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Program puts fresh produce in Freeport kitchens

FREEPORT — Fresh produce overtook the O.A. Fleming Elementary cafeteria Thursday morning, with stacks of potatoes, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables covering every square inch of the tables.

But the team of volunteers is up to the task, Brazosport ISD Child Nutrition Director Rachel Arthur said. They spring into action as soon as they receive the signal, making quick work of the seemingly endless supply of fruits and vegetables.

“Believe it or not, it happens very quickly,” Arthur said.

Through a partnership with Houston-based nonprofit Brighter Bites, the almost 4,000 pounds of produce would end up in the mouths of Freeport families, providing them with healthy foods they otherwise might not have access to, Arthur said.

“This is a real luxury for them,” Denise Babb, the district’s director of federal and early childhood programs, said as she helped bag cucumbers. “Not only is it healthy, but they don’t get to buy them.”

Brighter Bites delivers fresh fruit and produce directly into families’ hands, and also aims to educate them about how to incorporate those foods into their everyday diet, Program Coordinator Kristin Kappler said.

“We don’t want to just give away the produce and families have no idea how to use it and it ends up in the trash,” Kappler said. “We want to be a support system.”

During weekly distribution cycles, each family can take home two bags, which include tip sheets explaining how to use the produce in their kitchen and a recipe card for a snack children can sample at distribution time, Kappler said.

“We bring it full circle so the kids can try the snack and go home and tell their parents, ‘Hey, I want to make this,’” she said. “We’re hoping it sparks something in them. This is just a supplement — we want them to repurchase this.”

The produce comes from the Houston Food Bank and is primarily donated by farmers who have more crops than they can use or sell, Kappler said.

“It makes a huge difference to be able to give out produce that these farmers wouldn’t have used,” she said. “We’re able to do something special with it rather than it going to waste.”

Brighter Bites typically focuses on inner-city students, serving more than 50 schools in the Houston area and a handful in Dallas and Austin, Kappler said. At least 80 percent of students at all campuses must qualify for free or reduced lunch, she said.

The nonprofit’s officials decided to make an exception for Freeport when state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, met with the director about establishing a presence in Brazoria County, Arthur said.

“We had to work through a lot of logistics to get to distribution,” the child nutrition director said. “I never would have thought they would come here.”

Brighter Bites now serves about 450 Freeport families whose children attend Jane Long, Velasco and Fleming elementary schools, as well as Lanier Middle School, Kappler said. Parents can pick up their grocery bags every Thursday at those campuses.

“Our goal is to target a community that doesn’t have access to things like fresh produce co-ops,” Arthur said. “It’s an amazing program.”

Families looking to participate in the Brighter Bites program can call the front office at their child’s school or contact Kappler at [email protected]

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Weight loss by overcoming your desires and following the Paleo Diet Plan

(Article by Gracy Liura) Saying “I want to lose weight” is easy, however, those who wish to lose weight tend to forget that words alone cannot make you cut weight. Your daily diet and activities are the major factors that determine whether you are on the right track of losing weight.  When it comes to dieting, consider the paleo diet that will give you the result you desire in cutting weight.

The paleo diet is what you need for weight loss. Paleo protein is all about taking low carbohydrate and high protein diet. Focusing on high protein intake, one acquires the building blocks needed for healthy and strong muscles. In a real sense, muscles burn lots of calories than fat even when resting. If you want to cut weight, you have to say goodbye to your current method of dieting and start focusing on the paleo diet. Here are a few tips on how to cut weight following the Paleo diet.

Do away with sugar from your diet

The thought of living without taking sugar seem like distress. However, too much sugar intake brings along harmful effects to your body. Sugar has neither minerals and vitamins nor nutritional value. Too much sugar in the body is converted into fructose that is converted into fat. Eliminating sugar from your diet decreases the amount of fat stored in your body.

Never forget to exercise

Even though weight loss is highly determined by what you eat daily, it is essential not to forget that exercising plays a part in weight loss. Always desire to exercise each and every day. Exercising helps in burning calories and tones up your body.

Control the number of nuts you take

The paleo diet allows the consumption of nuts. However, you have to monitor the number of nuts you eat if you desire to cut weight. Due to the sweet taste and small size of the nuts one may lose count of the number of nuts taken during the day. You might end up eating more nuts unknowingly. Nuts are healthy. However, they are highly rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids that tamper with the normal production of hormone; they reduce the immune system and thyroid function, and one may end up gaining weight if consumed in excess. Reduce your nut consumption to about a handful each day.

