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I am having a horrible time finding a nursing home to accomodate my father’s food allergies. He’s allergic to sugar, dairy and corn also. Some homes can prepare meals accordingly to these restrictions, but not the gluten free. Can anyone help? We are looking in Chicago, the south suburbs and the west suburbs. Please help.
I myself cannot answer this but hope to direct u to someone who can.
Click "Local Support" find the support group closest to your area and see if that leader has any info on nursing homes. Perhaps if his doctor has a note, dont they have to follow his diet? Best of luck!
I don’t have any equipment and cant really afford any so its got to be some basic exercises like running or things i don’t know of.
Also being 14 i do not buy my own food so what is a good healthy diet that i can just mention to my mom to get?
I would like to lose weight.
Well, I am not a doctor, but what I know about doctors is that they don’t study much about exercise specifically or nutrition. They primarily study diseases, ailments, medicine, etc. so I wouldn’t particularly ask them to draw out an exercise program. Don’t mistake me though, if your doctor suggests something, or tells you not to eat something or to not do a particular exercise, they most likely have a good reason for saying it.
That said, I disagree with the South Beach Diet and Weight Watchers. They aren’t founded on sound information…. I have my Masters in Exercise Physiology and studied this directly for over 10 years.
I would suggest eating natural, low fat foods. By natural, I mean, whole grain foods, not processed bleached white bread or plain pasta. Eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. For protein, eat chicken, and if you get hamburger, get hamburger that is 97% lean not the 80/20 (meaning 20% fat). I also like turkey and tuna, just make sure that it is low fat. Once you cut the fat down, it is easy to keep the calories down. Contrary to popular belief, carbohydrates are good for you….just not from pop or candy bars. If you cannot stand wheat bread, try Oat Nut… it is pretty good and even my third grade nephew likes it.
As for exercise, if you cannot go to the gym, go jogging, cycling, hiking, etc. Weight training will be a little difficult, but you can do pushups and situps for starters.
Hope this helps.
I am a 23-year-old Type I diabetic, and though not overweight, I would like to lose a few unneeded pounds. As you may know, the use of insulin often negates weight-loss efforts, and I have struggled for some time now to get back to my "ideal" weight. If anyone can recommend a good diet program or even throw out some suggestions of how to combat this problem, it would be greatly appreciated!!
Even type 2s on insulin have a very hard time keeping unwanted pounds off. I was the original skinny minny when the doctor decided I needed to take insulin injections along with my oral meds.
I follow the South Beach phase 2 food plan. I follow it pretty religiously too. and have for the best part of 10 years because it is very low carb and you can tailor it to fit your needs.
Contrary to popular opinion, it and Atkins are NOT high fat or high protein food plans!!! They have sensible serving sizes and the choice of foods is great. You do not HAVE to buy specialty foods on either one.
If you eat sufficient saturated fats and sufficient protein, you will be fuller faster so more sated and not want or need as much of the carb stuff.
This study was with type 2 people, but same works for type 1.
And this is from Livin LaVida Low Carb blog:
Just count carbs very carefully, medicate only enough, and get movin!!!
What I mean is I am a person that really needs to lose weight and would like to try a diet program like weight watchers and atkins and south beach but don’t have the money to pay for programs like that. I have been trying to do my own dieting but not really working. Is there a free website that I can go to?
Go to your local used book store. You should be able to pick up a book from one of the programs at very little cost. Other than that, all you need for successful dieting is to eat healthy, choose whole foods (non-processed), lean meats, sensible portions, stay away from artificial sweeteners, and excercise. If you sincerely have done all of that, and you’re not losing weight, have your thyroid tested.
I was thinking about the South Beach Diet Program…
But I don’t know if my mom will let me pay for it all.
But then the other question is, is there a better diet plan?
