03 Feb 2012
- Written by Lucy Shaw
Dear Lucy: You promised to spend February talking about love, so here is my question. I have been taught that desire is a bad and selfish thing. ...
02 Feb 2012
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
If you’re stricken with cancer, you may believe your world is coming to an end. Such was the case of a 49-year-old woman who could not see past her illness until she decided to look up and live. The thought of death was too much for her to bear because she’d be leaving six children behind.
Like anybody whose body is being ravaged by cancer, the thought of death can tax the body even further and slow the healing process. But this woman was thinking about the future of her children in the event of her death. She couldn’t focus on healing; she focused instead on all her unfulfilled dreams and aspirations.
She was troubled and afraid. The laugher was missing and the smile that once framed her face was inverted most of the time. Tears would well up in her eyes and flow like an open faucet. Did she think anyone cared? Not really, she told me. She felt alone, unable to discuss her problem, because everyone, she believed, wouldn’t understand.
People smiled in her face, she said, but she believed their smiles to be fake. No one really bothered to find out what she was going through. She believed everyone was out for his or herself and could care less about the pain that had permeated her body and the fact that she was laden with depression.
This woman actually thought the people close to her were her enemies. She was vexed by dread and doom and did not believe the positive comments and the encouraging words that she’d receive from concerned friends and loved ones. That’s because the debilitating illness that she was battling had gripped her mind and caused her to think negatively.
The diagnosis of cervical cancer was too much to bear, too much to shoulder. And like most people who are stricken with a deadly disease, questions loom: Why me? Why did this have to happen to me? Did I do anything wrong to deserve this? Why did this have to happen at this time in my life? Lord, can you give me a few more years?
After wallowing in self-pity, she soon realized that she was much to blame for her health problems. It was no one else’s fault. The problem was, and has always been, a choice of lifestyle and the kinds of food that she used to eat.
So could the inevitable be corrected to keep death at bay?
Sure. The woman was working three jobs and not getting any rest. She was constantly under stress at home and on the job in a hostile environment just to maintain shelter and provide food for her six children. She wasn’t eating right and, of course, neglected her body.
I’m certain that millions of Americans are faced with similar circumstances: They’re discovering that it’s hard dealing with cancer or any other dreaded disease. It happens to the best of us. It can slip up on you and me like a thief in the night and rob you and me of our lives.
There is good news about cancer or any other ailment. When dietary changes are implemented, the body is able to start an internal healing process in ways that most of you thought was impossible or unbelievable. You cannot listen to others. You should know your own body.
This woman had a choice to make. And it was a simple one. She realized that her health was more important than her two jobs and even her children. She started making some small changes to her diet. She also started meditating. To her surprise, she was able to regain her health and went about the rest of her life as if nothing had ever happened.
The friends and loved ones that she’d surrounded herself with were just as amazed as she was when her health improved to the point where she was no longer in the danger zone. They pelted her with questions: How did you do it? Do you still have cancer?
When I asked her how she responded to the questions, here’s what she told me: “They saw me and laughed under their breath. They had more important things to listen to than my issues. So I decided to do what was best for my family and me. I pray that no one ever has to go through the embarrassment of a life-threatening illness.”
There is an array of food that has been documented to help with cancer. Check out the website www.prevention.com
27 Jan 2012
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
Shame! Shame! Shame!
That’s what I’d said to myself after watching TV the other day and being bombarded by a number of commercials trying to entice the viewing audience to super-size the fast food meal being pitched. I couldn’t help but utter those famous words of Gomer Pyle, the naïve, dorky Marine played by Jim Nabors, whose shrilling voice spoke volumes.
After thinking about those commercials and the heavy emphasis on larger food portions, I now see why there are so many health challenges in our society. “Would you care to super-size your fries, your drink?” the attendant will ask you at most fast food restaurants.
Question: Do I really need a double portion? In my Gomer Pyle voice: “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
Sometimes it’s difficult to decide what is good and what is bad. But a double portion of anything is not always good for you. Food is enticing to begin with, but overeating is unhealthy. We tend to act on impulse and purchase food that we wouldn’t otherwise purchase. Blame the ad masters for producing those commercials that whet our appetite for scrumptious, delectable, yummy treats in double portions.
