The nutritionists used to get you to make a list of everything you ate, and the time when you ate it, for 7 days. Then they pretended to know what to do with the information. They’d conjure up a studious look on their face and proceed to write up an entirely new diet based on, in actual fact, not much information at all. No questions asked like ‘did any of your diet give you energy’ or ‘did any of your diet produce fatigue, or ‘how much sleep do you get’ or how much water do you drink per day’ or what’s your mental energy like during the day’ or ‘what time of the day do you feel best’ or do any of your blood tests show abnormalities?
The thing is with the people that eat coffee and cigarettes for breakfast, lunch, and God knows what for dinner, part of the solution is obvious to anyone. It may not happen quite like that however you can bet the farm it’s pretty close so it’s a waste of time to pursue the matter in this blog.
However being overweight or underweight can be habit forming especially after a long period of time doing nothing about it. People that have been overweight for a long time, to a degree, will have developed a mind set or eating habit in the way they habitually eat the wrong things or have too much of even the right things.
Relationships and poor interaction with others can play a part in being either overweight or underweight. It may be that your partner has dumped you. So what…. get another one and move on. It’s no reason to eat badly and be unhealthy because you haven’t been appreciated. So look after yourself with good food and good exercise.
Work related stress and as a consequence not eating properly during the work day can only make stress worse especially if it carries over to your home life.
The bottom line is get the lead out and discipline yourself to do what you instinctively know is to be the right thing to do. And that is don’t eat stuff you already know is wrong for you. Have meals you really do know is right for you and makes you feel better. Eat only when you need to eat and not for the sake of eating. Do not eat takeaways when you know it’s just not the thing to help with any health problems you might have.
Eat to be healthy……Eat to have a good life
Of course, excess is the level at which each individual’s system cannot tolerate sugar intake. Meaning we all have our excess levels whatever the situation. Which in turn does mean that we should not get anywhere near that level if we wish to lead a healthy existence.
Here is a list of some of the effects excess sugar can have on your system
Suppress the immune system
Upset the body’s mineral balance
Produce a significant rise in triglycerides
Reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs)
Promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs)
Increase total cholesterol
Contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression,
Concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children
Cause kidney damage
Increase the risk of coronary heart disease
Lead to chromium deficiency
Increase fasting levels of blood glucose
Interfere with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
Produce an acidic stomach
Lead to periodontal disease
Contribute to weight and obesity
Contribute to diabetes
Contribute to osteoporosis
Cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
Lead to decreased glucose tolerance
Cause cardiovascular disease
Increase systolic blood pressure
Cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
Overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
Compromise the lining of the capillaries.
Cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
Increase the amount of fat in the liver.
Increase the body’s fluid retention.
Cause hormonal imbalance.
Cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind’s ability to think clearly.
Increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes. Increase an insulin response with high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
The list speaks for itself and leaves no doubt as to what a poor diet with excess sugar can do to you. So work through the list and see how your health can be better now and throughout your whole life simply by avoiding unnecessary high sugar intake
Good luck and good health.
Well actually there may be quite a number of people that can benefit from blood pressure pills. And there might be a considerable amount of people that are on blood pressure pills and really don’t need to be. And there might be a lot of people who could avoid the possibility of having high blood pressure at some stage in life. That is to say if they took better care of themselves and avoided stuff like salt and sugar, drank more water and less coffee, and less or no alcohol, and started an appropriate exercise regime. And kept it up.
Inflammation can also push up blood pressure so be aware coughs, colds, injuries, any kind of ongoing illness may play a part in raised blood pressure. Mental or physical stress also is going to raise the blood pressure up from your normal level. When the stress stops the blood pressure will drop back to whatever happens to be your normal level.
Medical practitioners have finally realised that going to their clinic to have blood pressure levels taken will in itself raise blood pressure which they now take into account and with the use of a bit of guess work, estimate a likely reading. So it’s going to depend on whether you are in a state of anxiety, and at what level, as to just how accurate the reading is.
