Let's Redefine Deprivation

My youngest son and I recently visited my oldest daughter and son-in-law in Seattle. We experienced all the wonderful landmarks of the city such as the Space Needle and Pike's Place Market, etc., but the highlight was hiking to the top of Rattlesnake Ridge to see the breathtaking and magnificent views from the summit.

I was so totally blown away by what I saw when I reached the summit that I squealed with delight! - just ask my daughter who captured my over-the-top enthusiasm on video via her iPhone! I was also reminded how very thankful I am to no longer be addicted to the Standard American Diet and obese. [A little over five years ago, at age 47, I was severely addicted to fake, low-nutrient foods, 100 lbs. overweight, prediabetic, and suffered from coronary artery disease, hypertension, chronic fatigue, and increasing immobility. Within a year, I dropped the weight and got my health restored.]  

Additionally, I would've missed out on so much of the trip if I were still unhealthy, because we walked and hiked a lot and had a wonderful time doing it!

 

The worst of the nightmarish memories of obesity and poor health have gradually faded over time, and I tend to take my health for granted these days. I need trips like this past one to be reminded, once again, how much freedom I have now as a healthy individual. Plus, my obesity would've ruined the visit for my daughter and son-in-law as I would've only been able to sit around in their apartment, or sightsee via bus tours, or dine continually on decadent foods – not much else - and that would've been a bummer for them.

I'm continually grateful for the many blessings that being fully committed to the nutritarian diet-style has allowed me to enjoy these past five years. And to think that for many years I incorrectly thought it was too restrictive, and I was afraid that I’d be regularly deprived.

Not being able to hike up Rattlesnake Ridge and experience the grandeur of the view at the summit, or watch the shear delight and excitement on my 14-year-old son's face would've been restrictive. Likewise, I would've been deprived of making a lifetime memory with my daughter and son-in-law as well.

We must get this deprivation thing turned around. Eating a crispy, succulent apple instead of a candy bar is not deprivation - it is liberty! Eating a scrumptious kale salad with orange-cashew-toasted sesame dressing instead of a grilled cheese sandwich and bag of chips is not restrictive – it is pure pleasure beyond what words can express! 

 

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Heart Disease Starts Before a Heart Attack

New findings in the International Journal of Clinical Practice reveal the symptoms of cardiovascular disease prior to a heart attack go largely undiagnosed. Of the 1,573 heart patients surveyed, over 50% claimed their ailment was not identified until they started showing symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath or an actual heart attack, with 22% saying they were diagnosed while being treated for something else; via Booster Shots.

Listen, heart disease doesn’t just happen. In fact, in Dr. Fuhrman’s book Disease-Proof Your Child, he explains precursors to cardiovascular, like high cholesterol, start in childhood and lead to heart disease in adulthood, but the problem is, young people don’t take heart health seriously.

In related news, a recent report found people with poor cardiovascular fitness have a 56% higher risk of heart attack and eating red meat is linked to a 27% higher risk of heart disease.

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Cardiovascular Fitness Means Healthier Heart

Go outside and run! Because a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows people with high levels of physical fitness, i.e. cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), have lower risk of all-cause mortality and heart disease. Experts analyzed data from more than 100,000 individuals, including 84,323 people with coronary heart disease, and findings revealed people with low CRF had a 70% higher risk of all-cause death and a 56% higher risk of heart disease or cardiovascular event than those with high CRF; HealthDay News explains.

You need to exercise! Exercise keeps you fit, builds strong bones and muscles, and more! It goes double for heart health. In March, a study showed exercising after a heart attack helps improve blood flow by 10%, but Canadians didn’t get the message. They don’t exercise enough.

In related news, a previous report found diabetic men who stay active live longer. Now, if you’re too lazy to run, cycle, swim, whatever. Check out Oscar Pistorius, he does it with no legs!

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Family-Based Approach Helps Kids Lose Weight

Change the way kids think about health and lifestyle. According to new research, published by The Cochrane Library, family-based interventions, such as improving diet and more physical activity, help overweight children lose weight more than conventional self-help approaches. Scientists insist it’s important for parents to get involved and influence their children’s behavior; Reuters investigates.

Instilling healthy habits early is a great idea, especially when it comes to fitness. It’s been reported that a person’s activity level in youth, influences their over health as an adult. Maybe that’s why South Korea is giving away free gym memberships to children. Darn it! I want a free membership.

And don’t forget. Studies have shown kids eat like their parents. So dad, put down deep-fried hotdog!

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Fit Kids Make Healthy Young Adults...

A new study in Pediatrics claims a person’s level of fitness as a child influences their health as an adult. Of the participants, Norwegian students, those who were more physically active at age 13 were less likely to become obese and develop high blood pressure in their 20s and mid-30s, but this effect dissipated by age 40. Leaving researchers to recommend staying fit as you grow up; Reuters reports.

With so many schools cutting gym programs and obesity soaring worldwide, a lot of attention is being paid to keeping kids active. The National Football League has its Play 60 campaign and recently, India’s health minister suggested making Yoga mandatory for all school children.

Oh! And remember, the television is the enemy. Children that watch too much TV are unfit.

Is the Fitness of Your Significant Other Important?

FitSugar is kicking around a great question. When picking a partner, or as some would say, following in love, do you consider your potential mate’s health and fitness habits? Does it even matter?

As for me, I’ll be blunt. I won’t even date a girl that doesn’t exercise regularly. And I prefer if they eat healthfully too, not necessarily like I do, but let’s just say, I’ve dated more than a few vegans and vegetarians. And since we’re being frank, I’ll admit it. I've actually ended a relationship because the girl stopped exercising and brought snack cakes into my apartment. Oh hell no!

Sorry, but for me, a healthy lifestyle is one of those make-or-break issues, among other things, but what about you, are the diet and exercise habits of your significant other important? Do tell.

Exercise Soothes the Savage Kids

According to a new study in Pediatric Exercise Science not only does exercise help obese kids get fit, but being active reduces anger and aggressiveness. Researchers believe exercise puts kids in a better mood and gives them a sense of self-control; Reuters reports.

Everyone should exercise, especially kids. Previous studies show teenagers in particular, skimp on the fitness. So, inspire them! The NFL has its Play 60 campaign, music makes working out more fun and if parents exercise, kids are likely to follow.