Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nathan's Life Changed

Amber and I did Nutrisystem a couple years ago and it literally changed our lives. We both lost 30+lbs in about 4 months and learned what full really feels like. Portion control was something that has made a huge difference.

Recently, we've eliminated red meat and poultry from our diet and that has also been pretty awesome. We eat lots more veggies, still get plenty of protein from other sources, and are getting lots more vitamins without taking lots of pills. Also, I generally just feel better since removing meat ... but that may be somewhat psychological.

I've recently realized that there is an important spiritual component to taking care of our bodies, and working on a healthy lifestyle is part making your whole life worshipful.

Thanks for the encouragement and resources on your blog! Very cool.
Nathan R. Hale

Thank you, Nathan, for sharing your story and your good advice. Three cheers for your healthy worshipful lifestyle. That truly gives glory to our Creator, Jesus.

My story is much the same. In five months, I lost 25 pounds by walking on our treadmill for 20 minutes, three times a day: Morning, Noon and Night. That was January - May of 2000, when we lived in Bouake, Cote d'Ivoire. I went from size 38 jeans to size 32.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

As Waistlines Widen, Brains Shrink

TUESDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- For every excess pound piled on the body, the brain gets a little bit smaller.

That's the message from new research that found that elderly individuals who were obese or overweight had significantly less brain tissue than individuals of normal weight.

Read more HealthDay News

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chew More, Weigh Less?

Read about Almonds at Wikipedia.org
Smoked almonds

Next time you grab a handful of nuts to snack on, count to 40.

A recent study revealed that when people ate a small serving of almonds, 40 chews quelled hunger better than 10 or even 25 crunches of the same amount of nuts.

Read more at RealAge.com

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Eat Right!

by Denise Austin
Denise Austin is a long time favorite of both Sue and Mike
Best Bets for Healthy Snacking
Snacking is not a dirty word for dieters if you're careful about what you reach for! I can think of loads of nutritious, low-calorie foods that can help you feel full and boost your energy without ruining your day. Stick to a sensible serving size and you're good to go! Here are some ideas to get you snacking healthy!
  • Cut up veggies with hummus
  • Sliced fruit with nonfat Greek yogurt
  • A few almonds or walnuts
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • String cheese
  • Baked tortilla chips with salsa
  • Homemade smoothies or fruit shakes
Try a few of these snacks this week, and a few more next week. Constantly switch things up so that you don't get bored — and you'll be all set to handle your next snack attack!

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Going Vegan, Booze, Obesity shrink your brain

Scientists have discovered that going vegan could be bad for your brain, with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage. The hippocampus, the part of the brain that stores memories, was smaller in beer and wine drinkers and cannabis users. Oxford University scientists used memory tests, physical checks and brain scans to on 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87. Being overweight or obese is linked to brain loss, Swedish researchers discovered.

read more | digg story

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Cancer or fat from artificial sweeteners?

Photo by riccardobat

The good news relating to cancer:
results from subsequent carcinogenicity studies (studies that examine whether a substance can cause cancer) on these sweeteners and other approved sweeteners have not provided clear evidence of an association between artificial sweeteners and cancer in people.
Read more at Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer: Questions and Answers

The bad news: Scientists at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, warn us that artificial sweeteners make us eat more.
The data clearly indicate that consuming a food sweetened with no-calorie saccharin can lead to greater body-weight gain and adiposity than would consuming the same food sweetened with high-calorie sugar.

Read more from Purdue researchers Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson who wrote in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience, published by the American Psychological Association. You can read their technical article A Role for Sweet Taste in PDF form.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

20 Years of Expanding USA Waistlines

Fit Nation: The Obesity Fight - Special Reports from CNN.com

Obesity in USA from 1985 to 2006. Graphic displays a map with the transformation of obesity statistics for all 50 USA states.

Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 0r more. For a person 5'4" that is approximately 30 lbs. over healthy weight.

Here is something to ponder:
In 2005, CDC scientists revealed that the risk of mortality does not rise in a meaningful way
until BMI reaches 35. Some interpret that to mean that a BMI of 35, not 25, should be the cutoff between healthy and unhealthy weight. In 2005, only 6 percent of the adult population had a BMI of over 35, compared to 57 percent who had a BMI over 25.

Check out
Fat Devils and Moral Panics
News Reporting on Obesity Science
October 2005

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