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Six Foods That Act Like Addictive Drugs In Your Body

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Another great blog from MindBodyGreen...

Sugars & Fats
Wheat & Rice

Contain addictive chemicals in these foods called exorphins.

The thing is to get a Natural High from endorphins - generated by exercise, enjoying beautiful outdoor scenery (sunrises, sunsets, etc), companionship ...

Another one for me to I am suffering in the sinus issues from eating too much sugar/fat/dairy "crack"...(my fault for allowing it in the house!).

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MICKEYH 7/11/2014 7:52AM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/8/2014 8:48PM

    Yes, studies have shown fats/sugars/salts will activate the same areas of the brain that light up for addicts on substance like drugs or alcohol when an MRI is done.

Thanks for this link.

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Article - "Secret Habits of Successful Exercisers"

Monday, July 07, 2014

"Secret Habits of Successful Exercisers" from the Dr. Mercola site. I want to study this and break it down for me, because I am definitely one of these who rarely feels an immediate payoff once exercise is completed...

I will have to edit - Safari isn't really nice to my attempts to copy and past from another web page.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/7/2014 5:54PM

    Great articles. Am saving so I can listen to them again, because I know I'll get something new out of it listening again.

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    I got just over half way through the interview with Doug McGuff, MD when I realized that my brain (sponge) had stopped absorbing the information. I was over-loaded with statistics, terminology, and information in general. Maybe I will get back to it and see what is in the last half that I might be able to utilize.

MEANWHILE !! Thanks for for sharing.

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LJCANNON 7/7/2014 12:34PM

    emoticon Great Article, with A Lot of Fantastic Information!! According to it I exercise more like a man -- Favoring the Treadmill and Weight Lifting over Social Activities, Dancing, and Yoga that "Most Women" prefer.
emoticon I Pinned the article to my SparkPeople Board so that I can keep referring back to it.

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Notes from the Spark Quiz "Test Your Cholesterol"

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As I was going through the quiz, I copied some of the "explanation" notes off to the side, where SP clarified why the answer was what it was. I find myself getting mixed up with cholesterol and triglyceride and how to deal with them. I decided to paste in some of those notes, to remind me what to do!! This is not my wroting!! The Spark Quiz link is below!


Being overweight increases your blood cholesterol levels since your body stores the extra calories you eat as triglycerides. When these triglyceride levels are high, HDL (good) cholesterol levels tend to be low, a combination that is associated with an increased risk for heart disease. Losing just 10% of your body weight (25 pounds for someone who weights 250 pounds), can improve your cholesterol levels.

Peanut butter (the "natural" kind without added oils) contains monounsaturated fats, which are the healthiest fats for your heart. They decrease your total blood cholesterol but maintain your HDL (good) cholesterol. Ideally, most of the fat in your diet should come from this group, which includes: almonds, avocadoes, cashews, canola oil, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, olive oil, olives, pecans, peanuts, peanut oil, pistachios, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and tahini paste. Read SparkPeople's Fat & Oil Reference Guide to learn more about healthy and unhealthy fats.

Trans fat is the unhealthiest fat you can eat! It increases your total cholesterol and your LDL (bad) cholesterol while lowering your HDL (good) cholesterol. Food products that contain trans fat include vegetable shortenings, hard stick margarines, crackers, candies, cookies, snack foods, fried foods, doughnuts, pastries, baking mixes and icings, store-bought baked goods, and more.

Saturated fat is unhealthy because it increases both your total blood cholesterol and your LDL (bad) cholesterol as well. Ideally, no more than 10% of your daily calories should come from saturated fats. Try to limit and avoid: bacon, bacon grease, beef, butter, cheese, cocoa butter, coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, cream, cream cheese, ice cream, lard, palm kernel oil, palm oil, pork, poultry, sour cream, and whole milk.

Cholesterol should be limited to less than 300 mg daily (see answer to question 7 above).

Polyunsaturated fats are somewhat healthy since they decrease your LDL (bad) cholesterol, but also decrease your HDL (good) cholesterol. You'll find polyunsaturated fats in corn oil, mayonnaise, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds, which can be eaten in moderation.

Exercise can increase your HDL (good) levels while lowering your LDL (bad) cholesterol. You'll be happy to know that you don't need to spend countless hours in the gym to achieve the heart-health benefits of getting active. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week.

Even moderate activity, if done daily, can make a difference. Research shows cholesterol improvements are related to the amount of activity and not to the intensity of the exercise. Even if you lose little weight, exercise can help you improve your cholesterol levels. Heart-healthy changes can occur inside your body before any benefits are seen on the outside.

