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  • Trying to Lose Weight
    Healthy Eating,  Self Improvement,  Sugar,  Weight

    Common Mistakes When Trying to Lose Weight

    Weight loss is a journey and can present different challenges for different people. Here are a few of the common mistakes many of us make when trying to lose weight.   Focusing only on the scale This tends to vary from person to person, but for many, focusing on the scale is one of the worst mistakes you can make when trying to lose weight. It can be discouraging as true weight loss demands time and patience. For others, it’s motivational, and checking in on a daily or weekly basis can help you stay on track. It’s important to understand the different factors that can influence your weight. These factors…

  • Managing Obesity
    Healthy Eating,  Heart Health,  Sugar,  Weight

    Managing Obesity – What Works and What Doesn’t

    Many things come into play when it comes to managing obesity. Increased physical activity over time, dietary modifications, and lifestyle changes are all important. They must be combined and are all part of a new or a renewed commitment to a healthier lifestyle. When you embark on a weight loss and then weight management journey, the first thing you’ll want to do is be realistic about your expectations. It’s vital for your long-term success you acknowledge that the results you crave will not happen quickly. It takes commitment, effort, and time to transition to a healthier lifestyle that is sustainable. It’s also essential to be prepared there will be times…

  • Gaining Weight Unintentionally
    Self Improvement,  Sugar,  Weight

    Gaining Weight Unintentionally? Here are some reasons why…

    It is possible for you to be gaining weight unintentionally, and it can be really frustrating when you can’t understand why you’re gaining the weight. There are several factors that may be causing this. One or more of those factors that may surprise you. Research has shown the surprising fact that lack of sleep or of good quality sleep plays a part in causing you to gain weight while food choices remain the leading cause. Here are some of the most likely reasons you are gaining weight unintentionally.   Consuming too many highly processed foods. Plain yogurt, frozen fruit, and oats are just a few of the healthy foods that…

  • Factors Contributing to Obesity
    Healthy Eating,  Sugar,  Weight

    10 Factors Contributing to Weight Gain and Obesity

    Let’s call this one out right now; obesity doesn’t just happen by itself. There are some external factors contributing to obesity. These factors can run the gamut from the consequences of your actions to things that are in fact out of your control. Understanding the cause of your weight gain or obesity is a great starting point so you can begin to craft an approach to manage your weight.   Your Gene Pool – Friend or Foe… Research has shown there’s a strong genetic link to obesity. That is, whether you eat unhealthy quantities of food or not, you have a greater likelihood of being obese if your parents are…

  • What is Obesity
    Healthy Eating,  Sugar,  Weight

    What is Obesity

    I want to be crystal clear about this. This article is not about fat shaming. It’s about acknowledging any weight challenges you have so you can move forward slowly, surely and confidently to take significant positive action. It’s important to define what is obesity. The fact is one of the most significant and most common health issues currently ravaging the world is obesity. When you struggle with obesity, you risk having high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, and high blood pressure. If your weight is not in a normal range, you are more likely to develop prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Body Size To measure your body size to…

  • Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health,  Sugar

    Diagnosing Diabetes

    If you suspect you may be developing issues with high blood sugar or if you are at risk for developing it because of your family history, diagnosing diabetes is a subject with which you want to be familiar. The most commonly used tool to diagnose diabetes is the glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test. Your doctor uses this blood test to determine what your average blood sugar level has been for the past two or three months. Your blood sugar can spike from time to time, so getting an average over a few months is a preferred reading. I have a friend who ate a chocolate bar before going for his yearly…

  • Fats are Good for You
    Clean Eating,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health,  Sugar

    Fats are Good for You

      Not all fats are bad. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the sugar industry and the big food manufacturers began telling us eating fat was bad. They avoided mentioning the fact that your body must have certain fats for you to survive. Essential fatty acids are one example of fats you need to be healthy, and you need to consume healthy fats to keep your brain healthy. In fact, your brain is actually more than 60% fat. Let’s talk about which fats are good for you. “Big Sugar” spent a lot of money telling us fat was bad for you and sugar was part of a healthy diet. Look…

  • Healthy Eating,  Heart Health,  Sugar,  Weight

    Your Diet and Diabetes

    What about your diet and diabetes? If you take only one thing away from reading this, it should be that your diet is the single most important factor when it comes to your health. Exercise is of course important if you’re going to be as healthy as you can possibly be. However, fitness gurus, personal trainers and nutritionists will all tell you the foods and beverages you put into your body have the most significant impact on your health. Regular sleep, reduction of stress and staying hydrated also greatly influence your health. It cannot be overstated that as much as 60% to 75% of your overall fitness, mentally and physically,…

  • Prediabetes
    Clean Eating,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Sugar,  Weight

    You Have Prediabetes – How Terrified Are You?

    You’ve just been told by your doctor you have prediabetes. You’ve left his office armed with all the tools traditional medicine has to offer you. You have your test kit with your lancets so you can prick your finger twice a day and draw blood, your glucose meter and very likely a prescription for a drug like Metformin. Maybe this diagnosis explains why you’re fatigued all the time or why you’re suddenly drinking so much water or even why that cut on your foot just won’t heal. It could explain a host of other symptoms too like your blurry vision. You get home and get on the innerwebs to find…

  • Diabetes and Prediabetes Symptoms
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    Diabetes and Prediabetes Symptoms

    Did you know one of the most common diabetes and prediabetes symptoms is chronic fatigue? This is because diabetes prevents your body from using energy properly because it stores (glucose, your body’s favorite energy source) in your blood rather than letting it get to your cells where it is needed. When you have diabetes, it’s common to feel as though you never have enough energy. Even after pounding back a few cups of coffee and getting lots of rest, you may feel exhausted after doing very little or no even physical activity. Here are a few of the other more common symptoms of diabetes. Overweight and obesity Frequent urination You…