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3 Hacks to Drink More Water

Everywhere you turn, there is someone out there telling you how you must drink more water to be healthy. Well, yes, this is true—water is essential to our bodies, and most of us could use more of it each day. But no one ever tells you how to drink more water. Today, we’ll focus on how we can make a habit of consuming a healthy, optimal amount of water each day.

But first, let’s look at some fun facts about drinking water:

  • The average person could live without food for nearly a month, but we could only survive about one week without water—that’s how essential water is to human life. Some of us can’t go a day without coffee, but that’s a different story.
  • Good hydration can prevent arthritis. With plenty of water in your body, there is less friction in your joints, thus less chance of developing arthritis. 
  • Drinking enough water every day can help reduce heart disease and cancer. Water helps flush toxins out of your body, and the fewer toxins that come into contact with your colon, bladder and other organs, the less chance that critical ailments can develop. 
  • Smile! Good hydration can help reduce cavities and tooth decay. Water helps produce saliva, which keeps your mouth and teeth clean.

(Facts pulled from the Culligan Website)

Studies generally agree that you need about 100 ounces of water a day. When I tell people that, they’ll often say:

“That is so much. I have a hard time drinking that much.”

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“I struggle to drink that much in one day.”

But now that we’re a little more knowledgeable about our water consumption and we have gotten all of the excuses out in the open, let’s take a look at how we can consume more water throughout our day:

 

1. Find A Cup That Is Easy to Drink Out Of

This may seem ridiculous, but it’s true. If something is hard to do, human nature will have us avoiding it simply because it’s hard. After all, one of the largest avenues of business in the world is convenience. People will pay a lot of money for things to make their lives easier. For example:

  • The drive thru at a restaurant
  • Smartphones
  • Dishwashers
  • GPS
  • E-books
  • Amazon

Everything listed above exists because someone wanted to make tasks easier and convenient for consumers. So we ought to take a page out of their books and make water consumption easier for ourselves. Find a cup that is easy to drink out of – like what? You’ll want a cup that:

  • Feels good in your hand.
  • Isn’t too big and isn’t too small.
  • Has a drinking hole at the right size

This might sound silly, but everyone has a favorite cup. Why? Because it is easy to drink out of! For example, Nalgene water bottles are super cool looking, real trendy, and virtually unbreakable—but you may have to stop and concentrate when you are drinking from the bottle if you don’t have a splash guard. For me, the hole is too small to drink like a normal water bottle. Therefore, I personally don’t drink from a Nalgene bottle—it’s just not easy to.

I love drinking out of a straw; it makes it easier for me to drink. When I go to a restaurant or get a to-go cup, I always put a straw in because I know it will help me consume more water. The bottom line? Find what is comfortable to hold and easy to drink out of and you will find yourself drinking more. It’s simple.

2. Drink Water At Room Temperature

 Many people feel like you have to drink ice water. On a hot day, cold water is satisfying, for sure, but many times it’s more difficult to drink cold water because of brain freeze or sensitive teeth. I have found that drinking water that is room temperature causes me to drink more. Not sure what it is – no real science here, I just know that it works!

Next time you buy a case of water, put some in the fridge and leave some out on the counter or in the pantry. I guarantee you will drink more of the room temperature stuff.

3. Add Some Lemon

 One of the big complaints from people about drinking more water is that is has no taste and they get tired of it. I get that. Next time you get tired of water and don’t think you can drink another drop, add half of a lemon or lime to it. This gives water a little bit of flavor, and will satisfy that hankering for something different. Lemon water also has some great health benefits as well, like aiding digestion, boosting the immune system, and more.

So if a regular old glass water is getting a little bit boring to you, just squeeze in some lemon to break up the monotonous taste that sometimes comes with it.

 

These three reasons may seem silly or trivial when you read them, but I dare you to implement one or all into your daily routine. After all, they seem so trivial because they’re dead-simple strategies that you can’t afford not to try. I guarantee you will drink more, and your body will thank you for it!

