Let’s Not Just Talk About Guns!

Facebook is buzzing with everyone trying to outdo the next person as to who is more upset by the tragic event in Texas. I think it is safe to say that everyone is heartbroken, even though I have read many times that gun owners don’t care and are to blame. And I am tired of hearing “we need to do more” without anyone saying what “do more” means. Yes, let’s talk about guns, but let’s talk about everything else as well.

I would love to know the number of kids, grade school through high school, that were on some kind of medication 20-30 years ago compared to 10 years ago until the present day. Not just how many, but why is that increase so great. While I have said many times we need meds, we shouldn’t be relying on them the way we do today.

Schools need to take down any signs they have hanging in the hallways about anti-bullying because, guess what, it just doesn’t work. Every school makes the claim that bullying does not happen on their campus. Why, then, whenever a tragedy like this happens, one of the first things we hear is they were bullied? Are the schools failing in this or is it just impossible to handle?

Parents, teach your kids, especially boys, how to deal with bullies without thinking they have to get a gun and shoot innocent people. Bullies have been around forever and we were always taught to stand up to them and stand up for ourselves. It isn’t easy but it works. Unfortunately, boys now are taught at a young age that masculinity is toxic. Wrong! Masculinity is good and necessary. If you don’t learn early on that you will have to deal with mean people in every aspect of life, you will have a miserable life. Yes, standing up to bullies in the workplace is different than standing up to them in high school. If taught properly, a man learns what force is needed and when. And even though you don’t hear girls doing these things they should also know that it is ok to stand up to the “mean girls”. Girls at that age are brutal and it is ok to fight back.

Lastly, we have gun laws in place that are very sensible. I’m tired of hearing from politicians who have armed security, saying we have to give up guns. Same from athletes and Hollywood elites who also bask in the security of a firearm. Here is an idea. Let’s take some of the money (if not all of it) that we send to other countries to defend their children and hire armed security for all schools. Is that too difficult to make happen? Are the children here not worth our tax payer money? This should be an easy decision.

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad #protectchildren

What Is Going On With Our Parks??

I love getting to the parks, taking in nature, and getting some much-needed exercise and stress reduction. It was tough back in the days of “the great pandemic” when some parks and trails were closed, as the science was settled that exercise wasn’t important to our health and immune system. This year has shown a very strange happening at many parks in the St. Louis area. It begs the question…is it a worker shortage or are they just letting the parks go? Either way, it is a shame.

I get to Forest Park a couple times a week and this year the grass, which is normally kept at a manageable height, is completely out of control (see pics). Maybe they are trying to give us the feel of what pioneer folks did as they made it across the country. Where it is partially cut, there are piles of grass that make it a challenge to get through. The shame with this park is there are so many attractions, such as The Muny, museums and golf courses that keeping it looking great was a priority. Now, I know it is early in the season, however when you get to parks on a regular basis and see how they are kept up, this stands out. And it isn’t just Forest Park as I have driven past a few to see the same thing. Could running a riding mower over grass be another casualty of the insane gas prices? Is manual labor below some who are out of work? The conspiracy theorist in me thinks there is more to this. And as we have learned, yesterdays conspiracies are tomorrows truths!

The one park I frequent that is kept immaculate, and for good reason, is Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary and Park. If it gets to the point where those who have served our country don’t have a beautiful place to rest, there will be trouble!!

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

Where Are The Comparisons To Polio Now?

Last August, I was intrigued enough by the comparison of this virus and “vaccine” to the polio virus and vaccine. In case you missed it you can read it HERE. At that time, there was, and still is, a big push for vaccines and many, myself included, were pushing back. What finally got me to look at polio was watching an interview with the worlds greatest and all-knowing doctor saying that we would still have polio today if people fought the vaccine back then the way they are today. Of course, the comparison was ridiculous but no one in the media questioned it.

