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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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May 1, 2013

Stabilize blood sugar levels

Blood sugar regulators help to moderate the release of insulin or stabilize blood sugar levels, reducing appetite and cravings and leading to fat loss.

Chromium: A mineral that helps to regulate blood sugar and improve glucose tolerance, helping to suppress appetite.

Arginine And Leucine: he amino acids arginine and leucine are noncarbohydrate inducers of insulin. Adding 2-4 g of arginine and 3-4 g of leucine to your post-training meal can help promote a more powerful anabolic response. The greater the anabolic response after training, the more muscle you’ll retain while dieting, the better and your resting metabolic rate will be to burn fat and get lean.

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March 7, 2013

Create and design your own training program

Most people are confused as to how to design their own fitness program. You want to design a training program based on your specific fitness goals.

The program must cover a variety of parameters such as:

Desired outcome: What do you want to see happen in X amount of time?

Exercise duration: How long are you training? this again will vary on your goals. Ideally for the average person you want to keep your session under 60 minutes.

# of days of training per week: This will vary depending on your current level of experience, ability to adequately recover and fitness related goals.

What time are you training? am or pm: Train according to your body and when you have the most energy. If you’re not a morning person I don’t recommend trying to force yourself to become one. You want to train for longevity so set yourself up for success.

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February 7, 2013

Are you a typical American? Why are we eating so much?

The average American consumes around 4000 calories a day and counting! That’s anywhere from 1500 to 2500 more calories than the average man or woman really needs (children and athletes have different needs).

Translation: 3500 calories is equivalent to one pound. If you’re an “average American”, you could be eating anywhere from 12 to 15 excess pounds every month, adding fat to your body, increasing the pressure on your heart, and stressing your organs (not to mention the environmental impact of all this gluttony).

<strong>But why are we eating so much?</strong>

I decided to see what it would be like to eat the way the average American supposedly eats.

<strong>Breakfast: How about McDonald’s? That’s a typical choice for millions of Americans every day.</strong>

To be an average American, you need to eat at least 700 calories and up to 1300 calories at each setting. McDonald’s can help you with that. Another tip: it helps to drink your calories, so remember to wash it all down with a big slosh of soda or juice! Or a nice venti mocha will do the trick.

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