Copyright 2006 Donovan BaldwinWhat is a diet? Does a diet really help you lose weight? Are they healthy? Why would anyone want to go on one?These are questions that almost everybody is asking these days.First of all, despite my normal advice against "diets", I do have to admit that in some circumstances, for some people, they can help a person's weight loss program. Let me explain a couple of things, however.People today get confused when they hear the word "diet". They usually think that it always applies to some special plan of eating which is intended to help people lose weight. This isn't always so, and there was a time when the word was simply used to indicate a list of what a person ate. Scholars would, and still do, talk about the "diet" of a tribe, nation, or cultural group. Doctors would prepare a list of foods intended to accomplish some goal other than "weight loss" , and the word would be applied to that list of foods. Heck, I was placed on one as a small child in order to determine what food might be causing an allergy I had at the time.Today the word has come to mean a special list of foods you can or cannot eat if you wish to lose weight. Many of these have achieved almost mystical status and many have their own followings. Just witness how far the Atkins and South Beach Diets have extended themselves in our society.Before Dr. Atkins came along and South Beach was discovered, I am sure you remember such exciting diets as those centered around specific foods which practically guaranteed weight loss success. You could eat grapefruit, cabbage soup, or you could enjoy the promised effects of the negative calorie diet. Most have these have faded away for three basic reasons:1. People got tired of eating the same thing meal after meal.2. They were unrealistic in their expectations. How could you get cabbage soup when on vacation, or at a business luncheon.3. Most of the time, they simply didn't work.While "going on a diet" for a short period may produce a small loss for some people, dieting is simply not the answer to a lifelong weight loss problem. If you are just a few pounds overweight and want to drop a few dress sizes by the wedding in two weeks, a diet just might do the trick, and, for that short time, you will probably be able to stick with it as long as you keep your goal in sight.The downside of a diet is threefold:* The effects are not permanent or life changing* It does not contribute to health and vitality* It may actually contribute to weight gainI have covered these subjects in more depth in other articles I have written, and, because of limited space, I will just provide a quick overview of these topics.Most people will not stay on a diet for a myriad of reasons, and it normally cannot be adapted to a new style of eating - a lifestyle change. Admittedly, some people have hereditary or genetic situations that they cannot overcome, but which cause them to become overweight. However, for anyone, at least a portion of what made someone overweight is a part of their life choices, and it is these choices which must be changed in order for permanent weight loss to occur.Limiting nutritional intake or restricting one's access to a wide selection of nutritional options, such as in the grapefruit or cabbage soup diet, also limits the individual's access to nutrients necessary to normal health. Eating some foods, or types of foods, in excess may contribute to other health problems in some people.Our bodies have been designed to operate and react in certain ways, and this includes how they react and function when changes occur in our diet. One of the effects of a failed attempt is that the body may actually put back on more weight than it originally had to contend with, and may even continue to gain over a prolonged period of time following coming off the program.True, permanent weight loss for health and fitness hinges on three central points:* Regular physical activity* Periods of rest* A sensible dietDiet if you must, but realize that for your health and for permanent weight loss, you must do more. One last point. If you do choose to go on a diet, please take a daily multivitamin to help replace the nutrients you are missing.
Everyone needs protein for a healthy body and for muscle growth. In fact people who go the gym need a reliable protein supplement before or after exercise. There are hundreds of protein supplements available in the market today but Fresh Start is the first specifically created for the lap band, bariatric, and gastric bypass patient.The product was invented by a well known lap band surgeon after several years of research. The result was a protein supplement that is perfect for lap band and bariatric patients. Fresh Start is available in Blueberry flavor. Everyone agrees the product tastes great. The product is highly recommended after gastric bypass or bariatric surgery. As the name suggests, Fresh Start helps you make a Fresh Start on your new life. Along with protein, the product also contains Vitamin B for and energy boost. In addition to the gastric bypass, the product is also widely used by lap band patients.The case of twelve 2.8 fl. Oz. bottles of Fresh Start costs about $36 and you can order it directly from Freshstartprotein. The product is highly recommended by doctors as it provides instant energy to the patient after the surgery. Fresh Start can also be consumed by anyone wishing to boost his strength and stamina. As mentioned before, people have fallen in love with the taste of Fresh Start, though it is available only in Blackberry flavor currently. Freshstartprotein will soon come out with two new flavors which are Orange Creamsicle and Fruit Punch. Soon people will have more choice when it comes to having the best tastting protein supplement in the world. The product is specially recommended by doctors for pre operation as well as post operation lap band, bariatric, and gastric bypass procedures. The formulation of the product promotes the healing process. Fresh Start is also recommended by dieticians to maintain proper weight. You can simply order the product by adding it to your shopping cart and paying online for it. Once you pay for the product, your order will be processed and the product will be delivered to your house within a few days. Fresh Start does not have any side effects and can be consumed by anyone. It is in fact one of the safest products available in the market today. Hence if you are looking for a bariatric, lap band, or a gastric bypass protein supplement then you should definitely try a Fresh Start.
