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Weight loss plan: What is the F45 challenge? FREE diet promises results in eight weeks

The nine images show Australians who took before and after images – and the results are startling. F45, short for Functional 45, actually combines a number of the latest fitness fads to help devotees achieve maximum fitness.

It uses a mix of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training – designed to build muscle through everyday movements. F45 was founded in 2014, and now has 500 studios in Australia.

Jonathan Hawkins, Fitness Advisor at Discount Supplements, told Epxress.co.uk: ““F45 is the latest craze to sweep the fitness world. It combines high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with healthy eating, to produce quick weight loss results.

“The system is made up of a combination of 15 exercises, performed in two 45-second sets (with two 15-second rest periods) and a timed water break in the middle of the circuit. 

“The exercises are paired with a diet plan, designed to reduce water weight, and keep your sugar cravings at bay. The plan strengths lie in the timings, as the circuits are so fast and so intense, you don’t have time to waste, so it feels like it’s over before you know it.”

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10 Trendiest Diet Plans in the U.S. | Alternet


Diet plans, programs, books and advertisements are everywhere. There are so many diet plans in existence, it can be difficult to select just one. It can be extremely challenging to research effective diet plans and select the one that is right for you.

What are the trendiest diets? Which diets are the most popular? What diet plans are the most effective? To find some answers, we analyzed search volume, data from Google Trends, and a range of other sources to assess the state of dieting in the U.S. in 2017.

The table below lists the most popular diet plans in America today ranked by monthly U.S. search volume.

The paleo diet, which is based on consuming only foods our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate, is by far and away the most-searched-for diet plan. The Atkins diet, the low-carb program associated with American celebrities, is second. In third is the Mediterranean diet, which is based on the consumption of vegetables, olive oil and moderate amounts of lean protein. The low-carb Dukan diet is fourth in terms of U.S. search volume, while the DASH diet, based on reducing the amount of sodium in your diet, is fifth.

To gauge the level of interest in these diets over time, we looked at Google Trends data, which shows that of our top 10 most searched-for diets, the anti-inflammatory diet is the only term that has peaked in interest over the past year. Interest has increased steadily over the past four years and hit its peak in January 2017. The paleo diet has declined significantly with search interest only 27 percent of its 2013 peak. The Atkins diet peaked in interest in late 2013 and has also experienced a considerable decline since then.

To help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of each diet, we have analyzed the most popular diets in terms of effectiveness, popularity and trendiness as well as weighing the pros and cons of each and the states where the diet is most popular.

1. The Paleo Diet

With a monthly search volume of 368,000, the paleo diet is the most searched diet in America. Based on the belief that modern foods full of trans fats and sugars cause illness, the paleo diet eliminates processed foods and—the theory goes—gets dieters to eat the way nature intended.

The paleo diet includes foods like lean meats, fish, seafood, eggs, vegetables, some fruit like berries and those with low sugar, nuts in moderation, and natural oils like coconut oil. The basic rule of thumb is, if our ancestors 10,000 years ago could not eat the food, then you can’t either. The foods to avoid are factory farmed meats, legumes, dairy products, cereal, grains, soft drinks, fruit juices and sweets.

The diet is still hugely popular, but we can see from Google Trends that it actually peaked in popularity in 2013.

The reason for this surge is most likely linked to the release of the 2013 book The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, which promised to help readers reprogram their genes for effortless weight loss by following a primal or paleo diet. The release of another bestseller in 2010, The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, had already brought the paleo diet into the public consciousness.

In spite of the popularity of the paleo diet, a study by U.S. News rates the paleo diet as only the 36th most effective diet. The study assessed all diets across a range of metrics including weight-loss effectiveness, healthiness and how easy they are to follow. Some of the criticisms leveled at the paleo diet are that low-fat diets are more effective for fat loss than low-carb diets. Other critics have labeled the quest to replicate the caveman diet as “delusional” and ignorant of evolution. Another blow to the diet’s popularity came in 2015 when a paleo chef’s baby diet book was pulled because it was deemed unsafe.

The states that are most interested in the paleo diet according to Google Trends are:

  1. Wyoming
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Montana
  4. Alaska
  5. Colorado

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2. The Atkins Diet

The Atkins diet is a well-known diet plan that focuses on eliminating carbohydrates as a long-term goal for weight loss. The emphasis revolves around protein, fat and low-starch vegetable consumption. Dieters need to learn how to eliminate even the most basic of carbohydrates, like flour and sugar.

