Got Gratitude?

As this year is ending, I would like you to make a list of all the positive/good events that have happened to you during 2015. Please don’t think about any negative incidents that may have occurred.

Why? Because we tend to spend too much of our time dwelling on the adverse aspects of our lives and beating ourselves up about them. What’s the result? Not only are we creating stress, we also are living our lives in the past or the future—what might have been or what could be—while missing the present moment.

I’m not one for making New Year’s Resolutions because they tend to emphasis negative feelings we have about ourselves. Can you guess what happens when we don’t fulfill them?

Instead opt for small changes that you can easily manage like: taking the stairs instead of the elevator, not trying to find a parking place close to the door, drinking more water, reducing your sugar intake, cutting back on processed foods, etc. Small changes produce significant results.

Also, continue with the list I mentioned above. At the end of each day, think about three good/positive things that happened to you during the day. This easy, simple change leads to beneficial results.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016.

Weighing The Percentages

In November of 2015, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), released statistics for the “Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youths: United States, 2011-2014.

During this time period, the prevalence of obesity was:

  • For adults: slightly over 36%
  • For youths: 17%
  • For women: 38.3%
  • For men: 34.3%
  • For youths: no difference was seen by sex.
  • Obesity was higher for middle-aged, 40.2%, and older, 37.0%, adults than for younger adults, 32.3%

For detailed information, please visit the CDC link.

We know the obesity rates having been going up despite the heavy emphasis on calories in/calories out, exercising more, watching your fat intake, (feel free to add your own), etc.

I like this quote from Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories: “Once the ‘truth’ has been declared, even if it’s based on incomplete evidence, the overwhelming tendency is to interpret all future observations in support of that preconception. Those who know what the answer is lack the motivation to continue looking for it. Entire fields of science may then be ignored, on the assumption that they can’t possibly be relevant.”

With Taubes’ thought in mind, I believe the time has come to take a step back and acknowledge the fact that the above beliefs (calories in/calories out, exercising more, watching your fat intake, etc.) about weight loss/obesity that have been drummed into our heads for decades are wrong. Think about it. The result of using these beliefs as the basis for fat loss for all these years—obesity rates still continue to rise.

Let’s break the cycle. The time has come for a new perspective. More on this in 2016.

A Simple Step

The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is the part of the nervous system that controls involuntary functions such as your heart rate, digestion, hormones, etc.; this system works without us having to think about it.

The ANS has two branches—the sympathetic (SNS) and the parasympathetic (PNS). The SNS is responsible for the fight-or-flight response. Thus, stressful situations will active this system; one way being through the release of stress hormones. Perhaps you’ve heard, our bodies cannot tell the difference between an actual threat and a perceived one.

The PNS opposes the SNS—hence the relaxation response which supports such functions as digestion, repair, and the release of hormones such as growth and sex.

The SNS and PNS balance each other. Unfortunately, we live in a high-stress world, and when the SNS becomes over-active, think of issues like the breakdown of body tissue and fatigue, our bodies are thrown out of balance.

On a daily basis, we are reminded of the negative aspects of stress such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure—you are in SNS mode.

A simple trick to shift into PNS mode (again, the relaxation response) is to concentrate on your breathing and make you exhalations longer than your inhalations. Try to do this for at least five breaths when you’re in a stressful situation. Notice I’m not adding to your stress by asking you to count breaths or the length of them.

With this simple step, you’re tricking your body to shift from the SNS’s fight/flight mode to the PNS’s relaxation response. Remember your body cannot tell the difference between real and perceived stress.

Give this a try; I believe you’ll find yourself beginning to relax.

Uniquely You

In “Could Your Healthy Diet Make Me Fat?,” David S. Ludwig writes about an Israeli personalized nutrition study that “. . . suggested that dieters may be mistakenly eating a lot of some foods, like tomatoes, that are good for most people, but bad for them. And it raises the possibility that an individualized approach to nutrition could eventually supplant national guidelines meant for the entire public.”

He also refers to one headline stating “this diet study upends everything we thought we knew about ‘healthy’ food.”

Ludwig ends his piece by saying,

“Despite the hype, personalized nutrition is not ready for practical application in the clinic. But this exciting field of research may help explain why people respond so differently to diet based on biology. In this way, personalized nutrition may build upon, rather than substitute for, national dietary guidelines, providing a common ground for all sides in the ‘diet war’ to declare a truce.”

A personalized nutrition approach is already in place. I was glad to read Ludwig’s opinion, because for the last nine plus years, I have been an Advanced Metabolic Typing® Advisor, and Metabolic Typing® has been around for over 37 years.

Simply put, did you know you are actually very different, biochemically speaking, from every other person who ever was or ever will be? It’s true. Your body’s biochemical makeup is as unique as your fingerprints!

For genetic reasons, we’re all very different in the way that our bodies process foods and utilize nutrients. Throughout man’s evolutionary history, people all over the world have been forced to adapt to widely varying environmental circumstances, including very different climates and food supplies.

As an example, traditional Inuit thrive on very large quantities of meat and fat, while people born in the tropics stay healthy eating fruits and grains and other light vegetarian fare. Do you know your unique genetically based nutritional needs?

Keeping the above in mind, think about the following situations you may have found yourself in:

  • You want to lose weight, so you try your best friend’s diet. She loses 35 pounds quickly, but you can’t seem to shed an ounce.
  •  Your friend, the vegetarian, thrives on pasta and vegetables and has boundless energy. But when you imitate his diet, your energy plummets, and you can hardly drag yourself out of bed.
  • You eat all the best foods, take only the finest quality supplements, you exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle. Yet you still don’t feel well.
  • You believe in nutrition, but you’ve given up on it. It’s impossible to make sense of the confusing and contradictory information flooding the market.

Once you identify your metabolic type, you’ll know how to select just the right “body fuel:” foods, food combinations, and nutrients that will enable your body to function at peak efficiency. Through this approach, you also may:

  • Optimize your physical energy and your mental clarity.
  • Lose weight naturally and maintain your ideal weight.
  • Strengthen your immunity.
  • Slow down the aging process.
  • Enhance athletic performance.
  • Overcome mood swings and depression.

With Metabolic Typing®, you can put an end to the confusion about what diet is right for you. If you’re interested in learning more about Metabolic Typing®, please contact us through our website My Body Physics. LLC. Thank you.