Be Healthy, Be Happy # 44


Regarding healthy nutrition, there has been so much talk and advice given over the years to eat a low cholesterol diet, so that we do not add body fat and extra weight; which was also supposed to help decrease our chances of heart disease. We now know that this is not true, as there is a great deal of science-backed research and evidence to show that consuming high-fat foods such as eggs, butter, etc …. will not cause cholesterol increases in our body. Additionally, we need cholesterol for many functions – more on this in future posts.

It has come to light in recent years that the more accurate cause of obesity and cardiovascular conditions is the consumption of highly processed foods, excess sugar and simple carbohydrates. The reason for this is that eating these types of foods often cause spikes in blood sugar, with more insulin being produced. As long as we remain insulin-sensitive, our pancreas will operate at an optimum level. However, if too much insulin is constantly being introduced, some people eventually become insulin-resistant, which can be very damaging to various systems in the body. This excellent article offers a complete explanation, along with some additional details and advice for reducing insulin resistance.

Personally, my goal with my daily nutrition habits is to increase my glucose-insulin levels as little as possible. That is why I eat low-carbohydrates, along with moderate-sufficient protein intake, and a higher-healthy fats amount. This gives me all the energy I need, without needing to snack throughout each day on foods-drinks that will increase insulin and cause hunger again a short time later.

More details to come in upcoming posts, regarding these important topics – as we also consider satiety, hormone secretions, and other energy sources besides carbohydrates-proteins-fats ….



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Be Healthy, Be Happy # 43

WELCOME TO 2019 !!

It is that time of year again for many people …. time to make one or more resolutions for the upcoming new year. Resolutions can be incredibly meaningful and powerful for a variety of reasons, not the least being the rationale of becoming a better person. The most common resolutions usually revolve around improving or enhancing our personal health and wellness. These types of resolutions often begin with good intentions and actions that generate positive results in the beginning weeks. Yet, as many of you likely realize, the new habits of more exercise …. better nutrition …. good sleep, etc …. most often last for only a number of weeks and possibly a few months; before we return to past daily practices which may not be as beneficial to our overall health.

Personally, I am taking a few moments to appreciate my current life, and what I have accomplished in 2018; as simultaneously I look forward to the years ahead. I am trying (not always successfully) to give less focus to material possessions, while striving to cherish memories and moments of new relationships formed with a number of people. Interacting with family and friends is vital to our emotional-social health. This can be somewhat accomplished using various forms of social media, but face-to-face conversations and experiences are more effective and longer-lasting.

In terms of a resolution, I hereby restate my main goal and purpose in life – continue to: help others maximize the benefits of exercise, sleep, nutrition, and other lifestyle factors in order to optimize their healthspan. Following my passion and desire, I aim to support others in discovering what I have found in recent years – how to live an optimally healthy lifestyle, to maintain energy along with a general level of fitness and proper weight, and to be happy with my choices.
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A few well-known quotes for additional inspiration ….

“In the New Year, never forget to thank your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!”
—Mehmet Murat Ildan

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can install in us.”
—Hal Borland

“By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved—and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses—you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.”
—Jack Canfield

I wish all of my family, friends and “followers” a fantastic New Year in 2019 !!



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