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HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IS NOT FRIEND: Part 3

Posted by Saito on December 30, 2008

Let’s bring another light to the subject of HFCS. Deep info on how it EFFECTS you…

In Suzanne Summers latest book “Breakthrough” she mentions that HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) is a brain stimulant O.o, which isn’t a good thing you see…you gain instant energy from it and it wears your brain/body down while giving you this energy, which only breaks your body :/.

Now you know it brings in extra weight to your body BUT do you know how quickly it effects?

Now I personally have experienced the rapid changes of HFCS for my entire life! But I didn’t really hit it bad till I had an accident, I ruptured my spleen (extremely gross) and that put me out of exercise for six months…though I healed and my spleen did as well I was in bad shape after all that time. JUST IN SIX MONTHS I WAS OVER WEIGHT!! I was eating normal everyday food you would find from a grocery store and in six months I was overweight…this just didn’t settle with me at ALL! I had to get rid of all the extra weight…so I started to learn more about staying healthy at that time of my life, studying techniques, health products, personal experiences from others you know ANYTHING that could truly help me…and so after three years (this whole problem started when I was ten lol and I am now fifteen O.o) of watching and learning about the food market I learned about HFCS. I was of course STUNNED by what I learned…it was in (as I stated before in my other posts) mostly everything we owned for food lol. It brings in the pounds, it wore me down so I couldn’t have the energy to get better and I was always tired…one day my family and I decided that we should shop differently from then on. We found our favorite super market called Trader Joe’s, I know I’ve spoken about it before but not as much as I am now. It has to be one of the best organic food markets out there, it has the best quality food my family and I have EVER tasted it’s so awesome :D. Once we went over there to get our food products we found that all of their food contained NO HFCS!! It was great! We were total Trader Joe’s shoppers from then on, I lost the weight I used to have just by eating their food and finally gaining the energy to lift weights, exercise and finally just RUN for the fun of it…

So yeah all of this was because of High Fructose Corn Syrup…none of it was fun for me. Look believe me it’s so worth getting off of HFCS it really is…you WILL see benefits from staying away from HFCS. Though it may take a while to get off of it just try to stay away from it and you will see results.

Heh well that’s what HFCS did to me…stay tuned for the next update :D.

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This Teens Weight Loss Plan Holiday Special: Aftermath

Posted by Saito on December 29, 2008

Whoa! That was a great Christmas! I’m sure everybody had great quality time with family and friends, but we still have one holiday left AND leftovers.

Now I don’t know about you guys but I would LOVE some of the sugary treats from a Christmas feast, and I know I can do it the smart way. I just simply balance my intake :D. We had pre-made cheesecake (just to warn you guys, normally if you buy something from a store that is pre-made it could very much so have High Fructose Corn Syrup mixed in, so be careful how much cheese cake you have and try to have it plain since the pre-made cherry dressing normally contains HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) as a sweetener yuck) this time for Christmas, I see a slice AND I WANT IT! But I know it’s just processed sugar…what can I do to balance the bad sugar with?

Well I take an orange or strawberry and I eat it with my cheesecake, I eat the cheesecake and gain a lot of sugar…but if I balance it with NATURAL sugar it seems to dilute the other bad sugar. Afterwords I make a nice microwaved ham sandwich, I don’t put cheese on my sandwich I put other things I like on it and with it; like mushrooms or avocado’s after it’s done cooking, with a dill pickle on the side. After eating that I wash it all down with fresh, cold milk (or water or tea)…yum…

That’s ONE scenario, that is not the only sugary treat I have after Christmas…

I have three other treats I’d like to discuss: Chocolate Pudding Pie, Apricot Scones and Hot Chocolate (very good)

1. I enjoy Chocolate Pudding Pie, it’s fantastic!

When I see a pie slice of Chocolate Pudding Pie I have to have it! So when I take out a slice I like to dilute my sugar intake. I have a glass of milk so it runs down smoothly, then I have some eggs over easy to go with it. It’s very nice and warm when I have eggs over easy and it’s pretty simple to cook up. I feel satisfied and healthy after eating both the Chocolate Pudding Pie and the eggs over easy it settles well.

