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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

When Cathie, a Samoan, posted her comment last week, my heart went out to her and her family, for this ethnic group, as the most afflicted by obesity,  symbolizes all our struggles to attain Health. What can help, them and you?

___   Well, the first thing that I am going to say is read all the pertinent articles in the Titles Archive, which is on a tab on the upper navigation bar, as soon as you can! It has my thoughts for nearly 4 years of concerned activism and information to help.

Every family has to have people like Cathie who are sharing the information-gathering needed to help everyone stay healthy. It’s not going to happen without education, as most families have lost the skills and know-how to accomplish healthy eating. Brava Cathie, for starting to advocate for you and your whole family!

___   Meanwhile, be realistic about where you are starting from and realistic about setting goals.

Learn how to measure your body fat properly or get it done by a professional. There are several ways to get answers as to percentage body fat, percentage lean mass etc.

All calorie limits are based on your lean body mass NOT your weight.

My state university’s medical school has a weight research lab where I was measured in a water tank for % fat composition. The Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in my city also had the same bariatric equipment, for a little larger fee. Some gyms may offer this. Ask your doctor where to go in your area.

This is a clearer process than just a caliper skin pinch test, but even that is better than nothing.

The Biggest Loser website also mentions other options, possibly using the same software they do on the show.

___   The Biggest Loser this week showed the doctor telling a 26 year old woman that she was about 60% fat! Neither he or I had ever heard of such a high number for someone who weighed originally about 270 pounds max, after huge weight gain due to inactivity and then lack of concern, as she gave up.

She’d been bed ridden after a car accident 2 years before and her leg muscles had atrophied. Shame on the caregivers for not providing rehab and physical therapy to strengthen the musculature. After all, regardless of her personal health coverage, insurance should have been paying from the car accident policy.

Our leg and butt muscles are meant to be large, vigorous metabolic engines. With almost no leg muscles, she turned into a giant fat popsicle.

___   So, let’s talk about exercise. It should be moderate and consistent.

Use walking to get those leg muscles metabolically active and strong. Aim for a long session, at a conversation pace. Fat-burning does not kick-in until about 45 minutes after you start to exercise, so you need to have 60 – 90 minutes of a minimum exercise work-out, time-wise.

After that 45 minutes, fat-burning kicks in; then you will burn fat until you eat again. As a diabetic, no-one should wait any longer than 5 hours between meals or snacks. Some people will need to eat sooner, especially if you exercised for one long session.

If that’s the case, then maybe break up your exercise into 2 episodes:  walk 50 minutes at lunchtime and 50 minutes after your evening meal, or better – in the morning. Then you get 2 chances to start the fat-burning cycle.

Exercise in the morning is better than at night, if you have the time and (indoor) equipment or the weather and light co-operates for you to safely go outdoors. Otherwise, consider a gym membership where you can exercise, shower-and-dress and head off to work.

___   The simplest diet to accompany this is to be “true” to the needs of your blood type and know the needed proportions of food families.

In any blood group, as Dr. Barry Sears, PhD, founder of The Zone Diet Plan says, make sure that your plate is about 80% covered with low carb vegetables, one small portion (1/4 – 1/2 cup, max.) of a carb vegetable (like regular potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnip, corn, peas, beans or a combo [grains — not used here]), a dash (about 1 teaspoon) of mono-saturated oil (organic extra-virgin olive oil or macadamia or other nut oils [not peanut — which is really a legume]) (I include organic, extra-virgin coconut oil – a special vegetarian saturated fat that forms important medium-chain fatty acids) and a piece of lean protein* no larger or thicker than the palm of your hand (without the finger area) — or 2 eggs, or half a palm size for a light meal — and half again less, for a “snack” (i.e. 1/4 palm = snack) along with unlimited low-carb veggies.

*Lean protein: any fish (I recommend no shellfish), grass-fed beef, bison** or lamb (all the way through, NOT “finished” with feeding grain before slaughter) – look online for farmers who just grass-feed; goat; free-range poultry (if desired; I don’t eat poultry for good reasons) and no pork or fatty cuts of the other meats. ** bison (buffalo) is always only range fed, so if in doubt, use bison, but cook low and slow as it’s not fatty; I suggest ground bison rather than steaks or roasts.

___   Everyone needs to drink at least 64 oz. of spring water — spread through the day. Or, drink an alkaline water, like Essentia or Evamore, unless you have kidney disease or are a high-risk diabetic having problems controlling it, in which case ask your doctor to assess the mineral content of your alkaline water and its impact on your (damaged?) kidneys.

Do NOT drink tap water, especially if it is fluoridated!

No other liquid counts as fluid except water! Everything other than just plain water dehydrates your body — some more, some less but all these other “drinks” leave you with less hydration. Use a pinch of Celtic sea salt to replace vital electrolytes lost in sweat. Do not use sports drinks.

