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Physical Fitness • Re: 1 in 3 Adult Americans are obese

February 22, 2017 rickdun 0

Too much Burger King, McDonalds, ready meals you throw in the micro-wave and plain being lazy americans. People don’t want to exercise, play sports, do a hard days labor, they want to play on the computer, I-phone, I-pads, watch TV hours on end and so on and so forth. Just look at all the garbage kids eat today and you have your answer. You are what you eat.

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Physical Fitness • Re: 1 in 3 Adult Americans are obese

February 22, 2017 Cast Iron 0
NJMike wrote:
This is in part the fault of the Nixon administration and his Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz. There are many articles on this. Here’s one focusing on some of the policies:
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/27 … n-20120627

And that article’s excerpt of a passage from The Guardian:

The story begins in 1971. Richard Nixon was facing re-election. The Vietnam war was threatening his popularity at home, but just as big an issue with voters was the soaring cost of food. If Nixon was to survive, he needed food prices to go down, and that required getting a very powerful lobby on board — the farmers. Nixon appointed Earl Butz, an academic from the farming heartland of Indiana, to broker a compromise. Butz, an agriculture expert, had a radical plan that would transform the food we eat, and in doing so, the shape of the human race.

Butz pushed farmers into a new, industrial scale of production, and into farming one crop in particular: corn. U.S. cattle were fattened by the immense increases in corn production. Burgers became bigger. Fries, fried in corn oil, became fattier. Corn became the engine for the massive surge in the quantities of cheaper food being supplied to American supermarkets: everything from cereals, to biscuits and flour found new uses for corn. […]

By the mid-70s, there was a surplus of corn. Butz flew to Japan to look into a scientific innovation that would change everything: the mass development of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or glucose-fructose syrup as it’s often referred to in the UK, a highly sweet, gloppy syrup, produced from surplus corn, that was also incredibly cheap. HFCS had been discovered in the 50s, but it was only in the 70s that a process had been found to harness it for mass production. HFCS was soon pumped into every conceivable food: pizzas, coleslaw, meat. It provided that “just baked” sheen on bread and cakes, made everything sweeter, and extended shelf life from days to years.

Bottom line- the changes put in by Butz created bigger butz in the end.

Well said, NJMike.

Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:08 pm


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Physical Fitness • Re: 1 in 3 Adult Americans are obese

February 22, 2017 NJMike 0

This is in part the fault of the Nixon administration and his Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz. There are many articles on this. Here’s one focusing on some of the policies:
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/27 … n-20120627

And that article’s excerpt of a passage from The Guardian:

The story begins in 1971. Richard Nixon was facing re-election. The Vietnam war was threatening his popularity at home, but just as big an issue with voters was the soaring cost of food. If Nixon was to survive, he needed food prices to go down, and that required getting a very powerful lobby on board — the farmers. Nixon appointed Earl Butz, an academic from the farming heartland of Indiana, to broker a compromise. Butz, an agriculture expert, had a radical plan that would transform the food we eat, and in doing so, the shape of the human race.

Butz pushed farmers into a new, industrial scale of production, and into farming one crop in particular: corn. U.S. cattle were fattened by the immense increases in corn production. Burgers became bigger. Fries, fried in corn oil, became fattier. Corn became the engine for the massive surge in the quantities of cheaper food being supplied to American supermarkets: everything from cereals, to biscuits and flour found new uses for corn. […]

By the mid-70s, there was a surplus of corn. Butz flew to Japan to look into a scientific innovation that would change everything: the mass development of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or glucose-fructose syrup as it’s often referred to in the UK, a highly sweet, gloppy syrup, produced from surplus corn, that was also incredibly cheap. HFCS had been discovered in the 50s, but it was only in the 70s that a process had been found to harness it for mass production. HFCS was soon pumped into every conceivable food: pizzas, coleslaw, meat. It provided that “just baked” sheen on bread and cakes, made everything sweeter, and extended shelf life from days to years.

Bottom line- the changes put in by Butz created bigger butz in the end.

Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:33 am


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Physical Fitness • Re: 1 in 3 Adult Americans are obese

February 22, 2017 Cast Iron 0
JayJay wrote:

Cast Iron wrote:Read an article concerning farmers were never fat, until the recent fifty or so years.

