Chia Seeds: A Real Super Food

What are Chia seeds? Well, it’s one of the true super foods that Dr. Oz talks about on this Show. That’s how I first heard about them. So I Googled the history:

Chia was first used by the Aztecs as early as 3500 B.C. and was a cash crop in the center of Mexico between 1500 and 900 B.C.  Chia was harvested in the Valley of Mexico between 2600 and 2000 B.C. by the Teotihuacan and Toltec civilizations and was one of the main components of the Aztec diet.

Pre-Columbian civilizations used chia as a raw material for medicines, nutritional compounds.  Chia was used by the Aztecs as food, mixed with other foods, mixed in water and drunk as a beverage, ground into flour, included in medicines, and pressed for oil.  Chia flour could be stored for many years and could be easily carried on long trips, serving as a high-energy food.  The Aztecs also offered chia to the gods during religious ceremonies.

When the Spanish conquerors landed the new land in 1500’s, they repressed the natives, and suppressed their traditions and commercialization system that had existed.  Many crops that had held a major position in pre-Columbian American diets were banned by the Spanish because of their close association with religion.  Chia, as the result, was deliberately eliminated.  Chia survived in parts of Mexico for the last 500 years.

It wasn’t until early 1990’s, a group of American and south American scientists, nutritionists and agriculturalists began collaborating on commercial production of chia in Argentina, in the hope of rediscovering the lost nutritional plants in the Aztec tradition and civilizations.

At present, chia is grown in Argentina, Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia.  Chia seeds are now also grown in Australia by The Chia company, and Australia is quite likely to become the biggest chia growing country in the world.

O.K., you ask, but why eat chai? On the Dr. Oz Show, he showed everyone how two tablespoons of seeds in a glass of water will begin to gel and then you drink it as soon as you see it thicken. Chia seeds will absorb 12 times its weight in water and if you let it sit it becomes a thick liquid, almost solid in about 15 minutes. When I drink it, when it first starts to gel, it tastes like a glass of cold water, the seeds are very small, like a seed from a raspberry but softer. In your stomach, the seeds gel together and take up enough room in your stomach that you feel full. But it doesn’t stay a lump, your stomach acid processes Chai just like other food and Chai is a great source of nutrition.

Chia seeds are superior to other plant and marine sources of Omega 3 – the essential fatty acid, it is low in sodium, high in protein, lipids, fibre and antioxidants, fewer carbs than most other grains, it is valued as an ideal energy source for athletic endurance, and now called a “Super food”.

* Omega 3
Chia seed has 8 times more omega 3 than salmon, more importantly, chia doesn’t contain cholesterol and toxic heavy metal components as fish and other marine or animal products.

* Calcium
Chia seed contains 5 times more calcium than milk.

* Protein
Chia seed possesses 23 percent protein, this is higher than other traditional cereals such as wheat(13.7 %), corn(9.4 %), rice(6.5 %), oats(16.9 percent) and barley(12.5 %).

* Fibre
Comparing the fibre content of chia, it has 1.6, 2.3, 2.6, 8.3 and 9.8 times more fibre per 100 grams of an edible portion than barley, wheat, oats, corn and rice, respectively.

* Iron
Comparing iron content of chia seed with other traditional iron-rich sources products, chia seed has 6, 1.8, and 2.4 times more iron per 100 grams of edible portion than spinach, lentils, and beef liver.

* Antioxidants and vitamins and minerals
Chia contains high portion of antioxidants, and that makes it a very stable source of omega 3, and enables us to store chia seed and flour for extended periods of time without becoming rancid. Chia seed is also a good source of B vitamins.

Nutritional information

Average per 10g
Average per 100g
Energy
192Kj
1920Kj
Protein
2.0g
20.4g
Fat, total
3.4g
30.4g
Saturated
0.4g
4.0g
Monounsaturated
0.3g
3.3g
Omega 5
3.4mg
34.0mg
Omega 7
3.5mg
35.0mg
Omega 9
201.1mg
2011mg
Polyunsaturated
2.6g
26.4g
Omega 3
1.9g
19.3g
Omega 6
0.7g
7.1g
Carbohydrates
3.7g
37.0g
Sugars
0.0g
0.0g
Fibre
3.6g
36.0g
Calcium
50mg
500mg
Potassium
50mg
500mg
Magnesium
29mg
290mg
Iron
0.6mg
6.4mg
Phosphorous
60mg
600mg

When I buy Chai Seeds I go to “Sprouts” and go to the bulk food bins. If you buy by the ounce, it’s cheaper. “Whole Foods” also has it in bulk.

