Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Dr. Oz's Detox Diet~~

The Dr. Oz detox diet is designed around responsible and healthy eating instead of like most diets that focus on eating to lose weight.

Eating simply to lose weight most often is not effective and if it is, the weight loss achieved is only temporary.

The Dr. Oz cleansing diet focuses on disease prevention and the overall health of a person. He believes that if you focus on eating foods that prevent stroke, heart disease, cancer and diabetes that weight loss will be a natural side-effect. And it is.

One woman, Marie Anaya, who lost her husband on 9/11 was one of the first people to go on Dr. Oz’s detox diet. She had to spend the first month “detoxing” from processed foods. No restaurant food, cookies, cakes, candy, chips, etc. Within 4 weeks she had lost 13 pounds and her waistline was smaller by 3 inches.

The Detox Diet by Dr. Oz recommends that you completely eliminate processed foods and eat only healthy and fresh foods. After following this diet after only 6 months, Marie had lost 45 pounds. She also says that she has lots of energy and that she feels years younger.

To follow Doctor Oz’s detox diet you don’t have to be a professional chef. The types of foods you eat are simple, yet delicious, like fruit and Greek yogurt, turkey, shrimp, salads, etc. Included in this diet is lots of fiber because not only does it keep you fuller longer so you eat less, but it also aids digestion and helps keep you regular, which is important. Unrefined carbohydrates such as brown rice and whole wheat pastas are included because they are healthier than alternatives and they have the added benefit of causing your body to burn more fat as opposed to storing it.

Also recommended by Dr. Oz is daily exercise. Starting with walking for a short period (around 20-25 minutes a day) and working up to vigorous walking, running, yoga, swimming, bicycling or whatever type of cardiovascular exercise that you enjoy doing.

Starting The Cleansing Diet
When you begin on this cleansing diet you should first clear all of the “negative” type foods from your pantry. Get rid of the potato chips, frozen pizzas, packaged cakes, cookies, etc. You want fresh fruit, vegetables, whole-grains, whole wheat pastas, brown rice, green tea, lean meats, and fish (not fried or breaded). Learn more about Dr. Oz’s Favorite Foods.

When you eat on this detox diet you should stop eating before you feel overly full. Dr. Oz calls it “being stuffed.” This feeling of being “too full” is not good for your body or your waistline. He says that on a scale of fullness from 1 to 10 (1 being hungry and 10 being “stuffed”) you should stop eating at about 6. Overeating is the arch-enemy of health and weight loss. Not only will it force your body to store fat but it’s bad for your heart, your circulatory system, and even your brain.

Th detox diet includes 5 meals daily (2 snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner). The foods you should be eating for each meal should not include anything that contains trans-fats and refined carbohydrates like white sugar and white rice. What you should be eating are leafy greens, colorful vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, chard, red peppers, radishes, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc.

You can download a free list of all the different colorful fruits and vegetables that are healthy for you right here: Taste A Rainbow Of Fruits And Vegetables For Better Health*

*From Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D. L.R.D., Food and Nutrition Specialist

You want to eat at least 9 handfuls/cups of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Try to avoid all bad fats (trans and saturated fats) but you can consume good fats like monounsaturated (olive oil, sunflower oil, avocados, etc.). Also you should be drinking lots of water. Doctor Oz recommends that you drink at least 8 to 12 glasses a day. This is very important as water keeps you hydrated which gives you energy, boosts your metabolism, and also flushes toxins out of your body.

As mentioned before you should try and accomplish at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily. If you are not physically fit or have been inactive for quite some time you should start out slowly with short walks and build up slowly to longer walks and more vigorous exercise.

More Great Weight Loss Advice From Dr. Oz:

Dr. Oz’s How To Slim Down Your Belly
Doctor Oz’s One Day Diet Pt. 1
The Super-Healthy Green Drink Recipe From Dr. Oz
Foods That Dr. Oz Loves To Eat

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's Your Call

He doesn't have an e-mail,
His address is unknown,
you can't call information
to find His telephone.

But His line is never busy,
He answers every call,
He's always there to help,
even when you fall.

All you need to do is pray,
You need no fancy words,
it costs no money for the call,
and every prayer is heard.

So if you are in pain,
and feeling lonely too,
just reach our for His help,
His love for you is true.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Healing Power of Ice Cream

As with many sons in my generation, my father and I were not as close as we could have been, but when I made my decision to follow his lead by joining the Air Force he was excited and happy. I became an aviator and now lead a squadron on the beautiful island of Guam.

