Category Archives: healthy eating

4 Tips On Keeping Your Endocrine Glands Healthy And Happy

endocrine glands

Our bodies are complex. We could consider them finely tooled machines and as such, they need proper care.

One part of our system consists of endocrine glands. These glands work like a messaging system using chemicals. These chemicals are known as hormones that are released from the glands into the human circulatory system to travel to other organs.

The primary glands in the endocrine system are:

  • adrenal glands,
  • pineal gland,
  • thyroid gland,
  • parathyroid glands,
  • pancreas,
  • ovaries,
  • and testes

as well as the hypothalamus and pituitary gland which are neuroendocrine organs that also release hormones.

What you do need to know is each and every one of these endocrine glands play very important roles in your health and welfare. If they are not properly maintained, these glands may stop, slow down or send improper hormones (messages) to other organs causing them to not function correctly.

One expert explained to me that if a person was to put their complete home on an automatic system to control heating, cooling, lights, water, etc…, the messages sent would come from special receptacles inside a main computer bank. We could equate those receptacles to the glands and the messages they send to each unit would be equated to the hormones.

If one receptacle started malfunctioning, you could find it causing chaos with all the other receptacles…

  • The message meant to turn the air conditioning on may start the sprinkler system;
  • a message to fill the washing machine with water turns off the security system;
  • or you come home to your house feeling like an oven at 116 degrees because the system thinks it is too cold.

Just think what all can happen to your body if 1 of these glands is not working properly? And while we think Doctors should be able to “figure it out,” consider the fact that once they know for sure it is a bad gland, they still must narrow down which gland it is.

Not an easy task!

science

Enough of the science lesson…

My goal today is to simply give you 4 tips to keep your endocrine glands healthy, happy and working the way they are intended to.

Endocrine Glands Tip #1: Proper Nutrition

This is by far the top tip in this post.

Each gland needs certain vitamins, minerals and/or nutrients to work properly. But in these days and times, we have found nutrients being erased from many foods. This can come from improper farming, food processing and just plain greediness of food manufacturers.

Each gland has a need for a main nutrient or more…

adrenal – Vitamin C, B Vitamins, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron

pineal – Vitamin D

thyroid – Vitamin D, Selenium, Iodine, Iron and Vitamin A

parathyroid – Same as thyroid

pancreas – All

ovaries – All

and testes – All

While my blog explains a lot about nutrition, I want to say that each person is different. I offer a one-on-one service to develop a nutrition plan that fits you and your lifestyle.

Feel free to contact me here.

Endocrine Glands Tip #2: Little To None

There are 3 things you need to cut down to little or none for healthy and happy endocrine glands:

  1. Sugar
  2. Alcohol
  3. Caffeine

All of these if taken in abundance will drive your hormone balance out of whack.

Endocrine Glands Tip #3: Get Your Omega Fatty Acids

Omega 3s, 6s and 9s are important in that they actually aid in the transportation of hormones produced by these glands. The hormones essentially “hitch a ride” on the Omega bus.

You get these Omega Fatty Acids from fish and other sea foods. If you are not getting enough fish in your diet, I recommend taking a supplement to obtain those Omegas.

This Krill Oil is a great supplement to get your Omega Fatty Acids.

Endocrine Glands Tip #4: Say No To Stress

stress free

Not only does stress harm your endocrine glands, it plays havoc on other organs in your body.

Now I know that as long as we live, there is stress. But what you do with that stress; how you handle that stress is the biggest factor in how it will effect your health and well being.

There are many ways to handle stress, but only some ways that are good for your health.

  • Exercise – which is also needed for healthy endocrine glands.
  • Quality sleep – 7 – 8 hours is optimal.
  • Meditation
  • Have a person to talk with.

Conclusion

Follow these tips please!

Your endocrine glands have so much control over the rest of your body. If your hormones are out of balance, you can gain weight, develop sickness and disease and live a life that is no fun.

I am here for you… Contact me if you need more help with this subject.

I am not a Doctor and by all means, you should see one if you feel you are having issues with any of your endocrine glands. But I do know that if you follow these tips, you are giving those glands a much better opportunity of being healthy and happy.