 

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Yoga For Weight Loss

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If you that Yoga was just about meditation and sitting on the floor with your legs crossed, today’s Yoga is a little more challenging. Today’s Yoga will get you in shape and help you lose weight. Read what this author says and remember everyone to can do Yoga. You can start off on a very easy level and work up to more difficult poses. Yoga will change your life and it doesn’t have to cost money.

While walking around your city, you’ve probably seen a variety of yoga studios—everything ranging from Bikram to Anusara, Jivamukti, and Vinyasa yoga. Bikram is known for hot rooms and sweat-dripping bodies, while vinyasa is all about the flow of movements.

If your goal is to get lean and lose body fat, you might be wondering whether, or how, yoga fits into your program. There is a multitude of benefits to practicing yoga, but does yoga help with weight loss?

Yoga Only Burns 3-6 Calories Per Minute

In order to lose body fat, you have to create a deficit of calories. If you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight, and one pound of fat is equivalent to about 3500 calories.

Yoga classes often endure for about 60-90 minutes. According to research done by the American Council on Exercise, the average individual burns about 3-6 calories per minute practicing yoga, which equates to a total of only 180-360 calories burned during that class. In contrast, a kettlebell workout burns about 13-17 calories per minute, which equals about 800+ calories burned in an hour. That’s a significant difference in calorie expenditure.

While it depends on the type and intensity of the class– certain styles of yoga are much more rigorous such as power yoga, hot yoga, and vinyasa, whereas yin yoga, restorative, and hatha yoga are more gentle and slower-paced. Regardless of the intensity of the yoga class, circuit training is still superior in terms of overall metabolic boost and calorie burn.

But even with the calorie difference, yoga has other benefits that can help the weight-loss individual.

…But Yoga Can Still Be Effective For Weight Loss. Here’s Why

From 2000-2002, medical researcher and yogi Alan Kristal, in association with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, conducted a study on the effects of yoga on weight-loss. The study surveyed 15,500 middle-aged men and women about their physical activity and weight over time, controlled for factors such as diet, health, and other forms of exercise that could cause changes in weight. The study found that both over-weight and normal-weight adults who regularly practiced yoga for at least 4 years were less likely to gain weight than those who did not practice yoga. In fact, those who were overweight and practiced yoga actually lost an average of 5lbs during the four-year period, whereas the overweight non-practitioners gained about 14lbs.

If calorie expenditure didn’t account for weight maintenance or loss, what did? The researchers found a strong association between a regular yoga practice and mindful eating, which they did not find in other activities such as walking or running.

How Can Yoga Help You Lose Weight?

Reasons that yoga might help the weight loss process include:

Effective stress management, reducing the likelihood of stress eating
Increased body awareness, specifically relating to hunger and satiety
Mindfulness and mindful eating

Although practicing yoga doesn’t burn the most calories, it might still have a place in your workout routine. An effective fat loss program that encourages maintenance of lean muscle and maximizes calorie burn should be founded on a combination of resistance training and cardiovascular activity. However, yoga could be used as active recovery and flexibility training between more intense workouts. The benefits of stress reduction and mindfulness associated with yoga could lead to improved sleep, better eating habits, and increased self-awareness, which could mean more weight loss and improved maintenance of weight loss results over time. Regardless of the exercise, you’re doing, however, good nutrition is essential. If you’re not paying attention to your diet, you won’t see the results you want. Exercise right, eat clean, and you’ll be able to realize your goals.

If you really want to lose the extra flab you can get help, I write 4 blogs and I’ve written two E-books. Read some of my other blog posts.

