June 25, 2012

How Sugar Affects Triglycerides

Posted in LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:51 pm by PCOSLady

PCOS Lady:
Do you have questions on triglycerides? I sure did like how do i lower them, what are they, etc…
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http://conditions.aolhealth.com/triglycerides/site-map
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Triglyceride FAQs
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1. What are triglycerides?
Triglycerides are a type of fat derived from the food we eat. Any calories we take in that aren’t used right away for energy are converted into triglycerides. Triglycerides move through the blood and are stored in fat cells. Our hormones regulate when triglycerides are released from fat cells to be used as energy between meals.
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2. Why should I care about my triglyceride level?
A high blood triglyceride level–called hypertriglyceridemia–increases your risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. It’s linked to an increased risk for diabetes. High triglycerides are also a risk factor for chronic pancreatitis–inflammation of the pancreas.
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3. What causes high triglycerides?
Excess triglycerides occur most often due to inactivity and being overweight. But they can also be triggered by high alcohol consumption, diabetes, or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Hypertriglyceridemia can also be a side effect of some medications, including birth control, corticosteroids, beta blockers, and others. High triglycerides also can stem from a genetic condition.
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4. How do I know if I have high triglycerides?
A simple blood test, called a fasting lipid profile, measures cholesterol and triglycerides. If you’ve had your cholesterol tested and know your numbers, it’s likely your triglycerides were included. Doctors usually recommend men and women have the test at least every five years, beginning at age 20. People who have high triglycerides or are at risk for heart disease may need to have the test more often. Ask your doctor when you should be tested.
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5. What does my triglyceride level mean?
Everyone has triglycerides in their body. And at normal levels, triglycerides are healthy. Talk to your doctor if your levels are above normal.
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Below are the ranges for triglyceride levels:
Normal: Less than 150 mg/dL
Borderline-high: 150 to 199 mg/dL
High: 200 to 499 mg/dL
Very high: 500 mg/dL or higher
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6. What lifestyle changes can I make to lower my triglycerides or keep them under control?
If you’re overweight, reduce your calorie intake to achieve a normal weight. Exercise at least 30 minutes each day. Eat a diet low in saturated and trans fats. Drink alcohol only in moderation–one drink a day for women and two for men at most. And try to reduce your carbohydrate intake to no more than 60 percent of total calories. A diet high in carbohydrates raises triglyceride levels.
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7. Are there medications that can help?
Lifestyle changes are the primary treatment for hypertriglyceridemia. But there are medications that may help some people. If your doctor prescribes medicine for high triglyceride levels, it’s still very important to exercise and eat a healthy diet.
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How Sugar Affects Triglycerides
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From Every Day Health site – story is deleted
Triglycerides Health Center
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High-Fructose Corn Syrup May Lead to High Triglycerides
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Open your fridge or cupboard, and take a look at the labels on your food. Chances are you’ll see high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a common form of added sugar. The U.S. food supply provides a whopping 53 pounds of HFCS per person each year. That adds up to a lot of empty calories. Now a new study from Princeton University suggests that it may also lead to higher triglycerides.
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Is HFCS Bad News?
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HFCS is made by processing corn syrup to create a blend of two simple sugars: fructose and glucose. The result is a cheap sweetener used in a wide array of sugary drinks and processed foods, such as regular sodas, energy drinks, sweetened fruit drinks, candies, desserts, canned fruits, jams, yogurt, condiments, soups, spaghetti sauce, crackers, cereals, and breads.
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In the Princeton study, rats given HFCS gained more weight than those given sucrose (a.k.a. table sugar). This was true even when their calorie intake was the same. Over a period of months, rats fed HFCS also developed higher triglycerides and abnormal increases in abdominal fat. When such changes occur together in humans, they increase the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
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The Effect on Triglycerides
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Scientists are just starting to sort out how HFCS and triglycerides might be linked.
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Fructose vs. Glucose
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There has been little research done comparing the effects of HFCS with those of pure fructose or pure glucose. Pure fructose—found naturally in fruit—is broken down and used by the body differently from glucose.
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Studies show that eating a lot of fructose may raise triglyceride levels after meals. If this eating pattern continues for weeks, it may lead to higher triglyceride levels at other times, too. The triglyceride-raising effect may be stronger in men and in women after menopause than in younger women. Compared to glucose, fructose also may decrease insulin sensitivity and increase belly fat—risk factors for heart disease and diabetes that often go hand-in-hand with elevated triglycerides.
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HFCS vs. Sucrose
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In real life, most sugar in the U.S. diet isn’t pure fructose or glucose. Instead, it’s HFCS or sucrose. The latter are both compounds made of fructose and glucose, but there are key differences between them. First, sucrose contains equal parts fructose and glucose. But HFCS contains unequal amounts and often is a bit heavier on the fructose side. Second, the fructose molecules in HFCS, unlike those in sucrose, are “free” and “unbound.” This means they’re easier for the body to use.
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Theoretically, these differences could account for the different effects seen in rats fed HFCS or sucrose. Researchers think similar effects may occur in people as well. But more research in humans is needed before any firm conclusions can be drawn.
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Short and Sweet Advice
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What does this mean for you? To help manage not only your triglycerides but also your weight, it’s best to limit all added sugars. That’s any form of sugar put into a food or drink during processing, cooking, or serving. The American Heart Association says such sugars should add up to no more than 150 calories (about 9 teaspoons) per day for men or 100 calories (about 6 teaspoons) per day for women.
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Reaching this goal isn’t easy; the average American currently gets more than two to three times that many calories per day from sugar. But every little bit helps.
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Keep reading those food labels. If you see HFCS listed there, you might want to give your food or drink choice a second thought.