___  Eating by your historical, genetic profile — that is, by Blood Type.

If you are Blood Type O, your diet plan is a moderate animal protein one (preferably cold-water fishes and organic, grass-fed meats) and lots of veggies diet – no dairy, no gluten grains (wheat, oats, barley and rye) approach. Wild rice and quinoa are OK to use, as are nuts and seeds. As a Samoan, Cathie, you are most likely Type O, but you must have a blood test to know for sure.

If you are Blood Type A, stay pretty much on veggies (especially the leafy ones), organic brown rice, wild rice, organic quinoa, organic free-range eggs (kept whole, not scrambled; medium boiled and poached are fine), almonds, almond milk, hemp seed, kiwi, other nuts and seeds — no dairy, no gluten grains if you are overweight — this already shows you are not handling one or more of these highly-sensitive food groups.

(A sub-group of A’s [like me] need a little cold-water fish, weekly.) Make sure you know the cleanliness of the ocean waters where the fish came from. In the USA the source of all fish must be labeled.

If Blood Type AB, then mostly stay with the vegetarian diet just shown, but add a little cold-water fish more regularly – salmon, cod, herring, sardines, mackerel are best.  Same for Blood Type B, although you can get extensive guidelines for these less frequent blood types in the following book.

Get Dr. Peter D’Adamo, ND series of books like Eat Right For Your Type.

___   For diabetics of all types,  de-emphasize fruit and have no juice (except 1 dose of pomegranate daily, explained below in heart health OR use lemon with stevia or agave to sweeten once in a while) (lemon is a natural diuretic, so make sure that you are drinking plain water, too).

___   Each day you need at least one Vitamin C source, whether that’s whole citrus fruit, kiwi, tomato or other decent source.

___   For heart health, kiwi has Omega-3 essential fatty acids, so that’s an important vegetarian source for your heart. Organic walnuts and almonds also have great heart-healthy fats (but buy European almonds, as all California almonds are irradiated!). Get the European nuts online.

Pomegranate is the only juice I allow – 2 oz. of pomegranate will start to clear out arterial blockages if taken daily. Do not take more — it’s expensive, and that’s the clinically effective dose.

Do have beets – they are a source of natural nitric oxide, which your body needs to dilate arteries and keep healthy blood flow. Dr. Louis Ignarro, PhD won the Nobel Prize for this work. Uncooked, raw beets do bot bleed all over the place, so use them but wash them well. If you bought their nutritious tops, then steam the beet greens lightly or stir fry them – eat only a bit of the greens if any of you take Coumadin or Warfarin.

The natural nitrates found in beets are VERY different from the ones used in hot dogs, sausage and other cured meats. Do not use those nitrates; they are a huge source for stomach cancer.

___   Try to take the pressure off your pancreas by eating and drinking in a pH neutral or pH alkaline way. I’ve written lots about how to do this, but this is key, as fat walls off toxins and you have to have tissue alkaline pH to be available to neutralize the toxic acids as they are released in weight loss.

Your pancreas is the source of these pH alkaline buffers, but your food choice can help by adding alkaline foods so the organ has less work.

___   Learn about 8 essential, healing sugars (saccharides)!

These are: mannose, glucose, galactose, xylose, fucose (NOT fructose – from fruit!), N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamine and N-acetylneuraminic acid.  Only glucose and galactose are common in our diets. Fucose comes from seaweed, which is another reason it’s so healthy for us, apart from its minerals. Most of the rest are scarce in our diets, but we need them; that’s what “essential” means!

Not all of these saccharides are sweet-tasting. Some are tasteless; others are even bitter. Strange, huh?

The amount needed is 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of all of them, in total, daily. They won’t make you fat or raise insulin levels. In fact, you need them to help you lose weight, heal and boost your immune system! They help prevent cancer, help memory, sleep, prevent anxiety and depression, too.

These healing saccharides also help with levels of blood fats (triglycerides), cholesterol and raise HDL – the good kind. These needed sugars also protect bone and muscle mass. They are a foundation of Blood Type, too. I will write more about them next time.

Sugars are either monosaccharides (1 molecule), disaccharides (2 molecule structure – like lactose, found in milk or sucrose from sugarcane or sugar beets), or oligosaccharides which are 3 – 6 molecular structures (found in human breast milk and plants). Linking hundreds or thousands of monosaccharides together, produces polysaccharides (starch is one kind, as is your liver’s back-up energy source called glycogen).

These 8 essential saccharides are vital for cell communication, for cell structure and for cellular ability to work together as an organism.

But, fructose, from fruits, is NOT an essential saccharide and in its pure form, it is showing to be detrimental. Do NOT use fructose to substitute for table sugar.

As suitable, low-glycemic sweeteners, use stevia or agave nectar (in small portion, once or twice a day). Real, ORGANIC maple sugar (in a small portion, once a day max.) as maple sugar has been shown to be helpful to diabetics. Maple-flavored doesn’t count.

Learn more about these 8 essential healing sugars in “Sugars That Heal – The New Healing Science of Glyconutrients” by Dr. Emil Mondoa, MD.

___   Try to take the pressure off your liver, as it’s your main detox organ. When losing weight there’s lots of residue to be exposed to and have to neutralize (detoxification). Eating organic cuts down the “load”. There will always be metabolic waste and environmental toxins breathed in, but you can cut down food and drink sources by eating organic and not drinking tap water.

