How to Stop Eating by Experiencing Enough

Do you ever have the sense that you just can't quit eating? That there is never enough? That you are a bottomless pit? These experiences are an opportunity to look deeper, to find out what may be going on behind it.

10 Natural Foods That Should Be Included in Your Diet

As we get ready to bid our goodbyes to 2015 and close in on 2016, it is becoming increasingly clear - eating healthy should not be complicated. If good health is your desire, there is no getting around your diet.

Healthy Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones

Eating healthy and following a healthy lifestyle is a priority for many of us.

Best Diets (Ranked)

Despite the claims of an overwhelming number of diets, it is not surprising that when they are tried and found wanting, there is no choice but to eat what mother nature serves you.

Weight Loss - It's in Your Head

When you truly consider the weight-loss process, the battle waged is mostly in your mind.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Taking a Toddler's Blood Pressure

I'll describe both before I get into the why and how bits. Sapphire Samurai is a 21 year old Balinese cat. Being at that age, which is positively ancient for a cat, requires special handling. This includes taking his blood pressure at each visit.
I have to say I was skeptical. That vet's office has handled our animals since 1981. They know the cat.
It took three of us. It's taken on the tail and it is a very small cuff. As you might understand there was some human blood shed... mostly mine.
The toddler blood pressure idea made me just as skeptical. This is in part because I am not particularly impressed with the care at that office. Our granddaughter was not impressed nor was she pleased. She can shriek loud enough to damage hearing and did so.
The above information may help you if you face a time when a toddler near and dear to your heart needs checked. There are some very good reasons for it.
Why: The child had required an emergency breathing treatment. That treatment causes the heart rate to soar and the blood pressure right along with it. It is frightening to see a small child's pulse at 174/minute.
There are other reasons. Some disorders start young and cause problems with the numbers, both too low and too high. Obesity can start the process early. In these cases doctors often want to start as early age-wise as possible in order to have a baseline.
How: The process is the same. Managing to do it is not. It's best to have a short sleeved shirt on to dispense with the fight to roll the sleeves up. You may have to hold the child still. In fact, it may take one person to hold the arm, one to hold the child and one to do the test.
Problem: An agitated child will have a higher set of numbers than a calm child. If you know things that will help keep the child calm and amused by all means bring them. The medical assistant will bless you for it.
If you do see numbers that seem inappropriate ask the doctor to explain them to you. It may be a temporary problem like ours with the rescue inhaler. It could also be a sign of something much worse. Dealing with an unhappy toddler is far better than dealing with an illness that could have been prevented.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

During the holiday season, most people attend a lot of dinner parties or have family and friends over for get-togethers to celebrate. But what you must remember is how to stay smart during meals and snack times to prevent any weight gain. There are three easy steps you must follow to remain healthy during the holidays. The following three steps are simple recommendations to continue looking and feeling good while enjoying time with those you love during the holidays.
1. Drink plenty of water.
If you drink a cup of water before meals and snacks, you will be less likely to eat as much. Drink at least half of your body weight in water throughout the day. This will not only prevent you from becoming dehydrated, but will make you feel more full, so you will not eat as much. Drinking plenty of water will also cleanse excess salts and other impurities, such as alcohol, from your body's systems, thereby preventing bloating and swelling of your joints and extremities.
2. Remember a serving size is your hand full.
When it is time to serve yourself, only put a hand full of your favorite entrees and desserts on your plate. Do not overindulge with multiple scoops of food because this will lead to overconsumption and additional calories that will lead to excess pounds on the scale. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also safe suggestions to eat, but also remember less is more. You do not have to fill your plate with food to enjoy time with your loved ones.
3. Exercise daily.
You should do at least thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day. Muscle strengthening exercises are also recommended while working abdominal muscles daily, but you should alternate working your other different muscle groups every other day, too. For instance, you should jog thirty minutes every day and do crunches and planks to strengthen your core and abdominal muscles daily, but you should alternate doing arm exercises Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and do leg exercises Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
By following these simple three steps, you should surely maintain your healthy weight during the holidays and maybe even shed some pounds. These are basic recommendations that will keep your weight down and heart healthy. Enjoy your time with your family and friends, but remember to think smart while eating and drinking during the holidays to prolong those precious moments for future years to come.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Resolutions for Higher Fitness - Let's See Them Materialize

