Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension in US Population

In results from recent NAHANES studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it was noted that over one-third of the population over age 20 has a chronic health problem. Some are diagnosed while others remain un-diagnosed.

ScaleWeight Gain is always an issue for the majority of us.  The older we get the harder it is to lose that weight too.  Diets are not fun since we feel we are forced to eat foods we don't like while denying our wanting of sugared, fatty foods that we like.  Sad that most of us live to eat rather than eating to live.  Our lifestyle and food choices are making us sick and we go right on doing the same thing over and over each year.  We need to take care of our bodies, rest and exercise along with proper food intake and wise supplementation can make for a longer, healthier life for all of us.

Yawning all day? Getting to bed too late night after night? Tossing and turning when you do get to bed on time? Falling asleep at your desk in the middle of the afternoon? Heading to the coffee shop frequently?

Recent scientific studies have found a link between sleep and weight loss. It seems that sleep loss can increase hunger and also affect the body's metabolism in a way that makes it harder to lose weight. Who knew?! 

The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) is creating a vast array of health challenges. Latest research has an almost unbelievable statistic: the United States ranks 37th in longevity behind countries such as Cuba, Chile, Costa Rica, and Greece! And that is despite all of the sophisticated medical technology and pharmaceutical innovations available today.

Americans are Overfed and Undernourished

Fact: 2,000% increase in fast food sales since 1976

Valentine's Day is almost here!  Traditionally we give our loved ones presents of candy and flowers.  All well and good for some, but for most of us not so good.  We are still carrying around several pounds from the long holidays and the last thing we need is more candy!  You can still have wonderful gifts, but you will have to Think Outside the Heart Shaped Box!  Here are a few tips to get you started on your quest:

  Hearts  Give A Day Get A Disney Day

1.  Arrange for both of you to Volunteer with a local charity like Habitat for Humanity and many others in your area.  During this year, The Walt Disney Corporation is giving One Day One Park tickets to either Walt Disney World or Disneyland to people who volunteer for a variety of Charities.  The program is called Give A Day Get A Disney Day .  So be a hero to those in need and enjoy a day in one of the many Disney Parks with the one you love!  Check out the Disney site to sign up and have fun!

2.  If this is not your year for a Disney Park there are still options for gifts.  Look for upcoming concerts and plays.  Find one that would delight your special person and arrange a special dinner followed by the performance.  Quality time with your sweetheart!

3.  Gardens are important for the health of our planet as well as for us.  Take a look at your yard and plan a new area for a vegetable garden or plant a new tree to provide shade for your home in the future.

4.  Plan a day exploring local Farmers Markets and local Farms so you can find locally grown organic foods for meals each day.  LocalHarvest.org can help you locate farms and farmers markets near you.  Time well spent.  Buy Foods that love you back.  After you have purchased those wonderful fruits and vegetables, prepare a special meal for family and friends.  Enjoy!

Now you have a few ideas of different ways you can say "I Love You!" without having to resort to the cliched box.  Have fun, be creative and enjoy the blessings we have!  Stay Well.  Elise

Do you Yo-Yo Diet?  You know, you loose the weight using some drastic fad diet plan, then gain even more weight back! Or you do what your Doctor says, and count calories and carbs, but still gain the weight back along with some extra pounds.  Up and Down, Up and Down, just like a Yo-Yo.  Not healthy for you certainly.  Disappointing too. 

But take heed, now there is a way to STOP Yo-Yo Dieting for ever.  Shaklee knows that losing weight can be as simple as it is difficult.  That is why Shaklee created a plan that is personalized just for you and is easy to follow.

It's a New Year, with New Pounds hanging on, again!  Been there before, and are back again.  So what can we do differently in 2012 and beyond to break this cycle of weight gain?  Don't despair, there are simple changes that can be made to help you loose weight and keep it off.  As in anything, you are in control of what you eat and the quantities.  So know that you are also in control of your future.

One of the easiest things to do to help with weight management or loss, is to Eat Breakfast!  Now that wasn't so bad, was it?  Eating Breakfast gives you the fuel you need for the rest of the day.  Overnight, your body is using your dinner fuel to refresh your body.  While you are sleeping, your body is using that fuel to renew your body.  After a long sleep, you need fuel.  However, some folks think that skipping breakfast will help them loose a few pounds. 

Research shows that the calories that might be skipped at breakfast are more than made up by larger meals and snacks in the rest of the day.  Also, studies have shown that brain function, mood and general energy are better when breakfast is eaten.  So do yourself a favor and eat a good breakfast with a balance of carbs, protein and fiber.  Protein is essential for the repair, growth and maintenance Cinch Snack Barsof body tissues as well as keeping your energy up during the day.

Another tip for keeping those pounds off is to eliminate a few calories each day. Research has shown that our meals are increasing in size over the decades so that now we are eating more calories than we did in the 1970's.  That is resulting in about 30% of the population of the US being Obese! 

To eliminate a few calories each day, Skip a cookie or two, eat a smaller piece of cake, eat desert at one meal, not two.  Drink filtered water instead of sweeten beverages such as soda, teas, alcoholic beverages.  Now that is not so hard!  Cutting 100 calories from your daily intake can help you loose about 10 pounds in a year.  Reward!

The Third Tip of weight loss and management is to move around.  Getting a few more steps in each day is easy if you park a little further from the door of the office or store.  Walk around the block with the kids or the dog, or your favorite songs. Take the steps instead of the elevator or escalator.  The idea is to add movement!

Get started now with these small changes. Keep a daily record of your food intake and movement so you can see how these small changes  can made a difference! Stay Well!

Your weight. It is a matter of Life or Death. Your Life or Your Death. What will you choose?

Fact: 1 out of 2 obese people will die prematurely due to complications associated with their weight.

Peanut Rows Peanuts have a lot of surprises for us! Did you know that Peanuts are not really Nuts?  Peanuts are legumes.  They grow underground and are harvested in the fall.  Other legumes include Peas, Lentils and Beans.  Peanuts are your friends, as long as you are not allergic to them! 

Here is a short list of some of the many Benefits of including Peanuts in your daily diet.

Have you ever eaten a whole bowl of popcorn without realizing what you were doing? Have you ever eaten more candy than you had originally planned? Have you ever been in a meeting with refreshments and found yourself mindlessly nibbling on the cookies or donuts? These are all examples of eating triggers. Some are emotional, some are food triggers, some are situational triggers.

These are additional tips for a Healthier You!  Simple ideas to help you stay focused on your goal, a healthy life.

1. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid processed food. Even better, choose organic and locally grown meats, dairy, fruits, and vegetables.

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