Here are some more diet, exercise and fitness funnies from around the web.
Mark Twain said, “Ride a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.
Have a great weekend!
Because of the Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia in my family, I have been an avid student of ways to protect myself as I age. Check out my Page – Important facts about your brain (and exercise benefits) for more. Regarding our general physical health I know that diet contributes about 70 percent and exercise 30 percent. It turns out that diet also provides important elements of brain health, too.
Results from four large population-based studies support a connection between good dietary practices and better cognition in old age. Study results were reported at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC 2017) in London.
A group of U.S. scientists found that, among nearly 6,000 older adults in the Health and Retirement Study, those who consistently followed diets long known to contribute to cardiovascular health were also more likely to maintain strong cognitive function in old age. They found that sticking to the specially designed MIND diet and Mediterranean diet was associated with 30 to 35 percent lower risk of cognitive impairment in healthy older adults. In fact, the investigators discovered that those with healthier diets exhibited meaningful preservation of cognitive function.
Other diet-related studies reported at AAIC 2017 included:
Following is one of those helpful email I get from Harvard from time to time. I thought you might find it interesting.
Many people can reduce cholesterol levels simply by changing what they eat. For example, if you are a fan of cheeseburgers, eating less meat (and leaner cuts) and more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains can lower your total cholesterol by 25% or more. Cutting back on saturated fat (found in meat and dairy products) and trans fat (partially hydrogenated oils) can reduce cholesterol by 5% to 10%.
Here are four steps for using your diet to lower your cholesterol.
Stick with unsaturated fats and avoid saturated and trans fats. Most vegetable fats (oils) are made up of unsaturated fats that are healthy for your heart. Foods that contain healthy fats include oily fish, nuts, seeds, and some vegetables. At the same time, limit your intake of foods high in saturated fat, which is found in many meat and dairy products, and stay away from trans fats. These include any foods made with “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.”
Get more soluble fiber. Eat more soluble fiber, such as that found in oatmeal and fruits. This type of fiber can lower blood cholesterol levels when eaten as part of a healthy-fat diet. Continue reading
I wrote this two years ago just ahead of the Super Bowl. Thought it was worth revisiting ahead of this year’s big game.
I write about diet, exercise and living longer. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is playing in the Super Bowl tomorrow. What’s the connection?
While I am big fan of the NFL and can’t wait for tomorrow’s game, I am writing about Tom Brady for totally other reasons. On January 16, I ran across the article Tom Brady Cannot Stop by Mark Leibovich in the New York Times Magazine. The piece offers some worthwhile insights into the charismatic character that is Tom Brady so often written about in broad strokes resulting in sketchy two dimensional pictures. Leibovitch accomplished much more than that.
While I admired Brady’s excellence on the field and his wonderful apparently totally successful life, Super Bowl winner, multimillionaire, happily married to a supermodel, etc., I had no clear idea about him as a human being.
Mark Leibovich fixed that. The entire idea about this blog is…
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Some fitness, some funny, some diet … hodgepodge. Enjoy!
What I like most about this post is that it focuses you on your health and not just pounds. I know that when I struggled with my weight – for years – it was because all I looked at was the pounds. As soon as I lost five or ten I went back to my old ways. No wonder I never succeeded over the long term. You need to make a commitment to your health not just dropping a couple of pounds.
“I’ve tried dieting, exercising, appetite suppressants and the number on the scale won’t go down!” “I’ve done everything POSSIBLE, so I guess I’ll have to live with this reality.”
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Back more than six years ago, the primary focus of this blog was weight loss pure and simple. In the course of writing about weight loss, I found myself opening up to the concept of good health and long life and the idea of simply losing weight diminished in value. In my mind the positive aim of healthy living easily trumped the negative and short range goal of simply dropping some unwanted pounds. Now, it seems that Baylor University has determined that looking on the positive side worked far better than the avoidance, or negative side in their studies.
Baylor reported that, many diet plans are doomed from the start.
The reason? Dieters tend to adopt the wrong strategies, often planning to ditch their favorite foods and replace them with less-desirable options, according to new research from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.
Conversely, successful dieters focus on adding healthy foods – foods that they actually like, said Meredith David, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Baylor. She is the lead author on the study, “Saying ‘No’ to Cake or ‘Yes’ to Kale: Approach and Avoidance Strategies in Pursuit of Health Goals,” published in the journal Psychology & Marketing. Continue reading
I think calcium is one of the under-appreciated minerals around.
To read further on bone health and calcium, check out:
In case you are unfamiliar with the Edison quote, I am reproducing it here visually:
I just ran across this quote tonight and, frankly, it blew my mind. Edison died in 1931. How about that for a forward-looking idea?
The whole purpose of this blog is to live healthy through diet and exercise and to use as little as possible drugs and unnatural substances in our systems.
In reading up on that quote, it turns out that chiropractors have used it to bolster their practice over the years. I have no quarrel with this. I have used chiropractors on and off for years for skeletal and muscular matters. They worked.
But, did Edison really say it?
I checked with Snopes, “the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.”
Here is some of what Snopes had to say:
“…we turned up several newspaper articles from late 1902 and early 1903 that reprinted Edison’s predictions for the upcoming year. Those predictions included some comments from him about the future of medicine, a portion of which incorporated the “doctor of the future” statement now attributed to him:
“Nineteen hundred and three will bring great advances in surgery, in the study of bacteria, in the knowledge of the cause and prevention of disease. Medicine is played out. Every new discovery of bacteria shows us all the more convincingly that we have been wrong and that the million tons of stuff we have taken was all useless.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease….”