There is an interesting occurrence that is taking place that brought me back to polio. A certain VP just tested positive for the virus after being vaccinated AND having a booster. Not the first time hearing this story and a certain speaker of the house had the same result a couple of weeks ago. What is fascinating is they both had the same response to this.

“I’m so glad I am vaccinated and had the booster”

Is that what a vaccine does? Doesn’t a vaccine keep you from getting sick? Did we have this same thing happen back when everyone was vaccinated for polio? Our experts compared it to polio correct? Did you just get a little bit of polio and thanked big pharma that it wasn’t full blown polio?

It is amazing what we are being fed and expected to believe, and many do! I realize the definition of vaccine has changed drastically in the last year but that doesn’t change the effectiveness, or ineffectiveness, of it. One thing that will never change is we have to take control of our own health. What fruits and vegetables do for our immune system will never change. What a simple walk in the sunshine will do for our physical health and mental well-being will never change. We have to do these things for ourselves.

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

What Is Your “Self Talk” When You Want To Lose Weight?

You can talk yourself out of losing weight if you aren’t staying positive!

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5 Thinking Traps to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight

Emily Abbate

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FEBRUARY 4, 2021

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Every weight-loss journey is different, but shedding pounds and keeping them off requires creating sustainable healthy habits with nutrition and fitness. Another thing that can make or break losing weight: how you speak to yourself about the process. In fact, research published in the journal Obesity found people who used positive self-talk were more successful at losing weight, helping them get back on track after minor lapses such as overeating or skipping a workout.

“When you tell yourself you’ve failed at something, oftentimes it triggers a backslide or a binge episode,” says Rachel McBryan, RD. If you catch yourself talking or thinking negatively, you can reframe it to get back on track quickly. Doing so “supports a better mood and less obsessive thinking about food,” says McBryan.

Here are five common thinking traps that are helpful to reframe when working to lose weight and improve your health:

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“TODAY WAS A BAD EATING DAY”

The simple fact of defining your eating habits as “good” or “bad” can set you up for failure. “The ‘bad’ days make you feel guilt and shame, which can lead to unhealthy relationships with yourself and food,” says Julia Axelbaum, RD. “The ‘good’ days put an unrealistic expectation and pressure on yourself to keep it up and always be perfect.”

Instead of thinking of days as good or bad, ask yourself about the habits that went along with either being successful or veering off course. For example, maybe you logged your food consistently, so you noticed trends. Or maybe you overate because you were stressed?

“We all have triggers that lead to undesirable behaviors, and figuring out what those are is key,” says Axelbaum. “Once you identify them, take a moment to think about what you can do differently the next time you are in that situation. What new, encouraging thoughts can you test to prevent this from happening in the future?” For example, instead of saying “I had a bad day,” you might tell yourself, “I didn’t get enough protein at breakfast because I was tired, which led me to reach for sugary foods.” Next time, “I will go to bed a little earlier and also prepare breakfast ahead of time.” Identifying the problem without guilt and coming up with a solution to be prepared helps avoid future slip-ups.

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“THE SCALE ISN’T BUDGING, SO I MUST BE DOING SOMETHING WRONG”

It’s easy to get disheartened when stepping on the scale doesn’t show a lower number. This can lead to stress, which alters your body’s hormones and can further hinder weight loss. Here’s the thing: “Losing inches and not weight actually means you have started to lose fat and will eventually lose weight, too,” says Anam Umair, RD, PhD. Instead of getting down on yourself when you step on the scale, remind yourself of all the other positive changes you’re noticing. For instance, “I have more energy to play with my kids,” “I’m lifting heavier weights,” and “I have more endurance on my walks or runs.” Focusing on the positives and what you’re doing right makes weight-loss more motivating and enjoyable.

3

“I TOTALLY MESSED UP, I HAVE TO START ALL OVER NOW”

“An all-or-nothing mentality has no place in creating a healthier lifestyle,” says Axelbaum. Instead of thinking one less-than-stellar decision wrecks an entire day, move forward and do the best you can with what you have.

