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By James Templeton
We went to one of the best restaurants in the Pacific Northwest for Thanksgiving dinner. I always ask questions anywhere I go to eat, and that night was no different. I asked if the water is filtered, what oil they use to cook with and in salad dressings, and so on. I looked around and no one else was asking questions. If people aren’t asking questions in this fine restaurant on Thanksgiving, then they’re not asking questions anywhere.
It bothers me that people don’t ask questions. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, over two-thirds of all adults are overweight or obese. And there’s more to losing weight than just how you look. I know everyone wants to look in the mirror and not feel ashamed or embarrassed, but heaviness is a sign of bigger issues. Fat tissue absorbs every toxin imaginable and you don’t feel it because you have a cushion – those cells swell to dilute the toxins so you don’t feel sick. But it doesn’t take long before disease takes root in those unhealthy cells and symptoms start to manifest.
Overcoming terminal cancer with natural therapies was hard work, and I didn’t stay alive just so I can kill myself eating whatever tastes good. We all like sugar, but it’s feeding everything that shouldn’t be fed. We were probably the only ones in that restaurant not eating dessert. It’s not that I don’t want it, it’s that I know what it does to me, and after 30 years of being cancer-free, I don’t ever want to go back!
The World Health Organization states that 30-50% of cancers are preventable. The leading preventable causes of cancer include being overweight or obese, lack of exercise or physical activity, and an unhealthy diet with low fruit and vegetable intake. Right now 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in their lifetime. If everyone ate healthy and moved more to lose weight, a staggering number of people would prevent and avoid cancer in their lifetime.
The real culprit behind diseases like cancer is sugar. When the sugar gets too high, cancer cells thrive. As your blood sugar goes up and down all day with the sugars and carbs, insulin rises. Cancer cells have more insulin receptors than a normal cell, so insulin carries the excess sugar to the cancer cells, feeding them so they grow. They are protected by a membrane, and can’t be destroyed as easily as other cells can.
Cancer cells actually have their own fatal flaw – they love Vitamin C as much as they love sugar, because their structures are almost identical. But when a cancer cell takes up Vitamin C, it causes the cell to destroy itself. We have our own fatal flaw – we lack enough Vitamin C in our diets to destroy the cancer cells. This is a big reason a diet low in fruits and vegetables is a preventable cause of cancer.
According to a study just published by the Harvard School of Public Health, 1 in 5 children is now obese, and they predict more than half of today’s children will be obese by age 35. Most kids are much less active today than in the past, and are consuming an alarming amount of sugar. You can’t take your child anywhere these days without them being given sugary foods and drinks by well-meaning people who just don’t understand how harmful all that sugar is to a child.
By the time a child is overweight, the toxic load of sugar and unhealthy cells leads to what have historically been “adults only” diseases. Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, and high cholesterol are becoming increasingly more common in children as weight goes up. And, just like adults, when children fail to stick with a healthy diet and exercise program, they are put on more and more medications to control their symptoms.
Obesity in childhood leads to obesity in adulthood. When children put on excess weight, the number of their fat cells increases. In adults, the size of the fat cell increases, and it’s only in morbid obesity that the number of fat cells typically increases. So an obese child goes into adulthood with a higher number of fat cells, which can also increase in size, and this makes weight loss much more challenging as an adult.
This time of year there’s a lot of celebrating, and for many people that means eating sugar, eating bread, drinking wine, and other carb-heavy activities. All this indulgence typically leads to yo-yo dieting after the holidays when people resolve to lose weight. But they go about it all wrong, without detox, and without a sustainable lifestyle plan to keep the weight off, and the weight comes back as quick as it came off, or even faster.
It’s time to get serious about your health. Losing weight isn’t just about vanity, it’s about getting your health back and adding 20 years of good quality life from making the right choices. Once you reach your goal, you can still have fun and enjoy things in moderation, but you have to pay attention and practice self control.
I’d like to share my Top 3 Tips for Healthy Eating during the Holidays: