High-Fat Diets: Fat Loss Facts

High-fat diets have been recognized to be a major risk factor for obesity, type 2 diabetes and other related diseases. According to the World Health Organization, more than 40 million children were overweight in 2010 and this pattern of obesity seems to continue (Ferreira & Muniz 2013). Proper dieting and exercise have always been the most effective ways to lose weight and stop obesity but today we will focus on low and high-fat diets.

Hight-Fat Diets

Diets that are high in fat are known to cause obesity, type 2 diabetes and other related health diseases.

Increased consumption of high-energy foods (foods with elevated quantity of fats, carbohydrates and salt) and lack of exercises are important factors for the pathogenesis of those serious health diseases in modern society (World Health Organization, 2012). Foods such as fried chicken, packaged or processed foods and too many snacks should be avoided because these foods are very high in fat. What about low-fat diets, are they effective? Although low-fat diets have been promoted as healthier and recommended for weight loss, they have also been associated with an increase in carbohydrate intake from plant-based foods (Ferreira & Muniz 2013). Therefore, just reducing the fat intake may not be the best strategy for a healthy lifestyle. Next we will discuss the truth about fat loss and myths about high and low-fat diets.

To be honest, all diets have their good sides and of course, their bad sides. Traditional dietary recommendations (diet and exercise), a low-calorie diet and an increased consumption of carbs and fruits and vegetables remain the best method for weight loss (Ferreira & Muniz 2013). High-fat diets have been associated with weight gain and a low-fat high carbohydrate, fiber, grains, and protein has been proven as the best diet to lose weight (Bray and Popkin, 1998; McManus et al., 2001; Wing and Hill, 2001; Astrop et al., 1997, 2002, 2005). Foods such as whole grains have been proven to speed up your metabolism so I consume these foods every day.

High-fat/high-protein/low-carbohydrate diets, i.e. ketogenic, that force the body to burn fats instead of carbs, in some instances, has been known as a promoter of a rapid weight loss and reduced appetite (Brarata et al., 2003; Bray, 2003; Crowe, 2005). Good fat-burning foods that speed up your metabolism are whole grains, fish, low-fat dairy products and peanuts. We will then have a discussion about the health effects and risks of low and high-fat diets.


Over 2/3 of adults and 1/3 of children are overweight or obese.

It has been debated in the last century, whether fats are harmful to your health and what role does fat plays in dieting. The 1st Food Guide Pyramid created in 1992 showed fats at the top of the pyramid, meaning that their consumption should be minimized (Ferreira & Muniz 2013). Since there are different types of fats, which fats should you consume that are NOT harmful to your health? Saturated and Trans fatty acids should be avoided at all costs with consumption less than 7 percent. Life expectancy in countries that practiced a Mediterranean diet was among the highest in the world and rates of coronary heart disease (CHD), certain cancers and other diet-related chronic diseases were among the lowest (Willet et al., 1995). The Mediterranean diet consists of eating plant-based foods such as, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, fish and drinking red wine in moderation (Mayo Clinic 2013).

According to proven research, it can be safe to say that daily physical activity along with a Mediterranean diet may be a very effective weight loss plan. Before I even knew what a Mediterranean diet was, I was already consuming the foods it contained so I have been accustomed to this diet plan for a while. The most important factor about this type of diet is that it works. Avoid the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and other associated diseases by avoiding high-fat diets and stick to a low-fat diet plan to maximize fat loss. God Bless.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor. Internet Marketer.


  1. Ferreira, Joao E., Muniz, N. “Low and High-Fat Diets: Myths vs Reality” February 2013 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

2.    Mayo Clinic Staff “Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan” www.mayoclinic.org 14 June 2013

Criminalization of Poverty in America

Does the criminalization of poverty exist in America? Have you ever wondered why the poor people are the ones most likely to be incarcerated or face steep fines and penalties as opposed to a higher social class? According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, the number of ordinances against the publicly poor has been rising since 2006. Also, a Pew Center Study released in March 2009, found states spending a record of over $50 billion on corrections, an amount that the center judged, with an excess of moderation, to be “too much” (Ehrenreich 2009). In the following article I will explain how poverty affects criminalization and possible ways to stop criminalizing poor people for petty crimes.

