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The Five Processed Foods That Might Be Destroying Your Health!

Q:  What do you think about processed foods like refined flour, pasteurized and homogenized milk, “table salt,” vegetable oils and “table” sugar?

A:  Well, if you are really eating as a “Hunter/Gatherer” would, you would be eating NONE of the above!

Let’s go deeper…

There have been a number of sayings that may have caught your attention in the past concerning WHITE bread, like:

“The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead” or even “quick death”.

But, interestingly, and more importantly, white bread isn’t the only problem.

Refined and Processed Foods CAN be extremely detrimental to your ongoing health!

Refined and Processed Foods CAN be extremely detrimental to your ongoing health!

There are a number of white foods that reek havoc with your health.  Foods like refined flour, pasteurized and homogenized milk, processed salt, vegetable oils, and of course sugar, can be equally as detrimental.

Let’s take a look at each and see where the problems lie, and discuss what might be better choices.

Problem:  Refined Flour can be found in the majority of convenience foods in America; including breads, pastries, and cereals.  Once the bran is removed from the grain the food has lost all of its nutritional value, making it an empty calorie, if not a “naked” calorie.  Manufacturers commonly refer to refined flours as “bleached and enriched” and you will find this terminology listed in the ingredients of cheaper breads and baked goods.

Answer:  If you want to consume bread, look for breads that are made from organic and “sprouted” grains.  These breads will be much safer and actually have some nutritional value.

Problem:  Pasteurized and Homogenized milk is  far from the wholesome and natural state that comes from the cow or goat.  Commercialized milk should be considered a “convenience” food (not a drink and/or liquid) as it is altered as to be with limited nutritional value.  Pasteurization can alter, if not destroy, beneficial enzymes, bacteria, vitamins and minerals in the milk.  Homogenization so drastically changes the make-up of the milk that it can cause digestive issues.  Additionally, unless the milk says “organic” on the container, you are consuming hormones and antibiotics that are passed on by the cow or goat.

Answer:  If you drink milk because you want to increase the Calcium in your diet, increase the amount of green leafy vegetables instead.  These vegetables will increase your nutrient intake for the day with very few added calories and with no added sugar.  If you love dairy products, find a farmer who produces milk from free range grass fed cows or goats.  Make sure that there are no hormones, antibiotics or any type of pesticides being used as well.

Problem:  Processed “table” salt has very little nutritional value when compared to it’s unprocessed competition.  Sure, Sodium Chloride (NaCl) is Sodium Chloride (NaCl), but “Table” salt is much more than Sodium Chloride (NaCl).   For example, processed “table salts” are so altered that our bodies have a difficult time ridding itself of it.  This may lead to joint issues and kidney problems.  And, there is a good reason for this, “Table salt” may contain aluminum-based anti-caking agents, dextrose, silico-aluminate and sodium acetate that may cause a plethora of health issues.

Answer:  Buy an unprocessed Sea Salt. It contains numerous trace minerals that are beneficial to your body.

Problem:  Vegetable Oil is an oil that we consume way too much of in America.  Polyunsaturated fats, including vegetable oils, are very unstable and cannot be heated, so you SHOULD NOT cook with them.  Research today links heated vegetable oils with rancidity which increases the free radical make-up in the body.  Margarine is a vegetable oil based product that is loaded with trans-fatty acids, making it closer to a plastic than a fat, and should be avoided completely.

Answer:  A few ways to increase your quality fat intake to is to consume organic green vegetables and non-roasted walnuts and almonds.   Eggs and meat from free range chickens and animals produce an excellent source of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids.  If cooking, use coconut oil, ghee or lard.  The top mono-unsaturated oil is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is much better choice than Canola.

Problem:  Only 100 years ago we consumed just 4 pounds of sugar a YEAR. Today, the average American consumes 150-170 pounds of sugar per YEAR!  Looking at this statistic alone, it is easy to see why Americans, both adults and children alike, are struggling with obesity and adult-onset diabetes.  Sugar causes numerous issues, too great to speak of today, but know this; sugar is a DRUG and a POISON.  Nothing good comes from it, NOTHING.  Our ability to resist disease decreases as we continue to displace real nutrient dense foods with sugar, leaving us with a damaged metabolism.

Answer:  The answer is not Artificial Sweeteners, as they could easily have been listed as a “quick death” white food product.  For sugar alternatives, I suggest, Stevia, which is a beneficial sweet herb.  Also, try consuming organic fruits and root vegetables, like sweet potatoes, carrots, or even beets.

Proper nutrition is the primary factor when making lifestyle changes to improve your health.  Reduce, if not remove, the preceding “white” foods from your diet and replace them with the “colorful” options and you will see and feel the improvement.

If you really want to attain optimal wellness, we can help at The Get Healthy Club.

Where else can you afford to work with your very own personal trainer, lifestyle coach and nutritionist?

Remember, your health is far more important than your fitness levels.  So please… do not sabotage your health by trying to achieve your fitness goals too quickly (extreme dieting/over exercising)! [Read More…]

Discover How Over Training May Be Sabotaging Your Health And Fitness Results!

Q:  I don’t know if anybody I know works harder than I do.  But, it is clear that I am not getting the greatest of results.  What am I doing wrong?

A:  Great question!  I always tell people that it isn’t “No Pain, No Gain,” but “No Brain, No Gain.”

Let me explain.

After observing thousands and thousands of people “putting in their time” at athletic clubs and gyms all across America, there is one thing that is clear.  Even people who are putting out a HUGE effort are falling short of achieving their health and fitness goals.

No pain, no gain?  No way!  No BRAIN, no gain!!!

