Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joins us live from Fleet Feet in Cahaba Heights for The Rumpshaker 5K. This is the largest free standing 5K in Alabama and has hosted over 22,500 participants since 2009. It has raised almost a million dollars over the past 7 years to promote awareness about colorectal cancer. This event is a fun, family-friendly experience - runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. You can help make a difference by bringing attention to colorectal cancer, a preventable, treatable and beatable disease. The Rumpshaker 5K is Saturday at Historic Sloss Furnaces - 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222. The 5K Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m. and the 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. Packet pick-up is at Fleet Feet Sports this week from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fleet Feet is located at 3120 Heights Village, Birmingham, AL 35214. You may also pick up your packet on race morning at Sloss Furnaces.
BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us to explain Intermittent Fasting and determine if it is just another fad or a permanent plan? She says it is the latest diet trend. Celebrities do it and it's all the rage in England. It is intermittent fasting. And while it comes in many forms, the one you hear about often is called the "5:2 Diet". You eat fairly normally for five days of the week and then eat only 500 to 600 calories for two days of the week. How might it help? And what's the evidence? Many studies in mice and a few in humans show that when we fast either several hours a day or several days a week, we reduce certain hormones like insulin. This may lower the risk of diabetes and may improve weight loss. Some studies even suggest that it could lower cancer risk. But, the studies are far – very far –from conclusive. The best human studies have been done under very controlled conditions in which participants were given the foods. So, whether these results are attainable in the real world is questionable. While the studies have shown benefits, how much benefit is debatable. In one study, a participant in the intermittent fasting group did lose more weight than the people in the standard diet group, but it wasn't that much more. It's hard! in one of the studies, 10 to 20 percent of the people dropped out of the study simply because they could not maintain the diet!
Here's what a typical fasting day of two meals for a total of 500 to 600 calories might look like:
Fasting Day = 500 to 600 calories
1 Slice of toast
1 tsp butter
½ cup of strawberries
2 ounces of grilled chicken
Green salad with 1 Tablespoon of Salad Dressing
1 ounce of shredded cheese
Please be aware that fasting could be downright dangerous for some people. Everyone should ask their doctor if this is safe with their particular medical background Do not fast if you:
• Have Diabetes particularly if you are on insulin
• Have a History of Eating Disorders
• Take Certain Medications - aspirin, NSAIDS, prednisone
MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us with pointers for creating wealth. He revealed the 5 Stages of Wealth. In his upcoming book, "The Fundamentals of Wealth Creation" (publish date: 2017), he discusses the Five Stages of Wealth. Take a moment to determine which wealth stage category best represents your current financial situation.
Wealth Stage One: You achieve Wealth Stage One when you are paying all of your bills on time and saving a minimum of 10% of your gross income.
Wealth Stage Two: Here, you are paying all of your bills and the 'growth' on your investments is approximately equal to or greater than the amount you're investing annually.
Wealth Stage Three: With Wealth Stage Three, your cash flow - interest, dividends and capital appreciation - from your investments is equal to or greater than your earnings from work.
Wealth Stage Four: At this stage, investment cash flow allows you to significantly raise your lifestyle. You're not just paying your bills, enjoying the occasional night out and a modest annual vacation.
Wealth Stage Five: Very few people get to this stage and if you do, you are considered 'rich'. At this level, your investment cash flow equals a minimum of five times what's needed to cover your basic lifestyle needs. You are free to travel extensively, own multiple homes, or become a philanthropist. You'll also likely need extensive estate and tax planning.
So how much is enough? Most people want to achieve Wealth State Three. First determine what your number is.... How big of a pot of money do you need in order to retire? Do a simple two-step calculation. Step 1: Estimate what it costs to pay all of your bills for twelve months. Step 2: Add a '0' to that number. For example, if it takes $50,000 to pay all of your bills for one year, then by adding a '0', your 'number' is $500,000. This assumes that Social Security will cover at least one-half of your retirement income needs. If you want a 'richer' retirement, you'll need to accumulate more. For more information on achieving your numbers, visit www.welchgroup.com.
WILDLIFE EXPERT - Stuart R. Goldsby is the Regional Hunter Education Coordinator for Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Today he discusses hunting. Spring Turkey Season is here - Opening Day is today. Stuart says it's all about the calling and camouflage. There is an entire industry centered on hunting the wild turkey with thousands of items available - clothing, calls, decoys, blinds, chairs. But he says all that is really necessary is a call, camouflage, and a bow or gun. To be safe, sit with a tree to your back that is wider than your shoulder. Never wear red, white, or blue. Whistle or speak softly to another hunter and leave an area where you see other hunters. Hunters should remember to complete their Harvest Record and asking to report to Game Check. Stuart also reminded us that your donations help support Alabama's Wildlife. You will see a Non-Game Wildlife Fund Check-Off box on state income taxes. Alabama is the 4th most biologically diverse state in the nation and home to more than 1,000 species not hunted, fished, or trapped. 1982 Alabama Legislature enacted the Alabama Non-Game Wildlife Fund to match with federal funds for recovering Bald Eagle, Osprey, Bluebirds to name a few. For more information, visit www.outdooralabama.com/non-game-wildlife. For more information call Outdoor Alabama's Wildlife section 334-242-3469, Enforcement section 334-242-3467, Fisheries section 334-242-3471, or visit www.outdooralabama.com.
ART BASH - Art Bash is the one-of-a-kind fundraiser party for the Magic City Art Connection art festival, which will be celebrating its 33rd anniversary on April 22-24 in downtown's Linn Park. Art Bash's tagline is "in another cool Birmingham space." Each year, the board canvases the city for interesting spots to transform to our theme, Art Bash-style. And no one does it quite like it does - from the top floor of the 2 North 20th building downtown to Old Car Heaven to the former Peck & Hills Antique store on 7th Avenue South. This year's Art Bash is Saturday at Sloss Furnaces' cool, new visitor center! The art will be the main focus at Art Bash. There will be lots of fabulous work to haggle over at the high energy art auction featuring 2016 Magic City Art Connection exhibiting artists, Imagination Festival teaching artists, plus other great talent who call Birmingham home. There will also be great food, drinks, and music from a live DJ. The Sloss Metal Arts program will be setting up for an iron pour at Art Bash. Partygoers will have the chance to take home their own handmade Sloss work of art by designing a souvenir scratch block mold that will be cast in iron that night. Plus, not to be missed are a series of molten performances to dazzle the eye. For more information, visit www.MagicCityArt.com.