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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Brain, Obesity and Food- Part 5

“Any fool can make a rule and every fool will mind it" David Thoreau.
  As you may know or not know, there have been dozens of popular diets to choose from, however very few have been tested in intervention trials. Therefore, their claims have been usually based on testimonials by celebrities. Pick your favorite celebrity.  Some of these diets work initially because of the low calorie intake; however weight gain often occurs when the diet is discontinued.  Recent studies have found that the glycemic load (a relative measure of the amount of carbohydrate in a food and how quickly it raises blood sugar) may be important for weight loss, especially for those who secrete high levels of insulin. Also, don’t forget that herbal supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids were removed from the US market in February 2004, 2002 because of risk of illness or injury. Since ephedra’s removal from the market, several dietary supplements have emerged to take its place-bitter orange extract.
Currently, soy isoflavones and genistein have been shown to have several potential benefits for weight regulation. Another increasingly popular weight loss measure is bariatric surgery which has increased from 13,365 procedures in 1998 to 102,794 in 2002. By the way, recent research has found bariatric surgery to be safe for obese patients with coronary artery disease. Lastly, research shows a significant relationship between obesity and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can raise markers of systemic inflammation such as C- reactive protein. Don’t forget to consult your dentist.
Some additional suggestions concerning weight: 1. Incorporate seafood and soy-based protein sources regularly. 2. Eat a mixed diet with some fat, protein, carbohydrates, and soluble fiber in each meal-including breakfast.3. Don’t lose more than 1 to 2 pounds per week from calorie restriction alone. 4. Where appropriate, choose foods with three or more grams of fiber per serving 5. Minimize alcohol intake. If you choose to drink select a light beer or wine rather than mixed drinks containing cream or added sugars. 6. Maintain an accurate food/activities/mood diary. 7 Use cognitive behavioral strategies and social support.  If possible join a cognitive behavioral weight loss program. 8. Consider meal replacements for one or two meals/day. Use is associated with significantly greater weight loss than low-calorie diets alone. 9. Follow the USDA’s recommendations and website as a starting point (HTTP:// 10 Fine-tune your dietary habits with the help of a dietitian.
Alpha and I ran yesterday. This week I’m tapering for my Way Too Cool 50 K. Alpha is planning on running about 23 miles of it. Race day is Saturday. Don’t forget to keep moving with humor.
To be continued:


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