 

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Why You Should Read Every Day

To many people, reading is a waste of time. “Get out, take action, and go!” is what they say. But I think it was Abraham Lincoln that said, “Give me three hours to cut down a tree and I’ll spend 2 hours sharpening my ax.”

There are so many reasons why we should read every day – hundreds of them actually – but today we are going to look at the top three. When I say every day, I mean literally every day. Successful people in any field (business, sports, food, investing, etc.) are never the product of one event that made them successful. Their success is the sum of daily disciplined tasks, rituals, and routines that make up who they are. Reading is one of the most important daily habits. It dramatically correlates with higher education and income, as well as overall happiness.

 

1. Exercise Your Mind

We regularly obsess over the best ways to exercise our bodies: how to trim or strengthen them and what to feed or keep away from them. According to a study at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, mental stimulation like reading can help protect memory and thinking skills, especially with age. The authors of the study even suggest that reading every day can slow down late-life cognitive decline, keeping brains healthier and higher functioning for longer.

Another study on the brain benefits of reading fiction was conducted at Emory University. The researchers found that becoming engrossed in a novel enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function. Interestingly, reading fiction was found to improve the reader’s ability to put themselves in another person’s shoes and flex the imagination in a way that is similar to the visualization of muscle memory in sports. Reading has been shown to help prevent stress, depression, and dementia, while enhancing confidence, empathy, decision-making, and overall life satisfaction.

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2. Constant Education

I liked The Hunger Games as much as the next person, but I’m much more excited about changing the way I live because of ideas that I find. Reading will develop the ideas, thoughts, and processes inside of you. It also helps with vocabulary and allows you to communicate in a way that is more understandable to people.

I’ll use Warren Buffet as an example. Buffet says, “Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

I try to read one spiritual, one business, and one other type of book at all times. Many times, the other is a “How-To” book of some sort. At the time of this post, I just finished a book on being a better negotiator.

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3. Habit of Millionaires

Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common?

They read. A lot.

They believe that books are a gateway to learning and knowledge (see point #2). Take one of the richest men in the world, Bill Gates, who reads 50 books a year, or Warren Buffett, who spends as much as 80% of his day reading. Elon Musk is an avid reader and when asked how he learned to build rockets, he said “I read books.” Mark Cuban also reads more than 3 hours every day.

According to Tom Corley, author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individualsrich people (annual income of $160,000 or more and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million-plus) read for self-improvement, education, and success. Whereas poor people (annual income of $35,000 or less and a liquid net worth of $5,000 or less) read primarily to be entertained. Successful people tend to choose educational books and publications over novels, tabloids, and magazines. And in particular, they obsess over biographies and autobiographies of other successful people for guidance and inspiration.

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You are not Warren Buffet, nor do I expect you to be. The key to being great is to take the first step. Give yourself a daily reading goal, such as 30 pages, and you will get a ton of wisdom under your belt.

Block it off. Make an appointment with yourself to read daily. I promise you will not regret it.

 

 

 

 

Strong Like Samson

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With anything, it is important to teach our kids tools of life and ways to live. As our kids grow up, we teach them to say their prayers at night and, many times, we will teach the classic, “Now I lay me down to sleep…”

No matter your religious affiliation, many people believe in a God. In the Christian world, prayer is important to us because this is direct communication with God. As our kids grew up, we taught them first and foremost to be thankful and to thank God for all he has blessed us with. Among the many other things we pray for, we ask God to help them to become 3 things, which I feel embody what they should strive for from a biblical perspective:

1. Strong like Samson
“Help me to be Strong like Samson.”
There is a line in a movie that says life will chew you up and spit you out if you let it. In life we have to be strong, and we have to own that strength in 3 ways:

Physically – I think we need to teach our kids to be physically strong. They have to be able to do physical things in life, like “lift this” or “move that.” For example, be able to pick up their bike when they have a wreck or to pick up their sister if mommy and daddy can’t make it there. Physical strength in life is paramount on so many levels that I could write a small book about the topic (but I will leave that for another time).

