Rush Limbaugh Diet – QWL – Quick Weight Loss Centers

All the rage right now is about the recent announcement of the Rush Limbaugh Diet as he modeled it from QWL or the Florida based Quick Weight Loss Centers. The diet supposedly uses supplements, an appetite suppressant, protein balancing and calorie counting and calorie restriction to help Rush lose weight.

While Rush has lost some 80 pounds in a couple of months according to him he claims to feel great and says he is the healthiest he has ever been. Several years ago Rush lost a bunch of weight and then gained it all back so he is now on the QWLC diet and is continuing to lose weight.

Do get me wrong , it’s great that Rush has gone on a weight loss program, but is what he is doing the best way to lose weight and be healthy? The problem with these kind of programs where you actually go on a diet is that at some point you have to go off the diet. Then what are you faced with? If you don’t change the way you eat on a permanent basis you will never be able to keep the weight off.

Weight loss and staying healthy is not about going on a diet, it is about eating a healthy diet every day, not just when you are overweight. If you want to stay healthy, you have to eat healthy all the time as a matter of lifestyle instead of dieting. It’s all about the mindset of how you treat your body instead of eating anything you want at any time and thinking that it’s okay because all you have to do is go on some calorie counting diet.

Don’t fool yourself, while the Rush Limbaugh diet at Quick Weight Loss Center may help you lose weight, it probably won’t help you keep it off. If you’d like to try some great tasting food full of nutrition that you can eat all the time, check out the healthy recipes section of our website.

The Hidden Secret Of Morbid Obesity – Enablers

My wife Jean and I were watching Oprah last night (okay I admit it, I do watch O once in a while) and one of the stories she was featuring was about the world’s most extreme yo-yo dieter. The morbidly obese Michael Hebranko was a guest by Skype yesterday with Oprah and he has lost and gained more than 3,000 pounds in his lifetime. He once tipped the scales at 1,100 pounds, lost 902 pounds and then, amazingly, gained it all back.

Hebranko claims that at one sitting he ate 24 pork chops, 2 pounds of bacon and 3 dozen eggs and I assume that he has to eat somewhere near that amount on a regular basis to get to the kind of weight he was carrying and keep it on. That’s a huge amount of food and it also must have cost a good chunk of change to buy that amount of groceries. A quick calculation tells you that meal just for the food alone, not counting cooking an storage costs, would set you back somewhere between $45 and $50.

At one point in Hebranko’s life he was bed ridden for 3 years. Yes, that means he never got out of bed for a period of 3 entire years. Besides the obvious problems of cleaning and toileting himself there’s another problem no one ever seems to discuss in these cases. It’s incredibly obvious, but still, no one ever talks about it.

What I’m referring to is how was Hebranko able to buy, prepare and eventually consume that much food without someone helping him? He had to have an enabler to allow him to get to the weight that he did. He was bedridden for 3 entire years. He had to have someone go to the grocery store for him and buy enormous amounts of food, more food than any large family would eat. Someone had to cook the food, bring it to him and then clean up after him. And that someone is equally responsible for his huge weight gain.

Hebranko’s enabler or enablers also had to make enough money to feed him as well. Even if you spent $50 a day to feed that kind of food addiction we’re talking about spending $350 a week or more than $18,000 a year for food for a single person. Those that weigh that much and are bedridden obviously can’t work so someone else has to foot the bill for food and everything else for them. Imagine taking $1,500 every month out of your paycheck to feed your overweight relative. Would you do that?

And that’s the point of this whole post, who in their right mind would allow someone they love to eat that much food, especially when they are the one that has control over the situation because they are the one that has to prepare the food for them? We eat a mostly raw diet, but If I told my wife I wanted to eat a salad that took 3 heads of lettuce, a pound of tomatoes and a pound of carrots to prepare just for myself, she would think I was mad.

An enabler that allows their relative to gain that much weight is like the enabler who goes to the liquor store and buys a case of booze when their passed out husband, father, brother or mother can’t get to the car to drive themselves to get their own poison.

