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September 13, 2014

Your Body is Your Vehicle

Chapter One

Your Body IS Your Vehicle

“Your body is a wonderland”

~John Mayer

Do you take care of your car?  Do you give it tune-ups and oil changes so it runs smoothly?  Do you keep the tires at a good air pressure to get better gas mileage?  Do you periodically take it fro a test drive to keep the battery charged?

Do you take care of your body?  Do you nourish it by eating healthy meals with reasonable portion sizes?  Do you drink plenty of water throughout the day?  Do you breathe deeply and soundly to clear your exhaust pipes? Do you take your body for a daily test drive?

You body is a vehicle:  it functions like any other piece of machinery and it needs to be treated with care and respect.  It is the one thing that is going to carry you around for your entire life, and it’s worth the effort to learn how it works, so you’re able to give it what it needs.  Learning how your body works and giving it what it needs to run efficiently is like buying a lifetime warranty.

You don’t have to take a lesson in anatomy and physiology to understand the basics of the human body.  However, I believe it’s important to learn the basics in order to get the full picture of how to get the most of your body as you vehicle.  Many people know more about their car than they do about their insides.  It’s time to take control of your body in a new way and develop a new relationship with it.

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October 30, 2013

Food is Fuel

Chapter Two

Food is Fuel

“Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would”

~ V.L. Allineare

Food is fuel, and we are lucky to be living in this time when we’re able to enjoy a wide variety of metabolic fuels for our bodies.  The dietary sources of our metabolic fuels are carbohydrates, fats, and protein.  Alcohol is also a metabolic fuel, but we won’t cover it in this book, since there is a not a great deal of room for alcohol in a well-functioning body.  The bottom line on alcohol is moderation; studies show a little alcohol may actually be good for digestion.  One glass of red wine a day be be quite healthy, but that doesn’t mean you should drink it daily and create an addiction.  Occasionally is more like it.

If we have more metabolic fuel than our body can use, it is stored as fat, and one can become obese.  Not enough fuel and one will be malnourished, which has a number of risk factors associated with it.  Under nutrition is a problem, but it is not the basis of this book and we won’t talk about the health problems related to it.  The world at large is facing an over nourished epidemic.  In other  words, the world is becoming obese.  It was estimated that in 2005, for the first time in human history, there were more overweight and obese people than underweight and hungry people on our planet!  Although we are getting heavier, that doesn’t necessarily translate to healthier.  In fact, many obese people still suffer from under nutrition because they aren’t  getting the right amount of nutrients.

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October 30, 2013

Supermarket Savvy

Chapter Three

Supermarket Savvy

“As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists”

~ Joan Gussow

Since we’re talking about our bodies and the food (fuel) we give it, we might as well talk about the supermarket, grocery store, or whatever you call the place where you buy groceries.  Either way, all of us go there at some time or another, and if you prepare the meals in you household, you probably go there even more than you’d like.  Let’s take a walk through the average supermarket and look at what’s inside, which is a great step in the right direction for making the best food choices.

READ THY LABEL

The Nutrition Facts Panel is the most important part of the packaged food hyou purchase, please, please, pretty please, read you labels!

Before we get started on the label, you’ll need a coup0le of food packages with nutrition labels so you can follow along.  Check you cupboards for some packages.  Good examples might be bread, cereal, and a convenience item like boxed rice, or a frozen meal.

INGREDIENTS

Of utmost importance on your package label is the ingredient list.  Scrutinize your ingredient list.  Can you identify every item? Chances are if you have never heard of an ingredient, you can’t pronounce it, or it’s more than 10 letters long, you probably don’t want to eat it!  You vehicle (body) was not designed for those chemicals.  But, there are certain products your vehicle was designed for; fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans, and local, natural meat products.

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October 30, 2013

Media Madness

Chapter Four

Media Madness

“I find television very educational.  Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a book.”

~ Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx’s sentiment rings true with me.  Although I am not against television or mass media (I’m an avid radio listener), I don’t own a TV.  Television watching was never a habit in the household where I grew up0, and in fact, there were restrictions about the shows I was allowed to watch.  As I got older, it seemed I only had a television set when I lived ni a group house situation, and even then, it was always just there to me.  In one shared home, I even went into my room and did like Groucho, read a good book, whenever it came on, but it was a small house and that laugh track could really get to me!

I very much appreciated television in the village where I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.  Sometimes, it was the only thing that grought little bits of familiarity to me.  When the TV was brought out around dusk, I would usually be given one of the few lounge chairs underneath the cabana in our little plaza.  Only a few times did some bold teenage boy manage to swipe it from me.  Oh, how I looked forward to the Fresh Prince of BelAir!  Now that I’m a single mom, it’s not something we choose to spend our monthly budget on.  We do check out our fair share of movies at the library, though, and enjoy watch them on our computer.

Whether you’re an avid viewer or fly-by watcher, it’s work it to take a close look at what fuels the good ol’ boob tube as well as other forms of media that we encounter on a daily basis.

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October 29, 2013

Movement Matters

Chapter Five

Movement Matters

“After dinner sit a while, and after super walk a mile”

~ English Saying

Why Movement Matters So Much

All machines would prefer to do the job for which they were created, rather than rust in the shed. You body is no different.  It want to move and groove as much as it can.  So get up and get going!  Whatever it is your body likes to and can do, do it!  And don’t forget to breathe while you’re at it…I’m talking big huge, deep meaningful, powerful, loud, intoxicating breaths!

Even if you don’t have the time, money, or desire for a fitness club, get out there and move that thing.  Whatever it is you do in a day, do it more, shake in your seat if you have to, just move!!  Should I get into the studies about how movement is the key to health and longevity?  There is plenty of evidence on the benefits of exercise and chances are we’ve all heard it over and over again.  Exercise release hormones called Endorphins that are feel good receptors in our brains, so it can help relieve stress, combat anxiety and depression.  Without exercise, the chances of reversing many of the obesity-related diseases we’ve discussed, including Type 2 Diabetes are minimal.  You can’t just eat right to get healthy and you can’t just exercise to get healthy.  It’s a two way street; you have to incorporate both.  Research even shows that regular exercise; four to six days a week reduces the length and intensity of menopause symptoms.

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October 30, 2012

The Road Map

Chapter Six

The Road Map

“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, every thing”

~ Thich Nhat Hana

Think of this chapter as GPS for how to effectively and efficiently cruise through life on the highway to heath.  Thre is a for in the road, the choice is your; take the healthy route.

If you’re serous about cruising down the highway to health, go out and buy a journal, or make your own out of plain paper or a notebook.  Whatever yu do, just start making lists and journaling.  Here’s a fact about dieters:  studies show that dieters who keep a daily journal of all the food they eat are twice as successful at eating right as those who don’t Two times as successful!  That’s huge.  200%!  This doesn’t have to relate to just people who want to lose weight, we are all dieters in that we all have to eat every day.  A diet simply refers to an eating plan. So whether your goal is weight loss or weight gain, or to be healthier and make better choices, journaling will help you on your path.  All you have to do is write down everything you eat to have double the outcome.  Terrific!

THE POSITIVE APPROACH

A good way to set out on the highway to health is to focus on what’s going well with your body and health.  Don’t focus on what’s going wrong.  Whatever we focus on is what we attract.  So, if we focus on the negative, that’s the thing that will continue.  Focus on the positive!

If you know what’s going well and focus on doing the right thing, you can improve on that and keep it up.  Soon you’ll be making all the healthy choices (well, maybe not all, none of us are perfect and there sure are a lot of choices out there).

Start with a list of your current behaviors and move on from there to keep making improvements in you day-do-day life.

You can order a copy of My Body My Vehicle by Kellie Creamer from the Amazon website.


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Your Body is Your Vehicle
Food is Fuel
Supermarket Savvy
Media Madness
Movement Matters
The Road Map