Today in the world of health and wellness, there was a division on a sensitive subject.
A subject often very touchy for some, terribly confusing to others, and a highly debated topic to experts.
IT’S GOOD FOR YOU – I think
After vast research and study, should breakfast still be the premiere or most important meal of the day?
Are suggestions and recommendations changing with new discoveries?
I would enjoy to read some thoughts and opinions from you.
(cross my fingers I get responses)
If you don’t have the slightest idea, a great start would be asking yourself, what are your personal “health” goals?
That’s exactly where I and anyone else who’s looking for change in their health need to start.
Know Your Goal
Let’s look at the most common “health” goals I come across:
prevention of disease
better quality of life
advancing athletic performance
getting rid of all your BELLY FAT just to look good in your “birthday suit”.
So what will it take in order to fulfill any of the above?
Laser focus on the things which take precedence.
What to Eat
- Consciously eat nutrient-filled food
- To improve gut absorption which leads to gut health
- To improve your body’s composition and lessen the chances of disease
- Sufficient amounts of quality food to deliver your body its macro and micro nutrient requirements
Steps to take => BEFORE YOU EAT – THINK OF THIS?
What NOT to Eat
- Cut back on the body’s main fuel form – CARBS!
- What are carbs?
- Everything that TASTES good, but AREN’T the best choices for you.
- Don’t drink your calories – instead water, water, water.
- AVOID foods that harm you
- Likewise, NOT eating enough meals harm your objective.
When you skip meals or don’t eat enough meals the end result is an impedment in your metabolic goal.
Mind your business of SPEEDING your metabolism to BURN FAT, effectively. And that’s how you go from unhealthy to healthy, or from ok health to super health.
Let me guess.
The alarm didn’t go off?
Kids, acting up and didn’t want to get dress?
You got a flat on your way to work?
I’m not a big breakfast eater?
Excuses. Excuses. Excuses.
We, on the whole, can come up with the easiest and sometimes craziest excuses to forgo a nutritious breakfast.
If our jobs depended for us to eat healthy for bonuses, raises, and promotions, how many of you would reconsider your meal selections?
Ask yourself that question. Then, think about it. Hmmmm…
However, what if I said at times when you believed you were making the right choice, in actuality, you were bamboozled!
Can you imagine that? (Hopefully, you sense my sarcasm.)
A product glorified as a healthy choice, yet, once dissected unravels a whole different story.
Calories in Low Fat Blueberry Muffin
Now granted, we all have been guilty of walking into one of our favorite morning places (you know the kind that serves premium coffee and an eye-popping selection of pasteries) and thought, “Let me grab something quick to put in my stomach – it’s better than nothing!”
Well – is it better than nothing?
The nutrition facts about show and tell me different.
Still can’t figure it out?
Let me help you.
Most fat in muffins comes from plant oils, which are rich sources of “good” fats–the unsaturated fats that are healthy for the heart. When the fat’s cut back, what’s left? White flour and sugar-refined carbohydrates that the body breaks down in a flash, leading to a rapid rise in blood sugar and insulin, followed by a rapid drop, and an all-too-quick return of the hunger pangs that led you to eat that muffin in the first place. It’s a perfect recipe for weight gain, masquerading as a “better-for-you” choice
Nutrition Source Harvard School of Public Health
And if that doesn’t get your attention how about the fact since low-fat choices, typically, aren’t as flavorful as their full-fat counterparts, makers are quite heavy on the salt.Check it out for yourself.
What are your options?
In, BETTER THAN YOUR BREAKFAST CEREAL, BAGEL, OR TOAST, I share with you three QUICK ways to get not only something to fill your tummy, more so, powerfully packed NUTRITIOUS selections that’ll last you until way after you hit the pavement running.
Since, you’re at this point you might as well check it. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain (except weight).
Here’s your answer: BETTER THAN YOUR BREAKFAST CEREAL, BAGEL, OR TOAST
Contemplating on throwing in the white towel?
Do you feel overwhelmed with the vast armies of diet and exercise regimens?
Take a deep breath – then exhale.
Envision about where YOU would like to be, physically.
Think about how great YOU will feel when are there.
Is it worth fighting for?
I would like to believe YOUR overall health and fitness is worth fighting for.
Since 2010, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, claimed the tallest building in the world title.
It stands at an amazing 2,723 ft from the ground to the top of its antenna, and took construction approximately six years to complete.
Could you imagine, what would have happened if the chief architect assigned thought to himself this project is impossible?
