“Oh no…Sugar Makes me Dumb?!”

Friday, May 18th, 2012

It turns out that too much sugar not only makes you fat…it can also adversely affect your memory and ability to learn.  According to a study conducted by scientists at UCLA, too much fructose interferes with insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and storehigh fructose corn syrup “Oh no…Sugar Makes me Dumb?!” sugar in the body.  Your body’s ability to use sugar efficiently is necessary to effectively process thoughts and emotions.  It can be argued, therefore, that sugar has as much of an impact on your mind as it does on your body.  

I have never been much of an extremist when it comes to nutrition.  My wife and I do not keep a lot of sweets in the house but I cannot say that we don’t have the occasional scoop of ice cream.  With that said, I have always believed that for a diet or fitness regimen to be successful and sustainable, it has to consist of a relatively simple lifestyle change…one that can be maintained for a lifetime.  This is why I have argued against diets such as the HCG Diet.  These diets offer effective short-term results; however, unless you are willing to change the way you eat after the weight is lost or after you have reached your fitness goals, you will eventually revert to your starting point (if not worse than you were to begin with).  

Therefore, I would never suggest that you should not have anything with sugar in it again (unless you have the willpower to pull it off).  Most likely, you would throw up your hands in frustration and say, “I just can’t do that!”  What I am suggesting is that your sugar intake should be reasonably moderated.  This is critical for our kids since we are establishing the patterns and habits for their future.  Maybe we can all be a little smarter in the process!

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“Hey, I think there is something sticking out of your nose!”

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Now, I am a reasonable man.  I believe that not every exercise regimen, diet or healthy fitness plan works for everyone on the planet.  Whatever tools an individual uses to control weight, maintain good health, and improve overall fitness, it “Hey, I think there is something sticking out of your nose!” needs to be something that can be easily maintained as an addition to a normal everyday lifestyle.  Generally, diets or weight control programs should not be based upon behaviors that drastically change the way you live your life.  Not that there isn’t some potential benefit to dropping all your old habits, the behavior change needs to be realistic so it can be maintained over time.  Deciding to eat nothing but salads may sound like a good idea, but are you really going to do that?  Sometimes, simple changes in eating habits can have a significant impact on your overall health.  Drastic measures, in my opinion, should be reserved for drastic circumstances…like you are going to die in the next 6 months if you don’t lose weight. 

With that said, it never ceases to amaze me when people engage in behaviors that may offer a short term solution to their problem, but at the same time it may kill them or make them sick at the same time.  The HCG Diet is a good example.  This particular diet confuses your body into thinking it is pregnant and subsequently induces a disease state that results in you losing weight.  If you don’t believe me then do the research for yourself. 

The most recent example of a diet that just sounds wrong on its face is the K-E Diet.  Essentially, a doctor inserts a feeding tube into your nose and down to your stomach.  The feeding tube provides a constant slow drip of protein and fat, mixed with water which contains zero carbohydrates and totals 800 calories a day…REALLY?!!  Am I the only one who thinks it is simply nuts to walk around with a feeding tube sticking out of your nose for the purpose of weight loss?  Yet the Yahoo news article is being used by “brides-to-be” to rapidly shed pounds. 

I will stick to my cleansing and replenishing program that eliminates impurities while providing high-grade nutrition to your body.  It just sounds saner.

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Nutrition and Behavior

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Can diet and nutrition affect a child’s behavior?  Several weeks ago Tamara and I were watching one of the Medical Marijuana Nutrition and Behaviorprime time news shows that presented a story on the legalization of medical marijuana.  They offered several case studies in an attempt to justify the position that medical marijuana should be available to everyone.  One of the stories involved a mother who was experiencing significant behavioral issues with her young teen-age son.  The boy’s mother argued that marijuana was the only solution to the boy’s bad behavior.  I have so many problems with this mother’s decision that I don’t know where to start.  I have just as many issues with the doctor that provided the “prescription”.  The fact that I have been a law enforcement officer since 1987 has probably affected my view on this topic. 

Another striking aspect to this story was that the boy was obviously overweight, out of shape and maintained a poor level of fitness.  Furthermore, the boy was shown throughout the story eating what we refer to in our house as “garbage”.  I did not witness the boy eating anything healthy!  Why is this significant?   There has been a great deal of debate during the last several decades as to whether or not behavioral problems are tied to nutrition.  I recently read an article by the Bamford-Lahey Children’s Foundation that science is now starting to believe that what we eat, to a certain extent, determines how we behave.   

(http://www.childrensdisabilities.info/allergies/dietdevelopmentaldisorders.html).     

The study that resulted in the article made some important conclusions. 

  1. There is support for the hypothesis that diet can affect learning and behavior.
  2. There is support for the hypothesis that certain food additives and particular foods may have a potential role in developmental disorders.
  3. Some children diagnosed as ADHD are sensitive to particular foods or food additives and that this sensitivity can affect their learning and behavior.  What is even more significant is when these offending substances are removed from the diet of such children positive changes are reported in behavior and mental processing.   

As I read the article I was reminded of Isagenix Associate Angela Lovelace’s storyangela s photo transformation Nutrition and Behavior (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-flRXHIQX00).  As you watch her video you realize there is no denying Angela underwent a transformation in her life.  Furthermore, there is no denying that Isagenix® played a major role in this change.  Even if in the end you find yourself questioning the direct connection between her dietary change and her change in personality you must accept that her newfound confidence came from her ability to take charge of her body with Isagenix®.  I had the pleasure of meeting Angela at this year’s Isagenix® Celebration and it is hard to believe that this girl used to do nothing but eat and watch television. 

prod nutrition isakids 2 Nutrition and BehaviorI have been asked on several occasions recently whether or not Isagenix® products are safe for kids.  I have a previous post that addresses the specific products that your kids can take.  I hope you will take the time to read it as I believe it can only be a positive change for all of our kids.  If you would like to find out more you can visit my web-site at http://www.cleansebenefits.com or call me toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).