Healthy Eating and Weight Loss

A Green Apple

Quinoa for Breakfast

I really like Quinoa!

Easy to make and tasty.

I have been having organic quinoa and organic oatmeal with soymilk, ground flaxseeds, and cinnamon for breakfast.

I also really like Chia Seeds.

Enjoy.

-Glenn :)

Some key ideas that I have seen in a number of books on health, weight loss and nutrition:

(1) Eat calorie sparse foods but nutrient dense foods. When you eat a chocolate bar or even a nutrition bar, they have calories concentrated in “small packages.” You can eat this quite fast and still feel hungry and you have eaten lost of calories. Compare this with eating a salad with lots of vegetables. To get the same amount of calories, you would need to eat a lot more salad . The salad has lots of nutrients, but is calorie sparse. And the size of the salad will fill up your stomach and make you feel full. Additionally, it takes longer to eat the salad than a candy bar, so this also gives you body the chance to register the “I have eaten and I feel full” signal.
See the Book: Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD.

(2) Eat slowly and more mindfully (pay attention/savor the foods) See the Book: Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food by Susan Albers

(3) Exercise

(4) Practice relaxation, meditation, guided imagery, Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, Breathing Exercises, etc.

(5) Decrease consumption of animal products. Eat more plant foods. Look at books, such as Eat To Live, The China Study, Healthy at 100, etc.

(6) Don’t overeat. See for example, The Life-Transforming Diet By David J. Zulberg. Smaller dishes= smaller portions= better for you.

(7) Don’t buy the junk food that you binge on and can’t stop eating. I use this one.

Some Helpful Stuff:
♦Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating by W. Willett.
www.DrWeil.com for lots of information on healthy eating and the anti inflammatory foor pyramid.
♦The Beck Diet Solution by Martha Beck, PhD.
♦One of My Favorites: Crave One, Add Two (Article/Prevention.com) Go

Hope this information is useful to you.

-Glenn :)


W
aterCress & Pea Shoots

I recently started eating WaterCress. I bought a hydroponically grown one that still had its roots intact. It is great; it has a spicy flavor and I really like it. I bought it at Whole Foods. I think a hydroponically grown product can be a good alternative if you can’t find an organic product or the organic product is too expensive.

And I have been eating Pea Shoots. I like them, too. I get them from Trader Joe’s. Organic and Yummy.

I Found these website via a google search:

www.watercress.com and www.peashoots.com.

A few other products that I have been eating are ground flaxseeds, organic pure cocoa, cinnamon, chia seeds, ginger, and been making some cool tea mixes.

I guess, “Go Green” has a dual meaning.

-Glenn :)

Book: The Kind Life

Should You Add More Vegetarian Meals to Your Diet? Be A Vegan? Do Your Food Choices Make an Impact on the Environment? Looking for Some Vegetarian Recipes? Do You Want to Make a Conscious Decision? Do You Want to Eat Healthier Foods? Do You Want to Learn About Foods You May Never Have Heard About?

Alicia Silverstone, actor and vegan, has written, The Kind Life. The book discusses her views on being a vegan and the larger societal context of the way we treat animals, and how our food choices impact the environment and our health.

As someone who is edging closer to being a vegetarian, I found the book to be great. But, the the book is useful for anyone looking to add more vegetarian/vegan meals to their diet, by showing simple steps to take to achieve this. And for those wishing to go vegan, the book will serve you well. Check-out the recipes and the suggestions for substitutions in recipes.

Additionally, the author discusses her views on being a vegan and the impact on our lives and the world. This is good because whether or not you share this point of view, we all need to make conscious decisions. The book also profiles health pioneers who espouse similar viewpoints and other’s living “the kind life,” such as a body builder who is a vegan.

For me, I found the book really helpful because it introduced me to a host of different foods that I knew little about, as well as recipes to incorporate these foods and foods that I currently eat.

So, whether you are looking to go vegan or just to add some more vegetarian meals to your diet, whether you agree or disagree with the views expressed in the book, or just want to make conscious decisions, the Kind Life is a realy good book to check-out.

-Glenn :)

Heathly Eating and Weight Loss: Resources

The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet (Alicia Silverstone) TheKindLife.com
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine PCRM.org and www.NutritionMD.com
Guided Imagery CDs for Weight Loss: www.healthjourneys.com
The Selp Hypnosis Diet by Steve Gurgevich, phD.
Crave One, Add Two (Article/Prevention.com) Go
Books, etc. by Geneen Roth: www.geneenroth.com
Books by Rudolph Ballentine, MD.
I Can Make You Thin by Paul McKenna
Healthy At 100 (J Robbins) www.Healthyat100.org
The Life-Transforming Diet By David J. Zulberg.
The Beck Diet Solution by Martha Beck, PhD.
Book: Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, MD.
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (Marth Davis et al.)
The Spectrum (Dean Ornish, MD) www.pmri.org/spectrum (The Spectrum Program) Spectrum Program Sites: www.pmri.org/lifestyle_program.html
Eat, Drink and be Healthy (Walter Willet, phD)
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health by T. Colin Campbell.
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner
Eating Well for Optimum Health (Andrew Weil, MD)
Eat to Live (J Fuhrman, MD)
Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition, Nutrition Source: The Healthy Eating Pyramid TheNutritionSource.org
What To Eat (Marion Nestle)
Mind-Body Medical Institute www.massgeneral.org
Center for Mindfulness (U. of MA) Medical Center: Go
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs listed across the country. www.mindfulness.com
Prevention www.prevention.com
Eating Mindfully (Susan Albers, Psy.D.)
Dr Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet Food Pyramid Go
Books/CDs by Dr. Steven Gurgevich (Hypnosis)
The Flat Belly Diet (Prevention.com)
Books by Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen: www.DoctorOz.com, www.RealAge.com (ex. You On A Diet)
Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Book with CD) by Jan Chozen Bays, MD.
Book: Mindsight by Daniel Siegel, MD and the Mindsight Institute www.mindsightinstitute.com/
Sounds True www.soundstrue.com/
Book: Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves by Sharon Begley

Meditative Exercise and Bodywork:
Tai Chi
Chilel Qigong www.chilel.com.
Spring Forest Qigong www.springforestqigong.com
Chow Qigong www.eastwestqi.com.
Yoga
Some Forms of Bodywork
Feldenkrais Technique: www.Feldenkrais.com
Alexander Technique: www.Alexandertech.org
Trager Work: www.Trager.com
Rubenfeld Synergy: www.Rubenfeldsynergy.com
Anat Baniel Method www.AnatBanielmethod.com

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