Category Archives: Health Choices

What Do I Eat Now?

Patti Geil and Tami Ross have teamed up to write “What Do I Eat Now? A Step-by-Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 Diabetes.” This handbook is a must-have for anyone wanting to be pro-active  in self-managing diabetes. A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be. Truth be told, the dietary advice dispensed in this book makes sense for just about anyone wanting to be healthier.

Chapters start with the basic “Nutrition and Diabetes 101” and continue through “What is Carbohydrate and Why Does it Matter?”, “Savvy Snacking”, “Special Occasions” and a wealth of practical instruction. The authors have a distinctly positive approach and encourage one to focus on what you can eat rather than what you can’t have.

Written in a layman’s language, this book is well-researched and well-presented. Both authors have an impressive record of teaching others to triumph over what can be a debilitating disease.

Health is truly wealth, and this book is one you can’t afford to not have.

Dr. Stephen Covey and The 7 Habits of Diabetes

Stephen Covey is one of my favorite authors. He wrote Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  I am thrilled to hear that he has written a booklet for Diabetics. I haven’t read it yet but assure you I will. Here’s an introductory video that is worth watching:

The Untold Story in Breast Cancer Awareness

I’m sure that you all know by now that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Women are definitely aware!)  It’s a given that all of us know someone that has had breast cancer.  But do you know the “rest of the story” about causes of breast cancer?

I read a statistic yesterday that is a good news/bad news scenario.  The good news is that perhaps genetics are far less important than other factors in calculating the risk factor for breast cancer. This is good news to me, because genetic probabilities leave me feeling out of control.  The bad news is that toxins probably play a bigger role than we may have realized.

Dr. Bob DeMaria commented in his newsletter  that he had just read that “Only 10% of female breast cancer issues are genetically passed on.  The focus now and in the future for proactive providers will be on environmental toxins.” He also has a lot of information about the excess of estrogen in the body and where it comes from. He advises “I would not use Recyclable No. 7 containers.  Young moms – be aware that sippy cups are notorious for having No. 7 as a part of the constituents.  Cans have a lining in them sourced from BPA which has estrogen in the make up.  Do not burn scented candles in your house.  I am bringing all this up because of the magnitude of new patients that I have who are suffering with body signals that can be directly related to toxic exposure.”

Dr. Mercola also expresses concern about this issue. 

A holisitic nutritionist from Nebraska notes the following:
Xenohormones are causing enormous reproductive problems for men and women alike. Estrogen dominance causes progesterone deficiency. Some of the problems linked to estrogen deficiency are:
1-Breast and uterine cancers more frequently and at earlier ages
2-Early miscarriage and infertility
3-Breast fibrocysts are more common
4-PMS
5-Osteoporosis is more common and more severe
6-Fat and water retention

Knowledge is empowerment. We have a choice about what products we buy, ingest and use in our homes and on our bodies. Be aware. Be proactive in your health management.

My prayer for you is that “as your days, so shall your strength be.”

Brain Food – The Mighty B’s

I love my food supplements. I love food even more, however my food choices don’t give always me the daily satisfaction of guaranteed, consistent delivery of vital nutrients in a convenient form.

B-Complex vitamins have always been high on my list because I truly notice a difference when I get enough (or not). So it was with great interest that I read this article regarding how Vitamin B12 keeps your brain young. I figure if my skin can’t be young, then surely my brain can be, and that’s more important, after all.

Vitamin B-12 is typically found in animal-derived foods such as meat, milk, and eggs. Now maybe you carefully judge your daily portions of these things to insure you are getting plenty of B, but I doubt it. This essential vitamin keeps nerves and red blood cells healthy. (Nerves – does anyone having anyone standing on their last nerve? Maybe it needs reinforcement!) Deficiency can lead to anemia, nerve damage, tiredness, weakness, depression, mood-swings and numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. Not to mention that it’s depleted by stress, medications, exercise, sugar, alcohol…. and the list goes on.

I can personally testify to B-Complex nutrients helping me to stay sane and energetic. The B Complex family is directly related to energy production, making them necessities when it comes to metabolizing carbohydrates, fatty acids and protein into energy. And they are vital for regulating blood sugar as well as hormones, particularly estrogen. By the way, zinc is to men what B is to women in the way of hormones. So no snickering, men.

I could go on, but I think that’s enough said. So if you don’t supplement with B vitamins, what are you waiting for?