JUSTEATREALFOOD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUSTEATREALFOOD JUSTEATREALFOOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Study: Doubling Saturated Fat in the Diet Does Not Increase Saturated Fat in Blood New research link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866992 Doubling or even nearly tripling saturated fat in the diet does not drive up total levels of saturated fat in the blood, according to a controlled diet study. <BR> <BR> However, increasing levels of carbohydrates in the diet during the study promoted a steady increase in the blood of a fatty acid linked to an elevated risk for diabetes and heart disease. <BR> <BR> The finding “challenges the conventional wisdom that has demonized saturated fat and extends our knowledge of why dietary satura... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:35:56 EST Dietitian Dr Trudi Deakin claims her diet is 82 per cent fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866983 The founder of X-PERT Health, a charity that offers educational programmes on diabetes to NHS professionals, Dr Deakin regularly performs in-depth literature reviews of recent studies to ensure the information they give is up-to-date. <BR> <BR> 'More and more evidence is coming out in favour of low carbohydrate diets,' she told MailOnline. <BR> <BR> A year ago, she was asked to speak at the annual Diabetes UK conference in a debate against another researcher on the topic 'We should stop pro... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:21:15 EST A primary driver for type 2 diabetes is sugar. January 29, 2015 study. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866975 What they found was that the added sugars were significantly more harmful. Fructose was linked to worsening insulin levels and worsening glucose tolerance, which is a driver for pre-diabetes. It caused harmful fat storage—visceral fat on the abdomen—and promoted several markers for poor health like inflammation and high blood pressure. “We clearly showed that sugar is the principal driver of diabetes,” says lead study author James J. DiNicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist at Sain... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:08:27 EST Why a Low-Carb Diet Should Be the First Approach in Diabetes Treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840430 "The current state of diabetes care in the United States health system shows the inability of existing recommendations to control the epidemic of diabetes, the failure of low-fat diets to improve obesity rates, cardiovascular risk or general health, and the continual reports of serious side effects of commonly prescribed diabetic medications. The success of low carbohydrate diets in the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome without significant side effects point to the need for a reapp... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:13:47 EST How Cooking Can Change Your Life - Michael Pollen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839321 "Low income women who cook their own meals are healthier than wealthy women that don't cook." <BR> <BR> <link>m.youtube.com/watch?v=TX7kwfE3cJQ </link> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:45:20 EST Garlic Strengthens The Heart And Immune System Among Other Health Benefits It Possess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831810 "Garlic has many health benefits ranging from heart health, anti-inflammatory and can kill bacteria among others. Below is a summary of the health benefits of garlic. <BR> <BR> 1. Cardiovascular Benefits <BR> Garlic has cardioprotective properties which aids in helping the person have a healthy heart and circulatory system. Garlic is proven to aid in the reduction of blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. However, the more protective effect of garlic is the protection of blood c... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:29:58 EST Parkinson's Disease Can Migrate From Gut to Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831805 "Parkinson's disease is strongly linked to the degeneration of the brain's movement center. In the last decade, the question of where the disease begins has led researchers to a different part of the human anatomy. In 2003, the German neuropathologist Heiko Braak presented a theory suggesting that the disease begins in the gut and spreads to the brain. The idea has since, despite vocal critics, gained a lot of ground. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden now present the first direct evide... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:23:00 EST Obesity Pills Could Be A Substitute For Treadmills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831800 "Scientists from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital have claimed that they have identified an obesity pill that could help transform "bad" fat to "good" fat. They said that the pill could help many people lose weight as well as reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer." <BR> <BR> Full article here - <BR> <link>au.ibtimes.com/articles/575532/20141<BR>211/obesity-pills-treadmills.htm#.VIro<BR>hkc8KrW </link> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:08:33 EST Safe as Houses - The Fall of a Sparrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828524 My nephew and his band released their second album last night. <BR> <BR> They are incredibly talented. The new album is amazing. I love track 1 and 2 so far and I keep listening to them over and over! