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Defying Disease & Aging


Defy Disease & Aging With this…

Or Treat Disease & Aging With This…

The Choice Is Yours… What’s In Your Basket?  Take a hard look at the food you have eaten in the past week.  Would you say there is good nutritional value in it?  If you are like the typical American family, then it is quite likely that there was little to none.

Processed food, fast food, sweet or salty snacks all have one thing in common, they are toxic to our systems, making us sick, fat and un-energetic.

When is the last time you ate fresh fruit and vegetables?  Here are some tips to help you incorporate better eating into your lifestyle.

  • Keep fresh fruits & veggies, washed, cut up & ready to eat, in a clear container in the fridge on an eye level shelf.
  •  When raw veggies are past prime to eat fresh, puree and freeze to later add to soups or smoothies.
  • Hide all kinds of vegetables as pureed in soup to ensure picky eaters or children get proper nutrition.
  • Eat by color!  Typically, the darker, deeper, richer colored vegetables pack the most nutrients.  Try to eat several different colors per day.
  • Try new Foods.
  • Buy organic when possible.
  • Pack your lunch for school/work; If you must eat out, try a veggie packed subway wrap or salad.
  • Be prepared and plan your meals.
  • Experiment with 1/2 Fruit, 1/2 Vegetable Smoothies.
  • Eat soup!  Soup is one dish that retains all the nutrition during cooking.

If you eat wrong, no doctor can fix you, but if you eat right, no doctor is needed.

ANDI Score – The Healthiest Foods

Now there is a way to calculate which fruits and veggies are the most nutrient dense.  ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index.” An ANDI score shows the nutrient density of a food on a scale from 1 to 1000 based on nutrient content.  A value of 1000 being the most nutritious per calorie, and 1 being the least.  ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micro-nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities.

Start looking for ANDI scores at participating grocers.

Crossing The Dreaded Weight Loss PLATEAU

Crossing The Dreaded Weight Loss PLATEAU!

Unfortunately, even the most diligent dieter can hit a roadblock! A weight loss plateau occurs when you stop losing weight despite continuing your normal exercise and low calorie eating habits.

In the beginning, you’re losing weight and everything is GREAT! Some of the weight loss you have been experiencing comes from water. When you consume fewer calories, your body will get it’s energy by releasing glycogen, which in turn will result in shedding extra water weight.

In addition to shedding excess water, when you lose weight, you lose fat and LEAN TISSUE. The loss of this lean tissue can slow down your metabolism, so eventually your weight loss efforts are back in sync with your metabolism.

So how do you get past this PLATEAU? The answer is to increase your activity and lower your calorie intake. Try cutting back 150 to 200 calories per day, but careful not to dip below the 1200 calorie mark.

Also, try changing up your exercise routine. Variety can help to reinvigorate a stale workout and help you get out of the weight loss rut.

Remember, what matters most is how you feel. You have to appreciate the skin your in, and above all know that you are BEAUTIFUL AT ANY SIZE!

FDA Approves New Weight Loss Pill

Qsymia is a new weight loss drug which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July, and is now available for obese and at-risk overweight patients. Qsymia, a combination of both phentermine and topirimate, a controlled substance which can only be obtained with a doctor’s prescription.

There are strict rules set by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners for prescribing Qsymia and other controlled weight loss drugs. The indications for prescribing are patients who have a BMI greater than/equal to 30 or greater than/equal to 27 with a comorbitity, such as hypertension and diabetes. Also, in the Letslose, Advanced Weight Loss Clinics all females of reproductive age who wants to start on Qsymia will be required to sign an agreement/release stating she will use some form of contraception and take a monthly pregnancy test, and immediately discontinue the medication if she were to become pregnant, due to the risk that Qsymia can cause birth defects.

Currently, this Rx is only available via mail order through Walgreens and CVS. The cost of this medication is much higher than other diet drugs. The following prices are as of 9/30/12.

3.75 mg – 14 day supply- $66.99
7.5 mg – 30 day- $159.99
11.25 mg – 30 day- $194.99
15 mg- 30 day- $ 219.99

3.75 mg – 14 day supply- $70.39
7.5 mg – 30 day- $162.69
11.25 mg – 30 day- $195.29
15 mg- 30 day- $ 220.59

Some patients in the clinical trial suffered an increased heart rate and a condition called metabolic acidosis, which can lead to hyperventilation, fatigue and anorexia.

Qsymia’s manufacturer, Vivus Inc., says that the drug helped lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels in obese people and that people taking it were less likely to get type II diabetes.