Vitamin B12 Deficiency – A Real Shot In The Arm

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Health | Posted on 29-09-2012-05-2008

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So, just what is Vitamin B12 exactly, and why do people need to have it? It is a vital nutrient that’s found in food. It works to keep nerve cells healthy and helps our red blood cells work at optimum efficiency. Vitamin B12 is also important to proper digestion. Our stomach acids get the B12 from what we eat then mix it with other chemicals so it can be more readily absorbed as it goes through our intestinal tracts. 

If you are not getting enough vitamin B12 you may feel lightheaded, weak and tired. Other symptoms include bleeding gums, sore tongue, diarrhoea, constipation, shortness of breath, ringing in the ears, confusion, tingling in the hands and feet, chest pain, digestion problems, forgetfulness and an inability to focus on things. None of these things are pleasant, and should be considered serious enough to make an appointment to see a doctor.

Even though there are a lot of symptoms, the reality is that a deficiency of Vitamin B12 isn’t all that common. It is available in many different foods, but the chief source is red meat. It’s for this reason that vegetarians are one of the higher risk groups for the deficiency. Therefore, if you do have a deficiency, it’s more likely caused by a digestive disorder than by your diet. Those with celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, chronic diarrhoea and related disorders are likely to lack B12 due to their not being to absorb Vitamin B12 properly.

Many physicians and dieticians recommend a shot of Vitamin B12 to their patients trying to lose weight, whether they are deficient or not. That’s because it works as a natural energy booster. The shot is given because a decrease in caloric intake often results in a lack of energy. For this reason, a lot of people swear a diet designed for B12 deficiency is good for those trying to lose weight. Many weight loss facilities use Vitamin B12 injections as a part of their services.

Gastroenterologists, family physicians and neurologists, also take advantage of Vitamin B12 deficiency diet therapy. As people go through the aging process their diets tend to change, and combined with a decrease of cognitive function, additional B12 is often required. Some doctors also give it to their patients that suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. While it isn’t medically recommended, students have been known to increase their intake of Vitamin B12 in the form of energy drinks to increase their ability to concentrate on their studies.

When it comes to losing weight, Vitamin B12 has another benefit: it can reduce food cravings. It’s pretty easy to see how that could help anybody that’s on a diet. In fact, with all it has going for it, it’s important to make sure you are not deficient in this vital nutrient. You can visit your doctor and discuss your concerns. They may suggest a simple blood test to check for a deficiency, and recommend a course of action based on the results.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Your Obese Child – Obesity Can Kill Them Young

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Health | Posted on 21-09-2012-05-2008

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Unfortunately yes, dying young is a major health problem of an obese child.  In fact this is the first generation in a long time, where statistically speaking the chances of children dying before their parents is rising. It is very sad particularly when it is totally avoidable through education, a decent diet and exercise.

Does that mean that the parents are at fault if their child is obese?  No, of course not, life is never that simple. There could be an underlying medical reason why the child is overweight but in general it comes down to a poor understanding of basic home economics.  People lack the knowledge required to ensure that their families are eating healthy food.  This is not just because of a lack of education but in some cases it is a lack of cash as well.  Decent food can be more expensive.  A huge amount of money spent by various food retailers on marketing to convince us that certain foods are good for us.  For example the fast food restaurants introducing bags of salad in a bid to convince us that eating in their establishment was healthy.  With so much miss-information being given out by the media and advertising, why are we surprised that childhood rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and other illnesses are increasing?

So what can we do? We can all start by re-educating ourselves and our families. Work on what happens in your own home first before you try and take on the world.  Teach your children the basics of good food nutrition. You can borrow or buy plenty of books on the subject from your local bookstore or library.  Your medical clinic may employ a dietician who can help you to draw up a healthy menu for your family.

Start by ditching all the processed food you can.  If you can’t give your family a home cooked meal every evening, at least aim to do it on five out of the seven nights.  Insist your kids eat their dinner around a table perhaps while discussing their day with you and their siblings.  Turn off the TV or the computer and enjoy an old fashioned healthy meal. 

Every meal you eat should include some vegetables or fruit, ideally the former.  We all know we should be eating five different types of fruit or vegetables a day.  Try and get into the habit of doing this.  It isn’t going to be easy as your kids may not like vegetables but I am sure there are ways and means you can adopt to fool them. You can try giving them grated raw carrot if they hate cooked ones.  Blend up vegetables and hide them in the pasta sauce.  Try combining fruit and vegetables in home-made juices.  Get your kids involved in preparing the dinner as they are more likely to eat the food afterwards.

