Monday, February 20, 2006

heart wise

Losing weight is good for so many reasons if you are more than 10 pounds above your normal weight, according to the height, age chart. I agree with all of the known reasons. I think it is also good for the mind set. Don't forget it is heart wise too. Heavy meals make heavy demands on the heart and circulatory system. Eating light meals more often during the day is better than eating too much at one time. Try to avoid rushing through meals. Try to rest one hour before engaging in further activity. This is because the digestive process requires increased amounts of circulation to the stomach area. Ask your doctor if alcohol is allowed. It supplies excess calories without nutrients and can raise the blood fat content. Avoid excess caffeine. Recent studies have shown an increased risk of heart attack in people who drink more than six cups of coffee a day. Caffeine is also found in Excederine, tea, most cola beverages, Dr.Pepper, Mountain Dew, and in one orange and one root beer type of soda. It all boils down to reading the labels, which we all should get in the habit of doing anyway. Don't get me started on the MSG, additives, and artificial colorings. I feel a rant coming on. Run for your life! Hey that's always good exercise.*

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