So, where are you with your New Year goals and resolutions? Has your progress already been thwarted? Have you given up going to the gym already? Hopefully you haven’t hauled those cookies back into the house that you just got rid of.
Perhaps you’ve seen and read about the many ways to start a healthy new year and get a brand new skinny body by Valentine’s Day. Jokes aside, many of the highly touted, often advertised fat-loss methods are unrealistic at best and dangerous at their worst.
Most of you already know the primary ways to begin getting your body more healthy and fit. Drink more water, eat less junk, eat more veggies, say “No” to the fried food, get 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 3 – 5 times a week, etc., et al.
However, I’d like to propose ONE other thing for you to do. I’m suggesting just one thing to incorporate into your lifestyle in order to accomplish your health and weight loss goals for 2012. Certainly the above mentioned items are helpful and even necessary. So don’t think they don’t count. They do!
But there is something else that if done consistently, over the long haul will result in an overall healthier you. Before I share the secret, let me give you a personal example. I’ve been doing this one thing for over a year now. This morning I put on a pair of slacks that I’ve not worn since last winter. I used to occupy all of the space in these slacks. There wasn’t any loose fabric hanging around.
I was amazed at how roomy they were this morning when I got dressed. Loose fabric was everywhere. I looked at the slacks then looked at myself in the mirror and wondered to myself. Hmm…is it really what I think it is? I’ve had other similar experiences with other articles of clothing. I recently purchased a pair of jeans in the smallest size I have ever worn.
Is your curiosity at work yet? What is this one thing I’m talking about? Many of you have already figured it out. And many of you won’t want to hear it when I share with you what it is.
The one thing that could make a profound difference in your health and weight is to avoid eating gluten in your diet. I’ve written several articles on the perils of gluten. It can affect numerous systems of the body. However, for many people it can cause bloating, gastrointestinal distress, inflammation, and overall weight gain.
I’ve consistently exercised for years. And I eat a whole foods diet. However, since totally excluding gluten and for the most part, all grains in my diet, I’m smaller than I have ever been in my adult life. I was 3 clothes sizes larger when I was in 10th grade. The one thing that I’ve consistently done for over a year now is to not eat foods containing gluten.
So, if you want to do ONE thing to help your overall health and weight, avoid eating this starchy, high glycemic, inflammation causing food.
To get another view on this topic, see below.
Link of the Day
Gluten: What You Don’t Know Might Kill You
Photo by Suus Wansink
“I was born to be a pessimist…my blood type is B negative.” Unknown
A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22; Amplified Bible)
It’s the middle of January and hopefully you’re still in the groove with your New Year goals. You’re making healthier food choices, avoiding the fried foods, fast foods, and “franken” foods. You’re cleansing your system with lots of pure, clean water. And you’re breaking a sweat and building muscle at the gym 5 days a week! Good for you!
There just might be one more “fun” thing that you could add to your life to make it richer and more fulfilling.
What do you like to do for laughs? What makes you laugh — that deep down in the belly kind of laugh? (I love to watch Jerry when something tickles him and he “shakes” with laughter. I laugh more at him than what was originally funny.)
More and more research is being done on the positive benefits of laughter!
Laughter helps to trigger the release of endorphins which in turn helps to boost your immune system as well as improve your mood. Laugher also helps to diffuse conflicts in tense situations. Think about it…can you stay angry at your spouse if for some reason you both start laughing? Only the hardest of hearts can’t be penetrated by healthy, wholesome, roll-on-the-floor laughter.
Specific studies have been done to show the effects of laughter on the immune system. Thirty-three healthy women were separated into two groups; one group watched a funny video and the other group watched a tourism (yawn) video. The “funny” group showed an increased immune system function along with increased NK (natural killer) cell activity. (NK cells are the good guys that actively go about killing destructive cells in our bodies. We want lots of them.)
Another study was done with a group of fifty-two healthy males who watched a humorous video for an hour. Blood samples again revealed an increase in NK cell activity along with increased immunoglobulins A and G. Dr. Christine Toomasi, in her article “Laughter and the Immune System,” wrote that “laughter can increase the number and activity of natural killer cells and T lymphocytes as well as the secretion of immunoglobulin A, gamma interferon, and immunoglobulin B.”
Other articles suggest that along with de-stressing us, laughter can relax our blood vessels and decrease our blood pressure. So, the next time you’re tempted to get upset or worry about something, try an old-fashioned remedy and have a good laugh.
Today’s video will help. Enjoy.
How’re you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Still intact? Did one or more of yours include health issues? Weight loss? Exercise?
I’m featuring a great little video sent to me by a good friend and colleague recently. It’s definitely worth your time.
The video is all about health, but from a rather unique perspective. The video reveals the one activity that makes the biggest difference in you health. Asked in a different way, answers the question, “What is the most important thing you can do for your health?” What provides the greatest ROI (return on investment) of your precious time?
I find the video particularly fascinating as a frustrated artist. I’m a frustrated artist simply because I can’t draw. I like to quip, “The only thing I can draw is flies.” Because of that lack of skill, I’ve always been fascinated to watch someone who could. This entire video is presented by speeding up the drawing of an artist who definitely can draw. It’s fun to watch.
So, today’s DG brings you invaluable information while at the same time entertaining you. How’s that for a double-blessing! Enjoy!!!