As well as eating more healthy foods, you need to get your children outdoors doing physical activities.  Try walking to school if possible and going to the park or playground as a matter of routine rather than a one off treat.  Small changes will lead to bigger ones.  Your child’s future is at stake. It is up to you to avoid them suffering the health problem of an obese child.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Gastric Bypass Recipes

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Health | Posted on 19-09-2012-05-2008

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For anyone who has undergone the gastric bypass operation you are well aware of the challenges that can come with such a limited food intake.  You know more than anyone how difficult it can be to make sure to eat properly proportioned and prepared meals so that you not only get all the nutrients you need but you can avoid a lot of the fats, carbs, and sugars that you don’t need, and that can actually make you sick.  That’s why it’s so important to find good gastric bypass recipes, and the good news is that there are many places to look. 

Of course, for several weeks after the procedure you will be greatly limited on the types of foods you can eat, at first you won’t be able to eat solid foods at all just Jell-O and protein shakes, then you will move up to pureed foods and finally, you will be able to eat most types of food.  After the surgery, don’t be surprised if the foods you used to enjoy no longer satisfy you.  Some people have reported that after the surgery they no longer liked to eat certain foods, such as meat.  This may or may not happen to you, you will be spending some time relearning what you like, and what agrees with you, and what you don’t like or what doesn’t agree with you. 

One thing you will need to do is to avoid eating too much processed foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugars.  You will want to have a diet that is made up more of healthy, low or non-processed whole foods. These are more nutrient rich anyway and are better for everyone, not just those that have had the surgery.  If you eat too much highly processed carbs and sugar you will very likely get quite sick.  You will experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. 

Since there is a very real danger that you can get a ‘clog’ in your stomach, you have to make sure to thoroughly chew all of your food. For this reason you may want to avoid foods that have a very tough texture such as some cuts of meat.  Raw vegetables might also prove troublesome to some people and you may want to use mostly cooked vegetables such as cooked carrots.

There are very real, and important, things you need to consider post-surgery when it comes to preparing the best meals for your body and your overall health. If you are interested in finding gastric bypass recipes there are many places you can look but one of the first places you should check out is right at your doctor’s office.  They will most likely be able to provide you with some recipes to get you started, other than that you can find recipes online, or at your local library or bookstore.   With the increasing numbers of people who are having the surgery done, finding tasty recipes is just going to get easier and easier.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Bring On The Sexy With These Hot Model Diet Tips

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 18-09-2012-05-2008

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The following model diet tips come from a number of women widely recognized as some of the most beautiful women in the world, women who are both coveted and envied by millions for their delectable body shapes and gorgeous good looks. Why? Because when you’re eager to look your best, and you’ve decided your personal best looks like one of those magnificent glamor girls who just stepped off the cover of a popular magazine, I think you’ll agree knowing exactly what these gorgeous women eat (or don’t eat) to maintain such healthy-looking, trim and beautiful bodies makes perfect sense.

The number one tip is to drink lots of water. Proper hydration helps keep your skin beautifully smooth and blemish free, and drinking water is the best way to keep yourself hydrated. The “8-glasses a day” you’re used to hearing is a minimum measurement. You don’t have to stop at eight. A better rule of thumb is to drink one ounce of water for every pound of body weight. So if you weigh 120 pounds, you should drink 120 ounces (or 15 8 ounce glasses) of water per day. Following this, the number two tip is to eat at a more leisurely pace. Chew your food longer and take time to savor your meals. You’ll eat less because you’ll feel fuller on less food than you would if you scarf down your meals in a hurry.

And since no model diet tips article would be complete without tips for you males out there, here are a few for you as well. Top tips are to fill up on fiber and protein. Fiber and protein make you feel full faster. The second tip for male models is to eat five to seven smaller meals throughout the day rather than one to three large meals. This will keep your blood sugar levels “level,” while keeping your metabolism kicked up and burning calories.

There are many other diet tips from today’s top models you can use, too, like:

– Take pictures of yourself on a regular basis so you can see your progress. It helps motivate you to maintain your diet.

