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Cereals Destroy Your Hormones, Zap Your Energy & Cause Weight Gain October 30, 2014

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These Cereals Destroy Your Hormones, Zap Your Energy & Cause Weight Gain

Most cereals are promoted as “health foods” by the giant food corporations. However, these sinister common breakfast foods that almost everyone consumes daily are killing you slowly, zapping your energy levels, causing diabetes, excess body fat, cancer, and even faster aging in your body. He’ll explain why below…

by Mike Geary – Certified Nutrition Specialist
Best-Selling Author: The Fat-Burning Kitchen & The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging

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If you care at all about your body and health, I’m sure you already know to avoid the obvious sugary cereals like the flakes with sugar frosting, the fruity sugar cereals with artificial colours, the frosted wheat bisquits, or the marshmallow cereals that so many parents are poisoning their kids with these days.

However, even most breakfast cereals that aren’t frosted in sugar are marketed heavily as “heart healthy”, “rich in fibre”, and “a good source vitamins & minerals”… Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth!

As a Nutritionist that’s studied the biochemistry of nutrition for over 25 years, and how certain foods affect the cells of your body, there are at least 10 important reasons to be extremely concerned about what cereals are doing inside your body. I’ll touch on a few of the important details in this short article…

Most cereals (even “whole grain” or “high fibre”) cause extreme harm to your hormones and create runaway blood sugar in your body

One of the WORST things about most cereals, even so-called “whole grain” cereals is that they ALL cause a significant spike in your blood sugar (regardless of whether they are wheat, rice, or corn based) to dangerously high levels, which results in a cascade of fat storing hormones to be released in your body, and causes more carb cravings later in the day. This is NOT the way to start your day if you care about your waistline or how much belly fat you have.

In fact, even cereals that have added fibre (such as bran flakes or raisin bran) have been found to cause just as much of a massive spike in blood sugar as the low-fibre cereals such as rice or corn based cereals. Remember that the starches in wheat, corn, or a bowl of rice cereal break down quickly in your body into SUGAR and immediately do as much harm to your blood sugar regulation system as if you ate 40-60 grams of pure corn syrup or pure table sugar.

[Yes, that includes your Special K, Bran Flakes and Weight Watchers Breakfast Bars]

Those massive spikes in your blood sugar essentially damage the cells in your body through a process called glycation, which accelerates the rate of aging in your joints, skin, organs, and even your brain. Ouch… That tiger on the cereal commercials is never going to warn you about that!

And speaking of hormones, another effect of high blood sugar is that it blunts the ability of your body to release growth hormone (aka, the youth hormone), so if you want to look and feel younger, cereals are NOT helping you in that department!

Note: Regarding the claims that cereals are a “good source of vitamins and minerals”, this is actually FALSE… The majority of vitamins and minerals in most cereals are not naturally occurring, but rather, are synthetically added vitamins, which have been proven to be less absorbed than natural vitamins and potentially even harmful in some cases. As an example, synthetic vitamin E is shown in some studies to be harmful to us, while natural vitamin E is beneficial.

Crunching your way to Diabetes and belly fat every morning?

Think about this next time you’re gobbling down that bowl of bran flakes, rice puffs, or wheat bisquits while you’re running out the door in the morning…

The more cereal you eat, the more you constantly stress your pancreas and other organs involved in controlling your blood sugar. Insulin levels surge every day to try to control your massive blood sugar attacks from all that cereal, and eventually, your insulin sensitivity suffers, leading many people to type 2 Diabetes, and a life of injecting insulin with needles and stabbing your fingers every day for blood tests 3-5x every day of your life.

Not only that, but causing high insulin levels in your body every morning by eating cereal also triggers your body to STORE body fat. So if you want to be lean, cereal is directly going against your goal, and only making you fatter!

Gut Inflammation and even gut damage?

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More bad news about cereal…

Any cereals with wheat ingredients in them can possibly cause gut inflammation and long term gut damage from too much gluten and lectins, even if you’re not officially gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive.

[i don’t believe GMO corn enters the UK food chain – yet?]

Think those corn-based cereals are better than wheat? Think again! Corn-based cereals are almost always made with GMO corn, which has many scientists very concerned about long term health threats, since there are no long term studies on the effects of GMO corn to your health, as well as your children’s health.

And rice-based cereals (krispies, etc) aren’t much better, as they cause just as high of a blood sugar spike as pure table sugar… Ouch!

