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What is Gluten?

Thursday, July 09, 2009

I am always reading labels and ďGluten-FreeĒ is popping up quite a bit. I also see many blogs, both here on Sparkpeople.com and elsewhere, and a lot of people require foods that are free of gluten. If you are not one of those people who require foods that free of gluten, then you probably wonder what it is and why ďGluten-FreeĒ foods are important. Well if so, then keep on reading.

Gluten is something that is found most commonly in wheat, but may also be found in barley and rye products. Many processed foods contain one or more of these ingredients.
From the various Sparkpeople.com message boards I have read on the topic, I was surprised to learn how many people become ill from gluten.

Because of an autoimmune condition known as celiac disease (also spelled coeliac), a condition of the small intestine, some people are unable to digest gluten. Many other people develop a skin irritation. Other conditions that may develop include Irritable Bowel Syndrome; lymphoma of the small bowel; ulcerative small bowel; vitamin B12 and iron deficiency, which may lead to anemia; and chronic constipation. I bet you had no clue. I sure didnít. Once I became more conscious of my own health, I became more aware of some of the health matters that impact others that I never knew of before.

I was further surprised to learn that gluten can make people become severely ill, and some people have died because of it; however, most people can lead a normal healthy life if they maintain a gluten-free diet. While it can be cumbersome and frustrating (and sometimes expensive), finding affordable products free of gluten is much easier than in years past.

This is only a small taste of the information on gluten and celiac disease. If you want to know more, I included some sites below with further information:






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DEEANN8 7/21/2009 11:41AM


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BEESPARKLE 7/15/2009 7:12PM

    The Lord healed me from Celiac last year. I had my cruise planned a year ahead for Caribbean Islands. Three days before trip. The Lord healed me. I was on that food for 8 months prior.No Cluten. Very expensive but when your that sick. Is a blessing. I had loss 35 pounds in like two weeks. It is a long story. So those who have to eat it. It is the best. I loved the bread toasted but man to eat it plain as a sandwich. Awful. . I still have the mix for muffins. As I have allot of the products still. The cookies were very good. Near my sons place he has a store especially for those products. Now some grocery stores have them also. In Toronto they have a place where one can buy it wholesale I am told and of course off the internet.

I do take some Med's for other complications of the bowels. I wont go into that as it is very graphic. The part that the Lord healed me from was the part I could eat normal. If you had twenty hours. I could explain. Tee,heee.

I am a new person. I thank my Lord. . Now this is me here to join. Now 10 weeks.

It was truly great to have loss that weight when sick but who wants it that way.
So nice you have browsed around to get info. Much appreciated.


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BAREADER 7/10/2009 2:04PM

    Once again, a great blog with good info! Thanks Will.

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PLATINUM755 7/9/2009 8:07PM

    emoticonfor this blog...I'm not allergic to gluten, but like you as I become healthier and more health conscious, it has broadened my knowledge of a lot of health concerns people have to deal with daily... emoticonfor the info.

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SUNNYH99 7/9/2009 2:16PM

    Thanks, Will. I am fortunate to be able to tolerate gluten. In fact seitan IS gluten, and I do enjoy it in many forms. A friend's husband has celiac disease, and I learned more about it from your blog than I knew before. It's always good to gather more knowledge!

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    Great info! Thanks so much for sharing all the websites as well.

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JCHOATEX2 7/9/2009 9:54AM

    Will, I always enjoy your blogs because they are SO informative. Great information! Thanks for taking the time to research and post it.
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Getting the Most from Your Gym Membership

Monday, July 06, 2009

One thing many people do to add to their fitness routine is join a gym. A regular fitness routine is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Whether you join the YMCA/YWCA, the gym at a community recreation center, or a commercial fitness center, following some simple rules can help you achieve greater levels of success and progress.

First, donít sign up for a gym membership on a whim. It may be that some barbells and a jog around the block is a better fit for your lifestyle. So, before you join a gym, realistically look at yourself and your life situation and determine whether you will be able to go regularly. Since many of the more competitively-priced gym memberships require a commitment (sometimes for as little as a year or as much as 3 years), you donít want to enter into an obligation that you will canít get out of.

Second, start out slowly. Take your time, gradually adding more activities and adding more weights. Doing too much too soon could cause muscle or joint injuries, which could cause you to become dismayed and stop going.

Third, donít measure your own progress by watching what others are doing. Itís easy to look at someone else and think youíre in as good a shape as they are and find yourself trying to keep up. Doing this may not be good for you. Go at your own pace, and follow a plan that measures your progress against yourself.

