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The Standard American Diet will KILL YOU!

Following the Standard American Diet will take quality years off your life

The Standard American Diet is SAD and will KILL YOU!

   The SAD fact is that cultures that eat the reverse of the Standard American Diet – low fat, high in complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and fiber, etc. – have a lower incidence of obesity, cancer and coronary artery disease. What’s even more SAD is that countries whose populations can afford to eat the healthiest disease-preventing foods don’t. America spends more money on weight loss than any country in the world, yet the American diet contributes to the very conditions we spend so much money to prevent.

   We’ve all heard the facts about eating healthy and exercising on a regular bases, but the simple truth is that most Americans are too lazy to take good care of themselves.  Little wonder that obesity is the number one health issue facing our country today.

   What’s the sense of living longer if we need to take a variety of medications to keep us alive?  With a healthy diet and plenty of aerobic exercise we could reverse the trends that lead us to being unhealthy, obese and overly medicated.

   As we get older our bodies accumulate acid wastes. Scientists reported that they found a significant increase in blood acidity and a correspondingly significant loss of alkaline reserves (which help balance out the acid in our body) with increasing age from 20 to 90 years, indicative of a progressively worsening low-level metabolic acidosis. In looking at the research, one can clearly see that the alkaline reserves of humans remain fairly constant until the age of 40, at which time they abruptly begin a linear downward spiral.

  Researchers also noted that, not so coincidentally, adult degenerative diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and others start to appear at the age of 40 and gradually worsen as we get older. They attribute the accumulation of acid and the reduction of the alkaline state as we age to eating the Standard American Diet (SAD), and conclude that the role of age-related metabolic acidosis in the cause of adult degenerative disease warrants consideration

   It’s obvious that we must consume more “alkaline” fruits, vegetables and plant foods to fight off disease as we age. Our SAD choices in food must change. Education and the new advances in food technologies are the keys. It’s as simple as replacing the Standard American Diet, which is:

  High in animal fats including dairy products
  High in unhealthy fats: saturated, hydrogenated
  Low in fiber
  High in processed foods
  Low in complex carbohydrates
  Low in fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods

with a healthier diet that focuses on alkaline fruits, vegetables and plant foods, including the following:

  Tomatoes
  Carrots
  Spinach
  Broccoli
  Blueberries
  Raspberries

May 18, 2010 Posted by | Editorial, Health and Fitness | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BIRR Scholarship Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, May 23

Free Vidration provided to participants after the race by Anheuser-Busch

    On Sunday, May 23, the Big Island Road Runners along with Big Dog Productions will host the Scholarship 5K run/walk starting at 7:30 am in the parking area of Moku Ola, Coconut Island.

  Following the fun run/walk the BIRR will presents a check for $1000 to Hilo’s Sai Weiss and to Waiakea’s Kaitlyn Chock.  The public is encouraged to attend both the run/walk and the scholarship ceremony.  For more information contact the Big Dog at 969-7400.

May 18, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kukio Bay Challange on June 6 – triathlon

Kukio Challenge June 6 at Kukio Bay triathlon

The ninth annual Kukio Challenge will take place at 9 a.m. June 6 at Kukio Bay. The race consists of a half-mile swim, 3-mile run and 4-mile paddle.

Participants must be at least 14 years old to participate in the event, which is limited to 100 entrants. The registration fee of $65 includes a race shirt, a swim cap and lunch ($75 on race day). However, a race shirt is not guaranteed for late entrants. Athletes must register online at kukio.net by 3 p.m. June 3.

An awards lunch follows the race at Kikaua Point Park. Awards will go to the top overall male and female and the top three males and females in the following divisions: paddleboard, OC-1 and stand-up paddleboard. Additional lunch tickets are available at $15 per person.

Proceeds benefit the Hui Laulima O Kekaha Kai, a group that aims to ensure protection of the natural, cultural and scenic resources of Kekaha Kai State Park in North Kona.

For athlete information, call Danny Haserot at 325-4144. For sponsor or volunteer information, call Paola Calciolari at 325-4108.

May 18, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island, Swimming in Hawaii, triathlon | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hilo’s Junior Olympic Boxing Champions Headed to North Carolina

Nikolai Wassman, left, and Kieran Rosas

   Nikolai Wassman and Kiernan Rosas recently claimed state Junior Olympic boxing championhip titles on Oahu.  Wassman won the 13 and under division and Rosas won an older age division and also won a regional titlle which earned him a spot in the national junior Olympic tournament, according to coach Anthony Pagan.

   The National tournament will be held in North Carolina from June 11-20.  Rosas will compete on the stae team that will represent Hawaii in the nationals.  Pagan, who coaches both boys, is also the coach for the state team that will represent Hawaii in the nationals.

   Pagan is seeking sponsors to help defray the travel costs.  For more information contact Pagan at 937-6469.

May 18, 2010 Posted by | boxing | , , , , | Leave a comment