Friday, June 10, 2011

24 Million people now have Diabetes in the USA

8 percent of the US population now have diabetes and that number continues to rise rapidly. Why? Lack of exercise, poor diet, and rising obesity due to poor eating habits are big contributors. Diabetes occurs when levels of blood sugar in the body rise above normal and stay elevated. The term for sugar is glucose and is the major source of fuel for all the cells in the body.

Our food is converted into glucose. The pancreas makes the hormone insulin which helps open the cells up to receive glucose and other nutrients. If there is not enough insulin in the bloodstream to help those nutrients get in the cells, they starve to death. People with type 2 diabetes produce insulin, but their body does not use the insulin properly. This insulin imbalance cause glucose to build up in the blood instead of going into the cells, which cause the cells and therefore the entire body to malfunction, which leads to diabetes.

The good news is that type 2 diabetes is completely and totally preventable and in many cases also totally reversable. One of the biggest risk factor for diabetes in insulin resistance. Insulin is supposed to take the glocose from your bloodstream and escort it into your cells for fuel. Without this escort service, your cells don't get the fuel (energy) they need, which causes problems with your metabolism and shortens your lifespan, leaving you feeling like you are running on empty, while the unused fuel(sugar) accumulates in your blood.

You can stop diabetes naturally. Step 1: Let low glycemic eating be your guide. There are a number of lifestyle factors that influrnce your risk of developing diabetes but the greatest culprit is the food you eat. Learn to determine the glycemic index of the foods you eat. The GI of a food depends on the amount of carbohydrates it has in it and whether they are in a form that is absorbed quickly or whether they are released slowly during digestion.

Most vegetables (except for potatoes) are considered safe even though they do contain carbs, their effect on blood sugar levels is so low that their GI doesn't register. However if you tend to consume a lot of high-glycemic carbohydrates such as white breads, rice, pasta, potatoes, sugary desserts, soda, fruit juices, crackers, and most cereals you will constantly spike your blood sugar. The constant spikes overwhelm your ability to utilize your insulin properly. When this happens your risk of diabetes skyrockets but your risk of excessive weight gain also skyrockets. A diet that is high-fiber, low -fat, with lots of cold-water fish, poultry and eggs will help start you on the way to better health. The glycemic index of the foods you eat should be under 55. To find out the glycemic index of specific foods, check the free online database at

Step 2: Engage in regular physical activity. Every time you engage in physical activity you are reducing the risk of developing diabetes. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, men and women diagnosed with pre-diabetic glucose intolerance who exercised regularly lowered their risk of diabetes by 58 percent - far better than the 31 percent protection offered by the diabetes drug Glucophage. It doesn't matter what king of exercise you engage in, as long as it is done on a regular bases. It can be as simple as walking 10,000 steps. Get an inexpensive pedometer to keep track. Aim to exercise at least 5 days a week for 30 minutes.

Step 3. Take safe sensible supplements. Start by taking a pharmaceutical iron-free muti-vitamin. Then take increased dosages of Vitamin D3, magnesium, chromium picolinate, and alpha lipoic acid. I recommend The Essentials by Usana Health Sciences. Contact me for information on how to get the at a wholesale price.

We have found that these recommendations also work for people who want to lose weight. You can change your life and lose weight for the last time as well as prevent diabetes. If you already have it, we can help your reverse it. Check out our website.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Top Ten Basics of Optimal Health

Bob and I have been coaching people on how to get control of their health for over two years now. Below are listed certain basic habits that promote optimal health (and healthy weight). In some instances we have been successful in helping some individuals reverse their Type II diabetes. Check out our website:

1. Eat a healthy diet that incorporates fresh fruit and vegetables avoiding fast food

2.Drink plenty of clean pure water - Most people need at least 10 glasses a day

3. Manage your stress.

4. Strive to walk 10,000 steps daily or 35 to 45 minutes of exercise 5 to 6 days a week

5. No one gets enough vitamin D so consider supplementation

6. Limit toxin exposure

7. Consume healthy fat. Eat more Omega 6 coming from fresh fish, flax seed oil, walnuts

8. Cut down on sugar consumption but also eliminate all artificial sweetners like Splenda, Aspartame, etc. and use Stevia, Xylitol or other healthy sweetners

9. Take a high quality pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements

10. Get plenty of sleep - Get at least 7 hours of sleep each day
Remember, leading a common sense, healthy lifestyle is your best bet to produce a healthy body and mind, and increase your longevity.

Fortunately, you can still take self-responsibility, educate yourself, and make better, healthier choices. By implementing these changes to your life, you are building a healthy mind and body, and thereby safeguarding yourself against a multitude of health problems and serious diseases.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Healthy Food does not have to taste bad. Mock mashed potatoes

Today marks the beginning of self accountability. For the past two years Bob and I have been coaching teams on how to lose weight with the added benefit of reversing type 2 diabetes. When I first embarked on the journey I did a 5 day Reset program which helps reverse the body's cravings for bad carbs. I lost 23 pounds the first 6 months and have been coasting for awhile. I would like to lose an additional 15 pounds and have identified my weakness and it is the lack of enough exercise so I plan on taking action so I can be more fit in all areas of my life.

We have coached many people with great results but I have long felt the need to blog about the experience with the benefit of sharing tips and receipes for others on this lifelong journey.

I am sharing a receipe for "Potato Cauliflower Mash" which will shock you as to how good it is. This is a low glycemic, low carb receipe.

1 head cauliflower trimmed
12 oz potatoes peeled
1 Tsp butter
Salt and Pepper to taste

Peel potatoes, cube and cook until tender. Trim the leaves from the cauliflower and cut in 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a microwave safe bowl and add 3 or 4 tablespoons water. Cook until tender 12 to 15 minutes. Drain all liquid from potatoes and cauliflower and combine in a bowl and whip with mixer. Add butter and salt and pepper to taste. For a creamer texture, you can add milk, a tablespoon at a time. Enjoy. Check out my new weightloss website: Check out the 10 day jumpstart.