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I am not a risk-taker by nature. As a child, I always had a dime in case I needed to call home (boy, did I just date myself!); when I lived in the snowbelt, I never let the fuel in my car get below the half-way mark in case I got stuck in a traffic jam in bad weather; now I always carry a charger in case my cell phone battery gets low. Until a couple of weeks ago, I had some clothes in my closet that I was keeping in case I put on weight. When I first started working with Dr. Tim, my goal was to exercise as a form of stress relief. I needed to lose some weight, but I did not focus on that...
Recently I left my house in the morning armed with a long list of appointments and errands to run. I ate breakfast at home but worried about what I’d do for meals for the remainder of the day. I didn’t want to be forced into choosing somthing that I’d regret later. To borrow a popular phrase, I had an “aha” moment. I decided to pack a bag. I take my lunch to work nearly every day, so I wonder why I never thought about doing the same thing on a non-work day. I included a sliced green apple, a small container of almonds, a protein wafer bar and a powdered protein drink. I knew I wouldn’t eat...
Nutrition : The most important thing about nutrition is balance, proportion, and timing. I often say the longer something can stay on the shelf, the worse it is for you. How can you expect your body to digest a meal in 45 minutes when the food you are eating has a shelf life of weeks, months, years? The answer is that the body cannot digest it properly and won’t metabolize the nutrients well. Your body will not utilize the food optimally. You will not perform and function optimally. Nutrition is a very simple approach in that you must make the choices, as difficult as that may be in our...
Do’s Do make time for relaxing meals. Look, smell and enjoy the experience of eating. Do make your eating environment comfortable and attractive. Do eat foods you like and prepare them to suit your taste. Do plan dinners with others often. It can be a lot of fun. Do eat breakfast before beginning your day. Do plan your meals if you have a busy schedule. You are more likely to eat well. Do remember that eating well is part of living well. Do learn to cook food properly. It will improve flavor and increase retention of nutrients. Do make certain you relax during meals. Do keep in mind that...
We are often given the advice to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables (which have a variety of different colors). Good advice of course; even common sense would tell us that. However, “eat a lot of fruits and vegetables” is vague advice because it could mean eating only apples and broccoli (red and green), and nothing else, but eating “a lot” of them. To take that advice to the next level, a better recommendation would be to eat a WIDE VARIETY of fruits and vegetables (not just “a lot”).Even “wide variety” is not really defined. What is a wide variety? Did you know that there are hundreds of...
The Magic 13 I’ve had the dubious pleasure of eating lunch or dinner with hundreds — maybe thousands — of bodybuilders, weight lifters, athletes, and fitness bunnies and the undeniable truth is that almost all of them eat like crap.Despite what they might think, a chicken breast and some steamed rice is not a healthy meal, and that’s what they eat most of the time, occasionally substituting a potato for the rice. Sure, it’s a lot better than what most Americans cram down their gullet, but it sure doesn’t feed the machine.These assorted athletes and wanna-be athletes are able to function...
WATER 1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. 2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. 3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. 4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a Universityof Washington study. 5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. 6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. 7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy...
The correct foods can help to strengthen the immune system and prevent disease and infection. Foods to Include to Help Strengthen the Immune System Fruit In particular those high in Vitamin C, like blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, peaches, mango, cantaloupe melon, apples. Vegetables In particular vegetables high in Vitamin A (beta-carotene) and Vitamin C. Carrots, squash, sweet potato, tomatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens, brocolli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions, leeks, avocado. Also believed to be valuable for the immune system are...
Weight gain is something that isn’t easy to do and you probably know this already. I know first hand because it is something I have to do every day. I am an ectomorph by genetics, which is the “skinny body type” and the one with the fast metabolism which makes gaining so hard for guys like me. The key to weight gain is to do everything BIG. You have to eat big, to lift big, to get big. Say that over and over again in your head until you fully understand it. A lot of people think weightlifting is the key to gaining weight, and I won’t argue, it is an extremely important part. BUT, there is...
High Fiber Diets What is Fiber? Dietary fiber is a form of low-GI carbohydrate from plants. Fiber is not a source of energy or nutrition since the human body lacks the necessary enzymes to metabolize it in the gut. Fiber therefore adds no calories to our diet and passes largely unassimilated through the digestive system into the bowel. Why is Fiber Helpful For Weight Loss? Dietary fiber is a useful element in any weight reduction eating plan for several reasons: The main sources of dietary fiber are healthy carbohydrates which have a low rating on the Glycemic Index (GI). Their low GI value...

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