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Dec 7

How Fans Are Handling Their Favorite Influencer Going From Vegan To An All-Carnivore Diet – BuzzFeed News

This is Please Like Me, BuzzFeed News newsletter about how influencers are battling for your attention. You can sign up here.

Emily Schuman is an OG blogger. In 2008, she started her fashion and lifestyle blog, Cupcakes and Cashmere, as a way to document the things she loved. She quickly became one of the most recognizable and influential personalities in the lifestyle blogosphere and quit her job in media to run her site full-time. In 2010, she designed a bag with Coach and now has a line at Nordstrom. She has written two coffee-table books and her website has a full-time staff of 10, besides Emily and her husband Geoff. In the golden age of blogging, she was an A-lister.

The online landscape is very different now than it was in 2008. Influencers are the new bloggers, and everything is on social media. While Emily and her blogging peers grew their audience through lengthy posts, sometimes multiple times a day, now all it takes is an iPhone and photos with captions to become a fashion influencer. The bar for entry is much lower, and the competition is much fiercer. Bloggers like Emily have had to convert their audiences to new platforms to remain relevant. Not that Emily has been unsuccessful in many ways she is the model example of this. She has more than half a million Instagram followers and her brand is chugging along just fine.

There are bound to be hiccups, though. And this week, Emily had a big one when she did an #ad for a new at-home company called P.volve. P.volve offers streaming classes and unique fitness equipment to go along with its low-impact training method. One piece of equipment is the p.ball, a rubber ball attached to a band that fits between your legs for glute and thigh work.

Last week, Emily uploaded a video of herself using the p.ball during a at-home workout. The caption read: Luckily wasn't feeling too intimidated when the only other members of my @pvolve workout class were my cats. #ad.

Emily immediately got completely read for filth by her followers for the ad, which you can watch here. They had two main gripes. The first is that Emily has many times written about how she doesnt really exercise. She has explained in blogs that she has a somewhat complicated relationship with fitness and has said she remains slim due to her naturally athletic build and a naturally fast metabolism, along with dabbling in intermittent fasting. So followers felt that Emily suddenly shilling an exercise product was extremely inauthentic, a mortal sin for bloggers and influencers.

Come on Emily!! Im sorry but this is SO ridiculous. It is soooooo off brand and unauthentic. It comes off like all you care about is making money, no matter the cost or how it comes off, wrote one.

The second gripe: They thought the video was just plain weird and awkward. Some of the commenters trolled her. (Maam this is the olive garden...lol.)

I see both sides here. On the one hand, I understand it can be frustrating to follow someone for years and watch them seemingly sell out with inauthentic ads for money. Fans highly value the authenticity of influencers: It builds the trust that allows their recommendations to be taken seriously. Also, I think this is a microcosm of a growing trend of frustration about how ridiculous some ads on Instagram are becoming.

On the other hand, it has to be incredibly difficult to build your brand around your life and maintain that brand authentically for more than a decade while simultaneously remaining relevant from a business standpoint. The competition for #ads is incredibly tough, and Id imagine it is hard to ensure sponcon is also perfectly on-brand all of the time. I bet it has been harder for Emily to jump from blogging to Instagram influencing than we think. We reached out to Emily for comment.

I think we can all agree, though, we are all lucky we have never had to film ourselves doing as awkward a workout as the p.ball machine, and then post it to 500,000+ people.

Stephanie

If social media helped convince people to go vegan, its now creating a bit of an identity crisis especially for the people who were at the forefront of pushing the cause.

In 2019, famous vegan bloggers have either been outed or have come forward to say theyre no longer vegan. And the fallout has been explosive and difficult for their followers. Many seem to understand that people can change their diets for health reasons, but others feel flat-out duped.

In the case of Yovana Rawvana Mendoza, earlier this year, she was caught eating meat in her private life as she was still proselytizing and profiting off a vegan diet on her YouTube channel. Her fans understandably had trouble with this.

For others, its more complicated. Alyse Parker is a lifestyle influencer who became well-known at one point for advocating an all-plant diet and making exercise videos. She recently came out not only as a meat-eater she announced that shes on an all-meat diet.

The Carnivore Diet first came into my awareness when a close friend shared with me all of the benefits that he was experiencing by eating this way, Alyse wrote. She also said she woke up the next morning feeling more mentally clear, focused, wholesome, and healthy than I had felt in years.

