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Do Refined Carbs Pack on the Pounds and Create Addiction? Brain Imaging Study Says Yes

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Eating highly processed carbohydrates can have a similar effect on brain chemistry as addictive substances according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Stimulating regions of the brain involved with reward and craving, refined carbohydrates were found to cause excess hunger and overeating, leading the researchers to suspect limiting high-glycemic foods could be an effective method for discouraging obesity.

A public health crisis

Astoundingly, the rate of obesity in the U.S. has more than doubled since the 1970s. Food and Research Action Center states:

“Two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese (Flegal et al., 2012). In general, rates of overweight and obesity are higher for African-American and Hispanic women than Caucasian women, higher for Hispanic men than Caucasian and African-American men, higher in the South and Midwest, and tend to increase with age (Flegal et al., 2012; Gregg et al., 2009; Sherry et al., 2010). Research also shows that the heaviest Americans have become even heavier the past decade (Beydoun & Wang, 2009).”

If these figures are not alarming enough, 31.8 percent of children and adolescents are considered overweight or obese. Likewise, 30.4 percent of low-income preschoolers are overweight or obese. Since obesity is linked with diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and a variety of other degenerative diseases, many experts are convinced this is the single most pressing public health crisis today. Fortunately, a research team at Boston Children’s Hospital may have discovered part of the solution: restricting processed carbs.

Curbing the trend

The team, lead by David Ludwig, MD, Phd, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, investigated how food consumption is regulated by the pleasure centers in the brain. “Beyond reward and craving, this part of the brain is also linked to substance abuse and dependence, which raises the question as to whether certain foods might be addictive,” said Ludwig in Science Daily.

To explore the connection, researchers documented hunger and blood glucose as well as information from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to determine brain activity during the four hour time frame following a meal – an important period as it influences eating behavior for subsequent meals.

Twelve overweight or obese men were given test meals in the form of milkshakes, each with the same calories, taste and sweetness. The only variance was that one contained carbohydrates that digested rapidly (high-glycemic) and the other slow digesting carbohydrates (low-glycemic). Participants who consumed the high-glycemic milkshake experienced a spike in blood sugar levels, followed by a severe drop within four hours. This crash in blood glucose triggered excessive hunger and activated the nucleus accumbens region of the brain – which is associated with addictive behaviors.

According to Science Daily, Ludwig believes “these findings suggest that limiting high-glycemic index carbohydrates like white bread and potatoes could help obese individuals reduce cravings and control the urge to overeat.”

Sources for this article include:

  • http://frac.org/initiatives/hunger-and-obesity/obesity-in-the-us/
  • http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130626153922.htm
  • http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2013/06/26/ajcn.113.064113
  • http://science.naturalnews.com/pubmed/15692080.html
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Use Coconut Oil for Your Lotion and Feel Amazing!

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Stop using any and every random lotion under the sun to care for your skin. The things you rub into your skin will be absorbed, not only by your skin, but they enter your bloodstream as well.

We need to stop slathering our epidermis all over with a concoction of compounds, additives, and yes, toxins. Odds are, you are likely already getting way too much of those wonderful materials in the air you breathe or the foods that you consume. And in the event that you’re caring for a baby, you absolutely should be certain to work with as many natural items as you can. That soft infant skin is much more sensitive than our own!

The quantity of infant care goods out there on the market today is simply amazing. Numerous distinct brands, ingredients, and too many guarantees made.

Often its best to keep things simple

Frequently referred to as “the most healthful oil in the world”, coconut/copra oil (unrefined and all-natural) is perfect for soft baby skin (and it will do wonders for YOUR skin, also)! It contains many anti oxidants, and it is even antifungal, antibacterial, and acts as a germicide. Here’s how you find a good brand of coconut oil.

The Best Natural “Lotion” You Can Find

When stored at room temperature it is a solid, however it will melt down readily into your palms and in to yours, or your infant’s, skin. It is ideal for using right after bathing. Its great for infants and adults alike! Does wonders for your hands as a moisturizer, also.

Good for Diaper Rash

Apply copra/coconut oil liberally for an astonishingly and fantastic strategy to dealing with this irritating issue.

