Category: obesity

Vacation is a Killer!

man with overweight, obesity

Obesity in the U.S.

Every time I travel to the US I am appalled at the lack of healthy food and healthy habits.  No wonder obesity is predicted to affect 42% of the US population by 2030. That’s obesity, folks, that’s not just overweight. In the cities I’ve been to, people rarely walk and greasy, salty, sugary food is everywhere.  Portion sizes are enormous and consequently so are the waistlines.

Here are a few tips to maintain your healthy habits through your next vacation:

  • Try to do a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes every day – find a shopping mall, go to a theme park, park the car and see the sights on foot
  • Always leave something on your plate – most meals contain adequate calories to feed one person for a few days
  • Stock up at the nearest grocery store or market on fresh fruit, baby carrots, celery sticks, raw nuts and seeds and carry healthy snacks with you so you aren’t tempted to overeat the restaurant food
  • Stay hydrated – airplanes are very dehydrating. Drink lots of water before, during and after your flight to avoid vacation constipation and blood clots.
  • Do seated calf raises while flying, especially long flights to keep the circulation moving through your calves and prevent blood clots.
  • Stock up on vitamin C and echinacea before, during and after your trip to avoid picking up the multitude of germs on the plane.
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MSG and Obesity

by Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc, ND

There are at least 1500 scientific articles on MSG. In rats, there is overwhelming evidence of brain damage, retinal damage, hypothalamus damage, induced obesity and diabetes. Just two doses of MSG during the second half of pregnancy damage the developmental process, appetite control and various hormones in the offspring of rats. MSG consumption is used to induce obesity in animals!
Incidentally, monkeys are at least as sensitive to MSG damage as are rats. Personally, I love good Chinese food (not the greasy, MSG crap). If it’s well prepared I think it’s healthy – lots of dark green leafy vegetables and protein. Stay clear of the MSG and if you having rice make it only a very small serving and enjoy!