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Crazy storm last night!

Friday, April 09, 2010

The weather man said it would be windy and I was ok with that...he didn't say we'd be hit with a major blizzard that would knock out power and cause absolute chaos!
Well, it wasn't that bad but the roads were just sheet ice this morning and everything is covered in snow and ice again. Winter was gone for many weeks and then in 1 night it all came back.
It also knocked out the power in the office and shut down our servers. We had to restart them and do a soft recovery of our exchange servers...sucked.
Anyway, it is blue skies outside now and you'd never know what happened last night just by looking out the window of my office. But it's hella cold out there and the wind is as sharp as a knife. The Canadian flag is blowing patriotically on the buidling next to ours. How she blows, eh! haha
Well, I got some tae bo in last night but I just had no energy. It was a struggle to get'er done but I done'er. I love canadian slang. haha
Anyway, things have calmed down now and I'm sure all of the snow and ice will be gone by tomorrow. This is just what we needed to get the grass growing again. It's all part of natures plan.

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SAPPHIRE983 4/9/2010 12:05PM

    Wow, I am glad we didn't get any snow...I live in Minnesota and this was the first snowless March since 1887! I heard that this was the worst winter for people in Virginia...while this was probably one of the shortest winters for us! It has been in the 50's and 60's and next week it will be in the 70's. Hallelujah!

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Interesting Fullness read

Thursday, April 08, 2010


The Fullness Factor

Why Certain Fatty Foods Fall Flat in Satisfying Our Appetite

Ever notice how foods loaded with fat never leave you satisfied, while low fat foods leave you feeling fuller longer?

Fat has more calories than carbohydrates and proteins (nine calories per gram as opposed to four calories per gram), so it’s natural to assume that high fat foods will leave us feeling more satiated than foods that are lower in fat. Typically this is true, but not for the potato chip snacker or for the Pillsbury plunderer. Dollars to doughnuts, these snack attackers will tell you it’s not true, as one doughnut, one chip, is never enough (a single Krispy Kreme doughnut has 12 grams of fat).

Several factors play into this dietary conundrum, one of which is whether or not what you’re consuming has any fiber in it. Fiber plays a huge role in what I like to call “the fullness factor,” as high fiber foods are digested slower, and high fiber foods take up more room in the stomach.

But there’s another factor to consider that researchers have only recently keyed into, and its name is palmitic acid.

Palmitic acid is a saturated fatty acid found primarily in dairy foods like milk, cheese, butter, and milk. Many of these ingredients are used in the production of bakery items like doughnuts, so it’s no wonder doughnuts never leave us feeing satisfied.

To study palmitic acid’s effects on appetite and brain chemistry, researchers fed a group of rats various kinds of fat. Some of them were fed palmitic acid, while others were fed oleic acid, which is an unsaturated fatty acid found primarily in vegetable oils like olive oil. They were fed these oils intravenously.

After three weeks, the researchers found that the rats fed the palmitic acid consistently ate more than the rats fed the oleic acid.

The researchers chalk up this fat find to palmitic acid’s ability to chemically alter the brain. When palmitic acid is consumed in high enough quantities, it triggers the release of a certain protein that effectively renders leptin and insulin useless. Leptin and insulin are hormones that help regulate appetite. Among other functions, they tell the brain when the body feels “full.”

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and conducted by scientists from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

As a natural health advocate— and you, a natural health follower— scarfing on doughnuts and snicker doodles to test the scientists’ findings is not the best of idea. However, I mention this study because each and every one of us “cheats” now and then, so it’s helpful to understand why certain “cheat” foods leave us feeling full, while others leave us feeling flat or unsatisfied.

Besides the kinds of food we’re eating, we also need to take into consideration how fast we’re eating. As I wrote in a past Mangano Minute, there’s about a 20 minute delay between our brain and stomach in recognizing whether or not we feel full. That’s why people who are trying to lose weight are advised to eat slower. Eating slower not only enables the brain to recognize that fullness factor, but it also helps us enjoy our foods a bit more. And enjoyment is the second most important thing in our daily dinings, the most important one being nutrition, of course.


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SUKOTO 4/8/2010 4:16PM


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PUTER98 4/8/2010 4:11PM

    Some good information ...

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Don't forget your carbs!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I made a big mistake yesterday and it explains why so often in the past I've come home hungry, tired and angry. NOT ENOUGH CARBS!!! Yesterday I only had a salad, some fruit, cereal and yogurt while at work. I felt like crap when I left work and I was starving when I got home. I managed to whip up some salmon, asperagus and rice in about 15 minutes (left over rice) and man did it hit the spot. I had enough energy to do my Tae Bo and do more house cleaning. If it wasn't so windy I'd have probably gone for a 5km run.
The moral of the story is don't forget your carbs. They are MANDATORY for energy and the burning of fat. They are like the kindling in your fire. Without them you can't get that fire burning.
So go eat some rice or pasta and see what I'm talking about.

Carbs are friends.


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PUTER98 4/8/2010 4:17PM

    It'a all about balance. Too much or too little of any of the major nutrients can be disastrous to your weight loss goals. That is why fad diets just don't work.

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SAPPHIRE983 4/8/2010 12:57PM

    I agree with you 100%! Carbs, in addition to fiber, help you feel full and satisfied. Without them, I know I will not be able to lose any weight or stay fit. I have the worst day if I don't eat breakfast...all I think about is food all day because I am so hungry! I started taking a tablespoon of freshly grounded-up flaxseed in my cereal or oatmeal every morning and I am not hungry until lunch! I know to some people that seems a bit extreme, but it's a really good way to curve you hungry and get your recommended daily fiber intake.

Hope your Thursday is going well!

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Stair climbing fun/challenge!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I usually don't time myself when doing my stairs but this time I did.
There are 22 stories in my building and 18 steps per storey. I don't count going down stairs because it is just bad for my knees to be flying down concrete stairs.
Anyway, I start on the 2nd floor and go up 2 steps at a time. I have done it 2 times today but only timed my second attempt. I was able to get 20 stories in 4 minutes Thats 360 steps in 240 seconds or 1.5 steps per second.
This is no easy task and believe me I am breathing hard when I get to the top. It's basically 3.5 minutes of anaerobic activity as your quads are killing by the end of the climb.
How fast can you do it?
I am going to be bumping up my stairs by running up as many as I can, starting maybe 7 or 8 floors down at first and then gradually working my way to running up the entire building. That'd be an accomplishment to be proud of. Wow. I can't imagine doing it....but I will.


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ANNISSAT 4/8/2010 12:27PM

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Family on vacation for 3 months!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

So the family is back in Japan now for 3 months. I've been left to fend for myself...I think I'll survive.
Now that I don't have to watch the kids in the evenings I'll be able to get out and run more often. I'm really happy about this.
I will also be able to control what I eat without making the "chef" of the house upset.
Of course I miss my family but I know that they are happy to be back in Japan with family so feel better.
Now I have to kick it up a notch and really get into my workouts. I have 3 months to lose 17 lbs.

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GOBLINBOX 4/7/2010 7:59PM

    Go go go!

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PUTER98 4/7/2010 4:47PM

    An excellent time to really focus on getting your healthy lifestyle established. You should have no problem reaching your weight loss goals.

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SUKOTO 4/7/2010 10:33AM

    You bet! It's true what they say. Absence makes the heart grow fond. I think all marriages should have a nice little break like this. Well, 3 months is pretty long but even 1 month would probably save a lot of families.
I will be focusing on exercising and nutrition.

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NICOLE.ALICIA 4/7/2010 10:31AM

    Wow!! Guess it will really give you time to focus huh?

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