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A Healthy Diet Plan

A Healthy Diet Plan
Renee Kennedy

How do you plan to lose weight?

Losing weight, gaining weight or maintaining a healthy
weight can be a difficult task. However, if you learn to eat healthy and
exercise regularly, and you train your body to accept that – instead
of a daily task, it can become a “way of life.”

Here is a simple 5 step plan that can help you learn how to live
a healthier life:

  1. Get into a Healthy Eating Mindset:

    If you are going to lose weight or gain weight you must believe that you
    can do it. If you are discouraged, you will not be
    able to do it. You must think, I CAN LOSE WEIGHT. I WILL
    LOSE WEIGHT. I WILL GET HEALTHY STARTING RIGHT NOW!

    This may seem a little over the top – but it’s not.
    You need to get yourself into a healthy mindset. You need
    to give yourself positive reinforcement and pump yourself up.

    You may need some help to get into a healthy mindset.
    It is not a weakness to admit that you need
    help. In order to be a healthy person, you have to admit
    that sometimes you just can’t do it by yourself. You may
    need the help of a trained professional (a doctor, a dietician,
    a personal trainer) or simply a support network of friendly
    people. If you have tried to do it on your own and have failed,
    then it is time to get the help that you need – start with your
    family physician.

    Your support network can be composed of people that
    are available for you to talk to, they should be positive people
    and they should believe in YOU.

    If you don’t want to count on your friends and family – you may
    need to go out and pay for a diet plan – Weight Watchers,
    Jenny Craig, NutriSystem are a few of the programs that also
    provide a support network of actual people you can talk
    to and find encouragement from.

  2. Find Motivation, Set Goals, and Reward Yourself:

    Motivation to lose weight or get healthier is going to be
    completely up to you! Whether you are just trying
    to lose a few pounds to go to your high school class reunion
    or you are trying to lose fifty pounds so that you can
    be a healthy person and play with your children… You need
    to find a motivation.

    Once you have a motivation, set attainable goals.
    Set goals that you know you can achieve.
    In other words, don’t try to lose five pounds in one week.
    One or two pounds per week is a small, attainable goal.

    Also, plan to reward yourself when you’ve reached your goal.
    For instance, if your motivation is to shed ten pounds to
    go to your class reunion, then reward yourself with a new outfit
    to wear to the reunion. Or, if your motivation is to lose
    50 pounds so that you will feel healthier, plan one fun day going
    to an amusement park when you’ve reached your goal weight.

    Take little steps. Motivate yourself using rewards every step
    of the way. Set goals and rewards. For instance,
    “When I lose 5 lbs, I will reward myself with a new pair
    of shoes.”

    Set your own rewards based on what you really, really want.
    Follow through – don’t just say you will reward yourself and
    then conveniently forget because there are more important things
    to buy or do – GO THROUGH WITH YOUR REWARD PLAN.

  3. Plan to Eat Healthy Foods and Healthy Serving Sizes:

    The US government has provided us with a healthy “food pyramid.”
    This plan works! So don’t be afraid to use it.
    It’s simple, too. If you are an adult, each day you should have
    the following allotment:

    1. Fats, Oils and Sweets – use sparingly.
    2. Milk, Yogurt, Cheese – 2 to 3 servings.
    3. Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Nuts, Eggs – 2 to 3 servings.
    4. Vegetables – 3 to 5 servings.
    5. Fruits – 2 to 3 servings.
    6. Grains, Bread, Cereal, Rice, Pasta – 6 to 11 servings.

    6 to 11 servings is a wide range.
    The amount of servings you need per day will be based on your
    daily activity and special needs:

    A breast-feeding mother will need the highest amounts –
    3 servings of milk and cheese, 3 servings of meat.

    A middle aged woman who has a desk job
    will probably need the lower servings suggested –
    6 servings of the grain/bread group, 2 servings of meat.

    6 servings of grains may seem like a lot of food – but –
    you must be careful on the serving size. A pasta meal at a restaurant
    may equal 6 servings of pasta. Watching the amount of food
    is as important as the kinds of food.
    Serving sizes follow:

    • milk group – – 1 cup 2%, 1 cup yogurt, 1 1/2 oz of cheese
    • meat group — 2-3 oz. of meat, 1/2 cup cooked dry beans,
    • vegetable group — 1/2 cup of cooked or raw cut up, 1 cup raw leafy
    • fruit group — medium sized piece of fruit or 1/2 cup cut up, 3/4 cup of juice
    • grain group — a serving is 1/2 cup of cooked pasta or rice, 1 slice of bread, 1 oz.
      dry cereal.

