Archive | January, 2014

No more sugar coating. (Sugar is Shit Part 4)

29 Jan

Finishing off the conversation regarding unhealthy sugars such as Sucrose (table sugar), Dextrose (corn sugar) & High Fructose Corn Syrup.

These Sugars Can:

41. Increase your body’s fluid retention.

42. Make your tendons more brittle.

43. Cause headaches, including migraines.

44. Cause hormonal imbalances such as – increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.

45. Cause dizziness.

46. Slow down the ability of your adrenal glands to function.

47. Cause high blood pressure in obese people.

48. Cause gum disease.

49. Worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

50.  Compromise the lining of your capillaries.

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Still on the Sugar High (Sugar is Shit Part 3)

27 Jan

The list continues & continues & then continues.

The Average American/Canadian consumes approximately 2-3 lbs of sugar EACH WEEK.  Sucrose (table sugar), Dextrose (corn sugar) & High Fructose Corn Syrup. These Sugars can:

21.  Cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels & eventually diabetes.

22.  Contribute to osteoporosis.

23.  Cause drowsiness & decreased activity in children.

24.  Increase your systolic blood pressure.

25.  Lower your Vitamin E levels.

26. Cause food allergies.

27.   Interfere with your absorption of protein.

28.  Cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

29.  Change the structure of protein & cause a permanent alternation of the way the proteins act in your body.

30.  Impair the structure of your DNA.

31.   Cause toxemia during pregnancy.

32.   Contribute to eczema in children.

33. Cause emphysema.

34.  Cause cataracts & nearsightedness.

35.   Make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.

36.  Impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in your body.

37.   Damage your pancreas.

38.   Increase kidney size & produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones.

39.  Increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide and it can increase the amount of liver fat.

40. Lower the ability of enzymes to function.

 

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So long SWEETIE! (Sugar is shit! Part 2)

22 Jan

Continuing yesterday’s post with another 10 reasons why sucrose (table sugar) dextrose (corn sugar) and high fructose corn syrup are harming your health.

Sugar can:

11.  Contribute to obesity.

12.   Greatly assist the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).

13.  Lead to other addictions.

14.  Cause autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis & asthma.

15. Cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, & periodontal disease.

16. Cause hemorrhoids.

17. Elevate glucose & insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.

18. Cause gallstones.

19. Cause varicose veins.

20.  Cause appendicitis.

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SUGAR IS SHIT! PART 1

21 Jan

SUGAR IS SHIT!
PART 1

The average American/Canadian consumes approximately 2-3 pounds of sugar each week.
-Sucrose (table sugar)
-Dextrose (corn sugar)
-High fructose corn syrup
Found in breads, cereals, cookies, condiments, fast foods, microwavable meals, drinks, juices, ext.

SUGAR CAN:
1. Cause can a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.

2. Suppress the immune system & impair your defenses against infectious disease.

3. Produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides & bad cholesterol & a decrease in good cholesterol.

4. Upset the mineral relationship in your body, causes chromium & copper deficiencies & interferes with absorption of calcium & magnesium.

5. Feed cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder & stomach.

6. Cause a loss of tissue elasticity & function.

7. Weaken eyesight.

8. Increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.

9. Cause premature aging.

10. Cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel diseases, increased risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s PART 2 where there will be an addition 10 reasons why “SUGAR IS SHIT”.

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SWING STEP!

5 Jan

Finding the pep in your step.

This year movement is fitness. Fitness has got to be fun, and we have to play! This is such a great example of tuning into our inner youth and finding joy and pep in every step.

IT’S JANUARY 1ST – TIME TO PICK THE RIGHT GYM FOR YOU.

1 Jan

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER: A GYM CAN BE A GREAT, MOTIVATING ENVIRONMENT TO ACHIEVE YOUR HEALTH & FITNESS GOALS, BUT IT’S NOT THE ONLY PLACE THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED.  WORKOUT FROM HOME, OUTSIDE, IN FACT IN THE THEME OF MY SERIES “5 MIN WORKOUT ANYWHERE” THE WORLD IS YOUR GYM! BUT, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN UTILIZING A GYM THESE TIPS WILL HELP YOU PICK THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU.

These tips are just some of the great tips available in my first book, “Anatomy of Muscle Building” which is available to purchase at Amazon.com.

Gyms can be very different from one another.  Each caters to a different clientele.  They vary with the type of equipment, working hours, and pricing. A gym is an extension of your goals.  Here is a rough outline to help you match a gym, or the type of gym to meet your fitness goals.

Wanting to build muscle mass?
Look for a gym with quality and quantity of the weight equipment.  This equipment should have the proper steel attachments aiding in the use of wrist straps.  Rubber covered equipment will not allow proper tightening of wrist strap use.
A muscle building gym will have plenty of cable, smith and bench press machines.  Usually these muscle building gyms will have a shake/food section to match your goals.
Wanting to obtain a lean, tight sculpted body?
Look for a gym with a wide variety of cardio and circuit equipment.  Body building equipment should be present here but limited to only barbells, dumbbells and cable machines. kettle bells, bosu balls, a plethora of cardio vascular equipment such as treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, stepping machines, and arm bikes should be present. Most importantly the gym should offer a wide variety of classes that will keep you motivated to keep active. Spinning, dance, cardio burn, abdominal classes, and bootcamps just to name a few.
If you are woman who is a newcomer to the gym, or perhaps intimidated by the social aspects of the gym environment, consider a woman’s only gym.  They should have an educated staff to help make you feel comfortable and confident with your workout program.
When choosing a gym, make sure you start with a trial membership. This way you can make sure it’s the right fit for you without any obligation or commitment.
Other things to think about when picking the right gym:
Cleanliness
Location
Pricing
Staff Attitude
type of clientele they attract
hours of operation
qualifications of staff members
Some questions to ask a gym membership representative should include:
 Can your membership be frozen, refunded, transferred, do they have injury insurance, passport programs (meaning can you use the franchise locations while on your travels)?. Also make sure to bargain with your membership. There is plenty of competition out there, they want your business.  You have this on your side when negotiating a membership deal.