5K for beginners be ready for the race

Be ready for the race. Setting goals is a great way to stay motivated in your exercise routine. When you have something attainable to work towards and you can track your progress, you’ll be challenged and more likely to stick with exercise. Your goal may be to lose a certain number of pounds or to lower your blood pressure. Or if you’re a runner, you may enjoy working towards running a race. If you’re new to running, a 5K is the perfect distance to work towards. Five kilometers is the equivalent of 3.1 miles. Play your cards right, and a couple months is all it takes to be ready to run this far. Want to know how to reach the finish line in tip-top shape? Read on. Step One: Sign Up You’ve made the decision to run a 5K. Great! You’re on the road to fitness and fulfilling your goals. ...(Read More)

How to become familiar with genetically modified food.

Become familiar with common  genetic modified food. These are the products (and their derivatives) that are most likely to be genetically modified: Soybeans – Gene taken from bacteria (Agrobacterium sp. strain CP4) and inserted into soybeans to make them more resistant to herbicides. Corn – There are two main varieties of GE corn. One has a Gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis inserted to produce the Bt toxin, which poisons Lepidoteran (moths and butterflies) pests. There are also several events which are resistant to various herbicide. Present in high fructose corn syrup and glucose/fructose which is prevalent in a wide variety of foods in America. Grapeseed/Canola – Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to herbicide. Sugar beets – Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Cotton – engineered to produce Bt toxin. The seeds are pressed into cottonseed oil, which is a common ingredient ...(Read More)

Knowing what is in our food is a complex problem

The problem is more complex than blaming any one person. As a Health and Wellness Coach, I spend many hours every week researching the food we eat. Just this week I spent several hours getting through the gatekeepers of a company. I wanted to know for my clients what part of the Agave plant they used and what they used as a processing method. I knew that one part of the agave plant processed one way would yield a low GI of 30 and another part of the agave plant processed another way would produce a high GI of 70. One would cause high blood sugar, heart disease along with speeding up the aging process and the other would produce low blood sugar,  anti aging i.e. slowing down the aging process, and a more healthy lifestyle. Having a job, kids and family where does a parent find the time to ...(Read More)

What’s worse for you, McDonald’s, Jenny Craig, frozen packaged foods or cigarette smoke?

What’s worse for you, McDonald’s, Jenny Craig, frozen packaged foods or cigarette smoke? It’s a toss up – they’re all causing a lot of inflammation to take place in your body. You’re gaining inflammation, so your metabolism slows, and your body shuts down. To raise your fat loss potential, I’d strongly advise you to consider the level of inflammation in your body, as a result of both your environment and your food. If, for example, you live in an area with a lot of pollution, your body is under-going an inflammatory response at all times; similarly, your body is dealing with inflammation every time you consume trans fats. Inflammatation halts fat loss, instantly, and it also increases your risk of serious diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. One simple step in fat loss that will protect your body and reduce risk of chronic diseases is removing ‘Obesity ...(Read More)

What you can learn from Cavemen

How would you like to be naturally lean, muscular and energetic? To effortlessly maintain a low body fat, rippling muscles and picturesque health? Mark Sisson, an athlete, coach, and student on a lifelong quest for exceptional health, happiness, and peak performance (his words), penned the book, “The Primal Blueprint” to show you how to do just that. At 55, he weighs 165 pounds with 8 percent body fat, eats as much food as he pleases, and rarely gets sick. He also says he’s healthier, fitter, happier and more productive than ever. So what is Mark’s secret? In his words, “Modeling your 21st-century life after our primal hunter-gather ancestors will help you greatly reduce or eliminate almost all of the disease risk factors that you may falsely blame on genes you inherited from your parents Weight loss does not have to involve the suffering, sacrifice, and deprivation we’ve been conditioned to ...(Read More)

5 ways to drop 5 pounds

I’d like to share five simple strategies with you for shedding five pounds of fat before the holidays. But first let me clear something up. Weight loss can be put into two categories. The first is a fully concentrated effort. This is where you dedicate yourself to counting every calorie and slaving away in the gym. The pounds come off, but once you relax the regimen your weight goes right back to where it was. The second is a combination of simple lifestyle changes. This is where you change a few key factors about what you eat and how you exercise, without making it a fulltime job. This type of weight loss is gradual and permanent, since you are able to maintain it long term. The five simple strategies below all fall into the lifestyle change category. These strategies may seem ridiculously simple, but do them over an extended period ...(Read More)

Pay Attention!

The Art of Eating Mindfully Do you ever find yourself snacking away without paying attention to how much you’re eating? Maybe you’re focused on a movie or the ball game. This is a sure-fire way to gain weight. When your goal is to drop pounds it is important to practice the art of eating mindfully. This means that when you eat you should stay tuned in to your level of satiety so that at the first sign of fullness you will stop.

Is Our Food Supply Safe?

Americans are becoming reactivists. For as smart as we are, it seems we play catch up more often than being the proactive party. You’re telling me no one in 1980 or 1990 did the math and realized we are on the road to running out of oil? Hey politicians, here’s a head’s up–we are going to run out of potable water, too. Let me translate this into terms you care about: you will have to bathe your mistress in sewage. The most hassling example of this chicken/egg cycle is flying nowadays: first the shoe bomb, then then check the shoes. First the liquid bomb, then ban the Visine and lipgloss–and believe you me there is nothing scarier that getting off the plane with red eyes and cracked lips. Same holds true with healthcare. This country is addicted to the prescription, the afterthought, the hindsight when we need to flip the ...(Read More)

10 Foods to boast your sex drive

Eat these top 10 foods to boast your sex drive!! An anti-inflammatory diet will work wonders for your sex life. Because you will quickly dropunwanted body fat, you will also feel more attractive which always helps when it comes to the libido. Healthy fats are vital to hormone production, and a healthy sex life is all about the hormones. Here is a short list of some wonderful foods that will go a long way in enhancing your sex life as well as your overall sense of happiness. 1. Wild Salmon and other cold-water fish (sardines, herring, trout, etc.) are high in omega-3 fats. In fact, if you want just one food group guaranteed to help increase overall health and sexual stamina, then these fish are for you. Omega-3s are critical to the brain and nervous system. They will also improve mood, increase your sense of well-being, fight depression, give you ...(Read More)

How much sugar should you eat?

A spoonful here and a spoonful there it all adds up! Americans are swallowing 22 teaspoons of sugar each day. School Lunches The majority of that added sugar comes from soft drinks and candy  a whopping 355 calories and the equivalent of drinking two cans of soda and consuming a chocolate bar. By comparison, most women should be getting no more than 6 teaspoons a day, or 100 calories, of added sugar the sweeteners and syrups that are added to foods during processing, preparation or at the table. For most men, the recommended limit is 9 teaspoons, or 150 calories, the heart group says. The guidelines do not apply to naturally occurring sugars like those found in fruit, vegetables or dairy products. Rachel K. Johnson, lead author of the statement available online Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, said it was time to give exact advice on how ...(Read More)