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1876935564.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Check them out on You Tube. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/user/SafeAsHousesCan<BR>ada </link> <BR> <BR> Or Facebook. <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/Safe.As.Houses.Band </link> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 09:14:51 EST Stray dog who raced 430 miles to a better home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822103 Stray dog who raced 430 miles to a better home: Arthur latched on to an extreme sports team during Amazon race - and what happened next will melt the hardest heart <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-284<BR>6228/Meet-Arthur-stray-dog-followed-ex<BR>treme-sports-team-grueling-430-mile-ra<BR>ce-Amazon-rainforest-refused-leave-finish.html </link> <BR> <BR> ------------------ <BR> <BR> What a great story! Happy Monday everyone! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:20:18 EST Do We Really Need 130g of Carbohydrates a Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820766 Institute of Medicine explains how it “set” its carbohydrate RDA in its Dietary Reference Intakes (the DRI), Chapter 6, “Dietary Carbohydrates: Sugars and Starches”. The quotes below are taken directly from this chapter. My irreverent comments are in blue. <BR> From the summary: <BR> “The primary role of carbohydrates (sugars and starches) is to provide energy to cells in the body, particularly the brain, which is the only carbohydrate-dependent organ in the body.” <BR> <BR> The DRI later po... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:09:29 EST We Really Can Make Glucose From Fatty Acids After All! O Textbook, How Thy Biochemistry Hast Deceive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819959 "In July of 2011, a German research group revisited the question of converting fatty acids to carbohydrate by publishing a computational analysis of the most up-to-date information about human biochemistry available (9). These authors identified 22 pathways by which acetone could be converted to pyruvate that they considered likely to be important, and concluded that these pathways would be less cost-efficient than making glucose from amino acids or glycerol, but are nevertheless biochemical... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:24:42 EST Moderation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818168 I don't believe in 'all foods in moderation' because there are foods that are just plain horrible for your health. <BR> <BR> A SparkPeople article about moderation says refined sugar isn't evil or bad? WTH? Actually yes it is and the less of it you eat the healthier you will be. <BR> <BR> This journey isn't just about losing or maintaining weight for me. It's about being healthy and in order to be healthy things like soda pop and sugary candy can't be eaten moderately. <BR> <BR> Think a... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:11:32 EST Recovering from an Ankle Spain and Torn Ligamnets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815997 I sprained my ankle and tore 2 ligaments on Sunday night and had to go to the ER for x-rays because I thought I may have broken it. It was not broken, thank goodness. I was advised to wear a walking cast for 3 weeks and told it could take 3 months for the ligament to heal. <BR> <BR> Here's what I've been doing after the initial 24 hour RICE period. If I feel any pain I stop immediately. Gentle movement, Traumeel cream, l-glutamine, gelatin, magnesium, multi-vitamin in the morning, tumeri... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:56:07 EST An Awesome Quote From TRIPLEMWF About the Paleo Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811154 "I don't think that it is restrictive unless you think that eliminating boxed, man-made foods is restricting. I eat quite well doing the majority of my grocery shopping around the outside of the grocery store. Whole grains are so over-processed there is hardly anything left of them by the time they hit the shelves, and it's not like you can eat it by itself, it's always in bread-form, or breakfast-bar form, or tortilla-form, or cereal-form, I'd much rather get the vitamins and minerals and fi... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:53:14 EST BRITA Attacks Big Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808620 "Drinking one soda a day may not seem like much, but this simple choice can add up. In fact, over an average lifetime, drinking just one regular soda a day is the equivalent of consuming over 221,000 sugar cubes. What does that look like? Watch and see." <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl1r3uDY-zg </link> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:58:17 EST Gradual weight loss no better than rapid weight loss for long-term weight control - Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806792 According to Katrina Purcell, dietician and the first author on the paper from the University of Melbourne, "Across the world, guidelines recommend gradual weight loss for the treatment of obesity, reflecting the widely held belief that fast weight loss is more quickly regained. However, our results show that achieving a weight loss target of 12.5% is more likely, and drop-out is lower, if losing weight is done quickly." <BR> <BR> <link>www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/1<BR>0/141015190832... