To take a knee or not to take a knee that is the question!

  1. I have been reading and participating in the debate on social media regarding NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem.

Here is my conclusion: for those who are taking a knee in protest during the national anthem,  that is your right. For those of you who are  against taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem,  that is your right.   I believe that is exactly what makes America so great.

Each of us has a right to free speech and to peacefully protest. America’s greatness lies in that fact. The important part of the process is to keep speaking, keep the dialogue going. When people speak and other people listen that’s what brings about understanding, empathy and change.   But the important thing is not to change laws but to change minds. So keep your mind open and keep the dialogue going and be kind.  That is how America has been evolving over all of these years and eventually we’ll do the right things and come to the right conclusions. You’ll see!

 

 

 

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The Flag and the Anthem!

I proudly served my country as a U.S. Marine. I am a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America. In all three of those organizations I wear a flag on my shoulder. I have a U.S. flag prominently displayed at my home.

I love the flag, but I did not serve in defense of the flag or a song. I served in defense of the Constitution. I took an oath to protect that document, not to any flag.

It is important to understand the difference between the flag and the values that flag represents, the most important of which is free speech and the right to peacefully assemble and protest.

Patriotism is not about standing at attention, saluting flags or singing songs. And I am tired of patriotism being branded and solely claimed by fragile, conservative white Americans who can’t bear the thought that The American Experiment and The American Dream is not something they exclusively own.

 

 

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Letter to the Veterans Administration

In June of 2016, a small mole on my right arm started to change. It was getting large, black in color, and really looked disgusting. So I made an appointment with my dermatologist at the VA in Martinez California. She cut it out and sent it to a lab. A couple days later, she called to tell me that it was melanoma. She was very caring and kind. She told me that I shouldn’t worry too much because great things are happening in the field of melanoma cancer treatments. She said since I was strong and didn’t have any other problems like high blood pressure or diabetes, and I was otherwise very healthy that I could overcome this disease.

An appointment was made for me to meet the chief of surgery at Mather hospital. He met with me to discuss our next move. He scheduled a surgery to cut my forearm “wide and deep” with the goal of getting all of the melanoma cells out of my arm. During the same surgery they would also remove two lymph nodes from under my right arm, which were considered to be the “sentinel nodes.” I was told that the “sentinel nodes” are the first place melanoma would show up if it was spreading through my body. After we got the lab results back regarding the lymph nodes, we were told that there were no signs of cancer. I then went for a pet scan at Mather hospital and the results showed no cancer in my body at all. So I was pretty happy.

Then, six months later, on January 10th of 2017, the same doctor who did my surgery scheduled me for a follow-up PET scan. The scan showed progression of the disease with widespread metastasis throughout the liver, involving the spleen and throughout the skeleton. From nothing to a very big something in six months. I had a biopsy done on my liver and it showed three inch mass with malignant cells present morphologically favoring melanoma. I have since learned that melanoma is always there and can metastasize without warning.

So, the battle begins. I am introduced to the doctor who will become my oncologist. Another wonderful, caring, knowledgeable doctor who was ready to give me counsel and become my partner. He made me aware of what we were facing and the options that we had in order to go forward. He recommended a book that I could read to get a better understanding of the disease.

I had stage 4 cancer and if I did nothing, I would be expected to live only three to six months.

I had a several choices regarding treatment, and two that I thought were good. They were pretty new but showing great results. Both of the choices had to do with immune therapy, and because of everything I was reading, this was really exciting to me.

1) combo immunotherapy includes two drugs at the same time. Side effects are very bad.
2) single immunotherapy therapy also effective with less side effects.

I chose single therapy. The goal is to shrink the tumors using my body’s immune system. Cancer cells slip past the immune system by appearing invisible to it. The job of immunotherapy is to activate the system to recognize the enemy. I tell people, ‘This is not a cancer drug; it doesn’t kill tumor cells. This is an immune system drug and my immune system will do the work.

The treatments started on the 14th of February, and after the first couple of treatments, we did another pet scan to test for effectiveness. It was working!

With each treatment I was feeling better and better and I could tell that the sickness was leaving my body.