Criminalization of Poverty

Poor people are being criminalized

To begin with, I believe there are certain laws like truancy and trespassing that are set up to target poor people or individuals who can’t afford to pay hefty fines. For instance, in Los Angeles, the fine for truancy is $250. This is an ingenious anti-truancy policy that discourages parents from sending their kids to school (Ehrenreich 2009). Poor people, especially Blacks and Hispanics are the main ones who face these fees and thrown in jail if they fail to pay these outstanding costs. Can you imagine serving 12 months in jail for stealing a can of beer worth $2? In Augusta Ga., a judge sentenced Tom Barrett to 12 months after he stole a can of beer worth less than $2 (Balko 2014).

Another way poor people are criminalized is by the government welfare system. Government welfare policies increasingly treat poor people as a criminal class, and the treatment of low-income woman as criminals has occurred at all levels of government (Gustafson 2009). Welfare recipients and section 8 participants go through a vicious evaluation cycle and are subject to drug tests and random home inspections. A welfare recipient has likely signed documents informing her that her welfare grant will be reduced or terminated if she has someone move in without notice, fails to vaccinate her kids, or is convicted of a drug charge (Gustafson 2009). This is known as welfare cheating and this has been going on for as long as welfare reform was created. Government welfare policies increasingly treat poor people as a criminal class, and the treatment of low-income women as criminals has occurred at all levels of government.

Welfare & Poverty

Working low paying jobs and staying on welfare will keep you in poverty.

Next, public housing and court costs from traffic tickets can be a means of criminalizing poor people. A yearlong NPR investigation found that the costs of the criminal justice system in the U.S. are paid increasingly by the defenders and offenders. It’s a practice that causes poor people to face harsher treatment than others who commit similar crimes and can afford to pay (Balko 2014). Can you imagine paying nearly $300 just to appeal a $20 traffic ticket? Massachusetts’s highest court upheld the state’s $275 fee to appeal traffic tickets as low as $15 (Balko 2014). Laws like these seem to go against our constitutional rights of not being assessed excessive fines or punishment; the punishment must fit the crime. Now that we know that criminalization of poor people does exist, what can there be done to stop it?

Many states are starting to slow down on the criminalization of poverty – for instance, by instructing drug offenders to treatment centers instead of jail, early terminating probation and decreasing the number of individuals locked up for technical violations like missed court appearances (Ehrenreich 2009). This will not only help offenders transition back in the community but also save the state money by decreasing overcrowded prisons or jails. Laws like criminalizing the act of sharing foods with the homeless should be eliminated and underpaying working people for high-productive output needs to come to an end (Ehrenreich 2009). Creating public programs that would realistically alleviate poverty, allowing workers to organize and protest for better wages, and not doing the other things that keep poor people down seems to be the only options to help stop the criminalization of poverty.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor. Internet Marketer.


  1. Ehrenreich, B. “Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?” The New York Times 9 August 2009 freedom-school.com
  2. Gustafson, K. “The Criminalization of Poverty” Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology Spring 2009 law.northwestern.edu
  3. Balko, R. “The Criminalization of Poverty” The Washington Post 23 May 2014

Medical Marijuana Has Many Benefits

The right to Medical Marijuana or Amendment 2 would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Florida under certain conditions. You would have to be a patient or caregiver with an issued license by a physician and you could also attend registered medical marijuana treatment centers (www.ballotpedia.org 2014). Not just anyone can get a medical marijuana license though. Individuals must be diagnosed with a “debilitating medical condition” such as cancer, glaucoma or HIV. The Florida Department of Health would have the responsibility of regulating medical marijuana and it would issue identification cards and develop procedures for treatment centers. In the following passages I will discuss the pros and cons of medical marijuana, how poor people can obtain it and how I feel about the legalization of medical marijuana and amendment 2.

Medical Marijuana - Amendment 2

Medical marijuana should be legal in Florida

Medical marijuana has many benefits such as relieving symptoms that other drugs like Xanax can at a fortune of the price. The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as cancer and AIDS in patients worldwide (www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org 2014). Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN mentioned that marijuana doesn’t have a high potential for abuse and there are very legitimate applications. Also “sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works”, says Gupta. Arthritis is a very common disease with no current cure and marijuana has been proven to help alleviate the symptoms of this disease as well. Rheumatology reported in 2006 that “In comparison with the placebo, the CBM [cannabis-based medicine] produced statistically significant improvements in pain on movement, pain at rest and quality of sleep (www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org). Although there are several legitimate health benefits of medical marijuana, there are still those who disagree and believe legalizing it would be detrimental to society.