Cereal causes CRAVINGS for more carbs later in the day, leading to excess calories

The blood sugar spike and subsequent insulin surge from your morning cereal makes your body to try to get all that sugar out of your blood and into cells (usually fat cells), and that causes a big drop in your blood sugar hours later. This makes you CRAVE more carb-based or sugary foods later in the day.

The result of this is a constant wild roller coaster ride of blood sugar and insulin all day long, leading you to eat more calories in any given day.

I recently read a study about people that ate egg-based breakfasts vs cereal-based breakfasts… Even though the people that ate egg-based breakfasts consumed far more fat in the morning, they ended up eating much less calories throughout each day because they didn’t have the wild blood sugar swings, hormone imbalances, and subsequent cravings. Egg breakfasts are proven to CONTROL your appetite, while cereal breakfasts are proven to INCREASE your appetite for more food, particularly more starchy and sugary carbs.

Cereal makes your body a carb-burner instead of a fat-burner

The more carbs that you eat each day from foods such as cereal and breads, the more you train your body to rely on carbs for energy. So when your blood sugar dips again, you need more carbs again, or you’ll have a major energy slump.

On the other hand, the more of your calories you get from healthy fats instead (avocados, coconut oil, grass-fed butter and cream, olive oil, nuts, seeds, eggs, and pasture-raised meats), the more you train your body to be a fat-burning machine.

This is called creating a “fat adapted metabolism” and you do this by reducing your overall carb intake and simultaneously increasing your healthy fat intake. This doesn’t mean you need to go extremely low in carbs like Atkins, but just a LOT lower than the average carb addict, which is pretty much everyone eating a modern western diet.

By relying mostly on healthy fats for energy instead of carbs, this balances your hormones and gives you VERY stable blood sugar levels throughout each day, allowing you to also have VERY stable energy levels throughout each day without the typical spikes and slumps in your energy that most carb addicts feel every single day.

Another benefit of creating a “fat adapted metabolism” in your body is that you will naturally lose body fat easier! There is no magic ratios of macronutrients that’s perfect for everyone, nor do I think you need to obsess over exact calories or exact ratios of carbs to fat…

However, to give you an idea of how far off most people are… Most people currently eat a diet that is in the range of 60% carbs, 20% fat, and 20% protein. What I’m describing to you in order to create a fat adapted metabolism would be more around eating 20% carbs, 60% fat, and 20% protein.

[remember healthy fats come along with healthy fats – so, you won’t be gouging down Olive Oil!]

Basically, as you can see, it’s like flip-flopping the typical western diet ratios of carbs to fat.

Healthier alternatives to cereal that are still QUICK (helping you to be a fat-burner instead of carb-burner)

Instead of the typical cereal in the morning (that’s slowly killing you and making you fatter), try a bowl of plain greek full-fat organic yogurt (which is loaded with healthy gut probiotics, healthy fats, AND protein) and add in a handful of fresh, organic berries (or frozen wild blueberries), a handful of nuts such as either almonds or pecans (more healthy fats), and a little stevia or vanilla protein for a little added sweetness if you need it.

[ try to get used to the natural Un-sweetened taste]

This breakfast will leave you leaner, keep your blood sugar, energy levels, and hormones balanced for the day, and prevent cravings for more starchy and sugary carbs later in the day.

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Another option is simply any combination of eggs, veggies, avocado, and even organic breakfast meat if you want. Try this favourite quick breakfast, cook up a couple eggs, and slice a half of an avocado on a plate.

I chop the eggs and avocado together with some hot sauce and a couple slices of turkey, and voila… a quick 5-minute breakfast that’s incredibly delicious, yet MUCH healthier than that bowl of cereal, and will help balance your hormones for the day instead of creating hormone imbalances and energy crashes like cereal does.

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If you follow my blog you’ll know I believe you should STOP eating bread, even whole wheat bread, vegetable oils, canola/rapeseed oil and energy bars if you want to stay lean and avoid diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes…

Eat Clean. Train Smart. Expect Results

Jax

 

Common Food Like A Narcotic! October 27, 2014

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This article is golden! Read it and change your diet!

As Addictive As Most Narcotics?

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By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

You have been warned…

There is one food – or nutrient – that could be as addictive as most street drugs.

In fact, this one nutrient is found in many of the food products you eat every day.

The food offender: sugar.

But, I have some great news for you!

