Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Silent Killer

Trailer #1 for upcoming documentary on the obesity epidemic, "Killer At Large".

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cheat Right

Obviously the less you cheat, the faster you will attain your fat loss goals. But most of us need something every once and a while to keep motivated and feeling human.
Making the better choice with cheat foods is important. Some cheat foods are so rich in sugar, that they can have devastating affects on our blood glucose levels. For most people, a lack of control of their blood sugar levels is what got them in the overweight boat that they are in and that is exactly why it is so important to know how to cheat right.
A really fast way to ruin things is with loads of sugar. Fruit sugar is much better, but can also be harmful is large amounts. So avoiding high sugar candy and sodas is a must. But what can you get that is not so harmful? That is where you need to educate yourself. Sugar free candies can be "ok" sometimes. For example; sugar free Mentos, sugar free gummy bears, a diet soda, and low sugar Popsicles are all ok from time to time and in moderation. Veggies are not as exciting but they are a great choice when you have the munchies. This is something you need to keep your eye out for, especially when you are at the grocery store. Familiarize yourself with the nutrition facts and become educated about what you are eating.
The most successful and fit people in this world are those who know how to cheat right. Still getting that "fix" without making devastating choices.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Not Just For Strong Bones

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. Supplementing with calcium helps the body in many ways. Calcium builds and maintains bones and teeth. It regulates the rhythm of the heart, eases insomnia, helps regulate the passage of nutrients in and out of cellular membranes, and assists in blood clotting. Calcium is also very valuable in maintaining proper nerve and muscle function, as well as normal kidney function. Current scientific research shows that it reduces the occurrence of colon cancer and reduces blood cholesterol levels. Calcium deficiency can result in arm and leg muscle spasms, softening of bones, leg and back cramps, brittle bones, rickets, poor growth, osteoporosis, tooth decay, and depression.

Magnesium is a mineral that is potentially involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. Magnesium plays a crucial role in regulating the neuromuscular activity of the heart, maintaining normal heart rhythm, converting blood sugar into energy, and metabolizing calcium and vitamin C properly. Deficiency of magnesium can result in calcium depletion, heart spasms, nervousness, confusion, muscular excitability, and kidney.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Adapting to New Situations

Hello all. Its been a while since I have posted. Just wanted to show everyone why. The Eifel Tower was beautiful, but who knew you had to wait in so many lines. We waited at the bottom for about an hour, and then when you think you have it made, you find out that you have to wait in more lines on the second level to get into another elevator. :) All in all we waited for 4 hours to spend 5 mins at the top. As you can see though, its quite the view.

As for a little healthy motivation. France was totally out of our element but we found a small grocery store not far from our hotel and found some good food. Incredibly expensive, but not nearly the price we would pay if we would have eaten out all the time. We made sandwiches took them with us everywhere we went. It was really simple, and made it so we weren't running around looking for food all the time. (especially when you are waiting in stupid lines all the time) All in all it was a great side trip.

Never forget, no matter how crazy life gets or how far out of your element you are, you can always find a way to stay on track. Its just a matter of thinking ahead. Keep up the great work everyone. I will see you in a week!


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Eating on Vacation

Eating on vacation can be a real adventure. I arrived in Holland a few hours ago and let me tell you about my plane ride. Obviously I was not able to prepare my food for this 14 hour flight, and making due is possible, but you have to plan ahead. The longest leg of the flight was 10 hours and they fed us twice (not nearly enough). The dinner was ok, just a chicken breast and some rice and veggies. But the breakfast was a joke. A criossant and some melon. Totally imbalanced and pitifully small. Meal replacement bars are lifesavers though. I threw a couple in my carry on and I was set.

The hard part isnt always the traveling though. Its adjusting your new rules to new food and different schedules. It all comes down to making the best choices with the education you are aquiring, and sticking to the 3 rules I pound in to your head on a weekly basis. If you are not familiar with those, then I suggest getting out your book and memorizing them.

Staying lean and looking great should not be a battle, but a lifestyle. I trust that you can make wise choices, eat enough, and never miss a meal. These are key points to someone who truly has a fired up, fat burning metabolism.

I will post some more pics as I get them.

You guys are great!  

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Beautiful Skin, Inside and Out

Healthy skin is an important part of a well body. Feeling good about yourself not only needs to come from a healthy body fat percentage and a nutritious diet, but from looking good on the outside as well. Healthy skin comes from the inside and the outside. Obviously environment has a lot to do with keeping us moisturized. But humidity was something we are not blessed with in Utah.

So, keeping your skin moisturized is key. The best time is after a shower or bath when the skin is exfoliated and moist.  Choose a lotion that is rich in Vitamin A and D and that contains such things as aloe or oatmeal. There are a lot to choose from and many other good ingredients, so it is hard to go wrong. 

Sunscreen is also key to keeping skin healthy and young. UV damage can cause early aging and decrease the elasticity of the cells. Make sure to protect yourself when you are outdoors. 

Developing healthy skin from the inside is easy. Taking multivitamins daily will ensure many of the nutrients needed to keep all the cells in the body healthy. The nutrient that it lacks, is fat. Our bodies are made up of billions of cells, all of which are surrounded by a lipid wall (made of fat). To keep these cells healthy, we need to make sure that we are getting enough of the right types of fat.   Fortunately, we have made this easy for you. Taking essential fatty acids (fats that our bodies do not make) ensure that you get what you need. 

Not only do they help with beautiful, healthy skin. But they also help you to develop strong, healthy nails and hair. Fatty acids aide in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol as well as promote healthy blood glucose levels.  They reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, and decrease unsightly varicose veins. Fatty acids have even been link to the relief of rheumatoid arthritis and the decreased risk of stroke.

The list goes on and on. Really, the point I want to bring across is that health is more that just diet and exercise. Proper supplementation is key to keeping the body functioning properly and making sure that we think about the inside and the outside.  

You guys are all great. Keep up the good work and take care of yourselves!