Critics who oppose Amendment 2 and the use of medical marijuana think it may be harmful to society by increasing crime. Bishop Ron Allen claimed that marijuana would increase crime and poverty in Berkeley and he explains, “Research tells us that marijuana has the same effects on the pleasure central system in the brain as heroin and crack cocaine.” (www.opposingviews.com 2014) Others like Mason Tvert, of the Marijuana Policy Project disagree with Bishop Allen, saying he didn’t know what he was talking about and marijuana has been proven to be less toxic and less addictive. “The fact is that Medical associations across the country and more than 80% of Americans think marijuana can help seriously ill people (www.opposingviews.com) says Tvert.” A study conducted by the University of Texas at Dallas found that legalized marijuana may reduce crimes like robbery and homicide (Ferner 2014).

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana has many health benefits

Another possible downfall to the use of marijuana is that it may be a gateway or stepping stone to other harmful drugs such as cocaine. The Eagle Forum stated that “Since THC is continually in the body the “high” from pot gradually diminishes so pot smokers usually take other drugs to get a kick (www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org).” Sue Rosche, Founder and President of the National Families in Action says, “This issue received intense press coverage and California’s teenagers got the message, their past month marijuana use increased by approximately 1/3 that year, from 6.5% to 9.2% according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. It’s still continuing to rise: 1997-6.8%, 1998-7.4, and 1999-8.4%. Even if the use of marijuana continues to rise and it is legalized, how will the poor people obtain access to it?

The City of Berkeley, California recently announced a new law in which medical marijuana dispensaries will have to donate 2% of their cannabis to low-income people beginning in August of next year (www.opposingviews.com). I believe this is a great law that other states like Florida can incorporate to regulate to use of medical marijuana if they decide to legalize it. With the donation law, poor people can gain access to the medical marijuana they need which is known to sell for at least $400 an ounce in California. This price is only the street value of the plant-form (what you smoke) of medical marijuana, other forms such as liquid or extracted may cost more. The most important part about state regulation is that poor individuals with “debilitating medical conditions” will have a way to obtain the medical marijuana they need to alleviate their health symptoms.

With all the credible facts that prove the amazing benefits of medical marijuana, I agree and stand firm with the legalization of marijuana. I have a grandmother who has epilepsy seizures and if a dose of prescribed medical marijuana will help her to feel better, why not give her or other patients dosages by pill? The Epilepsy Foundation issued a statement this year that supported the rights of patients and families living with seizures and epilepsy to access physician-directed care, including medical marijuana (www.opposingviews.com). There is no evidence of anyone dying from marijuana and my research concluded mostly benefits. Weighing out the good health benefits of medical marijuana and the fact that poor people may have a way to obtain it, gives the state of Florida all the facts and reasons it needs to legalize marijuana.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer


1. www.ballotpedia.org  “Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 (2014) Ballotpedia
2. www.medicalmarijuana.procon.org October 2014 ProCon.org
3. www.opposingviews.comBishop Ron Allen Claims Medical Marijuana Will Increase Crime Poverty” 4 Sept. 2014 Opposing Views
4. Ferner, M. “Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Actually Reduce Crime, Study Says” Huffington Post www.huffingtonpost.com 27 March 2014

Welfare and Low Wage Jobs Don’t Work

Welfare was created by government to assist poor families in need and create job-training programs to increase the skills of the uneducated. Single moms could get child care assistance while they either work or enroll in some form of educational institution. If recipients took advantage of these state-created programs, they should be well on their way to obtaining the skills and knowledge they need to keep a good job. Unfortunately, poor decisions by recipients, failure of the states to create necessary programs, and low wage jobs, have kept the poor in poverty.

Welfare & Low Wage Jobs

Welfare was created by government to assist poor families in need and create job-training programs to increase the skills of the uneducated.

It has been over 15 years since President Clinton signed the law that “ended welfare as we know it”, in which a 5-year time limit on federal cash assistance was opposed on poor families. This law allowed states to set shorter limits on assistance and this is why the social safety net is failing to keep pace with the needs of struggling Americans, many experts say. Millions of single mothers are falling through the cracks, scrambling to support their families with neither paychecks nor government aid (Holland 2014).

