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Homeless group close to suit over bike path plan in Uptown

The more than three dozen people who live in tents under the Lake Shore Drive bridges at Wilson and Lawrence avenues know better than anyone that the structures need repair.

Concrete from the Depression-era bridges is crumbling onto the sidewalks and streets below, posing a deadly hazard to tent-dwellers, as well as motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

So it may seem strange that a homeless advocacy group might sue the city to stop bridge repairs before they start in mid-September. But attorneys for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless want to stop the city’s plans to put bike paths on the wide sidewalks under the bridges, which the coalition said would permanently drive the homeless out.

“If they put the bike paths in, we ain’t going to have room for our tents,” said Thomas Gordon, 58,who lives under the Lawrence bridge. The sidewalks can currently accommodate both tents and pedestrians — bike paths would cut the space.

This Is The Eating Plan That Helped Me Lose 45 Pounds In A Year

At the time, my mom was on the Jenny Craig Program and was seeing results, so I decided to give it a try. I was about to call and schedule my first consultation when, coincidentally, my mother’s consultant called to confirm her next appointment. That phone call on May 31, 2014 changed my life. I joined Jenny Craig that day.

I had a lot to learn from my consultant (Jenny Craig’s title for weight-loss coaches). For starters, I learned that the portions I had been eating were way out of control. She designed a menu plan for me that had me eating smaller meals every two to three hours, rather than three meals a day in order to help me learn that portion control.

On Jenny Craig, they encourage you to eat six times a day—three main meals and three snacks. I’m very routine, so I have the same things almost every day. At 7 a.m., I will make myself egg whites, a banana, an 80-calorie yogurt, and black coffee. A couple hours later, I will have my Jenny Craig Cookie Dough Anytime Bar and water, which is a great mid-morning snack to fight hunger while I’m working. At noon, I’ll have one of my Jenny Craig lunches, which could be anything from Jenny Craig Pizza Bites or a Jenny Craig Turkey Burger with a salad and water. Three hours later, I’ll have a mid-afternoon snack, which is usually a Jenny Craig snack like kettle corn or Jenny Craig Ranch Snaps with water. For dinner, I’ll typically have some of my Jenny Craig favorites such as her Fish ‘n Chips or the Jenny Craig Mesquite Chicken with a side of vegetables. Whenever I eat out, I practice portion control and swap out unhealthy options for healthier ones. For instance, I’ll order a green salad as a side instead of fries and bring my own Jenny Craig dressing.

Before this, I was typically eating for two people. I had to learn that when my body told me I was full it was okay to stop eating. My consultant showed me how to incorporate fruits and veggies and yogurt into my diet. One of the great things about joining the Jenny Craig program is that it helped me experiment with cooking—even if it was as small as learning how to steam veggies and add that to my dinner.

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Walnuts May Control Your Mind To Help Lose Weight – Forbes

Here oranges, pomegranates and walnuts are on display at the Talensac market in central Nantes, western France. (Photo: GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

No nut is going to control me, you may say. You are your own person. You eat what you want, when you want. But science may say otherwise about walnuts.

What is up with deez nuts? Five researchers from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston (Olivia M. Farr Ph.D., Dario Tuccinardi M.D., Jagriti Upadhyay M.D., Sabrina M. Oussaada, and Christos S. Mantzoros M.D., D.Sc., Ph.D.) conducted a study published in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism. The researchers first randomly assigned ten hospitalized patients with obesity five straight days of either a smoothie with 48 grams of walnuts or a similarly tasting and textured smoothie without walnuts. Then after one month of returning to their original diets, those who first got the walnut smoothie then got five days of the non-walnut smoothie and vice versa. One participant eventually dropped out of the study, leaving nine who completed the whole protocol.

At the beginning of the study, the researchers measured each of the study subjects’ brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. After the 5 day smoothie diet, study subjects then underwent another fMRI to see how things had changed. 

Then there was the food porn. The researchers showed the study subjects different pictures while undergoing the fMRI. Pictures included those of “highly desirable foods” (high-calorie or high-fat images, e.g., cakes, onion rings), “less desirable foods” (low-calorie or low-fat images, e.g.,, vegetables and fruits) and “non-foods” (e.g., flowers, rocks, trees). Yes, you rock and flower eaters may say that everything’s subjective, but these were the designations by the researchers. Before and after each fMRI scan, study subjects completed visual analog scales (VAS) to measure how hungry or full they felt.

The study resulted in two major findings. First, after the walnut smoothie diet, study subjects reported feeling less hungry than after the non-walnut smoothie diet. Secondly, following the five days of walnut smoothies, study subjects had differences in their brain activity (as measured by fMRI) when shown food porn. Specifically, the right insula part of the brain seemed to be more active. Parts of the insula may be responsible for satiety and inhibition. In other words, something about walnuts may be telling your brain to simmer down when shown mouth-watering food. This could be some Vulcan mind meld-like stuff: walnuts may help you control your appetite and thus help with managing your weight.

Of course, this is a small study with measurements taken over a short period of time. It also does not prove that walnuts can actually control your appetite or if any of the findings will persist over time. Effects can wear off as the brain and body get used to eating a certain type of food. More, larger, and more complex studies are needed before drawing stronger conclusions. But these results are encouraging. Note that the California Walnut Commission (CWC) did provide funding for this study. However, they were not directly involved in designing, conducting, interpreting, or reporting the results for the study.

Cravings may be due to an ongoing conversation among your brain, your body, the food you’ve already eaten, and the cues in front of you. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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David Johnson eliminated most meat from his diet after watching two documentaries

This is scary to consider, but what if we still haven’t seen the best of David Johnson? What if Johnson, who cemented his status as the best all-around back in football by leading the league in yards from scrimmage last year, is still getting better?

