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Don’t Treat Thirst with Food

Posted on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

According to the famous physician Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, “you are not just what you eat, you are what you drink.”  Water is crucial to our health, and most of us live in a chronic state of mild dehydration that is contributing to the diseases we suffer from.  According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, water prevents and helps cure heartburn; it helps prevent and cures rheumatoid arthritis.  Water shortage is implicated in back pain, angina, migraines, colitis, asthma, high blood pressure, obesity and adult-onset diabetes, and high cholesterol.  Sometimes we interpret our bodies thirst signals as being hungry, when in actuality what we really need is to be properly hydrated.  Water isn’t the magic bullet — we still need to make healthy food choices and get the right amount of vigorous exercise.  But failing to be properly hydrated can end up being a very costly proposition that could have been easily avoided with 64 ounces a day.

Stop Diet Sabotage at the Restaurant

Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Let’s face it — most of us eat out regularly — and it shows!  From fast food chains to higher end restaurants, there are plenty of opportunities to make poor nutritional decisions when we eat out.  Let’s start with fast food.  In general, we should avoid fast food because for many chains, even the salads aren’t very healthy.  The exception to this is the golden arches, whose salads tend to be good choices, especially if you skip the breading on the chicken and go easy on the salad dressing.  Moving on to theme restaurants or family style — just say “no” to the bread basket.  Made from refined flours, most breads are simply going to cause a blood sugar spike, make you temporarily too full to eat your meat and veggies, and then leave you feeling tired and hungry later.  Watch out for cream sauces and fried foods.  Go lightly on the rice pilaf — it’s probably made from white rice.  If you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, that is fine — but keep in mind that alcohol tends to cause us to release our inhibitions and say yes to that gooey chocolate dessert.

Effective Exercise For Long-Term Success

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Any exercise is better than no exercise at all.  Even a stroll is better than staying on the couch all the time.  But if your goal is to keep the pounds off without starvation, vigorous exercise is your magic pill!  Our bodies were created for hard work, and they respond well accordingly with good health and strength.  So what are the elements of an effective exercise plan?  Aerobic activity, resistance training, and stretching are three key components to a well-rounded plan.  Effective weight maintainers tend to exercise a minimum of 45 minutes a day.  While this might seem like a daunting task, anything that becomes habit will eventually just be a normal part of your day.  For many regular exercises, working out first thing in the morning is very effective because the busyness of life doesn’t get in the way.  Mix it up a bit — try step aerobics one day, interval training with weights the next day, and a spin class next.  Alternating between weight training and aerobics is a great way to avoid overuse injuries.  Don’t forget to stretch every day after your workout!