Although welfare has disincentives, I don’t believe they work because some mothers will get to comfortable with government benefits such as food stamps or cash assistance and they don’t feel they need to work. In some cases a single mother on welfare with kids could be living better than a woman working a full-time minimum wage job. This may be why some mothers become discouraged while receiving welfare. Rep Paul Ryan, R., Wis. , chairman of the House Budget Committee, says “Many of these programs end up disincentivizing work – telling people it pays not to go to work because you will lose more in benefits than you gain in earning wages.” (Stossel 2014).

When a welfare recipient meets her deadline and still don’t have the skills to find a job, then she ends up in a worse position than before. White people receive less strict programs than blacks and they face lesser punishment if they do break a rule. In a study conduct by Joe Ross, just 5 years after the passage of the Welfare Reform Act, 63% of families in the least stringent programs were white and 11% were black. Also, in the most restrictive programs – that is the ones with the toughest penalties and most stringent requirements for eligibility, 63% were black and 29% were white ( Holland 2014). This creates a big gap between the white and black economic status and well-being.

When single mothers reach there benefit time limit and can’t find employment, this makes it very difficult for them to maintain a prosperous life with their kids. Peter Edelman, a Georgetown University law professor who resigned from the Clinton administration, says “You have so many people who were pushed off welfare who didn’t find work in the beginning, and today there are people who can’t get welfare at all.” (qt. in Ross 2011) In this situation I can agree with Edelman and say that welfare is “useless” to some degree.

Welfare & Poverty

Working low paying jobs and staying on welfare will keep you in poverty.

I do agree that if an “abled-bodied” individual is on welfare, that they should be required to either be working, attending school, or actively looking for work while receiving benefits for a 5 to 7 year time limit. This should encourage single moms and poor persons to at least engage in some form of education for a career or keep a steady job to maintain. The problem with a regular low paying job is that they don’t pay enough to even live a simple lifestyle and pay bills. I believe single mothers should make smart decisions and take advantage of all state programs that will teach them the skills and give them the tools to succeed.

Although some may argue that it’s all the government’s fault that there are still millions of Americans in poverty, we can’t undermine the fact that poor people do make poor personal decisions sometimes. For example, purchasing an Xbox gaming system or paying for unnecessary cable TV when you are past due on your electric bill (Rector & Sheffield 2011). I do believe that society and individuals themselves are responsible for the persistence work. For one thing, the government has a duty to provide equal opportunity and the welfare for everyone. On the other hand, an individual must take advantage of all the resources and tools available to them for their success.

Poor decisions can be independent due to an individual lacking education or just bad judgment but it can also be connected to social issues. Many individuals try to be like to next person who live luxurious or they associate themselves with peers that influence them to purchase things they know they can’t afford.

To say the least, if the government provides you with all the job training programs, resources and tools you need to succeed, you must take advantage of them. Being on welfare for ever will not lift you out of poverty and working low paying jobs won’t either. Education and professionals skills are what secure you with a promising career or a very profitable business. Poor decisions and social issues are connected so you can’t put all the blame on just the individual and not the society he or she lives in.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

1.Holland, Joshua “How Bill Clinton’s Welfare Reform Created a System Rife with Racial Biases”, www.huffingtonpost.com 12 May 2014. Web
2.Stossel, J. “Why welfare, minimum wage make it harder for poor Americans to succeed” www.foxnews.com 8 October 2014. Web
3.Rector, R., Sheffield, R. “Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today? www.heritage.org 19 July 2011. Web
Ross, J. “Welfare Reform Leaving More in Poverty” www.huffingtonpost.com 23 Aug. 2011. Web

Working Long Hours Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

Working long hours can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in workers of lower socioeconomic status, according to a new study.

In 2012, over 9% of the population had diabetes and diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. These numbers is evidence that type 2 diabetes is a serious matter, especially for African Americans or blacks, as we are diagnosed with diabetes at a 13.2% rate. (National Diabetes Statistics Report 2014).


Working long hours can lead to risk of type 2 diabetes. Photo credit: Clipart.com

In this new study released by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, researchers used unpublished and published data from 19 cohort studies and over 222,000 individuals from different countries. When workers of lower socioeconomic status worked more than 50 hours per week, the risk of type 2 diabetes increased by nearly 30%. I do understand that often times as single parents you do have to work long hours to make ends meet but it is taking a toll on your health. It is important to find time to exercise for at least one hour a day and try to cook healthy meals for work.