We all know since this building does exist he didn’t say nor even think it.
And I bet the lint in my pocket I know his secret.
He set small goals.
By setting small goals, you can track you’re immediate progress. The benefits, will help you push toward YOUR larger goals.
Realize that with any goal, struggle presents its dastardly face; though an uncomfortable moment and unexpected fear, spearhead them dead on and take small steps to triumph.
Share your goals with a trustworthy friend, family member, or coworker who has YOUR best interest. You need the strength of others, however, do NOT ask the help of someone in your position.
Seek counseling from individuals that deliver wise, positive seeds.
YOU are a tree of good fruit producing abundantly and bountifully.
There’s a huge seesaw battle on the significance supplements should play in a person’s regimen.
I eat clean.
My plates are colorful.
My water intake is plenty.
And I don’t count calories.
However, I was curious to see what the outcome would be if I used About.com’s Calorie Count Meter.
My Report Card
By the end of this day I earned a B+ rating.
Well, the end result read like this:
Carbs = Too Low
Sat Fat = Too High
Fiber = Too High
Vit A = Too Low
Calcium = Too Low
Iron = Too Low
(only noted the “poor” grading)
Not being an expert on nutrition, I reflect my daily meals selection, and from what I can recall I did really well by my own standards.
So, where did I go wrong?
As I mentioned yesterday, “Through the hustle and bustle of extracurricular activities, parent-teacher conferences and homework, making sure we are getting proper nutrition can be difficult.”
Unfortunately, even if you’re eating right, you’re still probably not getting enough vitamins and nutrients from your diet for optimum health. Many of today’s foods don’t pack the nutritional punch they did years ago. According to a report published in the Journal of HortScience, the average vegetable found in today’s supermarket is anywhere from 5% to 40% lower in minerals (including magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc) than those harvested just 50 years ago.
“Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. It appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements,” according to the statement in JAMA. Physicians are paying attention.
Did you know that 72 percent of physicians personally use dietary supplements?
Obviously, supplementing is an ideal road map for health.
in as little as 2 to 3 weeks!
It’s not a farfetched idea, since I already proved it to myself. So, I’m a believer and you must believe you can too. I’ll tell you what I did.
Using a simple 3-step strategy to jump start my metabolism, I, got the results I wanted.
It went like this:
•No white foods – white bread, pasta, sugar, white rice, and most milk products.
Purpose: because the nutrition has been depleted from these so by cutting them out and adding other great options you’ll body will rev its engine.
•Only drink water – throughout the day, kick back on sodas, juices, and ANY other drinks
Purpose: Don’t worry I’m not saying if you’re a coffee drinker you can’t have a serving or two a day. However, ensure your other beverages are only some high qualtiy H20 (in my best Bobby Boucher voice)
•Don’t eat ANY wheat products – including whole wheat. Well, research has suggested people tend to struggle more with bodyweight, plus, blood sugar, cravings.
Now hear me out, you WON’T have to eat this way forever. However, it’s a great beginning in jump starting your metabolism and get the results you want.
Over 20 years ago, as a grade school pup, I embarked on my first love. If I can stamp a moment in my life when I knew, unequivocally, love at first sight existed this was it. My heart raced rapidly. Palms went through a cycle of clammy to sweaty. I had laser focus as I watched unblinking, without movement. No man or woman could pry my attention away. I was transfixed on my love’s beauty. Even when this first experience came to an end, which lasted approximately 3 hours, the feeling – the love – did not expire.
January 28, 1990 will forever be the date embedded on my heart. The San Francisco 49ers faced off Denver Broncos in New Orleans, Louisiana for Super Bowl XXIV. Final score: 49ers 55 Broncos: 10. A magnificent display of competitive fortitude and athleticism.
I declared from that day, I am and will play this game.
Years went by
In 1990, I was 11 years old and weighed close to 175 lbs. Needless to say, I was at the mercy of being overweight. By pop warner standards, I couldn’t weigh more than 135 lbs. So, years went by before I suited up. Yet, that didn’t prohibit my efforts to gain a general knowledge of the sport – my first love. You see, during the winter weekends in New York,neighborhood friends and I ventured off to Soundview Park in The Bronx and engaged in hours of tackle football.
No line markings.
It was just a couple of pubescent kids and a football.
Mount Saint Michael’s
Summer of ’92, I finally saw my dreams realistically come true. Not only did I make the team, but, I started as a defensive lineman and did so for the remainder of my high school tenure.
It was during the ’92 – ’95 season, I grew a partiality towards working out and eating right.
