Fast food found to destroy the ‘enjoyment’ of life

June 9, 2014 by  
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Fast Food Health Alert(NaturalHealth365) Yet another reason to avoid fast food: recent research shows it promotes impatience, while hampering your ability to appreciate simple pleasures.

In a study conducted at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and published in 2013 in Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers surveyed 280 participants in the United States, questioning them on their ability to savor real-time, natural joys – such as discovering a waterfall on a forest hike.

A ‘loss of joy’ caused by fast food

The researchers correlated the responses with information regarding the density of fast food restaurants versus sit-down restaurants in various zip codes, and found that people living in areas with high concentrations of fast food outlets were significantly less able to enjoy pleasurable activities that require a relaxed state of mind.

The team, noting that they had been careful to control for generational, social and economic differences, reported that exposure to fast food restaurants created a sense of impatience that dulled awareness and enjoyment, conceivably lowering quality of life. They pointed out that the frequency of positive affect is a stronger predictor of future happiness than its intensity – in other words, it is the ability to savor many small, happy moments that is critical to well-being.

Visual cues for fast food had negative health effects

In addition to the survey, the team conducted experiments to examine the psychological effects of visual cues. Amazingly, even pictures of fast food, in its ready-to-go packaging, raised volunteers’ impatience levels and interfered with their ability to enjoy pictures of natural beauty. And musical appreciation was affected as well – the fast food pictures also hampered participant’s ability to subsequently enjoy a beautiful melody.

Researchers then showed pictures of the identical meals – this time served on ceramic tableware of the type that might be used in a home setting or a conventional sit-down restaurant – and participants demonstrated greater appreciation of both the pleasing pictures and the music.

’Living in the present moment’: Difficult with fast food

Researchers noted that although people think the convenience of fast food allows them more time to enjoy their lives, the reality is clear: fast food creates an undesirable, impatient mindset that affects the pleasure of subsequent events.

Of course, proponents of “mindful eating,” – who assert that people will eat a healthier diet, and enjoy it more, when care is taken with the selection, creation and presentation of food – have intuitively known this all along. But the recent research seems to lend scientific credence to the concept.

For lead researcher Sanford DeVoe, an associate professor of organizational behavior and human resources at the University of Toronto, the message is simple. If you want to protect your ability to savor the moment, DeVoe advises, try to live in a neighborhood that features more sit-down restaurants than fast food outlets.

Fast food also seems to affect financial decisions

This is not the first study the team has performed on the undesirable effects of fast food. An earlier study, published in 2010 in Psychological Science, showed that exposure to fast food, and its related symbols, can affect your wallet – it not only promoted people’s sense of haste, but increased preference for time-saving products, regardless of cost.

And the study participants didn’t need to be physically present in a fast food outlet to be affected. Merely recalling a time that they ate at a fast food restaurant was enough to make them subsequently prefer time-saving products.

The presence of fast food visual cues can weaken your resolve to save money.

People exposed to the fast food logos also exhibited greater reluctance for saving; they chose smaller, immediate payouts, rather than waiting for a much larger delayed payment – a fact that caused the team to conclude that fast food restaurants influence everyday thought patterns and behavior much more than has been previously suspected.

Bottom line: Does your diet support a successful life?

The negative psychological effects of fast food are certainly not redeemed by the quality of the meals. While fast food restaurants have made some effort to offer ‘healthier’ fare, much of the food offered by this multibillion dollar industry is still a nutritional disaster – overly processed and high in fat, calories, sugar, sodium and preservatives. With so many Americans battling obesity, heart disease and diabetes, do we really need an 800-calorie hamburger, loaded with 40 grams of toxic (factory-farmed) fat?

Of course, efficiency and convenience, in and of themselves, aren’t always bad things. There is nothing wrong with walking fast if you’re late to a business meeting; however, bolting through a “relaxing” walk in the park is simply counterproductive – and symbolic of the mindless haste that seems to be created by proximity to fast food.

When the sight of the “golden arches” can dilute the joy of seeing a goldfinch on the wing, maybe it’s time to change the view.