– If you must snack, make sure you eat healthy snacks like almonds

– Drink green tea. Green tea is a natural laxative and appetite suppressant

– Limit or eliminate your alcohol intake

– Eat more raw fruits and vegetables and cut out fat fried foods

– Keep a record of what you eat each day. Having a diet journal will let you see at a glance what you need to limit or remove from your diet

– Replace mayonnaise with mustard – it has less fat

– Eat skinless chicken

– Health- by stocking both your pantry and fridge with highly nutritious, low fat foods and snacks

If you want to look like a model, these model diet tips can help you lose weight, feel great, and look more beautiful every day. Eat your meals from smaller plates. You will find yourself consuming less food, and losing weight. Back up your weight loss with a good exercise plan and you’ll be fashion magazine stunning in no time at all.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Eat Well And Lose Weight

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 07-09-2012-05-2008

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It’s kind of funny, in a sad sort of way, that the number of ineffective, short-lived fad diets continues to grow. And they grow despite the fact that they don’t work, at least not as a long-term solution to losing weight. So, what are you supposed to do if you want to lose weight? Eat better.

Yep. That’s it. Eat better.

Okay, seriously, it wouldn’t be much if that’s all I said. I believe we all know, deep down, that we need to eat better if we stand a chance of shedding those extra pounds. Don’t worry, this is going to be as common sense as it is easy to follow. No fad diet nonsense, just what works.

Food is nothing more than fuel for the body. It contains the vitamins, minerals and calories we need to survive. We only get in trouble when we eat too many calories without burning them off. Some foods are better than others, but nothing is forbidden. Here’s how you can use food to put the odds of weight loss in your favor.

Start the day with something to get the internal furnace started. That means eating breakfast. There is no reason to skip breakfast. It takes virtually no time at all to grab a piece of whole-wheat toast and spread some peanut butter on it, then wash it down with a glass of orange juice. Or boil up some eggs for the upcoming week. Then have an egg, a banana and a granola bar. Even a ready-made breakfast shake is better than nothing. The trick is to get your body use to burning calories for the day. 

Now that you have your metabolism fired up, you need to keep it going by snacking. A light snack every two hours is all it takes. A small handful of nuts, some carrot sticks with non-fat yogurt, or a protein bar, are good choices. Regular snacking will prevent you from experience mid-afternoon burn out, too.

So, now it’s lunchtime and you’re feeling great! You’re eating food you like and you’re not hungry. Let’s keep going with turkey breast on whole-grain bread, romaine lettuce, tomato and a smear of mustard. Add a veggie-rich salad and a small glass of juice or skim milk and you’re all set.

Don’t forget your two-hour snack break.

For supper try some baked salmon brushed with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. Include some fresh veggies of your choice (bake them with the salmon if you like), and a cup of homemade soup. Yummy!

Remember to eat your next snack.

As you can see, this is all reasonable, simple eating. Food is there to keep you going, and it needs to be tasty, too. Remember, nothing is off limits. If you must have some ice cream, just keep the portion under control. Make it a habit to increase the better foods, and eat less of the not-so-good ones and you lose weight fast. Faster than you may have thought possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Post Gastric Bypass

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Health, Nutrition | Posted on 24-08-2012-05-2008

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The people who undergo gastric bypass surgery normally do so because they are sick and tired of being sick and tired, they want to live a healthier, more active lifestyle and in order to do that they need to lose significant amounts of weight.  While some people may view weight loss surgery as an easy way out, the reality is that if this type of surgery is going to work you are going to have to be fully committed to making permanent lifestyle changes post gastric bypass.

This procedure will greatly reduce the size of your stomach which will make it virtually impossible for you to overeat, that in turn will lead to significant weight loss.  Another thing that will lead to is a dramatic change in your lifestyle, especially your eating habits.  It’s not just about how much you eat but also how often and what you eat.  All of this will play a part in the success of your surgery.

Here are some specifics that can help ease you through this transition period:

1. You will be eating a lot of Jell-o and nutrition shakes after your surgery, about 30 days after your surgery to be exact. You won’t be allowed to have any type of solid food for a solid month after your surgery.  Your body has changed dramatically and you will need to allow your body enough time to properly heal before you can eat any solid food.

Don’t worry, during this period it’s common to start wondering if you’ve made a huge mistake, this is a dramatic change for most people and it can be very unsettling, just hang in there and soon you’ll begin to see changes and you’ll realize that you made the right choice in having the surgery.

2.  Your doctor will want you to take vitamins to supplement any nutrients you may not be receiving from your food intake, it’s very important that you don’t forget to take them.  Your body must get enough fuel so that it can run properly and make it possible for you to heal.