Thanks and post any comments or questions below.

6 Unhealthy Excuses

unhealthy excuses

Excuses, excuses, excuses!

It seems so many people have excuses which ends in unpleasant situations…

  • Doctor offices
  • Hospitals
  • or Morgues

I’m sorry to be so blunt, but sometimes blunt is the only way to get the attention of humans.

You see, I am talking about excuses people make to not eat right, not exercise and to not keep in healthy shape.

Here are 6 unhealthy excuses that you should stop making and get yourself in a healthy state of life.

#1 Unhealthy Excuses: Obesity Is In My Genes

This is one of the top excuses I have heard people use to explain their own obesity. Just because Grandpa Joe, Aunt Louise and 2nd Cousin Alice are all overweight does not mean they passed the trait to you.

Actually, they probably passed the blueberry pie with whipped cream along with other fat-causing recipes.

Now I suggest you take another look at the family and focus on those who are not obese. How come the gene didn’t pass to them?

It’s time to throw away the genetic excuse along with the pie recipe.

#2 Unhealthy Excuses: I’m Too Tired After Work To Exercise

Okay… You are too tired after work, so why not before work?

Will I now hear a new excuse? It will make me tired for work.

Sorry, but I won’t buy into that. You see, several studies have determined that physical activity will give you more energy.

I just debunked your second excuse, so set your alarm clock earlier and get up and exercise.

#3 Unhealthy Excuses: I Don’t Have Time To Exercise

no time

Let me ask you a question, how much television did you watch this past week? How much Facebook did you do? Or did you play some video games?

If you found time to do any of those things, you can surely find 20 minutes to 1 hour to exercise each day.

#4 Unhealthy Excuses: Because It Is Thanksgiving, A Birthday, St Patrick’s Day Or The Anniversary Of My Great, Great Grandparent’s Wedding

There always seems to be some kind of holiday excuse to eat the wrong stuff. C’mon, just admit you ate that glazed doughnut because your willpower was weak.

Now take a look in the mirror and quit lying to yourself.

You are a beautiful person who needs to lose some weight; and believe me, you look great the way you are, but that obesity is damaging your health.

Please… Please, please realize that all of us want you healthy. So just say no to the brownie and eat some of the carrots and celery instead.

#5 Unhealthy Excuses: I Already Screwed Up, So I’ll Just Go All The Way

I wonder how many times people who are trying to lose weight take that piece of cake, eat one bite and realize, “Hey, I’m on a diet.”

They then say to themselves, “Well, I screwed up! I may as well eat the whole thing.”

Why allow the snowball to roll down the mountain and become an avalanche? Sure, you made one mistake, but you caught it before too much damage is caused. Don’t allow small slips to become major issues.

#6 Unhealthy Excuses: The Scale Must Be Broken

No, the scale is just fine. You just need to get back on track and stop making excuses.

Conclusion

I believe you should see my point by now. The excuses need to stop!

If you slip, just pick yourself up and admit you are only human and get back on the “healthy you bus.”

If you need help… If you need another set of ears to hear and a mouth to keep you moving forward, I would be happy to be your coach. But mind you, I don’t fall for excuses.

Just contact me by clicking here and we will get you set on a path of healthiness.

Thank you for visiting and have a healthy day!

7 Foods To Stay Away From If You Don’t Want To Get Fat

Obesity… It is a great problem in the United States.

I have made it a lifelong goal to help rid America of obesity. And many food manufacturers as well as eating establishments have made it a difficult task. But I do notice people are starting to awaken to the fact that they don’t want to get fat.

While there are various reasons people gain weight, the top one is the foods they are ingesting.

I have decided to make a list of 7 foods you may want to stay away from if your don’t want to get fat.

foods to stay away from

Now, I don’t want to seem like the “food Grinch,” but many of these items have no nutritional value and they may seem fun until you look in a mirror and wonder how you gained so much weight

So, let’s look at these 7 obesity makers…

#1 Foods To Stay Away From: Soda

Some call it soda, others call it pop and still others call all flavors the name of one brand, coke. No matter what you call it, it is no good. It is non-nutritious, full of sugars and really does not quench your thirst as many think it does.

Soda will make you fat!