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Optimal health and longevity on the next NaturalNews Talk Hour

December 14, 2011 by  
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(NaturalHealth365) Everything you’ve been (conventionally) taught about health and nutrition is false. Imagine living free of dis-ease and full of happiness – every day! The NaturalNews Talk Hour presents Being Healthy – Simple Truths Revealed with (3) special guests: Dr. Fred Bisci, Linda and Jay Kordich – “The Father of Juicing”.

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In Your Healthy Journey, Dr. Bisci says, “The body’s biochemistry evolved over millions of years, whereas our current dietary lifestyles developed over the last hundred years. One of the laws governing the body is that it will only function optimally if what we eat is consistent with our biochemical make-up.”

“This is so obvious, you’d think most people would understand and act accordingly. The reason they don’t see the obvious is that the body has an extraordinary capacity to adapt to toxic foods and to desensitize itself, so that people are not aware of what’s actually happening to them.” It’s time to get back to basics and avoid the disease model of healthcare.

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A refreshing look at food choices

Dr. Bisci believes that processed foods; non-organic foods; plus alcohol and coffee should be eliminated from the diet – as quickly as possible. This is the foundation by which optimal health can be created. “What you leave out” is essential BEFORE we focus on “what you put in”.

Dr. Bisci encourages people to eat as much (living) food as possible. If you’re interested in preventing dis-ease – eat fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouts. Regarding protein, reduce your intake of animal products and buy grass-fed meats, free range chicken or turkey, and fresh fish. (if possible) Remember, food choices play a major role in our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

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Dr. Fred Bisci, born 1929, is a lifestyle coach, food scientist and clinical nutritionist. He has counseled and helped successfully, tens of thousands of people with this lifestyle approach in nutrition and well-being as well as those with numerous degenerative illnesses and ailments.

Dr. Bisci’s history includes hosting his own television show “Eat Your Way to Health,” which had the largest viewing audience in New York City and won the famed Nova Award for best health series. He is the author of “Your Healthy Journey (Discovering Your Body’s Full Potential)” and has been interviewed and quoted in numerous books and health periodicals. Throughout the world, he has conducted seminars and spoken, at universities, professional organizations, and business groups on how to lead a long, healthy life.

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The Meaning of Life – Exposed

June 12, 2011 by  
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(NaturalHealth365) Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is? Naturally, we all want to get the most out of life – so how do we get there? Perhaps it all begins with recognition that we are spiritual beings – having a human experience, rather than a human being having occasional spiritual feelings.

We are all connected to a single source of creation. This source of creation has been given many names: God, Universe, Cosmos, Source Energy, Pure Consciousness or Divine Intelligence. We experience this source of creation when our thoughts, emotions and actions are aligned with love, compassion, joy, knowledge, freedom, appreciation, passion, happiness, positive belief, optimism & hope.

“We must become the change we want to see.” – Gandhi

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha

Finding Meaning in Life

Have you ever asked yourself the four, big questions? Who am I? Where do I come from? What is my purpose in life? And, where am I going? If you find the answer to these four (burning) questions – then you can find the true meaning of life.

Science may help us reveal our true nature. You already know that every time we breathe in, we take in oxygen. But on an even smaller level, quantum mechanics teaches us that oxygen is composed of wave-like, particles of energy. It is this type of energy that helps create our heart, lungs, stomach, liver, bones, red blood cells and alike.

When we breathe out, we remove bits and pieces of our physical being. Just by the simple act of breathing, we all share atoms or particles of energy with each other. So as you can see from breathing alone, we are all connected.

In fact, studies show that we replace 98% of all the atoms in our body in less than one year. You are not the same person you were 12 months ago! We make a new liver every 6 weeks; a new skeleton every 3 months; a new stomach lining every 5 Days and new skin forms once every month!

Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D., one of the world’s greatest leaders of mind-body medicine says, “Pay attention to that unchanging part of yourself. It is perfect. At the source of life, and only there, one finds peace, harmony, and the undisturbed contentment of bliss.”

A quantum physicist would tell us that our body is made up of atoms or particle waves of fluctuating energy that move at the speed of light around huge empty spaces. These particles appear and disappear from a field of pure potentiality. This field of pure potentiality is a non-physical, unifying field of endless possibilities that gives rise to all physical matter – including our human body. Perhaps difficult to initially imagine, 99% of our body is actually empty space!

