If you are new to this page, these are the notes from a class we are doing at our church, FBC, Athens on Sunday nights, “Caring for our Temples.” Each week, we begin class with a devotion and focus on the LORD and HIS WORD before we study about taking care of our temple’s. This week’s devotion was from the book, JESUS Calling, by Sarah Young. This semester we are going through the book, “UltraMetabolism,” by Dr. Mark Hyman and have just finished Ch. 7 and the different “Myths,” about losing weight. I have included the summaries of each chapter toward the end of this weeks notes. So read them and catch up, and join us for part 2 of the book, as we learn together the 7 keys to getting our bodies Healthy and “Creating Ultrametabolism in our Bodies.” We plan to meet this Sunday night at 5:00 in our room 207 on the second floor, and do an overview of Part II-The Keys to the New Science of Weight Loss. Come and bring a friend, and plan to stay and worship the LORD with us during our evening service. We look forward to seeing you!
GOD bless you,
November 25 from JESUS Calling, by Sarah Young
Thank Me frequently as you journey through today. This practice makes it possible to pray without ceasing, as the apostle Paul taught. If you are serious about learning to pray continually, the best approach is to thank Me in every situation. These thankful prayers provide a solid foundation on which you can build all your other prayers. Moreover, a grateful attitude makes it easier for you to communicate with Me.
When your mind is occupied with thanking Me, you have no time for worrying or complaining. If you practice thankfulness consistently, negative thought patterns will gradually grow weaker and weaker. Draw near to Me with a grateful heart, and My Presence will fill you with Joy and Peace.
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
—1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 kjv
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The patient in our chapter is a Mom on the go with her kids. They regularly frequented the fast food restaurants and ate their meals in the van going from one activity to another. Sound familiar? Slowly, the pounds started coming on her, and her children. The poor quality food lacking in nutrients and high in sugar, calories and transfats was taking its toll on them all.
As Dr. Hyman worked with her he taught her to shop and quickly prepare real whole food snacks and meals she could take them with her and feed her children. And he gently suggested that she wouldn’t be a bad mother if her kids didn’t do every activity, that there was value in staying home as a family, preparing meals, and slowing down. http://www.visionforum.com/ (great resources to encourage the family in a Biblical worldview, resources how our food is making us sick….and how to slow down, and much, much more).
Junk in, junk out….she found with a little planning she could start eating real food every day and was able to lose her minivan pounds.
“It’s difficult to think of any major industry that benefits if we eat less food, not the agriculture, food product, grocery, restaurant, diet, or drug industries. All flourish when people eat more, and all employ armies of lobbyists to discourage governments from doing anything to inhibit overeating.”
At the beginning of the 20th century, Americans cooked and ate most of their meals at home. By the year 2000, they ate more than half of their meals outside the home or ate processed food they didn’t cook at home. This is NOT an accident or an unintentional result of busy lives or the breakdown of the family unit. It has been an intentional transformation of the nutritional landscape by an industry spending phenomenal resources to market inexpensive food of poor nutritional quality to more and more people regardless of the effect on their health or waistlines.
Dr. Hyman mention the USDA being responsible for the food policy…which is a self serving interest. The drug companies are in cohoots with the FDA….some of the people who are employed by the drug companies also serve on the FDA so they are self serving also!
The food industry is pushing us toward the overconsumption of foods that trigger weight gain, obesity, and all the known diseases of aging, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and Alzheimers. These conditions are NOT the inevitable result of aging. They are related to the quality of our diet.
This idea may seem strange that food can make us sick…and it is foreign to those policy makers who are in charge of making food guidelines for our country. Take for example the recent “cheeseburger bill.” It prohibits lawsuits against junk food the food industry is promoting for making us fat or sick.
A recent study of the causes of death in the US found that poor diet and physical inactivity contributes to approximately 400,000 deaths annually, almost as many deaths caused by smoking. Obesity will soon overtake smoking as the leading cause of all deaths in the US.
Consider that the largest food companies in the world are also tobacco companies: RJR Nabisco and Altria Group which owns Philip Morris and Kraft Foods. It makes us wonder if it will take the US population and government as long to realize that the foods these companies are feeding us are destroying our health as it did for us to become aware that the cigarettes they were selling us were killing us. It’s a strange coincidence that obesity is now overtaking smoking as the leading cause of death in our country. The tobacco companies and the junk food companies are the same companies!
REAL FOOD MATCHES our Genes, Fake Food Does Not
The food industry is promoting “food’ that does not turn on genes that promote health and optimal metabolism.