2. Apricot Scones are one of the best breakfast treats you could have in the morning…

But they are also very fattening lol. So with my Apricot Scones I make oatmeal. I normally pour some brown sugar on top of it (I suggest if you have a Trader Joe’s In you’re area try and get Brown Sugar from there, it’s organic and natural :D) it just gives it that kick you need to have a great oatmeal breakfast, after eating all of that I wash it down either with Orange Juice or Milk (both will work and if your Lactose Intolerant just take the Orange Juice)

3. Last but not least HOT CHOCOLATE!

I don’t know what everybody normally uses to make Hot Chocolate, and I know it’s pretty convenient to make from a packet, but that normally contains unhealthy processed sugar and other ingredients that our body’s don’t need…my mother though has found a way to avoid all of that. She makes homemade Hot Chocolate with Hershey’s Cocoa Powder (the instructions are normally on the side of the tin container), she set’s it in a pan and cooks it over our stove . She adds her own ingredients that are healthy for us, the sugar she uses for one thing is from Trader Joe’s and is completely organic and natural when we buy it from there (it’s called Organic Evaporated Sugar Cane just for the record :D); it makes our Hot Chocolate tastier and we feel guilt free after having a homemade sugary treat. After it’s done broiling we can enjoy our treats guilt free…

Now these are just my personal experiences after Christmas, try to follow my example; just balance your sugary treats with a healthy snack on the side and you will avoid all the aftermath.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the next update :D.

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This Teens Weight Loss Plans Holiday Special: How To Avoid Too Much of Those Tempting Christmas Treats…

Posted by Saito on December 25, 2008

Hey it’s me again, let’s talk Christmas feast here.

When my family and I have a Christmas feast it’s normally sugary and very fatty…but OH so tempting…

I’m sure most of us are faced with the same problem here, so how do you avoid the sugar and maintain a healthy diet?

My suggestion TO YOU would be take your time…what normally happens with these sugary feasts is the urge to eat it ALL. We think aw come on it’s only once a year…but then your hooked on it afterwards “LEFTOVERS” for example. The left overs are a big part in the role of goodies and they could last for WEEKS if not all of January…imagine every day consuming small quantities of extreme sugar every day all because it tastes SOO good…I did and the results were devastating. So this year I’m cutting back, I’ll choose some things I like with others things that are healthier for me and STILL taste good.

For me this year for Christmas dinner it’s roast and baked potatoes ABSOLUTELY fantastic! With it there is going to be apple cider, Champagne (for my parents), sparkling cider, chocolate pudding pie, broccoli, cherry cheese cake and freshly baked scones…and then there are the Christmas stockings there must always be SOME sort of candy treat in them every year…wow that’s a lot all together, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do this year:

1. I’ll take only what I need and not what I don’t

2. I’ll take a small portion of every thing once, then choose more of the goodies that aren’t sugary and fatty

3. I’ll take the time to chew my find food and enjoy the fact I am eating with my family…

If your like me and you DON’T want to gain weight just stick to the same rules here and you’ll be fine :D.

Will post more later when I find out something new =D.

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HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IS NOT YOUR FRIEND: Part 2

Posted by Saito on December 24, 2008

Hey here is another update for you guys out there concerning High Fructose Corn Syrup…

Right now, just for bringing out my personal experiences, I’m going to discuss different brands of food I used to intake all the time…

For starters Hienz Ketchup…yep that’s right my KETCHUP had unhealthy amounts of High Fructose Corn Syrup. I would always use it with my morning hash browns, burgers, french fries really ANYTHING that had to have ketchup to go with it…I now look back and I remember all that time I used this brand of ketchup and not realize the damage it caused my body…BUT there is so much more still to post it was in almost EVERYTHING me and my family owned!

The brand of Mayonnaise my parents used to buy was called Best Foods, and it was mostly High Fructose Corn Syrup. I was not as big on the Mayonnaise as I was Ketchup but my father loved it, including my entire family everybody consumed it…they also noted that they were looking a bit flabby in some area’s just like I HAVE and that was from the Mayonnaise!