If you think of a diet as something to "go on" you will also "go off" and regain.
diet is a way of life – change your lifestyle, become healthier.
find daily calorie intake calculator on the net, enter all your stats and it will tell you how many calories you need a day to maintain, take off 400-600cal off that number and thats how much you need to lose.
eat 5-6 small meals a day (eat every 2-3 hours – it optimizes your metabolism)
5-8 servings of fruit and veggies a day (have lots of veggies to eat in between meals if you are still hungry)
8 glasses of water -carry bottle of water with you and when you feel hungry drink it – we often confuse hunger with thirst (our bodies confuse it)
have complex carbs for breakfast – they give you energy
have protein (lean meat, legumes etc) for dinner – repairs muscle
cardio is the only fat burning exercise and burns fat all over your body (running, jogging, swimming, spinning, elliptical etc) 4-6 times a week for average of 45min – in your case i would suggest walking longer than that or swimming (but swimming actually makes my leg hurt afterwards because i dont feel the pain in water and if its too much), light weight training a few times a week (more muscle=faster metabolism)
dont consume foods that are made of white flour (white bread, cakes, pasta etc.), sugar loaded foods (cookies, ice cream, candy etc) and nothing fried, oily.
of course you can spoil yourself once in a while with a little treat:)
I don’t like fish, and I don’t like a lot of things I have seen in the big fad diets. (South Beach , Atkins menus), anyone know of a program with cheap and normal (everyday) food?
One that I can buy things from my supermarket, not prepackaged stuff.
I had a baby recently, and can’t lose the last of the weight. I haven’t been able to exercise for a long time (after having baby) because I had some trouble with my leg, due to having the baby. I’m looking to lose that last stubborn bit of weight!
I am exercising now, and I don’t do sweets or soda.
The following healthy living recommendations will help you if your trying to lose weight, have aspirations of building lean muscle mass, are attempting to get a wash board stomach, or just want to feel better:
*1) Burn more calories then your consuming everyday and measure your results using the following formula: Calories Consumed minus Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) minus Physical Activity. Get a fitness calculator that you can put on your cell phone and computer. This will allow you to easily calculate this formula, log your daily calorie consumption, and log your physical activities.
*2) Eat natural and organic foods found on earth versus something created by a corporation to make money. Eat meals in small portions throughout the day and take a good multi-vitamin supplement.
Avoid “High Glycemic Load Carbs” (sugar, pastries, desserts, refined starches such as breads, pasta, refined grains like white rice; high starch vegetables such as white potatoes) and drink lots of water.
Do not try fad diets. Here is an excellent food pyramid that anyone can follow: http://www.rayandterry.com/html/images/PyramidLRG.gif?osCsid=26a424be471d1337e7c2f105d5c64d9d
*3) Exercise on most days by doing cardiovascular training and/or resistance training activities.
Read a book or find a certified trainer to make sure your doing all resistance training exercises correctly. A great book to buy that teaches you the resistance training basics is “Weight Training For Dummies”. A superb magazine to buy with excellent resistance training routines that will not get you bored is "Muscle and Fitness". Signup for the free newsletter.
A good book to buy that teaches you the cardiovascular training basics is “Fitness For Dummies”.
*4) Get plenty of sleep. Sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety.
*5) Educate yourself continually on health issues. A good free publication is “Dietary Guidelines For Americans 2005”. A superb book to read is “You The Owner’s Manual”. An excellent periodic publication is the “Nutrition Action Health Letter”.
*6) Make a life long commitment to good health. A great test you can take to measure your biological age is at http://realage.com Look at other areas where you can improve your health. For example, make improvements on the quality of the air you breath. Review outdoor air quality forecasts where you live and get an indoor air purifier. Email me if you want a good air purifier recommendation and if you have other questions.
*Click on all the source links below to get the full benefit of the recommendations. The answers presented to your health questions are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Weight loss pills are one of the most popular methods of reducing weight amongst overweight people across the world. Most obese people who find it tough to maintain an exercise regimen or introduce low-cal healthy diet in their sedentary lifestyle take resort to weight loss pills with a desire to easily and quickly shed their extra pounds.
With obesity rising by the day and becoming a major cause of concern, demand for weight loss pills is increasing at a phenomenal rate. One needs to be very cautious while selecting a weight loss pill as the market is flooded with fake weight loss pills that only lighten your wallet. In addition, one needs to keep in mind that even using a genuine and effective weight loss pill without a complementing, lifestyle changing weight loss program significantly reduces your chances of effective weight loss.