The goal is not perfection; it’s progress,” says Axelbaum. “Instead of beating yourself up, pause to notice any feelings of guilt or shame. Remember, you are only human, and this happens to everyone at some point.” Instead of dwelling on one slip-up, remind yourself “no one meal, day or even week of eating defines my weight,” says Axelbaum.

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“I REALLY SHOULDN’T BE EATING THIS”

There’s a time and a place for different foods (and indulgences) in our diets. Rather than shaming yourself for choosing a food, understand the occasional treat is part of a healthy relationship with food.

“Next time you’re considering indulging in something special, think about if it’s something you really want and love, or if you are just eating because it’s there,” says Axelbaum. “If you do make the conscious choice to eat it, enjoy it to the fullest. Give your full attention to the flavor, texture and smell with each bite. Savor the food slowly and be as present as possible.” Again, remind yourself to look at the bigger picture. You can tell yourself, “I eat healthfully 80% of the time, so I’m going to fully enjoy indulgences the remaining 20%.”

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“DOES THIS MAKE ME LOOK FAT?”

It might seem innocent enough to ask this when shopping or picking out an outfit in a dressing room. However, “the problem is this kind of language reinforces the bad habit of prioritizing your weight’s appearance and only your weight’s appearance as the focal point of your life,” says John Fawkes, NSCA-certified personal trainer and Precision Nutrition-certified nutritional counselor. Instead, ask yourself how certain clothes make you feel,” says Fawkes. “Think about the material, colors and fabrics, plus how energized you feel after putting on a certain piece.”

Herbs Can Unclog Arteries And Help Prevent Heart Attacks!

There are so many herbs around us and each one has some sort of medicinal purpose, some more than others.

Have you heard of RED SAGE or ARJUN TEA? Do you eat GINSENG on a regular basis?

Garlic is an obvious one and probably the most utilized. Studies show garlic lowers BP, regulates cholesterol and prevents cell damage.

Psyllium is a soluble fiber and can prevent constipation but is also used to combat metabolic syndrome.

The amazing part of adding plants to your diet for health is that there is such a wide variety that you will never get bored! Change it up because we get something different from each plant.

Check out the video from BESTIE for more!

Add Some Variety To Your Greens!

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7 Green Veggies You Haven’t Tried, But Totally Should

Julia Malacoff

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MARCH 24, 2022

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You’ve probably heard you should eat the rainbow. But within the color spectrum, green veggies stand out as a superstar for their nutrition prowess. The thing is, there’s a lot to explore beyond the more typical spinach, lettuce, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Ahead, dietitians share their favorite under-the-radar picks.

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KOHLRABI

Also known as a German turnip, kohlrabi is a cruciferous vegetable similar to broccoli, kale and cabbage, but with a slightly sweeter taste, explains Lindsey DeSoto, a registered dietitian. “It’s very versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked.” Plus, it’s not too shabby in the nutrition department. “Kohlrabi is also chock-full of nutrients such as fiber, vitamin C and vitamin B6,” DeSoto adds. Add it to salads and soups, or saute it, she suggests.

“I personally like to roast mine in the oven. Start by removing any stems or leaves. Next, peel the skin on the kohlrabi bulb. Cut the kohlrabi into 1/2-inch slices, toss with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, and roast at 425 degrees for around 20–25 minutes or until crisp.”

2

MUSTARD GREENS

Bitter greens don’t always get the spotlight, but they’re super nutritious according to Bill Bradley, a registered dietitian. “Mustard greens are a wonderful combo of bitter and mouth-watering flavor,” he explains. That means they don’t need a lot of extra flavor added when you cook them. “My favorite way to cook mustard greens is to saute them in extra virgin olive oil with garlic, and add a splash of balsamic vinegar at the end.”

As a bonus, one serving of mustard greens (a half-cup cooked) gives you half of your daily requirement for vitamin C, Bradley adds.