So, who are we? We are spiritual beings interacting within a field of pure potentiality. Where do we come from? From our creator – a blissful place where endless possibilities exist. What is our purpose in life? To love life, give freely of ourselves and be compassionate – life will reward you many times over! Where are we going? To a higher level of consciousness, through our thoughts, feelings and actions, we express our desire to connect with our creator.

Any great achievement starts in the mind. Quantum mechanical science teaches us that our mind and body develop from a unified field of pure potentiality. This spiritual (non-physical) intelligence gives birth to all energy vibrations. Higher vibrations are associated with healthy thoughts. Lower vibrations are related to illness and disease.

Max Planck, winner of the Nobel Prize and father of Quantum Theory once said, “All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.”

So, be careful what you’re thinking. Strengthen your belief system through educational tools such as, books, CD’s or DVD’s. Avoid the messages of doom and gloom sponsored by mainstream media. And, above everything else, believe in your abilities to succeed.

Exercise can help change your life. Dr. Andrew Newberg, M.D. (specializing in brain imagery research) has shown that during yoga and meditation there is an increase in the activity of the pre-frontal cortex of our brain. This area of the brain is associated love, creativity and conscious thought.

Dr. Newberg concludes that being involved in mind-body activities, such as, yoga and meditation can reduce the risk of depression, heart disease and improve the immune system. Can you really learn a mind-body technique that improves brain function, develops a positive mindset and creates optimal health? The answer is YES!

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Turning Anixety and Fear into Happiness

February 17, 2011 by  
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(NaturalHealth365) Did you know that anxiety is a form of fear? It’s apprehension of anticipated events or situations that lead to this unwarranted stress in our life. The emphasis is important to understand…anticipation! The solution is to live life in the present moment – yesterday is gone and tomorrow hasn’t arrived.

Anxiety is a product of the mind. In order to reduce anxiety you must change your mind. Your thoughts help create your future. Give thought to the fact that we all come from the same source of life. Whatever you feel comfortable in calling it, the Universe; Divine Intelligence or G-D. Know that you are a special, unique individual with incredible potential for goodness, prosperity and happiness.

Give and You Will Receive! Give up trying to control people or events in your life. Your day is filled with endless possibilities to help yourself, family, friends and even strangers. Of course, seemingly stressful events will occur but your power lies in the ability to characterize these events negatively or positively. Every event in life is an opportunity to grow. How will you respond?

Develop a strong, positive belief system. Take action to strengthen your higher level of consciousness. Listen to that small voice inside of you. It’s telling you everything you need to know. You must believe 100% in your possibilities for success.

Action Step #1: Good nutrition is essential to maintaining a healthy state of mind. Review these suggestions with a trusted health care provider to reduce your anxiety and improve the quality of your life.

  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking. They deplete your B vitamins, which are invaluable for maintaining calm.
  • Eliminate trigger foods, such as, simple sugar; artificially-sweetened foods; nitrate-preserved meats; MSG; fast foods, fried foods and soda.
  • Eat simple, calming foods, such as, organic whole grains, potatoes; oatmeal plus lightly-steamed vegetables.
  • Increase your consumption of foods rich in calcium to help you with stress, such as, organic almonds; soy foods and dark leafy greens (i.e. kale)
  • Try foods rich in magnesium to protect your nervous system, such as, kelp; wheat germ; bran; most nuts, tofu and miso
  • Get foods rich in B vitamins to support your adrenals and nerves, such as, whole grains; beans and nuts.
  • Enjoy foods rich in vitamin C to improve your stress response, such as, peppers; greens; broccoli, kiwi, blueberries and strawberries.

Finally, I offer you a morning meditation designed to set the tone for your day. Say it slowly and repeat it as often as you like. Remember, you are not alone; you are a part of a magnificent universe. There is real order and purpose to your life. Turning anxiety into happiness may be a meditation away – try it today…

I Accept, I Thank, I Surrender. In Front of You; You, the Universe; You, the Cosmos; You, the Guiding Hand, G-D. A Living G-D, the G-D of All Existence. You have returned and restored my living essence, my consciousness of this coming day within me, as a consequence of your beneficence, mercy and goodness. Great is your faith in me and I will not let you down. And I will not let my family down. And I will not let my friends down. And I will not let the stranger down. And in that way, I will not let you down.

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