When you work long hours, you barely have enough time to sleep, you are under stress a lot, you eat unhealthy and you don’t get adequate exercise like you should. This lifestyle can also lead to cardiovascular disease and other serious health issues.

The mechanisms underlying the association between long working hours and diabetes in the low socioeconomic status group are still unknown. There are 3 different ways in which long hours could be hazardous. The first one is suffering personal hardships from low pay, then sleep deprivation and the last one relates to other indirect mechanisms. This effect could be due to deleterious consequences of working long hours on personal growth and fulfillment, and happiness but the link to the risk of physical disease remains tenuous (Kivimaki et al. 2014).

How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Even though being overweight increases the risk of diabetes, the good news is that 45 minutes or more of daily physical activity, will help you prevent type 2 diabetes (Dept. of Health and Human Services 2004). Today you will learn some proven ways to help you prevent diabetes and become a healthier person in the future.

The first thing you want to focus on is reducing your portion size. Try to keep your meat and fish servings to about three ounces (size of deck of cards). Fish happens to be my favorite meat but I still only eat it about once per week. White meats are always the better choice because they are lean. Make sure you eat breakfast each day and eat small meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism going. I believe this is the best diet plan because you don’t have to eliminate the foods you love. Just reduce your portion size and eat less often (Dept. of Health and Human Services 2004).

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Diet and exercise will help prevent type 2 diabetes.

The next important way to prevent diabetes is adding more physical activity to your daily lifestyle. If you have kids, you can turn on some music at home and show your kids how you use to dance. When going to work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator is good exercise when you are at your job. You can’t go wrong either by taking a quick walk in the park with a friend; this is good for motivation and a nice way to benefit from cardio exercise.

Making healthy food choices such as snacking on fruits and vegetables during the day and recording everything you eat will help you reduce the risk of diabetes so eat smart. I like to bring crackers and nuts to work because the protein and fiber in these foods help me stay fuller longer. When grocery shopping, pay attention to the food labels and select foods with reduced fat, saturated fat, calories, and salt. Stay away from those types of foods as they will increase your blood pressure greatly.

Many individuals may not know this but nurturing your mind, body, and soul is another great way to prevent type 2 diabetes. Activities such as yoga or reading a book, relaxes your mind and reduces stress. Focus on keeping a cool, clear mindset and think positively as much as possible. Deep breathing and meditation can reduce a lot of tension and has indirect effects of preventing diabetes at the same time (Dept. of Health and Human Services 2004).

Although diet and exercise are the most important factors of preventing type 2 diabetes, you must understand that adverse health effects of working long hours. This new study published recently in the journal of the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, proves that working 55 hours or more per week is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in low socioeconomic status groups so be aware of that. With that being said I wish you all the best on your goals and success so stay positive and God bless.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor and Internet Marketer


  1. Kivimäki et al.Long working hours, socioeconomic status, and the risk of incident type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis of published and unpublished data from 222,120 individuals thelancet.com The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology- 25 September 2014
  2. Washington, D.C.: Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2004 www.webharvest.gov


Ebola Virus is Spreading In West Africa

Back in March 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) was contacted for an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, West Africa. Just recently in August of this year, the WHO declared this major epidemic to be a “public health emergency of international concern.” (New England Journal of Medicine 2014)

Ebola Virus in West Africa

WHO was contacted about outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea

I am not familiar with the Ebola virus, but each time there is a spread of any sort of disease in Africa, it is often times very serious. Diseases that have known to derive from West Africa are most likely fatal or life-threatening. It is very important that we as travelers and tourists are safe in other countries and we are all aware of any potential dangers. I always wanted to visit South Africa and possibly do some projects there but my main concern now is my health and safety.

By the second week of September 2014, approximately 4,500 individuals had confirmed and probable cases, with 2296 deaths stemming from EVD (Zaire species) being reported from 5 countries in West Africa. (New England Journal of Medicine 2014) These numbers of Ebola cases seem to be increasing pretty fast and if you are in West Africa as of right now, you have to be worried. Epidemics like this one in Guinea make me think twice about traveling out of the country because my health may be at risk. It’s a good thing we have private jets and commercial airlines because when epidemics like this occur in other countries, we can be in and out of there in no time.

