Killing Slowly is Fast Food

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I’m going to try my hardest not to barf on this blog! But the sight of this food makes me nauseous. Smelling it makes me queasy; even the thought of this is making me feel like I’m about to let go last night’s dinner. Yet …. I was thinking about various conversations I’ve had with people who have gotten sick from going away from fast food for a week or two and when they had a “taste” they bought that bite and became sick. And this is how it goes …

What are the effects of bad eating habits? The risks of poor nutrition

  • being overweight or obese.
  • tooth decay.
  • high blood pressure.
  • high cholesterol.
  • heart disease and stroke.
  • type-2 diabetes.
  • osteoporosis.
  • some cancers.
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More items…•Jul 26, 2019

Should we limit eating fast food because it negatively impacts our health or is it harmless?Because fast food is high in sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol, it isn’t something you should eat often. Eating too much over a long period of time can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.Oct 18, 2017 Fast Food Facts | Center for Young Women’s Health › 2013/12/05 › fast-food
Is eating fast food once a week bad? My initial answer is: It’s okay to eat at a fast food restaurant, occasionally — once a week would certainly be occasionally. In particular, if you take advantage of the many healthier options now available at most fast food restaurants. … So, yes, eating there occasionally is alright.Feb 1, 2009 Still Making Once-a-Week Fast Food Run? – ABC News › Health › WellnessResource › story

How do I stop craving fast food? Here are 11 simple ways to prevent or stop unhealthy food and sugar cravings.

  1. Drink Water. Thirst is often confused with hunger or food cravings. …
  2. Eat More Protein. …
  3. Distance Yourself From the Craving. …
  4. Plan Your Meals. …
  5. Avoid Getting Extremely Hungry. …
  6. Fight Stress. …
  7. Take Spinach Extract. …
  8. Practice Mindful Eating.

More items… •Jan 18, 2016 11 Ways to Stop Cravings for Unhealthy Foods and Sugar – Healthline › nutrition › 11-ways-to-stop-food-cravings

Is it OK to have a cheat day once a week? A regular higher-calorie day, with boundaries, can help a diet, though. I recommend 2,000 calories once a week, and I also recommend adding one “cheat food” to your calorie allowance every day. This helps keep you from feeling deprived and from waiting all week for a weekend binge. Mar 6, 2012 Cheat Days: Good or Bad? | Jillian Michaels › blog › food-and-nutrition › cheat-days-good-or-…

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Instead … if you just have to pick up a fast food try Subway! It’s healthy and delicious! It’s filling and a foot long does the trick! Let’s keep our temple (body) healthy and moving because, eventually, it will stop moving! (lol)

Blog Fridays: The “P” Word To Life

Good morning ladies and gents! Each of us seek, in some way, to better our lives. It’s why we awaken to go to work; further our education; etc. We believe that as we consistently meet the “requirements” of everyday the cushion we’ve imagined, eventually, will be at its best! Why else would we strive to work with a boss who may get on our nerves; even if we’re the boss and we’re looking in the mirror (lol)?

There are several wholesome ways to change our lives. I’m sure you can think of a few right off the top of your head but what should be at the top of the list?

I go to the gym 5 days a week around 2 to 330 in the morning (usually around 330 it just depends on if I was able to sleep the night before if I go at 2)! I’ve, recently, increased my goal to burn 1300 calories or more a day. Can you believe I sometimes push this up to 1400? Yes, I’m losing it (lol). It’s overload (lol).

So, what’s that one thing (step) that will change your life? ….

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This blog is to be straight and to the point. Planning is key to functionality. I don’t function very well when things are disarray. I tell those who live their lives “all over the place” to start to organize. They have a fair question: how do I become organize? Funny, sometimes they ask how do they become “more” organize. You first must show the qualities of organization before “more” to apply (lol).

In each of us lies the ability to be consistent. It doesn’t matter if it is as small as watching a favorite TV program every week. That same time and day is a starter. Some may wonder why didn’t I use going to work as the example. Well, it’s because those who are inconsistent (all over the place type thing) will, eventually show this in the workplace. There’s a friend of mine who USED to be this way. She found a job and then lost it approximately 6 to 7 months later. The reason: she started showing up late; calling off; wasn’t completing standardize tasks within a day/week’s time. The job let her go. She went without work for a long period of time! This behavior (for a lack of a better word) was shown in her marriage and parenting. Her and her husband broke up (this particular one; she’s been married a few times) and a big part of why the relationships she got into was because of this pattern! It’s not her testimony now, but it sure was then!