___   To have a chance at losing a substantial amount of weight in a reasonable time frame, you have to make healthy food choices (as described above),  with portion control (related to activity level and metabolic efficiency level – basal rate).  Also eat no artificial chemicals in your food!

___   Eat NO table salt. The only type of salt to use is Celtic sea salt or a regular whole sea salt from clean waters.  Regular “salt” is only sodium chloride; it has been stripped of the other 90 or so minerals originally in it.

Your cells mirror the exact waters of the ocean, therefore you DO need the trace minerals which were stripped off. You must not drink sea water, but you can use the minerals which were in it, in small quantities. Learn more from The Grain and Salt Society. Their founder, Dr. Jacques de Langre, PhD,  did copious research. Get these Celtic salts there, if you can’t find them near you.

The products known as “Real Salt” (from a dehydrated ocean in Utah) and “Himalayan Pink Salt” (from a similar source) are not as good in my opinion, as they have been diluted by mixture with other land sediments, possibly distorted by pressure etc.,  but still, even they are much better than regular table salt.

___   Exercise helps oxygenate your tissues which is important as your cellular mitochondrial furnaces need oxygen to “burn” food for energy. There is a product called CellFood from Lumina Health which is a specially-produced oxygen molecule, which is able to reach to the deepest levels.

The formula was made industrially by a Nobel Laureate scientist, Dr. Everett L. Storey, PhD (Albert Einstein called him a “genius”!) and you will be healthier for getting more oxygen into tissues, as long as you are also taking plenty of anti-oxidants: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, glutathione and alpha lipoic acid.

___   Be sure to be getting plenty of Vitamin D3. As a tropical people, now largely relegated to indoor work, this becomes even more important. But, it is true for everyone. I have written previously about this need for Vitamin D3 — be sure to get it only in that form. Read labels carefully. Look up the articles to learn more.

___   Learn about deep-breathing and stress reduction. The adrenaline “drip” from stress, alone, is enough to make you fat! Stress is very powerful chemistry and it is balanced by proper breathing (and/or a quieting yoga practice) which activates the parasympathetic nervous system and stops “flight or fight” tendencies from the autonomic nervous system. Learn about your physiology; it’s fundamental.

___   Get 8 hours of nourishing sleep. Do not underestimate the importance of sleep. If your sleep is interrupted or not of good quality, make sure to get 1 – 2 twenty-minute power naps during the day.

___   Cut-out caffeine sources except for green tea — no coffee, no sodas.

___  No table sugar, tobacco or alcohol if you want to lose weight and the least use possible of any drugs, certainly over-the-counter drugs.

___   Set a reasonable goal of 2lb. a week of weight loss. Your skin can keep up with this pace. If you have lots of water weight, you may lose more than that in the beginning, but it is essential to eat 1,200 – 1,400 calories per day for women and 1,600 – 2,000 calories a day for men — all dependent on height, lean-body weight, basal metabolic rate and activity level. It’s best to keep good amounts of balanced healthy food and up your activity in order to lose weight. You need food to fuel your weight loss. Do NOT starve. It’s unhealthy and sets you up for failure!

At this pace, it’s about 35 pounds of weight loss before mid-June, if all goes well. Let us know how it goes, Cathie, and anyone else who joins you!

These are the biggies that I suggest, that I can put in one post. If I think of something really necessary, I’ll add it during the week.

But this is a good start off plan – beginning by just the plate proportions of the various food families and the correct ones for your blood type and to start consistent, gentle exercise, drink your daily water quota and get quality rest.

Best to Cathie and family. Best to all — Em


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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

Not wanting to be the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, it is still necessary to discuss a few important relevant topics for diabetics as you go through a round of parties and holiday eating, especially if you want to be reasonably healthy at the end of this Season! How do you do it?

___   Be open to a wake-up call!

Example 1:  What do I mean by that? Well, for example, I just gave my sister, who had spent the summer and fall successfully losing weight by increasing exercise (swimming) and cutting back on food quantity and making smarter food choices, a copy of Dr. Rosedale’s landmark book about diet biochemistry. Bad choice. She wouldn’t read it.

I backed off as she’d been self-motivated and was being successful. She’d just asked for and received a pair of top-notch running shoes and was prepared to start her running regimen in winter. But, the information I was trying to share with her would have made it all “easier”, as she would have been learning how to work WITH her body, instead of trying to bash-it-into-compliance.

She’s off to California. The book is here. I’m sad. I wish her well, and I know I was helping. She doesn’t know what she missed. I think she will succeed, but it will be harder than it needed to be.

Example 2: You all know that I try to respond to the good and the bad on the TV program “The Biggest Loser”. Next week will be this season’s finale, and America is voting for the last of the three contestants who will make it to the finale. I am voting for Ada, as she has had the bigger obstacles in her life, least support from family and shown herself to be a person of great determination and fortitude which I want to reward. She just made a new record when winning the Biggest Loser Marathon! Brava! You can vote, too, here Biggest Loser Vote.

