Eating for Health, Not Weight

This blog was made for personal reference of lifestyle choices and education, it’s not the Bible and not intend to be duplicated or copied.

I often try to explain that eating to lose weight and eating the right foods for your continued good health or to regain good health are not always the same thing.  Counting calories is not the same as making the calories count! Choosing wisely is so important.

In the wake of the Soda Ban in NY City and recent research released about the future of American obesity and diabetes, Dean Ornish published an opinion in the NY Times Sunday Edition, September 12, 2012.  I suggest you and everyone you know take the time to read and understand this point of view.  Being and remaining healthy in our current society takes commitment.  My immediate family is 90% plant based in our nutrition by choice. We are not typical Americans, but we do still struggle with sugar and caffeine moderation like so many others I know.  We thought we were living a “healthful diet” for so many years, until I studied Dean Ornish’s research through the Coronary Health Intervention Program and put some changes into practice about a year and a half ago.

When non-plant based meal portions are selected by our children, my husband and I remind them that the choice is only fine if it is kept to a minimum of their dietary decisions. By minimum I mean FAR LESS than a “daily” or even a weekly indulgence. In the months that followed our proactive lifestyle diet change, my teenager decided, completely on her own, that dairy and milk based products make her sick more than she imagined. This was quite an epiphany for a 17 year old who used to drink a gallon of milk weekly in grade school and eat chocolate any chance she could. I had always thought her milk consumption was the ‘best thing’ in her diet, but as soon as she cut the dairy out, she stopped having reoccurring sinus infections and horrible headaches.  Our other teen age daughter has figured out that her body cannot digest red meat well. This was a kid that loved a good steak once in a while too. She has said although it looks or smells good, “I just don’t feel good, my stomach hurts very badly after I eat it.”  And when we do choose sugary treats, we all recognize that the choice is not “good food,” but should be considered a true treat.

I don’t want to preach, and I am far from perfect…I am the first to admit that fact. But once you read this article, you’ll understand better why this blog even exists for your use.

Eating for Health, Not Weight

Remain in forward motion so that your health risks remain small!

Have you scheduled your ANNUAL WELL VISIT?

Since your healthcare likely covers well visits and vaccinations- Go make that appointment now!
It is a mission of mine to encourage you to have a good relationship with your doctor- my dad was a doctor and people came from a far and near at his funeral because they had a “wonderful” relationship with him!

The best time to create a relationship is when you’re healthy, I mean, when your sick well that’s when your desparate. So use your well visits and check in with your physician!

Have your blood work done before your appointment making sure that any age appropriate screenings are on the lab request.Once the results are in, have a forward discussion about the results with your primary care physician.Well Check

Women need to schedule and complete their mammograms and annual GYN appointments. Men and women, both, need to make certain to talk about all the issues effecting your daily life. Let your doctor know about muscle issues, vision changes, sleep patterns and additional stresses that may be going on…really, don’t just show up and tell them that all is “good” if you have changes that should be explored or documented. Well visits are about prevention and early detection of disease.

Let your doctor know what’s going on with you and have an in depth discussion!
You are responsible for your healthy future! Create an open communication policy with your doctors, send the blood work results to all the front line physicians of your care, don’t assume they’ll receive them from the “office fairies.” Also, remember to make the follow-up call to let your doctor know if the action plans made with him/her are working.

Suggestion: If you are good to go for 2012 with your appointments then drop what your’re doing and schedule your well visits for 2013 now…just get those appointments on the books before time gets away from you.

Take care and Live well!

Laughter

Laughter is a great thing — that’s why we’ve all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease.

My funny cat!

Laughter is the physiological respo­nse to humor by definition. Laughter consists of two parts — a set of gestures and the production of a sound. When we laugh, the brain pressures us to conduct both activities simultaneously. When we laugh heartily, changes occur in many parts of the body. Muscles tighten, organs shift and change, your arms and legs go haywire…it’s just a complete and crazy package of fun for your entire being!

­Cool fact: The physiological study of laughter has its own name — gelotology.

The average adult laughs 17 times each day! That’s good…do you laugh this much?

Laughter stimulates your organs and lightens the load of stress. It may not cure everything, but it sure does make the day seem more manageable. “Lighten Up” or “Lighten the Load” whatever it takes, find pleasure and let yourself giggle; it just feels good. Laughter is also contagious, like yawning! Have you ever played a good game of “HA”?

I laugh uncontrollably when I am very nervous…can’t help it. Stress reliever I guess.

Bla bla knowledge: Stress is tied to a release of hormones called cortisol which actually slow the metabolism down and lead to weight gain. Oftentimes, over a long periods of stress, too much of this hormone hangs around and causes weight as a result. Suppressing your appetite at first from stress, but then surging cortisol makes you hungrier then normal- most of the time we refer to this response as emotional eating.

Being social & laughing is a powerful stress reliever. The physical benefits of the laughter are truly great medicine. Hang out with a friend, be silly and tell jokes instead of swapping “Woe is me” stories, and I guarantee you’ll feel better then you have all day! Put it on the ‘to do list’: Make a date with 2 friends at the coffee shop and have each one show up with 3 new jokes to tell!

Let me know how it goes! Be happy in forward motion!

Writing on the Wall

When I figure out how to add a picture to the blog (remember this is new to me) then I’ll show you my daughter’s room.  She is an artist in every sense of the word: emotional, sensitive, generous, talented, inspiring, humours and messy!

Anyway, I made my way in there this morning and began reading her walls, I do this because I really do think she’s inspiring. Yep, she writes and draws on the walls …don’t worry, it’s white chalk & if that’s the worst thing she does then I am lucky. Anyway, I noticed that so many of her quotes dealt with speaking up, out or being heard, and I thought, “Ok, pretty typical of a 16 year old kid.” Then I pulled up some inspiring quotes about listening that I thought she could reflect on and left them smack on her computer. I also think this applies here, in a blog, as it does in a coaching session. Listening is such a powerful tool, and even though I do talk a lot, I try to be a great listener.

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood.
The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”  Ralph Nichols

He knew that listening is an art. So often we listen then want to jump in and share our experience too. It is connection and it helps lighten the load or brighten the moment. So, jump in, speak up or just listen…it’s all good.

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