The responses to her newfound carnivore diet was a mess. Some fans congratulated her, told her she was brave, voiced their support, and others were...profoundly mad. And took it very personally.

When I reached out and DMd with two commenters who voiced their anger, they explained exactly what upset them so much about Alyses changed diet: Both of them said she directly influenced their own decisions to go vegan.

Nicole Zach, a 20-year-old who lives in Santiago, Chile, told me Alyse was an inspiration to her, and after watching her videos, she then started a successful vegan lifestyle.

When she announced she was eating meat again I couldnt believe it, Nicole said. She used to be so devoted to veganism.

Nicoles issue, as a fan or, er, former fan was how extreme Alyse seemed to have jumped from one ship to another. And that she fears because she was so effectively convinced to change her lifestyle, that this might influence others the same way.

She can do whatever she wants of course, I just hope this change of diet and lifestyle doesnt affect others. I would hate to see some of Alyses followers getting confused and considering eating animals again, she said.

Another fan named Haley told me shes been following the influencer since 2014. Up until [Alyses latest Instagram post] I would still reference her and be proud that she inspired me, said Haley. However, now I feel as though I listened to a hypocrite.

Haley said she grew skeptical about Alyses motivations after seeing her do a complete 180 about her lifestyle choices.

Considering much of her product and basis of her career is on health and helping the environment, I do not think she has a care for anything besides herself, Haley said.

Both Haley and Nicole said they remain vegan and are happy about their decisions theyre just let down by someone who they once saw as a heroic figure.

Ive reached out to Alyse, but did not immediately hear back.

Its always a sad reality to face when youre empowered by a message, but disappointed by the messenger. And someone you almost viewed as superhuman now continues to show you theyre...just human. And that they might loosely wield their power of influence. However, it sounds like going vegan is a decision Alyses followers are now actively making for themselves, independently, and thats pretty great.

Until next time plant yourself at home this weekend, or go meat someone out. Do whatever the hell you wanna do.

Tanya

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Dec 7

7 foods that the world’s longest-living people swear by, from wine to nuts – Business Insider

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Olive oil is eaten with bread, salads, and veggies, in addition to being used to cook nearly everything in Blue Zones, Buettner noted in the cookbook.

It is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which has been found to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and in turn reduce the risk of heart disease.

It's also anti-inflammatory and packed with antioxidants. This can help reduce the risk of many types of chronic illnesses, like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, metabolic syndrome, and even arthritis.

Even though olive oil high in fat and calories, it's also been linked to weight loss.

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Dec 7

The man who unlocked the world’s secret to living to age 100 says you can skip the gym – INSIDER

Dan Buettner, a continent-trekking cyclist and storyteller, figured out that the world consisted of at least five "Blue Zones," in the early 2000s. That's when he made the term, which was first coined by the European demographers Michel Poulain and Gianni Pes, a household phrase in a best-selling cover story for National Geographic.

In this handful of hidden corners scattered across the globe, he discovered that people were sailing past the 100-year mark with surprising frequency, and often avoiding dementia.

People residing in these Blue Zones are outliving us because they have figured out what others have not, according to Buettner. They consistently eat a healthful diet, and they also move around about every 20 minutes or so during each day.

But he says it took him years after that initial discovery to figure out exactly why the rest of us are getting the simple diet and exercise formula so wrong.

"People start thinking that the entrance way to a healthier lifestyle for most Americans is through their mouths," he told Insider. "But the core tenant of Blue Zones, and it took me about 10 years to realize what I'm about to tell you, none of them have better discipline, better diets, better individual responsibility, they don't have better genes than us."

Instead, "they live a long time because longevity happens to them," Buettner said.

An elderly troupe of singers and dancers from Kohama Island in Okinawa wearing traditional local costumes perform at a herb garden on Kohama Island. Toru Yamanaka/AFP via Getty Images

The homegrown, plant-based diets of the Blue Zones residents are only about half of the longevity equation, Buettner estimates. The rest is about making healthy choices the easiest ones by turning them into instinctual rituals of daily life that people don't have to think about or use willpower to fight for.

Namely, Blue Zones residents found in Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California move consistently through each day, live with purpose, and do it all with a little help from their friends.