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Americans Are Still Eating Too Much Salt

Most of Americans say, “What’s the big deal, I barely use the salt shaker.” Read on and you’ll learn why salt may be causing your health problems. Americans’ love of salt has continued unabated in the 21st century, putting people at risk for high blood pressure, the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke, U.S. health officials said Thursday. In 2010, more than 90 percent of U.S. teenagers and adults consumed more than the recommended levels of salt — about the same number as in 2003, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. “Salt intake in the U.S. has changed very little in the last decade,” said CDC medical officer and report co-author Dr. Niu Tian. And despite a slight drop in salt consumption among kids younger than 13, the researchers found 80 percent to 90 percent of kids still consume more than the amount recommended by the Institute of Medicine.

“There are many organizations that are focused on reducing dietary salt intake,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a spokesman for the American Heart Association and a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “More effective efforts are needed if the prevalence of excess dietary salt intake is to be reduced,” Fonarow said. The CDC has suggested coupling salt-reduction efforts with the war on obesity as a way to fight both problems at the same time. New school food guidelines might also be warranted, the report suggested. Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said reducing dietary salt is essential for both adults and children.

“What is so distressing is that this report indicates that eight out of 10 kids aged 1 to 3 years old, and nine out of 10 over 4 years old, are eating too much salt and are at risk for high blood pressure,” she said. Remember that these are the ones who don’t normally see a doctor for high blood pressure so it can get out-of-control before you know about it. Most of this salt comes from processed foods and restaurant meals, not the salt shaker on the table, Heller said. And in the case of school kids, it could be coming from the cafeteria. That means it’s likely that much of the food these children eat is fast food, junk food and processed food, she said. “This translates into a high-salt, high-fat and high-sugar diet that can lead to a number of serious health problems down the road,” she said. In addition, both fast and processed food alters taste expectations, leading to constant parental complaints that their kids won’t eat anything but chicken nuggets and hot dogs, Heller said. It’s the parents and caregivers who are in charge of the menus, Heller said. “This begs the question: Why are you giving a 2-year-old these foods?” she said. Salt hides in many foods, Heller said. “Salt is used for texture, flavor enhancement and as a preservative, and does not necessarily taste salty,” she said.

Okay, you heard from the pros about the health problem that salt will cause, but did you know that it causes water retention and will keep you from losing weight. And what are the foods that cause the most problems? It’s manufactured or processed foods and the food we get in restaurants.

Some health advocates believe the solution to the salt problem lies in getting food companies and restaurants to reduce salt in their foods. In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began working with the food industry to voluntarily reduce salt in processed foods. But two years later, little has been accomplished, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “Unfortunately, the food industry has failed to significantly bring down sodium levels despite 40 years of governmental admonitions,” Julie Greenstein, the center’s deputy director of health promotion policy, said in a statement. “It’s time for the FDA to step in and require reasonable reductions.” The problem is that there’s scant evidence for determining exactly how much salt is too much and how little is too little, according to a recent Institute of Medicine report.

“[For now], the simple answer is to cook more at home and eat more whole and less processed foods,” Heller said. Checking food labels for sodium content is also vital, experts say. For the report, the CDC relied on data from a national survey involving almost 35,000 people, conducted between 2003 and 2010. The survey found that most Americans still consume an average of 3,400 milligrams — about 1.5 teaspoons — of salt a day, according to the IOM. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend people 14 to 50 years old limit their daily salt intake to 2,300 mg. But that’s still too much for about half of Americans, according to the guidelines. People over 50, and people with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease should restrict salt intake to 1,500 mg a day.

To sum up, I believe processed foods can be the cause of obesity in America. Fast Food is processed food and to go one step further, chain restaurants are preparing their entries in a central location and then distributing them to their locations frozen. Prepared foods in the grocery store are done the same way.

When most of us decide to lose weight it’s because we want to be healthier. Lower our blood pressure, lower our cholesterol, and avoid diabetes. Young people don’t see the doctor as often as the over 50 crowd, but if you have a weight problem you should see a doctor or maybe a weight clinic. I’d avoid anyone selling pills or diet food. If your going to spend money see your doctor first.

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How To Avoid Food Additives And Other Chemicals

I know the words ‘chemicals’ and ‘additives’ sound scary to some people, but there’s no need for the average consumer to be afraid of either food additives or chemicals. In fact, almost all of the food in your local grocery store has, at least, one type of additive in it (or on it). They’ve been tested for safety, and they’re only present in tiny amounts, certainly far below any dangerous levels of exposure.