There are many alternatives that are much better for you with the top spot going to the best thirst quencher of all, water.

#2 Foods To Stay Away From: Chicken Fried Steak With Gravy

This is a meal made in many of America’s restaurants and it is a sure fire way to get fat.

Not that the flattened steak is all that fattening, but when you add all that breading and the gravy concoction on top, you are filling yourself with a load of obesity.

If you must have this meal, I suggest you split one portion between 3 or 4 people.

#3 Foods To Stay Away From: French Fries

obesity

Potatoes on their own are a starch that once eaten and digested, turns to a sugar in your body. An occasional baked potato is not terribly bad for you, but when you cut that potato in pieces and deep fat fry them, you are setting yourself up for weight gain. Not to mention, that grease is not very good for your arteries.

#4 Foods To Stay Away From: Double, Single… Quadruple Burgers

It seems some eating establishments are getting carried away.

It saddens me whenever I see one of those eating television series and watch a man who must weigh 300 pounds wrapping his jaws around a massive amount of hamburger, cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion; and topped with bacon or chili.

He weighed 300 going in and 320 going out…

Sad!

If someone dares you to do it, dare them to jump off the Statue of Liberty because they are daring you to die younger than you should.

#5 Foods To Stay Away From: Monstrous Hot Dogs

Nearby in Connecticut, there is a huge love for what they call the 2 foot hot dog…

First thing is, do you have any idea where the meat from a hot dog comes from?

Secondly, they wrap these things in monstrous buns and add all kinds of items on top that just screams fat!

How about a carrot instead?

#6 Foods To Stay Away From: Frozen Pizza

Pizza in general can be fattening, but those frozen things you can get at supermarkets takes fattening to an even higher level.

They are a carb-fest. And I have told you before how carbs will take over your bodies energy manufacturing and if you have too many carbohydrates going in, your body will not burn the fat. The result is weight gain.

#7 Foods To Stay Away From: Whites

The last on this list may be confusing… Whites???

Yes, white rice, white bread, and pasta that is normally an off-white.

These are another line of foods that are high in carbohydrates and go right along with what I told you in #6.

Conclusion

It’s just a small list… I could name many more, but I believe you are getting the idea…

Remember, fruits, vegetables, nuts and grass raised meats are your best friends.

Let’s get the weight gain down and life will be more fun.

If you have any questions, or want to know if a certain food is fattening, just post your comment below.

And while you are at it, get a copy of my book:

Thanks and have a great day!

Practice Ikigai And Live A Long Life

ikigai

When we take a close look at Japan, we realize people generally live longer. And when we travel South to the island of Okinawa, the longevity figures rise even higher.

So what is it that they are doing different to live longer?

The question was put to this pop band… You will see why when you watch this video…

All of these band members are over 80 years old. And I truly believe they have the answer to longer life cycles. It is…

Ikigai

Ikigai stands for Sense Of Life.

This tells me that much of our ability to live longer is our mindset. It is believing that we can no matter our age or condition, and then “going for it!”

The women in KBG84 are not concerned as to what others think. They dance and sing and have Ikigai.

No matter how old, they do… they move… they have a sense of life.

And You Can Too!

Fitness and activity has been proven to fight off dementia. A study in the medical journal Neurology suggested that high stamina, compared with medium, can decrease dementia risk by 88%.

You know, Okinawa has many Centenarians that are healthy and fit.

Dr. Makoto Suzuki established a research group. The Okinawa Centenarian Study Group collects data on both the genes and lifestyles of aged Okinawans.

Some attribute the longevity to advances in medicine but I disagree. I attribute it to the mind and the Sense Of Life… Ikigai.

We Need To Learn From Our Elders

Less stress, more dancing, singing and physical activity.

And we cannot expect our elderly population to just retire and sit in an easy chair and wait to die. They need to be a part of society. And they can be, so let’s allow them to be.

I applaud companies who are hiring retired people so they can keep moving. And I ask that local areas look for ways they can allow elderly people to give their talents.

Volunteering at hospitals… Helping at child care centers… Participating in school activities.

These are all ways that the aged can help both the community and their own longevity.

So don’t discourage… ENCOURAGE them!