A Mountaineer Again
After graduating high school, I left my mother’s home and jourpneyed west.
West Virginia University campus represented my thoughts and desires for college life. A student body of approximately 23,000 it had a plethora of nationalities and diversity. But, what I enjoyed the most was the rigorous hours spent at Milan Puskar stadium.
Tires, Sprints, and Weights, Oh My!
Need I say more. Total body transformation. I stepped on campus an Average Joe and walked on the football team as an Average Joe. However, in 3 years time I was the best Average Joe walking around campus, under supervision strength conditioning coach guru, Allan Johnson, now at Univ. of Northwestern.
Coach Johnson not only impacted my life, more so, modeled how to ensure athletes were in top shape, through an assortment of workout regimens. These regimens consisted, but not limited to, hurdles, agility ladders, jump ropes, weight training, circuit training, interval training, resistance training, and more.
It looked something like this:
Years later, I found myself wanting to continue my football career, however, the reality that only the most prosperous and elite players (with a smidgen of political push) obtain attraction from the greatest level of football, I was lost.
Or was I?
The new year began, 2001, and I had two options. 1. Play for Coach Perez and Ohio Valley Greyhounds in the Indoor Football League (IFL) or 2. Play for Coach Rodriguez and Roanoke Steam in the Arena Football 2 (AF2). I chose the latter.
Only God knows what would have become of me if I went with option one. I’ll say this after 9 years of playing Arena Football I have no regrets.
With my football days happily behind me, I’m fastened on my next quest.
To transform my body, mind, and spirit.
Here’s to being All Out in 2012
it’s for a person looking for healthy energy without:
- Rapid heart beat
- Increased blood pressure
I can remember my first Mountain Dew. Can You? My taste buds jumped and danced for hours as I drank about three of them before a high school football game. I felt as though I had an infinite source of energy ripping and running through blockers and making one play after another. By the time I got to college, Mountain Dews were delegated my drink of choice on either long trips to New York or deep into the nights as a study companion. By this time, my body quenched for something more, ala ephedrine.
Ephedrine, though prescribed mostly for relief of shortness of breath and chest tightness, as an athlete provided me the capabilities of a continuous supply of Oxygen. I flew around the field constantly, however, did it make me a better player? Nope! I flat-out sucked. The combination of ingredients created an irritable and unfocused feeling. But what the heck, anything to get the edge right?
By 2000, I entered my senior year feeling great; armoured with an immense sense of confidence. I don’t have to boast or brag because the numbers at the end of that season proved it. What contributed to my success? I would like to point to a product that ranked as America’s #1 alertness aid for over 25 years – VIVARIN! Recognized by the FDA, Vivarin® has only one active ingredient – caffeine, which, maintained mental alertness and focus for approximately four hours. A safe and effective way to help keep you mentally alert and focused. It’s just like having coffee or soda.
Wait – What? It’s just like having a coffee or soda? Hmmm, now for all those non-coffee or non-soda drinkers I just made a big NO NO. I’ve never had a full cup of coffee in my existence on our planet. The most coffee I’ve had been when my greedy butt wanted my mom’s cereal and coffee concoction as a toddler. Eww Gross! It’s addictive, unsatisfying, and just not my cup of tea. Not too mention makes your breath tart. Now onto the sweet tasting soda reference. Really, a can of some soda have enough sugar that a diabetic would need to check their sugar counts by a mere look at the container.
Now I’m not hip to all the myths and facts on caffeine, however, what I do consider is a statement like
Experts agree that moderation and common sense are the keys to safe consumption of caffeine. What is considered a “normal” amount of caffeine depends on an individual’s sensitivity, and can be affected by frequency and amount of intake, body weight, age and a person’s overall health. People with health problems may want to consult their physician regarding their use of caffeine.
So what’s considered “normal”? It’s like algorithm. Who’s intentionally breaking down their weight, age, and health when standing in line at Starbucks? I digress.
Yet, I was still unresolved. I was a man, former athlete, looking for the best option not only to provide the kick I needed to tackle my day, more so, gave me healthy benefits, as well. A person who was looking for a way to keep my edge throughout the day. A synergistic blend of more than one to five active ingredient(s) to tap into my body’s natural vitality. Energy I can trust and count on without high-sugar caffeine to bring an artificial lift — and a hard crash.
Earlier this year (February) I found my solution. Key the music:
24K named the People’s Choice for Favorite New Consumer Product at the 2011 American Business Awards.