Many people have heard and seen the many advertisements about tea and its various cures and benefits. Along with weight loss, cancer fighting, and other cellular benefits curing Headaches and Migraines while reducing stress is among the top advertised. But when I see these ads, I think Why ? After drinking tea for a while, including Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Rooibos, Lemongrass, and a wide listing of organic herbal blends, I have found that I dont really know if I am fighting cancer inside my body. But I do know that tea can greatly help me to balance out a stressful time, and help get rid of and prevent headaches.Simply drinking tea, especially some of the herbal blends specifically mixed for the occasion, can help with headaches, and you will receive all other benefits from the actual tea itself. But only drinking the tea in itself will not allow you to fully maximize all the potential, especially in regards to headaches and migraines. Because not always, but sometimes, drinking tea is about Drinking Tea. I drink tea all day long. Cup after cup (Thank you, Tea Stand) I drink with no sense of traditional practice, or religious afterthought. I just drink it. But when I have a headache (from stress, sinus headache, caffeine, or many other reasons), just drinking tea isnt always best. That is when my tradition comes out.I dont use special pots, or time honored traditions. There is nothing wrong with them, but I rarely have time for that, and growing up in the United States, there are no time honored tea drinking traditions. I always used tea bags (low quality as they were my only option, and didnt know any better).So now, even though I am closer to tradition, I still do not have time for this. My Headache/Stress tea drinking practice takes less than five minutes. Usually, that is all the time I have (which is mostly why I have the headache in the first place). I begin with the double chamber gourmet tea bag. High quality loose tea, easy to use tea bag, reusable; three of the reasons why. I rough it up a little to make the tea inside spread out, and then I put the bag into my mug. With the tea bag ready I pour steaming hot water over it. A little bit too hot to drink. When the cup is full, I bob the tea bag in and out of the water for a minute or so, and let it site for a minute (maybe, depending on how strong I want the tea, how many times have I used the tea bag already, etc.) When letting the tea bag sit, I wrap the string around the mug handle and anchoring it with the bead at the end. After the tea is ready, I take the tea bag out of the cup, and hang it on my tea stand. With green teas and Oolong teas, this is especially important. If you leave the tea bag in the cup too long it can get very bitter. Now that my tea is ready ( a process which took maybe two minutes) I am ready to relieve myself from this nagging headache. With the cup still steaming, I cup my hands around the mug and slowly breath in the steam. Slow, deep breathes. I do this three to five times, or until the tea has cooled down a little so that I can begin drinking it. It is still hot, but I wont burn my tongue or lips if I drink it. Then I take small slurping sips. The hot water is important not only for the steam but also for these first few sips. The hot water slows down your drinking, and also helps to clear out your head. After a couple minutes of this I am generally feeling better. Maybe this 5 minute practice is loosely based on tradition, and doesnt sound too complicated, but it helps me. I am sure that all in this hectic world can appreciate 5 minutes where life is slowed down and especially a tradition that is fast, easy, and that really helps to get alleviate lifes little inconveniences; headaches, migraines, and stress.
What is creatine?Creatine is an amino acid (amino acids are the building blocks of protein) which is made in the body by the liver and kidneys, and is derived from the diet through meat and animal products. Creatine (creatine monohydrate) is a colorless, crystalline substance used in muscle tissue for the production of phosphocreatine, an important factor in the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the source of energy for muscle contraction and many other functions in the body.What does creatine normally do in the body?In the body, creatine is changed into a molecule called "phosphocreatine" which serves as a storage reservoir for quick energy. Phosphocreatine is especially important in tissues such as the voluntary muscles and the nervous system which periodically require large amounts of energy.Why do athletes take creatine?Studies have shown that creatine can increase the performance of athletes in activities that require quick bursts of energy, such as sprinting, and can help athletes to recover faster after expending bursts of energy. Creatine is best for the serious bodybuilder. It helps increase muscle mass, rather than muscle endurance, so its not well suited for athletes participating in endurance activities. However, the increase in muscle mass may be due to water retention and not an increase in muscle tissue.Why have I been hearing so much about creatine and neuromuscular disorders?Two scientific studies have indicated that creatine may be beneficial for neuromuscular disorders. First, a study by MDA-funded researcher M. Flint Beal of Cornell University Medical Center demonstrated that creatine was twice as effective as the prescription drug riluzole in extending the lives of mice with the degenerative neural disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease). Second, a study by Canadian researchers Mark Tarnopolsky and Joan Martin of McMaster University Medical Center in Ontario found that creatine can cause modest increases in strength in people with a variety of neuromuscular disorders. Beal's work was published in the March 1999 issue of Nature Neuroscience and the second paper was published in the March 1999 issue of Neurology.I want to start taking creatine -- is it safe?For