Maybe I really do need those carbs, no MAYBE about it . . .

Since breaking my ankle I’ve been trying to lose the 10 pounds I gained sitting around with my foot up and my mouth open.  Everyone keeps telling me to eat protein, fruits and vegetables – limit the carbs.  I keep telling everyone when I eliminate, (confession, I’ve never COMPLETELY eliminated, “reduced” is a better word) simple carbohydrates I get depressed.

FINALLY!  I’m vindicated!  YES! YES! YES!

“There are people we call carbohydrate cravers who need to eat a certain amount of carbohydrates to keep their moods steady,” said, Judith Wurtman, MIT researcher. “Carbohydrate cravers experience a change in their mood, usually in the late afternoon or mid-evening. And with this mood change comes a yearning to eat something sweet or starchy.”

“Thus, it’s not just a matter of will power or mind over matter; the brain is in control and sends out signals to eat carbohydrates. (YES!) . . .  if the carbohydrate craver eats protein instead, he or she will become grumpy, irritable or restless. (YES!, YES! ) Furthermore, filling up on fatty foods like bacon or cheese makes you tired, lethargic and apathetic. Eating a lot of fat, she said, will make you an emotional zombie.

“When you take away the carbohydrates, it’s like taking away water from someone hiking in the desert,” (YES! YES! YES!) Wurtman said. “If fat is the only alternative for a no- or low-carb dieter to consume to satiate the cravings, it’s like giving a beer to the parched hiker to relieve the thirst — temporary relief, but ultimately not effective.”

“Carbs are essential for effective dieting and good mood”, Wurtman says.(SHE IS SO SMART!)

This is what is happening in my brain.

“When you stop eating carbohydrates, your brain stops regulating serotonin, a chemical that elevates mood and suppresses appetite. And only carbohydrate consumption naturally stimulates production of serotonin.

“When serotonin is made and becomes active in your brain, its effect on your appetite is to make you feel full before your stomach is stuffed and stretched,” said Wurtman. “Serotonin is crucial not only to control your appetite and stop you from overeating; it’s essential to keep your moods regulated.”

“Antidepressant medications are designed to make serotonin more active in the brain and extend that activity for longer periods of time to assist in regulating moods. Carbohydrates raise serotonin levels naturally and act like a natural tranquilizer.”

Wurtman’s husband, Richard Wurtman and John Fernstrom**, “discovered that the brain makes serotonin only after a person consumes sweet or starchy carbohydrates. But the kicker is that these carbohydrates must be eaten in combination with very little or no protein, the Wurtmans’ combined research determined.”

“So a meal like pasta or a snack of graham crackers will allow the brain to make serotonin, but eating chicken and potatoes or snacking on beef jerky will actually prevent serotonin from being made. (YES! YES! YES! YES!) This can explain why people may still feel hungry even after they have eaten a 20-ounce steak. Their stomachs are full but their brains may not be making enough serotonin to shut off their appetites.”

“And what do protein dieters (especially women) miss most after the second week? Carbohydrates. Women have much less serotonin in their brains than men, so a serotonin-depleting diet will make women feel irritable.”

I love Judith and Richard Wurtman almost as much as I love carbohydrates

Judy

http://news.mit.edu/2004/carbs

*Judith Wurtman, director of the Program in Women’s Health at the MIT Clinical Research Center

**Richard Wurtman, Cecil H. Green Distinguished Professor at MIT and the director of the Clinical Research Center, along with former graduate student John Fernstrom

Frankly Freddie – Valentines Humbug

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I’m not allowed chocolate

Valentine’s day . . .  pooh

The only good thing about Valentine’s day is the candy and I never get any.  I sit alone, no valentines, no candy, no romance.  The only thing I get is dog food.

If you are sitting home alone on Valentine’s day with dog food you are not alone.

Freddie Parker Westerfield, Published Poet

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Click to find out how:

Sugar Increases the “happiness” neurotransmitter serotonin.

Where does my 2 pounds of fat go every night?

Every evening and morning I weigh myself.  In the morning I am exactly 2 pounds lighter than the night before.  The only explanation I had for my weight loss was I expending energy by tossing and turning while I slept.  

Turns out I don’t toss and turn . . . I breathe. 

And turns out I’m not alone in my ignorance: 150 doctors, dietitians and personal trainers surveyed shared this surprising gap in their health literacy. “Some thought fat turns into muscle, which is impossible, and others assumed it escapes via the colon. Only three of our respondents gave the right answer, which means 98% of the health professionals in our survey could not explain how weight loss works.”
“The most common misconception by far, was that fat is converted to energy. The problem with this theory is that it violates the law of conservation of matter, which all chemical reactions obey.”
So if not energy, muscles or the loo, where does my fat go every night?

The enlightening facts about fat metabolism

“The correct answer is that fat is converted to carbon dioxide and water. You exhale the carbon dioxide and the water mixes into your circulation until it’s lost as urine or sweat.”
“If you lose 10 pounds of fat, precisely 8.4 pounds comes out through your lungs and the remaining 1.6 pounds turns into water. In other words, nearly all the weight we lose is exhaled.”

