Some quotes resonate so much with my journey to improve my health that they feel akin to a smack upside my head. I mean, there is nothing quite like a clear, direct and honest statement. Frankly, they are my favorite kind. When I read this quote it stuck in my mind immediately: “As I see it every day you do one of two things build health or produce disease in yourself”. Truth bomb, right?
Recently, I had a very positive experience donating blood for the first time. I have been considering donating blood for a while, but I never took action on that thought. A Big Red Bus was right outside the building where I work so I decided the time was right to donate. The staff was very nice, the needle was not bad, I scored a t-shirt and a coupon and I left feeling healthy and proud of myself.
I enjoy learning about a wide array of topics from the complexity of the human body to ideas for cooking frozen Brussels sprouts. With my realization that much of the accepted health and dietary guidelines find their basis in dogma rather than science, I invest a fair amount of time educating myself on how to support my own health and wellness.
Recently, I came across a podcast featuring Dominic D’agostino PhD on the topic of ketones. I have some background on the topic but it felt like I was listening to an expert interview in a foreign language! But rather than turn down the volume, I kept listening and picked up some interesting nuggets. My biggest take away was a renewed appreciation of the complexity of ketones, nutritional ketosis and the miraculous human body.
I recently discovered Manatobia brand Hemp Hearts on a Costco shopping trip. I noticed that they were next to the chia seeds so I wondered if they were cousins. I did pause when I read the back of the package touting it’s polyunsaturated omega 6 and omega 3 content. I purchased them anyway based on the nutrition facts and researched once I got home.
I spend a lot of time reading food labels. I read them in order to make informed choices. I do not seek to achieve some imagined level of dietary perfection. I use the information on food labels as just that, information, rather than as a flat directive of good versus bad. While foods without labels are ideal, such as meat, eggs and fresh vegetables, I do consume processed foods. When it comes to processed foods, I begin with asking myself the question “Does this appear to be something I might eat”.
This post dissects the basics of the American nutrition labels with emphasis on carbohydrates. Hopefully, the examples provided will help.
I have previously written on the Value of Practice. It is helpful to create tools to assist with the habits and behaviors you are building. I have come up with two fill-in-the-blank sentences to use in my journal on the mornings when I may be less engaged or feeling fatigued. These questions prompt me to get with the program (smile). Continue reading
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to and reading information from Ben Bikman, PhD, a scientist and professor at Brigham Young University with a primary focus on better understanding chronic modern-day diseases, with special emphasis on the origins and consequences of obesity and diabetes. His research covers a lot of information on brown and white fat, as well as my favorite hormone insulin. Continue reading
I think of my goals as threads. A thread being a strand of fiber that represents something that I want to achieve. Threads in a loose pile or tightly woven and organized on a spool have limited utility. This is also true of my goals. Continue reading
With the correct perspective, I use quantitative measures to reinforce choices that I have made, develop future modifications, and create personal conundrums when my progress does not match my linear expectations (smile). Scale weight, macro tracking in Cronometer, blood glucose checks, occasional blood ketones measurement, periodic lab tests, and body measurements a la “how my pants fit” are the parameters that I track to gain insight into my important journey to better health and wellness.