Everything about our industry-driven diet in the twenty-first century works against our genes and promotes not only obesity but every age related and chronic disease that afflicts us. When GOD created us our body had seven characteristics:
1) A low glycemic load ( or low sugar and refined carbohydrates)
2) More omega 3 fats from wild food such as fish, wild game, and wild plants
3) A balance of protein, fat, and slowly absorbed carbohydrates
4) Many alkaline foods (plants) which prevent our blood from becoming too acidic)
5) High fiber content
6) An abundance of vitamins and minerals
We need to eat the kind of foods that GOD created our bodies to run the most efficiently on: Choose real, whole, unprocesed food, such as an abundance of fruits and veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, eat small wild fish such as wild salmon, sardines, and herring; avoid food with added salt; avoid fake foods, particularly those containing high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated fats.
Toxic Sugars and Toxic Fats
The food we eat now is chemically altered to promote shelflife and increase consumption, not good health. Two major ingredients in most prepared foods we eat are: corn and soy. They have been transformed in the lab into toxic foods, unknown to human biology, when they are turned into supersugars and superfats known as high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated soybean oil.
Below are articles by Dr. Mercola giving further insight into the dangers of these chemicals to our bodies.
These two man-made chemicals are responsible for the dangers of almost all the fast and processed foods in this country. They are associated with “empty calories”- calories that don’t contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber or essential fats.
Trans fats never go rancid as butter or regular vegetable oil does. Crackers and cookies can stay on the shelf at the supermarket for months even years because of the trans fats. Remember the handout from Dr. Prosch about transfats…
Before the mid-1970s, sodas were sweetened wih sugar; now they are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. These super sugars quickly enter your bloodstream and trigger hormonal and chemical changes that make you feel even hungrier. Insulin surges start a cascade that tells your brain to eat more and you fat cells to store more fat.
Trans fats bind to a spot in your cells that blocks your metabolism, slows fat burning, increases cholesterol, and leads to insulin resistance or trouble balancing your blood sugar. This leads not only to weight gain but to every other major health concern.
Weapons of Mass Expansion: The War on Whole Foods and Why the Food Pyramid is Killing Us
We have now learned that the food pyramid developed by the USDA, became the prescription for insulin resistance (prediabetes). The scientists who developed it were affliated with the food industry as opposed to independent university or medical researchers who might have a more objective view. This Food Pyramid became the basis of the school lunch program, hospital food programs, nursing home menus, and all federal funded institutions that serve food. Our government told us to eat a diet that serves business, not health, a diet that makes us sick. After the government sponsored Food Pyramid was introduced, we reduced our intake of fat, increase our consumption of bread, rice, pasta, and cereals, and doubled our rates of obesity.
www.mypyramid.gov Dr. Hyman entered his personal information and was told to drink 3 glasses of milk per day. He said that for 75 % of the worlds population, consumption of dairy products leads to digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. Why would the government recommend this?
What Can We Do? Dr. Hyman says that government policy needs to change. Dr. Marion Nestle, professor and former chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, sums up the changes that are necessary: “Existing food policies could be tweaked to improve the environnment of food choice through small taxes on junk foods and soft drinks ( to raise funds for anti-obesity campaigns); restrictions on food marketing to children, especially in schools and on television,; calorie labels on fast foods, and changes in farm subsidies to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables. The policies of obesity demand that we revisit campaign contribution laws and advocate for a government agency-independent of industry-with clear responsibility for matters pertaining to food, nutrition, and health.”
“Ultrametabolism and its 7 keys to the new science of healthy weight will teach you how to make the best eating choices and lifestyle decisions despite the misinformation provided by the goverment and the food industry. It will empower you with the information you need to change your health and your life now.” Come and join us as we learn together!
- the food industry in this country spends enormous amounts of resources creating foods that aren’t healthy ad promoting these foods for your consumption.
- government policy doesn’t generally support good nutritional advice and more than the food industry does
- the reason goverment policy doesn’t provide good nutritional advice to the public is that it is closely tied to food industry interests.
- the government Food Pyramid that advised us to eat six to eleven servings of bread, rice, and cereal a day has significantly contributed to the epidemic of obesity
- poor diet is the second leading cause of death and will soon overtake smoking as the number one cause of death in America
- you should turn the Food Pyramid upside down by putting healthy fats (omega 3 fats from fish and flaxseeds and monounsaturated fats from olive oil) at the bottom, and eat mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish, eggs, and lean poultry and only a little meat, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and dairy products.
- concentrating on a diet based on whole, real, unprocesssed food is the best way to avoid the health risks associated with eating fake foods that damage your health.
I want to encourage you to go back and read all the summaries in your chapter or read it below. They are an excellent review of all the “myths,” we have learned thus far about loosing weight:
Ch 1. The Starvation Myth: Eat Less+ Exercise More= Weight Loss
- loosing weight is about more than just eating less and exercising more.