Surprisingly, I am proud of Americans. They are starting to get the wake-up call and starting to see that, especially in tough economic times, their Health is even more precious and in need of protection by their own Good Choices! If we lose our health insurance (which I did for the second time, several years ago and still have none), all you have is Knowledge and good judgment to protect you! Many more people are in that boat now.

Being practical — going in to try to apply for a job looking overweight and unfit is not going to “cut it” when employers are concerned about health costs and there are 5 times more applicants for every job, than usual. Time for you to start to re-invent yourself, with your doctor’s permission and guidance.

If you have no physician, then my suggestion is to just walk for at least an hour, everyday, at conversation pace (not being breathless, but being able to constantly talk to a companion, comfortably, if you wanted to for the whole time). You need to try to carve out the whole hour, as biochemical steps “kick-in”. But, if you can’t do the whole hour at once, then next-best choice is to cut it into either 40 minutes at lunchtime, 20 minutes in the morning or evening OR 20 minute chunks: morning, lunchtime and evening. Do this everyday. Walking isn’t strenuous enough to say “one day off, one day on ” or using “cross-training” rules, as we were meant to walk everyday.

___   Learn all you can about your body, food and exercise!

You’re here, so I am patting you on the back! Stay away from the American Diabetes Association food pyramid like the plague. Remove most grains from your diet (even if whole-grain). Get celiac, non-gluten recipes and start to try them. Use quinoa and wild rice (this is not a grain) as your main “grain” substitutes; both are very good for diabetes.

Use no artificial sweeteners. Use low glycemic stevia and agave nectar for natural sweetness and maple sugar, prudently. All these are good for diabetics. Eat way more than the 5 a day vegetables and fruits recommended by the US Government health bureaus. Eat less fruit, more vegetables. Include Vitamin C veggies and fruits everyday – kiwi is a good choice as it has Omega-3s, too.

Learn how to make your body pH alkaline everyday. I’ve written about this many times and have given you charts of pH alkaline foods. Look in the Titles Archive on the navigation bar above.

When you go to holiday parties, eat ahead at home, first. Then, at the party, with the roster of good pH alkaline foods remembered, indulge moderately. Also, calculate the empty calories of alcoholic drinks, the seriously acidic pH of any soda pop. Consider club soda with a twist and a shot of lemon or lime juice and 2 T of a little sweeter juice like pomegranate — with beneficial ellagic acids. It looks festive and has beneficial aspects to it. Do NOT use Seltzer Water. On the Club Soda label, look for either sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate, only.

If it’s a sit-down dinner, enjoy the healthiest parts of it.

There is time for celebration on the Middle Path. But, it’s important to know just when and how much is the time to choose. Not every office and collegial friend’s party is an “excuse”, but maybe you just really enjoy the time you spend on your main meal with family.  Choose a time to truly celebrate, in a moderate way.

___   Become a role-model for others!

The severely overweight, morbidly obese contestants who succeed on The Biggest Loser are very aware about Pay It Forward actions. You can too. Here are some amazing numbers about global obesity. These statistics come for  the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), but they are not perfectly meshed (as the country details are sometimes from different years and vary in sample size). But this is the best snapshot we have, so far, for the Globesity Epidemic.

The “healthiest” countries, which have at least 70% of their population still at “normal” body-mass index are, in order (best first): Laos and Ghana

The next tier has 60% – 70% of their populations at normal weight, in order (best first):  Madagascar, Japan (mostly because of Okinawa), Viet Nam, Mongolia, Philippines, South Korea, India, Kyrgyzstan and  Estonia

This third tier has 50% – 60% healthy weight, in order (best first): Morocco, Switzerland, China, Singapore, Thailand, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark, Romania, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, France, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Cuba, Iran, Latvia, Norway, Colombia, Bulgaria

The fourth tier has only 40% – 50% of the population at normal body mass index, in order (best first): Cyprus, Iceland, Malaysia, Vanuatu, Slovakia, Lithuania, Canada, South Africa,  Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Jordan, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Turkey

This next group is in serious trouble, with only 30% – 40% of their populations at normal weight, in order (best first): Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, United States of America, Croatia, Malta, United Kingdom, Kuwait, Panama

And, the worst country in the world, for obesity, where only 18% of the people are at normal weight, is Kiribati.

Next week, I’m going to give my thoughts as to why these numbers and what more can be done, but find your country of residence; find your ethnic heritage and start thinking about where you get your food behaviors from and exercise outlooks from. Then, you’ll be ready to take part in next week’s important conversation.

Meanwhile, prepare for your holiday season carefully and thoughtfully.

I sincerely wish all of you a Happy, Peaceful, Secure Holiday Season and I fervently hope all will be much better when I write, again, this time next year.

Best to all — Em

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

This is a special post for my blog’s 3rd anniversary! It’s a time for inspiration — to help me keep momentum in order to serve you well, Dear Reader — and a chance to thank you for your comments over the years (I severely limit those posted to about 25% of what is received, but I read each comment).