During the first part of my tour in January 2006, I received a life-changing call from my father. We discussed his illness, diagnosed as kidney cancer, and how he would combat the six-month prognosis he'd been given for survival.

Initially, I believed he could overcome this hurdle, while also knowing that my optimism might not be enough to ensure success. I told him I loved him and gave him the only advice I could come up with.

"Dad, it may not seem like it, but you have been given a gift. You now know when your time is coming to an end so you have the chance to fix the things that need to be taken care of."

A few months later, I returned to Kentucky for a visit. My father's kidney had been removed and he was doing chemotherapy three times a week. After the horror stories I had heard from other cancer patients, it wasn't anything like what I had expected. I was amazed at how easily he took to the entire procedure. He made friends with other patients and the nurses attending him. I was shocked to see him eating cookies and napping. He even asked me to go out and eat with him afterwards. I returned to my base, more convinced than ever that my father would beat this disease.

That Christmas was the first in many years where both my sister and I were home to visit our parents together. Even though my dad had lost a great amount of weight he looked good and had already outlived his original prognosis of six months. I looked forward to seeing him in the spring when I returned to the States for training.

As fate would have it, I was able to spend my forty-fourth birthday with my father before returning to Guam. During that time we talked and visited with his doctor. I was disheartened to hear the illness was back and spreading quickly. His time was short, no matter what procedures were tried and he needed to make a decision on what course of action to take.

Those four days were tough. While looking at property for me to purchase as I near the end of my military career, we stopped at the local Dairy Queen to have lunch. As a child, I had seen my father always eat his ice cream in a bowl. But on that day, he ate an ice cream bar for lunch and then decided that it was so good he needed another, and then a third one for the road.

Early the following morning, as I was packing my car to begin my trek home halfway around the world, my dad told me he was discontinuing his treatment. I was extremely hurt. I couldn't bring myself to talk much and shortly thereafter I left for the Louisville airport.

A half mile down the road I remembered my mother's saying about unspoken words and I realized there would be no more ice cream lunches. I went right back to the house and stepped up on the porch where my dad was sitting in the dark, reflecting on his life, I suppose. I told him I loved him and I would miss him. I let him know I was never disappointed in him. I believed in him because he was my dad!

Three weeks later, I received a call from his doctor, a former military officer who always kept me updated. My father was in the hospital and I needed to hurry. The Air Force was great to me and got me home quickly, joining my mother and sister at my dad's bedside. Eleven hours later, he died.

In that brief time, I realized many things.

His initial decision to forego further treatment, which I did not agree with at the time, had been correct. He'd been in severe pain. His nurses told me that he had fought to stay alive just to see me one last time. Even though he could no longer speak when I arrived, he did recognize me with a hand squeeze and uttered a simple "hey buddy." That was my gift.

During the funeral, many people told me about my dad coming to visit them. He had taken my advice and actually visited all his friends and made amends or regenerated old friendships. He made things right, not only with his earthly relationships, but also with God.

Ice cream now takes on a new meaning for me. When things are tough at work and I only have time for a snack, sometimes I just grab an ice cream bar. It brings me peace and keeps me grounded, while helping me remember a man who endured a lot of pain just to say goodbye to his son. I miss you, Dad!

By Joe Hayslett, Jr.

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Weeding in God's Garden

By Karen Talcott

I planted Ruella, a purple flowering plant, in my front flowerbed about three years ago. It looked wonderful in the store, and one of the workers told me that the maintenance on it would be minimal. So, with gusto, I planted it all over my front flowerbed. It looked great for the first year or so, and I liked how it was filling in all the empty gaps between the other plants.

Fast forward a couple of years, and I now detest this intrusive flowering plant with a passion only true gardeners know! It spread and it spread, popping up in my grass, in the sidewalk, and all over the flowerbed. It was a pretty purple weed! A gardener's nightmare, and now, especially, mine.

After talking to a landscape expert, I found out that the only way to remove this plant was to dig it out with a shovel. So my husband, the kids, and I set out digging. We worked one Saturday afternoon for hours. Finally, we called it a day. We pulled out huge mounds of it and felt like we had accomplished something.

Yet, this was only the beginning. The bigger problem was that every stick, twig, and root that was left in the soil could regenerate and begin to grow again. And it did!

So it came to be that I had a conversation with God as I sat there sifting through mountains of dirt looking for small pieces of the Ruella.

"God, why am I out here? My back aches, and I am so hot and tired. Can't you help me out in some way?"