Dr. Robert C. Atkins invented this diet plan back in 1972, emphasizing the idea that carbohydrates, not dietary fat, create weight gain. Atkins has promoted his diet plan by telling dieters they can drop large amounts of weight without having to give up all types of food they like.

The Google trends graph for the Atkins diet demonstrates that the diet plan spiked in September 2013, and since then has leveled out in popularity.

The average monthly U.S. searches on Google for the Atkins diet is 165,000, meaning it is still one of the most popular diets in America today. However, the U.S. News study ranked the Atkins diet 35th in overall diet effectiveness. The Atkins diet does rank highly in terms of fast weight loss, but gets a low rating for heart health, diabetes management and health eating.

The states where search volume for the Atkins diet is highest are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Arkansas
  3. West Virginia
  4. Louisiana
  5. Alabama

One of the advantages of the Atkins diet is that there is no calorie counting. Foods like steaks and burgers do not have to be removed from your diet. For those looking to lose weight quickly, the Atkins diet can deliver. Rapid weight loss is common during the initial phase of the diet.

The Atkins diet promotes a long-term lifestyle change, which many dieters find difficult, and also creates the side effect of lethargy. Furthermore, some experts feel that limiting carbohydrate intake can be unhealthy, and cause unnecessary side effects. Elsewhere, Atkins dieters have reported experiencing dehydration and constipation.

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3. Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet, as the name suggests, is based around foods consumed in Mediterranean countries like Greece and Italy like fruits, whole grains, fish, olive oil, and vegetables. The Mediterranean diet takes a long-term approach to dieting rather than the quick-fix approach adopted by other trendy diets. Highly processed fast foods are to be limited, as are dairy products. Salt is eliminated, while a glass or two of red wine is encouraged.

In terms of popularity, the Mediterranean diet is the third most searched in America with 135,000 per month. From looking at Google Trends we can see that interest in the Mediterranean diet peaked in 2013 before leveling off over the last few years.

The top five states in terms of interest in the Mediterranean diet are:

  1. Idaho
  2. New Mexico
  3. Maine
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Vermont

The spike in interest in 2013 is likely linked to a well-publicized study that year from the New England Journal of Medicine, which showed that following the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.

In terms of overall effectiveness, the U.S. News Study ranks the Mediterranean diet at number two. The Mediterranean diet scores highly across the board ranking first in best plant-based diet and easiest to follow, second in diabetes management, healthy eating. If you are looking for a quick-fix weight loss program, the Mediterranean diet might not be for you—it  ranks 19th as a fast weight loss diet.

The Mediterranean diet is easy to follow, all major food groups are included, and it is low in saturated fat. On the flip side, critics of the diet have pointed out a number of cons: It is expensive to buy the fresh food required to follow the diet; it’s not especially effective for losing weight; and portion sizes are left open to interpretation.

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​4. Dukan Diet

With 90,500 monthly U.S. searches, the Dukan diet is tied for fourth in our list of most popular diets. The diet, named after Pierre Dukan, is based on a high-protein, low-carb diet and involves four detailed phases designed for quick weight loss. Dieters are allowed to eat lean meats, fish, shellfish, fat-free yogurt, eggs, and certain vegetables.

Dukan created the diet as far back as the 1970s after being inspired by an obese patient who was unwilling to give up eating meat. An online survey among 1,500 Dukan dieters found that on average, dieters lost 16 pounds during the first two phases. In 2014, a study presented at the Annual American College of Nutrition Conference showed that the Dukan diet was both safe and effective.

Looking at Google Trends data, we can see that the Dukan diet peaked in interest in 2012 and has experienced something of a decline since then. This peak might have something to do with admissions from celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen that they followed the diet.

The five states where the Dukan diet is most popular are:

  1. New York
  2. Connecticut
  3. Louisiana
  4. New Jersey
  5. Massachusetts

Just like other popular diets like paleo and Atkins, the Dukan diet does not rank very well in U.S. News effectiveness rating, ranking only 37th in best overall diet. A number of other studies have also been undertaken that leave question marks about the effectiveness of the Dukan diet:

  • A survey of 5,000 Dukan dieters by Le Journal des Femmes Sante showed that 35 percent regained all the weight they had lost in less than a year. The figure was as high as 80% after four years.
  • A study by the University of Granada on rats shows that high-protein diets like the Dukan diet increase the chances of kidney disease.
  • The British Dietetic Association labeled it the “worst diet of 2011.”

