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February 12, 2015

How to help end emotional eating

Do you find yourself constantly struggling with overeating? This may be why.

Dopamine is a hormone that is involved with appetite regulation and the reward system in the brain.

Did you ever wonder why you couldn’t stop at just one cookie or slice of cake? or why you eat even when you’re not legitimately hungry?

A lot of people get caught up in overeating because of the momentary pleasure it produces…and then the guilt and shame follow.

Here are 6 tips that can help you balance your dopamine.

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January 14, 2015

Benefits of fish oil

#1 – Eases Depression

As far back as the early 1990s, researchers started seriously looking at fish oil as an antidepressant – or, even better, a depression prevention supplement.

While researching other benefits of fish oil, scientists began to notice a repeating trend: people in countries where cold-water, fatty fish are a staple of a regular diet had lower instances of depression.

This trend was repeated so regularly that scientists had no choice but to explore these unexpected benefits of fish oil and how they were connected to depression–alleviating and preventing it.

Andrew Stoll, M.D., suggests that since cell membranes are partially comprised of omega-3s, increasing the levels of omega-3 in the blood allows serotonin, an antidepressant chemical produced by the body, to more easily transport between cells, thus explaining the benefits of fish oil, higher levels of omega-3s and connection to lower rates of depression.

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December 24, 2014

The things of this world can never fill you up the way Jesus can.

You will never be able to eat enough, drink enough, cut enough, binge enough, cheat enough,snort enough, smoke enough, view enough obscene material on the computer, sleep around enough, and expect to fill that DEEP void in your life.

The only one who can fill that void Is Jesus Christ. I know as I tried for years to fill that void with things that only brought me more pain and heartache.

If you find yourself trying to fill that void with empty things of this world I encourage you to give your life to the Lord today and experience His grace and mercy. You can have freedom from those things you are chained to…you have to be willing to put your pride to the side and ask for help.

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December 15, 2014

New Years resolutions tips to help you guarantee success this year.

Hi Friends,

Without delay, let us get into the top new years resolutions tips to help you guarantee success this year. And the first tip is critical to your success:

Be Realistic: This is the thing that you absolutely must start out with. If you are not realistic about your new years resolution, you are setting yourself up for failure. For instance, if your new years resolution is to lose 40 pounds in the next 3 months, that is a very big goal. Why not aim a little lower (say 20 pounds) and then when you reach that goal, set another.

Create a Plan: It’s not enough to make a new years resolution on New Year’s Eve and then wish for success in the new year. You have to think your resolution through and create a plan of attack. In fact, the earlier you start that plan, the better.

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October 17, 2014

Learn the truth about fruit…is it the diabolical diet-killer it’s sometimes made out to be or is it just fruit and actually pretty good for you?!

The answer to the question of whether fruit can or will make you fat isn’t as simple as yes OR no…because the answer is yes AND no.

Sound confusing? It’s not so bad!

There have been studies done on fruit sugar (fructose) and how it’s metabolized in the body and liver, which I’ll get into in a bit, but I’m also going to talk about fruit from a practical standpoint.

First, here is why it WON’T make you fat…

Fruit is a fat-free (with rare exception, like avocados) and fairly low-calorie, high-fiber food. It’s going to be hard to eat ENOUGH fruit to result in an excess of calories, resulting in noticeable fat gain…hard, but not impossible.

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October 2, 2014

How to swing a kettlebell correctly!

The kettlebell swing is the foundation movement for a large proportion of kettlebell exercises.

The swing utilizes a hip thrust that is fundamental to other kettlebell exercises such as the kettlebell clean and the kettlebell one arm snatch.

The swing maximizes muscular endurance in the back and waist, is a great lower body strength builder and is a highly effective conditioning exercise.

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September 24, 2014

Are you lazy?

I don’t know about you, but I know plenty of lazy people.

People that would rather spend the entire day parked on their couch than anywhere else.

People that eat take-out food every single night over a good home cooked meal.

People that would choose to have a root canal over working out.

Of course everyone has a few lazy days every once in a while, but it seems like more people lately are making laziness their full time career.

Are you lazy? See if any of the following statements describe you:

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September 2, 2014

Training for a 5K

Training for and completing an organized 5 kilometer walk or run is an ideal way to start a fitness routine, lose weight and build healthy exercise habits.

And for seasoned athletes, a 5K run can jump-start a fitness program, boost exercise motivation, add variety to a stale workout, and exercise with other people. Preparing for a 5K may be intimidating for a beginning exerciser, but follow these ten tips for a fun and injury-free race day.

Set an Appropriate Goal
A 5K (3.2 miles) can take as little as 15 or 20 minutes for fast runners and as much as an hour for walkers. Because there is such a wide range of abilities, it’s important to keep in mind that you are the only one you are competing against, and your goal is to do the best that you can do, avoid injuries, and have fun.

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August 29, 2014

Figure out how many calories you need to support your fitness goals.

So you have decided that you want to lose weight and get into shape. If you plan on making this time successful you need to know how much to eat daily. In terms of your energy needs you can use the formula below to calculate your daily caloric [energy] needs.

I would break these numbers up like so. Take your body weight and use that number for the amount of protein you’ll eat daily. So if you weigh 150 pounds then you’ll eat 150 grams of protein per day. Then take the number you came up with for daily calories and times that by 0.30 and divide by 9. That number will be your daily fat intake in grams. Then take your numbers for protein and fat, add them together, then subtract from your daily calories and divide by 4. This number is your carbohydrate intake in grams.

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August 21, 2014

Are you a sugar or fat burner?

It is important to use the right fuel… both for cars and for people. For instance, one could put aviation fuel or diesel fuel into a gas burning automobile engine and it would burn for a while the wrong fuel… but the engine would be damaged because it would be damaged by excess heat and/or byproducts of inefficient combustion. Similarly, the human body needs correct food to run run correctly. The body obtains water, fiber, nutrients and fuel from the food we eat. Each of these is critically important. But, of prime importance is the “fuel” portion of food. The body can only burn two types of fuel: Sugar or fat. Although either fuel will work, FAT is the best energy source. It is the the fuel we should primarily utilize in our bodies because it does far less damage to our bodies than does burning sugar/carbohydrates.

FAT BURNING KEY CONCEPTS:

1. Creating energy, by burning fuel, is necessary, but it is destructive to our bodies, just like burning gasoline or diesel is necessary, but destructive to the engine of the automobile.

2. Fat is a more efficient energy source (releasing more than twice as much energy than is released by burning sugar).

3. Along with containing a greater density of energy, fat, when burned for energy, releases far fewer free radicals (damaging elements) than does burning sugar (for the same amount of energy)

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