Mentally – Mental toughness is one of the top keys to being successful in life. We have to be able to handle all that life is going to throw at us. How do we respond to failure? How do we respond to success? How do we respond when things are not going as planned and we want to quit? When the going gets tough, we have to have it between the ears before we have it in our muscles.

Spiritually – Being strong in our faith and having something to rely on that is bigger than us is HUGE. There are going to be times in life when you’re not sure you can make it. If you solely trust in others, they may let you down. We have to be strong spiritually to know that God has everything in control.

Why Samson?
Samson has the reputation of being the strongest person in the Bible. The Bible says that when the child was born, “he grew and the Lord blessed him” (Judges 13:24). The Bible then goes on to tell the story of how Samson was walking through the vineyards and came upon a lion. “The spirit of the Lord came upon him and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands” (Judges 14:6). The angel of the Lord told his mother that this power would grow as the boy got older and as his hair got longer. There are numerous stories in Judges 13-16 of how Samson showed his strength, from killing 30 men to collapsing two pillars that held up an entire building.

Do I want my kids to be exactly like Samson? No, he made mistakes just like all of us do. But I do want them to embody the physical, mental, and spiritual strengths the Lord blessed him with.

2. Tough like Benaiah
There is not a ton about Benaiah in the Bible. I first learned about him from the Mark Batterson book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.  Benaiah exuded toughness.

Toughness. It will get you through almost anything.

When many people think of being tough, they think of the physical aspect. But what most do not realize is the mental toughness it takes to launch headlong into whatever venture you are facing that may be physically taxing.

But why Benaiah? What makes him so tough?

He is faced with an Egyptian giant… and kills him
This is cool, but we have heard this story before (David and Goliath). This time, though, it’s HOW Benaiah did it that makes him stand out. The Egyptian had an enormous spear (weaver’s beam–sized) and Benaiah has nothing but a little club. But no big deal, Benaiah just snatches the spear from the Egyptian and kills him with that instead. That’s hardcore.

Killed a lion
Killing a lion itself is super crazy, but the Bible tells us (2 Samuel 23:20) that he went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day. This is not a deal where he was in a pasture and a lion came up to him; no, out of his own free will did Benaiah go down into the pit and kill a lion. Talk about mental toughness. Lets go one more: it was snowing. I don’t even want to go get the mail when its snowing, much less go fight a lion. I want to teach my kids that toughness will get us through many things in life and how we have to be tough physically and mentally to be great.

3. Wise like Solomon
Soloman was said the be the wisest man in the world. He wrote, he sang, and he taught. But what makes him so wise? And why do I want my children to be like him? In 1 Kings Chapter 3, God comes to Soloman and asks him, “Solomon, ask for anything you
want, and I will give it to you.”

WOW.

And Soloman’s response was, “Please make me wise and teach me the difference between right and wrong. Then I will know how to rule your people. If you don’t, there is no way I could rule this great nation of yours.”

Say what!!! That’s strong!

This is why I want my kids to be wise like Soloman. Because he had enough in him to know that if he obtained wisdom, all the other stuff would follow. He gave up the instant gratification for the delayed riches and honor. It gives me chills to think that my kids and I are praying this into their lives every day.

Prayer is communication with God. When we pour out our hearts he listens. Child-like faith is what causes God to listen. Speak life into your child on a daily basis. In all of these prayers, we explain to our kids why these people are the way they are and why they should want to mimic these traits. It is not just a rote prayer they speak daily; we discuss why they want to be like these 3 giants of faith.

I’d love to hear what you pray with and over your kids every day. Leave it in the comments below.

Coconut Energy Bites

Coconut Energy Bites

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Author: Melissa Griffiths

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded coconut (I like this brand of unsweetened shredded coconut)

  • ½ cup dates

  • ½ cup cashews

  • ½ cup almonds

  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • pinch of sea salt

  • Additional shredded coconut for rolling

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and blend until the nuts are well chopped and a thick “dough” starts to form, about 3-5 minutes of processing. If the ingredients are chopped into super small pieces but the dough isn’t coming together, try adding a teaspoon of water at a time (up to a tablespoon or two) to encourage everything to come together.

