 10/13/2010 10:34PM

    Am also a oatmeal and fruit breakfast eater except Sunday have a piece of toast before church and then out to breakfast of 1 egg and sausage and l toast or DH and I split an omlet with very little cheese. One day at a time

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PJSTIME 10/13/2010 7:52PM

    And that is why I have oatmeal for breakfast every day.

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JAZZMINE 10/13/2010 7:32PM

    I agree! Even though I have to eat in the car on the way to work, I have breakfast!


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SCHECK5 10/13/2010 6:50PM

    I alway eat breakfast, and I have heard that breakfast eaters do lose weight faster than non breakfat eaters.
Very nice info.

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Great Escapes

Thursday, October 07, 2010

If you want to boost the feel-good effect of exercise, take it outside.

Just 5 minutes of green time in your sneaks is enough to significantly lift your mood and self-esteem. Exercise benefits mental health, and contact with nature has stress-relieving properties in itself, so you get a synergistic effect by combining the two. You especially feel this "ah" factor in the first 5 minutes of an outdoor session, so if you can't hit the trail for a hike, get doses throughout the day: Take an alfresco walk at lunch or while tackling your to-do list.


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DENI_ZEN 10/7/2010 10:38AM

    Ah, yes! This time of the year is perfect for outdoor exercise, too! - Sandi emoticon

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KEEKEE1ST 10/7/2010 10:10AM

    Get out and escape!


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MRSUKYANKEE 10/7/2010 7:59AM

    Trying to do that regularly - a few of us walk 10 minutes M,T,T,F of each week.

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LLLAWSON 10/7/2010 7:53AM

    I prefer to be outside! Inside is so boring.

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REILLYGIRRRL 10/7/2010 7:19AM

  I agree...especially when the weather is cooler.

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Make New Friends

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


Strong social relationships are as important to your health as diet and exercise. Double the benefits of your next workout by bringing a buddy.

Every Sunday, I walk with my 2 friends from my TOPS group. We get a chance to talk and gossip while we walk, so we don't even notice that we are getting exercise! It's great fun when we realize just how long we've been walking!

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PJSTIME 10/6/2010 4:49PM

    Walking and socializing while we walk is lots of fun and the miles just seem to fly

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OLYGIRL1 10/6/2010 11:43AM

    Great comment. It is more fun to walk with someone!!

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CAROL3SAN 10/6/2010 7:02AM

    You make a very good point. emoticon

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KIMOTHY77 10/6/2010 6:44AM

    I agree! I walk faster and longer when I walk with friends.

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