Holiday/Winter Weight Gain. Let’s Avoid It.

 

Did you know that most people report gaining about 5 pounds during the holiday season, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day?

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine states that poundage is over estimated.  Continue reading “Holiday/Winter Weight Gain. Let’s Avoid It.”

Cumin (Cuminum Cyminum)

“You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”  Matthew 23:23

What is Cumin?

Cumin seeds are yellow-brown, nutty, peppery seeds. A part of the parsley family, it is similar to but stronger than caraway. It is usually ground into a powder.

Don’t confuse Continue reading “Cumin (Cuminum Cyminum)”

Weight Management Morsels

As I get older, it is more difficult to manage weight. Do you have this problem too? This can be due to inactivity, hormones, illness, slower metabolism, medications or other reasons.

For lasting weight management, whether it be losing weight or maintaining it, DON’T DIET. Continue reading “Weight Management Morsels”

Weight Control Tips That Work For Me

While this is not a blog about weight loss, I would like to touch on it. Weight loss can help improve many health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, sleep apnea, fatigue, high blood pressure, etc.

It’s not that easy though, right? I was a yo-yo dieter for years. And once you lose it, it appears again – worse than before. From being chubby as a teen, to being anorexic in college, to gaining 62 pounds with my first pregnancy. It was a constant back and forth for decades. A never ending battle. Continue reading “Weight Control Tips That Work For Me”

How to Shrink Blood Sugar Spikes and Stabilize Glucose Levels

“”I have the right to do anything,” you say- but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” -but not everything is constructive.”   1 Corinthians 10:23

In the previous part of this double feature (click here to review) we learned how riding on the blood sugar roller coaster can be bad for your heart, blood vessels, hormones, brain and other organs.

Blood sugar peaks 1-2 hours after eating and returns to normal in 3-4 hours.  The roller coaster involves extremes which are beyond the normal stable ups and downs of blood sugar.

That doesn’t have to be the case. It is possible to lessen the blood sugar extremes keeping our body in a happier place.

How can we do that? Continue reading “How to Shrink Blood Sugar Spikes and Stabilize Glucose Levels”

Don’t Overlook the Importance of Support

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

Don’t go it alone. People with a support community are twice as likely to reach their goals than those with no support. This applies to all sorts of goals-spiritual, financial, personal but since this is a health blog we will discuss health goals. Continue reading “Don’t Overlook the Importance of Support”

How Much Sugar Should You Have a Day?

Our bodies need some glucose, but excessive sugar consumption is bad for our body and brain. How much sugar is okay to have? How much sugar is excessive? Do you even have an idea of how much sugar you consume per day?

According to the ADA (American Diabetes Association) and AHA (American Heart Association) Continue reading “How Much Sugar Should You Have a Day?”

This Needs To Be Non-Negotiable

She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms“. Proverbs 31:17

As we have seen in a previous post, a sedentary lifestyle is a health threat that worsens many medical conditions and leads to premature death in both men and women. Hopefully, this fact motivates you to start moving a little more. I have only become a regular exerciser in the last few years. I never really did it before, maybe off and on, because I just don’t like to exercise.😰 I now realize I was foolish in that respect. According to Vonda Wright, (an orthopedic surgeon and director of a program for senior athletes) it is a myth that Continue reading “This Needs To Be Non-Negotiable”

Move As If Your Life Depended On It.

 

“Motivation is a tough nut to crack.” -Jack LaLanne

Being physically inactive is considered a real health threat that leads to premature disability or even death.  They even have a name for it Continue reading “Move As If Your Life Depended On It.”