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“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
— Anatole France
I know that most people like positive posts and blogs, but sometimes there needs to be a good dose of reality. I’m not going to spout off statistics of obesity and diabetes rise because I know you have probably been bombarded to death with that sort of stuff. I’m going to make it real. Taking it back several years ago when a relative was receiving chemo at an area hospital.
This was just as before they really started the initiative of cost saving measures in the medical industry. This particular Oncologist was a self-centered jerk and allowed his staff to double and triple book his schedule. Get the picture? His waiting room was extremely uncomfortable. So, all of these dying patients who were on borrowed time, very sick and scared were having to wait sometimes up to two hours before their appointment and treatment which would take up to another six hours in really horrid conditions. You don’t want to know what I said to him and his staff after about the second visit. This is not unusual nor is it isolated to this specialty.
Notice, I said this was before the cost saving measures started taking place and the cuts in personnel started. Now, you have overworked staff that feel they are under appreciated. I’m sure the atmosphere is MUCH better!
This is the time, if not for yourself your families to take action. Start small by making simple steps in your diet like exchanging water for soda. Walk after meals for 15-20 minutes. Make sure you are getting enough sleep at night. Stop going to fast food restaurants! Try a new sport, but ask a trainer to show you how to do it properly. Add something every week and you will see how the positive impact will snowball your energy. Make it a fantastic week!
Have you been reading about the bad press supplements have getting lately? You knew that it was just a matter of time. It’s that magic pill syndrome, right? You can’t just take a pill and hope that everything wrong will suddenly disappear.
Just like one workout isn’t going to change a lifetime of bad habits. It’s better to get the vitamins and minerals you need through the foods you eat every day. It may not be as convenient, but nature has an amazing way of giving us what we need if we just take the time to do what we need to do the right way!
Let’s look at grapes for example, they have amazing benefits:
Protect the heart
Pump up the brain
Protect against skin cancer
Protect against diabetes
Aid in weight loss
Protect against migraines
Another easy way to add amazing benefits to your diet is cinnamon and one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast may help relieve arthritis pain in as little as one week!
Cinnamon is known for its anti-bacterial properties as well as boosting cognitive and memory function.
Here are some other benefits of Cinnamon:
May help in reducing cold symptoms
Helps when you have an upset stomach
Improves overall circulation
Improves the bodies immune system
Aids in weight loss
Helps stop/slow down hair loss
Can increase longevity
These are just two examples of super foods and there are SO many more that can easily be incorporated into your diet on a daily basis. It’s not as difficult as it appears to eat healthy.
When you take supplements, first you must make sure of the grade. These are not regulated by the government and if you are not careful and not getting pharmaceutical grade supplements you may be ingesting ingredients you really don’t wish to be. Also, you might be overloading on vitamins unknowingly. A, D, E, & K are fat soluble. This means they are stored in your fat and not readily excreted from the body. This can lead to toxic situations and make you very ill. If you are taking medications or have a medical condition, some supplements might not interact well with those drugs. Why take the chance when you can get everything you need from your food?
There are some instances when supplements are necessary. If your Doctor prescribes them, then by all means follow his orders. But don’t listen to ads, friends or late night television for guidance!
|“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”|
|John Lennon (1940-1980)
For so long all you ever heard in the fitness and diet world was the key to losing weight was choosing low-fat foods. Well…how did that work out for you? Probably not so well! The reason for that is when the food industry takes out fat they usually replace it with sugar or a sugar base substitute. This is where the real problem with obesity lies.
1 sugar carb gram = 4 calories.
Counting calories from sugar is a much better system than just counting overall calories for weight loss. It takes a little longer, however it is absolutely worth the effort. You won’t have that insulin spike, out of control cravings, and up/down fatigue.
It’s important to eat enough protein, green vegetables and fats to keep you feeling full. These are fine as they are not full of sugar. Think about dark leafy greens, nuts and whole grains as they are a good source of Magnesium. Any time you can boost this naturally with food, it’s a good thing!
Speaking of boosting naturally, here’s some ways to boost your Serotonin naturally. Getting enough sleep, going for a walk in the neighborhood, gardening and smelling your flowers. Serotonin is a feel good hormone that will help your body and mind stay stress free. Stress, is one reason that makes it hard to lose weight.
To achieve optimal health and fitness, you have to let go of the practices that are ineffective and balance the ones that work.
“What screws us up most in life, is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.” – Unknown
A healthier attitude to take towards fitness is to love who you are today! The person you see in the mirror, who is doing the best he or she can do to be the healthiest person in the future. Someone who has a specific goal, that is smart and action filled. One who knows that it takes time and not drastic fad diets or crazy exercise plans, but balanced lifestyle changes. Someone who will want to help lift others along the way when they see or ask for help in their fitness quests to the best of their ability instead of judging. This is the picture of someone who is on a journey to optimal health and fitness!
I’m sure by now, most of you have either heard or read in the news about the tragic accident that happened during a competition last month.
There has been some questions surrounding the safety practices of the competition, such as stacked weights where he was lifting. My bigger issue is that, not just with Crossfit but I have seen this with many Pilates studios as well, they have gotten away from the pure form of the discipline. Why, perhaps giving the studio owners the benefit of the doubt it’s they saw their own vision of what it should be. On the darker side, they were trying to make a quick buck and thought they could cut a new niche out and call it their own. Whatever the case, when something good is watered down and the rules of the game are not followed it’s only a matter of time when someone will be injured.
I remember hearing a client coming back from college telling me that her roommate had just gotten a job at the University’s Rec Plex as a Pilates Instructor. I asked what certification she had gone through to get it? She told me, none…she had watched a video! Really? Where has our industry lead us!
Point being, please ask for credentials before taking a class or hiring a trainer. Do your homework, it’s worth the time! You have one body, your goal is to improve it not to injure and destroy.
Let’s get back to basics. This is where the real benefits and work is accomplished!
This article really got to me on many levels and I would love to know your thoughts. Recently, I went to see an Orthopedic Surgeon with hip pain from years of cycling. I was sure I would walk out with a script for physical therapy. Did I get the shock of a life time when he informed me that I needed a total hip replacement immediately! At my age, I would have required two additional replacements. This was devastating! I went to a chiropractor for a second opinion and she was appalled! Not only did she bring in an associate but showed me my x-ray to prove that I was nowhere near a total hip replacement. After a couple of adjustments and stretches, I can honestly tell you that I am completely pain-free.
My point is, how many of these procedures that are not needed have there been medical complications or even death? Shouldn’t the specialist be held accountable? I certainly think so!
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” ~ Jim Rohn
Be the best you can be every day! Move a little closer to your goal and know by the end of your day that tomorrow you will be just that much higher than you were the day before. One step at a time up your personal mountain! It’s your’s alone to climb!