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How Fasting Might Make Our Cells More Resilient To Stress

Douglas Bennion, University of Florida; Martin Wegman, University of Florida, and Michael Guo, University of Florida Intermittent fasting (also called alternate day fasting) has become a popular diet. In most versions of intermittent fasting, people fast or eat very little a few days each week…

What’s New and Beneficial About Kale

  • Kale can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw kale still has cholesterol-lowering ability—just not as much.
  • Kale’s risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer. These types include cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from glucosinolates in kale play a primary role in achieving these risk-lowering benefits.
  • Kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system. New research has shown that the ITCs made from kale’s glucosinolates can help regulate detox at a genetic level.
  • Researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale. With kaempferol and quercetin heading the list, kale’s flavonoids combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in way that gives kale a leading dietary role with respect to avoidance of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.

You’ll want to include kale as one of the cruciferous vegetables you eat on a regular basis if you want to receive the fantastic health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family. At a minimum, include cruciferous vegetables as part of your diet 2-3 times per week, and make the serving size at least 1-1/2 cups. Even better from a health standpoint, enjoy kale and other vegetables from the cruciferous vegetable group 4-5 times per week, and increase your serving size to 2 cups.

"The Coal to Diamond initiative" phase one: the anti-diet

As I mentioned in my last blog I’ve been making “resolves”. So far my resolve of “leaving things unsaid” has saved my butt more than a few times (although my tongue gets a little raw from biting it so often). Starting a blog (even though it makes me feel like Doogie Howser or like a narcissistic female in the 90’s). Letting my Ipod play on random (I heard Smash Mouth’s song All Star today, can you tell me the last time you heard that song)?!?

Today started the launch of The Coal to Diamond initiative.

Back story: I used to weigh 260 pounds. I do not weigh 260 pounds anymore. I do have a “goal” but I’m contemplating throwing my scale at the next lifted truck I see. I have hit my “goal” in the past but it was due to depression and “control eating” (you know when your life spins out of control so the only thing you have power over is what you consume)? Yeah, it was an unhealthy way to hit the mark. So I’ve bounced around within the 30 pounds of my “goal” not quite settling, not quite regressing and decided with a very *happy sigh* epiphany “What would make me happy is not counting calories. What would make me happy is to dance and do things I enjoy for exercise. I want to eat GOOD food because I know it’s good for me and I feel PUMPED when I have that many veggies in my system. I also want to be a good example to my children.” I often joked that “I’m a lump of coal now but I’m going to be a diamond someday”. Someday starts today. and I am stupidly excited about it.

Sooooooooooooo the rules of my Anti-diet:

Do not count calories. Food should not be on the forefront of our minds like some simpering girl child lusting after an older man. Food does not control our lives. It is not our Sun, we do not revolve around it. Instead of counting calories I will eat veggies, fruits and nuts (*chuckle chuckle*) I’ll cross the bridge of proteins (I’ve been a vegetarian for over a decade) and whole grains another time. There needs to be a balance because lets face it, OUR whole grains are NOT our grandmother’s whole grains. no way Jose’. So I haven’t thought that far ahead and I’m ok with it. These are not necessarily definitive rules. This is my anti-diet :) For example for breakfast this morning I had Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan and for lunch I’m resisting the temptation of a massive take out sandwich and I’m getting the fruit deal they’ve got going on. I know that fruit will make me feel awesome where a sandwich will not.

I am not going to give up coffee and diet coke. I will however be more vigilant about making sure I’m drinking just as much water as the “bad” stuff. I refuse to give them up. Ive given up smoking and did I mention I’ve given up sex? I’m not letting my soy lattes go.

Diet Ideas: Eat Whatever You Want and If Anyone Hassles You About Your Weight Eat Them Too

Body policing is for the birds and quite frankly your body is no one else’s fricken business. Let the world know that coming between you and your food has dire consequences with this design featuring illustrations of nachos, cupcakes, pizza, hamburgers, soda and ice cream.