Did you know that when we make New Year resolutions, nearly 70% of these pertain to achieving higher fitness levels? Most of us strive to achieve higher fitness levels. Wake up in the morning, go jogging, and maybe reduce sugar in the diet.
But often it's all to no avail. This comes with disappointments, one may occasionally feel down, but life goes on.
There are some secrets to weight loss which are simple, but many of us might not know about the same.
Weight loss often has a lot to do with metabolism. Metabolism, in a very scientific way is the rate at which the body burns, or metabolizes food such that it can be used for producing energy.
If the body metabolizes food at just the right rate, it makes sure that an individual is fitter. One could say that if the rate of metabolism is high, one is more energetic. And that's because the food converts faster into energy, so one has the energy to do more.
However, if one's rate of metabolism is slower, one might cease to feel energetic, even if one eats well. In this scenario, the food does not convert to energy in entirety, and the body makes a switchover from food to energy conversion mechanism to a food to fat conversion mechanism.
So the food that an individual eats is stored as fat in the body. This leads to obesity, and in some situations, may even account for the numerous disorders associated with obesity.
A factor very often linked with an individual's rate of metabolism is the muscle mass one has in the body. If one has higher muscle mass in the body, the body is empowered to burn more calories in less time, or with less effort, and vice versa.
We should consider some very simple examples to explain this concept.
If two people, one who has more muscle mass as compared to another, together walk a mile, the one who has more muscle mass, would burn more calories in the distance covered.
This is very similar to the scenario where one covers a mile in a Ferrari or in one of the cars with a lower power engines, such as a Fiat. In the same distance covered, a Ferrari would consume more fuel, for the very simple reason that it has a higher horsepower.
While one is trying to lose weight, an equally important way to go about the same is by making sure that one maintains a right diet. So if one is able to ensure that
- One limits the consumption of calories
- But one stays fit and supple, even while one limits the consumption of calories,
It could be the finest ways to lose weight, entirely by focusing on one's diet.
In this regard, consumption of herbal based products can help one lose weight, because when one consumes herbal products, the body stays supple. So one finds the energy for one's everyday tasks, and one does not feel the desire to iteratively go for high calorie or sugary foods.

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Positivity Is the Key to Sustainable Weight Loss

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, catching up with family and friends. Hopefully you are rested and recharged ready for a fantastic 2016 full of joy and possibilities.
I'm sure most of you would have made New Year's resolutions and have set some exciting goals. However, often people set goals or resolutions around health and well-being that are based on negativity, deprivation and restriction. These are never sustainable long term as we generally force ourselves to do something we don't want to do simply because we think we "should".
If we need to lose weight or get fitter and we "make" ourselves eat less and exercise more we begin to resent it. We either start to crave what we shouldn't have, overdo the exercise and get injured or simply don't do it because we are not enjoying it.
For a sustainable change to happen, I believe we need to simply be mindful of our negative habits around our health and find some positive ways to make the changes required. If we enjoy doing it, we will feel empowered to keep it up. This starts by simply listening to what our body is telling us so we can tune into its natural instincts.
Our body knows when it needs nourishment and when it has had enough, however a lot of us have simply stopped listening to it. A great analogy of this is when you are filling up your car with petrol and when it's full you simply stop otherwise it would just keep spilling over and over. So why do we keep giving our body more food when we know it's had enough? I believe it is because we use food for comfort instead of the physical need of hunger and we tune out to the feeling of fullness because the food is serving a greater need at the time.
I have been eating "naturally" (mindfully) now for 20 years. What that means is I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am satisfied. I eat exactly what I want and I stop when I have physically had enough. I am able to do this easily as I no longer use food for comfort. All the steps are positive and empowering and I do other things that give me pleasure in those moments when I need comfort.
I had also eaten negatively for 20 years and tried all sorts of diet programs and excessive exercise regimes. But none of them worked because they were all negative, based on deprivation and restriction. Natural Eating works long term because it is positive. I eat small amounts regularly which gives me joy, satisfaction and energy. In turn this enables me to exercise in a way that I enjoy because it gives me pleasure, not because I have to.
If you want to make positive sustainable changes around your health and well-being this year, I encourage you to eat naturally, which is simply learning to tune back into your body's natural instincts.
Prior to discovering Natural Eating in 1996, I'd had food and weight related issues for over 20 years. Through combining Natural Eating with Personal Development, I have maintained a healthy and natural weight ever since. I now run my own business, Nourish 'N Nurture, teaching people how to develop a healthy relationship with food.