I remember those days when I would go to Krispy Kreme and watch the bakers make fresh doughnuts from scratch. I couldn’t wait to tear into one of them – or a dozen of them for that matter. The anticipation of eating hot, fresh, glazed donuts would send my taste buds into a frenzy. I couldn’t resist the temptation. The syrupy sweet treats succeeded at breaching my will power.
Shame! Shame! Shame!
There were repercussions, of course, to overeating and indulging in unhealthy food. I stand accused. For my ignorance, I picked up more weight than I’d wanted. And my health started teetering around the danger level. So I decided to make better choices in my food selection and eat healthy to stave off the imminent possibility of death. So you see, you’re not alone in this struggle.
Now that I’m a wellness coach and personal plant-based chef, I’ve devoted my life to helping others overcome the temptation of eating double portions of unhealthy food. When I receive e-mails from individuals requesting ways to resolve their health problems, I’m amazed how little they know or understand their bodies. Are we so confused about unhealthy food that we just don’t care about the risk of consumption?
Here’s what I tell my clients:
You’re in control of your own health and whatever you consume you have to take responsibility for, good or bad. Take ownership of your faults and stop blaming other individuals for your weaknesses and bad decisions. Only then will you begin to conquer your health problems.
Food can be addictive and comforting, and provide a safety net for your emotions when you know you’re totally out of control. Life has its ups and is downs, but you must chart and plan the remainder of your life living healthy. If you fall short of your goal, be strong and stand firm on your belief that you’re going to reach optimum health as long as you don’t give up.
Trying to achieve good health after the body is weakened from unhealthy food choices is difficult to correct sometimes. It all depends on you, though. Like a road map, it’s hard to get to your destination if you’re not sure where you’re going. That’s why you have to read the right literature and follow the examples of people who are turning their lives around. They’re no longer tempted by the lure of TV commercials and the forbidden doubled portions.
If you’re on a journey to health and wellness, make sure you follow the right path. Don’t waver. Don’t be misguided. Don’t be tempted by what you see and lose your mind like I did at Krispy Kreme. When I think about it, those doughnuts were super delicious, but unhealthy nonetheless.
Eating the right food in today’s society is a chore in itself, but worth every morsel of food you put in your mouth. It will keep you out of the doctor’s office and keep you looking radiant and alive. On the other hand, if you succumb to temptation, all I’m going to say is: Shame! Shame! Shame!
20 Jan 2012
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
Dr. Timothy Moore
The nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine released a list in December of five of the unhealthiest cookbooks of 2011. Several of the Food Network’s top chefs and their cookbooks made the list: “Guy Fieri Food,” Jamie Oliver’s “Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast,” “The Neely’s Celebration Cookbook,” “The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook,” and Paula Deen’s “Southern Cooking Bible.”
“The high-fat meals in these cookbooks are real recipes for disaster,” said PCRM’s Nutrition Education Director Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.
“It’s great that Jamie Oliver and other chefs are focusing on fresh and local ingredients, but some of these recipes have more calories and cholesterol than a Big Mac. The real key to healthful eating is moving away from high-fat, meaty meals that increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and cancer.”
Levin has a valid point, one that I’ve been making each week in this column: Eating the wrong food can “increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and cancer.” And eating the wrong food will even kill you. That’s a fact.
“One serving of Hot Buffalo Wings (three wings) contains 910 calories and 85 grams of fat; meat-heavy diets raise obesity risk,” the PCRM wrote about Paula Deen’s wings.
The PCRM is right in its criticism of Deen’s calorie-laden, cholesterol-raising dishes and the risky dishes of other chefs as well.
My point was proven when I read a slew of news reports recently over the Internet that Deen, the queen of Southern cooking, is stricken with type II diabetes. Now she can no longer eat the artery-clogging dishes that rocketed her to fame.
I’m not picking on Dean, but it was inevitable that her heavy-buttered dishes would be the detriment of her own health. She is not alone, though. Diabetes, digestive issues and overeating seem to be a problem for everybody. Here’s the remedy: Eat food that is rich in nutrients and full of disease fighting phytochemicals, such as bok choy, cabbage, carrots, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, asparagus, and collards.
Sorry Paula, but you cannot eat a diet rich in butter, sugar and fats and think this type of lifestyle will never catch up with you. I’m a chef myself, and I’m not the least bit surprised that Deen has become the victim of her own doing. Chefs, you see, don’t always prepare healthy dishes.
