FISH FOR HEALTH

Posted on August 9, 2012. Filed under: heart disease, nutrition | Tags: , , , , , |

Fish is one of our healthiest choices for protein. Consumption of fish or fish oil has major health protective effects including these: decreased risk for cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke); preservation of cognitive thinking; and, probably, reduced risk for diabetes. Fish or fish oil intake also lowers blood triglyceride levels. Fish oils are omega-3 fatty acids that include DHA (decosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Flax seeds provide ALA but the health benefits of taking flax seeds alone are not well established. Early observations suggested that fish oil intake might increase risk for diabetes but later, more persuasive studies, indicates that fish oil intake decreases risk for diabetes. Having pre-diabetes myself for 14 years has led me to take fish oil capsules twice daily. Ideally, everyone should eat two servings of fish weekly. I recommend that all adults consume one capsule daily and seniors should consume one capsule twice daily.  I use two capsules of high-potency Fisol (VitaminShoppe.com) daily. We also enjoy salmon broiled on a cedar board. Delicious, enjoy. Nutdoc

 

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3.   Djousse L, Gaziano JM, Buring JE, Lee IM. Dietary omega-3 fatty acids and fish consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;93:143-50.

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SHAKE UP YOUR DIET

Posted on August 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Try my favorite shake. Add one packet of vanilla shake to 12 oz. chilled diet rootbeer to blender. Add 4 to 5 large strawberries (fresh or frozen) and blend. Add 5 ice cubes and bend well to you have your smoothie.

For chocolate lovers: blend in 1 tsp. of Special Dark Cocoa (100% cacao).

For ready-made shakes, add 4-6 oz. of diet soda and the other ingredients.

More recipes to follow. Enjoy, Nutdoc

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SLEEP WEIGHT AWAY

Posted on August 5, 2012. Filed under: diet, diet | Tags: , , , , , |

Many of us do not get adequate sleep. The routine of not getting enough sleep contributes to weight gain and make weight loss more difficult. Most people require seven (7!) hours of sleep each night for optimal health and weight management. Sometimes people on weight loss plans use more caffeine to reduce food intake. This may be counterproductive because increased caffeine intake may aggravate the weight problem. Often inadequate sleep is related to poor stress management. Good sleep “hygiene” or practices include: planning your bedtime so you will get seven hours of sleep each night; doing relaxing things like reading or listening to soothing music for 30 minutes before “to sleep time”; quiet meditation at bedtime; and not watching TV during this last 30 minutes before “to sleep time.” Good luck, Jim

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3.   St-Onge MP, Roberts AL, Chen J et al. Short sleep duration increases energy intakes but does not change energy expenditure in normal-weight individuals. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;94:410-6.

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6.   Patel SR, Malhotra A, White DP, Gottlieb DJ, Hu FB. Association between reduced sleep and weight gain in women. Am J Epidemiol 2006;164:947-54.

 

 

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I GET HUNGRY

Posted on July 27, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Some Simple Diet-ers report that the 3 shakes, 2 entrees, and 5 fruits/vegetable are too much to eat but many report getting hungry. We developed plans to combat hunger and I will briefly give an overview.

VOLUME is first. Be sure to get in your eight 8 oz. glasses of noncaloric fluids (don’t count shakes). The stomach rumbles when it is empty. The stomach can’t discern whether it is water that is filling it up or a strawberry smoothie, it just wants something in there!

BIG SHAKES are next. Some 200 calorie shakes come in 8 oz. containers. That’s 25 calories/oz. My favorite GNC Total Lean Shake has 170 calories in 14 oz. or 12 calories/oz. You can expand your single shakes to 20 or 25 ounces. Add the recommended water PLUS 8 oz. of diet soda to your powdered shake. Blend with 5 ice cubes. I added 8 oz. of diet 7 UP and four strawberries to my GNC shake today— delicious (8 calories/oz.). But you can do better recipes than me. SHARE YOUR RECIPES.

EAT MORE is third. That’s right, eat more low calorie choices (not bars!) First, add low calorie vegetables (see list on p. 271). Second, add low calorie fruits (p. 270). Third, add another high volume shake. Fourth, add lower calorie entrees (~200 calories/entrée).