Buettner has successfully trialed this holistic approach in cities and towns across the US, with stunning success. In 2009, he piloted his first "Blue Zones Project" in Albert Lea, Minnesota. The goal was to reverse-engineer it into a Midwestern Blue Zone.

"If you want to live longer and be healthier, don't try to change your behaviors, because that never lasts for the long run," he said. "Think about changing your environment."

For Albert Lea, that meant the town of roughly 18,000 people was pushed to do more daily movement, with citywide changes that turned healthful actions into the simplest choices.

The city added 10 miles of sidewalks and bike lanes for its residents, and local businesses made it easier to pick and eat healthy food. People started walking more and creating their own strolling groups that hit the streets together, collectively shedding 4 tons of weight (an average of 2.6 pounds per person). Smoking went down by 4% during the first five years of the program.

"When I started four years ago, I had high cholesterol and high blood pressure," Albert Lea City Council Member Al Brooks told MinnPost in 2015, saying he started walking 2.5 miles a day since the city turned into a Blue Zone. "My cholesterol is lower, my blood pressure is 116/70, and I lost 15 pounds."

Playa Santa Teresa, on the Nicoya peninsula in Costa Rica, is in one of Buettner's Blue Zones. Gerhard/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Buettner has now consulted with dozens of other "Blue Zone Project" cities around the US that are trying his "ecosystem approach" to health and longevity, and saving millions of dollars in health insurance costs in the process.

The city of Fort Worth, Texas, for example, reduced its smoking rate 6% after partnering with Buettner in 2013. Fort Worth now saves an estimated $268 million annually as a result of that one action alone.That figure doesn't even account for the tens of millions of dollars in other health care costs saved because of Blue Zone-inspired programs in the city.

Sheep shearing in Sardinia, Italy. Enrico Spanu / REDA & CO / Universal Images Group via Getty Images

But making it a habit to ditch smoking and move around throughout the day doesn't mean you should neglect eating the crunchy vegetables, beans, fresh herbs, and oils that are so popular in the Blue Zones. Instead, Buettner's eating advice aligns with what nutrition experts and dietitians consistently recommend.

He suggests formulating your diet around plants, including plenty of complex carbohydrates (like beans and whole grains) and making convenience snack foods, desserts, and trips to fast food joints the exception, not the norm.

"When it comes to longevity, there's no short term fix," Buettner said."There's no pill or supplement or hormone. If you're not going to do something for years or decades, don't even bother with it."

Buettner's new "Blue Zones Kitchen" cookbook is filled with vegetarian recipes from each of the five Blue Zones, but he says you don't have to buy his tome to try out the eating technique. Instead, find "five or 10 recipes that you love." Then make those foods, along with some consistent, regular movement at home, an integral part of your daily routine. You can even get lazy and skip the gym.

"The secret to eating for 100 is to find the plant-based foods, heavy with beans and grains and vegetables, and learn how to like 'em," he said.

Update: A previous version of this story mentioned Belgian professor Michel Poulainas the inventor of the phrase "Blue Zone." His work was done in partnership with Italian biochemist and demographer Gianni Pes, whose name we've now included.

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Dec 7

Diabetes: This Coconut And Guava Drink Is A Great Option For High Blood Sugar Diet – NDTV Food

Coconut water and guava are considered great for managing high blood sugar.

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A good diet can make a world of difference in bringing relief from chronic health issues like diabetes. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas are unable to produce sufficient insulin, due to which, blood sugar is left unchecked and is unable to get stored in the cells. This may lead to sudden rise in the blood sugar level. Diabetes also poses the risk of other diseases, including cardiovascular problems and obesity. Medications and diet work in tandem to manage the condition effectively, hence, it is important to include diabetes-friendly foods and drinks in your diet. As we are now smack-dab into the winter season, it's even better to consume seasonal foods to get the most out of them till they last.

Coconut water is an all-seasons star drink that comes with a range of health benefits. This recipe adds the goodness of winter-special fruit guava to coconut water to make a delicious, healthy drink that may also help in managing diabetes.

This miracle water is considered great for people dealing with high blood sugar. It is revered for its high electrolytes content that supports the pH balance of the body and boosts its metabolic functioning. Coconut water is naturally sweet and packs a good amount of fibre and proteins. It is low-calorie, cholesterol-free and also hydrating.