There are all-natural sweeteners that could sweeten many of the foods you eat – without the adverse side effects associated with sugar.

See for yourself…

Sugar vs. Natural Sweeteners

Here’s the problem:

Your brain needs sugar in order to function. But not table sugar like you would normally think of.

Your brain requires glucose in order to function. And when your levels drop, your brain sends out a warning signal to your body to eat more food.

Result = pretty intense cravings.

However, here’s the problem with added sugar. Sugar targets the reward system in your brain.

And when it’s exposed to high amounts of sugar, the reward center may become over-sensitized to sugar.

This makes you crave sugar. And this may mean you need more and more sugar in order to shut down the cravings and the sugar response.

So what can you do?

Well, for starters, you should reduce your intake of refined and processed carbs and any added sugar in your diet.

One way to accomplish this feat is to look for more natural sweeteners.

And, just for you, we have provided the top THREE natural sweeteners we recommend:

1. Coconut Sugar

This natural sweetener – which is made from boiling down the sap of coconut flower buds cut from coconut leaves – is a great substitute for your sweet tooth.

Not only does it contain far less sucrose than regular table sugar, it is also lower on the glycemic index.

That means there may not be such a sharp increase in blood sugar or insulin released by your body.

2. Raw Honey

Those bees sure are busy little buggers!

Raw honey – not the boiled down and refined type – is chock full of potent minerals that hold tons of benefits for your health.

Plus, raw honey possesses many anti-bacterial and anti-microbial benefits, which places honey way up there in terms of healthy nutrition.

Not only that, but honey is low in fructose, which makes it a great sweetener for a number of different foods.

3. Stevia

This common sweetener is extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant.

Stevia may be 200 times sweetener than sugar, but it possesses some pretty impressive health benefits.

Stevia has been shown to have anti-glycemic, anti-hypertensive, and anti-inflammatory properties.

It could be one of the most widely used sweeteners around.

Take Home Message

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I hate to tell you this, but sugar is extremely addictive.

So addictive in fact, that many people experience very intense cravings when their blood sugar levels drop low enough.

One reason for this is due to sugars ability to stimulate the reward system in your brain. And this overstimulate may make you need more sugar just to quiet your cravings.

And this may be why most people turn to artificial sweeteners in order to satisfy their sweet tooth, without adding calories to their waistline.

This has brought about the boom in artificial and natural sweetener.

If you’re looking to curb your sugar cravings, then you should turn to the three natural sweeteners from above.

It could just save your life and protect your health in the process!

Eat Clean. Train Smart. Expect Results!

 

Soft Drinks Link to Ageing? October 26, 2014

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Interesting article from
The Guardian
Azeen Ghorayshi
Thursday 16 October 2014 20.00 BST

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Age is NO Excuse!

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https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=365425890302133&id=100005041744648

This Gymnast is now in the Guiness Book of Records!

 

Want To Kick Your Cravings? Try THIS 1 Food October 25, 2014

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Want To Kick Your Cravings? Try THIS 1 Food

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

People living with Diabetes have a lot to worry about.

Diabetes can lead to blindness, neuropathy, loss of toes, fingers, or limbs, and even a higher risk for having a heart attack.

So, you start to watch your carb intake, exercise, and take the right steps to controlling your diabetes.

But, you should know that new research may confirm that you could be missing the ONE key nutrient to maintaining lower blood sugar levels.

EPA and Blood Sugar Control

When you have diabetes, it’s extremely important that you control your blood sugar.

However, for some people, the issue may not lie in their insulin levels, but may rely more on their body’s ability to use the insulin to control – or lower – out of control blood sugar.

Now, for a lot of diabetics – especially those with Type 2 – your body may not be using the insulin that is being produced by your body.

Either you are not making enough to amount to lower sugar levels, or your body is resistant to insulin.

Insulin resistance – the inability for your cells to utilize insulin – may be caused by high inflammation levels caused by a poor diet rich in processed foods and refined sugars.

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Changing your diet to reduce processed foods and focus on more whole food sources, may lead to better blood sugar control and reduce risk for other chronic disease associated with diabetes, namely heart disease.

Now, changing your diet is important, but making sure you are including EPA – one of the omega-3 fatty acids – may be even MORE important for maintaining lower blood sugar.

In fact, a new study shows that EPA may provide tremendous benefits to diabetics all over the world.

In the study, the authors found that supplementing the diet of diabetics with TWO grams of purified EPA a day over the course of three months, showed some pretty amazing results.

