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What Causes Type 2 Diabetes, and How Can it be Prevented?

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In the comments of the last post, we’ve been discussing the relationship between body fatness and diabetes risk.  I think this is really worth understanding, because type 2 diabetes is one of the few lifestyle disorders where 1) the basic causes are fairly well understood, and 2) we have effective diet/lifestyle prevention strategies that have been clearly supported by multiple controlled trials. Insulin resistance is an inability of tissues to “hear” the insulin signal properly, leading to poor blood glucose handling and other metabolic problems in processes that depend on insulin.  In my interview with Aitor Calero, I made the statement that the main cause of insulin resistance is excess body fat.  To be more precise, body fatness is the main modifiable cause*– genetic makeup…

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Fitness Workouts while Pregnant: Who knows your body better than you?

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Today, at the gym, I talked to a girl about working out while pregnant. She said that when she was pregnant, she became borderline diabetic and her doctor had recommended that she stopped working out after the first trimester. She followed his advice and went through her pregnancy gaining excess weight and having difficulty during her delivery because she had lost her endurance and strength since cutting back on exercise. She said that she was generally fit pre-pregnancy and really wanted to continue her workouts at the gym throughout, but followed her doctor’s recommendation and merely walked for exercise throughout pregnancy. She is thinking about having another child and she would like to approach fitness and pregnancy differently this time around!Wow! Ok, I am not…

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Mexican Lasagne

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How do mexican ingredients piled into tall layers in between soft flour tortillas sound?  Oh, yes…that is the deliciousness that is Mexican Lasagne! A yummy sauce packed with onion, red bell pepper and tomatoes is used, along with a filling of black beans, sweet corn, and cheddar cheese to make the lasagne-like layers.  And what to use instead of pasta…?  Well, soft flour tortillas are just perfect.  They dissolve just enough to almost taste like soft cheese in between the layers.  Who knew?? Nigella tops hers off with a fresh Avocado Salsa that sounds divine.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have the needed ingredients for the salsa, so I couldn’t make it.  However, I served mine with a fresh salad of chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and a dollop…

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Traditional Chinese View Of A Healthy Lifestyle

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What is the Culture of a Healthy Lifestyle? The culture of a healthy lifestyle has been an inseparable aspect of Chinese life for thousands of years. This culture finds it roots in the experience and profound levels of understanding that exist in Chinese philosophy and Chinese medical ideals surrounding the human body. The basis of Chinese Health is seen as a systematic approach to the study of the relationship between humanity and nature, stressing the different systems that exist in the body and the balance necessary to maintain healthy bodily functions. In Chinese thought there is also the important aspect of recognizing disease or discomfort through the balance or imbalance of “Qi” (pr. Chee), which can be understood as “Life Energy”. There are two kinds…

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What is important to you in this life?

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  What is important to you in this life? Is it your kids? Is it your spouse? Is it money? Really think about what is important and then I want you to rethink the question. Why can’t YOU be important enough to put yourself first, then you will be able to take care of the other people or things in your life better? Recently there’s been people who I am in contact with that have had siblings that are chronically ill from Diabetes because they didn’t keep it under control. Why do you think they waited so long to put themselves first? Did they not have the love for themselves like they should or do you think they lied to themselves and said they can’t…

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Pound Cake with Gingerbread Swiss Meringue Buttercream Rosettes

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I took a cake decorating class at our local community college. Nineteen people started the class and ten finished it. People gave differing reasons for being there; some wanted to earn money making cakes. The instructor is a professional baker who specializes in wedding cakes. Myself, I was looking for a social outlet, creativity, and fun. Some of my former coworkers would probably find the concept of me, Rocquie, taking a cake decorating class confounding. You see, I have always shunned those supermarket birthday cakes everyone at the office loves. You know the ones, the garish, brightly colored concoctions made completely of sugar, and artificial flavorings and colors that taste horrible. And let me not get started on the grease factor. (I have cleaned the break room…

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Increase Your Human Growth Hormones With Healthy Life Habits

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Human Growth hormone is a water-soluble hormone comprised of a amino acids that introduce a series of chemical reactions to change the cell’s metabolism also known as a peptide hormone. It primarily promotes tissue growth and repair. Human Growth Hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and is active in most people when they are children up to young adults. During this period it is responsible for natural and rapid growth. Human Growth Hormone acts on the liver, producing IGF-1( insulin like growth factor -I). Together IGF-1 and GH helps regulate metabolism and maintain normal brain and cardiac function. Human Growth Hormone secrets in short burst naturally. However, as we age, the amount of secretion decreases. This reduction in Growth Hormone secretion directly corresponds to…

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Am I Really Hungry?

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I get newsletters from the Shrink Yourself blog weekly and I enjoy reading their take on why they think I am fat. Okay, I’m not fat anymore, but I will always have the fat mentality and a desire to eat. Today the second paragraph stood out to me and jolted me to write in my blog. Due to copyright laws I cannot post without their consent, so here’s the link if your interested. Emotional Hunger When he said “you need to stop focusing on what you should eat” freaked me out because that is all I do. That is the only way I know how to make this weight loss stay a loss. I focus on what I should eat every time I put something…

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Savory and Sweet Pineapple Cheese Ball

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CHEESEBALL. HAVE YOU EVER CALLED SOMEONE THAT or gasp, been called a cheeseball yourself? Silly, corny, cheesy, goofy. I think of the Cheese Ball itself to be rather cheesy–middle brow, 1960’s suburbia cocktail party, Be that as it may, I love cheese balls. There are so many varieties and they beckon fun and creativity. Shapes can be altered, cheeses varied, decoration ideas are endless. Try forming one into a cone and roll in chopped parsley to make a Christmas tree, which can be decorated with roasted red pepper and green olives. How about one with smoked salmon, formed into a fish shape with sliced almonds for scales. Or make one with blue cheese, roll in walnuts and serve with pear slices. Try rolling your ball…

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A Food That Might Help Neuropathy

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  See if you can guess which food I am talking about. What lowers your blood pressure? What can lower the “bad” cholesterol over time? What can improve your mood and outlook? What can possibly help cancer, stroke, heart disease and neurological disorders? ….I will tell you what I have heard “dark chocolate”! Yes, that is right I said dark chocolate.  I have been eating dark chocolate every day since giving up the simple starch foods, white flour and aspartame products from my diet on December 10th, 2011.  The first thing I noticed was my feet were quieter.  Do you know what it feels like to have a neuropathy foot??  Its horrible! There’s vibrations, shocks, skin scraping feelings, extreme temperature changes, cramps, pins and needles…

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