The author commented new tractors come with cup holders, GPS, and USB ports as standard equipment.

But, isn’t that the beginning of GMO and additives in our foods?? Also, commercial foods in grocery stores began to be popular then.

A most excellent observation.

Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:07 am


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Physical Fitness • Re: 1 in 3 Adult Americans are obese

February 22, 2017 JayJay 0
Cast Iron wrote:
Read an article concerning farmers were never fat, until the recent fifty or so years.

The author commented new tractors come with cup holders, GPS, and USB ports as standard equipment.

But, isn’t that the beginning of GMO and additives in our foods?? Also, commercial foods in grocery stores began to be popular then.

Statistics: Posted by JayJay — Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:42 am


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Physical Fitness • Re: 1 in 3 Adult Americans are obese

February 22, 2017 angie_nrs 0

If you need more proof about what you should weigh, dig out some photos of your grandparents or try on clothes left over from the 20s and 30s and 40s. quote: Senah

Funny you should mention that Senah. I just got done going through an old family photo book. You know, the black and white pictures with the wire rimmed or cat lady glasses where nobody smiles. :rofl: It is just AMAZING to not see any overweight people, let alone obese people. There are families of my parents (and their immediate families), grandparents (with families), great grandparents, etc. The pictures ranged from the late 1800’s to around 1965. How many fat people did I see?? ZERO! That is just unheard of these days. My parents were just crazy thin as teenagers! The only person I saw that had any hint of a gut was an old dude with a cane sitting in a chair. He was probably in his 80’s or 90’s…..not fat, but not thin either.

Heck, even in the 70’s and 80’s there weren’t that many fat people. In grade school, (in my small class of about 55) I only recall 2 heavy people. I’ve seen some current grade school classes and it’s frightening. Technology has not improved the health, happiness, or intelligence of the masses IMHO. We eat more and move less. We also eat non-nutritious food. Grandma never looked at a food label and she’s 99 now. She made meals every day (with the help of her daughters). How many people today make meals from scratch at home EVERY day for every meal? She also worked as a nurse. No wonder she never had problems sleeping at night. I wonder how many folks would suffer from insomnia if they kept her schedule?

I think even our grown food has less nutritional value than it did just 20-50 years ago. In the book “Magnesium Miracle” it mentions that it’s nearly impossible to get adequate Mg from just food these days b/c the soil is depleted and the fertilizers are not putting it back into the soil. Eating has become a hobby and an emotional crutch for many . I don’t think there’s any way to turn this train around. I think the cards are definitely stacked against us. I’m not saying it’s an impossible task….but I think it’s much more difficult today than it used to be. Being a normal weight 50 years ago…….was just…….well, normal. It kinda makes me wonder what “normal” will be like in 50 years from now? :eek:

Statistics: Posted by angie_nrs — Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:08 pm


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Physical Fitness • Re: What diet one should follow to stay fit.

February 16, 2017 Aldstan 0

I’ve seen some pretty solid answers to this question in this thread, but there’s a few things I’d like to share that are key.

First of all, what is “fit” to you? A person can be several kinds of “fit” and still be terribly unhealthy, and likewise, it’s also possible for a person to be overweight and still be comparatively healthy internally. So, are we talking mechanical health or physiological health?

In terms of the mechanical (bones and muscles) the best thing you can do is just keep moving. Never sit in a chair if you can avoid it. For one, sitting shortens the soaz muscles in our abdomen, and when this happens, our lower back hurts us when we stand because they are pulled taut. Just a little tip.

Now in terms of our overall health, I’ll leave you with this: the gut is the gateway to everything. It is impossible to be healthy without a healthy gut. Seventy percent of our immune system is located there. The lower gastro-intestinal (GI) tract is where we absorb our nutrition. Unfortunately, most Americans have terribly compromised gut health due to our diets. For example, many people may think that they are not gluten sensitive, but the truth is, gluten harms all of us the same way (we’re just in different stages of deterioration). Gluten flattens the villi in our intestines, making it extremely difficult for them to pick up nutritional elements. Additionally, gluten further damages the lining of our intestines by causing micro-separations in the walls. When the integrity of our intestinal walls is compromised, particles seep through creating the condition known as “Leaky gut syndrome”. Whatever leaks into the bloodstream in this fashion causes an inflammatory reaction as the immune system is triggered to respond. This is one of the main causes of food allergies as various food elements get flagged by the immune system as toxins.

