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I Gained 27 Pounds Eating One Twinkie

A few days ago my oldest son sent me a link to an article on CNN.com. The article is titled “Twinkie Diet Helps Nutrition Professor Lose 27 Pounds.” It’s been garnering a lot of internet attention, and shows up on Technorati’s Top 100 Blogs page as an “influential” post. I can see it now – millions of unhealthy, obese Americans rushing out to the nearest 7-11 to stock up on these new diet foods, then wondering why they got sicker and fatter than ever. Whatever the professor’s results from his 10-week junk-food binge, it’s not sustainable either as a weight-loss method or a lifestyle. Lots of health bloggers have been writing about his experiment. There are good analyses...

I Gained 27 Pounds Eating One Twinkie
posted on: Nov 15, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

5 Pounds of Toxins Each Year

I read recently that the average American woman absorbs five pounds of toxic chemicals each and every year from her makeup and personal care products. Every time you wash your hair, brush your teeth, rub on moisturizer, use a deodorant or spritz on a fragrance, you’re adding to your toxic load. Did you think the FDA was protecting you? Not so much. However, there are some steps you can take to cut down or eliminate these sources of toxins. First, though, you need to know what they are! Here’s a partial list: Phthalates / DBP. Kids’ toys containing phthalates have been in the news in the past few years, but a lot of cosmetic products include them as...

5 Pounds of Toxins Each Year
posted on: Nov 9, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

How Talking Politics Makes You Fat

When we were raising our family, the dinner table was always a place for lively discussion. We’d talk with the kids about their day, current events, local issues, interests — you name it. Through dinner-table conversations we discovered big gaps in the kids’ educations and found out about their friends. I’ve always enjoyed lively discussions. (What I call a “discussion” others have tagged as “debates,” “confrontations” and “arguments”. Did I mention I like my discussions lively?) Recently, though, I’ve banned political discussion at the dinner table. Why? Because I figured out the “lively” part of it was helping to keep me sick and fat. How Can Talking Make You Fat? It’s not the talking that does it. It’s...

How Talking Politics Makes You Fat
posted on: Oct 29, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Leaky Gut – Why Should You Care?

I wrote recently about the discovery that diabetes and other chronic diseases can’t exist unless you have the biological markers (DNA), environmental influences and a leaky gut. In order words, even if you are genetically wired to develop diabetes, and even if you’ve been exposed to the environmental risks that bring it on, unless your gut is also damaged and leaky, you won’t actually develop diabetes. Wow! Since then, I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on about leaky gut, and I’m going to be writing a lot more about it. Here’s a list of symptoms and conditions that result from leaky gut. Some of them will surprise you. They certainly surprised me! Arthritis Diabetes (Type...

posted on: Oct 22, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama