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Sluggish Start: The 5 Worst Breakfast Foods — Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic

5 Worst Breakfast Choices we thought were healthy

I know first thing in the a.m is not the best time to have to make smart decisions, however, it IS the most important time.  I have just had fits trying to find the most satisfying, yet healthy breakfast foods as lately, I am trying to seriously cut back on grains and whole wheat, so I started reverting back to a snack I learned from a physical therapist I used to work with; 1/2 cup cottage cheese (low fat),  less than a 1/4 cup steel cut whole oats (uncooked), with assorted berries and a sprinkle of raisins.  Like a wet granola, tasty and  not too bad for you.  Then I was told to cut out dairy, as I was recently diagnoses with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Well that took care of the wet granola breakfast.

Doughnut

1. Doughnut and pastries: A recipe for weight gain

Doughnuts will cost you 250–550 calories, but the 20–50 grams of sugar in each is the real problem. With such a huge amount of sugar in a small package, your body pumps out lots of insulin to accommodate. A huge blood sugar peak leads to an even bigger sugar crash. This extreme up-and-down leaves you hungry soon after your breakfast — and you’ll crave more refined carbs. It’s a vicious cycle of unhealthy eating that starts with the first doughnut.

Sausage biscuit

2. Sausage biscuit: Hypertension’s helper

The sausage biscuit is basically a saturated fat and sodium bomb nestled in a trans fat sleeping bag. If your blood vessels could talk, they would plead, “Please don’t do it to us!” as you place your order at the fast-food drive-through. The sky-high sodium in the highly processed sausage can make your blood pressure surge. If you have hypertension, it may increase your risk for stroke. Nitrates and nitrites in sausage have been linked to increased risk in certain cancers, too.

coffee

3. Flavored non-dairy creamer: A coffee disaster

If you think non-dairy creamer is a healthy option, think again. Many non-dairy creamers simply swap saturated fat for trans fat (check the label for “partially hydrogenated” oil), plus sugar and artificial sweeteners. Trans fat increases your risk of heart attack and stroke by increasing LDL cholesterol. Predictions say decreasing trans fat consumption by even a little could help prevent more than 10,000 deaths a year. To perk up your coffee, try unsweetened vanilla almond milk, low-fat milk or a small amount of chocolate milk instead.

cereal

4. Bright, sugary cereals: A rainbow of hyperactivity

Those magically colored kids’ cereals aren’t such a bright choice. The FDA has noted that food dyes may contribute to hyperactivity in children with ADHD, even if not in other children. A 2012 study backed up that idea but said more research is needed. The UK and EU recently banned food dyes in food manufacturing; perhaps you should ban the fake stuff from your breakfast table. Even if food coloring’s effects aren’t fully understood, these cereals are usually loaded with sugar — empty calories for your little ones.

5. Loaded bagel: An invitation for diabetes

Your body works hard to keep you functioning at night. Don’t thank it with inflammation-causing calories in the form of a bagel loaded with cream cheese or margarine. Except for the occasional 100 percent whole grain option, most bagels are 300–500 calories worth of starch. Slathering on cream cheese or butter adds more calories and saturated fat. Diets high in refined carbohydrates have been linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, so don’t make bagels a regular morning meal.

I’ve just recently returned from a nutrition class in Asheville, “Diabesity” is the new catch phrase, which to me, is stereotyping, however, mostly true.  Loved the speaker, highly educated and straight to the point.  Her healthful advise for a satisfying breakfast, or even snack later in the day;  3/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt,  a variety of sliced/diced berries, or whichever is your favorite, and a 1/4 of a cup of chopped walnuts, squirting a little raw honey on this will make your children love it.   It is not as difficult as it sounds, you just have to want to be healthy and make a conscious effort to do it.  Your kids will learn through you, and seeing you make the effort for yourself and them, will instill good habits in their little heads.

 

Diabetes Health, You’re In Charge..

Diabetes Health, Your in Charge.

This evening on the yahoo face page, (April 14, 2014) an interesting article on the new Affordable Care Act (ACA/ObamaCare)  and diabetics.  The focus is to prevent complications of Type 2 diabetes before it destroys a life OR  costs the insurance company a fortune.   Well,  hallelujah ,  I have been saying this for years.  If they could have  made our simple basic supplies affordable, with or without insurance,  many complications could have been avoided earlier.

