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Mused after reading about Jennifer Shahade, a two-time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion and pro poker player and how she used these skills to overcome infertility issues. She says “poker has trained me to focus on my own decisions in a world of murky outcomes.” Instead of solely focusing on results, it’s making good decisions along the way. It’s knowing what you can and what you can’t control. In other words, it’s not as much whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.
OBESITY AS A DISEASE
Both the National Institute of Health and American Medical Association have declared obesity a disease and not a sign of personal failure.
Our natural biology plays the roll of encouraging us to eat when there is food. When it is an unhealthy food environment, it creates a food culture of weight gain. Taking control of your food environment is the first step. Helpful are stocking the house with healthy foods, watching portion sizes, preparing more food at home and choosing wisely when eating out.
Fat acts as a powerful endocrine organ secreting hormones including leptin which signals us, we’ve had enough to eat. Individuals with obesity develop a lack of sensitivity to leptin so they don’t feel full. This can result in glucose intolerance, insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and formation of clots as well as weight gain. Better eating habits can improve this such as complex carbohydrates, grains, probiotics and drinking less alcohol. Getting more sleep and exercise can address weight issues too.
(Did You Know? The prevalence of obesity (a BMI over 30) among U.S. adults is 42% and rising.)
The specific diseases suffered from obesity include heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers. It is also a risk for poor self-esteem, depression, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gout, female infertility, gallstones, pancreatitis and liver disease. Newer medications in combination with lifestyle changes can help overcome the body’s metabolic adaptations and assist with weight loss. See your primary care physician for more details.
– Tuft’s Health & Nutrition Letter
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Misty Copeland’s Citrus Salmon
Misty Copeland is a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater. She was recently on Ina Garten’s show demonstrating how she makes this salmon and sauce. I tried it over the weekend with a few modifications.
Combine 1 cup of orange juice, 1 cup brown sugar (I used ½ cup), ¾ cup soy sauce, 1 Tbls white pepper, 1 tsp salt, 1 Tbls white wine vinegar, and 1 bunch of scallions (I used minced garlic since I didn’t have the onions. Also, I added a tsp of hot sauce.) Whisk and pour half of this over a 1-pound salmon fillet. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Take the other half and put it in a saucepan on very low. Over 30 minutes it will thicken. Preheat the broiler. Put salmon on casserole dish with skin side down with a little of the marinade. I put it under the broiler on the second rack and it cooked perfectly in 10-12 minutes. Serve on plates and add thickened sauce from stove.
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