But I get that some people are concerned about exposure to pesticides and other residues, and you can take steps to reduce exposure.

Here’s how:

Wash your fruits and vegetables. Most of the fresh produce you buy still has the covering (skin, peel, husk, shell, etc.) intact because those coverings help protect and preserve the perishable parts inside. Fruits and vegetables that have been exposed to chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are apt to have some residues of those chemicals on their surfaces.

Washing your fruits and vegetables before you eat them will help remove some of the chemical residues and, of course, as well as bacteria and other germs. You should wash all fresh fruits and veggies with water (no soap). Even produce with inedible skins like bananas, oranges, and melons should be cleaned to prevent contamination of the flesh inside.

Go organic. Organic crops are grown without chemical pesticides or herbicides so organic fruits and vegetables won’t have the chemical residues that regular produce has.

Organic meats are produced from animals that are not given any extra hormones and are only fed organic feed.

Always look for the United States Department of Agriculture organic labels. Foods that bear the ‘100 Percent Organic’ label are made with all organic ingredients. Foods that are labeled only as ‘Organic’ need to be made with 95 percent organic ingredients while foods with the words ‘Made with Organic Ingredients’ on the label may only be 70 percent organic.

Read food labels. Packaged foods must have the ingredients listed on the box or bag. Look for artificial food colorings and dyes that have a number, something like FD&C Green No. 3. Other food additives you might see on the label include BHT and BHA, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin.

Trim the fat. Hormone residues are often stored in animal fat. Buy leaner cuts of meat, trim the fat from meats, and choose non-fat milk. You can also buy organic milk and BGH-free milk that comes from cows that have not been given bovine growth hormone.

Stay away From BPA. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound found in some hard plastic products such as baby bottles, water bottles, and hard plastic cookware. Buy products that are BPA-free, or choose products made from other materials, such as glass. You also should avoid microwaving foods in plastic containers that are not specifically labeled as ‘microwave-safe.’

Use a water filter. Tap water is safe for drinking and cooking. However, you can remove chloride or other impurities with an in-home water filter or water filter pitcher. You can buy filtered water in the grocery store, too, either in new bottles or from a fill-it-yourself dispenser.

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About Aging

I wrote a post the other day on a different site about aging and I got several emails from people who wanted to know more. And because most of us misunderstand the reason we age, I want to clarify “aging” for all my readers.

First, you should understand that medical science doesn’t know that much about the human body. It’s still a “work in progress”. A person’s body aging is caused by the person. You are the one who causes your body to age. It doesn’t have much to do with the number of years since you were born. What you eat and the amount of daily activity you have will determine the condition of your body.

I’ll use Florida as an example, but we can be talking about most any part of the Sunbelt. Seniors head for the Sunbelt after they retire because you can spend more day outside all year around and enjoy the sun. What makes life different for a 75-year-old person. I’m sure you have seen the Golf Courses packed with white haired people every morning playing 18 holes before lunch or the Tennis Courts full of seniors each morning warming up and the Parks each morning holding Yoga classes for seniors. These are the seniors that try and stay fit. Some can and others are trying but they have a long road ahead.

I live in Texas and summer days can be brutal. I like to Mall walk early, before the stores open and so do dozens of others. Many seniors are Mall Walkers, you can always depend on the weather. And after you walk the coffee shops are always open. The reason I bring up Mall walking is, you can see a variety of people. I see a lot of seniors in good condition and many that are using walkers and canes. Some of them are doing therapy after a surgery and others are people may be exercising for the first time.

You can see the ones who may only have a couple of years left. The ones that are at the “end of life” or close to it. I think to myself “why didn’t they start walking 10 years ago” and they would be much healthier today.

Think about the “future you”. What will you be like in 10 years? Will you look like your father or maybe you won’t be that lucky? What we eat and how active we are will determine how healthy you will be later in life. Your excess body fat will cause all your health problems. Talk to your doctor about your diet and lose that fat. You’ll feel 20 years younger. I know I do.

If you really want to lose the extra flab you can get help, I write 4 blogs and I’ve written two E-books. Read some of my other blog posts.

gettingtoahealthyweight.blog

idropped40pounds.wordpress.com

howbaddoyouwanttoloseweight.blogspot.com

blogonweight.blogspot.com

E-books are the easiest and cheapest way to learn about any subject without groping through hundreds of website looking for the material you want.

