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America's Fat Alert - We're Getting Fatter

The Fat List

Looking at the list of the world's fattest countries, the United States is not at the very top of the list . . . but we are edging up. Processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, and fast food have kept our nation high on the "fat list" for over the last half century.

You are what you drink!

Warning:

Changing these current statistics will not be easy. Today, nearly 25% of adults fall into the obese category.  However, you can change your personal situation and I urge you to start now! 

According to Dr. Daniel Amen, physician, child & adult psychiatrist, and brain imaging specialist:

"Obesity is one of the biggest threats to brain health. Being overweight or obese is terrible for brain function."

Dr. Amen says in his frank way: "At every moment of every day of your life, your brain heavily influences how you think, feel, act, and interact with others. It is your brain that pushes you away from the table telling you that you have had enough, and it is your brain that gives you permission to have the second piece of cake, making you look and feel like a blob."

In his book, The Amen Solution, Dr. Amen presents easy and effective steps to start you on your path to getting healthy.


Step 1: Keep Your Blood Sugar Balanced!

  •   Eat a healthy breakfast. People who maintain weight loss universally eat a nutritious breakfast.  (Barbara:  It must contain protein!)
  •   Have smaller meals throughout the day
  •   Avoid simple sugars and refined carbohydrates, such as candy, sodas, cookies, crackers, white rice and white bread. Cookies, cake
      and bread will temporarily boost serotonin and you can easily become addicted.

Step 2: Take Brain Healthy Supplements. This is of paramount importance!

If you need help with focusing on your health, I would personally recommend Phosphatidylserine - it strengthens memory, increases attention and concentration, boosts learning and mental acuity, as well as lifting moods and relieving depression.


Step 3: Eat From the Rainbow

Add foods in your diet of many different colors (antioxidants)

  •           Blueberries
  •           Pomegranates
  •           Yellow squash
  •           Red bell peppers

My Personal Additional Step:

Prayer or meditation for 12 minutes per day will increase blood flow to the pre-frontal cortex. This is the area of the brain that regulates making good decisions!


Words of wisdom

"Sugar is not your friend. The less sugar in your life, the better your life will be."

Sugar is your enemy!

"An animal study from a team of French scientists found that sugar was actually more addictive than cocaine."

The Bottom Line: Eliminate sugar and refined carbohydrates.


Your brain is 80 percent water. That's right!

Dr. Amen says: "Proper hydration is one of the keys to weight loss! Since the hunger and thirst centers sit right next to each other in the brain, many times when we think we are hungry, we are really just dehydrated. So we mistake the thirst signal for a food signal!"

So why haven't you started changing your ways?

Do you find yourself hiding behind these common unhealthy excuses?

"I don't have time."

I don't have the energy to exercise."

"I don't like any of the foods that are healthy for me."

I feel bad when I eat right. I just want ice cream, pizza, and cheeseburgers too much."

"I'll start tomorrow, or Monday, or next week, or next month . . . if I ever really get sick."

I have no control over what I eat."

"My family won't support me."

"It's my genetics."

No, no, no! Stop deceiving yourself! It's time to start taking back your waistline AND your brain focus & clarity.  There are some powerful tools that will help you gain control and maintain your weight.

I encourage you to be an agent for change in the lives of your family and friends. The BEST legacy you can leave someone is the legacy of showing them how to be healthy! Is your legacy about HEALTH or illness?

The brain is key . . . Did you know that as your weight increases, your brain size decreases? You can decrease or prevent dementia by losing weight!