Tag Archives: obesity

Did you Know? About Life Expectancy

20 Mar
japan
Did you know that japan has the longest life expectancy at 83 years?
This is due to people being socially and economically active beyond their 60s and also to a healthy lifestyle. Japanese obesity rates are only 3.5% while they are 30% in the U.S. Japanese eat seasonal produce, lots of vegetables, fish and vegetable protein like tofu.
Maybe we should start eating more like them and become more physically active so we can reduce our obesity rates and be healthier!
Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Did You Know? About GM Salmon…

27 Dec

Salmon

 

Did you know that the FDA approved genetically modified salmon for human consumption?

This fish is developed by AquaBounty an American company which in my opinion, has no respect for humans or the environment. Can you imagine the damage that can be produced if these fish get into the wild and contaminate all the other fish?

We have seen the damage that all the other GMO have caused; Obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease. Please say no to GMO, please say no to GM fish, read the labels, ask the government to label these.

 

And remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Diabetes and Phthalates

18 Apr

Phthalates are a chemical found in water bottles, packaging, detergents, cosmetics, perfumes, pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements and many, many more.

A recent study published that phthalates have been found to increase the risk for diabetes. Researchers found phthalates to affect glucose stability and alter insulin secretion and insulin resistance. 

Phthalates have also been linked to other diseases like endocrine problems, ADHD, infertility, obesity and cancer.

To avoid phthalates read the labels! Avoid any products that contains “fragrance,” avoid anything vinyl, candles (unless soy, organic and with essential oils) and air fresheners, avoid buying plastic packed food, water bottles, look for earth friendly products.

Remember… Eat healthy, Be Happy!

Fats: Not all Bad

22 Feb

I really didn’t understand fats until a few years ago.

I grew up with everyone around me saying fats were bad and fats make you fat!

I was still too young to know better, so I ordered fat free dressings on my salad, things cooked with no oils, I decided not to eat avocados, nuts and all vegetable fats! I really thought animal products were fine, as were processed foods (!?!) I had no idea what I was doing! I was letting the TV and magazine ads dictate the terrible way I was eating.

It wasn’t until I read a book about good fats that my perspective changed. This was a few years after medical school, where I heard a few things about fats, but mostly that I should stay away from them!

After reading the book I finally understood that everything in my diet was wrong. I still had a lot of research to do but I was on the right path to understand that: vegetable fats were the good fats, animal fats were mostly the bad fats and processed food fats were the terrible fats! Or as Dr. Mark Hyman says “the ugly fats.”

Good fats

Good fats are unsaturated fats. They help lower cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and VLDL (very low density lipoproteins) and also reduce inflammation.

Some examples include:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Flax seeds and flax seed oil
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Avocados
  • Salmon
  • Sardines

Bad Fats

These fats are saturated fats that block arteries, leading to heart disease. They cause weight gain that is liked to diabetes and have been also linked to cancer.

  • Refined vegetable oils
  • Beef
  • Butter
  • Pork
  • Chicken

Trans Fats

These are the worst of them all. They are man-made, toxic and dangerous. They increase the risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

They are present in most processed foods like:

  • Margarine
  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Frozen dinners
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Cakes

Eat mostly good fats, little amounts of saturated fats and zero trans fats!

Eat healthy, be happy!

Childhood Obesity, Vitamin D and Diabetes

16 Feb

A recently published study with 411 obese children found that, low vitamin D levels are associated with risk for type-2 diabetes.

Obese children are more likely to be vitamin D deficient, and this is associated with insulin resistance.  Obese children are also more likely to skip breakfast and drink soda, both factors associated with a vitamin D deficiency.

If you have children, teach them how to eat healthy, things are better learned at a younger age.

A third of American children and adolescents are obese.

Some doctors today are saying that this generation of children will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. And 1 in every 3 children born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes.

Remember… Eat healthy, feed healthy, be happy!