Hunger – it grows over time

23 08 2008

An interesting study about hunger and overeating, and how that changes as we age. It seems that the neurons responsible for letting our brain know that we’re full are attacked by certain types of foods – sugar and carbs, or the free radicals they can turn into – and the result is fewer neurons letting our brain know that we’re full. So, if 10% of the neurons have been killed off, or damaged – I’m not sure if they know what the situation is exactly – you wind up eating 10% more to compensate.

No wonder it gets harder to loose weight as we get older! Not only does our metabolism slow down, our brain thinks we’re hungrier than we really are!!

I guess that we can adjust by portion control – either weighing or food or using a certain size plate – resulting in more consistent amounts of food ingested.

And stay away from those carbs and that sugar!!


100 habits to live to be 100

19 07 2008

These 100 essential habits are organized into areas such as heart, diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, diet and exercise, allowing you to pick a few habits at a time to introduce into each area rather than feeling like you have to make all 100 changes at once. Assuming that you are doing everything wrong, that is.

But, these are things that we can do, can address, to help us improve our longevity and reach that magical goal of 100 birthdays, and be able to enjoy that time.

Now, where do I start? Hmmm.