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:14:44 EST It is time to revisit current dietary recommendations for saturated fat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806785 From the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods, Laval University, Québec, Canada. <BR> <BR> "We therefore urge the Canadian nutrition community to be proactive in this process and to hopefully arrive at a consensus that will reflect both our own food reality and the latest science. Perhaps in the end the conclusions will remain that reducing SFA intake per se is indeed a justified dietary target. But at least we will have a sense of having gone through the process with an open mind, us... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:04:22 EST Listen to an Amazing Podcast about Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793538 Dr. Jade Teta: The Metabolic Effect & Being a Diet Detective – #159 <BR> <BR> Dr. Jade Teta is an integrative physician, naturopath, and personal trainer with over 25 years of experience helping people achieve their health, weight loss, and fitness goals. He is the founder & CEO of Metabolic Effect Inc., and author of the best-selling book,The Metabolic Effect Diet. He is a regular contributor to many publications, including The Huffington Post, and the Textbook of Natural Medicine, the numb... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 17:04:52 EST Selling Obesity Drugs to Americans Shouldn't Be This Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787415 "Eisai, the maker of rival drug Belviq, has been running national television ads since the spring. The two-minute spot follows a familiar drug ad script: Ominous music plays as a cast of characters think out loud about their problems. “It’s late, and I’m still hungry,” one woman peering into a fridge in a darkened kitchen says. A reassuring female narrator says, “Weight loss is not just about willpower.” The music turns jaunty as the narrator suggests, “Maybe it’s time to try Belviq.” <BR> <... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:37:00 EST Campaign to cut calories not leading to lower obesity rates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787225 "One reason a reduction in calories sold has not translated into a reduction in obesity could be that the balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates in a diet may be more important for weight than calories, said obesity expert Dr. Kevin Fontaine of the University of Alabama at Birmingham." <BR> <BR> <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/campaign-to-cut-cal<BR>ories-not-leading-to-lower-obesity-rat<BR>es/article20667622/ </link> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:12:33 EST Artificial sweeteners linked to obesity epidemic, scientists say Drinking diet soda could cause weig http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787220 "In Wednesday’s issue of the journal Nature, researchers report that artificial sweeteners increase the blood sugar levels in both mice and humans by interfering with microbes in the gut. Increased blood sugar levels are an early indicator of Type 2 diabetes and metabolic disease." <BR> <BR> <link>www.cbc.ca/news/health/artificial-sw<BR>eeteners-linked-to-obesity-epidemic-sc<BR>ientists-say-1.2769196 </link> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:08:38 EST Workout #3 - HIIT Lower Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769407 30 seconds on / 10 seconds off <BR> <BR> 3 sets <BR> <BR> Jump Rope x/x/x <BR> One Leg Squats - right 7/7/7 <BR> One Leg Squats - left 7/7/7 <BR> Jump Rope x/x/x <BR> Turkish Get Up (8kg) - right 4/4/4 <BR> Turkish Get Up (8kg) - left 4/4/4 <BR> Jump Rope x/x/x <BR> One Leg Deadlift (16kg) - right 7/7/7 <BR> One Leg Deadlift (16kg) - left 7/7/7 <BR> Jump Rope x/x/x <BR> Handstand x/x/x <BR> TRX Rows 12/12/13 <BR> <BR> 24 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> Stretch 8 minutes <BR> <BR> Total workout t... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:08:29 EST Workout #2 - HIIT Core http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768714 30 seconds on / 10 seconds off <BR> <BR> 4 sets <BR> <BR> Jump Rope x/x/x/x <BR> BOSU Mountain Climbers 8/8/8/8 <BR> Jump Squats 17/19/19/19 <BR> Reverse Curls 9/8/9/9 <BR> Jump Rope x/x/x/x <BR> Sit Ups on BOSU 9/9/9/10 <BR> Jumping Lunges 28/29/30/32 <BR> Back Extensions 10/10/12/12 <BR> <BR> 21 minutes 20 seconds <BR> <BR> <BR> Stretch 6 minutes <BR> <BR> Total workout time 27 minutes 20 seconds Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:19:41 EST Nutritionists Pan ASN Processed Foods Statement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767952 "The statement, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), used