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Get Younger with Food July 28, 2013

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Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods

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The general guidelines for the anti-aging diet are: keep your calorie consumption and saturated fat intake down; eat plenty of high fibre foods, fresh fruits and vegetables; and cut down on salt, sugar and processed food. In addition to these general guidelines, there are specific foods that have a roll in anti-aging and that you should regularly include in your diet.

1. Avocado: This fruit, which is usually eaten as a vegetable, is a good source of healthy monounsaturated fat that helps to reduce level of a bad cholesterol from dietary sources. Avocado is a good source of vitamin E and can help to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin aging (vitamin E may also help alleviate menopausal hot flushes). It is rich in potassium which helps prevent fluid retention and high blood pressure.

2. Ginger: This spicy root can boost the digestive and circulatory systems, which can be useful for older people. Ginger may also help to alleviate rheumatic aches and pains.

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3. Cruciferous vegetables: The family of vegetables have leaves that cross over each other includes cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, turnip, brussels sprouts, radish and watercress. Cruciferous vegetables assist the body in its fight against toxins and cancer. You should try to consume at least 115g/4oz (of any one or a combination) of these vegetables on a daily basis. If possible, eat them raw or very lightly cooked so that the important enzymes remain intact. Try steaming them.

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4. Oily fish: eat fish at least 3 times a week. It’s important to include a range of lean proteins into your diet. Lean tissue- your muscle will be lost with age unless you supply your body with healthy protein and exercise to encourage your body to retain its muscle.

5. Seeds: the forgotten food group. Trace minerals and oily goodness in every handful. Use as a garnish on salads, veg and fruit or with a few nuts as a healthy snack.

6. Garlic: Eating a clove of garlic a day (raw or cooked) helps to protect the body against cancer and heart disease. The cardioprotective effects of garlic are well recorded. One 1994 study in Iowa, USA, of 41,837 women between the age of 55 and 69 suggested that women who ate a clove of garlic at least once a week were 50 percent less likely to develop colon cancer. Another study at Tasgore Medical college in India suggested that garlic reduced cholesterol levels and assisted blood thinning more effectively than aspirin, thus helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.

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7. Nuts: Most varieties of nuts are good sources of minerals, particularly walnuts and brazil nuts. Walnuts, although high in calories, are rich in potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and selenium. Adding nuts to your diet (sprinkle them on salads and desserts) can enhance the functioning of your digestive and immune systems, improve your skin help control prevent cancer. Nuts may also help control cholesterol levels. Never eat rancid or mouldy nuts, however, as they have been linked to a high incidence of free radicals.

8. Berries: All black and blue berries such as blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants and black grapes contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids-powerful antioxidants which help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and ageing.

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9. Water: Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day in order to remain healthy. Water helps us to get rid of the toxins and unwanted waste materials from your body. Don’t rely on thirst; this sensation diminishes with age. Drink often and choose from nutritious liquids, include vegetable juices, skim or low fat milk, broths, sparkling water, and teas. You can also get fluids from foods, especially those that are liquid at room temperature. Frozen yogurt, soups, watermelon, pickles, oranges, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

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10. Watermelon: Both the flesh and seeds of the watermelon are nutritious so try blending them together in a food processor and drinking as a juice. The flesh contain vitamin A, B and C ; the seeds contain selenium, essential fats, zinc and vitamin E, all of which help against free radical damage and aging.

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Is Bread The Food of The Devil? July 20, 2013

Foods of the Devil!
1. Bread

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If you are serious about improving your health and losing body fat, not only do you need to think about being more active you need to stop buying bread. Let me explain why? It all also depends on the type of bread you’re buying! But just as killing is still killing, bread is still bread:

Bread Increases blood sugar levels:
Wheat contains amylopectin A, a type of molecule that is easier to convert to blood sugar than just about any other carbohydrate. Your blood sugar level increases and in a matter of 2-hours you’re hungry, AGAIN! Wheat intake puts your body through a series of highs and lows, and becomes stuck in a vicious cycle of endless hunger and cravings.

Difficult to digest:
Breads generally contain gluten. Gluten is very difficult for the human body to digest and it demands a very strong acid in the stomach.

There are other harmful substances in bread:
Most grains also include the “anti nutrient” phytic acid. Phytic acid is a molecule that strongly binds essential minerals like calcium, iron and zinc, preventing them from being absorbed.