Don’t believe everything that you see or hear on the internet. Viewing another’s life through a screen, much is lost. Never judge. If you see someone talking badly about you or someone else, it reflects more on them than it does on you. Be strong. If you are questioning someone’s integrity, go to the source. It takes bravery to address someone to their face and not behind their back. Be cautious of the type of energy in which you involve yourself and of what you desire to spread. Do good, not harm! Surround yourself with those who bring out your highest good. Above all else, love yourself and never give anyone the power to make you feel inferior. FAN YOUR LIGHT! Shine your beautiful colors! Live with honor, integrity, compassion, respect, and love. Only you have the power to determine your actions, your reactions, your community, and your message to the world. You are worthy and beautiful just as you are! 

Not Cleansing Makes Me Socially Awkward...

Most of you know that I’ve struggled to fit in at my current location. Now reason number 39859420 as to why I am different is that the majority of ladies in my church congregation are on freaking cleanses right now. Seriously? I couldn’t be more anti- cleanse due to the fact that it messes with female hormones and is not a truly healthy endeavour…but don’t even get me started on that. 

So, as I eat deliciously prepared meals, snacks, and desserts rather than ingesting only juice for a week  I feel even more out of place and socially awkward here. Good thing I’ve never had a problem marching to the beat of my own drum. 

fatties go to the gym too

so something has been grinding my gears for a while now.

Fat girls that say theyre proud of their bodies and yet want to loose weight. I do not want to hear a hit list of ‘healthy’ foods you need to eat and do not need to know what excersize machine you went on at the gym and for how long.

I want to hear about fats that are keeping active without the added pressure of ‘healthy’ activities. Im reading a book right now called ‘Screw Inner Beauty’ by bloggers Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby. Its actually the best book I’ve ever read. I agree with every line and it’s the most uplifting thing you could read without needing to chant some sort of mantra.

One of the chapters in the book mentions excersize. People do physical activities to psyche themselves into thinking its helping their bodies, which it is, but most of the time youre destroying your mind because you dont enjoy what youre doing, thus not really doing much for your body. They say to find something you enjoy doing and do it whenever you feel like it. Like doing yoga? So be it. Some days you cant be bothered? Dont beat yourself up. There will be other days. Its not about being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ when it comes to physical activities as well as eating habbits. At work i hear this most; ‘i cant have the muffin, im being good today’. This actually makes me want to punch people. Why deprive yourself of something you will enjoy? That muffin alone will not make you suddenly become Eureka Tower. You feel like having a muffin? Have the fucking muffin!

This brings me to my personal story. I’ve always been fat. Ive always eaten ‘badly’ and apprently that resulted in my being fat. It doesnt make sense. You know why? Because I loved sports. Any chance I got I would play games and run and play soccer and volleyball and I could outrun all the skinny people (again, they assumed that because their body was smaller than mine, they were more capable of intense physical exsertion. They were wrong, just like everyone else.). Since beginning working at my new job (i say new, but I’ve been there a year now), my fitness has deminished. I used to be able to run comfortably and now because I dont do any occupational physical activity and just have to sit at my desk all day, I’ve become a tired, saggy lump. I feel like a potato. I cant even walk up one flight of stairs & I used to be able to run up at least 3 comfortably (which i know isnt much, but hey, gtfo). I also miss running. I actually miss being able to put my runners on and just run. I have decided, because of missing running so much, I’m going to join the gym. I told my mum ‘I just want to run because i enjoy it, and i want to try out some weights and whatever other cool shit they have there’. Right after that she made a comment about how much weight I would loose doing this. I got angry and walked away because she didnt understand that i just wanted to do this because its something i enjoy. Think of it as painting, or sewing or something. It doesnt have anything to do with your body, its all about how its making you feel while doing it.

I dont really have a conclusive ending to this, but i hope someone reading this makes sense of it and takes it on bord in their own path to body positivity.