What did you have to “Break (your) fast” today …? Yes, the first meal of the day. The meal that everyone knows is the most important meal.
What prompts me to ask this question today is what I noticed during my early morning shopping at a Safeway store just yesterday. See every morning (90% anyway) I walk, and often get my bits and pieces of fruit and veg, some groceries etc.
“While adults need to eat breakfast each day to perform their best, kids need it even more. Their growing bodies and developing brains need regular refueling often, from food. When kids skip breakfast, they don’t get what they need to be at their best.” – exert WebMD
While I was waiting to pay for my food, I noticed a well dressed woman with two young sons purchase two packets of corn chips … the boys had a pack each. I said to the ‘check-out’ lady “you do hope that isn’t their breakfast don’t you?”
Consumer watchdog Choice asks the question, “Are multi-vitamins necessary when someone has a healthy balanced diet?” The obvious answer is no, they probably aren’t.
But, that begs the question straight off the plate as to who ACTUALLY has a healthy balanced diet today?
And WHY do we have an EPIDEMIC of preventable disease in our modern, developed world? Once you have read economist Paul Zane Pilzer’s book “The Wellness Revolution” you understand that food TODAY is not what it was fifty or 100 years ago.
As a personal wellness coach with Herbalife International I have done hundreds of FREE Body Analysis and rarely find a person who actually eats well. With ALL the dietary information and ‘good advice’ on the internet and in the marketplace today telling us how IMPORTANT breakfast is … YOU WOULD THINK everyone would have breakfast, but yet they don’t.
“I don’t have TIME.”
“I don’t feel like eating until later.”
“I hate cereal, and can’t stomach eggs first thing.”
I believe it was quality assurance guru Edwards Demming who said, “People don’t work, systems work.” or something to that effect. As a qualified risk manager and engineer I know exactly what he means. We are simply not designed to do what we know is BEST for us unless it is made very very EASY. Continue reading
A group of average guys and girls have started an ABS Challenge over the next 30 days … 23 February to 22 March, and the challenge is to do 5,000 situps or crunches.
Sounds like a lot but it is amazing how easy it is to build up to 200 or so a day.
You don’t need to do them all at once, and make sure you are drinking lots of water to stay hydrated.
What I do is 60 to 100 after my morning yoga and stretching, then I fit in another 40 or 60 late morning, before lunch. Lunch is also a delicious high protein nutritional shake so I’m dropping a few kilos too. That helps.
Here’s the link if you want to join … https://www.facebook.com/events/233762270046700/
Remember to take responsibility for your health and wellbeing too. If you do have a pre-existing back condition or something that may be inflamed by situps get some advice first. Having said that I also recall my physio who is a doctor to one of the league teams recommended I strengthen my ‘core’ a few years ago to help prevent back problems in the future and that’s what I have been doing.
This ABS Crunch Challenge is just a great way to peel off those few extra kilos that aren’t needed, and actually contribute to a higher than necessary visceral fat (dangerous fat, especially for men) and at the same time strengthen my core.
I strongly recommend including the high protein nutritional shakes, two or three times a day if you want to drop a few kilos too.
Have fun …
Have you ever tried to lose those last few (or more than a few) inches or kilograms of extra weight you’re carrying around your waist? It can be harder than you think unless you have a personal trainer like “the commando” or a very very strong willpower.
I used to say “It’s not that important, a few kilos … ” but I know that it is INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.
A 40% INCREASE in Heart Disease is forecast in the next decade, and one in three (1 : 3) people who suffer a heart attack DO NOT GET A SECOND CHANCE!
This “EXTRA FAT” is termed viseral fat …
Visceral fat, lies out of reach, deep within the abdominal cavity, where it pads the spaces between our abdominal organs. Visceral fat has been linked to metabolic disturbances and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In women, it is also associated with breast cancer and the need for gallbladder surgery. — Harvard Medical School, Feb 2007
Someone, like myself who is in the “healthy, or even very healthy weight range” for their age can have a high and alarming viseral fat level … and the chances are YOUR DOCTOR WILL NOT TELL YOU.
So what can you do?
- First thing is FIND OUT WHAT YOUR VISCERAL FAT LEVEL IS – If you are in Australia, Australian Weightloss do FREE full body analysis (you may pay up to $70.00 at your doctor). It is painless, and takes less than 30 minutes. Check in your country and see what is available. Many Herbalife Independent distributors offer this free service.
- Then what you can DO TO REDUCE IT – Remember that the majority of people in the developed world are chronically dehydrated and do not have the correct balance of vitamins and minerals, amino acids, proteins and trace elements in the food they eat each day. In todays modern world we all need to supplement our diets to be healthy.Fit to Walk and Talk can help you put together a ‘balanced nutritional’ plan to start reducing your viseral fat levels. Often this will involve a balance of animal and vegetable proteins, usually more than you currently are eating.
- Get started on your Belly Buster Program – Having a coach will make a BIG DIFFERENCE to you achieving your desired results, or if you are confident you can follow an easy step by step plan you could try the “Belly Buster Program” from Australian Weightloss. You will also get support from one of their consultants. (Important: Password = “accelerator”)
If you need any help and support please contact me as I am on the journey myself and started two days ago. I am using the “Belly Buster Program” to achieve results quickly.