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5. DASH Diet

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet has the same number of searches as the Dukan diet, meaning it is tied for the fourth most searched diet in America today. The DASH diet is loaded with fruit and vegetables, and includes low-fat and nonfat dairy, nuts, beans, meat, fish, poultry and seeds. Sugars, red meat and added fats are limited. The diet, developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, was originally designed to reduce blood pressure; however, the weight loss benefits soon became apparent.

Interest in the DASH diet has remained relatively steady over the past five years with two major spikes in interest in January 2014 and January 2015.

The states where it is most popular are:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Maine
  3. Delaware
  4. Mississippi
  5. New Hampshire

The U.S. News expert panel ranked the DASH diet as the number-one diet in America in terms of effectiveness. A number of other studies show the benefits of the DASH Diet.

  • An ENCORE study in 2010 found that obese adults who followed the DASH diet in and exercised daily lost an average of 16 pounds over four months.
  • Dr. Alison Steiber led a 2012 study that proved the DASH diet was effective in preventing and delaying chronic kidney disease.
  • 2011 paper published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that the DASH diet can lower the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer.

As with most diets, there are some drawbacks to consider: The DASH diet can be costly as wholesome food usually ends up costing more than processed alternatives; the diet can be difficult to stick to because you have to eliminate sweet foods; and the DASH diet is primarily designed for better long-term health so those looking to shed a few pounds quickly might be better looking elsewhere.

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6. Vegan Diet

With 60,500 searches per month, the vegan diet is the sixth most popular diet in America. Veganism is, for many, an ethical stance against the meat industry. Vegetarians do not eat fish, poultry or meat. Vegans go one step further than vegetarians and do not eat any animal products or by-products, so dairy products are excluded as are honey and eggs.

U.S. News ranks the vegan diet as the 16th most effective overall with a score of 3.3 out of 5. The diet ranked second in best diabetes diet and fifth in terms of weight loss. The vegan diet only ranked 26th in best diets for healthy eating and 30th in how easy it is to follow.

From looking at Google Trends we can see that interest in the vegan diet has remained steady with spikes in interest in June 2015 and January 2014. It is unsurprising that interest in a diet would peak in January as New Year’s resolutions take hold. The other spike in interest in veganism in June 2015, coincided with Beyonce going public on the benefits of her vegan diet.

Google Trends also shows us the states where veganism is most popular. The top five are:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Maine
  3. Arizona
  4. Alaska
  5. Vermont

Research shows that a vegan diet can help to prevent a number of illnesses like Parkinson’s and colon cancer, while Michael Greger of the Humane Society of the United States says “a plant-based diet is like a one-stop shop against chronic diseases.” On the other hand, sticking to a vegan diet can be difficult for some. Many common foods are excluded, so you will need to shop carefully and often.

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7. The South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet, created by Dr. Arthur Agatston and Marie Almon, was formed to help Agatston’s patients lower their heart disease risk. The theory behind the South Beach diet is the creation of a simple, accessible diet that replaces “bad carbs” with “good carbs,” as well as replacing “bad fats” with “good fats.” Bad carbs in this diet are considered to be those with a high glycemic index score. Bad fats, according to the South Beach diet, are those high in saturated fats. 

Interest in the South Beach Diet peaked in January 2013 and has experienced something of a decline since. 

The states where the South Beach Diet is most popular are:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Delaware
  3. Vermont
  4. Maryland
  5. Connecticut

U.S. News ranks the South Beach diet 24th in the best overall diet category and ninth in the fast weight-loss category. Critics of the diet say it is very demanding to those accustomed to taking larger amounts of carbs. The diet can be expensive and any relapse can result in dieters putting back on the weight they lost. To really benefit from the South Beach diet, it must be a new way of life.

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8. Cabbage Soup Diet

The cabbage soup diet is tied seventh in most searched diets in America. As a plan, the cabbage soup diet is about as simple as it sounds. Dieters are expected to eat only cabbage soup for one week. This diet plan boasts that it is a quick weight-loss plan, and offers no other eating guidelines or exercise routines to match the diet plan.

The cabbage soup diet peaked in interest in 2013 and has gradually declined since then, apart from the traditional New Year spike in January each year which most diets experience.