I suppose Dean will change her lifestyle. She has to if she wants to live the remainder of her life in good health. In fact, she has already begun to address her health problems. It has been reported that she will be the spokeswoman for a pharmaceutical company pushing the Novartis diabetes medication that she takes.
According to tabulated food consumption data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American eats nearly one ton of food each year, or about 2,700 calories per day. In one year, Americans eat 200 pounds of meat, 56 lbs. of corn, 415.4 lbs. of vegetables, 29 lbs. of French fries, 23 lbs. of pizza, 24 lbs. of ice cream, 273.2 lbs. of fruit, and drink 53 gallons of soda. Americans also consume 2.736 lbs. of sodium per year, which is 47 percent more than recommended.
The overindulgence of food will expand the waistline and increase the body mass index by more than 30 percent by the year 2030, “The Lancet” (thelancet.com), a prestigious print and online medical journal founded by Thomas Wakley in 1823, reported.
So reduce your consumption of food and consider the following: Swiss chard offers nearly half the recommended daily amount of vitamin A, which helps fight skin, breast, liver, colon and prostate cancers. And one cup of raspberries can offer you more than half a day’s dose of vitamin C.
It’s been reported that women who eat nuts five times per week are 27 percent less likely to develop Type II diabetes than those who don’t. The good thing about eating fruit and vegetables is that they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 20 percent when eating at least eight servings daily.
A single serving of grapefruit gives you 100 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C. Eating bok choy can boost your RDA of potassium by 8 percent. And if you eat a single cup of red cabbages, you’ll get 85 percent of all the Vitamin C you need.
I’m sure Paula Deen is familiar with the statistical data. At this juncture in her life, I believe she’ll make the right decision to eat healthy.
12 Jan 2012
- Written by Bernal E. Smith II
Bernal E. Smith II
The agenda for the Land Use Control Board meeting of Jan. 12 includes a proposal to rename Linden Ave. from Front Street to Danny Thomas after civil and human rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who met with his untimely death here in the city of Memphis.
Memphis stands as one of the few urban cities in the country without a significant street, boulevard, avenue or parkway named for King, who was arguably the most significant agent of change in the struggle for equality and justice for the oppressed – and particularly African Americans – in the history of United States. He has certainly become a global figure for nonviolent protest and peaceful demonstration towards changing severe injustice and inequity.
Given King’s lofty position as a global leader for change, one of the greatest Americans to have ever lived and certainly a significant part of the history of Memphis, the proposed stretch of road is at best inadequate to his legacy. It falls shamefully short of honoring and recognizing the comprehensive contributions made by Dr. King to the world, but more importantly the ultimate sacrifice that was paid here in this city on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.
My fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., (Alpha Delta Lambda Alumni Chapter), the first African American Greek Letter College Fraternity in the world (founded Dec. 4, 1906 at Cornell University) is offering a significant alternative proposal to the Linden proposal. The Alpha initiative is to rename South Parkway from Riverside Drive to South Cooper, Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Parkway. The expanse of South Parkway, its historical significance dating back to the early days of incorporated Memphis, the cultural heritage it represents and the current make-up of its residents and businesses makes it the most fitting location for such a proposed renaming. It certainly is a distantly better option than the Linden proposal.
I admonish the Land Use Control Board and all the members of the City Council to strongly consider the proposal by the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Do not add tarnish to the image of our City in its handling of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As we approach the celebration of his life and legacy on Monday (Jan. 16), we should take the opportunity before us to ensure his contributions to and sacrifices in Memphis receive the highest recognition available.
Certainly the truest recognition and honor to Dr. King’s legacy is our continued and demonstrated commitment of service to one another and in ensuring social, economic and educational justice and equity for all of this community’s residents. But if we must establish a marker, a gesture of honor and remembrance, let it be grand and worthy of the sacrifice that was made in Memphis on that fateful day in 1968.
(Bernal E. Smith II is President/ Publisher of The New Tri-State Defender.)
12 Jan 2012
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
In the commercial, three grannies were examining a big bun with a very small piece of meat inside. One granny removed her spectacles to examine the skimpy meat while another granny shrieked, “It certainly is a big bun,” and held the bun to her ear as if she were listening for something. Then Clara Peller uttered those famous words three times, “Where’s the beef?”
That was a commercial for the ages. However, when I look at it from a health perspective, that small piece of meat was just as unhealthy then as it is today, depending on how many servings you eat. Nowadays, fast food restaurants will supersize your meal. if you ask for it. If a small burger can clog your arteries, build plaque, and increase saturated fats, just think of what a supersized burger will do to your health.
Bigger is not always better in this case. What if you could know if you’re having a heart attack or stroke? There are warning signs, you know. What if there is scientific evidence to prove that you can protect yourself against a heart attack and stroke? Would you believe it? And if information is available, will you share it or keep it to yourself?
According to the World Health Organization, the number one cause of death is cardiovascular disease. An estimated 17.3 million individuals died from cardiovascular disease in 2008. Of that number, 7.3 million were from coronary heart disease and 6.2 million were from strokes.
By the year 2030, it is estimated that 23.6 million people will die from cardiovascular disease. And that number is expected to climb unless nutrition awareness and the benefits of physical exercise and a lifestyle change are implemented.
If you take a closer look at our food choices, it’s no wonder that the people who eat beef, pork, chicken, poultry and fish all seem to have the same health issues. If you think the meats in this list are healthy for you, you’re being misled. They’re actually causing more harm to your health.
Millions of Americans are closet eaters. They assume that as long as the food is manufactured, it should be consumed. That’s rubbish! If it is not beneficial to your health, you should leave it alone. But those taste buds will get you in trouble every time. Do you really need that Polish sausage or fried chicken sandwich?
Don’t fall for the “hokey dokey.” You don’t have to have that Polish sausage or fried chicken. If you’re ill, get your health back on track and live life to the fullest. If someone questions you about your decision to eat healthy, don’t worry. They’ll soon come to the realization that you’re doing the right thing.
A lot of people are taking the advice of individuals who are not happy themselves. So why plan your life around someone else’s opinion? As you read this, you should start taking charge of your life and start planning to eat healthy this year.
I did it. I lost 135 pounds and reversed all my health problems. I didn’t worry about the people who didn’t understand that I was merely saving my life. I did it for me. It would help, though, if your friends and loved ones support you in your efforts to regain your health. But if they don’t, proceed full-speed ahead. It’s your health and happiness that count.
There was a reason why Clara Peller asked, “Where’s the Beef?” She was selling hamburgers. The truth of the matter is you don’t need it if you want to be healthy.
Remember to start your day off with a healthy breakfast. After that, eat a salad twice a day, drink plenty of purified water, and don’t forget to get in 30-to-45 minutes of physical activity if your goal is to stay healthy. You can do it. I did.
06 Jan 2012
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
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.
29 Dec 2011
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
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!
22 Dec 2011
- Written by E Love
The neighborhood that I live in would be considered upscale to someone who’s living in, let’s say, the inner city, where the propensity for crime is greater and where blight is widespread. When I walk in my neighborhood I am conscious of the beautiful homes, well-kept lawns, and immaculate surroundings. Then I realize how fortunate and blessed I am.
This time of the year causes many of us to reflect on the things that we’ve accumulated versus the things that we desire. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, downtrodden, or whatever part of the city you live in, the holidays can put a smile on your face or turn your smile upside down. It’s a joyful time for some and a depressing time for others.
Food is a major part of the holiday season. If you’re a glutton, over-eating is not a cure-all for the multiplicity of problems that tend to surface during this time of the year. In fact, it can be detrimental to your health. Gulping down food doesn’t solve problems; it makes it worse.
Being able to enjoy food is a blessing. It is a sustainable gift that continues to enrich and fortify the body – that is if you eat the right food. This is a celebratory time of the year when food seems to be in abundance – a cornucopia of delectable food that is often arranged around kitchen tables for hungry men, women and children. But is all that food good for you?
If you’re hoping to maintain your health or restore it to optimum levels, you’ll be surprised to learn that food can heal the body as well as worsen it. Overindulging during the holiday season is just as worse. Certain foods can spike blood pressure, send the diabetic into a tailspin, and increase stomach indigestion.
If your goal is to live a wholesome, healthy lifestyle, try to eliminate fried foods and processed foods from your diet. You’ll be better for it. Plan balanced meals and learn to say no to food that can ravage the body. And if you’re one of millions planning to make a New Year’s resolution to eat healthy, don’t wait. Start today.