Those in the EPA group, showed significant decreases in fasting glucose levels, HbA1c levels, and homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), when compared to the placebo group (corn oil pills).

EPA also resulted in a significant decrease in plasma insulin levels when compared to the placebo group.

The authors concluded: “The results of our study indicate that EPA supplementation could improve insulin sensitivity. It was able to decrease serum insulin, FPG, HbA1c and HOMA-IR. EPA could have beneficial effects on glycaemic indices in patients with T2DM.”

The Blood Sugar Solution?

As a diabetic, you understand how diet and exercise may lower your blood sugar levels and reduce your risk for chronic diseases.

But, you also know that diet and exercise may not be enough to control blood sugar, due to the way your body handles insulin.

Now, a new study shows that including the omega-3 fatty acid, EPA, may reduce not only blood sugar, but excess insulin that may be floating around in your blood.

Well, it won’t “cure” your diabetes, but EPA could go a long way to reducing your risk for heart disease, plus enhancing the other interventions you are currently doing to lower your blood sugar and improve your quality of life.

References:

Sarbolouki S, Javanbakht MH, Derakshanian H, Hosseinzadeh P, Zareei M, Hashemi SB, Dorosty AR, Eshraghian MR, Djalati M. Eicosapentaenoic acid improves insulin sensitivity and blood sugar in overweight type 2 diabetes mellitus patients: a double-blind randomized clinical trial. Singapore med J. 2013;54(7):387-390.

Interesting stuff….

Eat Clean. Train Smart. Expect Results.

Jax

 

Ageing alone: Isolation and loneliness await growing number of men October 16, 2014

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Almost a quarter of men living alone have contact with their children less than once a month, compared with 15 per cent of older women

Don’t let this happen to your Dad – encourage him him to join a Seniors Activity group or a Sports Club.

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By EMILY DUGAN
Monday 13 October 2014
Britain’s men are facing a future blighted by rising levels of loneliness and “social isolation”, new research suggests.
By 2030 the number of older men living alone is expected to rise by two-thirds, according to a study by Independent Age and the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK).
According to the research, more than 1.2 million men over 50 in England say they suffer from isolation. Men are more likely than women to experience loneliness as they get older because they have significantly less contact with children, family and friends than women, academics discovered.
Almost a quarter of men living alone have contact with their children less than once a month, compared with 15 per cent of older women. Men’s social networks often decline after the death of a partner because women tend to do more to organise and encourage their social life, researchers found.
Janet Morrison, chief executive of Independent Age, said: “It’s alarming to think there are growing numbers of lonely older men who may be facing a future alone and without proper support. This new evidence suggests men and women experience social isolation and loneliness in different ways.
“In general, men rely more heavily on their partner to remain socially connected. When their partner dies, often a man’s social life shrinks.”
The number of older men living alone is rising. By 2030 projected numbers in England and Wales are 1.5 million, an increase of 65 per cent.
The rise is partly because men are living longer and healthier lives, meaning more now outlive their partners. Between 2001 and 2011 the number of males over 85 widowed grew by a third, according to the Office for National Statistics. But there is also a generation entering old age who are more likely to have never married or suffered marital breakdown.
Baroness Sally Greengross, chief executive of ILC-UK, said: “Health services and GPs can play an important role in outreach by identifying patients most at risk and providing support in partnership with the voluntary sector. Statutory bodies should also work with the voluntary sector to develop low-cost innovations to encourage older men to support each other through the creation of clubs and other social programmes.
“Professional bodies should also consider creating post-retirement clubs for their workforce, particularly in male-dominated industries. These could have the potential to keep older men socially connected in post-work life, as well as offering support at certain later-life events, such as widowerhood, that can impact older men’s exposure to isolation and loneliness.”
Experts believe the latest research suggests more needs to be done to tailor help towards men. Laura Ferguson, director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, said: “Charities across the nation struggle to find, and engage with, lonely older men. With social isolation and loneliness posing a serious risk to their health, local activities must be more tailored to suit men’s interests and needs.”
Body image: price of perfection
Body anxiety is so widespread across the UK that 16 million Britons are depressed because of the way they look, figures suggest. The research comes from campaign group Be Real: Body Confidence for Everyone, which launches this week.
The pressure of trying to achieve an unrealistic “ideal body” traps millions of people in the UK in an unhealthy cycle of depression, short-term dieting, cosmetic intervention and eating disorders according to the group.
Polling of over 2,000 people carried out by Be Real suggests that 18 million people do not exercise because of body anxiety. One in four people say body image has held them back from a fulfilling relationship, and one in five have avoided going for a job for the same reason.