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Coconut water is packed with electrolytes

Guava has a low glycaemic index (GI), which is a must-have quality in foods for a diabetes diet. The fruit is digested gradually, which avoids immediate spike in blood sugar. It is low in calories and sodium, and rich is fibre and potassium, making it perfect for regulating high blood sugar.

(Also Read:This Guava Salad May Help Keep Your Sugar Under Control)

Coconut water in itself is a delightful drink. Add to it, the mildly sweet and amazingly soft fruit of guava, and you get a naturally sweet, soul-stirring drink. You don't need to add any harmful refined sugar.Method of preparation:Grind guava to its pulp and pass it through a sieve to separate its seeds. Add the pulp to equal part or more of coconut water and give it a good stir. In one glass of coconut water and guava pulp drink, add juice of half a lemon and half teaspoon grated ginger. Also add 6-7 finely chopped basil leaves to add in a dash of herby freshness.This drink is so delicious that you might want to have it every day. But, since coconut water also contains some fructose, it would be better to consult your doctor before consuming too much of it. Nevertheless, you can always enjoy this lip-smacking coconut and guava drink in moderation on your diabetes diet.

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Dec 7

Princess Beatrice used this plan to slim – will she follow a diet for royal wedding? – Express

Princess Beatrice is the daughter of Sarah Ferguson, 60, and Prince Andrew, 59. Earlier this year, she announced her engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, also known as Edo, and it has been confirmed they will marry next year. The royal has slimmed down in recent years, how did she do it?

In September this year, the couple announced their engagement and her sister, Princess Eugenie, quickly shared her excitement by posting pictures.

On Instagram, Princess Eugenie wrote: Beabea - wow! I'm so happy for you my dearest big sissy and dear Edo. It's been a long time coming and you two are meant to be.

She then shared a message from Beatrice and Edo about the news.

It read: We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement.

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We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and cant wait to actually be married.

"We share so many similar interests and values and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.

With the wedding confirmed for 2020, it is likely the Princess will already be making plans.

Many brides will go on a diet before tying the knot and this is something Beatrice might do as well.

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The royal has previously slimmed down by pairing a healthy eating plan with regular exercise, according to her personal trainer, Nadya Fairweather.

Speaking in 2014, Nayda explained she had been training Beatrice for five years and opened up about how the Princess stayed fit.

She said: Beatrice is in great shape. She eats, which helps. She eats really healthily but she eats, which is massive in a celebrity world full of people starving themselves and doing crazy fad diets which I just do not agree with.

"Beatrice has beautiful curves and she embraces that.

As well as eating healthy meals, the trainer explained Beatrice exercised regularly to stay slim.

When working out, Beatrice is said to enjoy outdoor workouts and doing circuit training.

We do a full body workout each time I see her. We fit loads into a one-hour session as she has an amazing recovery time between sets of exercises, Nadya added.

We start with the lower body first and work on the big muscle groups like your quads. I am a big believer in squats and lunges.

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Dec 7

Labours pledge to cut rail and bus fares would provide a lifeline for the poorest – The Guardian

For anyone who thinks public transport subsidies are a sop to the middle class, allow me this one anecdote. In 1989, my mums life was revolutionised by a bus. We had no car and lived on a large estate that had a regular bus running through the middle of it, but no service reaching the dense tangle of streets and walkways away from the main road. The last few hundred yards from the terminus to our house was a struggle with shopping, a danger at night, and a death-trap in icy weather.

Then the local authority decided that transport was a right, not a luxury. For two years, while its funding lasted, a minibus called the Hoppa circled the estate every 10 minutes, dropping people at their front doors or picking them up before heading to the shops, the schools, the library, or relatives who lived on the other side of the estate.

Sometimes it was empty but just as often it was full to bursting, usually with young parents and older people, chatting and helping each other to keep their shopping trolleys upright. They knew the driver by name and sang to his radio. At least they did until it stopped. Its not an exaggeration to say that my mum became depressed when it did. That bus was more than a vehicle: it was a form of recognition, a form of care.

The idea that good transport is a right to be enjoyed by everybody, regardless of income or car ownership, has disappeared from the political agenda since buses were deregulated in the mid-1980s and the rail network privatised a decade later. Transport policy across the parties has been focused for decades on the nuts and bolts of travel: road-building, congestion and keeping Londons transport system regulated and, ergo, its economy pumped while the rest of the country suffered.

