Don’t talk to me about diet!


Don’t talk to me about diet!

I am over 100 pounds heavier than I need to be. This Is not news to those who know me, and if you look at my picture, you will see it also. So why am I even stating it? I am talking to you about it because I know that I am not alone. I know that most of the people who will read this have some type of battle going on within themselves around their weight. If not their weight specifically it may be around the health of their body.

I am writing this as a precursor to a series of articles I will be writing about food, health, exercise, and well being.

Why would you want to read anything I have to say about diet and wellness? Good question. My hope is that you will follow me on a journey I am taking and maybe along this journey I can share some things with you that will make your life a little better.

I am not an expert on any of these topics. Not yet, anyway. What I am is a student. I have dedicated this next year, 2015, to learning more about health through diet. It is one of my New Years Resolutions after all.

I am also open and willing to learn from you, if you have something to add to the conversation. I know that some will agree with a lot of what I say as I start down this path. I know some will disagree with things I say. All that is wonderful. I look forward to the conversation.

Here is what I propose.

I promise to learn and share what I learn.

I promise to keep learning and never be too attached to what I think I know.

I promise to not quit! This is where I may need your help. Encourage me with your thoughts and ideas. Don’t be offended if I do not jump at every suggestion. I need to take my own path.

I promise to be healthier this time next year. Will you join me?

Now, I named this article “Don’t talk to me about Diet!” The reason for that name is simple. I am not going on a diet. I am going to be making some big changes in my lifestyle so that I can achieve the outcome I desire, but I am not going on a diet. The reason for the clarification is that diets are a short term solution to a lifelong need. As I begin this process, I will be making some short term plans. These plans are designed to have a specific result. They are not lifelong changes. Some plans will be life long changes. These changes will be in the form of habits designed to help me gain and maintain health. I also retain my right to change my mind as I learn and grow.

I hope you come along with me on this journey. I hope we help each other.

More to come soon.

Can a Massage keep you from getting sick?

(NaturalNews) Massages are a great way to release tension and stress and promote relaxation. But a new study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has revealed for the first time that massages also provide a measurable, therapeutic benefit to the immune system as well.

Dr. Mark Rapaport and his team of researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., evaluated 53 people, 29 of which received 45-minute Swedish massages–one of the most common forms of massage used in the U.S.–and 24 who received gentler, light touch massages. Researchers took blood samples at intervals before and after the massages and found that those who received even just one Swedish massage experienced significant, positive changes in blood composition.

“This research indicates that massage doesn’t only feel good, it also may be good for you,” explained Dr. Rapaport in a press release. “People often seek out massage as part of a healthy lifestyle but there hasn’t been much physiological proof of the body’s heightened immune response following massage until now.”

Besides experiencing a significant increase in lymphocytes, the white cells in the body that help fight and prevent disease, the Swedish massage group experienced lower cortisol levels as well. Cortisol is the hormone released by the adrenal gland in response to stress.

The Swedish massage group also experienced a decrease in arginine vasopressin, a hormone linked with aggressive behavior.

“European-style massage is often used to treat back pain, sleep disorders, and other stress-related disorders,” explain Bradley J. Willcox, D. Craig Willcox and Makoto Suzuki in their book The Okinawa Program: How the World’s Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/029713_massage_immune_system.html#ixzz1ZGb0Xcvv