- Created on Friday, 06 January 2012 11:38
Dr. Timothy Moore
Now that a new year has begun, it’s time to make some tough decisions to improve your health. Last year I put emphasis on eating more fruit and vegetables and making the necessary lifestyle changes to bring your body up to its optimum level. The message, of course, has not changed.
Last year I penned 52 columns with helpful information and suggestions that were designed to make your life a little better. This year I hope to do the same thing with a goal in mind to assist you in any way I can as you journey to health and wellness.
You may ask, “How do I begin my journey?” I’m glad you asked. Start with small baby steps, and then when you’re strong enough, take the giant leap, as you become accustomed to eating the right food and making strides in changing your lifestyle.
Information is the key to reaching your goal. Search for the information that will help you make a conscious decision to right what’s wrong with your health. The Internet is a good place to start. However, it lacks a couple of things: It cannot provide basic support or any type of feedback.
Since we live in an information society, most of us have to be guided or shown how to proceed forward in our quest for value-added information. The most common mistake that most people make is to rely on faulty information and other people’s opinions.
I’m sure most people mean well when they offer advice, but my advice would be to seek an expert opinion. Getting the right information will take you farther along on your journey to good health. If you’re thinking about making a lifestyle change, why not start now? Start charting your course so you’ll reach your goal.
If it’s a partner you need, go ahead and partner with him or her to help you reach your goal. You’ll be surprised when you’re able to conquer the problems of an unhealthy diet, ill health and over-eating. There will be some ups and downs, of course, and you’ll experience some good and bad days.
If you fail, don’t fret. Try it again. All you need is the motivation to succeed, even if it means a cheer or a pat on the back. There is nothing like a little encouragement. I need some myself. It helps me as I strive to do better in life. And I’m encouraged when I’m able to encourage you to do better.
Sometimes change isn’t evident until we look in the mirror. You should be the first to notice you. Do you like what you see? Is the image in the mirror not as desirable as you’d want? Do you cringe when you look at yourself in the flesh? You can do something about it, you know. Change your diet, change your lifestyle, and exercise.
Making small changes first is best if you’re trying to make over your life. What you see in the mirror may require more work, but do it in incremental steps. Just imagine what you looked like before you mistreated your body. Now I’m well aware that most of us won’t be able to return to those days when we were slim, trimmed, toned and buffed. But it wouldn’t hurt to try.
If you’re taking medication, you’ll be surprised when the dosage is lowered as you continue to eat healthy and exercise. You’d surely lose weight, control diabetes, reduce your cholesterol and rid your body of dangerous toxins – even debilitating diseases.
Whatever ails you can be controlled or totally eradicated. It’s a time to heal. If you’re trying to lose weight, there are so many weight-loss programs being advertised on television. Some of them are misleading and misguided. If you eat healthy and exercise, you won’t need them anyway.
If you think you won’t have the time or the energy to make the necessary lifestyle changes so you can live a wholesome life, you’ll be making a big mistake. You can do it one step at a time, but never concede to a sedentary lifestyle. It’s unhealthy.
Just do what is healthy for you – and live.
- Created on Thursday, 29 December 2011 11:38
Dr. Timothy Moore
I talked to a gentleman the other day and he told me that he’d added 30 pounds to his frame during the holiday season. Well that couldn’t be true, because no one can add on that amount of weight in such a short period of time. So I’d deduced that he was merely exaggerating.
Some people can gain weight rather quickly, though, but not 30 pounds. However, if you’re quick to gain weight, you might need to make some quick decisions. This is the season when most people make promises to themselves to make life better starting New Year’s Day. It’s called a resolution, meaning they resolve to do better.
How much weight do you want to lose? Whatever the poundage you’re trying to lose, a dietary change must be made first. Consider this: The body is often overloaded at the end of the year and in need of an overhaul to remove dangerous environmental toxins and poisons.
There is nothing wrong with living it up during the holidays, but be careful. The amount of food you eat during the holidays, or any time of the year for that matter, can cause more detriment than good. The extra weight can impact your health and make you susceptible to high blood pressure, diabetes, mood swings, irritability and depression.
If you notice your dress size or pants size increasing, it’s time to do something about it before it’s too late. I’m sure weight gain is not intentional, but it happens nevertheless to the best of us. But when it happens, you must decide on a plan of action to get rid of those unwanted pounds.
It’s OK to make a resolution, but most of us don’t live up to them. So scrap the resolution. Broken promises only bring more disappointment and resentment, even though we all have good intentions. The bottom line is, resolutions can work if you have a plan of action with a goal in mind and an end in sight.
Next, decide what really and truly makes you happy. Are you making a change for yourself or for someone else? If you’re not doing it for yourself, don’t do it. People will let you down and you’ll wind up adding on more weight and losing your self-esteem. Your journey shouldn’t be based on false hope and emotion anyway.
The question I’m often asked is, “What do I do to start losing weight without spending a lot of money, money that I’d spent already during the holiday season?” Well, it’s simple. It doesn’t cost money to change the way you think about food.
