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Where does one begin to change their nutritional lifestyle? I'm 51 and I don't want to wait any longer? Ricardo, CA.
First of all let me congratulate you for making up your mind to change your nutritional lifestyle. That is actually the biggest hurdle for anyone to overcome -- the decision to change.
With that momentous decision, you have already begun; read Mind Makeover.
Your nutritional makeover doesn't have to be done all at once. It can be implemented gradually.
Step two is to replace white rice, white potatoes, and white bread (assuming of course they are a part of your diet now) with brown or wild rice, sweet potatoes, and 100 percent whole grain bread respectively.
White rice and white bread are highly processed grains with nutrients and most of the fiber removed. White potatoes are problematic if a person is pre-diabetic or diabetic. They are metabolized like sugar, giving the body a severe insulin spike.
One of the biggest sources of empty calories in America comes from soft drinks: sodas and fruit drinks. Remove all sodas, diet as well as regular, from your diet.
Fruit drinks are loaded with sugar and artificial sweeteners, and little, if any, real fruit. They should be completely removed too.
If you drink 100 percent fruit juice, I recommend cutting back on it. Eat more fruit. Fruit juice is lacking in fiber which is present in the fruit, and it may have added sugar.
Drink a lot more water. Water will keep your metabolism operating at peak efficiency, and help in burning calories. Read the importance of water in weight loss/maintenance.
Eliminate or at least minimize processed foods. Eat foods as close to their natural state as possible.
Processed foods are loaded with no-nos such as high fructose corn syrup and other artificial sweeteners, monosodium glutamate, and trans fats; read the dangers of exitotoxins and dangerous food ingredients.
In order to become successful at avoiding processed foods you will have to become a food label detective; read making sense of food labels and understanding nutrition labels. Don't buy anything which has hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated ingredients.
Don't be fooled by the low-fat or diet food craze. These foods are loaded with added fat and sugar/artificial sweeteners in order to give them taste.
Buy organic. With organic food you don't have to worry about pesticides, herbicides, genetically-modified ingredients, and artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and flavors.
Contrary to what has been popularized in the media, red meat is not the 'bad guy' it has been portrayed as. Just make sure your red meat is 'grass-fed' and has the USDA Organic label on it; read about the USDA Organic label.
These suggestions will put you on the road to disease prevention and good health.
Continue to read the articles on this website. They go into detail as to nutrition and disease prevention.
Hi, I am going to be a senior in high school and I recently found out in the end of 11th grade that I have ADD. My doctor put me on Concerta..but I am reading on your website that it is bad for you. It is very difficult for me to pay attention in class and I hardly ever listen because I am always spaced out. I pass my tests by taking peoples notes and teaching it to myself. I also have bad asthma......do you think I should still take Concerta this coming year? ES, NY.
America's medical system is geared towards treatment through prescription drugs without looking for the underlying cause of the problem--in your case ADD (attention deficit disorder.) This topsy-turvy system ensures that the underlying cause remains with the patient while the symptoms are merely given a band aid.
That said, once a prescription drug has been prescribed, it is unwise to suddenly discontinue its use without being under a doctor's care. What should be done is to seek an alternative, natural cure.
Based on my research, I recommend removing excess sugar and artificial sweeteners from your diet. The biggest culprit by far is soft drinks (sodas and fruit drinks.) Eliminate as much processed food from your diet as possible. These foods are typically high in sugar, salt, and fat.
Startling new evidence points to omega-3 fatty acids being necessary for a healthy nervous system. Low levels of omega-3s have been linked to obsessive-compulsive disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar, schizophrenia, Huntington's disease and other illnesses affecting the nervous system.
Research backing up this evidence was published in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience. The evidence therefore seems to suggest that increasing dietary levels of omega-3s may treat and even prevent the above listed conditions.
The omega-3 acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is good for cardiovascular health, and is an anti-inflammatory. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) comprises over 90 percent of the omega-3s in the brain, retina, and nervous system.
The typical American diet is low in omega-3s and high in omega-6 fatty acids.
The absolute best source of omega-3s is krill oil. Although fish is a good source of omega-3s, I hesitate to recommend it due to high levels of mercury and other toxins.
Eliminate artificial sweeteners, sweets in general, and as much processed and junk food as possible from your diet. This will not cost you a penny. Add omega-3s to your diet. If you are like the average American, you are severely deficient in them.
If these measures seem to be effective, you can go to your doctor and have him take you off Concerta.
I produce whole and healthy muffins and would love to add rice bran extract as a non additive to preserve the bread rather than use a chemical additive. Do you know where I can purchase it? Ebonee, LA.
Rice bran extract (IP6) is a non-toxic chelating agent -- it removes excess iron from your body. I have never heard of it used as a preservative. (Read http://www.living-a-healthy-lifestyle.com/rice-bran-extract.html.)
If you are still interested in purchasing it, check your local health food store.
I have high iron content in my body, and have been on IP6 rice bran extract for about 2-3 months. I can't find any literature on how long it takes to control iron excess. One book said "doesn't take long"....that doesn't satisfy me. Have you any knowledge on this? Ann, VA
I found the following account on the main rice bran extract website (http://www.lewrockwell.com/sardi/sardi39.html):
An 80-year old man who had terminal liver cancer took rice bran extract.
The man was scheduled to undergo a procedure where an anti-tumor drug was to be injected into his liver. A few weeks before the injection, he began taking the rice bran extract (IP6).
When the time arrived for his procedure, a CAT scan was performed first. The results showed that his liver tumor was completely dead.
I relate that story to say that if it took only a few weeks to kill cancer cells, it shouldn't take long to for the IP6 to remove excess iron. Of course like anything else, it will depend on your individual body.
I would say that your iron should be under control by now.Healthy living > Visitors questions