The holidays can be stressful. People tend to pull at you from all angles to try to get you to join in the festivities. They’ll even try to encourage you to treat yourself to harmful food and spirits, knowing you are likely to suffer the consequence. I know that peer pressure or pressure from loved ones may be difficult to avoid. But don’t sweat it. You’ll do just fine if you stick to your regimen – whatever that may be.
Friends and loved ones don’t really understand sometimes why you’re making a lifestyle change or why you’ve decided to eat healthy. Your need to change is not only hard for friends and loved ones, it’s doubly hard for you, I’m sure, because you might be accustomed to a certain way of life. Now you have to start over from scratch and, this time, watch what you eat and be mindful of how you live your life.
So the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is the gift of life. When the holiday season is over, you’ll be glad you chose a new way of life. Forget the things of the past that caused you undue stress. Start anew and take life by the reins.
If you’re cooking for the holidays, make sure you avoid harmful fat, sugar and oils. They are known to increase weight gain. Do yourself a favor and make the necessary changes to keep your body running at optimum levels. Don’t overindulge and over eat.
Before the New Year commences, remember what the Chef has said all year long: Eat your vegetables, drink plenty of water, get your proper rest, and stay away from processed food.
If you eat healthy, I’m certain you’ll enjoy the benefits of life, regardless of all the obstacles that may stand in your way. Be blessed and be safe. I look forward to helping you reach all your goals this upcoming New Year.
15 Dec 2011
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
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.
08 Dec 2011
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
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.
01 Dec 2011
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
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.
23 Nov 2011
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
It is far easier to stay the course in any area of life than change direction. But when that course is littered with unsuspecting potholes and dangerously meandering turns, it pays to change course, particularly when your health depends on it.
Life is short, the old folks used to say. But life doesn’t have to be short if you control what you put in your body. Eating the right kinds of food will keep your body working at optimum levels. Though food can be addictive, it is up to you to discern what nutrients are best for your body. There isn’t a magic bullet or a short cut to good health, though.
If you’re grappling with bad health, you could blame your parents for your growth and development when you were a child. That’s where it all began. We develop our eating habits from our parents, directly and indirectly. Each generation, for example, continues to pass those bad eating habits down until family members are stricken with high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, etc.
Are some diseases hereditary? There may be some validity to that, but most illnesses are the result of bad eating habits and total neglect of the body. If it tastes good, then it must be good. That is so not true! Cakes and pastries taste good, but too much sugar is not good for the body. Meat dishes may taste good, but a daily heaping will surely affect your health.
A healthy lifestyle starts in your mind, and once you decide to change the way you’ve always done things, you’ll discover that it’s best for the long haul. The quest for optimal health should be your goal. Some people may prefer to remain in their present condition – unhealthy. But the reality is they’ll most likely die from something that could be prevented if only they’d take time to feed the body its proper nutrients.
Age is only a number, goes the adage. For example, 50 might have seemed old at one point. But then when you reached that milestone, you really couldn’t tell the difference – unless your body was broken down or you were stricken with a disease.
Change is necessary, if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. It is not just a slogan that President Barack Obama used as a buzzword on the campaign trail. It was key to his ascension to the presidency and could be the key to your success, if you keep in mind that no one can open the door to a healthier lifestyle but you.
Food is a mystery to some people who may not be used to preparing nutritious dishes. You might want to stay away from pig’s feet and other pig products – or any meat dishes for that matter – that were cooked in lard, grease and oils and loaded with transfat. In fact, most food is actually dangerous and unhealthy when nutrients are obliterated in the cooking process, or when the choice of food is not taken into consideration in the first place.
There is nothing wrong with eating vegetables. You don’t have to eat meat to live. Some animals – other than us Homo sapiens – are meat eaters. Others feed on grass, nuts and berries – not steak, chicken, French fries or a chocolate shake. A plant-based diet loaded with vegetables and fruit will keep the body strong and fit.
A healthy lifestyle is not complicated if it’s something you want to achieve. But here again, you have to make a change, even if change means eating healthy, staking out a different environment and making new friends. Sometimes the company we keep will impede our progress and keep us mired in the muck of an unhealthy lifestyle.
I’m amazed at how much money we spend to bury our loved ones. But just think for a moment: What if that money was used on the front end of life to fortify the body with nutrients rather than on the tail end for burials? Sounds like an investment you can live with? I would hope so.
Here’s a little advice: Choose your food wisely. Read the ingredients. Fresh and unprocessed food is so much better. Now that’s change you can live with.