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    • Biggest Loser~season 8

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    •  9/16/2009 9:50:39 AM
    • As I watched the season 8 opener last night, I was disappointed. I usually get really excited for the contestants and super motivated for myself to get going. After reading The China Study and Eat to Live, I can't help but be cynical. Then I start to feel bad for those people,  they are working out for hours on end and exhausted. Granted I am a believer of physical fitness for sure, but if they would change their diets to a whole foods plant based diet the weight would just fall off! I can't imagine how much faster the weight would drop adding those two together! Man, I wish I could pitch my show idea to someone who cared! My husband lost over 60 pounds in two months by just changing his diet, without working out for even five minutes. I can't imagine how the dynamics of the show would change if they would push a whole foods plant based diet. I am sure they would never be able to do that, they would lose all of their sponsors!  As for now, I challenge anyone who thinks they need to lose weight to read these two books and put it to the test! Beat the biggest loser from your own kitchen!! We all watch them work out so hard and think man, if I was there I could do it too. Try my theory, I say change your diet and workout for an hour a day and you will get the same results (or better) as the biggest loser contestants! Try it and tell me how it works!!


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    •  9/15/2009 12:48:47 PM

      Because of my family history and genetic make up, I am always on the look out for good information on cancer prevention. I was reading through some articles the other day and found Carolyn Katzin M.S.P.H., C.N.S.  She is a nutritionist with 25 years experience. She is a lead volunteer with the American Cancer Society. She started working with cancer patients in 1985 and still remains on the professional advisory board at the Wellness Community in Santa Monica.
      She has a website .She also sells a nutrition handbook for cancer patients and family members to use.
      I read through her site and was excited to find these articles on her "cancer and nutrition: what is the connection?" page:

      "Which foods are important for health?
      Foods that come from the plant kingdom rather than the animal kingdom have many protective botanical factors: plants cannot move away from danger, unlike animals. These phyto (meaning plant) nutrients can be beneficial to us also. Antioxidants, anticarcinogens and bioflavonoids are some of the terms used to describe the actions of phytonutrients. Foods rich in botanical factors or phytonutrients include berries, dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, legumes (beans of all sorts including soy) and whole grains.

      Which foods are less important for health?
      If we emphasize those that are supportive to our health then we will find ourselves eating less of the foods that contain "empty" nutrients. These foods may provide pleasure so we need to keep them in our diet at low levels only. Such foods include desserts, cakes, candies and many items made with saturated animal fats. I prefer to think of the 80:20 rule when selecting foods. 80% of the time we should choose healthful foods from the plant kingdom such as those listed above, and 20% of the time we can choose foods that provide pleasure and may not be quite as healthful.


      Why should we "eat our broccoli"?
      Broccoli is one of the group of vegetables called cruciferous (from the word for cross as the flowers are in the shape of a cross and Brussels sprouts also grow out crosswise from the stalk). These vegetables contain isothiocyanates that are protective against carcinogenesis in laboratory studies. Other vegetables in this grouping include cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, watercress and kale."


      There is a lot more information on her website, but I was excited to find someone who is "allowed" to admit desserts, cakes, candies and many items made with saturated animal fats are not just "not good for us", but not good for us in correlation with CANCER.
      I wish the information was more out there and in your face like all the "yummy" commercials we see advertising food that will eventually kill us.
      Wouldn't it be awesome if we didn't need to look for a cure for cancer because we could prevent it?

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    • Response to veteran mommy's blog: Dietary Guidelines Committee

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    •  9/1/2009 10:57:49 AM

      I can talk all day long about how I wish the school nutrition program would change because of the effect they are having on our country's children. As I read through the School Nutritional Association plea it all comes back to the government. The standard cannot be raised unless the money is there. Our kids are just numbers and money. Their quality of life is being effected by the food being provided to them and there is not much that can or will be done unless the USDA wakes up. I just see it all as a vicious cycle: our kids eat the food provided, get  ADD, ADHD, TYPE 1 DIABETES, DEPRESSION, become OBESE, or many other diseases, we take them to the doctors who make money, then give our kids daily medications so pharmaceutical companies make money, then we go around raising money to pay researchers to find a CURE for all these PREVENTABLE diseases... hmmm??

      I get so frustrated with this whole process. We have all grown up in the country being taught the food pyramid in school. We get our "well balanced diet" information from the people who are making money from us eating their food. I would like a non-biased food pyramid from someone who isn't going to make any money off what I eat. Or we can all just keep following our government and the food and dairy administrations. Watch them get rich while we all get sick and die of heart disease, cancers, and suffer with diabetes and osteoporosis.

      Be pro-active!!

      So for me and my kids, I will be making their lunches to take to school.  I have had people say to me, "I wish I cared that much" or "I just don't have that kind of time"!  It would be so awesome if everyone would realize the effect food has on our bodies, I am sure then people would "care that much" or "find that kind of time"

      Please, don't take my word for it, I am the "newbie mommy" still learning.

      Read the proof, the research has all been done for us.


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    • WEEKLY WEIGH IN 8-30-2009

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    •  8/31/2009 5:33:41 PM
    • I stepped on the scale early Sunday morning, after a weekend of BB-Q's and a couple of splurges.

      I am more than please to announce a loss of 2.2 lbs!!

      I tried really hard to drink an '" easy green drink" everyday. I know that's what made the difference for me. If I can get in all the green veggies I should, then the weight just comes off with very little effort on my part. I know once I get a good balance between food and exercise then the weight will drop off like nothing. But like everyone out there. Finding the balance and the time is the hardest part. Good luck!

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