How To Lose Weight EASILY and Keep It Off.
I’m currently enjoying my 60th year on planet Earth, but have a basal metabolic age of 18yrs, due very much to my low body fat of 15.5%, regular exercise (I walk and do yoga almost every day) and my hydration is pretty good @ 55.5% … but should still be higher.
It is so EASY and enjoyable to be well … plus the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight are enormous!
One of my doctor friends said that the worst term many doctors use when diagnosing a patient is “... for a person your age.” Sure, age will have measurable affects on the way we perform but often doctors compare you to the ‘norm’ for your age, rather than what you could be like if you knew how easy it was to be well.
Now you can put the best fuel in! (click here)
A recent US report states that the average American family spends around $12oo a month on health insurance. Not every one can afford $1200 a month and so 50 million American’s have no health insurance and so limited access to health care. In Australia we have a very similar situation developing. These people who miss out are often the very people who need health care the most. Continue reading
How I Gained 41 years … And How You Can Too!
Last night I had a full body scan done. Ever heard of them?
It tells you just about everything you can think of that is about your body … your height and your weight you usually know but these get ‘plugged in’ to the machine I was standing on. Then I waited a few seconds while a tiny electric current passes around my body, I just love TECHNOLOGY and how easily and quickly it does it’s job.
Then I’m told to “step off the machine” and the operator starts recording MY RESULTS, including my METABOLIC AGE, or how old my body appears to be.
Aging and health care are certainly two of the BIGGEST concerns to individuals and governments alike.
Individuals generally want to stay feeling as young as they can, for as long as they can and governments are having to find more and more money for aged care and hospitals. Part of the problem is that the majority of people simply don’t know how to stay healthy and vital.
If they actually knew HOW SIMPLY IT ACTUALLY IS they would scream!
One of the worst things that can happen as we age is to contract a debilitating disease or to suffer a serious injury, especially if you live in a country such as Australia or the United States with expensive health care. Many people just cannot afford to get sick in these countries, but a rapidly increasing number of people are getting sick.
At a recent medical seminar I attended one doctor described how scientists had now linked 120 preventable diseases to being overweight or obese … and they are finding more and more. Continue reading
Can You Cure Mental Disease With Sugar?
I think you know the obvious answer … NO you can’t. So when our diets are heavily laden with sugar, especially refined sugar and we have a rapid increase in many preventable diseases (including depression) I feel we would get much better “bang for our investment buck” by studying the causes rather than focusing on the symptoms.
A little over ten years ago I ran into the former Victorian Premier Mr Jeff Kennett at a petrol station. He had just paid his account and picked up a ‘slab’ (slang for two dozen cans) of Diet Coke, put it onto his shoulder and walked towards his car.
He turned around and our eyes met … so I walked towards him and introduced myself as a health and lifestyle coach. I asked Mr Kennett if he had purchased the Diet Coke for him, and if so was he hoping it would help control his weight.
He replied “Yes and yes.”
I mentioned that there are medical reports (freely available) disclosing health concerns about the drink and that those reports evidently showed that when the participants of the study stopped drinking the Diet Coke they actually lost weight. Mr Kennett then said “Would I be better off drinking the normal Coke?”
Mmmm … I said that water was a much better choice and he put the slab of diet cola in the boot of his car and we said good bye.
I remember this event so clearly because shortly after our chance meeting Mr Kennett announced he had founded an organisation to help manage depression … called Beyond Blue. Like many of us Mr Kennett was also dealing with relationship challenges, and at one point I believe a marital separation, something few people have been given the tools to deal powerfully with. Without adequate tools often eating, drinking or something worse comes into play.
NOW MY QUESTION WAS … “Can You Cure Mental Disease With Sugar?” Continue reading
Or let labor grab it?
Australian-weightloss article proposes a NEW “Health Bonus” could be on the way. Earlier comments from Prime Minister Rudd certainly stresses the concern over skyrocketing health costs, or as another article put it a “tidal wave of preventable diseases”.
The baby bonus met with better than expected results …
It is well proven that “reward systems” do achieve much better results and are certainly more cost effective than the old conventional “penal systems” which you see all around the world continuing to extract more and more tax payers hard earned money.
They say that a LEADER is not necessarily the one out the front wielding the machete and cutting his way through the jungle, but rather the one who climbs the tallest tree and is willing to yell “we are in the wrong jungle”.
Australia has also recently been host to Internationally renowned Professor Susan Greenfield, a neuro-scientist and author. Much of her work is aimed at predicting the onset of debilitating (and often preventable) brain disease such as dementia and Alzheimers. In her Press Club address she quoted a figure of $67 billion in potential savings over forty years if we can delay the effect of these brain diseases on Australian for say five years.
She and her team are working on a predictive type of ‘marker’ that could tell your doctor you are likely to suffer a debilitating disease like Parkinson’s, dementia or Alzheimers and put you on a new medication (not yet discovered) which will delay the onset of the disease.
My concern is very much that “we get what we FOCUS our attention on … ” and to be investing large sums of research dollars on this type of research and medication is at best doubtful.