That’s it, as easy as one, two, three. Best, Nutdoc

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Simple Diet Transitions.

Posted on July 16, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Congratulations. You have reached a weight milestone and plan to transition to the Second Phase or on to the Simple Lifetime Diet. Any dietary modification calls for a review of your goals and potential modifications or reinforcements of these goals. Remember why you are losing weight and why health maintenance is so important to you. In this transition period you should renew your passion for your health and weight management goals. Daily repeat your health-promoting self-talk like “I can achieve and maintain my health-promoting weight by following the Simple Diet guidelines including shakes, entrees, fruits, vegetables and physical activity.”

Second Phase of Simple Diet. If you have lost about 75% of the weight you have planned in order to reach your health and weight maintenance goal, you may wish to transition to the Second Phase. Here you can use two meal replacements daily (shakes and/or entrees), continue five servings of fruits and vegetables and include low-fat dairy, poultry or fish, and whole grains. See our Green Light Calorie Guide (p. 201). We recommend you continue the Second Phase for six months before transitioning to the Simple Lifetime Diet.

Simple Lifetime Diet. At a health-promoting weight, you want to review the four dimensions of health maintenance. Maintaining your health and wellness requires these dimensions: emotional—having a heart or passion for your health; soul—having a deep-seated personal priorities for your wellness; mental—having an active mind that plans your diet and physical activity and proactively uses your brain to verbalize health promoting self-talk; and physical—using your body as a machine to perform the nutrition and physical activity required to continue to improve your health and wellness. “Every day I awaken with a thankful, positive attitude and make plans and follow them.”

More specifics are given in The Simple Diet, Facebook, and other nutdoc blog. You can access these through andersonsimplediet.com. Best, Jim

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Faster Weight Loss for Simple Diet-ers

Posted on July 11, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

All of us want rapid weight loss. The Simple Diet is helping uncounted numbers of people do this. Eighty Simple-Diet-ers report average weight losses of 23 pounds in 8 weeks and about 35 pounds in 16 weeks. That’s about 3 pounds per week for 8 weeks and more than 2 pounds per week over 16 weeks. These weight losses are higher than we had when I saw patients weekly in my clinic. [Of course, the 80 people reporting may be bragging a little and probably the more successful people are those who report results.]

Being the researcher I am, I have done more calculations. Our clinic records give me data on weight losses for persons weighing approximately 140#, 180# and 220#.  Someone weighing 140# should lose about 12 pounds in 8 weeks and 17 pounds in 16 weeks. If you weigh about 180 pounds you should lose 17 pounds in 8 weeks and 25 pounds in 16 weeks on the Simple Diet. The person weighing about 220# should lose about 21# in 8 weeks and 33# in 16 weeks.

My calculations suggest that the average person on the Simple Diet is consuming about 1400 calories per day. On the Simple Diet you can use 3 shakes, 2 entrees, 3 vegetables and 2 fruits and consume as little as 1000 calories. On the other hand, you could consume 1500 calories or more and still be following the diet carefully. If you consume 1000 calories per day you lose 1# (one pound!) more per week than if you consume 1500 calories per day.

FOR FASTER WEIGHT LOSS, try this. Choose 3 shakes that have 150 calories or less per shake. Choose two entrees that have 240 calories or less per entrée. Select 3 vegetables from the low calorie list (26 choices, page 271, The Simple Diet) and choose 2 fruits from the low calorie column (10 choices, page 270). If you do not have bars or extra servings of these items you can get a healthy protein intake (70 grams/day) and consume less than 1100 calories. Chances are, making these diet choices and burning 2000 calories in physical activity will increase your weight loss by almost a pound per week. Try it, you’ll like it.

