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Eating Healthy: Small Steps for Big Results

Happy Thanksgiving
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Healthy eating doesn’t sound like the right topic for a holiday-season blog, but healthy eating is a gift to yourself: it can protect you from disease and give you the gifts of better health and longevity.  Just a few simple changes can help a woman dodge some significant health threats.

Choose whole grains instead of refined ones.  Studies indicated that 3 servings of whole grains per day can lower the risk of heart disease by up to 36%.  Whole grains provide fiber and antioxidants like selenium and vitamin E.  These work to reduce inflammation, and lower both cholesterol and blood pressure.  Use brown rice instead of white.  It has twice the fiber and will make you feel fuller, longer thus helping your diet.  Grab an oatmeal raisin cookie instead of a chocolate chip, and eat wheat crackers instead of normal saltines.

Include protein with every meal.  Doubling your protein intake will help you shed those unwanted pounds, as well as lessen your risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and more.  Amino acids in protein send signals to the brain that reduce the appetite.  Protein also has the highest thermogenic effect…it requires more calories to digest protein than other foods.  You could lose an additional 70 calories a day (equivalent to 8 pounds a year) with no effort.  Studies indicate that if you are serious about losing and maintaining weight loss, 5-6 small meals per day focusing around quality protein intake can substantially decrease your weight, increase your energy while energizing you as well.

Drinking 3 glasses of fruit or vegetable juice in the morning can slash your risk of Alzheimer’s by 76%.  Polyphenols in fruit and vegetable skins and pulp buffer brain cells from oxidative damage.  Just be careful of juices loaded with sugar, or juices that really offer very little actual juice.

Peppers, oranges, peaches, and papaya are loaded with beta cryptoxanthin; a carotenoid that reduces the risk of lung cancer by up to 30% says the American Cancer Research Institute.  It neutralizes free radicals so they can’t damage the DNA, and it keeps the growth of any cancer cells that do develop, under control.

Stop sipping on sodas…Tufts University says that soda is the biggest source of calories in the American diet.  Drinking just one soda a day can put on 14 pounds in a year and can up your risk of having type-2 diabetes by 83%.  Jazz up your water with fresh squeezed lemons or limes, sliced apples or cucumbers.  Adequate hydration can also lessen your can of suffering a heart attack by 50%.

Eat dark chocolate.  It hardens tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay.  In fact an extract in chocolate rights cavities better than fluoride according to Tulane University.

Be safe, be healthy, find a quality protein supplement, take your WomenVitamins, and be blessed, Kersten

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Vitamins for Women: Beware the Way of some Whey

Protein powdered shake mixes are found in every super market, health food store, and chain-store in America. The benefits of protein are well documented, and protein shakes offer an easy, quick, and often economical method of getting your daily requirements.

WomenVitamins: P3 Protein Shakes for Women

WomenVitamins offers an excellent whey protein shake for women that has been specially formulated with flax-seed for Omega 3 Oils, vitamins and minerals, and digestive enzymes for the most efficient use of the product.  Whey protein was specifically chosen, over other forms of protein, for its many health benefits.

Whey protein:
  • promotes g healthy insulin secretion
  • helps your pancreas-produced insulin work effectively
  • supports balanced blood sugar levels
  • provides an excellent source of  proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals
  • supports the  immune system  (contains immuno-globulins)
  • preserves lean body tissue (especially during and after exercise)
  • provides bio-available amino acids and cysteine
  • maintains/preserves normal blood pressure levels
However, with all that said, please note that ALL whey protein powders are NOT the same!
The July 2010 issue of Consumer Report has an article focused on whey protein supplements.  CR purchased 15 whey protein powders, ran tests on them, and came up with some pretty unexpected results….  Several of the  leading brands were found to contain heavy metal contamination (arsenic, cadmium. mercury, and lead)  Of the 15 tested, the 3 most contaminated were Muscle Milk’s Chocolate and Vanilla Creme and EAS’s Original Rich Dark Chocolate.
If you consumed the recommend 3 servings/day of Muscle Milk’s Chocolate, you would ingest:
  • 5.6 micrograms of cadmium
  • 13.5 micrograms of lead
  • 12.2 micrograms of arsenic
  • 0.7 micrograms of mercury
EAS’s Chocolate contained:
  • 16.9 micrograms of arsenic
  • 5.1 micrograms of cadmium
(The United States Pharmaceutical/ USP limit for arsenic is 15 micrograms/day and 5 micrograms/day for cadmium.)
Low level exposure to arsenic can cause nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels, and a”pins and needles” sensation in hands and feet.
Long-term exposure to arsenic may cause cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver and prostate.
Cadmium is also a known human carcinogen that damages DNA and disrupts the  DNA repair system which helps prevent cancer.  It accumulates in the body, damages kidneys,and can take up to 20 years for your body to eliminate cadmium on its own.
Unfortunately, heavy metals like cadmium, are entering our systems from common foods  (leafy greens, rice, potatoes), as agricultural fertilizers can contain these heavy metals.
As I have offered before: develop your own organic food sources…plant some of your own foods and  find  local, organic farmers’ markets.
Check on your protein source’s reliability.  Look for quality protein shakes, like Women Vitamins: P3 Whey Protein Powder.
Be healthy, stay safe, take your WomenVitamins, and be blessed, Kersten
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Flu Shots and Random Thoughts

This Swine Flu, H1N1, has certainly been center stage for a while now.  I keep thinking it doesn’t seem as bad as I feared it was going to be.  We certainly have had students with the H1N1 flu at school…but not nearly as many as we anticipated…although some may say it is because the season has just begun.  I am praying that that is not the case.

