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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

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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

Filed under: Uncategorized — jax allen @ 6:43 pm

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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!

Filed under: Fitness,Fun,Senior Moments — jax allen @ 8:26 am
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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

Filed under: Fitness,Health,Senior Moments — jax allen @ 1:17 pm
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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.