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Can obesity prevent the immune system from functioning properly?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Yep, but you probably figured as much.

"Research performed by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has shown that obesity prevents the immune system from functioning properly, increasing its vulnerability to infection. In the study, obese mice were 50 percent less capable of killing the flu virus, compared to lean mice. The researchers believe that the same holds true in humans."

Less boogers and dirty sleeves...uhh, I mean Kleenex is more fuel for the healthy lifestyle fire.



  
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LIZZYP609 4/12/2010 10:49AM

    EWWW! Thanks for the visual! Yep! I was sick just once all winter long. No flu just a head cold! I have noticed that I don't get sick near as often since taking better care of myself!

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KLASSIE 4/11/2010 10:11PM

    Wish I didn't scroll down to the graphics. There must be a better way to make a point.

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LEAKAY59 4/11/2010 8:48AM

    LOL! Yup - have to agree with ladybud on that one, Kirk! In fact I'm writing this with the screen scrolled to where I cannot see your friend. You should put a weak stomach warning at the top of this! LOL! Oh, well, at least I'm not hungry now!

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LOVESLIFE48 4/11/2010 8:31AM

    I totally agree with you!!! But the picture you put here made me gag!! Thanks a lot!! LOL!!

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1WALKINGMAN 4/10/2010 11:36PM

    Yes, but there are fewer appealing subjects to photograph if everyone is fit and healthy. emoticon

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PEPCEA 4/10/2010 10:54PM

    It's true! Since I started on this healthy lifestyle, I haven't taken a sick day in over two years! No flu's or colds and I never get the flu shots. It's just awesome to feel good every day. I would have never believed it was possible, but it is! Good post!

Alexandra

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LINDAGRAVEL 4/10/2010 9:43PM

    I agree with you

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South Beach: After Stats

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Phase One of the South Beach diet was a success with a weigh in on Feb 26th of 196! I was feeling trim, clothes way loose, energy high and not feeling deprived. But once Phase One ended the pendulum swung back hard; by Monday March 1st I was back up to 204 lbs. WTF? That's a rhetorical question because I know EXACTLY what happened. I invited all my old foods over, they brought some rum with them, and we partied every day and night :) Hardly a veg in sight.

Today, weighed in at 210 and while shocked to be back here (once again) I know where I went wrong. I pushed too hard in one direction and then snapped back. As always, true success lies not in the extremes but somewhere in the middle. The last two weeks were also stressful, especially the last few days so stress management will have to be added to my repertoire instead of simply finding a quick fix in food.

This journey is so much more than just about the pounds, there's a reason I'm resisting progress and that's where my greatest work is yet to be done. The year's still young and I will use this to reach my goal of 168 lbs by December 25th, 2010. Good luck Sparkers!

"When you lose, don't lose the lesson." - Dalai Lama



  
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B-N-ME 4/25/2010 9:41AM

    The positive is you looked at what happened, and saw where you could improve...this is a journey to a new life style, quick fixes don't fix things over time...I have not seen the scale move in several months. Try as I might, I think it is stress related because I have looked at everything else I can think of. All I know is that I must trust the process, and in time I will see results!
Wishing you much success!!

Liz

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TDEMJANEC 3/20/2010 3:48PM

    Thanks for sharing the before and after.

I think you are wise to recognize the reasons why it wasn't a long-term solution and to seek a resolution by addressing the real issue.

Yes, the year is young! emoticon Spring has just sprung! emoticon Hang in there!

Best,
-Tanya
R> emoticon

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VEMAN1 3/9/2010 12:26PM

    Ouch! Try to find your true balance. I experienced another rising week last week. I reached as low as 222 and went back up to 230 again. This morning I was at 226 and I felt better. I know the issues of stress and how mindless eating can trigger a really bad week. Hang in there; you are human too.



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CHIKKLETT 3/9/2010 10:49AM

    I had wondered where you have been. What kind of stress are you dealing with? Anything you can talk through? Anything you WANT to talk through?
Pat yourself on the back now. You tried it. Today is a new day, as they say.
Stina

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SHEDDING123 3/9/2010 10:11AM

    Just wanted to THANK YOU for the follow up. It's so valuable to see hpw things go over time, after the initial successes. Sustainable? Not? Why? Anyway, honest and couragious of you to share.
It's the flip side of the S.B. diet and it happens. You're so wise though to look past any given diet to why it's hard to get past a certain point, what are the road blocks that we throw out and why. Learning to read these patterns is my challenge as i've bounced around in the same 10 lb range.....
I've been trying to incorporate some of the SB approach w/o going to the extreme end of the phase 1 pole, mostly by keeping carbs on the low (as opposed to almost no) side and taking them in as much as possible in complex form. When I go totally away from carbs, there's no keeping up with significant exercise and i go limp. ANyway, all the weight loss goals are about being healthy and figuring out sustainable ways to get there!
Watching the women at the oscars was scary- you could see in their hollow-eyed, exhausted look, a history of too many unhealthy lose weight quick diets - NOT what we are working toward.
To health and balance on this journey!