The states where the cabbage soup diet is most popular are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Arkansas
  4. Louisiana
  5. Alabama

As a quick-fix diet plan, the cabbage soup diet can be extremely effective. Many who have tried it for fast weight loss report losing about 10 pounds in a week. However, researchers do not support the idea of dieters implementing the plan. The severe caloric restriction of the plan can do harm to one’s health, so most experts advise against the plan.

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9. Anti-Inflammatory Diet

The trendiest diet in our Top 10, the anti-inflammatory diet is a diet based on the consumption of the naturally occurring anti-inflammatory phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The theory behind the diet is that chronic inflammation causes chronic disease so dieters should consume foods that combat system inflammation. Dieters should take in 2,000-3,000 calories with 50 percent made up of carbs, 30 percent from fat and 20 percent from protein. The diet is similar to the Mediterranean diet with an emphasis on fresh fruit and vegetables. There are a few additions like dark chocolate and green tea. Foods to avoid or limit include sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, and refined carbs.

Google Trends data shows that interest in the anti-inflammatory diet has experienced a number of spikes over the past five years and is currently at an all-time high.

The anti-inflammatory diet is most popular in the following states:

  1. Washington
  2. Maine
  3. Vermont
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Colorado

U.S. News ranks the anti-inflammatory diet as 14th most effective and sixth best plant-based diet. However, the diet only ranks 36th in the fast weight loss category. An Ohio State University study found that the anti-inflammatory diet can reduce the risk of bone loss in women while another study found the diet can help fight depression.

One of the drawbacks to the diet is that you will probably have to take supplements. There is no strict meal plan which may be an advantage for some or a disadvantage for others.

10. Blood Type Diet

Completing our top 10 is the blood type diet with 27,100 U.S. searches per month. The blood type diet, also known by some as the “eat right for your type” diet, guides dieters to form meal plans according to their blood type: A, B, AB, or O. This particular diet plan is the brainchild of Peter D’Adamo, a naturopathic physician whose diet plan focuses on his theory that each blood type uses food proteins in various ways. These food proteins, also known as lectins, can be an improper match for an individual’s blood type, resulting in negative digestion and health issues. The blood type diet believes in forming both an eating and ab exercise plan that matches up with one’s blood type.

Interest in the blood type diet peaked in 2014 but has remained steady over time.

The states where it has been most popular are:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Idaho
  3. Arizona
  4. Louisiana
  5. Arkansas

While this diet has excellent intentions and many nutritionists agree that making a personal weight loss and diet plan for each person is a successful approach to weight loss, some researchers do not agree that dieting based on blood type adds any real effectiveness to the diet plan itself. The blood type diet, therefore, is not promoted by the medical community, and there is little research or evidence to prove that it can produce real, lasting results.

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Relieve stress and lose weight: The Dragon’s Way

While some might rely on medication or plunge into controversial diets in order to manage stress and lose weight, one might find it more comforting to rely on more natural solutions.  The Dragon’s Way program, a traditionally rooted program prioritizing wellness of body and mind, does just that. Created by Dr. Nan Lu, the founder of the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, at the start of the new millennium, The Dragon’s Way draws on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principles that have a history of over 2,500 years. Yet, these ideas and practices are still present in the modern day, and in Western society, with common examples being acupuncture, and cupping. 

Shawn Tubridy is a certified instructor of the Dragon’s Way program, and has taught classes locally for five years, practicing for around fifteen years. “Einstein has taught us that everything is energy,” she says, “and that includes the body.” However, Tubridy contends that this new science is old knowledge, Chinese medicine knowing this for 5,000 years. Humans have energy pathways called “meridians” that go through the body, she explains. The Dragon’s Way program places a strong emphasis on the philosophy of interconnectivity within the body and its functions, as well as with nature and the universe. TCM, which is free of medical specialists, maintains that an ailment in one part of the body would be related to a discomfort in another, all due to an imbalance of energy throughout the body. “Any pain in the body is a result of stagnant energy, so when you keep the energy moving, you can eliminate pain and disease from the body,” says Tubridy.

According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation (TCMWF), Qigong is an “ancient energy practice” that uses specific movements and postures with the goal of increasing the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”), or energy, throughout the body’s meridian system. The Dragon’s Way incorporates a form of Qigong, called Wu Ming Qigong, which is the backbone of the program. If practiced routinely, Wu Ming Qigong is able to “clean-up” the body and promote Qi levels. What distinguishes Qigong movements from martial arts is the idea that it is not intended to be physically exerting, making it accessible to most people and able to be widely practiced. 

