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

Filed under: Health,Nutrition — jax allen @ 10:55 am
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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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1/13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And Fat – Eggs November 1, 2013

Filed under: Health,Nutrition — jax allen @ 7:30 am
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1. Eggs Are Bad For Your Health

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Eggs are so incredibly nutritious that they’re often called “nature’s multivitamin.”

The nutrients in them are enough to turn a single cell into an entire baby chicken.

However, eggs have been demonized in the past because they contain a large amount of cholesterol, which was believed to increase the risk of heart disease.

But the truth is that despite being high in cholesterol, eggs don’t really raise the bad cholesterol in the blood. In fact, eggs primarily raise the “good” cholesterol (1, 2, 3, 4).

Despite all the warnings about eggs in the past few decades, studies show that they are NOT associated with heart disease (5, 6, 7).

If anything, eggs are pretty much a perfect food for humans. They’re loaded with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and unique antioxidants that protect the eyes (8, 9).

They are also an excellent source of Choline, a nutrient that is very important for the health of the brain and about 90% of people aren’t getting enough of (10, 11).

Despite being a “high fat” food, eating eggs for breakfast is proven to cause significant weight loss compared to a breakfast of bagels (12, 13).

Bottom Line: Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and do not raise your risk of heart disease. Eggs for breakfast will help you lose weight.

References can be found at http://www.jaxallenfitness.com

Find your egg cups, non stick omelette pan, learn how to make a range of frittata and scramble up a healthy breakfast every day.

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Foods That Fight Ageing #3 Oranges May 31, 2013

Filed under: Health,Nutrition — jax allen @ 8:22 pm
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3. Oranges, a wrinkle-free fruit for a wrinkle-free you
Besides being the most touted way to get your vitamin C, this juicy fruit is chock-full of skin-firming collagen. Add one to your breakfast to one-up those who choose injectables. “Cellular renewal takes place within deeper dermal layers, having many experts believe a nutritional approach will provide the best results for healthy skin aging,” .

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Was Your Doctor DEAD WRONG About This ONE Food? April 24, 2013

Was Your Doctor DEAD WRONG  About This ONE Food?

[found this one and I agree completely]

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

This morning, I did what a lot of people may do: I cooked some eggs for breakfast.

But not all the eggs were whole!  In fact, I used only one whole egg and the rest egg whites in order to make my vegetable omelet.

Now, the reason for this is pretty simple: I LOVE eggs!

They are full of high-quality proteins that my body needs in order to repair and regenerate the many cells in my body.

But a lot of people – and there are more than you may think – avoid eggs due to the cholesterol found in the yolk.

They may be worried about heart disease…

Or altered cholesterol levels…

Maybe you’re even worried about high blood pressure.

Whatever the reason, you should know this: eggs should be an IMPORTANT nutrient to include in your daily or weekly menu plans for breakfast.

Why?

As previously mentioned, eggs have high-quality proteins that are important for many functions including repair and growth of lean muscle mass.

And, if you’re worried about the cholesterol found in eggs and it leading to higher cholesterol levels, don’t be!  A recent study showed that the cholesterol found in eggs did very little to raise your total or LDL cholesterol levels.

But if you truly are concerned, then including egg WHITES would provide you with high quality proteins WITHOUT adding any cholesterol to your day.

It may also provide something else…

And, if you have high blood pressure, you should pay very close attention to this…

Egg Whites and Blood Pressure

Egg whites contain a peptide – which is one of the building blocks of protein – called RVPSL.

And this peptide, when digested by your body, may lower your blood pressure – similar to a low-dose of some common ACE inhibiting medications.

ACE – which stands for angiotensin converting enzyme – has been shown to increase blood pressure by forcing your blood vessels to constrict – a process where angiotensin I is converted by this enzyme into angiotensin II.

This constriction leads to the blood moving at the same rate through the blood vessel, just with a narrower chamber.  And this is what creates that spike in pressure.

Now, drugs called ACE inhibitors prevent the activity of this enzyme, therefore preventing the conversion of angiotensin I, therefore lowering blood pressure.

And guess what?

A new study, presented at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, shows that the peptide found in egg whites – RVPSL – may lower blood pressure as effectively as a low-dose of the most popular ACE inhibiting medications.

Here’s what the study found:

First, they wanted to see if RVPSL was able to reduce blood pressure in spontaneously hypertensive rats.

They tested the systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the rats at 5, 10, 15, and 20 hours post-administration of RVPSL.

They found that 50 mg/kg of BW was comparable to a 10 mg/kg dose of Catopril (ACE inhibitor).

Meaning, a 50 mg dose was able to lower blood pressure similar to what would be seen in a low dose of the ACE inhibiting medication
Catopril.

Their conclusion:

“Therefore, egg white protein peptide may be useful to prevent or treat hypertension.”

More Eggs, Please!

Eggs, which provide high-quality proteins and good fats, should be part of a healthy breakfast.

Concerned about the yolk in eggs?  Don’t be!

The cholesterol found in yolk has been shown to NOT impact cholesterol levels like once thought.

And now, according to this study, egg whites may contain a peptide that is as effective at lowering blood pressure as some of the low-dose ACE inhibiting medications on the market today.

So you see, eggs are a potent source of nutrition that may not only improve your health, but may add positive benefits to your health.

All this in one incredible and very edible little egg!