My first e-book is “HowBadDoYouWantToLoseWeight” and it sells for $2.99 on most online bookstores like Amazon.com, BN.com, iBook, Kobo.com, Scribd.com, and Gardner books in the U.K.

My second e-book is available in the same stores. And on smashwords.com. If you use the Smashwords’ promotional code You can get my second book for $1.99 (TL96R). Just type in the search line “getting to a healthy weight”.

 

 

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Cancer And Your Diet

On the Fox TV Network the other night, one of the big stories was about high protein diets. A new study has shown a link between the over consumption of animal protein and how it can stimulate the growth of cancer cells.

It seems we all have cancer cells but they don’t normally grow unless we consume too many cancer causing chemical from foods or drinks or breathing in pollutants.

Older adults between the ages of 50 to 65 years of age are in that age bracket where cancer cells will grow at their fastest rate. But interestingly enough, after 65 it seems like the body needs animal protein and larger percentages don’t affect the growth of the cancer cells. Now your doctor will tell you there are many other ways to get cancer but the truth is that medical science doesn’t really know.

Older adults and those with a family history of cancer who are under 65 should reduce the amounts of animal protein to a daily amount less than 10% of total protein intake. Dairy products are animal protein and poultry, beef, and pork. I don’t count fish or other seafood. The best sources are vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils.

So how much protein is too much. Well, depending on the size of your frame, and your weight you divide your body weight in half and that’s the amount of grams of protein you should have every day. For example, I’m 170 pounds so I need 85 grams of protein a day. A 3 1/2 ounce steak has 85 grams of protein. That’s all the protein you need for and entire day. If you are doing a normal to extreme workout, you’ll need to supplement your protein with a powered supplement like WHEY.

Now, remember what I said about animal protein, in my case, I should be consuming less than 10 grams a day of animal protein and consume the rest from plants or fish. Vegetables have protein along with beans and lentils plus fish. The good news is that you won’t go hungry, plant protein and other nutrients from vegetables plus fruit and nuts is a good healthy diet that will reduce your body fat, give you plenty of energy and you won’t have to count calories and weigh yourself every day to lose weight, stay healthy and lower your risk for cancer.

Why do we have so much Cancer in North America? Well, it’s because the average adult consumes more than 20% of their diet in animal protein. That feed the cancer cells and makes them grow until you develop a tumor.

To reduce your risk of cancer no matter what you weight or how much body fat you have, change your diet, eat healthy, no processed foods and reduce amounts of animal fat and eat more plant protein. A simple all natural diet and don’t worry about your weight, your body fat will disappear.

If you really want to lose the extra flab you can get help, I write 4 blogs and I’ve written two E-books. Read some of my other blog posts.

gettingtoahealthyweight.blog

idropped40pounds.wordpress.com

howbaddoyouwanttoloseweight.blogspot.com

blogonweight.blogspot.com

E-books are the easiest and cheapest way to learn about any subject without groping through hundreds of website looking for the material you want.

My first e-book is “HowBadDoYouWantToLoseWeight” and it sells for $2.99 on most online bookstores like Amazon.com, BN.com, iBook, Kobo.com, Scribd.com, and Gardner books in the U.K.

My second e-book is available in the same stores. And on smashwords.com. If you use the Smashwords’ promotional code You can get my second book for $1.99 (TL96R). Just type in the search line “getting to a healthy weight”.

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Get Off Junk Food

I’m just going to come out and say it: The truth is, many of us get too many calories and not enough nutrients from fast food, candy, prepackaged goods, and sodas. Even if you’re not overweight, don’t be too quick to write off your junk-food habit as acceptable. Outwardly thin people aren’t necessarily healthy, as it’s possible to be skinny and in poor metabolic health, thanks to bad nutrition and lack of exercise.

Many of us feel compelled to eat junk food (after all, it can taste so good), but is a diet high in fat, sugar, and salt worth the trade-off of the elevated risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancers? Kicking the junk-food habit — coupled with regular, heart-pumping exercise — will tip the scales of healthy living in your favor.