An enabler doesn’t have to necessarily be the one that goes to the store because their relative is to fat to go themselves. Maybe they’re the one that insists those at the table take another helping of mashed potatoes when someone says they are full, or insists someone eats a piece of grandma’s special apple pie when someone says no thanks, or makes 10 servings of spaghetti when their family only needs 5 helpings. Enablers are at every level of the overeating process, not just assisting those that are morbidly obese.

Please Oprah, let’s get to the heart of these matters and do a show that examines the issue about those that enable their relatives to almost kill themselves. Maybe we could save a few people from going down this path of morbid obesity.

Vegan Burger Recipe

Our latest menu in the LeStourgeon household will include a delicious vegan burger recipe also known as veggie burgers. This burger recipe is very simple and easy to make, but, as with most raw recipes it requires the family chef to plan ahead. To assemble on Sunday evening, so your family will have them available for eating throughout the week, start soaking the grain on Friday night. (for a sweeter flavor, try rye berries instead of wheat.)

In addition to soaking and sprouting the rye berries in an Easy Sprout (which takes 18-24 hours), begin soaking your walnuts and sunflower seeds at least 8 hours before you plan to use them. After the nuts and seeds have soaked for 8 hours, drain, rinse and cover with purified water and then place in refrigerator until ready for use. I soaked mine Saturday night since I wanted to be making vegan burgers Sunday evening.

As you can see from the picture, I used our 7 cup kitchen aid food processor to process all the ingredients together:

1.5 cups sprouted rye berries
½ cup sunflower seeds
2/3 cup walnuts
½ sweet onion
1 medium carrot
1.5 stalks celery
¼-1/2 tsp. herbamare
1 tsp braggs aminos

When the ingredients have been processed to the consistency you like, spoon onto teflex sheets. To make a 3 inch  patty that is 3/8 inch thick (after dehydration) spoon mixture into 1/3 cup measuring cup and invert onto teflex sheet.  Next take the back side of a spatula and press down to form a patty that is about ½ inch thick. This vegan burger recipe makes 6-8 patties. Place in your Excalibur dehydrator on high for the first hour, then lower heat to medium low. Flip vegan burgers about half way through the dehydrating cycle. Total dehydration time is 4-6 hours depending on how you prefer them done.

Check back again to learn how to build a better burger!

4th Of July Recipes

Check out these healthy 4th Of July Recipes. Traditionally burgers and hot dogs are the standard fare at most July 4th picnics with maybe a little coleslaw thrown in and of course potato chips and soft drinks such as Coke, Pepsi and the like. However, these recipes for the 4th are healthier and mostly raw, so you can have a great time celebrating our nation’s Independence and be healthy at the same time.

Veggie Burger Recipe
What’s a 4th of July celebration without burgers? With these veggie burgers made from sprouted wheat berries and veggies, you can have burgers without all the harmful fat and cholesterol.

Garlic Mashed Potato Recipe
Don’t worry, these potatoes aren’t raw, they’re fairly traditional garlic mashed, but without the added fat of sour cream and butter. We use safflower oil as a substitute for butter.

Roasted Potato Recipe
Here’s another potato recipe that’s delicious. This recipe is for creamer potatoes, but you can use different potatoes and cuts to make them more like french fries if you’d like.

Cole Slaw Recipe
You can’t have a 4th of July cookout or picnic without coleslaw. My wife Jean loves slaw and this recipe uses sesame oil and our famous spicy oriental coleslaw dressing. I’m sure you will love it.

Red Cabbage Recipe
Here’s another slaw type recipe made with red cabbage and using the same cole slaw dressing.

Green Salad Tips
This isn’t a recipe, but it’s just some good tips on how to make your green salads much more appealing. A lot of variety in your salads is the key to not letting them get boring.

Homemade Fruit Ice Cream
the 4th of July is a great time for ice cream and this ice cream recipe is made from nothing other than frozen fruit using a Champion Juicer. For a patriotic ice cream you can use bananas, strawberries and blueberries or blackberries for those traditional red, white and blue colors. This is a great treat and contains zero fat.

That about does it for our healthy 4th of July recipes. We hope you enjoy them and hope you have a safe and healthy 4th of July celebration.