- its not your fault that you are struggling with your weight (well, yes, it might be…or it might not, these are my words)because your feeding behavior is controlled by your brain and is designed to prevent you from starving.
- you have to eat more than your resting metabolic rate, or your body will think you are starving. When you eat less than your RMR or resting metabolic rate, you tend to gain weight rather than lose it.
- Don’t diet-if you eat too few calories, you will only gain weight in the long run.
Ch. 2. The Calorie Myth: All Calories are Created Equal
- All calories are not created equal
- Food contains information for your genes that controls your metabolism, not just energy in the form of calories.
- the information changes your metabolism and can increase or decrease your weight
- a whole food diet is the best way to help food communicate to your genes in a language it understands
Ch 3. The Fat Myth: Eating Fat makes You Fat
- Low fat diets are a myth this culture has promoted for too long. They don’t work and have no scientific evidence to support them.
- It is not a question of eating a low fat versus a high fat diet; it’s a question of the type of fat you eat. As you can see, your diet is a powerful messenger that communicates to your metabolism through the messages the fats send via your genes.
- essential omega 3 fats are good fats. They come from fish, flaxseeds, and nuts, enhance and improve your metabolism, and promote weight loss. Eat more of them.
- Trans fats are ugly fats that cause weight gain, impaired metabolism, inflammation, and diabetes. Never eat them.
Ch. 4 The Carb Myth: Eating Low Carb or No Carb Will Make You Thin
- carbohydrates are the single most important food you can eat for long term health
- low carb diets are not more effective in causing weight loss than low fat diets are
- most good carbs come from whole plant food. The key to eating good carbs is eating whole, unprocessed food.
- these plant foods are filled with iyou important phytonutrients that can’t be replaced by any other food
- all the terminology related to the low-carb craze is outdated. There is only one concept you really need to focus on: the glycemic load of your meals.
- Stick to carbs that have a low glycemic load, and you will feel healthier and lose weight faster
- eating food that is quickly turned to sugar by the body is stressful and increases adrenaline and cortisol, which causes you to gain weight
- eating food that quickly turns to sugar also makes you eat more and gain weight because it produces more insulin, which signals your brain to eat more
- the secret of choosing the best carbs to eat is to choose many whole, unprocessed foods
- Unprocessed foods have much more fiber in them than do processed carbs.
- Fiber is the secret key to a diet with a low glycemic load.
Ch.5: The Sumo Wrestler Myth: Skipping Meals Makes You Lose Weight:
- Eat breakfast daily
- Spread your food intake and calories throughout the day
- Wait at least two to three hours after your last meal before going to sleep.
Ch.6 The French Paradox Myth: The French are thin because they drink wine and eat butter.
- The French are thinner and healthier because they eat whole real food, not commercially processed foods containing trans or hydrogenated fats and high-fructose corn syrup
- Eating food quickly or while you are stressed out can make you fat, especially in your belly area.
- Try some of the strategies the French use: eat real food, eat less food, and eat more slowly to give your metabolism a helping hand.
- create pleasure around mealtimes and spend more time savoring food with family and friends. Pleasurable meals actually speed up your metabolism.
- go out and take a stroll or walk to your grocery store. If you can’t do this, find little ways to increase your activity: take the stairs, not the elevator or escalator; park as far away from where you are going as possible; give up your remote control; take a walk after dinner.
Below are some excellent websites for further research about the governments ever increasing role in our food supply, medical care and healthy living:
www.acresusa.com- This is an excellent resource if you are a backyard gardner, or aspire to farm organically at any level. I highly recommend it. One of the articles in this months “Acres USA.” Traditional Rural Lifestyles Under Assault despite the growing back-to-the-land movement, many legal and planning challenges continue to stymie smaller farms while favoring industrial-scale agriculture.
Other helpful links:
– these shows have a wealth of great information and you can watch them all on the website if you miss the show.
This week on the Suzanne Show: Did you know that 7 out of the top 10 causes of death in America — including diabetes and cancer — can be connected to chronic inflammation? Find out why this week when Life Extension’s Dr. Mike Smith returns to The SUZANNE Show. He’ll explain how inflammation is our body’s natural response to any sort of problem or injury, fighting infection and repairing damage. The problem is that inflammation can become prolonged and actually start attacking healthy cells.According to Dr. Smith, a poor diet is the biggest contributing factor to chronic inflammation. He’ll talk about how a Mediterranean-style diet high in vegetables, fruit, fish, nuts, and beans will gradually reduce your risk … and recommend nutritional supplements you should know about for more immediate results.Frank and informative health discussions like these are what you can expect every week on The SUZANNE Show, starring Suzanne Somers, sponsored by Life Extension®. So tune in Wednesday, November 28, at 7 a.m. ET & PT and 6 a.m. CT, on Lifetime Television. This is TV not to be missed!