Fourth, donít allow the other members to make you feel uncomfortable. Some of them may do a lot of showing off, doing flashy things for an audience. Even those who are doing a genuine level of effort may exceed the level where you are. You canít pay any attention to them. You must have to progress at a pace that works for you and within your own abilities.

Fifth, if youíre not really sure how to use a machine, ask a staff member to show you how. Using a machine incorrectly will either increase the likelihood of an injury or it will cause you to not reap the full benefits of what the machine was designed to do.

Fourth, if your gym offers any orientation classes as part of your membership, take advantage of them. In some cases, the gym could have some features or services you may not be aware of, and an orientation class could teach you a lot.

Fifth, donít limit yourself to just the cardio and strength training machines. Many gym memberships include group exercise classes that can be very helpful. Some of the common classes include spinning, aerobics, jazzercise, Zumba/salsa, yoga, Pilates, prenatal exercise classes, and boot camp classes. These classes are particularly useful to those people who have a difficult time with self-motivation. Doing a set of exercises with a moderator can help to keep you on track and push you a little further toward your true potential.

Lastly, and most importantly, make your gym participation a priority. For many people, time at the gym often gets pushed aside when other things get in the way. Going to the gym is something you have to motivate yourself to do. Setting up a reward system often helps (i.e., putting a set amount of money into a shoe box each time you go, or buying yourself a new shirt or CD after you have gone consistently for a month or six months). However you choose to do it, youíre the only one who can make yourself go, so donít make excuses for not going. Just go!

Good luck to you. See you at the gym.

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_VALEO_ 7/12/2009 5:25AM

    I cancelled my membership a few months ago, cost me too much for almost no benefit. The classes were way too difficult for me, and I lost the motivation to go.

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MOTHER-NATURE 7/9/2009 8:28AM

    Will .. lol I was reading this blog of your's when I got the e-mail that you had commented on my " Let's Get Physical " blog.

It is so true about everything you stated here about going to the gym .. been there, done that ... my only down fall is I am one of those people who sign up to things and then don't go ... I need to work on finding out the reason why I waste my money and do things like that



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MEILAY09 7/8/2009 2:29PM

  Thanks for the tips! I'm the opposite of most people who commented. I make up a million excuses for better things to do in the house than workout. Going to a gym will (hopefully, I start today) help me work out more consistently. Plus if I go right after work, I'm already out of the house so what other excuse is there?

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GYMGAL83 7/7/2009 11:23AM

  Great article. My gym in the UK has 30 classes a day and I always go to one in the morning and evening...A girls goto get her money worth :D

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BAREADER 7/7/2009 9:16AM

    That is some really good advice about the gym, especially considering some people sign up and never even go the first time! (my cousin used to work at Curves) I prefer working out at home, it's too east not to do it if I have to get ready, get in the car and drive somewhere. I find that a few pieces of inexpensive equipment is all I need. Dumb bells, Pilates mat, jump rope, workout DVD's etc, and it takes up very little room in my closet.

You are so right, people should really consider their life style and personality type before signing a long term commitment to a gym. Some people will thrive in that environment, others(like me) prefer to go it alone. Also some places offer trial memberships so you can try it out before signing on the dotted line.

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JAWILDMAN 7/7/2009 6:46AM

    I definitely echo the "don't judge yourself against the others". The gym I go to at times has body builders working out. They can really intimidate people. Like many things, most of them are very happy to help a beginner, to share, etc. They weren't born looking like that and had to start out scrawny/fat/overweight. A surprising number of body builders that I've spoken to were grossly overweight at some point.

So don't be afraid to ask to 'jump in', ask if they are using this machine/bench/area, ask for help with a big weight. Most will be glad to help you.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/6/2009 10:11PM

    Thanks for all the good tips Will.
I prefer working out at home because I think if I had to go to a gym, I would find lots of excuses to blow it off.

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MSBATMAN 7/6/2009 2:00PM

    I have done the gym routine. I find that doing exercises and cardio at home is better suited for my lifestyle. I used to have to force myself to go to the gym. Now I have an elliptical, treadmill, dumbells, stability ball, exercise bands, SP videos and dozens of exercises to do. I can do all of these things throughout the day at my leisure. I definitely have firmed up more and lost more weight and saved tons of money doing everything in the comfort of my own home.

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DEEANN8 7/6/2009 1:28PM

I'm lucky... I have a built in incentive to get to the gym. If I go 8 times in a month, my employer reimburses me 50% of the membership cost. If I go 12 times, they pay 100%
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Approach It Differently

Monday, June 29, 2009

Over this past weekend, I was talking with a couple of people who have been struggling with losing weight. They wanted to know how I managed to be so successful. Let me tell you what I told them. Approach it differently.