Now, it is August 9, 2017. After six Keytruda treatments and 10 days of radiation, I’m feeling pretty darn good. I went for a PET scan and the results were NED (no evidence of disease). I just happened to be lucky enough to be diagnosed with my typically fatal—and historically chemo-resistant—form of cancer at the right time for a breakthrough immunotherapy.
The real purpose of this letter is to say thank you to the VA. First of all, thank you for being there and for doing the things that needed to be done quickly and efficiently.

I have joined some melanoma sites on the Internet and I’ve been reading some of the comments by the people there. So many of these people are complaining that they have private health insurance and that they have a lot of trouble with their health insurance companies approving the treatments, meds or scans that they need.

Sometimes they’re not approved at all, and other times they’re pushed off for months and months after they really needed the treatments or meds…insurance company profits seem more important than the patient outcomes. But that is not something that happens at the VA, not in my experience anyway.

I spoke to a doctor at the VA and he said that the reason he became a doctor was to help people. And at the VA, he’s able to do that. In private practice, he would spend his time arguing with health insurance companies to try to get the patients what they needed. “But here at the VA, if I prescribe something, it’s done and done quickly.”

I was in Vermont during the time that I should’ve had my last scan, and rather than fly back to California to do so, I called the VA in White River Junction, Vermont. I spoke to a person who said that she was the “traveling veterans coordinator.” I didn’t even know they had one of those. She got to my doctor in California and had the arrangements made for my PET scan to take place in Vermont at exactly the time I needed. This entire system is just amazing. The people are amazing.

I want to thank every person I came in contact with at the VA, from the doctors, to the nurses, the technicians, the people working the phones, the people who made the appointments, the people who directed me around at the VA as to where I should go next, etc. Every one of them were supportive, helpful, respectful and sincere.

I truly believe that if it weren’t for the VA, I would be very sick right now or dead. So I want to say thank you to VA and thank you for even allowing the system to exist for us veterans. I wish a system like this could exist for all the people in America. And it can if we really want to but that’s another story.

Lorenzo LaMantia

 

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Using The Glycemic Index for weight-loss and health!

“The GI measures how the carbohydrates in foods increase your blood sugar,” says Dr. Sears.
Carbs with a high GI are bad for you. Carbs with a low GI are good for you. Complex carbs with a low GI take time to break down. That’s because the glucose (sugar content) of the carb is released slowly into your system.
However, carbs with a high GI deliver an instant sugar shock to your system. This will cause your blood sugars to spike wildly.
Rising blood sugars trigger insulin release. Insulin manages blood sugar and builds body fat. Increased insulin signals your body to store calories as body fat. So, as Dr. Sears puts it, “excess insulin makes you fat.”
The more high-glycemic foods you eat, the more insulin enters into your bloodstream.
In time, your body becomes less responsive to insulin, or insulin resistant. This has a compounding effect. Your body then needs ever more insulin to balance blood sugars. Over time, this will make you fat. It can eventually lead to diabetes.
Balancing Bad Carbs
When balancing your blood sugar, it’s not just sweets you have to balance. You also have to control starches.
The key is to avoid carbs with high GI scores.
Here’s a list of five bad carbs:
• Breakfast cereals (Kellogg’s Cornflakes has a GI score of 80; Kellogg’s Raisin Bran has a GI score of 61)
• Bagels (GI score of 69)
• Breads (Pepperidge Farm white bread with wheat flour has a GI score of 71)
• White rice (GI score between 73 and 89)
• White Potatoes (Baked potato with skin has a GI score of 69; mashed potato has a GI score of 83)
Replacing your grains with whole grains effects only a small improvement. Some whole grains maintain some of the nutrients and vitamins lost in bleaching. But whole grain bread actually spikes blood sugar much the same as white bread.
Compare a porridge made of whole-grain rolled oats to the breakfast cereals above. The porridge scores 55 on the Glycemic Index. Brown rice – another whole grain recommended by the USDA Food Pyramid – is certainly better than white rice. But it scores between 66 and 87 on the Glycemic Index.
Carb-Diets Deficient in Vitamins
But the effect on your blood sugar is only one problem with carbs. Carb-rich diets are also deficient in vitamins.
Studies have shown that cultures which favor a high-carb diet lose vital vitamins. Whole grain cereals lack vitamin C and beta carotene. They also have poorly absorbable vitamin B6.
“In animal models, rickets are routinely induced by feeding [the subjects] high levels of cereal grains,” says Dr. Cordain. “Dwarfism is found more often in populations consuming unleavened whole grain breads. In Europe, where immigrant Pakistanis consume high levels of unleavened whole grain breads, rickets among their children remains a problem.”
Unleavened whole grain breads contain high phytate levels which may also cause zinc deficiency.
“Epidemiological studies of populations consuming high levels of unleavened whole grain breads show vitamin D deficiency to be widespread,” says Cordain. “The mechanism by which cereal grain consumption influences vitamin D is unclear.”
Low GI Foods
You don’t have to go without the benefits you get from carbs. You just need to select foods that have a low Glycemic Index. When you have breakfast tomorrow, don’t grab a bowl of cereal or a bagel-on-the-run. Instead, stick with the breakfasts our grand parents opted for: a high protein options including lean meat and eggs.
According to GlycemicIndex.com, “Foods containing little or no carbohydrate (such as meat, fish, eggs, avocado, wine, beer, spirits, most vegetables) cannot have a GI value. No carbs = no GI.”
Low-glycemic foods include:
• Meat
• Fish
• Poultry
• Eggs
• Nuts
• Plain yogurt
• Most berries
Protein Promotes Rapid Weight Loss (www.challenge4good.com)