I am thrilled to learn that the visionary Thomas Edison pointed in the same direction that I have been aiming for the past six years. Granted his statement was made before the development of antibiotics and many of the effective drugs we find in our medicine cabinets today.
Nonetheless, I am thinking of the needless suffering and deaths resulting from smoking, overeating and neglect of our need to exercise our bodies. Think how much healthcare costs would decline if we just learned to take care of ourselves as Edison suggested. We need to quit trying to solve our careless health practices with pills. Remember, over 60% of us are overweight and more than 30% are obese, not to mention teenagers coming down with adult onset diabetes, all as a result of bad food choices.
Here is a quote from my Page on the harm of smoking, “Tobacco use is the single largest cause of preventable cause of death in the United States. On average people who smoke die about 10 years sooner than non-smokers. The New England Journal of Medicine.”
I wish that quote from Edison would set off a light bulb in people’s heads and get them to managing their health better.
Belly fat is very bad. It can literally kill you. I have a Page on it – What are the dangers of a big waistline? that contains a number of articles spelling out chapter and verse on its dangers.
Now comes Harvard Health Publications with more info on this weighty subject.
“Though the term might sound dated, “middle-age spread” is a greater concern than ever. As people go through their middle years, their proportion of fat to body weight tends to increase — more so in women than men. Extra pounds tend to park themselves around the midsection.
“At one time, we might have accepted these changes as an inevitable fact of aging. But we’ve now been put on notice that as our waistlines grow, so do our health risks. Abdominal, or visceral fat is of particular concern because it’s a key player in a variety of health problems — much more so than subcutaneous fat, the kind you can grasp with your hand. Visceral fat, on the other hand, lies out of reach, deep within the abdominal cavity, where it pads the spaces between our abdominal organs.
“Visceral fat has been linked to metabolic disturbances and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In women, it is also associated with breast cancer and the need for gallbladder surgery.
Are you pear-shaped or apple-shaped? Continue reading
I like this simple analogy. If folks were as scrupulous about maintaining their bodies as they are about their cars, we might not have the horrible healthcare situation we do with 60 per cent overweight, 30 per cent obese and teenagers coming down with adult onset diabetes.
Check out my post – What Have You Done For Me Lately? – for more details.
Eat less; move more; live longer.
Eventually something will give. I often think about this when I see a car that is obviously being neglected. Smoking out the tail pipe, bald tires and in need of a tune up. Why does the owner continue to drive their car into the ground? Do they realize that the short-term cost of maintenance far outweighs the devastation of long-term neglect? Also, driving the car in a neglected state can put their life and families’ lives in danger.
Obviously they have never considered these dangers, because it makes no sense to be aware of the danger, yet continue to subject their families to the risk.
And so it is with our health. We only have one body in which we live. I am not saying to completely eliminate donuts and lattes. After all I have been very honest about my love affair with Burger King. What I am saying is…
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This is a wonderful organizing principle that you can apply to so many areas of your life.
In terms of your health, I love the idea that you work on getting healthier and get past the superficial idea of losing weight. If you live healthy, you won’t need to lose weight.
Eat less; move move, live longer.
Chris Freytag 03/14/2015 National fitness expert, speaker, contributor to Prevention magazine, author of several books and fitness DVDs
Okay, short history lesson – don’t let your eyes glaze over. Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? It’s also called the law of the vital few and was originally called The Pareto Principle. It started way back in the early 1900s when Vilfredo Pareto discovered that 80 percent of the land in Italy was owned by 20 percent of the people. Am I making you feel like you are back in school? Stay with me!
Soon people saw how this rule played out in business. More often than not, 20 percent of your customers lead to most, or 80 percent, of your sales. Today the 80/20 rule has all sorts of cool interpretations.
To use the 80/20 rule for business, you focus on the 20 percent…
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This post hit home with my having lost two family members to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Besides these powerful eating habits, don’t forget the role of exercise in brain health. Check out my Page – Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise Benefits).
Everything from how you cook meat to what you eat for dessert
can play a role in your brain health.
Here, how to eat to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.
by Kenneth S. Kosik, MD
There is no one best dietary pattern when it comes to eating for optimum brain health. Nor is there one magical food or supplement. Instead, a wide range of eating patterns—Asian eating, the MIND diet, the Mediterranean diet, vegan eating—has been shown to protect your brain. Although those eating patterns vary—for example, some include meat, others don’t; some place a heavy emphasis on fish, others suggest no fish—they all tend to have one thing in common: a preponderance of antioxidant-rich plant foods.
Plants manufacture antioxidant chemicals to protect themselves from ultra- violet light and disease. When we eat these plants—in the form of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and grains—we consume this built-in protection, and their…
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Regular readers have read here more times than I can mention that 60 percent of us are overweight and of those half are outright obese. We really are a nation of bad eaters and under-exercisers.
Here’s how that comes about, generally speaking:
The average American will add about a pound of weight each year starting from age 25. So, from 25 to 65 years old, the average person adds 35 pounds. However, there is more to the story than just that. UNLESS the average person is physically active, he is losing about a further half pound of bone and muscle mass each year, too. So, our body fat increases 1.5 pounds each year from 25 to 60 years old.