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/ If Soda Commercials Were Honest - Honest Ads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137262 So funny! <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMXwF<BR>lp9IoI&list=PL_saLI-LH-Vp9cxB3FNJoYXZX<BR>RM93UBuf&index=2 </link> Thu, 7 Apr 2016 16:06:01 EST Reebok announced that it'll no longer be selling soda at its headquarters. Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137238 Reebok announced that it'll no longer be selling soda at its headquarters. Why? Here's President Matt O'Toole, <BR> <BR> "The goal for us here at Reebok is simple - to be the very best fitness brand in the world and to inspire everyone who touches our brand - consumers, fans, and employees - to reach their potential. And our mission starts right here, with our own people ... we felt removing sugary products from our HQ was simply the right thing to do. As a fitness company, we know how impor... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 15:10:50 EST Cool Infographics Showing Sugar in Foods - Totally Worth a Look http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135016 The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calories allowance. For most American women, that's no more than 100 calories per day, or about 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, it's 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons. The AHA recommendations focus on all added sugars, without singling out any particular types such as high fructose corn syrup. <BR> <BR> LINK - <link>www.sugarstacks.com/bev... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:13:54 EST Soft Drinks, Hard Lobbying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124970 "The industry gave more than $96,000 to Council candidates in 2014 and 2015. That's not quite as much as it contributed in the two years before the 2011 elections, when Nutter was actively pursuing the levy, but it is still a sizable pot. <BR> <BR> About half that money has come from Harold and Lynne Honickman and their children, who own the Honickman group of companies, one of the largest soda distributors in the mid-Atlantic region. Their Pepsi and Canada Dry bottling operations in New Jer... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:30:59 EST Here's Why You Should Add More Veggies To Your Diet ASAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120475 "About half of the total U.S. population eats less than 1.5 cups of vegetables a day. And a whopping 87% don't reach the recommended minimum goal of 2 to 3 cups a day." <BR> <BR> "#2 Veggies can help you lose pounds without dieting. <BR> <BR> Research has shown that people who eat primarily plant based diets tend to weigh less. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that over a five-year period, both men and women who ate more plant foods and fewer animal fo... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:19:42 EST If David Ludwig Is Right, Everything We Thought We Knew About Obesity and Low Fat Diets Is Wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094880 This article is a must read! <BR> <BR> ----------------- <BR> <BR> "In the end, the low fat diet had a strongly negative effect: When subjects were on it, they burned 325 fewer calories per day. That is, their metabolism slowed dramatically compared with when they were on the low carb diet, which did a much better job of burning calories rather than storing them. In effect, it was as if those on the low carb, low GI diet put in an extra hour of exercise every day without lifting a finger." ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:13:43 EST Five Studies on the Links Between Sugar and Heart Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077626 "Here are the five studies you need to read to understand the scientific evidence for whether eating too much sugar causes obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. The evidence isn't bulletproof, but some public health researchers argue it's enough to tell people to cut back on soda and other sweet drinks. <BR> <BR> 1. The findings of this longitudinal study... suggest a linear dose response relationship between sugars and cavities, with amount of intake being more important than frequen... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:02:11 EST Dieters, it's Time to Eat Real Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077615 "Most diets are destined to fail because they are too strict and don't have enough fat in them, says Harvard University nutritionist Dr. David Ludwig. Traditional low-fat diets, in which fats are replaced by carbohydrates and sugars, fuel a vicious circle of hunger by throwing the body into starvation mode, he says." <BR> <BR> "He cited one 2012 study which showed the same people burned 325 fewer calories a day while on a low fat diet than on moderate and high fat Mediterranean style diets ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:43:39 EST Eating poop pills could make you thin. Seriously. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077611 "In March 2016, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston will launch a clinical trial (Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Obesity and Metabolism) to study the impact of gut bacteria on weight. By transplanting the intestinal bacteria from a stool sample of a healthy, lean person into the gut of a person suffering from obesity, it might be possible to change the gut bacteria population of that obese person. As those lean microbesstart to populate the obese persons gut, it could red... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:32:35 EST Having Type 2 Diabetes Doesn't Just Hurt You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065813 I just found out this weekend that my dad is on insulin to treat his type 2 diabetes. I'm really bummed by this news. <BR> <BR> My grandpa died at 77 from liver and kidney failure after two triple heart bypasses, and being a type 2 diabetic for over half his life. He went from oral meds to insulin plus oral medications for his high cholesterol and it destroyed his liver and kidneys. <BR> <BR> Dad will be 64 this year. I hate watching my dad do the same thing to himself. But he doesn't w... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 13:30:41 EST 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - Thoughts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065639 The new dietary guidelines just came out. Have you had a chance to check them out yet? What are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> ------------- <BR> <BR> Guidelines here - <link>http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/<BR>2015/guidelines/ </link> <BR> <BR> Registered Dietitians respond to the guidelines here - <link>www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/Regist<BR>ered-dietitians-RDS-respond-to-2015-Di<BR>etary-Guidelines </link> <BR> <BR> Cool info graphic about the guidelines here - <link>www.foodmind... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:22:39 EST My Heath vs A Postitive Diagnosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054554 Ripping stomach pain. <BR> Disgusting foul smelling gas. <BR> Aching stomach between meals. <BR> Loose greasy acrid smelling stool. <BR> Day 4 I started passing completely undigested food. <BR> Tired. <BR> Sad. <BR> <BR> Gluten challenge done for me. <BR> <BR> Couldn't do it anymore. <BR> <BR> I guess I'll never be formally diagnosed as having Celiac Disease. I am scheduled to go in for a colonoscopy and an endoscopy (cancer check, family history) in February so I thought while I was ther... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:31:50 EST New Year, New Diet Enthusiasm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053316 I just thought I'd write about new diets as we kick off 2016. I think that when most people start a new way of eating they are very excited about it and want to shout about it from the rooftops especially when that way of eating helps them lose weight and makes them feel better physically and better about themselves emotionally. <BR> <BR> We often think everyone should switch to our way of eating because we feel so good. Often that will cause us to overstate our case in forums like these. ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:00:18 EST Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic cancer-causing chemicals, say experts - Telegraph http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042157 Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases, according to leading scientists, who are now recommending food be fried in olive oil, coconut oil, butter or even lard. <BR> <BR> The results of a series of experiments threaten to turn on its head official advice that oils rich in polyunsaturated fats such as corn oil and sunflower oil are better for the health than the saturated fats in animal products. <BR> <BR> Scientists found that heating up vege... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 08:03:18 EST KIND wants the FDA to redefine healthy to include salmon, avocados and its own nut bars. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042147 Under current regulations, to qualify as healthy, a food may only have up to three grams of total fat and one gram of saturated fat. Meat and fish are exceptions, and can have up to five grams of total fat and two grams of saturated fat. A half of a filet of salmon, for example, has 22 grams of total fat, making it decidedly unhealthy under FDA rules. A KIND Apricot and Almond bar has 10 grams. <BR> <BR> Pointing to examples like the aforementioned salmon and avocad as well as KIND bars main... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 07:47:23 EST Endurance athletes who 'go against the grain' become incredible fat-burners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042143 Elite endurance athletes who eat very few carbohydrates burned more than twice as much fat as high-carb athletes during maximum exertion and prolonged exercise in a new study - the highest fat-burning rates under these conditions ever seen by researchers. <BR> <BR> The study, the first to profile elite athletes habitually eating very low-carbohydrate diets, involved 20 ultra-endurance runners age 21-45 who were top competitors in running events of 50 kilometers (31 miles) or more. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 07:32:03 EST Reducing Sugar Improves Metabolic Syndrome Markers in Obese Children http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038082 "A recent study suggests that reducing sugar intake in obese children improves their metabolic profiles, even with other aspects of their diets (e.g. caloric consumption) equal. This study is novel because previous studies implicating sugar in metabolic syndrome problems are confounded by improving other aspects of diet." <BR> <BR> "The results of this study suggest that reducing added sugar and fructose and doing little else about caloric intake, carbohydrate consumption, or other macronutr... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:31:57 EST Saturated fat isn't linked with increased risk of death - August 2015 Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989373 "New research from McMaster University shows that trans fats are associated with greater risk of death and coronary heart disease, and should probably be avoided. <BR> <BR> But when you compare the two, trans fat's less evil cousins – saturated fats – don't seem to have the same association. In other words, saturated fat is not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes." <BR> <BR> "De Souza still doesn't recommend that people eat more saturate... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:33:44 EST Obesity is Not a Disease, But a Symptom? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987912 I started a tread in the Diet and Nutrition forum about Diet - Have we really just overcomplicated it? <BR> <BR> In it we were reminded of the fact that obesity is now classified as a disease. But is it a disease? <BR> <BR> I came across this article when I was researching and copied the part I agree with. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Is obesity a disease? <BR> <BR> ------------- <BR> <BR> Obesity is not a disease. <BR> It’s a symptom. <BR> <BR> This does not lessen the importance o... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:53:12 EST One Shoe at a Time - Wednesday Morning Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984982 I never had a great deal of weight to lose. 3 years after the birth of my second child I found myself 15 lbs over my goal weight and not feeling good about myself. Clothes that had fit a year after I had my son didn't fit me anymore. I realized if I didn't do something about my slow weight gain I was going to continue to gain and I wasn't okay with that. <BR> <BR> Somehow I found Spark People and started tracking my food. I came to realize I had portion distortion. I was shocked to real... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:13:11 EST Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984508 “Those who mistrust their own abilities are being too wicked to themselves, discouraging themselves from doing what they should have been excelling in. If you are good at discouraging yourself, you can't be a good leader because leadership is built on inspiring others to face challenges.” <BR> <BR> ― Israelmore Ayivor Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:03:10 EST Why “Eating in Moderation” Is Meaningless Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979393 "Food companies love the term moderation because it’s so tricky to define. Is moderation one bowl of ice cream a day, or one bowl a week? It’s a difficult concept to pin down when you’re addressing a population broadly, and that’s what makes it so appealing to makers of chips, pizza, cookies, and similar fare. <BR> <BR> Rather than trying to come up with a universal interpretation of moderation, I prefer to define it by what it’s not. “All things in moderation” does NOT mean â€... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:27:51 EST You Need to Burn 7,000 Calories to Burn a Pound, Not 3,500? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979389 "If you’ve ever calculated how much weight you’ll lose by cutting out a certain number of calories a day, you know the most famous equation in dieting: 1 pound of fat = 3,500 calories. Too bad that equation is wrong. <BR> <BR> It may be right in a strict math sense, like if you burn a pound of fat in a lab, but cutting out 500 calories a day for a week won’t result in a pound of fat loss. We’ve covered this here before: trying to balance calorie intake and burn never quite works out.... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:18:05 EST 8 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979382 "The low-carb craze is going strong. Bread is out. Pasta is overrated. And dieters are experimenting with how low their carb intake can go. But grains are anything but all the same. So whether you are cutting out refined grains, whole grains, or carbs in general, the effects can vary widely. Here’s a look at the wide array of things that happen when you ditch the bread bags:" <BR> <BR> Full article here - <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.yahoo.com/health/8-thing<BR>s-that-happen-when-you-stop... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:59:31 EST Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979369 "Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories. <BR> <BR> The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conferences and through social media. To help the scientists get the word out, Coke has provided financial and logistical support to a new nonprofit o... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:44:04 EST This Is What Happens When You Stop Dieting and Start Eating Real Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942774 "Here is what happens once you stop dieting and start enjoying real, nourishing foods. <BR> <BR> 1. You find freedom in your eating <BR> <BR> When you're no longer dieting but simply enjoying real, whole foods in their natural state, you let go of this identity of a dieter, someone who eats to lose weight. You let go of the diet mentality and you can focus on feeding yourself instead of starving yourself. <BR> <BR> You can shake the feeling that you were depriving yourself and start focusi... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:20:06 EST Taco Bell, Pizza Hut to join ‘real food’ movement by purging chemicals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942763 "Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colours and flavours, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing. <BR> <BR> Instead of “black pepper flavour,” for instance, Taco Bell will start using actual black pepper in its seasoned beef, says Liz Matthews, the chain's chief food innovation officer." <BR> <BR> What a novel idea! Lol! <BR> <BR> See the article here - <link>t.thestar.com/... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:07:01 EST Kraft Singles Will Not Be Considered A Kids' Health Food After All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905731 Kraft Foods and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) announced the end of a three-year partnership that was made public just last month. <BR> <BR> As the Associated Press reported, a group of dietitians petitioned for an end to the union, arguing that putting an AND seal on Kraft Singles would serve as an endorsement of the "cheese food" product. "The petition also called for transparency about the terms of the deal that allowed Kraft to use the logo," the according to the AP. <BR> ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 09:16:32 EST Food industry waging a bitter battle over proposal on added-sugar labels. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905726 "That one line on a label seems like a small thing," said Deborah Bailin, an analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists. "But not having it covers up a very big fact that the food industry does not want people to know." <BR> <BR> "Things they want you to think are healthy are full of sugar." <BR> <BR> When the Environmental Working Group analyzed 80,000 food products, it found that 58% had extra sugar added. That included even most deli meats on supermarket shelves. <BR> <BR> "I was shoc... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 09:05:27 EST RD's Andy Bellatti and Debra Riedesel Highlight Problems with an All Foods in Moderation Approach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901065 But not every Academy member agrees with the official organization position. For Las Vegas-based dietitian Andy Bellatti, MS, RD, “all foods can fit in a healthy diet” are fighting words. <BR> <BR> He says “The problem with “all foods can fit” is that, like “moderation,” it is meaningless and toothless. It gets to the point where every junky food manufacturer says that about their product; you end up with pizza and Doritos and soda and ice cream and cake and Froot Loops and coo... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:15:45 EST The Daily Show Did a Segment on Big Food and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901049 The Daily Show Did a Segment on Big Food and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics <BR> <BR> <link>http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jCG_i9l<BR>nBFc </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out for a good laugh. So funny! <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:47:32 EST Kraft singles are the first product to earn a nutrition seal from the Academy of Nutrition and Diete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900522 The plasticky, processed American "cheese" that typically plays a starring role in burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches is generally considered junk food, but perhaps no longer — if you take the advice of dietitians, anyway. The New York Times reports that Kraft singles, of all the things, "are the first product to earn a nutrition seal from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the trade group representing 75,000 registered dietitians and other nutrition professionals." <BR> <BR> A re... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:48:19 EST WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892724 4 MARCH 2015 ¦ GENEVA - A new WHO guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits. <BR> <BR> Worldwide intake of free sugars varies by age, setting and country. In Europe, intake in adults ranges from about 7-8% of total energy intake in countries like Hungary and Norway, to 16-17% in countries like... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:23:37 EST Nutrition Revolution: The End of the High Carbohydrates Era for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention and Manag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892718 This post is written by Osama Hamdy, M.D., Medical Director, Obesity Clinical Program, Director of Inpatient Diabetes Management at Joslin Diabetes Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. <BR> <BR> --------------- <BR> <BR> "Since 2003, many clinical trials have confirmed that reducing carbohydrates is still superior to reducing fat in decreasing body weight and improving glucose control. It has also been shown that reducing carbohydrates for patients with type ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:19:06 EST IF THE LOW-FAT DIET IS A LIE, WHAT SHOULD WE EAT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892706 "Since 1995, the AHA has blessed hundreds of low-fat foods with its Heart-Check seal of approval—for a fee. Over the years, companies have paid the organization thousands apiece for approval of products that included high-sugar cereals like Cocoa Puffs and Lucky Charms." <BR> <BR> Whole article here - <link>www.elle.com/beauty/health-fitness/a<BR>dvice/a14590/betrayal-on-aisle-6/ </link> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 09:42:34 EST March 8, 2015 Study - Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892704 "In contrast to the current belief that cholesterol reduction with statins decreases atherosclerosis, we present a perspective that statins may be causative in coronary artery calcification and can function as mitochondrial toxins that impair muscle function in the heart and blood vessels through the depletion of coenzyme Q10 and 'heme A', and thereby ATP generation. Statins inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2, the cofactor for matrix Gla-protein activation, which in turn protects arteries fr... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 09:33:38 EST 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 points o... 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