Although everyone should consult their health care provider before starting an exercise program, in most cases, you won't need medical supervision to exercise safely and effectively.
This mid section between ===== is notes copied from the "Explanation" as I answered questions on the Spark People quiz on Cholesterol - see link below.

Notes from the quiz:

I got like 8/10 questions right but one was sloppiness in reading and clicking and the other I truly didn't know, had never read, and so the questions that had insightful answers, I copied the info into here to refer back to. I don't always remember to eat the healthier forms of cholesterol.

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LINDAF49 6/29/2014 11:03PM

    Good info consolidated down for me..thanks so much Working on the DASh diet and The Daniel plan ...learning more each day is my goal since getting heart stents 5 weeks ago now ... blood pressure is doing well and looking forward to blood draw readings to be done this week. The meds should be helping and diet changes re becoming easier.

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    You should write articles for SP.

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    Great idea ! Storing your notes in a blog for yourself... Thanks for sharing your "Fat" emoticon notes !!

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_CYNDY55_ 6/24/2014 10:59PM

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1CRAZYDOG 6/24/2014 10:44PM

    Thanks for sharing this information!

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Paleo diet - should I do it??

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My girlfriend (who so far has refused to take SparkPeople seriously) was starting on yet another attempt at "going Paleo..."

I never could quite buy into it, even though ya, sure, I'd love to slather butter on everything, right? There is moderation, of course - not "good food" vs "bad food" - a mental outlook.

So today, I hear from the ever hysterical James Fell (wish he wasn't so crude in places, but he does bring out useful points...). His article helped me reframe the whole Paleo thing for me. Have a gander at it:

(Note that not all of his opinions reflect my opinions ...)

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CLASSYLADYMAY 6/24/2014 10:15PM

    You have to find out what works for you ! I am trying again and doing it because I am doing what works for me. Which is planing ahead on food and exercise. !! I know you can do this. I am here to support you ! Hugs

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JOANNEJSMITH 6/23/2014 11:28AM

    I appreciate his thoughts, thanks for sharing. He did an excellent job. The thought of someone selling "paleo waffles" made me laugh. Oh yes, and "paleo dog food".

I watched this TEDX talk a while ago and thought it was worth the time it took to watch it:

And besides, the whole thing is based on evolution. I just try to stick to what was eaten in the bible (along with all the fruits and veggies not mentioned) and practice moderation. That seems to be the best way for me and I cannot see how anyone could go wrong that way.

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    I loved that article. Good points and funny to boot. I feel the same way about all these "diets." SP is hard for some people b/c it isn't a diet of rules that can't be realistically maintained and therefore success or failure can't be blamed on the diet, only ourselves. Some people aren't ready for that. YOU know what works. Just take care of you and others will notice.
Btw, I love your socks on the line. I hang mine across the front porch There is just something so wonderful about saving money AND getting that fresh, crisp, line-dried smell.

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CHEETARA79 6/22/2014 1:27PM

    I won't do anything to lose weight that I'm not willing to do for the rest of my life. I'm not willing to eliminate entire food groups, like the Paleo diet requires.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2014 6:33PM

    For me exclusionary diets / nutrition just don't work.

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 6/21/2014 4:32PM


If you go Paleo, skip all the 'Paleo this or that (foods)'. Just eat real foods.

Every diet gives options for all kinds of processed 'foods?', but they end up being almost all junk. Just eat real food, as non-processed as possible.

Oh, James Fell does have great abs!

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 6/21/2014 4:27PM

    Slathering butter sounds more like Atkins than Paleo. Yes, Paleo allows butter, but a 'dab', not a big gob of it. And, Paleo recommends a normal sized portion of protein (accompanied by lots of low-carb vegetables), where-as Atkins encourages large amounts of meat.

So, should you do Paleo? I mayself say, "Yes, YES, **** YES!"

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ECOAGE 6/21/2014 12:22PM

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That was fun to read!

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JILLYBEAN25 6/21/2014 11:20AM

    I think you'd be better off following the Disney diet. ;-)

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ZRIE014 6/21/2014 12:53AM

  have a nice weekend

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Fasting - reboot the immune system

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Who knew?

Many religions and spirtual practices encourage fasting, and many benefits are reported.

Here is a benefit I hadn't heard of before, at least not in exactly this way:

Twice a year...

This could have great benefits for those undergoing chem for cancer...

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CLASSYLADYMAY 6/24/2014 10:20PM

    Thanks for info. !!

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    Under a doctor's supervision of course. I'd prefer someone going to one of the many clinics around the country to do this fully supervised. Don't try it on your own.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/7/2014 2:42PM

    Thank you for the information!

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