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June 2, 2012

Weight Loss Tricks, Tips

Posted in LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:21 pm by PCOSLady

WEIGHT LOSS TRICKS & TIPS
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PCOS Lady:
Weight loss is a daily thought for us… We each have our own tricks, tips and ways… Some interesting info and ways were found in the sites listed…
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TIPS
~ Eat every 2-3 hours, keep your stomach moving to keep your metabolism up…
~ Always eat your carb with a protein… The protein knocks the carbs out of you!
~ Eat a strict diet for 2 days, add carbs every 3rd day… Research just proved the body never adjusts to this…
~ Always keep water with you to hydrate…
~ Eat only butter! Margarine just clogs your arteries with plaque…
~ Stay low keyed on aspartame products! It creates havoc in “YOU” over time!
~ Read labels… Stay away from “low fat” “diet” etc… stuff! They have hidden nasty ingredients in them!
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http://www.drozfans.com/dr-oz-diet/dr-oz-swimsuit-slimdown-drink-salad-recipe-aminophylline-cream/
~ Dr Oz … Secret Swimsuit Slimdown Drink Recipe
* Combine 1 C grapefruit juice, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, and 1 tsp honey. Drink this combination before every meal. Apple cider vinegar helps you burn and break down fat. This drink combination also burns away your fat, literally. Drink it 3 x per day before meals. *
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http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/10/12/goldilocks-exercise-zone.aspx?e_cid=20121012_DNL_art_1
~ Dr Mercola .. Less Can Be More, Research Shows: Maximizing Health Benefits of Exercise By Finding Your “Goldilock’s Zone”
* Avoiding fructose and other grain carbohydrates is a critical element of a successful weight loss strategy. This includes sports or energy drinks and fruit juices (even if they’re freshly squeezed) … Read complete article at site …
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NUTS for You!
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Almonds ~ 1/4c = 1/4c milk’s calcium
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Pistachios ~ 1oz = 1/2 a banana of 310 mg of potassium ( crucial for nerve central & muscle function)
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Walnuts ~ 1/4c 91% of daily value omega 3’s (boots brain function, lowers inflammatory disease risk like arthritis & psoriasis)
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Soy Nuts ~ rich in isoflavones – protect bones & heart (not a nut)
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IDEAS
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Discover Raspberry Ketone – Shed Pounds Naturally
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July 25, 2012
Dr. Oz recently featured Raspberry Ketone as a great natural weight
loss alternative. He praised it for its ability to effectively
target fat cells and increase the hormones in your body that allow
you to get thinner more effectively. He was impressed with how
quickly most users experienced results from Raspberry Ketone, with
many seeing a difference in as little as one week!
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SITES
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The Facts About Garcinia Cambogia
http://www.consumersguides.com/garcinia_cambogia_reviews/c1.html
~ Consumer Guides … The Facts About Garcinia Cambogia
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http://www.fitsugar.com/How-Do-I-Lose-Weight-25489490?slide=10
~ ~ Fit Sugar … The Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss: 56 Tips and Tricks to Drop Pounds Now
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http://www.doubleyourfatlossnow.com/
~ Dr Steve Sisskind … Which of These 4 Hormones Makes You Skinny?
* Adipodectin, Grehlin, Insulin, Cortisol … A video well worth watching!
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http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf
~ Diet Doctor … Real food for your health! … Do you want to eat real food (as much as you like) and improve your health and weight? It may sound too good to be true, but LCHF (Low Carb, High Fat) is a method that has been used for 150 years. Now, modern science backs it up with proof that it works. There is no weighing your food, no counting, no bizarre “meal replacements,” no pills. There is just real food and common sense. And all the advice here is 100 percent free.
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http://weight-loss.alltopics.com/