    Do not assume that the serving sizes on packaged products
    are the same as the above. Use common sense. Be honest
    with yourself about serving sizes.

    Here is a cool visual chart that makes for great printing. Print
    it out and tack it up on your refrigerator! Another great motivator is tacking up a picture of
    yourself on the fridge – as you are now or as you would like to be.

  4. Plan to Exercise:

    You don’t need to run a marathon every day in order to get exercise.
    There are little ways that you can get the exercise you need everyday.
    Here are some suggestions – choose at least one of these and do it
    everyday or at least once a week. I guarantee that after a
    couple months – if you don’t get your exercise, you will MISS it!

    1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
    2. Park the farthest away spot from the store every time you go.
    3. Take a 30 minute walk everyday. (This is the one that I do – I
      love my walk, if I don’t get my walk, I really feel at a loss – and
      I am definitely NOT an exercise fanatic, but I never miss my walking
      even on vacation – and I feel GREAT because of it.)
    4. Take an aerobics class or a dance class. (Do you have a partner?
      Take ballroom dancing! Not only will you get some exercise, you will
      also learn a useful, fun skill.)
    5. Get off the subway or bus stop one stop before where you normally
      get off and walk the rest of the way home.
    6. Decide to take up a sport like Tennis, Racquetball, or even join
      a Softball team. Check out your community athletic center or the YMCA
      for sports that you think you might like to participate in.
    7. Buy a work out video and commit to working out 20 minutes a
      day.
    8. There are some awesome workout programs for free on the
      internet. Here’s one at Drop a Dress Size in Six Weeks.
      (I like the free ones you can do at home, because if you’re like me,
      you’re a clutz and are embarrassed to be seen doing any of those
      exercises in public!)
  5. The Right Tools:

    1. Support Network –

      In the first part of the plan, we discussed a support network. This
      network may be made up of health professionals or simply
      a group of family or friends that you can talk to. They are positive
      people that will help you over the rough spots.

    2. Healthy Eating Guide –

      You need to know the right balance of foods to eat.
      Use this cool food pyramid.

      This pyramid is taken from the US Government Recommended Daily Allowances.
      If you join any type of Diet plan, they all have their individual
      ways of keeping track of your calories or nutritional intake,
      however, they are all similar to the Food Pyramid.

    3. Nutritional Counting Device –

      Make your healthy diet fun! The NutriCounter can help you keep
      track of your daily eating habits, it’s a wonderful way to get into
      a routine and stay healthy.
      Learn more about The NutriCounter.

About the Author

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Why Child Bearing Is Healthy

Why Child Bearing Is Healthy
Dr. Randy Wysong

From a purely biological perspective, bearing children can be considered the most important reason for a womans existence. For that matter, the same could be said about men, since both sexes are, in effect, disposable packages of genetic material. We die, but our genes continue on immortally.

With increasing population pressure and modern independent lifestyles (unlike the family farm where children were almost a necessity), procreation has become an option that is increasingly declined or at least significantly restricted. But with these choices women take themselves out of a natural biological role. Additionally, treating the breast as an ornament rather than a feeding organ by opting for synthetic formulas also removes women from a natural biological function.

When these choices are coupled with the use of contraceptive hormones, hormone replacement therapy, an increasing load of estrogenic pollutants in the environment and food, and a diet that has veered significantly from its natural design, the formula for hormonal pandemonium, metabolic dysfunction, and disease is in place. The result is early menses in children, infertility, abnormal and erratic menstrual cycles, cervical dysplasia, fibroids, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, premenstrual syndrome, dramatic mood swings and depression, osteoporosis, and other symptoms of abnormal menopause: hot flashes, psychological problems, decreased libido, and thinning of the vaginal wall.

This is a difficult problem with no easy solution. If women would have as many children as they are capable of, nurse them for years as they are designed to, eat natural foods, and live in a more pristine environment, most of these modern health problems would disappear.

If money flowed out of our tap we would not have economic problems either, right?

The desire to limit families may soon not even be an option. We either curtail population growth or we will saw through the branch we all sit on. Population is the engine that ultimately drives all environmental woes. We live on a finite planet with finite resources, but we have an infinite ability to breed. We either live within the limits of Earths sustainable resources or we will destroy ourselves. Having children may be a natural and healthy process, but can be a deadly game for sustainable life on Earth.

So we have a conundrum. Women need to fulfill their biological reproductive role to achieve metabolic balance and health, but if they do so unlimited, the health of life on Earth is jeopardized.