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Simple Ways to Improve Your Glucose Levels

How to Help Control Your Glucose Levels Naturally
My Dad was a diabetic for 43 years. I watched as he struggled many times to keep his glucose levels in a safe range. I saw how diabetes begin to destroy his body. I have had a pre-diabetic condition for 11 years. For the past year I have really focused on how to control my glucose levels so that I can avoid diabetes. My Step-dad has had diabetes for a few years but has found a way to greatly improve is glucose levels. This is what I have learned.
Find the Right Diet
When a person has diabetes or a pre-diabetic condition it is imperative that they find a healthy diet. My step-dad was able to lose over 75 pounds. As he lost weight his glucose levels went down. It is important to get to a healthy weight. He drastically changed his diet, or way of eating lifestyle, that also worked in lowering his glucose. 
The diet that he is using eliminates sugar, processed flour and includes high carbs separate from high fats. Stevia, a natural sweetener, is a great replacement for sugar. It takes about half the amount of stevia to get the same sweetness as sugar and there is not the "high" that can come from sugar. Also, do not skip meals. In fact, eat several small meals a day in order to keep your blood sugar levels even. Eating consistent meals will help keep your glucose from going high as your liver disperses sugar or from your levels going to low as your insulin kicks in.
Take Time to Exercise
It is important that you take time each day to exercise. Take a 30-minute walk in order to help burn off excess sugar. Not only will it help burn off sugar but it will improve circulation, which is vital for diabetics. It does not need to be strenuous exercise to be effective.
Proper Nutrition is Key
It is important that a diabetic gets the proper nutrition. The longer a person lives with diabetes the more complications that can arise. One way to combat many of those complications is to get the proper nutrition. There are glucose control products that will give you a tasty snack that have ingredients that help stabilize your blood sugar. Getting enough fiber is also a great way to control glucose because fiber will grab hold of excess sugar and remove it from your body. There are also vitamins that will control your glucose levels.
Get Enough Sleep
It is very important to make sure that you get enough sleep every night. While you are sleeping different hormones are released that actually help with glucose control, cravings and hunger. As little as one night of sleep deprivation can affect your body's sensitivity to insulin. Set a regular routine for sleep and stick to it.
These are some things that we have done to help control our blood sugar levels. We have found a great diet, exercise and use products that help control our glucose levels. For more information on these products click here.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

5 Ways To Stop Neuropathy Pain

If you have diabetes, chances are you feet hurt. Neuropathy is a common side effect. Just like your ability to reverse diabetes, you have the ability to reverse neuropathy. It's not easy. It takes time, dedication, and a strict policy to make sure you don't cause any further damage.
Neuorpathy is a side effect of diabetes. The nerve cells in our bodies are extremely vulnerable to sugar. Sugar is a poison to nerve cells. It strips the nerves of the myelin sheath that protects the nerves. Without this sheath, the nerves are exposed to any and all toxins or oxidative effects in the body. That's why it hurts.
When you make the choice to get rid of your diabetes and neuropathy, then you can start making the changes that really matter.
  1. Stop eating sugar - The sugars and excessive insulin damage nerve cells. The first part of repair is to stop the damage. Avoid any processed food, sugary snack, or starchy foods, like breads, pastas, and white potatoes.

  2. Hydrate - You can't flush out toxins without water. You increase your damage by not drinking. Allow your blood and lymph to move properly by drinking water. You'll find many issues disappearing just by drinking more. Oh, and soda, alcohol, juices, and coffees don't count as water.

  3. Eat nerve healing foods - Peppers, mushrooms, onion, garlic, and leafy greens all contain many nutrients that help our body heal. They are low-carb, so you can eat lots of them. The rich phytonutrients that you can't find in supplements or boxed foods helps reverse damage and prevent dangerous diseases, like cancer.

  4. Eat nerve healing herbs - Many herbs do wonders for helping us heal. Turmeric, ginger, and garlic are all herbs known to help healing. Don't waste your money on expensive supplements, they rarely work. Stick to the whole food and you'll get all the health benefits.

  5. Exercise! You have got to move and be on your feet if you are going to heal the damage. Start with a few minutes of gentle walking, then add more and more as your body repairs itself.
Up until the moment we die, we have the ability to heal. Getting old is inevitable. Getting feeble is a choice.
All of these tips can be used for anyone at risk of having diabetes and/or neuropathy. They can prevent damage from ever occurring.
Of course, if you go back to doing what caused the original damage (eating too much sugar), your body will go back to being in pain and disease.
Christina Major is the Naturopathic Doctor and Holistic Nutritionist of Crystal Holistic Health Consulting. Crystal Holistic Health helps people, especially women, who have Type II Diabetes, High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure lower their numbers, get off medication and increase their energy so they can save money, take back control of their lives and improve the health and happiness of their families. 

