Think about it… calories are the ONLY source of power for humans. You see, energy is stored in food as “calories”. When calories are consumed, they energize human metabolism and human function for all sorts of activities. Whether building muscle and bone, thinking thoughts, growing hair, fighting disease-causing viruses and bacteria, or running a marathon, only calories can meet our energy needs. Calories are mandatory for life, health, and productivity.
Being at a healthy weight is a “must” for Optimum Health. This fact is no longer debated. And you know that to be true from experience. If our body starts storing too much weight (body fat), there will be negative health consequences. On the other hand, once that weight starts coming off, health often improves quickly and dramatically. I’ve seen this with thousands of individuals on their weight loss journey. Although a change to our daily routine is required, let’s consider some of the benefits.
I overheard a revealing father-to-son comment while eating out on vacation. A family of 3 was seated at the table right next to me. Sadly, both parents were overweight by 40+ pounds, as was the 20 year old son. The father, speaking wisdom, commented, “Son, be very careful to protect your health, or you will end up with problems. Look at me…”
Did you know that weight gain, an excessive appetite, high cholesterol, high blood sugars, heart disease, and diabetes have a common nutritional deficiency? The deficiency is present in over 90% of Americans and is related to fiber. It is a true epidemic, and almost every American is a victim! High fiber foods like oat bran, beans, rice bran, barley, citrus fruits, and berries tend not to be daily foods for most Americans, and that has created a problem. The message is that…
You and I have a common goal, and it is all about you. We both want to…
“Achieve and Maintain YOUR Optimum Health!”
I use the term “Optimum Health” frequently. After all, health matters. And when it comes to something as important as your health, mediocrity and compromise have no place. Optimum Health is an extremely valuable and “necessary” goal, so let’s define it:
Protein… I call it the “Dieter’s Friend”. Did you know that dietary protein is ESSENTIAL for health? Literally, we cannot live without it. If you are protein deficient, your energy, strength, endurance, appearance, and even your immune system are not at their potential. Lean meat, dairy, eggs, and soy are just a few of the common foods that are good sources of quality protein.
The holidays keep rolling around year after year! What a great season! We each have much to be thankful for, and it is always a blessing to give gifts and host friends and family members for memorable and fun feasts and gatherings.
Unfortunately, the holidays typically involve less than ideal foods. If not careful, we can easily gain 5-10 pounds of unwanted weight gain between October 31st and January 1st! In fact, for some, the only weight gain they have during the entire year is during those few weeks. It is simply a difficult time to control food choices and portion sizes. It seems everyone is feasting, and they want us to join them! The temptation can be hard to resist.