If you are inclined towards high blood pressure your best bet would be to buy a blood pressure monitor and keep an eye on it yourself. By doing that any fluctuations may be able to be adjusted by keeping an eye on sugar, salt, stress, overeating, not enough water, and lack of proper exercise.
But remember it’s not just a pill you are taking. It’s a very strong drug and you don’t know what it’s made from. It’s very similar to the drugs out on the street in that once you start taking it you are hooked from a medical standpoint. It even might make you feel a bit better and it will certainly reduce the risk associated with high blood pressure, but it has a list of possible side effects a mile long. If there is an adverse side effect then you’ll be started on another one to see how that goes. But it doesn’t make sense to be in a bad situation that could quite possibly have been avoided.
Whatever the case you’ll probably be told you are on it for life. And one good reason for that is, because no one seems to have any interest in putting any effort into getting you off it.
So make the effort before you are confronted with the possibility of taking a drug with side effects for the rest of your life. Start by getting off the salt and sugar. Cakes are loaded with sugar which is why they are liked so much. If you have a spoonful of sugar with each of the 6 cups of tea or coffee per day that’s 6 spoons of sugar. Avoid drinks with high amounts of sugar. Salt is in a lot of stuff, all processed foods, sauces, tinned Tuna has high amounts of salt, the gravy and mint sauce on your roast is very high in salt.
The choice you have is to reduce your sugar and salt intake, drink more water and less other liquids like alcohol and coffee, get some appropriate exercise, or face the likelihood of high blood pressure and a life time of taking a drug with side effects.
You might have been asking yourself what could be bigger than Starwars.
Well the answer you’ve been looking for is The Manufacture and Marketing of Supplements. It has to be the biggest marketing/advertising campaign on the planet and it’s growing at a rate that suggests it might be out of control. That is to say the number of brands is increasing, the variations of strengths increasing, the variations of additional supplements added to the primary supplement are increasing at a very fast pace.
How are you going to know which brand or supplement strength to choose? The intense level of marketing will no doubt have a hand in that. Because unless you want a specific vitamin or specific mineral on its own, which is now becoming less likely to be available, then you will also have a mixture of other vitamins and minerals in the same capsule or tablet. It may be that you do need some of those vitamins and minerals as well as the primary vitamin or mineral. However, if you take supplements and don’t actually need them, it may be putting unnecessary stress on your kidneys and or liver.
If you feel you have a deficiency then try to get a tablet that is specifically for that deficiency and of sufficient strength to allow for a good level of absorption, as your absorption rate will vary, depending on whether you are 25 or 50. Take people at or on the wrong side of 50 to 60 years old. Their body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals started to fail 20 to 30 years ago, so how are they going to know how much of any kind of supplement will be needed to rectify a mineral or vitamin deficiency.
They’re not going to know unless they can spend some time researching and even then it’s probably a bit hit and miss. But before you do that you will need to properly evaluate your current state of health. A full set of blood tests from your GP might help or try walking, running, do an hour at the gym, and see how you feel. You could just need some exercise to get your metabolism up which in turn will help lose any extra weight and maybe just make you feel better. Even a change in scenery can be a good tonic.
It’s a whole lot cheaper than supplements and long term, more healthy. So check it out before you fall unnecessarily under the spell of a very powerful marketing machine that is so intense it has the ability to convince some people it’s really doing them some good. So much so that physiologically they do feel better for a while but, there is the possibility, and the reality, it’s just the marketing triggering hope and any physical change is short lived.
Anyway so who is buying supplements? Everyone is buying them whether they really need them or not. We are completely surrounded by messages that give us a reason to buy them. After all, the entire atmosphere is full of pollutants that surely have an adverse effect on our health. The soil that grows our food is lacking in the nutrients that we need to keep us healthy.