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Is Snacking Needed for Your Good Health

If you're like the majority of people, you need no introduction to snacking. You know what it is, and it's probably something you currently do on a daily basis. For simplicity, let's assume snacking refers to the act of eating between meals - whether it's something healthy or not.
It's true you can make either right or wrong food choices when it comes to your meals. If you're a Type 2 diabetic or someone seeking to improve your general health by losing weight, you need to understand this more than anyone else. The foods that make up your eating plan will either make or break your weight loss plans. Eat healthily and you will be healthy. Eat poorly and - your gut instinct tells you what to expect.
When you look at someone who is overweight, do you automatically assume they lead an unhealthy lifestyle? One thing for sure if they led a healthy way of life, one that was under control they more than likely would not be overweight. The same principle applies to many Type 2 diabetics. Many eat poorly, mistreat their body and take their well-being for granted. As harsh as this may sound, sometimes the truth can be hard to swallow.
Snacking, for instance, is one unfortunate habit that very often underlies weight gain and helps lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes.
To play devil's advocate, let's consider for a moment if there are any benefits to snacking. Think about it. Can you come up with any solid reasons why you should have snacks between your meals every day? Even if you're well-versed on the matter, you're going to struggle to formulate an argument that supports snacking for better health.
One argument you may be familiar with is in regards to metabolism, and the supposed advantages of eating small, more frequent meals daily. This false notion has been around for some time now and yet, obesity and Type 2 diabetes have only increased among the general population.
The fact of the matter is... when you eat fewer meals daily, and when you eliminate snacking from your regime - you end up eating less food. You will also feel fewer hunger pangs as you go about your day. When you don't eat meals with snacks between them, your body learns to expect food at the appropriate meal times.
Moreover, it's important to note snacking isn't always bad. A fruit or a small handful of mixed nuts may even enhance your diet. For the time being, however, quit snacking between your meals. Rewire your eating plan mentality.
Only once you free yourself from this dependence should you start to incorporate healthy snacks into your eating plan.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Complications in Pregnancy Leading to Gestational Diabetes

In October 2015, PLOS ONE, the online journal, reported abnormal blood fats and low HDL or "good" cholesterol, are linked with Gestational or pregnancy-related diabetes. Preeclampsia, a dangerous condition that includes high blood pressure during pregnancy has also been related to abnormal fats and cholesterol.
Scientists at Soroka University Medical Center and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, compared blood fat and cholesterol in 27,721 pregnancies. Over 3,000 developed diabetes or preeclampsia during their pregnancy...
  • pregnant mothers with high blood fats were 61 percent more likely to develop either Gestational diabetes or preeclampsia than pregnant women with normal blood fats.
  • pregnant mothers with low HDL had a 33 percent higher risk.
  • women with both high blood fats and low HDL had more than twice the risk of developing diabetes during their pregnancy, and/or preeclampsia.
From these results, it was recommend looking at blood fats and cholesterol for women of childbearing age.
Complications Associated with Assisted Reproductive Technology. Assisted reproductive technology has helped many people to have children, but it's been suggested this technology should be approached with caution.
According to the results of a study published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility in October 2015, assisted reproductive technology can make for high-risk pregnancies. Scientists at Central South University in Hunan, China, combined studies on the subject and analysed them as if they were one large study.
Pregnancies from assisted technology were at high risk for...
  • Gestational diabetes,
  • high blood pressure diagnosed during pregnancy,
  • placenta implanted in the wrong section of the uterus,
  • bleeding before delivery,
  • unusual bleeding after delivery,
  • too much or too little water in the baby's sac,
  • premature birth,
  • low birthweight,
  • the death of the baby, or
  • birth defects.
Mothers using assisted reproductive technology should be observed carefully for signs or symptoms of any complications. Mothers changing their Obstetrician should be sure to mention utilization of the method.
Do Parasite Infections Affect Blood Sugar Levels in Pregnant Women? In September 2015, the medical journal Folia Parasitologica published an article linking the parasite Toxoplasmosis gondii with Gestational diabetes. Investigators at Prague University in the Czech Republic compared blood sugar levels in pregnant women with and without the infection...
  • women with toxoplasmosis had higher blood sugar levels than uninfected women.
  • among infected women, 29.5 percent had developed diabetes during their pregnancy.
To put it another way, infected women had a 78 percent higher risk of developing Gestational diabetes than uninfected women.
Toxoplasmosis is one of the world's most common parasitic infections. People with healthy immune systems usually have no signs or symptoms. It can be treated, so pregnant women should consider being testing for the parasite.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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Why You Still Need To Exercise As Well As Follow A Healthy Eating Plan

