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Eating Disorders Are All Too Common

Eating Disorders Are All Too Common

On Monday, my older sister Anne would be celebrating her birthday. She succumbed to the anorexia that plagued her life for nearly 25 years.

Did you know that 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from some form of eating disorder in the United States? Many times cases go undetected. Often times families don't know where to turn for help. There might not be a specialist that's close by and many families may have to send their child several miles away to get treatment. Also, the victims may refuse the help as they refuse to admit that they are sick.

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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

It has been so hot in Connecticut, I'm sure I don't need to remind you that you need to drink more to cool off. The heat causes us to sweat more and we lose a lot of water in this heat.

But how much of what you're drinking is actually water? Soda and beer do not count. It's best not to get your calories from your drinks. There is so much empty calories in soda, it can really pack on the pounds. Diet soda isn't much better… some research shows that diet soda drinkers might actually hurt their metabolism and increase risk of obesity and diabetes.

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Recent Comments
Scott Sulkazi
Wow, that's a lot of water Rich! Most days I average maybe 50-80 oz and I thought that was a lot. I had no idea what the current... Read More
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:07
Scott Sulkazi
With my particular weight-loss strategy I was told to drink about half of my bodyweight in ounces. So my water consumption will s... Read More
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:18
Rich H.
I know it's not always easy to get the recommended amount. You have to take into account the food you eat too, as that has water i... Read More
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:20

Salt is no longer bad for you? Uh... What? CDC surprises!

Salt is no longer bad for you? Uh... What? CDC surprises!
What's that again?

A study (yeah I know... yet another study) commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  entitled "Sodium Intake In Populations: Assessment of Evidence" confirms that there is no evidence substantial enough to limit sodium consumption to less than 2,300 milligram daily for Americans. Researchers concluded that one-and-a-half to three tablespoons of salt per day is not detrimental to a person's health, contrary to past belief.

The report also discusses emerging debates about the proper level of dietary sodium intake. "Despite efforts over the past several decades to reduce sodium intake in the United States, adults still consume an average of 3,400 mg of sodium every day," the researchers wrote.

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Scott Sulkazi
I can understand that... but do not forget since you went on the low-sodium diet you also have been exercising regularly. How do y... Read More
Sunday, 14 July 2013 19:36

King of Queens Waist Size

King of Queens Waist Size

I was watching King of Queens a while back and was reminded about my own experience losing weight. Doug (played by funny man Kevin James) was talking to his wife Carrie (Leah Remini) about his waist size. He had no idea she was buying him clothing from the big & tall store. Doug was in denial about his weight and had no idea he was as big as he was. This pushes him to attempt to lose weight... as he says no one's gonna call him Fatty McButterpants anymore! He's too funny!

Anyway, it's so awesome to now be able to walk into any store and find my size. I'm a 36 but sometimes 34 fits too, depending on the clothing. It's such a nice feeling not to have to search for the big department. When I was size 44, it was very rarely in the regular shops... usually they could only be found in the big section. Sometimes, I would purposely buy size 42 and barely fit into them because the store wouldn't have my size.

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Obesity Hurts

Obesity Hurts

I must have heard it a thousand times... "You must feel a lot better!"

After losing 130 pounds, I didn't really think much about it, but yes, I do feel a lot better. I no longer have knee problems, I don't wake up with nocturnal leg pains and I don't suffer from headaches. I never realized when I was obese that being fat really does hurt physically (and of course emotionally too).

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Scott Sulkazi
Congratulations Rich - you're a role model for anyone looking to get healthy - not just for those looking to lose weight! You've ... Read More
Thursday, 25 July 2013 11:44