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How I Lost 20 Pounds

11 Jan

On January 1,  2010  I logged into Youtube as I sipped a tall glass of egg nog and saw a video called The Belly Fat Cure under the “recommended for you” heading.  “Well Happy New Years to you too Youtube,” I thought semi-bitterly.

But since I had heard of Jorge before (he was single handedly responsible for my consumption of flaxseed oil) I thought I would give it a shot.  He started talking about how sugars are hidden in places where you would least expect them like fruit, milk, and yogurt even if those food are thought to be healthy.  It just so happens that because they have sugar in them, they add significant belly fat to your body which in turn can cause multiple diseases.

Most people to whom I’ve mentioned this diet adamantly refuse to give up their fruit and milk.  They say that they don’t care what some “expert” says and I can practically see a thought bubble with the USDA food pyramid floating out of their heads.  But here’s the thing….I lost 20 pounds on this diet! Ten of those pounds were in the first month alone!  I didn’t change my exercise routine at all during this time, I just strictly followed the 15 grams of sugar and 120 grams of carbohydrates or less per day.
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Tired But Wired

28 Dec

I’ve never had a natural talent for falling asleep, not as a small child insisting that I HAD to have a third glass of water and not now that I chose my own bedtime.  I’m fine once I fall asleep (I once fell five feet out of a bunk bed, laid on the ground for three minutes, and then climbed back into bed without ever waking- according to my roommate.)  I picked up this book hoping it would offer something more helpful than “drink of glass of milk” or “don’t run a 5k before bed.”  I got some terrific tips that are sending the sheep to a temp agency.

1) Breakfast: Eating breakfast as quickly as you can after you wake up and never waiting longer than 30 minutes is a great way to jump start your body for the day and makes it easier to fall asleep later.

2) Total Health:  The quality of your sleep is affected by the foods you eat, how much water you drink, and the amount of exercise you get.

3) Resting:  When you don’t give your body and brain a rest during the day, it kicks into overdrive and makes it much hard to change gears later.  By giving your brain breaks throughout the day and taking short naps, the transition becomes less challenging.

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Health & Age: Where does one draw the line?

09 Dec

So I’ve been hearing a lot of debate regarding the issue of children’s health with child obesity on the rise, which got me questioning, of course. At what age should one become health conscious? How far are parents going to reflect their healthy lifestyles on their children? Are health-obsessive adults depriving/penalizing their children? Do certain types of food add to childhood? At what point should parents start to intervene with children’s eating habits, especially if they don’t exercise a healthy lifestyle? Is it a matter of hypocrisy or just a matter of wanting optimal health for your child even if you don’t exercise that on your own life?

Yes, yes, all very debatable and open-ended, but I wanted to get the analytical juices flowing. I guess this post will act as a precursor to some issues I will be researching for future posts. But, as I like to do, I thought I would end my foreshadowing post with some comedic relief. One can almost always depend on Saturday Night Life to catch the humor in anything controversial. Enjoy!

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08 Dec

In a time when more and more natural milk alternatives are springing up in grocery stores and milk consumption is down nearly 50’s from 60 years ago, this couldn’t be a better time to rediscover your love for milk! There has been much controversy as of late regarding the (lack of) health benefits in milk; such as a link between high dairy consumption and prostate cancer in males, and an increase in Crohn’s disease. Throw in worries over hormones and pasteurization, and you’re bound to cause anyone with food fears or OCD to steer clear of milk.

The good news is we have new research to trump these old wives tales of milk and to actually encourage an increase in milk, and whole milk, at that! I encourage everyone to take a look at this article, and ponder your daily milk intake and question if that is sufficient enough for you. It’s even been proven that chocolate milk is one of the best sources for muscle recovery.

You can even listen to one of my favorite bands, Neutral Milk Hotel, while enjoying a frothy, fresh glass of 2% (cow’s) milk!

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MyFitnessPal Really Is My Pal

19 Nov

Happy Friday FitWits! I know one of Cheryl’s first blogs was about MyFitnessPal Iphone app and website ( and I would just like to add my own opinion on it. I have been using MyFitnessPal since June and think that it is a great tool for anyone trying to lose weight. The best way to lose weight is to eat less than your allowed caloric intake. MyFitnessPal sets this all up for you based on your age, gender, height, weight, and a few other basic questions. While trying to lose weight, I found this a huge help, but now that I have lost all the weight I want to, it still helps in so many ways. Something that MyFitnessPal does beyond counting calories is Read the rest of this entry »


The FDA: Friend or Foe?

