Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Big Bad Corn: A Mind Boggling Look at HFCS

(PCM) Did you know that corn is found in 3 out of 4 supermarket products? In fact, statistics say you’ll end up eating 37 pounds of corn this year alone!

What’s the big deal? Although corn hasn’t been declared as a direct cause of obesity or diabetes, there have been a number of studies suggesting a link between high fructose corn syrup and obesity, in addition to a variety of other health and environmental concerns.

See for yourself with this mind boggling graphic from Learn Stuff!

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My Weight Loss Adventure Day 76

We live in an easy age. The work that many of us do is done sitting down and the chores at home aren’t like they used to be. Power has made life very simple and far less healthy. We are about to enter the Holiday Season. There is a lot to stay away from with regards to food or to at least limit portions but there is also a good way to get some exercise over this busy time. Do the work.

Many of us have succumbed to the enticement of internet shopping for the holidays. Or giving gift cards. This year do the work. Go to the mall or better yet small specialty stores, like The Vine Christian Shoppe in Springfield PA. Choose gifts that reflect your feelings for the person you’re shopping for or choose something that reflects you’re relationship with that person. I recommend this for two reasons, the first you will be getting off your butt and moving and secondly you will help to keep the little guys in business. Most privately owned stores are being crushed by The Walmarts and Targets and Amazons. Don’t let this happen. In fact adapt a store. Find a small privately owned store and only buy the merchandise they sell from them. Support the small friendly stores or they will soon be a thing of the past.

We love specialty foods this time of year. Many of us have succumbed to getting these foods premade so we only have to warm them. This year roast bake and boil everything yourself. There is nothing to compare to a homemade sweet potato casserole or Carmel apples made in your kitchen for Halloween or even popcorn balls. These treats have all but disappeared and none are difficult, we just fell into doing things the easy way. Roast your own turkey and glaze your own ham. You will not only be surprised by how simple these things are, but also how much better they taste.

Shopping and cooking and decorating as well as wrapping and costuming all require energy. Energy used is calories burned. Limit the portions of what you eat and the holiday are a win win situation.

Also schedule yourself. Time is always an issue and it is also a gift so use your time wisely. Start now figuring out what you will do for all the upcoming holidays including Halloween. Make decisions about each project and decide when you will do the work. If you an arts and crafts type or person, go into the woods and collects pine cones and acorn and evergreen branches and form these simple free things into gifts. Collecting what you will use as well as the craftsmanship involved will expend energy and no one dislikes a handmade gift as these are given from the heart.

So this year let’s not look for an easy way out of the upcoming season. Instead let’s pour ourselves into it. It will be both healthy and wonderful.

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My Weight Loss Adventure Day 75

Yesterday we talked about music. I made the point to avoid music that has unhealthy or sad messages because it can and will affect you emotionally and could stop you in your quest. The same is true for all other types of media you may choose. The old computer adage “garbage in garbage out,” holds true for just about everything else in life.

I love movies but I know that a film like “Saving Private Ryan” is not going to do me any good if I am depressed. “Private Ryan” is not necessarily a woman’s film, so we can add “Steel Magnolias” to the list. Heavily violent and or movies where someone you really like dies at the end, just do nothing to lift you up and carry you thru a rough time period.

The same is also true of books. We live in such a cynical world. More and more books and authors portray that cynicism. Many novels that are published have really dark themes and many don’t actually encourage you much at all. I also love to read, and I am finding as I grow older, that I go further back for my reading material. I love the works of Charles Dickens, the books all had a point, but they are rich in beauty, humor and sometimes sadness. Coming forward JK Rowling did a wonderful job in her Harry Potter series she balanced good and evil, humor and sadness and good won in the end. As for The Twilight series, any book whose main character wants to become a vampire really should be given second thoughts. That’s like saying, “Tear my body apart and transplant my brain into another head. Sew me back up so I can be more like Frankenstein.”

Go after books whose messages are good. Go back in time and read Auntie Mame, and how many of you have read the books that are assigned only to childhood or the film version. “The Secret Garden” has a wonderful message for dieters and books like “The Wind in the Willows” teach us much about friendship. There’s even an intervention in the “The Wind in the Willows” Choose books and movies that will inspire you and make you laugh.

A couple of weeks ago a poll was taken of over a million people. “I Love Lucy” was voted the best TV show of all time. Not the best comedy but overall the best TV show of all time. When I am down, Lucy, in all her incarnations is truly the best medicine for me. I can watch her and no matter how bad I feel I will laugh, and once you have laughed, the evil spell of sadness is broken.

Garbage in Garbage Out, is not just about computers. It really affects every part of our lives. What we eat, what we entertain ourselves with and even the people we choose to hang out with all can come under that category. The Bible says to “Guard your heart.” This is something we must do in all areas of our lives, because when we guard our hearts, we guard everything about who we are and who we want to become.

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How Sugar Helps and Hurts the Aging Process

(PCM) Processed sugar is one of the worst things you can put in your body, and not just because it causes weight gain and diabetes. It also speeds up the aging process! Yes, sugar makes you look older – if not now, somewhere down the line.

Dermatologists avoid it like the plague. Processed sugar, found in everything from sweetened cereals and yogurts to breads and muffins, binds to and eventually weakens the collagen in your skin – a major cause of premature wrinkles and sagging.

The Halloween candy reserved for trick-or-treaters suddenly doesn’t seem so tempting, does it?

However, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid table sugar all together…you just have to move it to the bathroom! Forget those expensive exfoliating products; believe it or not, all you need is a homemade sugar scrub. Just add a handful of white sugar to your favorite mild cleanser and gently slather it on your face and body. Simple, affordable, and a great way to get the sugar out of the kitchen!

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Looking to Shed a Few Pounds? Start Recruiting

(PCM) Trying to lose weight? Don’t do it alone!

Having someone to share your weight loss journey with – whether it be a spouse, friend, family member, or even someone you meet at a group-based weight-loss program – can make all the difference in your long-term success, and there’s new research to prove it.

The study published in the journal Obesity randomly assigned 141 overweight or obese men and women to one of three groups: one group received 48 weeks of behavioral weight-loss treatment from a health professional, another with 48 weeks in Weight Watchers, where the meetings are led by members who have achieved and maintained a healthy goal weight, and another with combined treatment of 12 weeks of behavioral weight-loss treatment from a health professional, and then 36 weeks of Weight Watchers participation.

Researchers believed that the combination approach would produce a bigger weight loss than going to Weight Watchers alone, however, they were surprised to find that those people lost the least amount of weight. At 48 weeks, those in the professionally led group lost 11.9 pounds, but those only in Weight Watchers lost 13.2 pounds. The combination group lost the least, with an average of 7.9 pounds.

“Group-based weight-loss treatment produced weight loss, whether delivered by a professional or peer counselor,” said study author Angela Marinilli Pinto. “When people are in a group with others on the same journey, they feel there is that element of, ‘OK, this worked for him or her, perhaps it will work for me. Perhaps I can give it a try.’”

The study was not funded or sponsored by Weight Watchers.

So if you’re thinking about starting a weight loss program, start recruiting!

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