Change is inevitable if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. For example, think about a 21-day program that could restore your health, such as putting in perspective a meal plan consisting of breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner and another snack. Sound good so far?
Physical activity is also integral to the program – an exercise regimen anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes per day for five days a week, in any sequence, as long as it is done. Exercising doesn’t have to be strenuous. Walking will do just fine. Just do it!
If you’re game, start the New Year off with a 21-day regimen of eating healthy, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. Choose the right food to eat of course, and then start eliminating and detoxing all those environmental poisons and toxins from your body.
Try not to cook any food for the first seven days. If possible, give your body a rest and learn to juice or eat more raw vegetables so that your body can cleanse and restore itself. For some people, the task may not be as simple as it seems. But in the end, it won’t be as complicated as you think.
After the seven days are up, you can bake, broil or grill your food. Also, you’ll want to eat vegetable salads with your meals at least twice a day. Then drink plenty of pure water. No tea, sodas, alcohol or fruit juices are allowed during this time. And, by all means, find a way to relax.
The New Year is upon us. Find a way to lose the weight and restore your heath.
Happy New Year!
- Created on Thursday, 15 December 2011 11:36
Dr. Timothy Moore
Just in case you’re wondering why I’m writing about diabetes again this week, it is crucial that you get the message that diabetes is deadly if left untreated. It is a scourge; a disease that maims, afflicts and causes havoc inside the body. It will sneak up on you when you least expect it.
Diabetes will snuff out your life, too. Just imagine for a moment arriving at the doctor’s office for a routine physical and being told that your blood sugar is elevated and that you are a type II diabetic. Once the realization hits you that you’re diabetic, what do you do?
My desire is that you follow a strict diabetes prevention lifestyle starting immediately. When you get over the initial shock, start making plans to live a wholesome life. Don’t give up the fight. If you truly want to live, there is hope. There is a remedy too, which includes a lifestyle change and adhering to a diet of fresh fruit and vegetables.
I know I’m being redundant here, but I hope you understand the gravity of the problem. The statistics are alarming. No one is immune from the dread of diabetes. By now you should know that obesity and excessive weight gain are triggers that activate diabetes. In some cases, however, you don’t have to be obese to be stricken with diabetes.
The good news is you can restore your health, if you shed those unhealthy pounds. Of course, there is a possibility that you can become diabetes-free. Diabetics, however, take medication to help lower and regulate their blood sugar. But here’s the problem: One out of 30 million diabetics in America are told they’ll have to take medication for the rest of their lives.
Does this sound familiar? Have you ever gone to the doctor’s office after the initial visit only to be told that you’ve added five pounds or more to your frame and that your blood sugar is still elevated? You followed the doctor’s orders but still haven’t seen any results. I imagine the doctor would double your medication.
If this is you, the doctor most likely would schedule an appointment within 60 days to make certain that the meds he’s prescribed is working and that you’re maintaining your weight at a healthy level. But then you’ve gained more pounds and your blood sugar is still skyrocketing.
There are steps you can take to turn around the aforementioned scenarios. But first locate a doctor who understands that diabetes can be reversed. A doctor may even consider modifying the medication of his diabetic patient, or, in some cases, removing the patient off of mediation altogether. If this is the case, the healing process can start right away.
It is crucial, however, to switch to a plant-based diet, one that is low in fat and, of course, animal-free. You’ll also need to get off the couch and start exercising. This will help reduce body fat, lower blood sugar levels, and enhance weight loss, which is needed to overcome this disease.
According to The American Heart Association, diabetes can be controlled with the proper diet and lots of exercise. Don’t ignore the advice of your health care practitioner either. However, when it comes to nutrition, some of our well-known practitioners, in my opinion, don’t really push a lifestyle change or a healthy diet.
Are some folks who are convinced the disease can never be reversed deceiving diabetics? I think so. I’m also sure millions of diabetics are celebrating knowing they once grappled with the ravaging disease and beat the odds. Had they not chosen to make a lifestyle change and eat the right food, I’m certain, too, the outcome would’ve been grim – and, without a doubt, deadly.
We must take control of our bodies and make wise, healthy decisions. This is why I penned a new book called “47 Tips to Reverse Your Diabetes.” Look for it in stores near you in January 2012. It provides helpful information to rid your body of diabetes.
- Created on Thursday, 08 December 2011 11:35
Dr. Timothy Moore
Remember when you were young and living with your parents? You didn’t seem to have a care in the world, now did you? No pressure, stress or worries about keeping a roof over your head, working from “sun up to sun down” for a pay check, juggling those escalating doctor bills, and keeping food on the table.
Those were the days – some good, some, I suppose, just OK. I remember them just like yesterday – being in grade school, for example, and not having to worry or care about anything, because whatever I needed, my parents provided – even a daily course of stick-to-your-ribs food.
Time brings about a change and, along with it, myriad problems. I can recall those moments when life was simple and family camaraderie was a joy to behold. But I’m sure there are some people who wrench in pain when they find themselves replaying their lives.
It is good to reminisce, but when you’re not secure mentally, emotionally or not feeling your best physically, it would be futile, in my opinion, to push forward without addressing these problems. For one thing, what you put in your body will determine your overall health.