~ Alltopics … Weight-Loss offers diet plans, pills, body mass index and other helpful tools. Here readers can find the latest news and diet information as well as delicious recipes to help readers achieve their dietary goals. Articles are constantly updated, rated by popularity and gathered from every source on the Web.
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http://www.weightlosshelpandtips.net/
~ Weight Loss Help and Tips … Weight loss tips, fitness and diet tips for fast, natural and easy weight loss from experts for everyone…
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http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss
~ Prevention … Weight Loss: Weight Loss Tips, Diets, Flat Belly Diet … How to lose weight fast with weight loss tips, low-calorie diets, healthy diet plans, and healthy recipes that reduce belly fat, boost metabolism, and help you cut …
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http://www.theweightlosstipssite.com/category/weight-loss-tips/fast-ways-to-stay-motivated-to-weight-loss-plan/

~ Free Weight Loss Tips … Site gives you hundreds of free weight loss tips and discusses weight loss programs, weight loss methods and many other ways to help you loss weight.
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http://www.ayurvedicliving.org/
~ Ayurvedic Living … Ayurveda: the ancient art & science of life! Here you will find practical information on Ayurvedic diet, herbs, medicine, and treatments – including Ashwagandha, Triphala, Shilajit, Shatavari, and more!
~ Before learning about Ayurvedic dieting and treatment, and how you can use it to enhance your health and life; it is important that you understand the basic concepts behind this healing art.
– See more at: http://www.ayurvedicliving.org/#sthash.X7THI9R8.dpuf
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http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/weight-loss/tips/
~ Fitness Magazine … Smart weight-loss tips, simple weight-loss tricks, and easy diet ideas for fast and easy weight loss.
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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/health-tip/HT00321/rss=1
~ Mayo Clinic … Health tips from Mayo Clinic, featuring simple strategies for a healthy lifestyle.
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http://www.livestrong.com/weight-loss-tips/
~ Livestrong … Improve your health, lifestyle, diet nutrition with Weight Loss Tips news, facts, tips, other information. Educate yourself about Weight Loss Tips help yourself and …
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http://www.101weightloss.com/articles/weight-loss-tips-for-women-over-40-224.htm
~ 101 Weight Loss … Visit for quick, easy, safe & healthy weight loss tips. Articles on diets, pills, plans, programs and more.
NOTE:
Some prescription drugs may also be hindering your weight loss efforts or may even cause weight gain. According to the experts, more than 50 commonly used drugs can have these types of effects. Some of these are:
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~ Prednisone -A steroid prescribed for respiratory ailments.
~ Elavil – An antidepressant.
~ Tofranil – Another antidepressant.
~ Zyprexia – In drug that addresses psychosis.
~ Diabeta – For diabetic patients.
~ Diabinese – Another commonly used drug for diabetes.
~ Prevacid – Anti hurt-burn
~ Nexium – Another anti hurt-burn drug.
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Ask your pharmacist about the drugs you take in relation to preventing your weight loss…
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http://weightlossgo.com/
~ Weight Loss Go … Do you want to lose weight? I show you how, with a huge collection of over 100 weight loss tips and easy weight loss solutions to make losing weight easy and achievable. Known celeb diet links listed…
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http://pinterest.com/search/?q=weight+loss
~ Pinterest … Posts on weight loss… Infinite topics at your fingertips!
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All Things Food and Diet – FatSecret
http://www.fatsecret.com/Default.aspx?pa=ds&type=1
~ Fat Secret … Popular diets listed, 59 pages to search through… Has Info, journals, diet talk, recipes, tips, members categories for each diet… Find great meal ideas, diet tools, community support and more as you discover a world of healthy eating…
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A Compendium on Nutrition, Health, & Fitness
http://examine.com/
~ Examine … Examine.com is a compendium on on nutrition, health, fitness, and supplements. Everything on Examine.com is backed with citations to published scientific … Obsessed with facts!
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http://www.trimdownclub.com/
~ Trim Down Club Program … Powerful tools such as menu planner, progress meter and diet journal. lose weight while eating your favorite foods. Track your success and monitor your results.
~ To join Trim Down Club, you must pay a one time fee of $47 to get the Quick Start Guide, the Trim Down Main Program, the Trim Down Club Cookbook, the Guide to Food Shopping the Proper Way, and all the available online tools.
~ Video: http://www.info.trimdownclub.com/introduction.html
~ Recipes: http://www.trimdownclub.com/view-recipes/
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FOOD
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Local Harvest / Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food
www.localharvest.org/
~ Local harvest … Locally grown produce anywhere in the country! Use our map to locate farmers markets, family farms, CSAs, farm stands, and u-pick produce in your area …
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GOOGLE:
healthy weight loss tips
weight loss plans
weight loss programs
free weight loss tips
weight loss exercises
weight loss diets
vegan pcos goddess blog
ayurvedic living
garcinia cambogia