The second part of the Dragon’s Way program is a specialized healthy eating plan, called “Eating For Healing.” This plan, which aims to promote weight loss and remedy various discomforts that result from eating, is about more than rationing one’s meals or keeping track of calories. The plan, which is primarily vegan (with the exception of seafood), focuses on fruits, vegetables, and nuts, and eliminates certain foods that supposedly cause an imbalance in one’s digestive system. Says Tubridy, “We waste more Qi digesting food than we do most things in life. Fried foods, for example, might cause the stomach to become too heated, while cold foods require the body to waste Qi in order to increase the stomach’s temperature.” The eating plan’s purpose, according to Tubridy, is to “rest your digestion, so that your liver, stomach, and kidney meridians and energies can work better together.” It is designed to foster a positive relationship with food amongst its participants, rather than make eating be an adversarial activity. Excess weight, which the TCMWF identifies as a consequence of a Qi imbalance, is one of the intended results of the “Eating For Healing” plan. However, weight loss is merely a side effect, as the plan aims to resolve the root cause rather than specialize on the singular issue itself. 

The third component and benefit of the Dragon’s Way is a framework for lifestyle changes. TCM stresses the importance of listening to one’s body, especially in the context of the Five Elements of traditional Chinese medicine. The Five Elements system  is “a comprehensive template that organizes all natural phenomena into five master groups or patterns in nature,” explains the TCMWF. “Listening to the body from a Five Element perspective is the basis for understanding how the body communicates its needs. This communication could be in the form of cravings, emotions or discomforts. Learning how to read these signs is the foundation for making sustainable lifestyle changes.” Tubridy’s class explores these Five Elements in depth. 

The last part of the four main components of the Dragon’s Way is the importance of herbal supplements. While Tubridy herself has not taken them, the TCMWF expresses the importance of including herbs in one’s daily regimen: “By including herbal supplements as par. The Dragon’s Way program is more than a local trend, however. In the United States, there are 82 instructors certified by the TCMWF, spanning across 20 states. In addition, France, Island, South Korea, and Spain are each home to one instructor. 

“It has really helped a lot of people, and that’s why people from so many places have become instructors,” says Tubridy, whose students have reported significant physical and mental improvements from the Dragon’s Way. Tubridy has also benefited herself from enrolling in the program as well. “For me, I used to get numbness in my arm at night, and the Qigong was the only thing that would help me with that. But, I also fell and broke both of my feet and my back three years ago, and I really wouldn’t be walking nearly as well if it wasn’t for Qigong. It’s has just improved my health in so many ways.”

A free intro to the Dragon’s Way program is available on August 9th at the T-Fit Fitness Center in Trumansburg. The six week series of the program begins on August 16th. For questions, contact Shawn Tubridy at [email protected], or (607) 279-6543. 

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The Mediterranean diet works — but not if you’re poor, a study finds


A healthful meal that adheres to the Mediterranean Diet may not have benefits for all. (iStock)

We’ve long heard that the Mediterranean Diet is how all of us should eat. The diet, inspired by the coastal cuisine of countries like Greece, Italy and southern France, is characterized by its abundant portions of fruits and vegetables, frequent meals of fish and poultry, use of olive oil and spices for seasoning, and red wine in moderation. Red meat and butter are limited, and grains are mostly whole. The diet has been studied for its effects on heart disease, weight loss, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. And it’s arguably a more pleasurable way of eating than, say, the strict Paleo and Ketogenic diets, or the faddish but not necessarily effective low-carbohydrate diet.

But it won’t work if you’re poor.

That’s the latest finding from a team of Italian researchers, who studied 18,000 men and women over a four-year period. They found that the Mediterranean Diet reduced the risk of heart disease by 15 percent — but only for people who made more than approximately $46,000 a year. There were no observed cardiovascular benefits for people who made less than that amount.

The study, which was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, also found that highly educated people — who may be likely to have higher incomes — did better on the diet, in part because they selected a wider variety of vegetables and were more likely to eat whole grains. The more varied a person’s diet is, the more types of nutrients they consume. Highly educated participants were also more likely to buy organic food.

The study “found that higher-SES subjects tend to consume more organic vegetables which can contain higher concentrations of antioxidants, lower concentrations of cadmium and a lower incidence of pesticide residues, as compared with conventionally grown foods. We might then speculate that the quality of the bundle of foods that make up the MD actually differs across SES.”