Your glory days can still be ahead of you. You can reclaim the body you used to have. You can restore your health and fitness at any time. You just have to know how to re-program your biology. That doesn’t require expensive gimmicks or gym memberships. It just requires a solid understanding of the “macronutrient triangle.” Once you understand how the points fit together, you can balance your hormonal response. And once you balance your response, improved health and rapid weight loss will be yours.

But don’t think that cereal and bananas will help you lose weight. In truth, our grand parents had a better idea of healthy eating than the oatmeal-pushers and low-fat peddlers of today. You can lose weight and improve your health. And you can do it by eating the food you were meant to: the food you want to eat.
One of the best weight-loss foods is the one you’d least expect: red meat. Switching out corn flakes for a lean steak and eggs is a stepping stone to better fitness.
Flipping the “Magic” Metabolic Switch
Carbs and grains are a key factor in weight gain. But just as carbs contribute to weight gain, protein can help you to lose weight. That’s because protein powers up your metabolism like no other nutrient source. According to Dr. Sears, eating protein “throws a metabolic switch and tells your body that it’s okay to burn fat.”
That’s because your body is primarily interested in your day-to-day survival. You gain weight because your body stores calories. It does this to protect against possible starvation at any future date. So to prevent this possibility, it stores calories as fat. That’s why a good portion of the carbs you eat gets stored as fat.
Protein on the other hand is your body’s premium source of energy. When you consume protein, you’re giving your body what it really needs: like Super Unleaded fuel. Your body doesn’t store protein as fat – it uses it all for energy.
When you consume protein, you’re giving your body what it needs for survival. If you start packing away protein in excess amounts, your body no longer worries about survival. It’s getting what it needs. And then it starts burning its fat stores. Suddenly the pounds are melting off on their own.
Protein: Your #1 Premium for Health
Protein helps you to lose weight. More important than that; it restores and builds better health.
That’s because protein is loaded with 20 amino acids. Eight of those are essential to your good health: your body can’t produce them and so you must consume them.
Protein is also your cellular building block: it makes up your hair and nails; it produces essential enzymes and hormones; it builds blood, bones, muscles… it even regenerates skin.
A recent German study proved the importance of protein. The results were published in the prestigious Journal of Nutrition. Researchers found that high protein diets boost antioxidants – critical to your health. They concluded that more protein equals higher antioxidants.
The third reason why protein plays such a crucial role in weight loss and health is because it doesn’t elevate your blood sugars. Regulated blood sugar levels balance insulin. If your insulin levels are balanced, you’re storing less fat.
“Protein is important because it balances your blood sugar,” says Dr. Mark Hyman. “The best way to control blood sugar and energy level throughout the day is by eating protein with every meal. It keeps a slow infusion of energy going through your system rather than being quickly absorbed.”
Red Meat versus White
Protein powers up your fat-burning metabolism. And animal protein is a powerful source of protein. But it’s important to select meat that is healthful. That doesn’t necessarily mean eating white meat. There are many benefits to eating red meat, as demonstrated by several recent studies. Those studies reveal that red meat is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals.
A recent report concluded that red meat is loaded with iron, vitamin B12, and zinc. And there are further health benefits: it’s low in sodium and is not a major source of fat.
“The message is straightforward,” said Professor Geoffrey Cleghorn, an associate professor at Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. “Iron is essential… and red meat is an important source of iron.”
“Lean red meat is a nutrient-dense food,” said Dr Katrine Baghurst. Dr. Baghurst is the leader of consumer science program at CSIRO Health Sciences and Nutrition in Adelaide. She added that red meat is good for “people who are looking for a healthy balanced diet that helps control their weight.”
Passing on Processed Protein
But that’s not to say you can eat any meat and expect good health.