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She began to see it! She recognized the inconsistency and started taking small steps. She currently is working a full time job and in a committed relationship! I asked her if she thought of marrying the significant other, but she said “Yeah, I don’t know about all that!” (lol). She said she’s not in any hurry considering her past. Jumping into something is not what she wants to do. Taking things slow, planning ahead has become the ideal!

You can do it! Grab hold to the one thing that you do consistently (again, preferably wholesome) and take it from there. Create a plan in other areas and set your mind to do it! Rather it’s weight loss, money management, consistency to building relationships with children, church, writing, etc., make it happen!

Amber Alerts: A Silent Prayer

Amber Hagerman

The Amber Alert first started back in 1996 when a little girl, 9 years old, was abducted in Arlington, Texas. Unfortunately, two days later, she was found with multiple cut wounds to the neck. AMBER acronym is America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, but was derived from the little girl whose name was Amber Hagerman.

I am writing about this because, I’m sure as I did, you received an alert over the weekend to look out for a red Hyundai Elantra with CA license plate: 5SKT544. It rang off and on all weekend! But … it finally stopped!

For the first time, Sunday morning, I found myself looking for a color, car model and license plate number. It’s amazing that, across the US, we all receive these alerts to be of help to police. No, I may not be in the area but … for whatever reason, I decided to look. I’m not sure what got to me this time, but I found myself looking … just in case.

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The little boy John Weir … RIP

Were you (or are you) like me and just pushed the button to make the cell phone shut up? Did you ignore it and continue about your day? Did you figure you wouldn’t be of service anyway so “no big deal?” Hmmm, I don’t think I thought “I didn’t care,” but I think my actions did! When I was on the freeway I just started looking. I don’t really pay attention to people’s license plate. Every once in a while it will catch my attention because there would be some catchy name, otherwise, I really don’t pay attention. My favorite color is purple so I pay a great deal of attention to purple vehicles. A hard truth is …. “Wow, I’m truly sorry!”

I realize I can’t carry this guilt forever. I have to take this awareness I have and keep going. To become more involved. Not be so quick to quiet my phone but to look; say a prayer … be active. No, as stated earlier, the alert may not even be in your area but a prayer for that situation goes along way. We are the United States of America. Perhaps, we need to be what our country supposedly stands for: UNIFIED!

Blog Fridays: Organic vs Non Organic

So, a few Sundays back I was told that I needed to switch to an all organic diet to help my physical body. It was said that it would help me sleep at night. What the person didn’t know was that I had already begun to switch certain foods to organic but didn’t think of it as a means to getting actual sleep (cause sleep and I haven’t been joining together in holy matrimony lol) nor it aiding my actual health.

I know there are many notions out there about organic foods. Some positives and negatives. Organic refers to the process of how certain foods are produced. They have been grown or famed without artificial chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified organisms. Organic grown crops tend to be naturally fertilized with such products as manure.

Okay! Gotta sidebar for a second. It is absolutely amazing of how manure is used to fertilize the crop. We actually live in a world where all events has happened already. Can you imagine that your tomorrow has already been experienced by someone else years ago male or female? Surly, they probably responded to the event(s) differently but the fact that it’s been done already is fascinating. As Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV – New International Version) states “What has been will be again …” which simply means we’re not doing anything new. I know some may think that technology proves otherwise, however, this isn’t true. Once the Edison discovered how to put that stream of electricity in what we, still, use today as the light bulb, technology would be nothing. What has happen throughout history is imaginative intellectuals being able to improve on what has ALREADY been done!

I digress …

I decided to share with the “organic” change with some people to see what they thought. One of those people, of course, was my Dad. He had an interesting take. His take is that first off the person should pay for me to switch to organic since it’s so expensive (he is something else yawl lol). And, organic is based on the individuals who grow (produce) food. He used to work for a season’s company {if you use seasons/or spices such as spaghetti, taco, garlic, etc., mix he likely was a part of the reason why you purchased this dry good}. He said that they used organic products for their seasoning, however, it isn’t like other companies. It will depend on the individuals!