For this reason Labours manifesto commitments, founded on the principle that transport is an essential public service, are potentially as revolutionary as that Hoppa bus. Its the first time in decades that the social role of public transport has been prioritised, let alone acknowledged, by the major parties, and where the political dominance of the private car has been challenged.

The Tories have announced they will spend 28.8bn building and augmenting major roads, ignoring the fact that road-building creates more traffic rather than relieves it. Yet no sooner had Labour announced it would use that money instead to cut rail fares and season tickets by a third than a chorus of achingly sensible voices rose to point out that actually it would be subsidising middle-class commuters.

True, 42% of those who have made more than 50 train journeys in the last year live in a household with a combined income of 40,000 or more, while just 10% live in a household where the combined income is less than 20,000 a year. But doesnt that only prove that you have to be well-off to afford the train? How about a future in which decent public transport is something available to everyone, whenever and wherever they need it?

I use buses every day and trains several times a week. I live in Liverpool, have family in Birmingham and have used pretty much every grim privatised service on the network, including Northerns manifestly unfit Pacer trains. Believe it or not, labourers, airport service workers and nurses use trains to get to work. You find this out if you get a train at 5.30am.

Most trains between Liverpool and Birmingham are now standing-room only, since London Northwestern was allowed to extend the service to London without being required to add more carriages. These four-coach trains now carry northern soldiers returning to regiments down south, cabin crew going to Heathrow, welders from Aintree who can only get work in the Midlands. Im sure theyd love to hear how cheaper rail fares only benefit middle-class people.

Taking into account Januarys proposed above-inflation fare increases, Labour states that rail fares will have risen by an average of 40% across the country since the Tories entered power in 2010. Bus fares outside London rose by 71% between 2005 and 2018, to an average of 2.40 per trip. Theres a somewhat empty satisfaction to be gained from crowing at Labour cutting fares when its clear they are too high across the board: 2.40 for a bus fare is high enough to put off many people from travelling altogether.

Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth is criticising the three main parties for failing to cut car use by making it more expensive to drive, and this is where green campaigners, never mind the Greens themselves, reveal a willingness to prioritise fast transition over just transition. Theres nothing progressive about making people pay extortionate amounts to get around just because theyre using the wrong kind of transport.

It cant be made more expensive to drive before public transport is improved: for many people living in peripheral and rural areas it remains far cheaper and more convenient to drive than to take the few, ridiculously expensive, buses that exist. Driving takes up a disproportionate amount of the budget for people on low incomes: when those in poverty lose their cars, many risk losing their jobs, their contact with family members, and their ability to buy decent food. In other words, their ability to meet basic needs.

As always, mobility is fundamentally about class. Without decent public transport, millions of people drive when they cant really afford to run a car. And when car ownership is out of reach, too many people are cut off from the everyday realities of modern life: that you have to go beyond your immediate neighbourhood for work, social contact and a diet that does not rely on takeaways. Decent buses and trains, accessible to all, are not an option they are a necessity.

Lynsey Hanley is a writer and the author of Estates: an Intimate History and Respectable: Crossing the Class Divide

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Dec 7

Deanne Panday at India Today Conclave East 2019: At 50 I am the fittest I have ever been – India Today

Deanne Panday, who is a Fitness Expert, Health Coach, Author & Blogger attended the first day of India Today Conclave East 2019 being held in The Oberoi Grand in Kolkata. The leading expert in the fitness industry spoke at the session titled, Fitness Lessons: How to keep Body and Mind fit?

The Journey

The 51-year-old said, "It has been a long journey. When I was 12, my sister used to practice Jane Fonda, the 30-minute and the 90-minute challenges. The moment my sister used to go to work, we used to steal those cassettes and workout. That is when I developed a liking towards it and that is when my journey started. That led to me working out a lot. At the age of 16, I saved up and got a gym membership because only 5-star hotels used to have gyms at that time. I started picking weights and I used to pick so many weights that men in the gym were embarrassed looking at me. "

She also added, "I started yoga also 25 years ago and people used to tell me that yoga is for old people, but I felt really good after yoga. I started getting offers from magazines to write on fitness. I hadn't studied fitness, it was more about self-educating for me. I started writing, but then I went to study fitness."