Processed protein like pepperoni, deli meat, meatballs, hot dogs, and ham won’t promote good health, or weight loss. In fact a new Harvard study proves that processed meats increase your risk of bad health.
The researchers picked 20 relevant studies. That pool of research included 1,218,380 people from 10 countries on four continents (North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia). The results show that by eating processed meat, your risk of heart disease skyrockets by 42 percent. Your risk of type 2 diabetes increases by 19 percent.
“Most dietary guidelines recommend reducing meat consumption,” said study author Renata Micha. “Most prior studies did not separately consider the health effects of eating unprocessed red versus processed meats. This suggests that differences in preservatives… explain the higher risk of heart disease and diabetes seen with processed meats, but not with unprocessed red meats.”
Best Source of Protein
Red meat can be better than white meat. And processed meat should be strictly avoided. The best source of animal protein is this: natural, grass-fed meat.
A chicken may not have as much iron as a cow, but it will still be more healthful if it’s free-range and the cow is grain fed.
A grain-fed animal is subjected to amoral and abnormal living conditions. It doesn’t get exercise and is forced to eat an unnatural diet – grains instead of grass. The animal winds up fat and diseased. Worse, it’s been reared on pesticides, herbicides, and hormones… and that’s the meat you end up eating.
That’s why you should avoid this diseased meat. It’s easy to secure premium protein. You just have to read the labels at the grocery store. You should purchase grass-fed red meat; free-range poultry; and cage-free eggs.
In the concluding article of our three-part-series, we examine the “facts about fat” and discover the truth about the most maligned macronutrient… Why is butter better than margarine? Find out in part three.
Understanding the “macronutrient triangle” can help you lose weight. It’s a key factor in quick and healthy weight loss. Understanding the triangle is your first step to balancing your hormones. And if you know how to balance your hormones you can restore youthful health and fitness. For a full report on rapid, healthy weight loss, check out the June edition of Natural Health Confidential.
My grandmother cooked with lard her whole life. And my grandfather ate butter until the day he died… at 82 years old. Neither one of them had diabetes or heart disease. And both were slim built, even in their final years. They’re not unusual for their generation. Most people cooked with lard and ate butter. And enjoyed robust health.
That changed when the government turned against animal fats; when the manufacturers started making margarine. And with that change came vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats. The public tossed out natural saturated fats and embraced trans fats; and humanity’s greatest health disaster was borne.
In the final part of our macronutrient series, we’re going to see how fat fits into your diet. The simple truth about fat is: you have to eat fat to lose fat. The key to unlocking that paradox is eating the right kind of fat.
Fat: the Most Maligned Macronutrient
The “macronutrient triangle” is made up of three “points”: carbs, protein, and fat. To find out more about the two other “points,” check out carbs and protein.
The third macronutrient – fat – fell out of favor at the end of the 70’s. Once the 80’s hit, the government told us – through its Dietary Guidelines for Americans – that animal fats caused heart disease. The Guidelines recommended we limit our saturated fat to less than 10 percent of our daily calories. That opened the door to shortening substitutes and low-fat products. Over the next two decades, this advice led to an “an unanticipated epidemic of obesity and diabetes,” says Dr. Michael Alderman, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY.
It’s only in the last decade that the medical community has started to re-evaluate saturated fats. And now the latest science is supporting saturated fats.
A recent study found “no significant evidence” linking saturated fats to cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease. The study was published in the March edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
A second study, in the same issue, attributed America’s obesity and bad health to carbs – not saturated fats.
These studies are only the latest to support this scientific fact. An earlier report reviewed saturated fat studies from the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California. The authors concluded that reducing saturated fat does not prolong life or lower the incidence of coronary heart disease.