3.  After the first 30 days of a liquid only diet you will be able to start eating soft foods such as pureed vegetables.  The changes you’ve undergone may affect the types of food you can tolerate.  For example, some people find that they never want to, or can’t, eat a certain type of food again, like meat.  With others they don’t notice any real differences in the types of foods that they can eat, they just have to eat less.

4. Once you’ve gotten past the first several months you will be able to start eating more ‘regularly’ again.  That doesn’t mean you can go back to the old eating habits you had before the surgery, it just means that you will be able to eat more than liquid or soft foods. You will still want to stay away from too many carbs, fat, sugar, etc.  It will be important for your body to continue to eat only whole, unprocessed food whenever possible.

These are just some of the lifestyle changes that you can expect post gastric bypass.  The transition may be a little tough, most changes are at first, but in the long run the process will work if you’re willing to do your part and you follow the advice of your doctor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

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Effects Of Alcohol On Your Weight Loss

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 17-08-2012-05-2008

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If you frequently have a glass of wine with dinner, or a few beers after work, you may wonder about the effects of alcohol on your weight loss. As you diet, each food or beverage you consume has an effect on your weight loss speed. Alcohol is no exception.

Alcohol has fat, just as food does. Alcohol can lead to overeating, and the calories in alcoholic beverages are generally consumed in addition to other food and drink. Liquid calories add up quickly, so be aware of the calorie content of your drink.

Alcohol has 7 calories per gram. Fat has 9 calories per gram. Drinking an alcoholic beverage from time to time won’t kill your diet, but frequent drinking will. Alcoholic beverages can be just as bad for your diet as that greasy pizza – maybe worse. Liquid calories are typically easier to consume, and drinking your calories can cause them to add up more quickly than you’d think!

There are other effects of alcohol on your weight loss as well. Alcohol loosens you up, and helps you relax. It also loosens your dieting resolve. This means that you are less focused on your weight loss goals, and may inadvertently consume more calories than you originally intended. One wing or chip can turn into many, as you become more relaxed about your diet. Consuming large amounts of alcohol can be synonymous with consuming larger amounts of food.

Alcoholic beverages are also generally consumed in addition to food. So, if you drink several drinks with a high calorie content, you are probably also eating at the same time. This can lead to taking in a high number of calories in a short amount of time, simply because you are not paying attention to your drinks. You can help slow this process down by drinking a glass of water after each alcoholic beverage. You’ll feel fuller, and in turn you’ll eat and drink less.

There are several effects of alcohol on your weight loss. Drinking alcoholic beverages can add calories to your day quickly. Alcohol has a high calorie content, similar to fatty foods. Liquid calories in alcoholic beverages go down easily, but pack a dietary punch. Alcohol can also cause you to eat more than you originally intended. Dieters, drink with care, and be careful how many calories you consume through your drink of choice.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Dying To Lose Weight Why Kill Yourself

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Fitness | Posted on 07-08-2012-05-2008

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There are many diet books and plans on the market today, each claiming to be the best way to lose weight. If you believe the hype, you can eat only carbs and lose weight, eat no carbs and lose weight, eat only cabbage and lose weight…. the list goes on and on. These plans would not be popular if people didn’t follow them, but it is important to be reasonable, as well.

When choosing a diet plan, avoid fad diets. These plans come and go each season, and some can even be harmful to your health. Take the time to consult your doctor, and design a weight loss plan that works for you. Your plan should allow you to lower your calorie count, while consuming foods from all major food groups.

Follow these guidelines to avoid dangerous diet plans:

Avoid Massive Calorie Cuts – Some diets drastically restrict the amount of calories you take in per day. These diets can lead to malnutrition, so avoid them at all costs. Instead, consult your doctor for a target calorie count per day. He or she can take your height, weight, age, and medical conditions into account to design a diet plan that is safe and effective.

Avoid Cutting out Food Groups – Just say no to diets that cut out entire food groups. Your body is designed to function at an optimal level by eating a variety of foods. Cutting out an entire group can cause severe health issues, such as malnutrition or organ failure. Choose a diet that balances grains, protein, dairy, and fruit and vegetables. Your body needs these nutrients to function.

