These are three things that I really can’t argue with. In fact, put them together and you have a near perfect recipe as far as I’m concerned. So, I was excited to see a new cookbook titled “Fast, Fresh & Green – More than 90 delicious recipes for veggie lovers” by Susie Middleton, the editor at large of Fine Cooking.
Check out the link below for a couple freebie recipes including peas with lemon and mint, squash linguine, and tomato and peach salad (pictured below). Enjoy!
Today I had the opportunity to meet with a world-renowned expert on nicotine and tobacco issues and research. This is a person to whom the World Health Organization and the White House go for guidance on these issues. I learned a couple of very interesting things.
First, approximately 20% …of people who quit smoking do so with medical help, which typically includes some form of nicotine replacement therapy such as nicotine patch or gum. Approximately 5% of people who quit smoking do so with behavioral help, which typically includes calling a tobacco “quit line” and learning about behavioral techniques to stop smoking. However, 75% percent of people who quit smoking do so “on their own,” or put another way, they simply stop smoking. This surprised me somewhat and it surprised him too. (note: this does not mean that quitting was either easy or successful on the first attempt, in fact, it is typically quite the contrary).
But it gets even better. If 75% of people who quit smoking do so on their own, then you might think that something must have happened to those people that prompted them to make such a significant and difficult change in their life. So, this fella designed a study to ask a large number of people who had quit smoking how they came to decide to quit. Now, the study is still ongoing, but what has absolutely floored him was that approximately 50% of the people who had quit smoking did not plan to quit UP TO THE DAY BEFORE THAT THEY DID IT. Now think about that for a minute…we don’t typically think of quitting smoking as an impulsive behavior, but at least half of these people just up and decided to quit one day. That is amazing!
So, what are you going to do to surprise yourself today?
New research shows modest weight loss reverses many of the damaging changes often seen in the immune cells of obese people with diabetes.
The immune system is fascinatingly complex and the various immune cells need to co-exist in a certain balance for good health to be maintained. Factors including food types and excess body fat can influence the immune system to cause damage to our own bodies.
Excess body fat, particularly abdominal fat, triggers the production of immune cells that promote inflammation. Interestingly, inflammation may further promote fat storage and also make you sleepy during the daytime (which would make it less likely for a person to get physical activity to help control weight).
The recent study took obese people with diabetes and put them on a diet of between 1000 and 1600 calories a day for 24 weeks. The results showed an 80% reduction of inflammatory immune cells and decreased activation of the immune system in body fat.
The authors of this study commented that people must be made aware that excess fat will affect their immune systems which can promote worse obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiac issues, and therefore overall survival.”
To optimize your health, keep your weight and waist in the healthy range.
Reference: A. Viardot, R. V. Lord, K. Samaras. The Effects of Weight Loss and Gastric Banding on the Innate and Adaptive Immune System in Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2010; DOI: 10.1210/jc.2009-2371
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