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I help people get healthy, and more importantly, stay that way so they're not miserable and just slowly dying for the last 20 years of their lives, which IS the "norm" today.
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Hard to believe that next week it will be Christmas! Doesn't the holiday season come quicker every year?!?
I'm sure you read that subject line and thought "Is she crazy? Talking about losing weight 1 week before Christmas?!?
Never fear, I'm not proposing you attempt it right now. I just want you to start thinking about how best to get back on track after the holidays. In 10 days, the weight loss program ads are going to start coming fast & furious so I want you to be informed when those too-good-to-be-true promises start flying.
So over the next 3 weeks, you'll receive the REAL, science-based information you need to get your healthy & sexy body once & for all.
Scroll down, read today's article, start thinking about it while you thoroughly enjoy the holiday season and look for the next article December 30th...
Best wishes for you & your family for the holidays!
A simple eating tip
that not only
makes you healthier
but let's you
without even trying
Sounds too good to be true, right?
It's a little known eating strategy that is based on how your body deals with the food you eat.
Forget low fat or low carb- low glycemic is the key. This is not a "fad"- it's healthy eating based on science. It's how our bodies were designed to be fed.
If you've never heard of the glycemic index, it's the measure of how quickly your body turns the food you eat into the sugar you need for energy. The faster it happens, the worse it is.
Without going into a biology lesson and boring you with the details you don't care about, here's what happens when you eat high glycemic foods:
sugar levels go down so fast and far that it makes you crave food that will get it back to normal quickly: more high glycemic food. That of course starts the whole process again. We call this the glycemic roller coaster.
So all of those "emotional" cravings that you just can't ignore are actually your body's natural response to the types of foods you're eating. That's why you can't help but eat it.
And you know that mid-afternoon energy crash? Totally due to the glycemic roller coaster.
- Your insulin requirements go up. No big deal once in awhile, but after years of a high glycemic diet, your body becomes less sensitive to the insulin, so it needs to make more. Eventually you end up with type 2 diabetes.
and last but certainly not least...
- Insulin tells your body to store fat. That's right! Any of you who are trying to lose weight and are not following a low
glycemic diet are fighting a losing battle.
What foods are low glycemic?
Generally, foods that take a long time to digest are low glycemic. Think high fiber, protein and little or no processing. Most fruits and veggies are excellent choices, as well as whole grains. Try to avoid packaged foods as much as possible.
Many high glycemic foods are obvious: cakes, cookies, chips, chocolate bars... pretty much anything we consider snacks.
The surprise to most people are some of the foods you thought were good for you that are very high glycemic: potatoes, white rice/pasta/bread, cereals... Really! Except for the vitamins you get, when you eat potatoes, you may as well be spooning sugar into your mouth.
It's just a matter of educating yourself and making different choices.
There are many books you can find that list a value for particular foods. If you're trying to lose weight also, one I recommend is "The Low GI diet" by Rick Gallop - it gives a simple to follow list of good, bad and ugly
glycemic foods that also take into account calorie load.
Here are a couple of websites that give some comprehensive lists: www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm and www.glycemicindex.com/
So get educated and start choosing low glycemic today. It may be a big change for some of you, but it's definitely worth it.
Once you start eating a low glycemic diet on a regular basis, your energy level will go up and you usually drop any extra pounds you're carrying without even really trying. After awhile, you'll be able to feel the difference when you eat a high glycemic meal.
It really is the healthiest way to eat. Next time I'll give you some tips & strategies that can help make it easier to make the change.
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Because Laughter Really IS Good Medicine...
Okay, this isn't actually funny, but it's sweet and timely, so... Enjoy!
The True Story of Rudolph
A man named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.
His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bob's wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer.
Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad's eyes and asked, "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?" Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life always had to be different for Bob.
When he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember.
From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to
fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.
Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined to make one - a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like
he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give It to his little girl on Christmas Day.
But the story doesn't end there.
The General manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major Publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.
In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving
But the story doesn't end there either.
Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore , it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas."
The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.