April 24, 2012

Lifestyle Ways of Change

Posted in LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:47 am by PCOSLady

RASBERRIES...


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Lifestyle (weight loss) Ways of Change

Lifestyle change is finding the way of eating that best suits you… Your looks, health and life depends on it!
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PCOS Lady
Abit on me, i dropped 6 full dress sizes and 60lbs in 8 months in the early 90’s… High protein, complex & low carbs is the way i did it… I combined a body builder’s diet, Atkin’s, Weight Watcher’s and my own ways in it… No added exercise accept my normal work days… My fat was solid, no cellulite…
~ Many body builders complimented me on my diet… Telling me no bananas 1st thing was my only mistake!
~ I gained many pounds back over time… I knew then i needed help for an internal problem…
~ 2003 i was diagnosed with PCOS, a hormone imbalance issue…
~ Given Glucophage XR 500mg daily…
~ 2003 i lost 6 full dress sizes and 30lbs in 4 months…
~ Budget forced me off the Gluc, i put some weight back on with cellulite…
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I will add things i have learned and read to do here…
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Dr Oz
5 Things to AVOID in Your Diet, i watched the documentary too… It takes like 4+ months to shed a good portion of weight, get off your meds for Diabetes and heart issues, etc…
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Those of you with the Pillsbury Dough Boy tummy, this way is for you!
~ My 2nd husband did the Opti-Fast Diet, his tummy stayed!
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5 Things to AVOID in Your Diet…
October 11, 2006
Oprah Show
By Dr Oz & Dr Roizen
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Complaint: Overweight, rundown and exhausted…
Problem: Her *diet and little exercise…
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Fact: Look outside their life to pinpoint the problems…
Fact: 2 weeks of eating right WILL shift your life curve…
BUT, eating right then eating bad for 2 weeks will change that life curve, too…
Fact: The biggest changes are outside of you!
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5 Things to AVOID in Your Diet
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1 ~ sugar…
2 ~ high fructose corn syrup – ages arteries and hurts your immune
system…
3 ~ hydrogenated oil & partially hydrogenated – leads to heart disease…
4 ~ enriched (flour, etc…) – They took it out and put the bad back in…
5 ~ salt…
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* Olive Oil improves arteries!
– Sugar & water drinks are BAD!
* Eat foods from the earth and nature!
* Air popped popcorn is good for you…
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Alton Brown’s Diet
http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/b/2010/02/10/alton-browns-four-list-eating-plan.htm
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Diet Tips & Tricks
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Diet for 2 days then add a few extra carbs every 3rd day! The body never gets used to it…
– Per research studies of late…
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Water rehydrates you! I suggest keeping it with you all the time…
http://www.naturodoc.com/library/nutrition/water.htm
~ Naturo Doc on water…
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Workouts:
Eat something like yogurt or drink a protein shake before you do… Otherwise you will lose muscle along with fat per Dr Oz… 5/8/2012 show…
~ www.Mercola.com
~ Sugar or HFCS eaten after a workout will completely shut down your body’s production of your Human Growth Hormone…
~ Dr Oz said do not grab an energy drink after a work out either for the same reason…
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Isometrics:
A certified personal trainer told me to hold it 6 seconds each rep… 6 is the magic number!
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Drinks – Clear soda is far better than colored ones… Colored ones have chemicals in it to hurt you… Mountain Dew is the worst! It has Bromade(sp) (Bromine) a poison in it shadowed by heavy amounts of sugar…
– Beer – Budweiser is the only beer loaded with chemicals which answers why most people get headaches drinking it!
(a beer distributor manager told me)
– * A headache is the 1st thing a person will usually experience when the body is rejecting what you are eating, drinking or taking….
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Waist:
Healthy: Your waist should be half your height…
– To measure, suck your tummy in for a proper measurement per Dr Oz!
– Women, waist should be no more than 35″…
– Men, waist no more than 40″…
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Do not ever eat a banana 1st thing! Tummy can’t digest it…
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Biggest Loser says eat small meals, meat, veggies & sides the size of your palm…
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Start with this list… I say modify…
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You can always discard the bun and bread to use lettuce…
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Remember to eat something every 2-3 hours…
Plus do not eat anything 3 hours before bedtime…
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Always eat carbs with a protein! You never absorb the calories…
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Drink a 12 oz of soda a day if you like…
Stay away from diet stuff – BAD for you!
Use butter never margarine, etc…
– Margarine clogs arteries!
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Chew sugarless gum or keep hard candy or nuts or trail mix with you…
– 1/4 cup of almonds or walnuts daily are great!
– Pistachios are good too…
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Know it takes 2 weeks to wean your body off carbs and cravings…
– Proteins keep your tummy satisfied…
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Keep a high protein level daily of 30% to keep muscle mass….
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“Key” Test
Get a blood test done called Serum Insulin Level test!
A blood test, level should be under 11 to lose weight… If 12 and higher you need a strict diet, hard exercise or you may have a hormone imbalance or something else….
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PCOS Lady, I do say modify it for you…
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Sensa
Sensa is scientifically proven to be safe. In fact everyone can use it. Its ingredients are composed of Maltodextrin, Tricalcium Phosphate, Silica, Natural and Artificial Flavors, FD&C Yellow 5, Carmine, Soy and Milk ingredients which are all considered non toxic and harmless to the body. Unlike other slimming product, none of the above mentioned ingredients can cause any gastrointestinal disruptions such as increase bowel movements, stomach cramps, or nausea and vomiting for it purely targets and works on your perception level specifically your taste and smell sensory.
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http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/555952-the-9-most-dangerous-health-foods/#slide-5
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Margarine vs Butter
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In a head-to-head battle between butter and its artificial competitor, the original wins by a landslide. Sure, the spreads have the same number of calories, but Margarine has more trans fat, which simultaneously raises your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and lowers “good” (HDL) cholesterol, according to the Mayo Clinic. “That’s the one ingredient we dietitians recommend to avoid completely,” Moskovitz says. To limit your risk of heart disease, stick with the real stuff. And choose whipped butter, which has a lower caloric density.
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Sites
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http://www.glycemicedge.com/glycemic-index-chart/
~ Glycemic Index is a great tool to go by…
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www.DoctorOz.com
~ Dr Oz’s show site …
http://www.tv.com/shows/the-dr-oz-show/
~ All his shows from 9/14/09
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www.Mercola.com
~ Dr Mercola …
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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss-plateau/MY01152
~ Mayo Clinic … Plateau explained…
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http://www.thedietchannel.com/AskTheExpert/dieting-weightloss-obesity/Diet-Plateau-Strategies-for-overcoming.htm
~ The Diet Channel … Plateau strategies
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http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/
~ 3 Fat Chicks … Forum, recipes, etc…
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www .HungryGirl.com