3

LACINATO KALE

“This is a darker version of kale with really dark green leaves filled with fiber, B-vitamins, vitamin A, and even vitamin C, says Dana Ellis Hunnes, a registered dietitian. Those qualities make it great for skin health, the immune system and digestion, Hunnes explains. Try it in a kale salad or a tasty pasta dish.

4

BEET GREENS

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your food waste, this one’s for you. “When I buy beets, I love to saute the greens separately,” notes Jinan Banna, a registered dietitian and professor of nutrition. “I use a little olive oil and garlic, and then top with lemon juice toward the end of cooking. These are very nutritious and are a source of vitamins A and K.”

5

SWISS CHARD

“This green veggie is less eaten than some others but may be more healthy,” says Morgyn Clair, a registered dietitian. “A serving of chard has over 100% of your daily vitamin A, and contains some enzymes thought to help with blood sugar control.” Saute it like you would any other green, or use it to make these chicken wraps.

6

CHICORY GREENS

“This bitter green has been foraged for thousands of years,” Bradley says. It’s not as common in the U.S., but you may find it at a farmers market or a specialty grocery store. “Chicory is high in vitamins K and C and is jam-packed with antioxidants,” he adds.

7

CHINESE BROCCOLI

Registered dietitian Lisa Hugh likes this veggie because it’s really easy to prepare. You can swap it in for bok choy in a stir fry, for example. “Chinese broccoli has a slightly bitter and enjoyable flavor and is rich in potassium, vitamins and minerals.”

THE BOTTOM LINE

There’s nothing wrong with the old classics, but when it comes to green vegetables, there’s a whole wide world of variety. If you’re trying to up your plant-food intake and you’re looking to try something new, one of these options might just become your new favorite veggie.

Looking To Cut Your Sugar Cravings?

Don’t look now but sugar is one of the most addictive things and it is added to so much of the food we eat! This makes it so difficult to cut it out of our diets, and some may feel like it is impossible.

Cravings are tied to 3 factors according to Dr Sten:

  1. Opiate receptors
  2. Carb dependent
  3. Emotional conditioning.

So we have to transition and recondition our bodies! The good news is there are foods that will help here.

Check out the video from DR STEN EKBERG for more!

Ginger And Moringa Make A Powerful Tea!

Separately, ginger and moringa a beneficial for our health. When you combine them, they are incredible!

  • Ginger helps with weight loss, boosts metabolism, improves the gastrointestinal tract, preventing nausea and vomiting.
  • Moringa helps lower inflammations in the body, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and alleviates headaches.
  • Combining moringa with ginger can be helpful for…hypertension, ulcers, liver issues, and anemia.

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Ginger And Moringa Make A Powerful Tea!

Separately, ginger and moringa a beneficial for our health. When you combine them, they are incredible!

  • Ginger helps with weight loss, boosts metabolism, improves the gastrointestinal tract, preventing nausea and vomiting.
  • Moringa helps lower inflammations in the body, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and alleviates headaches.
  • Combining moringa with ginger can be helpful for…hypertension, ulcers, liver issues, and anemia.

Check out the video from NATURAL CURES for more!

Do You Really Have To “Jump-start” Your Weight Loss?

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6 Myths About How to Jump-Start Weight Loss

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Many weight-loss products like meal replacement plans, detox teas, fat-burning supplements, and juice cleanses promise to “jump-start weight loss.” However, “jump-starting weight loss’ is more of a buzzword than a necessary or helpful part of a weight-loss journey,” says Liz Wyosnick, RD.

The truth is, you can lose a lot of weight very quickly, but that typically requires very restrictive methods like cutting too many calories or ditching entire food groups. This fad diet route can create further setbacks since it’s hard to maintain long-term. It often leads to yo-yo dieting, which can slow down your metabolism and make it harder to lose weight and keep it off.

