All true healing occurs as a result of the body’s own healing forces within. This is the primary philosophical premise surrounding Nutritional Therapy.
If your body is not fed the full range of nutrients it needs, you can not expect it to stay healthy, maintain proper function or provide yourself with vitality. Yet that's what many of us are doing when we eat an abundance of fast foods, processed foods, the wrong carbohydrates, unhealthy fats and neglect eating the vegetables, fruits, good fats and proteins that our bodies require. Nutritional counseling is an essential component for you to maintain optimal health.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Today makes 8 weeks of since I signed up for the 12 week Transformation Challenge. It has been a good run and I am feeling good about my progress and I am not holding back on my workouts or my nutrition. Full speed ahead. SO GET OUT OF MY WAY!! I upped my calories since I started, hired an online nutritionist and personal trainer who has helped me develop a few workouts and it's working out well. My focus on macro nutrients has been adjusted a bit in the last 5 weeks and I feel like I have a good solid handle on my eating. Still enjoying the occasional cheat meal, once a week and trying to keep my fingers out of the sunflower seed butter jar. Yes - my addiction is no longer peanut butter but sunflower seeds :) But the texture is different, so refraining from it has been easy where as regular peanut butter I could scoop, and scoop rather frequently I would. Took that out of my diets, months ago and now I will not even look at it :)
So I was anxious to jump on the scale and see what my results are - grabbed that tape measure and my Omron and went to work! I was not surprised, I've done well I was PROUD. For one of the first times in a while I was genuinely PROUD. I wasn't thinking oh that good, but I would have done better here. NO, I was proud and happy with the results. I have given it my all and if that is my best than I am happy with that.
Here are my measurements and stats when I submitted my form, enrollment fee and my pictures:
FRIDAY JANUARY 2ND
BODY FAT: 15.3%
RIGHT THIGH 19.25
LEFT THIGH 19
And here are my results now --- drum roll please ;)
Body Fat 13.1% (Omron)
Right Thigh 18.75
Left Thigh 18.75
In 8 weeks I have lost 6.8LBS, 2.2% of body fat reduced and 7.75 inches (MEASUREMENTS FROM 5 AREAS) But I can not stop there! I still have 4 weeks to make some improvements and of course they are not going to be HUGE numbers in 4 weeks but they will be better than this week. Moving forward, being consistent, being healthy - that is what this challenge is for me. Oh yes -- and finishing what I started.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The kiwi that originated in China, not New Zealand, during the 14th century was referred to then as the "gooseberry".
This vine-grown, fuzzy fruit is green or gold on the inside but no matter the color they are all creamy in texture and loaded with nutritional value.
Kiwi's contain more vitamin C than oranges and the antioxidants in them aid with immunity, wound-healing, iron absorption and cell production just to name a few.
In addition to the C, they also contain lutein, a carotenoid best known for helping fortify they eyes against macular degeneration. Vitamin E is also present which is a antioxidant that helps combat free radicals and with preventing heart disease.
These amazing fruits help to lower triglycerides and have dietary fiber and potassium that aids to maintain the nervous system.
When buying kiwi, look for a firm fruit and store in the refrigerator's crisper drawer up to 4 or 5 days.
The following is the nutritional breakdown of a kiwi:
Fiber- 21% of DRI
Potassium-12% of DRI
Vitamin C- 219% of DRI
Vitamin E- 17% of DRI
Source: Whole Living Body and Soul Magazine, March 2009
Power Foods: Kiwi by Cheryl Sternman Rule
Found this in the Natural Solutions magazine November 2008. These were all suggested by Holistic Doctors:
1.Never Skip a Meal. When you don't have enough fuel to burn your body uses adrenalin. Good for quick bursts of energy but takes a toll on your body increasing blood pressure and heart rate from the stress hormones released.
2. Make Lunch your biggest meal. Your bodies digestion slows down before sleep and your peak digestion time is between 10am and 2pm. Eating during that time a big nourishing meal will give you plenty of energy and keep you from eating too much at dinner.
3. Quit Grazing. If you continue to eat often throughout the day your body cannot fast and burn fat where the detoxification process takes place.
