Keep in mind a great way to eat and exercise that you can see yourself doing 20 years from now. This frame of thinking helps us move away from a "dieting mentality" and towards a "lifestyle change mentality", which will keep your results lasting for the longterm...no more rinsing and repeating!
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I have not eaten red meat in 37 years. I was a vegetarian for 20 years of that and vegan for 15 years. I also am the 'genetic nightmare' of my family, which means I have every inherited illness or condition, including cholesterol issues, that the elders in my family had. When someone starts telling me that I should consider not eating meat, I just politely tell them "my secret" and start walking away.
Healthy eating through the decades has probably helped with all of my ailments, including MS. This SparkPeople site is a wonderful tool. Just the awareness and information provided is inspiring and supportive.
Probiotics Are Essential for Prevention of Dis-ease & Obesity
I have used probiotics and digestive enzymes for 20 years. I have found that, in addition to Lecithin and Chromium Picolinate, probiotics assist in keeping the blood sugar normalized. They are also VERY important for the immune system. There are at least 13 strains of bacteria that are essential for preventing inflammatory illnesses and the health of our intestinal system which is the seat of our immune systems. These so-called 'good bacteria' crowd out the nasty ones. 244
Here's a link to a great article in the Atlanta Black Star on probiotics and prevention of Obesity & Diabetes.:
"Natural Healing: Probiotics Can Reduce Diabetes and Obesity" http://atlantablackstar.com/2013/07/12/natural-healing-probiotics-can-reduce-diabetes-and-obesity/
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