Skipping meals has no count in losing weight

Most people believe that skipping meals will help them lose weight. However, they tend to forget that not taking enough food hinders your weight loss progress since the metabolism of your body reduces to reimburse for the calorie deficiency. To normalize your metabolism, take three meals and one or two snacks in a day.

Monitor your fruit intake

Fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals as well as rich in fiber that your body requires to function. However, it is easy to take too many fruits because of their irresistible taste. Apart from their sweet taste, fruits also contain sugar that is in the form of carbohydrates. Also, fruit juices have lots of sugar that may tamper with your weight loss progress. Practice taking limited fruits and try to avoid drinking fruit juices.

Get enough sleep

Did you know that getting enough sleep aids in losing weight? Well, now you know. Those who sleep less than seven hours every night tends to satisfy their tiredness by taking quick energy foods (Sugar-filled). As the day ends, the person goes through many sugar crashes and is too burned out to exercise. The sugar consumed by the individual ends up being stored as fat. One wakes up feeling refreshed when you have enough sleep. With enough sleep, one picks good food for the body which results in more energy.

Set your paleo diet goals

Once you have decided to follow the popular supplement, follow all that is required, and you will finally cut weight as well as manage your appetite and control your blood pressure. If you have different health concerns or other methods of dieting, then the paleo diet will not suit you. A shift in lifestyle, such as a change in diet, can mean a big change in your personal life. Having in mind what you want to achieve can aid in keeping you on track and motivated.

Set up your kitchen

The paleo diet is all about taking more vegetables and fresh meats; hence you will require good storage method. Ensure you have a good refrigerator to keep vegetables cool and a freezer space for meat. Cooking the paleo meals does not need special utensils, the appliances you use at home is all that you need.

Focus your diet on meats

These can be eggs, pork, venison, red meat, or any other type of meat. Meat for the paleo diet should not be corn-fed but grass-fed. This differentiation is essential than the specific kind of meat you select. White meat such as fish, chicken or any other white meat is also good for the paleo diet. The white meat has healthy Omega three oils.  While taking supplements, the protein you take should be approximately 1-2 palm-sized pieces or 4-7 trifle.

Consume vegetables such as fruits, and the leafy green ones

The vegetables supply most of the carbohydrates and fiber that you will grab on the paleo diet. The fruits provide natural sugar that your body requires. Always take the fresh fruits and not the dry ones. The fruits that go hand in hand with the paleo diet have less sugar compared to the fruits we have today. If you have restrictions on sugar consumption or diabetic, it is better you stop taking sweeter fruits such as bananas, kiwi, grapes, mangos, pineapples, sweet cherries and apple fruit. Your daily consumption of vegetables and fruits should be around four and a half cups. It is advisable you spread these over your everyday meals to suit your menu and appetite

As you continue following the weight loss diet, you can also consider using the hCG diet to increase the rate of losing weight. The hCG diet reduces around 600 calories a day and is only taken within a period of eight weeks only. It can be taken as sprays, pellets or oral drops (For example hcg drops).

Stop saying “I really need to cut weight” and start following the paleo diet to achieve your desired weight loss. The individuals who follow the paleo diet have the perfect body shape. It is time you limit your desires on the sweet meals and take a step to follow the paleo diet to get the body shape you always desired.

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Diet Doc Warns that Dr. Phil’s 20/20 Diet Makes Exaggerated Claims of Weight Loss Progress

CHARLESTON, WV–(Marketwired – March 31, 2017) – Dr. Phil McGraw, known for his talk shows and books has gained attention for his weight loss program. According to his website, Dr. Phil was able to “put an end to the never-ending rollercoaster of failed weight loss attempts,” by using his 20/20 diet plan. Keep in mind that Dr. Phil is a psychologist, not a nutritionist or weight loss expert. In fact, he was investigated by the FTC after making many unsubstantiated claims about his weight loss products. As a result, Dr. Phil had to remove many of his products from the market. His program was actually targeted in a lawsuit to which his brand representatives claimed, “Dr. Phil paid $10.5 million to settle with customers who failed to lose weight.” His list of 20 foods, said to induce thermogenesis (elevated calorie burn) has no scientific evidence to back such a claim.

Diet Doc’s Medical Director, Dr. Nishant Rao, who has researched and applied effective weight loss strategies for thousands of patients, has reviewed Dr. Phil’s 20/20 diet, “This diet was created by Dr. Phil, who unfortunately has a PhD with no expert knowledge in nutrition.” Dr. Rao says that “The program makes sensible and somewhat obvious cuts to processed and junk foods.” He continues, “However, the diet requires a lot of planning to be able to consume four meals a day from a very selective list of foods.” Dr. Rao also notices that there is no focus on individualized weight loss targets, which are a requirement to prevent muscle loss and ensure that energy and metabolism are optimized.