If your doctor has told you your blood pressure reading is high and your blood sugar is above normal, you probably have the metabolic syndrome. This term refers to a grouping of risk factors for heart disease, including...
  • Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes,
  • abdominal obesity,
  • high blood pressure, and
  • high triglycerides.
According to a report published in the Journal of Women's Health in September 2015, metabolic syndrome becomes more common in women during the years post-menopause.
Researchers at Shandong University and several other institutions in China found ten or more years after women experienced menopause, the more likely they were to develop metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, the cause of Type 2 diabetes. A total of 790 pre-menopausal and 3646 post-menopausal women between 40 and 80 years of age were included in the research...
  • women 10 to 14 years post-menopause were more than twice as likely to have the metabolic syndrome as those less than 10 years post-menopause.
  • they also were more likely to have high blood fats, high blood sugar, and high LDL, or unhealthy cholesterol.
  • women more than 15 years after menopause had the highest risk of belly fat.
Should estradiol be given post-menopause? According to work reported on in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in October 2015, the drug estradiol is helpful in preventing Type 2 diabetes in women if given in the first 6 years after they have gone through menopause. Researchers at the University of Colorado in Aurora, United States, were given estradiol for one week...
  • women with 6 or fewer years since experiencing menopause improved their ability to clear blood sugar.
  • women at least 10 years after menopause lowered their ability to clear blood sugar after a week of estradiol treatment.
From the above results, it was suggested estradiol might act upon insulin to change its level of effectiveness. This is something post-menopausal women should consider and discuss with their physicians. Estradiol is a hormone used as replacement therapy for post-menopausal women, to avoid hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Is bone density loss connected to Type 2 diabetes or menopause? Post-menopausal women often lose bone density, but fortunately Type 2 diabetes is not linked with a bone mineral loss according to a report in the journal Menopause in October 2015. Researchers at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran compared 110 post-menopausal women and found those with and without Type 2 diabetes had the same degree of bone mineral loss.
Is a Type 2 diabetic woman's ability to use oxygen lowered during exercise? In September 2015, the American Journal of Physiology reported on a study showing Type 2 diabetes, but not menopause, lowered a woman's ability to use oxygen during exercise. Investigators at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and several other institutions tested twenty-two Type 2 diabetic women during exercise. While cycling, these women scored lower than non-diabetic women in oxygen utilization. Pre-menopausal and menopausal women produced similar readings in both groups.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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Are You Overestimating The Level of Your Health

One cost, many if not most adults pay at some point in their lives is in regards to the consequences of overestimating the state of their health. In particular, the components that together constitutes health as a whole.
When you overestimate something, you take it for granted. There is always a price with complacency.
When you overestimate the level of your health, you invite the incidence of disease. You welcome debilitating illnesses by exposing yourself to them. Such is the case with obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancers we know are triggered by preventable risk factors: smoking, for instance.
Let's focus on Type 2 diabetes, and how you can become a diabetic by overestimating your health...
First, let's quickly discuss what it means to exaggerate the state of your health in the first place. What are some of the indicators you are guilty of this behavior?
For starters, the quality of your eating plan and nutrition are an area where you can overestimate, perhaps as often as on a daily basis. If you think you can eat anything you want without any repercussions in the future. If you believe you can eat the portion sizes you desire and evade bodily harm - and despite all of this, still maintain a lean and most importantly, healthy body - think again.
We don't blame you, as it's not entirely your fault. Modern advertising has us believe we can and should eat everything we choose to and still look like the individual showcasing supposedly "healthy" food products or supplements.
There's a good chance you also overestimate your body's ability to manage the foods you continually take in. Carbohydrates are not inherently evil - but they might as well be an enemy of your eating plan if you happen to be regularly and excessively consuming them.
We haven't even mentioned physical activity yet. Your body requires exercise. If you believe you don't need to exercise at least three times a week in dedicated intervals to maintain your health, you're overestimating your health. Especially when it comes to your body's ability to prevent and manage illnesses and retain its well-being.
Don't overestimate your state of health by underestimating what your body needs to achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being.
Think about that one for a second. Use complacency as an excuse, and your health will be paying a steep price. Type 2 diabetes does not develop overnight. Long before a person is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the stage is being set.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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