Beet Salad For Lunch

As lunch time rolled around today and I began to think about what to fill my hungry stomach with, I remembered the fresh beets I bought a few days ago at our local organic market. With Alan blogging out in the community today, leaving me home to enjoy the peace and quiet of our small suburban home, I realized this is the day to thoroughly enjoy my beets without offending my hubby.  Alan is pretty much disgusted with beets.  “They taste like dirt!” he says whenever they’re mentioned.  But to me, it’s the earthy flavor of fresh raw beets that is so truly palatable.  

This recipe for beet salad is on our website and in our vegan meal planner, but it’s worth mentioning here because it is so quick and easy.  For a single serving, peel one fresh, small beet. Next, julienne with a sharp knife or mandolin. Then, toss in a small bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and honey. For extra flavor, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

Summer’s the season for beets. So if you’ve only ever eaten cooked or pickled beets, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy fresh beets raw with this quick and easy beet salad recipe.

To your health!

Acai Berry Diet Scam Really Is A Scam

I’m sure you’ve seen the ads on Google or MySpace or Facebook or any of the other hundreds of places promoting some sort of acai berry diet pill or potion. They offer a free trial of their product and all you have to do is pay a small shipping fee of somewhere around $5 or so. The truth is these things are the biggest scams on the internet today and you should run away from them as fast as you can.

Unfortunately though when you try to get information about thse products by googling acai berry diet scam you end up with search results that supposedly review these sites and tell you which ones are the best. In reality, these sites are also scams because they are really selling the scam products themselves.

Two things make these the biggest scams out there:

The first is the cost. Once you order your free trial you get 14 days to try the product and after the 14 day period your credit card starts getting billed for $60 to $90 a month for the junk and then you find out it’s nearly impossible to cancel your order.

The second reason this is a scam is because Acai berries have no inherent weight loss properties. While they are a highly nutritional food they won’t in any way help you lose weight. It’s all just intense marketing that results in you, the consumer, losing money instead of weight.

In your quest to lose weight after a possible holiday binge, don’t fall for these acai berry diet scams. Read more about this acai berry scam and how it works.

Burger King’s Ultimate Double Whopper Of Death

I keep seeing this Burger king commercial on TV and when they put the actual burger together featured in the commercial you see 3 pieces of cheese being placed on a burger patty along with 4 strips of bacon and then some sort of artery clogging sauce on top of that. Unfortunately I can’t find that burger in question, but I did find some interesting info on the Ultimate Double Whopper which I think was inspired by Homer Simpson.

If you want a burger that will kill you, then eat the Utimate Double Whopper. If you simply don’t give a rip at all about your diet, your body or any of the organs in your body, such as the main one that pumps blood, then go ahead and gorge yourself on the Ultimate Double Whopper. This gargantuan, heart stopping burger will give 123% of the recommended fat per day with its 80 grams of such fat in 1200 staggering calories, 35 of those grams being fully saturated.

How much more gluttonous can we get as a society? I guess that depends on how fast we want to kill ourselves. This ultimate Burger King burger has 2 slices of american cheese, and 8 half slices of bacon (that’s 4 full pieces) and of course that’s all on top of the already more than enough 2 beef patties. Slop some mayo on this beast, add some fries and you have a meal that could stop the heart of an elephant, much more a person. 

I wonder when someone will get smart and start building paramedic stations near Burger king restaurants, or better yet maybe hospitals should start building heart centers next door to them. Will the lawyers be far behind?

Maybe it would be better if we could avoid all this and just eat a bit healthier. What do you think?

How Big Will The 7-11 Big Gulp Get?

Just how big does the 7-11 Big Gulp need to be? How big is it going to get before someone finally says, “Enough, we can’t add one more ounce to the Big Gulp, it is done.”

The reason I’m bringing this up is that a couple of days ago Jean and I stopped in at the local 7-Eleven in Palm Bay, FL to get gas and as I was standing outside our SUV pumping gas I looked over towards the entrance of the store and saw a guy carrying his Big Gulp mug under his arm. It was funny because as I looked at Jean sitting in our truck, she was looking at the guy too and then looked at me. No, he wasn’t carrying the mug by the handle as you would a cup, it was actually tucked under his arm as you would carry a basketball or a case of water, that’s how big the mug was. We both had quite a laugh at this scene, I only wish I would have had a camera.