Overall, the 20/20 diet doesn’t offer anything revolutionary beyond the hundreds of other fad diets out there, and it is also very cumbersome to follow. Plans such as the 20/20 diet tend to frustrate dieters when such rigorous procedures have to be followed. Losing weight doesn’t have to be that difficult, as long as the correct approaches are given from the start. This is precisely why Diet Doc is one of the leading, medical weight loss programs in the U.S. Their team of doctors and nutritional experts speak with each client, individually to determine their best route to quick weight loss. Believing that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy, Diet Doc’s programs revolve around their client’s unique dietary needs with one-on-one counseling, diet planning and guidance that is affordable and more importantly, effective.

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‘I Did A Low-Carb Diet For 2 Weeks—Here’s How Much Weight I Lost’

I’ve tried my fair share of weird weight loss strategies, none of which I wind up maintaining long-term because of the crazy restrictions. But in the summer of 2015, my parents started their own journey on the low-carb diet, and after seeing each of them successfully shed some pounds, I decided to give the diet a try for myself.

The low-carb diet goes by many names. Chances are you’ve heard people refer to it as Atkins, South Beach, or Keto (short for “ketogenic”). For the purposes of this experiment, I followed the rules laid out by Susan Kleiner, Ph.D, R.D, author of Power Eating, in this article. Since I work out moderately at least three times a week, I should consume 100 grams of carbohydrates per day on the plan—and that was the only rule. Considering cheese is naturally low in carbs (and was the hardest thing to give up during my bouts of Paleo and Whole30), I figured I’d finally met my weight-loss match. So, armed with no further restrictions than capping my carb count, I kicked off two full weeks on the diet. Here’s what I learned and how much I lost.

Here’s What Scientologists Actually Eat During The Insane Detox

Diets have a way of capturing America’s attention unlike almost anything else. It’s like the food equivalent of passing an accident on the highway: you just can’t. stop. looking. Someone lost 11 pounds in 30 days! Someone ate the same three meals for a month! Someone’s going to jail for creating a bogus diet! So when a diet’s shrouded in a little bit of mystery — like the Purification Rundown that Scientologists follow upon joining the church — we’re alllll up in that.

If you’ve heard about the detox before, you might’ve also heard it called the Purif (what’s a diet without a snappy nickname?) or the Hubbard Method. The latter is a nod to the founder of the detox program and the entire religion, L. Ron Hubbard. He began it to rid new church followers of toxins from earlier drug or alcohol abuse. But, like anything else associated with The Church of Scientology, it’s pretty controversial.

For starters, this diet’s not focused on detoxing the old fashioned way, by eating naturally while eliminating certain food groups. Instead participants are encouraged to chow down on the same stuff they always do, whether that’s grain bowls or McDonald’s. The detox comes from huge doses of a vitamin-cocktail that’s main ingredient is niacin, which, according to Hubbard, alleviates and prevents radiation sickness. In his book Clear Body, Clear Mind, Hubbard recommends starting with doses of 100mg and increasing to 5,000mg over the course of the program. Want to know how much doctors recommend taking if needed? 15 mg. The Purif doses are so large, participants have revealed severe reactions like skin irritation, dizziness, and headaches. Hubbard says this is just your body releasing poisons.

In addition to the vitamins, people going through the Purification Rundown are told to drink a blend of vegetable oils (they supposedly replenish the body’s fatty tissues), and an anti-dehydration drink of water, salt, and potassium. The fear of dehydration comes from the fact that participants are forced to hang out in a sauna for up to five hours a day in order to — what else? — sweat out the body’s poisons.

While the whole program’s meant to rid people’s bodies of harmful toxins, there’s no rule in the Scientology handbook that says churchgoers can’t consume alcohol or cigarettes on a regular basis — you know, substances known to negatively affect the human body. They’re only prohibited from poppin’ bottles and takin’ puffs in the 24 hours leading up to and during auditing sessions, which are believed by some to be periods when participants are hypnotized and asked questions.

As we’ve learned, most detoxes and diet plans (even the super-popular ones) are subject to debunking, but this one seems particularly suspect. And, per usual, we’re not going to hear anything from the inside Scientology ring. So, um, Leah Remini? If you’re out there reading this, we’ve got an episode idea for season two of your docuseries.

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