Fortunately, through time and self-control this damage can be reversed and we can even do away with certain food allergies. But it is a long and initially arduous process. It requires a complete lifestyle revolution, but it is definitely worth it when you see complaints you’ve lived with for years begin to resolve. My own wife was poisoned by heavy metals: mercury, lead, and copper (in small amounts, the body needs copper, but an overdose wreaks havoc on the hormones). For a few years, we were afraid it was going to kill her, as her body was wracked with terrible pain every day. But through desperate study we were shown by great doctors like Joseph Mercola (see Mercola.com) what we needed to do. We began revolutionizing our diets and our lifestyle. I won’t go into all of the things we did now, and in fact, we’re still on the path to better health after seven years, but regarding healing the gut for overall better health, I’ll leave you with these pointers that you can look into. 1) Intermittent fasting. 2) Probiotics. (The best probiotic we’ve ever tried comes from The Global Healing Center and can also be found at the Infowars store). 3) Aloe Vera flakes. 4) Wheat grass juice. (Not gluten in spite of the name.)

Finally, I’ll share two tips about proper eating habits that I’ve picked up from a gastroenterologist. Chew your food very thoroughly and eat slow. Ideally we should be chewing each bite about 50-70 times (however much is necessary) to practically liquefy our food before we swallow. The reasons for this are two-fold. First: it spares the gut a lot of mechanical work, making digestion more comfortable. Second: when we chew we produce an alkaline enzyme in our saliva which begins the chemical process of breaking down our food. Along with the acidic digestive acids in our gut, the two are able to chemically break apart all of the necessary elements of our food.
The last tip is to wait at least two hours between our final meal of the day and the time we lie down to sleep. When we lie down, our body begins to shift into sleep mode. In this mode, digestion simply does not occur, so anything that you eat before bed basically becomes poop. (Unless you ate a lot of simple sugars, in which case your food becomes visceral body fat.)

That’s all for now. I hope this helps someone.
Peace be with you.

Statistics: Posted by Aldstan — Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:42 am


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Physical Fitness • Re: Vitamins , which ones to take?

February 16, 2017 Aldstan 0

Because most people misunderstand how “vitamin” D works (it’s actually a hormone produced in the body), they end up missing out on the benefits of optimum levels. Most Americans are sadly deficient, including even myself (the working lifestyle is a hard fix). So I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned that will hopefully help out.

First, Vitamin D is created when sunlight lands on the skin and mixes with cholesterol on the skin. This cholesterol is present on our skin in our body oils. Once Vitamin D has formed, it begins to absorb into the skin. It can take hours after a sun exposure to absorb all of the Vitamin D that has been created on our epidermis. When we excessively shower (we’ve become a once-a-day culture thanks to the keen marketing of toiletry producers in the early Twentieth Century) we wash away these essential body oils, along with whatever Vitamin D we are carrying around unabsorbed. Most of us go in and shower after we get out in the sun because we don’t want to feel sweaty and stink. (Usually our sweat stinks because our bodies are trying to detox but we don’t understand and feel pressured by our peers to be “clean”.)

My best recommendation here is to get out and experience real life in the outdoors, stop dousing yourselves with chemical cocktails every day (the FDA does not require companies to list all of the ingredients in their personal care products due to proprietary laws), and finally, learn to look upon your pampered friends with pity when they are trying to pity you for smelling like a barn. They don’t understand, and it’s leading them to cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Last of all, regarding Vitamin D in the summer, if you suspect you are deficient, by all means find a good supplement (one made from lanolin would be best), but if you are living a natural lifestyle, try not to worry too much about it. You see, our bodies are designed to cope with the cycles of nature, which is why some nutritionists recommend eating foods in season. I firmly believe that if we are living as naturally as possible, with a good understanding of the great herbal medicines in our environment, and taking into account the nutritional changes wrought in our food supply, we should always enjoy good health.

Statistics: Posted by Aldstan — Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:06 am