Let’s talk about health and how to stay healthy. By now you should know that eating nutritious food is beneficial to your mind, body and soul. You need to know your body inside and out and learn when it rejects a particular kind of food.
Most of us have health issues – from diabetes to high blood pressure to lupus to obesity. The strange thing about our society today is that we tend to believe whatever we are told without investigating to see if it would be beneficial to us or not. That includes the food we eat and the meds we take.
A lot of health problems can be prevented or reversed. Do you remember when your grandmother – or your mother for that matter – used to tell you to eat your vegetables, or the adage that “an apple a day keeps the doctor a way?” Well, we know now that your grandmother and mother were right, and the adage, too.
Time waits on no one. An unhealthy society is a dilemma that must be addressed without delay. People are getting fatter and obesity is on the rise. The statistics are alarming and looming each day. Just how many people are diabetic today? Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 259 million worldwide.
Remember when the old folks used to say someone had sugar? Now that we’re all grown up, we know now what the old folks meant the person was diabetic. There wasn’t much information at that time to really comprehend the dangers of this dreaded disease, which causes irritability, neuropathy, loss appetite, blindness, amputations and death.
Diabetes can be controlled. But those who suffer have to learn what to eat, and the right portions, of course. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that certain foods can raise your glycemic index. Some foods are beneficial; some you should avoid.
The media always report the problem to be grimmer than it actually is. Health problems can be arrested – that is, when it comes to diabetes, it can be controlled, even reversed. I’m beginning to believe it’s all about profits, how much money can be made from diabetic medications.
Is there a powerful drug that vanquishes diabetes? If you believe this, I have a bridge to sell you. Eating right and exercising are the only keys to controlling diabetes and vanquishing it altogether. You have to eat more fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and drink pure water – not juices, sodas, and alcohol beverages – to rid your body of this debilitating disease.
Your New Year’s resolution should be to live a happy, peaceful, restful and meditative life that’s free from the scourge of diabetes.
- Created on Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:34
Dr. Timothy Moore
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and the shopping rush has begun, I’m sure the stress and tension of buying gifts for loved ones will be ratcheted up several notches this holiday season.
Stress levels are always high during this time of year. It can be overbearing and even exhausting to some people who don’t have the money to buy gifts and, in some cases, food. But those who can afford to buy food don’t always buy the most nutritious food to eat.
When it comes to your health, you have to take charge. It would behoove food producers to consider the health of consumers. What if food regulators, for example, would put labels on food packages to warn of the dangers of saturated fats and other fat laden foods? They warn us about the dangers of cigarettes and alcohol. They can do the same thing with food.
There is madness in the health care world and it’s getting out of control. People are getting fatter and fatter. Who should we blame? Ourselves. We have become gluttons, eating any and everything that tastes good. If we’re not careful, most of us will become obese. It’s an American tragedy – an epidemic. I’ve written a lot about diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer and a host of other health related issues, but obesity is a problem that should not be taken for granted.
|Too much of a good thing, even Thanksgiving turkey can be bad for you. (Photo by Tyrone P. Easley)|
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every three adults is obese and one out of every six children is obese. Obesity leads to major health related issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. There is no simple solution. People just have to make better choices when preparing their meals.
Obesity costs $150 billion a year, which equates to about one out of every dollar that’s spent on healthcare. I believe the problem is with fast food restaurants. There seems to be one on every corner. I’m sure it’s the convenience of getting a meal served in less than 4 minutes that keeps us coming back. The only problem is most fast food is unhealthy.
There is a high incidence of diabetes in the African-American community – about 13 percent. But then one out of 13 Americans is diabetic according to the World Health Organization. The problem is growing exponentially. You should ask yourself: What can I do to achieve a healthy lifestyle and reduce, or reverse, those grim statistics?
Educating people about healthy foods is the first step. Just because you’re grappling with a minuscule budget doesn’t mean you can’t buy good, wholesome, quality food that’s beneficial to your overall health. It wouldn’t even hurt to ask your neighborhood grocer or market proprietor to bring in fresh fruit and vegetables. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables, of course, can control obesity.
I understand economics, but it’s a shame that neighborhood grocery stores and markets would rather put profits before health and nutrition. There is nothing wrong with making money – but at the expense of consumers who are already grappling with obesity? It’s preposterous.
The U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program, a major multicenter clinical research study nearly a decade ago, has shown that with a lifestyle change and modest weight reduction, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or even delay the onset of diabetes by 58 percent. But those who are prone to diabetes will have to consume more fruit and vegetables and switch from a meat-based diet to a plant-based diet in order to stop the onslaught of full diabetes.
Buying and cooking the right kind of food sometimes depends on which side of the track you live on. But that’s the society we live in. In my opinion, the poorer the neighborhood, the poorer the food choices. Better food is often found, not in the inner city, but in many cases in ritzier neighborhoods.
If you’d stop, observe and think about what you’re buying and putting in your mouth, you’ll be much better for it. You don’t have to be a glutton this holiday season to be happy. And, by all means, don’t stress out and over eat. Be mindful that obesity is on the rise.