I also want to use today to mention two more inspirational pieces of news — one in regard to Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes and One about a Type 1 diabetic Olympian, Kris Freeman.

  • Another step on the road to a cure for diabetes may give hope to the world’s 171 million diabetics, thanks to collaboration between research teams from McGill University in Canada and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).Diabetes is believed to occur when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin because of the destruction or the dysfunction of small clusters of cells, known as islets of Langerhans. However, the rest of the pancreas, which produces alkaline digestive enzymes (the exocrine system), manages to remain intact and functioning.

    Scientists know that during embryonic development, and in all likelihood throughout life, exocrine pancreatic cells can transform to become islet cells and begin secreting insulin.

    Therefore, finding a way to activate this transformation and control its outcome, holds the greatest promise in terms of improved treatments for diabetes. But, unfortunately, at the moment, the genes involved are not thoroughly understood.

    Recently, a team led by Constantin Polychronakos, (McGill’s Endocrine Genetics Laboratory at The Children’s Hospital site of the Research Institute of the McGill University Hospital Centre [RI-MUHC]), used state-of-the-art technologies (such as capture microarrays and highly parallel sequencing) to examine a previously unstudied gene called RFX6.

    The Canadian team discovered mutations in this gene and found these mutations cause the rare syndrome of neonatal diabetes which involve the complete absence of islets of Langerhans. The work will be published in the journal “Nature”.

    Meanwhile, their collaborator at UCSF, Michael German, importantly showed the same outcome in animals. Mice whose RFX6 genes had been artificially disrupted, did develop exactly the same syndrome as was found in human neonatal diabetes cases.

    As stated, this syndrome is an extremely rare cause of diabetes, but the knowledge acquired about the gene involved may benefit all people suffering from diabetes.

    “This discovery brings us closer to one day finding a cure for diabetes. Now that we know the RFX6 gene is crucial in the process of insulin production, the door is open to finding a cure through gene therapy or therapeutics that will create new islets out of cells from the rest of the pancreas,” said Polychronakos.

    The study was funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

  • Type 1 Diabetic and 3-time Olympian swimmer, Gary Hall, already an inspiration with 10 medals, writes about Kris Freeman, current Winter Olympic Type1 diabetic and what it means to be an energetically-active diabetic.Freeman is the United States’ best hope for a medal in the rigorous cross-country skiing events at the Vancouver Olympics.

    For someone with diabetes mellitus, maintaining a steady blood sugar level is absolutely crucial in the days leading up to and through a competition, and that’s easier said than done, regardless of whether it’s an endurance event like Freeman’s or a sprint.

    First, one has to travel to the competition and the site venue, often across time zones, and Olympics processing can exhaust even the most conditioned athletes.

    Then, Hall reports that the Olympic Village is nice enough, but that it is hardly a comfortable environment. The food is plentiful, but a careful eater would have a hard time. Athletes aren’t known to be picky eaters, but even regular athletes are learning more about “Food as Fuel”.

    They are becoming more aware and on a recent edition of the Biggest Loser, I saw that happening in Colorado Springs where the US Olympic Team trains. The nutritionists and exercise physiologists are cracking the food code for best performance and teaching American athletes, finally, with recommendations fine-tuned per athlete and per sport.

    But, athletes with diabetes need to watch what they eat even more closely than the average competitor.

    And, even in real day-to-day life, if you have diabetes then any changes in environment, energy levels, stress or food can set off blood sugar ranges showing a graph pattern reflective of the mountains and valleys these present Olympic athletes participate in!

    My father, who struggled with diabetes for about 15 years, always kept a steady regimen. He did it because he knew it is the best way to keep balance. That took great discipline on his part, but it did pay off.

    The answer to the question of why blood glucose behavior is so dramatically varied on a practice day (couched in routine) versus a game day is stress.

    Any athlete, especially a diabetic one, must take into account the adrenaline, endorphins and other hormones which are naturally released with a maximum physical exertion. Most people aren’t able to relate to this, but it can happen in non-athletes, too, depending on the trigger.

    STRESS is a big factor in rampantly raging blood-sugar levels. It’s the adrenalin loop, and happens to executives at their desk, harassed grocery clerks and everyone in between.

    The encouraging news is that it is possible to manage all of these factors, even at the top-levels of sport. Just look at Kris Freeman, whom all of us are cheering on!

  • You hold the future in your hands, by the choices you make.
    ___ Move!
    ___ Eat in a healthy way (not what’s pushed by the American Diabetes Association which emphasizes too many grains and allows artificial sweeteners).
    ___ Learn stress reduction techniques and do them daily.
    ___ Value these enough to spend your (even limited) resources on them!
    ___ Hold yourself accountable to make good choices and follow-through.
    ___ Make your thoughts and surroundings a positive influence.
    ___ Laugh and enjoy your life.
    ___ Think beyond yourself.

    Please look at the other articles in my blog’s archive. I know there are many posts which will help you, Dear Reader. I hope to continue this blog for another year, at least, if the Divine makes it so.