Helps as a Cradle Cap Remedy

Cradle cap is dealt with by many through the use of coconut oil. It is by far one of the better natural remedies for cradle cap that you can use. Just rub a small quantity of the oil onto the infant’s scalp, and lightly slough off the dead skin employing an extremely soft-bristled brush meant for an infant or a fine-toothed infant comb. Remove extra oil by using a warm washcloth to softly rub the infant’s head.

Not Just for Infants

Go ahead. Spoil your self with this awesome natural moisturizer. You Will love how delicate your fingers and toes will likely be after just one use of this amazing oil.

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Free Healthy Recipes: Best Tomato Soup…Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine

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Pleasure the palate, nourish the body…

Soup’s On … Wow ‘em at the dining table with iLoveToLiveWell’s Bistro-Style, Tomato Bisque.

The eyes behold a rich fusion bursting with gloriously vivid, electric vermilion gorgeousness. Wafts of the irresistible, enchanting aroma tantalize the nasal. With each comforting, warming and cozy slurp…the lips lapse luxuriously into velvety delight. Then, the tongue swirls in a pool of sassy spiciness and seductive sweetness. The mind captivated in the romanticism of this cloud nine, cherishable dining interlude. All the while, the body flourishes with nourishment par excellence! Eat slowly to savor the ecstasy of these grand, gastronomic moments.
…the epitome of Recipes That WOW!

The Culinary Adventure
Let’s Get Homestyle Cooking

Yield is three quarts.
1} Put into a 5-quart pot:

In The Red
Tomatoes (red, low water content) = 48 ounces, leave skin and seeds intact
Weigh tomatoes…then core them.
Chop tomatoes into ½ inch by ½ inch pieces.
Sublime is the sapor of heirloom…unparalleled!

Pass The Thyme
Thyme (minced leaf), dried (thymus vulgaris) = 1 tablespoon
Measure minced, thyme leaf…then grind it to powder.

It’s About Thyme
A fresh perspective…

Splendid is 3 tablespoons of fresh thyme…instead of the 1 tablespoon, dried herb.

It’s Getting Hot In Here
Red chili pepper flakes = 1/8 teaspoon

Water, free of impurities = 4 cups

You say tomato… I say tomahto
Tomatoes, sun-dried = 3 ounces
If sun-dried tomatoes are without salt…accent this recipe with a little extra salt, up to ¼ teaspoon.

The sun-dried tomatoes will absolutely make or break this recipe. Be quite discriminating…sample a few varieties. Use sun-dried tomatoes of superior quality!

Which Direction To Go?

2} Lid pot…bring liquid to a rolling boil.
3} Simmer for 30 minutes…keep lid on pot for this entire time.

The Buzz
Run kitchen timer to count down the 30 minutes…all set, timing is everything!

Meanwhile…
4} Ready the following flavor enhancements…place them in a sauté pan:

Onion bulb, strip away its ends and peel it = 3 cups
Chop yellow onion into ¼ inch by ¼ inch pieces.

Bay leaf, dried = 1 leaf, in its whole form
A top-notch gourmet choice is…Turkish bay: laurus nobilis.
Feel free to choose 3 fresh bay leaves…in lieu of the dried leaf.

Salt, unrefined (fine grain) = ¼ teaspoon
Tingle the palate with one of this author’s most beloved salts…Andes Mountain Bolivian Rose Rock Salt!

Water, free of impurities = ½ cup, dry measure

What Happens Now?
5} Cook onion til it’s crisp-tender.

A culinary conundrum? What’s crisp-tender?
Cook til just tender…but still somewhat crunchy.

Not confident enough?
Put a fork in it!
Is there a bit of resistance when pressed into the onion? If yes… Then, we have success!
Moving on with savoir faire…

Once onion is crisp-tender…
6} Introduce garlic to the pan.

Garlic, mince it = 2 tablespoons
Click here … Get garlicky!

7} Sauté garlic for 2 or 3 minutes.
8} Fish out the bay leaf.
Everything’s panning out wonderfully well!

***Special Attention***
Only a high-speed, blender machine will pulverize the skin…and tiny seeds…of a tomato.

9} Place the salted, aromatic trio into a high-speed blender…along with:

Honey = 1 teaspoon
Select pure honey that hasn’t been processed…heated and/or filtered.