Let’s see how weight loss pills work.
Weight loss pills, both prescription and OTC, try to find ways to introduce a gap between calorie intake and calorie expenditure. We can further group them according to their action as;
- Carbs, Starch or Fat Inhibitors,
- Fat Burners
- Appetite Suppressants.
Appetite suppressants are probably the more successful of the other OTCs. Popular appetite suppressants try to play down your appetite for food. They may get to act on the nervous system to deter hunger signals from being translated as a need for food. A popular appetite suppressant that has almost created a sensation in the weight world is the Hoodia weight loss pills. Purely herbal in nature with no known side effects, Hoodia is the preferred weight loss pill when one needs to curb excessive hunger – the root cause of weight gain.
Hoodia Weight Loss Pills
Hoodia Weight Loss pills are an all natural weight loss supplement derived from the Hoodia Gordonii plant, a rare succulent that grows in the extreme climate of Kalahari Desert in South Africa. Hoodia’s effectiveness as an appetite suppressant was even featured in Oprah Winfrey and the 60 Minutes show. The demand for this gentle and effective weight loss pill has only been soaring since then.
The peculiarity of the cactus-like Hoodia Gordonii plant is that it contains what is called an appetite suppressant P57 molecule. The native San Bushmen tribe has for generations been using the unique property of Hoodia Gordonii as a natural appetite suppressant and thirst quencher during their long hunting trips in Kalahari.
The active P57 molecule in Hoodia Gordonii targets the hypothalamus region in the brain, which controls the sensation of thirst and hunger. When you eat, the glucose level in your body rises, and the nerve cells in the hypothalamus respond, letting you know that you no longer need to eat. The exciting thing about the P57 molecule is that it copies the effect that glucose has on the brain. The P57 molecule goes to the mid-brain and makes the nerve cells fire as if you were full, causing you to want to eat less.
Hoodia Diet Pills
In this world where obesity is emerging as the leading cause of mortality, Hoodia diet pills is seen as a miracle supplement that can help you control weight by suppressing appetite. Most other diet pills and products in the market require greater conscious and more intentional efforts to control weight while Hoodia diet pills requires least effort to achieve the desired results.
Regular intake of Hoodia diet pills can help you reduce calorie intake by 2000 calories per day. All you need to do is take 1-3 Hoodia diet pills an hour before your meal, three times a day. Combined with regular exercise and a healthy diet, Hoodia diet pills will help you shed unwanted pounds easily. Pure Hoodia diets pills are 100 % natural and have no known side effects.
However, excessive popularity of Hoodia Gordonii has generated huge demand for Hoodia diet pills to the extent that a protected status had to be imposed on Hoodia Gordonii plant. There are many fake products in the market claiming to contain pure Hoodia but all these products do not actually contain the active ingredient alleged to suppress appetite. Many companies use the skin, spines etc of the Hoodia plant which does not offer any benefit, but only increases the percentage weight of Hoodia. One needs to know that it is only the ‘heart’ of the Hoodia that has the appetite suppressant P57 molecule.
Please make sure that the Hoodia diet pill that you are buying is pure and genuine by carefully checking the label. A pure Hoodia diet pill carries a certificate of analysis, random analysis testing certificate and a certificate by CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of the Worlds Fauna and Wildlife) to ensure legal export of product from South Africa.
I bet you want to know… Does Hoodia really work to help you lose weight? After all, billions of dollars are being spent worldwide annually on this supposed “miracle” diet pill that, if you were to believe the hype spouted off by all of its manufacturers, you would think that hoodia is the miracle cure to obesity and excess weight that will save the world. Ahh, if it were only that easy to lose weight!
So… Does Hoodia actually work for lasting weight loss, or even have any effects whatsoever? Let’s dig a little deeper beyond all of the marketing hype and see if it actually has any merit.
The fact is that you can’t search the internet or listen to the radio without being bombarded by Hoodia advertisements promising all sorts of miraculous claims. The reason I wanted to bring up the subject and it’s validity is that I don’t want any of my readers to waste their money and fall for this scam.