Is he correct? Is this the general consensus for those who are handling our food that we buy? I am curious. Please, what’s your take?

Is Pork Good For You? I Was SHOCKED to Read This

Fifteen years ago I took pork out of my diet. Truthfully, it was due to a relationship I was involved in. He didn’t eat pork and since a discussion of marriage was a part I, personally, decided to stop eating it. No one forced this choice. I chose it because I was willing to sacrifice something that wasn’t that big of a deal to me. I’ve never really been a pork eater in the first place so it really wasn’t that hard. Today, I still don’t really eat it but on occasion when I want a delicious hotdog! Yummy to the tummy! (LOL). They’re delicious! Don’t get me wrong, I eat the turkey and chicken ones too, but sometimes you just gotta have one that is mixed with chicken, pork, and turkey …. Now, I want a hotdog and it’s only 6 in the morning! (lol)

Ellie Krieger
Columnist, Food

Here is the article I found dated in July 2017 by Ellie Krieger …

How does pork fit into a healthy diet? For the answer, more than reading between the lines, you need to read between the slogans.

On one side there is “Eat More Bacon,” a cheer embraced by those rebelling against mainstream health advice who have either bought into an alternative all-you-can-eat approach to saturated fat or who want to snub wellness culture altogether. Emblazoned on T-shirts, throw pillows, bumper stickers and coffee mugs, the phrase has become more than a saying — it is a way of life. On the other side, there is “The Other White Meat,” one of the most memorable taglines in modern advertising, which, according to the National Pork Board’s website, was designed to “dispel pork’s reputation as a fatty protein” and promote it as lean, versatile and nutritious.On one side there is “Eat More Bacon,” a cheer embraced by those rebelling against mainstream health advice who have either bought into an alternative all-you-can-eat approach to saturated fat or who want to snub wellness culture altogether. Emblazoned on T-shirts, throw pillows, bumper stickers and coffee mugs, the phrase has become more than a saying — it is a way of life.

Both slogans compel you to put more pig on your plate, but depending on how you do it, that may or may not be a good idea.

Pork has more going for it nutritionally than you may realize. It is a powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals — just three ounces of cooked lean pork covers you for more than a third of the daily requirement for thiamin, niacin, selenium and vitamin B6. Plus it is rich in vitamin B12, potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc. That palm-size amount of meat also gives you 22 grams of high-quality protein. Although I object to today’s inescapable trend that equates the word “protein” with “healthy,” there is no doubt that it is critical to get enough of the nutrient.

[Pork, peanuts and pesto — a healthful trifecta]

Research suggests that there are benefits, especially in maintaining muscle mass for those trying to lose weight and for older adults, to getting at least 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day, somewhat more than the official Recommended Daily Intake. (That translates to 0.45 grams per pound, which comes to 68 grams a day for a 150-pound person.) Although most adults, especially men, already exceed that higher number, about 8 percent of teenage girls and elderly people do not meet even their basic protein requirements. A nice pork chop could help.

Notice I specified “lean” when lauding the meat’s nutritional benefits — that’s because the leaner the cut, the more concentrated its healthy properties. As you get into fattier cuts and cured pork products like bacon and sausage, you dilute the benefits while piling on the calories, saturated fat and sodium. For comparison, consider the leanest cut of pork, the tenderloin, which is as lean as a skinless chicken breast. It has just 120 calories, 1 gram of saturated fat and 50 mg of sodium in three cooked ounces. The same amount of bacon has 466 calories, 12 grams of saturated fat and 1870 mg of sodium — more than half a day’s worth of saturated fat and salt. Tenderloin and bacon come from a pig, but nutritionally speaking, they are two different animals.