    I wish all of you and yours well. Live in Hope and do Learn what you really need to make a difference in your Life. For many, cure is even possible, with the right knowledge and action.

    Best to all — Em

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    “Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

    At the moment my only daughter is in labor. I am trying to stay steady, but for diabetics, this is not always easy when emotionality is involved. So, among everything else, I am trying to remember to take care of me. Staying up most of last night won’t help that, unless I get some good naps today, and eat as close to regular timing as possible.

    Sooner or later we are all in these circumstances. The choices we make are what counts. But, that also applies to the Larger Picture. Most of us are over-weight to some degree, diabetic or not. However, it’s part of the nature of diabetes to cause obesity issues, as metabolism is awry.

    So, when we see evidence like The Biggest Loser that diabetes can really be turned around by weight-loss, it prompts us to start thinking.

    But, please remember:

    Firstly, the show is a game, and I think that undermines it. We’ve talked about this before. It shows the way, but in not enough detail. How valuable the online and CD resources are — I don’t know, but I believe they will be better than most. Both Bob and Jillian are now more familiar than most trainers are about working with over-weight, ill people, but the show FORCES too far, too soon, in my opinion.

    However, the value of a balanced regimen between aerobics and strengthening muscles really showed up in the shows finale last week, in Jerry and Estelle’s case. More on that at the end.

    Meanwhile, secondly, Helen won the prize, at 117 pounds, but she still had the midriff bulge that shows she’s still not down to her ideal weight, even after all that effort. Different body types have their first overload of fat in different places, and as she seems one of the same types as I am (Thyroid or a sub-set of it). I remember that first roll. She will need to pay attention, and at 48, her metabolism is a lot better than it had been, but only if she keeps exercising decently.

    For Mike and Tara and Kristin — 5 pounds made the difference between “winning” and “losing”. How absurd. They are all winners! But, what damage did the show’s dumb format do to their self-image, even subconsciously.

    It will still be a long journey for Kristin, and I sincerely wish her well. I think she can DO it!

    For Tara, she continues to need social network and support until she really is sure of the tremendous Power she has. Once she’s constantly connected, and leaves self-doubt behind, she’ll be able to live a charmed life. Just look how much she accomplished — winning just about every challenge. I admire her efforts very much.

    For Mike, I think taking responsibility for walking away from his father’s shadow is what is naturally part of his growth cycle, and before he heads off to college, I hope he really helps his younger, still-severely-obese brother, Max, get help. Become an advocate for local college resources to help your brother, if your family can’t afford a personal trainer for him. Enjoy your new body, but your life needs to be balanced, not just having body-image consume you. And, take the responsibility this summer, before you leave home, to learn how to cook properly and maintain proper portion control.

    Thirdly, there is not enough information to tell about the root causes of diabetes in any of these participants, but if you’ve read my articles long enough, you know that the acidic biochemistry of stress and wrong-food choice, leaves it very hard to get to the daily alkaline pH goal.

    Take the time to get a moderate exercise program started, after you get permission from your physician, and learn more about pH alkaline foods. Include both aerobic and strength-building approaches. Jerry may have won the at-home prize, but without the personal trainer’s guidance, just walking didn’t leave him (or Estelle) toned and with muscle-powerhouses to keep weight normalized in the future.

    Both Estelle and Jerry were kicked off first and second. They deserved more help than they received from the show. Their dedication, doing it all at home, should have been supported with the same knowledge given participants at the Ranch, so their results were the same firm bodies, for the same effort.

    Instead, they look older, and the skin is hanging off them. That’s not fair. It may have happened less, if they had not had the artificial deadline of the show’s final weigh-in, but it showed me that even a faithful, effective walking program did not produce a well-toned body, and underscores that fast weight-loss is not a good idea, and especially if muscle isn’t built all over one’s body!

    So, I hope the show inspired people, but I also hope it’s lessons or lack of lessons aren’t “lost” on the general public. I keep wondering when the show’s producers will do a better job. It shouldn’t just be about their getting money from advertising to fill their coffers. In a fair exchange, our time for their knowledge, it can be a win-win.

    The stakes are really high for the health of whole nations. Step up, Biggest Loser! Otherwise, I’ll be sure to NOT support ANY of your sponsors. How’s that for a deal.

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    “Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information”(TM)

    The cat is out of the bag about The Biggest Loser, backstage. Trainer Bob Harper answered many of the 65 questions posed to him about the show,  at the New York Times. TBL is one reality show which many overweight and obese people use as inspiration and to try to glean knowledge from, when they do not have money for a personal trainer. With the nation’s obesity rate rising to even new, extreme levels, and when many other countries, worldwide, rich and poor alike, are facing severe overweight, anything we can learn about this flagship, high-profile show is important. Is it realistic; is it setting reasonable goals? Is it detrimental, in the long run?

    As The Biggest Loser is in its 7th season (I’ve missed only one season — maybe #4, so I speak from my own opinion and experience with it too), they are taking on older and more massive, sick, people. So, I was especially interested when they showed just about all the contestants in physical rehab after daily sessions of  4 -6 hours of exercise in nearly 400 pound bodies.  Bob says they do 1 -2 hours of it as intense cardio exercise per day. This is the first time they have ever shown the physical daily toll.

