Archive for July, 2015

Ramblings for 2015.07.05

Posted in Blogging with tags , on 2015/07/05 by rmolby

Well, yesterday I didn’t feel so hot. I was achy all over and it was too hot and humid outside to do anything, so I vegetated a lot.

I have to say, I forgot how much time I used to spend on creating the Google Doodle posts… as yesterdays took me a long time time to put together. I will probably reserve these to special dates like the holidays and so on.

Well, not much else to say. I am busy as heck and will try to post more if I can.

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Health – Low Soda (Pop) Intake

Posted in Food, Health with tags , , , on 2015/07/03 by rmolby

Are you trying to lose weight?

The first thing you should do is increase your water intake and reduce your sugary drink intake!

Let me elaborate on this though process.

I am speaking from a Standard American Diet (SAD) standpoint, but this should hold true for most “industrialized” diets. And by diet, I don’t mean the diet fads, but diet as in what we consume on a daily basis.

So, if you look at how many time people eat out these days, the most common thing you see consumed is sugary drinks, your soda, pop, juice, sports drinks, etc.

Want something cold to drink?

“That’ll be $1.08 ma’am/sir” the reply comes from the broken fast food drive-through speaker, announcing to you are about to get a 32oz or 1 liter Coke or Sprite.

I see this multiple times a day myself, including in my own family.

I have been doing research on the subject of sugar for some time now, and it is becoming increasingly clear that sugar, while it has played a major role in nutrition since we as a species starting eating, our bodies evolved to only consume sugars for short periods of time during late summer and fall to propagate plants by spreading seeds.

Our bodies are designed to run on two fuels, fat and sugar, with sugar being mostly available in abundance in fruit for only a short period during the year, while minor amounts are available in certain vegetables that are available for longer periods of time of the year, and some of which can be store for several months, such as fall squash.

However, the preferred fuel for the body is fat. Why do you think that our bodies convert surplus sugar into fat in the liver?

Before refined sugar became so universally available, the sugar surplus of fall fruit could not be all used at once, and our bodies developed ways to convert the sugar to fat and store it in different parts of the body for later use, especially to carry us through winter if living in temperate climates. This took a long time for our bodies to get used to, probably 10’s of thousands if not millions of years of evolution.

Refined sugars have only been around for about 2000 years, and only in the last 200 or so, the refined white sugars have become cheaply available. And the recent advent of man-made sugars such as High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) are only recent developments of the last 50-75 years. So the sugar epidemic is just now really coming to the surface.

Our bodies forgo health to store the surplus sugar as fat, because it is the sucrose the liver can turn into fat quickly to be stored all over the body, and the fructose is stored in the liver itself as a different type of fat due to different way of processing this particular sugar. However, it doesn’t matter if the sugar is white, lacking minerals, or raw and still has some of the minerals in it. The liver only processes the sugars themselves.

If by chance the stomach is able to get any minerals or nutrients from the raw sugar, it is not much. So the body gets virtually no other nutrition from sugar other than to be able to process it into fat. Basically it is like giving your car low octane fuel all the time, eventually it will tear up the engine – same with the body, it will start pulling needed metabolic nutrients from your tissues and bones.

So, since your body doesn’t sense there are any nutrients in the refined sugars we feed ourselves all day long, it just thinks, oh well, I’ll store it as fat and figure out what to do with all the fat later… our bodies are in eternal “store fat for winter” mode. So it is no wonder we have a civilization of obese people!

So, what is the solution?

Water

The best thing you can do for your health is to start drinking water.

If you are one of those people that cannot stand still water, whether at room temperature, cool out of the pipe, or cold from the refrigerator, then maybe you should try carbonated mineral water.

I personally was one of those people that could drink ice cold still water, but only in small amounts. So, in order for me to start getting more water into my system, I started to take sips of still room temperature or cold water, followed by whatever sugary drink I was having at the time.

This made it easy for me to increase the amount of water I was getting. Slowly at first until I got into the habit of taking a sip of water EVERY time I felt like I needed to drink something, even just to get my mouth wet. In time, my sugary drink intake declined when I just needed sip to wet my lips, and I increasingly had a bottle of water at the ready for this purpose.

As more time progressed, I would drink more and more water and less sugary drink, and now, about 1-2 years into the process, I only carry water with me in my vehicle, and virtually all my sugary drink consumption is from taking sips from my wife’s Dr. Pepper or Sprite when I am out of water or she is holding the cup out to me.

Just doing this one simple trick, my weight has gone from the 195-205 lbs (~88-93 Kg) range to about 189-192 lbs (~86 Kg), no extra exercise, not hardly any other changes in my diet.

I have noticed a marked decrease in sugary cravings, and as such I now eat less sweets, which should accelerate my weight-loss a bit more, yet.

So, to wrap up with rather long post, you can do yourself and your body a favor by cutting out the sugary drinks of all types, and gain back a tremendous amount of feeling good about yourself.

P.S. I will be editing this post by adding reference materials as I find time to do so.

Health – Heart Condition Update

Posted in Family, Food, Health, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 2015/07/01 by rmolby

So, Friday, 19 June 2015, I went in for my heart check.

They prepped me, rolled me in, and I was back out about 4 hours after I arrived at the heart hospital.

Turns out, I am fine, the suspected blockage is only a little plaque build-up, which according to the cardiologist is unusual for someone my age, and yet again he wants me to be on a statin, but I refused once more and stated renal (kidney) failure in my mom being my concern.

He didn’t argue with me but asked if I wanted to try a different statin than Crestor, but I said no thank you i want to try to manage this through diet and exercise.

So, my next step will be to get back with Dr. Lewis in Texas and have him schedule the LabCorp tests he wants to run so he can prescribe his protocol to take care of my issue.

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