In other words, “Eat More Bacon” may be fun on a retro-looking sign in your kitchen, but it’s not a healthy eating strategy. Go ahead and embrace fat — you have my blessing on that — but the scientific evidence, and even the fine print in the work of some of the most ardent fatvocates, points to the fats from healthy oils, nuts, seeds and fish as the ones to focus on. The message was loud and clear in the presidential advisory from the American Heart Association published in the journal Circulation last month: “We conclude strongly that lowering intake of saturated fat and replacing it with unsaturated fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, will lower the incidence of [cardiovascular disease].” There are several pork cuts that are very low in saturated fat — seven cuts meet the Agriculture Department’s definition for lean or extra lean — and they generally have the word “loin” in their name. But a whole pig only has so much loin. If we were all eating just lean cuts, what would happen to the rest of the pig — the hock, the shoulder, the belly and more?In other words, “Eat More Bacon” may be fun on a retro-looking sign in your kitchen, but it’s not a healthy eating strategy. Go ahead and embrace fat — you have my blessing on that — but the scientific evidence, and even the fine print in the work of some of the most ardent fatvocates, points to the fats from healthy oils, nuts, seeds and fish as the ones to focus on. The message was loud and clear in the presidential advisory from the American Heart Association published in the journal Circulation last month: “We conclude strongly that lowering intake of saturated fat and replacing it with unsaturated fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, will lower the incidence of [cardiovascular disease].”

My solution (if you want to eat pork at all) is to veer away from the bacon gorgers and white-meat pushers and enjoy a balanced and conscientious whole-hog approach. That means having an occasional meal in which pork tenderloin medallions or other lean cuts take center stage, but also using fattier parts now and then, cooking them so you can render their fat out and/or using them as a flavoring element rather than a main course.

[Why Americans are eating more pork now than they have in decades]

For example, if you cook some fatty pork shoulder a day before you plan to eat it, then chill the meat in the refrigerator overnight, skim off most of the fat the next day and you’ll have lean and luscious pulled pork for sandwiches or tacos. You can use the same technique with pork stew, which you can also load up with beans and vegetables. Pork bones and meat make for a deeply flavorful stock that can also be skimmed of fat. And although fresh pork is healthier than salted and cured, you can still use small amounts of bacon or sausage to season a big batch of kale or collards or a pot of beans. If it sounds like something your grandma might have done, that’s the idea.

Although pork can be a good choice, does that mean you should be eating more of it? For the answer, the critical question to ask yourself is “instead of what?” Many health-minded eaters who feel like they are going to start clucking if they eat more chicken are overjoyed at the good-for-you possibilities with pork. If you are getting out of a poultry rut by cooking a pork tenderloin, making a homemade pork stew instead of ordering pizza, or grilling marinated pork chops instead of your usual fatty beef ribeye, then you are on the right track. But although pork clearly has its pluses, most of us would benefit from getting more of our protein from plants (nuts, seeds and beans) and seafood.

This is, wow, huh?!

5 Truths You Need to Know About Vaping

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Compared to cigarette smokers, e-cigarette users are more likely to perceive e-cigarettes as less harmful than cigarettes, the research finds. However, even among e-cigarette users, the percentage of those who perceived e-cigarettes to be more harmful than cigarettes increased significantly from 2012 to 2017. Mar 29, 2019

Michael Joseph Blaha, M.D., M.P.H.

If you have thought about trying to kick a smoking habit, you’re not alone. Nearly seven out of 10 smokers say they want to stop. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health — smoking harms nearly every organ in your body, including your heart. Nearly one-third of deaths from heart disease are the result of smoking and secondhand smoke.

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You might be tempted to turn to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as a way to ease the transition from traditional cigarettes to not smoking at all. But is smoking e-cigarettes (also called vaping) better for you than using tobacco products? Can e-cigarettes help you to stop smoking once and for all? Michael Blaha, M.D., M.P.H., director of clinical research at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, shares the truth about vaping. 

Truth No. 1: Vaping Is Less Harmful Than Traditional Smoking.

E-cigarettes heat nicotine (extracted from tobacco), flavorings and other chemicals to create a water vapor that you inhale. Regular tobacco cigarettes contain 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic. While we don’t know exactly what chemicals are in e-cigarettes, Blaha says “there’s almost no doubt that they expose you to fewer toxic chemicals than traditional cigarettes.” 

Truth No. 2: Vaping Is Still Bad for Your Health.

Nicotine is the primary agent in both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and it is highly addictive. It causes you to crave a smoke and suffer withdrawal symptoms if you ignore the craving. Nicotine is also a toxic substance. It raises your blood pressure and spikes your adrenaline, which increases your heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack.