Although weight-loss marketing pros often try to sell quick fixes, this takes the focus away from what you really need at the beginning of your journey: a solid game plan. “Weight loss is less about how aggressively you start and more about how intentionally you build your approach,” says Max Grossman, a certified personal trainer and founder and director of Health Engineered.

Here, nutrition and fitness pros break down common myths about how to jump-start weight loss and what to do instead for a more sustainable, healthy and empowering slim-down plan.

Myths About How to Jump-Start Weight Loss

“When I hear ‘jump-start weight loss,’ I hear fad diet wording that may mean a few pounds lost quickly, and then quickly regained once the regimen is complete,” says Wyosnick. Severe calorie restriction isn’t necessary to lose weight, and it often backfires — leading to more extreme weight fluctuations or yo-yo dieting later on.

WHAT TO DO INSTEAD: SET A REALISTIC CALORIE GOAL AND START A FOOD JOURNAL

“I encourage my clients to adopt a long game mindset for weight loss because there’s no need to lose weight quickly,” says Wyosnick. Instead of reaching for unhealthy weight-loss goals like “lose 10 pounds in five days,” aim for a healthy pace of 1-2 pounds per week.

Use an app like MyFitnessPal to determine a daily calorie goal to create a slight calorie deficit (meaning fewer calories in than those you burn through day-to-day activities and exercise). Then, consistently track your intake to raise your awareness of the proper portion sizes you need to eat to lose weight.

Myths About How to Jump-Start Weight Loss

Many diets home in on what you “should” give up — carbs, dessert, dairy and more, says Samantha McKinney, RD. They promise if you can just push through it for 30 days, the results will be worth the pain. But having to cut out so much of what you love can make you feel deprived, drive up hunger and cravings, and eventually lead to binge eating and your same previous unhealthy eating habits when the strict regimen is finally over.

WHAT TO DO INSTEAD: ADD HEALTHY FOODS TO YOUR LIFE

“Hands down, the best thing you can do is focus on additions instead of subtractions,” says McKinney.

To make grocery shopping for weight loss easier, create a list of whole, unprocessed foods you enjoy, including:

When you prioritize healthy foods and drinks and log them in your food journal before you reach for indulgences, you can naturally begin to edge out the not-so-healthy things you’re trying to reduce, says McKinney.

A strange but scary-sounding claim is that a “detox” tea, broth, juice or fast can eliminate built-up toxins in your body and, in turn, enhance your body’s fat-burning capabilities to jump-start weight loss. But there’s no research to back this up. “The word ‘detox’ is another buzzword,” says Annamaria Louloudis, RD. “Your body naturally detoxifies itself, so don’t waste your money on ‘detox teas.’”

WHAT TO DO INSTEAD: CLEAN OUT YOUR PANTRY AND FRIDGE

A much easier and more effective “detox” is to spring clean your kitchen. “We eat what we have around, so hide the junk food or keep it out of the house,” says Lisa R. Young, PhD, RD. Then, put healthy foods front and center with fruit bowls on the counter, glass containers of pre-cut veggies at eye-level in the fridge, and grab-and-go healthy snacks in pre-portioned bags.

Myths About How to Jump-Start Weight Loss

One of the most de-motivating myths is you just need more willpower to start losing weight. But without an action plan, motivation to carry on can disappear pretty fast. “A lack of preparation often leads to less healthy decisions regarding food or activity,” says Wyosnick. For example, it’s much easier to chill out on the couch and watch Netflix after work when you don’t have a workout scheduled or the groceries you need to make a wholesome meal.

WHAT TO DO INSTEAD: HAVE A PLAN AND SUPPORT SYSTEM TO KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED

Instead of trying to summon willpower from nowhere, make it easier to create new habits and stick with them by having a plan and surrounding yourself with support. “When you’re armed with a plan for your Monday through Friday meals and workout routine, that alleviates mental energy later and can make you much more likely to follow through,” says Wyosnick.

