Diabetes – be gone!

Worried about getting adult-onset diabetes, or are you one of the growing number of adults struggling with it already? Here’s some perhaps hard but straight talk: you generally shouldn’t need to worry about or struggle with adult diabetes, if you are living attentively and rationally. Extensive research suggests that adult diabetes is an almost entirely a self-made condition, one that is largely avoidable and even reversible by a sensible natural health lifestyle. In a new study of more than 200,000 American adults conducted over ten years, researchers found an 80 percent reduction in the risk of an adult-onset diabetes diagnosis, of all levels of severity, through five remarkably simple, entirely common-sense natural health lifestyle practices. The five practices:  1) Ensuring a lean body weight, 2) Having a healthy daily diet, 3) Exercising regularly, 4) Not smoking, and 5) Drinking alcohol in moderation – all foundational goals and practices within HumanaNatura’s four-part natural health system. Learn more about the new lifestyle study at Avoid Diabetes and click the next link to get a free copy of HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Got density?

No…not the lotta-muscle type this time, the clear arteries kind! Getting troublesome low density lipids (LDLs) out of our blood is good for cardiovascular health and personal longevity, as is ensuring healthy amounts of free-flowing high density lipids (HDLs). So, got density or want more? While genetics do play a role in promoting healthy blood chemistry, lifestyle matters more – especially ensuring optimal natural eating and exercise each day. There’s more: within a healthy overall pattern of natural eating, an extra focus on certain LDL-reducing foods can further promote cardiovascular health. In a recent study published by the American Medical Association, researchers found that generally healthy eaters on low-fat diets who consumed extra LDL-reducing foods lowered their LDL levels by 10 percent, thereby achieving a significant boost in heart health, compared with healthy eaters who did not employ this food-focusing strategy. For people following a HumanaNatura natural diet, this suggests three things: 1) steps to ensure regular consumption of tree nuts, 2) following our guidelines regarding lowered red meat intake, and 3) optimized natural eating that is dominated by raw fruits and vegetables (~2/3 of our daily food volume). Learn more about the new study at Foods That Reduce Cholesterol and review HumanaNatura’s important natural diet recommendations at Natural Eating The HumanaNatura Way.

Red white & green

Yummy saute of tilapia, red onion, and spicy pork with baby greens, cross-cut celery, julienne cucumber, sliced grape tomatoes, and diced plum…garnished with parsley, coriander, anise, and a little red and black pepper. Perhaps a reminder that green can sometimes overcome blue, on this solemn anniversary day.

Steak ‘n…figs

Varying tradition, a spicy ground beef and egg scramble with mixed greens, diced strawberry, and sliced fresh figs…garnished with slivered almonds, parsley, marjoram, and just a bit of red and black pepper. Good…no, great!

Why work?

A provocative new CNN Opinion piece by Douglas Rushkoff, Are Jobs Obsolete?, was just published and is worth a look. With unemployment levels elevated in much of the developed world and little relief in sight, Rushkoff raises important questions about how work is changing in our time. He proposes that many of the jobs we now hold and most of the ways we earn a living are rapidly and permanently vanishing, thanks to our ever-advancing technology and global industrialization. Rushkoff suggests we all need to consider the prospect that fewer people may be needed to work in the future – at least as work is now understood and in the areas where it is today mostly focused – and that almost all of us will soon begin to work either far less or in radically different ways. If his ideas seem unrealistic, consider that farming accounted for more 90 percent of work about 150 years ago in the West. Today, the figure is closer to one percent and still declining, even as we produce more food than ever before.

Will industrial jobs, producing the goods and services that have become familiar in the West, go the same way? Very likely, as globalization continues and as automation takes over production in areas ranging from retail sales to durable goods production to medical and legal services. What will take the place of the work we now do or seek? As with the decline of traditional work in farming, likely an entirely new economy focused on higher forms of value creation, if after a painful period of transition and dislocation for many of us. In this probable future, people will work either much less and/or increasingly as experts and artisans providing valuable insights and experiences. Curious? Learn more about the changing “techonomy” around us, and consider how ready you are to navigate and even thrive in new ways amid this change, via Mark Lundegren’s newest article for HumanaNatura, The Real New Economy.

Spicy mix

Rich curry-chorizo infused seafood and veggie saute with mixed greens, julienne cucumbers, cut grape tomatoes, and slivered almonds…garnished with parsley, paprika, coriander, black pepper, and just a bit of tarragon for a cool finish. As good as it looks, and more…a reminder that spicy can overcome sweet and make for much healthier indulgences.

Mindful meals

A recent presentation at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting underscores the power and important health benefits of mindful or consciously-made food choices. As with more attentive control of momentary personal behavior in other domains, a variety of common mindfulness techniques have been shown in research to greatly improve the quality of our nutritional patterns, reducing unconscious and environmentally-stimulated eating habits. The presenting researchers offered a number of simple tips for healthier and more mindful meals: 1) use of smaller plates and food packages to encourage smaller meals and snacks, 2) intentionally slowed eating and new focus on stopping meals when internally full (rather than when food is externally consumed), 3) actively removing unhealthy foods from our environment that we do not want to eat, thereby requiring a conscious decision to pursue them, and 4) eating meals and snacks away from distractions such as television, increasing our ability to attend to, taste, and enjoy our food. Learn more about the presentation at Combating Mindless Eating and please send us your suggestions for more attentive, choice-based eating.

Photo courtesy of Tam Phonla Mai Ruam

Breakfast of calories

Quick…is a big breakfast more or less healthy? Common wisdom often holds that a bigger breakfast is better for us – remember the old adage, “eat like a king in the morning and a pauper in the evening” – but new research suggests that smaller is better as far as breakfasts are concerned. The latest study was conducted by medical researchers at the Technical University of Munich. They tracked the eating patterns of almost 400 people, 3/4 obese and 1/4 of normal weight, and found that for both groups, larger breakfasts were closely associated with a higher daily calorie intake. Combine this study with other research suggesting that natural carbohydrate-eating early in the day reduces food and sweet cravings in the evening, and a pretty strong case emerges for a light breakfast of fruit and perhaps a small amount of protein. Learn more about the new study at Bigger Breakfast Bigger Calorie Count.

New season

For new health and quality of life, which means a foundation of optimal natural eating via salad meals. This one includes a spicy seafood omelet with mixed greens, and diced kiwi, plum and orange…garnished with parsley, paprika, coriander, anise, and black pepper. Simple, quick, healthy…and delicious!