Let the live Ikigai.

And I also suggest we all try some of the food Okinawans eat regularly… There must be something to that too!

How The Okinawans Eat

Okinawans consume about 30 percent less sugar and 15 percent fewer grains than folks in the rest of Japan.

Their diets are heavy in yellow, orange and green vegetables. Meat is eaten in small quantities as is dairy products.

And most important of all… Along with Ikigai, the Okinawa natives practice Hara Hachi Bu. This is a practice we all should use. It is not eating until you are full. You eat until you are about 75% full. So they consume less calories and more nutrients than the majority of other humans.

Learn more about the Okinawan diet here.

Conclusion

You don’t have to move to Japan to live longer, but it will help if you learn how the Okinawans do it.

Ikigai and Hara Hachi Bu.

Practice them and live longer.

Do you have any questions or comments? Please leave them below. And now, as they would say in Okinawa…

お越し頂きありがとうございます

Okoshi itadaki arigatōgozaimasu

Thank you for visiting!

5 Tips For Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes

Photo by Kate on Unsplash

When we look at the diabetes statistics, it can be quite easy to fall into a negative state of mind:

  • Over 30,000,000 Americans have some form of diabetes;
  • Each year, 1,500,000 new cases are diagnosed;
  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

So, we know there is a problem. But focusing on the problem… focusing on the statistics can only drive humans into a state of depression.

We MUST focus on solutions.

And I have written several articles about taking care of your diabetes. I do believe that much of it comes down to diets. Eliminating many sugars, processed foods and starches which turn into sugars after ingestion.

But no matter what, there will be diabetes and we must learn to live with this disease.

You Can!

Here are 5 tips for living a meaningful life with diabetes.

Disclaimer: I am not a physician and these tips are from my own personal opinions as well as research. I do suggest seeing your Doctor on a regular basis and not relying on these tips alone.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #1: Have A Glucose Meter With You At All Times

Most Doctors will tell you the same thing I am telling you… Always have a glucose meter with you and regularly check your levels. By doing so, you will get a good idea when your blood sugar “spikes” and why it is doing so. (Maybe that bite of chocolate cake was not a good idea.)

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #2: Drink Water

It is a well known fact that diabetes can give people the impression they are hungry when they actually are slightly dehydrated.

If you feel an urge to eat, try this… Drink a full bottle of water and wait approximately 15 – 20 minutes. If you are still hungry, snack on a nutritious item such as nuts, apple slices or an organic trail mix that has no sugars added.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #3: Find A Physical Activity To Take Part In

Just because you have diabetes does not mean you can’t participate in physical sports or activities. Find one or more physical activities you enjoy:

  • Run in a marathon
  • Play in a softball, basketball or another sport’s league
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Etc…

Diabetes does not mean you have to sit on the sidelines. Get out and get physically active. Don’t let diabetes stop you.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #4: Healthy Eating

Maybe this is a good time to say no to those fast food drive-through obesity machines. Focus on a healthy diet…

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds

And do know that cutting as many as the carbohydrates from your diet as possible is the best thing you can do. Carbs turn into sugar, so by cutting the carbs out, you are controlling the diabetes instead of letting it control you.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #4: Get Proper Sleep

Your sleep patterns can play a huge role in your blood sugar levels. It is recommended that people get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every 24 hours. And, you should try to stay consistent. Get up at the same time and go to bed at the same time. Lastly, you should ensure your sleeping zone is optimal:

  • Comfortable mattress and pillow
  • Low light and noise

All of these will help you keep a level blood sugar level.

Living A Meaningful Life With Diabetes Tip #5: For Those Low Moments

If things get fuzzy, maybe your insulin lowered your blood sugar too far. You should keep glucose tablets with you. Some other tricks are:

  • Lifesavers – Yes, they could save your life.
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 Oreo cookie

I really don’t like telling people to take things like these but in the case of low blood sugar, they will help.

Conclusion

Many people are living productive lives and they are diabetic.

You can too!

So follow these tips and by all means, stay positive and stress free.

You’ve got this!

And do see your Doctor regularly.

If you have any questions or feedback, just post it below. Thank you and have a wonderful day!