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Grabbing for Stomach Share

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napsI came across a few really interesting things on the web yesterday:

Interesting information about companies and the quest for“stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.

Today, one in three adults is considered clinically obese, along with one in five kids, and 24 million Americans are afflicted by type 2 diabetes, often caused by poor diet, with another 79 million people having pre-diabetes. Even gout, a painful form of arthritis once known as “the rich man’s disease” for its associations with gluttony, now afflicts eight million Americans.

What I found, over four years of research and reporting, was a conscious effort — taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles — to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive.

Never forget that it’s a business folks! They are making products that make them money, not looking out for your best health interests!

I am always amazed when I see a teenager with bad acne and their doctors prescribe meds instead of first having them try to modify their diet! I know when I start eating junk, my face breaks out. Plain and simple –it’s not rocket science.

warmup
3 Rounds

  • 3 wall walks
  • 3 burpees
  • 6 mountain climbers
  • DROM

skill
split jerk

WOD
3-2-2-2-1-1-1-1

  • Split Jerk

made it to 130#  but it wasn’t pretty.

Make Every Day Count

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578209_10151226618501105_1289534944_nAnother rest day is here! Hurray. I am sore from all the work this week which was made harder by all the crap food I ate. Birthday weeks are hard!!!

Here are some interesting things I have come across this week around the web:

The Bob Harper talks about how he has embraced the workout that works! (my words of course)

I’m gluten free and strongly believe that everyone should –so this title irks me.  We all need to get rid of Gluten. Period.

How do you help yourself be more positive and happy? Interesting thoughts from this article.

This is not Fred Flinstone – The Paleo Diet

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Paleo diet or ‘caveman’ diet gains traction despite controversies; ‘This is not Fred Flintstone’

 Could Paleolithic man hold the key to today’s nutrition problems?

A growing number of adherents to the so-called “caveman” diet contend that a return to the hunter-gatherer foods of the Stone Age — heavy on meats, devoid of most grains — could alleviate problems like obesity, type 2 diabetes and many coronary problems.

The Paleo diet movement is backed by some academics and fitness gurus, and has gained some praise in medical research in the US and elsewhere even though it goes against recommendations of most mainstream nutritionists and government guidelines.

Loren Cordain, a professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University, said he believes millions in the United States and elsewhere are following the Paleo diet movement, based on sales of books such as his own and Internet trends.

“It was an obscure idea 10 years ago, and in the last two to three years it has become known worldwide,” Cordain, one the leading academics backing the Paleo diet, told AFP.

“There are at least a half-dozen books on the best seller list that are promoting this,” he added.

The underlying basis for the Stone Age diet is a belief that homo sapiens evolved into modern humans with a hunter-gatherer diet that promoted brain function and overall health. Backers say the human genome is essentially unchanged from the end of the Paleolithic era 10,000 years ago after evolving over millions of years.

“It’s intuitive,” Cordain said. “Obviously you can’t feed meat to a horse, you can’t feed hay to a cat. The reason for that is that their genes were shaped in different ecological niches.”

He said peer-reviewed research has shown the Paleo diet better than the Mediterranean diet, US government recommendations and diets aimed at controlling adult diabetes.

Notable News

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Boston Marathon Great for Winners; What About the Rest of Us? – Health Blog – WSJ.

The debate over whether running marathons is a fine form of exercise or dangerous to your health, however, isn’t likely to stop any time soon; arguing the pros and cons of long-distance running is practically a sport in itself. The Boston Globe takes a look at the “calamities small or large” that can afflict runners during the 26.2-mile event. The story mostly focuses on the less serious problems – muscle cramps, tendinitis, blisters, banged-up toenails – that are a pain, but aren’t going to kill you.

Harvard Docs to Insurance Companies: Drop the Big Macs – Health Blog – WSJ.

Should life and health insurers be investing in the stocks of fast-food companies?

Researchers at the Cambridge Health Alliance, which is associated with Harvard Medical School, say no, citing the downside of fast food — associations with obesity and other health problems, heavy marketing to kids and the the chains’ environmental impact. Insurers, however, do have a responsibility to share- or policyholders to maximize returns, and that may include investments in companies that don’t share their health-promoting mission, they say.

You, your doctor and the Internet – latimes.com.

Should a caregiver ever Google a patient? Would you ask your physician to be a Facebook ‘friend’? Ethical questions abound, and the doctor-patient relationship is at stake.

Kettle bells for every workout – latimes.com.

The growing popularity of kettle bells, the primitive-looking bowling-balls-with-handles that deliver a great all-body workout, has given rise to similar products with more flexibility. Available now are weight-changeable kettle bells that can be customized to new fitness levels, for different family members or even during a workout — so you don't have to own more than one. Below, find four innovative ways to throw your weight around. — Roy M. Wallack

I discovered this great website one day See Adam Train at http://seeadamtrain.wordpress.com while searching Twitter and it really has offered up some great info and resources –  Including this site about running barefoot. Current popular thinking suggests that perhaps running barefoot is a lot better for us than we ever even considered.  I keep hearing about this approach from many different people, it is worth looking into.

Notable News

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Burger King reeling under Mimosa hangover.

Child advocacy and alcohol groups are crying foul over the company's introduction of a pretend alcohol beverage. Fast food stores, such as Burger King, are favorite destinations for children and teenagers, they say. And for the restaurant chain to serve something even remotely connected with alcohol is “disastrous,” says Michele Simon, research and policy director at the Marin Institute, a California-based alcohol industry watchdog group.

Schwab survey says kids with chores become money smart.