There are many unknowns about vaping, including what chemicals make up the vapor and how they affect physical health over the long term. “People need to understand that e-cigarettes are potentially dangerous to your health,” says Blaha. “You’re exposing yourself to all kinds of chemicals that we don’t yet understand and that are probably not safe.”

Truth No. 3: Electronic Cigarettes Are Just as Addictive as Traditional Ones.

Both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes contain nicotine, which research suggests may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine. What’s worse, says Blaha, many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine than they would from a tobacco product — you can buy extra-strength cartridges, which have a higher concentration of nicotine, or you can increase the e-cigarette’s voltage to get a greater hit of the substance.

Truth No. 4: Electronic Cigarettes Aren’t the Best Smoking Cessation Tool.

Although they’ve been marketed as an aid to help you quit smoking, e-cigarettes have not received Food and Drug Administration approval as smoking cessation devices. A recent study found that most people who intended to use e-cigarettes to kick the nicotine habit ended up continuing to smoke both traditional and e-cigarettes.

Truth No. 5: A New Generation Is Getting Hooked on Nicotine.

Among youth, e-cigarettes are more popular than any traditional tobacco product. In 2015, the U.S. surgeon general reported that e-cigarette use among high school students had increased by 900 percent, and 40 percent of young e-cigarette users had never smoked regular tobacco.

According to Blaha, there are three reasons e-cigarettes may be particularly enticing to young people. First, many teens believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking. Second, e-cigarettes have a lower per-use cost than traditional cigarettes. Finally, vape cartridges are often formulated with flavorings such as apple pie and watermelon that appeal to younger users.

Both youths and adults find the lack of smoke appealing. With no smell, e-cigarettes reduce the stigma of smoking.

“What I find most concerning about the rise of vaping is that people who would’ve never smoked otherwise, especially youth, are taking up the habit,” says Blaha. “It’s one thing if you convert from cigarette smoking to vaping. It’s quite another thing to start up nicotine use with vaping. And, it often leads to using traditional tobacco products down the road.”

Mirror Reflects: Bitterness

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Rocky Palermo, victim in Las Vegas shooting

Reflection for the day looks back at the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada when Stephen Paddock decides to fire into a country concert. As reporters tend to do, they researched his background to make a connection; ultimately, to explain the, possible, reasons for his actions. It is what we do as a collective. The biggest question most of us ask is why. It is dire to know and understand whatever the situation. Upon discovery, Paddock had a basic life. He showed no signs that would lead him to such a horrendous act. So what triggered this out pour of violence?

Compounds of consistent ________ (fill in the blank because you know your personal experiences) will cause a reaction of any sort. Good! Bad! Or indifferent! It is a part of our makeup. Notice the word compound. Strong within itself, in context, means to worsen, intensify the negative aspects of. And this is done consistently or constant; ongoing. How can good be put into this case? Because it is based off a person’s view. Sometimes another person sees their admiration as good or “okay,” when in truth it has become a stalking situation. Recently, my brother was showing me an Insta-gram about Fred Hammond (famous Gospel artist) who went on social media to address a woman who has been stalking him. He did this, though trying other ways but unsuccessful, because she had begun to become violent. She tried to run into his vehicle’s door and trying to bring harm to others connected to him. He let us know that he had repeatedly said no to this woman but she, evidently, refused to take heed. She believes her advances are just and … well, whatever her demented reasons are.

Bitterness is anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment. This type of emotion doesn’t happen right away. It usually displays itself after a long period has passed. I gather with Mr. Paddock something of the sort took place in his life. Continued disappointment will bring you to this place. I liken it to depression. When depression hit me back in 2011 it was the result of the “compounded consistency.” After the Vegas incident I thought of my own situation. Why didn’t I get to that point to want to commit violence? If you’ve read any previous posts I talked about the battle of anger. Its recollect is anger is controlled; rage isn’t. Maybe that’s what happened. Mr. Paddock reached a point of rage.

When you can find no “evidence” that would lead to such cases … of course, there is the underlying “unseen” {or maybe dismissed} evidence of bitterness set in and not handled properly. As you look into the mirror what do you see? When you are the mirror for others what do you see? But maybe the question should be … are you trying, even want to, see what’s being reflected?