  2. When the ingredients are well incorporated, remove the blade from the food processor. Take 1 large tablespoon of the “dough” and roll it into a ball in between your hands. Roll the ball in additional shredded coconut. Repeat with remaining dough. I keep the balls in the fridge for up to a month or in the freezer much longer.

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Pan Fried Cabbage with Apples

Pan Fried Cabbage with Apples

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups green cabbage (1/2 small head), thinly shredded

  • 2 apples (2 cups), cored & chopped

  • 1 Drop ginger AEO

  • 1 small garlic clove, grated

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken broth

  • 3 oz tomato paste (1/2 small can)

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt

  • Ground black pepper, to taste

  • 4 tbsp cashews, chopped

  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries

  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

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Directions:

  • Preheat large deep skillet or wide dutch oven on medium heat and swirl coconut oil to coat. Add ginger and garlic; cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently.

  • Add apples, place cabbage on top and cover. Cook for 5 minutes.

  • In the meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk chicken broth, tomato paste, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over cabbage and stir well. Cover, reduce heat to the lowest and cook for 30 minutes.

  • Serve hot. Top with cashews, cranberries and parsley.

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  • Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving = 1 cup:

    Calories: 149.9

    Total Fat: 7.8 g

    Cholesterol: 0.0 mg

    Sodium: 388.0 mg

    Total Carbs: 18.8 g

    Dietary Fiber: 4.7 g

    Protein: 3.3 g

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Home

Home…..

What is home?

Where is home?

Is home where you grew up?  Is it where you went to elementary school or

High School?

What about college?

Or is it where you have started your family, got married and started having kids?

What about those in the military that have moved 12 times in 20 years?

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One Spring day I was at a barn sale here in Cookeville, Tennessee where my wife and my 3 kids make our current home.  As I was looking at all the trinkets and old barn wood cutouts of the state of Tennessee I thought, “man, those are cool, but I am not a “Tennessee Guy”,  I am an Alabama Guy”.

After all, I lived in one home from the time I was 5 years old till I moved out at 18 and went to college at UAB, in Birmingham, Alabama.

My mom still lives in Hueytown and every time I go back, which is about 5-6 times a year, I take 2 of my 3 kids to do all the things I use to do like exploring a creek and walking through the woods and jumping fences we probably shouldn’t.

I drive by the High School Stadium where we went to the playoffs for the 1st time in 18 years, and drive by the old stadium where my  dad coached at before I was born and was still coaching when I went off to college. I have tons of memories that come flooding back to my mind and I love thinking of all of them.

So is that home?

Or is college home? I made some of the best friends in my life in downtown Birmingham in that old apartment.

Or…Is it a combination of those 2 places?

I lived in Georgia for 2 years and made some great friends but really all I did was work.

I then got married to the greatest woman in the world and moved to North Carolina where I worked 100 hour weeks (Literally) and Jackie worked 70 hour weeks and we had no kids and drank Grape Kool Aid, ate Grilled Chicken and Krinkle Cut French Fries almost every night.

We were not there long before we were fired and HAD to move. SO we ended up in a little town in Tennessee called Cookeville.  Many people wrongly pronounce it “Cooks-ville”. Why? I have no idea, but they do.

For the first 6 months we hated it. We had lived in a town of…

  • 1 million people (Birmingham)

  • 5 million people (Atlanta)

  • 900,000 People (Raleigh)

to Cookeville Population 37,000 and 90 minutes from a mall with no more than an Old Navy and a Marshalls.

We were a young married couple making a whopping $25,000 a year plus tips from Jackie waiting table at Cheddars.  We couldn’t find a church, had no friends and lived 4 hours away from all family.  But as time went on we adjusted and started to like and in some ways love little ol’ Cookeville.