4. Breathe like a baby. breathe through your nose with a full deep breath. This triggers the parasympathetic nervous system causing you to feel calm. You will take more oxygen in more efficiently , in turn this allows your metabolism to be more efficient.
5. Pump iron to sharpen your mind. When we develop our muscles we also change the neuronal patterns in our brains. Do muscle training 2- 40 min sessions weekly and make sure you lift heavy enough weights for your muscle to fatigue.
6. Get your Rest. When you sleep you metabolize excess stress hormones like adrenalin and cortisol in the body. These hormones lead to cellular inflammation which is known to be the root cause to all chronic degenerative diseases.
7. Eat Warm Foods. According to Chinese medicine too many cold foods chill your body, slowing your circulation and weakening your digestive fire leaving stagnation in your body.
8. Express gratitude. Sharing emotion like joy and gratitude bring you good health. In Chinese medicine every organ is associated with an emotion. Take responsibility for your own emotional state and keep a healthy attitude.
9. THE 70% RULE. Don't do anything beyond 70% of your capacity. Such as eat until your are 70% full. This way your digestion wont slow down. Everything in moderation.
10. Slow Down. Don't cram and become energy depleted, this leads to illness.
11. Get an annual physical. You could be overlooking something and it helps to have someone to feel comfortable with to talk about your concerns and complaints and receive proper dietary advice, tests etc.
12. Find your passion. express yourself and do something you love to do everyday. WE need to stay connected to things we love to feel the sense of joy and happiness.
13. Get Out the measuring tape. The circumference of your waist is more important than weight. A large waist can increase your risk of insulin resistance which raises your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Women should have no more than a 35 inch waist and men should measure 40 inches or less. Cut down on food intake, exercise more.
14. Stop late-night nourishing. Eating late disrupts your bodies natural sleep cycle. eating late leaves you more likely wake up less hungry and your more likely to skip breakfast, this turns into a nasty cycle of bad eating. If you must eat something eat a piece of fruit or have some herbal tea.
15. Get a dose of D. Americans lack sufficient vitamin D which leads to cancer and other disease. the body needs lots of sun or supplemental vitamin D
I personally agree with these suggestions for living a healthy lifestyle. I would like to add that eating fresh organic fruits/juice for breakfast. Do not combine fruit with anything else for at least one half hour before or after you consume fruit. Fruit is quickly digested alone but when it is combined with other foods such nuts or starches or protein, the body will break that food down first and the fruit will ferment and not digest properly causing gas and bloating.
Not only do fresh fruit and vegetables contain generous amounts of vitamins which help regulate metabolism and help in the conversion of fats and carbohydrates into energy but they are also known for protecting the body from major diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Juices that are made from fruits with rich colors such as grapes, pomegranates, cranberries, and blueberries are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. The best types to drink are fresh juiced vegetables because they do not raise insulin level. Best to make fresh fruit and vegetables juices yourself because there are no hidden preservatives or sugar which are items that should be examined when reading labels. 100% fruit juices are fat-free, nutrient-dense beverages that are rich in vitamins, minerals and naturally occurring phytonutrients that contribute to good health. I am a firm believer in eating as much raw organic fruits and veggies as possible on a regular basis.
When heating foods remember that you are killing the enzymes that our bodies need for optimum health, so cook on as low as possible. Exercise is extremely important. Staying active keeps you physically and mentally healthy. Also try to meditate and relax regularly, especially if you live a high stress style.
WATER WATER WATER!! Extremely important to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water everyday! Aside from aiding in digestion and absorption of food, water regulates body temperature, blood circulation, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells and removes toxins and other wastes. If there isn't enough water, wastes are not removed effectively and may build up as kidney stones. Symptoms of dehydration can include heartburn, low back pain, headaches, mental irritation and depression. The best water to drink is natural mineral water. Pure water or filtered water is also a good alternative although they lack significant amounts of minerals.
Taking deeper breaths through your nose. This should be practiced on a regular basis. Getting Sufficient oxygen is extremely important for optimum health! Get enough sleep! Lack of sleep causes all types of illness both physically and mentally a emotionally. The body needs to sleep at least 7-8 hours per night. It is when you sleep when your cells rejuvenate.