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Steven George


HEALTHY ME & U2

The benefits of walking on

 sand versus a hard surface

Wearing Flip-Flops

Flip-flops, some people feel good with the air dancing around their feet, plus they feel like summer every day they are worn. Are you one of the many people that wear flip-flops on a daily basis, sometimes even 24/7? Do you know the downside of wearing flip-flops daily? How they stay on yourfeet is where you might have problems down the road. Clenching the muscles in your feet each and every time you wear flip-flops, making certain they do not fall off as you walk.

Wearing them for short periods of time is not a huge matter of discussion, but if you wear them for extended hours or days, the muscle clenching could lead to compressed toe muscles [known as hammer toes], which could affect stride and balance changes in how we walk, or for that matter body movement.

Gripping when you walk is more than just bent toes. Extended periods of gripping makes some of your toe bones curl up and sometimes down, it also drives the end of some bones into the ground, which most likely can be quite painful.

People with Plantar Fasciitis should consider wearing sandals, shoes and sneakers with arch support to avoid extreme pain.

I hope you find this information helpful and remember to take care of your feet, you need them to get around.

 

Walking On Sand Versus A Hard Surface

1. One advantage of walking on a sandy beach is burning approximately 20-50% more calories than walking at the same pace on hard concrete or asphalt.

2. Walking barefoot in sand will most likely ground you more effectively which may help you reduce some stress.

3. Sand is mother natures cushion for your feet.

4. Walking in the sand at the beach is relaxing. You may walk further breathing in sea air which will most likely help you relax and walk a greater distance.

5. Jogging in the sand may help you use more than 1.5 times more energy than jogging on concrete or asphalt.

If you walk far in the sand you could end up with a shin splint or even a sore tendon, it’s always something isn’t it? It is usually best to wear shoes that can get wet, or don’t mind getting wet when walking in water or wet sand.

I actually like walking barefoot at the beach, and I almost always get a sore tendon because I walk too far, just make certain that you stretch your legs, calf and foot muscles before walking for a long than normal period of time.

 

Your Happiness Comes From Within Not Without!

Steven George

 

 

 

CHANGE CAN BE GOOD

 

Learn From My Journey to a Better ME


 

Happy Summer & 4th of July!

Welcome to my new column! It has been a while since I have

written and shared with you. I have been on quite a journey of

self discovery and in the process have totally transformed myself.

Last summer was my re-awakening point. Only after truly

accepting how my body had gone from a 33 to a 38 waist size did I

start to realize that something had to change. I had to change,

and my thinking had to change in order for my body to adapt. I

also had to change my eating habits. What you eat is a personal

choice. Once you establish an eating habit it is hard to break,

until you are ready to commit to trying new foods and form

new creative healthy habits. Creative healthy habits? Is there

such a thing? With so many new recipes for Vegan, Gluten Free,

Lactose & Sugar Free, I have discovered many new and different

alternatives to how I used to eat.

I am Lactose Intolerant, [have recently discovered that I am]

Wheat sensitive, & Sugar [unfortunately] is no longer my friend

[although I do cheat and pay for it later]. I bet you are

wondering what my age is, I am 50 years and changing my diet

has been a learning experience that I want to share with you, so I

can help educate anyone through my exposure, who may be

experiencing bloating, nausea, occasional constipation & weight

gain due to certain foods that we eat. I am not a nutritionist or

in the medical field, I am a person, just like you, wondering why

bread and pasta and dairy make me feel sick after I eat. I have

been eating bread, pasta, pizza and dairy my entire life and now

discovering why it bothers me.

I recognize that eating food with sugar will bloat my stomach and

make me feel uncomfortable. Dairy does the same thing and

certain wheat, because bread and pizza dough contain a small

amount of sugar. I was amazed when I read the labels for Greek

Yogurt at the market, many of them contain at least 23grams of

sugar. Sugar is everywhere and I cannot stress enough the

importance of reading labels on food products you buy. I now

read every label to see how much sugar I might consume.

I now eat gluten free oatmeal almost everyday and I make it with

water, add cinnamon and a pinch of salt. I only drink water,

herbal ice tea, and black coffee that contains no sugar or milk.

Speaking of milk, I only drink unsweetened almond milk. All of

my friends are amazed at my level of commitment to my new way

of eating. I do feel better, but I so want to eat a donut, and I do

eat them at times knowing how much pain I will be in later in the

day. The pain goes away within a day or two, what can I say I still

love sugar, but I am getting better about not eating it as much.

I want to share recipes that I myself have made and or want to

make, I also hope you will try them and let me know how you did

like or did not like the recipe and how it came out. Do you know

about FODMAPs?

It is important to limit your intake of FODMAPs. FODMAPs (fructo-, olgio-, di-, and monosaccahrides and polyols), are a special class of highly fermentable sugars, fibers, and sugar alcohols that are found in a wide variety of foods. Some common examples include wheat, dairy, and fructose-rich foods such as honey, and beans. Even the sorbitol in breath mints falls under this category.

The kinds of FODMAPs you really want to cut out are junky carbs like refined grains and sugars, which are not well-tolerated by the gut. It's also a good idea to reduce your gluten and dairy.

Your gut microbes love FODMAPs. The problem is that if your microbiome is out of balance, you could be feeding the obesity-causing bacteria that have established a foothold in your gut. By limiting these foods, you set the stage for gut healing and weight loss.

 


Soda side effects
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Soda is nothing but sugar water

and lacking any nutritional value.

It leads the way to obesity and

diabetes, it also packs on the

pounds. Drinking non-diet soda

will substantially increase fat

buildup around the liver and

skeletal muscles, which can lead

to insulin resistance and diabetes.

 

Diet Soda side effects
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Guess what? Diet Soda will also

add pounds. Researchers from

the University of Texas Health

Science Center monitored 475

adults for 10 years, and found

that those who drank diet soda

had a 70 percent increase in waist

circumference over the 10-year

study, compared with those who

didn’t drink any soda. Those who

drank more than two diet sodas

per day saw a 500 percent waist

expansion!

A separate study the same

researchers conducted on mice

suggested that it was the

aspartame, which raised blood

glucose levels, that caused the

weight gain; when your liver

encounters too much glucose,

the excess is converted to body fat.

 

 

 

 

Steven George