However in this article, apparently it helps those who are already ravaged by the disease, or have been too stubborn to change bad habits.  They focused on a 62 year old woman, who for years struggled with her Type 2 diabetes, which she blames on her “love to bake and eat her sweet creations”.  They write of many of her episodes of uncontrolled blood sugars, loosing a foot in a car accident, (what was her  blood sugar at the time of the accident?) and that thinking about her insulin was ”the last thing on her mind”!!!   Excuse me, WHAT!!  are you 62 or 2, diabetes is your life, and for  many people, your choice,  take responsibility for it.   The article reads, “About 60 percent or so of the people with Type 2 diabetes can keep side effect at bay by simply managing sugar levels, exercising and watching their weight“.   It goes on to read, “about 26 million Americans have diabetes, and two-thirds (approx 17 mill) of them are overweight or obese.  The above mentioned woman went on to ACA, it costs her less than $2 a month, thanks to a tax credit of  $574 a month, which WE are paying.   Given the choice of eating smart, moving more, and taking ownership of what you did to your health vs  being slowly ravaged by diabetes complications, I would vote for a little self-control and a lot of education.

I for one, am Type 1, I had no choice in my condition, however, I do choose to take control of it, manage it, and remain as relatively healthy as I can, even though I am learning it is not in my best interest monetarily.    I  cannot get on the group insurance plan for small business owners, (as my husband is a small business owner) because of my, (wait for it), pre-existing condition.  I know, I too though this was a thing of the past, however the agent from this small business group plan informs me he is not allowed to sign  me up on their plan.  They can take my husband, but I must be directed to the “market place” crap.   As I have shopped these ACA plans, and learned again, because I choose to work with my “disabilities”, I would get no assist with subsidies, tax breaks or hand outs, whichever they choose to call it.  My premiums and deductibles would be doubled.   My co-pays at the pharmacy have already tripled for my insulin and test strips, and this is helping me  how Mr. Prez?  The articles does go on to tout all the good programs and work-shops they are setting up,  alas the same problems will exist, how to get people to attend now, if they wouldn’t  in the past.

I am just planning ahead, testing the waters for my future, as I feel my group insurance at work may be drastically changing come August, and considering the fact that I am hardly able to continue wrestling obese patients and senior citizens around full time much longer.   Quoting a line from the article  above, “Diabetic Beware.”  a “relatively healthy person with diabetes can cost insurers  around $5,000 a year”,  but if you  let any of those long term  complications develop, then you’re talking $100,000 dollars plus.”    People, people…. given the choice of eating smart, moving more, and taking ownership of what you did to your health vs  being slowly ravaged by diabetes complications,  I would vote for a little self-control, more activity,  and a lot of education.

 

Valentines Day, Another Challenge!

Happy Valentines Day, Another Challenge!!

Oh yeah!!!!   Valentines Day is coming.  We have finally finished, and hopefully survived the “holiday” calorie traps, now we must stand strong on chocolate hearts, pastries,  and other expressions of love from people who care about us.   Question is,  do they know about us?

Do not find blame in others for giving gifts of sweet affection from those who do not know our  resolution or nutritional limitations.  Be polite and thankful someone thought of you and is following tradition, after all, who’s ever heard of giving a heart shape box of fruits and vegetables, or a bouquet of celery stalks.  Simply accept with a smile and a thank you, maybe take one of your favorite out of the box,  and then spread the happiness by opening the box to others in the office, or at the house.

Yes, this, my friends, is called will-p0wer, but remember that resolution, the one about starting your healthy life making smart decisions?  It really gives you a sense of power and a feeling of “you” are in control of this.   After all, 2 year olds and animals have no self control, you are different, you DO!   You’re  a smart, adult learning how to take care of yourself and being a smart example for your family.  Sure, some one who loves you could give you flowers, but they die quickly, and can be expensive, or jewelry, now that last forever, and yes can be expensive,  but no, they choose to buy you something they know you’ll love, not realizing this too, last forever, on your thighs and  hips, and most probably in your blood work, making your next MD appt very uncomfortable.    Another option is a fine dinner out, some nice restaurant with elegant atmosphere.  Personally, this is  my favorite because I am confident in my meal choices and knowledge of foods.  It can be a disaster if you get carried away with sauces and creams and all the extras, another reason to get educated on nutrition, it’s liberating to know what you can and shouldn’t eat.  Please refer to my article  on Nutrition Traps.

When in doubt, hold to your convictions,  choose the cuddly, cute teddy bear.  He’s the safest choice, hands down.

 

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