Rather than overhauling everything all at once — then getting overwhelmed and quitting — start with one small change to your diet or exercise routine per week, she suggests. Set and track SMART goals which are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. After you reach one, build on your success with another.

Here are a few examples:

  • Week one: Increase your vegetable intake by 2 cups per day.
  • Week two: Maintain your week one goal and add a 30-minute walk four times a week.

You can also follow one of the plans in the MyFitnessPal app (for premium members), which features RD-approved strategies, recipes and daily check-ins.

To up your chances of success, get your support system involved, too. Research shows sharing your goals with someone you look up to can increase your motivation, and working out with others can compel you to push harder and longer. If it’s in your budget, you might also consider hiring a coach, registered dietitian or certified personal trainer to help create the most effective plan for you.

High-intensity exercises like HIIT workouts and group fitness classes are often made out to be ideal for weight loss due to evidence that they burn more calories during and after the workout (aka the “afterburn” effect). While this sounds great, you can easily blow the “bonus burn” with about half of a protein bar, says Grossman. It’s also common for people new to these exercises to dramatically lower their non-exercise activity thermogenesis (or calories burned from day-to-day movements like walking, fidgeting and doing chores) by vegging out following a super tough workout.

The reality: “No single workout generates very much fat loss on its own,” says Grossman. “And while almost everyone likes the idea of high-intensity training, few people can sustain it for very long.”

WHAT TO DO INSTEAD: CHOOSE FORMS OF MOVEMENT AND EXERCISE YOU CAN SEE YOURSELF DOING FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

The best approach for sustainable weight loss is reducing the calories you eat and increasing those you burn through a combination of everyday movement (doing the laundry, carrying light packages back to your apartment, playing with your dog) and exercise such as walking, running and strength training — the latter of which can help you build and maintain muscle and improve your metabolism over time.

“When you’re starting out, it’s all about adherence. If you can stick to it, it will benefit you. If not, it doesn’t matter if ‘everyone else’ seems to love it,” says Grossman. He advises looking for workouts that are physically and mentally engaging, so you can develop a skill without beating up your body, socially engaging, so you have a reason to show up and have fun, outdoors for the added benefit of taking in nature and sunshine, and, most importantly, enjoyable

The possibilities are endless. Think: dancing, hikingbiking, canoeing, kayaking, longboarding, team sports, Frisbee, slacklining, yoga, rock climbing, swimming, martial arts, skiing, snowboarding or a combination of any of the above.

Myths About How to Jump-Start Weight Loss

“A lot of time and energy is dedicated to ‘hacks,’ ‘tricks’ and ‘secrets’ to put in less and get more,” says Grossman. “While some of these hyped-up approaches actually have modest value, they often don’t work unless you’re already nailing the true essentials of weight loss.” While healthy eating and regular movement are important pillars, managing stress levels and self-care are key, too.

WHAT TO DO INSTEAD: START WITH A STRONG FOUNDATION

Take care of your overall health to make losing weight easier. No matter your weight-loss plan, make sure you have the basics covered, says Grossman. Get 7–8 hours of high-quality sleepeach night and incorporate stress-management techniques into your life like meditation, breathing exercises and self-care practices.

Finally, be patient with yourself. Even if you’re off to a great start, sustainable weight loss takes time. If you strive for consistency over perfection, the results follow.

Make progress every day while you work on mini fitness and nutrition goals, like walking more steps or learning to track macros. Go to “Plans” in the MyFitnessPal app for daily coaching and easy-to-follow tasks to keep you motivated.

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire!

Yes, we think about chestnuts as a fall/winter treat. We even have a wonderful Christmas song that brings a beautiful image to mind. While that is true, they also offer amazing health benefits!

Chestnuts have improved heart health, digestive health and control blood sugar, just to name a few. They also have amazing cancer-fighting properties!

Check out the video from NATURAL CURES for more!

Does Standing Help With Weight Loss?

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Does Standing Burn Enough Calories to Aid Weight Loss?