Whole wheat raises bad cholesterol:
Whole wheat is better than refined wheat, but still not good:
It’s true that whole grain breads are better for you than breads made with refined grains. They contain more nutrients and fibre but they’re just the lesser of two evils. Whole wheat bread and refined bread is like unfiltered cigarettes and filtered cigarettes. Filtered cigarettes are still deadly.

Bread produces Mucus:
Bread is part of the refined grain family joining other grains like barley, oats and rye all of which produce mucus in the body.

Addictive:
As humans, we always want what we cant have! But Researchers discovered that the gluten found in bread delights the brains opiate receptors bringing forth a sense of euphoria when eaten. So the more you have it, the more you want it!

6 reasons to avoid bread so think –
NO more Toast for Breakfast
NO more Sandwiches for Lunch
NO more Bread rolls with Dinner

Eat Well, Feel Great, Enjoy Life

Jax x
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Fatloss Workshop Cheltenham 02/08/13 July 16, 2013

Fatloss Basics Workshop (back by popular demand)
Friday 18:00 – 21:00

1. Fatloss Forever – never ‘Diet’ again!
2. Snacker, Binger, Nibbler or Grazer? – What’s your eating style? And is it right for you?
3. Smart Fasting – how to make it fit your lifestyle.
4. Q&A – it’s all about you!

Light, healthy meal, drinks and ever a little Pink Fizz!

I’ll include a workout if you want one…. But only if its requested. Remember we have a Fatloss session on Saturday at 08:30.

£20 per person.

Spaces Limited so book now, please

More info? Text me 07831 680086. Or
Email me Jaxallenfitness@gmail.com

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Stay Youthful #5 Combine Foods July 14, 2013

Stay Youthful Combine Foods

How to Lower the Glycemic Index of a Food
Not every carbohydrate we eat is going to have as low of a GI as we want it to. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to lower the GI of your meal, and slow the release of glucose into the blood.

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1. Add Fat – Adding fat to your meal slows down gastric emptying (the speed at which food leaves your stomach) and therefore slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream. This is one of the benefits of combining fats and carbohydrates in the same meal.

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2. Add Fibre – Fibre also slows down gastric emptying. Because of this, it gives you a much slower release of glucose. It also has the added benefit of adding bulk to your meal – helping to control hunger.

3. Combine with a Lower GI Food – The glycemic index is somewhat of a math equation. It adds up all the food you eat and takes an average. Eating a lower GI food with a high GI food will help lower the overall GI effect of your meal.

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3. Eat Protein with Your Meal – Protein isn’t a carbohydrate, but it still has a glycemic response. Protein is broken down via digestion, just like every other food you eat. Therefore, it does have an effect on blood sugar. The good thing is that whole food protein sources have an extremely low GI, and when combined with a carbohydrate source, they will dramatically lower the overall GI of your meal.

4. Use the Glycemic Index to Formulate Your Meals
Now that you know what the glycemic index is and how it influences your fat loss, you can put together a meal plan that will help your weight loss.
Think of it as a way of eating, because eating lots of low-glycemic foods is quite easy to do.

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5. Eat non-processed carbohydrate sources.
Carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, legumes, tubers, and some grains are typically low on the GI scale. Beans tend to be the lowest because of their high fibre content.
Most fruits and vegetables are fairly low GI, as well as some tubers such as sweet potatoes.

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6. Have a source of protein with each of your meals, some healthy fats here and there, and low GI carbohydrates that are high in fibre will help your body to lose fat.

Follow these rules and you’ll control your blood sugar level, insulin response and so give your system a chance to stay healthy and youthful!
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Stay Youthful #3 Control Blood Sugar July 9, 2013

Stay Youthful #3 Control Your Blood Sugar

The Glycemic Index (GI) is a valuable tool for managing your food choices. By becoming aware of how particular foods act on your body, you can start making more informed decisions on formulating meal plans.

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What is the Glycemic Index

The glycemic index measures a particular carbohydrate food’s ability to raise your blood sugar levels relative to that of glucose. When we eat carbohydrates, they are digested and influence our blood sugar levels. Some carbohydrates raise blood glucose levels a lot (such as glucose), while others don’t affect levels much at all.
Glucose has a GI rating of 100, so every food is either equal to or lower than 100. The higher the number, the higher the blood sugar response.

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How the Glycemic Index Helps You Lose Fat

By keeping your blood glucose levels low, you will better manage our insulin response to food. As insulin is a powerful storage hormone, you want to keep it low and under control. If insulin levels are too high fat cannot be released and burnt up. Eating foods with a low GI enable a steady supply of glucose, keep insulin levels under control, and enable fat loss.

