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Is Fat Catching?

It used to be popular to point at genetics for any extra fat around our waists, but it seems like that trend might be leaving in favor of calling fat… infectious.

Infectious? My sister wondered if these were the same scientists that got funding to study cow flatulence.

When I read this report I couldn’t believe I was reading this on a legitimate News site.

Apparently mice in a study were “engineered to have a particular immune deficiency developed fatty liver disease and got fatter when fed a Western-style diet”. I’m not surprised.


Here is where the article got interesting for a millisecond. When they put these mice in with healthy mice the healthy mice got the same problems. Now mice eat each others poop (yuck) and when they looked the reason all this trouble was happening in the first place was – you guessed it – gut flora.

In fact the “bad bacteria” in the sick mice increased (get this) 1,000 times!

Now that makes sense. It isn’t  fat that’s catching it’s bad gut flora that’s catching. Through food, environment, and what was passed down to us by our parents.

Wait, doesn’t this sound like Gut and Psychology Syndrome? Yeah, I thought so too. Once again research is catching up with common sense.

Did research like  this drive you crazy? Or did you find it interesting? I’d love to know your point of view. And if you’re interested in receiving more article like this to your email sign for my updates at the top right corner of the page!

Losing Weight Being Healthier Tip #3

I’m so excited to share Tip #3 with you. This tip blew me away, especially with a new video clip I saw last week.

If you haven’t read tip #1 or tip #2 you might want to check them out.

Tip #3 might just be the biggest tip out of this three part series. It’s just that important.

[title]Eat Real Food[/title]
All those little boxes that line our store shelves are fake food. They may taste somewhat like real food or even look like real food to us, but they are filled up with preservatives, dyes, and smothered in artificial or “natural” flavors that taste like the real thing, but really come from a little bottle in a lab somewhere around the world.
Rainbow Cake

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This video clip I saw recently was definitely intended to impress, but I found it bone chilling. Personally I think foods in their natural state, as God made them, taste the best. Smell the best. And are the most satisfying.

Fresh, natural ingredients have the ability to satisfy us in a deep place. A place that all the boxed, canned, and per-processed foods can’t touch. Instead they leave us desiring more.

That’s why I’m committed to eating my food fresh and natural whenever possible. To choose the farm fresh before the microwave dinner. The homemade stock before bullion cubes or canned stock. To choose to go one step above what the companies want me to eat, and to instead eat what’s good for me and my family.

So here is the challenge. I encourage you to try it for at least a week or two, and see the difference. Staying on it, in my opinion is the best thing you can do, but try to do it in a way that it will fit into your lifestyle and stick.

Remember you can always change your life more later.

Try to avoid, whenever possible, artificial or natural flavorings. Choose fresh over store shelf packages. Just try to go the extra step.

[title]Mean and Lean[/title]
Avoid processed foods, especially those with artificial or natural flavorings. Make fresh and homemade a priority.

If you want to learn more about eating a more healthy lifestyle check out the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Why this tip could help you loose weight:

This step is about switching from nutritionally deficient foods to foods bursting with nutrition. This will satisfy your body and your weight should naturally go down. It can be that easy.

Have anymore questions about weight? Feel free to ask me anything!

Losing Weight, Being Healthier Tip #1

Well, like it or not it’s that time of year. The get healthier/weigh less time. Trust me I understand why we decide to finally get rid of those last few pounds every January 1st – we’re ready to feel better.
It seemed like every New Year, for year after year of being overweight, I would get excited. This was the year – the year – that I would change all my bad eating habits, finally break through my weight issues, and become a totally new person.

But it never seemed to work out.

What did finally work was implementing small steps towards being a healthier person. Some seemed bigger then others, but in the long run they added up to a healthier body that was naturally thinner.

This week I want to focus on three steps or tips that can jump start your health this year. So that instead of deciding to lose 20 pounds or get healthy all at once you can implement something you can keep.

Whether or not you’re new to healthy eating or been eating this way long time I hope that you’ll be encouraged to start this year out well, but most importantly that you’ll share what you’ve learned. What’s worked for you, after all I’m just passing on what others taught me.

As a side note I’m going to be breaking these ideas into 2 levels:

  • Lean
  • Lean and Mean

Lean will be the easier of the two, and specifically for those new to these ideas. While Lean and Mean will be about taking it up a notch for those of us who’ve been eating healthier for a while.

Wherever you are you’re an encouragement to me.

So here’s Tip #1.

This was one of my biggest aha’s when I started to slim down. When I stopped eating sugars and artificial sweeteners it was like I started deflating. The hard thing is they’re everywhere, but the more I learned to avoid sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup (sometimes labelled as glucose) my weight journey got a lot easier.

[title]Lean Challenge[/title]
Cut out artificial sweeteners (if you consume any), corn syrup, and high fructose syrup that’s in your diet. Try to be more discerning about the sugar you consume – you might want to try switching to Rapadura sugar or molasses as more natural sweeteners.

This is really about seeing what you’re eating and to begin to understand what you’re putting in your body.

[title]Lean and Mean Challenge[/title]
Along with following the Lean challenge try to remove sugar and molasses from your diet. Limiting yourself to honey (raw is best) and dried fruit is one of the best things you can do. Both are packed full of nutrients – minerals and such – that help the body and are much more satisfying.

I hope that you’ve found this interesting and will be checking back on Thursday and Saturday to see Tips 2 and 3! Feel free to leave a comment with your best tip for being a healthier person, I’d love to hear it!

These challenges are not designed for people on the GAPS diet. But to be a stepping stone toward getting on GAPS if that’s what you desire or just to be more healthy.

1.You are Beautiful  2. Sweet

This post is linked to Fat Tuesdays.