Metabolism Part 2

Well, it has been an interesting week already. Monday, I didn’t get to do my planned post because my daughter needed my laptop for school, as hers was having issues. Tuesday, I sat down to write out my planned post and the internet went out and stayed out until this morning. Those 2 planned posts will be done next week.

An update on my Soy What post. I tried Tofu, and oh my gosh, it is a definite no. While I was able to tolerate eating it, I didn’t even notice it in the food, the effects it had on my Gastrointestinal system were absolutely disastrous. So, no more Soy for me. I will just live with hot flashes.

One of the most important things I have learned about Metabolism, in my Sports Medicine class is that increasing your Metabolism may be more of a myth concept and marketing gimmick. The effects these items have on Metabolism are minimal at best. As someone who suffers from a slow Metabolism this is sad. I also learned that the body can only consume 500 grams per day in Carbohydrates, and the rest is converted to fat stores. That totally explains how a lower carb diet can help people lose weight. However, very low carb diet can be dangerous. The body needs carbs to function, and fat. You can watch the part 1 video on Metabolism, here.

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Blog Topics for the Next 7 Days

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is doing well. It is hot and sticky, already, here in the Sunshine State. I was in the pool by 10 because it was so hot. The USA is experiencing a bit of issues of late. We have the Covid 19 Pandemic, and cases going up, and now Civil unrest due to issues with police brutality. It is kind of crazy. I do not intend to talk about those things other than through the lens of stress and the effects on the body, on this blog.

Below please see my blog topics for the next 7 days. Be sure and follow this blog to come back and read all updated posts. Stay well, and safe, and be kind to one another.

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Metabolism: Part 1

Before I get to the video that I chose for this post, I would like to make a statement about the Soy What post I did.  Soy sauce, I have come to learn, does not actually contain any Isoflavones.  So, it will do me no good to consume it, and since it is quite high in Sodium, I am not sad about that.  However, I will continue to learn about ways to add Isoflavones to my diet to hopefully naturally relieve hot flashes.  Remember I do not digest soy well, so I am probably going to be limited.  I did read Soy Lecithin can work, but I hate to think how much of this preservative I would have to consume.  There has to be a better way.

As I have mentioned previously, I am currently taking two Nutrition courses and a Mindfulness course.  It is consuming a lot of my time and leaving less time to blog.  However, the first Nutrition class is almost done, and the Sports Medicine and Nutrition will be completed within 2 weeks.  Very often when I take these classes it leads me to want to learn more, because there is just so much information to consume, and so much misinformation in the field of Health and Fitness.  Nutrition is such a complex topic.  You probably have heard, especially in the Fitness world that people have a slow, or high metabolism.  Apparently, this is not exactly true and is used mostly as a marketing gimmick.  This leads me to do learn some more about Metabolism.  I will be sharing each week a new one until it is finished.  I like his manner of explaining things, though he talks kind of fast, so pause and rewind if you need to.

One thing that really caught my attention was the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids.  There are so many expensive supplements for these essential acids, yet they can be found in many foods, and not just fish.  The human body can not actually build new building blocks if these ingredients are not present.  So, they are definitely essential.  I shared a few videos about them as well, below.

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Now, I have to add because I have CKD, and seeds are high in Phosphorus, that if you have CKD, be sure and half the portion size recommended on the package.  Also, I am following LOFADMAP which is working wonderfully for me, but Walnuts are a no-no in too large amounts.  Thank goodness, I don’t really like them, and will add to a smoothie or put on a salad.

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You Can’t Fix Your Outside Until You Fix Your Inside

Updated 4/21/2021 I forget now who said that quote, but it certainly has a lot of meaning.  I am sure it can be used in reference to any number of issues, but for this post, it will be used in reference to body weight and size.

What do I mean by that statement?  It could mean different things to different people.  People who are overweight are overweight for different reasons.  Or if there is some other external feature that you are unhappy with, there may be lots of reasons for this. Read on for more.

1-  Some people are overweight because they simply overeat.  They may not even realize they overeat, or possibly are eating the wrong types of foods that are higher in fat and calories. Or, they may drink their calories without even realizing it.  So, until you fix the inside problem of consuming too many calories either by not knowing how much you are eating or simply eating the wrong foods, then the outside of the body won’t change because weight loss will be difficult.  How to fix this?  Keep a food journal for a month.  Write down everything you consume including liquids.  Write the serving size you eat and how many calories consumed for each food.  This can be time-consuming but is vital if you overeat.  At the end of the month review your journal and figure out how many calories you were consuming.  Do this lovingly and in a non-judgemental way.  This is to help you not beat yourself up.  Be committed to keeping up with your journal.  Once you have all the information see how many calories you should be consuming in a day compared to how many you actually did.  This will allow you to see where you need to make changes.  A Health Coach can help you with this.

2-  Some people are overweight due to the medications they take into their bodies or possibly metabolic issues outside of their control.  If this describes your situation speak with your doctor to learn ways to help you overcome these issues.  Sometimes this can not be overcome and learning to accept and love your body will be the healthiest step you can take.  A Health Coach will be able to help you learn to do this.

3-  Some people are overweight because they are inactive.  Most people think they are way more active than they really are.  This is a sort of denial that maybe is due to guilt of just not wanting to exercise or saying there is no time.  Trust me I used to do this too.  Then I started to change my perspective.  Exercise should not be an I have to, but rather I am happy I can.  I can walk, jog, run, ride a bike, swim, hike, do aerobics, lift weights, whatever type of exercise I may want.  I am happy and blessed that this is true.  Once I started seeing exercise in that light, my mindset completely changed.  It is a privilege to exercise, now.  So, that is how you fix your inside, change your mindset.  Convince yourself that exercise is not a chore, but something you should want to do because you can.  Conquer your thoughts!  A Health Coach can help you.

4-  Probably the most important meaning of the statement, you can’t fix your outside until you fix your inside, is for those who overeat for emotional reasons.  This is probably the most difficult to overcome.  Having a bad relationship with food and the mindset that goes with that will leave you always trying to get off the rollercoaster of diets, binging, purging, self-hate and abuse.  I mentioned before I started watching the TV show My 600-pound life.  So many of these individuals suffered a traumatic experience in childhood that caused them to turn to food for comfort and it carried on into their adult lives.  Undealt with trauma is something that will be a stumbling block to achieving the outside appearance you desire if it does not get dealt with.  Now the individuals on the show are obviously extreme examples of emotional eating, but so many people suffer from this.  They eat when they are stressed, anxious, sad, angry, depressed, lonely, etc to cover up the feelings they are experiencing.  It is an addiction like any other addiction.  I would love to say a Health Coach can help you with this, but a professional that is experienced in addiction and undealt with trauma should be sought out in these situations.  A Health Coach, however, can help you get started in finding a specialist who can help you and provide accountability and support once you are established and seeking counseling.

All of these situations above require patience, love, kindness, and perseverance.  Having a good support network will help immensely.  None of these things are fast or easy.  They take time and hard work to be effective and long-lasting.  Fixing your inside so you can fix your outside, is the very first step anyone should take when they have the desire to lose weight or change their body appearance.

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