So given the fact that we breathe pollutants and we don’t get enough vital minerals from vegetables that are grown in pretty much barren soil then, in part, the advertising is true in that there is a real need for supplementation. However, there is another side to the marketing of supplements and that is for the people who have a genuine health problem which their doctor says he cannot assist them without the use of drugs. Drugs which supposedly are designed for one purpose, but unfortunately all those drugs have a list of side effects a mile long which can create the need for other drugs or some form of supplement to remedy the side effects.
And nobody knows how the drug is made and what chemicals make up the drug. At least with a bottle of whatever from the health shop it shows what vitamins, minerals, herbs, the capsule or tablet contains so if you think anything on that list is suspect and may upset you in some way, then don’t buy it. Look for another brand that doesn’t have that vitamin, herb, or mineral. The thing is if you feel you could do with a boost and consider supplements to be a possibility one answer might be to stick to the basic vitamins and minerals. The B vitamins, and vitamins A, C, D, and the minerals, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, iron. One or two of these and some appropriate exercise might be all you need.
Good health and…. May the force be with you.
Blood Pressure pills. Who the hell needs them?
If you go to 10 different nutritionists you’ll end up with 10 different nutrition plans. Whoever you talk to will have a different take on what is right for you. So, what does this mean for you?
It means what you have to do is listen carefully to all advice (professional or not) (good or bad) and use you own intuition and intelligence to put together your unique meal plan for your unique body. There is one certain thing about a diet and that is we all know the things we should, at least avoid eating and drinking. Right? So that’s a good place to start. Cut right down on anything that contains sugar or fat. No more ice cream. No more takeaways. Cut the 2 dozen stubbies a week down to ½ a dozen. And so on.
Now that you’ve started it will become easier to figure out as each new change is made. So keep going on the same track. Make your own list because now you’ve fired up the willpower to do it. Next just put it into practice. That is, if you really want to change your diet you hold the power to do it in your hands. It’s all very well to follow a ‘clinically prescribed diet’ and after a few weeks you realise that it’s not happening as it was supposed to. It would seem you’ve just thrown away $100 on another useless diet plan.
If you have or are starting with a new personal trainer then you will be able to work with him/her in conjunction with your resistance training. An experienced trainer will be more knowledgeable in nutrition than most. Anyone else can only throw in a lot of suggestions based on an across the board assessment of diets in general. We all, at some stage, have gained some weight but this is you we are talking about. Not someone else with an entirely different metabolism. The fine tuning of your nutrition intake really just has a lot to do with making some sacrifices.
So what are the other factors involved that aren’t on your food plan. Top of the list would have to be lack of the correct exercise for your physical makeup. Eating all the ‘right’ foods isn’t on its own going to make you slimmer, get bigger muscles, make you fitter or have greater endurance. Psychologically it might make you feel better for a while because you think the ‘right foods’ are all it takes. Consider this; if you fill up your car with gas what happens? Nothing happens. Nothing happens until you start the engine. Right? The same applies to eating. You are filling up your body with fuel to get your motor running and unless you start the engine the fuel just sits there. And unlike your car the fuel in your body turns to fat unless it’s burnt off with the appropriate exercise to suit your needs. Nutrition and exercise, along with the motivation to succeed, go together.
When you eat then you must burn the fuel with the appropriate exercise. And to get the best from your exercise then fuel up with the appropriate food. The ingredients handled the proper way with motivational effort and consistency will give you results. Remember you won’t get far without putting some real effort in to it.
To get the nutrients into your system it helps to have a clean fuel line. Unfortunately there are things we enjoy eating and drinking in life which inhibit the absorption of nutrients from the food or supplements. Probably the three worst inhibiters are, of course, alcohol, coffee, and tobacco. Coffee inhibits the intake of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, Biotin(B7), C, E, Iron, and Potassium. Alcohol does much the same thing . And so does tobacco.
That’s the very basics of it, but you could try one of two options.
1- You can think about it and do nothing which means you will stay exactly the same as you are now physically both inside and out.
2- You can think about it and at least do something which means you are half way there
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