Story Topic #1: Fast-food nation: 1 in 5 parents says kids eating more junk since pandemic began https://www.studyfinds.org/fast-food-nation-children-eat-more-junk-pandemic/
Eating at home more frequently as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and concerns might lead one to believe children are eating healthier, but new research challenges that conclusion. According to a survey, one in five parents say their kids have been snacking away on more junk food since the start of the pandemic.
Although many moms and dads say their family has enjoyed healthier meals since the onset of coronavirus, 20% admit being “too stressed” to cook. And one in six say their child consumes fast-food at least twice a week. The survey of more than 2,000 parents of American children aged 3 to 18 was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
While almost all parents agreed that fast food is unhealthy for their children, more than 80% feel it’s “okay” in moderation, according to the poll. Three out of four parents also agreed with the statement that when stressed for time, fast-food is a good family option. A third of parents say that fast-food is good value for the money, while almost 24% feel it is less expensive than making meals at home.
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“Parents mostly acknowledge that fast-food isn’t an ideal choice, but see it as an acceptable ‘sometimes food.’ But parents don’t usually dictate their kids’ food choices at fast-food restaurants, with 88% allowing their child to choose what they eat and only one in three parents reading the nutritional information,” says Dr. Freed. However, two out of three parents (67%) say they encourage their children to choose healthier options and try to limit unhealthy items such as chips and milkshakes.
“One fast-food meal often exceeds the recommended fat, sodium, and calorie intake for the entire day without providing many nutrients. Parents should consider using nutritional information to help their kids learn how to make healthier choices. Trying to make those meals even a little bit healthier can have an important impact,” adds Dr. Freed.
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Story Topic #2: Intermittent fasting improves sleep quality, helps manage diabetes, heart disease https://www.studyfinds.org/intermittent-fasting-diabetes/
Intermittent fasting has become wildly popular among the dieting community over the last decade. Now, a new study is adding more fuel to that fire after researchers discovered the weight loss trend may help people better manage conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Researchers also find that intermittent fasting also helps overall sleep quality.
The authors say a time-restricted diet, where you eat your daily calories within an eight to ten-hour window, is a powerful tool in managing metabolic diseases. For people dealing with blood sugar issues, cholesterol trouble, and heart problems, losing weight is a key part of preventing serious health complications.
“People who are trying to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle should pay more attention to when they eat as well as what they eat. Time-restricted eating is an easy-to-follow and effective dietary strategy that requires less mental math than counting calories,” says Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D., from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in a media release. “Intermittent fasting can improve sleep and a person’s quality of life as well as reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”
Panda’s team found that the expression of genes, hormone levels, and a person’s metabolism rises and falls during different times of the 24-hour day. By aligning our eating schedules with the body’s internal clock, the study finds patients with metabolic issues can reduce the health burden of several chronic diseases.
“Eating at random times breaks the synchrony of our internal program and make us prone to diseases,” Panda explains. “Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle that anyone can adopt. It can help eliminate health disparities and lets everyone live a healthy and fulfilling life.”
Previous studies have found that intermittent fasting also helps to reshape a person’s gut microbiome and even improves memory.
MAIN (from Christine's youtube channel) Story Topic #3: What Are Signs Of Insulin Resistance And How Can You Reverse It? 1. Hemoglobin A1c test The best way to determine whether or not someone has insulin resistance conclusively is to get your hemoglobin A1c tested. Just keep in mind, that when you get your A1c levels tested, it's an average of what's going on in your blood in the last thirty days. If your A1c levels are under 5.7, you are fine. Between 5.7 and I'd say about 6.4 is pre-diabetic. I'd say over 6.4 is diabetic. 2. Your fasting blood glucose If your fasting blood glucose is over 100, that's also an indicator. But outside of the actual numbers, if you eat carbohydrates, and when you eat carbohydrates, you still feel hungry afterwards, and you feel like once the hunger switch is turned on, it does not go off, this is a very good sign that you have insulin resistance. And the reason why is because when you consume carbohydrates, it causes your blood sugar to go up. When your blood sugar goes up, what needs to happen is insulin is a messenger hormone, which is required to shuttle the glucose out of the blood and into the cells. However, some individuals do not have... that process doesn't go smooth for them. So, what that means is insulin is grabbing onto the glucose molecule, knocking on the door of yourself and trying to escort it inside. And what ends up happening is the cells are non-responsive. They're not answering the door. It's like they don't have a secret knock. And when that happens, the pancreas creates more insulin and more insulin and more insulin. We're trying to barge down the doors of these cells to get the glucose out of the bugs. It's a toxic system, a toxic state to have high blood sugar. So, when all of that occurs, you're starving on the cellular level, because we think of the food we consume, we think the end user of food is what? The stomach. No, the end user of that food is your cells. So, your cells still have not received energy, even though you are eating. So, if the cells are not receiving energy, they can't send the signal to the brain to tell you that you're full. So, you're going to keep eating and eating and eating, and it's just a recipe for disaster. Brain fog, just tired, hungry all the time - just crazy cravings. How to reverse insulin resistance The only way to really get in front of it and intercede it is to break that cycle. And it's going to be hard at first, because a lot of people have to go through a sugar detox process, or they really need to start fueling their body off of healthy fats for fuel instead of carbs. But it can be treated with proper nutrition. I see people reverse out of the diabetic and pre-diabetic state using nutrition alone.
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About Christine Hronec Christine Hronec ( https://gaugelife.com ) is an award-winning chemist and three-time champion fitness competitor, nutrition, and exercise expert. Since founding her company Gauge Life in 2013, Christine has helped approximately 40,000 women transform their bodies and switch to a body-positive self-image. Her YouTube channel has over 25 million views. Christine has received awards from the American Chemical Society and was published in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Christine was part of the team that created Time magazine’s “Invention of the Year” for her work in the biotech field.