The case fatality rate was estimated to be 70% and the majority of patients are 15 to 44 years old with 50% being males. (New England Journal of Medicine 2014) I have never been to West Africa before but the population in Guinea must be dominated by males. The reason I say this is because over half of the patients were middle-aged males. I would like to find out other reasons why males were more likely to get the Ebola virus than females. The chances of fatality are kind of high also as patients who get the Ebola virus are not very likely to survive long after. That’s why it is very important that you report any signs or symptoms of this disease for early diagnosis and treatment.

Guinea, West Africa

Ebola virus disease started in Guinea, West Africa

How to Prevent the Spread of Ebola Virus?

This scary epidemic began in Guinea during December 2013. Ebola virus is mostly spread through contact with the body fluids of symptomatic patients. Therefore, transmission can be stopped by contact tracing, early diagnosis, patient isolation and care, safe burial, and infection control. (New England Journal of Medicine 2014) This is very helpful information for any tourist or individual traveling or is already in West Africa. Taking these safety measures can avoid any possible spread of the Ebola virus and keep us safe.

Forward projects suggest that unless control measures- including adequate case isolation, contact tracing, increased capacity for clinical management (bigger hospitals/clinics), and community and international support- improve fast, these 3 countries ( Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone) will soon be reporting thousands of deaths and cases each week. (New England Journal of Medicine 2014) To say the least, I hope this Ebola virus epidemic gets under control and we all get to travel and explore other countries safely. Thank you and God bless.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Internet Marketer and Real Estate Investor.

Source: WHO Ebola Response Team. The New England Journal of Medicine “Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa – The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projects”, September 23, 2014 Massachusetts Medical Society 2014

High Protein Diets May Lower Your Blood Pressure

Protein is perhaps one of the most important foods when it comes to losing weight and maintaining our health. The recent Framingham Offspring Study discovered that “residents who consumed a higher protein intake had a lower risk of high blood pressure.” (American Journal of Hypertension 2014)

High Protein Diets

Foods like lean meats, eggs and low-fat dairy products are high in protein.

I always thought about protein as just being good for muscle building and slowing down your metabolism but the benefit of lowering your blood pressure is quite amazing. Since I am a skinny guy, I need a whole lot of protein in my diet plan to build muscle already so a high protein diet isn’t new to me.

“Participants used for the study were men and women between the ages of 30-54, who didn’t have any high blood pressure, diabetes or cardiovascular disease, and were followed for 11.3 years.” (American Journal of Hypertension 2014) Unfortunately, high blood pressure is disproportionately more common in Blacks and Hispanics because of our culture lifestyle so I always recommend a low calorie diet. Fast food and processed foods are high in sodium and saturated fats so they greatly increase your high blood pressure levels fast.

Some of my favorite foods that are high in protein are, fish, nuts, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Protein shakes before and after my workouts are essential to my daily diet plan and they are so delicious at the same time. Fiber is important also in your high protein diet. Not consuming enough dietary fiber has been consistently showing up as a complication factor. Some studies have shown that simply increasing dietary fiber to over 30 grams helps reduce blood pressure by a few percent. (Scala 2002)

Protein has amino acids in them that may help dilate blood vessels and effectively lower your blood pressure. For instance, arginine – an amino acid found in both animal and plant protein sources, play a huge role in blood-vessel dilation. (American Journal of Hypertension 2014) One thing to keep in mind is that when you are consuming protein; make sure it contains monounsaturated fats and not saturated fat. It is important to consume the right kind of calories or you will gain excess body fat. This will lead to other health issues such as risk of cancer and stroke.

High Protein Diets - Eggs

Eggs are high in protein.

High blood pressure is a serious matter and more and more individuals are losing their lives because of conditions relating to high blood pressure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 30% of the population has high blood pressure and only about 50% percent of those individuals have their condition under control. (CDC 2014) With that being said, you now know how important it is to control your high blood pressure and maintain a daily healthy diet plan. This trend of high blood pressure seems to be steadily increasing and now the kids are suffering from this inadequate lifestyle. I now began to see even kids developing serious health issues at a young age and the life expectancy age is getting lower as well.

