We All Scream for Ice Cream

Don’t you love Google?  I will occasionally get on a subject and google as much as I can.  Today is was healthy food, healthy eating, and what happens to your body if you don’t eat healthy.  The real reason I got into this was my lifetime challenge to find proof that  bingeing   eating ice cream will make you smarter and live longer.  I didn’t find that tonight but I did find a lot of other interesting  and healthy facts.

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Every wonder why sometimes you just crave the bad stuff?

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If you crave chocolate or Cheetos after a hectic day, it may be because you’re sleep-deprived, a new study suggests. Researchers have found that lack of sleep may lead to increased appetite and an affinity for unhealthy foods.  So go take a nap!

 

Is there any other reason to exercise other than to lose weight?

Exercise might slow rate of mental decline by 10 years for older people.
Research has shown exercise improves brain health, and it’s never too early or too late to begin. Even moderate exercise has been shown to increase memory, mental processing speed and the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for forming new memories, even in previously sedentary adults. Simply walking three times a week has been shown to produce significant gains in memory and mental processing speed.

 

Is there really a reason we have to eat our vegetables or are we being punished?

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Neurologists agree a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes will help keep the brain healthy. They also advocate eating fish, walnuts, flax seed or other sources of omega-3 fatty acids.  A high-fat diet and obesity raise the risk for dementia. So do high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure if left untreated.  There they go with the healthy brain again.

 

Ever wonder why someone who has never smoked gets lung cancer?

Carb lovers among us could be at higher risk of developing lung cancer, even if they have never smoked!!!

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But it’s not just any carbs. Those with a high glycemic index — meaning they raise your blood sugar the most — are the ones associated with increased lung cancer risk. Think white bread, white rice and russet potatoes. In contrast, the carbs in foods such as pasta, oatmeal and sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index.  I think I have just eaten my last white bread and white potato!

 

Did you think that to get liver disease you must be an alcoholic?  Not true!  Its called non-alcohol liver disease – and its caused by sugar!

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The table sugar most people know is sucrose, made up of equal parts glucose and fructose. But it is the fructose that is the bad guy. The reason why is really fascinating.  Because our bodies use glucose as the preferred energy source, it is easily metabolized and used just about everywhere and the extra is stored in our muscles or liver as glycogen.

Unfortunately, this is not the case with fructose, which is metabolized in only ONE place — the liver. And, because the liver can only handle so much fructose at a time, the extra gets converted into fat. Your liver starts to accumulate fat, which is wildly unhealthy.

OK enough of all those healthy facts.  Just reading all that makes me hungry.   And I still want my ice cream!

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And now as you head off to work (trying to figure what the heck you will be able to eat for lunch today without hurting your brain, your liver or your heart….) here are some extremely important facts to know:

Why do people cross their fingers for good luck?

Crossing your fingers is a way of secretly making the cross and it was done by early Christians, asking for divine assistance without attracting the attention of the pagans.

And: 

The zoo in Tokyo closes for two months of the year so animals can have a holiday from visitors.

 

Try to lower one bit of stress today (just say screw it!)

Anne

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