New cleaning products featured on show

Information on healing a damaged metabolism, new cleaning products and accessories featuring ribbon blanket binding will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday.

Catherine Carrigan is going to talk about how to heal a damaged metabolism. Her company is Total Fitness in Atlanta.

Laura Dellutri will demonstrate several new products on the market to make that dreaded spring cleaning not so difficult. Her company is The Healthy Housekeeper Inc. in Overland Park, Kan.

Michele Muska is with Simplicity Creative Group, and she’s going to show how make a variety of accessories featuring ribbon blanket binding, which can be easily made with a new machine from Simplicity. She lives in Antioch, Tenn.

Information on machine applique, cooking catfish and peanuts for weight loss will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

June Mellinger, director of education for Brother Sewing Machines, will demonstrate automatic machine applique techniques. She’s from Bridgewater, N.J.

Chef Brian Stapleton of North Carolina Farm Raised Catfish will talk about the benefits of eating catfish as he prepares some of his favorite recipes, which he serves at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Gayle Stephenson represents the Texas Peanut Producers Board in Lubbock, Texas, and she says peanuts not only give us energy but also can help us with weight loss, and she’ll explain how to accomplish this.

What Is a Damaged Metabolism?

Many people have a hard time losing weight or maintaining their weight because they have a damaged metabolism. If you have struggled with diet after diet, exercise program after exercise program, and nothing seems to work, this may be why.

Metabolism is scientifically defined as the sum total of the breaking down and the building up processes in the body. If you have a damaged metabolism, you are breaking down faster than you are building up. Your metabolic rate has been lowered by years of stress and possibly over exercising and not eating enough food or enough of the right foods.

If you have a degenerative disease of aging — diabetes, osteoporosis, thyroid problems, heart disease, chronic fatigue — these are clear signs that you have a damaged metabolism. If you have adrenal burnout from years of unrelenting stress, and/or you have insulin resistance, you definitely have a damaged metabolism.

About 20 percent to 30 percent of people under the age of 35 and 70 percent to 80 percent of people over the age of 35 have a damaged metabolism. If you have a damaged metabolism, you will have to eat and exercise differently from someone with a healthy metabolism in order to heal your metabolism and lose weight.

People with a damaged metabolism will need to keep their heart rate below 90 beats per minute when they do cardio-vascular exercise. That is because the body has to release the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in order to keep the heart rate above 90 beats per minute, such as in running or spinning classes.

If you have a damaged metabolism, you may find yourself gaining weight if you eat more carbohydrates than your body can handle. If you have a damaged metabolism, you must focus on becoming healthy and rebuilding your metabolism in order to lose weight and be thin and healthy the rest of your life.

Follow these five steps:

1. Nutrition. Eat five mini-meals every day of real food, not products. You can download free recipes, as well as a shopping list of healthy foods, at http://totalfitness.net/nutrition%20recipes.htm

2. Rest. Once you are out of complete exhaustion, make sure you are getting 10 hours of rest each and every day.

3. Hormonally appropriate exercise. Begin to move in ways that actually heal your metabolism, not break it down. Avoid high intensity cardio where your heart rate exceeds 90 beats per minute. Include relaxing yoga — not hot yoga like Bikram — tai chi, qi gong and walking. As your energy level improves, lift weights two to three times per week for 20-45 minutes at a time. Rest between sets.

4. Taper off toxic chemicals. In short, clean up your lifestyle.

5. Be Patient! Many people have spent the past 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years starving themselves, over-exercising, being excessively stressed, taking drugs and being inconsistent with their exercise program. The key is to get on a good program and stay on it. Excellence is built on a life of good habits.