We had 3 kids, found a great church, and made friends that will some day carry our caskets down the aisle when we leave this life.

So, lets get back to the question at hand.

What is home?

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Home is all of the things above. It’s the memories of playing sports as a kid, the church you were baptized in, the school you went to.

It’s the memories of you, your mom, and your dad at the ball park watching your sister play softball.

It’s seeing your dad with a broken nose because he decided to show me how to dive at the apartment pool. Never mind he is 6ft 6 inches tall.

It’s driving by the field where you spent 5 years of your life practicing football.

But it’s also the hospital where your first child was born., the house where your kids pulled sweet potatoes out of the back yard, and the stadium where you coached your first game as a full time college football coach.  It’s the Gym where you and your wife spent hours training to compete, side by side, in the CrossFit Games.  It’s driving by the house you walked around praying for your friends to get pregnant.  It’s going to the swimming hole where your fearless 3-year-old wants to jump off the cliff with daddy.

So, for me to say that one is home and the other is not would be a travesty.

Home is the combination of all the greatest memories you have made.  It’s where you played sports, learned about Jesus, and met your wife

It’s also the place where you quit your job because you knew you were made for something else. The place where your kids learned to ride their bikes and where you and your wife work through a doctor telling you your kid has a disease that only 3 in every 1 million kids ever get.

Will I ever leave the hills of Tennessee and go back to Sweet Home Alabama or go to another place the Lord will lead us?

I really don’t know. Only God knows.  But I do know that for me and my house this is the best depiction of Home.

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MealFit vs. Zaxby Salads

MealFit Salads in Cookeville, TN is the best option for lunch when it comes to nutrition and taste. Not to mention it’s about as quick as going to a drive in.

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SALAD BY MEALFIT!

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We know a lot of you like to grab salads, because you assume all are “healthy” at fast food joints. I mean they look it, so of course they have to be. Also, you don’t really pay attention to the price, or what you get because it is quick. Plus, if it’s healthy we automatically think it’s suppose to be priced high. Have you ever stopped to think about the salad that fast food places serve you though? What really goes in them? 

THERE’S MORE TO YOUR SALAD THAN MEETS THE EYE AT FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS

A lot of people like to order the salad because they want to “eat light” .However, you have to be careful, because the salad you just ordered could be around 1,700 calories or more. It is also probably loaded with tons of preservatives, sodium, sugar, and harmful chemicals depending on what is on it. To be honest no lettuce looks that good when, it’s that old unless.These days, many fast-food chains offer salads. But that doesn’t mean you could name much of what goes into one. How about propylene glycol? Many chains dust their salads with that chemical to keep the leaves crisp. It’s considered safe for consumption — and can also be found in antifreeze and sexual lubricants.

Yup, not kidding. Salads are total fat (and sugar) traps! Dressings can be bursting with calories, and then to top it off, the cheese, candied nuts, dried fruit, whatever else that may seem like a “light choice” is actually setting you back more than you would think!

 

 MEAT IS CHEMICALLY CLEANED…

Chemicals we normally associate with cleaning are purposefully put into fast-food meat. Why? Compounds like ammonium hydroxide can damage e. coli and other organisms. They also lower the acidity of meats and other foods, making it difficult for pathogens to survive. Is the practice safe? The USDA says yes. Does the idea of eating chemically washed meat in your salad sound good? 

MEALFIT SALADS- Where healthy means tasty!

At MealFit Salads, our salad is fresh daily. We are known for having healthy paleo, gluten free, dairy free, low carb, low sodium, and made from scratch options on our salads. 

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How It works!

  • Come in and get your to go container.

  • Make your salad as large or as small as you would like.

  • Make your way to the counter and weigh your salad.

  • Grab a Free bottled water if you are Tennessee Tech Student our staff member.

  • Also, free fruit for kids!

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Here Are Some Highlights!

  • Smoked chicken! (We smoke it right here)

  • Real Bacon.

  • 5 made from scratch dressings.