Avoid Crash Diets or Pills – If your diet comes in a box, it’s probably not the healthiest option. Most diet pills and supplements are not regulated by the FDA, so use them with extreme caution. Avoid stimulant medications and crash “cabbage –soup” types of diets. You may lose weight quickly, but it will come back as soon as you’re off the diet or supplement.

Use these guidelines to develop a diet plan that’s right for you. Avoid unhealthy calorie restrictions, cutting out entire food groups, or diet pills. Take the time to consult a medical professional and tailor a diet to meet your caloric needs. You’ll be able to lose weight, and keep it off effectively, if you use a combination of diet and exercise to do so.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

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4 Tips on Losing Weight

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Getting started, Psychology | Posted on 05-08-2012-05-2008

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If you’re overweight and you are trying to lose weight, you may be thinking that you will be able to lose a lot of weight really fast. The truth of the matter is that it takes time to lose weight and you have to be patient as you’re trying to lose weight. There are no overnight solutions and it’s going to take determination and perseverance to lose weight and to live a healthier lifestyle.

With that in mind, I want to share with you what I call “super tips” that will help you to stay focused on losing weight and will also help you to see results faster.

Tip #1 – Have a goal in mind. Set a goal for yourself of how much weight that you want to lose and set time aside each day to reach that goal. Write down your goal if you have to. Write down the dress size that you want to be able to wear if you want to. Write down what you want to be able to physically accomplish whenever you reach your goal and make your plans to do it.

Tip #2 – Forget about quick results. It’s much easier to gain weight than it is to lose weight, which I’m sure you’ve learned by now. The expectation of losing weight fast is one of the main problems that people face and it also causes many people to not reach their weight loss goals. Just keep in mind that it will take time to lose the weight, but no matter how long it takes to lose it, it will be worth it in the end.

Tip #3 – Prepare yourself mentally and emotionally. Losing weight just may be one of the toughest things that you will ever do in your life. You will have to constantly battle with urges to eat some of your favorite foods. You’ll constantly have to battle with the temptation to quit exercising. You will not want to change your eating habits. You are going to enter into a battle of will and you have to prepare yourself to win the battle to lose weight and to reach your goals. This really is a case of “easier said than done”.

Tip #4 – Surround yourself with support. Yes, it will be hard to do, but if you surround yourself with people that want to help you reach your goals or people that have accomplished what you are trying to do, then losing weight will not be as difficult for you as it is for other people.

So, there you have it. Maybe you were expecting a list of exercises you should perform or a list of foods you should avoid. Yes, those are important, but you’ll find that losing weight is a test of will and not of exercise or food and the person that knows this in their mind will be the victor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

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Fitting Weight Loss Into Your Work Week

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Information | Posted on 03-08-2012-05-2008

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Losing weight can be difficult if you hold a full or part time job. Finding the time to exercise, as well as to eat properly, can be stressful. For working weight loss success, you must make time for yourself as much of a priority as possible.

Use these tips to fit weight loss into your busy work week:

Schedule Time for Working Out:

Make an appointment in your calendar, and stick to it. You’re meeting with your most important client, after all – yourself. If you struggle with being consistent, make an appointment at the gym with a trainer, or work out with a friend. This gives you a real deadline, and helps you to stick to your goal.

Plan Your Meals:

Take time once a week to plan your meals and snacks. Choose snacks that are both healthy and easy to pack. Pack your lunch instead of eating out for better control of your calorie intake. Fast food calories add up quickly, so if you must eat out choose a salad or grilled sandwich.

Cook Ahead:

Make time once a week, or even once a month, to cook large batches of food in advance. Brown ground turkey, chop lettuce and veggies for salads and snacks, grill chicken breast. Any preparation that you can do ahead of time will save you hours in the kitchen later in the week.

Exercise at Work: Many companies are beginning to offer fitness clubs on campus as an employee perk. If yours does, be sure to take advantage. If you’re not so lucky, take time to walk on your lunch break. Getting up and moving around will also help you to avoid that afternoon slump.

Keep an Exercise Video for Backup: We all have those super stressful days where there’s simply no time to squeeze in a trip to the gym. Keep an exercise tape or two that you enjoy at home – some are as short as 15 minutes. This will allow you to squeeze in your exercise before or after work, without setting foot outside your door.

Fitting weight loss into your work week can be accomplished with a bit of prior planning. Take the time to plan ways to reach your fitness goals this week. You’ll find that you’re more productive and feel better, because you’re doing something for yourself. After all, you will still be living in your body long after retirement – make sure it’s a healthy one!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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