Training Miss India Contestants

Deanne said, "When I came back I got Miss India, I was asked if I want to train the Miss India contestants, I was a little hesitant, you know, this is not what I signed up for. But while I was training them, I think for the first time in the history they were doing weight training. They were allowed to eat proper portion sizes and they got the most toned bodies ever and I didn't look back."

Diets

The fitness guru said, "I never went on diet, I never got obsessed, I would never follow a fad or I wouldn't follow a diet that was in fashion. I just started getting better as I started eating right, and started proper training. At the age of 50, I am fitter and stronger than I was at the age of 20, I am stronger than my children. I am stronger than my husband. One day, someone came to my husband and asked how old is your daughter, they thought I was my husband's daughter. You can reverse your age if you stay fit."

Circle of life

Deanne explained the concept of primary foods that have the most effect on your health, "I call them the primary food, secondary food is what people have on their plates and they are obsessed with. Primary foods are the aspects of life and are known to nourish it. Eg relationships, if you are in a bad relationship, it takes a toll on your health. Similarly, finances, people want more money for a nicer bag or a bigger house and it adds stress in your life. It is also about your home environment. It is these primary aspects of your life that you need to fulfill."

She explained what fight of light means, "In response to acute stress the body sympathetic nervous system gets activated due to sudden release of hormones. The stress prepares the body to react to danger mentally and physically, it is good to have this response, this way you can perform better. But in today's time, you are constantly fighting for that light so your body is constantly releasing cortisol, which increases your metabolism so you want to eat food more."

She also explained what does joy exactly means, "People mistake joy for pleasure. Eg you buy an expensive bag or an expensive car, it is an external pleasure but joy is inner peace and happiness that you get when you help a friend in need or your child does good or you do charity work. These things give you peace of mind."

"Similarly, spirituality in your life is also very important, yoga, tai chi are a must for you to not release cortisol. Home cooking is also very important, Vitamin Love goes in the food during home cooking, which makes the home-cooked food better than the restaurant meals any day," she said.

She also gave on advice on how to control your urge to eat sweets. "To reduce your sweet food craving, add sweet vegetables to your diet, like sweet potato, beans, green peas, beetroot, carrot. You add that, it will definitely reduce your cravings."

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Fitness Mantra For People With Regular Lives

Deanne had a very simple answer for people to want to continue their fitness streaks for a longer duration. She said, "Movement is the key, find what you love and love what you do. If you love walking, keep doing that. Try Pilates, find a dance class, do not get obsessed with the gym. You should be able to workout anywhere. But first, complete the circle of life. Find what are the aspects that are missing in your life from the primary foods. Find what is missing from that list and why you are gaining weight. Look at your lifestyle choices."

She ended by giving a few examples, "You have seen yogis, they are so thin because they are really happy, they don't even think about food. Children are so happy, they play all the time, you want to run after them and give them food but they just want to play. Be happy from inside. The actors are paid to look like that but you and I do not need to look like that. I talk about wellness being a broad spectrum thing. People are obsessive, they are taking fat burning pills, not eating food, taking supplements and processed food, which is not correct."

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Dec 7

The perfect fast – Times of India

The most common questions we receive regarding fasting, whether intermittent or dry or both is:

How to fast right?Align your dinner as close to sunset as possible, say by 6.30-7 pm (or whenever the sun sets in your area) and go on till next days sunrise (6.30-7 pm), giving a complete 12-hour fasting to your body and allow it to perform functions like repair, recycle, rejuvenate, detox, reduce inflammation. This is a nature-made pattern of fasting and not man-made its the most perfect way to fast because it aligns us with the circadian rhythm/biological clock of nature.

Its easy for us humans to abuse fasting and make it a fad. We party late and then decide to start intermittent fasting at 2 am. The next day we have another social event and once again the pattern repeats. This way even if we are fasting, we may not be gaining any benefits because its in no way aligned to our circadian rhythm, plus the body needs more time to clean up all that alcohol and far from healthy food. Ideally, our body doesnt need so much time to clean up and detoxify. It can do everything in a shorter frame of fasting which is 12 hours. The more toxins we add to our system, the longer we may have to fast. How is this sunrise to sunset fasting beneficial? Every human being has a built-in biological clock. The time we wake up, sleep, eating patterns, digestion, hormonal secretions work according to our clock. Its not a physical clock like a watch that dictates how your life should run according to external circumstances like meetings, programmes, social calendars. Our biological clock works according to nature like sunrise, sunset, sunlight, changes in weather.

