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Is getting enough sleep all that it’s cracked up to be?

Oh heck yes! It’s bad for the brain to cut your sleep hours. It’s also bad for your health and your fitness – including your ability to burn fat!

sleep infographic

Source: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/6LaUfw/:1hE-SJ7MF:iTM!3dxl/mic.com/articles/118618/scientists-may-have-figured-out-why-it-s-so-hard-to-get-out-of-bed-in-the-morning

Worrying is Bad For Your Brain!

Worry2Let’s start this topic with a couple questions I have for you:

Would you rather:

  1.) Create a scenario where there is a possibly of being disappointed later or, 

  2.) Create a scenario where you have a 100% guarantee of being disappointed now?

When you make up a Worst Case Scenario (WCS) in your mind, your subconscious brain immediately experiences that scenario as if it has already happened, along with all the disappointment and upsetting emotions that accompany that experience. Those emotions then release chemicals and hormones in your body that are detrimental to your health and are actually even fattening.

When you make up a Best Case Scenario (BCS) on the other hand, opposite chemicals are released in your body that prepare you for open-minded, outside-the-box thinking, so if the bad things do happen, you can quickly find a creative way out or will find it much easier to come up with a great solution or remedy.

WCS thinking puts you in a crummy state that shuts you down, traps you in fight or flight mode, closes the mind down and paints you into a corner. Now if the bad things happen that you were fearing in your WCS state, you have effectively trapped yourself and will find it extremely difficult to come up with any creative ways out.

WCS thinking is also bad for your brain. Blood vessels restrict when you are in that state, so the blood flow to your brain is reduced. Your breathing becomes shallow, so the oxygen to your brain is also reduced. Cortisol and other flight or flight chemicals and hormones are released and if sustained, will cause inflammation, which is also bad for your brain. You won’t sleep very well at night either and this has been shown in numerous studies to also be extremely bad for your brain. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the picture.

Here’s the bottom line: When you find yourself creating a WCS in your brain, catch yourself doing it. That’s the first step. Then think of the opposite scenario, which would be your BCS. Then dwell on that.

Your brain is designed for stories. It has to have them. If you don’t feed it stories you make up, it will make up some of its own. You don’t want it to do that though because it will make up WCS over BCS about 95% of the time. Why? Because it’s programmed for survival and preservation first and foremost and that programming makes it notice danger and things to avoid and move away from, over of cool, awesome things to move toward. It’s “away from” motivated instead of “toward” motivated. You can consciously create “toward” motivation though, with BCS stories, so why not?

That vast majority of your WCS stories never come true anyway, do they? But simply creating that WCS puts you through the experience as if it did happen, along with all the fattening and unhealthy chemicals that go with that state.

If you take all those WCS stories and turn them into BCS stories, they might not come true either, but at least you put yourself through that positive experience instead.

People tell me, “I would do that, but if it doesn’t come true, I’ll be disappointed, so I’d rather not get my hopes up.” Yes, that is true and there is a chance that you might be disappointed later, but there’s also a chance that you won’t. With WCS thinking, it’s a 100% chance of disappointment, immediately, and then for as long as you are mulling that WCS over.

Since your mind is going to make up stories on it own anyway, why not take over the process and create BCS stories? Of course this is easier said than done because it goes against our wiring, but with time and practice, that wiring begins to change and with enough diligence, it can become your new automatic response and then you are getting healthier, happier and thinner!

A wise Jewish carpenter had this whole thing figured out more than 2000 years ago and gave us some amazing advice. He said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Young people jumping on Mission Beach, San Diego, California, USA

WCS or BCS? It’s your brain. It’s your body. It’s your health. It’s your choice.

Are Microwaves Unhealthy?

Check out my VLOG below, watch me test the EMFs, listen to the discussion and then YOU decide!

The Twinkie Diet

fat_twinkie_twilight_edwardMy girlfriend Beverly shares the same passion I do for help in helping people, especially with their health and fitness. She is a major contributor to online groups that share health information with each other. Bev has gathered quite a following from people who look to her for advice on what’s really true and effective with health and nutrition, because of so many conflicting messages out there – especially with the mass media who seems to be more confused than a chameleon in a bag of Skittles.

Here is an example of a comment from one of her advice seekers:

“Just came across this – curious what your thoughts are:”  http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/

This article was about a nutrition professor who went on a Twinkie diet involving copious amounts of junk food. He claimed this diet improved his health and caused weight loss.  He set out to prove that reducing his calorie intake to 1800 cal a day would result in weight loss, because this was a reduction in the calories he normally eats. The article was of course parroted by the mass media because it’s so sensational, which I’m sure was this professor’s true intention, but I digress and will include Beverly’s response below instead of ranting on like I usually do.


Thanks for posting this article. I love stuff like this. I think his premise that, “In weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most — not the nutritional value of the food.”…..is BOGUS!!!!!!! This is a shameful statement – coming from a NUTRITION professor. 

ANYONE knows that nutrients are what feed the brain and help the body achieve it’s optimum health. There are PLENTY of well-designed, legitimate studies to prove this point. 

In a nutshell, this is a pathetic excuse for an “experiment”. A 10 week time period tells you nothing about the true affects of his “diet”. BMI is a worthless indicator. I would like to see some actually useful statistics like muscle lost, etc. The ultimate epitome of bad science is using a study group of 1 and having the study only go for 10 weeks. 

This is a completely uncontrolled experiment because we are expected to trust him and his report based on blind faith of someone we don’t even know, who had absolutely no supervision. He didn’t even attempt to involve a single legitimate scientist. 

Professors pull publicity stunts like this all the time to advance themselves in their career and get attention. There have been plenty of cases of them being exposed after the fact as a fraud. 

Most studies that intend to produce bias results are notorious for lasting 12 weeks or less, because bad scientists know that in this amount of time you can tweak the variables to prove just about anything you want. This is why so many pharmaceutical studies last only 12 weeks, even though they know full well that their customers will be using their products for months, if not years. 

Well-designed, legitimate studies last a year or more with hundreds (or thousands) of subjects involved. Even though this professor’s “experiment” had a sample of 1, I’d still like to see this guy continue this diet for a year or more, closely observed 24-7 by an independent, unbiased scientist ensuring he’s being honest and consistent with all foods, activity, etc. to control variables. I’d be willing to bet the bank that he wouldn’t make it a year without ending up in the hospital from some nutrient deficiency disease or major health event.

For those of you who want to know how to discern what is believable and what is not in regards to experiments and science, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1RXvBveht0

My comments/rant (I can’t help it):

Well said Bev!

His poor, young, impressionable students unfortunately think of him as an authority because he is their “Professor” and this horrible lesson will stick in their minds, causing them to mislead other people and perpetuate this gross and negligent display of misinformation.

This pathetic excuse for a teacher is a perfect example of the typical nutrition professor and the ridiculous, absurd things they teach the nutrition students of today. It’s no wonder why current students are still spreading major misinformation, as most traditional dietitians are direct contributers the obesity pandemic in this country. They tell people to eat “healthy” whole grains and other advice that makes people sicker and fatter, instead of advice that actually works, like cutting out all grains completely. Most dietitians also continue to preach the fatally flawed, “Calorie In – Calorie Out” theory this professor is trying to substantiate with this complete joke of an experiment.

Shame on him!

Note:  I purposely didn’t mention the professor’s real name in this post, because I refuse to give him any bump in exposure with the search engines, since I suspect that is part of his intention behind this crazy scheme.  Most people who pull stunts like this show everyone their true colors: That that they care nothing about the health and welfare of the public, but only about their own selfish ambition to attract attention.

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