~ Hungry Girl has good recipes, newsletter, etc…
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http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/10-ways-to-move-beyond-a-weight-loss-plateau
~ Web MD …10 Ways to move past your plateau…
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http://www.poweroverpcos.com
~ Julie Merrick is a naturopath who has overcome PCOS Herself…
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http://ayurveda-diet.org/
~ Ayurveda Diet is the traditional medicine of India, which dates back approximately 5,000 years…
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http://dashdiet.org
~ Marla Heller, MS, RD author of the book, The DASH Diet Action Plan … Ranked #1 diet…
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http://dm.trysensa.com/dms2681/
~ Sensa … The celebs are using this! Patty Stanger dropped 30lbs in 4 months….
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http://www.livestrong.com
~ Live Strong, the limitless potential of you site…
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http://www.dietdetective.com/lose-weight.aspx
~ Diet Detective TV Show …
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http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/coach-yourself-thin?cm_mmc=Spotlight-_-942022-_-06112012-_-Think-Your-Way-Thin-hed
~ Prevention … 5 Ways to Think Your Way Thin …
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BOOKS
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http://www.shopwiki.com/l/The-Sugar-Blockers-Diet?sb=1
~ The Sugar Blockers Diet … by Rob Thompson, MD …
~ One for Insulin Resistant and Diabetics i feel …
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