I’m guessing the mug was the size of the largest Big Gulp known as the Super Big Gulp coming in at a whopping 64 ounces of soda (according to the 7 Eleven Wiki page). That’s one half gallon of soda in a single cup. With the insulation on this guy’s mug he had to carry it under his arm because it was more the size of a cooler than it was an actual soft drink. If you don’t put ice in your drink (I know no one does that, but you could) you can get 64 ounces of soda in your Super Big Gulp cooler…er, mug.

So, how much sugar is in that much soda? Right on a can of Coke it says there are 39 grams of sugar in the 12 ounce can. Take those 39 grams and multiply it by 5.33 to get to your 64 ounces of soda and you have 208 grams of sugar in a 64 ounce Coke if that’s what you’re drinking. That comes out to seven and one third ounces of sugar in your 64 ounce drink, that’s nearly one half pound of sugar in the cooler you call a soft drink. And if you think you’re doing your body good by drinking a diet soda, think of all the artificial sweetener it takes to sweeten a 64 ounce beverage. Those stats ought to give you a headache if the sucralose or splenda in it doesn’t.

The next time you think about having a soda nearly big enough to take a bath in, try a healthy smoothie instead or just have water.

I wonder if 7 Eleven will put wheels on the next size up Super Duper Big Gulp so you can push it around like a trash can or luggage.

Christian Yoga

Exercise is one of the main tenets of achieving superior health. For years I have experienced the benefits of stretching and deep abdominal breathing, and therefore have felt a natural inclination to explore Yoga. So, recently I decided to take it a step further and picked up a book entitled Christian Yoga by Susan Bordenkircher. This is a great Yoga book for people who want to integrate their Christian faith and spirituality with their yoga routine.

This afternoon, I spent a good hour outside on our deck going over the basics Bordenkircher outlines in her book: relaxation, deep breathing, and warming up. The basic warm-up exercises even included a foot stretching exercise something I was not familiar with. What a relaxing and at the same time energizing way to spend some time outdoors. I haven’t even gotten into the poses yet and I’m hooked.

I’m no Yoga expert, but this much I’ve figured out. Yoga has many benefits to it because it focuses on overall health: body, mind and spirit. Learning to quiet the mind and focus on deep breathing, muscle tension and relaxation is an art in and of itself which has many mental and emotional health benefits. Christian Yoga takes it a step further and helps the individual to focus on the triune God through out their exercise routine (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

One of the main principles of Yoga is learning deep abdominal breathing. One of the added benefits of this type of breathing is that it gently exercises the internal organs. As your diaphragm rises and falls it’s actually massaging you on the inside. Deep breathing is not only energizing, but it also promotes healing. The process of abdominal breathing results in toxins being released and eliminated, and more oxygen being distributed to the cellular level. Finally, learning to relax your muscles is one of the best ways to counteract stress and anxiety.

Taking care of your mind, body and spirit through Christian Yoga, is also a great motivator to eat right as well. When feeling good because you are relaxed, positively energized and focused on God, there is much less temptation to make the wrong food choices and more motivation to make the right choices. A holistic approach to health is most certainly the best approach.

Jean

Plastic Water Bottles Out, Stainless Steel Water Bottles In

People are finally catching on to the health risks inherent in drinking purified water out of plastic bottles. Unfortunately many of these plastic bottles leach chemicals into the water they are carrying. Now, let’s think about this…if we’re going to take the time to drink purified water why should we use a container that leaches harmful chemicals?

All the talk in the news lately about this serious problem was just the push we needed to finally get rid of our own plastic water bottles. We purchased stainless steel (304 grade) refillable bottles. Though there are many places from which we could order these beautiful jewel tone, 20 oz bottles (I got the red and Alan got the blue, the match our cell phones) we chose to support an organization that has been a true inspiration to us: www.PathtoFreedom.com. Their store is located at www.peddlerswagon.com .

For $11 dollars a piece the bottles are a bargain. Over time, the money spent on bottled water can easily be recouped plus we aren’t throwing our share of plastic bottles in landfills any longer. Now we fill our elegant stainless steel water bottles directly from our own water purification system at home.

These bottles are a great investment: they are beautifully designed, lightweight, fun to drink from, have a handy clip for easy carrying, keep your water cold, but most of all they are safe!

To your health,

Jean