What Americans Eat

How does your nutrition score card look – healthy, need improvements or off the charts? This weeks column will give you some in site as to what Americans are eating, what the food trends have been over the past 20 years are as well as some healthy guidelines for you to eat by.

You maybe surprised to hear that Americans are eating less red meat, more poultry and slightly more fish and shellfish. Unlike red meat and poultry, seafood does not yet require federal inspection so proceed cautiously when selecting fish.

There has been a 300% increase in the drinking of low fat and not fat milk compared to a 54% decline in the consumption of whole milk.

Americans are consuming fewer eggs due to the media attention concerning cholesterol and its links to coronary heart disease.

Since 1968 fat and oil consumption has increased almost 20% due to a greater intake of fried foods particularly from fast-food restaurants and increased consumption of salad oils. Decreases are shown for the use of butter, shortening and margarine.

The consumption of sweetners especially high-fructose corn sweeteners has increased along with a dramatic rise in low-caloire sweeteners including aspartame. Some healthful low glycemic food choices include navy beans, kidney beans, lentils and peanuts.

More than 40% of Americans take supplements spending about 6 billion yearly. When vitamin intake achieves recommended levels, supplements neither improve exercise performance nor necessarily increase the blood levels of these micronutrients in healthy individuals.

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3 Comments, Written on January 12th, 2012 , Overall Health Information


Amazing Overlooked Fat Blasting Weight Loss tip!

While you seek to be at your full potential and acquire that PERFECT BODY by burning fat and dropping that BMI and toning up, I am seeking to become the BEST TRAINER IN LA.

Today I give you an amazing fat burning tip that has a 100% success rate with all of my clients.  I’m sorry but this is not a quick fix or an easy way out, but it is The Truth. You will have to put in some work, but it’s totaly worth the time and effort and you will LOSE WEIGHT FAST.  Instead of wasting another hour at the gym and not seeing results, start seeing a return on your invested time right now!

We all know that in order to lose weight you have to burn the calories you consume right?  Well lets just assume your’e doing your best and eating healthy for the most part.  How do you BURN THE MOST CALORIES DURING A WORKOUT? It’s all about WORKING OUT THE LEGS!! Yes cardio is great, but it’s even better and burns even more calories when done on legs that have just performed weight resistant exercises! Weight lifting is great and builds muscle and muscle burns fat and calories, but what part of the body burns the most fat and calories? You got it.. its the legs!!  The best part is that you don’t always need the gym to work those legs extremely well.  You cna do it in your living room if you wanted! If you do some  body weight squats, some walking lunges, some squat jumps and lunge shuffles, your are going to tire out those legs very quickly and burn a ton of calories. Now go do some cardio, I promise you will burn calories faster than a Hummer burns Gas. Not only that, but there is an after burn effect to working your legs with weight resistance. That means you continue to burn calories at an accelerated rate even while resting for up to 48 hours sometimes!

So why dont people work their legs?? Becuase it hurts!  But thats only at first. Learn to love the pain and accept that the more it hurts the more results you are going to see and you will be looking great in no time. I personally before becoming a personal trainer lost 30 lbs in 2 months by working out my legs and running afterwards. It works trust me. 100% of my clients get results.

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If You Feel Better, Your Brain Performs Better

It has been said that through meditation, you are able to calm not only your body but your mind as well. It may sound too difficult to try, however, there are ways to make meditation as simple as possible. This article for those who are hesitant to meditate because of the perception that meditation is a difficult process. It may be true that in order to perfect your meditation skills you need to practice it for years, however, you can still begin with the simplest relaxation techniques. This will surely make you feel better, your brain relaxed a little and your whole being is rejuvenated.

Breath Watching

Find a spot where you can sit and relax comfortably. There, give close attention to your breathing for a few seconds. Basically, you just have to clear your mind for a moment and have a quiet time on your own.

Here are a few tips to assist you.
1) Find your spot

Since you are only a beginner, you may want to find a quiet place where you can meditate. As you become more expert in meditation, you will notice that you can already meditate anywhere you want to. For the mean time, find a spot where you can feel at peace.

2) Be comfortable

Look for your position which will keep you at ease but not asleep. For most people, crossing their legs is their meditation position. If you are the kind of person who can lie down without falling asleep, you may also try lying down for this may be your most comfortable position.

Just keep yourself perfectly still and comfortable but not asleep this should be your meditation position.

3) Let Go of the Tension

Observe which part of your body is most tensed. You should learn how to tense up those parts and then release the tension in such part. You may experience the release as your body begins to be drained from all the tension. If you repeat the process, you will later on learn how to relax easily.

4) Breathe properly

Breathe properly through your nose. In doing so, the air can easily pass through your lungs. You may notice that your diaphragm, abdomen and chest expand more when you breathe through your nose. This is how you should breathe.

5) Pay attention

There may be instances when your mind may be disturbed by other thoughts, but you should always remind yourself to go back into paying special attention to your breathing. With constant reminder, the thoughts that may disturb you will soon fade away. You may want to perform this meditation for at least five minutes. And then as you practice it more and more each day, you may want to perform it for a longer time. You should then be able to realize that these meditations can really help you clear your mind and increase your focus. By feeling better, your brain also performs better.

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2 Comments, Written on December 24th, 2011 , Overall Health Information, Top Blog Posts

The Right Attitudes to Achieve Your Goals

If you want to be truly successful in how you achieve your goals, then you need to harbor the right habits and attitudes that will keep you on track. There are a number of good traits you have to keep for life to discover that more opportunities and good things are bound to happen, if only you allow these.
Here are some of the features that great people had. Being Industrious Hard work always pays off. There is no single famous individual person in history who achieved several goals in life without working it off. Being industrious means working harder than anyone else, studying more than anyone else and even suffering more than anyone else. You have to understand the importance of delayed gratification as you work towards your ultimate goal. To begin hard work, you can begin by fixing your schedule, writing down tasks and functions of the day and finding the right people and resources that can assist you. Keep in mind that you have to be as independent as possible to finish more in the long term.

Discipline and Consistency
Discipline is what separates the leaders from the followers. If you truly want to make changes in your life, you have to understand doing things even if you do not want to at times, and maintaining excellent quality and optimum performance each time. Being consistent is intertwined with patience, wherein you continue performing well, regardless of the situations and hindrances, to render the results you want in the end. Discipline and consistency are also interrelated, in the sense that discipline breeds consistency. If you continue practicing good habits and sticking to the functions that lead to your main goal, you will find it easier to do over time. You will change as an entire person and experience the opportunities that come with being dedicated.

Resilience
Problems are a part of every man’s life, but it is the resilient person who always prevails and achieves their goals. You need to learn from your past mistakes and convert these into more productive actions the next time. Learn to pick yourself up after each fall and put in double effort to become better. Some of the most successful people, as well as those who truly left a mark in history are known to have faced big difficulties and resentment before they let others understand their own way of doing things.

Optimism
You need to stay positive about your situation, regardless of the problems that you face. It is vital that you stay optimistic and always believe that you will get to your goal, no matter what. If you tell yourself that you will reach it sooner, chances are you will. It might help to believe in the powers of the Universal Law of Attraction which draws opportunities toward you just the way you intend to, and in the right intensity as you desired.

Patience
Some goals are very big and will take time to accomplish. Do not allow yourself to think that some goals are just too huge to be possible. Be specific and set goals that are attainable to your current situation and start working to achieve these. You can break it down into smaller tasks that are much easier to do within the given time frame that you have.

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