The authors wrote: “The conclusion of an analysis of the history and politics behind the diet-heart hypothesis was that after 50 years of research, there was no evidence that a diet low in saturated fat prolongs life… lowering saturated fat intake does not lower coronary artery disease.”
In yet another study, the National Academy of Sciences reported there was no evidence that a diet low in saturated fat prolongs life. They concluded that the real killer is trans-fatty acids. The report stated, “the only safe intake of trans fat is zero.”
So if saturated fats aren’t bad for us, are they good for us? The answer, in short, is “yes.” In fact, THB Expert Panel Member Dr. Al Sears says, “I tell my patients they should get about 50 percent of their fat intake from saturated fat.”
The Man Who Ate Fat to Lose Fat
Eating trans fats can help you lose weight. It sounds unlikely but it’s true. Dozens of doctors have reported true-life success stories in their own daily practices. Let me share just one with you: it comes from Dr. Mark Hyman. Dr. Hyman serves on the Board of Advisors of Georgetown University and operates a practice in Lenox, MA.
“One of my patients was 40 years old when he had his first bypass operation. He followed his doctors’ recommendation to eat a low-fat diet and exercised. Over the next 10 years, he gained about 30 pounds and developed blockages in his new arteries. His doctor kept telling him to “eat low fat.” His overall cholesterol was fine, but his “good” cholesterol (HDL) level was very low. Finally, his doctor told him not to eat any fat at all. And at the end of all this, he had gained 50 pounds and needed another bypass after following his doctor’s recommendations to eat a low-fat diet!
“When I saw him it was clear he had a problem with insulin resistance because he was not eating the right fats. I told him to eat more fat – the right kind of fat – and he began to do much better. Eating a diet with good-quality protein and good-quality fat raised his good cholesterol, lowered his blood sugar, and changed his whole system. Since then, he has been fine and has lost 50 pounds. He’s kept it off for four years, his inflammation is gone, and he feels great.”
Saturated Fats Promote Hearty Health
Dr. Lawrence Wilson also supports sat fats for health. Dr. Wilson is an M.D. has worked as a nutrition consultant for over 30 years in Phoenix, AZ.
“My conviction is that the fears about saturated fats are quite overblown,” says Dr. Wilson. “Most knowledgeable nutritionists agree that fats and oils are essential for health.”
So, both experts agree: sat fats offer good health benefits. The next question is why are they good for us?
“Fats are essential to good health,” says Dr. Sears. “Omega-3 fatty acids are so critical, a deficiency can lead to depression, lack of concentration and a host of chronic diseases including heart disease and cancer.”
Dr Hyman agrees.
“These good fats are some of the raw materials from which our bodies are made…lack of omega-3s may also lead to depression, dementia, cancer heart disease, and diabetes,” says Hyman.
He adds that eating good fats “turns on a different set of genes.”
Eat the right fats and you will:
• Burn fat
• Increase weight loss
• Increase your metabolism
• Reduce inflammation
• Become more sensitive to insulin, which will balance your blood sugar
Another critical benefit of good fat is cholesterol. You have good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL). Good fats boost your HDL.
“If you substitute carbs for fat, your HDL will drop,” says Dr. Sears. You don’t want that to happen because “high HDL is the most reliable way to prevent heart disease.”
Good Sources of Sat Fats
This isn’t news to many Europeans. Both the Italians and French have always favored natural animal saturated fats over trans fats. You only have to walk around Paris to see the difference in people’s build: they are lean and vibrant. They’ve never shied away from trans fats – in moderation – and their health reflects this.
Simply put, fat is good for us… “but it’s important that you get it from the best sources,” says Dr. Sears.
Natural, healthy fat is a strong component in optimum health. The good news is that you can find it in abundance in whole foods. Two good sources of fat are saturated (animal) fat and omega-3 fats.
• Omega-3s – These are great for heart health. They protect against cardiovascular disease. They also helps to burn body fat. For good sources of omega-3s enjoy wild fish, avocado, olives, cod liver oil, Sacha Inchi oil, and nuts.
• Saturated Fats –These fats boost your immune system. They also help you to absorb calcium. Find it in grass-fed beef, raw milk, and raw butter.
