Monday, June 17, 2013
The 9 Foods You Should Never Eat
Microwave popcorn bags are lined with PFOA, and when they are heated the compound leaches onto the popcorn. These chemicals are part of an expanding group of chemicals known to disrupt your endocrine system and affect your sex hormones. The EPA has ruled PFCs as "likely carcinogens," and has stated that PFOA "poses developmental and reproductive risks to humans."
Non-Organic Potatoes and OtherFresh Produce Known for High Pesticide Contamination
Your best bet is to buy only organic fruits and vegetables, as synthetic agricultural chemicals are not permissible under the USDA organic rules. That said, not all conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are subjected to the same amount of pesticide load. Fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy or grow organically, include apples, cucumbers, spinach, kale and potatoes.
Regular 'table salt' and the salt found in processed foods are NOT identical to the salt your body really needs. Table salt contains chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate, and added iodine, while natural salt contains many naturally occurring minerals, including trace minerals like silicon, phosphorous and vanadium. My favorite is Himalayan salt, which contains about 84 trace minerals your body needs.
Soy Protein Isolate and Other Unfermented Soy Products
Most soybeans grown in the US are genetically engineered (GE) to be "Roundup Ready." The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which disrupts cellular function and can induce many of our modern diseases, including autism. Unfermented soy has also been linked to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility—even cancer and heart disease. The only soy with health benefits is organic soy that has been properly fermented, at which point their beneficial properties become available to your digestive system.
Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain. The methanol formed in aspartame can wreak havoc with sensitive proteins and DNA in your body, as humans do not have the protective mechanism that allows methanol to be broken down into harmless formic acid. Toxicology testing on animals is a flawed model, as animals have this protective mechanism while humans do not, so the results do not fully apply to people.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
BPA is a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, heart disease and more. To avoid this hazardous chemical, avoid canned foods entirely and stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, or switch over to brands that use glass containers instead—especially for acidic foods like tomatoes.
Deli meats are typically made with meats from animals given growth hormones, antibiotics and other veterinary drugs. These meats also typically contain sodium nitrite and other chemical flavorings and dyes. Processed should be avoided entirely as processed meats increase your risk of cancer, and NO amount of processed meat is "safe." Fresh organically-raised grass-fed or pastured meats, or wild caught salmon are healthier options.
There are a myriad of unhealthy components to margarine and other butter impostors, including trans fats, free radicals, emulsifiers and preservatives, hexane and other toxic solvents. Raw milk butter, when made from grass-fed cows, is rich in beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is known to help fight cancer and diabetes.
Vegetable oils are highly processed, and when consumed in large amounts, they distort the important omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Vegetable oils can oxidize good cholesterol, turning it into bad cholesterol. Coconut oil is best for cooking as it is not very susceptible to heat damage. It's also one of the most unique and beneficial fats for your body. Olive oil is easily damaged by heat and is best reserved for drizzling cold over salad.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Place the Bosu ball dome side up. Lie on your side, put your forearm on the Bosu and push your hips up, creating a straight line form your shoulder to your foot. Pause at the top and slowly return to the starting position. Maintain a rigid core throughout the movement. Complete 3 to 4 sets of 8 to 12 reps.
Bosu Plank to Stand
Place the Bosu ball dome side up. Start in a plank position with both forearms and elbows on the Bosu. Extend your arms up one at a time. You should end up in a push-up position. Return to starting position by lowering one arm at a time, and finish in a plank position. Maintain a rigid core throughout the movement. Complete 3 to 4 sets of 10 to 20 reps.
Med Ball Slams
Start in a standing position, and get into an athletic stance with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, knees bent and weight in the balls of your feet. Grab the med ball and press overhead. Slam the ball on the floor with velocity, catch ball when it bounces and repeat. Complete 5 to 6 sets of 15 to 20 reps.
Cable/Band Wood Chops Low to High
Grab a cable or band with both of your hands, and get into an athletic stance (feet wider than shoulder-width apart, knees bent and weight in balls of your feet). Your left side should face the anchor point of the cable. Keeping your arms extended, rotate the cable from the starting position to over your right shoulder. Return to the starting position and repeat. Complete 4 to 5 sets of 10 to 16 reps on each side.
Stability Ball Saw
Place your elbows and forearms on the balls feet on the floor, and get into a plank position. Roll ball forward by extending your arms in front of you. Reach the ball in front of you to a comfortable distance, and return to starting position slowly. Keep your core tight during entire movement. Complete 4 to 5 sets of 8 to 15 reps.
TRX Atomic Push-Up
Put both feet into the foot cradles, and get into a push-up position.
Perform one push-up, then bring both of your knees towards your elbows, performing a crunch. Return to push-up position and repeat. Complete 4 to 5 sets of 10 to 20 reps.
Dumbbell Death Crawl
This is a plank, push-up, and renegade row all in one. Start in a push-up position, hands on a pair of dumbbells. Keep your body rigid. Perform a push-up. Row each dumbbell up one at a time. Return to a push-up position, and walk forward by moving each dumbbell forward one at a time (your feet will follow). Finish how you started in a push-up position-you have just completed one rep. Complete 3 to 4 sets of 8 to 20 reps.