Every lunch break after school I would eat one pickle, I use to think oh it’s just a cucumber dipped in a tasty brine…nothing wrong with that :D. I one day got curious after learning about HFCS and examined the back of the pickle jar…no it couldn’t be; yep it was HFCS was one of the main ingredients for the brine…

Well those three things were the basic food items I would daily consumed along with healthy products…and if I tried something something new out of the refrigerator I would continue to consume more HFCS we were completely unaware of the disgusting over dose…

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner HFCS…ever day it was like that. I remember most of the other odd things I would eat/drink that had High Fructose Corn Syrup…

Let’s start with drinks. My mom and I loved Coca Cola, we must have had at least two a day…when we were just discovering the harmful effects of HFCS we took a look at the ingredients our Coke’s were full of…not only did it have HFCS but it also had the equivalent of SEVEN teaspoons of sugar per can…yeah I know gross…

After that we got scared, what about are other juices/soft drinks? Well we would get a brand of guava juice made by Curns and so were thinking Oh it’s all natural, and so tasty it must be healthy…we took a look at the back of the juice box and found HFCS second to the top of all the ingredients. Oh great, now it’s in our juices we thought used to be completely natural…what is going on?

We examined the obvious items that would have HFCS…are sugary products. We had a brand of Hershey’s chocolate syrup, the ingredients they showed on the back had HFCS first on the list…yeah really disgusting, I always seemed to feel sick after having ice cream or chocolate milk…it was to sugary the HFCS was to much…

Well those were the products that I can recall the most as I used them often in my food…how disgusting everyday I would ingest so much extra fat! I now know what gave me obesity and health problems…like acne for an example :/

If you know about products that contain HFCS post a comment explaining what it is and it’s brand name so we can alert others who might have the same food products, I’ll post it in the list of HFCS products below:

Brand Food type

Hienz/Ketchup

Best foods/Mayonnaise

Kosher Dill/Pickles

Coca Cola Co./Soda

Curns/Guava

The Hershey Company/Chocolate Syrup

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HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IS NOT YOUR FRIEND: Part 1

Posted by Saito on December 17, 2008

STAY AWAY FROM PRODUCTS WITH HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!

I know I have talked about this before, but it’s a very BIG topic and it needs some more explaining. It’s a dangerous product that should not be used as often as it is.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is taken from normal corn. In order to get High Fructose Corn Syrup they have to extract White Corn Starch from corn and turn it into a crystal clear liquid so it may be placed in our food products. It’s a very complicated process that uses three genetically created enzymes to break down the White Corn Starch and form it into a liquid.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is consumed more then regular SUGAR! One minus for the FDA as it was approved by THEM to put it in our food products. Today High Fructose Corn Syrup is used to sweeten jams and other items like Heinz ketchup and soft drinks. It is also used in HEALTH products of all things. One of the reasons HFCS is used so often is to keep our food from rotting and lasting on our shelves, the fact that it keeps our food from rotting is great, but it’s not healthy for us; it only keeps us from using our bodies to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Four of America’s companies control 85 percent of the $2.6 billion business of High Fructose Corn Syrup: Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, Staley Manufacturing Co. and CPC International, so we know who to blame for the scandal lol.

This is a big problem concerning EVERYONE as it not only helps with the process of obesity, but it also causes BAD health problems that effect you when you are young and old: TO BE CONTINUED

Stay tune tomorrow for the next update 😀

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Weight Losing Tips: Seventh Step

Posted by Saito on December 13, 2008

Check out the next post called Eighth Step

Let’s go in-depth on a completely balanced diet.

The perfect balance diet consists of fruits, meats, bread/grains and veggies. You have to eat healthy, but that does not mean you HAVE to choose a fruit or vegetable you don’t enjoy or are allergic to :D. Choose your favs, it’s supposed to be enjoyable and not something you want to stray from lol. Me I’m allergic to dates, their tasty I love them but cant have them…so I have my other favorites, pineapple, apples, oranges, strawberries, grapes and I tend to just have those in my fruit diet. For my meats I would have some ground beef, chicken and fish (I LOVE salmon). For bread I have cereal, french bread (it’s really thick tasty fresh bread that SO hit’s the spot for me when I need food fast :D). For grains I have oatmeal, cream of wheat and cereal that consists of grains. For veggies I have celery, carrots, lettuce and mushrooms.

This is my daily diet, my food pyramid, this is just for an example though. Try to find ways of making your perfect balanced diet, things you enjoy to eat and still fit into the right categories :D.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the next update =D.

Check out the previous update called Step Six

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Weight Losing Tips: Sixth Step

Posted by Saito on December 12, 2008

Check out the next update called Step Seven

Don’t stop eating.