So, it doesn’t just matter that you adhere to the tenets of the Mediterranean Diet — it matters what kind of foods you pick within its framework, how that food was grown and how you prepare it. The findings will inevitably contribute to the ongoing discussion of food inequality, or how access to healthful food is a tenet of social justice.

We have long known that poorer Americans lack access to nutritious food and full-service grocery stores. They are more likely to rely on processed or fast foods. One recent study found that this nutritional gap is widening. “Price is a major determinant of food choice, and healthful foods generally cost more than unhealthful foods in the United States,” that study said. It also found a link between education and healthy eating, suggesting that programs to teach low-socioeconomic status people how to choose and prepare cheap healthy meals — and the benefits they can derive from such choices — are important.

And that’s what the Italian research team’s takeaway is. “These results support the need to adopt more effective strategies aiming to reduce socioeconomic disparities in health, not only by promoting the adoption of healthy eating patterns but also by facilitating access to foods with higher nutritional values,” they wrote.

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McCain says he hates healthy diet, plans to return to Senate next month – Longview News

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Sen. John McCain said in a radio interview Wednesday that he hates the healthy diet his wife and daughter are forcing on him as he fights an aggressive form of brain cancer but expects to return to the Senate next month.

McCain made the remarks in his first extended interview with Arizona media since his diagnosis last month. On KFYI radio’s Mike Broomhead show, the Republican said he’s facing a tough challenge, but the best thing to do when facing adversity is to stay busy. He said plans to do just that during the August congressional recess.

“It’s a tough challenge, you know, of course,” McCain said. “But I’m getting the best care you could possibly have, I’m eating well, I’m feeling fine, getting plenty of exercise. I expect Congress to go out here pretty soon, and I’ll be ready to go back to work in September.”

McCain began chemotherapy and radiation treatment for glioblastoma on Monday. The senator said he plans meetings and regular travel this month.

His remarks came a week after he returned to the Senate and gave a rousing speech blasting partisanship and the one-sided push to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Days later, he cast the deciding vote that stopped GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “skinny repeal” bill.

McCain said Wednesday that he campaigned for “repeal and replace” of the health law and the Senate plan was repeal and “not replace.”

“What we were going to do, and its gets a little arcane, but take a ‘skinny bill’ as they called it and give it to a conference of House and Senate people,” McCain said. “With no input, no amendments, and then have them put out a product that was going to be an up-or-down vote in both House and Senate.

“I wanted us to have a full-fledged debate, amendments, go through committees,” he said. “That’s the way we should operate.”

McCain said he was buoyed by news that the Republican chairman of the Senate health committee and the top committee Democrat agreed to hold bipartisan hearings on a new push.

“It will be, I think, a consensus bill that comes out to the floor. That’s our only shot right now, honestly,” he said.

McCain said he wanted to protect Arizona’s Medicaid program and had three amendments in hand proposed by Gov. Doug Ducey. When it became clear they could not be added, he voted no.

“But, having said that, it is imploding in Arizona,” McCain said. “There’s only one provider per county, the premiums are going up, the deductibles are going up. So we have to fix it, but we have to fix it in the right way so that I protect the state of Arizona.”

At the end of the segment, McCain spoke of his life and his legacy.

“Look, I am the luckiest person that you will ever have on your show, ever,” McCain said. “And I am very aware of that, and I am very happy. For a guy who stood at the bottom of his class at the naval academy, we’ve come a hell of a long way.”

Adding flavor in healthy diet – Alice Echo News

During the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School on Tuesday, attendees had a taste of healthy food rich in Mexican/Hispanic flavors.

The Texas AM AgriLife Extension Office presented a healthy dinner meal as an alternative to fast food. During the food demonstrations, attendees were explained how simple changes like removing fats from cooking could help individuals with diabetes.

During the session, extension agents prepared a meal with items that many South Texas families had in their refrigerator.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with pre-diabetes, a serious health condition that increases a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

People who suffer with type 1 diabetes must take insulin for life to survive and for individuals with type 2 diabetes a healthy lifestyle including healthy eating, regular physical activity, and medicines to lower blood sugar can help prevent or delay complications.

The dinner menu for the night was shrimp-cilantro tostada, Spanish rice and calabacita, and for dessert a Mexican hot chocolate and cheesecake cups.

Information booths were also available to attendees about the different ways to eat healthy and manage diabetes.

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