Eating to Reduce Hypertension and Lose Weight

We’ve been learning about heart health for a while now and some of you may be wondering why a weight loss blog would spend so much time on one organ. It happens to be a very important organ, but still, what’s up with that? The answer is simple: the same habits that improve the health of your heart also help you lose weight. Exercising regularly, sleeping 7-8 hours each night, eating plenty of plant foods like vegetables…the weight loss habits and the heart health habits go hand in hand.

If you’re losing weight by developing healthy habits, I want you to know you’re getting a bonus: your heart is getting healthier every day. Lucky you! It’s not just about how great you look on the outside; you’re looking sexy on the inside too.

 

hypertension 6The Three Musketeers are great dinner companions so invite them onto your plate every chance you get. (If you invite Salt, do so cautiously; Salt belches and forgets his wallet, so a little of him goes a long way.) The Three Musketeers—or Three MagCalPots—are high in magnesium, calcium, and potassium which work to lower blood pressure which helps keep your heart beating long and strong. The following foods are high in all three MagCalPot elements:

Leafy greens

Seeds and nuts

Yogurt or kefir

Legumes

Fatty fish like salmon

Broccoli

Figs

Bananas and avocados are high in two of the three, so they can tag along. This list looks suspiciously like the ingredients in Fat Fish Fiber Fruit™. I wonder if the Three Musketeers are shareholders.

 

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

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Obesity: Post Mortem is a Must-See

obesity post mortemObesity: Post Mortem is fascinating. It’s not for everyone, perhaps: there are people who would rather bathe in kale chips for a year than see a dead body cut open. But for those who can stomach it, I highly recommend watching it. The show offers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of an obese body. I’ve researched heart disease and type two diabetes for blog series on those topics and I have to tell you, I felt like Buddy in Elf when he sees Santa: “I know him, I know him!” except I was yelling “I read about that! I read about that!” at the TV.

It’s one thing to read about the heart working harder when you have high blood pressure and it’s another thing to see the physical heart of a woman who had high blood pressure and see how thin and weak the muscle was by the end.

It’s one thing to read about how high blood pressure (and a weakening heart) leads to fluid build up in the lungs and it’s another thing to see a mortician squeeze water out of those lungs.

It’s one thing to read about fatty liver disease and it’s another to see what an enlarged fatty liver looks like, each microscopic cell so full of yellow fat that the organ appears orange-pink instead of blood red.

obesity post 2Obesity: Post Mortem proves that obesity does, indeed, affect internal organs. I don’t need to have faith that it does because I’ve seen it. That strengthens my faith in the logical opposite: exercising, drinking water, eating lots of vegetables and fruits and losing weight in the process is helping my organs.

Obesity: Post Mortem is a strong motivator. Whether you’re working to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight, Obesity makes you want to stick with those healthy habits. Living a healthy lifestyle takes faith that what you’re doing makes a difference. You can’t always see the effect of your efforts right away. You can do everything right– eat well, exercise, sleep adequately, drink water– and not loose a pound for weeks. You have to have faith that your body is reaping the benefits cell by cell, system by system, on a level you can’t see yet.

So, pull up a chair, skip the popcorn (it is an autopsy, after all), and enjoy the show!

 

From the fellowship offering you are to bring a food offering to the Lord: the internal organs and all the fat that is connected to them. Leviticus 3:3

 

Images courtesy of Netflix.

MORE of What You Love

book cover 2What could be better than Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating? MORE Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating! My second book is now available on Amazon. More weight loss, more encouragement, more T-Rexes and Diet Drones, more cartoons, more recipes, more laughing your way to better health. Check it out for yourself or send a copy to someone who needs a smile.

 

Congratulations on finishing March Ab-ness! Total minutes this week: 21. Fishdom level? 426. I sense a new habit here.

 

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits for Easter

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Jim Watkins – talented author and threat to society, or at least chocolate rabbits- has done some thorough, delicious, and humorous research into the health benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate improves blood flow, sex, mood (duh!), and smarts and helps fight bad cholesterol and diabetes. Pass the chocolate, please.

 

Only one week left in March Ab-ness! Let’s finish strong! Total for this week: 21 minutes.

 

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” John 12:13

Spousal Weight Loss

A new study found that when spouse A loses weight, spouse B often does too, even if spouse B isn’t participating in any particular diet or program. The opposite is also often true: as spouse A gains weight, so does spouse B. What’s that phrase? “What’s yours is mine, especially if it’s chocolate”.

Spouses rub off on each other and exercise and diet habits are no exception. In honor of this new study, here’s a link to How to Force Your Spouse to Lose Weight. Even if your spouse doesn’t want to join you, keep up the good work of getting healthy. You’re influencing him weather he realizes it or not.

 

MARCH AB-NESS update: 21 minutes of ab exercises this week. On track and feeling good!

 

As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. James 5:11a

Cilantro Ranch Fish Salad

funny fishMy apologies for not having a photo for this recipe. As I was polishing off the leftovers for breakfast this morning, I thought “I should share this recipe.” Then I looked down at the empty bowl and thought “Oops.”

It started as an attempt to recreate some fast food burritos my son likes and merged with an attempt to clean out the refrigerator after no one wanted to finish off some very blah leftover fish. Add some celery and voila! Poseidon would be proud.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/2 – 1 cup fresh cilantro, minced

1 package Ranch mix

4 stalks celery, chopped

1 1/2 -2 cups cooked and flaked fish, any kind, even fishy tasting ones

 

Directions:

  1. Mix.
  2. Eat. In a sandwich, on a salad, with a spoon, etc.
  3. Share. Maybe.

 

He (Jesus) called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”  John 21:5b

 

My total this week for ab exercises: 18 minutes. Keep up the good work! Let me know your total in the comments.

March Ab-ness Contest Begins!

rock hard absIt’s time again for March Ab-ness, when we take a month to focus on strengthening our abs. This year we’re adding a little healthy competition. Keep track of how many minutes of ab exercises you do each day. They can be crunches, sit ups, full planks, knee planks, etc. Each week we’ll post our minute totals for that week. At the end of the month, whoever has worked their abs the hardest will win a free autographed copy of my new book, due to be released in a few short months. What could be better than Sex Soup and Two Fisted Eating? MORE Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating! 

So set a goal, work your abs, and let’s celebrate March Ab-ness!

Did you know that strengthening your abs also strengthens your back?