Now let me preface this by saying that not all companies selling hoodia are crooked. Some are legitimate and honest and actually selling real Hoodia. However, with the lack of federal regulation on supplements, it is quite easy for shady smaller companies to get away with selling pills that don’t even have any in them. Also, we are not even saying anything regarding whether Hoodia (if it were the real stuff) actually does work or not for lasting weight loss.
Sure, the Hoodia ads sound great… no exercise necessary, just sit on your couch, pop a couple diet pills, and you’ll start melting fat off your bones like a furnace… Please, give me a frickin break! Let’s get this straight… Quick fixes NEVER work, and they NEVER will work in the future. Even if a miracle Weight Loss pill is developed in the future, there will always be an adverse side effect… it’s simply against the laws of nature, and homeostasis of the body.
I can’t even tell you how many people I get writing me and they’re totally sold on this Hoodia stuff by the slick advertising and hype. They buy it and they get no weight loss results whatsoever. Well, there was a good $50 or $100 down the drain! I can’t blame them for being suckered… I mean these scammers are pretty good marketers.
You’ll see in a minute that a large percentage of what is labeled and sold as hoodia may not even contain ANY Hoodia at all. A lot of it is completely counterfeit.
At first glance, it might appear that this supposed “magical herb” has some promise. All of the hype started a couple years ago when a popular night-time network TV show presented Hoodia as a new and potentially exciting weight-loss pill. Well, it didn’t take long for the internet and late night advertising scamsters to follow suit, fill some capsules with any old crap they could find, and start spamming bazillions of people around the world saying that their pills were the magical answer to the dream body they’ve been looking for their entire life.
Hoodia has been used by the Bushmen of Southern Africa for centuries as an appetite suppressant for their journeys. The fact is thatin its natural state might actually work as a decent appetite suppressant (although that doesn’t necessarily mean it will help with permanent weight loss). The problem lies in the fact that the supplement industry is not federally regulated in the US, and any scammer can put whatever they want in a capsule and sell it for huge profits.
The fact is that the quantity of Hoodia being sold throughout the world in supplement stores and online FAR EXCEEDS the amount that is actually produced. It is only grown in a small area of southern Africa and is a very slow growing plant, and there is a much larger quantity of “supposed hoodia” sold than is produced. Obviously, this means that a large amount of what is sold as hoodia is simply counterfeit.
Basically what they put in the pill doesn’t even have to be Hoodia, because ever since the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, there is no regulation or testing to assure that what their label claims is actually in the bottle. Now even if they did put real Hoodia extract in the capsules, there is also no scientific proof at this point that these small doses that they are using will actually cause any type of weight loss at all in humans.
Even if it were to actually help curb appetite, that is not always a good thing, as it may simply deprive your body of the nutrition it needs to function properly and maintain lean muscle mass, all of which regulates your metabolic rate. If you did lose weight, this would not be a good weight loss, as you would lose muscle and end up with a slower metabolism, which would lead to excess fat gain in the future.
So you’re left with these major problems:
1. A certain percentage of the Hoodia being sold out there might not even be real. You simply could be buying any old junk powder that they fill the capsules with.
2. Even if certain brands are honest (which a lot of the bigger companies ARE honest), and actually put the amount of Hoodia that they claim in the bottle, there is no proof that those quantities are ample enough to curb the appetite (compared to the raw plant that the bushmen eat), nor is there any evidence that it will result in lasting weight loss.
So does Hoodia really work? The answer is that no one really knows for sure, however with all of the uncertainties that we’ve highlighted here, it is highly unlikely that Hoodia will create long lasting permanent weight loss for you, even if you do get lucky enough to get the “real stuff”.
As you’ve probably heard me say a thousand times before… the bottom line is that there are no “miracles in a bottle”. If you want to be truly healthy, lean, and strong for life, it takes some actual real exercise and a nutritious diet full of natural unprocessed healthy foods… a healthy diet that you can live with for life! There are no substitutes, but there are plenty of scams if you want to throw away your money.