No pain, no gain? No way! No BRAIN, no gain!!!

Why?  Well, let’s consider something I will call the “Aerobic Instructor Syndrome.”

The fitness professional or individual whose life is beset with this syndrome looks something like this:

  • Very Active and Goal Driven
  • Spends Numerous Hours at the Workout Facility
  • Trains Themselves and Others “Hard”
  • Consumes Low-Fat and Non-Fat Foods
  • Believes Results are Directly Related to Working Hard and Eating Less

Now, let’s take a look at what kind of results that this Syndrome produces:

  • Struggles with Energy Levels
  • Constant Nagging Pains or Even Injuries
  • Not as Alert as Once Was
  • Holds Fat Around the Middle
  • Loss of Muscle Mass

The Aerobic Instructor Syndrome (AIS) shows the perfect example of someone who has all of the right intentions and is even willing to put the time and effort towards their goal, but follows misinformation regarding getting fit and staying healthy.

The AIS individual focuses on “Quantity” rather than “Quality” as they endeavor to meet their fitness goals.  “Quality” in everything that you do will always reap far greater rewards.

Nutrition

  • Quantity-Counts calories and consumes low-fat and non-fat foods.
  • Quality-Focuses on nutritional value, frequency, and combinations.

Workout

  • Quantity-It is “what” you do that matters.
  • Quality-It “how” you do what you do that matters!

Cardiovascular/Aerobic Training

  • Quantity-Viewed as the only time to “burn” calories.
  • Quality-Viewed as a time to improve hormonal responses and stress reduction.

Sleep

  • Quantity-A time to rest.
  • Quality-A recuperative time for your body and essential systems, including Endocrine and Immune.

Water

  • Quantity-Drink at least 64 ounces a day.
  • Quality-Drink at least 80 ounces of pure water that still has essential minerals.

Supplements (If you are going to take them/In most cases they are unnecessary)

  • Quantity-Take a Synthetic One a Day
  • Quality-Organic, Pharmaceutical Grade and Whole Food

You see, many people are not achieving desired results because of lack of effort, but because of lack of knowledge.  The conventional wisdom and the politically correctness of our nation’s health and fitness industry has led us astray.

We need to not “work harder,” but “work smarter.”

If you really want to attain optimal wellness, we can help at The Get Healthy Club.

Where else can you afford to work with your very own personal trainer, lifestyle coach and nutritionist?

Remember, your health is far more important than your fitness levels.  So please… do not sabotage your health by trying to achieve your fitness goals too quickly (extreme dieting/over exercising)! [Read More…]

When It Comes To Your Health, What Would The Father Of Medicine Say!

Q:  I love quotes, do you have any favorite “health” quotes?

A:  There are some really great “health” quotes out there.  Here are just a few from a really amazing man!

Here is my favorite of them all:

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”-Hippocrates (377-460 BC).

Wow, the “Father of Medicine” was on to something, unfortunately 2400 years later, we in America have not followed through.

When it comes to "health quotes" it doesn't get any better than those of Hippocrates, "The Father Of Medicine."

When it comes to “health quotes” it doesn’t get any better than those of Hippocrates, “The Father Of Medicine.”

We view drugs as our medicine and that premise has left our country the richest, but the sickest in the world. 

Much of Hippocrates wisdom transcends all time as even now the Hippocratic Oath governs the ethical conduct of physicians today.  How much better would our health be today if we just followed that one simple quote, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”?

I am a HUGE fan of constantly conveying the message, “you can take ownership of your own health.”

Hippocrates knew this in 460 BC.  Read what he had to say then, and reflect on how true his statements still are today.

1.    “Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease” and “let food be your medicine.”

The U.S. spends more on drugs and procedures than any country in the world.  We need to take a hard look at what really works.  Drugs are just that, toxins that treat symptoms while the disease continues on.  It seems so simple to develop habits (ounces of prevention) that will keep us from disease so we do not have to pay for it later (pound of cure).  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”-Ben Franklin.

2.    “Everything in excess is opposed to nature.”

Most people know about free radicals and how they attack our body and create disease.  But, did you realize that one of the easiest ways to create an abundance of free radicals was by over-eating?  Yes, the extra work put upon the mitochondria in each and every cell creates tremendous damage to the body.  In this instance, “excess” kills.

3.     “To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.”

Rest, recovery and recuperation give the body the opportunity to “remedy” the overworked glands and organs, or more specifically, the immune and endocrine systems.  Today with all the “chronic” stresses in our lives, we need to manage our stress or this constant will cause illnesses and disease.

4.     “Walking is a man’s best medicine”

Walking should not be looked upon as a calorie burner, but a stress manager.  Nice walks with a low and constant heart rate helps the body decrease stress levels and improve bodily function.  Even the opportunity to get a little bit of the beneficial sun can do wonders for one’s overall health.

5.    “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health”

No arguments here.  We have come to a time in the history of America that less and less people are dying of “old age,” and more and more people are dying of “disease.”

Why?  Well, we need to value what Hippocrates said about the value of PROPER nourishment and exercise, because it is the “safest way to health.”

If I could sum up Hippocrates work it would be this, the human body can heal itself and can return itself to good health.  This fundamental truth will move people, adults and children alike, toward not only improved longevity but a better quality of life as well.

If you really want to attain optimal wellness, we can help at The Get Healthy Club.

Where else can you afford to work with your very own personal trainer, lifestyle coach and nutritionist?

Remember, your health is far more important than your fitness levels.  So please… do not sabotage your health by trying to achieve your fitness goals too quickly (extreme dieting/over exercising)! [Read More…]

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