Today is Monday, April 7th

The topic of the day is:  


Another new book came out touting “the secrets” to a body like the author’s physique and the same day I heard of an app you can purchase that makes you look skinny in your “selfies”.  I encourage you to think about this craziness.  We are all different and supposed to be different.  

Some “secrets” from the new book we are told is to drink green tea, and take probiotics/prebiotics.  Does everyone have to drink green tea?  Is it the fountain of youth or answer to health problems?  Will it really make you thin as many suggest?  I am not saying green tea isn’t good because I know it has some wonderful properties.  I want you to think and be careful not to fall into panaceas for weight loss and health claims.  Remember, what may be helpful for one person, may be like poison to another.  I think it best to encourage someone to try green tea, see if you like it and how it affects your taste, GI tract, and general well being, but don’t believe it is going to make you skinny.  The same with probiotics.  Has anyone seen the recommended amount that is safe for each age group, weight, gender?  Where is the research for dosage? (found it WIDE range)  Does it translocate?  In other words, do you think it just stays in your gut?  Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics.  Probiotics are living bacteria.  They are naturally found in foods such as yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut and can be added to various foods as well.  Whenever we take in too much of one type of food or drink, I always see a problem.  Remember a past blog about drinking too much water, eating too many carrots or celery and what happens?  Please think!  Tomorrow I will begin sharing what I learned this past month, and how these experiences may help you to eat more intelligently.

Tip of the day:

Do not believe everything your read in diet books.  

Plan of action:

1.  Do some of your own research on these topics and ask yourself questions.

2.  Try some real green tea.  Take good notes how you feel.  The best way to know what foods work well for your individual body is to keep a good food record, even down to the times of day.  For some people, many foods that can be tolerated in the morning, may not be tolerated in the evening.