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January 29, 2010

Dr. Roizen and Superbowl plans

It’s always best to get nutritional information from an expert and Dr. Roizen, co-author of You: the Owner's Manual is. My husband interviewed Dr. Roizen on his radio program, Peak Performance Radio from RadioJus.com. I thought I could just write the highlights in one post but there is so much great information that it’ll take a couple of posts. Here is the link for anyone who wants to listen to the whole interview, Go to past shows and find Roizen

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Highlights

Minor changes that you can make to reduce coronary heart disease by more than 80%...


1. Don’t smoke.
2. Have physical activity for 30 min. a day (as simple as walking)
3. Eat 5 servings (handfuls) of fruits and vegetables a day
4. Be 40 pounds or less overweight compared to what you’re supposed to weigh.

That sounds easy, right? But how often do we consistently do this? (Hint: Keep a food and exercise log to find out.)

The most amazing fact I’ve learned that has stuck with me everyday since I heard it is…

When we eat unhealthy foods like saturated fats and sugar, etc., we are switching on genes, RAS genes, that cause inflammation in the body for 3 to 21 days. Yes, that’s right… 3 to 21 days. When we eat bad food, it’s not over when it’s eliminated out of the body. It has your genes running around causing damage for up to 21 days, that’s 3 weeks. 

On the flip side, when you eat healthy foods it turns on GSTM1 proteins that kill the diseased cells that are causing inflammation for the same period of time - 3 to 21 days. 

Lest you think you can eat something bad and then right after eat something good to combat it, Dr. Roizen says it’s not “Let’s Make a Deal” with food. What you are eating is affecting you on a DNA level.

Your genetics are what you have in your body no matter what you do. You can either have those genes expressed (meaning come to fruition as disease) or you can live symbiotically with them not turning into the disease.

Ultimately, God is completely in control and he is the one who is the Author and Finisher of our Faith. I just find it interesting that He has given us so much information through the sciences and tests to find out we need to go back to a more biblical (old fashioned) way of eating. 

That’s all for now, but that should be enough to chew on for a while.
Superbowl is coming up with all the food that usually includes saturated fat, processed cheese, and prepackaged food. It’s a good thing you’ve read this so you can make better choices for you and your family. 

You can add a dish of fruit with whatever you have planned for your menu. Sometimes when we add fruit to a meal it’s a last minute “whatever’s available” choice. But if you strategically choose the right fruit that will complement your menu, it will be eaten. 

Our fruit of choice will be Mangos and Strawberries. Have them cut up to bite size pieces and serve with toothpicks. They will also serve as a sweet snack so make sure you have plenty. Buy your fruit no later than mid week for the weekend so it’ll be ripe and at its peak when you serve it. Mangos especially need time to ripen on the counter. Click here for step by step instructions on how to cut up mango.

Keep your strawberries in the frig and rinse right before you need them so they won’t get mushy. If, and that’s only if, you have any left, you can use them in a fruit bowl in the morning with your breakfast or freeze them on a cookie sheet to stick in a smoothie next day. 

In the 15 minutes it’ll take you to make a healthy addition to your Superbowl plans, you can be reassured that you are turning on disease fighting genes that’ll keep working for you up to 21 days. That’s getting a bang for your buck!
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