Monthly Archives: October 2016
Monthly Archives: October 2016
When the publisher sent me the book, Birding at the Bridge by Heather Wolf, I wasn't sure it would be a fit for you. But the thought hit me, birding for fitness is a thing. Getting outside, walking and potentially more make bird watching a great hobby for health and fitness.
In her book Walk off the weight, Lucy Wyndham-Read shows us how to use walking for weight loss. With 5 years in the Brittish Army and 20 years in fitness, Lucy has helped thousands of men and women lose weight and stay in shape. In this book, she sets up a daily program for walking for weight loss with walking plans and menus to ensure you're eating right.
– Health – Walking strengthens your heart and reduces cholesterol. It helps strengthen your bones. It prevents obesity and lifts depression.
– Fitness – Walking helps make you faster and stronger and gives you more stamina. You'll improve your flexibility and balance.
– Weight – Walking for weight loss works because you are burning more calories both during and after the walk.
– Aging – Walking helps promote human growth hormone (HGH), which begins declining after age 20.
– Measurements – Lucy recommends you measure your waist, bottom, thighs and arms so you can see your progress.
– What to expect – As you go, you'll notice you are dropping dress sizes and feeling stronger and more energetic.
– Commitment – Before you start, make the commitment to make it through the first seven days. This will drive you through the 21 days.
1. Mind makeover – Make sure you have the right attitude to ensure success.
2. Put on your visualization glasses – Visualize what health and fitness looks like.
3. Score a goal – Set goals to drive you.
4. Be your own fitness dj – Change up your playlist from time to time to stay motivated.
5. On the dot – Find a set time to work out so you're high energy and can keep doing it.
6. Become a master chef – Learn how to make new dishes with fresh, healthy ingredients.
Cindi O'meara is a nutritionist who in her effort to heal herself and determine if wheat is poison, made the documentary “What's with Wheat.” In this documentary, Cindy brings together some of the best experts on health and fitness to discuss what we've done to wheat over the last several decades and what it is doing to our bodies.
In a search for optimizing her own longevity, Cindi started an elimination diet. Within days she had lost weight and was looking and feeling great. As she reintroduced food, she recognized that wheat was a problem for her. Shortly after her discovery, books began coming out on the dangers of wheat.
As hunter-gathers, we were nomads. Once we could cultivate crops, we were able to settle in towns and cities. This made civilization possible.
In the 1920s we began having the first shelf stable foods. Finding we were developing vitamin deficiencies, food companies began fortifying foods with artificial vitamins. Then in the 1970s we began developing hybrids and spraying the wheat with chemicals.
And one of the core differences, we are exposed to much more wheat through our food, cosmetics, etc.
Cindi used an elimination diet to get healthier, and she provides a guide for doing a four-week elimination-style diet. Many people shy away from dropping wheat and grains from their diet. While this is not the easiest of protocols, it is typically only temporary for most foods. It is only the foods that make you sick that you'll have to avoid after the initial period.
In this episode, I share my best nutrition tips. Most people approach weight loss from an exercise perspective. Unfortunately, when you're over 40, it is nearly impossible to out-exercise a poor diet.
Sugar is the number one reason most of us are overweight. When we eat more sugar that we need for current energy, our insulin spikes to take up the sugar and store it as fat. Over time, this can lead to obesity and diabetes.
Many people will question why I put water in my nutrition tips when water isn't a nutrient. Water is essential for good health but is even more important when we're exercising and losing weight.
Sugar is a simple carbohydrate, but there are more simple carbs that make up our daily intake. And these raise our insulin and are stored as fat when we take in more than our body needs at the point we eat them.
Protein is an essential building block for our body. But in excess, our body breaks it down to glucose for energy use and/or storage as fat.
I'm a strong believer that we should primarily eat real, whole foods. Processing strips the food of nutrients. Foods that are “fortified” to make up for this don't necessarily serve us well. Whole foods are things your great-grandmother would have recognized as food.
If you find yourself eating something from a package, take the time to read the nutrition label. You might be surprised at the chemicals that are used to keep that product shelf stable and the other additives to make it taste the way it does.
We have been conditioned by restaurants and food companies to eat far more than a single portion at a meal. Break this conditioning by requesting a takeaway box for the excess.
Take the time to log the food you're eating. This can help you learn more about what's in the food (calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, etc.) and makes it easier to manage your food.
Eat slower to eat less. Your body needs time to process the hormone signaling to know your full. Slowing down also helps you enjoy the food more.
Many times, we make poor choices because we haven't taken the time to plan and prepare. If you know you're going to out, pack a healthy snack. I will often pre-log my food for the day and make sure to carry that with me in an insulated container.
Most of us stick to foods we know and like. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies in certain vitamins or minerals. Varying your diet can help you get the nutrients you need.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have any nutrition tips I missed? If so, please let me know in the comments below.
In this episode, we meet Dr. Tara Allmen to get menopause advice and solutions presented in her book Menopause Confidential: A Doctor Reveals the Secrets to Thriving Through Midlife.
An accountant and a gynecologist have in common when meeting a man at a party, the question ‘what do you do for a living' is a conversation stopper. It shouldn't be that way. At least not when you meet a gynecologist. There is a lot to learn what the women in your life are (or will) experience. Menopause advice works for both women and men.
The symptoms of perimenopause and menopause can cause sleep disruption. It is important for women to focus on getting the best quality sleep. A few sleep tips provided by Dr. Allmen include:
Dr. Allmen decided to design her own colon cleansing approach and has been successful in coming up with a way that is a lot easier. She's shared this approach with her patients and they've had great results in colon screening prep. While not menopause advice, it is something we face in mid-life and you may find Dr. Allman's recipe for colon cleansing easy and effective.
It is very important that women work to maintain muscle mass and bone density by lifting weights.