Monthly Archives: February 2012

Pesticides and Weight Gain

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The Organic Controversy is growing nationally and internationally. Lines of thought are like moving lines in the sand.  As a nation we are seeing younger and younger children declared obese. Children whose only nutritional source is breast milk or formula are being declared obese.

There has to be more to the epidemic than couch potatoes, starches and poor food choices. McDonald’s is growing it’s true. Yet when was the last time a baby on breast milk or formula ordered it from McDonald’s.

So what’s the cause?

What has changed in the last 100 plus years that has lead up to obesity being the number one US disease?  What has lead to an increase in Alzheimer’s, Type 2 Diabetes, ADD and more?

What has lead to more and more mother’s crying over their babies cribs and wondering how they became such “bad” mothers?  We blame ourselves of course.  Doing too little – doing too much, always a criticism yet  . . .  maybe it’s greater than the single mother – the single family.

“Canadian researchers reported that dieters with the most organochlorines (pollutants from pesticides, which are stored in fat cells) experienced a greater than normal dip in metabolism as they lost weight, perhaps because the toxins interfere with the energy-burning process. In other words, pesticides make it harder to lose pounds. Other research hints that pesticides can trigger weight gain.”

(http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41721690/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/)

What does this truly mean?
As a country we are seeing obesity increase.
Monsanto is under scrutiny for increases in GMO foods and seeds.
Heritage seeds are becoming more valuable than diamonds.
Autism, ADD and processing disorders are seemingly increasing.

Are they connected?

“These findings, coupled with those concerning diabetes prevalence, suggest that OC pesticides and nondioxin-like PCBs may be associated with type 2 diabetes risk by increasing insulin resistance, and POPs may interact with obesity to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

(http://www.toxfree.net/chlordane/Education/Healthrisk/622.pdf)

“The number of obese people worldwide has escalated recently, revealing a complex picture of significant variations among nations and different profiles among adults and children, regions, and occupations. The commonly held causes of obesity—overeating and inactivity—do not explain the current obesity epidemic. There is evidence of a general decrease in food consumption by humans and a significant decline in their overall levels of physical activity. There is also more evidence to indicate that the body’s natural weight-control mechanisms are not functioning properly in obesity. Because the obesity epidemic occurred relatively quickly, it has been suggested that environmental causes instead of genetic factors maybe largely responsible. What has, up to now, been overlooked is that the earth’s environment has changed significantly during the last few decades because of the exponential production and usage of synthetic organic and inorganic chemicals. Many of these chemicals are better known for causing weight loss at high levels of exposure but much lower concentrations of these same chemicals have powerful weight-promoting actions. This property has already been widely exploited commercially to produce growth hormones that fatten livestock and pharmaceuticals that induce weight gain in grossly underweight patients.

. . . Since the creation, and subsequent introduction, of synthetic organic/inorganic chemicals in the late nineteenth century, the global community has been increasingly exposed to an exponential rise in the production of these substances (see Figure 1; Flegal et al., 1998; United States Tariff Commission, [various documents] 1918–1994). In their daily lives, human beings are now exposed to tens of thousands of these chemicals, in the forms of pesticides, dyes, pigments,
medicines, flavorings, perfumes, plastics, resins, rubber-processing chemicals, intermediate chemicals, plasticizers, solvents, and
surface-active agents (United States Tariff Commission, [various documents] 1918–1994).

(http://encognitive.com/files/Chemical%20Toxins–%20A%20Hypothesis%20to%20Explain%20the%20Global%20Obesity%20Epidemic_0.pdf)

No matter the truth one believes or how on perceives the research; there is a value to carefully (consciously) choosing the foods that go into our bodies. Value to being able to save seeds and grow healthy gardens for our communities and family.

“Organic Certification
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Organic certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, retailers and restaurants. Requirements vary from country to country, and generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping that include:
avoidance of most synthetic chemical inputs (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc), genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and the use of biosolids; use of farmland that has been free from synthetic chemicals for a number of years (often, three or more); keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit trail); maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products; undergoing periodic on-site inspections. In some countries, certification is overseen by the government, and commercial use of the term organic is legally restricted. Certified organic producers are also subject to the same agricultural, food safety and other government regulations that apply to non-certified producers.

