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Why do some unhealthy people live so long?

Eat less; move more; live longer. I don’t know how many times I have written those words or  you have read them. But, they are one of the cornerstones of this blog. You can get lots more detail throughout these pages, but check out my Page – Important facts about your brain (and exercise benefits) for a good concise serving.

However, while reading Time Magazine’s Longevity Issue (Feb 22, 2016) I ran across an interesting item, namely, why do some unhealthy people live so long?

The author states, ” I don’t know how many unfiltered Chesterfields my grandfather smoked, but if you figure two packs a day for 75 years, it comes out to 1,095,000. He died on a Monday, at age 91, and he had been at work the previous Friday….”

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Can Cherries Cause an Upset Stomach?

If you are on the lookout for healthy snacks that you can munch on instead of potato chips, chocolate or other not-so-nutritious foods, check out cherries.

Recently, a guy I know bought cherries to satisfy that need without consuming a lot of empty calories. He ended up demonstrating that even natural healthy snacks have their limits. You need to use your brain when snacking and don’t overdo it, no matter whether it’s Cheetos or cherries.

Twice in recent weeks, this guy ate about a pound of cherries at one sitting. Eating that quantity of food at one sitting is just not smart any way you look at it, even a good healthy natural food like cherries.

Searching online for information about the problems he was having, he learned that everyone should limit their intake of cherries at one sitting to a cup at most.

As I say so often on these pages, “Eat less; move more; live longer.”

LiveStrong.com notes that, “Cherries are high in quercetin, a flavonoid that offers antioxidant protections against free radicals. A handful may offer you many health benefits, including heart disease and cancer prevention, but eating too many cherries can lead to stomach upset. Large amounts of quercetin may upset your stomach, triggering nausea and vomiting. Stick to a single cup of cherries to determine your threshold for quercetin intake.”

The take-away here is that overeating any food, even a healthy, natural fruit like cherries, can hurt you. Forget the mindless munching and think about portion control. That is one of the keys to getting a handle on your weight. You can read further on this in a post I wrote about eating watermelon, another very healthy food. You CAN have too much of a good thing.

If you are a guy/gal who has a sweet tooth and just can’t resist junking out, please take a moment to read my Love Letter to Hostess Ho Ho’s and Twinkies – NOT. It might give you a clearer perspective on how junk food damages  you.

In the right hand column of this page you will find the portion control tag to read any of a number of posts on that topic. Get control of your portions and you will have grasped a key to controlling your weight.

Check out my Page – Snacking – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Tony

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What Happens to My Body When I Overeat?

This is a companion post to the one I wrote on Overexercising.

I was recently invited to a free celebration buffet at a local riverboat. I probably have about one buffet a month there and pretty much control myself despite some wonderful temptations like an open soft serve machine and trays of apple cobbler. However, I found myself caught up in the ‘celebration’ and yielded to the temptation by overindulging. It didn’t help that they upgraded their offerings for the celebration. Part of the experience was two free alcoholic drink tickets, too. I don’t drink much, particularly when I am driving, but I did indulge as I will explain further on.

This prime rib tasted even more delicious than it looks.

Since one picture is worth a thousand words, take a good look at the photo of the prime rib I was served. If it looks delicious to you, I can only say that it tasted sinfully better than it looks. When I was in the buffet line later I heard people using the phrase, ‘melts in your mouth.’ I knew they were talking about the prime rib. It was that good.

If the prime rib were all that I ate, I would have shot past my usual lunch calories when at home, but it wasn’t … by a long shot.

I also ate some fried shrimp, corn on the cob, steamed broccoli and finished off with a strawberry sundae. I used one of the drink tickets for a shot of Bailey’s to put in my coffee. I make no pretense at sophistication. I just love Bailey’s in coffee. Usually it comes with a shot of whipped cream melting on the top. It’s like a child’s alcoholic drink.

I am not going to break down each of the elements of my lunch, but I reckoned that it amounted to just under 1800 calories. For those of you who aren’t regular readers, I weigh 145 pounds and need around 2000 calories per day to maintain my weight. Clearly, an 1800 calorie lunch shoots me over the top.  My usual breakfast smoothie comes to just under 400 calories so I was already over my calorie budget for the day.
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How to Avoid Overeating – Harvard

Some 60 percent of us are overweight, 30 percent actually obese and another 10 percent suffers from Type 2 diabetes, a preventable and ruinous disease that stems from inactivity and poor nutrition. The problem is that we are eating badly and not exercising enough, clearly overeating constitutes a major problem for us.

So the issue of Harvard Medical School’s Health Bulletin on “Controlling what – and how much – we eat” seems particularly useful.

Here is what they have to say on overeating, “One expert on nutrition and behavior change has developed a number of behavioral techniques for reducing ingestion of unhealthy calories. Brian Wansink, a Cornell professor and author of Mindless Eating, has identified five situations where people are particularly at risk for ingesting large quantities. He has called them “meal stuffing,” “snack grazing,” “restaurant indulging,” “party binge-ing,” and “desktop or dashboard dining.”

“To reduce meal stuffing, Wansink suggests using a smaller plate, and serving the meal from the stove, not from the dining table. “Our research shows you eat 22 percent less on a 10-inch than on a 12-inch plate.”

To reduce snack grazing, keep the snacks at least six feet away from your desk or from wherever you are sitting. The distance forces you to think before you grab another bite, and Wansink’s research shows that it can translate into a 125-calorie reduction in your daily energy intake (every little bit helps See our blog item on Creeping Weight Gain.)

The same distancing advice applies to party bingeing. You should also put no more than two items on your plate on any trip to the snack table and start with the bulky, low-calorie stuff — the raw vegetables.
“Wansink also advises people not to try more than a couple of his techniques at one time.

“We find that if people can maintain changes for a couple of months, they will then make a second, or third, or fourth change,” he says.

To read further on Snacking, check out my Page – Snacking, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Tony

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