Quick post on Saturated Fat

I have been using a new calorie journal lately and have been keeping a closer eye on saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol intake.  I included a fake cheat meal (I didn’t actually eat it but wanted to see how it impacted my daily intake) and noticed that  it could easily push levels beyond what we should deem reasonable.  I found the following article which I thought was a good read for anyone curious about Saturated fat levels or  just looking to be healthier in general.

http://www.wikihow.com/Limit-Your-Saturated-Fat-Intake

Might as well face it you’re addicted to …..food!

I’ve been reading a lot lately about food’s affect on the human brain and it appears that more and more experts are supporting the notion that food can be addictive.  This goes beyond food addiction as a behavioral disorder, such as compulsive eating.  Most of us looking to shed a few pounds will probably quickly agree that’s not an issue.  What is fascinating to me is that the food that we associate with the American Diet could potentially be addictive.  Foods high in saturated fat , sugar, and sodium could already play well into the risk/reward system, but can they make you actually go through withdrawal?  This post is not designed to give you an excuse, but rather just to be aware that what you’re eating may cause you to crave more and more of it.  Very interesting article, click below.

http://healthrecipes.com/food-addiction-great-business.htm

I’ve got the Power!

I’m not usually one for endorsements, but anyone looking for a great at home routine that will whip you into shape, take a look at Power 90.  This is the introductory program that is succeeded by P90x.  If you can complete Power 90 I strongly suggest you follow it up with the X (extreme) version. I’m actually doing it right now and can’t say enough about it. 

Find out more here:

http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/power90.do

Eat Papa, Eat

So, we ‘ve all heard this a million times, then we’ve all ignored this a million times.  Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.  Till now, you probably just thought that was just a theory that had no real practical application to life. Well, think again! The test group in this study shows outstanding results.  The best part? You’re being told to eat MORE, not less.  How sweet it is!

http://www.beachbody.com/product/p90x-online/newsletters/p90xnl_072.do?social_fb_p90x

Omega 3’s, Omega 4’s, whatever it takes

 Too often, we get so consumed with weight loss that we forget what’s really important.  Meal replacements, macronutrient reductions, avoiding certain (and often healthy) foods altogether have replaced good sensible eating habits.  These are often the quick fixes that overlook the main goal:  a lean and healthy body.  The even sadder truth is that it’s much easier to do it the right way.  Enjoying a wide array of food with various colors and textures and scents, well, you get the idea. 

With that said, I came across article from Dr. Weil today.  If you aren’t familiar with Omega 3’s, well, you should be.  Even if you are, chances are you’re probably not getting enough of them.  If you’re interested in a changing your habits, remember, start with a balanced and nutritious diet and a well rounded exercise plan.  The lean body will come with it.

Enjoy

http://www.drweilblog.com/home/2011/3/10/where-do-you-get-your-omega-3s-poll.html

Age is just a number

I think it’s a preconceived notion in this country that we must grow old and decrepit over time.  Dementia, loss of hearing, loss of eyesight, and chronic pain are issues that we seem to naturally attribute to the passing years.  While this appears to be the truth based on the state of the elderly in this country, it certainly doesn’t have to be.  Diet and exercise play such a pivotal role in our long-term health that it’s not uncommon for elderly to be vibrant, active, and healthy in cultures with a much cleaner and more natural diet.

To make matter worse at home, the age at which we think we should begin seeing signs of decline is getting lower.  My cohorts and I are fast approaching our 4th decade and I already hear the sighs and complaints of advanced years.  Trust me, we are WAY too young for this to be a natural occurrence.  If you do nothing else for your health, at least research these facts.  Learn the links between diet and disease.  Change your diet and include more fruits, vegetables, and whole foods.  Reduce intake of refined carbs, sugar, baked goods and fast food. 

The damage done by the usual American diet is not irreversible.  You can become healthy with a little effort.

Do your homework!