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Counting Calories

Counting Calories
I used to believe that one's weight was a simple matter of calories in verses calories out and that calories are calories regardless of source.  However, over the years of Type-1 diabetes testing, logging and analyzing, I have learned that it is not that simple.  A major lesson learned is that carbohydrate calories and fat calories are processed and used differently: Fat is storage, Carbohydrates are fuel. It is indeed true that calories are calories and energy is energy, however, the form of energy dictates what is done with it.  Fat contains the highest energy density by a very large margin.  That would suggest that fat should provide more energy than carbohydrates, how...
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Eating Concentrated Calories? What a Waist!

Eating Concentrated Calories? What a Waist!
A study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) finds that American waistlines are still involved in a rapidly expanding movement, not caused by too much exercise, or not enough calories. What is the problem? General wisdom says that we are eating too much and not exercising enough. That analysis is not entirely accurate. While it is true that people gain weight when they eat more calories then they burn, this is not necessarily because there is too large a volume of food on their plates. Instead the calories may simply be too concentrated! Many people are actually not eating enough of a volume of food and yet are still gaining unwanted weight!  The trick to maintaining an optimal we...
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Motivated2Wellness

Motivated2Wellness
What will it take to get you motivated to be physically and spiritually healthy? Come along on a journey with me! The road may be bumpy, but the company is just fine! It's time to take care of me... and you! Health for body and health for the mind and soul! Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you" I wrote this on my blog http://motivated2wellness.blogspot.com/  May 1st. It says a lot, but I've got even better results and updates to share! Well, it has been quite some time since I posted on this blog. With time comes change. Eating...
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Sean Carney
Heather, I believe your story is going to be inspirational for many people who are going through similar struggles as what you hav... Read More
Thursday, 12 June 2014 15:33
Cindy Mitchell
Heather, I am so very proud of you! Sharing your story will motivate many more that are struggling. Your hard work will add many ... Read More
Thursday, 12 June 2014 23:31
Deborah Anne Pageau
You're setting a great example Heather! I am delighted to hear of your happy new beginnings.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:12
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Taming the cravings

Taming the cravings
I've had a love/hate relationship with my bathroom scales most of my adult life. Up & down, up & down... sigh... Looking back at the heavier me, I see me eating a healthy vegan diet, but with lot of high fat foods such as oil, chocolate, nuts & vegan cheese products. When I look at the leaner me (in memory & now!), I see my diet focused on low-fat whole plant foods: NO oil, NO avocado, NO nuts, NO vegan cheese products, NO coconut & NO chocolate. "Why so strict?" you may wonder. "Come on, you gotta have a little treat now and then!" And you’d be right. I do, but I am less and less thinking of those sorts of foods as "treats".At this stage of the game, I see them mo...
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Sean Carney
Thank you for the very well written blog. We are a nation of food addicts and don't have a clue. This weekend Dr. Carney is doin... Read More
Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:54
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