Friday, September 05, 2014
For those who are obese, there is a interesting article on Dr Sears site about unhealthy vs healthy obesity. "One of great paradoxes of our obesity epidemic is that many obese individuals appear to be quite healthy. This makes the true believers in the Holy Grail of BMI as the standard for good health quite livid. They know in their hearts that obesity is a mortal sin. Early this year" (in 2013) " the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published another in a long series of articles demonstrating that being overweight significantly decreases your likelihood of dying compared to being “normal weight” (1). Immediately Harvard Medical School went on a rampage crying foul. So you can imagine the delight of the weight-loss experts when a new meta-analysis demonstrated that “there is no healthy pattern of increased weight” (2). Take that, you silly scientists at the CDC. Unfortunately, this article represents another case of a meta-analysis creating meta-confusion."
For more go to zonediet.com/blog/2013/12/the
For a good guide on your current health, ask for a blood test to get an idea of your level of cellular inflammation. The best measure is the AA/EPA ratio. It should be between 1.5 and 3 for an healthy individual. The average AA/EPA ratio for Americans is about 19. For a healthy level of cellular inflamation (an AA/EPA ratio between 1.5 and 3) the severities of all forms of chronic disease are reduced. It seems that some obese individuals can have a healthy AA/EPA ratio regardless of their weight. For those who are not so lucky which is the majority of us, a zone lifestyle helps one to obtain and maintain a low AA/EPA level for all, both normal and obese individuals, which is why I just started a new team, Zone Lifestyle - Enter the Zone, www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
Saturday, August 23, 2014
I have been following Leo Babauta's blogs and one of his latest blogs at zenhabits.net/believe/ helps us to believe in ourselves regardless of whether or not we meet our goals. The main point of his blogs is that we are human, and life events can't always be controlled; therefore, we all have setbacks but the important thing is consistency, not perfection -- that we intend to live a healthy lifestyle daily.
I have been at Spark since May of 2013 and have had many setbacks, some that caused me to doubt myself and my goals. But I learned from Leo that "failures" are not failures if we just view them with a curiosity and learn from them. I have learn from Leo to accept myself as I am. I have faith that I was born to learn and thus succeed.
I am a member of the Healthy Lifestyle Sparkers team since it is wise to be focused on living a healthy lifestyle. I intend to remain at Spark even after meeting my current goals since a healthy lifestyle involves always being focus on healthy goals ("Goals" according to Leo should be considered "intentions", not "expectations" for no one has complete control over his or her life).
If we falter, that's OK, for we can always rise up, make amends best as we can, and move on with our life -- by living in the moment. By making amends for past mistakes as best as we can and moving on, we can persevere (making modifications as necessary) and live without regrets about the past.
I know that we will succeed.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I was kind of sold on a carb cycling/exercise plan by Shaun Hadshall and have lost enough weight on it to feel that it is working for me. Also, I found a book in my wife's collection of books describing the Pritikin weight loss plan which confirms Shaun Hadshall's recommendation to eat whole food carbohydrates and to avoid processed carbohydrates, such as ice cream, bread, muffins etc. However, yesterday my wife and I went to the library book sale, one of the books my wife pick out recommended a low carbohydrate diet.
Supposedly, according to the book early man lived on a diet of meat and we are genetically engineered to live on meat. This caused me to look over the merits of Shaun's plan again.
I found that Pritikin's book "The Pritikin Weight Loss Breakthrough" sets forth the evidence that man was genetically engineer to eat both meat and plant food. First of all man has an triggering mechanism that is set off by eating fat. Our initial reaction of eating meat is such that we want more of it. Also, we can eat a high calorie content of meat without getting full where else a similar calorie content of vegetables would require a massive amount of vegetables or one of the modern processed carbohydrates where water and fiber are removed from the food to make it more dense with calories and less fulling. But that is about as far as the evidence goes that man is a genetically a carnivore (meat eater).
On the other hand , in the animal world meat eaters generally have a short digestive tract, designed to eliminate meat rapidly, but humans have a long intestine like a cow's that is able to digest fiberous plant food and extract the nutrients therefrom. Humans who fail to eat enough fiberous foods often have trouble with constipation and hemorrhoids. Also humans have the jaw structure that enables us to grind our food much like a cow whereas carnivores do not. The human body also has been shown to require over 48 vitamins that are abundantly found in plant food. The human body produces all the cholesterol it needs but does not have the ability to excrete excess cholesterol from the body to the degree that carnivores have. Pure vegetarian species rapidly develop heart disease when they are fed cholesterol containing foods such as eggs and meat. Wild animals are much leaner than today's domesticated livestock. Our stone age ancestors ate about three times more vegetables than the average human today, and the meat of wild animals they ate contained from 2 to 6 times less cholesterol than found in today's dietary meat.
Moreover the most common cause of death of the stone age man was starvation whereas the most common cause of death today is a heart attack. Humans have been genetically engineered to have a high fat content to prevent starvation. The fat instinct is so great that we have to use care to develop habits that counter the fat instinct. Eating less processed carbohydrates that quickly build up sugars in the blood, and consuming less high calorie foods such as fat, and avoiding hunger by eating fibrous vegetables seems to me to be the right answer.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Hi I just want to let you know you have talents that enable you to do great things, but you have to work at it. Life isn't easy; the trick is to get passionate about your interests and allot the time. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits is my hero in this regard. I have been following his blogs since January. He says to be great you have to find ways to help improve the lives of others: this can be a part of your job or your other interests. Leo blogs about living simple and giving to others. His blogs should be read by everyone looking for things to be passionate about and finding time and motivation to make it happen. Above all Leo is very good at helping us to accept ourselves as we are and to live in the moment in order to be of value to ourselves and to others. He is also a good writer. I know to follow Leo's blogs also would be a great motivator and help to achieve your dreams. See zenhabits.net/archives/ . Note especially the blogs for August 4 and 6.
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