Nutrition and wellness is tasteful
Exercise is a benefit to every part of the body--mind included.
Exercise makes you look better, lose weight, and lowers your risk of many chronic diseases, and slows down aging.
"You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces--just good food from fresh ingredients."
"If we're not willing to settle for 'junk living,' we shouldn't settle for junk food."
Food is medicine
"Let medicine be thy food, and food be thy medicine."
"Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Furthermore, he believes that a myth exists regarding the dangers of saturated fat which "should" be removed in order to minimize cardiovascular disease. Once again, a myth. He also believes that millions of people have been wrongly overmedicated with statins for lowering cholesterol levels. Instead, he looks at how sugar has caused such problems in the role of diabetes.
On the topic of diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, it seems that its management has been counterintuitive for quite a long time. The current understanding of this disease is that it is both a chronic and irreversible condition. This can be seen as quite debatable and even incorrect. The recent findings about diabetes is that it is treated with drugs that are expensive. Additionally, these drugs may work only slightly to reduce complications from kidney, eye and nerve disease as well a bring a host of side effects that can tack on about 100,000 emergency room visits a year in the United States alone.
Another finding and more meaningful conclusion with regard to medical research was made by John Ioannidis, professor of medicine and health policy at Stanford University, stating that the most published medical research is likely to be incorrect. "The greater the financial interests in a given field, the less likely the research findings are to be true".
There is no doubt -- and it has been proven by recognizable, reliable sources -- that combining a nutritious diet with the right type of exercise and stress reduction is compelling enough evidence to ward off chronic disease and even slow the aging process. To learn more about why a healthy dose of lifestyle medicine is the best medicine, refer to documentary film, The Big Fat Fix, with the co-producer being the author of this article, Asseem Malhotra. Another great resource is found in the Blue Zones, a study on longevity which was begun in 2004 by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author. Eat well, be well.
Monday, August 8, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
"The brains of overweight people look "10 years older" than those of leaner peers, a study has found". Isn't that simply another excellent reason to make every attempt to lead a healthier lifestyles by maintaining a healthy weight?
Apparently as we age it is a natural process that our brains lose white matter. This white matter is a crucial part of the brain that allows for important information to be transmitted and processed which ultimately leads to our having a better understanding of a concept for example.
Another finding published in the Journal of Neurobiology of Aging found great differences in the brain's white matter in overweight versus leaner candidates, particularly as people reach middle-age.
In short, more research still needs to be conducted to provide a better understanding of how obesity interacts with the aging process of the brain. Can changes be reversed by simply losing weight? After all, there is evidence that telomeres (compound structures at the end of a chromosome) naturally shorten as we age, but how do our lifestyle factors play into our health and longevity? Is there a correlation between the brain's white matter and telomeres that better determines our brain health and overall health?
Some food for thought....
Monday, August 1, 2016
It does seem amazing that at a time in our current complex world, more and more discoveries are being uncovered as to why and how our environment plays a significant role in the way we live, how we think and how we carry on with our lives in general. The health of our physical bodies only is a fraction of what we strive for and what we need in the quest for wellness -- there is so much more.
The following principles outlined in this article are so important for our wellbeing, but somehow they really don't make an impact on the way a physician leads his/her practice. Here are a few examples:
- All the cells in our body are meant to communicate with our brain in one way or another. These messages or signals are activated by how we think, feel, our moods, what our expectations are and what we believe.
- Our own life experiences get processed in the same way that our bodies process/metabolize foods, air, water and physical toxins. Isn't it true that we have better days than others? What makes that so? It is in paying attention to what our daily experiences are and applying that to how it was different from yesterday as an example.
- The cells in our bodies have a purpose and a particular design that makes them functional and dynamic. Hence, it's clear that by taking care of our bodies, we take care of our cells.
- There is no doubt that our lifestyle choices are paramount in the way we live our lives. Most of the time, our lifestyle choices can determine how healthy or ill we will be in the future. There are always exceptions to the rule, but by in large, the "cleaner" you live, the better off you will be.
- Our genes are in a constant change to what we experience everyday and how well we live. So, the better our habits are -- the better off we will be. If we eat at McDonald's everyday (as seen in the movie, Supersize Me) as opposed to eating more organic, plant-based foods, we will feel different and even look and perform differently. If we exercise daily as opposed to being completely sedentary, our bodies will respond appropriately.
- Yes, and if we only knew at what point it is in our living that we saw and felt more positive and "alive", that can make an enormous difference in how we live! But, how do we get to that point if there aren't enough positive experiences in our lives?
- Lastly, so much of how we lead our days is how we see ourselves and how we feed our bodies and brains. By starting our day off with positive mental practices, we have more opportunity to make a success of our day!
Thursday, July 28, 2016
So much of what a health coach does involves not only coaching, but providing guidance to their clients by helping them to set appropriate goals. By motivating, educating, supporting and progressing them to the next level of a well-balanced lifestyle, clients can attain their personal goals. There is an abundance of lifestyle factors that make up a healthy individual after all.
A health coach is not meant to replace a nutritionist or dietitian, but works to enhance and support these nutritional professionals with a healthy knowledge of exercise, behavior and nutrition sciences. A current and astoundingly large number of diabetes and pre-diabetes (along with a host of other chronic diseases) should be enough to lead a collaborative effort for the empowerment of healthy lifestyle change, wouldn't you say?
Check out the following article written by a holistic health & nutrition coach, accredited exercise physiologist & clinical pilates teacher that further explains some of the differences between health coaches, dietitians and nutritionists.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
There is new evidence though that sugar indeed is worse than other calories. Just read about this new evidence here...