  • Mealfit famous Broccoli Salad

  • Homemade chicken salad that is made from a 3 ingredient made from scratch mayo.

  • Salad of the week. A new salad every week that has new items on the salad bar without getting rid of our classic items.

  • 4 Different kinds of fresh healthy salad greens.

  • In house made croutons.

  • Seasonal fresh cut fruits.

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We hope to see you soon at MealFit Salads.

We are centrally located in the heart of Cookeville Tennessee.

102 N Cedar Cookeville TN 38501

Hours of operation are
Tuesday – Friday 11am-2pm

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Creative Appetizer Recipe

Plum and Goat Cheese 

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This is an amazing snack or appetizer for any kind of gathering. If you are throwing a dinner party or are just having friends over, this dish will get you attention. The holidays are near, and the parties will soon start. This is will be the one creative holiday recipes you will be happy you made.

Ingredients:

  • 5 Plumbs

  • Olive oil for drizzling

  • 2 pinches of MealFit Salt and pepper mix

  • 8 oz Goat cheese

  • Fresh basil for garnish and flavor.

  • 2 tbsp Chopped Seeds or  nuts

  • Balsamic vinegar for drizzle.

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Directions:

  • Heat oven to 400

  • Cut the plums and take out the pit.

  • Place them cut side up and drizzle olive oil on them

  • Sprinkle Mealfit Salt and pepper mix on them and top with some fresh basil.

  • Bake for 15 min

  • Let cool and spread some goat cheese.

  • Prepare to be amazed at this combination.

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Many would not think this is as good as it is, but it’s truly got a wonderful taste. 

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Why You Should Take Celiac Disease and Gluten Serious.


Here is an amazing and informing article she has written about Celiac Disease. This disease is part of the reason for the GLUTEN FREE pandemonium that has spread throughout our country.

This article was written by Tonya Retallack a Senior at Upperman High School in Baxter, TN. Tonya is an amazing student who leaves school 3 days a week to come and intern at Mealfit. She does everything from cutting chicken, sweeping floors, to writing articles about nutrition.

She has a bright future ahead of her and I am so glad I have been part of her journey.

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My Father also has Celiac so I too know how Gluten and other items effect people.

Enjoy this read from a sharp high school kid.

Celiac Disease

Being the daughter of a parent diagnosed with Celiac Disease; I have experienced firsthand the struggles of this disease. It flipped my family’s world around two years ago when all my dads’ test came back positive. Learning to really read nutrition labels ,grocery shop and cook all over again was a real struggle because we were clueless going into it. I did my research, and over the years I have gathered information to share for the awareness of families that are going through what mine did.

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 What is it?

Celiac Disease is one of 80 autoimmune diseases which means it is a disease in which the person’s immune system attacks healthy cells and leads to harming of the body. It is characterized by the damage it causes to the small intestines when wheat, barley, or rye is ingested. Wheat barley and rye all contain gluten which is a combination of two proteins, gliadin and gluten.  Together these two can cause serious irritation to the villi which are small finger like projections in the small intestines that promote absorption of nutrients for the body. If damage is severe in someone with celiac disease, he or she can become malnourished and in some rare cases develop cancer.

 

Every 1 in 133 healthy Americans of all ages are living with celiac today and a staggering 97% go without a diagnoses. In this disease man and women are both affected, however it is slightly more common in women. Science has proven that some individuals are genetically susceptible to celiac but the exact genetic link is unclear at this time.

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What’s next?

It is very important if you are experiencing these symptoms to be tested. An early diagnostic could make a major impact of your quality of health but there are many not so fun steps to take. First is getting the blood test (I got mine done at my local hospital, it came back negative).However if it comes back positive you will need to make a trip to see a gastroenterologist, which is a doctor who deals with the structure, functions, diseases, and pathology of the stomach and intestines.  He will perform an endoscopy to see the damage that already has been done by actually seeing your small intestines without incisions. Sadly, there is no pill or shot that can cure Celiac and there’s no growing out of it. On the bright side however the only thing to keep from having the symptoms is to not eat rye ,wheat, or barley.