the most part, athletes haven't experienced adverse side-effects from taking creatine, although recently there have been a few reports of kidney damage linked to creatine usage. No consistent toxicity has been reported in studies of creatine supplementation. Dehydration has also been reported to be a problem while taking creatine.Athletes generally take a "loading dose" of 20 grams of creatine a day for five or six days, then continue with a "maintenance dose" of 2 to 5 grams of creatine a day thereafter.What are the side effects?Little is known about long-term side effects of creatine, but no consistent toxicity has been reported in studies of "creatine supplement" ation. In a study of side effects of creatine, diarrhea was the most commonly reported adverse effect of creatine supplementation, followed by muscle cramping.18 Some reports showed that kidney, liver, and blood functions were not affected by short-term higher amounts or long-term lower amounts of creatine supplementation in healthy young adults. In a small study of people taking 530 grams per day, no change in kidney function appeared after up to five years of supplementation. Muscle cramping after creatine supplementation has been anecdotally reported in some studies.Benefits increases athletic performance increases muscle mass beneficial for muscular disorders
Are you letting the best health foods escape you? Did you know that there is more vitamin C in white part of the skin of oranges than in the rest of the orange? Whole Fresh Fruits - the valuable pectin fibre is found in the skin and pulp. Figs, prunes and raspberries have the highest fibre content.ApplesAlmost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Eating the skin also increases insoluble fiber content.In the past, apple skins were discarded in food products such as juices because the flavanoids in the skin caused cloudiness in the juice. Now it is known that the flavanoids are powerful cancer fighters and support the heart and liver.BlueberriesThe blue in blueberries comes from the anthocyanin pigment. In the North American blueberry, the pigment is only found in the skin. Unripe berries with a thick skin contain the highest concentrations of pectin.Kiwi fruit rival bananas in potassium, pound for pound. And flavonoid antioxidants abound in the skin, which is edible but best if you rub the fuzzy stuff off first.CarrotDon't peel them if you want to maintain their spectacular color; and many nutritionists claim much nutrition is contained in the skin.Fruit And Vegetable JuicesAlthough much of the calcium in the orange is lost during juicing, you can buy calcium-fortifed orange juice. OJ is also rich in phytonutrients. Depending upon how much pulp they leave in, it can even contain some fiber. In other words they are charging you to take out the nutrients then charging you to put the back in and call it fortified.GrapesResveratrol is synthesized by plants in response to stress like lack of nutrients and fungal infection. It exists in the skin of both red and white grapes.LemonsThe yellow part of the skin (zest) of lemons has most of the limonoids in the fruit. Recent research has shown that limonoids were equally potent as tamoxifen for inhibiting the proliferation of estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells,.NectarinesMuch of the fiber in fruit is in the skin of nectarines. To get the full benefit of fiber, wash the fruit well and then eat the whole fruit - with the skin.OrangesHealthy phytochemicals include terpenoids found in the skin of citrus fruits, and limonoids in the outer skin (zest) of lemons and oranges (inhibit tumor growth). PeachToday's peaches need not be peeled, especially when served fresh for fruit plates and salads. This is because most peaches are de-fuzzed by machinery soon after picking. Leaving the skin means less work for the cook and is a smart choice from a nutritional point of view. Much of the full, deep flavor and nutrients in peaches are found in the skin.PearsNutritional Rich Source of Fair content of vitamin C (mostly in the skin)PlumsPlums have only moderate amounts of soluble gums and pectins in the flesh, as well as small amounts of cellulose and the non-carbohydrate food fiber lignin in the skin.PotatoesThe greatest concentration of antioxidants in the potato was in the skin, Howard noted. Preliminary studies by Miller and Howard point to patatin, the major water-soluble protein in potatoes, as being the possible source of the antioxidant activity.TomatoesTomatoes contain significant amounts a number of different antioxidants, including: lycopene (a carotenoid), phenolic compounds (flavonoids and phenolic acids) and vitamin C (ascorbic acid). As these antioxidants are found mostly in the skin it is important to eat the skin as well as the flesh of the skin.RiceBrown rice takes longer to cook than polished white rice, but most of the goodness is in the brown stuff that is removed to make white rice.WheatThere are 3 parts to the wheat grain. Starch, germ, and bran. The food processors remove the last two and sell them back to you as bran and wheat germ, because these are the only good parts of wheat. Starch just makes you fat.Taste of SkinsSome of these skins have a strong flavour which you may find unpleasant. Dried fruit are excellent flavouring devices. Peanut paste is another, which can hide even the taste of medicine, but make sure that you are not allergic to it.WarningNon-organically grown apples and soft fruits are heavily sprayed. If organic alternatives are not available you are better off peeling them even though vital nutrients in the skin will be lost. If grapes are your preferred choice, search for a dedicated partner who is willing to peel them for you! Apple cores concentrate agricultural poisons so don't use them if not organically (without agricultural chemicals) grown.If you can't buy organic produce you can buy special surfactants intended for washing your fruit and vegetables. Most of the chemicals don't wash off in plain hot water.