18 Nov

Between my political science exam on Monday and the recent banning threat on Four Lokos, a caffeinated malt beverage that is a party favorite among my friends and I, I can’t help but wonder how beneficial the FDA really is. Imean, recalls are helpful, but shouldn’t regulation that can prevent a recall be necessary before a food or product is even distributed? Are regulation requirements kept to a minimum in order to maintain a need for the FDA? In reality, how many defects do we miss simply because symptoms are spread out geographically? And with all we consume, I’m sure most gain symptoms from a defect without the ability to trace the source. And if a product is banned based on the premise of causing adverse health effects, shouldn’t it come down to self-awareness and self-control (especially considering alcohol and cigarettes are still legal)? If proper warning information and product composition is present, then I don’t see an issue. Maybe I’m a bit biased to Four Loko in my ripe age and knowledge of its fun effects, but it all comes down to knowing one’s limits. I don’t think it’s fair that the nation is deprived of a product just because a certain demographic could not hold their composure, factor in pre-warned side effects and recognize abuse. Does it really come down to the dollar signs and how much of a niche the governmental agency has within the corporations because things just aren’t adding up for me? I mean, they’re contacting companies and scrutinizing the unhealthy effects of mixing alcohol and caffeine, but can’t one simply go to a bar and order his or her own form of the mixture? Read the rest of this entry »

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Essential Workout Tunes

17 Nov

There isn’t another album that I could recommend more than this one to get you through your workouts for the rest of the year and onto to 2011. Freshly released for free download on Monday, Girl Talk’s A.D.D., pop mash-ups give his albums complete accessibility to anyone to who happens to like music. Enjoy!

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15 Nov

Isn’t it funny how some things come about?  This morning, for example, I was thinking of what I should blog about today.  I had a few ideas like how to eat healthy for the holidays or how to not go into a turkey coma, but then I started reading the Hungry Girl email for the day.  I was reading through the new cilantro recall and then at the bottom she talked about a new snack called Popcorners!  “Popcorners,” I thought to myself, “how do I know that name?”  Turns out when I was in NY last week I spotted and (of course) took a picture of a Popcorners truck!  I knew taking pictures of EVERYTHING would pay off!

I’ve never had Popcorners before, but their truck was obviously worth my 2 seconds to take a picture of, so why not look into this snack a little more?  Hungry Girl says it’s a guilt free snack and with only a few grams of sugar I can approve them for myself.  They are also all natural, gluten free, and have zero trans fats.  It comes in 4 yummy flavors and looks like a chip, but I guess it’s a combo tortilla chip and popcorn goodness.  Sounds good, but where can I buy them?  Read the rest of this entry »

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04 Nov

When deciding to take the route of health vs. simply weight loss, I decided to dive into In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan, the renowned author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I have only made it through a handful of chapters, but it has been very intriguing so far and touches on the historical background of what it means to be nutritious, the scientific beginnings of nutrients and how the government has played a role. That is all I have encountered thus far, but the book essentially tells you what you should and should not eat, what fallacies have been made in the nutritious mainstream, and how we can avoid consuming science over actual food. Yes, all very captivating, and I can’t wait to continue on in the book, but a notion Pollan brought up actually stopped me in my mental tracks, that notion being ‘orthorexia’. Pollan defines the term as an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. The term was first proposed in 1996 by Steven Bratman, though it is not yet recognized as a legitimate eating disorder. We make up a nation focused on nutrition and eating a healthy, Western diet, yet we’re a notably unhealthy population. Something is terribly wrong with this picture, and it got me thinking of my own ‘nutritional’ background…

For about 90% of my life, I have been anything but health conscious. I ate exactly what I wanted to when I wanted to, being leisurely active came naturally, and an unhealthy weight was merely a character flaw; something I was used to. I was self-conscious, of course, but I was lacking knowledge and will-power to make a change. It wasn’t until a year and a half ago that I endured my first ‘diet’ and began a routine exercise regime. Read the rest of this entry »

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Peace, Love and Happy Meals

18 Oct


Last week there was a story on the news about a hamburger Happy Meal that was virtually unchanged after being left out for 180 days.  While many were surprised about these findings, I really wasn’t.  How many of us have found a fast food french fry in our cars that was who knows how old and still looked the same?  Fast food tastes good, but with all of the fillers put in that mystery meat it’s no wonder it doesn’t decay.  There is surprisingly a lot of contradictory information as to what McDonald’s uses in their food, which makes me wonder what are they trying to hide?

I don’t mean to steal ideas, but FitWit Matt posted super gross picture of McDonald’s chicken nuggets on Facebook a few weeks ago.  It was basically showing how the McNuggets are made out of some disgusting pink goop.  So much for all white meat, right?

A little off subject, but while I was reading about the stubborn non-decaying Happy Meal, I also came across an article about people who get married at fast food restaurants.  If you want to get married at McDonald’s you can get a “cake” made out of their hot apple pies and your guests get to pick their meal right off the menu!  I guess that is one way to cut down on wedding prices, but there may be more napping than dancing.

Check out the pictures of the Happy Meal and McNuggets and let me know what you think.  All natural, like the McDonald’s spokes person says or all fake like the pictures seem to reveal?

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