Diets High in Fructose Lead to Overeating

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Scientists have shown, using imaging tests, that fructose can trigger brain changes that lead to overeating. They found that after drinking a fructose beverage, the brain doesn’t register the fullness feeling as it does when simple glucose is consumed.

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Lower Mortality Risk for Overweight People

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A new report on nearly three million people found that people whose BMI ranked them as overweight had less risk of dying than people of normal weight. Obese people had the greater mortality risk over all, but those at the lowest obesity level, a BMI of 30 to 34.9, were not more likely to die than normal-weight people.

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Genetically Modified Tomatoes Counteract Heart Disease


Researchers have developed a genetically modified tomato that produces a certain peptide which will lower the plaque buildup in the arteries of mice. This could also work in humans.

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Daily Multivitamin Usage Cut Cancer Risk By 8% in Men


A new study following men has shown that taking multivitamins daily reduced the total risk of cancer by 8%. The study used Centrum Silver multivitamin, and included nearly 15,000 male doctors older than 50 and followed them for up to 13 years.

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Consuming Fruits & Vegetables Improves Psychological Well-Being


The World Health Organization recommends five servings of fruits and vegetable every day to keep the human body healthy, but how much is needed to keep your mind happy? That’s the question that researchers pursued in a new study.

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A Year Without Sugar

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Well, technically that’s not true. I have been eating sugar, sometimes in the form of chocolate and cookies, but I have completely stopped using sugar in my hot drinks, mainly tea and coffee. It’s allowed me to refine my taste buds and realize that sugar just masked some of the neat things that you can taste. Because of this, I no longer put any sugar in espressos or coffee. I can taste the difference in different grains of coffee. I can even judge a good grain from a not so good one.

Since September, I’ve stopped working out. It’s basically down to bad time management. I’m so busy during the week and usually on the weekends, I catch up on sleep. On top of being a graduate student, I teach full time Kindergarten and elementary school, I’m a freelance writer for various online publications, and I run my own business over at Asterisk*Cycles.

For 2011, I’d like to get back to running and cycling, hopefully every day. I know what I have to do, and it’s not a pleasant thought. I will either have to run to work or cycle to work. I think I’d rather run because there will less chances of getting into an accident.

Rest Days

Marc Cavendish on a rest day!
Marc Cavendish on a rest day!

I’ve got problems sleeping without an AC in Taipei. It gets so hot at night that I have trouble sleeping, ever since our bedroom AC broke down. We still have our main unit in the living room, but it’s not the same. Also, the drone of the AC was nice since it drowned out other noises, from dogs barking to people shouting.

Anyway, after tossing and turning for a few hours in bed on Saturday night, I got up and slept for a few hours on the couch. I didn’t get much sleep that night, which was strange because I got a lot of sleep the night before, after having resumed my training.

Well, I have a sore back from the couch. It started bothering me on Sunday and became worse. It’s nothing I haven’t had before, but it’s just annoying. I would have gone for a run with my wife on Sunday night, but didn’t because of that. My muscles don’t feel sore and that really annoying. Only my back is sore.

I’ve iced it down and tried to keep off my feet today, but that was hard since I was back working. Luckily, I won’t be working tomorrow, but I have to get some stuff done in Taipei.

I’ve read up on nutrition and figured out that I should never head out without having eaten enough. I won’t be able to ride as long as fast as I do right now. Tomorrow, sore back or not, I’ll head out for a nice long ride. I will do so during the day, so I’ll be able to ride longer. I’ll take along a banana and some Vitamin/Protein/Energy In jelly drinks fro Weider.

For some reason, I got tired of fruits a few weeks or so ago. I started eating a lot of fruits again last week. I don’t know why this happened, maybe I didn’t feel like buying them. Usually, I eat at least 10 portions of fruit a day, if not more. It’s a nice healthy snack, but over the last two weeks, I’ve been craving meat and carbs. I tend to listen to my body, unless it tells me to buy chocolate.

Strangely enough, I haven’t been as faithful to my diet as last year. I’m eating some carbs because of the amount of exercise I do, I don’t have a choice. I still eat chocolate from time to time, but I have tried to replace that need for sugar with granola bars. Sometimes, on the bike, I crave sugar and fantasize about them. A granola bar tends to shut that urge up pretty quickly. Still, the amount of energy you get from a chocolate bar is pretty high. It also acts pretty fast.

Instead of going for sugary drinks, I go for sugary teas from CoCo. The only reason why I like CoCo is because it’s the nearest tea shop to my home. I really like the passion fruit tea, with coconut jelly and the tapioca. It’s awesome. Fruit teas are strange. They are more akin to juices than anything else, but the combination of the jellies, the passion fruit seeds is really great.

My Comment To Leana

I do a lot of fruits. I squeeze my own OJ out of oranges in the morning and for supper. Takes 6 to make 500cc, that’s pretty energy dense.

I’ve almost gone off cooked food, and I’m sticking to a raw food diet. No breads, no pasta, no rice.

I munch on veggies, ham, fruits during the day. I’m currently exploring nuts and dried fruits as well to add to my diet.

I drink fruit smoothies, papaya blended with milk, mango blended with milk, or store bought OJ blended in with nectarines.

That works pretty well for me.

I’m not a food nazi though, I don’t stop myself from eating out from time to time. Only I stick to wraps, salads and other healthier stuff.

I’ve done the change in diet over a period of months, so I haven’t had any real problems.

I do eat meat, eggs and a little dairy. Red tuna sashimi is one of my faves, as well as grilled salmon.

I used to cook giant portions that would last me the week, but after switching diets, it’s no longer an option. I threw them out. So now, it’s very small portions.