US To Replace Food Pyramid With Food Plate

Apparently the food pyramid is confusing, so the US is thinking of following in the UK’s footsteps with the food plate.  I’m all for improvements but I’m not sure that confusion is the reason why a large portion of the US do not eat properly.  For me it’s because a McDonald’s is dangerously close and cheap(ish)….

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May 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Fast Food, Health, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Running Workouts

I am running my first 5K of the year on Sunday.  I have to admit that I haven’t been training for it a lot.  When I moved at the end of March I was running 3 or 4 times a week, but then the nice weather came and I did bootcamps, Insanity and biking by the water.  So I have improved my cardio, but running on your feet is quite different then being on a bike or interval training.

MSN.com offers combo training workouts here.  The idea is to incorporate into one workout the goals of 2 workouts…for instance, if you want to work on your race pace and increase your distance MSN offers a workout to work towards both goals.  Also the change up is nice.

And if you are a beginner runner, or returning to running after illness or a injury, read this on how to avoid the early pitfalls of running!  Helpful.  Second week is harder than first….

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Insanity Workout

Anyone else try the Insanity workouts? This is my favourite home dvd workout.  I changed daily, constantly challenges you and gets results.  I am 2 weeks in.  It starts off with a Fit Test, then a schedule of workouts, which are tough but short enough to fit into your day, in the privacy of your home.  No equipment needed!  I tried PX90 but didn’t have a chin up bar or somewhere to secure a fitness band to.  I just did the Fit Test at the 2 week mark and am impressed with how much improvement I have!

I should note that I haven’t been true to the schedule, I do what I can when I can, and also bike and do bootcamps.  That said, I still improved!

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10 Signs That You May Have Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and used to be called adult onset diabetes.  However younger and younger people are developing it.  It’s a killer and can be managed, even prevented if the early onset symptoms are detected.

Click here to see what the signs are and if you show any!

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9 Weight Loss Tips from Diabetes Community

EverydayHealth.com asked their Diabetes Community for their tips on weight management.  Click the link below to see their tips.

9 Weight Management Tips From Everyday Health Diabetes Support Members

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Immune System May Help Fight Obesity – Toronto Star

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Toronto Star, July 27, 2009 – Joseph Hall

Your immune system can target its own fat and could soon be manipulated to fight obesity and diabetes.  Constant overeating can overwhelm this natural defense but we can restart is correctly by a drug.  This drug could be an alternative to invasive procedures such as stomach stapling or the band.  The study done by Toronto researchers was published in Nature Medicine online July 26, 2009.

The reseacher’s theorize that this also suggests a reason why obesity leads to Type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system is not working properly and turns against the body, causing the body to not run normally. 

A healthy immune system produces killer T cells which attack abdominal fat cells, much like it does bacteria.  This is the only known time when autoimmunity has a positive effect on the body!  However the immune system becomes overloaded with chronic overeating, and this beneficial process shuts down.  The fat cells become fatter, and inflammatory T cells (usually seen near wounds) take over the fat cells.  This could be the link to Type 2 diabetes.  (Side Note: “It’s been known if you have a serious wound, a serious tissue wound anywhere, you actually become insulin-resistant,” Dr. Hans-Michael Dosch, senoir editor of the research paper).

Type 2 diabetes, which often accompanies obesity.  It is caused by the body’s cells inability to take up insulin from the blood, whereas childhood Type 1 diabetes is caused by the lack of insulin produced by the pancreas.

The drug is already approved by Health Canada and is used in transplant patients, so the use of this drug to reboot the immune system could be in our near future!

July 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Fast Food, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips, WTF!?. Leave a comment.

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