Many of our recommended shakes and entrees meet these criteria. Two shakes that I use are: HMR70 Plus shakes (110 calories—HMR 859-422-4671) and Vanilla Pleasure soy shakes (120 calories—1-800-REVIVAL). I use HMR  shelf-stable entrees and they have good choices around 240 calories or lower. You can find many choices at groceries, pharmacies and nutrition stores. Kick start you weight loss by making these choices. Best, Jim

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Maintaining Simple Diet

Posted on June 14, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Many of you have been on the Simple Diet for several months now. You are reporting, as our research shows, about 2.5 pounds per week over 8 weeks. However, between 2 months and 4 months, average weight loss drops to about 1.5 pounds per week. That is not fair, but it’s what happens. After 8 weeks, there is very little water loss and metabolism slows down. Also, there what we call “diet fatigue.” It’s extremely hard to sustain a diet for months and months. If this is what is happening to you, here are some suggestions.

First, review your goals and purpose. Your heart or passion for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is the most important ingredient in your program. Second, review your records to assess how well you are meeting program goals. (Are you eating off the diet?) Consuming 3 shakes, 2 entrees, 5 fruits or vegetables is critical. Meet your physical activity goals. Maintain careful records. And, review your progress regularly with your buddy.

Third, EAT MORE! Eat more fruits, vegetables, shakes, entrees to avoid snacking. Add more volume from non-caloric beverages or higher volume shakes. And, add more variety to your diet to reduce some monotony.

If this is not working, transition to the Second Phase that brings in a variety of new food options.

You can do this!!! Best, Nutdoc (last post for 10 days– traveling!)

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Simple Lifetime Diet

Posted on June 9, 2012. Filed under: cholesterol, diabetes, diet, high blood pressure | Tags: , , , , |

The Simple Lifetime Diet is a health-promoting diet for everyone. It encourages use of high fiber fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods as well as protein sources such as low-fat dairy products and lean meats such as chicken, turkey, fish and very lean cuts of pork and beef. This diet is especially beneficial for persons with diabetes, high blood pressure or blood fat abnormalities. Our research, summarized at andersonsimplediet.com, documents these benefits: prevention and reversing diabetes, lowering blood pressure, and “fixing” blood lipid derangements. The Green Light Calorie Guide guides you in daily intake of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, three servings of whole grain cereal, bread, pasta or rice, two servings of low-fat dairy products and two three-ounce servings of lean meat such as chicken, turkey, fish or pork tenderloin. Eat to your heart’s content. Best, Nutdoc

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SIMPLE DIET JOURNEY

Posted on June 8, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Success with the Simple Diet weight management program is similar to planning a trip or a journey. This involves: GOAL, JUSTIFICATION, VEHICLE, FUEL, RECORDS, and SUPPORT. Let’s look at a theoretical physical journey and see how this resembles components for success with the Simple Diet.

If your brother had loaned you his car to drive to Boston for a temporary position and he announced his wedding date and needed the car back, this is what you probably would do. GOAL: drive 3000 miles from Boston back home to San Diego to return his car and attend the wedding. JUSTIFICATION: you would be very motivated to return car and attend wedding. VEHICLE: classy sports car. FUEL: gasoline. RECORDS: gasoline receipts for reimbursement that your family wants to provide. SUPPORT: frequent phone calls from sister.

SIMPLE DIET SUCCESS—GOAL: lose 30 or more pounds. JUSTIFICATION: you are committed to improving your health and enjoyment of life. VEHICLE: the Simple Diet. FUEL: your physical activity brings you energy and positive feedback that “fuels” or sustains your diet efforts. RECORDS: essential for tracking your progress and keeping score on how you are doing. SUPPORT: very important for sustaining your efforts over the 12 weeks of longer required, on average.

SIMPLE DIET SUCCESS requires establishing a firm goal and making the commitment to achieve the goal. Think long and hard about your commitment to health and the justifications. Just as you would not embark on a long journey without commitment and planning, you need similar passion and commitment achieving these health-promoting goals.

Best, Nutdoc

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INVEST YOUR SOUL IN YOUR HEALTH

Posted on May 20, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Loving yourself with all your soul brings a deep sense of purpose to your activities. Examining your inner self and bedrock values brings a focus and sense of meaning to your pursuits. Meditate and pray about your values and how your spirituality leads you to plan your priorities. Discuss your values and priorities with a sensitive family member—who shares similar values—or a friend who can help you with your goals. We should practice the very best behaviors that we want to model for our children or other younger people that we influence. Clearly defined goals and a deep sense of purpose are essential for weight loss and health management. Best, Jim

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