I think that losing weight should not be your primary objective, even if thatís what youíre tying to do. Focusing on the number on the scale can cause you to become frustrated, particularly if pounds donít go down as quickly as you would like for them to. Instead, your primary objective should be developing a healthier lifestyle. Look at the here and now and what immediate changes you can make. Approach it differently. It is better to focus on things like:

1. reducing the number of calories youíre eating;
2. watching out for the saturated and trans-fats in your foods;
3. cutting down or eliminating refined sugars and replacing them with natural sugars or sugar substitutes;
4. reducing the number of soft drinks and increasing the amount of water and tea you drink;
5. adding more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains - and reducing the amount of red meat; and
6. increasing your activity level.

If you would just change your focus, you will see yourself making progress. By focusing your attention on having more nutritious meals, becoming more active, and maintaining a pattern of healthy living overall, you are preparing your body for burning fat and losing weight. Seeing yourself making more conscious choices with your meals and upping your activity level can have a big, long-term impact on your weight loss goals. Pay more attention to your life choices rather than on how many pounds you need to lose. Approach it differently.

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BEESPARKLE 7/15/2009 7:14PM

    Excellent. That is what I have written on my last blog.

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_VALEO_ 7/12/2009 5:19AM

    Great approach! Diet is such a bad word!

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EMT6937 7/9/2009 2:23PM

    Well said!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/6/2009 9:14AM

    Great advice! Thanks!

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DAMISA 7/3/2009 10:46PM

    Excellent blog, Will. Very motivational and oh so true!

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HEADRICK 6/30/2009 2:56PM

    Again Will, you are absolutely correct!


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BUSYBEE1000 6/30/2009 11:29AM

    Thank you! You're just what I needed today.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/29/2009 9:29PM

    I still struggle with not letting the scale determine my success.
But, as long as my clothes still fit the same, I know I am fine.
Thanks for the reminder Will.
Great post as always.


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    Here here!

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SUNNYH99 6/29/2009 2:57PM

    I like this topic, Will. Thanks for reminding me it's not so much about the movement of the number on the scale but the movement I'm making into healthier eating and honesty with myself about what and how much I consume.

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BGHINTERSC 6/29/2009 12:29PM

    I totally agree with you! Your post even has me more energized! When people ask me what diet I am on, I tell them that I am not on a diet and that I am making a life change for myself.

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DEEANN8 6/29/2009 12:25PM

    Amen! That's what I was doing when I was the most successful. One step at a time.

--get the calories down... THEN
-- get the fat % down ... THEN
--get the protien % ... THEN
--increased the fiber... THEN
... etc, etc, etc.

WHILE increasing the activity.

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Dealing with Muscle Damage

Thursday, June 25, 2009

This is a hot topic, especially for people who exercise. But muscle damage can develop in a variety of ways, not just from exercising. Itís the tearing and breaking of the tendons and fibers of the muscles. Damage occurs when the muscles are extended too far beyond their elasticity or they move or change shape too abruptly.

This type of muscle strain can take place from organized athletic activity or from lifting heavy items or from walking up or down a flight of stairs.

Most muscle damage can be treated at home. Here are a few simple things you can do to ease the pain and help the healing:

-The first thing to do is rest the injured area. Rest will protect the injured area from additional injury.

-Apply an ice pack directly to the strained area. A general rule is use ice for about 20 minutes per hour. Ice can help reduce swelling as well as pain. Be sure not to place it directly on your skin. Use a towel or tee shirt between the ice and your flesh

-Compression is also a useful tool. There are many elastic bandages on the market that are ideal for this purpose. If do not have one available, you can use a ripped tee shirt temporarily. I have done that many times.

-A massage therapist can also be useful. With good massage techniques, the stressed muscle is manipulated and in many cases, pain relief is seen instantly. A few insurance carriers cover treatment from massage therapists, though most do not. Check with your insurer to see what is covered.

-Lastly, there are many over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and other muscle relaxers, that can help relieve your pain or discomfort. Be sure to consult your physician though, particularly if you have been taking medications for other conditions.

If you donít see any improvement within 48 hours, it is important to seek medical attention. Some muscle damage is more serious than others, ranging from a mild tearing of some of the fibers to all fibers becoming completely severed; however, most damage is treatable and patients can completely recover from their injuries.

Visit the following websites for additional information on muscle injuries.



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BEESPARKLE 7/15/2009 7:55PM

    I developed Sciatic. I also was told because I was so athletic and a runner in my younger days. My leg and hip are very damaged now. Unless the Lord heals it. I am stuck with it. So again good info you have posted. . I have done all that you have written here. One goes through all this for starters but over the years. It has got worse. I will not go on predison. My friends son has his hip deteriorate. So now he is on disability. The worse part . Doctors gave him no warning of use of predison.
Then it is too late.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/27/2009 9:04PM

    Great info as always, Will.
I like the massage idea, even if I don't have a muscle injury. emoticon


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Is Alcohol Ruining Your Weight Loss Efforts?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Alcohol can have devastating effects on your waistline if you arenít careful. There are many reasons why alcohol can be harmful to a diet. Here are a few of them.