    Massive physical therapy is needed apparently, and when injured, Bob says they still do low-impact water aerobics and chair weight work until well enough for more varied exercise.

    It appears that as they lose weight, then exercise time will increase, but with this biggest group, ever, that’s where they are starting.

    Interestingly, Bob says that at TBL, just as much time as exercise is spent re-educating the people about food and healthy food preparation! We KNOW that food is key, if you are a regular reader of this blog. Wrong foods undo right exercise (tm).

    Many participants do not cook or don’t know how to cook! And, in that sense, they are all too representative of current America. In 1965, the family chef (usually a woman, still) spent an average of 13 hours a week preparing food for the family. Now, we are lucky if ANYONE spends even 30 minutes a day!

    We just can’t be healthy with those priorities (or rather lack of priorities!).

    A current researcher even goes as far as to say:

    “Even if home cooking is of the fried-chicken-and-mashed-potatoes variety, it rarely produces extreme obesity, said Barry Popkin, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Almost any kind of cooking you can produce in a kitchen is healthier than fast food.” The decline of home cooking worldwide, he said, is an underlying cause of obesity.

    In that same time period, from 1965 to now, the percentage of women who are overweight has risen to about 65 percent from about 30 percent in the 1960s.

    The chef of The Biggest Loser cookbooks also says that 20 minutes of proper healthy food preparation in your home kitchen will save you 3 hours on a Stairmaster. So, make better choices about your food, period!

    Cooking at home and eating well is being perceived as much harder than just eating less. But, cooking at home really can be very time and health effective, and it holds the key to being able to truly satisfy hunger.  Because the food is healthier, you can have reasonable portions, and you can stage your eating into the “every four hours” scenario Bob suggests, while awake (as does Dr. Barry Sears, PhD of The Zone Diet system) to retune your metabolism and have your insulin and glucagon balance be better controlled.

    Bob Harper says that many of TBL participants arrive diabetic, and in the course of their physical training, losing weight, food re-education, they manage to get off medications for diabetes and often for other medical issues, too.  We highlighted that for 400+ pound Dan, at 19 years old, last week.  See link below.

    This also happened a few weeks ago for the Dad on the father-son team. When the Biggest Loser’s physician announced that, he stated, that even for a guy in his late 40’s or so, not only was he healthier, but at today’s costs, he’d save $176,000 just by no longer needing these drugs — and it would all be saved from his own pocket, for as we know, too many morbidly obese and diabetic people can’t get health coverage.

    What a difference to not have to pay $176,000 and know that you were now HEALTHIER than you ever were on the drugs. Lifestyle changes get to the root cause of these dis-eases, and have the only chance to cure them. Drugs never do. But, if you aren’t willing to make the exercise and eating changes, then you have only 2 choices: take the meds or die. Please choose life.

    Bob says the calorie amounts daily are personalized to each participant’s height, weight, age and gender. Bob stocks his team’s kitchen cupboards, and they spend a lot of time learning in the kitchen every day, even though this is NOT seen on television (what a pity!).

    They have to make all their own meals, when they are beat, injured, whatever. I think the team concept would help here; hopefully it does, anyway.  Everyone spends a great deal of time rehabbing old favorite re ipes to become healthier, learning new recipes and altogether new ways to shop, cook and eat. Guest chefs appear once in a while to really show more of what can be done; that’s an inspiration and an eye-opener, as many don’t even know what fresh vegetables are or what to do with them!

    As a vegetarian, Bob found that eventhough he had been in great shape, when he became vegetarian 3 years ago, he got even stronger and has better endurance now.  Unless he’s Blood Type O, then vegetarianism is productive, if it is not the fake-soy, heavy cheese and crunchy cereal version.

    If the foundation of any diet is pure spring water, then fresh vegetables (especially the leafy ones), then whole grains (cooked only as grains — not made from flours), then healthy oils, a bit of fruit and a moderate amount of protein a day,  that sets the stage for health.

    Remember, you must have carbohydrates for Health, but they are the food group you must be most careful about with your choices. Bob says that Atkins, low-carb diets will never be sustainable, and certainly not while doing heavy exercise. (I would say that may be possible to a great degree for Blood Type O, but even so,  fresh vegetables should still form the foundation of everyone’s diet).

    In his report, Bob says that these massively clinically obese people arrive addicted to junk-foods and to fast-foods. Part of his strategy is to break that cycle, because otherwise, the recetivism will be tremendous. As it is, several of the prior years’ participants have been chefs. They have sold their businesses. You do what you need to do to get your life turned around. For one, it worked; for the other, it didn’t.

    Looking at TBL site, digging deeply, I found out that many of the contestants (even the doctor, two seasons ago) re-gain about 40 – 50 pounds. I think this is too much of a bounce-back, and I would encourage anyone this large to never let themselves go beyond a 20 – 25 pound buffer zone. I don’t think it is reasonable to think that you can keep working out 4 – 6 hours a day, so knowledgeable food choice becomes even more imperative.