Now there are some who go on a diet that requires them to eat MUCH less then what they normally do…big mistake :(. You see if your body is used to a certain amount of food constantly coming into your system and you start on a rough diet like that your body would react to the shortage; you would begin to see more flab packing around your body. Why though? Your body is storing energy, it’s trying to help but lol it’s just making your situation worse…so, if you want to cut back a little on how much you eat don’t go and take a huge leap when you are not even ready to take one so big, again my mom says “everything in moderation” so take it slowly.

Now I would have this exact problem, I decided to stop eating the amount of food I was consuming and it only made matters worse. So I decided to work around the problem. I had a very large appetite and needed food constantly (you know I’m a teen and am often hungry lol :D) so I replaced most of what I ate with healthy and nutritious food. Instead of eating chips I ate an apple, and when I had a sandwich I used more veggies like tomatoes or lettuce on a turkey breast sandwich. Then I would have this craving for salad, that helped me quite a bit fortunately :D. I had many choices of what I wanted on my salad, I loved having honey mustard or ranch mostly as a dressing, then I would have a tall glass of water instead of soda to wash it all down. With my salad I would either have an orange or an apple, yum :).

See what I did to improvise, and I could eat till I was satisfied. Your only supposed to eat till your comfortable not full :D. If you have a problem like I had try using different ways to make a great lunch or dinner that can fill you up and not pack on any extra pounds :D. If you were going to have a Mexican style dinner or lunch, let’s say burritos, add more salad to your burrito, not a lot of meats or beans (you can also add salsa to give it that zesty flavor and it’s awesome).Now, let’s say it was summer, you were having a BBQ and the main course was chicken, why not make something healthy to go with it :D. I would personally make a lettuce, potato or fruit salad and it would make a perfect filler. As for the beverages I would suggest fruit smoothies, or a nice cool glass of water to wash it all down. NOW, let’s say I was about to have breakfast, what I would do in the morning to give me a great start would be cream of wheat, a glass of milk and an orange.

There are so many ways of making a healthy breakfast lunch and dinner you HAVE to try it :D. Post a comment if you have any idea’s for a healthy meal =D

Check out the previous step called Step Five

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Weight Losing Tips: Fifth Step

Posted by Saito on December 11, 2008

Check out the next update called Step Six

Drink plenty of water.

WATER, LOT’S of water :D. Water is one of the bases of life, water keeps you moving, keeps you healthy and strong, cleanses your body of impurities, helps fight the common cold and sooo much more :D.

But what else can it do for those who are over weight or unhealthy? Well I drink (at least) eight ounces daily, sometimes I personally drink more since I am a bigger person and need much more water :D. When I started drinking eight cups daily I heard it from my mom who heard it from my uncle (ROFL long story) and my mom said he was losing weight. He originally had a small gut but when he drank the right amount of water he cleansed his body from extra fat. Intrigued by what my mom said I decided to drink the the recommended amount of water. I had at least 3 inches of flab around my was pretty sad and wanted SOMETHING to help me with my weight problem, when I started drinking 8 ounces of water a day I noticed results within a month! I (finally) could walk around my neighborhood without getting tired, I could fit in a pair of jeans or shorts without feeling embarrassed that my sides would stick out to far. It was and still is a wonderful experience…

Then when I wanted to learn more about what it could do for me I looked up the human body benefits from water on Google…and the following I am quoting is from Hdor Chester Health.org:

* Water helps regulate our body temperature through perspiration, which dissipates excess heat & cools our bodies.

* We even need water to breathe! As we take in oxygen & excrete CO2, our lungs must be moistened by water. We lose about 1 to 2 pints of water each day just exhaling.

* Asthma is frequently relieved when water intake is increased. Histamine plays a key role in regulating the way the body uses & distributes water & helps control the body’ s defense mechanisms. In asthmatics, histamine level increases with dehydration. Our defense for the body is to close down the airways.

* The kidneys remove wastes such as uric aced, urea & lactic acid, all of which must be dissolved in water. When there isn’t sufficient water, those wastes are not effectively removed, which may result in damage to the kidneys.

* Water lubricates our joints. The cartilage tissues found at the ends of long bones & between the vertebrae of the spine hold a lot of water, which serves as a lubricant during the movement of the joint. When the cartilage is will hydrated, the two opposing surfaces glide freely, & friction damage is minimal. If the cartilage is dehydrated, the rate of “abrasive” damage is increased, resulting in joint deterioration & increased pain.