First, the most obvious effect alcohol has is the number of calories a drink can have. A 12 ounce serving of lite beer, a typical glass of wine, or a shot of liquor will cost you about 110 calories. If you only have one or two drinks, then youíre not doing too badly. But, what about other drinks? Many mixed drinks, particularly sugary or cream-based drinks, could end up being about 300 Ė 400 calories or more, and if you go to a bar or a club to get your buzz and tell the bartender to add extra alcohol (as many people like to do sometimes), that number could go up even more per drink. If you drink regularly Ė like several times per week Ė it could really do some damage. 1

Second, alcohol has been known to increase appetite. Itís no accident that many restaurants try to push you to have a drink while youíre perusing the menu and thatís why some bartenders offer you a menu after youíve had a couple of drinks. People are more likely to eat more when they have been drinking. 2

Third, alcohol can also affect your inhibitions. Itís hard enough to stick with your diet when youíre sober. A lot of people will say, ďIíll watch what I eat tomorrowĒ so they can have what they want today. Even just a slight feeling of inebriation can affect your judgment. I did that many times. I found myself snacking more often as well as snacking on more of the wrong things when I consumed alcohol. 3

So, if youíre trying to lose weight, be aware of your alcohol intake if you drink. I donít want to say you should avoid it, because these pitfalls are not absolute. Some peole can have a drink without any problems. Like anything else, having a little bit wonít hurt you. Just remember the term ďmoderationĒ and you wonít go wrong.

For more information on the effects alcohol can have on your diet, take a look at the following websites:

1 www.medicinenet.com/alcohol_and_nutr

2 www.isbra2006.com/abstract/453.htm

3 www.thefactsaboutfitness.com/researc

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BEESPARKLE 7/15/2009 7:25PM

    I do not drink alcoholic or my hubby. My brother died as a alcoholic. How sad it was. Most of my long time friends drink. At such a senior age. Some who never drank it before. Get in with the wrong people plus boredom. I pray I never get that way. My home was a home of open the bottle for my brothers. I hated it. It caused alot of grief in my home. Thank the Lord. I was able to have been woken up by the abuse of alcohol in my home.

Great info. Alot of people who do drink need to read this. So many elderly take Med's and drink. Honest. You cannot mix that. Why some doctors tell them wine is good. Need to be thrown into the deepest sea. As we all know. When anything ever goes wrong with health. First thing they ask. Do you drink or smoke. Then why then would they suggest a little wine is good.

I will never know.

My last point. I knew a heart Specialist personally who bought stocks out for the tobacco company. So figure. He died from heart . What goes around comes around. I told him. You make me ill. When you know what heart problems are. Your bad news. I am sorry. Your bad news. Did he befriend me. No. he said. I spoke the truth. he said. I made him feel embarrassed as who he really was. A hypercrit. Not long after he retired.

I tell you. I get so gun ho on topic's like this and others.

Great topic.

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_VALEO_ 6/26/2009 8:52AM

    I didn't know that alcohol was known to increase appetite -thanks for sharing this information, although noone of us really drink alcohol at home.
We don't like beer, and have a pre-dinner drink 4-5 times a year at the very most (birthdays and Christmas.)
I've calculated that my partner and I drink less than a bottle of wine per year and per person -stereotypes of French drinking wine each day is quite a clichť.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/24/2009 9:04PM

    Thanks for the article, Will

Thankfully, I am not much of a drinker. A margarita or a beer a couple of times a year.


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SJ1320 6/24/2009 8:08PM

    What a great article! This should be in every newspaper/magazine. Thank you for sharing this information. I am glad that I don't like alcohol.

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PLATINUM755 6/24/2009 1:02PM

    Graeat info...when I see the amount of calories in alcohol, I've grateful it's something I don't have a taste for.

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DEEANN8 6/23/2009 3:41PM

    Makes me thankful I don't like the taste of alcohol. emoticon

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KIPRUSS3 6/23/2009 11:00AM

    I do think if you are able to make it part of your daily routine (as in, track the cals, and limit the drinks) that the benefits of a single drink are worth considering. Wines, beers, scotch and vodka have all been shown to provide benies to the body (wine is an amazing anti oxidant, helps break down red meat, and might even effect the size of fat cells). But 2/3 of a cup is all you need, and that alone is high in cals.

Love your blog!!!!!!!!!

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