Sit-Up With Overhead Med Ball Toss
Start in a sit-up position, and press the med ball over your head. Quickly perform a sit up-as you're sitting up, throw the ball at the wall or to a training partner. The throwing motion is exactly like a soccer throw: extend arms overhead using your core to generate velocity. Catch the ball off of the bounce from the wall or from your workout partner, press ball overhead and repeat sit-up. An alternative option: anchor your feet down for extra assistance with sitting up. Complete 4 to 5 sets of 10 to 15 reps.
Complete 2 Core Workouts Each Week
Core training should be done twice a week. You can do one core session that is integrated into your strength-training day; try doing the second session on an active recovery day. You can start with one or two core exercises per session if you are new to this type of training. Take 45 to 60 seconds rest in between sets. As you improve, you can build up to four or five different exercises and decrease the amount of rest taken in between sets.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Whey is produced after an edible acidic substance such as lemon juice or complex enzymes called rennet is added to milk for purposes of making cheese. During this process, the proteins in the milk, called casein, coagulate, resulting in a product better known as curd, which can be served as is or further processed to make certain types of cheeses. Whey is the liquid substance that separates from the coagulated milk proteins. This liquid whey goes through the process of spray drying to turn it into powder form.
Long touted for their high protein content, whey as well as casein powder, especially the organic variety, offer a whole host of other advantages health-wise as well.
Health Benefits of Organic Whey or Casein Protein Powder:
Organic whey and casein protein powder come from milk harvested from strictly grass-fed cows. A study conducted in 2011 in Sweden found that grass-fed cows’ milk have a higher percentage of beneficial fatty acids than milk coming from cows that have been raised in industrial feedlots. As it turns out, the conjugated linoleic acid or CLA, found to be beneficial for cardiovascular health and the prevention of certain cancers, was higher in grass-fed cows’ milk than the feedlot-harvested counterpart.
In this same Swedish study, it was found that milk from organic grass-fed cows have healthier omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid ratios, a necessary requirement for robust health. Omega-3 fatty acids aid in the treatment of depression and inflammation, as well as promote bone density, and encourage skin and hair growth. An excess in omega-6 fatty acids, meanwhile, has been found to cause inflammation, a precursor to a host of diseases. So when you take in organic whey or casein protein powder made from grass-fed milk instead of from the conventionally produced variety, you can then take in balanced omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid levels for optimum health.
Organic whey has considerably lesser lactose content than milk, which is why it can be a suitable protein source for individuals who suffer from mild cases of lactose intolerance. For those with severe lactose intolerance, there’s also organic whey isolate powder, a concentrated protein source from dairy which has 99.9% of its lactose content removed. Organic whey or casein protein powder is a particularly beneficial food supplement for individuals who want to lose weight healthily and build lean muscles.
source: Ben Greenfield
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Are You Racing Too Much?
You've Lost Your Giddyup
This is something that I have been working on since I also do other workouts such as P90x & Insanity. This year, Insanity has been working my legs pretty good. I have realized that I either need to slow down the intensity or rest the week before race day. I can't just stop working out, because I will get into lazy mode. Not good for race day.
Lacking that spring in your step during workouts or races may mean your body is exhausted, or worse, that you're on the brink of an injury. When it's clear that a few days of rest isn't going to cure the problem, it's time to take some time off before easing back into training and racing.
Once upon a time, you notched a PR in every race you ran. These days? Either you're finishing in the same window every time or—ugh—you're getting slower, despite the fact that you usually hit your times in training. Consider this a sign that it's time to hit the pause button on your race lineup. A plateau is usually your body's way of telling you to back off.
One of the best parts about racing? The excitement that comes along with the experience. The nervous butterflies. The exhilarating panic that floods your body just before the gun goes off. So what's the fun of toeing the line with a ho-hum attitude? In racing, an athlete should arrive at the start line with a healthy dose of anticipation. Too much racing can take that excitement out of the equation and affect performance. So if you're not arriving at the start line ready to rock and roll, take a break from the racing arena, or try something different, like a triathlon, a trail race or a different distance. Switching to something different puts a fresh spin on racing, kind of like heading to the start line for the first time.
I am still working on this. I figured the more races I do the more comfortable I will get. I don't expect to never feel nervous, I think if you reach this point you are way to comfortable or don't care.
Your "A" race is just days away and you've been training for months. But instead of embracing the experience, you're losing sleep over it. If anxiety about racing is literally keeping you up at night, you're likely over-racing. The stress of constantly racing can cause a great deal of anxiety. Focus less on major milestones, like finally breaking 20 minutes in the 5K or nabbing that Boston qualifier, and pick some shorter, smaller, more achievable goals. If you pick a few fun ways to challenge yourself throughout the season, you'll decrease your pre-race anxiety.
You're Too Hard on Yourself
Nothing's wrong with throwing yourself a (brief) pity party after a bad race. But if you're beating yourself up for days after a so-called race fail, you're doing more harm than good by continuing to compete. Racing should never define you. I've seen runners who put their self-worth on the line for every race, which almost always results in failure. While trying out a new distance or event may help boost your confidence and mood, remember that racing isn't everything. I have friends who love training but hate the pressure that racing entails. They will train for marathons and not run them. In running and life you should do what makes you happy. You don't need a time on a clock to be validated.
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