My Mocha Frappuccino

Yield:  large glasses

      • 1/2 cup milk – soy, low fat, ice cream, almond – Get Creative
      • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
      • 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
      • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, plus
      • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
      • 1/3 cup strong coffee
      • 1 cup ice
      • whip cream to top
      • 1 scoop

  

Directions:

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

  1. 1 In a blender, combine everything but the ice, whip cream and chocolate chips, and blend until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add ice and blend until smooth (sometimes you will need a bit more ice).
  3. Stir in chocolate chips saving some to top off the whip cream with.
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Strengthen Mind and Body

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Get Stronger and Improve Your Mind — Add strength training to your fitness regimen: at least 2 sessions per week.

As kids all that running jumping cart wheels and tumbles create natural flexibility and strength training.  As we get older we do our best to tumble less and stay up right more than not.  And away goes our natural weight training and aerobic fitness.

As we age, balance and fitness become more and more important.  Walking, strength training and flexibility become a real focus.  A mixture of the three can keep the aging process in the slow lane and work our mental fitness out as well.

Fitness experts agree it doesn’t have to be heavy – 5lbs hand bars will do – added to a walk around the block or several – followed by a bit of yoga to enhance flexibility and balance.  How about an afternoon of dancing to liven up the experience?  Strength training also promotes bone health and greater bone density.

So today step out and take Mom with you, walk, talk, move, balance, flex, dance while your mind expands and your body strengthens.

It seems to work in humans, too. Preliminary research from the University of British Columbia’s Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Function Lab is showing that elderly women who strength train do better in cognitive tests than women who do “toning” work, according to the lab’s principal investigator. Preliminary brain scans of the weight-lifting women with greater cognition seem to show neurogenesis occurring, which would also jibe with the rat studies and the fact that there is a significant neural component to lifting – on the conscious side of things, you’re using your brain to activate your muscles and to guide their trajectory; subconsciously, you’re activating the various energy systems and engaging varying amounts of various types of muscle fibers, depending on the job required. In the end, then, you’re not “just” training your muscles as most people imagine (physical restructuring of the muscle). You’re training the muscle, the energy pathways, the brain, the CNS, and anything else that’s involved in moving your body against a resisting force. And as we know, training something improves it, or, rather, it motivates something to improve itself. This is true for both brain and brawn.

Older women are generally less likely than others to do strength training, even though it can promote bone health and counteract muscle loss, said Teresa Liu-Ambrose, a researcher at the Center for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver General Hospital and the lead author of the paper, which appears in the Jan. 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Lee Igel, PhD, clinical assistant professor of sports management at New York University:
To put your mind into your muscle requires organizing your thoughts and concentrating them on the specific task at hand during a workout. Although this sounds like a simple idea, it’s not easy to do because there are plenty of distracting thoughts to get in the way. To minimize the distractions, manage your time so that your workout is a priority, which helps your mind be less agitated about other things you think you should be doing. If you start worrying about how you look at the gym or noticing the person next to you, remind yourself that you’re there to maintain and improve your health, not to see and be seen by others.

Below is a fabulous smoothie from Smoothie Web.   I suggest it be boost with Smoothie Essentials Calcium, Smoothie Essentials Women’s Blend and Smoothie Essentials Soy to really bring in the elements that are critical to women’s nutrition.

Ginger Jolt Smoothie

December 27, 2011 · Filed Under Apple Smoothies, Healing Smoothies · Comment

Adding to our newest category, Healing Smoothies, this smoothie helps relieve pain due to stomach ache, nausea or queasy feelings in your tummy. The ginger is the key ingredient so don’t skip it and drink it slowly so your stomach ache doesn’t get worse from drinking too fast.

Ginger Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lemon, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 (2-inch) piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and crushed.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 120
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Magnesium: 30 mg
  • Potassium: 400mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Total fat: 1 g