We have to take care of ourselves and keep our blood pressure under control. Eating diets that are high in protein has been proven to lower blood pressure in this recent study in Boston, so I will be adding even more protein in my diet for best results. My body takes a lot of protein to gain muscle in the first place so this high protein diet plan is not necessarily new to me. I do recommend each and every one of you to add a little more protein to your current diet plan and see how it helps lower your blood pressure. Thanks and God bless.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University.
Internet Marketer and Real Estate Investor.

Sources: 1. J.Buendia, M.Bradlee, M. Singer, L. Moore, “Diets Higher in Protein Predict Lower High Blood Pressure Risk in Framingham Offspring Study Adults” American Journal of Hypertension 2014
2. J. Scala “25 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure” www.ebscohost.com 2002
3. Center for Disease Control “High Blood Pressure Facts” www.cdc.gov 2014

Obama Health Care In America

With more than 8 million Americans signing up for Obama Health Care on HealthCare.gov, a shocking number of approximately 700,000 individuals have dropped out.

Most of my friends and co-workers agreed that the Obama Care Plan was fair so they signed up and their premiums were actually low because of our low salary. They mentioned that they also got to keep their regular doctors or physicians and didn’t have to travel far for monthly visits. I thought the Obama plan was pretty fair myself so I decided to sign up. I do understand that it can be difficult at times to pay for  high insurance plans so make sure you do your research to save money.

ObamaCare - Health Insurace

Obama Care is a good health care plan

According to Administrator Marilyn Tavenner from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “700,000 didn’t make 1st month’s premium or didn’t continue to make payments.” (Radnofsky 2014) This is a shocking statistic to me and this could mean that individuals either could not afford their premiums because of their low income or just was unsatisfied with the services. I personally like my current health insurance plan so I don’t plan to drop out.

Individuals who tend to be poor and live below the poverty line such as Blacks and Hispanics don’t earn enough money to make coverage payments so they tend apply for Medicare and Medicaid. Veterans and elderly individuals have to rely on government assistance for health care as well because they spend most of their money on medicine and other health care services.

Since people want to protect their privacy online, users also worry about their personal information being shared. This is why the Government Accountability Office held a hearing this September about improving HealthCare.gov (Radnofsky 2014) Building and maintaining a secure website is very important. The last thing any of us want is someone stealing our identity and using it to destroy all the hard work we put in our career.

Health Care - Health Insurance

Health care can be expensive

On the other hand, our health is very important and we all need high quality Medicare to maintain our healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise is only the beginning and we must maintain our health by visiting our doctors on a regular basis and choose the right health care plan that is best for us to stay healthy. I always do my research in my local area first and ask around for lowest rates. When I compare them to my current Obama health care plan I find out that local rates are too expensive so I base my decision off that.

I don’t mind paying for good health care coverage but if a plan is fair and reasonable like the Obama plan I will sign up for it. I did some research and found out that nearly 700,000 Americans have already dropped out so that tells you something. These people either can’t afford the Obama Care premiums or they are just unsatisfied. I do know one thing, being uninsured is not a good idea because when you get injured or suddenly need medical assistance, you will not be able to afford it out of the pocket. It will cost your hundreds and thousands of dollars to pay for medical bills so that’s why health insurance does come in handy. Be smart and choose a plan that best fits you. God bless.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Internet Marketer and Real Estate Investor

Source: Radnofsky, Louis “Obama Administration Says 7.3 million Who Picked Health Plans on Exchanges Have Paid Premiums”. Sept. 2014 www.online.wsj.com The Wall Street Journal

Weight Loss and Low Income Individuals


Weight loss has always been a struggle for low income families and individuals who are assumed to be poor because we are usually too poor to afford healthy foods and hire the personal trainer that we need for support. There is no secret that eating healthy is expensive and Blacks or other low income families do make poor food choices as well when shopping. Instead of buying organic and natural foods (which are usually very costly) we settle for packaged and processed foods like microwave dinners and other foods high in fat. We also have bad habits of eating too many fried foods and too much salty seasoning which can lead to high blood pressure and other serious health conditions.

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Weight loss can be difficult if you are poor

Joining a local gym membership or hiring a personal trainer can be expensive so finding the money to afford that can be hard at times as well. I usually recommend walking or jogging in a local park and having your own at home equipment to save money. Friends can be good motivators just like personal trainers so bring them along with you. Just doing an evening walk around the park and light jogging every day is a good start. We need that daily physical activity along with proper dieting in our daily lives to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I just started jogging around my college campus to get my exercise activity started so that has been going good for me.