It’s certainly possible. According to the Cardinals’ running back, he feels more energized and less fatigued this summer after he changed his diet a month ago.

As ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss reported on Thursday, Johnson eliminated meat from his diet and switched to a plant-based diet after he watched two documentaries on Netflix. 

“It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be,” Johnson said. “I thought it would definitely be hard just because, as Americans, we’re taught to eat a whole bunch of meat. It’s not even just eating meat, it’s the portions. What I’ve learned is that we’re taught eating like 24 ounces of steak is a manly thing, when really you’re only supposed to eat 8 to 10 as a portion.”

The two documentaries? “What the Health” and “Forks Over Knives.”

Johnson did introduce meat back into his diet, though, after he lost too much weight. According to ESPN, he reported to training camp at 223 pounds. Still, he’s not consuming large portions of meat anymore.

 “We’ve learned that meat is bad for you,” he said. “But it’s really where you get the meat from and how much you eat of that meat in each sitting, because most Americans eat lunch, dinner, supper and it’s always meat and it’s always a huge portion. We’re just learning about that stuff.”

Johnson will need to be at his best this year if he’s going to meet his goal of becoming the third player in NFL history to accumulate 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. He’ll also need to be energized as the Cardinals are aiming for Johnson to average 30 touches per game, which has only happened once in NFL history.

Johnson is hardly the only NFL player to cut back on meat. According to Tom Brady’s personal chef, 80 percent of what Brady eats is vegetables. The other 20 percent is lean meat. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers once told ESPN that he eats a “vegan diet with some red meat at times and some chicken.” Colin Kaepernick‘s vegan diet has been well documented. Those are just a few examples.

One person who won’t be joining in on the plant-based approaches? Johnson’s coach, Bruce Arians. On Friday, Arians told ESPN he followed a vegan diet for 27 days due to his doctor’s orders. When he was asked what he enjoyed about the diet, Arians said, “Nothing.”

I sent in my DNA to get a personalized diet plan. What I discovered disturbs me.

August 18 is National Ice Cream Pie Day. (It’s also the third week of National Crayon Collection Month, but who’s counting?) You know whose arteries ice cream pie is good for? No one. Plain and simple. But Habit, one of the latest disrupters in the food tech sector, suggests we rethink the very notion of foods that are good for everyone or bad for everyone. It’s part of a movement toward what is called personalized nutrition.

Habit, based in the San Francisco Bay area, tests for biomarkers and genetic variants using samples you provide, then generates a personalized report about how your body responds to food. It’s your unique “nutrition blueprint.” Then the company pairs you with a nutrition coach and offers you custom-made meals, containing your ideal ratio of carbs, fats and protein, delivered to your home. All in the name of sending you on the path to a “new you.”

I had to see for myself. So I endured the home test and shipped off my blood and DNA samples. (Gulp.) Then the company’s chief executive walked me through the results of my newfound eater identity, and I observed how the diagnosis began to affect my relationship with food. Here’s what happened — and what it could mean for the future of eating in America.

Program lets you exercise and try healthy food

Looking for an exercise program in Muncie? Want to try something where you can bring family and friends? Want to discuss and sample healthy food?

Cardinal Zumba is an integrative, long-term, and cost-free physical fitness and nutrition education program for the entire family. The program begins Aug. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and every Monday and Thursday thereafter at Harvest Christian Church, 1010 E. Centennial Ave., Muncie.

After Zumba, a three-minute nutrition demonstration and food sample will be offered. Exercise programs for children and adolescents will be offered as well as free child care. Participants will be monitored every three months on blood pressure, body mass index, and other low-risk tests to inform and identify potential health risks. Ball Memorial hospital physicians will be on the premises for consultation once a month. Other unique events will be announced via the Cardinal Zumba Facebook page.

Being overweight or obese is associated with a higher risk of dying prematurely than being a healthier weight – and the risk increases with additional pounds, according to researchers at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Worse, “early and middle adulthood is the time of life most people gain weight, as their metabolism slows, recurring knee and back injuries become more common; many people are less active in their 30s and 40s when they work longer hours and have more responsibilities, than their laid back early 20s. Cardinal Zumba erases the excuses and provides an environment for everyone to exercise, socialize, and be well.

Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones Solution,” states that the average American now consumes 46 slices of pizza, 200 pounds of meat, and 607 pounds of milk and other dairy products, and washes it down with 57 gallons of soda pop a year. We consume 8,000 teaspoons of added sugar and 79 pounds of fat annually. This doesn’t mean that we’re terrible people. The traditional answer has always had something to do with personal responsibility: Get on a diet and figure out how to exercise all on your own! The problem with that plan it that it requires money, child care, and planning.

Most people stick with diets for less than seven months, and often only weeks. Of 100 people that start a diet today, only five will still be on that diet’s maintenance plan two years later. As a strategy to lose weight – much less to avoid heart disease or live longer – diets are largely useless.

Deploying discipline is like using a muscle. At a certain point, muscles fatigue, and we breakdown and eventually eat a bag of chips. Cardinal Zumba is providing an alternative option. The more frequently you attend the more you’ll learn about wellness in our community. Food ideas, eating practices, plus ways to change your environment that make it more likely that you will live a healthier and happier life. All ages can adapt the exercise intensity to fit their own unique physical fitness levels.

A wide array of students from the new Ball State University College of Health will teach Zumba classes, conduct the exercise assessments, facilitate the food demonstration and cook the food, and offer child care. Students and faculty members Christina Jones from Health Science and Shannon Powers in Kinesiology are committed to making big changes in our community, along with Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation, MITS, Purdue Extension, and the Whitely Community Council.

Shannon Powers is assistant professor, School of Kinesiology, at Ball State University.

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