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LOVESLIFE48 3/9/2010 8:29AM

    I know exactly what you mean. I tried the SB diet too. I did really well the first 2 weeks. Then I just could not stick to the low index part, for me it was too much tracking. So I gained the weight back and more. You will have better luck than me!! Keep it going!! You can do it!! emoticon

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LIZZYP609 3/9/2010 6:38AM

    I can so relate to what you are saying! I have been on that ride myself, many times. emoticon here's to refocusing!

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JOKNOWS 3/9/2010 3:06AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing lessons learned. One is to not invite those rowdy foods who bring along their unruly rummy friends. emoticon You know what to do, and I think you'll be there by Dec. 25! emoticon

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HICALGAL 3/9/2010 1:48AM

    old habits die hard plus a new venture. thank goodness for learning and restarts. all the best! emoticon

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South Beach: Before Stats

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hey all! Since some have asked for results of how Phase One goes I'm gonna make it easy and post them via blogs.

Starting Weight: 204 (as of 2/8/2010)
Waist: 36
Hips: 41.25

If the plan holds, I'll be ending Phase One on Friday Feb 26 and will post ending results then. Thanks to all those that offered tips, success stories and encouragement. Keep on rockin' Sparkers!

  
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LEEANNE1980 2/21/2010 1:32PM

    All the spark we need is in the palm of our hand. I love this picture. We have enough spark in our hands to share it.

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LIZZYP609 2/15/2010 9:05AM

    Thanks for posting your starting stuff! I can't wait to see how you do. BTW I love the picture!!

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HICALGAL 2/14/2010 5:55AM

    great...looking forward to hearing about your progress! emoticon

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Energy Drinks, Alcohol a Dangerous Mix

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Energy Drinks, Alcohol a Dangerous Mix
"Study found college students who drank both were more drunk, more likely to drive

THURSDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing caffeine-laden energy drinks and alcohol is popular among young Americans, but it can lead to higher rates of drunkenness and impaired driving, a new study suggests."

emoticon That's funny...young people trying to mess themselves up harder. Come on. Was the writer hatched from a pod at 30 years old or what?

The whole article is here on SP under Health News
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/heal
th_news_detail.asp?health_day=635956

  
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HICALGAL 2/13/2010 12:45AM

    i think you got that hatched from a pod at 30 right...LOL

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MNABOY 2/12/2010 6:30PM

    Yes, I am seeing this too. Too many opportunities to screw up these days

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Day One of Phase One: The South Beach Diet

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A few nights after finishing "South Beach Diet" it dawned on me that maybe it wasn't how much I ate but what I was eating. Phase One is the strictest phase but it only lasts two weeks. Throughout the book they tell you not to stay on it for very long after the two weeks because it's not sustainable. Basically can't have certain cuts of meat (fatty), cereal, potatoes, rice or alcohol. I may be leaving some things out but just Google Phase One South Beach and you'll find some pretty good lists of what you can eat and can't for all three phases.

Besides reversing insulin resistance and calming sugar cravings, they claim that you can lose between 8 and 13 pounds during these first two weeks! That's the kind of kick in the pants I could use to get some momentum going towards my ultimate goal of 168 pounds (and a sub 25 BMI) by year's end.

It won't be easy but hopefully, worth it!

  
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LOVESLIFE48 2/24/2010 8:07PM

    When I was doing the SB diet I lost 12 pounds in the first 2 weeks, so good luck to you!!

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HICALGAL 2/13/2010 12:47AM

    so how's S.B. going for you so far?

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SHEDDING123 2/11/2010 11:40AM

    Hi. Thanks for sharing. I looked up the online info abt stage 1- it's interesting. For me, with the amount of exercise I do, i would not be able to handle the lack of carbs -i'd end up with one 2-week long massive headache and a good case of the wobbles. But having said that, I am successful in losing weight when i limit my carbs to small amounts of complex carbs (such as oats, amaranth, brown rice, sweet potato, and have absolutely NO bread/crackers/potato/sugar/process
ed carbs. ANd eating LOTS of veggies and moderately in the fruit category. It takes several weeks of sticking with this before the results start. SO i think it is a slow version of getting ones metab to the place that south beach goes to at a high (and what would be brutal and too austerity dietish for me, i think) velocity. But, hey, maybe i'll tryi it sometime! Maybe with a lot of beans it'd work. Ya never know unless you try !!!
GOOD LUCK. emoticon I'd love an update on how you are feeling (energy etc) once you've been doing it for a few days or so. emoticon emoticon

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LIZZYP609 2/11/2010 7:08AM

    i think anything that will get rid of the sugar addiction can't be all bad! Good luck with it and let us know how it turns out!

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CRANBYRRE 2/11/2010 6:24AM

    I don't know much about south beach, but I think any kind of "diet" is bound to fail, unless you plan to eat that way for the rest of your life.

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MEYLOSE 2/10/2010 10:43PM

    I've never done South Beach Diet, not sure I want to try it, but if it works for you GREAT!!!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/10/2010 8:18PM

    Great diet. Good luck with it. I do well when I follow it and it works well for a family.

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