I have thoroughly researched this diet and am giving you every detail of south beach diet for information.
South beach diet book is founded on the premise that switching to good carbs stops insulin resistance and curbs appetite which leads to weight loss. Also, good fats protect the heart and prevent hunger.
But this is hardly true as you will learn after reading this article.
South beach diet book offers a simplistic solution to weight loss. All you need to do is eat good carbs like whole grains, vegetables and beans instead of eating bad carbs like sugar white breads and potatoes.
the diet says, fast sugars are worst for dieters and slow sugars are good.
And how are these foods classified as fast or slow? The Glycemic Index.
According to the diet, the food having a high Glycemic Index causes the blood sugar to spike (go up) immedietly after having the meal,whereas the food with a lower GI does not drastically shoot up the blood sugar levels.
But this theory is only partially true. Yes, the foods with high GI are good for diabetics in helping them to keep their blood sugar levels in check, but contrary to popular belief, the glycemic index of a certain food is not the same.i.e. it depends on how the food is processed, stored, ripened and cooked.
Further, the diet is formulated on the premise that good carbs like whole grains have a low glycemic index and bad carbs like sugars, white flour and refined grains have a higher GI.
BUT THE TRUTH IS….
Bread is high GI whether whole wheat or white because it is made from finely ground flour.
Pasta is low GI, whether whole or white(thin languine has a high GI as compared to the thick one)
“Instant white” rice is low GI whereas “Uncle bens converted white” rice is high GI.
Take the case of sugars…Glucose is high GI, Sucrose is medium GI and fructose is low GI
This illustrates that recommending foods based on GI is confusing as well as misleading. On top of it all, there is no research to support the claim that the rise in blood sugar by eating high GI foods leads to high blood insulin levels, and that this leads people to overeat.
To summarise…there is no evidence to suggest that eating low GI foods leads to weight loss.
Now lets have a look at the diet menu.
South beach diet book claims that you won’t feel hungry while on this diet. This is impossible considering the fact that some of the menus average only 1200 calories, which is too low not to feel hungry.
The diet encourages you to eat seafood, chicken breast, lean meat, vegetables,whole grains, some fruits, beans, low fat cheese, nuts, oils and whole grains. fatty meats, high fat cheese, refined grains, sweets, juice and potatoes.
The choice of foods in this diet plan are somewhat healthy compared to other leading plans like ATKINS but restricting the consumption of carrots, bananas, pineapple and watermelon is the worst part of beach diet.
The meal plan consists of three phases :
Phase 1 of beach diet :
You are allowed to eat normal size helpings of chicken, meat, turkey, fish and shellfish, vegetables, eggs, cheese and nuts. You can have three meals per day. Desserts, coffee and tea are also allowed.
But for the first 14 days you are not allowed to eat bread,rice,potatoes,pasta or baked goods and even fruits!
Phase 2 of beach diet :
You can slowly begin to reintroduce carbs into your diet again. The diet advices you to take all the forbidden foods in phase 1 like bread, pasta, fruits etc. in moderate quantities but at the same time not as much as you were having before.
Phase 3 of beach diet:
This part is the most relaxed. Dr.Agastson says that you can now forget that you are on a diet. He says that now onwards it is just a healthy lifestyle you are used to, and going to adhere for the rest of your life.
All in all, south diet is one more money spinning fad diet for the creator of this weight loss program and a phsychological prop(support) for people who are allways hopping from one diet to the other in search of a hollywood like sexy body.
The initial weight loss caused by this diet is on account of calorie restriction and not because of low Glycemic Index or an invisible switch as Dr. Agastson’s marketing language wants you to believe.
Your health could be 100 times better without south beach diet weight loss program,if you choose healthy foods like green vegetables,whole grains,fiber rich foods and vegetables.
And if you are eager to lose those extra pounds,why not do it the most natural way with the Weight Loss principles of Ayurveda medicinal science?
This is the most effective long term,scientifically proven solution to excess fat.
