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Sunday, October 03, 2004
YOUR TUMMY OR YOUR LIFE..... A short guide to making better, smarter, more empowered eating choices.
(for more inforamtion on this article go to lifetimefitness.com)

** RESPECT YOUR BODY. Understand the role your food choices play in your health. Ask yourself: Where are poor food choices showing up in my health, energy and appearance?

** START SEEING FOR FOR WHAT IT IS.Most restaurant and packaged foods are the same six or seven cheap ingredients combined in different ways. Most of the ingredients are not ones you want to be eating in any quantity. Notice how food is marketed and advertised. What are the tactics the company is using to get you to buy it? What emotional/social benefit are they implying.?

** DON'T TRY TO ELIMINATE ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU LOVE.But do reduce the frequency and / or portion size of the ones you know aren't good for you. Also look for healtier options, and try new things now and then!

** LEARN TO COOK FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY, AND DO IT TOGETHER--OFTEN. It is possible to whip together a fine, fresh dinner in under 30 minutes. You can do breakfast or lunch in ifve!

** CHOOSE FOODS LESS FOR THAT THEY DON'T HAVE IN THEM,and more for what they do hae to offer for the body, both in terms of quantity and effectiveness. If the food isn't based on healthy, nutritious ingredients, even if it does'nt have anything really, "bad", you can choose better.

** GO FOR BASIC GOODNESS.The close to the original form of food, the more it has to offer. Taste, satisfaction, nutrients all peak in fresh fruit, for example. Frozen fruit, a bit less so, and canned the least. Choose fresh, locally grown food whenever it is ripe and available.

** RESIST ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT OFFERS. And avoid restaurants that trade
on "botomless breakfast bread baskets". Also be wary of food products menus that use the words like "giant" "collosal" and "extreme" to flaunt their wares. Real quality is likely not a priority here. Keep in mind that most U.S. restaurants are simply not very good at vegetables, fruits or whole grains. They are good at industrially produced proteins and fats and refined grains. Does'nt your body deserve better?

** CUT YOURSELF OFF. If you hae trouble with portion control, don't take an open bag of snacks with you while you do something mindless. If you're served a large palte at a restaurant, immediately ask to have half of the portion put in a doggy bag for another meal.

** PORTION CONTROLis far more easier and healthier! Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables produce greater satisfaction and don't initiate "goot have more" cravings the way many processed, sweetened and artificially falovred products do.

** FEED YOURSELF FOR HEALTH FIRST then indulge your desires. If you eat your entire meal and still want the bread, have a slice. But if you start with teh bread beforehand, you may fill up on it.

** CARRY A STACH OF HEALTHY SNACKS and "convenience foods" with you. Get a good, easy-to-carry cooler and some portable, reusable food storage containers. Know what and where you are goint to eat each day-- before you leave the hosue.

** BE LABEL SMART. ingredients are listed in the order used. Sugar assumes several disguises, such as fructose, sucrose and other "ose" endings. Be specially wary of high fructose corn syrup. Also beware of refined fats. Trans fats are not curently listed as such, but anything that contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil will contain trans fats in similar portions.

** BE CAUTIOUS OF FOODS that proudly trumpet that they are "fat free" or "sugar free". If they don't have good stuff in them, it does'nt really matter.Also watch out for "made with whole grain", marketing messages. The product may have just a little whole wheat mixed in with mostly refined.
posted by infraternam meam @ 2:49 PM  
  • At 10:00 PM, Blogger Angel said…

    Good evening, I had tried to email you but it did not go through. Figured I'd drop by here to say Hi!

    I saw your comments on Sean’s blog and had to drop a line. My grandfather, George D. of Maywood, ILL was a survivor of the Death March.

    Grandpa was a member of the 33rd Div Tank Co. They were merged into the 192nd Tank Btn, Bravo CO. He Arriving in Manila on Thanksgiving Day, 1941, a young, 21 year old private. He managed to survive the December 8, 1941 attack on Clark Field by the Japanese and fought on for the next 4 months. On April 9th, 1942 he became a POW of the Japanese. Grandpa joined the Bataan Death March at Mariveles and managed to survive that also.

    After arriving at Camp O’Donnell, he was then sent on to Cabanatuan when it opened where he was used as slave labor until October of 1944. He was then moved to the port area of Manila and was boarded on the Hokusen Maru, one of the Japanese death ships. Well, again, he managed to survive the 39 day voyage packed in the belly of the ship like livestock being taken to the slaughter. They arrived in Formosa, one of only 3 ships out of the original 37 that had set sail.

    He was held on Formosa from November, 1944 until January, 1945. In January, 1945, he was boarded onto yet another ship and taken to Honshu Island, Japan. He remained on Honshu until he was liberated.

    My Uncle Mike, grandpa's Son, still lives in Chicago Land region along with a good portion of our family.

    It’s always amazing what a small world it really is :)

    Best regards to your Dad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • At 2:25 PM, Blogger infraternam meam said…

    to Angel,

    tks for the visit. if u will read my blog again, pls email me at meldelossantos@comcast.net i have sent ur comment to my dad. he was so happy to know about the survival of ur uncle. i dont know how to reach u.

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