 

Full Fat Dairy & Diabetes Shock

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Full-Fat Dairy Products May Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes

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For years we have been told that a low-fat diet, and in particular the avoidance of saturated fats, will reduce the risks of both type 2 diabetes and its most important complication, heart disease. But recent research has shown that not all saturated fats are equal and that those in dairy products could actually help to prevent type 2 diabetes.

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A new study at the University of Cambridge examined the relationship between blood levels of nine different saturated fatty acids and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in later life.1 From an analysis of data on 340,234 European adults, 12,403 of whom developed type 2 diabetes, they found that one group of saturated fatty acids was associated with a lower risk of this condition, while other saturated fatty acids were associated with a higher risk.

 

Saturated Fat – This One’s For Rob! October 10, 2014

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Fats! Which One?

Through the 90’s the food fad was low fat, sadly even though it didn’t work as a weight loss plan, the diet industry began to produce lots of low fat foods, the rest of food manufacturers followed along.
Press releases and magazine articles based on them re-in forced the idea that at was bad.
Our NHS took evidence from studies, which were faulty, miss-interpreted and at worst, misleading.

So, Rosemary Connolly, the UK Queen of the low fat diet, jumped on board and the spiral into illness and an obese population was on it’s way. To this day many people think low fat is the best way to avoid CHD, Stroke, High Blood Pressure and elevated Cholesterol. Of course this cannot be true – as dietary fat, especially saturated fat will not always effect your cholesterol level. Just as cholesterol levels will not always lead to heart disease and stroke.

Now, times are changing. More and more people are realizing the importance of fat in the diet – good fat that is.

When adding fat into your diet plan, which you should do to maintain optimal health, you must choosing the correct sources.

Chosen unwisely, fat will not only contribute to a body weight and composition problem, but it could put your health at stake as well.

I really want to help you forget all the Lo fat nonsense of the last 30 years and re- learn what your grand parents knew – how to make meals from real food, to eat meat, dairy, fresh vegetables and enjoy very occasional sweet/fatty treats.

So, let’s talk about FATS…..

Fish Oil – The King Of Fats

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If there’s one type of dietary fat that you definitely want to be taking in, omega fatty acids are it. Omega fats, which are commonly found in fatty sources of fish (such as salmon and sardines), walnuts, and flaxseeds (along with fish oil supplements), are going to ensure that your body grows and develops as it should be.

These fats are considered essential because your body will not produce them on its own so without an intake through the diet, you’re going to be falling short.

Furthermore, omega-3 fatty acids can help to prevent a number of different diseases including arthritis, heart disease and some forms of cancer all while helping to keep your cholesterol level in check.

Omega fats, in a ratio of 1:1 Omega3 to Omega 6, can also boost your level of insulin sensitivity, which will go a long way towards encouraging a leaner overall body composition.

You should avoid adding Omega 6 as they are linked to increased inflammation.

Olive Oil – A Secret Of The Mediterranean Diet

If you’ve ever heard of the Mediterranean diet approach before, you know that at the heart of it is olive oil. People of this area consume diets that are very rich on olive oil and suffer some of the lowest rates of health issues worldwide.

Olive oil is known as an unsaturated fat and will not only prevent heart disease, but also help to keep cholesterol levels in a healthy range and ward off cancer.

It’s essential that you don’t heat olive oil over its smoke point (around 210C) however, as this can cause it to break down and produce free radicals that will then damage your health.

I like to use Olive Oil as a dressing to already cooked food – that way you get the goodness, the flavour and no nasties.

Coconut Oil – The Hidden Healthy Fat

Another fat that must be mentioned is coconut oil. Most people would recognize this as an unhealthy fat as it’s considered to be of the saturated variety. But don’t be fooled, coconut oil is actually a very healthy and is considered a medium chain fatty acid. These fatty acids react differently in the body than most and can actually be broken down and used as a fuel source immediately rather than being stored directly as body fat tissue like longer chain fatty acids are, which are found in plant based oils. ( avoid ALL plant based fats- margarine, cooking oils etc).