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Low GI vs Hi GI
A 5 week study evaluating the effects of a low GI diet versus a high GI diet showed the low GI diet group had a decrease in fat mass by approximately 2 pounds and an increase in lean body mass without any change in body weight. The participants changed their body composition, kept hunger at bay,felt fuller and so wanted to snack less.

Low GI vs Low Fat
In another study comparing the effects of a low GI diet to a standard reduced-fat diet to treat childhood obesity, the low GI diet group experienced a better body mass index (BMI) improvement and a lower body weight when compared to the reduced-fat group. This study shows that carbohydrate selection and control of blood glucose have a greater influence on weight loss than reducing fat intake. This is most likely due to the increased insulin sensitivity brought on by eating non-processed carbohydrate can improve the way your body reacts to insulin, so you’ll need less to have good reaction.

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Stay Youthful #2 Control Insulin Levels July 7, 2013

Stay Youthful Control Insulin Levels

Insulin works together with Growth hormone – so to increase and get the best effect from your GH you must increase your sensitivity to its balancing partner Insulin. That means keeping it level low and steady.
Insulin will influence what your body does with any excess sugars in your blood – eat sugary foods, processed carbs or processed foods and your blood sugar level will shoot up.
You won’t lose body fat while your blood sugar level is constantly high!
Your body cannot tolerate high blood sugar levels. So, Insulin will go to work to gets things back into a healthy balance again.
Take a type 1 diabetic. This is exactly what their problem is. They eat, but they have problems removing glucose from the blood. Because of this, they have to take a shot of insulin in order to get their blood sugar under control.

Luckily, your body probably has functioning insulin hormone system.

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1. Don’t lower your insulin sensitivity by bombarding your body with high glycemic carbohydrates.
If you stick to whole foods, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. It’s the processed foods with sugar and flour that are the cause.

With everything that gets thrown at us to make it harder to lose weight, it is even more important that we are doing the right things to optimize what little muscle building/fat loss hormones we have left. Make sure you don’t age your body by overworking this important balancing act.

Tips to keep your blood sugar/glucose level…

2. Eat a good diet

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3. exercise hard

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4. Get enough rest.

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Diet, exercise, and recovery are the cornerstones to any anti-ageing fitness program.

Make sure you have all three right, and your body will start functioning like the young machine that it is.

Next find out how food choices wear you out!

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Stay Youthful Increase Growth Hormone! July 6, 2013

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Stay Youthful Increase Growth Hormone!

Why is it harder to stay in shape as you get older?

Have you noticed that for the same amount of workout time you’re getting less results?

Growth hormone may be your answer….

Growth hormone is a hormone secreted from the pituitary gland that stimulates cell reproduction. It offers an amazing combination of actions for fat loss. It builds muscle, but it also promotes fat loss. There are not many hormones that can do both.

1. Growth Hormone Declines With Age
So what are the factors that lower and increase growth hormone secretion? First, let’s take a look at one of the biggest problems of growth hormone levels. That problem is that it rapidly declines with age.

** See the following chart.

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Ever wonder why it was so easy to stay in shape when you were younger?
Well, this is one of the many reasons why. Growth hormone declines rapidly with age, it is imperative that we aren’t inhibiting what little growth hormone we’re able to produce. Beyond supplementing GH, you can still optimize your own body’s GH release. Growth hormone raises in response to deep sleep, high-intensity exercise, and low insulin levels.

2. Growth Hormone and Sleep
Growth hormone is released during REM sleep. We hit REM sleep several times during the night, starting about 90 minutes or so after falling asleep.
During each of the REM periods, bursts of GH are being released. Your body then uses this hormone to build muscle and use fat stores among other things.

So make sure you are getting enough sleep and you are getting it at similar times everyday. Get a good sleep App for your smart phone or tablet – place it by ur feet NOT your head. Monitor your sleep – you ay be surprised. You will be able to improve your sleep quality.

3. Growth Hormone and High-Intensity Exercise

Growth hormone is also released in response to high-intensity exercise. The higher the intensity of the exercise, the higher the release of GH.
GH is also at its highest during the first 30 minutes of exercise. After that, it starts to decline.

**Take a look at the following two charts.
The first shows the relationship between exercise intensity and GH release.

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The second chart shows how much GH is released in relation to your workout length.

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As you can see, keeping your workouts short and intense is best for optimal GH release. My system uses short workouts of about 24 – 30 minutes, with prep and re- hab wrapped around them. My clients lose plenty of fat – NO plateaux – NO problem!

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