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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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The Skinny on Low-Carb Diets - How Atkins - South Beach and the Zone tighten up your bottom line

Nancy Sundstrom - January 8th, 2004

Atkins, South Beach and the Zone are the leading three low-carb diets, and the virtues and weaknesses of each particular plan makes for regular water cooler chat all over the country. If you are curious about these three diets and their differences, the following will provide a brief overview to their main strategies and focus of each.

The Atkins Diet
The grand-daddy of them all that many credit with providing momentum for the low-carb revolution, the core concept here is that late Dr. Robert Atkins‘ pioneering theory that over-consumption of and hypersensitivity to carbohydrates is the root of our problem with being overweight. The principle of his plan is that it is the way your body processes the carbohydrates you eat -- not how much fat you eat -- that causes you to gain weight.
By reducing your carbohydrate intake to less than 40 grams a day, you enter a bodily process called ketosis, a state in which your body burns fat as fuel. Once in ketosis, your body efficiently using fat as fuel and reduces your craving for carbs.
The Atkins Diet consists of four stages: induction, ongoing weight loss, pre-maintenance, and maintenance. Induction is the first 14 days of the plan, during which Atkins says you can lose up to 15 pounds. This rapid weight loss is due to limiting your carbs to 20 grams a day. After that, you can slowly increase and adjust your carb intake through the rest of the program. The goal is to have you learn to choose healthy carbs instead of bad ones, and make the diet a way of life in order to keep off the weight you‚ve lost.
Bottom Line: It really helps to love red meat, eggs and cheese if you want Atkins to work, and tampering with the meal plan in any way is a kiss of death to your success.

The South Beach Diet
Miami cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston‘s diet became the buzz of the city before being printed in “The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss,“ which has become an international bestseller.
On the surface, it seems quite similar to Atkins, but there is one MAJOR difference -- Dr. Agatston stresses from the onset that this is not a low-carb diet. Instead, his weight loss advice focuses on a healthy balance between carbs and fats -- “good“ carbs and fats.
Highly processed foods like baked goods and soft drinks are verboten on this diet. Dr. Agatston says decreasing these kinds of carbs will help you metabolize what you eat better and also improve insulin resistance, leading to weight loss. On the diet, you eat normal-sized portions of meat, poultry and fish, eggs, nuts, cheese and vegetables. Snacks are requires, and you eat six times a day.
The South Beach Diet is divided into three different phases, each with specific meal plans and recipes. The first phase lasts for two weeks, during which time one can expect to lose between eight and 13 pounds, especially in the belly area. When you first read the requirements of phase one, it may sound a little daunting if you are used to low-fat, high-carb diets, but Dr. Agatston says that as you can become accustomed to and happy with eating the good carbs and fats and leaving the bad ones behind, the consistent results you can expect to see will motivate you to continue on.
Bottom Line: This is not a low-carb diet, but one that divides carbs and fats into “good“ and “bad“ categories. Most see it as having more flexibility than Atkins, and the recipes are appealing and designed for those who want to enjoy quality foods and not go hungry.

The Zone
The 40/30/30 program that is commonly referred to as the “Zone“ diet is detailed in the book “The Zone: Revolutionary Life Plan to Put Your Body in Total Balance for Permanent Weight Loss“ by Dr. Barry Sears.
Balance is the key focus of Sears‘ plan - specifically, the balancing of the correct ratio of carbs, fat, and protein. Dr. Sears believes that by consuming the right amounts of these components, you can control your body‘s insulin production. He says that when your insulin is at the right level, your body burns fat more effectively. The Zone‘s food plan consists of 40% of your daily caloric intake in the form of carbohydrate, 30% of protein, with fat making up the final 30%. Getting used to assessing your portion sizes is one of the main skills of mastering this plan, and if you‚ve never been one to practice control in this regard, you will need to develop it.
Foods on the Zone diet include entrees like tuna steak and grilled chicken filets (fish and poultry are staples here) and side dishes from the “favorable“ carbs list, such as beans, kale, and spinach. You are allotted snacks as part of this diet, and your two per day can include treats ranging from Waldorf salad to chips and salsa. Plus, The Zone allows you to occasionally sneak in some of your old favorites by pairing them up with the appropriate amount of protein.
Bottom Line: Promoted by many celebrities, The Zone has many advantages and points of flexibility, such as being able to eat i fast food restaurants. Many who have made it work for them say that they‘ve done so by approaching it as a lifestyle change, not a diet.

 
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