I know that I had chores when I was a kid. Sometimes I think the kids of today at least in my circle are a bit too comfy in their lives. My kids have age appropriate chores in an effort to make them appreciate things around them but also because with both of us working, I simply have to rely on them to do certain things. We are a team. What about your family? Do your kids have chores?

Social networking makes it easier for patients to ask for help – CNN.com.

Many cancer patients …have a hard time asking for the assistance they need with household chores and other daily tasks. While patients feel guilty about inconveniencing others, their friends and family often don’t know how to best offer their support…a social networking tool, aims to help cancer patients manage information about their care, get their questions answered and interact with others who can aid them in their treatment.

Why people swear by the neti pot – CNN.com.

Although doctors have long known that a saline solution can help unclog sinuses, the practice has gotten a newfound popularity with the “neti pot,” a teapot-shaped container that flushes a saline solution through the nose –in one nostril and out the other, taking with it mucus and rinsing away irritants.

Notable News

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Personal Health – Risks for Youths Who Eat What They Watch – NYTimes.com.
We have all been there with our kids. They are watching a show on TV or at the store with us and you hear the “mommy, can you buy <insert product here> for me?  Usually at my house it’s a high sugar item like fruit rollup stickers or sugary cereal. I believe in moderation so I do buy some it and give it to them in moderation but the power of the ads is quite apparent.

Many factors influence children’s food choices: where they eat; what their friends and siblings eat; what parents eat and drink and bring into the house; what is served at school; and, of course, what they like.

Diets high in added sugar raise heart disease risk

Goes along with eating high sugar cereals and other junk. We advertise it to kids – they develop a taste for it – end up being adults with higher heart disease risks. Slippery slope.

A study says daily sugar intake can alter important blood fats. Whether the source is sugar cane or high fructose corn syrup, the ‘sugar effect’ persists.

Mourning the Death of a Pet – Well Blog – NYTimes.com.

Having lost my Scully a year ago this past weekend and talking with other friends who have or are going thru the loss of a pet right now – it is grief, sadness, loneliness. All the feelings you have towards people you know – pets are your family too. It takes time to deal with the loss —

It’s not only animal researchers who are taking note of the grief that occurs when a pet dies. The journal Perspectives in Psychiatric Care noted that the bond between people and their pets can affect both physical and mental health, and that the grief reaction that occurs after a pet’s death is “in many ways comparable to that of the loss of a family member.”

The many ways to share bad news – Los Angeles Times.

This resonated with me a lot. Having started my colon-c blog to primarily save me from having to relay the entire story and process to all of our friends and family. We have no family local so this was a way they could keep themselves updated. I also find that it has helped quite a few people who are now having to deal with a cancer diagnosis in their own family.  Instead of me having to rehash every doctor appointment, every test result – I just refer them to colon-c. Enough said.

More are using electronic forms of communication such as personal Web pages, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and blogs to share medical news and updates. They can spread the word quickly, but critics believe such news demands a more personal approach.

Notable News

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FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons.

I have never been one to pay attention to the salt content in things. My blood pressure isn’t high, my heart is healthy. I am not known to add salt to my food on a regular basis.  But if you stop and really look at the sodium content of some so called healthier foods, it really is quite shocking.

The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

Do You Drink Enough Water or Are Some of Your Health Problems Caused by Chronic Dehydration? – Associated Content – associatedcontent.com.

I have lately been trying to ask myself when I feel like munching on something – could I Just be thirsty. I am not saying the answer is always yes, but it has helped. That and drinking herbal teas — I pee forever now because of all the water/tea I drink, but I do think it has helped curb my snacking.

If you exercise a lot, drink alcohol regularly, live in a hot country or keep your home heated to a high temperature you may not always be as well hydrated as you need to be for optimum health. In addition, as people age their thirst reflex becomes weaker. You cannot entirely rely on thirst to tell you when you need to drink more water.

Parents’ obesity, especially mom’s, tied to kids’ risk

Another thing to blame moms for, right?? Can we just have a few things that we can definitively say are from the dad? Please? I do think that at least in my mind, most front line parenting is done by the Mom – so it’s normal to assume that what they eat and their relationship with food plays a big part in their kids present and future relationship with food and living a healthy and fit life. Hence, lead by example and make small changes consistently over time and you will see a change in your family too.

UK researchers found that among more than 7,000 2- to 15-year-olds in a national study, those who had two obese parents were 12 times more likely to be obese than children with two normal-weight parents. That was with factors such as socioeconomics — gauged by parents’ jobs — and ethnicity taken into account.Mothers’ weight showed a particularly strong association with children’s weight, the study found.

Don’t Stretch Before Exercising | Fitness Health Zone.com.

I have read articles that said make sure you loosen up/stretch and then read articles where it says don’t do static stretching. Not sure who to believe – I always find personally a little stretching feels good before I do lifting. For running, I do a few hamstring stretches and then I am off. What do you think?

Working at home: Family-friendly? – USATODAY.com.

I thought this was an interesting article. Blurring the lines between work and home is really the core discussion point. A friend of mine was telling me today that she doesn’t have a blackberry and had to do some work travel recently. She does have a cell phone. She was out of touch via email during the day because of the project work she was doing and her boss said you need to get a Blackberry so you can keep up on emails.  Her company won’t pay for one because of budget issues, so she said – well then I will not be able to check mail regularly.  She has no personal need for one, so pay for it or no go.  I was thinking about that and how rare it is now a days to find anyone that isn’t almost completely wired and reachable anytime of the day. It’s quite astounding if you think about it.

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