My fat is converted to carbon dioxide and water!

“This surprises just about everyone, but actually, almost everything we eat comes back out via the lungs. Every carbohydrate you digest and nearly all the fats are converted to carbon dioxide and water. The same goes for alcohol.
Protein shares the same fate, except for the small part that turns into urea and other solids, which you excrete as urine.”
“The only thing in food that makes it to your colon undigested and intact is dietary fibre (think corn). Everything else you swallow is absorbed into your bloodstream and organs and, after that, it’s not going anywhere until you’ve vaporized it.”

Kilograms in versus kilograms out

“We all learn that “energy in equals energy out” in high school. But energy is a notoriously confusing concept, even among health professionals and scientists who study obesity.”

“The good news is that you exhale 200 grams (7 ounces) of carbon dioxide while you’re fast asleep every night, so you’ve already breathed out a quarter of your daily target before you even step out of bed.”

Eat less, exhale more

If my fat turns into carbon dioxide, could breathing more make me lose weight?

“Unfortunately not. Huffing and puffing more than you need to is called hyperventilation and will only make you dizzy, or possibly faint. The only way you can consciously increase the amount of carbon dioxide your body is producing is by moving your muscles.”

“But here’s some more good news. Simply standing up and getting dressed more than doubles your metabolic rate. In other words, if you simply tried on all your outfits for 24 hours, you’d exhale more than 1,200 grams (42 ounces) of carbon dioxide.”

“More realistically, going for a walk triples your metabolic rate, and so will cooking, vacuuming and sweeping.”

Cooking!  Vacuuming!  Sweeping!  No way.

I’m going to go to bed for a week and breathe . . .

judy

Keep the flu on the fly

Rev up your killer cells so they can take on the flu. Here’s how:

1.  Get Out and GO

The Good News: Walk for 30 minutes . . . regularly.  You increase the “killer cells” (like white blood cells) that go after bacteria that invade your body after just 30 minutes.

The Caveat:  3 hours later the effect wears off. This means you can’t go out and exercise a lot, then spend days sitting around.

Moderate aerobic exercise seems to be most effective.  Brisk walking, cycling, easy running or other moderate aerobic exercise is best (weightlifting may also work, but the results are not in yet).

 Do not overdo it. 75 minutes of intense exercise increases stress hormones, which are not good for the immune system.

 Do not wait until you are ill. Exercise gets your immune system tuned up and ready, but if you wait to exercise until you are sick, research suggests you could make yourself worse. When you get sick it is time to rest.

2.  Lay Around

No Caveat: Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night . Good sleep is critical for the immune system. Enough said . . .

The Gentle Barn

We’ve been looking for a non-profit charity to donate profits from the CURIOUStotheMAX Zazzle Shop and found one that speaks both to our love of animals and children.

2019 Valentine profits from the CURIOUStotheMAX Zazzle sales will be donated to:

logo-gb-reindeerThe Gentle Barn

Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals,Each Other and our Planet.

The Gentle Barn rescues animals from severe abuse and neglect who are too old, sick, lame, or scared to be adopted into homes. They are a sanctuary to horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, peacocks, emus, cats and dogs.

Once rehabilitated, the animals help give hope and inspiration to children with the same stories:   At Risk Youth       Special Needs        Educational Programs

To browse or purchase just click on the link:

Zazzle/CURIOUStotheMAX

Heart filled Woofer

P & J’s Curious Critter Creation for your Valentine

  Zazzle.

Here’s how it works:

  • We create the artwork and upload our images on Zazzle
  • Zazzle makes the merchandise
  • Zazzle prints our images on the merchandise,
  • Zazzle ships the merchandise to you 

So buy a whole bunch of stuff for yourself, family & friends . . . or strangers too . . . knowing our profit goes to charity.

Love group

Tweeter, Woofer, Meowie, Squeeker & the worm

 Click Here:  Zazzle.com/CURIOUStotheMAX Store

P.S.  Zazzle FREQUENTLY has special promo codes – anywhere from 20% – 50% off.

 

https://www.gentlebarn.org/

The Gentle Barn is a 501(c)(3) corporation, tax ID is #95-4776451.

Positively Tuesday: Habits

“Whatever you would make habitual, practice it;

and if you would not make a thing habitual, do not practice it,

but accustom yourself to something else.”

Epictetus (c. 55 – c. 135 AD), born a slave, was a Greek Stoic philosopher

Piano Practice

Your Happiness Hack, Imagine Me

Daily exercise of imagining our best possible self for two weeks results in increases in optimism.

Imaging our best self can engage the parasympathetic nervous system – the function responsible for relaxation and slowing the heart rate – resulting in renewed optimism and improvements in working relationships. 

 

Richard Boyatzis, PhD, a professor at Case Western Reserve University, does research how people and organizations (from teams to communities) can make the changes they want and how they can sustain those changes.  He says:

 “There is strong neurological evidence supporting the theory that engaging our parasympathetic systems — through regular physical or leisure activities — stokes compassion and creativity.”