I keep an eye on the news… I remember stories told about my great great uncle George who, after being a hot-air balloonist in World War 1, lost the love of his life, Louise,  to the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918.  He never recovered from her loss, familial legend says, and he died a taciturn bachelor, Dakota grain farmer.

While I was in junior high, in 1976, my family and I stood in a long line in Loveland, Colorado,  to receive the Swine Flu vaccination for an epic epidemic that never occurred.

I  remember hearing stories of people who were later affected by the vaccine, not by the flu…and I anxiously and silently waited for similar side effects to hit me.  Luckily, my dramatic premonitions, like the expected epidemic, never came to fruition.

I have decided not to get a  vaccination for the H1N1 flu.   There seems to be a lot of unanswered questions about the flu and the vaccine…..so I will do my best to remain healthy by consciously taking care of myself.

There are several simple precautions you can use to proactively help lessen your chances of getting the flu (of any sort) this season:

1) Wash your hands every time you think about it.  Be especially careful to wash before meals, after coming home, after being around others….you get it…just keep washing!  Wash your hands with soap and water after handling money, shopping carts, doorknobs, public bathrooms, public phones, etc.

2) DO NOT touch your eyes, nose, and lips if your hands are not clean.  Viruses can easily enter your system via these openings.  Like I tell my students at school: don’t put that borrowed pencil in your mouth, don’t share your chap stick or soda…. Stay away from people who are visibly sick. Don’t use other people’s pens, and phones.

3) Get lots of rest…really…8 hours is so much better for your immune system than 5-6 hours.

4) Eat health whole foods; get plenty of protein and lots of antioxidants from colorful fruits and vegetables, avoid sugar and excessive caffeine

5) Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day

6) Take a goodWomenVitamins recommends relaxing and smelling the flowers multivitamin and include extra Vitamin C, Zinc, A, D and fish oil (Omega-3) (all known supporters of healthy immune systems)

7) Manage your stress with meditate, relaxation, having fun, and most importantly by listening  to your body.

WomenVitamins recommends relaxing and smelling the flowers

Women Vitamins: Angelita’s Lap Dance…

Here’s a story for all of you who have a dream and think you need someone else to help you get thereYou Don’t!

I worked for a short while with a woman (I’ll call Angelita Flowers) who had been obese, and who decided to have lap band surgery.  She lost a lot of weight, had several cosmetic surgeries, damn she looks good…..

Then she realized that there was a niche of over-weight people out there, just like the person she had been, who were, desperate for help with their weight issues.  Who was she to step aside from a bunch of people with desperation and cash?

So, long story short, she started a business linking obese women with bariatric doctors.  She skipped around from various clinics and doctors to other clinics and other doctors.  Made a name in the local Houston “obesity” arena, and started several companies for herself along the way.  She is one sharp cookie…a shrewd hustler…

I have to hand it to her, she knows her stuff.

Angelita , came to me and proposed a business to

Thoughts on Vitamins and Womens Health

Such an optimist! Must be the women vitamins!

address some of the nutritional needs of bariatric patients.  She ended up taking me and a friend of mine for an “expensive” ride; a lap dance (if you’ll pardon the pun).

In other words, she teased and tantalized.  We did the work, created a product and when the time came to promote the products, she just ‘got up’ and left us….taking the business, the dream, the cash, and the product..

Long story short= she lied, cheated and stole from us…..  and never looked back...there’s an experience for you…I can hardly believe it happened…until I look at my savings account..that’s my proof of her perfidy  (always wanted to use that word!)

But—Things Angelita taught me  about obesity and bariatric surgery:

Perhaps you didn’t know:
•    When you go thru bariatric surgery, you are pretty much altered for ever….your body is no longer the bio-entity it was prior to surgery
•    It’s expensive financially, emotionally, and mentally
•    It may seem like a “quick fix” but it’s not it’s a life-long choice
•    You will most likely suffer from transfer addictions
•    Food will taste different and your body will react to it in strange ways
•    You can’t hold your alcohol as well if you drink, which you probably shouldn’t anymore
•    You may end up unexpectedly pregnant (if you are female) your fertility runs amok

You can lose a lot of prior medical problems:
•    Heart issues improve
•    Diabetic Issues can sometimes be eliminated
•    Sleep Apnea conditions lessen
•    High Blood Pressure Issues are resolved
•    Risk of premature death  is reduced

You will most likely:
•    Need more surgeries to fix the problems of left over, sagging skin
•    Lose your hair
•    Be unable to efficiently assimilate the vitamins and minerals your body needs
•    Develop teeth issues
•    Have chronic muscle aches and cramps
•    Need protein assistance

So, what is the big picture I learned from Ms Angelita Flowers?

  1. Take care of yourself…before you become over-weight or obese
  2. Exercise, move it, and lose it
  3. Eat sensibly….you can do portion control without the lap band….okay so you don’t dump, get nauseated, throw up, and otherwise revolt, but you can watch what you eat.
  4. Deal with the emotions that trigger over eating….because emotions remain to haunt you with or without bariatric surgery.
  5. Put some stock in yourself.  You are worthy of being taken care of by yourself….SO…take care of yourself!
  6. Invest in exercise activities, good wholesome foods, common sense multi-vitamins supplements, efficient protein shakes supplements….
  7. And then forgive and forget those who have hurt you, caused you pain, given you reasons to doubt… take a deep breath and step away from that old attitude and response.

Live those extra years that a healthy life style and healthy body weight can give you…

Be happy, be healthy, take your WomenVitamins, and be blessed, Kersten