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  • Sep 4

    What does it take to release weight? Do you have one of these at home?  For years I have been wishing for my husband to downsize, and instead he just kept on piling on the weight.  It wasn’t that he ate junk food, it was more that he ate too much meat, too many relishes, sauces and chutneys, and too much food generally. Combine that with lack of exercise, and slowly a health scare began forming.

    (He also takes advanced quality nutritional supplements that include heart healthy CoQ10, Omega-3 and magnesium plus others. But that’s not all that is required for prevention: 10 Healthy Aging strategies).

    He didn’t tell me that over the last 15 months he had been experiencing angina upon exertion.  But I did know that he was putting himself at risk of becoming diabetic (and it was getting very challenging finding size 3XL shirts).

    What does it take to release weight? The bingo experience.

    It took the death of his much-loved 55 year old cousin (a sudden fatal heart attack) in May this year, to wake him up (not his wife’s nagging…).  He contacted his cardiologist and told him to forget the treadmill, take him straight in for an angiogram. And the results were grim.  As the cardiologist said, ‘a bit of mischief has been going on’ (my husband had two stents placed in 1997 so was on the heart watch list).

    Four weeks later it was into hospital and 5 bypass grafts were performed.  (If you know anything about bypass operations, they do not perform a graft unless there is a 70% or more blockage.)  For the next 7 days, the pain of recovering began.

    Back home again and then a visit to the GP’s nurse to check the stitches and get a blood test done.  Diabetes Type 2 was diagnosed.

    30/7/2012 Blood test results:
    Total Cholesterol 5.8 mmol/L
    HDL: 0.87 mmol/L
    LDL: 3.8 mmol/L
    Chol/HDL Ratio: 6.7 (high)
    Triglyceride: 2.5 mmol/L (high – normal < 2.0)
    Glucose: 8.0 mmol/L (High – normal 3.5 to 7.7)
    HbA1c: 56 mmol/L (high – normal 20-40)

    Meanwhile, I had recommended that hubby reads a book – Dr Steven Gundry’s Diet Evolution.

    Bingo!  The time has come to release weight. Now he is on a “no grains, starchy vegetables, sugar and fruit” regime.  And boy, is it working!  The day of the operation he weighed 125 kgs and now he weighs just under 113kgs.  In less than 6 weeks. He has found it easy to do because he enjoys growing and eating vegetables, and importantly he doesn’t feel hungry. Here is a list of Heart Healthy Food Groups.

    We are now waiting for next set of blood to be taken and tested. (Last weekend he had a home blood sugar test done and his result was 6.3 – normal!).

    “The research actually shows that it’s the sugar and grains (which turn to sugar in our bodies) that cause high cholesterol as well as weight gain and type 2 diabetes, NOT the animal fats. If you eat animal products along with sugars and grains, that *will* cause your cholesterol and blood sugar to rise.”

    And yet when we look at the food pyramid we have grains taking up the large portion.  What if we put vegetables where the grains are, and put grains in with the sugars at the top.  And how about including more healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, avocados and nuts in our diet? Do you think that would solve many of our chronic health issues?  I believe it would.

    “Apparently wheat causes all sorts of issues, even if you don’t have a known allergy or intolerance to it….or I guess, you just don’t realize it is wheat causing trouble.”

    When you visit the supermarket, how many aisles hold products based on wheat? – breads, biscuits, cakes, muffins, crackers, bagels, pasta, pizzas, cereals, ready made meals, sauces…wheat is everywhere – you could even say… “ingrained”.

    “Check out the book Wheat Belly by William Davis MD.  He says the (very) genetically modified strains of wheat used everywhere these days cause havoc worldwide with the human immune system which has not been able to keep up with the change in structure of wheat products.”

    “It’s interesting information at worst and very enlightening at best.  Dr Davis says going wheat free leads to weight loss, alleviation of things like diabetes, colitis and celiac disease, improvement in cholesterol, reduction of inflammation and arthritis pain.., and so on.”

    Meanwhile, I began supporting my husband on the 8th August by following the same eating regime. I do have about 5kgs that I would like to release, and I have been fighting a pot belly for the last 10 years. So far, I have released 1kg and 3cms from my waist – the pot belly is flattening out!

     

  • Apr 30

    What is it about weight gain and aging? We are constantly being told to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, and if you are doing that, you will be feeling the benefits. Eating healthy food is anti-aging. You will also know that it is important to eat in ‘technicolour” that is eating a wide variety of fruit and vegetables – not just your favourites. And the reason for that is so that our body’s cells can get all the nutrients they need for healthy cell growth. And we need to bathe our cells with good clean water – it helps to keep our skin hydrated and flush out toxins.

    One of the problems many women in our age group face is weight gain. You can blame some of that on our hormones. Sometimes though, it is what and how much we put in our mouth. Dr Libby Weaver in her book Accidentally Overweight explains weight gain as pieces of a puzzle and we have to figure out which pieces relate to us. I have found her book both fascinating and helpful.

    What we eat also can put us at risk of getting a disease that is on the increase – Diabetes Type 2. However you can modify your diet so that you can be a healthy weight. If this is a concern for you (and it is a continuing battle for me) then here is a daily menu outline.

    Breakfast (to be eaten between 6am and 8am) – fresh fruit, plain yoghurt and a small mixture of seeds and nuts.
    Lunch (to be eaten between 12 noon and 2pm) – fresh veggies (salads are very good) with a small amount of protein – egg, white cheese, fish, chicken
    Evening meal (to be eaten between 5pm and 6.30pm (yes, that is a challenge for some of you) – again fresh veggies, small portion of protein and a healthy grain like quinoa or legumes like chick peas and lentils.

    This is a simple eating plan that can be modified to your taste. I also use meal replacement shakes to counter my ‘naughty’ meals – those ones where you are out socialising with friends.

    Eating ‘low glycemic (Low GI)’ foods help to maintain weight too. Low GI foods are foods are low in sugar – some high GI foods are white rice, white flour (found in bread, cakes, biscuits, cookies, muffins), white potato, processed cereals and of course, sugar. Read the label carefully on drinks – many drinks – from flavoured milk to coke are high in sugar – they need to be avoided.

    If you need further motivation to manage your weight here is some new research from the Women’s Health Initiative hormone trials. “The message is obesity and a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) are not good for your cognition and your memory,” said lead author Diana Kerwin, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine and a physician at Northwestern Medicine.”

    Good, clean water is vital for our body’s health. Depending on our weight, we need to drink about 2 litres a day. Water flushes out toxins and if you are a supplement taker, it helps to bathe our cells with nutrients. Water refreshes us and also helps to prevent tiredness.

    Healthy eating needs to be part of our healthy aging plan. Keep it simple, and keep it fresh.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

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