Don’t know where to start? These simple guidelines will help you get over the hump in no time:

Good: Empower Yourself

Knowledge is power — and in the case of junk food, it can also be downright scary. While grocery aisles may seem fairly benign, they’re actually packed with misinformation and techniques employed by manufacturers to lure consumers into making unhealthy purchases. “They are doing everything they can to get you to make a spontaneous decision,” explains Michael Moss, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. “Typically, in the middle part of the aisle on eye level is where they put the most alluring foods,” Moss says, of items like high-sugar cereals and salt-laden chips. The healthier alternatives, such as whole-grain cereal, are often located near your ankles or way up high. Another issue? Many consumers take it for granted that labels and packaging tell the whole truth when in reality, misleading nutritional claims (think: “low-fat,” “all-natural,” “added calcium”) are often made. “This is where they’re going after you to distract you [with] positive messages, in hopes that you’re not going to turn the package over and look at the fine print,” says Moss. And we’re not just talking about cookies and candy here, either: “Wholesome” items like bread and pasta sauces are frequently infused with a ton of added sugar. So do your homework and be a discerning shopper. You might (read: likely will) be shocked by what you find.

“Typically, in the middle part of the aisle on eye level is where they put the most alluring foods,” Moss says, of items like high-sugar cereals and salt-laden chips. The healthier alternatives, such as whole-grain cereal, are often located near your ankles or way up high. Another issue? Many consumers take it for granted that labels and packaging tell the whole truth when in reality, misleading nutritional claims (think: “low-fat,” “all-natural,” “added calcium”) are often made. “This is where they’re going after you to distract you [with] positive messages, in hopes that you’re not going to turn the package over and look at the fine print,” says Moss. And we’re not just talking about cookies and candy here, either: “Wholesome” items like bread and pasta sauces are frequently infused with a ton of added sugar. So do your homework and be a discerning shopper. You might (read: likely will) be shocked by what you find.

I get emails every week from readers wanting to know why stores are trying to get the consumer to buy processed foods if it not good for us? It’s all about money. If you go back 50 years or more, stores sold the basics like dairy, produce, and seafood, poultry, and meat. And from what I remember, we had to buy groceries from several different stores. Produce and eggs were sold at produce stands. Bread, cakes, rolls were sold in a bakery. Seafood was sold in another store. Poultry and meat was sold in a butcher shop. Grocery stores had the basics like can goods, tea, coffee etc. A pharmacy sold prescriptions and over the counter drugs and some had a lunch counter or soda fountain.

I lived in Chicago at that time and I remember when the first supermarkets came to Chicago. It was the late 1950’s when I saw the first modern supermarket that sold everything that you can find in our modern stores today. You could buy all the groceries you needed under one roof.

The grocery business turned into a “cash cow”. You didn’t see a lot of processed or manufactured foods in those days. Yes, we did had TV Dinners and some other frozen foods, but all that part of the food business was just up-and-coming. Supermarkets had made a big impact on the grocery business, the small stores were closing up. Manufacturers want a piece of all that money. They knew that grocery stores worked on a very slim margin and if they could give them a product with a high-profit margin they could get their foot in the door.

That’s how manufacturers started in the food business. It started with snack foods and graduated into prepared foods like frozen pizza etc. The stores could make big money selling manufactured foods and soon the shelves were loaded with processed or manufactured foods. Buy the 1990’s it would be hard to find real food in the stores after you left the produce section. Yes, they still sell dairy products but have you seen all the other products competing for the same space? Did you notice that most of the cheese today is processed and not real cheese?

Be careful what you’re eating. Just because it doesn’t kill you doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

If you really want to lose the extra flab you can get help, I write 4 blogs and I’ve written two E-books. Read some of my other blog posts.

gettingtoahealthyweight.blog
idropped40pounds.wordpress.com
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E-books are the easiest and cheapest way to learn about any subject without groping through hundreds of website looking for the material you want.My first e-book is “HowBadDoYouWantToLoseWeight” and it sells for $2.99 on most online bookstores like Amazon.com, BN.com, iBook, Kobo.com, Scribd.com, and Gardner books in the U.K.

My second e-book is available in the same stores. And on smashwords.com. If you use the Smashwords’ promotional code You can get my second book for $1.99 (TL96R). Just type in the search line “getting to a healthy weight”.

 

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