- Created on Friday, 20 January 2012 11:40
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.
- Created on Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:39
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.
- 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.