Adding coconut oil to your daily diet can help to increase your metabolic rate and promote faster overall weight loss, so if you’re serious about getting lean, get some and use it.
It also has anti-fungal properties, can help to enhance your energy level and endurance, and also offers antioxidant support.

I cook with coconut oil all the time as it can be heated to high temperatures without harming the oil. You cab even buy oil that’s has no coconut flavour; however I find when cooking meats the coconut flavour can be a great addition.

It makes a great moisturiser too – visit your local West Indian or Asian store for great bargain prices compared to Supermarkets.

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Canola Oil – The Fat On Your Banned List

Finally, to finish off our discussion of fats, we must make note of one that you should be avoiding at all costs – canola oil. The issue with canola oil is that it’s heavily processed and contains trans fatty acids, which are extremely detrimental to your health and well-being.

The body has absolutely no requirement for these trans fats and you should eliminate them from your diet altogether.

In addition to this, canola oil is very unstable when under heat, light, and pressure, and can cause oxidization to take place, creating free radicals in the body. This then puts you at risk for a wide number of diseases including cancer, heart disease, and may also lead to a greater likelihood of weight gain.

So, I’d like you to check your pantry – remove all vegetable oils and spreads, margarine and low fat sprays. Then replace them with olive oil for dressings, coconut oil for cooking and real – grass fed- butter for everything else!

Eat Better – Feel Better

Jax

NOTE : many studies show that supplementing with 5 or more grams of fish oil (Omega3) – NOT cod liver oil will help you drop body fat and gain many health benefits – try it for 2 weeks and notice the changes in your skin, digestion, mood, joints and mental acuity. ! J

 

Stay Active – Age Well October 9, 2014

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Stay Active – Age Well
Older people are challenging the stereotypical image of pensioners, says Dr Cassandra Phoenix.

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1 in 6 Over 60
We live in a society that is undergoing a dramatic demographic change. As 11 million post-war baby boomers march towards retirement, more than one in six people in the UK are aged over 65. In less than 30 years it will be one in four.

Combined with changes in social convention, such as smaller families and couples having children later in life, we’re experiencing a significant shift in the makeup of our communities.

Inactive Lifestyles Detrimental
Like much of the population, older adults often live inactive lifestyles and this can have a detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing. Add to this a swathe of negative stereotypes about what can and can’t be done in older age – and the use of words like ‘burden’ and ‘care crisis’ – and older people could be forgiven for thinking they’ve already been condemned to the scrap heap.

As we increasingly see growing older as something to fear rather than embrace, we’re confronted with a period in our lives that’s stigmatised as a time to shut down. Commonly perceived as relics of a bygone age, older people are often viewed as being immobilised by frailty – out of touch and all too often, out of sight.

Outdated Stereotypes
Yet the stories and experiences of many older people do not conform to these antiquated and outmoded stereotypes. They view retirement as an opportunity to explore new hobbies, activities and relationships, and could offer the key to helping us all age in a positive and active way.

Over the last two years our research team, based at the University of Exeter Medical School, has followed a group of active older adults as part of the Moving Stories project. We’ve talked to them about their pastimes, sports and hobbies, taken photos of them in action, and asked others what they think about their lifestyles and stories.

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We’re hoping that by listening to their accounts of ‘moving’, we can understand how and why they’ve been able to deal with the challenges of growing older and being active that everyone faces. We also want to know what role all types of physical activity, rather than just exercise, can play in ageing well.

An incredibly broad range of people from across Cornwall signed up to take part and share their stories with us – from sea swimmers, dancers and golfers, to cyclists, walkers, bowls and badminton players. Our participants ranged in age from a positively youthful 60 to a spritely 92 and continuously conveyed their enthusiasm and desire to remain fit and active.

We’re still analysing the huge amounts of data we’ve captured, but one theme has already emerged across the majority of people we spoke to and that’s the experience of pleasure.

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The importance of pleasure is under-researched in health-related areas, particularly in relation to physical activity in older age. Pleasure can take many forms but in this context we’re talking about feelings that make a person feel good, including happiness, joy, fun, and tranquillity.

Many of our participants described so-called ‘sensual’ pleasures – such as the feeling of the wind in their hair when walking outdoors, and the gliding and floating sensations of swimming through the ocean or a pool. These types of experiences show signs of the human senses connecting people with their environment and providing feelings that help contribute to happiness and wellbeing.