And with their 24K™ VIP! promotion, I didn’t have to bother with a sales rep or a phone operator. All I did was sign up at www.my24kvip.com, using the code GAMECHANGER , so I can continue to save 10% every time I purchase. Plus, I told a few of my friends, who then purchased and I doubled my savings; even they received a 10% discount. All by using that code: GAMECHANGER. Furthermore, I learned the ingredients are all natural for healthy energy, focus and stress relief. One bottle gives me a great sense of focus to multi-task at the office and energy to go hard at the gym. Another item that caught my attention, take a gander at traditional drinks warning label, then compare it to 24k; you’ll understand afterwards.
It’s definitely worth checking out because THIS IS MY SHOT and it could be YOURS!
Welcome back. Welcome back. Welcome back.
Thanksgiving is such an eventful holiday.
It’s a time when people just indulge. Go all out on there favorite dessert platters and dishes. Man, I am so thankful for the Posey family opening their home and inviting me to experience a true Georgia Thanksgiving.
The food selection included a variety of my favorite choices and others I’ve never had before. For instance, the sweet taste of Miss Sybil’s White Chocolate Cream Cheese Sweet Potato Cake.
My, my, my that savory taste will never escape my memory. I digress and return to you for this last edition in November is Diabetes Month.
So, let’s go back and look under the hood of your million dollar vehicle, the body, to “Tune Up Your Blood Sugar.”
At the beginning of the month, we shared the 3 steps to preventing Type II Diabetes as:
- eating a healthy diet
- keeping weight in check
- being active
We then introduced in the following week a safe and effective product to not only control your blood sugar levels, also, help you to lose weight:
If you’re open to a solution for blood sugar management, GlucAffect really delivers.
Dan Vance, Kaysville, UT
Last, we defined, specifically, what the 3 steps of prevention broke down to:
- Choosing a diet rich in whole grains and healthy fats adds even more protection, limit red meat , and go for healthier protein sources instead, such as nuts, beans, poultry, and fish.
- To lose weight permanently, you must make a commitment to gradually adopt a healthier way of life.
- By exercising, it will take the blood sugar out of your blood to help you manage it.
I, don’t make any medical claims, treatments, or cures. However, what I do know is when you treat your body to an active lifestyle, keep your weight in check, supply your body with the greatest nutrition, your body is a miracle and can change for the better.
I hope those who come across this blog are inspired to leave a comment and voice their thoughts.
At the start of this month, I published a blog discussing the reality on Diabetes and the prevalence of its rapid growth. Not to mention, the astronomical number of folks who don’t have a clue they’re living with it. Also, included in that piece, were preventable tips in taking a stand against acquiring type II Diabetes, most commonly known as “adult onset” diabetes.
Those 3 steps to preventing Type II Diabetes are:
- eating a healthy diet
- keeping weight in check
- being active
Now I personally think it’s relatively easy formula, but honestly speaking I’m an athlete. I’ve had almost 20 years of experience in eating a healthy diet, keeping my weight in check, and being active. However, the average individual hasn’t seen the inside of a gym.
Therefore, it would behoove me to think my suggestions are received enthusiatically. For those who don’t understand the make-up or dynamics of nutrition and exercise read blogs, like this one, as if they were studying Japanese. It’s a FOREIGN concept!
With that being said, the aformentioned tips will be constructed into questions for your benefit.
Q: What does it mean by “eating a healthy diet?”
Harvard School of Public Health says, “Choosing a diet rich in whole grains and healthy fats adds even more protection—skip the refined grains and sugary soda. Limiting red meat—steak, hamburger, pork chops, and the like—and avoiding processed meat—bacon, hot dogs, and deli meats—can also help lower diabetes risk. Go for healthier protein sources instead, such as nuts, beans, poultry, and fish.”
Q: How do I “keep my weight in check?”
“Weight Loss: Keeping the Weight Off“, a WebMD article encourages, “To lose weight permanently, you must make a commitment to gradually adopt a healthier way of life. Don’t fall back on those unhealthy eating habits you had before you lost weight. Controlling your weight is not an impossible task. Balancing what you eat with how much you exercise will help you maintain your new weight.” Continue Reading
Which brings me to my last question:
Q: Can you explain what is “being active?”
“Exercise is an important part of controlling diabetes,” says Larry Bergstrom, M.D., of Mayo Clinic. “Your skeletal muscle is an important area that uses blood sugar. So by using your muscles, it will take the blood sugar out of your blood to help you manage it.”
Here is an EASY to follow basic beginning routine of exercises that everyone should do.