Hoodia, the appetite and thirst suppressant of the South African aborigines has been tested as a dietary aid for persons wanting to stay on a weight loss diet plan. The natural supplement has been proven to help individuals eat less in a natural and safe manner. However, like any diet aid, Hoodia suppressive qualities will only be truly beneficial if a healthy diet is also implemented.
Genuine Hoodia has been a lifesaver for natives traversing the desert. Facing scorching heat and having little food, Hoodia helped people survive extreme conditions. The properties of a seemingly plain cactus are amazing. Thus, in the 1960′s scientists in Africa decide to attempt extracting the lifesaving properties, to help save the lives of obese individuals having difficulty maintaining a healthy diet, and sticking to a weight loss program.
Successful, the diet aid still has one negative flaw. Since Hoodia suppresses both appetite and thirst, dieters must be careful to maintain healthy eating habits. As per trial results, a 100% Hoodia supplement can influence appetite for the day. During regular mealtimes, an individual may not feel like eating a meal, preferring to skip eating altogether. Health care professionals will admonish patients to eat regularly. While avoiding meals seems like a good idea at the time, the body may go into starvation mode.
In starvation mode, the body assumes adequate food is not available, and metabolism slows down to preserve what the body has in store. Thus, an individual on a weight loss program will have an increasingly difficult time losing the weight in a healthy manner. Also, if the body is starved, as soon as a person begins eating regularly, lost weight will likely return. Basically, “slow and steady wins the race” also applies to healthy dieting. Also, lifestyle changes will result in maintaining a healthy weight and not suffering frustrating fluctuations. So, Hoodia consumers must eat a well balanced diet.
To maintain a health diet, individuals should consume at least 3 ounces of whole grains per day. Health researchers have discovered the necessity of adequate fiber for proper digestion. In fact, lack of sufficient fiber may result in poor health, and the possibility of developing certain types of cancer. Thus, whole grain breads, crackers, or cereals are essential to good health.
Fruit is also an important element in a healthy diet. The recommended daily allowance is 3-5 servings. However, a person’s idea of proper serving sizes, and the actual amount needed per day, is usually larger than the actual requirements. Therefore, check with a physician to find out the exact amount needed for good nutrition. Also, fresh fruit, rather than juices are recommended. Fruit juices often have added sugars and preservatives. Fresh is always best.
Many individuals do not consume enough fresh vegetables to satisfy the body’s needs for certain vitamins and minerals. Unless the habit is developed early in childhood and veggies are consistently included in meals, most people generally choose sweet and starchy foods.
Frankly, vegetarians usually have lower cholesterol levels, are less likely to be overweight, and consume enough vegetables for a healthy diet. While canned vegetables are more convenient for preparation, fresh vegetables are preferable. Also, uncooked carrots and beans, among other selections, retain the full amount of vitamins and minerals. During the cooking process, especially if boiled, vegetables tend to lose nutritional values. If cooked vegetables are desired, steaming is a much better method for sustaining taste and healthy qualities.
Dairy products are also a necessary requirement for good health. However, many individuals do not opt to purchase skim milk and other fat free products. Unlike small children, adults do not need the added fat. The calcium, and other nutritional values, still remains in low fat/fat free varieties, and the dieter does not consume wasted calories.
Last in the food pyramid are proteins. Many people usually eat too much red meat, not enough fish, and very little beans. In actuality, the opposite should be true. Legumes and fish are far healthier, especially for cardiovascular health, than red meats. Nevertheless, proteins are a necessary element of a diet. Muscles need protein.
A proper diet is essential to good health, even if Hoodia suppresses the appetite. Also, drinking enough water for proper hydration is important. Consider the fact that the body is 80% water. Dehydration will negatively affect the skin, internal organs, and the muscles. So, even if Hoodia keeps the individual from becoming thirsty, keep a water bottle handy and liquidate the body’s assets.
If Hoodia helps people maintain a healthier diet and realize a proper weight, yeah! Changing eating habits can be extremely difficult, and many well-meaning dieters often give up in frustration, feeling deprived and hopeless. Any healthy diet aid is a Godsend. However, consumers need to take Hoodia responsibly, remembering to eat properly, and drinking enough to sustain a healthy body.