We found that people also drew pleasure from documenting their experiences. Whether it was through keeping a diary or writing articles for community magazines, our participants felt a sense of pleasure long after the activity had taken place. So it looks as though it’s not just the activity that can give pleasure, but what happens before and after. We think this might be an important mechanism for expanding the appeal of taking part in some form of activity.

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Get Into An Active Routine
Perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, the active older people in our study also described the pleasure they derived from simply having a routine.

The habitual nature of some of their activities gave them a structure that, in the absence of work, was very welcome.

The experience of pleasure seems like an important factor in how and why people stay active. It’s gives us an important insight into how we measure the impact of physical activity, showing being active is about much more than meeting recommended guidelines and preventing illness.

Through the help of our participants, we’re starting to uncover the other ways in which physical activity might enable us to ‘move’ through life ( later life in particular) in a positive, pleasurable way. We’re hoping our findings will influence the way that people are empowered to stay active. We’re working with AgeUK and Cornwall Sports Partnership to help this happen.

We’ve teamed up with TheatreScience to bring this project to life on stage. The play Moving Stories – Moving On has been inspired by interviews with our participants.

The opening performance is free and takes place in Truro on October 2. More information visit http://www.ecehh.org/events/moving-stories-theatre.

Dr Cassandra Phoenix is a researcher at the University of Exeter Medical School.

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10 Tips To Prevent Falls October 2, 2014

Filed under: Fitness,Health — jax allen @ 4:45 pm
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I found this article on Huffington Post

It is based on our American cousins – but it works here too!

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They suggest calling a friend if you feel lonely or isolated – I’d say find a Seniors exercise group and go often!

Article: http://huff.to/1rlSRZu

Move Strong: 10 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Falls
Celeste Carlucci 09/23/14 12:19 PM ET

1. Never put your underpants on standing up. It might sound like a no-brainer, but I can’t tell you how many older adults still take the chance of putting on their pants or underpants without stabilizing themselves by holding onto something or sitting.

2. Step on the leash to pick up the poo. Don’t risk Fido getting frisky, pulling you off balance, and sending you flying! Keep your dog close, take firm hold of the leash, then step on it while you bend down to clean up after your dog.

3. Be warned. If you think “This is unsafe — but I’ll take care of it later,” don’t wait! Often you’re not hurt “by accident,” but “by lack of action.” If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard “I knew I should have closed the dishwasher door; picked up the magazines off the floor; tucked away that loose computer cable before leaving the room to answer the phone, the doorbell, to go to the bathroom, check emails, take a nap,” etc. Eliminate a problem when you first see it.

4. Hold the staircase railing whether you think you need to or not. Same rule applies to escalators. You never know when someone behind or ahead of you might lose his or her balance and come tumbling down. Your falls won’t always be your fault, so be alert to your environment and be cautious.

5. Gents, if you must reach in your back pocket for your wallet, and Ladies, if you need to dig into your purse — especially if your balance is a bit shaky — first, stop what you’re doing (walking, chatting with a friend, talking on your cell phone). Pause. Now proceed to look for the big bucks.

6. Don’t even think you can step over that low hedge or fence, box in the supermarket aisle, or low-hanging rope divider. Yes, people do this! And maybe when you were 20 and in a hurry you could, too. But at this age, don’t take that risk. It isn’t worth it.

7. As soon as you get the walk sign, go! If the sign has started blinking, it’s too late. Set out right away, so you never have to rush.

8. Don’t run to catch the bus, catch your grandchild, or catch your dog. I’ve seen some of the fittest older adults suffer terrible accidents trying to run across the street, play Frisbee with their dog, or play hide-and-seek with their grandkids on snow and ice.

9. Be aware of stepladders. There it is, in that high cupboard: your favorite serving platter or baking dish. If you can’t store it in a lower cupboard, then proceed with caution. Never take both hands off the ladder — especially to change an overhead light bulb. Just say no. Invite a friend to help you. A free tip from a class participant who fell off her stepladder: If you live alone, wear a medical alert device. Seriously injured, she lay several hours on the floor before someone found her.

10. When you’re feeling blue, call a friend. Being alone and isolated can increase your risk for a fall. When you remove yourself socially, stay at home more and more, your activity level drops dramatically, which leads to weaker muscles and depression. Get out with a friend and enjoy a cup of coffee together, or even better, sign up to take an exercise class together.

Remember, change begins with you. Take prevention seriously.

We all need to do the things that help us, help our family and friends move strong and reduce the risk for falls.

Be Active. Feel Better

Jax

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