Salt, unrefined (fine grain) = ½ teaspoon

Peppercorns, black = scant, ½ teaspoon
Relish in the exquisite bouquet and zesty bite of pepper with these fine, gourmet picks of…Madagascar, Tellicherry, Malabar, Lampong or Sarawak. For its ultimate essence…always freshly grind peppercorns just before incorporating them into a meal.

A Slick Move
Olive oil = 2 tablespoons
Consider an unfiltered…extra-virgin…olive oil made from an ancient variety of olive…tree ripened…that’s been ice pressed or hasn’t been subjected to heat.

Butter, dairy = 2 tablespoons

Right On Course
Have handy a 3-quart pot.

10} Add…to the blender…a portion of what’s in the 5-quart pot.
11} And away we go… Have at it… A few zaps of the machine… Voila, smooth as silk.
Avoid spurting… Careful pureeing hot liquids. Start out on a low speed…gradually increase speed.
12} Transfer this beautiful, fragrant puree to a 3-quart pot.
13} Pour…into the blender…the remainder of what’s in the 5-quart pot.
14} Spin about the ingredients, and break into a chorus or two of… “Hey Good Lookin’! What Ya Got Cookin’?”
15} Join the luscious silk to the 3-quart pot…stir things up.
16} Lid pot to keep bisque warm.

If desired, garnish each bowlful with a complimentary dairy cheese…or perhaps a splash of heavy cream.

For both ultimate nutrition and flavor…consume foods that are heirloom, grown organically, sustainably or biodynamically.

Bon appetit!

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Top 4 Reasons Your Health is Deteriorating

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It seems we have many things to blame for our deteriorating health. We have our less than stellar genetics, our chronological age, and other “unknown factors”. However, these are not the main reasons our health is going downhill, and it’s time to reveal the main culprits.

Lack of enzymes

Enzymes are one of the most essential elements in the body. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to breathe, swallow, drink, eat, or digest your food. Enzymes are required to help perform these tasks, and therefore, are a necessity to live.

Eighty percent of our energy is expended through the digestive process. If you are run down, stressed, living in a very hot or cold climate, pregnant, or a frequent air traveler, then enormous amounts of extra enzymes are required by the body.

Unfortunately, as we age our organs responsible for producing our digestive enzymes become less efficient. Combine this with our obsession with “dead” and genetically altered food that causes free radical damage, and you quickly deplete your body’s ability to produce enzymes.

Many researchers now view the aging process and death as nothing more than depleted enzyme levels, which have reached the point where the body can no longer be repaired and maintained in its current environment.

Not enough probiotics

Our bodies contain ten times more bacteria than cells. This discovery neatly revealed the emphasis we need to put behind beneficial probiotics in order to maintain a healthy body.

Probiotics literally mean “for life”, and help immune cells fight disease, assist digestion, and provide nutrients for building blood. They also help clean your liver, which is your primary mechanism to remove toxins.

Our diets have become seriously deficient in probiotics due to agricultural practices (chemicals, zero tilling), processed foods, and a general lack of quality produce in our diet. As a result, we suffer from bad bacterial overgrowth, which severely compromises the immune system and your ability to fight off any foreign invaders or infections.

Deficient in vitamins and minerals

In a study from the University of Texas that was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, nutritional data was studied from the USDA from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, and it was found that “reliable declines” were present in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, riboflavin and vitamin C.

The Organic Consumers Association also cites data that analyzed nutrients from 1975 to 1997 and found that calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent, iron levels 37 percent, vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent.

A lack of vitamins and minerals will cause all kinds of disease processes, because without them our body lacks the nutrients required to build and repair blood, tissues, muscles, and bones.

Burdened liver from toxic overload

Our food, water, and air have been assaulted through various chemicals and processes, and as a result, we have been inundated at every level with a toxic burden to bear. Not only that, but personal care products and medical procedures and products (x-rays, dental amalgams, prescriptions) have also added to this burden.

In a perfect world, our liver would be able to handle the toxins we take in and properly dispatch them so they do not bio-accumulate in the body. However, our liver has been inundated and rendered inefficient, and as a result it can’t execute that task with any efficiency.