Once we start respecting our biological clock and live in sync with it, half the things we do today in order to get healthy, lose weight, look good, will automatically happen.

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Dec 5

Research Reveals Keto Diet Could Help Fight the Flu – Maxim

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Keto diets work. That is, if you follow the rules even loosely, you will lose weight. Whether a diet focused heavily on fats and proteins and lacking in carbs is good for you long-term or not, however, is a subject of much debate.

The arguments for keto have another boost, though, in research from Yale University that appears to indicate ahigh-fat, low-carb diet has the potential to help you fight the flu.

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Let's be clear: It's not smart to mess with influenza. People should just get the vaccine. But every year plenty of people wait a little too long to get it, or they catch a flu bug not covered by the shot. In their study published in Science Immunology, Yale researchers revealed that through research with flu-infected mice they put on a keto diet they discovered that the keto mice simply had a better survival rate than the mice on a regular diet.

A Yale blog post published after the study was released in mid-November elaborated:

The ketogenic diet which for people includes meat, fish, poultry, and non-starchy vegetables activates a subset of T cells in the lungs not previously associated with the immune systems response to influenza, enhancing mucus production from airway cells that can effectively trap the virus, the researchers report.

"This was a totally unexpected finding, said co-senior author Akiko Iwasaki, the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

A byproduct of keto's effect on the body appears to trigger an extra immune-boosting response, then, kind of an extra boost to the systems that fall in place when the body's normal defenses come into play.

The research project that discovered the keto effect on flu sufferers came about after a pair of trainee scientists noted that the immune system could produce damaging "inflammasomes," which are harmful because they can cause the body's bug-fighting defenses to kick into overdrive, overwhelming the organs and possibly killing the patient.

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Someone noticed that diets consisting ofmeat, fish, poultry, and non-starchy vegetables tended to block inflammasomes. So they went to work on their unfortunate miceand discovered the happy carb-consuming rodents were less likely to develop the mucous that can coat the lungs and isolate the body from influenza's onslaught.

Co-senior study author Vishwa Deep Dixit concluded, "This study shows that the way the body burns fat to produce ketone bodies from the food we eat can fuel the immune system to fight flu infection."

Chalk one up for keto this time, then. But seriously, don't rely on diet. Get the shot, no matter what.

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Whaling and climate change lead to 100 years of feast or famine for Antarctic penguins – National Science Foundation

Chinstrap and gentoo penguins diets and futures -- differ

A gentoo (left) and a chinstrap penguin standing on rocks along the Antarctic Peninsula.

December 4, 2019

New NSF-funded research reveals how two penguin species, the gentoo and the chinstrap, have dealt with more than a century of human impacts in Antarctica, and why some species are winners and others are losers in this rapidly changing ecosystem.

Michael Polito of Louisiana State University and co-authors published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Polito co-led a team of researchers working to understand how human hunting of seals and whales over the last century, and fishing in modern times, has affected penguin populations. Seals, whales and penguins all feast on shrimplike crustaceans called Antarctic krill.

As seal and whale populations dwindled, a surplus of krill was likely available. More recently, the combined effects of commercial krill fishing, climate change, and the recovery of seal and whale populations may have drastically decreased the abundance of krill.

Because humans have never commercially harvested penguins, Polito and colleagues expected that changes in penguins' diets and populations would mirror shifts in krill availability. But although gentoo and chinstrap penguins are found in the same locations, gentoo penguins are increasing in abundance while chinstrap penguins are rapidly declining.

As the availability of krill has decreased, gentoo penguins have diversified their diets to include fish and squid along with krill. In contrast, chinstrap penguins have remained krill specialists. The findings support the idea that dietary specialists are more vulnerable to changes in resource availability and environmental change than are more resilient generalists.

"This research highlights the value of long-term studies for understanding the impact of environmental change on long-lived marine predators such as penguins," said Jennifer Burns, a program director in NSF's Office of Polar Programs. "That changes in the availability of a preferred food item such as krill can differentially impact otherwise similar species emphasizes our need to better understand the role of behavioral flexibility in Antarctic and other ecosystems."

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