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All posts by Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.

Heathiness

I have recently been reading a lot of research on topics related to the lifespan – mainly as I am teaching that class.

The ones that stick in my mind are those related to obesity. We are becoming such an obese country that the airplanes are widening seats and now children’s safety seat makers are having to make bigger seats for the bigger children. Then the newest research is that obese people do not even recognize that they are obese. Only 15 percent of people in this category view themselves as obese. And while the percent of women who are obese has stabilized, a growing percent of men and children are seen as obese.

We are told that obesity leads to many health issues and worsens others…yet we eat away. For many it is a choice – is supersizing and calorie adding good for you just because it is advertised and can be a cheap add on?

Do you know what a normal sized serving is? It’s about the size of your fist! So next you are eating a meal look at your fist and then look at your plate….and think about your health!

And please start thinking more seriously about adding supplements to your diet. We do not get enough of the “good stuff” from our food anymore – especially what we need from fruits and vegetables. And also know that we need 5-13 servings of fruit and vegetables a day [depending on your “stay healthy” caloric intake] but we tend to eat only about 3 servings a day! So again – eat well but supplement!

Recent Headline: Fruits, vegetables not as nutritious as 50 years ago

Fruits, vegetables not as nutritious as 50 years ago

By LANCE GAY
SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

In spite of what Mother taught you about the benefits of eating broccoli, data collected by the U.S. government show that the nutritional content of America’s vegetables and fruits has declined during the past 50 years — in some cases dramatically.

Full article is here

Gee – I knew this years ago but I am glad the world is catching up with the fact that our growing crops for quick shipping to stores is not only killing the soil it is producing fruit and veggies that aren’t as nutritious.

So what do we do? Spend all day eating fruit and vegetable in order to get the nutrition we need? Or eat supplements?

Local organic produce is a good answer but it does not work if you live in a cold climate. If your “fresh” food is shipped to your local store – chances are that it ripened “en transit” – and the best nutrients come from vine/tree-ripened produce – not truck-ripened produce ☺

Drugs and us

See this article?

Glaxo Chief: “Most Prescription Medications Don’t Work”

“A senior executive with Britain’s biggest pharmaceutical company has admitted that most prescription medicines do not work on most people who take them.

Allen Roses, worldwide vice-president of genetics at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), said fewer than half of the patients prescribed some of the most expensive drugs actually derived any benefit from them.

Most prescription drugs work in only 30 to 50% of patients. “

You can read the article glyconutrients, healthy aging, growing older, aging, nutrition, exercise, eating properly,

Who is in charge?

I was reminded this week by a few people that WE better be in charge of our health and our lives – i.e. “Take control of your health and life before disease does!”

Who knows our bodies better than we do? Who knows our family and loved ones better than we do? Who knows the little things that change that ought to be of concern? Not someone who sees you maybe once year and then only for a short time.

I have nothing against the medical profession. In years past some of my best friends were medical students and/or physicians. But I must admit that as a Psychologist I ran into many who were downright awful! Be that said – yes I do go to see a medical person when I need to but I try to select ones who understand that I am my own best advocate. Thankfully I am very healthy and don’t have need for much in the way of medical care – and I give new medical personnel the benefit of the doubt a few times before I switch to new ones.

When I most recently learned that contacting my medical provider was a most major problem- I switched insurers and providers and am happy with the change. I say that knowing that many people are afraid to make the switch for their own reasons and that this may be legitimate. But even if you stay with one – make sure you are getting the care YOU need – ask questions..make sure they spend time with you answering those questions….

And remember that most physicians still know little about nutrition and prevention – in my opinion medical schools are excellent for training in illness care – not in stay healthy care…..

Eating and Health

I no longer get frustrated when the world caches up with me : -)

For years I have said that the low fat and no fat foodstuffs were at best no help and at worst bad for you. Well the “no help” research has come out. Turns out that in a major research project it was found that low fat diets did not reduce the risk of breast cancer or colon cancer – nor did the diet high in fruit and grain prove to reduce risks.

My take is that the rate of obesity keeps pace with the number of low and no fat foods we have in the supermarket. Why? We need fat in our diets and taking it out means we eat more of the bad stuff in an attempt to appease our bodies – which seem to know they are lacking something – but our brain says NO NO NO to fat because the media has told us it is BAD BAD BAD and so we ignore our body’s real message.

We all need a mix of carbs, fat and protein… I took a dietary assessment and I need to have 50% of any meal to be protein….others need 50- to 60 % be carbs. There is never going to be one type of diet fits all – we all come from different types of ethnicities.

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