You can find healthy sources of fat in these 9 foods:
1. Organic butter
2. Olive oil
3. Nuts
4. Raw milk
5. Cold water wild fish
6. Grain-fed beef
7. Free-range chicken
8. Eggs
9. Avocadoes
Butter Better Than Margarine?
So if saturated fats – like those contained in butter – are good for us, why are other fats – like those in margarine – so bad for us? Most of the fats that are bad for us – vegetable fat, hydrogenated fats, and trans fats – are man made. They’re stripped of natural vitamins and are artificial, chemical-based oils.
“Vegetable fat in the modern western diet is an abomination,” says Dr. Sears. “Vegetable fats are highly processed to extend their shelf lives. The processing creates unhealthy hydrogena¬tion and cancer causing ‘trans’ fatty acids.”
“When a hydrogen molecule is added to vegetable oils, it turns them to fatty solids,” says Dr. Sears. “These fatty solids replace animal fats, allowing food makers to label their products ‘cholesterol free’.”
While saturated fats come from nature, trans fats are almost always man-made. According to a study published by the Food and Nutrition Board, trans fats are not essential fats; nor do they promote good health.
Despite this, they’re used in margarine, shortening, and baked goods. Why load up processed foods with these non-essential fats?
“The real reason is the considerable profit that margarine and other processed foods bring over the more expensive natural products,” says Dr. Wilson. “The cost of margarine is based on denatured vegetable oil which only costs a few cents, while good butter may cost a few dollars. This provides considerable room for easy profits. It does not take rocket science to market margarine just slightly less than butter and pocket the resulting huge profit.”
According to Dr. Wilson, margarine begins as chemically-extracted, refined vegetable oil. Margarine is produced at high temperatures which also destroys vitamin E, and other nutrients in the oil. The final product contains trans-fatty acids.
“Research shows that trans-fatty acids increase inflammation in the body,” says Dr. Wilson. “This can worsen illnesses such as colitis and arthritis. Very recent research indicates that trans-fatty acids in margarine raise LDL levels.”
On the other hand, natural butter is made from cream. Butter is a partially saturated fat and does not contain trans fat. It’s also a good source of fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamin A, D, E and K. None of these essential vitamins are found in significant quantities in margarine.
Dr. Hyman also names refined fats and hydrogenated fat as ones to avoid.
“Hydrogenated fat is one of the most toxic foods known and should have no place in you diet,” he says. “Hydrogenated fats actually block your metabolism (leading to weight gain), raise your cholesterol, create inflammation and cause cancer. They’re associated with dementia and cause diabetes.”
According to Dr. Hyman, “trans fats,” send a gene message which “blocks your metabolism, increases inflammation, and prevents you from being able to regulate your blood sugar, which causes insulin resistance.” And as we know, that can lead to weight gain and, in time, chronic illness.
“Eating the wrong fats turns on the wrong messages in your genes,” says Dr. Hyman. “Eating the right fats turns on the right messages.”
Fats to Avoid
Dr. Hyman recommends that you eliminate processed oils from your diet. That includes refined vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils.
Bad fats are the omega-6s. They are needed for a balanced diet, but only in small amounts. Dr. Sears says your health will improve if you have a much higher ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s in the foods you eat. You can avoid high levels of omega-6, by not eating grain-fed beef, processed foods, and vegetable oil.
Trans fats are worse than Omega-6 fats. They’re the most dangerous fat you can have and should be completely avoided. You get them in processed packaged foods like potato chips, cookies, cakes, and bottled salad dressings.
Here’s a short list of foods which contain trans fats:
• Hardened Margarines and shortenings
• Bottled salad dressings
• Mayonnaise
• Fried fast foods
• Corn chips
• French fries
• Fried meats like chicken and fish
• Baked goods including biscuits, breads, cakes, cookies and crackers
Understanding the “macronutrient triangle” can help you lose weight. It’s a key factor in quick and healthy weight loss. Understanding the triangle is your first step to balancing your hormones. And if you know how to balance your hormones you can restore youthful health and fitness.