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Life with Celiac

As bad as it may seem giving up wheat bread and brownies; it could be worse. My dad and other people I have met with celiac says it one of the best things that ever happened to them. They feel better than ever before and a gluten free diet is responsible for that. Even if your test comes back negative there are still millions of reasons to make the switch.

Cite: www.verywell.com, www.cureceliacdisease.org, www.celiac.org, www.livescience.com. www.healthline.com, Medical-surgical Nursing

As you can see this is a lot of information, and an absolute change to your life. Mealfit is an easy way to make the transition, and you still get to eat the great tasting foods you love. Mealfit focuses on Gluten Free Foods, and Gluten Free Eating Plans. Check Out MealFit Eating Plans to get started on a healthier life.

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You are what you eat, and no one wants to be a $1 menu.

We have all heard the stories about eating fast food/eating out, and we are here to tell you it is true. More and more people are eating out more and more, and it’s not good for your body.  You are what you eat, and no one wants to be a $1 menu. It used to be a luxury, but is becoming the new norm, because of convenience and how cheap it is. I mean sure going thru a McDonald’s drive thru takes 5 minutes, and the $1 menu takes less out of your pocket than eating healthy. So you think! We’ll touch on the time and price later.

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For now, I want you to really think about what it is doing to your body. It effects everything, and you are killing yourself. In many cases the food is highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, preservatives, and salt. If you really look at the details of what those things can do to you, you won’t be happy, because your life will be shorter. All those carbs turn into sugar and constantly spike your blood sugar, which can lead to Diabetes 2. Added sugars have no nutritional value but are high in calories. According to the American Heart Association, most Americans take in twice as much sugar as is recommended for optimal health. All those extra calories add up to extra weight, which is a contributing factor for getting heart disease and being obese. Obesity is associated with an increase in respiratory problems as well. Too much sodium causes your body to retain water, making you feel bloated, puffy, and looking larger than you are. But that’s the least of the damage overly salted foods can do. Sodium also can contribute to existing high blood pressure or enlarged heart muscle.

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What about the outside of your body that can be seen and your mental health? First, fast food and eating out is known to take your energy. It literally drains you, and depression has also been linked to it. In a Public Health Nutrition journal a study determined that people who eat out are 51 percent more likely to develop depression than those who eat little to no fast food.  On top of that, fast food and eating out feeds skin issues. Greasy fattening fried foods and foods high in carbs cause acne and oily skin.

If you still aren’t making the promise to stop eating out a lot, please look at the list below for other reasons to stop eating out.

  1. It’s Expensive: Sure, you wanted the dollar menu, but you changed your mind when you go there, and fast food keeps going up. You can’t leave without spending at least $5-$12. If you times that by 30 days you are spending $150-$360 on Food that doesn’t even count your trip to the grocery store. Let’s not forget that is just lunch, one meal a day. A sit down restaurant is even more expensive. Eating healthy can be cheap, if you buy in quantities to last you.
  1. You Don’t Know What’s Gone Into It
  2. The Novelty Wears Off: If you are constantly going to restaurants and other establishments, then how do you mark a special occasion? 

 

  1. You Don’t Learn Anything:By Cooking you are learning and perfecting a skill, that looks great when dating, impressing “a could be” business partner, or comforting your spouse.

 

  1. It’s Not Convenient, It’s Time Consuming: You think going to the drive thru is quick, but you have to drive there, drive back, order, and use gas to get there. If you actually go to a sit down restaurant, you are waiting for them to cook it, waiting on the bill, and more. Cooking at home and preparing your meals are much healthier and take less time.

 

We hope you choose to eat out less and eat more at home, and if you do go out check out healthy places for you and your body. A good example is MealFit Salads in Cookeville, TN.   A serve yourself salad bar full of fresh healthy tasty options. We even have local, farm-fresh produce on the salad bar whenever it’s available. 

Remember you are what you eat, and no one wants to be a $1 menu. 

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