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What Does The Oldest Man in The World Eat?

Not much.

Walter Breuning, who recently turned 113, eats two meals a day. He has eaten this way every day for the last thirty-five years. Details here.

"You get in the habit of not eating at night, and you realize how good you feel. If you could just tell people not to eat so darn much."

He doesn't take any medicine, except a small daily baby aspirin, eats a lot of fruit and drinks plenty of water.

Breuning said he's been healthy all of his life and believes diet has a lot to do with it.

Can Coconut Oil Reduce Your Food Cravings?

We all know eating too much food can cause you to gain weight. And food cravings can mess up the best weight loss plans.

One way to avoid food cravings is to increase your intake of healthy oils. They not only reduce your appetite, but also your cravings for fatty food.

Supplementing your diet with a healthy fat, such as coconut oil, fish oils, flaxseed oil, and olive oils will help keep you feeling full and reduce food cravings. Research indicates that about 700-800 calories of fat per day keeps hunger away.

And less food cravings means you eat less calories per day.

In addition, coconut oil is known to support a healthy heart, better metabolism, immune system, boost your energy, healthy skin and proper thyroid gland function.

So to reduce your food cravings and for better health, try a spoonful or two of coconut oil every day.

5 Simple Steps to Avoid The H1N1 Swine Flu

Lately, it seems the news media is putting a lot of emphasis on the H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu. I sometimes wonder if the swine flu panic is worse than the outbreak itself?

Anyway, following are five simple steps you can take to help you avoid the swine flu:
If a tissue is not available, use your elbow when you cough or sneeze.Wash your hands twenty seconds or more, several times a day.Keep a distance from people who are sick.Keep fingers out your eyes, mouth and nose. That's where the H1N1 goes.Keep your immune system strong by getting enough sleep, drinking water and eating nine or more fruits and veggies a day.I know these five steps may seem too simple. But it's common sense steps like these that can go a long way towards helping you prevent getting the H1N1 swine flu.

Remembering Hurricane Floyd

September 16th, 1999. Ten years ago today, Hurricane Floyd hit my hometown. Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a small southern city along Interstate 95, has never been the same. I no longer live there, having moved ten years ago. But that natural disaster is something I'll never forget.

"Hurricane Floyd is an event so paramount in Rocky Mount's history, many of those who survived the storm say the 1999 flood divides time.There was Rocky Mount before the flood. There is Rocky Mount after the flood." - Rocky Mount Telegram

Located just a few hours from the coast, Rocky Mount had been hit many times during previous hurricane seasons. In fact, a hurricane had hit the area just a week prior to Hurricane Floyd. So when I woke up the morning after Hurricane Floyd, nothing seemed unusual or out of place. Little did I know.

Our house had not been hit hard and there was not any flooding in our home. But throughout the region, and particularly in Rocky Mount, the flooding was devast…

Four Foods To Help You Focus

Just in time for kids going back-to-school, here is a handy list of foods that have attention-boosting properties. Their list includes the following:
FishSunflower SeedsEggsQuinoaThose four foods are convenient and affordable. Why not see how they work for you and your family?

Is Health Care Really The Problem?

Of course the health care debate matters. But no matter what Congress does, our health is not likely to get much better.

Why? Because the health care system isn't making us sick. It's our diet.
"The American way of eating has become the elephant in the room in the debate over health care," writes Michael Pollan in the New York Times.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three-quarters of health care spending now goes to treat "preventable chronic diseases." Not all of these diseases are linked to diet - there's smoking, for instance - but many, if not most, of them are."

"There's lots of money to be made selling fast food and then treating the diseases that fast food causes."Yeah, no one is holding a gun to our heads and making us eat this stuff. And many folks often make terrible food choices. By the time we reach middle age, though, we pay a price with our sick, fat and tired bodies.

Most people don't …

Does Exercise Make It Harder To Lose Weight?

Time Magazine recognizes what most of us knew all along - exercise makes it harder to lose weight:
"Whether because exercise makes us hungry or because we want to reward ourselves, many people eat more - and eat more junk food, like doughnuts - after going to the gym."Bottom line:
"It's what you eat, not how hard you try to work it off, that matters more in losing weight. You should exercise to improve your health, but be warned: fiery spurts of vigorous exercise could lead to weight gain. I love how exercise makes me feel, but tomorrow I might skip the VersaClimber — and skip the blueberry bar that is my usual post-exercise reward." Read the rest of the article.

What Everybody Ought To Know About High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup is made from cornstarch, and is a combination of fructose and sucrose. It is sweeter and cheaper than sugar and extends the shelf life of products. For these reasons, it has become a popular ingredient in many sodas, fruit-flavored drinks and other processed foods.

High fructose consumption contributes to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It raises blood levels of cholesterol and another type of fat, triglyceride. It makes blood cells more prone to clotting, and it may also accelerate the aging process. The body is not supposed to be consuming it.

Adolescents aged 12-18 have the highest intake, with sugar-sweetened beverages accounting for the largest source of fructose.

You can reduce High Fructose Corn Syrup in your diet by reading food labels, drinking water instead of soft drinks, snacking on fruits and veggies, and consuming whole grains instead of refined grains.

Here is a site that has a long list of foods containing High Fructose Corn Syrup.

10 Diseases Linked To Soft Drinks

People don't drink soft drinks because they're a healthy drink. They consume it because it tastes good, is convenient and the caffeine gives them a lift.

Remember the following the next time you open up a bottle or can of the stuff:
Extra Pounds - a lot of calories in soft drinksLiver Damage - unnecessary long-term stress on your liverTooth Decay - dissolves the tooth enamelKidney stones - high phosphoric acid content promotes kidney stone formationDiabetes - stresses the body's ability to process sugarHeartburn and Acid Reflux - carbonated beverages are very acidicOsteoporosis - phosphoric acid causes lower calcium levels in the bloodHypertension - experts believe overconsumption leads high blood pressureHeart Disease - increases risk of developing the metabolic syndromeImpaired digestion - inflammation of stomach and stomach lining erosionThough it would be hard for many to give up the cola habit once and for all, at least try to place it in the category of things you en…

Fat verses Muscle

Have you ever heard someone say:

"Five pounds of fat and five pounds of muscle are the same. I just want to lose five pounds!"

Nope They are not the same.

Five pounds of muscle is metabolically active tissue which helps your body burn more calories, even when you're not exercising.

Five pounds of excess fat just takes up space. It does nothing for you.

So if you're on a weight loss journey, you want to focus on losing fat, not muscle. How do you do this? By strength training and doing resistance exercises like push ups, tricep dips, crunches, etc.

Build up your muscles mass and you'll see changes to your body.

Does Sugar Feed Cancer?

Researchers have discovered new information on the notion that sugar feeds cancer. These findings also have implications for other diseases such as diabetes.

"It's been known since 1923 that tumor cells use a lot more glucose than normal cells. Our research helps show how this process takes place, and how it might be stopped to control tumor growth," says Don Ayer, Ph.D., a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah. (Read the rest of the article).

The average American consumes over one hundred and thirty pounds of sugar every year. When you consume twenty-four teaspoons of sugar in a one day period, your immune system is depressed by ninety-two percent.

Yet, the average American consumes over forty-two teaspoons of sugar a day!

How? A twelve ounce soft drink has nine teaspoons of sugar. Many people drink two or three such beverages a day. This does not include all of the hidden sugar in foods …