I only jog about 3 to 4 days a week for now since I haven’t been exercising in a while and I have to get use to running like that again. I can surely tell you that running up hills is no joke!

I am sure we all know that abs start in the kitchen so eating well and keeping your calorie intake low is most important in weight loss. Some poor families like Blacks or Hispanics either can’t afford to buy all the healthy foods or they make bad food choice decisions. Eating low quality meats and unhealthy junk food is cheap so we usually consume these foods to save money but it is hurting us and the kids. They have to eat these unhealthy foods every day at home and school so the parents are part to blame. I do understand that some single parents or couples may have a busy lifestyle but preparing healthy meals is essential. Over 60 percent of the American population is overweight or obese. This trend is continuing to increase and our generation and youth have developed some very unhealthy eating and exercising habits.

Weight Loss - Low Income Household

Lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle on a budget.

I understand that individuals may not be able to afford a healthy lifestyle like the one they want but making smarter choices like jogging and making changes to your diet is the best start. Individuals or families who do receive government assistance need to start to consume at least some natural or organic foods just to break the bad cycle and protect our health for the future. The less health problems the better and this is only accomplished by us taking care of ourselves.

Health insurance is pretty high if you have many significant health issues as you are more likely to be seeing the doctor a lot. You also feel good inside when you are healthy and look great physically as well. Weight loss has so many health benefits they seem endless so don’t let your income level or financial situations keep you from weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Take care and God Bless.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Internet Marketer and Real Estate Investor

Whole Grains Have Many Health Benefits

Whole grains have become one of my favorite fat-burning foods for weight loss because they have outstanding benefits such as lowering your blood sugar, redistributing body fat and helping to prevent obesity naturally. I like that fact that whole grains have become readily available in the natural foods that I purchase such as bread, pasta, rice and crackers. Don’t get me wrong, as much as you or I may love whole grains, too much is still not good for you.

Whole Grains Health Benefits The USDA recommends consuming grains on a daily basis including at least half of whole grains. Enjoy the amazing health benefits of whole grains including protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals plus other phytochemicals to improve your health.

Watch out for bread that’s brown and may look healthy, this could just be coloring with brown sugar or molasses. Since I recently switched to brown rice, brown eggs and other whole grains I pay close attention to the ingredients to make sure there isn’t anything artificial or bleached.

Fiber is one of the main reasons to consume whole grains. There are two kinds of whole grains, insoluble and soluble, that contain health benefits such as reducing the risk of colon cancer and controlling your blood sugar levels.

Studies have shown that individuals who consumed a lot of whole grains are more likely to maintain their weight and less likely to gain fat over a period of time than those who had eaten refined grains. Whole grains can help you control your weight by making you feel fuller longer than refined grains and they also take longer to digest. You reduce your calories by eating less and the fiber in whole grains acts as an appetite suppressant to help you lose weight.Evidence shows that eating a diet that contains fruits and vegetables plus whole grains without meat or processed foods can also help you lower your risk of cancer.

Did you know that carbs can be actually good for you? The key is the find the right type of carb and the resistant starch found in whole grains is one. It actually acts more like a fiber because it takes long to digest. It travels through your digestive system slowly while burning fat, maintaining your insulin levels and controlling your cholesterol levels as well.

I have recently changed my diet around a bit and included more whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products to help speed up my metabolism. I eat a good source of fiber in the morning to suppress my appetite and control my hunger cravings during the afternoon so natural grains is a must for me. Usually a bowl of cereal or oatmeal along with wheat bread would be ideal for my quick breakfast.

When it comes to losing weight just eating whole grains alone will not make you lose weight. Dieting is only the first part of weight loss in controlling your calories by watching what you eat. Physical activity is the next step in losing weight and living a healthy life by improving your cardiovascular system and physique. Take advantage and include both diet and exercise for fat loss and watch how your health improves over the course of the year. Include whole grains in your diet today and receive the amazing benefits of weight loss, lowering your cholesterol and helping to prevent obesity naturally.

SourceGardner, Amanda, www.health.com, “18 Health Benefits of Whole Grains” 2014 Leeman Taylor Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University