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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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July 31, 2014

The mighty apple

Apple nutrition facts – the mighty apple

An old proverb attests to the health benefits: “An apple a day keeps the doctor” So an apple a day is perhaps the most delicious prescription ever made. However it will take more than a daily apple to keep you healthy Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber such as pectin actually helps to prevent cholesterol building up in the lining of blood vessel walls and thus reducing the incident of atherosclerosis and heart diseae. The insoluble fiber in apples provide bulk in the intestinal tract, hold water to cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system.

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October 27, 2013

My weight loss story

I am going to elaborate on my background before I share my weight loss experience today. I grew up in a pretty chaotic environment. It wasn’t all bad but it helped to contribute to me being a very obese child and young adult. I was absolutely miserable although I would try to put on a smile and act like I was happy.

I ate everything under the sun, and would have probably eaten the sun if I could. I was an emotional eater and closet eater. With each bite I felt more and more shame. I felt absolutely worthless and hated myself.

You see, It is my opinion that no one who is obese is truly happy. Yes, I believe that we can have good moments, hours or even days, but I believe that the weight obscures who we truly are and helps to keep us hidden.

I struggled with my weight for almost 15 years. The only reason that I began to lose weight was because I slipped down a flight of stairs and grabbed the rail with my right arm to catch myself and strained some back muscles.

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October 16, 2013

How to overcome emotional eating

Stop trying to “fix” an internal problem with external solutions. Since our beliefs drive our behavior, healthy or unhealthy, then it stands to reason going on another fad diet isn’t the answer to an internal problem.

You have to go inside and address the beliefs that are driving you to emotional eating, drink to excess, procrastinate, shop, stay busy, etc.

The weight you are carrying right now is just a symptom of something much larger going on inside of you that is causing you distress.

Do you now see why no diet pill, food in a box, point counting system or any fancy gadget can fill that hole? You must address the mind, body and spirit to be able to heal, move forward and leave behind the ineffective behavior(s).

What is it that you need to let go of to be able to let go of the excess weight?

What has being overweight cost you up to this point in your life?

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September 1, 2013

Overweight? expect to lose 6-10 years of your life

With two out of three Americans (children included) overweight today, we’re learning more and more about the numerous ways that carrying excess weight can really affect our health and diminish our quality of life.

But you may not have heard the hard facts about how overweight and obesity can diminish your quantity of life.

Simply put, overweight people die younger. On average, they lose as many years to their excess weight as smokers lose to their cigarettes.

It stands to reason, doesn’t it? With all the health problems that we know are caused or worsened by excess weight, it is to be expected that those who carry an excess would die sooner than those who don’t.

Still, we don’t often hear the cost of our extra calories expressed in such stark terms. In the popular media, we’ve typically seen our weight problems discussed as a function of appearance and appeal, and feel the imperative to lose weight in order to be more attractive and more successful.

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September 1, 2013

Are you getting enough fat in your diet?

Despite being vilified for many years, dietary fats are one of the 3 main nutrients that your body needs to function properly. Their numerous health benefits include controlling blood levels of cholesterol and glucose, preventing the development of cancer, reducing your heart disease risk and supporting your vital organs (including your brain, your heart, your liver and your lungs). However, due to the popularity of low fat diets and the untrue assertion that dietary fat is automatically stored as body fat, many people choose to eliminate this macronutrient from their diet. Doing this can be extremely damaging to your health and in this article I will be discussing why with 14 of the negative symptoms of dietary fat deficiency.

1) CANCER:– Cancer is a condition where the cells of the body start to grow in a rapid, uncontrollable way. Monounsaturated fats and omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been linked with the prevention of breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer. Being deficient in these types of fat removes this protection and increases your cancer risk.

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July 7, 2013

Some lessons i have learned on my own journey called life

Here are some lessons I have learned in my 38 years on this earth. I have had to endure some real mess but God saw me through to the other side. I thank God for my experiences for they have made me the man I am today. I am grateful for the people He saw fit to place in my path that have aided me, encouraged me and saw something in me that at the time I couldn’t see in myself.

You are just as important as anyone else. Your needs, wants, desires and feelings are just as important.

Trust your ‘gut’ as it will almost always lead you in the right direction.

Don’t believe those lies that were spoken over you as a child. There was nothing wrong with you then and there is nothing wrong with you now.

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June 7, 2013

How certain prescription drugs deplete your body of nutrients

Certain drugs may lead to decreased absorption of vital vitamins and minerals and increased excretion of many nutrients. The effects of these prescription drugs on the body have only been moderately studied, but what has been found is alarming. Below are a few of the findings:

The drug estrogen/progestin hormone and HRT can lead to the depletion of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folate, zinc, magnesium, selenium, tyrosine, destroy healthy bacteria in the gut.

Acid blockers and antacids can lead to depletion of vitamin B12, folate, iron, zinc, vitamin D, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, copper, impaired protein digestion.

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