Last night I stayed up till midnight watching a marathon of Dr. Oz shows. Remember...he's my hero when it comes to health, nutrition and weight loss. I saw him on Oprah yesterday discussing his newest book :You Staying Young and they mentioned he'd be on the Discovery/Health Channel later in the evening.
I'm telling you - the guy rocks! He really knows his stuff when it comes to our bodies and how we need to treat them. He had these two hearts (real specimens) that he used to demonstrate the effects of a non-healthy diet. Unbelievable! The fatty one was double or more the size of the normal one. It was gr-oss! He also had two aortas. One was normal and healthy. Very soft, flexible...like a flattened tube. The other had plaque build up from cholesterol. You could see the hard chunks! You could see the tears in the surface. Egads! If that isn't enough to make one think twice before they put something in their mouth - I don't know what is!
Anyway ~ the three shows: You-The Owner's Manual, You-On A Diet and You-Staying Young were all very similar but also all worth watching. They followed about 9 or 10 people whose eating was out of control as far as their health was concerned. Dr. Oz put them on a 90 day regime to change their eating and exercise habits. At the end of the 3 months it was amazing to see the transformations! Not only did they look good - they all felt good too! They were able to throw away their cholesterol meds and their blood pressure meds. Their diabetes was now under control. One women (on Oprah) was even raving about her new found sex life and the great orgasms (while her hubby sat by smiling!)
Since reading You-On a Diet, I've become much more health conscious. Now that I've watched those three shows I'm even more determined to eat better and move more. (And...learn how to handle stress better too.) It's not even about the weight anymore. I mean...I DO want to lose weight and look better - but even more so, I want to be healthy too! I want to live to see all my grandchildren have children! I want to still be hiking and swimming and camping well into the next several decades! I want to FEEL young.
Lately the aches and pains have been creeping up on me. I'd chalked it up to aging. Now I'm saying BULL! I have a choice about the way I age. And like that commercial says - I plan to fight it every step of the way!
I urge you - no, I'm TELLING you (!) to read at least ONE of Dr. Oz's books. It will change the way you look at your body in the most profound way.