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Lifestyle Changes for Health

Posted 1/20/2013

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    As opposites often attract, this topic appeals to me today. We arrived yesterday afternoon at a rental house in Akumal, Mexico (about 50 miles south of Cancun) with our entire "blended family": 12 adults and 6 children ranging in age from 8 to 14 months. I learned long ago that worrying about diet and exercise and budget wreck a vacation really quickly. At least for me, I need to figure out the finances--basically whether or not a trip is affordable--before committing to it. Then I need to let it go and not fret about having a more expensive lunch than I anticipated. Here, we have hired a cook so no one is stuck in the kitchen or feeling responsible for the care and feeding of such a crowd. In Mexico, this cook delivers fabulous food of the local variety. Just finished a delicious and high calorie, high fat breakfast of strong coffee, eggs with hot sauce, tortillas, refried beans, lots of fruit. I am not going to think about calories today or tonight when I sip a margarita (made by a son in law who is very skilled at this task) or dig into the planned ceviche and shrimp tacos.

  This article from Cure Today looks good as it seems sane; it does not suggest that anyone exercise for an hour a day or eat nothing but carrot sticks and broccoli. When I get home, I will return to the gym each morning and probably spend a little longer on the Elliptical to make up for the excesses of this week. But, not today.

Here is the beginning and then a link to read more:

Helpful Tips for Lifestyle Change



A recent study tracked the eating habits of obese and overweight postmenopausal

women who were given selfmonitoring dietary behaviors to follow for one year.

The results showed:

> Women who kept a food journal lost 6 more pounds than those who didn’t;

lost 6 more pounds than those who didn’t;

> Those who never skipped meals lost 8 more pounds than those who reported

lost 8 more pounds than those who reported

skipping meals; and

> Those who did not eat out often lost 5 more pounds than those who ate lunch

lost 5 more pounds than those who ate lunch

at a restaurant at least once a week.

Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, cancer prevention researcher at the Fred Hutchinson

Cancer Research Center in Seattle, says keeping a food journal helped

participants count calories and pay attention to what they ate. As for eating

regularly, she says, though it isn’t proven, skipping meals could cause a

heightened response to high-calorie foods, resulting in the body taking in more

calories. And restaurants often serve larger portions and prepare richer and

higher-calorie foods than those cooked at home.


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