Lisa Fields

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Fans of standing desks say they can help you get out of your chair more throughout the day, counteracting the negative health effects of too much sitting. But when it comes to weight loss, a standing desk isn’t a magic bullet.

Although standing periodically has some advantages over periods of prolonged sitting, it isn’t a form of exercise, and by itself, more standing won’t help you lose weight. “I view it as a continuum, with sitting on one end and bona fide exercise on the other,” says Jamie Burr, PhD, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Guelph in Ontario. “The closer we can move toward exercise, the better. Thus, standing moves the needle a little. Walking [or] cycling even more.”

WHY STANDING IS HELPFUL (BUT NOT FOR WEIGHT LOSS)

Some research shows obese adults sit for 2–3 hours more per day than lean adults, which increases their risk of heart disease, diabetes and all-cause mortality. Spending stretches of time throughout the day standing helps to break up long periods of sitting. Whether or not you’re overweight, standing is good for your health, since it can increase blood flow and improve posture, preventing aches and pains.

However, standing doesn’t add physical activity to your day, promote aerobic exercise or help you burn enough calories to lose weight. One study found participants expended 12% more energy while standing compared to sitting, which was the equivalent of about 9–10 additional calories per hour. But most people don’t stand long enough for this to make a difference.

“If it was 12% higher for the whole day, that might be useful, but people don’t tend to stand all day,” says study author James Betts, PhD, professor of metabolic physiology at the University of Bath in England. “They tend to only do that for an hour or two. [And] if it’s an hour and a half with 12% more, that’s not a big difference. [The] calories per day doesn’t stack up to be a meaningful amount.”

WHY WALKING BEATS STANDING

There are more health advantages to using a treadmill desk than a standing desk, according to some research, because treadmill walking incorporates physical activity, while standing is a sedentary behavior. Some experts argue periods of standing may encourage people to walk more than they would if they were still seated.

“Standing breaks up sitting time and may also predispose [people] to more bouts of walking — that is, if already standing, it’s easy to take some steps,” says Burr, the study author. Even if it’s just a lap around the block or your house, some walking is better than none.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Whether or not you have a standing desk, it’s a good idea to alternate between periods of sitting and standing throughout the day. “We know prolonged standing isn’t the solution because you don’t get any particular health benefits,” says Betts. Furthermore, when you are standing all day (think factory jobs), it could lead to injuries like plantar fasciitis.

Instead of sitting for hours on end, set an alarm reminder to stand up 2–3 times per hour. “This could be alternating standing [and] sitting, or better yet, getting up and going for a short walk,” says Burr. “As little as two minutes (i.e., a trip to refill your water glass) can positively affect blood glucose [and] triglyceride levels.”

If weight loss is your goal, add walking (or another form of exercise, like cycling) into your routine regularly. Aiming for 200–300 minutes of walking per week has been shown to help with weight loss. If that seems like a lot, start small and work your way there.

MO Governor Parsons FINALLY Does Something!

As reported by The Gateway Pundit last week:

Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R) on Tuesday signed legislation that will prevent state licensing boards from disciplining physicians who prescribe the wonder drugs Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.

This is great news as we should be using everything available to fight this most dangerous pandemic and all the variants that have come from it. We also don’t know what is going to come next. The questions for Gov. Parsons should be:

  • Why did it take so long to do this?
  • What was in the science that prevented him from doing this 2 years ago when it was really needed?
  • What changed in the science that makes sense to do it now?

Last year, I wrote HERE about the efficacy and safety of Ivermectin after doing a simple internet search. This came after hearing “leading health experts”, “investigative reporters”, and politicians refer to it simply as horse deworming medicine. How irresponsible would it be that if Ivermectin is effective, so many people could have been saved had it been widely used, and doctors were not allowed to prescribe because of politics. It wasn’t as if it was a new medicine on the market, such as the miracle “vaccine” was. There are so many questions about the actions of those in charge that need answers. We all should demand this!

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

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