* The actively growing blood cells in the bone marrow take priority over the cartilage for the available water that goes through the bone structure.

* Rheumatoid joint pain frequently decreases with increased water intake & flexing exercises to bring more circulation to the joints.

* 75% of the upper body weight is supported by the water volume that is stored in the spinal disc core. 25% is supported by the fibrous materials around the disc. The spinal joints are dependent on different hydraulic properties of water which is stored in the disc core. Back pain is frequently alleviated with hydration.

* Brain tissue is 85% water. Although the brain is only 1/50th of the body weight, it uses 1/20th of the blood supply. With dehydration, the level of energy generation in the brain is decreased. Depression & chronic fatigue syndrome are frequently results of dehydration.

* Migraine headaches may be an indicator of critical body temperature regulation at times of “heat stress.” Dehydration plays a major role in bringing on migraines. Dehydration causes stress & stress causes further dehydration.

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Wow 😀 that’s why it is so good to drink plenty of water, think of the benefit’s, if you do this you will change your life in a GOOD way :D, take it from me drink plenty of water, take a water bottle/container where ever you go so you gain wonderful benefits 😀

Stay posted for the next step tomorrow…=D

Check out the previous update called Step Four

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Weight Losing Tips: Fourth Step

Posted by Saito on December 11, 2008

Check out the next update called Fifth Step

Don’t stay up to late at night, get quality sleep, you will gain energy and wake up earlier in the morning 😀

Why got to sleep earlier? Well when I’m tired and have no more energy I want to sleep, but sometimes I stay up because I’m finishing either a movie or going to the next stage in a video game. THAT’S NOT WHAT YOUR SUPPOSED TO DO! You need quality sleep and I have learned this from experience, so I now try to get a great amount of sleep at night…not only do you gain energy in the morning BUT the exciting part of getting quality sleep is what happens after one/two hour(s) of rest. HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Kicks in when you are asleep, it helps you grow and prevents aging 😀 (sweet!). You, again I say this, “gain energy” and give your body the time it needs to recuperate from the other day :D.

I used to stay up till 11:00 PM with my family and that was taking me down…so I started a schedule, let me know what you think of it :D:

1. Eat dinner get extra chores or finish up school work.(normal)

2. After I’m done with that I get comfortable and just chill with my family.

3. If I watch a movie I’ll watch something calming, so I can go to sleep easier.

4. After that it’s normally around 8-9:00 I get a glass of water and go to bed.

THERE, just those four steps. Not taking it to far, just relaxing and when I wake up in the morning I’m energized and ready for another day 🙂

Stay tuned for the step 😀

Check out the previous update called Third Step

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Weight Losing Tips: Third Step

Posted by Saito on December 9, 2008

Check out the next update called Step Four

Like my mom says “everything in moderation” take your time while eating, have a balanced diet 😀

This is one of the MOST IMPORTANT STEPS OF LOSING WEIGHT AND KEEPING A BALANCED DIET!! Having a balanced meal is essential to losing weight it’s a *must*. If you view the previous step that dealt with staying away from cheese I had pizza and balanced the amount of cheese I consumed with a large portion of salad, that is a *Very Good* balance, perfect for your body :D.

Then there is a second important part to this, “everything in moderation”. My mom always says to eat in a good moderate direction, take it easy, have something healthy to go with something starchy or oily just like I was explaining above paragraph. Sometimes for lunch at my house I eat left overs from last night, some times it’s pasta or burritos, for lunch though this time I had pasta :D. Normally the pasta is done with thick noodles, the sauce consists of Alfredo sauce, chicken pieces and broccoli. Now this is a completely balanced meal for dinner, but for lunch I normally have an orange or an apple to go with it, you need more energy in the day and a functioning body in every single area inside and out.

The last but not least part of this whole step is very small but important, chewing your food slowly. For me I used to gobble down food without a second thought and not chew it down properly, now I consume my food slowly and speak more often at the table while eating a great meal. Why do I do this? I do this so my body can take the nutrients out of the food properly and waiting for my brain to catch up with how much I am eating, it takes twenty minutes for your brain to realize how much you have taken in to eat…so it’s important to take your time, at dinner time normally your in no rush, take it easy and relax. This is a great way of losing weight and staying healthy :D.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the next step =D.

Check out the previous update called Second Step

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