Articles tagged with: Nutrition

Couples getting fit together have greater success

Couples who workout together have a higher rate of success

 

 

Couples definitely have an advantage when they work together.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted University College of London found that couples who undertake a fitness program together were three times more likely to succeed at their goals than those going it alone.  The Study, entitled: The influence of partner’s behavior on health behavior change: the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, looked at 3722 married and cohabitating couples.  It focused on three areas of lifestyle or behavior: smoking, exercise and obesity. In all areas, the study found that when one partner in a couple changed to a healthier behavior, the other partner was more likely to make positive health behavior changes than if their partner remained unhealthy.

Why You Should Avoid Non-Dairy Creamer

Why You Should Avoid Non-Dairy Creamer

The further we get away from natural, the more we tread on thin ice when it comes to nutrition.  Often times the foods we think are unhealthy for us are actually a whole lot healthier than the substitutes we develop to replace them. We’ve seen this mostly with artificial sweeteners.  Sugar was branded “white death” and our over consumption has been linked the obesity epidemic and the corresponding rise in Type 2 diabetes. As a result we developed artificial sweeteners to replace sugar, and we are now beginning to see that these chemical concoctions have a detrimental effect on the beneficial bacteria in our gut that help us regulate blood sugar.  We also look at the cream and whole milk we use to smooth out the taste of coffee.  Many once beleived that the extra addtion of saturated fat contributed to obesity and heart disease.  So much so that it was branded “heart clogging” saturated fat. So we looked to science to develop substitutes to make our coffee more palatable without the added fat.

Coffee has been found to contain high levels of phenolic antioxidants called Chlorogenic Acids or CGA.  These antioxidants are becoming an interesting topic in the nutrition world, but scientists don’t quite have a handle on their bioavailability, or the body’s ability to use them in a given form.  

Weekend Binge Eating – Insulin Resistance Can Occur in Only 2 Days!!

Over Eating can cause Insulin Resistance in Only 2 Days

Weekend Binge Eating – Insulin Resistance Can Occur in Only 2 Days!!

Insulin Resistance can Occur in Only 2 Days

Thinking of Weekend Binge Eating – Insulin Resistance Can Occur in Only 2 Days!!

Obesity is very common in America, and is often associated with a group of health problems collectively known as Metabolic Syndrome. Insulin resistance is a key component of this syndrome.  For those of us that have insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes as it’s otherwise known, losing weight to get fit is a hard task.  You have to be diligent and stick to your eating regime to see long-term results.  Sometimes though, we get those long weekend getaway trips, where we decide to just forsake the routine and live it up, or maybe we decide to stick to the regime for five days and treat ourselves on the weekend. During football season this is an easy trap to fall into, the tailgating at games, the parties for Super Bowl Sunday. What could it hurt, right?  We’ll go back to eating healthy on Monday. You may want to rethink that idea.  According to a recent study publish in Science Transitional Medicine, eating large amounts of high calorie food can cause changes to your metabolism that lead to a state of insulin resistance, which over time sets the body up to be more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes. Get this, those changes can occur in as little as 2 DAYS!

Shakeology Ingredients – Super Green Phytonutrient Blend

Shakeology Ingredients – Super Green Phytonutrient Blend

The more I learn about the ingredients in Shakeology, the more excited I get!  NOTHING comes close to this stuff!  In this post I will discuss Shakeology Ingredients – Super Green Phytonutrient Blend.  The ingredients of this major part of the Healthiest Meal of the Day include:  Moringa, Chlorella, Spirulina, Spinach, Barley Grass, Kamut Grass, Wheat Grass, and Oat Grass.  Their major role is to help alkalinize the body and to promote detoxification of the liver, kidneys and blood to restore health and vitality.  Let’s look at these ingredients

Shakeology Ingredients – Super Protein Blend

Shakeology Ingredients – Super Protein Blend

In my previous post Shakeology Ingredients I discussed, in summary, all the healthy things that go into Shakeology to make it the Healthiest Meal of the Day.  Let’s go a little deeper and look at each group of ingredients.  In this installment let’s look at Shakeology Ingredients – Super Protein Blend.  Just in case you didn’t remember, the Super Protein blend consisted of these ingredients:

Whey, Sacha Inchi, Chia, Flax, Quinoa, Amaranth, Brown Rice, Peas.

The main purpose of this Super Protein Blend is that it helps build lean muscle, improves skin and hair, supports mental clarity, and reduces cravings.  Where do these proteins come from and how are they processed in the best possible manner to ensure that they are the most bio-available, or how well the body can use them.

Shakeology Ingredients

Shakeology Ingredients

Shakeology Ingredients

So you’ve been hearing about this magical meal replacement stuff called Shakeology and all the things that Beachbody claims it will do. 

Shakeology can help you:

  • Lose Weight

  • Feel Energized

  • Improve digestion and Regularity

  • Lower Cholesterol

    Shakeology Ingredients

You may even be somewhat skeptical (probably an understatement), after all, so many products out there come with similar claims.  How can Beachbody truthfully make these claims?  To answer that, you need to look at the Shakeology Ingredients… 

My Fitness Journey

My Fitness Journey

In fitness, as in life, we gain more, not from having reached the destination, but from the journey to get there.  If you’ve read the “About Me” Section of this blog, you’ve read about parts of my journey.  I let myself go over the years, but it wasn’t just laziness on my part, it was also a lack of understanding of my own body.  To give you a little history of my weight problem, lets back up to the days before P90X and Beachbody.  I used to workout regularly, but my nutrition sucked, so that soon after I would experience some progress in getting back in shape, I would soon hit a plateau and then get discouraged, and soon quit trying.  The weight would go back up and with some extra pounds.  The weight slowly over time creeped higher and higher, I would come home from work in the afternoons and just sit on the couch from doing no physical activity.  I would catch myself dozing off at traffic lights, it was really getting bad.

The P90X Nutrition Plan – The Key to Success with P90X

The P90X Nutrition PlanThe P90X Nutrition Plan

If your bringing it with P90X and not eating right, you’re wasting your time.  I am always asked by those using P90X to help them figure out why they only getting limited results, even though they are working out as hard as they can, or why they have no energy to complete their daily workout.  The first thing I ask them is “Are you following the nutrition plan?”  This is always followed by an awkward silent moment, then the confession that they did not even open the guide to read it. 

Customize Your Fitness – One Month at a Time

Customize Your Fitness – One Month at a Time

We are bombarded with information on all subjects these days, and fitness is no exception. Too many times we see sources of info telling us to eat this or don’t eat that to lose weight, or to do this exercise or that to get fit. I can personally attest to have fallen into that trap (probably took me longer to realize that than you). You try it, and you may have some success, but it’s short lived, and you get frustrated and then quit, and end up in worse condition than when you started. Worse than that, you get information from two sources that completely contradict each other.

We are all different. What works for one may not work for the other. The differences extend way beyond physical appearance or weight. They go all the way down to the biochemical level. Everyone has different medical conditions, and genetic predispositions that affect metabolism, heart function, hormone levels, and digestion. The histories of our family habits on nutrition are also different. We all have different ways of preparing the food we eat. So how can one product or method help everyone? The answer is it can’t.  We must find out what works for us individually for success.