As a result, our toxic burden in not alleviated properly, or worse, it continues unabated if we choose to not eat and drink clean, and in a way that naturally detoxifies us on a daily basis.

There is no shortage of reasons your health is deteriorating, but if you focus on improving these areas, your health will improve.

 

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Twelve Months of Weight Loss Tips

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Get Healthy and Stay Healthy – All Year!

Since the weather has turned colder, we are forced to spend more time indoors. For people who enjoy exercising outside, this can be a challenging time of the year. If you are worried about maintaining your weight loss efforts during the winter months and beyond, here are enough tips to get you through the next twelve months.

February

Studies show that having a small bowl of soup before your meal makes you less likely to chow-down when the main course arrives. The cooler temperatures in February are a great excuse to try some new soups. Whip up a batch of split pea soup or vegetable stew.

March

March can be a very dreary month. You’re ready for winter to be over, but spring is still being illusive. Add a bit of excitement to your life by trying a green smoothie. It may sound like a frightening idea, but these drinks are a great source of nutrients. Toss a bit of spinach or kale in the food processor (don’t worry…you won’t even taste it) and then add some of your favorite fruits.

April

With spring on the horizon, grocery stores are finally starting to stock fresh fruits and vegetables again. Pick up some avocados next time you’re out. This delicious fruit is high in “good” fats and can help you get rid of belly fat. While you’re in the produce section, toss a watermelon in the cart too. This is a great low-cal, sweet treat.

May

Everyone is excited to start spending more time outside. This should include you! If you live close enough to work (or school), consider walking or riding your bike. If you are a stay-at-home parent, take the kids for a walk around the block.

June

Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Studies show that less sleep leads to more fat. Once you are nice and rested, go spend some time in the garden. Plant some fruits and vegetables that will keep you healthy all year long. Plus, all the weeding will burn some extra calories!

July

Plan a healthy menu for your backyard BBQs. Leave the butter and salt off your sweet corn. Grill up some extra lean meats like chicken or turkey breast. And pass by the soda, beer, and wine – water is a much healthier option.

August

Tweak your personal eating habits. Are you sitting down to dinner at 9pm every night? Do you grab a donut and coffee each morning on your way out the door? These bad habits need to come to a screeching halt. Take time to plan (and eat!) low-calorie, nutrient-rich meals. Maybe try some vitamin injections (this company has some) if you think you’re missing out on the essentials. Or maybe vitamin injections aren’t necessary; you just need some help with menu planning. Why not try one of those programs that offer pre-packaged meals?

September

Take full advantage of the last remaining days of nice weather. Invite some friends to join you in a doubles tennis match. Go on a family bike ride. Play a game of catch with your son. Jump rope with your daughter. If you are searching for ways to burn calories, the sky’s the limit!

October

For junk food junkies, Halloween is a nightmare – in more ways than one! Completely denying yourself of the sweets you love will ultimately backfire. Your self-control will only last so long; eventually you will succumb to your sweet tooth and totally overindulge. Instead, allow yourself a few treats every once in a while. But don’t just randomly grab something out of your child’s Halloween bucket. Plan ahead and put a few light, heart-healthy dark chocolate pieces in the cupboard.

November

Even if you manage to survive Thanksgiving without totally ruining your diet, the trouble is just beginning. Once you put the turkeys away and get out the winter-wonderland decorations, everyone is in full party mode. When you go to a party, make sure you don’t drink too much alcohol. Alcohol is packed full of useless calories. If you do choose to drink, alternate each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water or diet soda.

December

By now, holiday festivities are in full swing. Want a simple way to avoid totally pigging out at every function you attend? This sounds crazy but eat before you go. Fill up on healthy snacks at home. That way, when you are looking at a buffet table of all your favorite goodies, you won’t go overboard.

January

Back to reality. By January, the party season is over and you are back to the daily grind. If you are struggling to get motivated about exercising, try a new workout. Sign up for a Zumba class or try yoga.

Now, your twelve months have come and gone. It is time to reevaluate your weight loss plan. Have you made significant stride towards your weight loss goal? Do you need to go back and revisit some of the previous months’ tips?

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