    I think we all need to realize that we must exercise and eat decently if we expect to regain and keep our Health. There are NO short-cuts; Bob emphasizes that. The past participants who stay in their target zone, varying no more than 10 pounds from what they achieved on the show, do so because they stay focused and committed. There are quite a few of them, and that shows that life-long change is possible, with determination and then acceptance of a new, healthier way to guide your life — respecting your body, mind and spirit — dealing with stress in more constructive ways.

    As far as artifically sweetened foods which are touted on the show, Bob gets no money from advertisers (but, I’m sure the show does). His rationale is that he is gradually changing their palates and reducing their cravings, but he says he would NEVER use artificially sweetened anything, himself, and neither do I.

    Over time, their body starts to get rid of the massive, toxic load they are harboring, mostly by sweating it out. Then, as they eat more fresh, healthy food, that and the metabolism kicking-in to burn up toxins, too, starts progress toward some better Health, not just weight-loss. And, Health should be the goal.

    To jump-start yourself, Bob suggests getting rid of all artificially-sweetened food, using no sodas of any kind, getting further and further away from eating fast foods (except for salads) and then MOVING – walk, walk, walk everywhere. Try to get your 10,000 steps a day built up (over time, maybe a month or more if you are very heavy).  Get a pedometer and use it to keep the step tally.

    Make sure to check your blood sugars if you change your activity level.

    Many people expressed the same frustration that I have with the show, and wanted to know if the rejected teams get any help after they are sent home. Many also said they did not feel this should have people being sent home. This and more concerns me too. There were a few bright spots.

    All participants still have access to the show’s physicians and their trainer — online or by phone — after they head home, before their season ends. The sponsor 24 Hour Fitness gives them a year’s free membership (but acknowledges that only works if a facility is nearby). As many of these people come from tiny communities, they end up being dependent on the goodness of their neighbors. Bob says many local trainers have stepped in to help them for free, once they have been eliminated from The Ranch.

    In one case, last season, the Physical Education coaches at the University of Michigan stepped in to help one of the moms, who was local for them, and she succeeded very well.

    The show also fails to offer psychological support (other than the layman type provided by Jillian and Bob), but for binge eaters, this would be essential, I think.  However, I also opine that far too many people think that obese people cannot control their food intake, and I think that is very inaccurate. Study after study shows that often obese people eat way less food than regular weight people, but their biochenistry is SO out of whack, that even that bit can make them balloon.

    Plus, many overweight people have a very efficient Thrifty Gene, which would have helped THEM to be the humans who survive. The skinny people sure won’t in times of famine.

    So, all in all its a delicate dance of genetics, metabolism, exercise,  food choice and amount. We know that. The show should help people learn what they are showing participants better, but as TBL has published cookbooks and the trainers have written their books, maybe that’s the better way to go to learn, if you have massive weight to lose. They also have exercise DVDs.

    For me, the show is there for inspiration and for warning. NEVER let yourself get into the terrible health bind these people did, because you see how HARD they have to work to undo it all.

    Best to all — Em

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    BOB’S RESPONSES: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/04/how-losers-lose/


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    “Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information! (TM)

    No longer needing his diabetes medication, The Biggest Loser’s heaviest-ever contestant, Dan, has shown that he can continue losing weight on his own, after leaving the ranch. Dan weighed in at way over 400 pounds, at 5 foot 8 inches tall, and at only 18 years old.

    Both he and David, his team member, are the only overweight people in their family, but the families did not seem, at least anymore, to be making food that would help them, or encouraging change. Maybe they had done this in past years, and become disillusioned that their sons would and could ever change, but I hope they are behind them 1000%, now. Both boys have proven they ARE willing to do what needs to be done to regain their health.

    Now, at 19, after about 6 weeks or so with Jillian as his trainer, Dan had lost 60 pounds and then continued to lose another 40+ pounds so far, on his own. Dan hopes to be The Biggest Loser in the show’s history, and as he started out as the heaviest, that’s a possible outcome. It is absolutely wonderful that his body is healing and that he no longer needs his diabetes medication.

    It has been heart-warming to see this young man transform his life. He has:
    —  put aside the mindless, ignorant eating patterns
    — learned to cook, as his family didn’t eat the way he needed to
    — realized that he CAN do more in life as long as he MOVES.

    Knowing he can’t sit on the couch and watch everyone else live their lives, when he doesn’t have one worth living, has impelled Dan (and finally, David) to grab for their star!

    Already losing 1/4 of his body, Dan is beginning to look like he’s going to make it, as long as he keeps control, keeps focus and wants all the things that life CAN offer him — a girlfriend, a wife, children, fun, challenges he aims for.

    He’s renewing himself, and if he can, we can. He started out with about 300 pounds to lose, after all. Most of us don’t have that challenge.

    So, hear it best from Dan himself, and use the video for your own motivation!

    How Dan Transforms His Life!

     Bravo! to all who try. Just try! Do it for yourself. Respect yourself. Learn that only YOU can make the change.

    Best to all — Em

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