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DID YOU KNOW? 2 HORMONES CONTROL HUNGER AND CRAVINGS

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 7:33 PM Comments comments (6)
 
 
I want to write about things that I did not know....but learned! So, this year I am going to make it my business to share awareness monthly about Massage and Wellness
 
Just some information that everyone can find interesting, enlightening and/or helpful! If you find it useful....share this Blog so each one can reach one!! 
 
"When you FEEL GOOD. You DO GOOD!"

DID YOU KNOW?
YOUR HORMONES CAN MAKE IT HARD TO LOSE WEIGHT!!
 
As a plus size DIVA, I have learned that I can look at food sometimes and start to gain weight!  When I decided to learn more about that, I discovered 2 hormones that play a serious role in hunger and cravings when they are out of balance!!
 
So, I learned about the ones I want to blame, two appetite hormones: Ghrelin, the hormone which says, "Excuse me....I am getting hungry...I need to eat some food!!"… "Hello!....I need food....anything will do!"    Then after eating some food, IF...you are not out of balance...the hormone Leptin, steps in about 15 minutes after eating and knocks to say, "Enough. You're full!!"  Note that you have to be "in balance" for this to occur the right way!
 
Here is what I did not know!! Ghrelin is like having poison ivy...it keeps itching,  it mentions food to your brain about every 30 minutes when it is in balance....can be a total menace to society if it is out of balance....which is why you can inhale a box of cookies then wonder who ate them!!!  Especially when you are cutting calories to try and lose weight, Ghrelin can be an evil twin!!  Even though Leptin wants to kick in, it is like a good buddy and just wants to keep you chugging along nice and easy, making Ghrelin the chatterbox and overpowering.   When you are trying to reduce calories, Ghrelin tends to be the bully over Leptin because Ghrelin becomes a stronger urge and Leptin gets left in the dust and is weakened when trying to lose weight by cutting calories.  Here's what I have learned.....diet smart....not hard and rigid!!  Eat the right foods, eat early instead of late and your hormones come into balance and feel satisfied!  Eat the wrong foods and your cravings go crazy...and you are constantly hungry....something just does not shut off!! 
 
So....the RIGHT FOODS are veggies, fruits, whole grains, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, olives, greek yogurt and some good dark chocolate.  The BAD FOODS are anything that is processed and has many different kinds of sugar in it.  How to avoid the bad foods...stay on the outside perimeter of the grocery store where things tend to be more natural and organic!!
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NEW YEAR....NEW GOALS!

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM Comments comments (0)
As I go into 2014....I celebrate and honor my mother's birthday(January 21) for Mary Elizabeth Baker and
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 I AM because they decided to make change happen!!

The Wellness Journey Studio has some awareness to offer about things that help the Mind, Body and Spirit! It is a New Year and time for new Goals and Dreams to chase! I said I wanted to write about things that I did not know....but learned! So, this year I am going to make it my business to share awareness monthly about Massage and Wellness.....some....DID YOU KNOW???
 Just some information that everyone can find interesting, enlightening and/or helpful! If you find it useful....share this Blog so each one can reach one!!

DID YOU KNOW?
WELLNESS COMES NATURALLY

It is important to switch up the fiber in your body by seasons...to keep the stomach and intestines working correctly! In the Fall and Winter we need soluble fiber like oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, grains, peas and some fruits and veggies like okra and brussels sprouts. Why? When it mixes with water it binds to your stomach/gut and lubricates your intestines so toxins can move along. Soluble fiber binds with fatty acids and bile in the gut, which are generally attached to bad cholesterol and toxins and wraps it up and flushes it out your system. The benefit...it becomes gel-like in the gut and slows the absorptions of fats and sugars into the blood stream.

In the warm months...Spring and Summer.... we need more insoluble fiber like fruits and vegetables. Insoluble fiber is found mostly in vegetable cellulose, but also makes an appearance in wheat bran, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and the skins of root and ground vegetables. Insoluble fiber does not mix with water and generally moves through the gut intact, acting as bulk and scrubbing the intestinal wall. Think scrub a dub...dub roughage! Insoluble fiber usually speeds up the passage of food through the stomach and intestines, adding bulk...wrapping it up and flushing out of the system. The benefit....it removes toxic waste in the colon in less time, scrubs the villi of the intestines and contributes to an optimal pH in the intestines to prevent undesirable microbes from producing toxic substances..maintaining the proper pH of the gut, which regulates the balance of good bacteria in the gut.

What I did not know is that nature works with our body due to the temperature with both types of fiber! Soluble fiber warms the body so it will not have dryness and keeps it lubricated.....Insoluble fiber creates its own water and moves through the body quickly taking toxins with it!!

Makes sense....and now I know!!

"When you feel GOOD....You do GOOD!"

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