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Veteran’s Day 2013

Veteran's Day 2013. Former Marine and VFW member Lorenzo LaMantia raises the flag.

Veteran’s Day 2013.
Former Marine and VFW member Lorenzo LaMantia raises the flag in Libby, Montana.

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15 Foods that Kill Belly Fat Fast !

Take a look at these 15 foods that can actually help to reduce that stubborn belly fat:
1) Avocados: loaded with two nutrients that are KEY to killing belly fat: hunger-crushing fibre (11 – 17g per avocado) and monounsaturated fats, which studies have shown to actually “spot reduce” belly fat.
2) Peanut Butter: not just peanut butter, but mostly any seeds and nuts: postachios, walnuts, almonds,pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Why? They keep you full and satisfied for long periods of time and they are full of healthy fats and minerals.
3) Healthy Oils: extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil actually help burn fat by supplying healthy oils your body needs to burn stubborn body fat.
4) These veggies: cetain vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale and cabbage contain special phytonutrients (fight-o-nutrients), such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which help to fight against environmental estrogens that can add belly fat.
5) Omelets: Eggs arent bad!!!, they are nutrient dense and loaded with belly-burning protein, vitamins B6, B12, A, D, E and K, folate, choline, lutein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and omega3 fatty acids. Plus, they will keep you full for long periods of time. Choose eggs from free-range chickens for more healthy nutrients.
6) Dark Chocolate: It is loaded with anti-oxidants (nearly 8 times that found in strawberries) and contains stimulants that can have a positive effect on fat burning. Make sure to choose 80% or higher cocoa content for best results
7) Oatmeal/Porridge: packed with fibre and whole-grain goodness, you can’t go wrong. Just stay away the processed, high-sugar junk out there and stick to slow cook oats. Add berries, walnuts cinnamon to taste.
8) Green Tea: Contains potent antioxidants and has been linked to increased fat burning, including a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found green tea extract boosted the daytime metabolism of test subjects by 35-43%
9) Beans: Black Beans, navy beans and lima beans all have 6 or more grams of fibre per 1/2 cup. Fibre can clean your system of pounds of “toxic” waste.
10) Berries: strawberries, rasberries and blackberries are loaded wth fibre (which slows sugar absorption) and are packed with vitamins that can fight cravings. (cravings can come from vitamin deficiencies)
11) Cinnamon: Researchers have found that cinnamon contains a type of antioxidant that increases insulin sensitivity and effectively helps to stabilize blood sugar. Basically…you’ll store less belly fat.
12) Chili Peppers: Studies have shown that the active ingredient in chili peppers and powder, something called capsaicin, increases calorie-burning, stabilizes blood sugar levels and is a potent antioxidant.
13) Yogurt: Most regular yougurt is bad for your belly. Its loaded with belly-bulging sugar (real or artificial). However, Greek yogurts (plain) are loaded with probiotics that fight that belly bulge.
14) Wild Salmon: One of the best belly-blasting foods because of its protein and high omega-3 fatty acid content. Many people are deficient in omega-3s and when they add them to their diet the fat can really start coming off
15) Meat: Turkey meat ( white preferrably) or any lean protein source is a good belly blasting food. This includes the wild, salmon, free-range chicken, whey protein powders, and especially grass-fed beef because it contains natural CLA – a fat that studies have actually shown to burn fat.
The interesting thing about protein is your body will burn off as much as 30% of its calories after you eat it. Take a minute to digest all that info. Then start digesting!! Literally. Adding these foods as part of your regular diet will see you well on your way to destroying that belly fat.
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