There was no answer from God, so I began to mutter under my breath, "I hate you, plant. I hate you and all your roots!"

Taking a moment to wipe away my sweat, I sat back in the dirt. At that moment, the light bulb turned on. I saw God's wonderful creation -- planet Earth -- and it, too, was filled with weeds. But the weeds were not of the plant variety. We humans were the weeds in God's garden.

Many of us have taken for granted the beautiful world that He created in seven glorious days. Our violence, anger, and environmental destruction have taken a toll on His beloved creation. I paused to think, "Does God mutter under His breath as He tries to clean up His garden?" Knowing the answer, I thanked God for this beautiful day and the magnificent world that He so lovingly created.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

"A Look at Relapse" this could apply to overeating and other areas of life also!

A Look at Relapse

Although this is about a relapse into alcoholism, it applies to
many other areas of life, from overeating to relationship and
money problems. Read it carefully.

1. EXHAUSTION - Allowing yourself to become overly tired or in
poor health. Some Alcoholics are also prone to work addictions
- perhaps in a hurry to make up for lost time.
Good health and enough rest are important. If you feel well you
are more apt to think well. Feel poorly and your thinking is
apt to deteriorate. Feel bad enough and you might begin
thinking a drink couldn't make it any worse.

2. DISHONESTY - This begins with a pattern of unnecessary
little lies and deceits with fellow workers, friends, and
family. Then come important lies to yourself. This is called
"rationalizing" - making excuses for not doing what you don't
want to do, or for doing what you know you should not do.

3. IMPATIENCE - Things are not happening fast enough. Others
are not doing what they should or what you want them to do.

4. ARGUMENTATIVENESS - Arguing small and ridiculous points of
view indicates a need to always be right. "Why don't you be
reasonable and agree with me?" Looking for an excuse to drink?

5. DEPRESSION - Unreasonable and unaccountable despair may
occur in cycles and should be dealt with - talked about.

6. FRUSTRATION - At people and also because things may not be
going your way. Remember -- everything is not going to be just
the way you want it to be.

7. SELF-PITY - "Why do these things happen to me?"
"Why must I be an alcoholic?"
"Nobody appreciates all I am doing - for them?"

8. COCKINESS - Got it made - no longer fear alcoholism -
going into drinking situations to prove to others you have no
problem. Do this often enough and it will wear down your

9. COMPLACENCY - "Drinking was the furthest thing from my
mind." Not drinking was no longer a conscious thought, either.
It is dangerous to let up on disciplines just because everything
is going well. Always to have a little fear is a good thing.
More relapses occur when things are going well than otherwise.

10. EXPECTING TOO MUCH FROM OTHERS - "I've changed, why hasn't
everyone else?" It's a plus if they do, but it is still your
problem if they do not. They may not trust you yet, may still
be looking for further proof. You cannot expect others to
change their style of life just because you have.

11. LETTING UP ON DISCIPLINES - Prayer, meditation, daily
inventory, AA attendance. This can stem either from complacency
or boredom. You cannot afford to be bored with your program.
The cost of relapse is always too great.

12. USE OF MOOD-ALTERING CHEMICALS - You may feel the need to
ease things with a pill and your doctor may go along with you.
You may never have had a problem with chemicals other than
alcohol, but you can easily lose sobriety starting this way -
about the most subtle way of having a relapse.
Remember you will be cheating! The reverse of this is true for
drug-dependent persons who start to drink.

13. WANTING TOO MUCH - Do not set goals you cannot reach with
normal effort. Do not expect too much. It's always great when
good things you were not expecting happen. You will get what
you are entitled to as long as you do your best, but maybe not
as soon as you think you should.
"Happiness is not having what you want,
but wanting what you have."

14. FORGETTING GRATITUDE - You may be looking negatively on
your life, concentrating on problems that still are not totally
corrected. Nobody wants to be a Pollyanna - but it is good to
remember where you started from, and how much better life is

15. "IT CAN'T HAPPEN TO ME" - This is dangerous thinking.
Almost anything can happen to you if you get careless.
Remember you have a progressive disease, and you will be in
worse shape if you relapse.

16. OMNIPOTENCE - This is a feeling that results from a
combination of many of the above. You now have all the answers
for yourself and others. No one can tell you anything.
You ignore suggestions or advice from others. Relapse is
probably imminent unless drastic change takes place.

The above is a checklist of symptoms leading to relapse
(taken from a Hazelden Foundation pamphlet called,
"A Look at Relapse"
Posted by charlesangel at 7:07 PM on "Journey To A Healthy Weightloss"