In an attempt to solve this dilemma, women have turned to the quick fix of pharmaceutical synthetic hormones. Hormones that control conception, hormones that control abnormal menstrual cycles, and hormones that fix menopause. It is an overly simplistic solution to a complex problem.

The saying, Dont mess with Mother Nature is particularly applicable when dosing the body with hormones. Since the 1940s when estrogen therapy became popular, hundreds of thousands of women have succumbed to cancer. For example, a woman is nearly 13 times more likely to get endometrial cancer, and at nearly a 30% increased risk of breast cancer when she takes estrogen. Recently, researchers have identified the two top preventable breast cancer risks: oral birth control pills and estrogen replacement therapy.

For those who justify the use of estrogen for the benefits of decreased risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, consider that proper exercise, diet and lifestyle choices can have the same beneficial effect without the potential consequence of cancer.

How have women specifically put themselves outside of their natural context to make themselves more susceptible to cancers?

The average mom gives birth to about two infants. Although this is an intelligent number from the standpoint of population control, it is unnatural in that by not continuing to have pregnancies and to nurse (which stops ovulations) she will ovulate an incredible 438 times during her lifetime.

On the other hand, a woman in the primitive natural setting who may not even know what causes pregnancy or how to prevent it even if they wanted to, would have started menstruating and ovulating at age twelve and would have delivered nine babies and breast-fed them over the course of her reproductive career. Breast-feeding can continue for children in a totally natural setting for up to five or more years of age. The combination of pregnancy along with breast-feeding in the premodern setting would have decreased the number of ovulations that a primitive mother would have had to about nine.

This means that today women cycle through their menstrual periods an abnormal number of times, subjecting their bodies to surges of estrogen 50 times greater than our primitive ancestors living in a natural setting.

Many cancers of women are sensitive to high levels of female hormones.

For example, breast cancer is sensitive to estrogen. In dogs, simply removing the ovaries can often prevent or halt the progress of mammary cancer. Tamoxifen in humans is used to block estrogen activity within the mammary glands and thus is believed to exert its protective effect in this way. (This pharmaceutical agent can, however, increase the risk of uterine cancer to about the same degree that the risk of breast cancer is reduced!)

The resting periods of lower estrogen levels that women experienced in the premodern setting served a protective effect to spare organs and tissues from cancer. Women who nurse for a total period of time of even as little as two years are known to have a decreased incidence of mammary cancer.

This excess ovulation hypothesis is the likely explanation for the tragic phenomenon of modern female cancers. When humans decide to flout and repudiate nature by interfering with natural biological design, disease will always be the consequence.

If the problem is a departure from nature, then the solution is a return to it. Here are some options:

1.Refer to the Wysong Optimal Health Program for guidelines on life choices that can enhance overall health and thus hormonal health (http://www.wysong.net/PDFs/ohp.pdf).

2.Emphasize fresh raw foods in the diet and avoid processed foods as much as possible.

3.Eliminate hydrogenated oils and refined sugars. Hydrogenated oils displace healthful dietary fats and have been shown to be carcinogenic, and sugars can stimulate a rise in estrogens.

4.Try to use organic foods as much as possible and avoid synthetic materials in cosmetics, at home and in the workplace to help reduce exposure to environmental estrogens.

5.Do not attempt low fat or low cholesterol fad diets that often create dependence upon processed carbohydrates and seriously reduce important natural dietary fats and essential fatty acids.

6.Increase the consumption of natural vegetable foods containing phytoestrogens which tend to counteract estrogens.

7.Avoid hormone medications if at all possible.

8.Explore natural birth control measures.

9.Nurse your babies for as long as you can.

Modern life presents many choices, freedoms and rights. Tinkering with child bearing, however, is a choice that is not without consequences. Women need to be aware and take the steps necessary to make sure the choices they make do not also bring with them the increased risk of serious modern diseases.

Reference:
Zeneca Pharaceuticals. Tamoxifen Patient Insert. Zeneca, Inc. Wilmington, DE. 1998.

Dr. Wysong is a former veterinary clinician and surgeon, college instructor in human anatomy, physiology and the origin of life, inventor of numerous medical, surgical, nutritional, athletic and fitness products and devices, research director for the present company by his name and founder of the philanthropic Wysong Institute. He is author of The Creation-Evolution Controversy now in its eleventh printing, a new two volume set on philosophy for living entitled Thinking Matters: 1-Living Life… As If Thinking Matters; 2-The Big Questions…As If Thinking Matters, several books on nutrition, prevention and health for people and animals and over 15 years of monthly health newsletters. He may be contacted at Wysong@Wysong.net and a free subscription to his e-Health Letter is available at http://www.wysong.net.


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