Wednesday, January 27, 2010
"It's a fact. Our soils are depleted and depleted soils do not produce healthy, nutrient-rich plants." Straight out of the mouth of Dr. Richard Drucker, PhD. The answer "If our soils and crops are lacking essential minerals, it's necessary to supplement our diets if we are to achieve true wellness." This is where Advocare steps in. I'm not saying it is the only supplements you should be taking, but Advocare is high quality and I have actually met the men and women who formulate the supplements. I'm also not saying you can eat what ever your little heart desires and take Advocare and all is good, but with a well maintained diet and exercise along with Advocare you will be ahead of the pack.
(Carey Kepler, Tommy Hackenbruck, Lindsay Smith, Jeremy Thiel)
This pic was taken this past weekend of some of the top Crossfit athletes in the world. 2009 women's third place finisher Carey Kepler and fifth place finisher Lindsay Smith. 2009 men's second place finisher Tommy Hackenbruck and sixteenth place finisher Jeremy Thiel. All of these athletes use and believe in Advocare and what it does for there performance. Not only can it enhance your athletic performance, above all else, it can improve your overall health and wellness. I strongly suggest you do your research on the benefits of nutritional supplementation along with a healthy diet.
If you have any questions about Advocare and what it can do for you please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are ready to dive right in and get started go to www.advocare.com/04011094.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
1. It is essential for you to start your day off with a good breakfast to refuel your body after your "sleep fast" and to get your brain working for the day. I usually eat eggs with any combo of peppers, onions, sausage, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms. Cooked in organic virgin coconut oil, of course.
2. Make an effort to cook and store protein, fruit/vegg and fats that are easy to assemble for snacks and meals. Especially if you are a busy person. See how Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan gets ready for the upcoming week of paleo eating here!
3. Make the time to get out and shop at your closest farmer's market. We shop at the year round FM at the Triangle on Wed. from 3-7pm. They have fresh and local fruit, vegg, pastured eggs, chicken, pork, beef and all kinds of pesticide and additive free Whole Foods! They also have live music and a huge area for your kids and pets to play in the grass or in the water fountain!
Articles/Sites of Interest:
-Top 15 chemical additives in your food.
-The dirty dozen: shoppers guide to pesticides.
-FOOD INC. :A must see!
Monday, January 18, 2010
For years the media and even the government has supported low fat, fat free, fat substitutes, and franken-fats (trans-fats). We now know that these are the very culprits of the rise of heart disease and body fat. If you just look at the data of the decrease in consumption of traditional fats vs the rise in consumption of hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated oils, and industrially processed liquid oils, the correlation speaks for itself! My sister Carey Kepler just posted about the dangers of canola oil. Get Educated on FATS!
From: Know Your Fats Introduction
Confused About Fats?
The following nutrient-rich traditional fats have nourished healthy population groups for thousands of years:
* Tallow and suet from beef and lamb
* Lard from pigs
* Chicken, goose and duck fat
* Coconut, palm and palm kernel oils
* Extra virgin olive oil (also OK for cooking)
* Expeller-expressed sesame and peanut oils
* Expeller-expressed flax oil (in small amounts)
For Fat-Soluble Vitamins
* Fish liver oils such as cod liver oil (preferable to fish oils, which do not provide fat-soluble vitamins, can cause an overdose of unsaturated fatty acids and usually come from farmed fish.)
The following newfangled fats can cause cancer, heart disease, immune system dysfunction, sterility, learning disabilities, growth problems and osteoporosis:
* All hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
* Industrially processed liquid oils such as soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and canola
* Fats and oils (especially vegetable oils) heated to very high temperatures in processing and frying.
From: The Oiling Of America
Vegetable oils are more toxic when heated. One study reported that polyunsaturates turn to varnish in the intestines. A study by a plastic surgeon found that women who consumed mostly vegetable oils had far more wrinkles than those who used traditional animal fats. A 1994 study appearing in the Lancet showed that almost three quarters of the fat in artery clogs is unsaturated. The "artery clogging" fats are not animal fats but vegetable oils.42
Benefits of Animal Fats
Foods containing trans fat sell because the American public is afraid of the alternative—saturated fats found in tallow, lard, butter, palm and coconut oil, fats traditionally used for frying and baking. Yet the scientific literature delineates a number of vital roles for dietary saturated fats—they enhance the immune system,54 are necessary for healthy bones,55 provide energy and structural integrity to the cells,56 protect the liver57 and enhance the body's use of essential fatty acids.58 Stearic acid, found in beef tallow and butter, has cholesterol lowering properties and is a preferred food for the heart.59 As saturated fats are stable, they do not become rancid easily, do not call upon the body's reserves of antioxidants, do not initiate cancer, do not irritate the artery walls.
If you want more information on all kinds of fat topics check out the many articles from Know Your Fats!
P.S. Many of you follow the paleo diet which does not support fats like butter or peanut oils. Although you may decide to skip these, my suggestion for this and all decisions, make your decision based on your own research!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
50 Wall ball shots
50 Box Jumps
It was a long and brutal workout, but they managed to finish with a smile on their faces. I am very excited about this challenge and fully expect to win. I know the rest of the team feels the same way.
Friday, January 8, 2010
With the new year all of us are geared up to tighten up our diets and make some changes. What is actually a good choice sometimes is a little harder to grasp. Choosing natural sweeteners like raw honey, blackstrap molasses or even raisins and other dried fruits in small quantities is always a better choice than things like sugar (white, brown, "raw"), splenda or agave nectar.
This is a snippet from a blog post from Food Renegade, who I also linked to above...
But what about natural sweeteners, surely they’re better for you than refined sugars?
Yes and No.
First, the positives. Natural sweeteners are Real Food, meaning they’re old and they’re traditional. They’ve been around pretty much forever. As such, our bodies are better equipped to eat them. Usually, natural sweeteners don’t cause as large a spike in insulin levels as refined sweeteners, so they’re less likely to contribute to insulin resistance and over burden your pancreas. On a practical level, that means they can reduce your risk for developing diabetes while simultaneously not sending you into the violent mood and energy swings associated with sugar consumption.
Now for the negatives. On a cellular level, they’re still sugar. So, ultimately, they still cause your body to store excess fat. If you eat enough natural sweeteners to satiate your sweet tooth, chances are you’re eating far too much. (After all sugar is addictive, and you need progressively more of it to satisfy your cravings.) So while natural sweeteners may be less of a burden on your pancreas, they’re still a burden. While they may lower your insulin resistance, they don’t lower it enough (particularly if your diet is high in carbohydrates from grains like wheat, oat, corn, and rice).