a definition of processing that encompassed everything from washing, packaging, and freezing foods like fruits and vegetables all the way up to adding sugars and preservatives for foods like cake mixes and frozen pizzas. <BR> <BR> Many nutrition experts contacted by MedPage Today lamented the statement's lack of distinction between minimally and highly processed foods." <BR> <BR> "At the extreme, these are ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:25:32 EST A Low-Carb Diet Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767900 "Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that gut bacteria drive a common form of colon cancer, and that a low-carbohydrate diet can prevent the disease. <BR> <BR> The researchers found that microbes in the intestine convert carbohydrates into metabolites that spur cancer growth. A low-carbohydrate diet shut down this process and led to a 75 per cent reduction in cancer incidence." <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.ca/university-of-<BR>toronto-news/low-carb-diet-colon-cance<BR... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:26:27 EST Your Brain On Ketones - How a high-fat diet can help the brain work better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767284 "The opposite of a low fat, snacking lifestyle would be the lifestyle our ancestors lived for tens of thousands of generations, the lifestyle for which our brains are primarily evolved. It seems reasonable that we would have had extended periods without food, either because there was none available, or we were busy doing something else. Then we would follow that period with a filling meal of gathered plant and animal products, preferentially selecting the fat. During the day we might have eat... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:49:11 EST Workout #1 - HIIT Upper Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767185 HIIT WORKOUT <BR> <BR> 30 seconds on/10 seconds off <BR> <BR> 2 sets of each exercise <BR> <BR> Jump Rope x/x <BR> Handstand x/x <BR> Box Jumps 10/11 <BR> Push Ups 8/8 <BR> Jump Rope x/x <BR> TRX Rows. 12/12 <BR> Jumping Lunges 30/32 <BR> Pull Ups/Lowers 5/4+2 lowers <BR> <BR> Time 10 min 36 sec <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> SPRINTS <BR> <BR> Run 5 mph <BR> Sprint 10 mph x 6 <BR> 1.36 miles <BR> 131 calories <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:30:30 EST Life-Span Exposure to Low Doses of Aspartame Beginning during Prenatal Life Increases Cancer Effects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766822 Discussion <BR> <BR> In our first mega-experiment (Belpoggi et al. 2006; Soffritti et al. 2005, 2006), we demonstrated for the first time that APM (aspartame) is a multi-potential carcinogenic agent inducing, among other cancers, a dose-related, significant increase in lymphomas/leukemias in females. <BR> <BR> In the present study, in which we administered APM (2,000 and 400 ppm; equivalent to consumption of 100 and 20 mg/kg bw, respectively) to Sprague-Dawley rats in feed beginning during ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:47:44 EST How much sugar is in your food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762043 "The American Heart Association has urged people to cut their added sugar intake because of evidence that it can cause the following health conditions: <BR> <BR> Obesity - Scientists at the Medical Research Council found that eating more sugar is associated with obesity. <BR> <BR> High blood pressure - A high-fructose diet raises blood pressure in men, according to research reported at the American Heart Association's 63rd High Blood Pressure Research Conference. <BR> <BR> Heart disease - ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:41:06 EST Dr Eric Westman - Duke University New Atkins Ketogenic Diet for Weight Loss and Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759486 Helpful information on how to do a no sugar, no starch diet. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSLf4<BR>bzAyOM </link> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:15:04 EST Jeff Volek - The Many Facets of Keto-Adaptation: Health, Performance, and Beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759460 "Dr. Jeff Volek is a Full Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut where he teaches and leads a research team that explores the physiologic impact of various dietary and exercise regimens and nutritional supplements. Dr. Volek's most significant line of work has been a series of studies aimed at better understanding what constitutes a well formulated low carbohydrate diet and the physiological impact on obesity, body composition, fatty acid composition and l... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:37:59 EST Ivor Cummins - The Cholesterol Conundrum - and Root Cause Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758739 "A detailed analysis of Cholesterol Science using an Engineering Problem Solving approach. Included is a clear explanation of the Cholesterol Metabolic Processes, related Diseases, and most importantly a clear summary of the key risk factors and how they can be influenced by your genetic type and your dietary strategy. <BR> <BR> Please see Comment Section below for an index to the various content sections, so you can jump to the ones of most interest; for best understanding though, it should... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:52:31 EST Low-Carb Diet Recommended for Diabetics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748312 "The study, accepted for publication in Nutrition and available on the journal’s website, offers 12 points of evidence showing that low-carbohydrate diets should be the first line of attack for treatment of Type 2 diabetes, and should be used in conjunction with insulin in those with Type 1 diabetes. <BR> <BR> The study, conducted by a consortium of 26 physicians and nutrition researchers, suggests the need for a reappraisal of dietary guidelines due to the inability of current recommendatio... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:10:44 EST Cheetos, Funnel Cake and Domino's Approved for School Lunches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742072 <BR> <BR> <link>m.motherjones.com/environment/2014/0<BR>7/school-lunch-conference-cheetos </link> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:56:11 EST Ivor Cummins - Amazing, Slightly Scientific Videos about Sugar, Obesity, Diabetes and Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740586 SUGAR as a primary Root Cause of Metabolic Syndrome and the Obesity/Diabetes Epidemic <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrsHq<BR>IKtXNw </link> <BR> <BR> --------------------- <BR> <BR> The Cholesterol Conundrum - and Root Cause Solution <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuj6nxCDBZ0 </link> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:30:21 EST Illustrated History Of Heart Disease 1825-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738842 "1977 After conducting six additional hearings, McGovern's Senate Select Committee issues the final version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For the first time, an agency of the U.S. federal government is telling the American people to eat less fat. Nick Mottern, a vegetarian, whose heroes included Ancel Keys and Jeremiah Stamler, was given the task of writing the first ever Dietary Goals for the United States." <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dietheartpublishing.com/diet-hea<BR>rt-timel... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:22:13 EST 23 Studies on Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets – Time to Retire The Fad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738840 "However… in the past 11 years, an increasing number of studies have been challenging the low-fat dietary approach. <BR> <BR> Many health professionals now believe that a low-carb diet (higher in fat and protein) is a much better option to treat obesity and other chronic, Western diseases." <BR> <BR> <link>authoritynutrition.com/23-studies-on<BR>-low-carb-and-low-fat-diets/ </link> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:17:49 EST Are We Killing Our Kids With Food? - Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738759 2007 News Program asks the question, "How long will it take government to act?" <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=028yW<BR>WCYA7g </link> <BR> <BR> Fixed the link. Thanks EXOTEC :) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:42:33 EST Canada's Wonderland - A Healthy Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737792 We were at Canada's Wonderland yesterday and it was an awesome day with the kids. <BR> <BR> I planned ahead and packed a ton of healthy food to take along. <BR> <BR> Carrots <BR> Celery <BR> Cucumber <BR> Peppers <BR> Radishes <BR> Fresh strawberries <BR> Pineapple <BR> Clementines <BR> Watermelon <BR> Kiwi <BR> Fresh salsa <BR> <BR> Pecans <BR> Almonds <BR> Coconut <BR> Hazelnuts <BR> Brazil nuts <BR> Cashews <BR> <BR> Beef jerky <BR> Mary's Seed Crackers <BR> <BR> Kettle chips and glut... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:58:00 EST Cholesterol: Among The Most Vital Lipids The Body Produces http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733454 "The overwhelming majority of cholesterol in the blood is manufactured by the liver and is not derived from dietary sources of cholesterol." <BR> <BR> "Many doctors and researchers have declared LDL to be the so called “bad cholesterol”. First, LDL is not cholesterol at all. LDL transports cholesterol from the liver where it is made to the peripheral tissues where it is used for all of its necessary purposes. LDL transports much more than just cholesterol. LDL also transports essential antio... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:59:30 EST Kickin' Ass Over 50: Starting A New Exercise Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732357 "Be Safe: As always, be sure to check with your doctor as to what the right program is for you. <BR> <BR> Be Challenged: Be prepared for a few first workouts to be tough but stick with it. <BR> <BR> Have fun!: Find something that works for you. There are many programs out there. This is only one. <BR> <BR> I may not be able to say that I look better at 58 than I did in high school -- who can? But I know I feel better, have more energy and appreciate life more. And, that's what kickin' ass ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:37:01 EST People sleeping two hours less than in 1960s risking serious health problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732351 "People are sleeping between one and two hours less than in the 1960s due to the increased pressure of life and modern technology which makes it hard to switch off. <BR> <BR> It is posing "serious health problems" as a lack of sleep raises the risk of cancer, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, infections and obesity, according to the researchers. <BR> <BR> They say that modern technology and a 24-hour society mean many people are now "living against" their body clocks, which is responsible for... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:29:42 EST USDA on board with shipping U.S. chickens to China for processing, then re-entry to States for human http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732349 At a time when less-than-desirable food quality issues and iffy food practices surrounding China and its seafood processing/shipments with the United States exist, another shocking piece of news has emerged, this time involving chickens. <BR> <BR> Ready? <BR> <BR> The USDA is on board with allowing U.S. chickens to be sent to China for processing before they are then shipped back to the United States for human consumption (1). To make matters worse, consumers won't know if the chicken they ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:24:53 EST Losing Weight May Require Some Serious Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732344 "If you are aiming to lose weight by revving up your exercise routine, it may be wise to think of your workouts not as exercise, but as playtime. An unconventional new study suggests that people’s attitudes toward physical activity can influence what they eat afterward and, ultimately, whether they drop pounds." <BR> <BR> "Half of the women were told that their walk was meant to be exercise, and they were encouraged to view it as such, monitoring their exertion throughout. The other women we... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:18:46 EST 15 Things That Emotionally Strong People Don’t Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729931 "There is a particular aspect of mental strength that is the deciding factor of whether or not you will have a good life. There are many levels to mental strength and all are needed to be successful and happy. The one particular area of mental strength that has the greatest impact is that of emotional strength." <BR> <BR> <link>elitedaily.com/life/15-things-that-e<BR>motionally-strong-people-dont-do/ </link> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:54:36 EST Are America’s Nutrition Professionals in the Pocket of Big Food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728550 <link>www.eatdrinkpolitics.com/wp-content/<BR>uploads/AND_Corporate_Sponsorship_Repo<BR>rt.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> "To teach RDs, one must pay a $250 non-refundable application fee, along with an annual $300 “maintenance fee.” The AND Commission promotes the “benefits” of becoming an accredited provider of CPE by emphasizing “marketing opportunities” such as exposure to Academy members, promotion of CPE activities, and being listed on the Commission’s website.14 Judging from the list ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:27:38 EST Forget Cholesterol, Inflammation's the Real Enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724414 "Now a growing number of medical experts say weight gain, heart disease, and other illnesses are not caused by high cholesterol, but by something different: inflammation." <BR> <BR> <link>www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/20<BR>13/february/forget-cholesterol-inflamm<BR>ations-the-real-enemy/ </link> <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:48:43 EST Top 11 Paleo and Low-Carb Registered Dietitians With Blogs - A Resource http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719604 1. Dietitian Cassie <BR> <BR> Dietitian CassieCassie is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian who specializes in weight loss with real food. She works at a hospital and does counselling at various treatment centers with children, teens and adults. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dietitiancassie.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Amy Kubal received bachelors and masters degrees in both Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Colorado. <BR> <BR> <link>robbwolf.com/about/team/amy-kubal/ </... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:07:46 EST Healthy Food: 41 Fruit And Vegetable Powerhouses, Ranked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715464 "Each fruit and vegetable was ranked based on foods that provided, on average, more than 10 per cent of 17 key nutrients per 100 calories. Researchers looked at levels of potassium, fibre, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K. In total, 47 foods were ranked, with 41 making the list. Raspberry, tangerine, cranberry, garlic, onion, and blueberry didn't make the cut." <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/09/he... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:48:34 EST